Sunday, 30 June 2019

Weekly Update #66

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Now that's explained, it's on to my weekly recap!

The little dude was off school Friday (teacher training day) and, as we had to work, his grandfather took him air flying (aka indoor sky diving). They had an amazing time and after seeing the video, I want to try it! I would never be brave enough to jump out of a plane but getting shot into the air by giant fans? Heck yeah! Sign me up!

Aside from that this has been a week of loving being at work to hide in the air-conditioned office as the heat level hit horribly hot here in the UK. Apparently, summer has finally arrived!


This was a big pile of meh. I didn't love it, I didn't hate it... The beginning was slow and the character annoying as hell but it picked up as it went on and ended in an ok place.
Not sure I'll read the next in the series though.


With the little dude at his grandfathers on Thursday evening (and the professor not getting home until super late) I had some me time. I was going to finish my book but decided to start watching A Discovery of Witches sometime around 5pm ish and didn't stop until I'd finished the entire series. One episode after another until all eight episodes were consumed.
It was wonderful!
I'd read the first two books years ago but I only remember the general plot and most random of details so seeing it all come to life on screen has made me want to revisit those and read the final book!

Thank you A Discovery of Witches for bringing this fantastic cover to my attention!

Book Blogger Hop: Would you choose a book solely on it's cover?
Review: Demon Magic & A Martini by Annette Marie
Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR
Review: Two Witches and A Whiskey by Annette Marie

Have a great week all!

From the UK with lots of love....


Friday, 28 June 2019

Book Blogger Hop: Would you or do you choose a book solely on the cover?

About The Meme
The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, it was relaunched by The Coffee Addicted Writer on February 15, 2013.

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. 
There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 

Would you or do you choose a book solely on the cover?

I know, I know!
You should never judge a book by its cover but sometimes I do and I'm not sorry!

This has resulted in buying some awful books (but with pretty pretty covers!) and it has resulted in my buying some pretty awesome books (with pretty pretty covers).

It also means that sometimes I miss absolute gems of books because their covers are ugly.

There are just so many books!
You can't read the descriptions of them all, something has to catch your attention and for me, it's definitely the cover and sometimes the cover is convincing enough on its own that I listen to it and buy the book everything else be damned.

What about you?


To view the linky list of this weeks Hop participants, please visit The Coffee Addicted Writer.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Review: Demon Magic and a Martini by Annette Marie (Guild Codex:Spellbound #4)

When I first landed a bartending job at the local guild, I didn't know a thing about magic. These days, I'm practically an expert on the different magical classes, but there's one nobody ever talks about: Demonica.

Turns out they have a good reason for that.

My guild is strictly hellion-free, but some people will risk life and soul to control the biggest bullies on the mythic playground. And now a demon has been loosed in the city.

My three best friends are determined to slay it, but even badass combat mages are critically out-magicked. And that's not all. The monster they're tracking--it's not hiding. It's not fleeing. It's not leaving a trail of corpses everywhere it goes.

The demon is hunting too. And in a city full of mythics, it's searching for deadlier prey.

If we can't unravel the demon's sinister motivations, more innocent people will die, but finding the answers means digging into dark secrets ... and learning truths I never wanted to know.

*Read via Kindle Unlimited*


~ 269 pages

First person, single pov.

The book recaps things but you really need to have read the previous books.

Nope but the plot definitely thickens in this one!


No, romance isn't a thing really in this series.
However, I'm hoping (especially after the events in this one!) that romance will feature more in later stories.

This book has demons and lots of fighting.
Our beloved characters get messed up pretty badly but nothing is full on in your face type violence.

You'd think with a name like Demon Magic and a Martini that I'd have maybe cottoned on that this book would be a little bit darker than the others so far in this series but alas, I did not.
So, let me say it out loud... Demon Magic and a Martini is darker and more serious than the earlier books in this series.
That's not to say the book is harder to read, any less funny, or enjoyable for it isn't. I
t is every bit as charming and captivating as its predecessors, it's just more nerve-wracking.

The events in this book... Well, I don't want to spoil them but it's safe to say the stakes have never been higher for our beloved characters.
If book three was the book where we truly got to know Kai then this is the book of Ezra!
We get to know more about his background, his powers and a little about how the 3 mages became the tight group they are. We also get to see just how much they mean to each other and how far they are willing to go to protect each other. The question in this book is whether Tori is all in too.

The book is very guild focused. An unbound demon is on the loose and every guild in the city is on a co-ordinated hunt and destroy mission.
We get to meet members of other guilds, get to see guild dynamics in full flow. and the Crow and Hammer (aka Tori's guild) get some interesting new members!
(Interesting to the point they are the focus of a parallel series set to launch in the autumn...)

This book left me with so many questions on what comes next... For every piece of information revealed about the characters and their pasts there feels like there are a million pieces I still don't know and I want to.

I hope that in the coming books we see Tori finally take training seriously for she really needs to start taking responsibility for herself. She's brave, she's loyal and she's smart but she relies too much on luck and the strength of those fighting beside her. It makes her a bit of a liability where she really could be an asset.

Once again - and yes I'm going to cry about it in every review! - there is no romance but my Ezra hopes from book one are looking more and more likely now! Especially since Zak is gone...
(Gasp! What will happen if Zak comes back?! I think I'll die from the conflict although I don't think Tori will have any such conflict... This isn't a love-triangle kinda series.)

For every book in this world I read, I love it more and more! I'm so happy this series exists and I can't wait to read the sister series and more of this series when they release later this year!

Nice and atmospheric!
Annette Marie's cover designer needs all the love because her covers are on point!


My thoughts on the other books in the series

Book 1: Three Mages and A Margarita
Book 2: Dark Arts and A Daiquiri
Book 3: Two Witches and A Whiskey

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

TTT: Books On My Summer 2019 TBR

What is Top Ten Tuesday?

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Books On My Summer 2019 TBR

Most of my summer TBR is back list books that I own but haven't gotten around to reading yet, however, there are a couple of upcoming releases mixed in too that I have on preorder.

Ilona Andrews 

I read this one last year when it was released as a web serial and can't wait to read it once it's released as a completed novel all shiny and edited with extra scenes. 

The Hidden Legacy series is a little gem and even though it's not Nevada who is continuing the world (but instead Nevada's sister), I'm still excited!

Karen Chance

It's been a long year to wait for the next instalment but book 9 is almost upon us!
In even more good news, book 10 will apparently release in December!
That's one silver lining from the author's publishing house dropping the series... Shorter waits between books! Thank god for self-publishing!

Kristen Ashley

I'm finally ready to read Rush's book and say my goodbyes to Chaos!

Devney Perry

This is a new to me author and a new to me book (only found out about its existence a week or two ago) but it sounds so good!

Helen Hoang

Everyone seems to love it and I'm looking forward to finding out what the fuss is about!

BB Easton

I love the cover, I love the blurb, I love the title... Hopefully, the book is also something I'll love!

Christina Lauren

This writing duo get a lot of love and I have so many of their books on the TBR but am sad to say I've read none of them!
Since Josh & Hazel aren't just on my TBR but are actually on my kindle I'm starting here!

Karina Halle

I have a love/hate thing going on with Karina Halle's books and I've had this one checked out on Kindle Unlimited for almost a year now... It's about time I read it.
It sounds like it'll be awesome so fingers crossed!

Emma Chase

I've never read an Emma Chase. I know, I know... I hang my head in shame. This one has been sitting on my kindle for years now. It's about time I read it!


What's on your summer reading list?