Thursday, 29 August 2019

Review: Grave Visions by Kalayna Price (Alex Craft #4)

Grave Visions by Kalayna Price is the much-anticipated fourth instalment in the kick-ass urban fantasy series about Alex Craft, a grave witch who can communicate with the dead. 

If you want to hear voices from the dead in Nekros City, you call Alex Craft. She's a Grave Witch with reasonable rates and extraordinary powers, who specializes in revealing the secrets of the dead. But now she's the one fighting to keep her own secret. She's not human—and her newly discovered heritage is causing havoc for her both in the human realm and in Faerie. But her status as an unaffiliated fae also makes her an ideal candidate to investigate a new street drug that has surfaced in several of the spaces between the human and fae worlds.

This glamour-infused drug causes hallucinations that turn real—at least for a while and often with deadly consequences. Searching for the source of this drug—and its purpose—lands Alex front and center in the conflict brewing in Faerie and she must find answers before she's dragged so deep she loses her freedom.


~ 340 pages

First person, single pov.

You need to have read the previous books or it wouldn't work.

Nope, the 'episode' is concluded but the series threads continue.

No, it's not really applicable... But hopefully, the series will have one.


(Said in a tone of eternal suffering!)

Peoples dreams/fears come to life and kill them.
It freaked me out.

The plot thickens!
Alex's fae heritage is fully manifesting and she's paying the price: She's beginning to fade.
Alex needs to affiliate herself with one of the fae courts by joining or being declared independent or she will die.

Naturally, the annoying Winter Queen is determined to ensure Alex belongs to her and will use everything at her disposal to ensure it happens, including emotional blackmail by holding Falin over Alex's head... The Death slide of the triangle may be where Alex is leaning at the moment but she cares enough about Falin for the Winter Queen's manipulations to have an impact!

To make matters worse, a fae drug called Glitter is wreaking havoc in the mortal world and Alex has to solve the case as a condition of getting her independent status.

I really enjoy the world-building in this series and I really like Alex as a character and where the series seems to be heading. There are so many questions I need answering especially now Alex's dad has thrown another curveball with the introduction of the Shadow Court. Plus, I really want to know what court he is affiliated with!!
The Winter Queen continues to get right on my nerves and I really hope Alex kills her and takes over her court one day... But that's probably just wishful thinking.

The investigation side of this tale was interesting and kept the plot of the series moving along nicely but it needs to be said that who was behind the drug was pretty obvious.

And onto my favourite rant about the entire series...
The love triangle element gets on my nerves for no matter how much the author tries to shove Death down my throat as a viable option for Alex it's obvious who she is going to end up with so wtf is the point? *screams into a pillow*

All in all, Grave Visions was an interesting and entertaining instalment in the series with plenty of snark, action and plot development. I just wish there was a little more resolution on some of those plot points... But it's coming! I can see it coming!

Yep, lots of love for the cover. Considering it was designed after a lengthy break between book 3 and 4 it fits beautifully!

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

CWW: Taming Demons For Beginners by Annette Marie

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. 
Generally, they're books that have yet to be released. 
It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Release Date: 13th September

Rule one: Don't look at the demon.

When I arrived at my uncle's house, I expected my relatives to be like me—outcast sorcerers who don't practice magic. I was right about the sorcery, but wrong about everything else.

Rule two: Don't listen to the demon.

My uncle chose a far deadlier power. He calls creatures of darkness into our world, binds them into service contracts, and sells them to the highest bidder. And I'm supposed to act like I don't know how illegal and dangerous it is.

Rule three: Don't talk to the demon.

All I had to do was keep my nose out of it. Pretend I didn't find the summoning circle in the basement. Pretend I didn't notice the shadowy being trapped inside it. Pretend I didn't break the rules.

But I did, and now it's too late.

From the author of The Guild Codex: Spellbound comes a new series that will plunge an unprepared young woman into the darkest magic of the mythic world.

The Guild Codex: Demonized. Enter at your own risk.


Argh!!! I NEEDS it!
This world... This world guys is so good! The books are so addictive! And even though this is a sister series to the Guild Codex: Spellbound (that I fangirl about often) it's still gonna be awesome. I can feel it in my bones!
And the plots intersect and intertwine and I need it!

Monday, 26 August 2019

Harry Potter Book Tag!

Taken at HP Studio Tours in London back in 2013!

Tania at My Lovely Secret tagged me in this Harry Potter book tag so, obviously, I'm all in with that!
I have no idea where it originates from but thank you to the little wizard who conjured it!

Onto the questions!

(These were actually freakin' difficult to answer!!)

EXPECTO PATRONUM: A childhood book connected to good memories? 

When I was a kid (like 10/11), I used to get off the school bus in the town next to the village I lived in and go to the library. I'd spend hours in the library going through the books, reading sections, working on projects and just generally living amongst the books. The librarians were witchy bitches but I tried to ignore them as much as I could and stay hidden in the stacks until my mum came and picked me up after work - or until it was time to leave for the bus.

I found Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney on one of these visits and started reading it in the library. It was one of the first books that I couldn't put down and it was one of the first books that broke my adolescent heart it was such a bittersweet romantic tale.

I've never revisited it as an adult but one day I just might.

EXPELLIARMUS: A book that took you by surprise?

Engines of God by Jack McDevitt.
What took me most by surprise with this book is the fact that I actually read it!
It's sci-fi! I don't read sci-fi.
It isn't even sci-fi romance. It's a proper sci-fi.
It's one of the professor's books and he suggested I read it back when we were in uni. I took up the challenge and really didn't expect to enjoy it but after a super slow start, it surprised me by being interesting and enjoyable.

PRIOR INCANTATO: The last book you read?

The last book I read was a novella, Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews. It's a bridging novella in the Hidden Legacy series marking the change in narrator/pov from Nevada to her sister Catalina.

ALOHAMORA: A book that introduced you to a genre you'd never considered before?

I know people love to hate Dan Brown but his Robert Langdon books introduced me to the adventure/thriller/mystery type novels. Before reading Angels and Demons, I wouldn't have touched the genre with a 20ft pole. Now? I'll poke a toe into that pool every once in a while.
They're not my preferred reading and I've found so many of them super boring but occasionally the mood strikes and I pick one up and I'm lost, addicted, on a thrill ride of suspense-filled adventure rooted in myth or history (sometimes both) and I thoroughly enjoy it.

P.S - I know there two more Robert Langdon books but I haven't read them yet.

RIDDIKULUS: A funny book you've read?

Dummy: Parenting for the Inept and the Clueless by Matt Coyne.

Matt Coyne started posting random updates on Facebook when his son was about 3 months old. It grew into the Facebook page, Man vrs Baby and eventually into a book deal.
I actually had tears of laughter rolling down my face at various points reading this book.
His descriptions and anecdotes are relateable but written in a flamboyant and ridiculous fashion designed to entertain.

SONORUS: A book you think everyone should know about?

I really don't know... This changes depending on my mood and what I'm currently fixated on.
My current bookish obsession is The Guild Codex books.
I find them thoroughly entertaining... The perfect escape from reality.

OBLIVIATE: A book or spoiler you would like to forget you ever read?

Erm... I don't think there are any books I'd like to forget I read but there have been many that just were not memorable!

As for spoilers, I just don't care. Spoilers don't spoil things for me really. In a lot of cases, I actually find them soothing to my nerves, lol. I don't care if I know how something ends - in fact sometimes I flick ahead to deliberately find out - what I care about is how you get to that point... It's the journey, not the destination.

However, one series I have decided never to read - despite having wanted to - is Divergent as I found out the ending of the series when the final book released (because everyone was screaming over it) and I was outraged alongside everyone without ever having read a page! I don't invest myself over multiple books to have that as the ending so I was definitely not going to bother.

IMPERIO: A book you had to read for school? 

I think the most memorable books I had to read for school were To Kill A Mockingbird, Wuthering Heights and The Diary of Anne Frank. 
Wuthering Heights I like to think I'd have read anyway as I've been entranced by the story since I was a little girl and my mum would play Kate Bush but the other two I don't think I'd have ever bothered and that would have been a shame as they're wonderful thought-provoking books.

CRUCIO: A book that was painful to read?

Okay, it's not a single book but as series and they collectively wrecked me!
I'm talking about the Boudica series by Manda (MC) Scott.

How a fictional take on a culture and fictional retelling of a period of history could do so much emotional damage, I'll never know but I love these books with every fibre of my soul but I've never been brave enough to re-read them despite finishing the series 10+ years ago.

There's joy, wonder and pain! You know that a book series told from the pov of the Celts will never end well when it's based around the second Roman invasion (i.e the successful one) of the British Isles but still... Did it have to hurt so much?!

AVADA KEDAVRA: A book that could kill (interpret as you will)?

The Priory of The Orange Tree.

Have you seen the size of this hardback? 
Have ya? Have ya, have ya, have ya?!
If you've got it in your bag and get attacked just swing that bugger and the attacker will be on the ground in 2.5 seconds. (Assuming you have the muscle mass to swing it!)
Hear creepy noises in your house at night? No problem! Scoop it up and hurl it at the offending party's head! They're unconscious and you can make your escape!
For similar reasons to the above, I wouldn't recommend storing it on a high self for if it falls and you're standing under it? It's lights out!

There is seriously no need for a book to be this large...


If you want to do the Harry Potter Book Tag then consider yourself tagged!

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Weekly Update #74

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!

A super short Sunday Post today!

I've had one of those weeks where I've been busy with work and other bits and haven't had the brainpower or desire to read or blog or do anything but veg in front of the tv in the evenings.

We did go on a trip to Hampton Court Palace on Monday which was fun but that's the highlight of the week.

I... I haven't read a single thing.

99p Sale

I've yet to read book one - Brooklynaire - in this series but I couldn't resist grabbing this one while it was on sale!

We've been re-watching The Big Bang Theory from the beginning. It's been a week and we've just finished S2. I'd forgotten how funny the earlier seasons were!

The little dude and I also went to the cinema to see the Dora and the Lost City of Gold and what surprised me was that it was actually pretty enjoyable! 

Review: The Bar Next Door by Katia Rose
Can't Wait Wednesday!
Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Tropes
Review: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Family Adventures
Review: Grave Visions by Kalayna Price
Can't Wait Wednesday!
Harry Potter Book Tag


Have a great week all!