Sunday, 27 October 2019

Weekly Update #83


Welcome!
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!


Not much happened this week.

I picked my mum up from the airport on Tuesday and then it was work work work until the weekend when I collapsed in an exhausted heap!
This week has been another struggle and I have managed to do none of the things I wanted to do.
To make it worse, my mum was recovering from a bad cold and chest infection when she arrived and I started to feel unwell again yesterday so I'm really not a happy bunny!
However! I have a week off work this week so I'll be going out and about with my family doing some fun things! I am determined.
I'll also catch up on blog things as I didn't do anything blog related this week. No posts (beyond pre-scheduled), no visits, no return comments... Nothing!
My head just wasn't in a space to be on the internet.



Caught Dead - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I liked this Octavia Hollows instalment! It delivered some twists I wasn't expecting and actually finished on a cliffhanger! I'm not a fan of cliffhangers but when you can go straight onto the next book they're fine. I've been working my way through the audio compilation and I hope to have the series finished in time for the audio blitz next week.

Innocent Until Proven Fae - ⭐⭐⭐
This could have been so much better. Instead, I found myself scoffing and rolling my eyes more times than should be necessary while reading any book.
I hope the final book in the series ends on a high as the entire series has been a mixed bag.

Collateral - ⭐⭐⭐
I think with this one it was a case of "it's not you, it's me." For there was a time this would have been right up my street. Now? Not so much. I struggled with how much I hated the controlling men and wanted Gabriella to escape and be free so badly.
I'll read the second part of the duology though as it ended on a cliffhanger and that's not acceptable.



Kindle Unlimited


The sixth and final book in the Paranormal PI Files series released on the 22nd Oct so that meant it was time for me to grab the last two books get the series finished!


I have nothing because I've been offline being a sloth while not at work.
Sorry!


This week has been a week of movies!


Ghostbusters 1 & 2, the Goosebumps movie and Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone.


Review: Slaying Monsters For The Feeble by Annette Marie
Reading Challenge: Read A Series In A Month (November)



All I have scheduled is a couple of release blitzes but I hope to get a few more posts finished and scheduled! It all depends on how I'm feeling, I guess.

Blitz: Slaying Monsters For The Feeble by Annette Marie
Audio Blitz: The Journals of Octavia Hollows by Stacey Rourke


Have a great week all!

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Review: Slaying Demons for the Feeble by Annette Marie (Minor Spoilers ahead!)




I'm bound to a demon.

For my entire life, I avoided magic at all costs. Now, I'm responsible for a demon who wields magic more powerful than the toughest mage or sorcerer.

Demons are evil.

That's what my textbooks say. That's what I see. He's ruthless, he's temperamental, he's cold. But he protects me without fail. I wonder if he's hiding a heart behind his hostility.

My demon is a monster.

Whether he's heartless or not, my contract with him is illegal and beyond dangerous. Together, we must find a way to return him to his own world before anyone discovers our secret. If that wasn't bad enough, I've come to realize something else:

My demon isn't the only monster I should be worried about.

*ARC received from the author in exchange of an honest review*


ebook


Full-length novel


First-person, single pov.


No.


Yes, you need to have read Taming Demons For Beginners but you don't need to have read the sister series.


No.


N/A


N/A


N/A


Yes. Demons, vampires and magical chaos all lead to violence but fewer humans die than in the previous book!


I'm going to do this as a review of two parts, so to speak: Part one will be general unspoilerish opinion and the second part will contain minor spoilers as I rumble on a little.
If you want to avoid any level of spoiler scroll quickly after the spoiler warning below!

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Slaying Monsters for the Feeble was another fantastic book by Annette Marie!
It was fast-paced, full of action and drove the plot of the series forward to a point where from book 3 onwards you won't be able to avoid Spellbound spoilers (for those that haven't read the sister series).
Robin and Zylas's relationship (for want of a better description) is still at the heart of the book but it has a different vibe than in the previous. They have a lot of misconceptions and frustrations to work through and watching them do so was both painful, frustrating and hilarious.
You get to see more of the magic world than we have before, diving into the world of vampires and let me just say that there are interesting connections to other characters in the Guild Codex world that I can't wait to see play out!
We also get to spend more time with Crow and Hammer Guild Members who are very much in the background in the Spellbound series which is awesome!
I inhaled the book in about 4.5 hours from cover to cover because I couldn't put it down. I didn't want to put it down. It held my attention from beginning to end and left me both giddy and annoyed when it ended because it'll next year until we get to see what happens next and while it doesn't end on a cliffhanger it doesn't exactly end with bunnies and rainbows so colour me desperate!

Slaying Monsters is a wonderfully addictive instalment in a wonderfully addictive series and, as is usual at this point with Annette Marie's books, I highly recommend it!

Minor Spoilers Ahead!

The book occurs within the same time period as The Alchemist and An Amaretto so for those - like me - that were hoping to see our favourite little bookworm team up with our favourite fiery bartender then you're going to have to wait just a little bit longer... That said, I think after events in this book (and in Amaretto) it is inevitable!
Slaying Monsters for The Feeble answered a few questions but it generated about a million more and left me desperate to see how Robin and Zyla's story will unfold and how it will play a pivotal role in determining Ezra's fate! (Because it will. It really really will.)

As I mentioned above, Robin and Zyla's are in an interesting place in this book.
They work together but there is no trust between them. They don't understand each other and it leads to a lot of frustrating misunderstandings where they think the worst of each other, lash out and hurt each other (not physically, I should add).
It made perfect sense that two people from very different worlds would struggle to find a middle ground but it made me kinda sad seeing it for the bond between the two is undeniable and I had such high hopes for them after book one... That said, this book showed how formidable they could be if they just trusted each other and by the end, they seemed to have reached a new level of understanding so I have super high hopes for them going forward! I hope they don't go backwards... I strongly suspect the things they can do when they work together is what makes the 12th house so special and will play a huge part in saving the day where Ezra is concerned!

Anyway... Read it! Read the series! Read both series! They deserve so much love!


The Guild Codex covers are amongst my favourite book covers ever but the Demonized series kick the Spellbound series's ass! (And that says something because the Spellbound covers are great!)
Just look at how perfectly it represents Zylas and Robin!
It's awesome.

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Book One: Taming Demons For Beginners

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Weekly Update #82


Welcome!
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!


I've been feeling really low and overwhelmed this week so it's been a tough one!
It hasn't been any one thing in particular but a little bit of everything that's piled on top and gave me that smothered "I'm being crushed!" type feeling.
It sucks royally.
However, I managed to get blog posts up, some visits done (I know I'm a bit hit on miss with visiting at the moment, sorry!) and I managed to get up, showered and going about life business every day so I'll take it as a win and hope this coming week is a better one.

My mum is coming to visit on Tuesday and staying for a week and a half throughout half term so that'll be nice. We have some fun activities planned and I'm off work from Friday for a week so I'm counting down the days!

Between now and Tuesday, I hope to tidy the house and get the ironing done! OMG you should see the state of the ironing... I've avoided anything outside of school uniforms for about three weeks and we're reaching a point where we have clean clothes piled everywhere but nothing (including underwear) in the drawers/wardrobe.
(After reading that back, I need to clarify that I don't iron underwear, lol. I just haven't sorted the clean laundry to put anything away so it's all lumped together and near impossible to find anything!)



 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
(Yes, all of them!)

I listened to Red Winter on audiobook and it was a great book packed full of Japanese mythology and interesting characters. I can't wait to continue with the series.

Dean Man's Hand was my only Fraterfest read and is book two in the Octavia Hollows series. It was a shortish novella but delivered an interesting mystery alongside its brand of weirdness and snarky humour.

Slaying Monsters For The Feeble I binge read the second it hit my kindle Saturday morning. I thoroughly enjoyed it and OMG the plot thickens! For every reveal, there are more questions! I don't think I can bear the suspense! Waiting until the third book releases sometime next year may kill me!


Freebie


I'm not 100% sold on this one but M.E. Carter is a RARE 2020 author (that I haven't read) and it is a football romance which I tend to enjoy so... Why not?

ARC


Crush The King,  I requested on a whim and had no idea I'd been approved! I was approved a couple of months ago too and I had no idea as I got no email! I guess I better get reading the first two, hadn't I?!

Slaying Monsters For The Feeble is the final Guild Codex release for the year and it's back to Robin and Zylas! I don't think I need to say how excited I was to receive this.


Sophie explains what people need to know to date a reader.



I finished the Hunger Games movies with Mockingjay Pt. 1 on Friday and Mockingjay Pt. 2 on Saturday. I liked them both. I think this is one movie franchise that really did the books justice.


I started a rewatch of Once Upon a Time this week too. 
I wanted something I could have on in the background but not have to pay too much attention to like I would a new series. It turned out to be a fantastic move as I'd forgotten how much I liked the show and it provided a nice background distraction.


I also watched some Lucifer.
I'm still on S3 of that but it's one of the shows I'm determined to get fully caught up on this autumn.


Family Adventures: Neolithic Sites & Avebury Manor
Mini Reviews: Diamond Fire & Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews
Blitz: The Alchemist and An Amaretto by Annette Marie
Bookish Memes: Zombie Apocalypses, Haunted Houses and Queens of Nothing
The Spooktacular Giveaway Hop



Family Adventures: Cornwall (Eden Project & Bodmin Jail)
Review: Slaying Monsters For The Feeble by Annette Marie
Reading Challenge: Read A Series In A Month (November)
Bookish Memes: I Name Thee, Shatter The Earth and Books to Scary Movies


Have a great week all!