Thursday, 31 October 2019

Audio Blitz: The Journals of Octavia Hollows by Stacey Rourke

The Journals of Octavia Hollows, written by Stacey Rourke, are available on audio in a nifty compilation! 
How awesome is that? All six novellas bundled together for your listening/reading pleasure. 

Fall in love with this feisty heroine, her pet pig, and the brilliant narration provided by Brenda Scott Wlazlo.

With a touch of her hand, Octavia Hollows can restore life. Yet, she couldn’t save the man she loved from the horrific accident that stole him from her. Octavia thought she could outrun the pain, but ghosts from the past refuse to be silenced. Out of options, she chooses to retrace her wayward journey across the country in search of answers. Surrounded by baffling mysteries of the undead, what she learns about herself along the way might become her greatest weapon.

This six novella series chronicles Octavia's adventures in:
Wake the Dead
Dead Man's Hand
Caught Dead
Drop Dead Gorgeous
Dead Ringer
Dead as a Doornail

One lucky US winner will receive a signed paperback copy of the Journals of Octavia Hollows collection. The book will be signed by author Stacey Rourke and narrator Brenda Scott Wlazlo.

Stacey Rourke is the award winning author of works that span genres, but possess the same flare for action and snarky humor. She lives in Florida with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. Stacey loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.

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Sunday, 27 October 2019

Weekly Update #83

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.

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*


Full-length novel

First-person, single pov.


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





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!


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.


Book One: Taming Demons For Beginners