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July Wrap Up

Books Read

Shifter Made (Shifters Unbound, #0.5)MicroThe CorinthianRoyal Passion (Royal, #2)Rachel's Holiday (Walsh Family, #2)Written in Red (The Others, #1)Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark #9)The 100 (The 100, #1)Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Murder of Crows (The Others, #2)Making It Up As I Go AlongVision in Silver (The Others, #3)Marked in Flesh (The Others, #4)Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3)The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsEtched in Bone (The Others, #5)Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell, #1)

Highlights

The Corinthian

The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer ★★★★☆

My second Heyer book I enjoyed almost as much as the first and far more than my third (I think my third was The Convenient Marriage which I DNF’d because the MC drove me crazy). The Corinthian follows Penelope and Sir Richard fleeing London in an attempt to escape unwanted marriages Getting tangled up in a robbery, a murder, and star-crossed lovers on the way.

It was a very enjoyable, light -hearted story.

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Written in Red

Written in Red by Anne Bishop ★★★★★

Oh, my god, this was amazing!! I read the first book for a reading challenge and quickly gobbled up the rest of the books in the series. I ordered the next two before I had finished this one and the two after those before finishing the second book!

Written in Red is the first book in Bishop’s The Others series. Set in an alternate America called Thasia, where humans and paranormal beings, known as the Terra Indigene, exist side by side (mostly…). The Others rule the realm but some humans aren’t too happy about that and cause all kinds of trouble with dire consequences. We mainly follow Meg Corbyn and Simon Wolfgard along with the other residents of the Lakeside Courtyard. Meg is a blood prophet on the run from those who imprisoned her and kept her as property for the sale of prophecies. She finds her way to the Lakeside Courtyard where Simon hires her as their Human Liason. The Others are intrigued by Meg and decide to protect her but by doing so they take on a lot more than they could ever have realised.

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Pleasure of a Dark Prince

Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole ★★★★☆

Another fantastic book from Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. Pleasure of a Dark Prince is the 9th book in the series but backtracks to the second book giving us a story that was hinted at in A Hunger Like No Other. What I love about Cole’s writing is how she writes tension and keeps you wanting to read more and more. Every single time I start one of her books it is impossible for me to stop!!

Pleasure of a Dark Prince follows Lykae Garreth MacRieve (hello book boyfriend!!) and Valkyrie Lucia the Huntress on the search for an ancient weapon in the hopes of ultimately destroying a god.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou ★★★★☆

My first book by Angelou and it won’t be my last. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings chronicles Angelou’s youth from the time she and her brother were sent to live with their grandmother and uncle in Southern USA. It encapsulates some beautiful, frightening, liberating and loving moments of life.

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Well that’s it for July. It was a very good reading month. I enjoyed almost everything I read, even the ones I didn’t mention in my highlights.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these books.

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Eligible – Curtis Sittenfeld

25852870Title: Eligible
 
Author: Curtis Sittenfeld
 
Genre: Romance
 
Series: The Austen Project #4
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.63/5
 
 

Synopsis: NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER . . . Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny, Eligible tackles gender, class, courtship, and family as Curtis Sittenfeld reaffirms herself as one of the most dazzling authors writing today.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND THE TIMES (UK)

This version of the Bennet family and Mr. Darcy is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.

Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won’t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane’s fortieth birthday fast approaches.

Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend, neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy, reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . . And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.

 
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What I thought about the book: Perfect for a summer holiday book if anyone is looking for one. It’s a nice story about all the relationships we experience in modern life. I think Sittenfeld did a great modernising Pride and Prejudice and I really liked a lot of the changes she made to some of the characters. Catherine de Bourgh, for instance, is much more appealing.
Not my normal choice of book but I enjoyed it.
 
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My Rating: 
4 paws 3.5

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May TBR & Goals

Ok, so I never stick to my TBR. Never. Maybe I sometimes read one or two books from it but I have never managed to stick to an entire TBR. Knowing I won’t stick to one, it seems silly to keep writing them so instead I’m going to list a handful of books I would like to read this month and my other bookish goals.

Books

Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1) Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) Midnight's Daughter (Dorina Basarab, #1) The Historian Rajmund (Vampires in America, #3) Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3)Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) The Force of Wind (Elemental Mysteries, #3) Heart of Steel (Iron Seas, #2) Deeper Than Midnight (Midnight Breed, #9) Bloodfever (Fever, #2) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently, #1) River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6) Beauty of the Beast (Fairy Tale Retellings #1) Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype Captive Prince (Captive Prince, #1)

I expect to read at least two of these books. Some of them I’ve added to my TBR each month since February so we shall see….

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Goals

Even if I don’t read the above books I hope to read at least 10 things in May. I say things because I’m including short stories, novellas, graphic novels, etc. in that. I read about 11 things in April so I should be able to manage this…..hopefully.


I have been so all over the place with posting since I started this blog last year. I really want to get more consistent with posting this month. My aim is to post 5-6 times each week. Which is a lot but I’ve written out a plan to help me. Fingers crossed!


I want to get more active on Instagram as well. I studied photography after school, I really like combining my love of books with my love of photography.

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If you’ve read any of the books I mentioned I’d love to know what you thought of them. I’d also love to know if I mentioned a book above you think I should straight away! (not including Harry Potter, this is my 3rd time reading it anyway)

Books are boring?

Good morning, everyone!

I’m a little late with this one today, I had to go out and get milk for my coffee. Can’t write without coffee!!! I’m not feeling well today so I’m going to spend the day reading. I love that state of being unwell where you can enjoy reading for hours and not feel guilty about it. Bliss!

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It’s World Book Festival here this week. There are workshops, speaking events, and kiddie events going on. It sounds like loads of fun but looking through the brochure I didn’t find too much to interest me.

There seems to be a focus on literary fiction (which I’ve noticed tends to be the focus a lot in Ireland). I enjoy the odd literary fiction book but it’s not what I read the most. There is a talk on Folklore and Exploration that looks interesting. (For more info on the Book Festival go here.)

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I don’t understand the focus on literary fiction here. Ireland is known for magic and myths, why does so much of our popular literature seem so depressing and serious?

Several people have told me they don’t read books because they’re boring! Books are so far from boring! Is it because all the books they hear about look serious and moody or is it because the last book they read was required reading for school (which may take a lot of the fun out)? Maybe they think there’s no point because anything good will be made into a movie?

It was mentioned to me recently as well that audiobooks don’t count as reading because reading is meant to be work. This really surprised me. Reading has never felt like work to me (except maybe in school). Reading is so much fun! When I think back on books I’ve read and listened to, I can’t differentiate between the two because it all ends up the same inside my head. My memories of the stories are visual, not textual (Please tell me I’m not the only nutter like this).



So what do you think? Have you noticed this trend towards promoting mainly literary fiction? Do you know people who think reading is boring? How do you find out about books you enjoy?

Jabril – D.B. Reynolds

6753250Title: Jabril
 
Author: D.B. Reynolds
 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
Series: Vampires in America #2
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.07/5
 
 
Synopsis: Houston, Texas–Cowboy boots, baseball and journeys to the stars . . . right?

Wrong. Because Houston is also home to Jabril Karim, one of the eight powerful Vampire Lords who control all of North America. And as Private Investigator Cynthia Leighton will soon discover, not all Vampire Lords are created equal.

Jabril is the face of evil in the new world, a vampire who values no life but his own, who enslaves those he desires, steals whatever he covets, and destroys anyone who stands in his way.

Running from L.A. and its seductive Vampire Lord, Raphael, Cyn sees the Houston job as a welcome refuge, a place to get away and heal her broken heart. But Texas will be no vacation. Cyn will confront a true enemy in Jabril, one who will go to any lengths to satisfy his lusts, enrich his coffers, and expand his power.

Fighting for the lives of two young sisters, Cyn’s journey will take her through the streets of Houston and back to L.A., where the human police are determined to bring Raphael down for the murder of one of their own. But the danger doesn’t end there.

Jabril has set his sights on Cyn, and he will stop at nothing to have her.

 
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What I thought about the book: Enjoyed this one more than the first book in the series. Cyn is still kick ass and Raphael is a bit more likeable in this book. I couldn’t understand the appeal in book 1 but I get it now. Jabril himself is a good bad guy….as in he’s a really bad bad guy… He’s a really creepy jerk!
Great action scenes, it didn’t get boring to read about people punching and kicking. The romance kind of took a back seat but it was established in the first book. This one kind of built the world a bit more. The only snag was the epilogue. Who the heck was that chick?!
 
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My Rating:
4 paws

Harry Potter Read Along

Hi, guys!

I (like a lot of other people) love Harry Potter! It’s been long enough now since I read the books that a lot of the details are no longer fresh in my mind, some things from the movies have replaced my memories of the books as well. So I decided it’s time to do a reread of the entire series and this time include the other books set in the Potterverse as well (like Fantastic Beasts).

I would love to do a series read along with a few people for this. It’s just such a fun story (well, it get’s a bit darker later) and I would love to do chats and Q&A’s on each book. Talk about favourite scenes, characters and how they compare to the movies.

I haven’t decided on a platform yet, it depends on how much interest there is in doing the read along. It will most likely be on either Goodreads or Facebook and I will of course post here as well.

If you would like to join in please comment below and I will update soon with all the details for the read along.

Thanks for reading!

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Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night – Kresley Cole

435045Title: Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night
 
Author: Kresley Cole
 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
Series: Immortals After Dark #4
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.38/5
 
 
Why I read this: I love Kresley Cole!!!
 
Synopsis:

This seductive paranormal series continues with a brutal Highland werewolf and an exquisite young witch, adversaries with a blood vendetta between them.

Her breathless kiss haunts him…

Bowen MacRieve of the Lykae clan was nearly destroyed when he lost the one woman meant for him. The ruthless warrior grew even colder, never taking another to his bed—until a smoldering encounter with his enemy, Mariketa the Awaited, reawakens his darkest desires. When sinister forces unite against her, the Highlander finds himself using all his strength and skill to keep her alive.

His slow, hot touch is irresistible…

Temporarily stripped of her powers, Mari is forced to take refuge with her sworn adversary. It’s rumored that no one can tempt Bowen’s hardened heart, but soon passion burns between them. Though a future together is impossible, she fears he has no intention of letting her go.

No deed is too wicked for her seduction…

If they defeat the evil that surrounds them, can Mari deny Bowen when he demands her body and soul—or will she risk everything for her fierce protector?

 
What I thought about the book:
Oh my gosh, I loved this!!! Favourite book in the series so far (I think I said that about No Rest for the Wicked as well…) Mari and Bowen are just amazing, the subplots are amazing, the whole thing is just amazing!
I think I might drop everything and just read all of Kresley Cole’s books (reading the Captain of All Pleasures now). To hell with laundry, I have immortals and captains to visit!
 
Favourite Character: Mari
 
My Rating:
5 paws
 
Smutometer: 
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Jane Steele – Lyndsay Faye Review

25868918Title: Jane Steele
 
Author: Lyndsay Faye
 
Genre: Historical Fiction
 
Series: n/a
 
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
 
 
Why I read this:
TBR pile reading challenge
 

Synopsis: Reader, I murdered him.

A Gothic retelling of Jane Eyre.

Like the heroine of the novel she adores, Jane Steele suffers cruelly at the hands of her aunt and schoolmaster. And like Jane Eyre, they call her wicked – but in her case, she fears the accusation is true. When she flees, she leaves behind the corpses of her tormentors.

A fugitive navigating London’s underbelly, Jane rights wrongs on behalf of the have-nots whilst avoiding the noose. Until an advertisement catches her eye. Her aunt has died and the new master at Highgate House, Mr Thornfield, seeks a governess. Anxious to know if she is Highgate’s true heir, Jane takes the position and is soon caught up in the household’s strange spell. When she falls in love with the mysterious Charles Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: can she possess him – body, soul and secrets – and what if he discovers her murderous past?

 
What I thought about the book:

This was absolutely brilliant. I was hooked from the very first sentence and couldn’t bare to part with it after.

Having previously read one Jane Eyre retelling and being bitterly disappointed in it, I didn’t really have high expectations for this one. But boy was I in for a treat! Primarily, it isn’t exactly a retelling, more a murderous narrative with roots deeply embedded in Brontë’s book. Far more adventurous and thrilling than the original, Jane Steele’s life ebbs and flows in a similar but ultimately different fashion to Eyre’s. The mystery of the missing jewels and Mr Thornfield’s past kept me bolted to the pages till the end.

I wasn’t sure what to make of Jane’s character at first. I thought she might be a bit of a sociopath, but I grew to love her. I can honestly say she’s now one of my favourite all time characters.

Mr Thornfield, I loved from the moment we returned to Highgate House. His sarcastic humour and caring nature are very endearing. (I wouldn’t normally add a historical fiction character to my Book Boyfriends but he’s a definite contender)

Every aspect of this book has gotten under my skin and lives there now. It’s one of the rare stories I will think of often.

 
Favourite Character: Mr Thornfield
 
My Rating:
5 paws
 
Smutometer: 
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