WWW Wednesday: 22nd February 2017

The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

WWW Wednesday

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Here’s this weeks WWW.


Currently ReadingKing's Cage (Red Queen, #3)

I’m still working my way through King’s Cage, the third book in Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series. It seems to be taking me a lot longer than I expected to read. I am enjoying it but I think I have that slight wariness that it won’t live up to my expectations so have been taking it slow.

I also have this horrible feeling that something really bad is going to happen and it’s going to upset me.

Storm Siren (Storm Siren, #1)I’m also still listening to Storm Siren by Mary Weber on audio. Currently almost 2 thirds of the way through and liking it a lot. It does have a lot of the common YA sci-fi/fantasy tropes (love triangle, special snow flake destined to save the world etc) but it’s also kind of dark (horses which keep trying to eat their riders) which makes a little bit different from the norm. Kind of curious to see where it goes.


Recently Finished

It’s been a bit of a strange reading week for me as I’m doing another GoodReads team challenge and part of that challenge is to pick books from another team’s read list. It’s definitely resulted in some different from the norm choices in books but I’m enjoying The Ocean at the End of the Laneventuring into new territory.

The first book finished,  The Ocean at the End of
the Lane
by Neil Gaiman, definitely falls into new territory for me as, terrible as it is to admit, this was the first book of his I’ve read. I suspect given so many people love his books so much I was a little bit nervous I would be the exception.

Thankfully that was not the case as I absolutely loved this story and Gaiman’s writing. There’s something just instantly likeable about it and it completely sucked me in.

A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, #1)My second book, A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle, was also new to me although obviously, as the first Sherlock Holmes story, old to a lot of people. I always feel like I can’t really comment on classic literature as let’s face it it’s classic for a reason but for the most part I loved it.

I’m a big fan of the TV show (the Benedict Cumberbatch one) so was curious about how true the show was to the book and honestly was completely shocked by the similarities. The “meet cute” between Holmes and Watson was almost identical as were many of the other scenes. I find it so impressive that Conan Doyle wrote this when he did and the fact that it
still pretty much works in a current day setting is a testament to the quality of his writing.

The one bit that slightly threw me was around the halfway point when it ventures into the motives of the murderer. It takes such a sudden shift I actually wondered if I was reading the same book. If you’ve read it you’ll know what I mean.

The third book finished this week was a re read of Evermore by Alyson Noel. It’s the first in her Immortals and series and while being a bit Twilighty I have to confess I do kinda enjoy it. It’s probably one of those guilty pleasure reads, you know it’s wrong to like it but you just can’t help it.


Reading NextA Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)

Sooo, I’m off on holiday to Spain on Sunday morning so I’m not going to post a reading next list. I want to leave it open and read whatever the heck I fancy although let’s face it I’m almost guaranteed to fancy A Conjuring of Light.

Have you read any of the books above or have any other book you’d recommend? Leave comments and links below and I’ll respond when I can.

Happy Wednesday everyone.

Teaser Tuesday: 21st February 2017

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker. If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of The Purple Booker.


This week my teaser comes from The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Shocking as it is to admit this is my first ever Gaiman but I very much doubt it will be my last as I’ve fallen in love with his writing. There’s just something magical about it.


My Teaser

The dread had not left my soul.

But there was a kitten on my pillow, and it was purring in my face and vibrating gently with every purr, and very soon, I slept

~ pg 143 The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


BlurbThe Ocean at the End of the Lane

THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac – as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly’s wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark – from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman.

It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond this world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed – within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.

His only defence is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.


Happy Reading Everyone

Quick Review: Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

Sunbolt (The Sunbolt Chronicles, #1)Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After seeing so many wonderful reviews of this, and Khanani’s other books, I couldn’t resist buying this introduction to the Sunbolt chronicles and it doesn’t disappoint.

Fast paced and full of action, with a fiery heroine it hooks you from the very first page and doesn’t let go. I loved the authors writing style and the book as a whole reminded me of a lot of my other favourite YA fantasy reads (in the best possible ways).

My one complaint is that it’s just too short. At only around 130 pages it feels rushed and a little lacking in depth and explanations. The author has created an incredible world but doesn’t give us the chance to become fully immersed in it. I just wish it was that little bit longer with a bit more detail.

It is a great start however so I will definitely be reading the next book soon.


Blurb

The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Arch Mage Wilhelm Blackflame.

When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life.

WWW Wednesday: 15th February 2017

The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

WWW Wednesday

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Here’s this weeks WWW.


Currently ReadingKing's Cage (Red Queen, #3)

I just started King’s Cage, the third book in Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series, yesterday. I was planning to buy this but it popped up on NetGalley and I couldn’t resist requesting on the off chance I was approved and luckily I was. Thank you Orion Publishing 🙂

I read the first two books in the series towards the end of last year and absolutely loved them and, as Glass Sword finished with a big cliffhanger, I’ve been anxiously awaiting this book. Early days but so far so good.The Ninth Rain (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy, #1)

I’ve kind of parked The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams for the moment as I just couldn’t get into it. I am around 40% in but I’ve been so busy at work I just didn’t have the concentration needed to follow what’s going on and really appreciate it. I will go back to it but will probably wait till later in the month when I’m on holiday.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is also on hold for the moment as it returned itself to the library and someone else has borrowed it. It’s looking like it might be a good few weeks before I get it back. In the meantime, I’ve started Storm Siren by Mary Weber on audio. I’ve listened to a couple of hours so far and quite enjoying it.


Recently FinishedMystery at Maplemead Castle (The Chapelwick Mysteries #2)

The first book finished this week was Mystery at Maplemead Castle by Kitty French. It’s the second book in the Chapelwick Mysteries series which is about Melody Bittersweet who runs the Girl’s Ghostbusting Agency. This time Melody and the gang are called in to get rid of some ghosts causing trouble in a castle.

I love Kitty French books and couldn’t resist requesting this from NetGalley. I liked it a lot. It’s quirky, funny and also had me a bit teary at times. It’s out at the beginning of March so I’ll post a review closer to then.

The second book read was Sleeping Beauty by K.M. Shea. It’s the 8th book in her Timeless Fairy Tales series and like the others is a really enjoyable and easy read. What I love about Shea’s books is that they always have feisty and independent heroines who don’t wait around for Prince Charming to save them (although Sleeping Beauty kind of has to).Sunbolt (The Sunbolt Chronicles, #1)

The third and final book finished was Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani. This was a novella I bought from Amazon a while back but hadn’t gotten around to reading. It did however fit a challenge this week and was a quick read so I managed to sneak it in.

It is short but it’s a great story and I really want to read more by this author (edit: I’ve just bought the sequel).


Reading Next

I’m doing a team challenge again so it seems likely that I will be wandering from my reading plan again to find some books that fit. I do still plan on reading NetGalley ARCs Sweetpea by C.J. Skuse and The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion but I think I’m also going to try and fit in The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. This will be my first Gaiman book so I’m really looking forward to it.

SweetpeaThe Best of Adam SharpThe Ocean at the End of the Lane

Have you read any of the books above or have any other book you’d recommend? Leave comments and links below and I’ll respond when I can.

Happy Wednesday everyone.

Teaser Tuesday: 14th February 2017

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker. If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of The Purple Booker.


Happy Valentines Day everyone!!! Or if you’re like me Happy Singles Awareness Day (I’m totally offended the acronym for that is SAD). Anyway, this week my teaser comes from Mystery at Maplemead Castle by Kitty French, a title I received from NetGalley on Friday evening and had finished by Saturday morning. It’s such a fun read and has just the right amount of romance and mystery.


My Teaser

‘I’m not sure that knowing the colour of my underwear is a compliment, it’s more of a letchy observation.’ I frown. ‘And as for my ass…’ I look down. ‘It’s the dead woman’s shoes. They make my legs look longer.’

~ 40% Mystery at Maplemead Castle by Kitty French


Blurb

Mystery at Maplemead Castle (The Chapelwick Mysteries #2)Welcome to Chapelwick, a leafy English town in the hills of Shropshire, where chocolate pecan cookies come with a helping of sabotage.

Maplemead Castle is crawling with ghosts, and the new owners need them gone. When Melody Bittersweet and the Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency arrive on scene, they quickly identify the troublemakers swinging from the chandeliers… literally.

A century ago, stunning trapeze artist Britannia Lovell plunged to her death, and has done every night since. But did she really just fall, or was there something more to her demise?

Forced to work with Leo Dark, her scoundrel ex, and infuriating, irresistible reporter Fletcher Gunn, Melody’s investigative powers are under strain (i.e. lost in a pink mist of lust and confusion). She needs her team on top form, but best friend Marina’s cake pipeline goes AWOL, assistant Artie’s distracted by a giant sausage roll, and the pug is scared witless by a lion.

Somewhere, hidden in the castle, is a heart-breaking secret, but what will it take to find it? And is there a chance it could set Britannia free, or is she doomed to repeat her last fateful act forever?

An utterly hilarious, gripping, spooktastic read for fans of HY Hanna, MC Beaton, Gina LaManna and Jana DeLeon.


Happy Reading Everyone

WWW Wednesday: 8th February 2017

The WWW Wednesday meme is currently hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words and is a great way to do a weekly update on what you’ve been reading and what you have planned.

WWW Wednesday

To take part all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Here’s this weeks WWW.


Currently Reading

The Ninth Rain (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy, #1)I started reading The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams on Monday and am making slow progress so far. I got this from NetGalley on the basis of the great reviews I’d seen of the authors Copper Cat trilogy but I’ve been feeling a little bit lost with it. It jumped around in time (and between characters) in the beginning which left me completely confused but thankfully now that I’m a little further into the story it’s making a bit more sense.

I was still working my way through the audiobook of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins but it has unfortunately returned itself to the library and someone else has borrowed it. I have a hold on it but not sure when I’ll be able to pick up again.


Recently FinishedThe Breakdown

The first book finished this week was The Breakdown by B.A. Paris which I received from NetGalley. It’s a thriller about a woman, Cass, who comes across a seemingly broken down car on a deserted road on a dark and stormy night. Too scared to get out of the car and offer help she continues home but finds out the next morning the woman in the car has been murdered. Wracked with guilt, she starts to unravel, forgetting things and worrying that someone is watching her.

 I very much enjoyed this story and found it addictive reading. I did find myself getting a tad frustrated with the main character, she was just a bit of a walk over, and the ending was a little too neat for me but still a book I’d recommend if you like a fast paced thriller. You can read my review here.

The Hating GameThe second book finished this week was The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I got this on sale in Amazon but honestly it would have been worth paying full price for. I absolutely loved it.

It’s about a man and woman who are forced to work side by side but absolutely hate each other, and I mean truly, genuinely hate each other. When they’re both put up for promotion, their battle comes to a head and the tension between them reaches boiling point. There is however a fine line between love and hate.

When I first read the blurb I thought this would be the same as all of the other books like this I’d read but it’s so much better. It’s funny, it’s hot and it’s kind of sweet. You can read my full review here.

The third and final book finished this week was Home Tears by Tijan. Unfortunately this turned out to be my biggest disappointment of the year so far. It’s about a woman who returns to her home town after doing a disappearing act 10 years previously. I suspect I just wasn’t in the right mood for this but I couldn’t really be bothered with it and didn’t particularly care what happened.


Reading Next

As you can probably guess I wandered in my reading again this week so my reading next list is similar to last week with NetGalley ARCs Sweetpea by C.J. Skuse and The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion at the top of the list. I do have a feeling I may abandon my list yet again however as King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard comes out tomorrow and I really want to read it.

SweetpeaThe Best of Adam SharpKing's Cage (Red Queen, #3)

Have you read any of the books above or have any other book you’d recommend? Leave comments and links below and I’ll respond when I can.

Happy Wednesday everyone.

Teaser Tuesday: 7th February 2017

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker. If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of The Purple Booker.


This week my teaser comes from The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I read this book last week but loved it so much I just had to use it for this week’s teaser. Reading this did get me in so much trouble but it was so worth it. Who needs sleep when you’re reading something this good.


My Teaser

It’s a corporate truth universally acknowledged that workers would rather eat rat skeletons than participate in group activities. I know I would.

~ pg 63 The Hating Game by Sally Thorne


BlurbThe Hating Game

Nemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.


Happy Reading Everyone