Friday, 21 March 2014

Unleashed by Sara Humphreys. The Amoveo Legend Book 1

Unleashed (The Amoveo Legend, #1)Unleashed by Sara  Humphreys

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


3.5 Stars

I enjoyed Unleashed, it was nice to slip back into a paranormal after not reading one for awhile.  I don't love the 'fated mates' storyline, it can make for lazy development of the romance and how the H&H interact with each other.  But Humphrey's has made it work, Malcolm and Sam's relationship didn't feel forced.  And it wasn't instalove - instalust yes, but the love came later. 

Malcolm is alpha, but he's not totally overbearing, I liked that Sam stood up to Malcolm when she worked out he could read her thoughts and that he respected her wishes about getting out of her head.

I did think the ending wrapped up all very quickly, I would've liked some more time spent on the Caedo (bad guys) - but as this is a series, I'm guessing there may be more development in the future.

I'll def be checking out the other books in the series, as there are 10 Amoveo clans, I'm hoping for quite a few books.

And FYI - if perchance my smexy Amoveo mate is reading this - I'd prefer a six pack of Turkey & Dry instead of a bunch of roses. (The Amoveo can conjure up things they want and move at the speed of thought!)



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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Hot Mess by Lynn Raye Harris

Hot Mess (Hostile Operations Team #2)Hot Mess by Lynn Raye Harris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This was a fun, quick read.  I liked the background set up for Georgeanne and Sam.  I'm a fan of the friends to lovers storyline.  I think if this was a full length book there would've been more suspense, but all that action took place outside of the book - but never fear, there was plenty going on between the sheets!

I liked both of the characters, they were well written and I thought the romance felt real and when the couple has history off book I can believe the "hello, hello, nice to meet you - wham bam, sexy times!"

Hot Mess has certainly wet my appetite for the Hostile Operations Team series, I'll be checking them out.



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Friday, 7 March 2014

Check it out - What's in my library bag today? #1

So I think I'm going to try make this a weekly post - sharing some of the items that I've borrowed from my local library, (also the place I work).  I pretty much check something out everyday at work, and anyone who knows me IRL wouldn't be surprised by this.  New books are my kryptonite, (who am I kidding ALL books are my kryptonite!!), I see them and I get carried away, I need them and I need them now!


So here is a selection of what I've borrowed this week...


 The second season of Falling Skies.  This series is not without its issues, I mean surely an alien race with all the wizz bang would be able to find a bunch of resisting humans - even so I did enjoy the first season of this so I am looking forward to seeing what season two brings.  Extra points for Noah Wyle!

No One Lives - I knew next to nothing about this - I saw Luke Evans and was 'Yes please!'.  Here's the blurb from IMDb:

"A gang of ruthless highway killers kidnap a wealthy couple traveling cross country only to shockingly discover that things are not what they seem."
     ~ So I'm guessing the wealthy couple is going to open a can o' whoop ass on their kidnappers, hopefully they don't break the hotboy.

And lastly on the DVD front, Lost Girl season one.  I've already seen part of this season, I've enjoyed what I've watched and I'm looking forward to watching the rest.  I love Bo, she's a kick arse character and Dyson...mmm...lovely lovely hotboy.

I'm on a bit of a Bourdain bender at the moment and I've got pretty much everything I can get my hands, I'm making my way through the No Reservations series.  Which I love, he's so snarky, especially in the earlier series.  So I'm looking forward to Bone in the Throat.  It's fiction and tells the story of sous-chef Tommy who just wants to perfect his seafood chowder, but his mobster relatives have ideas on other uses for his kitchen.  I'm always bemoaning actors that decide to 'write' a novel, so it'll be interesting to see how this one goes.  Usually it's a celebrity putting out a cook book.

The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer was recommended by Cathy Maxwell at last years ARRA Conference, I've been meaning to read this since then - it's been a year - so I thought it was time to give it a go.  I've never read Heyer before, so I'm interested to see how I like her, especially after I've been reading more Regency romance lately.

Shooting Yourself by Haje Jan Kamps

This was in a magazine, I can't remember which one, but it looks like an interesting, tip filled read on how to make your selfies stand out.  Plus, it has the added bonus of introducing you to some awesome photographers you may not know about.

Super-cute Pincushions  by Kate Haxell.  I've been getting my craft on lately and I'm planning on making a hella cute pin cushion for my aunt, it's a felt cactus and I found some pretty heart shaped pins that I can use as red cactus fruit - I'll make sure I post a how-to when I finally finish it.  I think I saw this book in Homespun magazine maybe?  That's where the cactus is from,  I can't remember, but I'm looking forward to a cuppa and a sit down with this book.

That's it!  Checked out any gems from your library this week?  Have a recommendations?  Let me know below, you know how I love to talk books  :)

Have a wonderful weekend.

C.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

WWW Wednesday 5 March




It is that time of the week again, where we talk all about our reading!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Miz B over at ShouldBeReading.  If you'd like to join in here is what you need to do - answer these three questions:
 
* What are you currently reading?
* What did you just finish reading?
* What are you going to read next?
Then go and check out what everyone else who is participating is reading - I recommend you visit with pen at the ready, I always come away with new books to add to my Mt. TBR!  
 
What are you currently reading?
 
I'm still continuing with Blood Red Road by Moira Young.  I'm enjoying it more as I go along, it has a little Max Mad beyond the Thunderdome feel about it.  I also like that Saba is a strong character and Emmy isn't so annoying which is fantastic.  As I'm on the mobile library this week, I'm listening to Unleashed by Sarah Humphreys.  This is a paranormal romance about the Amoveo, which are shifter clans, Malcolm is an eagle shifter and Sam is half wolf shifter.  I am enjoying it but I have a thing about 'fated mates', sometimes the relationship can feel forced, although so far it doesn't seem like the case with Unleashed.
 
 
What did you just finish reading?
 
I finished the first book for March in this years #yearathon, which was Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.  I actually enjoyed this more than I remember, although I think my memories of the movie have clouded my enjoyment of the book.  But really - who am I kidding the movies were bigdumbfun.  I also finished The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, which I thought was lovely, beautiful words and illustrations.

What are you going to read next?

I still haven't started Possession by A.S. Byatt yet, but hopefully by next week I will have.  I also need to read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, which is my book groups pick for March.  I'm also waiting for a copy of A Wrinkle in Time to arrive as this is another 1001 kids group read.  I need to get a wriggle on!
 
Another week of reading gone, I wish I had more time to read, I miss the days of old where I could pretty much drop everything and read for as long as I wanted - growing up ruins everything!  Plus it doesn't help that I work in a library and I visit lots of book blogs :)  I see something and I immediately want to read it.  
 
Let me know what you're reading in the comments below.

C.
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, 28 February 2014

Book Blogger Hop 28 Feb

Book Blogger Hop
Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop - hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.  
 
Like to participate?  Here's how - answer the question below on your blog, then place a link to your answer here Once you've done that, visit the other participating blogs.

This weeks question, thanks to Elizabeth at Silver's Reviews is:  

 Q: Have you stopped accepting books from either authors or publishers to try to catch up? If not, do you think you would ever do that? 

A: I don't get a lot of books from publishers,  so at the moment I'm managing quite well with the books I review.  Although if I was getting books regularly it would be something I would consider.  I do try to make a point of only reading and reviewing books I want to read.  I think that makes the whole process more enjoyable.  I tend to get books in ebook format, often because it is easier for them to send me an ebook rather than print format.

Let me know what you think below, either by commenting or leaving me a link to your blog :)  Hope you have fun hopping around and happy #weekendreading

C.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

WWW Wednesdays 26 Feb





It is that time of the week again, where we talk all about our reading!


WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Miz B over at ShouldBeReading.  If you'd like to join in here is what you need to do - answer these three questions:
* What are you currently reading?
* What did you just finish reading?
* What are you going to read next?


Then go and check out what everyone else who is participating is reading - I recommend you visit with pen at the ready, I always come away with new books to add to my Mt. TBR! 

*What are you currently reading?

I started Blood Red Road by Moira Young this week, I'm only a  few chapters in, but I'm liking it so far.  I am a fan of dystopian YA.  Plus I'm happy because this has been sitting on my shelves for a few years now, I saw the sequel and was going to get that before I realised I own, but hadn't read the first one yet.  I'm also almost finished The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, which is a 1001 group read.  Promises by Cathryn Hein is another I'm reading, we had her at work for an author talk a couple weeks back, hopefully next week I'll have a blog post organised about her books/visit.


 
* What did you just finish reading?
 
I finished Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan this week,  so good! Just so good.  I really enjoyed this, it was a lot of fun, I hadn't seen the movie for a long time, so I'd forgotten things that happen, plus there is so much more in the books, I'm really looking forward to continuing with this series.  I finished Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee last week, another 1001 book, this one from the adult list.  I still haven't finished my review about this book, I think I'm going to do a reread of some parts, it's still rattling around in my head.  He is such a brilliant author, he gets under my skin.
 
 
* What are you going to read next?
 
Well maybe the question should be what aren't I going to read - I haven't  decided which adult 1001 book I'm going to read, but I'm leaning towards Possession by A. S. Byatt.  I also have a group read of A wrinkle in time and The girl who loved horses  And to top that off I checked out a menagerie of books from work last night.  I'm also participating in the #yearathon on Goodreads, with the Twilight books my reads for March and if I get through all of those I'm going to reread The Host as I never finished the last 100 or so pages.
 
There is also the possibility that I'll get sidetracked by other books, one of the best/worst things about working in a library is the books I see.  I want to read ALL THE BOOKS and there's never enough time :)

So that's my WWW Wednesday for this week.  What about you?  Just finish something fantastic?  Let me know what you're reading and what you're going to read next.  I love to have a chat about books - any excuse really.

C.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Book Blogger Hop 21st Feb


Book Blogger Hop


Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop - hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. 

This weeks question, thanks to Elizabeth at Silver's Reviews is:  

This annoys me, what about you? When I click on a blogger's name and it goes to their profile and I see more than one blog listed, how do you know which one to visit? I usually don't visit. 

When I visit others through blog hops I tend to visit more than one post, especially if I've never visited them before.  I like to have a sticky beak around, sometimes you find some awesome people, so it doesn't really bother me.  I do think it would be easier if the link was to the blog post in question.  Then after that you can go exploring.**

** Me, in my infinte wisdom (or lack thereof, didn't read the question correctly - so when I'm faced with a profile page with a number of blogs - firstly, I'd click on the most bookish sounding one and go from there.  I'd probably stick around and have a look at the other blogs too, especially if the first one I clicked on wasn't book related.  That being said - if I was in a rush and had little time I would aim to go back another time.

Well that's it for another week, I hope it was a good one :)  I'm hoping to catch up on some reading this weekend, I've got a Cathryn Hein book, (Promises) and Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan on the go.  What are your #weekendreads?  What ever it may be - I hope it's good!

C. 

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