These ‘about me’ sections, or even sections that inform you about blogs, have never been my forte. Much to my chagrin, I was never taught the unwritten rules of what you are supposed to say. The links at the side of the blog – Twitter and Goodreads, for example – are liable to tell you more than I could ever say in words.
Mostly, this will be a book blog. I read a lot, and I love to share my views on my most recent reads. I try to read a little bit of everything, but if you look closely you’ll notice I will occasionally become obsessed with one specific genre for a short period of time. Old books, new books, yet to be released books – I read them all. If you’re an author looking for advance readers or just wish for more reviews of a book you’ve already released, please feel free to contact me. There is a contact form at the side of my blog – if you scroll down below the Twitter and Goodreads sidebar you will find it – so drop me a message and I’ll be sure to get back to you in double time. After all, finding new authors is what makes the book world go around.
Thanks for taking your time to read this. With a little bit of luck, you will find my blog much more interesting than this mundane introductory section.
Wednesday, 18 July 2018
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes has caught my attention on countless occasions, constantly screaming out for me to grab it and read it. Despite my interest, I held off on buying the book for a very long time. When I found books one and two in the series, An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night, on offer, I decided to bite the bullet and grab them both.
In truth, I’m not entirely sure what it is about the book that had interested me for so long. There were plenty of things, really. The good reviews. The number of friends who loved it. The fact the book was inspired by Ancient Rome. The dystopian element. The slave and warrior element. Plenty of things interested me, left me curious.
All these elements resulted in my mind conjuring up many possibilities for the series. With so many expectations, with so many possibilities in my mind, I was rather surprised when this book wasn’t anything like I had imagined. It was an entertaining book, I cannot deny that, and yet I had imagined so many possibilities except for what I was given. It was surprising, but not in a bad way.
If I am being completely honest, when I started this book I was a bit unsure. Things were rather slow at first, and I found myself waiting for things to come together. I wanted to better understand the world, I wanted more about the characters, and I wanted things to start moving. After about a quarter of the book, I suddenly found myself addicted. I was unable to put the book down, desperate to see how everything came together. Things I was curious about opened up, and we were introduced to many new elements. I found myself lost to the pages, and before I knew what was happening time has passed me by and I was deep into the book.
Don’t get me wrong, the story was far from perfect. There were things I felt were never explained in full, there were events I thought to be a bit on the silly side, and there were characters that never reached their full potential. However, I was addicted throughout. There were so many elements introduced, with those I was a bit disappointed by leaving me with the hope the future books will tie them together much better.
I think, for me, however, the biggest issue was the romance. I hate love triangles, and this book took things a step further through a love square. A is attracted to B, B is attracted to A and C, C is attracted to B and D, D is attracted to C. So much urgh. It pulled away from so many interesting elements. I did not care for any of the romance at all, and each time it appeared I found myself growing rather annoyed. I do not mind romance in my fantasy novels, but with this one the constant pull between characters left me annoyed. I could have easily done without it, taking more battle scenes instead.
Overall, An Ember in the Ashes proved to be an addictive story. There is no doubt I will be diving into A Torch Against the Night soon to see what comes next.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The last couple of books in Sarah K.L. Wilson’s Dragon School series have given us quite the high, and I was crossing my fingers the high would continue. After all, I’m addicted to the series, more than willing to dive straight into each new book. Although this thirteenth book was enjoyable, it wasn’t quite the high of the few prior books that left my heart pounding.
Dragon School: First Flight, book one, sucked me completely into the world – it was so much more than I’d expected, and I couldn’t wait to get more. Dragon School: Initiate, book two, sucked me in even deeper – it showed me there was more to the story than I’d originally thought, ensuring I would pick up the next. Dragon School: The Dark Prince, book three, was a very important book in the series – it may not have been my favourite book, but it was vital to the overall story. Dragon School: The Ruby Isles, book four, continues to move things forward in a wonderful way – it may not be my favourite of the stories, but it is another important addition. Dragon School: Sword, book five, was another brilliant read, adding more to the series – it was also the book that reminded me why I was following the series in the first place, pulling me back in after a short hiatus.
Dragon School: Dusk Covenant, book six, added plenty of new twists – more than enough to ensure I remained ensnared with the story. Dragon School: First Message, book seven, brought even more to the table – more was added to the storyline, plenty of things leaving me curious as to what would come next. Dragon School: Warring Promises, book eight, left on a serious cliff-hanger – all the books leave on a cliff-hanger, but this was probably the biggest of them all. Dragon School: Prince of Dragons, book nine, was probably my least favourite of the series, but it continued to move things forward for us.
Dragon School: Dark Night, book ten, was one of my favourites in the series, increasing the level of intensity and leaving us with so many expectations. Dragon School: Bright Hopes, book eleven, was a pivotal book in the series, giving us so many new twists and making so many promises for the future. Dragon School: Mark of Loyalty, book twelve, blew all the prior books out of the water, earning it the label as my favourite in the series. Dragon School: Dire Quests, book thirteen, therefore had a lot to live up to.
I think, coming after my favourite book in the series, Dragon School: Dire Quest was never going to blow my mind in the way I had hoped. Sure, I liked to believe I would receive another new favourite, but deep down I knew such would never be the case. Although this thirteenth book was enjoyable, it wasn’t quite all I had hoped it would be.
If I’m being completely honest, this was another book in the series where I rounded a three-point-five-star rating up. It contained action and drama, the characters we know and love, and it increased our knowledge of the world in a great way – but it did not have quite the same impact as some of the prior books. It gave us more, but at the same time it could have given more.
It’s certainly another pivotal read in the series – every book is, really – but it wasn’t all I had hoped for. Nevertheless, I’ll be diving into book fourteen as soon as I can.
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Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Release Date: July 17, 2018
Smokin' hot, dominant alphas, smart, sassy heroines, & contemporary romance stories to make you say "yes please!".
Calder Blake lost everything: his mother, his father, his very identity. Until Cass, he didn’t believe he deserved to be a Blake, where family and loyalty always come first.
But what if Cass can’t give Calder what he needs to move on from his broken past?
Or worse, what if someone’s determined that Cass will never get a chance to become a Blake?
DEAR READERS: BLOOD ROSE is a stand alone story, but if you haven’t read how Cass and Calder’s love story first started, you can do so through GOLD SHIMMER and STEEL RUSH. Not only do you get to take the journey with Cass and Calder, but you’ll also get to visit with Sebastian and Talia, since they play key roles in Cass and Calder’s story.
Mister Black (1) (Sebastian & Talia part 1) - Novella
Scarlett Red (2) (Sebastian & Talia part 2) - Novel
Blackest Red (3) (Sebastian & Talia part 2) - Novel
Gold Shimmer (4) (Cass & Calder part 1) - Novel
Steel Rush (5) (Cass & Calder part 2) - Novel
Black Platinum (6) (Sebastian & Talia) - Novel
Reddest Black (7) (Sebastian & Talia) – Novel
Series: Merciless Saga #2
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Releasing September 4, 2018
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Willow started writing after having her little girl, Evie, December 2015. All during her pregnancy with Evie she continued to read and she only wanted to read romance. She was reading a book a day — sometimes two.
In January 2016 Willow was staying up late with Evie and just thinking of all these stories. They came to her constantly so she finally sat down and just started writing. She always wanted to do it so she figured, why not? Today Willow cannot be happier for making that decision!