Am I mad part 2?!!!

I’ve been giving serious thought to doing a Rick Riordan reread/read.

I sort of abandoned the 5 different series quite a few years ago but lately I’ve been thinking about picking back up….but that’s 21 very solid looking books!

My son has The Lightening Thief so I picked it up and read it….in 1 day and was completely engrossed! Then I ordered the set as I found it for £10! I do have some of Heroes of Olympus books and all the Kane Chronicles, I just need to find them!

So the question is, do I start reading the rest?

I’ve had many thoughts, maybe a binge month or read 1 a month or 2 a month but I just cant get settled on how best to tackle it.

Am I mad?

Have you ever reread a mammoth series?

How would you break it down to read?

Haunted House Ghost: Only .99 from 5/29 to 6/2

Not only were many of the books in the Braxton Campus Mysteries discounted to .99 this week, but the 5th book, Haunted House Ghost, is also available as a Kindle download for only .99 from 5/29 thru 6/2. To take advantage of this discount, visit Amazon via this link. Overview of Haunted House Ghost It’s Halloween,…

Haunted House Ghost: Only .99 from 5/29 to 6/2

Closing the Chapter + Moody May Update!

Welcome to Closing the Chapter! I hope you had a great reading month?

** NOTE – this is also my Moody May update! **

Isn’t it the best feeling when you get your mojo back?! And my mojo is BACK baby!!!

I don’t think it’s anything to do with the dreaded C word as I’m not really having extra time to read, however we did have a couple of Bank Holidays thrown in but I just think my love of reading has come back and the fact that I picked on a whim because of Moody May. I’m so going to keep doing that!

12 books = so happy! And it’s my birthday – what a present!!!

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Supernova by Marissa Meyer

See my review here.

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

See my review here.

Love Under Quarantine by Kylie Scott and Audrey Carlan

See my review here.

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

See my review here.

Embracing Destiny by Amelia Hutchins

See my review here.

The Hunter by LJ Shen

See my review here.

Bound by the Past by Cora Reilly

See my review here.

Just Kidding by Lani Lynn Vale

Look out for my series so far review soon!

Fries Before Guys by Lani Lynn Vale

Look out for my series so far review soon!

Maybe Swearing Will Help by Lani Lynn Vale

Look out for my series so far review soon!

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Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

See my review here.

Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

See my review here.

 

What did you read in May?

My May Haul!!

In April I totally kept my self-promise to only buy 3 books and actually only got 2!

So in my head that was a green light to carry over that extra book.

That’s ok right?

Well I think so! So I did carry it over and got 4 books in May!

The Final Empire: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Embracing Destiny by Amelia Hutchins

🎧 Audio

Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

What books did you get in May?

Review: Dream Maker by Kristen Ashley

Title: Dream Maker

Series: Dream Team #1

Author: Kristen Ashley

Evie is a bonafide nerd and a hyper-intelligent chick who has worked her whole life to get what she wants. Growing up, she had no support from her family and has only ever been able to rely on herself. So when Evie decides she wants to earn her engineering degree, she realizes she needs to take an alternative path to get there. She takes a job dancing at Smithie’s club thinking this would be a quick side gig, where she can make the money she needs. But with her lack of dancing skills and an alpha bad boy who becomes overly protective, Evie realizes this might not be as easy as she thought.

Daniel “Mag” Magnusson knows a thing or two about pain, but the mask he wears is excellent. No one can tell that this good-looking, quick-witted, and roguish guy has deep-seated issues. Mag puts on a funny-guy routine so he can hide his broken heart and PTSD. But when Evie dances her way into Mag’s life, he realizes that he needs to come face-to-face with the demons of his past if he wants a future with her.

The Rock Chicks is a series I’ve read and reread countless times (and Chaos) so I had great expectations over this.

And I wasnt disappointed.

Utterly superb.

This was like climbing back into bed with the Rock Chicks!

Mag is just, oh god, I can’t even explain it. Let this explain it for me ‘How is it, when you act like a dork, the need to bang you strengthens?’ #yesplease

Evan (Evie) is the new member…..but of what Team? Rock Chick or Dream?! I’d happily be a member of both!

Evie is everything I wanted in a girl with problems, issues and a family that is tearing her down. The way she dealt with everything life threw at her, including Mag meant I was in awe of her.

Hold onto your hats ladies cause this will take you on one hell of a ride!

Expect drama, expect laughs, expect girl power, expect swoon, expect everything and this book will deliver.

And I’m with Gert, I like being ‘regular’ too!!!

Top 5 Tuesday: Summer Reads

 

Top 5 Tuesday is brought to you by Shanah at the Bionic Bookworm, see her original post here.

I was thinking about what this means…..and I deliberated for a while and decided that I wasnt going to pick books with summer type stories but books that are releasing in June, July and August that I want to get my grabby hands on!

I have heard that some book releases are being pushed back but these are from my countdown app and I havent checked lately that the dates are still the same so my apologies if they have changed!

Truelife by Jay Kristoff

The Damned by Renee Ahdieh

Hood by Jenny Elder Moke

 

 

The Beginning of Everything by Kristen Ashley (ebook)

Reign by Cora Carmack

(Can only find audible pre order – is this coming out on audio first???)


 

What’s on your list for smmer?

 

Mini Review Monday! Embracing Destiny by Amelia Hutchins

Title: Embracing Destiny

Series: The Fae Chronicles #6

Author: Amelia Hutchins

Part one of the finale. Too large of a page count to be one book. Keep in mind at the end of this book, you’re at the middle of the storyline for one book that ended up being 1200 pages in print.

War has finally come to Faery.

Everything I thought I knew was wrong.

Truths have become lies, and they have all begun to unravel around us. I can no longer trust my instincts.

Ryder has changed, but so have I. We’re evolving, but into what? I’m not sure, but I do know that it isn’t what I wanted to become.

I don’t know if I will survive this war.

One of us is holding back, while the other continually moves forward toward the mages who endlessly slaughter the fae.

I think it’s me. I think I have to lose it all, to gain what is missing inside of me. How do you eradicate self, when self is what you’ve been fighting for?

Throw everything you think you know about the fae away. Nothing is sacred, and no one is safe from the monsters we’re about to become.

Ok so it’s safe to say this this author has ripped my heart out!

My thoughts ranged from ‘you think you know a man’, to ‘yes queen, girl power’ to reeling at the revelations and my emotions went from outrage, to hate to sadness, so much death.

And then….utter shock. Like mouth agape!

I love it when a book does that in the world I am currently inhabiting!

Now I need the next book….asap!!! You hear me Amelia, asap!!!!!

🎧 Review: Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Title: Gemina

Series: The Illuminae Files #2

Authors: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

BeiTech are back.

And this time it’s Hanna, ship captain’s daughter and Nik, crime family members turn to fight the baddies!

Drug dealer aside, I completely love Nik the bad boy with a soft squidgey heart! (The flowers = be still my beating heart!) Let’s just say I spent a lot of time looking at fan art of him!!!

However, I couldn’t say the same for Hanna at first. Oh here we go I thought, Nik will need to save her spoilt, rich kid self! How wrong I was! I changed my mind and changed it fast! There is no denying she is a bad ass and she was just amazing, full of spirit and full of heart despite her questionable ex-boyfriend decisions!

Nik and Hanna together. I was rooting for them – Highness <—– pet names, so cute! I nearly cried at some parts!

But the star of the show for me though was Ella, Nik’s cousin. She was just so in control, so sweet and funny. She was like a shining light.

I don’t want to say much about the plot but I was like whaaaaaat in some places, fabulous! What a twist! Words taken right out of Ezra’s mouth ‘Something really weird is afoot.’

I can’t seem to get the last book on audio so e-book it is!

Review: The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

Title: The Shadows Between Us

Author: Tricia Levenseller

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

I read the words A Slytherin Romance and a little thrill went through me!

‘Her plan was simple. Woo the king, marry the king and then kill the king.’

Firstly let me start off with saying that Alessandra is a minx, I couldn’t work out whether I loved her or hated her in the first quarter of the book.

But here is where it started to go wrong for me.

There I was, on the edge of my seat, trepidation killing me….and then I felt it sort of lost energy. Then I decided I didn’t like Alessandra as she just changed! Where did the murderous villain go who is going to off the King? And lastly, all the describing of the clothes got on my wick! At first I loved she made her own clothes but the constant describing was too much!

But it wasnt all doom and gloom, this is a standalone, it was still entertaining, it’s a short-ish book and has a fabulous pooch in it.

There was one more thing that I loved, and some might disagree with me here, but I loved the fact that Alessandra was no shy wallflower in the sexy times department! She owned that! Normally its virgins, virgins everywhere……but not here! Refreshing!