My reading plans for June!

If you read my weekly update on 13 May you may remember I said that I was doing well with my Beat the Backlist Challenge but my new releases TBR was suffering *insert sobs*

As I result I decided that, for June, I would only read the books I have on my tbr that released in the past 4 months to see if I can make a dent in it. (I’m full of great plans!!!)

Without further ado….here is my list (cross fingers I can pull off!)

Have you read any of these?

What were your thoughts?


CJR The Brit Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Title: Flame in the Mist

Author: Renee Ahdieh



Why oh why did I leave it so long to read this book?

I have no idea!

I fell completely in love with it and need book 2, like now!


Here is my review:

This book makes me remember how much I love the written word.

It was beautiful.

Loved Okami

Loved Mariko

Loved the story

Can’t wait to see what happens next!

The story was well paced and just captivating. Mariko’s character development was so well done, no longer the meek ‘yes’ woman, she will fight for her and what she believes in.

And Okami ‘to me you are magic.’ Says it all!

The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 14-20 May


Hope you all had a good week?

I basically had the week from hell so I have not been so active and this update will be short. Due to all this I only read 1 book as I didn’t have the brain or concentration to read.


In this Life by Cora Brent (arc) – see my review here.


I’ve got some great books on my Beat the Backlist Challenge and on my tbr so I think I will mood read this week.


Review: Tacet A Mortuis by Amo Jones

Social Media. What do you use?

Books I want (more like need!) in June….

What did you read this week?

Social Media. What do you use?



Facebook pages, Facebook Groups, Twitter, Instagram…..there is so much to keep up with.

My blog started on Facebook in 2012 with a page and I am so grateful that it connected me with like minded book people.

However lately I have been disheartened.

Not because of all the privacy news (but that certainly is a concern), but because of what’s happened to the book community there.

There is drama all the time, there is fighting and there is downright bullying. Its constant and it gets worse and worse. I never get involved but I see it and it makes my heart hurt.

I also have been thinking lately that maybe Facebook isn’t for my blog anymore. It takes a lot of time to find content, to update and interaction is at an all time low due to the new algorithms.

Then I think that I love what I am doing. I love books. I love that someone may take joy in a book I post, even if it’s just 1 person.

Then on Saturday I saw something in my feed I want to unsee. It really affected me. I won’t go into detail but it was an animal cruelty post. Someone had reposted in a hope to catch the person who did it.

It popped up in my feed and before I knew what it was, I saw what was happening. It was truly sick. I couldn’t think about anything else all day. It was horrific. It really shook me.

I love Instagram. I love my website blog. I have never seen any drama or any fighting. Its all about the love of books. It’s totally the way it should be.

So I’m wondering with all of the above that if Facebook is maybe coming to an end for my book blog. I know I need to ponder over this some more but all I keep thinking is I could use those hours I spend updating Facebook on reading. So I thought I’d get opinions.

Do you have a Facebook page?

What do you think?

Is Facebook dead in the water for book blogs?

CJR The Brit Review: Tacet A Mortuis by Amo Jones


The conclusion!

Bishop basically melts my undies off so I couldn’t wait to see what him and Mads got up to in the conclusion of the trilogy!

The Silver Swan is book 1, The Broken Puppet is book 2 and now we have Tacet A Mortuis……


Here is the blurb:

Hail to the king, and watch him reign, this game was somewhat fun, until the finale came…

Now we’re here, with carnage and despair, and the only questions left to answer, are the ones that do not appear…

A king loses a war, and a swan sheds her wings, chaos collides with peace, as the crows begin to sing…

Enter if you dare, because I swear the end is near, but nothing is as it seems, and everything is so bare.

So what the hell is going on at Riverside,
I think, I think… everyone is about to die….


What a conclusion!  And sets it up nicely for Nate……



‘Secrets are weapons….and in the Kings world that can only spell trouble….’

I couldn’t wait to get answers…and also the ending to Mads and Bishops beginning.

We also get Bishops pov, I was craving it! And I got it. Pulled all the feels!

There was drama, heartache, sexual tension, revelations and of course all you expect from this evil genius author!

The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 7-13 May


Hope you all had a good week?

I made the decision to read all the arcs I had and I haven’t signed up for anymore (well sort of!) so I can really make an effort to read my tbr (honestly I feel like a broken record here!!)

And I made a plan (broken record part 2!)…..

I am doing really well with my Beat the Backlist Challenge but at the same time my new releases are piling up on my tbr. So for June I’m only going to read the books I bought in the past 4 months to see if I can make a dent in it. Sound like a plan? Lets see if I can pull it off!


Bane by LJ Shen (arc) – see my review on my post here.

Ace of Hearts by Chantal Fernando (arc) – review to come closer to release.

I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting (arc) – review to come closer to release.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (Beat the Backlist) – I haven’t actually finished yet but I’ll post my review when I do!


It’s still May so my plan above hasnt come in to effect so I am going to try and read Renegades by Marissa Meyer this week.


As I typed this out I was saying in my head, please let it be none! And it was! I’m a reformed character (let’s see how long that lasts!)


Review: Bad Boy Brody by Tijan

To audible, or not to audible…what do you think?

Review: Birds of Paradise by Anne Malcom

How was your reading week?

What books did you read?

CJR The Brit Review: Birds of Paradise by Anne Malcom


My love for this author knows no bounds. Not only do I count her as a friend but she has a gift. And this book just proves it.

Here is the blurb:

He collected beautiful things.
Rare things.
Ripped them out of their natural environment and preserved them in all of their dead splendor.
The problem was I wasn’t beautiful. I was all of the hideous and ugly realities of the world packaged into one broken human being.
He came to kill me.
That was his business.
He ripped me out of my natural environment, the prison I’d created, and locked me away with all of his beautiful dead things.
I hated him.
I still hate him.
But if I was given the choice and the ability to leave this cage, come back to life, I’d stay dead.
In all of my hideous splendor.
Because my murderer can only possess dead things.
And I can only be possessed by someone more broken and ugly than me.


I really didn’t know anything about this story before I started. I read the blurb so knew that it was dark…..and I love the dark and I love this author!
I’m not saying much more because you need to read this book. Take it from me, it is nothing short of utterly fabulous. It will tear at your heartstrings and parts of you that you never knew existed.
PS: The lead guy in this? I swear he was just meant for me! I want him to call me solnyshko!
‘The time for destruction is now.’

CJR The Brit Review: Bane by LJ Shen




Title: Bane

Author: LJ Shen




If you haven’t read The Sinners of Saint series then you need to!  Quite simply.  But hands off Trent as he is mine!!!

Bane is a spin off from the series.  I didn’t know if I was going to like Bane as I wasn’t that struck on him in the previous books…but see my review below to see if I did!

Here is the blurb:


Naked surfer. Habitual pothead. A con, a liar, a thief and a fraud.

Last I heard, he was extorting the rich and screwing their wives for a living.

Which is why I’m more than a little surprised to find him at my threshold, looking for my friendship, my services, and most puzzling of all—looking humbled.

Thing is, I’m on a boycott. Literally—I cut boys from my life. Permanently.

Problem is, Bane is not a boy, he is all man, and I’m falling, crashing, drowning in his sweet, perfect lies.

Jesse Carter

Hot as hell, cold as ice.

I wasn’t aware of her existence until a fat, juicy deal landed in my lap.

She’s a part of it, a little plaything to kill some time.

She is collateral, a means to an end, and a side-bonus for striking a deal with her oil tycoon stepdad.

More than anything, Jesse Carter is a tough nut to crack.

Little does she know, I have the f****** teeth for it.



‘My Whole Life Has Been Pledged to This Meeting with You.’

The tattooed words that started it all.

There are many words to describe this book but I found myself speechless when I’d finished! I was in a tailspin with my emotions. So many emotions! Shock, anger, lust, happiness, sadness…..this book pulled them all!

But mostly it pulled angst, anticipation, the knowing. Oh my God the knowing! My heart was in my mouth. I was sending up a prayer to the book gods to let me have some part of my heart left in tact once I’d finished!

Bane, I didn’t know if I was going to like him. I didn’t. I LOVED him. Watching him be the person he could be instead of who I thought he was was just poetic. His quick wit and banter had me sold. “I prefer the term sexual plumber.”

Jesse captivated me. I adored her. Her strength and bravery. It was like watching a caterpillar turning into a butterfly.

Before I read this book I didn’t know why it was in the Sinner of Saint series, I mean Bane isn’t a Hothole. But now I do. Bane is a God amongst men.