New Book Reveal: And My Co-Author Is…

Five days ago, I shared a surprise post about my next book. If you missed it… check it out here: My co-author also shared a post on his/her blog, and together, we asked you to figure out who we were secretly working with… who’s excited to discover my secret co-author? If you’ve been reading the […]

New Book Reveal: And My Co-Author Is…

🎧 Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Title: Halfway to the Grave

Series: Nighthuntress #1

Author: Jeaniene Frost

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father – the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership.

In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner – are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side … and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

This was a reccie from a book friend so I decided to dive in to the audio….

It was a fun story, half vamp, half human teaming up with a full vamp…..Bones the bounty hunter!

At first I had a hard time imagining Bones as some sort of hunk due to the accent on the audio, it hurt my English ears, but then I looked up some fan pics and I was totally on board!

Club scene. Yes please.

In fact all those scenes!

Yes I’m here for the love!!!

Bones is amazing.

Him and Kat and their funny banter made me listen to this book with a smile on my face. He is just so refreshingly honest with his feelings for Kat.

Kat though, her questionable decisions and total blindness when it came to Bones made me want to throttle her!

As I said, a totally fun story with an ending that broke my heart!

Not T5T – Books on my tbr that were recommended!

With Shanah being super busy and taking a well deserved blog break, there is no Top 5 Tuesday for June so I thought I’d have a go at doing my own (not all the time, I struggled to come up with 5 weeks worth!!!)

I was toying with idea of a half year book-ish reflection and to set me up for the next half year – very loosely!

Last week we had books from my TBR that I predict will be 5 stars and this week I’ve chosen books on my TBR because of someone else’s recommendation.

Once I looked I realised there were a lot of books on my tbr in this category, it seems I suffer with FOMO! I’ve narrowed it down to 5!

Chase The Dark by Annette Marie

 

Riven Knight by Devney Perry

 

Treacherous by Alex Grayson

 

Under Different Stars by Amy A Bartol

 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

 

What books have you got on your TBR that are reccies from friends?

A Book and a Candle: The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

Isn’t it just ‘beautiful’!!!!

I haven’t read this book yet but am absolutely in love with the cover of this book.

The candle smells out of this world, blood orange, rose and cashmere musk and has a special topper with a quote from the book.

Do you collect candles to go along with your books?

I admit I had to stop as I was overrun with candles but, now I have burnt some, I can begin my obsession again!

Fairyloot Unboxing: May – Desert Dreams

Fairyloot – May 2020

Theme = Desert Dreams

‘Get swept away in lands filled with fairy tales, magic and djinn!’

Items inspired by We Hunt The Flame, The City of Brass, An Ember in the Ashes, Rebel of the Sands and The Forbidden Wish.

Included was:

🖤 Bookish Tin designed by @chattynora

🖤 Bookish Wooden Spoon engraved with a design by @kdpletters

🖤 Tea Towel by @eviebookish

🖤 Bath Salts by Little Heart Gifts

🖤 Tribal Desert Candle hand-poured by Wick and Fable

🖤 Sunglasses Pouch by @kitstercronk

🖤 Tarot cards: Inspired by ToG by @Gabriella.bujdoso

 

BOOK OF THE MONTH

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Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

Inspired by Persian mythology. In this original fairy tale, a girl is cursed to be poisonous to the touch.

EXCLUSIVE COVER ✔

SPRAYED EDGES ✔

ARTWORK ON REVERSE OF DUST JACKET by @orikye ✔

SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ✔

Mid Year Freak Out Tag!

It feels like so long since I’ve done a tag, but I think this one is fitting for me at the moment…..freaking out at the size of my tbr (but there really is nothing new there!)

This tag was created by EarlyGreyBooks (see her vid here).

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ IN 2020 SO FAR

Lifelike by Jay Kristoff

 

BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ IN 2020 SO FAR

Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff

 

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ, BUT WANT TO

Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova

 

MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by VE Schwab

 

BIGGEST SURPRISE

Moti on the Water by Leylah Attar

This book was everything. Funny, beautiful and totally heart warming.

 

FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR ONE YOU KNEW)

Lani Lynn Vale

Credit to lanilynnvale.com

I started reading Lani in 2020 and she has me hook, line and sinker with her alpha characters!

 

NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

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Kaliis Gilwraeth…need I say more?!

Credit to the mega talented @charliebowater

 

NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER

Bones from Halfway to the Grave

There is specific fan art that is 100% Bones for me but I’m not sure of the origins of the photo so probably copyrighted up to the eyeballs so I haven’t posted!

 

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

Dream Maker by Kristen Ashley

The Queen of the rock chicks is back….this makes me happy and reading this book made me totally happy!

FAVORITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN SO FAR THIS YEAR

Probably for Aurora Burning

To say I was excited to read this is an understatement. Yes, I went in with high expectations. And oh my lanta, this book should come with a warning = Buckle up people, cause this is one hell of a ride!

‘Know the past, or suffer the future’

I wasn’t prepared for this. Mentally, physically, everything!

It was not just good, it was phenomenal!

There are so many things I loved about this book, the plot, the characters, new and original, the feeling of family, Scarlett, Fin and the mystery of Zila’s earrings!

But the clear winners for me are Aurora and Kal. I’m a romantic at heart and I was so interested in The Pull. Every time the word Be’shmai was uttered I melted in a puddle of love (please don’t read too much into that!!!!)

‘She is smoke and starlight, she is blood and fire, she is a song in my veins as old as time and deep as the Void.’

We get a little bit of everyone’s lives. The journey they each had to take to get where they are now and what the future could possibly bring. It was mostly heartbreaking but there was beauty there too.

It was non-stop action, mystery and drama. I was actually out of breath reading it! I mean these poor kids couldn’t catch a break! And that ending….I was like wtf, where’s the rest….noooooooooooo, it cannot be left like that!

They did it. The authors wrote a humdinger of a second book. Words fail me. It was totally and utterly amazing.

 

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT OR RECEIVED SO FAR IN 2020

Bone Criers Moon by Kathryn Purdie

My copy is a Fairyloot exclusive and is so beautiful!

 

WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THIS YEAR?

Right.

How long have you got?

*starts listing 150 books*

And that’s it!

Not T5T – Books I predict that will be 5 stars from my TBR!

With Shanah being super busy and taking a well deserved blog break, there is no Top 5 Tuesday for June so I thought I’d have a go at doing my own (not all the time, I struggled to come up with 5 weeks worth!!!)

I was toying with idea of a half year book-ish reflection and to set me up for the next half year – very loosely!

Last week we had books with yellow covers and this week I perused my tbr and came up with…..

Books from my TBR that I predict will be 5 stars.

Ironside by Holly Black

Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

Penmort Castle by Kristen Ashley

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

REVIEWS: LANI LYNN VALE: APRIL TO JUNE – SWAT GENERATION

The series of the HEA’s of the men featuring in Kilgore Police Department’s Charity Calender continues…..

See the first quarter of 2020 reviews in this series here.

 

Ask Me If I Care

Mr April – Hayes Romine

This is the one. This is the one I wanted, needed, dreamed off…..Hayes Romine!

The man makes me swoon so hard……

‘Only then did I allow myself to sneak a peek at the very first thing that caught my attention in years. ~ Hayes Romine

*falls unconscious*

It’s ok, I’m ok. Be still my beating heart!

I had to add, am I the only one who noticed that Ares brothers name was Lock Downy??! Very apt in this situation we are in, got to love 2020!

And another addition, with another character’s name (who we haven’t met yet)……Caro! I can just pretend it’s me!

 

May Contain Wine

Mr May – Louis Spurlock

Firstly let me say that Calloway broke my heart in first half of this book, chronic aneamia, a broken heart and weird outlook of herself…..

‘I wasn’t fat, but I wasn’t skinny. I wasn’t pretty, but I wasn’t ugly. I wasn’t anything. I just was.’

Louis knew he had blew it and knows what he lost in Callie and he wants his HEA.

All this with lots of drama mixed in of course!

And another few of mentions of the elusive me, I mean Caro!

 

Jokes on You

Mr June – Booth Pena

‘As it was, I wasn’t a nurse, I just had a stellar ability to check out the male form’

Oh me too Dillan, me too!!!!

A near death experience made Booth evaluate his life choices and go for what he wanted (and made me swoon!)…..which means Dillan is screwed!

I love that Dillan is an unapologetic romance reader.

I loved Bobo the dog.

I love how these couples have known each other for years and fall into a happy pattern of bliss.

Drama, great families, sweetness, hotness upon hotness all rolled up into a great read!