March Fairyloot Unboxing *spoilers ahead!*

Love getting my Fairyloot box, its their 2 year anniversary box this month and it’s purple!!! (You know I’m making a book shelf with that!)

Cork bunting by Paladone. I’m hanging this on my shelves and I’m going to add badges, photos and my ever growing to-do lists so they are in plain sight!

Rune Ceremony scarf by FictionTea Designs. I don’t wear scarves but my mum has her eye on it already!

Exclusive Goblet of Fire candle by Paper Flames Candle Co. I actually screamed when I saw this. Anything that enhances my Harry Potter collection is good with me…..and it smells like chocolate!

Bilbo’s Birthday Cake soap by Geeky Clean…..vanilla and strawberry scented. Smells deeeelish!

Toast to the Warden of the North Hot Chocolate by Eponine. I just had to wrestle this out of my son’s hands…..but I’ve said we can share!

State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury.

This is an exclusive design for Fairyloot and has a bookplate and letter from the author.

I’ve actually not heard of this book but when I read that it’s filled with magic, mystery and a cut throat race for power, I knew it was going on my tbr!

Do you get any book boxes?

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Series Review: Playing With Monsters by Amelia Hutchins….

This author. This author!  She takes my breath away at the amazingness (is that a word?!) of her writing!

I’ve read The Fae Chronicles about 6 times each and I also read Playing with Monsters the day it came out in June 2016 as Lucian is one of my favourite characters…but you only catch a glimpse of him in Fae Chronicles….

Anyway I digress…..the series is not finished yet but I wanted to post about the 2 books that are:

(If you click on the cover that will take you to Amazon to read the blurbs of both books)

Playing with Monsters

My coven has remained hidden in the shadows for centuries.
We’ve avoided the ‘real world’ altogether; hiding from monsters and other creatures we share this planet with. We found protection in the Colville National Forest, nestled in a town protected by magical barriers.
Our powers are locked by an ancient curse, one meant to protect us from being found.
Until now.
The past has a way of repeating itself. A new game is beginning. No one is safe.
He’s coming for me.
He’s hunting.
The monster we’ve run from for centuries has found us.
How far will this deadly game go?
How far will I be able to take it, or will he destroy me and everything I care about?
Will the one thing I can’t live without, be the key to destroying and undoing the past?
Or will the past destroy me before I can save the people I love from what I’ve done.

 

Here are my reviews for both books:

Playing with Monsters

I know the warning about the hero says that you might not love him….but I did…what does that say about me??!  #evil!!!!

We met Lucian in the Fae Chronicles and we knew sort of what he is up to…..and this book reveals more…and all hell kicks off, literally!

Poor Mags…she didn’t have a (sexual!!) chance against sexy as sin Lucian….he has her in his sights and he always gets what he wants….even if he is slightly confused why he is doing it.. .or is he?

And then…at 92% my world came crashing down…..I was like no please, please, please, please no! I actually felt the pain from Lucian.

‘With everything going wrong, she was my right. She was the softness to all of my hard edges’

No, no, nooooooo…….I’m feeling a lot of hate right now and my pain is going to be strung out till the next book comes out. I’m off to scour FB to find when that is….

Another hit! But I’m angry!

 

Sleeping with Monsters

I am not normally one for being speechless but this author has taken my words with hers and I am incoherent.

It was naughty.
It was dark.
It was delish.
It was heart breaking.

And Lucian. I didn’t think he could get better….but he did! ‘She tastes like chaos, mixed with the beginning of a storm. And when she breaks apart, she’s a beautiful mess. Find your own; she’s mine.’ GAAAAAAAH.

Hang on…..Spyder. omg someone in the running for taking over Lucian.

I’m so torn. And then the ending. Omg the ending. I know it’s not the end. Is it? I might cry.

 

The Brits Review: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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When I was little I fell in love with The Little Mermaid, I cant even count how many times I have watched it but I think I can still remember all the words! Shout out to Sebastian who is my favourite!!!

When I saw To Kill a Kingdom, I knew I needed it as it was described as a re-telling of The Little Mermaid!

I dare you not to fall in love with the synopsis:

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

 

OMG I fell into complete love with this book and Lira and Elian’s story…..

 

CJR THE BRIT REVIEW

We open with Lira doing what she does best…..getting the hearts of human royalty.

Then we are introduced to Prince Elian the siren killer (yes I pictured him as Prince Eric!) He has the most wonderful bond with his crew and family and I loved reading about them, especially his sister, Amara and Madrid.

Then we get their tale. A story of different cultures, old ways and rules and ultimately, learning to trust, change and love.

I did find the build up a bit slow but guess it was needed to set the scene. Then at 50% it exploded! I found myself glued, snatching moments to read just 1 more chapter whilst lifeing! It absolutely blew me away! Elian and Lira own my heart and I was cheering for them with everything I had.

The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 26 – 31 March

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Happy Easter everyone!

Hope you are stuffing chocolate as I type!

I’ve had such a great reading week! I read a book a day! I don’t know how it happened! But I’ll take it!

Actually March was great in general as I read 18 books! That is unheard of for me! A record breaking reading month!

BOOKS I READ

The End Zone by LJ Shen (arc)

This was part of an anthology that I read a few months ago but it’s now being released on its own and has had extra bits added in. You can see my review here.

To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (new release)

The publisher actually granted my Netgalley wish after release, and who can resist a Little Mermaid re-telling? See my review here.

Chaser by Kylie Scott (arc)

I loved the other books in this series so grabbed this arc. Look for my review on release day!

Blood Type by KA Linde (arc)

I loved this authors Ascension series so wanted to read all about the vamps! Review to come on release day.

Birds of Paradise by Anne Malcom (beta)

This story consumed me. Like actually consumed me. This was a beta so after my reread of the finished book I’ll post my review.

WHAT I WANT TO READ THIS WEEK

Firstly I have to stop requesting arcs, I am out of control! Any pointers anyone?!!

This week I want to read:

  • Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco (btb)
  • The Beasts Heart by Leife Shallcross (arc)

BOOK HAUL/ARCS RECEIVED

I didn’t actually buy any (I know!!!) but I did get State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury in my Fairyloot box!

ON THE BLOG THIS WEEK

Series Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Beat the Backlist Challenge: March Update!

How was your reading week?

What books did you read?

Beat the Backlist Challenge: March Update!

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Here I am with my March update for Beat the Backlist Challenge!

My plan for March was to read a series so I chose Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

I was obsessed with it! And wanted to kick myself for not reading earlier!

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You can see my reviews here.

Total read for March = 6

Total read February = 4

Total read January = 5

DNF = 4

Overall Total = 19

Left to read = 20

For April I want to read:

  • Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Juniper Unraveling by Keri Lake
  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer
  • Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

I’ve added all my links to the form for March 😁

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A question for all that participate…..are we allowed to up our totals? I set mine at 39 and I think I will have those read by September and I do have others that were released before 2018, so can I add them?

Series Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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(Firstly let me apologise for the above graphic – I know its bad but we have had some internet issues and had to grab the time given!!)

 

Well, well, well, what a gem this was!  I had this series on my tbr for a while, I was getting a book every now and then and promising myself I would read…..and then never got round to it!

I added this series to my Beat The Backlist Challenge and then devoured it in a month (along with arc reads I had commitments on!)

I was so glued to this story! I fell in love with Dimitri. Head over heels. Also with Christian and Adrian (although he was a bit creepy at times!) Loved Lissa but did find Rose a bit annoying at times, her decision making process needs work!!

So now I am left feeling bereft. I have finished the series and I want to unread and read it all again for the first time!

Have you read Vampire Academy?

What were your thoughts?

 

Here are my reviews:

#1 Vampire Academy (review)

#2 Frostbite (review)

#3 Shadow Kiss (review)

#4 Blood Promise (review)

#5 Spirit Bound (review)

# 6 Last Sacrifice (review)

The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 19-25 March

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Clocks sprung forward last night here! Love Spring although it doesn’t really feel like it at the moment due to the snow and really cold weather we have been having. For the first time ever my son’s school had a delayed start which meant I had to swap my work days around. But it was all good!

BOOKS I READ

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead

Look out for my series review at the end of the month!

As She Fades by Abbi Glines – see my review here.

WHAT I WANT TO READ THIS WEEK

I have a list again! I think I’m going to finish off the Vampire Academy series….books 5 and 6 are quite big though so hopefully I can read extra and finish off the series.

BOOK HAUL/ARCS RECEIVED

I really am trying to be good and not buy hardly any books after my spend, spend, spend January and February! Just 2 for me this week. Sinner by Sierra Simone. I loved Priest so wanted to give this a go! I also picked up With This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas cause Jesse Ward!

ON THE BLOG THIS WEEK

Review: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Review: Beneath by Maureen A Miller

How was your reading week?

What books did you read?

CJR The Brit Review: Beneath by Maureen A Miller

I was offered the chance by the publisher (thanks Barclay Publicity!) to read this book and I must admit the blurb intrigued me.  I think I can honestly say that I haven’t read a book like this before.  It will be released on 26th March…….

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Here is a bit about it:

In this young adult adventure with a splash of romance, Stella’s overnight fishing trip sends her plunging into a raging ocean. 

It was Stella Gullaksen’s final break before starting her freshman year at college. Joining her best friend, Jill, and Jill’s family aboard the STARKISSED, Stella wakes to a violent storm that capsizes the boat over a hundred miles off the New Jersey shore.

As the waves haul her under Stella knows that she is going to die. Instead, an unusual current drags her deep into the underwater canyons of the Atlantic Ocean. Powerless against the raging waters, she is suddenly sucked into a ventilated cave. One by one, Jill and her family also emerge in the sunken cavern.

With only a faulty diving flashlight to keep oblivion at bay Stella and her best friend’s brother, Colin, search the cave in hope of finding a way back to the surface. What they discover, however, is that they are not alone. There are other survivors in this subterranean grotto–survivors spanning decades of maritime disasters.

Will this discovery prove salvation, or have they all been condemned to the same fate? A grim finale at the bottom of the sea?

On an alliance forged by friendship and attraction, Stella and Colin battle to escape the danger that lies beneath.

 

CJR THE BRIT REVIEW

The blurb intrigued me….a shipwreck I thought? Oh, it was so much more.

I must admit when I first started this I didn’t know if I was going to enjoy it as the writing wasn’t really my style. But Before I knew it I was 20% in…..and all was being revealed.

‘It’s easy to get down here,

It’s impossible to get back up.’

I had so many questions. How were they going to get back up? Could they get back up? Also Colin and Stella were so cute from the get go!

This was a great little read.