CJR The Brit: Waterstones Harry Potter Event!!

When Waterstones sent the invite for their Harry Potter Event I couldn’t resist taking my little Gryffindor to it (I think I was more excited than him!)

He got dressed up in his robe, tie, grabbed his wand and after an application of eye liner for his scar we were in!

The staff were amazing! They got dressed up and had planned such fun things! We were sorted into Slytherin by the Sorting Hat (much to my son’s disgust but I loved it!)

We got stuck in and made our very own potion with fairywing essence, bat blood and magic stones which resulted in a very sugary potion we named Marshmallious (which turns people into stone you know!)

This was followed by a dragon egg hunt, create your own Patronous and a Defence Against the Dark Arts Quiz (my son got annoyed as I knew more answers than him!!!)

Whilst the Dragon egg hunt was on I got to peruse the Harry Potter shelves! There were 2 whole cabinets and a table full of goodies!

And the best part…….my son won the fancy dress competition and won a Waterstones voucher which he will be putting towards a Wrebbit Knight Bus 3d puzzle!

I just want to say again a HUGE thanks to Waterstones and if you ever get the chance to go to an event then you simply must go!

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CJR The Brit Review: Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

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I had the great opportunity to read Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry and it certainly hit the spot!

Here is a bit about it:

“Doesn’t matter who did it. Not anymore. I did the time. It’s over.

When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.

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Forever changed, paying the price for someone else’s crime, Hendrix (Drix) is put into a 2nd chance program where meets Elle, the governers daughter.

I really loved Drix, he really is just so sweet (and dreamy!) I felt for Elle, I really did. She put all her trust in her parents, as you would, and they just treated her like someone they could model into another person. Safe to say I hated her parents!

Another thing I really liked was their relationship. They start out as friends and it slowly grows, it was so nice to read, so sweet and so beautiful.

The biggest thing I loved about this book was that it Drix and Elle discovered who they were and had the courage to stand up for what they wanted.

With all the feels this book pulled it really warmed my cockles!

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Series Love: The Three Series by Kristen Ashley (paranormal)

It is no secret that I love this author and when I devoured this series I knew I had to shout it from the roof tops!!! In fact I have read about 6 times!

If you love a paranormal read (with some seriously hot moments!) then this series is for you!

Handily it now comes in a box set – you can purchase here!

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The Three Series is the collection of three novels that feature vampires, werewolves, hybrids who find their life mates at the same time the they have to fight to save their world…and ours.

Until The Sun Falls From The Sky – Vampire Lucien finally gets his girl……and the issues are flying everywhere!  The fight to save our world begins here!

With Everything I Am – King of the Wolves Calum needs to claim his human bride after all the years waiting…..and she isn’t that keen.

Wild & Free – a vamp/wolf hybrid finally finds his mate, Delilah Johnson has lived her life with a hole in her soul, yearning for something she doesn’t understand.  The fight to save the world ends in a huge climax….you will want to read!

 

What are you waiting for?  Go grab it!!!

 

CJR The Brit Discussion: CLIFFHANGERS IN BOOKS……

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Thought I would get a little discussion going about cliffhangers in books.

Personally I don’t mind a cliffhanger, in fact sometimes I relish it and I don’t need a warning! A life threatening situation, a shocking revelation that changes everything, the failure of a plan.  I love it all!

But not everyone is the same.

My American book buddy won’t read a book with a cliffhanger until all the books in the series are out so she can read one after another.

I have another friend who won’t read them full stop and I remember her full on rage when she got to the end of a 550 page book and there was a cliffy with no warning. She said the author had cheated her and she would never read her again! 

 

So how about you?

Do you read books straight away where there is a cliffhanger or do you save them up?

Do you need to know there is a cliffy?

Give me all your opinions, good or bad!

The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 22-28 January

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The end of January is near…..for January it’s actually flown by! This week has been a run of the mill work week with lots of reading thrown in because of the horrible wet weather we have been having!

BOOKS I READ

Even though I said I was not going to sign up for many arcs, I found myself with 6. Yes 6. How does it happen? This meant my plan to read 1 from my TBR and a new release went right out the window!

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Suddenly Forbidden by Ella Fields 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 See my review here.

Ryan’s Bed by Tijan 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 See my review here.  

 

ARCS RECEIVED/BOOKS I BOUGHT

I did a little happy dance when my wish got granted on Netgalley for this….a book about VIKINGS!!!!!!

WHAT I WANT TO READ THIS WEEK

I want to concentrate on my Beat the Backlist Challenge in February. I have quite a few series to read so I’ve picked the Blackest Gold series by R Scarlett (4 books) but I also want to read some new releases as well.

Trying to think of a handy tagline for this, like Flamin Read the Series February!! But thats naff so its back to the drawing board!

ON THE BLOG THIS WEEK

My review of Midnight Blue by LJ Shen

My Beat the Backlist update

My review of Caraval by Stephanie Garber

My review of Turn by Cora Brent

 

How was your reading week?

What books did you read?

CJR The Brit Review (and a lot of author gushing!) Turn by Cora Brent….

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Cora Brent is one of the best authors I have ever read!  Every single book I get from her is devoured within hours and leaves me wanting (and sometimes begging her!) for more.

Have any of you read The Gentry’s series?  If not, you must!  The reading order for this series is Draw, Risk, Game and Fall.  I think that there is a box set of these too – bargain!

Then followed Gentry Boys series: Hold, Walk and Edge.

Followed closely on the heels of this was Gentry Generations.  The first book was Strike.

Then on 12 January 2018 this beauty dropped into the world…..and it can be read as a standalone!

Turn (Gentry Generations #2)

I’m determined to leave my mistakes in the past and turn things around.
These days I’m back in school, I’m surrounded by my wonderful, crazy family and I’m working for my dad.
Then Curtis Mulligan happens.
A supposedly reformed gang member from the rundown prison town where my folks grew up, Curtis looks like he was built for mayhem.
We have nothing in common.
If he hadn’t taken a job working for my father, our paths wouldn’t even cross.
But I can’t admit that menacing mix of ink and muscle has flipped a switch inside of me.
It’s an impulse I’m determined to ignore.
However, when Curtis turns out to be much more than he seems and steps between me and a bad situation, I wind up owing him a hell of a favor.
And I can’t think of anything but paying him back…

 

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There is just something about this author that makes me love and savour every single word she writes. Her writing style is just the sort I love…..I’d even read her shopping list!

It’s no secret that I am in total love with The Gentry’s, but Conway is my absolute favourite.

However now I have doubt.

I hate to have doubt.

The doubt is in the form of Curtis.

I LOVE HIM!

Conway has a rival for my affections!

This woman can write a hot guy!

And Cassie is just fabulous in every way. I mean come on….’I returned to the front desk and tried to look like a girl who wasn’t fighting the urge to run to the bathroom and have a masturbatory fantasy about the man who would be sleeping on her parents’ couch tonight.’

I could’ve read this story on and on. I don’t ever want this series to end, or any spin offs. I’ve got myself into an excitable state now so I’m just off to add this whole series to my reread pile!

 

 

CJR The Brit Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber….

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I was dying the dive into this  beauty so I did!  I had heard all the mixed reviews and wanted to see for myself……..so I did!

Special thanks to Nina at The Cozy Pages who reminded me I hadn’t posted this review – you should check out her blog, its fab!

I won’t post the blurb as I am sure you have all read it (but if you want to you can here)

Remember, it’s only a game…
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.
  

 

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I did something with this book that I never do. I normally buy the e-book and if I love it, I get a physical copy but with this I bought the paperback before I had read……my expectations were high!

I was thrown into Scarlett’s world with her horrid father and wild sister with an invitation to Caraval. With the help of a passing sailor, Julian, they venture through the gates where nothing is as it seems…..

World of the strange is the only way I can describe it. What was real? What wasn’t? I had so many questions, needed so many answers! What the heck was going on? All I knew what was that I was rooting for Scarlett and Julian!…

‘Not quite sure how far she’d already fallen, she imagined loving him would feel like falling in love with darkness, frightening and consuming yet utterly beautiful when the stars came out.’

Yes there was romance in a very chaste way and I loved it! There was also mind games, a great story, great characters and an ending that made me gasp!

 

Have you read Caraval?

What did you think?

Link up your review posts in comments!

CJR The Brit: Beat the Backlist Challenge monthly update (month 1!)

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

I wanted to get a head start so I decided to read as many books as I could from my list in January….then Batman happened, The Hazel Wood happened, then 4 arcs arrived….you catch my drift!

But I did manage to read 5 from my list of 39 which isn’t too shabby!

Falling Fast by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Darkest Temptation by Rachel Van Dyken

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Midnight Star by Marie Lu

I am team Book Bard so have added my links for this month. Go team Book Bard!!!

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Let me know how you are getting on with any challenges, link up your posts in the comments!

CJR The Brit Review:Midnight Blue by LJ Shen

I am so lucky as I am on this authors review team so I got an early arc………and it was so good!

Here is a bit about it:

It should have been easy.

I needed the money. He needed a babysitter to keep him from snorting himself to death.

I was cherry-picked especially for him. Responsible. Optimistic. Warm. Innocent.

The worst part is that I should have known better.

Alex Winslow. British rock star. Serial heartbreaker. Casanova with whiskey eyes.

“Don’t get near the devil in a leather jacket. He’ll chew you up and spit you out.”

Sounds familiar? That’s because it was a headline in a tabloid the second time he got arrested.

Guess what? I didn’t listen.

I signed the contract.

World tour. Three months. Four Continents. One hundred shows.

My name is Indigo Bellamy, and I sold my soul to a tattooed god.

Problem was, my soul wasn’t enough for Alex Winslow. He ended up taking my body, too.

Then he took my heart.

Then he took my all.

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If you love a book with hilarious banter then this book is for you.

This book had so much banter I was suppressing laughs all over the place (I was reading when I shouldnt be #rebel).

At the same time, if you want a book that will break your heart and put it back together several times, then again, this book is for you!

Previously out of control rock star, Alex needs a babysitter to make him toe the line….enter Indie.

What a fabulous woman Indie was. I can safely say she is my favourite leading lady written by this author.

This book can only be described with 1 word. Fabulous.