Wednesday, 1 October 2014

2014 British Books Challenge: Link your October Reviews


September Winners:

The May prize was sponsored by Curious Fox and they are sending FIVE lucky winners a copy of The Baking Life of Amelie Day by Vanessa Curtis. I'm happy to announce that the lucky winners are:

Michelle from Fluttering Butterflies
(for her review of Say Her Name by James Dawson)
and

Congratulations to you all! You have 1 week to email me with your address or new winners will be chosen. By sending me your contact information you are agreeing that I can pass it on to my contact at Curious Fox so that they can send out your prizes.

October Prize Pack:

A couple of months ago I got the chance to meet one of my favourite British authors Sarah Alderson to celebrate the release of her NA novel Come Back to Me which she has written under the pen name Mila Gray. The lovely people from Macmillan very kindly let me sneak an extra copy of the book so I could give it away to one of the participants of the British Books Challenge and Sarah / Mila even signed it for you!


One winner will be picked at random from the list of valid reviews submitted each month and will be announced in the following month's review link up post. The winners will then have 1 week to contact me to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen. Obviously the more reviews you enter the greater your chance of winning but it doesn't matter if you only review one book (or even skip a month or two in the challenge!) you'll still be entered for each review you do write. Since I'll be sending the prize to this month's winner this giveaway is open internationally, I will use the cheapest form of postage possible to send it though so it may take a while for the book to reach you if you if the winner is international.

Important Information:
  1. Please make sure you sign up for the challenge before you start linking your reviews, I will delete links from people who aren't registered. You can sign up HERE if you haven't already.
  2. When you add your link to the Mr. Linky below please make sure you link directly to your review, not just to your blog (invalid links will be deleted)
  3. Books must have been read in 2014 to count towards the challenge so those books you read in December but reviewed in January don't count!
  4. Also, please make sure that the reviews you link are for books written by British Authors - they can be born in Britain (living here or abroad) or they can be adopted British Authors (who were born elsewhere and now live here) but if they don't fit into one of those categories then they don't count. (as above invalid links will be deleted and won't get you an entry into the prize pack). Please note that Britain includes England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, I'm afraid authors from Southern Ireland don't count.
  5. If you need ideas for books by British Authors check out the FAQ page for lots of suggestions. You don't have to choose books from these lists though - they are just to give you ideas if you need help!
Link Your Reviews:

Now for the important part, make sure you link all of your reviews using the Mr. Linky form below. In the Your Name field please include your blog name, the title of the book and the author. Make sure the link takes me directly to your review or your entry won't count and will be deleted from the list.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

September 2014 Recap


Books read in August but reviewed in September:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
  1. Darkness Rising - Keri Arthur (read in June, review coming soon)
  2. Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell (read in June, reviewed in September)
  3. Branded by Fire - Nalini Singh (read in July, reviewed in September)
  4. Necessary Force - D.D. Ayres (Novella) (read in July, reviewed in September)
  5. The Glass Republic - Tom Pollock (read in July, reviewed in September)
  6. Fairies in the Fireplace - R.L. Naquin (read in July, reviewed in September)
  7. Red Glove - Holly Black (read in July, reviewed in September)
  8. Masters of Seduction - Anthology (read in July, review coming soon)
  9. Misled - Sylvia Day (Novella) (read in July, review coming soon)
  10. Beyond Addiction - Kit Rocha (read in August, review coming soon)
  11. The Training Session - Joey W. Hill (Novella / Serialised Novel) (read in August, review coming soon)
  12. The Dream Hunter - Sherrilyn Kenyon (read in August, reviewed in September)
  13. On the Scent - Angela Campbell (read in August, reviewed in September)
  14. Archangel's Shadows - Nalini Singh (read in August, review coming soon)
  15. Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson - Patricia Briggs (read in August, reviewed in September)
  16. The Assassin's Blade - Sarah J Maas (read in August, reviewed in September)
  17. Rescue My Heart - Jill Shalvis (read in August, reviewed in September)
  18. Rock Addiction - Nalini Singh (read in August, reviewed in September)
  19. Melt for Him - Lauren Blakely (read in August, reviewed in September)
Books read in September:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
  1. A Cursed Bloodline - Cecy Robson (review coming soon)
  2. Biting Bad - Chloe Neill (review coming soon)
  3. A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness (review coming soon)
  4. The Gifted Dead - Jenna Black (review coming soon)
  5. Irresistible Force - D.D. Ayres (review coming soon)
  6. Something Wicked - Angela Campbell (review coming soon)
  7. Sabriel - Garth Nix (review coming soon)
  8. Heir of Fire - Sarah J Maas (review coming soon)
  9. Daimon - Jennifer L. Armentrout (Novella) (review coming soon)
  10. Rock Courtship - Nalini Singh (Novella) (review coming soon)
  11. Half-Blood - Jennifer L. Armentrout (review coming soon)
  12. The King - Tiffany Reisz (review coming soon)
  13. Blaze of Memory - Nalini Singh (review coming soon)
  14. Dangerous Destiny - Suzanne Brockmann & Melanie Brockmann (Novella) (review coming soon)
  15. Enigma - Moira Rogers (review coming soon)
  16. Storm Glass - Maria V. Snyder (review coming soon)
  17. Power Study - Maria V. Snyder (Short Story) (review coming soon)
  18. Ice Study - Maria V. Snyder (Short Story) (review coming soon)
  19. Bonds of Justice - Nalini Singh (review coming soon)
  20. Dark Needs at Night's Edge - Kresley Cole (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  21. The Last Good Knight - Tiffany Reisz (Novella) (review coming soon)
  22. Hard Knocks - Lori Foster (Novella) (review coming soon)
  23. Targeted - Katie Reus (review coming soon)
    (Choices are made from books reviewed this month and the links will take you to my reviews)

    My top YA read in September:


    The Glass Republic by Tom Pollock (read my review here)

    My top NA read in September:


    Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh (read my review here)

    My top adult reads in September:


    Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh (read my review here)
    Fairies in My Fireplace by R.L. Naquin (read my review here)

    2014 British Books Challenge:


    I'm very happy to continue hosting the British Books Challenge for 2014, the sign up pages are already live and I really hope that everyone taking part in 2013 will sign up again for next year. It would be great to see some new participants too though so even if you've never taken part before you can still join the fun!
    • To sign up for the challenge CLICK HERE
    • For Frequently Asked Questions about the challenge CLICK HERE
    Don't forget to link your reviews each month to be in with a chance of winning the monthly prize packs:
    My Challenge Updates:

    Here are the challenges I've joined for 2014

    2014 Read 100 Books in a Year Challenge - Read 180/200
    2014 British Books Challenge - Read 44/50
    2014 New Author Challenge - Read 42/50
    2014 Contemporary Romance Challenge - Read 67/100
    2014 Urban Fantasy  Paranormal Romance Challenge - Read 69/100

    Which challenges are you taking part in this year? I hope you've at least signed up for the British Books Challenge - if you haven't already it's not too late!

    Wednesday, 24 September 2014

    Book Trailer: Night Sky - Suzanne & Melanie Brockmann (+ Giveaway)

    On the 7th of October you'll be able to purchase Night Sky, the first book in a new YA series written by mother and daughter writing team Suzanne and Melanie Brockmann. This sounds like a fabulous action packed series so I'm excited to share the cover and book trailer here today, There is also a prequel novella called Dangerous Destiny that is already available and currently free to download on Amazon (I'm not sure if this price will change so you might want to grab it while you can!)

    About Dangerous Destiny:
    See how it all begins . . .

    In this pulse-pounding prequel to the Night Sky series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann and her daughter Melanie Brockmann, Skylar has her first brush with Destiny. She's about to meet a boy who will change her life—and a girl who wants to end it.

    I know her.
    Know her from inside the dreams. Inside those terrible, murderous, bloody dreams. I've heard her-screaming, her voice mixing in an awful chorus with all those other girls. Little girls.

    Please, God.
    That's what one of the little girls keeps saying, in the dream that is not just a dream. Please, God.
    But I know better. There's no escaping this fate. This is destiny.
    I must kill Skylar.

    Skylar Reid is the new girl at school. Her mom just moved them to Florida—aka The Land of the Living Dead where the average age of her new neighbors was seventy-five—to start over. Skylar is not a fan of the change or her total lack of friends. Until she meets Calvin, a funny, sarcastic boy who doesn't let being in a wheelchair stop him from verbally shredding their preppy classmates. Skylar's just about to decide her new school's not a total loss when an odd girl wearing an oversized trench coat in the murderous Southern heat declares, "You're one of us." And then tries to kill her.

    About Night Sky:
    Sixteen-year-old Skylar Reid is thrown into a strange world when she discovers that she has unique telekinetic and telepathic powers. After Sasha, the child she babysits, is kidnapped and believed to be murdered, Sky and her best friend Calvin are approached by Dana, a mysterious girl who has super-abilities similar to Sky’s. With the help of Dana and her sidekick Milo, the four teens embark on a quest to discover who killed Sasha, and to bring the killers to justice.

    With Dana as Skylar’s surly and life-toughened mentor, Sky attempts to harness her powers to aid them in their quest. Complicating an already complex relationship with the older girl, Skystarts to fall for the dangerously handsome and enigmatic Milo – and begins to suspect that the attraction is mutual. But then Sky realizes that Sasha might still be alive, and the unlikely foursome’s mission becomes one of search and rescue, pitting the heroic teens against a very deadly enemy.

    Find Dangerous Destiny (Kindle) & Night Sky (Hardback / Kindle) on Amazon:
    Don't forget that Dangerous Destiny is currently free!



    About the authors:
    Suzanne Brockmann, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author, has won 2 RITA awards, numerous RT Reviewers’ Choice, and RWA’s #1 Favorite Book of the Year three years running. She has written over 50 books, and is widely recognized as a “superstar of romantic suspense” (USA Today). Suzanne and her daughter, Melanie Brockmann, have been creative partners, on and off, for many years. Their first project was an impromptu musical duet, when then-six-month-old Melanie surprised and delighted Suz by matching her pitch and singing back to her. Suzanne splits her time between Florida and Massachusetts while Mel lives in Sarasota, Florida. NIGHT SKY is Mel’s debut and Suzanne’s 55th book. Visit Suzanne at www.SuzanneBrockmann.com

    Night Sky book trailer:



    Giveaway:

    To celebrate the upcoming release of Night Sky the authors are holding a fabulous giveaway for a pack of YA books written by some fabulous authors. You can enter using the form below. The winner will be announced via Rafflecopter and contacted directly by the authors so that they can arrange to send out your prize.

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    Sunday, 21 September 2014

    Review: Necessary Force - D.D. Ayres

    It was supposed to be a sexy calendar shoot to raise money for K-9 service dogs. Photographer Georgie Flynn never expected to break all her personal rules and jump into bed with one of the hunky men posing. And after their steamy night together, she certainly never expected to see him again…despite their powerful connection.

    When she's targeted by a stalker and possible bomber, Georgie finds that her gorgeous one-night stand is the only one who can help.

    Brad Lawson, an FBI operative, and his K-9 bomb sniffing partner are assigned to protect the pretty photographer--and this time, he’s determined to keep things professional. He just didn't count on their explosive connection rekindling. But with a deadly threat on the horizon, will he be able to keep his body’s demands in check and complete his mission?

    K-9 Rescue Series:
    Necessary Force (Novella)
    Irresistible Force
    Force of Attraction (2015)

    Visit D.D. Ayres' website for more information.

    Review:
    Necessary Force is a prequel novella that introduces readers to D.D. Ayres' new K-9 Rescue series. As a fan of romantic suspense and an animal lover of course this series immediately caught my attention & I couldn't resist requesting a review copy on Netgalley.

    Photographer Georgie first meets Brad when he is one of the models posing for the photos she is taking for a charity calender. After an incredibly hot one night stand she never expected to see him again and it isn't until several months later when their paths cross. Unfortunately they only meet again because Georgie is being targeted by a stalker and when they do meet she realises that everything he told her before was a lie. Now he's supposed to be protecting her but Georgie isn't sure whether she can trust him.

    I think the main reason I didn't love this novella as much as I expected to was because of the lies that Brad had told when he first met Georgie. I didn't really think he had a plausible excuse for those lies and that made it hard for me to forgive him. Obviously in a novella the romance has to move fairly quickly but because I wasn't impressed with the way Brad had behaved I found it harder to accept that Georgie forgave him so quickly and was willing to jump into bed with him. I just think that if they'd had a simple one night stand with no awkward drama then I would have found it easier to believe that they could fall in love later down the line when they met again. That would have meant the story could have had a stronger focus on the suspense side of the story rather than the awkwardness between the two of them. The suspense side was a little on the lacking side because it was pretty obvious for a long time who the stalker was.

    It isn't all bad though and there are a lot of things I liked about the story. The writing is good, the sex scenes were hot and I did like both of the characters (if I ignored Brad's lies!). I think the problems with the lack of suspense and the rushed feeling romance will probably be significantly reduced in the next book which is a full length novel so will allow the author to expand on the elements that were missing slightly here. In spite of the problems Necessary Force is a quick and enjoyable read and it has definitely caught my interest enough to make me want to pick up Irresistible Force.

    Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

    Other Reviews:
    If you have reviewed this book on your blog please leave a link to your review in the comments & I'll add the link here.

    Kindle:

    Saturday, 20 September 2014

    Review: The Dream-Hunter - Sherrilyn Kenyon

    In the ethereal world of dreams there are champions who fight to protect the dreamer and there are demons who prey on them. Arik is such a predator. Condemned by the gods to live for eternity without emotions, Arik can only feel when he's in the dreams of others. Now, after thousands of years, he's finally found a dreamer whose vivid mind can fill his emptiness.

    Dr Megeara Kafieri made a reluctant promise to her dying father that she would salvage his reputation by proving his life-long belief that Atlantis is real. But frustration and bad luck dog her every step. Especially the day they find a stranger floating in the sea. His is a face she's seen many times - in her dreams. What she doesn't know is that Arik has made a pact with the god Hades: in exchange for two weeks as a mortal man, he must return to Olympus with a human soul. Megeara's soul.

    The Dark-Hunters Series:
    The Beginning
    Fantasy Lover
    Dragonswan (Novella) (Were-Hunter 0.5)
    Night Pleasures
    Night Embrace
    Dance with the Devil (Were-Hunter 1)
    Kiss of the Night
    Night Play (Were-Hunter 2)
    Seize the Night
    Sins of the Night
    Unleash the Night (Were-Hunter 3)
    Dark Side of the Moon (Were-Hunter 4)
    The Dream-Hunter (Dream-Hunter 1)
    Fear the Darkness (Short Story)
    Devil May Cry
    Upon the Midnight Clear (Dream-Hunter 2)
    Dream Chaser (Dream-Hunter 3)
    Acheron
    One Silent Night
    Dream Warrior (Dream-Hunter 4)
    Bad Moon Rising (Were-Hunter 5)
    No Mercy (Were-Hunter 6)
    Retribution (Were-Hunter 7)
    The Guardian (Dream-Hunter 5, Were-Hunter 8)
    Time Untime (Were-Hunter 9)
    Styxx

    Chronicles of Nick Series:
    (This is a YA spin off from Sherrilyn Kenyon's adult Dark-Hunters series)
    Infinity
    Invincible
    Infamous
    Inferno
    Illusion (2014)

    Visit Sherrilyn Kenyon's website for more information

    Review:
    I'm a huge fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon and the Dark-Hunters series but unfortunately this was my least favourite book in the series so far. Having said that it's probably still better than a lot of paranormal romance stories out there but I have high expectations when I pick up a book by this author and for some reason The Dream-Hunter didn't quite live up to them.

    I did really enjoy finding out about the Dream Hunters and learning about their abilities but I was put off Arik because of his initial attitude towards Geary. He thought nothing of signing away her soul if it meant he got to spend 2 weeks as a human living with her and being able to experience real emotions and I find that kind of thing hard to forgive in my heroes. Admittedly Arik does change his mind and I was glad that he was willing to risk so much to keep her safe once he started to have feelings for her but by that point I wasn't as head over heels in love with him as I have been with all of SK's other heroes.

    I liked Geary and I enjoyed finding out about her family's history and their search for Atlantis but I found her hard to connect to and I had a hard time buying into her relationship with Arik. The connection between them seemed to be more about their chemistry than any deeper emotional bond. I think I was actually more interested in the various side plots than I was in the main romance which is disappointing. I still enjoy this author's writing style, I love the richly developed and diverse world of the Dark-Hunters, she never seems to run out of new mythology to pull into the series and that side of things is just as fascinating as ever. The Dream-Hunter may not have been my favourite book but it hasn't put be off continuing the series and I have high hopes that Fear the Darkness will be as good or better than the earlier books.

    Source: Received from Piatkus in exchange for an honest review

    Other Reviews:
    If you have reviewed this book on your blog please leave a link to your review in the comments & I'll add the link here.

    Paperback / Kindle:

    Thursday, 18 September 2014

    Review: Rescue My Heart - Jill Shalvis

    She never wants a hero . . .

    After a tragic stint in the National Guards, Adam Connelly returns to his animal shelter in Sunshine, Idaho, just wanting to be alone. Then he opens the door to the woman whose heart he once broke - still gorgeous, still tough-as-nails, yet this time, unusually vulnerable.

    Adam is the last man Holly wants to see. But with her father missing, he is the only one she can count on to find him.

    For Holly and Adam, each with their ghosts, a search this desperate, this unpredictable and this intimate, will have its share of risks - including opening their hearts one more time.

    Animal Magnetism Series:
    Animal Magnetism
    Animal Attraction
    Rescue My Heart
    Rumour Has It
    Then Came You

    Visit Jill Shalvis' website for more information.

    Review:
    When I'm looking for a fun, light hearted romance that is full of humour Jill Shalvis is one of my go to authors because I know that's exactly what she'll deliver. Rescue My Heart is a perfect example of that and I enjoyed every minute of Adam and Holly's story. I'm a huge fan of the Lucky Harbor series but I think I might have to say I'm enjoying this one even more, I think it's the cute animals and their crazy antics that add that little extra something but that wouldn't work without the fantastic characters or super hot romance. Although each of the stories in this series work as a stand alone I'd recommend reading them in order because the characters do appear throughout the entire series.

    If you've read the first two books you'll already know that Adam is the brother of the previous heroes Brady and Dell. You'll also know that since returning home from the war he has been suffering from PTSD and he has pretty much closed himself off from the world trying to lose himself in his work and avoid contact with people wherever possible. Adam owns the animal clinic alongside his brothers but he focuses on the Search and Rescue side of the business training S&R dogs and their handlers. He used to be active on S&R calls in the local area but ever since he returned home he suffered with panic attacks and had to take a more inactive role running the command centre. Adam and Holly were a couple when they were teenagers but Adam broke her heart when he left her behind to enlist in the army. When her father goes missing Adam is the last person she wants to ask for help but at the same time he is the only one she trusts to help her find him. Spending time together brings back all the old feelings that they used to have for each other and the chemistry between them is hotter than ever but can Adam get past his fear of relationships or will he break Holly's heart for a second time?

    I absolutely loved seeing Adam and Holly spend time together, they are so hot for each other from the very first moment but there is a lot of history between them which makes it hard for Holly to trust him again. They're constantly verbally sparring and bantering with each other and although they've both changed a lot since they were dating they still have that connection that's only really there with someone you've known for a very long time. I loved that Adam doesn't judge Holly for the mistakes she's made and is proud of her for the way she has handled her problems and I loved that Holly sees Adam for the incredibly strong man that he is and refuses to let him walk away from her a second time. They both realise that they have changed in the years that they've been apart but they like what they see in each other now and they fit together even better than they did before.

    Rescue My Heart has some truly funny moments, it will melt your heart, make you swoon and have you fanning yourself after the fantastic sex scenes! It was great to catch up with the previous couples and I laughed a lot at Adam's brothers and the way they were constantly trying to get the gossip about him and Holly. I also really enjoyed the glimpses we got to see of the couple from the next book, Rumour Has It. I have a feeling I'm going to love Holly's brother Griffin and her best friend Kate!

    Source: Received from Headline Eternal in exchange for an honest review

    Other Reviews:
    If you have reviewed this book on your blog please leave a link to your review in the comments & I'll add the link here.

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    Wednesday, 17 September 2014

    Cover Reveal: Fractured Lines - Jen McLaughlin (+ International Giveaway)

    I'm a huge fan of Diane Alberts / Jen McLaughlin so I'm very excited to be taking part in the cover reveal for her new novel Fractured Lines today. Fractured Lines is the new instalment in her Out of Line series and it's a book I can't wait to get my hands on! The book is released on the 14th of October so you still have some time to catch up with the series and make sure you're ready for it.


    Blurb:

    The lines we once crossed so easily have widened and torn us apart . . .

    Once upon a time I thought Finn and I would live happily ever after, but real life doesn't always have a happy ending. He's testing my trust, and I'm losing faith in the man I thought I'd spend the rest of my life with, and there’s nothing I do can stop it. He’s the one I trusted to keep me safe, but now he’s the source of my greatest pain . . .

    Forgiveness is fragile, and some fractures never fully heal . . .

    One mistake—a slip in a moment of weakness—might cost me everything I've worked so hard for. The thing about trust is that it's a lot easier to lose than it is to build. Just as I'm about to give up and surrender to the demons from my past, an unexpected threat reminds me what I'm best at: protecting the woman I love. Whether or not she wants me, I will fight for Carrie and our daughter, and I will keep them safe—no matter the cost.

    Even if I have to put my life and my heart on the line.


    Pre-Order Sale:

    Fractured Lines is already up on Amazon for pre-order for a bargain price of just $0.99 (only £0.77 in the UK Kindle store!). This price is only for a limited time so order now to make sure you don't miss it!

    Find it here:
    Amazon.com
    Amazon.co.uk

    Special Goodreads Content:

    Add Fractured Lines to Goodreads and help release the first pages of the book!

    - Once the book gets 500 adds, Jen will release the first 5 pages.
    - Once the book gets 1000 adds, Jen will release the first 10 pages.

    Click Here to add Fractured Lines to Goodreads

    Teaser:


    Author Information:

    Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy New Adult books. Under her pen name Diane Alberts, she is a multi-published, bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, released September 6 2013, and hit the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

    Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

    Website: http://dianealberts.com/
    Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/DianeAlberts6
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/DianeAlberts
    Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6921962.Jen_McLaughlin

    Giveaway:

    To celebrate the release of Fractured Lines Jen is giving away an ebook set of the entire Out of Lines series to one lucky winner. The giveaway is open internationally and you can enter using the Rafflecopter form below. The winner will be announced via Rafflecopter and they will be contacted directly by Jen so she can arrange sending out the prize.

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