Thursday, 31 January 2019

January 2019 Recap


Books read in previous months but reviewed in January:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
  1. The Queen's Gambit - Jessie Mihalik (Read Twice) (Read in March & August, reviewed in January)
  2. Her Cocky Doctors - Tara Crescent (Read in June, reviewed in January)
  3. The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang (Read in June, reviewed in January)
  4. Make Me Crave - Katee Robert (Read in July, reviewed in January)
  5. No Mercy - Sherrilyn Kenyon (Read in July, reviewed in January)
  6. Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox - Forthright (Read in August, reviewed in January)
  7. Three Trials - Kristy Cunning (Read in August, reviewed in January)
  8. In Bed With the Devil - Lorraine Heath (Read in September, reviewed in January)
  9. A Whole New World - Liz Braswell (Read in October, reviewed in January)
  10. Beneath the Citadel - Destiny Soria (Read in October, reviewed in January)
  11. Ten Big Ones - Janet Evanovich (Read in November, reviewed in January)
  12. The Archived - V.E. Schwab (Read in November, reviewed in January)
  13. Sinful - Katherine Hawthorn (Read in November, reviewed in January)
  14. All Systems Red - Martha Wells (Read in November, reviewed in January)
  15. Vengeful - V.E. Schwab (Read in November, reviewed in January)
  16. And Thrice Again - Seanan McGuire (Short Story) (Read in December, reviewed in January)
  17. Year One - Nora Roberts (Read in December, reviewed in January)
  18. Nightchaser - Amanda Bouchet (Read in December, reviewed in January)
  19. The Rebels of Gold - Elise Kova (Read in December, reviewed in January)
  20. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet - Darynda Jones (Read in December, reviewed in January)
  21. Sin and Magic - K.F. Breene (Read in December, reviewed in January)
  22. The Shadow Queen - Anne Bishop (Read in December, reviewed in January)
  23. The Witch of the Prophecy - Victoria Jayne (Read in December, reviewed in January)
  24. Saga: Volume 8 - Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Graphic Novel) (Read in December, reviewed in January)
  25. Saga: Volume 9 - Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Graphic Novel) (Read in December, reviewed in January)
  26. The Unbound - V.E. Schwab (Read in December, reviewed in January)
  27. Leave the Window Open - V.E. Schwab (Short Story) (Read in December, reviewed in January)
  28. The Dark Vault - V.E. Schwab (Read in December, reviewed in January)
Books read in January:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
  1. Shalador's Lady - Anne Bishop (Review coming soon)
  2. Twilight's Dawn - Anne Bishop (Review coming soon)
  3. Evidence of Desire - Lexi Blake
  4. Renaissance Man - Tessa Bailey (Novella) (Review coming soon)
  5. Silk & Steel - Ariana Nash
  6. Witness in Death - J.D. Robb (Review coming soon)
  7. Polaris Rising - Jessie Mihalik (Review coming soon)
  8. In an Absent Dream - Seanan McGuire
  9. Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox - Forthright
  10. Binti - Nnedi Okorafor (Novella) (Review coming soon)
  11. Virgins - Diana Gabaldon (Novella) (Review coming soon)
  12. Menagerie - Rachel Vincent (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
  13. Spectacle - Rachel Vincent (Review coming soon)
  14. Fury - Rachel Vincent (Review coming soon)
  15. Deadly Silence - Rebecca Zanetti (Review coming soon)
  16. Lethal Lies - Rebecca Zanetti (Review coming soon)
  17. Twisted Truths - Rebecca Zanetti (Review coming soon)
  18. Sweep of the Blade - Ilona Andrews (I'll be rereading and reviewing this when it has been published)
  19. Fake Love - Claire Contreras (Novella) (Review coming soon)
  20. Umbertouched - Livia Blackburne (Review coming soon)
  21. Written in Red - Anne Bishop (Review coming soon)
  22. Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop (Review coming soon)
  23. Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop (Review coming soon)
  24. Marked in Flesh - Anne Bishop (Review coming soon)
  25. Etched in Bone - Anne Bishop (Review coming soon)
  26. Lake Silence - Anne Bishop (Review coming soon)
      Other January Posts
      January Books of the Month:
      (Choices are made from books reviewed this month and the links will take you to my reviews)

      My top YA read in January:


      The Dark Vault by V.E. Schwab (read my review here)

      My top adult reads in January:


      Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox by Forthright (read my review here)
      Year One by Nora Roberts (read my review here)
      Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet (read my review here)

      My Challenge Updates:

      Here are the 2019 challenges I've signed up for:
      2019 Read 100 Books in a Year Challenge - Read 5/200
      2019 British Books Challenge - Read 0/20
      2019 New Author Challenge - Read 0/20
      2019 Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Challenge - Read 4/100
      2019 Contemporary Romance Challenge - Read 1/20

      Books Read in 2018

      ~0-9~
      6th Sense (Gideon's Riders book 2.1) - Kit Rocha (Short Story)

      ~A~
      A Blade so Black - L.L. McKinney
      A Fistful of Flirtation (Madison Fox book 2.5) - Rebecca Chastain (Novella)
      A Fistful of Frost (Madison Fox book 3) - Rebecca Chastain
      A Mere Formality - Ilona Andrews (Short Story) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      A Questionable Client (Kate Daniels book 0.5) - Ilona Andrews (Short Story) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      A Whole New World - Liz Braswell
      Ace of Shades - Amanda Foody
      Addict (Thieves book 7) - Lexi Blake
      Aliens Abroad (Katherine "Kitty" Kate book 16) - Gini Koch
      All Systems Red (Murderbot Diaries book 1) - Martha Wells
      Alpha & Omega (Alpha & Omega book 0.5) - Patricia Briggs (Novella) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      And the Ocean Was Our Sky - Patrick Ness (Illustrated by Rovina Cai)
      And Thrice Again (October Daye book 8.42) - Seanan McGuire (Short Story)
      Archangel's Prophecy (Guild Hunter book 11) - Nalini Singh

      ~B~
      Barbarian's Prize (Ice Planet Barbarians book 5) - Ruby Dixon
      Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge - Lisa Jensen
      Beautiful Beast - Kyla D. Knight
      Beneath the Citadel - Destiny Soria
      Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children book 3) - Seanan McGuire
      Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson book 2) - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson book 4) - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Born of Darkness (Hunter Legacy book 1) - Lara Adrian
      Boundless Books: 50 Literary Classics Transformed into Works of Art - Postertext (Coffee Table Book)
      Buffy the Vampire Slayer: A Picture Book - Kim Smith (Picture Book)
      Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega book 5) - Patricia Briggs (Read Twice)
      Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy book 1) - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review) (Read Three Times)

      ~C~
      Captured by Her Cougar (Cougar Creek Mates book 2) - Felicity Heaton
      City of Bastards (Royal Bastards book 2) - Andrew Shvarts
      Claimed by Her Cougar (Cougar Creek Mates book 1) - Felicity Heaton
      Claimed in Shadows (Midnight Breed book 15) - Lara Adrian
      Claws, Confessions of a Professional Cat Groomer - Anita Kelsey
      Code of Honor (HORNET book 4) - Tonya Burrows
      Conspiracy in Death (In Death book 8) - J.D. Robb
      Courted by Her Cougar (Cougar Creek Mates book 3) - Felicity Heaton
      Craved by Her Cougar (Cougar Creek Mates book 4) - Felicity Heaton
      Cravings (Beyond book 9.2) - Kit Rocha (Short Story)
      Creative Incentives (Beyond book 9.1) - Kit Rocha (Short Story)
      Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega book 1) - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)

      ~D~
      Danger's Cure (Holly Danger book 4) - Amanda Carlson
      Danger's Hunt (Holly Danger book 5) - Amanda Carlson
      Darkest Heart (Dominion book 1) - Juliette Cross
      Daughter of the Blood (Black Jewels book 1) - Anne Bishop (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega book 4) - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children book 2) - Seanan McGuire
      Dreams Made Flesh (Black Jewels book 5) - Anne Bishop
      Dry - Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman

      ~E~
      Efficient (Beyond book 9.5) - Kit Rocha (Short Story)
      Esher (Guardians of Hades book 3) - Felicity Heaton
      Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children book 1) - Seanan McGuire

      ~F~
      Faefever (Fever book 3) - Karen Marie Moning (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Fair Game (Alpha & Omega book 3) - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Fighting for Everything (Warrior Fight Club book 1) - Laura Kaye
      Fighting for What's His (Warrior Fight Club book 2) - Laura Kaye
      Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson book 9) - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson book 1) - Darynda Jones (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson book 7) - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Furyborn (Empirium book 1) - Claire Legrand

      ~G~
      Game of Lies (Messenger Chronicles book 2) - Pippa DaCosta (Read Twice)
      Gemina (Illuminae Files book 2) - Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Golden Son (Red Rising book 2) - Pierce Brown (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Gone Hunting (Weird Girls book 0.3) - Cecy Robson
      Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels book 5.5) - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review) (Read Twice)

      ~H~
      Harry Potter Hedwig Owl Kit and Sticker Book (Model & Sticker Book)
      Hollywood (Cyn City Cyborgs book 0.5) - Pearl Foxx (Novella)
      Honor Among Thieves (Honors book 1) - Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre
      Hour of Darkness (Hunter Legacy book 2) - Lara Adrian
      Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega book 2) - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)

      ~I~
      Illuminae (Illuminae Files book 1) - Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      In Bed with the Devil (Scoundrels of St. James book 1) - Lorraine Heath
      In the Vanishers' Palace - Aliette de Bodard
      Incredibuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Swooping Evil - Jody Revenson (Deluxe Book and Model Set)
      Infinite (Carolina Beach book 3) - Cecy Robson
      Iron and Magic (Kate Daniels book 9.5) - Ilona Andrews
      Iron Gold (Red Rising book 4) - Pierce Brown
      Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson book 3) - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Ivan (Gideon's Riders book 3) - Kit Rocha

      ~J~
      J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World: A Pop-Up Gallery of Curiosities (Pop-Up Book)
      Jealous in Honor (October Daye book 7.9) - Seanan McGuire (Short Story)

      ~K~


      ~M~
      Magic Binds (Kate Daniels book 9) - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review) (Read Twice)
      Magic Bites (Kate Daniels book 1) - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels book 4) - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review) (Read Twice)
      Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels book 7) - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review) (Read Twice)
      Magic Burns (Kate Daniels book 2) - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels book 4.5) - Ilona Andrews (Novella) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review) (Read Twice)
      Magic Gifts (Kate Daniels book 5.4) - Ilona Andrews (Novella) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review) (Read Twice)
      Magic Mourns (Kate Daniels book 3.5) - Ilona Andrews (Novella) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Magic Rises (Kate Daniels book 6) - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review) (Read Twice)
      Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels book 8) - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review) (Read Twice)
      Magic Slays (Kate Daniels book 5) - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review) (Read Twice)
      Magic Stars (Kate Daniels book 8.5) - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review) (Read Twice)
      Magic Steals (Kate Daniels book 6.5) - Ilona Andrews (Novella) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review) (Read Twice)
      Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels book 3) - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Moon Called (Mercy Thompson book 1) - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Morning Star (Red Rising book 3) - Pierce Brown (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer book 2) - Laini Taylor

      ~N~
      Naughty but Nice (Hamilton Christmas book 3) - Donna Kauffman (Novella)
      Night and Silence (October Daye book 12) - Seanan McGuire
      Night Broken (Mercy Thompson book 8) - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Nightchaser (Endeavour book 1) - Amanda Bouchet
      No Mercy (Dark Hunters book 19) - Sherrilyn Kenyon
      ~P~
      Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Vol 1 - Philip K. Dick
      Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire book 1) - Grace Draven
      Prince of Dreams (Messenger Chronicles book 4) - Pippa DaCosta

      ~Q~
      Queen of the Darkness (Black Jewels book 3) - Anne Bishop (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Quick in Quarrel (October Daye book 7.91) - Seanan McGuire (Short Story)

      ~R~
      Ravished (Beyond book 9.4) - Kit Rocha (Short Story)
      Rebel Hard (Hard Play book 2) - Nalini Singh
      Reckless Honor (HORNET book 5) - Tonya Burrows
      Recklessly Royal (Royals book 2) - Nichole Chase
      Red Rising (Red Rising book 1) - Pierce Brown (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Red Rising: Sons of Ares (Red Rising Prequel) - Pierce Brown (Graphic Novel)
      Ride Dirty (Raven Riders MC book 3.5) - Laura Kaye
      Ripper (Thieves book 6) - Lexi Blake
      River Marked (Mercy Thompson book 6) - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Rosemarked (Rosemarked book 1) - Livia Blackburn

      ~S~
      Saga: Volume 1 - Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Graphic Novel) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Saga: Volume 2 - Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Graphic Novel) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Saga: Volume 3 - Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Graphic Novel) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Saga: Volume 4 - Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Graphic Novel) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Saga: Volume 6 - Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Graphic Novel)
      Saga: Volume 7 - Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Graphic Novel) (Read Twice)
      Saga: Volume 8 - Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Graphic Novel)
      Saga: Volume 9 - Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Graphic Novel)
      Save Me (O'Brien Family book 5) - Cecy Robson
      Scythe (Arc of a Scythe book 1) - Neal Shusterman
      Sealed with a Kiss (Silk & Steel book 0.5) - Ariana Nash (Short Story)
      Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson book 2) - Darynda Jones (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Shadow and Ice (Gods of War book 1) - Gena Showalter
      Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox book 1) - Julie Kagawa
      Shadowblack (Spellslinger book 2) - Sebastien de Castell
      Shattered Fear (Sons of Broad book 0.5) - Tara Thomas (Novella)
      She is Fierce: Brave, Bold and Beautiful Poems by Women - Ana Sampson (Poetry Anthology)
      She Will Be My Goddess (Thieves book 1.6) - Lexi Blake (Short Story)
      Shoot the Messenger (Messenger Chronicles book 1) - Pippa DaCosta (Read Twice)
      Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson book 10) - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Silent Blade (Kinsmen book 1) - Ilona Andrews (Novella)
      Silver Borne (Mercy Thomson book 5) - Patricia Briggs (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Silver Shark (Kinsmen book 2) - Ilona Andrews (Novella)
      Sin and Chocolate (Demigod of San Francisco book 1) - K.F. Breene
      Sin and Magic (Demigod of San Francisco book 2) - K.F. Breene
      Sinful (Sinful Surrender book 1) - Katherine Hawthorn
      Siren Beloved (Texas Sirens book 4) - Lexi Blake
      Siren Enslaved (Texas Sirens book 3) - Lexi Blake
      Siren in Bloom (Texas Sirens book 6) - Lexi Blake
      Siren in the City (Texas Sirens book 2) - Lexi Blake
      Siren in Waiting (Texas Sirens boo 5) - Lexi Blake
      Six of Crows (Six of Crows book 1) - Leigh Bardugo (Collectors Edition Hardback)
      Skyward (Skyward book 1) - Brandon Sanderson
      Slaying It (Chicagoland Vampires book 13.5) - Chloe Neill (Novella)
      Sleeper (Thieves book 8) - Lexi Blake
      Small Magics (Anthology of Short Stories) - Ilona Andrews
      Small Town Siren (Texas Sirens book 1) - Lexi Blake
      Society of Wishes - Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh
      Spare and Found Parts - Sarah Maria Griffin
      Spellslinger (Spellslinger book 1) - Sebastien de Castell
      Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik
      Star Wars: BB-8 Book & Model - Lucasfilm (Book and Model Kit)
      Stars Uncharted (Stars Uncharted book 1) - S.K. Dunstall
      Steal the Day (Thieves book 2) - Lexi Blake
      Steal the Light (Thieves book 1) - Lexi Blake
      Steal the Moon (Thieves book 3) - Lexi Blake
      Steal the Night (Thieves book 5) - Lexi Blake
      Steal the Sun (Thieves book 4) - Lexi Blake
      Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer book 1) - Laini Taylor (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      Suffer a Sea-Change (October Daye book 12.1) - Seanan McGuire (Short Story)
      Sweep of the Blade (Innkeeper Chronicles book 3.5) - Ilona Andrews (I'll be rereading and reviewing this when it has been published)

      ~T~
      Tangled Webs (Black Jewels book 6) - Anne Bishop
      Tangleweed and Brine - Deirdre Sullivan
      Tangleweed and Brine - Deirdre Sullivan (New edition including an extra story)
      Target Practice (Incryptid book 0.22) - Seanan McGuire (Short Story)
      Temeraire (Temeraire book 1)- Naomi Novik (Published as His Magesty's Dragon in the US)
      Ten Big Ones (Stephanie Plum book 10) - Janet Evanovich
      Terry Pratchett's Discworld Imaginarium - Paul Kidby (Coffee Table Book)
      The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials book 3) - Philip Pullman
      The Ambitious Ocean (October Daye book 8.41) - Seanan McGuire (Short Story)
      The Archived (The Archived book 1) - V.E. Schwab
      The Battlecruiser HMS Hood: An Illustrated Biography, 1916-1941 - Bruce Taylor
      The Belles (The Belles book 1) - Dhonielle Clayton
      The Blue Salt Road - Joanne M. Harris
      The Bone Farm (Jane Hawk book 0.5) - Dean Koontz (Audiobook Novella)
      The Caged Queen (Iskari book 2) - Kristen Ciccarelli
      The Crossover - Kwame Alexander (Verse Novel)
      The Cruel Prince (Folk of the Air book 1) - Holly Black
      The Dark Vault (The Archived Complete Series) - V.E. Schwab
      The Dowager Magus (Spellslinger book 1.5) - Sebastien de Castell (Short Story)
      The Girl in the Green Silk Gown (Ghost Roads book 2) - Seanan McGuire
      The Girl in the Tower (Winternight book 2) - Katherine Arden
      The Heart Forger (Bone Witch book 2) - Rin Chupeco
      The Invisible Ring (Black Jewels book 4) - Anne Bishop
      The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling (Interactive Edition Illustrated by MinaLima)
      The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang
      The Lost Sisters (Folk of the Air book 1.5) - Holly Black (Novella)
      The Mermaid - Christina Henry
      The Navigator's Touch (Seafarer's Duology book 2) - Julia Ember
      The Night Before Christmas - Clement C. Moore (Children's Book) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      The Nightshade's Touch (Messenger Chronicles book 3)- Pippa DaCosta
      The Queen's Gambit (Rogue Queen book 1) - Jessie Mihalik (Read Twice)
      The Rebels of Gold (Loom Saga book 3) - Elise Kova
      The Shadow Queen (Black Jewels book 7) - Anne Bishop
      The Silent Corner (Jane Hawk book 1) - Dean Koontz
      The Smoke Thieves (Smoke Thieves book 1) - Sally Green
      The Unbound (The Archived book 2) - V.E. Schwab
      The Vilka's Secret (Shifters of Kladuu book 0.5) - Pearl Foxx (Novella)
      The Whispering Room (Jane Hawk book 2) - Dean Koontz
      The Witch of the Prophecy - Victoria Jayne (Review posted on Goodreads)
      The Wolf Lord (Ars Numina book 3) - Ann Aguirre
      Theirs Ever After (Thalanian Dynasty book 2) - Katee Robert
      Theirs for the Night (Thalanian Dynasty book 0.5) - Katee Robert (Novella) (Read Twice)
      Three to Ride (Nights in Bliss book 1) - Lexi Blake
      Three Trials (Dark Side book 2) - Kristy Cunning
      Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe book 2) - Neal Shusterman
      To Kill a Kingdom - Alexandra Christo
      To Seize a Wayward Spirit (Djinn Haven book 2) - R.L Naquin
      Too Wilde To Tame (Wilde Security book 5) - Tonya Burrows
      Tricks for Free (Incryptid book 7) - Seanan McGuire
      Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox (Amaranthine Saga book 1) - Forthright
      Two to Love (Nights in Bliss book 2) - Lexi Blake

      ~U~
      Unchained by a Forbidden Love (Eternal Mates book 15) - Felicity Heaton
      Unearthed (Unearthed book 1) - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
      Unleashed (Hamilton Christmas book 1) - Donna Kauffman (Novella)

      ~V~
      Vengeance in Death (In Death book 6) - J.D. Robb
      Vengeful (Villains book 2) - V.E. Schwab
      Vici (Temeraire book 0.5) - Naomi Novik (Short Story)
      Vicious (Villains book 1) - V.E. Schwab (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)

      ~W~
      Warm Up (Villains book 0.5) - V.E. Schwab (Short Story) (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review)
      White Hot (Hidden Legacy book 2) - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review) (Read Three Times)
      Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland book 1) - Chloe Neill
      Wildfire (Hidden Legacy book 3) - Ilona Andrews (I re-read this book but the link takes you to my original review) (Read Three Times)
      Winnie-the-Pooh: Deep Thoughts & Ponderings for the Wise - A.A. Milne & Ernest H. Shepard

      Wednesday, 30 January 2019

      Release Blitz: A Cursed Moon - Cecy Robson


      A CURSED MOON

      by Cecy Robson
      Weird Girls, #2.5
      Publication Date: January 30, 2019
      Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance


      AVAILABLE NOW!

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      SYNOPSIS

      Meet the furry big brother that the Wird sisters never had…

      Bren is a cocky, brash hound of a werewolf who loathes the idea of belonging to Aric’s pack—much less finding a mate. But Bren’s hotheaded behavior lands him in the doghouse when he defies Aric’s authority in front of his pack, bringing up a sore subject that’s bound to make the Alpha wolf’s blood boil…

      Luckily for him, no one can stay mad at Bren and his wild charm for long. And when some frightening ghosts launch a hostile paranormal takeover, Bren will team up with Celia to take down the evil ghouls before they hurt someone they both love…


      EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT

      “Damn it, Bren—wake up!”

      “Hmmph?” Someone with a death wish was shaking me. You don’t disturb a werewolf’s sleep; that’s just common fucking sense. The breeze shot through the cracked opened window, bringing a strong whiff of Tahoe’s magic. I grinned and inhaled. That shit was better than witch ganja, and it lulled me back to sleep.

      But then Dan flipped on the leg lamp on my nightstand and opened his yap again. “Wake up, I mean it.”

      “Grrrrr.”

      “You can take that werewolf shit and shove it up your ass.”

      That made me chuckle into my pillow. Dan swearing was damn funnier than Elmo dropping the “F” bomb. He shook me again, this time harder. I flipped over and tried to get comfortable.

      “For crying out loud, put some pants on! I don’t need to see your . . . stuff.”

      “It’s my goddamn room. I can sleep naked if I want. And what the hell do you mean by ‘stuff’? What are you, ten?”

      Dan ignored me. “Bren, your stupid one-night stand stole all our food, our DVDs, and our laundry detergent.”

      I half-opened one eye. “Wendy wouldn’t do anything like that.”

      “Her name was Natasha.”

      “You sure?”

      “That’s the name she wrote all over my bathroom with her lipstick.”

      I sat abruptly, suddenly panicked. “She didn’t take my porn, did she?”

      Dan’s jaw slacked. “Is that all you care about, that she took your porn?”

      “No. For shit’s sake I’m hungrier than hell. How are you going to fix me breakfast without any food?”
      Dan threw his hands in the air, in that same exaggerated way he always did when I pushed him to his breaking point. He kicked my dirty clothes on the floor and paced like an expectant dad. “You have the audacity to think I’d actually cook you breakfast—after what your one-nighter did?”

      I scratched my beard. Damn, I needed a trim. “Well, yeah. It’s your job around here, you’re the woman. You’re supposed to cook, clean, and pay most of the bills. My job is to keep your ass safe from humans, vamps, weres, witches, little old ladies, and pretty much anything else you’re afraid of. It’s part of our deal, along with me getting you laid.”

      Dan stomped to the side of my bed, stumbling over a pair of my old jeans. “First of all, it was just that one little old lady. I may be human, but I’m pretty sure she was some kind of spirit―especially given the amount of supernatural activity around here lately. Secondly, I don’t need help getting laid.”

      I stared at my beanpole roommate. His messy curly hair hung over his thick black-framed glasses, and he tripped over air on a regular basis. Jesus. There were Girl Scouts more muscular and agile than him.

      “Yes, you do, Dan.”

      “I’ve gotten laid a lot lately, all without your help.”

      “Ugly girls don’t count, man.”

      “Celia’s not ugly.”

      I laughed and yanked at my overgrown hair. Damn, I needed a cut, too. But unlike Dan, I did grunge well. “Celia was more than eight years ago.” I chuckled again. Talk about a mercy lay.

      He narrowed his eyes. “What’s so funny?”

      “I still can’t believe you were her first. How’d you talk her into it? Did you promise to tutor her in chemistry or something?”

      Dan’s entire face reddened, making him look more like a tomato than a walking piece of broccoli.

      “Whatever, Bren. I’ll prove to you I can get laid.”

      “Sure, sure, you can get laid. Don’t get your thong in a bunch.”

      Dan stamped his foot. Shit, I only thought girls did that.

      “I mean it, Bren. I have to work late at the lab tonight, but I’ll meet you at eleven at the Watering Hole. I’m going to get a girl so hot your head will spin.”

      I yawned. “Sure you will, buddy.”

      “Fine. If you don’t believe me, how about we bet on it?”

      “Dan, you don’t want to bet me on something like that. You’ll only lose and embarrass yourself.”

      “You’re just afraid. I thought you were a wolf, not a chicken.”

      My brows furrowed and I snarled. “Did you just call me a chicken?” This time it was Dan’s turn to laugh. I could be pretty damn intimidating, but he knew I’d never hurt him. He was a mothering pain in the ass, but also the best friend I’d ever had.

      “You heard me, clucky.”

      A slow grin eased across my face. “All right then, name the terms.”

      “The loser has to clean and cook for the rest of the year . . .”

      “Is that the best you can come up with? Oooh, I’m real scared now.”

      “. . . wearing a French maid outfit, regardless of who’s in the apartment.”

      My grin widened. The little turd had some balls after all. “You’re on.” I held out my hand. He refused to shake it until after I showered.



      ABOUT CECY ROBSON:


      Cecy Robson is an author of contemporary and new adult romance, young adult adventure, and award-winning urban fantasy. A double-nominated RITA® Finalist, Winner of the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and published author of more than twenty titles, you can typically find Cecy on her laptop or stumbling blindly in search of caffeine.

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      Tuesday, 29 January 2019

      Review: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet - Darynda Jones

      Welcome to the world of grim reaper extraordinaire Charley Davidson. Try as she might, there’s no avoiding her destiny.

      Sometimes being the grim reaper really is, well, grim. And since Charley's last case went so awry, she has taken a couple of months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep, convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to pull herself together.

      In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, is out of prison and out of Charley's life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved.

      Just when life was returning to normal, Charley is thrust back into the world of crime, punishment and the devil in blue jeans in this hilarious fourth instalment in the New York Times bestselling series.

      Charley Davidson Series:
      First Grave on the Right
      For I Have Sinned (Novella)
      Second Grave on the Left
      Third Grave Dead Ahead
      Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
      Fifth Grave Past the Light
      Shimmer (Free Short Story)
      Glow (Free Short Story)
      Sixth Grave on the Edge
      Seventh Grave and No Body
      Eighth Grave After Dark
      Brighter Than the Sun (Novella)
      The Dirt on the Ninth Grave
      The Curse of Tenth Grave
      A Very Charley Christmas (Free Short Story)
      Eleventh Grave in Moonlight
      The Trouble with Twelfth Grave
      Summoned to Thirteenth Grave

      Visit Darynda Jones' website for more information

      Review:
      We get to see a very different side to Charley in this book, it's been several months since she was tortured so physically she's fully recovered but emotionally not so much. She's avoiding all her friends and family, hasn't left her apartment in weeks and has a scary new addiction to the shopping channels that has wiped out pretty much all of her savings. Cookie and Gemma have both been doing their best to get through to her but she has a long way to go before she's back to her normal self.

      She's not really interested in taking any PI work but a girl can't eat if she doesn't pay the bills so it's time to accept a new job. Her latest case involves a woman who is convinced someone is trying to kill her and is desperate for help and tracking down a would be murderer might just be enough to pull Charley out of the hole she's fallen into.

      I've always liked Charley, I appreciate that she's usually so willing to put herself in danger to protect the people she cares about and I'm enjoying learning about her grim reaper abilities but it was really interesting to see a more vulnerable side to her in this book. She's had to deal with so much recently that it was bound to take a toll on her and it was hard to see her feeling so lost and alone. She has a great support system thanks to her best friend Cookie and I'm glad that she's starting to build a relationship with her sister now too. I'm still not happy with her dad though, he's done so much to hurt her that he's got a lot of making up to do before I'll forgive him.

      Reyes is out of prison but he's keeping his distance and isn't exactly on speaking terms with Charley. Things are really complicated between them and we're only starting to uncover some of his secrets but I can't wait to dig a little deeper. He does do some very questionable things but he seems to have Charley's best interests at heart and he is doing his best to protect her. I love the interactions we get between the two of them and that we start seeing some depth to their relationship here, the attraction has been there from the beginning but Reyes has been hiding so much for such a long time that it's about time he started opening up a bit.

      I'm really enjoying this series and looking forward to seeing what happens next.

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

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      Monday, 28 January 2019

      Review: The Rebels of Gold - Elise Kova

      A new rebellion rises from the still-smoldering remnants of the five guilds of Loom to stand against Dragon tyranny. Meanwhile, on Nova, those same Dragons fight amongst themselves, as age-old power struggles shift the political landscape in fateful and unexpected ways. Unlikely leaders vie for the opportunity to shape a new world order from the perfect clockwork designs of one temperamental engineer.

      This is the final installment of USA Today bestselling author Elise Kova's Loom Saga, THE REBELS OF GOLD will reveal the fate of Loom's brilliantly contrasting world and its beloved inhabitants.

      Loom Saga:
      The Alchemists of Loom
      The Dragons of Nova
      The Rebels of Gold

      Visit Elise Kova's website for more information

      Review:
      Down on Loom the guilds may have been almost destroyed but those who remain haven't given up on their rebellion, in fact they're now even more determined to get their revenge. Ari and Florence are in the thick of things trying to create a new weapon that will be strong enough to defeat the dragons but they're battling a powerful enemy and they've already seen first hand the price of failure.

      Meanwhile, back on Nova Cvareh is trying to hold his family together after the death of his sister, he never wanted to be their leader but now he doesn't have a choice. All he can really focus on is avenging his sister and bringing down the dragon king once and for all but that's going to mean working alongside what's left of the guild and most of the dragons are really unhappy about that. Working with Loom was never an option before but sometimes it really is a case of the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

      Its always sad to read the last book in a series you've really enjoyed but I think Elise Kova did a great job of wrapping up the Loom Saga in The Rebels of Gold. She created such a wonderful and unique world here and I really have had fun exploring it and getting to know the characters. I've loved how diverse the series has been and that continues here adding in an f/f romance to all the wonderful things that have come before.

      As usual the story is told from multiple points of view so we get to spend time with Ari, Cvareh and Florence which really works from a world building point of view. I have to admit I didn't like Florence as much in this book as I had in the previous two, she had a few moments to shine but for some reason I didn't feel as connected with her this time around. I did enjoy her romance but I think she just took a little too much of the page time and didn't leave quite enough room for Ari and Cvareh. As always I loved both of those two, I was sad we didn't get to see them spending more time together but the moments we did get were worth waiting for.

      Overall I thought the Loom Saga was a really enjoyable series and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more from Elise Kova in the future.

      Source: Purchased

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      Sunday, 27 January 2019

      Review: Year One - Nora Roberts

      As this world ends, a new one begins.

      From number one New York Times bestseller Nora Roberts - an epic, apocalyptic tale of good and evil, love and loss.

      With one drop of blood, the old world is gone for ever. And in its place, something extraordinary begins...

      They call it The Doom - a deadly pandemic that starts on a cold New Year's Eve in the Scottish countryside. There's something mysterious about the virus and the way it spreads. As billions fall sick and die, some survivors find themselves invested with strange, unexpected abilities.

      Lana, a New York chef, has the power to move things and people with her will. Fred can summon light in the darkness. Jonah, a paramedic, sees snatches of the future in those he touches. Katie gives birth to twins, and suspects that she has brought fresh magic into the world, along with new life.

      But The Doom affects people differently. Along with the light, a dark and terrifying magic will also rise. As the remaining authorities round up the immune and the 'Uncannies' for testing, Lana, Katie and others flee New York in search of a safe haven. The old world is over, and Year One has begun.

      Chronicles of the One:
      Year One
      Of Blood and Bone
      The Rise of Magics (2019)

      Visit Nora Roberts' website for more information.

      Review:
      In the wake of a pandemic that has wiped out over half the human population in a matter of days, the world has quickly become a very dark and dangerous place. Survivors fall into three camps, ones who have been gifted with light magic, ones with dark magic and normal humans. Light gifts can include telekinesis, psychic abilities, perhaps you're now a faerie or even have the ability to shapeshift while the dark gifts give you similar powers but a thirst for violence that's almost demonic. Normal humans are caught between the two factions and doing what humans do best the government decides it would be a good idea to round up all the uncanny to carry out experiments on them. Year One follows a ragtag group of survivors as they band together and try to find somewhere safe to start a new life.

      I love the In Death series but I have to admit it's been a while since I read anything else Nora Roberts has published. I'm a huge urban fantasy fan though and my friend Ange raved about this book so much that I just had to give it a try. Year One is very different to anything else I've read by Nora, this is a dark and devastating world where things fall apart very quickly and civilisation as we know it is completely gone, the characters are all facing life or death situations daily and struggling to survive as they band together hunting for safety. But no matter how bad things get or how slim their chances of survival is looking there are also signs of hope that there could be a better future. There are people willing to work together, ones who go out of their way to help others and ones who share what little resources they have because someone else is in desperate need.

      I think one of the things Nora Roberts always excels at is creating fantastic characters and she really shows that in this book. There is a large cast of characters and they're all following different paths but I found myself rooting for nearly all of them. You have to be prepared because in a world this dark there are going to be casualties along the way and some of the deaths really surprised me but because people know just how short life can be they live it to the fullest while they can. Friendships and love are more valuable than ever and people hold on to them fiercely.

      Much of this book is about the fallout from The Doom, the way society collapses and how survivors have to learn how to survive in a more basic world without the technology we've come to rely on now. A lot of time is spent gathering likeminded survivors and searching for a place they can call home but towards the end there are some huge changes that take the story in a direction I really wasn't expecting. I can't wait to see what happens next & will be diving into Of Blood and Bone as soon as I get the chance.

      Source: Purchased

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