Up and Coming: March

It’s crazy how much things have changed since I wrote my last Up and Coming post.

Then, I was freaking out about getting books read and my focus was on job hunting.

This time, I’m almost a month into my new job, and am catching up on some books quite nicely thanks to the commute.

Luckily, compared to previously, it’s a relatively straightforward and easy commute. I’m really enjoying the job, which means I’m motivated and inspired when it comes to the blog at the moment.

I’ve needed to have a bit of a catch-up. I’ve not been great lately at keeping on top of post promotions and actually getting everything written on time. I’m hoping, however, this month will be my turning point. I don’t have anything else stealing my attention and I have a guaranteed hour, minimum, of reading time a day.

I’m trying to utilise my evenings at the moment. I don’t want to just sit and watch television every night, even if there are some shows that I want to review. But I’m trying to do an odd job each evening, whether that is sorting out some blog posts, doing something creative or making it to the gym before crashing out. Once I’ve got that sorted, everything will be much easier to keep on top of.

But for now, what have I got planned for this month? Let’s take a look:

The Perfect Girlfriend 1The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton:

Juliette loves Nate. She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back. She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain… 

I’ve wanted to read this since I was part of the cover reveal. I just hope I’m not going to be disappointed: always a worry when you’ve been looking forward to a book for a long time!

Eden Trial 1

Eden’s Trial by Barry Kirwan:

First contact didn’t go well. Survivors are fleeing Earth, into a hostile galaxy where alien intelligence and weaponry rule. Can a deserted planet offer refuge? Or will the genetically engineered Alicians finish the job started on Eden. While Blake fends off attacks, Micah seeks allies, but his plan backfires, and humanity finds itself on trial for its very right to exist.

This stunning sequel to The Eden Paradox launches us into alien political intrigue and intergalactic war of survival. 

 

After reviewing the first book for a blog tour just over a month ago, I decided that I wanted to read the rest of the series as the premise gripped me. Hopefully the rest of the series will be as engaging and imaginative as the first one.

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Hangman by Daniel Cole:

How do you catch a killer who’s already dead?’

Eighteen months have passed, but the scars the Ragdoll murders left behind remain.

DCI Emily Baxter is summoned to a meeting with US Special Agents Elliot Curtis of the FBI and Damien Rouche of the CIA. There, she is presented with photographs of the latest copycat murder: a body contorted into a familiar pose, strung up impossibly on the other side of the world, the word BAIT carved deep into its chest.

As the media pressure intensifies, Baxter is ordered to assist with the investigation and attend the scene of another murder to discover the same word scrawled across the victim, carved across the corpse of the killer – PUPPET.

As the murders continue to grow in both spectacle and depravity on both sides of the Atlantic, the team helplessly play catch up. Their only hope: to work out who the ‘BAIT’ is intended for, how the ‘PUPPETS’ are chosen but, most importantly of all, who is holding the strings. 

This month is all about books that I’m really excited about, it seems. I adored Ragdoll last year, so as soon as I saw this was available on Netgalley, I hit request so fast I think I might have broken the button.

The first book was fantastic, so I’m hoping this one is going to be just as fast-paced and exciting. The first started out in a pretty gruesome way…I wonder if this one will do the same!

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Flotsam by R.J Theodore:

Captain Talis just wants to keep her airship crew from starving, and maybe scrape up enough cash for some badly needed repairs. When an anonymous client offers a small fortune to root through a pile of atmospheric wreckage, it seems like an easy payday. The job yields an ancient ring, a forbidden secret, and a host of deadly enemies.

Now on the run from cultists with powerful allies, Talis needs to unload the ring as quickly as possible. Her desperate search for a buyer and the fallout from her discovery leads to a planetary battle between a secret society, alien forces, and even the gods themselves.

Talis and her crew have just one desperate chance to make things right before their potential big score destroys them all.

This was offered by the publisher after I enjoyed another of their books. I’m trusting their judgement that I’ll like this one as well. It sounds good, even if it will mean two science-fiction books in one month.

I’m hoping to finally finish Breaking Bad this month as well – taken me long enough. I’m intending to sneak a few extra book reviews in though as I’m struggling keeping up with television ones currently.

What books are you hoping to get through in March? Let me know in the comments below!

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