Book Tag: The Ten Book Challenge

Book TagsHere we are again: Book Tag time! I’ve enjoyed the books I have read this month and hope you have enjoyed reading some of the reviews that have been posted.

Now, however, it is time to examine some books that have a real sense of meaning for me. I saw this post over at Brins Book Blog, which I strongly recommend you all go and have a look at.

The idea is not to think too deeply about the books here; your gut-reaction to the questions. Something tells me that I am going to find this quite difficult.

Without any further ado, here is my ten book challenge:

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Book Review: A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

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Goodreads Synopsis: Why would you run scared from a happy home?

You’re waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. You’re making dinner, looking forward to hearing about his day.

That’s the last thing you remember.

You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car whilst driving in a dangerous part of town.

The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend isn’t so sure. And even you don’t know what to believe . . .

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Book Review: Blackwing by Ed McDonald

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Netgalley Synopsis: The republic faces annihilation, despite the vigilance of Galharrow’s Blackwings. When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long dead sorcerer’s legacy.

But there is a conspiracy within the citadel: traitors, flesh-eaters and the ghosts of the wastelands seek to destroy them, but if they cannot solve the ancient wizard’s paradox, the Deep Kings will walk the earth again, and all will be lost.

The war with the Eastern Empire ended in stalemate some eighty years ago, thanks to Nall’s ‘Engine’, a wizard-crafted weapon so powerful even the Deep Kings feared it. The strike of the Engine created the Misery – a wasteland full of ghosts and corrupted magic that now forms a No Mans Land along the frontier.

But when Galharrow investigates a frontier fortress, he discovers complacency bordering on treason: then the walls are stormed, and the Engine fails to launch. Galharrow only escapes because of the preternatural magical power of the noblewoman he was supposed to be protecting. Together, they race to the capital to unmask the traitors and restore the republic’s defences. Far across the Misery a vast army is on the move, as the Empire prepares to call the republic’s bluff.

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Cover Reveal! 88° North by J.F Kirwan

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I am so excited to be hosting a cover reveal for you all today!

I have just finished J.F Kirwan’s second book, 37 Hours in order to review it in a few weeks. His writing is a treat: a gripping storyline with intense characters and relationships that just fall into the category of confusing rather than chaotic.

As such, having the chance to host a cover reveal for his third book was a chance I was not going to miss!

Click on the “Read More” to find out more about this book, and see the much awaited cover!

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Book Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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Goodread’s Synopsis: Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.Read More »

Weekly Wonders: 9th July

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Nothing beats a spot of blogging as a break from uni work. Now I’ve read the same sentence three times, it’s time to stop!

A trip to uni meant that I managed to get caught up on some reading. I read three different books in one day: impressive even by my standards! I’ve got one of the reviews written, but hoping to get the second one done after this.

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Talking of reviews… I received a comment on a film review yesterday that left me feeling hurt. Reviews are opinions, there are no two ways about it. It doesn’t matter if you a highly paid professional who reviews for a living (does that type of job even still exist?!), or a blogger having fun writing down their opinion.

Under no circumstances should anyone leave a comment that treats the reviewer like an idiot because they don’t share your opinion. This person was rude, to the point where it upset me. They treated me like I was stupid and had missed the whole point of a film, because I thought a relationship was unnecessary and sinister in what should have been a children’s film. I respect they placed more importance on this relationship than I did. That didn’t give them the right to treat me with such disrespect.

In general, I have great fun with my blog. I’ve been striving to keep it going through both uni and my masters on top of working. But when I receive comments like that (bearing in mind I only get a few comments and so value them immensely), it makes me wonder if there is any point to it. I put a great deal of time and effort into this, and don’t appreciate being treated like an idiot.

Sorry. Rant over. It just makes me so angry!

Anyway… I have finally got The Fate of the Tearling out of the library having reserved it in January and been in a queue ever since. I can’t wait to start reading and have everything crossed it finishes the trilogy off in a satisfying manner. Has anyone else read this? What did you think? No spoilers, please!

 

It’s been a four-post week this week! Here are the posts that have gone live this week:

Two lots of vampires this week – I’m still not entirely sure how that came about!

I have my first cover reveal coming up this week. I’m looking forward to it and seeing people’s reactions when it happens. Hopefully it will be the first of many such posts!

Here’s what else is coming (other than the reveal, because I am keeping that a surprise):

  • Monday: Book Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
  • Wednesday: Defending not Drinking
  • Friday: Television Review: Grimm, Series 3

How about you? What do you have planned? Anything you’ve read/watched you want to share?

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Book Review: Blood Bank by Zoe Markham

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Blurb: Benjamin is a programmer moonlighting as a security guard at Dystopia, a seedy club that caters to the down-and-outs, the desperate, the addicts. He’s been building his reputation, saving for a way out – but when he rescues a young woman from the nearby estate, he may just have stepped too far out of line… 

Lucy is ordinary; a girl with a deadbeat boyfriend, a normal life and college studies. But when her world takes an odd twist, she starts to wonder about the people she’s meeting, the situations she’s in, the odd aversions and attacks happening around her. They’re just coincidences…aren’t they?

And Zack is in deep trouble. He’s losing his girlfriend, drowning in debt, and has dwindling job prospects – and that’s not the worst of it. His debt is to people who won’t ever forget it, and who want the things closest to Zack’s heart: his blood – and his life.

In the heart of Swindon, an ancient order hides in plain sight, spreading their influence through the streets like a disease. But despite their widespread power they are catching up with the modern world: the vampires are going online, and the Order is about to become more powerful than even they would have dreamed…Read More »