October Finds

This is a monthly post where I share some of the books that I’ve found through fellow bloggers that I just HAD to add to my wishlist immediately. I’m hoping I’ll look back on these posts and remember to buy/request the books (wishful thinking!).

Here are my top Finds from October and where I spotted them. Click on the links to go to the original posts.

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Found on: Turn the Page Reviews
Why: I saw this when I was on my Horror October kick. I like an uncomfortable Captive story and this one sounds pretty twisted and terrifying

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Found on: Review Books and More
Why: I am all over some festive reads this year. So excited for Christmas

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Found on: Reading Renee
Why: A kick-boxing, stunt double romance…yes please!

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Found on: Quinn’s Book Nook
Why: After LOVING The Coldest Girl in Coldtown I need more Holly Black action. And this sounds amazing.

Thanks Guys!

Werewolves, Ghosts & A Christmas Ball: The Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice

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The tale of THE WOLF GIFT continues . . .

As lush and romantic in detail and atmosphere as it is sleek and steely in storytelling, Anne Rice brings us once again to the rugged coastline of Northern California, to the grand mansion at Nideck Point—to further explore the unearthly education of her transformed Man Wolf.

The novel opens on a cold, gray landscape. It is the beginning of December. Oak fires are burning in the stately flickering hearths of Nideck Point. It is Yuletide. For Reuben Golding, now infused with the wolf gift and under the loving tutelage of the Morphenkinder, this Christmas promises to be like no other . . . as he soon becomes aware that the Morphenkinder, steeped in their own rituals, are also celebrating the Midwinter Yuletide festival deep within Nideck forest.

From out of the shadows of the exquisite mansion comes a ghost—tormented, imploring, unable to speak yet able to embrace and desire with desperate affection . . . As Reuben finds himself caught up with the passions and yearnings of this spectral presence and the preparations for the Nideck town Christmas reach a fever pitch, astonishing secrets are revealed, secrets that tell of a strange netherworld, of spirits—centuries old—who possess their own fantastical ancient histories and taunt with their dark, magical powers . . .

Before I start this review I have some confessions to make. Firstly, I requested this from NetGalley thinking I would have time to read the first book in the series beforehand – I did not. And secondly, those of you who have read some of my previous posts will know that I just was not in the mood to read ANYTHING for like two weeks. Major book funk.

So, it’s quite hard to review this objectively. It has never taken me so long to read a 400 page book, and I honestly don’t know if it was because of my book funk, or because I just couldn’t get into it.

But, I can tell you one thing for sure, Anne Rice writes beautifully.

From what I’ve read about the first book, The Wolf Gift, Reuben, a young reporter heads to the magnificent mansion Nideck Point to interview a woman about the estate. While he’s there he is attacked by a group of Wolf Men and in turn, receives the Wolf Gift himself, becoming one of them, The Morphenkinder. He struggles with his new animalistic, vicious side throughout.

In The Wolves of Midwinter, Reuben is now the owner of Nideck Point, pursuing his love for Laura (who is in the midst of also becoming one of the Morphenkinder), and trying to keep the wolf attacks underwrap from the village.

There were things I liked in this book that convinced me to not give up on it despite really not being in the mood to read. For one, being set at Christmas is a big win for me this time of year. In the hopes of being accepted by the village, The Morphenkinder plan a grand Christmas ball. The descriptions of the lavish festivities, decorations and food had me seriously pining for Christmas and made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

However, I was expecting something terrible to happen at the ball when it eventually came about, but it didn’t.

And that’s kind of the way this book went for me. I kept expecting things to happen but they just didn’t materialize. The main conflict in the story was that of Marchent, a ghost (who I assume was a main part of book 1) whom the Morphenkinder are being haunted by. They clearly loved her once, and seeing her ghost upsets them, especially Reuben who tries to help her despite being scared of her appearences. But that never really went anywhere either.

And then there’s Reuben’s Dad. I really enjoyed their relationship and thought it was quite refreshing to see a man’s relationship with his father in a genre like this. It doesn’t seem to happen very often. But, I found the rest a bit predictable – Reuben’s dad comes to stay with them at Nideck Point and he finds out that they are Werewolves. Didn’t see that one coming. And again, not much happens. It turns out that his dad already knew what he was and doesn’t care!

Overall, I think if I’d read this at a different time, and after having read the first book (usually helps) that I might have liked it a bit more, but there just wasn’t enough conflict or surprise in this for me. I loved Anne Rice’s style, and the beautiful way she has of describing her opulent worlds, but the story fell a bit flat.

Disclosure: I received a copy from the Publisher via Netgalley for an HONEST review. Many Thanks!
Details: Hardcover, 400 pages. Published November 7th 2013 by Chatto & Windus (Random House UK)
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Unicorns
If you liked this try: Second Nature by Alice Hoffman

Monthly Round Up!

October 2013
October on Lipsyy Lost & Found was Horror October.

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Total Posts: 30

New WP Followers: 28

Books Read & Reviewed (6):

  • Human Remains – Elizabeth Haynes, 4/5 (Review)
  • Doctor Sleep – Stephen King 4/5 (Review)
  • Words Once Spoken – Carly Drake 3/5 (Review)
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black 5/5 (Review)
  • Zom-B Underground – Darren Shan 3/5 (Review)
  • The Polaris Whisper – Kenneth Gregory 4/5 (Review)

Favourites Fridays:
Most Fridays I have been posting about my favourite books or authors

  • #13 The Birthing House – Christopher Ransom (View Post)
  • #14 Edgar Allan Poe (View Post)
  • #15 The Pilo Family Circus (View Post)
  • #16 Exquisite Corpse – Poppy Z. Brite (View Post)

Most Viewed Posts:

  1. WWW Wednesday 09/10/2013 (View Post)
  2. *Fangirl Alert* The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass (View Post)
  3. WWW Wednesday 16/10/2013 (View Post)

Books Purchased: 
I was good this month and told myself NO MORE PROPER BOOKS until I get my TBR pile down. It didn’t stop me from getting some Kindle Bargains though.

1. A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest £0.77
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn £0.99
3. Sixteen Sixty-One by Natalie Lucas £0.99
4. The Seance by Tricia Drammeh £0.00

Books Swapped: 
I only Swapped one book this month. Head to Readitswapit.co.uk if you’re in the UK and want to join. My username is Lipsyp1

Swap #1: Murphy’s Law by Colin Bateman for Trainspotting (never read this!) by Irvine Welsh.

ARCs/Giveaways:
I had waaaaay too many books in my NetGalley library for a while there so I’ve stayed well clear of requesting anymore.

I did receive Orbital Kin by James E. Parsons however. I follow James on Twitter and he was looking for reviewers. Looking forward to it!

*BOOK (AND COVER) OF THE MONTH*

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I hope you guys enjoyed Horror October as much as I did. It’s nice to have a theme!

WWW Wednesday (06/11/2013)

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

I think I’m finally coming out of my book funk. *phewwww* For some reason I’ve found less time to read this week but hopefully normality shall resume from here on out!

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Currently Reading: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare. I’m slowly getting back into this series.

Recently Finished: The Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice. Wow. It has never taken me so long to read a 400 page book. But it wasn’t bad! Review to follow.

Up Next: Orbital Kin by James E. Parsons: I meant to start this last week but I am DEFINITELY reading it next!

Leave the link to your post and I’ll take a look at what you’ve all been up to!

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I can’t wait to get my hands on!

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (Click the image to visit them). This week the theme is Top Ten Sequels I can’t wait to get my hands on.

Hmmm…this topic isn’t the best one for me. As previously mentioned in Top Ten Series Endings, I am pretty rubbish at sticking to series, but it’s something I’m definitely going to work on! I’m not sure how many books I’ve read this year that have sequels or due to have them…but let’s see…

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Festive Recommendations Needed!

I am still in my book funk. I’m finding it really hard to concentrate on anything at all. I am still reading The Wolves of Midwinter and don’t want to give up on it but I’ve never read a book so slowly in my life!!!!

It is however getting me in the mood for Christmas (I know, I know, it’s too early) and I spent all of yesterday watching awful (but good!) made-for-TV Christmas films.

I need motivation to get through the ARCs I have lined up to review, so I figured I could enlist your help. Surely having some books that are the perfect Christmastime reads will spur me on to get through the next 4 books or so in time for the festive period, yes!?

So what are your favourite festive reads? Are you excited about any new Christmassey books this year?

Here is one that I’ve read the last two years in a row:

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Christmas has always been a sad time for young widow Holly Brown, so when she’s asked to look after a remote house on the Lancashire moors, the opportunity to hide herself away is irresistible – the perfect excuse to forget about the festivities.

Sculptor, Jude Martland, is determined that this year there will be no Christmas after his brother runs off with his fiancée and he is keen to avoid the family home. However, he will have to return by Twelfth Night, when the hamlet of Little Mumming hold their historic festivities and all of his family are required to attend.

Meanwhile, Holly is finding that if she wants to avoid Christmas, she has come to the wrong place. When Jude unexpectedly returns on Christmas Eve he is far from delighted to discover that Holly seems to be holding the very family party he had hoped to avoid.

Suddenly, the blizzards come out of nowhere and the whole village is snowed in. With no escape, Holly and Jude get much more than they bargained for – it looks like the twelve days of Christmas are going to be very interesting indeed!