This Week in Books 16.09.2015

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Welcome to my weekly post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week.

Hope you guys are having a good week!

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Now: Vengeance Road ~ Erin Bowman

I’m not very far into this, but I have high hopes!

Then: This Crumbling Pageant ~ Patricia Burroughs// The Reckoning Stones ~ Laura DiSilverio

I had mixed feeling about This Crumbling Pageant, my review will be up next week, and my review of The Reckoning Stones went up yesterday.

Next: ???

I’m not really sure this time. As a reward for finishing off nearly all of my outstanding review requests, I think I’ll pick up something off my physical TBR bookshelf. I have Golden Boy, Alice in Zombieland, and Don’t Look Now amongst many, many others…

New on the Shelves

I was approved for the following titles via Netgalley:

Seize the Night ~ Various, Edited by Christopher Golden

I’m mega happy I got approved for this collection as I want to review it for my annual Horror October.

seizethenightA blockbuster anthology of original, blood-curdling vampire fiction from New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, including Charlaine Harris, whose novels were adapted into HBO’s hit show True Blood, and Scott Smith, publishing his first work since The Ruins.

Before being transformed into romantic heroes and soft, emotional antiheroes, vampires were figures of overwhelming terror. Now, from some of the biggest names in horror and dark fiction, comes this stellar collection of short stories that make vampires frightening once again. Edited by New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden and featuring all-new stories from such contributors as Charlaine Harris, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Scott Smith, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Michael Kortya, Kelley Armstrong, Brian Keene, David Wellington, Seanan McGuire, and Tim Lebbon, Seize the Night is old-school vampire fiction at its finest.

Corrupted ~ Lisa Scottoline

This is the third book in the series and I haven’t read the previous two but it sounds like that won’t be an issue from Goodreads. I couldn’t resist after reading the synopsis

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Bennie Rosato the founder of the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm hides her big heart beneath her tough-as-nails exterior and she doesn’t like to fail.

Now, a case from her past shows her how differently things might have turned out. Thirteen years ago, Bennie Rosato took on Jason Leftavick, a twelve-year-old boy who was sent to a juvenile detention center after fighting a class bully. Bennie couldn’t free Jason, and to this day it’s the case that haunts her.

Jason has grown up in and out of juvenile prison, and his adulthood hasn’t been any easier. Bennie no longer represents those accused of murder, but when Jason is indicted for killing the same bully he fought with as a kid, she sees no choice but to represent him. She doesn’t know whether or not to believe his claims of innocence, but she knows she owes him for past failures–of the law, of the juvenile justice system, and of herself. Forced to relive the darkest period of her life, Bennie will do everything in her power to get the truth, and justice.

I’m Waiting On…

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

The Light that gets Lost ~ Natasha Carthew

This looks and sounds right up my alley!

thelightthatA small boy hiding in a cupboard witnesses something no child should ever see. He tries not to look but he still hears it. And when he comes out, there’s no mistaking. His mum and dad have been killed. And though he’s only small, he swears that he’ll get revenge one day.

Years later, Trey enters a strange camp that is meant to save troubled teenagers. It’s packed with crazies, god-botherers, devoted felons and broken kids. Trey’s been in and out of trouble ever since the day the bad thing happened, but he’s he not here for saving: this is where he’ll find the man who did it. Revenge and healing, salvation and hell are a boiling, dangerous mix, and Trey finds himself drawn to a girl, a dream and the offer of friendship in the dark.

Expected Publication: November 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury Children’s

So, that’s my week in books, now how about yours?

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The Reckoning Stones by Laura DiSiverio

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Title: The Reckoning Stones
Author: Laura DiSilverio
Series:
Edition: Digital Review Copy, 360 pages
Publication Details: September 8th 2015 by Midnight Ink
Genre(s): Thriller; Mystery
Disclosure? Yep! I received a free copy in exchange for an HONEST review.

Goodreads // Purchase

After accusing the pastor of her close-knit religious community of molesting her, fourteen-year-old Mercy Asher is branded a liar and publicly humiliated. She runs away on the night someone beats the pastor into a coma and kills his wife.

Two decades later, Mercy has become Iris Dashwood, an emotionally troubled but brilliant jeweler. She thinks she’s in control of her life until news of Pastor Matt’s miraculous awakening broadsides her and leaves her unable to design. Iris returns to Lone Pine, Colorado, determined to confront her past to restore her creativity.

Iris reconnects with her mother, best friend, and boyfriend who harbor secrets she must unearth to find a killer. In the final reckoning, the truth may cost more than she anticipates. Will it bring redemption…or devastation?

Review

The Reckoning Stones is a tightly woven, compelling mystery set in a tiny community in Colorado. But Lone Pine isn’t your average community. It’s inhabitants are all deeply religious and must live within certain rules and strict codes of conduct.

Iris, hasn’t been back to Lone Pine for twenty years, but she can’t put it off any longer, she has to face the very thing she ran away from, she has to free herself of her past.

Initially, I wasn’t sure about this book at all. I was intrigued by the synopsis but the first few pages really failed to pull me in. However, something finally kicked in a few chapters later and I was hooked.

I’m not religious in the slightest, and this book certainly made me glad of that; it doesn’t exactly paint a good picture of people of faith (albeit extreme faith). Lone Pine is much more than a community, it’s more like a cult which lives by, and governs its own rules, and that’s what I found really interesting about it (I’m strangely obsessed with cults btw).

I was with Iris the whole way through. I felt so sickened by what had happened to her all those years ago, and how the community still ostracised her. I liked that she was a complex character who was so strong in some ways, and so vulnerable in others.

Overall, I thought The Reckoning Stones was a great mystery, and one that I became completely engrossed in. It’s about facing your demons, overcoming your past and getting what you deserve, no matter how long it may take.

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Book Promo: The Curvy Girls Baby Club by Michele Gorman

Welcome to another book promo on Lipsyy Lost & Found, where I’m always thrilled to support independent authors and publishers.

The Curvy Girls Baby Club is a brand-new feel-good novella from the Sunday Times and USA Today bestselling author Michele Gorman. And of course, it’s another chance to spend time with the women of The Curvy Girls Club.

The Curvy Girls Baby Club

The Curvy Girls Baby Club

Author: Michele Gorman
Editions: Kindle/e-book, 130 pages
Publication Details: August 20th 2015 by Notting Hill Press
Genre(s): Women’s Fiction

Goodreads // Amazon UK // Amazon US // B&N

Life, love and a Christmas due date…

Ellie is fresh back from her honeymoon and can’t wait to share her news with her best friends Katie and Jane. To everyone’s surprise, mother-of-two Jane has news of her own… The women are due a day apart and Katie can’t wait to be an honorary auntie to the babies.

But it’s hard to keep your sense of humour, not to mention your self-esteem, in the face of hemorrhoids and elasticated waistbands. Add a clingy mother-in-law, a career in cardiac arrest and a sex life that makes Mother Theresa look lusty, and soon their lives are as out of control as their bodies.

As the co-founders of The Curvy Girls Club, where loving yourself is the only rule, will the friends be able to practice what they preach?

Meet the Author

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I write romantic comedy, including SINGLE IN THE CITY (the first in The Expat Diaries series) and BELLA SUMMER TAKES A CHANCE. Born and raised in the US, I lost my heart to London 16 years ago, where I’ve lived ever since. I’ve also turned my hand to upmarket commercial fiction under the pen name Jamie Scott.

Testimonials

Author Michele Gorman weaves a delightful sequel novella to The Curvy Girls Club that is filled with a feel good lighthearted storyline that follows the three best friends as they embark on a journey towards motherhood together”.

– Kathleen, Goodreads

It was great to catch up with the curvy girls club! – Elizabeth Ray, Goodreads

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My Soul Immortal by Jen Printy

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Title: My Soul Immortal
Author: Jen Printy
Series: Fated Eternals #1
Edition: Digital Review Copy, 310 pages
Publication Details: February 15th 2014 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Disclosure? Yep! I received a free copy in exchange for an HONEST review.

Goodreads // Amazon

An endless love, for an endless price.

Jack’s immortality is exposed when he prevents a liquor store heist, forcing him to flee to protect his secret—a secret not even he understands. But when he meets Leah Winters—a mirror image of his decades-lost love, Lydia—his very soul is laid bare. He begins to question his sanity. Is she real, and if so, what does that mean for Jack and his secret?

Jack’s not the only mystery man in town. A stranger named Artagan hints at knowledge Jack is desperate to possess. But can he trust Artagan, or does the dark newcomer harbor deadly secrets of his own?

As Jack’s bond with Leah grows, so does the danger to her life. Jack must discover just how much he is willing to risk in order to save the woman he already lost once

Review

My Soul Immortal was such a shock to me; I could not put it down, and found it to be a well-written, unique take on the paranormal romance genre, which let’s face it – gets pretty tiresome pretty quickly.

The first book in the Fated Eternals series introduces us to Jack. He’s tall and handsome, he loves books, and he’s immortal…what more could you want?

When Jack gets shot playing the hero in a robbery he has no choice but to pack his (minimal) belongings and choose a new place to live. He can’t risk being found out. A dart to a map decides his fate, and fate it really is, as once there he bumps into Leah (literally), who is the spitting image of his soul mate, Lydia, whom he has spent years trying to forget.

As Leah and Jack realise that their bond is stronger than anything they have ever known, and Leah finally understands that her weird dreams were in fact memories of her past life with Jack, they find themselves in increasing danger, and Jack is not prepared to lose her again.

Like I said earlier, I couldn’t put this book down. I read it in two sittings, over two days and I loved it! I thought the whole past-life, fated eternals thing really made this a different kind of paranormal romance story, and I loved that Jack was simply immortal, not a fang in sight. 🙂

The only slightly negative things I have to say about this book is that at first I thought Jack’s characterisation was a bit off – I think Printy struggled in writing from a male point of view and some of the things he said and thought about didn’t quite ring true to who he was. And the other, was that I didn’t write this review straight after finishing the book (my bad), and when I came to start it, it took me a while to even remember what had happened, so as much I enjoyed it at the time I can’t say it was a memorable read for me.

However, I do remember how hooked I was, and how much I enjoyed Jen Printy’s writing. I hope to read more from her; I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up the next in this series!

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This Week in Books 09.09.2015

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Welcome to my weekly post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week.

Hope you guys are having a good week!

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Now: This Crumbling Pageant ~ Patricia Burroughs// The Turing Test ~ Chris Beckett

I’m trying really hard to get into This Crumbling Pageant, and I’m still going on my lunch-time read too.

Then: The Wolf Wilder ~ Katherine Rundell // The Reckoning Stones ~ Laura DiSilverio

My review of The Wolf Wilder went up on Monday. The Reckoning Stones was a slow-burner but I mostly enjoyed it. I’ll be reviewing it next week.

Next: Vengeance Road ~ Erin Bowman

Really looking forward to this one. Here’s the blurb:

When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.

In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.

I’m Waiting On…

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

The Winter Place ~ Alexander Yates

Ahhh can’t wait for this one, I love the cover, and it sounds beautiful!

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When a mysterious stranger and his brown bear show up on the same day that Axel and Tess’s father dies in an accident, Axel fears he might be going crazy, especially as only he can see them. However, the strange duo are quickly forgotten when Axel and Tess are shipped off to Finland to stay with grandparents that they’ve never met. But when they arrive in Finland, Axel is stunned when the stranger and his bear reappear. More incredibly, the stranger tells him that his parents are lost and need help.

Desperate to see his father again, and actually meet his mother, Axel follows the man and his bear, disappearing deep into the frozen wilds of northern Finland.

When Tess realises that her brother has vanished she’s distraught. And so begins the frantic search across snow and ice into the dark forest. But as the hours creep by and with no sign of Axel, Tess begins to wonder if her brother has ventured onto a path that she cannot follow.

Delving into the timeless, fantastical world of Nordic mysticism, set against the harsh beauty of a frozen landscape, The Winter Place is an imaginative, beautiful story of loss, love and hope, a story of family, and of a brother and sister who find each other again.

Expected Publication: October 22nd by Simon & Schuster

So, that’s my week in books, now how about yours?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Series I STILL Haven’t Finished

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: Series we are yet to Finish.

I used to class myself as the great unfinisher of series…what can I say, I just get bored easily! However, for that reason alone, I’m quite reluctant to start new series these days, so this topic wasn’t as easy as I first thought.

I do still, of course, have some outstanding series that I haven’t finished or caught up on yet…

1. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy: I have read 8 books in this series and only have two to go, one of which I own but I just hit a wall with it. I do really want to finish this one though, I love Derek Landy!

2. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins: I really loved the first book, but still haven’t got round to the second one which was quite a long time ago now, the third is probably on its way already.

3. Dark Eden by Chris Beckett: For ages I thought this was a stand-alone, so ever since I realised it’s a series, I’ve been needing to read them all!

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth: I’m not sure if I’ll read the last book in this trilogy as I’ve heard such bad things about it. I do kind of want to read spin-off ‘Four’ though.

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5. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis: I know this is TERRIBLE considering how much I love the rest of this series but I never read the last book. For some reason as a child I never got that far, and now as an adult, and knowing vaguely what happens I just don’t think I can!

6.The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: I don’t even know where I got up any more, book 4 maybe? I had a definite love/hate relationship with these books but I do want to finish them…I think I’d have to go back and read them all over again first though…and who’s got time for that, right?

7. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: I only made it to the 3rd book in this mammoth series, but I was loving it. I just need to get my hands on the other books.

8. The Immortals by Alyson Noel: I think I read two of these…but two was enough.

I’m sure there’s at least two more but I can’t think of them right now!

This Month in Books: August 2015

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In August I continued my mission to get back on my feet, blogging and reading wise, and I’m getting there, just about. I concentrated on trying to get my outstanding review requests read, and then the same for Netgalley approvals. Therefore the month was a bit low on reviews, but I now have lots scheduled for this month already 🙂

I also went to Germany for a long (beer-festival-filled) weekend to visit my friend who has just moved back there. It was sooo good. Bamberg is lovely – highly recommend it.

August was also the month where I once again became obsessed with The Great British Bake Off, and I watched so much RuPaul’s Drag Race that I’m not sure how I got any reading done at all. So good!

Anyway, back to the blog round-up…

August 2015 Stats

Total Posts: 13 (-3 from last month)

Books Read: 5 (+ 1)
The Curse of Crow Hollow ~ Billy Coffey
Wonder Light ~ R.R Russell
My Soul Immortal ~ Jen Printy
Memoirs of a Dipper ~ Nell Leyshon
Beneath the Lake ~ Christopher Ransom

The Breakdown:
Genres: YA (1/5); Horror (2/5); Paranormal Romance (1/5); Crime/Thriller (1/5)

Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (2/5); Digital (4/5); Hardback (1/5); Paperback (0/5); Owned (0/5); Borrowed (1/5)

Most Surprising: My Soul Immortal
Most Disappointing: Beneath the Lake
Most Exciting: Memoirs of a Dipper
Most Swoon-worthy: My Soul Immortal
Most Beautifully Written: The Curse of Crow Hollow

Reviews: 3 (-4)

  • Wonder Light by R.R. Russell, 4/5 (View)
  • The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey, 3/5 (View)
  • Dinner with a Vampire by Abigail Gibbs, 3/5 (View)

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