SPIRE – A Book Review

Fiona first published SPIRE as a daily serial on her blog. One chapter a day. There were days I loved her for it and days I wanted to shake her and tell her to just post more chapters. By the end of the serial the book had been picked up by Clockwork Books and has now been released as an eBook on Amazon and will soon be published in print too.

I gave SPIRE a full five stars. Here is my original review.

How do I describe this book?

Gripping, edge of your seat, hold your breath at the end of each chapter.

This is a fast paced, thriller that made me gasp out loud, snort laugh and even cry.

A must have for your bookshelf.

I didn’t know at the time that it was the 2nd book in a series (and it doesn’t have to be read in order), but after reading SPIRE I will definitely be reading the first book in the Burchell Sisters series, Now Following You.

You can follow Fiona on Twitter here.

Her website can be found here.

And you can buy your own copy of SPIRE on Amazon here.

Book Smash

I have a Goodreads account and this year I decided to take part in the reading challenge.

I set myself what I thought was a decent challenge of 100 books to read in 2017. And then promptly smashed through it at the end of April, so I increased it to 250 books.

Some info on my reading habits:

  • I read mostly romance, fantasy and sci-fi with some chic-lit and comedy thrown in.
  • My average book in 2016 was 232 pages.
  • My average reading time per book is 2-3 days.
  • Although on the weekend I can read 2-4 books in 2 days.
  • I read on the Kindle app on my phone (and now on my iPad since I had the screen replaced).
  • I read pretty much everywhere, at the bus stop, waiting for the rice to cook, waiting for the bath to run, in the line at the grocery store, at the park while the kids play, if I have a minute here or there I am reading.
  • I do NOT read on the bus (major motion sickness) or in the bath (major klutz).
  • I’ve been known to read right through the night and go to work without sleeping.
  • Because of my voracious reading habits I tend to use BookBub to find free or really cheap books from Amazon.
  • Even though most of my books come free, I am more than happy to purchase an entire series or other books by an author (at full price) if I enjoy the freebie.
  • I also try and leave reviews wherever I can.
  • I am part of a 7000+ member secret (or not so secret) book club on Facebook.
  • I also review books for the member authors of the above book club.

All that being said, I am going to go back to putting up book reviews on my blog so keep your eyes peeled for some interesting reads.

The Beyond Series by Kit Rocha – A Review

Author: Kit Rocha

Book: The Beyond Series (Books 1-9)

Genre: Dystopian, erotic, romance

Stars: * * * * *

I love a book (especially a series) where I become emotionally invested in the characters. And I really, really did with this series.

From the moment I started reading the very first book (Beyond Shame), I was immersed in this post apocalyptic world. I could smell, taste and feel the grittiness and vibrancy of life in Sector Four. And by the time I finished reading the first book? I was salivating for the next one and the next.

I found that each and every character has a little bit of me in them. Something that made them so relatable. Even in a world so far removed from what we know.

The characters are fully fleshed out, the dialogue is snappy, the sex is scorching, and even though each individual story is happily concluded, the overall story arc pulls you right back in with next book.  

I flew through these books at light speed (and have re-read a number of them while waiting for new books to be released). I originally downloaded the first 3 books as a free bundle in September 2014, 10 days later I bought the next 2 books as well as the 1st 2 novellas. I then had to wait (im)patiently for the rest of the books to be released. The wait has been well worth it and the final book (Beyond Surrender) left me in a squishy pile of feelings last night. 

If you love romance then these books are for you. If you enjoy a gritty, violent story with no sugar coating, these books are for you. If you want a series that involves all the characters from start to finish, these books are for you. If you are a fan of strong men and even stronger women these books are for you.

You can buy the books here: Amazon (some of the books are free downloads)

You can view the authors site here: Kit Rocha

Oh, and if you are like me, and cried puddles because the series is finished, not to worry, Kit Rocha has a new series set in the same world, starting in March 2017. I’ve pre-ordered the 1st book already!

Rainfall – A Book Review

I requested and received another book from Coral-Leigh to review last week. I was already in the middle of another book so I waited until the beginning of the week to start this one.

I requested another Melissa Delport book, Rainfall. Here is my review:

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Twists and turns and a gripping story

I usually don’t like 1st person books. I find it difficult to immerse myself in them and it always takes me a while to get into the story and this was the case with this book too. That being said, the story itself drew me in. Its not something I have read before and I was thoroughly intrigued by the psychology of the main characters. Not just Adam and his D.I.D. (Dissociative Identity Disorder) but Paige too. I love her happy go lucky attitude and her total dedication to the man she loves.

As I continued reading and became more immersed in the story and the characters, clear favourites started to emerge (no pun intended). I love Adam and Paige and was rooting for them from the start. I just wanted to hug Jacob and smack Simon. And Kyle… Lets just say he will always have a place in my heart.

I had heard so much about this book before I started reading it. I knew there were twists and turns and that it would be something totally out there. I did manage to guess the big twist but even though I knew what was coming, I still held my breath and lets out a frustrated ‘Nooooooooooo, it cant be!!’ when I read it.

Grab a box of tissues, a glass of wine (or two) and set aside a weekend to read this book. You wont be disappointed.

*If you would like to buy the book, hop on over to Amazon here.

*If you would like a chance at reading review copies of more awesome books, hop on over to Read & Review here to become a reviewer.

The Cathedral of Cliffdale (Guardians of Summerfeld Book 1) – A Review

The amazing Coral-Leigh from Cupcake and Fysh has started a site where authors and readers can come together in a mutually beneficial environment. Readers get books and authors get reviews. Win/win right?

So my first book to review was Melissa Delport‘s The Cathedral of Cliffdale (Guardians of Summerfeld Book 1). It took me 2 days of reading and left me wanting more.

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Here is the review I left on Amazon:

Werewolves and vampires and unicorns, oh my!

Let me just say, right off the bat, that I loved this book. I loved the characters and the utterly unique take on the fantasy genre.

Quinn is a Guardian who has lost her way, torn between her destiny and her family. The story takes us along with Quinn as she starts to reconcile the two parts of her life. Quinn is so completely relatable, she could be me. I followed her highs and lows with baited breath and I can’t wait to see how her story unfolds.

I am intrigued by all the characters Quinn interacts with and the relationships she has with them, her father, her mentor, an ex-lover and an unlikely friend. I can tell that not everyone is as they seem and I’m keen to see how each of these characters reveals their true selves to Quinn over the course of the story.

I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of this series and I hope that we get to see more of the wards of Summerfeld in the next book, the giants and the dwarves and the grumpy old troll.

*If you would like to buy the book, hop on over to Amazon here.

*If you would like a chance at reading review copies of more awesome books, hop on over to Read & Review here to become a reviewer.

The Professional – A Book Review

The Professional by Kresley Cole

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Have you ever read a book and found yourself having to put it down because the intensity of the relationship between the characters is so intimate you feel the need to give them privacy?

That’s how I felt throughout this book.  The chemistry, both emotional and physical between Natalie and Sevastyan is so real and so raw that at times I felt like I was intruding on them.

The book is fast paced and there is never a dull moment.  I loved all the characters but I wish there had been a little more of some of the minor characters, I would have loved to have gotten to know a bit more about them.

If you like, romance, suspense and a bit of kink then buy and download The Professional.  I can’t wait for the next instalment.

Kresley Cole’s {website}

Buy the book on Amazon {here}

Book reviews. Yay or Nay?

You are going to be seeing quite a few book reviews coming up.

My question though is this:

Do you want to see them here?  Or must I create a separate blog specifically for book reviews?

Please leave a comment for me.

Rocked – A book review

Rocked, Lost in Oblivion Series by Taryn Elliot and Cari Quinn

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A chef, a sexy musician, a tour bus, choc chip pop overs and a tattoo.  Sounds like the makings of a great book if you ask me.

I absolutely loved this NA (New Adult) rock story.  {Ms Elliot} and {Ms Quinn} take the reader on a wild ride, ups and downs, smooth and rocky, not only do we get to participate in the protagonists’ journey but the journey of the band too.  This isn’t just a love story between two characters, its the story of band mates who are friends who are a family, even if they don’t quite realise it.

Harper and Deacon are so good together.  Quick one liners and tender touches between page-smouldering intimacy is what you get when you read this book.  I almost didn’t want their story to end, the journey was too much fun.

I loved the behind the scenes aspects of this book, it wasn’t just concerts and parties, it was food trucks and sound checks and social media.  I cant wait to carry on reading the {Lost in Oblivion} series.

I do however wish that the authors had included the recipe for those choc chip pop overs, they sounded out of this world delicious!

**Even though this is the first book in the series, before reading {Rocked}, I would recommend reading the prequel, {Seduced}, as there are quite a few references to events that happened before Rocked.