August Wrap Up.

This month has felt like a slower reading month than July for sure. I think I read 18 books and comics last month and this month I only read 10. Fatigue, work kicking my ass and having the kid plus his gf home again has meant life is a bit crazy at the moment. Nice, but busy!

I read more from Paper Girls, which I loved and also the fantastic Illegal Contact and a new Ellie Marney book. Hope you’ve all had a fab reading month. Do share your recs in the comments, I am always on the lookout for a good read!

A ~ Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell. OMG I loved this.
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A ~ Wildfire by Ilona Andrews. Great end to the series
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A ~ No Limits by Ellie Marney. I really love this authors voice
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A ~ Paper Girls V2 and V3. Beautiful, felt like the 80s and I just love it!
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B ~ Spectred Isle by KJ Charles. Good start to a new series.
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B ~ Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Beautiful prose, good start, but the pacing wasn’t always lively.
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C ~ Fallen Heir by Erin Watt
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D ~ Until it Fades by KA Tucker
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D ~ Permanent Ink by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn
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Fallen Heir by Erin Watt.

This was another drama fuelled episode in The Royals. I love the angst in this series, and some of the completely over the top characters and situations.

It did take me a little longer to get into this one. I love the character of Easton so much and he’s definitely got a lot of issues to work through. I found being in his head a little difficult at times and I wonder if this is more of a personal thing for me. I found I didn’t identify as much with him as I did with Hartley and I think it is because I prefer reading from a female POV. I know out of all the books, Paper Princess is my favourite, which was from Ella’s POV. The rest of the books have alternating POV, which I didn’t enjoy as much. Possibly just me I think!

Still, these books are completely addictive. I’m completely invested, and I cannot wait to see what happens next.

Grace C

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

If you’ve enjoyed Laini Taylor’s previous books, I’d say this should definitely be at the top of your to be read pile. The writing style is incredibly lush. I found it was something I wanted to savour and take slowly, rather than rush through. There are some truly beautiful passages in the book that make this a truly dreamy fantasy.

The pacing of the first third of the book was a little slower than I would have liked. I think I am used to a shorter format and cracking pace. There was a lot of set up with Lazlo, his obsession with Weep, his rather shadowy backstory and his interactions with the current ruling family where he lives. I loved the scenes in the library. Being a library fan, I was rather fond of his time there. I enjoyed the growth of his character. He has a quiet kind of strength, which I appreciated.

The time in Weep was fascinating and while some elements are telegraphed so there were not too many surprises, I found it incredibly engaging. Particularly the last third, which I felt was a little more tightly written. I am now rather impatient to see what happens next as we’re left with some things resolved, but more urgent matters we left hanging. Beautifully written.

Grade B+

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Wildfire by Iona Andrews

This was an action packed final book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the resolution with Nevada’s grandmother, the big bads and there was also plenty of broody Rogan. One thing, they introduced some fascinating secondary characters… and I now want their stories too. I am hoping with fingers crossed that there is more.

Grade A-
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Bookish Candle Review.

Flick the Wick are the 4th lot of bookish candles I’ve ordered and they are by far my favourite.

As a company they were excellent to deal with. My candles were sent promptly and arrived in a relatively short period of time considering they were going from the USA to New Zealand. It was easy to pay, contact them and discuss anything too, which is not always the case as I have discovered with other sellers I have ordered from.
They all arrived beautifully packaged. All were in individual boxes and wrapped, which again is important if you’re shipping something halfway round the globe. All the candles were in perfect condition and exactly like what was represented on their site. The labels are really clear and are easy to read with great graphics.

The scents are beautiful. This was probably the most important aspect. Out of the set, my favourites are the Aelin candle which is the orange one pictured and the second is the Bibliophile candle. The rest are really good too, but these are heavenly. I highly recommend them! Do you have a favorite bookish candle seller?

July Wrap Up.

These all the books I’ve read this month. Just a few… Some fantastic reads!

I absolutely loved  Silver Silence, The Gentlemen’s Guide, Illeagal Contact and House of Cards. Hope you’ve had some fab reads this month too.

A ~ The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. Epic. Loved it!!
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A ~ Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell 5 Stars. Loved it!! So damn hot. Longer review to come.
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A ~ Rat Queens Volume 1. Excellent first volume.
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A ~ House of Cards by Garrett Leigh. Save the chickens. Srsly.
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A- ~ Rat Queens Volume 2. Good… not as awesome as volume 1.
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B ~ Paper Girls Volume 1. Ok, some of the language used as a little meh.
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B+ ~ Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine. Ok. Requires suspension of disbelief.
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B+ ~ Silver Silence by Nalini Singh. Epic start to a new series. She’s so awesome!
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B ~ Trust by Kylie Scott. Cute contemporary. Nice to see a heroine who is bigger.
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B ~ Monstress by Marjorie Liu. Liked it, be interested to see the 2nd volume.
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B ~ Hello Forever by Sarina Bowen. Cute LGBTQIA series.
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B ~ Come Sundown by Nora Roberts. The thriller with a extended family cast. Good summer read.
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B ~ Spun! By J. L. Merrow. Cute LGBTQIA contemporary series.
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B ~ Flame in the Mist Renee Ahdieh. Fantasy YA adventure, with romantic elements.
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C ~ Dating you / Hating you by Christina Lauren. Contemporary romance.
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C ~ Damaged like us by Krista Ritchie. Crazy sauce LGBTQIA romance. Requires much suspension of disbelief.
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D ~ Strong Enough by Melanie Harlow. Found this a difficult read. Not for me.
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D ~ The Watcher by Bella Jewel. Had some issues with male lead.
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Come Sundown by Nora Roberts.

Set in snowy, western Montana, this new thriller from Nora Roberts really made for great, cosy winter reading.

Bodine Longbow, who runs the family’s ranch and retreat, comes back into contact with her childhood crush Callen Skinner. Callen has returned from Los Angeles to set up a more permanent home base. Their relationship develops against a backdrop of a large, close family the ranch, retreat and beautiful surrounding hills and trails.

One family member is absent however. Bodine’s Aunt Alice, who disappeared years earlier. The family had assumed she’d just run off, but she makes a startling reappearance after two murders take place.

I think because I’ve been listening to so many murder and crime podcasts at the moment, that this really hit the spot. It was a thriller that built slowly, and had me at times on the edge of my seat. Super creepy, with a nasty villain to boo and hiss at.

I think that I got so caught up in the crime aspect, that the relationship between Callen and Bodine took a back seat. This was definitely one of Robert’s ensemble cast books, with lots of well fleshed out secondary characters and that whole close family vibe going on. I think enjoyment wise, I preferred her last thriller, The Obsession, a little more than this one. Maybe it was just a little too much going on, and think I prefer something a little more stripped back in secondary characters and plots.

However, it was a solid read and I spent it tucked up in front of the fire and well engaged.
B

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House of Cards by Garrett Leigh

I enjoyed this so much I nearly read it in one sitting. At 2 am I forced myself to put it down. It was such a great story of comfort and healing and I found it incredibly romantic.

Calum is on the run from his past and a seriously toxic relationship. He finds himself on the Cornish coast and runs into an old friend, Brix. When Brix sees him, he immediately takes him in and looks after him. Calum has always had a bit of a soft spot for Brix and the feeling was most definitely mutual, although when they new each other years before, they did nothing about their attraction.

This was such a slow burn. Both men have pasts and secrets. There is plenty of comfort and a chance for these two to heal old wounds and fall in love. I was just engrossed. They are such a perfect pair and it was beautifully paced and written. The secondary characters, Brix’s family and the tattoo shop added to the mix and Porthkennack was a character in itself. This has to be one of my favourites of 2017. Loved it.

A-

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Are you a library or book store user? 📚

Hey all! Are you a library or book store user? I use both, but I’d say I use the store more than the library. I’m really lucky where I am that the staff at our local city libraries are amazing and get a huge range of fiction, romance, YA, urban fantasy and sci fi. They also have a massive graphic novel and comic collection and DVDs.

There are a couple of great book stores locally. The Children’s Book Store looks after all my YA needs 🤓😊💕 But, the bigger bookstores in NZ do not carry a lot of romance. This really bugs me. Considering it is a genre that earns more than crime, thriller or sci fi and fantasy, I think NZ needs to catch up a little. 😁

I love having books on my shelves and in the last few years my consumption of ebooks has been huge. I am horribly impatient, so hooray for instant gratification and downloading a book when you see it. 😳The Book Depository is a bit of a godsend too, as shipping from the US is a mare.

I’d love to know where you get most of your books? And do you read more ebooks or paper/hard backs?

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