Two Man Station by Lisa Henry

I absolutely loved the start of Emergency Services series by Lisa Henry and I am super eager to read more.

The setting for Two Man Station felt like a character itself and I loved the small town vibe and isolated feel of the novel. The heat, dust and cicadas were vivid. Gio was such a great character. He’s so over everything and has barriers up before he’s even started his new job in the middle of nowhere. His past has been turbulent and heart breaking, so I think Jason’s attitude initially surprises him as he’s expecting a more aggressive welcome to his new position.

The tension between the two is built beautifully and I think if you’re a fan of the slow build, as I am, you’re in for a treat. I did expect a few more fireworks and passion, but I think as I re read this that Gio in particular is so worried about being hurt, so maybe there are are more emotional obstacles to overcome.

I loved the secondary characters, Jason’s son in particular, the small town dramas and insight into a rural cops life were also super engaging to read. I loved this book and I cannot wait to read more in the series. Hoping I won’t have to wait an age!

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Favourite Reads from 2017.

I had some great reads this year and my love for YA continues. I also picked up a few fantastic contemporary reads, sci fi and some fantasy.

If I had one wish for books, I would love to see some more urban fantasy out there. It is one of my favourite genre to read and other than Faith Hunter, Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews, I haven’t really come across anything this year that made me super excited.

I also found reading and blogging was tough from around October onwards, as this is a busy time of year for me. I think learning to be ok saying no to stuff has been a learning curve. Because saying no to books seems a bit mad!

It has been so incredibly nice to just sit around and read these past few weeks over the holidays. I have had some fab reads in December, added a bunch of 2018 releases to my Goodreads tbr and finished a few books that have been languishing on my shelves. Bliss.

Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and I hope 2018 is a fabulous year for you!

January
Pretty Face (London Celebrities) by Lucy Parker
February
Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
March
The Hating Game: A Novel reread by Sally Thorne
April
What Matters: A steamy rich girl meets bad boy romance by Gracie Leigh
May
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses) by Sarah J. Maas
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
June
Sunset Park (Five Boroughs Book 2) reread by Santino Hassell
White Hot (Hidden Legacy) by Ilona Andrews
July
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Paper Girls Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
August
Illegal Contact (The Barons) by Santino Hassell
No Limits by Ellie Marney
Flame in the Dark (A Soulwood Novel) by Faith Hunter
September
In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
October
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Archangel’s Viper (A Guild Hunter Novel) by Nalini Singh
November
Fence 1 by CS Pacat and Johanna the Mad
December
Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock) by Faith Hunter
Fence 2 by CS Pacat and Johanna the Mad
Deal Maker by Lily Morton

Giveaway!

The Long Past is out! This is a fab collection of queer alternative history wild west SFF, is out now! To celebrate there are 6 days of awesome #bookstagram photos hosted by some awesome accounts!

Check out my post on Instagram and the following hosts and be in to win.
Hosts
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@loveunchainedreviews
@karenboudoir
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Tour challenge: comment on any of the host photos & use the hashtag #TheLongPastTour, tag the daily host, the author @ginnhale and A Novel Take PR @anoveltakepr and you’ll be entered in the giveaway.

***Giveaway details: up for grabs: 2 e-copies of THE LONG PAST. Winners chosen by 10/13 and contacted about their prize via the instagram account they used to enter.***

Book description

1858 – Warring mages open up a vast inland sea that splits the United States in two. With the floodwaters come creatures from a long distant past. What seems like the End Times forges a new era of heroes and heroines who challenge tradition, law, and even death as they transform the old west into a new world.

In the heart of dinosaur country a laconic trapper and a veteran mage risk treason to undertake a secret mission.

A brilliant magician and her beautiful assistant light up stages with the latest automaton, but the secrets both of them are hiding test their trust in each other and pit them against one of the most powerful men in the world.

At the wild edge of the Inland Sea, amidst crocodiles and triceratops, an impoverished young man and a Pinkerton Detective must join forces to outmaneuver a corrupt judge and his gunmen.

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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?

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee


I was utterly charmed by this book. I loved the characters, particularly Monty, despite him being a completely vile at times. I adored Percy, who has the courage of his convictions to forge his own path. One of the other standouts was Felicity, also putting up with no nonsense from Monty and a woman with a mind of her own. 

What I loved most of all was the setting of a Grand Tour in Europe. It absolutely made this story shine. Diverse characters, women who most certainly do not need saving, adventures, a three musketeers feel and pirates. One of my favourite reads of 2017. 
I loved this so much, I ordered it in hardback. Inconceivable! 

5 Stars
Check it out here

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