Book Musings, Book-Cation, Read-A-Thon

Trick or Readathon 2019

Hello BookBats

It’s saturday night, I have just finished cooking dinner and I am eating my third apple pie of the season -OMG so yum- when I came across a blog called Littlebookowl.com which has a section dedicated to Read-a-thon’s.

I love to have some time away from work in October especially around Halloween. To make sure I schedule in time to read, I am joining a Read-a-thon.

Megan from NutmegCuteSocks has a Halloween themed read-a-thon called Trick or Readathon which starts on 28th October – 31st October 2019, which is perfectly timing. She has 9 prompts which are below along with the books that I plan to read

Stranger Things: Read a Book that has a strange title

Paranormal Exploration: Read something outside of your comfort zone

Hocus Pocus: read a book featuring a character who undergoes some kind of transformation

Candy: re-read an old favourite

Haunted Mansion: Read a book with a Mysterious and/or Magical setting

You’re being Haunted: Read a book that you have heard about several times

Witchcraft and Wizardry: read a book about a witch or wizard

Pumpkin Spice: Read a book with an Orange cover or with orange present on the cover

A shot in the dark: read a book that is randomly selected from TBR.

So there’s my choices and I am so looking forward to reading these. There’s a few books that I have been dying to read for a long time, so I’m hoping to start those first.

Use #trickorreadathon on twitter!!

Book Musings

Why reading a Graphic novel reaffirmed my love of reading!

This month I wanted to continue with the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. It’s one of those stories where I loved the first novel, desperately wanted to read the next one, but never found time or just forgot.

I made it a mission to read the second book in the series called changeless, but to keep up with the world I read the Graphic novel of the first book Soulless.

I have never read a Graphic novel. I felt that I had enough books to read without graphic novels to consume my time. But I was curious enough to see the characters from the novel I loved come to manga form.

It took a while for me to understand the concept of ‘ktmp’ that appeared over scenes, but I finally worked out that these were sound effects.

Next thing I knew I was reading the novel out loud in voices, like I was reading a book to a child.

The whole experience filled me with a sense of fun and joy that I realised that I lacked when recently when reading.

I have been so consumed with completing reading monthly and yearly reading goals, that I had forgotten why I read in the first place.. because it’s fun, and disappearing into worlds for an hour or two give me pleasure, like no other.

So whilst I think I will keep having a reading goal for the year, I’m not going to worry too much and just read in the moment.

Paranormal, Reviews

Review: Confessions of a Vampire’s Girlfriend by Kate Maxwell (Katie MacAlister)

Format: Paperback

Series: Ben & Fran Book 1 & 2

Pages 355

Published: November 2nd 2012

This novel is made up of two smaller novels from her YA Vampire series. Got Fangs? & Circus of the Darned.

I used to think all I wanted was to have a normal life. You know, where I could be one of the crowd and blend in, so no one would know just how different I am. But now I’m stuck in the middle of Hungary with my mom, working for a traveling fair with my psychics, magicians, and other really weird people, and somehow, blending in with this crowd doesn’t look so good.



Fortunately, there’s Benedikt. Yeah, he may be a vampire, but he has a motorcycle, he likes the mysterious horse I suddenly acquired, and best of all, he doesn’t think I’m the least bit freaky. So I’m supposed to redeem his soul — if his kisses are anything to go by, my new life may not be quite as bad as I imagined.

I’ve given up all hope of having a normal life. As if things aren’t freaky enough traveling around Europe with a group of witches, mediums, and magicians who make up my home-away-from-home (aka the GothFaire), now I also have to cope with a mysterious man who wants to steal my horse, and a time-travel counselor who insists I’m Cleopatra reincarnated. 

I just want to go on a date with Benedikt, but when your boyfriend’s a vampire, nothing is easy. Not only is Ben keeping secrets from me, but somehow, I raised an entire battlefield of warring Viking ghosts– all of whom refuse to be sent back. 

And I thought all I had to worry about was what to wear on my date…

I’ve read a few books by Katie MacAlister before, and I loved her humorous tales of Vampires from the Dark one series. I have yet to read the Ben & Fran Adult novel yet and thought I would start with the YA novel.

From what I understand KMac wanted to create a YA Vampire series, but unfortunately was unable to continue this series therefore it does end abruptly, leaving you wander what happened next.

It is worth the end. The novels are set in Europe in a Fair, called GothFaire. Like a circus, but for the paranormal. I really wished that this existed. There were palm readers, witches, Elvis impersonators, empaths, etc. I don’t know of any other fair except maybe Goth Week in Whitby, which I also would love to attend.

Anyway, the novel is about Fran, a 16 year old who can feel what’s on a persons mind by touching them with her hands. When there’s a thief about Frans mother enlists her help to find out who is it.

With the arrival of a Tall Dark Vampire, Fran’s life gets turned upside when she is told she is his Beloved. A woman who is destined to save a Vampires soul, with one bite.

Rating

Definitley will be adding COAVG to my fav YA Vampire Novels.

Paranormal, Reviews

Book Review: Bite the Dust by Cynthia Eden

Format: Audiobook

Series: Blood & Moonlight, Book 1 of 3

Pages: 244

First Published: October 6th 2015

When homicide detective Jane Hart’s first case is the victim of a vampire attack, Werewolf Aiden Locke does what he can to ensure she doesn’t remember it.

It soon becomes clear that Jane’s world and that of the paranormal are about to collide.

I have read several of Cynthia Eden’s books and they are amazing. She is so imaginative and this is a fabulous example of why I love this author.

Her heroine was incredibly likeable; a tough as nails cop who was Kick Ass!!

“Her scent wrapped around him—something soft. Feminine. Probably one of those lotions that human women were always using. He rather…liked her smell. What was it? He inhaled again.
Apples and…lavender. A nice blend.
Only…there was something more. A deeper, richer scent that was pulling at him. Drawing him closer to her.
Tempting.
“Are you sniffing me?”
He stopped.
“Because that is some weird serial killer shit if you’re doing that. Don’t make me go for my gun again.”

BITE THE DUST – CYNTHIA EDEN

Her werewolf Hero was demanding and strong, just how I like them.


Cannot wait for the next in the series

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Ghost Diary Entry #1

November 1st 2012

I feel like I am going crazy. It has to be the stress of moving into a new house or the divorce. Something. No sooner had I laid down in bed; things start to happen. 

It’s an old house and at first I put the knocking and the creaking down to the wind and rain outside, but the door handle rattled inside my bedroom. It was like someone could not get into a locked door and would repeatedly try to turn the handle. 

On the third try the door opened and a slither of grey moonlight crept into my room and over my bed. I remember looking from beneath my threadbare blanket and seeing only the outline of my door. And then… then the light was slightly blocked by something. I could make it out beneath my blanket, but the fear was sending shivers up my spine. I couldn’t move. I was frozen. 

I shut my eyes, pretending that this wasn’t happening. I remember thinking that I should just turn over onto my stomach and go to sleep, but somehow that made me feel vulnerable. 

All of a sudden the blanket was ripped from my hands and the bed, and was laid in a pool at the bottom of the floor. I glanced up at the door to see what was blocking the light. I could make out a dark silhouette of a tall woman. I couldn’t see her face, or what she was wearing but as if by instinct I knew it was a woman. 

“Who are you?” my voice was cracking in fear. 

She didn’t speak, but I felt a pair of eyes that I couldn’t see, look straight through me. She turned her head sharply, as if she heard a noise and walked towards the noise, and disappeared from the crack of light. I wanted to feel relieved but the pressure in the room seemed to close in. I felt that someone was sitting on my chest. Something heavy and constricting. I looked around the room. Nothing was out of place. Nothing was there. 

Out of the corner of my eyes I saw something. The women was back. She was pacing in the hallway. Back and forth. Back and forth. I couldn’t hear any footsteps, but she began to pace more furiously. 
Back and forth. Back and Forth. 

Then she stopped. Turned and looked straight at me. This time I could see her face. It was grey and gaunt. With a small, thin mouth and black eyes. She stared at me for what seemed like minutes, but could have only been a few seconds. She opened her mouth, wide and let out a piercing, high-pitched scream. 

I closed my eyes and held my hands over my ears to protect them from the noise, but it was like she was screaming in my head. I couldn’t block her out, so I screamed as well. Over the scream I heard a loud bang to my right. My eyes flew open and swiped towards the window, where I heard the noise. The window was open, and the wind flew across the room with such a large force, that the door closed. The screaming stopped. The door had slammed shut with another large bang!

Everything had gone quiet. I couldn’t even hear the wind or rain outside. It was a deathly silence. I lifted my hands up off of my ears. My mouth wide open with shock. I turned towards the clock on my night stand and it was 3am. My hand shaking, I reached over to the glass on the nightstand and drunk the glass of water. I collapsed back onto the bed with a thump, staring up at the ceiling. 

The next thing I remember was waking up the next morning, listening to the birds telling the world that they had survived the night. Well, so did I. 

Tonight I will have to sleep in that bed, in that room. Will she return? 

Paranormal, Reviews

Review: Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase

Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase (HOBS)

Format: Audiobook

Series: Jade Calhoun, #1

Pages: 262

First Published: 1 Jan 2011

Rating:

Jade loves her new apartment—until a ghost joins her in the shower!

When empath Jade Calhoun moves into an apartment above a strip bar on Bourbon Street, she expects life to get interesting. What she doesn’t count on is making friends with an exotic dancer, attracting a powerful spirit, and developing feelings for Kane, her sexy landlord. 

Being an empath has never been easy on Jade’s relationships. It’s no wonder she keeps her gift a secret. But when the ghost moves from spooking Jade to terrorizing Pyper, the dancer, it’s up to Jade to use her unique ability to save her. Except she’ll need Kane’s help to do it—and he’s betrayed her with a secret of his own. Can she find a way to trust him and herself before Pyper is lost?

After reading some negative reviews about the authors writing style I wasn’t expecting much. I was hoping for a light-hearted cozy mystery.

I didn’t get that.

I got an interesting, spellbinding debut series, with heart, ghost and a very sexy romance.

I’m gonna start with the cover. I love cartoonist covers, especially when it comes to paranormal romance novels. I instantly loved this cover – the witch and those bats…

Next thing.. It’s set in New Orleans. Personally for me, just tell me that and I read anything set in the Bayou. I have always loved it as a setting since reading the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn McQueen (Sherrilyn Kenyon)

HOBs is set in the French Quarter.. this is the French Quarter.. Bourbon, Poor boys, beignets, jazz music and the saints..

The story starts with Jade moving in and being attracted to her landlord, to finding that her new apartment is haunted, by a perverted ghost, who haunts her dreams— start of the sexy dreams.

Jade’s ability as an empath allows her to feel others emotions. Deanna Chase incorporates the feelings very well. This sort of ability could have really confused the reader, but it was really concise and thought out.

The romance between Jade and Kane is delicious. Kane is quite protective and sure of his love for Jade, but Jade has been spurned by a lover before who knew her secret so she is understandably unsure. At one point in the novel Kane has his own secret and Jade reacts badly, but I liked that she had some flaws. She also had an amazing hobby, which to me gave the character real depth.

A Book I definitely went Bat shit crazy for, and I have purchased the rest of the series. Can’t wait to see where Jade’s adventures lead her…

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Vampire October

It’s my favourite time of the year!! I am super excited for Cozy evenings in reading and drinking hot chocolate in my onesie. In the UK at the moment the weather is still quite warm, but still some of the leaves are changing from green to their gorgeous golds.

October is the spookiest month of the year, and my favourite Paranormal creature is the Vampire. I have adored Vampire novels since I first read ‘The Last Vampire’ by Christopher Pike.

Vampire fiction sure has changed over the last 20 years. For a while they were the enemy, but now they are the eternal lover. There are so many adaptions with countless changes in the Vampires abilities and appearance. People are still as ever in Love with Vampires.

My reason for Picking Vampires for October is because I am super pumped for the release of a new Young Adult Vampire Novel called The Beautiful By Renee Ahdieh. It will be released on the 8th October 2019.

New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with a sumptuous, sultry and romantic new series set in 19th century New Orleans where vampires hide in plain sight.

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful

This month I am posting a Bookstagram Challenge. Obviously I am only posting Vampire themed books but it’s not compulsory. I’m also hoping to keep with the Red and Black theme as much as I can.

AND I am completing a Bingo challenge..

Finally, I just found out that FairyLoot’s October theme is Love at first bite and EVERYTHING is Vampire themed… Look at the amazing artwork…

Be still my Vampire Heart!!!

Book-Cation

My Top tips for a Readcation

I am a gadget addicted Bookworm. I love using apps, websites, blogs and social media to post reviews, updates and find out the latest news, but I do often find that I can end up wasting time online.

There is just always another cat video to watch.

I work with computers in my normal 9-5 job, and so I rarley get a tech-free day. BUT, in the last week of August I have Annual Leave from work, so I am going on a Read-Cation.

zooming across the universe, squeezing into other dimensions and between the cracks of magic portals, I am travelling within the pages of books… and leaving technology at home.

“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.” 

JRR TOLKEIN,

My read-cation starts tomorrow -Saturday 24/08/2019 and will last a full week until 31/08/2019 at Midnight. I am really excited but alo slightly afraid I’ll cave into the power of my phone..

“A safe fairyland is untrue to all worlds.” 

JRR TOLKEIN

Do you want to have your own Read-cation? Here are my top tips to make the most out of your time.

  • Turn off all technology. Not only can you then focus on the book, but you will be able relax better . Believe me this is a really hard step.
  • Eat healthy snacks. The last thing you want to do is feel lethargic whilst reading. Gather the fruit, nuts and grains, and eat little and often. This will keep your energy up.
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Take breaks
  • Pamper yourself. soak your feet, have a bubble bath,
  • Audiobooks will give you time to take a walk or give your eyes a break
  • Plan your meals . slow-cookers are amazing for winter/Autumn and salads are good for summer.
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My Top 5 Sci-Fi Novels

With the conclusion of Sci-Fi & Fantasy Week on Goodreads, I thought I would do a quick list post on my favourite Sci-Fi novels.

1. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

AMY
has left the life she loves
for a world 300 years away.

Trapped in space and frozen in time, Amy is bound for a new planet. But fifty years before she’s due to arrive, she is violently woken, the victim of an attempted murder. Now Amy’s lost on board and nothing makes sense – she’s never felt so alone.

Yet someone is waiting for her.
He wants to protect her – 
and more if she’ll let him

But who can she trust amidst the secrets and lies?
A killer is out there – and Amy has nowhere to hide…

2.Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

In the Ichidian Universe, The League and their ruthless assassins rule all. Expertly trained and highly valued, the League Assassins are the backbone of the government. But not even the League is immune to corruption . . .

Command Assassin Nykyrian Quikiades once turned his back on the League—and has been hunted by them ever since. Though many have tried, none can kill him or stop him from completing his current mission: to protect Kiara Zamir, a woman whose father’s political alliance has made her a target. 

As her world becomes even deadlier, Kiara must entrust her life to the same kind of beast who once killed her mother and left her for dead. Old enemies and new threaten them both and the only way they can survive is to overcome their suspicions and learn to trust in the very ones who threaten them the most: each other. 

3. Claimed by Evangeline Anderson

Olivia Waterhouse has just graduated from nursing school and has her whole life ahead of her—until she gets drafted. Problem is, she isn’t being forced into the Army, she’s been chosen as a Kindred bride. 

The Kindred are huge alien warriors—a race of genetic traders whose population is ninety-five percent male. After saving Earth from the threat of invasion they demand a reward—the right to find brides among the population. The chances of being chosen are about the same as those of winning the lottery—guess it’s just Liv’s lucky day. 

Baird is a Beast Kindred who recently escaped imprisonment and torture at the hands of the malevolent Scourge. Through the torment and pain only one thing kept him sane—the thought of finding and claiming his bride—Olivia. His need to possess her is a burning intensity that threatens to consume them both.

Angry at having her future and her family taken away from her, Liv vows to fight back the only way she can—by resisting. She has one month on the Kindred Mothership with Baird—their claiming period. If she can keep from having bonding sex with him during that time, she can go home and get on with her life on Earth. 

But Baird isn’t going to make it easy for her. Every week he is allowed to touch Liv more and more intimately and according to the contract she signed, she has to let him. She’s determined to resist him but his touch sets her on fire. And just as she thinks she knows what she wants, a twist of fate and an attack by the faceless Scourge AllFather changes everything…

4. Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair


The universe isn’t what it used to be. With the new Alliance between the Triad and the United Coalition, Captain Tasha “Sass” Sebastian finds herself serving under her former nemesis, biocybe Admiral Branden Kel-Paten–and doing her best to hide a deadly past. But when an injured mercenary winds up in their ship’s sick bay–and in the hands of her best friend, Dr. Eden Fynn–Sass’s efforts may be wasted.

Wanted rebel Jace Serafino has information that could expose all of Sass’s secrets, tear the fragile Alliance apart–and end Sass’s career if Kel-Paten discovers them. But the biocybe has something to hide as well, something once thought impossible for his kind to possess: feelings . . . for Sass. Soon it’s clear that their prisoner could bring down everything they once believed was worth dying for–and everything they now have to live for.

5.Awaken me Darkly by Gena Showalter

RIDDING THE WORLD OF EVIL, ONE ALIEN AT A TIME: THAT’S MIA SNOW’S MISSION.

Snow is in the forecast.

In a time and place not too far away, Mia Snow is an alien huntress for the New Chicago Police Department. Heading up her expert team of Alien Investigation and Removal agents, Mia’s unmatched at battling the elusive enemy among us, and she’s the perfect girl for the job. She’s seen her brother die at the hands of aliens. She’s earned each of her scars. And she’ll die before she cries. Now, a series of killings have Mia and her partner Dallas tracking alien suspects—but a sudden blast of violence leaves Dallas fighting for his life.

They are ice and fire.

The chance to save Dallas appears in the form of a tall, erotic stranger. An alien. A murder suspect. Kyrin en Arr, of the deadly Arcadian species, holds the power to heal the injured agent but not without a price. For Mia Snow, that price is surrendering to Kyrin’s forbidden seduction…and embracing their electric attraction. She’s walking a knife’s edge, risking her badge and even her life. The closer she gets to Kyrin, the more Mia learns about her own heart, her human needs—and the shocking secret that will shatter everything she’s ever believed.

Do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the Comments

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Reading Habits Book Tag

This is my first ever Book Tag. I’ve seen these on Blogs before, and I thought I would give it a go. Below are just the questions if you want to Copy and paste in your own blog. Don’t forget to credit me.

What do you read?

I read an awful lot of Spooky books. Witches, vampires, werewolves oh my! . However, recently I have discovered crime novels.

Where do you read?

Everywhere and anywhere. I read a lot in bed, and in my reading chair. I also read at work, cafes, during dinner.. anywhere.

Do you use Bookmarks?

Only magnetic ones.

Do you listen to anything whilst reading?

I have created several playlist on Spotify of classical music scores. These are often from TV/Movies adapted from books.

Do you listen to Audiobooks?

Yes, I love them, every Friday I listen to relax after a long week at work.

Paperbacks or eBooks?

I love reading the ‘real thing’. The smell, the weight in my hands gives the whole experience more muchness. BUT, some of my favourite novels are only available in eBook, so I enjoy them both.

TBR shelf or Cart?

I recently just brought a Pink cart. I LOVE it, I don’t know how I organised my reading before.

Bookstagram?

Yes, I love Instagram, and the book community on their is brilliant. Everyone is so nice, and supportive.

Do you keep a Journal?

I do keep a reading journal. You can purchase it here from Amazon.

Do you use any Apps to help you read?

Two. Bookly is an amazing time app. It times how long you read for, plus it’ll help you reach goals. I also use Goodreads when I’m book shopping. I tend to lose count of how many novels I have!!

Finally, Do you read Fanfiction?

I use to read Harry Potter Fanfiction, years ago. I always read Draco & Hermione Romances!

Romance-opoly

Romance-opoly: Starting Halfway through the year

Hello Book Lovers!

I am so excited that I have found the time to sign up for Romance-opoly. I’ve been seeing this board game all over Instagram, and I was so envious of the fun Bookstagrammers seemed to be having… in case you haven’t heard Romance-opoly is a Board game for your book ‘to-read’ list.

Just like Monopoly, you roll dice and make yourself around the board. When you land on a square you pick up a card. Instead of buying property you read a book from your list.

To prepare all you need to do is download their Printable Card’s sheet and assign up to four books to each category. Then simply print off the game board, grab some dice and start reading through your TBR pile..

check their website out at www.romanceopoly.com

I am a little late to the fun this year, so I’ve only allocated 2 books to each card, that way I can still catch up without giving myself to steep of a goal. you can Review my list HERE.. or check out below..

If you are a Blogger you can attach the ‘Participant badge’ to your blog.

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Book App Spotlight: Bookly

Attention Bookworms!!!!

I have found the Mecca for Book Goals.. The ultimate App designed to help you smash your reading goals once and for all!! – and even more perfect, now available on Andriod!!

** I have not been paid to provide this review, I just think the app is amazing and want to share that!

*** this is the review for the Andriod Version

What does it do??

LOADS!!!

  • Searches online for the book you want to read
  • Let you manually add a quote from your book or snap a picture of the page.
  • Lets you add thoughts/word as you go along
  • Countdown option
  • Allows you to create a Monthly/yearly Goals. – Yearly= Number of Books and Monthly = Number of Hours
  • Overall Reading Stats, including; pages read, reading speed, Reading streak.
  • Badges!!
  • Room to organize your books into collections.

Have a look at the screenshots if you don’t believe me!! 

How much?

You can add up to 10 books and use all the features completely FREE, however for £4.99 a month you can totally add as many as you like. In my eyes, this is totally worth it!!

To Conclude:

Its a really great app, and its still pretty new. There are some features that are on the iOS version that are not on Andriod, such as levels of reading etc. Which I am really hoping will be updated soon, as this is another great way to challeng youself to use the app more. I adore this app and genuinly wouldnt know how to read and write reviews without it.

Rating:

4 Knocked off one cat for the difference in iOS and Andriod.