Sunday, May 12, 2013

Melanie's Week in Review - May 12, 2013

Welcome to my second 'Week in Review'!   (I promise I won't count every week)

I have to hang my head in shame and admit that I have not returned to The Scrivener's Tale by Fiona McIntosh. I must apologize to Ms McIntosh, as despite the totally engaging start to what looks like an amazing book, I got totally distracted by other books this week. Hand on heart I will get back to it next week.

So what was I doing then if I didn't read a book I was determined to finish? Well, last week you will remember I came across a book called Bloodfire by Helen Harper which I quite enjoyed?  Well I discovered 2 more books in the series. So no sooner had I discovered Bloodmagic and Bloodrage I had them downloaded onto my Kindle. They were such quick and easy reads I had them both read by the end of our lovely 1st May bank holiday weekend. I quite enjoyed them but enjoyed Bloodrage more than Bloodmagic. I felt they read a bit like YA although as the heroine Mackenzie is in her twenties. I guess this falls into the new made up genre 'New Adult'. There is a big plot reveal at the very end of book 3 so compared with the ease of reading I highly recommend this series, provided you like this genre, of course.

I also read Bronze Gods by AA Aguirre which I will be reviewing soon. I don't want to spoil what will be a fantastic review (of course!) but if you want to get one step ahead then I urge you to buy it. Bronze Gods  is written by another husband and wife collaboration but Ann Aguirre has written a number of books on her own so I might have to check out her books next.

So I never like to read too many review books in a row as I always panic I will get them mixed up so I had to take a break in between Bronze Gods and the next book on my reviewing TBR. I decided to go back and re-read a one of the books I love. Soulless, the first in the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger. The story's heroine Alexia is a delight! If you haven't read this then I urge you to give it a go. It is extremely witty, gives equal time to vampires and weres plus is a great 'who dunnit'.

Finally, I just started this book on Friday but decided to include it anyway - The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton. Even though its quite early on I quite like it. It is definitely YA and set in the late 1800's on the mean streets of London. It kind of reminded me of Oliver Twist so I keep expecting the characters to break into song and dance and as a lover of musicals I secretly wish they would (oh yeah and it would have to be an audio book!). I will hopefully finish it off by the end of the weekend.

On the book buying/ordering front I have been super douper naughty. I was supposed to be clearing off some of my TBR but instead I added to it. I finally bought Twelve by Justin Cronin. I loved The Passage and  the 'hubinator' says its fantastic so really looking forward to reading it. I also ordered The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig, who I LOVE! Keeping up the naughty momentum I ordered Rapture's Edge, book 3 in the Night Prowler series by the lovely JT Geissinger. I could have squealed (well I think I actually did) when JT tweeted me to say that she named one of her characters, sort of after me, well a version of my name. Tickled pink does not even come close! Finally, thanks to @MelLHay and our afternoon tweet-fest I ended up ordering The Case of the Singing Sword by Tee Morris. So now instead of clearing off some books on my TBR I have added to it but I have or will have some excellent books on the way.

So that is what I have been up to and I would love to hear what you have been reading. Until next week though Happy Reading!


  1. Oh I saw Blood Magic around and it sounds good. Glad to hear you have enjoyed it so highly. :) Sounds like a need read. And you are on a roll with books!

    Haha, I really do hope you enjoy Singing Sword. :D Thank you greatly for the mention!!

  2. You are welcome.

    Blood Magic definitely fits into the 'easy read' category so might want to bear that in case you were expecting something else

    1. The easy read is good for me. I go through times where that is exactly what I need. :) So sounds like a great one to keep in mind. Thank you!

    2. Well one for your easy read list then!