Monday, 5 December 2016

Need by N Isabelle Blanco & K I Lynn (#1 Need)

Title: Need
Series: Need (#1)
Authors: N Isabelle Blanco, K I Lynn
From: Netgalley
Genre: Romance
Release Date: 3rd March 2015
Challenges:  2016 Blogger Shame2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge 2016 Reading Assignment
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads): I was Kira’s from the first moment I saw her. Maybe it was love at first sight, but I was only ten. She became my best friend. My crush. The girl I can’t live without. But I have to. She was almost mine, but my father took away my chance. Now she lives across the hall from me. Instead of possessing the title of girlfriend, she’s now my stepsister. But that doesn’t stop how I feel, how I want her. Thankfully, I’m off to college two hundred miles away, but even that doesn’t help. She’s under my skin, all around me, and all I can do is watch her morph from a sexy teenager to an irresistible woman. I can’t take it anymore, I need her. Is it possible to ever be happy without the one person you need?

A slight disclaimer before I really get into my review, well a couple really. I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to write about this book, and asked advice from the ladies in the ever-helpful COYER facebook group, so with their encouragement, here is my, potentially contradictory in places, review!

Let me start by saying that I don't really read step-brother romances, I have a step-brother myself, so find the whole idea that little bit icky, but I've read books by both of the authors of this one before, and enjoyed their work, so this one ended up on my Reading Assignment list. 

I wasn't too sure about some parts of the book. This reads like NA, with plenty of graphic language and thoughts, so while the characters are mostly YA age (through most of the book, the younger character, Kira, is between 15 and 18 years old), there was a lot more sexual content than I'd expect under normal circumstances. It did make me feel a little bit pervy while reading (and I'll get to why I didn't stop in a minute) but if this had involved two adult characters then I would definitely have catagorised it as hot, because it was. There was some great chemistry sizzling away. But Kira's age was a big deal to the plot, which kind of counteracted that. 

I kind of found it difficult to like the male lead, Brayden, at all. He treated Kira really badly almost from the start (though they were kids at the very beginning and that was just cute!) He didn't seem to really think about what he was doing. Now the whole story was about the angst the two of them were feeling about their highly forbidden relationship, so it did kind of work, and most of the book is the two of them lashing out at one another, quite badly in some cases. 

Now...completely disregard everything I just said. Because this book was ridiculously addictive. To the point where I couldn't put it down for more than 15 minutes at a time, and I one clicked the sequel as soon as I finished. I'm not sure exactly what it was about it that made it this way, but despite all the things that should be raising alarm bells for me, they really didn't!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

End of the Month Round Up ( November)

Monthly Update

It's December...like when the hell did that happen! Anyway, November was a super busy month and I have no idea what happened to it! I had my grandparents Golden Wedding Anniversary dinner, met up with some of my school friends up North, and met some of my other friends at the German Market in Birmingham, so all in all its been fun! 

Work's been work, but where the big things are this month is in my writing...so there's two releases happened (though one was technically December 1st, but that had a preorder!) As you may know, my book got rejected from Kindle Scout (and I surprised myself by being kind of okay about it), but that's fine because I've gone ahead an published anyway. Amazingly, What Lies Beneath the Mask, already has 2 5 star reviews! The other release is a Sci-Fi anthology I'm part of called The Newcomer, I've been reading it, and the other submissions are so good! I can't believe I was selected to be a part of that! Oh and I also won NaNo! Very nearly didn't, but I passed the 50,000 mark on the 30th!

Costs of the Month 

So this is basically the amount I should have spent on books, and the amount I actually did spend. I am ridiculously grateful for the existence of Netgalley and Review Copies it must be said! The prices I use is for the kindle edition of a book unless it isn't available or I read a paperback copy.


Year Total £969.37£124.13
January £82.18£5.45
February £91.17£18.83
March £90.41£5.95
April £70.64£14.35
May £92.95£11.15
June£66.36£6.63
July£151.88£12.96
August£96.69£17.48
September£88.54£11.93
October£77.98£14.43
November£60.57£4.97
December


Challenge Updates

FYI my Bookish Resolutions update will be seperate this year! Also I've now completed 2year long challenges!



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Goal: 101+ Points (Vetran) 
Points: 469
Status: Complete

  1. Rulebreaker by Kat Bastion & Stone Bastion (#2 Unbreakable) = 2 points 
  2. Fling by Jana Aston (#2.5 Wrong) = 1 point
  3. Blaze by Michelle M Pillow (#3 Intergalactic Dating Agency) = 2 points
  4. Dance to the Devil's Tune by Adrienne deWolfe (#2 Lady Law & the Gunslinger) = 2 points
  5. Adam's Angel fby Mandy M Roth (#2 League of the Unnatural) = 1 point
  6. Trust  by Jana Aston (#3 Wrong) = 12 points 
  7. Werewolves of New York: Dontae by Faleena Hopkins (#4 Werewolves of New York) = 12 points
  8. Cocky Senator  by Faleena Hopkins (#5 Cocker Brother of Atlanta) = 2 points
  9. Strategic Vulnerability by Mandy M Roth (#4 Immortal Ops) = 2 points

Falling For YA

Goal: 100 Books (Diamond)
Read: 124
Status: Complete

  1. Rulebreaker by Kat Bastion & Stone Bastion 
  2. An Airship Named Desire by Katherine McIntyre
  3. The Connector by Aubrey Parker
  4. Protecting His Witch by Zoe Forward
  5. Need by N Isabelle Blanco & K I Lynn
  6. Darkest Flame by Donna Grant

Because Reading is better than real life

Goal: 48 Books (4 Books a Month)
Status: On Going

Read List

  1. Sunset Rising by S M McEachern (November)
  2. Nearly Almost Somebody by Caroline Batten (November) (DNF) 
  3. Need by N Isablle Blanco & K I Lynn (November)
  4. Darkest Flame by Donna Grant (November)

Blogger Shame

Goal: 50 Books
Read: 73
Status: Complete


  1. Sunset Rising by S M McEachern
  2. Protecting His Witch by Zoe Forward
  3. Need by N Isabelle Blanco & K I Lynn
  4. Darkest Flame by Donna Grant




Goals: 45+ Books - New Release Enthusiast   
Read: 105
Status: Complete
  1. Rulebreaker by Kat Bastion & Stone Bastion (07/11/2016) 
  2. Fling by Jana Aston (01/11/2016) 
  3. Othello and Zombies by Aaron Frale (19/10/2016)
  4. Blaze by Michelle M Pillow (14/11/2016)
  5. Dance to the Devil's Tune by Adrienne deWolfe (15/11/2016) 
  6. Trust by Jana Aston (08/11/2016)
  7. The Connector by Aubrey Parker (01/11/2016)
  8. Cocky Senator by Faleena Hopkins (23/11/2016) 

Read the Books You Buy Reading Challenge 2016 Badge


Goal: 80-100%
Read:  85 %


Status: On-Going

The list is books I have bought in 2016, when they're linked they are read!  I've not included free books, just those I have spent money on!
  1. Fling by Jana Aston
  2. Othello and Zombies by Aaron Frale
  3. Trust by Jana Aston

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Challenge Sign Ups 2017





All of my Challenge Sign ups are going in one place...it's safest that way!


Bookish Resolutions 2017

This one is the challenge I host alongside Michelle @ because reading, and let's face it, it's also the one that I do the worst on! I think it *could* be because I'm too hard on myself, but we'll see! Click here to sign up! (Don't forget you set your own goals in this one!)

Reading Goals

  1. Get my Netgalley rating up to (at least) 50%...let's just say I'm not as far away as I was fro this, but it's still going to mean a lot of Netgalley books! 
  2. Read 5 books a month that were on my Kindle at the beginning of the year 
  3. Read 1 Paperback a month (may sound like a small challenge, but trust me, this one is massive for me! I'm not very good at reading paperbacks anymore!) 
Blogging Goals
  1. Write posts in advance! Meaning sooner than the night before...
  2. Visit other blogs at least once a week (not that I did well at this one last year, but maybe it is doable if I keep going!) 
  3. Create (and keep up to date) a 2017 Review schedule including costs and ratings 
Writing Goals (< FYI this section is new this year!) 
  1. Finish 5 first drafts (setting the bar high on this one!) whether new stuff or WIP! 
  2. Publish 3 books (again, setting the bar a bit high, but I need the motivation!)
  3. Join NaNoWrMo again! (I finished it by the skin of my teeth in 2016, so we'll make this goal also to finish before the 30th and not on the 30th!) 
FYI, I'm skipping the personal goal this year! I just can't think of anything and previously I've used that to put a writing goal in...which I don't need anymore! 



Because Reading is better than real life

Hosted by Michelle @ because reading and Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun Right, time to be super harsh on myself with the books I have on my Kindle but actually should really get around to reading! As normal, I'm making things difficult for myself and am going for the 4 books a month option - it really helps me clear through the books I should read but keep putting off! You can sign up here!

  1. Blood Healing by KJ Colt 
  2. Blood Sacrifice by KJ Colt 
  3. Omega by Lizzy Ford 
  4. Theta by Lizzy Ford
  5. Riot of Storm and Smoke by Jennifer Ellision 
  6. Fall of Thrones and Thorns by Jennifer Ellision
  7. Dreamwielder by Garrett Calcaterra
  8. Snow's Lament by S E Babin
  9. The Syndicate by Sophie Davis
  10. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard 
  11. Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard
  12. Lastland by A R Ivanovich
  13. Monarch by A R Ivanovich
  14. Paperglass by A R Ivanovich
  15. Bad Romeo by Leisa Ryven
  16. Broken Juliet by Leisa Ryven
  17. Cinderella's Dress by Shona Slayton
  18. Cinderella's Shoes by Shona Slayton 
  19. Marcus by Anna Hackett
  20. Wandering Soul by Cassandra Chandler
  21. Back in Play by Lynda Aicher 
  22. Penalty Play by Lynda Aicher
  23. Travel Glasses by Chess Desalls 
  24. Insight Kindling by Chess Desalls
  25. Siren's Fury by Mary Weber
  26. The Copper Witch by Jessica Dall
  27. The Ice Goddess by Hannalore More
  28. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
  29. After the Ending by Lindsey Fairleigh & Lindsey Pogue
  30. Deviation by Heather Hildenbrand
  31. Cinderella and the Ghost by Marina Myles
  32. See Me by Susan Hatler
  33. That Risen Snow by Rob E Boley
  34. Under My Skin by Shantelle Madison
  35. Leading Her Witness by Cheryl Ann Smith
  36. Shattered Witness by Anna DeStefano
  37. Crane by Stacey Rourke
  38. Her Wicked Captain by Sandra Jones
  39. Reign of the Vampires by Rebekah R Ganiere
  40. Fire Rising by Donna Grant
  41. Burning Desire by Donna Grant
  42. A Hero for the Empire by Christina Westcott
  43. Call of the Dragon by Elianne Adams
  44. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
  45. His Secret Superheroine by Patricia Eimer
  46. The Hidden Blade by Sherry Thomas
  47. Dark Child by Adina West
  48. Swan Prince by Erin Lark



New Release Challenge 2017 - (un)Conventional Bookviews


Hosted by Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My! and Lexie @ (un) conventional book reviews. This year I've managed to read 105 new releases so far, so for 2017 I'm going to go for New Release Enthusiast 101-200 Books, seems pretty doable right? You can sign up for this challenge here!


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I'm definitely excited for this one! Maybe this year, I'll finally actually manage to clean out my e-reader rather than ending up just adding to it! Though who am I kidding, that will still happen too! Go over to the COYER website to learn more!

My TBR List Vote (December)


Thank you to  Michelle @ Because Reading's for hosting! I like to have themes for my TBR list votes, mainly because otherwise I have no idea how else I'd choose which books to go with! So this month I searched "shadow" on my Netgalley shelf to see what came up, and picked three random books!



Title: Claudette in the Shadows
Series: Winter Saga (#0.5)
Author:  MJ Hearle
From: Netgalley
Genre: Fantasy

Release Date: 1st October 2014
Links: Goodreads 
Synopsis: 
Claudette Duchamp was born into a life shadowed by fear. Ever since she can remember her family has been running. Running from a man named Victor Bonnaire and the men in his employ, the Devil’s Bane.

Her family has a secret. One her parents refuse to tell Claudette or her twin brother, Blake. It has something to do with why Victor pursues them. And something to do with her dreams…

For Claudette has begun to feel a strange stirring in her heart. A wildness that is both thrilling and frightening. Soon, she will uncover the truth of her family’s haunted legacy. She will discover the world that lies on the other side of midnight. She will take her place in the shadows and embrace the darkness withinopper Witch 


Title: Pleasure's Shadow 
Author: Skyler White
From: Netgalley
Genre: Romance, Erotica

Release Date: 31st March 2015
Links: Goodreads 
Synopsis: 
Private detective Vivian discovers the true nature of the otherworldly erotinaut she's been chasing, and her partner reveals something surprising about himself as well. Will she choose love, lust, or her agency's commission? Or can she have all three? 
SilkWords LLC is the go-to source for interactive women’s fiction, offering high quality romance and erotica that allows individual readers to choose how stories proceed. Two formats are available: branched fiction ("pick your path") and linear stories that are produced with reader participation. Pleasure's Shadow was developed with reader participation. You can see this process in action at our website.

Title: Shadow Embraced
Series:  Haven (#1) 
Author: Cheree Smith
From: Netgalley
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 29th April 2013
Links: Goodreads
Synopsis: No escape. 

Those words haunt Scar's dreams. She thinks the creature that terrorises her while asleep isn't real, but when she's abducted and taken to a reform school meant to contain creatures too dangerous to function in society, she starts to wonder whether she isn't some monster.

She turns to an underground fight club full of vampires, werewolves and witches established by the students to control her urges, and who is she kidding, she loves to fight.

When fighters begin to disappear, turning Scar into the prime suspect, she must race to prove her innocence before her true nature is exposed.

The only problem is that she's not entirely sure she's innocent.




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Friday, 2 December 2016

Complication by Elle Thorne (#1 Shifters Forever After)

Title: Complication
Series: Shifters Forever After (#1)
Author: Elle Thorne
From: Alphas for the Holidays
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 28th October 2015
Challenges: N/A
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Curvy and bootilicious Laken Araya has to serve as a judge in the equivalent of a shifter Supreme Court. No problem right? Until the one presenting the case is a one-night stand she never should have had. Polar bear shifter Malachi—Ky—Romanoff is in a hell of a position. He’s representing the petitioner in front of a woman who was butt-naked in a reverse cow-girl the last time he saw her. He couldn’t even find the memorable woman because they’d never exchanged names. And now he can’t talk to her outside the confines of the case. 

I really enjoyed Complication, there was something about it that just made it appeal to me. I like paranormal romance anyway, but there was something more to this one. The shifters weren't doing anything particularly animalistic, in fact, they had normal jobs and a justice system that relied on the courts. 

I think the justice system is one of the things that really appealed to me. It was well thought out in the way that it worked, and both of the main characters were believers in what it was meant to achieve. While the author did state that there were some shifters that went about things in a violent way, the idea that they were more civilised than that for the most part really worked for me. 

The chemistry between Ky and Laken was great, both in the present day and in their remembered past. While it was clear that there was an element of true mates to their story, it didn't consume their whole being and they were still able to think rationally about things. While their chemistry and passion were strong, I also felt that there was something sweeter about it too. 

It was also really interesting to have maimed shifter involved. Most shifters have super healing, and it appears that those in Thorne's story are no different, but it was interesting having that element to the story because it was different. 

I really enjoyed Complication and will certainly be checking out more books from Thorne!

2017 Bookish Resolutions Sign Up!

Bookish Resolutions 2017


It’s time for a brand-new challenge for the New Year: 2017 Bookish Resolutions Challenge hosted by Laura @ trips down imagination road (me!) and Michelle @Because Reading. The challenge itself is a personal one, though we do have a few different rules to last year again! :)

You can sign up anytime between December 1st to March 1st, the challenge starts January 1st and ends December 31st. The 2017 Bookish Resolutions Challenge is about setting New Year’s Resolutions for books, book blogging and NOW WRITING (though we’re not too mean…one of your resolutions can be a personal goal!) You can sign up via blog post, Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads!

Every other month we will have an update post on our blogs. So, it will be Feb, April, June (half way point to can delete/tweak a goal) Aug, Oct & Dec


NEW Rules for 2017:

1.    This is a yearlong Challenge it starts January 1st 2017 and ends December 31, 2017
2.    You have 4 Main goals to choose from; Blogging Goal, Reading Goal, Writing Goal or Personal Goal
3.    You must pick at least 2 Main goals and each main goal must have sub-goals (see below for a list of examples and how many subgoals you need to have for each main goal)
4.    Create a sign-up post and add it to the Linky on this post (sign up before March 1st)
5.    On the 30th of every other month (and the 29th for February) create an update post about your goals and add the post to the Linky that will be on Laura’s or My blog
6.    This is a yearlong challenge once you do a sign up post you can add or take away goals as you would like BUT on Jan 1st you will no longer be able change the list.
7.    There will be one giveaways see below for details
8.    You can delete and Tweak stuff at the halfway point
9.    Use the Hashtag #BookishResloutions to update us on how you are doing throughout the year. We will also be tweeting out questions during the challenge so make sure to check the hashtag often.

The Halfway Point
The halfway mark you are allowed to change a few of your goals and also delete some.
So add up all your goals.

Here is how it will work.
If you have 5 goals you are able to delete 1 and tweak 1
If you have 10 goals you are able to delete 2 and tweak 2
If you have 15 goals you are able to delete 3 and tweak 3
Do you get it. Every 5 you can delete 1 and tweak 1.

Then just link below your updated resolutions post with what you deleted and what you tweaked. That’s it. We know that after working so hard half the year some of the goals just don't seem to be working as well as you wanted or some just don't apply anymore, for example, if you wanted your goal for Netgalley to be 65% and you are now at 70% and want to get to 80% instead. You can tweak it. It will still count on the giveaway this month since you can mark as completed but to be able to enter into the giveaway at the end you must get to that 80%.


Giveaway:

Prize: 2 $10 Amazon Gift Cards
Ways to enter: Completed goals
At the end of the challenge, we will have a giveaway up in the wrap up post. This is for completed goals only. Just link up your wrap up post in the designated area, the wrap up post must have all your completed Goals on it. The giveaway post will be at the End of December 2017 and will run for the first week of Jan. Winners will be notified via email.


Personal Goals:
Since this is a blogging/reading/writing challenge, personal goals are allowed, however, you have to pick a blogging and reading goal or a blogging and writing goal, in order to have a personal one. If you pick goals from just a single category, e.g. a reading goal, then you can't do a personal goal. You need to have at least two of the options above to get a personal goal. Once you pick the two you can have as many personal goals as you would like.


Goal Examples:

As this is a personal challenge everyone is likely to set different goals! But to make things easier, we’ve come up with some examples! (Please note: Some goals can be accomplished in one day and that is fine but we ask for in each section you have at least 3 goals minimum to accomplish throughout the year. The sub goals will need to stay that way the entire year to count as completed.)

Reading Goals ~ (You must have a minimum of 3 sub goals.)
    Get my Netgalley percentage up to XX % (percent is up to you!)
    Read XX number of Netgalley books this year/per month (remember that this needs to be a yearlong goal!)
    Read XX number of books by debut authors/authors that are new to me this year/each month
    Complete X number of challenges this year (This challenge does not count towards the total. Mini-challenges within a bigger challenge do not count separately)
    Read XX number of crime (or any other genre) books this year/each month
    Only spend £XX/$XX on books this year/per month
    Listen to X number of audio books this year/per month
    Read X number of paperbacks this year/per month
    Read X number of classics this year
    Read all blog tour books a week/month/two days before post date
    Participate in X number of read-a-thons (read-a-thons as a part of larger challenges count separately)
    Only one-click on amazon X times per month/week
    Read X number of books per week/month that were books you’ve bought, which can be free.
    Read X number of sequels this year/per month
    Read X number of books with ‘salmon’ in the title (word is changeable. If you’re interested there are actually 862 results for salmon in the Kindle Store)
    Read X number of books that I already own
      Read X number of non-fiction books
   Read one recommended book per month

Blogging Goals ~ (You must have a minimum of 3 sub goals.)
   Fix tags on blog
   update Media Folder on your blog
   Redo your layout or update your design
   Visit x amount of blogs a week
   update your calendar once a week
   Keep your spreadsheet completely updated
   Clean up bloglovin, feedly or other RSS feeds
   Pin Posts to Pinterest the entire year
   Update Pages on your blog
   Write 3 reviews a week
   Stay ahead of the reviews write x amount each week or month
   Blog ahead make your blog x amount of weeks/months ahead
   Join all Bloggiesta Challenges (this will help accomplish some of your goals but you must participate in all of them)
   Respond to comments as they come in
   Create a Blog/Review Schedule (e.g. using a spreadsheet)
   Make a blog button
   Make a-thing-for-the-internet-tab – but I can’t remember the name of it right now…
   Take part in a meme every month for the whole year (e.g. Michelle’s TBR List)
   Set up social media pages

Writing Goals ~ (You must have a minimum of 3 sub goals.)
        Finish WIP "title"
       Finish XX writing projects 
       Publish "title"
       Write XXXX words per day/week/month/year
       Design/commission a cover for "title"
       Join in NaNoWrMo
       Enter a writing competition 
       Complete a writing course (online or in person)
       Contribute to an anthology 
       Write something in an unfamiliar genre 
       Plot out the next book in the series 
       Write every day
       Develop author online presence


Personal Goals (you can pick as many as you would like to help you throughout the year once you choose two of the above):
    Lose X amount of weight
    Start writing that book you always wanted to write
    Exercise more (book blog walkers goals count here)
    Do random acts of kindness through the year
    Learn another language
     Take up a new hobby
    Quit Smoking
    Cook a new recipe a week
   Menu Plan
   Get organized

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If you have any questions please feel free to comment below or email us Michelle @ Limabean74@aol.com or Laura @ laura.bookreviewer@yahoo.com

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