Thursday, 31 March 2016

Bookish Resolutions Link Up (March)

2016 Bookish Resolutions

You can still sign up for Bookish Resolutions and you can check out the rules and stuff here! Bookish Resolutions is co-hosted by myself and Michelle @ because reading 

First I want to apologise for dropping the ball with the twitter party...and by that I mean completely forgetting about it...oops! Sorry folks, I'll remember the next one!

Blogging Goals 
  1. Schedule posts before the day they are 'due' (especially for challenge updates!)
    This month has been really tough because of other commitments, and a change in my job role is now going to mean changes on the blog anyway!
  2. Reintroduce non-review content
    This is not going so well. However I am now going to cut back reviews to weekdays and have the weekends as other content time! This will mean that End of the Month Round Ups will also now go live on weekends. 
  3. Cross post Blog Posts regularly, preferably in under a week since post date
    I've not done too bad, but I still need to do better on that. 
  4. Tidy up the Trips Down Imagination Road Facebook & Twitter Pages
    I've started trying to use twitter more, so this is starting!
  5. Visit other blogs regularly (I used to but this dropped off the radar a bit)
    I definitely need to do this more. 
Reading Goals 
  1. Improve Netgalley ratio by at least 10% (if this is achieved by the half way mark then it will be upped to 20%). I did succeed in improving my ratio in 2015 and was actually quite surprised to find I'd improved it by 7% (at the time of writing).
    I've gained 5% so far this year, so it's going ok!
  2. Finish 10 series this year. (I get distracted a little easy! I can have already started the series previously)
    So far I've finished 7 series this year; The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson, Circle of Evil by Kylie Brant, Trevor's Harem by Aubrey Parker, Rook & Ronin by JA Huss, The Seduction by Roxy Sloane, City of Legends by Cheyanne Young, The Winner's Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
  3. Complete 3 year long challenges (may change the number depending on how many I sign up for). Bookish Resolutions does not count for this sub-goal.
    I've completed 1 so far
  4. Read 3 books a month that were already on my kindle at the start of 2016 (can be from Netgalley, Amazon etc.)
    I think I read 15, so yep hit that one out of the park!
Personal Goal
  1. Finish Cloaked (the sequel to my published Novella)
    Cloaked draft one is finished, but I've been working on something different this month! 
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Lost Souls by Amos Cassidy

Title: Lost Souls
Series: The Jake Pendragon Chronicles (#2)
Author: Amos Cassidy
From: Review Copy (Beta)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 
Challenges: Winter COYER 2015-2016, 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

*May contain spoilers for previous books in the series*

Having lost their friend Crystal to a Beast, and trying to pull themselves together, Jake and his friends are on a mission to save Longbrooke from it's latest problems. With the whole town in a state of lethargy and mysterious happenings seem to be going on. Jake has to face some of his demons all while trying to learn more about his powers.

I still have more questions! That's my main response! Lost Souls was a great read, not that I expected any less, but Amos Cassidy have a real talent for leavimg the reader wanting more, especially when the supernatural is involved! I'm looking forward to learning more about the world!

I love that even when they're saving the world, Jake and his friends have a real sense of friendship about them. They can tease each other about things like weird food habits, and comment on how good their cups of tea are (these characters are so British!) There was also the suggestive banter between Jake and Dean that wasn't meant half the time! The best one was when chocolate biscuits turned into flirting!

The romance in Lost Souls is subtle, though completely integrated into the story. There is Jake who is still mourning the loss of his husband, Michael, but is attracted to Dean. Then there's Ivy and Samuel who mostly seem to have a dream relationship. It was an interesting mix.

I hate having to mention this but I know some people can be funny about it. Lost Souls has a main character who is gay. I honestly didn't really notice it as I was reading, it's just a part of his personality and his thoughts were directed towards men instead of women.

I really enjoyed Lost Souls and can't wait to see where this goes next!

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

The Vampire's Daughter by Leigh Anderson

Title: The Vampire's Daughter
Author: Leigh Anderson
From: Review Copy
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 22nd March 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge 
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Ethan and Victoria were best friends as children, until Victoria disappeared after nearly burning to death in the sun. Now returned to the village their friendship has grown into something stronger, and Ethan is ready to give up the Church to be her husband. But Victoria is clueless as to whose daughter she is, even if she knows she's different, and when the village learns that she and Ethan are to be married things take a turn for the worse. Separated for 7 years they mourn their loss, never quite getting past the anger at what they lost. That is until terrible events bring them back together...

I want to start with how much I loved the classic vampire feel of this book! I don't mean in the vampire-trying-to-be-good way either. I mean in the Dracula-humans-are-food way. I could definitely see and feel the influence of the classic vampires throughout The Vampire's Daughter, and I liked the way that that mixed with Victoria's later conflict about being a half vampire.

The vampire lore was very well thought out, and as I said above went along the lines of the more classic vampire (with a little bit of what I imagined to be like the vampires in the Van Helsing film) but the Anderson put their own spin on it with Victoria's role in it. This went all the way down to the vampire wife situation, but the wives were possibly the most cunning of all the characters.

There were a lot of twists and turns in the book, and one of the characters who did start out as at least a little sympathetic became more and more twisted as their true motives were revealed. Some of it I could anticipate happening, especially with the clever foreshadowing that was in play, and some of it I didn't realise. I liked that the author paid attention to the little bits that made the whole end game more plotted out and evil.

The role of faith was quite strong in the book, which kind of goes hand in hand with the classic evil vampires. Before I say anything else about it though I do feel that it added a sense of authenticity to the time period in which the book was set. Faith was important to both Victoria and Ethan and was partly what spurred them on, though I don't think that it was overwhelming or preachy in any way. I liked that though faith played a good role for some characters, it did also cause characters to do bad things as well.

The romance between Ethan and Victoria was interesting. It was always there throughout the narrative, but it wasn't the main focus of the story. It spurred the characters on to do what they did though and it worked well in that regard. I never felt that their love was forced or just there for the sake of it either.

This was a very enjoyable book, though the Dracula-esque elements really made it for me (Dracula is my favourite classic book). And it's what made this book stand out in an era of sparkly vampires.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Cursed by Christina Bauer

Title: Cursed
Series: Beholder (#1)
Author: Christina Bauer
From: Netgalley
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 29th March 2016
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 New Release Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Elea never really wanted to be a Necromancer, but when her best friend Tristan becomes cursed by the new Necromancer Tsar, and that curse will transfer to her as the person he loves the most, she knows she has no choice. 5 years later, and approaching the day her curse will set in and Elea has become a Grand Mistress Necromancer with one goal; to kill Tsar Viktor and break his curse. But to do that she ends up joining forces with a Creator Mage, Rowan, and that makes things more complicated.

I read Cursed because I've loved everything I've read from Ink Monster and even having not read anything from Bauer before (which was clearly a mistake on my part!) I had confidence that this would be a very enjoyable read. And it was great!

I wasn't expecting the higher fantasy feel to this. It's not a massively long book, nor would I consider it epic fantasy, but there is a definite focus on the magic the characters have (along with a more medieval sounded setting). There were two types of magic; Necromancer and Creator, and both were explored in a way that left some mysteries but also gave a good amount of information.

A big part of Necromancer culture seemed to be the lack of touching and the lack of personal emotions, the latter of which Elea didn't seem to be very good at at all. Of course this was good for the story as it allowed her to form bonds with several of the other characters, including Rowan. But I also thought that it meant that things weren't rushed between them.

As with other Ink Monster books I've read the love story is there, but its part of the story and not the focus. If you're going into Cursed wanting an overly romantic story then you're not likely to feel you got it. There is definitely something between Rowan and Elea but because of all the other events they just don't have time to explore it that much, which is actually highly realistic!

This was a great read, I'm looking forward to reading more in the series and more from Bauer!

Monday, 28 March 2016

The Lady of Misrule by Suzannah Dunn

Title: The Lady of Misrule
Author: Suzannah Dunn
From: Netgalley
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: 7th March 2015
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

No one is more surprised than Elizabeth Tilney when she volunteers to wait on Lady Jane Grey as she waits in the Tower of London for her treason trial. Once there she finds herself faced with a woman unwilling to bend in her faith in the new Protestant Church and her husband, who seems to be little more than a child. But spending more time with Jane Grey and her husband, Guildford Dudley, means that Elizabeth finds herself caring more and making friends with the unlikely couple...

Right quick history lesson (because even us Brits are a bit rusty on our history! Luckily for me the Tudor period is one I am more knowledgable about!) Lady Jane Grey (otherwise known as the 9 Day Queen) was the descendant of Henry VIII's younger sister Mary and was appointed the heir by King Edward VI (Henry VIII's only son) in an attempt to keep the Catholic Mary I (Henry VIII's eldest child) from the throne. She only reigned for 9 days before Mary I rose to power and was kept in the tower until her excecution, along with her husband Guildford, after Wyatt's revolution (which she had nothing to do with).

The thing with books like The Lady of Misrule is that you know how they're going to end, but in this case I found myself getting a little emotional towards the end and hoping for a different ending despite knowing Jane and Guildford's fate. It surprised me because I hadn't been mad on the book for the rest of it, but the ending somehow just really got to me.

Elizabeth was an interesting character. I thought Dunn managed to capture the difference contrast between Elizabeth (and Jane)'s age (17) and naivety as well as the fact that they grew up in a time where that was considered fully grown. Elizabeth wasn't your traditional innocent character which added another level.

I liked how Jane and Guildford both grew throughout the book, not just because of their general growth but also in the way that Elizabeth felt about them. I do think that this could be one of the reasons that the ending hit so hard. That plus there's only a small cast of characters.

This was a good read, though it didn't blow me away.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Death in Neverland by Heather C Myers

Title: Death in Neverland
Series: Neverland (#1)
Author: Heather C Myers
From: Amazon
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling
Release Date: 12th November 2014
Challenges: Online Book Club
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

2 years ago, Remy Cutler died and managed to escape. Now she is determined that she will live her life, and not in the way her parents want her to. Even the perfect suitor to give her the perfect marriage isn't enough for Remy. But when she runs away she finds herself in more danger that ever, and is saved by the dashing Captain Nick Grey, whose job is to guide souls through the Neverland to their final resting place. But some souls aren't ready to move on, and they live again in the Neverland, making it a place where not everything is good, especially if you're a pirate.

Now I'm still not sure what I made of Death in Neverland. The premise was great, as was the world building, but there was just something that stopped me completely immersing myself in the world and I can't quite put my finger on what it was.

I liked that Remy started the book as a typical aristocratic girl, she was a little selfish and very entitled but then she did grow over the book and realise that she was being selfish and entitled. Her growth really helped the enjoyment, as did her growing feelings for Captain Nick, though I don't think she ever properly pin pointed what they were.

I wouldn't say Death in Neverland necessarily retold Peter Pan but was more influenced by it. Both Peter Pan and James Hook made appearances in the story, and Nick called Remy "Darling" a lot (as well as her getting to Neverland via a window). Those were all good nods to the orignal story, and I did like the way that the author twisted them to create her own story.

Basically in my mind this was across between Peter Pan and Pirates of the Caribean, and that was a thought I really couldn't get out of my head!

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The Sunday Post (27/03/2016)

Sunday Post

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My Life This Week 

I FINISHED MY LENT. I'm super excited by this cause there's a book that I really want to read that I couldn't buy because of my book buying embargo. But I am proud to have made it, it has not been easy!

I realise I'm two weeks behind with my Sunday Post's, but there is good reason for that and I'll get to that in a moment. Unfortunately for the most part the past two weeks have been completely and utterly crap. It's been 5 weeks since my dishwasher broke at work which means I have to take all the pots backwards and forwards between sites, and I'm stuck in the middle of my boss being annoyed with the people we're contracted to, and the people we're contracted to being slow at sorting it and expecting us to continue service. Then I've basically been so stressed out because of that and some other stuff going on that I don't want to mention because it could badly effect the outcome (it's that bad), that I've been having physical symptoms of stress. So yep fun times.

Now the really really good news...and the reason I missed my Sunday Post last week. Last Saturday we had our Village Scout and Guide gang show (held by the Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Guides and Brownies, unfortunately the Rainbows declined the invitation to take part). Our Brownies were fantastic, they did three mini skits and they did a dance to 5,6,7,8 by Steps as well as joint songs. Other leaders commented on how lovely and polite they all were (and one of the Cub Leaders asked them to teach him their dance!) and the girls really enjoyed themselves. Even better we raised over £800, which is more than double what we made at the previous gang show when there were 7 sections participating (the Rainbows took part as did Explorer Scouts, but because we're a village there's no one Explorer Age at the moment!) rather than 5, which is really good going.

My Writing This Week 

I've done a lot of plot outlining for my Phantom of the Opera based book and written a lot so far this weekend. I have 4 days off work so I have challenged myself to complete it in that time. Fingers crossed!

I'm also just starting to get everything sorted author I now have the beginnings of a Mailing List! If you want to sign up the box is below, and I promise I won't send out that many emails! Just when I have cover reveals/new releases! Thank you! 

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Reading This Week 

So I finally caught up with my Goodreads reading challenge which was a great feeling! So here's my reading for the past two weeks!

Fledge by JA Huss (2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge)
Faith and Moonlight by Mark Gelineau & Joe King (2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge)
Burning Ultimatum by Aubrey Parker (2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge, 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Read the Books You Buy)
Tarnished by Kate Jarvik Birch (2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge)
Flight by JA Huss (2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge)
Sapphire by Michelle M Pillow 
The Lady of Misrule by Suzannah Dunn (2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame)
Heartbreaker by Kat Bastion & Stone Bastion (2016 New Release Challenge)
Claimed by Love by Melissa Foster (2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge, 2016 New Release Challenge)
The Vampire's Daughter by Leigh Anderson (2016 New Release Challenge)
The Lion's Heir by Lilly Pink (Online Book Club)
The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge, 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge)
Queen of Broken Hearts  by Jennifer Recchio (2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame, My TBR List)

On the Blog This Week 

So non-review posts included my Sunday Post from 2 weeks ago, as well as blitz's for The Vampire's Daughter (which I read this week and was fantastic!) and Rock (which I am super excited to read now my Lent Book Ban has ended!)

I seem to have reviewed a fair few new releases in the past couple of weeks including; Heartbreaker by Kat Bastion & Stone Bastion, Claimed by Love by Melissa Foster, The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski and Burning Ultimatum by Aubrey Parker.

My JA Huss binge read had to be put on hold to read some scheduled books I had, but not before reviews of the rest of the Rook & Ronin series (Bomb, Guns and Happily Ever After) went live, as well as my reviews of books 2 & 3 in I Am Just Junco, Fledge and Flight.

I didn't do so well with my voted in books, my online book club read The Lion's Heir by Lilly Pink, barely scrapped 2 stars, while my TBR list book, Queen of Broken Hearts by Jennifer Recchio could also have been better. 

I used some of my other reviews to knock off books from Netgalley, including Faith and Moonlight by Mark Gelineau & Joe King, and Tarnished by Kate Jarvik Birch. I also review Sapphire by Michelle M Pillow.  

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Saturday, 26 March 2016

Queen of Broken Hearts by Jennifer Recchio

Title: Queen of Broken Hearts
Series: Stone Throwers (#1)
Author: Jennifer Recchio
From: Netgalley
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 3rd Apil 2013
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame, My TBR List Meme
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Birdie Anders is the Queen of Hearts, and the Queen of her high school. But keeping her followers in line is a full time occupation and she's found that she's lost the true friends she once had, Annabelle and Pak. Retreating to her safe place (for pizza!) she meets Sam, someone completely different from the life she lives and she soon finds herself revaluating the things she does...

I'm really not that sure how I feel about Queen of Broken Hearts still. It was a quick read and I do think that therein lies the problem; if it had been a bit longer then I genuinely think that it could have been a lot more enjoyable. I think there was a lot going on and because of that some of the book felt a llittle bit rushed.

I did like that the main character was a bit of a b*tch, and not only that but she owned that for most of the book. She realised what she was doing was wrong but did it anyway. It added an interesting dilemma to the book, though there wasn't nearly as much focus on the con artist element as the blurb seems to imply (I read it after finishing the book).

There were a lot of strange names in the book, and I am still a little  bit confused about what Birdie's name really was...other than nowhere near the weirdest. Names included Songbird, Lightbulb and Painkiller. Which I believe was meant to be a humourous take on celebrities naming their children (the book was set in a private school in Hollywood).

There was enough in this book to keep me interested but I do think that it could have been so much better!


Friday, 25 March 2016

The Lion's Heir by Lilly Pink

Title: The Lion's Heir
Author: Lilly Pink
From: Amazon
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 10th October 2015
Challenges: Online Book Club
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Lion shifter Kyle is trying to prove his worth and his independence from his father with his own company, until he is forced into an arranged marriage. Krista is captivating and beautiful and everything he didn't know he needed. Kyle soon finds himself falling for her, and that's when things come tumbling down.

I don't want to write too much about The Lion's Heir  because I came very close to to DNF-ing it. It was only because it was my Online Book Club read and it wasn't a very long book that kept me reading.

I thought that the book did have some promise, and it started well I thought with Kyle wanting to set up his own company and assert his independence. But then somehow it just went down hill. There were a lot of mentions of the town they were in as a shifter refuge but then nothing else seemed to be mentioned about it.

But what really put me off was the sex scenes. They just didn't work. There were several words that made me cringe and some that just seemed really unnecessary. It just made me feel a little bit uncomfortable.

I thought The Lion's Heir had promise but I didn't think it delivered.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

Title: The Winner's Kiss
Series: The Winner's Trilogy (#3)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
From: Netgalley
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 24th March 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (12 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

*May contain spoilers to other books in the series*

With his Eastern allies by his side, Arin sets about trying to win the war for Herran while believing that Kestrel never cared. Caught and charged with being a traitor, Kestrel is sent to one of the work camps of the Empire, drugged and slowly forgetting who she is but still holding hope she'll be rescued by the person she loves.

Oh the absolute feels from this book! I loved the first two books in this series, but they did knock me for six a bit. My heart has broken over and over for Arin and Kestrel and I went into this book really not having a clue how it could end but still hoping for the best. As it was the ending was simply beautiful and the perfect fit for the story and the characters.

At the beginning of the book I was trying to yell at Arin for being seemingly clueless about Kestrel's activities in the previous book especially when she was doing it all out of love. I was also losing hope a bit for Kestrel who seemed to be forgetting who she was.

Once Arin and Kestrel were back together the story focused on two different things; the war itself and on their relationship. This is probably actually the least complicated book for their relationship, even though Kestrel suffered from memory loss. There's less secrets between them and they're not trying to hide from anyone. In fact I had a lot of "awww" moments for the two of them. There were lots of little sweet things that made me smile.

Rutkoski did a great job of capturing the suspense of battle scenes at the same time as not dragging them out. I'm not a massive battle fan and I don't like them dragged out, so this was perfect for me and I thought it balanced well with the strategy and politics in the book.

One of the reasons that I like Kestrel so much is that she is seen the same as any man. (Well except for by Arin, but I believe that worry was very much mutual!) She was just as smart and when it came to military strategy the male characters listened to her. Saying that she wasn't perfect, and that was a strength of all the characters in the book; they weren't perfect.

This is a complex series full of complex characters and I absolutely loved it.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Claimed by Love by Melissa Foster

Title: Claimed by Love
Series: Love in Bloom: The Ryders (#2)
Author: Melissa Foster
Genre: Romance
Release Date: 23rd March 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

When property investor Duke Ryder is given a tour of the island of Elpitha, the last thing he expects is to fall for attractive and fiesty Gabriella Liakos, grandaughter of the Island's owner and his own personal tour guide. Gabriella doesn't want her beloved island to change, even if she lives most of the year in New York for her legal practice. Sparks soon begin to fly, and with Gabriella's Southern and Greek family playing matchmakers, that spark becomes hard to resist...

I love that with a Melissa Foster book you know what you're getting. The romance will be sweet and sexy, and the plot will keep moving on its own accord, all of which makes for an engaging and enjoyable read...and just what I expect!

The chemistry between Duke and Gabriella was there, and I liked that the two of them accepted their attraction to one another easily, even if they did then refuse to act on it. Their relationship seemed to come easy to them and even though there were some complications, they did manege to move past them.

I liked that of the two of them Gabriella was the one most likely to put the breaks on things. She wasn't uninterested in what Duke was asking, but her job and working with divorcees had left her a little jaded and I liked the realism that that gave the story.

Gabriella was a great character herself. She stuck to what she wanted and what she believed until she had a genuine reason to change her mind and for me that made her stand out that bit more. It also gave another dimension to her interactions with other characters.

The other thing that is a staple in Foster's books, and I love reading, is the family element. There is always something about the importance of family and it makes for good reading. I can't wait for the rest of Duke's families books, and I think there was at least a little bit of foreshadowing going on!

As always another great read from Melissa Foster!

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Heartbreaker by Kat Bastion & Stone Bastion

Title: Heartbreaker
Series: Unbreakable (#1)
Author: Kat Bastion & Stone Bastion
From: Review Copy
Genre: Romance
Release Date: 22nd March 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

All Kiki wants is one night of passion with Darren, the DJ at Loading Zone and incrediably sexy musician. But Darren isn't playing ball. He thinks that Kiki is worth more than just one night and he isn't in a position to give that to her. When the two of them begin to train to run together they swear they'll just be friends but before long they find themselves wanting to act on their attraction, and once their friends (and siblings!) get involved there's very little they can do to stop the inevitable...

I was excited anyway about a book from the Bastions, so much so I didn't actually read the synopsis before knowing I wanted to read it (yes I know that's bad) so as soon as I realised this book was back with the No Weddings Gang (and that took maybe 2 or 3 lines) I got super excited because I love that series and am defintiely read to get back into the Bastions' brand of sexy.

Darren and Kiki had crazy chemistry and it was really good having two romantic leads with an age difference (I think it was about 5 years) and it not be made a big deal of. It took up one small interation between Darren and Kiki's brother Cade, and that was it which was great. There was also more to their relationship than just the physical. Their relationship also took the time to get to the point where they got physical which was good too.

I love Kiki's relationship with her siblings, and it was great catching up with Cade and Hannah (the events in Heartbreaker happen after the events of No Weddings, so there are some minor spoilers). I like visiting future couples too, and speculating about whose story was coming next. I definitely can't wait for that.

Music and art was a big thing in this book and I thought the descriptions of both were really well done, especially as there is no way to see and listen to them while reading. But I do think that Kiki's sculptures and Darren's music really came alive.

I loved loved loved this book. The complications made the relationship real and the interactions between Kiki and Darren worked really well!

Blitz: The Vampire's Daughter by Leigh Anderson


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 The Vampire’s Daughter by Leigh Anderson

Cover by Cherith Vaughn Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press Genre: Gothic Paranormal Historical Romance Publication Date: March 22, 2016
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When Ethan discovers that the love of his life, Victoria, is actually the child of a monstrous beast and must marry another man to save her family, he retreats to a monastery to live out the rest of his days alone. But the Church has other ideas. Ethan’s mentor asks him to lead famous vampire hunter Dom Calmet back to his home village to rid the town of the vampires that plague it. Ethan must then take a journey, emotionally and literally, back to the town of his youth and choose between love and faith when he once again meets The Vampire’s Daughter. Containing many tropes of a classic Gothic novel combined with the sensuality of a passionate romance, The Vampire’s Daughter will leave you gasping for more.

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EXCERPT Victoria rode her horse Gregory toward the village at a steady pace. She was looking forward to seeing Ethan, and Gregory was glad to be out of the barn. As she got close to the village, she could sense something was wrong. She could hear the faint sound of a woman crying. Sorrow seemed to hang on the air. As she got closer, she could see a few people moving about quickly and quietly. Some were boarding up their windows; others were reinforcing their animal enclosures. Riding through the town, the usually cold people looked at her with disgust. In one house, she saw a little child pointing at her until the mother came up to close the drapes. A group of older women gathering firewood stopped and mumbled as she got closer. She dismounted at the blacksmith’s and greeted the man with a smile, but he did not repay her in kind. “Thank you for watching Gregory for me for a few hours, sir,” she said as she tied him in his usual stall. “No need to thank me,” he replied as he untied the horse and gave her back the reigns. “Why?” she prodded, confused. “You should not be here,” was all he said as he headed inside. She led her horse back out into the street and looked around. There was hardly anyone about. A few prying eyes watched her from the houses. “I have just as much right to be here as any of you,” she thought to herself as she held her head up high. She felt herself getting mad, but she wasn’t sure why. Why were the people staring and pointing at her? Why would the blacksmith say she didn’t belong there? What had she done to any of them? She decided to go to her future home and see if Ethan was there. She tied her horse to the hitching post at the end of the walk. She approached the house and ran her fingers through what looked like claw marks on the oak front door. She did not remember seeing them there before. “Hello?” she called inside as she opened the door. A small fire was going in the fireplace, telling her Ethan had been there and most likely would return. She felt herself calm down and her anger at the people melt away. The room was warm and safe. She closed the door and looked around the cottage. It already looked so homey, fully furnished with curtains on the windows and rugs on the floors. She ascended the wooden steps to the second floor and opened the first door to a room on the left. It was small with equally small furniture - most likely a child’s room. She imagined that one day, her and Ethan’s children would be playing on that floor looking up at her with wide-eyed wonderment. Then their eyes reflected fear, and she thought of how the townspeople reacted to her today and how, even now, she was an outcast. She sighed, frowned, and shut the door on the frightened children she imagined were there. She opened a door on her right and found the master bedroom. She entered the room, took off her cape, and hung it on a hook by the door. She walked over and placed her small hand on the large pine spindles of the bed. She walked to the far side of the bed, running her fingers over the covers. A multi-colored crotched blanket overlaid a beautiful pink and ecru quilt. She folded the blanket back so it only covered the foot of the bed and the quilt could be more fully seen. The quilt was so soft to the touch. She bent down and put her cheek to the fabric. She sighed in delight. She looked at the door and listened to see if anyone was there. When she only heard silence, she took off her shoes, climbed up onto the bed and laid long ways across it. It was a large bed. She stretched her hands way above her head and still could barely touch the other end. She laughed at herself and how she found such delight in such a simple thing. “What are you doing?” a voice asked. “Ahh!” she screamed and sat up straight and turned toward the voice. “Ethan! You startled me!” “I startled you?” he asked. “What are you doing in my house?” “Your house?” she asked. “I thought this was our house.” Ethan began to laugh as he put the wooden club he was carrying by the door. “You should see yourself,” he said. “Why were you so afraid? I did not mean to scare you.” “Oh, I do not know,” she replied, settling herself down. “Everyone was just acting so strange when I got here. I guess I am just on edge...” she trailed off, noticing the club. “What is that for?” “Oh, well, do not worry about that,” he said, taking off his coat and sitting on the other side of the bed. “Everyone is a little nervous. Some wolves came into town on Sunday night and killed a man.” “Oh, my goodness,” Victoria said, putting her hand to her mouth. “That is awful. Who was it?” “Mr. Stanek,” he said. “We just had the funeral this morning,” “I am sorry I missed it,” she lamented. “It’s all right; you had no way of knowing about it.” “Still, I feel awful.” She laid back and placed her head on one of the pillows. Ethan looked at the sorrow on her face. He knew Father James was wrong about her. She cared and felt deeply for every person. “Wait!” she said, sitting straight up again. “You said ‘wolves’ as in many of them? Is that what clawed the front door?” she asked. “Yes,” he said. “There were five by my count, but some people saw more.” “A whole pack attacked the town?” she asked. “That is like something out of an old legend, back when werewolves ruled the woods at night.” “I know,” Ethan said. “The whole town is worried about the next full moon. Everyone is boarding up their windows and reinforcing their doors. I’m sure they are overreacting, though. Werewolves. How silly. They were just normal wolves. This cold weather probably has them desperate for food.” “You actually saw them?” she asked. “My God, are you all right? You were not injured, were you?” She crawled over to him and put her hand on his face. “No, no, I’m fine,” he said, chuckling over the fuss she was making. He liked how much she cared for him. “I’m fine,” he whispered, looking at her beautiful face. His face turned stone serious and he exhaled slowly. She could tell by the way he was looking at her he wanted something. He turned his body to face her, reached up and pulled her toward him. She closed her eyes and let him kiss her. He stood up to kick off his shoes. She lay on the bed with her head on a pillow. He crawled up next to her and just looked at her for a moment. She pulled her feet up under her gown in a fetal position and put her hands under her cheek on the pillow. Ethan reached over and took the pins out of her hair, letting it frame her face. She looked so innocent, so pure. Her white skin was flawless and her dark eyes were glossy. She was not evil. If anything she was godly, angelic. He leaned over to kiss her, but she pulled back. “Ethan,” she said. “Do you…would you mind if…maybe we…” She didn’t want to hurt his feelings, but she needed to ask him something. “What?” he asked. He reached a reassuring hand to her and rubbed her shoulder. “What is it?” “It’s …maybe we could not do that today. I still have not confessed from last time, and it has been a bad couple of days. Things have not gone well at home. I don’t need any more sin on my conscience right now.” “Oh, sweetie. That’s all right,” he said. “Don’t worry about it. I don’t want to do anything you’re not comfortable with.” “Have you talked to Father James yet? I really need to see him.” “Oh, yes. I did speak to him…” He didn’t want to tell her what Father James had said, but he did not want to lie to her, either. “He was not happy, as expected,” he said. “He still wants me to go to Rome, of course.” “Of course he would,” she agreed. “He is still upset; I doubt he would absolve you of anything right now. Or me for that matter. I actually never confessed after last time either. Don’t worry, though, I am sure that in a few days, he will calm down and see that we are doing the right thing.” “I hope so,” she said. “Did you tell your father?” he asked. “No, I have not been feeling well; I have not even seen him since Sunday. I think my nerves are making me tense. It has only been a couple of days; there is still plenty of time.” “We have all the time in the world,” he said and smiled. His tone and happy demeanor calmed her so much she almost forgot about the wolves, and the priest, and the way the people in town were acting, and the women back home. All she wanted was to be with him forever. She leaned over and gave him an enticing kiss. “I thought you were feeling guilty!” he said, pushing her gently away. “If I die without confessing my already many and egregious sins, I suppose it makes no difference if I have one more added to the list, does it?” “No, I suppose it doesn’t!” he said, climbing onto her, wrapping his arms all the way around her, holding her just as close and tight as he could. He rolled over and let her lay on his chest as they kissed. She straddled him to keep from falling over. She ran her tongue down his neck and kissed his chest. He reached down, pulled up her dress and caressed both of her legs. He ran his hands up to the top of her thigh-high stockings and touched her soft skin. She put the full weight of her body on top of him and he kissed her forehead. He slowly removed one of her stockings, feeling her bare, exposed skin from her thigh to her toes. He then removed the other stocking, a little more quickly this time. Victoria breathed heavily; the room was hot. Ethan was burning for her. Ethan’s hot breath on her skin was almost more than she could handle. She reached a hand under his shirt and touched the skin of his rigid stomach. The sensation of her cold touch on his skin made Ethan gasp, but he took it as a sign that the shirt needed to be removed. He sat up and removed it while she still straddled his lap. He suckled and bit her neck and chest and caressed her thighs while she ran her fingers through his hair. The way his muscles had a slightly moist sheen in the subdued light filtering in from the window dressings excited her. She reached around her back to try to find the many buttons that ran from her neckline to her waist. Ethan’s hands followed hers and realized what she was trying to do. He laughed a little, out of surprise and joy. He had an easier time removing the buttons from their loops than she did. He only got about halfway down when he thought the dress would be loose enough to take off. They both got up on their knees and he helped pull the heavy gown over her head. His face sank for a moment when he saw the full-length shift she was wearing underneath a fully laced corset. She laughed when she saw his expression. “You did not think it was going to be that easy, did you?” she asked. “Sorry if I seem a bit eager,” he said. She felt relieved; she could breathe better and she felt lighter with the gown off. Ethan kissed her while she ran her fingers down his naked back. He reached around her and began pulling at the laces on her corset. She did not protest. She did not care if Helena noticed the lacings or not. She did not care if her father found out. What could he do about it after it was already done? If she gave herself to Ethan, let him have her most prized possession, it was hers to give. Ethan removed the corset and laid himself fully on top of her. She undid the top button on his pants. She moved her fingers deeper inside his pants to undo the next one and he groaned in anticipation. “Victoria,” he said, propping himself up and looking at her. “Victoria. I love you so much.” He reached up and brushed some stray hairs away from her face. “Are you sure this is what you want?” “I want you, Ethan,” she said, running her hands up his back. “I love you.” He leaned back down and sucked on her neck. She held him tightly to her. He moved both of his hands to her legs and pulled her chemise up almost to her waist. He kissed her so strongly and his tongue prodded her mouth so deeply he almost gagged her, but she did not dare protest for fear he would stop. Her breath quickened. He did not want to go too quickly. This was the first time for both of them. He wanted to make sure it was perfect. She was about to tell him to take her when a terrible feeling flooded over her. It was as if someone inside her head told her to run. She froze, trying to listen to the voice. Ethan felt her tense up. He stopped because he was afraid he had hurt her or that she had changed her mind. “Victoria?” he began. “Shhhhh!” she said, holding up a hand to silence him. Her harsh tone shocked him. She did not mean to sound cruel, but something was certainly wrong. He saw a disturbed look on her face. All of her senses seemed to come alive - she could see and hear everything around her. Hushed tones, the light clang of weapons, the smell of the cold air wafting in through an open door. “Ethan!” she said, letting go of him and sitting straight up. “Someone is in the house!” She had a feeling it was more than someone simply looking for them – they were in danger. “What?” he asked as he got up, closed his pants, and moved toward the door. She stood on the far side of the bed, pulled down her undergarment, and looked around for something she might be able to use to defend herself, but there was no time. As Ethan reached for the door, an unimaginable sense of danger overwhelmed her. “No!” she screamed. He stopped, but it was too late. Someone kicked in the door, and several of the village men entered the room followed by Father James.    


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Leigh Anderson

Leigh Anderson is an American author and editor living and traveling in Asia. She has a master’s degree in English and her thesis was on Gothic imagery in vampire literature. You can learn more about her at her website

Monday, 21 March 2016

Sapphire by Michelle M Pillow

Title: Sapphire
Series: Galaxy Playmates (#1)
Author: Michelle M Pillow
From: Amazon
Genre: Erotica, Sci-fi
Release Date: 14th July 2010
Challenges: N/A
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Sapphire is one of the most desired women in the universe, and a Galaxy Playmate. Men have pictures and fantasies of her but can't touch her unless they're in a relationship with her. While performing, Sapphire feels that she has a telepath watching her and influencing her during her shows, but instead of feeling scared, she feels drawn to him, though it iss weeks before Roark makes himself known to her, but when he does she can't help but find herself attracted to him.

So I've completely read the Galaxy Playmates books out of order (this is the third one I've read but the first in the series) but this is one of those series where it doesn't really matter so much. Each of the stories is stand alone though there is a little but of crossover (the main characters know each other) they are mostly seperate stories.

Saying that Sapphire did introduce the male lead from Quartz which I hadn't really been expecting, but it only set the scene for something that is learnt really early in Quartz anyway! There was also some good background on who/what the Galaxy Playmates are.

There was good chemistry between Sapphire and Roark, and I thought that the author took into account the alien parts of Roark well. There were some sex scenes that wouldn't be possible if Roark was human and that was certainly...interesting.

This is a fun series for those quick in between reads!

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Flight by JA Huss

Title: Flight
Series: I Am Just Junco (#3)
Author: JA Huss
From: I Am Just Junco Omnibus (Amazon)
Genre: Sci-fi
Release Date: 1st October 2012
Challenges: 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

*May contain spoilers for previous books.*

Having survived her Fledge, and enjoyed some time away with Tier, Junco needs to return to Earth and fulfill her promise to return the other Five of the Seven Siblings to the Avian race. But there is more to it, especially with the prophecy that she is the key to destroying either the Avians or the Humans, and with people from her past now back in play and the truth hidden from her by the people she really wants to trust, Junco is torn about what she should do...

Ahh the ending! My heart was breaking for poor Junco and now I really really want to read the next book (but can't because I have some scheduled reviews I need to do first), I thought that the ending did somehow show that Junco had accepted herself though, which is maybe something that she'd avoided doing.

I thought there was a much more mature side of Junco coming through in Flight, it's easy to forget she's only 19 anyway, but in this case there was also the thing she was really worried about and didn't necessarily want Tier to know (cryptic on purpose). I think that really did bring out a different, and slightly surprising side of her.

There was a lot going on in Flight, you really had to have your whole mind on the book and what was going on but for me it worked and the complexity really added something to the reading experience. I also learnt in an earlier book that not everything is as it seems for Junco, and there are reveals around every corner. Again I thought this worked well.

Junco's love life seemed to straighten itself out a bit for the most part in Flight, and like I said in my review of Fledge, once I've decided what couple I want together that's it, it takes a lot to change my mind. So I am intrigued still about where her love life is going and I could end up changing my mind on that one.

This is a great series, full of a complex plot and characters that just drag you in. Plus Junco really grows on you! I wasn't a big Junco (the person) fan in Clutch, but by Flight I really like her.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Tarnished by Kate Jarvik Birch

Title: Tarnished
Series: Perfected (#2)
Author: Kate Jarvik Birch
From: Netgalley
Genre: Dystopia
Release Date: 1st December 2015
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

*May contain spoilers for the previous book in the series*

Having made it to Canada, Ella is now free and no longer seen as a Pet. But in reaching freedom she left behind her owner's son and the person she loves; Penn. Ella knows that going back for him could be dangerous but if she wants to change things then it's something she has to do. But Pets are turning up dead and there is more afoot than Ella could have ever imagined.

So I re-read my review of Perfected so that I'd know exactly where to start with this one. And I still agree with that review; the concept is creepy. The idea of genetically modified humans to be kept as Pets is really scary, and this book just grows that concept. Instead of focusing just on Ella Tarnished looked more at the fate of Pets in general and it was bad. I can't say too much because I wouldn't want to spoil it but there were definitely uncomfortable moments.

I enjoyed Missy's contribution to the book. As a Pet like Ella she worked well, but she was also more aware of the world and more of a realist. She tempered Ella's over optimisim and revealed some of the less savoury aspects of life as a free Pet. Without Missy I'm not sure Ella could have got anywhere.

There was some real character development for Ella in this book. Though at times she could still be frustratingly naive, she was coming into her own in realising that she was her own person. I loved that she felt she could stand up to Penn when he got all protective and argue that she is her own person.

Penn and Ella's relationship took a little bit of a back seat in Tarnished. They were already established at the beginning so other than daydreaming about him, and a few kisses, there wasn't much changing for them. Instead the focus was on what they were doing and trying to achieve which I liked.

This was a good sequel. I'm interested to see where this goes next, though I think it could surprise me!

Friday, 18 March 2016

Burning Ultimatum by Aubrey Parker

Title: Burning Ultimatum
Series: Trevor's Harem (#4)
Author: Aubrey Parker
From: Amazon
Genre: Romance
Release Date: 15th March 2016
Challenges: 2016 Read the Books You Buy, 2016 New Release Challenge, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (12 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

*May contain spoilers for the rest of the series*

Feeling betrayed after finding the man she loves with the woman she thought was her best friend, Bridget feels more determined than ever to win the contest even if she doesn't know the rules. Daniel has done everything possible for Bridget and yet he can't tell her, even if it would clear his name. But as more players become involved it becomes a challenge to keep everything straight.

I was struggling to think of a way to properly express my love of this series and then it hit me. So this book has been on pre-order since before my whole Lent Book Buying Embargo and got delivered to my kindle today (15th March). I'd finished it by 11:30am. That's how engaging and captivating the story is. I even left a book half finished to read it! I think that about sums it up!

The ending to this book, and the series was perfect. And by ending I mean before the epilogue (because that was just the icing on the cake!) However the ending wasn't quite what I expected. It had more of the sweet factor than originally thought and yet it worked perfectly for Bridget and Daniel.

Actually the whole thing took me a bit by surprise. From the first book onwards this series has been taking me by surprise and this one was no different. In some ways parts of the plot are a little predictable but Parker does them in such a way that it goes hand in hand with the unexpected and keeps the reader on their toes.

I love Bridget. And I think the reason I like her so much is because she is flawed. She's not the perfect female character, she doesn't fit the mould, but that makes her that bit more real. Her feelings and her reactions all come across as genuine and I think as a female reader you can slot yourself into her shoes easily.

Daniel has really grown on me throughout the series. At the end of the last book I was almost certain that what Bridget thought was true actually wasn't and that was solely based on what I thought of Daniel. And this book proved me right. Again he's not the perfect character but it's his flaws that make him loveable.

I loved how Parker included Science, particularly psychology, in her book and how it was through Daniel that she did this. I also loved the fact that she took the time to inform the reader of exactly what was real at the end of the book and what was exaggerated ever so slightly to make a good story. I thought the afterward really helped in that regard.

I loved this series. And I hope to read more from Parker soon!

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Fledge by JA Huss

Title: Fledge
Series: I Am Just Junco (#2)
Author: JA Huss
From: I Am Just Junco Omnibus (1-3) (Amazon)
Genre: Sci-fi
Release Date: 1st October 2012
Challenges: 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

*May contain spoilers for previous books in the series*

Having woken up from her Morph, Junco finds herself getting used to the Avian way of life; from having wings to participating in the General Fledge. But with the man who helped her escape from Earth on trial for treason, Junco has to make new friends, including her teamates on Aves Team 039 and the members of her Fledge. The Avian culture is even more bloodthursty than the one Junco came from and she has to learn to survive.

So I know I said I was done with my JA Huss binge but it turns out I'm not. Nor do I now want to be. Having finished Fledge I've been itching to start on Flight since I got home (but am showing considerable restraint and reading some Netgalley books first). I'm actually quite surprised I feel this way, as the first I Am Just Junco book took a bit of getting into for me, whereas this one had me completely enthralled.

Junco's love life took a lot of sorting though! I'm a very set person when it comes to book couples. As soon as I have a pairing I like I stick to them and don't want anything to mess them up, which goes for Junco too! I liked that she had the interest of more than one character, but it turned out the way that I wanted it to...though I realise there are still 4 more books to go before I can completely say this.

There was a lot of action in the book, and a lot of Junco trying to figure out who she is. I liked that killing wasn't all that straight forward for her, even if she has been doing it since before she can remember. It makes her a more human character (or more part-human, part-Avian character) and that she is more than just the Warrior that people see her as.

There were a lot of new characters introduced, and a couple of them met fates that surprised me given Junco's relationships with them, but everything fit and felt like it was the right thing for the right person. At times the events got messy for some characters but that definitely worked for me and gave them all another dimension.

The sci-fi elements were strong in this one, especially considering that all the characters belong to an alien race to a certain extent, so I would say that it isn't a gurantee you'll enjoy the book if you're not already a sci-fi fan. However there's no battles between space ships or things like that.

I loved Fledge, and I'm glad I did, especially because I've ended up loving it more than I thought I would!

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Faith and Moonlight by Mark Gelineau & Joe King

Title: Faith and Moonlight
Series: An Echo of the Ascended (#4)
Author: Mark Gelineau & Joe King
From: Netgalley
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 15th December 2015
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (1 point)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Since finding each other at their orphanage, Roan and Kay have done everything together and after their home is burnt down things don't change. Wishing to become Razors, they journey to Resa and to the School of Faith. But while Roan finds his place, Kay struggles with the the things she has to learn and do to earn her place by his side...

This series is such a great concept! A novella is released every month and each set of 4 focuses on different main characters (as in books 1, 2, 3 & 4 all follow different people, then 5, 6, 7 & 8 follow the same pattern). They're all set in the same world and they are all interlinked in little ways but you can read 1-4 in any order (hence how I've accidentally skipped over 3, though believe me I will be going back for it!

I think Faith and Moonlight is my favourite story in the series so far, mainly because it seemed a little bit more focused on the characters whereas the others have been more on the action. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed the other two as well and like having something short and high fantasy to read, but this one is most suited to me!

I liked that Roan and Kay explored their motivations in what they were doing, and that they were both determined individuals. But I also liked that they showed human weakness, particularly on Kay's side. These were the youngest characters so far (at 14) and I think their age was well written given the necessary maturity due to circumstance.

I'm definitely looking forward to more in the series and more from Roan and Kay!

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Happily Ever After by JA Huss

Title: Happily Ever After
Series: Rook and Ronin (#3.5)
Author: JA Huss
From: Amazon
Genre: Romance
Release Date: 16th December 2015
Challenges: 2016 Read the Books You Buy, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (11 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 

*May contain spoilers for other books in the Rook and Ronin series, including the Ford and Spencer spinoffs*

In the years since their lucky escape, Ford & Ashleigh, Rook & Ronin and Spencer & Veronica have built family lives. Princess Rory Shrike and Five Aston have always thought they were meant to be together, but with Five going away to Oxford, Rory no longer thinks he'll always remember her...

I've been excited to read this since it came out (and before I'd read most of the books in the Rook and Ronin series, so finishing Guns last night gave me the go ahead to read this and I got excited. And it was well worth it! There was more of a focus on family than in other books and it was definitely sweeter (particularly with Five having a POV) and I liked that, it helped end the series on a really high note.

You shouldn't read Happily Ever After until you have read all the Rook and Ronin books, plus the Ford and Spencer spin offs. It acts almost like an extended epilogue (or in Five & Rory's case a prequel of sorts!) and just wouldn't make sense without all the various characters' back stories (especially as there is quite a large cast for the length of book...just keeping up with all Spencer's kids was tricky!)

There were a lot of POVs for a short book (again this is why it helps to have read the previous books as the only new one was Ford's son, Five) but it worked well, giving the reader views into the three main relationships from the past books as well as that of the eldest (non-related!) son and daughter of the trio (Five, and Spencer's oldest daughter Rory, otherwise known as Princess Shrike).

I loved Five and Rory. With the amount of kids that the lot of them had it was bound to happen where two of them liked each other, and if I kept track correctly then the only other pairing close in age were Oscar and Starling who were only 5 and 6 respectively. Their day was sweet and innocent, though clearly has the potential for more.

Seeing the kids was great too. I felt the most time went to Ford's chidren, but that worked for me espcially as Kate had been a big part of his and Ashleigh's story. That one also hit quite close to home in other ways for me too. Because Kate being so like Ford despite everything made me think of my own situation with my own Dad (in a very happy way!)

Basically this was perfect. I couldn't think of a better ending for a group of characters that I've grown addicted to! And I love how other stories are interconnected too.