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Melanie's Week in Review - June 16, 2013



Melanie's Week in Review - June 16, 2013


I was back to work this week so back to the big commute with a lot to read. I am most disgruntled as my Kindle decided not to work before I went on holiday and despite my best efforts I failed to revive it. It was less than a year old but as it was a replacement the warranty was only for a measly 9 weeks or something equally ridiculous.  This was my 2nd replacement so needless to say  I am not amused it has broken so quickly.  This is where proprietary systems let us down. I am almost totally locked into having a Kindle now as I have several hundred books bought from Amazon and therefore, not compatible on other e-readers. I have been reading books on my iPad but its quite heavy and if its a crowded tube and I have to stand then reading on it is impossible. So it's the big debate whether I buy another Kindle and be annoyed with myself or by a Nook and convert all my books. Decisions, decisions.

Melanie's Week in Review - June 16, 2013
Anyway I am sure you are bored of reading my big whiny tale so onto what I have read. I finished the last two books of the Eddie LaCrosse series by Alex Bledsoe - Dark Jenny and Wake of the Bloody Angel.  They were both great and I will be reviewing the whole series so keep your eye out for it.

I also finished Queen of the World by Ben Hennessy. I can't say I enjoyed it. I thought it was a tad dull and while the concept of mute heroine was a good one I don't think it worked. Or at least perhaps Hennessy needs to write Sarine a bit differently so that she is a bit more brave and less reliant on her companions.

Melanie's Week in Review - June 16, 2013Two of my sisters recommended a book to me which I immediately downloaded -The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley. It has started out to pretty engaging and hope it have it finished next week.

I have been SUPER naughty and ordered a bunch of books from NetGalley including The Big Reap by Chris.F Holm, God's War by Kameron Hurley, Three by Jay Posey and finally Shifting Selves by Mia Marshall. Now all I need to do is read these and I will be all set!

Melanie's Week in Review - June 16, 2013

This is my last full week in my current job and I am super nervous about leaving after 9 years.  I am looking forward to my TBR to settle my nerves. Well, that's it for me so until next week Happy Reading!

Melanie's Week in Review - June 9, 2013


Melanie's Week in Review  - June 9, 2013


Well I am back from holiday and it was a quite a productive week reading. I could have read even more but I actually had to talk to my in-laws and go see things! So what did I get up to?

Melanie's Week in Review  - June 9, 2013
I started my holiday with the penultimate book of the Empire's Edge series, Forged in Blood 1 by Lindsay Buroker. What a cliff hanger!  It was like the Mount Everest of cliff hangers and the only thing that didn't have me throwing my Kindle on the floor in a huge tantrum is that the final book is out this summer. I can hardly wait. I then tucked into The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig which I will be reviewing soon so I will keep you in suspense until then about what I thought of it. I have to say that I LOVE the cover. Wendig's covers are like works of art so be sure to check it out.  Another book I will soon be reviewing is Rapture's Edge by J.T.Geissinger which is the third book in the Night Prowler series. I quite enjoyed this installment so keep your eye out for more detail about what I thought of it.

I needed a little break from all the excitement of new books so went back and re-read Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews. I love these books and re-read them quite regularly. I also re-read the final few chapters of The Janus Affair by Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris. I love Books and Braun. 

Melanie's Week in Review  - June 9, 2013

In between getting sunburned and eating too much I decided to clear a few things off my TBR pile. The first book off the list was The Twelve by Justin Cronin. I really loved The Passage and felt the same about The Twelve although I was totally confused by the 'Amy' scenes. If anyone would like to tell me what happened at the end I would be extremely grateful.

Melanie's Week in Review  - June 9, 2013Another book on my TBR I started was Queen of the World by Ben Hennessy.  I have had this for awhile so decided to give it a go. Its quite an unusual book about a mute girl who is on the run with a giant of an ex-soldier and a demon. I have mixed thoughts about it at the moment but I will let you know what I thought about it next week. Finally, while waiting at the airport I discovered that the next book of the Blood Destiny series, Blood Politics by Helen Harper was available. I managed to read this book on my journey home. These books have always been a quick read for me and this is no exception. I didn't enjoy this installment as much as the others. It really felt like a filler book without much happening other than to leave me feeling dissatisfied. I am hoping that the next book brings it back on track.

So its back to work for me tomorrow and back to that long book gobbling commute. Until next week Happy Reading!
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