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Melanie's Week in Review - May 29, 2016


Melanie's Week in Review  - May 29, 2016


Happy May bank holiday!  I hope you are having a great holiday.  I am looking forward to watching the rain out the living room window. Unlike. At least it will give me some time to read which I haven't had a lot of lately. This is going to be short and sweet this week as I can only really tell you about 1 book this week. What did I read?


Melanie's Week in Review  - May 29, 2016
 I decided it was time to finish the Dragon Blood series by Lindsay Buroker with Soulblade. When we left the 'gang' Ridge's plane had crash landed and everyone thinks he is dead. Despite the fact that the evil dragon Morishtomaric is dead the Cofah still want revenge. King Angulus decides to send Tolemek, Cas and a few others to kidnap the Cofah king while Sardelle heads off with her very own dragon to search for Ridge. Will they find Ridge? Will Cofah succeed? Will everyone live happily ever after? I won't tell so you will have to read it to find out for yourself.

I started this series thinking it was OK but this turned to boredom and dissatisfaction at the syrupy dialogue and lack of real action. Soulblade was an improvement to the previous two instalments but it was still fairly tame as far as action or intrigue goes. There was lots of time for romance and characters pairing up along the way to saving the kingdom. While I am glad that the series is finished it wasn't a total waste of time. These were quick and easy reads and I did enjoy the first two books of the series. It's just unfortunate that Buroker couldn't keep the tension for the whole series.


I did read a second book this week - The Ghost Rebellion by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. This is the 5th book of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series and its creation was funded through Kickstarter. I am writing a full review of this book in time for its release so you are going to have to wait to find out what I thought.


For those of you who aren't reading Ilona Andrew's Innkeeper Chronicles series get yourself to their Innkeeper website poste-haste. Their third instalment 'rocks'. Dina the innkeeper is soon to surpass my previous favourite Kate Daniels. I am loving every chapter and I can hardly wait for each new chapter to be released. Luckily with this series the chapters are released fairly regularly. A whole week however, does seem like a long time. I can hardly wait until the full story is released.


Well folks, that is it for me this week. Sorry it is so short but I hope to have more for you next week. Until then have a great week and Happy Reading.





Soulblade
Dragon Blood 7
December 2015
Trade Paperback and eBook, 381 pages

Melanie's Week in Review  - May 29, 2016
It’s been a week since the dragon Morishtomaric fell, and Sardelle is not convinced that Ridge is truly gone. With a companion who thinks he’s a god and a soldier who would happily kill her, she heads back to the mountains to look for signs that Ridge survived. What they uncover threatens to destroy their country and all they care about.

Meanwhile, the Cofah emperor is furious with Iskandia over the loss of its airships and still has a bounty on Tolemek’s head. King Angulus sends Tolemek, Cas, and Kaika on a daring mission that could solve both problems… or leave them all dead.

Melanie's Week in Review - November 29, 2015


Melanie's Week in Review - November 29, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and readers of this post. I hope you all had a wonderful day and lovely, delicious meals with friends and family. I need to get myself invited to someone's house for Thanksgiving as I miss pumpkin pie as it really isn't a British dessert. Feel free to send me one in the post. Anyway back to books.  What did I read?


Melanie's Week in Review - November 29, 2015
You may remember a few weeks ago that I had started Raptor which is the 6th book in Lindsay Buroker's Dragon Blood series. In this instalment Lieutenant Caslin Ahn feels that she should be punished rather than praised for the events at the end of book 5. The last thing she wants to do  is pick up the soulblade that ended her friend's life. On the command of the King Ahn has no alternative but to pick up the evil sword to defend her friends and country. Will she survive....will they survive? well you will have to read it to find out.

I have been rather disappointed with the later books in this series as the dialogue between some of the characters has been too flippant and 'kooky' which hasn't been consistent with the plotline or the environment. Raptor slightly improves but not until much later in the story. I had been struggling to get back in the plot and found the story a bit slow moving at first. It was still slower than I would have liked but did pick up towards the end with a bit of a cliff hanger. Luckily the series finishes soon with the release of the final book in a few weeks.


Melanie's Week in Review - November 29, 2015
In an attempt to tidy up my NetGalley shelves I realised that I hadn't yet finished Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal 1) by Zen Cho. This is one of books from September's Debut Author Challenge and I had been remiss in reading it in time for that. I really enjoyed this story and thought that Cho got the balance between story and characterisation just about right. Cho explores a few key themes throughout the story but it mainly centers on discrimination - discrimination based on race and discrimination based on sex. Zacharias Wythe is the rightful Sorcerer Royal but his fellow sorcerers don't believe he deserves the position as he is black and a former slave. The other main character, Prunella discovers she has magical powers but isn't allowed to reveal them as she is a woman. Set in the late 1800's women are far too delicate to be considered strong enough to wield any magic more powerful than what is required to make sure that dinner is cooked properly or the linens are well laundered.

I found this an enjoyable read even though the plot was a bit slow in parts. I think that Cho could have spent a little less time setting up Zacharias at the beginning of the story and more time developing his relationship with the other sorcerers towards the end of the story. Overall, this was as an excellent debut novel and I am looking forward to reading more of this series. (You may read an interview with Zen Cho here.)


Melanie's Week in Review - November 29, 2015
Finally, a couple of short stories to finish off my week. I chose this book from my Amazon recommendations - Beneath a Waning Moon: a Duo of Gothic Romances. I am not the biggest fan of Elizabeth Hunter but I have enjoyed Grace Draven's novels. I was also inexplicably drawn to the cover. I loved the woman's long flowing gown and the way the folds ripple and cascade down the steps. I thought it was rather painterly.

There are two short stories - The Very Proper Monster by Elizabeth Hunter which tells the story of Josephine Shaw who is full of live and energy yet, dying of tuberculosis. Everything changes when she marries Tom Dargin, a vampire unbeknownst to her, to save her father's legacy. This a good old fashioned story of how love comes in the most unsuspecting forms and and the most unsuspecting times.

Story 2 - Gaslight Hades has hints of Jane Austen's Persuasion to it but this time the Captain Frederick Wentworth character is a monster - the soul of one man in the body of another. Nathaniel Gorden thought his life had been reduced to guarding Highgate cemetery until one day his lost love Lenore Kenward strolls back into his life. Once dead, now Nathanial is very much alive and so is his love of Lenore.

Short stories need only short reviews (in my humble opinion). Hunter's short story can only be described as 'twee'. Josephine was fairly one dimensional and I felt Tom was a bit of a whiner. I ended up skipping some pages at the end. Draven's story had much more depth to it and I liked both of the lead characters. Not an unpleasant end to the week but just a teeny tiny bit dull.


That is all for me this week. I hope you all have a great week ahead and Happy Reading.




Raptor
Dragon Blood 6
Lindsay Buroker, October 27, 2015
eBook, 354 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - November 29, 2015
Responsible for her friend’s death, Lieutenant Caslin Ahn wants nothing more than to be left alone. She no longer deserves the company of comrades or the fulfillment she felt as a Wolf Squadron fighter pilot. But a summons from the king leaves her with no choice but to rejoin her teammates. An ancient evil has been unleashed, bringing death and destruction to the nation, and they are the only ones with a chance of stopping it.

Dragon Blood 6 brings back Cas, Tolemek, Ridge, Sardelle, Kaika, and Tylie, as well as her dragon, for a new epic fantasy adventure.



Sorcerer to the Crown
Sorcerer Royal 1
Ace, September 1, 2015
Hardcover and eBook, 384 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - November 29, 2015
In this sparkling debut, magic and mayhem clash with the British elite…

The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, one of the most respected organizations throughout all of England, has long been tasked with maintaining magic within His Majesty’s lands. But lately, the once proper institute has fallen into disgrace, naming an altogether unsuitable gentleman—a freed slave who doesn’t even have a familiar—as their Sorcerer Royal, and allowing England’s once profuse stores of magic to slowly bleed dry. At least they haven’t stooped so low as to allow women to practice what is obviously a man’s profession…

At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers and eminently proficient magician, ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up. But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large…



Beneath a Waning Moon: A Duo of Gothic Romances
Hunter/Draven, September 29, 2015 (eBook)
CreateSpace, October 20, 2015 (Trade Paperback)

Melanie's Week in Review - November 29, 2015
Two delightfully dark tales of Gothic romance from Elizabeth Hunter and Grace Draven.

In A VERY PROPER MONSTER, Josephine Shaw spends long nights filling the pages of her Gothic stories with the fantastic and the macabre, unaware that the suitor her father has arranged is one of the dark creatures she’s always dreamed. For Tom Dargin, courting an ailing spinster was only one duty in a long life of service to his sire. But after he meets the curious Miss Shaw, will Tom become the seducer or the seduced? Can a love fated to end in tragedy survive a looming grave?

In GASLIGHT HADES, Nathaniel Gordon walks two worlds—that of the living and the dead. Barely human, he's earned the reputation of a Bonekeeper, the scourge of grave robbers. He believes his old life over, until one dreary burial he meets the woman he once loved and almost married. Lenore Kenward stands at her father’s grave, begging the protection of the mysterious guardian, not knowing he is her lost love. Resolved to keep his distance, Nathaniel is forced to abandon his plan and accompany Lenore on a journey into the mouth of Hell where sea meets sky, and the abominations that exist beyond its barrier wait to destroy them.

Melanie's Week in Review - November 1, 2015


Melanie's Week in Review - November 1, 2015


Happy 1st of November and a belated Happy Halloween. I love Halloween but barely get enough trick or treaters to get through the 4 bags of candy the hubinator bought to dish out. I am sure to on a week long sugar rush after eating the leftovers. It's a sacrifice that I will just have to suffer through. But you probably want to know what I read this week.  Please note, the unintentional theme in all of the books I read.


Melanie's Week in Review - November 1, 2015
I have had a fairly unproductive week this week both in the quantity of books read and my satisfaction in reading them. The hubinator and I went to Amsterdam for a long weekend so I didn't really get that much time to read. One short story I did find while waiting to board the plane was Dragos Goes to Washington by Thea Harrison. This is the first in a three party story that takes place after the events of book 8 Midnight's Kiss. All is not well in the relations between the humans and the supernatural species and Pia and Dragos have to attend a summit in Washington to try to broker a better relationship between all parties. Sounds fairly straightforward until the vice president's husband is murdered in their house. To complicate matters Pia decides to she wants to have another baby and a majority of the book is spent with the couple trying to get pregnant. This short should have an R rating as there is an awful lot of sex described in minute detail. In fact the murder plot and the wider plot of the troubles between the humans and everyone else didn't really feature until 3/4 of the way through. I think I will stick to the main novels going forward as a bit of erotica I don't mind but not interested in it taking over the plot.


Melanie's Week in Review - November 1, 2015Continuing on with the sexy theme I was having a look on NetGalley and discovered that the next book in the Dragon kin series by G.A Aiken.  Feel the Burn centers on the inevitable love story between Gaius Domitus, the one eyed lord who we met in an earlier in the series and Kachka, one of the Daughters of the Steppes. Gaius is determined to seek the revenge of his sister's imprisonment by his relatives and Kachka wants nothing to do with the lazy and pampered lord. Their romance unfolds in the backdrop of the continued war with the god Chramnesind. Every character we have met so far makes an appearance and quite a bit of the story involves Anwyl, the twins and the very powerful young witch Rhi. These regulars combined with the Daughters of the Steppes makes for an amusing read (in parts).

Overall, I thought this book was OK. I certainly enjoyed it more than the previous instalment which involved Kachka's sister - the one eyed Elina and the dragon Ceyln. There is more going in this story than just the romance between the two lead characters and further development of the wider plot arch involving the half dragon/half human twins. This is a quick and easy read with much more in way of both plot and character development.


I also started Raptor which is the 6th book of the Dragon Blood series by Lindsay Buroker. I am not sure I am going to be able to finish though. The main character Cas is sooo whiny and feeling sorry herself that it is making for a rather boring read. I may give it another go this week or it may hit one of my very few DNF.


That is all for me this week. I hope you have had a more enjoyable week in reading. Until next time Happy Reading.

Melanie's Week in Review - June 21, 2015


Melanie's Week in Review - June 21, 2015


Happy summer solstice.  I hope you are having a great longest day of the year. I would love to be able to tell you about all the fantastic books I have read this week but I only managed to finish 2 and one I am writing a full review of so can only give you the headlines. Anyway, what did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - June 21, 2015
The final book of Lindsay Buroker's Dragon Blood series was released last week. The Blade's Memory starts immediately after the events of book 4 - Patterns in the Dark - where the 'crew' saved Tolemek's sister and the dragon who the Cofah were using as a source of fuel/power. This final book finds them back in Irksandia, in the capital trying to avoid getting arrested, finding the king who has been kidnapped while at the same time trying to find a way to protect the kingdom from an invasion of the Cofah. Sardelle continues to face the prejudice of being a sorceress and the loneliness of being the last of her people. This theme has been prevalent from the very first book and really isn't resolved to any satisfactory end. Joining Sardelle and Ridge on their missions is the sentient sword Jaxi who is busy making smart alec comments while trying to save the day. There is only a limited amount of time before the Cofah attack using the dragon blood they have stored over the years. The big question is whether Ridge and Sardelle and their friends can exploit magic in order to save the day.

I only thought this book was OK. The king has been kidnapped, the military is being run by someone who is bully and a bigot, a covert group of magic haters are hunting anyone with dragon blood and executing them but yet Ridge, Sardelle and Jaxi exchange one inane quip after another. I felt like this book had been written for a much younger reader but quite clearly wasn't. It was a bit of a tedious read until the final chapters when all the action happened.

The other book I finished this week was the second in  Susan and Clay Griffith's Crown and Key series - The Undying Legion. I am writing a full review of this book (and must get it written!) so I can't tell you much about it other than I thoroughly enjoyed it. Keep your eyes peeled.

Apologies for the relatively brief WIR. I am hoping to have more to tell you about next week. It is my last week in my current job before 6 weeks of gardening leave so I am a bit hesitant about making promises about how much I will be able to read when I don't have a big commute. I have my fingers crossed for some really good books. Keep yours crossed for me. Until next week  - Happy Reading.

Melanie's Week in Review - January 25, 2014


Melanie's Week in Review - January 25, 2014


Hello everyone! I hope you have all had good weeks. Mine was OK. It was the hubinator's birthday on Thursday and I am super worn out by having to agree with everything he said and did all day! That birthday rule is fairly tiring to follow. It is much more fun when it's my birthday and he has to think everything I do and say is wonderful :) I had a mildly successful week in reading but the big exciting news is that the lovely Qwill sent me an ARC of the newest Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - The Diamond Conspiracy by Tee Morris and Philippa Ballantine. I am beyond SUPER DOUPER excited!!!!! Wellington Books here I come!

Melanie's Week in Review - January 25, 2014
 I discovered that the latest in the Dragon Blood series by Lindsay Buroker had been released. This instalment starts immediately after Blood Charged where our band of misfits almost got blown up trying to defeat the Cofah scientists. Each of the novels has centred on one of the two couples - Ridge and Sardelle or Cas and Tolemek. This time it was ex-pirate/mad scientist Tolemek and teeny tiny gun toting soldier Cas. They are continuing the search for Tolemek's sister which they think will also lead them to the source of the dragon blood the Cofah were using to fuel weapons. Their search leads them on a trek through the jungle, attacks by a number of different baddies, a life threatening disease and of course, a dragon. I thought this instalment was just OK. It was a bit dull in parts but overall quite easy to read with characters that are neither that challenging or offensive.

Melanie's Week in Review - January 25, 2014I did it! I finished Ministry Protocol which is an anthology based in the world of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. I considered this as part of my training for The Diamond Conspiracy. Of course, I liked the stories that featured my fictional beau - Wellington Books. I think my favourite was The Trouble with Phoenixes by Jared Axelrod. In this short story Books mis-directs his frenemy from R&D - Agent Axelrod - when he asks for advice about where to take Agent Braun on a date. Very naughty of Books but very fun to read. I also really enjoyed Delilah Dawson's Our Lady of Monsters which takes us to Paris to a bakery owned by the agent in waiting  - Annie Marie. The agent-cum croissant crafter is excited to discover that the Agency has finally brought her into active service....but have they? Well I won't tell. I think the biggest surprise, mainly because it was quite sad was The Clockwork Samurai. This story involved the antipodean agent Bruce Campbell on the case to save a young boy from the House of Usher but the story is really told from the samurai Kuro's perspective. This story involves a number of elements from the samurai code of honour to a duel to the death. It was enjoyable but as I said quite a sad ending.

I am currently reading Year of the Dragon by Steve Bein. I am only about 30% of the way through this book so far it is just as enjoyable as Daughter of the Sword. I will have more to tell you about this book next week so until then Happy Reading.


Melanie's Week in Review - August 29, 2014


Melanie's Week in Review  - August 29, 2014


I have decided to mix it up this week with a little blast from my past. Yes, friends I am channelling one of my favourite childhood shows - Sesame Street (stick with me it will make sense in a minute). While I was reading this week this favourite song kept twirling around in my head - 'One Of These Things.

Three of these things belong together
Three of these things are kind of the same
Can you guess which one of these doesn't belong here?
Now it's time to play our game (time to play our game).

So can you pick it out?

Melanie's Week in Review  - August 29, 2014
After a diabolical week last week in what I chose to read, I succumbed to my Amazon recommendations and an author whose books I have enjoyed before. I downloaded Balanced on the Blade's Edge. This is the first in the Dragon's Blood series. This first book introduces us to Sardelle, a sorcerer, who has been asleep for 300 years in the middle of a mountain. She wakes up to find herself the only one of her race still alive, in a world that fears magic and to make matters worse the mountain is now part of a prison, mining colony. Apart from surviving in a prison colony Sardelle needs to reach her soul blade, a sword containing the soul of a young woman. The hero of this tale is Ridge Zirkander, a famous pilot in the air force who has been punished by being made to oversee the prison for a year. He is drawn to the mysterious Sardelle who is mistaken for a prisoner. Magic, mayhem and mechanical monsters are all part of this fantasy/steampunk romance.

I read this book really quickly, it only took me a few hours. I liked Sardelle and Ridge and was kind of surprised that the hot and heavy started quite early in the book. Buroker's other series The Emperor's Edge was much more a tease in the romance department with the hero and heroine not really getting together until quite late in the series. This book has no big surprises and I thought it ended quite abruptly but I did like it.

Melanie's Week in Review  - August 29, 2014Book number 2 is Deathmaker. It was actually the cover of book 2 which drew me to this series. If I am not mistaken the model is Jason Momoa (from Stargate Atlantis and Game of Thrones). If I am wrong than Mr Momo has a twin that is a model for fantasy novels. Anyway I digress. This book centers on Lieutenant Ahn, one of Zikander's crew, who has been shot down in enemy territory. Just when she thinks that being beaten and imprisoned by the evil Cofah couldn't get any worse she gets a new cellmate - The Deathmaker. Tolemek, a warrior and scientist (not your regular combination) has killed hundreds with his concoctions but is an outcast by his own country. He needs to escape prison before he ends up the victim himself and engages the help of the plucky lieutenant. Airships, poisons and more time in prison cells is the focus of this instalment.

I think this novel is a bit weaker than book 1. Tolemek and Ahn barely stayed any time in prison and if you go by the book summary it sounds like the whole plot is set there. I know that Tolemek is quite misunderstood. He is in fact quite the goody two shoes in comparison to what his moniker suggests. Ahn is a bit stereotypical and reminded me of one of the characters in the Buroker's Emperor's Edge series.

Melanie's Week in Review  - August 29, 2014
By Tuesday I was onto book 3 - Blood Charged. Everyone is back in book 3 - Sardelle, Zirkander, Tolemek and Ahn. Back on base Zirkander is worried that Sardelle's powers will be exposed and a secret mission into enemy territory on behalf of the King seems like the perfect place to hide for a while. The characters are developed a bit further as Zirkander and Sardelle are joined by Tolemek, Ahn and a few new characters. Book 3 was a bit Indiana Jones crossed with James Bond with 'the gang' breaking into a Cofah research facility trying to find the dragon blood the enemy have weaponised.

It seems like there is more action in this book than that other two but I don't think this was necessarily the case. A lot happens to all the characters in book 3 but it is mainly action and not character development. We learn relatively little about any of the main characters and Buroker really misses a chance to round out her characters. Overall, it was a quick, enjoyable read. I guessed a lot of what was going to happen but it wasn't boring and the characters were inoffensive. My only criticism was with the cover. What on earth is coming out of Zirkander's head?  I know what it looks like. Sorry it just does. Now I just have to wait until for book 4 to be released.

My final book this week was Evernight the fifth book of the Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan. This instalmentMelanie's Week in Review  - August 29, 2014 finds Holly Evernight living a solitary life locked in her own home, afraid to go outside after being the prisoner of crazy demon who forced her to rip out other supernaturals hearts and replace them with a mechanical one. One of the victims is William Thorne, renegade and assassin whose mechanical heart is turning him into the 'Tin Man'. He sets off to rid the world of Miss Evernight but ends up protecting her instead. Holly is fighting to stop Thorne from turning into a machine while he fights with what his heart is telling him - that Evernight is the woman for him. This love story is all set in the backdrop of a London where supernaturals stay hidden in plain sight and fight to stay that way.
 
Melanie's Week in Review  - August 29, 2014I hate to admit that I completely forgot what had happened in the previous books of the series. In fact, I thought it was another series when I bought it. (oops!). I did enjoy it but it took me several chapters to remind myself what was going on. I think I may have to go back and re-read the last book. There was your fairly typical 'stop it, I love it' romance but Evernight was quite feisty and determined that the handsome Thorne wouldn't get the better of her. As I had forgotten quite a bit about the previous books I would almost suggest that Evernight could be read as a stand alone novel. The best part about this book was the covers. I LOVE the cover to the left, which was the one I had on the e-book version. It is very stylized and much more interesting than the other version.

It was quite a productive week for me and much more enjoyable that last week. Now have you figured out why I was singing 'One of these things?'.  That is it for me. I hope you have had a good week and to all my friends and readers in the States - Happy Labor Day weekend and Happy Reading.


Melanie's Week in Review - May 25, 2014



Melanie's Week in Review - May 25, 2014


This week's WIR is brought to you from rural Ontario! I am not that far away from Kelley Armstrong...not that I am stalking her, of course. I have actually managed to get a book read in between eating too much apple pie and driving my elderly mother around. So what did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - May 25, 2014
I finished He Drank and Saw The Spider by Alex Bledsoe which I will be writing a full review for so can't say too much. I then did a little tour of my recommendations on Amazon and found a new book in a series that I thought had already finished - The Emperor's Edge series by Lindsay Buroker. Buroker polled her fans who wanted to read more stories of Amaranthe, Sicarius and friends. Republic is book 8 of the series and starts a few months after the end of book 7 - Forged in Blood Part 2 - with our hapless heroine and her assassin boyfriend on board the President's submarine. They are called back by President Starcrest and its not long before they are embroiled in multiple plots from a murderous cult, attempts to kill the President to an alien plant that is taking over the city. Almost everyone is back. Rather than the story being told by just Amaranthe and one other character there are multiple voices in this one. There are POVs from the main characters Amaranthe and Sicarius plus Maldynado, the president's wife and daughter (Tikaya and Mahliki) and the former child emperor Sespian. It really made for a more robust plot having it told by the different points of view. I don't think this would have worked so well earlier in the series as it would have created too much noise and distracted from the development of the characters.

I am always a bit dubious when authors finish a series and then release more books. Invariably I am left a bit disappointed especially, when I liked the ending of the series. I felt that way with Republic. I started out really liking the series but thought it went on a book or two too long and finding another book made me really hesitate. I thought familiar characters would make it an easy book to read when I had the potential of lots of interruptions. The book ended up having 2 main threads - the assassination of Starcrest and the alien plant. Both of these plots lent themselves well to the characters that were involved in each and played to their strengths but were a tiny bit long winded. Overall, I thought Republic was OK. I kind of wished that Buroker would have left these characters in book 7 but it didn't ruin the series for me. I do hope that this is it for Amaranthe and friends as another book will be too much.

Melanie's Week in Review - May 25, 2014
Lucky me discovered a new book had downloaded on Tuesday - Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones. This is the latest in the Charley Davidson series and finds my favourite grim reaper doing what she does best - getting in trouble. I am only half way through and was really hoping to have been able to tell you all about it this week but that would have involved rushing and I wanted to savour some of the funniest chapter headings I have ever read. I will be able to tell you all about it next week so until then Happy Reading.






Melanie's Week in Review - August 11, 2013


Melanie's Week in Review  - August 11, 2013


I thought I was going to start this week's post with 'I haven't read very much this week'. Instead I am going to start this post with 'its all about quality rather than quantity. Well that is my rationalisation for having read only 2 books and 1/2 way through book three....none of which were one of the many books I got from Netgalley last week. Please insert tsking here.

Melanie's Week in Review  - August 11, 2013
If you follow my posts you will remember that I have been holding my very own Riyria reunion by re-reading the books in the series by Michael J.Sullivan. I managed to finish Rise of Empire and decided that of the three books this is probably my least favourite. Saying that it is still highly enjoyable and nail biting. I am halfway through Heir of Novron and I forgot how tense it was. I can barely put it down and the reason why I was late getting any housework done which in turn means I am late getting my 'week in review' posted. Every time I think I am able to put it down to get something done I say to myself 'just one more chapter'. Sullivan also wins for having the  most touching dedication to his wife at the front. I thought it was a bit sniff-sniff and challenge you authory males out there to beat Sullivan's dedication!

Melanie's Week in Review  - August 11, 2013I also discovered that the final book of the Emperor's Edge series Forged in Blood II by Lindsay Buroker had been out for over a week. I had to quickly go download and read it before anything else. It was a great ending to a solid fantasy series. Buroker resisted the temptation to make it too soppy and there were a few scenes with the anti-hero Sicarius which were just a tad gross.

I am having a problem keeping organised and asking dear reader, for your advice. When I only had my Kindle I could quite easily keep track of my TBR by having an 'Unread' collection. Now that I have Nookie, my Nook (original name, I know!) and reading Kindle books both on Bruce, my phone and sometimes my iPad I can't keep track of what I haven't read. I can't seem to create collections or shelves using the Kindle apps. If anyone has a clever solution to this organisational conundrum please let me know. I think that is enough of me whittering on plus I am sure that Hadrian and Royce need me to finish reading about their adventures 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!

Melanie's Week in Review - 2 June 2013

Melanie's Week in Review - 2 June 2013


Melanie's Week in Review - 2 June 2013My love of The Emperor's Edge series by Lindsay Buroker continued this week. I finished Conspiracy, which was book 4 of the series, book 5, Blood and Betrayal and just started Forged in Blood which is the penultimate book. I even read two of the novellas but liked Beneath the Surface the most and was quite lengthy for a short. 

Each book has alternating POV chapters between the lead character, Amaranthe and one of the secondary characters. Sometimes this can be a bit distracting with the story's focus switching so often.  However, it works well in this series to give the reader a balanced view of what is happening plus you really get to know the secondary characters.


Melanie's Week in Review - 2 June 2013In between this series I read The Eighth Court by Mike Shevdon. Even though I am reviewing this book soon I urge you to get it.  If you haven't read any of the other books in the Courts of the Feyre series then please, please, please get these on your TBR asap! Its a fantastic series and the final book is no exception.

I feel like I didn't accomplish that much this week on the reading front but prepare yourself for a bumper crop of books in my review next week as I am on holiday. I have a whole week with the 'outlaws' in the south of France so its a guarantee that I will get through a few books. Keep your fingers crossed that my Kindle behaves itself because it has been crashing constantly over the last two days. Very, very annoying.

I hope you have a great week and Happy Reading

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