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Melanie's Week in Review - August 17, 2014

Melanie's Week in Review - August 17, 2014

Well after the embarrassing events of last week (only having finished one book) I stepped it up a bit this week by reading 2 and one short story. The short story was so short its not worth telling you about so I will focus this week's WIR on full length novels. So what did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - August 17, 2014Qwill very kindly pointed out that Engraved, the 5th in the Cherry St Croix series was available on NetGalley. Needless to say I dropped everything else and rushed off to request it. I will be writing a full review of Engraved (Carina Press, 8/11/2014)  so keep your eye out for it. It has already been released so if you are a diehard fan of the series then its available at all good retailers (and perhaps some not so good ones!) - eBook format only. I can't say too much other than I really enjoyed it and, despite all the action, Engraved has some relatively pleasant moments for Cherry who seems to go to hell and back (and then back again) during every book.

Melanie's Week in Review - August 17, 2014Next on my list to read was Blightborn by Chuck Wendig (Skyscape, 7/29/14). This is the 2nd novel in his dystopian YA Heartland Trilogy. Both my husband and I really enjoyed Under The Empyrean Sky. This trilogy is no less harrowing than many of Wendig's other books but he can really write convincingly from a teenager's POV.

Cael is back and still on the run with his friends Rigo and Lane. Cael is determined to rescue his sister Merelda and his girlfriend Gwennie who has found that life as a lottery winner on the flotilla isn't as glamorous as it was made out to be. Chasing Cael are Boyland Jnr, his obligated Wanda, Rigo's father, as well as, a mysterious hobo who is out for revenge. The story is told from several different POVs including those of Cael, Gwennie, Merelda, Cael's friends Rigo and Lane plus a few scenes with the misfit Wanda. This works well as the action occurs both on the flotilla and in the Heartland where Cael and friends have been caught up in a terrorist group called the Sleeping Dogs. Action and different shades of friendship are all mixed together with the folklore, mythology and religion of the Heartland. The Maize Witch is introduced who is the Heartland's version of the bogeyman. She is used to scare young kids into thinking they will be turned into 'the blighted' those poor individuals who are part human and part plant. Is she myth or is she real? Well you will have to read it to find out.

This series is another great example of Wendig's prodigious imagination. In Blightborn we learn more about the engaging characters from book 1 along with some new characters who vacillate between being bad and not so bad or bad and very very bad. You are always kept guessing what will happen next to this plucky group of teenagers who are tied to one another through bonds of love and friendship. This is a great series and even if you aren't a fan of books aimed at younger readers. There is really something in this series for everyone.

Well that is it for me. One more book than last week and hope to keep whittling down my TBR. I wish you all a happy week in reading.

Melanie's Week in Review - September 15, 2013

Melanie's Week in Review  - September 15, 2013

Melanie's Week in Review  - September 15, 2013Hello everyone! I am sure you are thrilled to know that I was much better behaved this week and didn't buy any books on a whim.....I did buy a book but not on a whim. I didn't think I was going to get very much read this week because I was on a course for work and had to study for two exams. This week however, was nearly back to back excellent books. So what did I read?

If you read my WIR last week I read The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke and LOVED IT! I then bought and read the second book of the series The Pirate's Wish which I also loved. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that it was a duology and not a trilogy. I don't know why I was expecting more books but I was. I did have a mini case of the doldrums when I discovered that I wasn't going to be able to read anymore of two characters I had quickly grown to love. On reflection I think that Clarke ended the story perfectly but it was both touching and melancholy in equal measure. I am not sure if these are YA or not but if you like a unique story, engaging characters and a colourful, magical world then you need to read these books.

Melanie's Week in Review  - September 15, 2013I decided to go for something a little more dark and edgy so turned to Karina Cooper and her new installment of the Cherry St Croix series, Corroded. I won't ruin anything for you by saying too much about it as I will be reviewing it soon.  Plus, I am about to explode with the need to discuss this with someone and don't want to blab something by accident. If you haven't read this story then you better get started so you don't read any spoilers.

Melanie's Week in Review  - September 15, 2013Right before my last exam I decided I needed something fast-paced but not too taxing on my poor studied out brain. I discovered Tempt the Stars by Karen Chance on NetGalley and thought this was just the thing I needed. Avert your eyes now if you haven't read the other books as its hard to describe this book without giving a little bit away of the previous books in the series. In book 6, Cassie is on a quest to rescue Pritkin from the incubus hell dimension his father banished him to. In order to get there she goes back in time to get some advice from her former goddess mother. Nothing, ever goes to plan as Cassie finds herself in the fight of her life, over and over again. Nearly every supernatural baddy wants to take down the Pythia and she risks life and limb to save her friends. I quite enjoyed Tempt the Stars as I thought it was more plot than romance in comparison to the other books. I can't believe that 6 books have only spanned 3 months in Cassie's life. I am not sure how she does it as she is almost getting killed every other chapter. So for just three months that is a quite a few near death situations. I also thought that Chance had 'jazzed' up Cassie's dialogue. There were a lot of run on sentences as if 'ChancehadonlyjustdiscoveredTwitterandwastestingouthashtags', alas without the hashtags though. I like Cassie but I think I prefer the Dorina Basarab, Dhampir series a tiny bit better. Cassie seems to be constantly in turmoil about who or what she is. Dorina is much more grounded in comparison. This is a high energy read so don't expect to relax as you will be on the edge of your seat from page 1.

That's it for me. I am looking forward to tucking into a few more books I received in my last Qwill 'care package'. I hope you had an eventful week in reading and until next week Happy Reading.

Melanie's Week in Review - September 1, 2013

Melanie's Week in Review - September 1, 2013

Happy Labor Day weekend! I hope you are getting lots read on your extra long weekend.

I just deleted my almost complete 'week in review' so rather annoyed with myself and trying desperately to remember what I just wrote. I am not sure what combination of buttons I pressed instead of hitting the 'italics' button but it was enough to delete the whole thing and then saved a 'n'. *Please insert frustration tears here*

Melanie's Week in Review - September 1, 2013
BUT anyway...I digress back to books. I finished reading Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer. I am planning to have my review up soon so don't want to give too much away. Another book that I am planning to review is Blood Warrior by Lindsey Piper. It was in my box of goodies that I received from Qwill a couple of weeks ago and decided I needed a quick read book. I read book one of the Dragon Kings series, Caged Warrior back in June which I thought was just OK. As I am hoping to have a review for you soon I don't want to say too much other than I feel the series is improving....slowly but improving nonetheless.

Melanie's Week in Review - September 1, 2013I read, either on Twitter or their blog, that Ilona Andrews were going to remove the Curran POVs from Amazon because of too many complaints about typos. As someone who is a tiny bit obsessed by this series I promptly re-read both of the POVs. I can't figure it out. I read the first one really slowly to try to spot the mistakes and while I thought they weren't quite as polished as the full length books there wasn't that much to complain about. I don't think I am that unobservant but perhaps I have a typo blind spot when it comes to this series. Not wanting to be daunted I then had to read half of Gunmetal Magic. I was supposed to be cleaning my bedroom at the time so thought I deserved a cheeky re-read of this book. I continued my Ilona-Andrews-re-read-athon by reading a short story called Alphas Origins from Angels of Darkness featuring Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook, Sharon Shinn and of course, Ilona Andrews. Every time I read this story I am not sure why more isn't made of it. I think it is another excellent example of how well Andrews can write both science fiction and UF. If you haven't read this short story and like the author then I urge you to give it a go. I dare you not to like it.

Melanie's Week in Review - September 1, 2013
I am not a fan of short stories but I kept on going by reading The Mysterious Case of Mr Strangeway by Karina Cooper. This is a prequel to the Cherry St Croix series and goes back to when Cherry is just fifteen and starting out as a collector. I quite enjoyed it and made me really look forward to reading Corroded which is the next full length book of the series and which I am super lucky to have received from NetGalley. I am very nervous however, about this next book as I was almost depressed at the end of book two, Tarnished.

I also started Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl by David Barnett. It has already captured my attention by being very unusual and not what I was expecting. Fingers crossed I will finish it this week. On that note, I think I better get to it and leave you to enjoy whatever it is you are reading.  Until next week Happy Reading
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