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Melanie's Week in Review - June 5, 2016


Melanie's Week in Review  - June 5, 2016


Welcome to June. I was hoping for some super scorchio weather this week but alas I had to turn the heating back on and wear a sweater. I guess I shouldn't expect a heatwave considering I live in the UK. I am just hoping it doesn't rain all weekend as I want to try out my new pressure washer. You know you are either getting old or boring when your big exciting purchase is a pressure washer! Anyway I digress.  What did I read?


Melanie's Week in Review  - June 5, 2016
I was having a browse on Amazon and discovered that Eidolon by Grace Draven was available. The last time I checked it wasn't available in the UK and then reading it slipped my mind. This is the second in the Wraith Kings series and continues the story of the unlikely couple  - the beautiful human wife Ildiko and her handsome but not so human husband Brishen. I was rather surprised to discover this was only book 2. So much happened in book 1 Radiance that I had forgotten it was only one book. At the end of Radiance Brishen had been captured and tortured which left him with only one eye and various other scars. He and Ildiko are still very much in love despite their many differences. The story doesn't start with these two mismatched lovebirds but in the home of Brishen's family following his mother unleashing monstrous demons on the castle and surrounding populace. All of Brishen's family are killed in the onslaught....well all apart from a tiny baby, her nurse and 2 palace guards. While they seek shelter Brishen is left thinking he is the only survivor from his family and has to find a way to save his kingdom and the rest of humanity. Little does he realise to do this he needs to raise an army of the undead...and become one himself. Ildiko is left to single handedly keep the Kingdom safe and wait for Brishen to return....if he does at all.

Yet again Draven creates a fast paced, dark but engaging tale full of folklore, action and romance. While the last story had a few subplots (the wedding, Brishen's mother, Brishen getting captured) Eidolon has one main plotline which is about Brishen trying to save his kingdom by becoming a Wraith King. I enjoyed this story I think more than book 1. Brishen had a hard choice to make in this novel and it wasn't just about leaving Ildiko on her own while he goes off to war. I also quite like Ildiko as she can stick up for herself and is self sufficient despite being part of the aristocracy. I also thought it was interesting that Draven is going to continue this series but not with Brishen and Ildiko as the lead characters. Apparently their story has been told and Draven is moving onto 2 of the secondary characters. This is a great way to keep the series fresh and not put this couple through seemingly never ending tumult. I do miss however the lovely illustrations that came with Draven's other novels but Eidolon does have a gorgeous cover to look at instead.


Melanie's Week in Review  - June 5, 2016Book 2 for me was One Second by Dannika Dark. This is the final book of the Seven series and centres again on Lexi and Austin. In this instalment there is a war coming which puts the Weston pack at risk of being wiped out. A pack of rogues are taking over and wiping out packs in neighbouring states and they have set their sights on Texas. While this is unfolding the couple are facing their own challenges when Lexi ends up pregnant. Keeping Lexi and the baby safe is Austin's main priority but so is his pack and both are at risk of being killed at the hands of the invading rogues.

I will admit I almost quit reading this series as the male characters are misogynists with capital 'M'. I think if I had to read 'get your hands off my woman' or don't talk to my woman like that' or use of the word woman to describe ownership I was going to rush out and burn my bra. I thought I would finish the series off as I had already invested enough time and money in it so far. This book was an improvement on some of the others in the series but it was very slow going. Not a lot of the action happens until midway through and then it is pretty non-stop action until the end.


That is it for me for this week. Until next week Happy Reading!





Eidolon
Wraith Kings 2
Balestra Publishing, LLC, April 18, 2016
eBook, 239 pages
Review Copy: Reviewer's Own

Melanie's Week in Review  - June 5, 2016
In a bid for more power, the Shadow Queen of Haradis unleashes a malignant force into the world. Her son Brishen, younger prince of the Kai royal house, suddenly finds himself ruler of a kingdom blighted by a diseased darkness. His human wife Ildiko must decide if she will give up the man she loves in order to save his throne.

Three kingdoms on the verge of war must unite to save each other, and a one-eyed, reluctant king will raise an army of the dead to challenge an army of the damned.

A tale of alliance and sacrifice.





One Second
Seven Series 7
Dannika Dark, April 3, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 392 pages
Review Copy: Reviewer's Own

Melanie's Week in Review  - June 5, 2016
Love. Family. Brotherhood.

Lexi has faced personal struggles, but nothing has prepared her for the most perilous battle of her life. Shifters are on the brink of war as Northerners target Colorado in an attempt to infiltrate the borders. Texas winds up on the hit list, and the Weston pack prepares to fight for their land… and for their lives.

Austin’s courage is put to the test when rogues want to seize his land and slaughter his pack. But that’s not all he’s facing as two shocking revelations turn their lives upside down. His love for Lexi is unwavering, but their future is uncertain.

Will the local packs set aside their differences to fight together, or will this be the end of peace among Shifters? Stand witness to the epic conclusion of the Seven series.

Destiny will find you.

Melanie's Week in Review - August 30, 2015


Melanie's Week in Review - August 30, 2015


Happy Bank Holiday to any readers in the UK. I hope you are having a good one. I am trying to avoid getting too wet as, of course, it is raining. Apologies for not posting a WIR last week but I didn't even finish 1 book *gasp*. I was very lucky to be selected to beta read Michael Sullivan's newest book The Death of Dulgath which is finds us back again in Riyria in the company of two of my favourite heroes - Royce and Hadrian. Needless to say I can't tell you much about it other than its a great read. So what have I been able to read in the last two weeks?


Melanie's Week in Review - August 30, 2015
I started the week with Crossed which is the third and final instalment of the Soul Eaters series by Eliza Crewe. The part demon part Beacon Meda Melange is back and fighting to save the world from certain annihilation from the demons. The Crusaders, who Meda has been living with, fighting for and being friends with are being wiped out as the war escalates. Meda doesn't know where to turn or what to do as friends become enemies and enemies become allies especially when Jo does the unthinkable. Everything looks like it is going to Hell when in fact that is exactly where Meda and her fiends end up. Can they escape, can they save humanity?

I have enjoyed this series especially the first instalment where Crewe uses one of my all time favourite words - hangry (when you are so hungry you are angry). Crewe really ramps up the body count as nearly everyone apart from a Meda and her closest friends die at the hands of the demons. This instalment starts out with some great scenes between Meda and Jo but this soon devolves into more stereotypical, teenage hysteria and melodrama. There few points in the later chapters that I was hoping that a demon would take out Jo just so I didn't have to read anymore of her childish rants. No such luck. I feel that Crewe ruined what could have been a great ending if it hadn't been for Jo. I was just a tad disappointed with the ending but do not regret reading the series.


Melanie's Week in Review - August 30, 2015
Book 2 was Dannika Dark's Two Minutes which is the sixth book in the Seven series. The story is set about 10 years after the end of Three Hours. This time Dark tells the story of Maizy, the young human sister of Lexi and her childhood protector Denver. Maizy comes home after years in boarding school and living in England. She may have grown up but Denver is conflicted over the feelings he has for the beautiful young woman Maizy has become. Maizy still feels safe in the arms of her childhood protector but the more she is with him the more she comes to realise that he is much more than just her protector. Will true love prevail or will Maizy miss out on her fairy tale ending?

I have always found the Seven series nice easy reads that don't tax my brain too much and Two Minutes was no exception. In fact, this instalment was light on the plot as there was one too many coincidences for Maizy and Denver. A lot was made of Maizy being human and why she wasn't a suitable partner for a shifter so when it turns out that she isn't actually human and can turn into any type of shifter this seemed like a bit of a cop out. This really felt like the end of the series but apparently there is another book to go. I don't really know who is left to pair up so will be interested to find out how Dark decides to finish this series.


Melanie's Week in Review - August 30, 2015
The final book I am going to tell you about is One Part Human by Viola Grace which is the first instalment of the Obscure Magic series. I came across it in my Amazon recommendations. Boy did Amazon get that one wrong. I got 60% of the way through and gave up on the story of Benny who is so magically special that she has stayed hidden for most of her life. She hides away as a food blogger until she is made to patrol with the Extranormal Investigation Agency. So despite trying to keep her powers hidden she makes a point of solving every case with her 'special skills' and ends up blabbing her hidden secret by the end of the fourth chapter. Not only was it dull it was also confusing but I was soo bored reading it that I couldn't be bothered trying to figure out what was going on with the lackluster plot.


That is it for me for this week. I wish I had some super great books to tell you about but it seems I have had a rather mediocre week in books. Wish me luck for next week. Until then Happy Reading.

Melanie's Week in Review - April 26, 2015




I was finally quite productive this week both with reading and with writing reviews. I was starting to get worried that I had lost my reading and review writing mojo but its back. So what did I read?

Melanie's Week in Review - April 26, 2015

I started the week with a debut novel that the lovely Qwill sent to me. Revision by Andrea Phillips is the very first novel to be published by Fireside Fiction Company and will be released on May 5th. I will be writing a full review of this book so keep your eye on the blog next week to find out what I thought about it.


I turned to my Amazon recommendations (again...very bad) and found that the next book in the Seven series by Dannika Dark had been released. It wasn't long before Three Hours was on my Kindle. I have mixed views of this series. I liked book 1 Seven Years, thought book 2 Six Months was OK, did not like book 3 Five Weeks and back to another OK review for book 4 Four Days. Part of me wants to continue reading this story just so I can find out if Dark can get her characters to fall in love in a matter of seconds. There are 2 more books in this series. It's going to have to be love at first sight by the time we get to book 7!

Melanie's Week in Review - April 26, 2015
This instalment starts a few years after the end of book 4 with Lexi and Austin still in love, Izzy and Jericho and Ivy and Lorenzo both have young children and Lexi's human sister Maizy is a tweeny. The story is told mainly from Naya's POV. Naya has appeared in most of the novels as she is Lexi's friend and former neighbour. Naya is an exotic dancer and secret panther shifter. Panthers are feared for being too violent so she has kept her shifter identity secret. When young women start to go missing from her strip club Naya approaches the wolf Alpha Austin for help. He assigns the tattooed Wheeler to be her bodyguard. Naya and Wheeler do not get along and the fireworks start when they are forced to spend more time in each others company. Hiding secrets is the theme in Three Hours as Naya isn't the only one who is keeping secrets. Wheeler has almost as many secrets as he has tattoos and Naya is determined to find out each and every one of them. The other sub-plot is the shifter cage fighting and the seedy underworld that Naya and Wheeler find themselves reluctantly involved in.

This book gets another 'OK' for me. Unlike some of the other female characters Naya is a bit more complex and more developed. She is obviously the most noble and well centered stripper in town who helps out her local animal shelter and came to Lexi's aid more than once. I had a hard time imagining what Wheeler was like besides being covered in tattoos. He also kept saying 'preciate ya' and talked about 'his woman' which I found annoying and misogynistic. I can't understand why the female characters in this series are so objectified and are always getting into trouble when not shaking their 'booty'. I was fully expecting the one book of the series that involved a stripper to have the most hot and steamy but it really didn't. Yes, there is a smoking hot sex scene but really only the one. This is quite refreshing as there is more romance in this PNR.


Melanie's Week in Review - April 26, 2015
My final book for this week was a little bit different. The good people at Curiosity Quills Press rescued my copy of I Kissed a Ghoul by Michael McCarty. I had received a copy from NetGalley in a format I couldn't open, I forgot I had it and then when I went back to sort it out the book had been archived. I apologised for not reading it in time and within an hour the publisher was sending me another copy in a different format. Hurrah!

If you are looking for a light hearted read look no further than McCarty's I Kissed a Ghoul. The 'big boned' teenager Tommy has been desperate to lose his virginity and every time he thinks he is going to get lucky he is thwarted by one of the many supernaturals in his small town. This book is a mere 120 something pages of Tommy's desperate attempts to seduce almost every female in town while fighting off vampires, werewolves and cannibals. Tommy doesn't seem to think that any of these supernatural encounters are anything out of the ordinary which makes it all the more amusing. One particularly funny scene occurs when Tommy's parents go on vacation leaving him home alone. He watches Tom Cruise in Risky Business and with the help of his father's credit card decides to re-enact the movie. This had me chuckling all the way through. Tommy isn't especially likeable and does seem to be either incredibly naive or incredibly dim but even so, you can't help but feel a bit sorry for him. He is just an overweight teenager looking for love (or a desperate girlfriend who wants to have a lot of sex). If you are looking for something different, a few laughs and a quick read then this is the book for you.


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

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