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Sunday Post #16

Posted 21st January 2018 by Wattle in Whimsical Nature / 14 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. Itโ€™s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Well this week was…a ride. It was one of those that felt really long, but also felt really short. Weird.

Dad had a fall on Friday, on his way to meet me for lunch (cue guilty feelings). He called me to pick him up and take him home, I thought he was sick until I saw the state of his hands (he’d also hit his head, but wouldn’t let me take him to the hospital). He was in shock, seems okay now though. I don’t dig this reality check, I’m not a fan of my parents getting older ๐Ÿ™

CURRENTLY READING
(All book covers in this post will take you to their respective Goodreads pages).

I have so many feelings about this series (not all of them are positive ๐Ÿ˜† ) I’ve just requested the last 5 books from one of my local libraries (the person who is just ahead of me with the ebooks is a slow reader, and I’m impatient, so physical books it is!) My super local library is closed from the end of next week until March, so I’ve asked to pick them up at another one not too far away. I’ve driven past it many, many times; but have no idea how to get in there. So that’ll be fun haha

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #15
Top 5 Wednesday #3

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

*shrugs*

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Bought:
None! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Borrowed:

For Review:
None!

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Top 5 Wednesday #3

Posted 17th January 2018 by Wattle in Whimsical Nature / 16 Comments

Haven’t quite got around to writing any reviews this week, oops! So Top 5 Wednesday to the rescue!

This week the topic is: Forgettable Books

Whether you loved or hated them at the time, these are books that you just don’t really remember…

1. Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafรฉ by Rebecca Raisin
I read this, rated it 2 stars. And remember nothing at all about it at all.

2. The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
I love the Veronica Mars tv series, and pledged to the kickstarter for the movie as soon as they opened it to international folk. So when books were announced I was intrigued! Upon reading this I apparently liked it (4 stars), I even reviewed it! But again…the content escapes me. Oh well, will just have to re-read it before I read the second one ๐Ÿ™‚

3. Hope In Every Raindrop by Wesley Banks
This one I’m pretty sure I did as part of a blog tour. Unlike the last two, I remember bits and pieces; but not enough to get any real idea of what it was about.

4. Pawn by Aimee Carter
Read it, 5 stars! Remember…absolutely nothing lol I was going to continue the series, and then I decided not to (I get the feeling my initial reaction was an overreaction) *shrugs*

5. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
The 11th of the Sookie Stackhouse series. Probably a good thing I remember nothing, I gave it 1 star ๐Ÿ˜†

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Sunday Post #15

Posted 14th January 2018 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 39 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. Itโ€™s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

This week hasn’t been very exciting. I’ve gone to work, come home, read books. We did find a restaurant at lunchtime on Friday that has 7 types of chicken parmigiana, that was a bit of a thrill ๐Ÿ˜†

CURRENTLY READING
(All book covers in this post will take you to their respective Goodreads pages).

I’ve removed Origin and A Caribbean Mystery from my current reads, just because I know I won’t even look at them until I get through The Morganville Vampires series…or get sick of it, whatever comes first! I’ve read a couple of them this week, and just keep going; I’m blaming the cliffhangers at the end of each book – which are driving me crazy. Someone at the library (I found the rest of the books!) is a few books ahead of me, I’m hoping I don’t catch up before they’re done!

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #14
Book Review: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

Who knows? I do plan to draft some reviews this week though.

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Bought:

Borrowed:

For Review:

I had a goal to not request any books for review this year, but I’ve already failed ๐Ÿ˜† I just couldn’t resist this m/m romance (I’ve not read the rest in the series, hopefully that doesn’t matter).

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Book Review #18: Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Posted 11th January 2018 by Wattle in Books, Reviews / 10 Comments

Book Review #18: Slave to Sensation by Nalini SinghSlave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #1
Published by Gollancz on March 10th 2010 (first published September 1st 2006)
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 356
Format: E-Book
Source: Owned
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars
Heat Level: 3 Flames

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of 'rehabilitation' - the complete psychic erasure of her personality . . .

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a Changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy co-existence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murder of several Changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion - and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities - or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation . . .

Yes. It took me forever to start this series. Let us ignore the fact that I’m yet to continue it (I’m going to!)

Not gonna lie. I enjoy reading about alpha males for the most part. Unf. Lucas. A couple of things happened where I thought ‘that could be problematic if taken out of context…or if I read too far between the lines’. But fiction is good for figuring out what makes one uncomfortable (does this make sense?) I was fine with Lucas’s dominant attitude on the page, but wouldn’t dig it in real life.

So. Lucas is our alpha shifter. Sascha is a Psy with a secret. She’s broken, and has to fight to keep it together so as not to reveal herself – it would have dire consequences which would cost her life. I loved these two together. Sascha exploring new things and what it was like to feel; I really connected with her. Lucas was charming, so sure of himself; though he also has secrets.

The secondary characters were great as well. I guess I’ll be able to learn more about them as I continue reading!

I was quite fascinated with the Psy and changeling worlds to be honest. There’s a familiarity of course (there’s also humans in this world), but it had some really interesting elements, like PsyNet and the links between people.

Slave to Sensation had an interesting premise that intrigued me. I’m not a huge fan of romance, but I think paranormal romance might be my thing (or is this Urban Fantasy? Teach me the difference lol). Nalini Singh has a way with words that sucks you right in to the story, I’m so glad I finally came to the party and read this!

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Overall: 4.1

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Sunday Post #14

Posted 7th January 2018 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 29 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. Itโ€™s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I am becoming a bit obsessed with The Morganville Vampires Series. I’m only on book 3, and my library only has the first 4 books (why do they do that?) so soon I’ll have to start buying them I suppose. There’ll be a bit of a break from it coming up though, I have a review book I need to read. Never mind, it’s not due until March. Score!

CURRENTLY READING
(All book covers in this post will take you to their respective Goodreads pages).

I must admit, I’ve not actually picked up Origin or A Caribbean Mystery at all over the past week, oops!

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #13
2018 Bookish & Not So Bookish Resolutions
Book Review: Fright Court by Mindy Klasky

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

I haven’t decided yet, but I really do need to write more reviews; don’t I?

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Bought:

Borrowed:

For Review:
None!

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Book Review #17: Fright Court by Mindy Klasky

Posted 4th January 2018 by Wattle in Books, Reviews / 10 Comments

Oh my gosh, after more than a month I am posting a review. Whaaaat?! I feel very rusty though, sorry if this seems stuttery (it sure felt that way writing it).

Book Review #17: Fright Court by Mindy KlaskyFright Court by Mindy Klasky
Series: Fright Court #1
Published by Res Ipsa Press on March 22nd 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Format: E-Book
Source: Owned
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: four-half-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Sarah Anderson has found her dream job: Clerk of Court for the District of Columbia Night Court. Dream job, that is, until sheโ€™s attacked in the open courtroom by a vampire defendant. And until sheโ€™s forced to take self-defense lessons from her boss, the enigmatic vampire James Morton. And until she learns that she canโ€™t share the truth about any of that with her best friend, Allison Ward โ€“ even over delectable cupcakes from the Cake Walk bakery.

Soon, Sarah is surrounded by vampires, griffins, and sprites โ€“ all members of a secret supernatural court. And when a deceptively easy-going reporter starts to ask questions, Sarah wonders just what answers she is supposed to giveโ€ฆ.

Fright Court is a reader-supported, serialized novel about lawyers, vampires, and cupcakes.

My new fave! Sign me up for this ride! I need to read more of the series ASAP – and then I discovered there’s only one more book, written 6 years after the first. Am I allowed to be worried?!

Fright Court is apparently set within another fictional world created by Klasky in the Jane Madison Series (which I’ve not read, but I’m going to!) You definitely don’t have to have read one to get the other.

In Fright Court, Sarah has landed a new job as a clerk for the night court. But what she doesn’t know is that as well as the regular court proceedings, there’s also supernatural trials. Vampires? Check. Fae? Definitely.

Sarah manages to get dragged into vampire politics (of course). There’s a reporter sniffing around who wants to do a story on the Night Court, which James agrees to, as it might give them leverage against those that think the court being open at night is a waste of time.

There is a twist (that I will not reveal, because spoilers) and I thought it added a great element to the story. I am so curious about where it goes next!

I really enjoyed Sarah, and her boss, James. What I assume are the beginnings of a love triangle develop – however, as much as a loathe those, I can work with this.

The writing and pacing were great. Sarah has human drama as much as supernatural, and I liked how her worlds clashed. As much as I enjoyed this, it did feel a little incomplete (or maybe I’m projecting, because I just wanted more!) It was a very amusing read – I caught myself laughing out loud more than once.

Definitely recommend if you’re a fan of light-hearted paranormal/fantasy reads.

Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-half-stars
Cover
four-stars
Overall: 4.4

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2018 Bookish & Not So Bookish Resolutions

Posted 1st January 2018 by Wattle in Books, Whimsical Nature / 28 Comments

Part of me cannot believe that it’s already 2018, and part of me can. It’s so weird. 2017 seemed to fly on by. I hope 2018 is a great year for all of us!

I thought I’d split my resolutions into two categories, bookish and real life ones; since I actually have both this year!

MY BOOKISH RESOLUTIONS

1. Blog at least twice a week (knowing me, this may be ambitious).
2. Keep track of books read and money spent – I plan to bring back my monthly overview (which I only managed to do in January last year ๐Ÿ˜† )
3. Read 50 books this year.
4. Change my website layout.
5. Read more diverse books.
6. Buy less, borrow more.
7. Read some of the dozens of comic books I own.
9. Do another purge (gain shelf space!)
10. Read one classic.

MY NON-BOOKISH RESOLUTIONS
1. Do yoga! I have a 21 day yoga habit challenge I want to complete and the Perfect Body Yoga Program (both are by Bad Yogi).
2. Keep going to Roller Derby. I seem to get to a certain point and then stop. I don’t necessarily want to graduate to the next level, but I would like to get some consistency and improvement going.
3. Pass my classes.
4. Keep my mental health. Last year wasn’t amazing, but I feel like I’m in a better place now and would like to stay that way.
5. De-clutter. This is a big ask. I have an entire wardrobe full of crap. But it needs to be done. Bit by bit, I can do this!
6. Do more crafts. I have heaps of wool, and plenty of cross stitch patterns floating around. It’s about time I did something with them.
7. Drink more water – water is SO BORING but really, that’s no excuse.
8. Cut back on sugar. I’ve gone from 2 to coffee to 1, surely I can at least halve that again.

Not a resolution, but I’m also going to give Bullet Journaling a go. I think it will be useful for my classes and maybe even blogging!

And something else I’m considering is if my study would make a better library/yoga room. I’m debating getting rid of my desk and replacing it with (more) bookshelves. I don’t use the desk for studying (that’s what the dining table is for) – I just, you know…put stuff on it, and my desk chair is where my jackets live ๐Ÿ˜ hmmmm.

We shall see what 2018 brings.

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Sunday Post #13

Posted 31st December 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 26 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. Itโ€™s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve done one of these, that is my excuse for the amount of books that appear ๐Ÿ˜† I’ve not been around much due to internet issues, I have mobile broadband for emergencies but it’s not cheap so I’m trying to keep my usage low ๐Ÿ™ meh.

CURRENTLY READING
(All book covers in this post will take you to their respective Goodreads pages).

I don’t usually read so many books at once, but Origin is a giant hardcover and I don’t like lugging them around. A Caribbean Mystery I’ve actually been reading forever but decided to finally hopefully finish it, and The Dead Girls’ Dance is on my Kobo for easy travel (um…I kind of ignored all my other books in favour of reading the first one, but that’s beside the point).

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #12
Giveaway: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Top 5 Wednesday #2

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

I shall be posting my resolutions either tomorrow or Tuesday. Not sure about anything else at this point.

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Bought:
Most of these were holiday sales or freebies ๐Ÿ™‚

Borrowed:

For Review:

None!

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Top 5 Wednesday #2

Posted 27th December 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 18 Comments

I will, one of these days, post an actual book review. But alas, Top 5 Wednesday it is!

This week the topic is: 2018 Wishlist

Looking forward into the new year, this is a list of the types of books you’d like to see more of in 2018! Try to avoid actual titles, and discuss themes, genres, or tropes you’d like to see more of in the new year!

1. Platonic relationships
I feel like I’m in a minority with this one, but I really do prefer a good platonic friendship in my novels over romance. Whether it’s between people of the same or opposite sexes, or whatever a character identifies as; I don’t care. Healthy friendships are where it’s at!

2. Cozies with a twist
Cozy mysteries are some of my favourite novels to settle down with, have a cup of coffee and something sweet, and read for entertainment value alone. But they are all just SO predictable and follow the same formula; which isn’t always a bad thing, but sometimes I just want more. More mystery, more suspense, less ‘oh it’s this dude’, more surprises, less stupid decisions by the main character *cough*, more meaning.

3. Characters with flaws
Sometimes when I want a serious read, I want characters that are more like me (I know I am super unique and all but a girl can dream ๐Ÿ˜› ) characters that are struggling (with something in particular, or mental health issues), that are existing, that push through and go great for a while and then fall back into old habits. Someone relatable that isn’t perfect all the time. Flaws, irrational fears and dislikes.

4. Textbooks that aren’t dry
Uni is starting up in a couple of months, and I’m planning to buy my textbooks a bit beforehand. But for once, I’d like a text that doesn’t send me to sleep. Is it too much to ask for? I usually have to read these things cover to cover (or if not that, a vast bulk of it) and I have such a hard time doing so because they’re just so bloody boring. And if there’s one thing I learned this year; it’s you can’t wing it!

5. Diversity
This is probably entirely my own fault, but I seem to read a lot of white books. Sure, there’s diverse background characters in some series, but it’s not really the same as having them at the centre of your attention, is it? I’m not sure if it’s just the genres I read, or what I’ve been into lately (urban fantasy, YA fantasy – oh yes, back on that bandwagon, cozies, etc), but…so white. Feel free to rec me things in the comments! I did have a list somewhere of diverse reads, but it’s mainly YA.

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Giveaway: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Posted 26th December 2017 by Wattle in Giveaway / 4 Comments

I received a book subscription just before Christmas, but it’s a book I already own! I couldn’t be bothered going through the process of returning and getting a new book so I thought I’d give it away instead!

To enter to win a copy of The Hating Game please enter below! Open internationally until 27/01/2018 (really 26/01/2018 if you’re outside of Australia).

Picture for proof:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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