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My Week of Reading (6 - 11 August 2018)

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I managed to do two reviews this week; it has been a slightly busy week, but I've tried to get as much reading done as I can.
Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer: Amazon: Amazon Review - Wolfsbane Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Wolfsbane Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Wolfsbane
This is the second book in the 'Nightshade' series, so I don't give a huge amount of detail in these reviews.
The Secret Language of Women by Nina Romano: Amazon: Amazon Review - The Secret Language of Women Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Secret Language of Women Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Secret Language of Women
Monthly Reading Goals: I have now officially done one of July's monthly goals - and the book that was chosen for this; is 'Wolfsbane', which is one of the reviews posted here. This falls into the YA Paranormal category. Which means I can now start my reading goals for August.
Last Word: Alright, there are other little things that I g…

Review - The Secret Language of Women by Nina Romano

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2015 Genre: Historical Fiction; Romance
Blurb: Set in China in the late 1800’s, The Secret Language of Women tells the story of star-crossed lovers, Zhou Bin Lian, a Eurasian healer, and Giacomo Scimenti, an Italian sailor, driven apart by the Boxer Rebellion. When Lian is seventeen years old, she accompanies her Swiss father, Dr. Gianluca Brasolin, fluent in Italian, to tend the Italian ambassador, at the Summer Palace of Empress Dowager, where she meets and falls in love with Giacomo. Through voyage and adventure, their love intensifies, but soon is severed by Lian’s dutiful promise as the wife to another. Forbidden from pursuing her chosen profession as a healer, and despised because she does not have bound feet, she is forced to work in a cloisonnĂ© factory while her in-laws raise her daughter, Ya Chen. It is in Nushu, the women’s secret writing, that she chronicles her life and her hopes for the future. Rebelling against the life forced upon her, she e…

Review - Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2012 Genre: Paranormal; Young Adult; Contemporary
Blurb: When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she's certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer, one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack - and the man - she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.
About the Author: Andrea Cremer is a New York Times and international bestselling author. She spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Manhattan, but at heart she will always be a small-town girl. Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but it took a horse and a broken foot to prompt her to finally write the novel sh…

My Week of Reading (30 July - 4 August 2018)

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I had quite a productive week having done three reviews; having said that, let's jump straight in.
The Housewife Assassin Gets Lucky by Josie Brown and Deborah Coonts: Amazon: Amazon Review - The Housewife Assassin Gets Lucky Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Housewife Assassin Gets Lucky Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Housewife Assassin Gets Lucky
Technology Can Kill You by James William Peercy: Amazon: Amazon Review - Technology Can Kill You Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Technology Can Kill You Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Technology Can Kill You
Accidentally Married by Victorine E. Lieske: Amazon: Amazon Review - Accidentally Married Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Accidentally Married Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Accidentally Married
I will most likely be doing a Booktube video on the last review at some stage - so look out for it.
Monthly Reading Goals: I haven't quite started August's monthly reading go…

Review - The Housewife Assassin Gets Lucky by Josie Brown and Deborah Coonts

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2018 Genre: Chick Lit; Crime
Blurb: When two hot, haute heroines team up to solve a murder, neither can afford to be fashionably late. No one expected to find a dead girl in the Royal Suite at the Babylon’s posh London club. Who would kill her? And why? With little to go on and no friends to rely on, Lucky O’Toole, the Babylon’s Chief Problem Solver, is dispatched to…well, to solve the problem. But she needs to be in Paris. Her fiancĂ©—and, worse, his mother—are counting on her presence at a party in her honor in seventy-two hours, more or less. With a personal-life time-bomb ticking, Lucky hopes for a quick solution. A mystery woman, seen leaving the Royal Suite just before the girl’s body is discovered, attracts Lucky’s attention. She has to be the key… On loan to the CIA, assassin Donna Stone Craig and her crack black-ops team have stepped into a viper’s nest. First, they darn near get out-bid and overwhelmed at an auction to acquire a vintage purse hidi…

Highlights of the Month - July 2018

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Yet again it is that time of the month where I give you the highlights of my reading month. I managed to read 9 books this month.
There are (yet again), more than one book that I really enjoyed this month - so here are my top two favourites for the month:
- Accidentally Married by Victorine E. Lieske
- Technology Can Kill You by James William Peercy
Both of these books got a five star rating from me. 

Monthly Reading Goals:
Alright, so - I at least got started on July's goal, and will most likely finish it in August - so I'm going to be switching things up - here is AUGUST'S reading goals:
Read either:
- A Women's Fiction Novel
- Fiction Novel set in South Africa
Ok, I will definitely be getting the first option done at least - since I've got a couple of those on my TBR list. Since I'm not sure how my reading is going to go in August; I'm unsure yet as to whether I'm going to be able to complete the second one...

Last Word:
So here's to a good …

Review - Technology Can Kill You by James William Peercy

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2017 Genre: Sci-Fi, tiny drop of Dystopian.
Blurb: When an ordinary Universal Space Tech, Galaxy Class, finishes a job for the Farinians in a war-torn sector of space, little does he know he’s a pawn in a much bigger arena. Armed with only his intelligence and his ship’s AI, he must battle the agenda of a foe thought dead, defeat an enemy that does not exist, and save a group of colonists from extinction. But for Ivan, it’s just another tech job in a mad, mad universe. Written in the light of the great space operas, Ivan was inspired by Edmond Hamilton’s Starwolf trilogy. With hyperspace, energy guns, and AI’s, its technology spans the gambit. But don’t take our word for it, find out for yourself!
About the Author: The desire to write first over took me in middle school after reading 'The Red Planet' by Robert A. Heinlein. From that point on, I could not get enough. As the ideas filled my head, I had to find a way to let them out. Whether it is sci…

Review - Accidentally Married by Victorine E. Lieske

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2014 Genre: Chick Lit; Romance
Blurb: Madison Nichols, aspiring actress, is floundering. Her rent is due and she needs a job. Desperately. After getting a tip about an open position, she rushes to Jameson Technologies and meets CEO Jared Jameson. Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding, she is put in the awkward position of pretending to be his girlfriend. Not the job she was applying for. And when she finds out Jared lied to her to get what he wanted, she decides to get back at him. In front of his family. Jared is stunned when Madison announces they are getting married. She pushed her revenge too far. How can he tell them it’s all a lie? And when his sick aunt asks them to be married before she dies, Madison comes up with a hair-brained plan to hire an actor and stage a fake wedding. What they both don’t know is Jared’s father has found out about the fake wedding. And he’s got his own hair-brained plan. This is a sweet romance, appropriate for any age.

My Week of Reading (23 - 28 July 2018)

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It seems like it's been another slightly hectic week for me - but not in terms of reading. I managed to get one review done this week. 
Only the Willing by A D Critchley: Amazon: Amazon Review - Only the Willing Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Only the Willing Genuine Jenn: Genuine Jenn Review - Only the Willing
This book ended up being an ok read. 
Monthly Reading Goals: I have FINALLY started this - though it is unlikely that I will finish the book in July - but at least I got started; which is the point. Didn't think I was going to get to this.
Last Word:
Even though it seems like things might have been slightly quiet on the reading front - there are other books I have picked up (and finished one) in the meantime. I will be doing two reviews next week - so far. I am currently reading 'Technology Can Kill You' by James William Peercy. The other book that I read - I'll be keeping that one a secret until I do the review - I'm also going to end up doing a Bo…

My Week of Reading (16 - 21 July 2018)

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Somehow I managed to do three reviews this week - having said that - let's jump straight into them.
Traitors from Inside Out by MM Justine: Amazon: Amazon Review - Traitors from Inside Out Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Traitors from Inside Out Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Traitors from Inside Out
Jack the Ripper: Live and Uncut by Matt Leyshon: Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Jack the Ripper: Live and Uncut Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Jack the Ripper: Live and Uncut
You'll notice that I don't have an Amazon review for this one - for now the book has been taken off the book selling market; to get more information about this - read my blog review.
The Season of Silver Linings by Christine Nolfi: Amazon: Amazon Review - The Season of Silver Linings Goodreads: Goodreads Review - The Season of Silver Linings Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - The Season of Silver Linings
Monthly Reading Goals:  With it having been a hecti…

Review - Traitors from Inside Out by MM Justine

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2014 Genre: Medical, Science, Crime, Suspense
Blurb: Dr Peter Stromstedt and his wife died in a mysterious car accident. Their daughter, Martina and her brother Sebastian are left with a vast inheritance of a medical company. Martina discovers there are forces working against her. She sets out on a dangerous path to find answers.  She unveils a sinister plot that threatens to exterminate humanity, working in the shadows to replace natural immunity with artificial immunity for economic gains. The evil forces unleash their powers on humanity to exploit, control, manipulate, and intimidate the population into submission to harmful treatment.  Martina stands as a shield for humanity against the evil powers. Time is running out. Martina's life is in danger, but will she stand to save humanity, or will she save her own skin. Her decision must be weighed carefully. The wrong decision will mean the extinction of humanity.
About the Author: MM Justine, is a Swed…

Review - The Season of Silver Linings by Christine Nolfi

My Copy of the Book
Year Published: 2018 Genre: Contemporary; Women's Fiction
Blurb: She can’t change what’s come before. But letting go could bring healing—and the rare love that comes once in a lifetime. When Ohio pastry chef Jada Brooks and her two best friends restored the glorious Wayfair Inn, it was a boon to Sweet Lake—and to their own lives. Now Linnie and Cat are focused on private matters: one engaged, the other swept up in newlywed bliss. Jada has also begun looking to the future by dating widower Philip Kettering and forging a sudden, sweet bond with his six-year-old daughter. But the past isn’t finished with Jada. When a curious guest checks into the Wayfair, her delving questions stir Jada’s guilt about the heartbreaking events that scarred the town seven years ago. The risks Jada must take by revealing the truth will test every assumption she’s made about the meaning of family and the magic of enduring love.
About the Author: Award-winning author Christine Nolfi provides re…

Review - Jack the Ripper: Live and Uncut by Matt Leyshon

Book Cover
Year Published: 2017 Genre: Thriller; Suspense; Crime
Blurb: When you want to solve the greatest cold case of all time, you don't find the witness, you become the witness... Investigative Reporter Carl Axford is offered the story of a lifetime. When recruited by Limbo, (a covert group that uses unique technology to solve cold cases), Axford is presented the chance to crack the greatest cold case in existence. Catch Jack The Ripper! The opportunity of a front row seat to the Jack The Ripper murders seems too good to be true. What will Axford discover in 1888? Will he be able to identify history’s greatest criminal and bring him to justice? Or does Victorian Whitechapel hold further secrets that influence events of the past as well as the present? Jack The Ripper may not be the only mystery Axford has to solve.
About the Author: I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, before moving to the USA and have been here for the last 14 years. I am a humble Solutions Architect for a …

My Week of Reading (9 - 14 July 2018)

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This week has been slightly more hectic than I anticipated, so I only managed to do review this week.
Single and Looking: Daisy by Belinda Austin: Goodreads: Goodreads Review - Single and Looking Here is my blog review of the book: Blog Review - Single and Looking
Since I received a Digital ARC of the book - I'll only be posting an Amazon review closer to the release date, and I definitely have to say this again - if you enjoy reading humorous chick lit - be sure to pick this book up - I really enjoyed it! 
Monthly Reading Goals: I unfortunately haven't gotten to this yet - though I do seem to be more or less on par with reading, so I'm hoping to maybe get to this within the next week or so. 
Last Word: At the moment, I'm busy reading 'The Season of Silver Linings' by Christine Nolfi. I've read a book by this author before, and it's nice to be reading a book by her again. I'm most likely going to be doing two reviews this week - I was hoping …

Review - Single and Looking: Daisy by Belinda Austin

My Copy of the Book
Date of Release: 24 August 2018 Genre: Chick Lit; Humorous
Blurb: DAISY SETS OUT TO FIND PRINCE CHARMING WITH HER TALKING, HARD-DRINKING CAT. Daisy will turn 40 in eleven months and has never married. Her family figures Daisy is a loser because she is still in college trying to avoid paying off her student loans which have amassed over 22 years of a miseducation. And all Daisy has is a cat to keep her company. To make the crises worse, her cat begins giving Daisy dating advice, when she is sober! She never knew the cat was British though Daisy did name him Shakespeare. The mess of Daisy's life is even kookier because the cat is cursing and smoking now like a Downton-Abbey criminal, quoting William Shakespeare, and drinking more alcoholic beverages. Mm, there must be a connection to all this flowing alcohol, which may explain the bubbly in Daisy's brain. Her sisters and mother insist on setting Daisy up on six blind dates and all the men are named after liquor. In…