Laurell K. Hamilton London signing

As you may know if you follow me on Twitter, on the 7th of August I travelled down to London to the Laurell K. Hamilton signing at the Forbidden Planet megastore. I had a really great time, and if you’d like to see what I did you can watch the video below. If you don’t want to watch the video, you can scroll past to see my signed books and the two books I picked up whilst I was in London.

The books I got signed.

The two books I picked up from the Forbidden Planet megastore. I’m really excited to read both.

And finally, just to amuse…

This is what I had my camera balanced on so I could film.

Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab (UK edition)

Title: A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, 1)
Author: V. E. Schwab
Genre: Alternate Universes, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Titan Books (27 February 2015)
Blurb:

Kell is one of the last travellers – magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city. There’s Grey London, without magic and ruled by the mad King George III. Red London – where magic is revered, and where Kell was raised alongside the heir to the empire. White London – where people fight to control the remaining magic and magic fights back. And once there was Black London . . .

Officially Kell is the Red traveller, carrying letters between the monarchs of each London. Unofficially he is a smuggler, a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences. His escape to Grey London leads to a run-in with Delilah, a cutpurse with lofty aspirations, who forces Kell to take her on a proper adventure. But perilous magic is afoot, and an adventure becomes a mission to save all the worlds.

Rating: **** (4 stars)
Review:

A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC is the first book in a new series by V. E. Schwab. It follows the stories of Kell, a magician who is powerful enough to travel between worlds, and Delilah, a thief who wants to see the world. Kell is delivering a letter from his home court when he is forced to flee to Grey London where his path crosses that of Delilah.

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Review: Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh (UK edition)

Title: Shards of Hope (A Psy-Changeling Novel, 14)
Author: Nalini Singh
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Gollancz (4th June 2015)
Blurb:

The smoldering heat, epic romance, and awesome action of Nalini Singh’s New York Times bestselling series continues as two Arrows find themselves caught in a chilling conspiracy that spans all three races . . .

Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn’t welcome outsiders.

And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, an enemy that cannot be permitted to succeed in its deadly campaign. Aden will cross any line to keep his people safe for this new future, where even an assassin might have hope of a life beyond blood and death and pain. Zaira has no such hope. She knows she’s too damaged to return from the abyss. Her driving goal is to protect Aden, protect the only person who has ever come back for her no matter what.

This time, even Aden’s passionate determination may not be enough – because the emotionless chill of Silence existed for a reason. For the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken . . . like Zaira.

Rating: *** (3 stars)
Review:

SHARDS OF HOPE is the fourteenth addition to the Psy-Changeling novel series by Nalini Singh. This time Singh tells the story of Aden – the head of the Arrow squad – and Zaira, a fellow Arrow. They start the story having been kidnapped by a mysterious organisation, and must escape from the remote facility. Zaira will not let Aden die, because she believes he will be important for the future of the Arrow squad in a post-Silence world.

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Bout of Books 14 – Keeping Track

Yesterday marked the start of Bout of Books 14, and whilst I am a little late (and by that I mean a whole awful lot) in doing this I thought I’d better get started – or risk losing the window. First off I am going to start by listing my goals for this bout of books, and below that I will be keeping track of my progress as the week progresses.

I’m really happy to have the time to participate in another Bout of Books, and I’m excited to begin.

For this bout of books my goals are:

  • To read 100 pages a day
  • To finish reading THE IRON GHOST
  • To take part in 1 chat
  • To attempt 1 challenge

How I’m doing this week:

Day 1: 17/08

Number of Books Read: –
Number of Pages Read: –
Book Currently in Progress: –
Things I participated in: –

Day 2: 18/08

Number of Books Read: 0
Number of Pages Read: 183
Book Currently in Progress:The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams
Things I participated in: –

Day 3: 19/08

Number of Books Read: 0
Number of Pages Read Today: 113
Number of Pages Read Total: 296
Book Currently in Progress: The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams
Things I participated in: –

Day 4: 20/08

Number of Books Read: 1
Number of Pages Read Today: 226
Number of Pages Read Total: 522
Book Currently in Progress: None
Things I participated in: –

Day 5: 21/08

Number of Books Read: 1
Number of Pages Read Today: 0
Number of Pages Read Total: 522
Book Currently in Progress: None
Things I participated in: –

Day 6: 22/08

Number of Books Read: 1
Number of Pages Read Today: 0
Number of Pages Read Total: 522
Book Currently in Progress: None
Things I participated in: –

Day 7: 23/08

Number of Books Read: 1
Number of Pages Read Today: 0
Number of Pages Read Total: 522
Book Currently in Progress: None
Things I participated in: –

Summary of Bout of Books 14: Although I failed nearly all my goals – the only one I did complete was to finish The Iron Ghost – I really enjoyed myself. Hopefully the mostly good reading vibes will continue.

Bout of Books 14 sign-up

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

This is a little late, but…
As you may know, I’ve been struggling with just sitting down and reading on and off through 2015. I’ve really enjoyed taking part in some of the previous Bout of Books, so I thought I’d take a chance and sign up for this one.

And just a FYI, if you haven’t signed up already and think you might want to there’s still time – sign-ups close on Tuesday 18th August at 11.59pm CST.

Review: Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton

Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton (UK edition)

Title: Dead Ice (An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Novel, #24)
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Genre: Erotica, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Headlines (4th June 2015)
Blurb:

MY NAME IS ANITA BLAKE AND I HAVE THE HIGHEST KILL COUNT OF ANY VAMPIRE EXECUTIONER IN THE COUNTRY.

I’m a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since master vampire Jean-Claude and I went public with out engagement, all I am to anyone and everyone is Jean-Claude’s fiancée.

It’s wreaking havoc with my reputation as a hard ass – to some extent. Luckily, in professional circles, I’m still the go-to expert for zombie issues. And right now, the FBI is having one hell of a zombie issue.

Someone is producing zombie porn. I’ve seen my share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn’t bother me. But the women being victimised aren’t just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signalling voodoo of the blackest kind.

It’s the sort of case that can leave a mark on a person. And my own soul may not survive unscathed . . .

Rating: **** (4 stars)
Review:

DEAD ICE is the twenty-fourth instalment of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels. Anita is dealing with the chauvinistic attitudes of those around her, since her engagement to Jean-Claude. This book also has Anita trying to track down someone who is raising zombies for porn, as well as the return of characters we haven’t seen on the page in a while.

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Review: Lover Revealed by J. R. Ward

Cover of the fourth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward

Lover Revealed by J. R. Ward

 Title: Lover Revealed (The Black Dagger Brotherhood, 4)
Author: J. R. Ward
Genre: Erotica, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Piatkus (3rd February 2011)
Blurb:

In the Shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Now, an ally of the BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD will face the challenge of his life and the evil of the ages.

Butch O’Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard living ex-homicide cop, he’s the only human ever allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world – to engage in the turf war with the lessers.

Fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, found by a miracle, the Brotherhood calls on the beautiful vampire Marissa to bring him back, though even her love may not be enough to save him . . .

Rating: *** (3 stars)
Review:

LOVER REVEALED by J. R. Ward is the fourth book in her brilliant Black Dagger Brotherhood series. This book tells the story of Butch, the only human to fit in with the Brotherhood and know their secret, and Marissa, the former shellan of the king of the vampire race.

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