Can’t Wait Wednesday

Can’t Wait Wednesday – Blazing Chief

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

The story that began with The Night and the Land in the small town of Brattleboro, Vermont, then continued with a cross-country roadtrip through hell in The Trail of the Beast, reaches its cataclysmic conclusion in The Blazing Chief, coming October 12 from Back Roads Carnival Books

For untold ages, the refugees from the land of Deschemb have lived secretly beneath the surface of human society. Now modern civilization crumbles as their ancient feud boils to the surface. As chaos and brutality engulf the world, strange alien forces reshape the lands for a new beginning…for whoever survives.
In the frozen Canadian wastes, the United Deschembines take shelter in an abandoned military base, under the leadership of Jesse Karn, Zane Rochester, and Sally Coscan.
In the Louisiana swamps, Rob and Remelea press towards the ruins of New Orleans, for a final confrontation with Talino.
In Brattleboro, Vermont, a long-forgotten doorway opens, to a land beyond living memory, where two lifelong enemies must journey as allies, to save two worlds, or destroy them. 

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Hello and welcome to another #IMWAYR. Autumn officially begins tomorrow but I’m hoping the warm weather lasts a few more days at least. It’s been so pleasant to be able to sit with our French doors open to the garden and enjoy the sunshine.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a wonderful place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be, reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! Everyone is welcome. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn over at The Book Date.

Last Weeks Round Up

I finished the beta books, an arc AND two books that I own, one of which I had promised the author I would read at some point. I stepped down from a few more arc teams and where arc books are optional am (once again) making sure I don’t have too much else on my plate AND that I do really want to read the book. It’s helped me rediscover my enjoyment of reading, not to mention allowed me to start on my TBR list again.

I did have a DNF on Saturday night. It was the first in a trio of books that were released a week apart. I say released, they were re-releases from an author I’ve enjoyed in the past. I’m disappointed that I didn’t enjoy the book and annoyed with myself for having wasted money on the next two books, since I’m unlikely to read them. I left it too long between buying and trying, so I’ve gone past the “return” date for them. Thankfully I’d bought them all at 99p so it isn’t as big a loss as it could have been.

Currently Reading

I actually had a blank space on my google calendar for today and tomorrow. That doesn’t happen very often and left me quite panicky about what to read! I did have a summer TBR and know I failed dismally on reading those book, but in the end it became another millstone, along with too many arc books, dragging me down. So I’ve wiped the slate clean on that list and am going to get this arc book out of the way so that I can enjoy some “me reading”

What I’m aiming to read next.

I may change my mind on these, and that freedom/flexibility is what I need in my reading at the moment.

Have a great week and happy reading x


Friday Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 

Welcome to the weekly book blog hop – is it really Friday already? We’ve been really blessed with some wonderful weather this week, a real indian summer. Though it’s become very noticable how quickly the evenings are drawing in. I feel like I’ve rediscovered my reading mojo this week too, so I’m a very happy bunny!

What draws you in more: the book’s title, the book’s cover, or the summary on the back cover? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

Elizabeth really does come up with some great prompts and, in answer to her question, like all good book worms a great cover does turn my head. That might lead to me reading the summary and deciding from there, however as someone who only reads ebooks, cover has become less and less of a magnet.

The main thing that makes me investigate a book further is the blurb/synopsis, though there are some authors whose book I will buy just on the basis that I love their work so much. Once that description has peaked my interest then I will read reviews and maybe use the “look inside” or free sample options.

The title rarely intrigues me, though it would be a lie to say never. Summary is the most important thing (usually) and occasionally the cover, but always, always, always reviews to back them up!

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Can’t Wait Wednesday

Subversive (Clandestine Magic, #1)
by Colleen Cowley

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

Genre – Alternative History/ Fantasy
Goodreads –

In an America controlled by wizards and 100 years behind on women’s rights, Beatrix Harper counts herself among the resistance—the Women’s League for the Prohibition of Magic. Then Peter Blackwell, the only wizard her town has ever produced, unexpectedly returns home and presses her into service as his assistant.
Beatrix fears he wants to undermine the League. His real purpose is far more dangerous for them both.
Subversive is the first novel in the Clandestine Magic trilogy, set in a warped 21st century that will appeal to fans of gaslamp fantasy.

“What a captivating story! From the very first line, ‘Wizards never came to Ellicott Mills anymore,’ I was intrigued. The characters, the complex and immersive plot, the unique magical world, the great use of symbols, the poignant themes, the references to mythology, the love story – I couldn’t get enough of it … Readers who enjoy fantasy stories with strong female protagonists, magical powers, intriguing political plots, and a great love story will love Subversive.” – One Book More

“A spectacular story of magic, politics, social classes, and the uncompromising need to do what you think is right.” – Bookshelf Adventures

Book Review · Short Story

Review //\\ Primrose’s Punishment

Primrose’s Punishment
by Katie Douglas

Primrose’s Punishment is a very quick read but was great fun. It is the story of a young girl awakening to her submissive needs and her desire for punishment. There is no sex and in many ways the heat level was quite low, but conversely it felt like quite an erotic read.

There’s a nice bit of story to go with the spankings and canings. I rather grew to like Primrose and would have liked the book to be longer just because I was enjoying reading about her so much. It’s a very low priced book and well worth reading.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Genre – Erotic Short Story
Goodreads –

Eighteen-year-old Primrose Falstaff is in big trouble. She took something that wasn’t hers.
When she gets found out, she will be sent straight to the headmaster’s office.
Mr. Bythewood doesn’t tolerate any misbehaviour. He will ensure her thorough punishment. He is an expert at correcting the behaviour of the wayward young ladies in his care.
By the time he is done, all of Primrose’s cheeks will be blushing.

Note: This short read is a Victorian Finishing School fantasy involving caning and naughtiness. If such things are not your cup of tea, please divert to the Nordic walking section of the bookshop promptly.