Sunday Post #24- Addicted to colouring

The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post was created by Caffeniated Book Reviewer this is a post where we recap on the going on's on the blog the week previous and the week coming up as well as the awesome books we have received, bought or been gifted for review.

Hope everyone had a great week. I was off work all week and just spent it relaxing, reading, shopping and colouring in. Yea you heard right colouring in!

On the blog the week of the 24th August:

Blog Tour: Blue Spirit by E.Chris Garrison #Interview
Top Ten Books That Would Be On my Syllabus If I Taught PNR 101
Blog Tour: Capture by Rachel Van Dyken #Review
Blog Tour: Seduce (Succubus Kiss #1) by Jennifer Snyder #Review & #Giveaway

My current obsession's

When I was a kid I loves colouring in so I decided to get myself an "adult" colouring book and I am loving it. The pages are so beautiful.



TV Show

While I was off I decided to catch up on some TV shows I have been meaning to watch. And one show I watched was Empire. I watched the entire season and loved it. I absolutely love Jussie Smolletts voice, he is an incredible singing. Below is some of my favourite songs from the show.



Good enough feat Jussie Smollett


No Apologies feat Jussie Smollet & Yazz

Music

Apart from the music from empire , I am loving .....



One direction- Drag me down


Charlie Puth feat. Meghan Trainor- Marvin Gaye



Stephanie Rainey- Please don't go (This song is so beautiful and the video made me cry) 

Books 

Received for review


Under his skin by Stacey O Neale (e-ARC VIA Entangled publishing) releases September 21st) Hello Goodbye and everything in between (paperback VIA Headline releases next week.). I am so excited for Hello Goodbye and everything in between I have started it already and its so good. Under his skin sounds like a great adult PNR.


I brought this one and am so excited for it. It's a contemporary romance of chance and first love.

How has your week been? What books did you get? Leave me a comment below.

Blog Tour: Seduce (Succubus Kiss #1) by Jennifer Snyder #Review & #Giveaway



Seduce by Jennifer Snyder 
(Succubus Kiss, #1) 
Publication date: February 24th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Received e book for honest review
Rating✪✪✪
Synopsis:

Life isn’t so bad for succubus, Kenna Blake. True, she seems to be the only succubus with a conscience and a specific strategy for finding her male meals, but she has a cute new apartment, a budding graphic design business, and the most unique friends she’s ever had.

Her personal love life, however, is non-existent.


Until the legendary vampire Randal Vincent sweeps into her life. Even  though he isn’t someone she set out to date, at least she can kiss him  without killing him. But when you’re dating someone who’s the inspiration for Dracula, there are bound to be a few hiccups along the  way…

Review

Seduce is the first book in Jennifer Synder's , New Adult PNR series, Succubus Kiss. It was a fun, entertaining read which I really enjoyed.

I love a good PNR and this is my first New Adult one and I have to say I enjoyed it. So much so that I went in search of the next book straight away , like as soon as I finished it and there's a reason for that which I will explain later.

In seduce we have a whole load of paranormal. We have our lead Kenna who's a Succubus however one with a conscience. She chooses her victims carefully. There's Sage her side kick vampire friend. We have Jack Dexter a werewolf who I really liked and then we have Mr sexy ancient vampire Randal who is swoon worthy. We also have a whole load of other creatures that Kenna can identity by their auras.

So we have a whole host of great characters and an interesting and intriguing storyline of a young succubus woman with a conscience who of course finds it hard to have relationships with humans, her only options left is the paranormal. Kenna is a strong character but she did come all over damsel when Randal came into the picture which did annoy me a bit but overall she was a great lead.

Reason for needing the next book...

Some crazy stuff went down near the end and it was getting so exciting and then the book just stopped. I thought some of the pages where missing. We all love a cliffhanger, but this wasn't a cliff hanger it just stopped which really annoyed me.

Other than the abrupt ending, Seduce was a good start in a series that I know I want to finish. The characters where engaging and interesting and they really lead the story. I just hope the next book doesn't end as abruptly.


AUTHOR BIO:


Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing new adult and young adult fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.


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Blog Tour: Capture by Rachel Van Dyken #Review


Book: Capture
Series: Seaside pictures #1
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Received e- ARC for review
Rating: ✪✪✪ .5 


Blurb

Losing your ability to speak at the age of seventeen; it’s not normal or fair. 
But trauma, has a way of throwing normality out the window. 

Dani lives anything but a normal life.  Her sister is married to one of the biggest names in Hollywood.  Her best friends are rockstar duo AD2. And she has more love around her than most people experience in a lifetime. But that doesn't change the fact their parents are dead. Or that it's her fault. It seems her new normal is being a mute, living on the inside, unable to actually communicate on the outside.  That is until Hollywood’s newest heartthrob Lincoln Greene hires her as his assistant for the summer.  He's gorgeous, completely unavailable, and unobtainable. But that doesn't stop her from wondering...if things were different...would he want her?
If she was whole, would he be the other half? 


Review

Capture by Rachel Van Dyken is an engrossing NA Contemporary read which can be read in one sitting.

Straight away I was intrigued by Dani our lead protagonist,  I wanted to know why she couldn't speak , I wanted to know her story. She was a character I instantly connected with and cheered on her  journey. Lincoln the love interest was a great guy. He didn't get on like he was your typical young Hollywood guy. He was sweet, caring, had morals and was just and altogether lovely guy.

The supporting characters where fun especially Zane who I predict his story will be told in the new book. Some of the characters within the book are from Rachel's other seaside series, and as this series is a spin off, of the previous series at times I did feel like I was missing out having not read their stories previously. But I only felt this a little bit and was still able to enjoy Dani and Lincoln's journey.

The story was fast paced and had me turning the pages,  however I would have liked a little more depth with Dani and her being mute ,it seemed to move too fast and at times be looked over a little but this is maybe me being too picky.

Overall I found it hard to rate this book as I did really enjoy it however there just was something missing for me to give it any higher than 3.5*. However I will continue with this series and if your looking for a fast read with a sweet romance, with fun characters you should pick up Capture.


ABOUT RACHEL VAN DYKEN:



Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. 

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers! 

Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866! 



Top Ten Books That Would Be On my Syllabus If I Taught PNR 101

Top Ten Tuesday is an original/weekly meme hosted by The broke and the bookish.



Top Ten Books That Would Be On my Syllabus If I Taught PNR 101 



Paranormal romance is a subgenre of both romantic fiction and speculative fiction. Paranormal romance focuses on romantic love and includes elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, blending together themes from the speculative fiction genres of fantasyscience fiction, and horrorSource




First up for term one would be Twilight, a staple of any YA PNR syllabus, it is the book that many have quoted as the book that got them into the PNR genre. The writing isn't fantastic but the story is one that draws people in. The second book would be another vampire book, Vampire Academy, this time written a lot better than Twilight but still with action and romance that will draw the reader in.



To continue the theme of Vampire's (don't worry I have non vampire books ahead) we have Glass Houses, this is another kick ass vampire book. We then have Shade a ghost story with romance galore and a hot Scottish guy! *swoon*



We have had vampires and ghosts so why not some Angels. Angel by L.A. Weatherly has a original, unique mythology and a hot romance to boot. Seriously I love this series.  We then have Beautiful Dead which is a fantastic story about a girl who she's ghosts who have unfinished business. One ghost being her recently read boyfriend. It is incredible it's a series I forgot I had read and loved.



Touch of Death adds a little mythology to the mix and Awakened adds some more mythology and angels.



The two books aren't YA but they have to get mentioned in a post of PNR reads. These are my two favourite series of all time. I always talk about them and they are the Sookie Stackhouse Series and the All Souls Trilogy. Guys you need to get on these books!!

Have you read any of these books? Would you add any to my list? Leave me a comment below







Blog Tour: Blue Spirit by E.Chris Garrison #Interview



Q & A with E. Chris Garrison


Tell us about yourself and your writing career?



Hello! I'm E. Chris Garrison, I'm an indie author from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. I write speculative fiction of many sorts. Blue Spirit is in good company with my other urban / paranormal fantasy books (The Road Ghosts Trilogy), as I enjoy bringing fantastic elements into our world. I also write science fiction (Reality Check) and steampunk (Trans-Continental: Girl in the Gears). My short stories range even further from weird tales to suspenseful horror. I've always been a writer, ever since my first story, “The Bionic Turkey”, got published in my elementary school newsletter in the '70s, but I strayed away from that love sometime in college; I became a problem-solving computer systems engineer, but it beat a lot of creativity out of me, and my creative writing expressed itself mostly in the form of creating tabletop roleplaying game adventures and characters I played online. I resumed writing in the early days of blogging, on LiveJournal, and with the far-too-early death of my writerly uncle, I picked up the metaphorical pen again and wrote my first novel in 2007 (Four 'til Late). Rather than just checking off a bucket list item, that book re-awoke my lifelong passion for fiction writing, and  now I've got the 6 books I mentioned out, with a work in progress and at least a couple more planned for the next year.

Tell us a little about the creation of Blue Spirit?


It was kind of an accident. I was writing book 2 of the Road Ghosts Trilogy, Sinking Down, in a brewpub, using my Alphasmart Neo word processor. Admittedly, it does look a bit like a toy, and people sometimes ask me about it as I'm trying to write. I'd taken the day off, and this tall girl, who introduced herself as Skye, sat down with me to ask questions and chit chat. She'd evidently had a beer or two before that (and so had I), and it was a fun conversation. Before I knew it though, I'd lost 2 hours of writing time while under a self-imposed deadline. So I made her a character, sort of comic relief, to help me get more words done in less time. A couple of years later, after I'd completed the first versions of the Road Ghosts Trilogy, I thought about what I wanted to do next. I wanted a new series, one that didn't focus on ghosts and demons and so on. I thought it might be nice to have the new series related in some way to the Trilogy, so I thought about secondary characters who might be fun to write about. Maybe something involving fairies instead. Skye came instantly to mind. I thought she would be fun to be for awhile, so I wrote the new book, from her first person point of view. And the world filtered through Skye's perceptions  turned out to be pretty funny, even when things got grim, so Blue Spirit was born. The second Tipsy Fairy Tale, Restless Spirit, has been written and will soon be in process toward publication by Seventh Star Press.


Describe Skye in 140 characters or less.


"Tall, willowy, brave, but impulsive, gamer girl Skye MacLeod is somehow a natural born leader. Skye experiences the fairy world when tipsy.” @ecgarrison


Why should we pick up Blue Spirit?


If you'd enjoy funny, fast-paced adventure starring a flawed but well-meaning young woman, I'd highly recommend you pick up Blue Spirit. It's full of Skye's mishaps and victories, her friendships and rivalries, her lost love and exciting new romantic possibilities. Even as her world falls down around her, Skye holds together with her sense of humor and headlong bravery, all with a little help from her friends, mundane and magical. However, if you hate fun, then by all means, give Blue Spirit a pass, because this is a fun book.


Website / Facebook /@ecgarrison


Synopsis

Gamer girl Skye MacLeod can see fairies, but only when she's tipsy. More Grimm than enchanting, some of these fairies are out to ruin her life, wreaking havoc with her job, her home, and her relationships.

With the help of her tiny fairy friend Minnie, Skye has to protect her vampire wannabe gamer friends from all-too-real supernatural threats only she can see. Can she keep it together and hold fast against a wicked fairy Queen's plot?

Blue Spirit is the first book of A Tipsy Fairy Tale series!

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Sunday Post #23 - Its good to be off!

The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post was created by Caffeniated Book Reviewer this is a post where we recap on the going on's on the blog the week previous and the week coming up as well as the awesome books we have received, bought or been gifted for review!

It's good to be off...

I am off work now until 1st September and you don't know how good that is. I am not doing anything too exciting but to be able to relax and read and hopefully try and sleep in will be great. While am off am also going to get some things made for a new birthday board in work for the kids. I was going with an underwater theme. Do you have any good birthday board ideas? Have you seen some in your kids classes that look good? Let me know am open to ideas!

It's been a quiet week...

Nothing out of the ordinary has happened. It's been a quiet week in real life and book wise. I only received one book this week that I will put below and I like it that way. I have way to many books to currently read so to just get a book here and there is good.


Are quirky knick knacks. I discovered a shop in the city called Doris & Jeannie and it has the most amazing bits and pieces. The button heart I got below I love. I wanted to buy everything in the shop.


I am also addicted to Twitter, I always have been but it's getting out of hand now. I think it's my favourite social media platform. Shameless plug if you want to follow me you can @teamwolf1988

I love music and I am addicted to listening to a set Martin Garrix's had at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. Like obsessed! I have listened to the whole set about 10 times in the last few weeks.


Blog posts I have enjoyed this week.....

Lisa @ Lost in Literature chatted about A Pound of flesh by Sophie Jackson
Jess @ Stuck in books did the Burn, rewrite, re read tag
Sasha @ abookutopia had a video on books she's bringing to college
Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes did the Bookish Beginning's tag with her dad
I love Cait @ Paper Fury's Esty Store. She has cute mini book necklaces.

Finally the book I received this week was an e- arc from Soho Teen VIA Edelweiss.


How has you week been? Let me know in the comment below.





Get to know me!

I thought I would do a different post from my usual reviews, interviews and giveaways. I thought I would do a getting to know me post. You all know I love books but what else do you need to know about me. Well here's some things you should know about me.


The basics

I am 26 years old and hating getting older.
I live in Northern Ireland which is part of the UK. I am not Irish. Many people who live outside the UK get Ireland and Northern Ireland mixed up. Both places are on the same island but Ireland is its own country whereas Northern Ireland makes up the UK along with Scotland, Wales and England. 
I have a younger brother and sister. My brother is 3 years younger than me and my sister is 5 years younger than me.
In real life my job is working as a Child Development Assistant with kids aged 1-4 and its a job I love.

Things I love apart from books

Owls, I collection anything owl related however I only like to collect cartoon versions of owls.
I am addicted to Arrow and am in love with Stephan Amell.
I love peanut butter related chocolate and sweets.
I am addicted to YouTube and Twitter.

Top places I want to visit 
(In order from the top place)

New Orleans (and all the rest of the southern states)-- I want to visit so bad!!
Salt Lake City
Africa
Canada
Australia
Boston
Paris

So that's a little about me. If there's anything else you would like to know leave me a comment below. 

QUESTION: Where is one place in the world you want to visit?

Top Ten Of Your Auto-buy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is an original/weekly meme hosted by The broke and the bookish.


Topic: Top Ten Of Your Auto-buy Authors 



Deborah Harkness wrote my favourite series of all time, the All Souls Trilogy, it took over the top spot which was for the sookie stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris. I never thought I would find a series to top my Sookie Stackhouse love but Deborah Harkness did that when she wrote the All Souls Trilogy. I love her writing style and I really need her to write more books so I can buy them all.


I love the world Cassandra Clare has created in the mortal instruments series and I can't wait to read more books in this world. Even though I wasn't a fan of the Infernal devices, I still want more of this authors writing.



Stephanie Perkins is on my auto to buy list as she made me love contemporary romance books. I am not a contemporary girl, I prefer PNR read but I loved her Anna and the French Kiss trilogy. So if she continues to write contemporary I will buy her books as she is my contemporary go to girl.



I know guys, E.L James but I loved her books even though the writing is not amazing, I still am invested in her stories. I know I will pick up every book she releases.



Jennifer E Smith is an author who I really enjoy, even though I have only read two of her books (I am going to buy all the rest) I really enjoy her unique writing style and can't wait to buy all her books.



It's J.K Rowling why wouldn't you buy her books. However I will only buy her children's or YA books, please give us some more.



Anna Todd has become one of my favourites after reading the After Series TWICE this year she is now on my auto buy list.



Rick Yancey has recently became a favourite of mine. His writing  drew me in and I now want everything he writes


Michael W Buckley has become a master of writing to me this year he wrote my favourite book of the year Undertow. I now want everything this man writes.


Sylvia Day has become my go to author for streamy romance. I just love her books.

Who are your auto buy authors? Let me know in the comments below.

U.S. Virtual Road Trip- Wisconsin


Today we are in Wisconsin with blogger Zoey @ Uncreatively Zoey. Let's see what awaits us in Wisconsin.

Places to visit in Wisconsin

My #1 place to visit in Wisconsin is the Milwaukee Zoo. It's not exactly cheap, but it's an AWESOME place and they participate in some of the conservation breeding programs. One of the first things you see when you walk in the main entrance is the penguins! They're always so excited. If you're lucky, you can even spot the wolves in their area! They definitely tend to hide. There are SO MANY AWESOME PRIMATES and there's a lot of cool stuff going on in the aviary - and I have yet to get pooped on! Thank God. 

Another place to visit? Summerfest. Which is basically the world's largest music festival. There are tons of awesome free bands, too - this year, Bastille is one of them! Last year, Imagine Dragons was there. You have to get to the stage SUPER early though, otherwise you're going to end up like we did - squished between thousands of drunk people way at the back where you actually can't hear anything. It took us 15 minutes to shove our way out, no joke. But the grounds are right near the lake, so you can sit on a bunch of rocks by the water and shop all day long!
And, of course, there's State Street in Madison, full of plenty of places to shop. I don't personally find it that exciting, but it seems to be a highlight for a lot of people!

Places to eat in Wisconsin

Okay, look. I honestly don't know anything that's exclusive to Wisconsin. But you can guarantee that they'll have cheese curds and beer on the menu. My favorite places to eat? Noodles and Co. Their Wisconsin Mac & Cheese is HEAVEN. And then, of course, there's the Cheesecake Factory. My mouth is basically watering just thinking about it.

Quirky things about Wisconsin 

Quirky things about Wisconsin? Um. Well. We grow cherries! There's one place near Lake Michigan where the climate is mild enough for them. We have a lot of cows. Milwaukee, WI is home to Harley Davidson! Not that I care. And Green Bay (home to the Packers, which, again, I don't really care about, but apparently they are a Big Deal) is THE TOILET PAPER CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. 

Famous people from Wisconsin

HARRY HOUDINI, AW YEAH. Frank Lloyd Wright! Mark Ruffalo was born here, I guess. Also, Jeffrey Dahmer. Whoops.

Authors and books based in Wisconsin

Lori M. Lee, author of Gates of Thread and Stone lives in Wisconsin! And so does Liza Weimer, author of Hello? Aaaand of course there's Ilsa J. Bick! Who wrote ALL THE THINGS. She has quite a few books set in Wisconsin! Catherine Murdock's Dairy Queen series takes place here, as well. And so does Anne Greenwood Brown's Lies Beneath series with mermaids who live in Lake Superior! Creeeeeepy.
And that's all I've got! Personally, I'm doing everything I can to get out of Wisconsin, but..you know. You be you. 

Connect with Zoey: Blog / @zoeytalbon

Have you been to Wisconsin? Is it a place you would like to visit? Leave me a comment below.

Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino Release Day & #Giveaway





To the Green-eyed Lovebird:

We met fifteen years ago, almost to the day, when I moved my stuff into the NYU dorm room next to yours at Senior House.

You called us fast friends. I like to think it was more.

We lived on nothing but the excitement of finding ourselves through music (you were obsessed with Jeff Buckley), photography (I couldn’t stop taking pictures of you), hanging out in Washington Square Park, and all the weird things we did to make money. I learned more about myself that year than any other.

Yet, somehow, it all fell apart. We lost touch the summer after graduation when I went to South America to work for National Geographic. When I came back, you were gone. A part of me still wonders if I pushed you too hard after the wedding…

I didn’t see you again until a month ago. It was a Wednesday. You were rocking back on your heels, balancing on that thick yellow line that runs along the subway platform, waiting for the F train. I didn’t know it was you until it was too late, and then you were gone. Again. You said my name; I saw it on your lips. I tried to will the train to stop, just so I could say hello.

After seeing you, all of the youthful feelings and memories came flooding back to me, and now I’ve spent the better part of a month wondering what your life is like. I might be totally out of my mind, but would you like to get a drink with me and catch up on the last decade and a half?

M

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ABOUT RENEE CARLINO:





RenĂ©e Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of romantic women's novels. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.

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