Time to read with a newborn

So like most women I have been trying to balance being a mother, a wife, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a cook and a cleaner with my love of books.  Unfortunately reading and blogging have had to take a backseat for the time being.  I have found myself on the odd occasion, when my little boy is asleep, taking a bit of ME time and just relaxing and reading a book.  The washing/dishes/vacuuming will still be there later afterall.

I am currently re-reading The House of Night series.  I started reading this series back in 2012 and really enjoyed it. Between now and then, the Author has finished the series and there are a few books I haven’t yet read. Usually, I would read a 13 book series like this  in a month or two, now with bubs I think it may take me until the end of the year haha.

I am the type that will not just read the new release, I will always re-read the whole series.  Does anyone else do this?

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Top Ten Tuesday #7

TOP 10 TUESDAY

Today’s Topic for Top 10 Tuesday featured by The Broke and The Bookish is Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List but I have altered it to Spring as I am on the other side of the world:

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

  1. The Secrets of Yashire by Diamante Lavendar
    Emerging From the Shadows is a young adult fantasy adventure that occurs within the framework of a young girl’s subconscious mind. The main character, Brianna, finds herself thrown into a world called Yashire where she is forced to deal with circumstances that are threatening Yashire’s existence. Against her will, she is sent on a journey to restore unconditional love back to the land while also contending with the evil force in the land, Zolan.
    The Secrets of Yashire
  2. The Unraveling by Laurel Wanrow (The Luminated Threads: Book 1)
    In 1868 England, the competition to control agriculture is fierce…and nobody says no to Derby’s industrial magnate. Except Annmar Masterson. The nineteen-year-old rejects his improper advances and instead takes an advertising position on a farm. She discovers the isolated valley is home to gifted species—including animal and plant shifters—who hide their lives from the rest of England. The blue threads only she sees on their clockwork machinery prove her heritage is rooted with theirs, but their world is so different that Annmar doesn’t know if she’ll ever belong.
    The Unraveling
  3. The Covenant by J.E. Plemons (Last Light Falling: Book #1) Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday #6

TOP 10 TUESDAY

Today’s Topic for Top 10 Tuesday featured by The Broke and The Bookish is a Freebie so I have chosen to do:

Top Ten Series I Loved But Never Wrote A Review For

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (8 very large books)
    The Outlander Series is a sequence of multi-genre novels and shorter works written by Diana Gabaldon that feature elements of historical fiction, romance, mystery, adventure and science fiction/fantasy. The stories focus on two main characters, Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser, and their adventures in the 18th and 20th centuries. It has now also been made into a television drama series Outlander on Starz.
  1. Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore (3 books)
    Graceling is a young adult fantasy novel by Kristin Cashore, and her literary debut. The book earned a place on the Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year for 2008 and received generally favorable reviews. It was followed by a companion book entitled Fire, and a sequel, Bitterblue. Fire takes place about 35 years before Graceling in a nearby land. Bitterblue takes places six years after Graceling, in the seven kingdoms.
  1. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (6 books) Continue reading

REVIEW: Dead Heat (Alpha and Omega Book #4)

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Title: Dead Heat
Author: Patricia Briggs
Type: Paperback
Pages: 324
Published: 3rd March 2015

4 Stars

Like Fair Game this book started further down the line rather than picking up at the end of the last book.

Charles decides that for Anna’s birthday he is going to buy her a new horse from an old friend, Joseph who he hasn’t seen in decades. However upon on arrival, it appears that the years have gotten away from Charles and Joseph is not as he remembered, instead he is a very sick old man and Charles has arrived just in time to say goodbye to his dear old friend.

 “But that is the dual gift of love, isn’t it? The joy of greeting and the sorrow of good-bye.”

Upon arriving in town things do not go quite as planned, as Joseph’s daughter-in-law Chelsea is bewitched and nearly murders her own children. Anna and Charles step up to save the day and soon find out that a nefarious Fae, the Doll Collector, is on the loose and replacing children with changelings which results in our favourite FBI agent, Leslie Fisher, coming to assist.

I loved the fact that this book is more about the Doll Collector and his treacherous ways and less about the relationship between Charles and Anna which I thought made a nice change.

I relished learning about Joseph’s family, especially Chelsea, Hosteen and Mackie and I would love to read more about Chelsea’s transition into her new life. I would also like to know more about what happened to the little girl in the attic after everything she had gone through.

This book provides more of an insight into Charles’ life before Anna and I loved it. Although I really wasn’t taken with the Maggie and Charles storyline. A lot of it just didn’t make sense to me, especially that Maggie was possessive and jealous towards Charles after rejecting him, marrying Joseph and having a family that and I felt like it took away from the bond between Anna and Charles.

I always felt that their romance was based around the fact that Anna had managed to break down the walls of the big bad Enforcer and what they had was supposed to be special and one-of-a-kind for Charles. However, after reading about his past with Maggie it turns out that his feelings aren’t all the special as he has felt it all before but was rejected before having the chance to mate with her.

Nevertheless, this is a fabulous series and I hope that there are more books to come!

Top 10 Tuesday #5

TOP 10 TUESDAY

Today’s Topic for Top 10 Tuesday featured by The Broke and The Bookish is:

Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

  1. House of Night by PC Cast & Kristin Cast
    I have read books 1 – 10, I have ordered books 11 & 12 to complete this series!
  1. Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs
    Although this series isn’t actually finished yet I have only read (and own) book 1-6 so have 2 more to read and I think there are 3 more due to come out after that!
  1. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
    I have read the first book but I own both book 1 and 3, I need to get the two prequels and book 2 and 4 to complete this series!
  1. Spellcaster by Claudia Gray
    I have only read book 1 of this series but Book 2 is on my TBR list.
  1. True Blood (Sookie Stackhouse) by Charlaine Harris
    I need to read the last book in this series #13
  1. The Taker by Alma Katsu
    I have read the first book of this series and I am looking forward to reading the next two books.
  1. Wolf Springs Chronicles by Nancy Holder
    I have only read the first book ‘Unleashed’, but the next two books are on my TBR list.
  1. Winter Saga by M.J Hearle
    I have only read the first book ‘Winter’s Shadow’, I need to read ‘Winters Light’
  1. Dark Angels by Keri Arthur
    I have only read book 1 in this 5 book series!
  1. Tempest by Julie Cross
    I have only read book 1 of this trilogy

Top 10 Series I Havent Finished

REVIEW: Fair Game (Alpha and Omega Book #3)

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Title: Dead Heat
Author: Patricia Briggs
Type: Paperback
Pages: 308
Published: 6th March 2012

4 Stars

As mentioned previously I haven’t read the Mercy Thompson series prior to reading this series, I think I may have understood a bit more of the lead up to this book if I had.

I had expected the series to carry on from the previous book; however this book took place after the werewolves have come out to the humans, which I now understand would take place after the Mercy Thompson book “River Marked”.

Overall however, I don’t think that this affected my experience too badly.  The werewolves have revealed themselves to humans and they can’t afford any bad publicity, so transgressions that previously may have been overlooked are now resulting in harsher punishments, and Charles is the one handling all the dirty-work, but at what cost.

Charles and Anna are sent to Boston to assist the FBI with a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that there is a pattern and reason behind these killings, and now Anna and Charles are in danger of becoming prey.

This was a wonderful reading. I adore the characters, and I love how Anna has become fiercely protective of Charles, and Brother Wolf. Charles story is brilliant in this book, I love that he tries to protect Anna and be strong for her however when he is on the edge of losing her forever he realises how much she needs him to let her be the strong one sometimes.

This book kept me guessing right to the very end, it was fast paced full of adventure, mystery and action. I am looking forward to following their story into Dead Heat!

Creative Blogger Award

creative-blogger-awardThank you Laura of Lalas Book Reviews for nominating me for this award!

The rules are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. Share 5 facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate 5 bloggers in return and notify them about their nomination.
  4. Keep the rules in your post to make it easy for everyone to know what to do.

Five facts about me:

  1. My name is Jessica, and I am 28 years old. I live in Perth, Australia but I am New Zealand born and bred.
  2. I have 2 dogs, both English Staffordshire Bull Terriers named Tank and Shadow.
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  3. I started reading when I was a kid when I was in love with the Enid Blyton books and Sabrina The Teenage Witch.I was given Twilight as a gift from my work and at first, I did not want to read it as I had heard so many differing reviews, however I ended up reading it over the Christmas break and I ended up really liking the series and it started my obsession for fantasy fiction.
  4. I want to write a novel (or a series) and I started this blog to develop my writing and learn from Authors and other literary fans the best way to achieve this goal.
  5. I work in real estate as a sales and marketing assistant which I enjoy as I get to use my creative flair every day.

The nominees:

  1. Cristina – Tiny Obsessions 
  2. Monique – To Curl Up and Escape 
  3. Aria – Aria Stuck in Wonderland 
  4. Charley – Books and Bakes
  5. Spell Bound Book Reviews 

My Favourite Quotes

Favourite Quotes

Hunting Ground (Alpha and Omega: Book 2)

“I am not my grandfather, to look into the heart of man,” he told her.  “I don’t know that what I’ve told you is truth.  It is just what I’ve seen and felt.”

Outlander (Outlander: Book 1)

“Does it bother you that I’m not a virgin?”
“Well, no,” he said slowly, “so long as it doesna bother you that I am. Reckon one of us should know what they’re doing,” he said.

Cry Wolf (Alpha and Omega: Book 1)

“Identity was partly heritage, partly upbringing, but mostly the choices you make in life.”

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy: Book 1)

“Did you see that dress?” “I saw the dress.” “Did you like it?” He didn’t answer. I took that as a yes. “Am I going to endanger my reputation if I wear it to the dance?” When he spoke, I could barely hear him. “You’ll endanger the school.” I smiled and fell asleep.”

Voyager (Outlander: Book 3)

For so many years,” he said, “for so long, I have been so many things, so many different men.” I felt him swallow, and he shifted slightly, the linen of his nightshirt rustling with starch. “I was Uncle to Jenny’s children, and Brother to her and Ian. ‘Milord’ to Fergus, and ‘Sir’ to my tenants. ‘Mac Dubh’ to the men of Ardsmuir and ‘MacKenzie’ to the other servants at Helwater. ‘Malcolm the printer,’ then, and ‘Jamie Roy’ at the docks.”
The hand stroked my hair, slowly, with a whispering sound like the wind outside.
“But here,” he said, so softly I could barely hear him, “here in the dark, with you…I have no name.”

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices: Book 3)

“Marry me,” he said. “Marry me, Tess. Marry me and be called Tessa Herondale. Or be Tessa Gray, or be whatever you wish to call yourself, but marry me and stay with me and never leave me, for I cannot bear another day of my life to go by that does not have you in it.”

Drums of Autumn (Outlander: Book 4)

“And when my body shall cease, my soul will still be yours, Claire. I swear by my hope of heaven, I will not be parted from you.”

Bared To You (Crossfire: Book 1)

“I’ve always seen you, angel. From the moment you found me, I’ve seen nothing but you.”

Frostbite (Vampire Academy: Book 2)

“I think you smoke them so you have something to do while thinking up your next witty line.”
He choked on the smoke, caught between inhaling and laughing. “Rose Hathaway, I can’t wait to see you again. If you’re this charming while tired and annoyed and this gorgeous while bruised and in ski clothes, you must be devastating at your peak.”
“If by ‘devastating’ you mean that you should fear for your life, then yeah. You’re right.” I jerked open the door. “Good night, Adrian.”

Written in My Own Hearts Blood (Outlander: Book 8)

“Are you doing that on purpose?” He looked up at her, surprised. “Doing what?”
“Never mind. When you are fifteen, I’m locking you in the cellar.”
“What? Why?” he demanded indignantly.
“Because that’s when your father and grandfather started getting into real trouble, and evidently you’re going to be just like them.”