Monday, 22 December 2014

Book: Keeping Paige by Michelle M Pillow

I received a copy of Keeping Paige in exchange for my review.

Paige has been an outcast from her people because of her visions, so much so that they have pushed her through a fairy ring. High on the potion that they forced on her, when she meets Aidan she's immediately taken into a highly sexual zone where she can't get enough of him. Aidan has been told that he has to take a wife soon or he'll be childless and wifeless forever, and can't believe his luck when he comes across Paige. Though Paige warms to him quickly, when she sees him comforting his dead friend's wife she fears thw worst and runs. Forced to be a part of the Breeding Ceremony, Paige worries that Aidan won't claim her again and that she'll be left to the whims of other Starians...

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My Thoughts On...Virgin Sex Goddesses


Everybody loves a trope every now and again. Or at least I do...reformed bad boys, jaded sarcastic women, divorcees...you name it they're there and the best authors will make you forget that what they're using is a trope in the first place. But there is one situation in which I can not stand this...virgin sex goddesses. (And you can blame Lexxie for this cause she got me thinking about them!)

Now I don't mind if a character is a virgin...I mean sometimes it's necessary, like in historical romance where she has to be a virgin or she's unpure, or something like in The Selection, where it is illegal for America not to be virgin. I have no problem with that, it's part of the story and doesn't necessarily make the character appear overly innocent (see Anne Boleyn in most books about her, or America for that matter). That is something that most authors seem to forget...being a virgin does not make you completely innocent or oblivious to men.

The thing that annoys me about virgin characters is when they suddenly become sex goddesses for no reason. No offense to guys everywhere, but no guy is good enough to make a woman forget she's a virgin and not notice the pain, it's just not going to happen. The unrealisticness is what makes this so frustrating. Even more so is when the virgin knows exactly what to do, she's now fully aware of what to do with her man to get him going and get him to orgasm...

Now the orgasms themselves...and this doesn't just apply to virgins. Ever notice how characters seem to multiple orgasm with new partners instantly? Especially virgins. My question is how?! After all surely it takes time to work out wht makes the characters tick and gets them to that point. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but please not so many orgasms.

And finally, the most annoying thing about book virgins. Have you noticed that I've been referring to the virgin as a she? Because it would be almost impossible for it to happen the other way around, for some reason the woman is a virgin but the man can be extremely experienced and then honoured to take that little bit of her. Why can't the woman have more experience? Why can't the man be the virgin? It's a stereotype that I'm really not sure how it came about.

Rant over...your thoughts?

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Book: Christmas Curse by Michelle M Pillow

Megan thinks that she is cursed. If she celebrates Christmas then something goes wrong. Except this year the curse has happened early, and her boyfriend, Sean, broke up with her via letter as she sat in their favourite restaurant. Running back to her parents home for Christmas, heartbroken and alone. But Megan is surprised when Sean shows up, disappointed that she left without him and clueless about the letter, thinking he just told her that he couldn't make it and would call her later. Could fixing their relationship convince Megan that the Christmas Curse isn't real?

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Sunday Post #4


The Sunday Post

Real Life News

So Monday I wasn't in school this week because I had my driving test (and yes 22 is late to be taking it, in the UK you can take it almost as soon as you're 17), this was my first attempt and I'm happy to say that I PASSED, and then spent most of Monday still in shock! I only got three minor faults as well (the max is 15 and they don't really give out no faults) so yes that's all good!

In blog news...the challenge I'm hosting with Michelle went live on Thursday! So make sure you check out the 2015 Bookish Resolutions Challenge!

Brownies has broken up for the term so no news there! And work hasn't been all that hectic really, other than a couple of functions.

Baking wise I've had some fun this week! Not only have I been making lemon meringue for the pub but I spent the morning baking with my brother on Friday for my grandparents arriving. (He also wrote a letter to Santa in which he said he really liked baking with me). So we used some of my amazing mini cake tins that I got last Christmas to make minature Christmas cakes! (Some have toasted marzipan on top).



My grandparents came down on Friday for Christmas (because we're going away) and Santa came to our house early. Not only that but he's brought me an Apron! So I got what I wanted and it isn't actually even Christmas yet!

I'm also really excited to share the books that my Secret Santa from the COYER group got me!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16049911-bonds-of-trusthttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18275883-right-now https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13414296-the-high-priestess

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17385388-zoohttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17727802-steelheart


Challenges 
Because reading is better than real life
This week has seen the launch of the first ever challenge that I'm hosting, the 2015 Bookish Resolutions Challenge. Check out the kick off post and join us!
Because Reading Is better than real life

COYER has also kicked off (yesterday!) and I'm very excited to be a part of it again! To keep up to date with my progress (as yet none) I'll be including it in my Sunday Post and it will be on my Challenges page!

Read This Week
(Linked to Goodreads)
So this week I've read the latest book from Melissa Foster, and they never fail to please, as well as Books, Blogs & Reality, which was an interesting read considering it was all about book bloggers, and it certainly gave me things to think about! I also got a little over excited by my COYER Secret Santa presents and dove straight into one of them (and then one of the other books in the series that I haven't read!)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15883801-fighting-lady-jayne
Seaside Summers & Books Blogs & Reality: Blog Tour
Fighting Lady Jayne: Review Copy
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17334538-dissonancehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16049911-bonds-of-trust?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12796771-infinity-blade
Dissonance: pulseit.com
Bonds of Trust: COYER Secret Santa
Awakening: Amazon 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17878630-bonds-of-desire
Bonds of Desire: Amazon



Reviewed this Week
(Linked to Reviews)
http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/book-quartz-by-michelle-m-pillow.htmlhttp://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/book-taking-control-by-nina-croft.htmlhttp://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/blog-tour-seaside-sunsets-by-melissa.html
Quartz: Amazon
Taking Control: Review Copy
 Seaside Sunsets: Blog Tour
http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/blog-tour-books-blogs-reality-by-ryan.htmlhttp://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/book-fighting-lady-jayne-by-michelle-m.htmlhttp://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/book-firefly-by-jen-minkman.html
 Books, Blogs & Reality: Blog Tour
Fighting Lady Jayne: Review Copy
Firefly: Amazon
http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/book-bonds-of-need-by-lynda-aicher.htmlhttp://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/book-delirium-by-susan-kaye-quinn.html
Bonds of Need : Amazon
Delirium: Netgalley


Other Posts From the Blog

Next Week on the Blog
My Thoughts On...
Christmas Curse by Michelle M Pillow 
Keeping Paige by Michelle M Pillow
Tangled Trust by Nova Raines
Agony by Susan Kaye Quinn
Bah Humbug by Heather Horrocks
Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke
Bonds of Trust by Lynda Aicher


Books I'm Excited About This Week: 
(Books that I've got through Netgalley/Amazon or have landed in my inbox!)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15883801-fighting-lady-jaynehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16049911-bonds-of-trust

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18275883-right-nowhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13414296-the-high-priestesshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17385388-zoo

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22053045-for-valentine-s?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17727802-steelheart




Saturday, 20 December 2014

Book: Bonds of Need by Lynda Aicher

Bonds of Need is book 2 of Wicked Play.

Having suffered abuse in the guise of pleasure for years, Kendra has run from her ex, Eric, and promised herself that she'd never set foot in a BDSM club again. Until her friend, Cali invites her, she sticks to that, but after watching a few scenes she feels the urge to play. Deklan likes to know what is going on around him, and he's noticed his attractive neighbour before, but seeing her at the Den shows him that not only is she naturally submissive, but she's been in the lifestyle before. Following her to the Dungeon he takes over her scene when Lucas doesn't feel he should continue, where he notices that there's more to Kendra than meets the eye. Deklan can't help but be intrigued by her and want to help her see that her desires aren't wrong, and in fact they can be good...

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Book: Firefly by Jen Minkman

Zlata lives in Ebrus, the only settlement in the world that survived the great flood. Ebrus keeps a strict eye on it's citizens, only allowing three sick days a year, banning them from looking at the ocean beyond the wall and ensuring that they all work the treadmills in order to produce energy for the town. One day Zlata hears a strange sound coming from an alley and questions her grandfather about it. Following her heart it leads her to the star, and the star leads to something she'd never even dreamed of...

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

2015 Bookish Resolutions Challenge Starter Post

Because reading is better than real life

I've been so excited about the start of this challenge ever since Michelle helped me get it off the ground last week! (So much so that we may have released it earlier than we were going to!) Before going any further, just appreciate Michelle's amazing logo! I don't know how she does it!

The 2015 Bookish Resolutions Challenge (hashtag #BookishResolutions) is a personal challenge where you set yourself between 1 and 5 resolutions related to books and blogging (with 1 that doesn't have to be if you do more than one) and at the end of the year we are having a giveway! You get an entry per resolution you complete! For more information and the rules check out the kick off post that went out today on mine or Michelle's blog! 

So My Resolutions: 

  1. Listen to 4 audiobooks this year
    This may not seem like that many but I've only listened to about 20 minutes of audiobook in the past 3 years so it's actually quite a challenge (I'm more a visual person!) 
  2. Read 1 'classic' book a month
    This is ones that I've never read before, which means I can't read Dracula, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist, Frankenstein, the Great Gatsby, Black Beauty and several other ones...oh Birdsong, which is actually kind of a bummer because I like that book! 
  3. Read at least 6 Netgalley books a month
    In all liklihood I'll read more anyway, but I know what I'm like so I'm going to try it like this! 
  4. Read 2 books a month that have been bought (which does include free amazon books) rather than given for a review
    I have so many books on my kindle...I need a kick to get them read!
My None-Bookish Resolution 
  1. To finish at least 1 of my writing projects 
    I've actually lost track of how many I've got going! I need to finish the sequel to the book that's being published this year, finish the one I started a few years ago, start writing the Historical Romance I've planned out...you can see where this is going...
I can't wait to see what everyone else is planning on doing for their resolutions!

2015 Bookish Resolutions Kick Off

Bookish Resolution Challenge

It's time for a brand new challenge for the New Year: 2015 Bookish Resolutions Challenge hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading and Me. The challenge itself is a personal one, though we do have a few rules and a giveaway at the end of the challenge! Sign Up is between 18th December and 1st February, the challenge starts January 1st and ends December 31st 2015 Bookish Resolutions Challenge is about setting New Years Resolutions for books and book blogging (though we're not too mean...one of your resolutions can be a personal goal!) You can sign up via blog post, Facebook, Tsu or Goodreads!

Rules:

  1. Create between 1 and 5 resolutions related to books/book blogging (there are examples below but you can make up your own)
  2.  If you have 2 or more resolutions than 1 can be unrelated to books/book blogging 3. Create a sign up post and add it to the Linky on this post (sign up before Feb 1st) 
  3. On the 30th of each month (and the 28th for February) create an update post about your goals and add the post to the Linky that will be on Laura's or My blogs 
  4. This is a year long challenge, so you can't add resolutions that could be done in a day these must be year long goals.
  5. For each goal you complete you get one entry into the giveaway that will be in our wrap up post on December 31, 2015

Giveaway:

We'll be giving away two $10 Amazon gift cards at the end of December 2015. You get one entry per resolution (via a Rafflecopter form) but we need to be able to track your progress via the monthly updates! Plus it's a great way to keep up to date with other people's progress!

Examples:

As this is a personal challenge everyone is likely to set different goals! But to make things easier, we've come up with some examples! 

Blogging/Reading Goals 

  • Get my Netgalley percentage up to XX % (percent is up to you!)
  •  Read XX number of Netgalley books this year/per month (remember that this needs to be a year long goal!)
  • Read XX number of books by debut authors/authors that are new to me this year/each month 
  • Complete X number of challenges this year (This challenge does not count towards the total. Mini-challenges within a bigger challenge do not count separately) 
  •  Read XX number of crime (or any other genre) books this year/each month 
  • Only spend £XX/$XX on books this year/per month 
  • Listen to X number of audio books this year/per month 
  • Read X number of paperbacks this year/per month 
  • Read X number of classics this year 
  • Read all blog tour books a week/month/two days before post date 
  • Participate in X number of read-a-thons (read-a-thons as a part of larger challenges count separately) 
  • Only one-click on amazon X times per month/week 
  • Read X number of books per week/month that were books you've bought, which can be free. 
  • Read X number of sequels this year/per month 
  • Read X number of books with 'salmon' in the title (word is changeable. If you're interested there are actually 862 results for salmon in the Kindle Store) 
  • Read X number of books that I already own 
  • Read X number of non-fiction books 

Examples of personal goals (you only can do 1 and only if you have two book/blog related goals): 

  • Lose X amount of weight 
  •  Start writing that book you always wanted to write 
  • Exercise more (book blog walkers goals count here)  
  •  Do random acts of kindness through the year  
  • Learn another language 
  •  Take up a new hobby 
 Tweet your progress to #BookishResolutions Grab the button and link back to this post.
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Sign Up & Link Up 

Create a post (blog, Facebook, Tsu, Goodreads) listing your 1-5 resolutions. Link up your goals here! Be sure to link your goal post and not your blog homepage.
If you have any questions please feel free to comment below or email us Michelle @ Limabean74@aol.com or Laura @ laura.bookreviewer@yahoo.com

Book: Delirium by Susan Kaye Quinn

I received a copy of Delirium from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Lirium is a debt collector; when someone's expenses cost more than their future productivity they are taken out, their life force drained to be given to someone else, someone with a greater ability to contribute to society. Lirium hates what he does, drowning it out in sex and alcohol, but when Elena turns up at his apartment pretending to be a sex worker, he does something he never thought to do; give a mercy hit. Mercy hits are illegal for a reason, a reason that Lirium has just discovered...

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Link to amazon

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Book: Fighting Lady Jayne by Michelle M Pillow

I received a copy of Fighting Lady Jayne in exchange for my review.

Jayne is one of Divinity's top entertainment commodities, a boxer with a great reputation. But when one fight doesn't go her way, she wakes up in a strange place in a plane where war is the most important thing and women are rare. Unlike the other women she's with, Jayne doesn't wait to be chosen, and instead chooses Ronen, thinking he'll be easily won over. But what starts as a way of manipulating him soon turns into finding ways to please him, and Jayne can't help her feelings from getting stronger. Ronen's people don't believe in love, but the feelings he has towards his wayward wife can't be explained in any other way...if only she would understand that.

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