2015 Reading Challenge so far

Well if you are a fan of reading as much as I am then you might be doing this reading challenge aswell.

As we are a third of the way through the year so I thought I would do a check of how many I have completed.

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12 down 38 to go – here’s what i have done so far:

A book published this yearThe Invisable Library by Genevieve Cogman

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Review – 4 out of 5 stars

Great fun read with so much going on.

Irene, a professional spy for the mysterious Library, and her assistant Kai travel to an alernate world to retrieve a dangerous book. Little do they know the trouble that awaits them from the very start of their mission. With danger a every turn they have to keep their witts about them if the want to succeed in not only finding the book but returning it safely to the Library, with it and themselves, unharmed.

Really liked the authors style of writing, she knows how to create an atmosphere around the world she has created. I would recommend this book 🙂

A book with non-human charactersThe Immortal Who Loved Me by Lynsay Sands

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Review –  4 out of 5 stars

I love the Argeneau series and Lynsay Sands has managed to create yet another great story. There are parts where you can feel like the same information is being given out (mainly when the immortal is explaining the nanos technology to the mortal) but each book tells it slightly differently. Which is good as we are 21 (plus 2 short stories) into this series and it doesn’t look like Lynsay is slowing down.

Basil (pro-nounced Baw-zil – though everytime i read it was Basil the spice to me lol) and Sherry start off knowing straight from the get go that they are lifemates. They are thrown together after Stephanie stumbles into Sherry’s office while hiding from Leonius Livius and his sons who are chasing her. As danger tends to follow Stephanie where ever she goes you know that’s not going to be the last we see of Leo and his band of little Leo’s.

Passion and some romance flows between the leads but takes a little bit of a back seat within the story as so much is being told. Lot’s of the characters from the series so far are being used in more and more of the last few books. Not quite like the first few where you had the leads spend more time together and you as a reader got to see the relationships build gradually into the strong base ones they have at the end. However saying that because so much is happening the story keeps its pace and you hooked until the end.

With the Leo storyline coming to an end i’m wondering who the next lot of baddies are going to be. The enforcers have to hunt someone. I can’t wait for Justin Bricker’s story though – his has to be next. You can tell he is getting restless with all his friends and family finding their lifemates and him being left behind. She will need to be a feisty lady who is just as much of a trouble maker as he is. That is going to be one fun book to read.

A funny bookBreaking Even (Sterling Shore Series #5) by C.M. Owens

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Review – 5 out of 5 stars

She has done it again. Another great book. Laughed soooo much lol.

Brin has had enough of her neighbour parking on her side of the street and blocking her in so she goes over to confront him. Having him answer the door in only his boxers is only a slight distraction (tattoos, piercings, muscles and an early morning soldier will do that!) for her before demanding he move his car. When he doesn’t she kind of snaps by ramming her car in reverse to crush his out of the way.

What follows is a mass of pranks: glitter in car vents, blue dye exploding from fridges, ketchup bombs, spiders and snakes left in the house – the list is endless and just keeps getting funnier and funnier the more you read.

When they get set up on a blind date together the fun just continues. The closer they get the more chemistry that explodes. It’s only Rye holding back that makes it hard for a real relationship. Until he opens up they can’t be together for real. When he finally does at the end it is so moving. You see why he has been the way he is. They are stronger together and feel most like themselves when they are.

Well worth a read but better if you read the series in order. Especially as we get a round up of a few of the couples having problems (glad they get everything sorted and very funny how they do).

On to Wren and Allie’s story next and can’t wait for Corbin’s 🙂

A book by a female author – The Reluctant Reformer by Lynsay Sands

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Review – 5 out of 5 stars

I love a good Historical Romance and know that Lynsay Sands can always deliver a good one. I love her paranormal books the most but the historical ones are just as fun to read. Goes down as another book from my 2015 reading challenge – A book by a female author.

The book had quite a few funny bits and misunderstandings that had me laughing throughout. A great story to get your teeth stuck into while curled up on the sofa.

Got some great one liners in it, that as a book lover myself made me smile and laugh out loud:

“Good Lord, not again! What the devil is it with you and libraries that makes you unable to control yourself in them, James? You have always had a passion for books, but really!”

“I fear she is right. I always have had a passion for libraries. Still, i never realised quite how much pleasure they could afford until i met you.”

“Maggies told me all about Lord Ramsey’s love of books.”

“Hmm. Love of books, love on books, love among books.”

I always knew that libraries and books could be a lot of fun! Maggie and James definalty make good use of them.

A book of short storiesAll Regency Collection by Anna Elliott, Sarah M. Eden, Carla Kelly, Josi S. KilpackAnnette Lyon and Heather B. Moore

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Review – 5 out of 5 stars

I do love a good regency book and this was six for the price of one. There were some stories i liked more than others and overall i think if you like regency books then you will love these.

The Wedding Gift by Anna Elliott: A possible next chapter in the Pride and Prejudice story?? Well you never know it could have happened. Written in the format of a diary it shows the tales of Elizabeth after the engagement to Darcy where she gets kidnapped just weeks before her wedding. Its up to Darcy to figure out who has taken her and why before they can have their happy ending.

Dream of a Glourious Season by Sarah M. Eden: To be in love with someone your sister and parents have already seen fit to tell you belongs to her alone would be a very unpleasent thing. That is the situation Elizabeth finds herself in. Its up to Julian to see who he really wants and hold fast to her when he gets her.

The Mender by Carla Kelly: The dialect in this one did have me stuggling a bit but after a while you get used to it. Its about Patience having one last adventure on her cousins ship before she thinks about settling down for marriage. Little does she know that in her quest to have an adventure to take her mind off marriage she might just find herself right in the middle of it with the likes of Adam.

Begin Again by Josi S. Kilpack: Regina has spent the last 15 years trying to forget the one man she thought she loved. After all that time with no word from him she had all but made herself think it a dream. That is until the man in question, Ross, encounters her at a ball. He has been waiting for her for the last 15 years and hopes she will fall into his arms the moment she see’s him. Things are never that simple though as she feels he abandoned her. He has to try and win her back and get her to see that he has been waiting all this time for her. When she discovers that it was her father keeping them apart she fears it may be too late but he has waited 15 years already so what is a few days more to get the women he truly loves.

The Affair at Wildemoore by Annette Lyon: A story of how you can find your way back to the love you thought you had lost after years of marriage. Ellen fears she has lost the connection she once had with her love and husband Anthony. After the loss of their son years before they both shut down and grown apart from each other. After a misunderstanding at a ball where Ellen fears her husband may be intersted in an old love she fleas the ball. Anthony doesn’t appear to know why she would run and only figures things out once his daughtes clue him in. Its only after they confront each other and talk for what seems like the first time in years that the can find their way back to each other how they used to be.

The Duke’s Brother by Heather B. Moore: Loved this story as its funny right from the start when Mabel and Gregory meet. Mainly because she runs right into him knocking him onto the wet rainy path. They can speak easily with each other and are not offended by what the other says, well at the beginning that is so. After a few misunderstandings they seem to get things back on track. They are both quirky characters that are very well suited for each other.

Short and sweet stories that get the plot across without feeling like you are being rushed through or missing any key elements from them.

A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yetLoving War (Sterling Shore Series #4) by C.M. Owens

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Review – 5 out of 5 stars

OMG I absolutely loved this book. Might actually be my favourite of the Sterling Shore series so far. Counts towards my 2015 Reading Challenge aswell – A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet.

After reading the preview chapter at the end of The Sterling Boys I could feel myself chopping at the bit until it was released. Kode and Tria’s relationship starts off hot and just gets hotter. In the end Kode finally realises that he was focusing on the wrong Noles sister – I’m glad he finally saw the light and picked the right one for him. Loved the club scene between them at the start and even more the one at the end. Perfect for each other.

Love also how all the characters are connected and that you keep getting snippets on what’s going on with them. Would recommend that you read the series in order otherwise you might not get some of the references.

Now I’ve just read the preview at the end of it and can’t wait to get stuck into Brin and Rye’s story in Breaking Even. This series just gets better and better 🙂

A book at the bottom of your to-read listSunset in St Tropez by Danielle Steel

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Review – 3 out of 5 stars

I do like Danielle Steel books but this one did seem like it fell a bit short.

Was a book about three sets of couples who have to cope with the loss of one of their partners, showing how each of them handle it. They all end up going on holiday a few months later and each seem to have their own problems going on. It seemed a bit mis-mashed in places and jumped around a bit so not always easy to follow. All finished with a neat bow at the end of the story though. Maybe if it was a bit longer the characters could have been developed a bit more but it was an ok read.

A book your mum lovesWedding Season by Katie Fforde

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Review – 4 out of 5 stars

I do love Katie Ffordes books – fun romances to get stuck into on your lunch break.

Like with The Rose Revived this story revolves around the love lives (or lack of at the beginning) of three main female leads – Sarah, Bron and Elsa. The first female lead in both books always seems to have the hardest job of finding the right person to be with. Or better yet getting out of their own way to see that the right person is in front of them to begin with!

All their romances revolve around the last minute celebrity wedding that they have to plan. Fun seeing how the different couples all come together and the friendship that forms between Sarah, Bron and Elsa.

The sneek peak at the end showing first chapter of Love Letters is also a bonus. Want to read that now! 🙂

A book based entirely on its coverHot Pursuit by Lynn Raye Harris

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Review – 4 out of 5 stars

First thought that comes to mind when looking at it is yum!!! 😉

HOT by name HOT by nature. Hooked from the start, a truely great read. Its got action, suspence and romance with some saucy hot bits thrown in for good measure. Do love a guy in uniform and special ops Matt Girad is one HOT alpha. Come to the rescue anytime! On to the next one i say – lets hoping its just as HOT! 🙂

A book you can finish in a dayThe Vampire Warden by S.J. Wright

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Review – 3 out of 5 stars

Short and sweet is what comes to mind with this book. As vampire stories go is had an interesting premise but felt like a bit more could have been done with the main body of the story. Almost like it was trying to set the ground work for the rest of the series by being a prequel story.

Ok afternoon quick free kindle read and counts towards my 2015 reading challenge as a ‘book you can finish in a day’ (although in my case it was like an hour and a half lol). I’m getting through the list though 🙂

A book that made you cryJohnny Angel by Daniele Steel

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Review – 4 out of 5 stars

If you read this book and are not affected in some way then there is something wrong with you.

Probably not the best book to read a lunchtime at work as there are some points that will make you want to cry. Its an emotional rollercoaster that you are on from start to finish. Its the great writing that really pulls you into the story and makes you feel everything that they are. A good read that will have you feeling like crying one moment, laughing the next and then getting the much needed closer at the end.

A book by an author you’ve never read beforeBad Kitty by Eliza Gayle

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Review – 4 out of 5 stars

Having never read anything by Eliza Gayle before i came into this book with an open mind. That got blown away very quickly. I loved this book! The characters were strong and the story flowed really well together.

This is meant to be a spin off from the Black Cougar series which made me worry that i wouldn’t understand everything that is going on but felt this book worked very well as a stand alone. Although now it is making me want to go get the rest of the series.

The shifter world is not for the light hearted and weak which Kitty knows only too well, after losing her father and being shunned to live in the neutral zone she doesn’t think things can get any worse but after being attacked by cougars from her old pack and running for her life she is beginning to. As luck has it her saviour is non other than the next alpha leader of the wolves Rafe Comyn. He saves her in more ways than one and together they start to find out what it really means to go wild! 🙂

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