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Love & Loathes – June 29th

Love, Love, Love

1. 22 Jump Street! Charmaine and I and another friend of ours went to the movies and saw it on Friday night. Frick it was so funny. We laughed the whole time. – K (I keep telling everyone I’ve seen since Friday that they HAVE to see this! -C)

2. Winter. I’m loving all this warm cosy reading time. It’s my fave! (ahem – this could all change next week) – K

3. And speaking of winter – I’m also loving my new ugg boots. my feet are extra toasty and warm. I hate cold feet. I’m incapable of doing anything with cold feet. I can’t even sleep if my feet aren’t nice and warm -K (Uh, I saw those in a pic of yours…I feel that I also need new ugg boots! -C) 

4. Tattoos. Charm and I are off to get and our tattoos soon. Book tattoos this time! Perfect.

5. I have convinced a bestie of mine (Hi Bex!) that Kindles are cool. I’ve been LOVING recommending books to her… now I just have to wait and hope that some of them were her cup of tea! Nothing better than talking ‘book’ with ya buds! – C

 

Loathes 

1. So, at the moment I really feel like reading a certain type of book buuut i’m not sure it exists. I’m thinking something like Maria V Snyders Study series. And no never ending series, it NEEDS to have an end. Anything more than 3-4 books and I start getting bored. I have been searching Amazon and GR but so far no luck. – K

2. Wet grass. Its been raining FOREVER here, which I do love, but the wet grass is such a pain. And don’t even get me started on bare feet on wet grass *shudder*. – K (Agreed on all counts!-C)

3. My right eyeball. That’s right, I LOATHE it. It keeps playing up! Which is kinda annoying when your main hobby is reading! Unimpressed.

4. Ok wait. It’s July in a couple of sleeps?! Time goes too fast and I hate it. – C

5. Food envy. People keep sending me pictures of their declious dinners and it’s filling me with major food envy! How about instead of pxting me the food, you actually bring me the food to eat? – C

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Mammy Walsh’s A-Z of the Walsh Family (Walsh Family #6) by Marian Keyes

CALLING ALL MARIAN KEYES FANS!!!! Have you read this..HAVE YOU READ THIS???!?!?!?! Mammy Walsh has always been my favourite character in the Walsh sisters books. She is just BEYOND. She is everything. This A-Z guide has ruled my life this weekend. I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard while reading a book. Not even while I read It Happened in Paris by Molly Harper. This series was rounded out perfectly by Mammy Walsh’s very own Walsh family guide. Every second of it was perfection. Marian Keyes you rule my life. Here are a couple of awesome snippets –

“J is for Jumped-up Cauliflower. Or, as Claire insists on calling it: ‘broccoli’. But – and I know this for an absolute true fact because I spoke to a well-known greengrocer about it – broccoli does not exist. It is simply a cauliflower with notion. It is a cauliflower with ‘big ideas’. It is a cauliflower which refuses to accept its limitations. It is cauliflower which has, by dint of its desire to be different, dyed itself green. In short, it is a cauliflower looking for notice.”

“However – without any prior warnin – someone somewhere invented this new type of knicker called G-string. But nobody told me, so when I was doing Rachel’s laundry, I thought I’d done something wrong. I thought I’d somehow ‘unraveled’ a good pair of black lace knickers, so that all of the front was gone, leaving only a bare string of a thing and most of the back was gone too. But no, she says. That’s the way it’s meant to be, and by the way, the bit you think is the front is actually that back.”

 

HAHAHAHA!!!!

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Sunday Loves 29.06.2014

Ah, I’m just writing randomness for Sunday Loves this week. Think of it as a miniature collection of entertainment type loves from the past week….

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22 JUMP STREET – I don’t think I was a mega Channing Tatum fan…however after seeing 22 Jump Street I feel like maybe I am ONLY a Channing Tatum fan?!!! Oh and Jonah Hill! Those two are just absolutely EVERYTHING together on screen. Seriously, if you haven’t checked it out and you need to laugh for 120 minutes then go and see this movie!

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AMAZING READING THIS WEEK  – Neanderthal Marries Human is still whizzing around in my mind. I LOVED this book! So nice to read something that just makes you smile… And luckily for me it seems to have just been the start of hopefully a very long amazing book run because I’m currently 1/3 of the way through Shadow of Night (All Souls 2) and am loving it, just as I loved the first. These are long books so I may be MIA for a few nights but I’ll definitely be filling you all in…

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TRUE BLOOD – My BBH already re-capped the first episode so I wont repeat that. I’m just excited it’s finally started up! So I’ll quickly and efficiently note down my important points…

  • OMG THERE IS HOPE FOR ERIC!?!
  • EW, zombie vampires!
  • Did you all notice that Jessica’s boyf James is not the same? Google it. I honestly feel if you’re going to sign up to a show like True Blood as an actor, then you should expect all possibilities.
  • Pam is BADASS
  • Oh and. Sheesh! Tara. What an end!
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Beautiful Broken Promises (Broken #3) by Kimberly Lauren

I have loved the previous 2 books in this series. Beautiful Broken Rules (book 1) pulled me out of a serious book funk awhile ago and Emerson totally restored my faith in sassy lead females, so I was pretty thrilled to get started with this story.

Every day you stay gone
I die a thousand more deaths

Lane Parker has secrets he hasn’t even told his closest friends. He may have earned their respect but it’s undeserved. He may seem genuine but he’s a total fraud. He may look strong, but on the inside he’s weak and drowning with no chance of catching his breath any time soon.

After four years, Lane finally gets the call he’s been waiting for. Given back a piece of the life he’s been fighting so hard to reclaim, will he be able to handle everything that comes along with it? And if so, can all of his broken promises be redeemed?

So, I don’t give up and I won’t let them win 
I will find you and I will make sure that you know
You’re my everything

Beautiful Broken Promises had slightly darker themes than the previous 2 installments in this series. That being said, those themes weren’t really explored. They were lightly touched on then let go of. You got just enough info to get a decent back story and that’s it. It didn’t stop me from feeling anxious all the way through that something bigger was going to happen though! As it turned out I really didn’t need to worry that much. There were a few twists and turns but BBP really wasn’t that kind of story.

Lane was a fierce and loyal hero. I utterly adored him. There is no better father, friend, or lover. One of my favourite things about him was the way he let Rae take charge of her own life. He trusted her to make the right decisions and wasn’t completely overbearing or controlling with her. Go him!! Rae was fantastic. Such a strong and brave heroine. And heroine is definitely the right word for her. She had some bad sh-t thrown at her but she was tough, gorgeous and she really stepped up when she needed to. I feel like most others in her position would curl into the fetal position and stay there forever but she just soldiered on. 

“The moment I first laid eyes on you, my soul knew you an smiled as if he had been waiting for you all this time.”

When I first started reading this story I had absolutely no idea of the direction it would take. Pretty early in I got a decent shock! It was definitely a twist I didn’t see coming but from that moment forward I instantly loved this story. And LOVED the characters.

Beautiful Broken Promises is the 3rd book in this series but can be read as a standalone. You don’t need to read the first 2 books to understand what’s going on. However, I probably enjoyed the first 2 books just a smidge more than I did this one, so you should definitely read them if you haven’t yet! 

Beautiful Broken Promises was another solid addition to this series.

“I love you. I love you so much that sometimes I feel as if its never enough.”


 

 

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Neanderthal Marries Human (Knitting in the City #1.5) by Penny Reid

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Sooooo you all knew after I read Neanderthal Seeks Human a few weeks back that I was DYING of anticipation to read Neanderthal Marries Human. And I had high hopes. High, high hopes! And I am happy to report this book was EVERYTHING I hoped it was going to be and more. This book is another slam dunk for Penny Reid and her writing genius and I just want to issue a disclaimer now: After reading these two books I can honestly say I will now read ANYTHING Penny Reid writes, literally anything. I am officially obsessed and I can’t hold it in. Sorry.

There are three things you should know about Quinn Sullivan: 1) He is madly in love with Janie Morris, 2) He’s not above playing dirty to get what (or who) he wants, and 3) He doesn’t know how to knit.

After just five months of dating Janie, Quinn—former Wendell and unapologetic autocrat—is ready to propose marriage. In fact, he’s more than ready. If it were up to Quinn, he would efficiently propose, marry, and beget Janie with child all in the same day—thereby avoiding the drama and angst that accompanies the four stages of pre-matrimony: engagement, meeting the parents, bachelor/bachelorette party, and overblown, superfluous wedding day traditions. But Janie, much to Quinn’s dismay, tosses a wrench in his efficacious endeavors and challenges him to prove his devotion by going through the matrimonial motions, no matter how minute and mundane.

Will Quinn last until the wedding day? Or will he yield to his tyrant impulses?

Regardless, one thing is for certain, Quinn Sullivan will have to learn to expect the Spanish Inquisition (i.e. the unexpected) if he plans to have and keep Janie Morris as his wife.

Ok so as the blurb says, Janie and Quinn are getting married. (Eeeep! Happy dance!) This timeline follows on pretty much directly from where we left them in NSH. Which is perfect really because I reeeeeally wanted to continue on the Janie/Quinn storyline and I didn’t want to miss a thing. And we don’t miss anything. Not a single thing. Thanks to NSH giving us a lot of background story it really felt like we could sit back and just focus on Janie and Quinn’s relationship.

Proposing is like giving someone your dick and a sharp knife, then waiting to see what they do next.

I really loved how in this book it we got to read from both Janie AND Quinn’s point of views. It was mostly Janie but the odd chapters where we got to hear the story from Quinn really made sure that this book was focussed on both characters. I LOVE when you get to get into the mind of multiple characters and in this book the split between the two telling the story is just right. I definitely still wanted mostly Janie because I just love her to bits and it is after all, her story that I started to follow so I didn’t want to share her page space too much. I love that she was still essentially the Janie we knew at the end of the last book, just this time we scratched beneath the surface even further. And Quinn, his voice was just spot on. He was so essentially Quinn-ish in his chapters it really bought variety and a certain edge that the story really benefited from. I also loved how between them they both didn’t just keep rehashing the story, each of them kept the pace going and the parts of the story that were assigned to Quinn to tell were perfectly selected. Only he could’ve narrated that Vegas scene (well ok, doubly so since I don’t think Janie was in any state to speak but still!)

Oh and I haven’t forgotten the other characters! I love that they are all back for this instalment and are just as awesome as ever. There were some very poignant family related developments on both sides and as far as the knitting girls go, the scene in Vegas at the beauticians has to be one of the best ‘girl talk’ moments in the book. Who knew there were so many creative terminologies for waxing ones lady garden? Also Dan was another favourite of mine and I’m so glad we got to see a bit more of him in this book

Some people say, “I can’t – I can’t even…” Some people say, “bitch, you crazy.” Some people say, “I have no words.” Dan just glances at the ceiling and takes a deep breath.

As you probably can tell from my above ramblings, this story was very character focussed. That doesn’t mean that there was little/no storyline because there definitely was. But I really feel that this book did exactly what it needed to do, it continued with the story of Janie and Quinn. After all I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that after NSH I desperately wanted more about these two characters and this book certainly delivered that. Both NSH and NMH have now been allocated to my ‘Best Books Ever’ list and I am DEFINITELY going to read them again because I know they won’t lose any of their charm no matter how well acquainted I become with them. Now please excuse me… I’m just off to add all of the other books in this series onto my wish list…

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The Warrior Queen (The Guinevere Trilogy) by Lavinia Collins

This book was received from the Author in return for an honest review

A sumptuous romance based around the life of Guinevere and Arthur’s Court.

Never before has the magical world of Queen Guinevere, King Arthur and Lancelot and the knights of the Round Table been so deeply explored than in this warming saga of passion, duty and infidelity. Drawing on a rich seam of historical sources Lavinia Collins has created a fictional masterpiece, and epic romance that will stand the test of time.

The Warrior Queen is the first full novel length instalment of the Guinevere Trilogy. A Champion’s Duty and The Day of Destiny will be released by Spring, 2014.

I wasn’t too sure what this book was going to be like. Everyone has heard of Guinevere, Arthur, Lancelot and Merlin. Everyone has read, heard or seen a story about them at one point or another. My husband is SUPER into the story of these characters; he’s seen the movies, read the books. He knows the story in many of its incantations. So he gave me a refresher course on all things Camelot, and off I dove into the book.

I was pleasantly surprised! This was no regurgitation of the standard Arthur/Guinevere/Lancelot story. Every time I’d put the book down and update my husband on what was happening in the story, he was genuinely interested in the direction the book was taking and it was actually really really nice to be able to discuss a book with him as in depth as we discussed this. He’s not always so interested in my reading material! It also just goes to show that for this book, it doesn’t matter whether you have a passing knowledge in the subject like I did, or a much more in-depth knowledge like the husband does, the story captures you either way.

The story is told through Guinevere’s eyes. It focuses on her journey and tribulations as we follow her from her homeland, through to Arthur’s court, onto the battlefield and back into the sticky politics of being King Arthur’s Queen. I really enjoyed venturing through this classic story from her point of view. It did of course contain the stories of war and combat, and meetings around the round table, but it also had the details that would only come from telling the story through her eyes.

I loved that there was a decent dollop of magic type plot. Not too much that it seemed ridiculous, just enough to make it a bit dark and mystical. Another love was the chemistry, the Guinevere/Arthur/Lancelot love triangle. Serious chemistry! There were some scenes with so much of it you could almost feel it coming through the pages… When you read this you are not going be short on action (bedroom variety!) and I had no idea I’d end up feeling torn between these two men, but I did. It’s not always a sure thing to be able to write the characters with the right amount of heat and tension between them but the author has definitely hit the mark here. Her writing of these relationships makes sure that this storyline is much more deeply layered than just a simple romance.

Finally I’ve kept my favourite point for last. The world building. I could picture EVERYTHING in my head. I felt like I was there in Camelot with them. Sitting at the banquets, riding into war, the clothing, the weapons, the liaisons, the politics. The attention to detail was mind blowing. I love love love books that transport you to their world, and I was most definitely transported to Camelot. I was blown away with the descriptive writing, and it’s this descriptive writing that really has me wanting to read the next two installments, I can’t wait to follow this story to the end.

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Wednesday Anything – Ramblings about The Fault in Our Stars, True Blood & other stuff that took my fancy this week.

I have a few things to discuss with you all today so this post with be a bit of this and that. I have a review to post this evening too, for Beautiful Broken Promises, but its going to be pretty short and to the point because I have a lot of books waiting for review! (useless, I know).

First up, Charm and I went and saw The Fault in Our Stars last Friday night. I haven’t read the book (and definitely will NOT be after seeing the movie) and OMG a little bit of warning would have been nice! I knew it was a pretty emotional movie but I wasn’t prepared to have my heart and soul ripped out of my body and set on fire, then have the smoldering ashes stuffed back in. We can never, ever return to the movie theater in the city because we well and truly shamed ourselves with all the sobbing. And the swollen, read, tear-streaked faces we sported as we were leaving. The poor kid that served us earlier in the night actually looked a little worried when he caught sight of us as we left. What an absolutely amazing story but seriously! Intense. This gif is us at the movie. Except we are both the last guy – completely distraught!

Okay! Next thing – Who watched the True Blood premiere? We watched it together so we could discuss (constantly) what was going on. Sooo….vampire zombies – creepy and gross. So gross. I was gagging at one point there. I did actually enjoy parts of this episode. It almost had a Season One vibe going on at times. But the lack of Sookie and Eric time has me thinking that there is no way they will be endgame. I really can’t figure that out since from what I have seen on the internet, most people are shipping them….so what’s the deal? Charlaine Harris has ruined my faith with the shitty end to the Sookie Stackhouse book series so I don’t have high hopes for the tv show but, but, but…..it’s still there. That teeny, tiny spark of hope. Thoughts????

Lastly I’m reading Scoring Wilder by R. S. Grey at the moment. SO SO funny!!!!! It was love at first line for me. You have to read this book. Here’s one of my fave quotes so far – 

“I’d totally Crucio her ass. Yeah, that’s right, I’d use one of the Unforgivable Curses. Come at me, Ministry of Magic.”

Teehee! I’m a Harry Potter lover so this cracked me up. 

That’s all from me for now! Happy Hump Day! Enjoy the rest of your week.