by James Bibby.
Death is nasty and not a little inconvenient. Being dead even more so. Especially when you’re tied to an amulet that has its own designs on the world. For the Princess Macoby the annoying ghost with the axe in his head who keeps hangng around is just plain irritating. Little do either of them know that the fate of the world is in their substantial and not-so substantial hands.
Jim Bibby has created a world peopled with real people, with real concerns. Their lives are not played for laughs, these come from Bibby’s acute eye for timing and sympathy
with human foibles/ This is a serious cut above your average humorous fantasy.
Once again I’m looking back at a fantasy book I have always meant to review. Shapestone is a humourous fantasy novel that plays off of the tropes and plot devices of the fantasy genre.
From what I remember, Shapestone is a not only a funny book but it is an entertaining one. Bibby does not sacrifice plot for humour which means that not only are you smiling and laughing throughout the novel but you’re engaged with the actual fantasy story.
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by Sidney Bell.
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Blurb: Quick-witted hustler Ghost is no stranger to living dangerously; survival has always been the name of the game.
He’s just always gone it alone.
Now he’s got the wrong people breathing down his neck, and the only way out demands placing his trust in the unlikeliest of heroes: Duncan Rook, a gruff cop whose ethics are as solid as his body.
Cozying up to a criminal is hardly what Duncan’s reputation on the force needs—especially when that criminal is temptation personified. Ghost is Duncan’s polar opposite, and the last person he expected to fall for.
So then why does every imaginable scenario for taking down their common enemy end with Ghost in his arms?
Release Date: 3rd December, 2018.
Length: 496 pages.
Series: The Woodbury Boys #3
Genre: M/M Romance. QUILTBAG. Action/Suspense.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: Rough Trade is such an emotional roller-coaster! I am not exaggerating when I say I stayed awake until 3am reading this book. And not just for the action packed suspense of the story, but for the damned emotions it kept making me feel!
Plot wise, Rough Trade is action and angst packed. From intense action scenes, to emotional conversations, Bell has packed so much into this book. However it wasn’t the action that kept me reading into the wee hours of the night, it was the emotions.
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In preparation for next year, I am getting started on my 2019 Book Bingo card!
I have previously completed a Bingo Card in 2015 and I absolutely loved it. I was a little slow off the mark last year in putting one together, however I replaced it with the less intensive Comfort Zone Challenge which was also really fun. For the other previous years, I had taken a break from the blog, so I am really looking forward to tackling another Bingo Challenge!
In light of this, I am trying to think of Bingo squares and am struggling. So far I have thought of fifteen and have really just hit the wall in terms of thinking of others.
I currently have:
- TBR Pile
- Goodreads Rec
- Start the Series
- Read that Sequel
- Finish that Trilogy
- Cinderella Retelling
- Bi MC
- Gender-queer MC
- Lesbian MC
- Trans MC
So I’m putting it to you, do you have any suggestions for books, themes, or genres to add to my 2019 Book Bingo card?
The Girl with the Sweetest Secret
by Betina Krahn.
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Blurb: When Frances Bumgarten encounters a handsome stranger in her kitchen in the middle of the night, her first impulse is to wallop the scoundrel on the head with a bread paddle. And when Frankie discovers he is “The Fox,” a disarmingly arrogant purveyor of gossip among England’s aristocracy, she’s tempted to take a second swing . . .
Never mind that Reynard Boulton, nephew of the Viscount Tannehill, is returning her inebriated uncle safely home. This chiseled intruder has sparked an infuriating physical sensation unlike anything the feisty Nevada silver heiress has experienced. In fact, the noblemen of London are so dull, Frankie’s sworn off marriage entirely. She will, however, help her younger sister win her own love match—even if it means secretly enlisting Reynard’s enquiring mind . . .
But secrets, as Reynard knows too well, can be costly. For Frankie is yet unaware that a villainous duke is scheming to claim her—and ruin him. Soon they’re racing to uncover the truth—and fueling a passion that won’t stay hidden . . .
Release Date: November 27th, 2018.
Length: 320 pages.
Series: Sin and Sensibility #2.
Genre: Historical Romance.
Read as an: ebook.
My Thoughts: The Girl with the Sweetest Secret is a great example of what historical romance novels can be – the book was well written, engaging, and funny! From start to finish I found myself reading with a smile on my face.
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by Katie Allen.
Blurb: A double dose of happily-ever-after…
Speech therapist Daphne’s neat, orderly life takes a turn for the dramatic when she’s kidnapped and spirited away to a hideout deep in the Colorado mountains. Her captors? Gorgeous men—all escaped from a secret laboratory designed to build perfect supersoldiers.
Trauma associated with his engineering left Benjy mute, and Ari thinks Daphne’s just the girl to help him recover. Held against her will, Daphne will be damned before she helps any of them—regardless of how electrifying she finds their touches.
But as Daphne’s hunger for Benjy and Ari grows, so does her empathy for the other soldiers hiding out at the lodge. With danger from her own past threatening to resurface and an overeager FBI agent sniffing around, she needs to free herself, her men and the others.
Previously published under a different title: ‘Aristotle’s Anatomy.’
Length: 199 pages.
Series: Research and Desire #4.
Genre: Romance. Erotica.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: Woo! Last book in the series!
I will be honest with you, Double Dose wasn’t my favourite. The book does wrap up the story and provide way more information about the backstory of the five main guys, which was great. The part that put me off the most was the relationship between the romantic leads Daphne, Ari, and Benjy.
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Polyamorous: Living and Loving More
by Jenny Yuen.
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Blurb: A look at how people are giving themselves a choice to love another way.
“The heart is not like a box that gets filled up, but expands in size the more you love.”
Enlightened words you wouldn’t expect to hear from the computer in the movie Her, but it also rings true for humans. More people than ever are exploring the possibility of opening up their relationships — and not only that, they are fighting for their legal rights to love however and whomever they choose.
In Polyamorous, reporter Jenny Yuen digs into why open relationships are such a hot topic, why they’re becoming more normalized, and how relationships with multiple partners can be a practical alternative to monogamy and an intriguing expedition through uncharted emotional territory. Couples are clearing a path for “throuples,” “quads,” and “relationship anarchists” who navigate through jealousy and reach a place of “compersion” — feeling joy because your partner feels joy with another — as pairing off is no longer the default option for many. For some, polyamory is just a part of who they are.
Poly is love. Infinite.
Release Date: November 17th, 2018.
Length: 300 pages.
Series: N/A – Standalone
Genre: Non-fiction. Relationships. QUILTBAG.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: Polyamorous: Living and Loving More is an in depth exploration of polyamory and all the issues that can surround these relationships. Jenny Yuen makes this topic real through her honest discussion of real relationships and real people.
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The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for Joke Burgers
by Loren Bouchard and Cole Bowden.
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Blurb: The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book gives hungry fans their best chance to eat one of Bob Belcher’s beloved specialty Burgers of the Day in seventy-five original, practical recipes.
With its warm, edgy humor, outstanding vocal cast, and signature musical numbers, Bob’s Burgers has become one of the most acclaimed and popular animated series on television, winning the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program and inspiring a hit ongoing comic book and original sound track album. Now fans can get the ultimate Bob’s Burgers experience at home with seventy-five straight from the show but actually edible Burgers of the Day.
Recipes include the “Bleu is the Warmest Cheese Burger,” the “Bruschetta-Bout-It Burger,” and the “Shoot-Out at the OK-ra Corral Burger (comes with Fried Okra).” Serve the “Sweaty Palms Burger (comes with Hearts of Palm)” to your ultimate crush, just like Tina Belcher, or ponder modern American literature with the “I Know Why the Cajun Burger Sings Burger.” Fully illustrated with all-new art in the series’s signature style, The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book showcases the entire Belcher family as well as beloved characters including Teddy, Jimmy Pesto Jr., and Aunt Gayle. All recipes come from the fan-created and heavily followed blog “The Bob’s Burger Experiment.”
My Thoughts: Bob’s Burgers is an important show for me, not only is it hilarious but watching this show was something that my partner and I did when we first started dating. It’s been a constant for us since then. The release of a cookbook for this show that always makes me crave a burger, is great news!
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by Leora Gonzales.
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Yoga instructor Louise Pine is the ultimate caretaker. Everyone around her seems to have an emergency, but Lou hasn’t met a fire she couldn’t put out—until she’s faced with the hunky, bossy firefighter who crashes into her own backyard—and her life. No one tells Lou what to do, yet somehow the guy’s take-charge style makes her tingle . . .
Phoenix “Nix” Jones is used to calling the shots, whether he’s dealing with his younger siblings or taking on a dangerous blaze. Luckily, the fire at Lou’s is a false alarm. But the heat the fit and feisty woman ignites is far from dying out…
As the sparks turn into 5-alarm passion, can two strong-willed people end up engulfed by love—or will they crash and burn?
Release Date: November 27, 2018.
Length: 208 pages (on my tiny phone).
Series: Braving the Heat #2.
Genre: Erotica. Romance. F/M.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: Taming Heat was a quick and punchy read. While enjoying a nice glass of wine next to her fire pit, Louise (or Lou or Aunty Loulou) is interrupted by the fire brigade as they kick down her fence. It is here that Phoenix (or ‘Nix’) meets Lou. The story follows the pair as they hit it off, get turned down, and then fall in love.
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The Redemption of Althalus
by David and Leigh Eddings.
Althalus, burgler, armed robber, is paid to steal a book by a sinister stranger named Ghend. Althalus sets off to the House at the End of the World where the book is kept. There, in the same room as the book Ghenddescribed, he finds a talking cat. What he can’t find as he turns around is the door by which he entered.
Back in the long long ago, The Redemption of Althalus was a book that was recommended to me by one of my high school teachers. I even think that they lent me the book so I could read it. Regardless of the recommendation I remember really enjoying the book.
The book has 913 pages and is huge! I do remember that it took me a while to get through the book, but I think I was just coming off of reading the Lord of the Rings, so I was used to the larger page counts.
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The Bodyguard by James Patterson and Jessica Linden
The most eligible bachelor on Capitol Hill has met his match.
Abbie Whitmore is good at her job. She knows how to protect people, and she’s always right–until Congressman Jonathan Lassiter comes along. The presidential hopeful refuses to believe that his politics have put him in danger, yet Abbie’s determined to keep him safe. But how can she protect him while she’s guarding her heart?
If you’ve been into a library or bookstore recently you will notice an overabundance of James Patterson books. In recent years, Patterson has released a series called Book Shots – these book shots are tiny paperbacks that are no longer than 150 pages.
Life moves fast—books should too. Pulse-pounding thrillers under $5 and 150 pages or less. Impossible to put down.
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