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TBR Tuesday – 26 January 2016

TBR TuesdayWelcome back to the first official TBR Tuesday of 2016 (yes, I realize its nearly the end of January, work has been keeping me REALLY busy). I’m making it my goal this year to read at least 4 books a month off my archive pile (for me, this is any book that has been purchased at least 12 months prior to the date of the post). I hope you join me in tackling Mt TBR!

The Rest Falls Away
Author: Colleen Gleason
Series: #1 in the Gardella Vampire Hunters series

Purchase Date: May 28, 2010
Date Read: December 28, 2015
Time on Mt TBR: 2040 days

Review:
So there is kind of a funny story attached to my reading of this book. I bought this back in 2010 and promptly lost it in my archives (and never actually logged it as being owned on my Goodreads shelves – which is one of my major problems). Anyways, as I was browsing on Edelweiss one night, I came across the first 3 books in this series (including this one) all available on auto-approval (they were being re-released), so I grabbed them because the premise sounded intriguing. When I went to download the first book in the series to my kindle, I got several options in my archives – which made me stop for a second and scratch my head, thinking WTF…and thus, I realized my mistake. So while I am posting a short and sweet review for TBR Tuesday here – i’ll likely have a longer ARC version of a review to go live later on.

Keeping with the theme of short and sweet – I really liked how this series was developed – it was much more in the realm of urban fantasy than paranormal romance, so don’t be expecting a happy ending at the end of the first book (don’t say I didn’t warn you). It is definately a developing story arc. I loved how Victoria wasn’t a push-over and while she def. tried to act like a proper young maid in this book, you could see the inner conflict of her character, between how she had been raised, and what she was destined to become. I’ve already read the second book in the series, and look forward to continuing it.

 
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TBR Tuesday – 21 April 2015

TBR TuesdayA Certain Wolfish Charm
Author: Lydia Dare
Series: #1 in the Westfield Wolves series

Purchase Date: November 6, 2010

Review: Its been a while since I’ve really read any PNR with werewolves and I found that I liked the historical setting with the PNR theme. It was something different (at least to me). One thing I enjoyed about the story was how the author just let little bits of backstory slip at a time and not just data-dumped. The romance was sweet with a touch of steam and I look forward to reading more books in the series when I get a chance. I gave A Certain Wolfish Charm 3 stars, but will be continuing the series.

 
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TBR Tuesday – 24 March 2015

TBR Tuesday
The Courage to Love
Author: Samantha Kane
Series: #1 in the Brothers in Arms series

Date Purchased: November 21, 2011

Review: Anyone who knows me will probably laugh when I say this, but this book had too much sex and not enough story. In fact if you were to remove all the smexy parts, the story would probably have only taken up about 40pgs of the 208 (in the paperback version). Don’t get me wrong, the author can definately write hot sex scenes, but there comes a point where there is just too much and unfortunately that was this book. I had a really hard time liking/sympathsizing with Kate and everything that she went through, even though I did like Jason/Anthony’s story. I won’t be continuing the series. Overall, 2 stars.

What book(s) did you find on your TBR pile this week?

 
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TBR Tuesday – 17 March 2015

TBR TuesdayTracker’s Sin
Author: Sarah McCarty
Series: #4 in the Hell’s Eight series

Date Purchased: Oct 1, 2010

Review: To say that I was disappointed in this book is an understatement. I remember a few years ago when I read books 1-3 in the series, I really enjoyed them and had high expectations for this once, because it was supposed to tie up the story ARC that had appeared in the previous 3. But it just felt like the author dialed this one it – the writing felt chunky, and didn’t flow well; the relationship between Tracker and Ari was blech and overall, just a let down. I’m undecided if I’ll continue the series or not – I know that I have book 6 somewhere on Mt TBR (and that would fit this challenge perfectly), but I guess time will tell.

What about you – Did you read any books off your TBR pile this week?

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2015 in TBR Tuesday

 

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TBR Tuesday – 10 March 2015

TBR TuesdayHow to Marry a Millionaire Vampire
Author: Kerrelyn Sparks

Purchased: May 2010

Review:
I had completely forgotten that I had purchased this book back in 2010 until I saw a discussion on Facebook about the last book in the series being released. I was intrigued by the discussion, so I went to see how the series started and saw that the first book had been lost in Mt Purchased-But-Not-Read. I’m guessing that I purchased it when I went through my vampire phase a few years ago, but got burnt out on the genre before I could actually read it.

Overall, I enjoyed How to Marry a Millionaire Vamp – I thought it was a bit of a different take on the whole vampire tale and the added element of a vampire needing a dentist made me chuckle. In general, I found that the book moved at a decent pace and there weren’t many areas that lagged, so it surprises me that I waited so long to read it. In the end, I gave it 3 stars, but I was intrigued enough by the world building that I may look at later books in the series in the future.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2015 in TBR Tuesday

 

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TBR Tuesday – Introduction

TBR Tuesday

I don’t know about everyone out there in bloglandia, but when I bought my first kindle in 2008 (yes, I’ve had one since almost inception), I went mad one-clicking on freebies (which I still do to an extent) and buying lots of books. Fast forward to 2015 (7.5ish years later) and I have a virtual TBR pile that likely resembles Mt Everest. At last count, my amazon account teetered somewhere in the 5000 book range (and that isn’t including books I bought from other ebook retailers etc).

I realized the severity of this problem when an author friend on Facebook posted an advertisement for a new book by an author she likes and in my digging I realized that I had not 1 but 2 books by her that I had bought back in 2012 and never read. So I need to do something about my “problem”.

The goal of TBR Tuesday will be to post short reviews of books that have been on my TBR pile for more than a year. This year date will be rolling (so for March 2015, any book purchased prior to March 1, 2014 will be game; for April, any book purchased prior to April 1, 2014 will be game etc).

My goal for 2015 is to clear off at least 20 books from the pile (but hopefully more). I hope others with similar piles join in 😉

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2015 in TBR Tuesday

 

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