Sunday 16 April 2017

Sunday Post 16th April 2017

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer, it's a chance to post a recap on the past week, show the books we have received and share what we plan for the coming week. Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and the aim is to show our newest books and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops or downloaded on to their e-reader. As always you can click on any of the pictures to be taken to the Goodreads page for that book if you're interested in finding out more about it or click the title to go to the review.

This week we started our link-up; Monday Highlights! I really enjoyed it - thank you to everyone who joined in and we will be doing it again tomorrow. If you would like to take part you can just share a link to your favourite recent blog post (one you are proud of or enjoyed making) and we can visit. We're hoping it will encourage new blog discoveries and also give us an opportunity to interact more with blogs we do follow!

This post is slightly late going up today because yesterday we went to the zoo! And apparently it exhausted me so much I overslept! It was a lot of fun and our little brother got to do the Keeper for a Day experience which he loves so that was exciting!

Films of the Week:

I'm honestly still recovering from my Chronicles of Lizzie Borden binge but I've been trying to watch the recommended shows/films on Netflix. So far I haven't found anything that's really caught my interest so if you have any suggestions let me know! 

Last Week on the Blog:

Books We Got This Week:

Promises I Made (Lies I Told, #2)
Promises I Made by Michelle Zink: Clare ordered this for me a month ago because I loved the first book and it's taken a while to arrive! But I am very excited to read it!

AraratEvery Last LieClose To Me
Ararat by Christopher Golden: Received for review from Headline, I am SO excited for this and it arrived just in time for Spring Into Horror as well so I'll definitely be reading this in the next couple of weeks!!
Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica: Thank you to HQ and Netgalley for this one! I'm really excited for it (my love affair with thrillers continues) but its not released until the end of July so will have to hold off for a bit!
Close to Me by Amanda Reynolds: I recently took part in a blog tour for this book and the publisher was kind enough to send me a copy for review! This will again be perfect for Spring Into Horror (lining up SO many good reads).
Crimson and BoneThe White RoadThe Wages of Sin
Crimson & Bone by Marina Fiorato: Many thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy of this! Marina Fiorato is probably my favourite Historical Fiction writer so I am super excited for this!
The White Road by Sarah Lotz: I am so excited for this you wouldn't believe it! The publisher sent me an ARC for review and it just sounds exactly my kind of book! Will definitely be reading this for Spring Into Horror as well!
The Wages of Sin by Kaite Welsh: This is one I've been wanting for a while so I was thrilled to get it on Netgalley! 
Maplecroft (The Borden Dispatches, #1)The Upside of UnrequitedHunted
Maplecroft by Cherie Priest: Ever since watching The Lizzie Borden Chronicles I've been on a big Lizzie Borden kick - this was the best looking of all the Lizzie Borden books I found so I am excited for it! 
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli: For a swift change in tone (seriously so much horror/thrillers this week) - this looks like a cute and fun contemporary. I adored Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda so I am looking forward to this!
Hunted by Meagan Spooner: Beauty and the Beast retelling. Plus it's got amazing reviews so far! 

Reading Update:

Blood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion, #1)Defy the StarsThe Beast of London (Book 1 of the Mina Murray series)
Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves: 2 stars, I had quite a lot of problems with this throughout - it's a very American view of Hungary and of England (although I am sure Rosalyn Eves did her best) so there are quite a few misrepresentations and generalisations which is always frustrating. But mostly - I just didn't like Anna. Her decision making was childish and nonsensical and although she had some character growth it wasn't enough to make me like her. 
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray: 3 stars, Just kind of underwhelming. I didn't dislike it but I didn't really care about any of the characters either which made me feel a little heartless. My review of this is already up!
The Beast of London by L.D. Goffigan: 4.5 stars, So very good. Atmospheric, great characters an intriguing mystery! Just everything I was hoping for! My review for this went up yesterday! 

Next Week on the Blog:

  • Monday Highlights #2
  • Top Ten Tropes That Make Me Insta-Buy!!
  • Wednesday Catch-Up
  • Clare Reviews: He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
  • Friday Reads
  • Clare Reviews: Wild Chamber by Christopher Fowler

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  1. Oooh oooh!! I would love to read The White Road by Sarah Lotz! Please keep us posted. Will definitely be linking up with Monday Highlights tomorrow! Such a great idea.

    Here's my Sunday Headlines:

    1. Will do! My review will probably be up around May? Yay! Hope you do get to link up - I look forward to seeing what you add!

  2. I have been curious about Mary Kubica! I have heard good things about her previous book so I am curious as to your thoughts!
    Hope you both have a great week!
    Samantha The Book Disciple

    1. I haven't read her previous book but this one sounds great so I have high hopes!

  3. Awesome haul of books this week. I hope you love all of them. They look so good.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  4. Promises I Made looks good, as does Ararat and The White Road. I love stories set in snowy locales! And I started Travelers on Netflix but I'm only one episode in, so not sure how good it is yet.

    Yay for Monday Highlights!

    1. Snowy locales make for such a good atmosphere in books! And thanks - I'll definitely check that one out - hopefully it turns out to be good!

  5. Your blog is really starting to be dangerous for my TBR. I'm glad you enjoyed the Lizzie Borden series on Netflix. I loved it as well when I saw it last year. I read a book called "The Secrets of Lizzie Borden" by Brandy Purdy and thought it was really well done. You might want to check it out. My review is on my blog as well as on Goodreads. I sort of have a thing for books featuring Lizzie Borden, Jack the Ripper and Elizabeth Bathory. I've heard mixed things about Ararat but hope you love it. I've read a book or two from that author before and enjoyed them as well. The White Road and Hunted are going on my TBR as soon as I hit post!

    1. Haha! I don't know whether to feel guilty or proud? I LOVED Lizzie Borden, genuinely never really cared about her before but I'm now fascinated! Never really read anything about Elizabeth Bathory so will have to search for something! And will check out your review for The Secrets of Lizzie Borden (it was your review of Maplecroft that ultimately convinced me to buy it by the way!) cause that sounds great!

    2. If you like that author, she also did a book featuring Jack the Ripper called "The Ripper's Wife" which I loved as well.

    3. Ooh that sounds great too! Adding them both to my list! Thanks!