Sunday, 22 April 2018

Weekly Recap #30

Hi everyone, with Rachel and I's crazy work schedules, we miss sharing whats going on with us. We used to have a lot of fun with our Showcase Sunday posts, so thought we'd do something regular on the blog, where we share bookish news and life news in general as a weekly recap! We've decided to link our weekly wrap up's with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated reviewer.

Jasprit:

Hi everyone, sorry for the radio silence for the last few weeks, I had just been dealing with some personal things and just really needed to spend time with family and take a step back from everything. I'm hoping to slowly get back into blogging and reading and my shows as I think now I just need things to keep me busy, so if you have any recommendations, hit me up! I know I haven't done a recap in like three weeks, so for this post I'm just going to focus on the positive highlights instead of overwhelming you with everything in one post! 

Rachel:

Like Jasprit, I've been out of touch due to personal reasons.  Happy family reasons! My daughter gave birth to a little girl! I've been staying with her up in Northern California (still here now) helping with the brand new baby and my daughter's 2 1/2 year old son. Both are so very cute, but I'm exhausted!


WHAT I READ/REVIEWED 

Jasprit:
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These were two books that I really ended up enjoying, both came as a surprise as I went into them not knowing much about them, but they ended up being really memorable for me especially In Search of Us. 

Rachel:
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I won't overwhelm you with everything, just my three most memorable reads.   Loved the backpacking setting and second chance romance in Starry Eyes!  Dearest Ivie was really good, and a way to be in the BDB world without having to be caught up with all that's gone down. It can basically be read as a standalone which was good considering I'm totally behind on the rest of the series and I don't know that I'll ever catch up.  Scourged was the conclusion of the Iron Druid Chronicles and such a complete disappointment! Kevin Hearne owes his fans a novella to fix the mess that we ended with in Scourged! What a complete downer! I was sooooo upset with how it turned out and that's really a tragedy considering IDC is one of my all-time favorite series.

BOOKS RECEIVED 
Jasprit 
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This book came on my radar thanks to Nick, I started it this week and its kind of been slow for me so far, I hope it picks up soon!


Rachel:



I'm currently reading Love at Last and really loving it! I can't wait to read the third mystery in the Angie Pallorino series, and I really enjoyed the first book in The Cowboys of Colorado series so I'm looking forward to A Touch of Flame.

NEW TO MY TBR
Jasprit 
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As I mentioned above I really enjoyed The Cruel Prince, I can't wait to see how things go down in the next book The Wicked King! The Candle and the Flame by a friend who I've know for a while Nafiza Azad also has me all kinds of excited! 



Rachel:
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Didn't know J.R. Ward had a new series coming out, but this sounds interesting.

  WHAT I'M WATCHING:

Jasprit  




It was the season finale of Scandal this week and overall I was happy with the ways things ended, but it also left me so sad at the same time, I've been following this show for seven years now and it's definitely an end of an era! I also watched Thor Ragnorok this week, I need to get prepared for Avengers Infinity War, I think I still need to squeeze in Doctor Strange in!

Rachel:



Liked both movies, although I think the first Jurassic Park is still the best one so far.



EVENTS OF THE WEEK

Jasprit 

I became an auntie again! If you follow me on Instagram you'll probably see that my feed is full of my niece, well now she is a proud sister, I'm not sure what she'll be like when he comes home, as she's currently centre of attention, I'm sure she'll be kicking off soon enough :/ And I finally began my training for my Spartan race, my cousin took part in his race last week, and so was kind enough to share some of the obstacles that I would be facing and the majority of them are made up of arm strength, which isn't my strongest, so this week I spent some time just working on my arms, I think the upcoming weeks will be full of the same. 


Rachel:

  I've barely had time to keep up with my training for my upcoming marathon with is three weeks away now! One good thing about being up here is the trails are awesome and gorgeous (see pictures below) up here! I'll be running my 10 miles later today.





How was your week?

Monday, 9 April 2018

Spotlight & Giveaway: Warning Light by David Ricciardi

Hello everyone! Jasprit and I have been a little scarce lately because we've both had some family situations taking up time.  We hope to be back in full force soon and will come around to say hi to everyone shortly, but in the meantime I'd like to share a giveaway and spotlight for an upcoming book:

I do love non-stop action and thrills like theThe Bourne Identity movies, and Warning Light is that kind of story! Twists and turns, on-the-edge-of-your-seat, will-our-hero-get-out alive scenario.  If this sounds like your kind of story read on about the book and scroll down for a chance to win a copy of Warning Light by David Ricciardi!



A commercial flight with mechanical issues makes an emergency landing in Iran. A CIA analyst, never trained as a field agent, is in the race of his life. This is all you need to know to walk into WARNING LIGHT.


Warning Light by David Ricciardi
Publication date: April 17th 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | TBD | Kobo

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33199875-the-good-daughter
No one knows what CIA desk jockey Zac Miller is capable of--including himself--when a routine surveillance job becomes a do-or-die mission in the Middle East.

When a commercial flight violates restricted airspace to make an emergency landing at a closed airport in Iran, the passengers are just happy to be alive and ready to transfer to a functional plane. All of them except one . . .

The American technology consultant in business class is not who he says he is. Zac Miller is a CIA analyst. And after an agent's cover gets blown, Zac--though never trained to be a field operative--volunteers to take his place, to keep a surveillance mission from being scrubbed.

Zac thinks it will be easy to photograph the earthquake-ravaged airport that is located near a hidden top secret nuclear facility. But when everything that can go wrong does, he finds himself on the run from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards and abandoned by his own teammates, who think he has gone rogue. Embarking on a harrowing journey through the mountains of Iran to the Persian Gulf and across Europe, Zac can only rely on himself. But even if he makes it out alive, the life he once had may be lost to him forever . . .




About the author
A keen outdoorsman, David Ricciardi incorporated many personal experiences into WARNING LIGHT. He's backpacked through the mountains of the western United States and Alaska, received extensive training from law-enforcement and US special operations personnel, and once woke up for a 2 AM watch aboard a sailboat only to discover that it was headed the wrong way through the Atlantic sea lanes in heavy weather, with one of the crew suffering from hypothermia. In addition to being an avid sailor, David is also a certified scuba rescue diver and a former ski instructor. WARNING LIGHT is his first novel.




The lovely people of Berkley have generously provided a copy of Warning Light to one lucky reader.  Simply fill out the rafflecopter below for a chance to win.  Giveaway is open to US residents only. Good luck!

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Blog Tour: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

 

Hi everyone today I'm pleased to be taking in part in the Starry Eyes blog tour by Jenn Bennett hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club. Before I share my review with you here's a bit about the book. 

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett 
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: April 3rd 2018. 
My rating: 4 stars. 
Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets. But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together. What could go wrong? With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely. And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

I've been devouring Bennett's books lately, they've just been satisfying the need for great Contemporary YA books, they're refreshingly fun, bring such swoony relationships and I just don't want to put them down. So, when I first heard about Starry Eyes, I knew it would be a book that I couldn't wait to have in my hands and let me just say this book is so worth it. I love books that feature best friends to enemies trope, especially more so here, as Bennett really gave us this story between Zorie and Lennon well. I liked how we didn't really know what had caused this rift between them, but I was dying to know, as they had been the best of friends for a long time, and then things just came to an end one night. And Zorie's dad didn't really like Zorie spending time with Lennon either and what was up with that? 

I liked the whole set up that we got from this book, with Zorie and her friends going on a glamping (glamourous camping) trip with her friends and Lennon turns up unexpectedly. But in a way it was probably good that he did, as everyone else seems clueless with what to do. And when they got kicked out and had to go on their own, Lennon's the one that takes the lead and tries to keep everyone on track. This glamping trip didn't really turn out the way that Zorie was expecting, she thought she'd be able to spend time with friends, but she ends up being ditched and stuck with Lennon instead. But to be honest for me, this was really the better alternative for Zorie, there were still so many unresolved issues between her and Lennon and I really wanted to get to the bottom of them, also what she had with Lennon before everything hit the fan, was amazing, and I was hoping that there would be the chance for Zorie and Lennon to salvage some of it at least. When the truth was actually revealed about what really went down, I was quite surprised, as I wasn't expecting it, but it really explained and justified the reasoning behind one of the characters behaviour. It really was an emotional upheaval for our characters having to deal with this, but I think Bennett did an excellent job giving us this aspect of the story. 

I'm glad to say that I was actually right in my assessment of characters for once, I had an inkling of which characters were about to kick off and which weren't worth the time either. It was kind of awful these characters living up to some of the things that I expected to happen, especially when they hurt a lot of other people along the way, but you know those self-absorbed characters that only really think about themselves? seriously they weren't worth it, but they riled me up either way, like how can you be completely clueless? This minor annoyance aside, Starry Eyes really was a beautiful read, I loved the whole stargazing aspect that Zorie was interested in, but also how emotional and raw this story could be too. Bennett's storytelling was again done eloquently and I loved getting lost on this trip with Zorie and Lennon.





About the author: Jenn Bennett is an award-winning author of young adult books, including: Alex, Approximately; The Anatomical Shape of a Heart (aka Night Owls in the U.K.); and Starry Eyes. She also writes romance and urban fantasy for adults. Her books have earned multiple starred reviews, won the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award, and been included on Publishers Weekly Best Books annual list. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two dogs. Visit her at www.jennbennett.net.


Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Review: The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard

The Woman Left Behind (GO-Team #2) by Linda Howard
Publication date: March 6th 2018
Publisher:William Morrow
My rating: 5 Stars
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | TBD | Kobo

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33199875-the-good-daughter

 Jina Modell works in Communications for a paramilitary organization, and she really likes it. She likes the money, she likes the coolness factor—and it was very cool, even for Washington, DC. She liked being able to kick terrorist butts without ever leaving the climate-controlled comfort of the control room.

But when Jina displays a really high aptitude for spatial awareness and action, she’s reassigned to work as an on-site drone operator in the field with one of the GO-teams, an elite paramilitary unit. The only problem is she isn’t particularly athletic, to put it mildly, and in order to be fit for the field, she has to learn how to run and swim for miles, jump out of a plane, shoot a gun...or else be out of a job.

Team leader Levi, call sign Ace, doesn’t have much confidence in Jina--who he dubbed Babe as soon as he heard her raspy, sexy voice--making it through the rigors of training. The last thing he needs is some tech geek holding them back from completing a dangerous, covert operation. In the following months, however, no one is more surprised than he when Babe, who hates to sweat, begins to thrive in her new environment, displaying a grit and courage that wins her the admiration of her hardened, battle-worn teammates. What’s even more surprising is that the usually very disciplined GO-team leader can’t stop thinking about kissing her smart, stubborn mouth…or the building chemistry and tension between them.

Meanwhile, a powerful Congresswoman is working behind the scenes to destroy the GO-teams, and a trap is set to ambush Levi’s squad in Syria. While the rest of the operatives set off on their mission, Jina remains at the base to control the surveillance drone, when the base is suddenly attacked with explosives. Thought dead by her comrades, Jina escapes to the desert where, brutally tested beyond measure, she has to figure out how to stay undetected by the enemy and make it to her crew in time before they’re exfiltrated out of the country.

But Levi never leaves a soldier behind, especially the brave woman he’s fallen for. He’s bringing back the woman they left behind, dead or alive.

My Thoughts:
Jina Modell goes from working in the office of a paramilitary group to being drafted for in the field operations as a drone operator.  She’s assigned to a “Go-TEAM” and must go through and pass rigorous physical training to keep her job or she must quit.  Jina’s fiercely determined even though she’d like to die by the end of each training day.  Another motivation is showing Levi, her team leader, that she’s capable and no quitter when he’s made it clear he doesn’t want Jina on his team.  
Levi’s not convinced Jina will be an asset, and not a liability to his team. She meets his attitude with a bunch of her own, and they knock heads more than a few times.  Simmering beneath all the tension is a powerful attraction neither wants but can’t deny.  With each week that passes Jina proves her mettle and value.  A good thing considering the dangerous situations Jina’s in for when she finally goes out in the field.  Her training, determination and mental fortitude are what makes all the difference in one assignment that goes horribly wrong.

I loved this story!  Much of it focuses on Jina’s training with her team, getting in battle ready shape, and overcoming challenges.  She had her work cut out for her.  I’m constantly on a fitness mission so I was really interested in her struggles and rooting for her the entire time.  I adored Jina!  I loved seeing her get stronger, gradually fit in with the team, and navigating her relationship/attraction to Levi!  You could see them grow close and care even when they snipped and snapped at each other.  The sexual tension between them was electric!  Levi was one hard, focused male; protective and a little possessive, but a really good man underneath all the gruff. 

Linda Howard combined her signature elements of playfulness, danger, action and a hot romance in The Woman Left Behind and I ate it up!  I’m sure I’ll be doing a re-read in the future.



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