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What I’m currently reading
I’m so thrilled to be on Lee’s ARC squad!!! The Making of Gabriel Davenport was one of my favourite reads last year, so I volunteered early 😀 A Shining in the Shadows is just as beautifully written and I’m flying through it. I might even be able to finish it this week!
A Shining in the Shadows will be out on the 7th of April, and I’ll definitely have my review ready for it. I’m dying to give you details and quotes, and not just squee and flail at you.
Gabriel Davenport has been remade from darkness. Now, he must adapt to survive .
In a small seaside town, Gabriel’s maker unwittingly takes his wards into the throes of a deadly new game. There are rumblings on The Bloodvyne, the mental web of linked vampire consciousness. Whispers about a cleansing, about the ruling council hunting vampires with impure blood.
Gabriel finds himself thrust into a new nightmare, where the hunter becomes the hunted. When his maker is taken, he must battle to untangle the mystifying clues laid out in an uncovered labyrinth to find the only creature strong enough to fight against those that hunt his new-found family.
Gaze long into the darkness, and you’ll find old vampire foes out for revenge, new ones with their own agenda, and a witch who holds the key. But just who is the monster in the middle?
I was happily reading this and enjoying Phoebe’s sarcasm when my ARC arrived on my kindle. Because ARCs take priority it’ll have to wait, but I’m excited to come back to it! I love learning more about Fahy’s worlds, and might have to sneak in a few pages here and there <3 It’d be a shame to not read this at all.
What do you do when your world is turned upside down?
When you discover your father had a direct hand in the genocide of much of the world’s human population?
Phoebe Harkness’ life has changed forever. Thirty years after a cataclysmic world war that eviscerated one third of the human population, a new sub-species of vampire-like drones has set its teeth to the survivors of humanity.
They’re not the only ones: ‘Genetic Others’ such as vampires, werewolves and more roam the streets of New Oxford, trying – and sometimes failing – to live peacefully amongst humankind.
But that is all about to change.
A spate of serial killings have occurred, rocking the already fragile ecosystem of New Oxford.
Brutal murders and mutilation are now commonplace.
Phoebe must get to work. She is named as liaison between the Genetic Others and the Cabal, the ruling order of the walled city.
She must negotiate with the Tribals, a subset of werewolves cast aside by the cultural hegemony of the Cabal.
But before she can make any progress with the Tribal leader, Kane, she learns of more murders – and three missing students. And Kane’s daughter is among the missing…
One of the victims leaves a message in blood: ‘Crescent Moon’.
Now Phoebe must act urgently with the help of Kane and her former paramour, vampire Allesandro to track down the culprit of these horrific killings.
But who is conducting all of these strange happenings behind the scenes?
And what does it have to do with the Crescent Moon…?
Crescent Moon is the gripping second instalment of the urban gothic Phoebe Harkness series. It follows the young doctor as she stalks through the corrupt dystopia of New Oxford.
Because of my ARC and Phoebe’s infectious sarcasm I haven’t made much progress on this. It’s one of those theory books that makes me want to write, so I’ve probably chosen a bad time for it to be honest, since I’m editing rather than writing right now.
If you’re a writer and you haven’t read this yet I strongly recommend that you do. It’s well-written, easy to apply, and it’s one of the few theory books that are written with humour!
Editors always tell novice writers that the first few pages of a manuscript are crucial in the publishing process — and it’s true. If an editor or agent (or reader) loses interest after a page or two, you’ve lost him or her completely, even if the middle of your novel is brilliant and the ending phenomenal. Noah Lukeman, an agent in Manhattan, has taken this advice and created a book that examines just what this means, and I have to tell you, it’s one of the best I’ve read. Continue reading (what is it with theory books and insanely long blurbs??)
What I recently finished reading
As expected I sped through this! If it wasn’t for my day job and my edits I’d have read it in one sitting, but a bookworm’s life is tough as we all know. I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book in her Lovers and Liars series, but I still enjoyed it and will definitely come back for more when my tbr list allows it! (Having said that, I already have The King on my kindle, so it probably won’t be too long.)
One night can change everything.
That’s what they always say, and for now, vampire hunter Delia hopes it’s true. After years of mediocre performances, she’s still nothing more than a grunt in her hunter league, stuck on surveillance duty and low-level vamp busts.
So, when her informant drops an amazing lead in her lap, she jumps at the opportunity to take down the region’s rumored vampire leader at an invite-only masquerade ball. Clad in a mask and an uncomfortable dress, Delia throws herself into the fray—only to realize she’s woefully unprepared for the night that awaits her.
Also… Some ridiculously attractive guy dressed as the Fool keeps distracting her.
One night. One job. One man. One chance to change her life.
All she has to do is not screw it up.
BloodGifted was my first book by Lacoba and I really enjoyed it. It was fast paced with intriguing characters and many plot twists! Because my tbr pile has grown to dizzying hights I’m not sure when I’ll get to the sequel, but it’s definitely on my list <3 If you love urban fantasies with sexy vampires and curses I recommend this! My full review will be up on Goodreads soon, too 🙂
What’s a girl to do when she learns she’s the key to breaking a centuries-old family curse? Become dangerously intimate with a jaw-dropping vision of male hotness hiding a secret agenda of his own.
Nothing could be simpler.
Or is it?
When primary school teacher, Laura Dantonville, learns of her family’s dark ancestral legacy, she’s propelled into a secret underworld ruled by magic, mystery and murder, and stalked by vampire clans who would do anything to possess her. For her protection, she’s assigned a guardian not knowing that part of her role in ending the ancient curse that has plagued her family for centuries, involves having a child with him.
And she has one day to make a decision.
With only five years left of servitude to his sire, Alec Munro reluctantly accepts to act as Laura’s guardian or risk remaining in slavery forever. But can he maintain a platonic relationship between them when something far more intimate is required to end his sire’s family curse?
With time running out, Laura must decide to either accept Alec or allow her vampire-hating detective boyfriend to end the legacy his way – by eliminating the undead side of her family.
After all, they’re not human are they?
Being unable to age is just the beginning.
Overall this was disappointing for me. As someone who isn’t new to social media I couldn’t take much away from it, but if you’re new to Twitter, blogging, and other similar sites you’ll be sure to pick up a thing or two! I’m not sure if there’s a more recent version out there (I borrowed this one from my library) but this one wasn’t up to date. Several social media sites aren’t covered, and some of the information isn’t as relevant today as it was then.
Still, if you’re just starting to get into the vast social mediaverse you’re bound to learn a thing or two! However, if you’ve been using social media for a while there’s likely a better book you can use.
I work in digital media publishing, yet I’ve struggled, like most of the business world, to understand how to make social media work for me. Sarah-Jayne and Dean tackled the challenge with an energy that has to be seen to be believed. These two are now my #1 source of information and have provided simple and effective strategies that have helped me to monetize social media. Continue reading (It’s a really long blurb…)
What I think I’ll read next
I’m not making any promises this week. I’ve got so many current reads on the go that I’m not sure when I’ll pick something new. I’m not like most of you, I can’t read three books in one week 😛 I should have a better idea in two weeks when my next WWW post publishes.
Have you read any of these and would like to chat about it? I look forward to hearing from you if you do – just leave a comment below and we can get this book club started!