Sunday, 17 August 2014

Bought, Borrowed & Bagged (66)

Bought, Borrowed and Bagged hosted by Talk Supe is a weekly meme where you can share your book haul, ongoing events and news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.
Please Note: All images link back to their GR pages.
New Books
I'm still being well behaved on the book side of things, both Captured by S.J. Harper and the Kingdom Series Collection (1-3) by Marie Hall are amazon freebies. I saw them on another blog and their covers were too nice to pass.
Captured (Fallen Siren, #0.5)Kingdom Series Collection: Books 1-3 (Kingdom, #1-3)
However outside of reading I did pretty bad, I spent last week with my best friend and we saw Guardians of the Galaxy as well as having a take away every night, so not only did I loose a few £ I probably gained a few too. I shall behave better for the rest of the year.

Recently on Northern Plunder
Upcoming on Northern Plunder
*nothing next week as I'm at a gaming festival and decided to leave my blog inactive for it, ready for a potential wrap up post*
Lauren's Progress
Read in 2014: 21 / 70
Deviation by Christine Manzari

Currently Reading:
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
News from Lauren
As mentioned I spent a week with my best friend, we basically had a week long movie marathon, it was so amazing. Its been too long since I've just done nothing, but also so long since seeing The Matrix, Sin City and other movies. Plus how frakking amazing is Guardians of the Galaxy? I love it.
This week I'm starting to move some of the non-essentials into my new flat which'll be great, I can't wait to fully move in.

Please note that I've implemented a new drop down menu at the top but some pages are still in progress so the links haven't been added yet!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

DNF Review: All He Saw Was The Girl by Peter Leonard

All He Saw Was The Girl by Peter Leonard

Published: 15th May 2012 by The Story Plant
Genre: Thriller / Mystery
Page Count: 290
Format: eBook
Source: Book Tour

McCabe and Chip, two American exchange students, are about to become embroiled with a violent street gang, a beautiful Italian girl, and a flawed kidnapping plan.

Sharon Vanelli’s affair with Joey Palermo, a Mafia enforcer, is about to be discovered by her husband, Ray, a secret service agent.

Brilliantly plotted and shot through with wry humor, ALL HE SAW WAS THE GIRL sees these two narratives collide in the backstreets of Italy’s oldest city.

Purchase: Amazon* / TBD* / B&N / Kobo

Peter Leonard: Website | Facebook | Goodreads
*When purchasing through these links, I will receive a small amount, I will put any money earned towards hosting a giveaway.

Did Not Finish
1 / 5 Stars

I first received this book two years ago, it was the first book I ever agreed to review as part of a book tour and I felt terrible that I just couldn't get into it that I promised I'd give it ago at a later date.

Well this year was the later date and yet again it just didn't grip me, back then I should've known I wouldn't finish it even after time had passed but I also was very stubborn and refused to acknowledge "did not finish" could be a thing.

The reason I agreed to this tour was because I was still very much in love with Rome, I always will be, I had a great time being there and I wanted to read a book set there to see how they'd portray the two cities and whether they'd connect.

After reading two chapters and then finding myself skimming the words I realised I just couldn't do it, nothing grabbed my attention and hooked me, it was simply a chore.

I've seen the book have some good reviews and I'm upset that I didn't get to see this part of the book, but alas I just couldn't connect.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Mini Review: Hot Ticket by Olivia Cunning

Hot Ticket by Olivia Cunning

Published: 5th February 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablance
Genre: Romance / 18+
Series: Sinners on Tour #3
Page Count: 365
Format: eBook
Source: Bought

Book #3 in reading order of events in book series, per author

There are things in bassist Jace Seymour’s past that he is unwilling to share with anyone. To cover his guilt and anguish, he seeks dominatrix Mistress V (Aggie) to temporarily placate his inner turmoil.

Aggie doesn’t have much use for men–besides the power rush she gets when they’re begging for mercy at her feet–but Jace isn’t like her usual clients. His cool defiance and unexpected dominance in the bedroom drives her to distraction and quickly steals her heart.

When circumstances threaten Jace’s position in Sinners, Aggie must help him regain his rightful place in the band while showing him that time and love can heal all wounds.


Purchase: Amazon* / TBD* / B&N / Kobo

Olivia Cunning: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

*When purchasing through these links, I will receive a small amount, I will put any money earned towards hosting a giveaway.

Click here for review of Sinners on Tour Book 1 and 2.

3.5 / 5 Stars
Hot Ticket is from Jace's point of view, and probably my favourite of the series read so far and this falls down to one thing, and this one thing bumped it up to a 3.5 stars.

The thing in question is the character development of Jace, if you loved his character before hand I can only think that after reading this you will love him more.

The depth that exists in Jace's emotions in immense, the guilt and anguish he feels is real and he barely knows how to handle it.

That is until Aggie comes along, she is amazing. Even outside of her dominatrix career she is able to handle Jace so well and it just made me gush an awful lot watching her work through his past with him which allowed him to gain control over the parts of his life that were out of his control.

Aside from this I did have some things about the book I disliked, that being the trend of this book when comparing it to the previous ones.

The Sinners on Tour stories follow a trend: he meets her > they're not good for each other > they need each other > they finally have each other > INJURY!! > happily ever after.

So after reading a third book with a similar path its a bit samey, however I do intend to finish the series because I'm invested now.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Attempting University (3)

First year of university is over, I finished it with some very good grades and I got the full deposit back on my flat even though it had looked more like a garbage truck most of the time.

Summer has been really good, I've not done too much when it comes to being creative but I have been working on a few small things.

But for now I want to finish sharing my Creative Narrative work with you, don't know what I'm talking about? Please refer to this post for the first lot of my work.

(Hey also please note that I do have a blog to keep track of my work in progress which can be viewed here, at the moment I'm posting these images you can see below as I'm not actually working on anything I can show just yet - its a present for my best friend)

These two images illustrate a transition of sorts, the change in nature to man-made and old to new. I prefer my second attempt at this and surprisingly really enjoyed the process and outcome.

I have a great love for typography, and I think that is why I took to this task so strong. I had to illustrate a different typeface for every letter of the alphabet that portrayed "environment" before selection one to create fully. My chosen design was inspired by tree rings and ripples in water.

Here I decided to use leaves and plants to portray the "environment" theme by dipping and printing them with ink.

These last two aren't of my creations but instead some of the research, planning and development that went into some of my final pieces of work. I think I ended up working harder on this part than the outcome in the end.