Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Audiobook Review: The Journals of Octavia Hollows (Book 1-6) by Stacey Rourke

Hello lovelies 

So I was lucky enough first of all to be apart of this books blitz tour early this year. Then I was even more blessed when Caffeinated PR allowed me the opportunity to review this awesome collection. I mean with a cover like that... who wouldn't want to know more!!! Pink hair and a pet pig... sounded like a treat.  

Published: 10 August 209
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
460 pages


Narrated by: Brenda Scott Wlazlo
14 hrs 22 mins
Released: 22 October 2019
Publisher: The Audio Flow

* What it's about *

With a touch of her hand, Octavia Hollows can restore life. Yet, she couldn’t save the man she loved from the horrific accident that stole him from her. Octavia thought she could outrun the pain, but ghosts from the past refuse to be silenced. Out of options, she chooses to retrace her wayward journey across the country in search of answers. Surrounded by baffling mysteries of the undead, what she learns about herself along the way might become her greatest weapon.

* My thoughts *

Book 1 Wake the Dead

So this is the first time I have read a book with a necromancer as the main character. Octavia has a super interesting backstory which we are introduced to in book 1, but obviously there is a lot more to come with the story. The book was a fast pace that I am not quite used to. 

I love Bacon to bits, even though he is a small little character but in a big way. Octavia really does love him and he gives her some purpose in comfort in a lot of ways as the story unfolds. 

I liked and didn't like Nikki. In some ways she was a bit predictable so I wasn't sure how to catergorise her really. 

Sister Deena is an interesting character for sure and I do enjoy her interactions with Octavia. I am interested to see where their friendship leads.

The story has a few small interesting twists as the plot progresses, and wraps up nicely, getting you excited about what is to follow in the books to come. 

PS the narrator does to a great job. It is my first time listening to Brenda. 

Book 2 Dead Man's Hand

I can't tell you why but I love Nate to bits. Weird how Octavia always find these cases that bring out her softer side and they always want to save the day/world but it is an easy listen that had me giggling in the car with the interactions between Nate and Octavia. It had a few interesting quick twists which I enjoyed even if some were a bit predictable and easier to figure out. 

I missed Sister Deena's presence in this book but I am sure she will be back soon (hopefully in book 3). 

The books ends and leads into the next one quite smoothly. Thankfully no need to wait with a cliffhanger. I did enjoy this ending a bit more than book 1. 

Book 3 Caught Dead

What an interesting book. It had a completely different ending which made me happy. Still a cliff hanger but if they all ended the same it would get a bit mundane and boring. 

Octavia definitely has a few secrets that are being revealed and challenges being thrown her way. I felt like this book stepped up a notch in the story line but in a way it also felt a bit shorter than the first 2 books. 

I love her relationship with Bacon and even her soft spot for 'Squidface.'

The Siren Aroya intrigues and annoys me. Being the villain and all I guess that is about normal. 

I am excited to see where the next book leads, cause clearly it's not Vegas!!

Book 4 Drop Dead Gorgeous

To be honest I really enjoyed this book because the story line had a different direction from the first 3 books. It showed a different side to Octavia as she found out a bit more about her heritage and embraced other aspects of her powers and choices she has in situations. 

Aroya irritated me as always but she plays her villain part well. 

Bahari is a favourite that I wish would have been in the story longer. 

Drop Dead Gorgeous gave the series a bit of flavour and I am as always looking forward to where Octavia lands up next because it closed out with quite a bit bang of a cliffhanger...

Book 5 Dead Ringer

Ahhhh I loved this book. but why though.... Hmm I loved Octavia's development as a person. Her emotional story. but most of all I adored Reed!! His friendship with Octavia is to exciting and I just want to know more. I know Octavia is looking for Alba.. but I wouldn't mind if she ended up with Reed *tee hee* 

I enjoyed the different plot that Stacey took for book 5, which lead us to another side of Octavia. There was no Coven to help her out and she really does make a few error in judgement calls along the way. I loved that she realised a few things about the people who are still around and in her life. This is probably my favourite book out of the 5 I have listened to so far. 

Book 6 Dead as a Doornail

Ah.... what a way to end a series. It's hard to talk about the book without giving away some of the things that are building up throughout the story. Stacey wraps everything up so beautifully but with scope for more should she want to continue the series. 

Reed and Octavia are so awesome together on every single page! 

* Rating * 

Stacey Rourke is the award winning author of works that span genres, but possess the same flare for action and snarky humor. She lives in Florida with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. Stacey loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.

<3 Happy Reading or listening <3 


Thursday, 27 February 2020

Book Review: Unearthed (Death Seeker #1) by Cecy Robson

Hey lovelies!! 

I know I know it has been a while... but reading has been a bit slow. Anyhoooo.... I am so super excited to share my latest review with you. 

I saw this book around the blogsphere and then I also happened to see the blog tour and was apart of it. At that point I wasn't able to read the book in time to contribute a review but I asked nicely with a very very pretty please if they (Caffeinated PR) would let me review the book at a later stage and they granted me my wish! 

I mean who wouldn't want to read a book with a cover as pretty as this *so much cover love* 

Published: 24 September 2019
331 pages
Source: Netgalley / Caffeinated PR

* What it's about *

Fae was once a flourishing paradise. Until Death turned greedy and destroyed it, targeting the creatures who inhabited it. Those who survived escaped to Earth’s realm, but Death wasn’t far behind . . .

Olivia Finn is just another pixie trying to blend in among humans and hide from the death hounds who devoured her family. Clinging to the talisman that keeps her veiled from those who hunt her, she believes she is safe. . .. Until Death finds her and discovers she’s immune to its grip.

Now that Olivia’s power is unearthed, she is sought by Fae who see her as their savior and stalked by dark entities compelled to destroy her. Can she trust the King of the Dead who has sworn to train and protect her? Or should she obey her instincts that warn he desires more?

Olivia can no longer hide from Death. To survive, she must seek it.

* My thoughts *

It's hard not to be swept away by Cecy's writing. It took me a few chapters to really get into it as it did seem a little bit predictable, where you could see where the story line was going to go, but it was enjoyable discovering every step with Olivia and Ryker. 

Main Character love: I love Olivia and Ryker together. They have just the right amount of tension and tenderness to keep you hoping. 

Side character love: Stevie is a character that came in after halfway in the but I totally loved him! one of those small side characters you just love. I would have loved to get to know Dahlia a bit more and see where things with her and Frankie go!

Overall I enjoyed how different each of Cecy's characters are! different reasons to love all of them. You can't help despise Cathasach and his Cu-Sith. There is adventure, excitement and tender moments that make you care even more. 

There is no doubt that Cecy is a super talented writer and knows how to weave a story that can capture your attention and keep you interested. 

I will definitely be reading the rest of this series as they are released. 

* Rating * 

Author Links and Bio: 

CECY ROBSON is an international and multi-award-winning author of over twenty-five character driven novels. A registered nurse of eighteen years, Cecy spends her free time creating magical worlds, heart-stopping romance, and young adult adventure. After receiving two RITA® nominations, the Maggie Award, the Award of Excellence, and a National Reader’s Choice Award nomination, you can still find Cecy laughing, crying, and cheering on her characters as she pens her next story.

Happy Reading <3 



Thursday, 20 February 2020

Soul Inspirations: Thank you for not believing in me

Hey hey lovelies 

I suppose this is an odd thing to be grateful for, but it's the truth. Often we get disappointed or despondent when we realise people don't see our vision or see that said people are not on our side or in our court. It's a normal reaction from that perspective. 

The other day I had a similar situation where I was trying to argue my point and realised that this person in fact did not have my back and ultimately didn't believe that I was skilled or capable enough to actually just do that task at hand. On that day I was down and felt defeated. Lucky for me I have never been one wallow in self-pity for too long. 

Time and sleep are wonderful miracle workers. The next day when I woke up, a few thoughts occurred to me. Just because this person didn't I could do it, didn't mean that it was true. This person has a very controlling personality and ultimately believes if they can't do it themselves it's not really good enough. There is no trust. Yes initially I did take it personally, but other peoples issue are not about you!! It's their insecurities and things that they need to work through. 

Very few people can see your vision or what you are truly capable of, and that is okay. They don't need to for you to succeed or progress. 

I realised how blessed I was that my parents brought me up to be stronger than that. They taught to me think and dream outside of the box - even discard the box if need be. Go for it, even if you fail, at least you learn. Failure is a stepping stone to success anyway! and lastly to believe in yourself even others may not, because your dreams are worth pursuing and you are worthy either way. They taught me resilience to try, try and try again until I find what I am looking for. 

I learnt how to be strong and to keep finding the strength to make better choices and create a better life. I did before and can always do it again. 

I have created some amazing experiences for myself and I can do it again. 

People thought I was crazy when I got divorced, quit my job and moved to Thailand to become a teacher (I didn't have the first clue about teaching or living in an Eastern country!) yet I prevailed, googled and figured it out along the way. It wasn't always easy but it was worth it. 

It's the people that didn't believe in me that sometimes made me stronger and better! It's the moment when you realise that you actually can do it and you will do that empowers you. 

So you see.. they actually did me a favour and for that I am grateful that I had the strength to carry on and ultimately appreciate and love myself more for it. 

Giving up is so boring. It's ok to let things go and make a different choice. There is a big difference between letting go and giving up. Letting go frees you to try something else, giving up is beating yourself up and wallowing in self-pity. It's a perspective choice. 

So today lovelies, thank those who didn't see your potential and your brilliance. 

Shine anyway!! 

Much Love 

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Soul Inspirations: Grief, Friendships and Love

This may start out as sounding like a somber post, but I promise that is not what I am sharing with you today. 

Have you ever been in a space in your life where you sit there and wonder who would miss you if you died today or tomorrow. To be fair this has not actually been a question on my mind for a while as I have felt I have so much to live for, especially due to my pregnancy. 

The strangest thing happened to me last night that caught me quite by surprise and struck a deep emotional chord in my heart. I woke up from a dream at 01:01 am and I was crying. Tears were streaming down my face from the dream I had just had and all I could think to do was grab my husband's hand and hold on to it as tight as I could while I calmed my heart.

In my dream I died. Yet, I didn't know I was dead initially in the dream. I was so confused as to what was going on... Once I realised my state it was like the scene replayed with this realisation and I witnessed the grief of the people in my life. The ones I know love me the most and would really be affected if I were to die. 

The grief I witnessed of my husband, step-son, cousin and parents had me in a state as there was nothing that I could actually do about it or do to comfort them. We don't need many people in our loves to feel fulfilled and loved. I suppose two things could have triggered such a dream, firstly at the beginning of the month it was the anniversary of my biological fathers death, and secondly I have had some friends leave my life in the past few months. I have always taken this a bit hard as for some reason in this life most friendships have never been an easy sail for me. I have met some amazing friends along the way and not all of them have ended in a bad way. In some ways some friendships that have ended have had me trust in myself a little bit more.

We all go through growth phases in life and I guess this is me stepping into the next the next phase of my life. Trying to manage my time and spend it where it is worth while. Either on activities that have a better return, e.g. working on my writing skill versus blogging, or spending time with the people I love like my family. 

I have had to take a step back and re-evaluate what truly makes me happy, work towards that and let go of the things that don't without feeling guilty about it. 

It's not always about working towards being the person you want to be, but sometimes it is more about just being that person in the moment. I have had to practice this more often than not when it comes to being a step mom. Shaping a little human is hard work. It's easy to moan and shout when they do something 'wrong', it's harder to take a breath sometimes and approach the situation with love and encouragement to see the error and grow from it. 

Every day is an opportunity to start a new way and even every moment is an opportunity to let it go and try again. 

Love those that appreciate and love you. You will be missed if you were to go tomorrow, maybe not by the masses but definitely by the people who colour your world. 


Wednesday, 18 December 2019

~ Happy Holidays 2019 ~

Happy Holidays Friendies all over the world <3 

I know I haven't been around much but life has been quite crazy and I haven't touched ground with a few things like reading, writing or blogging. 

Because things have been so hectic I have decided to take a bit of a blogging break over the festive season. 

I have been contemplating a lot of things as well. Between where I am spending my time and what actually brings in an income. I might blog a bit less on the new year to try get a better ROI with my time, but I will still be around I promise. 

I love reading and sharing reviews too much to ever give it up again!! 

I hope you all have a wonderful festive season with your loved ones and we will catch up again in 2020!!

Lots of love and reading