Sunday, 20 December 2015

Weekly Wrap Up and Stacking the Shelves

Weekly Wrap Up

I have only managed to read to books this week, almost just the one. It's been a busy week with Christmas coming up, both at work and at home. But I managed to squeeze some in here and there.

The first one I finished is Queen of always, I have read the first two books a while back and I am so glad I finally picked up the last one. Even tho I am sad it's the end now. I have absolutely loved these books so much so I would gladly have many more...


If her time at court has taught Catherine anything, it’s that there is no room for weakness in Imperial Russia. With the Empress’ health failing and rumors of a change in the line of succession, her place in the royal line is once more in jeopardy. Tormented by her sadistic husband and his venomous mistress, Catherine must once more walk the fine line between pleasure and politics—between scandal and survival.

When her young son becomes the target of those rebelling against Peter’s reign, Catherine will have to rise up to protect herself, her child, and her nation from his unstable and potentially catastrophic rule. This means putting herself at odds with the most dangerous man she’s ever known, trusting those who once proved to be her enemies, and turning a nation against its sovereign. In the ultimate battle for the crown, new alliances will be forged, loyalties will be tested, and blood will be shed.

The 2nd book I sort of had a bit of a love and hate relationship with but more tomorrow in my review ...

Blurb: Peggy Hillcoat is eight years old when her survivalist father, James, takes her from their home in London to a remote hut in the woods and tells her that the rest of the world has been destroyed. Deep in the wilderness, Peggy and James make a life for themselves. They repair the hut, bathe in water from the river, hunt and gather food in the summers and almost starve in the harsh winters. They mark their days only by the sun and the seasons.

When Peggy finds a pair of boots in the forest and begins a search for their owner, she unwittingly begins to unravel the series of events that brought her to the woods and, in doing so, discovers the strength she needs to go back to the home and mother she thought she’d lost.

After Peggy's return to civilization, her mother learns the truth of her escape, of what happened to James on the last night out in the woods, and of the secret that Peggy has carried with her ever since.

Stacking the Shelves

My first book here is also at the top of this post, I downloaded Queen of always and started reading it straight away.
The 2nd book is Jihadi - A love story. I have had my eye on this one for a while, and couldn't be more thankful to Liz for sending me a copy to read, review and hopefully also include in a blog tour. So watch this space.

Blurb: A former intelligence agent stands accused of terrorism, held without charge in a secret overseas prison. His memoir is in the hands of a psychologist with her own agenda, and her annotations paint a much darker picture. As the story unravels, we are forced to assess the truth for ourselves, and decide not only what really happened, but who is the real terrorist. Peopled by a diverse and unforgettable cast of characters, whose reliability as narrators is always questioned, and with a multi-layered plot heaving with unexpected and often shocking developments, Jihadi: A Love Story is an intelligent thriller that asks big questions.

The 3rd book was send to me by the author who approached me on Twitter and I absolute love the sound of this book. Can't wait to start this. Thank you so much Rita!! 

Blurb: Secrets don't stay secret for long...

She spent her whole life being the perfect daughter, the perfect girlfriend, and was all ready to become the perfect wife.

But after ditching her fiancĂ© at the altar and escaping to Chicago, she marries smouldering stranger Joe Petrozzi three weeks after meeting him in a bar. At least this time, there’s no chance of cold feet.

Married life starts out great: there’s the new job, a gorgeous, enigmatic husband and money's no issue.

So what if she’s kept a few secrets from Joe – like where all her money came from. Joe’s been keeping secrets from her, too.

But his might just get her killed.


  1. I have the first book in the Sherry D. Ficklin series. Kind of need to read that series. Your books look amazing.

    Grace @ Books of Love

    1. You really need to read it, it's such a good series. I enjoyed all three books. Bargain too. Thank you :)