Thursday, January 10, 2019

Review : Knight Moves (Merriweather Sisters Time Travel #2) by Cynthia Luhr

Title: Knight Moves (Merriweather Sisters Time Travel #2)
Author: Cynthia Luhr
Published: December 1, 2015
Source: Amazon
Reviewed: Sapphired Dragon
Rating: *** 1/2

 My Review:

This is book 2 in the series and MC Melinda returns to England to try and find out what happened to her sister Lucy, who we know from book 1 is now living happily in the past. Somehow Melinda manages to get herself lost and take shelter in a castle from a storm which leads to her falling back in time the the 14th Century

This book was a bit of a mixed bag. In places it was convoluted and a bit of a hot mess but also fun and sweet in a really cheesy way. In the beginning there seemed to be a few inconsistencies in terms of the time line and you could really see the author moving the chess pieces to line everything up for the rest of the story to work ( and it seemed a little over the top at times) and at times the writing was a little choppy which pulled me out of the story a little but once I was able to suspend my disbelief and get past the beginning, I actually quite enjoyed the read.

I liked the romance between Melinda and James even if it did seem to come a little easily at first and despite the heavy handedness of the author at times, this book had a sweet and romantic feel that left me with a smile at the end.

I give this book 3 1/2 stars.

Sapphired Dragon xx

About The Book

Knight Moves (Merriweather Sisters Time Travel #2) by Cynthia Luhr

Lose yourself in time… 

A missing sister and totally fishy story. 

A haunting castle in England. 

Finding out news that rocks your world. 
Check. And double check. 

Be careful when you go searching for answers… 

Melinda Merriweather’s sister vanished on a trip to England. When someone tries to kill Melinda, she knows there’s more to the story of her missing sister. Determined to find out what happened, Melinda lands in England only to get more than she bargained for. 

A picture she can’t explain. A wrong turn leading to Falconburg Castle and a whopper of a storm. Falling through time to 1300s medieval England, she finds herself staring at the pointy end of a wicked looking sharp sword. A weary scarred knight swoops in and rescues Melinda only to find out she’s no swooning damsel in distress. Now Melinda’s greatest fear is falling in love and never finding out what happened to her sister. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Dewey's #readathon Progress Hours 9-12

Hour 9 (7am - 8 am AEST)

Read: Reunion Pass (Eternity Springs #11) by Emily March
Pages read: 44 (up to page 202)
Time spent reading:24 minutes
Snacks eaten: Breakfast - Coco pops and coffee
Breaks/Activities: slept until 7.25 then made breakfast
Posted to instagram and twitter:

Comments : Awake and refreshed and ready to start again.  I was actually getting back on to the groove when my alarm sounded to check in.  next time maybe I will ignore it an keep reading :-P Now back to it :-)

Hour 10 (8 am - 9 am AEST)

Read: Reunion Pass (Eternity Springs #11) by Emily March
Pages read: 32 (page 234)
Time spent reading:21 minutes
Snacks eaten: none
Breaks/Activities: Spent 15 mins on Social media and 15 minutes setting up goodreads Hour 11 Discussion post
Posted on instagram:

Comments about the hour: not a huge amount of reading done this hour but the book is getting more interesting and I have even laughed out loud a couple of times. I have also become more invested in the characters now so I am looking forward to seeing how it all works out.  I am moderating the Goodreads group for Hours 11 and 12 so not sure how much reading will be done.

Hour 11 (9am - 10am AEST) 

Read: Reunion Pass (Eternity Springs #11) by Emily March
Pages read: 8 (page 242)
Time spent reading: 7 minutes
Snacks eaten: none
Breaks/Activities: 40 mins on social media 10 minutes setting up goodreads Hour 12 Discussion post
Comments about the hour: I fell down a social media rabbit hole during this hour and got a whole 7 minutes of reading done in the end.  I think I may be on too many social platforms LOL!  I am debating maybe checking only one or two of them each hour so I can spend more time reading.  Also think about going for a walk for an hour what my during hors 13 or 14 to listen to an audio book and enjoy the sunshine as its a beautiful day here :-)

Hour 12 (10am - 11am AEST)

Read: Reunion Pass (Eternity Springs #11) by Emily March
Pages read: 74 - Finished the Book
Time spent reading: 38 minutes
Snacks eaten: Nacho cheese shapes
Breaks/Activities: Posted Hour 12 Discussion post , read through a few threads and commented on some
Comments about the hour: Went about 5 minutes over the hour as I finished up book.  Now to decide whether start on Beautiful Burn or The Fill-in Boyfriend

Dewey's #Readathon Progress Hours 1 - 4

Hour 1 (11pm - 12 am AEST)

Started with: Reunion Pass (Eternity Springs #11) by Emily March

Pages read: 104
Time spent reading: 59 minutes
Snacks eaten:chocolate bullets and a handful of shapes
Comments about the hour: The books not the most exciting thing i have ever read.  I am not quite bored but i was kinda glad when the time saying the first hour was up and I could spend 5 or so minutes on social media.  100 in to a 300 page book and we are still in set up. At least I am reading through it fairly quickly and haven't fallen asleep though dead tired :-P

Hour 2 (12am - 1am AEST)

Read: Reunion Pass (Eternity Springs #11) by Emily March
Pages read:54
Time spent reading:32 minutes
Snacks eaten: none
Comments about the hour: called it a night about 12.42 as my eyes started to close by themselves.  Will finish this book in the morning.

Hour 3 (1 am - 2 am AEST) & Hour 4 (2am - 3 am AEST)

No reading and much sleeping like a log done :-)

Dewey's 24 Hour #Readathon Hour Zero: Opening meme

Less than an hour to go till the Readathon starts so I will just tell you a little about myself and my plans for today as I answer the opening meme: 

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I am reading from Sydney Australia so its actually quite late at night here.  For us the readathon starts at 11 pm so my main goal when i start is to try to finish at least one book before I need to grab some sleep. Then once I wake up its plan sailing :-)

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I think i am most looking forward to The Fill-In Boyfriend  It looks like it will be a fun read.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I am already salivating about the chocolate bullets.  I am pretty sure they will be my first snack and will probably be open the same time i opne to page one of my first book :-P

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I am a book blogger who also works full time and is the mother of a gorgeous 4 year old girl.  I read a mixture of YA and adult paranormal romance/urban Fantasy/High fantasy type reads depending on my mood and what i am reviewing.  I am a member of goodreads and love participating in team book challenges and am currently participating in Wobble on Nothing but Reading Challenges and in the Goodreads Olympic Games

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
This is my third readathon and what I have done differently for this readathon is organised for my four year old to have a sleepover with Nana so I can just read. I am hoping in the next few years to get her involved but for now,its a lot more fun for her and more productive for me to send her to nana for a sleepover.  We also had a house inspection today which means all the housework for the weekend is already done so i don't have too much in the way to do tomorrow other than read.
Happy Reading everyone!

Dewey's 24 Hour #Readathon Oct 2016

In a few hours time, I will starting to participate in what I think is my third Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon and this time, despite the really late I signed up post ;-P, I am prepared with a capital"P".

Due to a house inspection earlier today, all the housework for the weekend has been DONE!  My four year old is enjoying a sleepover at Nana's house so I will be child free.  This leaves the rest of my weekend wide open to do nothing but READ! :-)

Now one of the most important parts of the readathon comes before it even begins and that is putting together your Readathon TBR pile.  I started preparing mine about a week ago with a goodreads shelf

Nikk's Readathon TBR Shelf

After Alice Midnight Marked Midnight Crossroad Scarlet Paper Towns Angel of Storms The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Since You've Been Gone Every Heart a Doorway The Ruby Talisman The Things I Didn't Say The Forgotten Pearl A Beautiful Wedding Dance with the Devil Red Hill Reunion Pass The Courtesan Frost Like Night

Then I started pulling the physical books out.  I may have gotten a just a little enthusiastic :-P

Finally narrowed it down to starting with these below and then can pick from my above image depending on my mood.

Again this is always subject to change.

The next thing to consider is The reading space.  I love my reading space.  It gets great sunlight during the day and I have a nice light in the evenings.  Its comfy.  I can spread out, and its right next to the book shelf for when I am ready to move on to my next book :-)

Next is reading materials.  I visited the library earlier today for a last minute browse for anything worthy of adding to the TBR pile.  3 of those books made it to the very top!

Even more exciting was the new purchase I made just a couple of hours ago.  My previous kindle paperwhite was stolen a few months back so I finally purchased a new one this afternoon.  It's charging and i have already loaded it up in preparation :-)

The last important thing to organise is snacks.  The right snacks make you read faster!  It's true, I promise! :-P

These are my pre-readathon preparations, I am ready to go as soon as we hit the start. Are you reading this readathon? What books are on your TBR pile? As do you have any pre-readathon rituals or things you like to do in preparation?

Comment below and let me know.

I will be updating on this blog every few hours to update my progress as well as on instagram so keep popping back to see how I go.

Happy Readathon everyone!  May you have a great 24 hours of reading!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

It's my birthday and I'll have a giveaway if I want to

So today is my birthday!  Happy Birthday to me!

And to celebrate I am giving you the chance to win $25AUD worth of books from Book Depository or Booktopia for the Aussies.

Just enter via the rafflecopter form below for your chance to win

Giveaway Rules:
·         Giveaway is open to anyone that Book Depository delivers to (if you are a resident of Australia you may choose from Booktopia instead)
·         You must be over 13 to enter
·         If you are under 18, you must have parent or guardian permission to supply a delivery address if you win
·         You must love books!

Go Forth and Good Luck!

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Teaser Tuesday #4: Dreamfever (Fever #4) by Karen Marie Morning

Welcome to Teaser Tuesdays.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

1. Grab your current read

2. Open to a random page

3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

4. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My current read is Dreamfever (Fever #4)  by Karen Marie Moning and my three lines are from page 5

"Ah, Mac," he says, and his laughter is as dark and cold as the place of which I dream, "one day you will wonder if it's possible to hate me more." 

Dreamfever (Fever#4) by Karen Marie Moning

They may have stolen my past, but I’ll never let them take my future. When the walls between Man and Fae come crashing down, freeing the insatiable, immortal Unseelie from their icy prison, MacKayla Lane is caught in a deadly trap. Captured by the Fae Lord Master, she is left with no memory of who or what she is: the only sidhe-seer alive who can track the Sinsar Dubh, a book of arcane black magic that holds the key to controlling both worlds. Clawing her way back from oblivion is only the first step Mac must take down a perilous path, from the battle-filled streets of Dublin to the treacherous politics of an ancient, secret sect, through the tangled lies of men who claim to be her allies into the illusory world of the Fae themselves, where nothing is as it seems—and Mac is forced to face a soul-shattering truth. Who do you trust when you can’t even trust yourself? …

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!