Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 145


The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre | Irresistible by Liz Bankes | The Madmen of Benghazi by Gérard deVilliers | Chaos in Kabul by Gérard deVilliers | Tides of Honour by Genevieve Graham | Ru by Kim Thúy | Like No Other by Una LaMarche | The Fearless by Emma Pass


It’s one of those weeks when nothing really happened in my droll life. Though, I must admit that it’s a good thing. I don’t think my poor heart can handle all the excitement of riding in an ambulance and playing a crash test dummy for fun. Anyway, all is well.

This week, I got one copy for review from the fantastic people over at Random House Canada. I started reading The Fearless by Emma Pass, and I must say, I’m intrigued by this band of soldiers wreaking havoc in all the land. Let’s see how intense this is going to be, but so far, I’m so into it.

I mentioned in my review of Revenge of the Kremlin how much I enjoyed what I’ve read of Malko Linge so far. So much so that I bought the only other two that’s been translated in English. I was so excited when I found them at my bookstore! I can’t wait to dive into these books.

I managed to keep in touch with the lot of you, and posted some reviews this week. I have to say, I’m pretty proud of myself. *beams* Considering how insane work had been, I’m pumped that I was able to write something coherent before my brain turned to soup. Goodness knows, work has been known to do that to me.

Buyer’s Remorse

Oh man. I bought Irresistible because the cover attracted me so. As I was reading up on the reviews on Goodreads, I soon realized the error of my ways as the book feature two of my most hated character flaws: doormat girl meets douchebag boy. Sigh. Wish me luck.

E-books. Yes. I do buy and request them from time to time.

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I read Beautiful Secret on the day of its release. I enjoyed it enough, but not as much as I did its predecessors. I requested copies of Some Kind of Normal and Every Last Word from NetGalley. Thanks so much to Sourcebooks Fire and Disney-Hyperion for these copies!

So that’s the kind of week it’s been. How was yours?

  • Yay for posting reviews this week 😀 You are awesome Joy. <3 And ah, such precious books. <3 I really loved The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things 😀 SO CUTE. I also have Every Last Word 🙂 Must read it soon ;p BUT JOY! You must go back and buy All the Rage! DOOOOO IT! It is awesome 😀 And so heartbreaking. Sigh. BUT SO GOOD. I dare you to read it. lol 🙂 Happy reading sweetie. <3 Hope you'll love all the precious books 🙂

    • I’m scared to read it All the Rage. I don’t have the heart for it. 🙁 I know it’s going to break my heart.

  • I hate it when I pick up a book for review (or buy it) without looking carefully at reviews first. Hopefully Irresistible will work better for you than it has for others!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    • I hope so too. The good news is, it’s a very small volume. So hopefully, it’ll only hurt for a bit. 🙂

  • I think a blah week is better than a bad one, so I take ’em! 🙂 Not buyer’s remorse! Maybe you can just let it look pretty for a…long…while. Ooh, I hope Every Last Word is good–it sounds wonderful.

    Have a great week Joy!!

    • Thanks, Rachel. Who knows? Maybe Irresistible will surprise me in the end? Lol.

  • I love love loveeeeed The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things! Just writing my review of it. And I’m so jealous of that Every Last Word, my request is pending for weeks now and I’m pretty sure I won’t get it.

    • That’s good to hear. I think I’ll read it sooner rather than later. Thanks for stopping by, Nicole!

  • I always check books on Goodreads before buying them. I love the aps’ barcode scanner(though sometimes I feel like a thief or something, scanning books in a bookstore, even though it’s completely innocent). That way I’m less likely to be disappointed with what I buy!

  • I love the cover for The Queen of Bright and Shiny things! The synopsis doesn’t sound like something I would like, but that didn’t stop me from buying it on the release date. Covers get me too, basically.

    • I haven’t had much luck with Ms. Aguirre’s books in the past, but I’m willing to give her another go. I think that’s primarily why I bought this one. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • All of these are new to me except The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things and Every Last Word but I hope you like them! So the cover of irresistible was…irresistible? *snickers* Who knows, you may end up loving it!

    • Lol! That, my dear, is exactly why I got suckered in. 🙂

  • Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    I enjoyed Beautiful Secret, although it seems that they have scaled back with the sex scenes, don’t you think? I remember reading the first two books, and it seemed like every chapter had a sex scene!
    Have a fantastic week Joy!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    • Nail on the head, Naomi. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I thought they were still a hot couple, but I just wasn’t a fan of their story, for some reason. There just wasn’t anything special about it. *shrugs*

  • Gorgeous, as always. Have you read Boys Like You yet? It’s the first companion novel for Something Like Normal (I wasn’t approved… sob!) R x

    • Oh man. No, I haven’t. I really should read that one first then, eh? And boo! Don’t they know you’re a HUGE Julianna Stone fangirl?!

      • Not sure if they have to be read in order or not… But I would. Because I LOVED Boys Like You. I KNOW!! I was suitably outraged. One little search on my blog and they would have found ALL the Stone love. Pft. R x

  • Christy

    I’m glad it was a boring week, because you’ve definitely had enough excitement you could’ve done without. I’m just glad you’re okay. Buyers remorse sucks. Hope the rest of the books don’t make you regret them.

    • Keeping my fingers crossed! And thanks, hun!

  • Wishing you luck! 🙂

  • My Shiny book! I was basically there for the birth of The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things. It’s changed somewhat from that first version, but the core is very much the same. I love that story! It just means so much to me.
    Happy reading!

    • Awesome! I’m even more excited to read it now. Oh and the cover is gorge!

  • Happy reading 😀

    Bit doormat girl meets douchebag, UGH

  • I LOVED The Queen of Bright and Shiny things, I hope you do too! I also picked up Every Last Word and can’t wait to dig in. Glad you had a normal week without need of medical help!

  • I love JStone!

    P.S. I had issues with bloglovin, it’s really messed up and as I don’t have the patience to deal with the technicalities, it ended with me having a new page. So the next time you visit TS, just reclick that bloglovin button.

    • I re-click that button, and it took me to the right page this time. So weird. But you’re still not showing on my feed. Bah. I’ll make sure I come by for a visit, I promise!

  • Ah, buyer’s remorse sucks. 🙁 But it looks like you a got an interesting haul, otherwise. Happy reading!

  • Some Kind of Normal sounds good, hope you enjoy and have a good weekend.

  • Seems like you’ve had a chilled week (Mine was chillax as well and I loved every moment of it) And all I read is e-books, although I really miss the feel of the real pages on my fingers (what every single person says when they switch to e-books) tee hee

    • I think I’m at that inevitable point where I need to buy ebooks instead of physical copies. I’m out of room! Lol. Thanks for visiting!

      • Oh no! My Kindle is lagging because I have so many books and I long since needed another book shelf. The life of a book devourer. O_o

  • Ah buyers remorse, I think we have all been there done that. Who knows though, maybe it will work for you?
    Good luck with all the reads and congrats!

    • I’m keeping my fingers crossed! Though, by the sound of things, it’s highly unlikely. 🙁

  • It’s been one of those uninteresting past few days for me too! But sometimes a bit of normalcy is A-okay. 😉 You did acquire some fabulous books, on the bright side. ;D

    • Yep. I’m too old to be this excited. Lol!

  • I’m reading Every Last Word soon too. Look forward to comparing notes. And I appreciate quiet weeks so much! This month has been pretty crazy for me!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen at YA Romantics

    • Every Last Word has been weird so far. Looking forward to reading your review, Jen!

  • Oh that’s nice, some new interesting books for you this week. happy reading!

  • I’ve had a pretty tame week as well Joy, still getting used to the work-life balance so I’ve just spent the weekend catching up with friends and on sleep. Unfortunately haven’t done much reading 🙁 I haven’t even heard of any of these books haha, but I hope you enjoy them lovely! Have a wonderful week xx

    • Oh boo. That’s the worst. I hope you’ll find a good balance soon, Joy!

  • I have totally had buyer’s remorse from choosing books based on beautiful covers – and I still do it I can’t help myself! Have a great week!

    • Oh those pretty covers! I’m such a sucker for them. 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

  • Despite having a droll week, it looks like you did pretty good on the book front Joy! I’ve read The Fearless and it gets a bit too sappy for me later on unfortunately. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it! Looking forward to your thoughts on the rest as well.

    • Oh yes. I just saw your review. Hmm. I’ll have to wait and see at which point did it get sappy for you.

  • I am so jealous of your book haul! So many of those are on my TBR. 🙂 I just saw Some Kind of Normal on NetGalley, but wasn’t sure whether I wanted it or not. I hope you enjoy it.