Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 170


The Lovely and the Lost by Page Morgan | Compulsion by Martina Boone | Eve by W.M. Paul Young | Golden Braid By Melanie Dickerson | He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker | And Again by Jessica Chiarella | These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly 

Hello, dear readers!

How has your week been? I can’t say that my break was fruitful, to be honest. And part of the problem being the upcoming Christmas festivities. Between trying to close up year end at my job, and running around buying everybody’s gifts, I’ve not had much time to read. I did, however, managed to revisit a favourite series of mine from a beloved author. I read The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta which is a fantasy series, no less! And you all know Fantasy genre is an aisle unexplored in my bookshop jaunts. I make exceptions for anything Ms Marchetta writes. If you haven’t read them, you most definitely should.


That doesn’t mean, however, that I did not read anything since you last visited me. I read a couple of books; both of which left me a little underwhelmed, to be honest.  If you grew up reading Judy Blume’s books, then, you might be familiar with her writing chops. I did not. So I am not.

Blood Kiss was one that I’ve been looking forward to reading since it was announced by Ms Ward. Unfortunately, it was more of the same.

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Much Love

to Simon & Schuster Canada and Atria for my review copies of And Again and He Will be My Ruin, respectively.

I hope you will get all you wanted this Christmas, everyone. And I’m excited for the coming 2016. I know we all try to do better than we did year in and year out, but I hope we won’t forget that we’re not here to compete. We are all in this together.

Peace out.


  • Jazmen

    These Shallow Graves has been on my radar for a while as soon as I clear out my review TBR I’m going to dive into that one–look forward to your review of it!

  • Adriana C

    I recently bought The Lovely and the Lost and as a fan of the JR Ward series I´m dreading to read her new book if is more of the same.
    Happy holidays Joy!

  • Hugs. <3 You are have still read lots 😀 I also haven't been able to read much this month at all. Sigh. So busy every day 🙂 YAY for re-reading The Lumatere Chronicles. <3 I'm not sure my heart could take it, lol. But I want to too. Sigh. Anyway 😀 Gooorgeous books this week sweetie. <3 They all sound awesome 😀 Happy reading Joy. <3

  • I really want to read the Judy Blume. She’s been a favourite author of mine since I was a child, and I recently reread my favourite book by her (and was happy that i still loved it.) It’s a shame it didn’t work out for you though :/ Glad you got to revisit a series you love! Personally, I love Melina Marchetta’s book Jellicoe Road (I think that was her?) and I should really read more of her books.

  • Can’t wait to hear what you think of He Will Be My Ruin! I’m really looking forward to that one. I have Compulsion, too – was totally sucked in by the gorgeous cover.

  • I saw the Ward book today and wondered about it-was even probably going to buy it. Sounds like I should just hold on to my money! When I re-read it’s almost always either the Twilight books or any book by Dannika Dark. I have the He Will Be My Ruin ARC and I am looking forward to reading it. I hope you get to read some over the holidays! Merry Christmas!

  • I haven’t read Blume or Ward, so yeah. Yay for the Tucker book, though.

  • Oooh, I want Golden Braid in part because I’m in love I think with its cover. Gorgeous. Also, Eve – very curious about that one. I hope you enjoy your newest reads this week.
    Merry Christmas, Joy!! 🙂

  • I haven’t been happy with Ward’s latest books. I’ve heard great things about this one. I’m still in the air if I’m going to try it or just let her go. I’m thinking the later. I don’t think I’ve read anything from Judy Blume in many, many years. I can’t even remember what I would’ve read. I just assume that I read something as a kid.

  • I so need to read Marchetta

  • – I used to enjoy JR Ward, but she’s become too formulaic for my tastes. Ack.
    -YAY for Melina Marchetta. I am totally due for a reread of that phenomenal series.
    -Enjoy your new books! I haven’t read any of them, so will look forward to seeing what you think.

  • shootingstarsmag

    Sorry you didn’t really love your two latest books, but re-reads are always fun! I’ve never read anything by Judy Blume to be honest. I didn’t grow up reading her, so I just never got around to it. haha


  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    Shoot! Sorry Blood Kiss didn’t work for you Joy, I thought it was an improvement from the past few BDB books I’d read in that we didn’t have to follow 75 characters:) Four I can handle. Definitely still her over the top style though. So looking forward reading your thoughts on The Lovely and the Lost, I’ve heard good things about that series!!!

  • Nick(Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite

    Ooh I love the Page Morgan series! It’s so much fun and lots of swoon! 🙂
    I haven’t read the Lumatere books just yet, but I’ve been meaning to get to them.
    Enjoy your lovely haul this week, Joy!

  • Melliane

    some interesting new books. happy reading!

  • Beautiful parting words Joy, we’re definitely not here to compete at all! We’re in this together which is what makes it such a lovely community.

  • RO

    I’m a little behind in reading and hope to catch up this week. Hear mixed reviews on Blood Kiss, but haven’t checked it out for myself yet! I did see a fantastic review that was very in depth, and gave me a new perspective, over at Delighted Reads. True, what a great reminder, Joy – we strive to be better, and kinder and better, no matter what. Hugs…

  • THESE SHALLOW GRAVES! Oh how I loved that book.

    Welcome back Joy. I’m sorry that your break wasn’t as restful as you’d hoped, it’s so hard to find time for yourself at this time of year. If you’re not preparing for Christmas day, you’re buying presents and running around like a mad chook. I hope you can put your feet up once Christmas is done and dusted, you really deserve to be spoilt <3

    I love Marchetta too but haven't tried her fantasy series yet. I love her contemporaries and have always worried about investing in them seeing I'm not a big fantasy reader. But if you swear by them and not reading a lot of fantasy either, that's good enough for me Joybelle 😀