what’s the buzz: weekly round-up and book haul
Well, with the world currently facing a global pandemic and things being so uncertain, it’s definitely an unsettling time right now. I have to admit, it is giving me a great deal of anxiety. It’s hard trying not to fall victim to the panic buying that seems to be sweeping the UK not to mention all the uncertainty around how everyone is going to support themselves if there is no work.
Still, that hasn’t stopped me from shopping online! I think I’ve probably bought more than normal (must be the stress!)
- The Untamed seasons (winter and summer) acrylic stands purchased from eBay: I really love both of these (and have ordered spring and autumn too!)
- Lan Wangji and Wei Wuxian / Lan Wangji acrylic keychains purchased from Amazon marketplace: I couldn’t resist these either. 😉
- The Untamed postcard and sticker pack purchased from eBay: I ordered this a wee while ago and it finally came – yay!
- The Untamed and Wang Yibo / Xiao Zhan stickers purchased from eBay: yet another eBay purchase – I really need to be stopped haha!
- Lotus Pier pin from Ephemeral Pins: I had my eye on this and was waiting to get paid but they went out of stock. However, a few weeks back they were re-stocked as part of a sale and I was super lucky in managing to snag one!
- Book sleeve (Star Wars themed!) from Book Besties UK: I was so happy this came back in stock as I missed it first time round!
- Make up bag from Barry M: part of a wee bundle deal they had on – more details below…
- Book sleeve (spooky Disney / Tim Burton style!) from Book Besties UK: I absolutely love this design – the photo doesn’t do it justice…
- Make up from Barry M: Feline Fantasy bundle and a few other odds and ends. It’s been ages since I bought any make up and their line is nearly entirely vegan now which is fab for me!
- The Untamed acrylic stands from purchased from eBay: I love these and of course couldn’t resist adding them to my small (or not so small anymore) collection of Untamed merch!
- Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo keychains from eBay: How cute are these? I could honestly melt away from the cuteness…
- The Witcher pin from Illumicrate Pin Club designed by Fable and Black: this pin was well worth waiting for – might just be my favourite monthly pin from them yet!
- The Untamed ‘piggyback’ pin from KRScentic: I adore this pin! I’m so happy to add it to my collection.
- Wei Wuxian Chen Qing Flute purchased from Amazon marketplace: Another prop I probably don’t need but I love it so I can’t feel too bad… 😉
- Book jacket book sleeve from Book Besties UK (Harry Potter / Friends mashup!): This is the cutest sleeve ever! I will definitely be getting more of this style.
- Xie Lien and Hua Cheng acrylic keychains/stands from eBay: These little figures are just too cute! I am really curious about Heaven Official’s Blessing and definitely will be reading it soon. 🙂
- Lan Wangji and Wei Wuxian keychains purchased from eBay: I waited ages for these but they were definitely worth waiting for. They are just too adorable.
- Earrings from Jewellery Fountain: I’ve had my eye on the Galaxy themed earrings of theirs for a while and couldn’t resist picking them up along with these cute little studs. 😍
- The Untamed badge purchased from Amazon marketplace: I’ve nearly got the whole set now – only a couple more to go!
On the plus side, the downtime has given me more time to watch The Untamed! I also watched the newest spin-off Fatal Journey this week and it was so good! I thought I loved Nie Huaisang before but damn… Major MVP for sure! This backstory about the Nie brothers was so sad. It really gave weight to Nie Huaisang seeking revenge for his older brother. All I can say is damn you Jin Guangyao for tearing these two brothers apart!
I’ve also been replaying the Mass Effect trilogy. I just finished Mass Effect 1 and have moved onto the second game yesterday. I’m hoping to be able to replay Mass Effect 3 once I’m finished 2 because I actually have only ever played the game to full completion once (got a bit burned out by the ending so no mater how many times I loaded up a new character I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it). Perspective being a great thing and all that so hopefully will not feel as bummed out as I did back then. 👍
On the blog:
The Queen’s Bargain by Anne Bishop | The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley | Twilight’s Dawn by Anne Bishop
Crown of Silence by Storm Constantine | Sea Dragon’s Heir by Storm Constantine | The Way of Light by Storm Constantine
Gentleman Wolf by Joanna Chambers | Master Wolf by Joanna Chambers | Unforgivable by Joanna Chambers | Sign for the Sacred by Storm Constantine | One Night in Boukos by A.J. Demas | Something Human by A.J. Demas | The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren | Lab Partners by M. Montgomery
Rewind by Rowan Shaw | Return by Rowan Shaw | Revive by Rowan Shaw | Rebound by Rowan Shaw | The Offer by Karina Halle | Transactional Dynamics by Gregory Ashe | The Shadow Glass by Rin Chupeco | The Wrath of Wolves by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood
The Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews | Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt | The Last Summer of Us by Maggie Harcourt | Theatrical by Maggie Harcourt | Axios by Jaclyn Osborn | Eryx by Jaclyn Osborn | The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee | Reverie by Ryan La Sala
Warning: this is going to be a long list because so many awesome authors are offering their books for free given the current situation. I was initially pairing by authors/series but that kinda went out of the window towards the end heh. 😜
The Palisade by Rosalind Abel | The Garden by Rosalind Abel | The Veranda by Rosalind Abel | The Shipwreck by Rosalind Abel | The Hideaway by Rosalind Abel | Better Than Me by Emme Burton | Fix It For Us by Emme Burton | Still Into You by Emme Burton
Roam by Kimberly Stedronsky Adams | Fall by Kimberly Stedronsky Adams | Rise by Kimberly Stedronsky Adams | Rush by Kimberly Stedronsky Adams | Rule by Kimberly Stedronsky Adams | Reign by Kimberly Stedronsky Adams | West by by Kimberly Stedronsky Adams | About Her by Kimberly Stedronsky Adams
Eighth Note by Kimberly Stedronsky Adams | Carousel by Kimberly Stedronsky Adams | Below Unforgiven by Kimberly Stedronsky Adams | Before A Perfect World by Kimberly Stedronsky Adams | Beyond Hereafter by Kimberly Stedronsky Adams | On Heartbreak Ridge by Kimberly Stedronsky Adams | First by Kimberly Stedronsky Adams | Finding Home by Jackie Weger
Last Night in Laguna by C.M. Albert | Faith in Love by C.M. Albert | Proof of Love by C.M. Albert | Visions of Love by C.M. Albert | The White Room by C.M. Albert | Dark Desire by A.J. Daniels | Dark Betrayal by A.J. Daniels | Dark Illusion by A.J. Daniels
The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle | Nothing Personal by Karina Halle | Heat Wave by Karina Halle | Rocked Up by Karina Halle | After All by Karina Halle | A Love Story by Abrianna Denae | A Hate Story by Abrianna Denae | Forever by Abrianna Denae
Falling for Hadie by Komal Kant | Wrong Side of Town by Komal Kant | First Chances by Komal Kant | Junk by Komal Kant | The Jerk Next Door by Komal Kant | Twisted Minds by Komal Kant | Beneath Him by Komal Kant | Unfamiliar by Erica Cope & Komal Kant
I Am Midnight by Samantha Young | Into the Deep by Samantha Young | Smokeless Fire by Samantha Young | Moon Spell by Samantha Young | Covered in Coal by Silla Webb | Lies Beneath the Surface by Silla Webb | Mend the Seams by Silla Webb | Rock Bottom by Silla Webb
Behind Closet Doors by L.A. Witt | Where There’s Smoke by L.A. Witt | One More Try by L.A. Witt | Wireless by L.A. Witt | The Walls of Troy by L.A. Witt | With the Band by L.A. Witt | The Husband Gambit by L.A. Witt | The Torches We Carry by L.A. Witt
Blood From a Stoner by L.A. Witt | Not Safe for Work by L.A. Witt | At the Corner of Rock Bottom & Nowhere by L.A. Witt | Infinity Pools by L.A. Witt | Hiatus by L.A. Witt | Tooth & Claw by L.A. Witt | Ex Equals by L.A. Witt | Blind Space by Marie Sexton
Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher | Too Late by Colleen Hoover | Live Undead by Steve Warren | Love Bites by Steve Warren | Nothing Zero by Steve Warren | City Boy by A.E. Wasp | Country Boy by A.E. Wasp | Skater Boy by A.E. Wasp
Davy Harwood by Tijan | Davy Harwood in Transition by Tijan | Brady Remington Landed Me in Jail by Tijan | Fighter by Tijan | Under Her by Samantha Towle | Revved by Samantha Towle | Revived by Samantha Towle | Taming the Storm by Samantha Towle
Faire Fugitive by Madeleine Ribbon | Faire Protector by Madeleine Ribbon | Faire Diviner by Madeleine Ribbon | Faire Secrets by Madeleine Ribbon | Faire Magic by Madeleine Ribbon | Death by Dragon by Madeleine Ribbon | Falling Out of Fate by Madeleine Ribbon | How I Fall by Anne Eliot
The Dragon Beshrewed by M.M. Stauffer | The Dark in the Wood – Part 1 of 2 by M.M. Stauffer | The Dark in the Wood – Part 2 of 2 by M.M. Stauffer | The Haunts & the Hackles by M.M. Stauffer | The Unborn Realm by M.M. Stauffer | Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa | A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa | Dark Harmony by Laura Thalassa
Finn by Madison Stevens | Conor by Madison Stevens | Noel by Madison Stevens | Reed by Madison Stevens | Kace by Madison Stevens | Liam by Madison Stevens | It’s Not Over by Grahame Claire | Three Dates by Grahame Claire
Forever Yours by Elizabeth Reyes | When You Were Mine by Elizabeth Reyes | Always Been Mine by Elizabeth Reyes | Romero by Elizabeth Reyes | Making You Mine by Elizabeth Reyes | Tangled by Elizabeth Reyes | Badd Motherf*cker by Jasinda Wilder | Overcome by Emily Camp
Adam & Kyle by A.D. Ellis | Eli & Gage by A.D. Ellis | Saving Us by A. D. Ellis | Caught & Collared by Morgan May | Bought & Sold by Morgan May | Kept & Caged by Morgan May | #NERD by Cambria Hebert | All of Me by Leeanna Morgan
Untouchable by Robert Innes | Confessional by Robert Innes | Ripples by Robert Innes | Reach by Robert Innes | Spotlight by Robert Innes | Flatline by Robert Ines | Lay Your Sleeping Head by Michael Nava | Survival of the Richest by Skye Warren
Possession by A.M. Johnson | Kingdom by A.M. Johnson | Poet by A.M. Johnson | Curious by Seth King | Straight by Seth King | Straight(ish) by Seth King | The Carpenter by Robin Stone | Pucked Up by Helena Hunting
Dear to my Hart by Whit Valentine | Blood of my Beloved by Whit Valentine | Wine of my Desire by Whit Valentine | Finding Home by Savannah Brooks | Enough Isn’t Everything by K.L. Shandwick | Everything She Needs by K.L. Shandwick | Everything I Want by K.L. Shandwick | The Breath of Ages Paul Phipps-Williams
Letting Go by Jennifer Foor | Folding Heart by Jennifer Foor | Raging Love by Jennifer Foor | Risking Fate by Jennifer Foor | Wanting More by Jennifer Foor | Saving Us by Jennifer Foor | Blinding Trust by Jennifer Foor | Losing Him by Jennifer Foor
Loving Her by Jennifer Foor | Wrapping Up by Jennifer Foor | Fight Like A Mitchell by Jennifer Foor | Like Water Catching Fire by E.M. Lindsey | Verismo by E.M. Lindsey | Time and Tide by E.M. Lindsey | Monsters and Men by E.M. Lindsey | Sam Black Shadow by Paul Berry
Twisted by Emily Rose | Torment by Emily Rose | Toxic by Emily Rose | Real Ugly by C.M. Stunich | Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt | Blindness by Ginger Scott | Will & Patrick Wake Up Married by Leta Blake & Alicia Griffiths | Trinkets by Kayleigh Sky
Wolves of Black Pine by S.J. Himes | Darkness Lurks by J.L. Drake | Unethical by Jennifer Blackwood | Kiro’s Emily by Abbie Glines | Rush by Emma Scott | Unlike Any Other by Claudia Burgoa | A New Beginning by Brenda Kennedy | Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros
So Much More by Kim Holden | Game of Fear by Glede Browne Kabongo | Some Sort of Crazy by Melanie Harlow | Love Me Never by Sara Wolf | Defaced by Marissa Farrar | Sparrow by L.J. Shen | Plus Ones by Hank Edwards | The Pledge by Laura Ward & Christine Manzari
Man Candy by Melanie Harlow | Once She Dreamed by Abbi Glines | Hold my Breath by Ginger Scott | Their Precious Own by Lia Black | The Marrying Type by Laura Chapman | Under Cover by T.A. McKay | The Color of Us by Laura Ward & Christine Manzari | Letting Go by Jessica Ruddick
Love Won by Gillian Jones | Pure by Catherine Mesick | Gorgeous by Renaldo Christopher | Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell | Wicked Reflection by Hank Edwards | Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf | New Addiction by April Kelley | Doll Baby by Kayleigh Sky
18 Hours to Us by Krista Noorman | Break Line by Sarah E. Green | Brownie Points by Jennifer Coburn | Shatter Me by Alex Grayson | Rule Breaker by Lily Morton | Good Girl Gone Badd by Jasinda Wilder | Winter’s Fury by A.E. Rayne | When Heaven Striked by F.E. Feeley Jr
Wildcat by Max Monroe | The Manny by A.T. Brennan | Eternal by W.J. May | Ditching Mr Darcy by Samantha Whitman | Haunted Hideout by Michelle Dorey | Bailing Out by Carrie Quest | Perfect Love Story by Natasha Madison | Gay Youth Chronicles by Mark A. Roeder
From Winter’s Ashes by Amy Leigh Simpson | The Conqueror by Salem Fitzgerald | When Fall Fades by Amy Leigh Simpson | Capture Hearts by A.E. Ryecart | The Controversial Princess by Jodi Ellen Malpas | Sweet Little Thing by Abbi Glines | Smyth Saves the Date by Laura Chapman | Flesh and Blood by Willow Rose
Patchwork Paradise by Indra Vaughn | The Boyfriend Game by Stella Starling | Sworn by Maria Luis | Briarley by Aster Glenn Gray | Edge of Nowhere by Felicia Davin | Rainbow Place by Jay Northcote | The Real Cinderella by Yesenia Vargas | Sinister Hunger by Katze Snow
Blow Me Away by Christina Hovland | Black Diamond by Ali Dean | Summer of Sonny by I.M. Flippy | Night Terrors by Stephani Hecht | Lessons from a One-Night Stand by Piper Rayne | From the Ashes by C.M. Valencourt | Be What Love Is by Ellie Malouff | Looking for Trouble by Misha Horne
Spin by K.J. Farnham | With This Lie by Kat Savage | Tangled Up in You by Lara Ward Cosio | That Summer of ’74 by Howard Rayner | Echoes and Entanglements by Emma Cole | Kingdom of Cold by Brittni Chenelle | Code Name: Genesis by Sawyer Bennett | Missing Pieces by Tori Fox
Choosing Simon by Kasey Belle | Sonny and Me by Ross Sayers | Region 6 by Ian James Krender | I Hate You, Love Me by Jamie Knight | The Kissing Contract by Amy Andrews | Even if it Breaks Me by Dominique Laura | A Single Glance by W. Winters | Kiss and Break Up by Ella Fields
Temptation by Ivy Smoak | Luca by Nikki J. Summers | Rise of a Nobleman by Valentina C. Brin | Hunter’s Homecoming by A.M. West | Zed by M.V. Ellis | Becoming Us Again by C.M. Stunich | Breaking Free by J.J. Ellis | Sol & Lune by Kathryn Moon
Wrenched by Emma James | The Blueprint by Van Cole | Coming Up Roses by Staci Hart | Say It by Sky McCoy | Pranked by J.J. Riley & Suki Gale | Warrior’s Way by M.J. Calabrese | The Thief of Peace by Jess Whitecroft | Cruel Summer by Melinda Terranova
The Start of Us by Lauren Blakely | Three Halves of a Whole by M.E. Aster | The Boyfriend Blog by K.L. Grayson | Unraveling the Past by Beth Andrews | Requiem by Emma Cole | Across Time by Elizabeth O’Roark | Ensnared by Darkness by Ren Winchester | Until It Wasn’t by Amy Robyn & J. Grandison
Unfortunate Stars by Susan Lanigan | Dark Hunt by Kim Richardson | From the Fallen Stars by G. Bailey | The Artist’s Boxer by Este Holland | Gods & Monsters by Janie Marie | Wicked Saint by Veronica Eden | In Harmony by Emma Scott | Spells & Ashes by Kim Richardson
Pushed Aside by Cassandra Hallman | Dive in Deeper Ali Parker | The Boy at the Bottom of the Fountain by Jay Bell | Masks by Amara Lynn | One Step Forward by Tia Fielding | Just a Fling by Charity Ferrell | Going Sasquatch by Jess Whitecroft | The Last Favor by Meg Harding
received for review
Where the Veil is Thin by Seanan Maguire et al. | Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen | When We Vanished by Alanna Peterson | The Less than Spectacular Times of Henry Milch by Marshall Thornton | It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood | The Mixtape to my Life by Jake Martinez | The Identity Thief by Alex Bryant | Bryony: Harnessing the Power Emma Hamilton
Dragon Brothers by L.B. Lillibridge | Odriel’s Heirs by Hayley Reese Chow | Among Those You Know by Joshua Valentine | The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune | Jane’s Team by Janie Marie | Fire on the Island by Timothy Jay Smith | A Scarcity of Condors by Suanne Laqueur | Ember Hawk by Jamie Foley
Phew, this post took forever (I actually started it on Saturday!) I believe I may have to rethink my stance on freebies or at least limit them a bit more haha!