July 2016 Wrap Up!

July-Wrap-Up

Hey guys!

July is now over, and what a month that was! I attended the Book Riot monthly book club meeting in Toronto, I met a boy, I got sun poisoning and a severe sun burn, and I seen some great movies too! So all in all July was a month to remember. Here’s hoping August will be just as good… minus the nasty sun burn!

So let’s take a look back at July 2016!


Wrap-Up-Books-Ive-Read

Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine – July 1st, 2016

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – July 9th, 2016 

Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman – July 16th, 2016

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott – July 22nd, 2016

Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott – July 29th, 2016

Morning Glories Vol. 3: P.E. by Nick Spencer – July 29th, 2016

Night Flower by Kate Elliott – July 30th, 2016

Morning Glories Vol. 4: Truants by Nick Spencer – July 30th, 2016

The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay – July 31st, 2016

6 novels +  1 novella +  2 graphic novels = a success!

Other books I’ve started:

 


Wrap-Up-Reviews

Morning Star by Pierce Brown – 5/5

Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine – 3/5

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – 4/5 

Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman – 4/5

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – 5/5

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott – 4/5

(Click the links to read the reviews)


WOW's-and-Whats-NExt

Waiting On Wednesday

NevernightJuly 6th, 2016

A Torch Against the Night – July 13th, 2016

Empire of Storms – July 20th, 2016

Three Dark Crowns – July 27th, 2016

What’s Next?

Next Sequel (The Exiled Queen / The Mirror King)July 15th, 2016


Wrap-Up-Tops

Top 10 Tuesday

Books I Enjoyed Under 2000 Ratings – July 5th, 2016

10 Facts About Me – July 12th, 2016

10 Books Set Outside the U.S.A – July 19th, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday

Outside of My Comfort Zone – July 6th, 2016

Wish There Was a Sequel – July 13th, 2016

Recent Additions Wishlist – July 20th, 2016


Wrap-Up-Comic-Book-Hauls

Haul #49 – July 7th, 2016

Haul #50July 14th, 2016

Haul #51July 21st, 2016

Haul #52July 28th, 2016

 


Wrap-Up-Awards-+-Achievements

July Awards

N/A

July Achievements

500 Blog Followers – July 2016

21,000 Blog ViewsJuly 2016

8500 Blog Visitors – July 2016


Wrap-Up-Tags

The Diverse Book Tag July 11th, 2016

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag – July 16th, 2016

Pokemon GO Book Tag – July 23rd, 2016


Discussions-at-Dawn

Benefits to Re-Reading – July 2nd, 2016


SUMMER BOOK BINGO

Book Bingo Progress July

Squares I obtained this month:

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M/M Romance – Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine

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White Cover – Morning Glories Vol. 3: P.E. by Nick Spencer

Part of 4+ Series – Morning Gories Vol. 4: Truant by Nick Spencer

2016 Debut – The Assassin Game by Kirtsy McKay

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June, July, August Release – Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott

Mental Health – We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

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PoC Main Character – Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

Political Intrigue – Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman


And that was July. I had a great month, thank you guys for spending it with me! See you guys in August!

Until next time,

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Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine | REVIEW

Triad BloodTriad Blood by Nathan Burgoine
Published by Bold Strokes Books on May 1st 2016
Genres: Fiction, Paranormal, M/M Romance
Pages: 240
Format: E-ARC

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

The law of three is unbroken: three vampires form a coterie, three demons make a pack, and three wizards are a coven. That is how it has always been, and how it was always to be.

But Luc, Anders, and Curtis—vampire, demon, and wizard—have cheated tradition. Their bond is not coterie, pack, or coven, but something else. Thrust into the supernatural politics ruling Ottawa from behind the shadows, they face Renard, a powerful vampire who harbors deadly secrets of his own and wishes to end their threat. The enemy they know conjures fire and death at every turn. The enemies they don’t know are worse.

Blood, soul, and magic gave them freedom. Now they need to survive it.

🌟🌟🌟

3 Stars

** Received an ARC from Bold Strokes Books via NetGalley for a honest review**

First Line:

“A vampire, a demon, and a wizard walk into a bar,” Anders said.


Review

COVER 🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟    ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟        SEX 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


The Good

  • Let me start off by saying that I quite liked this book. It  was neither the best book I’ve read nor the worst book. It was however the first erotic book I have read. I have read other M / M books before but with mild sexual scenes. So I was definitely not used to what this one had to offer!
  • I thought the characters were the best part of the book. We follow a Wizard (Curtis), Vampire (Luc), and Demon (Anders) as they try to navigate their new life as a Triad. Things don’t seem to go as planned though. Being a Triad makes them the strongest clan among the rest of the under world. They begin to be targeted to break up their bond. But they don’t give up which is what I liked. Their strong bond goes beyond their powers. They each share a more emotional bond with each other.
  • The sex scenes were definitely steamy. I believe it only took one chapter into the book for them to start! I had to take breaks in between reading them to cool down. I loved it!

The more words you use, the more untruths sneak in.

Triad Blood -Nathan Burgoine

The Bad

  • There was nothing quintessentially bad with this book. But there were a few areas I thought were lacking a bit.
  • The plot was a bit slow going, the romance fell flat, and the writing didn’t really draw me in.
  • I felt like the plot could have been a little more exciting if there was more action packed scenes. They spent too much time playing detectives instead of overcoming their troubles.
  • Don’t get me wrong, they have a special bond. But I felt their romance level apart from their sexual acts were bit off. I didn’t feel their undying love which was a bit disappointing.

Over all, I liked this book. It was a great start to enter the adult paranormal erotica genre! Ok, that’s it. Let me know what you guys thought of Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Nathan BurgoineNathan Burgoine grew up a reader and studied literature in university while making a living as a bookseller. His first published short story was “Heart” in the collection Fool for Love: New Gay Fiction. Since then, he has had over two dozen short stories published, including This is How You Die (the second Machine of Death anthology).

His first novel, Light, is available from Bold Strokes Books and was a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT SF/Fantasy/Horror, and the BOTYA 2013 Gay & Lesbian (Adult Fiction) ForeWord award. His second novel, Triad Blood, is available now from Bold Strokes Books. His first novella-length work, “In Memoriam,” is included in the collection On the Run, by Wilde City Press.

A cat lover, ‘Nathan managed to fall in love and marry Daniel, who is a confirmed dog person. Their ongoing “cat or dog?” détente ended with the adoption of Coach, a six-year old husky. They live in Ottawa, Canada, where socialized health care and gay marriage have yet to cause the sky to cave in.