Monday Night…. Updates!

Hello my fellow bookworms!

Last week was a bit busy being the first full week of school. The amount of paperwork they send home for you to sign is CRAZY! The everyday life as a mom of cleaning up, making sure your child bathes, and helping out with homework. Not to mention you have to spend quality time with your significant other. Not sure how I find the time to even pick up a book and read. I’m also going to be starting a new job and going for my bachelors degree. Went through all the interviews and filled out all the paperwork. It was all very exhausting! But lets get on with everything!

Newly Acquired

I’ve heard so many good things about each of these books (Shades of Magic Trilogy, Warm Up, Vicious, and Brave) and cannot wait until I crack them all open. Especially the Shades of Magic Trilogy. I’m so excited that I may rethink some of my reading choices for the month and just replace some with those three.

Newly Released

So these 7 books already came out and am looking forward to picking them up in the very near future. The completely captured my attention when reading the synopsis so I thought I would share it with you all:

  • Time Convert by Deborah Harkness: On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus’s deeply held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood.

    Fast-forward to contemporary Paris, where Phoebe Taylor—the young employee at Sotheby’s whom Marcus has fallen for—is about to embark on her own journey to immortality. Though the modernized version of the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable than they were in the eighteenth century. The shadows that Marcus believed he’d escaped centuries ago may return to haunt them both—forever.

    A passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities not just for change but for revolution, Time’s Convert channels the supernatural world-building and slow-burning romance that made the All Souls Trilogy instant bestsellers to illuminate a new and vital moment in history, and a love affair that will bridge centuries.

 

  • Escape From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco: Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

    But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

 

  • Katerina by James Frey: A kiss, a touch. A smile and a beating heart. Love and sex and dreams, art and drugs and the madness of youth. Betrayal and heartbreak, regret and pain, the melancholy of age. Katerina, the explosive new novel by America’s most controversial writer, is a sweeping love story alternating between 1992 Paris and Los Angeles in 2018.

    At its center are a young writer and a young model on the verge of fame, both reckless, impulsive, addicted, and deeply in love. Twenty-five years later, the writer is rich, famous, and numb, and he wants to drive his car into a tree, when he receives an anonymous message that draws him back to the life, and possibly the love, he abandoned years prior. Written in the same percussive, propulsive, dazzling, breathtaking style as A Million Little Pieces, Katerina echoes and complements that most controversial of memoirs, and plays with the same issues of fiction and reality that created, nearly destroyed, and then recreated James Frey in the American imagination.

 

  • The Exes’ Revenge by Jo Jakeman: A wickedly dark debut thriller about three women who’ve all been involved with the same man and realize the one thing they have in common is that they all want revenge against him…

    Divorces are often messy, and Imogen’s is no exception. Phillip Rochester is controlling, abusive, and determined to make things as difficult as possible. When he shows up without warning demanding that Imogen move out of their house by the end of the month or he’ll sue for sole custody of their young son, Imogen is ready to snap.

    In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable–something that puts her in control for the first time in years. She’s desperate to protect her son and to claim authority over her own life.

    But she wasn’t expecting both Phillip’s ex-wife and new girlfriend to get tangled up in her plans. These three very different women–and unlikely allies–reluctantly team up to take revenge against a man who has wronged them all.

 

  • Lies by T.M. Logan: WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS BASED ON LIES?
    When Joe Lynch stumbles across his wife driving into a hotel car park while she’s supposed to be at work, he’s intrigued enough to follow her in.

    And when he witnesses her in an angry altercation with family friend Ben, he knows he ought to intervene.

    But just as the confrontation between the two men turns violent, and Ben is knocked unconscious, Joe’s young son has an asthma attack – and Joe must flee in order to help him.

    When he returns, desperate to make sure Ben is OK, Joe is horrified to find that Ben has disappeared.

    And that’s when Joe receives the first message . . .

 

  • Below the Tree Line by Susan Oleksiw: Felicity O’Brien hopes the warning shot fired from her porch is enough to scare off the intruder who’s been snooping around her family’s Massachusetts farm. Days later, when two young women are found dead nearby, Felicity can’t figure out how the deaths are related, and even her inherited healing touch isn’t enough to ease the community’s pain over the tragic loss.

    Felicity does know that somebody wants something bad enough to kill for it, but all she has is the neglected property her parents passed down to her. Joining forces with her friend Jeremy Colson, Felicity tries to uncover the truth and save herself and her land from those who are capable of unthinkable harm.

 

  • The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkin: In the Tale of The Fall of Gondolin are two of the greatest powers in the world. There is Morgoth of the uttermost evil, unseen in this story but ruling over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband. Deeply opposed to Morgoth is Ulmo, second in might only to Manwë, chief of the Valar: he is called the Lord of Waters, of all seas, lakes, and rivers under the sky. But he works in secret in Middle-earth to support the Noldor, the kindred of the Elves among whom were numbered Húrin and Túrin Turambar.
     
    Central to this enmity of the gods is the city of Gondolin, beautiful but undiscoverable. It was built and peopled by Noldorin Elves who, when they dwelt in Valinor, the land of the gods, rebelled against their rule and fled to Middle-earth. Turgon King of Gondolin is hated and feared above all his enemies by Morgoth, who seeks in vain to discover the marvellously hidden city, while the gods in Valinor in heated debate largely refuse to intervene in support of Ulmo’s desires and designs.
     
    Into this world comes Tuor, cousin of Túrin, the instrument of Ulmo’s designs. Guided unseen by him Tuor sets out from the land of his birth on the fearful journey to Gondolin, and in one of the most arresting moments in the history of Middle-earth the sea-god himself appears to him, rising out of the ocean in the midst of a storm. In Gondolin he becomes great; he is wedded to Idril, Turgon’s daughter, and their son is Eärendel, whose birth and profound importance in days to come is foreseen by Ulmo.
     
    At last comes the terrible ending. Morgoth learns through an act of supreme treachery all that he needs to mount a devastating attack on the city, with Balrogs and dragons and numberless Orcs. After a minutely observed account of the fall of Gondolin, the tale ends with the escape of Túrin and Idril, with the child Eärendel, looking back from a cleft in the mountains as they flee southward, at the blazing wreckage of their city. They were journeying into a new story, the Tale of Eärendel, which Tolkien never wrote, but which is sketched out in this book from other sources.

Well that is the end of my update. Really want to try and get these out on Sunday’s instead of Monday.

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ❤

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Halo Series by Alexandra Adornetto Review!

Hello my fellow

Still updating my Goodreads profile and going through books I have read and putting in reviews. SO… here is another review for a series I read a while ago. The series is called Halo and consist of three books; “Halo,” “Hades,” and “Heaven.” While thinking of how I felt about this series I had to keep in mind that the author was only 16 when she began writing these books.

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Synopis:

  • “Halo”

Three angels – Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, the youngest and most human – are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness. They work hard to conceal their luminous glow, superhuman powers, and, most dangerous of all, their wings, all the while avoiding all human attachments. Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and neither of them is able to resist the attraction between them. Gabriel and Ivy do everything in their power to intervene, but the bond between Xavier and Bethany seems too strong. The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?

  • “Hades”

Heaven Help Her. Bethany Church is an angel sent to Earth to keep dark forces at bay. Falling in love was never part of her mission, but the bond between Beth and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier Woods, is undeniably strong. But even Xavier’s love, and the care of her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can’t keep Beth from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, the demon Jake Thorn bargains for Beth’s release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly, her loved ones, as well. The story that Alexandra Adornetto built in her New York Times-bestselling debut, Halo, comes alive in action-packed and unexpected ways, as angels battle demons, and the power of love is put to the test.

  • “Heaven”

Only sixteen when she started the series, Ally Adornetto knows how teen hearts beat, and this long-awaited conclusion is certain to be her most popular book yet. Bethany, an angel sent to Earth, and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier, have been to Hell and back. But now their love will be put to its highest test yet, as they defy Heavenly law and marry. They don’t tell Beth’s archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, but the angels know soon enough, and punishment comes in a terrifying form: the Sevens, who are rogue angels bent on keeping Beth and Xavier apart, destroying Gabriel and Ivy, and darkening angelic power in the heavens. The only way Bethany and can elude the Sevens is to hide in the open, and blend in with other mortals their own age. Gabriel and Ivy set them up at college, where they can’t reveal their relationship, and where there is still danger around each corner. Will Bethany be called back to Heaven – forever – and face leaving the love of her life?

    The innocence in which they were written in was refreshing. Some YA lit today is catered more to the adult side and can be a bit raunchy. This was definitely written for young teens. I like in Halo how Bethany was an angel with who was closer to humans that her angelic side. It was interesting reading her go through all the emotions as a human. The story reminded me of high school kids. Girl falling in love with a boy and then the school bad boy comes in and tries to ruin that relationship; throw in a little angels and demons and we have Halo.

Hades I didn’t enjoy as much as the first book. The whole underworld being made up of nightclubs and such wasn’t too appealing or realistic. Bethany was still as naive as the first book but then again you have to understand that she is an angel who never dealt with anything of this nature. I will say that Alexandra Adornetto does a wonderful job in her imagination and description of everything. It’s as if you can actually visualize what she is describing.

Heaven was very cute. Bethany and Xavier get married and attempt to be normal while hiding from the rogue Seven. Gabriel’s sacrifice showed how much he has changed since the beginning of the series. Also, you see how much he actually cares for Molly. Bethany and Xavier go through from Hell to Heaven and back to be together throughout the series. The ending was perfect for the way the series went and was adorable to read.

All in all I did enjoy the series. I would recommend anyone with young teen girls who love cute romance with a twist to read this series. It wasn’t my favorite series by far but it was definitely enough that I am going to check out the author’s Ghost House series.

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ❤

 

Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard… REVIEW!!!

Hello my fellow bookworms!

I have been going through all the books that I have read and trying to get these book reviews out there! I want to share all the good (and the bad) with everyone to encourage more to pick up a book and get lost in it. Books to me are my happy place. It is was soothes my soul and helps relieve stress. I feel 100 times better after getting lost in a story no matter the content.

This series here was W O N D E R F U L as it did not have the perfect “everyone lives happily ever after ” ending. This series contains 4 books and two novellas. The main 4 books are Red Queen, Glass Sword, King’s Cage, and War Storm. Before I get into my thought on the series keep in mind that there may be *SPOILERS*. So if you have not read the series and don’t want to know to much about what happens you may want to skip over my review. You can read the summaries from Goodreads below if you like.

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RED QUEEN:

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

GLASS SWORD:

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever? The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

KING’S CAGE:

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner .As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back. When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

WAR STORM:

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head. But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path. War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced? In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

 

I will say that I loved this entire series. I will say that my favorite character throughout the series is Farley. She always stayed true to herself and her cause. She was tough as nails but you knew that her heart was enormous. She never wavered. When she lost Shade and then we find out she is pregnant I cried for her. I wish that we could have a prequel series about her and how the scarlet guard came to be.

I love stories where the heroes are as flawed as anyone else. I love to see struggle and everything not be perfect or smooth. It is more realistic to me and I am able to connect more with the story that way. The author truly delivered that for me. Mare Barrow goes through so many obstacles starting with trying to help her best friend Kilorn from being conscripted, to trying to earn money for her family by working in the castle, then finding her abilities and posing as a Silver to protect her own family and keep herself alive. I was hooked from the very beginning. Seeing Mare overcome all her struggles. I love that the ending to the fourth book was not perfect. Seeing that Mare and Cal are still trying to figure out who they are in this world. There was still that sense of hope that they may one day find each other again.

What really surprised me was Evangelina. Her growth throughout the series was riveting. I was happy to see her stand up for herself and what she wanted. For so long she was to do as she was told for the good of her family, until she finally realized that it was not what she wanted or what would make her happy.

I was very skeptical at first of the Montfort allies. I thought to myself that this was too good to be true. No way is there a kingdom where Silver and Reds live in peaceful harmony, there has to be an ulterior motive. After seeing Davidson and his husband, plus the fight that Montfort is still dealing with, turned me into a believer. It’s not perfect but it gives hope that one day Norta can become just as them, where Reds with abilities will not be hunted and slaughter, where they can have the same things that Silvers can.

Although  this is a fantasy series it is very relate-able. My only request is that the author please branch off and do a few spin off/prequels to this series. I would love to see how Montfort came to be, Farley and Davidson’s story, even see what happens of Evangeline. I would rate this series 4.5 out of five stars and definitely recommend it to YA readers.

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ❤

The Perfect Stranger Book Review

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

I want everyone to sit back and read my review on The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda. Before we get started I do want you to know this review may cont *SPOILERS* so please leave now if you don’t want this review to ruin anything for you.

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The narrator in this book is Leah Stevens. In the beginning you find out that Leah moved to western PA with her friend Emmy she roomed with for a short period of time after college. Leah use to be a journalist in Boston until something happened that forced her to quit her job at the paper and leave town. You also find out from Leah that having to leave town came around the same time she reconnected with Emmy who also needed a fresh start.

For the majority of the book you never get to meet Emmy because she is missing and Leah believes something terrible has happened to her. Everything we first learn about Emmy is through Leah’s recollection of her. You get the impression that Emmy is just this free spirited, goes where the wind takes her type of person. Once Kyle starts looking into Emmy and her disappearance you finally realize that Leah doesn’t know anything about Emmy at all. I began to contemplate if Emmy is an actual person at all or if she is just a figment of Leah’s imagination, but that was quickly gone because of the people who actually saw Emmy before her disappearance.

Also going on is whoever is stalking Leah. The author tried to have you believe that is was the coach who was arrested for the suspicion of killing a woman down by the lake near Leah’s house. The woman is a spitting image of Leah and the police believe that he killed her because of his obsession with Leah and her rejection of him. I will admit that I didn’t really fall for that. It just seemed to easy for it to be the coach and so many things just didn’t add up. I never suspected the coach was stalking Leah especially when the author introduced Leah’s strange student Theo.

Megan Miranda did such a wonderful job on keeping her readers guessing as to who Emmy really is and how Leah could possibly no next to nothing of the girl she considered her friend and roommate. I cared very little for everything else that was going on and was so caught up in finding out what happened to Emmy. I felt for a while that Leah wasn’t as great as she claimed to be as an observant and investigative person seeing as how she doesn’t eve know the person who was living under her roof. The fact that Emmy had no phone, no pictures and didn’t like taking any, and couldn’t use her own name to rent the house should have all been red flags for Leah.

As she began uncovering more and more about Emmy you realize what a web of lies and deceit there was. And the big kicker was that the murdered girl was Emmy’s real friend from childhood, who she was taking Leah’s personal information for years so she can give it to her friend and using as her own! O.M.G!!! I do love that Leah was committed to finding the truth about Emmy and the confrontation at the end of the book! Wow just W O W! I don’t think that Megan Miranda could have come up with a better ending then what she did and it made me proud of Leah that she was able to find out who the real Emmy is and find her!

I would definitely give this book 5 stars out of 5 and recommend it to anyone who loves a good suspense/mystery book!

Until next time….

Peace, Love, and Read On ❤

Its Time for CARAVAL!… and Legendary Review!

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

After being stuck in such a “funk” for a while, I am finally back to my old self and am ready to give you all my review on Stephanie Garber’s “Caraval” and “Legendary”. I know the third installment is set to come out until next year (tears*) and my palms are already itching to feel those pages. I absolutely hate having to wait for the final book in any series that I am reading. It drives me N U T S!!! I often find myself coming up with all sorts of endings and what ifs while waiting oh so un-patiently.

As a whole I thoroughly enjoyed these two books. I feel Stephanie did a beautiful job capturing us readers and making us feel as if we are right there with the characters. Everything is described in such amazing detail and you truly feel as though you are apart of Caraval. Each book took us on an adventure that was completely different from one another and I absolutely loved it! Now before I go in depth on each book please keep in mind that if you haven’t read them this review will contain *SPOILERS* so you may want to stop reading N O W!

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Little miss Scarlett has been sending letters to Legend every year for 7 years begging him to come to Trisda so her sister and her can see the perfomance. Scarlett and Tella are the daughters of the Govenor of the island who is a controlling and abusive ass (excuse my french). You learn that their mother left them when they were young and their father began sheltering them and abusing them ever since. Their grandmother use to tell them tales of Caraval and Legends performances. Now I must admit that I did not think for once that the grandmother would turn out to be the woman who broke Legends heart. I actually loved that link that brought Legend and the Sisters together, because why else would Legend help them. Anyway the Tella and Julian end up tricking Scarlett, kidnapping her and taking her to Caraval. Scarlett is to be married to the Count and did not want to risk her father being angry with them and doing something terrible to either her or her sister.

Tella ends up getting taken by Legend and becomes part of the game this year. Whoever finds Tella first gets one wish! I knew this was all and elaborate plot for Scarlett, but I must admit that as the story progressed and you find out that the grandmother was the one to break Legends heart, I truly thought he was just seeking revenge on her granddaughters. Stephanie did a great job and hiding the true reason for the game. Julian ended up being another surprise to me. Legend’s Brother!!! I would have never thought. Once Scarlett finds out that Julian was apart of the game to begin with, she is upset and thinks that his feelings for her were also a lie. This part kinda pissed me off. Authors do that a lot were they make a character believe that because their partner deceived them (for good reason) that their true feelings for them must also be a lie (urghhh).

Now when you find out at the end that Tella was behind the whole thing and also had sent Legend a letter, I must say I was mind blown. Stephanie had me truly believe that Tella was to immature and wild to come up with something this elaborate. The one who truly wanted to help her sister and rid themselves of their father once and for all. When she jumped out the window and died i literally cried. I truly thought that she had killed herself to save her sister. I wanted to yell at the author through the book! This book had me at the edge of my seat but I also fell in love with the love story unraveling between Julian and Scarlett and was happy to see that Legend wasn’t as bad as they said. One thing I will say is that I knew that Legend was not going to show his true self to any of them. You didn’t get me on that one Stephanie Garber! I would absolutely rate this book 5 huge stars!

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This review will not be as long as Caraval for the simple fact I didn’t love it as much as i did the other. Don’t get me wrong I still really liked the book but I felt it lacked something that Caraval had (can’t say what just a feeling). Now I will say I was in love with the whole Tella and Dante love story. I did kinda of figured out he was legend before it was revealed. There was just something about the way Stephanie kept describing him and some of the little magical things he did that just revealed without revealing his true identity. This book has also made me believe that Tella and Scarlett are the true heirs to Valenda throne, but i know that is something that won’t be revealed until the next book.

I did like that this Caraval was the real deal and not some elaborate trick by Legend. If was also very interesting learning the truth about the girls’ mother. now as for the whole “Fates” thing… “ehhh”. Jacks seemed to just annoy me throughout the entire book. The one thing I did like was the whole trying to save the world from the Fates returning. The fact that they still returned at the end because of Legends sacrifice…. talk about wanting to know what is going to happen now! Sheesh Stephanie Garber throw a girl a bone lol.

I will say that although the story wasn’t as amazing as the first book for me I still enjoyed it immensely. It left me wanting more which is always a good thing in my book. I would rate this book 4.2 stars. These to books are amazing and I would so recommend it to everyone!

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On!

Back to School… Mom’s Reading List for September!

Hello my fellow readers,

It has been too long since I posted anything and even longer since I updated my reading lists. I have a nice long list of books that I have reviews coming soon for but my first blog back I decided needed to be my BACK TO SCHOOL READING LIST. Been in such a major funk for almost 2 YEARS!!! I don’t think I have ever had such a terribly long reading funk in my 31 years, but I am back baby! For the past couple of weeks I have been going through my Goodreads page trying to play catch up on everything I have read and am trying to read, as well as doing my mommy duties and preparing my baby for 2nd grade (which has totally had me emotional on how fast he is growing up on me). But without further ado here is my list of books that I will be reading this September:

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I thought what a great way to start of back to school month with a classic. I absolutely love the universal monsters and Frankenstein is by far one of my favorite. I haven’t read this in over 10 years so I think its time for me to dust of my copy and open that bad boy up!

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Now these books are by far my all time FAVORITE vampire series EVER!!!! I must admit though I am way behind and haven’t read the last 7 books in this series. I did of course read the crossover Mayfair Witches’ series which were also AMAZING. I though what better way to finish off the series then by reintroducing myself with all of the beautiful characters from the start. Plus I want to write a complete review and can only do it justice by finishing them all off.

And last but not least I really want to read Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl”, “Dark Places”, and “Sharp Objects.” I have heard so much about this author and these books that I thought they would be a great new read for me coming out of this dark funk of mine. I can not wait to crack these bad boys open and let you all know my thoughts on them.

 

SO….. those are my Back to School reads for this month. I am also taking suggestions on any new YA series that you all think is a must read. Will keep you all updated on my progress and will be posting reviews on each book as I go. Until then….

Peace, Love, and Read On ❤ 

 

Wake of Vultures Book Review!

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So recently my fiance and I decided to start reading books to each other, spending some good quality time together. Our first book, which took about 4 days of me reading out loud. was “Wake of Vultures” by Lila Bowen. It took us a few days of researching different titles to find something that seemed interesting to us both. We figured that a good sci-fi book would suit us both. There were too many books to choose from but ultimately Jason chose this one as his top choice.

I must say that I am a bit conflicted on how I felt about this book. Jason rated it a 3.5-4 out of 5, I feel its more of a 3 out of 5. Jason really enjoyed the book (or maybe he just really enjoyed my reading *wink wink*). For me, it is not that I did not enjoy it (I mean its rare that I read something that I truly did not like), but there was some missing opportunities the author had to make this story “more.”

For one thing I was really thrown off with Nettie and the whole gender thing. I get that she did not want to be defined as just a girl. In the era that the story took place there weren’t many options or freedom for women, and Nettie wanted more. So it made sense that she would dress and pretend to be a boy, but her confusion about her sexuality bothered me ALOT. The way it was written made it unrelate-able. At least Sam turning out to be gay made some sense. I mean Bowen made it seem that Nettie’s disguise was so great that she fooled everyone, so when Sam started showing signs that he was into Nettie it made logical sense that he was into boys.

It was extremely unrealistic that every person (well not everyone but at least 99%) believed that Nettie was a boy. Nettie is a 15 year old girl who has already hit puberty (as she already has gotten her monthly). Even if she is the most under developed boyish-shaped girl, there is no way that she will not be spotted as some point in time as a girl. She does not bath, change, or use the bathroom in front of the other cowpokes. Hiding her face under a hat is not going to hide that she is a girl, it is like Superman’s disguise as Clark Kent, UNREALISTIC.

Don’t misunderstand, I did like the book. I really enjoyed Coyote Dan’s story and appearances through-out the book. I liked Bowen’s twist on the supernatural world and how you were only made aware of creatures after killing them. It made great sense because that is the one thing people always wondered in any sci-fi book; how were there always so many supernatural creatures but the world was oblivious to them. I always like the main story of the Mia Pupitsi and how Nettie needed to get revenge for the Injun woman and all the children that the Cannibal Owl has taken. Through this adventure she found her freedom and values.

Overall the book was pretty good. It is not one of my top books but was not the worst one either. Let’s just say it was good enough that we began reading the second book in the series “Conspiracy of Ravens,” which so far is turning out to be okay. There is thing that is driving me crazy but we will save that for it’s review.

PEACE, LOVE, AND READ ON! ♥

‘Tis The Season… Fa la la la la lala la la!

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With the Christmas season in full effect, Santa is at the North Pole checking his list to see who was naughty and nice this year. Children are making their Christmas list, asking for that new video game or doll that’s all the rave. Parents (because who are we kidding we want Santa to bring us something nice too) are asking for the latest gadgets out on the market, and rushing to the stores to make sure they get that extra 2.5% off. There is ice skating, hot coco, egg nog, watching classic Christmas movies (“shitter’s full”… lol), decorating your best Christmas tree, and most importantly spending time with the ones you love most.

Every year my fiance ask me what it is I want for Christmas and my answer is always the same… Nothing! The best gift to me every Christmas is seeing my family’s face light up when they see what “Santa” got them. It warms my heart making them happy. That to me is what the holiday season is all about.

As I sat and went over my son’s Christmas list and contemplated what I was going to get the rest of my family, I tried to think what it was I would like. What is it that I want Santa to leave for me under the tree? Then it hit me like a ton of bricks….BAM! The one thing on my Christmas (well I want this all year round not just for Christmas) is BOOKS!!! A new book is like receiving a diamond ring. It is the one thing guaranteed to make me happy.

With that being said, narrowing down my list of books to just a few is a challenge. There are just WAYYYYYY to many that I want. I do not mind reading eBooks but I rather have the physical book in hand. It just adds to the experience. Unless your ordering used books from places like thriftbooks.com, buying a books can become costly so I knew I had to pick my top picks for the moment. So here are my top 7 books on my Christmas list this year.

  • Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis by Anne Rice – I absolutely am obsessed with the whole Vampire Chronicles. When Anne Rice began continuing the tales of Lestat, I almost fainted. The Vampire Chronicle is by far one of my favorite series ever!
  • The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer – I really likes the Twilight series (the books, I am still up in the air on how I feel about the movies). Although it was a bit different in the way of vampires it is was still a very good read. She also wrote The Host which I loved, so when I saw this one I knew I had to get it.
  • Paris for One by Jojo Moyers – Now I am crazy in love with with Me Before You. Both the book and the movie moved me to tears (and not the cute kind either, the terrible crying that no woman wants anyone to see). Just reading about this book already made me want to plunge into the story.
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Claire – I mean who doesn’t want to read more about shadowhunter?!?
  • Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast – I think P.C. Cast is a great writer and definitely want to continue reading his work. This book sounds really interesting and is different.
  • Persuasion; Sense and Sensibility by  Jane Austen – I am really into reading classics. I have painstakingly slowly been buying and reading them. These two books are at the top of my classic books and the moment to obtain.

So Dear Santa, I’ve been a very good girl this year and would really like these titles to be under my Christmas tree this year. I promise to have some fresh baked cookies and an ice cold glass of milk waiting for you.

Sincerely,

A huge book worm ♥

My October Reads!

Here is a list of books I read during the month of October:

  •  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – 4 out of 5
  • Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)   Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs – 4 out of 5
  • Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)  Hollow City by Ransom Riggs – 3.5 out of 5
  • Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)  Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – 5 out of 5
  • After You (Me Before You, #2)  After You by Jojo Moyes – 3.5 out of 5
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling – 4 out of 5
  • Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)  Cinder by Melissa Meyer – 4 out of 5
  • Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)  Scarlet by Melissa Meyer – 4 out of 5
  • Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)  Cress by Melissa Meyer – 4 out of 5
  • Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)  Winter by Melissa Meyer – 4 out of 5

Overall they were all good books. Reviews for each will be coming soon so stay tuned!

HAPPY READING! ♥

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My First Blog

Hello Everyone! I am super excited to be entering into the world of blogging. My main goals are to share with you all the wonderful (and not so wonderful) books that I have read. I want to encourage more people to get out and broaden their horizon through reading. As Vera Nazarian once said, “Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” I encourage you all through my reviews to pick up one of these books. You never know what you may find in them!

HAPPY READING! ♥