#BookReview Chasing Rainbows NYC

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

I feel like it has been years since I posted a blog, but in reality its only been a couple weeks! My family and I caught a really nasty cold and I was completely out of commission. Just to wake up in the mornings took all the energy out of me. I hate colds! Once one person in the household gets it, better believe it goes right down the line to everyone else. It is the worst feeling but thankfully it has passed. Now I am back and for my first blog I will be reviewing an ARC I received called “Chasing Rainbows NYC” by Eve Wing.

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My Thoughts:

Before I get into what I thought please be advised that this review DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS! 

Okay so right off the back we are presented with a murder. Housekeeper is cleaning a house and was expecting her employer to be back by a certain time as is her routine but she never shows. After calling the husband because she is worried, suddenly the bell rings and there are two detectives at the door. They let the housekeeper know that her employer was found murdered during her morning run in the park. Detectives search the house looking for clues as to who would want to kill Mrs. Gavrin. They find a safe with her diaries in it and take them to see if there may be clues in it.

Now I love a book that starts off with a bang, and of course a murder is just that. The rest of the book is her journals over the course of years. Now you dont really know that until the end because there is no real transition from that start to the next chapter. I was kind of confused because I couldn’t figure out what the relevance of the murder was to what was happening during the course of the book. Maybe 80 percent through I figured out that Ariella is the woman who was murdered in the beginning and Gael, Jesse, and later on her husband Gavrin where the suspects.

The detectives and the murder investigation are never mentioned again until the very end, and I feel the whole crime itself was anti-climatic. You don’t ever get to know how many years throughout the book has gone by, or how old the characters are (basically the timeline itself is kinda wishy-washy).

Most of the time I wanted to strangle the main character Ariella for allowing Gael and Jesse to mentally abuse her, because lets be honest that is exactly what went on in both of those relationships. Jesse was more of a violent abuse, and Gael was the sweet sexual kind of abuse. This is no love story by any means but I loved that about it. You do get tired of all the lovey dovey romance mysteries. Sometimes you need a book that makes you hate the relationships and situations the characters put themselves into. Ariella is DEFINITELY that character. She is so sex driven and when she doesn’t get it she becomes a complete mess! Her view of love for both these men is totally screwed up. I really thought that in the end she finally found a man that she was looking for and yet you find out she still continued to deal with both of those losers. Like really Ariella, REALLY?

Overall, I really enjoyed the story. It held my attention throughout, and if you can get me to talk to the characters while I am reading then that is a GREAT thing. I do think it lacked detail and needed a better timeline but nothing is perfect and those small things didn’t keep me from liking the story at all.

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ♥

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#Blogtober Horror Films🎃

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

On today’s agenda we have Horror Films!

Now I love horror films! My mom was really big on watching scary movies when I was younger. A lot of times she was too scared to watch them alone so I watch her movie buddy.

Now that I’m an adult I don’t watch as much anymore because I really how traumatizing it is to the young and I don’t want to do that to my child at such a young age, but…. once he becomes a teenager it’s on! Also, let’s be honest the new horror films are not horror all, its more gore then anything else. But let’s get to my pick of movies…

Interview With The Vampire

I absolutely love this movie, and it has nothing to do with the fact that I love the book. This movie has real vampires. Not the new age ones that can walk in the sun, and sparkle. These are true I need to kill and drink your blood and torment you vampires.

Bran Stoker’s Dracula

Okay I can admit the movie is not as great as the book but I do have a thing for vampires so it’s only right that I throw in the Vampire that I think really started the trend!

Halloween

Michael Myers scares the crap out of me! Even as a 31 year old adult I’m still terrified of him. No other slasher scares me like he does, not Jason, not Leatherface, not Freddy Kruger, none of them. I don’t know why he scares me so much but he does yet I can’t help but watch his movies over and over again.

The Lost Boys

Did I tell you guys how much I love vampires. And these vampires are definitely scary. And the theme song for this movie creeps me the hell out.

What are you Horror film picks? Let me know!

Until next time….

Peace, Love, and WATCH OUT THE KILLER IS BEHIND YOU’!!!!!

Just kidding 👻

#Blogtober Favorite Ghost Stories!

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

Today I will be letting you know my favorite ghost stories. 😱👻

I love the paranormal. I watch Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters, Paranormal Survivor, and any other cheesy ghost show out there. that’s not including the numerous ghost movies I’ve watched, for the child’s Casper the Friendly Ghost to Paranormal Activity.

Ghost have been around since the dawn of time. Are they real? Are they just someone’s grieving imagination? I’m not sure and it is that uncertainty that makes me love them so much. Who doesn’t love a really good ghost story?!?

So without further ado, here are some of my favorite ghost stories….

Of course one of them is going to be the classic Legend if Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. I have loved this story since I was a child. Plus the ending left you wanting so much more! What happened to Ichabod? Did the Headless Horseman kill him? Did he flee? Just like the theory of ghost, no one will ever know 👻👻👻

Next up is Remember Me by Christopher Pike. Okay so the creepy title and cover drew me into this from the moment I saw it and could not put it down. When I first saw this massive book, I didn’t realize it was a series rebounded into one huge book. Honestly I was so glad it was! I love the whole finding out who killed her, and finding love in the afterlife. There is so much craziness going on in this series that I can’t give much without giving away a lot of the story. But to me it is a must read!

This is another series that was rebound into one big book. I swear this man can really write some good YA ghost stories. I love this one as well. So well written and another story of trying to figure out if their friend really killed herself or if someone at the party killed them!

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Ghost On 👻👻👻👻

#Blogtober Favorite Autumn Book Covers!

Hello my Fellow Bookworms!

It is day 15 of Blogtober and I can’t believe I am still going strong 💪! Today is my favorite autumn-ish book cover! Now I have to admit that 95% of the time it’s a book cover that draws me to pick it up! The other 5% we are not going to worry about 😉! But I’m all honesty I am definitely one of the terrible people who judge books by their cover. I know that is horrible but I’m only human and I am trying to break myself out of that nasty habit. I have read some books that were fantastic but the covers not so much.

Im rambling now but anyway here are some books, that I own, that I just love the covers of, and they feel totally autumn-ish to me!

Fates by Alyson Noel

Now the other book in this series is also gorgeous but has a winter theme cover. This one feels like fall and is beautiful. The birds remind me of leaves falling and blowing in the wind!

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

Is creepy and reminds me of those fall/Halloween horror flix.

Shadow Falls Series by C.C. Hunter

This entire series of covers just feel really autumn-ish to me and it doesn’t help that the first time I read the series was during the fall.

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ❤️

#Blogtober #BookReview Single Chicas Volume 1

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of “Single Chicas” from the author Sandra C. Lopez. I honestly really enjoyed the short stories. I’m usually not one to read a book full of short stories as I tend to lose interest very quickly but that was not the case with this book. This book contained 13 hilarious shorts that I think everyone would enjoy.

My Big Fat Fake Marriage was one of my favorites, although I so can relate to Always a Price. I think every Hispanic family either has a mechanic in the family or knows a guy. And let me tell you these mechanics gossip more than us women, LOL. Unfortunately for me I have TONS of mechanics in my family and they also all know a guy. The gossip and drama that goes on in their garages. O.M.G!! If you like funny stories then you should definitely pick this book up, You won’t regret it!

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Synopsis: Perfection is a Barbie doll, and, unless you’re looking for a guy with a fake smile, a hard head, and no genitalia, then you’re better off NOT being perfect―Single Chicas 

Single Chicas is a collection of stories about modern Latinas being in, out, and around the zany hurdles of relationships. One woman receives strange calls from a lonely soul, another seeks advice on how to love herself, and another wakes up in a parallel universe to a man she’s never met. These chicas will make painstaking effort to survive the complexities with humor and grace. Once again, López dazzles audiences with her brilliantly candid craft. Smart, witty, and funny, these stories will explore the true endurance of singlehood.

About The Author!

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Born and raised in Hawaiian Gardens, CA, Sandra C. López is one of today’s influential Latina authors in Young Adult literature. Her first novel, “Esperanza: A Latina Story”, was published in March 2008 WHILE she was still in college. Shortly after that, she wrote the follow up to “Esperanza” called “Beyond the Gardens”, published in October 2009. Now, this young writer is a full graduate of Cal State University Fullerton with a BFA in the arts. She was named as one of “2011 Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch” by Latino Stories. 

Definitely look into her books. Can’t wait to see what she has in store for Volume 2!

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ♥

#Blogtober Bookish Pumpkin Carvings

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

I can’t believe we only have two weeks left in October. This went way to fast. Today I am in a little bit of a funk. I think I may be coming down with a cold but I didn’t want to miss out on #blogtober! I saw some really cool pictures of bookish pumpkin carvings and  thought I would share them with you all. I did not carve any of these pumpkins, they are all pictures I found on google while surfing the web.

Hope you enjoy!

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Pumpkin On! 

#Blogtober Halloween Treats 🎃

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

I love Halloween! I love all the scary decorations, pumpkin picking, haunted hayrides, the costumes, and most importantly the treats! Last year I threw my son a Halloween sleep over and made homemade treats. So I just wanted to share with you all our treats.

Chocolate Covered Mummy Pretzels

Chocolate Pumpkin Lollipops

Jell-O Zombie Brains

Halloween Gummies

Frankenstein Rice Crispy Treats

These were so much fun to make! This year I’m planning another sleepover and will be adding some more homemade treats to the list! Let me know what your Halloween treats are.

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! 🎃

#Blogtober Autumn the Best Time of Year for Readers!

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

I don’t know about you guys, but to me autumn is the BEST time of year for book readers. For one thing I love cuddling up with a light sweater or throw blanket and a great book. You just can’t do that during the summer. It’s too hot. You can do that in the winter but sometimes it’s so cold it’s hard to focus on what your reading.

I feel like during the fall the best books are released! There are so many good book releases during the fall. Plus you have Halloween!!!! If that doesn’t get you in the mood to read your fantasy, mystery, and sci-to books I don’t know what will.

The drinks!!! If you read my previous post you know that I love reading with a nice cup of tea, chai, or apple cider. You can only get the freshest apple cider during the fall months, and a nice hot cup of cider goes so well with a good book.

I love reading anytime of the year but for me autumn has all of my favorite things wrapped up together which makes it the best time of year for reading.

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ❤️

#Blogtober How To Get Out Of A Reading Slump

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

Today’s topic is Tips on How to Get Out of a Reading Slump!

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Now we have all been there. I was in one just a few months ago. For the life of me I couldn’t get out of it. Every time I tried to pick up the book I was attempting to read my mind would wonder and I just wouldn’t be able to focus. My #Owlcrate and #Bookofthemonth would come in and I still couldn’t just get myself to get excited about reading. There were a few things I did that got me excited about reading again, and ultimately brought me out of my slump.

Re-arrange your books!

So one thing I did was go through all the books I had. Which is A LOT! I realized I had a bunch of books that I had not read yet, but were hidden under others. It got me to read the synopsis and my interest began to peak again. I was buying books so much I forgot what I had!

Check out book reviews

One thing that got me super excited was reading others reviews. Reading random book reviews and seeing what was out there made me want to pick up a new book. The #bookblog community is such a wonderful thing, and can really get you pumped to read something new. I found many books that I would not have looked at had it not been for the reviews you all put out there.

Try a different genre

Last thing I realized was that I just wasn’t feeling the genre I was reading. I was reading too much sci-fi/ fantasy YA books and just needed a change. Sometime you need a break in your favorite genre, and that is okay. There is nothing wrong with trying something else, in fact it’s something I would recommend.

Hopefully these few tips could help you get out of that terrible slump.

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ♥

#Blogtober #Bookreview Vicious *SPOILERS*

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

Today I finished reading Vicious by V.E Schwabs. Since I have been active in the book community, I kept hearing about this book and the sequel to that was being released. The book received a lot of praise and made me want to check it out. I looked up the synopsis on @goodreads and was very intrigued. I added it to my October TBR and after reading 3 awesome books this month, I thought it was time to crack this baby open. Before I get into my thoughts on the book, let me give you the synopsis on it first!

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Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. 

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

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Now, I have to say that I absolutely love Victor. I didn’t find him quite evil, but he was no hero either. What upset me really was that he never got to explain what happened with Angie. I get her death was still technically his fault, but at the same time it was a mistake. Eli was definitely 100 percent the supervillian. I don’t truly believe that he thought that it was his duty from God to rid the world of EOs. Serena hit the nail on the coffin when she said that his ability was receptive, and other EO’s weren’t ant that is why he felt his was pure.

That is another thing that bothered me to, SERENA. As close as she was with her sister why would she even allow Eli to make her think that she needed to be killed. I also hated that fact that poor Sydney was thrown into this terrible situation. She was only a child. I’m glad Mitch and Victor has found her, although they exposed her to so much, Victor also seemed to care for her and didn’t want her to witness things.

The book was great, and I am so glad I picked it up thanks to all you wonderful bloggers out there. I am also glad I was able to read it after Vengeful was released so I don’t have to wait to find out what happened to Eli. This book had mystery, suspense, and thrilling. The way Schwab revealed the plot and background slowly with the flashbacks throughout the book was magnificent. It was gradual and methodical and went perfect with the theme. Every time I had questions about something it would show up in a flashback and I am like “Oh so that’s what happened?” This book deserves 5 stars and I will be heading to the bookstore tomorrow to pick up Vengeful.

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ♥