#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 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 #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 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 #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! ♥

#Blogtober Day 7 Week Wrap-Up

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

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Today is Day 7 of #blogtober. So far for me it’s going pretty well. I’ve been getting some great feedback and some new followers which is always a plus. I’m so glad I get to share my love for books with you all, and I enjoy reading your blogs as well.

This week I received a few goodies (books) via my kindle reader and in the mail. I haven’t begun reading any of them yet because I’ve been trying to get through my October TBRs. I’ve finished 3 books on my list this week. All three of them were 5 stars and would recommend them to everyone. Just click on my book reviews and you can read my thoughts on them this past week.

I started reading Vicious by V.E. Schwabs, and I must say that I am hooked already. I can’t wait to finish it so I can read Vengeful. I have read so many great reviews on the book that I am anxious to get to it, but I don’t want to rush through Vicious and miss anything.

The town I live in has the cute bookstore that opened up a while ago but I haven’t stopped in there yet. I’ve always headed straight to Barnes and Noble, or just ordered my books online, but since my son is off from school tomorrow I’m going to take him with me to check it out. I heard great things about it and according to what I’ve heard the owner is very nice and will get anything you request in for you. Barnes and Nobles is a distance for me so being able to have access to the books I want will be heaven. Who knows maybe there is an awesome book club there I haven’t discovered yet!

My son and I also started and new book called The Babysitters Guide to Monster Hunting. I love having this connection with him. I’ve been reading to him since he was in the womb, and to see his love for books blossoming over the years just warms my heart. He is definitely his Momma’s boy! I’m thinking of incorporating a section on my blog for joint reviews on the books we read together. I think that would be a nice addition to my blog and something else we can enjoy doing together.

I hope that this week will be as amazing with my reads as this past week. One can only hope that every book they read is 5 stars.

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ❤️

#Blogtober #BookReview The Forgotten Child by Melissa Erin Jackson

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

Although October just started, it has been a really good book month. Already I have finished 3 books on my October TBR! This last book was called “The Forgotten Child” by Melissa Erin Jackson. I won this ARC on @goodreads and am sooooooo happy that I did!

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First of all this cover…. The cover is what drew me in to enter the giveaway. If I am not drawn to the cover sometimes I just pass up a book. I know, I know, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but lets be honest a lot of people do. This cover is mysterious and creepy and perfect for this book. It fits perfectly with the theme. Before I get into my thoughts on the actual book, let me give you the synopsis of it.

Ever since Riley Thomas, reluctant medium extraordinaire, accidentally released a malevolent spirit from a Ouija board when she was thirteen, she’s taken a hard pass on scary movies, haunted houses, and cemeteries. So when her best friend pressures her into spending a paranormal investigation weekend at the infamous Jordanville Ranch—former home of deceased serial killer Orin Jacobs—Riley is one-hundred-percent not ready.

Shortly after their arrival at the ranch, the spirit of a little boy contacts Riley; a child who went missing—and was never found—in 1973.

In order to put the young boy’s spirit to rest, she has to come to grips with her ability. But how can she solve a mystery that happened a decade before she was born? Especially when someone who knows Orin’s secrets wants to keep the truth buried—no matter the cost.

This book starts off with a bang. It is creepy, and mysterious, and hand me biting my nails as I was reading it. I love the way the history of the ranch is revealed in the book, and how Melissa developed the serial killer story.  I felt like could actually picture everything that was going on as if I was watching a movie. I love Riley, and loved watching her growth throughout the book. Michael is everyone’s dream guy I swear, LOL. It’s really hard not to give out any spoilers to this book. The flash backs were well placed and didn’t take away from the present day. I think the ending was great. It ended with a sense that things are just getting started for Riley. I want to read the second book and it sucks that this one hasn’t even hit bookshelves yet so I have a while to wait. This book is worth the 5 stars that I gave it. I can not praise it enough. Plus it went perfect for the month of October. You all should pick this book up if you haven’t come across it yet.

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ♥

#Blogtober Favorite Places to Read!

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

Today is Day 4 of #blogtober, and the topic of the day is Favorite Places To Read! #Bookblogtober is and event where you post a blog everyday of the month of October. I first came across the idea on Jenniely blog. I thought this world be a great first event for me to try as a book blogger. Although I was anxious at the beginning, I now look forward to posting a new blog for you all to read everyday.

There are a couple of great places that I like to read. One of the first places is in front of a campfire.

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There is something so relaxing about sitting out in the middle of the woods with a nice roaring campfire in front of you, your favorite throw blanket and chair, and a great book in your hand. Now this is no time to have an ebook (although I love both); no you need the physical book to understand and get the whole experience. There are no distractions and the whole environments helps pull you into the story you are reading. It is probably the best place to take a book and read.

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We have this old rocking chair in my house that was given to my mother in-law when she was designing the nursery for son. We kept in and put it in our sons nursery, and now it sits in my living room near my bookcase. It is so soothing to just sit in it and rock while reading. The rocking totally relaxes me and I fall completely into the book I am reading. All else falls away around me so that it is only the book and the comfort the rocking chair brings to me. I feel like I belong in those movies where there is always that old woman sitting out on her porch just rocking in her rocker. Best feeling ever.

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Last place I find is great for me to read is my couch! I don’t know what it is about my couch but I can lay across it all day reading. I put all my essentials (mainly snacks) onto the coffee table and let myself get lost in my books. The house can catch fire around me and I probably wouldn’t notice. LOL!

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ♥

#Blogtober The Cruel Prince

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

Today is Day 3 of #bookblogtober. I’m surprised that I am keeping with blogtober and excited for it each day. When I first decided to participate I was very anxious about it. Now I look forward to my next post. So without further ado this post is Dedicated to Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince.

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Synopsis: Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

This book was very dark. The violence from the very beginning was unexpected. I guess because it is a YA book, I didn’t think it would be that way. It definitely fits in with my October reads. I did enjoy it though. Seeing Jude fight back against her enemies even though she believed herself to be weaker. The plot and characters were well thought out. I also liked the touch of Jude loving Madoc even though he killed her parents. I’m still processing some of the things that went on in the book. Cardan and Jude is not something I want to unfold. I think that too much cruelty, and violence is between them for that to even make any sense. Taryne’s character was unexpected as well but I do like the twist of it. The ending for this book was perfect and kept me wanting to know more. I do hope there is a second book to it because I do want to see what becomes of the Court of Shadows and Jude. I rate this 4 out of 5 stars!

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ♥

#BookReview …. The Widow and The Child by Fiona Barton! May contain *SPOILERS*

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

I just finished reading The Child by Fiona Barton on Monday, which was apart of my TBR for October. Since I have also read The Widow I thought they would both make for another #bookreview. Before I get into what I thought about them here are their synopsis brought to you by #Goodreads.

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When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…

But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment. 

Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage. 

The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…

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When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers it’s impossible to ignore.

For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.

For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.

And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.

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Now let us get to my thoughts. In The Widow I did really enjoy having multiple POVs. Fiona Barton makes it very smooth having the different narrators. I read many books where this didn’t work well and made it difficult to follow the story, but that is not the case here. You really sympathize with DI Sparks and how personal he has taken the case. I also really like how well the characters are written here. Each one is very different and well thought out. I think the best thought out character is obviously Jeanie. You get so caught up in her “Jeanie” personality that it takes you a while to realize that its an act. At first it may have been who she was but as her marriage went on and she began uncovering things about her husband, she was no longer that naive simple woman. You do piece together that her husband did have something to do with the disappearance early on, just not what exactly happened to her. I did have all these different conclusions as to what he might have done to her and am actually glad it wasn’t what I thought he did. I didn’t care much for the mother of the child and think we could have done without her POV. I feel like DI Sparks, Kate, and the widow is all that was needed for the story. All around  this was a really great story. A little predictable in some aspects but still very enjoyable and the characters are amazing. I gave this one 4 stars!

Now we get to The Child. Let me tell you that I read this book in about 12 hours. I could not put it down from the moment I opened it up. It is a very gripping tale and just takes this crazy hold of you. I can’t even describe the many different emotions I felt while reading this book. I love that about it. You felt anger, sadness, disgust, shock, and happiness. Kate is such an amazing character. Emma’s story tore me apart as it unfolded. Angela’s story about Alice and how after 40 yrs how much it still affected her was heartbreaking. The connection between all the character was well thought out. I never expected the outcome at the end. It had me gripping the pages and wanting to just skip right to the end and find out what happened to Alice and if the body found was really her. I can not give enough praise for this book. This is definitely one I  would recommend to everyone. I gave this book 5 stars.

Until next time…

Peace, Love, and Read On! ♥