#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 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! ♥

#Blogtober Local Bookshop Visit!

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

Happy Columbus Day! Today my son had the day off from school so I decided to finally take a trip down to the local bookstore here in our town. It was worth the visit. The shop is called #TheLittleBohoBookshop and it boasts on Indie books. To me the bookshop it very much catered to children which I think is perfect. My son fell in love the moment we stepped into it. It’s small but designed very cute. Up front they have new release YA books, but the shelves surrounding are all children books ranging from baby books to pre-teen stuff. In the very back, in another room, they have more children’s books and books for adults. Near the registered are all the classics.

Of course we had to pick up some goodies. We recently read a book #TheLastKidsOnEarth and the Zombie Parade, which my son loved. As we were perusing the shelves he saw book 3 and 4 in the series and desperately wanted them. He couldn’t decide on which one, and being such a book lover myself, I got him both. He would not stop smiling for the remainder of the day. You know when we got back home he grabbed one of my bookmarks and we read the first 5 chapters in book three. It just warms me to the core seeing him love books the way that I do. The staff are extremely friendly and I know where I will be going to get my son’s books from now on. Best part is that they will order me any book I want right to the store!

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 Favorite Autumn Drinks While Reading!

Hello my fellow Bookworms!

Today is Day 6 of #Blogtober! I so look forward to #blogging for you all each day, I may keep it up well after October. #Blogtober is helping me get more involved with the book community and I am meeting lots of new people who have a passion for books as I do. I am also discovering tons of new #authors I would have never come across had it not been for me starting this blog. Thank you all for the follows, and for the amazing blogs and books put out! It is wonderful to know that so many people are still advid readers and enjoy it as much as I do.

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I love the fall! I love seeing the leaves change colors, wearing my favorite sweaters, going pumpkin picking, and visiting all the halloween attractions. Hiking in the fall foilage is probably the best thing ever, but nothing compares to grabbing a great book, your favorite drink and getting lost. There are three drinks that I love to have during the fall weather while reading my favorite books. The are both alcoholic and non alcoholic (hey sometimes you need a little something something, lol).

My first frink is none other than APPLE CIDER. I love fresh apple cider. Here in New Jersey there are some great farms that make their own apple cider that are to die for. If you live in New Jersey or ever visit you have to go to #DeliciousOrchids and #AlstedeFarms and pick yourself up some of their apple cider. I love both hot and cold cider and when I am feeling adventurous I will add #FireballWhiskey to it. It give it a nice cinnamon taste that enhances the cider and taste like apple pie a bit. On cold days it really warms you up! I’m actually having a cup of it right now, lol.

Next up is Vanilla Chai. I love Vanilla Chai, especially for some reason the #DunkinDonuts version. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know, but I am obsessed with it during the fall. We drink this alot when we go visit the haunted attractions during October. We also spike it with none other than… #FireballWhiskey. If you haven’t noticed that is also our choice of drink but I don’t drink it straight just like to spike some of my favorite fall drinks from time to time. Vanilla Chai is just sweet enough to give me that extra sugar rush during late night reading sessions. It also keep me nice and warm because, although these past few years have particularly warm in October, the nights still get a little chilly.

Last but not least it TEA!!!! I love tea in the fall. These past few years I have been drinking alot more tea and trying out different flavors. So far I love every flavor I have tried. It’s funny because I can’t stand tea any other time of the year. Refuse to drink it except for in the fall. I have these great tumblers I bought in walmart that keep everything either hot or cold for a long time. I used it the other day and it kept my tea scolding hot for 4 hours! It also soothes and relaxes me so I can focus on the book I am reading.

These three drinks are probably the best things out there to drink while reading. I always look forward to the fall for these drinks alone. They are soothing and calming and really help to loosen up so you can emerge yourself in your books. You should all try it.

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! ♥