Run Away With Me: A Review

Run Away With Me by Mila Gray

My Rating: 4/5 Stars!

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing

Publish Date: November 28th, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

Emerson Lowe and popular ice-hockey player Jake McCallister have been best friends since third grade but just as their friendship starts to morph into something more, a terrible event occurs that heralds the end of innocence for both of them. Within a week, Jake’s living on the other side of the country and Emerson is left alone to pick up the pieces of her life in a small town determined to paint her as a liar.

Seven years on and Emerson is still living on the beautiful Pacific West island of Bainbridge, helping her family run their outdoor adventure company. The last thing she needs is Jake turning up, bringing with him old memories and opening up old wounds. But Jake—even better looking than Emerson remembered and on the cusp of a bright sporting future—seems determined to revive their friendship no matter how much Emerson tries to push him away and soon they’re in the midst of a passionate summer romance that neither of them wants to end.

But if they’re to have any kind of future, they’re first going to need to confront the past, a past that most people want to stay buried.

Opening Sentence: “The woods are dark as a grave.”

*Trigger warning for Sexual Abuse*

Musings:

Tropical, steamy, childhood romance fun, “Run Away With Me” is a summery adventure that warmed my heart. It was a very back and forth romance that was both hurt and aided by outside forces that weren’t a part of Jake or Emerson’s control. To see the two finally come together after such a long time was a happy moment even as their would be bumps to endure along the way.

I loved that the novel took place on an island. I also love the touring and working aspects that really set the stage for forces to pull these two long lost loves back together. I enjoyed how real the characters felt and how and why the characters changed. I loved that the author wrote this book for victims of sexual assault and gave Emerson a way of growing from her experience that went beyond just falling in love. I enjoyed how sincere the relationships were and how much love there was between the characters. I also loved the trait that Jake has where he fixes little irritating things without saying a word (honestly was the reason I fell in love with him). There were so many conflicts and individual motivations that the story rang true and it made it all the more fun to read.

Something I also enjoyed were the flashbacks (something that can easily be unenjoyable depending on how they are done). They gave a lot of insight and made me enjoy both Jake’s and Emerson’s characters all the more. Especially with Emerson, I found myself feeling hopelessly sad and filled with the need to protect her from the cruelty she endured. However, her attitude toward what had happened made me awed with her strength and resilience (even when others made it hard for her to believe in her own bravery for so long).

“Run Away With Me” is a novel I won’t soon forget. I admire this novels courage in sharing a story of a girl who is healing from her experience with sexual abuse. As I also adore most of the other characters it contains inside. I’m happy for this books true honesty and i recommend it to those who yearn for a book that rings true.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments.

-Till next time!

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Six Little Secrets: A Review

Six Little Secrets by Katlyn Duncan

My Rating: 3/5 Stars!

Publisher: HQ Digital

Publish Date: November 24th, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

Some secrets can never stay hidden for long…

Six teenagers meet in Saturday detention: a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse and the new girl.

But someone is watching. Someone has made sure that they are all in the same room at the same time. Someone knows that each of them is hiding a terrible secret…

…and by the end of detention, everyone will know the truth.

Opening Sentence: “Zoe Walsh dropped her arms on the dark wooden table, tugging at the long sleeves of her gray and white striped shirt.”

Musings:

Six Little Secrets is a curious novel filled with well… Secrets. It was an enjoyable read especially when I went into it blindly and found myself sucked into this entertaining read. At first I had no idea what was going on or why anything was happening, but once things got going I was in for a wonderful thrill ride.

As entertaining as this book was after two days when recalling the books I’ve recently read I realized I couldn’t remember this books title and when I had first rated this 4 Stars I found myself realizing I wasn’t really affected as much as I thought I was originally and I think I know why. While this book is written well and in an entertaining way I found myself predicting exactly what sort of content each scene would contain. This book had a very predictable format that I understand makes a lots of sense for the plot made me loose some of my engagement with the novel. It would go someone finds out they are next, flashback, then to the present with their decision and punishment and it became a little monotonous for me.

There is something to be said about how fun this would be to watch as a movie trying to figure out whose the culprit and what their motivations are. Six Little Secrets is definitely a creative and fun who dun it.. what’s going to happen next kind of book. It just ended up being ok for me and I think it had some potential to be a whole lot more (especially when certain spoilery things that happened among the reveals felt very unnecessary). In the end Six Little Secrets was a fun read being in the moment and I am happy with the intrigue I got from it (even as I wished for more).

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments! Is there a book that you enjoyed at the time, but now feel a little meh about?

-Till next time!

Wintersong: A Book Filled With Magic

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

My Rating: 5 Stars!

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Griffin

Publish Date: February 7th, 2017

Received: Christmas Present 2017!

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

The last night of the year. Now the days of winter begin and the Goblin King rides abroad, searching for his bride.

All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind and spirit and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesl can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.

But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds — and the mysterious man who rules it — she soon faces an impossible decision. With time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

Dark, romantic, and powerful, Wintersong will sweep you away into a world you won’t soon forget.

Opening Sentence: “Once there was a little girl who played her music for a little boy in the wood.”

Musings:

Wintersong is full of lush fantasy, romance, and mischievous heart. Inspired by The Labyrinth, Wintersong is a tale spun with string filled with nostalgia using old and new ideas to create something wholly original and unique. Filled with some spindly characters and sung with the soul of beautiful music Wintersong is one of my favorite books of 2017.

I have seen many describe this novel as slow paced and burdened by its heavy musical influence. However for me this book was just rightly paced for me to fall in love with its characters and all of its contents. I felt like the music added another layer of passion. Especially as it lead us to understand the characters at their soul level instead of just at the surface. It was in a way the way each character communicated to the other and in the end it made the story feel all the more alive in my hands.

The Goblin King is a sensuous and magical being that took me back to year ago when I first watched the magic that was the Labyrinth. To be able to read an actual romance with the Goblin King was so amazing and magical to me. It is something that I had always been craving for years. To have this gorgeous sinewy creature a companion to match him with their wits and fiery passion. Seeing Liesl and The Goblin King grow together was something out of my very dreams and it made me incredibly happy.

There is so much to love about this fabulous book and I could go on and on about it for ages on end, but truly I want everyone to experience its magic for themselves.

Thank for reading! What are your thoughts on Wintersong? Are you ready for the sequel?

-Till next time!

Hunting Prince Dracula: A 5 Star Review

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

My Rating: 5 Stars!

Publisher: Little Brown & Company

Publish Date: September 19th, 2017

Received: CHRISTMAS PRESENT!!! (Of awesomeness!!)

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

In this New York Times bestselling sequel to Kerri Maniscalco’s haunting #1 debut Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

Opening Sentence: “Our train gnashed its way along frozen tracks toward the white-capped fangs of the Carpathian Mountains.”

Musings:

A gothic tale veiled in the mysterious rich atmosphere of Romania that will keep you on your toes from start to finish. Hunting Prince Dracula is an incredible sequel to the amazing Stalking Jack the Ripper that will make your heart stop in its tracks.

There was so much more internal struggle in this book then the last. Audrey’s trama and grief has her questioning everything and with mix of folklore and her own mind edging toward insanity she doesn’t know how to think or feel. Throwing in her relationship with Thomas things get even more wobbly.

One things for certain though Thomas is my BAE and I love him to pieces. He makes some choice mistakes in this book due to his own lack of ability to understand how to act in social situations (and a CLEAR lack of understanding how a woman is feeling). However, in spite of (more like because of) his mistakes Thomas has grown more and more into being a snowflake that I feel I must protect. He is so gosh darn pure with his feelings and he never knows how to act because of them and I feel so bad when he makes mistakes. But then he turns around with this arrogance saying how good looking he is and then I want to agree with Audrey and have him smacked.

The distance of the friendship between these two amazing characters that formed almost broke my heart. It sucked so much because I could understand both sides (but what I really wanted was for them to stop thinking so much and start kissing already) but I couldn’t help wanting them to go back to being happy with one another again.

One of the biggest things I loved about this book was the folklore. Romania is full of its own unique superstitions and as much as the other characters hated learning about Romania’s folklore I was living for it! As good as it is to be logical about things I think our superstitions are imperative to forming a healthy imagination and appreciation for the foundations of our culture. It’s a beautiful thing to believe in something spiritual. So I was super appreciative of the otherworldly connections in this storyline.

All I can say is I am so ready for book 3 in the new year. I can’t wait to see what adventure awaits Audrey and Thomas next!

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below. Have you read Stalking Jack the Ripper or Hunting Prince Dracula? What are your thoughts?

-Till next time!

Books of Christmas Future 2017

You never know what the world will bring. You can only hope that it will be something wonderful. The future is unforeseeable, but here are my hopes on how it will be.

Filled with books of sweet romance

With fantasy so my heart can dance

Also some books to make me cry

And others to bring me back to life

Maybe a dip into something magically real

Or something spooky to make my heart still

Maybe a long awaited series would be the biggest surprise

Or a copy of a book that I loved with every bit of my being

Maybe a classic to get to the roots of English

Or something thrilling to keep the mystery awake

Hopefully there will be some diversity

In race

Religion

Sexuality

& Identity

Hopefully I can continue some series

But in the end I will be happy with whatever adventures await me:

Thanks for reading! What books are looking forward to in the new year?

-Till next time!

Books of Christmas Present 2017

Christmas is finally here!!!! I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday’s that are filled with love and joy and all around good times.

This Christmas I feel extremely fortunate for all the gifts that I have received and I look forward to enjoying each and every one of them.

However, there are some really special books that I have received this year that I want to share with all of you and also to have a special memory of the lovely day.

Here are my Books of Christmas Present for 2017!

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina

Sonia’s entire village believes she has a gift, but it’s only in leaving home that she finds out who she truly is. A compelling tale from a rich new voice in young adult fiction.

Sixteen-year-old Sonia Ocampo was born on the night of the worst storm Tres Montes had ever seen. And when the winds mercifully stopped, an unshakable belief in the girl’s protective powers began. All her life, Sonia has been asked to pray for sick mothers or missing sons, as worried parents and friends press silver milagros in her hands. Sonia knows she has no special powers, but how can she disappoint those who look to her for solace?

Still, her conscience is heavy, so when she gets a chance to travel to the city and work in the home of a wealthy woman, she seizes it. At first, Sonia feels freedom in being treated like all the other girls. But when news arrives that her beloved brother has disappeared while looking for work, she learns to her sorrow that she can never truly leave the past or her family behind.

With deeply realized characters, a keen sense of place, a hint of magical realism, and a flush of young romance, Meg Medina tells the tale of a strongwilled, warmhearted girl who dares to face life’s harsh truths as she finds her real power.

This book was a lovely giveaway surprise that arrived a few days before Christmas without me knowing. I consider this my gift from Santa that came just a tad bit early. I’m excited about this book because it is an own voices Latin-American magical realism novel with some hints of romance that sound like something that makes a very light and fun read. Plus the cover is absolutely gorgeous!

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

In this New York Times bestselling sequel to Kerri Maniscalco’s haunting #1 debut Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

This book came into my possession and I immediately began to read it. Stalking Jack the Ripper was on of my favorite books of this year and I am sure Book 2 is going to be another favorite. I missed my OTP so much and I was just happy to be able to dive into this world again. I’m hoping for some adventure and romance and some serious serial killer finding action!

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

What if you could spend one last day with someone you lost?

One day Carver Briggs had it all—three best friends, a supportive family, and a reputation as a talented writer at his high school, Nashville Academy for the Arts.

The next day he lost it all when he sent a simple text to his friend Mars, right before Mars, Eli, and Blake were killed in a car crash.

Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident, and he’s not the only one. Eli’s twin sister is trying to freeze him out of school with her death-ray stare. And Mars’s father, a powerful judge, is pressuring the district attorney to open a criminal investigation into Carver’s actions.

Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a Goodbye Day with her to share their memories and say a proper goodbye to his friend.

Soon the other families are asking for a Goodbye Day with Carver, but he’s unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these Goodbye Days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison?

This book was the biggest surprise I received among the books I got this Christmas. However, it was a very happy surprise as I have heard nothing but praise from everyone about this book. One of these days when I am in for an emotional rollercoaster I know I need to pick this one up.

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

The labyrinth was one of those classic amazing movies that made me feel alive when I was young. So when I heard that Wintersong was coming out I knew I had to read it. What makes me the most excited for it is that it seems that the romance will be real in a way that it wasn’t in The Labyrinth and that’s enough to make me want to scream Hallelujah! This is one book I know I’m going to be reading very soon cause I don’t think I could resist it!!!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

“Nothing is a coincidence. Everything has a purpose. You were meant to come to this castle, just as you were meant to be an assassin.”

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.

FINALLY! I have this book finally! I have been wanting to read this series for FAR too long and finally I have Throne of Glass in my hands! I have been avoiding reviews and spoilers for what feels like years in order for me to experience everything that is Throne of Glass without anyone else to taint my judgement. (I could not avoid all the screaming fangirling that has followed this series for so long although I know there has been a decline in fangirling in recent times as well as some problems? With some of the later books. Others saying that ACOTAR is infinitely better but I have always wanted to read this so I’m excited!!!) I don’t know what is in store for me with this series, but I am so excited to finally be reading it!!!

Also, I also happed to get Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, and Queen of Shadows as well and I couldn’t be happier about it!!!

Another thing I want to say is how much I’m in love with the TOG series covers. They are full of a badass quality that makes me feel emboldened as a women. It honestly makes me want to go train with some weapons and then wear some awesome dresses and armor while I’m at it. That feeling is one of the biggest reasons I feel like I would love this series. Regardless of what happens I know that just by looking at these covers I can feel like a confident kick butt woman who is ready to take on the world. I’m just so excited to start this series!

That’s all for Christmas Present of 2017! Check out yesterday’s post books of Christmas Past to see what I got last year and stay tooned for tomorrow’s post taking a look at some books for Christmas future!

Thanks for reading! Let me know what books and items you got this Christmas. What was a happy moment you shared this lovely Christmas Day?

-Till next time!

Books of Christmas Past 2017

Hello everyone! It’s Christmas Eve and it’s a time of anticipation, enjoying being with family and friends, and of hope for what’s to come. Firstly, I want to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and I want to thank you all for joining me in my blogging journey over the past year. Without you all in my life so many of the opportunities and friendships I now have would never have happened and for that I am eternally grateful.

Last year I started a series to celebrate the season with the things I enjoy most books! I created the Books of Christmas Past, Present, and Future!

In 2016, I got a lovely variety of books that I am sad to say I mostly haven’t read. So not only is this a reminder to myself to get my butt in gear and read those books that I have on my shelves, but also to appreciate some titles I have seemingly forgotten about.

Here they are:

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti 

This book was one that I won in a giveaway hosted by the amazing Krysti Meyer from Ya and Wine! It was an arc that I did end up reading and loving for its quirky MC and its unique storyline. Read about my love for it in my review here!

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

I remember being so excited to have found this at a thrift store last December. I bought it as a gift to myself and it was one of the first books I read in January. This book was intense and it was such a hard read for me, but I think that’s what I love most about Ellen Hopkins books they rip you apart at the seams. Here is a link to my review here!

Replica by Lauren Oliver

I was so excited to see this under the tree and I really really wanted to read it, but I just never got to. Replica has one of the most unique formats I have ever heard of and I just really want to finally read it.

Sea Spell by Jennifer Donnelly

This was a fourth book in a series of which I read the first two books of. Looking at this title now I feel myself really missing the world and I am realizing that I really should get back to reading the series. I know I would have a ton of fun reading the final two.

Rebel Angels and The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

These two were books I also found at the thrift store without the first book to begin the series. I actually was only able to get the first book in September of this year so I don’t feel too bad for not having had time to read these yet.

Jane by April Lindner

I was super into Jane Eyre last year and so I was really excited to have gotten this retelling. However, with all the craziness that was 2017 I never got to read it so I’m hoping to give it a shot in the new year!

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I devoured this book! Later on I eventually got the sequel and devoured it as well and I’m hoping to get the third book in the new year. (I’m just a little depressed with the cover change they did, but hopefully I can get over it). I am just so grateful to have received this book for Christmas last year.

Here are links to both the first and second book here and here!

Made for You by Melissa Marr

I have been meaning to read this book for SO LONG! This is another book that life has separated me from that I need to go back to and read. It sounds like such a good creepy and fun time and I just need to read it soon.

Venom by Fiona Paul 

This book was a lot of fun. It was crazy, romantic, and a tad bit morbid, but truly I enjoyed it. Eventually I do want to read the second book, but in some ways I feel that if I never do I will always remember this book fondly.

Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

I really need to read this Intriguing Sci-fi! It is centered around an app that makes decisions for you and that just sounds like a super interesting concept to me. It’s just one other book that I didn’t get to read this year and for that I am pretty sad.

Last year I got a total of 11 books and I read only 4 of them…. 1/3rd isn’t too bad, but I really should read more of what is on my shelves. Honestly, I am just so grateful to the people who cared enough to get me something special like these books for Christmas. I am so happy to be where I am today and sometimes it is important to take a step back and look at where you have been to see a better way to the future.

Thank you all for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you all have a very lovely and Bookish Christmas!!!

-Till next time!

My Hiatus and What I’ve Learned

Some of you may have noticed that I have not posted anything since the beginning of this month. I didn’t say anything. I didn’t continue on with any of my previous commitments. After, so many times of self-reflection I just decided that I needed to stop.

I had been incredibly unhappy with what my blog had turned into recently and to be completely honest with a ton of other areas in my life as well. I was loosing sight of what was important to me and I was stretching myself so thin that every single day I went to bed completely exhausted.

The first reason for this unrest was my Read a book a day for the rest of the year challenge. The challenge itself was not the real problem, but it was a cause of another: my sudden lack of control in requesting Netgalley e-arcs. I requested books every single day. I was thinking that because I was reading so much and so quickly that I could easily keep up with all the reviews that I needed to get done because of this. Before this time I only allowed myself to have about 4 netgalley books pending at a time. Now, I have 42 e-arcs waiting to be reviewed.

The problem wasn’t just that. At first I was keeping up with all my requests with ease, but what really got to me was that because I was reviewing a book everyday I was rarely writing any other kind of post. Plus, this didn’t give me any room to breath so that I could read any other books that I had on my shelves.

On top of that this meant that my blog got really predictable. Where as before, I posted whatever I felt like posting for that day while enjoying trying to come up with something unique to write about that I enjoyed. I am at my happiest when I have variety in my life. I need unpredictability in order to feel good. I’m not even talking about anything major, but just something different to spice things up and surprise me.

The worse part of this time for me was the fact that no matter how much I talked about trying to find a balance it was not working because of work. Monday-Friday I have a ton of my time blocked out due to work. It would be fine if it was in the morning, but I start work later in the day and leave at night. Which means my mornings are booked with preparing for work and after work I’m too tired to really want to do anything else, but relax and sleep.

On top of all this I lost something else that is really important to me: writing. My dream is to be a writer and write novels that would inspire others just like the novels I have read have inspired me. With reading, working, and blogging writing my own stories was put to the wayside and that was something that became heartbreaking for me.

One of the best parts of my hiatus has been getting back into writing again little by little. Due to this hiatus my ideas have been sparking again and I have found three new story ideas and have furthered several of my older ones.

Now that this hiatus is officially over I am going to do a few things:

1. I am going to finish all the Netgalley books I have been approved for and I am NOT going to request any more until I have completed all of them.

2. My only true commitment each day is going to be to write for 30 mins. To 1 hour or more each day towards my own books.

3. If I can continue the book a day challenge I will, but I am no longer just going to read books for review.

4. As soon as I finish all my Netgalley reads I am going to get back into writing posts that are not just review posts.

5. If I am feeling too stretched for time I am not going to let it stress me out anymore. I am going to go through with my commitments one slow step at a time.

6. As far as Netgalley goes I am only going to request to where there are only 2-3 books pending to be read on my shelf at any time. (In reality one at a time would be ideal, but for now I am on a Netgalley ban for a long time anyway)

7. I am not going to go on a hiatus like this without mentioning it first again. I feel like I disappeared for too long and there are a lot of things that I’ve missed.

8. I am going to read way more of my own books. I have so many I haven’t read yet and I’m angry with myself with getting caught up with all the arcs instead of just reading the things I purchased because I thought I would love it.

Things will probably be wonky for a while. For now reviews will continue to be my main content, but if I can find a way to do all I wish to do then I will do my best. I might not post every day during the next few weeks and months, but I will finally find my balance.

Thanks so much for reading! Let me know your thoughts and any tips down in the comments below. I’m terribly sorry for being gone for so long. It’s been a bumpy road, but I think I’m finding my way back to a happier place.

-Till next time!

Beyond The Surface: December Book of the Month Announcement

It’s December and you know what that means! Christmas is coming!!! I’m so excited for the Christmas season and I am happy to be able to spend it with my family and everyone I love.

I am so happy to say I am continuing Beyond the Surface into the new year. We can never have enough platforms to discuss mental illness or even just read about it to get informed. I am currently figuring how to rework the book club to get it working a little better so hopefully in January there will be some new fun book club related things to look forward to.

I am happy to be able to celebrate Christmas by reading our December book of the month: Queens of Geek!

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family.

Why I picked this book for December:

1. The Geeky Cuteness of what this will be feels like just the right amount of happiness for the Christmas season.

2. It’s one of the first Vlogger convention combo I have seen and I’m so excited to see how much of it I can relate to.

3. There is not one, but two love stories!

4. There is Asperger and Anxiety reps.

5. It feels like an all inclusive come as you are kind of book that I think the world needs to read.

6. I could not resist that cover.

7. Anything described as a feminist love letter is something good to read in my book.

8. I simply want to read it so I can fangirl all over it!

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Fragments of the Lost: A Review

Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda

My Rating: 5 Stars!

Publisher: Random House Children’s

Publish Date: November 14th, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger comes a suspenseful psychological mystery about one girl’s search to uncover the truth behind her ex-boyfriend’s death. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars and 13 Reasons Why.

Jessa Whitworth knew she didn’t belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb’s room. But she couldn’t deny that she was everywhere–in his photos, his neatly folded T-shirts, even the butterfly necklace in his jeans pocket . . . the one she gave him for safe keeping on that day.

His mother asked her to pack up his things–even though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? And maybe, just maybe, it will help her work through the guilt she feels about their final moments together.

But as Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb’s life, they trigger memories that make Jessa realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered. And she starts to question whether she really knew Caleb at all.

Each fragment of his life reveals a new clue that propels Jessa to search for the truth about Caleb’s accident. What really happened on the storm-swept bridge?

Opening Sentence:

A Blue Door

“There’s no light in the narrow stairway to the third floor.”

Musings:

Reading Fragments of the Lost is like getting introduced to seeing the world in a subtly different but completely new way. Following Jessa as she cleans out her ex-boyfriends room after his death she goes through his things and with each thing comes a memory that adds to create the story of who he was to her and how she starts to see that he wasn’t the person she thought he was.

What I loved about Fragments of the Lost was how even though the style of the chapters was continuously similar the way each fragment led to some sort of action that propelled the story forward made every moment fascinating. There was betrayal, love, loss, suspense, and tragedy done in ways that felt so new because of how everything was slowly pulled back and revealed. The tension built and built steadily throughout and ended in such a well written climax that both shocked and awed me.

It is incredible how much the random items that Caleb owned connected to him and told his story or at least the story that linked him and Jessa. It felt like a really good thriller/detective story that pieces together a person allowing you to see all sides of them in a way that you rarely get in a novel.

Fragments of the Lost is a gem. It will keep you guessing and wondering about where this is all leading you until you too are lost. Fragments is a wondrous thrill ride that I will never forget.

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