April 26, 2017

Never Let You Go By: Chevy Stevens Review

I won a free copy of Never Let You Go By: Chevy Stevens on Goodreads. Thanks to the publisher St. Martin's Press!

I've been wanting to read a Chevy Stevens book so I was really excited to win a copy of Never Let You Go! Especially since I've been in a mystery/thriller mood for quite some time now.  I will say since I've read so many books in that genre the past year or so that I'm starting to get pretty picky about them. With that being said, this one did not disappoint! 

First off, most importantly for me with a mystery/thriller, there is a great twist!! Hallelujah! I did guess a tiny bit of the twist, but not all of it. Also, the big part of the twist that I didn't guess is really great and very unexpected. That's always a win for me anytime I can be surprised. 

I also really enjoyed the writing style. It flows really well, which is just what I needed right now since I've been busy and reading so slowly. I ended up reading about 75% of Never Let You Go in one day though since I enjoyed it so much. As for the characters, Lindsey and her daughter both kind of got on my nerves a little bit for being so oblivious. Other than that, I did like them and I did feel for them. I also enjoyed their mother/daughter relationship, even though it was far from perfect. 

Overall Never Let You Go was a win for me! The writing flows well, the plot is on point, and the twist definitely worked for me. I would love to read another Chevy Stevens book sometime. 

I highly recommend Never Let You Go to all mystery/thriller fans. 

April 11, 2017

Blood Rose Rebellion By: Rosalyn Eves DNF Mini Review

Thank you to Netgalley for providing a free ebook copy of Blood Rose Rebellion By: Rosalyn Eves in exchange for an honest review. 

Guys, I can't believe I didn't like this one. Blood Rose Rebellion is a book that I was looking forward to so much, but I only made it to 20% and I had to DNF it. The summary sounded so promising, but to be honest I was bored silly! I couldn't connect to any of the characters or anything in the story. 

Overall there just wasn't anything that captivated me. The cover is extremely gorgeous, but for me that is the only thing I liked about it. It wasn't for me at all and I couldn't finish reading it. 

I can't personally recommend this one, but if it sounds good to you and you want to give it a try then go for it! 

March 27, 2017

Ashes to Ashes By: Valerie Thomas Review

Thank you to the author for providing a free ebook copy of Ashes to Ashes in exchange for an honest review. 

I have read all of this author's Auburn series and I absolutely loved it. So of course I was very intrigued to read something else by her. Also, the summary for Ashes to Ashes sounded right up my alley. However, it unfortunately ended up not being for me. 

My main issue with Ashes to Ashes is that the pacing is not fast enough. The book starts off somewhat interesting, but then it just seems to get slower and slower as the book goes on until the end. Which I do have to say I wasn't thrilled with the ending either. The story wasn't too bad though and I did like Natalie's character, but most of the book was just too slow. I had a very hard time paying attention to what I was reading because it just dragged for me. 

Overall Ashes to Ashes is not a terrible book, but it is extremely slow and I had a hard time staying interested. There are the few small things I enjoyed, but mostly this one wasn't for me. 

I can't personally recommend this one, but if it sounds good to you then give it a try! I definitely do recommend her Auburn series though.

February 7, 2017

The Turn (The Hollows 0.1) By: Kim Harrison Review

Thank you to Gallery Books for providing a free copy of The Turn By: Kim Harrison in exchange for an honest review. 

The Hollows is a series that I have been wanting to try for a while. I own the first book in the series, but I still haven't read it yet. Still I was very intrigued to read this full length prequel novel since it sounded so great!

Well even though I haven't read the other books I really enjoyed The Turn! I liked the MC Trisk quite a bit and I really felt for her throughout the whole book. Even when sometimes I thought she was making some dumb decisions, I still felt for her. Trisk is just very likeable and she really made the whole book for me. I also love that she is a dark elf because I don't read books about elves often. 

Another thing I really enjoyed is all of the science and genetics in the novel. I think that is a very interesting take on a book about supernaturals. I feel like that is something that I normally wouldn't like, but it is so well done in this book. 

Overall I liked The Turn quite a bit even though I haven't read any of the other books. After reading this one though I definitely need to read the first book in the series as soon as I can. 

I recommend The Turn for anyone interested in a supernatural book with a touch of science, even if you haven't read the rest of the series yet! Also, I think if you have read the other books in the series and enjoyed it then you would probably like this one as well.

February 1, 2017

The Devil Crept In By: Ania Ahlborn Review

Thank you to Gallery Books for providing a free copy of The Devil Crept In By: Ania Ahlborn in exchange for an honest review. 

I have been wanting to read one of Ania Ahlborn's books for a while now. I'm so glad I got a chance to read this one because I absolutely loved it! It wasn't very fast-paced for most of the book, but it was atmospheric and eerie. It suited the story so well and I'm a sucker for an atmospheric read.

One thing I like most about The Devil Crept In is that the story is told from Stevie's POV. It's very interesting to read creepy stories from a child's perspective. Stevie is ten years old and it's his best friend Jude that is missing. He is determined to find out what happened and of course things get creepy! 

Honestly, I don't have anything bad to say about this book. The story is fantastic, the writing flows well and is engaging, it's eerie and atmospheric, and the ending is ON POINT!! There are a couple of good twists as well, which I always appreciate. 

Overall I loved The Devil Crept In and it's just such a well written and creepy book. It's exactly what I have been in the mood for. I can't wait to read more by this author!

I recommend The Devil Crept In for fans of atmospheric horror/mystery/thrillers.

January 25, 2017

Updates, DNF Mini Review, Discussion About Authors Branching Out, & Recs. (Yup, I Rolled A Lot Into One Post.)

Hey guys! I haven't been around on the blogosphere lately as much as I would like, but I'm sure you understand. I know we've all been there and life happens. To be honest, ever since the summer I've been struggling. I want to get back to blogging and blog hopping more, but it just may not be as much as I want right now. I don't want to stress myself so I'm okay with that. 

I wanted to write a quick update to let everyone know what's been going on in my life. Since it's been SO LONG since I have! Feel free to skip to the bookish stuff though! So my husband is going back to school (He just started last week.) to get his degree. YEY! I'm super proud of him and he's not even going to get a degree he really wants, but one that will hopefully help with his job/financial stuff in the future. While that means more stress on me at home, I'm very proud of him and I love that he's trying to better things for our family. Another thing that's been going on is I've been having MAJOR sleep problems. Insomnia and anxiety has been kicking my butt. With everything going on in life I feel like I'm having a hard time functioning. On a good note though since I started the Keto diet last September I have lost 50 lbs!! My husband has also been losing weight and my daughter has also lost a little. She is 12, she has autism, and she has a hard time when it comes to food. She's struggling a little bit, but we're working on it. As for my twinnies both of them are doing pretty well, despite the fact that within a few days from each other they accidentally gave each other corneal abrasions. They are okay of course, but they weren't even being hyper or anything. They just need to be more careful! These boys are a mess and how come twins have to always do the same thing? HAHA! :P 

I originally wasn't going to post my review for Two By Two on my blog (Which is why I just copied and pasted it hehe laziness for the win!), but I kept thinking about it. I want to commend Nicholas Sparks for going outside of his usual formula even though this book didn't work for me. In my opinion, most of his books are pretty much the same recycled formula with just a few things changed. That's always worked for him though. I mean his books and movies have been majorly successful and I have enjoyed all of the other Sparks books I've read so far. I have to give him props for trying something different than his usual style. And hey, I'm sure there are some people out there that do like this new Sparks book and that's fantastic! 

My point is this got me thinking about other authors that have gone out of their comfort zone. Of course everyone doesn't like the same things and I'm not trying to bash any authors here. I'm just curious in general, what do you think about authors branching out and trying new things? Whether it worked for you, or not, and why. My sleepy brain can't think of any other authors though right now. So I'm curious what authors have you read that tried something new? A new genre, a new writing style, whatever? Did it work for you? Why/why not? 
I'm looking for some recommendations!! Once my reading schedule clears a bit, I want to read more mental health books later this year. I need recs though to add to my list I've started. I have a few options so far, but I would like more to add. What I'm looking for is fictional books that portray mental illness realistically and without glamorizing issues. 

Okay guys, sorry for the SUPER LONG post! Thanks for hanging in there. :P