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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!
#SeriesI'veBeenMeaningToTry

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. 
#LovedTrisk

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. 
#VeryWellDone

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. 
#AddingTheFirstBookToMyOutrageousTBR!

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.
#DefinitelyRecommend


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.
#ILoveAtmosphere!

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! 
#WhatHappenedToJude?

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. 
#ILovedEverything

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!
#MorePlease

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


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 


January 24, 2017

Frostblood By: Elly Blake Review

I won a free copy of Frostblood By: Elly Blake in a Twitter giveaway hosted by @heylisarenee and @morganameridius ! Thank you both so much! 

Hooray! I FINALLY have a 5 star read this year.  I know it sounds crazy, being so early in the year, but I've been a bit disappointed in my reads this year. Luckily since the time I've read this one I've had some better books, but it was a rough start to the year bookwise!

I completely devoured Frostblood. It was exactly the book I was looking for. The second I started it I couldn't put it down.  I love the world and the whole concept of fire vs ice is always intriguing. While this was not the most unique book, it was a lot of fun and so darn good. 

I love Ruby's character and she was done really well. I felt sorry for her and rooted for her throughout the whole book. I also love the romance in the book. I did guess early on where everything was going, but I didn't care. It didn't make it any less enjoyable. 

Overall Frostblood is just pure YA/Fantasy fun! It's such an addicting and enjoyable book. I can't wait to read book two and I'm so glad it comes out this year! By the way, have you seen the cover for that one? It's also gorgeous!! 


 I recommend Frostblood for fans of the Throne of Glass series and anyone else looking for a fun YA/Fantasy novel!


January 18, 2017

Difficult Women By: Roxane Gay Review

Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free ebook copy of Difficult Women By: Roxane Gay in exchange for an honest review. 

This is the first book by Roxane Gay that I have read and for the most part it's a pretty good set of stories. I enjoyed how the stories featured all kinds of women from different walks of life. Some of the stories are pretty emotional, which is something that I really enjoy. 
#IsItWeirdThatIEnjoyThat?

However, I will say that some of the stories are a bit dull or just not to my taste.  Part of that may be that I did get a little tired of how much sex there is. I could have done with a little less of that honestly. I don't think sex has to be used in everything to make an impact. 
#SexSexSex

Overall Difficult Women is a pretty good set of stories. Since this is the first I've read from this author I didn't know what to expect, but I really love her writing style. I'm glad that I read this one because some of the stories are really fantastic. I would read more by Roxane Gay in the future just for the writing alone to be honest. 
#BeautifulWriting

I recommend Difficult Women for anyone interested in stories about women with beautiful writing. 
#DidIMentionBeautifulWriting?