May 2, 2018

Between Earth and Sky By: Amanda Skenandore Review

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for providing a free copy of Between Earth and Sky By: Amanda Skenandore in exchange for an honest review. 

Between Earth and Sky is one of those books that make me so glad I started a blog and bookstagram. (Even though I can't keep up with it all very well at the moment haha.) If it wasn't for that then I may not have ever heard of this book. Between Earth and Sky is not a book that I would typically pick up on my own, but I am so thrilled that I got a chance to read it. 

This is a well written, moving, beautiful, and tragic story based on historical facts. The setting is wonderfully vivid and I love how easily I could picture everything. I loved the characters as well, especially Alma and Asku. The book goes back and forth between 1906 and back in time to the 1880s when Alma was a child. I love how it was seamlessly written and you can really see Alma's growth and journey. I also enjoyed how there are a few small surprises in the book. Not twists exactly, but there are a couple of plot points that I really expected to go one way and instead they went another. I ADORE that in any book. 

I believe this is Amanda's debut book and it's practically flawless. I look forward to reading more from her! Overall I highly recommend Between Earth and Sky to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. 

Connect with Amanda: 

Purchase Links: 

April 30, 2018

The Last Time I Lied By: Riley Sager ARC Review

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free ebook copy of The Last Time I Lied By: Riley Sager in exchange for an honest review. 

After reading and enjoying Final Girls by Riley Sager back in November I had to read his upcoming book The Last Time I Lied. I am so glad I got approved on Netgalley for this one. This book was EVEN BETTER. Holy shiitake mushrooms this book was so FANTASTIC. The tension is ON POINT!! It did start off just a tad slow, BUT I really think it helped to build up the tension for later. 

I am not sure I liked any of the characters in this one, but wow they all sure were intriguing. I also enjoyed that the chapters went back and forth between the present and 15 years ago. The time jump was very well done. The storyline, atmosphere, and TWISTS were ON POINT as well. The Last Time I Lied defines what it means for a book to be a rollercoaster of twists and turns. You'll need a seatbelt to read this one. 

Overall this is one of my new favorite books. I highly recommend it to all of my mystery/thriller lover friends out there! I guarantee you won't regret reading this one. 

Connect with the Author: 

April 11, 2018

Four Poems From Goodbye Darkness, Hello Light!!

Today I wanted to share with everyone four poems from my poetry book Goodbye Darkness, Hello Light. In the book there are four sections: Goodbye, Darkness, Hello, and Light. 

From Goodbye:

From Darkness: 

From Hello: 

From Light: 

I hope you enjoyed these poems from my book. Let me know what you think either way in the comments. If you're interested in Goodbye Darkness, Hello Light here is the link to add it on Goodreads and the link to purchase it on Amazon!

Also, it's National Poetry Month! What are some of your favorite poetry books? 

April 6, 2018

The Retreat By: Mark Edwards ARC Review

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free ebook copy of The Retreat By: Mark Edwards in exchange for an honest review. 

Do you like slow burn and atmospheric mystery/thrillers? Than The Retreat is for you! This may not be the fastest paced book, but it's very intriguing and well written. I liked the MC, Lucas, and how he wanted to help Julia find or find out what happened to her missing child. Oh, and I desperately wanted to know what happened to Lily. That kept pushing me to read on because I HAD to know. I also enjoyed the town myth about The Red Widow. That really added to the atmosphere for me and I'm always a sucker for good atmosphere. Overall The Retreat is a fantastic read, but the ENDING really got me! It was completely unexpected and chilling. I highly recommend The Retreat! 

April 1, 2018

Speak By: Laurie Halse Anderson Review

Non-Spoiler Review- 

I know, I know. I am so late to the party on this one. I can't believe I just now read Speak. I've been wanting to read it for ages, but I've put it off because I thought it would be a rough read for me. In some ways it was, but the tough subject matter (insert rape trigger warning here) was handled very well. I loved this one. The end made me cry. I think Speak is a must read for everyone, especially young girls. Thank you Laurie for writing this book and I can't wait to check out more of her books!

Mild Spoiler Review- 


To be honest Speak is a book that I can relate to all too well. It's so relatable that it's scary and it's been difficult to write this review. I know this character (Melinda) very well. I WAS this girl. I was her age when I was raped for the first time. I had a fear of speaking up, I skipped school, became antisocial, and also had to see my rapist in the halls at school everyday. I won't digress anymore into my own personal experiences, but the point I'm trying to make is this book was first published in 1999. This book was out when I could have really used it and I wish I had known about it back then. Speak is such a powerful and important read that brings to light a difficult topic that unfortunately many girls and women have experience with. The end of this book made me cry because Melinda was finally able to fight back and speak up. If you haven't read this book yet then I highly recommend you do so immediately.