// November Wrap Up // December Reads

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I’ve kind of neglected my blog lately. It is n’t intentional. I’m not in a reading slump, but mostly in a…update slump? Possibly? I did several blog tours and I felt like I was in a little over my head – but I can’t help if there were a few books I was highly interested in, I mean, my inner bookworm was calling for them – who am I to ignore the call? Anyway, this post is a bit overdue, but since we are now getting very close to the end of the year, I need to do this one.

I do plan on doing a writing goal instead of a reading goal next year. I’m SO CLOSE to my reading goal that it’s almost dangling in front of my face. LOL! So, here are my November reads, and my December reads. My December reads are going to be ones I’m currently reading or listening to.


Day Zero, The Last Affair, The Princess Plan and All Fired Up are ARCs for those blog tours I signed up for. My favorite of those was Day Zero. It was a bit slow, but with this kind of plot, it’s kind of expected. All Fired Up was not a bad book for the genre that it was. It is definitely romance, but not too entirely heavy on it, which was what I liked about it. I hate to say, my least favorite were the other two, The Last Affair and The Princess Plan. I was so disappointed with The Last Affair, mostly because the wrap up did not make any sense at all and it wound up ruining the story. The Princess Plan, it wasn’t bad, but I gave something out of the norm a try for me, and while the story is good, I just couldn’t keep a lot of interest, but still good for those that love that particular storyline.

A Wedding in December was another ARC for a blog tour, but that post won’t be up till Dec 10 – but I will say, I liked that story a lot more than I anticipated. What’s funny is that, Christmas is my least favorite holiday, but this book didn’t focus on the holiday which is probably why I liked it better.

Yes, I finally read Throne of Glass after it has been on my TBR list for a long time. I liked the first book – I’m still on the fence if I want to read the second book or not. But I liked it a lot better than I liked the A Court of Thorns and Roses series – sorry guys.

Timestamp and Nothing is Strange are books that were sent to me for an honest review. Timestamp is something I think everybody needs to read. The full title of the book, Timestamp: Musings of an Introverted Black Boy. Read my review though. I don’t want to give away most of it, but I think this book should be read by everybody at least once. Nothing is Strange is a collection of short stories that are beyond odd and I really enjoyed them.


Here are few of my current reads at the moment. I’m trying to get past my reading goal without altering it. I know, I know – reading is supposed to be enjoyable and not goal seeking. I still enjoy it, but it’s an added bonus if I can say that I read 100 books in a year. That may not be a lot to some people, but it is to me. Anyway, here are my current reads for December – one I just finished reading.

Saturn and her Rings is a second installment to Jupiter and her Moons. I did finish that book and the review is up. I’m more than halfway through, Salt to the Sea and it’s difficult to put down. I did buy another of Ruta Sepetys books the other day, so I can’t wait to dive into that one. Coral is a darker retelling version of The Little Mermaid and I’m almost through with that audiobook. The other two, The Fuck It Diet and Behind Every Lie, I’ve only just started, so more on those when I get further into them.

That’s my TBR right now andI’m hoping to finish my reading goal. We shall see! Have a happy holidays, if you celebrate anyway.

// Book Review // Saturn and Her Rings: Sonni’s Story by: BL Mute #BookReview #indieauthor

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Saturn and her Rings: Sonni’s Story by: BL Mute
The Mended Universe Series
YA/Mental Health/Fiction

I’m Sonni, but I’ve been called many other names. Reject. Problematic. Orphan. Murderer.

I didn’t have a plan, never had the luxury. So, when my case worker moved me to Harper Valley Safe Haven as a last resort, I knew I’d leave. I had to. Small towns aren’t for people trying to stay hidden, trying to escape the system and start a new life.

But Six had other plans. I shouldn’t have agreed to help him. I should have ran the moment I saw those eyes, but he claims to know things, stuff no one else would know. My real name– Saturn, my history with the law, and worst of all… he knows who my mother is. Continue reading “// Book Review // Saturn and Her Rings: Sonni’s Story by: BL Mute #BookReview #indieauthor”

// Fall/Winter Blog Tours: Mystery & Suspense // Book Review // The Last Affair by: Margot Hunt #BookReview #Mystery

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The Last Affair by: Margot Hunt
Publish Date November 26, 2019 by MIRA
Thriller/Mystery/Suspense

Love may be blind, but obsession’s a real killer.

Nora Holliday is not that kind of woman. Not the kind who has an illicit affair with a married man. But Josh Landon is everything Nora’s alcoholic husband isn’t. And now she and Josh are so infatuated, they can’t stay away from one another.

Abby Landon, Josh’s daughter, is home from college nursing a broken heart. She’s seeking solace, not more scandal, so when she catches her dad kissing Nora, she vows to take the homewrecker down.

And as for Abby’s mother and Josh’s wife, Gwen? To anyone on the outside looking in, the mother of two appears to be living the ideal suburban life.

Until she winds up dead.

The serene seaside town of Shoreham has always been the perfect place to raise a family—not somewhere housewives are brutally murdered. So who killed Gwen Landon, and how many twisted secrets will be exposed as the vindictive plot comes undone? Continue reading “// Fall/Winter Blog Tours: Mystery & Suspense // Book Review // The Last Affair by: Margot Hunt #BookReview #Mystery”

// Digital Reads Blog Tour // Death Among Us: Spooky Short Story Mash Up by Various Authors

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I apologize for being MIA – I’ll discuss that in a later post.

Happy Halloween!! Today’s post is to promote a collection of murder mystery short story mash up. What better way to spend the one, spooky themed day out of the year than to read short stories written by several authors? The answer to this question is simple – there is no better way. Unless you’re watching classic movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas or Hocus Pocus – those are the only exceptions.

This will be a short and sweet review, as it is very difficult, for me anyway, to write about several short stories without giving away any of them. I love a good murder mystery/thriller type story. There’s a mixture of different dates and settings in this book. So, you could be reading something in historical fiction or another detective type story. Each author has a different and unique way of telling a story. That, to me, is very important when putting together one book of different stories.

Some stories I’m like…what?

Not in a bad way, I promise. The Rose Slayer story…I have to say was one of the ones I actually liked because of the unique way of telling this kind of story. Like I said, this is hard to write without giving away anything.

So, I’ll get to the point. I liked this collection. I’m also a huge thriller/mystery nerd, as I’ve stated before, so I had to jump on this tour for that reason. I wasn’t disappointed. If you’re not into the whole genre, that’s perfectly fine, watching those movies listed above is perfectly fine – anything other than that, you’re doing a Halloween a total disservice. I’m kidding!!! Maybe a little…

I would say this collection ranks up with my other favorite collection of short stories by Raoul Dahl. Oh yes, I do.

// ARC Review // Finding Forever: A 1970s Love Story by: Anthony Sciarratta #BookReview #ARC

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Finding Forever: A 1970s Love Story by: Anthony Sciarratta
Publish Date November 5, 2019 by Post Hill Press
Romance/Fiction

In 1970s New York, a neurotic Italian-American man is inspired to write a novel about his love affair with a quirky Broadway actress who inspires him to pursue his life-long dream.

Michael Coniglio is at his wit’s end. His girlfriend, Angela, announces in front of the local coffee shop crowd that she has a new lover. The emotional fallout leads him to lose his office job, giving his boss the long-awaited excuse to fire him. Michael goes home to his parents looking for support and professes his childhood dream only for his father to remind Michael that he will never amount to anything.

Just as Michael is about to give up on life, he meets a woman who changes everything. The chatty and quirky Elvira Vaughn brings flavor to his world. The innocent, bright eyed, artsy young woman ran from an abusive home to become a Broadway actress in crime-riddled New York City. Suffering from the depression of her past, the now thirty-year-old looks to a higher power for an answer. Can Michael and Elvira overcome the demons of their past and find their way into each other’s hearts? Continue reading “// ARC Review // Finding Forever: A 1970s Love Story by: Anthony Sciarratta #BookReview #ARC”

// Poetry Review // Where I Ache by: Megan O’Keeffe #Poetry #MentalHealth

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Where I Ache: Poetry Collection by: Megan O’Keeffe
Published June 10, 2019
Poetry/Mental Health

This collection is broken up into six chapters ranging from themes such as depression, jealousy, grief, and strength. These are delicate subjects to talk about and most people avoid them because of the uncomfortable vulnerability. I’ve always written and shared my poetry with the hope that readers would relate and feel less alone. I hope you feel a sense of community to all of those connected throughout this collection.Please seek professional help if these sensitive topics are affecting your daily health and happiness. Continue reading “// Poetry Review // Where I Ache by: Megan O’Keeffe #Poetry #MentalHealth”

// ARC Review // The Shrike and the Shadow by: Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Wright #BookReview

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The Shrike & the Shadows by: Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Wright
Publish Date March 3, 2020 by The Parliament House
Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling

Men have gone missing before.

The village of Krume is plagued by a haunted wood and a hungry witch. It’s been that way for as long as Hans and Greta can remember, though they have never seen the witch themselves; no one has.

When men start to disappear once again in the cover of night – their bloody hearts turning up on doorsteps – the village falls into frenzied madness.

Hans and Greta, two outcast orphans, find themselves facing accusations of witchcraft and are met with an ultimatum: burn at the stake, or leave the village forever.

With nowhere else to go, they abandon their only home.

As they venture into the strange forest, their path is fraught with horrific creatures, wild and vivid hallucinations, and a mysterious man tied to the witch’s past.

The Shrike is watching, just beyond the deep darkness of the woods. Continue reading “// ARC Review // The Shrike and the Shadow by: Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Wright #BookReview”