9/21/2020

Update time!

Warning potential spoilers, do not read further if you despise spoilers…

I’m serious, you keep scrolling there will be spoilers…

Last chance! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

All righty, you’re in too deep…


So, I am currently on Chapter 15 for Children of Blood and Bone, and I have to say… I am loving this book!!! This kiiiiind of reminds me of the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes, but the writing styles and context of it all are completely different.

I love the different language (of course I’m confused half of the time because it’s a new language) but the author doesn’t fail to translate and I am instantly captivated by the world. I have a feeling I’m going to be using some of these words in the future to curse (probably)…

The characters, oh my the characters. I was about to lose it if something happened to Mama Agba, she’s one of my favorites!!! She’s like Zelie’s mom and I love it! I love Zelie, I have a feeling her strong female character is going to take off, and that she’s going to have amazing powers when magic finally resurfaces, Amari (oh my when she did that trick with the sword and the papaya, it was amazing), Inan… oooof Inan. I don’t like him right now. I have a feeling he is going to have a huuuuuuuge character development though, I’m already starting to see it now with the few interactions (with the dream and setting an entire village on fire like whyyyyyy), and he might be the key to change, and and I’m getting ahead of myself here.

Aaaaanyyywaaaays, the writing style… it just flows. I start on one chapter and dismiss everything else that happens around me to just keep reading. I want to know what happens already! I can picture the world perfectly, the personalities of each character, the actions, just everything and I can’t stress this enough, I’m loving this book.

I might finish this book tomorrow, depending on errands and time, but so far this book is different, I’m loving it and I should’ve read this a long time ago when it first released (good thing though because I hate cliffhangers). Can anyone relate with waiting an entire dang year for another book after a horrible cliffhanger?? It’s the worst.

That’s all for now lovely book bunnies, stay safe and more will come tomorrow!!


09/20/2020

To reflect on today’s day (well technically yesterday) I am almost ready for my reading work station! I finally ordered two bookshelves for my precious books, I also went through so many crates just so that my work station can be super duper ready in two days!!! I’m super excited!
This is not book related… but… I finally cut my hair evenly. I’m finally getting my COVID style on.
Oh, and also, I never knew putting tiles on floors would be such a difficult job…
Aaaanyywaaays, tomorrow (technically it is tomorrow but shhhhhhhhhhh) I will be starting Children of Blood and Bone, it’s about time! I’ll be posting updates on what I think about the novel as I progress through it.
That’s pretty much it, I’ll be posting tomorrow!

Just a Thought…

So, today I learned the importance of etiquette. It was quite an interesting experience.

I learned how to do a proper handshake (I was shocked by how difficult this was for some people). You would think this was easy, since we have to do this for job interviews, being professional, and you know… actually introducing yourself.

Well, let me tell you. The guest speaker had instructed us to give her the details on how to properly do a handshake (and oh my did people take this question so seriously). I’m talking about how some of the answers were like: “Oh but, you need to touch each others hands and just say your name and nice to meet you“. No, no, no honey, it’s much more than that.

You have to have the eye contact, you have to have the confidence, you have to have a firm grip of the hand and present yourself to where you engage the other person with your first impression.

This took about thirty minutes to explain out of the three and a half hour lecture which included: walking, talking, posture, and having the mindset of a lady instead of a woman.

I thought I knew the ropes of etiquette, but I had walked out of the studio with such an overload of information, I was extremely glad that I learned plenty of new things.

Getting to the whole point of this story, one thing that really stuck to me though, was the difference between having a little mind, and having a great mind.

I know, I know, we should all know (or at least think) that we know the difference. But after this lecture, I have a whole new meaning for what the difference is between having a little mind and a great mind.

Me personally, I thought having a little mind was just not having as much knowledge as someone who is known for having a great mind. But boy, was I wrong.

I learned that people who gossip are the ones that have the little minds. Meanwhile, people with a great mind are the people who use their knowledge to make plans and change for the future.

Well, this is just a little thought that I had throughout the day, and I just wanted to share it with you all!

By the way, I’m planning on reading Children of Blood and Bone by: Tomi Adeyemi, and The Wise Man’s Fear by: Patrick Rothfuss sometime soon (probably on Monday) if you guys want to check them out! Looking forward to your thoughts and comments!!

First Day back in manymanymany years…

First day of officially blogging in over four years! It has been quite a ride, but luckily I will have the time to start blogging again! There are manymanymany new things that have been happening, and little by little the news will start to unravel. But for now, I’m really excited to finally be sharing my passion again! Books, coffee, bunnies, and more books! Let’s do this!

Review: Autumn Falls (Autumn Falls #1)

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Title: Autumn Falls
Author: Bella Thorne
Published: November 11, 2014
Format: Paperback (ARC)

A book by Bella Thorne, the best friend of Zendaya from Disneys Shake it Up…
I have to say I just grew curious.

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Update 1:

I was lucky enough to get an ARC from Random House Distributing Company (Penguin) and I have to say, I was quite excited with finding out that Bella Thorne is now an author, not only coming out with a stand alone novel, but with a series! 😀 so excited!!!

Update 2:

This book was pretty interesting. This was more of a high school drama type, with a girl getting used to the new environment since she had to move from her hometown after a serious accident with her father.

This book is generally filled with personal elements from Bella’s own life. It has a real girl that all teenage girls (generally) will love, trying to find her own inner strength and be the best she can be. But there’s a twist. It has magic and mystery too!!!

Autumn Falls a.k.a Bella Thorne (in real life) with her fiery red hair, new-girl outsider status, and tendency to be a total klutz she is definitely not flying below the radar at Aventura High. Luckily, she makes some genuine friends who take her under their wing (you’ll love them too!!!) But she also manages to get on the wrong side of the school’s queen bee, and then finds out the guy she’s started to like, funny and sweet Sean, hangs with the mean crowd. Now her rep and her potential love life are at stake.

To be honest I wasn’t going for Sean at all, but for J.J. So let’s hope when the series coktinues she opens her eyes a bit.

Here is when the magic and mystery meets. Autumn starts to vent her feelings in a journal that belonged to her late father, suddenly her wildest wishes start coming true. Throughout the story she is trying to figure out if the journal is really magical, or if every single thing she writes in her journal is just a mere coincidence.

In this book we don’t really find out about that. Autumn focuses on fixing all of the mistakes she made with the journal first, and then figures out (probably in the sequel) what the journal really is…

There was a bunch of plot twists, like is it really about Autumn and finding a purpose in life? Her love life? Drama life in high school? Winning the contest for her friend? Her father dying? Or is it really just all about Autumn, and then all of those other things just extras.

Then we have the cliffhanger. Yes, she fixed her issues with the enemy, Sean, and her inner demons, but what happened to her closest friends???

That’s what did it for me. I’ll still read the next book, because I am dead curious with what Bella Thorne has in store for us next!

Review: Portraits of Celina

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3 stars

Title: Portraits of Celina

Author: Sue Whiting

Format: Paperback ARC provided by Switch Press for an honest review 🙂

Published: April 1st 2015 by Switch Press

“Make him pay Bayley, Make him pay!!!”

To be honest, I had no intentions of reading this book, ever. I usually don’t ever read horror/thriller/mystery books, but then I was bored, had nothing to do, and when I saw this book, I grew curious, and I found myself start reading this book. Kind of like how Bayley was with Celina and haunting her… Weird…

Anyway, I liked it, for being my first time ever and reading a horror novel (does Anna dressed in Blood count???) So many things happened and my brain is just on high-wire, and all I know is that if I ever find myself in this situation, get me a plane ticket back to where I came from, because I wouldn’t even be able to handle a day let alone 3 months with that. And she did it at such a young age, and by herself!!!! (Until the very end that is). Only if the epilogue was longer though 😦 I wanted to see what happened between her and Oliver, it just ended with her at the funeral 😦 -sigh- oh well… What a read indeed!!!

This book all started with Bayley moving from her hometown to an abandoned house in the middle of no where at a countryside looking house, with only her 7 year old brother, 17 year old sister, and her mother (because her father died in a horrible accident a year ago)

Bayley gets the room where Celina used to live in, and she died the same age as her 40 years ago, and ever since she arrived, Celina’s ghost has been haunting her, because she hasn’t been able to move on from the afterlife until she gets her revenge, and she is using Bayley to do it.

So, she finds this wooden chest on top of her nightstand, and she does the unthinkable, she opens it!
And that’s when all heck breaks loose. Bayley finds herself sleeping in Celina’s room, wearing her clothes, and hearing her voice everywhere.

So throughout the story, Bayley is trying to find out what does Celina want and why is she using her to do it? And who will suffer because of it?

This is one heck of a ghost story, with a love story, and revenge.

Review: Wicked Games (Games #1)

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Title: Wicked Games (Games #1)

Author: Jessica Clare

Format: E-book

Published: 2013 by Jill Myles

In this book we have Abby Lewis who has ever pictured herself on the survival game show, Endurance Island. She’s just not the ‘survival’ type. But when her boss offers her a spot on the show and the opportunity of a lifetime, she packs her bags and heads to the tropics to be a contestant. Once in the game, though, it’s clear that Abby’s in over her head.

No one’s more competitive than sexy, delicious – and arrogant – Dean Woodall. Sure, he’s clever, strong, good at challenges, and has a body that makes her mouth water. He also hates Abby just as much as she hates him. That’s fine with her; she’ll just ignore the jerk.

But the rules of Endurance Island are working against them. Abby and Dean are teamed up – alone – on the beach. It’s either work together, or go home. Stuck with no one’s company but their own, they learn they might just make a good team after all.

And Abby learns that with just a little bit of kindling, the flames of hate can quickly turn to flames of passion…

This book features enemies, lovers, enemies who become lovers, and lots and lots of tropical heat…

My favorite E-book of the year and have read like 4 times already, THIS BOOK WAS FANTASTIC!!!


How did I not find this book before? And I actually pulled an all nighter for this book and I’m so glad I did!!!
This book was fantastic because with this book you have an interesting plot (which reminds you alittle of the Hunger Games, but trust me it’s NOT a repeat) this book has romance (and booooyyyy was it sexy and steamy!!!! You just sworn and sigh, this book has some characters wow!!! Now you know that when your in a competition for 2 million dollars, to always be observive. And I mean Always!
Yes there is a downer in this book like every other story, but it has a satisfying ending 🙂

I know that this book probably has low ratings because the games kind of remind you of the hunger games but trust me the challenges are different, and another person wins instead of the MC.
Also, the romance development was alittle rushed, because falling in love in 3 weeks? I mean madly? That’s not even possible in this world today in my opinion 😛 (but it’s 150 Pgs, give the author so I’m not really :p about it so I’m giving her some credit)
Aaaaaaand this book needed a longer epilogue. I mean yes it was expected, but really? Only a page for epilogue! 😛

The point is, this book was fantastic, i am insanely in love with that cover, and I am falling asleep while writing this review so good night! 😀

Review: Remembrance (Transcend Time Saga #1)

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2-star

Title: Remembrance

Author: Michelle Madow

Format: E-book

Published: July 27th 2011 by Dreamscape Publishing

In this story we have Lizzie Davenport who has been reincarnated from 1815, England but she doesn’t realize it until she meets her soul mate from the past and he triggers her memories to gradually return.

When Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie’s high school, she feels a connection to him, like she knows him. But he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching Drew is more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can’t she get him out of her mind? I wonder why…

Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, but fighting fate isn’t easy, and she’s determined to unravel the mysteries of the past, and does so in the last 300 pages.

I can totally see how people wouldn’t like this book… And let me give you a couple of reasons,

1. Very much like Pride and Prejudice, but this story couldn’t help itself because that was what this story was mostly about…

2. This is just cheesy, I mean really? This story reminded so much of those cheesy movies where there’s this forbidden love in the modern world because then there would be so much drama! OMG GET OVER IT 😉 ITS ANNOYING!

3. The main character, you just think she’s stupid through I can totally see how people wouldn’t like this book… And let me give you a couple of reasons,

1. Very much like Pride and Prejudice, but this story couldn’t help itself because that was what this story was mostly about…

2. This is just cheesy, I mean really? This story reminded so much of those cheesy movies where there’s this forbidden love in the modern world because then there would be so much drama! OMG GET OVER IT 😉 ITS ANNOYING!

3. The main character, you just think she’s stupid throughout the book, and I’m not even going to bother to sugar coat it either. I mean if you like the guy then you go for it before your bet friend so that you don’t lose BOTH people! I mean seriously, common sense people!!!

4. The way Drew acted was just messed up, not one of my favorite book boyfriends I’m afraid 😛

5. I didn’t get a lot of information about the past, and about Lizzie’s memory guard, and if these characters were suppose to represent the characters from Pride and Prejudice?

I just don’t know, that cover sure filled me, and the author is soooooo nice! I would hate to rate a book so low, but it had to be done 😦 sorry…

I’ll still read the second one to see how it is though 🙂

Review: The Boys of Summer (Summer #1)

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3 stars

Title: The Boys of Summer (Summer #1)

Author: C.J Duggan

Format: E-book

Published: December 17th 2012

“It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools. I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn’t help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him… Toby Morrison.”

Tess, is antisocial, quiet, and seventeen years old. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve (senior year) begins.

To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday markets.

But then her friends talk her into working a summer job…

After first-shift disasters, rude, wealthy tourists and a taunting ex-boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come of working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love and heartbreaking chaos. Her usual summer plans just changed, and will be unforgettable.

This story was good… 🙂
Considering that there was a lot of drama, and relationship issues, and the fact that our MC only cared about boys and work, boys and work, and a lot of characters have changed and developed, this story wasn’t bad.
If this book was anymore dramatic and annoying then I would’ve said otherwise. Considering that this was set in summer, where everything was suppose to change and you were suppose to have fun and have a great time, made this story include a lot of drama and romance.
I don’t usually read books like this, but it was free, so I made the acception, plus, I always love to try something new. And I had nothing to lose but precious time 🙂