Wednesday, January 31, 2018

[Wrap-Up] January 2018

[Wrap-Up] January 2018

Phew. I'm not usually one to wish away time, but I am very happy to see January 2018 making its way into the past. This month was equally horrible and fantastic... but I won't bog down this post with the negative details. 

The good news is that I got a new job! It's with an incredible company with an awesome office space. I'm still pinching myself to make sure I'm not dreaming!

Let's dive in to my monthly wrap-up!


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

[Flash Fiction Review] 100 Word Horrors: An Anthology of Horror Drabbles by Kevin J. Kennedy


Before hearing about this book, I had never heard of a drabble but I was intrigued. This was such a fun collection! I really loved the majority of the stories. I will definitely be going back to this collection from time to time to revisit them.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Let's dive in to my review!

Monday, January 29, 2018

[Book Blogger Hop] Changing Older Posts


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews asks:
Do you ever go back to older posts and change things?

Sunday, January 28, 2018

2 February Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

February Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

I usually try to read some cutesy romance novels during February, but next month I will be picking up a couple of thrillers!

Let's dive in!

Friday, January 26, 2018

[Book Review] Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan

Book Review of Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan

Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan is an interesting look into the lives of the manager and his employees working the very last night before their location is shut down.

I've never been to a Red Lobster because I don't eat seafood, but I was still interested to check this one out when I first heard about it.

Let's dive in!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

[Book Review] The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware


The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware was a book that I was anticipating for months. When I finally got my hands on a copy, I was really disappointed. The storyline just fell flat with me and I couldn't stand the main character.

When this book was picked for our January read for book club, I was a bit bummed at first. However, when I went back to my review on Goodreads and realized that I hadn't yet posted about this book here on my blog, I decided to move it over! So thank you, book club! :) Of course, even though I didn't like the book, I did really enjoy our club's conversation about it!

Let's dive into my review!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

[Short Story Review] Kingsbane by T.L. Branson

 

Kingsbane by T.L. Branson is another amazing short story that is inspired by the world and characters of the upcoming release of the first book in the Soul Stones series, Soul Render.

I had previously read Ash and Steel and Midnight Blade, two other short stories in this world, and I absolutely loved them. When I saw a roll call for Beta Readers for Kingsbane, I immediately wanted to jump in!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Monday, January 22, 2018

[Book Review] Collected Halloween Horror Shorts: Trick 'r Treat

Book Review of Collected Halloween Horror Shorts: Trick 'r Treat

Collected Halloween Horror Shorts: Trick 'r Treat is a wonderful collection of short stories. Some of the stories are bizarre, some are brutal, some are sad, some are terrifying; this collection has something for any horror fan!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Let's dive in!

[Short Story Review] Help Me Follow My Sister Into the Land of the Dead by Carmen Maria Machado

Short Story Review of Help Me Follow My Sister Into the Land of the Dead by Carmen Maria Machado

Help Me Follow My Sister Into the Land of the Dead by Carmen Maria Machado is an interesting short story set up in the format of a GoFundMe page.

I received a print copy through PageHabit... I was happy to have read this story. However, I wouldn't have labeled it horror, which is the box that I had gotten... So that was a bit of a let down.

But anyway! Let's dive in!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

[Book Review] The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen

Book Review of The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen

The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen was an interesting crime mystery that totally threw me for a loop at the end!

If you enjoy novels that are a bit of a slow-burn, but that really picks up toward the end, you have to check this one out!

Let's dive in!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

[Short Story Review] The Gatekeeper by Kevin J. Kennedy

Short Story Review of The Gatekeeper by Kevin J. Kennedy

The Gatekeeper by Kevin J. Kennedy is an awesome short story filled with humor, darkness, and the paranormal! I would have happily read an entire book based on this short!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Let's dive in!

[Novella Review] The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

Novella Review of The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson is such an original horror story filled with life, death, and lots of blood. While reading, I felt very unsettled and anxious throughout; I loved it!

Let's dive in!

Friday, January 19, 2018

[Children's Book Review] No Room For Napoleon by Adria Meserve

Children's Book Review of No Room For Napoleon by Adria Meserve

No Room For Napoleon by Adria Meserve is a really cute story filled with lessons to learn.

I picked this one up for an upcoming baby shower, but of course I had to give it a read to make sure it was any good! :)

Let's dive in!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Unique Book Blogger Award

Unique Book Blogger Award

Shout out to Anna Reeves of Coffee, Tea, and Books for nominating me for the Unique Book Blogger Award! I'm so excited to be taking part in this.

Let's dive in!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

[Bookish Discussion] 4 YA Cliches That I'm Tired Of

Bookish Discussion of 4 YA Cliches That I'm Tired Of

I've been struggling with young adult genre for a while now. Don't get me wrong, I still love the genre and I have picked up a number of really wonderful YA reads recently!!

But I've found that I just cannot read more than two YA books in a row... Otherwise it negatively affects my overall thoughts of the third or fourth read, and then I fall into a nasty reading slump. This is especially the case if I've picked up two books in a row that feature the same cliches that I am already so tired of.

Before we get started, yes, of course these cliches can be seen in MANY other genres. However, they seem to occur most frequently in young adult novels, which is why I'm discussing my four least favorites.

Enjoy! :)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

[Book Review] The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

Book review of The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor is a wonderfully written mystery/thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Make sure to start this one on your next day off; you won't be able to put it down!

Let's dive in to my review!

Monday, January 15, 2018

[Novella Review] You Only Get One Shot by Kevin J. Kennedy & J.C. Michael

Novella Review of You Only Get One Shot by Kevin J. Kennedy & J.C. Michael

You Only Get One Shot by Kevin J. Kennedy & J.C. Michael is a fast paced horror novella filled with violence and suspense, sprinkled with the paranormal and other bizarre elements. Of course, I really enjoyed it!! And phew, what an interesting plot!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book from one of the authors in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Let's dive in!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

[Book Review] Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

Book Review of Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

Oh my... Bonfire by Krysten Ritter was not a book for me.

I don't enjoy pushing through books that I'm not enjoying, but for some reason I pushed through here. I knew right away that the writing style was going to drive me crazy, and it only got worse.

Prepare yourselves, this review is quite negative...

Friday, January 12, 2018

[Giveaway] Book-Shaped Flash Drives!


If you're like me, you absolutely love bookish items! And of course it's always a bonus when those items are actually useful.

When I was approached by Taylor C., Marketing Manager at USB Memory Direct, and was shown these flash drives... I was ecstatic. I mean, come on. How cute are these?!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

[Short Story Review] Assassin Marked by Michael C. Sahd


Assassin Marked by Michael C. Sahd is an incredible short story filled to the brim with action, violence, and romance!

Make sure to pick this one up when you have a spare half-hour that you can dedicate solely to reading; you won't be able to put this down!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

[Book Review] The House on the Forgotten Coast by Ruth Coe Chambers

Book Review of The House on the Forgotten Coast by Ruth Coe Chambers

I'm so excited to be participating in a book tour for The House on the Forgotten Coast by Ruth Coe Chambers! Shout out to Serena M. Agusto-Cox of Poetic Book Tours for sending me a copy of the book so I could take part!

Let's dive in!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

[Book Review] Inside the Wall by A. Tebbs


Inside the Wall by A. Tebbs is a fun and action-filled dystopian YA novel that really packs a punch! If you enjoyed The Hunger Games or The Divergent Series, you will love this one!

Note: This is the first book in the Desert series.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

My Favorite Book Quotes from 2017

My Favorite Book Quotes from 2017

If you've been following me for a while, you have probably noticed that I am a total sucker for quotes! As I was reading over the course of 2017, I noted a few of my top favorites from the books I had read.

Let's dive in!

Friday, January 5, 2018

2018 Book Adaptations I Can't Wait To Watch

2018 Book Adaptations I Can't Wait To Watch

I know, I know... book-to-screen adaptations can be a bit nerve-wracking for readers.

I, for one, always try to go into the movie with an open mind. Of course some film adaptations are easier to have an open mind about than others. Related reading: [Bookish Discussion] Book-To-Film Adaptations.

That being said, I've certainly got my fingers crossed that each of the films I mention below will be great!

Let's dive in!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

[Book Review] Gun Kiss by Khaled Talib


Gun Kiss by Khaled Talib is an incredibly suspenseful novel filled with twists and turns that left me flipping the pages as quickly as I could!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

3 January Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

3 January Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

I'm so ready to start the year strong! I overbooked myself with honest reviews this month, but even so, I am hoping to get to these three new releases.

Let's dive in!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

12 Of My Favorite Science Fiction Reads

12 Of My Favorite Science Fiction Reads

January 2nd is National Science Fiction Day! To celebrate, I have put together a list of twelve of my favorite sci-fi reads.

Let's dive in!

Monday, January 1, 2018

[Wrap-Up] December 2017


I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! This month was an incredibly stressful one, but there were also many wonderful things that happened as well.

I really started the month with a bang! From there, the month continued to be filled with events and fun; meeting up with friends and family, bookshop visits, book club meetings, date night, game days, et cetera. 

And I'm really not sure how in the world I found the time... but I managed to watch 18 movies, 2 seasons of Netflixs shows, and read 19 books. Phew!

Let's dive in to my monthly wrap-up!