Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Innocents (Dusty #1) by Mary & Sarah Elizabeth

I’m desperately going to try to put into words just how much this story got under my skin. Because I can’t seem to emphasize how touching, heart-wrenching, and tragic this story is.

I know he loves me. I never doubt his love. I doubt his intentions and respect. I distrust his motives and allegiance.

I did have a few problems with it, so let’s go through those first.

  1. Typos, missing words, punctuation.
  2. ‘kind of’ and ‘sort of’ were written all over in the book. Mostly in the beginning of the story – or maybe I just stopped noticing as much with the way the story was OH SO GRIPPING.
  3. Transition between his POV and hers. It doesn’t happen at regular intervals, it just happens randomly about half way through the story. Suddenly I was like, wait, this is not Bliss’s POV, it’s Dusty’s. It was a bit confusing and I wish she would have labeled who’s POV it would be under the chapter heading.

All these little things that usually drive me nuts did not deter me in the slightest to the overall story line. Good God. These character slay me.

Alone, we’re us: an innocent secret made of bad habits spread across his bed.

The fact of the matter is that this is not a happy story. This is a love story that absolutely breaks your heart watching how they shift and change under the pressures of high school and peer pressure. There were so many times I wanted to scream for Bliss to leave, run far away, and never go back to him no matter how much she would want to.

And then Thomas’s POVs broke my damn heart so much I was begging Bliss to stay. Help him. Save him. Love him.

Leave with me, I text her back. Tonight.
Her response is immediate.
Nothing should be this messed up.
Come get me.

The only reason I’m giving this 4 stars is because of the issues listed above. I think a proofreader/editor would have helped fix a lot of those issues. But again, none of them deterred me from devouring this story.

While I want to read book 2, I’m terrified. I don’t want my heart to break. But at the same time, I need them to be together. To work this out. To save each other. This is not a typical love story. This is a heart breaking story that leaves you desperate for everything to be okay… JUST BE OKAY.


Off to book 2…

Rating: 4 stars!


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22723776The girl with an innocent heart knows all about bad choices, but has yet to make them for herself. Searching for freedom, she finds it in the delinquent down the hall.

The troublemaker with summer-sky blue eyes knows he should stay away, but can’t resist the blissful wonder who makes his house a home.

She’s a hopeless romantic. He’s just hopeless.

She’s his reason, but he might not catch her when she falls.

She loves him. He loves her crazy.

This is what happens when a love made of secrets is kept with rules instead of promises.


Wild Embers by Nikita Gill

So this is a hard review to write. Because I love poetry, I love a lot of Nikita’s work. However, this book just didn’t bring the feels.

Some pieces I truly enjoyed. Others I didn’t care for at all. Some I just thought, okayyy…

Overall, I think I like her previous work better. A lot of this didn’t feel like poetry. A lot of new-age poetry doesn’t feel like true poetry to me, honestly. Maybe that’s why I have been struggling as of late to find an actual poetry book I thoroughly enjoy.

Nothing feels true and genuine. Everything reads the same. Everything leaves me with nothing. And the point of poetry is to make you feel so full and overwhelmed that someone understands, someone listens, someone has been through this, too, and good GOD, they get it. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any strong feels from this book.

While it’s well done and beautiful, it’s not a page turner.

Rating: 2.5 stars

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34253376They have lightning in their souls, thunder in their hearts, chaos in their bones.

Nikita Gill’s poetry has captured hearts and minds all over the world; her inspirational words have been shared hundreds of thousands of times online, been plastered across placards on international women’s marches and even transformed into tattoos. This collection will showcase mostly unseen poetry and prose, delving into ideas about passion, identity, empowerment and femininity.

Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller

The Lost World (Jurassic Park #2) by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park continues to take bites out of my heart.


It’s always a good idea to start the new year on a good note, with a positive mind, and an excellent book. So I decided to start this year in a place that has captured my heart and imagination ever since I was a little girl.

Welcome to Jurassic Park.

I have to say, the first movie was my favorite between the Jurassic Park and The Lost World. But when it comes to the books, The Lost World takes the whole damn cake. Everything about this book was fantastic.

Absence of proof is not proof of absence.

Michael Crichton won me over many years ago with his books Prey and Disclosure. I was a fool to ever think these books would be a let down just because movies were made. They are so different from each other that nothing felt like I knew what would happen next. It was a brand new adventure with similar characters and the world we all grew to love as children.

Rating:4.5 stars!

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13532158It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end – the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public.

There are rumors that something has survived….

Fiction, Horror, Thriller

Brother by Ania Ahlborn

I wanted to like this so much. Considering how much I’ve enjoyed other Ania Ahlborn books, I had high hopes. Sadly, I’ve been a bit let down.

As a horror book, I was expecting something to have my skin crawling, my heart racing, my mouth hanging agape. None of this happened. There was gore, but that’s basically it. And it was a bit predictable in my opinion.

This book had some great parts that were incredibly interesting, but sadly, those parts weren’t enough to hold me in and capture my mind. The characters weren’t especially fascinating either. The overall lack of this book even had me doing the unthinkable. I read the end before finishing the book. That’s right. It was going so slow and taking too long that I actually jumped to the last few pages to get my answers.

When I got them, I wasn’t even that surprised or impressed. So…

I’m honestly still trying to pin point exactly what it was that made it difficult for me to get into this as deeply as others by the same author. Perhaps it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

Rating:  2 stars

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23492624From the bestselling horror author of Within These Walls and The Bird Eater comes a brand-new novel of terror that follows a teenager determined to break from his family’s unconventional—and deeply disturbing—traditions.

Deep in the heart of Appalachia stands a crooked farmhouse miles from any road. The Morrows keep to themselves, and it’s served them well so far. When girls go missing off the side of the highway, the cops don’t knock on their door. Which is a good thing, seeing as to what’s buried in the Morrows’ backyard.

But nineteen-year-old Michael Morrow isn’t like the rest of his family. He doesn’t take pleasure in the screams that echo through the trees. Michael pines for normalcy, and he’s sure that someday he’ll see the world beyond West Virginia. When he meets Alice, a pretty girl working at a record shop in the small nearby town of Dahlia, he’s immediately smitten. For a moment, he nearly forgets about the monster he’s become. But his brother, Rebel, is all too eager to remind Michael of his place…


Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires by J.R. Rogue

LET ME JUST SAY THIS NOW because I have to say something. Because I want you to wonder something. I want you to wonder if you’d be better off with me than her, even if it’s just a fleeting thought, a blink of an eye.

Jen has always, in my opinion, had a titillating way of wording things. She still does. She came out of the gate running, and her words connect with you in a way that causes you to pause, consider, and open yourself up.

Yes, I have been here. Or, yes, I understand this feeling.

There were so many snippets and pieces of her prose that I highlighted because she would say what I’m thinking or feeling or have been through. She understands, and she’s realistic and raw about it.

I should’ve told you about the flood.
How he was water & I could never escape.
How I never tried to escape.

I’m really torn with how to rate this. There were some pieces that I loved and reread. Then there were others that I just could not get into – this may just be me though since I’ve been in a poetry funk. But with all my highlights and how this is another short collection, I think it’s obvious. Add into it that her writing style is strong and completely her own. You read a JRR poem, and you know it’s her.

Let’s just admit that maybe we need each other & that maybe just friends isn’t always such a bad place to land.

Rating: 4 stars

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36276527It’s going to hit you below the belt.
You’re going to reach for the 
closest stand-in lover you can 
& you’re going to make 
a home in their body
you’re going to pretend your 
childhood memories are hung 
in his chest
& you skinned your knee 
tripping over the curve of his arm
& you have always been here.