City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

I’ve been craving some good YA with action, intricacy, and some love. The great thing about this series is that it has it all. THIS IS A REREAD REVIEW. 

While the first book isn’t my favorite in the series, it’s a great start to the overall story. Having read this book probably five years ago now, it was a great refresher to the world of shadowhunters and downworlders.

Clary is dunked into a world headfirst unexpectedly when she begins to see things that her best friend can’t – weird, to say the least. There are twists and turns and continuous moments that keep you on your toes. The characters are wonderfully developed and you can’t help but love each of them for their own quirks and attitudes.

If there was one thing she was learning from all this, it was how easy it was to lose everything you had always thought you’d have forever.

If you’ve not yet read the series, I suggest you do so! I’ll be rereading the series over the next few months as a nice refresher. Then on to Cassandra Clare’s latest series, The Dark Artifices, which takes place five years later.

Who else is with me?!

Rating: 4 stars!

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24885537When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

Carrie by Stephen King

True sorrow is as rare as true love.

So, I finally got around to reading Stephen King’s first published book, Carrie, and I’m in awe. I’ve been terrible about putting books off where I’ve already seen the movies. Even though this was Stephen King’s first book, it reads like any of his other words.

Gripping. Enthralling. Horrifying.

This book is one of my favorites by Stephen King. This book is the epitome for bullying and where it can lead. Carrie, while so lost and filled with suffering, is relatable for almost any girl. We all know how it feels to have other women stand against us and push us down. Women can be the worst of monsters.

I’m still reeling from this book, so I apologize for the lack of words. The thought that Stephen King was going to toss this story in the trash breaks my heart, and I thank Tabitha for pushing him on.

Rating: 5 stars!

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10160130Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction…

The Tutor by K Larsen

I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

So, I’m in the minority here…

What first pulled me in what the cover. I mean, COME ON. It’s stunning and captivating and oh, so beautiful! But this is one of those times where you should not judge a book by its cover. 

The first couple chapters/sections felt pointless. They didn’t tell me anything the synopsis didn’t, and they were agonizingly short. Plus the sections felt disconnected somehow. I actually had to go back and reread it to try to decipher what was going on. I couldn’t follow what the author was trying to make the reader perceive. Some chapters were past, some were present – which is fine – but if you do that, the sections in chapters should not go past and present as well… There was too much flip flop for me.

Personally, as a reader and a writer, a lot of the content would have been better interwoven in a different areas. For the first quarter of the book, I was confused. 50 shades of confused. Finally pieces began to come together around the 20% mark.

This story was told from 6 different points of view. They were all fast paced and the content changed quickly. It didn’t help that most of the characters are female and none of them are distinguishable from reading their sections alone. I, also, did not connect with any of the characters. The author seems to have tried to create depth, but often times, the characters reactions weren’t realistic. None of these characters had me cheering them on.

While the overall plot could have been amazing, this author — for me — fell short. There is a saying for writers. Show, don’t tell. Well, this author is strictly tell and it was grinding my gears. She did this. He did that. Don’t TELL me, show me. Make me feel something… anything.

Honestly, I would not recommend it. Like I said, there is potential with the story line, but this author did not take it to the levels I imagined. If you’re a reader who likes an easy read, no connection, and a decent plot, then you might enjoy this.

Rating: 1 star

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33831652After a party gone wrong and in desperate need of money for the fall semester of college, twenty-year-old Nora Robertson needs to escape her hometown.

She accepts a summer long live-in tutoring job for a handsome man and his little sister at a secluded home deep in the mountains.

There is no running water.

No electricity.

No internet or cell service.

When her tutoring job ends she’s hit with a brutal turn of events … she’s not permitted to leave. After months in captivity, she makes a harrowing escape with her student that ends in a car accident on a desolate road. When Nora comes to, her student is missing. In a desperate attempt to find the girl, Nora will have to recount her time held captive.

The good and the bad.

Can Nora and the authorities work together to find the man who took her? Will they rescue the girl Nora tried to save?

Author’s Note: This is a dark romantic suspense.
Trigger warning: All of them. This will not elicit warm fuzzy feelings.

Abandoned Breaths by Alfa

If you’re looking for a poetry book to add to your collection, look no further. Alfa has blown me away again. Her first book was a chapbook, short and sweet. Abandoned Breaths is full and savory.

… and late at night
when you hit me up,
telling me you miss me,
and maybe we should
     try again…
I know it is just loneliness
and familiarity.
You need instant gratification,
and you reach for your old
   stand by.
I am tired of feeding your 
sweet tooth, and then being
expected to encourage your
diet the next day.

Many of these pieces allowed my soul to sigh with the total truth Alfa allowed into her words. This book has all that your soul is seeking, and each poem is like a new breath. A new way to open. A fresh honesty.

There’s really not much I can say in regards to this book other than the fact that it’s amazing. I have so many quotes I want to share. I had them all typed up in this review and it was nothing but quotes from this book. But I didn’t want to spoil the refreshing air of this poetry collection.

I never knew
what magic felt like
until you cupped my face
in your hands
for a full nine seconds
before you kissed me.

I’m so happy to know such a beautiful human being and to have her work resting on my headboard at night.

Rating: 5 stars!

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34604945What happens to the words that never escape the confines of heartbroken souls?
When someone chooses to vacate your life, they seldom take everything with them when they leave. Closure is elusive. A heart still has questions. It is ruthless in its inquisition and stores every one of them in your soul.

Endless dialogue.

Where do the words go?
The ones we wanted to say, but never got the chance?

They live on.

They don’t leave with their Muse.
They stay behind.
Clinging, building, breathing, and aching to be heard.

Abandoned breaths longing to breathe.

I feel them emerging, and for once I do not stop them. I let them flow.
I release the heartache, in hopes that by doing so, these words will find other hearts and bring them a measure of comfort.
You are not alone.
When it comes to love, we all speak the same language.

” I am a collection of everything that has touched my skin. I have absorbed the pulse of the Universe.”

Liebster Award Blog Tag

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Thanks so much to Steph @ TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover for the nomination!

The Liebster Award. Liebster is German for “dearest, darling, liked or loved above all others.”

The rules for this award are:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Answer 11 questions about yourself.
3. Give 11 interesting facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 other bloggers. (nominations are below)

Now, without further ado…


1. Which thing surprised you the most about blogging?

How enjoyable it can be when you’re doing it about something your passionate about. At first, I thought it’d be a lot of extra work and I wouldn’t last. But now I can’t wait to write the next review!

2. Which social media is your favorite to spread the word about your blog?


3. Favorite Movie?

I really don’t have a favorite. I like a broad range of movies the way I do with books. Basically movies like Exorcism of Emily Rose, Annabelle, The Conjuring movies, Secret Window, the Harry Potter series, Star Wars series, Jurrasic Park series, all Marvel movies. I could go on and on.

4. If you could swap places with a heroine from a book, who would it be?

This is a tough question… I can’t choose.

5. Tell me the title of a book which was a reading milestone for you. Like, the book that brought you into the reading world, or a childhood favorite.

Well, I quit reading due to my continuous struggle with dyslexia and not reading very fast. But when my roommate in college insisted I read the Twilight books and to take as much time as I needed, it opened me up to the book  world once again. Because it wasn’t for school with deadlines that were always difficult for me to make. This time, and forevermore, I read for me.

6. Top 5 book boyfriends

LOREN HALE – The Adddicted series. My forever #1.
Kaz Brekker – Six of Crows. Mike Noonan – Bag of Bones. Noah Shaw – The Mara Dyer series. The Darkling – The Grisha series.

7. What are your favorite and least favorite tropes?

Favorite: I honestly am open to so much that I don’t know if I have a favorite.
Least Favorite: Typical romance stories with no new plot.

8. What is something weird you can do?

I sing at random. Even in the middle of conversations.

9. What is the first job you dreamed of doing when you were a kid?

Singer who writes her own songs.

10. Who is your favorite author when it comes to just writing style?

Stephen King. Because come on.

11. If you were to choose only one food/dish for your last dinner, what would it be?



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