• Apocalypse Five

    Book Review: Apocalypse Five

    It seems like every book review I post lately starts with saying it’s long overdue, but it’s true! I’m so grateful I get sent so many books for my consideration, especially because I love reading and I hope to be a writer myself one day, but I get so backed up with books that I constantly have a pile to get through. So with that being said, this book review has been a long time coming haha. Apocalypse Five is the first book in a new series Archive of the Fives, a dystopian novel of sorts. It reminds me a little of The Hunger Games and a little of Ender’s Game. Here is the…

  • Wildchilds

    Book Review: Wildchilds

    This book review is long overdue. I was sent this book months ago, but it got kind of lost amidst the sea of books I have to read. But when I finally started it I was hooked and tried to fit in time to read whenever I could. Wildchilds by Eugenia Melian follows Iris, a former model, as she copes with the death of her ex-boyfriend and father of her teenage daughter and all the memories his death brings. She is left his estate which includes his collection of work – Gus, her ex, was a famed photographer – but she must travel back to Paris to find and recover it all.…

  • Books

    Book Review: Death in a Mudflat

    For today’s book review I’m talking about Death in a Mudflat and I have mixed feelings about it. It is part of the Rhe Brewster mystery series. When I first received the book I didn’t realize this was a series (or I just didn’t remember them telling me that once I got around to reading it because it was sent to me a few months ago) or that this wasn’t the first book of the series. It’s okay though because you don’t really need to know what happened before this book. Although there are returning characters from previous books you don’t really need to have read those to read this one. Any…

  • Books

    Book Review: The Hate U Give

    Full disclosure – I didn’t have very high expectations for The Hate U Give. My students in my book club chose it to read and I thought it was going to be just a typical teenage book that was turned in to a movie. I knew the premise of the book and that it was a best seller – but that still didn’t really give me high hopes. But, I ended up really liking it and halfway through I was really hooked and couldn’t stop reading. The Hate U Give follows teenager, Starr Carter, who lives in a rough neighborhood. Her father is a former gang member who left the gang…

  • Send Down the Rain

    Book Review: Send Down the Rain

    I’ve always loved to read and it’s a little known fact that I’d love to one day write a book myself. I’ve periodically reviewed books on here over the years on my own, but when this blogging journey allowed me in recent months to have books actually sent to me for my consideration, it has been so exciting! The coolest part is getting books before they even hit the shelves – advanced reader copies. Such was the case with this book Send Down the Rain. It comes out today! I finished the book just in time for today’s release to give you some of my thoughts. Send Down the Rain tells the…

  • The Dark Gray Blanket

    Book Review: The Dark Gray Blanket

    If you’re a long time follower of my blog then you know I love to read. I don’t get to read for long periods of time per day but I’m pretty much always working on a book. Even though it may take me a while to get through with my limited time, I always like to have something to read. After I finished reading Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker,  I was looking for my next book so it was perfect timing when The Dark Gray Blanket by H. Burns was sent to me in exchange for a review! The Dark Gray Blanket is a fictional book based on…

  • Books,  Uncategorized

    Book Review: The Woman in Cabin 10

    After reading Remember Me? I wanted my next read to be something really different so I looked at some best seller lists and came across The Woman in Cabin 10. The synopsis intrigued me and I was in the mood for a mystery so I decided to read it. The novel centers around Lo Blacklock, a British journalist for a travel magazine. Covering for her boss she gets to go on the trip of a lifetime for her career – a week on a highly exclusive private cruise in the North Sea with the owner, a few other journalists, and the super elite. On the first night, Lo wakes up because she thought…

  • The Crimson Petal & the White

    Book Review: The Crimson Petal and the White

    I don’t even know where to begin with my review of The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber. It’s the longest book I’ve read in a while probably since the Harry Potter books at 895 pages. This novel was a bestseller and was turned into a mini-series in 2011 but honestly I hadn’t heard of it. So why did I choose to read it/how did I hear about it? I first heard about it a year or two ago from blogger The Most Happy. She writes book reviews pretty frequently and she had expressed her love for this book on more than one occasion. Her thumbs up on this book had…

  • Books,  Entertainment

    The Light Between Oceans – Book vs. Movie

    The Light Between Oceans came out in the movie theaters in the fall and the book was published in 2012, but I just got around to reading the novel and watching the movie. I wanted to read the book before seeing the movie and didn’t have time back in the fall. I had heard that the movie was really sad so that made me hesitant to read the book because I wasn’t really in the mood to read a sad story. But I decided to go ahead and read it. Let’s start with a brief synopsis. Tom Sherbourne is a World War I veteran who has recently taken on a…

  • And the Mountains Echoed

    Book Review: And the Mountains Echoed

    And the Mountains Echoed is the third book from author Khaled Hosseini and many who know me (if you talk books with me) know that The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns are two of my favorite books. And the Mountains Echoed was published over two years ago, but I just got around to reading it and finished it yesterday. I started to read it a few times over the past two years but things always came up and I would start something else to read and so this book kept getting put on the back burner. But I’m so glad I took this book back out and read the whole thing. And the Mountains…