Wait? What? It’s July wrap up already? (2017)

How are we on July 2017 wrap up already? I mean I’m not complaining. I’m excited for fall/winter

So let’s get into this! I read 8 books. 2 of which were DNF’s and I will leave those for last. I won’t get into a full discussion on why I DNF’d those but if you want to know more details comment below and we can talk! So I’m going to start off with my FAVORITE book of July and one that will make it into my top favorite books of 2017!

5/5 ๐ŸŒŸ this book was AMAZING! Specially that cover! Full review can be found Here

Now to the rest. I don’t have reviews for all. I have been struggling to keep up with blogs and reviews lately. I promise to do better from here on out 

4/5 ๐ŸŒŸ this was my first Laini Taylor book. Review can be found here

4/5 ๐ŸŒŸ I dove right into book 2 after finishing Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I still need to read the last book in the trilogy. Will probably be an August read. I didn’t do a review for this one. I’ll do a double review of this and the last when I finish the trilogy.

4/5 ๐ŸŒŸ The movie Misery was my first introduction to Stephen King when I was just a teenager (so over 20 years ago ๐Ÿ˜ฎ). I finally got around to reading the book. Man Annie Wilkes is more bat shit crazy in the book than the movie! Gah I love her! 

3/5 ๐ŸŒŸ this was enjoyable. A great debut novel for sure! It has its creepy moments for sure! It was a definite plus that the setting is in my home state of Michigan โœ‹๐Ÿป and the author is from and lives in Michigan also! I feel this book will be a lot more creepier on screen (which is being made into a movie). I plan on reading more of his books for sure! 

3/5 ๐ŸŒŸ I read this book for Shark Week! I love the movie and didn’t know it was a book until last year. While I did enjoy this (the movie was so much better) it has a couple not so needed moments. I go into more depth in my review where I talk about the book (in detail, with spoilers) and then compare to the movie (which I watched the day after finishing the book).

Now for my two DNF books

I know I know! How could I???? Well sorry but this was just horrible. I made it to 314 pages and then skimmed a few parts and called it quits. Stephen King has a problem with info dumping. And this was one of the worst. So long winded. Rambles way too much. And then there is the part! I’m totally ok with people loving this book. What I’m not ok with is the fact that NO ONE talks about the most unnecessary, totally gross part in the book unless they hated the book. Sorry but a sex orgy between 1 girl and I lost count on how many boys, all in the PRE-TEEN age! Yes not even teenagers (not that that would make it ok)! In a sewer just so they could “escape” pennywise? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ and please don’t even try to say it “strenghtened their friendship” yes I’ve been told that before. Sorry but that’s NOT friendship! They should have said No we will find another way. They shouldn’t have taken advantage of a young girl who was abused by her dad ๐Ÿ˜’ Fuck that! ummm yea Stephen what the fuck was that? Gross ๐Ÿคข. That’s like borderline child molester mind right there. Maybe it was the heavy drugs and alcohol he was on at the time he wrote this but how in the world that editor didn’t catch that and make him rewrite it is beyond me! I’m so glad the directors of the made for TV mini-series and the new movie have enough brains to leave that shit out. Don’t get me wrong I loved the first movie, will more than likely love the new movie and I did like the non-rambling, actually good parts of the book. Anyway enough about that! NEXT!

What? Another King??? Yup! Sadly I made it 24% into this book and gave up. Now I can’t say forsure if this was a bad book or I was just not in the mood for King anymore. After the IT fiasco and reading Misery, I think I’d had enough King for one month. I may pick this back up sometime later (like 2018 later). 

Well that’s it! Pretty good month considering I’ve been dealing with some personal issues at home and some depression. But I’m getting better. 

Currently reading:

I’ve been slowly reading this for like a week. It’s good so far. I’m only on page 71. This hasn’t been the best week for me. I’m hoping to get a big chunk read today but I know I won’t finish it before July is over. So it will become my first August read. 

Things will get a little crazy between August and December. I’m trying to get organized now so I don’t fall behind. But I’m start college next month. I have 2 years left until I finish my bachelors degree. I plan to start a part time job, going through some marriage problems (which doesn’t help with my depression). So I apologize now if I slip away for a bit. But blogging actually helps some so I’m going to try and keep at it to help!

Hope everyone had a good reading month! And here’s to August! ๐Ÿฅ‚


Jaws by Peter Benchley review + Book vs Movie (spoilers)

I’m pretty sure by now everyone knows about Jaws. If not it’s basically about a Great White Shark that eats people ๐Ÿฆˆ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

I watched the movie growing up. But never knew it was a book until a couple years ago. I’m really enjoying finding out that movies I loved growing up are books as well! So I’ve been finding them, reading them and rewatching the movies. So as far this goes let’s get into this review…

So the book started out with a bang! A person dead in the first chapter. Then 2, 3 people dead in the first 60ish pages. I was so excited…..then we dove into the marriage/relationship of Chief Brody and his wife. Ok no biggie. Books usually have more substance than movies. It was great to see the relationship between the characters but then Hooper shows up. And apparently Brody’s wife (for the life of me I can’t remember her name ๐Ÿ˜‚) knows him since she dated his older brother when they were teenagers. Ok cool. No biggie, but then something completely out of character happened. Something I felt didn’t need to be there. Didn’t add to the story and from what I got of the Hooper and Brody’s wife they didn’t seem like those kinds of people. Brody’s wife invites Hooper to lunch in a town 20 mins away. While there they describe their fantasys (ummm ok. They haven’t seen each other in many many years, she barely remembers him, he was in love with her at the tender age of 10 when his brother dated her). So she starts in with her fantasy and I became very uncomfortable. I get people have this kind of fantasy. Nothing wrong with I guess as long as both parties are consenting adults but it totally didn’t fit the character or the story. Her fantasy is being rapped ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜•. Then from what I read they went off to a motel and had lots of sex. Then that was it. There was an awkward dinner party scene but that I could handle better than this. Anyway totally not needed in the book at all. The story fizzled out in the second half of the book. Brody and Hooper fought all the time. Quint was annoying and an asshole and then Hopper dies and the shark just sinks to the bottom. Or so think ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ who knows if it actually died or not. It just ends….opening for Jaws 2 I guess. Which he didn’t write. Someone else did. 

So I gave this a 3/5 ๐Ÿฆˆ. Would have been 2 but I felt it needed an extra shark just because it’s Jaws! ๐Ÿ˜‚ oh yea and there’s Mafia people in the book ๐Ÿ™Š

Now for the movie! It’s been 10+ years since I watched it. So didn’t remember a whole lot to be honest. So I just finished it like 30 mins ago. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ oh man! It’s funny how movies that scared you as a kid makes you laugh as an adult. Specially when 1970s  movie technology is involved. Still loved the movie! Scared my 5 year old! ๐Ÿ™Š

There were definitely a lot of differences between the book and movie. Characters the same, location the same, shark the same and name of movie/book that same. Everything else is WRONG! The movie has the beaches crowded as hell and people from all over the USA there. The book, nada! Barely anyone on the beaches. It’s never that crowded. In the movie everyone wants to be a fisherman and go catch the shark, in the book no one wants to go out there (except Quint, but he’s a mental case). In the book the marriage between Brody and his wife is talked about and well there is that ugly fantasy scene, in the movie they are a loving couple, no uncomfortable fantasy lunch scene and she doesn’t know Hooper. In the book Hooper and Brody hate each other, in the movie they are BFFs. In the book there is an awkward dinner party, in the movie it doesn’t happen. In the book the editor of local paper digs up a connection between Mafia and Mayor, in the movie we don’t mention the editor or mafia. In the book Hooper dies at the end, in the movie it’s Quint. Which I’m totally on board with cause I hate Quint. I’m sure there is more I can say about the differences but I think you get the point. 

Movie: 5/5 ๐Ÿฆˆ

Movie is better than book! 

Have you read the book? Seen the movie? Let’s discuss! 

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix review

“Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade, when they bonded over a shared love of E.T., roller-skating parties, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to actโ€ฆdifferent. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes thereโ€™s only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favorite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. And Abby is not about to let anyone or anything come between her and her best friend. With help from some unlikely allies, Abby embarks on a quest to save Gretchen. But is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?”

This book packs all the magic of a summer horror flick.” – Bustle

๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿผ yes yes yes yes! At first I was going to wait until October to read this but I’m glad I read it now. It honestly could go either way since it sets during the school year. I had seen this book on the shelves, but in the previous edition cover, and kept saying nah I’ll wait. I hadn’t seen it around social media too much. Then I saw Cody, from Cody the Reader, on Instagram talk about it and then I saw this edition! I was sold by the cover alone! I was born in 1981! I love the 80s, and the 90s. So the day I got it in the mail I started it! 

Oh man! This book packs a punch! Brings back all the feels and memories of my childhood! I constantly kept saying “omg I remember that!” Or “omg I had that too!” Or “omg I remember listening to them too!” ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ below I’m going to quote a few of my favorite parts that brought back some feels. It’s doesn’t really spoil anything major but skip if you want:

It’s twenty years ago and she’s bombing over the old bridge in a crapped-out Volkswagen Rabbit, windows down, radio blasting UB40, the air sweet and salty in her face.” ๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š I adored, and still do, UB40

“They could. Then they had dinner at Chi-Chi’s and Abby’s dad pretended it was his birthday and the waiters came out and put a giant sombrero on his head and sang him the Mexican birthday song and gave them all fried ice cream.” ๐Ÿ˜ข this one brought back feels about my dad. He died when I was 14 years old. I remember doing Chi-Chi’s for his birthday. I remember the picture of him in the sombrero hat. I miss him.

Hefty, Hefty, Hefty…..wimpy, wimpy, wimpy.” Oh that commercial! A total favorite of mine! I always use to go around repeated that as a kid ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

So anyway I’m pretty sure you can see where I’m going with this review! I adored this book. It was so much fun! Even once we got into the story about the possession! Grady didn’t try to hard with this (unlike another Exorcism story I tried to read this year, A Head Full of Ghosts, which was so horribly done). 

I adored all the characters. They were true to how things were in the 80s and how rich white people acted and so forth. I really don’t have a complaint about any of them! 

Some people complained about the few racists and homophobic remarks made in here. There was not a ton and in all honesty it made the story real. I mean this is a story that takes place in the 1980s, in the south, in a very rich, white, upscale area and private school. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜• so ummm…yea! While of course I’m not racist, a bigot or homophobic but I do appreciate when an author keeps true and real to the era the story was written in. If people can’t handle the truth then they should grow some thicker skin. 

I would love to see this on the big screen! But….I want to see it in 1980s Friday the 13th/1980s horror movie style. None of the 2017 graphics and technology. 

This is by far one of my favorite reads of 2017 so far! I love everything about it from the cover design to the story itself! Amazing job Grady! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Anyway this was a solid 5/5 ๐ŸŒŸ

Also here is what the back of the book looks like. 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor review

“Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devilโ€™s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, sheโ€™s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and sheโ€™s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?”

Well this is my first Laini Taylor read and I’m glad to say I wasn’t disappointed. I like how it starts out in the real world and slowly shifts to straight up fantasy. It’s also my first Devil/Angel love story and so far I’m really loving it. It wasn’t like overwhelming. 

The characters are all well developed so far. I have a feeling I’ll be getting more info on certain people in the next book. And more of the other world. Which I can’t wait for. 

While the story flow was good I did hate that it took like 300 pages just for me to know what Karou was and to learn about her back story. Also I still don’t fully understand the whole wishes and pain thing. Maybe in the next book I’ll figure it out. But I am excited to read the rest of the books. For me it’s definitely a unique story. 

4/5 ๐ŸŒŸ 

Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป

She said she would and so she did….(June 2017 wrap)

Here’s my June reading wrap up. It was a good month

  • The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue 4/5 ๐ŸŒŸ 

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling 5/5 ๐ŸŒŸ (reread)

  • Coraline by Neil Gaimen 4/5 ๐ŸŒŸ

  • Merciless by Danielle Vega 3/5 ๐ŸŒŸ

Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton review

“Michael Crichton’s recently discovered novelโ€”an adventure set in the Wild West during the golden age of fossil hunting.

The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate Americaโ€™s western territories even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape. In much of the country it is still illegal to espouse evolution. Against this backdrop two monomaniacal paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.

Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled William Johnson, a Yale student with more privilege than sense. Determined to survive a summer in the west to win a bet against his arch-rival, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition. But when the paranoid and secretive Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. William is forced to join forces with Cope and soon stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions. With this extraordinary treasure, however, comes exceptional danger, and Williamโ€™s newfound resilience will be tested in his struggle to protect his cache, which pits him against some of the Westโ€™s most notorious characters.”

So this was my first Michael Crichton book. I’ve seen the Jurassic Park movies but that’s about all I have when it comes to Crichton experience. So I have nothing to compare it to as far as his books go. With that being said let’s get into this…

So I he NO idea that he was dead! ๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ˜ฎ and that this was a newly discovered book of his published after he died. I enjoyed this book. It was a fun read and very fast. But…it had a lot of holes. You could read it and understand it just fine but this was not a completed book at all and probably never should have been published. It was like his family was looking for more money. They knew people would buy it because of the name slapped on the front. 

I did enjoy the characters of Professor Marsh and Professor Cope. It was interesting to see their real life fued play out in a story. Yes Cope and Marsh are real people from that time period. Johnson was an ok character. Something was missing about him to make him a great character. 

The reason I feel this was not a completed novel was because it felt rushed. It happened all too fast. Too easy, not enough action or interaction with Indians. Reminds me a little of Go Set a Watchmen by Harper Lee. While I loved the book and story and understood where they were trying to go with them, they were not complete and should have never been published. 

I do plan on reading Crichton’s books that he wrote, completed and published while he was alive and compare them to this book. I don’t regret reading this book. It was a great start to what could have been a fantastic historical fiction novel so I gave it a 3/5 ๐ŸŒŸ

Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป

A to Z Stephen King Challengeย 

This was so much fun to do! ab_reads and Jobis89 hosted this amazing Instagram challenge for June! From June 1-26 you did a letter a day. You could do it however you wanted. A word, the title of a novel/short story, name of a character. I decided to post all of my photos in this blog! Guess it could become a book tag now! Just make sure if you want to do it to give the creators some love! 

A is for Apt Pupil

B is for Bag of Bones

C is for Cรขine – which means dog in Romanian. Cujo is a dog from my favorite fictional town of Castle Rock.

D is for Dolores Claiborne – this book was so much fun and Kathy Bates plays an amazing Dolores in the movie!

E is for End of Watch – this was a fantastic trilogy! Just shows that King can write just about any genre of book ๐Ÿ’ž

F is for Firestarter – the book I burned was not readable. It had missing/ripped pages and water damage. I figured it was better to put it to use before throwing it out. 

G is for Gerald’s Game – I’m excited to see how this turned into a film ๐Ÿ™Š

H is for Happy Place – Books are my happy place and on the day I took this picture and posted it on IG I needed to escape to my happy place. ๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ˜•

I is for Insomnia – I love the shirt King picked for his author photo ๐Ÿ˜‚

J is for Just After Sunset

K is for Kingdom Hospital – most people forget about this 

L is for The Langoliers– a short story in the book Four Past Midnight. Those are real United States Air Force pilot headset. They are my husbands โœˆ๏ธ

M is for Misery – the movie is what got me started on my King obsession! It was my first introduction to him as a young teen. Now it’s just grown into something unhealthy ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

N is for Needful Things – one of my top 5 favorite books every! And my favorite of the Castle Rock books! 

O is for One for the Road – a short story from the book Night Shift

P is for Pet Semetary – my daughter insisted that her kitty be a part of this 

Q is for Quitters, Inc. – a short story from the book Night Shift 

R is for Revival – I love how when the light hit the book it made a rainbow ๐ŸŒˆ

S is for The Shining – “Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I’m not gonna hurt ya. I’m just going to bash your brains in.โ€ 

T is for Thinner – another book is my top 5 favorites. The movie is just as amazing too! 

U is for Uncle Otto’s Truck – a short story from the book Skeleton Crew

V is for Verklempt – which means overcome with emotion. Something Stephen King is amazing at. He can make you feel every kind of emotion out there. 

W is for The Women in the Room – a short story from the book Night Shift

X is for Xenomorphic – which means having a form not its own. Something Pennywise is a natural at.

Y is for You Know They Got a Hell of a Band – a short story from the book Nightmares and Dreamscapes

Z is for Zealous – which means marked by fervent partisanship for a person, a cause, or an ideal. For example a religious zealot like Mrs. Carmody in The Mist. A short story in the book Skeleton Crew.

This challenge was so much fun!!!!

Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) review


KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.



Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waitingโ€”one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?”

Oh goodness!! Where do I even begin. This book was just as breathtaking as This Savage Song (This Savage Song review

Let’s talk villain, Victoria sure knows how to write them. I’m completely in love with Sloan! He was so amazing as a villain. Also Alice, with her fuck it attitude. She made me laugh a few times, even when she was killing. 

August – oh my baby August. He is my number one book boyfriend. I just adore everything about him. And I don’t even care that he is a monster. 

Kate – such a badass! Sometimes I got a tiny bit annoyed when she would shut down and go off on her own but I did understand her reasoning. So it wasn’t a huge annoyance. 

I still love that there is NO love story. Yes I do enjoy love stories but sometimes I just want a book with friendship and action. And you got that here. My only complaint is I wish we had more on the Chaos Eater. I feel like we didn’t get enough background oh where it came from. Unless I totally missed something because I was swooning over my August. 

If you love action, monsters, and many emotions I highly recommend picking up this duology! 

5/5 ๐ŸŒŸ

Comments open for spoiler talk!


Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป

The Library of Souls by Richard Denney review

“Be careful what you check out… 

Ever since he could remember Simon Santiago could see and talk to the dead. When his parents are killed in a train accident, he is sent to live with his estranged con man of an uncle. Soon Simon is put on as his uncle’s assistant in a Ghost Expelling agency and carries out the hard work for his uncle: getting rid of the ghosts.

Now thirteen with his ability at full maximum Simon is ready to take on bigger tasks with his uncle’s booming agency getting more and more calls day by day. When a phone call comes in from a desperate librarian at an infamously haunted library, Simon is all too eager to get to work. But when they arrive at the sprawling mansion of a library, Simon quickly discovers that there’s something else haunting the library and its thirst for Simon’s soul is dangerously clear from the moment he steps foot into the building. 

With the help of one of the young library volunteers and a mute spirit of the library, Simon is determined to find out what is really going on before his soul as well as his uncle’s are added to the ever-growing system of The Library of Souls. Will Simon and his new friend make it out alive?”

I was one of the lucky ones to recieve an ARC in exchange for an honest review. It was my first time reading anything by Richard Denney. I’ve been watching him on Booktube for about a year now. I adore him! He’s opened my up to way more Middle Grade books, which are a guilty pleasure read! I throughly enjoyed this book. It was fun, Spooky, the characters were fun and who’s to complain about a library setting??? Not me!!! I got a Goosebumps book vibe when reading it which was a blast since they are a favorite childhood book. 

I adored Simon. I thought he was adorable and wanted to hug him. I love the world that Richard created. Very unique. I honestly can’t think of any middle grade book I’ve read that is even remotely similar. 

I did not except that twist towards the end. This book was not predictable at all. Which is very refreshing in a middle grade.

My only complaint is that it ended. I wish we could have had more. More adventures of Simon and his Uncle ghost hunting. Who knows maybe we will get more stories later. All I know is I didn’t want it to end. 

I gave it a 4/5 ๐ŸŒŸ

It comes out August 22, 2017! I can’t wait to have a physical copy for my kids to read and enjoy. 

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Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป

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