Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn review

“From indie horror author and bestselling sensation Ania Ahlborn, this brand-new supernatural thriller questions: how far would you go for success, and what would you be capable of if the promise of forever was real?

With his marriage on the rocks and his life in shambles, washed up crime writer Lucas Graham is desperate for a comeback. So when he’s promised exclusive access to notorious cult leader and death row inmate Jeffrey Halcomb, the opportunity is too good to pass up. Lucas leaves New York for the scene of the crime—a split-level farmhouse on the gray-sanded beach of Washington State—a house whose foundation is steeped in the blood of Halcomb’s diviners; runaways who, thirty years prior, were drawn to his message of family, unity, and unconditional love. Lucas wants to tell the real story of Halcomb’s faithful departed, but when Halcomb goes back on his promise of granting Lucas exclusive information on the case, he’s left to put the story together on his own. Except he is not alone. For Jeffrey Halcomb promised his devout eternal life…and within these walls, they’re far from dead.”


Oh my she did it again! This book was skin crawling creepy. A combination of horror, paranormal, and true crime. I adored this book from front to cover. My only complaint is that in the synopsis it says “death row inmate…” but he wasn’t. In fact in the book a guard says he isn’t ok death row 🤷🏻‍♀️ So yea, other than that no complaints. 

Jeffrey Halcomb, aka Charles Manson, is creepy, crazy, and just down right out of his mind! He reminded me so much of Charles Manson. Which I loved. Ania references Charles Manson in the book. 👌🏻

Lucas Graham, aka Ellison Oswald from the horror movie Sinister, is amazingly f*cked up in this book. It worked so well. Lucas goes to stay in the house that the crime was committed in, just like in the movie Sinister. A movie I loved!

Oh my and that ending! Yes Yes Yes! I was forsure hoping she would do it just like that. Going totally opposite of the “everything is perfect at the end”. I don’t want to say much so I don’t spoil it but if you have read it we can spoiler talk in the comments!!! 

So if you like horror, crazy, creepy, then go read Ania Ahlborn! I call her the female Stephen King 😈

4/5 🌟

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Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar review 

“The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told… until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: “Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me.”

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat…”


Oh Mr King! 😍😍😍 The Castle Rock books (Reading List) have always been a favorite of mine. They were one of the first books I read of Stephen King’s. It’s the reason he became my number one male author! 

I am always a little worried when reading a co-authored book with one being an author I LOVE and one being an author I am not familiar with. But I adored being back in this world. I adored the books and honestly I could not tell the difference between who wrote what. It was done seamlessly. I am definitely checking out Richard Chizmar’s solo novel! 

I won’t say much. Because doing so will spoil the book. It’s only a novella. But I really loved the characters. I would have loved to see this stretched out into a somewhat bigger book. I feel like we missed out on a bunch of stuff but they stuff didn’t make the story suck. It was still good. But that ending makes me thing…..about the other Castle Rock books 🤔🤔 I’m going to go and reread the books and see if inview them differently now that I’ve read Gwendy’s Button Box. 

5/5 🌟

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty review

“Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.”


This is my first Moriarty book. And I was NOT disappointed. I’ve actually had this sitting on my shelf for over a year but what got me motivated to finally pick it up was my friend Catherine and the trailer for the TV show. (Although a side note, I am mad st the TV show already and I haven’t even watched it. They made it American 😒. They could have left it Australian and filmed it there. 🤷🏻‍♀️). So anyway back to the book. Such a fun ride! Up and down, twists and turns!

Madeline “Maddie” is my favorite character! She’s fierce. Don’t mess with her. I connect with her a lot. You piss her off, or one of her friends, and she will let you know. I love her relationship with Ed (her husband) and kids. It seemed real and relatable. 

Celeste, oh poor Celeste. I won’t say much as it will spoil it, but Liane Moriarty did a good job with her character. She made it real. And the way it normally happens in real life. I just wanted to hug Celeste.

Jane! Oh Jane! I liked Jane, but not as much as Madeline. There were a few things that drove me nuts about Jane. I feel like out of all the characters, she was the most underdeveloped. I know she’s suppose to be a mystery but I don’t know. Out of the three main ladies, I liked her the least (and it will probably stay that way even with the show because I’m not a fan of the actress they got to play her. They could have picked better. Just my opinion 🤷🏻‍♀️).

The ending! Damn I felt like I had that ending figured out, partly. But I sure was wrong. Great ending for sure! The book started out fun, fluffy, showing how the real PTA/school Mom drama is and then it took a turn for dark and thriller type! I can’t wait to read more of Liane Moriarty books! 

5/5 🌟

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Top 5 Wednesday – Favorite Minor Characters (May 24, 2017)

Minor characters are less than a sidekick or a side character (but not in our hearts!) Everyone will have a different definition of what makes a minor vs a side character but just as an example, I’d consider Ron and Hermione side characters, while Lavender Brown, Oliver Wood, and Dean Thomas are minor characters. Results may vary so don’t get tooooo caught up in it 🙂 (Top 5 Wednesday GR Group)

  • Noah Czerny – I know he’s part of the main group but I feel like we don’t get enough of him. He lingers more in the background. He is my favorite character in the series. I would love a book just about him, his story 😍💙

  • Suriel – He was so darn witty! I just loved him. I wish we could get more of the Suriels in this series. Maybe in the next 3 books she writes! 🤞🏻

  • Sirius Black – I really really wish she would have let Sirius live, or at least get more of him in what little of the story he was around. I’m totally in love with him (and the actor 😉). I feel like he should have played a bigger roll in the books. 

  • Iko – oh man! What a character!!! So funny! I loved this series and didn’t have any hates between the characters, but hands down Iko was my favorite! I am so happy she is finally getting her own story! 

  • Grover – I love him! Since the first chapter he’s been my favorite. He was funny, courageous, loyal, just overall an amazing character and friend to Percy! 

Wow! This one was hard to do. I’m sure some of the characters I picked some would consider more side than minor but oh well 🤷🏻‍♀️

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A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR 3) by Sarah J Maas review (non-spoiler)

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I didn’t want to put the synopsis out since it’s book 3. It can lead to spoilers for those who have yet to read the first book. So I left a link above to the GR synopsis if you need it. 


Oh holy hell! 😮 this book! Where do I begin. It was FANTASTIC! I laughed, I cried, I was shocked, I was sad to see the story of Feyre and Rhys come to an end but Ms. Maas did a fantastic job at it. I am really excited to see who she makes the next three books about. I have a feeling it’s going to be from the inner circle. Which I’m ok with! There was a lot left unanswered and open that makes me think that. 

I don’t really want to say too much, except Tamlin is still an asshole no matter what 😂, so I don’t spoil it. But I will say DO NOT listen to those people trying to claim this is a problematic book. It isn’t. What they did is not read the book. They saw a sentence or two and instead of reading the book just took it out of context and claimed it to be homophobic and such 🙄 major eye roll moment. These people who nit pick books and bash readers and authors need to deal with their own issues instead of taking it out on others. 

So enough of that. Won’t waste another word on them!!! 

5/5 🌟

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love, & You by Gretchen Gomez review

one day i met a guy
who stole my heart,
we created a world
for outselves.
and another day
he broke my heart
and shattered
my soul.

i took the tattered
pieces of this
broken soul and
became anew.

here lies the hurting,
the healing, and
the learning


Poetry isn’t a genre I generally reach for. Except for Shel Silverstein, I could read those over and over 😂😂. Then I found Gretchen Gomez on Instagram. She took her heartache and pain and turned it into something beautiful and relatable. Our stories may differ but our pain is the same. This book gave me hope that I too can get through what I’m dealing with and turn out even better on the other side. Below I’m going to list a few of my favorite pieces from the book:

dedication

to the guy who
was once my
anchor,

sorry that our
sail wasn’t very
smooth.

to the women who
know they
deserve better,

this one’s for you.

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i
don’t
know
how
to
write
about
the
happy
parts

because
all
i
knew
was
the
sadness

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dear pretty little thing,

stop crying for the boy
who couldn’t love you
the way you deserve
to be loved.

like the delicate flower you are.
like the storm you are.
like the everything you are.

you
are
the
universe
pretty little thing.

and he can’t love you enough
because he doesn’t know
what to do with the universe
he’s holding in his hands.

sometimes you can’t teach
someone how to love.
you are not his mother,
pretty little thing.
you were once his lover.

you were meant to be loved by a lover.
not a son in search of his mother.

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and if there is
one thing i learned
in all of this is that
there will always be
love, and you
will always be
the one i’m
thankful for,
because you
handed me the stars
without knowing it.
and you handed
me an anchor to
keep myself at bay.

-the end

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I don’t think any further words need to be said about this book of poetry. It’s words speak for itself.

5/5 🌟

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Today also happens to be Gretchen Gomez’s 1 year blog anniversary!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 I will provide links to her social media sites as well as a link to her book. It’s on sale right now for the kindle!

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Underrated Books Part 1!

So I decided to highlight an overrated book or series once a month. Books I feel were amazing and did not get the praise it deserved. Sometimes those turn out to be some of my most favorite books of all times. So this months (May) is by an author who has became one of my favorite female authors! She’s up there with Leigh Bardugo and Sarah J Maas! It’s Victoria (V.E.) Schwab! Most people know her Darker Shades Trilogy and This Savage Song. Which are some amazing books. So far I have yet to read one of her books that I didn’t love. But there are two books that she wrote that are my favorite out of ALL her books. It’s The Archived books…


Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost, Da’s death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself may crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.”


Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she’s struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn’t easy — not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she’s really safe. 

Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She’s sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she’ll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.”

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Bundle review  Here is a link for my review on these books. Surprisingly they have over 4 🌟 average rating on Goodreads for both books. These publishers need to get their shit together and get me that third book!!!
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What are some of your favorite books that you feel need more praise?? Let me know below so I can check them out! 

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Top 5 Wednesday (May 17, 2017) Summer Reads

The weather is heating up (for half of the world), so what books remind you of summer and are your quintessential summer reads? Top 5 Wednesday GR Group
I don’t really have any must read summer books. But when I think of books and summer I think of contemporary. So below will be 5 books I want to read this summer

Because who doesn’t think of summer when they see this cover?!?! Unexpected Everything

This may not be as cheerful as the last but to me it’s still a contemporary that I want to read this summer. Holding Up the Universe

Of course have to go with another summer cover! Since You’ve Been Gone

Because this just looks like it will be interesting 🤔 Winger

I’m not really sure if this is labeled as contemporary but I’m going with it. It’s a love story! The Song of Achilles

So that’s it folks! Of course I will be reading way more this summer! I have the Jenny Han books on my Nook. So I will probably try those as well! 

What are some of your must reads in the summer? What do you want to try and get to this summer???

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli review

“Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. 

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?”


I was a little scared going into this book. I heard someone talking about all the diversity in this book. I do love diverse books but I was scared that it was going to be too much. Like trying to shove every diverse character into one book. But it turned out to be just enough. Once again Becky Albertalli did a fantastic job writing a realistic, and diverse book. I don’t usually reach for contemporary but she is now an auto-buy author! 

I connected really well with Molly. It was like revisiting my childhood through her. My heart broke when her heart broke, I cried when she cried. I could have done with a few less F-bombs, but it didn’t make me knock off any points. I loved Molly’s parents, her twin sister, Cassie. Reid was perfect! Will was an asshole 🙄. Despite Molly’s grandma with her old school language (it doesn’t bother me because I know that’s how they talked when she was growing up. So she isn’t being that way on purpose), I still adored her in the end. Oh and it also had some mental illness in it. So it seemed like there was a ton of diversity but it worked out just perfect. 

I really have nothing bad to say about this book. I loved it just as much as Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. 

5/5 🌟

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