Murder on the Lake of Fire – Book review

lakeoffireTitle: Murder on the Lake of Fire (Mourning Dove Mysteries, #1)
Author: Mikel J. Wilson
Original Publication Date: December 1st 2017
Publisher: Acorn Publishing

Synopsis (provided by Acorn Publishing):
At twenty-three and with a notorious case under his belt, Emory Rome has already garnered fame as a talented special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His career is leapfrogging over his colleagues, but the jumping stops when he’s assigned a case he fought to avoid – to investigate an eerie murder in the Smoky Mountain hometown he had abandoned. This mysterious case of a dead teen ice-skater once destined for the pros is just the beginning. In a small town bursting with envious friends and foes, Rome’s own secrets lie just below the surface. The rush to find the murderer before he strikes again pits Rome against artful private investigator, Jeff Woodard. The PI is handsome and smart, seducing Rome and forcing him to confront childhood demons, but Woodard has secrets of his own. He might just be the killer Rome is seeking.

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Basic Witches – BOOK REVIEW

33589940Title: Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven
Author(s): Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman
Illustrator: Camille Chew
Original Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Publisher: Quirk Books
Number of Pages: 208

Quick Synopsis: An empowering book of spells (and lifestyle tips) for the modern millennial looking to dabble in the rising trend of ~witchcraft.

I immediately fell in love with the cover art by Camille Chew. The mix of colors and realistic yet cartoony interpretations of the modern woman just appealed to me instantly. I didn’t know what to expect from the book at all. I knew nothing about it when I first saw it except that I wanted to read it. I was contacted by someone at Quirk Books and was able to receive a review copy in exchange for my honest review. So here we go!

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Top 10 Books I’ve Read While Blogging

Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke & The Bookish back in 2010. Every Tuesday there is a new Top 10 Topic and this week’s prompt is “Throwback Freebie” so I decided to do Top 10 Books I’ve Read While Blogging. The only criteria for me was that I had to have read the book between March 2014 until now. So let’s get to it.
top 10 books while blogging
  1. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
    This book hit me in every feel in my body. It’s relatable and deeply heartfelt.
  2. Schizo by Nic Sheff
    It may not be the best representation of mental illness, but it definitely took me on a thrill ride I thoroughly enjoyed.
  3. Yes Please by Amy Poehler  
    By the end of this book, I felt strong and empowered. I felt like I really could do it; I could achieve my goals. 
  4. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher 
    UGH. Haunting and beautiful. To this day, one of my absolute favorite books ever. And now that I’m a few years older, it still hits me.
  5. Landline by Rainbow Rowell 
    I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and was not impressed. So many people loved it but I just wasn’t one of them. I don’t know why. I was ready to give up on Rowell but landed an ARC of Landline and omg, it was sweet, it was different, it is AMAZING.
  6. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink  
    I actually had to read this for school and watch the movie afterward. I was enthralled by every aspect of the story. I can definitely agree that this story is not for everyone. I honestly, can’t relate to these characters at all but I was hooked from the beginning. 
  7. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
    I fell in love with the cover while browsing the LA Times Festival of Books and saw that Leigh Bardugo herself was signing literally right next to me, so I bought it, got it signed, devoured it and fell so in love with the Grishaverse that I made it the first book for my book club that year.
  8. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
    I will (and probably already have) say this so many times, Jesse Andrews is by far one of the best (and most underrated) writers. Definitely the best YA contemporary that I’ve read. His characters are so raw and real, intelligent without sounding fake and made up. The way this book deals with Cancer is beautiful, heart wrenching and hilarious all at once. 
  9. Looking for Alaska by John Green
    I wish I could explain why I love this book so much but I don’t think I really can. This was the second Green book that I’ve read and at this point, I think I only need one more and it is still my favorite John Green book. 
  10. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
    I read this during my second bout with depression, arguably my worst, and this book spoke to me on multiple levels. 

Top 10 Back to School Books

Top 10 Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke & The Bookish back in 2010. Every Tuesday there is a new Top 10 Topic and this week’s prompt is “Back to School Freebie” and I decided to focus on Required Readings. Ok, so I know I essentially chose the topic but I’m going to cheat on this one a bit because, unfortunately, I didn’t read much in school. I don’t know, something about being told what to read irked me. So this week’s top 10 will be split into two top 5’s:

Top 5 Required Readings I Read/Enjoyed

top 5 liked required reading

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The Wendy Project – BOOK REVIEW

: The Wendy Project
Author: Melissa Jane Osborne
Illustrator: Veronica Fish
Original Publication Date: July 18th, 2017
Publisher: Super Genius
Number of Pages: 96

Quick Synopsis: In a modern retelling of Peter Pan, 16-year-old Wendy Davies crashes her car into a lake, losing youngest brother, Michael, to a peculiar flying boy.

This past weekend, we were down in Manhattan Beach when we spotted a Barnes & Noble and of course, had to go in. We wandered around deciding which books to get and which to put back as we both are serious book hoarders and had a pretty fat stack. I was rushing by the Graphic Novel section putting most of my “to buy pile” back on the shelves, when I saw this book faced out between Batman and The Flash. It was the only one and the cover art was too much for me to leave behind. I wanted it. I read the synopsis. I needed it.

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Top 10 Non-Super Hero Comics

Top 10 Tuesdays
Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke & The Bookish back in 2010. Every Tuesday there is a new Top 10 Topic and this week’s prompt is “Top 10 Recommendations For X” and if you can’t tell what I chose by the title, I’m doing:

Top 10 Comics for People That Think Comics are all About Super Heroes

or Top 10 Non-Super Hero Comics, for short. These are in no particular order and I added a few Honorable Mentions at the end as their authors had appeared once on the list already.

top non-superhero comics

  1. Snotgirl Vol. 1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung
    Enter the whimsical world of social media maven, Lottie Person as she navigates through fake friends, heartache and murder?
  2. Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
    A space opera to rule them all. When two soldiers from each side of a galactic, hate-fueled war fall in love, they must do everything they can to protect their newly born cargo.
  3. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
    A poignant memoir of coming of age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.
  4. Wytches Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder and Jock
    An ancient evil waits for the Rook family just beyond the woods of their new home. A much darker and horrifying take on classic witch mythos.
  5. Locke & Key Vol. 1 by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
    Keyhouse is the fantastical home to an angry creature that will stop at nothing to force open the doors to unspeakable evil.
  6. Maus by Art Spiegelman
    A heartbreaking memoir of a Holocaust survivor and his cartoonist son.
  7. Chew Vol. 1 by John Layman and Rob Guillory
    Tony Chu is an FDA Detective that gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. Sometimes this means he has to eat a bit of the dead to find where illegal chicken is coming from.
  8. Sex Criminals Vol. 1 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
    Suzie is just a typical girl and Jon is a typical boy except they both can stop time when they have sex and like any other person, they use this to their advantage…by robbing banks.
  9. Blankets by Craig Thompson
    A beautiful memoir about Thompson’s battle with faith and coming of age.
  10. Descender Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
    A young robot boy must stay safe in a world that has outlawed his kind. The only thing he has to protect himself against the bounty hunters out for his head, is his trusty companion.

Honorable Mentions:

top non-superhero comic mentions


An Abundance of Katherines – BOOK REVIEW

an abundance of katherines book coverTitle: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green
Original Publication Date: September 21st, 2006
Publisher: Dutton Books
Number of Pages: 215

Quick Synopsis: Just dumped for the 19th time straight by a Katherine, smart boy Colin sets out on a road trip with his bff to “find himself”.

I feel like my synopsis was a little snarky in all honestly. But that is literally what this book is about.

I have a love/dislike relationship with John Green. I genuinely loved a couple of his books but somewhere along the way, he’s just lost me. He writes so well and his stories are generally quite interesting however, his plots aren’t the most compelling. This book is no different. I kept feeling like this exact thing has been done. Heard this story, seen these characters before. But I mean, I keep reading them though.

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