Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Review

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz

Release Date: February 21, 2012

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Pages: 368 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 4star

goodreadssynopsisAristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

my reviewNo review/thoughts on the book I ever write will do justice to this book.

It was simply amazing.

I read it in one sitting.

I can’t explain what it is about this book that captures you. There is nothing profound or huge that happens, it is simply Aristotle’s life.

But the way it was written, you just really understand how Ari is feeling. You understand and can see him grow.

You feel for him for everything that happens.

The author just creates such a realistic and beautiful story, that literally I can’t write a review on this book. Just go read it!

Shatter Me Review

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Title: Shatter Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: October 2, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins

Pages: 338 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 2star

goodreadssynopsisJuliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.”

my reviewThis book had so much potential for me, but just fell short 😦

So if you’ve been following me on Instagram and reading some of my posts here, you’ll know that I absolutely love psychology. I love everything there is to do with it,  including the history.

This book started off in the perfect way for me. A “damaged” girl locked up in an asylum, what asylum’s don’t even exist anymore! Needless to say I was incredibly hooked. I thought omg this book is going to be one of my favorites.

Then Juliette met Adam and it was game over.

It started off ok, I thought he was going to be interesting too, but then the book went full on romance and I just couldn’t.

I don’t know what it is about me but if the romance is not done right, it kills a book for me. I’m ok with romance that makes sense, when the girl is still who she is, if not even a better person. But when a girl falls in love in 30 seconds, obsesses and then all of a sudden can’t live without him, and I’m reading like 50 pages of how deep their love is, I’m done. I am so done with the book.

To me the book turned into that. I lost all interest and started to find it so boring.

Near the end it picked up again, so overall this book was just ok for me.

The ending was good enough that I think I will read the next one.

Cookies and Scream Review

Cookies and Scream (A Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery, #5) Title: Cookies and Scream

Author: Virginia Lowell

Release Date: July 1, 2014

Publisher: Berkley

Pages: 304 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating: 3star


Olivia Greyson is the proud owner of The Gingerbread House—a quaint shop that specializes in all things cookie—and her best friend, Maddie, is her sidekick, baking up scrumptious treats for their cookie-themed parties. But when a stunning antique cookie cutter collection leads to murder, things get a bit too hot to handle…

my review

I really enjoyed this book 🙂

I love a great cozy mystery and this was no exception.

The mystery of it was really different. An entire mystery over cookie cutters? That’s pretty intense! But it works so well with the story.

This was my first time reading any of Lowell’s books and I was not disappointed. I like how even though this is the 5th in the series, you didn’t have to read any of the other books. The story made complete sense even without having read any of the other books.

I love when a cozy mystery has me trying to figure out the entire murder. To me that means it’s a solid good read. This one had me CONVINCED to a TEE that it was someone. And when it wasn’t I was like NOOO! But nonetheless such a great read 🙂

The Santa Klaus Murder (ARC) Review

The Santa Klaus Murder: A British Library Crime Classic

Title: The Santa Klaus Murder

Author: Mavis Doriel Hay

Release Date: October 6, 2015

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press

Pages: 252 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery/Mystery/Classic

My Rating: 3star

goodreadssynopsisWhen it comes to Christmas stories, one typically thinks of those that embody the spirit of the season, such as O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” and Charles Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’.

The Yuletide-themed murder mystery is not usually the first thing that comes to mind. But in 1936, Mavis Doriel Hay wrote ‘The Santa Klaus Murder’, one of three detective novels she published in the 1930s.

A classic country-house murder mystery, ‘The Santa Klaus Murder’ begins with Aunt Mildred declaring that no good could come of the Melbury family Christmas gathering at their country residence Flaxmere. So when Sir Osmond Melbury, the family patriarch, is discovered — by a guest dressed as Santa Klaus —with a bullet in his head on Christmas Day, the festivities are plunged into chaos.

Nearly every member of the party stands to reap some sort of benefit from Sir Osmond’s death, but Santa Klaus, the one person who seems to have every opportunity to fire the shot, has no apparent motive. Various members of the family have their private suspicions about the identity of the murderer, but in the midst of mistrust, suspicion, and hatred, it emerges that there was not one Santa Klaus but two.

This new addition to the British Library Crime Classics series is a must-have for all fans of classic murder mystery and will delight anyone looking for a thrilling read during the holidays.”

my reviewI recieved an ARC copy of this from NetGalley.

This was a pretty good book, I enjoyed it.

First and foremost I’d like to say that this book was originally written in the 1930’s so the writing style is not modern, yet modern enough that it is still easy to read.

I love the feel of this book. It reminds me of olden day England. There’s a huge house, a master of the house, the children, the father tells his kids who they can and cannot marry. All the joys of old society!

Since the cover and title obviously suggest Christmas, this is definitely a festive book. The master of the house throws a party at his estate and invites many. It is on this day that the Murder occurs!

While reading the book I had no idea who the killer was which always makes me enjoy a good mystery.

This book also had a very Agatha Christie “And then there were none” quality to it. If you like Agatha Christie I am fairly certain you will like this festive read!

September 2015 Wrap Up


It’s the end of the month! (wow the year is going by really quickly!)

So I didn’t get a lot of reading done this month. It was back to work for me which gave me a lot less time to read. Also because the weather is getting colder out come the winter hobbies (puzzles, knitting) Then I read Scarlet and The Hier which put me in a serious reading slump, I think because they were just sooo good I couldn’t go on with another book.

At last I did still manage to read 7 books this September and 1 added to my DNF (Outlander).

Which of these books have you read? Did you enjoy them, not enjoy them? How about my books I plan to read in October? See any favorites?

I read these this month (click the image to be linked to my review of the books):

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)         Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)

The Heir (The Selection, #4)         Mum's the Word (A Flower Shop Mystery, #1)

Some Like It Witchy (A Wishcraft Mystery, #5)        Girl Meets Ghost (Girl Meets Ghost, #1)

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

My favorite two reads this month were:

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)  The Heir (The Selection, #4)

Books I bought this month/Book Haul:

Dangerous Girls  Death Cloud (Young Sherlock Holmes, #1)  Cinderella's Dress (Cinderella's Dress, #1)

The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes, #2)

What I Plan (although it never works) to read in October:

Flipped For Murder  Haunt Couture and Ghosts Galore (A Haunted Vintage Mystery #3)  Slay It with Flowers (A Flower Shop Mystery, #2)

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2)  Cookies and Scream (A Cookie Cutter Shop Mystery, #5)  The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2)

Dark Chocolate Demise (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #7)  Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)  Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

This is way too ambitious but whatever this is life of a bookworm!