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I keep getting into reading, and then going into a slump, then reading. I think that A Thousand Pieces of You gave me a huge book hangover. But I am really getting re-inspired for my bookstagram and blog, so with that I must continue a lot of reading!


Currently Reading:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)  The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)  Zodiac (Zodiac, #1)  Lady Renegades (Rebel Belle, #3)

Let me explain why I’m reading so many books at once. I just never got around to finishing the illustrated Harry Potter, but I will finish it by the end of the year for sure! I started reading Zodiac when I was in a huge reading slump, put it down and never got back to it yet. I’m currently reading The Winners Curse. I started Lady Renegades because it’s on my ereader and I find reading on my ereader much easier when I’m in bed as The Winner’s Curse is a bigger book.


Recently Finished:

A Premonition of Murder (Dream Club Mystery #3)  A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)  Seeds of Deception (Orchard #10)


What I’m Reading Next:

Moss Hysteria (A Flower Shop Mystery #18)

I’m quite busy with work, and trying to finish the four books I’m currently reading, so I’ll only put 1 book on my What I’m Reading Next pile.

A Thousand Pieces of You Review

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)

Title: A Thousand Pieces of You

Auhtor: Claudia Gray

Release Date: November 4, 2014

Publisher: Harper Teen

Pages: 360 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 5star

 


goodreadssynopsis

Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all. ”


my review

I absolutely loved this book. LOVED it.

I’m not even going to lie, this was a complete cover buy. I had kept seeing the cover on Instagram over and over. I finally decided to buy it because well look at that cover! I was soo happy when it turned out to be an amazing book!

From the very first page I was interested in it, which has been really hard to find in the books I’ve been reading lately. The world created here was easy to understand and really good.

I am also a sucker for books that have love triangles. Although I always seem to go for the guys that aren’t the right choice. This book definitely has that. Twists and turns, not just in the plot but in the triangle as well.

I just loved everything about this book. Everything. There’s good quotes, makes you think, is interesting, well developed characters, amazing writing.

I’ll leave with a quote that might be semi spoilerish so you might want to stop reading here if you haven’t read the book, but this quote was just too amazing to not post. Well done Claudia Gray!

“I meant it when I said I didn’t believe in love at first sight. It takes time to really, truly fall for someone. Yet I believe in a moment. A moment when you glimpse the truth within someone, and they glimpse the truth within you. In that moment, you don’t belong to him; part of him belongs to you. After that, you can’t take it back, no matter how much you want to, no matter how hard you try.”

A Premonition of Murder Review

A Premonition of Murder (Dream Club Mystery #3)

Title: A Premonition of Murder

Author: Mary Kennedy

Release Date: June 7, 2016

Publisher: Berkley

Pages: 304 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating: 4star


goodreadssynopsis

An elderly Southern heiress’s nightmare becomes a real case of murder in the latest Dream Club Mystery from the national bestselling author of Dream a Little Scream.

When Abigail Marchand, Savannah’s famously reclusive heiress, invites the Dream Club ladies to lunch at her Beaux Reeves mansion, Taylor and Ali hope for an invitation to join the distinguished Magnolia Society. But Abigail has a more pressing concern: a recent dream that seems to foretell her death.

Taylor reassures Abigail that there are many ways to interpret a dream, but at the next meeting of the Dream Club, their discussion is cut short by a call from Detective Sam Stiles. She’s at Abigail’s mansion, where the elderly woman appears to have been pushed to her death down a flight of stairs. Now Taylor, Ali, and the Dream Club need to catch a killer before someone else is laid to rest.”


my reviewThis is another book I got from Berkley!

I cannot even explain how excited I was to have received this. First of all I had no idea there were cozy mysteries to do with dreams. So as you can tell I was absolutely thrilled. My IG and blog name both have the words Dream in it. Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge dreamer and love anything and everything to do with dreams.

The cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous. The story didn’t disappoint either.

Once again it had all the elements of a great cozy mystery. I love that Ali and Taylor own a candy shop, that isn’t just a candy shop it now also serves as a bit of a café. I love that they actually talk about dreams and dream interpretations within the story. They value dreams, actual dreams, the ones you sleep and dream, not the type of dreams you have that you want to achieve.

It was a bit harder to guess who the killer was which was great for me because I find that after reading a bunch of cozy mysteries you start to know who the killer is. I did not guess it in this one. I was convinced it was someone who it wasn’t.

My only bit of criticism with this book is the romance between Taylor and Noah. It didn’t have that spark that some books have between characters. I would have liked to see more between them and feel a bit of a spark between them.

Other than that fantastic book. I will be reading all the books in this cozy mystery series!

 

Signs Point to Yes Review

Signs Point to Yes

Title: Signs Point to Yes

Author: Sandy Hall

Release Date: October 20, 2015

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Pages: 288 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 4star


goodreadssynopsis

If only Jane’s Magic 8 Ball could tell her how to get through the summer. With her “perfect” sister, Margo, home for her “perfect” internship, Jane is not going to be able to spend the summer writing fan fiction, as she had planned. And her emergency babysitting job requires Jane to spend the whole summer in awkward proximity to her new crush, Teo, a nerdy-hot lifeguard with problems of his own. With his best friend out of town, Teo finds himself without anyone to confide in…except Jane. Will Jane and Teo be able to salvage each other’s summer? Even the Magic 8 Ball doesn’t have an answer…but signs point to yes. ”


my reviewI loved this book so much that when I came to write this review I can’t remember why I gave it only 4 stars instead of 5.

The characters in this book are so well written that it feels like you are someone just watching in on the story.

I love every single character even Ravi who is someone we are supposed to not like. Jane is an awesome character as well.

What else is great about this story is that it’s not just a romance. The synopsis doesn’t really do it justice. There’s an actual story here, and that is Teo’s life story. It all connects together so beautifully.

I really can’t do this book justice, you need to go read it. And then you can expect to be like me and end up downloading a magic 8 ball app after it because you’ll still be thinking about how awesome that book was.

I will definitely be reading more Sandy Hall books.

The Siren Review

The Siren

Title: The Siren

Author: Kiera Cass

Release Date: January 26, 2016

Publisher: Harper Teen

Pages: 327 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 3star


goodreadssynopsisLove is a risk worth taking.

Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny…and Kahlen doesn’t want to.

Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.”


my reviewI think I went into this book with very high expectations, which is never a good thing.

Can we just stop and admire the cover for a bit though. Like every other Kiera Cass book the cover on this book is honestly what drew my attention. I’m not even going to lie, the dress and ocean are just absolutely gorgeous.

I was expecting this to be like The Selection Series, unfortunately it’s not. So if you go into this book with the expectation I did, you will be disappointed. Once you realize that it’s not going to be anything like The Selection, you’ll enjoy the story much more.

I did enjoy each of the characters and you really got to feel what Kahlen felt throughout the whole story. I also liked how we got a glimpse of how all the different Sirens were dealing with being a Siren.

I definitely liked Akinli but I did think that their relationship and intensity happened way too fast as it usually is in YA books. But this didn’t stop me from becoming a complete fangirl over the whole relationship.

I would recommend this book to others, my only advice would be don’t compare it to The Selection.

I’ll just end off this review with a quote I really loved from the story because I think it can apply to so much in life

“There’s always room for love, even if it’s as small as a crack in a door”

Berry the Hatchet Review

Berry the Hatchet (Cranberry Cove #2)Title: Berry the Hatchet

Author: Peg Cochran

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Publisher: Berkley

Pages: 293 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating: 3star


goodreadssynopsis

“Cranberry farm owner Monica Albertson is once again bogged down in murder in the second Cranberry Cove mystery from national bestselling author Peg Cochran.

The entire town of Cranberry Cove is popping with excitement. Monica Albertson is baking cranberry goodies by the dozen and shopkeepers are decking out their storefronts for the first annual Winter Walk—an event dreamed up by the mayor to bring visitors to the town during a normally dead time of year.

But it’s the mayor who turns up dead during the grand opening ceremony, his lifeless body making its entrance in a horse-drawn sleigh. Monica’s mother and stepmother quickly become the prime suspects when it’s discovered that the mayor was dating both of them, and to make things worse, her half brother Jeff uncovers a clue buried near one of the bogs on Sassamanash Farm. Now it’s up to Monica to find out who really put the mayor on ice.”


my reviewI received this book from Berkley Publishing as a thank you after they reached out to me about finding out why I liked cozy mysteries so much.

As someone who loves the winter this book was an absolute delight.

This book had all the good qualities of a great cozy mystery. It had the cutest little town, as many cozy mysteries do. Think of Gilmore Girls and Stars Hallow, this book totally had that feel. It had the main character who obviously loved to bake, and just everything about it was great.

I loved the little bit of drama between Monica’s mother and stepmother. At first it felt a bit like Cinderella just with the whole step mother thing happening. So that added to the appeal to me.

If you’re looking for a good cozy mystery with a nice winter and Christmas vibe, I would totally recommend this book.

Update

Hey everyone I just wanted to give an update. I am definitely reading again, and keeping up with my bookstagram which is super exciting for me!

But now I want to take my blog further. So if you have any tags you’d like to tag me in, I’d love to do it while I’m figuring out things to blog about. Send those tags my way!

As for reviews I am not sure I can successfully post reviews on books I’ve read months ago. So I’m going to start with reviews of the most recent books I have read. If I feel I can give a short and sweet review on books I’ve read a while ago I will go ahead and do that.

November TBR

I am starting to blog more and really dive back into all things book related. While I try to figure out the direction I’d like to go with this blog, I’m coming up with random posts. Feel free to tag me in Tag Posts and I’ll participate when I have the chance.

It’s almost winter and while we don’t seem to get snow like we used to, there is something about winter that just makes me so happy. With that happiness comes a lot of reading! So I’ve for the first time in forever actually created a TBR list. I thought I’d share it. With work and life who knows if I will get to all of these books, but at least it’s there and motivation for me to read them all! Have you read any of these? Any comments? Which are must reads?


Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #4)  Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)  Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)  Passenger (Passenger, #1)  The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)  Signs Point to Yes  A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)  A Premonition of Murder (Dream Club Mystery #3)  Seeds of Deception (Orchard #10)