Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Escaping From Houdini

Come one, Come all to the Greatest Show on Earth. Kerri Maniscalco and JimmyPattersonbooks are proud to Present the brand new Cressworth Mystery Starring the Great Thomas Cresswell and the dazzling Audrey Rose Wadsworth. So take a seat on September 18th, 2018 and be prepared to be dazzle by the most impressive story of the Cressworths to date.  Now without farther ado, Raise the Curtains and let the summary begin for this amazing Audience.

As this amazing book begins, we reunited with Thomas and AudreyRose on a ship RMS Etruria during a romantic moment. They are on a journey to America when the ship begins with a brand new murder mystery. Along the way, we will see new love interests and find endless Possibilities. Audrey gains new friends such as the Great Mephistopheles and the Amazing Harry Houdini. She learns that Harry has a connection with someone very close to her which Surprise her. Audrey Rose also learns that she must decide which is more important to her or should I say Who?.

As for Thomas in this book, he finds out that sometimes love is not all its crack up to be. Thomas does things that we would normally not expect from Thomas Cresswell. Thomas also gives insight into how he solves the murders.  But in order to find out the life lessons that Audrey Rose and Thomas gains in this book, you need to check it out in September.

As a reader, in this book, we gain a lot of insight to Thomas and Audrey Rose both as people and their feelings. Audrey Rose really blossoms into a young adult with the challenges she faces on the ship while solving the murders. She learns that loving someone in life can give us some of the hard decisions in the way of trusting people. AudreyRose learns about who is secure and who is not. She also learns not to take the important parts of life for Granted. I really felt like AudreyRose saw a lot of change in her life in this story. AudreyRose really inspired me in this book and I feel like so many people are going to love her more in this book.

Like the other two books, I felt like Thomas really open himself up to us readers. We gain more insight into how he loves Audrey Rose. I also love Thomas flirty spirit throughout all of the books. I feel like he will always have fun in life because he knows how close death is to life. But we also see the little boy Thomas Cresswell can be in his more fragile moments, like expressing his feelings to AudreyRose about them as a couple. I also felt like we saw a lot of growth from Thomas in this book as a reader. He really has become a favorite book boyfriend and I can't wait for more.

As for this book, I rated it a five out of five stars. It is the best book in the series so far. Kerri really gave our two favorite characters a lot of growth in this book. As well as the fact that we get to meet Harry Houdini the escape artist. Then, of course, there is the mysterious Mephistopheles who might be the killer along with his troupe of performers. As the murders begin, we have amazing clues popping up like always. But as the murders begin to be solved, Kerri give us even more gruesome details in this book. The details really capture my attention throughout the book and held it even more so than the first two books did. To me, Kerri totally steps up another level with this whole book. Those who weren't so happy about the first two books will really enjoy this one I think. This whole book held my attention all throughout it, even more so than the first two did. I just could spend all day, and all night raving about how amazing this book was but I am going to have to let you learn for yourself on September 18th, 2018. Once again thank you to JimmyPattersonbooks, Hachette books and Kerri Maniscalco for sending me an Arc to review. I will for sure be buying the book because I need a finished copy in my life as I suggest you all do for this amazing series. All of Kerri Links are listed below along with my social media. Till Next show or in the Cresswads series, Next Murder victim (dun dun dun).

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Twelve Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn



Hello book Friends, and welcome back to the latest blog. I would like to say that I am sorry for being MIA lately and also for being back up on book reviews. I have a lot of real-life struggles right now, so everything else is being pushed to the side and not getting enough attention. So I am asking that those who I have promised reviews to, please be patient with me. Now back to the real reason I am here which is Farrah Penn book Twelve Steps to Normal. I want to thank JimmyPattersonbooks for believing in my work and continues to send me awesome books like Farrah's to read.  Twelve Steps to Normal came out on March 13th, 2018 for release. Now let's get to my Summary and final thoughts on this book.


Twelve Steps to Normal is a Ya Novel about a Young girl Name Kira. Kira's Father becomes an alcoholic after the loss of Kira's Grandmother. Eventually, Kira's father goes to rehab which rips Kira's life apart and causes her to have to move. Now the day has come where Kira father is out of rehab and is ready for her to move back in with him. Kira thinks finally she will have her old life back to normal, but once Kira returns home, not everything is the way it was before. Kira has a hard time dealing with all of the changes. Her ex is dating her best friend, her father has bought a bunch of people home, to live with them and that one boy who was her best friend as a kid, might becoming more than a friend. So how will Kira hand all of this emotional and Physical Change? well if you want to know, you need to buy the book. Now on to my final thoughts about the book.


So first the rating, I rated this book a four out of five stars. The first half of this book seems to be really slow to me. I also feel like Kira father laid too much on Kira when she returns home. He basically expects her to be happy about having three people live with them when he told her nothing about these people. Then her father gets mad at Kira because Kira eventually let the fact that she was angry about the roommates out. I feel like the father just laid too much on Kira emotionally after he returns, and expect her to handle it out like she did when he was drinking. I feel like Kira learn more from the twelve steps program guide than her dad did. Also, I felt like Kira's Friends Whitney and Reagan came off as Pity sometimes, and want to make things always about them. Now as for the new love in Kira life's which was her friend from childhood Alex. I loved Alex, he just seems amazing, and much nicer than most teenage boys. I loved the love story between Alex and Kira. I wish Farrah has written the romance into the story much sooner than she did. The last half of the book want faster than the first half of the books. Overall, Farrah did an awesome job of writing this story. Farrah really did give Kira great growth throughout the book.  Farrah just made Kira so strong as a teenager and I love that about the book. This book was just amazing because of the struggles and growth of Kira as a teenager and person. I honestly would recommend this book to everyone. I can't wait to see what type of book Farrah writes next. As always I will leave links for the book, the author and myself below. Until the next review peeps...

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Lights Music Code by Jo Whitmore

Hello fellow people I am back with a brand new book review. Its about Lights, Music, Code by Jo Whittemore from the Girls Code series by Penguin books. I would like to thank Penguin for providing me with this third book along with the new activity book Girls who Code: Crack the Code. Both of these books are now release for purchase. Lets begin with the summary and than my final thoughts.

Lights, Music, Code by Jo Whittemore is the third book in a coding series. This book is about Maya, who is an asian american, that lives with her mom and Stepdad. In this book Maya meets an old friend name Maddie who cause her problems before. Now Maddie has turn up at Maya school. She has told Maya that she has change. But the question now is will Maya stay with her true friends which is the group or will Maddie once again cause her problems. 

As for the Activity Book: Girls who Code: Crack the code is filled with crosswords, connect the dots. It also contains code descriptions for coding on computers and scene creation for creating pictures. It really fun activity book for all who want to create.


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As for my final thoughts, both of the books are amazing for kids. I read Lights, Music, Code by Jo Whittemore with my daughter and we both enjoyed it. We learn about making Mistakes and what you can do to change those mistakes. We learn how Maya overcame things and help people trust her again. It really is a beautiful story about coming to learn how to earn trust and forgiveness after making mistakes. The activity book is filled with fun crosswords, connect the dots and drawings scenes. I rated both books a four out of five, 7-12yrs olds will really enjoy it. I recommend these books for kids especially. Its such a great series who you really check it out. As always links to the author, books and my social media will be listed there.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Rookie on Love

Hello, fellow book lovers of this amazingly beautiful book filled world. I am back today with a brand new blog on a very interesting book about love title Rookie On Love by Tavi Gevinson. Apparently, Tavi has many Rookie On books but this is the first I have ever heard of them and I am obsessed with this one. Tavi also has an online site and Magzine title "Rookie On" which I will be listed later on when this blog is done. This book originally was released on January 2nd, 2018 but I received the Arc in Feb from Razor Bill for a blog tour. I often team up for Blog Tours with Penguin and their other companies. So huge thank you to RazorBill for this book and I am sincerely sorry this blog is a day late because I have been sick this past week and on antibiotics. Now that I have assessed all of this let's get on to the summary and my thoughts on the book.


This book contains a ton of short stories and poems all about Love, hence the name Rookie on Love. So let's begin and break down each story into a tiny Summary which will consist of sections in order for you to see why I love this book. I will then be posting final thoughts like always to discuss my feelings and add any final information. So let's begin with this amazing book and all of its beautiful stories.
"Post Cards from Apollo6" p1: A simple poem talking about young love and its feelings.

"How to deal with Rejection"p 3-4: About the Love of Studying and Inspiring One Self throughout this life.

"FWD: Letter to LEYB"p7-11 This was comparing the Love of people to the digital world and its influences on modern day society. 

"The most exciting Moment of Alma Life" p13-14: It talks about how our dreams can carry our love but is it always the love we should seek in this life or not.  

"Binary Planets Writing" p17-25: This is about the love between two sisters and how its okay to be close but not too close. It explains that family love should also be separated at times. 

"Beyond Self-Respect" p 27: This talks about the love in relationships and how that love should be respectful of each other as well as oneself. 

"For Amy and other Women who Carry Chaos" p33: This is a poem talking about self-love and the love of others as well.   

"Unrequited" p37: This talks about how teenagers are sometimes afraid to love each other in relationships so much that they agonized over it but never do anything about it. 

"YouFirst" p43: This talks about the self-love we all need to instill in our lives even if it means saying No. It also talks about how saying no can help one's self-love increase for the better.

"Memory is an Angel Who Can Fly No More"p49: This is about being cheated on and betrayed by someone you love and Trusted. 

"Book Love" p57: The love a reader has for their books and how it brings passion into their lives. 

"Super Into a Person's Person-ness"p 61: This is a conversation between to amazing talented YA authors about how love can give us growth especially as teenagers. 

"Karma" p67: This is about the love we put out into the world and how it can maybe affect us later on in life. 

"2am at the Ramen Shop and I'm trying to Say I Love You" p79: a poem comparing love to food.   

"Centripetal Force" 83: This story describes the love that a woman has for her life work of Music and how that love can become many things over the course of the work. 

"Oriki For Mum" p89: This author talks about how her Grandmother's love can help her face the evils of the world such as Racism even in modern day society. 

"Whammo" P 94: A comic about stress and how love can help you better face the stress of this world.

"Willis" P 101: It's about the Love of animals and how we should pay more attention to our animals in this world 

"Afraid of Love" p105: Love poem about not being afraid of life.  

"Quicken the Senses: A Conversation with Margo Jefferson" p107: Talks about the Love of writing. How you can use this love to create better and learn more. 

"Before I started writing these things Directly to You" p 113: How real relationship love will make the unimportant things not matter when it's the right person you're loving.

"The Heart attempts to clear its name" p117: Poem about the love coming from the heart and how the heart can still love during the most painful experiences in our lives.

"Self Acceptance" p 121: This about learning to love yourself for who you are.    

"How to Confess Your Crush" p 125: Telling people you have a crush on them and why you should tell them.

"Living by the Blade" p 135: This story uses the legend of King Arthur to describe how this life is filled with different trips of love. 

"Only Shallow" p 139: It talks about how painful moments in life can set you up to look for shallow surface love.   

"Monster" p155: Poem on how love can become or create a Monster in this world. 

"The jealous Type"P 157: An adult thought process on how jealousy is in teen relationships in general. 

"From Sparks to Bonfire"p167: A story about how love can define us to our core when it truly meaningful. 

"In Real Life" p171: A story about meeting online friends and how that friendship can be full of real love. 

"The Power in Questioning"p175: Story that describes how loving oneself love needs to be explored more for a better life. 

"On Love and Associated Leavings"p179: A story about loving yourself and someone else so much so that you know when to leave even the most painful relationships in life.

"astaghfirullah: a kiss before dying"p185: A poem describing insta fake love in this world. 

"Lonesome Cowboy"p191: A story on how to be more receptive to the idea of love and what it can create in your life.

"Past Exposure"p197: A story about Breaking up and faking love for the sake of hiding pain and expressing fake happiness.

"A Guide to Falling in Love, Teleserye Style" p203: A comical Saitire story about how to fall in love with your soulmate.  

"Radiance"p209: A story about how expressing love can bring on a brighter side in life.

"UnderPressure"p213: A story about how a real love relationship doesn't need sex attached to it, to survive. 

"Friends for Life"p219: A story about how you should love your friends more and that the love of Friendship is just as important as every other love.

"Infinite Love" p223: A story about accepting the Love that has come through our life and letting it change all experiences of Love. 

"OMG, Yay!"p228: A story about loving the simple moments in life. 

"Against Love Stories"p231: A story about looking for love throughout the world and your life in the phases that it comes to you.  

"Do Sisters Actually Love Each Other?"p251: A story about the love of family and what it can mean to that family. 

"Stick 'N' Poke"p259: A story about not losing control over life while handling love. 

"Maybe One Day"p265: A story about how first meetings in this world can bring on Love. 

"How to Touch Me"p 269: A story about how the simple touches of a loved one can bring show you the experience of real love in this world.  Now that you hold little summaries of each story or poem lets get on to my final thoughts on this book. 


My finals thoughts are as follow; I rated this book a five out of five stars. I honestly did not love all of the stories in this book but I did enjoy the majority of the stories. There were only a few stories that I did not enjoy. I have tabbed up this book a lot and will continue to reread it. At first, I felt like this book was going to be a "typical teenage" guide about the woes of being a teenager in love and how it can seem so dramatic but it really isn't. But as I continue to read I learn that it wasn't a "typical teenage" guide at all, it was a deeply meaningful guide on how to love and learn all kinds of love. It discusses the topics of love among friends, family as well as relationships. It discusses how we can nurture relationships so they are healthy and fulfilling all the while loving yourself to the best too. I also really loved that all of these discussions on love are coming from many diverse people and their own personal lives. We have stories about racism, death, friendship, insta-love and how love can be found throughout this experiences. But it also talks about how we might not want the love that these experiences can bring about. This guide explains how we should look for respectful love and how its the healthiest love to have. It really is an amazing guide that I believe everyone should add to their bookshelf. It's also a guide that believes parents could benefit from while raising a teenager or even a great guide to give to a teenager. Its a guide everyone could use especially in this world today. I cant tell you enough about how much I enjoy this book and will continue to use and learn from this book. I will provide all details for the Editor and book down below as well as all of my social media. I truly hope this blog has inspired you to buy this book and love it just as much as I do. Once again thank you to RazorBill for providing me with this ARC, it was a joy to read and have.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Belles By Dhonielle Clayton

Hello fellow book lovers of the world, and Welcome back to my latest book blog. This blog is about The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton which came out Feb 6th from Disney Hyperion Freeform books. I was blessed enough to receive an ARC, but sadly I was not able to get to it before the release date. I am sincerely sorry for this review being up late. But on the 6th of Feb, I bought the audiobook to listen too because I have wanted to read this book for so long. I am so happy I decided to buy the audiobook, now onto the summary and my final thoughts of this book. 


This book starts out explaining the History of the Belles, Such as the main Character Camille. It talks about how Camille was raise to only take care of the Royals. That it is the job of the Belle’s to always look out for the Royals. But Most Importantly One Belle would be chosen to be at court with the King and Queen. She would be called the Favorite Belle. This big ball happens and the Belles are set out to perform so the favorite Belle is chosen. At first, the Favorite Belle that is Chosen is Amber, Camille Adopted Sister, but then things happen that cause Camille to become the favorite Belle of the Royal Family. As time goes on Camille discovers that being a Royal Favorite Belle is not all that its promoted to be. She finds things out about her Belle heritage that might end her life along with things that might end the life of the Royal Family. But in order to know more, I really suggest you buy the book, now onto my Summary. 


I rated this book a five out of five Stars. I love how Dhonielle had us guessing at every turn about who is really telling the truth. I love how Camille is so curious and doesn’t give up. Even when she is being threatened by people she still continues to want to help. There is so much mystery and intrigue throughout this book, that it makes you wonder who will be the next person to be hurt. People are falling in love with People that they should not be. But throughout the whole Book Camille just has this gift about keeping her head held high. I also love how colorful this book becomes through Dhonielle words. She describes a very French inspire royal era that takes place in New Orleans and its just breathe taking. I love how colorful she makes the ladies fashions but also how she adds a bit of Margaret Atwood “Hand Maiden Tale” to this book by describing this beauty is pain aspect of the world. She goes into depth about how these characters will do anything to be as colorful as the rest of the world.  She really gives us a strong deep look at the Beauty world even in today modern society. I honestly could tell you so much more about this awesome book but I will leave it to you to read it. I really suggest you do read it because it is one of my latest favorites of 2018. I can tell that this book will be apart of a series simply because of how it was written and I am already dying for book two. This book is amazing and Now I want more. Once again thank you Disney Books for the Arc and I am sorry for not reviewing earlier. Please go out and buy this book. As always all of the links will be listed below for the book, the author, and my Social media. Please Share this blog.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Nice Try Jane Sinner Lianne Oelke

Hello fellow Booklovers!! and Good day to you. I am back with a brand new book called NiceTry Jane Sinner which came out on Jan 9th, 2018. I received an Arc a while back from HMH Teen for review purposes. I am sorry I am up late with this review these past couples of months have been bad in my personal life. So huge thank you to HMH Teen and Lianne Oelke for this Arc. I will be buying the actual book soon because I love the arc so much. Now onto the summary and my final thoughts.


This book is about Jane Sinner who has recently had a mental health flare up and is now trying to put her life back together. Jane was the good Christian girl next door, trying to follow everyone rules about life and trying to be perfect. Until one day while in Church, she decides she can't take it anymore, so she precedes to try to kill herself, but luckily for her, it doesn't work. She wakes up in the hospital a few days later with everyone still trying to tell her what to do but instead this time tipped toeing around her. So now Jane is trying to find a way to put her life back together by finishing high school at the community college and going on a local reality show. Along the way, Jane finds answers and more questions about this thing we call life. This book is an amazing read for anyone who has mental health issues, I would suggest you find a way to read it. Now onto my final thoughts of this book.

I rated this book a four out of five stars. My favorite thing about this book was the mental health aspect discuss throughout the book. How Jane comes to understand her own mental health better and why she is affected by the real world so. The thing that did bug me about the book was the people around Jane. In one scene you have Jane Parents preaching that she needs more God and more meds in her life, in another scene you have them coming to comfort her after a mental health flare up.In my opinion, this generally doesn't happen in real life. People who feel like God, and meds are the cure for everything, generally, don't comfort you during days of Instability. From what I've experienced first hand with my own mental health, these types of people are generally the ones who want nothing to do with those who have mental health issues because they figure the meds and god will help that person be normal, or what they believe to be normal. Reading this book was such an important thing to me because I want more books like this, that help people to see the thoughts of a person with Mental health.

Now while I believe the People in Jane's life can be unreal, I do believe that Jane very much represents those of us like me who deal with Mental Health on a daily base and doesn't always know how to handle it our self. I love the way Jane question things because that is what people do when dealing with Mental health. I love how she uses humor too because that is something people use when they feel uncomfortable about there own mental health problems. Also in this book, Jane doesn't want to use meds which I think can be commendable, because Meds are a very tricky thing in mental health. Overall I love this book, and how Jane was portrayed. Lianne did an amazing job of describing the mind of a person with mental health. I want more books like this in the world. I also believe if you are dealing with mental health or know of someone dealing with mental health please read this book. As always all of the links for the book, author, and my social media will be down below. Please like, follow and sub, Until next time peoples.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

Hello, Fellow book lovers and welcome back to a brand new blog. I am back to share this brand new book with you from Jimmy Patterson Books. The book is Lyndsay Ely’s Gunslinger Girl and it's her debut novel. This book came out on Jan 2nd, 2018. I originally requested an Arc and then in December the lovely people at Hachette books Jimmy Patterson Books sent me the finished copy of Gunslinger Girl. So Huge thank you to those companies for the ARC and finish copy. I actually read the finished copy so this review will be base on the finished copy. I am sorry that this review is up late but hey at least you can buy the book if you like this review. Now on to my summary and final thoughts. 

Serendipity “pity” Jones is a young girl who lives in a Dystopian age. She lives in the era after a Second civil war has happened because the majority of the World has been destroyed in one way or another.  Cities have been wiped out either by chemical or weather, and the remaining civilization has come together in order to survive. So like in any dystopian novel, women have been pushed back to be second class citizens. They are treated as breeders. Serendipity is chosen by her father to be sent to this other city to be a wife and mother to this guy she has never met. This decision is the end for her and she decides to leave with a friend. Her friend and her end up in the middle of nowhere being hijack until these citizens of Cessation save her. She meets Max and a few other people who help Pity moved to Cessation. Pity sees Cessation as her salvation but things will happen and Cessation might become the place to break her instead. Its a ride or die world and Pity's is left to choose which one it will become for her. Now if you wish to know more I honestly feel like you should, check out this book, it's totally worth it.  Let's get to my final thoughts on this book.

I rated this book a 4 out of 5 stars because I sorely enjoy Lyndsay writing throughout this book. Lyndsay has a way of writing that causes a person to be lost in the book. I love how Serendipity didn’t give up on life, even though she always felt like she was a chicken. I love how unique Max was a painter and Emo kind of kid. I love how much Cessation reminded me of Tombstone and Wyatt Earp. You could really feel the wild west in this book which I love. But I didn’t care for the Dystopian factor. I felt like this book didn’t need a dystopian factor in it. The dystopian world was so much like hunger games to me and I am as a reader over that factor in any books really. It seems like this world is filled to the brim of Dystopian novels. But I will say this I will continue reading this series because I feel like this is going to be a series just by the ending. I will read anything by Lyndsay because she is just that type of writer for me. If you Love Hunger Games and the wild west than this book is for you. I totally think you should check it out if you love badass female type characters too. As always thank you for taking the time to read my reviews. I will have all of the links for the book, author and my social media below. Please come back again soon and check out some more of my reviews. 


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