Month: November 2019

November 2019 Wrap Up

November is now coming to a close. I feel like November was a busy, exciting but boring, kind of blah month. I am enjoying my new home and have been busy with my new job. I got a kitten who keeps me on my toes and is constantly a fun time! But, November has also been slow. Slow reading, slow at work, slow at home… I feel like things have been stuck in a rutt this month. I also find that the cold, dark, and rainy weather does not help! It makes me want to stay instead but also makes my brain feel like mush lol so productivity levels are low!

December is going to better. I am going to set up all my Christmas stuff in the next week and I will be all festive and ready for Christmas which is just a joyous time of year! I am looking forward to my tree and decorating my place for our first Christmas here!! SO exciting 🙂 (the tree may be short lived depending on Luna lol hope she doesn’t climb the tree 🤞)

My November Reads

The Witch Of Little Italy – Suzanne Palmieri

Rating: 2 out of 5.

The Institute – Stephen King

I am not finished this one yet – review to come!


November Book Reviews

The Case For Jamie – Brittany Cavallaro

The Witch of Little Italy – Suzanne Palmieri

My Most Popular Posts

I Spy Book Challenge

Thrillers That Will Keep You Up At Night

Spell It: November

Giveaway

I won my very first giveaway this month!!! I was SO excited 🙂

I won Verity by Colleen Hoover!

I won this giveaway on Instagram from ‘My Best Bookish Life’ – here is the link to her profile. Check her out!

My Fav Bookish Posts For November

The NetGalley Book Tag – A Little Haze Book Blog

The Ten Thousand Doors Of January: Review – KayCKay Book Reviews

Lets Talk Bookish: Do Bloggers Have To Review Every Book They Read? – Blogger Books

Kindle Haul: November – At The End Of The World Is A Book

The Sci-Fi TV Shows Book Tag – A Dance With Books


Well that is it for now!

I wanted to thank you all again for sticking around and reading my blog posts 🙂 This month I sort of dropped the ball on my posts but as I mentioned throughout the month I have been so ‘blah’ and also haven’t been reading much 🤷‍♀️ It means so much that you guys are interested in my blog!! I hope to do more reviews and more reading this coming month 🙂

Lets chat in the comments!! What was a highlight for you this month? Did a book stand out to you or a blog post? What was your favourite read this month?

WWW Wednesday – 11/27/2019

Happy Wednesday friends!!!

I hope you guys are all having a fantastic week 🙂 I had Monday off work so I have a bit of a short week which I LOVE!! My reading is speeding up a bit again so I am happy about that! I hate going into slow reading slumps or just not having enough time to sit down and read. Since getting our cat, Luna, I have had less time for reading. She is just a kitten (11 weeks now) and requires so much attention and just wont leave me alone haha she is SO cute and I wouldn’t have it any other way. But thankfully, I am getting more reading in now! Back to normal 🙂

Here is my WWW Wednesday post that I seem to post like twice a month hahah 🤦‍♀️

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of WordsIt’s open to everyone to participate! Why not join in and let me know what’s on your reading list this week…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


What I am Currently Reading

The Institute – Stephen King

So far, I am loving it! I’m about 200 pages in which isn’t even half way lol but I’m liking the story and the characters a lot! The mystery is good and is suspenseful. It is my first Stephen King book I’ve read and it is everything I expected!


What I Recently Finished

The Witch Of Little Italy – Suzanne Palmieri

This book was okay. I enjoyed parts of it but it let me down overall. I wrote a review on this book. Check it out here.


What I will Read Next

I have a large list of books that could be next on the list. I JUST CAN’T DECIDE YOU GUYS!!

I recently did a book haul from Book Outlet and have picked up a few books from Chapters. I have books that have been on my shelf for the last 6 months I’ve been meaning to read but keep getting pushed to the side. It is out of control!

I will instead give a few options that are closer to the top of my TBR!

Frankly In Love – David Yoon

The Grave Keepers – Elizabeth Byrne

Becoming – Michelle Obama


What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments!

Author Mention – Nov 2019

Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday 🙂

Can you all believe that we are half way through November?? Where has the time gone? Seriously time is FLYING BY! Soon it will be Christmas and then New Years and then next thing you know its half way through November again hahah.

Anyone start decorating for Christmas yet? I want to get everything organized and start decorating but now that I have a new little kitten I think I may need to reevaluate some of my Christmas decor lol she may try to eat some of it or break some of it. Anyone have any tips to make your cat not ruin all the breakable decorations? hahahah

Anyways, I am back with another Author Mention! This month the author is……. Brittany Cavallaro!


I am such a fan of the Charlotte Holmes series, which Im sure you all know since I have just been ranting and raving about them. I found out that Brittany Cavallaro has quite a few other books and I have many on my TBR list now! I really like her writing style. I find her books easy to read and entertaining!


About 👀

Brittany Cavallaro is a poet, fiction writer, and old school Sherlockian. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Charlotte Holmes novels from HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, including A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE, THE LAST OF AUGUST, THE CASE FOR JAMIE, and A QUESTION OF HOLMES. She’s also the author of the poetry collections GIRL-KING and UNHISTORICAL (University of Akron) and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She earned her BA in literature from Middlebury College and her MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Michigan with her husband, cat, dog, and collection of deerstalker caps.

Books 👀

A Study In Charlotte

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

The Last Of August

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter-break reprieve after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But Charlotte isn’t the only Holmes with secrets, and the mood at her family’s Sussex estate is palpably tense. On top of everything else, Holmes and Watson could be becoming more than friends—but still, the darkness in Charlotte’s past is a wall between them.

A distraction arises soon enough, because Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring. The game is afoot once again, and Charlotte is single-minded in her pursuit.

Their first stop? Berlin. Their first contact? August Moriarty (formerly Charlotte’s obsession, currently believed by most to be dead), whose powerful family has been ripping off famous paintings for the last hundred years. But as they follow the gritty underground scene in Berlin to glittering art houses in Prague, Holmes and Watson begin to realize that this is a much more complicated case than a disappearance. Much more dangerous, too.

What they learn might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.

The Case For Jamie

It’s been a year since the shocking death of August Moriarty, and Jamie and Charlotte haven’t spoken.

Jamie is going through the motions at Sherringford, trying to finish his senior year without incident, with a nice girlfriend he can’t seem to fall for.

Charlotte is on the run, from Lucien Moriarty and from her own mistakes. No one has seen her since that fateful night on the lawn in Sussex—and Charlotte wants it that way. She knows she isn’t safe to be around. She knows her Watson can’t forgive her.

Holmes and Watson may not be looking to reconcile, but when strange things start happening, it’s clear that someone wants the team back together. Someone who has been quietly observing them both. Making plans. Biding their time.

Someone who wants to see one of them suffer and the other one dead. 

*** Check out my reviews for the first 3 books!! I have not read the 4th yet but hoping to get my hands on a copy soon 🙂

A Question Of Holmes

Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson think they’re finally in the clear. They’ve left Sherringford School—and the Moriartys—behind for a pre-college summer program at Oxford University. A chance to start from scratch and explore dating for the first time, while exploring a new city with all the freedom their program provides. But when they arrive, Charlotte is immediately drawn into a new case: a series of accidents have been befalling the members of the community theater troupe in Oxford, and now, on the eve of their production of Hamlet, they’re starting all over again. What once seemed like a comedy of errors is now a race to prevent the next tragedy—before Charlotte or Jamie is the next victim.

Hello Girls

Best friends are forged by fire. For Winona Olsen and Lucille Pryce, that fire happened the night they met outside the police station—both deciding whether to turn their families in.

Winona has been starving for life in the seemingly perfect home that she shares with her seemingly perfect father, celebrity weatherman Stormy Olsen. No one knows that he locks the pantry door to control her eating and leaves bruises where no one can see them.

Lucille has been suffocating beneath the needs of her mother and her drug-dealing brother, wondering if there’s more out there for her than disappearing waitress tips and generations of barely getting by.

One harrowing night, Winona and Lucille realize they can’t wait until graduation to start their new lives. They need out. Now. All they need is three grand, fast. And really, a stolen convertible to take them from Michigan to Las Vegas can’t hurt.


Brittany Cavallaro also has a few poetry books out as well:

  • Girl-King
  • No Girls No Telephone
  • Unhistorical

Have you read any of her books? What do you think of Brittany Cavallaro if you have read her books? Chat with me!

Review: The Witch Of Little Italy – Suzanne Palmieri

Hey there!! It’s me, Deanna, again 🙂

Back again to share a book review for my most recent read. I picked up this particular book from the thrift store (Value Village to be exact). I LOVE thrifting for books. Its such a fun time. You honestly never know what you will find. Unfortunately, lately I haven’t been able to find anything super interesting.

I’ve also noticed that a lot of you American peeps seem to find the BEST deals at Goodwill? We don’t have any of those here which sucks, but I really want to check one out! Is it really as good as it seems? Someone let me know haha.

Now, on to my review 🙂

Synopsis

When young Eleanor Amore finds herself pregnant, she returns home to her estranged family in the Bronx, called by “The Sight” they share now growing strong within her. She has only been back once before when she was ten years old during a wonder-filled summer of sun-drenched beaches, laughter and cartwheels. But everyone remembers that summer except her. Eleanor can’t remember anything from before she left the house on her last day there. With her past now coming back to her in flashes, she becomes obsessed with recapturing those memories. Aided by her childhood sweetheart, she learns the secrets still haunting her magical family, secrets buried so deep they no longer know how they began. And, in the process, unlocks a mystery over fifty years old—The Day the Amores Died—and reveals, once and for all, a truth that will either heal or shatter the Amore clan.

My Thoughts

Well first off, the title of the book pulled me in. I thought it sounded very interesting! I like pretty much anything witchy so I figured how could I go wrong?? Well, I was kind of let down by this book. I want to start off by saying that the writing was amazing, beautiful, and musical in a way. The author put together words so smoothly and the descriptions were nothing less than stunning. The story – kind of slow and honestly lacking plot.

Elly, the main character, I liked. She felt “real” to me. She struggled and I could feel her emotions and her despair. Her family members (The Amores) just really bothered me throughout the book. I felt confused and betrayed by them from the start. Anthony (Ellys love interest) felt flat. He was there ONLY for Elly. He had no real background or reason why he was there. I didn’t like that.

The ultimate mystery throughout the story is why Elly lost her memory. The author plays with this throughout but I didn’t find it interesting really. The book jumped from the present to the past so often that I forgot what was even happening with Elly. The Amores spend most the time talking about their mother, “mama” that it felt like the books should have been about her.

The ending felt sort of wrapped up. I enjoyed the paranormal aspect to the ending, it kind of made some things make sense, especially Itsy’s character! However, the ending didn’t feel totally complete to me, I was left with kind of a empty feeling.

I enjoyed the idea of this story. I liked the magical aspects of the witches and I enjoyed Ellys character a lot. The rest of the book fell short for me 🤷🏼‍♀️

My Rating

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Anyone else read something they thought they would love and felt let down? What book has done that to you? Let me know in the comments!!

Thrillers That Will Keep You Up At Night

Hey everyone!

November is still spooky season to me! The days become darker and colder, it is often foggy in the morning and night. The leaves are falling off the trees and things just look kind of spooky this time of year! So I want to share some thrillers that have been popular (or maybe haven’t but seem pretty spooky) this year so far!

I am still new to the book blogging and bookstagram world, so some of these books have been read by probably everyone already haha but I know I haven’t been able to get to most of these ones yet, so there must be some of you that are like me!!


The Whisper Man – Alex North

After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank. But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night.

Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. His disappearance bears an unnerving resemblance to Frank Carter’s crimes, reigniting old rumors that he preyed with an accomplice. Now, detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison: The Whisper Man.

And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window…

The Chestnut Man – Soren Sveistrup

If you find one, he’s already found you.

A psychopath is terrorizing Copenhagen. His calling card is a “chestnut man”—a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts—which he leaves at each bloody crime scene.

Examining the dolls, forensics makes a shocking discovery—a fingerprint belonging to a young girl, a government minister’s daughter who had been kidnapped and murdered a year ago. A tragic coincidence—or something more twisted?

To save innocent lives, a pair of detectives must put aside their differences to piece together the Chestnut Man’s gruesome clues.

Because it’s clear that the madman is on a mission that is far from over. And no one is safe.

An Anonymous Girl – Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave.

But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking… and what she’s hiding.

As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

The Accident – Natalie Barelli

Katherine knew she’d had too many drinks, but they were only going a short distance. And as Eve pointed out, it was late, there was no traffic anyway…

Now, Katherine would do anything to turn back the clock. If anyone ever found out about the accident, it would ruin Katherine’s life. But no one needs to know because Eve was there too, and she’s going to help make it all go away.

Except something’s not quite right with Eve, and by the time Katherine realizes that… It’s too late.

The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him…

The Au Pair – Emma Rous

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny were born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle.

Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is beautifully dressed, smiling serenely, and holding just one baby.

Who is the child and what really happened that day? One person knows the truth, if only Seraphine can find her.

Guilty – Laura Elliot

It begins with a phone call. It ends with a missing child. On a warm summer’s morning, thirteen-year-old school girl Constance Lawson is reported missing.

A few days later, Constance’s uncle, Karl Lawson suddenly finds himself swept up in a media frenzy created by journalist Amanda Bowe implying that he is the prime suspect.

Six years later … Karl’s life is in ruins. His marriage is over, his family destroyed. But the woman who took everything away from him is thriving. With a successful career, husband and a gorgeous baby boy, Amanda’s world is complete. Until the day she receives a phone call and in a heartbeat, she is plunged into every mother’s worst nightmare.

The Chain – Adrian McKinty

You just dropped off your child at the bus stop. A panicked stranger calls your phone. Your child has been kidnapped, and the stranger explains that their child has also been kidnapped, by a completely different stranger. The only way to get your child back is to kidnap another child within 24 hours. Your child will be released only when the next victim’s parents kidnap yet another child, and most importantly, the stranger explains, if you don’t kidnap a child, or if the next parents don’t kidnap a child, your child will be murdered. You are now part of The Chain.

The Turn Of The Key – Ruth Ware

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

The Nanny – Gilly MacMillan

When her beloved nanny, Hannah, left without a trace in the summer of 1988, seven-year-old Jocelyn Holt was devastated. Haunted by the loss, Jo grew up bitter and distant, and eventually left her parents and Lake Hall, their faded aristocratic home, behind.

Thirty years later, Jo returns to the house and is forced to confront her troubled relationship with her mother. But when human remains are accidentally uncovered in a lake on the estate, Jo begins to question everything she thought she knew.

Then an unexpected visitor knocks on the door and Jo’s world is destroyed again. Desperate to piece together the gaping holes in her memory, Jo must uncover who her nanny really was, why she left, and if she can trust her own mother…

Imaginary Friend – Stephen Chbosky

IMAGINE…
Leaving your house in the middle of the night.
Knowing your mother is doing her best, but she’s just as scared as you.

IMAGINE…
Starting a new school, making friends.
Seeing how happy it makes your mother.
Hearing a voice, calling out to you.

IMAGINE…
Following the signs, into the woods.
Going missing for six days.
Remembering nothing about what happened.

IMAGINE…
Something that will change everything…
And having to save everyone you love.

The Family Upstairs – Lisa Jewell

Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.

She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them.

Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.


Lets chat in the comments 🙂 What has been your favourite thriller so far this year? What ones did I miss that you think should have made the list? Did you find any of these ones were not as spooky as you thought it would be?

Spell It: November

Happy Wednesday my bookish buds 🙂

Okay so my reading for November has been really slow and I’m super disappointed about that 😦 I had great hopes and a list of books to get through and now it’s looking like I’ll only get through 2 books! Oh well.

I have been super busy lately because……. I adopted a cute little kitten!! Her name is Luna and she is 9 weeks old. She has taken up all of my free time which I am 100% okay with. She is crazy and hyper and such a cute little cuddler when she’s sleepy. She does not sleep at night and keeps me and my boyfriend up a lot lol SO TIRED! Parents must be exhausted all the time I can’t even imagine haha!

I’ll post some cute Luna pics at the end of this post 🙂

SO… today! I saw a blog post before that used book titles to spell words – like those poems we all had to do in school (Google says this is an acrostic poem lol). Anyways I liked the idea and thought it was fun so I figured I’d give it a try!

The word I am using is: NOVEMBER

N – Now Entering Addamsville – Francesca Zappia

O – Our Wayward Fate – Gloria Chao

V– Verify – Joelle Charbonneau

E – Elevation – Stephen King

M – My Summer Of Love And Misfortune – Lindsay Wong

B – Break In Case Of Emergency – Brian Francis

E – Every Breath – Nicholas Sparks

R – Rebel Girls – Elizabeth Keenan


That was fun! I am going to try to do more of these posts and I want to give those making a sentence with book titles as well!! That one would be much harder haha.

As promised here are some cute pictures of my little kitten Luna!!

Well that is all for today everyone 🙂 Hope you are having a great week!!

Lets chat in the comments! Have you read any of the books I used for spelling November? Now Entering Addamsville is high on my TBR list!!

Review: The Case For Jamie – Brittany Cavallaro

Hey there my friends 🙂

I want to start off this post by thanking you all for reading my posts! I honestly didn’t think that people would be interested in what I have to say or share, but I was surprised to see that there is a few of you that do! So thanks for sticking around. I am still pretty new to the blogging life but I’m loving it and hope to just get better and better!

So anyways, today I am sharing my review of The Case For Jamie! As you know I have been working my way through the Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro and have been very impressed!! I have posted reviews for the 2 books before this one so feel free to check those out 🙂

I’d love to know if anyone else on here has read these books! I love them so I’d be super interested to hear some other perspectives or just chat about how great they are haha!

Here is my review!!

Synopsis

It’s been a year since the shocking death of August Moriarty, and Jamie and Charlotte haven’t spoken.

Jamie is going through the motions at Sherringford, trying to finish his senior year without incident, with a nice girlfriend he can’t seem to fall for.

Charlotte is on the run, from Lucien Moriarty and from her own mistakes. No one has seen her since that fateful night on the lawn in Sussex—and Charlotte wants it that way. She knows she isn’t safe to be around. She knows her Watson can’t forgive her.

Holmes and Watson may not be looking to reconcile, but when strange things start happening, it’s clear that someone wants the team back together. Someone who has been quietly observing them both. Making plans. Biding their time.

Someone who wants to see one of them suffer and the other one dead.

My Thoughts

I am happy to say that for the third time, I have not been let down in the slightest by this series!! The third book is just as good if not better than the last 2. I am so in love with this series ❤❤❤❤

The plot is great! Very entertaining and with a lot of twists and turns! Jamie and Charlotte are back at it again! This time however, Jamie and Charlotte are not solving the mystery together (at least not at first). This gives the story a different feel and I honestly loved it. I felt like I was getting to know Jamie and Charlotte better and was starting to see Jamie fend for himself which was a fun turn of events! Jamie really grew in this book!

“The Great Big Destiny delusion. That your life is a story that twists and turns it’s way up to a narrative precipice, a climax, the moment where you’ll make the hard decision, defeat the villain, finally prove yourself worthy. Leave some kind of mark on the world” – Jamie (pg. 2)

Jamie has all sorts of amazing deep thoughts during this book. He and Charlotte do a lot of reflection which gave me a great respect for both of their characters!

The Moriarty family is back and just as mean and cruel as ever!! Wait until you see what they are up to, it will shock you!! At one point I literally gasped OUT LOUD at something they did! It was a wild ride, that’s all I can say!

The writing was really good! The chapters switched back and forth from Jamie to Charlotte the entire book which I enjoyed! It broke up the story and gave both of their thoughts and feelings. It was very interesting seeing Jamie and Charlotte’s perspective on the same events! It showed how different but similar they are and I think made their relationship make more sense. I felt more of a connection to Charlotte’s character this time around. The author did SUCH a good job on giving background information on Charlotte and her family! I didn’t realize how bad I wanted that information until I got it!

Overall, the book was so good! It was entertaining and I was always on my toes just anticipating the next chapter and couldn’t put it down! Jamie and Charlotte have a special place in my heart. I love the relationship they have going on! I 100% recommend this book and the series. It is so good! The mysterys are light but so detailed and well thought out!


My Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Really more like 4.5/5!!


Well there it is!! I feel like I could say a million more things about this book but honestly who wants to read all that LOL.

Chat with me in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!

11 Books For Remembrance Day

Happy Monday everyone!

Today is Remembrance Day which can mean a lot of different things to different people. For some it is very personal – maybe have known someone who fought in the wars, someone who passed away fighting the wars, or maybe personally fought in the wars. For others like myself, today is a day of reflection. I like to think about what I am thankful for in this society I live in that was made possible by the brave soldiers who fought and died for us. I also like to think about all of those people and their family members and friends. I can’t even imagine what it would feel like to have a loved one leave to go fight in a war knowing you may never see them again. It breaks my heart. I am thankful for the people who continue to fight and risk their lives everyday to make a difference in peoples lives. True heroes!

I want to share 11 books (for Nov 11) that are war themed (trying to stick with the world wars)! I enjoy war themed movies and sometimes books but I have found there are lots of books out there with war themes that I haven’t come across and sound very interesting!


All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

The Tattooist Of Auschwitz – Heather Morris

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

Front Lines – Michael Grant

1942. World War II. The most terrible war in human history. Millions are dead; millions more are still to die. The Nazis rampage across Europe and eye far-off America.

The green, untested American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled—the armed forces of Nazi Germany.

But something has changed. A court decision makes females subject to the draft and eligible for service. So in this World War II, women and girls fight, too.

As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reasons for volunteering. Not one expects to see actual combat. Not one expects to be on the front lines.

Rio, Frangie, and Rainy will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. They will fear and they will rage; they will suffer and they will inflict suffering; they will hate and they will love. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known.

** this is a pretty interesting story idea!! I havent read it but I would be interested to see if anyone else has??

Wait For Me – Caroline Leech

It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country?

But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him—from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany—the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she’s always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate.

Flygirl – Sherrie L Smith

Ida Mae Jones dreams of flight. Her daddy was a pilot and being black didn’t stop him from fulfilling his dreams. But her daddy’s gone now, and being a woman, and being black, are two strikes against her.

When America enters the war with Germany and Japan, the Army creates the WASP, the Women Airforce Service Pilots – and Ida suddenly sees a way to fly as well as do something significant to help her brother stationed in the Pacific. But even the WASP won’t accept her as a black woman, forcing Ida Mae to make a difficult choice of “passing,” of pretending to be white to be accepted into the program. Hiding one’s racial heritage, denying one’s family, denying one’s self is a heavy burden. And while Ida Mae chases her dream, she must also decide who it is she really wants to be.

The Alice Network – Kate Quinn

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her “little problem” taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she’s trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the “Queen of Spies”, who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth…no matter where it leads.

My Dear I Wanted To Tell You – Louisa Young

The lives of two very different couples are irrevocably intertwined and forever changed in this stunning World War I epic of love and war.

From the day in 1907 that eleven-year-old Riley Purefoy meets Nadine Waveney, daughter of a well-known orchestral conductor, he takes in the difference between their two families: his, working-class; hers, “posh” and artistic. Just a few years later, romance and these differences erupt simultaneously with the war in Europe. In a fit of fury and boyish pride, Riley enlists in the army and finds himself involved in the transformative nightmare of the twentieth century.

While Riley and his commanding officer, Peter Locke, fight for their country and their survival in the trenches of Flanders, Peter’s lovely and naive wife, Julia, and his cousin Rose eagerly await his return. But the sullen, distant man who arrives home on leave is not the Peter they knew. Worried that her husband is slipping away, Julia is left alone with her fears when Rose joins the nursing corps to work with a pioneering plastic surgeon treating wounded and disfigured soldiers.

Only eighteen at the outbreak of the war, Nadine and Riley want to make promises to each other—but how can they when their future is out of their hands? Youthful passion is on their side, but then their loyalty is tested by terrible injury, and even more so by the necessarily imperfect rehabilitation that follows.

Moving among Ypres, London, and Paris, this emotionally rich and evocative novel is both a powerful exploration of the lasting effects of war on those who fight—and those who don’t—and a poignant testament to the power of enduring love.

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.

The Paris Seamstress – Natasha Lester

1940: As the Germans advance upon Paris, young seamstress Estella Bissette is forced to flee everything she”s ever known. She”s bound for New York City with her signature gold dress, a few francs, and a dream: to make her mark on the world of fashion.

Present day: Fabienne Bissette journeys to the Met”s annual gala for an exhibit featuring the work of her ailing grandmother – a legend of women”s fashion design. But as Fabienne begins to learn more about her beloved grandmother”s past, she uncovers a story of tragedy, heartbreak and family secrets that will dramatically change her own life.

The Ghost Keeper – Natalie Morrill

In the years between the two world wars, Josef Tobak builds a quiet life around his friendships, his beloved wife, Anna, and his devotion to the old Jewish cemeteries of Vienna. Then comes the Anschluss in 1938, and Josef’s world is uprooted. His health disintegrates. His wife and child are forced to flee to China. His closest gentile friend joins the Nazi Party—and yet helps Josef escape to America.

When the war ends, Josef returns to Vienna with his family and tries to make sense of what remains, including his former Nazi friend who, he discovers, protected Josef’s young female cousin throughout the war. 

Back among his cemeteries in Austria’s war-shattered capital, Josef finds himself beset by secrets, darkness and outward righteousness marred by private cruelty. As the truth is unearthed, Josef’s care for the dead takes on new meaning while he confronts his own role in healing both his devastated community and his deepest wounds.

The Diary Of A Young Girl – Anne Frank

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.

In 1942, with the Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, the Franks and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annexe” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and surprisingly humorous, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.


What does Remembrance Day mean to you? Have you read any of these books? Leave a comment, lets chat 🙂

WWW Wednesday – 11/06/2019

Hi everyone 🙂

It is hump day!! Only a couple more days until the weekend. Hope the week is good so far for all of you. I have been reading as much as I can. This week has been busy but also relaxing in a way. I am having the urge to go out and buy more books…. but Im going to ride that out for a bit lol I need to stop buying books and start finishing the ones I have!!! Another Wednesday means another WWW Wednesday and I cant believe I am posting it so close to my last one but I have been good with my reading so I can actually update it with something new hahaha.

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of WordsIt’s open to everyone to participate! Why not join in and let me know what’s on your reading list this week…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What I am Currently Reading

The Case For Jamie – Brittany Cavallaro

I am still reading this. I was reading this with another book at the same time, but I am almost finished this one!


What I Recently Finished

The House Without A Key – Marin Montgomery

I really enjoyed this book! I posted a review on in a few days ago. Check it out 🙂


What I Will Read Next

I am not totally sure!!

I have a few new books and also a few old books that have been sitting on my bookshelf for like forever lol. So, I will give a few options and just say maybe for now!

Well that is all for today!!

Thanks for stopping by everyone 🙂

10 Bookish Candles You Need This Fall

Hey friends 🙂

If you are like me then you love candles all throuhout the year, not just fall and winter! However, something that I like about the fall and winter candles is just how cozy they look, the yummy scents, and the colors!

I have searched high and low to find candles I like and while I feel you can never go wrong with the Bath And Boy Works candles (they are amazing), I also think its super fun to try new products!!


Cinnamon & Mulled Cider

Get this candle from Chapters! I owned the smaller version of this candle and it smelled SO GOOD. Everyone loved that one when they came over, just saying lol.

This candle is about $30, but it does come in smaller sizes!


Keep Reading

This candle is from Fictional Boutique. It appears to be very popular! It has a 5 star rating.

This candle costs about $11 depending on the size!


The Library

This candle is from Ash and Quill Candles! This one also seems pretty popular. It has a rating of 5 stars!!

This candle costs about $10!


Book Lover Candle

This Candle is from Pret A Geek. This one looks cute!

This one costs around $26.


The Sorting Candle

This candle is from Beccas Little Boutique. This is such a cute candle. It says once you burn it you will find out which Hogwarts house you’ve been sorted into! Has tons of reviews and a 5 star rating!

This candle is about $20!


Leaves

This candle is from Bath & Body Works. Always super good, I love these candles and this one in particular has such fall vibes to it!

This candle is about $25


Pumpkin Pie

This candle is from Charmed Aroma. If you have never had a candle from here before, you need to order asap! First off, the candles are great. They smell amazing and are huge. Second, there is a special little surprise at the bottom of the candle (a ring)! So its pretty fun. I would totally recommend it! I order one usually once a year and I’m never disappointed!

This candle is about $30 BUT its on SALE for &19.99 right now!


Currently Reading

This candle is from Novelly Yours. It looks really cute and I love the book theme.

This one is about $18


Coffee Bean Soy Candle

This candle is from The 6th Scent Candle. I love these candles!

They cost between $11 – $25 depending on the size!


Firewood Soy Candle

This candle is from The 6th Scent Candle. Who doesn’t like the smell of firewood? I love it. I reminds me of summer but also fall. I have not had this one but I imagine is great like the other ones!

This one costs between $11 and $25 depending on size!


Maybe you found a new candle to try! I know I will be picking up some new candles pretty quick here as I am running out haha.

Comment below if you know any other candles that are awesome. I’d love to hear about them 🙂