Book Review: Nightblade by Garrett Robinson

Author: Garrett Robinson
Series: Nightblade Epic #1
Publishing: The Vince Davis Trilogy
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: September 12th, 2014
Publisher: Legacy Books

Blurb

Fight for your dream or they will take it from you.

Loren dreams of escaping her cruel parents and becoming a great thief: Nightblade, a warrior of darkness and a champion of the light. Following the fugitive sorcerer Xain out of her forest home, she wears a stolen noble’s cloak of fine black cloth and carries a dagger the world has not seen in centuries—a blade that can turn enemies to allies when she least expects it.

Yet something keeps her from using that dagger to take a life.

Soon she crosses paths with the smuggler family of Yerrin, invoking their wrath by stealing their most precious treasure. Yerrin’s reach is long, and they will not stop until they silence Loren forever.

If she can survive, Loren may become the most infamous thief in the world. But if she fails, she will be only the first to burn in a war that threatens all the nine lands.

Review
5 Stars

I love watching Garrett Robinson on his youtube channel and when he reached out to his community for a review, I asked to read his book. I was completely hyped to read his books after I saw that he was streaming his writing on youtube as well.
I asked for the first book and soon enough it arrived and since then I read nightblade twice.

From the first chapter I just kept reading, forgetting what time it was (1 am) and I was deep in the story. The author did a wonderful job with the world building and the characters. You can’t help yourself but want to know more of this world and see how the characters are growing and the adventures they are facing.

Nightblade is about a girl, Loren, who runs away from her parents, especially from her abusive father, just after she meets a young man who was running from the law. Their adventure turned into a fight to survive. I love the author’s imagery and how everything came to life in the book, I mostly loved the dialog between the characters, it felt as you are right there next to them eavesdropping on them.
Everything felt as a true adventure 🙂

Loren is a very relatable character, she has big dreams while trying to escape her abusive parents. The author made sure to build the world and the main character in such a real way. It felt so real, every fear and every success felt as real as in real life.
Loren will not marry for money and when she meets Xain her dreams and wishes comes to reality and she sees a way out of her current life. I will not spoil the rest of the story for you but I will say that when she took her first step out of her village, things became more complicated and very quickly Loren finds herself in bad situations.

My favorite character I must say is the young mystic boy and Loren, they are both well thought of and I felt very connected to them both.

By the end of the book, I wanted more… To know more about the characters and to see if she finally found what Loren was looking for. I love fantasy book (it’s my main genre) and this book didn’t fell short of my expectations. I am so happy that I got the chance to read this book and know of this series.

Can we take a moment to look at that gorgeous cover… I love the cover so much.

Nightblade is a great read and if you love young adult fantasy/epic fantasy, this book is for you. I can’t wait to read the next books in this series.

Books

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Random Ramblings (wow it’s been a while)

Random Ramblings, Coffee n' Notes

Hello, everyone and happy Thursday to you all ❤ For me it means that weekend has almost arrived, lol. How was your week so far? Mine was busy and tomorrow is going to be very busy with writing, cooking, and lot of gaming 😀

It’s been awhile since I blogged… Really blogged, put down thoughts and share them with you all and I don’t include the book reviews or guest post I’ve done. I missed you all so much and I really wanted to update you on a few things that are going on in my life, both personal and work related.

Things are some what calmer these days, though we have a few doctors appointments and check ups to do in the upcoming months. My mom is feeling a bit better, but she is still very tired. I know that soon she will find her balance and start to feel tons better, maybe as winter will come (hopefully).

My husband started school (jumping up and down, lol, yay), wish him tons of luck everybody ❤ I am so proud of him for going to school again after so many years, I love his ambition to work harder for a better life for our family.

While my husband will be at school, he will also take our car 3 times a week… So, I will have more time to write and edit and finally finish some of our home projects, as I will stay at home those days (unless I will have an emergency, which I hope I will never have).

I have a few things I want to finish so I thought I would do a brainstorming and share these with you.

I have changed my newsletter from quarterly to bi-monthly so I will send to everyone that signed up to my newsletter every two months (for now).

I also have a few home projects to finish. Now that I will have a bit more time on my hands (hopefully), I will have more time to work on my house projects and finally finish some of them.

I started (finally) taking a few small steps into the writing career. But I hope to put this on the top of my daily list so that I can push my goals a bit forward. I really want to finish editing my projects. So I have still tons to do, hehe 🙂

One of my goals is to get back into blogging, but for now, I will only blog once a week (for now). I miss you all and I miss our talks in the comment section and most of all I just miss blogging and sharing with you, my days and my thoughts.

After I’m finished with my last review, I plan to take a break from doing book-reviews for a few months (maybe until the start of the new year). It’s not because I do not enjoy the books I’m reading or reviewing them but I really need to focus on my own writing and editing. Now that my mom is feeling a bit better (knocking on wood three times, lol), I know it’s the right time to focus harder on my writing and finish a few projects I started and start run with them.

Well, that is all from now. It’s so nice to share with you what is going on and just some random thought I’m thinking out 😀 Feel free to share your own up coming projects and goals you want to finish (maybe this will the wish you put out there and start working on it) 😉

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: The Legend of The Washo Gold (Book 1) By Jon Budd

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Author: Jon Budd
Series: The Vince Davis Trilogy
Publishing: The Vince Davis Trilogy
Pages: 177 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: October 17th, 2015
Publisher: Jonathan H Budd

Blurb

To prevent a repeat of the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, Hank, a modern day Native American Indian, overcomes his doubts about his tribe’s ancient religion and leads a war party to recover a cursed Indian treasure.

Succumbing to the genocide brought down upon them during the infamous 1849 California Gold Rush, the Washo Indians were teetering on the brink of extinction. With the help of a mysterious stranger, they devised an ingenious plan to survive. Many years later, when the secret of their survival is threatened, the tribe appoints a modern day warrior to lead a war party to San Francisco to recover stolen Indian treasure and secure the secret of the Washo Gold.

This novel enables the reader to experience the infamous 1849 California Gold Rush from the perspective of a tribe of Native American Indians who lived through it.

Review
4 Stars

This was a short read but a very intriguing one. The beginning was a bit hard to read, and it made my reading slower. It was a bit confusing, but after the first 30 pages of the book I was completely immersed in the story and felt connected to the characters. But the slow pace made a nice buildup for the rest of book which was truly great read.

This is a very well thought of and well-developed story and characters. I loved the native feel to it and how the author took the history and show cased it here in the book – very well done and so emotional.

This book shows us in a very simple way how dark life can be, how people mistreat others, especially towards the minorities and how hard they need to work only to just survive.

The writing was so good and it made me feel close to the characters and I was very emotional through out the entire book. The characters were interesting and helped me push through the difficult parts at the beginning and helped me become very close to their own story. The ending of the story was both unexpected and very revealing, can’t wait to read the next 😀

I love the cover, it’s really beautiful and very enticing to read the book. I would recommend this book to everyone who wants to learn more about the human nature and to those who like historical fiction.

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Book Review: Players by Bridget Nash

Players, Book Review, Coffee n' Notes

Author: Bridget Nash
Publisher: Wallace Publishing
Publication Date: October 11th, 2015
Genre: Dystopian
Pages: 500 pages

Blurb

Ryan Scribe is eighteen and has it made.
He lacks nothing and doesn’t even know anyone who lacks anything.
Then he hears a beautiful actress say, “Truth is often stranger than perception,” and he begins to look at his world with new eyes.
All it takes is one wrong question and he is swiftly banished from the only home he’s ever known. Forced to join a band of traveling players, stage actors who look like they could have stepped straight out of Elizabethan England, Ryan begins to question his life, his country and everyone around him. Can he really trust a group of actors? Will his questions land him in even more danger?

Review

5 Stars

I really enjoyed reading this book. It had such a great twist to a Dystopian world you usually see in novels these days.

Ryan the main character in this novel is going to a play. This play was written by the players themselves and Ryan who was so fascinated by the idea of writing something, decided to write as well but in his closed community this was not allowed.

Soon enough Ryan finds himself in a new community after being banished from his own and see those players he watched before. He starts to learn more about these players and how their community works and what is allowed to do and not. After awhile he founds out that each community only knows, their own part of the truth and laws.

I enjoyed reading this book a lot. It was well written and very intriguing. This is a mystery and dystopian novel, with lots of twists that make you think of how things may go in this world and if it’s right or not, even in our own civilization.

The main character and others are so well thought of and well written. I could easily step in Ryan’s world and walk with him through his adventures.
There were drama and romance in this book, but what I loved most is the way it makes you think and how close to home it felt (the fights we are fighting as a world community these days).

The only thing that bugged me in this novel is that it ended so quickly and I really wanted more (a lot more). I want to see more and know more of this world and the characters 🙂

I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes dystopian books like divergent. Players even make you think more and you feel involved with the world, the characters and gives you a fresh look on your own world. It was a wonderful read.

If you want to know more about the author and how she got her idea for Players, go look at her guest post I posted here, Where Do Story Ideas Come From? 🙂

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Book Review: Dream, Recurring (Island River Tales Book 1) by Mark Canniff

Dream, Recurring

Author: Mark Canniff
Publisher: Mark Canniff
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
Genre: Paranormal
Pages: 288 Pages

Blurb

Can there be a mystery that goes back over a hundred years, that only the dead can reveal?
Lucy has been having a recurring dream. Night after night she finds herself driving on a winding road with her best friend Sam. She feels lost as this path seems to lead to nowhere. That is until she discovers a house. Curious, she goes up to investigate, discovering that the place is empty.
The mystery of the dream deepens when she realizes that she’s being haunted by an entity. Why is it attached to her?
Both Sam and she uncover a piece of history that only those that have passed on have kept secret. Why is it so important and does it have anything to do with the dark being?
It suddenly becomes a race against time as they grasp that their very lives might be at stake.
Can they uncover what is really going on in time, before it’s too late?

Is there a connection between the house, the uncovered past and the evil entity?

Review

3.5 Stars

The story starts with Lucy and her friend Sam and together they fight spirits. Soon enough a murder changes everything and together they try to figure things out.

Sam, who is a medium, tries to communicate with the spirit and understand why the spirit is so angry. Lucy and Sam have dreams where the spirits try to help them solve the murder.

I really liked Sam a lot more than Lucy and I could connect to them very easily. We get to learn more about Lucy and it made me connect to her and understand her a lot more than Sam. Even though I like Sam a bit more than Lucy, I still wanted to know more about him and his past, but there weren’t many details about Sam’s past.

At first, it took me a bit to connect with the story and the characters. It was a slow read up until the I got to the first third of the book. From there, the story unfolded and I started to really care about the characters.

I loved the writing style itself, but there were a lot of grammar errors which really made it more difficult for me to read and enjoy the book (the reading flow was interrupted by the errors). This is the main reason I gave the book a 3.5-star review and not a 5-star review. I had to re-read the same paragraph again and again and it just slowed down my reading.

The other thing that really made the reading a bit slower was that I felt as an outsider. I enjoyed the plot a lot and loved the helping spirits, but I really wanted to get to be more involved with the story.

To sum things up, I really liked reading the book. It’s a good paranormal story with some nice twists. It has strong characters and the scary bits were done really well. I think with a bit more editing, this book would have gotten a 5-star review from me.

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Guest Post: Where Do Story Ideas Come From? By Bridget Nash

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Hello everyone, I hope you are all well 🙂

Today for the first time ever, I am doing a guest post. So grab a cup of coffee (or a yummy drink of your choice) and sit with us while we host the wonderful author Bridget Nash, author of Players.

Say hello to Bridget Nash…

Where do story ideas come from?

The easy answer is human imagination. Humans have been telling stories for as long as there have been humans. Sometimes I like to think that storytelling around a campfire started out as a game called “Who Can Tell the Best Lie?”

I’m a horrible liar actually, but I still love to make up stories. It entertains me. I lay awake at night and make up stories and then I go to sleep and my brain keeps making up stories as I dream.

Players was my first completed novel since I was in the eighth grade. That eight-grade manuscript is still laying around somewhere, probably in a box in my parents’ basement, and I hope if anyone ever discovers it, they don’t know I wrote it.

I started a great number of novels over the decade between Meet the Jacobsons (yes, it was really called that) and Players. Some were fantasy, some were adventure, some were coming-of-age. All of them died a few chapters in.

The idea for Players rolled around in my brain for quite a while before I actually put pen to paper. That’s literally speaking, by the way. I wrote the entire first draft of Players by hand. The first little bud in my mind was fed by my obsession with Elizabethan players. I loved the idea of traveling bands of players, rolling in rickety wagons filled with costumes and makeup. It seemed magical how they must have stopped to camp for the night, maybe in between villages, built a fire and rehearsed scenes. I wondered what the villagers thought as the traveling players rolled into town. Was there disdain and secret wonder? Did mothers tell their children to stay away from them? Maybe small children peeked from behind their mothers’ dusty skirts as the caravan rolled by, enchanted by the mystique.

I probably have it all wrong, but players from the time of Shakespeare captured my imagination and wouldn’t leave.

I wanted to write about traveling players but the problem was I didn’t want to write a period piece. My brain wouldn’t let it go, though. So, lying in bed at night, I would play around with the construction of a modern world with traveling players. I know there are theater groups that travel, but I wanted players in wagons, spending dark nights around blazing fires, going through life with an air of mystery.

I don’t remember when exactly I landed on dystopia. I love a good dystopia although I had read only a couple at that time in my life. I didn’t realize there were so many lovers of dystopia out there or so many dystopian stories!

I think people like dystopia so much because we fear oppression. Whatever side of the political spectrum someone is on, oppression is this looming possibility, even if we disagree on how it might come about. Dystopian stories allow us to explore that fear and then close the book, tyranny captive between the covers.

The dystopian world of Players isn’t blatant. In fact, most citizens live with the belief that they are in a utopia. That’s how oppression happens in my mind. It isn’t some dictator who swoops in and starts making edicts. Oppression can inch in so slowly that people don’t realize it’s there until there’s no easy road back.

I seem to have digressed. I made a dystopia to create a world in which traveling players of the Elizabethan sort could exist in all their mysterious glory.

Some people know that I was a reporter for a newspaper before I decided to stay home with my daughter. Part of my beat was covering school board meetings and, as you can probably imagine, school board meetings aren’t usually the most exciting events. It was during an executive session that I began writing Players. In an executive session, the board members go behind closed doors to have a private discussion before they come out and make a public vote. Sometimes these executive sessions can last hours.

If I’d had a smartphone, I probably would have just played Words With Friends instead of starting to write a novel while I waited for the board members to come back into the boardroom. I didn’t have a smartphone and the boardroom had quickly become the bored room. So I wrote what was then the first line of the story: It wasn’t that his life was boring. It was that it was so boring he thought he might die.

That is no longer the first line of the book but it is the initial sentiment of the protagonist Ryan’s view on his utopian life. I honestly don’t know if the story would have started the same way if I hadn’t started it in a moment of sheer boredom. But I can say that if it didn’t start that way, it may have become a completely different story. I don’t outline when I write novels. I tend to know the basic plot, and usually the end before I start, but I like to see where the characters take me. And if you’ve ever written fiction, you know that characters tend to have free will and the writer just kind of nudges them. Some writers nudge them a lot harder than others. Everyone has a different method.

Players lived in various notebooks, traveling around with me in life, for quite a long time. It was mostly scrawled late at night by the light of my bedside lamp. When I finally finished it, it sat. The handwritten manuscript was in a small suitcase I’d found at a garage sale in the corner of my bedroom. Eventually, I felt sorry for it. Mostly because my handwriting is completely illegible and there was no point of getting the story out of my head if no one but me could read it.

I typed out the manuscript and finished it, the second draft, several years after I’d started the first draft. It’s not finished though. The world of Players is still very much alive in my mind and, some people will be pleased to know, a sequel to it is my next project. I’ve already started, but I seem to have misplaced the notebook…


About The Author

   Bridget Nash was a newspaper journalist who received several Associated Press/Oklahoma Press Association awards for both writing and photography, before starting her own small portrait photography business. She now stays home with her daughter, contributing to the news world on a freelance basis.

   Players is Bridget’s first novel but ever since she could hold a pencil, she has enjoyed writing as a recreational activity. As a child and a teen, she could often be found outdoors with a notebook and pen, listening to the birds and the wind while making up her own worlds on paper.

When she isn’t writing or taking photographs, Bridget enjoys reading and watching sitcoms simultaneously. Her favorite books are Frankenstein, Jane Eyre and A Ring of Endless Light. Bridget lives in a very small Oklahoma town, along with her husband; her daughter; two dogs, Trevor and Penny; a border collie named Taban; a cat named Taylor Swift; and a fancy rat named Sheldon.

About The Book – Players

Players, Bridget Nash

Ryan Scribe is eighteen and has it made.
He lacks nothing and doesn’t even know anyone who lacks anything.
Then he hears a beautiful actress say, “Truth is often stranger than perception,” and he begins to look at his world with new eyes.
All it takes is one wrong question and he is swiftly banished from the only home he’s ever known. Forced to join a band of traveling players, stage actors who look like they could have stepped straight out of Elizabethan England, Ryan begins to question his life, his country and everyone around him. Can he really trust a group of actors? Will his questions land him in even more danger?

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Book Review: The Shackled Scribes by Lars Teeney

The Shackled Scribes, Lars Teeny, Coffee n' Notes

Author: Lars Teeney
Publisher: Xcism Press; 1 edition (September 20, 2016)
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 158 Pages

Blurb

Futharkia is a city built upon the layout of an ancient rune shape, and a foundation of slavery. The Broxanians have been enslaved by the Olgoikhorkian Masters to exploit the Broxanian talent for rune-scribing. In exchange, the rune-scribes are compensated with the sweet, golden liquid, Ichor, that the giant worm-like Olgoikhorkians secrete from their glands. The Ichor also happens to be highly addictive and psychoactive. The system has worked for millennia.

However, the Great Fern Jungle that surrounds Futharkia is dying, being bleached white by some unseen force. Coupled with the fact that the simian-like Fern Lice have been hunted to near extinction to provide for Futharkia’s ever-increasing demand for food, Futharkia’s ecosystem is near collapse. It is amid this setting that Cyesko Limariar, an aging rune-scribe makes one last attempt at greatness to lift himself out of poverty, even if by fraudulent means.

Review

5  Stars

Lars did an excellent job writing this book. It is a wonderful fantasy world that you wish you would live there, even with all its weirdness. My main genre of reading is Fantasy so I was thrilled when Lars gave me an ebook of The Shackled Scribe.

Both the writing style and the plot itself was written with great thought, and I truly enjoyed myself every minute of reading this book. Even before you read the story you see the gorgeous cover that lures you in, the blurb is written in such an enticing way that builds up the story and sucks you inside. From the very first page, I knew I would love this book and I did.

This fantasy world takes place in a world that is powered by runes. The storyline Lars built here is amazing. It’s a Fantasy world mixed beautifully with dystopian elements in it, all together weaving a dark and weird place, that lets your mind run free with his great images. Every once in awhile, I called out loud “Wow” and “No way”, I loved it.

The characters were built so realistically and they did a great work with moving me through the pages. Lars built solid characters, even though the naming of some was a bit too hard to pronounce, but they were still fun to follow.

Cyesko is such a unique character and all he wants is to be a well known and honored rune scribe. we follow his addiction to this golden drink he received as payment for his work.

Tialina is a very gifted and strong rune scribe. Together they are stronger and they make a very powerful rune, that soon enough brings a lot of trouble with it.

I think the characters in this book are so strong and smart that they change the entire world around them. These characters really move the plot forward and make the world they live in, even more, real to the reader.

Lars did a magnificent job in weaving this world and the characters in it, to make it a very fast paced read and an addictive story, that you will never forget (trust me).

I loved the use of dystopian elements in this world, it made the story a better read and making the story flow smoother and faster. Before you know it, the story has ended. This is a fantasy with everything it, but with a dystopian twist to it. There are creatures like imps, bird-like people, worms and more. Making the adventure you take even better and more weird/exciting.

Overall, I think the story is a must to read. The ideas, the images and the creativity all makes the book a perfect weird read. This is a unique fantasy world with even more unique characters and I can’t wait to see more adventures in this world. My only wish was that this book would be longer ;))

The author gave me a free ebook of his Fantasy book, for a free and honest review. If you want to give this book a read, it’s free on Amazon (right now), so hurry up and grab it while you can.

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Book Review: Deceived By Heena Rathore P.

Deceived, Heena Rathore

Author: Heena Rathore P.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Citrus Publishers
Release Date: June 24th, 2017
Format: Paperback
Pages: 350
Source: Received an ARC from the author ❤

Blurb

How well do you know your loved ones?

A girl struggling to cope with the murders of her mother and five-year-old brother.
A journalist chasing the ghost of a potential serial killer.
A thirteen-year-old girl who slaughtered her parents.
And a revenge-driven psychopath who is about to destroy everyone’s life.

After 9 years, a young writer is still coping with the brutal murders of her mother and five-year-old brother, as she moves into a house of horrors, to start a new life with her lover. Will friends and family be able to redeem Ally out of the impending doom in time? Will her infallible love become the key to the destruction of her already fragile world? Will madness prevail over love; true love over revenge?

Deceived is a gripping psychological thriller that mazes through the deepest, darkest emotions of human mind through the story of a vulnerable girl who treads in the mist of deception bred from a long unforgiven betrayal.

Review

5  Stars

Wow. This is Heena Rathore’s debut novel, but you would never think that when you read her book. She wrote Deceived so masterfully.

I know Heena for more than 2 years now, she became a wonderful friend and a kind person to know. If you don’t know who she is, go give her a visit. But now that she is about to publish her first novel, I was even more thrilled to read her book and I am so happy I did. I may not read a lot of Thriller books, but this book was amazing and scary to read.

Once the book arrived in my mailbox I was so happy to see this gorgeous cover, it made the book even more chilling and scary. I must say that my expectations for this book were met and even went beyond them.

I loved the Forward by Patrick H. Moore, a crime blogger and a writer, which clarified the difference between psychopath and sociopath. I think it was a great idea because a lot of people get confused by these terms and usually think they are the same.

This book has a very wonderful feel of Stephen King combined with Neil Gaiman to it, a beautiful mix of creepy/scary and Psychological elements. This book is dark, emotional and scary in a way that chills you to the bone.

I usually don’t like it when the POV changes, but Heena did it masterfully and it made the story flow better and even made it more enjoyable, also reading the events from the killer’s POV made it feel even scarier and twisted.

I found myself guessing who the killer is, and although I guessed right it was still a guessing game right up until the end.

Characters

Ally (Allison Stone) is the main character the story, nine years ago her mom and 5-year-old brother were murdered and she never been able to move on with her life, making things worse is her nightmares filled nights also she is being stalked by someone but won’t get any help. I really connected with Ally as she is a writer as well and loves to read a lot, but I also connected with her pain and anxiety.

Max, Ally’s dog. I would say that I love dogs a lot (a lot!) but there was a very scary part in the book about Ally’s dog Max, Thank you Heena for that mini heart attack and the tears 😀

Sam, Ally’s roommate.She is such a wonderful addition to Ally’s life and to the story.

Steve is Ally’s cousin and a journalist. His main goal is to find out the killer of Ally’s family, however he is my least favorite character, I just couldn’t connect with him.

Danny, Ally’s boyfriend. After moving in with Danny she realized he is not the guy she thought he was.

Elizabeth the 13-year-old girl (her story is set in 1978), wow she was chilling and that story really was creepy.

The killer (which I’ll leave you to figure out who he is by yourself), was very well crafted to a very scary point.

The journal entries in the story add so much to the story, well-done Heena for writing this so masterfully, they flow and seem so real at the same time and they have a huge part in understanding who is the killer, these journal entries give us hidden bits of information.

This book is a page turner and you will not get bored – I promise you.
Both the gorgeous cover and the story delivered on the premise of the book of leaving you by the end feeling scared and chilled by the possibilities.

As you get closer to the end, the story becomes more violent and chilling that while I was alone I read it with all the lights on, locked the door and constantly watched all the windows for any movement. There are a few big warning signs that Ally ignored and I just wanted to shake her vigorously, resulting in me shaking the book a lot, lol.

The ending is so good, but I won’t tell you more about that, I will however say that it was written extremely well, it was horrifying and came so quickly that I was shocked (still am).

Not all is perfect and I will say one thing that was a bit confusing to me, the names of some of the characters in the book are too similar.

To sum up everything

This book can easily be a movie thriller – easily. Everything is so well written and detailed, even the brutality was a stage to move the story and characters to where they needed to be by the end of the book.

The story, the characters and the writing all leave you wanting more and you won’t let the book down.

The cover is chilling and amazing. I know I already said this, but I had to say it again, lol.

I recommend this to everyone who likes thrillers, phycological story, mystery, and crime. But I also think that even if you don’t read much of this genre (like me), you should still give this a read, you’ll love it.

(Sorry for the long review, I guess I had lots to say, lol)

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Older and Wiser (I hope)

 

Hey everyone, it’s been awhile since I posted anything but book reviews (sorry for that). Life has been way too busy with my mom entering the hospital every few weeks, my health, and life itself. Things aren’t so easy right now, but I’m sure they will be easier soon 🙂

On a more positive note… It’s my BIRTHDAY! TODAY! (and happy birthday to all the June girls and boys out there <3).

After I lived on this earth for a long time and I got a bit of experience in life, and because this birthday I did more thinking than celebrating, lol (my mom is in the hospital), I did a lot of thinking.

After giving a real hard thought, I managed to put down on paper a list of a few important things I’ve learned from life so far.

So here what I’ve learned so far

Be yourself: This one is hard because we all want to be loved by others and to fit in, and sometimes being yourself is going to make things very hard for you, but it’s the only way to live. So don’t try to copy other or be something else for others, it’s a hard way to live.

Be Kind to yourself and others: I always tried to be kind and nice to others even though sometimes it’s more than difficult, lol. However, being kind to myself is even harder. This one I must say I learn very late in life and at some days, I’m still struggling, especially when I’m too stressed.

Sleep: We all want to achieve a lot. We will cut our sleeping hours to accomplish more. However sleeping less makes us angry, stressed (and I speak from experience here, lol), hungry and moody. But just this simple act of sleeping 6-8 hours a day, really do their miracle.

People never change (in most cases): People are people. People can change a bit for good or bad, but they will never change as much as you might wish them to. Controlling people to change who they are or hoping they will change in the future, will never happen and this will not do any good to either one of you. Know that people are set in their own ways and they will never change just because you want them to. If a change is really needed, they need to want it and understand how and why they need to change all by themselves.

Knowing reality: I hear people around me always saying “it’s not fair” about something in their life. Life is life, and things are as they are. When you are arguing with someone, don’t use their words against them just to show them you can. Let things go… and if you must fight, fight nicely.

I’m a writer: If I ever publish my work or not I am still a writer, and no one can take that away from me. This is simple but it’s still something I sometimes struggle understanding. If in some miracle I’ll get to publish my work that would be amazing (even beyond amazing), but if I won’t that doesn’t mean, I’m not a writer. I will enjoy writing even when I’m at my 90’s.

I am a writer 😀

Now, Obviously I still need to work on a lot of things on this list and that’s okay. It was really helpful to write these thoughts down and share them with you.

What would you add to this list?

Off to celebrate (with a good night sleep, lol, I’m too exhausted), but have a nice glass of a yummy drink (of your choice) for me ❤ Thank you so much for all the thoughtful birthday wishes on my social media, you made my day!

Ps. check out this beautiful drawing Jasmine did for my birthday (she even added a glimps of my books) ❤

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: Unpacked Sparkle: A Story of Grief and Recovery by Patrick A. Roland

Unpacked Sparkle, Coffee n' Notes

Author: Patrick A. Roland

Type: PDF

Genre: memoir

Pages: 163 pages

Published: November 7th, 2016 by Az Publishing Services, LLC

Blurb

Over a year ago, I left a Mariah Carey concert in Las Vegas after six songs. I had gone on the trip as a present to myself for turning forty. But I couldn’t enjoy it. I was high on multiple drugs, but mostly crystal meth, and extremely drunk. I had been this way the majority of the year and a half since my partner Pack had suddenly passed away.

I found him dead on the bathroom floor one January morning while I was getting ready for work. The police told me I had no rights in my own home and asked me to leave. This was before gay marriage became legal. Life as I knew it changed instantly.

His family pretended I didn’t exist. They mauled our home the day he died, leaving it a ravaged mess. I was kicked out of that home. I was also disinvited to his funeral. In eight days I lost everything that mattered. Not even the law protected me from this.

So I got high in an effort to shoulder the pain. It didn’t work. I carried the heavy weight of unresolved complicated grief and addiction on my back. It was like an elephant. A large, unwieldy elephant that wanted me to die.

No longer able to participate in anything that mattered and unwilling to bear this burden anymore, I went back to my hotel room on the twenty-sixth floor of a casino and looked out on the sparkly lights below. I wanted to be in the light. So I opened the window and decided to jump.

But God intervened. My mother had somehow found me. Help came and I surrendered to the powerlessness of my situation. I asked God to help me. I stayed and I fought and I learned how to love myself. I put on a pair of sparkly shoes I had bought for that barely attended concert and I walked into the rooms of Crystal Meth Anonymous. I had bought the sparkly shoes hoping Mariah would see me in the audience. Though she didn’t get the chance, you did. You all embraced me and my sparkly shoes. They have become my calling card of experience, strength, and hope.

Review

5 Stars

This was such a wonderful read and so emotional. I love reading memoirs and this one is such a great one. Just from reading the blurb I knew I really wanted to read the book and now… I’m so happy I did.

The story is about the author who went through so much after his partner died and going through many times of recovery, to try and fight his addictions to drug and alcohol. Everything he went through and trying to fight his mental illness.

In this memoir, you get to learn so much about the author, his family, and his partner Pack. The author did a great job in bringing you closer to his life, to a few wonderful and painful moments of his life. The book is so intimate as if the author just sits there next to you, telling his story over a hot cup of tea or coffee, lol, while you just enjoy a wonderful story and a wonderful piece of history of a strong person who struggled through a lot.

I think everyone should read this beautifully written story, with all that happened to this author, he still managed to write a beautiful and uplifting novel, full of heartbreaks, inspiration, love, and so much hope.

You can find the book over

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As always, than you so much for reading ❤

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