*~love, & you by Gretchen Gomez~5 Stars~*

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I want to thank Gretchen Gomez for gifting me a copy of love, & you. I won this book in a Twitter Giveaway and all opinions and views expressed are my own.

Exerpt off Goodreads:

one day i met a guy
who stole my heart,
we created a world
for ourselves.
and another day
he broke my heart
and shattered
my soul.

i took the tattered
pieces of this
broken soul and
became anew.

– here lies the hurting, the healing, and the learning

(please be advised this book has mature content)

Review: Wow! I have not read a poetry book in a long time and was so glad I sat down and read love, & you. I won this book as a giveaway that many entered off of Twitter. I was like “Yay free book”. What I didn’t realize was the effect this book would have on me personally. The author talks about her heartbreak, trauma, sickness and eventually loving herself. I could relate to everything the author stated and could feel her emotions through the pages. I actually read this book in one sitting with my girlfriend Andrea and we were both stunned on how intense this book was and how much we could relate. Gretchen Gomez put her pain on paper and created an intense and heartfelt masterpiece. From someone who has battled mental illness, cancer and heartbreak, this poetry book was just what I needed to hold my head up. I fight everyday with my emotions and physical ailments. Love, & you was a short poetry book but packed the right punch. I needed to hear your story Gretchen, to change my own. 5 out of 5 stars!!!💚💛💜💙😁

*~Review: Gone Missing by T.J. Brearton~5 Stars~*

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I want to thank Bookouture and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity.

Synopsis: Katie Calumet takes a morning run and when she suddenly hears a baby crying out she starts to get nervous. She goes and investigates a van with a wailing baby because of fear for the child’s safety. When Katie gets closer she is hit on the head and is completely unconscious. Katie was trapped and now is kidnapped against her will. When Katie wakes up she has absolutely no idea where she’s been taken and where she could be.

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While Katie is helplessly trying to escape her kidnappers, Investigator Justin Cross is taken through a large forest to try and locate Katie, even if its the last thing he will do to find her. With Katie’s family holding back secrets and Justin’s inability to sleep and outside family problems, the chance of finding Katie becomes scarce. There is only one question; can they find Katie before it’s too late?

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Review: I give this book 5 out of 5 suspenseful stars! The story was split between the victim and the investigator’s POV and I loved that! This book had me up late turning pages and on the edge of my seat. I felt like I could feel the victim and the ivestigator’s emotions in this enthralling thriller. I loved the characterization and this book was very well written. I highly recommend checking out this suspenseful title. Bookouture never lets me down with their suspenseful titles and would recommend all of the books they publish! I loved how the author put this story together!!!

*~An Eye For An Eye(The Izzy O Crime Files #1) by Jocelyn Pederson~5 Stars~*

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I want to thank NetGalley and The Wild Rose Press Inc. for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity.

Synopsis: Rookie Detective and bar owner Izzy O’Donnell is on course with an investigation with a serial killer who is leaving Bible verses wrapped around body parts of the murdered women. Izzzy has the help of this task with her partners Moreno and Cal. Moreno is ambiguous and her dad’s former partner Cal is crabby as hell.

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Izzy feels out of sorts because of some unexplained dreams that she has been having and they push her harder to crack down on the case. Along with her partners, Izzy has her sidekick Apple Macintosh that carries a “telepathic” rabbit(Norman) whom has the supposed secret ability of smelling the victims on Izzy. To say the least Apple is a special person and carries the special rabbit around in a baby sling.

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With being a rookie, being a co-owner of a bar with her dad, and having these off the wall partners it really makes you wonder, can Izzy catch this serial killer?

Review: I rate this book 5 out of 5 fantabulous stars! I really loved this book! Izzy was a great main character! She was determined and absolutely hilarious! I couldn’t stop laughing at her and her crew at some points in the book! I loved the characterization and thought the mystery was great too. I loved the suspense and I would definitely recommend this book to all!

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Hope everyone has a great day!!!!!

*~Review: Milkshakes and Heartbreaks at the Starlight Diner(Starlight Diner Series #1) by Helen Cox~4 Stars~*

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I want to thank NetGalley and Avon Books for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity.

Synopsis: Esther is smart and sarcastic, but she has a problem that prevents her from fully opening up. The problem Esther has is she is hiding a secret. Esther Knight waitresses at The Starlight Diner, an awesome and retro diner where customers can play classic music on the jukebox all through the night. The Starlight Diner is known for their great environment and New York’s best milkshakes.

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When the newest diner regular and actor, Jack Faber, tries to get Esther’s attention, everyone is baffled by her resistance. Nobody at her work knows her secret and why she left London. Esther just wants to break ties from her old life and start a new one in America. She feels that even with her new close friends and the lovely diner that her past is holding her back. Can Esther let go of her past and be set free from it? Can Esther live life to the fullest and fall in love again?

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Review: I give this book 4 out of 5 retro-tastic stars! I really enjoyed the unique environment the diner gave me reading this cute story. I have always enjoyed the look of retro diners and different things from the 50’s era! I thought this book was fun, sweet and cute. Overall, I really enjoyed this read. This book made me smile quite a few times. The only thing I didn’t enjoy quite a bit was I didn’t like the cliffhanger. I’m just not a leave me at the cliff until the next book comes out kind of girl. I also felt that Esther got a bit too dramatic at times. All in all, I would recommend this book and it was quite enjoyable.

 

*~Review: Birthrights by J. Kyle McNeal~5 Stars~*

I want to give a huge thank you to J. Kyle McNeal for providing me with a copy of Birthrights in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

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Synopsis: Whym and Quint are two completely different young men, from seperate social statuses, and with two different perspectives.The two young men will travel on their seperate journeys and the author takes us on an adventure that we won’t forget from all POVs.

Quint is kin to a very powerful and religious family. He has no responsibilities and is use to living under his family’s care. Suddenly, Quint is thrown into a whirlwind and has to become a leader and take care of the dragon people. With living such a sheltered life, will Quint be able to be the leader his people need?

Whym is the last heir from his disgraceful family and was backstabbed by his best friend Ather, resulting in tragedy and execution. Whym is the grandson of the executed leader of the Reformer’s Rebellion. He is suddenly given an opportunity of choosing to become the apprentice of Stern, who is a disgrace to the Ellenronds(Whym’s family).

Both Whym and Quint are at a lost by the expectations of their birthrights. They both make a choice to try and fulfill their destiny. During their travels, they are on the brink of a civil war and trying to decipher between the truth and many lies. With strain from their previous life experiences the two men and other characters have to face treachery, scandals, violence, battles, suffering and trying to stand for what they believe to be the right perspective of the truth.

The reader is taken on a journey through other multiple characters’ POV and how their beliefs are tested through chaos. The young men are effected by their family ties but must go through this journey to try and fulfill their destinies and figure out where they stand for the upcoming battle. The reader is taken on these two seperate journeys with these men but both face similar trials and adventures as they navigate to finding the truth. The characters are taken through a journey where their faith and personal beliefs are tested in the battle to find the truth. Will these two young men be able to come to the grips of realization that the truth is mostly a matter of perspective? Will Whym and Quint be able to fulfill their destinies? Read Birthrights by J. Kyle McNeal to find out! giphy (12)

Review: WOW! This was an epic fantasy lover’s dream book. I give this book 5 out of 5 magical stars! This book captivates it’s readers attention from the beginning and carries it through the end. When I started reading this book I was going through a hard time and felt that this book had the ability to take me to a fantasy land that was full of adventure to escape my reality!

This is the perfect first installment of the series and it is sure to grab the reader’s attention from the beginning. I will be waiting patiently for the next in the series! The more I read this book the more I wanted to turn pages quickly and when I got near the end I never wanted to stop! The characterization and point of views were very intriguing and captivating. The only thing is there is some intense violence so this might be a trigger for some. I am so glad that I chose to read this book and miss the fantasy land already! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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*~Disturbed by Jennifer Jaynes~3.5 Stars~*

I want to thank NetGalley and Thomas and Mercer for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for this opportunity.

Synopsis: Chelsea lives her life in Boston by hanging out with her cat and binge watching television. She lives this way because her life got turned upside down nearly 5 years ago when two of her classmates were brutally murdered and she was left to die from severe stab wounds. Luckily Detective Lang finds her in the bathtub barely alive and she gets help in enough time.

In present day, Chelsea still battles nightmares and the trauma of that horrible night. She battles memory lost of the tragedy and from her childhood because of the trauma. Chelsea moved to Boston to move away from the tragedy and to follow her friend Elizabeth. Elizabeth is always there for Chelsea when she needs her and helps her through her trauma issues.

When Chelsea and Elizabeth go out to the weekend farmer’s market, Chelsea runs into a person that she knew at the time of the tragedy. Suddenly, Chelsea starts recieving disturbing messages and suspicious encounters. Has the murderer returned after 5 years to finish the job? Will Chelsea be able to protect herself and face her trauma? Read Disturbed by Jennifer Jaynes to find out!

Review: This is going to be a really tough review for me because I am very conflicted about this book. I really enjoyed the storyline and how much twists and turns the author put in this story. This a very suspenseful thriller and can see why it’s so highly rated. The problem was I figured out everything from the beginning. I know so many other reviewers were completely thrown off guard and completly can see why everyone kept guessing. I don’t want to give any spoilers away but I can say I’ve been in a circumstance so was able to know where things were going. I was able to recognize early clues right off the back. I think this book will do really well and definitely recommend it. The reason I’m giving it 3.5 stars is because I knew everything that was going to happen so it lessened my experience but it was still very enjoyable. 95% of people I’m sure would not be able to keep up with all the twists and turns and this would be a very satisfying mystery. I also didn’t really enjoy how they made the effects of main character’s trauma look. The reason this review is so hard is because if it wasn’t a trigger for me this would have been 5+ stars. I can’t say the trigger without it being a spoiler but I think many would love picking up this psychological thriller and will love the twists and turns! Jennifer Jaynes does a really great job of putting a story together. Sorry if this review was a little confusing but overall this is a good book. Top grade thriller!

☆~Review: Bonfire by Krysten Ritter~4.5 Stars~☆

I want to thank NetGalley and Crown Publishing for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity.

I also want to give a shout out to Trang from Bookidote! Trang and I buddy read this book starting at the halfway mark. 😂 She offered great insight! Trang is an awesome blogger and new friend! She is so sweet and funny! Check her blog out and show her some love!😉❤🤗 A little update: So Trang and I fangirled it out after she finished an hour after me! She also loved this book!😎 We both said from the get go we were hoping for lots of twists and turns! Well, Krysten Ritter definitely delivered! We named over 5 things we were shocked about in this book! I loved fangirling with her! Trang, you rock!!!

Synopsis: Abby Williams is a lawyer who works with chemicals and the environment based in Chicago. Different days of the week she has different men in her bed but she feels all alone. She tries to drink away her pain often and numb her feelings out. The only person she feels she can lean on is her colleague Joe.

Abby battles her demons and has faced obsessive thoughts from her past. Ten years ago as a graduating senior Abby was bullied furiously by the “it” crowd whose main star was Abby’s childhood friend, Kaycee Mitchell. When Kaycee mysteriously goes missing after claiming she was sick by the local plastic plant this has a lasting effect on Abby. Even though she hated Kaycee and her crowd in high school she felt there was something she could not shake.

Abby constantly keeps bringing herself back to the past and trying to put the pieces together. Abby finally stumbles across a complaint made by someone about the plant and Abby and her team head to her home town the Barrens. She heads to the Barrens to seek justice and ends up facing more than she could think possible.

Abby has to face; corruption, her abusive father, old high school bullies and new horrors in her home town. She runs into everyone from her childhood in this small town. Will Abby bring justice and be able to fight her personal demons?

Review: Omg! I loved this book! Not only is written by the awesome and sexy Krysten Ritter, it was fantastic. I give this crime thriller 4.5 stars out of 5 stars. I felt like I could feel all of Abby’s emotions and a lot of the traumas that happened in this book I could relate to. At moments it was hard for me to turn the page because of the intensity, but it kept me pulling me back in. I really enjoyed this book and was satisfied I requested it through NetGalley. My only issue, which really wasn’t an issue was the very end I didn’t know if they were leaving it open or that’s how she wanted to finish things. This book showed the reality of how bullying effects people and the horror. This was a terrific crime thriller. I highly recommend this book!