Book Review: The sisters Chase -spoiler

This book is something I normally would not pick up on my own. I choose it for one of the books from the book of the month subscription, that i adore so much and I saw mixed reviews which always leaves me to want to read more. I gave this book a hard 2. It just wasnt for me and the story line was a bit predictable. It felt like something off of Lifetime movies! 

Below is a screenshot of the info on the book.

First, the vibe from Mary and Hannah and her love for her was maternal and obvious!  Mary did what she needed to do to survive with Hannah. Part of me screamed at the book at how obvious it all was. It did tug at my heart a bit seeing her struggle so young. 

I wish there was more suspense but we win some and lose some. Would i recommend this book? Maybe.  I wouldn’t have considered it and would not reread it. 

Hope this short review is helpful in your next read choices.

XX Vanessa 

Into the water by paula hawkins review


I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Its a novel about many people but 1 main character is Jules, the sister of the suicide/murdered Nel. She has to come back to the town she ran from because of this and be a guardian to her niece. There’s so many characters in this book and so many events that link to eachother that all goes back to Nel and why this tragedy happened. 

To me personally the story wasn’t really about one person but more so the secrets of a town that ripped peoples lives apart. I enjoyed how everyones story and version of events were told even though it was sometimes overwhelming. Pay close attention to each character even if you think they aren’t important. 

I feel like if you enjoy twists and turns and suspenseful books, this is right up your alley. The ending definitely was a huge shocker and it is worth a read. 

Pick it up, you won’t be disappointed.

Next book review will be about since we fell by Dennis Lehane. 

Stay blessed.

Book review: The girl in the water by shalini boland 

I happened to come across this book while surfing the amazon prime reads. I saw the cover and felt drawn in instantly because I’m  a sucker for a great cover. 

This book is basically a suspense and at each chapter I kept wanting to read it to find out what would happen to the poor girl that washed ashore named Mia. Mia ends up having amnesia and hallucinates a women whom remains unknown for most of the book till the end. I don’t want to spoil it for you but lets just say my jaw dropped when I read why she kept seeing this women. 

So apparently, Mia is rich and has a lot of troubled and complicated relationships with everyone around her. It doesn’t really phase her much that mostly everyone in her life isn’t really a major part of her life. Her boyfriend claims her when the police put out that shes found via the need because she doesn’t even know who she is or who he is but his role in the book is short lived. 

Before I ruin the ending for you, which I am so trying not to, just know that Mia isn’t who I thought she was as I continued to read the book. I am hoping that she gets another book because her character to me was one I would love to get to know more and see what happens after everything. 

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on good reads. Do I recommend this book? When i rate books over 3 stars you know I will highly recommend it. I enjoyed reading it and finished it in two days despite the challenges of my day to day. 

I really do hope there is another book that involves this character. And I enjoyed how very detailed and descriptive everything in the book was. The author did an awesome job with the feel of the settings and character. 

Thats all for now. Would you read this book? 

Stay blessed. 

Wrap up of Dewey’s readathon

24 hours of reading is completed! Even with all the interruptions of life I still managed to read 789 pages off four books. Feeling beyond accomplished even though I didn’t think it was going to be possible.

In the first half, I managed to complete Purple Orchids and The Neon Lawyer. The neon lawyer wasnt something I was very much interested in, it dragged a lot and the plot was a bit typical. It isn’t a recommended read but if you do manage to snag it for free with the audio then go for it. 

Purple Orchids had so many steamy scenes and it kept me very much interested because just when you thought you had it figured out, something else would happen and throw you for a crazy loop.  Can you believe it was a romance novel? Yup, my reading a romance novel is beyond rare, like finding a four leaf clover. 

Now as the readathon was winding down, I did snag in about  3 hours of sleep that I needed oh so badly. I did wake up and began to read Good as Gone by Amy Gentry which started off really good and I am hoping to continue reading it. Who doesn’t like a good kidnapping, survival, thriller book? 


Then, I began listening to The Color Of Secrets which is a world war 2 novel and anything based in that era always gets my attention so that one I managed to read close to half of it.  


Out of all the books I read during the readathon Purple Orchids was my favorite. I am shocked that I enjoyed a romance novel because I tend to steer clear of those but it was nice to step out of my comfort zone which is what I had intended to do for this readathon. 

I am so excited for the next one in October and even joined another group that holds monthly readathons! I think I have rediscovered my inner bookworm. 

Which book did you enjoy reading during the readathon? If you didn’t participate,  will you consider joining the dewey’s 24 hour readathon in october? 

Stay blessed! 

Book Review: The Fall part 2 of the strain

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The fall is the second book of this three part series. You can read the first book review by looking at my book reviews section. I very much enjoyed the first book but the fall has really taken the cake when it came to details and action. It had so much more jam packed scenes of the war against vampires and more revelations into why it was all happening.

I must admit that with one of the main characters gone (can’t reveal which one because that will defeat the purpose of you reading it), I am left pondering what will happen in the third book and if the other main characters will prevail against evil or continue on their demise. I was so excited as I saw more work go to their favor but then the twist the author threw in left me wondering why.

I love books that do that,  to throw you into a different direction you was not expecting.  It leaves you wanting to read part three with more cravings and questions.

If you haven’t read the strain, please read it!  I don’t usually like gory books especially about vampires but this trilogy is so good and satisfying to read that I am glad I started it and glad it was sent to me by my dear friend steph who recommended it to me. 

Look out,  I have begun part three and will put all three book reviews into one blog post and will give my final rating on the trilogy and if and what were the best and least best parts.

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Stay blessed, 
Vanessa

Book Review: Down the Rabbit Hole

The book I just completed was written by holly Madison. If you’re not familiar with the name, she was Hugh Heffner’s former ex and was on a reality tv show that I actually enjoyed and watched, called girls next door.

Okay, back to the tell all book, let me tell you by saying I was beyond shocked at all the things revealed in her book. Not only did she blow a huge lid on the truth (if it is) but I honestly believe her version! It’s crazy how in just a book, a person can reveal so much. It touched me how honest she was about her depression and body image issues due to being in the situation that she was.

This book was such a page turner for me. If you’ve followed the girls from girls next door and know about their show Etc. then you will need to read this book because it was so worth reading. I finished it in just two days of late night readings (it’s the only time I can actually read).

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars simply because she didn’t reveal if she continued to have intercourse with her ex, after the initial first time so that left me to speculate that they occasionally did. I did find it very intriguing and enjoyed the details about her life from how she got to end up living at the playboy mansion, to her happily ever after. Should you read the book? Yes. Should it be on your top to read books? Eh, depends on what you like. I honestly read it to catch a break off the other series I was reading (part 3 of the crossfire series). Hope this book review helped. Take care and God bless!

Xo, Vanessa

Book review: Grey by E L James

  
I have been waiting for this book since I heard of its launch date a few months ago. The anticipation was so worth the wait. I received it and started it the same day it was launched. I was so thrilled, hopeful and even more ecstatic then when I read the trilogy set of the fifty shades of grey books. 

I loved his version way more than anastasia’s version. I guess because I am a hard core James Patterson fan and always read from a males perspective that I found grey’s version to be more suitable and more my style. It really was everything I had hoped and expected, and then some! 

I so don’t want to ruin it for anyone but this book is definitely better then Ana’s version of their story. He is way more descriptive of their love making and time together and it really was amazing seeing their story from his perspective. And you also get to see the dark side of him, the side he warned Ana about, his fifty shades of “fucked up” pardon my French. 

I do recommend this book and give it five stars. But please bare in mind that it has a darker side then the other 3 previous books because it is his version. Also, be sure to read it at night before bed because well you’ll need your partner after certain scenes, if you catch my drift! If not, then a nice cool shower… It’s a page turner so get ready for a great read.

Hope you all enjoy my book reviews because I really enjoy showing my passion for books and slight thoughts and what I hoped and didn’t like without ruining books because I do hate reading book reviews that spoil the book for you. To me, it ruins the whole concept of a review and leaving to you want to read it and explore the words of the authors.