New year started off sad…

With the new year here, I still feel numb. There’s so much I just cannot place into words at how 2016 ended in such a sad and heartbreaking note. Well here it goes, my father in law whom I adored went to heaven on Dec 31, 2016 at 7 pm.

Grandpa with Branden 2003

We were doing groceries and running our last minute errands to head home and spend it together when bam, that phone call changed it all for us. We rushed home and just gathered what we could in a hurry and rushed all the way to nyc. 

My poor babies were crying a bit and it was a very quiet drive. 

His mother was devastated but she held it pretty together because the kids were there with her. I helped as much as I could with putting his clothes together for the funeral and just being of comfort. Also me and my sister in law put the memorial collage of his photos together as well.

The funeral was nice. Everyone came to show support but I pretty much kept to myself due to just my own personal reasons. I loved his father, in my own way I just wanted to respect and appreciate that this was the final time we would see him. There were other factors involved as to why I kept away from everyone but I won’t disclose that here.
My parents did come and show support in which I appreciate it wholeheartedly. Sadly, lily got ill and so did Kay during our trip there so we couldn’t stay longer as we had originally planned.

So much sadness has engulfed me and has put me in a manic depressive state. I’m hoping this too shall pass.

Thank you to all those who extended loving texts and comments. It was all appreciated. 


Book Review: The Fall part 2 of the strain


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.


Stay blessed, 

Book review: the strain book 1


If you haven’t heard of the strain, well now you have. If you like vampire stories then this one is one you need to read. I was never one to be into these kind of books but after watching the first season of the strain on FX (the series is based off the book), I had to read the book because the book is always more interesting and more detailed.

The main character is dr. Ephraim goodweather and basically has a major role and  you will read a lot of his personal life in the midst of the craziness of the vampires.  He’s smart and yet you can tell he’s caring. I really enjoyed his character the most.

I also enjoyed the elderly man, whom is a teacher of sorts to the crew they end up creating. Setrakian is gutsy and basically wants them all to get them to do what needs to be done. I don’t want to go too much in details without ruining the story line and plot.

Out of five stars I give it 4.5. Reason being that it had a few dull moments but it’s expected in every book and then it picks up and takes you for a whirl wind ride that I was excited about and couldn’t put the book down. I’m glad that it has several parts because the way it ended left me yearning for more.

Do I recommend this book? My answer is clear, yes! Like I had said before, I was never into vampire books or horror type books but this one was great to get me into them. Lets be serious, any book based in New York City always catches my attention being that I am from NYC. I have no regrets in starting this series and hope I still feel the same after the second and the third. Hopefully, I won’t be disappointed when I read the rest of the trilogy but this book didn’t disappoint me at all so I am determined to start the second part as soon as possible.

That’s all for my review, let me know if you end up reading it and if you agree with my keen interest with these two characters. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

God bless, Vanessa.