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.

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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! 

Halfway mark for Dewey’s readathon

Today is the 24 hour readathon. I started it with an audio book as I laid in bed still achy and sore from the day before.  Waking up at 8 am is the hardest especially on painful weeks but listening to The neon Lawyer by victor methos helped kick things off. It was free with Amazon prime membership which is always a plus and life saver for me.


While I prepped everything in my morning routine I continued to listen to this book. I even listened as I prepped for dinner and I think I will continue this habit of listening to books while doing chores and cooking so I can get more books under my belt. Especially trying to met my reading goal on Goodreads.

It felt so good to relax and enjoy reading without flipping threw netflix as I always do when I am stuck home during mister officer’s long days. 

The book I did manage to engulf myself into reading is Purple orchids. Oh my lord! I give it 5 stars, that’s how awesome it was, from the main character Gavin to the wonderful story plot of first love etc. This book isn’t a typical book I would have pawed threw this quickly but I did and I have zero regretts about it being the first book I read during the readathon.

There is still about 12 more hours to go and I am utterly excited to see what other books I have in my kindle to emerse myself into and actually feel words and descriptions because to me thats the valuable part of books and actually visualize it all which Purple Orchids hit it dead on. I always enjoyed reading so much and a big part of me has shyed away from it because being a mom eats up so much of my time (I don’t mind but it feels great to read just for myself).

I have no regrets in taking on this 24 hour readathon headon. I hope I still feel this once its over. Wish me luck!

Read on! And did you know about Dewey’s 24 hour readathon prior to this post? 



My first dewey’s 24 hour readathon

I came across this awesome thing called Dewey’s 24 hour readathon. There was a countdown to when it began and it’s basically what the title is, 24 hours of reading and seeing how much you can read from your to be read list. 

At the time I was sick with a terrible cold and in bed, so I signed up and joined the group on Facebook to see how much I would enjoy this and oh man, it motivated me beyond words.

I eneed up reading the laughing corpse which is book 2 from the Anita Blake series and started the wedding which is part 2 of the notebook. I did end up not being able to finish the wedding due to me just bring a mess with the cold but I can honestly say that when April rolls around for the next one I will definitely be more prepared and anticipating a joyous 24 hours of curled up with books. i will try to read more than just a book and a half. 

Remembering the good times of when I could just read till my eyes hurt and not being engulfed by electronics and social media felt Oh so refreshing.

Here’s the blog if you’re interested in joining me in April! I look forward to it and enjoy tuning out the world to get lost in words. http://www.24hourreadathon.com

Stay blessed.

Book review: the strain book 1

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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.

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.