Apr 17, 2018

🌺APRIL Wrap-UP Part 2🌼

     Welcome back folks, what lies ahead of you is part two of my April wrap up. Looking at these books they are all very different and each speaks to my interests when it comes to what I love to read and think about. They each are great books and I love them and I hope that by looking at my reviews they inspire you to pick them up and spark something inside you, they definitely did for me.


Parable Of The Talents- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  Is the second book in the Earthseed series and it takes place about 8 years after the end of the first book, Parable of the Sower, review found here. And I'm not sure what to say about this one. It's told from three POV's Lauren's daughter, Lauren and her husband Bankole, and just like book one, it's told in journal format.
     Lauren, Bankole, and the others have been living and thriving at Acorn for years now trying to stay under the radar of the religious bigots while trying to figure out how to expand Earthseed without causing too much damage or unwanted attention to their established home. The world that they live in is still in great disrepair and Lauren is just wanting to get Earthseed out there in the world. She still feels very strongly about its word and its effects on people who may have given up hope in the world. But during this time, a one time Texas preacher then turned President Jerrett has preached to Make America Great Again! (sounds familiar doesn't it?) He thinks that all America needs it to go back to being a strictly old testament, Bible strong nation. Where women are reduced to being breeders and best seen and not heard, while the men do all the heavy lifting, physically and mentally. He believes that all those opposing his "ideal" America should be taken under the control of those who can "teach" them the "correct" way to be a law-abiding, God-fearing Christian. Folks who I guess you can say are his true believers have donned a uniform very similar to the KKK and have been traveling around America setting up camps for rehabilitation.
     It's a scary book, I'm not going to lie and say that some of the things and ideas Lauren has talked about in this book are eerie similar to the things happening to America today, and whats worst is that I feel that if we don't make some big changes NOW this will change from fiction to someone's nonfiction real quick.
     I admire Lauren in this book and her character growth throughout the two books. The fact that she was just teenager with this bigger than herself idea and a couple of books on nature with no real plan except what she had envisioned for Earthseed and its destiny is wild. The things that she went through, the things her family had to endure, the things Acorn had to suffer through and even when she was down, and I mean really down and the dumps, separated from her family she still held on to her convictions about Earthseed and that saw her through it all. This was not a happy book, it was scary and unreal and at times very hard to get through. I loved it. And I now and forever am a fan of Ms. Butler's writing.
Waking Gods-⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
     The second book in the Themis Files has again got me over here taking off just a half star this time because of the death of not one, but two of my characters!!! (No worries, I won't go too much into detail) I will say that I still VERY much enjoyed this book the second time around just as I did the first time.
     It takes place about 10 years after the first book and we get to learn more about the race of people who left Themis here on Earth and what they expected of us (as humans of Earth) as more giants robots spring up all over the world. At first, it's all smiles and love (due to the popularity of Themis) until one shows up in London and a gas is released and hundreds are killed. Vincent and Kara are sent to handle this giant and when both are standing side by side you can really see how "old fashioned" Themis looks next to this new arrival. The first book was all about discovery, what can this robot do? Where did it come from? What do these symbols mean? Is Themis dangerous? This second book is all about if we, as humans, deserve to keep her. Are we able to use the technology that was left for us? Are we worthy?
     I thought this was a great second book and adds wonderfully to the story of us and what is out there in the universe. Vicent, Kara, Rose, The Interviewer, and Mr. Burns are all great characters that bring this book to life (that audiobook man, I love it) and it was such a quick read, I loved it. There was more action in this one and we get to see more from Themis as a robot, she really gets to stretch her legs and we got to see some more cool gadgets that she has. The next and last installment comes out in a couple of weeks and I can't wait to see what is going to happen to the crew.
A Sky Full Of Stars- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
     I love Rose, I think she is such a great character that really embodies what it is like to be a young girl, working on a cotton farm with her family in 1955 Mississippi where she's unsure of what she should do as a young person wanting and needing change, but not knowing how to go about it without bringing dishonour on her family, because let me just say, Ma Pearl is no joke.
     In this book, we follow Rose and Hallelujah in the aftermath of the case against Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam in the kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till. After being found not guilty, the black citizens of Stillwater, Mississippi are in a state of unrest and some feel that they should be doing more on their side of things in hopes of being seen as equal citizens and having civil rights and not just wait on folks from up north and the NAACP. While on the other side of all that the white citizens feel that the black populations is getting out of pocket and need to be reminded that they live under Jim Crow here in the south.
     The audacity of these children to take on this fight still in the beginning stages is mind-boggling and being that marches, sit-ins, and protest are still happening to this day for JUSTICE! This book may have been written about events in 1955, but the spirit of this book very much reflects that of today. I would highly recommend this as well as book one, Midnight Without a Moon, which I read in February (review found here).
     These three books were great! I mean I don't know if I can gush enough. How has your reading been going this month? What has so far been your favorite book? We have reached the 1/2 way point and I wonder if I can finish up at least two more books before the month is out (fingers crossed). Till next time!

PEACE👩🏿‍💻

Apr 9, 2018

🌷APRIL Wrap-Up Part 1🌸

     I know this is a bit unexpected of me, but I know that I sometimes don't want to read a lengthy blog post so I figured I would try and break mine up so that they will be easier to digest. Here are the first three books that I read in the month of April, and while none of them are 5-star books, I'm glad to have enjoyed them and added them to my read list. I just wanted to say a disclaimer that these ARE MY OPINIONS and mine alone, while you dear reader might have given these book 5 stars or more your reasons are your own as these are mine. I hope you enjoy my little bit of commentary and will come back to see the next three books I read in the month of April. To the books!

Beneath The Sugar Sky- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
     The third book in the Wayward Children series was a very delightful read. In this 174 page, novella we follow Cora a girl who was once a mermaid and now back in our world living at Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. She and her BFF Nadya are just about to go swimming in one of the ponds on the grounds of the school when a young girl falls from the sky, splashing both of them with murky pond water and turtles. When the young lady finally recovers herself she tells them that she in need of assistance and is in search of her mother.
     At first, I gave this book 3.5 stars, but I bumped it up to four mainly because of the world building that took place and the background we got of characters that I found interesting in book 1 that we only got a glimpse of. I can't really say more about the book because it's a complete spoiler to the first book. What I will say is that I like the real world beauty "standards" that McGuire put on its head with regards to plus-size/athletic body type for women.
     I think with each installment she gets better with fitting a whole story within such limited pages, as well as the writing. While sometimes it can be a little too flowery for my taste, I understand that in a world where at any moment, these kids are waiting for their door "home" to open up to them again, they have been witness to things that no one in this world/realm even thinks is possible. So I think that helps dictate how these books are written. I will be reading the rest of the books in this series and I hope we get to see more of Christopher and his bone flute, I find that very intriguing.
Crazy Rich Asians- ⭐⭐⭐.5
     This was the Mocha Girl's Book Club book of the month and I was a little skeptical about it. I've heard nothing but great things about the book and the rest of the series and my library had it available in both physical and audio formats so I figured why not? And I was not disappointed. It was funny, outrageous, over the top, dramatic and everything that the title and summary made it out to be and more.
     Rachel and her boyfriend Nick are traveling to Singapore to witness his best friend Collin get married. What Rachel thinks is just a fun getaway for them two turns into one of the most outrageous summer vacations she has ever been on. She has no idea that Nick is actually, what I guess you can say Singapore "royalty". He is part of one of the richest families in Singapore but that has never shared that part about himself with Rachel. There's an evil plot against her and people trying to bash her, and that because Rachel doesn't come from wealth, she's an ABC (American Born Chinese) and pretty much everything that Nick's people would find insulting to their worth and heritage. There's so much more, but this is a review that I'm trying to keep spoiler free.
     What I liked the most about this was that it read just like a soap opera would read. We got to see not only Nick and Rachel's POV, but other close family member and friends as they scheme their way into their lives and the train wrecks that their own lives held. Very much trying to keep up with the Joneses or in this case the Youngs, the Shangs, and the T'siens.
     While I did like the story and being a debut novel I was impressed, my two grips would be 1. Rachel NEVER sticking up for herself there were many times where I wanted to slap Rachel for not putting her foot in someone's ass and 2. the amount of writing that was dedicated to showing us just how rich these crazy Asians were. But again, I can understand that with all this detail in the writing it goes to add to the whole story, but I didn't care for it ALL THE TIME. I think if people reading it by the 200-page mark don't get how crazy rich they are, then they will never know. There were times where I went and looked up just what some of the things he was talking about looked like and wonder to myself why would people have them in their homes. It was a fun read, I'm not sure if I'll read the rest of the series, but I will be watching the movie when it comes out.
Children Of Blood And Bone- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
     Before I get into what I didn't all too much care for let me tell you what the book is about, in the land of Orïsha, magic has been dead and gone for about 11 years and those who could one do magic, called maji, are known for their snow-white hair and are forever highly taxed and abused just on that fact alone. One day, the king gets his hands on an artifact that can change the face of magic forever and with that and the death of a maji servant girl set in motion a quest of bringing magic back to the lands of Orïsha. And the kings' undying need to kill it forever! From page one, it has been nothing but action, action, action.
     This was very much a YA book and that is not a bad thing. It followed so many of the common tropes in YA fantasy: a cruel king, the chosen one, a hate to love relationship, a magical quest with multiple stops to save the innocent, an unlikely friendship, an old wise woman pointing them in the right direction and denying one's own true self. It had it all and still, I felt that I got great action, a fast read, a new take on a fantasy set in the African diaspora and I was very much gripped and intrigued by the story. It was one of my most anticipated reads of the year!
     On the flip side of that I got teen angst, that "I shouldn't be on this journey cause I'm not worthy", or the, "this all falls on me thing". And while once in a while that is okay, it can build towards the plot but for more than 50% of the book? I was over it. But by the second half of the book when thing started to turn I started to really love this book more and more. One last small thing that I couldn't shake was sometimes I felt that the voice of Zélie and Amari were so close that I had to flip back to the start if the chapter to see who's talking.
      Now that I've said all that, I will go on to say that I really like the images Adeyemi writes for us as we go along with Zélie on this journey to bring magic back. I loved the different magical tribes that we get introduced to and where all their powers were derived from. I loved the multiple POVs, and I loved the short chapters. SO while I did have some issues with it, I still really liked it and don't regret for a second all my time reading it. I think this series has a great base and I can't wait to see what the second book is going to be, because that whole second half of the book was my favorite and that ENDING? Wow.

     So that's it, folks, those are my first three books in my rather ambitious TBR. I hope that once you pick up and enjoy or if you already have hit me up so we can chat about these stories. Till next time!

👩🏿‍💻PEACE✌

Apr 4, 2018

🌸🌼APRIL TBR🌻🌺

     This month's TBR is crazy ambitious and I have some heavy hitters on my list that I've been dying to get to. This is probably the biggest TBR list that I have ever created for myself. And since this is going up a little late, I can at least inform you that I have finished one book and I am in already starting on my second book of the month. I'm trying to spread all my books around, but also the fact that four of these books are from the library those are taking priority over my own books. I'm pretty excited to get started on these books. I think I might find some more favorites and most likely more than 2 five star books, that my prediction. Let us get to it.
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     Parable Of The Talents by Octavia E. Butler, I've talked about this book before. It's the second book in Butler's Earthseed series and I just need to know what happened to Lauren Olamina and the rest of the Earthseed community. You can check out my review of Parable of the Sower here. I read that book in one day, in one sitting. I couldn't put it down.

     Beneath The Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire is the third book in the Wayward Children series. Down Among the Sticks and Bones is book 2 and you can check out my review here. BTSS takes place back at the school and when an unexpected visitor falls from the sky and enlists the help of the school. The children are set on this adventure to help one of their own. I will say that you should read the first book, Every Heart a Door Way, a review can be found here before you read this one, OR YOU WILL BE SPOILED!

Love, Sugar, Magic is a debut novel by Anna Meriano. It has been on my radar for a while now and I was in a middle-grade mood when I picked this one up at my local library. It's about a young girl name Leonora who lives with her family as they run this bakery in Texas. But one night before the annual Dia de Los Muertos festival Leonora find out that her mother and her aunts are witches! I mean come on! That alone sounds fabulous and as a young girl, I always wished that one day my mother and aunts would tell me some crazy family secret. So I can only imagine with the combination of baked goods and witchcraft all the cool things Leonora will get to be a part of.

     Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson is the second book in the Rose Carter series. Book one, Midnight Without a Moon (review here) was read back in February and it was such a fun book and I can't wait to see what kind of historical influences/ historical main event is going to be the bases of this and what Rose and Hallelujah will get themselves into.

     Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan is the Mocha Girl Reads book of the month. I'm actually currently reading this now and it's funny. It's about a couple Rachel and Nick, professors at NYU and Nick has asked Rachel to come and stay with him in Singapore and attend his best friends wedding during their summer vacation. What can go wrong? Travel, meet the family, eat some food, find out that your boyfriend is from one of the richest families in Singapore! This is just in the beginning. I like this so far, it's a nice light read. 

     The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine is a psychological suspense/mystery novel that came out last year I believe it was EVERYWHERE, but then it disappeared. I believe even Reese Weatherspoon was reading this book for her book club. It's about a woman named Amber who seems so fed up with her boring life decides to turn it on its head by befriending Daphne Parrish, a socialite who seems to take her good fortune for granted. From what I gathered from the book flap, it looks like Amber is going to scam her way into Daphne's life and try and destroy it.

     Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. It's the first book in the Mistborn series, it would have been the first book that I would have read by him, but the month has hardly started and I'm already calling this one a no-go. I have a couple of more weeks with it and I'll try to start this one again, but it's not looking too good for it. Maybe I can be persuaded to read it, but as of right now, no.

     Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson. I read Midnight Robber and Brown Girl in the Ring by Ms. Hopkinson and ABSOLUTELY loved them and Sister Mine is the next book of hers that I have to read and I'm excited. I don't believe it's as sci-fi as the previous ones but who knows? It's about these conjoined twins, daughters of a celestial demigod and a mortal woman and about the magic that one has and the other does not. This sounds soooo good. And I have no doubts that I will be sucked into this book just I did her other two books.

     City Of Saviors by Rachel Howzell Hall is the fourth book in the Detective Elouise Norton series. I am loving this series, I read books 2 and 3 last month back to back! You have no idea how much will power it has taken me to not just read the fourth book, but it saddens me because the fifth book doesn't come out until January of next year! But this one is about a murder that takes place during Labor Day weekend. Honestly, that is all I need to know. Ms. Hall writes great characters and I always feel like I'm one of Lou's friends along for the ride.

     The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton is I believe another debut novel about a woman named Evelyn Hardcastle who is attending a party and gets killed, 7 times no less and everytime she gets killed she comes back and with every come back she gets another chance to figure out who killed her before they can do it again. I thought the premise of this sounds so cool.

     Children Of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is probably one of the biggest YA fantasies to hit the market in AGES. It's a story about a girl named Zélie who is part of a tribe in Lagos that has had its magic taken away. Until one day an artifact is found and with the help of a runaway princess, Zélie has a chance to save her people and change the world. I love fantasy novels set in Africa. I bought the beautiful Barnes and Noble special edition that comes with a poster and an annotated chapter by the author herself in the back.
     Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel is the second book in The Themis Files, I read the first book last month as a re-read and this will be a re-read as well. The third and final book in the series comes out next month and I'm DYING to find out his series ends.

That's it for me, folks like I said this is a crazy long TBR, but let me know what you'll be reading this month or if you have read any of the books I've mentioned above, no spoilers, I'd love to chat about them. And don't forget to look me up on Instagram or Twitter where I'm usually putting up updates on my reading. Until next time.

PEACE✌

Apr 3, 2018

#MARCHMYSTERYMADNESS Wrap-Up!

*queues Austin Power theme music*
     March has come and gone and one of my favorite reading months has ended. #MarchMysteryMadness is over and I'm very pleased with what I got to read this month. Reading what was actually on my list and all that. Of course, again, I somehow missed a couple, but every day is a new day. I wanted really participate in the photo challenge, but I fell off on that too, but I was happy to see all those who did partake in it. So let us get to the books that I read this month, shall we?

Made To Kill-⭐⭐⭐
     Okay, so I wanted to like this, I thought the concept was right up my alley, but to be honest, it was just meh. It felt like and read like your standard old-school detective book. A woman walks into Raymond Electromatic's detective office and hires him to find a missing Hollywood actor. And what Ray stumbles up upon is something he and his partner Ada weren't expecting. Radiation, Russians, body swapping? It has some crazy additions that I wasn't ready for, but the execution of the whole things is where it fell flat for me. 
Down The River Unto The Sea- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
     WOW! Yes for ex-Detective Joe King Oliver! At first, I wasn't sure about this story, it not being Easy at all, but it is a Walter Mosley tale. Joe is set up and in the first chapter you see Joe go from cop to PI and for the duration of this book, we follow Joe with the help of an unlikely associate work to solve a case he is working on while at the same time making strides on a more personal case.
     What I loved about this book, like most of Mr. Mosely's books is the depth of his characters. They are always so much more complex than they seem. Joe is a flawed man, a good cop, a good detective, a good father, a ladies man and more. I think that if you are looking for someone who is a great mixture of both Easy and Mouse, Joe King Oliver is your guy.
The Good House-⭐⭐⭐⭐
     Man, this book was lucky, lucky I tell you! For 200 pages I swear I was about to give up on this one and come back to it later, but I stuck it out and OMFG it was wild. It did take longer for this one to be something but when it finally did, it was all of those things in the past starting to make the bigger picture and wow. It still isn't better than The African Immortals series, but I'm happy that I finally got around to reading this one.
    Angela has taken a week off to celebrate the fourth of July with her son, Cory, and her ex-husband Taqir at her Grandmothers house in her hometown of Sacajawea, a few miles outside of Portland. This was a slow burn of a book. An evil spirit has visited The Good House when Angela's Grandmother was living there in 1929 and on that day in 1929 Grandma Marie made a pack using Vodou to try and save herself and her future children any pain that this demon could inflict and at the same time banishing it from this world. It's not until the same fourth of July weekend seventy-two years later that all hell breaks loose changing the lives of not just the people of The Good House but all those who visit the house the day of the party.

Fool Moon-⭐⭐⭐⭐
     So look, I read this first book in the Dresden Files at the end 2015 and it was just okay. It was meh. I liked Harry, I liked the magic, I liked the fact that he was a wizard all cool ass things that are pretty much right up my alley, but it was the execution of the book that didn't work for me and hence me giving the first book 2 stars. But here I am damn near 3 years later and I have read and really enjoyed this second book in the series. I think it is because of my fascination for werewolves that has always kept this book in the back of my mind. So I did it, one night, I just went and downloaded this book for the third time (cause I've actually tried reading this book two times before and I couldn't stand it) and this time I actually stuck with it. It reminded me of Made to Kill, but in comparison, this one was better.
     Bodies are being found torn to shreds and partially eaten as the full moon shines above them and Murphy, from Chicago's P.D.'s Special Investigations, has brought back Harry Dresden, Wizard, to help identify and stop this crazed werewolf before more of Chicago's underbelly and more innocents are killed.
    This one really won me over. And I will most likely pick up book 3 of this series later, but sooner than I think. I think I had to get back into reading from the PI perspective again and I like Harry's smart-ass ways and like I had said previously, I really like the magic system and such.
Righteous- ⭐⭐⭐
     Book two in the IQ series. I read book one, IQ last October and you can check out my mini review here. It was an okay book, but this one was a little different. It felt like Joe had gotten more comfortable writing about Isaiah without having to reiterate over and over again how smart he is and how good of a problem solver he is and whatnot.
     In this book, Isaiah is still on the hunt for the hit and run driver who killed his brother Marcus,  but when an old flame of his brothers comes back into Isaiah's life asking for a favor he is all too willing to drop what he is doing to be there for her. Sarita's younger sister is a talented DJ on the come up, but Janine has a serious gambling problem and her and her boyfriend Benny are in it deep. It's up to Isaiah and Dodson to fly out to Vegas and help her out. But it's never as simple as one may think. Triads are now involved and the safety of the girls' father is also at stake. A secret list is out in the open, blackmail, loan sharks all of this with Vegas as the backdrop.
     There is just something about these books, while it's written well, it's the execution that doesn't go all the way over, and I get slightly bored reading this. Where it can seem too info-dumpy, but in this case, EVERY PERSON gets a chapter or so to give background. It makes me frustrated. 3 stars.
Incognegro- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
     This is the first work of Mat Johnson's that I have ever read, and I'm sure it won't be the last. This book takes place around the early 20th Century where lynchings where almost an everyday thing in the American South and where it was so common that they stopped reporting it as news. It wasn't until Zane Pinchback a reporter from Harlem started going undercover as the famous Incognegro and started reporting the not just the black/negro lives lost, but the all the "respectable" (side eye) white people by passing as a white person. Zane has one close call and wants out of the Incognegro business, but he has one more mission to do before he can get the corner office at the newspaper. And it's this one last case that really has Zane on his toes and also some very bad people looking for him. All things seem to clash in Missippi. It's a tragic tale and Mat himself said that he wrote this story for his twin sons. I enjoyed the art style, it wasn't too dark and the whole book is done in a black and white color palette except the cover, which I think helps set the tone of the book. Book two, Incognegro: Renaissance is set to come out in October of this year.

The Crazy Kill- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
     What I always like about these Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed books is that it doesn't always focus on the cops, it takes a look at all those who might be involved in the crime in question and then Grave Digger and Coffin Ed come in at the end arresting folks, knocking heads, getting confessions. In the wake of the newly departed Big Joe Pollen tears are shed, liquor is being poured and Rev Short has fallen out of a window and unto a dead body. But no one at the party and no one on the street saw a thing and it's up to Jones and Ed to put the pieces together and retrace the night to find out who is the culprit. I guess you can say this is done in a very classic Agatha Christie manner where Miss Marple who you haven't read about through the whole book, comes in at the last chapter to solve the unsolvable crime. What I like about these books, this being my third one is how real the characters feel, it's like reading a Blaxploitation film in print. They are quick easy, done in one day/one sitting reads.
Skies Of Ash- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
     After having read Land of Shadows in February and loving it, I had to read the next one in the Detective Elouise Norton series. And word life, I really love the way Rachel H. Hall writes. Her characters are so real feeling and the banter between Lou and Colin is everything, and while I might really ship them, I know that it won't work well for the series if they get together (case in point: Castle). This, being the second book in the series starts us off with a house fire claiming the lives of a mother and her two children and the father returning home not in time to save his family. With a street full of nosy neighbors this upscale part of LA has lots to say about the family that used to reside here and how their life might not have been as perfect as some may say. For a mystery, police procedural book, I was very caught up in the story, trying to connect the pieces just as fast as Lou and Colin could collect them. I was shocked at how it ended and didn't see it coming until it was too late. I think Hall does a great job of not only making believable characters, her stories have depth. One thing that grinds my gears his her husband, oh my gracious I'm done with him.
Grave Peril-⭐⭐⭐.5
     A being is terrorizing the city of Chicago and it's up to Harry and Micheal (the fist of God) to save them all. The third book in the Harry Dresden series starts off in the middle of a fight and we follow Harry and this new character Micheal as they are battling an evil spirit that has taken over a NIC Unit at the local hospital. After defeating this aggravated spirit, Harry and Micheal with some help from the other side have come to the conclusion that something is going on the spirit world and they are trying to make their way to our world with help from an unknown sorcerer. There is a lot going on in the book and what I thought was kind of off-putting was the fact that this book starts you off right in the middle of a fight with characters I have never heard of or seen in the previous two Dresden books. Right from jump felt just a step behind in the whole thing as if I missed something and everyone is in on the joke but me. Yes, we do get some more background on Micheal as the story progresses, but it can be a little jarring. Just like the previous book, I enjoy Harry more and more, his a very sarcastic wizard who seems to fly by the seat of his pants on most days.  Trying not to be the cause of some kind of war between the counsels. Butcher can really set a scene and I think that is what keeps bringing me back to these books.

Trail Of Echos-⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
     Is book three in the Detective Elouise Norton series and this one might be my favorite out of the three so far. It really reminded me of an episode of Law and Order SVU mixed with Saw and Silence of the Lambs. The body of a thirteen-year-old girl was found on a trail in Bonner Park. It's raining and evidence is being washed away. When it's time to inform that parents of the decease of their loss, Elouise is once again back in her old neighborhood again connecting with people she hasn't seen since she was a child. Since picking up this case, more bodies have been found and with each body, another clue to what the killers' motives are is discovered all leading to an action-packed ending that had me turning pages so fast!! Again, it's the writing that Hall gives us that you just can't help but pick up and devour.
Sleeping Giants⭐⭐⭐.5
     This was a re-read for me and I still feel the same way about it. I think the whole story is fascinating and a very quick read. I really love how the story is told with interviews and journal entries and voice recordings. The audiobook really adds to this story and having a whole cast of people read it is just great. And I personally love an iron giant. The third book in the series, Only Human comes out in May so I wanted to give myself a reminder of all the build-up of the whole thing. Totally worth it. So I guess instead of just gushing about it, I should let you know what it is about. It starts off with a young girl, named Rose, on her birthday, dying to go outside and ride her new bike and when she finally does she falls into a hole and lands on what looks like a giant hand. Years later, Rose is a grown woman is in charge of this hand and is in charge of finding and reassemble what comes to be a giant metal robot. It's up to her and the people she works with to try and figure out where it came from, what can it do all the while trying to keep it hidden from the public. I loved it.
The Prince And The Dressmaker-⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    OMFG this was one of the cutest graphic novels I have read in a while that was just a one hitta-quitta (a story that I could devour in one sitting and there is no more to come, sadly) It's a story about a young girl named Frances who is slaving her life away in this Paris sewing shop until one day a young woman and her mother enter the shop and demand a dress be made, just in time for the Crown Prince of Belgium, Sebastian's Royal Ball. And just as the customer requested, Frances designs this shocking gown that turns heads and catches the attention of one very important person, the Prince. And as a result, this leads her to a new life where she gets to create all the beautiful gowns and customs that she has always dreamed of. But of course, there's a catch and in the end, this is a beautiful tale of acceptance, personal growth, being honest with yourself and one's own feelings and NEVER being afraid to live in your truth. I loved it. It was a beautiful story. I loved the artwork by Jen Wang and the color palette used.
   
     That is that folks. Thanks for checking out my blog and checking out what I got into this month. Feel free to let me know what you read this month and what was your favorite book was down below. And stay tuned because I have a large April TBR that I have to share, that contains some new releases.

Laters.

PEACE✌

Mar 1, 2018

MARCH MYSTERY MADNESS


 
      I love this time of the year, it's like second again Christmas for me, when I get to get all cozy with murder, suspense, intrigue. I just can't stand it. This year, just like the two previous years there are challenges to help us mold our TBR lists. I have probably put too much on my list for the month, but I can't help it. But it will also give some room to flex if I need it. There are a Goodreads group, a Twitter page and this year there is also some Instagram challenges in which you can follow along with and take part in the discussions. March Mystery Madness is run by Disis19 HeartsLizziefayeLovesBooks, and many more new host. This year the challenges are:
1. Shelf
2. Borrow
3. New
4. Historical
5. Foreign
6. Opposite

     Down the River, Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley is the new book that just came out late February. This will be my first read of the month and it's also a buddy read that I have with SomdahSaySo, she has a great YT channel where she talks a lot about coffee table books, art books, photography books, sneaker books, it all. It's a great channel. She also is a huge fan of Walter Mosley so instantly we hooked up for this buddy read. All I know is that this book is about a cop named Joe King Oliver who now works as a PI in New York.  New
     Skies of Ash by Rachel Howzell Hall is the second book in the Detective Elouise Norton series. I believe a set of fires is being set in and around the LA area. Det. Norton and her partner Det. Taggert are primaries on the case. That is all I know about this book and that's all I need to know about this book. The first book I read in February and it was really good. It was just what I like to look for in a police procedural. Shelf
     The Crazy Kill by Chester Himes is the third book in the Harlem Cycle that I plan on reading staring none other than Detectives Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed. Like the two previous books, this takes place in Harlem during the 1960's and 1970's.  Shelf
     Incognegro by Mat Johnson is a graphic mystery that takes place in the 1930's where light-skinned black men who can "pass" go undercover as reporters in the era of lynching to expose the racial injustices in America. I don't know about the mystery part of the story but from what I can see, it's going to be a gut-wrenching tale. This book originally came out in 2008 and was just reissued. Historical/ Opposite
     The Good House by Tananarive Due is a horror story about a woman who has an inherited a house from her grandmother and I believe there is a haunting of sorts. I honestly couldn't tell you, but I have heard nothing but great things about this book. I love Ms. Dues African Immortal series so I need to expand my library. Shelf/Opposite
     Made to Kill by Adam Christopher is a first of its kind for me. It's my first Christopher book, but it is also my first book where the main character/PI is a robot. That is just wild enough to work in my favor. But it also leaves open the chance for it to be extremely dry, but why think negatively? Taking place in the summer of 1965, we follow Raymond Electromatic as takes on a missing person case. Who knows where this can lead him. Opposite
     The Lying Game by Ruth Ware is her third book in publication. I have read her two previous books, The Woman in Cabin 10 and In A Dark, Dark Wood and they were just okay, They both were really good and freaking creepy right up until a certain moment and then something happens in the books where I just lose interest in the story. I hope that the third time is the charm and I enjoy this book. She has a new book coming out later on this year. Borrow
     Murder on the Orient Express by none other than Agatha Christie is the #MarchMysteryMadness book of the month and this will be my first full-length Christie book. I have read some of her Ms. Marple short stories a while back for MMM. And since the new movie with the same title was just released last year I figured I'd get into it before that want to read feeling fades. Borrow
     Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham is her sophomore book, I read her first book Scarlett Undercover two years ago, you can check out my review here. I liked it, it was a good read. This book came out last year I believe and I'm just now getting around to it. I know that it takes place in Tulsa Oklahoma during the race riots of 1921. I love the mix of mystery and historical fiction that I believe will take place in this book and I'm excited about this one.  Historical
     Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan is the first book in his Takeshi Kovacs three-book series, now Netflix original series. I saw the 10 part series and it was so good. But now I have to read the book series and see if it holds up. It takes place in the twenty-fifth century where if your body dies, you can be re-sleeved into a new one. Well after years in prison, Takeshi is awakened and is asked to find the person who killed off some rich guys body before the killer has a chance to do it again. That is the gist of the book, but I would like to see how the original story took place. Foreign/ Opposite/New

     That's it for me folks I'm pretty hyped about these, and I've already started two of them. What are you reading in the month of March? Will you be participating in the #MarchMysteryMadness? Still working on #ReadSoulLit and #ReadingBlackout? Let me know down below. Catch you on the flip.

PEACE✌