Thoughts|| The Roanoke Girls.


The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
4 out of 5 stars.

“Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.”

Goodreads Description: After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran…fast and far away. Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again. As it weaves between Lane’s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.

I was sent a copy of The Roanoke Girls from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

I am having bit of a struggle to write a review for The Roanoke Girls, because it was beyond twisted and disturbing, and dysfunctional. You want to go into this book with as little knowledge as possible, because it makes it that more interesting and twisted. The more I read it the more I was like “what am I reading, what is going on, SO MANY SECRETS”. It switches between the past and the present, which helps you to figure out what the big secret is early on but that didn’t make it any less disturbing or twisted. I was hooked and addicted from the beginning. I had this need to know what was happening and especially what happened to Allegra.

I enjoyed this book, it had me hooked from the beginning. It was addicting, but also really messed up. It’s hard to review a book like this because of some of the things that were going on. It’s hard to say that you enjoyed something that is so messed up! I did though. It was a good story. If you like twisted and disturbing, then you’ll really enjoy this one. It’s emotional and it’s shocking. It has all the things needed for a really great book. I don’t want to give too much away, so that’s all I’m going to say about The Roanoke Girls. I would recommend reading it.

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I hope you have a great day!




Thoughts|| A Taxonomy of Love.


A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen
4 out of 5 stars.

“Sometimes you have a day that is so epic that you know, even before it’s over, that it’s going to be one of the dozens that you remember forever.”

Goodreads Description: The moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it’s . . . something at first sight. He knows she’s special, possibly even magical. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. After years of being outshone by his older brother and teased because of his Tourette syndrome, Spencer finally feels like he belongs. But as Hope and Spencer get older and life gets messier, the clear label of “friend” gets messier, too. Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his trusty system of taxonomy. He wants to identify and classify their relationship, but in the end, he finds that life doesn’t always fit into easy-to-manage boxes, and it’s this messy complexity that makes life so rich and beautiful.

I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release date was January 9th, 2018.

A Taxonomy of Love had ALL the feels. It was cute, it was happy, it was sad (omg, was it sad!), it had me tearing up, it had me laughing, there were times I was annoyed, and times I was angry. Like I said, it had all the feels. I think all that makes for a good book, especially if you’re able to connect with the characters and experience all of the feelings and emotions they are going through. I felt that when I was reading this book and Rachael did a good job with writing it.

The book stars off with Spencer and Hope being in just seventh grade and it following them all through high school. It was really cool getting to see all the characters in this story grow and navigate life and high school. It wasn’t always easy for Spencer (especially in his younger years) since he has Tourette Syndrome. I felt so bad for him a lot of the time and I was rooting for him every page. It felt like he had to try 100 times harder than everyone. Hope had her own struggles through the years as well. It wasn’t always easy for her, but I think in ways both Spencer and Hope got through things because they had their friendship.

There were also times where Hope made me pretty angry as well. I felt so protective of Spencer, so anything that was against it made me mad or annoyed me though. So many other great characters in this story as well as the MC; like their families, although Dean (Spencer’s brother) was questionable at times. There were also times I did think things were a little weird or didn’t make sense to the story. It also jumped around quite a bit without warning. Like first they were in seventh grade and then all of a sudden it would be months or a year later without warning. So had to figure that out. I’m also not sure if that’s just the way that the e-ARC was setup, because there weren’t always breaks or headers other than “chapter numbers” or when Spencer created a taxonomy list.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I am really happy that I was given the opportunity to read it. There were a lot of things to take away from this and it was interesting to learn a little about Tourette Syndrome. I haven’t read any books that had a character with TS, so that was also cool about reading this one. New experiences and learning things I don’t know a whole lot about. It was just released earlier this month, so definitely go check it out!

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WWW Wednesday #45.
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I hope you have a great day!


Thoughts|| Being Fishkill.


Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer
5 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: Born in the backseat of a moving car, Carmel Fishkill was unceremoniously pushed into a world that refuses to offer her security, stability, love. At age thirteen, she begins to fight back. Carmel Fishkill becomes Fishkill Carmel, who deflects her tormenters with a strong left hook and conceals her secrets from teachers and social workers. But Fishkill’s fierce defenses falter when she meets eccentric optimist Duck-Duck Farina, and soon they, along with Duck-Duck’s mother, Molly, form a tentative family, even as Fishkill struggles to understand her place in it. This fragile new beginning is threatened by the reappearance of Fishkill’s unstable mother — and by unfathomable tragedy. Poet Ruth Lehrer’s young adult debut is a stunning, revelatory look at what defines and sustains “family.” And, just as it does for Fishkill, meeting Duck-Duck Farina and her mother will leave readers forever changed.

I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release date was November 14th.

I seen Jeff Zentner (The Serpent King) talking about Being Fishkill and how amazing it was, so I had to check it out! I love his books, so anything he recommends, I’m down to read. I was super excited when I was approved for it on Netgalley and I am glad that I was finally able to read it, because it was so amazing.

I instantly fell in love with Fishkill she was only thirteen years old, but she felt so much older to me. She had to grow up pretty fast with the life that she had to live her first thirteen years of life. It wasn’t easy for her and when she met Duck-Duck and Molly, things seemed a lot brighter for her. I was rooting for Fishkill and so badly wanted her to have the life that she deserved. Fishkill and Duck-Duck had this amazing friendship and you could feel all the love between them and Duck-Duck’s mom Molly.

I can’t even count on one hand how many times I cried while reading this book, there are SO MANY FEELS! 320 pages of feels, you guys! Good and bad. Fishkill’s story is really sad. The book as a whole is really sad, but there are still happy moments too. It was so well written and I flew through it pretty quickly. It was hard to put down. It was beautiful and it was sad all at the same time. It was everything you could hope for in a good book. It was so easy to connect with the characters, fall in love with them, and go on this emotional roller coaster with them.

Overall, I really loved Being Fishkill. It’s hands down one of my new favorite books now. Although it was so sad, I still enjoyed it so much. The ending was a shocker to me and so unexpected. I honestly couldn’t believe it. I keep thinking about the book and I keep wanting to cry every time I do. I think this will be a book that sticks with you for a very long time. I know it will for me. I highly recommend reading it. It’s out in the world now, so you should definitely go pick it up!

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An Ember in the Ashes.


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after.”

I decided not to wait until I drew it from my book jar and grabbed this book to read. I’m so glad that I did, because it was such a great book. I actually prolonged finishing this book all day yesterday, because I didn’t want it to end! Since I did that, I ended up finishing it at 12:30AM. I was dead tired, oops!

Right away there was action and I loved that. Sabaa Tahir wasted no time with getting into the action! I was instantly loving it and excited about what was to come. Lots of craziness and surprises throughout the book and it definitely kept my attention throughout.

So many awesome characters that it was hard to decide who I loved most! Laia was instantly one of my favorites; the last book I finished I hated the main character, so I was glad when I didn’t hate Laia. She really grew throughout the book. I loved how Elias was so different than the other Masks and I really loved his character. Marcus…I wanted to punch Marcus throughout the entire book. Anytime he opened his mouth. There were times where Helene annoyed me so much and I didn’t like her, but then times she actually surprised me. There will be lots of characters you love and then lots you will hate. There were tons of characters in this book.

I love Sabaa’s writing style and I loved that the way the story was written, it made you want to read more. I definitely recommend reading this book. Lots of actions and some cute romantic type stuff too. Not too much, which I really liked. It was an awesome read! I can’t wait until the next book in the series. I HAVE to know what happens next!



Goodreads Description: Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.


Have you read An Ember in the Ashes? What did you think about it? What are you currently reading now?

Here are a couple posts I did over the weekend:

  • Photo Dump – A bunch of pictures I took over the last few days.
  • A Funny Book – Dead End in Norvelt – book for the Popsugar reading challenge.

Super busy day at work today, so I should go! I hope everyone had a great weekend! Bye! ❤

Penryn & the End of Days.

Angelfall by Susan Ee
World After by Susan Ee
End of Days by Susan Ee
5 out of 5 stars for all.

Hi 🙂

I was going to save this for the weekend, but I am so excited about this series. I am basically just going to completely fangirl about the series in this blog post. Sorry in advanced… 😛

I was looking for a new series that I could absolutely fall in love with and this one was it. I don’t think I’ve ever loved a series so much since Divergent. I lovelovelove this series! I want to give Susan Ee a million high fives!


I read Angelfall and World After back in March and I instantly fell in love. It was definitely different than most books that I read and a lot darker too. I loved that there were angels and that they were totally cool badass angels! I loved the world and the entire concept of the book. I read each book in a day!

I love Penryn. I thought she was a really cool character and she was fighting for so much. Her crazy mom, OMG! I actually really liked her mom. She was totally a nutcase, but she knew what she was doing the entire time. Raffe, oh Raffe. Can I please have Raffe? PLEASE! I instantly fell in love with him and my heart broke for him a few times throughout the series. He frustrated me the most though! I still love him though. 🙂 I would have to also say that some of my other favorite characters aside from the main characters would have to be Tweedledee and Tweedledum, they were hilarious throughout the series. I will not talk about Paige, because well…I don’t want to give away anything in the books.

I finished End of Days in two days. It was everything I could ever hope for. It was everything you could ever want in a book. It was fantastic and I am so sad that it ended. I want more! GIVE ME SOME MORE! I really like how the entire series came together and how it ended. It was perfect, in my opinion. This series was a fast read, especially because you’ll never want to put it down. It’s hard to be a functioning adult when you have a series like this waiting to be read! 😛 I highly recommend you read this series if you haven’t already. I mean, you should go read it right after you read this post! GO GO GO!

Pretty much if I ever see Susan Ee in person….

Goodreads Description for Angelfall:It’s been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain. Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back…”

Now I need to go order the physical copies of these books, because no bookshelf is complete without them!

In other bookish news, Wayward Pines starts tonight on Fox and I am so excited about it! I read the books back in January and I really can’t wait to see how it all plays out on TV. Here is a link to my post that I did about these books OVER HERE. I read these books a day each too and they were so good. That ending though….UGHHHHHH!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I bought this book the other day and I am happy that I got it! I’ve been really wanting to read it and I couldn’t pass it up when I seen it at Target. I also got A Game of Thrones and I plan to probably use it for my 2015 Reading Challenge.

I guess that’s all for this post! I hope everyone is having a great day! BYE! ❤

Top 5 non-series books.

I love a good series. I always find myself wanting to read series books. I’ve been looking more into single books and trying to read more of those. These are not in any order; below are my top five favorites.image Eightysixed: Life Lessons Learned. I learned of this book because the author Emily Belden commented on one of my pictures on Instagram suggesting that I should check it out. I went on Goodreads and read what it was about and I instantly decided to buy it! It had me laughing out loud and tearing up. I would have never read this on my own had she not suggested it, to be honest. I’m glad she did; it was a great read. image We Have Always Lived in the Castle. I was scrolling through Pinterest, like I do every day (addicted, remember?) and I came across this book. I was drawn to it by the cover of the book. It looked like it would be interesting, so I bought it. It was such a strange book, but in the best possible way. I highly recommend this book to everyone. image The Time Keeper. Mitch Albom is one of my favorite authors, so it was no question that I was going to read this book. I counted down the days and the wait was well worth it. It really made me question things in life and it had me thinking about it days after I’ve read it and I still do. I absolutely loved this book and read it in a day. image The Book of Lost Things. I randomly found this book on Pinterest and added it to my “to be read” list. It sat on that list for awhile. I finally decided to get to it and I am so glad that I did. This is one of my all time favorite books I’ve ever read! That’s huge to say, but it totally is! The storyline is great and I love the twists of different fairy tales that are put into it. It’s so amazing and it’s a book that I would read a million times over and over. image The Witch’s Daughter. I wasn’t entirely sure how I was going to feel about this when I came across it. When I read the description it did sound interesting. I decided to give it a chance after it was on my “to be read” list for awhile and I decided that I would go through my list and read the books that have been on there the longest. I ended up loving the book so much. It switches back and forth between 1628 (when being a witch was against the law and they were trying to find and kill witches) and present day. It was definitely a great read.

What are some of your favorite non-series books? 🙂