One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

29923707Title: One Dark Throne
Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: YA,Fantasy
Pages: 464
Rating: 3 Stars


The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is strongerthan ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out.And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.


I’m disappointed to say that I had such high expectations for this series and it turned out to be just okay. I really struggled to get into the story, yes this book had a lot more action scenes then book one. If you loved the first book than I’m sure you will really enjoy this one as well, I just don’t think this series is for me, and now it has been extended to four books.These book’s have a mixture of everything I love, dark,edgy powerful queens,but something just isn’t clicking.

I found a lot of the scenes were rushed and some plot points I didn’t understand, I felt they were unnecessary to the story. The pacing is really slow, and I don’t really connect with any of the characters. There are a lot of character arcs in these book’s. There’s the three queens,there suitors ,friends and family. Arsinoe is still my favorite but Katharine is making an incredibly close second.She has changed SO MUCH and I really enjoyed seeing the dark side to her.The romances I’m not invested in any of them, Joseph is a terrible person!

These books are enjoyable, and I plan on sticking with this series to see how it will end for the queens.

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie


Scream All Night by Derek Milman

32928987Title :Scream All Night
Author: Derek Milman
Genre: Ya,Contemporary, Horror
Pages: 400
Rating: 4 Stars


Dario Heyward knows one thing: He’s never going back to Moldavia Studios, the iconic castle that served as the set, studio, and home to the cast and crew of dozens
of cult classic B-horror movies. It’s been three years since Dario’s even seen the place, after getting legally emancipated from his father, the infamous director
of Moldavia’s creature features.

But then Dario’s brother invites him home to a mysterious ceremony involving his father and a tribute to his first film—The Curse of the Mummy’s Tongue. Dario swears
his homecoming will be a one-time visit. A way for him to get closure on his past—and reunite with Hayley, his first love and costar of Zombie Children of the Harvest
Sun, a production fraught with real-life tragedy—and say good-bye for good. But the unthinkable happens—Dario gets sucked back into the twisted world of Moldavia and
the horrors, both real and imagined, he’s left there.

With only months to rescue the sinking studio and everyone who has built their lives there, Dario must confront the demons of his past—and the uncertainties of his
future. But can he escape the place that’s haunted him his whole life?

ARC provided by edelwiess in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger warnings for mental illness and child abuse.

SCREAM ALL NIGHT  is a coming of age story about a boy who has to face his childhood demons and return to his home. I was first drawn to this book because I love horror movies. This book’s main setting is a a movie studio that makes horror movies. What I
wasn’t expecting was the abuse that Dario suffers as a child and the mental illness representation. This book is an interesting and quick read.

This is one of the most unique Ya book I’ve ever read! Dario Heyward is a teen boy living in a group home after legally emancipating himself from his family. His father, the famous mastermind behind a horror movie production company Moldavia Studios,he leaves the entire studio to Dario in his will. He is given six months to make a profit or he is to sell to another studio. Oren, Dario’s older brother has an idea for a movie but it is not well thought out, the crew dose not  want to continue with his film.

This book gave me a lot of Rocky Horror feelings, with the cult following of the studios B-horror movies.Derek does an amazing job setting the atmosphere of the
castle! I loved Dario as a character,he was clever and cares about his family and friends. He struggles with coming to terms with his childhood trauma,and his relationship with his brother. Oren, is such a different character, hes quirky and he struggles to put his thoughts together. I loved reading about him,he was a bit problematic but he works on repairing his relationship with Dario.

This book is released on July 24th, This would be the perfect book is to read during a cold October night!

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

38139409.jpgTitle: Sawkill Girls
Author: Claire Legrand
Genre: Ya,Fantasy
Pages: 320
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Rating: 3.5


Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.

He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids
whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.


ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book by Claire that I’ve read and I thought this book had a lot of potential,it was set up like a YA Horror, but turned supernatural. I was confused at the beginning, but I slowly got into the story. The monster was creepy and mysterious.The writing was beautiful and does a great job at setting up the creepy atmospheric vibe of the island.I loved the characters !! There is also bisexual and asexual representation in this novel.

Sawkill Girls is told is three different POV’s. Told by Marion,Zoey and Val, these three girls come together when girls on the island continue to go missing.This story is set during present time. It begins with Marion and her family moving to Sawkill after their father’s passing away. I adored getting to know Marion, she is a sweet girl who has gone through a lot of negative things but she continues to hold on strong. She is the rock of her family,she takes care of her mother who cannot cop with life after the death of her husband. She is pretty close with her sister Charlotte and I loved there relationship.

The second girl Zoey, was my favorite of the three. She is fierce, and she is asexual. She was in a relationship with Grayson until they had sex, she realized she didn’t enjoy sex and felt repulsed by it. Grayson remains her best friend and he is so sweet. Zoey is also grieving, her friend Thora was one of the girls who went missing.

Then there was Val,she is the popular beautiful golden girl of the island.I can’t reveal to much about her because spoilers, but i really grew to like her character. The relationships between the girls is intense,Zoey and Val are pretty much enemies.Marion’s family is employed by Val’s mother to be housekeepers,these three girls end up spending a lot if time together.The girls are amazing and flawed and just completely perfect.

Overall, this was a fun paranormal book with strong female friendships,girls fighting monsters and a cute f/f relationship. This book comes out October 2 and will be the perfect fall read.

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

35707056Title: Undead Girl Gang
Author: Lily Anderson
Genre: Ya,Paranormal, Mystery
Pages: 320
Rating: 4 Stars



Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.

So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.

Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again.


I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book, I’ve seen it around and I never really had an interest in reading it. My daughter is teething and I needed an audiobook so I picked up this one. I ended up listening to in in two days, OMG I loved it so much !!

What I loved most about this novel was the friendship between all the girls. Mila our main character is a fat Mexican, also a wiccan who ends up resurrecting her friend Riley,but surprise she also raises June and Dayton. Mila and Riley were never friends with the other girls while they were alive, they were bullies or “mean girls”.But now they have all grown close in the search for who killed them within seven days. I loved how the girls all bonded with each other, despite there differences.I loved Mila’s sarcastic voice, while she is tough the author also shows her softer side as she grieves for her friend.

The murder mystery aspect was brilliantly done. I was constantly changing my opinion as to who the murderer was as more facts were revealed, I was wrong in who I thought it was.I also loved how it was explained that Wicca and Witchcraft are not the same thing (despite what many people think.)I took off a star rating because I felt that the ending was a little rushed.

If your looking for a fun diverse, murder mystery with a bunch of girls doing magic then I highly advise you to pick this one up.This book is a must read for 2018!!

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

31180248Title: Leah on the Offbeat
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Ya, Contemporary
Pages: 368
Rating: 3 Stars


Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in
this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.


LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT picks up where SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA left off, Leah on the Offbeat follows Leah during her senior year. She is bisexual but she
is not out to any of her friends.I’m so excited that I got to read this book so soon after the release date to not be influenced by other reviews. I don’t have a whole lot to say about the world building as it’s a contemporary,but I love how its connected to Becky’s other novels.This is a book that is a very character driven novel, it is not plot driven at all.I loved seeing Simone and Bram together, ahh it’s so cute!!! After a week of thought, I’ve decided to lower my rating from a 4 to a 3.

Leah is a fantastic character,as a heavier girl I love how confident she is with her body.In this book we got so much more insight into her character than we got in Simone. I really connected with the anxiety she felt even in her friend group. But I feel as if she didn’t go through a huge character growth as I would have liked. However I felt that she was a difficult character to empathize with at times. She was really mean to her friends and her crush without being provoked. Leah also “Bi” shames her crush, which is a hard no for me. Leah hasn’t come out to her friends herself yet that she is bi-sexual so for her to criticize her crush for being confused about her sexuality was really hypocritical of Leah. She goes through very little character development and this is why I have decided to lower my rating.

Overall, I didn’t love this book as much as I wanted to, but I did enjoy it.

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

Emmy 5 Month Old Baby Update

Emmy 5 Month Baby Update

I honestly don’t know where the time has gone, I can’t believe it,she’s 5 months old already.This past month has been such a fun month. At her 4 month docotor’s
appointment she weighed 18.6 pounds .She is in the 97 percentile. She fits into 9 month clothing and Ive been putting her in some 12 month things here and there, it’s a little big but it seems less tight against her belly. She rolled over just before turning 4 month’s, she’s done it a few times since then but not that much. It seems like shes not sure how she did it, she gets up onto her side and she rocks back onto her belly.So I’ve been helping her rock side to side so she can get in some practice with the movements.

She got an exersaucer a few weeks ago and she loves it! We have to put a towel behind her back to give her some extra support. Its so funny watching her play with all
the different toys. Her hands eye coordination has become so much better, if she sees something she reaches out and grabs it.She is also very vocal, she will squeal
and yell. She is such a funny girl, I love seeing her smile.

She’s been going through a stormy period, some afternoons she can’t seem to settle herslef to be able to nap. I think she is teething,she has a runny nose and the last
few days her checks has been really red. She has been sleeping a lot this past week so hopefully the tooth breaks through soon.

I have found a daycare and paid the deposit, which is really nice. One less thing to stress about. It wasn’t my first choice but it is the one that has a spot available for November.

Lately when my mom or other people who she dosent see regularly she now cries and shyes away. I found a baby playgroup at the library where there is story time
and music. I was nervous to bring her because I wasn’t sure how she would react to new people and babies, but she did really well. She was the youngest baby in the group, she loved the music. The leader of the group blew some bubbles and Emmy was so amazed!

Also the doctor said we can start solids in a few week’s, and I’m making my own baby food. I started to make some of the starter foods this week: Sweet potato,
butternut squash,green beans,bananas,apples and pears. Its so much fun I can’t wait until shes ready to start trying these foods, I picked up some cereals from
the grocery store.

Providence by Caroline Kepnes

35226186Title: Providence
Author: Caroline Kepnes
Genre: Adult, Thriller
Pages: 400
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Rating: 3.5


A propulsive new thriller about the obsessive nature of love when an intensifying relationship between best friends is disrupted by a kidnapping.

Growing up as best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe are the only ones who truly understand each other, though they can never find the words to tell one another the depth of their feelings. When Jon is finally ready to confess his feelings, he’s suddenly kidnapped by his substitute teacher who is obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and has a plot to save humanity.

Mourning the disappearance of Jon and facing the reality he may never return, Chloe tries to navigate the rites of entering young adulthood and “fit in” with
the popular crowd, but thoughts of Jon are never far away.

When Jon finally escapes, he discovers he now has an uncontrollable power that endangers anyone he has intense feelings for. He runs away to protect Chloe and
find the answers to his new identity–but he’s soon being tracked by a detective who is fascinated by a series of vigilante killings that appear connected.

Whisking us on a journey through New England and crashing these characters’ lives together in the most unexpected ways, Kepnes explores the complex relationship between love and identity, unrequited passion and obsession, self-preservation and self-destruction, and how the lines are often blurred between the two.


I received an ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.

I was really excited when I heard there was new book from Caroline Kepnes. You is one of my favorite books so I was really excited when I got approved on Edelweiss for a copy. I really struggled with what to rate this book, because one I did really like it. It’s a very strange book, I wanted to keep reading to see if it would explain what happened to Jon and if he fixes it. Two, it was one of the strangest book’s I’ve ever read, at times I was confused and wasn’t sure what was going on. I didn’t quite know what I was getting into when I started Providence, but I’m glad I read it. Although I wouldn’t say its a thriller, it has many sci-fi elements to the story.

Providence follows three characters who each have their own alternating POV’s: Jon, Chloe, and Eggs. Jon “basement boy” is our main character who is kidnapped in the woods as a child on his way to school and returns years later “changed”.I really wanted to know what happened to Jon and that is the main reason I kept reading.Chloe is Jon’s best friend, his only friend. Eggs is the detective who investigating strange deaths, where people die of heart attacks. He is borderline OCD, he get’s obsessed with the case, believing there has to be more to it than just heart attacks, the case becomes the only thing he can think about.

It’s hard to describe this book because I don’t want to reveal to much, it’s better going into the book not knowing much about it.I really enjoyed this book as an original story idea, I’ve never read anything like this before.I’m going to be 100% honest with you. I wanted so much to love this book.I really did. But, it was just such a weird concept. I’m still glad that I gave it chance and finished reading the book.

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

36442868Title: The Perfect Mother
Author: Aimee Molloy
Genre: Adult, Thriller
Pages: 336
Rating: 4 Stars


Vanity Fair calls it one of the most anticipated books of the summer. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Scandal’s Kerry Washington.

An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.

They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood; sharing the fears, joys, and anxieties of their new child-centered lives.

When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on
this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted from his crib.Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now Midas is missing, the police are asking disturbing questions, and Winnie’s very private life has become fodder for a ravenous media.

Though none of the other members in the group are close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days that follow, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.


Trigger Warning(s): Child Abduction, Murder, Adultery, Mentioning of Sexual Assault/Rape, Depression, Mentioning of Abortion, Mentioning of Pregnancy Loss, Violence

It’s so amazing that this book is a debut!! It has already been picked up to be made into a movie with Kerry Washington. This book gave me tons of anxiety, and I shed a few tears in different scenes. I have a bad anxiety about leaving my baby with babysitter so what happened to Winnie terrified me. I felt really connected to these new mom’s and there struggles.

This story follows a group of first time moms who meet in a mommy group, these moms all shared the same month as a due date. The main characters are Francie, Nell,Colette, Scarlet, Winnie and Token( who is a man).Once there babies are born, they all decided to meet up meet up in a local park along with the babies to chat about there struggles and concerns about being a new mom .On the Fourth of July some of the women organized a girls night out, while out, it is discovered that one of the babies has gone missing from his crib.

I read this book with a million questions going through my head. I flew through this because I wanted to find out what happened to this baby! I had no idea who was responsible for the disappearance and was shocked when finally finding out.The author tells the story through multiple POVs, letting different character’s share their theories about the babies disappearance. At times I found it confusing as to who’s chapter it was as there were no chapter headings, but it also made it really interesting. There were some chapter’s were someone is talking but you have no idea who it is.

Molloy does an amazing job addressing a lot of relevant issues that new parents face . I felt really connected to these women, as I myself am a second time around new mom, I could empathize with how they felt.There is so much pressure for new moms, and it comes from everywhere, social media, friends, family and strangers will even comment with their opinions.

The Perfect Mother is the perfect binge read.A clever ending that surprised me. This would be the perfect book to read while sitting on a beach. I highly recommend!!

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

What if it’s us by Becky Alberalli and Adam Silvera

36260157Title: What If It’s Us
Author: Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Genre: Ya, Contemporary
Pages: 448
Rating: 5 Stars


Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third? What if Arthurtries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough? What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play? But what if it is?


*An ARC was provided by Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

WOW!! I FREAKING LOVED IT!! This book was so amazing! I smiled so much while reading.This story is adorable, and it’s so sweet.The character’s were realistic and refreshing,even the side character’s were really well developed. I was sooo excited when I found out Becky and Adam were writing a book together, and it was everything I thought it would be.There’s love,humor,awkwardness and some angst.Also this book has great representation, and diverse character’s.

Arthur is a boy from Georgia who is spending his summer in NYC working as an intern at his mother’s law firm. I love him soo much. He is a theater nerd referencing Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton multiple times during this book which made my fan girl heart soar. Arthur has never had a boyfriend before, so we get to see him have his first relationship and it’s so adorable. He is just to precious.

Ben is a light skinned Puerto Rican stuck in summer school with his ex-boyfriend Hudson.He is heart broken when he first meets Arthur at the post office and doesn’t  stick around. His family dynamics is so sweet, his parents are super supportive.

Dylan has to be hands down the greatest best friend ever!  He dose not shy away from joking around or being close with Ben. He is supportive and kind, every scene with him just melted my heart.

There romance is just so pure,they fanboy over Harry Potter,Hamilton and the Sims together. I felt it was really relatable, there relationship wasn’t perfect but they talked about things and worked on it together.

I Highly recommend this book !! This  book was everything I hoped for and more.

I am now motivated to pick up Adam’s other books !!!

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

34499221Title: To Kill a Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Genre: YA,Fantasy,Retelling
Pages: 342
Rating: 5 Stars


Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a
twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of
her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory
hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of siren kind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy.


“And the ocean, calling out to us both. A song of freedom and longing.”

To Kill A Kingdom absolutely lived up to the hype! I LOVE IT. I’m a huge fairy tale nerd so I knew I had to get my hands on this book. This book is one of my favorite books of the year and its going on my all time favorites list! This book is so magical, the world building is so good,without any info-dumping. The action scenes are so well done, you could literally feel the tension,I loved everything about this book. Also this world was extremely diverse!I can’t wait to read more from this author, as I was blown away by her writing. I love stories about the ocean,mermaids and pirates this book made my heart so happy.

In this book we follow Lira who is a siren princess and a cold blooded killer. She was raised to steal human hearts, she wanted to be even more powerful and
decided to steal hearts from Princes.She wants to please her Mother the Sea Queen and in doing so Lira is vicious and unforgiving.Lira is such a complex character. She has so much depth, I enjoyed her arc and development so much!! I loved how she discovered humanity and grappled to come to terms with siren-hood at the same time.I adored her. She was strong and powerful!

Elian is the Prince of Madais but he dose not want to end up being king. He loves the ocean to much, he is also Pirate who hunts for sirens!! He is fierce loyal to his crew, there friendships are so heartwarming and sweet.He was so freaking sarcastic, I loved it. The romance between these two characters was so perfect. Slow burn,as they grew to care and trust each other.

“Hearts are power, and if there’s one thing my kind craves more than the ocean, it’s power.”

If I had to pick my favorite thing about this book, I would have to say without a doubt it would be the lore about the ocean and the sirens. I love the ocean I always have, I remember as a kid I would go swimming pretending I was a mermaid. The sirens in this book are gorgeous fierce wild creatures who show no mercy. I loved everything about them.

I was captivated from the very first page. I adored this book. I can’t wait to see what this author does next! If you like the Little Mermaid, Fantasy, dark twists… then this is the book for you!

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie