Charcoal Thunderstorms by Cheyenne Raine Review



Title: Charcoal Thunderstorms
Author: Cheyenne Raine
Genre: Poetry
Pages: 140
Publication Date: November 2017

Rating: 4.5


Charcoal thunderstorms is a collection that dances with a more youthful and adventurous escape of poetry. the book has eighty poems divided into five chapters and six short stories and tales. the paperback version allows for the reader to create art within the pages where the poems dwell. there is an art to loving a storm, here is where it begins.


I was given a free PDF copy of charcoal thunderstorms by the author in exchange for a review.

This poetry collection is divided into 6 sections, 5 of the 6 sections are poetry and the last is a group of stories. My favorite section was Monsters and Magic, I also really enjoyed some of the stories. My favorite story was Dreams of Dragons. Cheyenne’s writing style is beautiful and magical it leaves you with in a state of awe. This collection is meant to remind you of your childhood, poems full of fantasy imagery including dragons and elves,moons and oceans. Cheyenne is very talented poet,this is actually the second poetry collection of her’s I’ve read (Maroon Daydreams also really liked it.) I love this collection,it felt like reading a fairy tale.

I think that everyone will be able to find something in this collection that they will love. I highly recommend picking up this book. One of my favorite poetry collections of this year!


ARC Review: Friend Request by Laura Marshall

33785151Title: Friend Request
Author:Laura Marshall
Genre: Adult, Thriller
Pages: 384
Rating: 4 Stars


Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston is dead. Isn’t she?

1989. When Louise first notices the new girl who has mysteriously transferred late into their senior year, Maria seems to be everything the girls Louise hangs out with aren’t. Authentic. Funny. Brash. Within just a few days, Maria and Louise are on their way to becoming fast friends.

2016. Louise receives a heart-stopping email: Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. Long-buried memories quickly rise to the surface: those first days of their budding friendship; cruel decisions made and dark secrets kept; the night that would change all their lives forever.

Louise has always known that if the truth ever came out, she could stand to lose everything. Her job. Her son. Her freedom. Maria’s sudden reappearance threatens it all, and forces Louise to reconnect with everyone she’d severed ties with to escape the past. But as she tries to piece together exactly what happened that night, Louise discovers there’s more to the story than she ever knew. To keep her secret, Louise must first uncover the whole truth, before what’s known to Maria–or whoever’s pretending to be her–is known to all.

Thank you to Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for providing an advanced readers copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.

The story alternates between the past and present. In 1989, we see Louise as a teenage girl trying to fit in with the popular crowd. A new girl, Maria moves to town and there a rumors about her from her old school. Louise gets trapped between be-befriending Maria and impressing the other girls. Louise feels isolated from the other girls and turns her back on Maria. In the present time, 2016, Louise is an interior designer who is recently divorced with a 4 year old son. She gets a Facebook friend request from Maria, 25 years after her death.

The writing was suspenseful and the dialogue flowed well as the story unraveled. There are many issues that are relevant in today’s society such as Social media (Facebook) and bullying. Social media is great for staying in touch and sharing pictures with family and friends, but there is a dark side that anyone can just look up your profile. People need to be careful what they post online for others to see.

This was a great debut novel, that keeps you guessing until the very end. I had some guesses as to who sent the request and was proven to be very wrong. I would recommend this highly!

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas Review

31450852Title: Tower of Dawn
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre:Ya, Fantasy
Pages: 664
Rating :4 Stars


Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.


About an hour ago I finished Tower of Dawn which is the sixth book in the Throne of Glass series. The ending had me in tears. I went into this without a ton of expectations because as I’ve said in the past I am not that fond of Chaol but this book completely changed my mind. I always knew I was going to read this book but it took me a while to get to it. Chaol really has improved from that rude human being who he once was. I loved getting more of insight into his feelings…what he went through with his breakup with Aelin , his love for Dorian

Taking place during the events of Empire of Storms, Tower of Dawn follows Chaol and Nesryn to Antica, part of the Southern Continent, where Chaol is in search of healing for his injury also they are striving for an alliance with the Khaganate that could tip the war in there favor.

The first 300 pages I found to be pretty slow because there is so many new characters and world building. But the rest the book really picked up. I only gave this book 4 stars because of the first half the the book and also because I was uninterested in Chaol up until that point.

Chaol’s healing felt a lot like Aelin’s story in Heir of Fire with how she had to really break and face everything she was before she could rebuild herself and move forward with a purpose. Chaol had to go through the same story arc, his body and soul needed to heal together. He goes through so much in this book and has really grown as a person.

YERENE! She first appeared in the Assins Blade ( which I have still have yet to read) .Her sassy-ness and she takes no bull shit towards Chaol. She is resentful to have to heal Chaol because of her hatred for the old King and Ardalan. There relationship grows and I love them together. I liked the fact that she didn’t do things for him and made him do things for himself. Sarah is so good at writing badass female character’s.

Nesryn. I found her story sort of dragged, until the end of the story. I feel like we still don’t really know to much about her. That she is sort of a filler character. I liked her story with the Prince and the ruk’s.

If you were thinking about skipping this book , I suggest you don’t as there is a lot of important information you need to go into the next book. It was supposed to be a novella but it is not its a the sixth book to the series. So much happens in this book that I cant talk about because of spoilers but I do recommend you do pick this up.

SARAH J MAAS IS LIFE! This series is just EVERYTHING to me. I really missed not having Aelin and Dorian around and cannot wait for the next installment even though it will be the last. I’m not ready for what is to come, but I am ready for everyone to be reunited.

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter Review



Title: Bonfire
Autor: Krysten Ritter
Genre: Adult,Mystery,Thriller
Expected publication: November 9th 2017 by Hutchinson
Rating: 3 stars



Should you ever go back?

It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations, and lives, of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question: can you ever outrun your past?


Thanks to NetGallery and Crown Publishing for providing an advanced copy for an unbiased review.

I love Krysten Ritter in Breaking bad and Jessica Jones so naturally I was excited to read this book. Sadly I was a little disappointed. Right away reading the book I felt like it had a very generic story line. It was the same story about a girl who leaves her hometown and then something causes her to come back.Now has to face all the people and problems from her past. I’m not saying it was a bad story I did enjoy it, I was just expecting a little more.

For a debut novel, it was a solid effort and I look forward to any other novels she may write in the future. The writing style was simple yet compelling, it sucks you into the story. I would say it’s more of a drama than a suspense. The villain of the story to me was pretty obvious, I had it pinned down almost upon meeting the character. So that took a lot of the mystery of out it, but the reason why I wouldn’t have guessed.

I recommend this novel to readers first getting into thrillers or just enjoy non frightening mysteries.

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda Review


Title:Best Day Ever
Author: Kaira Rouda
Genre: Adult, Thriller
Pages: 384
Rating: 4 Stars


Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.


I actually really enjoyed this book. I read it in just a few hours, not wanting to stop once I started. I knew nothing about this book going into it. I picked it up at Chapters because it was a new thriller and it was on the recommended shelf, which is always cheaper.

I found it to be a fast paced novel. Starting in the morning Paul and Mia get ready for a road trip to there lake house for the first time since the previous Autumn. This story takes place during a 24 hour hour time line. Told in first person narration strictly from Paul’s point of view, we get to see his mindset. He is an unreliable narrator because he believe himself to be above everyone around him including his wife.

The author does a great job at building tension between Paul and Mia. As the reader you get to see inside Paul’s mind but see Mia reaction to what he is saying. He is a man with many secrets that Mia does not know about. Quickly we see that paul is not all that he wants us to see. There is something sinister about him. I didn’t like him right away, but then again were not really supposed to.

The ending ties up the story nicely,leaving no loose ends. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick paced domestic thriller.

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie


The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur Review

35606560—————————————————————————————————————————————–Title: The Sun and Her Flowers
Author: Rupi Kaur
Genre: Poetry
Pages: 256
Rating: 4 Stars


From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
in order to bloom


I’ve anxiously waited so long for Rupi Kaur to write a second novel, I ran out the day it was released and bought myself a copy.

The Sun and Her Flowers is different from Milk and Honey in themes but the writing remains beautiful. Milk and Honey was about survival,abuse, love and femininity. Where The Sun and her flowers is about grief,self-abandonment, family history,love and empowerment. That being said I loved the first book so much more, Milk and Honey was mind blowing. I found myself struggling, even though my copy is tabbed with favorites.

I love what Rupi stands for, and how she pours so much emotions into her writing. You can feel her passion rolling off the words. This book is such powerful read. The illustration were simple and gorgeous.

Some Favorites

We are all born so beautiful,
the greatest tragedy is being convinced we’re not.

you ask
if we can still be friends
i explain how a honeybee
does not dream kissing
the mouth of a flower
and then settle for its leaves

this place makes me
the kind of exhausted that has
nothing to do with sleep
and everything to do with
the people around me

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

Halloween Book Recommendation !!

It’s October, and Halloween is just a few weeks away,To celebrate, I thought I would share my picks for spooky autumn reads. Since there are only so many times you can re-watch Nightmare on Elm Street.

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I’m sure everyone has heard about this book by now especially with the movie now being in theater. I first read this book when in was in high school, about 10 years ago. This time around I am listening to it on audio book. It is about a small town called Derry, where there are strange murders are going on where no one is to sure what is happening. As we the reader though know they are being committed by someone dressed as a clown. There is a group of children and the story is told in different POV’s between all the character’s from when they were kid’s and now as adults. This is a very long book to read over a thousand pages, the audio book is 44 hours. I think this is a perfect book to read in October.

29608503How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

This witchy book is the perfect book to read this time of year. I read it only a few months ago and really enjoyed it. How to Hang a Witch is set in Salem the town famous for the witch trials. Our protagonist Samantha has moved in with her stepmother to her Father’s childhood house.  She becomes enemies with a group of girls called the descendants, actual decedents of witches from the trials. If that inst enough Sam also encounters a ghost of a boy who is angry that Sam is in the house. You can see my review here.


15797848There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

This novel was described as Scream in YA form. Highly anticipated thriller by Stephanie Perkins. Makani, an African american/native Hawaiian girl is sent to move in with her grandmother by her divorcing parents. Here she befriends a trans boy named Darby and his friend Alex. There are a close knit group of friends, when Makani starts to date Ollie they are suspicious of him as there are strange murders happening around town. I enjoyed this novel and recommend picking it up if your looking for a fun fast read.  This is my most recent review and you can see it here. 




There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins Review

15797848—————————————————————————————————————————————–Title: There’s Someone Inside Your House
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: YA,Horror,Mystery
Pages: 304 Kindle edition
Rating: 3.75 Stars


Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.


As a fan of Stephanie Perkins contemporary book’s I was excited to see how she would do with a completely different genre such as horror. I have to say, I enjoyed this book, I wasn’t blown away by it but I really liked it. As a huge horror fan I loved that there was blood and gore with a high body count. There was just something missing for me. I felt like the mystery of the killers identity shouldn’t have been reveled so early in the story. It would have been better to find out at the final scene who it was. Also the motive for the kills was really underwhelming.

Makani, our main character, was an African American native Hawaiian, was the new girl in a small town, sent to live with her grandmother by her divorcing parents. Makani is an interesting character and had a lot of depth, especially when we learn about her back story.

Perkins writing like her other books, has an easy flow and pulls you into the story. The romance is heavily rooted into the story. It is a fast read I finished it in two sittings, could have finished it in one but I had to work. I liked Makani and Ollie’s relationship, however this was supposed to be a horror novel and some of the romance I could have done without.Call me morbid but my favorite parts of the story was the death scenes. They were gruesome and well thought out, no two deaths were written the same.

It was an entertaining, creepy read and very different from Stephanie Perkins other books. I would recommend reading if your looking for a fast fun spooky read.

Have you read this book? Let me know what you thought in the comments 🙂 

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

Fall Essentials + Obsessions!


This post of going to sound so basic but I love the fall so much. It’s the season I look forward to all year. The leaves are starting to turn color,and its glorious .I wish there was a place where it was autumn year round.

I like to read paranormal/horror/thriller books in the fall. Coming in the next week I will be making a post of “spooky” recommendations. It’s such a good essential to have to get into a darker Halloween mood. One of my favorite series to re-read in the fall is the Harry Potter series it just has so many fall vibes. It’s just perfect to read in the fall time. I don’t like to make To be read piles because my moods change, I have read one book and one comic trade in October so far and I hope to get to a few more. I have a huge pile of thrillers I would like to get to, and I’m listening to It on audio book.

Make a Fall playlist, my favorite kind of music to listen to in the fall time is more indie, acoustic. I put a bunch of my favorite songs into a big list. Just a nice chill playlist to listen to while reading or cleaning up.


How can I talk about fall without talking about candles! My favorite fall scents from Bath and Body works; Leaves, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, your whole place smells great and its just awesome. My new favorite is marshmallow fireside,I didn’t think I would like it but omg its amazing !!

Fall is by far the best time to wear boots. Go for long walks in the afternoon with the crisp fall air and crunching leaves under my feet. Super comfy cozy sweaters, and it wouldn’t be Fall without flannel.

And of course you need fall drinks weather you like tea or coffee, if not then grab a hot chocolate. Personally I love pumpkin spice lattes. I’m a very basic person 🙂

9baf90353963d26daaa1c54235b10b38I love spending time outside this time of year. So of course apple picking is a must but this year I don’t think I’ll be able to go. So this year I will have to say pumpkin carving will be a big activity to do 🙂 I want to get 2-3 pumpkins closer to the end of October (Tomavo sells local produce.)

It wouldn’t be fall without Halloween/horror movies. My favorite is John Carpenters Halloween and Earnest scared stupid I used to watch it every year as a kid and want to pass the tradition on to my son and baby girl once she’s old enough.

What are some of your favorite fall essentials?

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

Life update and Autumn Would you Rather .

tumblr_ovayonj19R1uow63xo1_500.jpgHappy Canadian Thanksgiving !!!There has been a lot of changes in my life this year, some hard and some good. Quitting school was the right decision it has eased my anxiety so much and I am torn weather to re-enrolling in the future. Finding out I was pregnant was scary but with my Family’s support it has been a good experience, with only 10 weeks left until baby Emilia is here ❤ I am thankful for my family, my cats and my friend. I have my windows open, it’s raining and the autumn breeze is drifting inside, so I decided to do this Autumn would you rather I found on Tumblr.

Autumn Would you Rather:

1. Go apple picking V.S. Going on a hay ride

2. Scary V.S. Sweet

3 Sweaters V.S. Boots

4. Socks V.S. Mittens

5. Bonfires V.S. Football

6. Trick or Treating V.S. Watch Scary movies *this one is hard*

7. Apple Pie V.S. Pumpkin Pie

8. Halloween V.S. Thanksgiving

9. Bake Pie V.S. Bake Cookies

10. Rain V.S. Fog

11. Black Cats V.S. Owls

12. Ghosts V.S. Wizards

13. Harry Potter V.S. Halloweentown

14. Go Hiking V.S. Sleep in

15. Cinnamon V.S. Nutmeg

16. Reading V.S. Writing

17. Hot Chocolate V.S. Tea

18. Live in a Cabin In a Forest V.S. Have it be fall 24/7

19. Candy Apples V.S. Caramel Apples

20. Blankets V.S. Pillows

21. Roasted marshmallows V.S. Roasted Chestnuts

22. Coffee V.S. Apple Cider

23. Red Leaves V.S. Orange Leaves

24. Braids V.S. Bows

25. Scented Candles V.S. The Smell of Fresh Baked Goods

26. Carve Pumpkins V.S. Make Pumpkin Pie

27. Pumpkin Spice Lattes V.S. Chai Tea Lattes

28. Coats V.S. Oversized Sweaters

29. Beanies V.S. Berets

30. Candy Corn V.S. Peanut Butter Cups

31. S’mores V.S. Apple Crisp

32. Jump In a Pile of Leaves V.S. Swing on a Tire Swing

33. Corn Maze V.S. Haunted House

34. Bob For Apples V.S. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

35. Whipped Cream on Hot Chocolate V.S. Marshmallows on Hot Chocolate

36. The smell of pumpkin guts V.S. rotting leaves?

37. Sweet V.S. salty pumpkin seeds?

38. Store bought V.S. pumpkin patch pumpkins?

39. Wool V.S. knit sweaters?

40. Halloween party V.S. exploring haunted places?

41. Candy corn V.S. mellowcreme pumpkins?

42. Apple cider donuts V.S. pumpkin donuts?

43. The Nightmare Before Christmas V.S. Hocus pocus ?

44. Scary costume V.S. something silly?

45. Still, silent nights V.S. rainy, windblown ones?

46. Monster movies V.S. their classic novels?

47. Witches V.S. ghosts?

48. Raking leaves V.S.climbing trees?

49. Ouija boards V.S. ghost stories around a campfire?

50. Frankenweenie V.S. The Corpse Bride?

Well that’s it for today 🙂 I’m hoping to have a few more Autumn/Halloween post in the next few weeks, Le me know if you would like a fall reads recommendation post 🙂

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie