Waiting For Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

An ARC was provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Waiting For Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey THIS WAS SO ADORABLE AND CUTE!!! I’ve seen a couple of my friends give it a low rating and I can see why some people wouldn’t enjoy it. That wasn’t the case for me. This book is basically a long homage to romantic comedies, which made me realize I have not watched a lot of the movies mentioned, and I quickly wrote them all down to add to my Netflix queue.

This story follows Annie, a screenwriter who is obsessed with rom- coms and finding true love. She especially loves Nora Ephron/Tom Hanks movies, and therefore has very high standards when it comes to men. She wants to meet a kind, loving man with some cut quirks and helps make her life complete. A movie director she admires in coming to town to film his latest movie, luckily for Annie, her uncle knows him. Landing her a job as his assistant. One downside to this job is it puts her in close proximity to Drew Danforth. A heart throb movie star, which she very much dislikes.

Of course following the Rom-Com formula this book has all the fun classic cliches, from an awkward hilarious meet-cute, the denying or the feelings, misunderstanding, and finally the grand gesture. Annie and Drew were so easy to root for, and there relationship developed was paced quite nicely.

This book also has an amazing cats of side characters, Annie’s Uncle is a huge comic fan who plays weekly games of D&D. Then we have Annie’s best friend Chloe, she is fun and spunky. I really liked their friendship, Chloe would call out Annie on her expectations of love. Telling her nothing happens like they do in the movies that she should try and live her life,go on some dates. And Nick, he  reminded so much of Luke from Gilmore Girls, which instantly made him one of my favorite side characters. As some of you know Gilmore Girls is my all time favorite show and I love Luke. Nick is the owner of a local coffee shop, where everyone is town seems to gather on a daily basis. Oh, and Chloe works at the coffee shop as well, and I really hope that Chloe and Nick will have a companion novel!

The ending felt a little rushed and there were a few moments where I was really annoyed with Annie. Which is why it only got a four star rating and not a five.This book had me smiling throughout the whole story. Waiting For Tom Hanks is the perfect fun summer beach read!


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Wilder Girls by Rory Powers

I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger and Content Warning: Graphic Violence, gore, blood,body horror,death,reference to self harm,starvation,reference to suicide and not consenting to medical procedures. 

Wilder Girls has been everywhere lately, with its gorgeous cover to amazing synopsis. I have to say this cover is probably my favorite cover of the whole year.I’m going to need all the sapphic horror books from now on. The female-female relationship in this book was everything! I loved these girls so much and was horrified for what they were going through.

The books follows three girls,Hetty, Byatt and Resse, while there boarding school is under a quarantine. The Raxter school is located off the coast of a Naval base on an isolated island in Maine, the once popular school now sits deteriorating due to a mysterious affliction called the tox. This disease has wiped out all but two teacher and about 40 girls, with terrible affects caused by the tox. The Navy and the CDC has issued a quarantine where everyone must remain in the school grounds except for the boat girls who travel to the water and pick up supplies with one of the teachers. However they do not send nearly enough food or other supplies, many of the girls go hungry as there outbreaks continue to get worse. The CDC promises they are working on a cure but if the quarantine is breached they will stop helping.

Some days it’s fine. Others it nearly breaks me. The emptiness of the horizon, and the hunger in my body, and how will we ever survive this if we can’t survive each other? “We’re gonna make it. Tell me we’re gonna make it.”

The outbreaks are different for each person leaving behind a physical affliction of the tox, but what is the same is the intensity and email drain it leaves them all with. Some girls have brightly glowing hair with silver scales on there arms, and some have more grotesque disfigurations such as bones protruding from the skin or feeling of something crawling behind there eye.

“We’ve all lost things, eyes and hands and last names.” 

Rory power’s writing is beautiful yet it does a fantastic job at making your skin crawl, with it’s deliberate descriptive details. Power’s does not hold back on the horror scenes, as a horror movie lover I found some of the horror to be tame but to others it can be quite triggering. That being said this was one of the most unique young adult novels I had the pleasure of reading.

I ended up only giving Wilder Girls a 4 star rating because I felt like the ending was a bit rushed and slightly unfinished. We were left with so many un -answered questions. Many horror films also tend to have no closure at the end, and leaves us wondering what will happen to the remaining characters. I guess that’s how the mystery continues and leaves us thinking about the book long after were finished reading. I originally thought this book was the first of a series but then later on found out it was a standalone.

“We don’t get to choose what hurts us.”

This book had so many things i liked about it, queer girls,boarding school,creepy animals and horror. I highly recommend picking up Wilder Girls, you will not be disappointed.

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The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

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

Trigger and Content Warning:  Depression, Self-Harm,Violence,

I really LOVED this book! The Storm Crow is filled with the potential to be a great, captivating series. It’s gripping within the first chapter, the characters are all amazing and the magic is uniquely written. With a large variety of majestic crows that can control the elements they provide everything needed for it’s country.  The crows gave me major  How to Train your Dragon vibes. Josephson has created such a rich and gorgeous world!

“It’s difficult to walk against the wind. It takes strength.”

The story begins in Rhodaire,a magical kingdom where the elemental crows reside. Everything happens so quickly in the first chapter,Rhodaire is attacked by Illucia during the crow hatching festival. The queen,some other residents and the crows are killed and the kingdom is left in ruins. The crows being gone changes everything as the residents relied on them for their way of life, the kingdoms continues to suffer. Enter our protagonist Anthia, princess of Rhodaire, when her sister announces she is to marry the prince of the kingdom who destroyed them she is desperate to escape. As luck would have it she finds a crow’s egg. When Thia and Ericen set off for Illicia  she takes Kiva along with her and the egg.

“A storm. A tempest of lightning and thunder with the kind of heart found only in legends. A heart full of kindness and courage and strength.”

Anthia “Thia” : She is the princess of Rhodaire described as having brown skin tone ,and a born crow rider.She suffers from depression, the way its written was so well done,I have never read a fantasy novel that talked about depression before.Josephson does not sugar coat how crippling depression can be. I love how she continue to strive to help her country and overcome her negative feelings. I related to Thia in many ways.I especially loved her connection and passion for the crows.To help create a truce between Rhodaire and Illucia Thia is to wed their Prince.

Kiva: Is Thia’s best friend,she is also a warrior who is assigned to protect the princess. Kiva and Thias friendship was everything! They have such love for each other, and their fierce loyalty. Kiva has also begun to develop a relationship with servant girl, I am anticipating such a cute romance in the sequel!

Ericen: Prince of Illucia, described as having pale skin, he is very sassy and reminds me a little of Rhysand which I’m so here for! I had a good feeling about him from the start even though he comes off as rude to Thia, I am cheering them on from the sidelines. I think there is more to him than we see right now.

Caylen: He is sweet and has some really cute moments, but I am not feeling him like I am Ericen. I felt like the romance between him and Thia was not necessary, but the author seems to be building up towards a long triangle.It honestly feels like she just fell for Caylus because he wasn’t an Illucian. It felt like he didn’t have much of a personality and  Ericen is clearly the better choice.

“People are their truest selves at their most desperate.”

This is the first fantasy I have read in a long time that had me completely immersed into the story and I flew through this book.  At times it was a little predictable but It was a great first book in a series. I highly recommend picking this book up when it comes out and I am very much looking forward to the sequel as I have a feeling it’s going to be amazing!

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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Trigger warnings: talks of suicide, mental illness, depression, stalking, cheating, loss of a parent, abuse from a parent.

This book is Alex Michaelides debut novel and it is one twist after another. this novel had me captivated from start to finish. Daaaamn. I did not see that ending coming! I went in pretty much blind, I didn’t know anything about it other than the main character didn’t speak.The Silent Patient is not a long novel but don’t let that fool you into thinking there isn’t that much going on. I really recommend this book.

“There’s so much pain everywhere, and we just close our eyes to it.
The truth is we’re all scared. We’re terrified of each other.”

Alicia and her husband Gabriel look like they are the perfect couple. Alicia is an aspiring painter and Gabriel is a fashion photographer. There young, beautiful,there careers are kicking off and there crazy about each other. But this book isn’t a love story it’s a thriller, soon we find Alicia standing over her dead husbands body and covered in both of their blood. As everyone struggles to understand why she would do this, their met with a dead end. Alicia is refusing to utter a word, she sits by as she is sentenced guilty to killing the man she loved, she continues to sit silently. She is saved from the death penalty and instead put in a psychiatric hospital, where she still is not speaking.

Theo Farber is a criminal psychotherapist, who is interested in Alicia’s case and is determined to find out what happened that night her husband was murdered. He accepts a new job at The Grove the mental hospital where Alicia was assigned. He is determined to get her speaking again, through therapy and building a trusting rapport.The book is told almost entirely from Theo’s perspective with some flashbacks from Alicia’s journal.

“You become increasingly comfortable with madness – and not just the madness of others, but your own. We’re all crazy, I believe, just in different ways.”

I really enjoyed this book. It has definitely lived up to its reputation as a page turner. I listened to this on audiobook and it was fantastic, the voice actors were so good and pulled you right into the story.

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My Self Care Practices and Tips

Hi everyone, I hope your well. Today’s topic is about self-care, and the things I like to do to relax. As a mom of a busy toddler, a pre-teen boy and working full time, life can become stressful and exhausting pretty quickly. I am sure we can all think of a time when we haven’t really looked after ourselves.

‘Self-care means giving the world the best of you instead of what is left of you!’

Self care is something we should be practicing on the regular and that’s not always bubbles bath and meditating. Sometimes self-care also mean finishing all those projects we’ve started and have left half finished or cleaning up the house. It could also mean returning phone calls or emails.Self-care is all about practices that will benefits all dimensions of your health,physical,emotional,spiritual and intellectual.

I’m sure nothing on this list will be new to any of you, but I truly believe that these things help me and I wanted to share them with you.


Have a bath
I honestly love baths, especially with a Lush bathbomb! The water always looks so pretty and the heat will help loosen those tight muscles. Light some candles, turn out the lights and put on some relaxing music,just enjoy 30-60 minutes to yourself. This really helps me a lot.

Go For A Walk
I’m sure everyone has heard of this one get outside,exercise. I always feel so much better after being out in the sun. Nature is beautiful and something we cannot appreciate while worrying about all the other things on our to do list. So take a half hour, walk around the block, go sit outside on the steps.

Unplug for a while from electronic devices
This is one area I could take my own advice for. Putting away our phones and not checking social media every five minutes could do wonders for our mental health. Whether we want to admit it our not, most of us at sometime has compared ourselves to other’s we see on Instagram,were all guilty of it. By putting our devices away, it helps clear the mind.

Other self care tips: Use a Face Mask, Go to Bed Early,Read or Watch a Movie, declutter your space, keep a bullet journal,listen to music,meal plan,try a new workout,go shopping,see friends and family,garden, have a hot coffee and these are only a few of the things you could do to desires and practice self care.


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Mental Health Book Recommendations

Happy Wednesday! Today for mental health week I’m bringing you a list of Fictional books with mental health/mental illness representation. I have only read a couple of these books myself but the others have been recommended to me many times by bloggers I love. I can’t speak for all the representation in these books as I do not have the same conditions but I can speak for the anxiety representation in the books I have read. That being said I hope you enjoy my recommendations.

( You can click the links in each of the titles to read a more in-depth review of each book.)

Turtles all the Way Down by John Green – Anxiety, OCD

Queens of Geek – by Jen Wilde -Anxiety also has a character on the Aspergers spectrum.

Radio Silence- by Alice Oseman -Anxiety, depression

A Heart in the Body in the World by Deb Caletti – PTSD

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed –Anxiety

Let Me Lie by Claire Mackintosh – borderline personality

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappa– Depression, Anxiety

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera -OCD, Social Anxiety


I hope you’re loving everything that you’re reading! Let me know what your favourite mental health books are in the comments.


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Mental Health as a Book Blogger

I’m here today to bring you guys a more personal post. I wanted to tell you a little about my blogging experiences and how it has effected my mental health. Sharing this part of myself has always been really hard for me not just on the internet but to people in general. I’ve always been a shy, insecure person, so when I first started this blog I knew it would be a challenge to put myself out there. Because as a blogger we also need to connect with other bloggers, authors and publishers to succeed. Talking and opening up does not come easy for me, but honestly blogging has turned out to be an incredible experience. I actually have so many more connections and online friends than I’ve ever had in person.

There has been times where I’ve taken blogging breaks, my biggest one was during my time as a nursing student. I struggled with reading for myself and studying. I didn’t have enough time to read and blog, I felt I would become irrelevant. No one cares about what I review and have to talk about. I would look at other bloggers and think I will never be as good as them.I let the negative thoughts intrude on something that once made me so happy. I felt like a failure because I was following other college students and they somehow made time for both reading and studying.So that’s a little backstory, on my blogging journey.

One of my current blogging stressors is requesting to many books on Netgalley. Then feeling pressure to read them all at once. Well I’ve come to realize that’s impossible, so what I’ve been trying to do is read an e-arc every second book so I can try and get on top of them. This strategy seems to be working along with not comparing myself to other bloggers.

I’m currently really happy we’re I am with my blogging, I’ve started to write a few lifestyle posts that people have seemed to be liking along with my book related content. I would like to post more consistently and that is what I am currently striving for.

This year I’ve really gotten into Instagram and growing my presence on there, and I really love it. I wish I was more creative with my pictures, some people are amazing with the props but when I go to take a picture it’s like I draw a blank. But I am happy where my account is at the moment.


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Mental Health Matters

CMHA Mental Health Week May 6-12, 2019

During this week the Canadian Mental Health Association encourages everyone to use the #GetLoud and talk about Mental Health. This post will be the first of seven I will be posting this week. 2019 will be the 68th annual Mental Health Week.


What is Mental Health?

Mental Health we all have it ,it is our state of emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also affects how we handle stress,how we relate to other people and how we make choices. Our mental health can effect our every daily life,relationships and even our physical health.

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), mental health is:
“… a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

What is Mental Illness: 

Mental illness occurs when the brain just like any other organ is not functioning properly. Mental illness is a wide range of disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Such as depression, anxiety,bipolar disorder, addiction and so many others. The symptoms can vary depending on what disorder your experiencing, and many symptoms can differ from each person. No one will experience all the same symptoms even though they share the same disorder. Mental illness interferes with daily activity and relationships,often leading to the person feeling isolated and misunderstood.


One in five Canadians lives with mental health problems, mental illnesses or addiction. Many Canadian and other nationalities will improperly use the terms mental health and mental illness therefore adding to the stigma surrounding the terms. I’m hoping that over the next week, my posts will help shed some light into the insight of living with a mental illness and how to promote good mental health. Everyone needs to realize that everyone has mental health but everyone may not have a mental illness. We all benefit from promoting awareness and sharing our stories. By talking about mental health we can all help to end the stigma and negativity towards mental health and mental illness.


My Story

I have never shared this part of my story with many people in my personal life, but I think sharing my story will help with understanding who I am. I was always shy, even as a child. I didn’t like to join in when other kids were playing together and talking. At family events I would try and stay by myself or close to someone I felt comfortable with. At the time I did not understand these were all signs of social anxiety, that only got worse as I got older. Around the time I started high school my mental health really took a dive for the worst. I was severely depressed, I started skipping classes and not wanting to see the friends I had made. My first boyfriend and I had broken up during this depressive episode, and I became to self harm.

I felt as if my life had no meaning, I was in so much pain and felt so alone. That self harm felt like my only relief. I was pretty good at hiding it at home, but a few people started to notice the cuts at school, and I was sent to the guidance office. Of course I denied everything,refusing to even discuss the issue. Eventually the counselor stooped calling me into the office. My anxiety also worsened throughout high school to the point where I would get physically sick if I had to speak in front of the class or give a presentation. High school was the lowest point of my life and I started having suicidal thoughts, about how no one would care if I was gone.

My Dad who had always been my best friend, began to suspect what was happening, he tried to bring up self harming with me a few times. I would tell him that if I needed to talk I would tell him, but I didn’t. I was scared of what would happen to me if I told anyone the truth,so I continued to suffer alone. When I was 17, I found out I was pregnant, that is when it all started to come out. When you’re pregnant there is a lot of physical exams and right away one of the nurses pulled my Dad aside. I knew I had to stop the self harming, even at 6 weeks pregnant I was already in love with this little baby and didn’t want anything to happen to it. I started attending counselling sessions at school and was also part of a group for other teen moms.

I finally felt like I belonged to something bigger and had a purposed. I started to feel better about myself and was much happier, even through the morning sickness. I was also terrified about taking care of another life, but I was determined to be better. My son literally saved my life, even though I was young,he gave me something to live for. However my anxiety never stooped, I have also suffered from panic attacks from time to time.

Now let’s jump Forward a little, the two most recent times I have gotten in a bad head space was during college. I became obsessive with getting the best marks, ignoring to eat or take care of myself. I was first in a Pharmacy Technician course then years later I took Practical Nursing.During my time in the pharmacy course I started on an antidepressant, I don’t think it was the right one for me and I stooped taking it. i never brought the topic back up with my doctor, she was hard to communicate with and instead I just let it go. My Nursing course was actually only in 2018, my anxiety at this time was the worst its been since high school. I never felt comfortable in my class, the course was extremely difficult and to make it worse during lab testing we were recorded. I didn’t pass the second lab course and I decided to leave the program, shortly after I found out I was pregnant a second time. And here we are.


This is becoming a very long post but I felt like I needed to share my story with you. I myself have not helped with ending the stigma surrounding mental health, when I was in my teens I ignored the help offered to me as I was already scared about the negativity surrounding mental health. I am finally in a pretty good place, even though I still suffer from anxiety, i have a better handle on what my triggers are and how to control it.What I’m trying to say is if you feel your in a bad mental state please seek help, it can be scary but in the end it is beneficial to your health to have the help.


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April Wrap Up

Hey, loves! I know this is so late! I  have been slacking with reviewing and commenting, but hopefully I’ll get that caught up soon. In May I have a lot of blog posts already planned out and many are drafted so I have a really good feeling about this month.

So to get to the books that I read during the month of April. I read some fantasy books this month which I feel great about as it’s my favorite genre but I have been struggling to get into lately, I give many thanks to the lovely ladies who buddy read with me! I have some varied ratings with the books I read starting from 2 stars up to 4 stars. Okay let’s stop talking and get into what books I read in the month of April!

(Like always, you can click the links in each of the titles to read a more in-depth review of each book.)

Caraval by Stephanie Garber – ★★★★

This was a re-read, because I really wanted to get to Legendary before Finale was released. This time around I read this book via audiobook and it was just as amazing as the first time I read it. This book was just absolutely ENCHANTING! From the very first page up until the last, there was never a dull moment.I got to fall in love with the characters all over again. Stephanie Garber is an incredibly talented author, and a master at weaving beautiful lyrical words.

Legendary by Stephanie Garber – ★★★★★

It has taken me over a year to read Legendary, and I am so happy to have finally read the sequel to Caraval. This book is on my must reads of 2019 and I can now say that I love this book so much! I loved being back in this world, Caraval was such a magical story and Legendary was no different. The romance in this book, I was completely living for it! And that ending!?! The big reveal took me by surprise because it felt a little to obvious so I wasn’t expecting it. Needless to say I am beyond excited for Finale!!

Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman – ★★

I want to start this review by saying that I was very fortunate to have been given a EARC, I swear that my neighbors could hear me cheering. With that said, this book disappointed me so much! I really wanted to love it and I really didn’t like it until the last 30% of the book. I loved Jay and Amie’s Illuminae Files and I do enjoy there writing. I just wasn’t connecting with the story.This book was a huge miss for me, I know there is a lot of high praise already. I know I’ll probably get some hate for this but no one is more disappointed with my feelings than I am.

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott – ★★.5

I originally rated this book a three but I took it down to two and a half stars. I only read this book because I want to see the movie. And I only want to see the movie because of Cole Sprouse. Anyway this book is about two teens living with cystic fibrosis, and there relationship. The story overall I enjoyed it, i found it entertaining but the writing was so cringe worthy. I love beautiful prose and this definitely want it.

The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson – ★★★★

I really LOVED this book! The Storm Crow is filled with the potential to be a great, captivating series. It’s gripping within the first chapter, the characters are all amazing and the magic is uniquely written. With a large variety of majestic crows that can control the elements they provide everything needed for it’s country.  The crows gave me major  How to Train your Dragon vibes. Josephson has created such a rich and gorgeous world!

Wilder Girls by Rory Power – ★★★★

Wilder Girls has been everywhere lately, with its gorgeous cover to amazing synopsis. I have to say this cover is probably my favorite cover of the whole year.I’m going to need all the sapphic horror books from now on. The female-female relationship in this book was everything! I loved these girls so much and was horrified for what they were going through.Rory power’s writing is beautiful yet it does a fantastic job at making your skin crawl, with it’s deliberate descriptive details. Power’s does not hold back on the horror scenes, as a horror movie lover I found some of the horror to be tame but to others it can be quite triggering. That being said this was one of the most unique young adult novels I had the pleasure of reading.

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing – ★★★★

Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey – ★★★★

THIS WAS SO ADORABLE AND CUTE!!! I’ve seen a couple of my friends give it a low rating and I can see why some people wouldn’t enjoy it. That wasn’t the case for me. This book is basically a long homage to romantic comedies, which made me realize I have not watched a lot of the movies mentioned, and I quickly wrote them all down to add to my Netflix queue.This book is the perfect summer beach read!


That’s all! I am so sorry this is going up so late! So those are the books I read this month let me know down in the comments what your favorite book was in April.


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My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I have been unimpressed with thrillers lately both oh boy did this one deliver. If you’re a fan of Dexter, than you are going to love this book. Power couple, serial killers, that’s all I needed to know to pick up this book.This is a brilliant debut novel by Samantha Downing. I simply couldn’t get enough of this book, and I loved every minute of it.

“Officially, the Oaks is one of the safest communities in the state. That’s because all the violence is behind closed doors.”

I’m not going to go to much into the plot because the the best way to read thrillers, but here is a brief description. This book is told from the perspective of the unnamed husband, and centers around seeing the whole story from the perspective of the killers. Millicent and her husband have two children Rory and Jenna and they live in the suburbs. They look like everyone else in the neighborhood, a normal family. Millicent works in real estate and the husband is a tennis instructor at the country club. But they are hiding some very dark secrets, instead of role playing to spice things up, they indulge in murder.

The husband gives the reader a play by play of how the event unfold, while giving us a look at his inner dialogue and twisted thoughts. This book is so twisted, I was unable to put it down. Just when you think you have everything figured out Downing throws us upside down. I loved the tone of the story, it includes so dark humor that I often found myself smiling at the most inappropriate times.

If your looking for a book you cant put down, I would pick up My Lovely Wife and be prepared for a wild ride! I can’t wait to see what Samantha Downing comes up with next, this was an incredible debut.


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