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.

Buddy read with Amy and Amber!


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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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12 Books I Must Read in 2019

There are so many books’s out there and I was trying to find a way to prioritize some of the books I really wanted to get to. I got this idea from Melanie.I loved this idea of reading one backlist title a month . All of these books I’m really excited to read, so I’m hoping this pushes me to actually read them.

THE BOOKS

1. >> Kings of the Wyld – Nicholas Eames

2. >> Senlin Ascends – Josiah Bancroft

3. >>Legendary – Stephanie Garber

4. >>An Ember in the Ashes – Sabba Tahir

5. >>Red Sister- Mark Lawrence

6. >>Furthermore- Tahareh Mafi

7. >>Children of Blood and Bone- Tomi Adeyemi

8. >>Nevernight- Jay Kristoff

9. >>The Poppy War- RF Kuang

10. >>The Kiss Quotient- Helen Hoang

11. >>The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller

12. >>Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor

I have a lot of adult fantasy books that I’m really excited to get to. Do you love or hate any of these books? Do you predict that I will love or hate any of these? Hopefully I can knock these out, and even more so hopefully, I hope to love them all.


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December Wrap Up and Book Haul !

Hello bookworms!! It’s the last day of December, I cant believe its the end of the year already! It has been an amazing blogging year and I Have all of you to thank for that! I’m so amazed even one person wants to read what I have to say haha. Happy New Years Eve! I hope everyone had an amazing December and I will see you all in the new year!

Books Read

(You can click the links in each of the titles if you would like to read a more in-depth review of each book)

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

When I heard there was a modern retelling of A Christmas Carol I was totally interested!! This was the perfect book to read for the Holiday season.

The Lost Sisters by Holly Black

This novella was such a wonderful addition the the Cruel Prince story and I loved seeing into the mind of Taryn, I still don’t like her but at least we got to see why she did some of the things she did. The writing is absolutely beautiful of course. Holly Black remains one of my favorite authors. I really loved this addition to the story and I’m so excited for The Wicked King !!

Merry Inkmas by Tailia Hibbert

I read this book for Tistheseasonathon, and it was the perfect fast paced romance. I loved the Holiday setting, and the characters I really felt connected to. This is a great book to read during the holiday season.

The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

This book has been on my TBR for years and I am so happy that I finally picked it up. Its a middle grade fantasy, about two siblings who get transported into the land of fairy tales. I loved seeing all the characters and the setting. I’m planning on continuing on with the series in the new year! Full review to come.

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

This book was a reread for me, and I loved it, maybe not as much as i did when i first read it at the age of 12. Some parts felt rushed, but the writing in beautiful and gives off so many winter vibes.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

Review to come soon! This series is such a wild ride and I love it with my whole heart and soul. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that i loved the final book so much ! i will say it does have problematic issues but since i am such trash for this series i can over look some of the problems. I have already written the review just tweaking it a bit so it should be up very soon !

Movies Watched

I won’t bore you all with all the Christmas movies I watched which there was a lot haha but here are some of the other movies I watched this month.

Mamma Mia 2: Here we go Again

I spent 90% of this movie with a huge smile on my face and 10% trying not to ugly cry.  I loved it!

Christopher Robin

This movie was amazing! Winnie the Pooh was one of my all time favorite stories growing up. This movie really tugs on your heart strings.

Dumplin

Really surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie, I had no interest in reading the book or watching the movie. Noah was home from school due to a snow storm , he said his friends were all watching this movie.

TV Show’s Watched

The Good Doctor Season 1

Parenthood Season 1

I just started watching the first few episodes and I’m in love !!Will be binge watching this series all of January.

Book Haul!!!

My fiancé got me The Tea Dragons Society, Girls of Paper and Fire, and The Throne of Glass Collectors edition for Christmas!

On Boxing Day I  had some Christmas money and went to Chapters. I  purchased Queen of Air and Darkness (which was 40% off !!) ,Dance of Thieves and Empress of all Seasons. I am so excited to get to all these books in 2019!

I hope everyone has a safe night and have fun ! I will be spending New Years Eve with my kids and watching a movie. I will see you all in the New Year !!


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Blogmas Day 10: One Day in December by Josie Silver

“You tread lightly through life, but you leave deep footprints that are hard for other people to fill.”

I LOVED this book right from  the start! This book was such an addictive read. I couldn’t put it down I fell in love with the characters, and rooted for them to be together.I am an emotional train wreck, I cried so many tears through the course of this book, especially at the end.

The story is told from the perspective of both Laurie and Jack, starting from that fateful day they locked eyes at the bus stop. They had an instant connection but Jack never got in the bus. A year passes by and Laurie has spent all her free time searching for this mysterious man. Until one night she goes to a Christmas party with her best friend Sarah, who is extremely excited to introduce Laurie to her new boyfriend. Sarah’s boyfriend is the mystery man from the bus stop.

“Sometimes you just meet the right person at the wrong time. “

This is not a typical love story. It takes place over the course of ten, angst filled years.I love how the story takes years to develop, we get to see the characters grow, experience joy and heartache. I was so invested in the story and the characters, I needed to know what happened to them.

I loved Laurie and Sarah’s friendship, both girls make mistakes but are incredible friends to each other. Laurie and Jack both hide there feelings and become very good friends as Sarah and Jack continue to date. I had so much anxiety while reading this, there’s characters had so many opportunities that passed them by.

I highly recommend this book. When I closed this book, I had tears running down my face. It is a beautiful story of love and friendship and how one moment can alter your whole life. If you like movies like Love, Actually them you will adore this book!


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Down the TBR Hole #1

Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! The point of it is to Narrow down your Goodreads TBR shelf so your only left with books your excited to read.


How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?


The Six Books:

The Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood

I first bought this book when the TV Series was first announced. I had planned to read it before I watched the show. I still haven’t watched the show, and I’m still interested in reading the book. Keep ✔️

A Clash if Kings- George R R Martin

I have had this on my TBR since 2014 with every intention on reading it, but I made new releases a priority. Maybe once the final season of the show airs I will go back to the written works. Keep✔️

The Lost Hero – Rick Riordan

This one I’m really on the fence about because I do own the whole series. I started an audiobook copy last year and I DNF’d the book. So what do you guys think should I give this book another chance? Delete✖️

The Name of the Wind- Patrick Rothfuss

I’m still very very interested in reading this book. I’m hoping to get to it in the new year! I’ve recently got an audiobook copy, in 2019 this will happen. Keep ✔️

City of Fallen Angels – Cassandra Clare

Another series I’m an going to read and finish in 2019. I started a re read earlier last year and got stuck on this book. I’m determined to push through and finish. Keep✔️

Hollow City – Ransom Riggs

I’ve had this book on my shelf since it was released and I’ve never had the urge to pick it up. So I’m going to give this series to my son to read instead. Delete✖️

Is there any books that you loved that you think I should get to sooner than later.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist Books I Want To Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018.

I love this week’s topic, because it’s made me look through my TBR and find older books that I’ve been excited to read. Which there is a lot of. So easy to get caught up in the excitement of new releases and forget about the older books in our shelves. Here is my top 10 blacklist books I would love to get to in 2019.

1. Nevernight – Jay Kristoff

I’ve been dying to read this book! It just keeps being pushed back over other books but I will read it! The urge to pick it up has been strong these past few weeks.

2. The Bone Witch – Rin Chupeco

I wanted to read this book in October but so much was happening and I ran out of time. In the new year I plan to binge the series.

3. Renegades – Marissa Meyer

With the Sequel coming out, it’s re ignited my excitement or the first book. I love Marissa Meyer, I have no idea why I haven’t read this book yet.

4. An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

So much amazing praise for this book. I’ve owned it for so long, I’ve recently got audio books for the whole series so I will be getting to it this winter!

5. The Kiss Quotient – Helen Hoang

I know this one is pretty new but I want to read it so bad! Especially now that the movie rights have been bought. So many people love this book and I have really high hopes I will too.

6. The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherin Arden

I read Small spaces in October and now I want to read everything she’s written. I’ve had this one for awhile and it’s going to be the perfect winter read.

7. Red Rising – Pierce Brown

So much praise for this series, I’ve always been interested in this series and I will dive into it very soon.

8. History is all they left me- Adam Silvera

I’m hoping to get caught up with all of Silvera’s works. I’ve read more happy than not and I didn’t love it, but I adored his book with Becky Albertalli, so I want to continue with his solo books.

9. Daughter of the Pirate King – Tricia Levenseller

I havent heard to much abouot this one, I love all things pirates and I cant wait to pick this one up.

10. The Last Magician – Lisa Maxwell

My son actually really wants this one, and it sounds really interesting so I might give it a try too. Plus the sequel just came out.

Is there any books on this list that I should move up on  my TBR? Let me know in the comments, I love hearing your thoughts. Happy Reading!!


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Top Ten Tuesdays// Best Halloween Movies

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Tomorrow is Halloween 🎃 The best day of the year! The day where we get to do everything spooky.  I’ve compiled a list of my favorite Halloween movies. Light some candles and grab a snack. Snuggle into some warm blankets and settle in the the evening.  What better way to spend the night than having your room smelling of pumpkins and cinnamon, with a good spooky movie.

1.Halloween 

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2. Trick r Treat

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3. Nightmare before Christmas

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4. The Addams Family

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5. Beetlejuice

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6. Earnest Scared Stupid

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7. Hocus Pocus

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8. Coralline

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9. HalloweenTown

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10. Sleepy Hollow

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I know this list is pretty basic but I love these movies so much. Of course there are tons of horror movies to watch too. What are some of your favorite movies to watch on Halloween? 🎃🎃


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Sadie by Courtney Summers

“People don’t change. They just get better at hiding who they really are.”

TW: Sexual abuse, pedophilia, violence, drug abuse, death, murder, parental neglect

I wasn’t to sure what I was getting into when I started this book. All I knew was that the novel was half told in the format of a podcast, of a girl searching for her sister murderer. This is an extremely dark story. I highly recommend the audiobook, it is a full cast, I found the audio version added so much more enjoyment to the story.

This book tells the story of Sadie a 19 year old girl and her little sister Mattie. Sadie hasn’t had the easiest life, her mother is a drug addicted and she has taken on the role of caregiver for Mattie. So when Mattie was found dead, Sadie is determined to find the man who did

The narrative was so well done, split between two different timelines. The past is told through Sadie’s eyes as she pursues revenge. The current timeline is told through a podcast, a journalist investigating Mattie’s death and Sadie’s disappearance.

“It’s about the lengths we go to protect the ones we love … and the high price we pay when we can’t.”

Sadie is an amazing character, she speaks with a stutter, which only added to her character depth. She is tough but vulnerable and at times witty. She is also queer, I believe she is pansexual. Sadie felt really real to me, you could feel her pain and understand why she was hunting her sisters killer.

This was a really raw emotional and dark story. I’ve only read one other book by Summers, All the Rage, she does not shy away from hard topics. I really like reading dark contemporaries, I must like torture myself because I end up crying a lot. Summers does an amazing job of describing the trauma of sexual assault but not being to vivid.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the ending. It really leaves you hanging on what happened to Sadie in the end, there no conclusion to her story.

This book is very triggering as I’ve mentioned, but this is a story that will stay with me. I highly recommend this book, it’s such s hauntingly powerful book. It is definitely a book that lives up to the hype.


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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

“We wait for death. We hold our breath. We know it’s coming, and still we flinch when it claws at our throats and pulls us under.” 

This book was everything I wanted it to be. it’s the perfect atmospheric Witchy read. The descriptions are so vivid and beautiful. Also the cover is stunning!! This book is going down as one of my favourite witchy reads.

The Wicked Deep is set in the small town of Sparrow off the coast of Oregon. Two centuries ago, three sisters were accused of witchcraft. They were drowned in the pacific with stones tied to there ankles. Now every year during the Swan Season, beginning June 1st until the summer solstice. The three sisters return by claiming the body of three teenage girls. Marguerite, Aurora and Hazel each lure a boy to their death, by drowning in the harbour.

I really loved reading this. I was pulled into the story right away. loved the mystery of which girl was a swan sister. I did figure out the big “plot twist” of the story way before it was revealed, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book.

The curse of the swan sisters is so woven into the story, I love how the lore is such a main aspect of the story.How the town has just accepted that boys drown every June , and they don’t do anything to stop it. I loved seeing the little entries about the sisters from when they were alive and how the town came to the conclusion that they were witches.

“Love is an enchantress–devious and wild. It sneaks up behind you, soft and gentle and quiet, just before it slits your throat.”

Penny, is a fantastic narrator. She was really easy to relate to. She lives on an island with her mother who has mentally checked out after her husband disappeared three years ago. She prefers to spend her time alone. One afternoon she meets a boy named Bo, he is a boy from out of town looking for work. There was a time she was looking for help but at this time she refuses him the job. He becomes entangled in her story both having secrets of there own. Bo is such a sweetie, I really loved his character.

Overall, I loved the haunting lyrical writing. The characters were well developed, the witches were captivating and the romance was sweet. I highly recommend this book if you love Hocus Pocus, it’s a fun book to read around Halloween.


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