The Quick Book Review

Title: The Quick

Author: Lauren Owen

Published: June 17th 2014 by Random House

Recommended If You Like: Vampires, Gothic, Victorian London, Literature, Historical Fiction, Horror

Pages: 523

Stars: starstarstarstarstar

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First, I want to to let you know this is not a quick read. It’s very detailed and the writing style is wonderful, but you need to read at more slow pace to take it all in. It’s a great read for true literature lovers though! The writing is very atmospheric and is perfect for stormy nights, cuddled under blankets.

I personally love vampire stories, I know that a lot of people find them a little cliche and over done. I totally get that, I’m over all the cheesy, romance novels using vampire characters too! But, my favorite kind of books are ones that are serious, Gothic literature that don’t glamorize them, but treat them as the creatures they are, and this book is a perfect example. Although, the vampires are exactly of the Dracula type, they aren’t cutesy. However, this is set in Victorian England, which honestly only makes it that much better.

This book had it all for me! It had a dark, Gothic setting, moody vampires, amazing cast of supporting characters that were so unique that you will remember them long after putting the book down, and an amazing ending. Which, to be honest, has been hard to come by for me. So many books are leaving the ending in a way that is not satisfying and leaves too many questions. But, not this one. It makes reading through so may pages worth it.

I did have one problem, but only one with this though and it was the narration. The way the book works is that each chapter is told through another character’s perspective, which made it confusing in the beginning. But, it does get easier to read once you are introduced to all the characters.

Overall, I would recommend this to anyone looking for a spooky, Gothic read. For everyone who appreciates smart, scary vampire stories, this book is for you! Let me know your thoughts on The Quick in the comments below! And don’t forget to like, share, and follow to keep to up to date on future posts.


Uganda Be Kidding Me Book Review

Title: Uganda Be Kidding Me

Author: Chelsea Handler

Published: March 4th 2014 by Grand Central Publishing

Recommended If You Like: Humor, Comedians, Memoirs, Travel, Essays

Pages: 257

My Rating: starstarstarstar_emptystar_empty

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A quick review for a quick book:

I love reading books written by comedians. They are so funny and easy going that I often fly through them in a day or two. While, that wasn’t exactly the case with this book, I actually found the writing a little difficult to read, I still enjoyed it.

I love traveling and while I can’t afford to do much of that this year, I decided to live vicariously and read this book on Chelsea Handler’s recent travels. I thought that this was only about her trip to Africa, but this also includes another trip and some random stories that I felt like didn’t belong.

Overall, I thought it was interesting and funny. However, you have to appreciate her very dirty and blunt humor. It’s not for everyone. Also, I felt it really went off the rails towards the end with stories that didn’t even have to do with traveling and didn’t fit the book at all. It was ok, but not a great book.

Monthly Favorites June 2015

June’s been a crazy month but I did have enough time to find some new monthly favorites!

The Quick- This imaginative take on the vampire legend was just the book I needed to get me out of my reading slump. I’ve started taking a course that is basically all reading so reading for fun has taken a bit of a back seat lately. But, this was fantastic and I can’t wait to post my review on it!

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Sammies vlogs- Sammi aka Beautycrush is a beauty guru on YouTube and she is so fun and down to earth. If you haven’t heard of her go and check her out. This month she has been daily vlogging and I admit to constantly checking my subscriptions for her new videos daily. She lives in London where she works on her channel as well as her new clothing line.

Vampy nails- So I had cute lilac nails earlier, but I felt like vamping it up and going against the grain. So I painted my nails a deep red byMaybelline called Dressed To Kill. I’m loving the color and it makes me feel a little sexy to go bit darker.

Marie Antoinette series killer- In actually currently reading this, so I may change my mind after in finished, but I’m loving it so far! It’s such a hilarious thought, the queen come back to murder people. And it is campy and cheesy and that’s what makes it so fun. This is a great read if your looking for a book just for fun.

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Celebrating my wedding anniversary- This year marked my 3rd wedding anniversary and I received these beautiful flowers on my door step from my wonderful husband. And I’ve enjoyed looking at the beautiful bouquet everyday since.

That’s it for this month. Next month is going to be crazy and I may not be here very much as I haven’t been for the past week or so. I’m sorry but sometimes life is more important, and I hope you understand. I’ll post as often as can!


Palace of Spies Book Review

Title: Palace of Spies (Palace of Spies #1)

Author: Sarah Zettel

Published: 5th 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Recommended If You Like: YA, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Spy Thriller, Romance, Adventure, England, Royalty

Pages: 368

My Rating: starstarstarstarstar

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This is an incredibly funny book with fantastic writing style. I’ve never seen a writing style like this, especially how the chapters are titled. Plus, the font was really cute as well. It’s little details like these that make a book stand out amongst the rest, and are things I really appreciate. It really put me in into that world, which in England during the reign of King George I.

This was in a period that I wasn’t very familiar with but is it fascinating. It’s mostly set in the royal British court and highlights what is was like to be there during that time. It even goes into detail the type of dress they wore, with humor of course. If your unfamiliar with the time period it’s okay, the author describes what is happening during that time period, so that you understand everythi9ng better.

The story if full of shady characters and no one is who they seem. I liked that this was actually really good at not letting you know what really was happening until the very end. So many books now are predictable and that takes away part of the fun. Peggy is a fantastic leading lady, and is someone who you can root for the whole book.

I hope that you enjoyed this and that you will check out this amazing series! This is perfect those who love historical fiction and also want an easy read. Perfect for the beach or pool! Please like, share, and follow to keep up to date with future posts!

Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I feel like this is similar to the 10 books that will be in my beach bag this summer so if these overlap with my post from a few weeks ago, I apologize!

1. The Miniaturist

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2. The Selection

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3. Becoming Darkness

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4. All The Light We Cannot See

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5. Her Dark Curiosity(The Madman’s Daughter #2)

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6. The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2)

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7. Dangerous Deceptions Palace of Spies #2)

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8. Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer

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9. The Chaos Of Stars

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10. City Of Lost Dreams

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What will you be reading this summer? let me know in the comments below! If you enjoyed this then please like, share, and follow to keep up to date with future posts.


May Favorites 2015

Mad Max: I saw this for Husband but I ended up loving it! It’s a crazy thrill ride that hit as soon as the movie opens and doesn’t end. It was just a lot of fun. The movie is crazy and really out there, we went with a friend and she continued to look at me the whole time like ‘what in the hell am I watching’ LOL. So it’s not for everyone, but if you’re interested you should definitely check it out.

Plus Tom Hardy amiright??

The Madman’s Daughter: I’d been eying this book for a very long time now. I would repeatedly pick it up at the bookstore, but never bring it all the way to the check out counter. But, I finally bought it and went through it in only a few days. It was excellent and kept you on your toes that whole time. Very eery, and slightly scary. I loved it and I cant wait to read the second one in the series!

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Benefit They’re Real Mascara: Even though I only have a sample of this and I bought it for my birthday in March, I’m still putting it on this list lol. It’s the only mascara I’ve used all month and I’m obsessed. It makes my lashes POP! I only wish the full size wasn’t so expensive :(

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Nashville: I visited Nashville earlier this month to see Chevelle in concert. I had never been before but my friends kept telling me how fantastic it is. I even have a friend trying to move there. So I was excited, but not sure what to expect and I have to say that it is beautiful! There are lush green hills and Nashville it’s self is big, but not really dirty like most cities. I’m hoping to go back one day and see more of it.

Pitch Perfect 2: I have to admit something, I’m actually not a huge fan of the first movie. It was okay and funny in some parts but I personally thought it was overly hyped. However, this one was hilarious!!! I was laughing the entire time and I immediately wanted to go right back in and watch it again. I took my sister and went with a friend and we were all laughing. This one was so much better, so if you didn’t like the first one you should still check this one out.

I Woke Up Like This Sweatshirt: I saw this in Belk and knew I just had to have it! It’s so soft and comfortable. It might be summer now, but I’m wearing this constantly. I basically live in this thing no joke!

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Outside the Lines Coloring Book: I always loved to color and it has been a great way for me to zone out when I’m super stressed out. I always bring one with me for flights since I’m terrified of flying. It’s funny because I have always done this and now I’ve seen so many news stories lately about how coloring can be a great de-stress for adults and that some people are even have coloring parties! Hey, I want in! Anyway, there are several coloring books out there made just for adults. Mostly these are just very intricate pictures that take patience. This is a coloring book for adults, but most of the pictures aren’t difficult, but they are very cool and are mostly things only adults would get. What make this book different is that all the pictures are by different street artists. So, some are very…unique drawings. Such as Hello Kitty with an AK-47. I love it though and if you like coloring check this out!

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I know this was super short and sweet, but do to other happenings going on in my life right now I didn’t have a chance to go a lot of fun stuff/try new things. Sorry! But, I hope you still had fun reading this and let me know some of your May favorites in the comments below! Don’t forget to like, share, and follow to keep up to date with future posts!


30 Things I Want To Accomplish by 30 Tag

So I saw this tag while reading through the lovely Maria’s blog called Cat Eyes Red Lips (seriously it’s amazing). Anyway, one my friends and I were actually talking about this a couples months ago and made lists together. And I thought it would be fun to share mine with you! I have about 5 years to accomplish all this, yikes! I may come back and update this post as I check things off the list :)

1. Go on a Cruise

2. Visit the Caribbean

3. Swim with Dolphins

4. Make a move to another State

5. Get a certificate and another degree

6. Buy a house

7. Have a baby

8. Visit a European country I have been to yet

9. Visit Germany (btw these are big since I have a big phobia of flying and had a total freak out on my last trip abroad)

10. Go Ziplining

11. Finish a Novel

12. Pay off student loan debt

13. Pay off my car debt

14. Go back to Disney World

15. Road trip through New England

16. Visit Denver

17. Visit canada

18. Finish a year long reading Challenge

19. Finish one painting

20. Create dachshund paintings to sell and donate part of the profits to rescues

21. Have this blog grow to 5,000 followers :)

22. Gain a full time career

23. Seek counseling for Anxiety disorder

24. Meet a celebrity

25. Visit a state I’ve never been to before

26. Rescue and adopt another animal

27. Finish one knitted blanket

28. Gain a blogger friend

29. Run a marathon

30. Go kayaking

Have you made a list like this? If so or if you would like to I tag you to do this too!! I would love to read all of your lists :) If you enjoyed this then please Like, share, follow to keep up to date on future posts.