Jackaby Quicky Book Review


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Author: William Ritter

Pages: 299

Published: September 16th 2014

This book claimed to mix of Sherlock Holmes and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So of course, I had to pick it up! I don’t read a lot of mysteries, but this made me want to read more. It was so fun to read and I recommend this to anyone who is in a book slump, it’s so hard to put down.

The novel follows Abigail Rook as she makes her way to New England in the late 1800s.  In need of a job she inquires around until she happens upon an unusual job posting at the post office, which leads her to a very unusual young detective. Immediately she is thrown into a murder mystery but not everything is as it seems. As the young detective, Jackaby, specializes in a particular type of crime, the supernatural.

I loved this book so much since it was something that I hadn’t read before. The characters were fantastic and seemed to jump off the page. Jackaby is a great character, very similar to Sherlock Holmes in the he is quirky and bit bad at people skills, but you fall in love with all the same. Abigail is a great lead female character who is very independent for her time. She is stubborn and adventurous and a great companion for Jackaby. There are other great characters littered throughout, who all have their secrets or little quirks of their own. And the supernatural aspects of this book really meld together with everything else so it doesn’t seem over done or like it doesn’t fit into the setting or story.

The mystery begins early into the story and once it begins, it takes off quickly. It was hard to put this down because I wanted to know happened next so bad. If you have been having trouble getting into books lately, you should pick this one up. It will cure your book slump very quickly. It’s so much fun with something new and interesting around every page. I can’t wait to start the second book in the series!


My Final Review:


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Fall Favorites 2015 Tag

Sadly, Fall in coming to and end and winter is quickly approaching. However, I’m still enjoying the changing leaves and the crisp air. And since this is my favorite time of year, I thought I would do this tag and share my Fall favorites with you.

Favorite Candle

Fall scents are my favorite so I have a ton! But my all time favorite is Leaves by Bath and Body works. It smells almost like a cinnamon broom(kudos if you know what I’m talking about!). It’s beautiful, wonderful and perfect for the season!

Favorite Lip Color

That’s so easy for me and I’ve mentioned it several times in this blog. It’s Copenhagen by NYX. It’s a matte dark purple color that is vampy, but not too bright purple. I basically live in this color during Fall.
Favorite Drink

Hot chocolate!!!! I’ve tried the pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks, but to be honest I didn’t find it that great, just okay.
Favorite Blush

I wear the same color of blush all year long so this might be boring. I use e.l.f St. Lucas blush. It’s a pink with gold flecks in it that I find similar to NARS Orgasm. It gives me a lovely glow, without being to much.
Favorite Clothing Item

Cardigans!!! I have multiple that I switch out through the week. They’re perfect for keeping warm, while still being light since the weather isn’t too cold yet. Plus they are super comfy.
Favorite Fall Movie

Hocus Pocus is pretty obvious I think, but it’s the truth. I live this movie and watch it Muriel’s times during the month of October, and even after Halloween because it’s just that great.
Favorite Fall TV Show

There are so many good shows that premiere during Fall that’s it’s almost hard to choose. But I do have a favorite that I’ve been looking forward to every year the past few years and that’s Sleepy Hollow. I love this show so much it has everything; scare, humor, and history. I’m so happy it has returned this Fall and I’m loving the new season so far.
Favorite Thanksgiving Food

This is actually hard for me and I don’t want to have to pick just one dish. I have to admit that I probably eat mostly mash potatoes, but I’m not going to pick it because I can eat that whenever. Instead I choose stuffing, and my stomach is literally growling right now just thinking about it.
Favorite Halloween Costume

I’ve dressed up as something different every year, and I have a lot to choose from. I would probably have to say the year I dressed up as the bride of Frankenstein and my husband went as Frankenstein. We looked great and it was a ton of fun!

I hope you enjoyed this and I would love to read your favorites in the comments!

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Becomimg Darkness Book Review*

*I received a review copy of this book through NetGalley and Switch Press. This was not presented to me, I asked for it specifically in return for a HONEST review.

becoming darkness

Author: Lindsay Francis Brambles

Pages: 496

Published: October 1st 2015

The moment I heard the premise of this novel i knew it was going t be something special. Vampire Nazis!? What!? Yes Please! This was the book i never knew I wanted. I mean come on, it mixes my two favorite genres. In this novel, the allies never won the war, instead a virus was released that either killed someone or turned them into a vampire, or vamp as the book calls them. Not only did it turn Hitler into a vamp, but it changed history completely and the Nazis never lost the war. Now those few who are immune to the virus live in a tense truce with the vamps on their own island named Haven. here is where we meet our heroine Sophie who after a tragedy begins to dig to deep into secrets, leading her on a path she never expected and can never come back from.

Now tell me, how can that not make you want to go out and grab this book right now? First, to start off my review I want to be superficial and talk about the look. The cover is beautiful and really pops up at you. it was the 1st thing that grabbed my attention and I think Switch Press did a wonderful job on it. Second, and more important in my mind, was the design of the eBook. Most of the time, eBooks are simple and don’t have any special fonts and designs, even if the print book does. But this one used fonts very well and it worked well with the story. It also included the cover and back cover, which were great added touches and really made it stand out.

For the actual story, I have to admit I had very high expectations and read it around Halloween because I was hoping that it would be scary. While didn’t find it scary exactly, it was heart pounding in the way of a fast paced thriller. Even though it did have a few slow moments for me, for the most part this is very action filled. There were many parts when I just couldn’t put it down no matter how inconvenient (there were many hours that I should have I spent doing productive thing but instead read this). There is a lot of information thrown at you, so I warn you to take your time reading this so you can put the pieces together later. Also, if you’re looking forward to a vampire Hitler then you will be disappointed. He’s more of a small background player in this book, but the ending left room for a second book so hopefully he will show up in the next one (fingers crossed!). Over all, this was a great book jam packed with action, mystery, and vamps. I loved all of the characters, although I felt like the main ‘bad guy’ could have been more developed. I finished feeling like I didn’t really know much about them. But, our main characters Sophie and Val were crafted perfectly and I felt a connection to them for the whole book. They’re are many more amazing characters, so many in fact that I can’t talk about them all so they will be a surprise for you when you pick up a copy. ;)

My Final Review:


The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was due to the fact that i felt like the antagonists were a little underdeveloped.

Let me what your thoughts are in the comments and if Nazi Vampires are interesting to you as well!

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What Are You Reading? Halloween 

*Have you seen my book giveaway yet?

It’s no secret Halloween is my favorite time of the year. I pull out the decorations immediately and buy anything that is even remotely Halloween themed, including food. So it should be no surprise that I even theme my books through out the month of October.

Here are the books I’m reading to celebrate Halloween:

The Merciless

the merciless

The Madness Underneath

the madness underneath

The Six Women of Salem

the six women of salem

Becoming Darkness

becoming darkness





The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

legend of sleepy hollow

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You First Review by Lea Michelle*

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

**Also, I’m having my first ever giveaway on this blog! Just click the link and check it out<3

Title: You First: Journal Your Way To A Better Life

Published: September 22nd 2015

Publisher: Crown Archetype

Pages: 240


I love to journal and have been writing fairly regularly for the past 3 years. I deal a lot with anxiety and stress and my mother was the first one to suggest it. She told me that writing my thoughts down would help ease my mind, and she’s right! I find very soothing, plus I like to write moments of my life that I can look at later and remember.

Lea Michelle’s book, You First, takes journaling and makes it more guided to help you understand yourself better. In the intro she discusses how she believes journaling can help you achieve your goals and has outlined it in a way to help you do the same.

I think this is a fantastic and I have had so much fun filling parts in. The questions are thoughtful and take time to answer. They really make you think and dig inside of yourself and your roots so you can learn more about yourself. The book is titled You First because Lea doesn’t believe we put our self first enough. So this is a treat where you can take time just for you, and that’s something I can truly appreciate.

In this time and age, where people are glued to their phones and work from work on their laptops, we are never taking time out. But, it’s so important that we do little things through out the day to unwind and focus on our self a for a bit. I think this is a great way to start if your looking for a way to de-stress.

Let me in the comments below if you love to journal too! Is a guided journal something that interests you?

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What Is Your Book Fate? Giveaway!*

Hello everyone! Today I would like to ask you a question: What is your book fate—what book has changed your perspective, your heart, your life? At the bottom of this post I’ll let know how you can answer this question to be entered into a giveaway for a free book!

I think every bookworm has that one book that changed your life in some way. For me, mine came whine I was 9 years old and only just beginning to like reading. I moved around when i was younger and because of this I had a difficult time learning to read, because my schools were at different places in teaching phonics. I had be tutored after school and I resented it early on. Due, to my difficulty I hated reading and did it as little as possible and certainly not for fun.

However in the 4th grade, I didn’t have much choice anymore. My school had adapted the AR system, which kept track of your reading level by color coded books. To help as along, my school held AR parties for those who read and completed enough quizzes and where on the right reading track. I first I didn’t care, and as a result I missed the first party. So, while other students were inside eating ice cream and watching a movie, I was sitting outside in the Mississippi heat with a few other students doing worksheets. After that I decided I was going to do whatever it took to make sure I got to participate in the next party. I was a few grades behind at my reading level at this point, so I had to read a lot of books to catch up to the rest of the class. But I did it, and I did make it to the next party. i was so proud of myself and along the way I had begun to like reading.

At this same time, my mother had recently married my Stepdad. We had a hard time connecting in the beginning, and it was hard. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was just released. It hadn’t become popular yet and I had never heard of it. But somehow he had, and since he knew I was reading a lot he took me to the bookstore and bought it for me. When I got it I had no idea what it was about or that it was going to have such a huge impact on my life. As soon as I opened it, I was able to escape to new and wonderful world. My life was at a confusing time and I was having a hard time adapting. But, when I was reading this book I was taken to a place with magic and characters who I felt were like my friends. It filled me with so much happiness and hope, it helped me get through a rough year.

I know that Harry Potter has touched so many lives and I feel so lucky to have been there since the beginning. Since buying me that book, my Stepdad and I went and saw the movies together, it was something that brought us together. I think it’s so special when a book is able to do that and why I think reading so important. This is what leads me to the exciting part of this post: The Giveaway.

The prize of the giveaway is a free copy of the book A tale of Unusual Magic by Lisa Papademetriou. It’s a new middle grade novel that was just leased this month.

A tale of highly unusual magic

Here is a synopsis of the book:

Kai and Leila are both finally having an adventure. For Leila, that means a globe-crossing journey to visit family in Pakistan for the summer; for Kai, it means being stuck with her crazy great-aunt in Texas while her mom looks for a job. In each of their bedrooms, they discover a copy of a blank, old book called The Exquisite Corpse. Kai writes three words on the first page—and suddenly, they magically appear in Leila’s copy on the other side of the planet. Kai’s words are soon followed by line after line of the long-ago, romantic tale of Ralph T. Flabbergast and his forever-love, Edwina Pickle. As the two take turns writing, the tale unfolds, connecting both girls to each other, and to the past, in a way they never could have imagined.

A heartfelt, vividly told multicultural story about fate and how our stories shape it.

I love the premise of this novel because it’s about the wonderful connections books can help us make. Plus, the book in the novel is called the Exquisite Corpse, and that is so up my alley. If you’re interested in winning this new magical novel, which I’ll be reviewing very soon, all you have to do answer the question What is Your Book Fate? Tell me in the comments below what book has changed you life, perspective, heart, and made a huge impact on you. Your comment will be your entry and you may only answer once. I will announce the winner early next month, November, and the publisher will send the winner the book, not me personally.

I hope you are as excited about this book as I am and I’m looking forwarding to reading your answers!

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*The publisher will be the sending the book, not myself. However, I will be the one to choose the winner. Also, I did receive a copy this book for reviewing purposes. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine only.

September Favorites

Get Ready for the longest post of your life! There are so many things I want to share with you this month, it’s almost insane. So grab a cup of coffee, tea, or my seasonal favorite hot chocolate and make yourself comfortable.

iPad Mini


I bought this for work purposes, and I tried desperately to use it solely for work. But, it was just impossible! This is so handy and you can do so much on it. It’s light weight so I can bring it to my day job in my purse, or watch as show on it in bed, or a read an ebook. I love my kindle, but this has me addicted.


I love word games, so when I saw this was in the App Store for free I thought I would give it a try. It’s so much fun! There’s different games and levels so it’s never boring, plus it’s SUPER CUTE!

Betsy Johnson Purse


I saw this beauty while shopping for the Hubby in TJ MAXX and even though I wasn’t there to buy something for myself, I couldn’t resist. It was just the style I was looking for and I love Betsey Johnson, I already a makeup bag of hers that matches. Oh the price was amazing, I love TJ MAXX!

Once Upon A Time

Source: Playbuzz.com

Source: Playbuzz.com

I started watching this show 3 years ago but never watched past mid way through season 2. I don’t know why I decided I wanted to pick it up again, but I did. And the Hubby and I watched all 4 seasons in a span of a month to be caught up for this season premiere last week. I’ve never marathoned a show like that before, and hopefully never will again. There can definitely be too much of a good thing.

Ladies of London

Source: irealhousewives.com

Source: irealhousewives.com

This is my guilty pleasure and I’m not ashamed. This is the British version of the real housewives and the cast contains a mixture of Brits and American with one Danish socialite. Some are Royal, while others are just rich and they are hilarious. This is so much better than any American real housewives I’ve seen.

Copenhagen Matte Lipstick


The perfect purple lip for fall, I can’t wait to wear this more and more in the coming months.

In shower lotion

olay in shower lotion

I have horrible dry skin and eczema and it’s a constant problem. I don’t use regular lotion like I should, because I find it time consuming and I hate the greasy feeling it leaves. So this is perfect because you just to quickly apply it, rinse it off and you’re done. And there’s no greasy feeling afterward.

Honey Dew Me Up

nyx honey dew me up

This stuff is amazing and I absolutely love it! I use as a serum in the morning to help brighten my face, but it can also be used as a makeup primer. I find my skin is so much more soft and healthier when I use it regularly. It’s comparable to the YSL Touche Eclat Primer, but so much cheaper. It’s worth the price and works great!

Hot Chocolate


This is my favorite drink to have when the weather starts turning cooler. It just makes me happy and brightens up what is usually very grey days. Whats your favorite drink to have in the fall?

YSL Rose Stiletto

YSL rouge pur couture

I received this in the mail via Influenster and I love the color! It the perfect nude pink/brown for everyday wear. Its a nude, but it bright and rich enough to add a pop to your lips. I can’t stop wearing it!



A few weeks ago we traveled to a state Oktoberfest in Frankenmuth, MI. Frankenmuth is known as little Bavaria because it has building built to look like those you would find in Bavaria. it’s very cute and is also home to the nation’s largest Christmas store, which unfortunately I didn’t get to go into. Oktoberfest was fun and there was plenty of beer, polka music, German food, and wiener races to make it blast. I’m so glad we went and I can’t wait for next year!

What are some of your favorites from September? Let me in the comments, I would love to know!

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