Sunday, February 9, 2020

THE GOD GAME dives into our current obsession with the virtual world that games and technology provide and asks the question: what if your virtual life could affect your real life? And what if you can't escape it?
In the vein of Ready Player One and Black MirrorTHE GOD GAME is a chilling page-turner that will leave you questioning your own sense of right and wrong at the end.


***Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC.  All reviews posted to this site are my own, honest thoughts on the subject matter.***

My Thoughts:

I typically go through a few types of genre binges in the course of a year.  I noticed that the last few months I have been pretty interested in Sci-Fi, Techy type things.  I've even been watching shows on TV that fall in these categories a lot lately.  I read the description of this book and was so intrigued that I had to get my hands on a copy.  I really enjoyed this book despite my 3 star rating.   Why only 3 stars?  This is why:

1. I found the main characters, collectively known as "The Vindicators" to be pretty interesting but sometimes a little too much.  All the kids have some pretty heavy stuff happening in their home lives and being super into coding and computer tech is their main source of bonding and escape. I just found the language is a little heavy on the technical terms for me.  I know next to nothing about coding or computer programming so the references in different spots lost me.

2. Each chapter has it's own title but sometimes I felt like it was more distracting trying to figure out the relevance to the chapter than helpful.

3. I actually didn't like the ending.  Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad one but it was not what I was expecting.  Although, I think a lot of readers may find the ending to be perfect.  I am used to reading some of these books where the characters go on this journey to Hell and back and then everything works out to a sort of HEA ending.  This did not.  The individual endings for each character was a pretty realistic one.  They learned from their experience playing "The Game"and were living with their consequences.  This part was absolutely fine for me with the exception that it leaves it open for the possibility of a series.  This makes me mad because in order for the story to continue it will mess with more unsuspecting people and Charlie in particular. 

I do think overall that the writing was pretty solid and the story line was unique. 

My Rating: 3/5🌟

V Wars is My Newest Vampire Addiction!

***Trailer courtesy of YouTube and Netflix****

I know it's been a while since I posted about what I have been binge watching on Netflix or Hulu or even what I've gone to the theater to watch but this series got me.  I will admit I was late to The Vampire Diaries series but have probably watched it all from beginning to end at least 3 times by now.

So....let's talk about how amazing and also just a bit scary this new Netflix original series is.  I HIGHLY recommend watching this is you are a fan of anything science fiction.  I was determined to watch this show as soon as I heard about it a year ago because....IAN freaking SOMMERHALDER!  I will be honest and say that I really didn't know too much about the show premise other than he was the star and there would be vampires.  The second he trailers went live I was already hooked.  This show is not based in the supernatural realm and that makes it very different than I had anticipated. I think it's worth mentioning that Sommerhalder's real life wife Nikki Reed (think Rosalie in Twilight) stars in the show as his ex-wife and mother to his son Desmond.  I also liked that Laura Vandervoort and Greg Bryk are both in this series together since I became fans of them when they were 2 of the main characters on the series Bitten.

The Plot:

Dr. Luther Swann (Ian Sommerhalder)  is one of the world's top scientist in the study of viruses. He has spent his life studying climate change and the impact of ice caps melting and exposing us to viruses that have never existed in modern times.  His worst nightmare comes true when 2 of his team members in the Arctic go missing without a trace. He calls his best friend Michael (Adrian Holmes) to go with him to check out the site and hopefully come up with some answers.  They end up being exposed to an unknown virus that causes them to be placed in quarantine.  They both respond very differently to the illness as it runs it's course.  It seems like Michael was unaffected but the truth is the illness causes him to gain some super scary strength and cravings for blood among other things.

The virus spreads rapidly and as society breaks down and restructures itself into the Vampire and Non-Vampire factions, Luther finds himself rushing to develop a cure before he loses everyone he loves. 

My Final Rating:


Monday, January 20, 2020

The Right Swipe (Modern Love, #1)


***Thank you to NetGalley and Avon/Harper Collins for providing an ARC for me to leave an honest review of.***

"Rhiannon Hunter worshipped at the alter of no man".  This opening line had me hooked from the first page.  I love that Rhi is a smart, industrious woman of color that decides to develop a dating app that is geared towards real interactions as opposed to casual hook-ups.  I have never dated online but this was well written and gave me a pretty good understanding of what it must be like.  It was spot on with what my friends have described to me about it.  I think the chemistry between Rhi and Sam is hot, hot, hot and I am so here for it.

I can't wait to see what happens in book 2 of this new series.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The Librarian's Assistant Book 4- Mimi is Back Ya'll!!!


From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes a snarky Mystery with a side dish
of Romance and two sprinkles of chaos, THE LIBRARIAN’S VAMPIRE ASSISTANT, Book Four.
(Yep! These books are STANDALONES. But the more you read, the merrier!)
A crazy vampire has stolen my librarian. And if that’s not bad enough, it is my fault. Because I,
too, am an ancient, deadly vampire, and it was my job to protect her. I failed.
Now, just as I have reason to hope I will get her back, the situation turns into the biggest mystery
of my existence.
Apparently, this evil vampire has brainwashed her into thinking she belongs with him. I do not
know how. I do not know why. But I will get to the bottom of this and win her back.
Because I am the motherf*!$%ing librarian’s vampire assistant, and she belongs to me. Or, at
least she used to?

My Thoughts:

Michael just can't seem to catch a break in this newest installment of the Librarian's Vampire Assistant series by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff.  He has spent all his time searching everywhere for his beloved Miriam and her captive Mr. Nice (don't let the name confuse you, he's anything but) and had no luck.  He is forced to abandon his search and return home to take the reigns of the throne back and try to focus on keeping the peace while his second in command takes over the search.  Miriam is found and then promptly rescued only for Michael to discover she is mad at him and wants to go back to her HUSBAND. 
I don't want to give to much away but let me assure you that what happens in this book is freaking hysterical and just a little bit dark.  The author is even a mentioned character in the book as well as her assistant LD (Little Devil? Lady Dynamite? Lucky Dame? What does LD stand for????).  I LOVED the reference to the Twilight series and the ending of this one has me soooo excited for the next one. Fantastic read!

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MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a New York Times bestselling author who’s sold over one million
books around the world. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years
in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and

follow your dreams.

Mimi lives with her Latin lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and their three
spunky dragons (really, just very tiny dogs with big attitudes) Snowy, Mini, and Mack, in the

vampire-unfriendly state of Arizona.

She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather

pants will make a big comeback for men.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Why is Mimi Jean Pamfiloff so Good at Sexy Banter?

From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, Comes a Saucy Minx of a Book, MY

(OHellNo #5 – Standalone.)

Dear Mr. Merrick,
I quit.
And since you’re obsessed with your stupid pen collection, I thought it appropriate to take the
big one you love so much and write my resignation letter. Kiss your pen goodbye, big man!
Because when I agreed to work for you—a hotshot journalist I’ve admired for years—no one
told me that you had a secret life and that you’d bug my apartment, have someone killed, and
make the moves on me just to test whether I’m serious about this job.
I mean, come on! What kind of boss does that? Yes, you’re ten degrees hotter than the sun,
and you melt panties everywhere you go, but this “little intern” is done with your games.
From this day forward, consider me your mortal enemy, your biggest threat. Maybe your pen
is huge, but my determination is bigger. See you on the battlefield, Mr. Big Pen.
Your ex-admirer,
Gisselle Walters

****First thing first....I did receive this ARC as a member of the author's review team but all thoughts to follow are my own opinions of this book***

If you have been reading my reviews in the past then you will already know that I have a major literary crush on Mimi Jean.  I love knowing that every time I pick up a book by her I will be moved to tears from laughter or all the feels from the characters.  This is book 5 in the OHELLNO series and each one is a stand alone but I HIGHLY recommend reading them in order.  Leland Merrick is a god among freelance journalist at only 31 and of course, he's British and gorgeous.  Also, he has an obsession with collecting pens.  Giselle Walters has followed Leland's career almost religiously and wants to be an amazing reporter just like he is.  Fate is on her side when she gets the opportunity to work as his assistant.  Their first meeting leaves a lot left to be desired (think clothing mishap and faceplanting in front of your hot new boss).  I will not give any spoilers so I don't want to give away too much but I will say that the heat and snark flashing between these two made my whole night.  I read this in about 4 and a half hours with s few breaks to wipe up all the wine I spit out laughing.  I will be anxiously waiting for book 5 to be released.   5/5 stars for sure!


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MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a New York Times bestselling author who’s sold over one million books
around the world. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the
corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow
your dreams.
Mimi lives with her Latin lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and their three spunky
dragons (really, just very tiny dogs with big attitudes) Snowy, Mini, and Mack, in the vampire-
unfriendly state of Arizona.
She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants
will make a big comeback for men.


Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Grace Year is a Fantastic Read and Her's Why.....


My Thoughts:

***Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC.  All my reviews are my own honest opinions of each selection.***
WOW!  I finished reading this ARC about a week ago and it has taken me this long to process all the thoughts and emotions running through as far as this book is concerned.  There are so many themes weaved together in that I am not even sure what to focus on for this review.  I refuse to ruin this for anyone with spoilers so I am just going to highlight a few key points/themes.

Tierney James is a 16 year old girl living in Garner County, where the women are taught to be docile and obedient to the men.  The men know what's best for everyone, especially the women which is why they have a grace year. The year the local girls turn 16 they are all banished to the outside of town to live in a camp together with no one else but each other for an entire year to rid themselves of their magic.  They must get rid of it so they can't lead men astray with their charms and persuasion.  Once the year is up any surviving girls are returned home to begin the rest of their lives as the perfect wives, mothers, or workers they are expected to be.  The main rule is literally....."what happens in Grace Year stays in Grace Year".  Unlike the rest majority of the girls, Tierney just wants to get it over and done with so she can find some sort of freedom by being assigned to work in the fields/gardens. Her best friend Michael changes all that for her in a second by forcing her to do the one think she never wanted to do.

During the grace year Tierney witness murder, torture, bullying, and some other very dark things.  She also uncovers some disturbing information about her town, friends, grace year itself, and her own family that changes her whole outlook on life.  The true test is simply surviving to see another day let alone a whole year.  All is not dark in this story though.  There are moments of real compassion, understanding  and even love.

 This book is set to be released on October 8 and it's already been optioned for a movie (which will surely be amazing).  I give this one 5/5 stars because I found not one single thing I disliked or would change.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Three Reasons Why Mother Knows Best by Kira Peikoff Needs to be Read

***Thanks so much to Bookish and Crooked Lane Books for the ARC. The following review is my honest opinion of this selection.***

I have been in this weird reading space lately that has me choosing all different genres of books. Usually, I don't get too into thrillers but I have a small stack of them all of a sudden and this book was the second one I read (the first is actually getting ready to be published so that review will be added here in a week or two).   The first thing that caught my attention was the bright red braid on the cover paired with the book title itself.  Then I read the blurb on the book jacket (see above) and was hooked.  I was not familiar with the author so I wasn't exactly sure what to expect.

I really like books told from varying points of view and that's exactly how this one is. Claire starts the book off by describing her daughter Abby and the family trip they are on. It's a yearly routine that has been happening for just about all of Abby's 11 years of life but she informs her mother that this year's trip is going to be special.  Needless to say the trip turns into Claire's worst nightmare and she can't even explain to her daughter just how much danger Abby innocently just put them in.  The first 6 pages of this book sucked me right in and held my attention the whole way through. I couldn't put it down! The next chapter is from Abby's point of view a month after "the incident" and this is mostly the format for the rest of the book switching from person to person.

 I don't want to give too much of the plot away but I will say that Claire and her husband Michael are not who they seem. Claire was desperate to become a mother again after her first son died from a genetic mutation passed down by her. She learns of a fertility doctor who has developed a very experimental and very illegal procedure that will effectively remove any unwanted genetic markers. Claire decides it's her only chance at a healthy baby and goes for it. The outcome is Abby, the world's first baby born to 3 biological parents. This is the first reason you're gonna watch  to read this book.

Reason #2 to add this to your fall reading list ( this is set for publication in September) is the thrill factor. I was pretty surprised by some of the twists and turns in this book. I actually had to go back and read the opening chapters again because about 2/3 of the way through the author just dropped in some casual facts about Abby's Dad and I couldn't believe I had missed so many clues!

Reason#3 is the best reason. This book will make you sit back and shake your head at the science used to make Abby. I was intrigued by the idea and just as equally freaked out by the possibilities.

The tentative release date for this book is September 10.  It's a pretty quick read at around 288 pages. If you are interested in learning more about the author and her other books feel free to visit her website ( or follow her on Twitter (@KiraPeikoff ).  I will be rating this a 5/5 stars on Goodreads and Amazon.