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 ( kirapeikoff.com) or follow her on Twitter (@KiraPeikoff ).  I will be rating this a 5/5 stars on Goodreads and Amazon.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is back!

***Thank you to the author for the generous gift of an ARC so that I could leave my honest review.***

THE LIBRARIAN’S VAMPIRE ASSISTANT, book #3 (Stand Alone)

From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes an uncomfortably hilarious
Mystery with a heaping help of sexual frustration, THE LIBRARIAN’S VAMPIRE ASSISTANT,
Book Three. (Yep! It’s a STAND-ALONE. But why not read them all because…fun!)
FALLING IN LOVE WITH A LIBRARIAN JUST CAN’T GET MORE AWKWARD…
Michael Vanderhorst is not your usual vampire. For starters, he works in a library, is in love with
Miriam, his hot nerdy human boss who has no clue what he is, and he looks like a college
student.
In reality, Michael is an ancient deadly vampire, an ex-assassin, and is currently the de facto king
of his kind ever since their ruling party disappeared. To where? He doesn’t know, but if he wants
his life back, he’ll have to find out. (Mystery!) Especially because a civil war is brewing, and
being king makes his librarian a mark for his enemies. She is, after all, his biggest weakness.
With a global uprising about to explode, Michael must give her the protection of his army. Only
one problem: She must become his queen first. But every attempt he makes to tell her the truth is
met with extreme hostility. “Vampires aren’t real. That’s crazy talk, Michael!” Clearly, the topic
frightens her.
With time running out and her life on the line, Michael is left with one option: Marry her.
Without her knowing.
Can he pull it off? And what will happen when the fight comes to their door?

My Thoughts:

Yep! This is hands down my favorite book in this series.  Michael trying to tell Miriam that he is a vampire is EVERYTHING.  I was laughing so hard just picturing the scene. I also find his hatred for his rental car delightful.  I can't give any spoilers away but they way the battle plays out between Michael and his warriors is done very, very well.  
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Author Bio:
MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author with
over a million books sold worldwide. 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 dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two pirates-in-
training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in 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.

Author Social Links
www.mimijean.net
https://twitter.com/MimiJeanRomance
https://www.facebook.com/MimiJeanPamfiloff
https://www.instagram.com/mimijeanpamfiloff/
Giveaway
http://www.mimijean.net/romance_author_news.html

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Review of The Earl Next Door by Amelia Grey


**Thanks to Amelia Grey and St. Martin's Press for the ARC. The review to follow is my own honest opinion of this book.***
Adeline, the Dowager Countess of Wake, has been enjoying the freedom that being a widow has given her for the past 2 years.  She knows that Society believes she has been in mourning but really she has just been allowed to finally breath and feel like an actual human again.  Her marriage was filled with hurt and disappointment but now she is about to re-enter Society and start a new life for herself.  Her best friends have also suffered from the same premature ends to their marriages.  All 3 widows decide that they must use their status and money to help those less fortunate.  They do this by starting a boarding school for the surviving daughters of a horrible shipwreck.  The school is located on the back of Lady Wake's property much to the disappointment of her neighbor, Lord Lyon Marksworth, the Earl of Lyonwood. Lyon has just returned from his other estates to be in London for the upcoming Season and is rudely roused from his sleepy the sound of laughing, screaming girls.  He decides he needs to put an end to it even if that means upsetting the very attractive and intriguing Lady Wake.

Lyon and Adeline are great characters.  I love the chemistry between them. Also, who doesn't like an old neighbor with a spy glass? This story sets the reader up pretty nicely for the rest of the series to come.  This was a fairly quick read but I felt like at some points the book was moving just a little too fast. Usually I would complain about a book taking to long to reach the obvious conclusion but with these characters I found myself wanting the game of cat and mouse to drag out a bit more. This is ANOTHER truly great read from Amelia Grey.

4 out 5 stars is my opinion of this 1st book in the new First Comes Love series. This waas released on May 28 so grab a copy form Amazon or wherever you buy your books

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Stop Everything and Watch Someone Great on Netflix!


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

I would gladly shout from the rooftops about my love for Netflix but I feel like anyone who reads these posts will know that about me already.  I have been been watching so much Netflix lately that my TBR pile of books has slowly overtaken a whole counter.  I have so many reviews to put up but first.......

Someone Great is a new Netflix Original film starring Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin, Miss Bala), Brittany Snow (all the Pitch Perfect films), and DeWanda Wise (She's Gotta Have It).  They are best friends just trying to live their best lives when Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) lands her dream job as a music writer for Rolling Stone and has to move from NYC to San Francisco. Her excitement is cut short when her long time boyfriend played by Lakeith Stanfield decides that their relationship isn't working and breaks up with her. Jenny turns to her best friends Blair and Erin to help her get through it and find some way to move on to the next phase of her life.

This movie was perfection!  I could totally relate to being in that phase of life where you are grown-up but not quite ready to accept all the shitty things that come with it.  I remembered looking at some of my friends and thinking that a responsible adult wouldn't go out on a Wednesday or Thursday night when they have a job to be at bright and early the next day (and being super jealous because I didn't go out).  I absolutely related to the feeling of a relationship falling apart and knowing in the back of your mind that it really was time to move on , even if you don't want to admit it.  I laughed, cried, and sang right along with the ladies in this film.  Well done Netflix! I can't tell you how happy this movie made my heart!  5 stars all the way!!!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

5 Reasons You Should Read The Defender



I want to start by giving a huge shout out to the author of this amazing book, Nicole M. Opper.  I really appreciate the copy and I hope u plan to write another:)

I promised to give you five reasons that will make you need to read this book.

1. It has such beautifully descriptive writing.

2. Alexa starts off as the original child whose parents died and left them wards of the state.

3. Three headed monsters, magic, romance, and intrigue.

4. The epic fight scene at the end.

5.The speed with which the reader becomes completely engaged in reading.

Do yourselves a favor and grab a copy of this as soon as you can.

Alexa Kane discovers after a lifetime of going from one foster house to another that she has a whole family waiting for her.  She also learned her destiny has been foretold in a prophecy.  She goes looking for answers to her past and find herself to be the savior of all time!



Wednesday, April 24, 2019

5 Things I loved about Colel by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff


WARNING:
This book contains foul language, gratuitous sex against a truck, outrageously rude immortal
warriors in leather pants, snow, pigheaded gods, a sexually frustrated goddess, a very hot and
hunky florist guy with a bad attitude and a big secret, Brutus bubble baths, a sneaky invisible
unicorn, unrequited love, bees, bees, and more bees, and chocolates.

SOMETIMES LOVE BITES AND SOMETIMES IT

STINGS.

Colel, the Goddess of Bees, has been looking for Mr. Right for over seventy
thousand years. So when she meets the hunky owner of a small-town flower shop
and explodes with flutters and tingles, she’s almost certain that he’s the one.
Only two problems: her tiny black-and-yellow army suddenly won’t let her
anywhere near him, and…is that a freaking epinephrine pen in the fridge? “Dear
gods! He’s allergic to bees? Say it isn’t so.”
If simply dating the guy will kill him, how will she ever know for sure if he’s really
the one?
Colel has a solution, but it’s drastic. Even for her. And what if he says no?

My Thoughts:

I have said this before and I will keep right on saying it.....I LOVE Mimi Jean's style of writing.  She is consistently funny and inventive. I mean, what more could a reader want?  Colel is technically book #5 in the Immortal Matchmakers series ( I highly recommend you read all of the them.) but it can be read as a standalone book.  I don't want to give away any spoilers so I will just list the 5 things I loved MOST about this book.

1. Minky- An UnBeeLievably angry, lusty, invisible unicorn...


2. The warning at the beginning of the book had me cracking up before I even got to the first page of chapter 1.

3. Rhys- Super hunky alpha with a secret.

4. Colel- Mistress of the Bees ( who have quite the sense of humor I might add) and overall hot mess.  She takes the definition of celibate to a whole new level.  She may be my favorite Goddess in this series.

5. Vampires, Mermen, Gods, Goddesses, Warriors, bubble baths, and some steamy "adult" time. ( So maybe there are more than 5 things I liked)

I have yet to read anything by this author that is less than awesome.  5 stars all the way.  You should totally stalk her on all her social media channels. You won't be sorry!

Author Social Links:

http://www.mimijean.net/

https://www.facebook.com/MimiJeanPamfiloff

https://www.instagram.com/mimijeanpamfiloff/

https://www.instagram.com/mimijeanpamfiloff/

Monday, April 8, 2019

Oh Rea Frey! You've Done It Again!





***Thank you to St Martin's Press via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.***

Description



Lee is a single mother, hairdresser, and best friend.  On the surface, it seems like she has everything under control.  Her best friend Grace is also a single mom and their boys instantly become fast friends.  Lee's son Mason requires a lot of patience and special attention and it seems like Lee has forgotten that she has needs of her own.  Her friends are always trying to get her to let her guard down and have some fun but she worries so much about being there for Mason that it never seems like the right time. 
Lee does start to develop a crush on her son's teacher that could either turn into the real deal or he could just not even be interested.  Lee takes a leap of faith and decides to tell Noah how she feels only to have him respond by leaving.  She starts feeling like all her old demons are coming to the surface and isn't sure how to stop them.  She knows she needs to be able to confide in someone but who?  Lee's complicated and dark past have been hidden from everyone in her life and she wants it to stay that way.

Grace loves Lee and just wants her to find some balance in her life.  Everyone needs to find some love and happiness, right?  Speaking of happiness, Grace has some pretty big news of her own that she wants to share with all her friends and she thinks the upcoming girls getaway is the perfect chance.  Will Lee be happy for her or will this be the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back?

I refuse to say anything specific about this book because I don't want to give anything away.  I 100% feel like this book is one of the best I've read in years.  I had no idea what was going to happen or just how twisted the story was going to get.  A true  page-turner.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Captain Marvel was Mar Vel-ous

***Trailer courtesy of Youtube,****


I have no words for how AWESOME this movie was!!! I am still processing and when I am done I will post a full review so just stay tuned...

What Men Want is FANTASTIC!!!

***Clip courtesy of Fandango and YouTube.****

A few weeks ago I was feeling stressed out by work, weather, and family and decided I needed a       "Self Love" day.  I took myself out to a matinee movie.  I love Taraji P. Henson and romantic comedies so it seemed like a perfect fit.  I got the largest tub of popcorn with extra butter and a giant cherry soda ( my guilty pleasure) then settled in to the newly remodeled reclining (and heated) chair at the AMC theater and prepared to be entertained.  I know a lot of people think it's weird to go out to eat or to a movie alone but I don't mind it at all.  The best part of going to see this movie in the middle of the work day was that there were only about 5 other people in the ENTIRE theater.

This movie was freaking funny!  Ali Davis ( Henson) is a woman in the male dominated sports agent business.   She has worked twice as hard to be successful as her male coworkers but she keeps getting passed by for a partnership.  Her best friend is getting married and in honor of her last night of freedom they decide to have psychic readings done before they hit the club.  The psychic (played by Erykah Badu) tells Ali that until she truly understands what men want she will never get her promotion.  FYI... Erykah Badu was my second favorite character in this whole movie.  She was awesome.  Anyways, Ali ends up getting a little to turnt at the club, hits her head, and wakes up with the ability to hear men's thoughts.   The rest of the movie is just amazing.  Watching Ali try to land the biggest deal of her life while balancing a new relationship and her powers is comic genius. 

This movie has something for everyone so fellas don't think of this as a chick flick or you will miss out on Tracy Morgan and all the other amazing men that make up the cast.  I will be adding this to my home library for sure when it drops.

Between the Lies by Michelle Adams is a Must Read!



***Thank you to St Martin's Press via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Between the Lies by Michelle Adams for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.***

Description

Monday, March 4, 2019

Mimi Jean Strikes Again!!!




Blurb:
From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes BATTLE OF THE BULGE, Book Four of the
OHellNO Series. (A Standalone.)

“Chicks can’t be bodyguards. Especially hot chicks.”

MY NAME IS MITCH HOFER. I’m a world-famous swimmer from Australia, best known for three things:
my gold medals, my looks, and filling out a swimsuit with my…eh-hem—bulky equipment. Let’s just say
there’s a reason my nickname is “the Bulge.”
But beyond the fame, sponsors, and glory, there’s more to me than people know, including one hell of a
mess I’ve gotten mixed up in. Life-or-death stuff, so bring in the professionals. Just don’t give me a chick
bodyguard. Especially a young hot one who distracts me at every turn and hates my guts…

MY NAME IS ABI CARTER, and I hate Mitch Hofer. Yeah, he might be the sexiest champion swimmer in
the world, but I’d give this guy a gold medal for being a first-class jerk.
Unfortunately, my boss has given me a choice—guard Mitch or get another job. And I really need the
money. I can be professional, but if Mitch says “chicks can’t be bodyguards” one more time, I just might
strangle him myself.
Still, something about the way Mitch keeps looking at me makes me think there’s more to his story. It’s
almost as if he’s trying to drive me away. But why?

Buy Links:
NOTE: The below general Battle of the Bulge page link is preferred over each of the links
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Author Bio:
MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author with over a
million books sold worldwide. 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 dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and the
rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in 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.

Author Social Links
www.mimijean.net
https://www.facebook.com/MimiJeanPamfiloff
https://www.instagram.com/mimijeanpamfiloff/
https://twitter.com/MimiJeanRomance




My Thoughts:

I have said it before and I will say it again.....I LOVE MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF! Her stories always make me laugh and root for the characters.  I swear she just gets better with each series.  This particular book can be read as a stand alone or as book 4 in the "OHellNo" Series.  Mitch and Abi are my favorites.  I love their chemistry and the fact that Abi pretends she's immune to Mitch " the Bulge"Hofer's  very obvious charms.  This book had some pretty creative scenes where people  were trying to kill Mitch but the funniest was at the beginning when it's a little old lady that Abi brings down before she passes out.  I recommend this book to anyone who wants to escape into a world of hot men, pretty women, and sarcasm at it's best. 5 out of 5 stars for sure.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Widow's Revenge is Awesome!

In the unputdownable sequel to Lynda La Plante’s revolutionary thriller Widows – now a major motion picture – we catch up with the four widows in Brazil after pulling off an incredible heist.
But the danger is far from over. Dolly’s husband, Harry Rawlins, is alive and well and looking to extract vengeance on his wife for cleaning him out and successfully carrying out the heist he so carefully planned. In Widows: Revenge love is war and scores must be settled.
After learning that her husband, Harry, has faked his own death, Dolly realizes that the widows’ dream of a new life with the money they stole is in peril. She knows that Harry will stop at nothing to find them and get the money as he chases them from Brazil back to London.
Widows: Revenge is a terrific follow up to a story that has enticed successive generations of readers since the series debuted in 1983. With the adaptation of Widows into a major motion picture, the story of these gritty and courageous widows lives on.

My Thoughts:

This is a sequel to the original book published in the 80's. If you haven't read the original than perhaps you saw the movie of Widows that came out last year. I did and it was phenomenal. I couldn't wait to read this second book and it was even better than I hoped. I quickly got lost in the story of these 4 widows all of whom are very different and the aftermath of pulling off one of the greatest heists ever. Dolly is the unofficial leader to the woman just as much as her husband Harry had always been to his crew. Dolly and the ladies end up in Rio trying to bid their time and clean the stolen money, not to mention hide from Dolly's husband Harry. He is a ruthless man who will do whatever it takes to get his hands on some money and since the widows stole his heist right out from underneath him that is the first place he goes looking. He tracks them down in Rio then back to London in the process he sets up a new crew to take on a job that will earn him more than 8 million dollars. 
The friendship and almost family like bond the widows have with each other is what makes the book so good. This is not a happy ending type book so don't go into it thinking it will be. It is pretty action packed and real page turner. I loved everything about it and now just can't wait for their to be more. There just has to be! Thanks to Bookish for the ARC for my review.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Another Great Read By Sophie Kinsella!



Description:

From the author of Surprise Me comes an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one,” and an IOU that changes everything.

Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” And since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will?

It’s simply not in Fixie’s nature to say no to people. So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, she not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, an investment manager, scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?

But then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life, and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. As always, she wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. No sooner has Seb agreed than the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants?


My Thoughts:

***All opinions that follow are my own, honest thoughts on this title.  Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for the ARC.***

Sophie Kinsella is an amazing author.  I have read several of her books and loved them all.  This book was no exception.  Fixie Farr is the poster child for being a family doormat.  She has spent her whole life feeling guilty and going above and beyond to make sure her family and friends have all they need.  She got her nickname as a child because she has an obsessive compulsive need to "fix" things.  I won't lie, I really wasn't a fan of Fixie for the first few chapters.  I HATED the fact that she was constantly not speaking up for herself.  The more I read thought the more understandable it was to see why she behaved in such a manner.  I LOVED how far she grew as a person by the end of the story and how great everything turned out for her once Fixie started putting herself first.  This is a really great read.  It is very addictive so don't say I didn't warn you.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser



Forget You Know Me: A Novel by [Strawser, Jessica]





I read this book and then had to just sit quietly for a minute to reflect on everything that happened in it.  Liza and Molly have been best friends their whole lives and find themselves gradually drifting apart as adults.  Liza moves to Chicago while Molly marries and has 2 kids.  They try to keep the friendship going but over time they realize it's more about going through the motions than the actual relationship.  Liza has reached a point where she is trying to figure out what she wants in life and what her next step is going to be.  Molly has become a shell of her former self bogged down by guilt and chronic pain.  One chance web chat that revealed an intruder in Molly's home changes everything for both women and their relationship.  The story that unfolds is one of lies, pain, secrets, and leaves you wondering how well you can really know someone.  I found this to be a fantastic read with the exception of Molly being slightly annoying in the way she handles things. 

Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's for the ARC  and the chance to leave my honest review here.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

I loved this book: The Escape Room by Megan Goldin



***Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and St. Martin's Press for the chance to give my honest opinion of this ARC.***

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Netflix Has Some Amazing New Shows



Hey everyone! I know it's been a while since I've posted on any sort of regular basis but what can I say....stuff happens.  The holidays came and went and with my daughter home on Christmas break I spent a lot of time watching TV and not a lot of time reading.  The good news is that I was able to put a nice little dent in "My List" of things to watch on Netflix.  Here is the list of shows/movies I watched and what I rated them:

***Trailer provided by Netflix and Youtube****

Birdbox:  This Netflix Original film stars Sandra Bullock and it was.....weird but good. It's basically about people trying to survive some sort of supernatural epidemic.  Sandra Bullock is the main character and she is trying to get her family to a safe haven. There no one has to wear blindfolds to avoid looking into the eyes of the infected and they have plenty of food.  The issue I had is that you never actually see what infects everyone that makes them kill themselves.  It leads you to believe that it is their worst fear that causes them to take their own lives upon seeing it.  The movie is worth watching for sure.  It's dark and a little scary.  I would say 3.5 out of 5 stars.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina:  This is a new series based on the comic book character.  If you are around you watched the movie/TV series starring Melissa Joan Hart when you were young.  I loved them then and I love, love, love this reboot series that is so far from the original you would hardly realize they are based on the same characters.  I love Riverdale because it has dark and dangerous undertones and this show has the same type of feeling.  The cast is fantastic.  I watched the whole season plus the holiday episode the same nights they were added and now can barely stand the wait for a new season.  The first series is about Sabrina turning 16 and being forced to choose between her witch side or her human side. This series is so fun! 5 out of 5 for sure!

You: This is another original series that I sincerely hope gets picked up for another run.  Penn Badgley (Dan Humphrey from Gossip Girl) stars as a bookstore manager in NYC who for all purposes appears to be your average, slightly nerdy, good guy who's looking for love.  His character also narrates this series so you can understand why he does what he does.  It turns out there is way more than meets the eye.  Creepy and dark doesn't begin to describe all the emotions the viewer feels while watching this show.  I would be lying if I said I haven't started looking at people differently. 5 stars all the way!

Sex Education: This is a British series that had me dying.  The plot is all about a teenager whose mom is a famous sex therapist and he begins a side business, with the help of friends, giving sexual advice out to the kids at school.  It's very funny stuff. I give it 4/5 stars.

Bad Education Series & Movie:  This is also a British series about the worst teacher ever and his high school students.  We actually watched the movie first and then realized there was a series that led up to the movie.  Holy Hell did I laugh out loud watching all of this. 5 stars.

Trevor Noah-Son of Patricia:  This is a stand up special.  I will be the first to admit that my experience with Trevor Noah had been limited to the occasional video clip from his show or listening to his podcast.  I have had a good chuckle from time to time but I was NOT ready for how freaking funny his stand up comedy is.  I can't lie. I have watched this special 3 times and each time is just as hilarious! His accents are so on point it's insane. 5 stars, 5 stars, 5 stars!!!


Monday, January 14, 2019

The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick



The Phantom Tree by [Cornick, Nicola]




Alison Bannister and Mary Seymour were cousins orphaned at a very young age and sent to live in Wolf Hall.  They did not like each other but over time they did in fact grow to trust each other a bit. Alison began an affair with Mary's cousin Edward Seymour that resulted in a child.  Flash forward 400 years and Alison spies an old painting in an art gallery falsely  listed as Anne Boleyn but Alison knows that it's actually a picture of Mary.  Alison has spent years trying to figure out what happened to Mary because she is the last hope Alison has of ever finding out what happened to her son.  
This is a time travel book that covers all the bases.  It has historical fiction and facts all wrapped up in one not to mention magic, romance, and intrigue.  I loved every facet of this novel.  I only rated it 4 stars because I found Alison to be a tad bit on the obsessive compulsive side.

Thanks so much to NetGalley, the author, and the publishing house for the preview of the book.