Book Reviews · Mystery · suspense · Thriller

Book Review | Half Past by Victoria Helen Stone

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Half Past by Victoria Helen Stone

Published by Lake Union Publishing on September 19 2017

Genre: Mystery // Thriller // Suspense

Format: Ebook

Source: Netgalley

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Synopsis

At forty-five, Hannah Smith is at a crossroads. That’s her spin on it. The reality is she’s divorced, jobless, and moving back to her family home in Iowa to keep an eye on her mother, who’s slipping into dementia. Her return stirs up the same unnerving sense of disconnect Hannah has felt since childhood—always the odd girl out, the loner outshone by her two older sisters. Hannah knew the feelings of hurt would come back. But she never expected fear. Because when her mother looks into her eyes and whispers, “You’re not my daughter,” Hannah is beginning to believe it’s not just the rambling of a confused woman.

It’s the truth.

Now Hannah’s following the trail of a family mystery to the dark coast of Big Sur, where years ago a lie was born—and buried. As frightened as she is to unearth it, Hannah knows this is the last chance she has before her past—and all its terrible secrets—are lost forever

Review

When I finished Half Past I just knew that I had to write a review for it as soon as humanly possible. It was just that good.

Upon first going into the book I had deja vu moments of Miranda’s Warning by Heather Day Gilbert, (Which was fantastic and you can check out my review of it here.) which for me was awesome because it made me feel like I was going to love it. And I did. Also I just wanna say that I did not expect half of what happened in Half Past to actually happen! There were many times throughout the book that I was taken by surprise.

In Half Past, Hannah is the name of the female lead. She’s unsure of so much and is just looking for answers to who she really is. With father long dead and her mother, Dorothy, in an old folks home with dementia it really adds to her challenges. Overall Hannah was an amazingly developed character, and I found myself able to identify with her on a lot of her issues. Which is something that I really love in books. I feel like if I can’t make a connection with the characters on some level than I really am not able to immerse myself in the read.

As for the other characters throughout Half Past I found them amazing as well. Everyone had their own voice and style, so it didn’t feeling like I was reading from one general perspective.

Something else that I really enjoyed was how Half Past was broken down into sections based on where Hannah was. It’s really different from what I usually see in books and I quite liked it. Also I thought that it was really cool that the Hippie era was involved in the uncovering of Hannah’s past, because that’s so different and it’s just something you don’t see.

The whole mystery that gets uncovered threw me for a loop. I like not being able to predict what’s going to happen next, and that was the case here. It kept me hooked throughout with all the unexpected twists and turns.

But let me warn you, if you read this book have tissues available. The ending got me so good. I had just come out of Target, and I thought why not finish it now? I sat in my car in tears. TEARS!  There I have warned you. LOL.

But in all seriousness, this was an amazing book. I loved every minute of it, and when I wasn’t reading it I found myself thinking about it. Stone’s writing style is great and I am going to be checking out more of her work in the future.

So, on to the rating. I’m giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. It is hands down one of my favorite books that I’ve read this year. I would really recommend this book to anyone, because I feel like its appeal isn’t too specific. I think that men and women of all ages would really enjoy this.

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On Blogging | Where To Promote Your Blog Posts


Hello everyone! I’m back at it yet again to deliver you a, hopefully, helpful post On Blogging. Today I’m going to share with you my favorite places to promote on and which sites I get results from, as well as what sites I tend not to target as much.

The sites I don’t really use:

Facebook

I don’t like Facebook very much, and I haven’t bothered with it to be honest. So, I really can’t give you any info on whether it’s worth your time.

However I do receive the occasional visitor from Facebook via posts of mine that other people have shared. It’s not a significant source of traffic for me.

Instagram 

I’ve tried it and to be honest it didn’t do much for me. Like at all.

I would say that if you are a DIY or beauty blogger it may be more beneficial to you.
The sites that I do use:

Twitter

Twitter is my main performer. Most of my monthly page views come from this platform.

I find that using blogger retweet accounts help loads, as well as using the appropriate hash tags.

Some of the retweet accounts I use are

@FemaleBloggerRT and @BloggersBlast

Those two have worked for me when it comes to getting my posts some traction on Twitter. There are loads of them though, so dig around and see which ones work the best for you.

I also schedule my tweets with an app called Buffer. It is amazing and definitely helps me keep my posts out there. I would highly recommend using it.
Bloglovin

This one works quite well, but it’s a steady climb. When I first signed up it was like crickets, but now I see maybe one or two views a week.

It’s a platform where you have to be quite active, and I think if I was it would bring more views than it currently does.

WordPress Reader

I know this is exclusive to WordPress based bloggers, but I think it often gets over looked. It also is something you have to work at in order to gain traction, but it is well worth doing so. Liking fellow blogger’s posts or commenting is another good way to get your name out there.

Pinterest

I know that bloggers rave about Pinterest bringing loads of traffic to their blogs, but I just don’t see it. I am diligently on Pinterest and I might get one view a day if I’m lucky.

I believe that if you have a auto pinning app then maybe it might be worth it, but other wise I wouldn’t put all my eggs in one basket.
There you go! I hope this help you in some way. Whether you’re new and just trying to figure things out or you’re trying to see what has worked for someone else, I hope you were able to find this helpful. I am someone who struggles at times to gain traffic and these sites have helped me considerably.

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Book Reviews · Erotica/Erotic Romance · Paranormal · romance · Werewolves

Book Review: Tempted By The Pack (Blue Moon Brides 1) by Anne Marsh

 

Tempted by the Pack by Anne Marsh

Self Published on October 17th 2013

Genre: Erotica Romance // Paranormal Romance

Source: Amazon

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Synopsis

Once in a blue moon…
For Rafer Breaux, life in the Louisiana Bayou is harsh, violent—and deeply sensual. The Cajun werewolf lives for his Pack and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep his brothers safe. The longer a wolf lives without a mate, the harder it becomes for that wolf to shift back. To remember that he is a man—and not a monster. And those mates can only be found during a blue moon. When a blue moon finally rises, Rafer will need every weapon in his sensual arsenal to tempt one special woman into his arms and the heart of the Pack.

The Pack hunts for mates
Fighting to keep her family farm, Lark Andrews isn’t looking for love. Even if the very sexy Breaux brothers make her dream of hot bayou nights spent in their arms. When the blue moon leads Rafer to her door, however, Rafer has her rethinking her position on all work and no play. Now, the bayou nights are heating up as Rafer fights to convince her, one sensual touch at a time, to give love and passion a chance. But Rafer isn’t a one wolf deal. Is there room in Lark’s heart—and bed—for Rafer and his Pack?

Review

When I first began this book I honestly wasn’t really feeling it all that much. Now having had read it, I still don’t think I’m completely feeling it.

The whole blue moon thing is very different from most werewolf books I’ve read. As they normally center around the full moon or just no moon at all. So already Marsh has set Tempted By The Pack apart from similar books in her genre. Other than  the use of the blue moon, the dynamic that the story’s romance had was different too. Every male in the pack had to have a mate, whether it was a shared mate within the pack or not, or else they would eventually succumb to their wolves and lose all of their humanity.

I liked that it was different from what I was used to, but there were things throughout the book the didn’t make sense. I’m not going to say specifics, because spoilers are evil, but I will say the dynamic of the romance was so annoying. Plus it didn’t make a lot of sense towards the ending. The fight scene was just ok, and the way the author constructed the vampire element was strange to me. I was so for a werewolf book set in the bayou, but it just didn’t live up to what I was expecting.

The characters for me were eh. Like I liked them, but they weren’t the best in my opinion. That’s really how I felt about the whole book. I liked it, just not that much.

There were also inconsistencies in the book.

Now I also want to say that I’m not trying to bash this book or the author. I’m just saying it wasn’t for me, but you may like it in ways I didn’t.

I’m going to give this book 2 out of 5 stars. It hurts me to do that, because I feel like this book had a lot of potential.

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A Continuation | An Update On My Nexplanon Birth Control Experience 

When I say it has been a struggle, I mean that it has been a extreme struggle. From my mood changes, to new found acne, it’s been hard. I’ve had heavy discharge and bleeding, worsened migraines, fatigue, weight gain, and the list just goes on and on and on.

Like I had said in my previous post, I thought it would be good, convenient, and effective. However my expirence has not been the best.

As you may know any form of hormonal birth control can effect your mood. Also I’m sure you’re aware that life is a fickle thing that throws unexpected events in from time to time.

Since making the original post I’ve had some things happen in my life. My mother and I are being forced to move out of our current home by November 1st. We don’t have loads of money coming in, so it’s becoming a stressful and constant worry.

Before that was even an issue I was already fight with extreme mood swing, and unusual bouts of depression and anxiety. With more stress being added to the table things have just gotten worse. To be honest I’m taking things day by day. The bleeding and discharge has also worsened.

I’ve talked to my GYN about everything, and all she could say was my case was a rarity. I’ve decided to have it removed and look at my other options. I’m might just go back to the pill. But the thing about having it removed is that I have to go and see some completely different GYN. I just find it funny that they can put it in but can’t remove it. Doesn’t make much sense to me.

So that’s where I’m at with it. I don’t know if I would ever think about doing another implant or even an IUD. Since I’ve done much more research I’ve read horror stories.

If you’ve had a bad expirence with Nexplanon, or other forms of birth control like it, I would urge you to share. The more information out there, the more women can avoid these types of situations.

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Book Reviews · Mystery

Book Review | Miranda Warning (A Murder In The Mountains #1) by Heather Day Gilbert

Miranda Warning by Heather Day Gilbert

Published by WoodHaven Press in 2014

Genre: Mystery

Format: EBook

Source: Amazon

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Synopsis 

Child of the Appalachian mountains, Tess Spencer has experienced more than her share of heartache. The Glock-wielding, knife-carrying housewife knows how to survive whatever life throws at her.

But when an anonymous warning note shows up in her best friend Miranda’s mailbox—a note written in a dead woman’s handwriting—Tess quickly discovers that ghosts are alive and well in Buckneck, West Virginia. Hot on a cold trail, she must use limited clues and her keen insight into human nature to unmask the killer…or the next victim might be Tess herself.

Tinged with the supernatural and overshadowed by the mountains’ lush, protective presence, this twisting psychological mystery is the first in A Murder in the Mountains series.
This novel is written from a Christian worldview.

Review

This is yet another book that I wish I had picked up a long time ago. It had been sitting on my kindle shelf for the longest time, and I have no idea why I hadn’t read it already. It was just that good.

Throughout this Miranda Warning you’re following Tess Spencer on her journey to uncover the mystery surrounding a strange note that her elderly friend Miranda had received. But that’s not even the half of it.

From the beginning the book is gripping. It grabs you and pulls you in for the ride ahead. There are unexpected twists and turns all the way til the end that will keep you guessing.

Yes there is a several romantic elements throughout, but it’s not over powering the mystery side of Miranda Warning.

I think that something I really enjoyed about this book was the characters. They weren’t flat. They felt like real people that I could relate to, and they make me want to pick up the next book just to see what happens next in their lives. Saying that, it wasn’t just the main characters that were of high quality, but the supporting ones as well.

This is one of this rare cases where I have nothing bad or negative to say regarding a book. The plot was great, the pacing was great, the characters were amazing, and the book made me feel. That’s how I always know it’s good, when the book evokes emotion from the reader.

If you enjoy a great mystery with amazing and relatable characters that always keep you on your toes, then you will most certainly love Miranda Warning by Heather Day Gilbert. I just can’t help but give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
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Book Reviews · Erotica/Erotic Romance · romance

Book Review | Grey by E.L. James

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Grey by E.L. James

Published by : Vintage (aka Penguin)  on June 18th 2015

Genre: Erotic Romance

Format: EBook

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Grey has been one of those books for me. You know, the type that you realize after reading it you should’ve picked it up long ago. It felt almost, dare I say, refreshing to dive back into the world of Fifty Shades of Grey once more after such a long time. Also, after having read this I cannot wait for James to release the next book from Christian’s point of view.

This book was “refreshing” for me not only because I was able to re-enter the world again, but because it’s the same story told from a different side. That was what had initially intrigued me to read it in the first place. As a reader I believe we get more insight into Christian, and I feel like it answered some questions that I had about him after reading the original series.

Overall I found it so interesting. Throughout Grey, Christian has dreams that relate back to his childhood. Those dreams that he had really show you why he’s so fucked up. I also think seeing how Anastasia effected him through his own eyes was quite good fun.

All that being said Grey is the exact same story as Fifty Shades of Grey. The only difference being is that you hear things from the other side. Which, as I stated previously, gives the reader more information. Thus, allowing readers to form new opinions with the new information at hand.

There were, as I’m sure you are well aware, plenty of steamy bits throughout the entirety of the book. I feel like I liked the romantic and sexual scenes in this book more so than the original. However, I did feel a touch awkward reading it from a male’s point of view.

I’m giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. That’s simply because some parts were stale, and  I felt myself wanting to skip ahead to more exciting parts. I had the same issue with the original series. Would I recommend Grey? Yeah I would. If you are a fan of Fifty Shades of Grey I would urge you to check it out.

 

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