Sunday Sum-Up


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I have decided to link up and share my Sunday Sum-Ups with Kimba and her Sunday Posts. If you have not visited the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, then you are missing out! Be sure to do so.

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“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.”
― Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

It keeps falling and falling. I am not completely disappointed. I love having an excuse to stay in and read. I am a fan of grey skies and breezy days. That was part of what made the move to Portland an easy transition. The only thing that has really suffered is my Bookstagram due to lack of natural light. But let’s be honest, it wasn’t winning any golden stars to begin with 😉 So happily, I have embraced the weather change and curled up on my couch.. in my chair.. in my bed.



The Last Day of Captain Lincoln
By EXO Books
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Review Here





The Quest of the Golden Apple
By Geoffrey Angapa
⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mini Review Here





Daughter of Smoke & Bone
By Laini Taylor
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Review Here





The Snow Queen
By Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrated By Sanna Annukka
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mini Review Here

There were no disappointments this week. I enjoyed every book and short story. I did however, discover a new favorite. Daughter of Smoke & Bone was a big 5 ⭐ s for me. If you are a fan of fantasy and mythology, I highly recommend this beautiful combination.


I deviated. What me?! I know. I am somewhat back on track and continue with The Mine by John A Heldt. I have shelved Wicked for another day. Not due to lack of interest, but I have a few deadlines that are approaching faster than I originally realized, and I want to devote more to the title when I read and review it. I am however, excited for my latest additions.

The Amateurs (The Amateurs #1)
By Sara Shepard
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Expected 11/1/16
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Mystery

Book Blurb:

As soon as Seneca Frazier sees the post on the Case Not Closed website about Helena Kelly, she’s hooked. Helena’s high-profile disappearance five years earlier is the one that originally got Seneca addicted to true crime. It’s the reason she’s a member of the site in the first place.

So when Maddy Wright, her best friend from the CNC site, invites Seneca to spend spring break in Connecticut looking into the cold case, she immediately packs her bag. But the moment she steps off the train in trendy, glamorous Dexby, things begin to go wrong. Maddy is nothing like she expected, and Helena’s sister, Aerin Kelly, seems completely hostile and totally uninterested in helping with their murder investigation.

But when Brett, another super user from the site, joins Seneca and Maddy in Dexby, Aerin starts to come around. The police must have missed something, and someone in Dexby definitely has information they’ve been keeping quiet.

As Seneca, Brett, Maddy, and Aerin begin to unravel dark secrets and shocking betrayals about the people closest to them, they seem to be on the murderer’s trail at last. But somewhere nearby the killer is watching . . . ready to do whatever it takes to make sure the truth stays buried.


Within These Walls
By Ania Ahlborn
Pubisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 464
Genre: Horror/Paranormal

Book Blurb:

From indie horror author and bestselling sensation Ania Ahlborn, this brand-new supernatural thriller questions: how far would you go for success, and what would you be capable of if the promise of forever was real?

With his marriage on the rocks and his life in shambles, washed up crime writer Lucas Graham is desperate for a comeback. So when he’s promised exclusive access to notorious cult leader and death row inmate Jeffrey Halcomb, the opportunity is too good to pass up. Lucas leaves New York for the scene of the crime—a split-level farmhouse on the gray-sanded beach of Washington State—a house whose foundation is steeped in the blood of Halcomb’s diviners; runaways who, thirty years prior, were drawn to his message of family, unity, and unconditional love. Lucas wants to tell the real story of Halcomb’s faithful departed, but when Halcomb goes back on his promise of granting Lucas exclusive information on the case, he’s left to put the story together on his own. Except he is not alone. For Jeffrey Halcomb promised his devout eternal life…and within these walls, they’re far from dead.

* Within These Walls (just finished – review soon) was a choice for October because I was determined to allow myself to have at least one spooky read, and Ania Ahlborn is one of my favorite horror authors. Check her out if you are not familiar. She delivers! The Amateurs is part of a current blog tour I am participating in that has been fantastic. Big thank you to BookSparks and all of the authors lined up for the Fall Favorites tour. It has been a welcomed and gratifying experience 🙂

*UPDATE – My WordPress Reader is being stupid, so I want to apologize for any posts, etc. that I may miss or fail to respond to. *

I am wrapping up early toady for a trip to the airport (please excuse typos as I should have done this earlier). These trips become a somewhat frequent event during this time of year for our household and manage to keep us on our toes. I hope you are all well this week and staying warm & dry 😉 Make sure to drop a line and let me know what you are reading! If you would like to contact me directly, you can do by filling out the contact form or emailing me at booksvertigoandtea@gmail com. Have a wonderful and be sure to check out Kimba’s Sunday Post!




Danielle ❤

34 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

  1. It’s great to read your Sunday sum-up again, and to hear that you read all good reads and even an ‘amazing’ read included! I love the sound of The Amateurs. I liked Pretty Little Liars too and I think it’ll be in the same atmosphere. Be safe on the roads with that pouring weather. You should come and live here, we have that weather, grey and dreary all the time all year long, and most of us find it depressing. I haven’t even been able to wear most of my summer clothing this year :-(.

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  2. I’m happy you enjoyed The Last Day of Captain Lincoln! 🙂 I really enjoyed the story and thought the author had a great way of making sci-fi sound so real and good 🙂 I missed your review so I’ll check it now!

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  3. Have you tried Bloglovin’ I follow most of the blogs I like with it. Yes, fall is the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book, I love looking out the window at all the pretty covers. Plus, my bed feels super snuggling when the temps Within These Walls sounds fantastic, I look forward to your thoughts!

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      1. Great stuff… I think I saw both yours and Donna’s reviews for it and they were awesome so felt confident to get my hands on this 🙂
        Safe travels 🙂 (that is if you’re travelling somwhere not waiting/sending someone off 😀 )

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  4. Don’t worry about deviating– we all do it all the time. I have so many books that I have sitting on my bookshelf waiting for me to get to them. Oops! That’s okay… some day we will get there.
    I’m so glad you had a great week for reading! I wish you many more similar weeks. 🙂

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  5. Have a safe trip! 🙂 I’m curious to see what you’ll think of the Sarah Shepard book. I watched some of Pretty Little Liars and own the books in paperback and ebooks and still haven’t read them, so I’m curious how this one will measure up for PLL fans. I’m reading Miss Peregrine’s but I was thinking about switching to Three Dark Crowns or Vassa in the Night instead. I’m undecided. 😂

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  6. Cheers for linking up with the Sunday Post! I hope it’ll give your own Sunday Sum-Ups the well-deserved boost! 🙂

    I’ve been having the same issues with deadlines. Seriously, where did all the weeks go?! I thought I finally caught up on all my ARC’s for at least 2 months, but nope! Wicked can wait ;).

    The WP reader’s been acting rather strange with me as well since last week. I can only scroll down to ’13 hours ago’. Which is absolutely useless for keeping track of posts you might’ve missed before that (= every post in my case). I hope they get it fixed soon!

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    1. I am having horrible issues with WP in general. I miss posts only to have them show up later. I think some of my comments are not sticking. Stinking crazy. I may tinker with it tomorrow when I am at home. But yeah, hope it is fixed soon. *goes to pout in corner* 😢

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