Sunday Sum-Up

sunday-sum-up-2%2f19%2f17The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Stop by and say hello!

I am a little late with my Sunday post today, but happy to have some actual reviews to share from this past week. Things are slowly picking back up as I learn to find a new, healthy balance with everything. I think between health and the new fuller hours with work, I am still learning to accept that I cannot devote as much time to hobbies (aka reading and the blog) as I once could. I have moved past any guilt, but honestly just miss being more involved. If only we could get paid to blog! Life would be complete..


Mini Review

true crime

True Crime Stories: 12 Shocking True Crime Murder Cases 
By Jack Rosewood
Kindle ASIN: B01GIJT1M4
Pages: 113
Genre: True Crime

Blurb: The world can be a very strange place in general and when you open the pages of this true crime anthology you will quickly learn that the criminal world specifically can be as bizarre as it is dangerous. In the following book, you will be captivated by mysterious missing person cases that defy all logic and a couple cases of murderous mistaken identity. Follow along as detectives conduct criminal investigations in order to solve cases that were once believed to be unsolvable. Every one of the crime cases chronicled in the pages of this book are as strange and disturbing as the next.

The twelve true crime stories in this book will keep you riveted as you turn the pages, but they will probably also leave you with more questions than answers. For instance, you will be left pondering how two brothers from the same family could disappear with no trace in similar circumstances over ten years apart. You will also wonder how two women with the same first and last names, but with no personal connections, could be murdered within the same week in the same city. The examination of a number of true crime murder cases that went cold, but were later solved through scientific advances, will also keep you intrigued and reading.

Open the pages of this book, if you dare, to read some of the most bizarre cases of disappearances, mistaken identity, and true murder. Some of the cases will disturb and anger you, but make no mistake, you will want to keep reading!

My Thoughts: 

This is a quick read that is also available with audio narration. I picked it up due to my recently growing obsession with true crime. Seriously.. I cannot stop. This is an anthology of somewhat interesting murder cases that the reader might not have heard of otherwise. While I appreciated that aspect and found two particular crimes to be of  interest, I have to admit that there was little that stood out here.

Each crime is presented more as a synopsis, lacking in a lot of desired information. There were several cases that seemed to have been solved relatively easy as well. There was no true luring air of mystery and some of the crimes felt like an odd fit within the collection. Overall, it was a somewhat lackluster and unsatisfying read that will not bode well if you appreciate strong details.


Dark Matter


Let the Right One In


Lost Boy
By Brent W. Jeffs & Maia Szalavitz


In the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), girls can become valuable property as plural wives, but boys are expendable, even a liability. In this powerful and heartbreaking account, former FLDS member Brent Jeffs reveals both the terror and the love he experienced growing up on his prophet’s compound—and the harsh exile existence that so many boys face once they have been expelled by the sect.

Brent Jeffs is the nephew of Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of the FLDS. The son of a prominent family in the church, Brent could have grown up to have multiple wives of his own and significant power in the 10,000-strong community. But he knew that behind the group’s pious public image—women in chaste dresses carrying babies on their hips—lay a much darker reality. So he walked away, and was the first to file a sexual-abuse lawsuit against his uncle. Now Brent shares his courageous story and that of many other young men who have become “lost boys” when they leave the FLDS, either by choice or by expulsion.

Brent experienced firsthand the absolute power that church leaders wield—the kind of power that corrupts and perverts those who will do anything to maintain it. Once young men no longer belong to the church, they are cast out into a world for which they are utterly unprepared. More often than not, they succumb to the temptations of alcohol and other drugs.

Tragically, Brent lost two of his brothers in this struggle, one to suicide, the other to overdose. In this book he shows that lost boys can triumph and that abuse and trauma can be overcome, and he hopes that readers will be inspired to help former FLDS members find their way in the world.

The Woman in Black
By Susan Hill


Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor in London, is summoned to Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, and to sort through her papers before returning to London. It is here that Kipps first sees the woman in black and begins to gain an impression of the mystery surrounding her. From the funeral he travels to Eel Marsh House and sees the woman again; he also hears the terrifying sounds on the marsh.

Despite Kipps’s experiences he resolves to spend the night at the house and fulfil his professional duty. It is this night at Eel Marsh House that contains the greatest horror for Kipps. Kipps later discovers the reasons behind the hauntings at Eel Marsh House. The book ends with the woman in black exacting a final, terrible revenge.


This week on Books, Vertigo and Tea:

  • Goodreads Monday featured Sister Sable.
  •  I am still working on my new feature that I have yet to actually post. There are a few kinks that need ironing out before I introduce it. Nothing huge but fun I think.
  • I have several upcoming guest posts over the next few weeks with a few giveaways.
  • I have a buddy read planned soon with Debby at Always Booking!


I am wrapping up the week on a quite note and planning to slow down a bit on social media from time to time in order to allow myself more time to actually read. I have stopped accepting requests again. My personal shelves are begging for my attention. And that is where I plan to direct it. It seems that many of us are beginning to feel that social media can really sap our time. So I am taking note from several bloggers and turning off at least a day or two each week! Thank you Lorraine at The Book Review Cafe for a little inspiration in this area.

Remember to enjoy each day and be happy friends!

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.”
-Audrey Hepburn


Danielle ❤

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Goodreads Monday – Sister Sable

goodreads-mondayGoodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners and add your own links!

My Random Pick

Sister Sable (The Mad Queen Book 1)
By T. Mountebank
Publisher: Mountebank
Pages: 361
Genre: Fantasy


THE FIRST TENET OF THE WIND: Do not get caught.

Sister Sable has lived by the first tenet for seven years, but when an unexpected accident reveals the runaway nun to the clergy, she is forced to embrace the remaining four.


With the King’s spymaster committed to killing her, and his general regretting he didn’t, Sable enters a deadly game.

THE THIRD TENET OF THE WIND: The purpose of picking up a blade is to cut the enemy.

Scaring them is discretionary.

THE FOURTH TENET OF THE WIND: Have no preferred weapon.

Even so, she likes the axe.

THE FIFTH TENET OF THE WIND: Know the way of all professions.

Prophet, pilot, assassin, spy, Sable will need to call upon all she has learned to protect the King’s future from the past.

Sister Sable was a Goodreads discovery that appeared in my feed while browsing through popular fantasy. The synopsis has definitely drawn my interest. While I am sure it will be a while before I decide to tackle this book or series, it definitely sounds promising. Have you read this book or any titles from T. Mountebank? What is on your TBR this week?

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Goodreads Monday – Beyond Sanctuary

goodreads-mondayGoodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners and add your own links!

My Random Pick

Beyond Sanctuary (Beyond Series #1)
By Janet Morris
Publisher: Perseid Press
ISBN13: 9780985166809
Pages: 398
Genre: Fantasy


Here is the new, revised and expanded Author’s Cut edition of BEYOND SANCTUARY, the first ever full-length novel to take you BEYOND the notorious Thieves World™ fantasy universe, where gods still stalk the land, warring with demons and human sorcerers and trampling unfortunate humanity underfoot.
If you like stories of bold brave knights employed in meritorious duty, or tales of ladies delicate and fair, be warned. Beyond Sanctuary, set at the foot of notorious Wizardwall, may be too much for your sensibilities. There wizards, bards, and maidens mingle with murderers and thieves, and the fight breaking out at the next table may be the one that ends your life.
The hero of BEYOND SANCTUARY is Tempus, leader of mercenaries and warrior-servant of Vashanka, god of storm and war. With Niko, Cime, and the Froth Daughter Jihan, Tempus faces the archmage Datan and his unholy followers – in a battle for the Rankan Empire’s survival and that of his very soul. BEYOND SANCTUARY is the first novel in Janet Morris’ BEYOND series, followed by BEYOND THE VEIL and BEYOND WIZARDWALL.

This is a title I actually received recently courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley. I am excited about this but hoping it is an acceptable introduction to the author’s work as I have no prior knowledge of Thieve’s World or any pre-existing series. Have you read Janet Morris or this particular book? The synopsis certainly reads as fantasy, but I am seeing some adding this to science fiction as well. So I am curios. What is on your TBR that you plan on tackling soon?

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