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!

Good Morning/afternoon (or maybe even evening)! It has been another long, but productive week in and out of the blogosphere for me. Work is picking up, which is fantastic! But it also means it is more important than ever to squeeze in those breaks and down time so that I can keep a healthy momentum. Which is what I will continue to do on a weekly basis. I will sometimes miss posts or sharing. It is not personal. I follow a lot of wonderful bloggers. So many, that I cannot possibly catch up on every post missed during a two-day span. So if you feel I have missed something that you would like for me to share or read, feel free to send me an email so that I can make sure to reach for it in the middle of pile 😉

A Minor Change:

I am setting my comments to require moderation. It was a not an easy decision, as I know it will slow down my response times. However, after deleting a few comments this past week, I have realized that this is the best solution at this time. Unfortunately, not everyone who visits the site shares the common respect we hold for one another and authors. So while, I know that this will create a little more work on my end, I feel that is it worth it to prevent any unnecessary negativity. I want to continue to promote a positive and inviting atmosphere for everyone.  I appreciate the patience while I sort it all out 🙂

Mini Review


The Salt Man
By Matt West
Kindle ASIN: B0722MBLZT
Pages: 31
Genre: Horror


Blurb: Four short stories. One will scare you, one will make you cry, one will make you blue, and another make you hope to never die.

My Thoughts: 

This is a small collection of somewhat frightening tales all composed by the same author. While only two of the four stories managed to actually scratch my horror itch, I found appreciation for the fluid writing style and consistency throughout. I think this is why I sometimes fare better with anthologies written by a single author.

Each story is very brief, but not without a message of caution tucked within. An enjoyable read if you are looking for something darker to pass a few minutes. My favorite of the four tales would be First In, Last Out. There is not much else that can really be said without spoiling the collection.


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Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)
By Laini Taylor


The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

This is actually a buddy read with Debby @ Always Booking! I am excited to share our thoughts when we complete this hefty little gem!


I have a few households errands to accomplish today so I will wrap up for now. I would love to hear about your week! Share your current reads and plans for this upcoming week below and let’s catch up and chat 🙂  As always, take care and be well and above all else be you!

“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values: they’re hobbies.”
-Jon Stewart


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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

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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


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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!

This is a busy weekend so short and sweet. My mother is moving back across the country and there is work to be done. As far as blog goals.. I might be succeeding at 2. I think I am on the right track to actually posting Pairing Teas & Reads bi-monthly and including short story reviews each Sunday. I am already throwing in the towel on my previous list. I am not a planner. It is that simple. I am too flighty. So expect the pairings and short stories. As far as real life and responsibilities.. well we did discover a fabulous new cafe thanks to some dear friends 😉

Mini Review

By Hugh Howey
Publisher: Broad Reach Publishing
Pages: 15
Genre: Science Fiction/Short Story

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

When a robot defies his programming, is he broken? Or is he something else?


—where servants are assembled for the wealthy, healthcare bots for the infirmed, and mail-order sex bots that go mostly to Russia. A lust for violence, in some roundabout way, funds other lusts.”

This is a very fast read, clocking in at 15 pages. We are presented with a group of programmers who have suddenly discovered that their prize robot Max who has been designed to fight no longer wishes to cooperate. Designed to learn as he fights, the one thing Max should not be capable of is defiance. Suddenly Sam, Peter, and Greenie are faced with a difficult decision that may change everything.

Glitch is delivered through the eyes of Sam and manages to provide an impressive amount of character depth in a very small amount of time. It piques the mind and takes a strong look at the possibilities of a future world with AI. Well worth the 10 minutes of invested time for anyone who has ever thought, what if..


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⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Alice in the Country of Hearts
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The Roanoke Girls
By Amy Engel


Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.

After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.


Game of Shadows
by Erika Lewis

Ethan Makkai thought that seeing ghosts was the worst of his problems. Between his ethereal gift and life with a single mother hell-bent on watching his every move, he feels imprisoned. When Ethan sees a chance to escape, to leave the house by himself for the first time in his life, he seizes it, unaware that this first taste of freedom will cost him everything.

Ethan is thrown into a strange and eerie world, like nothing he’s ever seen. He’s assaulted by dive-bombing birds and rescued by a stranger who claims to be his bodyguard. His apartment is trashed, and his mother is kidnapped to a place Ethan never knew existed—a hidden continent called Tara.

Travelling to Tara in search of his mother, Ethan discovers that everything he knows about his life is a lie. His mother is royalty. His father is not dead. His destiny is likely to get him killed.

Confronted by a vicious sorcerer determined to destroy the Makkai family, Ethan must garner strength from his gift and embrace his destiny if he’s going to save his mother and all the people of Tara, including the beautiful girl he’s fallen for.


GoodReads Monday

Pairing Teas & Reads

I hope to take a moment to hop around and say hello and maybe squeeze in some reading at some point. Today will be a rest day before the work week after all of the moving. I will attempt to finish The Roanoke Girls and maybe flip through a few new graphic novels. What are your current reads? Discovering any new favorites?

I intend to rest and enjoy Sunday !!!!!

“Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.”
-Terry Pratchett



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