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Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian

Grey - E.L. James

First, I'd like to say that Zackary Webber did a FANTASTIC job narrating GREY. I am so glad I chose to listen to this audiobook. I read this series 3 years ago, really enjoyed it, and have always wondered what went on in the mind of Christian Grey. I think everyone can agree that the price of knowing is ridonkadickulous, but it is what it is, stated right on the coverGrey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian, so it's best to leave your expectations at the door. "Re-reading" this story was only a little familiar having forgotten most of what takes place. Yes, there were times I thought it was gonna be the mirror image of Fifty Shades, but I was pleased to find new material. I was glad to finally get some answers, but since he's never been a hard puzzle to solve, I had the feeling I already knew as much. Though the heartbreak completely gutted me, I looked forward to it. It is what kept me reading. His nightmares and dark thoughts were my favorite parts. By the end, everything I loved about Christian Grey came flooding back to me. I know now that he tried, he wanted more, and he came to enjoy the hearts & flowers. And now I'm sitting here writing this review, listening to Damien Rice, thinking about gliders and Charlie Tango. It's at the tip of my tongue to say that I prefer Christian's POV over Ana's. I might take it back because I don't think I can compare the experience of that first read, so I'll just make note that I am going back and forth about it internally.

Infinite Dolls Review

Infinite Dolls - Emalynne Wilder


Definitely unique and significant. Endearing. The author is extremely talented in her way with words. Though I wasn't able to bond as quickly, strongly as I would have liked, there's no doubt this is one special piece of literature.

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

Bad Romeo - Leisa Rayven

Cassie is my favorite! She makes me LAUGH and I love that she's not the stereotypical virgin. Ethan is a jerk that I really like. I don't want to, but he's just so brooding HOT. 
The tension—omg—there's so much that it nearly gave me a headache. These two have outstanding chemistry. I really enjoyed everything about this book, except one thing. One character trait, really. Ethan Holt's reluctance to allow himself to love…was the most frustrating thing ever! Boo! I didn't find that fun to read at all. Why the long face, dude? Really. Why? I need to know. And for those answers, I must read book 2.
And for the record, I was really happy with this ending. It was a good note, at least I saw it that way. I sort of wished it was a standalone.
I don't fluffing know how to rate this. 3 or 4 stars?

The Boy Who Drew Monsters - Keith Donohue





Fire Down Below by Debra Anastasia

Fire Down Below - Debra Anastasia

 I haven't been this embarrassed for a book character since my Amelia Bedelia days. Oh, how I miss the innocence!


Dove always finds her way into bad situations and she has no filter —like, anywhere on her body, apparently. And so, reading through her was like watching a train wreck. Some of the other characters were a million degrees more grotesque, like her neighbor Duke and Steve the Cat, to name a few.


There were times I felt uncomfortable with the crassness. ((This is really shocking to me since I love the slapstick stuff.)) I thought  Myyy God, I can't unread that scene, what the f—..., LOL, so gross!


So why do I want to read the next book? For laughs! And because fake French accents seriously crack me UP. And Duke needs love too! But mostly for laughs, of which I had many. If you have a sick sense of humor as I do or you enjoy the Screwball, you'll enjoy this comedy. Maybe. Idk. But you will laugh. Probably. Unless flatulence is too taboo for you, then stay far away.

Black Keys by Rose Mashal

Black Keys (The Colorblind Trilogy Book 1) - Rose B. Mashal

"Knowledge is all around us, keys waiting to be found."

I truly fell in love with this book. It is a really compelling piece about two people from different religious backgrounds thrust together by betrayal. It is a powerful book with rich morals, beautiful culture, and a slow-simmering romance. It's kind of surreal and magical but an altogether passionate journey.

"Royalty is a dirty game."

I marvel at the author's wonderful storytelling
. I immediately fell in line with it and nothing could have torn me away from reading. Her ability to keep me at the edge of my seat and my interest peaked throughout the entire book is fascinating to me. It was easy to continue reading into the night.

"It's not lands and buildings that make a home; it's people who do."

I really admire the honesty of the MC, a devout Christian having to cope with merging into a royal family of Islamic faith, of which she is not fond of. She holds Muslims responsible for her dark past. You might disagree, but you have to understand she shares the mindset of too many Americans and it's important to watch her growth.

"When it comes to love, rules blur and traditions fade."

This book is truly a gem
, but every gem still needs a little polishing. This needs it in the form of professional editing. I'm not the grammar police, so the errors and typos do not bother me because in the grand scheme of things, the reading experience meant more to me than a few mistakes, but nonetheless needs to be mentioned.

"May you find the keys, Troubled Princess."


***ARC provided for an honest review***

Angellfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall - Susan Ee

What an ending!
This book was more juvenile than I expected. I liked Penryn and her cause, but there were times she'd think about the most irrelevant things and I'm like, Hello? Focus! You're in a dystopian novel. Please stop sharing your band camp memories. That aside, I enjoyed the bad guy Angels, the demons, the resistance, and of course Raffe. The storyline was cool, but the author's writing was sometimes great and sometimes not. I couldn't deal with some of the repeated use of words. I must've read the word "door" about 9 times in one paragraph. The book wrapped up with a fantastic ending and because of that ending I am sitting here somewhere between 3 and 4 stars.

Black Iris by Leah Raeder

Black Iris - Leah Raeder

Brilliant, but fucked


Darker than dark

Best mindfuck

I am not a patient person. This book tested that. I was contemplating a one star review halfway in. Because I was pissed! I needed answers and not knowing was irritating me. I felt played by the unreliable narrator and blindsighted by perfectly orchestrated, poetic writing. It surprises me to say this book took me out of my comfort zone, because I am good to read just about anything, but there were moments I could not finish this. No, my rating did not come easy. It was drained out of me, cleverly so.

Well played, Leah Raeder. Well played.

Don't Let Me Go by Sarah Elizabeth

Don't Let Me Go: a story about falling - Sarah Morgan

This is gonna be a gush review. I can't even help it. I'm not capable of eloquent critiquing right now. I'm such a mess and my heart is spent —this is the truest romance!
I don't need to say I loved this because that much is obvious, but I will cause it feels so good to say. I fell in love with this story! I fell in love with CL and Lamb, and I can't wait for the day they come alive for me again.
This really is a story about fallingin all the truest ways that a person can fall. I felt like I was falling too. And I had to tear myself away in the end because I was so lost in it.
always lose myself in Sarah's writing. It leaves a mark and gives you a certain aura that is such a high to experience. Made me feel everything deeply, so aware of every sensation.
I feel so lucky to feel what I feel right now. This isn't temporary.
"I commit this moment to permanent memory." 
Thank you, Sarah, for another favorite.

Listen: Snow Cones, Smoke and Summertime by SophieIsabella Dickson

Reading progress update: I've read 95%.

Don't Let Me Go: a story about falling - Sarah Morgan

Review later… smoking coffee coffee and a smoke for now… 

All the stars on the flag!

Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott

Wild Reckless - Ginger Scott

A new favorite!

For the record, I almost didn't read this because on first impression, I thought it was cliché. Quite honestly the cover is cheesy, the title didn't draw me in, and I lazily skimmed the blurb having felt I've read one and read them all.

It didn't take long to win me over though, I was hooked from the prologue. Jealous I don't get to experience this often enough, I was careful to appreciate it while it lasts. And as I kept reading, it kept lasting—the feels and my expanding interest. There is a darkness to this story that is so alluring to me and unlike anything I've ever read. It's paved by beautiful writing that I was not expecting to admire so much nor for it to guide my emotions so easily. I just feel too much right now, for this story and these characters.

Time to reflect…so soon! <3 This is the beginning of a Ginger Scott book marathon!

True Love Way by Mary Elizabeth

True Love Way - Mary  Elizabeth

Easily put, there were things I liked and disliked, areas I wanted less of and others I wanted more from.
The writing was great for the most part. I did have issues connecting and was never able to connect with the heroine.
The relationship between Dillon and Pen's dad was one I found most enjoyable. They were the only characters I had sympathy for.
I didn't always like the storyline, but I enjoyed reading the many epilogues and thought the 5th held the perfect ending.
All in all, it's an okay read. I'm a little sad nothing came alive for me as I am a big fan of this author.

Elements of Chemistry: ATTRACTION (Hypothesis Series Book 1) - Penny Reid



I'll definitely finish out the series to see where it takes Kaitlyn Parker.
3 stars for the story, 5 stars for the heroine.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah


I enjoyed this story enough to give it 3 stars. The first half was a solid 2. No connection, no feels. I can't even say I wholeheartedly liked the two heroines. The second half was by far more compelling and the ending was beautiful, bittersweet but something I was not fond of. I appreciate what the author was going for, but it did not captivate me.

Photo by Nina Moore
Photo by Nina Moore

The Summer Remains by Seth King

The Summer Remains - Seth King



It's a piece of me now.

The Summer Remains is a fulfilling story about life and love. It was a gift to experience and inspiring from start to finish. I hope you find your way through this book. I hope it shakes you like it shook me and awakens something inside of you like nothing ever has. I will never forget Seth King's words.

Photos were made by the talented Nina Moore.