book review | over maya dead body

Over Maya Dead Body (Serena Jones Mystery #3)

FBI Special Agent Serena Jones arrives on Martha’s Vineyard with her family, ready for a little bit of R&R and a whole lot of reminiscing as they celebrate the engagement of an old family friend. But crime doesn’t take a vacation, and she’s soon entangled in an investigation of a suspicious death tied to an antiquities smuggling ring.

When her investigation propels her into danger, Serena must stay the course and solve this case before anyone else dies. But just how is she supposed to do that when the two men in her life arrive on the scene, bringing with them plenty of romantic complications–and even a secret or two?

my review – 5 

I received an ARC of this book from INTERVIEWS AND REVIEWS in exchange for my review. (sorry this is so late, I got totally caught up in school. but it’s here now!)

I don’t normally do mysteries, but YOU GUYS. I literally got hooked the first page. Maybe it was her writing? Or Serena? Or maybe it was dinner… food can put me in certain moods. Whichever was the case, I could hardly put it down once I started it (which OF COURSE) I had to because I’m a senior and us seniors gots lots of thingies we need to take care of in school. *dramatic eye roll* Blast you, education and numbers. Blast you. 

I’m kidding, really. I love school. School helped me learn how to read, praise the blessed Lord who has gifted the world with the written word and beautiful books. 

Not you, algebra. I still blast you, churl. 

Actually, I don’t blast you, because you showed me that I needed to befriend the smart kids in class, and now we (the smart kids and I) are really good friends and I blame you for forcing me into socializing with them, which ended up being a good thing. So thank you, algebra.

Now that that’s settled, we can continue with the review. Where was I going with all this…? Oh yeah! Mysteries are usually not my thing because normally, I am going to be completely honest, I get bored somewhere in the middle and end up just giving up. BUT NOT WITH THIS BOOK. This book has really changed my view on mystery novels. Bless you, Sandra Orchard. Bless you.

I actually finished this book on a Sunday morning, before church. Call me a heathen, but then I’d just respond with a swift: “But I was just 50 pages from finishing! And it was a whodunit mystery! And there was a love triangle that actually didn’t annoy me!” So you would have lost the argument, just sayin’.

Let’s see. Things I liked? Ohhh, girl. Serena is, like, my new favorite person. Literally, she was kick-butt-awesome. She was witty and fabulous and quirky and I just adored her so much (even without reading the previous two books!). The thing about this book was there was not too much of a character arc. These kind of action books are more focused on the plot, while the characters are amazing, they aren’t the most important part of the story. I GET THAT. And I am so pleased with how wonderful this book was even if Serena didn’t really have a development in the end. It was still amazing and she’s still amazing, so that’s pretty cool.

The side characters were also kick-butt-awesome, btw. I can’t even begin to say how much I enjoyed all the side characters. I don’t know how Mrs. Orchard did it, but she managed to incorporate distinct personalities, voices, and humor in each of the characters and I just LOVE how thoughtful they all were! None of them bored me when they spoke or did anything. I was drawn in by every aspect of the novel, including the barely-there people. They mattered, and Mrs. Orchard made sure of it. I get kind of annoyed whenever there are those characters that when you see their name on the page, you kind of inwardly cringe and try to brace yourself and force your way through that scene; it’s awful and I feel bad but honestly I suffer from those moments. But not in this book! There was a sense of equality here which I appreciate. Can I just say how much I loved both Tanner and Nate? So many things that I can’t mention, but these two guys are hilarious. I can’t tell you how many times they made me have to stop reading and shake my head, chuckling.

OH. And freakin’-Aunt Martha? She is so boss. Can I just be her when I grow up? Thanks.

Omg omg omg. The mystery in this book was phenomenal. I haven’t read a lot of whodunits, I’ll be honest, but I don’t think that would really matter; what matters is this book was so thrilling and exciting and I can’t wait to read all of Mrs. Orchards other books! There was so many things, so many problems, so many fingers pointed and questions unanswered that created this amazing novel. Everyone was a suspect and nobody was completely innocent. There was always some connection between characters and events and it made everything so complicated and mind-boggling but OH SO SATISFYING. It’s hard to read mysteries because I’m always scared I’m going to miss something, there’s going to be clues that I will pass over and ignore and hints that I won’t catch. But I’ll tell you what, it was so fun to follow along in this book, even if my mind was blown up partway through. IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH THE BRAIN DAMAGE. ’nuff said.

Just kidding, that was NOT enough said. Because now we come to all the romance! *internally screams (but in a good way hehe)* I will refrain from spoilers here because YES this is a LOVE TRIANGLE and I know that people that have read the previous book and not this one will not appreciate me just screaming what happens in this book in relation to the ship (if it’s a love triangle, it would be plural though, right? idk). Let’s just make things clear: it was clean and comical. And I love it and so should you, so go read this book right now. There ya go.

IN CONCLUSION TO THIS BLESSED PIECE OF LITERATURE:

This book is the perfect mixture of thrilling action, romance, humor, and all things lovely. Serena is such an awesome protagonist and I cannot wait to read more about her. As far as cleanliness goes, this book has zilch yuckies; the romance is *spot on* and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. The mystery is SO enthralling and… you need a good few hours to finish this because you’re not going to want to put it down! Once you start, you’ve emerged in this entire adventure and you never want to leave. After I finished it that Sunday morning, I just sat in bed, still as a rock, pondering all that my damaged brain couldn’t soak in.

This is a masterpiece that needs to be appreciated by everyone. So go add it to you tbr. After you read it, tell me how you liked it! OR have you already read this book? OR the other books from this series? If so, tell me in the comments below and we can talk about it over some virtual oreos and milkshakes. 🙂 

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book review | kristian’s war

Once upon a time, there was a brown house. In that brown house, there was a brown family (we’re Filipino jsyk, this was not meant to be some kind of racist statement or anything); there was Daddy and Mommy, and their three younglings: Kuya, Ate, and Bullit– but you know her to be Jazzy. One day, while Daddy was at work, Mommy sat the kids down to read to them a book. She called it, “The Pilgrims Progress.” It was an amazing book about a man and his journey to his Salvation. The children were enthralled as Mommy read. The story ended and the children didn’t think about the book for some time. However, this changed not long ago, bringing about this review on a book that reminded Jazzy of “The Pilgrim’s Progress.” Only this one was called “KRISTIAN’S WAR… 


Don’t ask me what compelled me to write the above story, because I honestly wouldn’t have an answer for you. When I come on my blog, I just type what comes to mind, I NEVER plan ahead (you can probably tell by my posts tbh), and I publish it without a second thought. Because haters gonna hate and judger’s gonna judge and I’ll be here…. being weird.

#yolo

 

So like, I kind of had fun taking pictures of the book today. It’s a pretty lit cover, wouldn’t you agree?

AND IT’S SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR #blessed

This was a wonderful surprise 🙂

Aaaand this is the end. Booyah! Now on to the review.

my review – 4.5 stars

I really really enjoyed this book. Short as it was, busy as I had gotten, and long as it took me to finish… I really did enjoy it.

However, when I got to the end, I had a full feeling. The kind of feeling that means I didn’t feel “hungry” for more, which is both good and bad. Let me explain.

When I started reading this book, I was full

y prepared to finish it in a day. Picked it up, nodded slowly, and said, “Imma finish this in a few hours.”

That didn’t happen. School, friends, piano, they all plotted against the finishing of this book. I couldn’t pick it up because I knew it would annoy me about how scattered it would feel. I needed to be able to just sit down and simply read but that couldn’t happen, not with tests and projects due. So I waited, waited, waited.

UNTIL AT LAST. After my tests were taken, projects turned in, papers were written… I was able to sit down and read. And I finished the book.

And it was pretty good.

The plot was engaging, though not memorable. There was a clear goal, the journey was hard and interesting, and Kristian was relatable (my heart broke when it shared their backstory on whey his wife was so mad at him). I loved the parallel to the Christian walk, with each of the tempters and encouragers and all that fun stuff. How Kristian responded to each was very relatable and I found myself really wondering what he was going to do next, where things would take him. While the writing style was fast-paced and quick to read, I felt like the beginning kind of dragged for a bit. It wasn’t until the middle that I was turning my pages more eagerly, but once that happened BOOM. Just like that.

As for Kristian Anders, I feel like he was lacking. But I’ll be lenient because this book was so short (sort of like Soren in Travelers: Rekindled), and there really wasn’t much time to develop such a dynamic character (although I still would’ve like to seen that)(but you know, I’m not like MAD that there wasn’t). He wasn’t boring BY ANY MEANS. I know boring characters (or just plain annoying), but Kristian wasn’t that. Kristian was a special kind of not-dynamic-but-still-cool character. Cause like, he was relatable with all his struggles and weaknesses, so he was real in that sense, but as a person with a voice and habits and quirks… it wasn’t there. BUT LIKE I SAID. He wasn’t boring, I don’t hate him, I really liked how relatable he was, so YAY.

The journey, his spiritual development was key. It was a beautiful story, filled with a yearning for hope and a message of God’s forgiveness and undying love. How the author portrayed the Biblical elements was really neat and I loved when I found the double meaning behind things. Most of the terms and spiritual messages were pretty conspicuous, because of their names, but others I had to think a little more.

I enjoyed the writing style to an extent, and all the action was very capturing. I was like, WOAH WOAH WOAH WHAT in all those scenes. Is it bad that for both books and movies, some of my favorite scenes are the battles/fights? Should I be worried???

I felt a little confused with all the militaristic terminology at a few parts, though I loved how cool it was even if I didn’t understand more than half of it. It felt REAL cuz like I don’t get a lot of that kind of stuff in movies that I watch anyways. So it wasn’t too bad, I just had to look some stuff up lol.

OVERALL this was well-written that carried an amazing message: God grants his mercy and grace to those who seek it. “KRISTIAN’S WAR” is a book that I would recommend to those who like the “Pilgrim’s Progress,” or just anyone who wants a short read on a man’s spiritual journey. I say short, despite the fact that it took me a few days.

I BLAME SCHOOL ENTIRELY.

Peace out, fam

(Thanks again to Peter Wisan for sending a free review copy!)

book review | the captain’s daughter

When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater which is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.

An injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he’s glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can’t wait to leave behind. 


my review – 3.5

I received a free copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for my review.

I’M BEING A PICKY BEAN IN THIS REVIEW SO BEWARE.

Y’ALL KNOW HOW I GET WHEN I’M A PICKY BEAN.

BEWARE.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

TWICE.

Okay. This book. This book confused me.

First, I was like YAS THIS IS AWESOME ROCK ON DUDE ROCK ON! and then I was like, WHAT THE BLOODY GUAC AM I READING???

Like, literally, I literally felt like at some point I was reading an entirely different book. It wasn’t a horrible different book, just a different book in the same book and that was kinda awkward.

Before I started this book, I was praying, Please please please don’t be like every other historical fiction.


But alas, Rosalyn was a very stereotypical hf character… actually quite boring. Why are all these characters so stinkin’ alike??? Why why why historical fiction authors! I’m not kidding, here’s a list:

  • she’s literally an orphan
  • she’s literally entirely likable
  • she’s literally not quirky at all because apparently hf characters aren’t human OH WILL didn’t know tHAT!
  • she’s literally just like 17 other girls I’ve read about
  • she literally has no personality and it annoyed me so much

Not to mention, she’s kinda dumb, but won’t complain too much about that. She wasn’t supposed to be super street smart anyways. BUT. She lacked so much depth, especially by the second half of the book, where I felt like I was reading a totally different book. Like. So confused. But seriously, Rosalyn was so good. I wanted more from her, deeper passions idk. She just wasn’t relatable and I was mad because relatable characters are LITERALLY my HOME. Oh and there was almost no personal development here; what are we supposed to be feeling after we finish this book? I felt… idk. Like I had loose ends.

But I mean, I liked how George Muller was mentioned in the story. That was pretty cool.

Moving on to other things, I do believe the plot was what kept me reading through the entire thing till 1 in the morning.  It was REALLY interesting. She was all over the place! And it was fun, I was engrossed. I was on my toes, anticipating what was going to happen next. Bad things, one after the other, just kept on flowing.

And then she joined the theater and… well, things slowed significantly. Maybe it was the characters themselves or something, but this is where I almost lost interest. The theater was boring. The characters in it, well they were okay at first… but soon they got boring too. I stopped caring about Rosalyn’s situation, started getting aggravated with Nate’s dullness, and I was bored with the performances.

This was supposed to be the most exciting part in the book because THEATERS and SINGING and DRAMA and ROMANCE but no. Did not float my boat. It was almost like the plot stopped moving and it just kinda stayed there; Rosalyn was even less interesting somehow. Jessie was fun, but Jessie was kind of mean and that gave her a personality.

The romance in this was… Slowburn.

But not in a good way. Let’s be honest! Slowburn is nice unless the romance doesn’t happen at all until they kiss at the end. The relationship in this book was just… AWKWARD. And there was sort of a love triangle-ish and the guy had this “can’t-fall-in-love-now-I-have-duties-that-I-need-to-fulfill” mindset. And it made me so frustrated. Obviously, they liked each other. But no. They each wanted to live their own lives, which WHoop-dee-doo suited them both fine!

Until it didn’t and then they’re just like LET’S GET MARRIED HUH ???

But it was like. I feel like they were hardly even friends. They hardly talked. They just both felt the tingles when they saw each other or were near each other. But honestly, did they even have a strong friendship? Nah.

Friends first, younglings. Friends first.

And then came the closure for all that had been broken in the beginning!

IT WAS PERFECT. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. IT WAS ON FLEEK. 

Not. 


The ending felt rushed, like the author was just like, “Ugh I’m tired of writing this– let’s just *key smash* There. That should be good.”

Almost nothing was worked up to solving all the problems until the end where they miraculously solved themselves and everybody was able to live happily ever after.


Ahah. Well didn’t see THAT coming.


The thing about readers… we can tell when authors get lazy by the end of their books. We KNOW when you lose heart, even if you don’t. And I can see that in this book. The entire plot in the book kind of dissipated in the end as if it never happened at all. I felt no closure. Sure the problems were solved, the people were happy, the characters kissed (had problems with that too. friends-first issue? and not to mention… they didn’t even say ily in this book, like, at all. that threw me off a bit JUST BECAUSE). But you can have all that and STILL be incomplete.

Do I recommend this book? 

After all I’ve said…. yes. Because my opinion is mine alone you may think something entirely different. I’ve read other reviews on this book and I know others have actually enjoyed this book. You just might enjoy it too! But you know…………. this is my review. My thoughts. Not yours. Mine.

SO YES I RECOMMEND IT. It had me hooked in the beginning… I just unintentionally slipped from the hook and couldn’t find my way back on… but still managed to finish it in a day. I persevered.

these were my thoughts in the post…

now i want to hear YOUR thoughts!

have you read this book?

what are YOUR  thoughts on historical fiction?

book review | a question of honor

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A man. A child. A war. 

When German soldiers invade France during World War II, young Joyanna’s perfect world is shattered. In the hands of those who hate her, she battles to comprehend why people can be so ruthless and cold toward those whom they have never met. 

David Sullivan, pilot in the Royal Air Force, was certain he would never hate, but a painful loss forces him to either reconsider or do the inconceivable—forgive. He is suddenly challenged by the realization that doing God’s will is not easy, but most important. With the lives of freedom-fighters relying on him, he must learn the difficult lesson that he is not in control, but merely one who must surrender his heart of obedience to One greater.

A sudden turn of events lands Joyanna and David in the same country—but for far different reasons. When their paths cross, David finds he must make a decision that will affect them both for the rest of their lives. 

Will he choose vengeance, or will he let his life be ruled by a higher standard? A standard of Honor.

my review – 5

Wowowow.

That was my initial reaction.

Actually, that’s still my reaction to this book. Ha.

When I first decided to review it, I had pretty high expectations for it. Everyone on Goodreads was saying that it was phenomenal and they cried and all that. So I was well prepared for whatever kind of pain and drama the book would bring.

BUT ALAS. How much wronger could I have been?


I was not prepared at all for this masterpiece.  

From the first page, I was engrossed! I was literally in love with it already. Just all the vibes I was getting from it, I was so very very happy. Like falling into a fluffy comforter after it just came from the dryer. SO NICE. 

Let’s start talking about the stuffs.

First off, CAN WE JUST APPRECIATE THE AUTHOR THE LOVELY JESSECA WHEATON FOR BEING SUCH A GIFTED BEAN? YOU GO, BOO. 

Okay, now we can talk about the plot in this book. This was actually so unique and cool like I can’t even. Normally when it comes to WW2 books, you have refugees or you have other victims of the war, more or less. Well, in this book you have a 7-year-old Jewish victim who ends up having to help the enemy and an American volunteer. S O  D I F F E R E N T. It gives me tingles. I just love the fact that Joyanna is a kid, and stayed a kid through the book (it didn’t like skip a few years so she was a teen). I don’t know why, but I appreciate that. Made things very raw.

Anyways, there was a lot that went on in this book. A lot of action, which I love. Some of the things the characters or things that happened didn’t always seem realistic, but that could just be me. I love how historical everything was, it made everything much more vibrant and I felt like I was actually seeing a lot of the things described. I was hardly ever bored as I read, I was constantly anticipating the characters’ next move.

THEN THINGS HAPPENED. AND I CRIED. A LOT.

I actually cried like 3 times halfway through the book. Yeaaa that bad. But in the best way! *wipes tear* *sniffs* It’s great! No worries.

It was all just so HAPPY and BEAUTIFUL and PEACEFUL in the beginning, I just knew something was going to go wrong. You know you’re gonna end up bawling your eyes out when things are that good. That’s just how life is.

Moving on……….

The C H A R A C T E R S were so #BLESS. I mean, I admit, there were a few times where I feel their dialogue felt… unreal. Like you could just hear the author saying it and not the characters, so that was one thing that I didn’t really like. But other than THAT they were so cool I just AGH.

Joyanna just made me so sad and happy D’: Whenever she would ask, “Will you take are of me?” I was like, AWW I WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU LIL PERSON C’MERE TO AUNTIE JAZZY AND I’LL BUNDLE YOU UP IN MY PROTECTIVE WINGS AND FEED YOU NUTELLA CREPES FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

However, there were some parts where I was like……… yea that kinda sounds more like a 4-year-old than a 7-year-old. Just some things. Cuz I have both a 7 and 4-year-old sisters, so I have them as references. But whatever, I mean it’s not THAT big of a deal. Just that kinda annoyed me sometimes. She was precious and innocent and so sassy that ALL FAULTS ARE FORGIVEN.

I love love love David, he just felt so real and his humor was so funny I was like HAHAHA and OH NO for him all at the same time. IT’S JUST SO SAD. His life was perfect. So perfect. And then *splat!* all that was good and beautiful was destroyed and he had to grapple for a handhold on life….. and without God that was pretty hard to do. LESSON LEARNED: God is the only one who can bring peace. *thumbs up*

His friendship with Gil made me cry. It was so funny. Their sass level with each other was HILARIOUS I loved reading their banter. Although I feel like their voices lacked true conviction when it came down to details and just some things they would say, or some slang they would use…. I just felt like it wasn’t /all there/ for some reason.

I was VERY encouraged with Gil’s speech to David in the beginning. That was VERY raw and VERY real and VERY relatable and VERY challenging. I APPRECIATE THAT IN A BOOK. Thank you Jesseca 🙂

That scum bag Erich was a jerk. Well I mean, he was supposed to be a jerk. He wasn’t supposed to be good. But he was still mean. I was hoping he would become good in the end, but you can’t save all villains.


I admit I was not expecting that ending though… it came as an “oh, okay” moment and I still don’t know how I feel about it. I guess I didn’t really like it? I mean it was okay, but honestly, I feel like the book could’ve had a bigger blow. Somehow. I don’t know how. But I just felt like the closure to the problem was a bit… weak. The story was good, just that part was a bit lacking for me.


THE ENDING was alright, it was very warm and I felt very fulfilled. It was like closing an Anne of Green Gables book, it was very happy-sigh worthy. I was very satisfied. I was starting to cry again because of what David was thinking about and how his heart had changed and just how happy I was with his development amidst all the action and everything that was going on.

OVERALL THIS IS A MASTERFULLY WRITTEN PIECE OF CHOCOLATE THAT MUST BE CONSUMED BY ALL WHO CLAIM A LOVE FOR WW2 AND BOOKS THAT MAKE THEM CRY. 


Cuz I cried like a baby in this. And I am not ashamed to admit that.

I love love love this book so YOU SHOULD LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK TOO. GO. READ IT NOW.

OKAY BYE.

book review | deadly proof

add on goodreads

In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower’s allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer. 

Determined not to make the same mistakes, he’s intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything–even murder–to keep the case from going to trial.

my review – 3 

Let’s just get this really straight.

This book was really interesting. 

Probably won’t read it ever again, or read any more from this author…. but that’s not saying the book wasn’t good. Because it was! It just really wasn’t my gig. 

The story is about a lawyer who is working on this really big case that could alter her entire career and the lives of so many other people. It was INTERESTING and I did feel INVESTED in this novel because I WANTED TO SEE THE ENDING.

I just…. it just…… mehh?

It wasn’t my thing and that’s fine. All the lawyer stuff, and legal information, and all that technical stuff was COOL. I was very impressed by the author to have included so much and with such detail, because it wasn’t an easy storyline to build off of without all of it. BUT THE THING IS, that stuff really doesn’t interest me. It was cool to read, I feel like I learned a lot just by reading that book, what with the procedures in a case study and courtroom things. But at the end of the day, I just want something that I don’t have to push through as if it were almost like a textbook if you know what I’m saying? It just wasn’t the easiest read, IT WASN’T BAD. IT WAS ACTUALLY REALLY GOOD. But when it comes to reading, especially since I am still in school, I would have picked up a faster paced, less informative novel, I guess.

Not that information is bad. I like information, just… not in this kind of novel?? I GUESS?? This is complicated trying to explain. Because I did like the storyline, it was very interesting, and I liked the characters. But like. All the lawyer-y stuff just kind of ………. eH.

As for the characters, I appreciated Kate for being real. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t really expecting Kate to be very interesting, just because the plot seemed to almost overrule the characters in this book just slightly, but I do believe the author did an okay job with letting Kate shine. Just enough. I liked that she was relatable with her crazy life and depression. It gave a motive to her actions and I liked that a lot. She did grow through the book, she became a stronger woman, even though I thought she was pretty strong already in the beginning. I felt like she was too perfect at some moments like EVERYONE ever kept on telling her how kind-hearted she was, how selfless she was, or how she needs to think more about herself or money and blah blah blah. Those moments when the author really made that point to say SHE’S PERFECT AND EVERYBODY, YOU’RE ALL SCUMBAGS. I was like………. yea no.

BUT OTHER THAN THAT, YEA, KATE WAS PRETTY OKAY. 

I felt like Landon took so long to come to terms with himself. He was an interesting character because I feel like he took sooooo long to grow, but then he did, but then he didn’t. And it was just idk kind of jumbled almost. Like, he did grow, and I enjoyed watching that happen, it made me very happy. But then he still was like, struggling after everything had happened and it was ALMOST like nothing had changed. And idk it was rough. He was cool, though, just not the coolest dude in the fictional world. But still cool.

Kate’s relationship with Landon was one of the most interesting parts in the book, just cuz. You got to see more of their characters open up and it was less focused on the case. I loved their chemistry and how everything was like… slow, but not slow at all. IT WAS GOOD. I was very satisfied in the end.

Speaking of the end, I kind of cringed at the conclusion. Well, not the conclusion-conclusion, but like the answer to all the problems. It just all seemed kind of… cheesy for some reason. I just, I have no idea. It didn’t feel realistic. Suddenly I was watching a kid cartoon and the bad guy was found and then all this totally cliche stuff happens and then everyone gets a happy ending.

It was a very forgettable ending that really… didn’t make me care for the book as much. Because I actually was sort of kind of almost in my own way enjoying the book! But then the ending happened and I was just like… uhm, alright then? IT WAS WEIRD. I was totally let down with the ending and I wasn’t surprised and I wasn’t thrilled that the whole problem was solved BECAUSE IT DIDN’T FEEL SOLVED. It was just awkward.

MY THOUGHTS OVERALL? I enjoyed it to an extent. There were some parts where I really like it and I just couldn’t stop reading… and then there were parts where I was like, ok yada yada let’s get stuff done. But I mean, it wasn’t a bad book. Not the best book, but not like the WORST THING OUT THERE. If you like mystery or lawyer-y books lol, this might be something you might want to consider reading. It was an intersting plot line, over all. JUST MY THOUGHTS.

Thanks for reading!

book review | the notes in our hearts

The Notes in Our Hearts

Two generations, one song…

my review – 5

Awww! Oh, my dude! That was the cutest! My heart is all warm and happy but like a very bittersweet happy… 💖💖💖💖 Such a sweet story. Gabriellyn presents such a sensitively told story of sacrifice, love, and hope; all told with tender poignancy.  

I absolutely adore how the past and present were blended. I mean here’s a short list of things I loved:

  • WW2
  • Music love
  • Wait, would this be considered a love triangle???? CUZ I LOVE IT. 
  • Sacrificial love
  • piano piano piano
  • My emotions are turbulent……..
  • dealing with grief

*sniffs* ‘Nuff said, y’all. This is HANDS DOWN one of the best short stories I’ve ever read. The feels are vivid, but still, the message of faith is even more so. The topics that are addressed are very deep, and yet Gabriellyn was very light in her approach to them, which just made everything so sweet and tender. I JUST WANNA HUG THIS STORY. *hugs it* 

If you’re looking for a quick read that will just make your heart melt…. then read this, luv. This was adorable in the deepest way.

ALSO. This reminded me of a movie I watched a LOOOOOONG time ago called “Though None Go With Me”. I haven’t watched it in a while, but I never forgot the plot because of #FEELS. Anyways. There’s that. 

Have a wonderful day 🙂

r a p u n z e l

Right in the middle of my ceiling hangs the monsterous gargoyle. It’s stony eyes carving fear into my heart. Etched into it’s side was in intricate design of swirls and arrows. Black shiny stones embellish the edges of the figure. The teeth gnaw out at me, it’s sneer gripping me. It always appears right there when…

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Ivory moonlight melts through the window curtains. It licks my face, tasting all my freckles. I’m not tired tonight. I wonder why?

I normally feel this way- antsy and worried- when Candace comes to visit me with monthly provisions. I grunt. I’ve always dreaded the visits, even when they were my only chance to human interaction.

I sit up, hiding my face in the shadows. A sigh slips from my lips, braking the silence that shrouds the room. I twist the curls of my auburn tresses into a tight braid that runs the length of my back. Slipping from my warm covers, I let my legs fall off the bed and hit the cold stone floor. My feet begin trotting across my room, my eyes, the dewy color of young budding leaves, travel the walls and the ceiling. Oh no- there it is!

Right in the middle of my ceiling hangs the monsterous gargoyle. It’s stony eyes carving fear into my heart. Etched into it’s side was in intricate design of swirls and arrows. Black shiny stones embellish the edges of the figure. The teeth gnaw out at me, it’s sneer gripping me. It always appears right there when…

A cold hand lands upon my right shoulder. I didn’t care to find who it is. I already know who it is. A quick rush of anger courses up and down my spine. I look around my little room. The window. Yes, that would serve a worthy escape vent.

“Clancy.” The single word is spoken in an airy singsong voice. Behind me hovered the most egregious woman on the face of Brunuak.

“What?” I spat curtly. I wanted so badly to turn around and snap fire, but I knew the consequences. I bit down, keeping my rebellious tongue in check.

“Oh, you’re not mad at me, are you? I hope it’s not for long. I have an… errand for you.” she taps her long talon-like nails against the wall. A chuckle tickles the trepidation crawling up my spine.

I scoff, mockingly throwing my head back. “So, you have another job for your little  imp? What is it this time? Kill another Brukuanian soldier? Rob a nearby shop of its goods?” I narrowed my pupils on the window, ignoring the glare she was settling on me. “No. I’m done with the blood. I’m done with the stealing. I hate this. I hate committing crimes. I can’t. I just… can’t. Not anymore.” I frown up at her, but from my perch, I’m looking right up her hairy hook nose. I cringe in disgust.

A smug smile tugs on the corners of her lips. Wild humor teases her pale-red irises. Then, withing a heartbeat, her smile vanishes and all hints of jocularity vacate her demeanor. “Remember our talk,” she whispers coldly into my ear. Deliberately, she stalks out of my room, leaving an ominous sensation in the air.

I shiver as the stone door seals shut, battling the tears that threaten my pride.

Again I am in the dark, alone.

Again the window gapes sadly at me.


Thanks for reading! This was just another thingamabob I did acouple years ago, left untouched from the original- as painful as it may be. 😉 I was planning to expand, but decided to leave it unfinished.

If you enjoyed it, please like and leave a comment, any feedback is more than welcome! Thanks!

Jazzy xoxo