London prep: book three review

“I’ve taken someplace unfamiliar and made it into a home. And I think that’s special. It’s really special.”

If you’ve read book two, then you KNOW how it ends. Book three picks up with the last line! 👏🏼THE. 👏🏼LAST. 👏🏼LINE! 😱

It is the final week of Miss America’s exchange in London. CRYING! 😭 Harry Brooks is still smitten and Noah is fond of Mallory too. Harry wants their relationship to progress; however, is he truly ready? He’s got a first class ticket on the hot mess express 🚂 regarding his family. His life is a complicated 🙈 mess. But 💣 BOMBS 💣 be dropped in LP3!

Noah…

🥰 I nominate myself as president of the Noah William’s Fan Club! 🥰 JK. I’ll share the duties with all the Team Noah ladies. 😉 Mal and Noah have been dancing around each other like magnets. Noah is all grumpy and brooding and deep. And he’s also super thoughtful. Noah and Mal have some precious moments and some that will leave you SCREAM TYPING to your book bestie (Thanks, Joee- Team Noah).

You WILL feel a RANGE of emotions while reading this story: jealousy, heart break, boiling anger, frustration, sadness, joy, hope. Jillian does an AMAZING job keeping you on-your-toes-HOOKED! 👏🏼 I literally cannot fathom how she can write a story that evokes so much emotion. 👍🏼Props! Big ups, Jillian! 👏🏼 You’ll experience strong feelings for the characters in this story. There are scenes that will have you looking at your chest wondering if it has cracked open. I highly suggest googling “defibrillator for sale” because you will absolutely need a shock to your heart! That cliff hanger! 😱😭 I’m SHOOK! Reeling! 😱 How do I go on with my life? I don’t want to see Mal leave these three boys (don’t forget Mohammad- he’s a good friend!). Tears! 🥺London Prep: Book Three is full of drama, angst, first love, and London adventures. I’m desperate for the conclusion! LP4! 👏🏼🇬🇧

BIG, huge, thanks to Jillian Dodd for allowing me to peruse an advanced reader copy. I cannot wait to squeeze hug the physical book! 🤟🏼

🎶 song: Storms by Mr. Carter Davis 🎶

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Initial reaction 8/28/2020:

Brb. I’m dead inside. 1-800-235-DEAD.💀

More than maybe review

“I would only ever want the best for you because that’s what love is. Love is the lyrics to someone else’s melody.”


Oy! Somebody mop me up because I am in a PUDDLE…on the floor… at my feet. Erin Hahn. I really like you🥰. Your story-telling mind is bloody brilliant👏🏼. I am grossly in love with this book and these characters. 🥰

Eighteen-year-old Luke Greenly knows fame and is like nope. 🙅🏼‍♀️ Hard pass. His shyness is crippling some days. However, readers will fall in love with the British cupcake that is Luke 😍 Greenly. He makes my heart flip-flop in my chest. This boy. Gah! Back to cool and calm and not at all flustered by Luke. He prefers to stay behind the scenes, composing music, and co-hosting his podcast (The Grass Is Greenly) with his twin brother, Cullen. Double the disgustingly alluring British accent. He also has a pretty big secret. He has a major (like deep-seated, years-long feelings) unrequited crush on music blogger, Vada Carsewell. 👩🏼‍💻

Vada’s one of those girls that has a five-year plan (Loud Lizard dive bar, Behind the Music blog, Liberty Live concert series, prestigious music journalism program, Rolling Stone internship) and Luke Greenly is definitely not making the cut. Buuuut he could be part of the plan. Right? 😉 He’s v charming and he understands her music nerdiness. The duo make each other feel off-balanced and slightly mad (British mad). To top it off, Cullen releases a bootleg recording of Luke singing about a mystery girl. Who cares that Vada wants it to be about her? Will Luke and Vada give love a shot?


Me with this book.

More Than Maybe is an exceptionally FUN, YA novel that will make you want to dance💃 (see: Sheppard “Geronimo”) and will totally leave your eyeballs teary, watering from sweetness 🥺 (see: Vance Joy “I’m with You”). Some of my fave heart-squeezing scenes: Pinball Pete’s x “99 Luftballoons”, the old-fashioned dance gesture x “What It Is”, all the characters contained in one space x “Just Like Heaven”, grand-gesture magic x “Break for You” (I need this song to be real). Hahn’s characters (Vada, Luke, Cullen, Zack, and Meg) are so dang likable… I’m sunk! The OTP are extremely swoon worthy (insert moony eyes). I adore how the duo text each other songs, revealing tiny pieces of themselves. If you are a music enthusiast, you HAVE to read More Than Maybe. Get your Spotify or YouTube app open. GO! Ps. Friendly advice…take two Mortin for your inevitable book hangover.

Shout out to MTV’s Teen Wolf.

‘Kiss, Marry, Kill’…Scott, Derek, and Stiles. Shoot (finger gun). Kiss Derek, marry Stiles, kill Scott. I know, I know- no respect for the True Alpha. (#whataboutIsaac).

“Kiss me if I’m wrong, but dinosaurs still exist, right?”


🎶 YouTube: Foo Fighters “Everlong” 🎶

blood & honey review

“‘You don’t get to do this alone. If you retreat into your mind-into your magic-I’ll follow you, Lou’. He shook me slightly, tears glistening in those frightened eyes. ‘I’ll follow you into that darkness, and I’ll bring you back. Do you hear me? Where you go, I will go.'”

Okay. Um. Wow. WOOOOOOW. 🤯

🎶”How do I live without you. I want to know.”🎶 Machine gun sobbing.

Man. Like what.

The motley crew: Lou, Reid (Chass), Coco (ma chatte), Ansel (mon petit chou), and Beau. The gangs all here and on the run. The witch and the huntsman working together seeking strong allies in order to take on Morgane. Given what they are, Lou and Reid are natural enemies. What they need is an alliance. But it’s a trap….it’s always a trap. There is double the magic in this sequel. And it is beautiful and wild and free. These characters go through so much healing in this book. All the grief weighs heavy on your chest. There are moments in the story that leave you smiling and laughing. Like “You can’t imagine how toothsome you look right now, Reid”. Huh? It means I want to eat you alive. HAH! Ok, Lou! 😂 You funny. BUT also reckless and desperate to save those she loves by turning to a darker side of magic. And then there are moments that leave you wholly broken to the core💔😭. Like when [spoiler alert-censored]. I loved how faithful Reid was to Lou. Where Lou struggled with their marriage feeling like a hoax, Reid honored his vows. Blood and Honey is a story about deception that cuts deep. Everything seems to be a matter of life and death. Now that cliff hanger…NEED S & D 3!

🎶 song: when the party’s over by Billie Eilish 🎶

a kingdom of flesh and fire review

“And you needed this moment alone in a pantry?” He turned his head slightly, lining up his mouth with mine. “I just needed.”

Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie🙈😱. She is dealing with painful deception and revelations regarding who she is. Poppy’s anthem is most definitely You Don’t Own Me by saygrace ft G-Easy. 🎵 “I’m not just one of your many toys. You don’t own me. Don’t say I can’t go with other boys. And don’t tell me what to do. Don’t tell me what to say.” 🎵 Homegirl, is a BAWSE 💪🏼 babe. Beautiful! Fearless! Brave! And “so incredibly violent, my Princess.” But when it comes to Hawke…dang, her treacherous shattered heart skips a beat. Trust was broken. Her 💔 heart is grieving as if someone had died. What Poppy perceives in spite of everything feels like a slippery slope. It means either forgiving or forgetting.

The guard who pledged to protect Poppy with his sword and his life. It wasn’t real. Was it? Tell me it’s real! A man of many names: Hawke, Casteel, Dark One, the Prince. Hawke is handsome, but in the way all wild, dangerous predators were. Deadly, fast, and impossibly strong. Hopelessly charming. 😻 And those stupid dimples that wink into existence. Poppy and Hawke have one commonality: they want their brothers back. Working WITH him instead of against him is a gamble.

Two kingdoms hiding the truth. Whispers of war have become stronger. Atlantia rose from blood and ash, no longer a fallen kingdom. The people want retribution. There is madness and chaos and death. 💀

JLA does a phenomenal job keeping you on your toes! I found myself willing my eyeballs to read FASTER. Her world building is 👌🏼 and her character development is 👏🏼. Poppy and Hawke’s overdramatic teasing and quick-witted banter 👍🏼. Poppy x the Prince scenes = I’m alive. Basically I’m trash for the OTP. Kieran! Infinite snort 🐽😂 LOL 😹 moments with the trio. A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is a story of bone-deep hurt, disappointment, deceit, unexpected contradictions, and intangible hope and love. I COULD NOT HAVE LOVED THIS ANY MORE! 🥰 All the praise to Jennifer Armentrout for inviting us readers into a mesmerizing fictional world. A must read follow up to the captivating and action-packed high fantasy novel, From Blood and Ash. I’m already utterly homesick for the next installment. B & A THREE! I need it like Hawke needs Poppy.

Be prepared to eat your feelings. Grab your BFFs, Ben & Jerry 🍦 (obvi), ALL the tissues 🤧, and your fave sad-boy band music 🎧. Because you will cry over the betrayal and choices and secrets. Oh, my!

🎶 song: Scars To Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara 🎶

HUGE thanks 🙏🏼 to the Social Butterfly PR team 🦋, Blue Box Press, and Jennifer Armentrout for allowing me to devour an advance reader copy. It was an honor. 🤟🏼


AUGUST 16th 2020: initial reaction

I need a mo’.

back to Hogwarts

“‘Yer ticket fer Hogwarts,’ he said. ‘First o’ September – King’s Cross – it’s all on yer ticket.’”

Are you even a book blogger if you don’t post about (said in best British accent) Mr. Potter? Happy September first!

#BackToHogwarts. As Harry Potter fans know all too well, on the first of September, Hogwarts Express leaves King’s Cross Station at 11 a.m., bringing students to Hogsmeade Station where Harry attended Hogwarts for the very first time. And we’ve all been celebrating this eponymous wizarding world date ever since.

“You’re a little scary sometimes, you know that? Brilliant … but scary.”

“You can laugh, but people used to believe there were no such things as the Blibbering Humdinger or the Crumple-Horned Snorkack!”

“He can run faster than Severus Snape confronted with shampoo.” — Fred Weasley

today tonight tomorrow review

“I learned to love love in all its forms, and I wanted it desperately for myself: to write about it, to live it.”

Rowan Roth and Neil McNair (AKA McNightmare): A Brief History.

Four years of academic bloodshed. The duo have been clashing over test scores, competing for student class council elections, and one-upping each other for all of high school. But they’re like a packaged deal causing Rowan to feel McMigraines when their names are mentioned in the same breath. Rowan vs Neil. Neil vs Rowan. Their rivalry is entertaining. It’s the last day of senior year and after graduation Rowan will never have to see Neil again. Neil with his objectively cute face. Since Neil was named valedictorian, Rowan would love to beat her nemesis one. last. time. during senior game night. Howl is a Westview High tradition for the graduates. It’s a game that’s part Assassin and part scavenger hunt in the Emerald City (Seattle). The plan is to destroy McNair and regain confidence. McWar- it’s on. However, after learning a group is out to get them, the pair decide to team up until they’re the last players left. Rowan recognizes that nothing about today, about tonight, went as planned. The OTP are arguments and threats. Fireworks and flames. There’s so much more to Neil than the nerdy linguistics boy who drove Rowan bonkers. Do Rowan’s feelings for Neil go deeper than rivalry? Are they only friends or just two people who were supposed to meet somewhere but got lost along the way?

You know how some stories just completely gut-punch you? Like a boulder shoved into your chest and pressure building behind your eyes. Like you have to press a hand to your heart as though the feelings are a physical pain. Today Tonight Tomorrow was THAT for me. It was a love letter to love. A good-bye to high school that will leave you feeling nostalgic. Rachel’s characters have burrowed into my heart. I am trash for Rowan and Neil. Their text-taunting was amazingly LOL. The music 👏 my music snob heart likes! The prom scene in the library left me swooning as I listened to Smokey Robinson & The Miracles envisioning Rowan and Neil slow dancing. I was desperate to know what Neil wrote in Rowans yearbook, and when I found out, I read it (three times) with tears threatening to spill over. I would LOVE to see this optioned. T3 would make a SUPER cute and fun Netflix film! Today Tonight Tomorrow is an adorable enemies-to-lovers, rom-com novel that will leave you feeling giddy when its over!

🎶 song: This Charming Man by The Smiths 🎶

kitty valentine dates a fireman review

“How neat things are in my books-in romance books on the whole. We guarantee a happy ending. That’s one of the tenets of romance. There has to be a happy ending. Real life? That’s a whole other beast.” 

I adore Kitty Valentine! She’s a drama queen and a good person and sweet and loving. And continuing to write on-trend romance for her next best seller. Okay, inspiration. Kitty needs to pen the hero of her current book… Speaking of which, Hayley has the spinner all ready and waiting. SQUEAL! The subsequent trope reveals….drum roll….A firefighter! 👨🏻‍🚒 There’s something painfully masculine and rugged and generally hot 🔥 about a firefighter. And guess who just so happens to know where to find an entire roomful of likely firefighters to choose from? Kitty’s salty and sassy grandmother. Where? At a bachelor charity auction, of course.

Wait. Who is that I see? Matt Ryder! Is that you? Well, you clean up 😍 nicely (huge understatement). I love that we got to see more of him in this story. He’s turning on the charm. He’s a catch! Perfect on paper. Can we get a Kitty Valentine Dates an Investment Manager? *wink* 😉 Back to the auction. With a hefty dose of surprise! Bachelor Bryce Nichols, the bane of Kitty’s humiliating childhood, is chosen for Kitty by her grandmother (one of my fave characters- energetic and sharp-witted) who has everything under control. Sort of. Not really. This isn’t good. Is it possible for a person to turn things around? Is there more to Bryce than what Kitty remembers? Kitty isn’t extremely picky but she’s definitely the queen of over-thinkers. And she needs to learn all things fire fighting in order to base her popular character on. MUST read to find out what happens with ultimate risk taker Bryce and considerate Kitty. The KV series is ideal for rom-com lovers!

BIG thanks to Jillian Dodd for giving me the opportunity to dive into an advanced reader copy. Much love and happy release day!

🎶 song: Only Human by Jonas brothers 🎶

stalking jack the ripper series review

stalking jack the ripper

“A deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos” – GoodReads synopsis.

Hunting Prince Dracula

“What I mean to say is, I see you, Thomas Cresswell. I placed a gloved hand to his face in the barest hint of touch. “And I think you are truly incredible. Sometimes.”

Welp, I guess I need to work on my 🕵🏼‍♀️ sleuthing skills because I did NOT figure it out. Working on my deduction technique like…

Audrey Rose Wadsworth flees London and its memories of the horrible discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity. Together with Mr. Thomas Cresswell they attend the Academy of Forensic Medicine and Science in Romania. Can you see my doe eyes 😍 for Thomas? Be still my thawing, dark heart. That devilish flirt. Their banter goes like this: Audrey Rose being horrified by Thomas’s impropriety and Thomas being completely wicked. SO scandy for 1888! Thomas is fluent in sarcasm but he’s terribly valiant. I LOVE HIM. The creep factor is this story is EEP! Bats 🦇and spiders 🕷and secret tunnels. Vampires🧛 and werewolves 🐺and malevolent forces. Soon after their arrival, they discover two vastly different murders with the promise of more on the way. Plus all the castle intrigue. Of course, curiosity is a disease that plagues Audrey Rose. The duo live for the exploration of the dead. The life of forensic studies. Vlad the Impaler’s thirst for blood is legendary or is this just a copycat killer? Has the immortal prince Dracula returned? The couple are players in a morbid game. My fave scenes were for sure all the clandestine moments. And the folklore lessons. Investigators will be engrossed this story! Without hesitation, to America!

🎶 song: By The Throat by CHVRCHES 🎶

Escaping from Houdini

“Our tricks might appear sweet, but I promise they are not treats,” he whispered. “Are you brave enough to survive? Perhaps you’ll be another who loses their heart and their head to my mid-night minstrel show. Only you can decide. Until then?”

✨ Welcome to the Moonlight Carnival! ✨

To New York! 🗽 It’s the start of a fresh year. A new chapter. The marauders of truth duo. Partners in crime and debauchery. (Thomas Creswell + Audrey Rose Wadsworth = Cressworth), embark on a seven-day, fairytale 🚢cruise… which if you’ve been reading the books, you’ll know that is the first indication a nightmare lurked on the horizon. Eep! Of course, the enchanted voyage turns into a fantastical nightmare. You might lose your life, your very soul, to this magical traveling show. Thrills and chills and spills…. of 🩸blood! Yeah, so families start reporting their daughters missing and they turn up dead. What’s going on? Another career 🔪murderer? Is someone taking their theatrics to a murdering level? The killer is taunting Audrey Rose. Time for Cressworth to piece together the gruesome investigation. The events in this story are utterly thrilling and horrible. And I loved it more than I care to admit. I LOVE IT! FAVE of the series thus far!

Thomas. 🥰 Oh, Thomas. Wickedly enchanting, Mr. Thomas James Dorin Cresswell.

He’s impossible. Impossible not to adore! So handsome that it MUST be a criminal offense. His charm and well-timed quips = I’m dead. The OTP’s mischievous banter and sarcasm gives me life. They’re delightfully cruel and horrendously flirty! The innuendos will make you 🤣 snort laugh. The pastry scene left me giddy. “Don’t be jealous of pastry, my love. It’s golden crust and buttery taste cannot compare to your delectable personality. Much.” How magnanimous. Do prepare your heart for a glimpse of the boy who never truly believed he could be loved🥺. (But I love you Thomas). And Mrs. Harvey, the capricious chaperone. What a hoot! I adore her antics. “Have some wine, it soothes the nerves.” How can we get her traveling tonic recipe?

“I love when you look at me that way.”
I searched his eyes. “How?”
“Like you might possibly love me in the same extraordinary way that I love you.”

Can’t wait for Capturing the Devil. EEE! If you crave mystery and danger, magic and mayhem, chaos and discord, secrets and manipulation, you must read Escaping from Houdini. A story of jealousy, love, loss, betrayal, and revenge.

🎶 song: Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People 🎶

Capturing the Devil

“Beyond life, beyond death. My love for thee is eternal.” “That’s beautiful. Was it in the letter?” “No, it’s how I feel about you.”

One more case! Unleashed terror in NY & Chicago. Be warned… Nefarious acts have been preformed on the deceased. Corpses that are nearly unrecognizable as human. 😳🙈 EEK! Something is oddly familiar. Another murdering machine with more practice and altered methods. The White City Devil = a monster. But Audrey Rose would become his nightmare. Shall we see the duo solve another gruesome murder? 🕵🏼‍♀️ Together as a united front! Go save the world, Cressworth! Ps. I actually figured it out this time. Yay, me! 👏🏼

My feelings re: the ending of this series is going to have me deep in my cups tonight 🍷 (edit: my husband thinks I sound like a lush but it’s from the book!). Meeting that annoying student in the laboratory last autumn turned out to be one of the best chance encounters of Audrey Rose’s life. AR is the queen of death. A princess of corpses. Mr. Thomas Cresswell – my insufferable yet most decidedly charming partner in crime. Oh wait. I mean Audrey Rose’s partner in crime. Thomas is beyond precious. Yes, yes, and incredibly handsome. He’s shamelessly addicted to reading romance novels. You see the OTP’s bond strengthen in CtD. They don’t complete each other; they complement each other. They see each other for who they are- flaws and all. Forewarning….guard your heart from snapping in half, wholly broken. A mistake will be made in this story and it will need to be rectified at once! Cling to this: Thomas and Audrey Rose’s love is a constant in a sea of unknown variables. Their brash flirtations will be missed. 🐱 Sir Isaac Mewton. 🤣 Dead. I love AR’s grandmama. Mrs. Harvey and her traveling tonic. Thomas’ love for cinnamon and sugar and butter. I am besotted over these characters! The shocking finale to the Stalking Jack the Ripper series is a must have for readers who enjoy mystery, forensics, and historical fiction with a side of a wonderfully bloody romantic escapades!

🎶 song: Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve 🎶

back-to-school TBR

“People need to be entertained, to have their minds occupied with thoughts other than a constant bombardment of negativity.” – Kerri Maniscalco.

via GIPHY

I had to. Sorry. Couldn’t resist.

What a time to be alive, am I right. Wink. Most (some?) k-12 administrators are preparing for a safe return to school for the 2020-2021 academic year. Going back to school in fall 2020 poses new challenges for schools, including implementing mitigation measures (e.g., social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, use of cloth face coverings), addressing social, emotional, and mental health needs of students. It can be stressful! I mean, I am worried. Whether you’re returning to school in person or continuing distance learning, let these stories transport you from whatever your feelings may be regarding the upcoming school year.

Check it: I’ve got contemporary high school, boarding school, SUPER NATURAL boarding school (think Legacies), Bayview High detention, prep school, academy of forensic medicine and science, and school of witchcraft and wizardry. “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” – Dr. Seuss.

via GIPHY

  1. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
  2. Four Days of You and Me by Miranda Kenneally
  3. The Upside of Falling by Alex Light
  4. Anna and the French Kiss By Stephanie Perkins
  5. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  6. I Hate You, Fuller James by Kelly Anne Blount
  7. London Prep by Jillian Dodd
  8. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
  9. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  10. Crave by Tracy Wolff

I hate you, fuller James review

“When things get tough, you have two options. Pass the buck or stand up to the plate and go to bat for the person you love.”

Oh, you’re interested in more adorable and cute and fun YA romances? Said no one. Me…

Fuller freaking James, captain of the basketball team and idiot responsible for Wren Carter’s hideous nickname, “Wrentainer”. The king of Magnolia High. Ugh, he looks like he just stepped off the pages of an Abercrombie and Fitch catalog. Fuller James makes Wren’s blood boil! Well, he’s failing AP Lit and will be benched if he can’t pull his grade up. Wren is asked (read: forced) to tutor Fuller AND keep it a secret in order to protect the team’s morale. To make matters worse, Fuller digs himself into a deep(er) hole by making a bet with his friends. But with all the time the duo spend together, Wren realizes there’s so much more to Fuller than his jerkwad cocky attitude. I think I’m starting to like Fuller too 🥰! They’re two completely different people, with a tragic commonality. Back to the bet…a stupid bet that could only end one way-badly🙈. Enter grand sweeping gesture moment!

That scene was my favorite! Swoon! Lots of cheesin’ 😆 (top row teeth smiling) and LOL moments 🤣! Wren can SCHOOL Fuller in all things basketball 🏀. Swish! Their bond over b-ball was 👏🏼🥰👌🏼. I Hate You, Fuller James is a charming YA enemies-to-lover romance! Seeing if I can get my hands on some Nerds so I can settle down and binge Princess Bride and Say Anything.

🎶 song: In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel 🎶