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Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things Review’

Published August 31,2015

510 pages

I received this book for review back in the beginning of 2016 and I was so excited to read it. Life seemed to have a different plan for me that year and all of my reading stopped. Now that my son is 1 and more independent I am able to get back to another love of mine, reading. Starting my YA year off is Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things by Martina McAtee.


Seventeen-year-old Ember Denning has made an art of isolating herself. She prefers the dead. She spends her days skipping school in old cemeteries and her nights hiding from her alcoholic father at the funeral home where she works. When her father dies, Ember learns her whole life has been a lie. Standing in the cemetery that’s been her sanctuary, she’s threatened by the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and rescued by two people who claim to be her family. They say she’s special and that she has a supernatural gift like them. They just don’t know exactly what it is.

They take her to a small Florida town where Ember’s life takes a turn for the weird. She’s living with her reaper cousins, an orphaned werewolf pack, a faery and a human genius. Ember’s powers are growing stronger, morphing into something bigger than anything anybody anticipated. She has questions but nobody has answers. Nobody knows what she is. They only know her mysterious, magical gift is trying to kill them and that beautiful, dangerous boy from the cemetery may be the only thing standing between her and death.

As Ember’s talents are revealed, so are the secrets her father hid and those in power who would seek to destroy her. What’s worse, saving Ember has put her cousins in danger and turned her friends’ lives upside down. Ember must learn to embrace her magic or risk losing the family she’s pieced together. (www.martinamcatee.com)

My Thoughts

That synopsis was what grabbed my attention first! Holy cow doesn’t that sound like an amazing ride and such a colorful mix of different paranormal races! I have to admit one of the reasons I didn’t pick it up was because of the size of the book. It’s a little over 500 pages but once I read the first chapter I knew it was going to fly by. Since I do have kids and business to run it took me longer than I planned to read it, a week to completion. That’s ok though.


So let’s chat about what I loved about this first novel. The characters, the setting, and the pace of this book was so engaging and rich. I grew to know all of these different people and I feel like I am already apart of the pack myself. I laughed throughout the book and even cried at the loss of a loved one. The main setting is their town of Belle Haven and it’s a town that is guarded against the outside world. It is run by the supernatural community and I love that. The shops and school are all creatures of this world. So cool!

There is action, suspense, and even romance through out this book. Oh my gosh😍the angst is done so well and kept me turning the pages quickly. There is also a LGBT element to this book and I have yet to read a book with diversity in it. So that was a very pleasant surprise and made it that much more enjoyable because it felt real. The author, in my opinion, wrote those parts well. Like I said before the only thing that was challenging was that it does have over 500 pages. I did fly through it when I got a moment to sit down and read it.

I am so pumped and ready for book 2. Thank you so much Martina for sending me your books and I hope you all enjoyed my review! Head over to her website and take a look around!

Falling Kingdoms Book Review

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Published on Dec. 11th, 2012

By Razorbill


In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword…(.GR)

My Thoughts

I have been trying to get around to reading this series since it first came out. I was lucky enough back in June to find the first 4 books at a thrift store, in brand new condition. Along with 7 other popular YA fiction hardcovers and I got them all for $2 a piece!!!! tumblr_mcm8caDyB11riiw1do1_500

Right now however I am having such a blast with my new baby boy that I haven’t wanted to pick up the book. Thanks to my Hoopla app I was able to listen to the this book on audio. I love audio books, don’t you? Especially when the narrator is amazing, like in Falling Kingdoms. Fred Berman is the narrator of this series and he is amazing. He has the capability of changing his voice for every character and that includes the women. Very talented man.

I really enjoyed this first book but I was intimidated by it at first. I wasn’t really sure what to expect and I didn’t want to get my hopes up due to all the hype around this series. Boy, was I totally blown away. I loved the magic system in this story. It is Elemental magic meaning magic fueled by air, water, fire and earth. There is a prophecy of a child born with the ability of all 4 and will be known as a Sorcerer not just a witch.

Morgan Rhodes is now one of my favorite authors. Her writing style flows very well and it is filled with a lot of detail. I don’t mind the multiple POVs in this story because its such a huge country that it helps the story to see the situations through others. The characters are all very enjoyable to me, even the bad guys.

The situations that the main characters find themselves in are full of action and suspense. I never was quite sure what was going to happen to them at any given minute. Yes, there are some character deaths that you will not see coming. I have heard from BookTubers not to get attached to any characters because you never know who Morgan Rhodes has on the chopping block and they were right!

If you like YA high fantasy or just want to be whisked away to a land of action, romance, political intrigue, and magic, then check out this series. I am starting book 2, Rebel Spring, right now!



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Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows Review

The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals, #1)

*Received this e-book for an honest review*


Witches are real. They’re descendants of the Greek gods.

Nicole Cassidy is a witch descended from the Greek gods… but she doesn’t know it until she moves to a new town and discovers a dangerous world of magic and monsters that she never knew existed.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole and four others — including mysterious bad-boy Blake — are gifted with elemental powers. But the comet has another effect — it opens the portal to another dimension that has imprisoned the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes, it’s up to Nicole and the others to follow a cryptic prophecy in time to save the town… and possibly the world. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I was asked to read and review this book by the author, Michelle Madow. What was funny is that I knew her name but couldn’t place where I knew it from. Then I scoured my bookshelf and realized I had a signed ARC of her book, The Secret Diamond Sisters.

The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters, #1)

So I was very happy to read her newer books and I was not disappointed with it at all.

This book was very fast paced and I could not stop reading it. I read it in less than a week and that’s good for me because I’ve been in such a slump these past 6 months. This was the perfect book to pull me out of it. I haven’t read any books on witches or witchcraft but when I read the synopsis and it said it has a Greek mythology twist to it I had to read it.

I loved the writing style of this novel because it was so easy to read and follow. Everything that happens in the book is so thought out and it flowed very well. I also loved all of the main characters in the story. I’m usually rolling my eyes at teenage angst in books but the way that Nicole and Blake’s friendship blossoms was not to rushed. There is a mystery to why they are drawn to each other. The 5 elements that each person represents are: Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and Spirit. Of course my nerdy brain went to the movie The Fifth Element but I had to pull myself back.

The way that each person in the group of 5 have to use their special power in order to find the next clue in the prophecy is great. I do really like the magic system in the story too, different colors mean different things. As the book moves along the characters not only grow in their own power but end up needing each other to get the job done. Nicole finds out that she may be more than just your regular witch, she is something completely unique.



If this book sounds interesting to you go to Michelle’s website and you can download this first book in the series for FREE!!!!


About the Author

Michelle Madow

She grew up in Baltimore, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she writes books for young adults. Some of her favorite things are: reading, traveling, pizza, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle went on a cross-country road trip from Florida to California and back to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship. (Amazon)

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Book 2 !!!!

The Blood of the Hydra (Elementals, #2)




Red Queen Review


Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. There, before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess, and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays the only certainty is betrayal.

This sweeping story of palace intrigue, class hierarchy, and deception will keep readers hurtling along, desperate to find out Mare’s fate. Her honesty and determination, quick wit, and no-holds-barred attitude will surely make readers fall in love with her.

My Thoughts

When I first heard about this book, through Booktube, I thought it sounded very interesting. I never did buy it though due to the fact that the hype was so high, that it intimidated me. A couple of months ago I won a giveaway over on IG for the Red Queen, Glass Sword and also Cruel Crown ( novella) and I decided it was about time I gave it a chance.


WELL nature had other plans and it was around that time I got pregnant and all reading was out the window. In July I decided to give reading a try and epically failed at it. So I went to Hoopla app and borrowed the audiobook. I was so relieved that I was actually able to finish a book finally!!!

This book was such a blast to listen to. Its filled with action, adventure, mystery and even some romance ( not a whole lot which I liked). Mare is such a confident and brave girl throughout everything she is put up against. I loved the ability that the author gave her and cheered for her throughout the book. Actually all of the Silver’s abilities were pretty cool but if I had to choose it would be like Mare’s. I also loved the fact that the prince’s roles are not stereotypical. They are two of the characters who developed a little differently than I thought would happen.

For me there were no real surprises in the book. It felt like it had your typical dystopian “one girl against the world” trope. Which don’t get me wrong I just devour. So if you are looking for a book after your Hunger Games or Divergent hangovers then this is a series for you. I am gearing up to read the second book, Glass Sword, probably next month.

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I am so excited that I received this in the mail today. I have heard only great things about this series!!! Plus Nadège Richards signed it!!! If you haven’t heard of this book or series here is the synopsis :
Kill or be killed. Love or let go. In a world divided between the Hunters and the Warriors, the prisoners who have fallen prey to King Cyrus’s decrees are forced into the arena to fight until death. The winner is granted mercy and the privilege to see another sunrise-for the loser, it’s death unto the weak. Seventeen year-old Princess Echo races towards freedom to find out who she really is, and to put a world that has been swallowed by lies back together again. And then there’s Ayden. His very existence as a Hunter is forbidden, and with his otherworldly, violet eyes Echo is finding it hard to stay away from him. When death threatens their forbidden love Echo and Ayden are forced to do the unthinkable-how far will they go to be together?

Sounds good, doesn’t it!! Thank you so much Nadège!!!


I won an awesome giveaway over on Instagram. I was picked out of 80 entries!!!


I have been putting off buying them but now I don’t have to!!! Thank you to @thefearlessreader, go check out her IG account!!!

Library Book Haul

I have been so busy these last 4 months but I went to the library today and found some books that I have been dying to read. Even a series that I love and want to reread because they had the last one finally. So here are the books and series I picked up. I think I may have my own readathon.

The Goddess Test Boxed Set: The Goddess Test, Goddess Interrupted, The Goddess Inheritance,The Goddess Legacy

The Goddess Test Series

Now I read this series back in June ,I believe. I loved love love this series. I did not however get to finish it due to the library not having the last book for MONTHS!!!!! but they had all four of them today. So I was greedy and grabbed all of them so I can revisit this series.

Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Now I have not read any of his books yet. I know I know, shame on me.

Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin, #1) Dust & Decay (Rot & Ruin, #2) Flesh & Bone (Rot & Ruin, #3)

Rot & Ruin Trilogy

I am not to sure about these. I have a bunch of zombie books to read as it is but I couldn’t pass these up.

Have any of you guys reads these books? Were they good? Let me know in the comments please !!!


The Scorch Trials Review


Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. 
Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. 
There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die. 
The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. 
Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off. 
There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive. (Amazon )



I have been meaning to read the second book in this series but never had a chance to. So as I was sitting starting a new craft I thought. …man I really need to be listening to an audiobook while I do this. Boom…The Scorch Trials.

This book was amazing and I can honestly say I liked it a lot more than the first. It had so many twists and turns that kept me guessing. The setting was so scary and dangerous that it kept me on the edge of my chair as I listened. The new threat isn’t grievers….it’s the Cranks. I remember thinking of the movie The Crazies while listening to this book. If you have seen that movie you’ll understand what I mean.


Listening to the audiobook brought the story to life for me. ..more than it would of just reading it. Some audiobooks are better but doesn’t mean I’m not going to buy this book.

The character development is also great in this book. The main gladers are having to grow up and make very difficult choices.  Can I just say that the only thing I find weird is that the only “love connections ” are with Thomas. Does anyone else find that weird? I mean I would choose Newt personally.

I’m trying not to put spoilers in this post. It’s very good guys and I highly recommend this series. I’m almost half way through book three on audio now.


You’ve Got Mail!

I have been waiting for several books to come in the mail and today I received one today!!

Hollow Planet


After the death of his beloved father, Daniel’s life has never exactly become that of a typical teenager. He essentially home schooled himself and maintains a full time job at the local store. Additionally, he is forced to raise his younger sister since his mother made her social life a crutch to dealing with the loss of her husband. Daniel would love nothing more than to have a normal teen-age life — and to have his dad back. However, Daniel’s despondent life would now become quite peculiar the day he meets a link to his father: a man by the name of Sef.

Sef explains to Daniel the truth behind this world. He warns that Earth is in a downward spiral with an unfavorable ending. Daniel learns he can help save the planet from an impending danger, but only if he picks up where his father left off. Although what he is told all sounds crazy, Daniel realizes this strange encounter is the first time he has felt a rush, felt alive, felt anything at all. It’s a feeling he doesn’t want to let go of.

This moment would be the catalyst to Daniel’s life-altering adventure. A journey that will show him a whole other world that society has been ignorant of for years, inherent powers that were always present but never realized, a secret endeavor kept hidden from him by his own father, and an opportunity to save Earth from its imminent downfall. Still, none of this will come to Daniel without some heavy opposition from a small group looking to stop Sef and make Earth’s demise a reality. ( Goodreads)


Thank you so much Andrew for the book!

I can’t wait to read it!!

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The Faerie Guardian Review

The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow, #1)


The Faerie Guardian is the first book in the Creepy Hollow Series. I found out about this series from my friend on IG. So I found Rachel Morgan’s IG account and asked her if I could have these books for review. She is so nice and sent me the first 3 for my kindle. I did not actually end up “reading” these books because I needed to start crocheting and knitting again, SO I listened to them on my Hoopla App on my phone.

OMG! You guys. I haven’t read many books on the Fae but this will be at the top of my list until I die. Rachel has this amazing talent for describing details. Be it in the surrounding area, items, or even the characters in the book. I felt like I walked through every single Faerie Path with the characters.

I love how all of the characters have their own style. Like the main character Violet Fairdale, her hair has purple streaks in it but don’t buy her anything purple because it actually is just a coincidence that her name is the same color. We follow her story as she goes through these assignments to become a Guardian. These are the elite guards in their community and keep the Fae world safe.

I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t give anymore details on this book. Just know that I can sort of predict things that will happen in books or movies but this book took me for a ride. Its fast paced and action packed. The ACTION sequences are amazing btw!!

If you are looking for something a little different but in the supernatural realm, go and check out Rachel Morgan’s world. It is so beautiful and now I want to become a Faerie Guardian!!

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WorkHaul BookHaul #9

Ok I have been up North and also very busy since I have been home. I did however get to go to my work and clean up my library!! I was worried about it the whole time I was gone. I did get some good news also. Save The Animals Thrift Store will be opening another store in Ormond Beach!!! So you know what that means?? Two libraries for me to organize !!!! I am so excited! Can’t you tell??

Anyways here are the books that I picked up for the the weekend I was able to get back to work.


Roots: The Saga of an American Family

Roots by Alex Haley

I watched this movie in high school but never read the book. I was able to get a very old version of it and I can’t wait to read it!

Red Dragon Silence of the Lambs Hannibal (Hannibal Lecter, #3)

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These are some of my favorite movies! I am so happy that I have all of the first 3 in this series. Now I can marathon them when I want to be creeped out! I love Hannibal Lecter!


PUSH by Sapphire

I remember seeing this movie and feeling so bad for Precious Jones. I don’t remember everything so I was happy to get the book. I will be reading this soon.

Apt Pupil

Apt Pupil ~ Stephen King

I have never heard of this book nor the movie. I am intrigued.

Hearts in Atlantis

Hearts in Atlantis ~ Stephen King

I have been wanting this book for a long time. Don’t know what its about but this is the hardcover and I have never seen this cover before.

Gerald's Game

Gerald’s Game ~ Stephen King

As you can see I am building up my Mr. King library. My cousin told me that if I ever find this book to never let go of it because it will never let you go. He said its one of King’s darkest novels. A friend of mine on IG also said that it stuck with her to this day. I will be picking it up post haste!

Call of the Wild/White Fang ~ Jack London

This cover is so buttery/velvety I just had to keep it. It is the Hallmark Edition and I have to say White Fang was one of my favorite childhood books/movies ever. Definitely in the 10 ten. I love wolves!!

Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)

Inferno ~ Dan Brown

I am slowly collecting these books as well. I haven’t read any of them but I did enjoy the movies.


Scarlett ~ Alexandra Ripley

I just got Gone With the Wind so when I saw this I had to grab it.

A Soft Place to Land

a soft place to land ~ Susan Rebecca White

Icy Sparks

Icy Sparks ~ Gwyn Hyman Rubio

These two books have lovely covers and interesting sounding story lines.

Where the Heart Is

Where the Heart Is ~ Billie Letts

This is one of the movies that I knew was a book. I never picked it up til now. It is one of the movies that I love to watch with my mom! I can’t wait to read the book!

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

SPILLOVER ~ David Quammen

I am not sure if this is a non-fiction or not. I believe that it is. Pandemics scare me half to death and even more now because I have kids. I hope I don’t get to scared and have to put it in the freezer

“Science writing as detective story at its best.” —Jennifer Ouellette, Scientific American (Goodreads)

Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf ~ Jodi Picoult

I love this cover! Its so GORGEOUS!!!! Jodi Picoult is another one of those authors that I am slowly growing a library for. I heard her writing is awesome!

Finally for my last book. This book literally made me fist pump in the air and scream YES!!!! I have wanted this book since it came out and now I have it!

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train ~ Paula Hawkins

I have no idea why I want to read this one so badly but I do!! I have to read a few books for review first but this one will be read during BookTubeAThon.

So that is Workhaul Bookhaul #9! I hope you enjoyed my long list of obsession.

Let me know if you have read any of these and please don’t spoil me on the titles that I have no clue what its about.

Happy Reading!!