Monthly Archives: May 2015

‘Germination’ Review

Author: Jamie Thornton

Year of Release: 2015

Genre: Apocalyptic/Young Adult

Number of Pages: 92

**I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review* 

Where do I even start? I guess here: it’s refreshing to finally read a disease-centred apocalyptic story that feels real. 

Ms.Thornton doesn’t sugarcoat the ways in which people would need to act in order to survive in the world left after a disease addles minds and turns people into monsters of the literal kind.

The characters are believable, with the voice of Mary providing readers with the opportunity to identify with a character that faced hardship after hardship. 

I for one cannot wait to see what happen next in the Feast of Weeds series. 

Rating: 5/5 zombie-infected teenagers

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‘Cloche and Dagger’ Review

Author: Jenn McKinlay

Year of Release: 2013

Genre: Mystery/ Cozy Mystery

Pages: 281

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(*This is a photo from goodreads.com)

As the first book of the Hat Shop Mystery series, Ms. McKinlay does not disappoint. In her usual fashion, she creates a book with engaging characters and such vividly described locales that it’s easy to get lost in the pages. The cover design by Robert Steele is nothing to frown about either. I literally can’t stop looking at how beautiful it is.

The story itself introduces us to Scarlett, an American who co-owns her deceased grandmother’s hat shop in London with her whimsical cousin Vivian. After a disastrous video goes viral, Scarlett up and moves from Florida to the beloved shop to begin a whirlwind life that includes murder.

The entire book left me wanting more, and having read it in less than 24 hours I can’t wait to see what the rest of the series has to offer.

Rating: 10/10 fascinator hats

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‘On What Grounds’ Review

Year of Release: 2003

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Number of Pages: 275

To start, I need to make a disclaimer: I am a tea drinker. That big confession being off my chest, I have to say that after reading this book, I may convert to drinking coffee.

Set at an independent and well-loved coffee shop called the Village Blend in New York’s hip Greenwich Village, you will immediately be drawn into the world of protagonist Clare Cosi. The divorcee mother of a college-aged daughter is not hard to root for, especially when she finds her Village Blend assistant manager at the bottom of the shop’s stairs.

Let Ms. Coyle take you on a caffeine-filled adventure overflowing with fascinating characters and coffee so vividly described that you can almost smell the aroma in each of the 275 pages.

The first book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series, I cannot wait to delve into the rest of the books and attempt to solve the mysteries. Perhaps with a nice Café Americano beside me.

Rating: 5/5 shots of espresso

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Review: Death of a Dapper Snowman

Author: Angela Pepper

Year of Release: 2014

Genre: Mystery/ Cozy Mystery

Pages: 170

First, let me start by saying that the killer completely caught me off guard. After reading so many cozy mystery books lately, I thought I would at least have a hunch as to who snow-manned Mr. Michael’s. Luckily this captivating author had me on edge until the big reveal.

The town of Misty Falls is exactly the place you want to live, or if circumstances don’t permit, vacation in the town for at least a week. The scenery was set beautifully, with descriptive imagery taking me to a place that one can only dream of.

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The vivid characters and relationships are definitely something I’ll be looking forward to reading more about in the next two books of Ms. Pepper’s series.

Rating: 5/5 dapper snowmen

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Harry Potter Playlist Pt.1

Neville Longbottom

Stand by Rascal Flatts (Listen Here)

“Every time you get up and get back in the race, one more small piece of you starts to fall into place.”

Severus Snape and Lily Potter

Tell Her You Love Her by Echosmith (Listen Here)

“Speak what your heart wants you to, tell her she’s lovely.”

tell her you love her

Lily and James Potter

To Build a Home by The Cinematic Orchestra (Listen Here)

“And I built a home for you and me until it disappeared from me, from you.”

To Build a Home

Harry Potter

Feel So Alive by Down with Webster (Listen Here)

“So deal me in the cards, whatever they are. And there’s nothing you can say to me, it just won’t break me.”

Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley

Compass by Lady Antebellum (Listen Here)

“You wanna give up ’cause it’s dark, we’re really not that far apart.”

“When it’s all said and done, you can walk instead of run ’cause no matter what you’ll never be alone.”

The Main Trio (Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley)

Long Live by Taylor Swift (Listen Here)

“I was screaming long live all the magic we made and bring on all the pretenders. One day we will be remembered.”

“Long live all the mountains we moved, I’ve had the time of my life fighting dragons with you.”

Luna Lovegood

Loser Like Me by Glee Cast (Listen Here)

“You may say that I’m a freak show, but give it just a little time, I bet you’re gonna change your mind.”

Hermione Granger

Silent by Tori Kelly (Listen Here)

“Got my own opinion, my own words to say, got my own vision so I know I can stay.”

“My dreams are loud and my heart’s wide awake.”

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