BOOK REVIEW | WEAVE A MURDEROUS WEB BY ANNE ROTHMAN-HICKS AND KEN HICKS

July 24, 2017


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis
No good deed goes unpunished. When Jane Larson—a hot-shot litigator for a large firm in New York City—helps out a friend, she is sucked into the unfamiliar world of divorce and child support. 

Jane's discovery of the deadbeat dad’s hidden assets soon unravels a web of lies, drugs, and murder that keeps getting more dangerous. 

Soon, Jane is involved in a high stakes race to recover a missing suitcase of cash and catch the murderer before she becomes the next victim. - Goodreads

My Thoughts
I'm going to be completely honest, when I first started reading this novel, I was not so thrilled about it. I had to put it down for a few days because I just couldn't get into it. This might've been because I was going through a terrible reading slump and couldn't get myself to read 2 pages, let alone a whole novel.

But after picking it back up in a few days, I instantly got sucked into the story. I don't read a lot of crime or mystery books, but Weave a Murderous Web has introduced me to a genre I want to explore. This story was not at all what I expected. The plot takes the reader in so many different directions and gives so many options as to who the killer is. It reminds me a lot of Pretty Little Liars because you have so much information right in front of you, yet you know nothing. It's frustrating yet thrilling.

The characters in this novel were fairly developed, Jane being my favorite. From the moment I was introduced to her character, I already developed a liking for her. She's witty and always had snark comebacks. Although they were times where I wasn't too fond of how she treated others, I still enjoyed her as a main character. Plus her being a litigator was pretty sick.

My only critic for this book would be that although it has a lot of twists and turns, I did get confused a good bit. The novel is pretty short in length, so sometimes I felt as if the plot was moving too fast and in multiple directions that I couldn't keep up with.

What started as a simple deed to help a friend turned into a suspenseful murder mystery. I enjoyed this book nonetheless and would recommend it if you're in the need of a short, fast paced novel with a dash of suspense.

My Rating
3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS


Until next time, 

k.m.

CAN WE CUT THE BULLSHIT? | RANT

July 8, 2017


Disclaimer: This is a rant. Try not to be butthurt. 

So a couple of days ago I was scrolling through twitter and saw a thread that this girl had posted on my timeline. To put it short, she was talking about how the Kardashians/Jenners are wasting their money and fame by not using them in ways that can help change the world. I pondered a little about this and found myself agreeing with her.

Whether you want to believe it or not, the world is hurting. The world is in chaos. Rarely anyone is genuinely kind. Compassion is fleeting. Integrity seems none existent. We can't afford to not care. We can't afford to be selfish. We can't afford to let people who have the resources and platform to change the world not help anyone but themselves. It just doesn't make sense. Imagine if a portion of Kylie's lip kits went to a cause or sanctuary. Imagine if not only the Kardashians/Jenners, but ANYONE with a huge platform were to shed light on real issues. Imagine having so much fame, money, and power to make a positive impact, and all you do is post selfies. And cars. And body shots. And anything else that is materialistic and superficial. It's.....disappointing to say the least.

Here's my thing, if you're not going to use your platform to make a change, give it to someone who will. By no means am I saying that person is me, or even you, but there are hundreds of people, activists, and advocates struggling to get people to listen and focus on real issues and movements that are revolutionary, yet we follow people who post selfies and do anything for attention and we follow them like blind sheep (kendall and kylie knew damn well what they were doing with those t shirts).

If you do have the platform, don't see , let's say, 1 million followers and think "OMG look at me, I'm so awesome," think "how can I use this influence/following to benefit others, to give back". The world is too fucked up to just think about yourself.

Nothing is wrong with selfies. Nothing is wrong with body pics or cars. Nothing is wrong with superficiality, but, how much is enough before it becomes damaging? Before everything you have to offer the world is surface level?

I know I pointed fingers at the Kardashian/Jenners, but that's because they have hella money and power in the media. Log onto instagram and you'll find every other girl posing and looking like Kylie Jenner. And the funny thing is, they know it too. While we're trying to be like them, their cashing in their money on our cluelessness.

To wrap everything up, because trust me, I can go on and on about this topic, all I'm trying to say is, can we cut the bullshit? Can we be the generation that doesn't fall under stereotypes? Can we, I don't know, let our ego die and realize that we all need to work together if we want to live in a progressive society?

But hell, what do I know, right?

Until next time, 

k.m.

SUPER QUICK: Here's a list of people that I think are making an impact with their social media, big or small. 

@justinbaldoni

@thenakediares

@lilmsragerr

@iskra

@hereisgina 

@nahkobear

@missmeghanhughes

@koifresco

@lisacimorelli

@stylelikeu

@iisuperwomanii

@rowanblanchard

.01 JOURNAL ENTRY // PRIDE AND EGO

June 28, 2017


I feel a little weird sharing this on the internet. My journal is where some of my most private thoughts are stored. Thoughts that I would never share to others in person, but here I am, ready to broadcast them on the internet. I shared a journal entry of mine a while ago when I first started my blog. It was a lot more personal than this one, but nonetheless, I felt a sense of relief when I published it. Yes, I was putting myself in a vulnerable position by having my most private and rawest thoughts published on the internet for anyone and everyone to read and judge, but there was also a feeling of relief. Like a weight was being lifted off my shoulders. I love being vulnerable. There's a terrifying beauty to it. Yes it's scary to be so open on here, but I love it. I thrive off of it. Being vulnerable is important to me.

With that being said, I do think it's important to not share every thought that comes to my mind or lands on my paper. There are things that are best kept to myself. No one should know every single detail about you. No one should know you like you know yourself. Sharing too much can cause people to find your faults, your weak points, and attack you from behind. You are in control and you can choose what to share and when to share it.

Enough babbling though, let's get to why you're even here in the first place: to read my journal entry. 

subject: pride + ego
date: 6/12/17

relief. i tackled one of my biggest inner demons today. my pride + ego. i reflected back on my high school experience and wondered why it was so shitty. why i didn't have any friends. why i didn't have strong relationships. why i always felt alone. i would tell myself that it was my environment. that i just couldn't connect w/ the people there. but truthfully, after digging deeper, into that 3rd layer [how to be a bawse reference] my pride + ego held me back. i always thought that i was the shit. i made myself unapproachable. i masked my insecurities by putting myself on this pedestal of graciousness, i let my pride + ego stunt the growth of friendships. i let my pride + ego stop me from getting involved. i let my pride + ego get the best of me and as i sit in my room all by myself this summer, i reap the benefit of a strong pride + ego: loneliness. i only cared about myself so it's no shock i'm in this empty house. i want to spend this summer breaking down my layers, my walls. i don't want my pride + ego to hold me back in college. i want to be SOULful, not EGOtistical. filled with soul, not ego.


And I'm still trying to break down those layers.  

Until next time,

k.l.m

MINI BOOK HAUL

June 21, 2017


Soooooooo I have a problem.

I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't buy anymore books for the remainder of summer, and then this happened. I have no self control whatsoever when it comes to buying books. I'll be content with what I have on my bookshelf one minute, and then I'll find my Amazon cart to be have 50 books ready for purchase. It's an addiction that gets me in trouble sometimes, but one that I'm kind of proud to have? While others are addicted to buying cocaine, I'm addicted to buying books. I don't why I just said that.

Although this book haul is fairly short, I still wanted to post it because I'm pretty happy with my purchases and I want to share that with you guys. Maybe some of you have already read some of these books, and if so, please let me know what you think about them in the comments below. Maybe some of you will get some new books to add to your TBR list.

Regardless, I hope you guys enjoy this mini book haul!


HOW TO BE A BAWSE BY LILLY SINGH


From actress, comedian, and YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (aka ||Superwoman||) comes the definitive guide to being a bawse—a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out the other side. 

Told in her hilarious, bold voice that’s inspired over nine million fans, and using stories from her own life to illustrate her message, Lilly proves that there are no shortcuts to success. 

WARNING: This book does not include hopeful thoughts, lucky charms, and cute quotes. That’s because success, happiness, and everything else you want in life needs to be fought for—not wished for. In Lilly’s world, there are no escalators, only stairs. Get ready to climb. - Goodreads

I don't willingly go out of my way and spend $15.30 on just any book. I'm really stingy with my money and $15 for a book on Amazon seemed like a lot for me, but I had to a make an exception for Ms. Singh over here. I've heard about Superwoman, but never paid that much attention to her until now. You could say I'm her number one fan now. I knew she wrote a book, but because she was a YouTuber I just brushed it aside because well, I've seen some of the books YouTubers release, and their not that great (in my opinion don't shoot me). But after watching a couple interviews and a one hour book tour video for her book, I just knew I had to have it. I've already read over 25 pages of it, and I'm loving it.


WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES BY CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTES


Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., Jungian analyst and cantadora storyteller shows how women's vitality can be restored through what she calls "psychic archeological digs" into the ruins of the female unconsious. Using multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories, Dr. Estes helps women reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype.

Dr. Estes has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche. Fertile and life-giving, it is a psychology of women in the truest sense, a knowing of the soul. - Goodreads

I first heard of this book by Sarah K on Youtube and I just knew I had to get my hands on it. The whole concept of women and wolves and the similarities they share intrigued me and I wanted to learn more about it. I've already began to read it, and let me tell you, this isn't an easy book to read. There's a lot of terms I don't know and the information is dense. I've put it aside for now in hopes that I'll pick it up in the future.

IT ENDS WITH US BY COLLEEN HOOVER


Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan - her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price. -Goodreads

I've heard so many thing about Colleen Hoover and I've always wanted to try out some of her books, I just never knew where to begin. I saw one of my favorite Goodreads reviewers gave this book a 4 star rating, and I trust her reviews more than anything because she's lead me to some of my favorite books now. I kind of bought this book on a whim and I don't know too much about it, but hopefully it's a good one. I have a feeling it is.

IF YOU DARE BY A.R. TORRE


The rules are the same. I can't open the door. I can't leave. I can't kill anyone.

The only difference is, I don't set the rules anymore. Guards in grey uniforms do. It is everything I never wanted and everything I always deserved. I write to you now, from a prison cell. My home for the next twenty to thirty years.

That's the going term for murder. - Goodreads

AHHHHHHHH. If you know me, you know how much I love the Deanna Madden series by A.R. Torre. I read The Girl in 6E and Do Not Disturb, where I rated them both 5 stars. This series is absolutely amazing and I'm addicted to the characters, the plot lines, and the writing. After finishing Do Not Disturb, I knew I had to get my hands on the third and maybe the final book in the series. I'm so excited to read this!!!!!!


If all goes well, you can expect book reviews and possibly discussions on all 4 of these books. Pray for me to have some strength and that I don't make any more purchases in the future. I'm an incoming freshman and college ain't cheap.

Until next time, 

k.m.

BOOK REVIEW | DO NOT DISTURB BY A.R. TORRE

June 5, 2017


Disclaimer: Even though I think this is obvious, if you haven't read The Girl In 6E, don't read this review because it will spoil parts of the previous book.

Synopsis
Equal parts Dexter and 50 Shades, this is the eagerly awaited follow-up to the daring erotic thriller, The Girl in 6E, by A.R. Torre.

1. Don't leave the apartment.
2. Never let anyone in.
3. Don't kill anyone.

The rules were simple and I broke them.
Now I must face the consequences.
Everyone else must face me. - Goodreads

Plot
When it comes to this series, I never like to give out too much information about the plot because this is a suspenseful series. The lack of knowledge about the plot is what makes the reading experience the best. But I will give you a little snoop.

We all know how The Girl in 6E ended, and Do Not Disturb picks up a few weeks after the Ralph incident and Deanna's come to rescue, superhero moment. With her new taste of the outside world, Deanna's urges are at an all time high as she tries to be "normal" while thinking of how nice it would be to slit the throat of her next victim. Deanna continues to cam while maintaining a relationship with her boyfriend, Jeremy, aka the love of my life. Of course there is a threat that follows Deanna that only gets stronger as the story progresses, because without one, this wouldn't be a A.R. Torre original now would it?

The plot will have you shaking in your seat with your hands stalled, terrified to turn the page.

Characters
Deanna. Honestly, I love this woman. I absolutely love reading about broken characters. Characters that are fighting a darkness that grows within them. Deanna is a hard character to not love for me. Of course there were moments where I just wanted to shake her because of some of her choices, but overall, she's so interesting to read about. The depth to her character is still something that blows my mind. Even though the series is told from her POV primarily, I still feel like there's so much about her that I don't know. You never know what to expect from her. She still has secrets that even the reader doesn't know about.

Jeremy. I loved Jeremy the moment I met him. He's not a hard character to not love. He's sweet, caring, charming, and sexy as hell. My goodness. This man had me fanning myself. The chemistry between him and Deanna is of one of the strongest that I've read between two characters. There's so many reasons as to why Jeremy shouldn't be with Deanna, one of them being that she might kill him, but he stays with her anyway. He cares for her. He's there for her even when she can't be there for herself. Just like Deanna said, he might be her salvation.

Mike. Deanna's hacker. We got to know a little about him in the previous book, but we learned a lot more about him this time around. I don't know how I feel about Mike. I don't hate him but I'm not crazy about him. There's so much I still don't know about him, but I guess that comes with him being a hacker. I still find him interesting nonetheless. I would love to have his character explored more in the next and final book (I believe).

Writing 
Engaging as hell. Torre knows how to keep her readers hooked. Do Not Disturb had the right amount of dialogue and description. The vocabulary itself was not too difficult to digest. With this being an erotic thriller, there's a lot of mature content. Torre does not shy away from anything in this book. She gives you just the right amount of description to have your skin crawling. The explicit scenes are tasteful yet raunchy in the best way possible. I just know that with Torre, her writing always exceeds my expectations. Phenomenal. Captivating. Stunning in it's entirety.

Final Thoughts
JGJKDSGFKJGASKJFGSKAGFKJASFJKASHFKSJABFJKSAFBSAJKBFKJSABGASBGKJAS.

Literally, that's my final thought. This book left me speechless. Torre just keeps surprising me. I've never read a book that evoked so much emotion out of me. When I say my heart was beating so fast and my hands were literally SHAKING as I turned the pages, I'm not lying. I love it. I love it. I love it. The plot, the characters, the writing,  AH!



I've already bought If You Dare, and it's on it's way to my house as we speak!

Rating
5 OUT OF 5 STARS !!!!!!


Until next time,

k.m.

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