BOOKS IM BRINGING WITH ME TO COLLEGE

August 7, 2017


I literally move into my college dorm this weekend. THIS WEEKEND. I'm not going to lie, I have been excited for college since I got my acceptance letter. Now I'm just counting down the days before I say goodbye to my home and hello to my college campus.

One of the things that I've been so excited for is collecting the books that I plan on bringing with me to college. After a lot of thinking, I decided to bring 11 books with me(for now) to college. To some this might be nothing and to others, this might be a lot. But I didn't want to over due it and bring a bunch of books and clutter my dorm, plus I only live 30 minutes away from home, so if I need to switch out a few books, I can.

To see what books I'm bringing with me to college, go ahead and watch the video down below. I'm trying my best to be consistent with this whole YouTube thing, and so far, I'm proud of myself for not quitting, yet.


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Until next time,

k.m.

BOOK REVIEW | IF YOU DARE BY A.R. TORRE (SPOILER FREE)

August 2, 2017


Disclaimer: I don't how informative and helpful this review is going to be because I'm still SHOOKETH.

Synopsis
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

Plot
A.R. Torre knows how to grab the readers attention within the first few lines. What makes her stand out to me is the way she writes her stories and how each book in the Deanna Madden series never feels redundant, but unique in it's own way. Without a doubt, the plot of If You Dare is my favorite by far. The story is told in two tenses, past and present, which at first threw me off, but I quickly got the hang of it. It also picks up a couple months after the last book, Do Not Disturb.

I never try to give too much information about the plot of A.R. Torre's books because I feel like going in without knowing a lot makes the reading experience better. All I can say is that it's not nothing like the first two books in the series *wink wink*.

Characters
Deanna. I cannot tell you how emotionally attached I am to this character. Deanna Madden is a mess, and I'm addicted to her. If You Dare brings a side of Deanna that I haven't seen before. Deanna was vulnerable and personal with the readers. We got to see a little bit more of her character and watched her explore the feelings that she's been suppressing since the beginning of the series. In this book, we got a little less Jessica Reilly and a lot more Deanna Madden. She's not an easy character to love. She's broken inside. She struggles with the dream of being normal and the reality of being a monster.

Jeremy. I'm so happy we got to see a lot more of Jeremy in this third book than we did in the first two. Jeremy is such a huge part of Deanna life and sanity, whether she wants to admit it or not. The readers can see the way he makes her feel. However, I did get annoyed with Jeremy in this book just the slightest because I think that he sometimes forgets that Deanna is not a normal girl and he can't mold her into the person he wants her to be. But towards the end, I just wanted to hold him lol. He's a good guy, I can't ignore that.

Mike. Mike made a few appearances in this novel, not as many as I would've liked, but whenever we did get to visit his character, I was nothing more than excited. I've found a new appreciation for Mike. At first, I was put off by him, but I think he's growing on me. His relationship with Deanna is one of the strongest that I've seen in books. It's not your typical friendship, but that's what makes it unique. There's a level of understanding that is shared between the two and as someone looking in, I just know that the relationship is nothing but pure, even if it is sexually induced sometimes.

Simon. I'm only mentioning his character because he does have a significant role in this book, compared to the first two. With everything surrounding him, I only pity the dude. Drugs have made him absolutely mental.

Writing
I've said this before and I'll say it again, Torre's writing is addicting. She makes you so engrossed in the story that you can't help but stay up til 3 AM reading because you just can't put the book down.

The Deanna Madden series has a lot of mature content, and compared to the first two books, this one is a little toned down. Because we get a lot more of Deanna's feelings and thoughts, we don't read about her camming almost every chapter. I actually don't even remember reading more than 2 full and detailed cam sessions in this book.

Final Thoughts


If You Dare is my favorite in the Deanna Madden series, hands down. One thing that makes it stand out is how different it is from the first two books. In The Girl in 6E and Do Not Disturb, there was always something happening in the world outside of Deanna's and somehow, both worlds intertwined and it played out with blood being shed. This book however, we're only in Deanna's world and that alone makes it 100% more personal and intimate. This book is nothing but an emotional journey, and towards the end, you will cry.

I cannot rave about this book enough. It is written so beautifully and wonderfully. Even though there is not a fourth book to purchase right now, I know this isn't going to be the last in the series. I know that there is so much more to know and uncover about Deanna Madden. I would love nothing more than to dive into her past full on and unravel the secrets that I know she's hiding from us.

So A.R. Torre, I'll be waiting.

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


Until next time,

k.m.

MY FIRST EVER YOUTUBE VIDEO

July 26, 2017


Y'all, I did something.

I took a leap and filmed my first ever YouTube video. Well, technically my second because I filmed one almost 2 years ago, but we're not going to get into that because embarrassing.

I can't tell you guys how excited I am to share this with you. I've been blogging off and on for roughly 2 years now and it's brought me nothing but happiness and confidence. I'm way more comfortable with myself and my thoughts now, and I owe that all to blogging.

I used my blog as a way to express myself and over the past few years, I did that. This isn't a goodbye post and I'm not going to quit blogging, matter of fact, I'm going to blog more and be more consistent with my content. This YouTube channel is nothing but an extension to blog because there are just some things that I can convey way better through talking than I can through writing, and vice versa.

So although overdo, here is my first ever YouTube video!


Drop a comment, give it a like, and subscribe if you want.

Thank you guys for reading my blog and I appreciate your support more than anything. Here's to a new journey, hope to see you guys along the way <3

Until next time,

k.m.

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
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