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April 11, 2018

Four Poems From Goodbye Darkness, Hello Light!!


Today I wanted to share with everyone four poems from my poetry book Goodbye Darkness, Hello Light. In the book there are four sections: Goodbye, Darkness, Hello, and Light. 

From Goodbye:


From Darkness: 


From Hello: 


From Light: 


I hope you enjoyed these poems from my book. Let me know what you think either way in the comments. If you're interested in Goodbye Darkness, Hello Light here is the link to add it on Goodreads and the link to purchase it on Amazon!


Also, it's National Poetry Month! What are some of your favorite poetry books? 


April 6, 2018

The Retreat By: Mark Edwards ARC Review

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free ebook copy of The Retreat By: Mark Edwards in exchange for an honest review. 

Do you like slow burn and atmospheric mystery/thrillers? Than The Retreat is for you! This may not be the fastest paced book, but it's very intriguing and well written. I liked the MC, Lucas, and how he wanted to help Julia find or find out what happened to her missing child. Oh, and I desperately wanted to know what happened to Lily. That kept pushing me to read on because I HAD to know. I also enjoyed the town myth about The Red Widow. That really added to the atmosphere for me and I'm always a sucker for good atmosphere. Overall The Retreat is a fantastic read, but the ENDING really got me! It was completely unexpected and chilling. I highly recommend The Retreat! 
#UnexpectedAndChillingEnding  


April 1, 2018

Speak By: Laurie Halse Anderson Review

Non-Spoiler Review- 

I know, I know. I am so late to the party on this one. I can't believe I just now read Speak. I've been wanting to read it for ages, but I've put it off because I thought it would be a rough read for me. In some ways it was, but the tough subject matter (insert rape trigger warning here) was handled very well. I loved this one. The end made me cry. I think Speak is a must read for everyone, especially young girls. Thank you Laurie for writing this book and I can't wait to check out more of her books!

Mild Spoiler Review- 

SCROLL TO THE END IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ SPOILERS!!







To be honest Speak is a book that I can relate to all too well. It's so relatable that it's scary and it's been difficult to write this review. I know this character (Melinda) very well. I WAS this girl. I was her age when I was raped for the first time. I had a fear of speaking up, I skipped school, became antisocial, and also had to see my rapist in the halls at school everyday. I won't digress anymore into my own personal experiences, but the point I'm trying to make is this book was first published in 1999. This book was out when I could have really used it and I wish I had known about it back then. Speak is such a powerful and important read that brings to light a difficult topic that unfortunately many girls and women have experience with. The end of this book made me cry because Melinda was finally able to fight back and speak up. If you haven't read this book yet then I highly recommend you do so immediately. 

#SPEAK
#SPEAK
#SPEAK 


March 29, 2018

I Did A Thing...I Published A Book!


I wrote and self-published a poetry book!!! Some of you may have seen about it on my Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook pages, but for those who haven't...ta-da! I am so thrilled about Goodbye Darkness, Hello Light. I have been working towards my goal to self-publish for so very long. Thank you to everyone in the book community that has supported me on this journey. This whole process has been very emotional for me and I'm thrilled that my book is finally out there in the world. All my dreams have come true. <3 

Stay tuned here on my blog because soon I will be sharing one poem from each of the four parts (Goodbye, Darkness, Hello, and Light are the names of the four parts) in the book. 

If you're interested in adding it to your Goodreads To-Read shelf or purchasing a copy here are the links: 


Also, I am looking for FIVE book bloggers who would like to receive a free paperback copy for review. I don't want to bug anyone about it so I thought it would be cool to make it open to anyone who is interested to contact me. (This will be a first come, first serve thing.) My email is erinld2005@yahoo.com or you can DM me on Twitter @erinld2005. 

Please remember that honest reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, blog site, or other site are highly appreciated! <3 <3 


Blood Will Tell (Joplin/Halloran Mystery Book 2) By: P.L. Doss Review

Thank you to Ryder Author Resources for providing a free ebook copy of Blood Will Tell By: P.L. Doss in exchange for an honest review. 

Blood Will Tell is the second book in the Joplin/Halloran Mystery series, but I didn't read book one. I don't think you have to read the first book in order to keep up and enjoy this one. However, there were some things in the beginning that were mentioned a lot that made me very intrigued about book one! 

This book was a little slow paced for me at first. I kept reading because I wanted to know more about the characters. Halloran I found particularly interesting and the pace did pick up. Once it did, the rest of the book just flew by. There are so many twists and turns and they all led to an unpredictable ending.  Woo hoo! That is my favorite!! 

My only issue is that for the first quarter or so of the book I could not keep track of which character's point of view I was reading from. I wish the transitions between the point of views had been smoother. It would take me a little bit to figure out that the perspective had changed. 

Overall, I enjoyed Blood Will Tell and as I'm sure you all know an ending that I don't see coming is always something I love! I recommend this one for sure. If you can deal with a couple of minor issues in the beginning, it's well worth the read!
#LoveTheUnpredictableEnding!


March 13, 2018

Sky in the Deep By: Adrienne Young ARC DNF Mini Review

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free ebook copy of Sky in the Deep By: Adrienne Young in exchange for an honest review. 

Awe, man. I was so ecstatic for Sky in the Deep. The summary sounded right up my alley and I do love YA fantasy. The very beginning of the book started off wonderfully and I was highly intrigued. However, as I read a little further I started to lose interest. Here's a list of the reasons why:

1. Everything was extremely cliche. 
2. I could not connect to any of the characters.
3. I could not connect to the story.
4. I could not imagine the world or picture anything in it. 

With all of these reasons combined I got bored rather quickly. I had to DNF at 20%. I have a feeling that I will be in the minority on this book. For me though, a lack of connection and a lack of imagery makes it impossible for me to finish a book. 
#NoConnectionAndCliche