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Review of The Inter-Terrestrial Trilogy

I read The Inter-Terrestrial Trilogy by Chad Descoteaux a little while ago, but it really took me awhile to put my thoughts into words. The copy that I have of this book has the whole trilogy in one book. This makes the book very big, but it goes from one book to the next very nicely making for an easy transition. Also, something that is really unique about this book is that there are no page numbers. The books also continue into each other back to back. These two things alone makek the book really different. For me, I constantly keep track of where I am in books with goodreads or just in my bookstagram so obviously there was no way for me to do that exactly and I thought it would really both me but it didn’t. It was actually nice to not be so focused on page numbers for a change. Also, the cover is completely mesmerizing!

Another side note is that this book is very much so science fiction. This is not a genre I read very often, but am getting into it more, and also have found some pretty amazing books in that genre, this being one of them. 

I am going to put the blurb that is on the back cover down here: 

“An alien scientist searches for his half-human son, whose very existence represents tru unity in the solar system. But how did this inter-terrestrial come to be? And what is his role in his father’s outreach program to the most primitive of planets… Earth?”

Chad Descoteaux has such a unique writing style. I have never read anything quite like these three books. Descoteaux is able to pull the readers in and describe the surroundings so differently, and just down to every detail that the reader can perfectly imagine every ounce of the surroundings. 

I don’t want to say too much about all three books since I really don’t want to give away any spoilers, but it definitely has some parallels in what is happening in today’s society which I thought was very interesting whether done intentionally or not. This aspect of the book really made me take a step back since we are seeing it from Bloxnor, a boy who is having other people’s opinions shape his own. 

I love how much Bloxnor and the other characters around him grow so much during these books and it is definitely a great book to start reading science fiction books. Descoteaux introduces you into this galaxy in a way that helps you understand every bit of it without it being overwhelming. 

I truly enjoyed this trilogy and could definitely find myself reading it again. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction, or anyone that wants to try getting into science fiction. This book gave me some faith for the genre as a whole. Check out Chad Descoteaux on Twitter: @turtlerocketbks


Review of Before the Coffee Gets cold

This week I finished the book Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. I have been seeing this book everywhere! I’m so glad I finally got my hands on it! This book is a very interesting read. It follows a cafe in Japan that has an urban legend attached to it. It is said that if you are in the cafe it is possible to travel through time, but no one is able to say whether this is true or not. 

This novel is broken into four short stories that follow one person traveling through time. The main characters of the cafe continue through the whole novel and the secondary characters do as well but in a smaller way. This makes the book so unique because you learn more about the secondary characters even though you are not following them as intensely. 

The four short stories are listed by who is visiting who. The first one being boyfriend and girlfriend, then husband and wife, sister and sister, and mother and daughter. Each story is so personal and really gives insight to the character that we have been seeing popping up throughout the book. 

There aren’t actual chapters in the book, only the different sections. The book runs around 210 pages so each section is decently short. I read this book in two sittings, reading two sections each day and loved how each story built on the other. It was such an interesting topic and I thought it was really done well.

The idea that there were so many rules really pulled me in. Some of the rules seemed easy, but the others made it so difficult that it was easy to see why people don’t want to do it after they heard the rules. The ghost that guards the time travel was also such a great touch. I really wanted to know more about what happens if someone takes her place. She added a nice little detail since her appearance pulled everyone in the first time they went to the cafe, and to hear why she was actually there made so much sense.

This book was well thought out and such a unique concept. It was slow at times when we were learning the background of the cafe, the characters, and time traveling but I do not think that it hindered the book at all. If anything it gave the reader a better understanding to help them through all the sections of the book. 

Before the Coffee Gets Cold is listed as being for people eighteen years and older. I can definitely see why. It deals a lot with death, Alzheimer’s, relationships, and a difficult pregnancy. These are all heavy topics that can be for an older audience. I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants a fast read, but also a touching read since each story is touching in its own way. 

Review of Preserved

Hi everyone! I am the stop today on the blog tour for Preserved by Fiona Sherlock.

Book summary: 

She’s stuck in the past, the killer wants to immortalise his future. When a local farmer announces on social media that he has discovered a bog body in Ardee, the world’s historians are keen to explore the secrets of the life and grisly death of the victim. Antique journalist January Quail is fighting to keep her newspaper job and uncovers far more than she bargained for. 

The victim is actually a recent murder, and January uses her nose for the truth to investigate the County Louth town. From shopkeeper to the publican, everyone is a suspect, but when the Gardai can’t find the killer, can January?

Once she sets down the liqueur glass, January gains the confidence of the lead garda investigator. Within days, the case unravels into a much more dangerous situation with a killer on the loose. 

Despite the risk, January is electrified that this newest discovery has come at the perfect time to inject some colour into her flailing career. January relinquishes her old ways to fight for survival, abandoning her antiques column and vintage corsets to solve a cryptic crime that has the experts puzzled. This woman who longs to lives in the past must now fight for her life in the present. 

Book Review:

I would just like to start by saying that I completely love mystery books so this one pulled me in from the start. It started out slightly slow as we get January’s back story with how her job was on the line. 

I really enjoyed all the little details we got about her job and her past with the newspaper. This made her fight for the spots she wanted more realistic as we knew why she was fighting so hard. 

January was a character that knew what she wanted and fought hard for it in any way that she needed to. I really enjoyed her as a character. I also enjoyed the use of the coroner and how the reader gets the rundown of the body along with January. I thought that was a fun little bit that we learn with January and hearing it straight from the coroner’s mouth. 

I thought the idea of the novel was very creative. I didn’t know bog bodies were a thing. At first when the foot is pulled out I was so confused on everyone’s reaction until it was explained about what a bog body was. Just the genius of having the body in there, and all the details that were put into the body were great and things that really stuck out in the novel. The killer was definitely smart and keen to little detail and yet so is January. 

This was a fun read, it runs at about 450 pages so it is a book you can sit down with and really dive into and enjoy. 

Author Bio: 

Fiona Sherlock is a crime writer from Bective, in Ireland. Her murder mystery games are played across the world. She also writes poetry and prose but cannot stay away from a good murder. After spending a decade in Dublin working in public relations and journalism, she moved to the country for mid-day fires and elderflower champagne. 

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Rereading Classic Books

When I was going into high school we had to read The Great Gatsby before summer vacation was done. At the start of the year we were asked if we read it and that was about where the discussion of the book ended. It was never brought back up in the school setting. 

As a mandatory read I hated the book. I didn’t understand why the school was making me read this boring book. This morning I just finished rereading The Great Gatsby and I loved it. 

The Great Gatsby cover

Little details that I did not pick up from the first time reading this book I found very delightful. I enjoyed the complexity in the relationships between all the characters. In a way, all the characters are connected in someway or another, and some in more ways than one.

As people our mindsets change, and different life experiences change how we view the world, this even includes books. You will pick up on more details or themes in books with a new mindset going into it especially after experiencing more of the world. With classics it’s always important to take under consideration the time period it takes place in and when it was written. This is something I don’t think I understood the first time through this book. 

I have been slowly trying to reread classics that I have read in highschool. So far I have read The Metamorphosis, The Art of War, Fahrenheit 451, and now The Great Gatsby. I will say that not all of my opinions have changed, but I was still able to understand the book in a deeper meaning the second time through. The next books on my classic rereading list are To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984, and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

The one downside of rereading the books now is that I am no longer in a college setting where I get to talk about the books. This is an aspect that I am now lacking when reading the classics, but thankfully so many people have read these books that it is easy to find someone that I am able to talk to them about the book.

If you get a chance to read classics in a class like setting or just find a friend that also enjoys reading the same books as you take advantage of it.

If you have read any classics that you really enjoyed, or are planning on rereading any let me know either in the comments or on social media!

Review of Winter Whimsy

Hi everyone! I am writing a review of Winter Whimsy today which is just amazing since it is currently snowing where I live!

Book Summary: 

Zip up your puffer coat, winter has arrived!

When Lexi Davies discovers that her father has sold the fishermen’s cottages she runs as holiday lets and where she also lives, she is heartbroken. Then, when Olliver Whimsy arrives at the boardwalk and announces that he is the new owner, Lexi realises that the future she was looking forward to enjoying at her cottages is over. 

Oliver might be handsome, wealthy, and very sexy, but he’s new to the island and has already made a terrible impression on the locals. When he offers Lexi a job, she’s unsure whether she should accept. Unfortunately, she has little alternative if she wants a roof over her head for the winter. 

As Lexi gets to know Oliver better, she discovers there’s far more to Oliver Whimsy than she or anyone else had imagined. Just what is the heartache Oliver’s trying so desperately to hide and why was he so determined to buy the cottages? Lexi wants to find out, but in order to do so she’s going to have to spend time with him…

Book Review: 

I would like to start this review by just saying that the cover of this book is so very cute and it was what originally drew me to this book!

This is the third book in this series, but each book follows a close friend in this group of friends. With this being said I did not read the other two books, but I followed along perfectly and it did not affect my reading experience. 

This book follows Lexie, who owns the cottages down on the boardwalk that was once her late grandmother’s and then her late mothers. These cottages are one of the last connections Lexie has to the two strong independent women she had lost. 

As the reader gets introduced to Oliver we see straight from the start that Lexie recognizes him but not for good reasons. Both characters have a lot going on mentally and emotionally in their lives and the reader is able to slowly learn more about them. 

This book is so lighthearted even though it does talk about sad, and serious issues within the characters lives. This book is a book that you can sit down and read in one sitting which is practically what I did! 

I loved the emotions the friends had for each other and how all of them were willing to help Lexie figuring out her next moves when it came to what she was going to do now that she no longer had the cottages. The dynamic of them was just so fun. 

Oliver, as a character, had so many layers to him that are shown to both Lexie and the reader at the same time which was great because the reader was able to basically have the same reactions that Lexie had to him. 

The location of Jersey seemed completely beautiful and it gave the plot so much depth that the reader was able to be transported to Jersey with the characters. I could vividly see the characters walking along the boardwalk as well as how the snow drifts were being built. 

There is a touching story between Oliver and his parents that was so beautifully done, and added so much to the story. The only thing that I wish we had more of is what happened between Lexie’s father and Gloria. I need to know what happens! Maybe we will see that in the next book that will be coming out in 2021! 

Author Bio: 

Georgina Troy is a pseudonym of author Deborah Carr, USA TODAY bestselling author of The Poppy Field, Bokeh Faces and the Mrs. Boots series.

She was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance Category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2016 (RoNAs) with A Jersey Kiss, book 1 in her Jersey Scene Series. 

Georgina lives on the island of Jersey with her husband and three rescue dogs and is ⅓ of The Blonde Plotters. 

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Review of A Waltz with the Outspoken Governess

Hi everyone! I had the amazing opportunity to review A Waltz with the Outspoken Governess by Catherine Tinley. 

Book Summary: 

A quiet governess…

An unruly heart

Sir Nicholas Denny is desperate to find a governess to care for his boisterous nieces and nephews. Demure vicar’s daughter Mary Smith seems ideal—at first. All too soon Nicholas discovers a different side to her… She’s a beautiful, vivacious woman, even if she infuriates him with her strong opinions! When he waltzes with Mary at a party he knows he’s in trouble—the spark between them is so tempting, but she challenges everything he thought he wanted in a wife!

Book Review: 

This story had so much emotion in it. We follow Mary Smith who I completely loved as a character. She is sent to a boarding school since her father believes she needs a more structured education and while she is there she finds out her father has been arrested for treason.

Mary is such an outspoken and strong character and I really love that in female leads. She is forced to be a Governess at Sir Nicholas Denny’s house. Her experience there really pulls the reader in and it was such a fun and quick read. It was one of those stories that keeps the reader guessing on what was going to happen throughout the whole book. I really enjoyed seeing Mary grow as a character and also to see how she was going to get to her desired ending.

This story was written so well and I found myself getting lost in the writing itself. The dialogue was a very strong part in the book that was very enjoyable to read. It is a well done regal read. This genre is new to me but I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to continue reading this genre. There are also funny parts in this book that I wasn’t expecting in a regal read and that really stood out to me.

I definitely enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone that needs a light read, or anyone that enjoyed romance, especially regal romance. 

Author Bio:

Catherine Tinley is an award winning author who writes witty, heartwarming, Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now manages a maternity hospital. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, and dog and can be reached at, as well as and @CatherineTinley on twitter.

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Review of Mistletoe and the Mouse

Hi everyone! I am super excited to be a stop on the book tour for Mistletoe and the Mouse by Elsa Simonetti. 

Book Summary: 

Can a magical Christmas melt a frozen heart?

Join Belle and James as they visit Mickey Mouse for a sparkling holiday season at Disneyland Paris. 

Belle has been numb since her mother died, and she can’t face Christmas at home without her. Instead she books a surprise holiday to her “happy place” – the Magic Kingdom. But her boyfriend James has problems of his own. He doesn’t “do Disney” and what will his mother think of him missing their family Christmas to go to Disneyland with Belle?

A festive romance with a sprinkling of Pixie Dust.

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Book Review:

Just to start the cover of this book is completely amazing, and I am obsessed with Christmas romances so this book was right up my alley. I also went to Disney in California for the first time ever at the age of 21 so I definitely connected with this book. 

Belle is a true believer of finding magic inside of Disney, and it was a vacation her mother and her had always dreamed about together. She brings her boyfriend, James, with her hoping that he would find the love in it at first, but with no success. 

Straight from the start the reader is able to see the huge differences between the two characters; they will both do anything to make each other happy and in return not be happy themselves. Belle finds this very discouraging at first, but with a little help from her “fairy godmother” she changes her stance on Disney with James. 

This book starts out with not knowing why James’s mother is so overbearing, and why Disney means so much to Belle, but throughout the story the reader learns more about the characters and everything pieces together. I really enjoyed Belle and James getting to know each other more, and all the little things that they are learning about each other. 

At first I didn’t really like James, but as the book progressed I really enjoyed how he changed his mindset and really became a dream guy. Maybe Disney is a magical, and even romantic place. This book had so much Christmas spirit so it’s the perfect book to read during this season. Disney is supposed to be completely stunning during Christmas time and I think that was beautifully captured throughout the book. 

Author Bio: 

Elsa Simonetti was born in the same year as Walt Disney World, but many miles away in the north of England. Her earliest Disney memory is crying during Bambi at the Saturday morning cinema club! It wasn’t until her own children were small that her husband introduced her to the magic of Disneyland Paris, and since then she has become obsessed, proving Walt Disney’s own belief that “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age and dreams are forever.” That was the seed of this story – that Disneyland is not just for children, but for anyone who is young at heart. 

Elsa also writes romantic women’s fiction under the name of Liz Taylorson.

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Review of The Chocolate Box

Hi everyone! Today I will be reviewing The Chocolate Box as part of the book tour!

Book Summary: 

Ellie Sanchez wants revenge. Spurned during her school days at prestigious Monty’s academy when she was plain Eleanor Finch, and played second fiddle to her idol, Barnaby Westwood, and his show-off sister, Clementine, Ellie will stop at nothing to turn the tables now she’s all grown up. The siblings and their snubbing have been the catalyst for everything that’s gone wrong in her life, from parental neglect to her divorce.

When the Westwood travel merchandise company advertises for a new HR manager, Ellie decides her unique combo of karma and Law of Attraction has finally come good. And she’ll be bagging herself a cherry-on-the-cake, second, and richer, husband in the process – once Barnaby sees how much she’s changed, anyway.

Fast forward two years and he STILL doesn’t recognise her!

Fast forward two years and the company is in a financial mess.

Last Chance Saloon-style, Ellie coerces the siblings and their older sister, Brooke (the perpetual spanner in her works) to a rustic gite in Normandy for a spot of team-building… over a very ‘special’ box of artisan chocolates. 

Cue ALL the fireworks in the cocoa bean of Jumanji…

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Let’s just start by recognizing how cute the cover is!

One thing that really stands out in this book is the family connections and how they interact with each other. I thought it was very realistic and really pushed the plot further. 

The food is a theme throughout the whole book but it isn’t overdone or pushy. It is done so well that the reader wants to try to food but doesn’t feel like that’s all there is. 

The romance of this book doesn’t come in until a decent amount into the book, and is still not completely the center focus of the plot, but it is still there. I believe that Ellie’s motives throughout the book are more of a pushing factor in the plot instead of the romance which works out very well. 

With that being said, there is still a lot of mystery, love, friendships, discoveries throughout the book that do get resolved by the end in a nice way with a little bow on the top. It was definitely a different read for me but I did enjoy it. 

Oh, and did I mention that there’s wiccans in this book? Such a fun twist to the story, and adds something very unique to the tale. 

This book leaves you guessing the whole way through! 

Author Bio: 

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. Having grown up on Glastonbury’s ley lines however, she’s unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic, as well as a Pranic Healer. 

After a degree in Modern Languages and European Studies at UWE, Bristol ( and a year working abroad in Bordeaux and Stuttgart), Isabella bagged an extremely jammy and fascinating job in children’s publishing…selling foreign rights for novelty, board, pop-up and non-fiction books all over the world; in every language from Icelandic to Korean, Bahasa Indonesia to Papiamento!

All of which has fuelled her curiosity and love of international food and travel – both feature extensively in her cross-genre novels, fused with a dollop of romcom, and a sprinkle of magical realism.

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Book Review for Sherlock Holmes & the Ripper of Whitechapel

Hi everyone! Today is my stop on the book tour for Sherlock Holmes & the Ripper of Whitechapel  by M. K. Wiseman.


I am afraid that I, Sherlock Holmes, must act as my own chronicler in this singular case, that of the Whitechapel murders of 1888. For the way in which the affair was dropped upon my doorstep left me with little choice as to the contrary. Not twelve months prior, the siren’s call of quiet domesticity and married life had robbed me of Watson’s assistance as both partner and recorder of my cases. Thus, when detective inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard required a lead—any lead—I found myself forced to pursue Jack the Ripper alone and without the aid of my faithful friend. And all for the most damnedable of reasons: 

Early on in my investigations, Dr. John H. Watson, formerly of 221B Baker Street, emerged as my prime suspect.


This is such a fun historical read. For those of you who loved Sherlock Holmes books this is definitely a book that you need to pick up. This book connects Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper which is such a cool dynamic. There have been many books that have recently been released that Jack the Ripper plays a part in but this one is such a fun twist on it considering it is written as a Sherlock Holmes book. 

This book focuses on friendships as well as the mystery. I truly enjoyed trying to figure out what was going to happen during this book, and looking forward to how everything was going to piece together. Also, through this book we get another side to Holmes that we aren’t used to seeing. This side is his softer side, as we see how far he is willing to go in order to keep his friendship with Watson alive. 

This book could easily fit in with Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes which I think is so important as it stays true to the notorious Sherlock Holmes. As an english major in college, and getting a masters degree in something english related, I have read a lot of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and this book easily fits in with the others. This was so important to me because I felt that this book did Holmes justice, and was just all around such a fun, and innovative read. 

Author Bio: 

M. K. Wiseman has degrees in Interacts & Technology and Library & Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her office, therefore, is a curious mix of storyboards and reference materials. Both help immensely in the writing of historical novels. She currently resides in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. 

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Book Review for “Inside Voices”

Hi everyone! Today is my stop on the book tour for Inside Voices by Sarah Davis. 


Penny Osborn’s mind is no exception. In High School, Penny witnessed a massacre and lost her father to the same killer. She had seen it unfold before it happened, in a premonition, but could not prevent it.

A college research project at the edge of the Arctic is her chance for a new beginning. Struggling with PTSD, Penny’s therapy includes running, dogs, and guitars. Yet her fresh start is plagued by new premonitions, dark and foreboding, that coincide with a rising number of murders in the community. Her visions are vague, offering little to identify the killer.

When confronted with an orphaned polar bear cub, Penny risks everything to save its life. The deepening mystery of the murdered women, coupled with the exhaustive duties of caring for the small cub, draw her closer to her friend, Noah, and further from her sister.

Fearful for the serial killer’s next target, Penny discovers where her physical abilities can help her. 

Will letting go of the past lead to healing? And can she stop the murders?


This book starts out pulling the reader in from the very beginning. We start with a very traumatic experience through Penny’s eyes, and we see the long lasting effects of it throughout time. 

Penny is dealing with PTSD from the events that took place when she was in high school. We also get the first insight into her twin, Lucy, and see their telepathic insights with each other. It is amazing to see Penny deal with something as serious as PTSD and see her grow as a person. 

Penny has so many unique and caring relationships. The two that I enjoyed the most is her relationship with Lucy and her relationship with Noah that we see grow throughout the book. 

Lucy, in herself, is such a fun, and mysterious character. I really enjoyed seeing her grow as a character as well. Also who doesn’t love a story where the girl has visions about the killer in the town. There is so much to love about this book, and so many storylines to fall in love with. 

This is such a fun and dynamic book and has so many twists and turns. It is so easy to fall into the story and dive fully in. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves mystery, a little bit of telepathy and visions, or just wants a good read!

Author Bio: 

Sarah Davis is many things… wife, mother, veterinarian, writer. An avid reader, she enjoys stories that transport her into new and citing lands. Having read more books than she could ever count, she has considered writing a novel for ages. It wasn’t until the idea for Inside Voices popped into her mind that she finally started pursuing that dream, with much encouragement from her family. She and her incredible husband share their remote home on the prairie with their three extraordinary children and one mostly human weimaraner. 

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