Ok, I really loved this series and I anticipated it way too hard! But, unfortunately I have to give the final book in this series a 3 1/2 stars out of 5. The reason being that it’s not that it wasn’t good because it was. But to me it seemed like she could’ve condensed the book to about 300 or 400 pages instead of 600. It felt rushed at the end as if she had to hurry and meet a deadline instead of giving the characters the lives they so vibrantly had throughout the series. Maybe it was due to the mood and pandemic, but this book lost my interest and managed to be the only book I read in March. You might love this book because like I said it ended nice, but my head wasn’t in the game.
Hey friends, I know I’m pretty much a day late for this post, but better late than never amiright?
This week I think I’ll talk about “organized chaos” and how to start straightening out everything in your life one step at a time. This week I noticed I have had TOO much to do. Between reading tours, book reviews, my 3 kids, 1 I homeschool and correct everything, to a toddler who’s learning and destroying lol, and I can’t forget my oldest who needs as much guidance to make the right choices not just in life but in school.
I sat down with her last night when I was organizing my reading companion that I got to help me keep track of what needs prioritizing in reading and just what comes a little later (thanks to @littleinklings on Instagram.) I strongly suggest getting yourself one if you need the chaos in your mind put somewhere where you don’t stress and it’s easier to maintain with reading. I explained to my 14 year old daughter that she may need a monthly/weekly planner for school. Not just for homework, but projects, extra credits, and everything else she needs to do in life. My grandfather said the smartest thing I will forever carry with me. “PUT IT ON A PIECE OF PAPER, THEN LET THE PAPER WORRY ABOUT IT!!” it may seem silly to some, but for me it’s worked my mind into a more gentle way of handling what I need to do.
When it’s been coming to housework and slacking (all I want to do is read) I have to focus on one room at a time otherwise I turn into an out of control spinning top. So, I’ve been slowly focusing on one room at a time and it’s starting to help a bit (I just walk into the other rooms still and scream 🤦♀️😱🤣) I was unable to keep up with anything at all with my illness striking a low and my dog just having major surgery. But now that things have quieted down a bit, we started working on the downstairs 3 rooms (which is like spring cleaning because we don’t need half the things that we were collecting.)
I don’t look forward to my closet and paperwork to shred- that’s something I dread, let’s just say I have instructions from a can opener from 10+ years ago 🤯🤣🤦♀️ (WTF?!?) Who keeps this stuff? I mean, I know I’m a busy mom, but goodness🤣🤦♀️🤦♀️🤣🤯
I knew I had to do SOMETHING because I’ve been feeling like my materialistic things have started to cluttered my mind and everything I’m doing. So, I have made the decision of donating, throwing out, and just somehow getting rid of all the things that really are of no use to us anymore! I do feel blessed that my family is joining in on this and I’m not alone, family’s need to work as a team and my kids are all for throwing out stuff lol. Let’s just say, I had MORE room in a small 2 bedroom apartment than I now have in a 2 bedroom HOUSE that’s huge!
So, in conclusion to this chaotic #fridayfeels post, I’m encouraging everyone to press that reset button. Take a step back, focus on what needs prioritizing by making lists, using planners, whatever you need….follow that list, but first once you wrote it down (declutter it out of your mind), step back and take a deep breath (realize you’re not alone) and tackle it!! You got this and I know I will eventually get to the finish line as well.
If you need ANY other advice, questions, or just some encouragement- DO NOT hesitate to email me or reach out to me on my IG page as well (handle: @ghoulishspirit)
GOD SPEED to you and I hope this article helps in some way, even if it helps you to know your not alone!
Thank you @berkleypub #partner for an early copy of this for an honest review.
I walked into one of the best books of 2020! It was on point with a touch of horror, mystery, psychological thriller, all the works. The novel and the words were all beautifully woven together like a masterpiece! I could NOT put this book down if my life depended on it. I was truly sad when real life took me away from it. It gives you all the feels from beginning to end. The characters were relatable and heartfelt. So much so, you invested not only your heart, but everything you had into what they did. I can not recommend this novel enough!!! I give it a full blown 5 stars.
This story was unfortunately very misleading from the synopsis. I walked into this book thinking it was going to be a haunting ghost story. It was a “haunting” story in a sense, but in a sad way that was not what I was expecting. I’m not going to rate this book as bad, because it wasn’t, but I will drop the rating since I was mislead on what I walking into. 3/5 stars
Thank you @berkleypublishing #partner for a free copy to review.
I was SO excited to see this book in my mailbox and read it right away! I’m so glad to say this is my first review of 2020 and I give it 5 glittering black stars!!!✳️✨ Off to an amazing start!!
It provided me with so much more than I expected. Not only was the psychological thriller portion of this book on point, but it gave elements of horror, mystery, friendships, and loss. This book had it all.
We’re taken on a journey of 4 friends meeting to catch up with life and bring back what they had. The experience of a lifetime as a friend of theirs is back from being missing for 2 years. The journey and experiences are so surreal that the pages don’t turn fast enough! The characters are easily relatable and real, you really feel for them just like you’re right there with them.
I highly recommend this book to everyone when it releases 3/24/2020! You won’t regret putting this novel on your TBR and library!!
So the holidays have come and gone (so quickly too)…. It’s like this massive rush of excitement, stress, perfection, love, overwhelming joy and sadness, every emotion possible just jumbled together as one enormous ball of nerves. But, now that everyone can finally unwind back and breathe, I look back and reminisce. I was truly blessed this year! Regardless of health issues arising, financial tangles occurring, and everyone on the peak of disaster. I start to understand the little things that were what mattered the most. We tend to forget that during the holiday rush…or anytime for that matter.
This year is starting a bit bumpy, but I’ve managed to stay positive and hold my head above water. Level headed thinking this new decade, I can and I will, motto. My beliefs will be my first goal, to always keep in mind never lose faith…then I’ve made some nice little life changes to hopefully better myself and health by becoming vegetarian. I will eat meat once in a while because I will need the iron and protein to maintain my severe anemia. But, I’ll have more of a steady and mindful attitude on what I consume. I think it’ll give me a better peace of mind and a less depressing attitude. I know I’ll have a LONG road to walk down, but I have the strength and support of my family behind me solid as a rock, I can and I will! 🙏🖤
I’m going to focusing on family and fewer social media outlets too. I need the comfort and peace of the here and now. Something we today, as a society, tend to forget on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter what others think, how many likes and whatnot you get or have, because the digital world is just a tool. It shouldn’t be used as a necessity, but as a tool to discover. That’s what I think we tend to forget. So I’m taking more time enjoying family, outdoors, the wind blowing in my hair, the very breath I’m able to take, what mother nature has provided us as a free meditation platform.
Looking back at my ramblings, I think this is growing up… I’ll take it 😊 I will stay a big kid in every sense of the word no matter what because who really wants to be an adult? Lol. But, to find oneself and peace within, you need to grow.
I will not fall victim to people’s petty feelings to disrupt my world, I will be doing more of what I love- reading and reviewing amazing novels I’ve been blessed to enjoy by authors and publishers who have become, in the end, truly amazing friends. Reading and everything that comes from that creative world, will be my focus this year as well. There’s nothing more relaxing than being surrounded by all your comforts and fall deeply into an enjoyable story. That’s my faithful escape from the drama and petty world we live in.
Look to the sky more and meditate with my crystals on clearing my mind and forgetting the daily struggles that we’re tested with daily.
New decade, new year, NEW ME!🖤🙏✌️🌸🌼🦄
I want to say a huge thanks to the author for letting me read a review copy in exchange for my review! I read this in ONE SITTING!!🖤
Ok! Let’s start with how the cover alone caught my attention then you have an amazing blurb by Brian Keene (a favorite author who won’t steer you wrong) right in front. So you’re walking into what you know is a real treat. The back of the book resembles a newspaper article as well with Ketchum Plumbing. SOLD!!🙌🖤💀
Now onto the story, it takes place with an older brother and younger sister who are abused by their mother. They begin to embark on an “escape”/murder rampage. This obviously isn’t your average running away. Then it jumps ahead a bit into the future to explain how things transpired from the choices they’ve made from getting away. It’s such a sad story with the ups and downs and twists the authors throws you through. I just could not put this book down last night, I needed to know how it all transpired. In the end, as my jaw dropped, I slowly picked it up and applauded this new author and I will be sure to now keep my eyes open for new things she writes!!
Don’t miss out on this great read- it’s twisted, horrid, sad, and all the things you’re looking for in a fast-paced novel. I’m giving it 5 glittering black stars.
Thank you @netgalley for letting me review this amazing story!
Unique fantasy world?- check!
This story had it all, it was so nice to take a break from my average read, find a YA fantasy that really spiked my interest and escape to a beautiful new land. It wasn’t your average mainstream YA fantasy either, I can’t wait to read the next book to see how the lives of the characters grow. It can be read as a stand-alone as well, luckily there was no cliff hanger.
This story brings us into a young girls world where she’s about to become heir to the throne. When by surprise, she ends up on an adventure that she’s always dreamed of. (in a sense) Embarked on this thrilling ride, she meets some new (and some old) friends alike and sets out to help a new friend only to find something she wasn’t expecting in every way.
I can’t really explain without giving away too much, but I strongly recommend you read this book as it was so different and wonderful to be submerged into.
Definitely 5 stars from me!