Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Chalk Man



You can feel it in the woods, in the school and in the playground; you can feel it in the houses and at the fairground. You can feel it in most places in the small town of Anderbury . . . the fear that something or someone is watching you. 

It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran - the Chalk Man.

He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body.

Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure.

Is history going to repeat itself?

Was it ever really over?

Will this game only end in the same way?

From Goodreads

The Chalk Man is a thriller that just keeps twisting and turning! It doesn't come all together until the very end. If you can figure it all out before the end, please let me know because I sure didn't! There's lots of events that happen that I could never figure out until C.J. Tudor, the author, spelled it out for me. This is her first novel and it's a good one! Eddie is the narrator and the story flips back and forth from 1986 to 2016. Every time you think you are going to figure it out, it flips to whichever year you weren't currently in! It's a page turner! 

I really enjoyed this thriller and hope to read more from C.J. Tudor.

I received a copy of this book courtesy of Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
Sadly, they are closing so this is the last book I will have received from them. :( Maybe I can catch up on the rest of my TBR books! Haha! 












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Friday, December 22, 2017

Life After

Wow! Here I am. It's been such a long time since I posted anything here! I've been considering coming back here to write. I know I was never a full time blogger anyway, but I have a friend and then Tim's cousin's wife, who are both blogging now and it seems like fun now that I have real life friends blogging!

Anyway, I'm here to leave my review for Blogging For Books. I requested this book so long ago and just now got around to it! I have no idea what took me so long! It was good. I read Life After by Katie Ganshert.



It could have been me.

Snow whirls around an elevated train platform in Chicago. A distracted woman boards the train, takes her seat, and moments later a fiery explosion rips through the frigid air, tearing the car apart in a horrific attack on the city’s transit system. One life is spared. Twenty-two are lost.

A year later, Autumn Manning can’t remember the day of the bombing and she is tormented by grief—by guilt. Twelve months of the question constantly echoing. Why? Why? Why?Searching for answers, she haunts the lives of the victims, unable to rest. 

Paul Elliott lost his wife in the train bombing and wants to let the dead rest in peace, undisturbed and unable to cause more pain for his loved ones. He wants normalcy for his twelve-year-old daughter and young son, to see them move beyond the heartbreak. But when the Elliotts and Autumn are unexpectedly forced together, he fears she’ll bring more wreckage in her wake. 

In Life After, Katie Ganshert’s most complex and unforgettable novel yet, the stirring prose and authentic characters pose questions of truth, goodness, and ultimate purpose in this emotionally resonant tale.


It was very interesting to read about how everyone who lost someone, dealt with the loss. And of course, Autumn is dealing with Survivor's Guilt in the worst way. I can't even imagine how she felt, actually I can since Katie Ganshert did a wonderful job writing! I loved this whole story and it's definitely worth the read. There's several twists and turns that leave everyone involved and the reader, looking at everything differently.

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."
























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Monday, January 2, 2017

Eleanor

It has been an incredibly long time since I read and reviewed a book for Blogging For Books. I've been doing a ton of reading, of course. I just can't seem to quit YA books. I'm not embarrassed by the fact that I'm a 32 year old reading books about teens because I just love them so much! I recently finished The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater and they were fantastic!! I also, recently, read The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid and it was so amazing as well! Both of these series are very adventurous and not full of high school romance, the one thing that annoys me about YA. All the love triangles and drama that comes with them is the most annoying. I mean, I guess there is a love triangle....or two perhaps, in The Raven Cycle, but it's not done in an obnoxious way. Just please read them!

Ok, now on to the reason I'm here today......

From Goodreads:

Eleanor and Esmerelda are identical twins with a secret language all their own, inseparable until a terrible accident claims Esme’s life. Eleanor’s family is left in tatters: her mother retreats inward, seeking comfort in bottles; her father reluctantly abandons ship. Eleanor is forced to grow up more quickly than a child should, and becomes the target of her mother’s growing rage.
 
Years pass, and Eleanor’s painful reality begins to unravel in strange ways. The first time it happens, she walks through a school doorway, and finds herself in a cornfield, beneath wide blue skies. When she stumbles back into her own world, time has flown by without her. Again and again, against her will, she falls out of her world and into other, stranger ones, leaving behind empty rooms and worried loved ones. 
 
One fateful day, Eleanor leaps from a cliff and is torn from her world altogether. She meets a mysterious stranger, Mea, who reveals to Eleanor the weight of her family’s loss. To save her broken parents, and rescue herself, Eleanor must learn how deep the well of her mother’s grief and her father’s heartbreak truly goes. Esmerelda’s death was not the only tragic loss in her family’s fragmented history, and unless Eleanor can master her strange new abilities, it may not be the last.



Ok, so I didn't realize, when I requested this book that Eleanor would literally go from one reality plane to another. And it was so well written that it was so intriguing! The author, Jason Gurley, really did a fantastic job! I definitely recommend this book! It's easy to read and keeps you wanting more. There is no violence or anything sexual and therefore, it could be for teens and adults. I think it's adult fiction, but I would recommend it to my 13 year old son and I think he would love it! I can't really write anymore about it because I'm afraid to give any unintentional spoilers. Just please read it!!


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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Revive VoxBox

Holy cow! Has it really been since January since I was last here? Does anyone know about my little piece of the Internet world anymore? I hardly remember! Haha!

Anyway, here I am today to share about my Revive VoxBox I was lucky to receive courtesy of Influenster! As excited as I was to receive this VoxBox, I was also a little annoyed. There are several things in here that do not fit me at all. They send you a survey before you get a box to see if it's for you and this one must have glitched or something. Let's just get into it.


Haha! Please ignore my flip flops and foot!
First up we have some items from The Vitamin Shoppe. I was sent 3 packets of protein powder and a blender bottle. There is Whey Tech Pro 24 Strawberries & Cream by BodyTechPlan Protein in Vanilla by plnt and Fit N' Full Shake in Cookies n Cream by Next Step. This is all fine and dandy, but this household is full of proud and happy AdvoCare users and promoters!! I will for sure try these out, but I'm pretty dedicated to my AdvoCare products.


Next, there is some compostable coffee pods. Now, this is where I am annoyed....I do not have a pod type coffee maker nor do I even drink coffee!! So, yeah, unless I want to get all creative and convert the pod into a "tea bag" just to taste test something I never drink, I won't be trying these at all. For anyone out there who drinks coffee and has a pod coffee maker, I received: Kaui Coffee-Garden Isle medium roastHills Bros 100% Colombian premium Arabica and Chock full o' Nuts Midtown Manhattan medium roast.


The one thing I was pretty excited about was the packet of Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo w/ Imbe Oil & Aloe and Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Creme Rinse w/ Imbe Oil & Aloe. I have used other Shea Moisture products and I love them all! They have great smells and work well.


Last, I received SnackWell's Biscuit Thins in French Vanilla Latte. These were not too bad, tastewise, but they are made with real coffee so that is what they tasted like. After I had a few bites, the coffee taste wasn't so strong. My package was also smashed all to hell. :(



Overall, this box was just not really for me. I've had better ones for sure!


I received all these products for free for testing purposes. 
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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Why do I blog? For books of course!

I may not blog here very often, but if I can get free books in exchange for writing a review, you bet I will be here! Luckily, I found Blogging For Books! It sounds exactly like it is! You register online, pick a book, they send it to you free of charge and all they want in return is a blog post review!

I picked The Dinner by Herman Koch.


From Goodreads: A summer's evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the delicate scraping of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of politeness - the banality of work, the triviality of holidays.

But the empty words hide a terrible conflict and, with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened... Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. Together, the boys have committed a horrifying act, caught on camera, and their grainy images have been beamed into living rooms across the nation; despite a police manhunt, the boys remain unidentified - by everyone except their parents.

As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children and, as civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.
 


This book was a little different because it's based in the Netherlands so some of the lingo was different and took a little getting used to, not to mention the food they ordered was way different than I have ever eaten! I loved how the storyline was divided up into 5 different courses along with their meal. Very unique and very interesting! The story started with me feeling annoyance towards, Serge and his rich, well off life. He's running for Prime Minister and has a seemingly perfect life. His brother Paul narrates the story. But once the story starts unfolding, you see that everything and everyone are not what you thought! It was a very good read and you definitely do not see it coming! 








Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Time flies!!

December? Already? How can that be? I've been meaning to get back here and write something but we are just so busy it seems like and then when I am at home, I want to catch up on my reading and watching our shows. I really lead a pretty boring life, but yet, it seems like I'm busy. It's mostly Kahle and Izzie's activities that keep me busy.

Izzie is in Kindergarten this year! She has a wonderful teacher whom she really likes!


 It's also fun that my cousin's son, Cash, is also in Izzie's class!  She's learning to read and doing a great job! I am always surprised at how well she reads when she does her homework. And yes, homework in Kindergarten! It's crazy but it's just to review what they are learning at school and she gets it done pretty quickly. I've been lucky enough to eat lunch with her twice so far this year. It's so much fun! I even spend recess with her and she introduces me to friends and runs around to play. The second time I ate with her, the weather was rainy/snowy so they had indoor recess. That was a lot of fun too!

She's in dance again this year. She does tap/ballet and hip hop and I can't believe at how good she is!! I mean, she's been doing dance since she was 3 (almost 4) but she is so good and really loves it this year! It helps that her teacher, Miss Ashley, is my little sister's best friend so my kids know her and love her so much!


 Izzie turned 6 in October and I just can't hardly believe it!


It really seems like she was just born. I'm pretty sure that this little sassy pants is 6 going on 16 though. She has so much attitude....I'm a little worried for the teenage years. Maybe she'll cool off by then. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Kahle is in 7th grade this year and is really doing well. We had some attitude issues last year that resulted in some phone calls from the Principal (who was my Principal in Middle School!) but this year there has been none of that! Whew! Kahle did Football this year!


I never took him for a football player but he had a great time and I really think it helped to boost his self confidence! He is now doing wrestling and working really hard! I'm just so glad he is active. He is also doing dance again this year but is doing clogging in addition to hip-hop! There are not very many boys this year for an all boys hip-hop group so he got stuck in with 7th-12th grade girls hip-hop. He loves being around all those girls. They tease him and he soaks it all up. That boy! He's definitely girl crazy this year!

In other news....my little Chihuahua, Finnegan turned 4! We bought him that little sombrero and he hates it but it's so funny!



And these two......


decided to act like naughty little teenagers and we are expecting puppies the last week of this month. I really, really did not want puppies and we tried our hardest to keep them apart when Halia was in heat but they didn't care what I wanted. Oh well!

I guess that's all for now. Christmas will be here before we know it! I think we are done with a little more than half of what we planned to buy for gifts. I plan on wrapping this weekend and sticking them under the tree. The kids hate having the tree up with no gifts.


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Friday, October 9, 2015

Prayers for the Stolen


From Goodreads:
Ladydi Garcia Martínez is fierce, funny and smart. She was born into a world where being a girl is a dangerous thing. In the mountains of Guerrero, Mexico, women must fend for themselves, as their men have left to seek opportunities elsewhere. Here in the shadow of the drug war, bodies turn up on the outskirts of the village to be taken back to the earth by scorpions and snakes. School is held sporadically, when a volunteer can be coerced away from the big city for a semester. In Guerrero the drug lords are kings, and mothers disguise their daughters as sons, or when that fails they “make them ugly” – cropping their hair, blackening their teeth- anything to protect them from the rapacious grasp of the cartels. And when the black SUVs roll through town, Ladydi and her friends burrow into holes in their backyards like animals, tucked safely out of sight.
 
While her mother waits in vain for her husband’s return, Ladydi and her friends dream of a future that holds more promise than mere survival, finding humor, solidarity and fun in the face of so much tragedy. When Ladydi is offered work as a nanny for a wealthy family in Acapulco, she seizes the chance, and finds her first taste of love with a young caretaker there. But when a local murder tied to the cartel implicates a friend, Ladydi’s future takes a dark turn. Despite the odds against her, this spirited heroine’s resilience and resolve bring hope to otherwise heartbreaking conditions.
 
An illuminating and affecting portrait of women in rural Mexico, and a stunning exploration of the hidden consequences of an unjust war, PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN is an unforgettable story of friendship, family, and determination.



My review:  I really enjoyed this book. While I'll admit I partially wanted to read this because of my Mexican heritage and family, I was also really interested in finding out life in Ladydi's world of trying to hide from the drug wars and living her life in the jungle and dealing with bugs and deadly scorpions. Jennifer Clement's writing is very unique. It's all told from Ladydi herself but there are no quotation marks used and it's almost as if you are sitting down with Ladydi and she is telling you the story. I found it very easy to read and loved it! It's very interesting how Ladydi, her mother, her friends and everyone on the mountain get along without any men around. Ladydi also has a lot to deal with because of her mother. Ever since her father left, her mother does nothing but drink and obsesses over her father. As soon as it seems Ladydi is going to have a good life working as a nanny for a rich family, things all just fall apart. The end ends well and leaves you wondering what next. If you are looking for a quick read that will keep you entertained, I suggest reading Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement.





I received a copy of this book free from Blogging For Books in exchange for my review.



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