Audible Review: Coraline

Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Format: audible by overdrive

Length: 3hrs/36mins

Rating: 3.5/5

Had to watch the movie after finishing the book to see how different things actual where. Come to find out not much was that different to me. Coraline is still an explore who found a hidden passageway that leads to a place where she isn’t ignored by her parents or neighbors getting her name wrong. This new world that looked like her home but with more magic and saractic talking cat. Coraline soon finds out however that this wasn’t as prefect as she was made to believe.

However there are some differences..
Like Wybie isn’t in the book.
Plus the dolls never was a thing.
The wonderments all but one is the same.
Plus the ending was a little different and am okay with it.

Also the reason I give it such a middle rating is because I’ve seen the movie enough times to know what was happening. If I read the book before the movie ever came out it would probably be different. But as it stands I did enjoy reading the book of the story I’ve already seen.

Other than that I also enjoyed the audio book of these because it was narrated by Neil Gaiman. Also it was short and creepy especially since it had voices saying rhymes. This is a good Halloween book that am glad I got to it this year. Plus these is officially my first Neil Gaiman and will be reading some other of his work.



Author: Robert Galbraith

Series: Cormoran Strike-2

Narrated by: Robert Glenister

Format: audible by Overdrive

Length: 17hrs & 22mins.

Rating: 4/5

OMG enjoyed the heck out of this second book. Still in love with Strike and Robin but have grown to dislike Mathew much more than the first book. I loved how Strike stuck to his guns even if its a chance to ruin a friendship and a lighter paycheck. Also Robin has more backbone then I thought she did. She didn’t bow down to Mathew even though he hated her new job, and Strike has the habits of a grumpy bear. She can handle it as well as this case. This was interesting for the fact that Robin was out in the field more. To see the bad cop and good cop was fun. Can’t wait for Robin to train more to be more involved in other cases.

the case was supposed to be a simply find a missing author Owen Quine however it didn’t turn out to be that simply. Now with the cops looking in the wrong place and only his instinct to guide him. Strike and Robin dig deep into the last book Quine  wrote which shows the uglier side of the people around him.

I love listening to the audio version because I love the voice that Robert Glenister brings to Comoran Strike character. Plus since this book is a bit length and little blah in parts listening to it makes the experience quicker. Plus this book is 17hrs 22 mins long by listening and it was just fun that you forgot the length.

Other than Mathew acting the way he did plus the whole Charlotte thing. I really love how these book was brought together because I can never figure out who what or why. Which makes it a really good mystery to me. Now onto Career of Evil.


Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling

AUTHOR: Robert Galbraith

SERIES: Cormoran Strike-1

NARRATED: Robert Glenister

LENGTH: 15h 54m



Cormoran Strike just got out of an unstable relationship, sleeping in his office, and is close to losing his job. That was until John Bristow came to him hoping that Strike will find out if his sister actually killed herself. So now with his Temp Robin Ellacott, Strike has to dig into the life of Lula Landry and her fashion lifestyle.


Cormoran Strike isn’t some hot P.I  instead he is described as a heavy set man who lost his leg in the war. Now out Strike uses his mind to solve cases from all kind of clients. The way he writes everything down and jus see things in different way is cool. Strike is  very detailed person and knows how to ask the right question and how to ask them.

I liked Robin Ellacott for the fact though she knows she’s not getting paid what she should, or that her fiancé hates her temp job. She keeps doing it. Not in spite but because she loves to work on cases and help solve it.

Strike and Robin together make a great team. And they make a fun team fort they don’t ask much of each other. Yes there are arguments between the two or they know when the other and don’t want to talk. They respect each other give each other space and work on it out.

The mystery itself was fun because I kept guessing who it was but was wrong every time. Especially the motive which now that I’ve think about it makes more sense and just loved how this book ended. Plus in was in London, England which is a place I’ve been so I see some of it since Strike walks everywhere.


I agree that listening to it is a really good choice because its fun to hear all the voices. Plus I got through this book faster than if I try to read the physical copy. For warn though this is a long book and you will feel it. Yet the steps in finding the answers was a fun time.


The one and only problem I had was that there seemed to extra information that dragged the story a bit. I get why most of it was there as backstory and inner thoughts of the characters. On the other hand though it got confusing and took me to remember what am acting hearing.


I loved the friendship between Strike and Robin and think they play off each other great. The mystery of finding the truth about Lula and how her death came to be was just a really good mystery story.  So give it a chance and let me know what you think. And if you have read this book gush to me what you thought. Me I’ll be continuing on with Silkworm now thanks to it being on Overdrive in audio format.🙂


Book Review: Illuminae

Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Series: the Illuminae Files_01

Genre: Science Fiction w/ mult. media

Format: Hardback/audible

Page Count: 599/ 11hrs & 41mins

Rating: 5/5

Summary: First off we start on the planet Kerenza where the people there gets attacked randomly. Destroying the planet but not ever one including ex’s Kady and Erza. However they get separated and one goes on the Alexandra and the other on Hypatia both heading toward the Heimdall while running from the people who were trying to destroy Kerenza. However it’s not a smooth trip and soon things start to get hushed up so it seems that Kady is the only one who wants to find answers.

My Thoughts:

So much happens and that ending had me preordering the next book which is only two days away. Everyone has pretty much heard/read this book before me since it is a 2015 release and am late as always. But here is my very thoughts though a bit randomly about this book that I don’t read the genre but kind a want to read more.
I didn’t get lost and was happily surprised about where the story took you. That mostly have to do with Kady Grant. She is such a strong character who had a lot and I mean a LOT of things thrown at her yet she took it all with steel. Even if she didn’t really feel it. Her hacking skills and drive to find answers are great traits for a character to have. And Ezra may not be the smartest guy in the world I still loved him and humor. He’s a goof ball that I just wanted to hug and cheer for when he got a achievement.
But they are not the only two weren’t the only reason..

1. there was also the war in the space and how these ships where trying to get to the Heimdall to safety.

2. The whole government are keeping secrets so Kady has to use her hacking skills to find the answers.

3. Long distance relationship taken to another level since its in space and on two different ships.

4. The mystery virus that has to be contained in locked place.

5. And of course when a computer becomes to smart for the peoples own good.

I enjoyed all these points because in my head it can all happen which is scary and a page tuner at the same time. Kaufman and Kristoff didn’t pull any punches and pulled at your heart because you fall in love with all the characters. Well the ones at least that become friends with the two main characters and can make me smile. I love my side characters and these book hurt my heart a lot for what they did.
Plus the audio is really interesting for its done by different voices and just made the storyline run smoothly without me getting confused. Its 11 hrs and 41 mins however since its a mult-media book it was page or two chapters.
the writing is interesting because there is a lot of media’s in the book. Including IM’s, emails, voicemails, drawings, and other things I don’t know the names of. But it was really cool to look at while listening. Also the descriptions especially with AIDAN the way everything was describe I POV made it seem like he was a real person instead of a machine.

this book was beautiful done and so glad I don’t have to wait a whole year before the next book comes out.

So there are the thoughts of one bookworm let me know yours in the comments below. Also if anyone has some good science fiction books that is good for a beginner please let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and hope to come back soon.🙂



Author: Lauren Blakely

Series: Caught Up in Love-1

Format: kindle

Page Count:260

Rating: 2 (Okay)

This story was just okay with things I couldn’t get behind. So before the rant start lets get into what this story is about.

We follow Kat and Bryan who were summer time couple until Bryan broke up with her without a reason. So flash forward 5 years later and Kat is attending NYU for business classes to help grow her business for her jewelry line My Favorite Mistakes. Well one requirement for graduation is to have a mentor from a another business show you how the process works, and who does Kat get will her ex Bryan of course.

So Let me just say I didn’t overly liked Kat and Bryan together however I did like them separate. They are both smart and started there businesses from scratch.  Kat didn’t just want to grow her business to be rich but to help her family out on there failing store. Plus Bryan is one of those bosses that know all his employees by name along with there families. So he is not that bad of a guy. My problem was when they were together as a couple instead of a mentor to student. The few side character made up for my dislike for the two main characters.
The business aspect of it as Kat is learning how things are done on a bigger scale was interesting. both make there business with trinkets and recycled stuff. Making old things have a new purpose which I can totally get behind.
The Big rub I had about this book is the relationship. So 5 years ago they had to be in a secret relationship because 1) he was friends with her brother. 2) there is a three years age difference. So they kept in themselves. 5 years later they are back to a secret relationship for 1) the mentor/student thing 2) there is a scandal at Bryans business so he cant risk it. Its a repeat relationship that doesn’t make sense.
Also Kat started fooling around with him before she knew why he broke up with her in the first place. Which I would think that she would want to know before getting involved with him again. Kat was just to quick to me to let go her angry at  him and back into wanting him. The fact that it took him taking off his shirt for her to get back with him just bugs me.

Lastly the whole reason Bryan broke up with her didn’t get mentioned until I got  77%  done. After all the kissing and phone sex they been having before this.  I don’t know if it is my non romantic heart but the whole thing didn’t make sense and backwards.
This was such a downer for I read to other books by this author and really enjoyed them. That doesn’t mean I wont keep reading her books because I will be slowly collecting them. Buy this book was not for me.



Author: Lauren Blakley

Format: kindle

Page Count: 235

Rating: 5/5

Its officially I really liked this author and will be collecting her books slowly but surly. Onto this first book….

Spenser Holiday is the main speaker. Spenser is a ladies man but also a gentlemen who loves his family. Loves them so much in fact that he opened his big mouth and tells a lie that he is engaged to his best friend/ business partner Charlotte. Just so that his dad has the chance at a  business deal to sale his business and retire. It was only supposed to be a week long fake engagement that soon became more.


This book as a whole I liked very much and for many reasons. One being Spenser himself. He may have been a ladies man and opened his mouth to lots of lying to his family. However I can’t fault him for doing it. His heart was in the right place and wasn’t just a selfish act for his benefit.
Then we have Charlotte the best friend/business partner who sucks at keeping secrets yet she agrees. Also Charlotte has a problem of her own dealing with a ex boyfriend who is pretty much stalking her. So agreeing to this fake engagement has some benefits other then the sexual ones.
and of boy is there sexy times. It doesn’t come off right away because Spenser doesn’t want to go there however as things heat up they both take what the other can give. Plus being best friends since college has helped make the relationship seem more real. They have great humor along with great chemistry which brings a great read.
Plus the side characters including siblings, best friends, and family members make me smile so much. Another plus being that the end conflict was minor to how some blowouts happen. I was happy that it didn’t follow the usual format that made me love this book more. Last plus there is two more books out on some of the side characters which am more than happy to spend my money on and read them as soon as possible.

Okay done rambling for now other than to say please read and let me know what you think.

Digital Book Haul (from different sources)


You know my book nerds I have good attention going into a new month. However, I always fail sometimes in flames some not so much. So the list is long and so I decided to separate them by sections. So just a heads up this is a long list making an up in flame month.


THE SECRET by Julie Garwood

I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson

NEVER NEVER: PART1 by Colleen Hoover




IVORY AND BONE by Julie Eshbaugh





BOSSMAN by Keeland

STUCK-UP SUIT by Vi Keeland

LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida Cordova

BIG ROCK by Lauren Blakely

PERSUASION by Jane Austen

A HIDDEN FIRE by Elizabeth Hunter


REBEL OF THE SAND by Alwyn Hamilton


JILO by J.D. Horn


P.S. I LIKE YOU by Kasie West

KISSED by Kimberly Loth

STUBBORN LOVE by Wendy Owens


GILDED CAGE by Vic James

EVERY FALLING STAR by Sungju Lee and Susan Elizabeth McClelland



LEVELED by Jay Crownover

NIL REMEMBERED by Lynne Matson


SUCCUBUS HEAT by Richelle Mead

QUEEN OF HEARTS by Colleen Oakes


VEXED by Wren Michaels

SOMETHING LIKE FATE by Susane Colasanti

DEAD ENDS by Erin Jade Lange

THE GOLDEN BRAID by Melanie Dickerson

STRUM YOUR HEART OUT by Crystal Kaswell

OUR RHYTHM by Cody Ryder

THE QUEEN FOOL by Philippa Gregory


ALL I WANT by Jill Shalvis

THE STORM by Virginia Bergin

A MORTAL SONG by Megan Crewe





BITTER SWEET LOVE by Jennifer L. Armentrout

SIMMER by Kaitlyn Davis

ENTICE by Jessica Shirvington


EMBLAZE by Jessica Shirvington

FOR THE RECORD by Charlotte Huang


ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell

THE LONGEST RIDE by Nicholas Spark

THE JEWEL by Amy Ewing




THREE DARK CROWNS by Kendare Blake


A HIDDEN FIRE by Elizabeth Hunter

GET INKED by Helena Hunting



FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

STILL LIFE by Louise Penny


PATHFINDER by Angie Sage


FELONY EVER AFTER by Helena Hunting

COCKY ROOMIE by Faleena Hopkins

A GYPSY’S KISS by Susan Griscom

TWO BOSSES by Elle Everton

VICIOUS DEEP by Zoraida Cordova



Okay if you’ve read these entire post congrats and so deserve a cookie. As you can see my dial collection has spiked another month so yeah. More books to collect and I haven’t even posted my physical book haul. So look forward to that.


FRIDAY READS w/ Current Reads

Am so a lets start everything and not finish anything. I don’t know why this is a habit and find it annoying. So yeah here are all my Friday read along with the other books am reading.

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker 30%

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.
Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free – an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.

I have this as an Overdrive audio and e-book because there is a lot of characters along with their stories. This story is interesting in the fact that their all pretty much migrants who come to America for one reason or another. However with all the characters the two main characters Chava and Ahmad don’t get seen much.

Firelight by Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet-7)

Emily, Trellis, and Vigo visit Algos Island, where they can access and enter lost memories. They’re hoping to uncover the events of Trellis’s mysterious childhood — knowledge they can use against the Elf King. What they discover is a dark secret that changes everything. Meanwhile, the Voice of Emily’s Amulet is getting stronger, and threatens to overtake her completely.

Don’t know why I haven’t finished this yet since its a graphic novel. Also this is a Overdrive book so I need to get to it before it expires.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova (Brooklynbrujas-1) 8%

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

Am not that far in it and not much is happening as of yet.

George by Alex Gino 70%

This a less than 200 page story of George who is a girl trapped in a boy body. George wants to be seen as a girl so her and her best friend plan to show herself during a school play.

This is such a good book and can’t help but root for George. Plus George is 10 years old. That is really impressive that she knows who she is at a young age. Can’t wait to see how this ends and George to get her shine.

Fire in the Darkness by Stacy Marie Brown (darkness-2) 61%

This is four weeks after Light in the Darkness and it is Ember struggling with who to trust and how to get control of her powers. Ember goes through a lot and is angry a lot. She is learning some sercets and meeting more people who help her learn about herself.


So here you go and hope that I can get these done sooner than later. Anyone else have a multiply book at one time. Until next time and read on.


Audible Review: WONDER

author: R.J. Palacio

Format: audible (8h 6m)

Narrated: Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, and Kate Rudd

Rating: 5/5

Summary: August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that has prevent his from school. Until 5th grade and his parents sign him up to Beecher Prep. Now August has to convince his classmate that he is just an ordinary kid with an extraordinary face.

My Thoughts

This book was such realistic books that people should read to learn how to be nice to others. Also August (Auggie) though he has plenty going against him he has such a positive view point. He may not look like everyone else, but he’s nice, smart, and pretty much a little dork.

This is told not only in August POV but others around him. At first I didn’t know how to feel about that, but understand why it was important. It was to see the point of views of those around August.
It was also told by different voices (thanks to audible) which was a fun time to hear them with the other characters.
Like I said the realistic elements in these book. Like how August reacted to another school. Or the way people react to him, along with the bullying. Sure August had his ups and downs which is expected however he grew up to the challenge which was wonderful.

                                          The friendships

(mostly Jack and Summer) are the best. Yes they started off as his not so sure of him to being his best friends. August grew a friend base slowly with the other students with his humor and charm. That ending shows how much August touched the other kids at Beecher Prep School. Well except one but that’s not to bad in the whole picture.

                                             The grownups

where written very well in how they treat August. His parents are like the most supportive and fun parents. The Pullmans have there inside jokes and such a close bound. Then we have the grownups that August school who didn’t treat August differently which was nice. Also they didn’t let bullying happen. There was also those who weren’t so nice however it was good to see the other side of it.
                            The Audible Version

I liked the different voices and thought they did really good for making the characters have different voices. I will say though August voice wasn’t my favorite. Other than that this was a really good book to listen to. Now though I want to own and read it in physical format.

The only thing that I didn’t like is that these is the only book. There are also novellas of some of the side characters. I still would love to continue with all these characters. Other than that am glad I’ve read this and excited to read the novellas to this story, but also what ever else the author writes.

Let me know if other has read this book and tell me your favorite part.

WEEKEND READ: Fire in the Darkness


*NOTE this was supposed to my Friday read however I wrote it up but not post it. So this is my weekend read because late than later.

Author: Stacey Marie Brown

Series: Darkness-2

Progess: 56%

This continues  4 weeks from the end of the first book. Now Ember has to move on and learn about herself and her powers. While dealing with the regret she feels, and trying to figure out who to trust.

I am still in love with the characters and the author writes her story. Ember is very angry in this book which is understandable if you’ve read the first book. I would love to finish this book so that when the DiversAThon, because I have a TBR planned that am happy for.

Anyone else doing DiversAThon this coming week? It’s a Monday to Monday and there is no challenges. Just reading as many Diverse books as you can and discuss with others on Twitter is you want. My TBR will be up Monday or Sunday haven’t decided yet.

So let me know in the comments if you are and if you have read this series yet or her other series the Collectors. Because that one is just as good.