Book Review: How To Hang a Witch



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Author: Adriana Mather
Release Date: July 26th 2016
Series: How to Hang a Witch
Genre: Fantasy | YA | Paranormal
Pages: 368
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Buy it : Amazon

First Thoughts: When I first found this book I instantly fell in love with the book. The cover is fantastic and the title…I am pretty much sold when it comes to witches. After reading the blurb for the book I knew I had to give this a read. The Salem Witch Trials is probably my favorite thing to check out when it comes to history.

Review: Samantha Mather’s has moved to Salem, Massachusetts with her stepmother. Her father has been in a coma for 4 months and the medical bills have forced them to sell their home in New York and move into her fathers family home that was left to him when Samantha’s grandmother died. 

Sam quickly finds out that Salem is not going to be a friendly place for her. Her ancestors had a big part in the Salem witch trials and they still hold a grudge. Things quickly spiral out of control as threats are thrown through her window and even a ghost decides to make his dislike of her known.

What I found great about this book is that there is actual history mixed in with the entertainment. It made me want to research the Salem witch trials more, just to see what all from the book was inspired by true stories of the Salem events.

Samantha Mather is such a fantastic lead character. She is stubborn and she stays that way through the entire book. She is strong to a fault. She doesn’t want anyone to know what she is dealing with, which causes more stress and doubts then it actually helps. I felt like I could really connect to who Samantha was, being the new girl that no one liked. I could feel the emotions of being so alone and not being able to trust anyone.

Of course, there is a little romance in the story, but not to the point where it overcomes or BECOMES the plot of the story. The story, in the end, is about a girl figuring out her history and trying to make right the things that had gone wrong so many years ago. The quote “The sin of the father” comes to mind, paying for sins (or wrongs) done by those before you. 

The End: WARNING! Their are spoilers in this section. Please skip to the “Final Thoughts” section if you do not want to read spoilers.

I loved the relationship between Sam and Jaxon. I thought it was cute and it was great that Sam had a friend even when things were troublesome. 

But….I loved Elijah. I wanted Elijah to some how find a way to become human again and finish out a life that was ended too soon. Maybe Jaxon would have been with Sam the whole time had she told him what was really going on, but Elijah was there, through everything. It could also be that Elijah basically hated Sam at the beginning and then fell in love with her. I don’t know, but I may have weeped a little when Elijah said goodbye.

Final Thoughts: I have read a few reviews written about this book and I realize that it’s not for everyone. I thought it was an amazing book. It was fast paced and full of action. Although, if you are not a fan of history, then maybe this book is not for you. The beginning of the book could possibly be a little slow, but I was hooked from the first chapter. There are so many questions hovering around Sam and her strange life, and everything is answered in the end. 

I would suggest this to friends, at least to give it a chance. There is a lot of hype around it at the moment, but I think the story was well worth the time. 

What Are you Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends! Guess what…I’m still reading the same books as last week. Except one different one. I finished one book and moved on to another. So…Let’s get too it.

The Bitches of Everafter by Barbra Annino


Now…I love any kind of fairy tale re-telling. I just love them. I love seeing my favorites in a new light. So far this book has been pretty hilarious. All the princesses have done something bad and are having to complete community service. My only problem so far with this book is that it is supposedly part of a trilogy, but there is only one book. This book was released in 2014 and I actually almost stopped reading it for that fact. I have a feeling this book will end with a ton of questions and we will never get the answers. But it’s still entertaining so I will continue to read it.

End of Watch by Stephen King


I’m at the end of this book and it’s so good. I don’t know why I ever go into a Stephen King novel afraid I will dislike it…because I am always pleased with the story. My only complaint with this book is that I only listen to it when I am driving and I just want to listen to it until the end. I pace myself with audio books so they last the whole month. But I can’t wait to see what happens! I have been battling myself to keep my fingers from typing into goggle to find out how this book ends.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling


Seriously…the magic is still alive.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


All other books may be put on hold this week so that I can finish this book. I really wanted to finish it before I saw the movie and the movie releases this Friday. Of course, I may wait until next week to see it so that the crowd dies down. I’m not comfortable in crowds. So far this book has been interesting, but I have yet to read anything about the peculiar children. It’s been all about Jacob and his search to learn more about his grandfather.

Curio by Evangeline Denmark


I am going to be honest with you. I am so close to just putting this book away. It just can not hold my interest and I’m kind of just bored with it. I think it has to do with the fact that there are so many questions floating around the story and it is taking so long to get any answers as to what is going on. Maybe I will just skim read what is left just to get to an end to it. I don’t know.

That is what I am reading this week. My hope is to get at least three of these books done this week, but we will see what my schedule has in store for me. With me being back in school, it’s hard to make more time for reading.

What are you reading?

Friday Inspiratio

Hello Friends!

On Monday I mentioned that something someone had said caused me to step away from my blog for a moment and I thought I would talk about that today. I even found the most perfect inspirational quote for it too!

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Last month I went on vacation with my family. We had a great time, but we got a little homesick. It also confirmed that we would not be happy living in Tennessee. We are just going to stay where we live now…or rather, the same state.

Anyways, on the way home I was talking about my blog. I can’t remember exactly what I was saying. I think I was talking about the author interviews and how I may step away from that part of my blog for a little bit, since I was in a reading slump. Well, my brother decided to make a comment that really struck hard I guess.

He looked at me and says “No one reads your blog.”

I don’t even know why it bothered me so much…maybe because it was someone that I am close to, someone that knows how much I love my blog and writing and sharing my own opinions with the world. My family has always been supportive of things that I do and in this one moment I felt like my own brother had just stabbed a dagger right into the heart of my dreams. It hurt more than it should and I have been fighting with those words for a few weeks now.

I don’t have a lot of followers. I don’t get a lot of views or comments on my posts. But the thing is, there are a few people that read my blogs and some actually enjoy it. My mom reads every post I write, which makes things a little better. Do I wish I had more activity on my blog? Of course I do! Who wouldn’t? But to be honest, this blog started off as something for me to do when I lost my job a few years ago. Then it became a platform for when I query literary agents and publishers. It is also a place where I can express my opinions and feel like I have someone holding me responsible for things I said I was going to do.

Hopefully I have fought the demons away for a little bit and from here on out I can keep my blog active. Maybe I can even learn how to better advertise my blog and get it out in the world. Maybe by the end of the year I will have 500 followers and people that actually leave comments on my blog.

How do you overcome the negative comments of people around you?

Book Tag: Rainbow Spines Book Tag

Book Tag

Hello Friends! I decided I wanted to try something a little different for Thursdays. Usually I would do a movie review, but that isn’t working out so well…is it? Besides, writing movie reviews of movies that have been out for years got a little boring. Though, I may have something a little special in the works for October regard scary movies!

Anyways, I thought maybe instead of doing 4 movie reviews a month, maybe cutting that down to 1 or 2 and then doing book tags on the other days. There are a TON of book tags in the world. So today I am doing the Rainbow Spine Book Tag!

If someone could please tell me who created this tag so I can give proper credit that would be fantastic!

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh


The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige


Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard


Beautiful Creatures by  Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab


The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

Have you read any of these books?

Book Review: The Bad Beginning



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Author: Lemony Snicket
Release Date: September 30th 1999
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Genre: YA | Middle Grade | Children | Fiction
Pages: 176
Publisher: Scholastic
Buy it : Amazon

First Line: If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book.

Read the Blurb at Goodreads


Violet, Klaus, and Sunny had loving parents at one point. Until a fire destroyed their beautiful home along with their wonderful parents. Now, they have become the responsibility of a distant relative, Count Olaf. From the moment the children were put into his custody, life has been a complete opposite of what the Baudelaire children once had. Now they are forced to do chores, cook, and they are forced to live in a small bedroom with one rickety bed.

Things only get worse at the children find out what Klaus is really after and the plans he has to obtain his goal.

I have watched the Series of Unfortunate Events movie and I loved it. But it has been a while since I have seen it, so I don’t know what has changed from the books to the movies. I am actually grateful for this. The first book was such a fantastic, but sad story. At moments I wanted to reach into the book and pull these poor kids out of the mess they had found themselves in. There are all kinds of warnings in the book that it’s not a happy story, and it is far from a happy story. There are moments where the children have a second of happiness but something always comes to take that away from them.

What I loved most about this book is how the children stay together through it all and try so hard to comfort one another. Their parents have been ripped away from them, as well as the only life they have ever known, but they still have one another. It’s wonderful to read a story about siblings who actually get along and don’t let the stress of a horrible situation break them apart. They never seem to lose hope and while it is a sad book, the message is beautiful.

I can’t wait to start reading the next book.

Aside from the story itself, I want to say how beautiful the book itself is. From the gorgeous cover art, to the wonderful illustrations throughout the book. It has been a while since I have read a book with illustrations in the book, and it brings the magic to a new level when reading as an adult.

What Are You Reading

What are you reading

Hello Friends!

Miss me? I had a bit of a re-think. Actually, it was more of a comment that someone made and I decided to step away from my blog for a little bit. I will tell you more about it in another blog.

Let’s move on to why you are here today. What am I reading?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling


For my birthday my brother got me the entire Harry Potter Series that comes in the spiffy little suitcase looking box. So, I decided it was time to re-read the entire series and I am so glad I started! I forgot how amazingly fantastic these books were. The movies are great, but the books are so much more magical than the movies could ever be.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


I have been putting this off for so long. Now that the movie comes out at the end of this month I decided that I needed to read the book before the movie came out. I am not very far in it and I hope to finish the book in time to see the movie. But, as you will see, I have a lot of books going at once so…who knows when I will actually finish a book.

Curio by Evangeline Denmark


I have been reading this book for over a month now…It’s interesting, but it just hasn’t been able to hold my attention for long. I don’t know what it is. Some parts are a little boring, but not boring enough for me to abandon the book completely. I will finish this book and hopefully I will finish it this month!

How to Hang a Witch by Andriana Mather


I started reading this at work one day. I haven’t been reading at work, but I was bored and didn’t want to play games. So…I opened my Kindle app on my phone (I left my kindle home that day) and started reading this book. OMG! If I were to allow myself to just sit and read this book, I believe it would have been finished in a day. To be honest, I should probably let myself binge read this book. It has been so good this far. It’s just enough mystery and romance to keep me on the edge of my seat and my eyes flying across the page (even if it’s an electronic page.)

End of Watch by Stephen King


This is my audio book for this month. I haven’t wanted to listen to any heavy books the past few months, but this month I realized I could not put this book off any longer because…Stephen King! Also, so far I have loved the other two books in this trilogy and I was so excited to see how it all ends. I will tell you right now, this book has been a roller coaster of emotions! It’s exhilarating and I sometimes can’t bring myself to cut it off and get things done…like getting out of my car and going into work.


Am I reading a lot of books at once?? Yes, of course I am. But you know what? That is what works for me. I have tried reading one book at a time. But my reading is just like everything else in my mind, I have a ton of stuff going on at once and reading one book at a time is just too boring for me. I think that is where my reading slump came from. I was trying to power through books, but I would get bored reading the same story and I would just put it away and go to sleep. Now, when I get bored with one story, I pick up another book and continue on with that story. It works for me.

There is one thing I have learned in the book community. We all do things differently. Some of us read slower than others and trying to keep up with your favorite book bloggers or booktubers will just put you in the slumps. So take a little advice from me…reading is just like life…you do you and I will do me.

What are you reading?

And what are your thoughts on reading more than one book at a time? Do you read more than one at a time or is it just not for you?

What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends!

This is horrible…I am still reading the ONE book from last week. I just haven’t been able to read much. I get so tired at night and end up passing out after a few pages. I hate that my reading has slowed down so much compared to the beginning of the year.

So the book I am reading is Curio by Evangeline Denmark


I’m also now reading The Bad beginning by Lemony Snicket


For my birthday my mom bought me the entire series of A Series of Unfortunate Events. I was so excited to get it. My brother bought me a box set of Harry Potter so…I want to re-read those as well, but I decided to start with Lemony Snicket’s books first.

So this is what I am reading at the moment. There are so many books I have started and abandoned recently. Hopefully I can finish one of these soon…I really need a book to finish…

What are you reading?

Prompt Challenge: 080316 Secret Pets

Prompt Challenge

Hello Friends! I realize that I missed posting a story last week. I’m sorry! I was on vacation and the internet at the hotel I was staying at sucked. So, I posted nothing last week. Actually, I didn’t read or write much last week. It was weird. It was a nice vacation though.

Anyways, let’s get into the story!


Secret Pets

I live across the street from a lady. Just 2 weeks ago I noticed her walking to her back yard with a tray of food. She doesn’t have any pets, as the neighborhood I live in doesn’t allow pets.

I am not a social person and I don’t get into other’s business, but I am curious. I had made a decision to introduce myself to my neighbor and I planned on finding out what she was doing with the food she takes to her back yard. Maybe she is hiding a secret pet that she hoped no one would notice. Well, I noticed and I am going to find out.

I walked to the old lady’s house right at sunset. Just about an hour before her usual routine and I knock on her door. I noticed the name on the mailbox was ‘Foster.’

“Hello, Mrs. Foster.” I say as the lady opens the door.

“Hello, Lizzie.” I smile, but wonder how the old lady knows my name. Maybe she has been reading my mail, or maybe she has been watching me like I have been watching her. “What can I do for you?”

“Well, I noticed every night you take food to your back yard.” I say, getting straight to the point. I did mention that I am not a social person right?

“Yes, that is correct.” The old lady says with a smile. She steps back and motions for me to come into the house. I walked in and she shut the door behind me. My flight reflexes were lighting up at this point, but I thought ‘it’s an old lady, what could she do?’ I wish I had listened to myself.

“I am just finishing up the tray for tonight, would you like to help?” I shrugged off my unease and followed Mrs. Foster to her kitchen.

“What do you do with the food?” I ask as she starts cutting up the apples.

“I feed it to my pet.” I knew it! I almost jumped for joy, but I held back.

“Your pet has great taste in food.” I say, looking at the tray of meats, cheese and fruit. “What kind of pet do you have?”

“Why don’t you come with me and see. You will love him.” I am a sucker for animals so I didn’t resist. Why didn’t I resist? Why didn’t I listen to my instincts? Why did I have to be the curious cat?

“Sure thing, Mrs. Foster. I would love to meet your pet.” I grab the tray off the counter. “You do know that we are not allowed to have pets, right?” I ask as I follow Mrs. Foster out the front door and around the house.

“Yes.” She says. “The contract said no dogs, cats, or anything with fur or feathers.” She laughed. “I found a way around the contract, so should I be caught with my pets, I wouldn’t be in trouble with the landlord.”

We made our way to a door at the back of the house. Mrs. Foster fished out a key from her pocket, it was one of those old style skeleton keys. It was old and rusty. I almost ran then. I almost made up and excuse to suddenly need to go home, but again I told myself ‘little old lady.’ I can be such an idiot sometimes.

I followed Mrs. Foster into the door. She let me walk past her and she shut and locked the door back. Great, now I was stuck in this damp dim room. It smelled horrible, like urine and something else, but I wasn’t sure of the smell. I had smelled it before, but I couldn’t remember what it was. Not to worry though, only a few moments later I figured it out.

Mrs. Foster…the little old lady, opened a cage door and told me to set the food on the table in the corner. I did as I was told, but as I sat the food down I heard the cage door slam shut. I turned to face the old woman and watched as she smiled at me.

“New pet.” She said, clapping her hands. Yep, the little old lady had tricked me into a cage. Little old lady…Then I caught the smell again and found it’s source. In a cage beside me I saw a stain on the floor. Bright red and metallic smelling. Blood. Oh yeah, there was blood on the floor. And near that blood lay a body, I am sure it was breathing. The guy looked up at me, his bright blue eyes pained. One hand had been cut off. His limbs were thin as was his body, but not a starved thin. Mrs. Foster took good care of her pets. I shook my head.

“You live across the street?” The guy asked me. I nodded and he nodded back. “Curiosity may not have killed this cat, yet, but it sure did get me in trouble. He sat up and leaned against the cage. You will be safe for a little bit, until Mr. Foster dies any way. She will keep you nice and clean until she gets bored with the boys.”

“Have you tried to escape?” I asked. Surely a man as my cage neighbor could take the old lady.

“Sure, that’s how I lost the hand.” He showed me the stump of his arm. “She doesn’t play around. We may never escape.”

I just had to know where the woman took the food. I had to be nosey, I had to be social. I should have just stayed in my room watching YouTube videos.

But I was sure of one thing. I wasn’t going to sit around like Mrs. Foster’s husband or the man beside me, whose name I later found out was Matt. I was going to break free and let the landlord know that the old lady across the street had pets.

Book Review: The Star-Touched Queen

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Author: Roshani Chokshi
Release Date: April 26th, 2016
Series: The Star-Touched Queen
Genre: YA | Fantasy | Romance
Pages: 342
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griggin
Buy it : Amazon

First Line

Staring at the sky in Bharata was like exchanging a secret.

Read the Blurb at Goodreads



This cover is so gorgeous. The colors are warm and bright and dark all at the same time. And I love the border around the book. It actually gave it a steampunk feel. Just enough mystery and just enough beauty to draw in a reader from the cover alone!


This book was a last minute decision. I hadn’t realized that the book I wanted to get on audible wasn’t even released yet. This was suggested and I just jumped on it. I had heard so many great reviews but I wasn’t really convinced that it was going to be a great book. The blurb on this book just does not do it justice.

Maya is a princesses, but she is not in line for the throne, she is just another daughter for the king to sale off. Except, she may actually be her father’s favorite daughter. She was also born with a cursed horoscope that promises death and destruction when she marries. Despite all of that, the king is forced to make Maya marry, but she finds herself in a different kind of arrangement than she had in mind.

You know that song with the lyrics “found love in a hopeless place.” I feel like that should have been the tagline for this story.

The writing was so beautiful. The imagery is something to be desired. Roshani has really woven a wonderful story of mystery, love, and magic. There is no instant love in this story. At least not for Maya. Amar, the king that wisks her away may have fallen in love with Maya instantly, but there is so much more to his story.

This was such a great listen. I wanted to speed up the book so I could find out what happened next, but I was pacing myself so I would have something to listen to all month. I finished it about two weeks before the end of the month, but I would read this book again and again. The story was fresh and not something that reminded me of 50 million other books in the YA world. There was romance, mystery, suspense, and…MAGIC. I seriously love magic. I also love the idea of different worlds. Who wouldn’t want to be taken away to a whole new world with a king who will cherish and love you for all of eternity?

I want to read this book, instead of listening to it. I feel like there is more to see by reading it, things that I may have missed while driving home and trying to avoid a wreck on the road. Also, there is a different connection to a book that you have read with your own eyes. The voices are different, the atmosphere is different. I can’t wait to get a copy of this book for my own personal collection.

This book could easily be a standalone, but I noticed on Goodreads that there is a second book due out next year.  Though, reading the description it seems that Maya and Amar will be taking a back seat to a new lead character. While it still in the same world, there is an ending to the first book and a new story for the second. I can’t wait to read it.

Did you read this book? What did you think about it?

A little bit of a extra!! The first chapter of the next book! 

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What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends!

How long has it been since I have done one of these post? I can’t recall. There is a reason behind it all though. Simple…I have been in a reading slump…

*Dun dun duuuuunnnnn*

I want to read, but then I start reading and I no longer want to read. What is this madness??! I am still in a reading slump. I am trying to force my way through the books, but I just can’t seem to do it. And they are super interesting stories that I want to read…but sitting down and actually reading is so hard!

So I have set myself a goal to make sure I read every day. I had planned on 50 pages a day, but I think for now I will drop that down to just 10 pages a day. Just to make sure I am reading something, but not forcing too much so I can get out of this slump.

Any tips for getting out of a reading slump??

I am only reading one book right now.

Curio by Evangeline Denmark


The cover is so pretty and the story is pretty good so far. If I could just make myself read.

Since today is the last day of my vacation, I have a TON of stuff to do because I put it all off until the last minute. Ugh, I am such a procrastinator. I have to fix that.

Have you read Curio? What did you think of it?

What are you reading right now?