China Room

This is definitely an emotionally charged and heartbreaking novel that reads so fast, you’ll be sad that it’s over. I can see why Sunjeev Sahota is on the Booker Prize List for 2021.

Having a dual timeline in 1929 and 1999, Sahota weaves a tale he’s pulled from his family history masterfully, and blended it into this novel where one can’t tell what’s family history and what’s just story.

I could not get enough of 15 year old Mehar and all of her headstrong exploits to figure out which of 3 brothers she is married to. After all, when you have 3 brides and 3 grooms all in the same place, and the 3 grooms happen to be brothers, and as a female you are made to wear a veil to cover your face from strange men, and then your newly acquired mother in law is arranging when marital relations happen by keeping brides in one room, her sons in their rooms, and marital relations assigned by Mai, the mother in law, in the dark kept China Room… I can see where confusion could occur quite quickly!

I also loved the parallels between the modern story- where Mehar’s great-grandson has come from England to Punjab to recover in seclusion on the family farm, only to find that he is sleeping in the same room (prison more like) that his great-grandmother was kept in- and the historical one.

Both great-grandmother and great grandson seem plagued by the same ties of being secluded, being in love, and all the youthful mistakes one makes when those things occur. They also both are affected by changing political climate with the Free India Movement gaining momentum in the 1929 story and with the blaming of immigrants for the economic troubles happening in the UK.

Farmers Protest

This novel is boiled in heartbreak and steeped with tension. It’s a tale of family, deceptions, choice and consequence, as well as the unique ability humans have to break free of imposed imprisonments of both the body and mind. It’s a love story. It’s a cautionary tale. It’s a glimpse of the treatment of women in cultures outside your own. This has it all.

I highly recommend this well written novel. A 4 out of 5 star read, and one not to miss.

As always, thank you for reading my review, and happy reading my friends! I hope your next read is phenomenal! I’d love to have you join along in all my book review as well as book art fun!

Happy reading my friends! May your next read be phenomenal!

Rock, Paper, Scissors

This was a whirlwind… up all night reading experience … as I’ve closed the cover of the book I am once again in awe of Alice Feeney’s storytelling abilities. This was such a fast and fun read … unreliable narrators… red herrings … and a twisted ending that only Feeney could ROCK

I truly was afraid the PAPER was going to catch fire 🔥 as I was reading so quickly to see where this tale of marital love, lies, and murder… was headed …

I will gladly hold, pass, or cut with the SCISSORS Fenney will be using to cut the ribbon on the award announcement as one of the best mystery/ thriller books this year. Oh the twisted way she incorporates marriage, being a writer, being a reviewer, and so many other facets of life she delicately injects throughout this novel will have you identifying and cringing as you bob and weave through this compulsive wild mouse ride of a read. Watch you neck … whiplash may occur …

Definitely was a 4.5 star read for me upgraded to a 5 star read for the way she pulled me in by adding so many things I could relate to while writing this twisted tale. You will not go wrong reading this one! I definitely recommend this for any mystery/thriller, fast paced, unreliable narrator, red herring filled with surprise ending reader. You don’t even have to play a game of rock, paper, scissors to decide whether you should read this or not …

Thanks for reading my review, which I try to always tailor toward whether you should buy it, wait for the library, or skip it, because what are friends for, right? What did you think?? Did this grab you too?? Could you have set out like that? Just you and your kids and no “place” to even go to?! So many things and talking/ discussing points arose from this book for me. What did it make you think about? I hope you decide to follow along with my book blog and book art journey!

As always, happy reading my friends! It’s a great day to curl up with a good book!

The Haunting of Leigh Harker

If we are all honest with ourselves, who isn’t afraid of the dark? That tap, tap, tap that you hear… just the house settling, or is that the slow tap of shoe meeting flooring? The weight of the tap unfamiliar to any you’ve heard before. Reaching slowly for the light switch… the soft click sounding like thunder in your ears… but no light to save you. And what’s that change in the shadow shape? Is that someone standing there waiting for your attention to wander?

Yes, from the opening sentence author Darcy Coates had me hooked… line and sinker … reeling me along through this well woven horror house … letting go only after I had finished reading and was breathless. Coates managed to go into this novel at break neck speed, and maintain as well as twist, turn, and continue to apply the pressure, as well as even ramp it up even more than I thought was possible. There are passages so vivid, I’m sure I will see them in my nightmares. I spent the entire read not knowing whether to bob, or weave… BO-EAVE maybe?!?!… while also caring deeply for Leigh, the main character, as well as for Sarah, the 85 year old champion. I refuse to give spoilers, so I will just say this one was never what I thought, or had pegged out in my reading mind. This is a pure treat! Amazing writing, likable characters, and creepy setting with an ever evolving story line ,.. yes please! Sign me up! Oh wait … I was just there !

Now serving … your turn!!

This is one to have marked and saved, or pre-ordered for its Sept. 7, 2021 release date. This is a true 4.5 star out of 5 star book, perfect to get you in the feel of those spooky Halloween nights around the corner.

And who doesn’t love a good Halloween fling!

I saw this as a wish for book on NetGalley. To be honest, I hadn’t had one I wished for come true – until this one did! Maybe all those extra prayers helped!

I have never been more thrilled to get an ARC!

So, thank you so much to #NetGalley, the amazing author Darcy Coates, and the publisher, Poisoned Pen Press for granting my wish and sending me an electronic ARC in exchange for my honest opinions.

Thank you for spending time reading my thoughts and reviews. I do hope you take a minute and let me know what you think. What are you reading right now? Any books you recommend? I’d love to know and I’d love to have you follow along with my reading (and book art) journey!

Happy reading my friends!

How Dreams Speak

We all have those dreams that trouble us, linger around, and make us think “what in the world was that all about?” We may share our dream with family or friends in a soft quest to obtaining clarity, or hold it close and simmer with it.

This is a great book full of information about the symbolism of your dreams and what may have sparked that particular dream train to pull in to your dreaming station. There are ideas and suggestions given for things to do to help steer or change how you’re dreaming. The information presented, I feel, is a perfect introduction for anyone starting their journey into dream analysis and for getting in touch with the subconscious side of yourself through dreams. The information is presented in clear and precise manner, not overly technical or “garbled.” I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to find, through symbolism, what their dreams are saying to them.

My dream filled thank you to NetGalley, Workman Publishing Company, and the author Nicole Chilton for an ARC of this fascinating novel in exchange for my honest review and opinions.

What are you reading? I’d love to hear your thoughts… what do you think about dreams and their meanings? Is it something you’ve ever thought about? I appreciate you taking the time to read my thoughts and do hope you’ll take a minute and follow along with my reading (and book art) journey!

Happy reading my friends!

The Good Lie

Do you have a taste for a story that will twist and turn you, fool and bend you, and eventually will just blow you out of the water? Well, you are in luck with this twisted thriller right here!

Oh yeah you did!

First you learn of the Bloody Heart Killer, and all of the gorgeous, male victims he has kidnapped, tortured and killed, while also learning that the seventh victim of the killer has escaped and made it back home. Whew!! Right?! Only…

You meet Dr. Gwen Moore who’s a talented psychiatrist, specialist in the field of serial killers and violent offenders. (Whoa, what a creepy, scary, what are you thinking kind of job is that, right?!) Seeing her interactions with patients (one in particular) – which starts a crazy descent into madness that you will not be expecting!

Let the killing …therapy??… begin!!

Hot defense attorney voluntarily representing the man caught and accused of being the killer, but he’s the father of the sixth victim … whaaaaaattttttt?????? And how is he connected to the lovely doctor? Oh my people!

A. R. Torre is one of my favorite authors and she does not disappoint in this newest novel of mind bending thrills and … kills… This is definitely a fun, fast read that you should not miss partaking of this summer!

Thank you so much to #NetGalley, the publisher and the killer author A. R. Torre for the electronic ARC in exchange for my unbiased opinions. This was a 4.5 out of 5 star read and one I am definitely recommending to anyone liking suspense, thrill, mystery, fast paced, compulsively readable novels! Happy reading my friends!

I’d love to hear what you think! What are you reading??


I don’t know about you, but I absolutely LOVE a novel that the opening pages have been so well written, are so captivating, that you are instantly transported to those late summer nights, sitting around a bonfire, wrapped in a soft blanket and silky words, told by your grandma that instantly transport you another time and place. THIS is one of those stories.

From Amy Jo Burns opening chapter “The Truth,” I knew I had just entered a tale that wasn’t going to allow me to simply close the cover and walk away.

Her description of life deep in the West Virginia mountains was so familiar to me, and head on acknowledged and challenged the stereotypical views of the mountain people before opening into a story so complex and believable, I was invested.

Wren, the daughter of a backwoods preacher (that has been deemed a “miracle,” and is the leader of what feels like a cult like existence in a faith that still takes up snake handling and strychnine drinking) has the feeling that maybe there is more out there for her than what she is allowed to know, events and past secrets tip a domino chain that could burn them all off the mountain. The mountain is all she’s ever known, but could there be more out there?

The friendship (sister-ship) portrayed between Wrens mother Ruby and best friend from childhood Ivy, is both empowering and heart breaking. The want to be something more, but stuck where they are resonated through the novel. All the choices, good and bad, leading to so many lives changed.

Burns did such a good job writing this novel from Wrens perspective, the going back to her father Briar’s, (White Eye to the mountain people), and his best friends perspective, then circling back to Ruby and Ivy’s perspective, and finishing with how legends are born (or changed), will keep you speed reading through this novel at break neck speed.

The writing in this novel is so strong- and her messages of female struggle with equality, strong female characters, as well as the feeling of being stuck, (yet fearing the thought of change), as well as the horrible cost of the choices we make, and the secrets we keep, made this a definite 4 to 4.5 out of 5 star read for me. The story and images remain haunting even after closing the book and bidding farewell to the characters I met within (now old that remain waiting while I forge on to new adventures… once again leaving them stuck in the pages that now contain them.)

I’ve been lucky to be on such a great novel reading spree. This is one I definitely recommend you check out both for the story, and the incredibly powerful writing and storytelling contained within.

I would love to hear your feedback or your opinion if you’ve read this one. How did it impact you? Were you as blown away by the awesome story telling ability by Burns as I was?

I hope you give this a go. Thank you so much for reading my review, I hope you’re having a great day wherever you are! Stay safe and happy reading my friends!


Do you happen to notice patterns in seemingly unrelated things?

Keep waking up from your sleep feeling breathless, and like something almost had it’s smoky, evil, soul crushing hands around your neck?

Do you believe in the possibility of existing in a multiverse?

And how do you know what reality is?

Let me start by saying that I was so excited to receive this title.

Ohhhh yeahhhhh thank you #Ballantine #RandomHousePublishing #NetGalley!!

The creepy atmosphere and hearing a horror movie line “would you like to play a game…” in my head I was all in. Rabbits, the game, is a game played in the real world by noticing patterns and following clues. There’s not a lot that I can tell you – as secrecy is part of the game – plus the more I divulge, the experience will change for you, much like in the game in Terry Miles’ book.

While I didn’t love the book, I liked it quite a bit. There were creepy tense scenes that made you want to look over your shoulder, and the actual story for the game is a fun read. Admittedly, I am not into multiverse and radial tangents and theories and there is quite a bit of that (along with very in depth descriptions of all of the scientific background and theory for each thing) in this novel that, for me, was a bit tiresome to go through. The saving part is the story itself and the hunt for what’s happening and how to stop the end of the world.

I think this is a perfect read for lovers of sci-fi, puzzles, conspiracy theories, and out of this world adventures! I will definitely be recommending it a bunch this summer as a fun get away. It’s a strong 3 and a half star book for me!

Thank you so much to #NetGalley, #RandomHousePublishing, #Ballantine, and the author Terry Miles for an electronic ARC in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

I’d love to hear what you’re reading! What’s caught your attention this summer? I’d love to have you follow along with my reading journey – with my book art journey – with the love of books period… subscribe and let’s enjoy this adventure together!

The Push

They scream. They bite. They push. They cry. They throw things. No, I’m not talking about your spouse or your significant other. I’m talking about the bad side of your kids.

Have you ever sat there pulling your hair out and thought, “I really am at my wits end with this kid!” Your patience tested to the limit…

What if that feeling was justified? You saw your kid doing terrible, awful things. Evil things. Yet no one believed you. They saw a sweet, loving kid. You saw the monster. What would you do? What could you do? Would you still love them? Could you still love them?

The Push is visceral, provocative, compulsive read that hooks you from the first page and refuses to let you go, throwing you neck deep into a tense, page-turning psychological drama about the making and eventual breaking of a family, and a woman whose experience of motherhood is nothing at all what she hoped for; instead, it turns out to be everything she feared.

It is a look at the dark side of motherhood, and all the things that can go wrong. It addresses motherhood taboos and paints a vivid picture of how mothers sometimes feel towards difficult children.

The main character, Blythe, takes us on a journey that explores deep issues. What are the generational implications of being raised by a deeply damaged mother? Can parenting be inherited? Mental illness, neglect, failure to bond all resonate through the generations of mothers and daughters in this story. The author relates in excruciating detail the experiences of childbirth (with one of the most raw and realistic childbirth scenes that I have ever read!) and those early weeks and months of motherhood that take all new mothers by surprise in their intensity, beauty and pain. The complexities of love and the breakdown of a marriage in the wake of tragedy are revealed in the small details of domestic life. The crushing weight of grief at the center of the novel is palpable! Blythe’s healing journey is surprising in the path it takes, almost to the edge of madness and back.

“The Push” makes us question the very nature of reality. It makes you look at things like nature versus nurture. Our protagonist vacillates between what she believes to be true and what she so desperately wants to deny. Her foundation and entire belief system has been ripped from under her feet and she no longer trusts her motherly (or personal) instincts. As readers, we struggle with trusting the narrator not because she wishes to deceive us but because she does not trust herself.

The Push will grab you, shake you, pull you to places you aren’t sure you’re wanting to go, and stay with you and haunt you long after the final sentence leaves you gasping for air.

I absolutely recommend rushing out and grabbing your copy of The Push today! This is a thriller you don’t want to miss.

My absolute thanks to #NetGalley, @PenguinRandom, and the beyond talented @audrain Ashley Audrain for the electronic ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.


This is so gorgeous in person!

Have you ever thought about how books travel round and round, as if on a never ending carousel. They get passed from person to person, each new set of hands adding their mark to the story. Those grease stains on page 67 you see and then end up daydreaming how they got there. Each house the book lands in adding its own imprint with the family, smells, sounds, and page turning that occurs there. It’s almost as fascinating as the novel itself to think about a books story; it’s journey.

A carousel and a hot air balloon, oh my!

I’ve never been one to part with “things” easily, and books are one of the hardest for me to let go of. That’s why being able to repurpose them, give them new life, and a new chance to bring joy without being dumped in a recycle bin somewhere, thrills me. Oh the things you can do to and with books!

Mermaid carousel

I’ve made this carousel in so many colors and so many different size varieties, even making the spindle from a clear tube to add more lights. It’s so pretty in person!

You should check out my Etsy shop and look at some of the ways that a book can be repurposed. I’m always adding new ideas. Come by, look, send me a message and let’s see if we can customize something for you to keep as a reminder of your love of books. There’s Oceans of Books out there for you to explore … read them, hold them, shelve them, or display them as book art!

I do hope that your week is a great one this week. Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog. Leave a comment for me or follow along. . . I am definitely glad that you’re here!

I’ll see you soon my friends!

The Ladies of the Secret Circus

This is a sweeping saga of old family secrets, love and loss, sacrifice, beauty, magic and revenge that blends a family generational mystery with the supernatural which results in a mesmerizing tale of romance and the macabre.

And in the center ring. . . a magical, demonic circus from Hell.

Our journey to Hell includes anxiety inducing life or death events, a perilous romp through the streets (and ages, as this is a dual timeline adventure) of Paris, family drama and the most imaginative, and tempting, depiction of Hell (as seen through the windows of the circus as well as a spin on the Ferris Wheel as it slowly descends down the realms of Hell, lending view of the river Styx).

This circus definitely came to please. There are disappearances, mystery and intrigue, a treasure hunt (of sorts), personal quests, devious machinations and of course there are the murders. All of this interwoven and laced with magic and trickery was both gratifying and exciting.

The magic surrounding the ladies, and of course the secret circus, comes from a forbidden love affair between a high ranking daemon and a mortal, producing daughters who have daemonic powers passed down to them. These magically mischievous daemon prodigies perform in, and are irrevocably linked to, this scintillating circus in Hell for all eternity.

There is betrayal, a slight love triangle (if pining over a missing or possibly dead fiancé could be considered one side of a triangle) and then the tense, well planned out magical showdown at the end.

I was wholeheartedly addicted to this story. This is one that will have you compulsively turning pages, promising yourself just one more page, until you find yourself in the wee hours of the morning, still curled up with the book in your hands, and realizing you can’t stop now as the showdown is just beginning for you! You just won’t be able to put this novel down.

This story was so captivating, that I also could see the appeal of giving (almost) anything to be able to watch, join, fly, perform, and just enjoy this wickedly delicious, and utterly seductive sanctum. I am definitely on edge to see (and read) a sequel! This is definitely one you should not let pass you by.

I would like to offer my sincere thank you to Redhook Books, Constance Sayers, and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest opinions and review.

Thank you for stopping by reading my review. I would love to hear your thoughts, share a book recommendation with me, or even just follow along with my blogs journey. Enjoy the read my friends!

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