What I Got For Christmas

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Hello fellow book lovers!

Sorry that I have been M.I.A. I was busy preparing for Christmas and the Monday after the holiday, I had to get my wisdom teeth out. I was going to show you the humiliating video of me after the surgery but I can’t add it to the post:(.

Anyway, I wanted to share with you all what I got for Christmas! Despite Christmas not being all about presents, I wasn’t in the mood to write a review and thought this topic would be fun to write about. Plus, this post gives recognition to all the amazing people who thought of me this holiday. Thank you to everyone who loves and supports me! I Love and support you all, too!

Thank you mom and dad for the gifts you have given me for Christmas (the gifts are listed below)! I love you!

  • V.I.P tickets to Bookcon in Chicago!!!
  • Rapunzel Pop Funko
  • Sadness Pop Funko
  • Captain Hook (OUAT) Pop Funko
  • Emma Swan Pop Funko
  • Rules For 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern
  • Makeup
  • Clothes
  • UGGs
  • A kitten (this was my dad’s gift but it benefits the whole family)
  • A ‘Read Local’ mug
  • An owl Wind and Fire bangle
  • An Raphael the Archangel Wind and Fire bangle (I got this bracelet when I got my wisdom teeth out because Raphael the Archangel is a protector)
  • Pajamas from both my brother and my parents

Thank you to my additional family for the kindhearted gifts and the endless love you have bestowed on me throughout the years.

  • Thank you to my Aunt Diana and Uncle Jordan for giving me two personalized signed books by Emery Lord.
  • Thank you to my Nana and Ron for giving me money and a Victoria Secret perfume.
  • Thank you to my Grandma and Grandpa for giving me money and Philosophy lotion.
  • Thank you for my Aunt Rebecca and Uncle Dave for the energy Alex and Ani bracelet.
  • Thank you to Aunt Deb and Uncle John for a Barnes and Noble gift card which I used to buy A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

Thank you to all my incredible friends for their thoughtful gifts. I love you all!

  • Thank you to Taylor who gave me a Disney mug, two Tangled ornaments, and jelly beans. Also, thank you for buying me Dunkin Donuts prior to my surgery, and  Wawa macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes after my surgery.
  •  Thank you, James, for the snowflake Wind and Fire bangle and the giant teddy bear.
  • Thank you to Christina for getting me a Barnes and Noble gift card and a tea tower. I used the Barnes and Noble gift card to buy I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson.
  • Thank you to Nicole for buying me a Bath & Bodyworks lotion.
  • Thank you to Chloe for giving me Bath & Bodyworks lotion, EOS lip balm, and a necklace.
  • Thank you to Tori for giving me a paris themed notebook and travel mug, and a Bath and Bodyworks hand sanitizer.
  • Thank you to Emily Medina for a Barnes and Noble gift card which I still need to use.
  • Thank you, Julia, for Bath and Bodyworks lotion and hand sanitizer, and Pink perfume.
  • Finally, thank you to my secret santa (I find out who it is tonight!) for getting me A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnson, a notebook, tea, candles, and TMI tattoos.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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ARC Review: I Crawl Through It by A.S. King

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Four talented teenagers are traumatized-coping with grief, surviving trauma, facing the anxiety of standardized tests and the neglect of self-absorbed adults—and they’ll do anything to escape the pressure. They’ll even build an invisible helicopter, to fly far away to a place where everyone will understand them… until they learn the only way to escape reality is to fly right into it.


I Crawl Through It was the first book that I have read by A.S. King and I was not impressed. After hearing all the hype that surround the author, I thought that I would adore her books. However, I Crawl Through It was far below my expectations.

As you read I Crawl Through It, you learn about four talented teenagers facing struggles. Even though you read about them, you don’t feel connected to them. The characters resemble background noise for the plot.

The writing of the story was extremely metaphorical. In fact, the whole story was various metaphors tied into a story. The metaphors were interesting and great but in the story, they were bizarre. Most of the story lacked sense. I understand the metaphors, but most of them felt unnecessary. At times, it seemed that the author was trying exceedingly hard to sound ‘deep’. Without the excessive use of metaphors that weren’t needed, I bet this story would be remarkable.
In the end, this story appeared illogical and crammed. Yes, I did enjoy the point that the author was making but I believe she could have gotten the point across better in other ways. I recommend this book to huge fans of magical realism.

ARC Review: Double Trouble by DM Wolfenden

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(Thank you to DM Wolfdenen and Booktips for granting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

Synopsis: Three short stories.

Carly: Carly has been through a horrendous ordeal; her cousin disappeared, then her family were murdered in front of her. 

She tells the police that James Andres had been stalking her, then he killed her family and kidnapped her, and that she has killed him. However, she refuses to reveal where the body is. 

The Box: Fifteen years after their mother walked out on them and their father, twenty-seven-year-old Charlene, and her sister Stacy open The Box that their father keeps his secrets hidden away in. What they learn changes everything. What really happened to their mother. 

Bernie and the Beast- Only available in this collection: Bernie has started having visions, he sees what the beast with yellow eyes does.

These short stories are amazing! I found myself completing all of the stories within 24 hours. Each story was captivating and suspenseful. In the end, I enjoyed each story immensely.

However, there were a few grammatical errors (word choice, awkward sounding phrases, lack of punctuation). Also, sometimes the stories felt unfinished and unanswered but the positive attributes of the stories outshine the minor flaws.

Overall, the stories are entertaining and are worth a read!

Interview and ARC Review: A Christmas Kerril by Denise Jaden

*Thank you to Denise Jaden for sending me A Christmas Kerril. I received this book in exchange for a honest review.*

Sorry that I have been M.I.A. I have been preoccupied by the holidays. However, I promise you that I have some incredible posts coming soon!


Synopsis: In this modern take on a holiday classic, high school junior, Kerril, faces her past, present, and future to be reminded of the good in others, and in herself.


Haunted by the memory of the worst of her divorced parents’ public Christmas blowouts, Kerril, will do almost anything to avoid the upcoming tinsel-filled season. Unfortunately, a teacher with a grudge casts Kerril as the lead in the school’s holiday production. To add to the misery, she will star alongside ultra-awkward Adam as her love interest.

Wanting to ditch the play, Adam, her parents, and Christmas altogether, Kerril accepts an invitation to take off to a cabin with her ultimate dream crush, Perry – only Perry may not be the guy she hoped he was, and it’s not until she’s left Adam behind to fend for himself onstage that she realizes he might just be the guy of her dreams.


Description of the Plot: Throughout the story, we follow Kerril, a somewhat scrooge who has hated Christmas since the year that her parents had a huge brawl in front of her town resulting in the parent’s divorce. Following her parents separation, Kerril has stood by her mom and has avoided her dad at all costs. However, Kerril still remains in the middle of the family’s war.

At school, Kerril is faced with several dilemmas as well. Kerril’s best friend, Brooke, is determined to make Kerril and her new friend, Aysha, close. However, Kerril is not a fan of Aysha especially when she starts to date Kerril’s crush, Perry. Soon, Perry and Kerril become close and things between the three become complicated.

Also, Kerril is being forced to star in a play called ‘A Christmas Kerril’. Kerril believes that this is a revenge scheme created by Adam because of her making fun of his speech problem when he started school. Despite what happened, Kerril and Adam become close and Kerril begins to have dreams of great importance that feature him.


Actual Review: My overall opinion of the book is good. However, I thought it would be easier to state the negative traits of this book first. The one thing I have against the story is the cheating. I have never been a fan of cheating in books. Even in books I love, I still feel a little resentment for the cheating characters.

Now onto my positive review! I rarely read holiday books. However, this story has encouraged me to read more holiday based books. The greatest thing about this book was how unique it was to other holiday adaptations of A Christmas Carol. I may not read Christmas book, but I do watch an unhealthy amount of Hallmark Christmas movies that have an A Christmas Carol vibe! I can honestly say that I never watch a Hallmark movie similar to this book. I believe this could be a great book-to-movie adaptation for Hallmark Movie Network. Another thing I enjoyed was the characters. I felt that the characters, with the slight exception of Kerril and Perry, were easily likable. Finally, I enjoyed the topics that the book addressed and the overall theme of the story!


INTERVIEW TIME!!!

  1. What is your book, A Christmas Kerril, about?

A Christmas Kerril is a reimagining of the Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. In this YA novel, a modern-day teenage “scrooge,” Kerril, experiences her past, present, and future through lucid dreams, and must decide between filling her selfish desires, or making herself truly happy—by helping others.

  1. What inspired you to write your book?

I was recently critiquing a friend’s novel, a YA retelling of Alice in Wonderland, and I loved the idea of retellings. I’m also a big fan of all things Christmas (I leave my tree up year-round) and was very familiar with A Christmas Carol. I hadn’t seen a teen retelling of this one, so I thought it would be a fun story to reimagine.

  1. Which character do you relate to most in your book?

I relate to a lot of the characters in different ways. With Kerril, I relate to her in her desire to do what’s best, but still somehow making stupid mistakes. How many times have we all made stupid mistakes, and then the more you try to cover up or make up for your mistakes, the deeper you seem to dig yourself? I relate to Brooke in that I tend to look a little too much on the bright side of life, even ignoring reality sometimes. I relate to Adam (my favorite character in the story) in that I am the type of person to push past my fears, sometimes putting myself in ridiculously difficult situations in order to overcome them.

  1. Which character was the hardest to create?

Kerril was the most difficult character to create. She’s loosely based on Scrooge, and so I realize many readers will have trouble warming up to her, especially when she is at her most selfish stages. But I saw the depth of her and how much she really did want to be a good and helpful and loving person, and I hope I was able to deliver that side of her to readers as well.

  1. What do you think readers will enjoy most about your book?

I think readers who enjoy retellings and reimaginings will enjoy the uniqueness of this story. I hope they’ll also enjoy the voice and bits of humor.

  1. If there is one thing readers get from this book, what would you want it to be?

I’d love for readers to take away that we all make mistakes, but it’s never too late to turn your life around, to have a better outlook. Also, that helping others will always bring more personal joy than helping yourself.

  1. What is it like being an author? What is scary about it? What is great?

I love writing and telling stories, and would not give up my career for that reason alone. The publishing side can be scary—not knowing what books will sell, which ones will resonate or offend. The most rewarding part, at least for me, is hearing from readers who have really connected to one of my characters or books.

  1. What has been your greatest experience throughout your journey of writing your novels?

One of my greatest experiences was hearing from a reader who had been struggling with an eating disorder and with cutting. After hearing her painful story, she told me my book, Never Enough, was a comfort to her and helped get her through her days without hurting herself. I look back at that letter often and it reminds me of all the wonderful connections I’ve made with readers. It reminds me of why I do this.

  1. What advice do you have to give to new authors?

I’d say to try really hard not to compare yourself to other writers, at any stage in your career. When you’re first writing, you may compare the amount of agent requests you get with someone else. The next thing you know, you’re comparing publishing deals, foreign sales, and movie rights—or lack thereof. The list goes on and on, and it can be all-consuming and leave you feeling depressed and inadequate. I encourage all writers to focus on and enjoy their own journey, whatever that may be. There are joys to each stage, if you remember to look for them.


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