All posts by Breanna Mounce Thaman

About Breanna Mounce Thaman

I graduated from NKU with a BA in English and a minor in journalism. My emphasis was in creative writing so I love to read! Writing is my second passion, I've participated in Camp Nanowrimo and Nanowrimo. I live with my pasty white, viking wannabe, husband (who is the author of The Goblin Wars and Shadowlith series), our Boston Terrier named Yoda, and our three cats, Bagul, Ichabod and Eleven (all named after horror themed characters). I do Camp Nanowrimo and Nanowrimo as often as I can and I'm currently working on a new novel. My first published book is coming out Fall 2017, you can find it on Amazon.

I Fell 2.5 Miles from the Sky (My Skydiving Experience)

I’m a firm believer of going out and enjoying life. I’m trying to make memories instead of collecting a ton of meaningless items since I can’t take any of that stuff with me. Honestly, I wish I lived in a tiny RV so I could see the world. I’d trade 90% of my possessions if that would be my life. Alas though, I work a 8-4 job, my husband is in law school and teaches, we have 3 cats and a dog and just purchased out house. There will be no nomadic life for us anytime soon. So, on the weekends, we try our best to get out, be active and go on crazy adventures.

On August 20th, we did one of the craziest things either of us have done. We went skydiving. Click here if you want to check out my video. It’s super awkward because I had no idea what to say during my ‘interview’ portions and on the plane I couldn’t really hear the photographer/videographer. Here’s my husband’s video as well… another angle of my jump.

Fun Fact: We went skydiving at the same place Roman Atwood went!

Now, let me tell you, I’ve zip-lined, jumped off a huge rock, jumped off a bridge, rode one of those slingshot rides at the amusement park and I’ve been on plenty of roller coasters. Skydiving has always been on my imaginary bucket list. The idea first came to my mind when I was in college, but I was too broke to afford it and didn’t have anyone who wanted to join me. Then three years ago, one of my coworkers said he went, ever since I’ve been wanting to jump but haven’t had time. Finally, we scheduled it this year since we didn’t have any big vacations planned.

I wasn’t nervous until I pulled into the parking lot of the small airport, even then, it still wasn’t major nerves. I was more nervous when I jump off the bridge at the lake. We got our suits on and our harnesses, met our tandem instructor and waited until it was our turn to fly.

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Once we loaded the plane and started taking off, I was a little more nervous. In the air, I honestly didn’t know what to say when the camera was turned on me. I was literally speechless. I’ve never been in a plane so small… with the door opened.

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It was cold once we reached our jump zone. I was the first person up (going tandem anyway) and I wasn’t as scared when I looked down at the ground. I didn’t even have time to be scared at that point because suddenly, we were falling.

I screamed.

Or so my husband said. He jumped after me and said everyone in the plane heard me shriek. I honestly don’t remember that part.

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I made sure to smile the entire time, since I was being recorded. That’s the only thing I remember being instructed to do. Everything was forgotten when I was falling through the air.

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Here’s the thing… I literally had no care in the world when I was skydiving. I wasn’t worried about the work week ahead, bills, the horrible people of the world or even the possibility of something going horribly wrong as we came closer to the ground. When the shoot was pulled and we were slowly floating down, the beauty of the view was amazing. Even if I wanted to stop smiling, I couldn’t. Seeing my husband across the way from me, landing on the ground, it was all so cool.

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My husbands instructor had a good point. When they landed and he asked Stu how it was, he told him it was insane. But the instructor said, ‘No, being on the ground is insane, being in the sky is peaceful.’ Or something poetic and inspiring like that. Sometimes it’s okay to step out of your comfort zone. There is a difference in being alive and living.

Live your best life. Make those memories.

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Also, reading Everything, Everything the same weekend I went skydiving kind of had me in a YOLO spirit if I’m being honest. Way to relate it back to books, Breanna! Go me!

Will I do it again? Yes. Though the pain from my ears popping was horrible! That was my only complaint.

 

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Top 10 Horror Movies (that had me hiding under the covers)

I’ve ranked these on a scale of least scary (but still scary) to the one that literally still gives me nightmares. Happy Nightmares!

10. Krampus

I expected this one to be scarier than it was, it fell short on the terror due to the killer toys coming to life not being scary enough. They kind of had me giggling half the time. My parents, who are not into scary movies at all, actually watched this one. I am thankful to the directors for giving us horror movie lovers something creepy but seasonal to watch around Christmas.

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9. Trick R Treat

I was late in the game watching this one. Watched it for the first time last year and I was pleased. I remember growing up and seeing movie posters and thinking that this would be too scary to watch, but it wasn’t. I loved how we had different stories but they all connected with Sam in the end.

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8. You’re Next

I loved this one! I’ve seen it a handful of times and it always gets me. It’s a little on the gory side since the murders start off almost immediately. The only scene that really bothered me was the ‘clothes line’ scene. You’ll know what I’m talkin’ about when you see it…

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7. Get Out

This was probably the best horror movie I’ve watched since Cabin in the Woods, but it also fell short on the spooky vibes, thanks to the comedy. We need more comic relief in horror movies though! Loved the plot twist! This one is good for those of you who don’t like the blood and gore that comes with horror movies. It was kept to a minimum with this one.

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6. Cabin in the Woods

The guy in the GIF is what made this movie so awesome, aside from the weird plot twist. Now, you may think you’ve seen every ‘cabin in the woods’ movie out there, but this one is different. It has that feeling of your normal ‘campy’ horror but with a big twist. A company basically controls your moves if your life was a horror movie. Love the concept, great acting, but could have had a better ending.

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5. Texas Chainsaw 3D

I don’t like gore. I can’t even tell you if I’ve seen any other Texas Chainsaw movies (I’m that person that runs and screams from chainsaws in haunted houses). This one made the top five because of the twist at the end where the victim starts banning together with the villain.

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4. IT (2017)

Anyone else see the remake? I’m not sure if I liked it so much because I expected the worse due to the horrible original or if I actually really just enjoyed it. The child actors in this did an amazing job (especially Georgie and Richie, they were my favorite characters), Bill (IT) was fantastic making his version of Pennywise equally frightening and charming (before he bites your head off). I have a full review of the movie up on the blog. Perfect amount of humor in this one too. I can’t wait for the sequel!

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3. The Visit

This one… holy moly. M. Night Shyamalan is insane! At first I thought this was just a terrifying movie about grandparents losing their minds or being possessed while watching the grandkids. But then you find out what’s really happening. They’re really crazy, but they aren’t who they say they are!

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2. It Follows

I couldn’t sleep after watching this movie. Basically, a horror movie killer that can only be passed on via sexual contact. You can only get rid of it by having sex, if it kills you, it gets the person who gave it to you and so on. What. The. Hell?! There were many parts of this movie that I was covering my eyes in fear. You don’t know who it is that’s following you, it can be anyone. Imagine that! Creepy! Protection will now help in this case.

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  1. Sinister

The all time scariest movie I have ever seen. This one still freaks me out. I actually got the chance to meet the man who plays Mr. Boogie at Horror Hound Weekend in Indianapolis. Basically, Mr. Boogie possesses the youngest child in the family and the child kills everyone, recording the whole process on film. A man and his family move into a house where some of these murders have taken place and in the attic (of course the attic) he finds all the films. The sequel was okay, but not nearly as scary. If you want a reason to now sleep at night… here you go.

 

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September Wrap Up & October TBR

As you’ll notice in my blog by the lack of actual ‘book review’ posts during September and going into October, I’ve been going through a reading slump. I started three different books and only finished one.

I’d like to blame my book reading slump on the fact that my own novel release was taking up most of my time, but it wasn’t. I still had plenty of time to read, just couldn’t find the desire. Instead, I filled my time up with binge watching Bates Motel.

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September and October also hold the busiest months for me (on weekends) because I have a ton of birthdays in the family and all the haunted houses and Ren Fests that I want to attend. I do most of my reading on weekends, so, you can see the issue.

So, guess how many books I finished in September….

Zero.

Well, that’s a lie. I did read my own book because I was editing it before it was published. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I wrote some funny parts in my novel. It’s a cutesy summer YA read and if you like Jenny Han or Katie Cotugno, you might enjoy my novel. It comes out October 1st! I’ll probably have a page on my blog where you can order a signed copy from me, sooner or later.

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October TBR

 

For October, I decided to try and get in on a Halloween Read-a-Thon that Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews is doing. I’m hoping this will take out my reading slump for the month of October. We shall see! Lauren is also doing a giveaway, so go check out her post!

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So this is actually a erotica novel that I got for free and started in September but got distracted. It’s not creepy, but the cover does creep me out and the main male character isn’t human, I’m not sure what he is actually…

I guess I’ll find out…

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I don’t normally read scary books, so there’s nothing on my TBR in that genre that I’ve been putting off, but I might as well finish up books that I’ve started and try to get them off my reading list. This one will be a decent treat… if you know what I mean… haha!

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Of course I’m going to be watching scary movies this month! I also have a blog post coming up in October about my top favorite horror movies. I think I’m going to try and finish the original IT for this challenge, I only have about an hour left of it. We all know I’ll be watching the usual Tim Burton collection though!

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Easily done, the only time I really have time to read is after dark. I always read between 8pm-11pm. 🙂

 

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I guess you could say this book series is a bit paranormal…

Hoping to read all three, but we’ll see what happens.

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Meh, I don’t really have one that I’m interested in at the moment.

 

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Book two in the Nevermore series hopefully!

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Let’s do this!

 

 

IT (Mini Series) VS IT (2017 Movie) Review

***Possible Spoilers***

 

A few months back, I saw a FaceBook event near me that would be taking place where you could see the remake of IT, go in a local haunted house and take a midnight cruise down the Ohio river for only about $40 a person. My husband and I are pretty decent fans of horror and I just love Halloween and fall in general. So I knew we had to do this event, the thing was, we had never seen the original IT.

We waited until the week before to watch the original and let me just say I was very disappointing. I grew up hearing my dad say how scary the movie was and that I should never watch it so I did my best to avoid it. First, we didn’t realize it was three hours long, so we didn’t even watch the last hour because it was just so awful.

Disclaimer: I’m not a fan of Stephen King’s books or most of his other movie adaptations, so I’m just reviewing what I know from the movies. 

There was only one moment I couldn’t watch because I expected a ton of gore or something and that’s the scene where they’re in the sewer and the bully gets pulled through one of the tiny tubes.

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I expected to have nightmares, but if anything, I laughed about Pennywise in this version.

 

 

Now, since we had to wait a week after the release, I heard a ton of people talking up the remake. My husband couldn’t get away from people asking what he thought about it, we were missing out, so when Saturday finally came around, I was ready!

Let me tell you, this remake was amazing! It was just creepy enough, but still had amazing humor. The child actors in this did a great job. And I loved seeing ‘Mike’ from Stranger Things, he was probably my favorite character because he was constantly making jokes in order to not feel as scared.

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There were three scenes that I had to turn my head for:

  1. The scene where IT takes Georgie in this version. It was way more graphic than the original. I did NOT expect IT to bite his arm off and then Georgie try to crawl away. That killed me!
  2. The scene where Mike is helping his (I assume) grandpa with the sheep and they’re shooting them with the little gun. I’m not a fan of watching animals die in movies. I also looked away when the bullies tried to shoot the cat, I probably would have walked out if that had happened.
  3. The final scene I couldn’t stomach to watch was when one of the bullies kills his father. It was so sinister.

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Now, though I would give the IT remake a full five stars, there was one thing that REALLY bothered me. It felt like every main adult that we encountered had some sketchy pedophile child molester vibe to them. Even the librarian bothered me. I know that two of the characters were meant to be taken that way, Bev’s father and Patrick (one of the bullies), but even Eddie’s mom was sketchy. Was it meant to feel like that?

There was a Stranger Things vibe to this, I think that might be why I liked it so much. The original was just too cheesy and I understand that it came out 27 years ago so the visuals and what not are not going to be up to par with what I’m used to seeing.

With all this said, I don’t think you need to see the original to enjoy the new. I think you’ll be just fine seeing the new one!

Cover Reveal and 10 Fun Facts About The Last July!

With the upcoming release of my very first novel, I thought it would be fun to share some facts about The Last July as it went from it’s very rough first draft to the final edit. Today is also my birthday, and for my birthday, I’d like to share my cover reveal with my blog followers! This has been a long time coming!

  • The Last July was originally in two different POV’s, Penelope and Sampson’s.
  • In the first few drafts, TLJ was a story about a romance between a camper and counselor. It wasn’t until the final two drafts that Penelope was almost 18 and Sampson was slightly younger.
  • The very first draft of TLJ was written in the Spring of 2014 during Camp NaNoWriMo, I didn’t go to finish it until April 2016 when it was only 31k words. It still wasn’t finished! So it pretty much took me three to four years to write this novel, I just took many breaks. Too many breaks.
  • Some of the camp activities in the novel are my favorite things that I did at camp when I was younger. Swimming, hiking, capture the flag, even the mashed potato mohawks!
  • Camp Arthur is based off of the camp I attended as a kid/teen in Ohio, but is set in Tennessee because it’s one of my favorite places to vacation.
  • I’ve hiked Abrams Falls (twice) and it’s a very tough trail! But the waterfall is so worth it!
  • I wrote about five different final chapters, never sure of how I wanted Sampson and Penelope’s story to end. I finally went to my husband to give me their ending. Yay for having a husband who is also an author!
  • In one of the many drafts, Penelope’s friend, Jenny was supposed to be a camper who suffered an awful fate of a bee sting. I quickly realized that was a bit too morbid, I was watching Game of Thrones at the time.
  • TLJ is a stand alone, but I do plan on writing in the world of Camp Arthur again one day.
  • The authors that I got some inspiration from over the years were Sarah Dessen and Katie Cotugno. I love their contemporary summer romances! Hopefully, one day I can inspire someone the way they inspired me!

 

I also made a blog post for the songs that inspired some scenes in the novel, find that one here. And a sneak peak that can be found here.

The Last July is set to come out very soon, fingers crossed. Follow the blog for updates on the release, deals, and pre-order!

This is an exclusive blog post that I won’t be sharing to any of my other social media platforms! So you guys get to be the first to hear the news!

Guys, now I’m starting to feel like an author!

Here’s the cover! Tada!

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The Last July Pre-Order Is Up!

Guys! The time has come! My very first novel is up on Amazon for pre-order!

 

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I can’t tell you just how excited I am for this! I have been working on The Last July since 2014 and now it’s out there for your reading pleasure! If you go pre-order it right now, it’s available on Amazon for 99 cents! What a deal! A full novel for less than a buck! Oh. My. God!

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Don’t prefer eBooks? Well, you’re in luck! It will also be coming out in paperback too!

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I’m so thrilled! Happy reading, guys! I hope you enjoy! Summer doesn’t have to end just yet, get some last minute summer reading in with The Last July, you’ll have a great time visiting Camp Arthur and getting to know Sampson and Penelope!




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Nestled in a small Tennessee town is Camp Arthur, a summer camp with mountains of possibility. At least that’s how the new owners see it. Penelope has dreamed of being a counselor at Camp Arthur ever since she was a young camper herself. And this July finally brings her chance: an opportunity to be a counselor in training with a cabin full of campers under her watchful eye.

Things get complicated when a fellow counselor jogs right into her life and takes her eyes off her job, and if that wasn’t challenging enough, news from her parents knock her even further off course.

What was supposed to be a fun summer transition between childhood and her adult years turns into something altogether unexpected. Can Penelope balance a budding summertime romance against the drama of a jealous ex and her own family troubles, or will she really have her last July at Camp Arthur?

Wanderlost by Jen Malone Review

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Author: Jen Malone

Genre: Young Adult (super YA)

Rating: 2/5 Stars




 

Not all those who wander are lost, but Aubree Sadler most definitely is on this novel’s whirlwind trip through Europe. A romantic and charming YA debut perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Jenny Han.

Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe.

Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story.

But her relationship with Sam is threatening to ruin her relationship with her sister, and she feels like she’s letting both of them down. Aubree knows this trip may show her who she really is—she just hopes she likes where she ends up.




 

I’m not 100% sure what it was about this book, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Possibly the first issue I found with it was the boy on the cover did not match the description of the boy in the novel (I don’t see any curly hair on our cover model…) I don’t know who that boy on the cover is, but it definitely was not Sam.

And I was constantly annoyed with Aubree… or is she Elizabeth…. or Lizzie? I felt like she let the lie of who she was go on for way too long and she had so many opportunities to tell the truth.

The old folk were probably the best part of this book, especially Mr. Fenton and Bento. I have no idea what Bento was saying in Spanish, but I think that’s what made me like him so much.

I didn’t start to enjoy this book until 75% of the way through. I think that’s when we start to see Aubree begin to mature. Part of me could relate to her, being terrified of going to a new country and eating new food, but I also thought she was being a tad overdramatic most of the time.

The rating I gave this book was probably the lowest of any book I read this year, but I think that’s only due to the content being for the younger crowd. I could see someone in their early teens really enjoying this book, but as a 27 year old, it wasn’t up to my standards of what makes a YA book good.

With that said, I think Malone did do a good job of describing the European cities that Aubree ventured through, that was the one thing that saved this book from getting a one star (other than the Mr. Fenton plot, loved his character).

 

Fall/Halloween/Spooky Books You Should Read

Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

This duology is for those of you that are brave enough to sleep with the lights off after watching a scary movie. Don’t let the covers or YA genre fool you, this set is terrifying. One of my male friends even read it and said it scared him. Definitely check this one out if you’re looking for a creepy ghost story.

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Grave Reminders Series by Rachael Rawlings

Let me just say, I plan on doing a lot of marathon reading at the moment, and this series is one of those. Rawlings is a local author for a Kentucky publishing company and I’m excited to read these three. I did read the first chapter of the first book, and embarrassingly enough, I had to stop because the ghostly figure in the graveyard freaked me out (I was home alone at the time!)

Support local authors!

 

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Nevermore Series by Kelly Creagh

I haven’t finished this series yet, but during the months of September and October, I plan to marathon it. Kelly Creagh is (another) local author and her character, Varen, is every high school emo girls dream boy. I remember first reading Nevermore when I was in college and loving it. It has some ‘creepy’ vibes, but it’s not as terrifying as Anna Dressed in Blood was.

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The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater

Everyone has probably heard of this series, and though it’s not ‘spooky’ it does have some paranormal happenings going on. I haven’t read the final book yet, but I do plan on finishing it soon! If you creep through my blog, you’re bound to find the reviews for the first three novels.

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Cover Reveal and 10 Fun Facts About The Last July!

With the upcoming release of my very first novel, I thought it would be fun to share some facts about The Last July as it went from it’s very rough first draft to the final edit. Today is also my birthday, and for my birthday, I’d like to share my cover reveal with my blog followers! This has been a long time coming!

  • The Last July was originally in two different POV’s, Penelope and Sampson’s.
  • In the first few drafts, TLJ was a story about a romance between a camper and counselor. It wasn’t until the final two drafts that Penelope was almost 18 and Sampson was slightly younger.
  • The very first draft of TLJ was written in the Spring of 2014 during Camp NaNoWriMo, I didn’t go to finish it until April 2016 when it was only 31k words. It still wasn’t finished! So it pretty much took me three to four years to write this novel, I just took many breaks. Too many breaks.
  • Some of the camp activities in the novel are my favorite things that I did at camp when I was younger. Swimming, hiking, capture the flag, even the mashed potato mohawks!
  • Camp Arthur is based off of the camp I attended as a kid/teen in Ohio, but is set in Tennessee because it’s one of my favorite places to vacation.
  • I’ve hiked Abrams Falls (twice) and it’s a very tough trail! But the waterfall is so worth it!
  • I wrote about five different final chapters, never sure of how I wanted Sampson and Penelope’s story to end. I finally went to my husband to give me their ending. Yay for having a husband who is also an author!
  • In one of the many drafts, Penelope’s friend, Jenny was supposed to be a camper who suffered an awful fate of a bee sting. I quickly realized that was a bit too morbid, I was watching Game of Thrones at the time.
  • TLJ is a stand alone, but I do plan on writing in the world of Camp Arthur again one day.
  • The authors that I got some inspiration from over the years were Sarah Dessen and Katie Cotugno. I love their contemporary summer romances! Hopefully, one day I can inspire someone the way they inspired me!

 

I also made a blog post for the songs that inspired some scenes in the novel, find that one here. And a sneak peak that can be found here.

The Last July is set to come out very soon, fingers crossed. Follow the blog for updates on the release, deals, and pre-order!

This is an exclusive blog post that I won’t be sharing to any of my other social media platforms! So you guys get to be the first to hear the news!

Guys, now I’m starting to feel like an author!

Here’s the cover! Tada!

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August Wrap Up & September TBR

August Wrap Up

It wasn’t a great reading month for me, I kind of felt myself going into a reading slump. Finally toward the end of the month, I kicked it into gear and managed to finish some books. I did manage to knock out two of my paperbacks that I wanted to get out of the way.

Wanderlost by Jen Malone– 2/5 Stars. Kind of disappointed with this novel. I’d say my favorite character was Mr. Fenton and Sam, they kept me reading on. If it weren’t for them, I probably would have stopped reading. Full Review coming soon, FOLLOW my blog to get notified.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon- 5/5 Stars. This might be my favorite book that I’ve read this year. I finished it in three days! I wanted to finish it before I watched the movie so I could do a double review on it (coming soon) and it was glorious. If you haven’t read this one, you need to. The relationship between Olly and Maddy was beautiful.

Dirty by Kylie Scott- DNF I wasn’t feeling this book as much as I thought. I made it 40% through and I might come back to it later, we’ll see.

 

 

 

September TBR

 

 

Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino- It’s been on my Amazon wishlist for almost a year, finally it went down to 2.99, so I couldn’t pass up the deal!

Dearly Departed, Dearly Remembered, & Dearly Beloved by Rachael Rawlings- I’m going to kick off my fall reads by marathoning this series by a local author. I have high hopes for this one, it was recommended to me by my husband.