~Celebrity Book Tag~

Hi! I’m back with a book tag! Me posting again?? Alert the press, haha!

Now, I’m not sure who started this tag but I thought it looked really fun so I thought I’d have a go at it as well. But if anyone knows who started it, please be sure to let me know so I can give proper credit. 🙂

Let’s get to it, shall we?

1. Emma Watson- A book with a hot kick butt female character:

Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games.

Sacrificing herself to save her little sister? Pretty freakin badass.

2. Ryan Gosling- A book with the hottest male character:

(Yes I know that’s Reynolds. Lemme live.)
I can’t choose between Rowan from Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas orrrr Lyall from Pulse by Danielle Koste. Lyall’s got the broodiness and sexiness without necessarily being a dick, lol!

3. Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt- A book with your favorite fictional book couple:
Rowaelin. Thank you & goodnight.


4. Shailene Woodley- Author you’ve recently discovered and loved:
Suzanne Walker! I read her book ”Mooncakes” and reviewed it recently as well, and I absolutely loved it! Strong women, queer rep, and disability rep?? Here for it!

5. Josh Hutcherson- Favorite short story or novella:

Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas! I really enjoyed the glimpse we got into Aelin’s world before everything unfolded.


6. Dwayne Johnson AKA The Rock – Favorite Big Book (over 500 pages)
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas. Lotsa Sarah J Maas in this post, huh? Ha! It’s weird because I honestly think I’ve outgrown her as far as her future work. How she handles POC characters and the fact that her writing just hasn’t evolved.. Her writing has become redundant and boring, honestly. 
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7. Leonardo DiCaprio- A series with the most upsetting death (Wont spoil anything, don’t worry.)
…….Throne of Glass. If you know..you know. 
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8. Kristen Stewart- A book you found boring: 
hmmmmmm……And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich. I LOVED ‘Dead House” so I thought I’d love this one as well but, it just dragged on and on for me. 
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9. Ian Somerhalder and his cat- Cutest book on your shelf: 
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10. Jennifer Lawrence- Perfect book or series: Haven’t found that yet. Too many books to get to, lol!

aaand that’s it, y’all! This was fun! If you read this post and would like to do it as well, I’d love to see everyone’s posts!

Later! XOXO, Gigi. 💋

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hey, you guys!

Just wanted to take a second to wish you guys a beautiful Valentine’s Day! Whether your valentine is your significant other, a friend, your pet, or even Netflix, I hope it’s a wonderful day full of love and happiness for each and every one of you. And I hope it continues for the rest of the year!

Xoxo, Gigi. 💋

~A-Z Book Tag~

Hellooo! I’m back with another book tag- these are super fun!

This time I’m gonna do the A-Z Book Tag (originally created by Stephanie at The Perpetual Page Turner

  • A: Author you’ve read the most books from- I honestly have no idea because Goodreads took away this feature. 😬
  • B: Best sequel ever- hmmm…

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  • C: Currently reading (buckle up, homies!) – image

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  • D: Drink of choice while reading- Tea, coffee or water. There’s no definitive answer, haha.
  • E: E- reader or physical book- Both! I love the feel and smell of physical books but I also love how convenient e-books are. But it’s also dangerous because there’s no limit to how many you can have in your library. 😆
  • F: Fictional character you would’ve dated in high school- Huh.. This is an interesting question.. I think Wesley from the Original Sinners series. He’s a sweetheart!
  • G: Glad you gave this book a chance- The Original Sinners series, honestly. It’s a bit dark and the themes are equally as dark so I wasn’t sure I would like it but, it’s become easily one of my favorite series ever.
  • H: Hidden gem-
  • I: Important moment in your reading life- Creating this blog, tbh. I know I’m not as consistent as I probably should be but it’s been awesome to see some of my favorite books through other people’s eyes and to be able to recommend stuff that I think y’all would enjoy. Not to mention the people I talk to because of it. Y’all are so lovely! 😊
  • J: Just finished and reviewed this book not too long ago! Really enjoyed it!A-Gingerbread-Romance
  • K: Kind of books you won’t read- hm.. I think satirical books. They can get really crude and offensive really quick.
  • L: Longest book you’ve read- image
  • M: Major book hangover- This one for no particular reason, haha. image
  • N: Number of book cases you own- one small one. Most of my books are e-books!
  • O: One book you’ve read multiple times- I don’t reread books, which is kind of unheard of in the book community. I guess? 😜
  • P: Preferred place to read- In bed!
  • Q: Quote that inspires you/ gave you all the feels- “Every single star is significant, because it’s each one that helps make the sky so overwhelmingly grand.” What The Flower Says of Death by Danielle Koste.
  • R: Reading regret- Oof.. Lmao. I’d have to say this book. It was mindnumbingly boring..

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  • S: Series you’ve started and need to finish: We’d be here all day. 😆
  • T: Three for your all time favorite books: image
  • U: Unapologetic fangirl for- See the letter T, hehe.
  • V: Very excited for this release: Don’t do this to me.
  • W: Worst book habits: Getting free books from Amazon. I know damn well I ain’t reading all of em! 🙈
  • X: X marks the spot! Start at the top of your bookshelf and pick the 27th book. – According to Goodreads it’s this one! Seems like a cute read. From what I understand the main characters are childhood friends.image
  • Y: Your latest book purchase- I haven’t purchased anything lately.
  • Z: zzz-snatcher book- Last book that kept you up way too late- I think that had to be either What Ghe Flower Says of Death, or the Crown Service series by Terah Edun!

 

Whew that was a long one. Fun, though! I’m totally down for doing more tags.

Later, skaters. 

Xoxo, Gigi. 💋

My TBR for the month of January (so far, hah!)

Okay so I know I’m a lil late into January for this post pero like..what’s new, fam?! LOL!

Today I decided to sit down and show y’all my TBR for the month of January! There’s not that many books but, aside from letting y’all know what I’m currently reading, I thought this would be a good idea to get myself in order and actually KNOW and keep record of where I got these books from. I haven’t gotten anymore books but, the amount I have is absolute criminal and so disorganized.

ANYWAY, enough rambling about how messy I am, haha!

Let’s get to it, chicos y chicas, y todo lo demas!:)

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I’m looking to dive into the tv show as well so I thought I’d read the book first, of course! Witches, man. SUPER excited to get into this one! I’m sure most of you are familiar with this book but if you’re not..

SynopsisDeep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell…

These next books are either erotica/adult or horror so I won’t be reviewing them on this blog, I’ll be reviewing them on the second blog I will create in the coming weeks. I still haven’t thought of a name for it though! Anywho, back to the books!

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..this is an interesting one. This was a free Amazon find that caught my eye when I was on a bit of a erotica kick as is the next book I’m showing you guys. (This is part of a series.)

Synopsis:  Her story started long before she started working at The Sky Launch…

Screw fairytales. The only reward Gwen Anders got from her rough childhood was a thick skin and hard heart. She’s content with her daily grind managing a top NYC nightclub—Eighty-Eighth Floor. So hers isn’t a happily ever after. She doesn’t believe in those anyway.

Then she meets J.C.

The rich, smooth talking playboy is the sexiest thing that Gwen has ever encountered, but she’s not interested in a night-in-shining latex. But when a family tragedy pushes her to the brink, it’s J.C. who’s there to teach her a new method of survival, one based on following primal urges and desires. His no-strings-attached lessons require her to abandon her constant need for control. Her carefully built walls are obliterated.

Gwen discovers there’s a beautiful world outside her prison. Freedom is exhilarating—and terrifying. When she starts to feel something for J.C., she fears for her heart. Especially as she realizes that he has secrets of his own. Secrets that don’t want to set him free.

This series can be read alone or with the Fixed Trilogy.

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I’ve come to love books by Alexa Riley. Are they smutty? Absolutely, haha! But they’re also short and pack a punch!

Synopsis:  Sage Carter has spent her whole life surrounded by her family that treats her like a child. When she finally decides to live life on her own, it’s still under the shelter of her brother’s apartment. But the day before Thanksgiving, his business partner comes to visit and just so happens to find her in the kitchen…in her underwear. Can she make it through the holiday without dying of embarrassment? Or will the incident be the spark that lights the fire from within?

Jensen Powell has done things in his own way on his own timeline. When he’s forced to go home with his business partner for Thanksgiving, he doesn’t expect to find a curvy bombshell waiting for him. One look and she belongs to him, if only she’ll give in. He hasn’t had a reason to be thankful until now, and he’s making the most of it.

Warning: This Turkey Day romance is stuffed full of all your favorites. It’s warm and sweet with all the guilty pleasures you’re after. Go ahead and get second helpings. Nobody is looking.

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This series is daaark. But, Reisz has really become one of my favorite authors. She’s not afraid to get into the really dark side of humanity. And create gritty and flawed characters that you somehow still root for..

SynopsisThe final book in The Original Sinners Series – The Red Years.

There’s punishment-and then there’s vengeance.

Nora Sutherlin is being held, bound and naked. Under different circumstances, she would enjoy the situation immensely, but her captor isn’t interested in play. Or pity.

As the reality of her impending peril unfolds, Nora becomes Scheherazade, buying each hour of her life with stories-sensual tales of Søren, Kingsley and Wesley, each of whom has tempted and tested and tortured her in his own way. This, Nora realizes, is her life: nothing so simple, so vanilla, as a mere love triangle for her. It’s a knot in a silken cord, a tangled mass of longings of the body and the heart and the mind. And it may unravel at any moment.

But in Nora’s world, no one is ever truly powerless-a cadre of her friends, protectors and lovers stands ready to do anything to save her, even when the only certainty seems to be sacrifice and heartbreak….

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Another Amazon find. I’m not sure if I’ll get to it this month- I think my hype for it has died down but, we’ll see!

Synopsis:  Lawyer Andrew Coles needs a date for the next Southerland wedding, one who will keep the pitying looks at bay and make his favorite bridesmaid regret walking away from him. But most importantly one who doesn’t come with strings attached. He doesn’t need or want the complication of a romantic relationship.

When exotic dancer Candy Graham rear ends a pickup truck on the way to a new job and much needed cash, she knows she’s in trouble. Her totaled car puts a damper on her plans and plants her firmly on the wrong side of the law. She needs a lawyer fast and preferably one who can be flexible with payment.

A straightforward business arrangement solves both of their problems. He gets a wedding date with no hidden agenda, and she gets her legal problems to disappear. Perfect. Until a relationship of convenience turns into something neither can live without.

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I was in the search for the longest series possible- a challenge for myself I guess you could say. And I was told this was one pretty long so I decided to give it a try. I have a lot of series in this post..huh. I’ve heard about these books before (and watched the Disney channel version of the movie) growing up but never gave them a try till now. I will be reviewing on this blog so keep an eye out!

Synopsis:  Kristy thinks the Baby-sitters Club is a great idea. She and her friends Claudia, Stacey, and Mary Anne all love taking care of kids. A club will give them the chance to have lots of fun – and make tons of money.

But nobody counted on crank calls, uncontrollable two-year-olds, wild pets, and parents who don’t always tell the truth. And then there’s Stacey, who’s acting more and more mysterious. Having a baby-sitters club isn’t easy, but Kristy and her friends aren’t giving up until they get it right!

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I won this book in a giveaway, actually. I’ve heard it of it and I can’t wait to dive into it!

Synopsis:  Winnie Mehta was never really convinced that Raj was her soulmate, but their love was written in the stars. Literally, a pundit predicted Winnie would find the love of her life before her 18th birthday, and Raj meets all of the qualifications. Which is why Winnie is shocked to return from her summer at film camp to find her boyfriend of three years hooking up with Jenny Dickens. Worse, Raj is crowned chair of the student film festival, a spot Winnie was counting on for her film school applications. As a self-proclaimed Bollywood expert, Winnie knows this is not how her perfect ending is scripted.

Then there’s Dev, a fellow film geek, and one of the few people Winnie can count on to help her reclaim control of her story. Dev is smart, charming, and challenges Winnie to look beyond her horoscope to find someone she’d pick for herself. But does falling for Dev mean giving up on her prophecy, and her chance to live happily ever after? To get her Bollywood-like life on track, Winnie will need a little bit of help from fate, family, and of course, a Bollywood movie star.

These next two are quite ”controversial” because many people have MANY opinions on the lifestyle these books talk about. I will be reviewing these on my secondary blog.(books were free on Amazon!)

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Synopsis:  William Darkling is a successful, sexy older bachelor with the world at his feet but he’s missing the one thing he needs more than anything.

Haley has just turned eighteen and is ready to learn about love and shed some of her innocence. After a traumatic birthday party, she wakes up tied to a bed at the mercy of the person she trusts most.

Haley has always been his pet, but now William wants more. He wants to to love her as every Daddy should love their little girl

Warning: There is sweetly sexy, explicit dirty fun inside this short novella. Along with DD/LG play.

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Synopsis:  Working in a sex club is not easy, but I didn’t have any other option. With no special skill, no parent alive, and no siblings to take care of me, I could either survive on my small income or leave the job and die from hunger.

I chose to survive on my small job as a waitress in his club, but day by day it started getting tough with all those muggers and bullies around me. And just when I was ready to give up, he came in my life.

Daddy!

I had everything in my life- power, strength, uncountable zeros in my bank account, and new girl each day in my bed but still something was missing.

And then I saw her.

One glance at the little blonde hair girl and I was possessed by her. Her beauty, her innocence, her cuteness, I wanted it all for myself. I wanted to become her daddy- who was going to feed her with his hand and with his cock, both.

But the only problem was, How?

This next one is a horror e-book that I received from the author via Booktasters! I’m 10% into it and I love it so far!

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Synopsis:  When an enigmatic town doctor saves the life of Anisa Worthington’s dying son, she abandons Christianity in favor of devotion to the cult of Santa Muerte or Saint Death. Some believe the mysterious skeleton saint will protect their loved ones, help in matters of the heart, and provide abundant happiness, health, wealth, and justice. But others, including the Catholic Church, call the cult blasphemous, evil, and satanic.


Anisa introduces Saint Death to her friend Helen Randon, and soon one of Helen’s enemies is brutally murdered. Residents of Montague, a peaceful little town in Prince Edward Island, begin plotting to rid the Bible belt of apostates.


Anisa suspects Helen is perverting the good tenets of Saint Death. Before she can act, a terrible nightmare propels her to the Dominican Republic in search of Franklin, her long-lost and unstable brother, who mysteriously disappeared without a trace twenty years ago.


To her horror, Anisa learns Franklin is worshiping Saint Death with evil intentions. As a fanatical and hell-bent lynch mob tightens the noose, mysterious murders begin occurring all around Anisa. Unsure who’s an enemy and who’s an ally, she’s thrust into a violent battle to save her life, as well as the lives of her friends and brother. 

So there it is! These are the books I’m reading for the month of January! Might change, maybe there will be less- or more, haha! But so far I’m happy with this number. We’ll see what happens!

Take care, y’all!

Xoxo, Gigi. 💋

 

 

A Gingerbread Romance(Review)

Hi everyone! I’m back with a book review..

Today I’ll be talking to y’all about a contemporary romance by Lacey Baker called ‘A Gingerbread Romance’. Netgalley and Hallmark Publishing were kind enough to approve me for it and I’m so glad I read it.
I was in a massive reading slump and this fluffy read was perfect for that, ha! If you can’t tell from the title, this is a holiday/Christmas themed read but of course I didn’t finish this during Christmas.(you can expect more holiday reads in the coming weeks. It’s never too early or too late, dammit! LOL!) There’s some insta-love which usually isn’t my thing but, I was in a fragile state so, sue me!
But if you’re familiar with Hallmark books or movies, you wouldn’t be surprised at the tooth rotting fluff.
Now..onto the review!

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Title: A Gingerbread Romance

Author: Lacey Baker

Pages: 264

Publisher: Hallmark Publishing

Pub Date: 9/17/19

Genre: Romance

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Synopsis: ”Taylor’s architectural firm enters her in a contest in which the teams will design and build life-sized gingerbread houses. After the contest, Taylor will likely be getting a promotion to a position in another city. But Taylor’s original partner soon backs out, and she needs to find a replacement. When she meets Adam, a baker and single dad, at a local bakery, she convinces him to partner with her for the contest. After all, winning would give the bakery and his designs much-needed exposure. For years Taylor has been resistant to call anywhere “home” for fear it would only be temporary. But the time she spends with Adam and his daughter Brook in their cozy home, decorating for Christmas, and enjoying Philadelphia’s holiday traditions, fills her with a longing for a place to call her own.”(Goodreads)

Yay’s:

  • As cheesy as it sometimes was, the romance was really adorable, lol! Taylor and Brook’s dynamic was especially adorable. It was so heartwawarming to see their relationship flourish!
  • Seeing POC being highlighted in a Hallmark novel. Sadly, it’s rare. They’re usually the side character rather than the main focus.
  • Both characters encouraged one another to grow. I feel like that’s so important in ANY type of relationship.

Nah’s:

  • Literally the only gripe I can think to have with this book is the instalove and the overwhelming fluff. But hey, I wanted fluff so can I really complain?? Hahaha.
  • oh wait, actually- the whole having to choose between your job and love crap kinda irks me. So there’s that as well.

And that’s that, y’all! I really urge you to pick up this book if you’re looking for a light and fluffy read. Scroll further and I’ll tell you about the author and give you links on where you can purchase! 🙂

About the Author: image

Lacey Baker is one of the luckiest women alive. Why? Because she gets to live out her life’s dream of writing emotionally fulfilling stories about relationships. A Maryland native she lives with her husband and three children in what most would call Suburban America, a townhouse development where everybody knows each other and each other’s kids. Family cook-outs, reunion vacations and growing up in church have all inspired Lacey to work towards her dreams and to write about the endurance of family.

For Lacey the writing bug bit early, when she was a sophomore in high school. From that point on she’s been writing stories that depict the power of love and the spirit of living. A homebody at heart Lacey enjoys watching old movies and waking up to a nice hot cup of green tea.

The Sweetland Series has a special place in Lacey’s heart because it centers around a Chesapeake Bay community where crab season is the best time of the year and hometown roots are tradition. Two things Lacey believes in wholeheartedly! (Goodreads)

Twitter: @ACArthur

Website: http://www.acarthur.net

Where to purchase:

Amazon

Audible (free with trial)

Barnes & Noble (DVD is also available!)

Walmart

Google Play

Better World Books

Book Depository

Alibris

Indiebound

International:

UK

Canada

And that’s that, y’all! Hope you enjoyed this review. If you live outside of the countries I listed, please let me know for future reference. I don’t wanna exclude anyone from being able to access awesome books!

See ya soooon!

XoXo, Gigi. 💋

‘Mooncakes’ by Suzanne Walker(Book Review)

Helloooo! I’m back by popular deman- lol, jk. Y’all probably didn’t even notice, haha! But anyways, I’m back with a book review. How is everyone? How’s life? Talk to me in the comments- about life or if you enjoyed this review, OR if you read this book and what you thought of it!

Alright let’s get into it…

Title: Mooncakes

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Author: Suzanne Walker

Art by: Wendy Xu

Pages: 256

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis:

A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft.

Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.

One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.

Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

My review: I don’t have much to say about this book, yet have SO much to say about it, lol!

For my first graphic novel, I absolutely LOVED this book. It’s got a queer character, a deaf character, strong and united women, magic, a beautiful friendship and budding romance between two people that was very realistic and pure(that’s not a spoiler..or is it? OOPS LOL.) .. It’s basically perfection and I love it SO. MUCH. I picked this one up on Netgalley so, thank you so much to them! 🙂

Now, I’m not queer so I can’t really speak on the representation on that front, but if you’ve read Mooncakes and have opinions on it, definitely do leave them in the comments. 

The artwork: I actually really love the artwork in this book! It has a gritty, simple almost ”unfinished” aesthetic to it yet it didn’t look messy- I knew exactly what I was looking at, and it didn’t take me out of the reading experience. 

…So basically, if you haven’t read ‘Mooncakes’ WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU WAITING FOR?? I promise you won’t regret, it’s action packed, it’s sweet, it’s empowering..just.. Just read it. Okay? Okay. 

I would continue but I have nothing else to say except I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! But I already said that so. I’m gonna go now. Please discuss in the comments if you’ve read it, and/or if you’re planning on checking it out. I’d love to hear from you!

 

Adioooos!

xoxo, Gigi. 💋

 

My Disney Readathon TBR!

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be participating in my first Readathon!

If there’s one thing you need to know about its that I LOVE all things disney! So as soon as I came across this Readathon on Twitter I was like ”this is the perfect!’

This Readathon runs through all of August (but those of us in team mulan can start three days early; for me that’s tonight! Eee!). I’m especially excited because all of the books I picked are first time reads!

Mulan has definitely always been one of my favorite Disney movies, however I picked this team because the prompts just spoke to me a bit more! Although I may cross over and follow the map once I’m done with my teams challenges, and try to at least complete the prompts for team Lion King! Lion King is my all time favorite Disney movie. There’s also team Tamgled & Aladdin! However, team Mulan’s leader is  Divya over at @celebrityreads on Twitter! (:

Anyway, LOL! We’ll see what happens there. I wanted to show y’all what I chose for each prompt. Click on the characters name to see more info on each book:

Fa Mulan: Read a book with a powerful female lead(10 points)

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Li Shang: Read a book that features a squad: (10 points)

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The Matchmaker: YA Romance:(10 points)

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Shan Yu: Read a book over 500 pages(25 points)

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Mushu: Read the group book:

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I’m a little nervous due to the sizes of these books lol, but I think I’m up for the challenge! Let’s hope I can start at midnight tonight and get a head start.

What about you? Are any of you participating in the Disney Readathon or any Readathon? Let me know in the comments and tell me what you’re reading! 😊

xoxo, Gigi. 💋

(Book Review) The Collection: Flash Fiction and Short Stories

Hi everyone! As promised on Instagram, I’m coming to you with a review for The Collection: Flash Fiction and Short Stories by G. Edward Smith!

Disclaimer: I bought this book on Amazon for free and I am in contact with the author, however this does not affect my review whatsoever.

Title: The Collection: Flash Fiction and Short Stories

Author: G. Edward Smith

Publisher: Independent.

Pages: 78

Rating:

Synopsis: Flash Fiction and Short Stories that will confound, terrify, and leave you wondering what just happened. With twists and turns ready at every page to keep you guessing.

My review: This is the first book I’ve read from G. Edward Smith and I have to say I enjoyed it! I’ve noticed that I’ve been reading relatively short books lately, but that’s gonna change with the Disneyathon. But that’s another post, LOL!

This book did go into heavy topics like depression, suicide, kidnapping, death, etc so there were stories that while I didn’t hate them, I didn’t absolutely love them either. Since I’ve read it, I’ve been thinking about one particularly story in it called The ‘Mist Of The Woods’. This particular story was very well written and I certainly didn’t expect the turn that it took. Also ‘A Broken Family Tree’ was particularly heartbreaking.

That’s about all I can say about this short read without spoiling most of it, haha! So if you’re looking for some flash fiction mixed in with some horror and suspense, definitely check this book out!

Buy ‘The Collection’!

I’ll be back either later tonight or tomorrow with my tbr for the Disneyathon (the Disney obsessed fangirl in me is SO excited for that! 😍)

Adiooos! Xoxo, Gigi. 💋