Book review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern



The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:
Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.
Le Cirque des Rêves
The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.
Now you may enter. 

RATING: ✨✨✨✨✨

Does your heart ever just swell with how much you love a book?

I feel like my life is just a series of intense obsessions because I’m pretty sure this book has just become one of my defining personality traits. Continue reading “Book review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern”

Book review: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater


30025336Here is a thing everyone wants: a miracle.
Here is a thing everyone fears: what it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

RATING: ✨✨✨✨✨

I always have the same singular emotion whenever I read a Stiefvater book and I still don’t know what it is. Continue reading “Book review: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater”

Book review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco



Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

RATING: ✨✨✨✨

I am so glad my soulmate isn’t here yet, I’m not ready to mess up something that intense when they find out that not only have I figured out who Jack the Ripper was… I also figured out the WHY and the HOW. Continue reading “Book review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco”

“I’m really sorry I involved you in this mess” me @ myself about making a blog

So due to unfortunate circumstances (my boredom and bad decision making tendecies), I’m starting a blog! (the only 2 people sitting on the bleachers: woooooo)

I’ve been toying with this idea for a while now but I kept dropping my motivation and struggling to pick it up. I have the attention span of a commercial break and I am an inherently lazy person (but that is probably my best attribute. for example, everyday I consider shaving my head just to see what it would look like but I just can’t bother to graduate from under my duvet long enough to actually do it)

However, after much research, consideration, and experimentation, I have decided that at some point in the future, I am definitely going to regret this decition BUT what the hell ever, right?? [whispers] between you and me, I haven’t had caffeine in 24 hours and I feel very outside of myself right now, I’ll probably also tell her (me) to get a tattoo of a moth or a dragon or something I don’t have to take responsibility for!!

Okay now folks, fun fact: my friends had to talk me through making this blog for over two days and yes, I am really going to be one of those people in fifty years time who doesn’t know how to work a goddamn hologram.

See the thing is: blogs give you a very limited and controllable window into someone’s personality. a nice bite-sized chunk of who they are. and so I was striving to cultivate a unique blogging style so if I’m murdered and someone tries to update my blog as a ruse, you can rat them out. Though, I’m pretty sure the only thing my blog will say about me is that I’m a grammatically incorrect two stacked sacks of potatoes in a trench coat pretending to be a girl and nobody would even bother.

So after my aformentioned research, one thing kept nagging at my brain: why does everyone continue to stay silent about the REAL demons (people with dynamic and cool and vivacious blogs)?? can you imagine that there are actual…real life… people who actually live in those rusticcore homes you see on those pictures. Like, holy shit. there are people who come home from work and sit in those minimalist bare brick bedrooms with their fairy lights and read books. people who have window seats with lots of pillows and light curtains flowing in the breeze while they’re sitting there, eating fresh mangos and watching the rain. people who spend their weekend in small cozy homes with breakfast nooks on the Mediterranean coastline and deem us – unworthy plebeians – worthy of such wonderous views!!

And then I think about me, in my tiny college dorm with the awful lightning and the tiny shelf-wannabe where my books are miserably stacked and I think, ‘well…you’re definitely not getting into the kind of blogging where publishing companies send you free books, that’s for sure!!’

But you know what? That’s okay. I’m just here to cry about how great books are and how much good they put into the world. and also, make bad irrelevant jokes, I guess??

Anyways, let the warm autumn blogging begin!!