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Book Review: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie & Alyssa Sheinmel

Dear Bookworms, While not one of my favorite reads this year- this one was entertaining enough. What is this book about? Sunshine Griffith and her mother Kat have just moved from Texas to Portland shortly after her 16th birthday after an exciting job opportunity presented itself for her mother. Since day one in her new […]

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Book Review: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Dear Bookworms, I was promised something along the lines of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children with this one. While they did indeed share many similarities, this one, unfortunately, seemed to fall short of the promised hype. What is this book about? Sixteen year old Dan Crawford is excited to begin his summer studies at […]

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Book Review: Madame Tulip and the Serpent’s Tree by David Ahern

Dear Bookworms, This read was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review. What is this book about? Derry O’Donnell, mostly struggling actress and sometimes fortune teller Madame Tulip, lands a gig with a budding and successful pop band to provide readings and general babysitting of its slightly unbalanced star. Basically a […]

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Book Review: Salvation Station by Kathryn Schleich

Dear Bookworms, This read was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review. The plot After the grisly murder of a pastor and his two children in Lincoln, Nebraska, Captain Linda Turner is determined to find the killer; presumably the pastors missing wife. But finding the missing Mrs. Hansen proves no easy […]

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Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Dear Bookworms, This one is a wild ride my friends! What is this one about? Mia Warren and her teenage daughter, Pearl never stay in one place for long. Living the life of a travelling artist, Mia stays put only long enough to be inspired and create a collection until picking up and moving on […]

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Book Review: Ghostly Echos by William Ritter

Dear Bookworms, Ahhhh another stellar read in the Jackaby series! I almost don’t even want to read the next (and final) in the series because I don’t want it to be over. (Am I alone in this? Anyone else do that?) About the book Picking up on the heels of Beastly Bones, Abigail Rook and […]

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Book Review: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Dear Bookworms, I have an mild obsession with the book, The Handmaids Tale, and thus the made for Hulu series based on the novel (Elizabeth Moss SLAYS.) So OF COURSE I scooped up the newly released follow up, The Testaments. What is this book about? The Testaments picked up roughly 15 years after The Handmaids […]

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Book Review: Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Dear Bookworms, Having read, and thoroughly enjoyed, one of Jewells previous novels, The Girls in the Garden, I really had high hopes for this one, and while enjoyable, it was unfortunately, extremely predictable. What is this book about? Melville Heights is a pleasant, affluent neighborhood located in Bristol, England. When the wife of a well […]

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Book Review: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Dear Bookworms, In all honestly, I grabbed this one because of the beautiful cover, I’m not gonna lie. (Don’t judge – you know you’ve done it to!) About the book Seventeen year old Alice and her mother never stay in one place long. Always on the move, they have never set down roots. Just when […]

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Book Review: Beastly Bones by William Ritter

Dear Bookworms, Book 2 in the Jackaby series was another home run in my book! This book Having barely had time to catch her breath from the last investigation, Jackaby and Abigial are called to a mystifying case of a house cat and her babies turning into…fish… Having chalked it up to just a classic, […]

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Book Review: The Prisoners Key by CJ Archer

Dear Bookworms, Book EIGHT (right?! this series has flown by for me!) of the Glass and Steele series and they just keep getting better and better! What is this Book about? India has only recently begun her studies of the language of magic and spells with Fabian Charbonneau when the affluent French noble is arrested […]

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Book Review: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Dear Bookworms, Are you a fan of John Greene? Then this read is right up your ally. Thoughtful and timely, this one reminds us what it’s like to fall in love, and reminds us of how truly interconnected we all are in such a seemingly big and impersonal world. What is this book about? Two […]

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Book Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Told in alternating perspectives from two periods, The Alice Network tells the tale of two women, Eve Gardnier recruited for the female spy network The Alice Network in 1917 during WW1 and Charlie St. Clair, pregnant, unwed disgraced socialite searching for her missing cousin in post WWII’s 1947

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Book Review: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Dear Bookworms, I kind of stumbled across this one on my libraries ebook platform during a particularly slow day at work (sorry boss!) and honestly I really don’t even know how I feel about this one? It was….not what I expected? You know when you go into a book thinking you’re about to read a […]

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Book Review: Jackaby by William Ritter

Dreaming of a life filled with adventure, Abigail Rook takes off from her boarding school in London, and hops a boat to New Fiddleham, USA (with a few adventures in between). With nothing but the clothes on her back and a flimsy suitcase of ill suited clothes, Abigail needs to find work, and fast.

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Book Review: The Outsider by Stephen King

Dear Bookworms, I love a good Stephen King book – he was one of my first “grown up” authors that I devoured as a budding bookworm. Everything from Misery and The Shinning to the hulking beast that is The Stand- I really could never get enough. How this man is able to continue to surprise […]

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Book Review: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Dear Bookworms, On a total whim (or perhaps momentary insanity?) I joined a bookclub (insert gasp here). Say what?? I know it probably shouldn’t be a surprising action considering my love of reading and the fact that I write about books weekly on a blog BUT I am such a socially anxious person in new […]

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The Birthday Girl by Melissa De La Cruz

Dear Bookworms, So I chose this one thinking it was going to be some cool thriller a la Mary Kubica or Ruth Ware (check those books at the bottom of this post for some AMAZING thriller reviews if that’s your jam) but this…was not that. About this book Ellie de Florent-Stinson is throwing herself an […]

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Havana Cuba: Travel tips for a great adventure

Disclaimer: The rules and regulations for Havana travel might change at any time and they may not be reflected at the time this article was published. Oh Havana Oh Nah nah. Yeah, I got that song stuck on my head for a little while now, but with good reason. *** PICTURE GALORE ALERT!  Imagine this: […]

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Mahahual, Mexico: Discover a hidden gem

Lots of picture ahead! Just a heads up. Mexico is one of those countries that when it comes to vacations, people in the US only think about a few beaches, like, Cancun and Cozumel. And while those places are truly fantastic on their own, there are so many other little beaches and places to visit […]

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A small paradise in Roatan Island, Honduras.

When we pay attention to the news, there are a few places that are basically not recommended for tourists to visit, especially those countries that are unfortunately ridden by violence and poverty. Honduras comes to mind as one country I’ve heard to be very dangerous due to gangs and violence. Nonetheless, I visited a small […]

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Havana, Cuba. Travel Truths and Myths

Half of my heart is in Havana. Oh na na. No, seriously. I think half of my soul stayed in Havana this spring break as I visited this magnificently mysterious island. Let me tell you all you need to know to make the best of your visit, including what I know about restrictions to American […]

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Work while you travel: How to pay your bills and travel the world.

It is not a secret that I like to travel. In fact, I plan my next vacation while I’m on vacation, and often times I try to travel internationally at least once or twice a year. I am not rich, and I don’t have unlimited resources. But, there are a few things I do to […]

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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Punta Cana (DR) – a stay review.

  Here’s my review of our stay at this hotel this summer. Please remember that this is a personal review and does not mean you will have the same experience as we did. Please comment below if you’ve stayed here and tell me about your trip!! I’d love to compare anecdotes! Before we go into […]

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Punta Cana: A guide to an all-inclusive family vacation

When hubby said, “We are going to Punta Cana” I was excited, but not incredibly thrilled as I’ve been with other trips. The truth is, I didn’t know what to expect.  Either way, we packed our bags and headed to Dominican Republic, an island shared with Haiti, located between Cuba, Jamaica and Puerto Rico, in […]

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A Week in NYC. What to do? A Kid-Friendly guide

  Visiting the big apple can be overwhelming if you don’t know what to do, where to go, where to start.  The best thing to do when visiting NYC, and any other new place really, is to educate yourself on the best places to see, how to get from point A to point B, and […]

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Travel Truths

  If you are looking for rides, you will be utterly disappointed when you go to Hollywood Studios.  There are only a handful of actual rides in the park.  Everything else is split between various kinds of entertainment shows, greeting of characters, shops and restaurants.   Perhaps my least favorite park of them all (to read […]

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Travel Tips

Animal Kingdom is one of the parks located inside Disney World in Florida, and it is perhaps one of my favorites! Before going to this park, I imagined Animal Kingdom as a jungle-looking park full of fun rides. Well, I was wrong and I was right. Parts of the park are decorated with the utmost detail to […]

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