Poetry: Choose

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I’m finally choosing you
The way I should have everyday

Even though you’re not here to choose anymore

I feel the strings that always held us together
Holding me now
Bringing me back to you

My insides tied to yours
Even though yours are now ashes in the ground

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Book Review: Insidious (FBI Thriller #20) by Catherine Coulter

Insidious by Catherine Coulter

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Published: August 2016

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Insidious is the twentieth thriller in #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter’s FBI series. FBI agents Savich and Sherlock must discover who is trying to murder Venus Rasmussen, a powerful, wealthy society icon. They soon find out that the danger may be closer than expected.

Venus Rasmussen, a powerful woman who runs the international conglomerate Rasmussen Industries, believes someone is poisoning her. After Savich and Sherlock visit with her, someone attempts to shoot her in broad daylight. Who’s trying to kill her and why? A member of her rapacious family, or her grandson who’s been missing for ten years and suddenly reappears? Savich and Sherlock must peel away the layers to uncover the incredible truth about who would target Venus.

Meanwhile, Special Agent Cam Wittier leaves Washington for Los Angeles to work with local Detective Daniel Montoya to lead the hunt for the Starlet Slasher, a serial killer who has cut the throats of five young actresses. When a sixth young actress is murdered, Cam comes to realize the truth might be closer than she’d ever want to believe.

With breakneck speed and unexpected twists and turns, Coulter’s Insidious will leave you breathless until the shocking conclusion.

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This was my first journey into Catherine Coulter’s literary world and it certainly won’t be my last. Simon and Schuster provided me with a review copy (I couldn’t be more pleased to have been privileged enough to read this title.)

Prior to this, I wasn’t even aware of the FBI series, 20 books! Wowza, Coulter sure is doing something right!

I love reading mysteries, and this one did not disappoint by any means. I loved the fully rounded characters and the successful execution of two mysteries running parallel throughout the story.

Savich and Sherlock are looking into the possible poisoning of one of his grandmother’s old friends and FBI Agent Cam Wittier and Detective Daniel are working together in California trying to track down a vicious serial killer that is killing young and beautiful movie stars.I was equally intrigued by both storyline…This is something rare for an author to achieve. It’s difficult to write characters so well that readers are equally concerned and intrigued by every party discussed.

I loved the dialogue and interaction between characters. It reads as sincere and authentic.

The story follows a well paced plot that keeps you on your toes. Entering book #20 as a new reader there were several things I needed to catch up on, but it was still enjoyable and a great read!

 

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Book Review: The Dead Boyfriend by R.L Stine

The Dead Boyfriend by R.L Stine (Fear Street Relaunch #5)

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Published: September 27th 2016

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R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series is back, and in The Dead Boyfriend, he tells the frightening tale of teenage love – and how it can go terribly, murderously wrong.

Caitlin has never had a real boyfriend before. When she starts seeing Colin, she throws herself into the relationship with fervor. She ignores her friends who warn her that Colin may be a phony and that she is taking the whole thing too seriously. Caitlin is smitten. She doesn’t care if she loses her friends. All she wants is Colin. When Caitlin approaches Colin with another girl, she completely loses it. She snaps. Everything goes red. When she comes back to her senses, she realizes that Colin is dead – and she has killed him.

But if Colin is dead, how is he staring at her across a crowded party?

Terrifying from the first page to the last, The Dead Boyfriend is a heart-racing young adult novel from the master of teen screams himself.

This book was the most enjoyable storytelling from R.L Stine in the history of fear street. Ever. Yes. It was that good. It beat out the Fear Street Saga and became my new number one.

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This is classic R.L Stine.

The story was quirky, original and full of jumps and bumps. It is impossible not to devour this book in one sitting!

The ending took an entirely unexpected twist, one that is original and endearing.

Great characters. Rounded enough to fuel real emotional attachments.

Thank you, Raincoast Books for the review copy.

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Words of Wisdom: Inspire 


One of the most inspiring acts we can do for one another is to pursue our dreams. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Let nothing come between you and accomplishing the dream of making your goal a reality.

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Book Review: Night Shift (Midnight Texas) by Charlaine Harris

Night Shift (Midnight Texas #3) by Charlaine Harris

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Published: May 3rd 2016

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels—“the Mark Twain of things that live under your bed”*—comes a new novel of Midnight, Texas, the town where some secrets will never see the light of day…

At Midnight’s local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves—only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town.

Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There’s a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place.

And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose—which just might happen—it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be…

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Absolutely, hands down ; the best entry in the midnight, Texas series.

I loved the action. I loved the characters, old and new. The twists were very unpredictable and shocking

As always, I love how Harris connected characters from other stories. It’s like they all intercept at some level. Very neat.

My favourite character was definitely mr snuggly. A a talking cat with sass? Purrfect job.

This is why Charlaine Harris is amongst my favourite writers.

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Poetry: I Will Live

image2I Will Live

I have the chance

The same one you once did

I have the chance

Now I will take it

I will never let it go

I will live

I will live until I am old

With cloudy eyes

Wrinkled skin

I will live

I will see the great wonders of the world

Chase the stars in the sky

Make my dreams come true

I will live

Wildly

Loudly

Boisterously

For you

I will live

I will make new memories

Lock up our memories tight

Where only I can find them

I will stay

I will live

The feeling

That I was darkened

By being the one left alive

Is now gone

I exist in the present now

Being in each and every moment

I will live

Then we will meet again

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Labryrinth Lost Blog Tour

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Published: September 6th 2016

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“Enchanting and complex. Every page is filled with magic.”-Danielle Paige, New York Times best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

Praise for Labyrinth Lost:

“Zoraida Cordova’s prose enchants from start to finish. Labyrinth Lost is pure magic.” -Melissa Grey, author of The Girl at Midnight

“Magical and empowering, Labyrinth Lost is an incredible heroine’s journey filled with mythos come to life; but at its heart, honors the importance of love and family.” -Cindy Pon, author of Serpentine and Silver Phoenix

“A brilliant brown-girl-in-Brooklyn update on Alice in Wonderland and Dante’s Inferno. Very creepy, very magical, very necessary.” -Daniel Jose Older, author of Shadowshaper

“Labyrinth Lost is a magical story of love, family, and finding yourself. Enchanting from start to finish.” -Amy Tintera, author of Ruined.

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I LOVED THIS BOOK!

Yes, the capitalization is necessary because I am shouting!

Words can’t properly properly articulate how much I enjoy Zoraida’s writing (also, my jealousy for her gorgeous name.) From the initial moment I read the synopsis of this book, I was ecstatic. A magical world, journeys to another plane–exactly my cup of tea!

It is not often that an author can combine so many fantastical elements to a story and have it stream seamlessly. The characters were absolutely fantastic, I identified with their flaws and their strengths (minus the magic, despite my childhood wishes.) It was very refreshing to read a YA story without a romance element entirely driving the story.

The main love story was that of family, of bonds that never leave us, not even in death.

I am elated that this is a series and cannot wait to read the next entry!

Thank you, Raincoast Books for the review copy and for allowing me the privilege of joining this Blog Tour!

I had the pleasure of asking Zoraida a question about her writing process…YAY!

What is the unofficial soundtrack to the book? Does music enhance your ability to tell
stories?

YES. I love listening to music when I’m writing. My music taste hasn’t changed since
high school, I admit. I listen to a lot of old school Shakira and Juanes. I have ever
song Mana has ever written. While I wrote the really intense scenes from Labyrinth Lost I
listened to movie scores. The Lord of the Rings and Guardians of the Galaxy scores have
gotten a little bit of wear in Casa Cordova. I’m going to give some Labyrinth Lost
characters theme songs:

ALEX MORTIZ: Riptide by Vance Joy

LULA MORTIZ: Atrevete-te-te by Calle 13

ROSE MORTIZ:  Dance me to the End of Love – The Civil Wars

RISHI PERSAUD: Stolen Dance – Milky Chance

NOVA SANTIAGO: El Perdon – Enrique Iglesias and Nicky Jam

AGOSTO, THE FAUN KING: Judith by A Perfect Circle

THE AVIANAS: The Crow & the Butterfly by Shinedown

THE DEVOURER: Beat Your Heart Out by The Distillers

MAMA JUANITA: Estrellitas y Duendes by Juan Luis Guerra

Connect with Zoraida on Twitter: @zlikeinzorro

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