Late Night Listening (Wicked Game – A Book Review)

Wicked Game (WVMP #1)
Author: Jeri Smith-Ready
Published: 2008

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Late night radio you can sink your teeth into!

Ciara Griffin is no longer doing cons. She’s done with that life. Now she is living a straight life as a part-time student as a Business major and now as an intern at WVMP, the Lifeblood of Rock ‘n’ Roll, a radio station. The late-night shows feature music from 1940s blues all the way up through the whatever 90s. No cookie cutter bull-hockey here. All authentic all the time. Really authentic, like the DJs that run the shows that feature each musical era as if they actually lived during those times, which makes sense because they did live during those times. They’re vampires.

So, what does Ciara do? She pulls the perfect con to save the station, the DJs, and her new job. This one she really pulls out of her butt. The radio station’s ratings goes up and it becomes the hottest thing around when she puts the vampire DJs out front for everybody to see, which includes the broody, grunge vamp, Shane McAllister, her current complicated affair. Put the truth in plain sight. And it works! But some vampires aren’t enjoying being brought into the light and it puts everybody in danger. Ciara is forced to take the con to further than ever before, otherwise


This was wild and edgy! Ciara is spunky and a livewire! The young woman is smart and she doesn’t do anything she doesn’t want to, and she certainly doesn’t live by life’s ordinary rules. Though, her dark past does haunt her. It makes her a perfect fit with this rag-tag, after dark radio station. While she is tough, she also has to be cautious now that she works with people who can drain her or rip her apart. Make’s the job less boring though, right?


Warning! This is not your typical Twilght tale!

I’m a lover of music. I loved that all of the DJs:

  • Monroe
  • Regina
  • Noah
  • Spencer
  • Jim
  • Shane

They have their own era that they’re stuck in. And I do mean stuck. When they were turned they were frozen in the time they died. They never moved forward in time and therefore become more lost, fading away, as the times change. Each DJ shares their time through music and it keeps them connected to the world as well as their era. Each DJ carried the emotion of their music and THAT really carried the tone, making them each incredibly independent. I really loved it.

Tid Bit: Another funny about vampires in this book? They’re crazy OCD! I get major giggles about it.

At the beginning of the book there is a playlist and let me tell you, I love getting to listen to new music. I think that an author’s playlist really gives an interesting look at the author. It’s super cool! Rachel Caine also does a playlist with Morganville Vampires, another series about vampires, and personally one of my BIG FAVORITES. Playlists like this is what inspired to go ahead do a song at the end of each book review!


This is a fun little read to kick back with. It’s fast, plenty sarcastic with a side of blood (and yes, sex too). I can’t say it seriously stirs up feelings, but it does rev you up a bit with good music. It’s stress-free, too, if that makes sense. Sometimes books are super intense and really pull you in to the brink of emotional turmoil. It can put the hurt on your heart and I was glad to be along for a ride that wasn’t hurting my heart this time. Sometimes you just need good ol’ fashioned fun and nothing else. This was that and then some. *insert smirk*



“I’m a morning person and a night person. So I have to be a nap person, or else I’m a tired person.” (Ciara to Shane, p. 43)

“I am not prey.” (Ciara, p. 50)

“Work: the all-American cure for heartache.” (Ciara, p.148)

“Something can’t just turn into nothing. Can’t. Happen. But it just did.” (Ciara, p. 248)


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First Loves in Firenze (Love + Gelato – A Book Review)

Love + Gelato
Author: Jennifer Evans Welch
Published: 2016

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I made the wrong choice.

Carolina “Lina” Emerson is staying in Italy this summer with her father who she just met for the first time. It leaves her distracted from the wonder and magic of Italy. How did she not know about him until just recently?

While settling into her new home at an American cemetery for WWII soldiers, she tries to understand why her mother sent her here, but more than anything she just wants to go home. Then she meets charming Ren, her neighbor behind the cemetery.

After being given a journal, her mother’s, Lina and Ren begin an adventure to visit all of the places her mom did, experience art, find a secret bakery, all hoping to recreate the best summer of her other’s life as well as understand why she had Lina come here. However, Lina didn’t expect to be shell shocked by its contents that change her life forever and the residual emotions of loss. With Ren, she figures out some things she’s not sure she wanted to know. And as she tours Tuscany, she finds that people come from all around for the art and gelato. Sometimes they find so much more.

Lina, think. You’re alone in a foreign country, a certifiable giant has just stepped forward as your father, and your home could be the setting for a zombie apocalypse movie. Do something.


This book marks 4 out of 25 authors, from my New Year’s resolution, that I’ve never read from before. This isn’t my typical book since I’m really into the Paranormal genre, but I couldn’t help myself because I love Italy.


This book was so sweet and beautiful so so pure. This book began on such a sorrow filled note, but I really loved that it turned into something more, something that could spring a new beginning with opportunities for newness and renewal. Handling the grief of losing a loved one is hard. You’re losing a part of your being, but this isn’t the focus. Lina is given the chance to understand and walk in her mother’s footsteps and keep a part of her close while discovering new things about herself.

Italia. Firenze. I spent Spring Break in Florence during my Senior year in college and I loved every second of it. From The Duomo to the Boboli Gardens to the Ponte Vecchio and SO MUCH MORE. It was all so splendidly placed throughout the story, really creating Florence and the rest of Tuscany. The shared history of the places wasn’t forced at all either. And the bright and lively color from the city to the sunsets to the food and the people of the country truly brought it to life. It was like I was back in Florence all over again and my heart just swelled with longing.


Lina isn’t some rebellious teenager. She’s just a girl who’s hurting, confused and feeling really lost. Ren helps her find her way, which is great because it can be scary being in new place you don’t want to be with no friends. He’s goofy, kind, and adorable that you can’t help but fall in love with him. He introduces her to new possibilities and of course, gelato. And let me tell you, you’ve never had gelato if you’ve never been to Italy. There is a difference between what you find at the supermarket versus what you get at a gelateria. It’s the air and the place and the feeling that surrounds you.

Lina’s adventures with Ren isn’t all that I got to experience during the book. There were also her mother’s adventures from her journal too. The journal entries were sprinkled throughout as Lina adjusted to her new life. Each one pulled me in deeper and deeper and I was completely captured, just like Lina, with how wild and spontaneous the woman was. I really loved getting this peeking at her mother’s life. We always wonder if we’ll follow in our parents’ footsteps and doing so by this journal felt good. Felt right.

Italian Hillside

There were many parts that I teared up at. There are discoveries that will pull at your heartstrings. I didn’t non-stop cry here, but I was feeling pretty shaky by the end. Family triumphs and first love finds always do that to me! Both are so special because they hold such a dear spot in your heart. So, no tears. But A LOT of heart pounding.

Every once in a while, I love reading a book like this. It’s special. There’s a purity and proof that there’s light in life. There are no major plot twists or major danger on the horizon. It’s just growing up and first loves and wonderful innocence.

Do I recommend this book? Si!



“From here on out there will only be before and after today.” (Lina, p. 2)

“My life was about to change. Again. What happened to normal, boring days?” (Lina, p. 272)

“The ring. The denial. The lie.” (Lina, p. 312)

“A life without love is like a year without summer.” (Howard to Lina, p. 376)


Below are a few other photos from my trip back in 2015. Such a beautiful country.  A week in Florence was too short.

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Self-Punishment is Still Punishment (Crime and Punishment – A Book Review)

Crime and Punishment
Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Published: 1866

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Well, of course, everything is in a man’s own hands, and if he lets everything slip through his fingers, it is through sheer cowardice. That’s an axiom. I wonder, though what people fear most. It seems to me that what they are afraid of most is of taking a new step or uttering a new word…

Living in St. Petersburg, a poor student, Raskolnikov, lives in a tight apartment and suddenly believes that he has been fated to kill money-lender & pawn-broker, Alyona Ivanovna and her half-sister Lisaveta. Managing to steal whatever he can grab after the act, he flees. Quickly he falls ill physically and mentally. He worries and begins to obsess about the possibilities of people knowing of what he’s done yet he manages to escape suspicion.

In the midst of his delusions, his sister, Dunya, and his mother come to visit with news that Dunya is to be wed soon. Her previous employer follows her to St. Petersburg after the death of his wife as well. And the attorney investigating the murder may be on to Raskolnikov, though many have come forward and confessed already. Raskolnikov hangs by the smallest of threads.


I love classics. I do. They’re the spine to great storytelling, really. That being said, they do take a while to read. The language is dense sometimes. The great depth of detail is sometimes tiring and feels drawn out, but at the same time it’s beautiful. Makes how I feel about them complicated sometimes. LOL.

The story takes place in Petersburg in multiple homes, though mostly in Raskolnikov’s, the main character. Though when ill, he goes to many places, even the police station. A good portion of this book also takes place within Raskolnikov’s mind as he deals with the treachery he committed.

The detail to the settings were very specific down the very wallpaper and lamp and I really liked that. It gives me a clear vision of everything. I enjoy being able to see clearly since my brain turns words into pictures more often than not.

Guilt, poverty, and death are the more common themes I picked up on throughout the story. Raskolnikov is always at odds with himself. While he wants to help other people, he can barely help himself. And he certainly doesn’t like others trying to help him, as it makes him feel inferior and helpless. He also tries his best to avoid talking about what’s caused him to get so uptight and ill. The tone goes hand-in-hand with this. You can feel that as Raskolnikov observes the cruelty of people around him, a few people beating an old horse to horse to death, for example.

One of the biggest questions posed in this book is: Is crime justifiable?

It’s picked up in conversation often as Raskolnikov often hints at what he’s done. Several scenarios are presented in which people argue which is right and which is wrong. It brings s about a very good question. When would crime be acceptable if ever?

I found this to be very interesting because there are many variables to think about when answering a question like this.


I enjoy Russian literature, as I’m sure I’ve told you dozens of times. This wasn’t a particular favorite of mine. It felt a bit drawn out, though there was quite a bit going on. It also reminds me quite a bit of the Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe with how haunted the main character is throughout the story. This one is certainly an acquired taste and does pose a valuable question.

If you love classic literature, a good debate, and watching a person lose their sanity then this one’s for you.



“Gradually he had arrived at all sorts of interesting conclusions, and, in his opinion, the main reason for it lay not so much in the physical impossibility of concealing a crime as in the criminal itself; the criminal himself, at least almost every criminal, is subject at the moment of the crime to a kind of breakdown of his reasoning faculties and of his will-power, which are replaced by an amazingly childish carelessness.” (Raskolnikov, p. 90)

“Let him have his laugh—let him! I don’t mind. What I want is strength—strength!” (Raskolnikov, p. 208)

“It’s the moon that makes everything so still. It must be asking a riddle.” (Raskolnikov, p. 294)


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Supernatural Hands On Learning (Shadow Falls: Reborn – A Book Review)

Reborn (Shadow Falls: After Dark #1)
Author: C.C. Hunter
Published: 2014

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Vampires, chameleons, and witches, oh my! With a side of ghosts.

Della Tsang. Spunky. Flighty. And, a badass vampire.  At Shadow Falls, a private school for the supernaturally impaired, she learns how to control her powers. Though you’re not really impaired if you have kick-ass powers, are you? Didn’t think so.

Della and newcomer, Chase, come across two dead bodies in Shadow Falls. Della’s determined to find out who and what killed these innocent people and she’ll break all the rules to do it. This isn’t the only problem on Della’s plate however. Her cousin Chan is missing, her Dad has a twin that he’s never talked about, and her romantic life has taken a downward nosedive. With everything stressing her out, she’s also being haunted.

Della struggles to achieve her dreams and find some normalcy, but it just isn’t happening. In her gut, something dreadful is on the horizon and her life is on the line.

Della Tsang is spunky and driven and FULL of sass. I mean to the brim, bookworms. She is all work and barely any play as she works to solve several mysteries that are circling around her. She’s not alone. With her two best friends, two camp counselors, and an on-again-off-again shapeshifter with a deep, sexy southern drawl, Della is going to find out what is going on with all of the crazy in Shadow Falls. That’s not to say she won’t stir up a little trouble of her own along the way, of course.


One of the elements of the book that really drew my attention was the the Supernaturals. Supernatural rules go out the window here. The traditional rules we all know and live by like the three laws of physics are tossed out the window. For example:

  • Vampires can go out in the sunlight.
  • Vampires have a heartbeat.
  • Vampires can fly (which, okay, is one of the oldest tricks that an original vampire can do, but it was strange to see).

These are only a couple of the different traits that caught me off guard, and this is only with vampires. Vampirism is considered a virus in this world and is called V1. There are shapeshifters, chameleons, fae, and so many more races of supernatural in the book. It’s really different than what I know and that’s not a bad thing. It’s just tricky to understand and treat like it’s common knowledge. Kudos to Hunter for being incredibly unique and diverse!  She did phenomenal with being sure to detail each supernatural’s powers.


Hunter did an amazing job in juggling multiple plots, too. There’s more than one thing happening for Della in this book, so the focus splits up quite a bit, but it’s so well done. Never once was I confused when one issue transitioned to a completely different one. Each time it was smooth and done with ease, like nacho cheese.

Just like there were so many different things happening from a haunting to solving the death of two humans, there were several characters involved. Kylie (chameleon) and Miranda (witch) are Della’s best friends and then there’s Steve, the hot shapeshifter and Chase the new vamp on campus. I may have mentioned this a little already. There are many others. I haven’t seen this many characters in a book in a long time. Della’s surrounded by so much family and people that care about her. Granted, she’s pigheaded, stubborn, and feisty as all hell, but she’s caring, loving, and determined to get her dreams to come true. Very similar to Damon Salvator of The Vampire Diaries if I’m being honest. I can relate to these qualities a tad. It’s why I got such a good laugh throughout the story. Some of her worries were so ordinary and relatable. I will say this on a side-note, Della had times when she acted like a petulant little child and I wanted to smack her silly for it.


Shadow Falls was beautiful. Very misty and green and lush. The grounds of the school were very open. This private school isn’t set up like normal ones. Students get their own cabins. The cafeteria is separate from the main school building, or so I guess. The main school building is its own operation. Everything is so very open. I really liked it. It gives a sense of freedom to these students.

There were times that certain topics were drilled into the ground to the point of no return. Not good. There is a limit to how much a topic should get drilled in. It was run over and over to the point of aggravation for me. Della would go word for word with her arguments and thoughts as if it was the only thing she could think up, which sucks. She seems pretty smart. And, the word, chauvinist, is her favorite word. I figure it out pretty quick when she said it about ten different times….

I skimmed over such strong and repetitive parts because they were the same nearly every time.  Not one bit was reflective or even changed up.

More so, I wasn’t very surprised very much by the events that unfolded. The build-up was great, but they fell flat because of how much they were drawn out. I was just left with a feeling of meh.

Would I recommend this? It’s not a terrible book. It’s fun and fast paced. Della is a quick-witted girl and strong to handle everything that gets thrown her way. However, this wasn’t very memorable. It’s book 1 in a series and I don’t know if I want to read the other ones.


“I don’t fit in here. But I didn’t fit in at home, either.” (Jenny to Della, p. 71)

You have to counter the bad with the good. If not, you’ll get lost in the evilness of it all. It can darken your soul and you’ll lose all joy in life.” (Holiday to Della, p. 102)

“Boobs, smiles, and ghosts…” (Della, p. 110)

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I’m Going to Kill Whoever Moved My Stuff (There’s Someone Inside Your House – A Book Review)

There’s Somebody Inside Your House
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published: 2017

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Everywhere. They were everywhere. Those who had left them and those who had been left behind.

A year has passed since Makani Young has moved to Osbourne, Nebraska, a sleepy, corn filled town. Truly boring unless you hang out at Sonic. Still, her past—the reason for moving here to live with her grandma—still haunts her, though she’s got a group of great friends, and maybe-possibly-not really, she has Ollie, the boy she likes that might like her, but she’s still figuring that out.

Makani is shaken after a classmate is found, grisly murdered. The school buzzes with suspects, rumors, and theories about who could’ve killed them. Then suddenly, more murders follow, just as gruesome and disturbing as the last. Terror seizes the small town as the killer continues to elude the police. The town becomes restless and students wonder who’ll be next, but Makani may already know…

Secrets are abound! Makani Young is terrified, like every other student at her school, as her classmates are coming up dead and it’s nasty. In a small town it’s even more terrifying because everybody knows everybody, which means one thing. She knows the killer. Everyone does. But, who is it? That puts everybody on edge even more. People are dropping dead and she’s wondering if it’s because these victims had something to hide. If it’s true, does the killer know what she’s hiding? What she can’t even share with her close friends? The reason why her parents barely talk to her, and why they sent her to live with her grandmother?

So many questions!

(And, nope. I can’t tell you the big secret(s). I try not to be spoilery.)

Perkins brought back the horror slasher with one fell swoop aka this book and I was absolutely thrilled. Thrilled is an understatement. My brain squeaked and then that squeak left my lips as a squeal. I’m a major fan of Scream, I Know What You Did LastSummer, Psycho, and many others I could list off. I’m a fan of the slasher genre. It’s its own special brand of horror. In some cases, it encapsulates gore and in others it’s about the body count.

That being said, slashers ≠ mystery. It’s true! With a mystery, it’s all about finding out who killed people after all is said and done already. With the slasher, the killing is still happening and your characters are worried that they may be next on the chopping block. The fog of fear is still hanging over all of the characters as they try to survive the murderous rampage as they work to discover who the killer is. And maybe it’s just me, but discovering the killer in a slasher is much more shocking.

There's Someone Inside Your House

Moving on! Makani Young was such an interesting character. While she was holding onto a part of her old life albeit and terrible part, she wasn’t dramatic or overstated. She leads a rather ordinary life with the exception of Oliver-Ollie-Larsson. I really liked that because it made the story so much more realistic. That, and how small and boring and corn-fed Osbourne, Nebraska is. The town represents so many towns across America! They’re small, sleepy, some don’t even do that well. They’re just crap-town, America. I live in one of these right now. The realism of both the characters and the town the story was set in was fantastic.

There's someone Inside Your House

Just as there was so much darkness in this book, I mean it is a horror, but there was also a lot of humor. So many references and well-put jokes really lightened the story at the right times. It was so natural. So was the awkwardness of trying to figure out feelings. Makani does a lot of that and it’s completely typical. She doesn’t spend the whole book pining for Ollie. Everything gets settles pretty quickly, but she does try to navigate this new territory. I really liked that it wasn’t the main point of attraction.

Speaking of, this serial killer is whack! Loco. PSYCHOTIC. I can’t say it enough. I was totally creeped out! BUT! I really liked how Perkins jumped POVs. Done from third person, there were multiple characters that were followed. I got to see how this killer worked and what he did. Also got to be there for the victims’ last moments which really got my heart pounding.

There's Someone Inside Your House

Do I recommend this book? Heck, yes I do! I even got myself a signed copy (extra squee).

There's Someone Inside Your House

It was intense, dark, funny, and splendidly realistic. The writing was incredible. Perkins really did great with each individual character and captured just enough gore. That tense feeling when you hold your breath and your chest tightens is so different than when your waiting for your favorite characters to finally kiss. The surprises here are eye-popping and deadly.


“Girls often had secrets.” (Makani, p. 13)

“Hello, paranoia, my old friend.” (Makani, p. 39)

“A real dead body looked different from the ones on television or in the movies. There was nothing artful about it. Nothing positioned. Haley’s body looked lifeless—but not like life had been taken away from it. Like it had never had life.” (Makani, p. 103)

“Overnight, every student had become a potential target.” (Makani, p. 127)

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Sundown Rundown – February, 2018

Good twilight, my precious book clan! Hope February has been good to you.

Right now, the sun is setting behind that beautiful horizon, you are currently relaxing with some good food or a glass of wine (or pop if you’re below the legal age *wink*) and you’re checking around social media because it rules our ever-loving brains. This is the Sundown Rundown. The place where I recap all I’ve read this month and you get a chance to check out a book review you might’ve missed. I also do this rant thing where I talk about my month.

I hope the month has gone well for you. It has been a decent month, even with Valentine’s Day. I’m not a major fan of the holiday. I believe that it can get overdone and is a little ridiculous because there are 365 days to woo and spoil your special human and I feel like it’s ridiculous to focus on one day for it. Seriously. 365 days in a year, guys.

Jumping off of Valentine’s Day. I know it’s really important to some people so I don’t want to entirely crap on it. I just have that small thought on it. I wholeheartedly believe that it’s special to have somebody you love deeply and that you want to spoil them. I can’t wait to have that person in my life. I will put in that sometimes I’m crazy, I make pterodactyl noises sometimes, I’m a total klutz, and socially awkward. REALLY socially awkward. I flipped off a guy who gave me chocolate once. *facepalm* I know. I’m an asshole. BUT, I’m not good at the whole receiving gifts part. I’m not used to it and never know how to react because I’m overwhelmed. That voice in my brain that is supposed to help just flies out of my brain. Doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the gesture. I just don’t react appropriately. Again, I’m awkward. That’s life.

I do have to say though, I love the day after Valentine’s Day. 50% off on chocolate. I got a massive Hershey’s Kiss for $2. Pretty happy about that. I’m a chocolate fiend.


I didn’t do much of anything exciting aside from ordering my new laptop. It’s intimidating me too. Super techy. Mostly, it’s been a busy work month. I am rather happy about the books I’ve read. I’m still currently working on Crime and Punishment. Some books take longer than others. No shame with that. Below are the books I’ve read this month and the reviews with them.

This month has been exciting and adventurous in reading. It’s also been heartbreaking. Gotta love when a book completely destroys you. We all have that one book….

Without further ado:

Diary of a Sex Fiend

Diary of a Sex Fiendhere

Author: Abby Lee

Spunky, fun, intellectual and hell-a hot. This memoir is NSFW, but definitely addicting. I’ve enjoyed this, learned how to be more comfortable with myself, and thrown shame right out the window because that’s the way sex should be and I couldn’t be happier to have read this one woman’s year documenting it.



Author: JJ Sorel

An erotic fairytale. Guilty pleasures abound, friends.

Arcana Rising

Arcana Risinghere

Author: Kresley Cole

I can’t get enough of this series. Apocalypse. Young love. Strong possibility of dying from heartbreak? Torture me and crush me. I’ll lay down and let it happen.

The 100 Day 21

The 100: Day 21 – here

Author: Kass Morgan

Being ejected down to earth to figure out if it’s inhabitable sucks.  I liked getting a chance to see where the TV show stemmed from. There were so many differences.

The 100 rebellion

The 100: Rebellionhere

Author: Kass Morgan

The final installation of The 100. The colonists are trying to create a life for themselves now, but one last obstacle could threaten and destroy everything, including those they love. This book wasn’t that bad. Did wish I could’ve gotten more out of it, though.



Author: Lauren DeStefano

Vivid, haunting, and beautiful. This dystopian world that Rhine Ellery lives in really pulled me in and didn’t let go. The writing is so deep. I felt like I was there in this world where the people die young.



Author: Lauren DeStefano

Rhine’s story continues here and the world of this book is expanded threefold! So phenomenal. Just the way I got lost in the words…they’re enchanting on such an unnerving level. This delves deeper than before. Secrets and plot twists wrapped up around me like vines. Oh man, so good.  I need to get the final book.

Dark Calling

The Dark Callinghere

Author: Kresley Cole

The feels are real. Real freaking serious. I’d been waiting for this book to be released and read it on my day off. Curled up, on the edge, reality was nonexistent. This whole entire series has twisted me up and ripped me apart. There is one final book left and I can’t wait for it to come out…but I’m scared. I’m in the complete dark, with no predictions about how it will end.

Crying of Lot 49

The Crying of Lothere

Author: Thomas Pynchon

Not going to lie. I hurt my brain reading this one. It was really great, but there were times i had to go back to retrace some parts. Everything is deeply intertwined with clues. While that was tricky, the entire adventure was a blast. I laughed a lot.

There were a lot of reads this month and a great variety among them. Post-Modern Fiction, Supernatural YA, Memoir. I feel pretty darn accomplished.

I have to say, my favorite book this month was The Dark Calling. I’d been waiting a month for it to arrive. Just like the ones before it, I was pushed even farther and my emotions were completely rolled over. My heart didn’t quit pounding even after the last page. Kresley Cole just keeps amping up the emotions and the stakes with every book in this series.

My least favorite book this month? Entrance. I was really intrigued when I’d read about it, but when I finally got to read it I was disappointed. I couldn’t get attached to anything in the book. Not the characters, setting or even the plot. I was just thrown off by its entirety, which was terrible, because the story was interesting.

I want to say thank you to everyone who’s been tagging along for my reviews. I would love to hear from you. I certainly encourage it! I’m curious on what you think if you’ve read these books. I know my crazy talk can only go so far. Talk with me.

Moving into March, there’s more reading on the way. I’d like to say that my collection of books that need to be read is shrinking, but that would be a lie. No complaints. LOL. See you in March.

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Conspiracy at the Post Office (The Crying of Lot 49 – A Book Review)

The Crying of Lot 49
Author: Thomas Pynchon
Published: 1965

Crying of Lot 49

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A conspiracy is abound involving the U.S. Postal service. That there were once two: Thurn and Taxis and Trystero. Oedipa Maas is determined to figure it out more after receiving a letter that she’s to be the executor of her late boss’s will and a clue to Trystero. As she goes about fulfilling her duties this Trystero appears everywhere and she follows the clues to figure it out. Going to a play, talking to strangers, and finding hidden symbols. Along this journey, Oedipa meets new people and finds herself in situations she never would in her day to day life.


I first read Thomas Pynchon in college. I’d read Vineland which followed characters’ times in the 60s, the war on drugs, and a federal agent is going psycho as he goes overboard on a case. The best thing I can say, is that he’s the hipster of fiction as his stories are of the post-modern fiction variety. He’s really in a league all of his own. The Crying of Lot 49 is his shortest novel and has appeared in a few magazines such as Esquire Magazine.

The language of this book is crazy! I laughed, squinted, and said, ‘what the hell’ many times. From the way Pynchon goes into detail to the names of his characters, this has so much originality to the point that it’s from a whole other planet. I mean come on! Dr. Hilarius (Oedipa’s psychotherapist), Mucho (her husband), and so many others. And then toss some LSD in the middle and you have fun. No seriously. There’s drugs in this books and the effects were really funny and oddly soul revealing for the characters.

Crying of Lot 49

The tone of the book holds a lot of edge to it. I felt like i was on a great cusp of discovery. Every little clue, and you have to be paying REAL CLOSE ATTENTION, leads you on. Maybe it’s not super exciting like a super spy movie, but it does scratch away at the wallpaper of your mind and can make you question things. In this case, the thing in question is the postal service and how it ties to acts of rebellion against the government .

This story mostly takes place in San Narciso and the L.A. area in California. Oedipa is driving around a lot as she searches for answers. She stays in in a rundown hotel where a group of paranoids follow her and Metzger, the lawyer helping her execute the will, around. For the most part, setting isn’t one of the primary parts of the books. It’s the intricate details surrounding the plot. The focus here is more on the characters’ thoughts and the process of them. It’s extremely intricate.

I will say that there were many times that I had to backtrack because I got confused. Pynchon isn’t easy. Just in this story, I was follow Oedipa as she tracked small clues around to figure out a conspiracy theory involving the U.S. Postal service and the government. Let me bulletpoint it for, and trust me when I say it won’t reveal the book. I wouldn’t be able to spoil it if I could.

  • Trystero
  • W.A.S.T.E
  • Paranoids
  • A book of antique postal stamps
  • Godzilla II (A boat. I laughed too hard at this.)
  • The Scope (a bar that gets mail)
  • The Courier’s Tragedy (A Jacobean play)

See? Not understanding it are you? LOL. This is going to be one of those books I re-tackle. That’s not meaning it’s terrible. It just means that this book is difficult. I enjoy Pynchon. He’s way out of the box. He doesn’t even have a box. He’s got a flying saucer. It’s amazing! But, he’s tricky. I have V. lying around my apartment somewhere and I look forward to reading that one, too.


I do recommend reading Pynchon. Maybe this book isn’t for you. That’s cool. But the man is a genius. He’s so deep of thought and really good at twisting and connecting dots that will make your head explode.



“If I were to dissolve in here, be washed down the drain in to the Pacific, what you saw tonight would vanish too.” (Driblette to Oedipa, p. 79)

“What’s it like, Oedipa, being all alone in a nightmare like that?” (Fallopian to Oedipa, p. 88)

 “Hold it tightly by its little tentacle, don’t let the Freudians coax it away or pharmacists poison it out of you. Whatever it is, hold it dear, for when you lose it you go over by that much to the others. You begin to cease to be.” (Dr. Hilarius to Oedipas, p. 138)

“The songs, it’s not just that they say something, they are something, in the pure sound. Something new. And my dreams have changed.” (Mucho to Oedipa, p. 144)


More to come soon…



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