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Red by Jessi McPherson – a novella Review!



r- my reviewIn the most recent past, I’ve hosted a tour for Halfling and been given the opportunity to do a book tour for Even Halos Can Be Crooked with Siver Dagger Book Tours. When I saw the request for hosts for the book tour for Red by Jessi McPherson, I was intrigued and signed up.

There were a couple of reasons I was intrigued. First, the cover caught my attention. It’s bold, simple, yet eye-catching. Then there was the fact that this is a YA Fairy Tale retelling of the classic Grimm tale of Little Red Riding Hood. I’m currently writing a YA Fairy Tale retelling and was curious if this story would be anything like mine even though it’s a different Fairy Tale than the one I’ve chosen.

As I write my YA tale, I have a teeny tiny worry that someone else might come up with a similar idea. I was pleased to find that both our stories are completely unique – phew! I mean, I figured they would be but you never know. Fairy Tale retellings are very popular right now,  although, a lot that I have been seeing are reverse harem tales. Thankfully, that is not the case with Red.

This author is new to me and I did receive an ARC in exchange for an honest review along with hosting the book tour. I was surprised it was a novella. The advertising made me think it was a full length book – so here’s my head’s up – this is a novella. 🙂

The premise of the story and how it was pitched with the tale of Little Red Riding Hood being not what we know it to be was strong.

I’m going to be honest, I’m torn on how to review this novella. The plot was well thought out. The twist on the tale was definitely unique. The language was short and to the point which is part of keeping a book a novella length. I did find the strongest paragraph was the last one.

I don’t want to get into too many details because I don’t want to give away the twists. There were a few surprises and a sweet romance. If you would like a new take on the classic Red Riding Hood tale, then definitely give Red a try.


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Red – Silver Dagger Book Tour and Giveaway!


Red: A Modern Fairytale Retelling
by Jessi McPherson
Genre:YA Fantasy

Everyone has read the tale of Little Red Riding Hood… Such a carefree, naïve girl who fell victim to the wolf and had to be saved by the Huntsman. I’d like to set that story straight. It all began with a girl, a curse, and wolf. We all have a hero inside. All it takes is to believe. Cara knew the legends of her village but she never thought she’d become one.

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“Please help me,” a weak voice said in the distance. Cara ran toward the faint sound, and on the ground found a young man, no older than she, lying covered in blood and wounds. Continue reading “Red – Silver Dagger Book Tour and Giveaway!”

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Movie Review – Truth or Dare – Watch It or Skip It?

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this movie or not and passed on watching it a couple of times. I was worried it was going to be cheesy or over the top gory.

I was surprised to find it was neither of those things.

Some of the supporting characters acting was a little flat but overall I was drawn into the movie. It thankfully wasn’t gory like Saw. It was more a type of shock value gore and implication of the violence. This movie focused on the suspense and what would you do mental torture aspect of the movie.

I’m not reviewing to share spoilers but for those looking to know what the movie is about:

A group of kids celebrate their senior college spring break in Mexico. On their last day there, they meet a guy who asks them to play a game of Truth or Dare, locking them in to a cycle of terror when they realize once asked, they have to play – no matter what. The truths get more revealing. The dares more deadly.

Was this a blockbuster hit? No. Did it hold my attention? Yes. I was creeped out by how the characters were asked Truth or Dare. I liked how Marki (?) was pretty tough regarding the reality of what they had been tricked in to. The female actresses dominated the movie and that was pretty cool to watch.

Conclusion: Watch it….if you dare….

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Avengers: Infinity Wars – Watch it or Skip it?

r_avengersinfinitywar_intheatersnow_e75bfcbf.jpegIf you’ve been following the entire Marvel’s movies from Iron Man to Guardians of the Galaxy to Captain America to Black Panther (which wasn’t my favorite but that’s a review for another post), then there is no way you can skip Avengers: Infinity Wars!!

Whether you watch it in the theater or wait until you can see it in the comfort of your own home, be prepared to go on an emotionally wild ride from start to finish.

I’m not going to share any spoilers but I do have one question, like maybe I missed something but why didn’t anyone just cut Thanos arm off??? They had a couple of opportunities to – even had their hands on it – and yet, no one cuts off his arm?? I don’t know if they physically couldn’t or what but that was a thought that if I was one of those people who yelled at the screen, I would have been yelling it.

Oh, who am I kidding? I definitely asked that while I was watching the movie.

I do recommend watching the other movies in order, if you haven’t yet. And if you have and it’s been awhile, I’d recommend watching them again so you can remember why Captain America wasn’t around and Tony had a flip phone to call him with or things went so screwy in Age of Ultron and what happened to Thor’s eye. Trust me, it’s good to have a refresher.

Here’s a given spoiler, I’m sure people have hinted at it enough but I’ll keep mine vague: people die in this movie.

Lots of people die in these Marvel movies. Some just hit you harder in the feels. I’m still in denial and hoping for a lot of Supernatural Winchester brothers type resurrections!

Foregone conclusion here: WATCH IT!!! You won’t understand the next one if you don’t watch this one first.

Just be prepared to get shell-shocked and feel emotionally torn asunder.

‘But I don’t want to go, Mr. Stark’….




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Movie Review: You Were Never Really Here – Watch it or Skip it?

Popping in to do a quick movie review of You Were Never Really Here which is currently out.

I decided to give this movie a try after seeing promotions for it on Facebook.

I’m honestly wishing I had skipped it. I don’t see the appeal for this movie. It’s slow, disjointed, and hard to follow in some ways.

The movie touches on dark subject matters of hired assassins and child trafficking. Joaquin Phoenix plays the lead actor as a hired assassin whose last job goes awry.

I’m not going to go into plot details or give any spoilers away. All I can say for this quick movie review is: SKIP IT!!!

I wish I had my two hours back.



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Witch is When it All Began by Adele Abbott – quick review – Read it or Leave it?


In the spirit of paying it forward as an author, I’m going to try and get back into writing reviews. Instead of doing long reviews, though, I’m going to do quick posts that highlight the positives and whether or not I’d recommend to read it or leave it.

On a whim, I clicked on a Facebook ad for a series written by Adele Abbott. I knew nothing about the author but her cover intrigued me as well as the story premise. The series focuses on Jill Gooder, a private investigator with a one eyed cat, who discovers she is adopted. Awhile after finding out that she is adopted, she learns her birth mother is dying and Jill goes to visit her.  Her birth mother shocks Jill by calling Jill a witch, right before dies. Strange things start to happen to Jill after that. She takes on a case to find a serial killer in the first novel and the story takes off from there.

I read this book months ago and found the fast pace writing to be interesting. I like books that move quickly and don’t dawdle. I also enjoyed that the author used English colloquialisms  (as in England’s English) because I wasn’t used to the phrases. It added a little something to the story.

I liked the author’s play on names and how very few characters in the book would catch the irony in the names.

Not getting into a plot description or going over what happens – I liked the book. I would definitely recommend to read it. I liked it so much I went out and got the whole series and am now following it.

As a paranormal genre, you will see characters popping up that are classic fairy tale critters in the series. Abbott gives them a familiar feel with a little bit of a new twist.

She has a variety of characters in her books – each with their own unique set of quirks. The main character, Jill, is addicted to custard cremes and cupcakes. Her secretary has a knitting obsession. Her cat has one eye. He plays an important role as Jill’s office mate. The dynamics of the characters are interesting and all play well off of each other.

The mystery is about right in the middle level of difficulty – not too easy to solve but not too hard either. Not only that, Jill Gooder usually finds herself following multiple cases and helping people out.

Positive elements: humor, mystery, paranormal, fast pace, quick read, new books come out just about every two months. Each case is usually solved by the book’s end with little tiny cliff hangers to draw you into the next book.

Conclusion: Definitely Read it!

You can follow the author on her website and pick up a book here.  The 23rd book in the series, Witch is Why Promises Were Broken, is due to be released December 1, 2017.

Happy Reading!

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