The Bucket List by Emma Ruben

The Bucket List

Title: The Bucket List

Author: Emily Ruben

Publisher: Inkitt

Date of publication: June 21st, 2017

Genre: New Adult, Young Adult

Number of pages: 404

POV: 1st person

Where you can find The Bucket List: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Leah thought that the turmoil in her life had come to an end. That is, until the boy-next-door who’s just moved in, turns out to be none other than her old childhood best friend, Damon. Rekindling their friendship, the two become inseparable and life seems perfect until Leah learns a tragic secret; Damon is terminally ill and has only one more year to live. 

Leah and Damon decide to embark on an adventure to have the time of their lives and cross out every to-do on their ‘Bucket List’. With the clock ticking and time precious, will they be able to complete every goal before time runs out?

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A Guy, a Girl and a Voodoo Monkey Hand by D.I. Jolly

A Guy, a Girl and a Voodoo Monkey Hand

Title: A Guy, a Girl and a Voodoo Monkey Hand

Author: D.I. Jolly

Publisher: Raider Publishing International

Date of publication: August 20th, 2010

Genre: Mystery, Humor

Number of pages: 260

POV: 1st person

Where you can find A Guy, a Girl and a Voodoo Monkey Hand: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

A quirky tongue-and-cheek story about a detective with a difference, and it’s not his caffeine addiction or his strange collection of friends. Through the course of three cases, Jones P.I. starts to discover that maybe he doesn’t know everything about life, love, and everything. Syn Island a man-made island created as a maximum security prison when left for a few generations becomes one of the world’s strongest economies, exporting brain power and work ethic. Now, it’s a city like any other filled with jazz, crime mobsters, and dark alleyways, and it lends itself to a few night-time adventures. Like all good detective stories, this one starts with a woman in a red dress, and as we follow our hero through a strange maze of misunderstandings, mistresses, and bars we start to learn that a little bit of crazy is what will keep you sane on the streets of Syn Island. And then, of course, there’s Jeff…

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The Waking Land by Callie Bates

The Waking Land

Title: The Waking Land

Author: Callie Bates

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine

Date of publication: June 27th, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

Number of pages: 400

POV: 1st person

Where you can find The Waking Land: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Lady Elanna Valtai is fiercely devoted to the King who raised her like a daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder and must flee for her life.

Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna is forced to reckon with her despised, estranged father, branded a traitor long ago. Feeling a strange, deep connection to the natural world, she also must face the truth about the forces she has always denied or disdained as superstition powers that suddenly stir within her.

But an all-too-human threat is drawing near, determined to exact vengeance. Now Elanna has no choice but to lead a rebellion against the kingdom to which she once gave her allegiance. Trapped between divided loyalties, she must summon the courage to confront a destiny that could tear her apart.

My review:

The Waking Land is one of those books that pull you in from the explosive first page and will not let you up for air until the intense end. A book with vivid writing, memorable characters and a storyline that will stir your imagination.

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Make Me Stay (Panic: Book 2) by Sidney Halston

Make Me Stay (Panic, #2)

Title: Make Me Stay

Author: Sidney Halston

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept

Date of publication: June 27th, 2017

Genre: Romance

Number of pages: Unknown

POV: Alternating 1st person

Series: Panic

Pull Me Close – Book 1 (review here)

Make Me Stay – Book 2

Where you can find Make Me Stay: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Secret identities, second chances, drama, desire: It’s all going down in Miami Beach in this tantalizing novel from the bestselling author of Pull Me Close, which was hailed by Aurora Rose Reynolds as “a heart-gripping story about . . . the power of love.”

April: Walking away from Matt Moreno was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Lying to him was a close second, but for his safety, I had no other choice. I was undercover, working to put some nasty people behind bars. But when Matt nearly recognizes me on Lincoln Road a year later, all those very real feelings come rushing back. Now that my assignment’s almost over, will he understand why I lied? Why I had to leave? Most important, can he ever forgive me?
Matt: I was madly in love with June Simpson . . . or, at least, with the woman I thought was June. Then she just disappeared while my family’s nightclub went through hell. And after months of searching, when I think I’ve finally found that sexy, raspy voice and those exquisite blue eyes, she slips away once more. Turns out, “June” is actually Detective April White. She’s been playing me the whole time. And she’s about to rock my world all over again.

My review:

Make Me Stay is the second book in the Panic series. Set in the hot, hip city of Miami, you are taken on a smoldering journey with April and Matt as they learn to love each other again after betrayal rocks their world. If you dare, enter a world of sex, drugs, and betrayal and expect to have your world rocked.

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Mr. Rich by Virna DePaul

Mr. Rich

Title: Mr. Rich

Author: Virna DePaul

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept

Date of publication: June 27th, 2017

Genre: New Adult, Romance

Number of pages: Unknown

POV: Alternating 1st person

Where you can find Mr. Rich: Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

She finds a wallet (not a shoe), and he’s a billionaire (not a prince), but this time, Cinderella’s turning the tables. . . .

Julia: Shilling samples at a grocery store isn’t exactly my dream job. Yet here I am, tray in hand and a fake smile plastered on my face. The one highlight is seeing him. I don’t know his name, but if I did, I’d scream it during the naughty dreams he inspires. He’s crazy handsome, all confidence and an air of power. He’s never said a word to me. Never even looked in my direction. Then one day he literally falls at my feet. Now I have his wallet. I know where he lives. And I’ve found the nude photos of him online.

It’s not the bruschetta on her tray he really wants to taste. . . .

Bastian: I’ve dated models, doctors, and CEOs, but something about Julia Rominger has me intrigued . . . and more than a little aroused. Maybe it’s her lush curves driving me wild. Or that she has no problem telling me to go to hell. Either way, she’s seen me at my worst; I want to hit her with my best. I know where to touch, where to kiss, and just how far to push to drive her crazy. Soon, however, pleasuring Julia isn’t enough. I want to possess her. I need to make her mine. And I’ll fight to the bitter end to win her heart.

My review:

Mr. Rich is one of those books that make you sigh while reading it. With characters that you can relate to and a plotline that will make you laugh and cry, Mr. Rich is the perfect book to read if you are laying out by the pool or on the beach. Just make sure that you don’t have nosey people reading over your shoulder because the sex scenes are definitely not PG.

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I’ve Been Nominated| Blogger Recognition Award

I want to thank Kristin at A Simply Enchanted Life for nominating me for this tag. Her blog is totally awesome. So check it out if you want a good review, see what bookish things that she has found this week and to read about her amazing family!!


  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How My Blog Started:

I started blogging back in 2008 on Blogger. It was a personal/family blog because I didn’t think to start blogging about the books I read. One night, about a year after that was started, I was describing one of the books I had read to BK and he suggested that I start a book review blog. Which I did, in addition to my personal/family blog. It was called Read With Me. I really wasn’t into reviewing and was/off on with that blog until I closed it in 2010. That’s when I moved to WordPress and started Life of a Crazy Mom. Again, this started off as a personal/family blog but over time, I started doing book and product reviews very casually. It wasn’t until 2015, that I really started getting into writing book/product reviews and in 2016, I went to just writing book reviews. I started getting approached by authors and I found NetGally. The rest is history.

Two Pieces of Advice

Ok, I really suck at giving advice on this stuff, so I apologize in advance:

  1. If you are new to the reviewing scene, just remember….the more you write, the better you will get. You will make mistakes. Learn from them and reach out to other bloggers for help. 99.9% of the time, they will be more than happy to help you.
  2. Review what you love but don’t be afraid to try other genres. Love YA, awesome review your heart out. Secretly want to review science fiction but afraid that you will lose followers. Just do it!!

I nominate:

All of you.

Yes, I am being lazy but I don’t have a lot of time to go through and tag people this morning. If you do this, please leave me a linkback in the comments so I can read your post 🙂

Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume

Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith

Title: Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith

Author: Shaun Hume

Publisher: Popcorn & Rice Publishing

Date of publication: July 31st, 2013 (Original publication date: October  31st, 2012)

Genre: Fantasy

POV: 3rd person

Where you can find Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith: Barnes and Nobles | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least, that’s what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn’t exactly normal …

Thinking he has been moved off to live with his eleventh foster family, Ewan is instead told he is a Lenitnes, one of an ancient race of peoples who can alone see the real ‘Creatures’ which inhabit the earth. He is taken in by Enola, the mysterious sword carrying Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum, a labyrinth of halls and rooms in the middle of London where other children, just like Ewan, go to learn the ways of the Creatures.

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