Queen of Air and Darkness

Next book has finally been finished. Coming in at around 900 pages it was definitely a behemoth. I understand that you only want to make 3 books (and then it turns into 6, I see you Mortal Instruments series), but do you really have to drag it on for 900 pages?

Now this review won’t make sense if you haven’t read any of the Dark Artifices novels, especially since this is the conclusion, but feel free to read along. I am going to do my best to give an overview and not get dragged down in all the little details.

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

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Let’s Try This Again

Alright, it’s been a couple years since I wrote on here and I really need to push myself to get back into this. I’ve had a lot go on in my life in the last two years, but reading and watching movies has definitely stayed the same. I’ve been running two different book clubs to various degrees and even attend a local radio station book club usually every month.

I haven’t watched anything movie-wise yet this month and I really don’t want to make a huge long post about Bird Box, haha. It was an okay movie, a lot like the Quiet Place, but definitely not my favorite movie of 2018. So, instead I will give my review on the last book in my 2018 TBR pile – Thrawn: Alliances! And per usual, spoilers ahead!


Ominous words under any circumstances, but all the more so when uttered by Emperor Palpatine. On Batuu, at the edges of the Unknown Regions, a threat to the Empire is taking root—its existence little more than a glimmer, its consequences as yet unknowable. But it is troubling enough to the Imperial leader to warrant investigation by his most powerful agents: ruthless enforcer Lord Darth Vader and brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn. Fierce rivals for the emperor’s favor, and outspoken adversaries on Imperial affairs—including the Death Star project—the formidable pair seem unlikely partners for such a crucial mission. But the Emperor knows it’s not the first time Vader and Thrawn have joined forces. And there’s more behind his royal command than either man suspects.

In what seems like a lifetime ago, General Anakin Skywalker of the Galactic Republic, and Commander Mitth’raw’nuruodo, officer of the Chiss Ascendancy, crossed paths for the first time. One on a desperate personal quest, the other with motives unknown . . . and undisclosed. But facing a gauntlet of dangers on a far-flung world, they forged an uneasy alliance—neither remotely aware of what their futures held in store.

Now, thrust together once more, they find themselves bound again for the planet where they once fought side by side. There they will be doubly challenged—by a test of their allegiance to the Empire . . . and an enemy that threatens even their combined might.

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Sorry for the brief hiatus! It was certainly not my intention, but work got a little crazy as well as real life. On Tuesday I returned from a week long trip to Oahu with my parents, brother, grandparents, and uncle. It was a lot of fun to see my grandparents again, which is getting to be only once a year or so now since they’ve gotten older and they live in California. The trip was originally supposed to be in December, but my grandfather was diagnosed with colon cancer and had to undergo surgery. But he looks great and is doing quite well, although I think he’s going to be starting up chemo now that he’s back from vacation. We stayed at the Disney Aulani Resort and Spa in Oahu and travelled around almost all the coasts of Oahu as we explored all sorts of places like the Dole Plantation, Polynesian Cultural Center, Sea Life Park, and Pearl Harbor. I had a fantastic time and managed not to get sunburned!

I’m going to get back into reviewing books and talking about movies very soon since the long plane rides allowed me to finish up quite a few books! I’m very excited to talk about them and I just saw Deadpool last night, which was fantastic! Definitely not a kid movie, so don’t be that parent (like the ones I saw last night) that bring them under 13 year old children to a definitely rated R movie. You can suffer being uncool for a little while until a new more appropriate superhero movie comes out.

I’ll also make a post about my trip with some photos once I actually get to sit down and put my photos on my computer. This has been a long 3 days at work with the time change and I’m ready for the week! But I wanted to let my followers know that I am around. Have a happy Friday!

Hotel Ruby Review


Stay tonight. Stay forever.

When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.

Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn’t have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.

The more Audrey learns about the new people she’s met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between life in a place that is so much more than it seems…

Welcome to the Ruby.

Sounds interesting right? It certainly did to me and I have to admit that it continued to be quite intriguing the entire read. I have to classify this as a horror ghost story since there is a bit of darkness in it. I guessed most of it, but the way the story was told and how you discovered the pieces certainly made it a fun read. 4/5 stars.

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The Trouble With St. John Review


Now, this isn’t a novel I would normally go picking up, but my friend signed me up to go to a local book club run by a woman on a local radio station. I was excited to see that the author is actually a fellow Minnesotan and she will be at the book club!

It reminds me a lot of Stephanie Plum mixed in with a bit of Shopaholic for the weird things that keep happening to the main character. I would give it a 3.5/4. As always, spoilers in the full review behind the cut!

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The Zodiac Legacy Review


My first book review on here. I do most of my reviews on Goodreads, but I don’t like posting spoilers on there, so I never get into too much detail. But, I’m going to change that for my blog and there will be spoilers. The main reason for that is because half the time I forget what happened in the book by the time the next book comes out and it’s a pain to try and find a spoiler-filled review to refresh my memory. So, just a warning!

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New Year, New Me

So, it’s now officially 2016 and this is the last year of my twenties because I will be turning 30 in August (eek!) So, one of my resolutions is to start upping my social media game a little bit and instead of just letting everything sit on Facebook I might as well get out in the interwebs and interact with more people! So, I’m going to hopefully be using my twitter, instagram, and this blog a lot more. It’s going to be tough to make sure I do it, but I’m damn determined. Hopefully I’ll get a couple followers and they will get on my case to make something happen.

My other goal is to get healthy. I’m not completely unhealthy, but I know I can really get my butt into gear. I need to start making better food choices and really keep up with my fitness. I actually don’t mind going to the gym, but keeping myself motivated is hard. I’m currently working on my 5K goal and we’ll see if I get signed up to run a half-marathon in September of this year. If I don’t then I’m going to continue to keep working on my running goal even if it’s not something I completely enjoy (yet!), but you should always do one thing that scares you.

So, you may be wondering about me. Well, this is my chance to introduce myself a little bit. My name is Lauren and I’m a complete geeky/nerdy fangirl! I’m going to use this blog to talk about those geeky things that make me fangirl and use it as a platform to talk about my weight loss journey as well since documenting things will help. Back to the fun geeky stuff though. I’m passionate about Harry Potter, Marvel, Star Wars, Disney, travel, baseball, music, movies, tv shows, and books (lots of books!). I collect far too many Funko Pops and Her Universe runs my wardrobe. I’ll post about various cons that I go to around the year and I’m especially excited about my 4th trip to San Diego Comic Con! Each year has been different and there’s always something exciting going on there.

If you read this far then thank you and I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me 🙂