Return

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

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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

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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

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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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