Hello All!

First and foremost I just want to thank you all for taking the time to come check out my page. As I mention in my about me section, I will primarily be doing book reviews. Also I plan to have open discussion posts about different, random things bc that is who I am as a person.

While this is a brand new blog, I am no stranger to the blogging world.  However, due to personal growth and changes in reading tastes and a few personal reasons; I have chosen to start over with a clean slate.  I will not be transferring my old reviews and posts to this page, but if you feel the urge to check them out you can find them at alliecollins8488@wordpress.com. Feel free to check those out and give feedback.

In recent years I have caught myself several times reading a book just bc of the hype, bc I somehow felt obligated or that it would make me less of a reader if I didn’t read it and enjoy it. Until one day I cracked. I finally asked myself, “why am I wasting my time reading things I don’t care about just for the sake of being able to say that I have read them?’  There are so many other books I’d much rather partake in and life is too short to spend time on things you lack genuine interest in.

With that being said, my reading habbits know no boundaries. I read every genre and don’t confine myself to popular opinions. In fact, you will notice that I tend to gravitate towards the more unpopular opinion. So if you are interested in mixed opinions and diverse book discussions, then look no further. Feel free to comment, like and share anything you see here.  I’d love to hear your thoughts!





Updates && my recent reads

Well hello blogger friends! Today is a very exciting day, bc today is the day I shall overload my blog with tons of posts. I know some of y’ll thought that I had abandoned post but I did not. I am still alive and I am ready to get back into the swing of things.

This post is going to be a sorda mash-up of what’s been going n in my life, what I’ve read and what I’m currently reading. So this may be all over the place.

So february was such a busy month, not busy in the sense that I had a lot going on, but busy as in there was always something happening.  Pretty much every person in my house had the flu, and not all at one time mind you. The flu decided to devour us each one by one, slowly. Idk if any of you have had the flu going around this year, but it is no joke.  My oldest daughter was out of school for a week, during this time my youngest was recovering from dental surgery. And my husband and I had the absolute pleasure of deep cleaning and sanatizing our entire home. Since we didn’t have enough going on, we decided that it would also be the perfect time to de-clutter and spring clean. Helpful advice: the only thing that comes from de-cluttering is more clutter. Now all the chaos I had so neatly packed away all through my house is sitting in piles all over my den, waiting for me to pack in my trunk, so I can drive around with it for 3mos before I finally decide to donate it at my local thriftstore. A thriftstore, I might add, that I will be frequenting often for shopping excursions, all while said donation is still sitting in the trunk of my car.

As for reading: I managed to read 4 books in February. I took January by storm and charged into the new year by reading 11 books.  I have not writen reviews on all of these, bu I do intend to write some reviews this week. I’m not going to make a super extensive list w/ pics. I’ll just list them down below at the end of the blog. Or possibly make a february wrap post..

Currently I am reading.. a big ole’ mess of everything. I have been picking things up here and there and basically reading a chapter or two, trying to figure out what I am in the mood for but I have not committed to anything. I don’t want to say I’m in a slump bc I do desire to read, I just haven’t been able to pique my interest lately. Honestly, I would love to get into more classics and literary fiction, maybe even some children’s classics but everything I have picked up lately has really just been a miss for me.

And as for some random news.. I have officially decided to start a booktube channel! This is big for me. So out of my comfort zone, I know nothing about filming or editing. But I have the support of family and friends, and I am absolutley stoked to see what comes of it! I honestly don’t have many bookish friends and reading is such an important part of my life, that I’d really just like to have people to share that with. Now what that means for this blog: Well absolutley nothing, I still plan to post, however, it will mostly be just book reviews and I plan to make myself more available on other social plattforms.

I just want to tell you all how much I appreciate all of you out there that take the time out of your busy lives to read what I have to say. That take time to comment and start conversations about books. You all are so amazing and I am so thankful for you!

Since this post is already ridiculous long, I will do a February wrap up on a second post. Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!

What I read in January: Wrap-up

If you’ve been reading my content then you know I don’t really do monthly tbr’s.. I have a certain stack of books I plan to get to sooner than others. But I like to keep track of what I read each month.

This month was an excellent month for reading, I read 11 books and I enjoyed the majority of them..

I read five 5 stars, two 4 stars, two 3 stars and two 2 stars

and a total of 3,050 pages



You can find the synopsis here

Technically I started this book in December but I finished it in January, I gave this book 4 stars..



You can find the synopsis here

I gave this book 5 stars



You can find the synopsis here

This was my very first poetry collection ever and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought but I did enjoy a few poems towards the end so for that I give this 3 stars.



You can find the synopsis here

I think I liked this book even more than the first in the series, even though I adored that one. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite series. I gave this book 5 stars.



Mercury    anya’s ghost

I just lumped these two together, they were the only graphic novels I read this month and I have to say I wasn’t impressed by either. I gave them both 2 stars.



You can find the synopsis here

This book. This book was so gut-wrentching. This is the second Taylor jenkins Reif I have read this month and I just love her writting. i gave this 5 stars



You can find the synopsis here

I really liked this, I don’t usually go for series anymore these days but I was pleasently surprised by this one. I plan to continue on with the series in Feburary. I gave this book 4 stars.



You can find the synopsis here

If you haven’t read this book yet, then what are you even doing?  I have really been trying and loving adult fiction these days and this was a fantastic read, I gave this 5 stars.


You can find the synopsis here

This was meh. I love dark contemporaries but this was nothing out of the ordinary. I gave this 3 stars.


Last but certainly not least, my baby. Check it out here

I gave this 5 stars.


So this is all the books I read this month, I plan to have reviews up for all or most of them by the end of this week in case you would like to know more of my thoughts on any of these. What did you read this month and what are your reading plans for Febuary?

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: Book Review





It’s official. I have found one of my favorite books of the year. January was such a good reading month for me, most of the books I read were 4 and 5 stars, I think I had two 3 star books. For the most part, I thoroughly enjoyed everything I read.

If anyone is keeping score, I think I should get double points for reading this.  Not only was this book on my personal tbr, it was also on my 25 books I want to reaad in 2018.. And I did it! Look at me being an adult and sticking to my list!

I have heard majorly amazing things about this book and author and while I own all of her books, I had yet to pick one up. Since reading this I have read some of her other books and I am now a super fan..

This book tells the story of Evelyn Hugo, she one of the worlds most famous movie stars and an iconic sex symbol.. Pretty much the Marylin Monroe of her time.  Despite her many attributes, the one thing that Evelyn Hugo is most notorious for is having seven husbands.  Now in her old age, Evelyn has decided she is ready to tell her side of the story… Monique is a 30 something writer, lacking inspiration, on the verge of divorce and not exactly at the top of her game. So when Evelyn contacts her to write her biography/tell-all book, Monique thinks this is just the break she needs. However, when Evelyn’s truths come forwards and the two ladies lives intersect in unimaginable ways, Monique might just be getting more than she bargained for.

Told in alternating past and present, we see Evelyn’s journey to hollywood, her rise to stardom and learn the truths behind the media’s lies and we learn who was truly the love of Evelyn’s life..

Somethings you need to know before reading this:

  1. It is amazing. Just read it. Don’t read spoilery reviews. Go into it blind.
  2. Mine’s not spoilery so def read my review 🙂
  3. Have tissues.


Nothing in this world could have prepared me for this. When I say all the feels, I mean all of them. I was angry with characters, I was brokenhearted for them, I wanted them to get what they deserve and still have a happy ending. I just wanted everything and I sincerly feel like that is what I got with this book. The story mostly takes place in old hollywood (50’s and 60’s) and I honestly felt like I was there. The atmospere and imagery for this book literally just flies off the page. By the end of this book I couldn’t tell you what was real and what wasn’t. My heart was on the ground. I went into this blind, only knowing about the 7 husband part, but this is nothing like you think it’s going to be. Guys, just read it. Just read it please.  And if you have read it please talk to me about it, I have so many thoughts.

After the fall: Book Review



Hi y’all! After a few weeks off, I am back and at it again! I really just needed a break from social media platforms and decided that the time to do that would be January. New year and much needed new perspective. But I come to you today with a clean and clear mind and with a TON of reviews.. During this time off I have taken some time to start up a schedule for this site and I have some really great ideas, and I am just excited to put them into effect..

So time off of social media means more time for reaading and this month I have read 11 books! I wil most likely do an update post, letting you guys know what I have read and my current reads and then a few things I plan to get to next. As you all know I don’t do tbr’s that well so these are merely suggestions, if you will. But enough rambling, let’s get on to this review..

After the fall was the second or third book I read this month. It’s been on my shelves for a while and I finally decided it was time for me to learn what is written in those pages.. As much as I anticipated this book, I have to say I found it to be slighlty disappointing and very much predictable.

This book tell the story of Raychel, who is torn between two brothers, one whom is her best friend and the other whom she has just begun a secret relationship with.

And that is basically your plotline. Although it sounds it sounds like a typcal ya love triangle, it is not. This is a very dark book. Topics of rape, death, depression, and slut-shaming  are examined. There were a few instances where I felt like a certain could have been handled a little differently. But that is the only qualms I had with it.  I honestly don’t have much to say about this book, although the topics are dark and heavy, I found this book to be overall bland.  And the plot-twist, which is one I saw coming, was almost too much. I gave this book 3 stars. I don’t feel like it was anything to write home about. Just your standard-ya-dark-contemorary. Nothing particularly stood out to me.

Books I want to read in 2018

Howdy, howdy! I have just had the most productive blogging day I’ve had in a while. But I have two children under 10 and finding time to sit down and collect your thoughts at the end of the day is always a task, I don’t even get to pee in private sometimes. None the less, I am really trying to have fun with my blog and really enhance my reading life.

Reading is just the best hobby I’ve ever had. It’s more than a hobby, it is a lifestyle. Not too many folks read these days, I sound like an elderly “these young whipper-snappers are too busy with phones in thier face to read!” But it is seriously true. The usual esponse I get when I tell someone that I read and review books goes something like this, “Oh I don’t like to read.” or “If it’s a good book they’ll just make it into a movie.” (cringe) My favorite, “I just don’t see ho you have time to read.” or “That’s so boring”. Reading has almost become a dying practice and it really breaks my heart. With that being said,I worry about myself becoming slumpish and becoming too distracted for my own good. But anyways.. enough of my tangent. I’m not even for sure where it came from..

I have here a list of books that I would really like to read this year. Nothing is ever set, I have learned that monthly tbr’s are not the thing for me, bc I like freedom in m reading and I only want to read 3 books in one month then I don’t want to put any false guilt on myself.  I did set myself a goodreads goal this year. I challenged myself to read 25 books. I struggled with what I wanted to set for myself this year, I changed it 4 times before I found a number that felt right. I picked the number 25 bc I don’t want to read just 25 random books, but I have 25 specific books I want to read this year. Now I know that I will probaby meet my goal before I read all these specific books but it will be in the back of my mind and in this post and I am depending on you guys to pester me as much as possible about it! So here it is the 25 books I want to read or re-read this year. I will link goodreads to the lesser known books , so if you want to know what it’s about you can check on there. But I’m just going to list them on here.Harry Potter.. The entire series.



  1. Rebecca goodreads
  2. Something by Jane Austen
  3. Redeeming Love goodreads
  4. East of Eden goodreads
  5. Water for Elephants goodreads
  6. The Book Thief goodreads
  7. The Nightingale goodreads
  8. Mariana goodreads
  9. The Kind Worth Killing goodreads
  10. Between Shades of Grey goodreads
  11. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo goodreads
  12. I’ve Got Your Number goodreads
  13. A Madness So Discreet goodreads
  14. Ten Tiny Breaths goodreads
  15. Big Little Lies  goodreads
  16. Murder on the Orient Express goodreads
  17. Station Eleven goodreads
  18. Practical Magic goodreads
  19. – 25. The entire Harry Potter series goodreads link to the first book


So there you have it! Wish me luck and tell me what you think I should start with, hopefully I can accomplish my goal and read all these this year!




The worst of 2017

I am a little late posting, but these are always my favorite blogs to read and videos to watch so I am so excited to finally do one myself!

I’ve posted a lot today and still have at least two more posts so I will try to make this short and sweet..

This past year was an experimental year…sorda. I still read a lot in the same genre, but realized quickly that my tastes are changing. I unhauled over 400 books and have really just stopped getting into hyped books and just started reading what I want. So 2017 was chock-full of duds. I can’t list them all bc that would be one huge post, seeing as I have read 75 books this past year. But these are the ones I detested the most…



I love thriller/suspense however, 2017 was the year of epically un-awesome thriller reads for me. This one had an amazing premise and I anticipated it for several months, however I was completely unmoved. For the full synopsis:





This one I have to give the benefit of the doubt.  This is actually a picture book. Literally the whole story is told in pictures. Which is a pretty cool concept, I just didn’t care for the story. I think it would have been better executed as a an actual novel.





Well here’s an unpopular opinion for ya! This tends to be most folks favorite Colleen Hoover, but this is my least favorite that I’ve read so far. I have a small review on goodreads that explains why I didn’t care for it. But overall, the concept was great I just didn’t care for the execution. I still love Colleen Hoover though!




Don’t even get me started on this book. Just no. NO! I have a full review on my old blog I will link if your interested. But this was just utterly painful. goodreads



In all fairness, this book wasn’t terrible. I kept me in suspense in a way, but overall I just felt that it was severly over-hyped and there are much creepier books out there. And now having read this, I have encountered and dnf’d at least 4 other books that try really hard to copy this format.




And lastly.. I have to admit, this one breaks my heart the most. I looked forward to this all year. I waited til halloween specifically, bc this book takes place in October and halloween plays a big part. I loved a lot of the story or the idea of it, but they’re was two elements that just did not make sense to me, and the most cringe-worthy romance ever. EVER! I have a mini-review on goodreads, if you want to check it out. goodreads

So that is it. These are the worst books I read in 2017. I didn’t include the dnf’s bc I don’t feel that would be fair, but if that is something your interested in I’d be happy to post those as well.

What were your least favorites of 2017? I’d love to hear about them!

Come find me on goodread!

my goodreads

Update: What I’m reading, Life

Hello all! So I have been trying to post reviews and content every week as part of my new years resolution. I realize though, that I have been mostly posting reviews, which is great bc I love writting them. Howver, aside from that I haven’t been very good at keeping an update on what I am currently reading or doing.

Just a fore-warning this may be an extra long post and if i see that it’s going to be too much, I’ll post this in parts. Like a blog series, ya know- since my life is interesting and all..

First off, I want to start out by thanking everyone who takes the time to read my blogs. It really means so much to me. With that being said I am really looking for ways to put myself out there. No, this is not a self promotion-type thing. This is more of a personal goal for me. You see, when I first joined goodreads I was terrified to write a review. Literally scared to death. I thought that I wan’t good enough for the literary world and that I would be chewed up and spit out. I’m naturally timid and passive by nature and I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve. My feelings get hurt easliy. So this blog is a big step for me. Secondly, I have no reader friends. My husband thinks reading is boring (what the heck???) and most of my friends have no real interest in it. I had a really good friend who did, but 2017 was a rough year and that friendship is no more, sadly. Another example of wearing my heart on my sleeve, bc I still cry to this day over the loss of that friendship. Anyways. I said all that to say basically, I really want to look into doing more social media type things with this blog. I have a twitter, which I used for a minute but I never could get the feel for it. I have considered instagram, but I’m not for sure how to write reviews on there. So.. any and I mean any advice you have to offer would be so greatly appreciated.  Also if you are interested, I’d really love for you to add me as a friend on goodreads or twitter. When I get an instagram going and a book facebook I will link those as well. But for now I will link the other two at the end. I just really yearn for people to talk to about what I’m reading. Reading is such a big part of my life and it would make my heart so happy to have more reader friends connect with.

Now. Onto what I am currently up too, in my personal life: I have taken up bread making and I am even learning to bake! Which is massive for me, I love cooking but baking has always daunted me. And bread making? I never thought that would be possible. But I am calling this year, the year of stepping out of comfort zones. And thus far it has been!

So what am I reading?

Currently I am reading:



After the fall by Kate Hart is a darker feel YA contemporary about a girl caught in between two brothers. And Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye is a semi re-telling of Jane Eyre. Both of these books are super dark and are literally taking me forever to read, hopefully I will be finished this week and be able to have reviews up for them soon.

If anyone has read them, please let me know what you think. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

For now, I shall leave you with this and I will be posting updates more often, bc that felt amazing to get everything off my chest and lay it out there. I hope you guys have a wonderful day!

Please add me as a friend on goodreads:


Or twitter, I plan to be more active!


Green Angel by Alice Hoffman





I have been meaning to write something about this book for a little over a week now. This was literally the last book I read of 2017 and probably one of the best books I read this year..

This book is a small book, 116pages. It took me about an hour to read it and it’s one of those books that I’m looking forward to re-reading in the future.

Left on her own when her family dies in a terrible disaster, fifteen-year-old Green is haunted by loss and by the past. Struggling to survive physically and emotionally in a place where nothing seems to grow and ashes are everywhere, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden. But in destroying her feelings, she also begins to destroy herself, erasing the girl she’d once been as she inks darkness into her skin. It is only through a series of mysterious encounters that Green can relearn the lessons of love and begin to heal enough to tell her story.

So I copied that from goodreads, bc I feel uninspired today and couldn’t be bothered to come up with my own material.

But basically what we have here is a very short post-apoolyptic, survial story with a touch of magical realism.

I found this story to be remarkable and so moving. The way Alice Hoffman weaves so much depth and perspective into a mere 100 page story, I will never be able to fathom. Although the plot is straightforward, the descriptivness and emotion written in each line had me completely engrossed.

The only fall back I had with this book, was I coud not figure out whether or not the story took place some time in the past or in present times. But I almost think that part was left to the imagination on purpose, so the reader can perceive the story in a way suits his or her tastes. Also, just so you know going into it, this story is one without much dialouge. It’s a story that feeds of descriptions and emotions, so if your not into that you may want to steer clear. Personally, I found that to be a refreshing break from the usual stories I gravitate towards.

All in all, there is not much I can about this book, except that I loved it. It was very thought provoking and beautiful. And if you are looking for a short book that can be read within an hour or two, then this is one you should definatley check out!

Hunted by Megan Spooner


“She wept because she did not know what she wanted, and because she wanted everything.”

I read this book based on the recommendation from one of my favorite booktubers. In all actuality, I have owned this book for over 3 months and had every intention of unhauling. However, after hearing its praises sung, I decided to give it a shot.

If you haven’t heard of this book before, this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and a very good one at that.

Upon first finishing this book, I had rather mixed feelings. I couldn’t decide whether I liked it or not. After some reflection I have determined that while it is not the best fairytale I have ever read, I really did enjoy it.

This book tells the story of Yeva. When she was younger, before her family came into money and began living an arisocratic lifestyle, she was just a girl who loved to spend her days with her father hunting in the forest. Because she was willing to learn, he taught her everything she needed to know about hunting and tracking. Years later, her family falls into misfortune and has to return to thier roots, a hunting cabin in the outskirts of the woods.  Though Yeva is secretly excited, as her heart has always yearned to be in the forest, that excitment is short-lived. Yeva’s father seems to have that same longing, which leads to the loss of his sanity and ultimately his diappearance.  Yeva sets her sights on the beast which her father claimed to be tracking down before his disappearance.  Despite her sister’s reservations, Yeva sets out on the journey of a lifetime, but when she finally encounters the beast what she will discover about the world she thought she knew will forever shaper her into who she was always meant to be.

Some things I really liked about this book:

The russian setting. The descriptions and atmoshpere, were very well written. I easliy felt as if I were living the story rather than reading about it.

All the characters in this book were fully developed, even the secondary characters. Everyone had something to add to the story. One of my biggest pet peeves is when characters are created out of nowhere just to make the main character more relatable or to create conflict, but that was simply not the case in this story.  Every character served a purpose.

I loved the main character, Yeva. While she was not without her flaws, that was a big part of what made her so relatable. I always appreciate a story with a strong female lead, but still can be vuneranble and human. Yeva was stubborn, but at the same time she had a childlike sense of wonder. Being able to grow with her as the story progressed made this experience all the more enjoyable.

As if it even needs to be said, the beauty and the beast elements were my favorite part of the book. I am always a sucker for a good beauty and the beast story.  The author really tapped into her creativity, I was completely entranced from the first page to the very last.

The main reason that this wasn’t a 5 star read for me, is the lack of explanations. All the loose ends were tied up for the most part, the author intends this to be a standalone (which btw is another thing I LOVE) but some things were left unexplained .. for instance: How did the beast become the way he did? What exactly was his need for Yeva, especially if he already knew he could not be killed? And how exactly did she break the curse placed on him? I know for some that that is what gives the story its charm, for me however, I want answers.  Other than my want for more, this book was a fantastic read. If you are into fantasy, fairytales and you love standalones then this book would be a perfect read for you.







Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough






It’s been a while since I delved into a good physcological thriller. In fact the last thriller I read was “You” by Caroline Kepnes, which left a bitter taste in my mouth. I have considered writting a review on it, but everyone who reads this blog knows how much I dislike it. Ironically enough, thriller/suspense are one of my favorite genres, I just don’t tend to read an abundance of them.

I don’t know that this is so much a review, as it is a jumble of thoughts. Just a fore-warning, this may be spoilerish. I never promise spoiler-free reviews or discussion bc I never know what I am going to write until I sit down to write it. This book, however, I don’t think there is a way to effectively talk about it without spoiling it a little. So, you have been warned.

So let’s start with the obvious elephant in the room, if you have read this then you know to what I am referring. That this novel has a major supernatural, unrealistic (or so I feel) twist. Infact, had I known anything about that element to the story I probably would have never picked it up.

This book tells the story of a woman named Louise. She meets a guy in a bar and forms a connection. The two share a kiss and the man runs off. Come to find out, the man turns out to be Louise’s new boss David. And he happens to be married. The two try to put thier feelings aside and maintain a professional relationship, which they ultimately fail at. However, things become complicated when Louise befriends David’s wife, Adele and begins to learn disturbing things about the couple’s marriage, resulting in a tug-of-war of emotions. Louise does not know whom to trust..


I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna spoil it bc I gotta talk about it. Just exit now if you don’t wanna know.

We learn that Louise is a sleepwalker. Adele, whom has had a very, very tragic past also struggled with sleepwalking, but has taught herself how to lucid dream. Being the good friend she is, (insert sarcasim) Adele teaches Louise the tricks of the trade. Thus being our escaltion into paranormal mayhem.

The thing with this book, is the author had an idea, and she executed it really well and I commend her for it. Sadly, this book is marketed as a thriller and I went into expecting such. By the end epilouge (which had the big reveal) I felt like had just read about an acid trip gone wrong.

I did give this book a 3.5 on goodreads. I was genuinely disturbed upon finishing it, and I was massively surprised, which were the two things I went into this book hoping for. So on those accounts it did deliver, and for that reason this was bumped from a 1.5 to a 3.5.

Honestly, this was not a bad book. It was a written very well, the idea behind it was very unique and creative and most certainly nothing like I had ever read before. That is mainly due to the fact that this is not typically the type of book I read. I think my rating is based off of wrong reader reading the wrong book bc the marketing was off.

If you are into paranormalish, disturbing mysteries and like the idea of reading something that will continue to shock you until the very last sentence, then this is def the book for you. Had the paranormal elements not been there or if it was something a lot more believable then I think I would had enjoyed this much more.