Rebecca tells it like it is

I'm a reader most of the time, mediocre author some of the time, and house elf always.

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Going to need some tissues for the issues.

Me Before You - Jojo Moyes

Super short review because I've been lazy with leaving reviews over here and on BookLikes lately. I think it's due to the fact that I haven't really been wowed by anything I've picked up in a while. This book wowed me. There were two things that I didn't love about the book 1) there was way too much descriptiveness where description wasn't necessary. 2) Lou was too much in her own head at times and I felt like there could have been more dialogue between her and Will to progress the story instead. Still, I give this book 4.5 stars for pulling me out of a serious reading funk and causing me to lose sleep because I couldn't put it down. That hasn't happened to me in a while, so yay.

22% in.

Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas

I love Chaol. Feeling all fluttery in the chest reading this. It's been a while, yay!!

It's live and it's free

Jinxed (Binds, #0.5) - Rebecca  Espinoza

I don't review or rate my own stuff, but I just wanted to put it out there that Jinxed, my Binds novella just went live. It'll be free for the first 24 hours, so if you've read Binds, or think you might in the future, make sure to go pick it up! Please, please, please don't pay for it, get it while it's free! Oh, if you haven't read Binds (and maybe even if you have), it probably won't make much sense, just a warning.


And...once again, thank you for reading! Whether you love it or hate it, I'll be grateful that you gave it a chance.

95% in.

Through the Smoke - Brenda Novak

Scooby Doo ending!




""Aye, the taking was far more satisfying when the lass was willing.""
In Bed with a Highlander - Maya Banks

This is from the male MC. Really? Oh yes, it's much better when it's not rape. Feeling like I need to step away from my kindle for a while. I'm tearing everything I read apart. Either that or I just need a really kick ass recommendation. 


Gone Girl

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

No review here, just rambling that probably doesn't make much sense. Sorry.


This book mind fucked me, but not in the way it was meant to. Despite the excellent writing, there were things about the book that didn’t work for me, I’ll just mention them briefly here.

The far-fetched plot hinging on the master mind of a woman who would go to a casino (one of the most highly recorded places) while trying to fake her own death, the misandry spewed on every page, and the way the story seemed to just drag on and on with no resolution.

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Despite all of this, I enjoyed it. I connected with it. I could deeply relate to


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 Amy in her feelings about her marriage. It was just a strange coincidence that I would pick this book up during a time in my life that it resonated with me. It made me dislike

Real Amy

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 even more than I normally would have because she manipulated my emotions more than, I think, Gillian Flynn would even have expected. The crazy thing, though is that even though I felt duped, I still disliked Nick more than Amy throughout.

Did the twist surprise me? No. Not really. I felt like even though the book was written well, the plotting could have used some help.  However, because of the fact that Flynn was able to grab me and make me care about the plight of her character

(Diary Amy),

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feel emotionally invested and connected with this woman and completely pull the wool over my eyes about what was coming in that respect, I can say for sure that I was unpleasantly impressed. I’m still left wondering how much of

Diary Amy

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 was real, how can a woman write these occurrences with such depth of emotion and never have experienced them? I’m still wondering. I guess Amy really is a mastermind, just not in the way that Flynn (or Nick) thought. Sign me up for the preorder of the Amy book because writing is where her genius lies.



American Psycho

American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis

I'm having to DNF at 56%. I tried. I really did. No rating. I can't even wrap my mind around it. 

30 Day Book Challenge Day Whatever

I'm so behind on these. My quitter spirit is starting to show. Skipping forward to day 16.


Favorite Female Character


I have a couple. First, Olivia from The Opportunist. She has those gritty, honest, horrible thoughts that we all have (but try to hide) and she lets you in on them.


Second, Scarlett O'Hara, of course. She and I share a personal mantra. “I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow.”


Gone with the Wind

25% in.

American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis

For some reason, this guy's interest in fancy restaurants and clubs with weird names is making me think more of Stephan than Ted Bundy.

27% in

Time Between Us - Tamara Ireland Stone

This is all sounding very Twilightesque. I hope things start to get better soon because....

Only 99 cents on Amazon right now.

Time Between Us - Tamara Ireland Stone

I've seen good reviews from picky reviewers for this one and it's down from $9.99. Just a heads up!

The Book Thief

The Book Thief - Trudy White, Markus Zusak

I don't know if I'll ever be able to write a proper review for this. Just finished and I am completely gutted.  One of those books that make you feel like your life will never be the same after you've read the last page. 

30 Day Book Challenge Days 9,10,&11

Day 09 : A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

Day 10 :Favorite classic book


Day 11: A book you hated (one of the many....)


"Please believe me when I tell you that I picked up each soul that day as if it were newly born. I even kissed a few wary, poisoned cheeks. I listened to their last, gasping cries. Their vanishing words. I watched their love visions and freed them from their fear... They were French, they were Jews, they were you. "
The Book Thief - Trudy White, Markus Zusak

64% tears. 

Anyone Up for Some Real Life Dystopia?

Russian designer Artemy Lebedev visits North Korea. His insight on his adventures.


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