And Then She Vanished – Book Review #29 (2022)

Title:Β And Then She Vanished

Author:Β Nick Jones

Series:Β #1 of Joseph Bridgeman

Format: Kindle Ebook

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Goodreads synopsis:

He only looked away for a second.

Still haunted by the disappearance of his little sister Amy over twenty years ago, Joseph Bridgeman’s life has fallen apart. When a friend talks him into seeing hypnotherapist Alexia Finch to help with his insomnia, Joseph accidentally discovers he can time travel. His first trip only takes him back a few minutes, but his new-found ability gives him something he hasn’t felt for the longest time: hope.

Joseph sets out to travel back to the night Amy went missing and save her. But after several failed attempts, he discovers the farther back he travels, the less time he gets to stay there. And the clock is ticking.

With the help of Alexia, Joseph embarks on a desperate race against the past to save his sister. Can he master his new skill and solve the mystery of Amy’s disappearance before it’s too late?

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

First and foremost, I’m quite late reading this book. I was granted an ARC of this last year from Edelweiss.✌

Recently I got a finished copy of this book from the Kindle store. So the one I read and the one I’m reviewing is no longer the ARC but a finished copy.πŸ˜„

The theme for this book is time travel which is my favorite theme of all time.😍

This is the story of Joseph who suddenly got the ability to travel back in time. Joseph or Joe as friends call him has been living in guilt and grief due to the disappearance of his younger sister Amy. Given the chance to change things, he will do everything to solve the mystery of her sister’s disappearance.

The writing is very engaging. It was a smooth read for me. I finished this book in one seating. The mystery of what really happened to Amy kept me reading this book until the end. I did not even speculate on what truly happened. I was just so into the story, I was reading so fast hoping to know what the mystery is all about.

The plot is amazing. A lot of twists and turns. The setting of the time line is linear. No multiverse or parallel universe. I love every direction the story went to.😍

The characters are likeable and interesting. It’s been a while since I enjoyed reading a book. This is my second 5 star rating for this year.🀩

I’m definitely continuing with the series. Recommended for fans of time travel books.πŸ˜πŸ‘

TW/CW: grief, suicide

*Thanks to the publisher for granting me access of this book via Edelweiss. This review is voluntary and contains my honest thoughts and opinions of the book.*

It’s been a while since I enjoyed reading a book. So happy. 😍


Living with Viola – Book Review #23 (2021)

Title: Living with Viola

Author: Rosena Fung

Series: Standalone

Format: Graphic Novel, eARC

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Goodreads synopsis:

Livy is already having trouble fitting in as the new girl at school–and then there’s Viola. Viola is Livy’s anxiety brought to life, a shadowy twin that only Livy can see or hear. Livy tries to push back against Viola’s relentless judgment, but nothing seems to work until she strikes up new friendships at school. Livy hopes that Viola’s days are numbered. But when tensions arise both at home and at school, Viola rears her head stronger than ever. Only when Livy learns how to ask for help and face her anxiety does she finally figure out living with Viola.

Rosena Fung draws on her own early experiences with anxiety and the pressures of growing up as the child of Chinese immigrant parents to craft a personal story.

My rating: 3.5⭐

This is a middle grade graphic novel about Livy, a young Chinese kid with undiagnosed anxiety and panic attack disorders.

Firstly, the eARC I received has a formatting issue on it. The sentences are overlapping and I needed to make an effort to discern which is which while reading.πŸ˜‘

The illustrations are cute and interesting.πŸ‘

I tend to dive into books without reading the synopsis for the shock factor but I think I should have read a little bit of the synopsis before reading this. Not knowing anything while reading this on the start, I disliked Livy because of all the negative thoughts and actions she’s been doing.

I almost dnf this book because there is no redeeming trait of the main character. I only liked her parents. Her parents obviously loves her. And I like their patience and perseverance.

Then on the 70%-ish mark of the book, I was enlightened.πŸ˜… I finally realized what Livy is going through. It made me tear up and was happy that Livy finally decided to ask for help.

It was an okay read. I think kids will like this graphic novel.

*** Thanks to the publisher for making this book available for review via Edelweiss. This review is voluntary and contains my honest thoughts and opinions of the book. ***

A few more reviews to come… πŸ™‚


Fat Chance, Charlie Vega – Book Review #07 (2021)

Title: Fat Chance, Charlie Vega

Author: Crystal Maldonado

Series: Standalone

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Goodreads synopsis:

Coming of age as a Fat brown girl in a white Connecticut suburb is hard.
Harder when your whole life is on fire, though.

Charlie Vega is a lot of things. Smart. Funny. Artistic. Ambitious. Fat.

People sometimes have a problem with that last one. Especially her mom. Charlie wants a good relationship with her body, but it’s hard, and her mom leaving a billion weight loss shakes on her dresser doesn’t help. The world and everyone in it have ideas about what she should look like: thinner, lighter, slimmer-faced, straighter-haired. Be smaller. Be whiter. Be quieter.

But there’s one person who’s always in Charlie’s corner: her best friend Amelia. Slim. Popular. Athletic. Totally dope. So when Charlie starts a tentative relationship with cute classmate Brian, the first worthwhile guy to notice her, everything is perfect until she learns one thing–he asked Amelia out first. So is she his second choice or what? Does he even really see her? UGHHH. Everything is now officially a MESS.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

So, I was wondering if I still have it in me to enjoy young adult contemporary novels. Turns out there are still aspects of young adult contemporary novels that I like.πŸ˜†

This is the story of Charlie Vega as she navigates high school and life filled with struggles and insecurities. This book resonated to me as a reminder to love myself, flaws and all.❀

At first I was feeling old as I read some ‘teenage angst’ as I call it, lol.πŸ˜… I was wondering if maybe I’m not the targeted audience of this book, that maybe I should have read it when I was younger? (Which is impossible since it was just released and I can’t turn back time.😁) But then came in all the life struggles that Charlie encounters and it actually reminded me when I was young and foolish and naive.πŸ˜…

This book was a fast read for me. The writing is very engaging. I feel like I know these characters. It has a very diverse cast and this book made me feel. It also tackles different kind of relationships. I got emotional on Charlie and her mother’s situation. It was a sad thing on my opinion and I wished it was better. I cried.😒

I like how Charlie and Amelia’s friendship developed on the end and I very much root for Brian and Charlie’s story.😍

This review is all over the place but final thoughts is that it was a good read and very ‘cleansing’ to read. Recommended for younglins who are still trying to find their place in this chaotic world or for oldies who needs a reminder of who they were once upon a time.πŸ˜„

***Thanks to the publisher and author for making this book available for review via Edelweiss.***

My last pending review… DONE.πŸ˜€ Now, I can start reading again. Reading slump, are you still there?πŸ€”

Honeymoon Alone – Book Review #85 (2020)

Title:Β Honeymoon Alone

Author:Β Nicole Macaulay

Series:Β Standalone

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Goodreads synopsis:

Just how reliable are psychics – specifically psychics hired by your sister for wedding entertainment?Β 

When irrepressibly romantic Lucy Gray is ditched at said wedding by her date in front of her whole family, the promises of a psychic seem better than her pity-riddled reality. The psychic’s advice seems insightful: stop ignoring fate’s signs – fate will lead you to love. But when β€œfate” leads Lucy to London, she finds herself tangled in a web of lies.

In a story about finding independence and taking chances, Lucy learns that leaving everything up to fate can be dangerous – and jeopardize her chances at happily ever after.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a pleasant surprise for me. I never knew I will like this book as much as I did. The premise is very simple and can’t be called unique because I have seen some books with a similar premise like this one. We have Lucy, who decided to leave things on fate and went in a supposed honeymoon trip, alone.

This was tagged as women’s fiction. It was just this year that I started reading under this genre and so far I’m enjoying it very much.❀

This book focused on self discovery. I love how Lucy took a leap of faith and went on her first trip abroad alone. I wish I was as brave as her, lol. This book also showcased an amazing family dynamics. I very much relate on Lucy’s dilemma about her family and the constant queries about her love life. I love the characters here as they are very relatable.πŸ‘

Also the writing is very engaging. I felt like I was there with Lucy as she excitedly visits London and Paris’ tourist spots. I was very much into the story and finished it on one sitting. The twists are amazing by the way.😊

Recommended for fans of Women’s Fiction.❀

P.S. I got this e-ARC monthSSS after it was published and was already labeled a ‘backlist’ on Edelweiss when I got it. It’s not because I only remembered to read it a year after it was published. Lol.

***Thanks to the publisher and author for making this book available for review via Edelweiss.***

Edelweiss reads for 2020: 7

I’m up this early and drafting posts. I will cling on this mood of mine to finish all my pending reviews last year.πŸ‘Š

Keep safe! MyΒ goodreadsΒ if anyone’s interested.

The Door to Inferna – Book Review #73 (2020)

Title:Β The Door to Inferna

Author:Β Rishab Borah

Series:Β #1 of *Elklorian Series (*not sure of the series’ name)

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Goodreads synopsis:

Fourteen-year-old Khioneus Nevula is beginning to realize something strange is going on. Adopted from unknown parentage, he has always been marked as different by his purple eyes. Now a winter break that should have been nothing but goofing around with his best friends is haunted by some other presenceβ€”ghostly apparitions appear to him in the dark of night, the surface of his mirror ripples like a pool of water, and he dreams of a girl with a long blue braid who invents fantastical devices.

Drawn into a mystical land, he meets his twin sister, a proficient mage, a slightly mad scientist, and a princess. In this land where he is a prince, he finds himself and his friends caught in a war between the inhabitants of Elkloria and an ancient and powerful evil.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟

Let me start with my over all impression of this book. This book is confusing for me. At the start I was trying my best to remember the names, terms, history and spells mentioned but then at one point, just gave up on that and tried to focus on the plot.

This reads like a middle grade fantasy that features Khioneus Nevula (I copy pasted that name) as the main character. Khi is an orphan and lives on Earth in a normal small town (which town, can’t remember). Everything seems to be normal in his life until he ‘accidentally’ activated a portal to another universe.

This book is filled with adventure, magic and action packed scenes. We witness how Khi finally discovered who he really is and where he came from. He met a lot of dangerous and mythical beings as he try to navigate this new world he was thrown into.

This book seems like your typical middle grade fantasy but it was hard for me to be invested on it. The main reason that I did not connect on this book is because of the shaky world building. I guess in an attempt to make the world unique and complex, it unfortunately made a confusing read for me.

Let’s start with the names of the characters, the names of every characters are unique. Unique in the sense that I can’t spell or pronounce them in my mind, but that could just be me. I’m just grateful they have nicknames.πŸ˜… Also the spells, I can’t remember a single one.πŸ˜…

Lots of history and ‘common sense’ of the world is being thrown at you as the story progresses. I’m quite impress that Khi can actually remember them.

The plot is also all over the place. Suddenly they are thrown somewhere which is impossible but suddenly possible? Some races are introduced then Khi luckily escaped from them.

Among the characters, the only one I like is Khi. His friends and sister aren’t that fleshed out on my opinion. Like usual middle grade, the parents are on the backseat of the story.

It was an okay-ish read and at least it was a fast read.πŸ‘

***Thanks to Three Rooms Press for granting me access of this book via Edelweiss for an honest review.***


My reading slump is done!!!! Yehey!!! πŸ˜†

I’m back to reading, so happy! πŸ˜€

Stay safe everyone! πŸ™


Edelweiss reads for 2020: 6


No Ordinary Thing – Book Review #68 (2020)

Title:Β No Ordinary Thing

Author:Β G.Z. Schmidt

Series: Standalone

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Goodreads synopsis:

Twelve-year-old Adam is whisked away from his imperfect but quiet life with the arrival of a stranger and a magical promise in this time travel mystery.

Time traveling is no ordinary thing, but that’s what awaits 12-year-old Adam when he finds a snow globe that allows him to journey into the past. The snow globe whisks Adam from his home and introduces him to a succession of unusual characters along the way. Strangely, each individual seems to have a past that is interwoven with Adam’s own.

100 years ago in the streets of New York City, the famous magician and candlemaker extraordinaire Elbert the Excellent hopes to dazzle the world with his magic, but instead stumbles upon a mysterious entity known as β€œthe time touch.”

As the two storylines unravel, they reveal a single thread that ties Adam and Elbert’s pasts together. At the center of their histories lies an abandoned candle factory, a factory that claimed multiple lives in a tragic fire years ago… one that Adam might be able to prevent.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

This is the story of Adam and a magical snow globe. On this book we will join him as he travels through different points in time and meet different people.

I love time travel books. Recently, I’ve been reading books with time travel on it but under the science fiction genre. This one is more on the fantasy genre.

I love the writing as it was very easy to get into and the story is very atmospheric. It has a winter and Christmas vibe to it that I love.❀

This feels more like a middle grade book to me. It’s been a while since I read one and it feels very refreshing and magical.

I also love the plot and the mysteries of time travel explored in this book. Some of my questions about time travel were also discussed here.

It was a very engaging and magical read. I love it. πŸ˜πŸ‘

***Thanks to the publisher and author for making this available for review via Edelweiss.***


Today is a very slow day. Hoping I can finish my pending reviews and make progress on the books I’m currently reading… Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚

Stay safe everyone!Β πŸ™


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Forget This Ever Happened – Book Review #59 (2020)

Title:Β Forget This Ever Happened

Author:Β Cassandra Rose Clarke

Series:Β Standalone

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Goodreads synopsis:

Sometimes there’s a town called Indianola.

And sometimes there isn’t.

Summer, 1993. Claire has been dumped in rural Indianola, Texas, to spend her whole vacation taking care of mean, sickly Grammy. There’s nothing too remarkable about Indianola: it’s run-down, shabby, and stifling hot, a pin-dot on the Gulf Coast.

Well, there is one remarkable thing, she discovers. Something otherworldly.

But if you leave Indianola, you forget about it… and if you stay, you have to live with it every day.

Because there’s a confluence of energies at Indianola, a fissure in time and space, a gap in reality. Nothing is as it seems. And unless Claire can figure out this town–the talkative lizards under the pecan trees; the honey-sweet but terrifying girl next door; the cute daughter of a powerful family, who would answer Claire’s questions if sheΒ hadΒ any answers; the pervasive sense of history coming unspooled, like a video tape–she might never leave.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟.5

I got interested on this book because the synopsis mentions ‘a fissure in time and space’ and something about forgetting things when you leave the place. It sounds unique and very intriguing for me so I downloaded it from Edelweiss as it is a DRC.

This book is in a dual pov format. Both the main characters, Claire and Julie, are likeable. So no problem there. The mystery was slow to start and very confusing. I thought of a lot of possibilities but did not get it at all.πŸ˜…

It’s not like I hated the plot, I just feel like it fell flat from all the build up done on the earlier part of the book. The reveal was anticlimactic for me.

This book is a mix of mystery, sci-fi and fantasy, it was a bit chaotic. If you’re a fan of a mix of the genres mentioned, this might interest you. But it was just an okay read for me.

***Thanks for Edelweiss, the publisher and author for making this available for review.***


I’m in a mood for reading so I’ll take advantage of that and read my pending ARCs. πŸ˜†

Stay safe everyone!Β πŸ™


Edelweiss reads for 2020: 4


It’s Your Funeral! – Book Review #49 (2020)

Title: It’s Your Funeral!

Author: Emily Riesbeck, Illustrator: Ellen Kramer, Letterer: Matt Krotzer

Series: *#1 of It’s Your Funeral! (*not sure but surely there’s volume 2?)

Goodreads synopsis:

Marnie Winters was going to turn her life around; get out of the house, make friends, no more β€œMiserable Old Marnie!” Everything was going to plan, but then, of course, she died. Now, Marnie’s a ghost trapped on Earth, and the only one who can help her is the overenthusiastic, alien social worker, Xel, whose job is to help ghosts β€œclose their file” and pass on. Are you ready for a sweetly nostalgic trip through Marnie’s life, correcting mistakes and righting what once went wrong? Well sorry, this isn’t that story! Xel has a much better idea to soothe Marnie’s troubled spirit: an internship in the hopeless bureaucracy of the trans-dimensional Department of Spectral Affairs!

This new do-gooder duo has their work cut out for them in a series of hilarious mishaps and misadventures throughout the space-time continuum (but mostly in and around the office) as Marnie finds pathways through her feelings of worthlessness by helping others.

A paranormal fantasy about healing, learning to love yourself, and being OK with being not OK, It’s Your Funeral is the cosmic office comedy you’ve been dying to read!

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

This was a very fast read for me. I ended up reading it on one seating.πŸ˜…

So we have Marnie who died but can’t move on to her next journey. Enters Xel, a leading agent of the Department of Spectral Affairs, assigned to help Marnie ‘move on’.

This is a story of how Xel is trying to help Marnie with her issues and unfinished businesses. It also features the chaotic office life on the Department of Spectral Affairs.

I love the artwork and the story. The concept of afterlife is very interesting and the characters are unique and lovable.πŸ‘

Can’t wait for the next volume.❀

Thanks for Edelweiss, the publisher and author for making this available for review.


I’m loving graphic novels lately. All my Edelweiss reads so far are amazing and I’m so happy about it! πŸ˜€

Stay safe everyone!Β πŸ™


Edelweiss reads for 2020: 3


Windswept – Book Review #42 (2020)

Title: Windswept

Author: Gwen Cole

Series:Β Standalone

Goodreads synopsis:

Every day, Sam endures the same subway ride on her way to school, but when she meets a boy named Reid, suddenly her daily commute isn’t so ordinary. Reid has the ability to teleportβ€”or, drift, as he calls itβ€”and for the first time, Sam has the opportunity to travel anywhere without a passport or plane ticket.

But as their two worlds come together, Sam discovers her family had been keeping secrets from her, and meeting Reid was just the beginning of unraveling the truth. When drifters begin to disappear, Sam has no choice but to face the threat when she finds out her family is among the missing.

As Reid and Sam start their search for the missing drifters, help comes from the most unexpected of places. After a significant breakthrough, Reid is taken, and Sam finds herself alone in a world she knows nothing about. With the enemy closing in, she soon realizes she’s the only person who can save them all.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

What an enjoyable read.πŸ‘

Let me start by saying I’ve been having a blast on my recent ARCs from Edelweiss. I luckily found books that are my jam.😌

This was a fast and exciting read for me. We have two POVs for this book and I both love them. We have Sam, an ordinary girl who met a drifter – someone able to teleport. She was not irritating like my usual feelings for young MCs. πŸ˜… The drifter is Reid who has a lot of secrets of his own. I very much adore Reid even though at times he’s too guarded on everything.

This book has a bit of romance on it and some family dynamics. But what I really like on the book is the friendship and brotherhood shown in here.❀ It was so refreshing to read about non-toxic friendship. Just simply being there for each other.😊

The plot is somehow solid and a lot of action scenes. I love how it all ended but hoping for more. I want a book 2!πŸ™ I feel like the world created by the author has a lot of potential for succeeding books. It has a definite ending by the way, not a cliffy. Please give me book 2! πŸ™‡

Thanks for Edelweiss, the publisher and author for making this available for review.


I love this book. πŸ˜€ It’s already the start of the Reading Rush 2020 and I feel like I’m nearing a slump. πŸ˜₯ Anyways, I’ll try to read a lot of books this week. I can do this! πŸ˜†

Stay safe everyone!Β πŸ™


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Taking Time – Book Review #40 (2020)

Title: Taking Time

Author: Mike Murphey

Series:Β Standalone

Goodreads synopsis:

The year is 2044. Housed in a secret complex beneath the eastern Arizona desert, a consortium of governments and corporations have undertaken a program on the scale of the Manhattan Project to bludgeon the laws of physics into submission and make time travel a reality.

Fraught with insecurities, Marshall Grissom has spent his whole life trying not to call attention to himself, so he can’t imagine he would be remotely suited for the role of time travel pioneer. He’s even less enthusiastic about this corporate time-travel adventure when he learns that nudity is a job requirement. The task would better match the talents of candidates like the smart and beautiful Sheila Schuler, or the bristle-tough and rattlesnake-mean Marta Hamilton. As the project evolves into a clash between science and corporate greed, conflicts escalate. Those contributing the funding are mostly interested in manipulating time travel for profit, and will stop at nothing, including murder, to achieve their goals.

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is the first edelweiss arc I have read. What made me download this book is because of the time travel theme on the book. Give me a book with a time travel on it and I’m all for it.πŸ˜‰

This book is about a set of people being projected to the past to determine whether time travel is profitable. This is a multiple pov kind of book. I love that each characters are fleshed out and have their own identity.πŸ‘

I love the science aspect of the book. Theories and laws related to time travel are mentioned and even discussed on the book.❀

This has the same tone as one of my favorite book:Β Timeline. There are some aspect of the book I’m not that comfortable with but in totality, this book is really great. It was a fast read for me and it is very exciting!πŸ˜†

For fans of science based time travel, I recommend this one. πŸ‘πŸ€—

Thanks for edelweiss, the publisher and author for making this available for review.


It’s been a while since I read a science fiction and I very much enjoyed this one. πŸ˜€ This by the way is a timed post so I might not be able to respond right away if ever you comment on this post. I feel accomplished that I’m reading non-stop for the past few days. πŸ˜†

Stay safe everyone!Β πŸ™


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