Book Review: The Chalk Man


In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.

In 2016, Eddie is fully grown and thinks he’s put his past behind him, but then he gets a letter in the mail containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank–until one of them turns up dead. That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

Hardcover, 280 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for ann honest review!

4 Stars

This book is great for fans of creepy, mystery character driven stories – it reminds me a lot of shows like Stranger Things.

I love the dual narrative – present day and the 1980s. And the characters are all realistic – even if I couldn’t really relate to most of them (narrator is in turns a 12 year old boy and a middle aged man).

Its a good thriller, even if its a little slow or unclear in some parts. The writing style is really nice. I enjoyed it a lot overall.

TW: there is a rape, so beware of that if you pick this up.


Netgalley Review: Please State the Nature of Your Emergency


The sapient roaches of our planetary future, when they seek to understand the sickening dismay, abysmal grief and goofy absurdity of the Anthropocene in Donald Trump’s America, will reach for their dog-eared (or bug-horned) copies of Aaron Anstett’s PLEASE STATE THE NATURE OF YOUR EMERGENCY. In these impossibly crystalline poems, Anstett has distilled from the ironic bile of our vast, unbearable tragedy the steely essence of our predicament.

I received an e-arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 Stars

This is a short poetry book, about 50 pages. The poems range in length, but most are pretty short, ¬†and they are free-verse for the most part. Not all are explicitly political, but knowing the context that most of these were written in response to Trump’s presidency certainly helps them make more sense.

I love the title and the cover. They fit so very very well.

Some poems didn’t made a whole lot of sense, or were pretty so-so, but most were pretty good. Some even great. I found some parts, especially the poem titles really funny.¬†I really enjoyed it as a whole.

Netgalley Review: Treknology – The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive



The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive

by Ethan Siegel

The name¬†Star Trek¬†conjures images of faster-than-light spacecraft, holographic crew members, and phasers set to stun. Some of these incredible devices may still be far from our reach, but others have made the leap from science fiction to science fact‚ÄĒand now you can learn the science and engineering of what makes them tick.

Treknology looks at over twenty-five iconic inventions from the complete history of the Star Trek television and film universe. Author Ethan Siegel explores and profiles these dazzling technologies and their role Star Trek, the science behind how they work, and how close we are to achieving them in the real world today.

This stunning collection is packed with 150 superb film and television stills, prop photography, and scientific diagrams to pull you into another world. Brace yourself for a detailed look at the inner workings of Star Trek’s computing capabilities, communications equipment, medical devices, and awe-inspiring ships. This book is one that no fan of Star Trek, or future tech, will want to miss.

I received an e-arc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

4 Stars

This book explores the technology of the Star Trek universe. As I huge Star Trek nerd, I loved this. I think the technology they chose to showcase were well picked, well organized, and the sections were well written. Though, if you don’t know Star Trek, you will be fully lost.

Each section is helped by stills and pictures from pretty much every iteration of Star Trek, focusing raining on TOS, TNG and the new movies (having both TOS and new canon stills was a bit weird because you have two faces labeled Captain Kirk etc. but it didn’t negatively impact the book).

Some sections were written as if in-universe. With the science behind the technology explained as if it were a real technology. With history and discovery dates etc. which I loved. Other parts left the in-universe and compared the technology to real world technologies etc. and elaborated the role said technology played in a specific Star Trek show. I think it might have benefitted from being one or the other rather than both.

In all, I thought this was a great book, though it would have been much better in person, as the digital edition resolution isn’t great or easy to flip through. I recommend this for any serious Star Trek fan.

Netgalley Review: Sweet Dreams, Supergirl


For Ages: 4-7

A young Supergirl fan faces her most elusive adversary ‚ÄĒ sleep! As darkness falls, a young girl attempts to catch some Z‚Äôs while DC Comics‚Äô SUPERGIRL tracks down an enemy. With super hero traits, like BRAVERY, PATIENCE, and PERSISTENCE, they‚Äôll both turn sleepless nights into sweet success and sweet dreams. Along with Omar Lozano’s action-packed art, bestselling author Michael Dahl (Bedtime for Batman, Good Morning, Superman and Be a Star, Wonder Woman) delivers an imaginative bedtime book for fangirls and fanboys alike.

Author Bio:

Michael Dahl is the prolific author of the bestselling Goodnight Baseball picture book and more than 200 other books for children and young adults. He has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times for his nonfiction, a Teacher’s Choice award from Learning magazine, and a Seal of Excellence from the Creative Child Awards. Dahl currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Illustrator

5 Stars

I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


I thought this was a super cute kids book. Geared towards young girls, it compares Supergirl to a little girl getting ready for bed. The illustrations are really nicely done, and I think its great for young girls, especially if they already like superheroes/Supergirl.

Netgalley Review: 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank


4 Kids Walk Into A Bank

by Matthew Rosenberg

4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK is the darkly comedic story of four burgeoning child criminals and their elaborate plans. When a group of bumbling criminals show up in her father’s life looking to pull one last job, young Paige has two choices – let her father get caught up in their criminal hijinks or enlist her three best friends to do the job first. Paige picks the bad one.

180ish pages of full color comic-booking about friendship, family, growing up, and grand larceny from rising star writer Matthew Rosenberg (WE CAN NEVER GO HOME, KINGPIN, SECRET WARRIORS) and equally rising star artist Tyler Boss (LAZARUS, CALEXIT, Vice Magazine). This vollume collects the complete series that Kieron Gilled (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, DARTH VADER) described as “Imagine Tarantino does Goonies. And excellent.” and Brian K. Vaughan (SAGA, Y THE LAST MAN) said was “Exploding with ambition and love of the medium!”

4 stars

I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. 

This graphic novel is super funny and super nerdy. This is a really fun read with great characters, a fast story, and wonderful artwork.

I recommend this if you like graphic novels, and if you want to start getting into them, this is great to start with.

MANIA – Fall Out Boy: Full Album Review


Ranking the First 5 MANIA (Fall Out Boy) Songs РI previously ranked the first five songs of the album, but now that the entire album has been released I wanted to review it entirely.

10 – Young and Menace

Favorite line:

And I lived so much life, lived so much life
I think that God is gonna have to kill me twice

This song is actually enjoyable without the weird synthetic, electric stuff. But I can’t stand it because of it.

9 – Bishops Knife Trick

Favorite lines:

I’m sifting through the sand, sand, sand
Looking through pieces of broken hourglass
Trying to get it all back
Put it back together
As if the time had never passed

I don’t hate this song, but I don’t really like it much. Its alright I guess.

8 – Heaven’s Gate

Favorite line:

You’re the one, you’re the one
You’re the one habit I just can’t kick

I really do like this song. It doesn’t sound like Fall Out Boy, but I can appreciate the beautiful range of his voice in this one.

7 – Hold Me Tight or Don’t

Favorite line:

We weren’t lovers first
Confidants but never friends
Were we ever friends?

I enjoy this song a lot, but the lyrics are so very very weird.

6 – Church

Favorite line:

I am just a human trying to avoid my certain doom

I love this song, it just doesn’t sound like Fall Out Boy. More or less tied with Champion though.

5 – Champion

Favorite line:

I got rage every day, on the inside
The only thing I do is sit around and kill time

This song has grown on me a lot. More or less tied with Church.

4 – Sunshine Riptide

Favorite line:

The sign says don’t tap the glass
But I read it in reverse, ssalg eht pat t’nod syas ngis ehT

I really love this song, but the Burna Boy voice makes me want to kill things its so bad.

3 – Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)

Favorite line:

I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color

I still love this song.

2 – The Last of the Real Ones

Favorite line:

I wonder if your therapist knows everything about me

This was my favorite of the singles and it still holds up as one of the best.

1 – Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea

Favorite lines:

The only thing that’s ever stopping me is me, hey!
The only thing that’s ever stopping me is me, hey!
I testify if I die in my sleep
Then know that my life was just a killer dream, yeah

Seems like the whole damn world went and lost its mind
And all my childhood heroes have fallen off or died

Hands down best song on the album.

Netgalley Review: Nothing Happens In This Book


I was given an e-arc of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.



This book is pretty cute. The illustrations are nice, and it was pretty funny. The continuation of the “Nothing happens in this book” reminds me a little of the “There’s A Monster At The End Of This Book”.

Young kids will definitely like this one, its a great children’s book.

Mini DNF Book Reviews: A Fabrication of the Truth / The Inconceivable Life of Quinn / Four of a Kind / Saabrina: Tanglewood

I went a little request crazy and instead of torturing myself by trying to read and finish books I lost interest in, I’m just officially DNF-ing them.

Feel free to shame me for it, or if you like one of the below, try and convince you to finish it.

I requested and was approved for all these books from Netgalley. Because they are review copies, I tried to stick it out, but I couldn’t. I opinions are not changed because they are review copies. I may or may not revisit any in the future. But at the moment, I have no intention of finishing them at the moment.


A Fabrication of the Truth
by Katie Kaleski

This book was way too cheesy to get through. It wasn’t badly written, but I couldn’t connect to any characters, and the plot was full of too many tropes – I felt like I already knew what was going to happen, and I didn’t feel like finishing. Maybe if you’re into this sort of thing, you’ll like it. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t for me.


The Inconceivable Life of Quinn
by Marianna Baer

Sex in books tends to freak me out a little – I just don’t like it, though usually I can push through it. Its kind of a center point of this book though – considering the MC is pregnant. I liked the protagonist, but the other characters felt cookie cutter. It was slow, and pretty cringe-y and I couldn’t get through it, though if sex in YA is less off-putting to you, you may like it. Its certainly different from other YA books.


Four of a Kind –¬†Four of a Kind, Book One
by Kellie Sheridan

Have you ever watched an ABC Family or Hallmark movie? This book basically feels like that. It wasn’t bad, but I also feel zero compulsion to finish it. Someone else may like it, but I just didn’t feel anything for it.


Saabrina: Tanglewood
By Seth Cohen

So, when I requested this book, I didn’t realize it was a sequel. I tried to push through anyways, but it references characters and events from the previous books, and explains so little, that I was too confused to keep going. Not really the book’s fault, but I couldn’t read it.

Review – Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life


Official Synopsis:

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is an American web television series on the streaming service Netflix. It is a sequel to Gilmore Girls, an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, which ran from 2000 to 2007 on The WB and The CW.

The miniseries sees the return of Sherman-Palladino and her husband Daniel Palladino to the series after leaving prior to season 7. The series consisted of four 88 to 102-minute episodes, which were released on November 25, 2016. Each episode follows the characters through one of the four seasons.

Official Trailer:

Review (Spoiler Free!):

I…Watched this the day it came out…a year ago. And never finished and posted this…Because I’m good at this blogging thing.

Look. I love Gilmore Girls, and season seven was kind of a let down (different show runner and everything), so I’m glad we got this sort of closure/glimpse into the future.

Do I wish somethings were different? Yes. Rory seemed to have grown very little as a person in the intervening years, like they were picking up at her at 20 when we was in her 30s. So it lost some impact their. Her struggles were honest – but Gilmore Girls and the whole journey we took and Rory’s bright shining future…it felt like we were cheated out of something.

I liked that we got this. I enjoyed it a lot. But it also raised my questions for the fate of our Gilmore Girls than it really answered, which was cruel when these 4 episodes are al their releasing.











1 – Loreili and Luke’s wedding was everything I’ve ever wanted – that should have been the entire show.

2 – The last words… I wish ¬†see saw some resolution with that. At least who the father was (everyone swears its Logan, but some confirmation would have been nice.) and I think they really would have worked better at the end of the original show, rather than here.


Mini Netgalley Reviews: Killer Fashion / Zen Pencils–Creative Struggle / Herding Cats / Emoji Phantom of the Opera / Harry Potter – The Unofficial Guide to the Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard

¬†I have a horrific backlog of Netgalley books to review. So, here’s to tackling that. I received e-arc copies of all of the following via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.


Killer Fashion:
Poisonous Petticoats, Strangulating Scarves, and Other Deadly Garments Throughout History

by Jennifer Wright


Review: 4.5 Stars

Super interesting, and I LOVED the illustrations, which are done entirely in white, black and red. If you like dark humor, then you’ll like this. Its historical, but you don’t need to have an avid interest in history or fashion to enjoy it. A super quick, fun read.


Zen Pencils–Creative Struggle

Illustrated Advice from Masters of Creativity

by Gavin Aung Than


Review: 4 Stars

A super fun, pretty quick read. Perfect for those who need a little motivation. It features comic depictions and short, couple page explanations of the creative lessons you can draw from the achievements of scientists, artists, and writers alike; meaning there’s something for anyone to be found. Some parts felt a little dumbed down to me, which is why its 4 stars not 5, but I thought it was fun and well put together. The illustrations were really well done.


Herding Cats

A Sarah’s Scribbles Collection

by Sarah Andersen


Review: 4 Stars

I LOVE the Sarah’s Scribbles books. This one is super fun, and super relatable (as always) but to me, it fell a little flatter than the others. The “scribbles” are great as always, but the humor was a little more disjointed in this one; while still hilarious, ¬†it wasn’t as funny.¬†Not the best of her books, but entertaining as always! I still really enjoyed it, but I’d recommend the other more.


Emoji Phantom of the Opera

Epic Tales in Tiny Texts

by Gaston Leroux, Katherine Furman

Review: 2 Stars

Several of my friends are OBSESSED with Phantom of the Opera. I know the story, I’ve heard the musical, and I STILL found this a confusing mess to follow along with. I usually love retellings, but this one tried to tell the story exactly, with every characters, with very few words, and a mix of emoji pictogram and text message. Emoji’s for each character were given a name in the beginning, but never referred to by name again, only by picture, and as I read this on Adobe Editions, it made it very hard to follow as I couldn’t flip back and forth. I sort of loathe the emoji-everting craze, so I probably should have expected this. I didn’t really get all the way through it, just skimmed to the end. You may like it if you like these sorts of emoji-story things, but I didn’t. It is really nice visually, and its certainly creative, I’ll give that.


Harry Potter
The Unofficial Guide to the Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard

by Eric Bradley

Review: 4 Stars

I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, so of course I requested this on Netgalley. I love trivia and collectables. This book was interesting for the most part, and a little dry in others, taking about numbers and monetary value in a way that made me a little bored. The photographs are really nice, but I had to skim through several sections because they were a little dry and mostly made me jealous rather than entertained. But if you like this sort of thing, its a good read. If you’re only a casual fan, than it probably isn’t for you.