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The Last to See Me by M. Dressler book review

The Last to See MeThe Last to See Me by M. Dressler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars ★★★★★
Genre: Mystery
Source: e-ARC from Edelweiss/the publisher, SkyHorse Publishing

In a small logging town along the coast of Northern California, there stands a beautiful historic home. A ghost named Emma Finnis haunts it, growing with each new member of the family for about a hundred years now. She has been around long enough to know how to stay “alive” in this semi-alternate universe, where hauntings are frightening, but regular, occurrences and ghost hunting is a profession.

Emma has seen many ghost hunters come through her pretty mansion before. She’s smart and knows how to handle herself to avoid detection. But the newest hunter is the best at what he does and Emma isn’t planning on going anywhere without a fight.

As we get to know Emma and her hunter better, we learn that maybe people (including the seemingly innocent Emma herself) aren’t always what they seem.

The Last to See Me by M. Dressler book review @ Chocolate and Chapters

I wasn’t expecting this book to be so perfectly eerie. There is an ethereal, ominous feeling throughout the entire story. Will Emma last through the cleaning? Do we really want her to?

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Bookish talk · Personal thoughts

I’m gonna pop some tags…

You’ve probably seen some of these survey tags bouncing around other book blogs. Well, I’m going to take part in them today. Because we all like talking about ourselves, right?



Couch. 🙂 I have a reading corner in a snug little room with a couch, my bookshelves, a lamp, and a side table for a nightly cup of tea.


Honestly, female main character. I feel like I can relate to them better and if I really love a book, I like wondering, “How would feel in this situation?” And it’s easier to see myself in the story when it’s a female narrator.


My whole mouth is full of sweet tooths. (Sweet teeths?) So yeah, sweet snacks are my jam. Especially chocolate.



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Bookish talk · Discussion · Personal thoughts

6 Book Recommendations for the Tender-Hearted Horror Lover

I have always liked spooky things.

When other kids my age were watching the Disney channel, I was the kid who camped out in the dark to watch TV shows about haunted houses.

But here’s the thing: I have a very low fear tolerance. I mean, my threshold for being scared is about the depth of a kiddie-pool. I love learning about ghosts and their stories, but when I get scared, my eyes start watering and I remember all over again: “Oh. I’m a chicken. I forgot.”

6 Book Recommendations for the Tender-Hearted Horror Lover @ Chocolate and Chapters

So if you’re tender-hearted, but like the spooky stuff every now and then, here are…

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Bookish talk · Discussion · Personal thoughts

Do you always write reviews for 1-star books?

Last month, I received a book and happened to stumble across the author on Instagram that same day. I followed her and immediately thought, “Wow, she seems like a really nice person.” She liked a couple of my posts, I liked some of hers.

Fast forward a couple weeks. I read her book and…

I feel I have legitimate reasons for disliking the book, but I was immediately nervous about publishing a review. Because the author seems nice and posts pictures of her really cute cat and I don’t want to hurt her feelings and ahhhhh.

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Remember When by Lindsay Detwiler book review + Giveaway!

remember when

Remember WhenRemember When by Lindsay Detwiler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars ★★★★
Genre: Contemporary, Romance (PG-rated)
Source: Author

Jessica and Todd get into a major car accident on a frigidly cold, snowy night. They’re stranded in the backwoods with increasingly slim chances of rescue. Todd is injured and they don’t know how to begin getting out of their dangerous situation. While they wait out the days-long snow storm, they think back on their lives. Both the joy and the pain. And come to terms with the fact that they might not make it out alive.

I was surprised by this book. I really was.

Todd and Jess are realistic, lovable characters. When people pine and daydream about finding love, they should daydream about finding a relationship like Todd and Jess’s. It’s romantic, but most of all, it’s a deep friendship. They love each other in every way, in spite of and because of each other’s imperfections.

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Sleight of Hands – LitJoy box review – July 2017

I tried a couple book subscription boxes in July. One of them was the LitJoy crate!


Here’s what came in the July 2017 LitJoy Young Adult Crate! (They also have middle grade and children’s crates, which I have not tried.)

(Click away if you don’t want to see spoilers for the July box!)

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