High as the Heavens Book Review


Hello, everyone! I had such high hopes this Summer for my blog, and I was excited to become a consistent blogger; however, life happened. Something happened a couple of months ago that made me want to just enjoy life for a bit. I have enjoyed doing other things, taking advantage of my free time while I still have. I still don’t know what I’m going to do with this blog, but I will pop on every so often. This is a creative outlet for me. Something fun, where I can share my thoughts on books and other things that I love. Hopefully you all understand my side of this, and thank you to all who have hit that follow button while I’ve been gone. ❤ Now, let’s get onto this review!!


Number of Stars: 5



“In 1917, Evelyn Marche is just one of many women who has been widowed by the war. A British nurse trapped in German-occupied Brussels, she spends her days working at a hospital and her nights as a waitress in her aunt and uncle’s café. Eve also has a carefully guarded secret keeping her in constant danger: She’s a spy working for a Belgian resistance group in league with the British Secret Service.

When a British plane crashes in Brussels Park, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to discover she recognizes the badly injured pilot. British RFC Captain Simon Forrester is now a prisoner of war, and Eve knows he could be shot as a spy at any time. She risks her own life to hide him from the Germans, but as the danger mounts and the secrets between them grow, their chance of survival looks grim. And even if they do make it out alive, the truth of what lies between them may be more than any love can overcome.”


Guys, this book was AMAZING. There were so many twists and turns, and I never knew what was coming next. You will not be disappointed if you pick up this book, especially if you love romance set during war time.

The characters in this book were built beautifully. Eve, the main character, was brave and cunning…sometimes taking risks that left me holding my breath, hoping all would be well in the end. All of the citizens of Belgium are full of secrets and are there for each other like family.

When Eve finds Simon Forrester, she has a long road ahead of her. A road full of secrets, lies, and heartache. I found myself hurting for her at her internal struggle. None of the suspense ended until the very last page. As I was nearing the end, I was wondering how all of my questions would be answered, but Kate Breslin tied everything in perfectly. I loved this book as a standalone. It was definitely a wonderful read.

One of my favorite things about this book was the references to God and the Bible. I loved seeing the Christian lifestyle in this book. Bethany House never disappoints with the books they publish! I have loved each book that they have sent to me.


Do you guys think you will be picking up High as the Heavens? I have already recommended it to two people, and plan to keep on recommending it! If you have any questions about it, feel free to ask in the comments! What have you been reading lately??



We Were Liars – Book Review

Hey, guys! I hope your day is/has been going well. Today, I am coming at you with a book review! I managed to finish We Were Liars in less than 24 hours, so it was a VERY quick read. Sitting at just 225 pages, with suspense on every page, it is a great book to pick up if you want something quick.

Number of Stars: 5


Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

“A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.”


Non-Spoilery Review:

This book is full of suspense. Even the synopsis is incredibly suspenseful. The writing style creates such a foggy tone. I say “foggy” because as you read this book, it feels like you are searching through fog for answers, but the fog just gets thicker and thicker. Then, suddenly, it clears. All answers are spilled out at the blink of an eye. And you really aren’t ready.

The characters in this book are frustrating, but real. A family broken by money, but pretending as if everything is hunky dory. It truly puts into perspective what money can do. Cadence, the main character, starts to see the truth about what the money is doing and wants to change things, but she really can’t.

A romance forms among some of the main characters in this book and it is both beautiful and heartbreaking. I think the best way to describe this book is with those two words: beautiful and heartbreaking.

If you haven’t yet picked up this book, please do so. You won’t be disappointed! It is a page-turner, with an excellent setting and well-built characters.


Spoilery Review:

As I was reading this book, I was thinking “I just want to know how it endddssss.” Then, the truth came and it hit me so. Hard. There were tears in my eyes because it was SO unexpected. The part I am speaking of is when you find out that Gat, Mirren, and Johnny perished in the fire that they set.

To be honest, when I heard their plan (one person on the second floor, one person on the first, one person on the main, and one person in the basement), I really wondered how they all got out alive. I guess this should have been a clue, but I was truthfully just happy that they all lived. But they are dead. Three of the Liars are dead.

Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I wanted Gat and Cady to stay in love and get married one day. I feel as if they were doomed, like Romeo and Juliet, from the very beginning. Cady’s grandfather’s dismay with their relationship certainly wasn’t helping them have a happy ending.

Sometimes, I didn’t know what was ACTUALLY happening in this book. What was reality, and what was simply a metaphor? For example, E. Lockhart speaks of Cady bleeding on Gat, but she was never physically bleeding. She was hurting, and he was there. It wasn’t physical pain, it was emotional pain. Little details like these metaphors throughout the book added to the overall dismal and spooky tone. It was so perfect and I wouldn’t change it.


I know this was relatively short, but share your thoughts down below. Have you read this book? What were your opinions?

Thanks For Reading 🙂 – Jamie

The Pros and Cons of Having Bangs

Hello all! I hope you are having a wonderful day! So I have had bangs since the beginning of the year, and I’ve heard that they are the hottest new trend when it comes to hair (I like to call myself a trendsetter…lol), so I wanted to share a list of pros and cons to having bangs. I would like to start out by saying that, while they can be a pain at times, I LOVE MY BANGS. My confidence improved once I got them, and I just love how they look on me! Let’s get onto the pros and cons, shall we?


  1. They change up your style. So this is only a pro if you like change, which I do. I have had the same hairstyle for years, and I just really, really needed change. Bangs were a huge change for me, and I was certainly scared to get them, but it turned out great for me!
  2. They make updos look AWESOME. Okay, okay, so updos look cute no matter what, BUT I have found that I love updos much better now that I have bangs! I love putting my hair in a bun, and bangs make it look so cute. Also, if you just add makeup to your look, BAM you look ready for a night out!
  3. There are so many different styles to choose from. So when I got bangs, I opted for a Spencer Hastings looked. I have longer bangs on the sides and they are relatively straight across about my eyebrows. However, if you just google “bangs hairstyles” (or something along those lines), then you can see lots of different styles to choose from!! Your choices are endless!!
  4. Darker lipsticks look AMAZING with bangs. It is true. I need to get myself some dark, vampy lip colors because they look AMAZING with bangs! I’ve started to get more adventurous with lip colors since getting bangs, and it is so fun.
  5. They don’t go unnoticed. Okay, so I don’t particularly like attention, but I have had friends tell me multiple times that they love bangs on me. This is a HUGE confidence boost!
  6. They hide some of my acne. So my face has good days and bad days in regards to breakouts. Lately, my forehead hasn’t been too much of a problem, but when there are problems, nobody knows!! My bangs hide all those breakouts!
  7. They are ADORABLE. Okay, I don’t want to toot my own horn, but since getting bangs, I just find them so incredibly cute. (Not that not having bangs isn’t cute, because they aren’t for everyone!) When my bangs look good before I head out for the day, I have a little extra confidence.



  1. You have to wash your hair every day. Maybe some of you already wash your hair every day, but before getting bangs, I would wash my hair about every other day. Now, I have to wash my hair every day to keep my bangs looking clean (usually by about 6 or 7 at night they will start to look and feel quite greasy). This problem stems from the fact that that I have very oily skin on my face, so I’m sure some people don’t have this problem!
  2. Once your bangs get greasy, your forehead gets greasy, and vice versa. This detail is super annoying, but you can’t have everything, can ya? This point goes hand in hand with the first con I listed, but I wanted to mention it anyways.
  3. I am constantly fixing the bangs. Now, I am constantly combing through my bangs with my fingers to make sure my bangs are laying in place (this doesn’t help with the grease problem), but I think I’ve been getting better.
  4. Bangs take WORK. So before getting bangs, I’d just put my hair in a ponytail and walk out the door (yeah, sometimes I don’t even brush my hair…it makes my hair too poofy and big). Now, when I shower in the evening, I have to blow dry my bangs and straighten them (let me know if you want a “How I Manage My Bangs” video or post), then in the morning I typically straighten them again. If I don’t dry and straighten them the night before, they are a MESS in the morning and sometimes I give up on them and just pin them back.
  5. They need cut OFTEN. My hair grows so fast, and as much I love this, I also kind of hate it now that I have bangs. To keep my bangs looking really nice, I should cut them every week and a half to two weeks. However, they are relatively easy to cut on my own, or with a friend’s or my mom’s help.


So, even though there are a quite a bit of cons to having bangs, I still LOVE them. They do need work, but for the most part, they are a joy to have. Do you have bangs? If so, what pros and cons would you add to my list? Does my list make you want bangs? Or does it deter you from getting bangs?

Much Love – Jamie

I had A Dream…

So, hi. This blog post is very random, but I wanted to share this slightly humorous dream I had with you guys. I have dreams that feel VERY real on most occasions and I will usually be going about my day the next morning/afternoon/evening and then I’ll remember the dream and for a second feel the emotion from the dream, then finally realize it wasn’t real. It happens multiple times a week (almost every single night, honestly).

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So, last night, I’m sleeping…and I have this dream that Book Outlet is having another 30% off sale. I saw an ad clear as day. So, in the dream, I click on the ad to shop for some books (Bad dream-state Jamie! Bad!) but something (I don’t remember what, but probably homework) interrupts me and I get off of the site.

So, this morning, I open my computer to check my school email and such. I have a tab open for my Gmail so I click on that and then I see an email from Book Outlet and I instantly thought “omg I need to find the email that says 30%.” Then….I realized it was a dream. SOMEONE IS TRYING TO GET ME TO STRAY FROM MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS (You can read about them here.)!! I can’t even catch a break in my DREAMS guys!!! Lol.

Do any of you have very memorable dreams?? I’d love to hear about them if you do! Do you ever dream about books or bookish related things?? If you want me to hear about some more of the dreams I have, just let me know! (Even if you don’t ask me to, I might still tell you all about some of my weird/crazy ones!)


Book Review: Unfathomable Chance

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are always my own!*

Hey guys!!! So it is just a short way into 2017 and I’ve already completed two books. I feel pretty successful! This book was weird, but not a bad weird. I really enjoyed it overall! Now, let’s get onto the review!

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Number of stars: 4.5/5


“When Diana woke up on her 23rd birthday she thought it was going to be a normal day. She thought of donuts, coffee, and laughter. She did not think she was going to become the center in a galactic race to win her heart. None too pleased with the prospect of alien races descending on Earth to try and woo her, Diana does the only reasonable thing she can; she runs. Now she has to try and find a way to get rid of the blasted bracelet that is the cause of all the recent craziness in her life. The problem is this isn’t an ordinary bracelet; it contains the Heart of the Cosmos. Furthermore the Cosmos chose her for a reason and it isn’t keen on letting her go until she finishes what it started over ten years ago. Something tried to destroy it and now Diana isn’t just worried about her heart, she is worried about her life.”


Non-Spoilery Review:

This book is like a mixture between Narnia, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Star Wars. At first, I didn’t enjoy the similarities, but the plot was so imaginative but I quickly started to enjoy the read. It was pretty fast paced, and felt a bit rushed at times, but I think I prefer this over a book going too slow.

Diana is bearing the weight of the world on her shoulders…in the form of a bracelet. People are expecting so much out of her and she is simply trying to grasp everything that is happening in her life. She meets lots of aliens, including some attractive ones. These aliens praise and fear her.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The ending made me ridiculously happy for some reason, and I LIVE for happy endings!


Spoilery Review:

So, Diana is the Bearer of the Cosmos. What does this mean? It means she is, essentially, supposed to be the queen of the universe. Universe as in a lot of planets and such. Sounds pretty stressful if you ask me.

The oddest part is that Diana is completely human. AND she accepts everything relatively quickly. She quickly makes friends with all of the aliens and she gains many followers while she travels through the universe.


She meets everything from a talking cat to a Jar Jar Binks-like character. The talking cat, Kal Zed, is like her guide throughout the whole situation. He helps her to understand what all needs to happen in order for her to become queen of the universe: she has to choose a husband.

Diana quickly decides that she doesn’t really want this life. She finds her way to the Cosmos to ask a question: “Why me?” The Cosmos makes a deal with her: if you figure out what REALLY happened to the previous queen. Word on the street was that the queen killed herself, but the Cosmos believes there was more to it than that.


A special thing about the bracelet that the bearer wears is that it protects the wearer. However, if the wearer isn’t aware of danger, it can’t protect them. Diana figures out that the previous queen would have done ANYTHING for her sons. She manages to find out that Hamyl, the king’s son, was the cause of the previous queen’s death.

The best part of this entire book was the end. Diana does NOT become queen of the universe. She goes back to her normal life. Then, Dimar, the attractive alien figure in the book, comes to Diana. Their lives weren’t going to work out because of how different they are, but they would make it work. Such a romantic ending!!


I’m sorry this review is so short. I finished this book a few days ago and a lot has happened since. Life is just getting crazier! If you guys enjoy fantasy, I recommend this book. It was a really fun, quick read!!


Series I Want to Read in 2017

Hello my bookish buddies!! Today, I wanted to share some series that I’d like to finish or start in 2017. I have had so many series that I’ve been eyeing and I just need this to be the year where I read them.

(I realize I am posting this a day later than scheduled, but I had a really hectic day yesterday!)

  1. The Mortal Instruments. I started this series in Middle School and I still haven’t finished it. That sounds so bad, especially since Cassandra Clare is one of my favorite authors and I LOVE her shadowhunter world! I recently read book four and I’m currently reading book five. Books 1-3 were out when I started the series and City of Glass felt like the end!

14599658_896038247162956_1486797643_o2. The Lunar Chronicles. I’ve heard so much about this series and I really want to read it. I try to own all the books in a series before I start it (a habit I have since watching booktubers and hearing them say this) and I just need one more book before I own all of them in this series. I still plan to start them in the near future, though!

3. The Wolves of Mercy Falls. I recently got a REALLY good deal on this series, so I bought it. I don’t hear too much about this series anymore, but I have wanted to read them since first hearing about them. Who doesn’t love a good werewolf love story??


4. Halo. Angels?? YES PLEASE!! I have owned this series for about two years now and I really want to read them. My sister read them and didn’t rave about them, but she didn’t dislike them either. I think they are worth a try!

5. Gossip Girl. I own some of the books in this series. I LOVE the tv show, and I’m curious as to how similar it is to the books. Hopefully I can collect more of the books at some book sales this year!

6. Penryn and the End of Days. This is another series I’ve been eyeing for a while. I first heard about them from Christine (PolandBananasBooks) on YouTube when she raved about the first book in this series (Angelfall). Ahhh…more angels!

7. The Remnant Chronicles. I recently bought book one in this series and it sounds SO. GOOD. Like, I need to read these asap!! Hopefully they aren’t a let down!

I hope you guys enjoyed this quick post with just some of the series I want to read in 2017. I am trying to get through the books I own this year before I buy more. There are a lot of other series that I want to read that I don’t own, but they will just have to wait!! What series do you plan on reading in 2017??



Milestone: 50 Blog Posts Published + A Question

Hello friends!! So I have officially written and posted 50 blog posts on this little blog of mine. It is so crazy to think that I have written that many. It’s been so fun and I cannot wait to hit 100 or more!!

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So I’d like to take this time to ask for some guest bloggers to post on my blog! If you are interested, just shoot me an email at alittlesliceofjamie@gmail.com! It can be anything bookish related, whether it is advice for how to succeed on bookstagram or a book review. When you email me, just let me know what you’d like to write about and just let me know about how long it’d be until I’d have the completed post (I only need one post from you by the way).

Once the post is complete, I’ll want you to email me the post so that I can post it myself. I’d love to work with some of you!! I am looking for roughly 5 people to guest post for me. I can’t wait to talk to some of you!

Also, I have another goal for this year that I have really been working on. Being more conscious of the Earth in my day to day life. I am kind of a pack rat. Why? Because I hate throwing things away. However, I’ve started recycling everything I possibly can. I am going to be on this Earth for many more years, so I really need to start taking care of it every single day! In my dorm room, I have a trash can dedicated to the things that can be recycled. Having this makes me feel so good about myself. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always recycled, but it has just become a bigger deal to me in the past year. Here’s hoping I can carry this goal throughout the rest of my life! Does anybody have this goal, or a goal similar to this one?

Well, that’s all I have written up for today. I hope to hear from some of you!!


Book Review: Saffire

*I received this book for review from Blogging for Books, but all opinions are my own.*

Hello friends! I have a book review for you today!! I feel like I haven’t read much at all recently (well, I haven’t), but I finally finished this book. I hope you are all doing well transitioning back into school and work after the holidays!


Number of Stars: 4/5

Non-Spoilery Review:

I was very back and forth with this book. Before starting it, I was in quite the reading slump and was worried that this book would not help with that, but it kind of did. It had some moments of suspense that drew me in and made me want to know more, but it also had moments where I was simply bored. There would be times where there would be a lot of description and it didn’t hold my interest as well.

I did like the main character in this book, James Holt. He was sarcastic in every situation and it added great comical relief. His relationship with Miskimon (an inspector) was so entertaining throughout the entire book! I found James Holt’s relationship with Saffire (a child who lost her mother) endearing because he quickly became attached to her.


James Holt is asked to look as if he is trying to find more information out about what happened to Saffire’s mother. They did find a letter from her mother, but Saffire doesn’t believe what it says. Shortly after starting his search, he starts to face dangers. Dangers that could easily kill him. (ohhhhh don’t you wanna read it now??)

This book takes place during Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency. The Panama Canal is being dug and mysterious things keep happening, but nobody knows who is causing all of the problems.


Spoilery Review:

I must say, this book surprised me. The “bad guy” wasn’t who I thought it’d be. Frankly, this book didn’t really feel like a full-fledged mystery until the very end. I never guessed that Raquel’s fiancé would be the man that he turned out to be. (Raquel is Saffire’s older half sister; James Holt and Raquel do have a small romance throughout the book.)

When Amador (Raquel’s fiancé) is first brought into the book, I thought he was just a snobby, prissy, fat man (no insult intended here…okay, maybe a little). That was exactly like I pictured him. I also didn’t see him as a smart individual. He proved me wrong.


Amador was the cause of literally EVERYTHING in this book. He was responsible for Saffire’s mother’s death. He was responsible for the accidents during the building of the canal (he caused deaths of numerous people by paying them to tamper with miscellaneous objects). He was responsible for the torture James Holt had to endure for his investigation. So, as you can see, Amador ended up being pretty sly.

One of the most notable moments from this book was when James Holt was tortured. I took it as he got electrocuted and I felt legit fear for him during the scene. Another notable scene was the amazing, but unsatisfying ending. Amador holds James Holt at gunpoint, but also kills Saffire’s father. I say that the ending was unsatisfying because I still have questions.


I am just assuming that Raquel and James Holt end up getting married because that is the direction in which they seemed to be moving. The ending just felt very rushed. I would have liked some more conclusion. It felt as if the book reached its climax, then immediately ended. However, the overall story line was still very well thought out and presented.


I hope you all enjoyed this review! What have you been reading? Have you ever read a book by Sigmund Brouwer?


2017 Goals + Resolutions

Hello all!  I hope you are all getting accustomed to writing “2017” instead of “2016” for the date (I know it’ll take me awhile to get used to it). Today, I wanted to share with you all my goals for 2017!! I’d love to know what all of your goals are too, so tell me in the comments!

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I’d like to read 50 books this year. I can honestly say that I don’t even know if I’ll accomplish this, but I am going to try. On January 9th, I’ll be starting classes again, so I will be very busy with homework. I really want to make time for reading, though. Reading relaxes me and I will need to have ways to relax because I get VERY stressed out when I’m taking classes.

As for my blog, I’d like to post about 75 times this year. I am making this very low so I don’t stress myself out. This is a hobby for me, so I am not going post if I don’t have the time. Maybe I’ll end up surprising myself!

I’d like to post about 100 times on Instagram. So I’m going to be living in an apartment that has a TON of windows and I am SO EXCITED!! I have always loved rooms with lots of windows because I love natural light. This will also help with Instagram photos because I will have great natural lighting! Also, I have my own room, so I don’t need to worry about a roommate thinking I’m weird for taking pictures of my books (lol).

I plan to buy less books so that I can start lessening the number of books on my TBR shelves. I will admit it. I have way too many books that I have yet to read. I really want to get through as many as possible before buying more books. I am still going to accept books for review and I’ll still ask for books for my birthday, but I will refrain from buying books with my own money (unless Book Outlet has another great sale).

I want to reread the Harry Potter series. I even drew my boxed set onto my 2017 reading goals sheet! I have been wanting to read them for awhile now, but I never get around to it. It WILL happen this year!

Try new things. I hope to get out of my comfort zone in 2017. I want to learn more and try new things when opportunities come up. I made sure to do this when I first started college, and I’ve met more friends because of it.

Stay Motivated. I do see myself as a pretty motivated individual, but I do go through periods where I don’t feel like doing ANYTHING. This feeling will last for a week or two and I always just feel like crap about myself, but can’t seem to get myself to do anything. Hopefully, I can stay motivated all through 2017. I really want this to apply throughout this coming semester of school. I always fizzle out by the end of the semester, but I don’t want that to happen anymore.

Get up to 200 followers on my blog. I realize that this is probably a very high goal, but I do think it is possible. I started my blog in May and have almost 60 followers. I really think I could get to 200! Regardless, I get excited when anybody starts following my blog. It is hard to believe that people enjoy reading my ramblings!

Get up to 300 followers on my bookstagram. Gaining followers on bookstagram has been really hard for me, but I keep trying. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I want my theme to be and everything. I am really loving my current theme, but I am moving again soon so I’ll have to change it AGAIN. Ugh. Maybe 2017 will help me figure out what the heck I am doing on bookstagram!

Meet and make bookish friends. I don’t know how people become friends in this community. I’ll hear people say how they are best friends with someone they met through their blog or bookstagram and I sit here like, “how?!?!?” I don’t know guys…I just don’t know. Lol. It is a good time here regardless, though, because you are all SO NICE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS!!

Do some more guest posts and have others guest post on my blog. I really want some people to guest post on my blog this year, and I’d love to do some guests posts myself. I have done one guest post and it was for Everything and Nothin’. You can read it here, and while your at it, take a look around on the blog!


So what are some of your goals for 2017?? How many books do you want to read?


December Monthly Wrap-Up 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!! Well, hello there 2017! Nice of you to sneak up on us so quickly. Lol!

Today, I have a very disappointing wrap up for you all. December was a rough one, so don’t be too hard on me! The holidays kept me pretty busy!

So I don’t think I really set a tbr last month….hmmmm….whoops! Well, it doesn’t matter too much because I actually read zero books this month. Yup, you read that right. Zero. Zippo. Nada. Nein. Yes, I am disappointed in myself. I didn’t start a book for weeks, but I am currently reading Saffire and I am really enjoying it

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Blog posts I wrote…

5 Series That I Highly Recommend

My Bookish Christmas Wish List

How I Remove Stickers From Books

Book Haul #3

I didn’t write many posts this month since I wasn’t reading much. Hopefully I can get better at writing more consistently! I really do enjoy sitting down and writing posts for this blog of mine. It is so fun sharing my bookish thoughts with you guys!

What I want to read next month…



Unfathomable Chance (ebook)

City of Lost Souls

It is very likely that I will not finish all three of these because I will be going back to college on January 9th (help me), but reading calms me and I really hope to make time for it. I am going to be pretty busy, but will have my own room! Hopefully, this makes me more productive since I will have less people bothering me!

Current Obsessions…


This is a site I use to make money online. I get gift cards and then can buy more books!! Who doesn’t love the sound of that?? I have a post on this site that you can check out here. I have been using it a lot lately and have reestablished my love for the site!

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My dog is just adorable. Enough said.



I made my first Boomerang yesterday and it was so fun!! I find joy in the smallest things, I know.


This show is SO GOOD!!! Joshua told me to watch it and I am not disappointed. It has a small amount of romance and a whole lotta ass-kicking. Arrow is sure to keep anyone’s attention!

On the ‘gram…


I’ve been really active on Instagram lately!! I started a new theme and I’m loving it.

How successful was your December? Did you follow your TBR or go way off track (like me…hee hee)?