Book Review: The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I loved this. It had everything that I could have possibly wanted it to have. The only reason that it isn't a 5-star read is that (view spoiler)[I thought that the ending - or rather the revealing of what Maya was holding back - was kind of out of the blue and convenient. I didn't expect that to be the thing that Maya was keeping secret and by the end I wasn't even sure what to think the secret was, which at first I thought was a great thing; however, after finishing, I kind of thought that it seemed a little bit easy(?) after (I felt) there was a lot of emphases placed on the cops not fully trusting her and believing that she was hiding something (hide spoiler)].

“Some people stay broken. Some pick up the pieces and put them back together with all the sharp edges showing.”
This didn't take anything away from the overall story, though. I've never read anything like this before, especially with the set-up …

Book Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

Final Girls by Riley Sager
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

My rating may be more of a 2.5/5, considering I stayed up until about 4 a.m. to finish this.

I don't like to risk any spoilers in my reviews, especially with mystery/thrillers, so I'm going to be quite careful not to say too much.

Overall, I'm a bit disappointed. It was really slow moving until about the last third (the ending absolutely raised my rating) - and even that wasn't as exciting as I would have liked.

Quincy is a very complex character, with many issues, not all of which just come from the PTSD that she has after that night. I definitely got that, and an aspect of the story that I really like is that we get to see some of the effect that the murders and the events of that night have had on Quincy and her life: something that we rarely get to see in a scary movie, for example.
I liked Coop and the idea of a 'Coop' character in the beginning. Jeff was super boring. And I hated Sam - this isn't alw…

Try a Chapter Tag (+ Mystery Review!)

Ok, so, for a while now, I've had more books than I know what to do with. In a good way! Especially after my birthday haul of books, I have so many to choose from and I'm excited about them all. After being completely let down, in an unexpected way, by a book that I was reading (I don't want to end up ranting about it, but a chunk of 30 pages were missing when I was about 70 pages from the end and, apparently, I can't do anything about it...), I was in a major book slump. I had no closure! And I refuse to spend any more money on another copy. Anyway, I recalled a book tag video that I had seen on BooksandLala called the 'Try a Chapter Tag' (original tag by BookParadise) and thought that this was the perfect opportunity. The only problem that came up was the narrowing down to five books!

The 'Try a Chapter Tag' is exactly what it sounds like: you pick a selection of books, read the first chapter of each, then come to a decision for the book that you wan…

First Impressions: Midnight, Texas Premiere

Midnight, Texas

Mondays on NBC
Premiere Rating:

The show takes place in the remote town Midnight, Texas which turns out to be a lot more than the small, sleepy town that it first appears. The show follows Manfred Bernardo, a powerful psychic and seer, as he is lead to Midnight by his deceased Grandma for a safe place to hide out after running into some trouble. Manfred soon discovers that, alongside the humans, the town is home to a lot more of the supernatural than he realised, all with mysterious secrets of their own.
          The main characters that we were introduced to were: an energy-leeching vampire, Lemuel; a beautiful human assassin, Olivia; a seemingly sweet witch, Fiji; an ambitious "girl next door" writer, Creek; a suspicious pawn shop owner, Bobo; the Rev who keeps a pet cemetery; and Joe, an angelic tattoo artist.

The premiere opened a handful of storylines for Manfred and the other characters; the obvious first one being the truth behi…

<<| Rewind, Rewatch: Movies

For some reason, I'm feeling a bit nostalgic today, just wanting some comfort and a little contentment. Perhaps it has something to do with celebrating my birthday yesterday? Anyway, I love to rewatch movies that I love and my wistfulness has inspired me to think through those movies that I can watch over and over again - and they just so happen to be at least 10 years old: wow! There are really a lot more than this, but for the moment, here are my Top 10 Favourite Movies to Rewatch:

Clueless (1995)
Cher and her best friend, Dionne, take on the new girl, Tai, as a project, giving her a make-over and helping to guide her through high school life; Cher ends up being the one who needs to figure things out for her own life.
A truly iconic movie. I mean, doesn't everyone know at least one of the classic quotes from the movie? "Ugh, as if!" - My go-to movie if I'm feeling stressed.
Scream (1996)
I'm not sure how much to explain here because if you haven't already…