Hi guys, I’m mostly on semi-hiatus while I move into my new home and finish up wedding planning, but I wanted to drop by with a quick book review! I’ve teamed up with Xpresso Book Tours to bring you Romanov by Samaire Provost.
In an abandoned warehouse in Manhattan, two enemies battle to the death, while outside, a malevolent entity watches and waits and plots, eager for blood. On an island in the heart of Seattle, an immortal princess struggles to lead a normal life just as a flood of terrifying creatures starts to pour in through a portal that should not be there. A young man meets a classmate while walking home from the college library, and embarks on the most dangerous adventure he’s ever known – will he survive? A deranged madman hunts the girl he’s lusted after for a century, in a relentless pursuit for vengeance. A prehistoric, mythical beast jealously guards a primeval land, which is leaking into present-day Seattle. A sweet, forbidden passion blossoms between two lovers who steal moments whenever they can, while unbeknownst to them, they’re hunted by a deadly creature.
A royal family threatened at its weakest – yet lethal in its own right – is stalked by an ancient evil that will not rest until they are utterly destroyed: a nightmare incarnate that has waited millions of years for revenge threatens the very existence of the young lovers and their family.
Smoke City really surprised me! I wasn’t so into it at first– the switching perspectives and snippets of newspaper and other media didn’t make it easy to get into the story– but I really connected with it emotionally by the end.
Specters are appearing all of the Los Angeles areas. These “smokes” only last for a few minutes. While they can be startling, they mostly just seem lost.
Meet Marvin– he remembers each and every one of his past lives, and they’ve all been horrible. He’s cursed to live a doomed life over and over again because he lit the fire that killed Joan of Arc. When a girl pops up on TV claiming that Joan has been reincarnated in her body, Marvin needs to meet her.
Then there’s Mike– he was once a great American artist, but his alcoholism has driven away his success, his talent, and his wife. Now he’s working at a fast food restaurant, destroying gallery windows in Portland, and generally spiraling out of control. When he hears that Candice, his now ex-wife who never quite gave up on helping him, has died, he needs to get to LA to her funeral.
And finally, Casper– he just wants to make a TV show about the smokes.
These three go on an unlikely road trip to LA, but what they really find is redemption. Keith Rosson’s “Smoke City” surprised me in its emotional depth. Even the detours (which to be clear, I am generally not a fan of) to characters like Brophy add up to something unique and special.
Want to read it for yourself?! Here’s a giveaway! (You can also win and Amazon gift card, so I’d follow that link!)
First, sorry for the lack of posts last week– I was sick and couldn’t get myself to do anything. Second, I read my first book of 2018 and it was SO GOOD. It’s called The Girl Without Magic and it’s the first of the Chronicles of Maggie Trent. I’m teaming up with Xpresso Book tours to talk about it today.
Happy 2018! Today it’s back to everything for me today, including blogging! Let’s start with Amanda & Miguel’s wedding, the last weekend vlog of 2018! This vlog features a Maid of Honor speech by yours truly; an experience I hope never to repeat.
All and all, it was a beautiful wedding and so. much. fun! It was a great way to close out the year and sure does make me anxiousnervous excited for my own wedding!
It’s true; we all think 2017 was pretty terrible. When I look back, though, so many amazing things happened in 2017. We spent the full year engaged (today, we are 100 days away from our wedding!) and laid some pretty exciting seeds for big things in 2018. I couldn’t be looking forward it more! Here are my favorite moments of 2017, though.
5. My Bridal Shower (November) | It was amazing an overwhelming to have so many people from all different parts of my life together! See the photo post here and the vlog here.
loved my Free People dress & flower crown; eating donuts with my MOH
4. Montreal Trip (September) | We road tripped over the border to Canada, and had a carefree weekend. Watch the vlogs here & here.
blown away by the Chinese garden at the Botanical Gardens; the view from Mont Royal!
3. Diva & Deepan’s Wedding (May) | Matt & I agree, this was hands down the best wedding we’ll ever go to. Watch the vlogs here & here.
Boston besties ready for our first sangeet; Matt & I dressed up for the wedding!
2. Kelly & Frank’s Wedding & Chicago trip (October) | This only ranks higher because we made a little vacation out of it! Chicago is a special place to us since it’s the first place we ever traveled together. Watch the vlogs here & here.
all dressed up for the wedding; a recreation of a photo we took on our first trip at the Bean!
1. Japan Trip! (March/April) | It feels so long ago already, but going to Japan was literally making a lifelong dream come true. I can’t say enough about this trip and how amazing it was – here‘s the photo post with links to all the vlogs so you can see yourself.
Fushimi Inari Taisha; sakura-yuba twists in from of Himeji Castle!
We’re off today to our last wedding of the year — we’ll see you in 2018!