Crimes of Alice by Erin R. Bedford | Book Review

crimes of alicesFor some reason, I find myself drawn to books that are different versions of classic stories. Crimes of Alice is a more adult version of Alice in Wonderland with a slightly different twist. The current setting takes place after she has already grown up, and she visited Wonderland the first time when she was a child.


Goodreads Description – Every story has a beginning. This one started with a girl named Alice. Lewis was everything my mother wanted for me. Respectable. Wealthy. Not too handsome. Utterly perfect in every way. Then why did I run on our wedding day?
Returning to Wonderland wasn’t my intention, but now I’m finding out those things I thought were a dream were real. And they are so much more dangerous and delicious than I remembered. Lost in Wonderland with the queen out for my head the last thing I’m worried about is getting back to my fiance and the inhabitants are doing their best to tempt me to stay.


To be completely honest, I don’t think I would recommend this book to everyone. There is graphic sexual content, and it was weird. I can handle some word porn, and I even prefer it sometimes (no shame), but the sexuality in this book just seemed a little too weird. I’m no prude, by any means; however, this just took it a little too far for my liking.

With that being saiddddd, I didn’t hate this book.  I liked the premise of it, and it was definitely a unique telling to a classic story. I enjoyed reading most of it (graphic sexual scenes not included because I was extremely uncomfortable, lol). The author was able to describe the world in a way that I could visualize the scenery and the places. On the other hand, I didn’t feel much emotion while reading this book. My favorite kinds of books are the ones that give me all the feels, and this one fell short in that area. I didn’t get excited.

The characters were mediocre at best. It seems that so many characters were introduced to create a dynamic story line, but it didn’t portray that way. Even Alice was a little flat, and she is the main character. My opinion is that the author tried to include as many notable characters from the original Alice in Wonderland to make the story more nostalgic and exciting, but it was too much. She should have used less characters and made the more relatable and dynamic instead of cramming so many into one book. Quality is better than quantity in this case.

Despite this not being a book that I would consider a favorite, I liked it okay. It’s probably not one that I would try to read again because my head kind of hurt after I finished it. So many changes in scenery, character introductions, and drama. I mean how many times can this bitch get lost? Come on. It’s a little ridiculous that she has to get saved by someone else time after time after time. It gets old after a while.

Honestly, I would say read it if it sounds interesting to you, and you enjoy some graphic sex scenes in your novels. Otherwise, I’d say that you aren’t missing anything if you decide to skip this. I am aware that this is actually a prequel to a series, so I may check out the first book to see if it is any better. We’ll see. If you read this book, let me know what you thought about it or if you are interested in reading it!

Check out some of my other book reviews!

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Elevation by Stephen King

Frost by Kaitlyn Davis

The Lost and the Chosen by Ivy Asher

 

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Verity by Colleen Hoover | Book Review

41957126As I try to write this right now, I remain completely speechless. I literally just finished this book, and I have no words. Which is a problem since I am trying to complete a blog post about it…  This book is unlike any that I have read before, and it made me feel things that no book ever has. I felt panic. I felt terror. I felt the things that the main character felt. My heart was in a constant state of tachycardia while I was reading.  Okay.. Before I continue, let me say what this book is about:

Synopsis by Goodreads: Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died. Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

Let me say this, I have never felt so disturbed and disgusted by a character in any book that I have ever read. Verity was repulsive when Lowen was reading about her through the manuscript. She was a psychopath in the truest form, and I can’t even describe how much I hated her. Lowen felt the same way, and she struggled throughout the book with whether or not to tell Jeremy the truth about the manuscript. Everything led up to the twist at the end that I did not see coming. I had theories and ideas about how it would end and what the final twist could be, but I was sooooo wrong.

The author was very creative when writing this book because it was told through Lowen’s point of view, and Verity’s point of view through the autobiography. What made it truly incredible is the different tones that presented during each perspective. The tone during Lowen’s perspective was lighter, but Verity’s tone was dark and disturbing. I felt like I was really in the mind of someone experiencing extreme psychopathy.

Unlike my other reviews, I am not going to include any spoilers in this because I feel like it would ruin much of the content of the book. I’m still speechless. I keep typing, but I can express how I feel about this book. My mind is truly blown by the talent and unique writing style that it took to create such an imbalance of perspective.

I would describe this book as a true psychological thriller that embraces the mind of a psychopath. I recommend this book to anyone, and I BEG you all to read this. I promise that it will make you feel something. You may feel terror, disgust, anger, or heartbreak. You may feel one thing or, like me, you may feel everything. I really feel like I should probably go to therapy after reading this book because of how twisted and psychotic it is. When I wasn’t reading this book, I was thinking about reading it. I was coming up with theories and potential plot twists about how this book might end. It was consuming me to the point that I stayed up until 2 AM when I had to go to work the next morning. I didn’t even finish it then though. I could have, but I really needed sleep at that point.

Check it out. That’s all I can say. Please read it, and then come back and tell me what you thought. If you read it and review it, please tag me because I would love to see what everyone thinks about it.

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Beauty Wish List | January 2019

2018 was a very mediocre year for me when it came to trying out new makeup. I intend to change that for this year. I have already seen posts for new launches that I am really excited to try this year, but there are also products that have been released for a while that I really want to finally try.  On the other side of things, there are new releases that are going to be launched this year, and I’m not really interested in for one reason or another, and I plan out posting about those soon. I was initially going to talk about them all in one post, but I felt like that would be way too long. 🙂


Products I Want to Try

img_0448Natasha Denona Lila Palette

This palette will forever be on my wish list. I love purples and pinks, and this palette speaks to me. Check out that price though. I cannot bring myself to spend that much money on a palette unless I know I will love it. Maybe not even then. Maybe 2019 will be the year that I finally get the chance to try this one out. Natasha Denona has released a mini version of this one that has five shades in it for $25, so I may try that one first. If I like that one well enough I may splurge on the full size. But even for 5 shades for $25, that is still a little pricey. Basically, it breaks down to $5 per eye shadow. There are several other palettes from this brand, but this is the only one that I would try. From the looks of it, it has a nice mixture of warm and cool tones, and the purple and pink are just calling my name.


img_0447.jpgMorphe Fluidity Foundation

I feel like this new foundation has already broken the internet, and it hasn’t even official launched yet. I feel like in the YouTube beauty community, Morphe always has drama attached to its name. Honestly, I don’t really care about that, and I am excited to try this foundation. From what I’ve seen so far, it is reallllyyyyyy full coverage. My face has a lot of scarring and acne spots that I need to cover, so I usually gravitate to full coverage foundations. I have normal skin – not dry or oily, so this one may work for me. I don’t know. I will probably buy this one and the concealer when it launches and try it out. I may post a future review on it after I try it, so you guys can see how it worked for me and my skin type. By the way, this is going to be released with 60 shades. That is pretty bad ass. I feel like I have the hardest time finding foundations. Even though I have a lighter skin tone, I have a weird undertone. It’s neutral, but it doesn’t really lean cool or warm. If I have too warm of a foundation, I looked yellow af. I might have liver disease or something. If I wear a foundation that is too cool, then I look like I have a very unflattering sunburn. I don’t remember where I heard it, but someone said this foundation would have 12 shades in each tone and have varying undertones. This is going to be released for $18.


img_0454Hourglass Vanish Liquid Foundation

I didn’t get to try the Hourglass Vanish Foundation Stick, but I heard that it was really good. I should have included that one on my list, but I figured since this one is new I’d talk about it instead. On Trendmood’s instagram, there isn’t a release date for this one yet; however, it claims that it will be full coverage. I already feel like 2019 will be the year of new foundations. I have already ordered 2 this year that I have been wanting to try, so what’s 2 more, right? This foundation is going to be released with 32, so not as much as the Morphe foundations. I hope that it has a good variety of shades and undertones. Especially, for the price. Well, I can’t say that for sure because the price hasn’t been posted yet, but it’s Hourglass. It’s not going to be cheap.


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Nars Wanted Cheek Palette – Color I

I really want to try this one. I haven’t really tried anything from Nars, except their long-wear foundation. This is the Color I Wanted Blush Palette, so it has the lighter tones. The Color II Palette has deeper shades for deeper skin tones. I am very picky when it comes to blush because I feel that (because of my weird ass undertone) they can look weird on me if I’m not careful. I’v heard really good things about Nars blushes, so I really want to try this one. For $59, that is a little bit steep. Howeverrrrrrrr, I want justify it by saying that I’m only paying a little less than $10 for each blush. That makes it sound a little better, right? I’m pretty sure I’m the queen of justification. 😀 BTW, this is limited edition, and I don’t know how long it has been out. Hopefully, I can get it before it’s gone.


img_0451 Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette – Smokey

The last thing that I would like to try is the Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette in Smokey. I got the Desert Dusk Palette for Christmas last year, and I really like that palette. Hopefully, if I do decide to get this one the formula is the same. Lately, I’ve been feeling darker, smokier looks.  I think this palette could give me some super sultry, grungy looks which I’ve been into. The silver and black in this palette are what I most love about it. I know what you’re thinking…. But, Sam, you can get a black and silver in almost every palette. So what, STFU. I want this one. Why? Because it has 9 shades for $27, and I already know I like this brand’s eye shadow formula. Actually, I haven’t tried any of the Obsession palettes, and there are quite a few that I am interested in. So, if I like this one, I will probably buy the other one’s I like too.


So, I had a lot of other products on my list, but I narrowed it down to my top 5. I don’t do that new year’s resolution bullshit because I can never stick to it; however, I feel like I can make a goal to try more makeup this year and grow my collection just a little. There’s not harm there. Maybe to my wallet… and my boyfriend’s sanity. Worth the sacrifice, though, in my opinion. If you have tried these products or are excited to check any of them out, let me know your thoughts and opinions.

Au Revoir!

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Frost by Kaitlyn Davis | Book Review

Frost by Kaitlyn Davis is another book that Facebook told me that I should read… SinceFrost when did I become some obedient to social media? Frost is the first book in the Midnight Ice series, and I have a few thoughts on this book. Continue reading Frost by Kaitlyn Davis | Book Review