Case One: The Deceit by Lori Zaremba |Review

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Vengeful spirits? Poltergeists? Ghost dogs? Could you go wrong with a book with this type of paranormal element? Every now and then, I will get into a phase where I want to read certain types of books. I found this book when I was I wanted to read about ghost hunting… Is it weird that I have a specific mood about that? I think I may have an ambition to join the paranormal security business… I’m getting sidetracked. Anyway, I found this book and by reading the description I was immediately interested in it because it felt like it would be something unique and interesting that I haven’t read before.


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A Killer’s Mind by Mike Omer | Review

akillersmindIf you have ever watched an episode of Criminal Minds, then you basically know the premise of A Killer’s Mind. If you love Criminal Minds (which I do), then I think that you will enjoy this book.


Goodreads: Three Chicago women have been found strangled, embalmed, and posed as if still alive. Doubting the findings of the local PD’s profiler, The FBI calls on forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley to investigate. Zoe quickly gets off on the wrong foot with her new partner, Special Agent Tatum Gray. Zoe’s a hunter, intense and focused; Tatum’s a smug maverick with little respect for the rules. Together, they must descend into a serial killer’s psyche and untangle his twisted fantasies, or more women will die. But when the contents of three inconspicuous envelopes reveal a chilling connection to gruesome murders from Zoe’s childhood, suddenly the hunter becomes the hunted.


While I was reading this book, I felt that I was actually in Chicago visiting the crime scenes, eating at the diner, and hanging out in the motel room. The author creates a vivid image in the way that he describes locations and settings in a way that touches all of the senses. There are 4 different POVs in the story, and I think that most of them are important for telling the story. The POVs are from Zoe’s perspective, Tatum’s perspective, the killer’s perspective, and Harry – reporter that randomly shows up towards the end of the book. I understand why his was included as a POV, but I felt that it was kind of forced into the book. If he was going to be used as a POV, I feel that his contribution to the plot should have been more significant throughout the book instead of towards the end.

The main character, Zoe, is an Forensic Psychologist consulting with the FBI. She gets recruited for a case in Chicago and dives straight into finding the “Undertaker Strangler”. Zoe is trying to maintain a clear and objective mind when working the case; however, she is struggling with her own past that continues to taunt her. Zoe is a very dynamic character, and I think that she is relatable as a character. Reading her perspective was my favorite chapters in the book because the reader is able to see how she is able to make connections and deductions to build a criminal profile. I love psychological thrillers, and I think this was a great read. I definitely recommend it if you enjoy suspense novels.

I really did enjoy this book, and I truly liked it.. With that being said, I feel that there were some details in the book that seem unnecessary, and I will get to that in a minute because I don’t want to include spoilers just yet.  When I read suspense, thrillers, mysteries, or whatever, I always try to pay attention to details because I want to figure out who the killer is before it is revealed. The author had details in this book that seemed to throw me off the trail completely; however, I did (almost) figure it out before the big reveal.

SPOILERS

When Zoe was continuing to investigate, and she believed the serial killer she faced as a teenager was responsible for the murders, she went to the home of one of the victims friends. At this point, I was convinced that there was a connection and that she and her boyfriend were involved. This was what I meant by throwing me off. Apparently, this detail had no significance other than to redirect the reader. In the case, I will give the author credit. But as a reader who tries to pay attention to detail, it kind of pissed me off.  I am so interested in seeing where this story goes, and what will happen in the next book. At the end of the book, there was a cliffhanger. When Rod Glover – serial killer from Zoe’s childhood – shows up in the city she lives in and gets a selfie with Zoe’s sister, I felt that intense emotion that Zoe must have felt. Throughout the book, Andrea (Zoe’s sister) isn’t present much. She is mentioned many times, and readers are able to read about her from the chapters that are from Zoe’s past. Because of this, I felt that I built a connection with Andrea, and I need to know what happens next!

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If you want a book that will take you to the edge, hold you there for a while, then send you straight over with anticipation… read this book. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. It seriously reminds me of Criminal Minds, but I think it is better because the reader can follow the thoughts of the forensic psychologist and understand how connections are made. Zoe is a feisty creature that has a passion for what she does, and I really enjoyed reading about her history and watching her character development.

I haven’t mentioned Tatum yet…. I’m not sure how I feel about him yet. I feel like the author is setting up a romance between Zoe and Tatum, and I like that he is super protective over her. He seems uptight and a bit too focused. I think if he loosens up, then he might be easier to like. We’ll see how it turns out.


I read this on my kindle, so if you are interested in checking it out I’ll leave a link below. I’ll also leave my last few book reviews if you want to check those out. If you’ve read this, or think you might read it let me know your thoughts!

A Killer’s Mind by Mike Omer

Crimes of Alice by Erin R. Bedford | Book Review

The Lost and the Chosen – Ivy Asher | Book Review

Verity by Colleen Hoover | Book Review

Stitch Fix | February Kids Edition

I’ve been subscribing to Stitch Fix for about a year now, and they began offering children’s boxes. I decided to try one for my son to see what they offer. The styling fee is also $20, and it will be credited back to the account when you make a purchase. You can choose to receive the box every couple weeks, monthly, or every other month. I choose to get Braylen’s box every other month, but I have to make sure I update his size settings often because that kid will not stop growing. These are the items that he received in the box. I’m not going to go into full detail/review mode like I do for my own boxes, but I thought this would be a good showcase for anyone who would be interested in signing up. In the kids’ boxes, there are more items because the clothes are cheaper than the other boxes.


RUMI + RYDER The Classic Everyday Solid Active Hoodie $24 – I loved the way this hoodie looked on him. He always looks good in blue because it brings out his pretty blue eyes. He loved it too. He ended up wearing this outfit to school the next day. The material is so soft, and he said that it was really comfortable.
JOE’S JEANS Brixton Joe’s Straight and Narrow Fit Stretch Denim $24 –  I requested in the note to the stylist that he needed new jeans because he has already went up another size. He only received one pair of jeans, but they were good quality and looked really nice on him.
BTW… Ignore his mismatched socks… He is definitely my child. Life is too short to match socks. Especially, when you are late almost every day. 🙂

PS. Ignore his facial expressions because they will get worse as this post goes on…

LEVIS Jose Hooded Sweatshirt $24 – I wasn’t planning on buying this because he liked the blue one better. After I totaled up what he wanted to keep, it ended up being more than buying the whole box. When you purchase the whole box, you get the 25% discount, so I decided to keep everything and pay the cheaper price. He has worn this since then, so it wasn’t a waste.

ODIN & IVY The Classic Short Sleeve Graphic Tee $12 – I really liked this one on him, and he liked it okay. It was one of the “maybe” items that we kept because of the discount. It’s just a simple graphic tee, but it was a really soft material. Bray said that it was comfortable, and he wears it around the house more than he does to school.


SKECHERS Carmine Skechers Turbo Spike Sneaker $44 – I’m going to be real honest, I did not like these shoes. I didn’t like the bright colors. I prefer shoes that are black, white, red, etc. But, Bray loved these. He put these on and had to test how fast he was by running back and forth through the house. We kept these because he wanted them, and he did really need new shoes. Had these not come in this box, I would not have let him buy these. If I saw these in store, I’d be like.. Nope. Next.

RUMI + RYDER The Classic Short Sleeve Graphic Tee $14 – This shirt was his size, but it was a little bit too big for him. I didn’t mind keeping it though because I’m sure he will grow into it eventually. Bray liked it, and he liked the planes on it.


ODIN & IVY The Classic Short Sleeve Graphic Tee $12 – I don’t know why, but we both loved this shirt. And, it looks so cute on him. It seems like good quality, and I’ve washed it since then. I don’t think it has shrunk any, so I didn’t have to worry about him wearing it once and not fitting it anymore.

HOLLYWOOD Everett Knit Moto Jogger $20 – I really didn’t like these when he first put them on, but I think these were his favorite item in the box other than the blue hoodie. The longer he wore them, they kind of grew on me. He did look cute in this outfit. It was again a “maybe” item, but since we kept the whole box he got to keep them.


STAR WARS Star Wars Short Sleeve Graphic Tee $18 – This one looked good on him, and he liked it. It was another “maybe”, but we did end up keeping it. There wasn’t anything special about it. It’s just a simple graphic tee. Nothing special.

ODIN & IVY The Classic Long Sleeve Raglan Graphic Tee $14 – Braylen really liked this shirt, and I thought it would be really nice for spring. When it starts warming up but it’s still a little cool outside, this would be a nice shirt for him to wear without having to wear a jacket.


I think this box was worth it because we kept everything for $134. I don’t get his box every month, so by the next time I get him a box I will probably have to update his sizing again. I like most of the clothes that he gets, and I think they feel like good quality. If you’re interesting in the kid’s box, I’ll leave the referral link down below. They have boys and girls clothing, sizes 2T to 14. If you sign up using the code, you’ll receive a $25 credit which will cover the first month’s styling fee and go towards whatever your purchase from the box.


 

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Trash or Treasure? | De ‘Lanci Starry Moon Night Palette

I haven’t posted in a while because I have been trying out some makeup that I really wanted to review, and this palette is the first one in my Trash or Treasure series – a series I’m dedicating to random makeup that I find that I haven’t heard of. I was scrolling on amazon to check out to see what palettes they had, and I came across this one. I loved the colors in this, and the price was very affordable. I bought mine for $9.99. I figured that because it was a cheaper palette that it wouldn’t perform as well as some of my higher end palette. Was I wrong… Was I right… Keep reading. 😉

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Stitch Fix | February

Another Stitch Fix!!! This month I requested some casual clothing and some skinny jeans. My stylist definitely delivered this month. There was only one thing that I wouldn’t really purchase, and that is because it is ridiculously expensive… But, we’ll get into that.

For those who aren’t familiar, Stitch Fix is a clothing subscription service. The styling fee is $20, and you would receive a curated box to fit your style. Anything that you wouldn’t purchase from the box, the $20 styling fee would be applied to the purchase. If you keep everything from the box, there is a 25% discount.


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Kut From the Kloth – Dayna Distress Skinny Jeans $88

As I mentioned, I requested some jeans for this month’s box. These fit me perfectly. I have the weirdest body shape, and it is so hard for me to find cute jeans that fit me well. I loved these. They were very comfortable and so cute. The only downside to these jeans are the price. If I was shipping in a store or shopping online, I would probably skip over these because of the price; however, since I received them in my box and was able to try them on, I may keep them. They seem like good quality jeans, and they have a little stretch to them, which I like. I will most likely keep these because I need more jeans that make me look nice in my closet.


hoodieLOVEAPPELLA – Tomar Hoodie $58

The next thing that I received is this hoodie. I reallllllllllyyyyy love this hoodie so much. I know I am keeping this one because I have actually already wore it. I couldn’t resist. It is so cute and so comfortable. It is very lightweight, so I don’t get too hot in it. It does keep me warm though. I wore it to work the other day, and it was about 40 degrees outside. I felt like it was perfect to wear that day. I love the coral color on it. I love everything about it. It is long enough, it has the pocket in the front, and the sleeves have the thumb holes on the side. I really like thumb holes. They make my heart happy. I keeping this, and I love it. It might be one of my favorite items from this box.


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41 HAWTHORN – Karie Split Neck Blouse $58

I really like this shirt. I haven’t decided if I am going to keep it or not yet. It fits pretty well, but it doesn’t have much stretch to it. I feel kind of restricted. It isn’t too bad, since it does fit. I like the pattern on it, and I think this would be a really nice shirt that I could wear to work. It’s long enough, so that it covers my booty. I’d have to think about this one before I buy it. Right now, it’s a maybe.


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AUGUST MIST – Josephina Hacci Graphic Knit Pullover $44

I love this. I am keeping this. I am wearing this right now as I type this. Normally, I would find a graphic design like this to be a bit lame, but all I can think about is that old woman from the video…. You know who I’m referring to, right… If not, here you go.. fat and sassy

No further explanation needed.


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ANDREW MARC PERFORMANCE – Harold Puffer Vest $88

So, this is a nope. I wouldn’t even buy this for $10, let alone $88. I have no idea what they are thinking. This is insane. The onlyyyyyy way I would keep this is if I decided to purchase th whole box to get the discount. I did the math. If I kept the whole box and the discount was applied, I’d pay $252. If I bought everything except for this, it would be about $248. Then I could justify it by saying that I’d be paying $4 dollars for this. Then I think it would be worth it. It was fine. It was comfortable, but I’m not buying anything more than $4 for this. No way.


So, that is everything that I received in this Stitch Fix. I haven’t completely made up my mind yet, so I’m not sure what I will end up keeping. I actually re-subscribed to Dia & Co, so I will posting my reviews on those in the future. I may even do a battle of the clothing boxes each month to see which one I like better for the month. Stay tuned for those. If you are interested in trying Stitch Fix, I will leave me link below. When you sign up with the link you will receive a $25 dollar credit which will cover the first month’s styling fee and can be used toward anything you decide to keep. Check it out and let me know what you think!

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Morphe Fluidity Foundation | Review

I think this might actually be my first make-up review! I was so excited when I heard that Morphe would be launching foundations. I mentioned this product in my January 2019 Beauty Wish List post which I will link here if you wanna check that out. I was very excited about this foundation launch, and I thought it was pretty great when they were launching 60 shades.

I ordered the shade 1.50 from the Morphe website, and it was a pretty good match. I didn’t mind wearing it, but it wasn’t my perfect undertone. Morphe did include sample sizes of other shades, and I actually found a better shade. Apparently, I have an olive undertone because the shade 1.90 has an olive undertone, and it was my perfect match. Usually, I choose neutral undertones in my foundation because I don’t have a cool or warm undertone. Now, I know why. When I received the sample packet, I was able to see the differences in undertones for level 1. I have to admit, there was a decent variety. I was even able to give my mom a few samples to try because there was a shade that matched her undertone.

Here are the two shades side by side. The shade on the left is 1.50, and the one on the right is 1.90. The packaging doesn’t do a very good job showing the shade because I would look at 1.90 and assume it was too dark; however, this one matched me perfectly.

Nowwww, into my review….

I bought this for $18 on the day they launched, which I think was a Thursday. I received it by the following Monday. I have played with it and wore it several times since then. I need to mention that I have normal to dry skin. My skin is mostly normal, but I have dry patches in some areas. I also have extremely acne prone skin, acne, and scarring. I also want to mention that I am not a professional at makeup. I am just a normal person that is probably mediocre at makeup. My skills aren’t great, but I do know how to apply my makeup so that it looks good (most of the time, lol).

The application was fine. I didn’t have any problems with that. I tried the foundation with a brush and a sponge. I found that I liked the finish better with a sponge because it didn’t cling to my dry patches as much. The first time I used this I used my Two-Faced hangover primer, and my dry patches looked gross. The second time I tried it I used that primer on one side of my face and my Cover FX on the other side. Still looked gross. The next time I exfoliated the shit out of my face. I used a hydrating mask, and my drunk elephant moisturizer that makes my skill feel so soft and hydrated. After all that work, my face still looked dry. BTW, I used several different setting sprays to try and make this work. Nothing helped. Not even the Mac Fix+ which fixes everything.


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Okay, Warning! Here are some photos and close ups so you can see what I mean. In this picture, it doesn’t look so bad. There are no filters on this picture, and the only thing I used was the flash. It doesn’t look too bad at first glance, right? However, check out my nose… kinda looks like a crusty mess. This was 10 minutes after I finished my makeup. My forehead and chin look very dry. Despite this foundation literally sucking the life and moisture out of my face, it wasn’t uncomfortable. I guess it has that going for it. Anyway… Still don’t see the issues?

Okay, let’s go in a little closer.


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This photo was taken in my car, so you guys are seeing the foundation in natural light. Again, I used a hydrating serum and my drunk elephant moisturizer. Still gross. I honestly can’t believe I went shopping with my face looking like this. My nose, again, looks gross. The texture on my cheeks are extremely accentuated. It looked very heavy and very cakey that day. I didn’t use any other new products, so I know that it was the foundation making me look gross. Again, Mac Fix+ couldn’t make me look better lol.

Need more proof? Okay, let’s get verrrrryyy up close and personal.


Please ignore the mustache and unibrow.. It’s been a minute, lol. Anyway, The texture around my mouth is emphasized, my nose looks gross, and my pores are deeper than a volcano. And I don’t even have issues with large pores. I forgot to mention that. I think that is enough of my ranting about how dry this made me look. Let’s talk about the other issues.

I want to say that this claims to be full-coverage. I can say that it is, but I still had some of my acne scars showing, so I had to build it up to cover those. Another claim is that it’s transfer proof. I would say that it is for the first hour or so. After my natural oils came through, it would transfer.

I would say that people with dry skin should avoid this because it is so matte and drying. I’m not sure how it would be for people with oily skin because it did begin to transfer when my natural oils came through. I tried so hard to make this foundation work, but I couldn’t. I will say that I have one more idea to try and see if it will work. I have heard to putting an oil in this would help, but I’m hesitant to do that because oils break me out. That reminds me, I didn’t have any problem with this breaking me out.

If you wanna give this a try, I’d recommend exfoliating, moisturizing, hydrating, drinking a gallon of water, whatever you need to do to hydrate your skin. If you have tried this foundation, let me know you’re thoughts or if you have any secrets that may help me with it. If you have oily skin, did this work for you? Let me know what you thought! 🙂

Until next timeeee.

 

 

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