Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Book Tag

All you need is access to a bookshelf. Let me know what you own!

1. Find and author name or title with a Z in it.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. Find a classic.

Secret Garden, To kill a Mockingbird, Of mice & Men. I have more but those are my favorite ones.

3. Find a book with a key on it.

The turn of the key by Ruth Ware

4. Find something on your bookshelf that is not a book.

Candles & Coffee Mugs

5. Find the oldest book on your shelf.

The Outsider Hinton, S.E. 1967

6. Find a book with a girl on it.

The trial of Lizzie Borden

7. Find a book that has an animal in it.

The wind through the keyhole

8. Find a book with a male protagonist.

The Dark Tower

9. Find a book with only words on the cover.

Beloved by Tony Morrison

10. Find a book with illustrations in it.

The Cat in the Hat by dr. Seuss (yes I have kids…lol)

11. Find a book with gold lettering.

A Treasury of classic poetry

12. Find a diary, true or fictional.

The Diary of Anne Frank

13. Find a book written by and author with a common name (like Smith).

Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick, King-Smith

14. Find a book with a close up of something on it.

Uglies the original copies

15. Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period. .

Kindred by Octavia Butler it was set on the slavery era

16. Find a hardcover book without a jacket.

Nightmares & Dreamscape

17. Find a teal/turquoise colored book.

Ocean at the end of the lane by Gaiman Neil

18. Find a book with stars on it.

Fields of Frozen Stars by Christopher St. John Sampayo

19. Find a non YA book.

Carrie Stephen King

The Rift Blog Tour & Review

Print Length: 368 pages
Publisher: Candlewick Press (October 8, 2019)
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
Language: English

Young Adult Novel/Hardback

Praise for THE RIFT

“Thrilling … A fresh and original story; a standout in the fantasy genre. The romance between Cal and Meg blends envy, desire and uncertainty with a potent authenticity. Written with a sparse lovely poetry, The Rift demands an immersion that is intoxicating. I can’t recommend this enough.” ―Isabelle Carmody, author of The Obernewtyn Chronicles and The Gathering

“Gripping, brutal, tender. You won’t be able to put this book down.” ―Michael Pryor, author of The Laws Of Magic series and Gap Year in Ghost Town.

“Beautiful, dark and deliciously tense – an astonishing world that will hold you in its finely wrought claws.” ―Alison Goodman, author of the Lady Helen series and the Eon series.

“Masterful and brilliant! Beautiful world building, stunning writing, a cracking plot, perfectly paced and hot romantic tension. Craw has outdone herself.” ―Fleur Ferris, best-selling author of Risk, Black,Wreck and Found

Storylines Notable Book Award, 2019
Finalist, New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, 2019


As corporate greed is pitted against supernatural forces, two young friends must try to protect the precious Old Herd — and their island itself.

For generations, the rangers of Black Water Island have guarded the Old Herd against the horrors released by the Rift. And Cal West, an apprentice ranger, fights daily to prove he belongs within their ranks. But even greater challenges await with the return of his childhood friend Meg Archer and the onset of a new threat that not even the rangers are prepared for. Now Meg and Cal, while struggling with their mutual attraction, must face their darkest fears to save the island from disaster. In a possible near future where Big Pharma is pitted against ancient traditions and the supernatural, Rachael Craw’s gripping and brutal tale, inspired by Greek mythology, will immerse readers and leave them intoxicated by its richly imagined world. 



Rachael Craw began her working life as an English teacher after completing a degree in Classical Studies and Drama at the University of Canterbury. She dabbled in acting, directing and writing for amateur theatre productions and small independent film ventures. Her passion for dialogue and characterisation finally led to long-form writing with the Spark series. Rachael’s enthusiasm for classical heroes, teen angst and popular culture informs much of her creative process. She enjoys small town life teaching, writing and mentoring at the top of the South Island of New Zealand where she lives with her husband and three daughters.  

My Thoughts

I received an ARC copy in exchange for my honest review.

First let me say I been going trough a lot of personal problems and I couldn’t get into any of the books I was trying to read, I thought this one was going to be the same but from the moment I opened the book I was lost in it. This was my first time reading from Rachael Craw and I ended up enjoying it a lot so it safe to say I will be reading her books more often!


WEBSITE: @RachaelCraw

What’s on my shelf

A few days ago I asked my followers on twitter to give me a number between 1 and 419. I didn’t told him why. The numbers started to come and I started to count the books on my shelf and each time I stopped on a number given to me I pull that book from shelf and now I’m will talk about it 🙂

The firs number is #24

Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim

Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem “Explaining My Depression to My Mother” has become a cultural phenomenon with over 50,000,000 views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a celebration of daily life and of living. Benaim’s wit, empathy, and gift for language produce a work of endless wonder

I am a huge huge fan of Sabrina Benaim. I love all of her poems especially explaining depression to my mother. That one is amazing! Once I found out she had an actual book I had to get it! I loved this book by the way. It was a 5 star for me!!! 🙂

Next Number is #26

The Bipolar Addict by Conor Bezane

The bipolar Addict is an insider’s look into the invisible world of those living with the co-occurring disorder of manic depression and addiction.

For the newly diagnosed as well as loved ones living and struggling to understand, these true tales of survival, including the author’s own, provide insight into a secret tribe of mentally ill heroes while offering the promise of sobriety and the triumph of stability.

For anyone who battles a dual diagnosis of bipolar disorder and addiction — alcoholism or substance abuse — this quick and inspiring read is an essential collection of stories that reinforce the idea that addiction is a treatable disease and that becoming sober is attainable. The author’s personable voice makes the topic accessible for families and friends hoping to better understand their loved ones’ mental illness.

Alcohol and drugs are all too tempting for those of us with bipolar because they alter our state of mind. The Bipolar Addict serves as validation for those who struggle with moods, madness, and substance abuse as well as their friends and family, offering testimony that recovery is very much achievable in the world of mental illness plus addiction.

This book was an Arc given to me for a honest review.

It was deep, sad and very real. One of those books that destroys you! This was a 3 1/2 star for me.

Number #42 is next

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Lauren Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods remaining on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Behind the walls of their defended enclave, Lauren’s father, a preacher, and a handful of other citizens try to salvage what remains of a culture that has been destroyed by drugs, war, and chronic shortages of water, gasoline, and more. While her father tries to lead people on the righteous path, Lauren struggles with hyperempathy, a condition that makes her extraordinarily sensitive to the pain of others.

When fire destroys their compound, Lauren’s family is killed and she is forced out into a world that is facing apocalypse. With a handful of other refugees, Lauren must make her way north to safety, along the way conceiving a revolutionary idea that may mean salvation for all mankind.

From a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship who has won multiple Nebula and Hugo Awards, this iconic novel is “a gripping tale of survival and a poignant account of growing up sane in a disintegrating world” (The New York Times Book Review).

 This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author’s estate.

This book has been on my shelf as a tbr for a little while. I am trying to get to it but have so many other books, especially ARCs to read first. How ever I can tell you that Octavia Butler is an excellent author! 🙂

Number #100 is up next

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.

This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real…

This was my first read from Neil Gaiman and I absolutely loved it. It terrified me but in a good way. I do recommend this book to anyone. Its amazing!

Next we have #205

The Girl who loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

From international bestseller Stephen King, a classic story that engages our emotions on the most primal level, a fairy tale grimmer than Grimm but aglow with a girl’s indomitable spirit.

What if the woods were full of them? And of course they were, the woods were full of everything you didn’t like, everything you were afraid of and instinctively loathed, everything that tried to overwhelm you with nasty, no-brain panic.

The brochure promised a “moderate-to-difficult” six-mile hike on the Maine-New Hampshire branch of the Appalachian Trail, where nine-year-old Trisha McFarland was to spend Saturday with her older brother Pete and her recently divorced mother. When she wanders off to escape their constant bickering, then tries to catch up by attempting a shortcut through the woods, Trisha strays deeper into a wilderness full of peril and terror. Especially when night falls.

Trisha has only her wits for navigation, only her ingenuity as a defense against the elements, only her courage and faith to withstand her mounting fear. For solace she tunes her Walkman to broadcasts of Boston Red Sox games and the gritty performances of her hero, number thirty-six, relief pitcher Tom Gordon. And when her radio’s reception begins to fade, Trisha imagines that Tom Gordon is with her—her key to surviving an enemy known only by the slaughtered animals and mangled trees in its wake.

I haven’t read this book yet but I’m looking forward to reading it. I love Stephen king books he is my favorite male author.

The Shadow Wand ( The Black Witch Chronicles) cover reveal

Features & details

Product Details

  • Publication date: May 5, 2020
  • Publisher: Inkyard Press
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07YF1CH5V
  • Sales Rank: 78597les


Elloren Gardner’s fantastical journey continues in The Shadow Wand, the stunning third book in The Black Witch Chronicles by Laurie Forest.

Omg guys I’m so excited by this cover reveal and I can’t wait till May for THE SHADOW WAND.😍😍😍 This has become one of my favorite series read this year❤️📚

The book is now on pre order on Amazon. This is the link if you would like to purchase

Once Upon a Time Bitches by Branden Lanette Review

Hi, I’m Branden. That is me on the cover. Yes, I have a boy’s name, a Mom bod, and the tattoos are not photoshopped. 
Once upon a time I realized we all have a story, we all have a struggle and happiness is relative. I am not cynical or hardened, I am just stating the facts. Here’s the deal:

  • Prince Charming doesn’t exist. 
  • Fairy Godmother is drunk.
  • Glass slippers don’t come 2 Day Prime Shipping from Amazon.

There is no magic fairytale, but if YOU work at it enough you can come pretty close creating your version with a happy ending. The best part is, in life you can continue to make edits until that sh*t reads exactly how you want it to. 

You may not agree with everything I say in this book but the most important takeaway is that YOU have to be your own f-ing hero. No more damsel locked in a tower, bullsh*t. That ends now. Join me as I take you through my 7 Magical Maxims for creating a fairytale life. (I know what you are thinking: Branden, no one gets a fairytale life.) Can you stop being so damn cynical for two seconds and just go with this? 

Is it possible to design a fairytale life? Control your destiny? Be the hero in your story? I believe you can and that’s why I wrote this book. I am going to make you a little uncomfortable. Back out now if you aren’t ready. 
Sh*t is about to get real bitches…
Now, scroll up, hit the buy button, pour a glass of wine, and start reading! 

My Thoughts

Lets begging talking about the gorgeous cover! The picture above does not do justice to the actual physical book! I was giving this book as an Advance Readers Copy in exchange for my honest review. When I open that package I gasp, its so beautiful!

And then I began to read it. This book is funny, cute and as real as it gets. The author is bold and to the point, she is also very friendly. She don’t sugar coat anything! There is cursing but its not in a rude way. This is a self-help book like you never seen it before, I absolutely loved it and would love to read more from this author.

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookstacks 📚📚 📚📚 📚

About The Author


It’s amazing to me that I am writing this Author Page bio because the truth is, I give almost everything to my kids. (I’m a Mama to six C-section babies ages 1-16!) My husband gets a sliver after “almost”… then what’s left is used to run a business, coach people who want to be in business, and oh yeah, write a book!

Truly, writing a book is a lifelong dream come true.

It all started when I was coaching a small group of women, and everyone gathered around and the words, “Once Upon a Time, Bitches…” spilled from my lips. Everyone thought it was funny and so did I. As I got to thinking about it, it seemed like the perfect title for the message I wanted to share which is all about saving yourself. (Newsflash: “Prince Charming” is not coming, even though my husband is about as close as you can get!)

When I pitched the title on a phone call to my now publisher, they loved it and they believed in me. What I learned from that is, you never really know “how” things are going to happen, but when you show the f-up, you have a chance. That’s why I do what I do. I want to help other women become the hero in their story and write the HEA ending that they want. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to have a sip wine, move the clothes from the washer into the dryer, and find out which kid is screaming and why. (Or is that my husband?)

She is gorgeous and so friendly. I reach out to her to compliment her over the book and the gorgeous cover and she answer me right away! I’m officially a fan!

Here is the link in case you will like to purchase the book ( I recommend you do)

My Netgalley Shelf Next 5 books to read

I love love Netgalley, and everything about it. I love knowing new authors I have never heard of before. Let me know what’s on your shelf and which one of mines you like the most! ❤ This is my next 5 read from this site;



1838 and under the new Poor Law the destitute are now housed in union workhouses.

Two men unknown to each other seek to uncover the suspected mistreatment of inmates in a small Suffolk workhouse. Edgar Lawes is a local landowner and justice of the peace; Ambrose Hudson a London journalist. 

Establishing himself on the board Lawes is immediately disturbed by the inhumanity he finds. Hudson becomes an inmate and covertly keeps a journal of conditions and events which follow chronologically those of Edgar Lawes. 

The complacency of the owners is shattered by a suicide, closely followed by the brutal murder of a workhouse official. In the wake of these two deaths unlikely friendships are forged and lives are changed, but will it be for the better.




Looking for your next unputdownable mystery? Meet Detective Tyrone Swift. He takes the cases that the police have given up on.

Pilot Greg Roscoe is found stabbed to death in his cockpit. His body has been mutilated.

Detective Tyrone Swift is hired by the pilot’s parents to investigate the death. Greg had a tangled personal life, with three wives and a history of adultery and risk-taking.

Who wanted him dead and why? The prime suspect was cleared by the police but Swift quickly puts together a list of people with a motive to kill Greg. And then Swift gets information from the deceased man’s troubled teenage daughter that may unlock the puzzle.

Can Detective Tyrone Swift get to the bottom of this tangled web of lies? Discover the truth in this crime thriller full of twists and turns. YOUR LAST LIE is a beautifully written mystery that will have you gripped from start to pulsating finish.

Perfect for fans of Robert Galbraith, P.D. James, or Ruth Rendell.

THE DETECTIVE Tyrone Swift is an ex-police detective who now works privately. He’s survived a stabbing and his fiancée running off with another man. Swift’s personal life is complicated, to say the least.

THE AUTHOR Gretta is a critically acclaimed author of best-selling fiction. ‘Mulrooney has a real gift for dialogue, the words and phrases ring true and make her characters wonderfully real . . . A tenderly funny and genuinely moving piece. I loved it.’ Fiona Morrow, Time Out (about ARABY) A beautifully observed study of reconciliation, Araby makes astute points about conflict and shifting values between generations.’ James Eve, The Times




A gothic tale of horror, secrets, and an unimaginable past…

In a remote island community, Sara lives with her deeply religious elderly parents. Discouraged from building friendships in school, she leads a quiet, secluded life, but when the family is forced to take in four mysterious young cousins, Sara’s world turns tumultuous.

Something wicked, something dark has Sara’s family in its grip. An insidious terror will soon sweep through the small valley where Sara lives, threatening the lives of her neighbors. In a race to learn the truth of who her cousins really are, Sara forms a tenuous friendship with an unlikely pair: Jenny, a shy newcomer to the island, and Sunami, a tomboyish local girl. As the girls discover a chilling truth, they realize to their horror that time is running out and some secrets should never be disturbed.



Fifty years ago, a group of college friends dabbled in the occult and released a malign presence on the world. Now, on his deathbed, the last of the students enlists the aid of three newcomers to banish the thing they summoned.

Hampered by the old man’s greedy son, the wizened director of the university library, and a private investigator with a troubled past, can Russian anthropologist Anna Rykov, Doctor Harry Lamb, and Father Sean O’Malley gather the knowledge and resources needed to defeat the entity?

The Old Man’s Request is a pulp adventure set in the 1920s, and the first part of the Utgarda Trilogy.



It’s Sarah and her brother against the world…

When Sarah Jepson’s mother Annie dies, Sarah is left with her little brother Tommy to care for. Alone in the world, the two of them must make a life for themselves in the wake of the terrible upbringing they have endured.

But when Tommy is struck down by illness, Sarah’s new life collapses. Lost in grief, she turns to the handsome Roger to save her – only to find that he is not who he seems…

Waiting in the wings is George – kind, but brutally scarred, Sarah’s never seen him as anything more than a friend. But could all that be about to change?

The Sunday Times bestseller is back in a heartbreaking, moving tale of triumph against all the odds.

The Iron Flower by Laurie Foster Review


Dark forces are on the rise in this sweeping sequel to The Black Witch by critically acclaimed author Laurie Forest.

Elloren Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs when they rescued a Selkie and freed a military dragon. The last thing they expected was to be thrust into a realm-wide underground resistance against Gardnerian conquest.

While the Resistance struggles to fight back against the harsh rulings of the Mage Council, more and more Gardnerian soldiers descend upon the University…led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the nearby military base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm’s length, Lukas is determined to tie himself to her, still convinced that she is the heir to the power of the Black Witch, a legacy of magic that will decide the future of all Erthia. As his own magic calls out to her, seeking to awaken a dark force within, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she’s truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed.

Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves…even if that means protecting them from herself.

Critics are raving about Laurie Forest’s incredible debut, The Black Witch:

“Elloren learns to question authority and Gardnerian history, while developing real empathy for different races and species. Forest uses a richly imagined magical world to offer an uncompromising condemnation of prejudice and injustice.” —Booklist, starred review

“Exquisite character work, an elaborate mythology, and a spectacularly rendered universe make this a noteworthy debut, which argues passionately against fascism and xenophobia.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This briskly paced, tightly plotted novel enacts the transformative power of education, creating engaging characters set in a rich alternative universe with a complicated history that can help us better understand our own.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

My Thoughts

OMG, this book hit me on my feels! This is the second book from the BLACK WITCH CHRONICLES. I first found about the Black Witch because the monthly group book I’m in picked it for the read and I felt in love with it, so I decided to give the second book a try and let me tell you!!!!

Omg! This book took me on a spiral of emotions. One moment I’m happy and smiling like a fool over the story and the next I am screaming and crying, feeling the pain they feel. This book transport you into their world where you believe you are part of this story. I absolutely loved it. And Yvon is yummy 😍😍 😍 This book is by far my favorite read of the year!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookstacks 📚📚📚📚📚

About Laurie Fores

Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont where she sits in front of a wood stove drinking strong tea and dreaming up tales full of dryads, dragons and wands. She is the author of THE BLACK WITCH (Book 1.0, The Black Witch Chronicles), THE IRON FLOWER (Book 2.0), WANDFASTED (Book 0.5) and LIGHT MAGE (Book 1.5). Her upcoming book, THE REBEL MAGES (out Spring 2019), is a paperback edition of WANDFASTED & LIGHT MAGE bound together (which she’s pretty excited about!). Laurie is currently hard at work on Book 3.0, THE SHADOW WAND. Visit her realm at Visit The Black Witch Chronicles at