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Review: Brightly Burning

Title: Brightly Burning

Author: Alexa Donne

Date of Publishing: May 1st, 2018

Goodreads Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants just one thing: to go somewhere—anywhere—else. Her home is a floundering spaceship that offers few prospects, having been orbiting an ice-encased Earth for two hundred years. When a private ship hires her as a governess, Stella jumps at the chance. The captain of the Rochester, nineteen-year-old Hugo Fairfax, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella he’s kind.

But the Rochester harbors secrets: Stella is certain someone is trying to kill Hugo, and the more she discovers, the more questions she has about his role in a conspiracy threatening the fleet.

My Review:

I’ve never read Jane Eyre, but I saw a little bit of the newer movie which I fell asleep while watching. This book sounded pretty good, though, regardless of the fact that scifi is a win or lose for me. Most of the time, I just don’t get it. There are very few space series or books that I like. I mean, if stuff had monsters like in Alien, I would probably be all over it.

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To start this off, I hate fake curse words. The word frex was used instead of the eff word which was annoying and made zero since. It means the same dang thing!!! Also romance was weird. For one, Hugo was drunk nearly the whole book or had a drink in his hand. AA anyone? Then he wasn’t really there most of the time, and no real conversations went down between the two. Honestly, one of the characters named Jon would have been a much better fit.

I thought some of the side characters were great such as Jon and Jessa! George was cool at the beginning, but then he faded away. This was still one of the better YA space books I have read, because I didn’t feel bored at all while reading it. I just needed better chemistry with the romance!

Stella was a good character—she did always put people above herself, so she was pretty likable. There were some interesting reveals that I guessed one for sure, but one I didn’t. Overall, this was a fun and quick read!


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Review: Stranger Things Season 1


IMDB Summary:

When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back.


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My Review:

No spoilers here. All I’m going to say is I really liked season one! I hate—hate—HATE watching TV shows unless they are shows where you can pop in at any time. I find TV series stressful and annoying because you have to keep on watching. That’s why I had to end my befriending with the Walking Dead, and just watch movies instead where there can be an END!

Another pet peeve is over-hyped stuff—most of the time I’m the one that is like nope! The movie IT for example is the one that constantly pops in my head these days. So, people have kept telling me watch this show, you’ll love the eighties vibe, you’ll love the Goonies friend dynamic, you’ll LOVE IT!

The only reason I gave in was because I saw that I could get Netflix free for a month, and there wasn’t like eight seasons to try and truck my way through—I would have turned it down right then. That’s why Game of Thrones is a no go for me, don’t care how “awesome” it is.

Anyway, I thought this show was super fun, plus it wasn’t overly scifi even though it is scifi. The monsters got a heck yes from me, and Eleven is my favorite character! I didn’t know Winona had it in her to be emotional for so long, but she was excellent.

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Me and my husband started on Wednesday and finished on Friday, so that should tell you something! I’m now onto season two with one episode down!


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The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman: Excerpt + Giveaway


The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman
by Brady Stefani
Genre: YA Psychological Thriller/Scifi
Release Date: June 7th 2016


Summary from Goodreads:

Fifteen year old Courtney wants to be normal like her friends. But there’s something frighteningly different about her—and it’s not just the mysterious tattoo her conspiracy-obsessed grandfather marked her with before he disappeared. She’s being visited in her bedroom at night by aliens claiming to have shared an alliance with her grandfather. And imaginary or not, they’re starting to to take over her mind. “Mental illness is a slippery slope,” her mother warns her.

The last thing Courtney wants to do is end up crazy and dead like her grandfather did. But what about the tattoo? And the aliens trying to recruit her? With her new alien-savvy friend Agatha and her apocalyptic visions, Courtney begins connecting the dots between the past, present and future—of her bloodline, and the ancient history that surrounds it. Is she going insane, like her family claims her grandfather did, or is she actually a “chosen one” with ancestral connections to another world? Either way, Courtney has a mission: untangle her past, discover the truth, and stop the apocalypse before it’s too late for everyone.   



Lightning ripped across the northern California sky, then splintered down through the rain and disappeared behind our neighbor’s house. Letting the door slam shut behind me, I ran away from the warmth of our porch light into the darkness of our backyard. My mom would’ve killed me if she’d caught me outside that late at night. Especially in a thunderstorm, and on the night before my fifteenth birthday, with the big party she had planned for tomorrow. But I had to get out of the house before I fell asleep and they came for me. And they were coming!

A gust of wind blew my hair against my face. I swiped it out of my eyes just in time to see a plastic lawn chair tumbling through the air. I covered my head with both arms, but a leg of the chair smashed against my elbow. Ouch!

I dropped onto the wet grass, pulled my knees into my chest, and rocked nervously back and forth. Water soaked up through my nightgown and my underwear, making me shiver.

None of these things mattered, though. Because something far worse was happening inside my head. A memory of me as a little girl, on the night my grandpa Dahlen disappeared from his cottage, was trying to claw its way into my consciousness.

And I didn’t want to think about that night. Ever.

Still, I couldn’t stop it, which didn’t make sense. I was awake, and outside, where I was supposed to be safe, yet the aliens from my dreams were somehow messing with my thoughts, rearranging things, trying to make me think about that night! But how?

And why? It happened eight years ago, and my grandpa was dead now.

Although, before he disappeared, he’d— No! Stop, Courtney! I yelled at myself.

I bit my fingernail and took a deep breath, hoping to calm down.

No luck. I was remembering the musty old-books smell from my grandpa’s bookcase. Butterflies rushed into my stomach and I sprang to my feet.

“All right. Is that what you want me to do?” I shouted into the rainy darkness. “Remember my grandpa? What happened that night? If I do that, then will you leave me alone?”

I wiped the rain from my eyes, and suddenly it was like I was right there, in the cottage. His notebook sat on the plaid couch, opened to a map he’d drawn of the ancient wormholes linking the alien world to our own.

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About the Author

Brady G. Stefani has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing, and a graduate degree in law. During law school, he spent time as an involuntary commitment caseworker for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, where he interacted with patients suffering from severe thought disorders, including numerous patients presenting with subjectively real memories of being visited and abducted by alien beings (commonly referred to as alien abduction phenomenon). It was through his study of these patients, along with his own struggles with anxiety and cognition, that Stefani became aware of just how deceiving, mysterious, and powerfully resilient, the human mind can be.
In an effort to provide awareness of mental suffering, and spread hope to all those touched by it, Stefani is focused on writing YA novels that explore the experience of being different and the other-worldly places our boundary-less imaginations can take us. Alienation is his first novel. But with two works currently in progress, the journey has just begun.
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