Motor Crush Comic Review


By day, Domino Swift competes for fame & fortune in a worldwide motorcycle racing league. By night, she cracks heads of rival gangs in brutal bike wars to gain possession of a rare, valuable contraband: an engine-boosting “machine narcotic” known as Crush.


This is a gorgeous comic collection that follows Domino Swift, an adopted motorcycle racer. She is completely normal, except she has to drink Crush, the equivalent of Nitro to survive. Throughout the story we find out why she has to drink Crush, a substance that makes “normal” people explode if ingested! We learn more about her adoption and her dark past while also learning more about what she can be…

I was very excited to read this book about a Black, lesbian, motorcycle racer. And the best part of it is, none of this was considered a big deal in the story world. The pro motor cycle racing circuit has its fair share of female racers with a large fan base.


The mystery and action mixed together well to really hold my interest. The story mixed flashbacks and present time well to reveal her past and how she came to be adopted. I have my theories on who she really is and why she has to drink Crush to survive, but I’ll let you make your own decisions!

I would give Motor Crush 4 stars for world building, representation, and action scenes. The art work was also very fitting with the story!




Slipper Review


I just finished Slipper by Hester Velmans and it left me feeling haunted and thoughtful. I love fairy tale retellings and this was a well crafted retelling of Cinderella.

Once upon a bed and long ago, there lay a maid. And the maid had to huff and to puff, and to puff and to huff, until finally she gave birth to a small bundle of a child.

The Good: I loved that the author wove historical figures with fictional characters to create the story. I was also a huge fan of Bessie, Lucinda’s nurse, she was perpetually cheerful, loyal, and full of love for Lucinda, no matter how misguided her charge was at times. I also love that Bessie was Mother Goose! I would have loved to have more of her thoughts of the goings on of the book. I also loved the second half of the book where we see Lucinda grow a lot more and become a talented successful young woman.

The Bad: I spent the first half of this book torn between sympathy and irritation. Lucinda had been dealt a bad hand and dealt with bullying and unwanted male attention as a young girl. She also was naive to the point of disbelief. She fancies herself in love after a night of passion with a man and follows him to France at the edge of a war!

“The reason I am glad that I came is that you seem to have so little…” “So little what?” “Sense”

The Ugly: 

The men in this book leave much to be desired. They are indifferent or cruel or downright malicious. From the age of 15 she is pursued relentlessly by her cad of an uncle who soothes his conscious that she’s not REALLY his niece afterall. Trigger warning: we see this same uncle lure Lucinda to him at midnight and force himself upon her. And he’s just the first man Lucinda encounters that cares more about the comfort her body can give them than the woman they are accosting. There are very few men in this book who don’t look at Lucinda as a toy to be used and discarded which is a very disheartening view.

“Lucinda we’ll call you,” she said solemnly- a name that to her epitomized everything that was grand, noble and expensive.

At the end of the day, I would give this book a solid 3 stars. The second half of the book is more interesting because we really see Lucinda start to grow. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoy fairy tale retellings and the struggle of women to find their place within the world.

Look for Slipper to release April 14th! Preorder your copy today!

I received a free copy of this ebook through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and unbiased.



Book Blogger Hop- March 16-22nd

Book Blogger Hop

I have been eagerly awaiting Friday this week and I am very happy it’s here so I can answer this week’s Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.
This week’s question is:

Who is your favorite children’s books author and why?

Is there any doubt to the answer of this? As mentioned in my Welcome! post, my first book love was receiving Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling for my 11th birthday! I remember my Mom reading to me before then but that is the first book I remember reading to myself that I fell in love with. To this day, I am a proud Hufflepuff and Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix never fails to pull me out of any reading slumps I may be in. I make it a point to reread the series at least once a year!

What about you? Who is your favorite children’s book author? Has your favorite changed as you’ve grown up? Leave a comment and let me know!

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?


Good Monday everyone! It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week!

Last week I read

Bound by a Dragon   Dead Heat     Burn Bright       Immortal Matchmakers, Inc

I’m currently reading


Blackbirds (Miriam Black #1)

This week I plan to read:

Aaru     Slipper     The Siren’s of SaSS Anthology     Loved by a Dragon

Other post of interest:

Book Blogger Hop

Immortal Matchmakers, Inc Excerpt

Stacking the Shelves

Immortal Matchmakers, Inc Review

What are you reading this Monday? Comment below so I can stack my TBR pile even higher!

Immortal Matchmakers, Inc Review

Come in friends, sit down and put up your drinks. Can I offer you some ice water? I know it’s cold outside but the book I’m going to tell you about will get you Hot, Hot, Hot!

This is a book I couldn’t put down, not even to eat lunch! Thank goodness Kindle’s can be cleaned relatively easily. Anyway, let me introduce you to Andrus and Sadie from Immortal Matchmakers, Inc.



Demigod Andrus Gray may look like every woman’s dream, but when it comes to charm, he sees no point in pretending: He has none and makes no apologies for it. Behaving nicely hasn’t made him the deadly assassin he is today. But is that really the reason he’s still single?

The Goddess Cimil—owner of Immortal Matchmakers, Inc.—thinks yes. So when she foresees a mate in Andrus’s near future, she’s determined to make the match happen. That means hiring aspiring actress Sadie Townsend to help the barbarian “act” a little more civilized.

But are seven days really enough? And why does he suddenly have the urge to throw away an eternity of love for just one night with Sadie?

My thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book! It was sexy and funny and had just enough suspense to keep me interested! We start the book with a foul mouthed God of Temptation and the fun goes up from there!

We meet Andrus who is a tall, smoldering, arrogant, SEXY, demigod. He hides his heart of a gold with an arrogant asshole exterior that makes you want to kiss him, hit him and then kiss him again. He has 8 days till he is to be introduced to his fated mate, and he is a little rusty on his charms. Besides, his first mating didn’t turn out too well, why change for this second chance?

and then we meet Sadie who is a curvy, independent and spunky aspiring actress who is down on her luck. She has 2 weeks before being evicted from her apartment and she is offered 100k to teach an “actor” to behave like Prince Charming. She is down for the challenge…. she thinks.

This starts off a battle of wills that will make you fan your face and laugh out loud! The plot thickens when Andrus discovers that something is stalking and attacking Sadie, she wakes up with no memory and scratches covering her body. Andrus decides to protect her while he tracks the evil and a friendship, and something more begins to spread from there!

Add in a stable of kooky, hilarious side characters- a Goddess of Destruction who can’t decide if she wants to end the world of save it? check! an invisible evil unicorn? that too! and a God of Temptation more turned on by an innocent in granny panties than a babydoll? he’s here too!

And the romance is HOT! Like, panty melting, curl your toes, put down your tea, hot.

All told, I’d give this book 5 stars without hesitation and I recommend it to anyone who loves a lighthearted paranormal romance!

Top quotes:

And he definitely made her womanly bits perk up their little ears like a pack of tiny crotch wolves who scented something delicious in the air.


“I know everything. Except the things I don’t know, but since I don’t know them, then I know everything as far I’m concerned.


Stacking the Shelves


Welcome to Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality where I share what books I have added to my shelves this week! This has been exciting week for me, if not my wallet!


Two brown girls dream of being dancers—but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.
Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend leaves the old neighborhood behind, traveling the world as an assistant to a famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one percent live.
But when Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the story moves from London to West Africa, where diaspora tourists travel back in time to find their roots, young men risk their lives to escape into a different future, the women dance just like Tracey—the same twists, the same shakes—and the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, but a present dance to the music of time.

51e3gn21rul-_sy346_The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. A place where Alice could finally rest, no longer the plaything of the Rabbit, the pawn of Cheshire, or the prey of the Jabberwocky. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash—and hope is nowhere to be found.
Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King.
The pieces are set and the game has already begun. Each move brings Alice closer to her destiny. But, to win, she will need to harness her newfound abilities and ally herself with someone even more powerful—the mysterious and vengeful Red Queen…


Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.
When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.


In January 1988 Martin Pistorius, aged twelve, fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating. Then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within eighteen months he was mute and wheelchair-bound. Martin’s parents were told an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and less than two years to live.
Martin was moved to care centers for severely disabled children. The stress and heartache shook his parents’ marriage and their family to the core. Their boy was gone. Or so they thought.
Ghost Boy is the heart-wrenching story of one boy’s return to life through the power of love and faith. In these pages, readers see a parent’s resilience, the consequences of misdiagnosis, abuse at the hands of cruel caretakers, and the unthinkable duration of Martin’s mental alertness betrayed by his lifeless body.
We also see a life reclaimed—a business created, a new love kindled—all from a wheelchair. Martin’s emergence from his own darkness invites us to celebrate our own lives and fight for a better life for others.

51bqpecjjhl-_sy346_ “…Death and the stillness of death are the only things certain and common to all in this future…”
-Friedrich Nietzsche
Rose is dying. Her body is wasted and skeletal. She is too sick and weak to move. Every day is an agony and her only hope is that death will find her swiftly before the pain grows too great to bear.
She is sixteen years old.
Rose has made peace with her fate, but her younger sister, Koren, certainly has not. Though all hope appears lost Koren convinces Rose to make one final attempt at saving her life after a mysterious man in a white lab coat approaches their family about an unorthodox and experimental procedure. A copy of Rose’s radiant mind is uploaded to a massive super computer called Aaru – a virtual paradise where the great and the righteous might live forever in an arcadian world free from pain, illness, and death. Elysian Industries is set to begin offering the service to those who can afford it and hires Koren to be their spokes-model.
Within a matter of weeks, the sisters’ faces are nationally ubiquitous, but they soon discover that neither celebrity nor immortality is as utopian as they think. Not everyone is pleased with the idea of life everlasting for sale.
What unfolds is a whirlwind of controversy, sabotage, obsession, and danger. Rose and Koren must struggle to find meaning in their chaotic new lives and at the same time hold true to each other as Aaru challenges all they ever knew about life, love, and death and everything they thought they really believed.

My shelves over flow with goodies! I think I’m most excited about Swing Time by Zadie Smith and Aaru by David Meredith. Look at the cover of Aaru! And the representation found in Swing Time is amazing!

What about you? What books did you stack your shelves with this week? Comment and let me know so I can add them to my TBR pile as well!