The one where Reisa cries like a big baby/#FridayReads~!

Okay, first and formost…




I never got to finish it completely before. I have been watching it almost religiously since it appeared Oh So Lovingly on Netflix. I am literally typing this after I finished the series.


Let’s do #FridayReads!


This weekend I will be reading:


rebel belle

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins!

I am like…11% through it. Like, Chapter 4. It’s pretty good so far, but life things have been getting in the way of me fully enjoying it. But, I am liking the writing style, the snarkiness and just how it’s so easy to read!

I am also reading:

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No Rest for the Witches by MaryJanice Davidson, Lori Handeland, Cheyenne McCray and Christine Warren

This is definitely not for under 18. I used to read a LOT of Paranormal Romance, and I thought that this might get me back into it… and it’s working. 🙂





Fair warning; SPOILERS AHOY!


Okay so… OH MY GOD I AM SO HAPPY RACHEL STAYED!!!!! I mean, I knew… but I never saw the ending.



I am so happy about this. They deserved a happy family. When I first heard they couldn’t have kids, it touched home. Neither my fiance and I can have kids… and we have come to accept that. It’s nice to see them have a happy ending.

God, this makes me want to watch Joey, even though it was a horrid failure.

I am not sure what to marathon next.




Anyways, I am out!


~ Rei’sa al Ghul


Guess who’s back… back again? Reisa’s back, tell a friend… | Jan 2015

So after a month + hiatus, I am back.

I first off would like to apologize for the long wait. To be honest? I was burned out. Really badly. I couldn’t even read without feeling like I was being pressured. This is a beloved hobby, and I didn’t want to end up hating it.

So, in a few days, I will be posting a video with my new formatting. What I plan on doing with the channel, the blogs and my reading habits.

Sorry for the short post, I have some reviews to catch up on. =]

– Reisa

I guess when it comes to The Hunger Games, I am more Divergent


I have a confession. I am not the biggest fan of The Hunger Games.

(don’t hate me)

Personally, I have been stuck in the middle of Catching Fire for… almost a year. It’s not a bad series, I just cannot for the life of me get into it.

Now, years ago when Catching Fire first came out, I loved the first book. It wasn’t the worlds greatest thing. It was alright. I liked it well enough to try and read the second book. As a matter of a fact, I believe I tried to read Catching Fire and couldn’t get through it.

Like I said before, it’s not a bad series and one day I do plan on reading the rest but…

I just do not see what all the hype is about. I see people going bonkers over it, while I am feeling I suppose the equivalent  for other series. I really did prefer Divergent over it, and not in the catty fan girl way I see some people act. But, I will still be on my hunt for a real hardcover copy of the first book. (That is a story for another day.)

Maybe it’s just me, but I guess I just didn’t jump onto that hype train.

Even after being spoiled on Allegiant’s ending… I still want to read it more than the rest of the Hunger Games trilogy.

So while I am listening to the Mockingjay’s call on everyones cellphones and random quotes from the books, I will be here, ever erudite.

– Rei’sa al Ghul

Why I am stepping away from a few read a longs.

So this month I had planned to take part in a few read a longs. They of course being











Due to my attention being requested by friends and a speckling of many other things, I bareky have time for myself. A book I should have finished two days ago still goes unread, I haven’t picked up Falling Kingdoms, I haven’t started Amy and Rogers and I haven’t even picked up Siege and Storm.


I do not think this is fair to the other people I am reading along with so I will be stepping away from the #contemporarylovers and #kingdoms604 read a longs. I really want to, but I did not expect to be in… such high demand. I will still be doing  #readGRISHA and #UnderHypedReads as I had promised too about two to three weeks before all this happened.


When it comes to BookTubeAThon, I am not sure I will be joining. If I do, there will be a TBR video tomorrow. It may help me speed through a few books. 🙂


Anyways, I am going to go take a nap before I have to get running again. I love you all!



~ Reisa Reads

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Series: Yes, first of a trilogy.

Age Range: I would say 16 and up.

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Paranormal, Psychological Thriller

Would I recommend it to anyone: Someone who wants a mind bending.

Description on Goodreads:

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.


As with most books, I went into this blind. I didn’t know what to expect of it, and quite frankly I still don’t. That excites me. From the very beginning you are on a mind trip with miss “Mara Dyer”. Something has happened, something terrible. I am not going to give any spoilers, even from the beginning. I will say that this was a VERY HARD BOOK TO PUT DOWN. I felt like I WAS Mara, going through the motions, feeling like it was all happening to me. Miss Hodkin’s can really capture you, and mess with your brain. Nothing is what it seems. I like where this series is going and I am definitely moving onto “The Evolution of Mara Dyer” as soon as possible and will be gripping until I can get “The Retribution of Mara Dyer”.



My Rating: 5/5


Goodreads Link:



Reisa Reviews: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Title: Steelheart

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Series: Yes.

Age Range: I would say 16 and up.

Genre: Young Adult, Sci Fi Fantasy, Comic Book like, Superheroes

Would I recommend it to anyone: Very much so

Description on Goodreads:

There are no heroes.

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics… nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.


Holy moley. This book is amazing! I went into this book completely blind and let me tell you… it was worth it. I can’t think of a better start to my love of Mr. Sanderson.

Now, don’t get me wrong! I have wanted to start his books before, but nothing really caught my eye as much as Steelheart. I wanted to read Mistborn, I wanted to dive into The Rithmatist , I even wanted to jump into his Stormlight Archives. But… I just didn’t. I don’t know. I have no excuse. I just didn’t.

But now I crave it. His writing is something that can not be mimicked. It cannot be faked.

Now, as for Steelheart? Very very fast-paced, amazing in depth characters, lovely world building and just… wow. I would have to say I would recommend it for older teens though due to the graphic nature of some passages and characters. Other than that, stunning.

I found myself just losing hours with this book. Forgetting I had things to do, places to be and words to say. It can consume you, and I don’t want to go into too much detail, but from the prologue itself… I was caught like a fish on a hook.

I give it the rating I do, merely because toward the end some of it was predictable, but the reason it’s a .8 is the ending itself saved it from being a .5

Highly reccomended.

My Rating: 4.8/5

Goodreads Link:

My video review:

So that happened.

So I had to take a week off BookTube and blogging in general. 


We had a death in the family on my fiance’s side and well… I had a to be a better sweetheart than a better blogger. I hope you all understand. BUT! That did not mean that I stopped reading every second I got, which wasn’t a lot to be honest. 😦 


I did, however finish Steelheart today.  I cannot WAIT to type up the review for that! 😀 It was mind bending!


As a general blog post though; things seem to be going slowly back to what we consider to be normal. Auhzy is finally sleeping a bit, he fell asleep about two hours ago, and is eating normally, we should be able to get through the month hopefully.

I have moved onto Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros already and let me tell you! I needed a book like this. After Steelheart, I just needed a rewind. I was asked to read/review this by her publisher ASAP after I had sent in a request for it. One night, and I am already 25% done and looooving it!


Now… for me. How am I feeling? Honestly? I have no idea. I have been feeling like a blank slate this entire time. I mean, dont’ get me wrong, when it’s time for cuddling & loving I am all for it! I just… I feel like part of me is going BLEH to itself and I have no idea why. Maybe it’s just seasonal. I dunno.


Anyways, tomorrow may be the beginning of a new chapter on BookTube, a new setting for /r/bookies!




~ Reisa


Also, I have never seen Frozen but I love that Let it Go song. o_o

Books and Memories.




Do you associate books with memories? Or certain items? Something reminded me of this about a week ago, and I wanted to post about it. I picked up Hollow City by Ransom Riggs in the thoughts that I would buy the first one (a friend actually gifted me it and I had grabbed the eBook one earlier). Now, my first reason wasn’t just because of JesseTheReader’s suggestion (but I must say he has great taste), but because of something else.



My grandfather used to love unique photographs. He would collect them, search for them in Yard Sales with my grandmother and just.. somehow find them. I believe once he found one on the street! Now, a great deal weren’t so much creepy as strange. 


Older photographs, leaning more toward black and white can often be exposed and look very… different. Not what was intended at the time. Sunken in eyes, deadly stares and the like. Or even things in the background where something should not be.He also liked pictures of Crytpids. So, I believe when I start Mr. Ransom Riggs books, they will be like sitting next to my grandfather, scared, excited and curious for what comes next.



Love and Peace,



Writing Wednesday #1: Writing Goals.

So this is the first edition of my Writing Wednesday!



So many things could be posted for this! So many ideas, so many paragraphs!


So, what better topic to post other than, our writing goals!


Do you have monthly, weekly or daily goals? Do you keep a word count? 


Personally, I am going for a 200-500 per spree of writing. I want to try to build up in the next few months up to a bare minimum of 500. 🙂 I love writing, but sometimes it can be rough when you have ADHD & writers block. It can be like shaking shiny keys infront of me.

I often keep alarms, to make sure that I keep up not just my writing goals, but life as well. Living with ADHD, sometimes setting small alarms is a great reminder of ” HEY! I CAN’T BE STARING AT THAT SQUIRREL! I GOT SHIT TO DO/TO WRITE!”

When the writers block hits me, I try to sit back and relax. Grab a cup of tea, maybe listen to some relaxing (to me) music & just try to open my mind. Just taking in the smell of the tea & falling into the lyrics of a good Ludo or Cradle of Filth song can be so soothing to not just the mind, but the soul. 


Heck, sometimes I even grab a book. Sometimes diving into someone elses world really helps my clam shell of a mind slowly open its hinged mouth and release for sweet air. Albeit a classic such as the wonderful terra firma of Wonderland, or the high paced adventures in Chicago in Divergent or just the imagery from such books as The Stand, letting myself fall into place sometimes lets my characters peek their heads out and say ” hi. i am ready to talk again. “


I do whatever I can to not fall into those writing slumps. Those literary dumps. Once I fall in, it can be MONTHS before I can escape the razor edged talons of what I call the Slump Hawk. I think I may talk about the Slump Hawk in the next WW. 


So, like asked before, what do you set yout goals to be? Do you have advice for me? Do you have any idea of what you might want me to write about next? 




Peace and Love,