Pros & Cons: Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark

Believe it or not, before I discovered the romance genre, my favorite genre was mystery/suspense. I flocked toward creep-you-out, keep-you-up-all-night thrillers, and when I came across a stack of Mary Higgins Clark books at a yard sale way back when, I scooped them all up and haven’t looked back since! Up until recently it had been a while since I read a book by the “Queen of Suspense”, so when I found myself craving a psychological thriller, I knew it was time to reintroduce myself to MHC.

Enter Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark. Yes, this is one of her older titles, but it still holds up more than 20 years later! In fact, the lack of cell phones and social media was a refreshing pace from all the contemporary stories I’ve read lately–just one of many things that makes this book a great read. Take a look at my pro/con list to get an overall gist of the story.

And, check out my other Pros & Cons reviews here.

Pro-Con Loves Music Loves to Dance

Pros & Cons: Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett

Hello there! I’m back with another review, but I thought I’d try something new this time around… While some books call for fangirling and in-depth analysis of characters, plot and other literary devices, there’s something refreshing about a simple pro/con list that gives an at-a-glance look at the book as a whole (and, let’s be honest, it can be easier to get your thoughts down this way sometimes). That said, I’ve whipped up a pro/con list of a book I read recently — MURDER IS BINDING.

These type of reviews are meant to be short & touch on a few key points that stood out to me — not delve into every single aspect of the book. Are you a fan of pro/con lists? Or do you prefer reviews that dig deep into the story? Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments!

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Waiting For The Veronica Mars Movie? Try These Series!

Veronica Mars is one of my all-time favorite TV shows and when it was (unjustly) cancelled, the world weeped. Okay, a bit overdramatic, but I was seriously bummed. If you’re not familiar with the show, it’s about a high school/college girl named Veronica who has a penchant for sarcasm and solving crimes. Adding to the mix are awesome side characters, which include smouldering bad boy Logan, faithful sidekick Wallace (who was always my favorite) and Veronica’s dad, a sheriff-turned-detective who I always thought was one of the most laid-back parental units on TV at the time.

Talks of a movie have been circulating around for years and thanks to a Kickstarter project spearheaded by the show’s creator, fans finally got their wish. In less than 24 hours the $2M goal was met surpassed, ensuring a movie to be made sometime later this year. Talk about a SQUEE moment! With more than 40k backers and counting (including myself!), this trumped the news of a new Pope (sorry, Francis), making it the most talked-about topic around the interwebs yesterday.

That said, now comes the waiting game. Even though the WB has made all three seasons available online, that still leaves a lot of downtime before the movie’s release. So to pass the time — and keep excitement levels at a steady high — I’ve listed a few series that encompass similar traits to the show for those moments after you’ve exhausted all the episodes (which I realize may hard to do). I chose series because not only am I a sucker for ’em but also because that means there’s more to gobble up while you wait — and more characters to become emotionally invested in, mwahaha!

On the off chance you’re in the minority and are not a fan (don’t even tell me if that’s true) or have never seen the show (which, if that’s the case I demand you click on the link above, STAT!), you can still enjoy these books on their own for the following qualities.

If you like Veronica Mars for the…


Witty banter:

Kickass heroine:

Smouldering bad boy:

Now, excuse me while I shut the world out and have a VM marathon attempt to be productive for the rest of the day…

Nail Polish and Plot Combos

Confession time! One of my personal pleasures is painting my nails. I know, I know — pretty girly, right? To be honest, I’m not really a girly-girl, but it’s definitely one of my (feminine) thrills. When I’m feeling restless or looking for a change, I paint my nails. It sounds silly, but painting my nails gives me a sense of control and has the ability to dictate or imitate my current mood (bright nail polish = cheery demeanor, dark polish = moody and emo). In that sense, I believe nail polish is similar to books since both have a tendency to reflect someone’s personal life or transform her disposition.

That said, I thought it’d be fun to pair up books with polish colors that I think suit the story. Why match polish with clothes when you can match them to plots instead?

Sweet Kiss of Summer – OPI “Pink Flamenco”
A bold, friendly color to accompany the feel-good tones of this contemporary romance

Sweet Kiss of Summer + Pink Flamenco

Western Ties – OPI “Jade is the New Black”
Greenish hue to reflect the story’s countryside backdrop

Western Ties + Jade is the New Black

Hell on Wheels – OPI “Moonraker”
Metallic gray to match the motorcycle chrome & bad-boy angst

Hell on Wheels + Moonraker

Falling, Freestyle – OPI “Happy Anniversary!”
Frosty polish to go with the snowy, winter wonderland backdrop

Falling Freestyle + Happy Anniversary!

Mistress’s Master – OPI “Black Onyx”
Super black lacquer reminiscent of leather whips and no-nonsense Doms

Mistress's Master + Black Onyx

One Night with his Virgin Mistress – OPI “Privacy Please”
A soft, innocent sheer pink fit for a virgin

Virgin Mistress + Privacy Please

Fifty Shades of Grey – OPI “Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!”
A dark, sensual gray for… Well, this one is pretty self explanatory

Fifty Shades + Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!

South of Salem – OPI “Casino Royale”
A deep plum to accompany all the paranormal brouhaha

South of Salem + Casino Royale


ROAMING QUESTION: What would be your polish+plot picks? (alliteration ahoy!)

Girl Power

Growing up, I was obsessed with the Spice Girls. You remember them — the most famous girl band in pop music history? I had all their CDs, watched the Spice World movie on end, and even bought a pair of platform sneakers to traipse around in while I sang “Wannabe” into the end of my hairbrush. As I got older (and the group broke up), I moved on to indulge in other shows that portrayed kick-ass female heroines. Topping the list was, of course, Charlie’s Angels (the Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz remakes), followed by a now-cancelled TV drama called “She Spies”, and a silly after-school cartoon called “Totally Spies”.

Yep, I’m all for girl power! So after reading No One Lives Twice by Julie Moffett, I knew that the heroine, Lexi, had earned a spot on my kick-ass she-spy list. Sure, she’s a bit clumsy and a total novice, but her determination is top-notch. Plus, she has not one, but two men — two hot men — vying after her in the story! This just goes to show that you don’t have to wear tight and revealing clothes to represent girl power. Although, a cute pair of shoes never hurt… unless they double as a weapon, that is.

What a Witch!

When I was younger, there was one movie that came out which had my classmates and I buzzing. It was rated R, so technically we weren’t old enough to see it, but that didn’t stop my friends from either sneaking into the theater, seeing it with their older siblings, or watching the DVD when it came out — which is what I did… or tried to do. You see, it was a scary movie and even though I claimed to have liked scary movies (definitely do not like them now), nothing could have prepared me for 81 minutes of heart-stopping, pee-in-your-pants terror. So what’s the name of the movie that caused me a week’s worth of nightmares, you ask? “The Blair Witch Project”. Ooh, just thinking about it now gives me the chills. I literally watched the entire film through tiny slivered openings between my fingers, which were pressed so hard against my face that I had a headache afterward.

For the sake of preventing another nightmare, I’ll just jump right to the point: I recently reviewed a book for RT Book Reviews that featured a heroine who was on the hunt for a crazy witch/ghost who drove people to accidentally kill themselves. Creepy, right? But, luckily for me, the book is actually pretty humorous and the leading lady is a hoot, which made reading South of Salem enjoyable — scary witches and all. Now, some of you may be laughing and calling me pathetic for thinking “The Blair Witch Project” is scary, but as someone who has wandered the woods and camped out in the middle of nowhere, I know what it’s like to be surrounded by silence so deafening you can’t help but hear things that go bump in the night. Now, while you peruse of the review below, excuse me as I flush out creepy thoughts with bright, insipid cartoons… Spongebob, here I come!