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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

JonBenét: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation

I'm sure you all remember the murder that shocked America in 1996. The killing of 6 year old pageant queen, JonBenét Ramsey in her own house on Christmas Day. 18 years later and the killer still has not be found... Many details about this case have left me wondering for years, why would someone leave a ransom note if the child was already killed? Why were there so many specifics in the note if it wasn't the family or someone close to them writing it? Why did the father make a beeline for the basement when asked to search the house? Why, why why.... One of the only people who truly know this case is Steve Thomas, the leading detective on the case, as well as the author of this tell-all novel. This novel contains all of the problems of the case. It shows the corrupt justice system in Boulder, Colorado. It shows a couple of parents who did NOTHING to help find the killer of their child. But the only question I want answered is, why weren't the parents questioned? The parents weren't even allowed to be called suspects until the very end... This case will leave you so heartbroken for this little girl and so angry at the justice system. This tell-all includes everything that happened between Boulder Police, Boulder DA's office, and the infamous Ramsey Family. If you followed this case at all, grab a copy of JonBenét and learn what really happened that sad, sad Christmas Day.

Rest in Peace
JonBenét Ramsey
December 1996

Friday, April 24, 2015

Love Lies Beneath

I am pleased to announce to have finished reading my first novel provided to me by Net Galley online in exchange for an honest review! I was lucky enough to receive one of my favorite authors, Ellen Hopkins. I enjoy everything she writes, but this one was not targeted at teens, it was targeted towards 40 year old women. (Keep that in mind when reading it.) Honestly, I loved it regardless. Love Lies Beneath gives us the opportunity to follow Tara's love life through all of the twist and turns, even through the sexy strangers she meets. While skiing with her sister, she takes a nasty fall and winds up in the hospital. But Tara can't let the doctor get away and actually asks for his number, little did she know he'd teach her the meaning of love. When Tara moves in, she not only gains a fiancée, but also a 17 year old son with an attitude and a lying problem. I wish I understood where Ellen Hopkins was going with the end of the story, but I'm thinking there may be a sequel?!

Mark your calendars! Love Lies Beneath comes out July 21! 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Lorax

So today I decided to tackle two topics at once. April is National Poetry Month, but April 22nd is also Earth Day! So by celebrating both events, I present to my readers Dr. Seuss's The Lorax. I'm sure many of you have seen the animated movie (and if you haven't, you should), but nothing beats the truthfulness of the book. The underlying message here is that we are slowing killing our planet because of economic "needs." The Once-ler tells the story of a beautiful town that was absolutely corrupted by society. He begins a business making Thneeds for the town people to wear. Thneeds are in high demand, but use the Truffula trees to make fabric. One by one we see the trees cut down and the poor animals habitats being destroyed. We see the pollution take over because of pure economic greed...

What I love about this book is that it was published in 1971.
Dr. Seuss saw the issue and took the initiative to voice his opinion.
It's 2015, we still haven't grasped the concept of protecting our home.
So, I beg you to educate yourselves on the dangers of polluting our beautiful home. Hurry before it's too late. 

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Oh, the Places You'll Go has always been a kids book in my mind. But lets face it, Dr. Seuss didn't intend to write children's books. Earlier today I re-read this book and it really hit home for me. Oh, the Places You'll Go is a book that literally describes everything you go through in life, especially when we're still growing up. It tells a story about finding yourself, playing the waiting game, and living your life the way you want to! Never did I expect something so meaningful to come out of a book I read in Kindergarten.
So I share this in honor of National Poetry Month and for the upcoming high school and college graduates. If any of you ever begin to doubt yourself, look to the wise words of Dr. Seuss and that's all the therapy you'll need. 

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