Top 5 Wednesday #8: Books Featuring Witches

The Top 5 Wednesday Weekly Meme/Tag was created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and is now moderated by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). To learn more about this tag and how to participate check out the group on Goodreads here.

It has been a hot minute since I’ve participated in Top 5 Wednesday on my blog or my YouTube channel. I’ve started slowly posting reviews about once a month but I’m ready to dip my toes back into the TAG pool. I absolutely love the list of spooky topics we get to cover this month! October was definitely a great place to start back with this TAG.

This weeks topic is Books Featuring Witches

I decided to step back in time to some of my favorite witchy books from my school years. We are time traveling all the way back to 3rd grade for this first book and will move forward from there! 

1.  Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone
Even though this book is first about a boy wizard, it was the beginning of a series that brought forth some of my favorite book witches. These witches include Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, and Nymphadora Tonks. It gave us strong female characters that we could look up to and watch them fight against the forces of evil…and I think we all know that Harry would have been lost without them.

IMG_44402. T*Witches by H.B. Gilmour & Randi Reisfeld

T*Witches was probably one of my first book series about witches. It revolves around two twin girls who find out they are witches as well as sisters and how those revelations twist and change their lives. I loved waiting for the next book to come out. I want to say I picked this one up at the Scholastic Book Fair one year and never looked away from the series. It is a great witchy series for younger readers.


3. Sweep by Cate Tiernan
Sweep is a step up in reading level from the T*Witches and revolves around a girl, named Morgan Rowlands, who with a few of her friends become a part of a coven of witches. Throughout the series she begins to slowly learn the truth about who she is and what her past will say about her future. I began reading this book series when I was sick with Tonsillitis and had to keep returning to the bookstore everyday to get the next book as I would easily finish one each day. Quick reads filled with drama, magic, and a little dose of romance.




4. The Crucible by Arthur Miller

It wouldn’t feel right not to include a story of the Salem Witch Trials. This play was required reading my Junior Year of high school and then my Senior Year our Drama classes performed the play. It is such a gripping play, that will keep you on edge as you see the hysteria of the witch trials unfold for the Proctors. If you haven’t read this play, I beg you to pick it up.

5. Balefire by Cate Tiernan


   Balefire is a bind-up series of 4 books. Taking place in New Orleans, long-lost twins are reunited. One knows about magick and the other is thrust into this unknown world. Brought together they will learn about their family and the mystery that surrounds them. It is a quick read and I love that the book takes place in such a mystical setting of New Orleans and the French Quarter.

QOTB: What is your favorite witchy read? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you for visiting my blog and stay tuned for more spooktacular posts this month!


Kimberly ~ Whimsical Narratives

Book Review ~ Begin Again : Allie and Kaden’s Story by Mona Kasten

Title: Begin Again: Allie and Kaden’s Story
Author: Mona Kasten
Publisher: »be« by Bastei Entertainment; an imprint of Bastei Lübbe AG
Published: (Coming Soon) 10 October 2017
Pre-Order For Kindle: Here


He makes the rules. She breaks them all. A new start.

It’s the only thing keeping Allie Harper going, when she packs up her life and moves across the country to Woodshill, Oregon. She’s about to start college, desperate to leave the ghosts of her past behind her. Even if that means never talking to her parents again.

Now the hard part – finding an apartment before classes start. Just when it seems she’ll have to live out of her car, Allie visits one more place. It’s beautiful. With one exception: can she stand being roommates with campus bad boy Kaden White? Sure, Kaden is sexy with his tattoos and careless attitude, but he’s also an arrogant jerk. With nowhere else to go, Allie moves in.

The first thing Kaden does is make a set of rules. Either Allie obeys, or she’s out:
1. Don’t talk about your girl problems.
2. Keep your mouth shut if I bring someone home.
3. We will NEVER hook up.

Easy enough, thinks Allie. Who would want to get involved with a brute like Kaden? But the more she gets to know him, the more she sees beyond his gruff facade. He, too, is harboring some painful secrets. For Kaden and Allie, it gets harder and harder to ignore the sparks between them. And the lines between the rules start to blur-

Begin Again is a beautiful romance that shows us just how possible it is to start over. To find freedom in heartbreak and love in the most unlikely places.


 Begin Again by Mona Kasten is a perfect introduction for what I say was my first true, “New Adult” novel. As a 26-year-old female, reading about characters that are always in their teens can make it hard for me to relate sometimes. I had no problem relating to the characters of Begin Again, even the minor ones. The main theme that stood out for me was the desire to feel free. This issue was introduced early in the book, and truly helped the plot move forward by building off this yearning.  Reading about characters that are searching for the same wants and desires as myself, has helped to validate my own needs.

One subject of the book I want to approach is the use of abusive relationships. I was nervous to read the “New Adult” genre after hearing that abusive relationships played a role in many of them. This book is different. The author uses it as a tool to help our characters, Allie and Kaden, understand each other. The abuse and subsequent repercussions are ghosts of their past that brings the plot forward for the story. The author took care to ensure the novel didn’t condone abusive types of relationships, which was great to read.

Overall, this novel was everything I could have wanted in a New Adult – Contemporary. The novel had drama, romance, and friendship. If you are looking for that curl up on the sofa, with a cup of tea, on a rainy day read then this one is for you. I will be waiting impatiently for the sequel novels to be translated.

Originally published in German, the English translation of Begin Again : Allie and Kaden’s Story will be available October 10th 2017 from  >>be<< by Bastei Entertainment.

I hope you enjoyed my review. Feel free to browse my other content as I continue to grow and expand my blog. Thanks for visiting.

***Thank you to NetGalley and >>be<< by Bastei Entertainment for providing this ebook in exchange for a honest review.***


Kimberly – WhimsicalNarratives


Book Review ~ Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Title: Emma in the Nightth
Author: Wendy Walker
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Published: 8 August 2017

Book Trailer – Beach


Where does the truth lie, and the darkness begin?

One night fifteen-year-old Cass and her seventeen-year-old sister Emma disappear. Three years later, with just the clothes on her back, Cass returns home…without her sister.

She talks of kidnapping and isolation, and a mysterious island where the two were held. But her story has holes—and it’s up to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Walker to uncover what really happened in Cass’s tortured past.

The truth will shock Cass herself—a tale of fear, family, and what it will take to survive her own past.


The first lines of this book grabbed me from the beginning. “We believe what we want to believe. We believe what we need to believe.” These lines served as a guide to this crazy, twisting story.

This book was very interesting for me, because I minored in Psychology at University. The addition of Narcissistic Personality Disorder to the book was a very intriguing concept and I loved how it wove in and out of the plot of this novel all the way through to its conclusion. The darkness and desires in each of the different characters also played a part in making this story a great thriller and really added depth to the plot.

I did feel the there were moments of redundancy, but I attribute this to the book’s investigative tone with interviews, the revisiting of events and other evidence. It did not deter me from finishing the book.

Overall, I think the book was great read! It had all the pieces you would want in a psychological thriller. I would recommend it to friends and family and to anyone looking to add a little more drama to their TBR piles.


***Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for providing this book in exchange for an honest review***

Thanks for reading! Until next time,


Kimberly ~ Whimsical Narratives

Book Review: Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Title: Stalking Jack The Ripper
Author: Kerri ManiscalcoSJTR - COVER
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books an imprint of Little, Brown and Company
Published: 20 September 2016


A #1 New York Times Bestseller!

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.


“I place my thumb and forefinger on the icy flesh, spreading it taut above the breastbone as Uncle had showed me.” – Pg. 3

I absolutely loved this book!  I picked it up after setting down another that I just couldn’t get into and I’m so glad this was my next choice. I immediately forgot about the other book as I delved into the darkness that was Victorian London at the time of the Whitechapel Murders and Jack The Ripper.


I went into this story knowing a decent amount about Jack The Ripper after going on a walking tour of London twice. I would even go a third time when given the chance. Because of this, I couldn’t wait to see what the author, Kerri Maniscalco, had up her sleeves in creating a new twist to this mystery. I was not disappointed! Kerri’s use of historical facts about the murders and the liberties she took in changing the story of this twisted, chilling tale had my hand to my throat on numerous occasions. The descriptions took me right into the lives of these women, and the mystery of the man known as Bloody Jack & Leather Apron.

One thing I truly loved about the book was the strength and deviant attitude of Audrey Rose! I love characters that show us we don’t have to be who and what society wants us to be. We can still wear pretty dresses and dig our hands into the abdomens of cadavers. This is exactly what Audrey Rose does as she becomes invested in bringing these women’s stories and their murderer to light.

Of course, the slow simmering romantic plot between Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell is just as tantalizing. I don’t want to spoil the book so I’ll just say that their bickering and Cresswell’s great one-liners are enough for me to recommend this book alone. I can
not wait to see how the relationship between the two develops over the course of the next book.

The only thing that I could have used more of was a more dramatic conflict resolution, but that doesn’t stop me from giving this book 5 STARS as I really enjoyed it and was on the edge of my sanity while reading it. If you have not read this story, I suggest picking it up and giving it a try. If you have read Stalking Jack The Ripper, what were your thoughts? Did you like it? Did you not like it? I would love to hear from you in the comments.

Thanks for reading and I’ll write again soon! 


Kimberly ~ Whimsical Narratives


Booktube-A-Thon 2016| TBR

Booktube-A-Thon Is Officially Here!

The Ins and Outs of  Booktube-A-Thon
Booktube-A-Thon was started by Ariel Bissett on her channel as a celebration of Booktube! There are challenges to complete and reading sprints to partake in and it’s a whole bunch of fun! If you want to join in there is still plenty of time as the readathon runs from Today (July 18th) till Sunday (July 24th). Check out all the links below for more information!

BooktubeAThon Channel:


I decided to jump back into making videos and use Booktube-A-Thon as a perfect jumping off point. Below you will find my TBR for the next week, I will also list out all the books I will be reading below the video.


All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher (1,2,7)
Vicious by V.E. Schwab (3,7)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (4,7)
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (5,7)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (6,7)
West End Girls by Jenny Colgan (7)
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris (7)

There are also some reading challenges associated with this readathon and they are as follows:

1. Read a book with yellow on the cover
2. Read a book only after sunset
3. Read a book you discovered through booktube
4. Read a book by one of your favorite authors
5.Read a book that is older than you
6. Read a book to movie adaptation and watch the movie
7. Read a total of seven (7) books

*I’ve placed the challenge associated with the proper book after the book’s author above*

Social Media
I will be using multiple platforms this week to post updates including:





Thank you for reading this post. If you are participating this year leave me a comment on what you will be reading and I wish you the best of luck with this years Booktube-A-Thon!



Top 5 Wednesday #8 : Favorite Videos/Posts

The Top 5 Wednesday Weekly Meme/Tag was created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and is now moderated by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). To learn more about this tag and how to participate check out the group on Goodreads here.

This weeks topic is Favorite Videos/Posts Of Mine 

I really love this topic as it let me go back and revisit my YouTube channel which I haven’t down much with in the last 2 years. I’m thinking about getting back in the swing of it by taking part in this years BooktubeAThon! So, if you are interested in this particular readathon coming up next month subscribe to my channel and it might help give me the push to get back to making videos!

Now for my Top 5 Wednesday!

I’m starting this off with my first ever video I posted on my WhimsicalNarratives channel!

This or That Book TAG and Introduction

I filmed this video sitting on my bed with my laptop and looking back on the quality and sounds yes it was pretty poor but I  think for my first booktube video the content I created was pretty good. I remember being super proud of putting this video up!


Anime Weekend Atlanta 2014 | Thursday

This video was the second convention I have ever vlogged at. I’m sharing this one because there is on quote from my friend in this vlog that still makes us laugh till this day! It has to do with Hunger Games…if you find it let me know in the comments…it is so bad!!! And yes the thumbnail is an ear of corn.


Booktube-A-Thon | Day 2 (2014)

This was the first time I really and truly participated in a readathon. I thought I would share one of my updates and  favorite challenges from Booktube-A-Thon 2014!! 😀

Time to spread a little holiday cheer in June with my next video!

Fifteen Festive Favorites

I filmed this video for Vlogmas in 2014 and it was a tag originally created by Tom Fletcher for I believe a christmasy Dear Carrie / Dear Gi video!

and finally the last video I’m going to share is…

My book review of The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

I haven’t posted a book review on this blog yet so I’ve decided to share this video with all of you.

I hope you enjoy this look back at my previous videos on my YouTube channel and thank you for reading this weeks post. I will write to you all again soon and maybe even have some new content on my YouTube channel in the next couple months!



Top 5 Wednesday #7 – Literary Father and Father Figures

The Top 5 Wednesday Weekly Meme/Tag was created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and is now moderated by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). To learn more about this tag and how to participate check out the group on Goodreads here.

This weeks topic is Literary Father or Father Figures

Why was it so hard to think up literary father and father figures? I did get a few right from the start that I absolutely love. The others took some brainstorming and a long stare at my bookshelf.

The following list of people are parts of a whole. They add up to what I think a father or father figure is supposed to be. Fathers are supportive. They help protect you. They are there to help you. They let you make mistakes and help you learn from them. They are there to give you advice and to listen. They are there to watch you grow and help to nurture you. Though, their main purpose may truly be there to squash a cockroach at 1AM, after you scream bloody murder in your bedroom (TRUE STORY). So, before I move on to my list of fathers, father figures and dads who fit any of the above reasons I need to say something to the one guy I know for sure fits the criteria! My dad!



Now to my list of Literary Fathers:

Arthur Weasley – Harry Potter series


Atticus Finch – To Kill A Mocking Birdgiphy-2

Nathan and Andy – Lola and the Boy Next Door 


Remus Lupin – Harry Potter series


Hagrid – Harry Potter series


Have to put an Honorable Mention here to Sirius Black. I think that those mentioned above were more of a father figure to Harry so they got the nod first but if I could have a Top 6 I would add Sirius.

Do you agree or disagree? Who were some of the fathers on your list? Let me know in the comments! Thank you so much for reading and I will write again soon!





Top 5 Wednesday #6 – Character Names


The Top 5 Wednesday Weekly Meme/Tag was created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and is now moderated by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). To learn more about this tag and how to participate check out the group on Goodreads here.

This weeks topic is Character Names

Ellis Lacey (AY-lish or EYE-lish) from Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín51YhT7F0eHL._SX315_BO1,204,203,200_

There is something about Irish names that just sounds absolutely beautiful to me. I also love that a good portion of the time they sound completely different then how they look. I always find them fun and intriguing. The name Eilis just sounds beautiful.

Ètienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Let’s all be real with ourselves. We all fell in love with the name before the boy on this one. It matches the character perfectly with his characterization of where he is from and his relations. The name just sounds all kinds of lovely!

The Name of the Star USAlistair Gilliam from Shades of London by Maureen Johnson

The name Alistair Gilliam couldn’t be more perfect for the book reading, poetry loving, and The Smiths listening ghost of the library. Alistair is a ghost that has been on his own for so long that he is used to it and it doesn’t seem to bother him. Though, I do get some brooding undertones from him, which make me love him even more. The name just seems to fit his character perfectly.

Xenophilius Lovegood from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

A quirky name for a very quirky guy. Xeno means relating to foreigners or different in origin. I think this name definitely speaks to the Lovegood household as Xenophilius along with Luna, look at the world through a very different lens than the other characters and are very original and foreign in their thinking. Bonus: His name is just really fun to say.

Members of The Black Dagger Brotherhood  from The Black Dagger Brotherhood17703290

I’m lumping all these name into this one group. Tohrment, Phury, Zsadist, The Destroyher(Butch), Vishous, and Rhage.  I love how J.R. Ward changes the spellings to create a unique quality to the Brotherhood. It gives it a much more ancient feel, which as the names are sometimes passed down makes sense. Also, I feel like the spellings give more of a punch to the fact that they are warriors, though the names themselves do a good job of that.




Top 5 Wednesday #5: Book Theme Songs

The Top 5 Wednesday Weekly Meme/Tag was created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and is now moderated by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). To learn more about this tag and how to participate check out the group on Goodreads here.

This weeks topic is Book Theme Songs

I’m not usually one to listen to music when I read or associate a song with a book as I’m reading it. This topic became challenging after I had decided on those automatic choices that I do have for certain books. I almost skipped this topic just like the last cause I wasn’t sure if I was going to get it! BUT I DID!

You’ll Be Back (from Hamilton) by Lin-Manuel Miranda
The Mortal Insturments: CoG, CoFA, CoLS and CoHF by Cassandra Clare

      I could write a very long detailed paragraph full of imagery about why this song reminds me of  these books and Sebastian or what I picture when I think of Sebastian singing it but I’ll save that for another post later. Simply, there is something about this song that when I first heard the lyrics I immediately thought of Sebastian. The line, “kill your friends and family to remind you of my love,” really drove that first feeling home. I can picture him uttering these words to Clary so clearly.

Hedwig’s Theme
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

      This one is my obvious choice and is one that comes from the movies, but that I now associate with the books or anything Harry Potter related. Let’s be honest, I’m hoping it pops up in the play somehow. I can’t help but hum this tune whenever I’m rereading the books.

It’s Time by Imagine Dragons
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

     Again, I’m also looking to the movie. I felt so drawn to the story because of this song. I wanted to know more and more about it as I watched the trailer. I read the book after I saw the movie for the first time, so that might be why I bring this song forward when I think of the book. This song definitely worked for the movie and also associates with the book really well and the messages that the book brings forward.

Welcome To New York by Taylor Swift
 The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet by Kate Rorick and Rachel Kiley

      In a small part of this book, Lydia adventures to NYC to visit Jane and learns more about herself and grows more into her own then we have ever seen before. She grew a bit in LBD and the beginning of the novel as well but it came more here then anywhere else. In the end, NYC opened up so many doors and experiences and new ways of thinking for Lydia and I feel that this song really shows those changes and feelings.

The Way We Were by Carrie Hope Fletcher
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

      This song caught me by surprise. I was just playing random songs while brainstorming for this post when I listened to the lyrics again and realized how much it reminded me of the relationship between Mark Blackthorn and Kieran. For me, it really speaks about their time during the Wild Hunt and how complicated it became when he returned to the LA Institute and his family. Everything for them changed they “played games” and by the end everything went “back to the way that they were” before Mark was taken by the Wild Hunt. Some parts may not fit exactly but their relationship popped so clearly, in my mind when I heard the song.


I will be paying more attention to songs and books and how they correlate with each other more after writing this blog post. I would see authors post book playlist or things similar but never really gave it much thought. I guess I always thought of a song as having its own story and I never thought about how it could add more emotion to another story. Funny…that is exactly what literature, music and other art forms do for our own lives everyday.

“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Thanks for checking out my post and I hope you enjoyed my picks of songs. Comment down below with your favorite book theme song.




Top 5 Wednesday #4 – Characters I Would Defend

The Top 5 Wednesday Weekly Meme/Tag was created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and is now moderated by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). To learn more about this tag and how to participate check out the group on Goodreads here.

This weeks topic is Characters I Would Defend

This topic was so difficult for me. I went a couple different routes when choosing characters for this topic, but I feel like I did pretty well.

Severus Snape – Harry Potter

I’m on Team Snape. When the final couple books were coming out, the main argument wasn’t if Harry would kill Voldemort or vice versa it was about if you thought Snape was good or evil. I always thought he was on the Order’s side. Yes, he may have had some misdirected anger when it came to Neville, but I can still understand where he is coming from and in the end he continued to protect Harry because of his love for Lily Potter and helped make sure that Voldemort was defeated. 10 points to Slytherin!


Apparently, this Ravenclaw is going to appreciate all of her favorite Slytherins today in this blog post. Next up is…

Draco Malfoy – Harry Potter

I see Draco, just as I see Harry, Hermione, Ron, and all the other students. They are all children who were thrust into a war that had begun long before their time. Draco unfortunately was born into the side of Evil with his father being a Deatheater during the rise of Voldemort. For me, I see his actions as those of a scared boy who is fearful of what a crazed man could do to his family if he disobeys. There are times in the books that we see Draco’s facade break and that he isn’t truly the evil character that people see him to be. He drops his wand when Dumbledore tells him he has a choice and his fear keeps him from identifying the Trio when they are in Malfoy Manor. At the end of the day, I think that fear was to overwhelming for him to deal with. He made decisions the best he could with what he had been dealt and you can’t blame him for that.



Tessa Grey – The Infernal Devices

I’m not really sure what other readers opinions of Tessa are but for me I would defend her with every ounce of energy I could muster. When I read the books and met Tessa I immediately related to her on a strong level. It’s almost hard to put into words the connection I feel with her. Of coarse, the love of reading and books but I also think that I really value a lot of her personality traits like her strength which is very understated but powerful and that kinda of strength is hard to read. Plus, how kick ass is she when it comes to the end with the clockwork angel. She is my book character spirit animal. So, no matter what anyone else says I will be quick to her defense.


Katniss Everdeen – Hunger Games

I sometimes think that Katniss get a bad rap for being a little stubborn and unpredictable, but these characteristics lead her to make decisions based on her morals and what is right, instead of what people tell her is right. The decisions she makes are for what she believes is the good of the many and not the few and it makes for interesting dynamics for her story and makes her a powerful female protagonist.


I saw my final character on a few other posts and never even thought about defending him because I never thought of him in that way but I think he needs a little love!

Charlie Kelmeckis – The Perks of Being a Wallflower

From reading other blog posts today, the reasoning for coming to Charlie’s defense was that some see his character as over dramatic. I read that and decided to include him in my post as well. What Charlie has been through during his life and the mental illness he suffers from could never lead me to call him overdramatic. Dealing with a friend’s suicide and being sexually abuse by a family member is not something to take lightly and his reactions to those triggers in his life could clearly cause him to panic, breakdown, and withdraw. The Charlie you see in the book is, in my opinion, a realistic depiction of how one person could handle all of that. Charlie has a long journey to still go at the end, but he did it on his own for a long time before telling his family about Aunt Helen. He suffered and endured through a lot and he made it through and I like to believe he will continue to make through.



I hope you all enjoyed this post. I  have also achieved the goal that I set for myself at the start of this blog. My goal was to post for each topic during the month of May for Top 5 Wednesday and the fact that you are reading post #4 means I have accomplished just that. I’m enjoying writing these blog posts so this is definitely not the end…it’s just the beginning.

On that note, I will write to you later! Thanks for reading!