The Lost City of the Monkey God Review


A five-hundred-year-old legend. An ancient curse. A stunning medical mystery. And a pioneering journey into the unknown heart of the world’s densest jungle.

Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City of the Monkey God-but then committed suicide without revealing its location.

Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a groundbreaking new quest. In 2012 he climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying the machine that would change everything: lidar, a highly advanced, classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy. In an unexplored valley ringed by steep mountains, that flight revealed the unmistakable image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing evidence of not just an undiscovered city but an enigmatic, lost civilization.

Venturing into this raw, treacherous, but breathtakingly beautiful wilderness to confirm the discovery, Preston and the team battled torrential rains, quickmud, disease-carrying insects, jaguars, and deadly snakes. But it wasn’t until they returned that tragedy struck: Preston and others found they had contracted in the ruins a horrifying, sometimes lethal-and incurable-disease.

Suspenseful and shocking, filled with colorful history, hair-raising adventure, and dramatic twists of fortune, The Lost City of the Monkey God is the absolutely true, eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century.

This was a very intriguing read about the White City or Lost City of the Monkey God in the Mosquitia mountains in Honduras. It shows the hunt for the White City over a century by various archaeologists, treasure hunters, and scientists culminating in the use of laser techniques to find major archaeological finds in the Mosquitia rain forest. We learn about the people who lived in the rain forest and the biological factors that may have forced them to leave their ancestral homes. The book explores the horrific number of dead and society and cultures lost by Old World diseases invading the New World as well as an ancient epidemic that will soon be sweeping modern day populations.

This was a very interesting book that sparked my interest in history, archaeology, and epidemics all in one and made me want to do outside research about the Mosquitia people! I would recommend this to anyone interested in a nonfiction that spans a large span of time and shows the personal, global, and academic ramifications of an archaeology find.

A-Z Book Tag

A – Author You’ve Read The Most Books From: 

I love series so this one is difficult! I think Terry Goodkind- his Sword of Truth series is 24 books long. I’ve also read a lot of Christine Feehan, Kresley Cole, and Debora Geary!

B – Best Sequel Ever: 

Oh goodness! This is such a difficult question because in my head its not about best sequel, it about best series. I tend to binge series so that its hard for me to distinguish the individual books in my mind. That being said, in no particular order:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

C – Currently Reading: 


D – Drink of Choice While Reading: 

Hot tea or hot chocolate! I love feeling cozy while reading.

E – E-reader or Physical Book: 

I love the idea of physical books- hardcover books just look so pretty. But I mostly read on my Kindle because it was either stop bringing more books into the house or there wouldn’t be room for my husband!

F – Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School: 

Ron Weasley- I’m the oldest of 4 girls so I understand having a house full of siblings; I also have a ton of freckles; and I’ve also always been the “funny one” in my groups of friends. I think he would be a great friend then boyfriend in high school! Someone to hold hands with and make you laugh.

G – Glad You Gave This Book A Chance: 

I combined this one with the question below, I loved The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner because I went in with 0 expectations.

H – Hidden Gem Book: 

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner! This was such a surprising book that not many people seem to have heard of! I love the main character and the twist at the end!


I – Important Moment In Your Reader Life: 

My 11th birthday. My aunt bought me 2 books for my birthday – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Those books are what sparked my love of reading and truly showed me how magical books are! I’ve been a Potterhead (proud Hufflepuff, thank you very much) since then and I still try to reread the series every year.

J – Just Finished: 


Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

K – Kinds Of Books You Won’t Read: 

Hmm.. not much, honestly. Christian NonFiction, Christian Lit, or Old School Westerns don’t really appeal to me.

L – Longest Book You Ever Read: 

I would say the Lord of Rings trilogy which I read as one volume. Also Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was a whopping 759 pages!

M – Major Book Hangover Because Of: 

The problem  with reading books for review is I feel like I’m living in about 3 different book worlds right now! The modern day gritty world from Blackbirds, 1700 England from Slipper, and the werewolf pack of Aspen Creek from Burn Bright.

N – Number of Bookcases You Own: 

Hmm… 3. But I share them with my husband for his video games and manga. I stopped buying as many physical books when I got my ereader because my husband and I were running out of space to store everything! I REALLY want to some IKEA shelves so all my bookshelves match and I can style them in some way. Right now, they are a mix of browns and scattered around our room.

O – One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: 

I know you’re tired of hearing Harry Potter, but…. I try to reread the series at least once a year. I do love rereading books in general though, so in no particular order:

Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce (at least 4 times)

The Bride by Julie Garwood (at least 3 times)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (at least 2 times)

P – Preferred Place To Read: 

I depends on what I’m reading and what time of year it is. During the warmer months I go outside to our covered gazebo and bring a glass of wine and enjoy the sunshine. In the fall months, I sit in the same gazebo with the fire pit going and a cuppa hot tea or chocolate. In months like this, I sit beside the electric fireplace inside and pretend I can hear it crackling!

Q – Quote That Inspires You/Gives You All The Feels From A Book You Read: 

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars

^^^One of my favorite quotes because it is SO TRUE

“Your life is your own. Rise up and live it.”
― Terry GoodkindFaith of the Fallen

R – Reading Regret: 

Ever letting myself lose my passion for reading. And letting myself get into this kind of perpetual reading slump. I can’t seem to just sit down and read much anymore. I used to read book after book after book, but now it takes me weeks to read a 200-and-something page novel. Guess that’s what years of depression can do for ya, huh. But that’s another reason why I created this blog: to surround myself with other bookworms and get myself motivated to read more!

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S – Series You Started And Need To Finish (All Books Are Out In Series): 

Dragonriders of Pern series! I think I’ve read one or two? I loved the Dragon Harper trilogy with Menolly that happens in the same universe.

T – Three Of Your All Times Favorite Books: 

In addition to the series listed above,

Feed by Mira Grant

White Fang by Jack London

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

U – Unapologetic Fangirl For: 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Yes, I know at 26  I’m too old for this series. No, I do not care. I am 100% a daughter of Dionysus and I’m here for it.

V – Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others: 

I know its coming out in March which is forever away but,


W – Worst Bookish Habit: 

Staying up WAYYYY too late to finish a book! Like 6am comes around and I’m still reading and I have work at 10am late! I get sucked into a good story and can’t tear myself away long enough to ya know, sleep!

X – X Marks The Spot – Start At The Top Left Of Your Bookshelf And Pick The 27th Book: 


Y – Latest Book Purchase: 

I talked about all of them in Stacking the Shelves but I’m most excited about Red Queen because it’s the second book in a duo, and I loved the first book! It’s a retellig of Alice in Wonderland and it’s so dark and twisty!


Z – ZZZ Snatcher Book – Last Book That Kept You Up Way Too Late: 

My latest up till 6am read was Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs. It’s the latest book in the Alpha and Omega series and well, I devoured it!


Sunday Post


Happy Sunday my friends! Today I’m going to share with a wrap up of what to expect this week as well as teasers for some of the new books I received!

ARCs received:

How to Love a Jamaican      Into the Raging Sea    A Place For Us     How Hard Can It Be?

Most excited about: How to Love a Jamaican, two teasers from the first page:

“The first time I saw Cecilia, she was the only other black girl in our small group during freshman orientation.”
“In that song “Power,” when Kanye West raps, “Ma’fucka’, we rollin’ with some light-skinned girls and some Kelly Rowlands,” he is talking about dark-skinned girls who look like Cecilia.”

Library books:

Treasure  The Mysterious Affair at Styles   They Both Die at the End   Apocalypse Scenario #683

Most excited about: They Both Die at the End, two teasers from the first page:

“Death-Cast is calling with the warning of a life-time- I’m going to die today.”
“I’m freaking out already, a hundred thoughts immediately drowning out everything around me.”

Purchased on Amazon:

The Hanover Square Affair    Serenade     Cream Puff Murder

Most excited about: Serenade, two teasers from the first page:

“My lungs burned, sweat stung my eyes, and every muscle screamed, but running was an escape from my over-controlled life and the rush of adrenaline and fresh mountain air a drug I couldn’t get enough of.”
“It made me feel normal- or close to what I dreamed normal might be.”

Read this week:

Cruel Prince        Past Crimes Anthology


Two sentence review of Cruel Prince:

I loved the creative imagining of Fairy in this story! The story line was compelling and the characters well thought out!

Full review posted soon!


Posts for this week:

Cruel Prince full review

Top Ten Tuesday- I’ll answer Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early

Book Blogger Hop – I’ll answer Do you ever feel like you have emerged better for reading a book?

Past Crimes novella reviews & series spotlight

Which of the books I posted above are you most interested in reading the review? Let me know below so I can bump it to the top of my TBR pile!


Book Blitz Better With You + Giveaway!

Better with You by Rachael John

Paige Parker has no time for romance. She’s too busy building up her house-flipping business. But when a charming guy comes between her and the house she wants, Paige is a little more torn than she expected. For a girl who’s always gone with her firm business sense, she’s not sure how to trust her heart.

When it comes to dating, Shaun Randall is not about to get serious with anyone. He has his mother to take care of and enough family secrets to keep him running from any girl who gets too close. Spending time with Paige starts out as a means to get the house he wants, but every time he thinks it’s time to bail, he finds himself drawn in a little more.

When is it worth taking a chance on love?


“I have to say this story was freaking awesome! I breezed through it in an afternoon.” “I loved this sweet romance story. The characters were believable and there were some funny moments. I’ve also read (and loved) the first book in the series, but you could easily read this as a standalone.”

EXCERPT – Please choose 1 and delete the other 2.

Excerpt #1

Shaun Randall could spot a bad date from a mile away, and this one at a nearby table was obviously not going well. The guy’s first mistake was bringing a girl to a sports bar and sitting where he could watch the game, while she sat and toyed with her lemonade.

The football game only mildly interested him, and he couldn’t help checking back, more and more certain this was a first, maybe second date scenario and not a girlfriend/boyfriend situation. There was definitely an awkward newness vibe going on between the two. Plus, she was way too dressed up for a sports bar, while her date was in cargo shorts and a T-shirt. Watching the guy down his third beer and order another one gave Shaun the push he needed.

Thanks to his six foot, four inch height and his bright red hair, Shaun stood out for all the wrong reasons. He was not the best-looking guy there. But he did have one gift, and that was understanding women and how to talk to them. It didn’t always mean he said the right thing. He liked messing with people almost as much as he liked flirting. In this case, he could do both. He took a last sip of his Coke and went to make his move. If things went badly, it would be a fun story for later.

He planted his hands on their table and waited until she noticed him. “Hi, cuz. I’m so glad I found you. Your mom’s been trying to get a hold of you. Is your phone on silent?”

Dark brown eyes framed in long lashes stared at him, her forehead knotting in confusion. She was even more beautiful up close.

“Hey, man, you’re blocking the TV.” Her date weaved his head around him, groaning when the play didn’t go the way he wanted.

“Oh, you’re right.” The girl held up her phone, hiding a slight smile. “I did miss some calls. Jeremy, I need to go. Sorry to cut our date short.”

Jeremy looked at Shaun and then at her, finally paying attention. “Come on. I need you to be my designated driver. And who’s this guy?”

“My … cousin.” She pulled out a couple of bills and dropped them on the table. “Call a cab, it’s on me. Sorry the date didn’t work out.” She strode off, throwing her purse strap over one shoulder, and Shaun had to jog to catch up.






Author Rachel John

Rachel John is the author of books filled with awkward humor and sigh-inducing romance. When not burning dinner or chasing kids, Rachel can be found working on family history, writing, reading, or putting off writing by staring at Facebook. She lives in Arizona with her understanding husband, four crazy kids, and a desert tortoise.

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Don’t Look at Me Book Blitz & Giveaway

Hello readers!

Today I’m bringing you the book blitz, excerpt, and giveaway from Don’t Look at Me by J.P. Grider! This sounds like a great retelling of Beauty and the Beast and I loved the excerpt!


Don’t Look at Me
J.P. Grider
Publication date: March 29th 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense


A diligent hand carved this hole in my face.

It stole my confidence, my identity, and ended my short-lived career as a broadcast journalist.

I am now unemployed. Alone. Ugly.

And expected to get over it and move on.

Go on living life as usual—as if the world doesn’t judge the grotesquely unattractive.


It’s been three years since I was kicked out of the Army for nearly killing the opposition’s militia commander with my bare hands.

I am now unemployed. Alone. Angry.

And expected to forget the nightmares that hold me hostage and move on.

Go on living life as usual—as if the world doesn’t judge a dishonorably discharged ex-soldier.

Don’t Look at Me is a modern-day Beauty and the Beast tale—reversed and twisted. Because even the ugly need a good story, and even the beautiful are ugly deep down.

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(I know all too well that transitions are difficult)

When I moved to Jersey from California, I had no idea that days would go by where I wouldn’t think of the incident that led to my being other-than-honorably discharged. For me, the events of that night have been branded into my brain—the consistent nightmares the hot iron that won’t let the scars heal. But since finding out about Haven’s attack, I find myself thinking about her more and more—why was she walking alone in the middle of the night? What was going through her mind when she was so viciously attacked? What is going through her mind now? Was she raped? It isn’t part of the slasher’s modus operandi to sexually assault his attackers, but he also doesn’t carve out whole sections of skin in the faces of his victims. According to reports I’ve read over and over online since learning of Haven’s attack, his approach is to leave two parallel slash marks down the right side of his victims’ cheek. From what I could see in the dark, the heft of Haven’s lacerations are on the left side of her face. It doesn’t make sense. The Stratford Slasher has only attacked each of his victims once, but if Haven’s wounds weren’t inflicted by this same man, could the one that did hurt her return to finish the job? I wish she’d take me up on my offer to help me in the store. Then I could keep an eye on her and make sure that doesn’t happen. But she barely stays on the phone with me for two minutes when I call her to ask. And the only time she’s ever called me was to thank me for the supplies she very much needed during the storm two weeks ago. I know she has a lot to work through since her attack, but I wish she’d let me help her to get through this transition from on-air personality to whatever she needs to do next. Because I know all too well that transitions are difficult. Especially when that transition requires living an entirely different life than before.

With Haven at the forefront of my mind, I can’t help but blurt out a question during one of our group sessions. “How can I help a friend who doesn’t seem to want my help?”

“You don’t,” Warren says at the same time Mary asks, “What kind of help does your friend need?”

“She needs help getting her life back. It was pretty much taken from her when some loser used her face as a canvas to do with as he pleased.”

“Poor girl,” Mary says while the others mumble something similar.

“And now she won’t go out in public. She has her food delivered to her. She only goes out in the middle of the night, wearing a getup she thinks hides her face.”

“Does she trust you to help her, Quest?” Mary leans forward, crossing her hands over her lap. Mary’s name suits her. She’s kind, soft-spoken, and nurturing. The Virgin Mary, my mother would say. The Mother of all mothers.

I answer honestly. “She hasn’t known me long enough.”

“Until she can trust you, I don’t think she’s going to accept your help. Is she getting counseling?”

“I don’t think so.”

“It sounds like she could use some professional counseling, but would she be open-minded about giving this group a chance? To get her headed in the right direction?”

My eyes go to the fluorescent lights on the ceiling. “I doubt it.”

“Then, just be her friend. Don’t try to help her overcome this, just be there for her until she finds her way.”

So, that’s what I resolve to do. Be her friend.

Author Bio:

J.P. Grider is a New Adult/Young Adult author who is a sucker for a good love story—whether it’s reading one or writing one. And when she’s not reading or writing a fairy tale, she’s living one with her husband, four children, and her little Auggie Doggie.

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Across My Heart Cover Reveal

I’m very excited to be part of Xpresso Tours and bring you the cover real of Across My Heart by Shanna Clayton!


Across My Heart by Shanna Clayton

Publication date: April 27th 2018


New Adult, Romance, Suspense

Recommended for 17+ due to mature language and adult situations.


Meet the Serras: A Dynasty of Murders


My entire life has been a lie.

My name isn’t real. Everything I know about my family was told to keep me from looking for them. All this time, I’ve assumed my father was dead. Imagine my surprise when I find out not only is he alive, but I have two siblings I never knew existed. Oh, and the biggest lie of all? That I’m safe.

Only one man has the guts to tell me the truth.

Casper North is everything I’m not. Brave. Wild. Adventurous-with a reputation for living on the edge. My story unravels around the same time I discover he’s stalking me. Or as he calls it, protecting me. He invades my personal space, refusing to leave. Just being near me puts his life at risk, but he stays anyway, ripping away the illusions and exposing me for who I really am.

My real name is Amelia Serra. My family’s legacy is death. One by one, we fall like dominoes, until eventually, there will be none of us left.

Guess who’s next in line? That’s right-yours truly.


I can’t save her.

She’s naïve. Gorgeous. And a Serra. Meaning, she will die. Soon.

I was never even supposed to meet her. She was just a side job, some extra cash in my pocket, and a favor to her father. Watch her, find out if someone’s after her-that’s all I was told to do. Then she had to go and put herself on the brink of death, forever linking my life with hers.

Now I can’t stay away.

I should get out of her life. Stay unattached. Except I can’t. There’s something about her that draws me in, and I refuse to let go. The last time I lost someone, it almost destroyed me.

Amelia just might be the girl who buries me for good.

There’s a target on her back, but she’s marking an X across my heart.

About the Author:

I live and breathe all things books. When I’m not writing, I can be found eating too much chocolate, obsessing over Game of Thrones, and spending time with my crazy family.

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