Freya Book Review

Hi guys, welcome to another post of Where Stephanie Reads. This week I recently read a great book that combines adventure, female power, and Norse Mythology. The book I am talking is Freya by Matthew Laurence. This is the first book in the series of Freya.

  • Title: Freya
  • Author: Matthew Laurence
  • Series: Freya
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 239 pages
  • Buy Book: Amazon
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Rating: 5 Stars


The book Freya centers around the Norse Goddess Freya who is known to be the goddess of love, beauty, war, and death. During the centuries her power fade and she grows weaker due to the fact her believers forgot about her. In the future, she goes by the name of Sarah and hides out in a mental hospital. There she sulks and hides her real identity. Suddenly, she meets Garen who tries to recruit help to find a goddess that roams the world in exchange for followers. Sarah doesn’t want this and turns down his deal. Sadly Garen doesn’t come with an optional bargain so Sarah chooses to flee. With the help of a new friend named Nathan, she goes on the lamb and tries to hide. But lately, she finds out that there are dark secret forces that are lurking in the shadows.

My Thoughts

I thought the book was fun and loved the mixture of different kinds of mythologies. The book took me on a great adventure and surrounded me with Greek gods and kick ass Hawaiian Goddesses. The book also has a villain with twisted secrets that leave you in awe as well. I can’t wait til the next book to come so I can indulge on that. Until my next review keep on reading.

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#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso Book Review

Hi, guys welcome back to Where Stephanie Reads. In this book review, I will be discussing a book I recently read called #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso. I was really excited to read this book because I recently watched the Netflix show Girlboss based on Sophia’s life and how she started her business. For those who have heard of Sophia Amoruso, she is well-known for her online business Nasty Gal which is online clothing store where she sells vintage.

  • Title: #GirlBoss
  • Author: Sophia Amoruso
  • Year Published: 2014
  • Page Count: 239 pages
  • Buy Book: Amazon
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Rating: 5 Stars


In this book, Sophia talks about how she started her business and also shares her experiences. Sophia started out with not a lot of money or should I say broke and then started an eBay store back in the day when Myspace was popular. She named the store Nasty Gal and became a success. But after she got kicked off Ebay and then moved to her own site where she turned her store into a successful clothing store. Sophia becomes the CEO in under 8 years since starting her journey.

My Thoughts

The book was so good that I read it in two days. The is a combination of a business book, and a memoir with humor as well. I enjoyed reading about how Sophia started out at the bottom and then built herself up with just an idea. I also think she got to be one of the smartest people and I liked how regardless of what challenges came her way she kept on going. The book had a ton of advice and I recommend it for anyone who wants to take the plunge to start a business but need the inspiration. My favorite part of the book is that it’s kind of a business book but it more of what Sophia learned on the journey. If you are totally interested in checking it out click on the affiliate links above and until my next post, keep on reading.

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American Gods Episode 1

  • Title: American Gods
  • Episode: 1
  • Channel: Starz
  • Buy Episode: See the episode


If you been watching Starz you probably heard of the show American Gods. This show is based on the book by Neil Gaiman. This is a fantasy novel that combines mystery, mythology, and adventure as well. For those that haven’t heard of the show or the book, I will tell you more about it. This story is about an ex-convict named Shadow is gets released and learns about his wife getting killed in an accident. On the way home to go see her, he runs into a mysterious man named Mr. Wednesday wants to offer a job. Reluctantly Shadows takes the job and goes on a road trip with Mr. Wednesday. Throughout the story, Shadows finds out a war is coming. A war between new gods and old gods. Like the book says a storm is coming.

My Thoughts

I wasn’t sure what to expect but from what I seen from the previews and reviews. After watching the series I am glad that I got to check out the first episode because there are a lot of great things about it. For one Neil Gaiman, the author has extremely involved the making of the show and you tell he has. The characters that were introduced match the characters in the book. From the character Mr. Wednesday who got to be the highlight of the show to Mad Sweeney the leprechaun. I thought the actor who plays Mr.Wednesday did a great job. Mr. Wednesday is smart, cunning and mysterious and I think the actor brought that on. I also thought the guy who played Mad Sweeney lived up to the name Mad Sweeney.

Other things I liked about the show was the effects. I thought the effects were beautiful and the way they created each scene was amazing. I really enjoyed the dream sequences and how they made look like you were in the dream with Shadow. The only differences were the Buffalo man who in the show was an actual Buffalo but that didn’t bother me. For the soundtrack, this was my favorite part. From the opening song that gave the show, it’s mysterious, and haunting feel that tends to make you want to watch it. If you saw the opening it was creepy but beautiful at the same time. The way they combined the different kinds of faiths and myths together.

My final verdict of this episode is that its a must watch. I can’t wait to see more of the show and see more of the characters. I especially can’t wait to see Easter who is one of my favorite characters. For those are interested you check it out on Starz on Sundays. Until my next post keeps on reading.

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TBR List for June

Hi guys! Here is Stephanie with another TBR list. This month I pick a few books that I plan on reading this month. I pick many books that either been on my list for a while or just discovered.

#GirlBoss by Sophie Amoruso

If you haven’t heard of the Netflix show Girlboss yet then you been missing out. The show is funny and enjoyable. This inspired me to pick up this book.

Lion by Saroo Breierley

I heard about this book from the Oscars. The movie version was nominated and I thought the trailers seemed interesting. I decided to check out the book before I see the movie.

Freya by Michael Laurence

I been really obsessed with Norse mythology after picking up American Gods this month. I wanted to read more on the subject and found this latest book focused on one of the gods Freya. Freya is the goddess of love, war, beauty, and death. This book takes a modern twist one it.

Your Own Word by Evan Carmichael

I recently discovered a new YouTube channel about Evan Carmichael who is an entrepreneur who created this inspiring channel. If you are looking to get start a business or looking to get inspired this is the book for you.

So that is all the books I will be reading this month. Until next time keep on reading.

My First Youtube Video

News Update

Hi guys, it been super long since I posted an update. Well, I have been really busy with looking for work and just life happens. But in recent news, I just joined the booktube world. In fact yesterday I premiered my first video. You can check it out at the video below. Let me know what you think. Until my next post keep on reading.

My Top Favorite Books of the Winter

On this weeks post, I decided to look back this year so far and just think of what books I read. But I also wanted to mention what books were my favorites so far. This year so far had a really great start. Especially the releases didn’t leave me disappointed and I also recently discovered some new authors along the way. Below is some of the books I read that I enjoyed reading. Let me know in the comments below if you read any of them and what were your favorite books this year so far. This covers mostly the winter months between December to the middle of March.

BOOK 1: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerhill

This is a book I just read and I think out of all books I read this year I had the most fun with. I loved it so much it may be one of my favorite books of all time now. The book has a mixture of adventure, mystery, a love story, and magic. To read the review I wrote on the book Click Here.

BOOK 2: Windwitch by Susan Dennard

I was really looking for this book ever since Truthwitch and loved it. It brought back my favorite strong female duo and the handsome prince Merrik. I also enjoyed that in this book it embraced the beauty of friend along with having characters that had special abilities. To read my full review on Windwitch Click Here.

Book 3: Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

I actually enjoyed this book more than Passenger. But Passenger is still my favorite book from last year but this topped it. This book continued where I left off but focused more on the action instead of the romance. I also found myself laughing at some parts because of the funny lines. To read my full review on Wayfarer click here.

Book 4: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn

This isn’t exactly a book that came out recently but I wanted to mention it because I enjoyed it so much. This book filled me with nostalgia from seeing my favorite Star Wars characters along with taking me on a ride through the galaxy.

Book 5: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

This is the book that I been waiting for a while since the last book Glass Sword. I recently enjoyed this book. This book was intense and crazy. The book also had me in tears on some scenes because of the character Mare went through as a captive.