Two Can Keep A Secret

Review: Two Can Keep A Secret

Author: Karen McManus

Stars: 5/5

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Y’all listen!!!! This book was soooo good! I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. After I got into the story, I was invested in finding out how this was going to end and let me tell you the ending took all of my edges, snatched them and threw them right back at me. I love the endings that I never see coming and out of nowhere you have answers to questions you didn’t even know to ask. Karen has such an amazing way to tell a story with so many details that aren’t too overwhelming. This gave me Pretty Little Liars feels and I’m all here for it.

So what is this book about? It takes place is a small town called Echo Ridge that sits near the Canadian border. Our main character Ellery is obsessed with true crime because 20+ years ago her aunt Sarah went missing and no one ever talks about it. And five years ago a homecoming queen is found dead, drawing unwanted attention to this picture perfect town. But just as pictures up close have small flaws, the town of Echo Ridge and the ones who reside there, there are secrets below the surface. So when Ellery and her twin brother Ezra have to move from California to Echo Ridge, Ellery finds herself not only trying to figure out pieces of her moms past but trying to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of yet again another potential homecoming queen. And as Ellery and her friends try to put the pieces of this puzzle together, they found out that there are some secrets you can share as well as ones you are better off keeping to yourself.

“There’s something deeply satisfying about confronting a monster and escaping unscathed. Real monsters aren’t anything like that. They don’t let go.”

Until next time, until the next book.

xX, Jimalion

Becoming

Review: Becoming

Author: Michelle Obama

Stars: 5/5

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“Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

I have literally sobbed so many times reading this. (Y’all already know how emotional I am.) I loved Michelle and Barack before, but through reading Becoming, I have found a new love for the both of them.

I absolutely adore a book that allows me to feel all the emotions. I laughed, I cried, and laughed some more as Michelle told her story. It made me miss the time that we were blessed to have Barack as President and she First Lady.

As I try to wrap my thoughts up in this post, I must realize that there are no literal words worthy enough. Even though she was a very important woman (still is), she was/is so relatable. Her and Barack’s love story was probably my favorite part of the book.

There are many nuggets of wisdom Michelle dropped throughout Becoming. But one that stayed with me and will stay with me forever is one that reminds me that there is always another way, another way to do something, another way to be something….  “There are simply other ways of being.”

Until next time, until the next book.

xX, Jimalion

We Were Liars

Review: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Stars: 5/5

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“Then he pulled out a handgun and shot me in the chest.”

I finished this and have been staring into complete nothingness because I can’t believe what I just read, in one of the best ways possible. The tragedy in this book rocked my world, and I don’t feel as if I’m on stable ground just yet.

We Were Liars is a story of a group of teenagers who share a bond that only they would ever be able to understand. Raised in a family with money, and surrounded by adults who focus more on their social stature, these teenagers seek to be free from it all. In the world that they have created with each other, love out weighs all of the status that is their family, and in the end this leads to a shocking moment that changes the course of everything. “What if we could somehow stop being the Beautiful Sinclair Family and just be family? What if we could stop being different colors, different backgrounds, and just be in love?”

Lockhart did such a great job with making you feel as though in just the first few pages that you had read much more than you have. There was mystery that made you brace yourself for the blow of the truth that you know is coming. It was tragic, yet haunting, but beautiful in all its ways. –

There is one line from the book that stayed with me: “The universe is seeming really huge right now,” he told me. “I need something to hold on to.” And guys….that is how this book left me…

Until next time, Until the next book.

xX Jimalion

The Wedding Party

Review: The Wedding Party

Author: Jasmine Guillory

Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

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As someone who never read romance novels until being active on Bookstagram, I am beginning to learn that I love a good cat and mouse love chase. I like you, you like me, but we are going to deny it because that just sounds like the right thing to do, but we can’t ignore it and we fall in love. I think for me until my current relationship, Love was always this thing that left a negative taste in my mouth, so seeing love portrayed in a different light through characters that look like me is refreshing.

I especially loved Theo and Maddie’s relationship in this book. Also I love the fact that the books in this series all seem to be centered around food because if you know me, you know my love for food is at level expert. I feel like my thoughts are all over the place. But I also like how the women portrayed in this series are boss ass babes. They are relevant and have such a strong presence in their fields. Cannot wait to read the next book!

 

Until next time, until the next book.

xX, Jimalion