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

Before The Fall

I am  back with one of the best reads I have had the pleasure of reading in 2016. Before The Fall by Noah Hawley

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“Everyone is from someplace. We all have stories, our lives unfolding along crooked lines, colliding in unexpected ways.”

Do you ever enter a plane or any situation for that matter and think that this could be the day that your life changes? For Scott, that is exactly what happens after he accepts an invitation to fly on a private jet from Martha’s Vineyard.

As all eleven passengers thought, this was just a routine flight back home to New York. What they didn’t know was that there is trouble brewing closer than they could imagine. The plane crashes into the deep blue. Leaving ten passengers including the flight crew dead and only two survivors.

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Once you realize that the plane crashes and that there are only two survivors, you are glued to the book craving to know what really happened to the plane. Was this an act of terrorism, did Scott have anything to do with it? Was it mechanical?

As the story unfolds and you start to learn more about the passengers and you finally get the truth you are literally like this:

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Sometimes it is not what’s visible to the eye but more so the fact that the truth is sometimes hidden in places we would never expect.

I praise Noah Hawley for this great read.

I give this a solid 4/5. And would definitely recommend you reading it.

Until next time, until the next book.

xX, Jimalion

 

Gathering Prey

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Oh my goodness!!! I do not know how I forgot about this book. After reading John Sandford’s Field of Prey, I found myself desperate to read more of his work. And it never fails. From the very first page I was HOOKED! I have grown quite fond of Lucas Davenport. I could not put this book down. I had to know what was going to happen next.

Lucas Davenport’s daughter who is away for college, meets this pair of travelers who are on the corner playing music for money. His daughter is kind enough to take these two travelers to get food. The story that they tell Lucas’s daughter is the just the start of the page turning plot that John Sandford takes you on. There are twists and turns, and ‘OH NO!’ moments. I will not spoil the book for you, but lets just say that again Lucas Davenport does not disappointment with his ‘by any means necessary’ attitude.

I give this book 5 stars. The Lucas Davenport series have become my new obsession. I will be starting the series from the beginning. I’m just excited thinking about it.

If you do not like crime novels, this series will not be for you. But I do appreciate John Sandford’s ability to detail a crime scene and not make you feel “grossed” out. But if you don’t mind a little graphic detail, I suggest you go and start this series, you will not be let down.

 

Until next time, until the next book…

xX, Jimalion

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The Field of Prey

This is the first book of John Sandford’s that I have ever read. And it was not a disappointment. The plot alone was deep enough to get lost in. Every chapter left me wanting more. Reading from Davenports perspective and the switch between the killers perspective added such a good touch to the story. Finishing this book literally had me clutching my chest. Like what is life???!!!  John Sandford is such an amazing writer. I’m still not over this book and I finished this about a week ago. Such a good read! I enjoyed this book so much, I started reading the Davenport series. I just finished The Gathering Prey so that will be the next entry.

If you like crime centered books, than I recommend you give John Sandfords work a chance.

Until next time, until the next book…

 

xX, Jimalion

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Fahrenheit 451

After finishing Eat.Pray.Love, picking up Fahrenheit 45 was a big change in pace. I am going to be honest though, it has been a bit of a struggle for me to truly connect to this book. In the first part of the book, the same question continuously crossed my mind. ‘But just why are they burning the books?’ And it did not start making sense until the second half of the book.

Now I could be completely wrong about this theory and please correct me if I am wrong. From th direction that the book is going right now, it seems as though the reason behind burning the books, is because whoever is running the society does not want the people to obtain knowledge. The less they know, the less they can question why. But I do not agree with this. I feel like if they have the knowledge, they understand the why and that causes less issues. Even if they burn the books, that doesn’t get rid of the knowledge or ideas that they have already obtained.

 

I am not done with the book yet, so I will be uploading a response with my final ideas about this book.

 

Have you book? What are your thoughts?

xX, Jimalion