You Don’t Know Everything Jilly P

Review: You Don’t Know Everything Jilly P

Author: Alex Gino

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

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This was my pick for Middle Grade March. And it was a very quick read for me. There were so many things that I liked about this book, but the main one being how it touched on the world of being deaf. I have an aunt who is deaf and even though we have all figured out our way to communicate with her, I have often wondered how she truly feels. Have I done something to offend her by being a hearing person and forgetting that she isn’t? The friendships portrayed in this book, and the lessons those friendships taught warmed my heart, and I hope that children read this book and understand the true message behind it.

The book loosely touched on the Black Lives Matter, and while I can appreciate that. I felt like throwing such an important topic into a book that was already centered around a topic that was heavy, it wasn’t the time.

Jilly loves her best friend, pb & J sandwiches and her favorite fantasy series. Life is as its always been until her mother gives birth to her baby sister Emma. Emma was born deaf and this opens a new part of life Jilly knew nothing about.

Jilly connects with another reader named Derek, who she finds out is a deaf ASL user. Excited that she now has something else in common with Derek by way of her sister Emma, Jilly turns to him for advice. This does not always turn out the way that Jilly intends on it. As the racial climate around her is getting worse, and the more she learns about the deaf community, Jilly learns that in order to accept change, she too has to change….and the only way to do that is to become open to those things that are different than her.

Until next time, until the next book.

xX, Jimalion

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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I know I’m late. But I finally thought, hell why not give it a read.

I must say that I loved this book. It was so light and funny. I found myself laughing out loud at certain parts while listening to this at my desk.

Things I loved: how the father worked at keeping their Asian background at the forefront of their lives, the family dynamic also jumped out at me. I loved how relatable the characters were. This was another one of those books that just made you feel good and airy after finishing.

And now I must finish the series!

Until next time, until the next book.

xX Jimalion

Sadie

Review: Sadie

Author: Courtney Summers

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Our main character Sadie loved nothing more in this world than her little sister Mattie. They shared a mother who even when she was there she was never really present. A mother more impressed with drugs and alcohol, Sadie has to step in and give Mattie what she was missing. One day their mother Claire just ups and leaves, leaving Sadie responsible for Mattie. Mattie who adored Claire so grief stricken by her leaving, holds on to the idea of finding her when she gets a postcard from the City of Angels “be my good girl.” Mattie holds on so tight to the possibility of finding her mom, one day she too leaves. She gets into a strangers truck and her mistake is trusting someone whose intentions were way worse than she could ever imagine.

Mattie is murdered and Sadie loses herself. Her one reason to do anything…to go on is taken away from her. And the only way to right this tragic wrong is to seek out the man she believes is responsible for her sisters death.

“I’m going to kill a man. I’m going to steal the light from his eyes. I want to watch it go out.”

Sadie leaves home and starts the journey to get her revenge. Along the journey we learn more about Sadie as a character, the relationship with her mother or lack thereof, and the men that came tumbling in and out of their lives. As we go on this journey with Sadie we feel her desperation, we feel her sadness and we know that there is not a soul that could stop her from doing what she’s set out to do.

Will she find her sisters killer? Will her resilience bring forth the justice that will hold Sadie?

“𝙱𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝙸 𝚌𝚊𝚗’𝚝 𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚍𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚐𝚒𝚛𝚕.”

 

Until next time, until the next book.

xX Jimalion

Where the Crawdads Sing

Review: Where the Crawdads Sing

By: Delia Owens

5/5 Stars

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From the very first page I was drawn into this book. I rooted for Kya because life just seemed to hand her the bad apples. Every chapter was addicting, which made it very hard for me to put down.


The summer of 1969, Chase Andrews is found dead. Automatically the town people blame Kya (the Marsh Girl) for his murder. With no evidence that puts her at the scene of the crime or a clear motive, Kya is arrested and put on trial. We are taken on a journey of Kya’s life as a young girl, and we see her grow as a woman and as a character. The town judges her because of the side of the marsh she lives on, and when Kya finds herself all alone she is forced to take care of herself.

As the truths of Chase and Kya are discovered the question that lingers is to what lengths will Kya go to protect her heart?

I thoroughly enjoyed this read and highly recommend you pick it up if you haven’t.

Until next time, until the next book.

xX Jimalion

Us Against You

Review: Us Against You

By: Fredrik Backman

5/5 Stars

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“Because bears shit in the woods, and everyone else shits on Beartown.”

There are no words that can describe how much I loved this book! This sequel was everything I didn’t know I needed. I cried. I screamed. I cursed. And I laughed thorough these pages.

“Two drowning people with lead weights around their ankles may not be each other’s salvation; if they hold hands, they’ll just sink twice as fast. I’m the end the weight of carrying each other’s broken hearts become unbearable”


Beartown was brought to its knees in the first book. And in Us Against You, they experience an even bigger blow. We are taken on a journey on the triggers, actions, consequences and loss of this small town whose heart and soul is hockey.

Until next time, until the next book.

xX Jimalion

Daisy Jones & The Six

Review: Daisy Jones & The Six

By: Taylor Jenkins Reid

5/5 Stars

 

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Okay. Okay. Okay. Y’all! I finished this a few days ago and I cannot stop thinking about it. I’ve been walking around trying to come up with my own band name…with no band members. But that’s besides the point. I blame my friend Kayla for picking this book up. I will admit that I was nervous because 1. It’s not my typical go to type of read. 2. I don’t usually like what others swear by. But I am so glad that I took the time and gave this book a try.

I decided to listen to the audio-book because I felt like I would enjoy it more and I hit a solid on that one. I found myself at work engulfed in this world that Taylor Jenkins Reid created and I wasn’t mad at that.

Daisy Jones & The Six hold such a special place in my heart. Set in the the 1960’s-1970’s, we experience multiple points of views as we enjoy this tell all book about the band. We learn how the band formed and we jump on the roller-coaster that is their ending.

One thing that I loved about this book was how Taylor Jenkins Reid explores addiction in such a way that was poetic.

I cannot gush enough good things about this book. If you haven’t read it, GO READ IT. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.

Until next time, until the next book.

xX Jimalion

Elevation

Review: Elevation

By: Stephen King

2.5/5 Stars

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“Everyone should have this, he thought, and perhaps, at the end, everyone does. Perhaps in their time of dying, everyone rises.”

Scott Carey suddenly starts to steadily losing weight. One of the oddest things about his affliction is that he weighs the same in his clothes as he does out of them. Not wanting to go to his regular doctor he turns to a friend who just happens to be a doctor, but most importantly someone he trusts…Doctor Bob Ellis.

This story is set in a small town of Castle Rock. I won’t go into much detail, but Scott is in an escalating battle of the neighbors with lesbian couple next door. Their dogs constantly mess in his yard and Scott has had enough of it. As you can imagine living in a small town with constant scrutiny, the couple are starting a restaurant no one wants to support because of their sexuality. Scott sees the prejudice against the couple and seeks out to make a difference. This story soon becomes a story about how Scott and his affliction brings one town together despite differences.

This story had a wonderful message, but I found myself not engaging with the book at all. I love Stephen King, but this was definitely not one of my favorites.

Until next time, until the next book

xX Jimalion

Say You’re Sorry

Review: Say You’re Sorry

By: Karen Rose

4.5/5 Stars

 

 

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Romantic suspense is not something that I thought I would enjoy. But Karen Rose crafted one of the best story line that I have read in a while. It had everything that I love about suspense novels, but there was that touch of romance that explored the connection between two people on a deeper level. Attraction that went beyond what met the eye.

In this one story, there were three characters that have these backgrounds that makes it so hard to put the book down. Each chapter that you read sucks you in and it is DIFFICULT to put the book down. For people that are character driven, you will definitely have those characters that you love, and those characters that make you so angry. I found myself yelling at my tablet every other chapter because I do not like the bad guy! But who loves the antagonist anyway.

Image result for stressed gif (This book will have you at the edge of your seat with nerves!)

On to a little more background of the novel. Our main character Daisy Dawson has had a life of ups and downs. One night Daisy is attacked in an alley by someone she thought she knew, but soon realized that she had no idea who this masked guy was. Daisy fighting for her life digs deep and finds the strength to fight the attacker off. Frightened in her own right, Daisy leans on those surrounding her for strength.

The attack on Daisy leads her to meeting Special Agent Gideon Reynolds. Gideon is dark, handsome and mysterious with a past he has wanted to forget. But special circumstances brings his past back for him to face. Gideon’s past and the attack on Daisy seem to be connected but no one knows why.

As bodies of women begin to pop up around the city, the race to find the killer is vital.  And one thing that we will know as readers is that Daisy Dawson’s fight isn’t over just yet…

Today is Say You’re Sorry is out TODAY!!! Make sure you go and grab yourself a copy!

Thank you Lauren Hovarth and Berkley Publishing for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this novel.

Until next time, until the next book.

xX, Jimalion

 

Vox

Review: Vox

By: Christina Dalcher

5/5 Stars

 

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This book explores a world that feels so terrifyingly real. Women are taken out of work with no access to books, writing, and are only given 100 words a day to speak. If the word counted on their wrists exceed those 100 words consequences will soon follows. We follow the main character Jean who was a neurolinguist before this movement took place, and I instantly fell in love with her character. We follow the emotional and moral dilemmas she faces and you cannot help but want things to work in her favor. Jean was a woman with no voice when the book began but she soon showed that she didn’t need her voice fuck shit up and take names. This was such an amazing read, and if you enjoy novels that cause your blood to boil this is for you.

Until next time, until the next book.

xX Jimalion

Evo

Review: Evo

By: Diane May

3.5/5 Stars

 

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What is it? Who is it? A murderer who leaves no trace of who he is, not touching his victims but by hypnotizing them and bringing them to their untimely deaths.

Livio Marchiori and all involved in these strings of murders are just as confused as you will be when reading this thriller. How do you catch someone/something that you cannot see? Where do you start when you have no clear motive? With a serious threat on essentially the entire world, time is running out. Will Livio find the hypnotist before the clock runs out???

This debut novel had such an interesting plot. There were moments where I literally screamed at the screen. Turning the page having to know what happened. Enjoyed this novel by Diane May…cannot wait to see what she gives us in the future.

Until next time, until the next book.

xX Jimalion