P.S. I Still Love You

Review: P.S. I Still Love You

Author: Jenny Han

Stars: 5/5

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“So much of love is chance. There’s something scary and wonderful about that.”

I was not sure if I was going to enjoy this series. But I must say that I am truly invested in Lara Jean and the gang. All my feelings as I had during the first book still stand true. The family dynamic, the relatability…it is all what makes the book so great.

I will say that Lara Jean got on my last nerve in this book, I was over how many times her and Peter broke up. I am going to say it now, if they break up for real in the last book be prepared to see an entire melt down. I know I have one more book left, but I don’t want their stories to end. Thank you for the ones who suggested this series, it has truly been a delightful experience!

An Anonymous Girl

Review: An Anonymous Girl

Author: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Stars: 4/5

 

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“People are motivated to break their moral compasses for a variety of primal reasons: survival, hate, love, envy, passion. And money.”

Jess, a makeup artist trying to keep her head above life and it’s struggle. After overhearing a conversation between her client and her friend about an opportunity that sounded too good to pass up, Jess enters into the most complicated situation. Jess soon becomes intertwined with Dr. Shields and her husband Thomas. Secrets and lies are exposed, and lines are crossed.

Now listen, the twists in this book had me snatching my bonnet off and gasping out loud. I was routing for Jess from the beginning. But Dr. Shields…I was drawn to her for reasons that I’m not going to admit on the internet (a story for another day). Whew!!! I’m still processing this one. If you have seen A Thin Line Between Love and Hate…this really gave me those vibes.

Until next time, Until the next book.

xX Jimalion

Monday’s Not Coming

Review: Monday’s Not Coming

Author: Tiffany Jackson

Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

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Wow. Wow. Wow.


This book just broke my entire heart into a thousand pieces. If you know me by now, you know how dramatic and emotional I am. Still sobbing as I type this caption.

I was having a hard time understanding why this was hitting hard for me the way it was. And it wasn’t until the end that I realized why. While the ending was like sticking my face in a bucket of ice water…utter shock. It hit me like a bag of bricks. The feeling of losing your best friend, not knowing if you are ever going to see them again, struggling to move on without them. It all hit so close to home, that at moments I felt myself relating to Claudia and it made me so uncomfortable. .

Personally, my best friend since Kindergarten just up and disappeared one day. We were in our early 20’s at the time. No message, no indication why, no indication of where she was going or with who. Someone so vital to me, it was like losing a part of myself. The one person in the world that I thought at the time understood me. I get married this year and she was suppose to be standing beside me. I think what’s worse than her being gone is not knowing if she is okay, not knowing if she got to do all the things she wanted to do in this life….that hurts the most. So while this book caused all the tears, I think I was crying more for myself than I was for Monday or Claudia.

 

Until next time, Until the next book.

xX Jimalion

Pride

Review: Pride

Author: Ibi Zoboi

Rating: 5/5 Stars

I cannot put into words just how much I adored this book. I actually clutched it to my chest and had this really goofy smile on my face.

Ibi Zoboi did such a beautiful job with this Pride and Prejudice retelling. The story was so much more than girl meets boy. The story covers the topic of gentrification, classism, love and so much more.

We follow Zuri Benitez who is of Afro-Latino decent. She holds her love of her family and her community close to her heart. In a time where Zuri would love for things to stay the same, everything around her is changing. The Darcy family moves in across the street and Zuri wants to hate them and the lavish life they represent from across the street. Will she find love and peace with letting go and making room for the change she fought so hard avoid?

“It’s time to move, flow, grow. That is the nature of rivers. That is the nature of love.”

Until next time, Until the next book.

xX JimalionShari

 

The East End Blog Tour

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The Hamptons. The place where the rich and famous come to be rich and famous. Where families can afford to have a summer house that was worth more than the money people that were hired to clean those homes would probably make in their life time. As we are invited into the life of Corey Halpern, The East End sheds a little light on just how suffocating working-class life can be. Living a life unnoticed by the rich people in the homes he keeps up, Corey is surrounded by physical, drug, and alcohol abuse and he just wants to get as far away as possible.

Corey is simply fed up with the way his life is going. He and his mother spend their days cleaning the house of the Sheffield family. Corey’s way of getting back to the rich, is by “pranking” the residents of the Hamptons. He does this by breaking into their homes, but he never actually takes anything. He does just enough to let them know that someone unwelcome was inside their homes. But one night, this was just not enough for Corey, he wanted to up his game. So his next course of action was to break into his employers house, Leo Sheffield. This night does not go as Corey plans. In the midst of breaking into the home, Corey is not the only one that is there. Leo Sheffield’s daughter Tiffany and her friend Angelique arrive to the home unexpectedly. What started as a harmless prank, instantly changes as soon as Corey sees Angelique. Instead of leaving, he stays to watch the girls because he cannot pull himself way. But things go drastically south and Corey must now protect not only himself but he must also protect Angelique. For the secret that they share is a secret that not even money can hide, because what’s done in the dark must surely come to light.

Jason Allen did an amazing job of painting the picture of the rich and the working-class. He portrayed real life issues such as domestic abuse and alcoholism in such a relatable way. The story of Gina was all too real because I had a Gina in my life, it was not over dramatized and that is the kind of writing that I think we can all appreciate.

The East End will be available for purchase on May 7th, 2019. So please do yourself a favor and grab a copy, you will not be disappointed. This book is full of twists, and it literally has you in its grasp until the very last page. And when I tell you the ending alone is worth reading…I am NOT lying.

If you would like to connect with the author Jason Allen, please visit his website: https://jasonallenauthor.com/

Or you can reach out to him via social media:

Twitter: @EathanJason

Facebook: @jasonallenauthor

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review from Netgalley. Justine Sha- Publicist and Park Row Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Contagion

Review: Contagion

Author: Erin Bowman

Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

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First of all. Sci-fi and horror smashed together is my new favorite thing! I did not know what to expect with this book when I picked it as my next read. But I am sure glad that I gave it a shot. I will say that this book will be for a specific reader, I am not sure that everyone would have loved it as much as I did. And the way that it ended was RUDE! I need more. Talk about a CLIFF HANGER!!! I am such an emotional and animated reader, so there were definitely parts where I was screaming, and talking back as I was reading. Enough about me, let me tell you about the book.

When a crew gets an urgent distress call, they are sent to a planet with no inhabitants with the notion that they are preforming a search and rescue mission. When the crew gets to the planet what they find makes no sense at all. Discarded weapons arise the question of ‘where is the crew?’

“It got in us.”

After scouring the planet, the crew comes across dead bodies EVERYWHERE! And find messages from a crew member written in his own blood. “Don’t trust the kid”

It is soon clear that this search and rescue mission they were sent on, is more than they bargain for. And as they try and solve the mystery of who and or what has killed an entire crew of their men the mission takes a drastic turn.

And they soon realize that some monsters lie dormant while others are just waiting to wake up.

Until next time, until the next book.

xX, Jimalion

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