There There

Review: There There

Author: Tommy Orange

Stars: 4/5

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“We’ve been defined by everyone else and continue to be slandered despite easy-to-look-up-on-the-internet facts about the realities of our histories and current state as a people.”

“There, There” brings to us characters that I cannot recall reading a lot of which are Native Americans Indians. For that reason alone, I fell in love with this book. I tend to get lost when there is a large cast of characters. But what I like most about this book, is that each character has different stories and backgrounds but despite all of those differences they are all connected.

Tommy Orange did a fantastic job with showing us how one small action can change the course or affect someone else’s life. This was the first time I have been able to read about the villain of a story and see past the villain in them and see them as just a human. We read bout family, loss, hope, and identity as it pertains to the Native American community.

This was such a beautiful novel entangled with the history of the indigenous community with and incredible cast of characters and an ending that will leave you speechless.

“To not have been destroyed, to not have given up, to have survived, is no badge of honor.”

 

Until next time, Until the next book.

xX jimalion

The Good Daughter

Review: The Good Daughter

Author: Karin Slaughter

Stars: 5/5

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Y’all! Okay I feel personally attacked. Like Sis Karin Slaughter did THAT! I’m still sitting here like “I know I didn’t just read what I just read.” BUT I DID! And let me tell you it was EVERYTHING! There were two twists that took both of my eyebrows off!

The story starts with the sounds of a shotgun. The Quinn’s family world is turned upside down. The consequences of Rusty’s (dad) criminal defense cases, cause the family to be the target enemy of the town. 28 years later, another shooting brings the family back together again. But this time, secrets are exposed, tragedy is met, and unforeseen truths are brought to the light.

“Neither one of us will ever move forward if we are always looking back.”

Until next time, Until the next book.

xX Jimalion

The Night Visitors

Review: The Night Visitors

Author: Carol Goodman

Stars: 5/5

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This one surprised me! But I enjoyed watching the secrets unfold until the very end. This was my first Carol Goodman book, but it did not disappoint me.

The story is told from two perspectives: Alice and Mattie.
In the middle of a snow storm in Delphi, NY Alice is on the run with ten year old Oren, a young boy who has the capability of seemingly knowing things that he shouldn’t. And what they carry with them is more than what fits in a luggage. Mattie Lane is a social worker who was sent to the bus stop to meet Oren and Alice. Instantly Oren and Mattie were drawn to each other…as if there was a force bringing them together.

When Alice and Oren need a late night pick up to be taken to a shelter, Mattie against normal protocol takes them to her house to wait out the blizzard. What was suppose to be a harmless act of kindness, quickly turns out to be something completely different. And as the blizzard gets worse, the past of both Alice and Mattie are no longer buried. And while facing their truths, they both must somehow make it through the night alive in order to protect Oren.

Until next time, Until the next book.

xX Jimalion

 

Thick: And Other Essays

Review: Thick: And Other Essays

Author: Tressie McMillan Cottom

Stars: 5/5

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“Black girls and black women are problems. That is not the same thing as causing problems. We are social issues to be solved, economic problems to be balanced, and emotional baggage to be overcome.”

Wow. Wow. These essays have floored me in the best possible way. Being a black woman who was once a black girl, I found myself present in these pages, I found heart beat through these words. So many thoughts and feelings were articulated in a way that I never could have imagined.

“Fixing my feet became a way of life for me, an undercurrent of thousands of messages that form the subconscious playlist of our identity. It plays alongside other whispers like, “work twice as hard” and “keep your legs closed” and “don’t talk to strangers” and “don’t be a stranger” and remember who you are and where you came from.”

I’m sitting on my floor still in awe of these pages, of this book. Ugh! I loved it so much!

Until next time, Until the next book.

xX Jimalion

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

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