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.

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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

They Both Die At The End

Review: They Both Die At The End

By: Adam Silvera

5/5 stars

 

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The concept of this book is so cool. On your Death Day, you get a phone call letting you know that you are going to die. What a heavy reality to carry for your last hours on earth? I like the fact that the two main characters live these two completely different lives and in the end they not only become friends but they experience a connection deeper than that. One that could have formed into love if they had more time. I was kind of mad that they had to encounter so many obstacles on their last hours, but when I look back on the book as whole, those obstacles were needed.

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At the end of the book I knew by the title that something tragic was going to happen and my emotions were going to be all over the place. But I was not prepared! My heart was shattered and is still shattered in a million pieces and I am still NOT okay 😭😭

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This was my first Adam Silvera read, and I was not disappointed!

Until next time, until the next book.

xX Jimalion

The Couple Next Door

Review: The Couple Next Door

By: Shari Lapena

4/5 Stars

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Background: This story follows a married couple Anne and Marco Conti. To those looking on the outside in, Anne and Marco seem to have it all. While at a dinner party next door, Anne and Marco’s baby Cora goes missing. Just like in any child abduction, eyes fall on Anne and Marco as being the responsible parties behind Cora’s disappearance. Anne has secrets, Marco has secrets and those secrets begin to unfold as the investigation of their daughters disappearance is underway.

My thoughts: As the story progress we see lies, and unfaithfulness come to surface. You will find yourself wanting to mourn with the Anne, and there are times when you want to hate her. You will have your suspicions of Marco, and then you will find yourself feeling sorry for him. But what you will not expect is the biggest twist of this book.  It literally is mind-blowing. When you finish this book, you will more than likely be so upset that you did not piece two and two together sooner. I love me and a good domestic suspense and this was everything! I will say that I did not enjoy the ending of the story, I felt like it was thrown in there, when the ending could have stopped with who the mastermind was behind the disappearance of Cora. But with that being said, it was such a fantastic read.

Until next time, until the next book.

xX Jimalion

 

The Disappearing

Review: The Disappearing

By: Lori Roy

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Background: This novel takes place in a small town in Florida. Our main character Lane Fielding left her hometown as soon she graduated high school, and moved to New York. She moved with believing the notion that she would never return home to Florida. But twenty years later, she finds herself with her daughters in tow, back at home in Florida with her mother and father and working at a local dive bar. Lane’s past and the crimes of her father who was once a director of a well known boy’s school, haunts her. This makes Lane an unwelcome guest.

Lane and the town are thrown back into old memories of a serial killer from the past, when two girls disappear-one being Lanes oldest daughter. Lane desperately fights the ghosts of her past on a quest to find out if her daughters disappearance is pay back for the crimes of her father or for her own.

My thoughts: Wow. Wow. Wow. I received this book as a FirstToRead copy through Penguin House, and I must say that I was instantly invested in this story. Learning about Lane’s story and the reasons why she left Florida after high school and what brought her back home was interesting to say the least. But what I liked the most about this story, was the twists and turns that it took. I was a firm believer that I knew who the murder/kidnapper was. The twist that came at the end of the book had me shook (like edges completely snatched).

Lori Roy writes in such a captivating way. There were moments when the story line was a little too slow for my liking, but once I got through those moments, it is such a fantastic read. I would have learned to know what would have happened if Lane would have found out the complete truth.

I would highly suggest you reading this book. Especially if you like family secrets, betrayal, and drama.

Until next time, until the next book

xX Jimalion

When Katie Met Cassidy

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I am normally not a fan of anything that falls under Rom-Com. But this little jewel just warmed my heart. Being someone who is apart of the LGBTQ+ community, this was just a little taste life as I know it.

While reading this book, I found myself relating more so to Cassidy rather than Katie. I knew all about being the gay girl who fell for a straight girl and all the heartache that comes along with that. For the first time in a long time, I found myself laughing while reading and that made this read that much more enjoyable.

Now while I enjoyed the fact that this was a quick and light read, I wish that there were more to this story. For this being the first F/F romance book that I have ever read, for me it was….mediocre. I wanted fire, I wanted drama, I wanted a story that embodied it all, and this just wasn’t it for me. For me it was the typical, gay girl meets straight girl in the bar, and I needed it to stretch beyond that.

For this being my first book by Camille Perri, I had a good time. This makes me want to write a Fan Fiction of how I would tell the story of Katie and Cassidy. *Hmm…I think I may be on to something*

But if you have not read this book, I would suggest you read it. And if you do, please let me know what you thought/felt about the story.

 

I would give this book a 3/5 stars

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