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.
Review: The Couple Next Door
By: Shari Lapena
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.
Review: An Ember in The Ashes
By Sabaa Tahir
In a world that is lead by the Martial Empire, defiance is met by death. Unlikely situations collide the worlds of Laia who is slave doing whatever she can to save her brother who has been arrested for treason. And Elias, a solider who wants nothing more than to break away from the empire. When these worlds collide, Laia and Elias soon realize that even though their missions are completely different, their fates are intertwined; and that they need each other to survive the harsh world they live in.
This was the first fantasy YA book I have read since Harry Potter. And let me tell you!!!! I am in love!! I cannot wait to crack open the second installment and find out what happens next. The world building, the characters, and the detail in this novel was completely breathtaking. I was addicted and drawn into this story line as soon as I flipped to the second page. One sure tell sign that I am really into a book, is when I talk to it. And I found myself talking to the book throughout the entire story! There were characters that I absolutely loved: Laia, Elias, Helene (although she made me mad a few times). And then there were characters that I hated, well there was only one main character that I hated and that was The Commandment. I wanted to fight her the entire time.
I am late to the party on this series, but if you have not started it, START IT!!!!!! And I ship Laia and Elias, I hope they fall in love, get married, and have a bunch of babies.
If you have read this, please let me know how you liked it!
Until next time, until the next book.
Review: The Disappearing
By: Lori Roy
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