One Day In December

Review: One Day In December

Author: Josie Silver

Stars: 4/5

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“You tread lightly through life, but you leave deep footprints that are hard for other people to fill.”

Guyssss! I do not know when I became the person that just fell apart while reading romance novels. But here we are and I’m just going to ride this wave. I kept seeing this book floating around the gram and then it was the book club choice I’m apart of. And at first I was like nah…I’m not going to get my emotions invested in this because we all know how the story is going to end. But LISTEN! I got invested and I can NOT undo it. If you need to find me, I will be over here in my feelings.

A little back story: Girl meets guy. They go they separate ways. Girl spends over a year looking for said guy. Best friend of girl meets a guy, introduces girl to now boyfriend who turns out to be the guy girl met a year ago. Guy and girl then spend years denying the attraction and it’s a roller-coaster! I loved it so much!

“There comes a point where you have to make the choice to be happy, because being sad for too long is exhausting.”

 

Until next time, Until the next book.

 

xX, Jimalion

The Wedding Party

Review: The Wedding Party

Author: Jasmine Guillory

Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

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As someone who never read romance novels until being active on Bookstagram, I am beginning to learn that I love a good cat and mouse love chase. I like you, you like me, but we are going to deny it because that just sounds like the right thing to do, but we can’t ignore it and we fall in love. I think for me until my current relationship, Love was always this thing that left a negative taste in my mouth, so seeing love portrayed in a different light through characters that look like me is refreshing.

I especially loved Theo and Maddie’s relationship in this book. Also I love the fact that the books in this series all seem to be centered around food because if you know me, you know my love for food is at level expert. I feel like my thoughts are all over the place. But I also like how the women portrayed in this series are boss ass babes. They are relevant and have such a strong presence in their fields. Cannot wait to read the next book!

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Eat. Pray. Love.

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This month’s read

My girlfriend called me up one day and said that she wanted me to start reading Eat, Pray, Love with her. I had seen the movie and I loved it. I was a little skeptical about reading the book because I already knew that it was either going to be really good or just down right horrible. But as soon as I started reading this book, I knew right away that it was going to be amazing. Elizabeth Gilbert captured so many emotions as she shared with us her journey.

In the beginning of the book, we learn that Elizabeth was unhappy in and with her marriage. That there was something more she was craving. There is a quote that stood out the most to me during this time “People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.”  How brave was she to break away from what she “thought” she wanted, to discover everything that she needed? While reading Elizabeth transition out of love, I transitioned into a deeper understanding of love. I was able to step back and examine where I was at that very second. But as she pointed out many times, every one has different wants and needs.

As she travels to Italy, I am thrown into the passion of language, food, and the desire to understand myself. It was as if I was in Italy right with her. I could taste the cheesy pizza, I could feel the rain, I could hear the Italian language as if it was being spoken directly to me. Out of her three stops in the book, Italy was my favorite. I’m still trying to decipher what my word is.

In India, we experience the moments that Elizabeth’s discovery becomes clear to her. The meaning of her journey comes to the forefront. And I became excited for her. As she meditated and became one with herself, I too meditated and became one with myself. As she is learning more about herself and her surroundings, I could not help but find myself cheering for her, wanting her to get as much as she could out of this experience. I wanted Elizabeth Gilbert to find the happiness she deserved.

I have not yet finished the book. We are currently in Indonesia, and I have not been able to figure out just why she is there. But I’m sure as soon as she figures out the why, I will too.

I will definitely recommend this book for others to read.

xX, Jimalion