Review: Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price

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Title: Pride and Premeditation
Author: Tirzah Price
Genres: YA, Mystery, Romance, Retellings, Historical Fiction
Series: Jane Austen Murder Mystery #1
Published: April 6, 2021
Pages: ~368
My Rating: 3/5
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PROS: Jane Austen, murder mystery, strong female mc, retelling
CONS: dragged out, no real plot twists/surprises
TRIGGERS: MURDER, VIOLENCE, KIDNAPPING.

Perfect for fans of the Lady Janies and Stalking Jack the Ripper, the first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series is a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a thrilling and high-stakes whodunit. 

When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet seizes the opportunity to prove herself, despite the interference of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern young heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates.

Convinced the authorities have imprisoned the wrong person, Lizzie vows to solve the murder on her own. But as the case—and her feelings for Darcy—become more complicated, Lizzie discovers that her dream job could make her happy, but it might also get her killed.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
This book took about 250 pages before it caught my attention. Once I hit 250 I couldn’t put the book down. It’s a YA murder mystery book so I wasn’t expecting huge twists and turns but if I was a DNF’er I would have stopped around page 200-thankfully I can’t just stop reading a book and I’m so glad that I did. The story picked up and it was really good.

Lizzie was a good female mc she was fierce without being overly “I am a woman hear me roar” but she deff put out that vibe. I liked Mr. Darcy from the beginning because a Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice inspired book with Darcy as a characters name—C’MON. My favorite literary character was represented good by this young Mr Darcy, with his cold demeanor and introverted self. 

Mr. Collins gave me the creeps FR. I keep forgetting (unsure how because I’ve read more regal romance books than I can count) how things were done back there and how the parents ruled above literally everything. 

Charlotte was a great thrown in the back side character. I like Abigail too. And of course cute little Fred.

I also loved how the story made it known that there would be a second book and in the end it let you know what is was going to be about-I enjoy that instead of wondering if/when/what the second book will be about. 

For a debut novel this one was good, it was just slow to start but then amped right up! 

Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry

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Title: Beach Read
Author: Emily Henry
Genres: Fiction, Women’s Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit
Published: May 19, 2020
Pages: ~361
My Rating: 4/5
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A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.

MY REVIEW:
Ok so I’ve gone back and forth with 3.5 stars and 4 stars. The reason I’m giving it 4 stars is because it kind of made me want to think about potentially POSSIBLY writing my own book 😱😂 and if you know me, writing is deff not my strong suit compared to reading. Something about the book made me excited to see how someone can go from a slump to getting out of their comfort zone and writing about something so opposite that would make me feel like my stories wouldn’t be bad. Then the 3.5 stars because it just seemed *long* like the book dragged. I was hoping for more rom-com romance but though it was there it just seemed awkwardly drawn out. I ended up skimming abit throughout the book. The characters were great—wish there was more of Naomi, the back story was depressing. Wish I knew more about her mom. Overall it was such a long story but I can’t pinpoint about what?! So weird I can’t explain it. The title was misleading too—bravo for that because I know a lot of people will want to read thinking it’s like chick lit rom-com book. It’s deff a good book! I just felt it was very very detailed.

Review: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Title: The Poet X
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Genres: YA, Poetry, Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction
Published: March 6, 2018
Pages: ~368
My Rating: 4/5
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TRIGGERS: RACISM, MISOGYNY, BODY SHAME, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, PARENTAL ABUSE, CHEATING, PANIC ATTACKS, RECREATIONAL DRUG USE, ALCOHOL USE, INFERTILITY, BULLYING

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
I finished this book in one sitting, one day. I can’t even put my finger on why or how lol. Maybe because it was a story told in poems and the pages weren’t filled with words it seemed really easy to read and not stop. It wasn’t super captivating like OMG I CANT PUT THIS DOWN. It just somehow happened that I finished the whole thing. It was an amazing story of a young girl finding her voice with a very over bearing and GOD worshiping mother. I got teary eyed at the end and it was a feel good story, especially since in the beginning I was skeptical with how this was going to play out. This was my first poetry book laid out like this and it was really good!

Review: Awakened by Him by Eyta Jade

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Title: Awakened by Him
Author: Eyta Jade
Genres: Romance
Series: Zinklaus Duet #1
Published: August 6, 2020
Pages: ~388
My Rating: 4/5
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Falling into him was a dance with destiny; little did she know it would be her unravelling.

Zina at 24 and fresh out of the academic world, arrives in London for a new paralegal job. She is thrown for a loop when her chance at something new and uncomplicated is threatened from the moment she meets business magnate, Niklaus Clarke.

He wants more from her than she’s willing to give, because giving him more means undoing her past which she’s been running from. Unable to resist the undeniable attraction she feels or the allure of the unyielding billionaire who didn’t get to where he is by giving up, Zina surrenders.

What should have been a mere awakening turns into blurred lines and shattering of boundaries. Until their secrets, lies and half-truths threaten the gravity that pulls them toward each other.

Bridges will be crossed, bridges will be burnt. But, will bridges be rebuilt?

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
This book was so dang steamy! I haven’t read a romance novel like this in quite a bit and now I’m hooked! The characters are great, their chemistry starts right from the beginning. I can’t wait until the sequel comes out, the book does leave you with a twist and a cliffhanger! Great read, this author is definitely going on my auto-buy list!

Review: Happily Whatever After by Stewart Lewis

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Title: Happily Whatever After
Author: Stewart Lewis
Genres: Women’s Fiction. Chick Lit, Rom-Com
Published: July 28, 2020
Pages: ~288
My Rating: 4/5
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A dark comedy about putting yourself in unexpected places, reaching for your dreams, and believing in second chances.

Thirtysomething Page was content with her life in New York City—until it went to the dogs. Unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend of four years and fired from her art gallery job in the same week, she flees to Washington, DC, and moves in with her big brother. She hopes the new setting and familial comfort will help her finally find her bearings. What Page finds instead is an unlikely refuge: a park for the neighborhood’s poshest pooches, and a quirky pack of companionable dog-run regulars who become fast friends.

Both four-legged and two-, these new allies offer Page a world of possibilities. The woman who hit rock bottom now has dreams: of having her own business, getting her own place, and even wilder ones about the ruggedly handsome owner of a vineyard and two equally fetching Bernese mountain dogs.

Unleashed from all that once held her back, Page finds everything might be falling into place. But just when she thinks her life is headed in the right direction, the road takes a sharp turn to show her just how unpredictable second chances can be. Will Page get her happily ever after? Is there even such a thing?

Witty, smartly funny, and modernly romantic, Happily Whatever After shows us all that sometimes imperfect can still be good enough.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
Such a great book! It wasn’t exactly what I expected but turned out to be delightful. Great comedy, some romance sprinkled in and then removed and sprinkled back in. New friendships forming and a lot of self discovery. Tragedy hits and then makes everyone put their lives into perspective. It’s a really feel good book that you finish with a smile. Great writing, doesn’t start to slow in the middle and it ends perfectly. Great read!

Review: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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Title: Serpent & Dove
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Magical
Series: Serpent & Dove #1
Published: September 3, 2019
Pages: ~513
My Rating: 5/5
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TRIGGERS: MURDER, MISOGYNY, RAPE, SELF HARM, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SUICIDE

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
** spoiler alert ** Wow wow wow!!!!!! The hype is so real with this one. This was my first audiobook I’ve ever listened to and it took me almost two months to finish. 🙊🤷🏼‍♀️
I prob won’t listen to another audiobook that’s a novel—only because if I started reading this as an ebook or physical book I would have pulled an all nighter to finish it. 

That ending though!!! Sh*t 😩😅

This was the first mystical/fantasy novel I’ve read and I am hooked. It took me a bit to get used to the narration without wanting to laugh at the narrators over exaggerating everything (esp Reid) but Lou & Reid’s love story is one for the books. The classssssic enemies to lovers. It is the sweetest thing that didn’t just happen overnight or easily. 

The novel also has a lot of twists. Especially with the parental aspect—I never saw any of that coming. I can’t wait for blood & honey to come out. I loved the part of the story where they talked about mixing blood with honey and 🤯💡 went off. I love when titles of books are made obvious in the story lol. 

Is this book a read? HECK YES! The rumors and reviews and all very true about the book. The story flows extremely well, all the characters are like able. I loved it all!

Review: Miss Cecily’s Recipes for Exceptional Ladies by Vicky Zimmerman

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Title: Miss Cecily’s Recipes for Exceptional Ladies
Author: Vicky Zimmerman
Genres: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Food & Drink
Published: May 30, 2019
Pages: ~326
My Rating: 4/5
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TRIGGERS: MURDER, VIOLENCE, KIDNAPPING.

No woman dreams of being unceremoniously dumped and moving back in with her mother on the eve of her 40th birthday. Food technician Kate Parker’s first response? Denial, long days under her duvet and bucket loads of cheesy pasta. A reluctant Kate finds herself volunteering at the Lauderdale House For Exceptional Ladies. There she meets 96-year-old Cecily Finn – spiky and sharp as a pin, but the spark has gone out of her. She has resigned herself to the imminent End.

Having no patience with Kate’s self-pity, Cecily prescribes her a self-help book with a difference – it’s a 1957 cookery manual, featuring menus for anything life can throw at ‘the easily dismayed’. It promises the answers to essential life questions. So begins an unlikely friendship between two lonely and stubborn souls – one at the end of her life, and one stuck in the middle – who come to show each other that food is for feasting, life is for living and the way to a man’s heart is . . . irrelevant!

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
This book was so cute. Took me awhile to finish it (six days) however it was none the less delightful. It’s a great book of unlikely friendships and the trials and tribulations of life, going out of your comfort zones and making yourself your priority. A lot easier said than done but the friendship between Cicely and Kate was so cute and progressed naturally. The end was predictable but had a pleasant surprise. A great read in between heavier reads, though the book is quite lengthy.

Review: In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

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Title: In Five Years
Author: Rebecca Serle
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Sci-Fi, Time Travel
Published: March 10, 2020
Pages: ~255
My Rating: 5/5
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TRIGGERS: CANCER, DEATH, FALSE PREGNANCY

Where do you see yourself in five years?

When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.

But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.

After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened. It certainly felt much more than merely a dream, but she isn’t the kind of person who believes in visions. That nonsense is only charming coming from free-spirited types, like her lifelong best friend, Bella. Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind.

That is, until four-and-a-half years later, when by chance Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision.

Brimming with joy and heartbreak, In Five Years is an unforgettable love story that reminds us of the power of loyalty, friendship, and the unpredictable nature of destiny.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
** spoiler alert ** I loved this book. I didn’t know what direction it was going until the middle. Then I kind of predicted what was going to happen. The ending at first I was SO ANNOYED with but totally understood, I was going to give it 4.5 stars but then the last page with the doctor—made up for it. I was kind of confused with how she talked about the clock hasn’t hit midnight yet ?? Like did the ending happen or not? Was everything just a bad dream? Still 5 stars for me though because it was so well written. I literally read the whole book in one day because it captivated me where I could put the book down but I knew I had to finish it. Totally recommend. Also, I didn’t shed any tears which I heard this one was a huge tear jerker—but it really wasn’t anything unlandish—it was more real life than anything.

Review: The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine

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Title: The Wife Stalker
Author: Liv Constantine
Genres: Fiction, Psych Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Published: May 19, 2020
Pages: ~320
My Rating: 4.5/5
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Breezing into the tony seaside paradise of Westport, Connecticut, gorgeous thirtysomething Piper Reynard sets down roots, opening a rehab and wellness space and joining a local yacht club. When she meets Leo Drakos, a handsome, successful lawyer, the wedding ring on his finger is the only thing she doesn’t like about him. Yet as Piper well knows, no marriage is permanent.

Meanwhile, Joanna has been waiting patiently for Leo, the charismatic man she fell in love with all those years ago, to re-emerge from the severe depression that has engulfed him. Though she’s thankful when Leo returns to his charming, energetic self, paying attention again to Evie and Stelli, the children they both love beyond measure, Joanna is shocked to discover that it’s not her loving support that’s sparked his renewed happiness—it’s something else.

Piper. Leo has fallen head over heels for the flaky, New Age-y newcomer, and unrepentant and resolute, he’s more than willing to leave Joanna behind, along with everything they’ve built. Of course, he assures her, she can still see the children.

Joanna is devastated—and determined to find something, anything, to use against this woman who has stolen her life and her true love. As she digs deeper into Piper’s past, Joanna begins to unearth disturbing secrets . . . but when she confides to her therapist that she fears for the lives of her ex-husband and children, her concerns are dismissed as paranoia. Can she find the proof she needs in time to save them?

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
Woah. I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING. There’s honestly nothing else I can say. The beginning of the story is kinda slow and you’re waiting to start hating Piper and is she poisoning the kids, is she planning to push them off a cliff—everything’s set up to hate her but the punchline never comes. And then I was getting annoying with them telling the kids Joanna was in heaven when she wasn’t and then OMMMMGGGGG. Just it really caught me off guard and I loved it!

Review: How to Save a Life by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

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Title: How to Save a Life
Author: Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
Genres: Romance, Fantasy, Time Travel, Women’s Fiction
Published: July 14, 2020
Pages: ~303
My Rating: 5/5
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TRIGGERS: DEATH

Dom is having a very bad day—one he literally can’t escape.

When Dom bumps into Mia, his ex-fiancée whom he hasn’t seen in almost a decade, he believes they’ve been given a second chance and asks her out. When Mia dies tragically on their date, Dom makes a desperate wish: to be given the chance to save her life. And when he wakes the next morning to the shock that she’s alive, he thinks his wish may have been granted. But day after day, no matter what he changes about their time together, she still meets a terrible fate.

Dom frantically searches for answers to save his beloved Mia and rekindle their former love. But the further he digs, the more obsessed he becomes, making him realize that slowing down time may be the only way to see things clearly. As he’s forced to confront the truth about himself and those he’s closest to, Dom vows that he’ll watch Mia die a thousand times if it means he can save her once.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
** spoiler alert ** Wow. Wow. Wow. Ok so I was part of a ARC and let me tell you, there was deff mixed reviews and I didn’t know what to think going into it and sometimes I don’t even like,bowing other people’s opinions. I’m a registered nurse and placing IVs in one thing we always do—so it’s like when another nurse says “good luck placing that IV they are a hard stick” and you instantly get nervous and confidence is gone. That’s how I kind of felt because there was some totally for the book but then some who weren’t and have you that dread feeling like you didn’t want to waste your time. LEMME👏🏼TELL👏🏼YOU👏🏼 I loved this book, my first from these two ladies and I can’t wait to read their other collabs. It’s very redundant but each Thursday has different aspects and Dom seeks to crack the Groundhog Day effect. The friendships are awesome, you start to wonder about Amanda and then the end—gaaaah. No ugly crying (never have once with reading a book) but I had the total watery eye business going on. This was such a good read that wasn’t a big cookie cutter ending but one that also didn’t leave you depressed for days wondering WHY. It was an ending I did not see coming but was totally fitting. Read it!