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: 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: 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!