Review: Contagion

Author: Erin Bowman

Rating: 4/5 Stars



First of all. Sci-fi and horror smashed together is my new favorite thing! I did not know what to expect with this book when I picked it as my next read. But I am sure glad that I gave it a shot. I will say that this book will be for a specific reader, I am not sure that everyone would have loved it as much as I did. And the way that it ended was RUDE! I need more. Talk about a CLIFF HANGER!!! I am such an emotional and animated reader, so there were definitely parts where I was screaming, and talking back as I was reading. Enough about me, let me tell you about the book.

When a crew gets an urgent distress call, they are sent to a planet with no inhabitants with the notion that they are preforming a search and rescue mission. When the crew gets to the planet what they find makes no sense at all. Discarded weapons arise the question of ‘where is the crew?’

“It got in us.”

After scouring the planet, the crew comes across dead bodies EVERYWHERE! And find messages from a crew member written in his own blood. “Don’t trust the kid”

It is soon clear that this search and rescue mission they were sent on, is more than they bargain for. And as they try and solve the mystery of who and or what has killed an entire crew of their men the mission takes a drastic turn.

And they soon realize that some monsters lie dormant while others are just waiting to wake up.

Until next time, until the next book.

xX, Jimalion

You Don’t Know Everything Jilly P

Review: You Don’t Know Everything Jilly P

Author: Alex Gino

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars


This was my pick for Middle Grade March. And it was a very quick read for me. There were so many things that I liked about this book, but the main one being how it touched on the world of being deaf. I have an aunt who is deaf and even though we have all figured out our way to communicate with her, I have often wondered how she truly feels. Have I done something to offend her by being a hearing person and forgetting that she isn’t? The friendships portrayed in this book, and the lessons those friendships taught warmed my heart, and I hope that children read this book and understand the true message behind it.

The book loosely touched on the Black Lives Matter, and while I can appreciate that. I felt like throwing such an important topic into a book that was already centered around a topic that was heavy, it wasn’t the time.

Jilly loves her best friend, pb & J sandwiches and her favorite fantasy series. Life is as its always been until her mother gives birth to her baby sister Emma. Emma was born deaf and this opens a new part of life Jilly knew nothing about.

Jilly connects with another reader named Derek, who she finds out is a deaf ASL user. Excited that she now has something else in common with Derek by way of her sister Emma, Jilly turns to him for advice. This does not always turn out the way that Jilly intends on it. As the racial climate around her is getting worse, and the more she learns about the deaf community, Jilly learns that in order to accept change, she too has to change….and the only way to do that is to become open to those things that are different than her.

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



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


Review: Sadie

Author: Courtney Summers

Rating: 5/5 Stars


Our main character Sadie loved nothing more in this world than her little sister Mattie. They shared a mother who even when she was there she was never really present. A mother more impressed with drugs and alcohol, Sadie has to step in and give Mattie what she was missing. One day their mother Claire just ups and leaves, leaving Sadie responsible for Mattie. Mattie who adored Claire so grief stricken by her leaving, holds on to the idea of finding her when she gets a postcard from the City of Angels “be my good girl.” Mattie holds on so tight to the possibility of finding her mom, one day she too leaves. She gets into a strangers truck and her mistake is trusting someone whose intentions were way worse than she could ever imagine.

Mattie is murdered and Sadie loses herself. Her one reason to do anything…to go on is taken away from her. And the only way to right this tragic wrong is to seek out the man she believes is responsible for her sisters death.

“I’m going to kill a man. I’m going to steal the light from his eyes. I want to watch it go out.”

Sadie leaves home and starts the journey to get her revenge. Along the journey we learn more about Sadie as a character, the relationship with her mother or lack thereof, and the men that came tumbling in and out of their lives. As we go on this journey with Sadie we feel her desperation, we feel her sadness and we know that there is not a soul that could stop her from doing what she’s set out to do.

Will she find her sisters killer? Will her resilience bring forth the justice that will hold Sadie?

“𝙱𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝙸 𝚌𝚊𝚗’𝚝 𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚍𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚐𝚒𝚛𝚕.”


Until next time, until the next book.

xX Jimalion