There There

Review: There There

Author: Tommy Orange

Stars: 4/5



“We’ve been defined by everyone else and continue to be slandered despite easy-to-look-up-on-the-internet facts about the realities of our histories and current state as a people.”

“There, There” brings to us characters that I cannot recall reading a lot of which are Native Americans Indians. For that reason alone, I fell in love with this book. I tend to get lost when there is a large cast of characters. But what I like most about this book, is that each character has different stories and backgrounds but despite all of those differences they are all connected.

Tommy Orange did a fantastic job with showing us how one small action can change the course or affect someone else’s life. This was the first time I have been able to read about the villain of a story and see past the villain in them and see them as just a human. We read bout family, loss, hope, and identity as it pertains to the Native American community.

This was such a beautiful novel entangled with the history of the indigenous community with and incredible cast of characters and an ending that will leave you speechless.

“To not have been destroyed, to not have given up, to have survived, is no badge of honor.”


Until next time, Until the next book.

xX jimalion

The Good Daughter

Review: The Good Daughter

Author: Karin Slaughter

Stars: 5/5


Y’all! Okay I feel personally attacked. Like Sis Karin Slaughter did THAT! I’m still sitting here like “I know I didn’t just read what I just read.” BUT I DID! And let me tell you it was EVERYTHING! There were two twists that took both of my eyebrows off!

The story starts with the sounds of a shotgun. The Quinn’s family world is turned upside down. The consequences of Rusty’s (dad) criminal defense cases, cause the family to be the target enemy of the town. 28 years later, another shooting brings the family back together again. But this time, secrets are exposed, tragedy is met, and unforeseen truths are brought to the light.

“Neither one of us will ever move forward if we are always looking back.”

Until next time, Until the next book.

xX Jimalion

The Night Visitors

Review: The Night Visitors

Author: Carol Goodman

Stars: 5/5


This one surprised me! But I enjoyed watching the secrets unfold until the very end. This was my first Carol Goodman book, but it did not disappoint me.

The story is told from two perspectives: Alice and Mattie.
In the middle of a snow storm in Delphi, NY Alice is on the run with ten year old Oren, a young boy who has the capability of seemingly knowing things that he shouldn’t. And what they carry with them is more than what fits in a luggage. Mattie Lane is a social worker who was sent to the bus stop to meet Oren and Alice. Instantly Oren and Mattie were drawn to each other…as if there was a force bringing them together.

When Alice and Oren need a late night pick up to be taken to a shelter, Mattie against normal protocol takes them to her house to wait out the blizzard. What was suppose to be a harmless act of kindness, quickly turns out to be something completely different. And as the blizzard gets worse, the past of both Alice and Mattie are no longer buried. And while facing their truths, they both must somehow make it through the night alive in order to protect Oren.

Until next time, Until the next book.

xX Jimalion


Thick: And Other Essays

Review: Thick: And Other Essays

Author: Tressie McMillan Cottom

Stars: 5/5


“Black girls and black women are problems. That is not the same thing as causing problems. We are social issues to be solved, economic problems to be balanced, and emotional baggage to be overcome.”

Wow. Wow. These essays have floored me in the best possible way. Being a black woman who was once a black girl, I found myself present in these pages, I found heart beat through these words. So many thoughts and feelings were articulated in a way that I never could have imagined.

“Fixing my feet became a way of life for me, an undercurrent of thousands of messages that form the subconscious playlist of our identity. It plays alongside other whispers like, “work twice as hard” and “keep your legs closed” and “don’t talk to strangers” and “don’t be a stranger” and remember who you are and where you came from.”

I’m sitting on my floor still in awe of these pages, of this book. Ugh! I loved it so much!

Until next time, Until the next book.

xX Jimalion

P.S. I Still Love You

Review: P.S. I Still Love You

Author: Jenny Han

Stars: 5/5


“So much of love is chance. There’s something scary and wonderful about that.”

I was not sure if I was going to enjoy this series. But I must say that I am truly invested in Lara Jean and the gang. All my feelings as I had during the first book still stand true. The family dynamic, the relatability…it is all what makes the book so great.

I will say that Lara Jean got on my last nerve in this book, I was over how many times her and Peter broke up. I am going to say it now, if they break up for real in the last book be prepared to see an entire melt down. I know I have one more book left, but I don’t want their stories to end. Thank you for the ones who suggested this series, it has truly been a delightful experience!

An Anonymous Girl

Review: An Anonymous Girl

Author: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Stars: 4/5



“People are motivated to break their moral compasses for a variety of primal reasons: survival, hate, love, envy, passion. And money.”

Jess, a makeup artist trying to keep her head above life and it’s struggle. After overhearing a conversation between her client and her friend about an opportunity that sounded too good to pass up, Jess enters into the most complicated situation. Jess soon becomes intertwined with Dr. Shields and her husband Thomas. Secrets and lies are exposed, and lines are crossed.

Now listen, the twists in this book had me snatching my bonnet off and gasping out loud. I was routing for Jess from the beginning. But Dr. Shields…I was drawn to her for reasons that I’m not going to admit on the internet (a story for another day). Whew!!! I’m still processing this one. If you have seen A Thin Line Between Love and Hate…this really gave me those vibes.

Until next time, Until the next book.

xX Jimalion

Monday’s Not Coming

Review: Monday’s Not Coming

Author: Tiffany Jackson

Rating: 4/5 Stars



Wow. Wow. Wow.

This book just broke my entire heart into a thousand pieces. If you know me by now, you know how dramatic and emotional I am. Still sobbing as I type this caption.

I was having a hard time understanding why this was hitting hard for me the way it was. And it wasn’t until the end that I realized why. While the ending was like sticking my face in a bucket of ice water…utter shock. It hit me like a bag of bricks. The feeling of losing your best friend, not knowing if you are ever going to see them again, struggling to move on without them. It all hit so close to home, that at moments I felt myself relating to Claudia and it made me so uncomfortable. .

Personally, my best friend since Kindergarten just up and disappeared one day. We were in our early 20’s at the time. No message, no indication why, no indication of where she was going or with who. Someone so vital to me, it was like losing a part of myself. The one person in the world that I thought at the time understood me. I get married this year and she was suppose to be standing beside me. I think what’s worse than her being gone is not knowing if she is okay, not knowing if she got to do all the things she wanted to do in this life….that hurts the most. So while this book caused all the tears, I think I was crying more for myself than I was for Monday or Claudia.


Until next time, Until the next book.

xX Jimalion


Review: Pride

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.

xX JimalionShari