Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Thursday! I’ve been really looking forward to reviewing this, but my Review Shelf on my book cart is very scarce now. I’ve been reading so many library books (#poor) this year so I don’t have too many physical copies.

My Lame Synopsis: Ifemelu and Obinze get together when they’re younger and go to study at university. However, during this time, which is early 2000s Nigeria becomes a place where Ifemelu feels less safe. She decides to study in the US.  Goodreads

 

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I definitely have forgotten how talented Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is with words. She created this balance of romance, politics, race, and nationality. She allowed me to discover Nigeria in a new, very real way. Other than a spot on the world map that I memorized in school. Adichie sparked an interest in me to discover more about Nigeria and American history. I felt like I learned so much, especially about Africanness, becoming aware of racism and the like. Ifemelu, Obinze and Dike were my favourite characters. They were complex, imperfect, and forced to make hard decisions.

I absolutely loved that Ifemelu had a blog. I think a blog gives freedoms that allowed Ifemelu to explore her new world with her unique perspective. After the first or so week of protests Adichie posted on Instagram some of the blog posts that were within Americanah, which had me like “YES! That’s right this is still relevant!” She was bold with her blog and refused to make it into something that would be more comfortable for white people to read.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Winter by Marissa Meyer: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Thursday! I have my appointments early today so I have to make this quick!

My Lame Synopsis: Fourth book of the The Lunar Chronicles with the first book being Cinder. Goodreads

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Here we are at the end of the series (minus a novella I haven’t read yet). What a gorgeous series! The ending made me cry, just throwing it out there now. I thought the were some really wonderful quotes.

The overall story was lovely and concluded just as it needed to, very satisfying. I very much loved all the characters. The story and characters became so complex until the very end. A series having four books I would hope by the end that would happen to make a great story. And I felt that was delivered. I’m sad that its over, but I guess that tells you how fun I had reading the books and how much I loved them.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Kindred by Octavia E. Butler: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Tuesday! I’m feeling organized and a mess at the same time right now, haha. I’m rushing to get this done before I start work, but I have my planner and bullet journal on point! I can’t wait to show my bullet journal tomorrow! I was going to show it today, but I’m not ready just yet. See? Organized mess, haha.

My Lame Synopsis: A historical fiction, sci-fi novel by the great Octavia E. Butler. A young, Black woman somehow finds herself going between two times. Goodreads

 

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

You know when a book makes me catches feels when the first thing I have written down in my bullet journal is “HEARTBREAKING!” Kindred is definitely one of those books that make you uncomfortable in a good way. In a well written, profound way. I know and understand that slavery happened, but I don’t understand how people could be so cruel. Maybe that’s naive to say or maybe I’m just too kind, haha..

Dana was a fantastic character. Good for her and all of her choices she made, the good and the bad. Also, appreciate that Butler included mentioning real people who did great things. Of course, I enjoyed the side character, Sarah (I may be a little biased, but just a little).

I still think about Kindred on regular basis, at least weekly. I feel even more now strongly  that more people should read Kindred. I hope this persuades someone to read it.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Thursday! I have decided that I’m allowed to wallow in my reading slump until I finish watching Queer Eye. I started rewatching the series and I just reached the newest season last night! Once I finish that I’m gonna whip my reading self into shape! It’s about time I finish some books!

My Lame Synopsis: Atlee Pine has a lot of trauma around the disappearance of her twin sister when she was little. Because of what happened Pine became a woman of the law. This being only the first book in the series there’s still lots to find out. Goodreads

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This wasn’t on my radar until my friend recommended David Baldacci to me and to start with this series. I read so much female authors that I didn’t even consider trying Baldacci before. Girl! I was not disappointed! Atlee is one smart cookie. I admired what a bad ass she was. I especially loved how her brain worked figuring out murders and what not.

Overall, this was just so fun to read. There was some very tense scenes, which is always needed in a good thriller. I do wish to have gotten more of the secondary story of Atlee’s twin, Mercy, but I guess I have to wait until I read the next books in the series.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Wednesday! Today has another heat warning here and so that means I don’t plan to leave the house. Haha. Honestly though, heat/humidity makes it hard for me to breathe. So it’s A/C for me. For today’s review we have the second book in the Sherlock Holmes series. I’m realizing now that it’s June and I have yet to three the third book and I read this back in January. I really should continue the series, eh?

My Lame Synopsis: Sherlock Holmes solving another mystery. Goodreads

 

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My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Once again, I enjoyed Sherlock and Watson. I really believe it’s what makes the series timeless. They have something that’s special, so much so it’s repeatedly recreated in media. On the other hand, Doyle’s writing is very, very problematic and outdated. For example, using ‘savage’ when referring to [First Nations] (he used Indians and I don’t, so I’m using my term instead) person.

Unfortunately, the audiobook was very glitchy, which took away from the experience. Maybe I should just buy an audiobook that’s a collection of them and go through that way so I don’t have to worry about glitching.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Thursday! If you know me or at least my review style I try my best to not spoil anything so today’s review is a bit shorter, but it is a sequel so read at your own risk. I was pretty done with the characters by the time I finished this anyway.

My Lame Synopsis: The third and final book of the series. There were love letters and they were somehow sent out. Goodreads

 

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

By the time I finished Always and Forever, I was pretty done with the characters. Maybe I’ve grown out of stories like this. It was just too predictable with unnecessary side drama. More than once did I roll my eyes at the drama that didn’t add to the story.

The main storyline didn’t have enough tension for me to care what happens. I think it would have been better if John was more in the foreground to get to know him better, but also see chemistry between Lara Jean and him. Which, in my opinion, we never even saw; not in book 2 or this one. Sure Always and Forever was fun, that’s why it got 3 stars. But it pretty much felt the ending of the second book unnecessarily extended for a money grab.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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A Study in Scarlet by Author Conan Doyle: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Thursday! Can I be anymore a stereotypical reader? I started a series, but have yet to continue it. I actually started this because I started Murdoch Mysteries on Netflix and I love it! There’s an episode with Author Conan Doyle, so here we are.

My Lame Synopsis: The famous Sherlock series. Goodreads

 

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

It goes without saying, but I’ll say it just in case; A Study in Scarlet is a classic and, of course, has outdated problematic content, racist slurs and what have you. I appreciate the story, but it’s definitely a book of it’s time. I, of course, loved the story. Doyle is a great writer and I know I’m not the first to say so. I so enjoyed how the story just came together so beautifully. It’s no wonder why I enjoy Murdoch Mysteries and pretty much every Sherlock adoption out there.

Sherlock is so very clever and fascinating to see how he works. A very interesting fellow to read to say the least. From reading the original, now I want to rewatch the Netflix Sherlock special.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Book Review

Good hello, friends! Happy Tuesday, everyone! I have now finished this whole series apart from Stars Above, the novella the was released after the final book. Here I am reviewing the first book, finally!

My Lame Synopsis: Cinder is part cyborg and a talented mechanic in New Beijing. Cinder is a futuristic retelling of Cinderella. There’s a deadly plague that affecting Earth.   Goodreads

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My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I’m a sucker for romance and I’m a sucker for retellings, too. Cinder had both in spades. I first went into the book with low expectations because my taste lately has been changing and young adult hasn’t been able to cut it. There always is an exception to the rule and Cider was the exception this time. On top of that, I have heard mix reviews on Marissa Meyer’s books like Heartless. I’m so glad that Cider was what it was. It had enough of the retelling and original story that kept it fresh and interesting.

Cider herself was a wonderful character. She had insecurities, she was spunky, she loved her sister Peony, and tried to do what’s right. As well as Cider’s love interest, Kai. He was less spunky and more regal. Their banter was so endearing to read. I loved the side characters, especially Iko. She was adorable and I can’t wait to see more of her, Cinder, and Kai.

This was a great first book and set up the second book, Scarlet, so well. It’s no wonder how I flew through this series. Look out for my review of Scarlet!

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary: Book Review

Good hello, friends! I’m feeling a bit better than yesterday so yay for progress! But you’re here for a book review, not for a status update on my migraine, haha.

My Lame Synopsis: After a bad break up the cute and quirky Tiffy needs a new place quick and cheap. Her only option turns out to be a flatshare with Leon who is a night nurse. They live together, even share a bed, but they have never met.  Goodreads

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My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I was actually very surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I was expecting it be rate a 3 star or something. Just because the concept of the flatshare didn’t sound like it was going to that compelling, but a very standard romance.  What made it a wonderful story was Beth O’Leary’s execution of the concept, but also all the other elements that rounded out the book. The aspect of the abusive ex was interesting and intense, but handled very well. Content warning for abusive exes.

While Tiffy and Leon were great characters that were unique and had a lovely dynamic between each other. Although a bit controversial I did really enjoyed that O’Leary made the perspectives so different. Tiffy was very detailed, while Leon was almost like dot jot form. Let’s not forget the side characters that added to the story like Richie. I loved Richie so much; I don’t often say this but I would marry Richie if he were real.

The icing on the cake was the side story at the hospice where Leon worked. It was so heartwarming.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard: Book Review

Good hello, friends! To be frank, so far this week has been a tough one and I’m ready for a fresh start. Because I’m having a hard time I haven’t been reading as much as I would like. However, I’m still pushing through to get my posts done!

My Lame Synopsis: Friendships are to be cherished, but when best friends save one another it creates a very special bond. Safiya is a Truthwitch, therefore she’s valuable to the crown. So herself and her BFF are on the run to keep her freedom.  Goodreads

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My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

I had a hard time rating Truthwitch. Part of me really enjoyed the story, especially the action. I thought it was decently done, at the very least, exciting via audiobook. However, the other part of me struggles with the characters feeling all the same and one dimensional. I like the friendship bonds, but the magic system as a whole felt done before.

The fun action scenes are not a good book make. It can’t make up for the lazy world building or lack of characterization. I could forgive a lot if it was one or the other to almost make up with the lacking parts, but it just felt half-assed. Sorry not sorry.

For the rest of the series, I haven’t decided yet if I’ll continue, but it will definitely not be anytime soon if I do continue. I have so many other books and sequels especially, that I’m actually excited for.

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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