Beautiful Graves by LJ Shen–Review

One woman with two different kinds of love. Which would you choose if you had to choose? Your soulmate or the love of your life? Enter Everlynne, Joe, and Dom.

LJ has written a two-part love triangle evolving around these three with Ever being the primary catalyst. Beautiful Graves is exquisitely written, excruciatingly gut-wrenching, heart-breaking, and full of angst, Angst, and ANGST!

“I loved you, Ever Lawson. But I want you to know, you’re the worst thing that’s ever f*g happened to me.”

There was so much heaviness and feelings of sorrow that was prevalent throughout, mainly from Ever herself. She is the girl with unique dreams and loves that doesn’t quite fit in. To counterbalance her morose being are a couple great secondary characters that fill the book and situations with moments of levity.

What have we learned? Love is messy and life isn’t perfect. Yet, through these three we find the normalcy of insecurities and growing pains of teenagers through their mid-twenties. It was raw, passion-filled, mistake driven, and yet through it all imperfectly perfect.

No Place Like Home by C. Lymari–Review

So, let’s see how many fingers you can put down with this review.

  1. Have been waiting very patiently for Quincy Hardwell’s story?
  2. Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong anywhere? Just like Jessamine.
  3. Have you ever had to take on too much responsibility and deal with it?
  4. Did you ever have a secret crush? Were you able to talk to your secret crush about it?
  5. Lastly, have you ever encountered a lion and lived to talk about it? Do not worry, Simba is all ‘fluff’ and no bite.

Quincy and Jess’ story was sheer perfection. The trials and tribulations that each had to go through in their lives was heartbreaking. I absolutely adored Q. He was the ‘it’ guy in high school but was able to penetrate Jessamine’s walls. Meanwhile, Jess had a life that no teenager should have to deal with, making her the invisible outcast. My heart broke for her.

No Place Like Home had me invested and emotional. I was laughing and in the next breath crying and in shock. Ms. Lymari has an innate ability to merge different writing styles. Her emotionally intense and shocking moments sprinkled with dark elements is *chef’s kiss*. So, grab a tissue, your favorite comforting drink, and expect to stay up awhile, because you too will get sucked into everything that is No Place Like Home.

Last on the List (Wait with Me #5) by Amy Daws–Review

Recently, I am loving the boss/nanny relationships and Max and Cozy were a joy to read about. The true scene-stealer, though, was Everly. Everly is Max’s eleven-year-old daughter. She is bright, inquisitive, sweet, charming, and a downright matchmaker. Love, love, loved Everly.

Max is a workaholic, who has the privilege of having his daughter to himself for the whole summer. He is longing for more time with her, yet is closing on a huge deal for his company, hence where the need for the nanny comes into play.

Enter Cozy (and what an entrance she makes😉). Cozy is a plus-size girl who is adapting to a new outlook on life, ‘why do more when you can do less.’ She appears to be a very confident woman, yet, at the same time also experiences insecurities about her body, which I found very relatable.

There were some things I loved and some things that just did not work for me. I adored how Cozy and Max each tried to push each other out of their safe space. While doing this they were able to learn a little bit more about the other. Everly. I loved the relationship between her and Max, and equally loved the relationship between her and Cozy. The tight bonds between them were evident.

Now, the thing that bothered me to the high heavens. Zaddy! I could really not hear that word again and I would be a happy camper. Zaddy was mentioned a lot! Otherwise, this was a cute story!

Slashes in the Snow (book 1 in the Baum Squad Series) by M. Never–Review

4 ‘Slashes in the Snow’ Stars

I was in a book funk and asked a friend for a recommendation and she suggested Slashes in the Snow. I’m happy that she did because I enjoyed it. It had a little bit of everything, MC setting, hate-to-love, step-siblings (although when the person is an adult, I have a hard time calling them step-siblings), and a grumpy a-hole.
I went into this book blind without reading the prequel, Snowfall (book 0.5 in the Baum Squad Series), and maybe that’s why some things didn’t quite make sense, such as Gerard’s storyline with Kristen. I wish there were a little more lead-up between Kira and Ky during their 4 weeks together instead of feeling rushed in the last week.
Overall, I enjoyed this. It got me out of my funk and was a pleasant read.

Somebody Else’s Shadow by Monica James–Book Review

I am never underwhelmed when it comes to Monica, her writing, or her storytelling capabilities. I knew from the first page that this book was going to be special. The mental imagery that she can paint is nothing short of fantastic. I could visualize myself sitting on that tree swing and smelling the lake air, feeling the breeze on my face, seeing the bright color saturation, and tasting the vibrancy of lemons.

Books that deal with amnesia can be a wild card. There usually is a reason as to why someone has lost their memory, but the scary part is what will they find in the process to get it back. In this instance, Peyton Lane has no recollection of her life prior to a car accident six months earlier. As much as people want to help, nothing feels right. She’s heard the stories and has seen pictures, but things are not clicking until she notices Cayden Coachman. Cayden is the first person where she’s felt a quivering in her belly. The problem is that she doesn’t know why.

Somebody Else’s Shadow is not your typical boy/girl/amnesia story. It is so much more. There are twists and turns, and then there are Monica James’s amnesiac twists and turns. Just when I thought I might have an inkling of where this story would go, it did a sharp right and splintered off further.

I highly recommend reading Somebody Else’s Shadow. It’s powerful, impactful, thrilling gut-wrenching, and cry-inducing. Hey, Monica, prime merch opportunity, a tissue box/tissues with ‘Monica James, creator of tears, and a shoulder to cry on’ printed on the side.’