Monthly Book Reviews For May & June

Book Reviews

Once again, another combined book review because life just got super crazy the last two months. I’m only going to share the highlights of the last two months worth of reading. I’ll leave out the ones that were just blegh.

Finding Me

My rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

I’m always down for a good memoir and this one did not disappoint. Viola Davis is becoming one of my favorite actresses, and I love reading a bit about other people’s lives before they became well known. Reading her story, really broke my heart, so much trauma and sadness. Definitely recommend reading her memoir.

The Good Sister

My rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

I felt like this book wasn’t as good as a previous book I’ve read by Sally Hepworth, but still good nonetheless. It’s about twin sisters Fern and Rose. Rose can do no wrong in her life, perfect sister with the perfect husband, almost has the perfect life, all that is missing is a baby. Fern is single, works in a library, and finds out her sister wants to have a baby but can’t. So she tries to help her out, in her own way. I do like Sally Hepworth’s writing style, everything is all good and then there’s always a twist towards the end.

Raven Black

My rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

The hubs and I stumbled across a TV show called Shetland on Amazon prime a few months back and found out the show is based on a book series written by Ann Cleaves. I had to see how close to the book the show is.

This particular book is the first in the series, but in the show it is the 3rd episode ( the show stories are 2 parters). Raven Black begins on New Year’s Eve with a lonely outcast named Magnus Tait, who stays home waiting for visitors who never come. But the next morning the body of a murdered teenage girl is discovered nearby, and suspicion falls on Magnus. Inspector Jimmy Perez enters an investigative maze that leads deeper into the past of the Shetland Islands than anyone wants to go.

The Reading List

My rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

When I started this book, I thought it was going to be one of those DNF’s. It felt like it was taking forever to get some momentum in the story. And after a few misses in the last couple of months, I really wanted a winner. After giving it more time, I soon fell in love with this book.

The story follows two very different people, Mukesh, who is a widower with 3 adult daughters, and Aleisha, a teenager who has a difficult home life that also works in the library – which is the last place she’d rather be. She finds a crumpled-up piece of paper in the back of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a list of novels that she’s never heard of before. Intrigued, and a little bored with her slow job at the checkout desk, she impulsively decides to read every book on the list, one after the other. On top of recommending these books to Mukesh because he is trying to connect with his granddaughter who loves to read. Slowly, the shared books create a connection between two lonely souls, as fiction helps them escape their grief and everyday troubles and find joy again.

The Unhoneymooners

My rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

This story is about Olive and Ethan and how both of their siblings got married and some how everyone at the wedding got food poisoning except for these two. The married couple can’t go on their honeymoon- which the bride won through a contest- so therefore, the maid of honor and best man ( who happens to be Olive’s nemesis ), HAVE to go on this honeymoon to Hawaii and pretend to be their siblings.

It’s one of those enemies to lovers tropes. It’s one of the better one’s that I’ve read, but there are some weird things in this story that would never happen in real life.

My rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

Holy dark book Batman. The first few chapters in this book I kid you not my eyeballs bulged out and I had to pick my chin up off the ground from what was going on in the story. I am spoiling it for any of ya if you want to read it. Basically there are these two sisters, one’s a lawyer and the other is a drug addict. They have a really messed up childhood and the lawyer has to represent someone who is accused of rape.

Yellow Wife

My rating : ⭐⭐⭐ 3/5

Born on a plantation in Virginia, Pheby Delores Brown has lived a relatively sheltered life. Shielded by her mother’s position as the estate’s medicine woman and cherished by the Master’s sister, she is set apart from the others on the plantation, belonging to neither world. Promised freedom on her 18th birthday, she is unexpectedly finds herself a slave at the infamous Devil’s Half Acre, a jail in Richmond where she watches and endures the jailers cruelty. 

I felt like there was a good story in the beginning of this book, but the ending felt rushed and ended abruptly.

Meet Me in Paradise

My rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

The story follows two sisters are completely opposite of each other. Marin is practical and is afraid of taking risks. Sadie on the other hand lives life to the fullest. Their mother dies in a tragically while on assignment for work. Sadie tries to get Marin to be who she was before her their mother dies by planning a trip together on some swanky small island in the Caribbean. Without giving too much away, there is a twist in the story. I thought it was going to be a romance book, but it’s more about the relationship of Marin and Sadie.

My rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady’s maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, “Dear Miss Sweetie.” When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society’s ills, but she’s not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender. While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta’s most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light.

This book really surprised me. I thought it was going to be a dud, and I was proven wrong. The column writing parts reminded me a bit of Lady Whistledown from Bridgerton, but a little bit more snarky and clean.

Sparkling Cyanide

My rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5

Another AC book for you all! This story revolves around 7 people who all sit down at a meal and, spoiler alert, one of them dies. A year later and they are all invited to the same meal, on the same day at the same time to remember the one who was not present. Throughout the book, each person present at the dinner party tells their version of events, which everyone there had motive only one was the real killer. Dun Dun DUN.

Miss Christie really knows how to write books. I saw the Poriot episode that is loosely based on this book and it I thought I knew how it was going to end. NOPE! The show took some liberties with the story, so it definitely did NOT end how I thought!

That’s it for this month!! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books I’ve read this month and your thoughts on them below!!

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