Bookshelf Tour 2018

This is going to be a long post so buckle your seatbelts and grab your snacks!

Today is my long awaited (from me at least) BOOKSHELF TOUR! I was originally going to film this, but the footage came out so shaky and I just sounded not like myself so I scrapped that idea and decided to go with photos instead.

So before we get into it, some information about my shelves.

I have 3 full sized shelves and one shorter shelf, as well as a few stacks throughout my apartment. The shelves themselves came from Walmart over the years, two I had since I was really little so I don’t know if they make that style, but two were just purchased recently.

I don’t really have an organizational system, the books are just there depending on how I liked the look of them.

These are my first two shelves, and they are the ones that I take photos or film videos in front of. These are the two that I love the most!

 


Starting with the shelf on the left, the top holds my Harry Potter books, all of my Sarah J Maas books, and the Six of Crows duology.

 


Moving down, this shelf holds the Grisha trilogy, the Remnant Chronicles, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the Tiger Saga, the first two books of the Frostblood series, the first three in the Witcher series, Nevernight, The Seven Realms series, the Last Namsara, Furyborn, and the Minalima edition of Beauty and the Beast.

 


Going down another shelf, this one has most of my taller hardbacks, many of which I haven’t read yet with the exception of The Name of the Wind, King of Ashes, and I’m in the middle of Red Sister.

 


This shelf is one of the ones that has a mix of different books because it’s not usually seen in photos or videos. Again, I haven’t read a lot on this shelf either, but I have read Kings of the Wyld and My Lady Jane.

 


This shelf holds all of my Book of the Month books to the right, plus some others that don’t fit on other shelves. I haven’t read any of my BotM books yet, which makes me feel really guilty. But then again, I haven’t read most of these books yet.

 


Moving to the second shelf and back to the top. This shelf has a few series on it including The Bone Season, Sabriel (which I can’t remember the series name of), and the Falling Kingdoms series.

 


This is another of my favorite shelves seen often in photos and videos, and surprise! Not a lot of books on this shelf have been read yet either. I have read Hunted, the Valiant, and The Queen’s Rising. I’m a horrible book blogger.

 


This is the final shelf that I am truly in love with, and I have actually read a lot of books off this shelf. I’ve read the Shades of Magic series, most of the books in the middle and a few on the left.

 


This shelf holds my very small graphic novel/comic book collection on the right, and has the rest of my YA sized hardbacks that wouldn’t fit on the two previous shelves. This also holds some of my Tolkien books which I just recently got so I haven’t read them yet. *shrugs*

 


And the final shelf for this section holds all of my Cassandra Clare books, which, you guessed it! I haven’t read. In fact, the only one on this shelf I remember reading is Roomies. I did try the first two Shadowhunter books when I was younger which is why those are a different edition than the rest.

 


Now moving on to my shorter shelf. Here is the overview, I love the things I keep on top!


This top shelf actually has two rows because these are all of my mass market paperbacks, which I actually don’t mind reading! There are a lot of great series here, but so far I’ve only read a few of these as well. Shocker, I know.

 


There isn’t really much to say about this shelf, other than it contains the Stalking Jack the Ripper series which I loved, plus the Red Queen series which I need to reread to get to War Storm.

 


And the last section for this shelf. I have only finished one book on this shelf and that would be The Bakersville Dozen. BUT this shelf also holds a book that my cousin wrote called Relapse, which I’m reading on and off to write a review!

 


Now to the final bookshelf. This shelf is basically either where my books end up before I donate them or ones that I just don’t want to display on the other shelves because this one is more hidden in my apartment.

 


The top shelf holds my two favorite series growing up are here, the Inheritance Cycle and the Inkheart series!

 


This shelf holds another of my all time favorite series, Outlander! They are all in different formats which is why they don’t go on the prettier shelves. There are also a few books here that were given to me by family members.

 


This shelf has a lot of unread books, but some that I read and loved are The Hate U Give, The Nightingale, Zoo, Sarah’s Key, and Truly Devious! There are also some really big books here that I really want to read but can’t give all my focus to, which makes me pretty sad.

 


This next shelf is really just a whole bunch of books thrown together, some childhood books like Fire Bringer and The Sight, Grave Mercy (which I loved!) and my coffee table book for Game of Thrones. It’s not out on my coffee table because I currently have my LoTR from Script to Screen on my coffee table.

 


And this last shelf holds some of my horse books (I was OBSESSED with horses growing up). It also has my playbills from when I was in theater in college, plus my diplomas and awards!

 


Then these last few photos show the stacks of books spread throughout my apartment, including my beautiful editions of A Song of Ice and Fire, some books by my TV, and my gorgeous editions of Robin Hobb’s Farseer and Liveship Traders series!

So that is it for my bookshelf tour! If you read this far, thank you! If you just scrolled through the pictures and are reading this, shame on you! (Just kidding, thank you for looking through my shelves!)

Let me know if you have any questions about the books on the shelves and I can try to answer them for you! Are there any books that you love? Ones you hate? Want to read? Want to throw out the window? Let me know!

Top 5 Female Protagonists

Hey guys! Today I wanted to talk about my top 5 female protagonists.

There really isn’t any order for these and I’ll discuss why I like each of them.

(Spoiler alert: probably because they kick a lot of butt and use a lot of weapons).

I also realized while scanning my shelves that I haven’t read a ton of the books I own, but that’s what happen when you purge your shelves. Because of that, I don’t have a lot of books read to go off of for this, because if I can’t remember the characters from books I have gotten rid of then I must not have liked them too much!

So without further ado, I give you my top 5!

Eelyn from Sky in the Deep

Eelyn is a viking warrior who is extremely talented with her axe and sword, but the real reason I love her is because of her spirit. She believes in her faith and herself 100%, and only changes her mind when presented with enough evidence to make her see that how she sees things isn’t always right.

Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass

I don’t know how I could make this list without her on it! If you’ve read the series, you know all about the big reveal. For me, it just made me really root for her and I wanted to see her succeed and get revenge. She always has a plan, and a backup plan for that plan, and one for that, and…well you get the idea. She’s always one step ahead and I love her for it!

Vin from Mistborn

First off, being able to ingest and use metals is a really intriguing magic system. The thing I love most about Vin is how she came from nothing and grew into herself and became a leader. I’ve only read book 1 so I don’t know what else happens with her, (no spoilers!) but in book 1 she’s great!

Mia Corvere from Nevernight

I don’t even have words for Mia. I’m literally only halfway through Nevernight, but I already love Mia and her murderous tendencies, plus her shadow abilities are everything I would want if I had a power!

Nona from Red Sister

Again, another book I haven’t quite finished, but so far I’m really loving Nona! We start following her as a 9 year old, and I feel like she’s done fairly well as a young child in a fantasy world. She cant read or write, and she isn’t all knowing and needs things explained to her. I’m loving learning about her world right alongside her!

Honorable Mentions

These are characters that either just missed the list or ones that I haven’t read their books, but I feel like I’ll love them!

Feyre from ACOTAR

What, you didn’t think I wouldn’t mention her? I love everything Sarah J Maas and Feyre is no exception!

Paige Mahoney from The Bone Season

I haven’t read this book yet, but come on! She’s a clairvoyant who dreamwalks, and her very existence is a crime! Sounds right up my alley.

Lada from And I Darken

I didn’t fully connect with Lada, but she definitely deserves attention! I’ve only read book 1 so I cant say if I like her throughout the series as a whole, but a female version of Vlad the Impaler?!?

Sansa from GoT/ASOIAF

I LOVE show Sansa, she doesn’t get enough credit! I dont know how book Sansa will turn out, but regardless, she goes through so much and stays strong and grows from it.

Zelie from Children of Blood and Bone

I haven’t read this yet either, but I’ve heard so many great things about this character that I just know I’ll love her!

 

So who are your top 5? Do we have any of the same?

The Surface Breaks – Rant Review

The Surface BreaksThe Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I ended up DNFing this book at about 82%, so I feel like I know what it was that I did not like about this book and I feel confident in my rating.

The synopsis of this book says that it is “reimagined through a searing feminist lens” and I do not agree with that at all. To me when a book says that it is a feminist retelling, I think that it is going to have female characters that stand up for themselves and fight for equality, but in the 254 pages that I read of this book, not once did our main character stand up for anything. Sure, the inequality that women in this society is mentioned and observed, but for me that was just not enough.

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Some things that I absolutely hated about this book:

-Wow your so pretty I can’t stand it, let me just constantly talk about and mention how beautiful the MC is
-MC knows another character wants to sexually assault another character, and lets it happen. That is NOT feminist to me.
-MC’s father says she is so pretty he should’ve taken her as his own. HER FATHER WANTS HER.
-MC was super judgemental (the first time she sees a fat woman, she says “I did not know such a body was even allowed to exist”
-She thinks it is completely out of the question/impossible that one of her sisters is not straight
-Lots of girl hate, especially between the sisters.
-Did I mention how pretty she is?
-All men are sexual predators and misogynistic, felt like it was just trying to push the feminist agenda. Not all men are sexual predators or stupid.
-Sea Witch was far more interesting than the MC, actually stood up for herself
-One dimensional characters, very little character development
-MC is abused every night by her betrothed and then it is never fully addressed
-And seriously, the MC is sooooo pretty no one can believe that she is real!

 

I have no idea if the ending gets any better, but from what I read I really didn’t like how the book just pointed out issues instead of actually addressing them or anyone trying to make a difference. The world building is also really lacking, when we get to land it mentions a civil war on the islands, but we have no clue what country we are in and what the islands are. It wasn’t until I went and read the Goodreads synopsis that I realized it’s supposed to be set in Ireland, which definitely does NOT come through in any of the settings or characters.

The writing in this was also a really big problem for me, it felt like the publisher didn’t realize that the author was only submitting a first draft and decided to publish it right away. There were paragraphs where there would be a scene with the Sea King, and then the very next paragraph would be something completely different with nothing to tell you what is going on and how you got from there to here.

I get that this was trying to be a feminist commentary on the world, but it didn’t quite accomplish that. It never tried to offer solutions or even give any sort of analysis on why this world is the way it is. It almost read like the main message was that men are all evil, misogynistic, abusive monsters and women need to stay away from them.

I could honestly go on and on about the things that I disliked about this book, but since I don’t want to write a book length review, I’m going to stop it here. This book was really disappointing for me and I honestly do not recommend this book.

Isle of Blood & Stone – Review

To say that I enjoyed this book would be an understatement. This is definitely in my top 10 books of 2018 (unless something utterly fantastic comes along).

 

SYNOPSIS:

Nineteen-year-old Elias is a royal explorer, a skilled mapmaker, and the new king of del Mar’s oldest friend. Soon he will embark on the adventure of a lifetime, an expedition past the Strait of Cain and into uncharted waters. Nothing stands in his way…until a long-ago tragedy creeps back into the light, threatening all he holds dear.

The people of St. John del Mar have never recovered from the loss of their boy princes, kidnapped eighteen years ago, both presumed dead. But when two maps surface, each bearing the same hidden riddle, troubling questions arise. What really happened to the young heirs? And why do the maps appear to be drawn by Lord Antoni, Elias’s father, who vanished on that same fateful day? With the king’s beautiful cousin by his side—whether he wants her there or not—Elias will race to solve the riddle of the princes. He will have to use his wits and guard his back. Because some truths are better left buried…and an unknown enemy stalks his every turn.

 

First, what I loved about the book. I loved each and every one of the characters (well except for the bad guys). They were so relatable and really had an impact on me. First we have Elias, who is a royal explorer. He was probably the character I liked the least, not because of his character, but because I wanted to learn more about him and he started to feel kinda two dimensional by the end of the book.

Then we have cousins Ulises and Mercedes. Ulises is the King, and Mercedes is kind of his spy/ambassador. I loved Mercedes and how even th ok ugh she appeared to be a proper lady, she could still handle herself and protect herself. She has to go through so much and gets a lot of hate for being half Mondragan (their enemy kingdom). Ulises as a character is never really fleshed out 100%, so with him it’s pretty hard to get to know him.

My other favorite character is Reyna, who is a 9 year old girl who is the only female student at the navigation school. She helps Elias with solving the maps to the lost princes, and is very mature for her age.

I want expecting so much of a mystery with this book (I have no idea why. It’s pretty much right there in the description). This was the perfect blend of mystery in a fantasy setting. While there isn’t nonstop action, the mystery and trying to solve it before our characters did kept me on the edge of my seat and I just could not put this book down!

 

If you are a fan of mystery and fantasy, this may be a perfect book for you!

Let me know your thoughts if you’ve read this book, I’d love to have a discussion!

The Palace Job – Review

The Palace Job (Rogues of the Republic, #1)The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I think what I loved the most were the characters. At first, I didn’t really connect to any of them, but as the book progressed I started to really come to love each and everyone of them.

The leader of this ragtag crew is Loch, who is such a badass female character. She was a scouting captain in the war, and the whole heist mission is to get back a family heirloom that was stolen from her. Loch is so extremely smart and was always a step ahead of her enemies.

Her best friend and right hand man was Kail, whose fighting tactic was solely based on insulting his enemies mothers. It was so funny to see him use different insults to get them to mess up, and he even knows different languages to insult their mothers in!

Then we have Tern and Icy, who are partners in crime (literally). Tern is a master safecracker, and her demeanor and appearance made her enemies underestimate her, which was a mistake. Tern’s fighting style is basically what my own would be if I were in a fantasy novel: kick them in the shins. Icy, whose name stands for Indomitable Courteous Fist, is a master thief who has as much morals as a thief could have. He is able to contort his body and was always very calm in the horrible situations they would get into.

The groups wizard, Hessler, was kind of like the moral compass of the group, which was pretty ironic considering that he joined the group after being thrown out of his wizard university for illegal activities. He ends up meeting a boy named Dairy, who immediately attaches himself to Hessler and basically has no skills that he can bring to the table as far as the heist goes, but Loch sees something in him and brings him along.

Then we have Ululenia, who is a shapeshifting unicorn. Yeah, you heard that right! She brought a lot of beautiful prose to the book and a break from all the ass-kicking and witty one liners.

And then we have my two favorite characters, Desidora who is a death priestess and Ghylspwr, who is a talking warhammer. Every time Desidora would use her death priestess powers, she would become extremely pale, her dress and hair would become black, and things around her would suddenly start growing skulls. Ghylspwr only said like, three things and they were all in a different language, but he still had a personality and all the other characters were able to understand what it was he was trying to say.

So now that I’ve talked about my favorite part of the book, I want to mention what I think could’ve used some work. The world building for me left a little to be desired. I’m really big on world building, and with this book, I wish that we would’ve gotten more information about the history of the world, because they mention a war and a Republic and an Empire, but its never really fully explained. I also think that there were some plot holes that could’ve been fixed. The one example that comes to mind for me is towards the end of the book, where one of our characters die and we know that he is dead. Everyone mourns him, but then in almost the very next scene, he is alive and no one mentions that he was presumed dead. There is really no explanation as to how he is not dead, and that was something that really threw me out of the book. There were other moments as well where I would have to go back and reread a page or two because I thought that I missed something.

All of that aside, this book was really funny and made me laugh out loud multiple times. If you love fantasy, and especially funny and witty fantasy, I would recommend that you check this book out!

The Queen Underneath – Review

The Queen UnderneathThe Queen Underneath by Stacey Filak

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Actual Rating: 2.5

Man oh man. This book was definitely interesting, and surprisingly, I did find it really enjoyable despite the fact that I had a lot of issues with it. I have a LOT to say about this book, and so you are aware, this review WILL have SPOILERS, so read at your own risk!

So first I want to say that the premise of this book sounded so interesting, and it was one of my most anticipated reads for May because of the synopsis. BUT, once we got into the book it was completely different than the synopsis suggests. When I first opened the book, I noticed that its separated out into 3 different sections, which for a 288 page book I found a little excessive, but figured that it would help with the flow of the book. But boy, was I wrong. As far as the plot goes, there was just too much going on in 288 pages. It almost felt like the author wanted to cover soooo much more but didn’t want to commit to a longer book. I think that if this book was a little longer, the different plot points could’ve been better developed.

Basically, the main point of the story is that there are these mage women from a land called Vaga who are slaves to the kings of Above, and they start a revolt to get free. And while that is happening, the king of Above and the queen of Under are killed on the same day and their heirs Tollan and Gemma assume power. Among all the other plot points, there was one that was specifically mentioned in the synopsis and was only touched upon MAYBE 3 or 4 times in passing, and that would be the sleep spell that the kingdom is put under. There was more focus on the romances than there was on the actual war that they were trying to prevent.

And that brings me to the romances. First, this is considered YA, which it definitely is NOT. There is a TON of violence, murder, rape, and even sex worker priests! Yeah, you heard that right. About 40 pages in we get thrust right into an awkward situation, where Tollan, now the king of Above is on the run with his best friend so Gemma, now the queen of Under, hides him in a whorehouse. Of course, to keep up the ruse she dresses up as a whore and jumps up and down on the bed while discussing strategy with them. That was all fine and dandy, it’s something that happens in books and movies often, but THEN. It’s taken a step further and when someone knocks on the door, Gemma immediately strips, makes the boys strip, and then proceeds to whisper in Tollans ear that it needs to be wet and SPITS ON HIM. I was literally in shock that this was something that happened in a YA book! I found it hilarious myself, but if some young teen picked this up, they would be in for one BIG surprise!

The actual romances in this weren’t horrible (well except for one), and for once, the two main characters aren’t the ones falling in love! Which was super refreshing. Tollan is secretly gay, but then once he meets Gemma’s friend Elam (who is one of those sex worker priests I mentioned) he basically comes out by suddenly making out with him. They were the one couple that I liked, but they were definitely very insta-lovey.

Then there is Gemma and her master assassin Devery. This is where I had the most issues, because at first they start off as this badass couple, but then there’s a major plot twist where Devery reveals that his mother is one of the Vagan mage women and the ones who are enslaved are his mother’s sisters. Then Devery admits to Gemma that the previous queen of Under and her lover, who were like Gemma’s adoptive parents, were killed by him on the orders of his mother! And of course, Gemma is upset with this, but then she learns that he has a child that he never told her about and she is more upset with him that he didn’t tell her about this child than she is about him killing her family! AND THEN in that same conversation, he reveals that he is actually under a spell that keeps him looking young but he is actually 68 years old and Gemma is fine with that! I was so creeped out at that point and the fact that she was okay with everything and stayed with him. Then, at the end of their conversation, he hands her a cup of tea that his mother poisoned and Gemma gets knocked unconscious. Oh yeah, and did I mention that Gemma is pregnant with his child?? Well, she ends up miscarrying because of the poison, and after she wakes up, they go off to save their friends and end up having sex in the middle of town on someone’s lawn. Like she just miscarried and is still bleeding out and is emotionally unstable but sure, makes sense to have sex right after! This is pretty much the only place the sleeping spell comes in and almost acts as an excuse for them to have lawn sex. And of course, after this, all they end up doing is a whole lot of crying constantly, which for me made them no longer badass, just really emotional.

Okay, enough about the romances, because I could go on and on about those. The pacing of this was wayyy to fast for 288 pages, and some of the plot points happened within a paragraph or two, so if you skimmed you would’ve missed it!

The ending of this was not wrapped up neatly, and I had to double check that this is a standalone because I was left with sooo many questions! First off, the whole thing with the mage women was solved because that secret child I mentioned? Yeah, she whips out this secret mind reading power to convince the women to step down and give in, and then goes around healing everyone (except Tollan, who is definitely dead, sorry). But we are never told if the sleeping spell is lifted, like, is everyone still sleeping? What is going on with that? Then, we have an epilogue where Tollan wakes up in the family crypt next to his brother and fathers rotting corpses, and we don’t get to see how he gets out, if he meets up with Elam, does his mother, who is a pirate I guess, become queen of Above? And what exactly is the Above and Under? Because the line between the two is pretty blurred.

I did enjoy the writing style, it was really easy to read and I flew through the book because, while there were absurd things happening, it was intriguing and parts were pretty interesting. If there were either A) more pages to really dedicate time to the plot and characters, or B) less characters and fewer plot points, I would’ve given it a much higher rating. It was very unique and I loved it for that reason alone, and I do feel really bad that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I was hoping. It was very entertaining though, and I didn’t even touch on all the absurd things that happened so if this sounds interesting or if you want to read all these interesting situations, definitely pick it up! I will try other things that this author comes out with because I did like her writing style and the idea behind the book.

A Study In Charlotte Review

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

RATING: three-stars

SYNOPSIS (from Goodreads):The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

 


As far as my enjoyment factor of this book, it was through the roof! I loved Charlotte and Jamie and their complicated relationship with each other, and the idea of following the descendants of the original Holmes and Watson was really interesting. I loved the way they made the characters seem like they were real people (they say that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is their literary agent and helped publish their books).

There are a few things that I would like to see better explained in the books, and one of those things would be Charlotte’s drug dependency. I know that her ‘ancestor’ Sherlock also had drug dependency issues, but I wish that it would’ve addressed the issue more and oh, I don’t know, said that they are bad and that they shouldn’t be romanticized? I mean, come on, she said she started doing coke at like, age 11! I thought that it was pretty unrealistic, especially since no one really wanted to get her help because her ancestor also struggled with it so she has to struggle with it too. That kind of irritated me, because while it is a retelling, can’t we make her a little bit different?

And while I did like Charlotte and Jamie, there were a few things that I couldn’t get over, like the fact that Jamie really isn’t all that intelligent (when compared to Charlotte he seems really out of place) and hes always wanting to hit things and is a little bit of the stereotypical rugby jock.

And finally, the last thing that I didn’t really like was how info-dumpy this book was. Normally, I don’t mind info dumps, but in this case they kinda seemed like they came out of nowhere. Charlotte’s deductions weren’t really given much background as to how she came to her conclusions, and the villain how-I-almost-got-away-with-it speech at the end was kind of ridiculous. HOWEVER. I could be feeling this way because I’ve never read the original Sherlock tales or watched any of the adaptations, so its possible that this was just staying true to the original so keep that in mind.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book and the mystery, which I had the hardest time guessing who the murderer was! So because I enjoyed it mostly, I am giving this a 3.5 star rating! It was super fun and I flew through it!

Monstress – Graphic Novel Review

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening (Monstress, #1)Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Okay so first let me just say that the plot of this was extremely confusing. We just dive right into the action without any knowledge of what is going on, and chronological order? Yeah, that doesn’t exist here. It was a little hard to keep track of what was happening when and who everyone was, and once I thought I was starting to understand it, I became confused all over again. I still am not quite sure who (and what) everyone is.

That being said, I did really enjoy the characters, especially Kippa the little fox girl and Master Ren the talking cat. Plus Maika was pretty badass, although I would’ve loved to see more of her fighting since everyone says how powerful she is but we don’t quite see that.

I do want to give a content warning for abuse and child trafficking, which is pretty prevalent, especially in the beginning.

As far as the art goes, I loved the art style and the steampunk elements, it is one of the most gorgeous graphic novels I’ve read so far!

All things considered, I do want to pick up the second volume to see where the story goes and to see if we get any more background on who everyone is, and what happened in Constantine because I need to know!

The Hate U Give – Review

The Hate U GiveThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So I started reading the physical book, but then I ended up having to put it down because it was just so raw and real and at the time I tried starting this, I just couldn’t handle it. Then a few days ago, I decided to try again but with the audiobook, and let me tell you. The audiobook is the way to go with this one. All the emotion really comes out and I would find myself doing the dishes and crying because of this book.

As a white woman, this was an extremely important book for me because I have never had to go through the things that people of color have to go through. I appreciate this book so much because it felt like a true first hand account of what is going on in America today. To be honest, I wasn’t going to write a review about this book because while scrolling through the books Goodreads review page, I noticed that many of the reviews that were popping up first for me were all white women. To me that doesn’t seem right, but then I thought, if I write a review on this book, maybe that would mean that even more people will read it. And this is definitely a book that everyone should read, especially if you are white. My reason for saying that is because like I mentioned, we do not see what others have to go through on a daily basis and this is something we all need to see.

Basically this is just me saying that everyone needs to read this book. It gives a different perspective (different from the typical white perspective) on police brutality and does it in a way that really makes you stop and think. It doesn’t say that all cops are bad, or that all white people are bad. It shows us how badly we need to all work together to make the world a better place. Together.

Truly Devious – Truly Great Mystery!

Truly Devious (Truly Devious, #1)Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Right off the bat I knew I would love this book and that I would connect with Stevie:

“‘The moose is a lie,; Stevie Bell said. ‘What?’ ‘See that?’ Stevie indicated a sign that simply read MOOSE. ‘We’ve passed five of those. That’s a lot of promises. Not one moose.'”

This was totally me when I went on a trip to New England! My exact thoughts! And of course, from there on out I 100% connected with Stevie. I absolutely loved her character, and I wish that I had had this book in high school! Her friend Janelle was really enjoyable as well, not only as a black woman, but a black woman in a STEM field! I love both of these characters so much and I can’t wait to see what happens to them in the next book.

I loved the dual timelines, especially because the past doesn’t take over the present mystery and vice versa. They really compliment each other and give you just enough information to make you think you know who Truly Devious is, but not enough to make you confident you have it right. There is no way of knowing if the two crimes are related or not, or if its even the same person. I couldn’t put it down and found myself thinking about the mystery even when I wasn’t reading the book trying to figure out who did it!

I didn’t realize until I had about 50 pages to go that there was no way this would be solved in this book. I immediately checked to see if it was a standalone or the first in a series, and lo and behold, its a series! So as you can probably imagine, this book ends in a cliffhanger. And man, what a cliffhanger it was! I actually yelled WHAT?!?!? when I got to the end.

The next book is definitely going to be one of my must reads for 2019 when it comes out! If you like mysteries of any kind, I definitely recommend this book!