Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Book Reviews February 2021

 


Happy March! What a wild February we had down here in Louisiana. An ice storm that shut down the city for a whole week and then a boil advisory and low water pressure. The first two and a half days of being inside was nice and relaxing, but by the afternoon of the third day and watching hallmark movie #20, I was definitely restless to get out of the house. 

Even with this ice storm, I wasn't able to read as many books this month. However, unlike other months where I had a mix of genres, this month was mostly filled with fictional books filled with deep topics that are important to learn more about today. As usual, you can follow along on my reads throughout the month on Goodreads, but here are my full reviews below. 


This Time Next Year - Sophie Cousens 

This was a great book to start off February, which many consider the month of love because of Valentine's Day. Quinn and Minnie were born January 1, 1990 minutes apart from each other. Thirty years later, their paths cross for the first time and Minnie feels that not only did Quinn steal her name, he also stole her luck. Throughout the book, we go back and forth between present time and the certain New Year Days across the last thirty years. A story of not being in the right place at the right time, learning that not all appearances are what they seem and learning to forgive grudges that are out of our control, this book is such a cute romcom that I need made into a movie asap. There was a small plot twist towards the end of the book that we find out that had me screaming in joy. This book also gets us asking the question of where do you want to be this time next year? 

Rating: 
🌟🌟🌟🌟/5


Outlawed - Anna North 

This book is a book I went back and forth on reading when Reese announced it as her book pick for January, but it was getting a lot of buzz so I decided to put it on hold and give it a chance. Outlawed follows Ada's life in the Wild West of 1894 and how she gets treated as a barren woman. After trying to get pregnant for over a year and suspicious things start happening to pregnant women in her town, Ada goes on the run and ends up joining a group of women who are escaping the same fate as her. Learning how to survive on her own, while also creating a plan with the Gang, Ada has a choice she has to make. She can either stay with the Gang or find her own path in becoming a midwife who is constantly wanting to learn why some women can't get pregnant. For me, this book had me drawn in at the beginning and the end, but the middle was dragging. I know that the story was meant to focus on the group and the big plan they are creating, but I wish we could've learned more about Ada's midwife journey. 

Rating:
🌟🌟🌟/5


You Have a Match - Emma Lord 

Reese's YA Book Club pick, You Have a Match follows the story of Abby learning she has an older sister through a DNA service and the journey they take to learn why they never knew about each other. They decide to meet up at a summer camp where Savvy is a counselor and Abby's best friend/crush also happens to a counselor. Following two separate storylines of Abby/Savvy and Abby/Leo, this book was such a fun book that had me wishing I went to summer camp growing up. This book was giving me all the Parent Trap vibes of the present day, while also creating it's own twist to the story. After reading this book, I definitely added Emma Lord's other book, Tweet Cute, to my to be read list. 

Rating: 
🌟🌟🌟🌟/5


The Removed - Brandon Hobson 

The Removed follows a family of Cherokee heritage as they come up on the fifteenth anniversary of their son/brothers murder by a police shooting. Each chapter changes from Maria, the mother of the family, Sonja, the eldest child and only daughter, and Edgar, the youngest son and how they are coping with the death of Ray-Ray. Each one has their own issues that they are overcoming and the upcoming anniversary doesn't help the situation at all. We also get a fourth narrative of a Cherokee mythology story to help tie their family to their heritage. Overall, I liked reading how each person started to find closure finally and began to focus on overcoming their problems, but I still felt like there wasn't much closure to their story and you don't know how each person ends up in the months after the story. I was left with a feeling of disappointment in the lack of character development from each of the three main characters. 

Rating: 
🌟🌟🌟/5


This Close to Okay - Lessa Cross-Smith 

This Close to Okay had me hooked in from the summary of Talia stopping on the side of the row when she sees a man standing on a bridge ready to jump. Taking a risk and letting him stay with her for the weekend, you follow both of them along how a weekend with a stranger can actually end up changing your life. While Talia had a great story to learn throughout the novel, it was Emmett's story that had me heartbroken and wanting to learn more. Dealing with difficult topics such as mental health problems, suicidal thoughts, infidelity and divorce, this book was such a great book to read. The only issue I had with the book was how it ended. While I'm sure they left the ending open for the readers interpretation, I was left wanting to know more about what happens to their story. 

Rating: 
🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Have you read any of these books? What are some books that you've been reading lately. Let me know in the comments! 


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