3volve & The Shadow Of Loss by Josefina Gutierrez Review+Author Information+Excerpts

3volve coverHello my little fellow readers. I am giving you TWO reviews in one post so I hope you enjoy. I am having good day yet I woke up way too late today. I hope you are all having a great day. Has anything new happened to any of you? Have you read any new books that you would like to recommend me? If so please leave it down in the comments. Do you have any resolutions, and if you do are you sticking to the? Anyways why don’t we get along to the review now.


By Josefina Gutierrez
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Multicultural
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: July 14, 2015

From author Josefina Gutierrez, of “The Shadow of Loss”, comes a new New-Adult contemporary love story.
I thought my life began when I graduated high school and moved far, far away—okay three hours away. But I was wrong. My life didn’t start until it almost ended.
I’m Cristal Escobedo, twenty-two years old and a former wild child who favors tequila far too much. But that all changed when life happened, and I ended up being responsible for my younger brothers. To top it all off, I think I’m falling in love with my best friend—dammit.
This is my not-so-happy story of how I grew up and got my shit together. My story isn’t filled with a bunch of pretty analogies or hyperboles. The people are real, the hurt is deep, and the love is complicated. People are flawed in the ways that matter; it’s what makes us human.


  • This book has many things going at the same time, so if you like books with many plot lines that are going on at the same time then this would be an enjoyable book for you. However, if that is not for you then you might not enjoy this book as much as another book.
  • There were moments when I felt like the story went flat or was just not there.
    • There was a time skip in the book that just didn’t make sense.
    • Some of the dialogue felt not real, which was a disappointment to me.
  • The beginning of the book was okay but after that it felt like it went down wind.
  • Some of the book had typos which made it seem like it was made for a fan fiction rather than a published book.
  • The romantic aspect of the book fell extremely flat.
    • It just didn’t seem realistic and it sadly happened way to fast pushing the main plot of the book to the side.
  • It was a very vague story that did not live up to the expectation I thought it would because of the previous book.
  • In conclusion, the first book was much more enjoyable then this one.

I give this book 1/5 stars.


“Do you feel like you’re missing something?” Charlie asks with a stern voice, but
underneath I can sense his gentle nudge.

I shrug, “My phone.”

“You were supposed to meet my assistant, because she scheduled a meeting with a job
prospect.” He drops a stack of papers on my coffee table.

“Yes! See I remember that…I was just going.” I claw at the inside of my palms
nervously, “I needed my phone first, gosh where is that thing anyway—” I trail off laughing awkwardly.

“Looking like that,” he points at my ketchup stained Atreyu shirt, with a mixture of
amusement and disbelief. I knew I should have looked at my shirt closer, the smell test is never a sure thing.

“Well obviously not. Hello! Who do you take me for? I was going to change.” I
backtrack from the living room.

Charlie counters me, walking towards me with his stern face. “So you didn’t forget about
the meeting then?”

“Of course not! I am totally prepared,” I say bumping into the wall.

“Good,” he repositions me, turning me around, “because I would hate it if you were lying
to me right now.”

“Good?” I question him, slowly walk to my room. He only says ‘good’ when he’s already
onto me. Shit, he’s on to me! He’s going to see scruffy-face guy—then I’m going to get a lecture about my poor choices in men. Ugh. Now he’s going to give me a disappointed long face, with a ‘good’ to top it all off.

“So you didn’t get plastered last night?” Charlie asks. I can sense him trying extra hard to
smell me from where he’s standing. I knew coffee was a good idea!

“Of course not!” I stop in front of my door, blocking it.

“Good.” He swats at me to move and I nudge over a bit.

I turn around exasperated. I can’t keep this up. “Okay, fine. I lied. I’m lying! I totally
forgot about the stupid meeting, with your stupid assistant, about the stupid job,” I roll my eyes.

“Alright, that’s not fair of me. Your assistant isn’t stupid,” I say moving to block the door again.

“Uh huh,” he says, reaching for the door handle. But I smack his hand.
“You know my room is such a mess. You know me. I can get dressed faster than you can say…”

“Good,” we both say together.

“Yes! See I know you,” I smile—but he isn’t having any of it. I open the door slightly
trying to nudge myself in without letting on too much, but Charlie barges on through as if he owns the place, which sure he found the place for us, but I still pay rent.
I ready my defense, hoping to calm him down, when I notice scruffy guy isn’t in the bed
anymore. Huh. Where the heck did he go? Oh, well, who cares, at least he’s gone.

“Why do you look so surprised? It’s not like your room has ever been clean. Get dressed we don’t have much time,” he rummages through my closet. Finally deciding on my nice blue suit,
throwing it in my direction.

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The Shadow of LossThe Shadows of Loss
By Josefina Gutierrez
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Multicultural, Romance
Age category: Young Adult

Evelyn Gonzalez keeps losing people, which is always hard, but has she lost something much more? Has she lost her soul? Evelyn has a nervous breakdown and is institutionalized, after months of sorrow and pain she is thrust back into the world. The world of teenage angst and Calculus. Can she trust people again? Especially after hurtful assumptions and judgments made her miss her junior year of high school. Evelyn is just trying to heal what she lost and graduate from high school.


  • While this book had a romantic insert it heavily focused on the main character, Evelyn, and her healing while was something I enjoyed as it made the book more realistic.
  • The rate of which the book progressed was both not too fast but not too slow allowing for it to keep my attention.
  • The relationships in the book were not believable and/or compelling.
  • There was a number of let downs in the characters and plot itself as it started out and progressed.
  • There is multiple errors throughout the book in terms of grammar and punctuations.
    • By no means am I the best at that but I believe that if you are getting a book published it should be the best version it could be and that means little to none errors in terms of how the book should’ve been formatted as the author is making a profit off of it.
  • The characters switched through three languages in the book and I know personally that if I didn’t know that languages it would be very confusing.
    • The author should have made a key at the bottom of the page for the words to make it more readable to others who didn’t know what it meant.
  • I liked the idea of the book in terms of the plot.
  • The writing felt WAY too formal which took some of my mind off of the book as I was reading it.
  • In conclusion, the first book was more enjoyable but still didn’t meet up to all of my expectations.

I give this 3/5 stars.

Excerpt- Long:

Ever heard the expression it all went down in a pile of flames? Well shit, I didn’t think
life was going to get all literal about it. Now I am quietly tucked away between four white walls and a twin bed, where I can touch opposing walls with my index fingers. I have been stuck with my thoughts in this box for months. I have been cut off from the outside world, because I went crazy. My own sister, locked me up, but I don’t blame her—I really don’t. Olive was trying to help me when everyone else abandoned me. She writes me letters every week. I guess it is another way to anchor me to the living. It’s not like I don’t see her on visiting days, but like she says, “Letters are better for communicating, they force you to realize what is important.”

“Miss Gonzalez, your sister has arrived. Please gather your personals and follow me,”
the orderly tells me. She was nice, but firm. I’ve heard the opposite is usually true in these cases—so I was lucky. She introduced me to Stigmata.

“Yes ma’am,” I say and walk over to the desk. I was only allowed the basics. I was
stripped of all the vital things that would keep me informed or busy. I grab my small travel bag and my copy of Stigmata, which is on loan. Stigmata did for me what others could not. Some might have chosen an entirely different genre or novel, but it was never a matter of deciding, I knew. Institutionalization was a no brainer. I hand my personals to her and follow her to the front. I see her waiting for me. She was always the attractive one. She is pacing back and forth near the front desk. She doesn’t see me yet, but I wave anyway, hoping she can sense it. Her face looks swollen, she must have been crying. She also looks skinnier than our last visit. How is that possible? I saw her a few days ago. Tsk tsk, frozen dinners most likely.

“Okay, Miss Gonzalez here are your items you brought in,” the orderly says. She hands
me my old clothes, “You need to get changed.”

“Yes ma’am,” I grab my clothes and change quickly. I want to leave. I need to leave. I
will try harder. I know I can try harder. When I open the door, sure enough the orderly is waiting for me. “Follow me Miss Gonzalez,” she says and turns to leave. “Yes ma’am,” I
follow her.

She walks up to security. It is procedure upon discharge to get searched. They have my
travel bag open and are rifling through my belongings. Opening caps and peering inside bottles. Why would someone smuggle something out of here? This seems unnecessary, but I go along with it. Besides I am supposed to be a reformed crazy person.

“All clear,” he tells her, and she begins searching me. Yes, I smuggled something on my
person when I was in the restroom stall. I desperately wanted that five year old edition of Times.

After I am searched, I grab my personals and hand the book back to her, but she just
shakes her head. “Miss Gonzalez I hope we don’t see you again. You keep that book.
Remember to take deep breathes to calm yourself,” she gives me a genuine smile. You know those smiles where a person’s eyes crinkle, so you know it is real, then it hits me I won’t see her again—hopefully.

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Author Photo Josefina

About the Author:

Josefina Gutierrez is a Young Adult eBook author, who resides in San Antonio. Josefina writes Young Adult Multicultural, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy literature in her free time when she’s not embarking on adventures with her son and gnomes Fitzgerald and Bartholomew. Her current projects in the works are a Fantasy dystopian series, a Mystery-Thriller eBook, and New-Adult Contemporary Romance.

You can find and contact Josefina here:



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