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review 2017-05-19 03:57
Vegas Lights
Vegas Lights (A Sex, Drugs and Rock Romance) (Volume 1) - J. Haney,S.I. Hayes

Title:  Vegas Lights

Author:  S. I. Hayes & J. Haney

Publisher:  Hayes/Haney

Series:  A Sex Drugs, and Rock Romance Book 1

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five  

Review:

 

"Vegas Lights" by S. I Hayes & J. Haney

 

My Thoughts....

 

I found Vegas Lights a very interesting read.  Not only was the novel a hot sexy read but one that had some real issues that could even effect those around you.  For Brent Casey[aka Brent Jagger...lead guitarist of Fallen Angles], a famous Rock Band and Marissa who was a Vegas pole dancer.... we find both had a pass they would like to forget that had some real life issues that will give  the reader quite a raw emotional roller coaster ride.  First what will happen when these two find out they are married?  It will take a minute for it all to come out and when it does there seems to be many other problems that come out too.  This was a well written rock n roll story with not only the sex, love, mental issues, parties but booze and drugs that will go along with it all.   I don't want to not mention a secondary characters especially Brent's twin bother Kyle, Steve, Ringo and Angelica to name who all had their quirks that definitely helped give this story a lots of surprising moments that you will have to pick up this read and see how well this author brings it all out.  Will Brent and Marissa be able to help each other through the messes in their lives?   Will the big surprise at the end add something wonderful for these two? Again pick up 'Vegas Lights' to see.

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text 2017-04-04 22:37
I've read 97% and...
Garden of Fiends: Tales of Addiction Horror - Johann Thorsson,Max Booth III,Glen Krisch,Jessica McHugh,Kealan Patrick Burke,Mark Matthews,Jack Ketchum

all I've got left to read is the story written by Jack Ketchum. Nearly every tale in this collection worked well for me and that's always a good thing. 

 

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review 2016-08-23 23:12
Aspidistra sounds like the name of an alien
Keep the Aspidistra Flying - George Orwell

Since it's been awhile since I read a classic, I thought I'd give Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell a shot. It kept cropping up on my radar and the name alone had me quite intrigued. I went into this blind...even to the extent that I didn't look to see what the heck an Aspidistra was. (I know now though and saw it mentioned fleetingly in Harry Potter so it's definitely super British-y.) For someone who is a huge fan of 1984, this book fell pretty flat. The book follows a man by the name of Gordon Comstock who fancies himself a poet but in reality is little more than a poor bookshop assistant. Right off the bat, I felt that Gordon had 0% likability and his actions made no sense to me whatsoever. At one point, I decided to look up what other people thought of this book because it has a decent rating on Goodreads. Everyone seemed to think that this was a profound story about the struggle against commercialism and "the Man". What I see is the story of a man who is self-destructive, self-absorbed, and annoying. He is constantly picking apart everyone and everything around him in terms of its inherent value to society (there's a really long bit about advertising on different food products which was bizarre). Bottom line: this one wasn't a winner for me. I won't completely discount Mr. Orwell though. I'm sure I'll give him another shot in the future. :-) Also, I'm sorry that this is the second negative review in a row. Sometimes that's just the way the cookie crumbles. 1/10

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2016-08-19 21:05
If this was Shark Week I'd be super relevant
The Fin: Fate, is only waist deep... - Adam Horeth,Konrad Miekina,Matthew Danza

The following book was kindly sent to me by the author, Matthew Danza, who requested a review.

 

I'm going to come right out and say that I didn't care for The Fin. I can see why some people would enjoy it but this just wasn't the book for me. There's a lot of teenage angst combined with gore which sounds like a good time but I felt like it didn't really go anywhere. The story follows Lee, an annoying and obnoxious teenager, living on a small island with her twin brother James and her father. (There's a secondary storyline about her estrangement with her mother which was awkwardly included but ultimately went nowhere.) Her good friend (who obviously likes her and who she likes back) is named Adam and he rounds out the main cast of characters. Based on the title of this book and the cover art, it's obvious that this is a story about a shark attack. Firstly, I felt the storyline was excruciatingly slow especially for a novella. Also, totally predictable. (And I think the author was going for a Jaws homage but it felt super forced and corny to me.) The only good thing about this book was that it was mercifully short. I think that the author was trying to do too much for the length of a novella. This was a 1/10 for me.

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2016-06-17 16:33
Start at the bottom and work your way to the top
French Milk - Lucy Knisley

Well, I was finally able to get my hands on her first book, French Milk, which chronicles her 6 week stay in Paris with her mom when she turned 23. I had this book on hold for months and honestly I was a bit disappointed. However, because I know this was her first and her subsequent works were so much fun I'm inclined not to be too harsh. This book is entirely black and white which was kind of a bummer. She incorporates real photographs throughout which I actually really enjoyed.  I thought they lent a nice element when they coincided with her artistic interpretation. (She's included some of these in her other books at the very end.) While humorous at times, it lacks the zing of her subsequent books (which is one of my favorite parts). The art doesn't stand out as her best but I do think that's partly to do with the lack of color which I had come to expect of her. It's immediately clear to me how much she has grown as both an artist and a storyteller. Kudos, Lucy! Sometimes one finds that an author's later work lacks the punch and pizazz of their earlier forays but this is not the case with French Milk. I didn't find it nearly as compelling or engaging and I didn't feel a connection as I had with the other books of hers that I've read. I am very much looking forward to her newest which is all about her marriage and entitled Something New: Tales From a Makeshift Bride. If you haven't read any of Lucy's work to date then I think starting with French Milk will give you a greater appreciation for the rest of her body of work and in that vein I highly recommend it. However, if like me you started at a different point it kinda fell flat. 6/10

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