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review 2018-10-13 04:39
Fetch (Odd Jobs, #1) by A.J. Alexander
Fetch - A.J. Alexander


Alexander proves that she can hold her own. Fetch is full of captivating moments and scene stealing characters intent on finding a place in your heart. Life is about finding the humor in moments of darkness and heading toward the light. Addison and Cole are a lesson in life, love and moving forward. The scope is not always pretty but the wisdom we gain helps us keep our heads even as we lose our hearts. Sweet and sassy never hurts when dealing with heartache.

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text 2018-10-09 18:31
The Importance of Being Wicked By Victoria Alexander $1.99
The Importance of Being Wicked - Victoria Alexander

For Winfield Elliott, Viscount Stillwell, finding a prospective bride always seemed easy. Perhaps too easy. With three broken engagements to his name, Win is the subject of endless gossip. Yet his current mission is quite upright: to hire a company to repair his family’s fire-damaged country house. Nothing disreputable in that—until the firm’s representative turns out to be a very desirable widow.
Lady Miranda Garrett expected a man of Win’s reputation to be flirtatious and devilishly charming. But the awkward truth is that it’s she who finds him thoroughly irresistible. While Miranda resides at Millworth Manor to oversee the work, Win occupies every waking hour of her day, her dreams at night, and soon, her bed.
And for the first time, the wicked Win is falling in love too. And what begins as a scandalous proposition may become a very different proposal of the heart.

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review 2018-09-27 10:02
A smart guy made stupid mistake
The Devotion of Suspect X: A Detective Galileo Novel - Keigo Higashino,Alexander O. Smith

In the beginning of the story, a man who have been harassing his ex-wife was first injured by his own daughter. He fought back and the girl's mother kill this man in self-defense. 


The story go really weird real fast. 


The next door neighbor knew that they are in trouble and offered to dispose the body for them.


They should have gone to the police. 


The rest is how the neighbor, who is a math teacher and a friend of a person nickname detective Galileo got involved in this case. 


I found it strange that the first killing is unintentional. Yet the cover up is so stupid. Just dispose of the body and cover up any evidence would do. Why be so elaborate in trying to outsmart the police when the police is a bit clueless in what's going on.


The last bit is even worst. I like it as it does reflect on the Japanese culture of accepting responsibilities and the duty to confess one's wrong. 


The bad thing is, who care? If it is self defense, trust the system to prove that it is intentional manslaughter. 




Reading this for Diverse Voices. 


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review 2018-09-26 22:24
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness - Michelle Alexander

I knew this would be a hard read and I was right.  I learned so much in this book.  I am appalled that this discrimination is going on.  I did not know how completely a felony conviction takes over a person's life and how much it ruins that life.  This book opened my eyes to the abuses that go on today.  I do not know how we can go about correcting the wrongs of mass incarceration but changes do need to happen.  This is one book everyone should and must read.

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text 2018-09-26 05:15
Reading progress update: I've read 108 out of 466 pages.
The Devotion of Suspect X: A Detective Galileo Novel - Keigo Higashino,Alexander O. Smith

Detective Galileo is the main character, a supposing genius who also freelance detective work because he had a classmate who is a police detective. 


The wrongful killing in this case could so easily be seen as self-defense if not for the interference of a smart person. 


It was good if it is put in a Japan context while there is very little violent crimes and police rely on confession to solve crime. 


For an international audience, it got a very foreign feel to it as one would find too many plot hole to the story. But it is quite enjoyable to read if one could ignore the obvious plot hole for the moment and let the writer tell the story. 

As I watched this in Japanese, it takes me a while to know this is the very same book that the TV drama is based on. So, too bad. I know the ending. 


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