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text 2017-08-18 19:43
I recommend these free kindle ones For Halloween BINGO 2017 options
Trouble in Mudbug - Jana Deleon
Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Book 1) - Angie Fox

These I already read.  Fun cozy mystery ones with ghosts or other elements that work for the squares.  Hardly deep, profound, erudite literature -- but fun reads by hybrid (traditional and self-published) authors.

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review 2017-08-10 23:22
The Skeleton in the Closet (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, #2) by Angie Fox
The Skeleton in the Closet - Angie Fox
The small southern town of Sugarland is filled with excited people.  A documentary is being filmed by the history channel about a civil war battle that occurred in the town. The movie is to be billed as residents of the town coming together to fight off the invading Yankees, in order to protect their town from destruction. This should be enough excitement for a small town but when a local librarian is murdered to cover up an old secret, Verity has no choice but to get involved. 
As you may have guessed from the book cover, The Skeleton in the Closet is paranormal chicklit.  It doesn't hide what it is or attempt to be anymore than that. If you go into expecting something light to while away a few hours with then you might just enjoy, Verity's latest adventure.  It's got a grumpy gangster ghost, a pet skunk, mixed in with a murder mystery.
Fox walks the line between exulting the antebellum south and calling it out for what was.  Fox makes it clear that "Tennessee was one of the most divided states in the nation, and our boys had gone off to fight on both sides".  In fact, Sugarland continues to be divided today based on whose family did what during the civil war.  The big elephant in the room however is slavery. Not once does Fox point out that the entire reason for the civil war was slavery, even if she has Verity (the protagonist) make it clear that she believes that the North was proven right in the end. Chicklit is meant to be light but if you're going to write a book about the antebellum south and how it effects the modern era, to do so without including characters of colour is beyond problematic. Where are the Black people in this story?   
Fox didn't shy away from detailing the horrors of war.  In detail, Fox wrote about the surgeon who long after his death continued to operate on long dead soldiers. The surgeon continues to amputate limbs and his surgical gown is covered in blood.  Even though both the northern soldiers and the confederate soldiers are dead, both sides continue dehumanise each other.  It's a small lesson in how war teaches people to see those belonging to the other side as less than human and or civilised. 
This is the second book in this series in which the victim is female.  I like that Verity is a strong protagonist who speaks her truth and stands up in the face of oppression and I like that she seems to have a lot of female support; however, having a woman as victim twice in a row has me raising my eyebrows.  Let's see if this trend continues.  

Where Fox continues to stand out is in her discussion of class. A large part of Southern Spirits (the first novel in this series) dealt with Verity's struggle to pay off a debt and that involved her selling most everything she owned and living on Ramen Noodles.  Fox continues this struggle in The Skeleton in the Closet because though Verity has reconciled her debt, she still doesn't have a job and is effectively poor. Verity puts on a brave face but she's aware that one of her best dresses has a hole in the pocket and with only three dresses to her name, this is most certainly not convenient.  Verity continues to largely live on Ramen Noodles though her friends and neighbours do from time to time offer her a decent meal which she absolutely appreciates.  Fresh fruit is very much a luxury for Verity, so much so that she only eats half a banana at a time in order to treat her pet skunk with the other half.  The dollar store is where most of things that Verity purchases comes from.  Verity absolutely lives a food insecure lifestyle that is familiar to far too many people.
Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/the-skeleton-in-closet-southern-ghost.html
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review 2017-08-08 04:11
Just blew me away. This post won't do it justice.
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

There's just so much I want to say about this book, I know I'm leaving stuff out even as I prepare to hit "Post." Also, I know that I'm not doing justice to how good this book is. Given that, here's my best shot.

I'll be honest, the hype around this one turned me off initially. It just didn't seem like my kind of thing. But my wife bought a copy and tore through it and started telling everyone she came across that they needed to read it (especially those of us she lives with). When I saw the library had a copy of the audiobook, I snagged it, because I hadn't got that far on my TBR. By this time, I only remembered "YA," "something about Black Lives Matter," and "Mrs. Irresponsible Reader said I needed to." Which is about as tabula rasa as one could get when coming to a book.


Our central character is Starr Carter. She attends a very nice private school in the suburbs of whatever unidentified city she lives in. She plays basketball there, has friends and a boyfriend and seems to be generally well-regarded by all. Then there's her "other life", that has almost no relation to that one -- she and her family live in a poor neighborhood where almost no one knows her by anything but "Mav's daughter what works at the store" (or something close to that). She has a friend or two in the neighborhood, but mostly works and then goes home. On one of the rare nights she goes out to do something social, she runs into her childhood best friend, Khalil, who she hasn't seen for a few months. Their reunion is cut short, sadly, while he drives her home and they're pulled over by a police officer for a routine traffic stop. I'll leave the details for you to read on your own, but essentially, her unarmed friend is shot repeatedly by the police officer in front of Starr.


In the days that follow Khalil's death is a nationwide story, Starr's being questioned by the police and is trying to keep her psyche intact while the wheels of justice grind slowly. There are problems at school, unforeseen challenges at home and in the neighborhood, add in the involvement with the criminal justice system and activists, and it's clear that neither of Starr's lives are going to be the same again.


Yes, this book is about the shooting of Khalil and the aftermath. But it's about more than that, too. Similar to the way you could say that To Kill a Mockingbird is about the trial Tom Robinson and its aftermath. There's a whole lot of other things going on in both books that are just as much a part of the essence as the shooting/trial. There's family growth and change, individual characters learning more about the world and changing, there's the evolution of localities and best of all, there are characters taking all of this in and exercising a little agency to change themselves -- and impact everything in around them.


One thing I didn't expect was how fun this book would end up being. I laughed a lot -- her father's strange theories about Harry Potter, her Fresh Prince of Bel Air obsession, the teasing between her friends, her family's very cut-throat approach to watching the NBA finals and trying to jinx each other's teams, are just a start. Even when it's not being out-and-out funny, there's a joie de vivre that characterizes the lives of these characters.


When they're not grieving, being threatened (by criminals or those who are supposed to be protecting them from criminals), being angered at the way that the system seems to be destined to fail them, or scared about their lives, that is. Because there's a lot of that, too. All of which is justified. The interplay between the emotional extremes speaks volumes to the authenticity of Thomas' work, and makes it much more effective than it could've been in less careful hands.


There are so few YA novels with healthy -- or existing families -- that Thomas should probably win an award or three just for having so many in one book. None of the families are perfect (though Starr's comes close), some push the boundaries of "dysfunctional" into something we need a new word for; but at the very least there were at least a core of people caring about each other and trying to help each other, in their own way.


Yes, there are political overtones -- or at least ramifications -- to this book, but this is first and foremost a human story and can be appreciated by humans from all over the political spectrum. Thomas, as far as I can tell, went out of her way to be fair and balanced. It'd have been very easy to paint some of these characters/groups as all evil, all good, all misunderstood, all [fill in the blank]. Instead, she took the more difficult, more honest, and much more interesting approach and filled the book with people all over the moral spectrum, no matter their profession, ethnicity, socio-economic background, education, etc.


A few words about Turpin's work. I loved it. She was just fantastic, and rose to the challenge of bringing this kind of book to life. Looking at her credits just now, that doesn't seem like much of a stretch for her -- she's clearly a talented heavy-hitter on the audiobook front.


I laughed, I cried . . . it moved me. This is the whole package, really. It'll challenge you, it'll entertain you, and give you a little hope for tomorrow (while helping you despair about the time until tomorrow comes).

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/08/07/the-hate-u-give-audiobook-by-angie-thomas-bahni-turpin
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review 2017-08-05 07:54
Rezension | The Hate U Give von Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas



Starr ist sechzehn Jahre alt und lebt in zwei grundverschienen Welten. Den Tag verbringt sie in einer Privatschule, an der sie zu den wenigen Schwarzen gehört. Der Rest ihres Lebens spielt sich in Garden Heights, einem armen Stadtviertel für Schwarze ab, in dem es auch zu Ausschreitungen kommt.


Nach einer Party wird Starr Zeugin eines schrecklichen Verbrechens. Kahlil, ihr bester Freund seit Kindertagen, wird vor ihren Augen von einem Polizisten erschossen. Plötzlich steht Starr im Mittelpunkt der Aufmerksamkeit und muss all ihren Mut zusammen nehmen um für Gerechtigkeit zu kämpfen.


Meine Meinung


Angie Thomas Jugendroman „The Hate U Give“ ist ein bildgewaltiges Debüt mit Gänsehautfaktor. Bereits vor der deutschen Veröffentlichung zog der Roman große Aufmerksamkeit auf sich und wurde bereits auf einigen Seiten besprochen. Der besondere Hype um das Buch zeichnet sich auch dadurch aus, dass bereits vor der Bucherscheinung die Filmrechte vergeben wurden.


Natürlich wollte ich mich nun selbst von der Einzigartigkeit dieser Story überzeugen und herausfinden, ob der Hype um Angie Thomas Debütroman gerecht ist.


"Abschiede schmerzen am meisten, wenn der andere nicht mehr da ist." (Seite 80)


Angie Thomas wurde durch den Oscar Grant Fall, bei dem 2009 ein schwarzer Jugendlicher von einem Polizisten getötet wurde, zu ihrem Roman inspiriert. Bei „The Hate U Give“ steht ein ähnlicher Fall im Mittelpunkt des Geschehens. Nachdem Starr hautnah miterlebte wie ihr Freund Khalil grundlos von einem Polizisten erschossen wird, steht sie an einer Wegscheide ihres Lebens. Sie wird knallhart mit den zwei Welten konfrontiert in denen sie lebt und kann nicht länger die Augen vor Rassismus und Gewalt verschließen.


"Manches muss ich für mich behalten […]. Denn hat man einmal die kaputten Seiten von jemanden gesehen, dann ist das so, als hätte man denjenigen nackt gesehen – man wird ihn danach nie mehr so wie früher betrachten." (Seite 99)


Die Schriftstellerin hat einen wunderbaren Erzählrythmus durch den man in Null-Komma-Nichts mitten ins Geschehen katapultiert wird. Das Ganze wird durch die passende Sprache im (Straßen)Slang hervorrragend untermalt. Schonungslos spricht Angie Thomas schwer verdauliche Themen wie Rassismus, Gewalt, Drogen genaus an wie Freundschaft, Zusammenhalt und den Mut sich selbst zu finden und mit seiner Stimme etwas zu bewegen.


"»Mutig sein bedeutet nicht, dass du keine Angst hast,[…]. Es bedeutet, dass du was tust, obwohl du Angst hast.«" (Seite 375/376)


„The Hate U Give“ spricht zudem einen weiteren interessanten Aspekt an. Starr befindet sich mittem im Prozess des Erwachsen werdens, welcher durch traumatische Erlebnisse mindenstens genauso erschwert wird, wie durch das Gefühl in zwei verschiedenen Welten zu leben, die nicht miteinander vereinbar sind. Angie Thomas spendet Menschen wie Starr durch ihr Buch jede Menge Hoffnung und Mut. Weißen Menschen bietet sie hingegen einen tiefen Einblick in die Gesellschaft (Kultur) und Gefühle der Schwarzen – das sollte uns alle näher zusammen bringen!


"Meine zwei Welten sind soeben aufeinandergeprallt. Aber erstaunlicherweise ist dabei nichts passiert." (Seite 404)




Dieser Roman über Rassismus, Mut, Gerechtigkeit und Freundschaft trifft direkt ins Herz. Jeder sollte ihn gelesen haben!

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-the-hate-u-give-von-angie-thomas
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text 2017-08-04 08:05
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Sheriff Peter Holbrook leads a simple life watching over the residents of Nowhere, Kansas, where the most noteworthy crimes are dognappings and brawls at the local tavern. He’s always had an inherent fear of the gray – the yearly spring storms that plague the area. Then one morning, a mysterious woman crashes her car just outside city limits. The tattooed stranger may not remember who she is, but Peter instantly feels a connection with her.


As the gray descends, the girl’s appearance isn’t the strangest event. Unusual behavior from the townsfolk, cattle mutilation, and death soon follow. Peter believes they are related, but only has a hunch and a prophecy from his deceased mother. With the mysteries piling up, Peter must rely on the help of their newest resident to save his sleepy town.


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