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review 2018-09-05 19:42
Any Man will do...{{{cringing}}}
Any Man - Amber Tamblyn

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~BOOK BLURB~

Any Man

Amber Tamblyn

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In this electric and provocative debut novel, Tamblyn blends genres of poetry, prose, and elements of suspense to give shape to the shocking narratives of victims of sexual violence, mapping the destructive ways in which our society perpetuates rape culture.

 

A violent serial rapist is on the loose, who goes by the name Maude. She hunts for men at bars, online, at home— the place doesn’t matter, neither does the man. Her victims then must live the aftermath of their assault in the form of doubt from the police, feelings of shame alienation from their friends and family and the haunting of a horrible woman who becomes the phantom on which society projects its greatest fears, fascinations and even misogyny. All the while the police are without leads and the media hound the victims, publicly dissecting the details of their attack.

 

What is extraordinary is how as years pass these men learn to heal, by banding together and finding a space to raise their voices. Told in alternating viewpoints signature to each voice and experience of the victim, these pages crackle with emotion, ranging from horror to breathtaking empathy.

 

As bold as it is timely, Any Man paints a searing portrait of survival and is a tribute to those who have lived through the nightmare of sexual assault.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I'm not a fan of poetry type prose and this is mostly written that way…It also has a lot of social media commentary, but its also super short, only about 4 1/2 hours on Audio, so not a deal breaker by any means.  Even so, this wrecked me.  This book is not only brutally scary, it's also so unbelievably intense and emotional.  I cried real tears. 

 

Ultimately, the message that Any Man imparts is what its all about, and something I won't likely forget.  For that reason alone this is must read or listen, if you like audiobooks, I definitely recommend the Audio version.  There is a total of 14 people, including the Author, who lend their voices to this story, making it all the more compelling.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 5+/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.5/5

Originality~ 5+/5

For its Message~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.3/5

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Book Cover~ Plain but inviting.

Narration~ 4.5 for a full cast with Glenn Davis, Ben Foster, Marc Maron, Jason Ritter, John Roberts, Russ Tamblyn, Amber Tamblyn, January LaVoy, Phoebe Strole, Robin Miles, Therese Plummer, Dan Bittner, James Fouhey, & Michael Crouch.

Setting~ Various Cities, and the internet

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-08-04 20:19
4.3 Out Of 5 "Surprising" STARS
Gentleman Nine - Penelope Ward

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~BOOK BLURB~

Gentlemen Nine

Penelope Ward

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Growing up, the three of us were friends. 

He was the nerd. 

I was the playboy. 

She was the beauty. 

 

Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits. 

 

He lied. 

 

I went off to college, and he got the girl. 

Amber never knew how I felt. 

They were together for years—before he broke her heart. 

 

Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch. 

When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room. 

 

Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men. 

One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings. 

Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity. 

Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message. 

She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend—me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.) 

 

Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel. 

When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she was stunned to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I purchased this as an Audible "Deal of the Day" and it surprised me.  Early on it felt like it was going to be everything I hate about this genre, but it actually turned out to be a story with substance.  The characters were fairly likable and while their chemistry wasn't off-the-charts hot, it was still hot. They had real-life issues and not some overtly contrived dribble.  It won't be that for everybody, I'm sure…but for me, I liked it.   A few elements of the story actually resonated with me, personally.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.3/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ That guy is seriously hot…

Narration~ 5 for Sebastian York & Andi Arndt, these two are masters at this genre, especially when they are together in one book.

Setting~ Boston and a little Chicago

Source- Audible Audiobook

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review 2018-03-03 20:04
4.8 Out Of 5 STARS for Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar
Mists of the Serengeti - Leylah Attar

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

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Once in Africa, I kissed a king...

 

When a bomb explodes in a mall in East Africa, its aftershocks send two strangers on a collision course that neither one sees coming.

 

Jack Warden, a divorced coffee farmer in Tanzania, loses his only daughter. An ocean away, in the English countryside, Rodel Emerson loses her only sibling.

 

Two ordinary people, bound by a tragic afternoon, set out to achieve the extraordinary, as they make three stops to rescue three children across the vast plains of the Serengeti—children who are worth more dead than alive.

 

But even if they beat the odds, another challenge looms at the end of the line. Can they survive yet another loss—this time of a love that’s bound to slip through their fingers, like the mists that dissipate in the light of the sun?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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"When you lose someone you love, it doesn't end with that event, or their funeral, or with their name on a tombstone.  You lose them again and again, every day, in the small moments that catch you off guard."

 

This quote drew me in right away…because of the realness of it...

 

While Mists of the Serengeti is not without its small hiccups, it could get a little cheesy at points, I still loved the story it imparted.  Such a heartbreaking story, and not just the tragedy that started the story, whereas, they both lost someone they loved in a terrorist attack.  There is so much more to the story than that.  The lush African Setting is fascinating.  The plight of the albino children is poignantly heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting.  The romance is irresistibly sweet, and that epilogue...wow...that was something else.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.8/5 STARS - GRADE=A

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 4.8/5

Pacing~ 4.5/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ A wonderfully beautiful cover.

Setting~ The Serengeti, Africa (near Mt. Kilimanjaro)

Source~ eBook (Scribd)

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review 2017-12-27 22:04
In case you haven't heard…this is one of the good ones.
The Butterfly Project - Emma Scott

 

 

 

Book TitleThe Butterfly Project

Author:  Emma Scott

Genre:  New Adult | Contemporary

Setting:  Brooklyn/Manhattan, New York

Source:  Own Kindle eBook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5+/5

Pacing:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total:  5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

This is my first book by Emma Scott…and I have added quite a few others to my TBR now that I've finished this.  Fresh, genuine characters paired with an amazingly unique storyline.  It's so freaking sweet.  There is no unnecessary drama in this one…and she writes excellent sex scenes too! 

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I'm certain that I will…

 

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review 2017-10-23 21:14
A very worthwhile story once you get past the beginning...
If There's No Tomorrow - Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

 

Book Title:  If There's No Tomorrow

Author:  Jennifer L Armentrout

Genre:  YA, Contemporary Romance

Setting:  Virginia

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

 

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Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  4.5/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  For the first 1/3; 2 for the rest 4 = 4 3/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total:  4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

If I rated this just from the first third of the book, I would rate closer to a 2-star.  At the 36% mark on kindle, which is right when part II starts, this book became a completely different kind of story. Where the first part is mostly just teenage kids behaving as teenage kids are liable to do.  Permeated with too many conversations between too many characters.  The rest of book is a heartfelt and genuine look at the aftermath of a tragedy, with a sweet romance that has all the feels. 

 

I wholeheartedly recommend this to all teenagers, if I could get my daughters to actually read a book, I would have them read this.  There are some important life lessons in here told in a very compelling way…instead of telling them don't do this, and don't do that…this gives them why of those don'ts.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Of, course!

 

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