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review 2018-03-31 17:49
The Animators, by Karla Rae Whitaker
The Animators - Kayla Rae Whitaker

The Animators struck a deep chord with me on two levels: as an artist and as best friend to a fellow artist. If you are either, you'll likely love this novel as I did.

 

Funny and engaging from the first page, The Animators starts with our narrator, Sharon, in college, where she meets the charismatic Mel Vaught. Both are aspiring animators who are into the same shit and share an aesthetic; both come from poor, rural southern U.S. backgrounds. Many of us in the arts could identify that time when we learn we're not actually outsiders, that others share our interests; college tends to be a place where we find our tribe.

 

But this is not a novel about being a college arts student. The narrative quickly brings us to a present where Sharon and Mel have made a successful indie animated feature that centers on Mel's life. They live together in New York City. Mel drinks and does a lot of drugs; she's the life of the party. Sharon...is not. She spends a lot of time and emotions angsting over her latest romantic interest, of which there are many.

 

Tension develops between the two, much of it, from Sharon's perspective, owing to Mel's lifestyle. There's a blowout, followed by a shocking, life-altering health crisis for one of them. It's a reset that leads them on a path to mining Sharon's childhood for their next project. This raises very real questions artists face about using their lives in their art in ways that may hurt loved ones. I wasn't quite satisfied by the resolution to this issue, but I appreciated its being seriously considered.

 

This book excels at depicting partnerships between women, their working lives as artists, and craft. The prose is engaging, the characters vivid, and there are some heartbreaking and harrowing moments. Even if you're not an artist or friends with one, I can't imagine Whitaker's (first!) novel not winning you over from page one.

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review 2018-03-29 14:15
The Big Killing Almost Killed Me Big with Boredom
The Big Killing - Annette Meyers

It took me forever to get into this book. The first part was very boring and I almost quit reading it. It finally got interesting enough to hook me so I had to find out how it ended. I decided to read this book because I have the 4th book in this series so I looked up the first book. I don´t read books out of order.  Now I don´t want to read anymore. This series is about a duo of headhunters called Smith and Wetzon (neither of which have a gun) but Smith is a very unlikable, shallow, cardboard character who seemed to be absent for much of the book. Wetzon isn't very smart and some things seemed obvious but she was clueless. There were a lot of names thrown around throughout the book, clients or people Wetzon knew, and it was impossible to keep track of them all.  It is also based in the financial world of Wall Street and there is a lot of talk about stocks and such which made me lose interest even more.  The book I have on my shelf that I was hoping to read and move out is called Blood on the Street and I am sure that means Wall Street.  I am thinking that book might just get donated instead.

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review 2018-01-18 21:46
Tatted up and Tied Down
Tatted Up & Tied Down (A Sex, Drugs ad Rock Romance) (Volume 3) - S.I. Hayes,J. Haney

Title:  Tatted Up & Tied Down

Author:  J. Haney & S. I. Hayes

Publisher:  Createspace Independent Publishing Platform 

Series:  A Sex, Drugs and Rock Romance Book 3

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

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"Tatted Up & Tied Down" by J Haney & S. I. Hayes

 

My Thoughts....


Wow what a good read in this 'Book 3 in Tatted Up & Tied Down.' We get to see just how the rock star [Fallen Angels Drummer]  Steve [known as the beast] will deal with not only his wife. three daughters but also a girlfriend[Crystal].  Will Steve be able to deal with what all is before him and be sober?  I found the characters very relatable, developed and well portrayed that will definitely keep your interest in wanting to know what's coming next.  You get to feel a little bit of it all from this drama that will lead to 'anger, sadness, love and yes some hot steamy sex.  By the end will Steve and Crystal ever get their HEA?  Well, this will be quite a ride so you will have to pick up "Tatted Up & Tied Down to see" how well these authors brings this story all together for the readers. I will say I loved the ending!

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review 2018-01-18 21:43
Hell in Heels
Hell in Heels (A Sex, Drugs and Rock Romance Book 2) - J. Haney,S.I. Hayes

Title:  Hell in Heels

Author:  J. Haney & S. I.Hayes

Publishers:  J. H. & S. I. Hayes                        

 

Series:  Hell in Heels

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

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"Hell in Heels" by J. Haney & S. I. Hayes

 

My Thoughts....


I really enjoyed reading this second book of 'Hell in Heels' by these two authors which featured Angelica [Rock Singer] and Maverick [Manny].  How these two were brought together...'a self proclaimed Queen Bitch and a dominate Manny' [OCD Therapist/Bodyguard] was really one steamy hot story that will keep you turning the pages.  Will this Manny be able to help Angelica by watching over her ever step of the way after she comes out of rehab?  Will they b able to help each other in this emotional difference that is between them?  


Be really for a lots of drama with {omg} craziness and secrets as these two come together giving the readers a delightful as well as a entertaining story.  These author really put together quite a read which showed their magic of what it is  truly like on a 'road to recovery' as it was for Angelica. In the end the reader will get it all on Angelica background in what really made her tick and will the help  of Maverick helping make her the best that she will be especially now that it seems like she has someone else who has come back into her life.  Now, to truly understand all that has gone on I would suggest you read book one, two and the last book 3 to fully understand the whole series from the 'A Sex. Drugs and Rock Romance.'     

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review 2018-01-05 19:14
That's What Brothers Do - Derekica Snake
I loved this book I was pulled into it from the first page I read.

This story was dark, intense, violent and a total emotional rollcoaster.

I loved Brant he was a martyr, he kept sacrificing himself for those he loved and every time there was a glimpse of hope for him to be fee it get crashed in the next, your heart goes out to him and you could feel all his anguish and sorrows, I loved his connection with Wilber and maybe it wasn't completely right but I loved it and how Brant finally had someone to belong to .

Overall this book was a great and an enjoyable read and the writing was amazing and the author knows how to pull into a story that will remain with you even after you finish the book.
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