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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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review 2018-09-19 00:58
I Am Justice
I Am Justice - Diana Munoz Stewart

I picked this for the cover. I liked it. Justice is an assassin. She is part of a family (all adopted children rescued from various situations) that is rich and has influence. Oh, and they take down human traffickers. Permanently. Sandesh is an ex soldier who runs a humanitarian group (all ex soldiers). Sandesh's group needs money and contracts with Parish Industries (Justice's family).
Based on the description, I shouldn't have been surprised at how dark this went. But I was. I also didn't like how fast Justice and Sandesh's relationship progressed. A slow burn would have worked better IMO because of Justice's background and dislike of most men. I could have done without Walid's (the bad guy) POV. I did like getting Justice's and Sandesh's.
While Justice is kick ass, I thought she had many stupid moments. Like being told to wait and not doing that. She didn't grow on me as the book progressed. I did like the end with Sandesh's question and what he gave her; it showed thoughtfulness and caring. On the other side, the end was a bit abrupt I thought.
When it's all said and done, this was okay and I doubt I will pick up the next one about Grace (which is supposed to be out and it isn't).

For Booklikes Halloween Bingo I read this for the New Release square (came out May 2018).

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review 2018-08-26 23:27
Justice Calling (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress #1) by Annie Bellet
Justice Calling (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress Book 1) - Annie Bellet
Jade Crow has been on the run for quite some time but she's finally found peace in Wylde, Idaho. The supernatural community is attracted to Wylde because of the ley lines and the town is actually home to a plethora of magical creatures, though shifters seem to make up the majority of the population. Jade has built a fine life for herself, including friends and her own business.  Everything comes to a halt however when a Justice ( the shifters version of judge, jury and executioner) arrives in town, certain that Jade has committed some terrible crime. 
Because the Justice is able to read the truth of someone's answers, Jade is quickly let off the hook. Trouble however still finds Jade when a resident is found frozen in their animal form. Jade must now decide whether to help the sexy Russian Justice who just happens to turn into the biggest tiger ever and her friends, or flee before her abusive ex boyfriend shows up and makes a snack of her to gain her power. 
Justice Calling shouldn't really be called a book because at best it's a novella. It gives us a peak at the world and the rather large cast of characters, without really giving us a chance to know any of them in depth. Even Jade Crow, who is the protagonist is pretty much a mystery. All we learn about Jade is that she is a sorcerer, is on the run from an abusive ex and is a total geek. It really feels like Bellet was going through a check list when she was creating these characters.  There are LGBT characters, and Crow it seems is a protagonist of colour. Part of the reason why it felt like a check list is because there's no real characterisation to flesh them out, let alone cultural references that situate them properly. Bellet seemed more concerned with geek bonafides because she filled the book with gaming, movie and pop culture references that would have the geeks grinning with glee, even though they didn't really serve well in terms of character development. 
There's really not much tension in Justice Calling and I am going to crack this up to the fact that it's a novella masquerading as a book.  There are no twists and turns to speak of. Even the antagonist is so basic that it's hard to give him that label.  There's a budding romance between Jade and Justice but it's so paint by numbers that it's not even remotely interesting and there's no real reason to invest in this relationship.  We don't know much about Justice but I really didn't like the way he accused Jade of not having a life because she was thinking about leaving. It's clear that we are meant to see Jade as an abused woman and having a safe space from a known abuser is not cowardice or even selfishness as I feel that Justice implied but a matter of life and death. 
Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2018/07/justice-calling-twenty-sided-sorceress.html
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review 2018-08-21 04:02
Oliver on the run and solved crimes
Divine Justice - David Baldacci

Oliver Stone jumped off a cliff in the last book. 


Now he needed to lay low and escape the hunt. He killed two bad guys who killed his fellow Camel Club member. 


Now he reflected on why he even trying to stay alive. He is good to go and ready to die. But his survival instinct kicked in.


He buy ticket and is on a train when a young man got into trouble. Danny was being beaten up by some guys and Oliver stepped in. His reward for being good is for the conductor to kick him out of the train.


Having nowhere to go. He followed the kid home and make sure he got in safe. He was not poor and his mom asked Oliver to stay and work on odd jobs to earn some money. 


Divine is a minor town with drug problem. But the town didn't look wore down.


So where is the money coming from?


It is also the town that host a max security prison.


Now things go a lot hairier when some people got killed. 


While this is happening. Joe Knox is looking for Oliver, an order from Hague, a powerful agent superior and bad guy. 


The Camel Club are mourning for the death of Milton and worry about Oliver. Of course they are going to help Oliver, whether he likes it or not.


Alex Ford in on the fence because of his position. 


But of course, in story like this, friendship comes before loyalty to the job. 




Not as action pack but the tension is there and the story build up pretty nicely. 


4.5 stars read.  



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text 2018-08-20 07:11
Reading progress update: I've read 356 out of 387 pages.
Divine Justice - David Baldacci

Oliver is being hunted but Jon Knox.


Oliver intervention on a train landed him on a small town in Virginia, named Divine. 


This is a miner town and not as wholesome as it seems. 


Small town murders. 


Drug problem. 


And people not really truthful. Oliver not wanting to get involved but could not stop himself when a young man was beaten up by men. His intervention then landed him with more trouble. 


The Camel Club members still haven't gotten over the death of Milton. 


And now they need to risk their own necks again for Oliver. Even if he would not accept their help, they are going to help him anyway. 


Friendship seems to be the key of the series. 



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