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url 2017-07-02 18:14
July Kindle Firsts (free ARC for prime members)
The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed [Kindle in Motion] - Scott Parazynski,Susy Flory
Little Boy Lost - J.D. Trafford
Secondborn (Secondborn Series Book 1) - Amy A. Bartol
A Beautiful Poison - Lydia Kang
Mrs. Saint and the Defectives: A Novel - Julie Lawson Timmer
Kings of Broken Things - Theodore Wheeler

Prime members get one of their choice free (not to borrow, the same as purchasing) ahead of release date.

 

Per usual, none mainstream published, all Amazon publishing imprints.

 

I seldom read memoirs, but I did select The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed  - Scott Parazynski,Susy Flory  

Source: www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/kindlefirst
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text 2017-07-01 20:50
My Kindle First choice for July
A Beautiful Poison - Lydia Kang
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review 2017-04-17 16:30
Quackery by Lydia Kang; Nate Pedersen
Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything - Lydia Kang,Nate Pedersen

After reading his book it is a wonder any of our ancestors lived making way for us to be here.  There are strange but true accounts all through this book of the medicines of the "day" so to speak, and the repercussions of using them.  There are a few historical names in the book and their stories. Like Abe Lincoln and his bout with taking mercury for headaches.  The book goes into to detail of how the medications were mixed, what they supposedly cured, and what they actually would do to the human body over time and more.  There are some great pictures and drawings in the book as well.  You do not have to be  Doctor to read and enjoy this book.  it is written is easy to understand word instead of scientific jargon. And there is a good bit of humor as well. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2014-02-06 19:09
Control By Lydia Kang
Control - Lydia Kang

I hadn't heard about this book until I was invited to read this book for a read a long. I enjoyed it a lot. It was fast paced, interesting, and the characters were likeable. I liked the science part about the book the most I think. It made the book interesting in areas where it would be dull and just full of romance. I did however feel that the romance was a bit forced at the beginning. Because Cy and Zel didn't really get a long when they finally got the relationship going they were acting like that had been dating forever which felt a bit unrealistic. I realize the romance is needed for the plot but I think maybe if they had felt an instant connection then maybe it wouldn't seem so forced. 

Otherwise I fully enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the sequel.

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review 2014-01-07 22:05
Control (Control #1) by Lydia Kang
Control - Lydia Kang
tw: misogyny, slut shaming, abuse, miscarriage, and I'm probably forgetting 15 other things

 

This book is everything that's wrong with YA: slut-shaming, girl-on-girl hate, hypersexualization of everything girls do even when it's not even remotely sexual, a verbally and emotionally abusive love interest who kisses the protagonist while she's drugged, weak worldbuilding, boring stereotypical characters, an attempt at a love triangle, absurd dialogue, girls only realizing their worth if a boy points it out. I could go on and on.
 
Let's start with our protagonist: Zelia. 
She spends the entire book slut shaming other girls. Most disturbing of all, slut shaming her little 13 year old sister. She's 17 years old, why is she always comparing herlself and demeaning her kid sister for liking perfume, make-up, doing her hair, boys? She seriously cannot go for a single page without putting her sister down, it's so sickening...
There is such insidious misogyny throughout this book, and the author is aware of this because she makes Dylia, the sister, remark upon it:

 

“You look nice without makeup,” I say between the regimented breaths of my necklace.
“Please, Zel. No lectures,” she says, combing her damp hair with her fingertips.
“I’m not lecturing you.”
“It’s a sneaky lecture. You’re an expert in those.”


Zelia also suffers from a severe case of "I'm Not Like Other Girls":

I’m a total embarrassment. My refusal to wear makeup, nice shoes, or tight clothes. My penchant for getting excited over CellTech News, my favorite holo channel. My endless nagging about her flashy dresses and too-shiny lipstick.

 

Because, as everyone knows, in YA if there's a girl who likes science this automatically means that'll be her entire personality. It defines her. There is no time for liking boys (or girls), fashion, or make-up! Because she likes science, so she's a social pariah. 
 
Even so, Zelia falls into the clutches of her love interest. I suppose it's meant to be romantic, or something? I'm sorry but I don't find verbally abusive men to be appropriate love interests in anything, but even less so in YA.
Ladies, if a guy has something like this to say about you:

 

He spits on the floor again. “She’s damaged goods.”


and 
 

I didn’t come here to discuss societal rejects.


RUN THE OTHER WAY, HE IS NOT BOYFRIEND MATERIAL!

Not Zelia, though...

 “If I hear another but or can’t or don’t today, I will unleash the hellfire of all things female and bitchy and you won’t recover for a millennium. Okay?”

 

Yes! Amusing "threats" of stereotypical female "bitchiness" in response to emotionally manipulative controlling behaviour! That's so much healthier than cutting that asshole out of your life because you deserve better! Great message!
 
But on to the plot, Zelia and Dylia are constantly on the move with their abusive and controlling (not that this is explicitly condemned, instead, it's justified because he's just ~trying to protect them~, because he ~loves them so much~) Doctor dad, when they get into a car accident and are each taken into a different faction of mutants. Sounds familiar? It's because it's X-Men without any of the social commentary. I'm not even a big fan of X-Men, not because I don't find graphic novels to be a legitimate medium or because I don't like the stories, it's just that it bothers me that it's more acceptable to create a bunch of genetic mutants and illustrate how society marginalizes and mistreats them, while ignoring the struggles of actual minorities. But I digress, so back to the point: there is nothing even remotely original about Control. 
 
Zelia meets her new mutant family: an all-knowing (in this case all-scenting) figure of authority, a guy with four arms, a guy with two heads, Poison Ivy (she goes by another name, but it's her), and the aforementioned psychopath with whom Zel will fall "in love". Perhaps I'm forgetting someone, I don't know, that's how unforgettable they all are.
 
Only two girls in the house, I'm thinking bff! And I'm thinking wrong. Vera immediately dislikes Zelia because she is a "female and [she] exist[s]. Probably an alpha female thing, like wolves or rats".

Not that Zelia is exactly the type of girl you'd want as a friend:

 

I’m not shocked by the fact she’s wearing the latest fashion from Hookers-R-Us.
And I shouldn't be shocked at all the slut shaming at this point, yet... here I am.
 
Add to all this the fact that the writing is the most eye-roll inducing thing printed in recent times:

 

 He sits in the center of a round desk and computer screen that almost completely encircle him. On a happier day, I’d joke that he’s got a bad Saturn complex.

 

*eye-roll*

 

I hate it when people call me a lady. I’m anything but, so it feels like an insult.

 

*eye-roll*

 

That’s by legal fusion.” Hardly anyone calls it marriage anymore.

 

*eye-roll*

 

I’ve just lost everything I’ve ever known and she’s getting all hydrochloric acid on me.

 

*eye-roll*

 

The tiniest hint of a smile. It warms his slate eyes just a touch, like cold butter that softens after landing on warm toast.

 

*eye-roll*

 

I can feel it in my neurons.

 

*eye-roll*


But then Zelia says something that made me stop and really think:

"My heart. It hurts."


This was familiar in its histrionic absurdity, and it made me like her for some reason... Why? Where had I seen those words before? Where? And then... it hit me.


Don't be fooled, though. Comparing Zelia to Lumpy Space Princess is an insult to LSP.

 

 

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