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review 2017-08-07 21:58
In serious need of a major rewrite!
The Last Chicago Boss: My Life with the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club - Kerrie Droban,Peter 'Big Pete' James

I was looking forward to reading this book. My career required me to be aware of and fluent in different criminal gangs. I always found motorcycle gangs to be of the most interesting variety. Thus, a chance to get insight into the "Outlaws" appealed to me very much.
Unfortunately, this isn't the book for that. The writing is terrible. Hard to follow, disjointed, it reads like someone with ADD wrote it. The author will start one story, morph it into another unrelated story, or worse yet, just drop it midway through.
The book is seriously in need of a major rewrite. Disappointing!

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review 2017-08-07 21:03
Chilling
Bounty Hunter 4/3: My Life in Combat from Marine Scout Sniper to MARSOC - Chris Martin,Jason Delgado

Jason Delgado has penned an excellent book about his experiences growing up in the Bronx, becoming Marine, a sniper, his experiences in Iraq as a sniper, and about becoming an sniper instructor afterwards. While he leaves no doubt about his alpha male status, he does not shy away from describing many personal experiences, even the ones where he feels he has failed.
Where the book really shines is in his telling of his tours in Iraq. From his gung-ho, supremely driven first days there, to his awakening to the horrors of the war and his part in it. The battle scenes were extremely vivid, fast moving, and made you almost feel you were there. And afterwards, you could really feel his pain.
While sometimes I felt uneasy with his macho take on the world, and how the Marine Corp really promotes this sense of invincibility, I am aware that it is a world I will never understand, and cannot fault it for it's success in creating "supermen" like Delgado. Other times, I really felt bad for him, when he had to face up to the fact that the rest of the world (his relationships, for one) did not subscribe to the same outlook.
All in all, an excellent book. I just cannot get over the horrors he faced in Iraq, in battles that we here at home never were even told about. And I thank him for his service.

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text 2017-07-17 14:34
BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn
Wesley James Ruined My Life - Jennifer Honeybourn
Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.
 
So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn’s going to do is forgive and forget. She’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once—by getting him fired.
 
But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. When Quinn finds herself falling for him, she has to decide what she wants more: to get even, or to just get over it.

 

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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/07/blog-tour-review-giveaway-wesley-james.html
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text 2017-06-19 10:31
Reading progress update: I've read 55%.
Gunning for Greatness: My Life: With an Introduction by Jose Mourinho - Mesut Ozil,Jose Mourinho

Like most footballers biographies, it's a bit dull. The most interesting parts are where he talks about growing up as a son of turkish immigrants in Germany, and the fallout of his choosing German nationality over Turkish. 

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review 2017-06-12 16:16
My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1) by Diana Rowland
My Life as A White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland

After reading a lot of heavy and hard-hitting books that were too close to home for the majority of this year, I wanted to read something light and fun. A couple of years ago, I heard about the White Trash Zombie books from Comic Book Girl 19 and she said they were really good books. She even modeled for the book covers, which is amazing btw. Anyway, seeing as how I wanted something light, I checked them out from the library and gave them a read. And, yes, CBG19 was right. These book are really good!

 

It follows a girl in her early twenties who is considered to be a "loser" by society. She has a drug and drinking problem and is not exactly the most reliable person on the planet. However, one day she wakes up in a hospital room without any recollection to how she got there and she is craving one thing that humans should not crave: brains. Now she needs to figure out what happened to her, how she ended up in the hospital, and who turned her into a zombie... without losing her humanity.

 

Diana Rowland has created a fun world with equally amazing characters. Her writing is so easy and well-done. I flew through this book. Now to mention she has a diverse cast of characters, White, Black, Asian, and Hispanic characters are shown throughout without being stereotypes. I am really impressed with how well Rowland has written all these characters and made them feel human (no pun intended). I literally have no complaints about this book whatsoever.

 

The main character, Angel Crawford, is such a smart, caring, and tough little zombie. I want her to find her way out of the situation Life so unfairly shoved her in, and I want her to find happiness. Derrell, Angel's partner working at the coroner's office, is so sweet and caring. He looks out for Angel and is almost a second father to her. Marcus Ivanov is a bit of a prude but he also cares about Angel and wants to help her in her endeavors. All of the side characters felt more like main characters since Rowland does a great job in developing them.

 

I really think this is a series more people should read. It's a light read, yes, but Rowland also showcases what it's like to live at home with an abusive father. She talks about rape not being the victim's fault and, seeing as how rape culture just loves blaming the victim, I think this is an important subject for people to read about. Please, go ahead and read this book. It's smart, funny, action-packed, and if you love zombies, there's plenty of that, too! There is violence, gore, talk of sexual abuse, and drug use so keep that in mind when reading this. Other than that, give this book a read! It's an enjoyable one.

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