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review 2017-12-11 12:45
The Listener by Robert McCammon
The Listener - Robert R. McCammon

What a great story this is! Set in the American south during the Great Depression, The Listener is a unique tale. Starting with a man we'll call Pearly and ending with the opening of a free clinic, Robert McCammon sucked me in as he always does and now I have another book to add to my All Time Favorites shelf!

 

With a young black man as the protagonist and a few visits to characters we've met in the past, (I want to say so much more about them, but I can't spoil the surprise for you!),

I wasn't sure for the longest time where this story was going. But when Pearly meets Ginger LaFrance, and joins her cold quest for riches, I knew I was in for the long haul.

 

Not since the book MINE, has Robert McCammon created such a cunning female villain. Crafty and OH SO cold, Ginger is capable of anything. When she concocts her evil plan with Pearly as her back up, you just know it's not going to go well. And when another of her family members joins their crew, you cannot help but feel that it was a mistake on  Ginger's part. You also hope that Ginger doesn't succeed. 

 

At a certain point in The Listener, you just have to hold on for dear life because this tale races to the denouement and you HAVE to know what happens. I recommend shutting yourself in a room for the last 50 pages so you can read it without being bothered. Trust me on this! You will be rewarded with an ending so poignant, yet so perfect and totally satisfying that you might find yourself with a tear in your eye. Not saying that happened to me, (it TOTALLY happened to me), but you know, prepare yourself. Perfection in an ending is so rare, but I think McCammon achieved it here. 

 

The only bad thing about getting an ARC, (and in this case it's a REAL ARC, that I can hold and hug tight to my chest, not that I did that), is that there isn't anyone to talk to about this story. I can't wait for you to read it so we can talk about Curtis and Pearly and good old Nilla. 

 

In February when it's released, I hope you will remember my words here today and hop on the opportunity to read The Listener. Please come and share your thoughts with me when you're done. I hope that Curtis invades your mind space as he has invaded mine, and we can talk about how much we both love him. Or perhaps we can talk about THAT character that was such a memorable part of another GREAT, (maybe the best?) Robert McCammon book, and how much we loved seeing them again? I sure do hope that we can, my fellow readers. I sure do hope we can.

 

The Listener has earned my highest recommendation!

 

*Thanks to Cemetery Dance for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it!*

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review 2017-10-07 03:53
Drowned City
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans - Don Brown

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans is a graphic novel regarding the tragedy in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. While it's a trite sentiment, I loved how Don Brown's illustrations brought the story to life.  

 

Please excuse the quality of the snapshot, but I wanted to share the page that hit me the hardest.

 

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It was challenging to read this during this fall of life-threatening hurricanes.  And while the immediate aftermath was less deadly, as I read, I couldn't help wondering how high the death tolls from Harvey, Irma and most especially Maria will eventually be.

 

 

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review 2017-08-11 06:20
Hot & Bothered
Irresistible You (The Chicago Rebels Series Book 1) - Kate Meader

The Chicago Rebels series continues with the story about Remy and Harper.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers, and for full understanding of the series, I recommend reading this hot series in order.

 

Harper has had many emotional blows in a row.  Trying to be a good team owner, she makes the decisions based solely on what the team needs.  Always sacrificing her own needs to keep the team solid.

 

Remy had thought he would finish his career on a winning team.  Never thinking he would be traded at the eleventh hour.  Also not sure what to do about his feelings for his new boss.  They do not even get along most of the time.

 

Such a great addition to the series!  A very slow burn, and you know how I love those.  So many surprises in this story to enhance the read.  Hockey is always scrumptious to read about, and with a very hot couple who cannot stop touching each other - HOT!  I give this book a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publishers.

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review 2017-07-28 05:06
Great way to learn about historical events
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans - Don Brown

 

 

I read this book for my graphic novel class and for a free read Friday. It is very well done. I learned a lot about the aftermath of Hurrican Katrina in New Orleans, details I wasn't aware of before. Don Brown does a great job of presenting facts without a lot of bias. He uses facts and quotes to present the information. The illustrations are sepia toned and provide emotional details not given in the text. The faces are very expressive and even the way Brown draws the bodies shows how devastating the events were for the people of New Orleans.

 

Free Friday Read

96 pages = $2.00

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text 2017-07-15 04:55
My 3rd Free Read Friday - BLopoly
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans - Don Brown

 

I'm reading this book as my third Free Read Friday. It was assigned for my graphic novel class. I started reading it today, so it qualifies for both.

 

It's a graphic novel about the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

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