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text 2017-08-11 12:03
11th August 2017
Roots: The Saga of an American Family - Alex Haley

Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you. 

 

Alex Haley

 

Roots author Alex Haley (born August 11, 1921) served in the Coast Guard during World War II. Impressed by his writing skills, his fellow sailors would pay him to write love letters to their girlfriends. 

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review 2017-07-27 03:07
More like Breast Pride
Paxton Pride (The Paxton Saga Book 1) - Frank Schaefer,Kerry Newcomb

I just want to say, even if I don't end up liking/enjoying the books you all recommend to me, I always get something out of them. I greatly appreciate the time and effort you all take to think of me.

Thank you to Belinda for the recommendation.

 

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Part 3 was were I kicked my skim reading into gear. I just couldn't, y'all. The almost raped yet once again heroine scene after scene had me exhausted. To say this story is problematic would be sugar coating it. The third part the hero and heroine hardly spend any time together as hero has run away to get over his blaming of the heroine for losing their child. Heroine miraculously sheds her city persona and becomes Annie Oakley and takes to running the ranch. Men love her for it and of course, women are jealous of her. The men loving, women hating is so extreme in this, bleh. 

 

Heroine ends up getting kidnapped by villain, lives under constant threat of rape from him, another glorious scene where villains sexual aggressiveness starts to turn her on, a very woman's no can easily be turned into a I really want it yes. An almost gang rape scene, heroine gets tossed and stripped in a circle of men before they are interrupted.

I just don't know how I could stand the romance of it all!!!!

 

These older, longer saga romance reads typically would do a great job with incorporating historical detail and creating a very clear setting, this one is no exception; I enjoyed the western setting. The sexism and racism just ended up ruining it for me. 

 

She was much woman, this one. There was much spirit in her---a real woman's spirit. Not like the temperamental Marcelina. The little one knew how to please a man, knew instinctively and exquisitely where and how to touch him, how to move. But such a girl was for a moment and no longer. There were many more like her. The woman at the fire was one of strength, of character as strong as the hills and rocks themselves. A man who was blessed with the love of such a senorita would need no other woman except occasionally, for the sake of diversion.

 

 

Because of course, the Latina SIXTEEN year old girl is just a natural sexual being, while the white woman only encapsulates the highest virtues. Which, I have to say, home girl only started to lose her spoiled ass attitude only about three chapters back, so singing her virtues seems a bit premature. Also, because I simply can't keep the horror to myself, the sixteen year old and villain end up being brother and sister. Which turns out the villain knew. He knew he was banging his sister. Yep, this was a two for one, dad and brother incest!!!! 

The bonus line of men being blessed with a good woman so they only have to sleep with other women occasionally for sake of diversion, had me feeling spoiled. 

 

So, I won't be continuing on with the series. 

 

A huge thank-you to previous generations of women who worked and work to clear this type of grossness from my younger generation eyes. I only hope to do the same for the next. 

 

 

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text 2017-07-26 20:32
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Paxton Pride (The Paxton Saga Book 1) - Frank Schaefer,Kerry Newcomb

 

I've made it to part 3.

 

While part 1 was dominated by the father lusting scene, part 2 was all about the rape. You see, the male authors have decided that the only way our heroine can or wants to exert her power is by flirting and coyly seduce men. No friends with women because they are all just jealous of her beauty. There's a great scene where heroine is friendly with a a guy and he misinterprets or over interprets her friendliness into meaning she wants to have sex with him. He almost rapes but the hero ends up shooting him first. Hero blames her for guys death. You see he was a really great guy who was driven crazy by heroine's friendliness.

 

The hero's mom is good, because of course men put them in a different category than other women but the rest of the characters don't fair so well. There is a sixteen year old Latina character who lusts after the hero and throws herself at him, he gets hard for her but manfully pushes her away. She then of course betrays everyone when she lets in the villain into the ranch. The villain who raped her, until she passed out but the third time he rapes her, she decides she likes his strength and wants to be his woman. 

 

So anyway, there was a lot to choose from for a quote from this 2nd part but I'll give you this:

 

"I know what happened. For three nights and days I've been here fighting your fever with cold cloths and listening to you repeat the story over and over again. You had a gun. You could have stopped him." He placed the lantern on the table, leaned over and gripped her by the shoulders, his fingers bruising the flesh of her arms, his voice quaking. "Karen. He killed Maruja. You let him. You ran. You...killed our son."

 

When the villains broke into the ranch, our city gal heroine panicked (I don't think the hero ever taught her to fire a gun) and froze, not firing her weapon to defend. She ended up falling and losing her baby. "Hero" blames her for the miscarriage. 

 

I can't wait to see what part 3 brings

 

(There was some good Alamo history) 

Trying not to be a glass half empty person :/

 

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review 2017-07-25 12:00
Book Tour Review that I am Involved with. So Freaking Awesome!!!!!
The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga) - Elise Kova
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The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga #2) by Elise Kova Publication Date: July 11, 2017 Publisher: Keymaster Press
Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh. While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills — and quick-shooting accuracy — makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons. Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.
 
My Review
I really enjoyed this book a lot too, even though it took a little bit longer to get into, compared to the first book. But even though I still liked this book a little bit more than the first one. I think that's because of the last half of the book, so much happens. There are some deaths especially one very surprising one, at the end. Cvareh is still my absolute favorite of all the characters, I really love how he feels towards Ari, and I feel that after this book, I would love for them two to get together in the end. Flor really surprised me towards the very end of the book, and I am not sure about how I feel about what she did. She is sure changing compared to what she was like, in the beginning of the first book. Something's that happened in this book is sure going to make the last book in the series very interesting. And I can't wait until December to find out what that is going to be. I am so happy I was chosen to take part in the book tour for this awesome and action packed book.
 
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AUTHOR INFO:
Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the Loom Saga
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review 2017-07-25 03:01
Saga, Vol. 7
Saga, Volume 7 - Fiona Staples,Brian K. Vaughan

Unsurprisingly, Saga continues to be fantastic. The story switches between cracking me up and breaking my heart. This volume does not hold on delivering the heartbreak with Hazel's family enduring even more hardships as they try to find a safe place to live as the war rages on. They get stuck in on a comet and grow close to a local family there. Unfortunately, with multiple races wanting them dead, it's hard to stay safe for long. And with a war going on, the number of casualties keeps increasing.

 

The artwork is still absolutely gorgeous. I love just how creative the different designs for various races can get.

 

This series is consistently well-written, weird, fun, and heartbreaking. I can't wait to see where it goes next.

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