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review 2018-09-14 19:16
WE SOLD OUR SOULS by Grady Hendrix
We Sold Our Souls - Grady Hendrix

 

 Hard rock, heavy metal, stoner rock, doom metal-it all dragged itself up out of the swamp called the blues. 

 

As a major fan of the blues, how could I not be aware of Robert Johnson's story? Legend says he sold his soul at the crossroads to play the guitar like that. Maybe he wasn't the only one doing the selling?

 

WE SOLD OUR SOULS is the story of a band in turmoil, maybe not a great band, but one that affected people. One that got people through the hard times...one that helped them celebrate the good. But when the lead singer decides that this isn't enough for him, he investigates...other avenues. Will the band survive his efforts and appeals to be something greater? Will they survive at all? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

I loved how the background of each band member was related, but I especially liked the lead character Kris, because she wasn't the stereotypical female protagonist that we so often see. (Well, let's face it-we don't see that many female leads of rock bands, in real life or especially as believable characters in books.) She was bad-ass but she didn't think so-maybe she didn't even realize it. But she was resilient and she kept on keeping on even when there was no chance of success. I think I have my first fictional girl crush.

 

As the tale progresses, several twists occurred that I didn't foresee at all. I will never look at a UPS truck in the same way again, (and I bet you won't either). I'm sure my mouth dropped a couple of times and it probably wasn't pretty, but hell, I don't care. (I won't even speak about how late last night my Kindle hit me in my face because I was so intent on finishing this story but I just couldn't say awake any longer.) The bruise was worth it!

 

At the end of each chapter you'll find little tidbits from radio or news broadcasts and some of them won't make sense until later on. I really liked them and they provided background at times, and foreshadowing at others.

 

Grady Hendrix blipped my radar with his beautiful book PAPERBACKS FROM HELL and since then I've been a big fan. This book, however, this one is truly something special. I rank it right up there with a few other books about bands that I've greatly enjoyed like Robert McCammon's THE FIVE.

 

At this point, if I haven't won you over I'm probably not going to. However, I will say, if you're a fan of well written, fast paced, dark fiction, and you love Rock & Roll, you will miss the boat by a wide, wide margin if you don't read this book.

 

My highest recommendation!

 

Available everywhere on Tuesday, September 18th, but you can pre-order here: https://amzn.to/2xdfoR5

 

*Thanks to Quirk Books via NetGalley for the e-ARC of this book, in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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text 2018-09-14 14:30
#FridayReads September 14, 2018
We Sold Our Souls - Grady Hendrix
Hark! The Herald Angels Scream - Christopher Golden
Drawing Blood - Poppy Z. Brite,Matt Godfrey

 

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text 2017-12-18 04:15
Who is my favourite character in the book and why?
Sold - Patricia McCormick

My favourite character in the book is the main character in the book whose name is Lakshmi. She is a girl from Nepal and is 13 years old. Before she was sold into sexual slavery in India, she was in her homeland where she lived with her family. Although her family was poor, she was still grateful of the many little things in life that she did in the village. For example, before her best friend left to go work for a rich family in the city as a maid, they used to play together, brushed each other’s hair and many more. Lakshmi also had a little goat who always showed her affection towards her. Therefore, despite being desperately poor, Lakshmi had the little things in life that she would do in her village that would make her happy. This shows that she knows how to appreciate every little things in life despite the circumstances. This is why she is my favourite character as she has a very pleasant and polite attitude. When she has arrived at Happiness House after being sold to slavery by her stepfather, she thinks that she will have to work as a maid just like her best friend. Her mother taught her everything she needed to know like what to do and what not to do and how to respect the family she will be serving. She listens to her mother’s advice and will do what is told to be done. This shows that she will willing to help her family earn money as she cares for them dearly. This is also another reason why she is my favourite character as she is caring and helpful towards her loved ones. When she found out that she was sold to sexual slavery, she stayed strong through it all. This is why she is my favourite character and she always shows courage, bravery and strength despite the many circumstances.

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text 2017-12-12 05:06
Sold - Patricia McCormick
Sold - Patricia McCormick

What do I enjoy about this book and what did I learn from it?

 

During the holidays, I read this book entitled "Sold,Patricia McCormick" . This book actually won the National Book Award Finalist , no regrets reading this book ! What I really enjoy about this book is that , I get to learn more about how Lakshmi felt and what she went through.Lakshmi is an 13 year old teenager that lives with her desperately poor family, in a small hut in Nepal.At that point of time, her family was in need of money,therefore her stepfather introduce her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid working for a wealthy woman in the city.Lakshmi undertakes the long journey to India and arrives at the house.But as soon as she learns the unthinkable truth,she has been sold into prostitution.What I really learn from this story is that , do not trust people that easily just to get money. Eventhough that was her stepfather,she was desperate for money to help her family. Therefore she was glad  that her stepfather introduce her to that stranger.She went through a lot of thick and thins when she was in India. She had to pay for whatever she wanted,pillow,bed and even her food. As he was a  prostitude, she had to pay 500 rupees for the shot of dirty hands doctor gives her once a month so that she wont become pregnant.Lakshmi was threathen when she was there too.But she didn't live long as Mumtaz warned her before, if he sees her little book of figures, he will bury her alive..She then realize that she was buried alive when she wrote this story.Pity Lakshmi that she has to go through all of those torture alone.

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review 2017-09-08 03:52
Fun read
Sold to the Shifter - T. S. Ryder

Ryder certainly knows how to pack a punch in a small amount of space. Sold to the Shifter is loaded with action, political intrigue, family betrayal, and some steamy fun. Jamie made me a little crazy at times with her acceptance of things, but she did get better as the story progressed. Some situations are somewhat less believable than others, even for fiction, and the story does have its fair share of angst, but it is a fun, quick read.

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