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review 2017-07-26 22:10
Book Review Alert: Will You Catch Me If I Fall

Will You Catch Me If I Fall

Author: Cherice Harris
Kindle Edition
Published June 14, 2017
Kellz K Publishing
ASIN# B071KG2Y57
Rating 5 stars


Broken mentally and physically, we have O’Shea Greene. Beautiful young lady that has been dealt the worst hand that life can give. She has lost her mother and grandmother to the man that she calls her grandfather. Only to have him molest and beat her whenever he pleases.

On top of all the drama that is happening at home, she now has to go to school and deal with the constant bullying of fellow classmates Kita and her crew. The do not have a reason to hate on her until she catches a certain person’s kind gesture.

ZaCree aka “Cree” is unlike most hustlers you have met. He has a criminal history, businessman's attitude, and a kind heart. He eyewitnesses the drama that his step sister Kita and her girls are doing to O’Shea. He handles that drama to only see them at it again.

One fateful night brings Cree in the life of O’Shea on a more permanent basis. Will Cree be able to handle all the drama that come with the beautiful package that is called O’ Shea?  Will O’Shea be able to put her life back together with all the pieces of the puzzle all over the place?

This book was a breathe of fresh air. It was great to read a novel where the story is total opposite of what you were thinking. So many twists and turns keeps the reader in engaged in the life of the all characters in the story. No character is left out to have an issue of their own in so many words. Everyone is entwine like a community should be.

Cherice Harris had done an excellent job with this novel. The ease of reading and the unique writing bring to life issues that are seen in an everyday manner in our lifetime. All of the stories from the characters ran together with no problem.  This book was dripping with drama and had me one the edge of wanting to fight some of the characters in the book. I really excited to see what book two brings

Source: scbookgal843reviews.blogspot.com/2017/07/book-review-alert-will-you-catch-me-if.html
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review 2017-07-24 23:51
All American Boys
All American Boys - Brendan Kiely,Jason Reynolds

All American Boys follows two young men - one African American, one Caucasian - after an incident of racist police brutality.  Rashad, who is innocent, is beaten severely enough to be hospitalized by a White police officer who claimed he was stealing a bag of chips from a convenient store.  Quinn observes the incident and then struggles with whether to let people know that he was there.

 

Set in a generic small city or large town named Springfield, the story could be taking place anywhere in today’s America.  I’ve been hearing about this book from teacher and librarian bloggers since its release in 2015 and thought it would be a good fit for the optional 4th of July Booklikes-opoly Americana book selection.

 

Co-authored by African American author Jason Reynolds and Caucasian author Brendan Keily, All American Boys could qualify as an #OwnVoices book.  However, I feel like All American Boys was written more as a parable to explain to Caucasian readers why this topic is important than as a book for African American readers to see themselves.  While I found the book compelling, at times All American Boy almost crosses the line to polemic and the moralizing is a bit too blatant to these adult eyes.

 

In the end, All American Boys is a timely memorial to Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Tarika Wilson, Keith Childress and the countless other young African Americans who are disproportionately dying at the hands of police. Despite my quibbles, All American Boys admirably serves as a potential avenue to start the conversation with young adults about this complex topic.

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review 2017-07-21 10:42
An excellent naval history of the Civil War
War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865 - James M. McPherson

A few years ago I decided I wanted to read a naval history of the Civil War. To my surprise, I learned that, for all that has been written about the conflict, there are relatively few books about its naval aspects and the ones I found proved disappointing. Had I waited a little longer I would have discovered that this book was a perfect fit for my needs, as James McPherson brings his expertise as the nation's foremost Civil War historian to the study of its naval aspects. Drawing upon both primary sources and secondary studies he surveys the various components of the naval war, from the Union blockade that was a critical dimension of the conflict to the revolutionary development of steam-powered ironclads, all of which he describes in his clear and assured prose. If there is a complaint to be made about this book it is that the apparent parameters of the Littlefield series for which he wrote it limited the amount of depth in which he can explore his subject, yet within its confines he has provided the best single-volume history of the Civil War at sea there is or is likely to be for some time to come.

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text 2017-07-20 22:48
Reading progress update: I've read 350 out of 750 pages.
American Gods: A Novel - Neil Gaiman

Not going to lie, it's hard to read this one in small doses. I wish I had several hours to just sit and read but I don't. I keep having to backtrack and remind myself what's going on with the characters, but at least I'm making some progress. At this rate I should be finished by Christmas. ohy. 

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review 2017-07-17 18:35
Reservation Blues, by Sherman Alexie
Reservation Blues - Sherman Alexie

This is my first Alexie and not my last. I'm struggling with what to say about it and how because somehow this not-huge novel feels like it's packed in everything about Indian (as they refer to themselves) culture with its focus on a particular reservation and a rock band's steep rise and fall. It does so with deadpan humor and a mix of the fantastic and real that calls to mind magical realism but is distinctive. It's necessarily sad yet not depressing--there's the humor, and there's wonder and hope. There's not an insignificant or uncharismatic character in the book. I feel like I've taken a long, strange trip with them and wish them well.

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