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review 2018-06-26 20:00
5 Out Of 5 "lonely eyes" STARS
The Mermaid - Christina Henry

 

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The Mermaid

Christina Henry

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Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped her in his net but couldn't bear to keep her. But his eyes were lonely and caught her more surely than the net, and so she evoked a magic that allowed her to walk upon the shore. The mermaid, Amelia, became his wife, and they lived on a cliff above the ocean for ever so many years, until one day the fisherman rowed out to sea and did not return.

 

  1. T. Barnum was looking for marvelous attractions for his American Museum, and he'd heard a rumor of a mermaid who lived on a cliff by the sea. He wanted to make his fortune, and an attraction like Amelia was just the ticket.

 

Amelia agreed to play the mermaid for Barnum, and she believes she can leave any time she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he's determined to hold on to his mermaid. 

 

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This was truly fantastic!  A beguiling, slightly fantastical tale about a curious mermaid, and where her curiosity took her.  Taking us from the coast of Maine to New York, Charleston and beyond. Amelia, the name she picked for herself, is haunting and alluring and you can't help but love her.

 

Centered around a reimagining of a hoax played by P.T. Barnum about the Feejee Mermaid, in early 1840's New York, with a tour ending in Charleston, SC.

 

 -Advertisement for the Feejee Mermaid from the Charleston Courier, January 1843

 

The Mermaid is a story about what it means to be human or humane, actually.  It's also about love, friendships, and loyalty. I highly recommend.

 

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~MY RATING~

5STARS - GRADE=A+

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5+/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5

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Book Cover~ It's very good

Publisher~ Berkley Publishing

Setting~ New York City, 1840's

Source~ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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review 2018-06-19 02:34
4.5 Out Of 5 "The Pathway to X" STARS
X: A Novel - Kekla Magoon,Ilyasah Shabazz

 

 

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X

Ilyasah Shabazz & Kekla Magoon

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A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book 

Co-written by Malcolm X’s daughter, this riveting and revealing novel follows the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world.

 

Malcolm Little’s parents have always told him that he can achieve anything, but from what he can tell, that’s a pack of lies—after all, his father’s been murdered, his mother’s been taken away, and his dreams of becoming a lawyer have gotten him laughed out of school. There’s no point in trying, he figures, and lured by the nightlife of Boston and New York, he escapes into a world of fancy suits, jazz, girls, and reefer. But Malcolm’s efforts to leave the past behind lead him into an increasingly dangerous territory. Deep down, he knows that the freedom he’s found is only an illusion—and that he can’t run forever.

follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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A somewhat harsh, albeit enlightening, fictionalized history about Malcolm X.  Centering on his informative childhood to young adult years.  I learned some things and had some things laid bare for me.  The audio by Dion Graham lends a very authentic voice and is well done.

 

At the end of the story, his daughter speaks about her dad and then there is a couple chapter's telling all about what they (Shabazz and Magoon) kept true to his story and what they embellished on.  Plus an additional timeline of his life.  I read this for a reading challenge (X title) and this is one of those instances where I'm content a reading challenge compelled me to choose something I wouldn't have normally had on my radar.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 3.8/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5

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Book Cover~ Awesome!

Narration~ ☆4.5☆ by Dion Graham with Ilyasah Shabazz

Setting~ Lansing, MI, Boston, MA, and Harlem, NY

Source~ Audiobook (Scribd)

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review 2017-10-06 16:06
Break the cycle…get out…and don't look back.
Bad Romance - Heather Demetrios

 

 

Book Title:  Bad Romance

Author:  Heather Demetrios

Genre:  YA, Realistic Fiction

Setting:  Small town, CA

Source:  eBook (Library)

 

 

 

⇝Add to Goodreads⇜

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  4.5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  3.5

Total:  4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

This is not as compulsively readable as I'll Meet You There is…but it's an entirely different subject matter, told in an entirely different format. It's written like Grace (the MC) is reading/writing the story of what happened between her now ex-boyfriend, the source of her bad romance, and herself over the course of their relationship.   I found my reading pace slowed because of this format, despite this, it is well written.  Ultimately, though, the message of this story sets it apart from other books, and it reminded me of my own toxic relationship.  I ended mine fairly quickly, though…I recognized it fairly early on for what it was, and I gtfo.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Well, I have previously stated that I wanted to read everything she's ever written…so probably!

 

 

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review 2017-07-29 17:14
Maybe...I just wanted to like this more than I actually did...this one left me confused as to how I should rate it.
Stalking Jack the Ripper - Kerri Maniscalco,Nicola Barber

 

 

Book Title:  Stalking Jack the Ripper

Author:  Kerri Manisculco

Narration:  Nicola Barber

Series:  Stalking Jack The Ripper #1

Genre:  YA, Historical, Mystery

Setting:  London, England

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

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My Thoughts

 

A fast paced story, full of wit and charm, that felt somewhat disorienting to me.   I'm not sure I can fully explain the why, though.  Seriously, I had this long explanation written out, and it just didn't make sense.  So, I deleted all of it and…well…I did find the forensic science involved to be interesting, and overall the story was entertaining, despite my issues.  The ending could have been done better.  Here is some cool Stalking Jack The Ripper Art…(artist credit Phantomrin)

 


Partners in crime solving - Cresswell & Wadsworth:)

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  3.3/5

The Feels:  3.7/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3.5/5  Cliffhanger:  to be continued

Total: 3.8/5 STARS

 

Will I continue this series?  I'm not opposed to doing so.  I might try reading it instead of listening to the audiobook...I'm not sure, but, maybe it's the narrator that annoys me. 

 

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review 2017-04-14 15:03
Queen of Always (Stolen Empire Book 3) - Sherry D. Ficklin

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Leader of the Broken Hearts by Papa Roach  --Catherine is tasked with some difficult decisions that leave her not so lucky in love. Ultimately, she did it all for Russia…

And now I finally know what it feels like

To risk everything and still survive

When you’re standing on the battlefield

And all the pain is real

That’s when you realize

That you must’ve done something right

'Cause you’ve never felt so alive

*note:  all the lyric video's for this song were not quite the right one, but this one's at least visually engaging…but some of the lyrics are wrong.

 

Book Title:  Queen of Always

Author:  Sherry D Ficklin

Series:  Stolen Empire #3

Genre:  Older YA, Historical

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

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Overall Rating:  4.3/5 STARS (GRADE=A-)

 

My Thoughts

 

She's ruthless, because she has to be…she's loved because she's fair.  She's the queen because she took it.

A stunning conclusion to the Stolen Empire Series…a sometimes poignant, sometimes encouraging, with some serious OMG moments leading up to her stealing the crown from her asinine (and that word doesn't even cover it) husband, Peter.  For such a short book it really packs a punch.

 

⇝Sex Factor⇜ This is older ya for sure because of the graphic content and the sex.  Especially, one scene in particular…wow (maybe a little TMI).

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4.3/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4.3/5

Addictiveness:  4.2/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  No

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Yes, I would

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