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text 2018-03-01 15:20
February - Black History Month Reads #readsoullit
His Secret Son (The Westmoreland Legacy) - Brenda Jackson
Thuggz Valentine (Wahida Clark & David Weaver Presents) - Wahida Clark
Rumors - A.C. Arthur
Revealed (The Rumors Series, Book 2) - A.C. Arthur
Taming Her Billionaire (Knights of Los Angeles) - Yahrah St. John
Games Women Play - Zaire Crown
Her Secret Life - Tiffany L. Warren
Down by Law (Throwback Diaries) - Ni-Ni Simone
Way Too Much Drama (Kimani Tru) - Earl Sewell
Real As It Gets (Rumor Central) - ReShonda Tate Billingsley

I had a wonderful reading month in February. I read 11 books! I haven't read eleven books in one month in ages. I decided to participate with fellow bookstagrammers and read only black books this month. Here are my ratings;

 

 

4 stars

 

His Secret Son by Brenda Jackson

 

Thuggz Valentine by Wahida Clark

 

Revealed by A.C. Arthur

 

Games Women Play by Zaire Crown

 

Her Secret Life by Tiffany L. Warren

 

Way Too Much Drama by Earl Sewell

 

Real As It Gets by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

 

 

3 Stars

 

Rumors by A.C. Arthur

 

Taming Her Billionaire by Yahrah St. John

 

Down by Law by Ni-Ni Simone

 

 

All these books I requested from the publishers at Netgalley.com in exchange for review.

 

 

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review 2017-09-18 12:45
Lightning Men by Thomas Mullen
Lightning Men: A Novel - Thomas Mullen

 

Atlanta in 1950 was a crowded place. The war was over and housing was scarce. Racial tensions were brewing, neighborhood lines were being redrawn,  and not everyone was happy about that. Even the fact that black policemen now served in the Negro areas of Atlanta didn't mean these officers had the respect of white officers nor that of the residents. When a white man gets beaten down by the Klan and then a Negro beaten down a few days later, tensions threaten to erupt. What happens next? You'll have to read Lightning Men to find out!

 

I was excited when I discovered there was a sequel to last year's Darktown. I was surprised at what I learned from that novel and I learned a lot from this one as well. For instance, I'd never heard of the Columbians before. Apparently, this group of neo-Nazis formed, (and so soon after the war in what must have felt like a direct insult to the soldiers and survivors now living in Atlanta), to unite their hatred of both Jews and Negroes. They even dressed similarly to the SS officers in Germany, hence their nickname: lightning men. 

 

I also learned a lot about how the neighborhoods changed during that less than peaceful time in American history. It's often painful to read about, but it's interesting to see events from several different points of view. Rake, Boggs, Smith and MacInnis are well rounded characters and even now, after a second novel, I think they all still have some secrets in reserve. None of them are perfect and they are all struggling to find their place in this new world, their new police station, (even if it is in the basement of the YMCA), and in their new neighborhoods. Social change doesn't come easy and I think all of these characters recognize and respect that in their behavior, which made them believable to me and maybe a little lovable too.

 

Lightning Men is scary in a way, because it's easy to recognize some of the behaviors from this story on the nightly news today. It's also sad that so much good can begin to be undone by just a few hateful people in high places. Not only is this story a good one, but it reminded me that America always has to remain vigilant,  so that everything we have worked so hard for as a people, is not undone by only a powerful few. 

 

Highly recommended! You can get your copy here: Lightning Men

 

*Thank you to NetGalley & Atria for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2017-04-25 19:06
American Vampire Volume 4 by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque and Jordi Bernet
American Vampire, Vol. 4 - Scott Snyder,Rafael Albuquerque,Jordi Bernet

There were three stories in this volume and I enjoyed them all!

 

Pre-vampire Skinner Sweet and his childhood friend Jim Book, , 50's greaser vampire-hunter Travis Kidd and his badass hot rod, and lastly Calvin Poole living life as a black vampire in the 60's.

 

We were all over the place, time-wise, in this one, but that was cool because the times were interesting. Also, Skinner Sweet wasn't in this one all that much, which I thought was a good thing.

 

I do wish we got to see more of Pearl and Henry, but what we did see has me stoked for the next volume, which luckily is sitting there waiting for me on my reading table at home. Onward!

 

These may not be the best graphic novels ever, but I sure am enjoying the hell out of them just the same.

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review 2017-04-03 22:54
Kindred by Octavia Butler, narrated by Kim Staunton
Kindred - Octavia E. Butler,Kim Staunton

Expecting to be knocked out by this book, I was a little disappointed.

 

 Yes, it's an excellent time travel tale and I learned some things about slavery. However, I expected/wanted the prose to be...exquisite, yet what I received were somewhat simple sentences and a lot of repetition. Lastly, I couldn't help but want an explanation for the time travel-something, anything. Any attempt at all would have been better than nothing in this humble reader's opinion.

 

I listened to this on audio, narrated by Kim Staunton and I thought her voicing was perfect.

 

I'm glad that I finally read this classic, but I'm not sure I'll tackle it again in the future.

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review 2017-03-15 16:03
Good enough for what it is
Black History in Its Own Words - Ron Wim... Black History in Its Own Words - Ron Wimberly

Interesting enough - a short series of quotes by black activists over the years, all illustrated with portraits. Good enough for what it is.

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