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text 2018-05-15 05:35
Backlash
Backlash - Sarah Darer Littman

I literally hate this book with every fibre in my being. This is literally the most ridiculous portrayal of cyberbullying that I have ever had the misfortune of reading of my own two eyeballs. I literally don't even know where to begin.

First off, the writing in this is literally so ... mediocre? It literally reads like mediocre fanfiction. And full offense this author literally hasn't spoken to a teenager after 2010 and it shows. I'd feel bad for saying it but I'm getting so tired of adults who have literally no idea what the teenagers of the modern day are like and writing them as whatever stereotype they have in their head. I would've let this slide if this had been written in like 2009 but this was literally published in 2015 so like ... get with the times.

People my age don't use Facebook all that much anymore, at least they don't use it in the way that it's portrayed in the book. Nobody puts you on blast and tells you to kill yourself on a Facebook post in the year of 2015. They just don't. They'll do it on a spam account on instagram or on their snapstory but even then they'll be shady about it, they won't ever mention any names.

Which someone would know if they had ever actually spoken to someone between the ages of 13-20.

Moving on.

All of these characters are like caricatures of human beings, not to mention they're all fucking sociopaths. Everything is so exaggerated to the point that it literally wouldn't work this way in the real world.

Lara is literally so annoying and I should probably feel bad for saying this considering her situation, but she was a fucking idiot. I get where her self-esteem issues came from, seriously I do, but I feel like the way that they were handled was so poorly and it honestly didn't feel like it came from somewhere deep. Maybe it's just me but I literally do not understand why someone would give two shits about the opinion of any boy, especially one they've never met in person. I don't know what it was but her situation just didn't feel real to me.

You mean to tell me, this girl goes from being perfectly fine for weeks and months on end and enjoying life ... to attempting suicide because one boy told her the world would be a better place without her? I don't know, maybe I don't know enough about this type of thing yet to be able to judge whether or not it was realistic, maybe someone really can make a complete 360.

Her sister Sydney is literally ... so self-centered. Her sister literally tries to kill herself and this girl thinks her life is hard because she can't make it to her audition. How fucking hard it must be for you to have a mentally ill sister. Why doesn't she just put on hold so that you can have some attention for five minutes. God she was so annoying but as annoying as she was, she was also one of the only sane fucking people in this book and that wasn't all that hard to achieve since everyone was batshit insane.

Bree is a fucking sociopath, I feel bad for saying this but honestly this girl deserved everything she got and I can't believe the book actually tries to make you feel bad for her. Boo hoo you dumb bitch you didn't make the cheerleading squad get on with your life Christ. Literally who even fucking thinks it's an appropriate thing to create an entire fake account so you can emotionally damage someone you used to be friends with. I literally can't put into words how fucking insane that is.

HER MOM WAS EVEN WORSE.

This woman, instead of scolding her daughter and punishing her for being a literal terrible human being decides tO JOIN IN ON THE CREEPY CATFISH FLIRTING TO BE PETTY AT LARA'S MOM BECAUSE SHE'S AN UNFULFILLED MIDDLE AGED WOMAN. 

The only decent, sane person in this entire book is Liam who calls out his sister for her absolutely insane behaviour and tells her that she's a literal piece of trash.

Look I get it, cyberbullying is a big thing in the age of technology and it's important to talk about ... but this book does a really bad job of it and I feel like if anything, makes it seem a lot simpler than any cyberbullying situation would be.

This book is terrible and I didn't even bother with the last 20 pages, thank you for listening to my TedTalk.
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review 2017-01-28 01:34
Awesome!!
Dallas Fire & Rescue: Burn Out (Kindle W... Dallas Fire & Rescue: Burn Out (Kindle Worlds Novella) (The Sithrah Series Book 1) - Rachel Rivers

Dallas Fire & Rescue: Burnout by Rachel Rivers is a phenomenal read.  Ms Rivers has delivered a well-written book.  She has crafted amazing, lovable character and combined them with a great story full of drama, suspense, action, humor and sizzle.  Mac and Abby's story is a fast paced read that will keep readers glued to their kindles.  This is a fairly short read, perfect for those with limited time for reading.  This is my second book by this author and I'm already a fan.  I loved this book and look forward to my next book by Rachel Rivers.  Burnout is book 1 of The Sithrah Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2016-12-30 21:34
Controlled Burn Book Review
Controlled Burn (Boston Fire) - Shannon Stacey

This was a fun romance. I loved the firefighting scenes (only wanted more of them) and the characters were enjoyable if not insufferable at times. I've been in an adult romance mood and this was perfect for it. Planning on reading more by this author in the future. 

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text 2016-12-01 00:16
Controlled Burn By Shannon Stacey 99 cents!
Controlled Burn (Boston Fire) - Shannon Stacey

Rick Gullotti lives the good life. He fights fires, dates beautiful women—though none long enough so they cast wistful glances at jewelry stores—and has great friends. And thanks to helping out the elderly couple who own his building, his rent is low. But when concerns about their health lead him to contact their only son, his life starts getting away from him.

 

Jessica Broussard has no interest in leaving sunny San Diego or her cushy corner office for Boston, but her father—who happens to be her boss—dispatches her to deal with the grandparents she's never met. She's unprepared for the frigid winter, loving relatives who aren't the monsters she's been led to believe, and the hot, scruffy firefighter who lives upstairs.

 

At first, Jessica is determined to get back to her comfortable life as quickly as possible. All she has to do is talk her grandparents into selling their monstrosity of a house and moving to a retirement community. But she underestimates Rick's dedication—and his considerable charm. Nobody's taking advantage of his friends on his watch, even if that makes the tempting southern California girl with the long legs his adversary. Unfortunately for them both, the only thing more urgent than the matter at hand is their sizzling chemistry, and it's quickly becoming too strong to resist.

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review 2016-10-23 21:11
Controlled Burn (Boston Fire) - Shannon Stacey

Rick was captain of Boston Fire Ladder # 37. Rick’s guys worked well with the guys from Engine # 51. They all worked as a team. There was a lady whom had called emergency fir department four times in six months. Rick had to figure out a way to gently discourage her from calling and using the fire department to try to get a date It wasted time and and money, also one day she may actually manage to burn her house down. The Broussards - Joe and Marie and started out as landlords for Rick but now were like family .Jessica was the Broussards unknown granddaughter her father David had been motified from the hospital when Joe had gotten hurt and ended up in the hospital.. David had told Jessica to take care of the problem and did not even call the hospital back. David had made his parents out to be someone Jessica wouldn’t want to know. Jessica worked for her dad and decided to go down to where her grandparents were since the Doctor would give her no information as she was not on the emergency call form. Jessica had never met her grandparents because of what her father had told her. Davis had told his daughter that his parents were crass, alcoholic, and had bad tempers when Jessica had been eleven. Jessica is immediately attracted to Rick but she lives and works on the West coast while he is on the East coast. I didn’t love or hate this story. First the ending was a little quick. The romance between Rick and Jessica was a little slow to take off. This story just didn't click for me but others may enjoy it more as it is a sweet story and has a good plot.

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