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review 2018-11-30 16:22
A realistic portrayal of rape culture and so much more...
The Nowhere Girls - Amy Reed

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Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.
Who are the Nowhere Girls?
They’re every girl. But they start with just three:
Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.
Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.
Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may, in fact, be an android.
When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at the school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.
Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.

 

 

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The Nowhere girls started off feeling very YA with emphasis on the Y.  It also had its instances that felt very preachy with its WWJD (what would Jesus do) moments...and I don't do religion all that well.  But it quickly became more than that, it takes the very serious subject matter of rape and gives you an uplifting tale of what you can do to make a difference...to make a stand...when you set your mind and heart on doing so.  It takes the feeling of hopelessness that Asking For It gave me and turned it into something hopeful.  With an exceptionally diverse cast of characters, that totally rocked, this book crept up on me and made me love it.

 

 

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4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 


๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏
 
Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ It's okay...
Narration⇝ ☆4☆ for Rebekkah Ross, she wasn't too bad, she did have slightly different voices for each of the three main characters, but I still think it would have been better with three narrators.
Setting⇝ Prescott, Oregon
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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text 2018-11-26 07:15
The drainage system plays a vital role

 

The hangers, heads of conductors, brackets, outlets, caps and even the half round gutter drain is well crafted and sturdy. The aluminum half round gutter prices is about $2. The heritage buildings opt for this type of guttering. The half round gutter system is the oldest type of drainage system existing .Experts feel that the ideal size of a half round gutter should be six inches. The easy half round gutter installation makes it a better choice apart from the fact that, options like hidden hangers and seamless guttering are not so simply done in the other systems. One does not have to depend on the pitch. The original drainage system is back for good. Business is brisk nowadays because the age old designs are still a favorite with the people.

The drainage system plays a vital role in the maintenance of a building. Each part of the half round gutter system is decorative. The half round gutters have a convex trough that carries the water to the bottom easily and quickly. The most common drainage was the half round one before 1950.This is why some of the designs are over a hundred years old.The various manufacturers are busy with their production as the cash box is ringing steadily.. This is why the sale of the half round gutter is going up and forms a considerable portion of the total national market. Copper being costly, making a round gutter is a waste of money. The aluminum half round gutter product is cast copper bushing available in different colors. There are various types of gutter systems, of which the half round gutter system is steadily gaining popularity among installers as this variety has certain advantages.

These are also in demand for the drainage system of old churches and such other traditional constructions.Market study says that the growth in sales of the half round gutter will increase as people are spending money on their custom made houses. The advantage of half round gutters is that they are suitable for all kinds of buildings, whether old fangled or modern. It was in the sixties that the K style came into existence.50/ foot, while the copper ones are more expensive at $18. The half round again became popular, when people realized that they had less seams and even lesser leakage.

They are also very cheap. It is now possible to make a mid range house look like an upscale one. Instead, with the same amount of copper, two half round gutters can be made, thus saving precious bucks. Along with the gutters the accessories are very attractive too. The durability of the half round gutters gained the confidence of the customers. For the houses built on the lines of ranches, these were befitting

 

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quote 2018-11-04 18:36
“Any form of expression that ceases to be an experience and becomes an art form loses its glowing divinity.”
Economic Jihad: Putting the Kibosh on Antiquated Social Axioms Defining Us - Jo M. Sekimonyo,Tara Casimir

― Jo M. Sekimonyo, Economic Jihad: Putting the Kibosh on Antiquated Social Axioms Defining Us

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review 2018-08-06 07:36
Nimona (audiobook) by Noelle Stevenson, performed by a full cast
Nimona - Noelle Stevenson,HarperAudio,Rebecca Soler,Marc Thompson,Jonathan Davis

Nimona started off as a free fantasy webcomic and has since been published in graphic novel form (only the first three chapters of the webcomic are still available for free). I read it back when it was a webcomic and remembered enjoying it. I was excited when I heard about the audiobook, but also wary. I mean, it's a graphic novel. How do you turn a graphic novel into an even halfway decent audiobook?

In the case of Nimona, it was turned into something like a radio play, complete with sound effects, a full cast, and a narrator filling in whatever the sound effects and dialogue couldn't get across. For the most part, I thought it was reasonably successful, although I still missed the artwork.

Let me back up a bit. Nimona stars Lord Ballister Blackheart, a villain who wants to cause trouble for the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics but who doesn't actually want to hurt anyone, and Nimona, his new sidekick. Nimona is a shapeshifter who thinks being a villain sounds cool, and she's overenthusiastic about her new job. She has a tendency to kill people if Ballister doesn't watch her and rein her in. Ballister's nemesis is Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, the man who blew off his right arm.

When Ballister learns that the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics is involved in a project that may be poisoning the country's crops, he decides to intervene. The situation is complicated by Nimona's secrets and Ballister and Goldenloin's painful history

(they used to be friends, and it's strongly hinted that they were once lovers).

(spoiler show)


If the names didn't make it clear, there's a good bit of humor in this. I enjoyed Ballister's enthusiasm for the Science Fair, Dr. Blitzmeyer's complete obliviousness to anything that wasn't her area of research, and anything that poked fun at Goldenloin. The story did take a turn for the serious, though, when the full story of Nimona's past was revealed.

For the most part, the voice acting was pretty good. I was iffy about the casting decision for Goldenloin, but I loved the rest of the main cast. The attempt to have sound effects and narration fill in for the original story's artwork mostly worked, although I'm guessing that my past familiarity with the webcomic probably helped. That said, there were a few times when even I had a little trouble following what was going on, usually when Nimona was doing some of her more rapid-fire transformations.

Story-wise, the pacing was a bit weird. As much as I loved Ballister's reaction to the Science Fair, for example, that part came at an odd time in the story. Also, the ending was extremely unsatisfying. I can't remember if I had the same issue with the webcomic, but I recall a few extra illustrations that at least gave the illusion of more closure. And did the webcomic let readers at least know more about

Goldenloin's ultimate fate? Unless I missed it, the audiobook didn't - the last thing that was said about him was that he might not ever wake up again.

(spoiler show)


All in all, this was better than I expected, but I'd probably still advise newbies to the story to start with the graphic novel and listen to the audiobook only if they love the original work and want more.

 

Rating Note:

 

This is my 3-star "I don't even know" rating. I'd probably have rated it higher if it hadn't been for the ending.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2018-06-26 17:19
Loved
Loved - Kristin Cast,P.C. Cast

House of Night Other World, Book 1

I Picked Up This Book Because: I am a fan of the original HON series.

The Characters:

Zoey Redbird:
The Nerd Herd:
Grandma Redbird, Other Jack and Other Kevin

The Story:

The Good: The Nerd Herd is back! After being spread all across America everyone is back to celebrate Zoey’s 18th Birthday

The Bad: So is Nefert, or maybe it’s just her influence. The White Bull starts some drama that ends up opening a portal to another world. A world where Neferet’s crazy plan to dominate humankind has worked.

The Unbelievable: I know Zoey has a special connection with the goddess Nix but to believe that a teenager and her teenage friends are the people solely capable to lead an entire species… seems a little too much to me. But I rolled with it.

Overall: I liked the concept of another world. I like how they helped the red fledglings and vampires from that world and I see that developing a lot in the future. I do think there was a fair amount of fluff that was unnecessary. I am looking forward to the next installment but will not go through great pains to

The Random Thoughts:



The Score Card:

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3.5 Stars

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