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review 2016-02-01 04:28
when i grow up I want to be a Prostitute 2nd edition: Stories of Broken Promises and Shattered Dreams - Angie Alaya,MeLisa Samia Collins


  Okay, so if you're anything like me, you read that title and went "What the hell?!". No BS, when I first saw it, before I read the blurb, I totally thought it was going to be some sort of erotica book lol. That is no where close to what this book really is. While their is some graphic, and honestly, hard to stomach subject matter in this book, I think it was BRILLIANT. I really respect Collins as a person, and a writer too, for telling this story.



As hard as it is to think about subjects like child abuse, rape, drug addiction, etc. these are things that NEED to be acknowledged. These are things that affect people. REAL PEOPLE. Maybe even someone YOU know, will meet one day, or maybe even you. I read this statistic not terribly long ago, I can't remember when exactly, or where, but I will never forget what it said...in college 1 in every 3 women are victims of sexual assault. 1 in 3!!! This was devastating to me, as a woman, a mother of a daughter, and a human being. And as soul crushing as hearing these things, or reading about the atrocities that happened in this story are, maybe this acknowledgement, this dialog, this story, just maybe it will help someone. It may not save anyone from having something awful happen to them, but at the very least it gives you a closer look at some of the warning signs to look for.



This was a story about 3 young girls that were assaulted early in their life, and the impacts that it had into their adult years. Three very different girls, with very different situations, and outcomes. Things get pretty real right away, there is no easing you into this tale, which I think was very well done. I was sympathetic to each of the girls right away, It worked well in forming that bond with the characters and had me desperately needing to know what happened with them next. At first I was kind of wondering why the Author decided to tell three different stories, but there was a very good reason for her doing so, and I was honestly surprised with how they seamlessly entertwined after awhile.The POV switches were PERFECTION. I just feel the need to glorify that tidbit after having struggled so much with that in some of my other recent reads.


This story is pretty fast paced, and 100% engaging. Once I was into it, I had a hard time putting it down! I also thought this author took a lot of care with this subject material, she didn't shy away from harsh truths, but she also didn't make it so graphic that it was a struggle to get through. It was just a fine balancing act that she nailed from start to finish. I am so surprised that this book does not have more reviews. It kind of hurts my heart a little. But considering the title had me initially shying away from it, I could see why it might not grab more people that way. I'm so glad I looked inside for more, because this was a GREAT book. I get that this story might not be for everyone, it's not all sunshine and puppy dogs, but it was brilliantly done and I'm thoroughly impressed by it. When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Prostitute gets a high recommendation from me.



I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2015-10-05 16:07
Reading progress update: I've read 30%.
Seaside - Hannah K Shuping,Dawn Devore;Amber Cross;Sara Scott;Kathi Peters;Riley Wylde;Missy Allen;Mary Ann James;June Stevens;Darlene Daniels

This is a wonderful book for reading outloud. I am really enjoying that I get to impersonate fishermen, some bully type children, sea creatures, an old lighthouse keeper, and a protective parent while I read this. The is a pelican who reminds me of Skuttle from The Little Mermaid. We have mystery, conflict, bullying, family legacy, and so much more. 


So far, we have a boy who almost drowned while trying to complete a swim to Dead Bone Island so he can become one of Blackbeard's Boys. He barily makes it. He is rescued by the lighthouse keeper and learns something very interesting about his father. We also have a little octopus who has been separated from his mother after a fisherman nets her and drags her away. He has teamed up with th pelican. They are on a rescue mission and have just located his mother's where abouts.


A fisherman's song from the book: 


"Oh how how I've dreamed of this day

When everyone will finally say

There he goes, the greatest fisherman of all!


Sharks, they've nothing but teeth

A dozen, I've caught in my sleep

They run and hide every time I set sail for the sea!


Whales I'll leave to Ahab,

That hunt is so boring and drab,

They're slow, it's really no challenge for me.


Some fishy the pound...

Casting their nets all around...

But not me, I'll hunt the worst of the sea!


Oh what a day it will be...

NOW everyone will be talking about me...

Bonicelli, the greatest fisherman of all!"




If your child is sensitive to sad seen where parents are separated from their chilren, the scene where Walter loses his mom is really sad.



Walter, the little octopus, and Pucello, the pelican.



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review 2015-05-24 11:50
Review: Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner ☆☆☆☆☆


A well deserved 5 stars from me, I just love a book that is not predictable!


This is my first Lisa Gardner book I have read and love her writing style.


Intriguing, mysterious, perplexing, disconcerting, exciting, sad, beautiful, painful….



I’m in hospital after crashing my car. I am afraid. The only thing that I can think about is Vero. I know I have to save her but why couldn’t I find her? She’s just a little girl.

The man standing in my hospital room tells me we are married but there is no Vero. That six months ago I suffered a traumatic brain injury which caused changes to my personality. I have dramatic mood swings, an inability to concentrate and large gaps in my memory. I’m much easier to anger these days. And I drink. All of which he says explains the car accident and my confusion.

Now a Sergeant Wyatt Foster is investigating. He has questions about the car accident. He has concerns about my husband. And he’s worried about a missing girl.

He would like to know what happened to me. So would I.

My name is Nicky Frank. This is my life.

Watch me crash and burn.


My Review

How do you review a plot that is so brilliantly perplexing? Right from the start I could not guess at ‘what comes next’ or even ‘can I believe what I have just read’.


More than once I felt the narrative from ‘Nicky’ was sharing intimate moments of her confusing past with me alone. I felt the sadness and misery, the longing for it all to go away; but also couldn’t wait for the next sentence to reveal more and more.


Please don’t let this book end but please let me get to the end to discover the terrible secrets!


So, Crash & Burn is a book of secrets that kept me in suspense the whole way through. So many times I said to myself, whoa didn’t see that coming, no way. How many surprises can one book have? Let me tell you lots and lots…


Nicky’s car goes over the edge and down a ravine, injured and bloody she crawls back up onto the road and tells the emergency crew to find Vero.


This is not at all a depressing book to read, there are some lovely descriptive lines that says much more. I love the description of the Audi Q5 car she is driving:

“One of those vehicles designed to haul groceries, half of a soccer team plus the family dog, and look damned good doing it.”

This is Nicky’s third concussion and her head is already a mess of confusion and hidden memories. Thomas Frank her husband sits at her bedside, he is the man she both loves and fears, why?


‘Vero wants to Fly’ Who is Vero, and what does it mean? What a terrible start to life Vero had, how do you survive something like that?


Investigating a car crash Sergeant Wyatt is drawn into towards hints of child trafficking, forced prostitution, and a thirty year old kidnapping. Wyatt cares about his job and there is a nice touch when Gardner sets out how he will do all he can to find answers rather than hand this case over:

“Wyatt had given the matter a lot of thought, mostly because it was his thought to give”

When Wyatt goes to interview Nicky at home after her accident, he sees her battered and bruised face. I read this with the thrill of excitement – game on, I thought knowing that Gardner was going to throw something different to her readers:

“But the woman was standing. Head up. Eyes clear. Wyatt felt that thrum, big-game hunter on the prowl. This morning was looking good.”

Reading this book is like trying to untangle a ball of string that has become completely tangled. Where is the beginning and where is the end, and how has it got so messed up?


Wyatt is also starting out with Tessa an Investigator who becomes involved in the case. In trying to solve it their relationship will be tested because of the facts.


I loved this book, it kept me trying to guess all the way through, incorrectly I might add!
Many thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for a copy in return for an honest review.

Source: greatbookescapes.com/2015/05/24/review-crash-burn-by-lisa-gardner-☆☆☆☆☆
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review 2015-05-06 21:07
Suffer by E.E. Borton

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. I loved this book. Be warned though it is brutal and graphic…just what I love to read ;)


This plot was focussed and did not spend too much time on superficial chatter that could distract from the plot. Be warned though, it is brutal and graphic.


Borton did not spare the brutality of the scenes, describing the worst torture anyone can imagine ever. The brutal rape and torture of a young woman and her son is so shocking it cannot even be imagined. What kind of animal could do this to another human being? Her husband and friends finds them and there is only one thing that can be done. Without knowing that his wife is recovering against all odds, Paul commits suicide and Grey their friend vows to find who was responsible. Along with a few others, revenge is well planned and very sweet.


What did I like best?

I loved that this is a fast paced, exciting story, one which both filled me with horror and morbid desire to read how revenge would be described. There is a kind of air-punching satisfaction of knowing that someone suffers the same horrors as they inflicted. Should you be worried about me? Nah, I think that many who read this book will be just as eager to have torture metered out and described in such a visual manner. Why? Well you will just have to read it and find out won’t you!


This is a book that is well written and excellently put together, not once did I get lost in the plot or the characters. Talking of characters, I loved the strength of the vulnerable Kate, the victim. I loved how Borton gives her real character that both scares and amazes those around her. It made me think about whether in the same situation would I be able to be strong enough or sick enough to exact revenge as she did? Indeed it begs the question whether it is right or wrong - okay of course it was wrong but would I tell on her - no way, my mouth stays shut.


Those men around Kate and who love her for surviving, are wonderfully strong characters, no messing about - get the job done types. Who risk their lives for her.

Anything that would have been the icing on the cake for me?


Oh yes, without giving away the plot I would have like descriptions of one mans fear and emotions……. You’ll know exactly what I mean when you read it. (Alright that is probably a bit too creepy of me.)


I now need a follow up, because hey Mr Borton you can’t just end it there for me!!

Source: greatbookescapes.com/2015/05/06/suffer-e-e-borton-☆☆☆☆☆
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review 2015-04-23 16:26
Zippy sci-fi detective radio series
Ruby 1: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe - Meatball Fulton

Created as a radio series in 1982, this humor filled, fast paced, outer space, sci-fi adventure really jazzed up my daily commute. Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe is hired to find out who’s been manipulating the media on the 6-mooned planet Summa Nulla (crossroads of the galaxy, highpoint of nothing), and she’s just the dame for the job. Savvy, tough, and with a well developed sense of irony, none of the weird planetary inhabitants faze her--not the mustachioed informant with tentacle appendages who wants to shake “hands”, not the pun-loving mole creatures who excavate ancient underground cities that keep caving in whenever she’s around, and not the sexy android who sicced slimey genetically engineered assassins on her. Actually Angel Lips (the sexy android) and the slime assassins do exasperate Ruby, but Ruby handles them all with her usual sharp witted determination.

There’s about  three hours of audio story with very cool high-tech sound effects, stunning other-world “visuals”, occasional musical interludes by the Android Sisters, and witty repartee worthy of a movie comedy from the 1930’s-40’s. It’s broken up into 3 or 4 minute sections and there’s sometimes a little repetition of plot points since it was originally broadcast in a serial format, but if you also have to keep your mind on something else--like driving--that’s actually an advantage. The Adventures of Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe and its nine or so sequels(!) are available on the ZBS website and Audible.

Source: jaylia3.booklikes.com/post/1151802/zippy-sci-fi-detective-radio-series
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