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review 2019-06-10 10:59
Alternative history
The Black God's Drums - P. Djeli Clark

In a world where things are subtly different Creeper aka Jaqueline lives in New Orleans, the Orisha Oya occasionally using her or helping her stay out of trouble.  When she hears that someone is going to bring the Black God's Drums, the weapon used to liberate Haiti, to New Orleans with plans to devastate.  She bands together with new friends and old to defeat those who would use the gods for evil.  

 

It's an interesting look at a slightly different Steampunk version of the world where the differences are subtle but big and wide-ranging.  I quite enjoyed the read and will be looking for other stories by this author.

 

I'm very grateful for the Hugo Ballot for giving me an opportunity to read this.  I have a sneaking suspicion that I will end up paying for an voting membership in future Worldcons for the opportunity to get exposed to more of these excellent reads. I liked The Long Way to a small angry planet enough that I bought a copy to give to my husband to read as well.

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review 2019-05-30 14:30
good but not one for me
Escaping Camp Roosevelt - Bryan T. Clark
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. I'm going to struggle with this review, I know I am, so please bear with me, okay? I don't usually like books with college age young adults as the main characters, but something about the blurb must have grabbed me for me to say yes to reading it, even though the blurb says how old Tucker and Dancer are. I can't tell you what though. And Tucker is a little naive at the beginning of this book. Dancer is far more world wise than a 21 year old should be, but he's been on the streets a long time. There are some difficult topics dealt with here. Tucker's mum is a drug user. Dancer is selling himself (although nothing is described in any great detail). Some abuse. Homelessness, how families cope with that. All topics are, I thought, dealt with well. Both Tucker and Dancer have their say, in the third person. Both voices are distinctive and clear, and they tell their story well. I just *insert sigh* don't know that I LIKED it. I certainly did not love it, but I'm not left with any negative feelings about it, either. It just does not push my buttons, I'm afraid. But I DID finish it, and it held my attention the whole way through. So for that reason . . 3 stars. I'm sorry, I really I am! Someone will love the pants off this book, but it's not me. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2019-05-27 22:22
Audiobook Review: Up for Heir (Westerly Billionaire #2) by: Ruth Cardello (Author) Teri Clark Linden (Narrator)
Up for Heir (Westerly Billionaire #2) - Teri Clark Linden,Ruth Cardello

 

 

Up For Heir is an uplifting tale of lost love, broken dreams and one very special little girl.  Ms. Cardello created a meeting of hearts that was not only a romance, but a pathway to healing.  The connection between Hailey and her brother was an unbreakable one.  Not even death could sever the bond they shared.  His words of encouragement were an ever present feature in the life of a woman determined to keep his memory in her heart.  Another precious bond was the one forged between a scared little girl and a blustery old woman.  The way Skye and the matriarch of the Westerly family took to each other was an emotional experience.  Ruth Cardello set out to write a romance, but she created a love story that affected many lives and helped to rebuild a family.  

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review 2019-05-15 20:21
The Black God's Drums - P. Djeli Clark
The Black God's Drums - P. Djeli Clark

It's Hugo nomination reading time again and this is one of the candidates for Best Novella, one of those which are stand-alone pieces of writing rather than one in a series (which reminds me, I must check out where I'm up to with the series containing some of the other nominees...).

 

Anyway, the basic premise of The Black God's Drums is that it's set in an alternate world, one where the US Civil War ground to a halt around the time that Haiti and a number of other Caribbean islands asserted their independence. Unlike our world, where the various attempts at this were only partly successful, this one stuck and that was in part due to the use of the eponymous weapon - something supernatural, harnessing the force of a number of African gods with devastating result. This story is set some years after, mostly in New Orleans, a city in neutral ground where a plot is hatched to gain control of that weapon for the use of the Confederacy. 

 

Our protagonist is Creeper, a young girl living on her own in the city and making her way however she can, helped by the fact that she's special to one of these gods and can harness Oya's power at times. When Creeper overhears elements of the plot, she makes plans to foil it and falls into the company of a number of interesting individuals along the way. 

 

I really enjoyed this novella, as the world-building was excellent and the plotting really drove the story onward - if it wasn't incredibly mean to do so, I'd have dropped a star for the fact that I really didn't want this to be novella-length, as I'd have happily carried on reading a novel-length story in this setting. Hopefully the author may turn his hand back to this at some point in the future!

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review 2019-05-10 13:50
The Partnership (Extra Credit #1)
The Partnership (Extra Credit #1) - Charlotte Penn Clark

Kyle is a college senior who is failing English Composition.  Lani is junior, a dancer who is a pushover.  Lani is in trouble for covering for a friend.  Kyle and Lani both end up in a special class to make up for their transgressions- Extra Credit.  The class ends up being more of an examination of how they ended up there and utilizes partnerships for the semester to help each other with their issues.  Kyle and Lani are partnered up.  Kyle needs help getting words on paper, Lani needs to learn to stand up for herself.  As Kyle and Lani help one another the tension between them grows until their academic partnership is more like a partnership with benefits. As the end of the year approaches for Kyle and Lani, they have to make decisions about where their short but intense partnership will take them.

Sexy, sweet and fun, The Partnership is a realistic new adult romance with characters that I could easily relate to. With the point of view switching between Lani and Kyle, I was able to see what was going on inside each of their heads.  I love seeing when the guy is just as unsure about a relationship as the girl.  Lani and Kyle both had a great energy that pulled them towards one another for a passionate romance. The sexy times were great, not over-explained but genuine and true to a college experience.  In addition to the sex and romance, Kyle and Lani's story is about growth, change and entering adulthood.  One of my favorite characters was the Extra Credit teacher, Marjorie who tells the class: "Trust...You should all be working on trust-when to give it and when to withhold it."  I think we all should have taken Marjorie's class in college.  I would love to continue this series and see where the rest of the relationships in the Extra Credit class go and find out more of Marjorie's advice.  Overall, The Partnership is a fast-paced, sexy, New-Adult read. 


This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 

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