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review 2018-04-25 01:17
A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leade... A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership - James Comey

I didn’t intend to this buy this book, but all of a sudden, I wanted to read it.  Maybe because I felt sorry for Comey.  I know, he gets fired but a book deal, and I feel sorry for him.  But while I wasn’t happy with his announcements about Clinton’s emails during the election cycle, I also felt he was caught between two options, neither of which was good.  While the announcements undoubtedly had an effect, he wasn’t the cause of the loss, especially when looking at the sexist treatment of her in the news.  I didn’t vote for Trump, and I am a registered independent.  And, yes, I voted for Clinton and walked in my local Women’s March (as did Comey’s wife and daughters).

 

                In terms of writing, Comey’s book isn’t bad.  It isn’t great, but the tone is easy and he doesn’t make you want to run screaming for the hills or throw it up against a wall.  He uses “a lot” a bit too much for my taste.  There are some flashes of humor.  He is fair towards Clinton, admitting that of the people he chronicles in the book, she is the one he never met, and she has/had good reason to avoid meeting him. 

 

                But you don’t want to hear about that do you?

 

                There isn’t much about Comey’s private life here, though it is quite clear he deeply loves and admires his wife, he also loves his children (and in fact, he and his wife lost a child).  He details some of his time before working for the Bush and Obama administration.  The focus is on his service, in varying functions, for three presidents.

 

                What is clear is that of the three presidents Comey served, Trump is by far the worse and in Comey’s (and my) view unfit for office.  Bush, he respects but sees as flawed in some areas.  Comey really admires Obama, though he does offer one critique, and holds Obama up as the ideal leader because of his ability to listen, truly listen, his principles, and his courtesy.

 

                Trump doesn’t have anyone of that, and Bush’s humor was a bit crueller than Obama’s.  Much has been made about Comey’s remarks about Trump, but it should be noted that the Bush administration, not necessarily Bush himself but those under him, don’t look to good.

 

                It’s true that Comey does comment on Trump’s tie and hands, and this does cheapen Comey somewhat, though you can understand the desire to sling back.  It should be noted that Comey does debunk the Trump ice cream charge.  The hand aside, Comey’s case against Trump is pretty damning.

 

                But for me the best part of the book, the most important, and the part that should get far more attention is Comey’s discussion of his time at the FBI during the protests in Fergusson and the killings of young African American men.  Part of this discussion includes the story of a conversation he had with Obama which focus on perspective and how that influences the meaning of language.  The book is worth the cost simply for this chapter where two difference people from two different backgrounds actually talk and listen to each other – becoming wiser in the process. We need more leaders like that, especially when it comes to dealing with race.  This conversation is not something we are going to get with the current president, especially since of this writing Orange Man has yet to twitter the name James Shaw Jr, a young man who believes that he is not a hero simply because he was trying to save himself when he also saved others.  Considering that Mr. Shaw is black and the killer was white, we pretty much have Trump’s view on race right there, don’t we?

 

                What is interesting, and a comment on gender in politics in particular and society in gender, is he comments on the behavior of Lynch and Yates during the Clinton email issue during the campaign.  He knows that the women are honorable and doesn’t think they were doing anything wrong or shady.  He respects both women.  Yet, he notes that he didn’t/doesn’t understand some of the choices and wording that they used during the camping/Clinton email.  He also makes the same observation about Obama.  Perhaps his confusion is because Yates, Lynch, and Obama knew how the press would play the story simply because of Clinton being female. 

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review 2018-04-23 01:42
Erotica/New Adult and don't believe any booktuber who calls it Young adult.
A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas
Read 2 times. Last read April 16, 2017.

 

descriptionUPDATE APRIL 17TH ADDING PARENTAL GUIDANCE AND SAFETY WARNINGS because kirkus reviews, some GR librarians and most booktubers won't tell you the truth.
This is an EROTICA BOOK, not a YA book.


I repeat: THIS BOOK IS AN EROTICA BOOK, not a YA book. Or maybe you can call it an in-between ADULT AND UPPER YA meaning . NEW ADULT BOOK, plus it has certain influence from self-published Paranormal romance ( Shay Savage's Transcendence? Anyone?) so yes this is new adult at its best.

The sex scenes are the most descriptives ever in a book marketed falsely as YA. Meaning that there's no fade to black at any description of sexual activity. Think of Transcendence, Fifty shades of grey and Archer's voice kind of level of graphicdescription

So don't think the sex scenes of A court of mist and fury are on the same level of PG "graphic sex-scenes" found in reads such like Clockwork Princess, Opal, The fault in our stars, Graceling, Breaking dawn, City of heavenly fire and other upper young adult reads. I'll repeat The sex scenes in ACOMAF are closer to Fifty shades, Transcendence and the immortal after dark series because again: NO FADE TO BLACK during the most intense, schmexy, making love moments Kirkus reviews, some GR librarians and anyone who tells you the contrary is lying.


*********PARENTAL GUIDANCE triggers ***********
AGE OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS: Heroine is 20, the rest of the cast is a gazillion years old.

SEX/NUDITY 10 out 10 As I said before no fade to black during the schmexy moments, no metaphores, no sensual imagery but the straight vivid image of nudity and sex. I won't mention all the moments because there are too many, but I'll tell you where you'll find the most descriptive in the american hardcover version: You can read some of them in my updates:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1493972253

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD
Pages 21, 22 
 
A  faery woman is descriptively fingered by someone different than the hero, then she has descriptive sex, then oral, descriptions of the fluids and the nudity and the action in vivid detail. 

Pages 471, 472, 473, 474. 475
 
A faery woman is fingered to orgasm by the heroe(different guy from the pages 21-22), partial nudity, but this scene takes a quite few pages and it's an erotic scene, not just a sex scenes, but the purpose seems to be to be to turn on the reader.


Pages 530, 531, 532, 533, the orgasm that shatters the mountains:
A pair of lovers heroine and hero have sex including oral, vidid description of the action, use of the word "cock"

Pages 538 and 539
Vivid descrption of oral (fellatio):P but they call it licking LOL. 

I think those are the most detailed graphic scenes. The rest of sex scenes aren't that vivid IMHO but they're still there. Anyone who wants to tell me that I'm exaggerating and that the sex-scenes aren't descriptive or that this book isn't erotica I challenge you: If you're an adult Read aloud the content of these pages to a group of underage kids and see if you don't find yourself in trouble. If you aren't, read it to your parents and see if you don't blush.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 out of 10
Descriptions of torture to Fae people, to humans, PTSD symptons, portrayal of an abusive relationship, brief mention of gang rape, nothing graphic,
it was part of the background of one of the main characters: Descriptive action scenes, where some fae people die.


PROFANITY 10/10
Multiple penis references, the use of the word cock (BTW, you'll never find the word "cock" in Fifty shades books) multiple F bombs, sexual terms, some cursing

SUBSTANCE USE
 In this "fantasy" world there are shops and night clubs, imagine like a fantasy modern big city, so there are pubs. The MC's drink for fun and go to dance in those night clubs.

SAFETY ISSUES This is for my friends who prefer readings with no cheating no OW (other woman) and OM (other men)

This is for my friends who prefer readings with no cheating no OW (other woman) and OM (other men) As I said in page 20-21 we have a very descriptive sex scene of heroine with other man. That's because in book 1 the hero was Tamlin and he got engaged with heroine, but most readers including me were rooting for Rhysand the villain, so that scene is hard to stomach. Tamlin becomes a jerk and Feyre flees, but there's a little bit of Feyre inner thoughts thinking she is being disloyal to Tamlin when she starts to fall for Rhysand. So there's this kind of love triangle going on. We know she won't back to Tamlin but there's still this kind of doubts,
nothing super trianglish, but there. Not totally free of the triangle

Conclusion
Honest question. I'm not a supporter of censorship, but like my friend Stephanie says: If there's a PG rating for movies... why not for books? I'm not against kids reading sex. I'm against fake marketing and lack of warnings. Children's bloomsbury should have added warning of sexual content in the cover of this book, on the blurb and market it as an adult book. If kids wants to read Fifty shades of grey I'm no one to judge, they already know what they will encounter. But diving into ACOMAF not knowing that there's EROTIC scenes because a famous booktuber "forgot" to add warnings at the beginning of her non-spoiler review or because Kirkus deems the EROTIC scenes appropiate for 14 years old or because Booktopia (Australian book retailer) labels this book as appropiate for 12 YO readers is just wrong IMHO. But whatever! I still love this book.

***************PREVIOUS UPDATES AND ORIGINAL REVIEW**********************
Update: This should be easily the best New adult read of 2016. This book is New adult, not Young adult. Clearly the best YA book this year is Lady Midnight, I hope readers vote correctly so both books have a chance to get a well-deserved prize. Lady Midnight is YA and ACOMAF is NA and the best book of 2016.

Ian as Rhys!

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I'll start this review with warnings and some might be a little bit spoilery, but you need to have this information to really appreciate the beauty of this book.

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You might hate this book if:
* You were seriously rooting for Tamlin and Fayre.
* You don't like Rhys.
* You hate love triangles and don't get fooled or deceived by the most voted goodreads review. This is totally a love triangle as far as this book goes, but I'll explain later why I think this works.
*(view spoiler) This is Sarah J Maas, we knew she was going to do this, it was hinted all over the first book.
* You prefer plot-driven books, over character-driven books. This book is more about the evolution of the characters, the building up of the relationships and it's not for lovers of complicated plot and action scenes and adventure. This book is more about romance, backstory and relationship building. I loved that! Give me more of that. Plots are overrated. I need relationships, I need emotions.
* If you were too attached to the storylines of the first book. (view spoiler)
* If you hate long books.
* If you hate when NA books are marketed as YA. That's so common lately.

Having said all that.
We have a winner!
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I'll admit that the first book wasn't stellar. It was good, but nothing special.This one, my friends? I couldn't put it down. The first part of the book for some reason didn't appeal to me. I don't know why. I was struggling through it. I think this is a book that you need to read slowly, in your bed, preferably with a furry pet and a cup of coffee near you. Its Sarah J. Maas vivid imagination and beautiful prose at her best. I think some people will find her style slow and overdescriptive, but that's the beauty of this book. You can spend days with it and you don't want it to end. The writing is very good and the story is extremely compelling.

Once I reached the middle part, wow, just wow! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I couldn't and wouldn't stop reading.

It goes without saying that I'm a huge Rhys fan. I kept imagining Ian Somerhalder as Rhys even since the first book and I was so happy to see how relevant he became in this book.



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How hot are the sex scenes? I read a lot of classic romance and New adult, so I don't think they were graphic. But that's what I prefer. I want the relationship between the couple to evolve, grow and shine before they get into bed. I thought it was good and as a new adult reader that is getting TIRED of the same storylines of new adult, I always welcome a New adult books in other genres, such as fantasy, paranormal steampunk and dystopia. I want Sarah to keep writing sex scenes, just I want a sort of warning for the younger readers? I think that's the ethical thing to do. Seriously publishers and authors: Stop trying to shove sex down the throats of young people. (sounded weird, but it's true) Give a proper warning and then we can enjoy the book better. People who like clean reads, can avoid this one at least be warned that there's sex content, and people who like sex will buy it MORE because sex sells right?. Everyone wins.

Now the love triangle. I was so pissed-off when I read Throne of glass with the switching in love interests that I could never root for Caelena, never got to know her, never got to appreciate her evolution or relate for her.

In this series, and thanks to the AMAZING transformation of Fayre, for the first time, and as much as I love RHys and I want him and Fayre together, I'm rooting for Fayre more. If she ends up alone, if she chooses Tamlin over Rhys, although I hope that's not the case, I'll be fine. I want her to be happy, no matter with whom and that's a first for my romantic, monogamist heart. I usually hate when the couple I'm rooting for doesn't end up together and that's why I hate love triangles, but here I'm not team Rhys, I'm not team Tamlin, I'm team Fayre and I hope that in the third book she gets to keep all the awesomeness she displayed on this one. She became a whole different person, strong and badass.

The ending is such a cliffhanger, but I was expecting that. Usually second books in a series are.

To wrap up my review I only have to say that this book is much better than the first one if you don't belong to any of the categories I mentioned before. Would I recommend this book? Hell yes! but take a look at my list of warnings, if you don't belong to any of the list categories you totally should give a chance to this series. This is, so far, way much better than Throne of glass. It's a whole different level.

I need more of Rhys and Fayre, it's going to be a long wait. Best book of 2016!


UPDATE APRIL 5TH 2017
Apparently the fake marketing is because the publishing company doesn't want the label New adult attached to this book.
Link to reviewers that have mentioned that this book is New adult or erotica for children, I'm including positive and negative reviews

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

So, a lot of top reviewers have noticed that this is a new adult book, so there's no point denying the obvious.
 
 
Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1493972253
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review 2018-04-20 00:51
Debut author surprises with a clever YA thriller, one that I hope doesn’t fly under the radar
Lies You Never Told Me - Jennifer Donaldson

Well, this was a surprise. The whole book was a surprise just like the secrets and lies held within, all the way until the end. 

I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway some time ago and didn’t have the chance to get to it until just now, and I feel like it’s one of those books that’s going to fly under the radar and it shouldn’t.
Debut author Jennifer Donaldson has written a very cleverly crafted young adult mystery/thriller that for a good portion of it, reads like a contemporary novel, and is told through with the voices of two main characters, Gabe and Elyse, who seem to live very separate lives. There are also two other main characters central to the story, Catherine and Sasha. Gabe is a young Hispanic skater boy who tries to break up with a very possessive, but popular, high school girl called Sasha, and she is making it be known that she is not happy about this. He has a six year old sister Vivi, with special needs, who he cares very much for, and is close with his family. Elyse, on the other hand, lives a very different sort of life. She has basically fended for herself for years, even paying the household bills with jobs while she has been in high school; her mother is addicted to opiates and spends most of the time out of it lying on the couch. She has come to rely on nobody but herself, and doesn’t expect anything good of the world. Which is why, when she gets chosen for the lead in Romeo and Juliet, she can’t believe she has got the part over her best friend Brynn, but soon is swept off her feet by the school drama teacher, Mr. Hunter.
I generally try not to guess endings of stories, and I’m not one to skip ahead, so, at least for me, this novel cleverly gives you one wallop over the head when you realize what the big twist is at the end. I can not say one thing more, lest I give anything away, but this is one clever book and had me engaged entirely. There are some big topics involved here too - scary exes with major infatuation problems, and teacher-student relationships, not to mention addiction issues - but the two running storylines are excellently written and don’t rap you over the head with the morality stick (you get to think about those afterwards). I hope this gets picked up by a good lot of people who enjoy thrillers with a side of romance (there’s a lot of ‘sweet’ to go with the ‘salty’), and it’s super smart.
I’d be on the lookout for what Jennifer Donaldson writes next because I believe there are a lot more phenomenal books in her yet.
*Thank you Goodreads and Razorbill for the early copy of this book!
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text 2018-04-18 11:26
Blood Shadow and Aftershock: how do they fit into the Eye of the Storm series?
Blood Shadow: an Eye of the Storm Companion Novel (Blood Never Lies) - Dianna Hardy
Aftershock: an Eye of the Storm Companion Novel (Blood Never Lies) - Dianna Hardy
Eye of the Storm: Omnibus Edition - Dianna Hardy

Blood Shadow and Aftershock

 

Dark, humorous, gritty and explicit, the Eye of the Storm series crosses genres with paranormal romance and dark fantasy, leaning more and more towards the fantasy elements from halfway through the series. The lives of werewolves take centre stage, from their mythological history to their near extinction, and at the very core of this storyline filled with magic and man-made beasts is Lydia, a twenty-five year old waitress living in the human world, who has no idea what she is.

Focusing on character develop and dynamics, we get thrown into Lydia's new world no holds barred - her new world is sexual, violent, and ruled by nature and instinct, which challenges the 'romance' she's always dreamed of. It's also loving, warm and protective if she has the will to let it all in.

 

Eye of the Storm series, by Dianna Hardy

 

Amid her new pack, resides a she-wolf called Selena. Bitter, scared and jealous, Selena's aim is to undermine Lydia's arrival into the pack and run her off for good. 

This character we love to hate finds herself in a place she never expected, and the end of this completed series sees her and her new identity hurtled into Blood Shadow, which bridges the gap between Eye of the Storm, and a brand new, dark urban fantasy series to come (the Blood Shadow series).

 

 

In turn, Aftershock does the same with other characters from Eye of the Storm: Pete and Claire, and their new addition, Jasmine. Like Blood ShadowAftershock will lead to yet another brand new urban fantasy series (the Aftershock series).

Dianna Hardy is bringing us a new world with new rules, new dangers, and new characters to sink our teeth into, and the first chapter begins with Blood Shadow.

 

Blood Shadow

 


Blood Shadow:

an Eye of the Storm Companion Novel
​(Blood Never Lies, #1)

 

*although some background is given to make this book comprehensible for new readers, it's recommended that you read Eye of the Storm before read Blood Shadow

 

Five years after her life changed forever, Jennifer Warren has put her past firmly behind her - at least, she's tried. A few sweaty nightmares here and there are a small price to pay for the freedom she won. No longer a werewolf, but human, she works as an office manager for a health and beauty spa in York, and keeps herself to herself. It's barely enough to pay the bills, but it's quiet and safe, and the clique of the staff means she's left well enough alone - no one asks her questions; no one wants to get to know her better.

 

David, her tender, kind boyfriend of two years is all she needs ... and she doesn't really need him, which suits her just fine. Never mind the occasional guilt that she doesn't really love him; he'd never hurt her in a million years - that's worth its weight in gold.

 

But Jennifer's just received another note - one of those that her mysterious, anonymous 'friend' likes to leave her every now and then; warnings of things to come, people not to trust... Her elusive friend has saved her more than once the past five years.

 

Only this note has left her breathless; her chest tight. A Supermoon is coming - the first in thirty years - and with it, a total lunar eclipse.

 

Jennifer's disowned her past, but it hasn't disowned her. As the earth shadows the full moon, her own shadows threaten to turn on her.

 

Can you ever escape what you truly are?

 

Blood never lies.

___________________

 

RELEASED 27th APRIL, 2018

 

Pre-order from:

iBooks

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon CA

Amazon AUS

Nook

Kobo
Book Depo
​Waterstones

 

(Google Play only available on release day)

 

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review 2018-03-18 19:17
Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies
Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies - Evy Journey
Title: Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies
Author: Evy Journey
Publisher: Sojourner Books
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four
Review:

"Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies" by Evy Journey

My Thoughts....

I found that this novel had a good romantic storyline with a dark twist that will definitely keep you reading. The jest of the story is that Gina comes from a poor family but loved to cook and ends up getting a wonderful Chef's job at a restaurant in the Bay area of San Francisco where she quickly has a life change. Gina's life really changes as she has a different life since her move, working in a rich restaurant and making friends, however, there will be twist and turns that will come from all of this when jealous women [Cristi & Marcia] come out of the woodwork.

This author really gives the readers a interesting romance thriller read with some 'intriguing characters and unforeseen dangers.' What will happen as two guys have a interest in Gina with one of the two being a former boyfriend of Gina's friend. Who will Gina choose...Brent the detective or Leon the rich playboy? What will happen when Gina's began to receive death threats? By the end will these men 'help, harm or be a part of her journey? To get these questions and more answered you will have to pick up "Sugar and Spice and All Those Lies" to see how this story will come out.

I really enjoyed how the author included cookery-themed recipes with tips on how to cook better. This story really will capture the readers attention to the last page.

This novel was from "BookLikes giveaway" and I received this copy from the BookLikes Giveaway contest!
 
 
 
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