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review 2017-08-30 17:52
Interesting book but perhaps needed a different approach.
Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work, and the Family from Slavery to the Present - Jacqueline Jones

With Labor Day coming up in the US this seemed like a good time to finally pick this up after seeing this on a list a year or two ago. The book looks at the role of black women in the US work force from slavery to the more recent day (this was first published in 1986 and that's the version I read). From the fields to domestic to work to entering the workforce to wartime to the more "modern" era this looks at black women and how their roles changed, how they worked, etc.


It's a huge, ambitious work and I think a review on Goodreads nails it well in that maybe this was too much for one volume. The initial chapters that focused in the colonial times through the Civil War were really interesting (especially when given the lack of source material due to time, the inability to read/write, etc.). But the post-Civil War chapters just sort of dragged and dragged. Sometimes it just felt the author was putting down fact after fact like a very dry textbook. It's an interesting topic but I'm not sure if the author's approach worked for me.


In some ways I found it was much easier to understand via other works. I was reminded of Isabel Wilkerson's 'The Warmth of Other Suns' which addresses the history of black people leaving the South to move North or West or even 'The Help' which has black domestic workers as a major part of the story. To be fair 'The Help' is a book of fiction that has many issues but I was reminded of that story when reading this. 


If this is a topic that interests you then by all means it's worth borrowing from the library or buying as a bargain book. But if it's something you don't know much about (which may be part of my problem) OR you have an interest in a particular time period Jones writes about then you may want to look at the book first before deciding to dive in. Would not be surprised to see this pop up in a class about black people, the history of labor and other related subjects.


It might be better to go for books that focus on more specific aspects/topics. I wholeheartedly recommend 'Warmth' although that book is not about black women specifically. Otherwise this wasn't a bad read (and maybe I should have gone for the updated version instead) but I didn't quite get what I had hoped out of this text. 

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review 2015-01-08 14:00
Review: Jonas by K.f. Breene

Title: Jonas

Author: K.f. Breene

Series: Darkness book 7

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publication: December 16, 2014


Yes! Finally! Jonas found him someone. I love Jonas, I have since On a Razors Edge. No, I didn't much care for him in Into the Darkness, but that was because of the circumstances. This dude won me over, I'm pretty sure he won everyone who has kept up with this series over. Everyone keeps saying they're sorry the series is over. I don't think it is. Breene left a big opening for the possibility of Charles getting a story at the end of Jonas. I could be wrong, of course, but I really really hope I'm not. I loved the story line here. I loved that Sasha wasn't willing to back down, and give up on finding Jonas. I liked Emmy as well. She's a bit of a mystery, shy and a little bit timid, until she gets a whip in her hand, then watch out. Honestly, I know this story was all about Jonas, but I would have loved to see more from Sasha and Stefan. Stefan especially. I'm satisfied, this was a great read. I can't wait to see what Breene comes up with next.


Contact K.f. Breene

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Darkness Series:

Into the Darkness (FREE)- Amazon B&N iBooks

Braving the Elements- Amazon B&N iBooks

On a Razors Edge- Amazon B&N iBooks

Demons- Amazon B&N iBooks

The Council- Amazon B&N iBooks

Shadow Watcher- Amazon B&N iBooks

Jonas- Amazon B&N iBooks


K.f. Breene's other series:

Jessica Brodie Diaries

Growing Pains

The Warrior Chronicles



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review 2014-12-24 22:31

BOOK: Slay 

SERIES: Storm MC Series - Book Four

AUTHOR: Nina Levine
RELEASE DATE: November 21st







The ghosts of Donovan "Blade" Brookes' life are closing in on him.  

Hardened by an abusive childhood and haunted by the murder of his fiancé, Blade struggles against the dark forces threatening to consume him.  When he helps Layla Reed in her hour of need, he has no idea she will be the light to his darkness.  As they spend more time together, he is powerless to fight his desire for her.  Powerless to fight his need for her.  However, as his feelings deepen, he pushes her away, reluctant to drag her into his world.  With enemies coming at him from all directions, Storm MC needing his help to fight off a rival, and his father still causing him grief, Blade needs the love of a good woman now more than ever.  Can Layla push Blade to the edge and get him to admit to both of them what he wants?  Or will the darkness pull him under once and for all?


Oh man, I have been waiting for Blade's (AKA Donovan) story. I just knew he was going to be difficult. He was surprisingly less difficult than I expected. He's gone through some really bad stuff, so I figured poor Layla was going to have to work super hard to get him to open up...That part was as expected. Ha
I've loved Blade since the beginning of the Storm MC series. I know he was a surprise to Scott and Madison, but I was excited about his introduction into the story. I love his and Madison's relationship. You don't expect someone as scary as Blade to be as loving as he is toward his little sister. I was also pleasantly surprised by the way Scott and Blade interacted. Oh! And I loved Layla, that girl is fierce. She would have to be to be able to keep up with Blade. 
Okay, there were quite a few "Ah" moments in this installment. I'm not going to discuss it, but I was relieved. There is so much going on in Slay that my head was kind of spinning. Let's just say there are a lot of questions we've had that are answered, and some stuff happens that I'm still kind of reeling from as I'm sitting here thinking about it. 
All in all, I loved it! It was intense, and it was surprising, but I'm glad some answers I've had were answered. Let's just say that I now CANNOT wait for Griff's book.


USA Today Bestselling Author Nina Levine, is an Aussie author who writes stories about hot, alpha men and the tough, independent women they love.

When she isn't creating with words, she loves to create with paint and paper. Often though, she can be found curled up with a good book and some chocolate.


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text 2014-12-10 01:03
7 Days until JONAS!!-I can't wait!

Jonas book 7 in the Darkness series by K.f. Breene coming December 16th.
Into the Darkness (book 1) FREE-http://amzn.to/1BN1iRI
Braving the Elements (book 2)-http://amzn.to/1uMkGJB
On a Razors Edge (book 3)-http://amzn.to/1uAga1Q
Demons (book 4)-http://amzn.to/1utI7Jp
The Council (book 5)-http://amzn.to/1mpSexI
Shadow Watcher (book 6)-http://amzn.to/1yfzHp6
Jonas (book 7) available for pre-order now-http://amzn.to/1pP5v4G

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text 2014-11-20 01:56
*** 6 DAYS TO GO ***


Check out the first book in this bestselling series, Into the Darkness, for FREE!

In the wake of ridding their territory of a menace, Sasha has only one pressing duty left: find more human magic workers. And while it is undoubtedly important on some grand scale, the task is, in itself, surprisingly uneventful. That is, until a strange predator takes an interest in her and Charles on their trek home one evening. In the space of twenty-four hours Sasha's life goes from mundane to being stalked and threatened. A new shifter has moved into town, and if the whispered rumors are to be believed, something even more sinister is lurking behind, watching and waiting for the right moment to spring.

But that isn't the only element that turns Sasha's life upside down. She has one hell of a secret that will change her and Stefan's life forever.

**This is one of two books requested by, and written for, the fans.


Shadow Watcher book 6 in K.f. Breene's best selling Darkness series will be available November 25th!

Into the Darkness book 1 (FREE) http://amzn.to/1BN1iRI
Braving the Elements book 2 http://amzn.to/1uMkGJB
On A Razor's Edge book 3 http://amzn.to/1uAga1Q
Demons book 4 http://amzn.to/1utI7Jp
The Council book 5 http://amzn.to/1mpSexI

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