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review 2017-04-18 22:32
Laughs and Tears – Review for Outsider by Becca Campbell @beccajcampbell
Outsider: The Flawed Series Book Two (Volume 2) - Becca J. Campbell,Jessie Sanders,Steven Novak

Becca Campbell hooked me with Empath, The Flawed Series Book I, and I was super excited when a won a copy of The Outsider, Book II.

 

 

I am always interested in who does covers for the stories I love to read.

Great job, Steven Novak. Hop on over and check him out.

 

Outsider (Flawed, #2)

 

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MY REVIEW

 

Becca Campbell has outdone herself with the fabulous Flawed Series and Outsider, Book II, just keeps me craving more. If you love to get lost in magical realism, where the characters tug at your heartstrings and you feel their pain, you will want these books on your reading list.

 

All his life, Josh felt like an Outsider.

 

Why were Josh’s family and friends empowered with supernatural abilities and not him? As many supernatural books as I have read, I think he is being saved for something special. Am I right? I shall have to read on to find out and so will you.

 

Alex came into his life. Her mom was too busy for her, her friends…out of sight, out of mind, so it’s time to make new ones. She’s not a plain Jane, she just doesn’t feel the need for makeup and likes her casual clothes. Alex gets along well with men and has few women friends. That makes it easy for me to relate to her, because I am the same way.

 

When Nic met Alex, it wasn’t what he anticipated and I love it. His power of captivation didn’t work this time. LOL When he poured water over his eyes, I laughed even louder.

Ah…young love and longing.

 

We have college teenagers, hanging out, some of them in a band, some of them with superpowers. It starts out with teenage angst and doesn’t take long for some action and danger to rear its ugly head.

 

Alex had no idea she had made an enemy and I see big trouble on the horizon.

 

OH MAN Becca! WTF are you doing? How could you? And, as if it wasn’t already bad enough…THE DOOR!

 

The blend of reality and fantasy, with engrossing characters who are growing and developing, becoming more complex as the story unfolds, ramps up to a white knuckle ending and I must have more. 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars

 

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text 2017-03-23 05:49
Outsider (Exodus End World Tour) - Olivia Cunning,Joe Arden,Mackenzie Cartwright

I didn’t realize this was about gay men and bisexual people. I have gay and bisexual friends but I don’t really want to read a romance about them. It just wasn’t my type of story if I can still review this without a rating I will as I didn’t read very far before I realized this story just wasn’t for me.

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review 2017-01-27 15:02
Sister Outsider
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches - Audre Lorde

his book is everything. It's been slow going to figure out how to review it or just talk about it. It just has everything in here from systemic issues in government and society to systemic issues within feminism itself.

I'd been meaning to read Sister Outsider for a while but kept putting it off until I made it my Letter S read for Litsy A to Z. That's the beauty of reading challenges, they make you actually sit down and decide that now is when I'm going to read this or that book that I'd been meaning to pick up.

I was a little underwhelmed by the first essay, which is mostly about a visit to Russia. What I did appreciate about this was the acknowledgement that communism isn't the answer either. Capitalism has many issues, but I'm hardpressed to consider them lesser problems to communism, but maybe that just where I lean right.

After the essay on Russia, every essay got me more pumped. It was the perfect book to be reading while gearing up for the women's march last weekend. There were so many lines and paragraphs that have given language to things I was seeing but not quite able to fully digest, like this one:

Some problems we share as women, some we do not. You fear your children will grow up to join the patriarchy and testify against you, we fear our children will be dragged from a car and shot down in the street, and you will turn your backs upon the reasons they are dying.

It is so powerful. And it's like this over and over again with different topics.

The essay about raising a son echoed many of my own concerns about my son, who is only 6 now. I took him with me to the women's march and I hope that he's glad he went when he's old enough to understand what we were doing there. It's a concern that he'll not see it when he gets older (unless we've somehow reached equality by then but I don't see it as likely) but I am certainly less worried about the things that she is. It's a contrast that must be remembered when we choose what to take a stand.

Much of the book brings about questions about how the treatment women of color. It makes me more aware of the fact that sometimes I could hurt things when I'm trying to help. It's a reminder not to speak for women of color but to find ways to propel their voices.

It did tweak me a bit that Lorde consistently neglected to capitalize America, but I get it. By tweak, I do not mean annoy. It's a style choice and it makes it's own statement. It did it's job to demonstrate the demotion in importance of the country as opposed to the black population, as she consistently capitalized Black when talking about the population. I understand it, though you can see that I can't quite bring myself to do it. It is one of the subtleties of an essay written by a poet.

As mentioned in my TTT on Tuesday, I already know that this is one of those books whose sentiments will not leave me any time soon. Since the first time I poked a toe into the world of what feminist politics mean and what they mean to me, the divide between white feminists and black feminists has been a point of contemplation and discussion. The terms perturb me and I more often call myself an intersectional feminist, since I am neither black nor completely white and my ideals don't completely line up with either. As Lorde indicates, though, we do not have to completely agree on all problems, how to handle them, or how to prioritize them in order for us all to work together as feminists. But we do need to remember both our differences and our similarities to do this adequately.

It's hard to have a "favorite part" in a book like this, but it is this paragraph that my mind keeps coming back to as the sentiment that I've seen in many places about integrating the rest of the population with the white feminists that seem to so often forget everyone else in their climb to parity with men:

You do not have to be me in order for us to fight alongside each other. I do not have to be you to recognize that our wars are the same. What we must do is commit ourselves to some future that can include each other and to work toward that future with the particular strengths of our individual identities. And in order to do this, we must allow each other our differences at the same time as we recognize our sameness.

Given the many women of color that I saw in DC on Saturday, I hope that we are already doing that. But I know in herstory that women of color help to propel the voice for the cause and then get shut out of it once the men are at the table to negotiate. We must not let it happen again.

This is one of those books that all feminists must read, that women in general should read, and that would be a great addition to any course, conference, or book club or anything on social justice in general or feminism specifically.

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review 2016-10-16 12:14
Outsider (Exodus End#2)
Outsider - Olivia Cunning Outsider - Olivia Cunning

DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH NET GALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW!

 

I've said in the past that this author's books is my yard stick when it comes to Rock Star romance novels. I've enjoyed most all of her works, and I wind up comparing any other Rock Star Romance novel to hers when I read them. While I've been waiting for this series for a while now, and this book in particular, I have to say I was disappointed with this installment overall.

 

The first major disappointment I had was that the first 15-20% of this story was nothing more than a rehashing of the entire plot of the previous book in the series, just retold from a different perspective! Having just read that story a few days prior to reading this one, I really didn't need the retelling, and I felt that there really wasn't much new information/emotion conveyed in the regurgitated material.

 

Reagan, Ethan, and Trey are in a poly-amorous relationship, and this story is about how they're trying to make that relationship work. For me, it felt like Reagan and Ethan weren't invested in making it work, just protecting their reputations, privacy, secrets. Trey was the only one I felt was truly invested in seeing the relationship succeed, and most of the time he fought a losing battle. The relationship was never well balanced, despite repeated mentions of Reagan's attempts to make it that way. I felt that the characters were childish overall, not discussing things among themselves as a threesome, but mostly in pairs and then telling the left out person what was discussed. I would think that in any relationship like this, you'd need excellent communication between all members at the same time to make things work, and these characters didn't show that. The ensuing "drama" fell rather flat for me, causing me to find it boring and detrimental to the overall story being told.

 

With all the negativity I've mentioned about the book already, it may be unclear as to why I've rated this 3 stars. When you take all the sex and repercussions of that relationship out of the equation of the book, you are left with the interactions of the other members of both bands and a furthering of the mystery behind Exodus End's contract. We got to see a lot of Sinners characters in this book, and see a lot more closure between Trey and Brian Sinclair than we had in that series' books. I really appreciated that! I also liked that the mystery went much deeper than what had been discovered in the previous Exodus End book. I also liked the introduction of the all female metal band, it reminded me of Jem and the Holograms a bit, and I'm looking forward to seeing more about them!

 

All things considered, this was a decent installment of both series that it is tied to, but not the best in either of them. It was hampered by the childishness of the main characters too much for me to give it any higher praise than that.

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review 2016-10-14 00:00
Outsider
Outsider - Olivia Cunning Outsider - Olivia Cunning DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH NET GALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW!

I've said in the past that this author's books is my yard stick when it comes to Rock Star romance novels. I've enjoyed most all of her works, and I wind up comparing any other Rock Star Romance novel to hers when I read them. While I've been waiting for this series for a while now, and this book in particular, I have to say I was disappointed with this installment overall.

The first major disappointment I had was that the first 15-20% of this story was nothing more than a rehashing of the entire plot of the previous book in the series, just retold from a different perspective! Having just read that story a few days prior to reading this one, I really didn't need the retelling, and I felt that there really wasn't much new information/emotion conveyed in the regurgitated material.

Reagan, Ethan, and Trey are in a poly-amorous relationship, and this story is about how they're trying to make that relationship work. For me, it felt like Reagan and Ethan weren't invested in making it work, just protecting their reputations, privacy, secrets. Trey was the only one I felt was truly invested in seeing the relationship succeed, and most of the time he fought a losing battle. The relationship was never well balanced, despite repeated mentions of Reagan's attempts to make it that way. I felt that the characters were childish overall, not discussing things among themselves as a threesome, but mostly in pairs and then telling the left out person what was discussed. I would think that in any relationship like this, you'd need excellent communication between all members at the same time to make things work, and these characters didn't show that. The ensuing "drama" fell rather flat for me, causing me to find it boring and detrimental to the overall story being told.

With all the negativity I've mentioned about the book already, it may be unclear as to why I've rated this 3 stars. When you take all the sex and repercussions of that relationship out of the equation of the book, you are left with the interactions of the other members of both bands and a furthering of the mystery behind Exodus End's contract. We got to see a lot of Sinners characters in this book, and see a lot more closure between Trey and Brian Sinclair than we had in that series' books. I really appreciated that! I also liked that the mystery went much deeper than what had been discovered in the previous Exodus End book. I also liked the introduction of the all female metal band, it reminded me of Jem and the Holograms a bit, and I'm looking forward to seeing more about them!

All things considered, this was a decent installment of both series that it is tied to, but not the best in either of them. It was hampered by the childishness of the main characters too much for me to give it any higher praise than that.
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