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April 7, 2020

I am a new reader to the YA/fantasy/Afro-futurism genre, I chose to read this title not just strictly out of curiosity but because I don't have the tightest relationship with my pre-teen daughter being that we live in different states. In an attempt to build a stronger bond I got her a copy of this book and got myself a copy and figured we would talk about it after reading it. She is probably miles ahead of me in reading and on to book two, I have to admit it took me forever to finish this book lol.

My assessment as a first-time reader is that I found it spectacular Ms. Adeyemi does a great job of creating this world it was like watching a movie I had skepticism about reading it but glad that I did I love this magical world that she created about these mystical kids going against all odds to fight for something that believed in. It had classism and romance etched into the story as well. I am on to book 2 now!

I am a new reader to the YA/fantasy/Afro-futurism genre, I chose to read this...

March 22, 2020

One Hustle by Courtney Gee is my first read by this author and it was pretty good, solid writing. The characters and situations were lifelike and believable. I could picture the scenarios and the way things played out, I feel the struggle and passion of trying to get to the next level.

February 27, 2020

The Fictional Black Detective in American Literature and Film

The fictional Black detective in American Literature and film is an important topic as it pertains to representation of a group of people and inclusion in this highly popular genre. I write this article strictly from a fan’s point of view, I am by no means an expert on the topic. I am in my learning stages and I suppose in a way I am taking you on my journey of discovery with me.

According to an article that I read posted in the Los Angeles Review of Books written by Gary Phillips one of the earliest books of fiction about a black detective was published in 1932 and written by author Dr. Rudolph Fisher titled The Conjure-Man Dies: A Mystery Tale of Dark Harlem which features a Sherlock Holmes–like Dr. John Archer and police detective Perry Dart — two black investigators out to solve a murder mystery. Now it so happens that this is one of the titles that I have read, or should I say attempted to read. It was in my opinion very...

February 8, 2020

The Forgotten: A Jon Dough Thriller written by Kevin Macklin was my first read by this author, I was glad to have discovered him because I feel like we need more black males writing in this genre. I dove into the book unjudging just waiting to see how the story would unfold and I was not disappointed. Kevin hooked me in from the very first paragraph. These truly are my types of books, the protagonists with a shaded past that lives by his own set of rules and has a moral code that he abides by no matter the outcome.

Overall it was a decent read, the only downfall for me as a reader was that I didn't know the race of the title character. Perhaps I overlooked that part or read too fast I don't remember him being described. I suppose it doesn't matter to some readers but for me, it took something away from the story.

Would I read another of Kevin's titles in the Jon Dough series? Most definitely! And I suggest others that are not hip to him do the same.

December 29, 2019

I have become a fan of Trace Conger and the Finn Series and after reading The Prison Guard's Son I am happy to so that I still am. I will admit that the third in the series moved a bit slower than I was used to from reading Mr. Conger's work but I do understand that the author had to build the story up and lay the foundation so let me tell you that it was worth the wait, in the end, The Prison Guard's son is a great addition to the Finn Series, I look forward to reading more of his work and hopefully reading more of Finn's adventures.

December 22, 2019

The Harvest by Rod Stewart is my first read by this author and I was immediately pulled in! He paints a vivid picture of the world that Rain a grief-stricken divorcee and mother of a slain son intermingled with Face a reputed underworld drug lord. It was an interesting twist of mixing them together and placing Rain in a "fish out of water" scenario. My only drawback is that it was drawn out of 3 books it may have made it longer but I am not a fan of cliffhangers wish it would have been all in one title other than that it is still a 5 star read!

December 22, 2019

I've been wanting to read this book for a while so last week I finally purchased it, before reading it I scrolled through some of the reviews to see what others thought of the title. A lot of people commented that he was super heavy on Black/white aspect of the character or "too woke" so I went in reading with a grain of salt.

Right from the jump, he hits you in the face with a lot of consciousness and I'm cool with that but as the story goes on I can see why some would feel like he's heavy-handed with some of the "rhetoric". I noticed it but still no true issue, I took personal feelings out of the equation and thought maybe these characters spoke to him in this fashion because of the times that we are living in and this is his way to document the times, or he may or may not have shared some of the beliefs of the characters and the way they view the world, doesn't matter here nor there I related because I've held some of these conversations myself.

My true issue was it took a long wh...

December 22, 2019

He roped me in with this tale of heroism and magic which says a lot being that I am not particularly a reader of this particular genre, the author paints such vivid pictures with his words I found it very easy to become engrossed in this world of mysticism and mayhem. The world-building and fleshing of the characters was remarkable it felt as if I were watching a movie this is a 5* read highly recommended!

December 22, 2019

Alissa and Dana are inseparable and their love for each other is deadly. The story of these two friends is well. The storyline is exciting from start to finish.

December 22, 2019

This is the first title that I've read by this author and I must say that I am impressed! From the first page, I was drawn in and hooked until the very end! This most definitely is a 5 STAR READ!

December 22, 2019

My first time reading this author and although I did like the story it took a really long time to get to the good stuff. I would recommend reading if you have patience.

December 22, 2019

This would be the fourth title that I've read by this author and I had no doubt that I would enjoy the read! The author does a marvelous job of painting a picture of an urban/cozy/legal mystery. I like her tone and the way the clues are revealed the characters are well developed and relatable. Great read!

December 22, 2019

Laugh Now by Rahiem Brooks is my first title by this author that I've read. Rahiem Brooks tackled a subject that is affecting millions, and I enjoy how he showed the in and outs of identity theft from the perspective of Kareem. The Bezel brothers are a force to reckoned with. At times, I did not have a true connection with the novel and found it hard to follow. Laugh Now was a decent read. After reading the synopsis I have to admit I had expected more my expectations were high. It took me a while to finish this book it was a bit slow for my taste. I felt satisfied once I completed the story it serves as a good reference of what to avoid when trying not to become a victim of identity theft.

The story is about deception, deceit, blackmail, loyalty and a whole lot of living it up.
As a debut author, I will say Mr. Brooks definitely has a storytelling ability where I think there are a few things missing and a few things that could have been changed around or not in the story at all. He pu...

December 22, 2019

Scar Tissue by Trace Conger the 2nd book in the Mr. Finn title was really good! It is the 2nd title that I've read by this author and it did not disappoint. It started off a bit slow for my taste but as it moved on I understood why the author took the pace that took for the story. I really enjoyed it, now I'm off to read the third installment! Happy Reading.

December 22, 2019

This is my first read by this author and I was not impressed. It wasn't horrible, I finished the whole book, yet it wasn't very impressive either. I liked the fact that it went straight into action from the beginning. I thought that I may have liked the characters but I never got to know any of them, not even the main protagonist. The plot and the characters needed to be fleshed out more. Reading this was like watching an action movie, sure I love witty one-liners, shooting, and stuff blowing up but if you are looking for a plot driven story line you won't find it here.

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