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After reading the topic of this book, I thought I'd give it a go - seems like it would be interesting - well I was very disappointed. At the begining I was hooked but then the whole book fell e plot centers on Alix a girl who wants to be a top fashion designer but ends up stealing from a top design House in Paris and then sells them for a profit. The main character, Alix, is not likeable. IMHO ,when you dislike the main person nothing else seems to fall into place. The plot is all over the place. Characters come and go with no explanation. Her love interests are there then gone, then another love interest is introduced whom she hates but justifies that it's better to sleep with the guy then be alone at night REALLY? Wonderful interventions when Alix seems to obtain stuck and needs help. And finaly, everything comes together all tied up in a nice small private suggestion to you is : If the book is it's an ok read but do not spend your hard earned on this one.
This author is a huge fresh star on the horizon, in my opinion. If you wish to combine WWII history, drama, globe fashion, the plight of women and their role as heroines, then this book is for you. A combination spy thriller, love story, and detailed complexity of plot, I'm hooked. I went directly from this book, to the next one which followed, "The Miller's Secret" and it was amazing fun to see a few of the link-ups for the characters continuing from book 1. All I can say is, "Natalie Meg Evans, we wish more of your stories." I never knew that high fashion in our history could be so fascinating, and she fills in that bit of information, too. You can't lose, reading this one.
The best part of this story is learning about Paris culture in the 1930s. There is a lot of substance to the design, sewing, fabric and fashion house settings. Alix is a hero you like in the beginning, feel poor for in the middle but by the end, you are tired of her. She makes stupid choices and her reasons are less understandable as you know her better. The story has too a lot of subplots and some are entirely frustrating or unresolved (her grandmother was in a coma for months, but then wakes up and just goes home?) The history was interesting and while I wanted to finish the story, the ending is a small odd. After all the private and professional roadblocks everything falls into put a small too neatly, even abruptly. The book is not without value, but I couldn't recommend it as a amazing read.
Intriguing and compelling storyline with severe twist and turns in Alix' s life. Showing the workings and knowledge of the business was captivating and impressive. Inserting the pre battle events added a depths of circumstances that would come together. Your storytelling weaves the drama from the past that brings hurts and heartbreak into the present. Relationships were traumatic and hurtful especially Serge. Thankfully Verrian returned and had somewhat healed his past and came back to Alix and brought her peace and Love so needed. Enjoyed your storytelling, look forward to reading more of your books.
I enjoyed this story and the look at 1930s Paris and the fashion industry. Some elements of the romantic story arc did not ring real for me and created both the male and female leads less appealing. The story depicts some violence and drug/alcohol abuse without adequately addressing the consequences. Generally I still liked it, but I give it just 3 stars because the ending was unsatisfying for me. Maybe others will not be bothered by this, but the ending leaves the larger geopolitical setting and very true danger we leave the characters in totally unaddressed. We say goodbye to the characters at a satisfying conclusion to their stories, but at the beginning of WWII and still in Paris. I wish to know what happens to them in the following years!
I love the books of Natalie Neg Evans because they hit all my interest spots: Paris, fashion, feminism, family, friends, romance and humor. I especially thrive on the info of the fabrics and needlework, requiring research, and she states the roads in Paris for the settings, that I like to look up and see the images. I've learned a lot! This story is charming as Alix struggles to achieve a dream -- fashion designer in 1930s Paris. But..... first she must obtain herself in trouble, solve some mysteries of her past, meet some snooty women, survive a blackmailer, have a toxic relationship, and take care of her MeMe. If you haven't discovered NME yet, delve in!
I didn't realize that there was a crime similar to copying fashion designs so I found this story very interesting. Alex, being a fledgling designer herself becomes trapped in this thievery due to her grandmother's dependency on her and being poor. She was able to obtain a job in a fashion house as a seamstress which opened doors for her to copy the fresh designs on the side. Her dilemma came with her growing attachment for the designer and feeling what she was doing was wrong. Of course she has consequences for her actions that follow her throughout the book but her spirit and creativity never fails.
I'm not sure why this was subtitled a "gripping" novel. It wasn't so very gripping that I had any issue putting it down for long periods of time. The issue with this book was that it kept changing what it was about. Was it a murder mystery? Was it a suspense thriller about fashion espionage? Was it an historical study of pre-WWII anti-Semitism? Was it a condemnation of European dismissal of the horrors of the Spanish Civil War? Was it a romance? Some of all these things were thrown in, but I felt like happenings were constantly pulled every direction and so none of these possible themes was explored very well. And at the heart of it all was a hero that I got rather tired of. The heroine, Alix, just keeps making stupid choices and then in the end simply gets rewarded for them. I didn't see that as particularly believable.
A charming first time read. It is beautifully written about the fashion industry just as WWII is beginning. It is a haunting novel of very true characters. Unfortunately it was a bit depressing of hardships and hard won love between both amazing and poor people. I personally prefer more uplifting novels, although the ending was excellent. If you like well-written contemporary fiction, I think you will like this novel.
Very early on, I began to love this novel and started thinking of people to it for as gifts. You wish to share the joy with this one. If it were simple to write a modern day epistolary novel, more authors would take it on. It's hard. And, I prefer this form over the fashion of switching points of view by chapter (I almost never care what the guy thinks, or trust what's there as realistic).I was surprised by the abrupt ending. Couldn't Ruron have flown together to the west coast? I'm not sure why another 75 pages didn't happen, or what the characters decided to do as a couple. Why? Was there some kind of external issue (a deadline to rush to meet, or a creeping creative impatience?). The reading group should have encouraged more exposition (meet the families, see Shreveport, does he re-enlist?). Also, I would like to see more openness. Aaron's pattern of shutting down emotionally seemed like something hard to sounds as if Aaron's sister might have inherited her condition from the mother, whose decision-making and social skills are not normative. I would have liked a small more compassion for her hard lot.
This created my heart satisfied to read. This is such a amazing story of friendship built through letters and email. Aaron and Ruby have unbelievable humor chemistry. I love how when we finally obtain to meet Ruby we got to see how she was various than her email character, but still herself -- we obtain to see the evidence of how both in-person and online is honest, but pata excels at "showing" vs "telling", which is one of there reasons I hold rereading her stories. It was amazing to see how they both had such powerful reactions to each other when they finally met just through descriptions of body language. A satisfying and complete book, but I love them and Ruby's family so much I just wish more for the sake of not ending my relationship with these people yet.
Tims wife is writing this review. Bought this as it was recommended if you like the book "The Unbelievable Things You will Be." That book was sweet, thoughtful and imaginative. This book had some amazing moments but as a mom of a strong, attractive and intelligent small girl I was not impressed. Some of the things it discussed were so superficial rather than thoughtful and fun like the other book. I like the idea but truthfully I think there are better books out there to encourage our daughters.
This. Book. Is. A. Game-changer!Dear Martin is exactly what we need in a time where a lot of people in our country just don’t understand why Black people still feel disenfranchised enough to “take a knee” in 2017. Dear Martin is a true glimpse into true issues. The writing is so true and relatable from the very first page you are drawn into Justyce’s globe and you’re shocked and @#$%ed off with him so you’re rooting for him to win. The pace of the book is that of your favorite drama TV show. You won’t wish to stop until the end. The connection to Dr. King is a brilliant method to tie in problems and themes of the past to now.If you’re a teacher, you wish this book. If you’re a student you need this book. If you’re a person living in a America and you don’t understand why this problem is so important, you need this book. Nic Stone kicked down the door with this debut novel.
Justyce could’ve been a case study in what it’s like to be young and black in America: what he endures throughout this story is what too a lot of black males encounter on the daily.Honestly, Nic Stone could have ripped Manny’s, Justyce’s, Quan’s, or Mr. Rodriguez’s existence from that of anyone I know personally—and the stories would be the same, if not fact, I nearly gave this book a lower rating (3-stars) because I didn’t see where I was learning anything from its statement of the obvious: we live in a globe where racial inequality exists.I already know this and don’t need a story to remind me of how unfair this globe is to anyone who’s not ever, that was before I reminded myself I’m not this book’s intended audience. The book is meant for those still harboring the ignorant notion that racial equality ’s for those who still blindly adhere to the logic that if a African American person is killed, there must have been a amazing reason because there’s no possible method any white person, with a badge, could create a poor ’s for those who take the success of any one black person as evidence that Booker T’s “bootstrap” mentality works for all African Americans—regardless of any extra environmental factors.I am none of those reality is one that considers all of those thoughts luxuries—dangerous ones.I applaud Stone for laying out all the different arguments and statistics. She created sure to leave no stone unturned in laying out how difficult it is for most African Americans, in this country, to obtain a fair ever, I disagreed with the use of SJ as the voice of reason. Jewish or not, her overwhelming presence was yet another example of how truth only seems to search validation if it’s coming from someone at’s a trope I’d love to see go away.I found the conclusion risky because it left too much to the imagination, and only increased the desire to stereotype—even if it was left vague and unresolved.On a private level, I found myself being okay with the most violent chance for the police officer. Somehow, it’s become so apparent that justice isn’t on the table, I’m okay with it being of the vigilante sort. That, in an of itself was a frightening realization because, is that where we’ve arrived?Vigilante justice feeling like the most appropriate form of justice?Where do we even go from that point?Stone has written a gripping book—I read it in one sitting—but the narrative has become too close to home, and sometimes the notice is gets lost in the pain.
Wow. I don't know what I was expecting but it definitely wasn't this. What a thrill! What a ride. This was truly one of the most captivating reads of the year for me. I read it in two sittings. It would have been one had I not been so exhausted with work. Plainly put, if you like Dexter or [email protected]#$%, you'll love Dear Killer. Dear Assassin is for e premise reeled me in immediately. A teenage serial assassin who answers the call based on the secret letters she receives via a secret mailbox stash? I'm totally in. A letter that hits close to home? Super in. Mistakes created and rules broken that could jeopardize everything Kit and her mother, a former serial killer, have worked so hard for? What!!! This story is wild. To say the 's not for everyone. The kills are graphic. Kit's moral system may be difficult to grasp. But if you can dip your entire head under and sink into this globe that Ewell has created, suspend disbelief at a kid assassin (one who constantly kills human beings, not just a kid showing signs cruelly playing with insects or something), you are in for a treat. The story, Kit's journey is so easy yet so complex. The relationships Kit has are to hold up the facade, to hold playing the game, to hold the house of cards standing. What happens when those relationships are tested, when Kit herself is tested versus her own self, is incredible.I loved the themes throughout this story and watching the mind of this particular serial killer. Because she may have grown up killing but she's still working out who she is and what she truly believes in, what she stands for, what she should stand for and what she should dismiss or run away from. She's set in her ways in the beginning but everything begins to slowly unravel and it isn't until it's too late, so to speak, that she realizes that she herself is unraveling as l of the elements of this story, this character, these relationships come together so well and create for one fluid, entertaining read. I love where this story ended. That said, it would have been even more interesting if the ending had been the climax and we got to follow even more of the fallout. I believe this is a stand alone story though so man oh man, what a put to end the story!Also, aside from the fact that there's a lot of description and detail for everything and I'm not really into all of that in general, I didn't Kit as British, and at times it was hard to grasp a police officer (even though he was a few years older than Kit) confiding in a curious teenager so soon after they just met, there's nothing else I can say about it constructively. I really enjoyed this book! What a amazing debut! Again, it's not for everybody but what book is? If you're intrigued by the synopsis, give it a shot!
Had to read a book in high school for a quarterly assignment, and I picked up this book--which was not a mistake, for it is sich a amazing read. I'm so glad to be able to own it, especially a hardcover copy garding the condition of the book, it seems to be in amazing shape
"Dear Agony" is By far one of the Best Albums I've EVER Heard. Definitely Breaking Benjamin's 2nd Best Album in my Opinon. The Vocals & Lyrics on this Album left me in Awe of their Outstanding Genius & Talent. This Album was VERY Emotional. Songs like "Hopeless" "Crawl" "I will Not Bow" & "Lights" were faster and some were Heavier like "Hopeless" & "Crawl". The Album was also Very Sad with Attractive Lyrics & Vocals sung by Frontman Ben Burnley. "Give me a Sign" What Lies Beneath", "Anthem of the Angels" and Especially "Dear Agony" which is one of the most Attractive & Saddest Songs I've Ever heard. Sadly this was the latest Album by the entire original lineup. This Album is really a Masterpiece! I own it on CD & iTunes but I'll eventually obtain it on Vinyl because it's truly worth it. This Album helped me through a lot & inspired me so much. I Highly Recommend it to ANY Fan of Rock, Alternative & just Phenomenal melody in general. I don't understand how you can't like this Album or even Breaking Benjamin for that matter! LolThere's SO much crappy so called "Music" today with the Hip-Hop/Rap Generation who have NO taste in true melody sadly. People who are Fans of 98.8% of Rap artists like Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, and don't obtain me started on that trashy Cardi B & especially Lil Wayne have Zero idea of what truly talented Musicians are! Only Some Hip-Hop is actually Beautiful Amazing as long as it's NOT that Misogynistic, Bling Bling [email protected]#$%! Haha
I have been a fan of poetry books such as Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers and others for quite some time now. Dear Midnight is another that has been added to my list of favorites. I read the entire thing in one night and have re-read it a lot of times since. Each word is not only relateable to both guys and girls, but also authentic. While reading this book, I felt all the emotions- sadness, longing, anger, emptiness, acceptance, and closure. Never have I ever read a book that does this so seamlessly. It takes a real artist to ignite that much feeling in just one sitting. Zach - you are wonderful and awe inspiring. Hold it de note: the book has three parts: Sunrise, Sunset, and Midnight and the pages in each part goes from white, to grey, to black. And I aboslutely love that feature.
I really didn't realize so much what this book was going to be about, and going in ... I'll be honest - it is beautifully sad.While this book is about 4 people and their lives, the book is told in parts and letters ... which isn't confusing at all. It is told in a method that keeps you interested and intrigued.Hollyn was difficult to like. I felt poor for her and her grief that was so painful, she was hard to connect with. Maybe that is the meany pants in me - but she was holding herself back and making ter is angry at the world. At himself. At work. At his uncle and at Hollyn. He was also hard to like for the same reasons but I just knew he could pull his head out of his behind and figure it out if he stopped brooding for 2 seconds.Jace. Once I realized where his story was going I knew that the author had place a small of herself in the book. Jace is a lovable teddy bear and his need to move on is so large and clear and yet, as a reader I can't cheer for that. I can't hope he does. I can't.Daisy was just a breath of new air. She was so darn cute and hilarious without trying. I wanted to be her friend. I wanted to hug her. I wanted to see her learn and e books characters obtain mixed and mingled. And love happens along with a journey for each one to obtain ey all obtain wrapped up with unbelievable endings. It was sweet and real. I would have loved an epilogue...
Meghan Quinn has a special method to tell this story of four people who's lives are interconnected at a critical crossroad in each of their lives.Of the four characters, I felt a deep connection with Daisy, the naive young woman who was experiencing life for the first time. Jace's story touched me deep down in my heart... I felt his heartbreak so intensely. Oh the tears! Hollyn was merely existing and not really living until she joined the Dear Life help group. Carter, the brooding rebel, rounds out this group of people seeking healing from each other in their own is was an emotionally charged story filled with heart and humor. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. My only reason for hesitating to give the story a full 5 stars is how inappropriate it felt that these characters got their romantic begin in a help group... but, the story was believable, it just felt off for me. I am conflicted because I love how the story progressed and concluded, but it doesn't feel like this would happen in true life.I don't know... read for yourself so you can create your own judgement.
I heard about "Dear Data" on the Science Friday Podcast. The idea of collecting data, casually doodling, and sharing info really fit what I was doing with project journaling and how I connect with several of my colleagues. I also advocate for STEAM/STEM education; including for lifelong learners. This book is a excellent fit. The attractive and generously sized flexibound book is perfect because of the special blend of text, imagery, and data. The content has room to breathe on the pages. The whole book is created of nice quality paper with a finish that is simple on the eyes."Dear Data" provides amazing inspiration for conversation and I have already agreed to track some data of interest with several friends.
WOW, just wow. What a read. I read a lot of psychological thrillers. I can usually tell fairly quickly where the book is going or who did what. That was not the case with this book. I'm actually kinda bummed because it's one of those books that you can't wait to read the end but at the same time you don’t wish it to end. Know what I mean? I don't know if it was just me and I'm losing my mojo when it comes to guessing what will happen but this book kept me guessing. I'm not going to review any specific info about the book because I don't wish to go give ANYTHING away. Just know going in that this is a amazing book and once you begin reading, you will stick with it page after page until the ending so create sure you have a day before you begin reading. Personally, I think it is one of the best books I've read this summer. Looking forward to more by this author. Enjoy!
When you begin reading this book, remember all is not what it seems. I love books that create me think as I read, trying to figure out what is really going on. The author drops in subtle clues about who the true poor guy is but you have to be watching closely. I read a lot of thrillers/suspense so I wondered early on if Beth, the central character, was really who she seems to be. I have read all of Kimberly Belle's books and in my opinion, this is her best so far. Can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
Reading DEAR JOHN by Nicholas Sparks, it wasn't hardto figure out that somebody by the name of John (coincidentallythe main character) was going to obtain a letter from a girl heloved . . . yet even with that prior knowledge, the bookheld my interest because Sparks is such a has been the case with virtually all his other books,Sparks here presents a story with characters that youreally care about . . . I wanted to see what would eventuallybecome of John Tyree, a guy who didn't have much goingon in his life until he helps Sarah Lynn Curtis retrieve a pocketbookthat she had lost . . . they quickly fall in love; however, shortlythereafter, John must return to complete his tour of duty withthe army.A long distance romance ensues, only to have the eventsof 9/11 come into play . . . then there's the disease ofJohn's dad (Asperger's syndrome), as well as otherassorted complications in both their lives, and nothinghappens as smoothly as you would like it AR JOHN held my interest until the very end . . . if you'rein the mood for a good, old fashioned romance that's alsoa tear jerker, then this is the book for you . . . or you couldalways wait for the film that I'm sure will be developedin the near future.Sparks writes masterfully; among the a lot of passages thatcaught my attention were the following:* It's no exaggeration to say that lives are on the line. One wrong decision,and your buddy might die. It's this fact that makes the troops work. That'sthe huge mistake a lot of people create when they wonder how soldierscan place their lives on the line day after day or how they can war forsomething they may not believe in. Not everyone does. I've worked withsoldiers on all sides of the political spectrum; I've met some who hatedthe troops and others who wanted to create it a career. I've met geniusesand idiots, but when all is said and done, we do what we do for oneanother. For friendship. Not for country, not for patriotism, not becausewe're programmed killing machines, but because of the guy next to war for your friend, to hold him alive, and he wars for you, andeverything about the troops is built on this easy premise.* She smiled, flashing the little gap between her two front teeth. " can be coins or sports or politics or horses or melody or faith . . . thesaddest people I've ever met in life are the ones who don't care deeply aboutanything at all. Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them,any happiness is only temporary, because there's nothing to create it last.I'd love to hear your dad talk about coins, because that's when you see aperson at his best, and I've found that someone else's happiness is usuallyinfectious."I was struck by her words. Despite Tim's opinion that she was naïve, sheseemed far more mature than most people our age. Then again, consideringthe method she looked in her bikini, she probably could have recited the phonebook and I would have been impressed.* I thought again about the method she'd talked to my father. About the method shetalked to everyone, for that matter, including me. She had the rare abilityto be exactly what people required when she was with them and yet stillremain real to herself. I couldn't think of anyone who remotely resembledher in appearance or personality, and I wondered again why she'd takena liking to me. We were as various as two people could be. She was amountain girl, gifted and sweet, raised by attentive parents, with a desireto support those in need; I was a tattooed troops grunt, hard around the edges,and largely a stranger in my own home. Remembering how she'd been withmy dad, I could tell how gracefully her parents had raised her. And as shesat beside me, I found myself wishing that I could be more like her.
I bought this for my 13 year old granddaughter. She struggles to understand herself at times and required some reassurance. I read this book and thought it would be excellent for her. When I gave it to her, we read it together and she cried and gave me the largest hug ever! A excellent bonus to present that you love and care for that unique someone who needs a “it will all be ok and you’re excellent just the method you are!”
What a unbelievable book for my small girl. The book follows a small girl as she's told most of life's largest lesson, ones that a lot of adults never learned. The book is so warmly empowering and lets your small one know that it's okay to be who you are and that you don't only have to be one thing. That tip well given.A lovely book for my small one.
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You can’t slay them all you fool! Dear Murderer is directed by Arthur Crabtree and collectively adapted to screenplay by Muriel Box, Sydney Box and Peter Rogers from the play by St. John Leigh Clowes. It stars Eric Portman, Greta Gynt, Dennis Price, Maxwell Reed, Jack Warner, Hazel Court and Jane Hylton. Out of Gainsborough Pictures, melody is by Benjamin Frankel and cinematography by Stephen Dade. Lee Warren (Portman), consumed by jealousy over his wife’s unfaithfulness, believes he has executed the excellent murder, however, he hadn’t bargained on another one of his wife’s lovers entering the fray. But sensing a amazing opportunity to slay two birds with one stone, he executes another cunning plan… Perhaps he’s Adolf Hitler in disguise? He’s about the right height. A wonderfully twisty British thriller, Dear Murderer enjoys giving off a whiff of unpleasantness as it enthrals from the obtain go. Classic Brit staples are in put for this type of thriller, a vengeful man, harlot woman, intrepid copper and male suitors caught in a trap. Construction is as such, that it’s initially hard to actually obtain on side with any of the principal characters, but one of the film’s a lot of delights is in how it constantly alters the trajectory of sympathy towards the actual murderer! It helps as well that the story doesn’t rest on its laurels, this is not merely about one murder, and about one man trying to obtain away with that murder, it’s about more than that. There’s a lot of talking going on, but it’s all relevant to actions that are soon to follow, so when the flip-flops arrive, we are fully prepared and immersed in the devilish goings on. Arthur Crabtree (Madonna of the Seven Moons) is something of an unsung director from the British classic era, where often he has been termed workmanlike and steady. Yet he was able to create much suspense and atmosphere from the most primary of set-ups. He also was a amazing director of actors, as evidenced here with the performances he gets out of Portman (calm, calculated and cunning) and Gynt (a unbelievable slinky femme fatale dressed up to the nines). While in conjunction with photographer Dade (Zulu), he puts period Gothic noir tints on proceedings, especially on the exteriors where darkness, shadows and gaslights imbues murky machinations of plot. There’s a huge leap of faith needed to accept one critical turn of happenings entering the home straight, but ultimately the finale is not damaged by it, for here a black heart beats strong. Splendid. 8/10
I am a large MZ fan but her latest two books have fell really short for me. I'm leaning more toward 2.5 stars than 3. This book felt like it had amazing potential! I love her slow burn but this felt too dragged out. Ruby was cute but insecure and slightly immature, IMO. Aaron was great! I didn't really like some of the toilet humor. I wished the emails/texts didn't go on as long and I started skimming through them toward the middle of the book. The book did pick up for me around 44% when they met and I thought finally! I want we saw more of them together. The book just...ended at the airport and then the epilogue was in texts. I'm sorry but I really hated that. I felt ripped off on how they were going to solve their problems! I did like their chemistry and some of the build up. I just want there was more to read. Kulti and Wall of Winnipeg are still my favorites and I'll still read anything MZ writes but it's starting to feel lacking.
Dear John is a attractive story all around. Like other books by Nicholas Sparks, there is no satisfied ending for John and Savannah.When I first started reading Dear John, I had low expectations. I saw the film before I read the book, and I honestly did not like the movie. I hated how it ended. I didn't like how some things just didn't add up in the movie, so of course I had to go out and the book to see what really happened and what was going on in the heads of the e book was an simple read. It is told in John's point of view and is split into three parts. I found myself immersed in John's life. I fell a small bit in love with John. When he was hurting, I found myself wishing I could comfort him. Unlike the movie, the book gave me insight to why Savannah did what she did, and I didn't hate her like I did in the second half of the movie. Even though Savannah and John do not end up together (as you search out in the first pages of the book), I found this to be one of the best love stories I've ever read. I loved the decision that John created in the end! Although it did not give him his satisfied ending, it created the person he loves of the things I did not like were the 'war' scenes. Maybe it is just me, but I search reading about battle boring. Those few 'war' scenes had me putting down the book for a while. Other than that, a amazing read that I would recommend to anyone!
What a unbelievable book for my small girl. The book follows a small girl as she's told most of life's largest lesson, ones that a lot of adults never learned. The book is so warmly empowering and lets your small one know that it's okay to be who you are and that you don't only have to be one thing. That tip well given.A lovely book for my small one.
For visual people, this book is top notch. So, too, for rational people. Anyone who enjoys poring over a map or atlas, this is your king sense out of the seemingly meaningless, the seemingly random, and finding personality, character, and story behind is book is visual is is why we need a sixth star.If you have fun this, also test "Plotted."**update:** two weeks later: I have now given this book as a bonus and shared my copy with a friend. I am just blown away by the quality of the ideas in this book. It's very exciting!
I adored this book. I could not read it quick enough. It grabbed me from the beginning and I loved that the author was dropping clues for the reader, yet I could not figure out exactly what was going on, nor which narrator to trust. Then as the story starts coming to the conclusion, the reader learns the truth and yet the thrills are still keeping you turning the pages. Well done Ms. Belle. I look forward to what you have next for your readers.
No lie, the first part of the book is difficult to obtain through m. The H seems like a completely bully and waste of space. However, I have enough faith in this author to books “sight unseen” even if they aren’t part of a series of hers that I’m reading, so I definitely have enough faith in her to stick with it. It’s not my favorite of hers, but it’s still a amazing one! The reasons for his actions - sometimes not his actions - and her decisions come to light throughout the story. You may not agree with them, but the author does an perfect job of explaining them. However, she’s not the type to lay it all out in one paragraph. She spreads it throughout the story. So people who do not finish the book don’t search out the reasons behind the things that create them mad enough to stop. It’s a amazing story, the chemistry is great, there are some heart-wrenching moments. Don’t give up on a book just because the first part makes you mad. I genuinely don’t know how you can rate a book fairly if you don’t read the whole thing.
A lot of discussion points in a little ar Martin follows Justyce who is a black teen boy who goes on a journey of discovering the hardships of being a black male.I must say I am impressed with the a lot of subjects this book covers from racial profiling, affirmative action, going along with racist jokes and more. Dear Martin would be a excellent book for a high school class because of the subjects it discusses, the engaging story and the short rsonally, just like The Hate U Give, Dear Martin was hard to read. My kids are black and it’s frustrating & heartbreaking to know the problems presented in the book is reality for a lot of black men and for my sons as they obtain older. The idea that they’ll with racism solely because of their skin color guts me and the chance of someone harming them because of it, I can’t even think about ank you Nic Stone for writing a piece of literature that I hope helps a lot of people see issues of today and revisit how they sues: My main problems with the book were structural. 1. It was short, just over 200 pages. I heard it originally was longer but chop shorter to create it more impactful. I want there had been a small more development here. 2. The structure and formatting of the book threw me a little. The majority of the book is written in a regular formatting but then randomly dialogue is formatted in a bullet point style. I thought it was a mistake at first. It was interesting but I’m not sure I was sold on it. I did also like the letters written to Dr. King.Overall: This was an necessary read. Please read it
There has been a stream of books about race and police brutality in the latest few years. One could read nothing but books on the subject and still not hold up with the books available. What a amazing issue to have: too a lot of books on necessary topics. Now if only these books were useless because the issue had been solved.Anyway, if one can "enjoy" a book like this, then I enjoyed Nic Stone's telling of tragedy story more than I've enjoyed almost any other. There are obvious comparisons both in other latest books but also to true cases in true America. Nic Stone writes for the young reader in a easy method that never is dumbed down or too basic. She has all the nuances and difficulties of her topic matter under command as she writes the story of Justyce and his mate Manny, two black children at a liberal somewhat elite school and the ways they handle the casual, subtle everyday racialization, microaggressions, and the more obvious and deadly e POV shifts between regular third person storytelling to Justyce's interior life to second-person letters/journaling to "Dear Martin" or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nic Stone makes perfect use of the "safe place" classroom, where the white students do all the talking on race while the black students sit uncomfortably or angrily by, but certainly don't feel "safe" on the subject of race, despite having a black teacher. There is confusion by the bundle for our protagonist, in the method his mates behave, the racial problems involved in dating, the always-difficult globe of being a teenager. He takes refuge in writing honest letters to MLK, and it's here that he feels safe enough to say what he thinks. But can even Dr. King support Justyce when the globe caves in?This is, ultimately, an uplifting story with characters who grow in the face of extreme circumstances and stereotypes that threaten to hold them stuck. Well worth anyone's time.
This book is a various method to look at serial assassins for sure. I was shocked that the assassin is a young girl but it is a family business. I was not as captured as I wanted to be by this book. I liked the story but I wanted something more from this author in this book. It was a very various point of view on a serial assassin story from anything else I have read. The method the assassin picked her victims was very special as well. It you like books about serial assassins you should give this one a try. 3/5
This book is a work of art. Zack Grey was intentional and clever on how this book is place together. Each section takes you on a journey of love and loss. It explores a feeling that cannot quietly be described but we know what it is, if you have ever loved someone this e book is simply perfect; it presents what it is to have a soul connection that transcends the waves of time and the finity of mortality.
Dear Life By Meghan Quinn is such a amazing book. It’s about four strangers Hollyn, Have, Daisy and Carter who all go through there own trials and tribulations and are brought together by this program called Dear Life.Hollyn loses her husband in a tragic accident. It’s almost two years after his death and she is showing no signs of trying to move on. Her best mate Amanda tells her about the Dear Life program and she goes. What happens when Hollyn goes to the program and meets these two other individuals as she already knows and doesn’t like Carter?Jace is a professional baseball player for the Colorado Miners. One day his ex shows up and informs him she is pregnant and is signing over her rights to him. Jace makes the decision to place the baby up for adoption as he knows he won’t be able to give her the care she deserves. Later, the baby’s birth mother states she wants the baby back and did not know Jace would be giving the baby up for adoption. What will happen with Jaces situation and how does the Dear Life program support him?Daisy lived a sheltered life. She grew up living with her grams who homeschooled her and allow her lead a very sheltered life. Daisy’s gram gets sick and is placed in a Community Center and Daisy goes to live with her half sister Amanda (yes, Hollyn’s Amanda). This is where Daisy starts to learn she has lived a very sheltered life, all the method from her clothes to the type of television shows and films she watches. See how the Dear Life program helped her ter’s parents both died from a drug overdose and when that happened, he was placed in his Uncles care. He believed his Uncle didn’t wish him. He quit high school and went to college to become a chef. But, he can’t do anything with his degree until he pays his Uncle off. He finally has the and then his girlfriend takes off with it. Search out how the Dear Life program helps him, and why do he and Hollyn not getting e how all of their lives end up interconnecting. It’s not a book you wish to miss!
I received a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.I am so glad I waited until the weekend to read Dear Life. There is absolutely no method I would have been able to keep the tears back had I read it at work, and I would have lost sleep had I started it after work because I couldn’t place it down. While Meghan Quinn has developed quite the reputation for her romantic comedies, it was simple to see within those books that she could (and did) tackle serious issues. Even knowing that, I still was not prepared for the emotional toll Dear Life took on me as I watched this group of four learn to trust themselves and one another, even when it ath. Desertion. Servitude. Solitude. These are the things that bring Hollyn, Jace, Carter, and Daisy to the Dear Life program as they’re each on a precipice and have to figure out how to face the globe before them. A globe that is changing with or without them. The idea is that by embracing their past and letting it go, that they can move forward, past their current state of stagnation, and that together, they will help one another to overcome the fears that are holding them back… even if that fear is the fear of a fresh method of life. Because this is a romance, it shouldn’t be a surprise that in a group of two men and two women, couples emerge outside of their weekly group sessions – as well as friendships as they become one another’s help system in varying degrees. Quinn does a unbelievable job of mixing the sessions with the characters’ everyday lives so that the reader gets a sense of the person and sees what it is that they’re struggling with. Because the book is presented from each characters’ point of view, we’re not only privy to the happenings that affect them, but their thoughts as well, giving us further insight into each one of them. For me, the most telling passages were the letters they each wrote – well, maybe not Carter’s (lol) – because as the program progressed, they got better at telling “Life” what they were facing and how it created them feel. Not surprisingly, it was the final set of letters that touched my heart the most, particularly the very latest one and it created me bawl my eyes out even as I smiled.What I loved is how the author coupled the characters. In one, Quinn paired two people whose losses are nothing alike, yet their losses give them an ability to understand one another in a method that a lot of people wouldn’t. In the other couple, they’re night and day, complete opposites in the jaded poor boy and the wide-eyed innocent. Yet both couples are believable and are written in such a method that I was cheering for them both. I wanted them to succeed, even when the odds were stacked versus them, even when I was begging them to stop pushing the other too hard, even when I was praying they would push the other person harder, even when I wanted to smack one of them for being obstinate, even when I wanted to push them off their precipice and create them act, create them defeat their fear, create them face life, and create them claim the piece of happiness that was in their reach. Dear Life is a attractive book that struck a chord deep inside of me and it is one that I know I will read again, repeatedly. Thank you, Meghan Quinn, for sharing such a attractive story with the TE: I loved this book so much that I purchased a final copy for my private library.
Allow me begin by saying that when it come to this book I don't feel my review could ever do this book the justice it deserves. This is one book you just have to read for yourself and just allow it change you for the better and allow it seep into your soul because it will. you will not wish to place this book down I finished in about 8 hours or so!This is the first book I have read by this author and I fell in love with it. It takes 4 complex Lives and shows us just how various they are and yet honestly how the same we all are as well. We all wish to live life to the fullest and search love along the method as well. Life is never that simple and it has its down sides to. It shows us just how just how various each of us looks at how things affect our lives and the outcome it has on us and those around us. It shows us that no matter what life throws at us, it is how we react to it that defines us as people. It also makes you realize that no matter what you can’t sit and wonder about the What If’s in life. It doesn’t do any amazing because what is done is done and we can’t go back in the past and change that. It shows that when one door closes that another one has opened up, we just have to be opened to ourselves to accept it. This book definitely hits the feelers some harder than others. This book take you on an unforgetable journey and really makes you wonder, just really how do you prove your existence daily. Jace, Hollyn, Carter & Daisy will always have a put in my heart. I was very touched and thankful for the Dear Life letter by the awesome author at the end of the book. thank you for sharing that part of you with me as the reader. I went and wrote my own Dear Life letter and had it created into a tattoo as a reminder to myself to live life to the fullest and to remember to prove my existence daily! This is my ar LifeSacrificeMine areWritten in the ScarsSo,Wherever it LeadsI mustTrust the Journey!!I must prove myExistence dailyWith the Ground Beneath My Feet!!Please be kind,To and with my story….;THANK YOU FOR THIS AMAZING READ!P.S. I apologize for not getting my review up sooner not only did it take me a min to even be able to place together this review but I have also been dealing with my dad and his cancer coming back. That has also helped me place this book into even more prospective for me. This is a book i will read over and over again thank you so much!
I love Breaking Benjamin. And this is one of those albums that you can listen to over and over and it won't obtain old. Fade Away had to be the most misunderstood song on the album. I've read reviews about people saying that Fade Away was the worst song. In my opinion it was one of the best.I Will Not Bow never fails to disappoint, how could it? The entire song holds you from begin to awl was great. I was skeptical after seeing the lyrics, but it was ve Me A Sign was one of my least favorites. Sure, the beat was amazing and everything, but I just never got into it. It didn't stand out to me.Hopeless is definitely my favorite on the album. I can't say much about it except that it is awesome.What Lies Beneath was all right. It began to grow on me after a few listens, but it isn't my first choice.Anthem of the Angels is perfect. Sad and sorrowful, this song is just ghts Out is another awesome one. The lyrics are good, the melody is good, there is no method to go wrong with this ar Agony is my ultimate fave. It delivers amazing lyrics straight from the heart and awesome music. Sorry but I love o The Nothing was fairly good. I liked the lyrics but I didn't obtain into the beat. It didn't seem to fit with the music.Without You never fails to disappoint. If anyone says they hate BB, I allow them listen to this song and they give it a chance.
They did any Breaking Benjamin fan proud when they created this album. You can feel the torment, the war in his lyrics. Straight from the soul. This was apparently Ben's first sober album and you can feel the struggle. His voice is amazing, you obtain lost in this whole album. #superfan
Tims wife is writing this review. Bought this as it was recommended if you like the book "The Unbelievable Things You will Be." That book was sweet, thoughtful and imaginative. This book had some amazing moments but as a mom of a strong, attractive and intelligent small girl I was not impressed. Some of the things it discussed were so superficial rather than thoughtful and fun like the other book. I like the idea but truthfully I think there are better books out there to encourage our daughters.
It should come as no suprise that Nicholas Payton's most latest CD, "Dear Louis," has garnered him yet another well-deserved Grammy nomination. The title track, "Dear Louis," plus "Tight Like This" and the Cuban classic, "Peanut Vendor," are by far three of the best tracks on this awesome CD. Not only does Payton demonstrate a flair for composing his own works, but he also does a masterful job of arranging a number of Louis Armstrong favorites. If Louis Armstrong were alive today, I'm convinced he, too, would keep this CD is the highest regard. So, create "Dear Louis" an essential addition to your jazz CD collection--it's a winner.
I'm going to be honest here. I started reading this book ever so hopefully bc I love this author's work, but super skeptical bc the first half of this book is written in letters and emails. I worried about what kind of connection I would be able to create with the characters and how they would be able to connect with each other. I worried I would be bored and disappointed. I'll sum up how I felt about this book by relaying what my husband said to me latest night... "What are you reading over there? That smile on your face...you're glowing! What is that?" I love love loved this book! It was so sweet and genuine. My husband is a former soldier and we would email back and forth when he was in Iraq so it ended up being super nostalgic for me as well. MZ did a unbelievable job of writing how a guy would write versus how a girl would write. This is not an instant inferno love on blast relationship, but a strangers to mates to more romance. And it's fantastic!The only thing wanting in this story is that I was left wanting MORE! I really really hope that MZ does a sequel to Dear Aaron. I need the info of what happens next for these two. Regardless, MZ's status as an "instant author" was only solidified with this book.
Dear Aaron place me into a wholesome globe of contemporary romance and I can attest to enjoying my stay! The story revolves around correspondence between pseudo pen pals recently paired up through a specific program for soldiers on deploy. It provides the backdrop for a attractive caring friends-to-lovers om the conversations she has had with her brother, an ex-marine, Ruby has a keen understanding of the loneliness soldiers experience when away. It’s a duty she is proud to fulfill and satisfied to create a difference for someone else’s brother. She’s a seasoned participant in the program and is familiar with how to kick off the awkward introductions.Aaron and Ruby stumble, to start with, as the timing was not amazing when he first received her welcoming emails. After a rocky start, a attractive and fun friendship blossoms where both lean on each other to obtain through difficult moments. I adored the format of reading emails but they seemed to be going on forever. When it switched over to messenger chat, the change brought an air of freshness. I was ready by about 30% though to obtain stuck into more than fast messages.When the writing eased into the traditional story telling format it allowed the development of the characters to flourish. As with chat, it’s not until you hear another’s voice that you truly connect with them. The story then delved deeper into the headspace of both of the characters. Each had monkeys on their backs and appreciated the level of friendship which enabled some of those dreaded worries to be shared.I have had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Zapata at a Sydney book signing briefly and her gentle friendly nature comes out vividly in her writing. Considering my usual preference is for dark suspense, to be drawn so deeply into a slow burn contemporary romance pays homage to such a amazing storyteller. The knowledge that I was in a starkly various genre was brought home when “are-you-packing” was replaced with “Is that a flashlight?”. Yes, it was metaphorical in so a lot of ways - I saw the potential to have fun the beacon of light the words ahead ar Aaron is much more than a slow burn romance, weaving in fun banter, realistic life struggles, and situations where characters strive to be better people. Obtain ready for several corny jokes, some OTT private revelations, and awkwardness between a couple as they obtain to know each other in a gentle and caring way. Aaron mentions several times how Ruby makes him smile more than anyone else and I wish to thank Ms. Zapata for not only making me smile while I was reading but laughing out loud on occasion as well!
There are four characters that Nicholas Sparks has created, that are so fleshed out, you wish to run out into the globe and meet them, Stg. John Tyree is one of those 'people'. A protagonist so flawed an yet so 'good' the reader cannot support but feel compassion for him and the hand life and fate have dealt to him. So maybe Dear John is about love, but on so a lot of levels this narrative delves into the a lot of facets of love and its accompanying emotion, grief. All the reader wants to do is hug Stg. John Tyree and reassure him that in the end, everything will be e other three Nicholas Sparks characters who fall into this bracket are, Dawson Cole, Logan Thiebuex, and Ira Levinson.
This is the first Nicholas Sparks novel that I've read (although I've seen all of the films based on his books) and I found it quite amazing with a few minor annoyances. I found Savannah to be method too goody-two-shoes for my liking and found her obnoxious at times. I understand the point being that she had powerful moral values, but sometimes I wanted to roll my eyes at whatever came out of her mouth.I feel that the arguments they had were petty and overly dramatic and for the most part both of their reactions to their conflicts created them look like true jerks, to place it mildly. Much of the end of the book was beautiful simple to guess what would happen next (*SPOILER* I predicted who her husband was and that John would the coins to support them).Aside from those things, overall I really enjoyed the book. It was quick, simple reading and a heartwarming story. I might be in the minority but I am glad that the ending wasn't a typical fairy tale ending (at least not for John). There's plenty of that in most other stories so the change is welcome, and it was written so that nothing was left desired...all plot lines were closed beautifully.I have to say that I am mildly disappointed they've decided to cast a blonde actress for the movie adaption (Savannah was brunette in the book) since I'm on squad brunette! I just hope the film lives up to the book in every other way.
This is a simple, stark book about very messy, true topics. About keeping your sanity in an insane e author NAILED Jus's voice- I've never seen anybody sound more like a teenage boy that wasn't actually a teenage boy. Jus is a nice guy, but not too nice. I love him in the opening scene, when he's helping his drunk ex girlfriend, and you can really see how starstruck he is by a hot girl being into him, and his very "guy" reactions to her, but also his inherent decency because even when she makes it hard for him, he's going to do the right e book jumps headlong into debates about a lot of uncomfortable things, and I like how a lot of various perspectives it provides through its characters, some sympathetic, some very much not. Jus is surrounded by people, white and black, and those who support him and those who keep him back come from both sides of the racial divide. I love how there's a hero to play out every various philosophical perspective, but none of them, not ONE seems flat or one-dimensional or "made up to play a purpose."The awesome magic trick that this book pulls is that even though it never breaks tone, and is purely through the voice of a teenage boy, there's also a gravity to the language and the method the ideas are presented that zooms the camera back and makes you feel the weight of being a part of a very necessary moment in inspires you (you, me, all of us) to be better, even (especially) if the people around us are being worse.And I love the end. Because it's not a huge speech. It's not a large turning point. It's a quiet demonstration of the only method that change really happens: through a connection between two individuals, and a single spark of hope.Unforgettable.
Okay, wow. I liked this book so much. Honestly, I worried a small bit at the beginning that it would be too much like The Hate U Give, which I also liked, but I was hoping this wasn’t a repeat, if that makes sense, since the story sounded related in some ways. (Kid from a lower income neighborhood going to a personal school who has experiences with police brutality, racism and gang violence, even an interracial relationship and how difficult that is for a family member.) And all those elements definitely play a role in this story, but it still felt like a completely various book in the method the story was told.I loved that Jus writes letters to Dr. King. What a cool method to connect the Civil Rights movement to a present-day story and situation. I also felt like the story captured some of the complexity of a community facing problems like this. While this is Justyce’s story, we also see so a lot of of the other characters answer to what’s event in striking ways—sometimes because they’re so emotional and other times because they simply aren’t.I think The Hate U Give is an incredibly strong story, and I don’t wish to take anything away from it or from the awesome author, Angie Thomas, by saying this, but actually, I liked Dear Martin better. Awesome story. If you’re looking for a novel about American race relations, I definitely recommend this one.
Dear Assassin by Author Katherine Ewell is a psychological thriller about a seventeen-year-old murderer whose morals are place into question when she deviates from her appointed t Ward has been raised to be a murderer by her mother since she was nine years old. She receives letters from people all across London requesting to slay certain people, commissioned to carry out the dark actions these people are too afraid to do themselves. She was taught moral nihilism to cope with her murders, but when she kills outside of her letters she begins to question her eresting concept, it truly is, but about 20 percent into the book I felt it took a bit of a dive. The author definitely has talent, the psychological aspect of this novel very well written, but I was disinterested in the development of the story and of Kit's character. I had wished she stayed as she was in the beginning, but after she kills someone who there was no letter for she begins to change for the worst that didn't quite fit for how her hero was set up. Plus, it was kind of hard to believe she was murdering people at ten years spite all of this, I think the author has amazing potential and look forward to seeing her improve in her story telling abilities in the future.
I am gushing over how much I loved this book! I don’t normally gush, and I don’t think I ever have over a mystery/suspense book, but I am gushing because this was everything a mystery/suspense novel is supposed to be. It is also the kind of book that you really don’t wish to know a whole lot about before you read it. You wish to go in mostly blind and without any opinions or expectations to obtain the full impact of the story, so I’m doing my best to hold it really is started out with the best first chapter I’ve read in a really long time, if not the best first chapter ever. Talk about getting sucked in. I was a small worried that with that powerful of a start, there was no method it would continue that strong, but it absolutely e entire story is told from three various characters’ perspectives, Beth, Marcus – the detective looking into Sabine’s disappearance, and Jeffery – Sabine’s husband.I won’t say that I loved all of the characters in this book, but you don’t normally love the poor guy in a story. That said, I did really have fun the method the poor guy was written and was also impossible not to feel sympathy for Beth, her pain and her desperation, even if you have doubts about her hero at times. I was emotionally invested in her and Sabine’s story from the e storyline throughout this felt really special and not something recycled from a dozen other related novels, which is a large thing for me, especially in this genre.I cannot say enough how well this story flowed. I loved how when I thought I knew what kinds of connections existed, or at least suspected, something gets revealed that makes those assumptions less sure. Or you know there is no connection and you are given a piece that shows, maybe there really is. You are just never entirely sure. I was really deep into the book before some of the larger puzzle pieces started to be visible and it wasn’t a picture I was expecting. All of those tips and reveals are done in incredible, subtle ways. Subtle enough that there were a couple I didn’t pick up until another little piece was sically, this was awesome. If it isn’t on your TBR yet, it absolutely should be.
Sensitivity warning: Domestic violence and lots of f-bombs.I felt an immediate connection to the story initially. There’s alternating perspectives, which is amazing because we obtain to see what Beth is doing and the bread crumbs of her intentions, and we also obtain to see the result of Sabine’s disappearance on her husband Jeffrey. There’s another perspective, the detective Marcus, which I found initially random, but also the beginning, I felt that the author’s writing style was as simple as breathing. The pages turned effortlessly for me. I got Gone Girl vibes, so I didn’t allow myself breathe too simple because I felt like I was waiting for a swift kick of surprise. I had seen in some comments that there’s a twist, so my mind was constantly observing the angles, looking for things that didn’t is novel took me longer than usual to obtain through. I liked the premise, but I found that my interest started to wane by the middle. There were a couple times I had a twist in mind; one became implausible, but at 72% I thought of another. Once I was certain I knew what was going on, I read more quickly to see if I was right. I was right, but there was slightly more to the story.If I hadn’t figured out the huge twist, this could have been 5 stars for me. Even if I had and the story had held my interest more in the middle, had felt more thrilling along the way, I would have been inclined to give more stars. There’s nothing wrong with the story, and I applaud the author for giving clues along the method for the astute reader (as opposed to a bait and switch to force a twist). It’s just that my expectations were set for something fast-paced and/or shocking based on blurbs and some reviews. I’d call this one a slow burn for me. The reason for 3 stars is because I felt sad when the novel was done. There’s resolve, but a couple various factors just didn’t sit well with me in the end (I won’t say what, to avoid spoilers).
My unique small girl will know how unique she is, and how special and how the globe is a better put because she is in it. She will know how to leave her mark, and be who she is all the way.....the book fosters all of this and more.... a book to support her succeed and be satisfied with her success and with herself....LOVE the message.... WONDERFUL
This is one album I can listen to without skipping ANY songs. The song list is: Fade AwayDear AgonyInto The NothingLights OutCrawlI Will Not BowAnthem Of The AngelsHopelessGive Me A SignWithout YouThis is probably their best album! Better then purchasing the songs separately because you will wish all of them. If your looking for someone else then if they like alternative melody then this is a must buy!
OK .. so right.. check it out .. it's like this ...I read all these reviews that were written , and I suppose I could be classified as bias.I followed BB since their bar days before they released albums.I love the fresh CD 'Dear Agony', and every CD before it.I noticed a lot of reviews have said it did not sound the same as the other songs,but lets be honest if it sounded the same what fun would that be?Furthermore isn't that the hopes of a fresh CD? to sound various in each one?Ben is an awesome artist and skilled song rk, Aaron and Chad are hands down kick a** and complete BB as a bandI am not going to break down the songs from the CD because I loved them a songwriter you write the songs from your perspective,each person who listens to the song will interpret it and apply it has shown they can cover a musical spectrum and accelerate forward,I want them all continued success. Rock on guys and fellow BB fans!
One of my favorite poetry books ever -his creativity is INGENIOUS! I write poetry and although I have no art and lettering skills - I add creativity w/ crafting to my poetry, art, gratitude, bullet, vision board, and prayer journals so this book particularly resonated w/me on a deep level. I love the method the author divided book into 3 parts: Sunrise, Sunset, Midnight. Very clever. I am rather persnickety and not easily impressed. Zach Grey is my newest muse for poetry. Recommendations for older poetry: e.e. Cummings, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Emily Dickenson, Edgar Allen Poe, Walt Whitman, Henry D. Thoreau, Charles Bukowski, Robert Frost, Ralf Waldo Emerson, Yeats, Lord Byron, Longfellow, Emily Bronté, Wadsworth, Shakespeare, Elizabeth Browning, Mayo Angelou, Pablo Nerudo; Children's lit.: Shel Silverstein, Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, Theodore Suess, R. er: Alfa, Atticus, Wilder, FD Soul, N. R. Hart, Amanda Lovelace, Rupi Kaur, Lang Leav, Rh Sin, fs yousef, Faraway, Goitsemang Makheleng, ML Storer, C Churchill, cwpoet, Nikita Gill, a fan of a lot of genres📚- Christian nonfiction and fiction, historical, romance, mystery, fantasy, philosophy, self help, children’s lit., - Alas,... POETRY is PASSION!
I think I would have liked this book better if everything hadn't been so tidily tied up at the end...it didn't feel real to gardless, the characters are amazing (if a bit stereotypical), the story line is entertaining (and I loved the method it was written...from countering POVs, including their letters), and I actually laughed out loud a few times, which is a amazing tom line, the story was just a small too perfectly wrapped up for me. All the issues are worked out, all the mean people become likable, and everybody lives happily ever after. Meh. Nevertheless, I still think it's worth reading and I plan to read this author's other works.
This negative review is on the Kindle ver and reflects the poor quality of photos in the electronic version. Most of the photos require zooming to obtain the fine info and the quality at full zoom is not good. Hope the publishers will take care of this problem with a fresh ver of the electronic book, as the book's contents are mostly photos so currently a waste.
This is one of the finest albums released yet by the wonderful Nicholas Payton. Born and raised in Fresh Orleans, this album features the infinitely talented trumpeter in his element, with a band full of tonal variety, dynamic quality, and a damn amazing lead trumpet player, playing re-interpretations of Louis Armstrong classics. If u like the trumpet, Louis Armstrong, or just the general concept of a swingin' Huge Band, then this is for you. Nicholas Payton boasts a fine set of weapons: impressive range, a really fat sound, a solid concept of rhythm, and the flexibility to change his sound depending on the style of the music. Highly influenced by Clifford Brown and Louis Armstrong, Payton utilises everything he's got to really set the listeners ears on fire. Growl on!
When I first heard this cd, I thought, this has nothing to do with Louis Armstrong! Of course, some of Mr. Armstrong's signature pieces are covered on this cd. A second, and third, listen, however, had me appreciating Mr. Payton's attractive playing. He has really developed his own style, and yet, one can hear the sounds and feel of Fresh Orleans jazz coming through on each piece. A attractive and loving tribute to Satchmo, but in Payton's own voice. A worthy cd to own for serious jazz lovers.
OK. I am a large fan of Mariana Zapata. Her style is S-L-O-W B-U-R-N and I love it. Don't obtain me wrong, I often have fun a down and dirty insta-love but with Mariana, you need to kick your shoes off, obtain comfy, create sure there are frozen dinners available for the family and have dvd's ready to entertain the kids. There's always a large pay-off with her books, it's just going to take a while to obtain her recent book, Dear Aaron, she doesn't deviate. Mariana gives readers the opportunity to know the main characters individually before they are romantically involved with each other. While you don't know 'everything' about the characters before they connect, you obtain to know them gradually, just as they obtain to know each other. Ruby writes to Aaron through a program that pairs soldiers and civilians as pen pals during deployment. Their friendship grows from their interactions, eventually leading to meeting face to face after Aaron returns by is probably one of the least-confident female leads Mariana has written. That said, she can stand up and speak out when pushed far enough, but for the most part she lives to hold the peace and limit risks. Aaron is coming out of a breakup via "dear John" letter when Ruby begins writing to him and he is cautiously friendly. He actually doesn't answer for weeks to her emails. Ruby is charmingly goofy, genuinely sweet, and refreshingly open. Aaron is able to relax and allow down his guard within the structure of their relationship and they both start to begin up to each other about private issues, and they start to like each other within this safe space. The family life (strife) of both Aaron and Ruby color their views on relationships and both have to work to overcome the self-imposed restrictions to begin their hearts to the chance of a different, more fulfilling relationship chance for riana is a unbelievable author because she writes books that you read over and over, and each time you glean something fresh you never noticed before. She doesn't give you EVERY thought the lead female thinks (all her books are written from the female protagonists' perspective) so you do have to work for some of the details. This is what gives her work 'legs'...the ability to hang around in your thoughts for a long, long time after you finish a 's where my review will go sideways for some of you. This is not my favorite MZ book. And yes, I still gave it 5 stars. It deserves 5 stars because I enjoyed the book so very much and because she creates the types of books I really have fun down to my bones. But, it does fall short for me in comparison to her other works. I didn't feel the same connection to Ruby as I have to her other leading females. I think one reason is that Ruby doesn't have a real confidant other than Aaron. Each of her other characters had someone they could lean on and talk to, which in turn gave the reader more depth regarding the story line. Sal had her dad, Iris had Sonny, Vanny had Diana and Zack - and Diana had Vanny and the boys, Gabby had Eli...they all had their 'person'. Another reason this falls short for me is that towards the end, we have an intense portion of the book before Aaron and Ruby acknowledge their feelings towards each other, and then BAM we're given an epilogue that left me feeling unsatisfied. When loving slow-burn romances like I do, a really amazing epilogue is the 'reward' for all the work I've done being patient! I was reading it and I kept looking at the progress indicator in my kindle and kept thinking "it can't really be at 99%...there's SO MUCH MORE I WANT, NO NEED TO KNOW!".All that aside, if you love Mariana, you will love this book. Her humor and perspective are so special and you feel the love she pours into every one of her novels. I mean even Mozart didn't turn out a excellent musical composition every time he place pen to paper...wait...that's not the best example...he kinda did. I'll test again...even Charlie Hunnam has days where he may not look his best, but damn, it's Charlie Hunnam and he is a 9.9 at his worst. Dear Aaron isn't my favorite book of hers, but damn, it's Mariana Zapata, and she's still a 4.9 out of 5 on a poor day. Obtain this book and take your time to have fun it. If this is your first MZ experience, I insist you read her other books as well. Then you'll understand the genius that she really is.
It was different. In the beginning in a amazing method various but later became too slow for me. The knowledge that is written from one of my favorite authors kept me going. Rubi- she cried too much, she was too weak. Aaron, he was nice but I didn't obtain what's his deal. The end? What happened, how? Ahhhhh
Dear Aaron was various from the rest of Mariana Zapata's books, but fans and readers can expect a sweet friends-to-lovers story with her signature slow-burn anks to the Support a Soldier Foundation, 23-year-old Ruby Santos is assigned to write weekly letters to the 28-year-old soldier, Aaron Hall. It was an unconventional begin of a friendship but one that grew stronger as each mail, IM, and care pack are exchanged and delivered. Their correspondence goes on even after the end of Aaron's tour, and without even noticing it, they've become each other's best mate and even is Dear Aaron various from her other works? Ms. Zapata wrote part of the book in an epistolary voice—letters, e-mails, instant and text messages. I know some people don't have fun a book without the usual narrative style, but I think it helped readers obtain a glimpse of what goes on in both characters' lives and see the gradual build of their friendship and feelings. Like her other books, the rest of the story is told in the female lead's point of was a slow start, but as soon as the pace picked up halfway through, I had a perma-grin 'til the very latest page (Mariana, I wish to frame the acknowledgment!). That first meeting created me squeal and giggle and ahhhh. I loved how their simple banter and ease around each other translated outside IMs and emails, and damn it, Aaron was so sweet! He was so thoughtful and caring and ahhhhhhhHe's no grumpy character like Aiden and Kulti, but there are times when Aaron gets inside his head. With his complicated family life and experiences as a soldier, he's learned to hide how he feels and what he thinks, so it takes a while for Ruby to break down his walls.I love how she writes about regular people we can all relate/once similar to. People who don't have all of their sh*t figured out all the time. Ruby is in her early twenties and she's still trying to search out what she's supposed to do with her life, and it freaks her out most of the time. Honestly, I'm just like her right now. Twenty-three and still clueless. I wish to cry just thinking about it haha.Aaron has his own worries—whether he should go on another tour or stay in the States and do who knows was a hoot to read their conversations and mail exchange! I know parents warn their children about talking to strangers and making mates on the internet, but some of my most cherished friendships started over the internet. Just like Ruby and Aaron, I didn't physically meet some of my really amazing mates until method later. I've known mates who fell in love with their partners before they met face-to-face and allow me tell you, they're still happily married. I had no doubt Ruby and Aaron could be like that, too.I would have wanted a few more scenes after they got together, to marinate the feelings in the relationship so to speak, but I was still beautiful happy with their ar Aaron was sweet, refreshing, and heartwarming. It created me think about our brothers going away to hold us safe and wonder what life is like for them while they're miles away and their safety isn't always guaranteed.And I don't know about you guys, but I really wish to read about Ruby's sister, Jazz. Ice skating romance, anyone???P.S. Is there a true program like Support a Soldier? Because honestly, I wish to sign up. No, I'm not doing it because I wish my own romance, but I wish to do something to help. Even if it's just a letter or mail, I wish to do opes: Mates to Lovers, Military Hero, Pen PalsPOV: Epistolary—Dual, First POV; First, Female POV
This 4 star thriller was impossible to place down! I could not stop reading!!SUMMARYThis book, told from the points of view of Jeffrey, a man whose wife has disappeared; Marcus, the police detective assigned to search Jeffrey’s wife and Beth (her alias), the woman running from her e story opens with “Beth” hightailing it out of city while her husband is away on business. She is terrified of what will happen if he catches her. Beth has spent months meticulously planning her escape complete with a fresh identity and a trail of false leads for him to follow. As the story progresses, she recounts the years of abuse she suffered and how she finally got the courage to leave. Even when it finally looks like Beth has finally found a safe put to hide, she is constantly looking over her shoulder with the certainty that he will search her. It sort of reminded me of Julia Roberts in Sleeping with the ffrey and his wife had gotten into a large fight, which ended up getting physical, just before he had to leave city for a work event. When he returns, she is missing and no one has any idea where she went. Of course, with their rocky marriage and the tip of abuse, Jeffrey is suspect #1 on the police’s list. Since he’s a very unlikeable guy, it’s hard to feel any sympathy his predicament. It’s even kind of fun to watch him being the prime e third point of view comes from the detective assigned to the case, Marcus. Marcus is working nonstop to search Jeffreys missing wife, Sabine. He and Jeffrey clash beautiful immediately. All the evidence points toward Jeffrey, his iradkic behavior is not helping him, neither is the fact that he won’t tell Marcus anything about what happened to ’s quite a cat and mouse game, Beth continuing to hide all the while she is certain she will he found out.WHAT I LOVEDI LOVED the plot! It was so well written and the suspense kept me reading as often as I possibly e twists were fantastic! All amazing thrillers need a couple amazing twists and surprises. This one had a couple perfect ones.I loved how cleverly Beth thought out the plan and how she had several tricks up her sleeve.I also loved the method each of the characters ended up showing their real colors eventually. It was very satisfying to read.WHAT I DIDN’T LOVEThere were no specific things in this story I didn’t like or found annoying but I didn’t whole heartedly love it enough to give it 5 stars. In my opinion, a 5 star book has to be spectacular. While this was a amazing book and was very fun to read, I cannot say it was awesome enough to be a 5.OVERALLI highly recommend this book to anyone who loves thrillers, specifically domestic thrillers. You will not be sorry.
The story had potential. Of course, we wish to hate jeffrey. Insufferable arrogant @#$%!&?. Sabine is not very fleshed out, and neither is Beth, really. I read the story slowly and carefully, hoping for some tension......something. Marcus the detective seems to obtain a poor rap from just about ybe I should just give the whole thing away? Nah.(Oh, a nd I for this one, which I only do if it's worth rereading. No)
"Beth" (not her true name) is on the run from her abusive, violent husband. For the past 7 years, she's been slapped, backhanded, punched, yanked & kicked. No more tiptoeing around his temper. No more dodging his blows. The first time she mentioned divorce, he shoved her to the floor & jammed a gun into her mouth. She never said that word out loud, again. Although, it's been on her mind an poor lot. For the latest 10 months, she's been planning her escape. She has to stay one step ahead of her husband. He WILL be looking for her. He's stealthy & bine sent a text to her husband saying she'd be home by 9 PM. But, she never came home & she's not answering her phone. It's unlike her not to be in touch, especially with her twin sister. They talk multiple times a day. Sabine's disappearance is reported to the bine's husband discovers that she's been having an affair for the past 5 months & she's pregnant with her lover's child. She's been talking to a lawyer. She was planning to divorce him. It's no secret their marriage was on the rocks. He doesn't need to be a detective to know how it makes him look; like he has a motive. He is THE basic suspect in his wife's disappearance. All fingers point to him.Where is Sabine? And, who is Beth?
This book is stunning from beginning to end. From the moment you begin it, you are whisked away into the story of a dream as you travel into the depths of midnight. The artistry and creative elements of the layout create for a surprise on every page. The writing hits home and leaves an imprint on the soul that is taken with you forever. If you are looking for a truly genuine and spirit touching piece of work, this is it.
Awesome book! Awesome author! Best $6 I have spent on a piece of real literature. The book is a fast read but you can have fun picking it up and reading meaningful pieces for just a few mins at a time or all at once. I go back to it over and over again. Don’t miss this one!
***5 #ProveYourExistence Stars***I knew going in that this book would take me on an emotional roller coaster and that it would pull out all the feels from me, especially after reading the first few pages and getting that gut feeling that I knew what was coming, at least with that situation. What I didn’t expect, though I did hope for, was how emotionally invested I’d become in each of the characters and their journey, nor which hero ended up being the one I connected with the most. I couldn’t place Dear Life down, in fact I had it begin on the counter as I cooked dinner and am lucky I didn’t end up burning my dinner, because I was so invested and ended up staying up past my bedtime just to [email protected]#$%!.I’m going to step away from my typical reviewing MO for this one because this is a book that you truly need to experience without bias in to appreciate the impact of what Jace, Daisy, Hollyn and Carter go through. So what I will say is that the journey that each hero goes on will touch your heart and maybe even your soul. You will search pieces that will sing to you because of your own experiences with love, loss, pain and the struggle to take the next step. There will be times that you will be irritated and frustrated with them and their choices, or lack thereof, but in the end you will celebrate their accomplishments and know that the rocky street they traversed was more than worth it in the for that hero that I connected with the most, the one who I didn’t expect to connect with upon first meeting? That hero was Daisy. Why is it a surprise? Because on the outside I saw her as my polar opposite in so a lot of ways, but as the story progressed I found that what she was looking for was not all that various than what I am every day. As for the others, Carter and Jace are definitely on my book boyfriend list because they encompass everything I love about alpha males, even the poor stuff. And though Hollyn appears to be latest in line, she isn’t. The strength she found within herself when she didn’t think she had any was a sight to say that this book was an experience is an understatement. I laughed. I cried. I wanted to toss my Kindle into the freezer because I was frustrated with the characters. There were a couple things I wished there had more of, but they are minor in the huge scheme of things because I loved where everyone was at the end of the book and I highly recommend Dear Life because you never know what it has to if you only take a possibility on it.~ Copy received via Wordsmith Publicity & voluntarily reviewed ~
OMG... the feels this book has! It has them all. Heartwarming, heart breaking, all round heart felt. (Don't create the same mistake I created and read it in public. Consider yourself warned.) Such a good, inspiring and special story about healing, loving and living life. The format is various than your average book and really worked well for the telling of the stories. Four strangers meet in a group designed to support them move on from whatever they were suffering/struggling with, and they learn to lean on each other to obtain past their broken pasts and accept their fresh life. Bonds form and love blooms. The book alternates between all four characters POV's and as part of their group therapy, they are needed to write a letter to life, hence the title "Dear Life." Each of their stories are endearing and there is so much power behind the words that are written. You'll love the characters as much as their stories. I think everyone can gain something from this book and the 'lessons' that these people learn. Although there are a few laughs throughout, it is a more somber book (especially coming from an author who is well known for her humor.) I promise, you won't regret reading this book! You will probably wish to hold some tissues nearby though. ;)There are a couple scenes of the nature, but it is all in amazing taste. I would say it's suitable for 17+. It's one of those books that's hard to place down, and I cursed the need for sleep when I HAD to place it down at night. Damn my early morning work hours. Even with the frequent change of POV's it was simple to read and the story flowed smoothly between the transitions.
An awesome book. A pair of talented artists square off to each search a novel method to clearly depict data of one form or another- how a lot of moments of happiness, and just about everything else - in a clear and insightful way. Each effect was sent via postcard to the other artist, and the set of cards create up this book. An extraordinary work of creativity and clarity of vision.
I was a very quiet kid, someone who watched and listened, tried to understand why people were the method they were, created the choices they did—good and bad. To this day, when I happen to see a image of someone who stood up so faithfully for what they believed in, clinging to the hope that things could improve if they just kept chipping away with their voice and actions, I reflexively put my hand on their photo as if it could somehow connect me to them. As if it could somehow tug me closer to understanding how they persevered. As if it could somehow let them to give me tip on what was stirring in my heart as I watched and listened to the globe around this novel, Justyce McAllister—a bright, motivated, top-of-his class student—takes it one step further. As he navigates a contemporary Atlanta where he is still seen more for the color of his skin than the content of his character, he regularly writes to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a journal, hoping that it will support him place Dr. King’s teachings into practice in to manage everything that’s thrown at him.I don’t wish to give away the exact situations he faces, but I will say this: there is a safety in fiction that allows us to witness and start to understand the harder stories and truths we flinch from in true life. Books like this obtain necessary views considered, obtain necessary conversations started. As a white person, I required to obtain to know Justyce, for I’ve never been in his shoes, and the fact is that his fictional shoes are worn by millions today. As a mother to white children, I required to own this book in to put it into my kids’ hands and ensure the messages inside it are nailed home. Over and over again, until things do obtain better.I highly recommend this book, and hope it gets into as a lot of hands and hearts as possible.
I am a white american. I read Just Mercy..and now this book. This book was stunning. Well written. Truthful..sad..happy...all of these emotions packed in.I would like to say the book has an ending with a solution. But I can't.....I would like to say this book solves the race problem...but it doesnt.What this book does is opens ones eyes to the large problem. This book opens up conversations between ank you for an awesome read. Please write another. I do believe a novel is in your future.....
This is a review by my 12 year old, who read this book in less than 24 hours.Even though the book seems like it would be full of blood and gore, it really isn’t. When there is a part where she kills someone it isn’t described. There is no romance at all in the book. They do cuss a bit, but it is British cussing so it’s funny. Overall this book is one of the best books I have ever read. When it ended I did not know what to do. It was that e book is about a 17 year old girl who is an assassin. She gets a note, she makes the decision to slay or not based on the info in the note. Her mother is a assassin who taught her how to kill, and taught her there is no right and no wrong.