Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Now the inconsistencies in character development bothered me as well. Tamara was raised until the age of 12 by a strong-willed grandmother. So I saw a lot of parallels with Tamara and grandma's handling of situations: fight first, talk later. But the girl's aunts (who were raised by the same woman) were weak-willed and needy, giving in to abuse and being used by no good men. Tamara was smarter (street wiser) than all of them at only fourteen.
Also, I didn't see Tamara as abused. She is definitely used by her biological mother as a housekeeper and babysitter. But everything she does or allows, especially with the males in her life is calculated and for a purpose. Tamara says several times that she is street smart, and that is definitely what she is. From beginning to end, Dysfunctional shows Tamara as always having the upper hand or planning to get the upper hand. She always has a plan. She trusts no-one and uses everyone. People who think they're her friend are just her pawns. That's something the book doesn't show, how does Tamara get so many different people to do whatever she wants? Everywhere she goes she easily gets people to do things that involve felonies, and she gets away with everything unscathed. I think Tamara could've easily gotten caught in several situations but this is fiction, so she doesn't. Tamara is not a very likeable character. She's mean, unfeeling and disrespectful, so I don't know how she gets her loyal minions. But she and the book have entertaining drama for sure. The only thing that kept me reading was the promise of her next plan.
Toward the end Tamara is at her best at being bad. It reads like a soap opera drama at this part. It becomes less "hood" (for lack of a better word) and more "beverly hills" dysfunctional. Some parts were predictable, some parts shocking, some parts implausible. I don't read a lot of urban lit. I picked this up for a change of pace. I would recommend this book for those who like non-stop drama and purely ignorant folks causing trouble for no reason, because there is a lot of it in this book. Adult content.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The Altercation of Vira by Kenechi Udogu is the story of Ama, whom I liked right away. Ama is on her way to a going-away party for her closest friend, Mel and his girlfriend Janet. She hasn't seen Mel in a few years since he moved to the big city and hooked up with Janet. Ama is driving to the city and thinking about her dislike for Janet when she nearly hits something that runs across the road. Her already ancient car gives up the ghost and she starts walking to find help. From there Ama ends up kidnapped (or so she thinks) and taken away from Earth realm to Vira which turns out to be her real home. But before she's whisked away, Ama manages to contact Mel because she thinks she's in danger. In search of Ama, Mel is taken to Vira also seemingly to help save a race who has been persecuted for generations. However, Ama and Mel find themselves on opposite sides in a brewing war.
The world building in this book is imaginative and believable. Vira is a dark realm, remaining in "night" for most of the book. I had a hard time remembering this, but the author does remind the reader sufficiently. The characters do not seem to change as much as I would've liked. Mel is not tested and is really just a plot device, although he is a fleshed out plot device. Ama changes only slightly inwardly due to a shocking trial she endures. It was one of craziest things I've read that was completely plausible. I could see ancient earth peoples doing these rituals no matter how crazy they seem to us now.
The book drags between maybe chapters 5 and 13. There is a lot of narrative and explanation that bogs it down, but it is cool history of Vira. But once it picks up, the story progresses and builds anticipation. I was up to 3 a.m. reading and only stopped because my phone battery died. The ending was a little quick. I kinda thought it should have been extended. I wasn't expecting what happens between Ama and Mel, especially after all the build up. I gave it 4 stars for the entertaining world building and interesting plot. I couldn't give it 5 because of the slow down in the beginning set up, and because the climax and ending, although satisfactory, left more to be desired. But I had to accept the ending no matter my or Mel's personal feelings on the matter. There were also several characters that I felt needed more purpose or could've been left out altogether. Overall a good read.
Monday, August 20, 2012
What if you could become a fairy and help keep everyone safe? Rachel and Kirsty get the chance to be fairies and visit fairyland on a regular basis. In this extended special edition, one of the girls' cousin is having a costume ball. But Jack Frost sends his goblins to steal the costumes and disrupt the party. However, with the help of Flora the Dress-Up Fairy and her magic mask, Rachel and Kirsty trick Jack Frost and save the day. You'll have to read it to find out how.
This is a great read. My daughter loves fairies and just being able to imagine being and helping fairies is a great adventure for her. Recommend to girls ages 6+.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
About the Author: (CrookedCats Publishing)
I live in Blackbrooke and you would have had to be living under a rock to never have heard of it before now. This town is different to most others…Humans aren’t the only residents…”
The residents of Blackbrooke share their town with the Creatures, or Crits as they are known. Grotesque, roaming the streets at night looking for food, their presence means humans have to live by the Rules, keeping them indoors and forbidding them of basic desires.
The most important Rule?
Don’t be a ‘walk out’!
Straight-A student, Liberty Connor, hates the Crits and the endless Rules she and her tight knit group of friends have to live by.
Planning her new life on the Outside with her boyfriend, Gabriel, Liberty whiles away her days waiting to turn 18, so they can leave and be free. That is, until the world she thinks she knows begins to unravel…
Her friends start to walk out. So she’s told. However, something’s not right. Things don’t add up.
Liberty faces a race against time to discover what’s going on with the Creatures of Blackbrooke.
Is it them she has to fear, or something much closer to home?
Blackbrooke is a Young Adult horror novel that has you on the edge of your seat.
I'd Recommend to:
In a town surrounded by woods, there are two worlds peacefully living together, or so it seems. There is the daytime world of the humans, and there is the nighttime world where Creatures thrive. There are rules set in place to keep these worlds separate, and if they are broken, there will be deaths.
Unfortunately for Libby Conner, deaths seem to be occurring a lot lately. Her mother is practically dead, in a coma-like state all day and night, her best friend now isn't her friend, classmates "walk out" and do not live, then her boyfriend goes, followed by her current best friend. Life isn't in Liberty's favor right now.
But something just doesn't add up. Why would Gabriel and Gemma do that? It doesn't make sense, and Lib, along with the help of Noah and Cassius, and maybe a hippie named Denzel, plan on getting to the bottom of it and making sure there is a stop to the strange behavior of the townspeople.
It's a dangerous mission that could very well get her, and all her friends and family, killed, but that's a chance she's going to have to be willing to take.
I started this book at around 8 or 9 pm last night. I read it until I literally could not keep my eyes open any longer at 4 am this morning. Then when I re-awoke at 11 am, I continued to read it until I was finished. That is how much of an enthralling, suspenseful book it is.
When I got to the last 95% of it (I have a kindle, so it shows percentages, not pages), I knew that it was going to end on a cliffhanger and that I would need to read the next book in the series. My suspicion proved to be true, and I am looking forward to the next addition.
I do have to say though, that this story is a bit emotional, and it does mention suicides a lot. And it mentions deaths. A lot.
I'm just gonna lay it flat out there, suicide is NEVER the answer. Legit, no matter how bad your life seems, it cannot be that bad. There are plenty of hotlines you can call if you need help. Don't be afraid to get some.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
Rating: 4/5 stars
Thursday, August 2, 2012
My father saw me watching it, and told me that he "loved that movie! It's so funny!", proving that this movie has a wide variety of audiences when it comes to age (at least 16-46 year olds like it lol - That's a 30 year age difference!). The only thing was that it had a bit of cussing in it, so it probably isn't best for youngsters.
So, what happens is these two guys went to high school together. One was a total geek, the other a popular jock. But when they both apply to become police, they partner up and become best friends for life, more like brothers, actually. They become so close that they would actually take a bullet for the other. Anyway, they're not very good at their job, being newbies and wanting to show off and impress others and all. So they are sent to 21 Jump Street.
There, they are told about their new mission. A new drug has been discovered in a local high school and they need to go in and stop the production of it before it spreads to other schools. They also need to catch all the people involved with the creating and distributing of the drug. Jenko, the previous jock, likes the name given to Schmidt better than the one given to him, so they trade schedules and this time Schmidt gets to play the popular guy while Jenko is stuck being the left out loser. But they quickly make friends, and Schmidt becomes vastly popular. Him and his new friends throw parties, do drugs, drink a bit, and soon Schmidt and Jenko are both about to be kicked out of 21 Jump Street.
But, just in the nick of time, they bust the drug ring that big, scary motorcyclists have been after for years. Who was the main guy behind it? You'll never guess. Watch the movie to find out!
I liked this movie. It was legit funny. Like seriously. I told my sister to watch it and she liked it to. It's for anyone (girl or boy) and is liked by anyone whose seen it that's told me. Ages 12-46, boy or girl, have all liked it. So, maybe you should check it out. But be warned, it's rated R. I think it should've been rated PG13 though.
21 Jump Street (2012)
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
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