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Strangely Sober (Strangely Sober #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Angelica Salvatori, aka Sal, is anything but sober. As a hard partying and even harder living criminal, she considers her status as mastermind not just a job, but a calling. Between running her crew, trying to burn down her bar, and dealing with her occasional breaks with reality, she has enough on her plate. When she finds out that she has a twin she didn’t know about, on ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published July 28th 2012 by CreateSpace
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Another win from good-reads! This would make a good movie, I enjoyed reading it!
S.C. Jensen
Strangely Sober is the first book I’ve ever won on Goodreads Giveaways! I was really worried about winning it though, because I was afraid I would hate it and have to give it a bad review. The plot is pretty out-there and could easily have been done really, really badly.

But it wasn’t. I think it was done pretty well, actually.

Is it completely bizarre and full of campy pulp fiction tropes? Yes. Absolutely. But I knew that going into it, I did read the blurb after all. However, Alroc seems to know
I won a copy of this through First Reads. Thank you Essa and Goodreads! :)

I don't usually love books written by females as they tend to be more kissy-kissy than kick ass. This book kicks ass. I'll attempt to review it with spoilers that don't give anything away... I think. If it is out of context, is it still a spoiler? If the answer is yes, don't waste time reading the review, just read the book.

I wondered why this book gave away the twin twist on the cover. I now know the other twists are so
Sasha Cameron
Incredible! No, literally! That's what makes Sal so brilliant. To call her a kick-ass heroine would be to deny her genius. The plots, the intrigue, the daring, the recklessness - I could go on, and on, and on, and.... Sal is certifiable, she's got to be wanted in several states, she doesn't so much have a crew of gangsters at her beck and call, as much as she has a menagerie of tangled lives that seem content on following her into the gates of hell. Cole, who is so straight, he's become boring, ...more
Teresa Collins
I LOVED this book and since the synopsis is at the top of the page I won't bore you with repeating the details. Suffice it to say, the characters are well-written and the storyline grabbed me from the very beginning. I only have two small problems with the book (obviously not enough for me to stop reading). It could have used the services of a good editor/proofreader and I could have done without the f-word every other paragraph. I know rough language is to be expected in the genre but do we hav ...more
A hard-boiled mystery where the main character as well as the secondary characters surrounding her are full of personality quirks, major flaws, and at times, downright evil dispositions. Despite this, often because of it, the reader (at least this one) still wants them to come out on top. Partly that is because they are the way they are for a reason. Their wicked ways usually only hurt those deserving of retribution and at least some of the time the main character, Sal, is almost Robin Hoodish. ...more
Rachel - skullandcrosstales
Angelica Salvatori (Sal to everyone but her mum) is unlike any novel heroine you’ve ever read about – she’s a fast talking, hard living, certifiable bad-ass, who just happens to be a genius to boot. But here’s the real kicker: she’s also got some serious mental issues that make her prone to outrageous, dangerous episodes.

We meet Sal and her motley ‘crew’ of uncles, step-brother and former step-dad in Strangely Sober, a dank and dirty run down bar that Sal is plotting to burn down. Those plans ar
This was the kind of book that kept you on the edge of your seat. It's a light read, not exactly intellectual - in fact, the audience is asked to make some pretty big leaps - but I was extremely entertained and looked forward to sitting down with it every evening. As another reviewer mentioned, this could easily be adapted for a movie. The plot moved very quickly and the scenes were vividly displayed in my head. It was full of humor, the obvious kind where the laughs come easy and then you move ...more
Elly Helcl
This book is on my shelve of books to read again. I don't know that I had any idea of what I was getting myself into when I started this.

Sal, the main character, is slowly going insane. She knows it and has set herself up with an iron clad, legal guardian, whose job it is to know when she was too far gone and commit her.

Interestingly, Sal is also the leader of an illegal group of misfits who walk on the wrong side of the law. She has decided on a very lonely path and doesn't want to get involved
I was so surprised by this book! It was a Kindle freebie so as usual, I wasn't expecting much, but it was good. It does contain a myriad of errors and typos so if that kind of thing is a dealbreaker, there it is, but the story was entertaining and while some of it was a bit "strange" and as someone said "out there", it worked well!
Martina Arguello
Very funny. Can't wait to start the next one.
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Essa Alroc is a general miscreant, occasional recreational drug hobbyist, and frequent user of the word 'shenanigans.'

She also writes books. You should read them.

You should also use the word 'shenanigans' more. It's just so fun to say. Like any minute now, a bunch of short Irish children are going to come bursting out of a closet and some old guy is going to complain "damn those shenanigans!"

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