I'm at my limit with the lack of editing. From now on, when I read a five star book with editing as atrocious as this it won't be getting five stars....moreI'm at my limit with the lack of editing. From now on, when I read a five star book with editing as atrocious as this it won't be getting five stars. I feel that I've dealt with it for a good long time and with each passing publication I expected it to get better.... it hasn't. If anything it's gotten worse. I know I harp on this but I honestly want an answer as to why any author, much less a great one, is okay with putting out such trash. Because even though this story is off the charts, as with all of her stories, it becomes trash when it's not edited. King could do so much more with her work, as a lot of other urban fiction and self-published authors can, but they aren't. I'm left to assume they don't care about the quality of the products they give to their readers. Trife Life to Lavish isn't my favorite King book but it is just as good as her others (NOT in terms of editing quality). I like how she brings in characters from other books but makes it so a reader doesn't need to read all the book in order to understand. It helps to do so but if you haven't you won't be missing anything in terms of understanding the story. I did think this would have more of Genisis but I think I'm going to be getting that in the next book. King is one of the very few authors I don't mind the sequels and the series. I could name on one hand the authors these days that haven't jumped on that bandwagon. What's sad is that most of the authors doing it aren't doing a good job. But King does, she's a talented writer. If you haven't read any Deja/Joy King books and want to I would suggest deciding how you feel about the editing and lack thereof. If it's a big deal to you, steer clear because it's about as bad as bad can be. If you can get past it, give them all a shot, she's definitely got the talent. I wasn't feeling those little first paragraphs she was doing in this book. Each paragraph had nothing, besides a slight similiarity, to do with the story and had that self-righteous ring to it, making it seem like the writer knows better than you. Random example (typed as-is): Everything has a price. Whether it is the designer stiletto boots that you can't afford, but yet they keep calling your name, or the trendy Gucci purse you spent two month's worth of rent on, only for it to go out of fashion before being able to fully floss in front of the ghetto-fabulous 'hood patrol. So, what's the price of one's soul? No one knows until they put it up for sale. Puh-leese... should have left these out Deja. I also didn't like the little nuances about race and color. Pg. 170 for example. This really takes away from the book and gives readers the idea that this is true - and it's not. Anyone with half a kicking brain cell knows it's not. Yet this feeds the idea in some people's minds. Not very professional if you ask me. Hence, a five star book being knocked down to a three star rating all because of such easily fixed/avoided problems. To her "editor" (if you should so happen to read this although I'd honestly be surprised if you can, in fact, read): You should be ashamed of yourself. How you can put your name on a product of such low quality I'll never understand. Not only are you making yourself look unintelligent but you're making King look the same. Random sentence: Then she too her the doorbell ring. pg. 82(less)
Out of this world! Non stop suspense and drama throughout and the main character is nuts! I read this in one evening mainly because I had trouble putt...moreOut of this world! Non stop suspense and drama throughout and the main character is nuts! I read this in one evening mainly because I had trouble putting it down to go to sleep (something I DO NOT usually have trouble doing- with my love of sleeping!) I have to label this as a must read! Can't wait to get more by Dwayne S. Joseph! (less)
This is a really good book but the one complaint I have is the sex. I've never had this sort of complaint before so it's a little new to me and I thou...moreThis is a really good book but the one complaint I have is the sex. I've never had this sort of complaint before so it's a little new to me and I thought I'd read some books that had a lot of sex in them but.....The sex in this book is quite often and very detailed. You can blink and all of a sudden think it's happening in front of you. It didn't really take much away from the book for me though. I think the book would have been just fine with a little less sex but then again I'm not an author so what do I know? I suppose writing a book about a promiscious woman NOT having a lot of sex would be like writing about a drug addict NOT doing a lot of drugs. It's a good book though- very well written and the main character, Eva, is formed very well. (less)
Tracy Brown is hands down the best female urban fiction author. Hands down. So many people have told me and I see in other reviews that White Lines is...moreTracy Brown is hands down the best female urban fiction author. Hands down. So many people have told me and I see in other reviews that White Lines is her best and if it's better than this and the others I've read I simply can't wait. Brown is much like Dwayne S. Joseph in that they both blow the lines off the genre. Neither are 'only' urban fiction authors. Both write books that can be read by non-urban fiction readers. And both are the best in the game IMO. I don't think this has to be read after Dime Piece but I do think it helps. Brown does a fantastic job of letting the reader know of previous situations without going into so much detail that it gets boring for those who have read the first book. I seriously wouldn't mind a third book on Celeste and Rah-lo. Another reviewer said this and I agree wholeheartedly, this book marked the end of some of the characters and while my very favorite books are books just like this, more realistic than not, not the happily-ever-after so many authors try to pass off as reality, etc., I hated to see one of the characters gone. Hated it. Brown's characters really come to life for the reader and you get sucked into the story and can't pull yourself out. I'm very excited for Aftermath and I definitely, definitely need to gets started on White Lines asap. (less)
**spoiler alert** Wow- I was worried this wouldn't live up to all the hype that I've heard. As soon as anyone hears this name of this book all I hear...more**spoiler alert** Wow- I was worried this wouldn't live up to all the hype that I've heard. As soon as anyone hears this name of this book all I hear are GREAT things so needless to say I was scared to start because I didn't want to be let down. I can't believe how the book grabbed me from page one. Now I see why everyone is upset she took so much time off from writing. She should be writing as much as possible.
I don't know where to start. I wish the book hadn't ended in a way because I absolutely LOVED reading about Winter. Midnight is a little mysterious in the book so when he shows up again I didn't know how I felt. The ending is great in my opinion although I guess I kind of wanted a happy ending but what does that teach us? I loved how the author made Winter so likeable even with her being so spoiled and self-involved. I love just about everything this book has to offer and I can see myself reading it again in the future. I plan on reading No Disrespect also sometime soon just to see what Souljah did with that one. Definitely recommended!(less)
Okay- I'd be lying if I said I liked this better than Keyshia And Clyde. That book blew me away for whatever reason. I could have continued reading K...moreOkay- I'd be lying if I said I liked this better than Keyshia And Clyde. That book blew me away for whatever reason. I could have continued reading K & C for weeks. Maybe I was expecting this to be more like that one? Not sure. I don't mean to say this isn't a good book- just the opposite. It's excellent. Treasure E. Blue is a talented man and a fantastic writer which I found out when reading K & C. I will definitely read whatever else he's written and soon.
This is the story of Silver and her life. There is a nice chunk of the story with Silver's Mother, Jessica in it which I liked a lot. (I liked Jesse's character enough to wish there was a prequel about her life before Silver!) I did also like how things were tied neatly there at the end. I know I can't really call the ending a "happy ending" like usual but it did have a rather unrealistis approach to it. I don't want to get into examples and spoil the story for anyone so I won't but the ending was just a tiny bit lacking in my opinion.
But, all in all, the characters were VERY well thought out and brought to us in such a fashion that just about anyone could relate, even someone not from Harlem, someone who doesn't associate with drug addicts and/or dealers, etc. I'd put it in the top 5 urban lit books I've read so far. :)
I read the series out of order. I read the 2nd book, Is the Bitch Dead or What? first, this book second and the third book, Ritz Harper Goes to Hollyw...moreI read the series out of order. I read the 2nd book, Is the Bitch Dead or What? first, this book second and the third book, Ritz Harper Goes to Hollywood! third. I read Is the Bitch long ago enough that I really can't remember much other than that I liked it. I obviously liked it enough to get the other two books. I can say that this and Hollywood can be read by themselves or out of order. The backdrop is there and it's worthy all on their own. They're better together, but it's not necessary. If I had been asked if I thought a Wendy Williams novel would be any good I'd have probably shaken my head. I read The Wendy Williams Experience and liked it but a novel is a whole different story. The Ritz Harper books are FAST. Super fast. Think an hour or two of uninterrupted reading, if that. They keep you turning the pages. Any Wendy fan won't be able to help but wonder, just like the description or blurb (I forget which) says, how much of this is following Wendy's own story? Personally, I don't think much. I think it's maybe a little more than a outline of Wendy's own experiences. I think she's smart enough to save all of the "real" stuff for a memoir later on down the road. I know I would. While the celeb "names" are tacky as all hell it's kind of fun to pick and point and try to figure out who she had in mind while writing. 'Big Fun'? :-) Ritz Harper, for all her flaws, is an awesome main character. I feel like I could go on reading about it for at least a few more books.(less)
This pulled me in from page one! I read the back of the book and thought it seemed way too far fetched and wasn't sure if I'd like it or not but I'm s...moreThis pulled me in from page one! I read the back of the book and thought it seemed way too far fetched and wasn't sure if I'd like it or not but I'm so glad I tried it. I'm totally into it and am going to hunt down the others by Danielle Santiago. Definitely recommended and in my opinion she's up there with the best just from reading this one book! (less)
This was better than I had expected- I hadn't read anything by this author yet but found this at the store th eother day and picked it up. It was actu...moreThis was better than I had expected- I hadn't read anything by this author yet but found this at the store th eother day and picked it up. It was actually very good, fast-paced the whole time with some definite twists that I didn't see coming. The only complaint I have is that the ending had a few too many twists. It all happened so fast in the end and I think to incorporate all she did the book should have been longer or she should have saved some. Then again, what do I know? LOL It was great and I look forward to reading the sequel! (less)
Definitely a great start to this series. I was hooked from the beginning. I was planning on reading something else in between this and Shameless but o...moreDefinitely a great start to this series. I was hooked from the beginning. I was planning on reading something else in between this and Shameless but once I got to the end of this I knew I couldn't. Definitely two great authiors!(less)
3.5 - I picked this up years ago not knowing it was the sequel to Notes From The Underbelly. I'm not a huge fan of chick-lit so when I read and really...more3.5 - I picked this up years ago not knowing it was the sequel to Notes From The Underbelly. I'm not a huge fan of chick-lit so when I read and really liked Notes I noted it in my head and picked this up when I saw it. Unlike most of the sequels coming out today, this is the kind that deserves to come out IMO. I was pleasantly suprised when I learned exactly what it was even though I read Notes so long ago that I couldn't remember much. My younger sister read this before me, a few weeks ago, and after hearing a little about it I was somewhat worried that I wouldn't like it. I think I'm half mommunist. I've loved Julia from the second I knew I was carrying her. I still watch her, at almost 5 years old, with wonder every day. I loved the entire pregnancy, even the kind of crappy parts and I loved giving birth. Can't wait to do it again matter of fact. So, when my sister told me some of the main characters feelings on being a Mommy I was timid to say the least. I am glad I stuck with it though - although my sister represented it fairly this is a perfect example of how someone can assume something totally different than what it actually is. Even with all I said above about Julia I can still understand Lara's points. Babies do sit there like lumps - especially if you don't know what to look for. Babies are hard work, you do miss your old life, etc. Risa Green did an awesome job of letting her readers form their own opinions while still being able to relate. Andrew was the perfect husband character and I couldn't stand the nanny. I think because of two things, one is that I can't stand when someone refers to themselves in the third person and the second is that if someone tried to compete with me for my daughters love and attention they'd never see her again. But, I'm not one of those readers who hates a book because I hated a character - I think it's awesome that she brought up such strong feelings in me - no matter what way they leaned. The supporting characters were great - everyone knows a Susan - I know I do. The whole situation with Lara's Dad and Nadine was a fantastic twist - I wasn't expecting it to turn out the way it did somehow. I'm still thinking about Lara and Nadine's relationship actually. I don't know if Green has any other books but she's one chick-lit author I'll always keep my eye out for. (less)
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I like the way Ellen Hopkins writes and I think this (and her others) are great books for teenagers to rea...moreI enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I like the way Ellen Hopkins writes and I think this (and her others) are great books for teenagers to read. (less)
I likeed this sequel to A Hustler's Wife by Nikki Turner. I'd be lying if I said it was as fast paced as the first but it didn't bore me and I was int...moreI likeed this sequel to A Hustler's Wife by Nikki Turner. I'd be lying if I said it was as fast paced as the first but it didn't bore me and I was interested. I loved the twist with Desi and Khadijah towards the end- I never saw that coming at all, even with the few sporadic clues thrown in that something was up with her. I really got into the characters of Des and Yarni from the very beginning so I'm sure that's why I sailed through the sequel so fast. The book was obviously left open for a third and I'd give it a try. (less)