I really love to see good, urban young adult novels and this book fits that! Xavier's story is like many. Typical teenage struggles including love, fiI really love to see good, urban young adult novels and this book fits that! Xavier's story is like many. Typical teenage struggles including love, fitting in and trying to stay out of trouble. It's a great storyline, has a good flow and is about the perfect length. I also love this book is set in Detroit. I would recommend it to any teen who loves urban books!...more
I really loved this story. It was very well written and I couldn't wait to read the next twists and turns in Charlene and Raven's stories. Charlene abandoned Raven, she then was raised by Charlene's parents. Raven gets to the point in her life where she wants to know more about her mother, and starts digging for answers. At the same time, it seems like Charlene could give a crap less about her daughter, and is only on a selfish mission to stardom in Hollywood.
Truths come out, lies are kept hidden and there is some drama along the way. Raven falls in love, Charlene also falls in love, but both of their relationships are complicated in completely different ways. Through this book we read each of their stories, from their point of view and it keeps the pages turning. This book did not disappoint and I am excited to read the second part in the series. I am so glad the author contacted me, otherwise I may never have found this great story. I recommend this book for anyone who loves a great story....more
I just love when you finish the second book in a series, and it's just as good as the first. That's the case with Miss Scandalous. Raven and Charlene are back again, with more drama and heartache. This book sucks you in from the beginning, and once again I couldn't put it down. I love how Nicole's writing and characters are so real. You feel a wide range of emotions when reading about their life, and wonder if things will ever be "normal" for them, after all they've gone through. I highly recommend this book and the first in the series, Miss Nobody. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series!
I was super excited to find out I won this book through First Reads. I have some Carl Weber books on my bookshelf, but haven't had the chance to read any yet.
This book was very good! The drama and the characters had me turning the pages, and staying up until 1am trying to finish. Daryl is a main character everyone would love, especially the ladies. This story had a good variety of characters. The ending was somewhat predictable, but still had a few surprises and I enjoyed it alot. I will definitely be reading more books Carl Weber very soon.
The only complaint I have with this book is the misspelling of Daryl's name on the dust jacket. Throughout the whole book his name is spelled "Daryl" and the dust jacket and Goodreads description is spelled "Darryl". In my opinion, this is a mistake that should've been corrected before books were sent out for printing. He is the main character. Kind of important.
I loved Wisdom's character from No More Time Outs, so I was excited to find out there is now a sequel! With death hanging over Wisdom's head, he decides before he dies, he needs to set his family on the right path. Both of his brothers are still a mess, both lost to the streets. His sister and preacher father haven't changed either, and are still out cheating on their spouses. Wisdom knows he needs to pull the family together for his mother's sake. If he's giving his life for his sick mother's replacement kidney, he needs them to make some sacrifices as well. Wisdom comes into some crazy drama and obstacles during his week long journey to bring his crazy family together. Some of these people in this book have completely fallen off their rocker and will stop at nothing to get what they want. I also love this book is set in Detroit! One of my favorite cities!
This book is non stop action, just like Slater's other books. I love how he switches between main characters, alternating chapters, so you see it through everyone's eyes. I didn't lose interest through the entire book, and I was anticipating what the next round of craziness would be. I really liked the ending and how everything turned out. Great read!
This is the second book I've read by Vanessa Davis Griggs in the last month, and I must say I am really digging her writing! This book is the first o This is the second book I've read by Vanessa Davis Griggs in the last month, and I must say I am really digging her writing! This book is the first of two books in a series. I actually read the second one, The Other Side of Goodness first, not knowing there was a prequel.
Gabrielle Mercedes has had a rough life and it seems that all odds are against her. After almost losing her life from an attack late at night, after work as an exotic dancer, she decides to check out a local church. After attending and making a few friends, she decides to join and give her life to God.
There are issues with the church congregation learning of her past and not liking it, as well as people embracing her with open arms. Gabrielle goes through alot of struggles, but keeps her head up and stays away from the devils grasp.
This book is great overall and keeps you interested from start to finish. I'm not much of a Christian fiction reader, but this book definitely has an awesome story to tell.
This book is a very interesting and easy read. Asabe is a great woman, and no matter what her husband does, she is loyal, and stands by hi3.5 stars.
This book is a very interesting and easy read. Asabe is a great woman, and no matter what her husband does, she is loyal, and stands by his side. He decided to take on a second wife and eventually a third wife to become pregnant with a son because Asabe is not able to conceive. Not everything works as planned and alot of heartache and struggle follow with the new wives and the children they have.
I really liked this book alot overall, but the editing was definitely lacking. It did not take away from the story by any means, but just could've been better. I would check out other books by this author.
I was super excited when I found out that I won this book from First Reads on Goodreads. Detroit City is the Place to Be, is a great title for this boI was super excited when I found out that I won this book from First Reads on Goodreads. Detroit City is the Place to Be, is a great title for this book. It describes how I feel about the city perfectly. I had the chance to go to Detroit with my sister Shannon, in the summer of 2011. We visited the Heidelberg Project, met Tyree Guyton, saw Michigan Central Station, and even ate at an awesome artisan deli in Corktown, called Mudgie's. These are just a few places that makes Detroit, the amazing city it is today and in the future!
This book describes Detroit's history, it's people and what might happen in the future. It mentions true crime stories, info about the failed auto industry, describes various structures and neighborhoods, and corruption within the city government. The descriptions about the city landscape are very accurate and real, even though you really have no idea what's it's like until you see the city with your own two eyes. The author did a fantastic job researching and writing this book and I was hooked from page one. ...more
Marcus Samuelsson has always been a favorite judge of mine on Food Network's, Chopped. I really loved reading this book about him because he has suchMarcus Samuelsson has always been a favorite judge of mine on Food Network's, Chopped. I really loved reading this book about him because he has such an interesting life story and it shows how hard he worked to get to where he is today. He had a great childhood growing up in Sweden and I found the experiences he had working in the food industry in various countries very interesting. He eventually made his way to America and found success, hitting a few speed bumps along the way.
I love food and this book definitely showed me that I never want to work in a restaurant setting. The stress and craziness chef's go through on a daily basis is not for everyone. I will just stick to my food blogging. This book is great overall and I found myself interested right until the end.
I received this book from a First Reads giveaway on Goodreads. I'm not typically a Christian Fiction reader, but the storyline sounded great, so I decI received this book from a First Reads giveaway on Goodreads. I'm not typically a Christian Fiction reader, but the storyline sounded great, so I decided to enter and won! This book was such a fast read for me. I was so interested from the very beginning, I could not put it down!! Gabrielle was such an inspirational character. She had been through so much in her lifetime. When the daughter she gave up for adoption 8 years ago ends up needing a bone marrow transplant, she tries to do whatever possible to get the biological father to get tested. Lawrence, the father, is a jerk politician who is up for re-election. If this comes out, it could hurt his campaign and he doesn't want his wife and kids to find out either.
This book tells a wonderful story and shows how people's faith in God can bring them through some tough times no matter the outcome. The ending of this book is abrupt, so I assume there will be another in the series. I highly recommend this book and author and I cannot wait to check out some of her other books. After I read this, I discovered there is a book before this one with another part of Gabrielle's story that you'd want to read first. That book is called Goodness and Mercy. Check them out!
I am sorry to say, I just could not finish this book. The first 25 pages consisted of how and who transported Billy's body and the next 25 really hadI am sorry to say, I just could not finish this book. The first 25 pages consisted of how and who transported Billy's body and the next 25 really had nothing to do with Cinder, just descriptions of what the people in town were doing. The book is named after Cinder, so I totally expected to hear more of her story within the first 50 pages. It was just too slow and way too descriptive about things that didn't matter. I wish it would've been as great as Billy, and it might have gotten better, but I could not make myself finish.
I am a huge fan of books about slavery, so when I first read the description of this book, I knew that I needed to read it. R. Kayeen Thomas does a grI am a huge fan of books about slavery, so when I first read the description of this book, I knew that I needed to read it. R. Kayeen Thomas does a great job combining urban fiction with historical fiction in this novel.
Moses, the main character, who's also known for his very controversial name, is a popular rapper who lives life for music, women, drugs, drinking etc. The fast life is leading him down a very rocky road. He gets shot by a rival rapper's crew and during his coma he gets transported back into slavery.
I cannot even describe the torture and pain Moses had to endure as a slave. It is so heartbreaking to know these horrible things happened in our history and how some of these brave souls survived. Life on the plantation was well described and very real feeling. I also loved how the past and present time were tied together. Overall, I thought this book was phenomenal and I cannot wait to read the sequel. The author did a great job!
This book was average in my opinion. I thought it would have more personal stories, but it was mostly alot of facts, pictures and newspaper articles.This book was average in my opinion. I thought it would have more personal stories, but it was mostly alot of facts, pictures and newspaper articles. I really liked learning some of the history of African Americans in the northern part of the Unites States, because I've already read so much about the south. Overall, it was interesting and informative, and at 100 pages, not too long. I was able to get it from my local library, so I might check out some of the other books in the collection.
This book was phenomenal. It is everything you would expect of a street lit novel, and it was addictive from page one. Ruffneck is ruthless. At age 8,This book was phenomenal. It is everything you would expect of a street lit novel, and it was addictive from page one. Ruffneck is ruthless. At age 8, his parents were murdered right in front of him, and from that point forward, he was dead set on revenge. Detroit is the perfect setting for Ruffneck's gritty and dark story, and the storyline was exciting throughout the whole book. I loved the serial killer tie-in and especially liked the scene inside the Michigan Central Train Station, which I got to see for myself last summer. It is quite the amazing structure!
It's not that often where you find a book that you love from start to finish. This book was exactly that for me. I really enjoyed it and the story was solid through the end. This book is the second I've read from this author and both have been great. Strebor Books is also a great publisher, so I know when they've published it, it's going to be quality.
I received a copy of this book from the author to read and review. It has not influenced my opinion in any way.
Do you see that description above? Forget about reading it because this 15 minute book has nothing to do with most of the description. When I say 15 mDo you see that description above? Forget about reading it because this 15 minute book has nothing to do with most of the description. When I say 15 minutes worth of reading time, I'm not exaggerating whatsoever. I know you can't expect much for $.99 (which is what I paid, but now B&N ebook price is $5.99, which is complete rip off), but give me at least an hour's worth of reading.
This book covers less than 1 day in Karmen's life, the day she met Jazzy. She meets him on the corner, gets in a car with him, and he buys her whatever she wants, they go out to dinner, he gives her 5 grand, and get their groove on. They already decide she's his main girl even though they just met and damn near fall in love. We get the hint he's a pimp. End of story.
So where does Jazzy's fist come into play in this book? Did Barnes and Noble rip me off and sell me an incomplete ebook because half that description isn't even this story? What a waste of time. I will not read part 2. It took me longer to write this review than it did to read this SHORT, SHORT story. Ugh.
Darling Nikki was an interesting and fast read. I finished it within a few hours which is rare for me these days. The story was well written and the eDarling Nikki was an interesting and fast read. I finished it within a few hours which is rare for me these days. The story was well written and the ending was a good one. The chain of events towards the end was crazy and I had to keep reading to see what happened next! Rayshad was bogus for not revealing the real truth and his character irritated me somewhat. He seemed sneaky and sheisty right from the start. This book is a definite page turner and you will not be disappointed. I received this book from the publisher, Strebor Books, to read and review. It did not influence my opinion in any way.
This book is a great insight to three generations of black women during their childhood and while growing up. I loved the different aspects and eventsThis book is a great insight to three generations of black women during their childhood and while growing up. I loved the different aspects and events in each women's life and it gives you a small glimpse of what their overall family life was like. This is a book written for young adults, but I enjoyed it as well because of the historical content. It's an overall fast and enjoyable read!