I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. To read my full review, please go to http://mellojune.blogspot.com on Sat., March 7, 2015I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. To read my full review, please go to http://mellojune.blogspot.com on Sat., March 7, 2015. After the review runs on the book blog, I'll upload a shorter version of the review on Goodreads. Thank you....more
I always knew I liked Olivia from the moment I saw her on Love & Hip Hop—Oh My! I wasn’t into her that much when she was with 50 Cent and G-Unit,I always knew I liked Olivia from the moment I saw her on Love & Hip Hop—Oh My! I wasn’t into her that much when she was with 50 Cent and G-Unit, although I knew lots of their music. It just wasn’t my scene. However, having said that, Olivia is a no-nonsense type of gal and I love her for that. She’s her own person and knows exactly what she wants and does not apology to anyone for who and what she is and I love her spunk! She's classy, sassy, ambitious and outgoing. What's not to love?
This memoir was worth every cent I paid. She went into great lengths about her love of music, her past relationships, current one and what she’s got going on at this point in her life. I loved the stories she shared about her time with G-Unit and how 50 helped to shape her career, or shall I say, in a business sense that is. He gave her the best advice and it was refreshing to read. I felt she really opened up about who she is as a person, a woman, daughter and friend.
Olivia has a feisty spirit and she knows all too well what it is she wants out of life and she makes no excuses about that. She’s not afraid of failure, which could explain why she’s always on top and ahead of the game. She’s not about the B.S. and expects certain things out of life—respect being one of them. You show her respect and she returns it. I always felt like she was an individual I knew personally, and now I understand why that is because she keeps it one hundred. Olivia definitely has that Aquarius tongue and I knew there was a reason why I always liked her. I love the Aquarius sign. She shoots straight from the hip and I mean that in more ways than one—you’ll have to read her story to know what I mean.
Her story was raw and gritty and down to earth. She often spoke in slang and gave her writing skills that much needed ummph in which she remained true to her Queens, NY style. She leaves no stone un-turned. Girlfriend named her book appropriately—My Life, My Words! And she gives it to her readers—all the words your eyes can handle. I so enjoyed this book. It was really good. She told just enough that you will get the true sense of who she is. What a dynamic read and an amazing woman. You go girl. I wish you much more success. What a beautiful songstress you are—inside and out. This is the book to read! Enjoy Readers!
SIDENOTE: The Kindle version did not have any pictures. Not sure if the paper versions do or not? ...more
Well, I’ve often wondered whatever happened to JL King after reading his first book On the Down Low? I remember when I happened to be watching the OprWell, I’ve often wondered whatever happened to JL King after reading his first book On the Down Low? I remember when I happened to be watching the Oprah Show and she mentioned he was going to be on and what he was going to be talking about. Right away, my jaw dropped from what he advised the world—he was living a double life. He was a married man sleeping with men on the side. His arrogance angered me somewhat. Here, this man sat on Oprah’s stage and advised that he could have any man he wanted. I’m sitting in my living room having fits because I’m like who the hell does this man think he is and more importantly, what the heck does ‘Down Low’ actually mean? Honestly, that was the first time I had ever heard the term used.
I was so intrigued by his story, I immediately went out the next day and purchased the book only to have my jaw still remaining on the floor from what all he revealed about his relationships with men, while being married to his high school sweetheart. How could he do this to the woman he claimed he loved? JL was so open and honest in his account of what happened in his life that despite his arrogance, I began to like the man. He had nerve, that’s for sure. And who can hate a person for that?
In his sequel, it was refreshing to see how his life became from the first book and his Oprah appearance. He had so much more to learn and to experience that I don’t think even JL was quite aware how his words would impact his readers. I was thrilled to learn how his ex-wife and his children handled all of what they endured by the lies in which JL told. This was a pretty decent read. One thing that struck me when he appeared on Oprah, and even to this day, is he’s still a pompous, arrogant, self-centered man. JL is all about JL and he’s quite proud of that fact. He’s a bit conceited and full of himself, but I suppose that’s what got him through, besides the fact of his strong faith and love in God.
No matter, I respect JL King and I like the person he’s become. I wish him continued success in all that he does. This was a good read and one I think most will enjoy.
Side Note: If you didn’t read On the Down Low, I would highly recommend it so that you’ll fully understand where he’s coming from in this book. ...more
Rodney's memoir evoked several emotions within me. What was so sad is the fact that he had a heart made of gold, and given the right opportunities andRodney's memoir evoked several emotions within me. What was so sad is the fact that he had a heart made of gold, and given the right opportunities and circumstances, he would have had a completely different life. His story is truly one that demonstrates the dangers of what can happen when you have parents that do not guide you down the correct path. I'm not saying he had bad parents, but they certainly contributed to much of the trials and tribulations Rodney later faced in life--of course, with the most infamous, the police brutality case back in 1991. Anyone who was anybody had to have seen that horrific 83 second video of four police officers beating Rodney King for all of their worth. It was one of the most heinous acts caught on video to date.
And, it was because of Rodney King that I have forever changed my views on Lady Justice and our alleged great legal system. I suppose compared to other countries, the U.S. has the best system in place, but after the not guilty verdict in the Rodney King trial, that forever changed something within myself. I said it then, and I'll say it again, I don't give a damn what Rodney had done, it did not warrant him being beat the way he was. What those police officers did went far beyond the call of duty in subduing a potential criminal.
One of the things that struck me as odd, as it did Rodney was the fact of how the defendants continually said he was "resisting arrest" and "attempting to flee." Hmm, if someone beat the be-jesus out of you with batons and their feet, would you be able to sit still through the ordeal? Having your skull cracked and fractured, your testicles stomped and beat. Hearing bones cracking, choking on your own blood, hearing your jaw snap, praying for death because what was happening to you was surreal, but real -- thinking you've urinated on yourself only to discover your body was soaked with your own blood--to hearing racial words spit at you while the beating that took seconds seemed like an eternity to Rodney, but he was supposed to sit still through all of that! Hmmm, really?
Yeah, that video not only changed his life, but it changed mine as well. I learned that even though there was video of a horrific event that took place within my lifetime that "what I saw, wasn't what I saw!" OMG, I will never forget the rage I felt when those police officers were found not guilty. And if you thought that was bad enough, wait until you delve further into Mr. King's life and see the other terrible injustices bestowed upon him. He wasn't just victimized once on that fateful night in March of 1991--oooh no, he had other terrible things happen to him through our great legal system.
Sure, Rodney is not without blame and I'm glad that he realized that. He caused a lot of his own problems, but as with most things, those demons began to fester when he was a child--hence, where the parents lack of guidance formed Rodney.
This was a really good book! So sad knowing he's no longer with us, but at least he got to tell his story from his own words and not the media spin-Gods. I learned a great deal about Rodney King, and I'm glad he was able to find a little peace before his untimely death....more
What an iconic legend! I have to admit, I wasn't always a fan of Mr. Poitier's that is, until I read this book. What an insightful man and no wonder hWhat an iconic legend! I have to admit, I wasn't always a fan of Mr. Poitier's that is, until I read this book. What an insightful man and no wonder he's stood the test of time. This book wasn't so much about his acting career, although he does go into it somewhat, but it was more on his views of life and being Sidney.
I so enjoyed reading about his childhood on Cat Island and the freedoms in which he was bestowed by his parents and a land so colorful bringing forth a Sidney Poitier that his people couldn't possibly have imagined.
I've seen most of his movies with my favorite being In the Heat of the Night. Mr. Poitier was the Denzel Washington of his era. He's a very brilliant and serious person who takes nothing for granted. I've had this book on my to read shelf for quite some time, and what a way to begin my Black History Month reading. Outstanding read and one I'm sure you'll enjoy too!...more
I wasn't really sure how to feel about this book. For starters, I don't feel as though I learned anything new that I didn't already know, however, havI wasn't really sure how to feel about this book. For starters, I don't feel as though I learned anything new that I didn't already know, however, having said that, I think the biggest disappointment for me was that I found the title of this book to be a bit misleading. Of course, one reading the title would think this is a book about men on the down low in the hip hop industry--and indeed that's what Terrance wrote about, but it was just surface speaking about the matter, and not really talking about hip hop music as a whole. Just because you name drop a few powerful rappers and their contribution to the hip hop genre, to me, doesn't classify this book as being a tell-all on the down low brothers in the industry.
With the exception of two individuals mentioned, everyone was given made up names to protect those brothers who want to remain on the down low and to protect their secret society, if you will. One thing that did open my eyes a great deal is that I'm beginning to wonder if not one out of every five brothers is a down low one. My God, there were so many he mentioned my jaw dropped. I'm like geez is every brother got a hint of this in him? Ummm, that was pretty raw and gritty. The sex scenes were pretty provocative and sexy, as I would definitely advise reader discretion due to some of the content written.
This wasn't a bad book by any means, I just felt the story was a bit redundant and I didn't feel as though Terrance gave the reader much, other than the obvious. I suppose had he truly "name dropped," he'd have to be under security 24/7. As it was, I'm sure many of them held their breath when they learned he was writing this novel. I didn't find the book that exciting, but I did learn a few things. One thing in particular I do wonder is when certain traumatic things happens to children, does that bear a huge responsibility as to their sexual preference later on in life? I was always of the mindset from what my gay friends have shared with me that they knew they were gay from the onset. However, if someone commits a heinous sexual act on a small impressionable child, could that possibly alter how they feel about sexuality? Or was it something that was always there?
Again, not a bad book, but I find the title misleading. There wasn't much talk about hip hop the way the title suggests. Not a bad read, but not my favorite. It's engaging enough that you'll continue to turn the pages, but I'm not so sure how the reader will comprehend what is being said?...more
All I can say after this terrifying read is WHEW (swiping my hand across my forehead)! I should have known things would turn our ok, but I was still wAll I can say after this terrifying read is WHEW (swiping my hand across my forehead)! I should have known things would turn our ok, but I was still worried.
Joe Dillard really got himself in hot water this time! What should have been a clear cut and dry whodunit type of case, turned out to be so much more. Three young women were found floating in the lake, and Joe was under the impression that was all there was to it, or was it? The next thing he knows, he's getting calls from the governor and advised to let this case go and quite naturally that set Joe to wondering what was there to hide?
Well, as you go through this story, you'll soon discover why Joe should have let this case go, but if you know Joe the way I've come to learn him in the series, he's not one to spook easily. Joe was up for the fight of his life and not only his, but his family as well. OUTSTANDING read! I love Joe Dillard--what an amazing character!...more
Joe Dillard is such a likable character, I forget sometimes that he doesn't truly exist, or does he? To think of an honest lawyer, one would think thaJoe Dillard is such a likable character, I forget sometimes that he doesn't truly exist, or does he? To think of an honest lawyer, one would think that isn't possible, but Dillard is about as straight-laced as an attorney could possibly go.
This story was mentally draining due to the multitude of scenarios that unfolded. His longtime friend, Ray Miller, who is also an attorney, had trouble keeping his emotions in check, especially when it came to dealing with Judge Green. But Judge Green had several demons in his closet, that at the time, Ray was unaware of. Judge Green punishes Ray by holding him in contempt of court for something he wasn't guilty of. As a result of that action factored in with taking Ray to the State Bar for his "unprofessional misconduct," Ray soon found himself out a job, while Joe had to sit by and watch this unfold before his very eyes.
A terrible tragedy ensued, which no one saw coming. When it was said and done, two families were left with the aftermath. And what better time for the Judge himself to wind up murdered. The timing couldn't have been better. Who wanted Judge Green dead? Oooh the list goes on and on, but the Tennessee Bureau of Investigators had set their sights on one suspect--someone very close to Joe Dillard. Joe is no longer a defense criminal attorney, but an assistant prosecutor. Talk about dilemma!
If all that wasn't bad enough, the very office where he works is corrupt beyond belief. And he's being forced to cut loose a very dangerous drug dealer with the order coming directly from his boss. All the evidence points to this drug dealer, and yet, his boss doesn't feel there's enough. Why was his boss on this guy's side?
As the story unfolds, there are more murders to happen and when you learn what the connection is, it will leave the reader happy but bittersweet. This was an amazing story. Joe Dillard survives to serve Lady Justice one more time. I can't wait to start Book 4 in the series. Great legal thriller! Scott Pratt has the legal drama down pat!...more
I'm a huge fan of Thaddeus Murfee and this book didn't let me down. I have to say I found the story a bit slow in the beginning and I wasn't feeling iI'm a huge fan of Thaddeus Murfee and this book didn't let me down. I have to say I found the story a bit slow in the beginning and I wasn't feeling it, but after I kept reading, the story unfolded like a piece of paper.
Wow, there were two cases in one and who could possibly see how they would come together? Turquoise Begay is a young Navajo student accused of murdering her uncle.
Angela Steinmar is Turquoise's caseworker and she's on trial for murdering her husband, Prosecutor John Steinmar. The difference between the cases is one female admits without question of her guilt, while the other swears she couldn't kill a spider let alone a human being. Thaddeus is charged with defending both of these women in their separate murder trials. Is he successful? Well you'll have to read to find out. When you find out the connection in these two cases, it will leave you shocked. And there's even a little surprise at the end that will leave you wanting to read the next installment in the series. I'm definitely up for that challenge. A pretty darn good legal thriller. It kept me guessing!...more
I'm a huge fan of Joe Dillard. For starters, he's such a real character to me and he delves into any situation with passion and drive. There were someI'm a huge fan of Joe Dillard. For starters, he's such a real character to me and he delves into any situation with passion and drive. There were some close calls for me regarding this story. I wasn't real clear, at first, where Scott was headed, but thankfully he fixed all my little issues.
One thing that angered me about this story is Joe's sister, Sarah. She seems to be a gluten for punishment. No matter how much Joe warns her about her poor decisions, she goes off half-cocked and eventually gets into more trouble wherein her brother, Joe, has to bail her dumb ass out. I could have slapped her several times in this second installment of the series. I pray she gets some damn sense and stops being a thorn in her brother's side.
This story sent chills down my spine several times. We had a few satanic worshipers going around wreaking havoc on innocent Tennessee residents. What makes this so horrible is these killers were teenagers. More and more that seems to be the standard these days, unfortunately. Joe decided, along with his beautiful wife, Caroline, to go back to practicing law after taking a year off from his grueling practice. Instead of defending the bad guys this time around, he took a different approach and worked for the prosecutor's office. What he soon learned is that both sides has its own share of problems.
A small family, husband, wife and two small children were brutally murdered and a few weeks later, a high school principal and his wife were murdered with the same M.O. Joe was charged with bringing these killers to justice, and while he was preparing to do just that, he was faced with a rather horrible dilemma. What the reader soon learns will give you pause.
Outstanding story line, spine-tingling, edge-of-your-seat thrills. If I could have given this more stars, I most certainly would have. Joe Dillard is a brilliant lawyer and character. You'll definitely enjoy!...more
This was an amazing story! It doesn't get much better than this--A prosecutor, an FBI Agent and a news journalist! Talk about a triple threat! The relThis was an amazing story! It doesn't get much better than this--A prosecutor, an FBI Agent and a news journalist! Talk about a triple threat! The relationship these three women share is golden, and after reading the story, you'll soon discover why!
Katie Converse wasn't your typical 17-year old. She had ambitions higher than her peers. She had set her goals on the political arena and was one of the few selected to be a Senate page. Being an A-student and working hard paid off for her. But what was typical of her being a teenager was her quest for love--especially in all the wrong places. She had a secret crush on an older man and this proved fatal for her.
It was near Christmas time when Katie decided to walk her dog and that was the last time her parents had heard from her. Where in the world was Katie Converse? Her father and stepmother were going insane trying to figure out who or what had made their beloved daughter disappear. Her disappearance took on a nationwide media frenzy and the story soars! This is one of those books that you will not be able to put down. As I was reading it, I couldn't help but think of how this story mirrors so many you've seen on the news. It was so damn real and I couldn't get enough. Your eyes will soak this story up in a heartbeat! Buckle up readers 'cause you in for a real bumpy ride!...more
Welp, here we go again with another 'Gone Girl' ending. A damn good book but the ending left me bitter and angry. This story was so well written and wWelp, here we go again with another 'Gone Girl' ending. A damn good book but the ending left me bitter and angry. This story was so well written and will keep you on the edge of your seat, that is, once again, until you get to the damn ending! Oooooh WHY oh WHY do authors do this to us?
At any rate, Sheila Tao is a psychology professor who made a very 'Fatal Attraction' decision with huge consequences. What I found most striking about this character is for as intelligent as she was, and for all the lectures she gave to her college students about learning the psyche of human behavior, she didn't recognize it when it was literally smack dabbed in her face. She chose to have an affair with the extremely handsome Ethan Wolfe, her teacher's assistant and the time finally came for her to own up to what she'd done and end the affair. What she didn't count on was Ethan not wanting to let go. He was the classic "if I can't have you nobody will have you" type of crazy!
Ethan was very clever, but Sheila's fiance' was smarter. Thanks to his driven passion for the love of his life, life was good. But if you think that's where it ends, you couldn't be more wrong. What the reader learns will leave you a bit stunned.
This novel is a series, so that may explain the bitter ending. ...more
This was a very strange book in more ways than one. I just read a report not long ago that suggests being "invisible" may be something humans will beThis was a very strange book in more ways than one. I just read a report not long ago that suggests being "invisible" may be something humans will be able to do by the year 2080. Umm, not so sure if that's a great idea seeing as how what happened to Griffin was not exactly what he expected. He thought being invisible would be great--that the world would be his to do with whatever he wished, but what he learned was that he cut himself off from humanity altogether. But what struck me most troubling was how violent The Invisible Man was. Out of all of the stories I've heard about and movies made, I'm not sure any of them got it right with the way the story was originally written. This was a great book and wonderful way to end my October read.
If you haven't read this story, you should definitely add it to your list. Well worth it!...more
You hear all the time he/she has a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde personality. It's funny after having read the story, I have a totally new respect for Jekyll/HyYou hear all the time he/she has a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde personality. It's funny after having read the story, I have a totally new respect for Jekyll/Hyde. Was Dr. Jekyll insane? Let's see, he was a scientist who liked to experiment, which is what any scientist worth his salt would do. He also believed that every human was more than just one "self" but several personalities in one. Jekyll believed there was a way to bring out all sides to the human being, while still keeping the original host (the essence of one's soul).
Actually, that's not insanity but sheer brilliance because he's right. Every person has several sides. The problem was once Jekyll discovered the correct potion to test his theory, he didn't factor in that something could go horribly wrong. For every cause there is an effect, and that was Jekyll's error. Once Mr. Hyde began to shape of his former self, Hyde represented all that was evil and sinister within Jekyll. He took all that bad and lived the bad boy life. And what was even more thrilling than that, while Jekyll lay dormant while Hyde took over, Jekyll enjoyed what Hyde did. He liked living dangerously and murderously because it gave him power.
When the potion began to take on a whole personality of its own, Jekyll soon discovered he would change whenever his body felt like it without his knowledge. See, that's another thing the good doctor didn't factor in. He thought his personality would only change, but the potion caused the personality to mold into a completely different looking person, which is amazing because that part of the experiment actually rang true. If you have different sides, certainly all those sides will not look the same? He'd go to bed as Jekyll only to wake up as Hyde. And Hyde was horrifyingly disfigured and a small shell of a man, unlike the bigger-than-life Dr. Jekyll who was a very tall and lean man. Unfortunately, Dr. Jekyll failed to realize his experiment didn't quite go deep enough. The only sides Jekyll had was his good side, being the doctor, and his evil side being Mr. Hyde. He had nothing else and this brought about a deep struggle within himself and threw him into a deep depression.
I found this story so captivating and gave me much more insight into the mind of what most called a mad man, but after having read and deeply reviewed, I'm not so sure he was as everyone suggested. What he ultimately learned of himself drove him to insanity when he realized he couldn't forego being Mr. Hyde no more than he could being Dr. Jekyll. He actually created monsters. He had a great idea, but unfortunately, didn't think it all the way through. If he could have controlled Mr. Hyde, I suppose this story would have had a different ending.
Oh my, this woman was driven mad by her own husband, in my opinion. It's amazing what the mind is capable of doing when there's not much to do. Poor tOh my, this woman was driven mad by her own husband, in my opinion. It's amazing what the mind is capable of doing when there's not much to do. Poor thing wasn't crazy, just a bit depressed, but that doctor husband of hers and his bright ass ideas aided in her mental status. I have never read this short story before, but it was really a good read. Not sure how I missed this on my list. ...more
This by far is one of my favorite stories. I read this years ago, and it never ever gets old. A man in grief for his beloved Lenore as the blackened bThis by far is one of my favorite stories. I read this years ago, and it never ever gets old. A man in grief for his beloved Lenore as the blackened bird with devil eyes sits upon the chamber door utters "Nevermore!" My goodness this story is about five pages long, but it's my favorite because it rhymes. Who doesn't love a good poem, and one that tells of a horrifying story? No wonder Edgar Allan Poe is one of the greats and definitely one of my all-time favorite authors. Truly a literary work of art that's timeless!...more