I finally got to this book and while I thought it was relatively solid read, I did find that it was not my favorite from this author. I first discoverI finally got to this book and while I thought it was relatively solid read, I did find that it was not my favorite from this author. I first discovered J.J. when I read That thing between Elit & Gwen which I loved. With this particular story, I was waiting for the chemistry to click a little better than it seemed to and for things to just be more intense and thrilling. I liked seeing some of their past lives and the main characters butt heads in the beginning, but I did grow bored with the past lives recaps that continued to happen till the end. I don’t frequently read a lot of romance so it might just be me but things got really dramatic towards the end (lol) and I couldn’t help but laugh at certain parts. So if you like books with even more drama than the intended premise, you’ll like this book....more
Unforgivable Love is a retelling of the classic Les Liaisons Dangerous, but I'm not familiar with the******Full Review over at G. Jacks Writes.******
Unforgivable Love is a retelling of the classic Les Liaisons Dangerous, but I'm not familiar with the original story. What I do know is that this book is filled with this laid-back, passionate and vibrant imagery elegance from start to finish. The love and details of music associated with Harlem and the rippling complexity of each of the characters draw a number of favorable points for this book.
Besides being set in one of my favorite eras, I found that the cockiness of the main characters was something that really kept me hooked almost right away because their confidence and self-assurance was not only entertaining but intriguing; almost daringly pulling the reader into their games with them. Likewise, the characters brought an infectious intensity, twists and at times bits of humor in the narrative. Like others will, I'm sure, I really loved the well laid out social intrigue between Mae and her inner circle.
Like I said, I'm not familiar with Les Liaisons Dangerous, but I have seen Cruel Intentions (the film adaptation of the classic) and Unforgivable Love has it beat in my opinion. Scott has taken a fairly well-known story and just made it her own.
Moreover, I don't think anyone should go without mentioning Scott's skill at retelling such a classic from the uniquely diverse perspective of African-Americans during the 1940s in Harlem. So little is often re-told with such an abundance of creativity and freshness with classics like this and little is known or can even be imagined of African-Americans with money and class during such an iconic era. Which only made me fall in love with this book even more.
The world built and the characters in Unforgivable Love will hook any reader who enjoys a rich, visual narrative, 1940s Harlem, and Jazz on the cusp of the Civil Rights movement. With imperfect characters that you will find yourself loving to hate, hate to love, lost loves, the desire for love, revenge and so much more. ...more
This book had such a slow, yet intense pull embedded within the narrative and I feel like this year has been the year to re-discover first-person POVs. Again, I found myself drawn to the suspicious and hands-off approach to life with Nora’s character and the author’s compelling first-person perspective. Nora was very suspicious about all the people in her life, but I enjoyed reading how she was even suspicious and unsure about herself.
The method of Kamal’s portray of Nora’s story made her both a reliable and unreliable source of information as the story progressed and if you are a reader who likes slow build ups to tension and mysteries that keep you guessing until the last few pages, The Lost Ones would be my recommendation to you.
Nora is a broken character, but she acknowledges this, accepts it and keeps moving forward and that is something makes her so real and relatable. There is a vulnerability, a strength, an honesty and a rawness that makes her like any other character I’ve come across recently. A true survivor, through and through.
While maintaining this unhinging amount of focus on the thought that the two might be connected, had me hooked. This book was an easy read as far as pace goes, but the more we chipped away at Nora’s life before the disappearance, leading up the point when the paths finally intersect, the more intense and dangerous the narrative became and the little pieces of Nora’s story the author had me thinking I knew just become specs of this larger picture.
This book keeps the reader turning pages just to get a little closer to Nora’s character, her past, the secrets she locks away (even from herself) and the mystery behind Bonnie’s disappearance. And before you know–you’ve finished the book. This book and Nora will stay definitely stay with you....more
I had a lot of mixed feelings about his book because I really liked most of the characters, the chemistry, the natural flirtation, the humor and brutally honest elements of this book came across beautifully. I found big portions of what Kylie and Jacques thought and said resonated with thoughts I've had or similar to how I might react in certain circumstances.
The intriguing and shrouded method that the writer uses when describing Jacques' visions and dreams were really engrossing and effective. It made me believe Jacques was truly clairvoyant and moved by how affected by others' energies and presences he was in this book. I could not imagine being as young as he was experiencing spirits or having the visions or dreams that he had. Something I don't think most would get just by looking at this book is that some of the content is a lot darker and heavier than they might imagine, particularly with Kylie's story and her background.
Likewise, Kylie and Jacques' orbits regarding their pasts really didn't pick up until after the midpoint and by that time, I was confused about their connection because Kylie had done most of the work on her own without him. I didn't see this as a bad or negative thing because I liked getting to know each of them separately, but I was expecting them to interact more in the first half.
With that being said, this book was a really easy read and I respected how true to themselves the main characters were. No one is perfect and as much as Kylie or Jacques had to say about those around them at any given point, the two were always honest about their own issues and faults.
They also had pretty good chemistry with each other (and others, if you get what I mean). The two go through a lot before finding their way to each other, but I think that is something other readers will appreciate. ...more
I call this “my reaction” because it not only took me a bit to type up my review for the book itself, but also all of the thoughts, feelings and memories this book made me think of. Although this book left my mind and heart just all over the place, I truly loved it and I am grateful I was given the opportunity to read this ARC because it had such a huge affect on me and it is something that I look forward to sharing with my family and friends.
From the moment I started reading, I was able to connect with Justyce’s character—from his thoughts, concerns, fear and anxiousness. And his attempt at trying to make sense of himself and the rest of the world through a method inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. teachings following the fall out of his wrongful arrest. It was just all so real, raw, insightful and moving.
One of the many things I loved and appreciated about this book was the way Nic Stone keeps the narrative objective because it makes it so connectable to other readers, whether they are allies, individuals who have experienced some of the same situations Justyce has faced or others ignorant of the seriousness and dangers African-Americans and other POC face every day when it comes to racism.
I pondered if I wanted to focus on the situation regarding Justyce and his arrest as being the main focal points I discussed for this book, but in all honesty, it is so much more than racial profiling from authorities. The political, inaccurate and discriminatory stories spun by a lot of the media outlets and the prejudices of people—it all just hits home.
Which is why I really appreciate the way in which Nic Stone not only addresses the social issue and unjustly stereotype aspects of race in our society and the manner of objectivity that she keeps consistent throughout the narrative. It speaks to both POC readers and ally’s on the subject. Moreover, this book offers readers, particularly young adult readers, a clear and open perspective from multiple sides.
Whats more, it opens up a discussion for those who are ignorant or actively try to ignore the fact that the issues regarding race and profiling are still a major problem in our world. Even on those who fit into the category of Justyce’s best friend Manny who hung out with and was close to rich white boys that refused to take racism seriously.
Regardless, never speaking up about it keeps the cycle going and it is part of what has kept racism so systematically and socially embedded within our world. I don’t want to be on the side of that kind of normalization and I hope that if you took the time to look at this post and go pick up Dear Martin in October that you don’t either. Even if you weren’t able to connect to what I had to say, I encourage you to go pick up the book anyway. It is an incredible read and you won’t be able to put it down....more