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Thursday Library Reads: May 16, 2019

I think for my summer reading once I finish with these I am going to try to include some more mystery series starring women and also some science fiction here and there. 

 

-Blue

 

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Feminism is the New F Word

We Should All Be Feminists (A Vintage Short) - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Wow. What a good time for me to read this. Because right now in our country we are doing the most to "other" women. That somehow women are less than at all times. There are more women in the world, yet how many women are CEOs of fortune 500 countries? How many women are current leaders in government? How many women have become President of these United States? You would think at times that the U.S. for being that shining light in the darkness would be leaps and bounds above other countries, however, reading Adichie's essay about feminism shows me we are not. We still expect women to be the nurterers, to give up their dreams in order to be that support for their husband and children. Is it any wonder that many states in the United States are rolling back women's rights? That women are still not paid the same amount of money when compared to a man? That even between women the pay is still not equal depending on your race? We should not be surprised by this considering that feminism is still seen as a dirty word in 2019.


I loved how Adichie breaks down stereotypes between what is expected of boys and girls and then what is expected between men and women. She provides insights into what she has seen and experienced as a woman that makes no bones about being a feminist. She gets a bit into race, but does not deep dive on that. This is a very good essay if you want to just dip your toe into Adiche's writing.

 

"Take my dear friend Louis, who is a brilliant, progressive man. We would have conversations and he would tell me: “I don’t see what you mean by things being different and harder for women. Maybe it was so in the past but not now. Everything is fine now for women.”

You sweet summer child.

 

"If you are a woman, you are not supposed to express anger, because it is threatening. I have a friend, an American woman, who took over a managerial position from a man. Her predecessor had been considered a “tough go-getter”; he was blunt and hard-charging and was particularly strict about the signing of time sheets. She took on her new job, and imagined herself equally tough, but perhaps a little kinder than him—he didn’t always realize that people had families, she said, and she did. Only weeks into her new job, she disciplined an employee about a forgery on a time sheet, the same thing her predecessor would have done. The employee then complained to top management about her style. She was aggressive and difficult to work with, the employee said. Other employees agreed. One said they had expected she would bring a “woman’s touch” to her job but that she hadn’t"

I just had to give mid-point feedback today for two employees and the feedback that I was given back by one of them is that I am unapproachable at times because I am too busy sometimes it seems. It took everything in me to not go, would you say that to a man? Cause I have noticed it's fine when the men in our office are too busy to talk or look at something. Due to me being a woman I am supposed to stop what I am doing, SMILE, and ask them what can I do for them? It's fine though. I was also told once a upon a time that it's great that I am knowledgeable, but it makes people feel bad when they ask questions that I answer them back right away since it makes them feel stupid. 

 

"We spend too much time teaching girls to worry about what boys think of them. But the reverse is not the case. We don’t teach boys to care about being likable. We spend too much time telling girls that they cannot be angry or aggressive or tough, which is bad enough, but then we turn around and either praise or excuse men for the same reasons. All over the world, there are so many magazine articles and books telling women what to do, how to be and not to be, in order to attract or please men. There are far fewer guides for men about pleasing women."

 

Amen. 

 

"Because I am female, I’m expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Marriage can be a good thing, a source of joy, love, and mutual support. But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage, but we don’t teach boys to do the same?"

 

Being a single black woman in this day and age is painful. My family acts at times like I am just picky and should accept anyone to just say that I got married. One time one of my brothers said I was too selfish to have kids because I was actually focused on getting promoted at my job at the time. Are men selfish when they focus on work? Are men selfish when they delay marriage and children? Heck I don't think marriage is for me because too many men I have dated have shown me who they are. They have made me think that I should be kissing their feet for the privilege of dating them. One guy had the nerve to tell me that I made him too happy and it confused him. 

 

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We teach females that in relationships, compromise is what a woman is more likely to do. We raise girls to see each other as competitors—not for jobs or accomplishments, which in my opinion can be a good thing—but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way boys are. If we have sons, we don’t mind knowing about their girlfriends. But our daughters’ boyfriends? God forbid. (But we of course expect them to bring home the perfect man for marriage when the time is right.)

 

I loved my mother (continue to love her) but she just made me feel bad about being a woman. I was told to hide my body at all times around my brothers. That my period was dirty and shameful. And she was disappointed that by the time I graduated college I didn't have a boyfriend or was engaged. She talked about being a grandmother all the time. And when she talked about it, she was talking to me. 

 

"We teach girls shame. Close your legs. Cover yourself. We make them feel as though by being born female, they are already guilty of something. And so girls grow up to be women who cannot say they have desire. Who silence themselves. Who cannot say what they truly think. Who have turned pretence into an art form."

This is America

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive - Stephanie Land, Barbara Ehrenreich

This was a tough book to get through. Reading about Stephanie Land's experiences of trying to parent her daughter while dealing with being homeless and broke was eye-opening. The main reason why I didn't give this five stars though is that I wish that Land had touched more upon on how the country looks down upon those that they see as stealing (immigrants) are just lazy and don't want to work (POC). She brings it up here and there about how terribly she sees other people who are not white treated, but I don't know if it sunk in that she was considered a good poor person because of her skin color and because they didn't see her doing "wrong" things like daring to buy expensive cuts of meat with her EBT card. I was glad though that Land included things such as the fact that immigrants don't qualify for assistance so a lot of people were just mistaken believing that and it's just a way to be little "r" racist. 

 

I sadly have heard about all of this though due to some friends and family who are going through hard times and doing what they can to raise their children and take care of them. I also for a period of time when I was growing up, was poor. My parents couldn't afford to pay for heat or hot water and in the winters they would close off rooms in the house in order to conserve heat. They would boil water on the stove and then take it upstairs for us to wash. I remember being constantly sick as a kid and my mother just sitting with me and giving me medicine and wrapping me in a ton of blankets. To this day, blankets mean safety to me and I can't go to bed at night without being weighed down by at least two of them. Things eventually got better for my family when my mother went back to work after my youngest brother went to Kindergarten. That said, I know how lucky I was even though we were poor for about 4 years. I had two parents who loved me and my brothers. We had grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins nearby who would watch us and pack away food for my parents to take home to eat. We even had our backyard garden where my mother would grow vegetables and we would eat a ton of during the summer. 

 

Back to "Maid" Land details how her life got off-kilter from what she wanted to do. She had plans to go to college in Montana and then became pregnant. Deciding to go forward with the pregnancy ended up costing her a lot it seems. Besides deferring her dream, she had a child with what it sounds like was a mentally and physically abusive man. And then she really had no one to turn to. She's not close to her brother. Her mother didn't want to be a parent anymore and her father was way too similar to the boyfriend she finally breaks up with and leaves. Land deciding to be a single parent meant having to be homeless, live in assisted housing, and then living in a studio apartment that has black mold all over it. 

 

I tend to judge memoirs by how open the author is that is writing it. And Land is quite open about her triumphs and failures. We read about how she beats herself up for getting into a relationship with someone that she moves in with because she's lonely and wants to just feel safe. We also read about how when she got the jobs that she did cleaning, she would snoop around and think about how these people's lives really were. 

Some of the people in Land's life were terrible. Her mother and father were pretty much absent and her stepfather was a straight up asshole. Even when Land would tell people what was really going on with her, she was judged by some and told that she should be thanking said people because their taxes paid for her food and housing. In a nutshell a lot of people are assholes. There I said it, I am flabbergasted in this country that we do our level best to punish poor people and treat them as less than because they need assistance. Shining light on the hill my ass. Okay, that's out of my system, let's continue.

 

The writing was very good. I liked how each chapter seemed to represent a house/memory that impacted her. Land in some cases becomes friends as much as she could with certain clients. I thought the flow got better after the first couple of chapters. The first few chapters felt a bit hesitant and I had a feeling as I was reading that the story was being told backwards here and there. 


The book takes place in Washington State and it's weird that I just see that area as being very rich. However, when I visited Seattle and Portland last year I recall being shocked at the homeless population. Appearances can definitely be deceiving.

The ending has Land moving on to a new place with her daughter where it seems like they are going to make it. I have to say that the ending was a bit abrupt for me and I went and was nosy about Land's life now. I went to her website and enjoyed the updates and knowing she went and had another daughter.

 

I think in the end this book made me sad and mad. Sad that we have so many working poor in this country (I don't care how well the economy is supposedly doing) and how we shame those same working poor. 

Reading progress update: I've read 23%.

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive - Stephanie Land, Barbara Ehrenreich

No one liked cleaning the bathrooms. That job went to the new girl.

 

FYI there's a reason why working as a maid during college was enough to keep me focused on getting another job and finishing my degree. Cleaning up after other people sucks. Cleaning up after strangers should be something on a loop in hell.

Reading progress update: I've read 21%.

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive - Stephanie Land, Barbara Ehrenreich
We moved to Stanwood to live with Travis just four months after our first date, when Mia was nearly two. It had been a rough nine months since then. 
 
Oh girl. I get why she's doing this. She's lonely. Her parents are not there for her. Her father threw her out and didn't care she would be homeless with a 7 month old. The father of her baby is/was abusive and she just wants someone there for her. Oh girl. 

Reading progress update: I've read 7%.

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive - Stephanie Land, Barbara Ehrenreich

Good lord I want to find Stephanie Hand and give her a hug. Her parents sound like a PITA.

 

I was overwhelmed by how much work it took to prove I was poor.

 

William said, “Well, I’ve never seen someone act more entitled!

This is after her mother and stepfather come to move her out of a homeless shelter and he asks her about paying the bill for the three of them at lunch. She has $10 to her name. 

Racism with a Capital R and Small R

I honestly was just going to let this go, but I think I am going to have to put out the same disclaimer here that I had to do on Goodreads.

 

I am a black woman and nope, I don't really want to read about or hear anyone's comments about how anything that dances towards big racism (calling someone the N word or comparing black men or woman to thugs or gorillas) or little racism (all black people are on welfare and not smart or someone we are being treated better than another ethnic or religious group).

 

I had to tell a lot of people that if you vote for the Republican agenda in any way shape or form that I am good on not talking to you again. You showed me you don't really give a shit about me or people that look like me. I am not going to list out the litany of crap that the GOP has been doing for years or even the past three. We all know. I cut off people in my real life for this so I am not going to let it go on a site that I actually use as a way to decompress. 

 

Also let's be clear here that this is not censorship. Me refusing to read your nonsense or your comments about a man that spent most of his time online and now spewing racist crap against Muslims and people of color and mentioning that he has "some good points." That's a nope from me for now until the end of time. And the casual racism that a lot of people seem really okay with is giving me pause about how much I actually want to spend my time here. 

Wow. Not in a Good Way.

Storm Cursed - Patricia Briggs

So. I initially was just going to give this three stars and move along. However, after thinking it through this morning, this book honestly doesn't deserve 3 stars (okay). This book's pacing was off, there was about zero character development, too much repetition, and I think at one point I even said to myself that this book was just filler. It's a book to bridge to the next Alpha/Omega book or the next Mercy Thompson. The book synopsis on this one sounded so bad ass and it had me convinced to go ahead and buy/read this even though the last Alpha/Omega book left a bitter taste in my mouth. Now I am just mad that I didn't suck it up and wait for it via my library. I don't know constant readers if this series is meant to go on. Maybe if Briggs decides to do some books set pre-Mercy that follow some of the interesting events mentioned in this and other books. I feel like the Mercy/Adam thing is getting boring and I am just so done with the black witches plots.

 

"Storm Cursed" follows after not only the last Mercy Thompson book, but also Alpha/Omega. Mercy is now training with a cutlass (I maybe laughed a few times not in glee about this) and carries it with her everywhere. After being kidnapped in the last book, apparently the cutlass has everyone calm about her protecting herself. I don't know, it makes no sense to me. Due to Mercy and her proclamation of sanctuary she and the Pack are involved with more disputes. And now Adam and the Pack are being asked to give security to a delegation including the United States government and also the fae. However, per usual, someone wants to throw a wrench in there and stop this meeting from going down. Supernatural things occur. The end.

 

The characters in this one were all over the place. I can tell you right now that I would have been happy to not read that Adam is most likely a Republican and voted for a President that sounds similar to Donald Trump. I just cannot today right now.

 

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So Mercy. I don't get why at this point she doesn't start to punch the next werewolf that talks crap about her compared to Adam's first wife. I loathed the character of Christy and the fact that the Pack had the nerve to treat Mercy like an outsider when she popped back up in "Night Broken" (Mercy Thompson #8) still ticks me off. And yet Briggs has the character of Mary freaking Jo bring up again how Mercy is not good enough for Adam and he needs someone delicate like Christy. Hey you all remember how Adam put out that whole I will kill the next person who disrespects my mate in "Fire Touched"? Well it's nice that it's referenced, but ignored in this one. At this point I would not weep if Mary Jo had a bad end. I am over Mercy trying to get these idiots on her side. We also don't have Mercy really interacting with any of the long time favorites in this one besides Adam. We get brief appearances of Ben, Warren, (we hear about Kyle), I don't recall Jessie being around, etc. She meets up with Stephen and once again I don't want to hear about the bond or any of that crap anymore. Either Mercy does something about it, or just moves on from it. I swear we spent too much time inner monologuing with Mercy in this one. There's not a lot of development with Mercy though in this one besides one or two things that may be interesting in future books. I just wish she got more female friends and started to actually push back when people treat her badly. It's getting old.

 

Adam. See above.

 

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Secondary characters we have followed get some more screen time in this one. We have a lot of focus on Zee and Tad which was welcomed. However, I call BS on a whole subplot dealing with Zee having to face repercussions from the Gray Lords if he helped Mercy. Either follow through or quit bringing it up.

 

Stephen reappears in this one and also Marsilla (via phone) as I said, it's crazy to me how so many scenes dealt with Mercy talking to someone via phone, text, etc. Yet we get about 20 mentions of this stupid Pirate game all of the werewolves love.

 

We have mentions of Bran (shudder) and Charles, but no appearances and that makes zero sense after the events in the last book. What irks me is that Briggs tries to write around this by saying that no one can know that Bran is still really connected to the Pack cause he cares about Mercy. Yeah but based on the plot in this book and the last Alpha/Omega book there's no freaking way that they would not have called at least Charles. It's beyond stupid. There's also a throwaway line about Bran's traitor that made me roll my eyes.

 

Speaking of traitors...is this going to be a thing every book? Long time characters we have gotten to know totally pop up not being who they have been through 11 freaking books? I won't spoil, but I hated this entire plot and thought it was not well thought out at all.

 

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And I just realized that Samuel has been missing for like 5 books. I guess he's just gone now. Along with Mercy's supposed female friends and half sisters.

 

Also there's a whole character that is introduced in this one who is apparently a gay woman who is married and has the nerve to call the Pack and fae abominations and how they are against Christianity and how no one didn't just hold up a mirror to her face and walk away from her is beyond me. I know people are this clueless in real life, but it made zero sense. There's also some language about ICE and how those with brown skin are being treated. If Briggs wants to touch upon the terribleness of the US government now that's fine, but the fact she turned Adam into a Republican. I am now rooting for him to get taken out by a rogue witch or werewolf.

 

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Seriously though, this book was just not great. The pacing was so bad from beginning to end. I saw a lot of reviewers complaining about how slow it was. It wasn't just that in my opinion. We have Mercy and Adam going over everything regarding the events in Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) and I just didn't want to relive all of that. It was beyond tedious and the reasoning and linkages did not make a lot of sense and I saw a couple dozen plot holes. At one point I was tempted to quit at 40 percent due to nothing really happening yet.

 

The world building in the Mercy Thompson series has always been one of its biggest strengths. I have to say though after what happened in "Burn Bright" I no longer want to hear about how werewolves can detect a lie. We already know that's not true and even in one scene again the werewolves that Mercy were with didn't catch the falsehood. So let's stop repeating it in every book.

 

The whole thing with witch-born people. Look it matters cause of Bran and Charles and all, but woo boy at this point we know that they have different reactions to magic. It's the 11th book. I don't need to have to keep reading how magic doesn't work on Mercy the way it does on others. If you somehow stumbled onto this as your first Mercy Thompson book that's not my fault. The author should realize that she's writing for long time readers, not pop-ins.

 

The ending was just a mess. It doesn't seem like this series is going to have a good stopping point and I wonder if there is a way to course-correct.

Thursday Library Reads: May 9, 2019

Well I managed to get some of the books off my to read list. Hope to contiue.

 

-Blue

 

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Called Every Plot Element, But This One Holds Up Better Than "Behind Closed Doors"

Bring Me Back: A Novel - B.A. Paris

So going to flat out say this is much better than "Behind Closed Doors" or that book I referred to as when a woman keeps doing really dumb crap for no reason besides plot. "Bring Me Back" had an interesting plot, but what kept me interested were the characters. I didn't really care for Layla or Finn, but did find the story engrossing. I was very disappointed by the ending, it didn't really hold up with the rest of the book. 

 

"Bring Me Back" follows two people, Finn and Layla. Finn was dating Layla when after coming back after stopping at a rest stop he realized Layla was gone. The police investigated him and couldn't tie him to her murder or disappearance. Ten years later Finn is moving on with his life, with Layla's older sister, Ellen. 

 

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Yeah I did a hard pause too. Finn still thinks about Layla, but is happy with Ellen and is ready to move on with marrying her in a few months. However, someone has a hard time with Finn moving on. He starts finding Russian nesting dolls (still one of the weirdest parts of this story) which ties back to Layla's story about having one as a child and Ellen telling him about how Layla "stole" her doll. When the police call Finn to tell him that an old neighbor of his saw Layla and Ellen argues she has seen her too Finn wonders what is going on. And when he starts to receive letters and emails from someone calling themselves Layla he wonders could she be back.

 

Finn is pretty terrible. You find out throughout the story that he's not as charming as he seems. He seems to use women and look down at them as soon as they do something that he considers out of order. He also has a terrible temper and the book slowly reveals the times it has gotten him into trouble. I also found the relationship between Layla and Finn to be fraught as hell. He tries to make it sound happy, but you realize at the end of the book why Layla reacted as she did at times to Finn. He was focused on keeping her away from London and others and them only being the only important thing to each other.

Layla was a mess and I felt sorry for her. She meets Finn when she was 18 and honestly you get to see that she didn't really have anyone else.  Paris reveals all in the end, but I am not a fan of emails being used to reveal huge plot elements. 


Ellen was too passive. Her sole focus is on Finn and being there for him all of the time. There are hints here and there she's not as passive as you may think, but Finn's personality rolls all over her. 

 

We get secondary characters in this one. Ruby the local proprietor of a pub that had a romantic entanglement with Finn. Finn's best and longest running friend Harry. I seriously wonder why in the world Harry put up with Finn's terrible ass. It was confusing and I thought that Paris was going somewhere with that.


The writing was fine. Jumping back and forth between Finn's Now and Then and then including Layla's POV was fine. I think I was more engaged in Finn's chapters. Layla's after a while were all over the place and it was confusing. The flow was very good though.


The setting of Flynn's new home with Ellen though needed a bit more of something. I don't know if it needed to be set up more a la Manderley or what. It just felt off, but it seemed like Paris didn't want to focus on it too much and really wanted the readers eyes to be set on what happened before with Flynn and Layla in Devon. 


The ending as I said earlier I saw coming, but the way Paris tried to wrap things up didn't really work. I think the ending could have been a bit longer and we could have gotten a better idea of how much time has passed. 

Summer Game Time!

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THE NEW GAME BEGINS JUNE 1, 2019

 

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GAME PLAY ENDS AUGUST 15, 2019

 

 

Announcing a new summertime game of Booklikes-opoly! The game is still in development, but the theme of the game is "summer vacation." The rules will be similar to our last game of booklikes-opoly (all the way back in summer 2017), and the bank system will work the same way, although the categories will be different, and I will tweak some of the elements that didn't work so great last time

 

I will be reblogging some of my old posts this morning, for everyone to peruse while OB & I work on the new game!

 

New theme!

New book tasks!!

New tweaks!

 

So, if we are going to start a new game on 6/1/19, then we have to call an end to Snakes & Ladders, which will go through 5/31/19.

 

Get ready...

SPOILER ALERT!

Please Save me From White Savior Books

No Good Deeds - Laura Lippman

So I thought about trying to edit this to take out spoilers, but screw it, I am busy today and don't have the time or energy. It didn't help that I ended up straight disliking this book and loathing Tess's boyfriend Crow. There was an interesting plot in there that the white savior crap got in the way of while I was reading. I think showcasing Crow's POV actually made things worse. He's a terrible ass boyfriend who resents Tess and I don't see how that makes a great relationship. At least Tess's aunt pulled no punches about him always being the one that runs away when he doesn't get his way. 

 

In the ninth Tess Monaghan book we have Tess going through a slow period at her PI job. She and Crow are back together after he returns from sulking that she said no to his proposal (I said what I said!). Tess is doing some consulting with a newspaper. Along with this the book sets up that a few months ago a federal prosecutor was murdered a few months ago. Tess and others speculate about what happened to him, but most people assume that it was a bad pick up gone wrong and he ended up dead. When Crow brings a homeless teen back to their home (don't get me started yet) Tess clues into the fact that the boy appears to know something about the death of the prosecutor. Tess ends up being herself and her family in danger when she goes forward with having the boy talk to the press. She quickly has the FBI, DEA, and others out to get here. And Crow is in the wind with the boy.


In order to completely understand my ire I am going to talk about Crow first. I don't think except for the one book did we ever get Crow's POV? I can't remember. But I really disliked him in this one. He keeps a huge secret from Tess as she struggles to pay bills. And then he has his white savior moment after his tire gets punctured by a kid hoping to use that to get paid to change his tire. It makes zero sense why Crow gets fixated on the kid. And it makes zero sense why the kid (Lloyd) even goes along with this mess. A white man offering to drive a black teen to get food and demanding to meet his parents? The hell? Crow driving them to get food and then telling him that he was staying at his home later that night made me shake my head. Who does this? And considering that Crow apparently was doing soup kitchen drop offs why get focused on Lloyd who did damage his tire and was looking for money?  And after Lloyd returns with him, steals shit, causes their car to get damaged, he's still being protective. WHATEVER. 

 

Tess was herself throughout this book which is the only reason why I am giving this 2 stars. Consistency matters when writing a series. That said, I really wish she had gone off on Crow. He brings back a homeless teen with him who it appears lies, punctured his tire, etc and thinks cooking Tess her favorite foods will soften her up. I would have put my whole foot up his ass. Tess realizing that Crow kept secrets from her and that her trying to protect Lloyd and Crow could come back at her family made me frustrated. I really wish she had went off on Crow or we had read that dialogue. Crow and his BS now Tess knows how he feels when she's in danger made me boo the hell out of him and most of this book.


We get Whitney, Tess's aunt, and her talking to her mother and father. Other than that the the writing shifts from Tess, Crow, Lloyd, and some other men involved with the death of the prosecutor. I honestly think it was too much. It would have worked better if we had just Tess's POV and her slowly realizing what Crow was up to and that he had kept things from her. There were no surprises in this one because Lippman cues everything up. 

 

The flow wasn't great because we kept bouncing around after reveals are made about who the bad guy(s) are so I felt bored until we got to the end


The ending. Woo boy. So there is reward money for solving the prosecutors death. Tess, Crow, and Lloyd get that money. Oh wait, not Lloyd, somehow Crow is going to hold his money for him and demands that he gets a job, gets back to school, etc. CROW MIND YOUR DAMN BUSINESS! I literally cringed at that damn ending. I would have checked his ass so bad. Lippman usually writes African American characters and the divide in Baltimore between white and black people so well. This whole book was so tone deaf. I just needed Whitney or Tess to tell Crow about his self and then I would have liked it more. 

Holy SPAM Booklikes!

So I heard about the spam and bots and whatnot but didn't really pay attention because I have been busy. Well I just got done cleaning up my followers list:

 

 

I had to block over 700 freaking blogs this morning. That's ridiculous. BL should not allow automatic follows unless the blogger accepts. I know that Goodreads allows people to follow you, but at least I can see that list and easily go through if I want to block you.

 

 

 

 

Definitely don't know if BL is going to work on a solution or not, but geez I don't have a lot of energy to be doing a pass through my followers every week. Glad it's all cleaned up now though!

Hope you are having a happy reading day!

 

A Return to Form for Eve Dallas

Connections in Death - J.D. Robb

So, my initial thoughts of "Connections in Death" hold. However, I have to admit that I can't give this five stars because I am now realizing it's a bit off that Eve doesn't get that maybe other people have different upbringings and it's not all roses. I am happy that we get to see another side of New York though and it's not just the rich and famous all of the time. 

 

"Connections in Death" focuses on Eve investigating when a woman she just meets comes home to find her brother Lyle dead from an apparent drug overdose. The connections in the title refers to the fact that Rochelle is not only connected to Roarke (he interviews her for a position at one of his "houses" he is building for young girls) but also Crack (from the very first In Death book I think). When Eve meets Rochelle at a party that Nadine throws she gets her hackles up a bit because apparently she has learned nothing about being overly involved in who her male friends date. Seriously I will forever be salty about the DeWinter thing. Thank goodness though Roarke makes her see she's being a dumbass. I loved the unraveling story in this one and we actually get to see more of Eve investigating and taking notice of people and histories. Eve finding out about gangs in New York is not really part of what she does, but she does end up talking to Strong again in this one (which I loved).

 

There is growth to Eve in this one. She realizes that sometimes the system doesn't work for a lot of people. Her finding out about what the gangs have been up to (extortion, rape, drug running, assault, etc.) knocks her for a bit. That said there was some light moments too. I laughed a bunch of times when we have Eve bringing in food for her squad and everyone automatically thinking it was Roarke that did it and thanked him instead. 

 

Roarke was pitch perfect in this one. There were no dumb couple fights. Just two people supporting each other. I maybe laughed at Roarke wanting to take down an attorney and realizing it was too easy. And I loved that he was really busy and couldn't be there all of the time like he would have done in prior books. 

 

Peabody was not as annoying. I maybe got a bit irked when she starts singing about love and romance and knows they are going to a morgue to view a dead man that is connected to at least two people she knows. I am still on the train that Peabody is still a straight psychopath. 

 

Mira was in this too, but for once her expertise is allowed to shine. We don't have Eve just going to her and telling Mira her read on a potential suspect (which has happened in the last bunch of books which drove me up the wall). 


We get glimpses of Nadine, Mavis, and others, but I was glad to see Crack again and he was actually great. It was nice to see Eve knocked a bit off her axis. I am starting to wonder if Crack is her only friend that is a POC. Hmm I think two of her people working for her are too, but to me they are not really friends, they work for her. Anyway, it was a nice change for an "In Death" book to look more at POC. I hope the next one doesn't just have them being the central plot point on gangs though. 

 

The writing was really good in this one. Everything seems well researched and I liked the introduction of new characters in this one that we get. The flow was really good too. I will say that sometimes it's okay if Eve can't nail every suspect. Her close rate has to be like 100 percent at this point. It be fine that maybe she doesn't get everyone and then she lives with that and they follow it up in a book later down in the series. Heck even Sandford did a good job with setting up Lucas Davenport with his own Moriarty. 

 

The setting of New New York seems like it is more technology advanced, but still showing that there are the poor and those who will take advantage. It was good for once to not see all the bright and shining celebrities or rich that Roarke and Eve usually meet with in these books. 

 

The ending seemed to be signifying a new maturity to Eve. Her realizing that sometimes what she does won't matter, but she can still keep trying.