While I understand that this is a book about poverty and how badly poor communities are treated, I couldn't help but get mad at the tenants, the landlord, and the author. Most of the tenants in this book are portrayed in such a negative light. They can't pay their rent for any variety of reasons. One tenant said she couldn't because her sister died, another said he couldn't because her kid needed new shoes, another straight up told his landlord he wasn't paying because he, without notice, decided to repaint the inside of his house and would like that deducted from his rent. The landlords, oh the landlords. These landlords did not make it easy on the tenants. One of the landlords refused to fix broken sinks, refused repainting, refused plumbing; yet she and her husband went on a Caribbean vacation off of the rent money they collected. She also let tenants that were previously evicted continue to stay on the property with the new tenant, but will deny that in court, I'm sure. She was probably the worst landlord in the book. Many of the other landlords continuously let tenants fall behind on rent, but not evict them. They would give these tenants time and time again, knowing nothing was going to change. However, these same landlords understood how awful it is to live in poverty and would actually buy clothes and groceries for their tenants. Because the tenants would spend their allotted food stamps on one meal as soon as they received them! Now for the author, Matthew Desmond can write. From what I understand, he personally works with those living in poverty. He wants to make a change in the way America treats the poor. But at times, Evicted felt like a feature magazine article that ran 350 pages.... Overall, it was a good read and I'm glad Blogging for Books gave me the opportunity to review Evicted!
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
I am so stoked for the @SourcebooksFire #everymomentcounts challenge! http://books.sourcebooks.com/whereitends/ #thisiswhereitends
Help us create moments this summer!
If you haven't read This is Where it Ends, get a copy today!
Let me see the moments you guys are creating this summer!
Creating my first moment next week, I'M GETTING MARRIED!
A big thank you to the author, Garfield Whyte, for sending me an ebook of Feelings to review!
When I first came across this book I expected something completely different. It was described as an environmental photography and poetry book. Personally, I have never book a big fan of poetry, but the environment is something I have always been passionate about! While this collection of poems did have some very strong points, it completely threw me through a loop because it was not poems about the photography in the book. It was poems to make you feel a certain type of way, with photographs of the beach and mountains and various outdoor places. The poems paired with the photographs were meant to make the reader feel and understand the mood of the poem. I had two poems that I thoroughly enjoyed, The Inevitable Lover and As the Sun Sets.
As per the author, I have been granted access to an exclusive excerpt from one of the poems in Feelings! Take a look below. :)
The Little That We Had
The little that we had was grand wonderful and true
The little that we had filled me with joy and gave me hope to see the
sunrise and inevitably caused me to glory in the blissful moments we shared
It brought tranquility to my human heart to patiently wait to see you again
And it's all because I cherished more than ever the little that we had
The little that we had was treasured gold
Many have lived a lifetime in search of what we had
It filled my innermost vacuum with love to the overflowing.
Although we never reached the top of the mount'
You meant more to me than you'll ever know,
Because in my memories you reign supreme,
And here I am desperately in need of just a little of the little that we once had.
I was lucky enough to begin talking with Garfield Whyte, and am pleased to finally introduce this self-published author to all of you!
When did you first start writing? I started writing poetry from age 10 but just last year started writing my novel.
What is your newest book, TJ's Last Summer in Cape Cod about? TJ (Taj James) an 18 year old high school basketball star who wants to make this summer his best ever, before he leaves to take up his college basketball scholarship, but he needs help. So, he rolls the dice and calls on his 55 year old Uncle Peter, a womanizer par excellence, to help him with those plans. TJ holds secrets for Uncle Peter so TJ was very sure his uncle would do anything for him, as his uncle's promises seemed more sacred than wedding vows. As summer rolled along, TJ is forced to make decisions whether to be a good boy or to practice some of the lessons his uncle is teaching him. Was it worth it when summer ended? That will depend on whose side you are on.
What are some of your favorite books/teachers/writing mentors? I liked literature in high school, books like The Mayor of Casterbridge (Thomas Hardy), Macbeth and Julius Caesar (William Shakespeare), Plays Unpleasant (George Bernard Shaw).
Who or what inspires you to write? I have a creative mind.
When in the day do you usually write? Usually from 9:00 pm until 2:00 am
Where do you feel most inspired to write? At home.
Do you listen to any music while you write? Sometimes I listen to instrumentals.
Do you ever get writers' block? If so, how do you deal with it? No, not at all. I usually think about what I am going to write next so that when I sit to write I never have writers' block.
Do you research what you are going to write? No research at all, as my novel (TJ's Last Summer in Cape Cod) is strictly a work of fiction. My memoir about my all boys boarding school (Nostalgia from: A City Set Upon a Hill) was all factual except the names of my school mates.
Are you currently working on anything now? Another novel entitled Southsea Sagas
There you have it!
Check out his Goodreads account: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14120238.Garfield_Whyte
Garfield Whyte's website: http://www.garfeel.com/
Garfield Whyte's website: http://www.garfeel.com/
Sunday, May 15, 2016
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Adam Bachman killed 5 people. Maxine Revere believes he killed 7. But how did he do all this without a partner? He didn't.
Compulsion starts with Adam kidnapping Ava Raines and the police finding her drugged in the trunk of her very own car. Max wants an interview with Bachman, just 20 minutes, to see if she can prove he also killed the Palazzolos. With the help of Max's new assistant, Riley, they begin digging into Adam's past. Riley makes a breakthrough with a mental health facility, giving the Maximum Exposure team a place to start their investigation. The whole team delves into the investigation to find who and how many people could be Bachman's partner. Max, Riley, and another assistant sit in on the trial to take notes, while others are out following leads. However, someone is following Max... Her disappearance throws everyone off track and she quickly becomes the main concern. BUT Bachman's partners are the ones who have kidnapped her. David is flying through a whirlwind of emotions trying to find her. Detective Nick Santini and Agent Marco Lopez must put their love for Max behind them and work together to help David. The whole team wants her found, alive.
The investigation takes off on a completely frantic chase to find Max, arrest the partners, and bring closure to the Palazzolo family. The chain of events that take place at the end of the novel includes far too many spoilers to post here without giving away too much of the surprise!
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs teen book, Powerless, is now out in paperback! To celebrate, Sourcebooks Fire has given us an exclusive excerpt from the first book of The Hero Agenda and a summary of the second book, Relentless!
If I could have any superpower, right now, I’d choose the ability to reach through glass. One thin, little pane is all that separates me from bliss…of the midnight-snack variety, to be exact. The chocolate bar hangs halfway to freedom but refuses to take the plunge, as if the vending machine is mocking me, taunting me.
As if it knows I’m powerless.
Annoyed, I slam my palms against the glass. Everything inside shudders. My chocolate bar—pure Swiss milk chocolate dotted with toasted hazelnuts—doesn’t budge.
“Come on,” I beg as if the candy can hear me. “Just a little farther.”
No such luck.
Then again, when have I ever been lucky? I’m just glad no heroes are around to see me lose a battle with a vending machine. I would be the punch line to every joke for a year.
Thankfully, the lab is pretty much empty at this time of night. Even Mom went home two hours ago, leaving me to transcribe the notes from today’s sessions. I prefer to work when no one is around. My experiments fall into a gray area in the Superhero Code of Conduct, and even though I’m not technically a superhero—yet—I try not to piss off the powers-that-be. The last thing I need is to lose my lab privileges before I’ve perfected my formula.
Copying down Mom’s scribblings is like deciphering some previously unknown ancient language. It isn’t exactly the most glamorous summer job ever, but it pays okay and gives me access to the facility.
I’m almost done with tonight’s transcription from the digital white board Mom and her team spent all day filling with chemical equations for her newest power-enhancing formula. Maybe twenty more minutes, and then I can get back to my test samples.
My stomach rumbles in protest, reminding me that I skipped dinner. I really want that stupid chocolate bar. But since I just used my last quarters, my only hope is that one of the security guards upstairs has change for a ten.
I turn away from the vending machine alcove and start back around the corner to grab my wallet from the lab.
Right before I make the turn, I hear hurried footsteps. Not wanting a repeat of last week’s collision with Dr. Harwood—my favorite jeans still smell like sulfur—I hang back a step.
But the boy who rushes around the corner looks nothing like the balding, old scientist who works nearly as many late nights as I do.
No, this guy is tall and lean, but not too skinny. He’s got major biceps and I can see the outline of some pretty impressive muscles beneath his shirt. Yum. He’s probably about my age or a little older, eighteen or nineteen maybe. And everything about him is shrouded in black—his tee and jeans, his heavy-duty boots, his shoulder-length hair—everything but his eyes.
If we weren’t in superhero central, I’d say he looks like a stereotypical villain.
You’d think with all that darkness, he’d be nothing more than shadow. But he’s all angles: his cheekbones, his jaw, even the collarbones I can see peeking out from the low neckline of his tee. Light seems to reflect off him like moon glow at midnight. Surrounded by all that sculpted darkness, his icy blue irises burn like the hottest flames.
Our gazes collide, and though I know it’s vain, I instantly wish my hair wasn’t pulled back in a messy braid and that I was wearing something—anything—more appealing than my dad’s ratty old 1996 Stanley Cup Champions tee.
Hot guys in the underground lab are few and far between—Who am I kidding? Hot guys in my life are few and far between—so most of my wardrobe choices involve comfort and whether I mind if the garment gets ruined by acid, dye, or any of a million other compounds we work with every day.
If my best friend, Rebel, were here, she’d be doing an I-told-you-so dance because she’s been wanting to give me a makeover forever. That, and she’d already have his number and email address, and they’d be making plans for their date this weekend. Me, I can’t even manage a simple “hello.”
The fact that he’s scowling at me, those dark brows slashing low over those bright eyes, isn’t helping anything.
“The lab is supposed to be empty,” he says.
His voice is flat, but his comment almost feels like an accusation.
“I’m working late,” I answer, trying not to sound defensive. “What are you doing here?”
He lifts an eyebrow. “You’re working in the hall?”
“I needed a break to come get chocolate,” I say, gesturing at the vending machine behind me.
He nods down at my empty hands. “You don’t have any chocolate.”
“That thing hates me. Took my money and kept the candy bar.”
In a graceful movement that looks almost choreographed, Dark-and-Scowly steps around me and up to the greedy machine. He presses his palms to the glass, just like I did. Hey, maybe he has the power to reach through glass. After all, around here pretty much everyone but me has some kind of super ability.
When his hands don’t immediately sink through the surface, I say, “I tried smacking it already. Didn’t work.”
Moving his hands closer to the edge, he curls his fingers around the frame. Then, with his boots braced on the floor, he gives the whole machine a solid shove. The heavy hunk of metal rocks back once, then comes forward, its front legs hitting the tile floor with a sharp thud. On impact, the chocolate bar sails against the glass before falling into the trough below.
He turns to face me, a cocky smile twisting one side of his mouth. “Takes a special touch.”
I duck down and reach through the hinged door to grab the candy bar.
“You’re my hero,” I joke.
He snorts. “Right.”
Mark your calendars, Powerless in PAPERBACK hits shelves May 3rd!
Revenge is easy, but justice is worth fighting for…
Kenna is tired of being lied to—and hunted by the very allies she once trusted. Unearthing the dark secrets of the superhero world has not only endangered her life, now her boyfriend faces execution for crimes he didn’t commit and her mother is being held captive in a secret governmental prison.
Kenna is determined to stand up for what’s right and save those she loves from unspeakable fates. It’s time for the betrayal to end. It’s time for the real criminals to face justice.
But the truth is even more terrifying than Kenna could imagine. A conspiracy threatens the fate of heroes, villains, and all of humanity. If Kenna’s going to survive, she must draw on her deepest strength: her resilience. Because when Kenna’s pushed to the limit, she doesn’t break down. She fights back.
Mark your calendars, Relentless hits shelves June 7th!