April 20, 2018

First Lines Friday

First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Grab your current read(s).
  • Share the first line(s).
  • Include the title and author.

"Someone needs to turn the heat down out there. I'm about to sweat my wig off."

Murder with Macaroni and Cheese by A.L. Herbert

April 19, 2018

She Bad

I don't know what is worse. Not being acknowledged or believed because your pain is invisible, or the world treating pregnancy like it's a handicap. As a migraineur, I have firsthand experience with the former. But I have seen idiotic opinions about new artist Cardi B and her pregnancy. Bad timing, they say. Why did she get knocked up at the height of her career? How will she promote a new album and prepare for the arrival of a baby? 

Why can't women do it all? We are masters of multi-tasking. We are more than capable of giving our full attention to more than one thing at a time. Fine example: as I am typing this blog post, I am going over my To Do list in-my-head, planning tomorrow's outfit and baking banana nut bread. It comes naturally. It's what we, as women, do!

So when our bodies are in a God-given condition to birth life, why are we expected to lie on our backs, feet up? Ironically, the same position that...*loses WiFi signal*

My point is that women are strong enough to handle it all—physically, mentally, personally and professionally. We can totally do everything AT THE SAME TIME. We are valuable. There is a reason why eggs are expensive and sperm is cheap. Put some respect on our gender.


April 18, 2018

Stay with Me

"Besides, what would be left of love without truth stretched beyond its limits, without those better versions of ourselves that we present as the only ones that exist?" ~ pg. 70

Yejide and Akin met and fell in love at university. Even though many expected Akin to follow tradition and take extra wives, the couple decided polygamy was not the right choice for their relationship. Four years into the marriage and several visits to fertility doctors and healers, Yejide is still not pregnant.

Their family shows up unannounced at the doorstep one day with a young woman introduced as Akin's second wife. PLOT TWIST! Riddled with jealousy and completely blindsided, Yejide makes a sacrifice to save her family. Now more than ever is she determined to have a baby. Then it happens! But despite feeling the baby kicking every night, scans repeatedly show the pregnancy is not real. Wayment—stay with me...pun intended.

"The word crackled in my ears, iyale - first wife." ~ pg. 17

I have seen this novel everywhere! All over Instagram, Twitter. Goodreads and book clubs since its release over one year ago. I had to see what all the hype was about. My verdict: *so-so hand gesture* The premise itself was unique to American culture. Surely a second wife would not fly in the States, let alone moving her into the house and planning a baby. In that aspect, I was interested to read details of another culture. Then the story took a confusing turn. Was the first wife's pregnancy real or imagined? I was truly lost yet could not stop reading. Finally, it all came together in a neat odd package.

Title: Stay with Me
Author: Ayobami Adebayo
Published: March 2017
Pages: 231
Edition: eBook
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤


April 17, 2018

Bad Men and Wicked Women

"Like a prisoner, I sat in my mental cell, eyes closed, surrounded by a wall of old memories." ~ 8%

Ken Swift is a complicated man: tangled in romance by day, dangerous enforcer by night. Divorced from one woman, in love with another, in lust with a neighbor, and a strong desire to know a fourth woman. He is haunted by old memories that are suddenly in his face. His daughter Margaux appears out of nowhere demanding a large sum of money. Meanwhile, Ken Swift is actively working a major job that puts his life at risk.

The father-daughter reunion is bittersweet. Ken Swift wants nothing more than to rebuild a relationship and catch up on all he's missed in Margaux's life. But she is concerned with one thing only: getting $50,000 to solve a problem and help secure a future for her unborn child. If she has to blackmail her own father, then so be it.

Looking back on EJD's earlier works, it is evident that he has grown as an author and has a new writing style...a whole different genre actually (sensual thriller). His books were great then and classics now. Reading Bad Women and Wicked Women made me miss the older books: Genevieve, Milk in my Coffee, and Cheaters just to name a few. The lust is still there. The intense passion is magnified. But I miss the relatable characters. The characters in this new novel have little in common with the every day person. But kudos to the book cover that is an eye-catching representation of black art today.

"The eyes can never see their own face." ~ 58%

My main dislike of Bad Men and Wicked Women is the social activism rants disguised as lengthy dialogue. There are whole pages of one character rambling about bits of culture and politics. Yes, there are very good points addressed and topics mentioned that make you think. But it's just too heavy! In fact, it gives the impression that this is EJD spewing his own opinions through the pages of fiction. Perhaps this is the author's way of using his platform to bring awareness. I have come to expect a new EJD novel every April. Sadly, this one has let me down.

Happy Pub Day, Eric Jerome Dickey! Bad Men and Wicked Women is now available.

Disclaimer: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Title: Bad Men and Wicked Women
Author: Eric Jerome Dickey
Published: April 2018
Pages: 384
Edition: Galley
Rating: 🖤 🖤


April 15, 2018

Series Sunday: 17th Suspect

(Women's Murder Club #17) 

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

"I'm connecting the dots this way." ~ pg. 240

My Series Sunday pick is 17th Suspect, the 17th book in the Women's Murder Club series by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. A confidential informant puts all her trust into Sergeant Lindsay Boxer to help catch an unpredictable killer targeting the homeless. Meanwhile, ADA Yuki Castellano brings an unusual case to the courtroom: a man accusing a woman of rape. With the help of Investigative Reporter, Cindy Thomas, and Chief Medical Examiner, Claire Washburn, the dedicated Women's Murder Club come together in the name of justice.

Did this new WMC novel hold my interest? Yes. Did it make me flip the pages? Nope. But somehow I still finished it one lazy day. There was one case in particular that was interesting and I was eager for the outcome. Otherwise, it was just okay. I need something big to happen to one of the main characters that could change the dynamic of the series. That will definitely renew the interest of fans.

17th Suspect is available to the U.S. on April 30, 2018. Reserve your copy with the local library or independent bookstore.

Title: 17th Suspect
Author: James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Published: April 2018
Pages: 286
Edition: UK eBook
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤


April 13, 2018

First Lines Friday

First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Grab your current read(s).
  • Share the first line(s).
  • Include the title and author.

"I still remember the first time I tasted my grandmother's cornbread."

~ Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles by A.L. Herbert

I'm baaaaaaack! Just in time for Mystery & Thriller Week 2018 and Friday the 13th. Nothing like a cozy mystery featuring characters of color and scrumptious soul food!