July 28, 2017

Literary Marie is on Holiday

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

First Lines Friday

First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Revision. 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 am squeezed into my push-up bra and sparkly, ill-fitting dress. I've got the requisite sixteen coats of waterproof mascara, black eyeliner, and salmon-colored streaks of hastily applied self-tanner drying down the side of my neck. I'm sucking in my stomach, I've taken thirty-seven Imodium in case my irritable bowels have an adverse reaction to the bag of tacos I hid in my purse and ate in the bathroom while no one was looking, and I have been listening to Katy Perry really, really loudly in the limo on the way over here. I'm about to crush a beer can on my forehead. LET'S DO THIS, BRO."

~ We are Never Meeting in Real Life. by Samantha Irby

July 25, 2017

Marita: The Spy Who Loved Castro

"Was I close to them? Yes, but I was always on the edge of things." ~ pg. 97

A little bit of history? True life scandal? Spy story featuring well-known people? CIA? A party girl with Mafia ties? This is too much! But count me in for the advanced copy of Marita: The Spy Who Loved Castro. I love a good espionage memoir.

Ilona Marita Lorenz was born in Germany just days before WWII started. It could have been an indication of her rough life to come. She was incarcerated in a Nazi concentration camp as a child. Her father was often on the sea. When Marita got older, she was allowed to join him. It was on one of those voyages that she met and fell in love with thee Fidel Castro at first sight. Fast forward and she fled to the United States, where she was recruited to help assassinate Castro and later testified about JFK's assassination.

"Unreliable witness." ~ pg. 4

Have you ever got the sense that the narrator isn't the most credible? Or that there are mayjah parts of the story that are unsaid? Hmmm, I am not sure if I believe everything Marita "reveals" in this book. At best, I understand there are two sides to every story and hers needs more people for me to believe it all. Too many side-eyes, holes, and outlandish memories.

On the other hand, I was gripped from the first lines. Marita has a way of weaving a tale that will grab readers from the beginning. My jaw permanently dropped by end of chapter two. Whether it was embellished truth or not is not my call. But a page-turner this is!

Happy Early Pub Day! Marita will be available Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

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 honestly my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Title: Marita: The Spy Who Loved Castro
Author: Marita Lorenz
Published: September 2017
Pages: 177
Edition: Galley
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤

July 23, 2017

Sistah Speak Sunday: 2nd Annual Family Reunion & Con of Thrones Recap

(Sistah Speak Conversations) 

Sistah Speak Sunday is a new meme hosted by Sistah LM. I encourage all of my fellow podcast hosts to play along.
  • Listen to an episode of a podcast series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the podcast title and episode info.

You think our podcasts are long ass? How about six (6) full hours of Food, Happy Hours Drinks,
Dancing, Spades Tournament, Cards Against Humanity, Belly Dancing, Raffles, Swag Bags, Custom Banners made by Gabby's Originals, Sexy Service Staff, Photo Booth Fun, Special Music Playlist and the Sistah Speak Nation (our podcast listeners from literally all over the world). This was our show of appreciation. And now you can listen to our recap in the longest podcast ever eva!

The Sistahs and Nation recap the 2nd Annual Sistah Speak Family Reunion, our Game of Thrones from a Sistah's Point of View panel at Con of Thrones 2017 in Nashville, and the infamous fuckery known as the Hot Chicken Debacle. So grab your favorite adult beverage and snack, click the link below and be entertained for 7+ hours!

Podcast: 2017 Sistah Speak Family Reunion & Con of Thrones Recap
Co-Hosts: Sistah A, Sistah J, Sistah K and Sistah LM
Date: July 20, 2017
Time: 7 Hours, 10 Minutes

July 21, 2017

First Lines Friday

First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Revision. 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.

"Of course I held the key."

~ The Fifth of July by Kelly Simmons 

July 20, 2017

Tender Wings of Desire

"He looks like a vanilla biscuit." ~ 2%

I have my Twitter bookhearts to thank for bringing this novella to my attention. I immediately downloaded for comedy purposes. But to my surprise, the synopsis actually sounded okay. Lady Madeline Parker is perfectly happy with being a spinster all her life. She has no dreams to marry well. So of course she runs away from a loveless arranged marriage. Looking for anything but love, she runs into the arms of a handsome sailer named Harland.

I didn't have high hopes for a Colonel Sanders novella. But I was most disappointed not by the storyline or characters, but for the lack of fried chicken references! For goodness sakes—the title is Tender Wings of Desire. 🗣 THERE IS A BUCKET OF FRIED CHICKEN ON. THE. COVER! But nann mention of a chicken wing, thigh or breast in the whole book. I was really looking forward to reading some chicken love.

Title: Tender Wings of Desire
Author: Harland Sanders
Published: May 2017
Pages: 96
Edition: eBook
Challenge: Popsugar—A Book About Food
Rating: 🖤 🖤

July 19, 2017

The Story of Big Brother

So I can't get one season...🗣ONE GOTDAMN SEASON of Big Brother US without racism, production interference and a highly manipulated cast of houseguests?

There was a time when my short-term goals were to compete for half of a million dollars on Big Brother. Every season I would download the long ass application, attempt to complete it and provide references. I even contacted previous HGs for tips.

But in most recent seasons, it has become apparent that casting has their own agenda. Still Big Brother.