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Book Review: A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

Title: A Spark of Light

Author: Jodi Picoult

Publication Date: October 2, 2018

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

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Having not read a Jodi Picoult book in a while, picking up this new book, A Spark of Light, let me know why I starting reading her books in the first place. She has a way of making you invest in her characters before you figure out their rights and wrongs. When her characters shock you or are not what you expect, you still can’t help but like, love or hate them, which is the case in A Spark of Light.

This suspense thriller is about an abortion clinic that ends up having a not so happy parent, who feels he should take out his anger on everyone in the clinical upon his arrival. Everything starts happening fast even though as your reading feels like it is happening in slow motion. What makes this book unique is it’s told backwards. It starts at five o’clock in the evening and you take the journey until eight o’clock in the morning. When I first starting reading it I thought this would ruin the story for me but I was wrong.

As the story continues you learn more by the hour about the characters and why they came to this clinical on that day and at that particular time. This makes it easy to fully invest in them and wanting to know how this situation will play out. The characters have different views on the services the clinic offers and you find that some are pro-choice and some are not. It is a well written book that makes you think and feel, which is probably what Picoult set out to do, make people think about abortion, life and how hard the decision would be and also what a teenager or adult woman goes through when having to make said decision.

This was an intense read for me but it was worth the suspense, being on the edge of my seat and learning so much about each individual being affected by one man’s anger. It was a well-researched book, which shows throughout the pages. I believe this is a story that should be told through film. I know I would watch it.

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Book Review: In These Streets by Shelly Ellis

Title: In These Streets

Author Name: Shelly Ellis

Publication Date: November 27, 2018

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

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In These Streets is about three friends being tested by temptation, deception and ambition, which is a recipe for some good reading.

This Urban fiction book has drama and suspense with well-developed characters in  intense situations. Derrick, Ricky and Jamal bring different dynamics to the story, which kept me turning the pages. The characters relationships and interactions with others made me question their intentions until I made it to the third act of the book.

Ricky brings suspense with his close calls and business decisions. Derrick brings drama with the issues he’s having at his job and at home, which causes him to make hard decisions. Jamal’s character irritated me the most because he wasn’t being true to himself, but when you are on a career path and have people whispering in your ear, you have to face things sooner or later. When these friends finally choose to change their paths I was not prepared for the consequences.

Once again Shelly Ellis shares an intriguing story with powerful characters you can’t help wanting to know. The ended of this book will have readers emailing the author to find out when book two will be available, I know am.

*This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

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Book Review: Street Rap by Shaun Sinclair

Title: Street Rap

Author: Shaun Sinclair

Publication Date: September 25, 2018

Genre: Street Lit, Urban Fiction

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

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A dream one friend takes but the other doesn’t because of it fast money.

Reece and Qwess have been friends for a long time but sometimes friendships will be tested. When Qwess is given the opportunity by a record label he believes it is the ticket to get them all out of the game.

This street lit book about friendship, gangs and territory surprised me. I’m not a fan of street lit and haven’t read it in a while but this one actually kept my attention. Street Rap was a wonderful book to introduce me to this author’s writing. The characters were well-developed even though I gravitated towards Qwess. He had the right mentality of wanting to get out of the gang and the game. Reece on the other hand was hot-headed and power-hungry. It seems as if everyone else around him paid for it.

I really enjoyed Street Rap. The interaction between Reece and Qwess, their loyalty but also the hard knock truth you have to tell your friends when they don’t want to hear it. This book was a real display of friendship with consequences and hard decisions.

* This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes only.

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Book Review: Nostrand Avenue by Kenji Jasper

Title: Nostrand Avenue

Author: Kenji Jasper

Publication Date: August 28, 2018

Genre: Urban Fiction

Rating: 3 Stars=Okay Page Turner

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Jamison Watts is a fixer and good at it. He retires to live a simple life until an old friend tells him about a job that peeks his interest. When he faces people from his past his retirement ends.

This urban fiction is about danger, life and survival. It seems Jamison is forced to face his past to find out who wants him dead. The descriptions throughout the book we’re done well. I can visualize the scenes, but missed the connection with the characters. The story is told in second person, which made it hard to invest in the story. I wanted Jamison to tell me the story. The narrator telling him what he did or didn’t do and who he encountered or didn’t encounter ruined it for me.

I believe Nostrand Avenue was not the best introduction to this author’s writing for me. I will try more of his work since I’ve heard great things about his books.

*This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes only.