4 out of 5 Stars
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Bridge 108 is a dystopian drama that expertly tells the story of teenaged refugee as seen through multiple perspectives. Bridge 108 had several things going for it: the plot was interesting, and there was a full cast of characters, which helped keep the story feeling lively. And there are also some interesting twists (some of which I wish had been better fleshed out). I was mostly captivated from start to end, though the beginning felt like it could have been slightly condensed while the ending felt a little rushed. Though I particularly enjoyed the different characters’ perspectives and the central issues of immigration and trafficking, there were times when the plot meandered. This is an interesting read, about a world which feels like a believable near future.
4.5 out of 5 stars
Cut to the Chase: American Neolithic is a dystopian science-fiction novel full of political satire and dark humor. In a world where the Homeland Police has unlimited legal jurisdiction over all national security and creationism is widely promoted by the government, Blingbling, a present-day Neanderthal who’s a professional musician, is charged for the murder of fellow hip-hop artist Galileo. Raleigh, Blingbling’s criminal defense lawyer, faces a massive problem when he realizes Blingbling is not entirely human. Terence Hawkins’s prose has a sharp wit and themes of trust and loyalty all combined in an eccentric, unique story that is part thriller, part courtroom drama.
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3.5 stars out of 5
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Francesca brings us along with her into the journey of how Cartier, a small family jewelry business transforms into what it is today-an extremely admired jewelry firm over the globe. She brings us through each generation, from Louis Francois Carter to Jean Jacques Cartier, her own grandfather. Through all of these generations, she emphasizes the importance of uniqueness, forward thinking, family, and hard work that Cartier truly represents. The work is textbook-like in its dedication to detail, and can be a bit overwhelming for those less interested in jewelry.
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3 out of 5 stars
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Hebets emphasizes the importance of a YOU-centric business — a business that always prioritizes the customer’s needs — and gives examples of how companies (like Patagonia) utilize this model while providing useful tips for aspiring business leaders. Though it’s of interest to anyone in the business world, smaller and/or newer business owners (particularly those in the fitness industry, where many of her examples come from) might find her advice most helpful. I learned a handful of useful techniques that have applications outside business and found it to be, overall, an enjoyable, relaxing, and a somewhat informative read.
2.5 out of 5 stars
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I wanted to like this book. I tried to like this book. I even actually liked parts of this book. Yet ultimately, I found it slow and a bit difficult to finish, which is sad considering how much of the set-up is great. You’ve got your anxious bookworm of a protagonist (see: Bridget Jones meets every romance heroine ever) who’s going through quite a few life changes (finding out the father she never knew has died and left her with a family and possibly something else in a to-be-read-later will) and of course, there’s hot hero in the background. Parts of this book were absolutely adorable, and there’s quite a bit of fun pop culture, but parts of it felt almost painfully cliche and though there’s a very, very well-written part buried about 3/4 in, I ultimately can’t quite recommend this.
4 out of 5 stars
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Creative, artistically drawn story that is also deeply flawed. The hook is amazing: first-person narrator is a silverback who’s the main attraction at the top of a mall)… but the pacing of the book is definitely a bit off. The beginning (though interesting) is far too drawn out, not sure what the middle really is, and the end feels both too rushed and also somehow, not necessarily drawn out enough. The characters are interesting and the story is definitely a moving one. Parts of the writing are wonderful… but again, the story as a whole is weighted down by its flaws, keeping it from being a truly 5-star read.
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Moving forward, we’re only going to have one regular poster, Aidyra, though some of our other past reviewers will probably still post occasional guest posts!
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2 out of 5 stars
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This is a quick read with a convoluted story. The protagonist, Kimberly, has just graduated from college and is off to New York City to work in the fashion industry. In many ways, this is a coming of age story, as Kimberly navigates the big city and adult issues such as sex (and the results thereof), living alone, major career choices, and dealing with people who may be considered insane. However, the twists and turns of the plot keep the reader busy trying to navigate the implausible sequence of events. You may be interested in this book if you want something quick to read that explores a version of life that does not seem to be quite possible. Perhaps it is meant to be a book that helps us escape from reality, but if so, I’d rather stay in reality.