{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} Barren by Elizabeth Miceli

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Barren by Elizabeth Miceli

Publication Date October 6th 2015

Publisher Swoon Romance

*** PUBLISHER’S ALERT: MATURE CONTENT WARNING ***

Recommended for ages 16+. Includes scenes that depict drug use, teen sex, and sexual assault.

This book contains mature content and depiction of a seventeen-year-old girl’s rape at the hands of another student. It is a chilling first person point of view account of something that occurs across the country at parties just like the one depicted in this story, and we wanted the fictional account to feel raw and as devastating. We also understand that these scenes may be difficult and uncomfortable for some. We recommend this novel for readers ages sixteen and older.

“I cried, praying for him to finish. I closed my eyes and tried to envision myself somewhere else… somewhere where I was happy. I thought of my family all piled around our tree on Christmas morning. I thought of singing with my band. I thought of Caitlin and me baking cookies and watching movies together. But after just a few seconds of pretending, Mike would hit me or thrust deeper, and I would be back in reality. I was being raped. I was all alone. I was a damsel in distress. And there was no one there to save me.”

Seventeen-year-old Stacey Lorenzo’s poor self-esteem has always consumed her. When her significant weight loss leaves her still feeling powerless- and with an eating disorder- she turns to partying to cope. This only makes matters worse because at a party she is raped, which leaves her psyche at an all-time low. Stacey drugs, cuts, and hooks up with countless guys in an attempt to find herself. But if Stacey doesn’t find a way to face her demons and overcome her fears, she might find herself in a hole so dark, even love won’t be able to pull her out.

Barren is written by debut author Elizabeth Miceli. It is a devastating and dark account of one girl’s plummet to the very bottom of the human experience and the horrific and petrifying road to recovery and self-worth.


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Shetani’s Sister by Iceberg Slim

24438325Publication August 4th 2015 by Vintage / Knopf

Adult, Street Literature, Crime, Prostitution, Drugs

eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss

My rating 4 Stars

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From the multi-million copy master of vernacular black literature and pioneeer of hip hop culture, a masterpiece of crime fiction set in Los Angeles’ meanest, toughest streets.

Here is the newly discovered novel by Iceberg Slim, the creator and undisputed master of African-American “street literature,” a man who profoundly influenced hip hop and rap culture and probably has sold more books than any other black American author of the twentieth century (not that he saw the royalties from those sales). In many ways Iceberg Slim’s most mature fictional work, Shetani’s Sister relates, in taut, evocative vernacular torn straight from the street corner, the deadly duel between two complex anitheroes: Sergeant Russell Rucker, an LAPD vice detective attempting to clean up street prostitution and police corruption, and Shetani (Swahili for Satan), a veteran master pimp who controls his stable of whores with violence and daily doses of heroin.

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ARC Review: Being Emerald by Sylvia Ryan

Content Warning: Contains explicit sexual language and content, m/f, and elements of BDSM that may be objectionable to some readers.

 

23450183Release Date: March 31st, 2015

Publisher: KENSINGTON

Series: New Atlanta #3

Genres:  New -Adult/Science-Fiction/Dystopia/Erotica/BDSM/Romance

Format: Digital ARC

Source: Publisher via Netgalley

My Rating: 4 Stars

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Brave, beautiful, and not easily controlled—even within a dictatorship—Laila Lewis has finally attained the prestige of an Emerald designation. Now only one thing is keeping her from her life’s goal of retrieving the Declaration of Independence and other priceless artifacts from the wild unknown of the Onyx Zone: the six weeks of training necessary to ensure her survival outside the city walls. But she won’t be going it alone.

After a year as a designated Emerald, rugged, sensual ex-cop Rock Rodgers is finally prepared to leave New Atlanta for good. Six weeks of training is the only thing standing between him and his next mission: to disappear into the freedom of the Onyx Zone where the long-armed rule of the Gov can’t reach him. But when the chemistry between him and Laila reaches a boiling point, with captivity just one false move away, will he have to escape on his own—or risk everything for a woman more tempting than freedom.

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ARC Review: Virgin by Radhika Sanghani

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 Release Date: August 5, 2014

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Genres: New Adult Contemporary/ Humor/Romance

Format: eGalley (304 pages)

Source: Publisher via Net Galley

Rating: 4 Stars

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DESCRIPTION

 Okay, I admit it…I didn’t do it.

Yet.

This is normal, right?  I mean, just because everyone I know has talked like they’ve already done it doesn’t mean that they’re telling the truth…right?

It’s not like I’m asking for that much. I don’t need the perfect guy. I don’t need candlelight or roses. Honestly, I don’t even need a real bed.

The guys I know complain that girls are always looking for Mr. Right—do I have to wear a sign that says I’m only looking for Mr. Right Now?

Sooooo…anyone out there want sex? Anyone? Hello? Just for fun?

I am not going to die a virgin. One way or another I am going to make this happen.

Hey, what have I got to lose? Besides the obvious.

REVIEW

Ellie, the 21 year old virgin. She is desperately trying to lose her v-card by any means necessary. If it means going to a pub and jumping some stranger’s bones, then Ellie is all for it. Okay, not really. Not after having a fight with her best friend, will she be so careless anymore.

This book is basically for women, in my opinion. Men can read it as well if they want to know all the things that goes on with women in terms of their vagina. It’s like an ode to girls everywhere, who has ever wondered about the workings and maintenance of their vagina. From shaving mishaps to masturbation, this book gives you some insight on some of the things that most people are too ashamed to talk about. It’s funny, but so real that I couldn’t put it down.

In the beginning, Ellie got on my nerves with all the whining about her being a 21 year old virgin, and how she’s the only girl on campus who hasn’t lost it. Then, there’s the B-job debacle. Yes, that’s right, blow job. Only it wasn’t quite that and it scarred Ellie for life. I couldn’t stop laughing when I read that part. Let’s just say that the B doesn’t stand for blow. This is a hilarious book. It’s also very insightful and full of great details about female genitals. It’s not written in a derogatory way, which is a good thing. I definitely recommend this book to the woman who isn’t afraid to admit that it’s not all sunshine and rainbows when it comes to our bodies.

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