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No new review this week!1!1!

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Did the world stop yesterday?!?! There was no new review!

“But it was Tuesday yesterday!” you say

I know, I know and I’m so sorry. I’m in the middle of moving and I haven’t even finished reading a book in the past week. Hopefully we’ll be back on schedule next week.

A Dark Dividing

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A Dark Dividing by is Sarah Rayne is a gothic mystery spanning over 80 years.  It has a multiple POV, which jumps back and forth though time. The book introduces us to Henry, a down on his luck reporter to do an in depth article on a photographer, Simone Anderson. Henry’s article isn’t on her photography though but on her twin sister and mysterious mother.

The most interesting character was Charlotte, if the whole book had been about her I would have loved it. None of the people are really the main characters, its Mortmain House, an old workhouse and orphanage. All of the characters end up here at one point or another.  The scenes in Mortmain house are supposed to be most suspenseful and scariest but they just didn’t quite cut it.

It starts out strong but about halfway through I was just waiting for it to end. The last 50 or so pages drew me back in. There is supposed to be some horror in the story but when it appears it’s pretty mild. I’m disappointed I didn’t like this book more. It had great potential but it really couldn’t hold my attention.  This was the first book I’ve ever read by Sarah Rayne so I think I’ll give her another chance.

 

Trigger Warnings:

Slurs

Child Molestation

Rape

Sexual Assault

Does it pass the Bechdel test?

Yes

Final Rating:

gold-star (1)gold-star (1)gold-star (1)

 

 

 

 

Redefining Realness

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Redefining Realness by Janet Mock is a memoir about Janet discovering and living her truth. For Mock this truth is that she’s trans* but that is not all that defines her. Unfortunately while Mock has many traits the one that she had the hardest time to come to terms with was her gender.

“I often say I always knew I was a girl since the age of three or four, a time when I began cataloging my memories. No one-not my mother, my grandmother, my father or my siblings- gave me any reason to believe that I was anything other than my parents’ firstborn son, my father’s namesake. But it was my very first conviction, the first thing I grew certain of as a young person. When I say I always knew I was a girl with such certainty, I erase all the nuances, the work, the process of self-discovery. I’ve adapted I always knew I was a girl as a defense against the louder world, which has told me-ever since I left Mom’s body in that pink hospital atop a hill in Honolulu- that my girlhood was imaginary, something made up that needed to be fixed” (pg 16)

This quote replayed in my head all day after I read it. I can’t even begin to imagine needing to edit part of your story so it fits better with the current accepted narrative.  When Mock first meets her boyfriend she can’t believe how easy he talks about his past. She marvels at it, and wonders what it would be like to just be able to talk about it without fear of rejection.

Mock takes the reader through her journey starting when she is a young boy in Hawaii to living her truth in New York and finding the love of her life.  She doesn’t gloss over any part of her journey which makes for a heart wrenching and inspiring tale.

Mock’s story of triumph is all too rare, most trans people aren’t this lucky. Want a scary statistic? Mocks group is the one most liking to be prayed on, abused and murdered. Can you imagine living your life knowing you’re one wrong person away from being killed and most people wouldn’t fault them for killing you? The life that these woman are forced to live is shameful. The fact that we have and continue to allow any group of people to face this kind of hate on a daily basis is despicable.

This book has been on my to read list for so long and I don’t know why I waited.  This book makes me want to run down a crowded street and yell at everyone to read it.  

Trigger Warnings:

Child Abuse

Child molestation

Does it pass the Bechdel test?

N/A

*any and all description terms I use in this review are Mock’s. This review is about Mock’s story, not my white, cis one.

Final Rating:

gold-star (1)gold-star (1)gold-star (1)gold-star (1)gold-star (1)

After Dark

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After Dark by Jayne Castle is advertised as a romance, fantasy, mystery book.  I love fantasy books but this one was the pits. The main character Lydia is trying to put her life back together after a bad experience in an alien tomb. She lost her job at the university and is now a private contractor working to help people find artifacts for their private collections.

This claims to be the first book in the series but if that’s the case the world building sucked. It took me about half the book to find out that the humans were the alien species on the planet.  From what I could gather that humans journeyed (maybe on a spaceship?) to the planet, Harmony, through what was referred to as a curtain.  Humans carved out a place on the planet and while they were doing that the curtain closed and they were forever separated from Earth. If someone has read this series and knows if any of this is even close to understanding the world please let me know. Even though this book was awful I may just read the next the book to see if I understood the world even a little bit.

The story starts with Lydia and her first client Emmett discovering a dead body. The body turns out to be Lydia’s friend Chester.  Thus starting the kind of crappy, really not well thought out mystery or romance.

Emmett is super rich and he’s handsome to boot! But even though he wants for nothing he doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty. That’s right ladies if you need help painting your wall and Emmett shows up in a nice suit he’ll just grab a paintbrush and start helping! He also just decides to fix things in Lydia’s life without her asking (ex. Lock on building). But there is one problem… HE IS A GHOST HUNTER AND LYDIA HATES THOSE! Lydia spends a lot of time saying she hates them and making assumptions about them and then Emmett gets annoyed. Does Lydia figure out that she should stop doing this? Nope, which is super weird considering before her incident she was a well published academic.

Emmett also suffers from the condition that most male leads in romance novels have, that he keeps secrets from Lydia. If you think that sounds kind of dumb, you don’t understand, he knows what’s going on. Since he knows what’s going on he continually tries to explain to Lydia that she’s not safe and he needs to fire her. Why? BECAUSE HE KNOWS WHATS GOING ON! Lydia is just going to get hurt and even though he repeatedly says that he knows she’s not fragile he keeps trying to decide whats best for her.

The repetitive nature of Castel’s writing frequently made me groan. Miss what someone said because you were too busy rolling your eyes? Don’t worry it’ll probably be mentioned again in the next page and a half or so.

Also why do people who write books that take place in the future do weird things to what they call marriage? In this book you could have one marriage for no kids and another for if you were having kids. But if you wanted to have kids and you were in a no kid marriage you had to dissolve your first one and get remarried. THIS DOESN’T MAKE SENSE! Why would a society do that? Why? This is just Castle trying to show how “weird” and “different” the future is without really putting any effort into it. It’s just lazy. This reminded me a lot of J.D Robb (Nora Roberts) In Death series, if you like those books then this series is for you.

Trigger Warnings:

No known

Does it pass the Bechdel test?

Yes

Final Rating:

gold-star (1)gold-star (1)