Thursday, July 21, 2011

Review - Sweet Fire by Pat MacEnulty


From Goodreads:

"While most people Trish's age are listening to Led Zeppelin and watching Starsky and Hutch on TV, Trish spends the 1970s stealing and cheating to score. Heroin, pharmaceuticals, whatever's available. She travels from Florida to California and Mexico, hustling all the way, and always in the company of the wrong kind of men, whom she attracts wherever she goes. There's not a rehab unit in the country that hasn't thrown her out at least once." With her habit spiralling out of control, it won't be long before Trish hits rock bottom. How low will Trish have to go before she can find the courage to fight her way free of her spiral of self-destruction?

My Thoughts:

I genuinely liked Trish in this fictional novel that reads like a memoir. Trish becomes addicted to heroin at a young age, and by the time she turns nineteen, she is in prison.

Trish's life is a difficult one. She grows up without a father, and always wonders who and where he is. Her mom is a composer and concert violinist, and travels all over the country. Trish is particularly close to her older brother. But when he leaves home, she is on her own. As Trish begins to come-of-age, she takes up with a different crowd, and happens to find the one thing that makes her life a little less painful....a sweet blissful escape....drugs.

I couldn't put this book down, and hated to do so when my lunch hour was up, or it was time to go to bed. Pat writes with her heart, and I believe that Sweet Fire is loosely based on her life, growing up in Jacksonville, FL.

I have one of her other novels waiting for me on my TBR shelf, and I can't wait to get started on it.



  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852424559
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852424558

Friday, July 15, 2011

About Me

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Pretty Little Things by Jillian Hoffman


From Goodreads:

Special Agent Bobby Dees knows what grief feels like. He understands the pain of losing a child. And he'll do whatever he can to prevent it from happening again. The phone call that comes on a Sunday morning will take him away from his insular world of grief and sleepless nights - and into a far darker place. A young girl, Elaine Emerson, has gone missing and only Dees has a chance of finding her.It seems that Elaine was last seen waiting to meet her boyfriend - a mysterious figure she met secretly on the internet, who goes by the name of "El Capitan", and whose reality is as cruel and chilling as the worst thing Dees can imagine.


My Thoughts:

I loved Retribution and Last Witness....Pretty Little Things rates right up there with them. I finished this book in 2 days, was unable to put it down. Fast-paced and daring, it kept me guessing until the very end. I love Jillian Hoffman's writing, and I look forward to reading many more of her novels... I hope that she keeps them coming!



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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown


There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, or homelessness.
Cupcake Brown survived all these things before she'd even turned twenty.
And that's when things got interesting.




MY THOUGHTS:



The story started out good, but less than halfway through, I felt myself beginning to get angry. Especially reading the parts about Cup and her husband charging up thousands of dollars on credit cards, with no intention of ever paying them. Then, Cup gets a job as a legal secretary, lies on her resume, treats everyone at her workplace like crap...I lost every bit of sympathy I had for this girl who lost her mom so young, and spent years in foster home abuse. I stuck it out and finished the book, but I was not impressed with her going back to school and making something of herself. For so much of the book she treated people terribly....It can't all be neatly wrapped up in the end with a happily ever after.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

WINNER OF AFTER RIVER!!!



Random.org has chosen a winner for my After River Giveaway!!!

GWENDOLYN
is the winner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!

I have sent an email to Gwendolyn. If she does not respond within 24 hours, I will choose another winner.

Thanks to all who participated ~ More giveaways will be coming up soon, so stay tuned!

~Happy Reading~






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