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It’s 1993. Kim Ho wishes she were Courtney Love, instead of the chubby 16-year-old who clashes with her traditional Chinese parents. Her very own Kurt Cobain arrives in the form of Kevin, a 26-year-old failed musician. But Kevin uses Kim’s rock-star dreams to exploit her, and those dreams die along with the real Kurt Cobain.Too scared to tell anyone, Kim conjures up a cross-dressing imaginary friend and dates Walter Riordan, the cute boy from special-ed. Walter helps her recover, but after a joke snowballs into a plot to murder Kevin, Kim’s forced to choose between revenge or her sanity. This is a truly daring and original coming-of-age novel about one girl’s quest to reclaim her power from those who’ve stolen it.
Oh the 90′s…mine are full of good memories from high school, new and different music and “What were we thinking??” clothes. Flannel shirts, Hyper Color clothing, neon colors, and Doc Martins were all the rage. One of the things I loved most about this novel was that I could relate. I was the same age as Kim is in the story and I could remember all the highs and lows from first loves, fights with friends, and feeling like my parents just didn’t understand me most of the time.
Miss World is a gritty, lay it all out there, nothing held back novel. I read it in a few hours because I was so caught up in the story that I had a hard time pulling myself away for even a minute. Randi Black has written a no holds barred account of teenage life. Miss World is not for someone looking for that ray of sunshine after the storm. It is profane and violent and sexual all wrapped up in a messy package. That’s not saying the book or writing is messy, not by any means. Only that the main character Kim has ALOT on her plate throughout the entire story. From meeting Kevin, a disgusting pig, at shady motels, to STD’s, to an imaginary friend who likes to eat lollipops and wear dresses.
Teenage Kim is who she is, and it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks or says. Her parents do not get her at all, not her love of music, her dreams for the future, or how she likes to dress. I won’t pretend I understand or have any kind of knowledge of Chinese culture but man she had it harder than I did, and I grew up in a strict household with a father that was a cop! For example, I don’t understand how her mother can condone her, beat on her, make her feel like she is nothing then the next she is buying her things, rewarding her. Kim figures out how to play the game, what her parents want to hear, just to get them off her back.
Looking for love and acceptance in all the wrong places. Making bad decision after bad decision. Covering a lie with another lie. The only person who truly loves her is Walter, her “special-ed boyfriend”. But every family has skeleton’s in their closet and the outing of those hidden secrets was my favorite part of the whole book! I wanted to reach into the pages, point my finger in Kim’s Evil Aunt Tai’s face and laugh. Evil laugh right in her face.
The F-bomb is dropped repeatedly, there is sex and violence. I will NOT let my 13 year old step-daughter read this book. But I highly recommend it. It will be one of my top ten favorite reads for 2012. I will read it again. I will read the sequel that is set to be released in 2013, too far away if you ask me. I want it NOW! All things taboo aside, it took me back to a special time in my life that even though we see some trends from the 90′s reappearing now, no one will understand what it was like to live through as a teenager unless they were there. So thank you Randi Black. Thank you for writing such a graphic novel that I loved every minute of, through Kim’s smiles and tears.
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It was the adventure of a life time. In an obscure marina off the shores of Maryland a schooner unlike any other ever built was discovered. Dorian and Diana Coe purchased the schooner and sailed from the shores of tranquility into the bowels of hell itself.
Prurient tales of suicide, murder, and the disappearance of an entire crew were hand written within the ship’s logs.
On her decks sailed a well seasoned Captain and crew that never knew the schooner’s shadowed past. The new owners ignored the words of men with integrity and sailed the Black Witch in the Spring of 1935.
Into the realms of illusion and pure evil the ship and its compliment sailed never knowing the fate awaiting them!
“She holds you like a whore in the night, but she’ll take your soul and not think twice.”
Yeah, The Black Witch is that and much more. Not my usual…well ‘thing’ I guess you could say (I love paranormal, horror type reads but know nothing of sailing) I was greatly pleased with what was within the pages of this novel. When Dorian Coe first set his eyes on The Black Witch, he knew in his heart that he must have her. Right then and there, Dorian is willing to give up his house, business, and everything he has to set sail along with his wife and friends. Nothing is as it seems and this ship holds a very dark and disturbing past. Not to mention that Evil itself is aboard and soon, in some way or another, takes over everyone on board. Set in the 1930′s what was thought to be a grand sailing trip turns deadly as the unexpected happens time and time again. One lesson to remember…when an old sailor gives you a warning, you ought to listen!
A dark tale of good vs. evil, The Black Witch will suck you right in and spit you out at the end. Greed, murder, selfishness but also a tale of hope and faith. Author Micheal Rivers has done an outstanding job and will have you feeling like you are right there on the ship, in the story. Highly recommended!
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In his confession, Ben McCloud told Detective Chief Inspector John Walker about the four murders that took place at Black Hill Farm. But what about the others? There are two sides to every story and this is Andy’s.
First…please please please make sure you read Black Hill Farm first. Nothing in this story will make any sense to you if you don’t. Second…WOW! I had been waiting “patiently” for this one to come out for the last few weeks, after I had finished BHF and it was worth every second. It took me less than 24 hours to finish it as I couldn’t put it down. I own a Nook but have the Kindle app on my phone and computer so I could read BHF (it is only available for Kindle) so when I wasn’t reading BHF: Andy’s Diary (or as I like to call it BHF2) on my laptop, I was reading on my phone. It answered so many questions I had from the first one and had me on the edge of my seat from the beginning. Even after only reading page one I knew this was going to be a great book and through no part of it was I disappointed or let down. The twists and turns had me trying to read faster because I couldn’t wait to find out what was next fast enough. I “had a feeling” about the ending but wasn’t sure by any means but the conclusion was, well, just AWESOME! Didn’t see it coming and just kept thinking “WHAT???” in my head. As much as I loved BHF and BHF2 I think it ended just as it should have, and both stories told the stories perfectly. Only regret? I didn’t read slower because I didn’t want it to end ;) Well done once again Tim!!!! It was well worth the wait and I will definitely be re-reading these books again sometime. This is an amazing author and I can’t wait to read more of his work!
To read more follow this link : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11386921-black-hill-farm
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Detective Chief Inspector John Walker hasn’t a suspect or motive for the murders at Black Hill Farm. That is until sixteen-year-old Benjamin McCloud walks into Beechers Hope Police Station, asking to be arrested for the killings. During twelve police interviews, Benjamin gives a disturbing confession about his relationship with Andrea and how his love for her became a dangerous obsession.
Finding themselves alone on a remote farm and desperate to stay together, Benjamin and Andrea’s world spirals out of control. And as they fight for survival, every step they take leads them into an ever darker world of deceit, blackmail, and murder.
A dark romance for young adults recommend for sixteen-year-olds and over.
I had seen an ad on Facebook for this book and just the title drew me in. I read the description on Goodreads and added it to my to-read list. Right off the bat I was so engrossed, sucked in to the story that I didn’t want to put it down. This book was written from the perspective of the Detective and his notes of the interview with the suspect, and I actually really enjoyed it that way. It was the complete opposite from any other book that I had read. As the Suspect is telling his story there is enough detail that it left nothing to wonder and I could picture it all in my mind as I was reading. I don’t like to spoil a good book for anyone but I have to admit that I had a feeling about one of the characters but once I got to almost the end of the book I was half right and half wrong about that certain person. The ending through me for a complete loop where I was screaming what just happened here (but in a really good way) I didn’t see it coming at all and was actually kind of sad the book was over. Tim O’Rourke has a new fan. I hope his other book “Zachary Black & The Doorways To Endra” is just as good as “Black Hill Farm” was and look forward to new books from him. As much as I wanted to give this book 5 stars, I couldn’t because of a few (and trust me it’s not many) spelling errors, which I seem to notice a lot of e-books have.
Overall, well done Tim! Thank you for a great, odd story!
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