Fly on the Wall by Trista Russell Book Review

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Synopsis

Paige is a 32-year-old English teacher who develops an intimate relationship with her student Theodore Lakewood. Theodore aka Theo is a senior at West Dade Senior High and the star basketball player at the school. Everything is going well between the two until their secret gets spread around.

The Review Begins…

Fly on the wall has comedic, sexual, and drama-filled scenes throughout the book. The combination of the three makes the book very entertaining. When you read the first page of the book it immediately draws you into the book. There weren’t any dull moments in the book. That’s exactly why I love reading urban fiction books they always keep you on your toes. I like how the author included funny parts from “The Fly” in the story. Even though I’m against teachers and students having relationships with each other intimately. This novel makes you think that what if this is how situations like that play out in real life. One random thing I want to mention is how there was a scene in the book that made me realize that the song “Rock the Boat” by Aaliyah is a sexual song. I was in shock lol. Anyways, let me get back on track with this book review.

Towards the end of the book things got pretty intense. The truth really starts to unravel. There’s a unexpected twist that will have to in shock.

Characters

Honestly, I didn’t have any favorite characters in this novel. It’s not that I didn’t like any of the characters. I just didn’t connect to any of them personally. Every character in the novel had unique personalities. They remind me of every day you are around all the time.

Paige: A very intelligent woman. The only thing that annoys me about her is the decisions she makes when it comes to the relationships she’s in or starts to develop. Especially when she fools around with her ex-husband Craig. After all that bull he put her through there are times she still lets him get his way. I understand how she still loves him in a way but he should be the last person she should want to mess around with. She shouldn’t want his dirty dick ūü§ģ. Another thing I want to mention is the fact that she isn’t as careful as she wants to be when messing around with Theo. He had her head in the clouds. One thing I can admit is that at least Theo was 18 though so he’s legal.

Theo: Man Theo was definitely mature for his age. I can see why Paige end up attracted to him. He can sweep a girl off their feet. He’s good at reading women too. That’s sexy and dangerous at the same time to me lol. I must admit he’s a smart kid. Paige got him pussy whip.

Eva Lakewood: She’s Theo mother. You can tell how supportive she is as a mother when it comes to his future with basketball. One thing I am surprise about is how you didn’t realize what was going on with Paige and Theo. Yes, of course she worked a lot. Usually parents still dig deep for clues when strange things are going on with their children. I guess she wasn’t focus enough to put two and two together as things were going on.

The Fly: Including the fly in pieces of the book was funny. Basically the fly is the one who tells the “real” story of what happen between Paige and Theo. Having the fly in the story is like watching a movie then it pauses so the narrator can come in and give you some background on what’s really going on. The fly brought some entertainment to the novel too.

Toni: She’s Paige best friend. I love how she keeps it real with Paige. Especially when it comes to stuff about Craig. There are times when I believe she can come off as a little judgmental. I don’t care for her husband Marcus because he was overly obsessed with the swinger situation. Marcus acts like he doesn’t respect her as his wife either. I don’t blame Toni for being mad at him about the situation that happen with Tara and Jamal.

Craig: I don’t have any respect for him. He’s so arrogant too. This man is the attractive asshole that you wish you would’ve never had feelings for. It’s funny how his feelings get hurt when his ego is bruised.

Trese: This little ghetto heffa played herself when it came to being involved with Theo. Too bad Theo wasn’t a fool for her. In a way, I feel bad for her because of the environment she grew up in which I believe influences her decisions on the things that she does. She better be glad Theo didn’t knock her upside her head cause she was outta pocket (disrespectful) sometimes.

Doran: Now I’m not going to tell the shocking truth about this man because that would be spoiling the story. For a minute he had me fooled. This man is something else. All I’m going to say is he’s someone that you probably shouldn’t trust.

Will: He’s Theo best friend. I’m surprise he didn’t figure out quickly what was going on between Theo and Paige. Even though he was one of the main characters in the book. He showed up every now and then.

Even though it took me foreverrrr to finish this book. I really enjoyed it. This novel deserves 5/5 stars. The author put a lot of effort into this story to make it good!! I will be reading more of Trista Russell books.

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Deadly Phine: A Tale of Urban Terror Book Review

Before I start this book review I want to thank Darrell King for giving me the opportunity to read and review his book. In this book review, it has a few spoilers. Continue reading if you don’t mind reading the spoilers…

Synopsis

Valentino is a drug lord who has HIV/AIDS with the goal of spreading the virus throughout the inner city. He does this to help with the government secret organization (the Illuminati) to reduce America’s black community. Valentino is the perfect guy to do this job. Women can’t resist him, and he¬†doesn’t care about spreading the deadly virus because he does it for the money.

Overall Thoughts on the Book

When I started reading this book I was confused, and it was hard for me to get into it. As I kept reading, further along, I grew to like it a little. Honestly, it had a twist on it I wasn’t used to when I read urban fiction books. I didn’t mind though. The book gives you important and interesting information about the history of HIV/AIDS. Also, as I was reading the way the character was talking sound a little like southern slang to me. By reading the ending of the story Valentino is truly unstoppable. He’ll do anything to survive and for money.

Thoughts on the Characters

Valentino: I respect this man hustle, but I don’t agree with the things he is doing. Especially with pimping young females. The sickening¬†part about him is the fact that he spreads the virus to these young women without them knowing. The only time I did like him a little when he was warning Dr. Goddard not to mess¬†with the young hoes because more than likely they have the virus because he had sex with them. It’s disgusting how he spread the virus too! He knew how to pick the right victims though.

Dr. Goddard: I don’t blame him for feeling unsafe when he was staying with Valentino for a while. Sometimes I get paranoid and I know for a fact I couldn’t do that secret assignment. There are moments when he did act a little uppity though. He didn’t have to judge Valentino just because of the lifestyle he’s living.

Meredith: Her death sounded so painful. It made me hurt inside as I was reading the details of her death. Oh well, she caused everything on herself. She had a lot of lovers but that’s part of the game. She even caught feelings for Valentino which messed her up too because he wasn’t trying to have a future with her. Love will make you do crazy things for real!

Wilhelm: I am on his side when he was wondering why Meredith is messing around with Valentino knowing he has the virus. Then again, it wasn’t like their marriage was perfect anyway. I don’t know why he got depressed about things going wrong in his personal life because he knew his job would cause chaos. Good things don’t last forever.

Overall, the characters in the book played major roles in the book. Everyone had their own agenda. I could I understand their reasons though because I looked at everything from their point of view.

I will give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. The reason why I rated this book only four stars because it had me confused a little bit at first. It did have a good storyline though.  I loved the fact the information about HIV/AIDs were given in the book through each chapter. Also, the author was good at giving strong details of the scenes throughout the book. I recommend everyone to check this book out. If you do get a chance to read it tell me your thoughts on it. This book is suitable for a mature audience.

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Homewrecker by Dwayne S. Joseph Book Review

Before I get deeper into this book review. I want to say this was the absolute best book I ever read! I enjoyed reading it. This is an urban fiction book you need to take a chance reading. Dwayne S. Joseph is a great author!

Synopsis

Lisette is an attractive woman who knows how to seduce men very well. She gets hired to ruin relationships that’s¬†why they call her the “homewrecker.” This job provides her with a wealthy¬†source of income. Everything is going well for her until a strange caller says they need Lisette help or something bad will happen to her.

Sharing my Thoughts

When I started reading this book it immediately caught my attention. The author did a good job of grabbing your attention on the first page of the book. Honestly, I thought the book would focus on at least one main relationship, but it didn’t. It threw in other relationships and connections with the circle of main characters which expanded the good drama in the book. There was no confusion about trying to identify the characters throughout the book scenes. The flow of the book went at a great pace. There wasn’t any rushed or dragged out parts.

Thoughts on the Characters

Lisette: She is a very strong woman. The control and power she has fit her character. I agreed with her when she said: “Relationships make you too dependent.” I connected with that line on a deep level.

Marlene: She is a sweet person. I didn’t view her as a weak character. She had a strong bone in her body, but she needed Lisette to push that out of her. I hated she¬†cared what other people thought of her. Even though I hated it I still looked at her point of view. Marlene was always used to everyone judging her all her life so that’s why her mindset was tainted. She’s the type of friend you would need by yourself. Lisette gave her hell at some points, but she still was there by her side.

Kyra Rogers: She deserved everything that happened to her. Kyra should’ve known her “good life” wouldn’t last forever. She did too much dirt to people. Karma got her good. Dwayne did a very good job writing Kyra outcome. She’s full of jealousy to me.

Myles: He was so caught up in his own world of distractions. Most of the situations that happened to him would’ve never existed¬†if he paid more attention to the outside world. I kind of felt bad for him with his luck with women. Then again, now I feel like he brought the last marriage¬†disaster on himself. How are you so blind when it comes to gold digging hoes?

Steve: He’s such a nasty bastard! Nothing made me have respect for him at all. Steve is selfish, disrespectful, and punk. This man wants to do so much dirty work but doesn’t want to pay for the consequences.

Conclusion

There weren’t any flaws in this book. The whole story is well written. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. If you’re looking for a good urban fiction book to read I recommend this book for you to read. You won’t be disappointed at all. Also, this book has explicit language so it would be good for adults to read. If you have read this book before. Share¬†your thoughts about it in the comment section below.

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BEAT’N IT UPP By Darrell King Book Review (YouTube Video Included)

Hey readers, I just got finish reading Beat’N It Upp by Darrell King. It’s an urban fiction ebook. I thought the book was pretty good. In my video, I explained the details about the book. Shout out to Darrell for giving me the opportunity to review his ebook. Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel to see more of my videos. Enjoy the video!

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Murdergram by Nisa Santiago Book Review

Synopsis: Cristal convinced her friends to work a dangerous job with her. The girls turned into trained assassins. The Crist√°l Clique are ready to take on any risk that comes their way. Their clique is nothing to play with. ¬†Don’t let their innocent faces and petite frames fool you!¬†

This urban novel will tug at your conscience. Then again you’ll understand why some of the characters made certain decisions throughout the novel. ¬†Honestly, I couldn’t go through the harsh situations they went through. My kind heart wouldn’t let me be at peace.

Opinions on the Characters…

Cristal: She’s the “It” girl out of her crew of friends. Cristal showed how in charge she was throughout the novel. This girl is persuasive and magnetic which makes it easy for things to go her way. I didn’t ¬†like how cold-hearted she was during certain parts of the story. She could have had a little heart. I understand she couldn’t show sympathy in her line of work, but there were ways to make a different outcome. I feel like the “Commission rules” brainwashed her also. I’m a believer in strong power but sometimes you have to put your foot down when it’s necessary.

Tamar:¬†She’s the one out of the group that had the strongest bond with Cristal. Tamar is a wild party girl and nonchalant. She will say anything that comes to her mind. Truthfully, she always kept it real with her friends though. One thing I didn’t like about her is her jealous streak. It’s like she doesn’t want to see anyone else happy. She’s more cold-hearted than Cristal which is frightening!

Sharon: She’s my favorite girl of the crew. Sharon isn’t easily persuaded. Even though she grew up in the hood/ghetto she showed more intelligence than her friends. Also, I believed she was classier too. She liked to have fun but not get too wild. I love how she stole Pike’s heart without losing her morals.

Lisa: She’s a sweetheart. I hate how she’s easily influenced by her friends. It led her into an awful path. It’s sad how everything happened to her. Bad things always happen to good people.

Mona: She came from a two parent household. Mona is cool I guess. I mean it’s stupid how she followed Cristal and Tamar into the murder business. I respect the fact she had a change of heart when crazy¬†situations happened. Yes, she did her dirt but at least she realized that she needed to change her lifestyle.

E.P:¬†I had a feeling he was going to have feelings for Cristal. He’s a man who someone shouldn’t trust to a certain extent. Some of the things he told Cristal didn’t seem right. When he first met Cristal I knew he was going to bring a change to her life. ¬†I love his intelligence, but he is a dangerous man.

Pike: He had big dreams. Too bad he couldn’t fulfill them. He did act cocky. I’m glad Sharon didn’t let him¬†take advantage of her like he does other women. Yeah, he might have his mean ways towards some people but through that tough layer, he has a soft heart.

Hugo: At first, when he popped up in the book I thought he was Cristal enemy. I was thinking “Nooo, Cristal don’t fall for him!!” lol. Turns out he wasn’t so bad after all. On the other hand, I don’t like the fact how he cheated on Cristal because if you so-called in love with someone no temptation that comes your way will phase you. I mean I know Cristal wasn’t an angle herself. In other words, he wasn’t a bad person even though he made that one mistake.

Overall, Nisa Santiago did a good job writing this book. The story line is right on point. I’m anxious to read part two to this series. I’m a sucker for plot twists in novels. Nisa did that well in this book. It’s a good read if you like urban fiction. I recommend everyone to read this book.

*This book is recommended for ages 18 & up. 

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Book Review: Diary of a Stalker by Electa Rome Parks

Summary: Xavier Preston is an attractive best-selling author who has plenty of female fans. His player days are over since he got engaged to his fiancée. While being away on a book signing he has a one-night stand with a woman named Pilar. Every since that night, Pilar grew a crazy obsession over him. 

Review: I read this book 2 or 3 years ago. It’s an attention grabber. Pilar is one crazy woman. I swear she is one woman who any man should be careful about. I loved this book! Another good thing about this book is that it has a part two!! That book review will be coming soon. The plot twists from this story will be very unexpected. It will remind you of a crazy lifetime movie. Anyone that’s a young adult or older should read this book. There are sexual and cursing parts in the book.¬†

Genre: Drama, Fiction

Stars: 10/10

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Book Review: That Girl is Poison by Tia Hines

Summary: A female teen name Desire Jones lived a fast lifestyle after her mother abandoned her. She starts living with her aunt and uncle, but things just got worse. Desire meets a boy she likes and starts getting sexually involve with him. He leaves her pregnant and infected with HIV.

Review: I read this book back when I was in high school. This book was so good. I kept my eyes glued to it. It makes you be very cautious when it comes to getting involved with someone. In my opinion, I think it’s a great book for young females to read to teach a valuable lesson. Older adults can read it if they would like. ¬†There will be so many plot twists that makes the story keep your attention. Also, another thing I need to tell you about this book is that it does have explicit cursing and details. I just wanted to let you know before you purchase/read the book. ¬†

Genre: Drama, Fiction

Rating: 10/10 stars

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