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Saint Mazie: A Novel
Saint Mazie: A Novel
by Jami Attenberg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.20
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a good-time gal., April 18, 2016
This review is from: Saint Mazie: A Novel (Hardcover)
"Saint Mazie" by Jami Attenberg is such a moving and profound novel. I instantly fell in love with the protagonist, Mazie Phillips-Gordon. She's a little firecracker. We learn who Mazie was through her old diary entries and by the people who knew her when she was the Queen of the Bowery. Mazie comes from a toxic family (her father was psychically abusive). When she is 10, her older sister, Rosie and Louis (Rosie's husband) decide to take in Mazie and Jeannie (their baby sister). Rosie is a very controlling person and she doesn't like that Mazie is a wild little thing. Mazie likes her freedom. When Rosie falls ill, Mazie is forced to fill in for her at The Venice. The Venice is a movie theatre that Louis owns and operates. Mazie works in the box office selling movie tickets all day. The booth she works in, she refers to as "the cage". Later on, Mazie develops a kind heart for homeless people. I don't want to give too much away, but she helps people who cannot help themselves. I loved this book so much. It's so beautiful. I highly recommend it. Enjoy!

E·MO·TION [Deluxe Edition]
E·MO·TION [Deluxe Edition]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I've got a cavern of secrets...", April 12, 2016
I took a chance on this album and it paid off. Carly Rae Jepsen's "E*MO*TION" is a catchy but fluid dance album. Carly said she was inspired by classic pop albums of the '80s and '90s. I hear a little bit of Janet Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Cathy Dennis, and even Debbie Gibson in these songs. Below is my run-down of each track. I have the deluxe edition courtesy of Target which also contains 2 bonus songs. So in all, 17 tracks:

"Run Away With Me" - The song that made me interested in purchasing this record. It's got a dreamy, synth-heavy quality to it. Very romantic.
"Emotion" - I really love this song. Has a great chorus. Reminds of an early '90s dance track. Breezy but with a punch. Definitely a highlight.
"I Really Like You" - I really, really, really, really, really, really like this song. But I admit, it's an odd, safe choice for a first single.
"Gimmie Love" - I like the thumping dance beat. The only downfall is the lyrics. Too repetitive. This song is very laid-back. Simple.
"All That" - A striking and sultry pop ballad. We see another side to Carly. I wish this album had more ballads. Carly's voice shines here.
"Boy Problems" - My least favorite song. Hard to believe this track was co-written by Sia. Too bubblegum pop. Juvenile and pointless.
"Making the Most of the Night" - Another song co-written by Sia. This is one is much better. The hook is incredible. Very intense.
"Your Type" - Has a strong, catchy, but emotional chorus. Definitely the most '80s sounding track on this album. I love it.
"Let's Get Lost" - Pretty song but easily forgettable. I can never seem to recall the melody. Not bad, but not as good as the rest.
"LA Hallucinations" - When the album really starts to come alive. I love the smug lyrics. I think this song would be a huge hit. It's edgy.
"Warm Blood" - The best track in my opinion. Pure sex. A haunting mid-tempo track. The melody is insanely good.
"When I Needed You" - Has that classic, slick, glossy '80s sound but definitely not corny. A sassy break-up song. Nice synth.
"Black Heart" - Has an early '90s house music vibe. This is the first of the bonus songs. Short but sweet. Awesome techno beat. Gorgeous.
"I Didn't Just Come Here to Dance" - Another song with an incredible hook. The piano riff is nearly identical to Madonna's "Vogue".
"Favourite Colour" - Could this song be any more beautiful?! The lyrics are full of imagery. "I'm bright baby blue, falling into you..." Stunning.
"Never Get to Hold You" - Pretty melody. That's the great thing about Carly, she writes really unique melodies. Good arrangement.
"Love Again" - Love the numerous tempo changes. Charming and hopeful. With the exception of "Boy Problems" - this is a solid pop record.

Not trying to be snarky but I never thought I'd be a fan of Carly Rae Jepsen. After I heard "Call Me Maybe" a few years ago, I definitely pegged her as a one-hit wonder. "E*MO*TION" proves she definitely had some tricks up her sleeve. I love her breathy vocals during the verses, and how strong and melodic her voice sounds during the choruses. What makes this album strong are the array of colorful melodies. The music and production is strong too. Nothing sounds dated or artificial which isn't easy to do with a heavy '80s/'90s influenced album. My hats off to Carly for a proving a "music snob" like me wrong. BUY. THIS. ALBUM. NOW. Enjoy!

Greatest Hits by Pat Benatar
Greatest Hits by Pat Benatar
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Just when you think you've got it down...", March 16, 2016
I CAN'T STOP LISTENING TO THIS GREATEST HITS COLLECTION! We know Pat Benatar is a gifted vocalist, (she has a 4 1/2 octave range) but her songs are catchy, incredible, and 100% memorable. I've had this album for over a month and I can't get these 20 songs out of my head! All them are killer, no filler here. This collection is chop-full of some her beloved classics like, "Love Is A Battlefield", "Heartbreaker", "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", "We Belong", "Shadows Of The Night", and "Hell is For Children" (a heartbreaking song about child abuse). And the songs I wasn't familiar with like, "Promises In The Dark", "We Live For Love", "Invincible", and "You Better Run" are absolute gems. Probably my favorite track is "Sex As A Weapon". Such a fun song. "Precious Time" is the most experimental track. The final track, "One Love" is a beautiful ballad. Pat's voice is so gorgeous. I don't think she's ever gotten the praise she deserved. She rocks! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this album! The remastering sounds crystal clear and sharp. Buy it today. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy!

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 1
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 1
DVD ~ Ellie Kemper
Price: $16.29
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's a miracle!", March 8, 2016
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt": Season 1 is outrageously hilarious. There's only 13 episodes but wow, this little show packs a punch! I've never laughed so hard in my life. Ellie Kemper is perfectly cast as the title character. I can't think of another actress that could've played her any better. Kimmy. Kemper has great comedic timing, and her physical comedy is impeccable. This show was co-created by Tina Fey. I love the plot of this show, I love the talented cast, and I love the writing. THIS SHOW IS FLAWLESS. Buy. It. Now. Enjoy! P.S. The theme song is addicting!

Making Nice
Making Nice
by Matt Sumell
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.01
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1.0 out of 5 stars More like, "Making Nonsense"., February 23, 2016
This review is from: Making Nice (Paperback)
"Making Nice" by Matt Summell has a great and wickedly funny beginning - but after that, this book completely falls apart. Summell's writing style is so choppy and disorganized. This book felt more like a memoir than a novel or a collection of short stories. The protagonist, Alby is a complete train wreck. I would like to use another word to describe him but you can't use profanity on here. Anyway, Alby's life is in disarray after the death of his beloved mother. He's having a difficult time coping/processing how to move forward. But the truth is, Alby's life was never that great or healthy before his mother's demise. He's an angry pill-popping, alcoholic, misogynist loser who makes everyone around him just as miserable as he is. I appreciate that he's a flawed character (he's a human being after all), but throughout the course of the book, Alby's unflattering behavior and bad attitude never improves. Usually I try to keep an open-mind when I'm reading a book with an unreliable narrator, but I just couldn't with "Making Nice". It's a complete mess. I hated it. Sorry.

You: A Novel
You: A Novel
by Caroline Kepnes
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.52
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5.0 out of 5 stars Someone saved my life tonight., February 15, 2016
This review is from: You: A Novel (Paperback)
If you're looking for a page-turner, "You" is definitely one! This novel is over 400+ pages and I devoured it in just a few short days. It's hard to believe this stunner is Caroline Kepnes' first novel. Her writing is so fluid and completely captivating. She's a cross between Stephen King and Gillian Flynn. The protagonist of "You" (if you can call him that) is a charming, intelligent, and deeply troubled sociopath. Joe works in a bookstore and one day, this beautiful woman (Beck) walks into his shop and well...let's just say Joe is intrigued. Joe becomes downright obsessed with Beck. He spies on her various social media accounts, and hacks into her email after he steals her phone during a "chance" meeting. He will do anything to make Beck his girlfriend....ANYTHING! I hate to say this but I felt more empathy for Joe than I did for Beck. I mean don't get me wrong, Joe is a nutcase but what makes him such a fascinating character is his wicked sense of humor. We found out later on that Beck has some personal demons of her own. She lies, she uses people, she's impulsive, etc. It's safe to say Joe and Beck BOTH suffer from mental illness. "You" is not for the faint of heart. This book contains graphic sexual content, explicit language, and violence. There's a sequel to this novel coming out soon called, "Hidden Bodies". "You" is a top-notch psychological thriller. It's creepy, disturbing, surprisingly funny, and HIGHLY entertaining. Enjoy...if you dare.

Orphan Train
Orphan Train
by Christina Baker Kline
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.16
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5.0 out of 5 stars The power of family and friendship., February 10, 2016
This review is from: Orphan Train (Paperback)
"Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline is a beautiful and heartwarming novel. I loved reading Vivian's tragic childhood. I found myself completely immersed in Vivian's chapters more than Molly's. Molly is an interesting and sassy little character, but there's something about Vivian's story that just had me hooked from the beginning. I loved the pacing of this book, it never felt boring or draggy. This book has a few shocking and upsetting moments, but overall, I found "Orphan Train" to be a gorgeous and important work of art. Enjoy!

Attachments: A Novel
Attachments: A Novel
by Rainbow Rowell
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.92
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Lincoln!, January 22, 2016
This review is from: Attachments: A Novel (Paperback)
"Attachments" is Rainbow Rowell's first novel. I'm a big fan of her writing. Another thing that makes Rowell's novels so great are her characters. Her characters are always well-written, have a cute personality, and have a flair for the dramatics. "Attachments" is about a shy 28-year old, Lincoln who's job is to read his co-workers emails (company policy). The story takes place in 1999 at a Midwestern newspaper. Lincoln hates his job but he ends up developing feelings for Beth, a movie critic who works at the newspaper. Lincoln reads her private emails which is how he comes to have a crush on her. Lincoln doesn't know what she looks like but he is attractive to Beth's quirky personality. Lincoln knows he should be sending Beth a warning about her sending private emails during work hours but he can't bring himself to do it. Lincoln wants to date Beth, but he's terrified of telling Beth the truth and also, she's got a long-term boyfriend which make it harder for Lincoln to approach Beth. "Attachments" is a sweet and beautifully written novel. Rowell's writing/characters are down-to-earth and refreshing. You can really feel the emotion with the way she describes the characters. I liked Lincoln's backstory but the only drawback is I wish this book was longer because IT'S SO GOOD. I highly recommend it if you're a fan of Rainbow Rowell. Enjoy!

Mama's Family: Season 3
Mama's Family: Season 3
DVD ~ Mama's Family
Price: $17.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back, Mama!, January 16, 2016
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This review is from: Mama's Family: Season 3 (DVD)
"Mama's Family": Season 3 is hilarious! This beloved show was brought back from the dead, (network television) and regained life in syndication. Vicki Lawrence, Ken Berry, and Dorothy Lyman are back as Mama, Vint, and Naomi. Joining the cast in Season 3 were Beverly Archer as nosy neighbor/Mama's best friend, Iola, and Allan Kayser as Mama's naïve and impulsive grandson, Bubba. Some of my favorite episodes from this season include: "Where There's A Will", "Best Medicine", "Soup to Nuts", "Cat's Meow", "The Love Letter", "Fly Naomi", "Porn Again", "Have It Mama's Way", and "Grandma USA". Vicki Lawrence is a comedic genius! I love this show. Brings back wonderful memories for me. Enjoy!

Mother, Mother: A Novel
Mother, Mother: A Novel
by Koren Zailckas
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.26
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5.0 out of 5 stars "All hail Josephine.", January 12, 2016
"Mother, Mother" by Koren Zailckas had me hooked from the very beginning. The first chapter is so descriptive, I couldn't stop reading. Zalickas usually writes memoirs, this is her first novel and wow, she did an incredible job. Her writing is superb. The words she chooses are always thought-provoking. I was completely intrigued with this slightly satire-ish story about a controlling, self-centered mother named Josephine Hurst. The book's 2 protagonists, are Josephine's youngest children, Violet and William Hurst. Josephine is a master manipulator. Josephine's husband is a cowardly, oblivious alcoholic, and so she basically runs the show and their children. Josephine is also a pathological liar, which is funny since she insists that Violet is the liar in the family. Josephine accuses Violet of inflicting psychical harm to William during a family argument, and Violet ends up in a psych ward. I don't want to give too much away but Josephine's eldest daughter, Rose ran away the year before because of all the family turmoil, etc. As the story unfolds, we learn what really happened with Rose. I loved, loved, loved this book. It was disturbing but NOT in a depressing way. Thank you Koren Zalickas for writing such a brilliant and insightful story about a mother's descend into madness. Enjoy!

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