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Damn, she's good

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-10-2020

Another killer tale by A.R.Torre. A little less playing soft on the characters, but still a little too slap-on-the-wristy. Some of the timeline was confusing to keep up with, as was the action (Torre's action scenes always feel kinda blurry and short). But it was great, Jorjeana Marie was the perfect narrator, and I hope Deanna comes back.

Damn, she's good

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-10-2020

I love A.R. Torre. I don't know her, but her writing makes me wish I did. Another goddamn great book. SPOILERS: (I mean it, don't keep reading if you haven't listened to the book, for the love of Dog...) I had some issues. The voice actor was flat in this book compared to the last. I don't know if she was sick, but it was like a soda can left open and the bubbles dissipated, which was noticeable moving from book 1 to book 2. She was great, perfect for Deanna, but too sleepy for such an intense tale. Too many pickups too, distracting. Story-wise, A.R. says at the end she was going to leave Mike finger-free and Jeremy dead. And she should have. But she played God and let everyone off the hook (except el creepo rapist). And it harmed the book, because the story told her to go there and then she chickened out. And everyone was so happily-ever-after it was like being in a dream sequence where Deanna lost her mind and none of it was really real. I also am noting an issue with A.R.'s action. The fight scenes are tame, short, very one-sided. A good fight has perpetual shifting of the upper-hand, fight scenes based off a structure of beats. These lack. Deanna gets out of danger pretty easy. We don't fear for her like we need to. And the fights themselves... something goes awry in the physicality, the staging. I struggle to see the space, the bodies, the angles, and then the dynamics of motion, as if the author is either not fully visualising the moment, or is but isn't translating it to us on the page. Plus there's logistics amiss, like Mike being able to watch Deanna in the apartment on the webcam, when the cams seem to have no range of motion to see into her apartment proper past the faux boudoir. And character-wise, Jeremy got no development. Just repetition of Deanna articulating her thirsts. Oh, and she has zero self-consciousness? I hate to admit how much I relate to Deanna's mindset, whether she's meant to be widely relatable or niche I can't tell you (I'm clearly not a normal girl either), but she's perfectly hotly perfect and has no body issues. I have never met one woman sans body issues. Yes, a lot of nit-picking. Deanna had more trouble dumping Marcus's body than she had in killing him. Both books lacked satisfaction - Deanna got hers, we were left wanting. A house exploded in a chemical fire and Jeremy was just peachy, no mention of raw eyelids naked of eyelashes. Kill your darlings, or don't start the oven timer. Or make the stakes really real by having impact from each impact. Nothing can be changed, these books are years-old now and I'm a snail happily finding and devouring them like a catalogue. A.R. Torre is a fantastic writer and thinker, I admire her, and all I've said is stuff I'd have said to a fellow classmate in my writing course when they're workshopping. I wish I could write this bloody good. I do think she can be a better writer and needs to address these flaws. They'd kick her up a notch higher of writer badassery. I still want to read everything she's written and wish I knew all her pen-names. If you read this, A.R., keep 'em coming. I need morrrrrrre. x

Biting, smart, fun and dark

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-2020

I'm glad I found this author. An unexpected gem. Talent, perversion, and an entertaining writer. An original story that tells it how it is. The shadows of humankind illuminated by camgirl lights. Narration is perfect, great voice artist. I will read everything this author writes. She's what I've been waiting for.

A wallow in pain

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-2020

I tried so hard with this book. I was looking for tools to build a life with chronic illness leaving me in grief and loss, needing to create a plan B life. This book taught me nothing. I have so much sympathy for the author losing her husband, but it's a repetition of the grief on every single page. I saw no Plan B, and couldn't push myself to the end to hear if there was one. if anything the book messed me up more because she said without the supports in her life she wouldn't have survived the loss - and I don't have those supports in my life, so I'm deeply doomed when I do lose a loved one. This is no self-help book at all, but a wallow in pain.

Sweet, tense and intimate

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-2019

If you're not into filmmaking, or relationships, this may not be the book for you. But me? I love that stuff. The dirt, the grit, the pain, and the thousands of tiny fluffy marshmallows sprinkled on top and melted into the cracks. This book will return you to your secret childhood wishes of having a sibling you are soulmates with. And give you behind-the-scenes insights into the H'wood biz and how to be a dad, husband, brother, human. I think I'm a wee bit inspired. I have some $5 films to make...

Less informational, more encouraging

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-2018

Affirming for anyone who can never just be one thing! But the book feels like it's mainly listing work types/models of polymaths. I didn't learn much, but I come from a kind of liberal family, and my parents' generation worked 40 jobs in their life. So I see it as more a book of permission. And reducing GUILT. Damn, that guilt stuff is strong. Would be nice however to have a book such as this that guides people on how to make an income being a wearer of odd or multiple hats. It's an exhausting, often unrewarding hustle game now days, and other guidance is just entrepreneurial marketing grossness. I'm glad I read this book. I wish I could get my dad to read it so he could know we are not beautiful flakes - we are novel minds.