Book Review: 14th Deadly Sin (Women’s Murder Club #14)

14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

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Synopsis:

After her near-death experience, Yuki is seeing her life from a new perspective and is considering a change in her law career. San Francisco Chronicle reporter Cindy has healed from her gunshot wound and has published a book on the infamous serial killers she helped to bring down. Lindsay is just happy that the gang are all still in one piece.

But a new terror is sweeping the streets of San Francisco. A gang dressed as cops are ransacking the city, and leaving a string of dead bodies in their wake. Lindsay is on the case to track them down and needs to discover whether these killers could actually be police officers. Maybe even cops she already knows..


~SPOILER ALERT~


As per usual I am still impressed at how good the cases are. I also love when cases are connected.

I was actually surprised that the Windbreaker Cops case was done by actual cops. I assumed that that was just how the robbers wanted to throw people off of their track. I didn’t think it was actually them. I also didn’t even put that together until Yuki’s client mentioned the tattoo on one of the cop’s necks. I wonder where Vasquez is…

Claire’s Birthday Murders was an interesting one. I’m glad Joe caught the guy.

While I’m glad that both Joe and Lindsay made it out of sticky situation, it annoys me that Joe did what he did right after yelling at Lindsay for it. I’m not here for the double standards. I also want to know when she is going to tell him that a drug lord is after her…? I feel like that’s kind of important….Just a little.

Yuki and Brady kind of pissed me off in this one too. Your wife has a near death experience for the first time and decides that she wants a job with meaning and you get mad at her for it? Granted, she was going to sue the police department but still. Brady didn’t know that at the time.

I’m glad that Rich and Cindy are back together but I wonder how that will go with the whole kid thing. I guess we’ll see.

4 stars.


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I Raise My Head Up And Say No

Things Carla Loves

Not that long ago, I wrote a blog about the ignorance of people in relation to feminism. In that article, I targeted the specific need for feminism, and the ignorance of those that belittle the movement.

Many women who oppose feminism and the feminism movement are under the delusion that we live in a society where women aren’t objectified, or demeaned, or harassed by men.

I don’t know who these women are, but I have not met one woman who hasn’t been objectified, or demeaned, or harassed by a man at some point in her life. Not one. And I’m not even making reference to the terrible, awful, almost unspeakable evils that happen to women in places like Iran, Iraq, Syria, Papua New Guinea and Egypt (just to name a few examples).

I’m talking about women in Australia. Women in a western, developed country. We’re talking about the so-called “privileged”…

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Book Review: Unlucky 13 (Women’s Murder Club #13)

Unlucky 13 by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

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Synopsis:

When two dead bodies are found inside a wrecked car on the Golden Gate Bridge, Detective Lindsay Boxer doubts that it will be anything as simple as a traffic accident.

The scene is more gruesome than anything she has seen before. It definitely wasn’t the crash that killed these people. 

While Lindsay starts to piece this case together, she gets a call she wasn’t expecting. Sightings of her ex-colleague-turned-ruthless-killer Mackie Morales have been reported.

Wanted for three murders, Mackie has been in hiding since she escaped from custody. But now she’s ready to return to San Francisco and pay a visit to some old friends


~SPOILER ALERT~


Even though this was a good one, there are a few things that are really starting to bother me.

First, Cindy didn’t blow her relationship with Richie. Were they both at fault for not having a conversation that obviously needed to be had? Yes. However, Richie was the one who knew Cindy wasn’t sold on kids and still tried to force it on her. The narrative that women aren’t allowed to not want children is really starting to piss me the fuck off. Not to mention the fact that in this situation Richie was already thinking about fucking Mackie before he and Cindy split.

Second, I hate Yuki’s narrative. I hate that she’s the woman who was never happy with her life until a man came into it. That instead of being able to focus on herself either her job or a man has to be the focus of everything in her life. You should be the center of your own life. You shouldn’t need someone else to make your life fulfilling. It’s not selfish to be content with just yourself. I guess Yuki stabbing a terrorist was her big moment of bravery though so whatever.

Anyway, at least the cases are still interesting this far into the game. Mackie is finally dead which I’m glad. I really don’t understand how she blamed Lindsay for anything so I’m glad that whole thing is over.

I did not expect the cruise to be attacked. That was a good twist. I wonder what happened afterward though. What happened to Jackhammer, will he and his crew be prosecuted? I hate feeling like something is unresolved.

Same with the belly bomber case. They’re both in jail but did Donna and Walt deliver more bombs before then? I know that Chuck’s got closed down but what will happen next?

3 stars.


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Introducing the “Summer Spotlight Series”

Hi all,

I mentioned before that I was thinking of starting a series over the summer that would highlight some bloggers. I honestly did not expect so many responses but as of now I have about 15 bloggers lined up (including those that I personally nominated) and had only planned on maybe doing 10.

So first, thank you to everyone that expressed interest.

I think I will cut this off at 15, but this is something that I plan to do yearly so if you are interested for next year let me know and I will keep you on a list for next time.

For those of you that have already expressed interest, congratulations you will be featured!

From here the next step is to get started interviewing. What I need from you all is to know the best way to contact you. Just let me know if you prefer email or through one of your social media sites. If you prefer email, you can email me at raecoleman91@gmail.com. Otherwise feel free to reach out on social media.

I’m starting to reach out to all of you but in case you happen to read this and haven’t heard from me yet, then you can go ahead and reach out.

The series will start being posted at the beginning of July. Until then, let me know if you have any questions.

Rae


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Bloggers Needed!

Hey y’all!

First and foremost I recently hit 900 followers so I wanted to say thank you for that!

Second, I wanted to give you all a heads up that I will probably be pretty inactive for the month of June because this is a very crazy time with the Zoo getting busy and Commencement around the corner. Starting yesterday, I will be working everyday (yes, weekends included) for the next two weeks. Then I have just one day before another 7 day stretch.

However, a random idea came to me in the shower. I was thinking about doing some sort of “Summer Spotlight Series” in July and August where I feature a blogger (or booktuber), interview you and ask you some questions, shout out your blog and all that good stuff. I already have some people in mind but I was also thinking that you could nominate each other (and yourself). So, just an idea. Let me know what you think, if you’re interested, etc.

That’s all for now!


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May Wrap Up! 2018

When the heck did it become June? I can’t believe I forgot this in almost 3 years! Anyway, here’s what happened this month.

Rae’s Rules to Remember:

Book Reviews:

 

TV Reviews:

 

Feminism:

Reblogged:


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Rae’s Rules to Remember #86: Transphobia and Racism

A friend of mine saw the picture below on Facebook and asked for my opinion.

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The bottom part may be hard to read so here is what it says:

basically, any sexuality other than pansexual is cissexist, transphobic and shallow. Most women who claim they are “lesbians” (ughhh) DO NOT include women with penises or beards when they say they like women. Most men who claim they are “gay” would NEVER date a guy with a vagina.

Let me give you an example: If someone says “I only date white women” everyone would call them a racist for excluding women of color, but if the same person says “I only date cis women”, nobody calls them a transphobe and it’s no big deal they exclude trans women. That’s was a cis supremacist society does to your head. In reality, transphobia is a much bigger problem than racism. If you’re willing to lower your standards to date a black woman, you should also be willing to date a woman with a cock.

Open your minds people.


Now, I’m open for discussion and opinions on this but here’s what I have to say about it.

First and foremost, this must have been written by a white person who, for some reason, doesn’t fully understand racism and how it affects the world today. This is shown in the fact that they consider dating black women as “lowering your standards.”

Second, I don’t think this person understands intersectionality. This entire argument excludes the experiences of trans women of color who face both racism and transphobia, often simultaneously.

Is transphobia a problem? Yes. That’s shown in the fact that just last year trans women were being targeted and murdered nationwide. It just so happens that the majority of them were trans women of color, which further proves my first point.

Is transphobia a bigger problem than racism? I feel like this question is comparing apples and bananas. Can you really compare them when they don’t stem from the same systematic oppression? No, I personally don’t believe so. It seems as though this person is using this comparison because they care about transphobia but not about racism because it doesn’t affect them directly. That’s not how this should work. You don’t have to dismiss one community’s issue just because you don’t share it.

As far as calling people out for saying that they only date cis people, I think they’re wrong. I feel like if someone goes out of their way to specifically say cis, they are making a point of announcing that they are transphobic.

Furthermore, (correct me if I’m wrong) trans people themselves can identify as gay and lesbian. So does that make them transphobic too? Something isn’t adding up.

I do not agree that being lesbian or gay makes you transphobic or shallow. I also don’t agree that it’s even rational to expect everyone in the world to identify as pansexual. Most people didn’t even know that pansexuality existed until a few years ago. Some still don’t. People are definitely learning, but it’s not something that will change overnight.

Moving into women with beards and men with vaginas, I understand that that is a difficult situation to explain. I’m not an expert in this topic and am still learning and have questions so I’m not going to offer advice or tell you what to believe. But I will say this: A lot of people don’t understand this, because we’ve always been taught that women have vaginas and men have penises. When you’ve been told one thing your whole life and you’ve accepted it as truth, you can’t just expect people to let go of that so easily. It takes time. More people are starting to understand and some people just never will.

It’s unfortunate that we live in a world where many people aren’t accepted or feel that they can’t be themselves, regardless of what their identity is. Sadly, this is the world we live in and all marginalized communities are constantly fighting these battles. I know that the original post was intended to fight against transphobia, but I feel like it also (unintentionally) she light on anti-blackness and racism within the LGBTQ+ community.  With that said, I think it’s important to note that when you want to stand up for one community, you can do it without stomping on another.


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