We Slay Book Club May Pick

Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith 

This is such an interesting idea for a novel but it didn't carry it through. I feel like this is obviously a first novel with little edits. The finale lacked tension but made up for it in the last chapter. I loved the ambiguous ending. It allows the reader the create their own conclusion. The short chapter lengths ruined the pacing of this "thriller", which doesn't do much thrilling. But I still enjoyed the book. I can see this being adapted into a show or mini series.

Tracey 

I agree with everything Tracey said.

Kelly 

We Slay Book Club April Pick

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris 

It was just interesting enough to keep me from giving up on it but boring enough that it took me forever to get through. The characters were likable enough. The author failed to flesh any of them out. For this to be the start of a trilogy, the narrative and tone and plot were all over the place. It didn't flow like a novel should. It felt jerky and rushed. The ending seemed forced, like the author forgot this started as a murder mystery. The big question I have is: should I read the other books? I have been going back and forth on this last the past week and I still don't have an answer. I will order the next book and read the first few chapters. It's the beginning doesn't grab my attention, I'm gonna give this trilogy a hard pass.

Tracey 

This was a surprising miss for me, I expected more from the writer of the Sookie Stackhouse books. I wonder if this was written before the SS Books and later published? The story was a little slow, but the characters were refreshing, I did like the diversity of the otherworldly beings. I hope that the television show will be more engaging than the first book in the trilogy. 

Kelly 

We Slay Book Club March Pick

IQ by Joe Ide 

I'm usually not a fan of mysteries but this one is very interesting. IQ is the perfect protagonist. He's the guy you call when the police can't or won't help you, taking on the cases no one else can solve. He's very intelligent but the author did a good job of making him relatable and easy to root for. There's also a subplot of finding who killed his brother in a hit and run. The last page beautifully sets up that story for another book. My only issue was the ending felt rushed and muddled. I hope and pray this becomes a full blown series though. I want to read more about IQ's world.

Tracey 

I did not read IQ yet. March was an emotional month. 

Kelly 

We Slay Book Club February Pick

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I'm a week late on finishing this for book club but I wasn't the only one who didn't finish it in time so I don't feel bad about it. It took a really long time for me to get interested in the story, way too long. I couldn't care less about who was murdered and who did it. I didn't even bother to try and figure it out. It's not until more than halfway through the book that I became intrigued. Then I was invested. A plus is that I really liked the characters Jane, Celeste, and Madeline. They had great chemistry and I hope the HBO show portrays that dynamic truthfully from the source material. 

Tracey

The first 200 or so pages could have been cut from this book and it would have been okay.  It seem to tip-toe around the plot like broken glass and didn't get good until someone was shocked by a piece of glass in the ball of their foot. It did not pick up until the second half, that is when I started to give a damn about the characters. Once it picked up the characters were pleasant enough and it held my attention. Moriarty did a very good job of writing a whiny privileged teen who did  not know any better, she was the most eye-rolling-ly annoying character.  

Kelly
 

We Slay Book Club January Pick

The Blackbirds by Eric Jerome Dickey 

And finally, I can say I gave Dickey a full fledged attempt to enjoy his books. It's just not for me. I feel that he has a horrible female voice and the dialogue is cringey. I did appreciate the genuine friendship between the blackbirds. No one was plotting against the other or secretly hated each other. It was black women looking out for one another.

Tracey

I really liked this book, I love the focus on female friendship! There was no remarks of pettiness, backstabbing or jealousies, just an awesome depiction of girlfriends. I honestly want to be friends with Destiny, Erica, Kwanzaa and Indigo. I love the reappearances of early Dickey characters. I would love to see other books like this in the Women's Fiction/Chick Lit, books about women who sorta have it together but not really, but enjoying, living and loving life. I swear I miss the early aughts with the onslaught of WOC Chick lit. This book gave me everything, it even briefly lifted my reading funk! This is one of my top five EJD books. If you do read this and are curious about what happened to  Destiny, I recommend "Chasing Destiny by EJD."

Kelly

We Slay Book Club December Pick

Getting Even by Kayla Perrin 

Sadly, this book does not stand the test of time. Rereading the novel for my book club forced me to revoke my favorite status and take away 2 stars from my original rating. The characters were just a hot mess and I didn't like any of them that much. The only redeeming quality was the revenge plots on their trifling men. I found that part of the story entertaining. I kinda wish I had kept this book solely in my fond memories of it. Which is why I'm refusing to reread the second book. I obviously still like torturing myself though, discovering there's another
book in this series that I didn't know about and am planning on reading it. I never know when to quit.

Tracey

This was not one of my favorites, I found the women very annoying. There were too dependent on their need for a man to determine their happiness. All the women seem to be stuck on stupid because of their lack of good-good or because of their good-good getting. I will say the sex scenes were ok, since this was billed as an erotic fiction novel.  The author put forth some slightly homophobic tendencies which turned me off. I am not sure if I care enough to finish the trilogy.

Kelly

The Thirteenth: Vampire Huntress Legend by L.A. Banks 

We will return to the series at a later date. 

We Slay Book Club November Pick

Rooms by Lauren Oliver 

I knew nothing about this book when my book club picked it and it worked in my favor. I was pleasantly surprised with the theme and plot of the story. Two protagonists are ghosts but their voices are very much grounded in reality. I could relate to each character, even the ones I didn't like at all. Every person was vulnerable and held nothing back when it was their turn to speak. I'm a bit disappointed at the lackluster ending. I wish it could have been drawn out a little more.

Tracey

This was my first attempt at listening to an audio book, the voice actors they cast for each character was very nicely done, except for the narrator for the lone male character attempted a female voice, I found it eye-rolling-ly annoying.  I didn't know what to expect with a horror read, it was very subtle in its scariness. The ending was very anti climatic, but overall enjoyable. 

Kelly 

The Shadow: VAMPIRE HUNTRESS LEGENDs by L.A. Bank 

Yeah... this series made it to the wayside, we will continue later :(. 

 

We Slay Book Club October Pick

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow 

I get the impression that the author was going for a Toni Morrison Beloved for the teenage soul vibe with this novel. The author had a very delicate lyrical way of writing the tragedies that occurred around the protagonist's  life and explained it from a child's perspective and voice very well. But other than that I did not find Rachel very interesting, she definitely was not the tragic mulatto character the author was going out of her way not to write. I feel that the side characters were more developed within the viewing of Rachel than Rachel herself. She was adrift throughout the entire novel, there was not much of a conclusion and I was not sure what emotion or feeling I was supposed to have at the end of the novel. I was left with confusion and and a feeling of meh. I think I would have enjoyed the novel more if it was written as a collection of short stories that allowed the author to explore the depth of each individual character and how they affected Rachel's life and  maybe through their eyes learned more about Rachel. 

Kelly

The Darkness: Vampire Huntress Legend by L. A. Banks 

I am behind in series reading. 

Kelly