three star review

-goes looking for parks to explore in my area-

“Yelp Reviews: Three stars”

… who the hell yelps a park? 

One Star- We decided to check out this park nearby for a picnic and were horribly disappointed! No one told us we would have to bring our own food.There were bees and mosquitoes everywhere and the geese were not very nice.”

Ah. 

That’s who. 

Ben Solo is a rich asshole who owns a restaurant and he is very critically acclaimed chef.

Rey is a food critic that he becomes fascinated with after she gives him a three star review, after everyone else had given him five star reviews. He needs to know why… And he won’t stop bothering her about it.

TheGiddyOwl/AstridMyrna Star Wars Fic Masterpost

WIP Multi-chapter

Just A Bunch of Hocus Pocus (Reylo, Stormpilot 2/6 chapters)

Rated: T

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Ben Solo has moved from the sunny shores of Los Angeles to Salem, Massachusetts just in time for Halloween, but he’s just not in the holiday spirit. Expecting a night of watching “Tales from the Crypt” and binge eating candy he’s supposed to be passing out, he’s surprised when his classmates Rey, Poe, Finn, and Rose invite him to check out the old Sanderson sisters’ cottage. They rummage through the sisters’ items and come across the black flame candle, which will revive the long dead witches if lit by a virgin on Halloween night. Ben lights the candle, and drags himself and his classmates into a fight for their lives and for the children of Salem!

A New Star (Rebelcaptain, 4/? chapters)

Rated: M

Content Warning: Postpartum depression and anxiety

Summary: Jyn learns too little, too late that she was six months pregnant with Cassian’s child when she gives birth on Echo Base. Both she and Cassian struggle with the daunting responsibilities ahead of them and the possibility that the premature infant might not survive long at the rebel headquarters.

WIP Series

Amare et Odite (Reylo, 2/3 parts):

From the Pinnacle to the Pit

Rating: T

Summary: Kylo Ren has become bitter and depressed since Rey defeated him at Starkiller Base. Captain Phasma advises him to kill what he loves in order to gain true strength, and Ren is off on a personal quest to destroy Rey and his feelings for her that burden his soul.

The Scars Inside You

Rating: T

Summary: After Rey and Luke evacuate Ach'to due to Kylo Ren’s betrayal, Luke trains Rey as one of the last Jedi before he ends the order. For her final test of Jedi training several years later, Rey must travel to the kyber crystal caves of the ice planet Ilum and gather her kyber crystal to power her very own lightsaber. Unfortunately, Kylo Ren has also come to Ilum to capture Rey and bring her to the First Order! A twist of fate, however, brings the two to the mysterious caves and brings out their rawest emotions.

Complete Multi-chapter

Three Stars Out of Five (Reylo, 5 chapters)

Rating: T

Summary: Ben Solo is the owner of The Little Ren, a five-star restaurant that just received its first three-star review from a food blogger only known as Rey. When Rey returns to his restaurant to write a follow-up review, he’s determined to get an answer for the average score he received in the first place.

Complete One-Shots

The Thistle (Reylo)

Rating: G

Summary: Kylo Ren and Rey are on the run, but Kylo Ren still finds time to pick flowers.

Cold Revival (Reylo)

Rating: T

Summary: When Kylo Ren is thrown off his own ship and falls into the frigid waters of Ahch-To, it’s up to Rey to save him.


So like most of these are Reylo BUT WHO KNOWS WHAT PAIRINGS THE FUTURE WILL BRING. But if you liked any of these please reblog so others can see them too, thank you!

Book Review: What Happened by Hillary Clinton

“I can’t help but think about how different my first hundred days would have been. A haunting line from the nineteenth century poet John Greenleaf Whittier comes to mind: "For all sad words of tongue and pen the saddest are these: ‘It might have been.’ ”

Three Stars



'What Happened’ is probably the most controversial political book of 2017. Think pieces have been published en masse about Hillary and her role in the Trump aftermath. Depending on your point of view, Hillary’s decision to publish her book is either a) a grave insult or b) a call to arms. Humour me as I dip my toe into the discourse.

In short: I liked it. I like Hillary.

The long version:

When I heard Hillary had published a book called 'What Happened’ I hoped it would be a behind a scenes look at the 2016 election in the same vein as Alastair Campbell’s diaries or Andrew Rawnley’s 'End of the Party’. I like reading about the mechanics of politics as well as the big ideas. I was a bit disappointed to discover that What Happened is collection of essays, by Hillary, on different aspects of her failed presidential bid. You won’t find any gossip here. Over the course of 469 pages Clinton discusses the role of women in politics, sexism, the Russians, her emails and her feelings on the biggest political shock in modern times.

I understand why people find it hard to embrace Clinton’s book. If, like me, you cheered on the Democrats from afar, reading What Happened is like reliving a trauma. Trump really did win. The first female presidential candidate really did lose to a man who bragged on camera about grabbing women ‘by the pussy.’ One year on, it’s still hard to believe.

How you approach What Happened depends on your view of the ’16 election. For some people the only book they’ll accept is one where Clinton throws herself to ground and spends hundreds of pages atoning for her failures. Others think Clinton shouldn’t be writing a book at all, that she should keep quiet and move on with her life. If you’re a Clinton fan, What Happened is a monument to your grief and loss, a written account of that devastating night in November.

I happen to think Clinton’s perfectly entitled to write a book. John McCain wrote books after he lost to Obama. Mitt Romney did not remain silent after losing in 2012. Sarah Palin did not curl up into a tiny ball and beg for punishment after losing. It’s quite plainly sexist to expect Clinton to hide away and say nothing.

What Happened touches upon so many issues that it’s impossible to cover them in a simple book review. I could write an essay on nearly every chapter. Hillary says a lot I agree with; on a few things I think she’s misguided.

Clinton’s chapter on Women in Politics is important. It’s here that she grapples with the meat of the book. The bar for women is so high and we don’t even set the rules. When we meet the standards set by the men who came before us, it’s still not good enough. Clinton was a popular Secretary of State when she left office only to become deeply unpopular when she ran for President. Clinton ran for office using the playbook written by Obama and her husband. When it was her time, the rug was pulled under her feet and she had to fight on different terms, again. It’s not fair and she has the right to say so.

Hillary says writing this book was cathartic. It feels like it. Her sense of loss, hurt and pain can be felt on every page. Hillary’s pain, as she makes very clear, is not that she lost, but that she lost to *him.* It’s one thing to lose to a qualified, decent, candidate who made good arguments and ran an excellent campaign. It’s something else to run and lose to a mediocre man whose campaign should have been dead on the ground as soon as he gave his first speech. In 2008 America elected its first black President. It responded in 2016 by electing the racist who slandered his name and pushed the lie that he was was born in Kenya. Many politicians lose, Hillary’s loss was catastrophic. Clinton recognises this and, at times, her writing falters when she tries so obviously to comfort her readers. It’s a minor quibble but there are moments when the book feels as though it’s at cross purposes. She could have done with less quotes.

The chapter on Idealism v Realism, a subtle way to address the DNC Bernie/Hillary split, is the best in the book. This is a discussion for the age, an apt one when the left seems to be pulling itself in different directions. Is the answer to the rise of the right to move to the centre or to the left? Has the centre itself moved? One year on, as the divide in the DNC grows, it feels more important than ever to figure out what the left stands for. Clinton, the pragmatist liberal, thinks the realistic thing to do is chip away at goals bit by bit, because that’s how the system works. Sanders, the democratic socialist, believes that the left should state its aims clearly and proudly; he sees little point in settling for less over and over again. I’m sympathetic to both positions.

Despite what you’ve heard, Clinton doesn’t spend her entire book blaming Bernie Sanders for everything. Compared to Comey, Sanders gets short shrift. On the contrary, Hillary acknowledges that Sanders was right to talk about big ideas. She seems to realise that her campaign lacked a vision for the future. When it comes to idealism and realism, you need a bit of both.

What this book isn’t is Clinton blaming her election loss on everybody but herself. She owns her mistakes many times. She talks about her failure to connect with rustbelt voters, her stupid comment about coal jobs that may have cost her votes in key states. She is quite clear about the fact that the loss is on her, nobody else. I think what people find hard to accept is that Clinton is rightly annoyed about the other factors that influenced the election (racism, sexism, Comey). People want Hillary to self hate. I’m glad she stuck to her guns.

What Clinton fails to do, more than anything, is recognise what happened in 2016 as a whole. She fails to grasp that 2016 was a moment, not a blip. Whether it was Trump, Brexit or Jeremy Corbyn, voters acted the way they did because they’re fed up with a political system that Clinton and others have been a part of for decades. There’s a shift in wind these days; the ground we stand on isn’t stable anymore. The change Trump promises is fascism tinged with white nationalism. Corbyn wants to smash the neo-liberal consensus of the past few years. The era Clinton belongs to is passing.

What Happened provides unique insights into the mind of the first woman on the top ticket. It’s funny, thoughtful and smart. When we write the story of 2016, Clinton’s memoir will be impossible to ignore.        

bornonthebattleground  asked:

Ok, don't get me wrong because it's just curiosity, but I have to ask: how much of Supernatural is in Demon's Lexicon, if any? Please don't get this wrong, i love your books, it's a great story with great characters (and better storytelling, to be fair). It's just that I started to watch it recently and some similiarities struck me. And because it would be SO great if someone made a tv show out of DL :)

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b) I used to write fanfiction. (These two issues—sexism and fanfiction—are actually very closely intertwined, because writing fanfiction is something that mostly girls do, and thus like all things Associated With Ladies, such as sewing and pink, is treated as dumb and worthless. And fanfiction, as I’m going to discuss, provides people with a narrative that go ‘why this lady actually sucks’ and people love narratives which say that.)

For those who didn’t know I used to write fanfiction, it’s obviously irrelevant to your opinion of me, and honestly, you can cut out here. Definitely if the person who asked me about Supernatural this time around wants to cut out here… they should. I am about to get mad. It is not your fault. I have just got this too many times, and I have had it up to here.

When someone is traditionally published after writing fanfiction, they get treated like trash, both by people who think fanfiction is weird rubbish and by people who themselves like to write and read fanfiction.

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The Current War review – Benedict Cumberbatch transmits medium voltage portrait of Thomas Edison
The battle over rival electricity systems fought out between Edison and fellow inventor George Westinghouse is illuminating – but perhaps not quite as much as it could have been
By Peter Bradshaw

Even as they are just giving it three stars, this review makes the film sound much more interesting to me than the trailer promised. So it’s not just white dude science stuff, but more a clash of personalities…

Two stars and a critics pick from Pete Wells, less than two weeks after earning a Michelin star five months into opening and also on the heels of three star reviews from Eater and Grubstreet.

We haven’t even had our first DOH inspection.

Edit for the inquiring mind: Everything you see in this photo is $45 a person, and what’s not in this photo is a fuck-ton more meat. We roll you out the door.
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Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Princeless, Vol. 1: Save Yourself

Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Princeless, Vol. 1: Save Yourself at Amazon.com. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users.

On this three star review of Princeless:

First, yes I am about to go on a rant about the worst review of my comic on Amazon and YES it is only a three star review.  The stars don’t bother me though, people are entitled to like or not like my book.  But here’s the thing.

In this review a father discusses his objection to the categorization of my book as “all-ages”.  Not because there is fighting (there is).  Not because there are words that are beyond a first grade reading level (there are).  Not because there’s a strong implication that Sparky has killed and eaten several knights and that one apparently discarded gauntlet still has a hand in it (that’s all true).

His objection to the book being considered all-ages is as follows:

“I really didn’t feel this book is appropriate for certain young ages. My daughter was 5 when I read this too her, and I didn’t like how the book really brow beats you with the feminist message. I felt like she was way too young to get the idea that some people feel that women can’t do certain things. I much prefer reading books to her that are just about women/girls doing awesome things, and not so much brow beating you with "look at me, I’m a girl and I’m doing what you said I couldn’t” message.


We like, Zita the Spacegirl, Cleopatra in Space, Pirate Princess, Paperbag Princess, Rosie Revere Engineer…and lots more. This one I just felt was honestly too old for her to really appreciate and understand the message appropriately….I think its even possible that she took away the idea that some people think girls can’t do things….and I’d rather she wait a while to have to deal with that.“

Okay, there’s a lot to unpack here.  First, let me say that all of the books listed (except Rosie Revere with which I am unfamiliar) are books I have read and are great.

But here’s the issue I have here.  If your daughter is five, she knows and has been told that there are things she can not do.  At least some of the people who have told her this have told her it is because she is a girl.  It’s a fact.  As a friend of mine pointed out on twitter "Anybody who thinks a toddler aged girl doesn’t know this was never a toddler aged girl”.

Let me share a story with you.  My daughter, Zuri, is three.  She wore her Superman shirt to school one day.  That night when we talked about her day, she nearly burst into tears because the boys at her school had told her she couldn’t be Superman.  They told her that girls weren’t superheroes and that she couldn’t play superheroes with them.  I told her to tell them that they couldn’t be Superman either, because Superman is not a jerk.

When my daughter was one, I was a stay at home dad during the day and worked in a warehouse at night.  We spent a lot of time going to playgrounds. My daughter decided to wear her Batman shirt with her Dora shoes.  A diligent five year old whose mother was talking on her cell phone decided to tell my daughter that boys couldn’t wear Dora shoes.  When I politely informed her that my daughter was a girl, she asked why she didn’t dress like one.  Girls, apparently, are not allowed to wear Batman shirts.

My point is, that despite my best efforts to prevent it, my daughter is treated differently because she is a girl. You may think this is a two sided issues, because after all boys are not allowed to wear Dora shoes.  Fair enough, but let me share another story.

My daughter often recaps her day for me as I don’t see her until around 7pm when I get home.  Last year, when she was two, she told me all about her boyfriend, Michael.  Michael, as it turns out, is a hitter.  Michael likes to hug on little girls and kiss on little girls and, when he’s frustrated, punch on little girls.  When the issue was brought up to staff/teachers at the daycare, I was met with the philosophy that boys occasionally rough house and sometimes play too rough.  Boys, after all, will be boys.

Let me say this loud and clear: “Boys will be boys” is the first step on a path that leads to breeding little rapists.  Boys who think it’s okay and are even encouraged to chase girls, to kiss unwilling girls, and to touch girls even after they have asked not to be touched are being trained to believe that girls’ bodies are playthings to which they are entitled.  It is not okay for your son to do anything to my daughter which she asks him not to.  It is not okay to dismiss this behavior.

I’m getting off track.  The point is this, my daughter is three and this is only a small sampling of the times where she should have been safe but has been taught the lesson that she will be treated differently because she is a girl.  The person who wrote this review is able to ignore this because he is a man.  I understand the urge to not expose your kids to harsh realities too early, but let me put it in universal terms.

When all children are toddlers they are drawn to fire.  It moves, it makes light, it can make noise, and it’s warm.  Every parent has a responsibility to teach their child about the dangers of fire.  If you do not teach your child about fire, that does not make your child immune from being burned.

Sexism is an actual and provable fact.  Women, from the moment they are born, encounter it.  You, as your daughter’s ally and protector have two options:  teach her about sexism - what it is and how to deal with it.  Let her know that she will be treated differently because she is a girl and that she does not have to accept it.  Or, act as if it doesn’t exist.  When you do not teach your daughter about sexism, she will still experience it and she may not know why.  She may believe that it is her fault that she is being treated differently.  She may believe that she has done something wrong or is of less value and that is why she is being treated this way.  Or she may in fact believe that this is the way things are and that she has no alternative but to accept it.  Other people will tell her that, it is your responsibility to teach her differently.

I don’t want to get into trigger warning territory here, but the reality is that not being aware of the terrible things that happen to women have not stopped those things from happening to women.

It is the responsibility of each and every parent of a daughter to sit their daughter down and tell them “People will treat you differently because you’re a girl” and to explain what can and could happen and to give them the tools to deal with it.  You need to tell your daughters that boys do not have the right to touch you if you do not want to be touched.  Boys do not have the right to hit you.  Boys do not have the right to decide what toys you can and can’t play with.

And by God if you want to be Superman you can be the best damned Superman there is.

(also, feel free to go review Princeless and let people on Amazon know how much you like the book.  It helps!)

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Book: A Thousand Nights
Author: E.K Johnston
Publishing: Disney Hyperion   
Pages: 336
Rating: ★★★  (3.5/5)

Release Date: October 6, 2015

Synopsis:

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.
And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments.  She sees everything as if for the last time.But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.
Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.
Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

Thoughts:

My many thanks to the author, publisher, and to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of A Thousand Nights in exchange for an honest review.

I was absolutely thrilled when I found out I had been approved to read a copy of A Thousand Nights before its release date (October 6th) because it has been on my list of most anticipated releases for 2015 for quite sometime. I’m not joking when I say I was on the verge of tears when I had learned of my granted approval. With my high anticipation came my high expectations. What I loved most about A Thousand Nights was it’s stunning, and I mean undeniably stunning, writing.

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Review: The Duke is Mine by Eloisa James

“The cruelty of Olivia being taught to loathe an aspect of herself that -to be frank- he thought was perfect made his heart feel as if something had broken loose inside.”

3 out of 5 stars

Summary:

Destiny will be decided between the sheets in this all-new tale of The Princess and the Pea.

For Olivia Lytton, betrothal to the Duke of Canterwick—hardly a Prince Charming—feels more like a curse than a happily-ever-after. At least his noble status will help her sister, Georgiana, secure an engagement with the brooding, handsome Tarquin, Duke of Sconce, a perfect match for her in every way … every way but one. Tarquin has fallen in love with Olivia. Quin never puts passion before reason. And reason says that Georgiana is his ideal bride. But the sensual, fiery, strong-willed Olivia ignites an unknown longing in him—a desire they are both powerless to resist. When a scandalous affair begins, they risk losing everything—Olivia’s engagement, her sister’s friendship, and their own fragile love. Only one thing can save them—and it awaits in the bedroom, where a magnificent mattress holds life-changing answers to the greatest romantic riddle of all.

My thoughts:

There was a lot in this book that really worked for me. I thought it was funny and I enjoyed the banter. I liked that Olivia was unconventional and plump. She was everything she thought she shouldn’t be and Quin loved it all.

One of my favorite aspects of this book was Olivia’s relationship with her sister, Georgie. We don’t often get to enjoy a strong (and loving) bond between the heroine and another woman. There tends to be too much competition. I usually find myself highlighting a lot my favorite scenes between the heroine and the hero. I realized when I finished this book that the majority of my notes were of scenes between Olivia and Georgie. Here are a few of my favorites:

“You have the prettiest eyes I’ve ever seen. I can’t think why I got plain brown eyes and you have those green ones.” She peered at her. “Pale green. The color of celery, really.”

“If my hips were like celery, then we’d have something to celebrate.”

“You’re luscious,” her sister insisted. “Like a sweet, juicy peach.”

“I don’t mind being a peach,” Olivia said. “Too bad celery is in fashion.”

“I start to babble when I’m miserable. I know it’s a fault, but I can’t bear to cry, Georgie. I’d much rather laugh.”

“You have a wonderful laugh, Olivia. I’ve always thought that was one of the saddest things about Mother and Father. They were so busy trying to make you into a duchess that they never laughed with you.”

Yup. I loved Olivia’s relationship with her sister.

I also loved this book’s epilogue. I really appreciate getting to glimpse so far into Olivia and Quin’s future.

If I had any complaints, it was with those last few chapters before the epilogue. While I appreciate the tie in to the original fairy tale, it all felt a bit too far fetched. I still enjoyed the ending enough but my enjoyment was dimmed by one specific point. It’s a spoiler so I’ll discuss it below the cut.

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Hello! I wanted to let readers and book lovers know that I’m now on GoodReads ~ mainly so I could add an author pic and bio.  Plus it was fun to scan my bookshelves and list books I like and think of books I want to read. Also it’s important to be humbled by the three-star reviews to remind me of my place in the scheme of things (one can forget sometimes). 

I don’t know how “active” I’ll be on there, but friends and “followers” are always welcome!

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