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twochicksobsessed · 17 hours ago
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Cameron Wants To Be A Hero (Love, Austen Book 2) by Anyta Sunday: New Release Review
Cameron Wants To Be A Hero (Love, Austen Book 2) by Anyta Sunday: #NewRelease #BookReview #lgbtq #mmromance #gay #gayromance #retelling #contemporary #4.5stars @_gayromreviews
Lake: Did you get his number this time? Cameron: Yes. But I’m not sure I should use it so soon. Lake: What’s soon? Didn’t you last see him yesterday? Cameron: I thought you’re meant to wait three days? Otherwise it looks desperate. Lake: You are desperate. Cameron: Thanks. Lake: From everything you’ve told me, sounds like this could be something. Cameron: You think? Lake: Message him. Keep it…
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zcnalbumreviews · 2 days ago
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Motorhead - Ace of Spades (Album Review)
(Review #73, June 9th [2021]) Ace of Spades is the fifth and arguably most well known and respected album by metal icons Motorhead. Some of the group's most famous tracks come from the 12 song album. This includes the metal anthem "Ace of Spades."
One thing to note about Ace of Spades is it's pure, raw energy. Motorhead were always a band to make upbeat music. If there are any songs by the group that could be classified as anything less than "proto-speed metal," I have yet to hear them. However, Ace of Spades are arguably the best example of their ability to infuse a huge amount of energy in their music. Tracks like "Bite the Bullet" and "Shoot You In the Back" are simply relentless in their speed and power. This energy is what makes the album so great. Unfortunately, all three members of this lineup of Motorhead have passed on. With each of their deaths, they left behind legacies of outstanding musicianship. Ace of Spades is one of the defining reasons why. All three of the members of the group sound at their best here. Firstly, there is the iconic Lemmy Kilmister. His energy as frontman truly defines the band on tracks like the near-masterpiece "Ace of Spades." Meanwhile, his ability to play simple yet interesting basslines that stand out from his bandmates' instrumental work as seen on cuts like "Shoot You In the Back" is at it's most prominent on Ace of Spades.
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Guitarist Fast Eddie Clark also sounds great here. In fact, I would argue that songs such as "Live to Win," "Fire Fire," and "(We Are) The Roadcrew" are among the best moments in his career. I've always found Clark to be one of the unsung heroes of metal guitarists, even with Motorhead's legendary status. This album proves his ability on nearly every track. Phil Taylor (credited on this album as Philthy Animal Taylor) is Motorhead's drummer on Ace of Spades and is arguably the most underrated member of the group. Fast Eddie Clark has a good deal of praise dealt towards him thanks to critics and guitarists alike. Meanwhile, Lemmy is a figure that has simply reached a level in pop culture that goes beyond music even after his death. However, Phil Taylor is the man who truly held the group together. Tracks like the back to back "The Chase is Better Than the Catch" and "The Hammer" as well as "Fast and Loose" wouldn't be the same without his excellent drumming.
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Overall, the song-writing here is nothing more than "okay." However, that doesn't make much of a difference to me. If you expect half decent lyrics from a group like Motorhead, you've been looking in the wrong places. However, I really feel the need to point out the song "Jailbait," which is featured on the album's second side. The song is explicitly about exactly what the title states. While I understand that young women were a very prominent lyrical topic in 70s/80s rock and metal, "Jailbait" is uncomfortably straightforward with what it's talking about. Frustratingly, it happen to have one of Ace of Spades' best instrumentals. The fact that such an outstanding instrumental was wasted on a creepy, uncomfortable, and pedophilic song is nothing short of anger inducing.
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In conclusion, Ace of Spades is deservedly Motorhead's most popular album. While it does admittedly have some very problematic lyrics in the song "Jailbait," the rest of the album is a fantastic example of what metal produced in the late 80s and early 90s.
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Final Rating: 4.5/5 (Absolutely Amazing)
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ram-reads · 4 days ago
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This book was amazing! I’m sad it came out in the midst of the pandemic because I don’t think many people have heard of it. A fractured fairy tale in novella format featuring not only western folktales but also eastern folktales. What’s not to love about that? Burning Roses takes place in a world with magical beings and ferocious monsters. There’s an East and a West reminiscent of our Asia and Europe with the West having more prejudice against intelligent animals which they refer to as grundwirgen. That’s all there really is to the worldbuilding which I preferred because there isn’t any need to be more descriptive. The story is about two women named Rosa and Hou Yi who have been monster hunting partners for a while. They know very little about each other because they’re both running away from their past. When the past catches up to Hou Yi though Rosa feels like their partnership has become unbalanced. As they travel to track down someone who wants to kill Hou Yi, Rosa unveils her past too. I don’t normally like stories that heavily rely on backstory, but the format really worked in this circumstance. I liked seeing how creatively the author managed to weave numerous classic folktales into Rosa’s backstory. They all came together in a cool way that I couldn’t predict. I found myself looking forward to the parts Rosa talked about her past because I wanted to see what folktale would pop up next. I also liked how it wasn’t just western folktales because the Chinese tale about the moon goddess Chang’e was included too. I wish there were more books that mixed folktales from both sides of the world. Rosa is meant to be Red Riding Hood while Hou Yi is the archer from the Chinese tale about the moon goddess. It took me a while to like Rosa because she is someone struggling with prejudice. She realizes that and works to ignore the automatic judgemental thoughts she has, which I like to see...but still. My feelings about Rosa are complicated, but I think that’s the point. Even if I didn’t really like her I did like her character growth. I didn’t have the same trouble liking Hou Yi though. She wasn’t perfect either but that’s what drew me to her character. There is romance in this book but it takes a bit of a backseat to the familial and platonic relationships also present. I didn’t mind this as it fit well with the way the story was being told. Despite the romance not being front and center I still enjoyed it. Both Rosa and Hou Yi are incredibly devoted to the women they love and it was so heartwarming to read about. Before I wrap up this review I just want to gush real quick about how much diversity was in this tiny book. Rosa is a Hispanic woman and Hou Yi is a transgender Asian woman and they are both in a relationship with other women. I love to see it, I really do! This ended up being one of those rare books that were better than they sounded. It was a solid read all around and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes retellings and novellas.
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twochicksobsessed · 7 days ago
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The Hate Project: An LGBTQ Romcom (The Love Study Book 2): New Release Review
The Hate Project: An LGBTQ Romcom (The Love Study Book 2) by @Kris_Ripper: #NewRelease #BookReview #lgbtq #mmromance #gayromance #4.5stars @carinapress
This arrangement is either exactly what they need–or a total disaster Oscar is a grouch. That’s a well-established fact among his tight-knit friend group, and they love him anyway. Jack is an ass. Jack, who’s always ready with a sly insult, who can’t have a conversation without arguing, and who Oscar may or may not have hooked up with on a strict no-commitment, one-time-only basis. Even if it was…
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magical-book-lush · 10 days ago
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The Wind Tamer || Book Review.
Hello people, how are you all??? How is life?? I am doing okay. I got vaccinated 2 weeks back and the side effects were too severe on me. I had a fever, severe headaches, and also vomited😭😭. I just got over it and now my allergies are exploding again. Don’t ask me how I feel…because I feel pain😞😞. So I am doing an underrated books readathon and I have been discovering some awesome books, this is…
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twochicksobsessed · 11 days ago
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Keeping Kellan (Keeping Him Book 2) by Amy Aislin: Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt, New Release Review and Giveaway
Keeping Kellan (Keeping Him Book 2) by @Amy_Aislin: #BlogTour, #Exclusive #BookExcerpt, #NewRelease #BookReview and #Giveaway #lgbtq #mmromance #gayromance #pride #series #4.5stars
Brant Harkrader is done living by other peoples’ rules. He may not know exactly what he wants out of life, but he’s perfectly happy letting that question figure itself out while starting a new job as a tour guide. Too bad the one thing he does want—his sister’s BFF—only sees him as a little brother. Or so he thinks… Kellan Shelby-Briggs has never shied away from going after what he wants. And…
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saraville · 13 days ago
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plot of aou: AI looks at humanity and goes 'i should make myself a robot body and dominate the world'
plot of superintelligence: AI looks at humanity and goes 'i should dress up as james corden and prank these mfs'
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zcnalbumreviews · 13 days ago
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Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend (Album Review)
(Review #72, June 7th [2021]) Blue Weekend is the third and most recent album by the English band Wolf Alice. I’ve always liked the band to some extent. They’ve released two quite good and interesting records in the past. However, their most recent effort sees them taking their ability to another level.
One thing to take note of about Blue Weekend is it’s evolved sound compared to Wolf Alice’s first two studio releases. It is quite obvious that the band and it’s members have matured both personally and musically. This maturity translates well to the album. It seems to me that none of the group’s four members have failed to take a step forward creatively. There is an atmosphere found here that is truly like no other. Blue Weekend is almost ethereal in it’s sound. While I can’t say I haven’t heard releases that have achieved the same thing, it certainly is a rare accomplishment. Tracks like “No Hard Feelings” are among the album’s cuts that demonstrate this atmosphere best. However, the entire album carries this style throughout it’s runtime.
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The most powerful member on Blue Weekend is undoubtedly frontwoman Ellie Rowsell. Her vocals are absolutely stunning and elevate the album into something else entirely. In fact, one could argue that her vocals make the record what it is. She truly shines on songs like “Lipstick On the Glass” and “How Can I Make It OK?.” Her lyricism has also grown strong with this release, as seen in the intelligent and well written lyrics found on tracks like “The Last Man On Earth.”
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Admittedly, the rest of the band doesn’t shine very much on Blue Weekend. While Joff Oddey, Joel Amey, and Theo Ellis are all very talented individuals, their contributions to the record don’t stand out as much as Rowsell’s. I don’t consider this a bad thing, however. While the rest of Wolf Alice may not stand out, they certainly are essential to the sound and atmosphere of Blue Weekend. The album only achieves it’s goals because of the instrumentalists found on it. The album certainly has very hypnotic and trance-like aspects of it as well. Blue Weekend makes Wolf Alice’s dream pop influences quite obvious due to a number of beautiful and powerful songs. The best of these is, in my opinion, the album closing “The Beach II.” The record almost comes across as a sedative of mesmerizing proportions. I mean this in a very positive way, of course. One of the best aspects of the album is this interesting combination of elegance and spellbinding sounds.
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In conclusion, Blue Weekend is Wolf Alice’s best album so far. It sees the band go in a more mature and interesting direction. The most exciting thing about this release, however, is how likely it is that Wolf Alice are likely able to achieve even more. The possibility of Wolf Alice creating a masterpiece isn’t out of the realm of possibility, as Blue Weekend comes closer than most bands ever have and will.
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Final Rating: 4.5/5 (Absolutely Amazing)
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vvitchblxde · 14 days ago
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also honestly maybe disney just wanted to do a fun crime romp about a crazy person and realized the only character who would truly be able to pull that off was cruella. like why does everyone think her backstory was meant to be a tear jerker or the movie was meant to be deep. it was about crime, fashion, and revenge. very simple and very interesting as concepts. wether you think it landed is your own opinion but i don't think this was meant to absolve her of anything because she was still a rude bitch with a broken moral compass and mental health that was shaky at best in the beginning and actively snapping at the end. she didnt even fully snap. that's gonna happen in the next movie. like if anything is gonna tell us why she wanted to kill dogs when she was older it's gonna be the sequel because, unlike maleficent, this was the first part to a full on retelling that will span multiple movies, not a prequel in the first third and then mostly canon accurate retelling for the rest.
this isnt even the same cruella. it's like getting mad that ouat cruella had magic. this isnt the same version and it's clearly taking notes from the recent rise of unhinged woman movies and how that resonates with people. and again who the fuck else is gonna be a better vessel for that kind of plot? no other iconic disney villain could do it. none of them could be so eccentric and out of their mind as her. and in all actuality she is way more redeemable compared to most disney villains.
yall just value dogs over humans so you think she's the worst when madam medusa and sykes and the evil fucking queen all exist. even SCAR was more evil than cruella. cruella was just nuts and consumed by fashion and her need for constant control and glamor. like i was never as scared of or hateful towards cruella as a child the way i was the characters who actually abused and tried to kill literal children (or their nephew cubs because, again, fucking scar). no i don't condone the skinning of a hundred puppies, that is truly horrific, but i also dont think she's as bad as yall are making her out to be when if this was a story about almost any other villain it would be trying to come up with reasons why they felt validated in the abuse and attempted murder of children or even just straight up fascism, racism, or misogyny in some cases.
like maleficent, cruella de vil was tame in comparison to most of the other villains and i really cannot think of too many other villains they could make movies about and not a single one would have been able to have a movie like her's without feeling out of place. like yeah ursula would be more compelling in many ways but it wouldn't have the same vibe or soundtrack and i think they just wanted to do a rock n roll period piece crime movie, saw an opportunity for some badass costumes and visuals, and went with it. and i feel like a lot of people are missing the point because maleficent was an honest narrator with a legitimately tragic story and deals with things like motherhood and grief while cruella is somewhat unreliable and has a sad backstory but is mostly just fuckin bonkers and grows to revel in it. you saw how serious the other one took itself and was supposed to be and said "clearly all the disney villain movies are like this" and then got mad when the one that would OBVIOUSLY be the most silly and wacked out was exactly that. some people went in expecting it to be like joker ffs (which it was but joker wasn't all that original either and in many ways cruella was like several other movies with similar plotlines, it's almost like...genre tropes and cliches exist).
i'm not sorry for ranting about this because i see your stupid fucking jokes all the time to a point where parts of the movie was spoiled for me because yall couldnt contain yourselves so i dont know why i should feel the need to keep my mouth shut. especially when most of you mfs like various forms of trash media too and only get away with it cause it's popular and because after all the shitty ones these past few years live action disney movies are easy targets. im not offended like the jokes were funny the first few times but it's been weeks now and i wouldn't be so annoyed if people actually watched it in good faith. like do any of you watch anything that isn't a cartoon or podcast with gay characters in good faith or do you just go about your lives getting mad over movies for tween-teenaged art kids who get bullied and want an outlet that isn't an r rated movie with violence or realistic drama? because at the end of the day THAT is the main demographic, not you, not even me.
it is a children's movie and yall are asking for depth because "kids deserve better" as if there arent soooo many other kids movies that have deep meanings and teach important lessons. like soul literally exists, just go watch that. oh right yall just wanna complain about disney movies as if the creators and stories are the same as the corporation that's putting them out is if half the shit you like isnt also disney owned. because at the end of the day it isnt even about the movies it's because you think blindly hating anything with the disney label is activism.
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felixseesmovies · 25 days ago
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Come As You Are (2019)
Synopsis: Three disabled virgins set out for a place where they can change one of those things.
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Rating: Among my recent favourites. (4.5 out of 5 stars)
Review: Confident direction and a talented cast let Come as You Are go from laugh-out-loud funny to genuinely moving in moments. Beautiful visuals (e.g. cinematography, costume design) and an understated score round out the movie, making it a complete testament to the fact that as long as there are interesting people, there are good freaking stories.
Addendum: This reviewer just learned that this movie missed a huge opportunity to cast actors who have the disabilities that the disabled main characters do. The above review and the movie itself should be considered with this context in mind.
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lezreviewbooks · 28 days ago
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A guilty pleasure for Brit Ryder's fans
Gaby's Review of Not Guilty by Brit Ryder
Review of Not Guilty by Brit Ryder Since I read Shameless, the erotica novella by Brit Ryder, a pen name of lesbian fiction author Kris Bryant, I was anxiously waiting for another one. Four years later, not only Ms. Ryder is back, but we are lucky to have a full-length novel. Claire Weaver is determined to succeed professionally and as a newly appointed judge in Kansas City, she hasn’t got the…
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overflowingshelf · a month ago
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Review: Mission: Improper by Bec McMaster
New on the blog: My #bookreview for Mission: Improper by Bec McMaster! I'm so excited for this spinoff series:
Mission: Improper By Bec McMaster Publisher: Lochaber Press Publication Date: August 11, 2016 Series or Standalone: London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy #1 Links: Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Goodreads Rating: MY REVIEW When I found out there was a spinoff series to the London Steampunk series, I was excited yet also nervous. I loved the London Steampunk series so much – would the spinoff…
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lindseygray11me · a month ago
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{Secrets, Scandals, and Spies Review} The Bachelor by @MMichaelsAuthor
Lady Olivia Haliford believes her friend has been murdered. She wants revenge and wants one of the most notorious men in England to help her achieve it. Sebastian Colver, aka the Bastard of Baker Street, is the only man Olivia will accept being her silent partner in a new publication in which she will expose the secrets of the most horrific men of the Ton. After her relentless pursuit of his…
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theresalikesbooks · a month ago
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Book Review | Hope in the Dark
Book Review | Hope in the Dark
Title: Hope in the Dark by Hannah Wright Pages: 420 Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Publisher: Self-published (May 25th, 2021) Summary: Broken hearts, a town torn apart, and a new job. What could possibly go wrong? Moving into the great unknown of Featherlight, Idaho, was a huge change for Elizabeth Matthews. But while Asheville, North Carolina was comfortingly familiar, it had left…
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The Doll Factory
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
A gripping and intense read which left me wanting to read more and more. Each of the characters feel fleshed out and have their own flaws which impact how events play out. The multiple POV chapters was an interesting take on the story and it worked in its favour. The taxidermist character was genuinely unsettling to me, he was creepy and obsessive. This does present situations that some could find upsetting and I understand that it can be off putting seeing into the mind of someone who is such a vile individual.
.5 stars were docked due to the seemingly illogical argument Louis and Iris have right before the climatic ending sequence, it doesn’t make that much sense why she reacted that way. However it didn’t detract much from the moment and so only lost .5 stars. There are disturbing scenes present within the book, this didn’t go beyond what I was comfortable with but could affect reading experiences in others.
Overall a good read, not my all time favourite but still an excellent debut novel. I look forward to the author’s recently published book, Circus of Wonders. As someone who doesn’t normally read Historical Fiction I can’t compare it to much, but I could believe that the slang and other historical points of the world-building did fit with the 1950 London setting.
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lezreviewbooks · a month ago
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Pas de Deux is another winner by EJ Noyes
Gaby's Review of Pas de Deux by EJ Noyes
Review of Pas de Deux by EJ Noyes EJ Noyes is one of my favourite lesfic authors since she stormed the lesfic world with her Ask, Tell series, and later on with Alone, on my list of best books of 2019. Every time one of her novels is released I drop everything else to read it. Once again, she didn’t disappoint. Caitlyn Lloyd is at the top of her career as a dressage rider with hopes to win a…
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breeandthebook · a month ago
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20/50
Read: May 11th-May 11th, 2021 (3rd book in 3 days!)
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Review: This book is relentless. It’s definitely not the type of novel I would normally gravitate to but something pulled me in and wouldn’t let go until I knew what happened in the end.
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twochicksobsessed · a month ago
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Not So Sincerely, Yours (For Him, Book 2) by A.M. Johnson: Exclusive Excerpt and New Release Review
Not So Sincerely, Yours (For Him, Book 2) by A.M. Johnson: #Exclusive #BookExcerpt and #NewRelease #BookReview #lgbtq #mmromance #gay #bisexual #gayromance #4.5stars
Ethan, About last night… I could blame the bourbon. I could say I let things get out of hand, that I should have never called you, but I’m done lying to myself—to you. I know what you’re going to say. You’re not very good at keeping your opinions to yourself, but this can’t happen. It’s inappropriate, at best. I’m your boss. Not to mention, you’re clearly still hung up on him. I’m not a…
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overflowingshelf · a month ago
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Review: My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster
New #ontheblog! My #bookreview for book 3 in the #LondonSteampunk series by @BecMcMaster is up! This might be my favorite couple of the series, though it is hard to chose one. Read more:
My Lady Quicksilver By Bec McMaster Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Publication Date: October 1, 2013 Series or Standalone: London Steampunk #3 Links: Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Goodreads Rating: MY REVIEW Oh, man. My Lady Quicksilver starts off with a bang and does not let up! In the third entry in the London Steampunk series, the story shifts to focus on Sir Jasper Lynch, the leader of the…
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