Daily Archives: May 13, 2013

The Real Problem with Abercrombie & Fitch—How Jeffries’ Message Hurts Us ALL

Very sad indeed. It’s no wonder young girls have issues about weight and looks today when they see this stuff!


Kristen Lamb's Blog

I wasn’t going to blog at all this week. Have been taking a break and refueling. But when I came in from being away for a week, one of the first articles I saw was regarding Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Michael Jeffries’ “marketing campaign” for the preppy clothing line (quoted in the meme above).

Jeffries isbeing hailed by some marketing experts as a brilliant visionary, but I wonder how he would be perceived if he was excluding people of color or sexual orientation. What would people think if he only wanted “white kids” or “straight people” wearing his clothing line?

Don’t get me wrong, A&F has the right to define their demographic, but we as consumers have a right not to buy clothes from such an uncreative designer that has such a warped vision of beauty and a skewed sense that Skinny=Popular & Cool. Even Perez Hilton weighed…

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Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Product DetailsMagic Bites by Ilona Andrews published by Ace Mar 2007.  CDN $8.99 Kindle edition.

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way.  (Goodreads excerpt)

I had a difficult time getting into this book.  Mostly I think because there was a lot of information that left me having to pause and reflect and go “oh yeah ok I remember that now”.  Once I got about 20% in (I have a kindle so I read in % rather than pages) the story picked up and I was able to continue without going back to remember things like who characters were.

Once I got into the story I was hooked and couldn’t put it down.  I love the attention to detail that makes the story so believable.  It was very consistent when the magic/technology was up and everything was explained.  I loved the main character Kate, her kick ass no nonsense attitude kept me cheering her on.  She kicked butt, got hurt in return, fixed herself up and continued on.  I loved the vulnerable side she showed on rare occasions showing she is human and not just a machine.  Love this character.

The world building was fantastic, even though it slowed it down in the beginning it is what made the story so believable.  All of the characters were unique and engaging, even the bad ones.  I got a kick out of the vampires in this story and how they were not portrayed as typical gorgeous swoon worthy creatures that every girls falls for.  I won’t describe them to avoid any spoilers.  Suffice it to say it was different!

I am usually a sucker for romance in my novels, but the lack of love scenes/swoon worthiness actually made this story better.  It seems like the author is saving it for the next book in the series as she set up the tension between the two main characters in this one.  (Just an observation).  I am looking forward to reading the next book.

4 1/2 stars for me.

Musing Mondays (May 13)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing: Product DetailsThe Fault in our Stars by John Green.

I am about half way through this book and it is not the type of book I normally read.  I actually hate sad books that make me cry but this one is done exceptionally well.  I don’t want to spoil it so I will leave it at that but will do a full review when I am finished reading (and crying).

Product Details Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer is the book that I can’t wait to get my hands on.  Apparently it has already been released (so not fair!) but will not be released in Canada until the end of the month.  I love love love this series.  It is rare to find a book that captures me as much as this story did.  Each book/novella is about one of the characters and you get an in depth look at each one making the story more compelling each time.  I can’t wait.

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Monday Musing  is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!