The Lost City of the Monkey God Review

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A five-hundred-year-old legend. An ancient curse. A stunning medical mystery. And a pioneering journey into the unknown heart of the world’s densest jungle.

Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City of the Monkey God-but then committed suicide without revealing its location.

Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a groundbreaking new quest. In 2012 he climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying the machine that would change everything: lidar, a highly advanced, classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy. In an unexplored valley ringed by steep mountains, that flight revealed the unmistakable image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing evidence of not just an undiscovered city but an enigmatic, lost civilization.

Venturing into this raw, treacherous, but breathtakingly beautiful wilderness to confirm the discovery, Preston and the team battled torrential rains, quickmud, disease-carrying insects, jaguars, and deadly snakes. But it wasn’t until they returned that tragedy struck: Preston and others found they had contracted in the ruins a horrifying, sometimes lethal-and incurable-disease.

Suspenseful and shocking, filled with colorful history, hair-raising adventure, and dramatic twists of fortune, The Lost City of the Monkey God is the absolutely true, eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century.


This was a very intriguing read about the White City or Lost City of the Monkey God in the Mosquitia mountains in Honduras. It shows the hunt for the White City over a century by various archaeologists, treasure hunters, and scientists culminating in the use of laser techniques to find major archaeological finds in the Mosquitia rain forest. We learn about the people who lived in the rain forest and the biological factors that may have forced them to leave their ancestral homes. The book explores the horrific number of dead and society and cultures lost by Old World diseases invading the New World as well as an ancient epidemic that will soon be sweeping modern day populations.

This was a very interesting book that sparked my interest in history, archaeology, and epidemics all in one and made me want to do outside research about the Mosquitia people! I would recommend this to anyone interested in a nonfiction that spans a large span of time and shows the personal, global, and academic ramifications of an archaeology find.

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Motor Crush Comic Review

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By day, Domino Swift competes for fame & fortune in a worldwide motorcycle racing league. By night, she cracks heads of rival gangs in brutal bike wars to gain possession of a rare, valuable contraband: an engine-boosting “machine narcotic” known as Crush.

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This is a gorgeous comic collection that follows Domino Swift, an adopted motorcycle racer. She is completely normal, except she has to drink Crush, the equivalent of Nitro to survive. Throughout the story we find out why she has to drink Crush, a substance that makes “normal” people explode if ingested! We learn more about her adoption and her dark past while also learning more about what she can be…

I was very excited to read this book about a Black, lesbian, motorcycle racer. And the best part of it is, none of this was considered a big deal in the story world. The pro motor cycle racing circuit has its fair share of female racers with a large fan base.

 

The mystery and action mixed together well to really hold my interest. The story mixed flashbacks and present time well to reveal her past and how she came to be adopted. I have my theories on who she really is and why she has to drink Crush to survive, but I’ll let you make your own decisions!

I would give Motor Crush 4 stars for world building, representation, and action scenes. The art work was also very fitting with the story!

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Slipper Review

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I just finished Slipper by Hester Velmans and it left me feeling haunted and thoughtful. I love fairy tale retellings and this was a well crafted retelling of Cinderella.

Once upon a bed and long ago, there lay a maid. And the maid had to huff and to puff, and to puff and to huff, until finally she gave birth to a small bundle of a child.

The Good: I loved that the author wove historical figures with fictional characters to create the story. I was also a huge fan of Bessie, Lucinda’s nurse, she was perpetually cheerful, loyal, and full of love for Lucinda, no matter how misguided her charge was at times. I also love that Bessie was Mother Goose! I would have loved to have more of her thoughts of the goings on of the book. I also loved the second half of the book where we see Lucinda grow a lot more and become a talented successful young woman.

The Bad: I spent the first half of this book torn between sympathy and irritation. Lucinda had been dealt a bad hand and dealt with bullying and unwanted male attention as a young girl. She also was naive to the point of disbelief. She fancies herself in love after a night of passion with a man and follows him to France at the edge of a war!

“The reason I am glad that I came is that you seem to have so little…” “So little what?” “Sense”

The Ugly: 

The men in this book leave much to be desired. They are indifferent or cruel or downright malicious. From the age of 15 she is pursued relentlessly by her cad of an uncle who soothes his conscious that she’s not REALLY his niece afterall. Trigger warning: we see this same uncle lure Lucinda to him at midnight and force himself upon her. And he’s just the first man Lucinda encounters that cares more about the comfort her body can give them than the woman they are accosting. There are very few men in this book who don’t look at Lucinda as a toy to be used and discarded which is a very disheartening view.

“Lucinda we’ll call you,” she said solemnly- a name that to her epitomized everything that was grand, noble and expensive.

At the end of the day, I would give this book a solid 3 stars. The second half of the book is more interesting because we really see Lucinda start to grow. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoy fairy tale retellings and the struggle of women to find their place within the world.

Look for Slipper to release April 14th! Preorder your copy today!

I received a free copy of this ebook through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and unbiased.

 

 

Immortal Matchmakers, Inc Review

Come in friends, sit down and put up your drinks. Can I offer you some ice water? I know it’s cold outside but the book I’m going to tell you about will get you Hot, Hot, Hot!

This is a book I couldn’t put down, not even to eat lunch! Thank goodness Kindle’s can be cleaned relatively easily. Anyway, let me introduce you to Andrus and Sadie from Immortal Matchmakers, Inc.

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SEVEN DAYS TO GO FROM LETHAL IMMORTAL ASSASSIN TO PRINCE CHARMING. DOES HE STAND A CHANCE?

Demigod Andrus Gray may look like every woman’s dream, but when it comes to charm, he sees no point in pretending: He has none and makes no apologies for it. Behaving nicely hasn’t made him the deadly assassin he is today. But is that really the reason he’s still single?

The Goddess Cimil—owner of Immortal Matchmakers, Inc.—thinks yes. So when she foresees a mate in Andrus’s near future, she’s determined to make the match happen. That means hiring aspiring actress Sadie Townsend to help the barbarian “act” a little more civilized.

But are seven days really enough? And why does he suddenly have the urge to throw away an eternity of love for just one night with Sadie?

My thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book! It was sexy and funny and had just enough suspense to keep me interested! We start the book with a foul mouthed God of Temptation and the fun goes up from there!

We meet Andrus who is a tall, smoldering, arrogant, SEXY, demigod. He hides his heart of a gold with an arrogant asshole exterior that makes you want to kiss him, hit him and then kiss him again. He has 8 days till he is to be introduced to his fated mate, and he is a little rusty on his charms. Besides, his first mating didn’t turn out too well, why change for this second chance?

and then we meet Sadie who is a curvy, independent and spunky aspiring actress who is down on her luck. She has 2 weeks before being evicted from her apartment and she is offered 100k to teach an “actor” to behave like Prince Charming. She is down for the challenge…. she thinks.

This starts off a battle of wills that will make you fan your face and laugh out loud! The plot thickens when Andrus discovers that something is stalking and attacking Sadie, she wakes up with no memory and scratches covering her body. Andrus decides to protect her while he tracks the evil and a friendship, and something more begins to spread from there!

Add in a stable of kooky, hilarious side characters- a Goddess of Destruction who can’t decide if she wants to end the world of save it? check! an invisible evil unicorn? that too! and a God of Temptation more turned on by an innocent in granny panties than a babydoll? he’s here too!

And the romance is HOT! Like, panty melting, curl your toes, put down your tea, hot.

All told, I’d give this book 5 stars without hesitation and I recommend it to anyone who loves a lighthearted paranormal romance!

Top quotes:

And he definitely made her womanly bits perk up their little ears like a pack of tiny crotch wolves who scented something delicious in the air.

-Sadie

“I know everything. Except the things I don’t know, but since I don’t know them, then I know everything as far I’m concerned.

-Cimil