Sunday, January 31, 2010

Book Review: Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box

Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box
G.P. Taylor
Young Adult Fantasy

Mariah is venturing out from the home he has known for the last seven years, the Chiswick Colonial Home for boys. His parents have been dead for two years and he doesn't have a relative in the world. We meet Mariah while he is on his way to his first job out of school, at the Prince Regent Hotel which is entirely run by steam!

The first person he meets there is Sacha, a young lady near his age who also working for the magician Bizmillah. She wastes no time telling Mariah about the mysterious disappearances of the other boys who have come from his school to work there, as well as the sea monster known as the Kraken. Before long Mariah is caught up in a rescue mission that threatens his own life, after he learns the secrets of the Prince Regent and its supposed owner Otto Luger.

Can Mariah save his new friends in time and find the missing boys? A definite adventure with unique twists and turns!!

Author Read-alikes: Joseph Delaney, Anthony Horowitz, Brandon Mull

Saving Money at the Library: Library Wi-Fi

Money Saving Tips From Your Library

With all that is happening in the economy today, many people are looking for genuine ways to save money. Sometimes it is hard to let go of many of the things we have grown accustomed to having, but budget constraints have left all of us looking for ways to cut back. In the next few weeks, I am going to offer some helpful tips that will allow you to save tremendously and not cut back on the things you enjoy.

Tip #2
Use Library Computers/Wi-Fi

During these times, many people are looking to cut back on some of the services that they have at home. Disconnecting your Internet service and using the library’s computers or Wi-Fi is another way to cut your expenses.

To use our computers, you will need to have a valid library card number and PIN and owe no more than $9.99 in fines. All of our libraries have computers that you can access for up to one hour a day. Not enough time? Six libraries have computer labs that allow you to use the computers for up to two hours per day. These include, Centennial Hills Library, Clark County Library, West Las Vegas Library, Sahara West Library, Spring Valley Library and the Las Vegas Library. Need more than two hours?

We also have Wi-Fi at all of our urban libraries, as well as Laughlin, Mesquite and Moapa Valley. If you have your own laptop, you can access our Wi-Fi service free of charge. No password is needed. Just come in and log into our Wi-Fi. There is a simple agreement that you must read and insert a check mark in the box stating you agree to our terms and you are all set.

You can also print if you need to. Just log into one of our computers and print as much as you need. Just remember, you will need to add money to your library account before you can print. Black and white prints are .10 per page and color prints are .50 per page.

How much money can you save by using the libraries' computers or Wi-Fi? Let’s take a look.

1. Internet service at home can cost anywhere from $9.95 to upwards of $49.95.

2. Wi-Fi access costs at local Internet cafes vary according to the establishment.

3. You cannot print at many Internet cafes, so you must incur the additional cost of gas to drive to another location.

Ok, do you think this is a good tip? If so, just let us know. We are looking for ways to save you money, without losing out on the things you have come to enjoy. Make sure you check back next week for the third tip.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Urban Fiction Blog - Feature Author January- Joy "Deja" King


Title: Last Bitch Standing
Author: Deja “Joy” King
Genre: Urban Fiction

The Urban fiction author for the month of January is Deja King. Deja King was born in Toledo, Ohio and raised in California, Maryland, North Carolina and New Jersey. Deja King represents a new breed of writers producing young, hip and sexy novels that introduce readers to street life in all its complexity.

Ms. King attended North Carolina Central University (NCCU) where she majored in Journalism. With unrelenting support from her mother, King continues to climb to great heights in pursuit of success. Deciding to transfer to Pace University in New York City to delve into more of what life had to offer, she continued to major in Journalism while simultaneously gaining the experience needed to make it in this fast-paced business world. (Retrieved 12/14/09, African American Literature Book Club)
B.I.T.C.H. - Babe in Total Control of Herself

In the final installment of the Bitch Series, Precious Cummings only has one agenda and that is to destroy her most conniving enemy yet, Maya. Precious has no doubt that she can get the job done, the only problem is locating her nemesis who has disappeared with her husband, Supreme and daughter, Aaliyah.

Precious Cummings is the hurricane that your local news channel failed to warn you about. She’s raging, she’s furious, and she’s out for blood. Queen Bitch left Precious fighting against her frenemy, Maya, one she’d taken in and befriended only to be duped and betrayed in her very own domain. Maya has skillfully schemed and ensnared a confused Supreme into thinking that Precious had left him for her past love, the infamous Nico that Supreme despises as well as fears to some degree. Pulling up stakes, Supreme, Maya, and baby Aaliyah have left with no forwarding address, and upon Precious’ conquering yet another near death experience, she arrives home to find it void of those that she loves more than life itself.

Precious’ lifesaving love, Nico teams up with her in her quest to find her family and wreak havoc on Maya. Their gangsta is doubly deadly as this duo search high and low; uncovering every lead they’re given. In the midst of their investigation, Deja ingeniously navigates a connection with Genesis and CoCo into this novel. While also revealing answers to long awaited questions with just a hint of the mystique that she elicits with Precious and her beguiling aura.

Last Bitch Standing is the long awaited finale to the tumultuous life of the renowned and respected Precious Cummings. Her life has entailed a lifetime of bad choices, unforgiveable acts, yet her gangsta mentality has intrigued many that make her acquaintance. Deja has evolved an almost iconic persona with Precious and the various dilemmas she has encountered in this series. Now last but mos def not least, she engineers this novel with heart stopping, exciting, and hypnotic scenarios as the reader encourages Precious’ plight as a mother and wife to find her family and claim her rightful place as the Queen Bitch. Is she memorable? Yes. Is her lifestyle questionable? Yes. Is her mindset fascinating? Yes. Is her style able to be duplicated? Will she be the Last Bitch Standing? This will be revealed to you within the 175 pages that Ms. King has brilliantly penned and fulfilled the request for Precious to be able to exhale and find closure. Now whether she’s standing up or lying flat on her back, you know what you’ll have to do to get this answer don’t you? Stand with Deja as once more and again my gurl rocks tha house in this King Production. The word bitch has never had so much class, sass, and pizzazz! Ms. Deja…do that then! You already know lil mama! I tip my hat to you and your rapid and magnificent pen game!!!

Review by: Tazzvt2bossve’s via Amazon (Retrieved 1/11/10, amazon.com)

We do not currently own the last book in the series, but to have us order it, click here.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bones of Faerie

Bones of Faerie
Jannie Lee Simner
Young Adult Fantasy

Imagine a post apocalyptic world, only rather than the nuclear holocaust that we have been trained to fear, this world had endured a more magical devastation. In the Before, Fey and humans lived together, if not happily, until the Fey decided to wage war on all of humanity. This left our world physically devastated and also magically inclined, as if the magic possessed by the Fey had somehow leaked into the very essence of all humanity.

This is where we find Liza, who lives in a town that shuns all magic. They abandon magically inclined children in the wilderness. Liza lives a seemingly normal life, if a cruel and unfair one. One day when she glances in a mirror (which are supposed to be forbidden objects from the Before). What she sees scares Liza into leaving her town for good, before her father can do something worse to her. She then embarks upon a magical journey that will not only save her and her mother but reunites a town that has been silently living in agony.

Author Read-alikes: Michael Buckley, Melissa Marr, Garth Nix,

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tuesday's New DVD Releases

Here are the releases for February 2nd;

Amelia - Two-time Academy Award® Winner Hilary Swank delivers an unforgettable performance as Amelia Earhart, the legendary American aviatrix who boldly flew into the annals of history. Richard Gere co-stars as her charismatic business partner and adoring husband George Putnam. Bound by ambition and love, their enduring marriage could not be broken by Amelia's determination to fly -- nor her passionate affair with Gene Vidal (Ewan McGregor). Equal parts gripping drama, stirring romance and epic adventure, AMELIA will take your breath away and send your spirit soaring!

Cold Souls – In this surreal comedy, Paul Giamatti plays an actor named...Paul Giamatti. Paul very well might have found the key to happiness for which hes been searching, soul storage. But complications arise when he is the unfortunate victim of "soul trafficking." Balancing a tightrope between deadpan humor and pathos, and reality and fantasy, Cold Souls is a true soul searching comedy.

Love Happens – Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston star in the romantic drama "Love Happens." When a self-help author arrives in Seattle to teach a sold-out seminar, he unexpectedly meets the one person who might finally be able to help him help himself. Dr. Burke Ryan (Eckhart) is on the precipice of a major multimedia deal, but the therapist who asks his patients to openly confront their pain is secretly unable to take his own advice. Eloise Chandler (Aniston) has sworn off men and decided to focus on her floral business. However, when she meets Burke at the hotel where he's speaking, there is an instant attraction. But will two people who have met the right person at exactly the wrong time be able to give love another chance? As each struggles with the hurt of love and loss, they realize that in order to move forward, they need to let go of the past. And if they can, they'll find that, sometimes, love happens when you least expect it.

More Than a Game - Five talented young basketball players from Akron, Ohio star in this remarkable true-life coming of age story about friendship and loyalty in the face of great adversity. Coached by a charismatic but inexperienced player’s father, and led by future NBA superstar LeBron James, the “Fab Five’s” improbable seven-year journey leads them from a decrepit inner-city gym to the doorstep of a national high school championship. Along the way, the close-knit team is repeatedly tested—both on and off the court—as James’ exploding worldwide celebrity threatens to destroy everything they’ve set out to achieve together. More Than A Game combines a series of unforgettable one-on-one interviews with rare news footage, never-before-seen home videos, and personal family photographs to bring this heart-wrenching and wholly American story to life.

Zombieland - Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) doesn't have fears. If he did, he'd kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they're about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other.

This week’s release with the most requests is Surrogates with 576 requests.

Monday, January 25, 2010

CD Spotlight - Mary J. Blige - Stronger With Each Tear


Title: Stronger With Each Tear
Author: Mary J. Blige
Media type: Sound Recording
Genre: R&B/ Soul

Born in the Bronx on January 11, 1971, Blige spent the first few years of her life in Savannah, GA, before moving with her mother and older sister to the Schlobam housing projects in Yonkers, NY. Her rough life there produced more than a few scars, physical and otherwise, and Blige dropped out of high school her junior year, instead spending time doing her friends' hair in her mother's apartment and hanging out.

When she was at a local mall in White Plains, NY, she recorded herself singing Anita Baker's Caught Up in the Rapture into a karaoke machine. The resulting tape was passed by Blige's stepfather to Uptown Records CEO Andre Harrell. Harrell was impressed with Blige's voice and signed her to sing backup for local acts like Father MC. In 1991, however, Sean Puffy Combs took Blige under his wing and began working with her on What's the 411?, her debut album.
When her debut album, What's the 411?, hit the street in 1992, critics and fans alike were floored by its powerful combination of modern R&B with an edgy rap sound that glanced off of the pain and grit of Mary J. Blige's Yonkers, NY, childhood. (Retrieved 1/24/10 http://www.lyricsyoulove.com/m/mary_j_blige/biography.html)

Her music is timeless and as with wine, it seems to get better in time. Mary J. is the queen of hip hop and no one has been able to remove her from this grace. Many have come and tried, but over and over again she has proven she is here to stay. She has experienced many trials and tribulations, but each triumph she endured, she has come out stronger and better. Her music continues to evolve as she ages and I think this is why she has remained in the music industry for so long. She has learned to adapt to the changes and present music that is current as well as timeless. The CD title clearly speaks for itself.

How many times have we been cheated on or thought about cheating ourselves? Well this song tells you in so many words why it is not a good idea. Take a listen and tell me what you think. Don’t for get to watch the video as well.

Mary J. BligeAin't nobody gonna treat you better
Ain't nobody gonna touch you better
Ain't nobody gonna love you better boy than I am
Than I am (Nobody, nobody) than I am (3x)

Ohh Ain't nobody gonna treat you better than I am

You can try to act single if you wanna
You can go ahead and mingle if you wanna
You can even behave like you don't care
But you know (but you know) like I know (like I know)
That you ain't that foolish
Who you foolin'' You won't ruin
What's been here all along, you ain't movin'
From what you've got at home

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Save money at the library: eBooks and eMedia


Money Saving tips from your Library
With all that is happening in the economy today, many people are looking for genuine ways to save money. Sometimes it is hard to let go of many of the things we have grown accustomed to having, but budget constraints have left all of us looking for ways to cut back. In the next few weeks, I am going to offer some helpful tips that will allow you to save tremendously and not cut back on the things you enjoy.

Tip #1
Download books from the library


You can download many titles from the library if you live in Las Vegas, just by using your library card number and your PIN number. We have lots of titles that we purchase from two separate companies, NetLibrary and Overdrive that have books in eBook and eAudio formats. There are many devices that can be used to view or listen to these titles. Visit these pages for a list of compatible devices, in Overdrive or NetLibrary.

You are allowed to have up to 35 titles at one time. You can choose your check out period, whether you need 7, 14 or 21 days. No need to worry about late fees for overdue items or gas to take the items back to the library. Titles automatically expire after the due date, so you have to do nothing. Even if you forget you have the eBooks or eAudio books checked out, they are returned automatically. Also, you can’t loose these, so no paying for lost or damaged items. Best of all, these titles are FREE as long as you meet the criteria above. You can’t beat that! For more information, click here.

How much money can you save by downloading books from our e-Media site? Well that depends on you, but here is a list of ways that you can save.

1. No late fees – Titles are returned automatically (Late fees are .25 per item, per day)

2. No lost or damaged items – You can’t lose the titles because they are on your electronic device and are returned automatically (Items vary in price from about $4 to about $50)

3. Less gas used – No need to travel to the library as often, because these can be downloaded from our website to your computer as long as you have internet access. No traveling in bad weather either. (Unleaded gas is approximately $2.70 per gallon or more)

4. Better for the environment and your health – No huge books to carry around, so less strain on your body. Less discarding or print materials have they have received lots of wear and tear.

Ok, you calculate how much you can save? Like this tip, if so, let us know. We are looking for ways to save you money, without losing out on the things you have come to enjoy. Make sure you check back next week for the second tip.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Urban Fiction Blog - Feature Author January- Joy "Deja" King


Title: Queen Bitch
Author: Deja “Joy” King
Genre: Urban Fiction

The Urban fiction author for the month of January is Deja King. Deja King was born in Toledo, Ohio and raised in California, Maryland, North Carolina and New Jersey. Deja King represents a new breed of writers producing young, hip and sexy novels that introduce readers to street life in all its complexity.

Ms. King attended North Carolina Central University (NCCU) where she majored in Journalism. With unrelenting support from her mother, King continues to climb to great heights in pursuit of success. Deciding to transfer to Pace University in New York City to delve into more of what life had to offer, she continued to major in Journalism while simultaneously gaining the experience needed to make it in this fast-paced business world. (Retrieved 12/14/09, African American Literature Book Club)
B.I.T.C.H. - Babe in Total Control of Herself

In Queen Bitch, Precious has lost it all, her daughter, Aaliyah, the love of her life, Supreme, and the luxurious lifestyle she's grown accustomed to. The perpetrator of her demise is the very person she called family--Maya. Precious learns the hard way, it's true what they say, blood is thicker than water, as Maya aligns herself with her brother, Pretty Boy Mike.
As Precious fights to escape the death sentence that awaits her, Maya is plotting to steal the life she believes is rightfully hers. But Precious has no plans of relinquishing her crown. She is willing to do anything, to make sure Maya pays for the deceit and devastation she has caused her family.

With the cards stacked against her, Precious has to gamble it all and use the only weapon she has left--her street savvy brains to outwit the most dangerous enemies she's encountered yet. In this game where the winner takes all, who will come out on top--the mentor or the protege? Because there can only be one Queen Bitch.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Supersize Me, By Morgan Spurlock


Title: Supersize Me
Creator: Morgan Spurlock
Genre: Non-Fiction

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock embarks on a journey to find out if fast food is making Americans fat. For 30 days he can't eat or drink anything that isn't on McDonald's menu; he must eat three square meals a day, he must eat everything on the menu at least once and supersize his meal if asked. He treks across the country interviewing a host of experts on fast food and a number of regular folk while downing McDonald's to try and find out why 37% of American are now overweight. Spurlock's grueling diet spirals him into a metamorphosis that will make you think twice about picking up another Big Mac.

This is a must see DVD if you are like many Americans who depend on fast food more than 2-3 times a week for meals. After watching this movie, I began to see why many people are having trouble with weight gain. This movie is a real eye opener that will hopefully lead to healthier eating and less healthcare issues. There are many diseases that are a result of excessive weight, but diabetes is affecting many people at alarming rates. To see the groups most affected by diabetes, click here.

To start the journey of eating healthy, it is better to get an early start in life. If parents eat healthy, kids will also eat healthy. For tips on how you and your family can learn how to eat healthy, click here. For more books on healthy living, click here.

I hope that after you see the movie, you will make a positive change for better health. How are some ways you and your family stay healthy? We would love to hear your ideas.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesday's New DVD Releases


Here are the releases for January 26th;

Bright Star - London, 1818 – a secret love affair begins between 23-year-old English poet John Keats and the girl next door, Fanny Brawne, an outspoken student of fashion. This unlikely pair started at odds; he thinking her a stylish minx, she unimpressed by literature in general. But when Keats's younger brother falls ill John and Fanny are drawn together. Keats, touched by Fanny's efforts to help care for his brother, agrees to teach her poetry.By the time Fanny's alarmed mother (Kerry Fox) and Keats's best friend Charles Armitage Brown (Paul Schneider) realize their attachment, the relationship had an unstoppable momentum. Intensely and helplessly absorbed in each other, the young lovers were swept into powerful new sensations: "I have the feeling as if I were dissolving," Keats wrote to her. Together they rode a wave of romantic obsession that deepened as their troubles mounted. Only Keats's own fatal illness proved insurmountable.

Michael Jackson's This Is It - A rare glimpse into the final days of Michael Jackson, the documentary is compiled from an estimated 80 hours of rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage of the legendary entertainer preparing for his 50 sold-out shows at London's O2 Arena that were scheduled to commence in July 2009 before his untimely death in June at age 50. Interviews with collaborators and close friends of the late performer are also featured.

Saw VI - Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman has emerged as the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw's legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw's grand scheme is finally understood.

Surrogates - People are living their lives remotely from the safety of their own homes via robotic surrogates - sexy, physically perfect mechanical representations of themselves. It's an ideal world where crime, pain, fear and consequences don't exist. When the first murder in years jolts this utopia, FBI agent Greer discovers a vast conspiracy behind the surrogate phenomenon and must abandon his own surrogate, risking his life to unravel the mystery.

Whip it - Hang onto your helmet and get ready to break away from the pack! Ellen Page scores huge laughs as Bliss Cavendar, a small-town teenager with a big dream: to find her own path in the world. Tired of following in her family’s footsteps of compliance and conformity, Bliss discovers a way to put her life on the fast track...literally. She lands a spot on a rough-and-tumble roller derby team and becomes “Babe Ruthless” — the hottest thing on eight wheels!

This week’s release with the most requests is Pandorum with 459 requests.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Libraries Closed Today to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


The Las-egas Clark County Library District libraries, urban and surrounding areas wil be closed today, January 18th. We are closed in honor or Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States Holiday, marking the birthdate of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King's birthday, January 15. It is one of four United States federal holidays to commemorate an individual person.

King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. He was assasinated in 1968.

The campaign for a federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed in 1986. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000. (Retrieved Wikipedia, 1/13/10.)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a vital figure of the modern era. His lectures and dialogues stirred the concern and sparked the conscience of a generation. The movements and marches he led brought significant changes in the fabric of American life through his courage and selfless devotion. This devotion gave direction to thirteen years of civil rights activities. His charismatic leadership inspired men and women, young and old, in this nation and around the world.
Dr. King’s concept of “somebodiness,” which symbolized the celebration of human worth and the conquest of subjugation, gave black and poor people hope and a sense of dignity. His philosophy of nonviolent direct action, and his strategies for rational and non-destructive social change, galvanized the conscience of this nation and reordered its priorities. His wisdom, his words, his actions, his commitment, and his dream for a new way of life are intertwined with the American experience.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born at noon on Tuesday, January 15, 1929 at the family home, 501 Auburn Avenue, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Charles Johnson was the attending physician. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the first son and second child born to the Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. entered the Christian ministry and was ordained in February 1948 at the age of nineteen at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia. Following his ordination, he became Assistant Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church. Upon completion of his studies at Boston University, he accepted the call of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. He was the pastor of Dexter Avenue from September 1954 to November 1959, when he resigned to move to Atlanta to direct the activities of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. From 1960 until his death in 1968, he was co-pastor with his father at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Dr. King was a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement. He was elected President of the Montgomery Improvement Association, the organization that was responsible for the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott from 1955 to 1956 (381 days). He was arrested thirty times for his participation in civil rights activities. He was a founder and president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference from 1957 to 1968. He was also Vice President of the National Sunday School and Baptist Teaching Union Congress of the National Baptist Convention. He was a member of several national and local boards of directors and served on the boards of trustees of numerous institutions and agencies. Dr. King was elected to membership in several learned societies including the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. (Retrieved 1/13/10, MLKday.gov)

To listen to any of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s. famous speeches, or watch videos featuring him, click here.


All libraries will reopen on Tuesday, January 19th from 9a.m. to 9p.
What happens if my books are due on this date?
No worries, items will not be due on this, but the following day. You can also use the outside bookdrops if you need to return items on this date. Please remember no dvds or cds can be placed in the outside bookdrop because they can get damaged.

Don’t forget, you can still access our electronic resources. These are available 24 hours a day. Just make sure your card is valid and you have a personal identification number, then you are all set.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

CD Review - Musiq Soullchild - On My Radio


Title: On My Radio
Author: Musiq Soulchild
Media type: Sound Recording
Genre: R&B/ Soul

Taalib Johnson (born September 16, 1977), better known by his stage name Musiq Soulchild or Musiq (pronounced mju:sik), is a soul artist whose style blends contemporary R&B, soul, funk, alternative, blues, jazz and hip hop.


Musiq is the eldest of nine children. At an early age, Musiq decided he would discontinue his high school education, and left home at 17. It was during that time Musiq started to build a reputation for being musically gifted, beat boxing for MC's, free styling on the open mic circuit, scatting at a jazz club, or just performing a cappella in the streets of Philadelphia, which is where he got the name Musiq and later added Soulchild, which is intended to respect and represent the legacy and traditions of past soul artists. (retrieved 1/10/10, Wikipedia)

Musiq soulchild on the origin of his name. There were people who knew of me but didn't really know me; they just knew me as that music dude. So after getting that so much, I was like Just call me Musiq. It was so fresh to me because if I had to be called anything, I would have wanted to be called Music. That's how much I dug it; when you see me, I want you to automatically think of music. The nickname Soulchild came from two ideas. Musiq quotes it as, Musiq Soulchild is technically two ideas. Musiq is the front man and Soulchild is the idea behind it. It's basically me as an artist in this generation, representing the traditions and the legacies of the past soul stars.

Of course all women will love this song if they have not already heard it. This is sure to be an all time favorite. The song is entitled, “So Beautiful.” The title speaks for itself. Many women want to be the object of their mates affections with endless compliments and this songs speaks to the heart. Musiq Soulchild speaks of his affections for his lady and tells how he wants to spend the reast of his life with her. Thisis a true classic that you will want to listen to for many years to come.

So Beautiful
You're my baby,
My love, my baby
All night
You make me
Want you
It drives me crazy
I feel like you were made just for me baby
Tell me if you feel the same way

Cause it just feels so right
I don't wanna waste no time
If I had to choose
I know I'm gonna always choose to be with you
Cause girl don't you know

Girl don't you know
You're so beautiful
I wanna give all my love to you girl
Not just a night
But the rest of your life
I wanna be always here by your side

Go listen and see if you think this is a classic song that you will be able to listen to for many years. Let us know if you like this song or not? Or, what are your thoughts after listening to this song?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Urban Fiction Blog - Feature Author January- Deja "Joy" King


Title: The Bitch is Back
Author: Joy "Deja" King
Genre: Urban Fiction

The Urban fiction author for the month of January is Deja King. Deja King was born in Toledo, Ohio and raised in California, Maryland, North Carolina and New Jersey. Deja King represents a new breed of writers producing young, hip and sexy novels that introduce readers to street life in all its complexity.

Ms. King attended North Carolina Central University (NCCU) where she majored in Journalism. With unrelenting support from her mother, King continues to climb to great heights in pursuit of success. Deciding to transfer to Pace University in New York City to delve into more of what life had to offer, she continued to major in Journalism while simultaneously gaining the experience needed to make it in this fast-paced business world. (Retrieved 12/14/09, African American Literature Book Club)
B.I.T.C.H. - Babe in Total Control of Herself

The Bitch is Back by Deja King is the third installment of the Bitch series and still has Precious Mills (nee Cummings) getting down for what she believes. Living lavishly with her music mogal husband, Supreme, and their infant daughter, Aaliyah, all of Precious’ dreams had come true. Her fairytale world began to crumble when she was informed that Aaliyah had been abducted at a park while with her nanny, Anna. Though Precious appeared to have tamed her wild ways, the kidnapping reawakened the beast her followers once knew as she hunted for her daughter; she was out for blood. Her anger heightened when she found out her rapist, who was supposed to be incarcerated, may have Aaliyah.

Knowing her daughter’s fate was in her hands, Precious was propelled to lie to her husband, lash out at those who genuinely cared for her, and reached out to Nico, her ex-lover who previously attempted to kill her. How could such a wonderful world become hell without warning? It can happen when you couple unresolved conflicts with greed and the creativity of Deja King.
The Bitch is back delivered on its title. While Precious still donned the softer side she had in the series’ second installment, Bitch Reloaded, she no doubt lets us know that she still has it in her. The author did a great job of incorporating the characters back stories so the novel works well as a stand-alone. I loved the emotional conflict Precious had over Nico because of its realism, but I was a bit disappointed with the dialogue toward the end of the story. I felt they were too detailed, but to give an example would spoil the plot.

Hopefully, Deja King will drop the fourth installment as soon as possible. The cliffhanger ending was totally unexpected, but I am not quite sure if Precious has enough steam to captivate readers one more time…or can she?

Reviewed by Darnetta FrazierAPOOO BookClub

Friday, January 15, 2010

"Sicko," The Movie by Michael Moore


Ttitle: Sicko
Genre: Documentary

With everything going on with issues in health care reform, have you ever thought how other countries handle health care? We are one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet many of our citizens cannot afford health care or are not covered for other reasons, such as having a preexisting medical condition. Is this fair? After watching the movie “Sicko” by Michael Moore, I was in total disbelief.

Let me just start by saying that saying that after I watched the movie, my initial impression is that healthcare is all about money, not the physical well being of humans. That in itself is a disgrace. How can you place a dollar amount on human life?

Foreign Prisoners held captive in Guantanamo Bay receive better health care than volunteers of the 9/11 bombing in New York. These people volunteered their services to help others, now they are in the fight for their own lives. How ironic is that.

Another part of the movie that still haunts me to this day is the story of the African-American woman who took her child to the nearest emergency room, only to be told she had to take her to another hospital, because her insurance did not cover her in that particular hospital. What the heck? As a result the child died. How inhumane is that?

There are many more stories like this. So if you have health insurance, are you really covered? I would hate to find out that I am not. There are lots of people who are against healthcare reform, but I wonder if they will change their minds after watching this movie.

Have you watched the movie? If so, we would love to hear your thoughts. Although this movie is over two years old, the content is very relevant, so we would also love to hear how you feel about healthcare reform.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Job Hunting in 2010

Saturday, January 16th from 2-5 P.M. at the Rainbow Library, 3150 N. Buffalo, Las Vegas, NV 89128

Are you still looking for that ideal job? Great, then the Rainbow Library can help. How you ask? Well the library staff will provide great tips for finding helpful resources to aid in your job search. There will also be community organizations there to present a wealth of information during this January 16th program.

The following organizations are scheduled to appear;
College of Southern Nevada – Will present information on Interviewing, as well as provide information about their Job Training programs at CSN (college of Southern Nevada).

Nevada Job Connect - Will help you answer the following questions, What are employers looking for? Are you qualified? What steps do you need to take to get your next job? It helps to have the right resources. Whether you are looking for a new job or your first job, Nevada Job Connect will point you in the right direction and find resources to help in your search.

Virtual Library (The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District) - Will show you an easy way to find helpful information, including national and local resources as well as many electronic sources that you can use free of charge.

University of Phoenix –Will provide an overview of some of the hot careers in today’s job market. They will also have useful information about the University of Phoenix resources for those wanting to change careers and go back to school.

Scott Linklater author of How to Land a Job in Las Vegas: Don't Gamble with Your CareerWill discuss his experience in looking for a job in Las Vegas and some of the pitfalls to avoid. He is a dynamic speaker with lots to offer, so you definitely do not want to miss his presentation.




We are excited to present this program once again and we hope to provide the audience with a wealth of information that will be beneficial in expanding their skills or helping them to find a new career.

What will be the best part of this program? Your presence, so we hope to see you there.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Book Review: Justice--What's the Right Thing to Do?


Title: Justice--What's the Right Thing to Do?
Author: Michael J. Sandel
ISBN: 9780374180652
Genre: Non-Fiction/ Legal

On the theme of building understanding of each other, I would like to recommend this new book, written by Harvard University professor Michael Sandel.

While acknowledging that for most of us, our conceptions of justice are more complicated than this, Sandel contrasts three conflicting views of justice. There are emphases on: maximizing welfare of all, maximizing freedom of all, and promoting virtue. Major political and social movements tend to emphasize one of these more than the others.

Using this framework Sandel discusses questions such as Who Deserves What? or What Do We Owe One Another?

Throughout the book Sandel uses a mix of idealized, hypothetical cases and real-life examples to illustrate the arguments of each position. For example, on the question of pay equity, he describes how there is a eminent judge in this country whose salary is $220,000 per year. Another judge gets paid $25 million a year.

You might have guessed that the first judge is Chief Justice John Roberts of the US Supreme Court and the second is Judge Judy. Sandel uses the example to discuss whether this is fair--or just--according to the three main perspectives mentioned above.

I find Sandel's illustrations involving current news stories to be the most intriguing. For example, he claims that public outrage over the unfairness of salary bonuses given to executives in companies receiving government bailout money also raises the question of what is fair in good times. He notes that a number of executives tried to claim that they did the best they could in a bad situation and were not fully responsible for the failure of their companies.

However, Sandel notes that this argument would then apply equally well during prosperous times, implying executives should accept that they were just as over-paid then because they could not be fully responsible for their success if they weren't responsible for their failure.

The main point of the book is to get readers to think and to understand the positions of people who disagree with them.

His popular course has been turned into a 12-part Public Television series, available on DVD. There is also a website accompanying the book and the television series available here http://www.justiceharvard.org/.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tuesday's New DVD Releases


Here are the releases for January 19;

Gamer - Gamer is a high-concept action thriller set in a near future when gaming and entertainment have evolved into a terrifying new hybrid. Humans control other humans in mass-scale, multi-player online games: people play people... for keeps. Mind-control technology is widespread, and at the heart of the controversial games is its creator, reclusive billionaire Ken Castle (Michael C. Hall). His latest brainchild, the first-person shooter game Slayers, allows millions to act out their most savage fantasies online in front of a global audience, using real prisoners as avatars with whom they fight to the death.Kable (300's Gerard Butler) is the superstar and cult hero of the ultraviolent Slayers. Kable is controlled by Simon, a young gamer with rock star status who continues to defy all odds by guiding Kable to victory each week. Taken from his family, imprisoned and forced to fight against his will, the modern day gladiator must survive long enough to escape the game to free his family, regain his identity and to save mankind from Castle's ruthless technology.

The Invention of Lying - In an alternate reality, lying - even the concept of a lie - does not even exist. Everyone - from politicians to advertisers to the man and woman on the street - speaks the truth and nothing but the truth with no thought of the consequences. But when a down-on-his-luck loser named Mark suddenly develops the ability to lie, he finds that dishonesty has its rewards. In a world where every word is assumed to be the absolute truth, Mark easily lies his way to fame and fortune. But lies have a way of spreading, and Mark begins to realize that things are getting a little out of control when some of his tallest tales are being taken as, well, gospel. With the entire world now hanging on his every word, there is only one thing Mark has not been able to lie his way into: the heart of the woman he loves.

Pandorum- When two men emerge from a deep sleep in the middle of space, they discover that they have no memories of who they are and where they're going. But their memory loss pales in comparison to the problem of the murderous warriors on board their ship who don't want to leave anyone alive.

Whiteout - After two years stationed at Antarctica's South Pole research base, lone U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko (Kate Beckinsale) is as anxious as anyone to be going home. She's turned in her resignation and is counting the hours and minutes to the last plane out. But three days before departure, a body turns up on the ice and Carrie is immediately thrust into Antarctica's first murder investigation. As the death toll mounts, the mystery deepens with shifting loyalties, deadly whiteouts, and a relentless killer who will stop at nothing to protect a secret buried for over sixty years. Now with everyone around her packing up and getting out, Carrie must solve the crime before Antarctica is plunged into six months of darkness and she is stranded with the killer on a land where nothing comes in and no one gets out.

This week’s release with the most requests is Post Grad with 256 requests.

Monday, January 11, 2010

CD Review - India Arie - Testimony. Volume 2, Love and Politics


Title: Testimony. Vol. 2, Love and Politics
Author: India Arie
Media type: Sound Recording
Genre: R&B/ Soul

Indie Arie was born in Denver, Colorado. She absorbed musical skills early in life as she was encouraged by both parents. Her mother Joyce is a former singer and is now her stylist. Her father is former ABA and NBA basketball player Ralph Simpson She has an older brother named J'On. After her parents divorced, Arie's mother moved the family to Atlanta, Georgia when she was thirteen. Arie had taken up a succession of musical instruments throughout her schooling in Denver, but her interest in the guitar while attending the Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, led to a personal revelation about songwriting and performing. When I started tapping into my own sensitivity, I started to understand people better. It was a direct result of writing songs.(Retrieved Wikipedia 1/10/10)

India Arie is known and cherished by fans and fellow musicians as a poet, a songwriter, a daughter, a producer, a musician, a sister, a singer, an advocate, a friend and a philanthropist –– but she is possibly best known for the love in her music that has inspired and motivated people worldwide. (Retrieved, 1/10/10, http://www.indiaarie.com/bio.aspx)

I love Chocolate High from her latest CD. In this song, India sings a duet with Musig Soulchild where each is speaking of their addiction to each other. I just love the words and the soft beats. A simple, yet profound song.

Chocolate High
[India Arie]
I don't mean to be decadent
I might sound like a hedonist
But the simplest way I can put it
You become a habit
The more I consume, the more I gotta have it
Ain't no such thing as too much
If you gave me everything it'd never be enough yeah
My black coffee with sugar no cream in the morning
You're my super double caffeine dream yeah

[Musiq Soulchild]
Your precious darkness got me so
Strung out and lovin' the way that you
Got me so wide open, my baby doll
Jonesin' and fienin' under my skin
My nerves are screamin' when you're not here
See baby I need ya sugar
You're so delicious

We love her music, because it speaks to all of us. Her music gives hope and has lots of meaning in a time when many artists are just trying to make a “buck.” How does she continue to stay positive in her music amidst the craziness in the music industry? I do not know, but I am glad she does and I hope she continues to present the positive side and continue to uplift many people.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Urban Fiction Blog - Feature Author January- Joy "Deja" King


Title: Bitch Reloaded Part 2
Author: Joy Deja King
Genre: Urban Fiction

The Urban fiction author for the month of January is Deja King. Deja King was born in Toledo, Ohio and raised in California, Maryland, North Carolina and New Jersey. Deja King represents a new breed of writers producing young, hip and sexy novels that introduce readers to street life in all its complexity.

Ms. King attended North Carolina Central University (NCCU) where she majored in Journalism. With unrelenting support from her mother, King continues to climb to great heights in pursuit of success. Deciding to transfer to Pace University in New York City to delve into more of what life had to offer, she continued to major in Journalism while simultaneously gaining the experience needed to make it in this fast-paced business world. (Retrieved 12/14/09, African American Literature Book Club)

B.I.T.C.H. - Babe in Total Control of Herself

Bitch Reloaded waste no time in giving us a flashback into what happens in the last book. Precious is fighting for her life as well as her unborn child’s life, but only one can survive. Precious had it all, but now she has lost her child and the love of her life, Rapper, Supreme. Will she be able to survive alone in this world without the two most important people in her life?
After she buries her husband and tries to resume a normal life, she experiences more challenges in trying to survive. Her one goal in life is to find and destroy former lover Nico Carter. The one person she knows who can help her find Nico is a former associate from her old neighborhood in Brooklyn. She develops a plan to offer anyone who knows the whereabouts of Nico Carter a million dollars. Of course the bait is taken and Precious meets with her neighborhood associate to seal the deal. They set up a meeting and after they arrive at the designated house, Precious becomes suspicious and once again, she must take matters into her own hands and kills before she is killed.

During the time that she is seeking to get revenge on Nico Carter, she meets Mike. Mike works for a record label and will do anything necessary to get his hands on Supremes’ unpublished music. He decides that the only way to get his hands on the music is to get Precious to sell him the rights to the music or to get her to fall in love with him. That way, once he marries her, he will have access to the unpublished music. Precious is unsure of what she should do and ask for help from another friend from her old neighborhood, Jamal.

Jamal is now Vice president of a record label and gives Precious advice on what she should do with her late husbands’ unpublished music. He gives her what she wants and tells her that Mike is very dangerous and that she should be careful in her dealings with him. Jamal in turn asks a favor of Precious. He is engaged and wants to make sure his fiancĂ©e is not cheating on him, so he asks Precious to befriend her and spy on her to see if she is indeed genuine. The two women start hanging out, but there is something about Nina that precious just can’t explain. They end up actually becoming really cool, but in the end, I was surprised at the connection Nina really has to precious. Jamal was a scapegoat for the bigger picture. Of course I will spoil things if I tell you what happens here, so happy reading.

After Precious enlists the help of Mike to help her get rid of a dead body, she is indebted to him in more ways than she realizes. Perhaps she should have listened to Jamal. She is on a journey to avenge her husband’s death and she will stop at nothing to seek revenge on anyone involved, including her suspicions of Mike. Are her suspicions valid, or has she met her match? Will there be a third book, or is this the end of Precious Cummings, aka B.I.T.C.H.?

Friday, January 8, 2010

Book Review - Non-Fiction - The Conversation: how black men and women can build loving, trusting relationships


Title: The Conversation: how black men and women can build loving, trusting relationships
Author: Hill Harper
ISBN: 9781592404759
Genre: Non-Fiction/ Relationships

Hill Harper seems to know exactly what the African –American community needs. His books seem to come at a time when there is a breakdown in the African-American family structure and he hopes his latest book will answer why this may be the case and how we can resolve this situation before it becomes even more dire.

This book is a candid conversation between men and women and to be honest, it speaks to the core and asks those complex questions that we are afraid to ask of one another, which leads to the ultimate breakdown in communication. How do we get past the stereotypes we have of each other (black men vs black women)? We must seek the truth and stop relying on others negative thoughts and ideas and come up with what is true in own on hearts about each other.

I liked this book, because Hill not only provides us with his personal experiences and fears, but he also talks to many friends, colleagues, associates that were married, single, divorced or simply involved to give us real and honest answers, not just something he overheard or read in journals or articles. This information came from the “horse’s mouth” so to speak. I found myself agreeing with some of the negative assumptions about the opposite sex and totaling disagreeing when the other sex talked about women. I guess I somehow accepted the negative things I have heard as truth, but I think I need to reevaluate my assumptions’ and communicate openly about my wants fears and needs.

The Conversation also provides practical ways for you to open the lines of communication, so anyone who reads this book, will at least have a starting point and perhaps we can all come together to start to rebuild what has been on the demise for years, the African American Family.
Great job, Hill.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Book Review - Children's - The Storm in the Barn

The Storm in the Barn
Matt Phelan
Children's Fiction

Kansas, 1937: the Dust Bowl may be coming to an end, but the farmers and families who have had their livelihoods ravaged by the drought have no way of knowing that. In a small town, young Jack Clark and his family eke out a miserable existence. In town, Jack is constantly bullied by the local kids. At home, his father treats him as if he has nothing to offer. Jack’s older sister, Dorothy—her lungs ravaged by the dust clouds—reads him stories about the land of Oz, while Jack keeps an eye on their younger sister, Mabel.

Meanwhile, Jack witnesses some strange goings-on in a nearby barn. Gazing out across the dusty plains late at night, he sees bursts of light coming from inside the building. When he goes to investigate, he finds a puddle of water, with no visible source. How is this possible, in the midst of a drought that is ruining lives and destroying families?

Matt Phelan makes something of a double-debut here. While he has illustrated numerous books for other authors, this is the first book he has written. It’s also his first graphic novel. It has the feel of an American tall tale or myth, which is clearly intentional; by referencing L. Frank Baum’s Oz stories and the Jack tales of folklore, Phelan pretty much is wearing his influences on his sleeves.

He tells his story the way an artist would, with the visuals doing as much—or even more—of the work than the words. He’s not afraid of long stretches of silence, with no words at all. He uses a limited palate of browns and yellows to depict the Dust Bowl-ravaged town, with things becoming more blue and gray as the story approaches its stormy climax. Characters are drawn in black and white, deliberately intended to resemble historical photographs. Like the Wizard of Oz movie, he uses full color when stories are being told. The artistic effects are all subtle, but very effective.

This is a story set during the Dust Bowl, but it isn’t a story about it. It’s hard to imagine the story being set in any other place, or at any other period, but this isn’t a textbook. The trappings—the dry, dusty weather, the poverty, even an upsetting scene showing the mass slaughter of jackrabbits—all serve to further the story. Matt Phelan has added something new to American mythology. While this book was produced and published for young readers, it’s a story that adults will find enjoyable as well.


Highly recommended.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Book Review: Getting What We Deserve

Getting What We Deserve: Health and Medical Care in America
Alfred Sommer
9780801893872
Non-Fiction/ Health

Did you know that deaths from measles largely disappeared from the United States before the vaccine was available? The rate had declined by 95% before the vaccine was introduced in 1965.

After the 1930's, with the exception of the Great Depression, housing conditions and food supplies had improved such that children were less likely to suffer serious complications from infection. A similar trend occured with tuberculosis. Dr. Alfred Sommer, former dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, begins his book with this observation.

As an epidemiologist, Dr. Sommer focuses on the big picture in healthcare. His primary point is that the basics of good health are quite simple: eat a balanced, low-fat, low-salt, low-calorie diet; get plenty of exercise; and don't smoke. He has a few other suggestions, but I'll let you read the book to learn those. Technology and medical innovation can be useful, but they can never substitute for the basics.

Dr. Sommer also warns about paying too much attention to observational medical studies, of the type that say one day that coffee is bad for you and then that coffee is good for you. The real test is a randomized clinical trial, otherwise the researchers may not be accounting for relevant variables.

While the current healthcare debate goes on, I find Dr. Sommer's take rather refreshing. I'm not denying that there are serious issues needing improvement with our healthcare system, but I think it is helpful to step back and remember how far we have come.

Did you know that in all of human history only one disease has been completely eliminated? Do you know what that disease is and when it was eradicated?

Answer: Smallpox. The world was declared smallpox-free only in 1980.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tuesday's New DVD Releases


Here are the releases for January 12th;

Fame - Passions will be tested. Hearts will be broken. Talent, dedication and hard work will triumph! Fame is the inspiring story of a group of dancers, singers, musicians and actors at the New York City High School of Performing Arts, and their spirited drive to live out their dreams of stardom. In an incredibly competitive atmosphere, each student must shine amidst the tumult of school work, deep friendships, budding romance and self-discovery.

Halloween II - It's that time of year again, and Michael Myers has returned home to sleepy Haddonfield, Illinois to take care of some unfinished family business. Unleashing a trail of terror that only horror master Rob Zombie can, Myers will stop at nothing to bring closure to the secrets of his twisted past. But the town's got an unlikely new hero, if they can only stay alive long enough to stop the unstoppable.

Post Grad - Ryden Malby (Bledel) had a plan. Do well in high school, thereby receiving a great college scholarship. Now that she's finally graduated, it's time for her to find a gorgeous loft apartment and land her dream job at the city's best publishing house. But when Jessica Bard (Reitman), Ryden's college nemesis steals her perfect job, Ryden is forced to move back to her childhood home. Stuck with her eccentric family – a stubborn do-it-yourself dad (Keaton), an overly thrifty mom (Lynch), a politically incorrect grandma (Burnett), a very odd little brother (Coleman) – and a growing stack of rejected job applications, Ryden starts to feel like she’s going nowhere. The only upside is spending time with her best friend, Adam (Zach Gilford) – and running into her hot next-door neighbor, David (Santoro). But if Ryden's going to survive life as a post grad, it may be time to come up with a new plan...

Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself - When Madea, America’s favorite pistol-packing grandma, catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home, she decides to take matters into her own hands and delivers the young delinquents to the only relative they have: their aunt April. Initially wanting nothing to do with the kids, April learns along the way that she can change her old ways and become a better person. But it takes a lot of work and the help of a handsome Mexican immigrant who moves in with April to push her to change.




This week’s release with the most requests is Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs with 431 requests.

Monday, January 4, 2010

CD Spotlight - Leona Lewis - Spirit

Title: Leona Lewis
Author: SpiritMedia type: Sound Recording
Genre: R&B/ Popular

A striking young woman with a strong vocal resemblance to the young Whitney Houston and a large mop of blonde corkscrew curls, Leona Lewis won the third series of the British reality talent show The X Factor in a landslide.

Born and raised in the Islington section of north London, Lewis won a talent show at the age of 13 and devoted herself to music thereafter, eventually graduating from the prestigious BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. While working as a receptionist and pizza waitress and writing her own material, Lewis auditioned for The X Factor in the summer of 2006 and won the third series competition in December of that year.

By the end of 2007, she had launched her debut album, Spirit, in England, and watched it go to the top of the charts along with the single Bleeding Love. The American release followed in 2008, with similar success. (Retrieved Lyricsyoulove.com, 1/4/10)

Although Leona Lewis has been arounf for only a short period of time, she has shown strenght and so much passion is her writing and singing, which is why she is a favorite. I love her song, Better in Time. This song makes you realize that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that those darker days makes us who we are today. Hope you enjoy as much as I have. This is from the middle of the song, so make sure you check out the entire song by visiting her website. Also, make sure you reserve your copy of Echo, which will be released soon.

Better in Time
Thought i couldn't live without you
It's going to hurt when it heals too
Oh yeaah (It'll All get Better in Time)
Even though i really love you I'm gonna smile because i deserve too
Oooh(It'll all get better in time)

(Verse)
I could of turned on the TV
Without something that would remind me
Was it all that easy'
To just put us out your feeling

Let us know why she is one of your favorites, or tell us about another song you enjoy from any of her CDs.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Urban Fiction - Feature Author January - Deja King


Title: Bitch
Author: Joy Deja King
Genre: Urban Fiction

The Urban fiction author for the month of January is Deja King. Deja King was born in Toledo, Ohio and raised in California, Maryland, North Carolina and New Jersey. Deja King represents a new breed of writers producing young, hip and sexy novels that introduce readers to street life in all its complexity.

Ms. King attended North Carolina Central University (NCCU) where she majored in Journalism. With unrelenting support from her mother, King continues to climb to great heights in pursuit of success. Deciding to transfer to Pace University in New York City to delve into more of what life had to offer, she continued to major in Journalism while simultaneously gaining the experience needed to make it in this fast-paced business world. (Retrieved 12/14/09, African American Literature Book Club)

Precious, the main character in the novel is your typical American teenager. The only problem is she lives in the Brooklyn projects with her single mom who is a prostitute and who is addicted to drugs. Precious has a few things in her favor, she is extremely attractive with the body of a goddess, and the street smarts to handle any situation, which is what every big time drug dealer in the hood dreams off. So, when she turns sixteen, her mom gives an ultimatum that will change her life forever. Precious must pay $1000 a month to live in the roach infested project apartment or she will be put out on the streets to fend for herself. How will she come up with this amount of money working at the car detailing shop that is owned by one of the oldest gangsters in the game? She gets schooled by one of the oldest gangster in the game, Boogie. This is where it all begins with the Bitch series. As a result of the life she has led, precious also has a dark side that enables her to rise up from the deadly streets of the Brooklyn projects.

Precious first meets Azar, one of the neighborhoods big time drug dealers. He becomes infatuated by Precious and makes her his woman. He buys her the wardrobe fit for a queen, with all the designer clothes she could ever want. She has no problem getting the $1000 a month and then some to pay for her moms rent. However, things can change in the blink of an eye. Azar becomes involved in a set up that ends in a shootout and death. As a result, Azar is now being followed by the brother of the guy he killed in the shootout. In a brief encounter with the killer, Precious must decide between life and death. Does she tell the killer where Azar is, or will she take the fall?

After Azar is killed, and the money starts to run out, Precious realizes that she must find another guy to pick up where Azar left off. She meets Nico, an even bigger and more known drug king. Nico is in awe of Precious’ beauty and they hit it off instantly. They become an item until she realizes he is cheating with a hood rat, named Porscha. As a result, she plots revenge. She decides to sleep with Nico’s best friend and her best friend’s boyfriend, Ritchie. What happens during this part of the book, was truly unbelievable, so I will let you read it without divulging any secrets. Let’s just say more murders, jail time and a hit placed on Precious’ life.

After the occurrences with Nico, Precious decides to lay low for a while until things die down. This is where she meets her new roommate Rhonda, who introduces her to the celebrity scene. It is during this time that she meets extremely rich rapper, Supreme. Of course! She realizes that she is in love for the first time and after they break up and get back together, she begins to open up to him and reveals some, but not all of her past secrets. They get married and she becomes pregnant. She could not be happier as everything seems to have fallen into place. She decides to visit her mom’s grave and in doing so, sees an old friend of her mom's, who gives her a message of death. She decides to go to her old stomping grounds to seek the truth and runs into her arch rival Porscha. Another plan ensues that involves murder. Again, can’t leak the details, because you realize just how dark Precious can be in times of desperation. Soon, Nico finds her and it is up to Supreme to protect her. Can he protect her and her baby or is he just another casualty involved in the mysterious life of Precious?

After I initially get over the typical gorgeous girl from the projects that every guy dies to be with character that seems to be synonymous with the urban fiction novels, I can actually say this was a pretty fast read. Not much character development, but it was all in all a good, fast paced read that kept you guessing until the very end. Now onto the next book in the series, Bitch Reloaded.