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Review of “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

My Sister’s Keeper
by Jodi Picoult

Washington Square Press; Mti edition, 2004. ISBN 978-1-439-15738-1.
Reviewed by Cheri Rosenberg
Posted on 07/07/2009

Fiction: Mainstream

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My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult, is a heart-rending family saga. The story revolves around a moral dilemma: is it ethical to conceive one child for the sole purpose of saving another? Gravely ill, Kate was a toddler when she was diagnosed with a progressive form of leukemia. In a last ditch effort to save their beloved child, Sara and Brian Fitzgerald conceive a biologically engineered daughter for her umbilical cord, tissues, blood, and ultimately an organ. Anna literally becomes her sister’s keeper for as long as she’s alive. When it comes to donating her kidney to her dying sister, Anna seeks legal representation for the freedom to make her own medical decisions. Anna’s courage holds the family together while at the same time tearing them apart.

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Review of Lobster Box

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Title: Lobster Box
Author: Cheri Crystal
Publisher: www.loveyoudivine.com
ISBN: 978-1-60054-360-9
Review by: Jane Bled, Author and Reviewer, Jane Bled’s Website

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Let me preface this by saying that I’m not a big fan of romance, and I have limited knowledge of f/f stories. I usually take my fiction like my coffee–cream, no sugar. However, Cheri Crystal’s Lobster Box, a funny, charming short story about a Jewish lesbian who finds that someone special through her meddling matchmaker, made me think twice about passing up sweet, romantic f/f stories in the future.

Crystal’s witty dialogue, humourous prose, and erotic descriptions had me hooked from start to finish. I fell in love with the endearing narrator Laurie’s realistic take on the lesbian dating scene. The dynamic between the two main characters was compelling, and sexy, and above all, honest. Lobster Box was truly a pleasure to read.

If I were to criticize any point of this story, I would say that the denouement was a little too hurried for my taste. Frankly, I didn’t want to story to end yet! I think Lobster Box has great potential to someday turn into a longer story, as the characters were well-developed, the prose was user-friendly, and above all, the subject matter was interesting. I’m curious to see what Cheri Crystal will come up with next!

Bottom line: even if f/f stories aren’t necessarily your main kink, it would be remiss not to give Crystal’s enchanting Lobster Box a read!

Review for Keeping Up With Hornelia

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Title: Keeping Up With Hornelia
Author: Cheri Crystal
Publisher: www.loveyoudivine.com
ISBN: 978-1-60054- 324-1
Review by: Anna F, Author and Reviewer

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Keeping Up with Hornelia: A woman with an attraction…and much to her surprise and delight, the object of her affection responds positively.  They get it on, and spend time getting to know one another (a rare occurrence with erotica!)  This story from Cheri Crystal is more than erotica, though.  It is founded in reality and is laced with a true love-story in its short, entertaining span.

Travel through a budding relationship, the flowering of a couple-in-love who enjoy sex with one another (really enjoy it!), then read about what happens when life starts to get in the way and one of the couple starts to doubt her own loveliness.  Two people, identified to us only by their nicknames for one another, Hornelia and Studly.  Will they continue to be for each other what their names imply?  This story has everything, real life, romance and hot sex.  Read it and be entertained.  Read it and shake your head in agreement.  Read it and appreciate Cheri Crystal’s way with words!

Midwest Book Review

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Robyn Glazer’s review of “Coming Clean” is featured as part of the “Reviewer’s Choice” column in the May 2009 issue of the “Reviewer’s Bookwatch” at Midwest Book Review.
http://www.midwestbookreview.com

Coffee Time Romance Review of Coming Clean

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

COMING CLEAN
CHERI CRYSTAL
ISBN: 9780600543463
March 2009
Love You Divine Alterotica
www.loveyoudivine.com
E-Book
$2.75
17 Pages
Erotic Romance
Rating: 4 Cups


Coffee Time Romance

Allison remembers the first time she ever met her husband. She was at the Harvard Law library and their eyes met across the crowded room.
Now years later, Ben still loves his wife as much if not more than he did then.
With an almost perfect life, he knows the one thing that could perfect it would be a child of their own.
After three years without birth control and countless trips for fertility, Ben and Allison’s love life has gotten quite stale and repetitive. Until the day Allison finds out about Taharat HaMishpachah, a ritual that is recognized through their Jewish beliefs as being a sure way to conceive. With this in mind, Allison begins to prepare her body with the weeklong ritual that may not lead to a baby but makes the anticipation that much stronger as well as the attraction between husband and wife.
Coming Clean tells the story of a couple struggling to conceive a child and still maintain a healthy and happy relationship. The strain it puts on Ben and Allison is very realistic and believable. I was very saddened by the emotional roller coaster that Allison experiences because of her inability to produce a child. Ben is such a romantic guy and understands his wife’s emotional struggle; it makes him such a perfect character for the story. In addition, the sex scenes are scorching and the ending will make any reader smile from ear to ear. How could any readers not find themselves enthralled by Ms. Crystal’s writing?
Danielle
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More

Coming Clean-Review

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

I’m so excited, I simply had to share! I had my first review ever. No longer a virgin and loving it!!! LOL. Shameless self-promotion to follow. Thanks for indulging me. Here’s what Robyn Glazer wrote about my story. I’m still above the clouds at the moment.

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Although the process of trying to have a baby has worn on Ben and Allison,
they decide to do whatever they can to make that precious baby. After they
realize the tedium has brought their marriage down, they begin to explore ways
to make themselves happy and are able to recapture their love through sexual
and emotional healing.
Ben and Allison are extremely likable characters and the reader is able
to root for them to get whatever they want. The passion they feel for each
other is evident and is an integral part of the story. The author offers many
interesting details from the Jewish religion and it was interesting how she
seamlessly integrated those details with Ben and Allison’s sexual coming
together. Coming Clean is a fun story with crisp writing.
Reviewed by Robyn Glazer

Cheri Crystal
www.chericrystal.com
www.loveyoudivine.com
“Coming Clean is a fun story with crisp writing…” ~Robyn Glazer

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