FREE DOWNLOAD · E-book, or Kindle E-pub ë Daniel José OlderA lot of Stop Inflammation Now!: A Step-By-Step Plan to Prevent, Treat, and Reverse Inflammation--The Leading Cause of Heart Disease and Related Conditions fun I loved her constant banter with Carlos I smile Things will go much easieror you when you realize that I know everything We ve been through this already C and we don t have time to go through it again If you leave me behind I ll do something stupid like Eyes Behind the Lines: L Company Rangers in Vietnam, 1969 follow you all by myself and get killed and then you lleel guilty Let s save ourselves an argument we both already know I m gonna win She has some interesting depths as a character School Dazed from a traumatic childhood experience to her insight while navigating a biased worldThe politics of Midnight Taxi Tango are less overt and nuanced than Shadowshaper but all the interesting and effectiveor it One of the subplots involves Capoeira which as the instructor notes Is how my people survived European domination in Brazil It is a martial art disguised as a dance but it is also a dance disguised as a martial art Why Because we were not allowed to train to ight We had to disguise our training as dancing yes We had to become clandestine warriors in a system that did not believe we are human yes Maybe this is something you can understand today or maybe notKia s perspective illuminates the pervasive racism she experiences I d never been to this neighborhood before Maybe driven past once or twice with my dad but it was all white olks and the Chinese Fairy Tales Fantasies: Folio Society Edition feeling of don t belong don t belong hung heavy in the air like all the molecules wanted me to leave too She perceives and is angered by the constant assaults on diversity surrounding herrom the white policeman who Old Haunts feels it is acceptable to harass her on the street to her realization that she as a black woman can get shotor carrying a sandwich let alone a ghost killing knife One of my avourite moments was her reaction to a conversation between a group of white teenagers in the bot nica Kenny what s this mean a love potion Yeah that s supposed to be bring the ladies right to you man Let s get it or Bill Maybe Christine will stop Cooking for Company: All the Recipes You Need for Simple, Elegant Entertaining at Home friend zoning his ass Wild laughter Because really what sunnier than other people s cultures and sexual coercionAnother aspect where I elt this book improved upon Shadowshaper was the humor Midnight Taxi Tango was constantly uotably unny Carlos Reza and Tia each have their own uniue narrative My Wifes Affair flair and while I loved them all the dialogue and situational humor tickled me to deathor example So you brought the demon child assassin to my house and locked him into the bathroom across Dîwana Jan from the girl he s trying to kill My whisper is like a strained cough Theuck else was I sposta do with him manI eel like I ve been saying this a lot lately but while I elt like the plot was a bit of a mess I just didn t care view spoilerOne of the aspects that I think was #really underdeveloped was Jeremy Because seriously what makes a person decide that being #underdeveloped was Jeremy Because seriously what makes a person decide that being nest or a colony of creepy roaches is a desirable career plan I know the implication here is that to an imperialistic ideology power of any variety makes any sacrifice worthwhile but given the glimpse of Jeremy that we get rom Gio and Kia this didn t really ly or me How did the beautiful laughing dancing boy that so entranced Gio come to the decision that roach master was the way to go Was it a sacrifice to save Gio or something he really wanted I also would have liked to see a confrontation between Gio and Jeremy I Naples! felt their broken romance was thrust aside and it would have been interesting to explore it hide spoiler Sueamish alert Thar be cockroaches So Many CockroachesA lot of interesting things get revealed in this one including who killed Carlos and it was not what I was expecting at all It makes some things even harder to swallow actually and makes me curious about what else is going on Was Carlos chosenor a reason view spoilerAnd who is Aisha I do suspect the Council had something to do with it even so after this book and maybe that s why Sasha doesn t trust them now hide spoiler What a bunch of wonderful women in this second instalment as super icky cockroach things begin investing different locations around the city And Kia and The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey fantastic Reza and their experiences and pasts become integral parts of the larger narrative The Council and their past and current decisions are looking increasingly suspect and was I ever glad to see how all these different charactersighting evil separately became a strong cohesive and dangerous team I also really liked seeing a Itsuka few of the characters in this and Older s Shadowshapers series work togetherOn to the short story collection. Y who came to Baba Eddie's botánica where she worked But the closer they’ve gotten the she’s seeing the worldrom Carlos’s point of view In act she’s starting to see ghosts And the situation is ar sinister than that because whatever is bringing out the dead it’s only just getting start. .
Ently hoped to myself that Sasha would never orgive himInitially I was also Excited When I Found when I ound Kia was a POV character in this book There was a real noticeable lack of emale presence in the irst book so if nothing else I was very happy that Daniel Jos Older beefed up this aspect in Midnight Taxi Tango I also remember meeting Kia rom Half Resurrection Blues and she was one cool girl so I was looking orward to getting to know her better Turns out I was right in that there were many things I loved about her like her courage and her strength and resourcefulness But Kia is also a teenager and there were a lot of other things I ound off putting like
Her Petulance And Her Judgmental Attitude Ipetulance and her judgmental attitude I have no problem with profanity in books especially in prose and in dialogue where they add eeling to the characters and story but Kia s chapters Fancy Strut freuently uoted song lyrics riddled with F bombs and Ielt these served little purpose other than to make want to me skip through large swaths of her narrative to be honestThere was a surprise third POV in this book however and that was Reza Now Reza I adored I loved absolutely everything about her Northern California: A History and Guide - From Napa to Eureka from her backstory to the way she talks and operates I wish I could say but since this is the grand debut of her character and her colleagues midnight taxi service it would be wayun to discover her story or #yourselves Suffice to say she is a orce to be reckoned with cool calm and always prepared or anything #Suffice to say she is a orce to be reckoned with cool calm and always prepared or anything loved her take no prisoners attitude and the way she pretty much took over Carlos role in this book as the one who got things done I really hope she ll return or A Sally Lockhart Mystery 2 future books if not as a POV character again then at least in a supporting roleI have aew minor uibbles but in general they can be summed up by the I Love My Dad fact I just didn teel this book was as well put together as the All about Us first one I onlyound out after I inished that a ew scenes in this novel were apparently drawn Noni Speaks Up from a couple of previously published short stories by the author and maybe that had something to do with it In some ways this story dideel like an amalgamation of several parts cobbled together with the seams not too carefully hidden and the Handbags and Gladrags final product needed some detailing and polish For example Ielt the villains in this book were crudely sketched and had a Monster of the Week An Egg-cellent Easter! (Barbie) feel to them like they were specifically writtenor this book and then meant to be thrown away never to be dealt with again Overall I also elt the prose in this seuel lost a lot of that poetic uality that made me all in love with the writing in Half Resurrection BluesStill I thought Midnight Taxi Tango was a good book Technically you can also jump into it without having read the Wish Upon a Wedding first book because Older does aantastic good job recapping the story If you enjoy action you might even prefer this seuel because it contains a lot suspense and excitement As a series however I think the next book will have to step up its game if Bone Street Rumba is to distinguish itself rom all the urban antasy available out there No matter what though I m too invested in Carlos story to stop now so I definitely have plans to continue I m curious about the wider story arc and I have to admit a part of me is really looking Renovations: A Father and Son Rebuild a House and Rediscover Each Other forward to see Carlos and his pals rain hell down on the NYCOD The streets is hungryIt s official Daniel Jos Older is now on my authors to watch list Iirst encountered Older through his YA book Shadowshaper While Shadowshaper is a rich vibrant story Bone Street Rumba is right down my alley I love urban Richard Nixon: The Life fantasy underpowered protagonists and political skirmishes in the magical world Add to that a set of complex interesting characters a gritty plot and some seriously creepy roach dudes and I was sold TL DR Half Resurrection Blues Bone Street Rumba 1 just became myirst book purchase of the year The story is narrated by Carlos a half dead agent I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! for the Councilor the Dead and the protagonist of the previous book Reza a driverhitter or a local gang and Kia a mischievous teenager who works at a bot nica and inds herself pulled inextricably into the center of events There s a reason why Kia is on the Puppet Master front of the cover and have I mentioned i loved the cover instead of Carlos who is pretty much worse than uselessor the whole book One of the reasons I picked up the Swoon: The Heartthrob Activity Book for Good Color-Inners as Well as Beginners first book is that I m rather interested to see what Carlos was like when he was actually effective and didn t just spend all his time angsting and moping Kia on the other hand is. E eliminates New York’s ghostlier problems This time it’s a string of gruesome paranormal accidents in Brooklyn’s Von King Park that has already taken the lives of several locals and is bound to take The incidents in the park have put Kia on edge When sheirst met Carlos he was the weird gu. Adult urban antasy Older s irst Bone Street Rumba novel was very good Midnight Taxi Tango kicks things up to the next level It would have been easy and perfectly reasonable or Older to stay with his wisecracking hard boiled half dead hero Carlos Delacruz as the sole irst person narrator Instead Midnight Taxi Tango is told rom three alternating perspectives Carlos his young riend Kia who works at Baba Eddie s Botanica and Reza an emotionally scarred and dangerous lady warrior who works or a "shadowy organization called Medianoche part escort service part mercenary group part we "organization called Medianoche part escort service part mercenary group part we never uite sure what but these olks are badasses Pulling off three alternating irst person narrators is incredibly difficult Older makes it look easy Each narrator has a distinctive voice and gains our sympathy uickly I especially loved Kia She is one tough young lady and her chapters are both moving and hilarious Her voice is authentic sixteen year old Brooklyn teen with attitude heart and cynical savvy I hope we ll be seeing of her in Why Diets Make Us Fat future booksAsor the plot we have sinister kidnappings the ghosts of young children being weaponized Dont Hex with Texas (Enchanted, Inc., for assassination and magical death cockroaches lots and lots of cockroaches You may need to give the bookive or six chapters to get into the rhythm of the three narrators but once you do this is a Spanish Dagger (China Bayles, fast engrossing story with characters you can t helpalling in love with And did I mention the cockroaches Lots of cockroaches Just to be clear this is a novel Everyday life in medieval times for adults It pulls no punches when it comes to language violence and sex Kia is one of the most realistic teen narrators I ve read in a long time but this not really a book that will pop up on a lot of recommended reading listsor high school kids because it would get North flackrom teachers and parents Having said that I have probably increased the number of YA readers who will pick up the series D If you like urban antasy especially antasy with a wonderfully diverse cast of characters you should check out this series 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Taxi Tango is the second book of the vividly imaginative Bone Street Rumba series I can honestly say I ve never encountered an urban Dead Giveaway fantasy uite like this and I said as much in my review of theirst book last year which I enjoyed immensely I knew as soon as I was Andrew Lost In the Kitchen finished reading Half Resurrection Blues that I wanted to continue this cool and uniue seriesBut I won t beat around the bush while I had a good time with Midnight Taxi Tango and thought it was overall aun and entertaining read there were a Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism few issues that I thought made this seuel weaker than its predecessor First a uick rundown of the story to provide contextor my points below The series main character is Carlos Delacruz a man who is not uite alive and also not uite dead His time before is a complete blank all he knows is that he died and was brought back to life into this state of in between Now he works as a kind of enforcer Nope for the New York Council of the Dead tasked to hunt down and execute the city s errant ghosts or any supernatural denizens who misbehaveMost recently a string of paranormal related murders have been occurring around Brooklyn s Von King Park and naturally Carlos is sent to investigate On one such trip to the park his team actually manages to catch and stop an attack in progress and the would be victim happens to be someone Carlos knows Kia a teenage girl who worksor one of his good Rejected Rejected Rejected friends The incident has terrified her especially now that she has been touched by the ghost sight opening her eyes to a whole other side of New YorkCarlos himself isn t in the bestrame of mind either #The Events Of The Last Year Have Left Him Heartbroken #events of the last year have left him heartbroken depressed even though he tries hard not to admit it Sasha the woman he loves had walked out of his life Listening: The Last Poems of Margaret Avison following his act of unspeakable betrayal and he still lives with the guilt every day And herein lies one of my biggest issues with this book The coolheaded and capable Carlos I wasirst introduced to in Half Resurrection Blues is a shadow of himself in Midnight Taxi Tango As soon as he thinks about Sasha or anything related to her he turns into a complete and utter mess Even though I understood on multiple levels where he was coming Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life in and Out of Jazz from he would have gotten himself killed many times over had others not stopped himrom rushing headlong into danger I knew something was wrong the moment Carlos became someone I could no longer root Buck: A Memoir for and inact many times over the course of this book I sil. The author of Half Resurrection Blues returns in a new Bone Street Rumba Novel a knife edge noir shaded urban Oh, the Things They Invented!: All About Great Inventors fantasy of crime after death The streets of New York are hungry tonight Carlos Delacruz straddles the line between the living and the not so alive As an agentor the Council of the Dead .
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