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White Smoke de Tiffany D Jackson
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White Smoke (edició 2021)

de Tiffany D Jackson (Autor)

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  jmorigeau | Nov 18, 2021 |
4.5- **Would make an excellent movie
This was what I was looking for, something that makes me jump at sounds in the night. It had the just the right level of creepy shadows, what's that sounds, was that a shadow, cold spots and a creepy backstory. It had Poltergeist-ish vibes, creepy house and whole neighborhood. The characters were all unique well developed with issues. Issues ? Yep, the biggest bed bugs.
That was the only part of this story I didn't see the need for was the bed bug thing. It felt like it was on every page, every moment was consumed by it. No I don't have this issue not do I understand it. It would be so hard to have a phobia that consuming.
Back to the story. Holy shiitake was I on the edge of my seat. The last 1/4 of the book had to be read at one sitting I couldn't put it down. I never saw the end coming. ( )
  TheYodamom | Nov 14, 2021 |
this is well written and scary with great tension building and a socially conscious message throughout. so fun. there were creepy vibes almost from the start, and she built that creepiness up nicely. she also planted nice seeds so that the reader didn't know if this was a haunting/ghost situation, if mari was experiencing hallucinations or something related to her drug use, or something else. i thought this might be an unreliable narrator since we kept only getting her viewpoint of questionable things, and throughout the story her friends were telling her other ways to look at things. i like the way this ended up; i think her mesaging is excellent here and i also personally just prefer when the answer isn't something supernatural. we knew these houses were all in the same family, historically, so the tunnels underneath connecting them is awesome. (even if the reason for them is a little flimsy.) but the sinister plan to have the black community's own members destroy itself and force themselves away, so the white people can rebuild and take over...whew, it says so much that is true about how communities are made and built in america, and who is hurt when cities "improve." when building gets funded, who loses? plus this thread of purposefully criminalizing small amounts of marijuana in order to ruin a community, and then legalizing it once the black folks are all out of the picture is really poignant. the entire community is affected, whether the individual people were users or not. and her anxiety is handled really well, too. we see how it manifests and why, and we are in her head to see how she tries to deal with it. it felt really respectful and well done.

i love these messages being in a book this entertaining and nail-biting. fantastic.

"Below us the floor rumbles as if we're sitting on the belly of the house and it's hungry." ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Oct 24, 2021 |
Trigger Warnings: Mention of Overdose, mentions of drug use, phobia of bedbugs

Marigold is moving from their small California beach town to the Midwestern city of Cedarville with her newly blended family. Her mom has accepted a new job with the Sterling Foundation that comes with a free house! With ghosts from her old life, this fresh start is just what the whole family needs.

The newly renovated home is the only house on Maple Street, the others are boarded up and falling down. Household items also vanish, doors open on their own, lights turn on and off, shadows walk past rooms, there's a foul smell that keeps making Mari gag... Even worse, her new step sister, Piper, has a new "friend" that keeps talking about wanting Mari gone.

As Mari learns more and more about the past of both her new house and town, she quickly learns that "ghosts" aren't the only thing that can haunt you.

Once again, Tiffany D. Jackson led me down a road of her book that I thought we were going to, but then quickly yanked me around a corner and changed it up! I always think I have the book figured out but then it gets flipped... I absolutely love that about her books!

Jackson's writing style is welcoming (I absolutely loved Marigold's voice) and makes you both root for and dislike the main character... She keeps them very real and doesn't shy away from hard topics. She's also not afraid to have themes of corrupt police, city departments being run from the rich and investors, gentrification, criminalization and ostracism of marijuana users, and the targeting of Black people within these topics.

I do wish there was a bit more to the ending, but at the same time, I totally get how/why Jackson ended it where she did. There were a few side character storylines I wanted to know more about.

Overall though, I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like a new spooky read to their current TBR list. ( )
  oldandnewbooksmell | Oct 12, 2021 |
This is a decent story, but after I closed the cover, there were several things that made me knock it down a star from my original rating. First, what family moves into the equivalent of a war zone without doing some sort of investigation? Second, after reflection, I found it a bit difficult to believe that four people living in the same house (I'm excluding Piper)weren't able to see/catch two intruders who seemed to come and go quite often. Having said that, it's still an interesting read. ( )
  sennebec | Oct 7, 2021 |
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