Erotica fans with short attention spans will find these sexy quickies hard to resist.

Visions 2013


Sensuous snippets from a fantasy sex life.

Heady and highly explicit, Trent’s debut risqué erotica collection offers 23 imaginative fantasies that will appeal to those who enjoy brief flashes of self-pleasure and intercourse rather than fully realized stories. The author unapologetically sacrifices characterization and plot in favor of heavy doses of bawdy, XXX-rated sex, encompassing a wide variety of themes, situations, moods and participants. Not one for mincing words, Trent gets right to the point: There’s always some sort of sexual stimulation occurring within her first few opening sentences. Erotica fans will benefit from the collection’s thematic variety, as will readers who bore easily, since each short fantasy—just a few pages in length—ends as swiftly and bluntly as it began. In Trent’s world, something as mundane as opening junk mail can spur an impulsive, spontaneous masturbatory session progressing into a steamy ménage à trois with two college friends who happen to drop by. She explores the innocence of youth in stories revolving around the development of her teenage body, whether unexpectedly aroused on horseback, on a bus, against the washing machine, or relishing in juicy dalliances with female college friends and roommates. From Trent’s fertile imagination materializes a nymphomaniac vixen—an insatiable minx who is easily stimulated by peeled vegetables; or the office intern; or the voyeuristic neighbor; the housekeeper; her cousin, Ginger, in Seattle; or in a movie theatre. Best enjoyed one or two in a sitting, the work’s vigorous carnality is definitely not for the prudish, and while all the sex and their associated setups do have potential, if they’re devoured sequentially, the tales’ derivativeness becomes more apparent. But there are, thankfully, moments where personality and humor, however infrequent, sparkle through, as in describing the unorthodox life of a female construction worker or when a character frequents the gym for more than just exercise, remarking, “My workouts usually don’t last that long but the relieving tension part is off the charts.” These moments undoubtedly hint at larger, more fully developed works in the future for Trent.

Erotica fans with short attention spans will find these sexy quickies hard to resist.   

Pub Date: Feb. 28, 2013

ISBN: 978-1482379648

Page Count: 80

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 22, 2013

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Unrelenting gloom relieved only occasionally by wrenching trauma; somehow, though, Hannah’s storytelling chops keep the...


Hannah’s sequel to Firefly Lane (2008) demonstrates that those who ignore family history are often condemned to repeat it.

When we last left Kate and Tully, the best friends portrayed in Firefly Lane, the friendship was on rocky ground. Now Kate has died of cancer, and Tully, whose once-stellar TV talk show career is in free fall, is wracked with guilt over her failure to be there for Kate until her very last days. Kate’s death has cemented the distrust between her husband, Johnny, and daughter Marah, who expresses her grief by cutting herself and dropping out of college to hang out with goth poet Paxton. Told mostly in flashbacks by Tully, Johnny, Marah and Tully’s long-estranged mother, Dorothy, aka Cloud, the story piles up disasters like the derailment of a high-speed train. Increasingly addicted to prescription sedatives and alcohol, Tully crashes her car and now hovers near death, attended by Kate’s spirit, as the other characters gather to see what their shortsightedness has wrought. We learn that Tully had tried to parent Marah after her father no longer could. Her hard-drinking decline was triggered by Johnny’s anger at her for keeping Marah and Paxton’s liaison secret. Johnny realizes that he only exacerbated Marah’s depression by uprooting the family from their Seattle home. Unexpectedly, Cloud, who rebuffed Tully’s every attempt to reconcile, also appears at her daughter’s bedside. Sixty-nine years old and finally sober, Cloud details for the first time the abusive childhood, complete with commitments to mental hospitals and electroshock treatments, that led to her life as a junkie lowlife and punching bag for trailer-trash men. Although powerful, Cloud’s largely peripheral story deflects focus away from the main conflict, as if Hannah was loath to tackle the intractable thicket in which she mired her main characters.

Unrelenting gloom relieved only occasionally by wrenching trauma; somehow, though, Hannah’s storytelling chops keep the pages turning even as readers begin to resent being drawn into this masochistic morass.

Pub Date: April 23, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-312-57721-6

Page Count: 416

Publisher: St. Martin's

Review Posted Online: Feb. 18, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2013

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Debut novel by hip-hop rap artist Sister Souljah, whose No Disrespect (1994), which mixes sexual history with political diatribe, is popular in schools country-wide. In its way, this is a tour de force of black English and underworld slang, as finely tuned to its heroine’s voice as Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. The subject matter, though, has a certain flashiness, like a black Godfather family saga, and the heroine’s eventual fall develops only glancingly from her character. Born to a 14-year-old mother during one of New York’s worst snowstorms, Winter Santiaga is the teenaged daughter of Ricky Santiaga, Brooklyn’s top drug dealer, who lives like an Arab prince and treats his wife and four daughters like a queen and her princesses. Winter lost her virginity at 12 and now focuses unwaveringly on varieties of adolescent self-indulgence: sex and sugar-daddies, clothes, and getting her own way. She uses school only as a stepping-stone for getting out of the house—after all, nobody’s paying her to go there. But if there’s no money in it, why go? Meanwhile, Daddy decides it’s time to move out of Brooklyn to truly fancy digs on Long Island, though this places him in the discomfiting position of not being absolutely hands-on with his dealers; and sure enough the rise of some young Turks leads to his arrest. Then he does something really stupid: he murders his wife’s two weak brothers in jail with him on Riker’s Island and gets two consecutive life sentences. Winter’s then on her own, especially with Bullet, who may have replaced her dad as top hood, though when she selfishly fails to help her pregnant buddy Simone, there’s worse—much worse—to come. Thinness aside: riveting stuff, with language so frank it curls your hair. (Author tour)

Pub Date: April 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-671-02578-3

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Pocket

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1999

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