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A story about a woman forced to become an international Robin Hood-like thief. Sometimes it was a little far-fetched, especially with all the high-tech gadgets, but I was into the character and wanting to know what happened next, so I didn't dwell on that and just enjoyed it: Feb 18, Sahina Bibi rated it really liked it. Firstly, a thank you to the author for sending me this for review, and I'm glad she did because this book took me on a sweet roller-coaster of a ride and I loved every moment of it. Remi is the sort of character that you can't help but love as you go along on her journey.
With a soft heart, and a mission in life, Remi continues the fundraising for the African Peace Trust her mother started, and while things don't go exactly as planned when she can't raise enough funds to keep it afloat, she turns Firstly, a thank you to the author for sending me this for review, and I'm glad she did because this book took me on a sweet roller-coaster of a ride and I loved every moment of it.
With a soft heart, and a mission in life, Remi continues the fundraising for the African Peace Trust her mother started, and while things don't go exactly as planned when she can't raise enough funds to keep it afloat, she turns her hand at crime and this is where the fun begins.
I like, first off, that this all starts with the APC and her determined nature in keeping it going - this alone sets Remi apart for me, as a girl with a goal is one to be feared and Jessica creates her character in a manner that will leave Remi rebounding and jumping back up and at the world after every hit she takes. Making use of the basic but effective 5 senses, we come to hear about Remi's adventures as she travels from exotic country to country, see her view of the world as she trudges on through, sense the bends around the corner yet still be surprised when they jump out at as and taste the excitement and romance in the air, always something to look forward to ; While we start the journey with Remi being a shy, and reserved character, we see how her determination brings out the creative girl in her as she cultivates her lies to gain what she must - a modern day, female Robin Hood if you will who steals from the rich, to help the poor.
How can you not love her?! Add in a dashing of gowns and dressing up to hide the inner-thief in Remi, and you have all you need to settle into the world that Jessica has created with Remi leading the way for us. While it's a fun light read, with the right amount of stress when called for, we can all take away something from the book - no, not how to steal artfully but rather there are virtues deep within us, such as belief, faith, a kind heart and a skilful hand that can help us make a difference ; Great plot - check.
Loveable character - check. What more could you need? Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Mar 14, B. Barron rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
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To view it, click here. It was a good story, but then with a single detail the author hooked me and made me really love the story. That detail involved the Scuba dress. I though the idea bad at first, a futuristic detail dropped in to give the story a bit of oomph. It would have made her less suspicious to hang about and leave normally. But it was the dress that turned it about for me, the detail of the skirt A huge problem for swimming was an integral part of the O2 extraction gills! So many very cool things. The things Remi stole, priceless!
Its easy to contrast these with the items her blackmailer, and the books villain, acquire The necklace from 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' and a knife crafted by Muramasa - are both great items but they seem plebeian in comparison with Remi's choices — almost crassly commercial. The villain is good, but somewhat predictable.
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He's a greedy, rich, spoiled schmuck with no redeeming values. He uses Remi as a distraction in the theft of the Necklace probably figuring she would get caught , blackmails her into even more thefts, and even tricks her into eating human flesh in another inspired touch the authoress inserts, something I fear might actually be plying the roads of some major metropolis even today. I loved it, and I cannot wait for more! Her brother, currently in prison, is actually innocent? Her mother, believed dead, is alive? Love may be just around the corner in the guise of a sexy Swiss insurance investigator?
Peace breaks out across Africa thanks to her work? Still she turned me around on a detail. I hope she can do it again. In fact I am kind of counting on it! After her mother's death, Remi abandoned her studies to join the African Peace Collaborative APC , working unsuccessfully as a Fundraiser for the financially struggling organisation her mother helped establish. In one impulsive moment, Remi steals a million dollar necklace and donates the proceeds from its black market sale to the APC, just like a modern-day Robin Hood.
But someone was watching and he has something he wants Remi to steal for him I enjoyed this lighthearted thriller that transforms an ordinary, shy young woman into an accomplished international art thief. Pushed around by her work colleagues, I enjoyed seeing Remi stand up to them literally in one case and generally I thought Remi a likeable character despite her someone flexible morals. Remi is ably, though unwittingly, assisted in her undertakings by her best friend who combines fashion with technology to create some unique pieces of clothing.
The villain of the story is suitably creepy, and you can be sure I will never eat in a restaurant that contains a percentage symbol in it's name. The plot does require the reader to have a sense of adventure as it is a little far fetched at times, though that is part of fun. Perhaps the only aspect of the story that didn't sit well with me was Remi's reaction to thinking she had killed a man, as she seemed to brush it aside a too easily, which contradicted her general personality.
There is a touch of romance for Remi with an insurance adjustor of dubious intent and one or two minor subplots for added depth. Thomas also leaves us with open threads to be picked up in the next installment of the series.
Light, amusing and well written this is a terrific debut for a self published author. Sep 13, Emily Mishler rated it really liked it Shelves: I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. How Not to Save the World surprised me. I was not expecting the book to be so engaging. It took a few chapters to really get into the book. For some reason I found the beginning to be incredibly slow and I was not a fan of Remi for a while. It wasn't until the setting shifted to Sydney, Australia that I really got interested and that was mostly because I have vivid memories attached to experiences there.
The description of the city and the people were so a I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. The description of the city and the people were so accurate. After the "Australia incident" as I will call it to say much else would include spoilers the book became much more interesting and action packed. For a first novel, I thought the book was excellent and I look forward to Thomas' future books. She certainly shows a lot of talent and promise with the first of Remi's adventures. Sep 07, Revae rated it it was amazing.
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She travels the world attending fundraisers and writing grants to help keep her organization afloat. Her efforts are often unsuccessful. Aderemi turns to a life of crime to fund APC.
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Jessica Yinka Thomas did an excellent job with this book. It is a page-turner! The high-tech gadgets and death defying robberies kept me intrigued the entire How Not to Save the World is the debut novel from Jessica Yinka Thomas. The high-tech gadgets and death defying robberies kept me intrigued the entire book. Halfway through, I was looking for information on a sequel. I can't want to see what adventure Remi Austin will undertake next.
This was a great book! Remi was fascinating and I really felt for her struggles. I also loved the humor especially Izi's comment: Unfortunately, on my Kindle, the formatting got a bit messed up and it was hard to follow dialogue at some points.
Otherwise, I really loved this book! I can't wait until the author publishes more books especially more Remi Austin books. Mar 15, Kris rated it it was amazing. What a delicious, complex character Remi is! Part James Bond, part cat burglar, part humanitarian fundraiser, and underneath it all just an insecure little girl who wishes her mother were there for her. It was a pleasure to see her grow and develop as the story unfolds. I had no idea the conflict resolution organizations were such a large business, but the story couldn't be more timely - the day I read this we saw George Clooney taken away in handcuffs as part of a protest on the Sudan conflict.
I'm looking forward to the next Remi Austin adventure. May 27, Clarry rated it really liked it Shelves: What a fun read! Remi Austin, the narrator, is incredibly likable and tells a great tale of adventure and daring - whether she wants to be involved or not! Fast paced and exciting to the last page, you definitely won't regret picking up this fun and quick read.
I don't want to give anything way, but this is a fun adventure with a pure soul full of good intentions at its heart. A great first novel by Jessica Yinka Thomas. Aug 18, Tom Park rated it really liked it. If you don't mine a few "you gotta be kidding" moments and some information about turmoil in Africa, you will enjoy this quick read. It is not really all that deep and while there's a villain, you don't get to know him in order to hate him. The only real drawback was that I was reading this on a Kindle and the font was way too small.
But it was worth dealing with in order to get through the whole adventure. Sep 12, Mary rated it really liked it. This is a really good book! I highly recommend it, especially if you like books that are a bit off beat, creative and invite you to think. Especially read it if you like books with strong women! This is a book by, about and for women.
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