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Official Review: Nikki Armstrong, Measure of a Woman

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Nikki Armstrong, Measure of a Woman" by Vinny Green.]
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Nikki Armstrong, Measure of a Woman narrates the story of detective Nikki and her life story. The novel begins with her at the funeral of an innocent child she failed to save, but nearly all of the following chapters have little to do with it.

The reader learns about the Detective's formative years and the challenges she faced while playing football in college and being on the track team. She also faces many difficulties and dangers while being part of the U.S. Navy and next in the NYPD.

This book touches on many delicate subjects, such as corruption within the law enforcement, human and drug trafficking, rape, and sexual abuse; since it additionally includes a great deal of violence and vulgar language, it's definitely written for adults, despite the illustrations that remind of a teen novel. Lastly, the author topped it all with sprinkles of racism and misogyny.

In all sincerity, I didn't enjoy this book very much. I felt like author Vincent E. Green tried to concoct an inspiring story about an empowered woman but produced a character very clearly written through the male gaze, due to sentences like "her manicured fingers" and "the wound was sexy on her slender leg." This was my least favorite part about the book. Additionally, Nikki was so talented in so many areas that she wasn't realistic at all.

Furthermore, the story felt unnecessarily long. The book has over 250 pages, divided into episodes and then into 37 chapters. It didn't have a climax, making the whole storyline seem flat and unexciting; there wasn't much progress to the plot, just accounts of the different stages of Nikki's life. The novel also included chapters about her family members, which didn't feel relevant to the bigger picture. Besides, some of Nikki's dialogues were more like monologues, as they felt unreal and practiced. Lastly, this novel has more than ten errors, which suggests it needs further editing.

I find it noteworthy that, while Nikki and her family believe in God, this book is suitable for people of all religions. Plus, the ending is unsatisfying, but that might have to do with the fact that this book is part of a series.

It wasn't all bad; the action scenes (and there were more than a few) were decently written and had enough details to feel like you were there; this was my favorite thing about the novel. Moreover, some aspects about Nikki are wonderful, like her love for her family and her dedication to her job.

Overall, this was an average novel. Because of the numerous aspects mentioned above, I grant this two out of four stars. I believe adults who like police-themed action novels will enjoy this after it goes through another round of editing.

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It sounds like an unfortunate attempt to make a Mary Sue hold up a weak storyline. Doesn't sound like a book for me, but I really appreciate your honest review!
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Gabby S14 wrote: 09 Jun 2021, 11:12 It sounds like an unfortunate attempt to make a Mary Sue hold up a weak storyline. Doesn't sound like a book for me, but I really appreciate your honest review!
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I understand your point about the author writing about a female lead character through the lens of the male gaze. That would make the story difficult to believe and connect with. Hopefully, some revisions can be made.

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At least we must applaud the author's intentions of creating a powerful female character, as unrealistic as it was. Great review!
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The novel has some interesting elements, with some more editing it might be exciting. Thank you for your honest review!
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Hopefully, revisions are done to make the book more interesting. Thank you for your honest review!
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That cover is so pretty and deceptive. It's a teen book, but then it's not. Nikki is an accomplished woman and her character is as strong as possible but in an unrealistic manner. It felt like a failed moon(strong female protsgonist) mission. Thank you for your honest review!
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Sounds like the book covers too many hectic and deep themes all at once. I don't think I can take that just yet but thabks for the candid review.
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Thanks for the honest review. Maybe that's why I decide to dedicate my time and concentration to this book.
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I applaud you for being able to make it through this book; I would have given up at the “sexy wound” part. It seems the author has a lot of work to do, so hopefully he takes your advice. Thanks for the review!
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I agree with you on the parts you don't like about the book.
Describing women through the eyes of the opposite sex can be challenging indeed.
I enjoy reading a book with a strong climax, so I'll see if the flat plot is manageable to read.
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Josephe-Anne wrote: 10 Jun 2021, 21:08 I understand your point about the author writing about a female lead character through the lens of the male gaze. That would make the story difficult to believe and connect with. Hopefully, some revisions can be made.

Thank you for sharing your opinions.
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Raluca_Mihaila wrote: 11 Jun 2021, 03:23 At least we must applaud the author's intentions of creating a powerful female character, as unrealistic as it was. Great review!
Yes, I believe he had the best intentions. Thank you!
NetMassimo wrote: 11 Jun 2021, 06:46 The novel has some interesting elements, with some more editing it might be exciting. Thank you for your honest review!
Thank you so much for stopping by!
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Kavita Shah wrote: 11 Jun 2021, 12:00 That cover is so pretty and deceptive. It's a teen book, but then it's not. Nikki is an accomplished woman and her character is as strong as possible but in an unrealistic manner. It felt like a failed moon(strong female protsgonist) mission. Thank you for your honest review!
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Nqobile771 wrote: 11 Jun 2021, 12:20 Sounds like the book covers too many hectic and deep themes all at once. I don't think I can take that just yet but thabks for the candid review.
Yes, I would say that these topics are not the dominant ones, hope that helps. Thanks for stopping by!
markodim721 wrote: 11 Jun 2021, 12:54 Thanks for the honest review. Maybe that's why I decide to dedicate my time and concentration to this book.
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maggi3 wrote: 11 Jun 2021, 14:43 I applaud you for being able to make it through this book; I would have given up at the “sexy wound” part. It seems the author has a lot of work to do, so hopefully he takes your advice. Thanks for the review!
That bothered me, I'm not gonna lie.
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Dzejn_Crvena wrote: 13 Jun 2021, 03:43 I agree with you on the parts you don't like about the book.
Describing women through the eyes of the opposite sex can be challenging indeed.
I enjoy reading a book with a strong climax, so I'll see if the flat plot is manageable to read.
Thank you for your review.
Thank you for stopping by!
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