Official Review: GCo2de by LaJayzia Gulley

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Official Review: GCo2de by LaJayzia Gulley

Post by Cecilia_L » 07 Apr 2019, 16:16

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "GCo2de" by LaJayzia Gulley.]
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1 out of 4 stars
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As a genius biochemist, Simon creates a drink that he names the “G Code.” With the high demand for the extraordinary cocktail, Simon discreetly sells it while living a life of luxury. He unwittingly attracts the attention of a local drug lord, Zino, who wants in on the action. When Simon refuses, he is wounded and winds up on Kristian's doorstep, disrupting her simple life. Meanwhile, Detective Quintanilla is determined to discover the origin of the underground cocktail. He is convinced Kristian may be the key to lead him to the elusive creator of the mystery drink. G Co2de by La'Jayzia Gulley is a story of power, greed, revenge, and jealousy. Can Simon and Kristian start over fresh or will the past come back to haunt them?

An organic cocktail that not only provides a high but also possesses healing and restorative results is certainly an intriguing premise for a book. However, truth be told, the concept of a drinkable fountain of youth is the only thing I liked about the book. Overall, the story glorifies drug use, minimizes domestic violence, and objectifies women. To top it off, the controversial colloquial term, "nigga," is distastefully tossed around.

I found it impossible to connect with any of the characters. The author assigns distinct physical traits to different characters, but their similar personalities are only variations of Kristian and Simon. The female characters are portrayed as shallow women who are willing to use their bodies as a means to an end. Their male counterparts, though abusive and unfaithful, are forgiven time and time again, after empty promises and extravagant gifts.

Also, the living arrangements are dysfunctional and unrealistic; at times, several couples plus a few friends live under the same roof. Men ordering women around and grown women engaging in knock-down-drag-out catfights are the status quo. Unfortunately, the emphasis on toxic relationships overshadows any promise of an engaging plot. Most disappointing is that the characters seem more than content to perpetuate the dysfunction rather than seeking to improve their lives. Ultimately, priority is placed on obtaining wealth and material things; people and relationships aren't valued.

The book is in dire need of a professional edit. There are grammatical errors on most pages; I counted over 200 in the first chapter. Many sentences started with a lowercase rather than a capital letter, which was distracting. Also, the book is 345 pages but only consists of 4 chapters, making them excessively lengthy. I should also note that although the book is classified as suspense, there is a disproportionate amount of crude and sexually explicit content. Due to all of the above reasons, I rate the book 1 out of 4 stars. I can't honestly recommend it to anyone in its current state.

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Post by ElizaBeth Adams » 10 Apr 2019, 06:39

Thank you for your very thorough review. It sounds like attempts to include intense drama pulled the reader away from the main thrust of the plot. This does not sound like an enjoyable read.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 10 Apr 2019, 07:06

Yep, this is definitely one to skip.
Nothing in this book sounds very pleasant at all!
Well done on getting through it.
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Post by kandscreeley » 10 Apr 2019, 07:49

Wow! I can tell already this is not one I would enjoy. Glorifying drug use, women objectified, questionable names used. I'll pass, but like you, I do like the idea of a drinkable fountain of youth. Too bad it's not done well.
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Post by kdstrack » 10 Apr 2019, 14:47

I was wondering how one chapter could have 200 errors until you said the book only had four chapters. That would be something you could not know before receiving the book. Great job, Cecilia. I admire your perseverance!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 10 Apr 2019, 14:58

ElizaBeth Adams wrote:
10 Apr 2019, 06:39
Thank you for your very thorough review. It sounds like attempts to include intense drama pulled the reader away from the main thrust of the plot. This does not sound like an enjoyable read.
I appreciate your comment, ElizaBeth.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 10 Apr 2019, 14:58

Bianka Walter wrote:
10 Apr 2019, 07:06
Yep, this is definitely one to skip.
Nothing in this book sounds very pleasant at all!
Well done on getting through it.
Thank you, Bianka. :tiphat:

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Post by Cecilia_L » 10 Apr 2019, 14:59

kandscreeley wrote:
10 Apr 2019, 07:49
Wow! I can tell already this is not one I would enjoy. Glorifying drug use, women objectified, questionable names used. I'll pass, but like you, I do like the idea of a drinkable fountain of youth. Too bad it's not done well.
Exactly. Thanks for commenting.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 10 Apr 2019, 15:00

kdstrack wrote:
10 Apr 2019, 14:47
I was wondering how one chapter could have 200 errors until you said the book only had four chapters. That would be something you could not know before receiving the book. Great job, Cecilia. I admire your perseverance!
Thank you. I appreciate your comment.

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 12 Apr 2019, 18:34

I always trust your reviews, and I think I will pass on this book! I really don't think I would gain anything by reading this. It would probably just make me angry.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 13 Apr 2019, 16:30

Stephanie Elizabeth wrote:
12 Apr 2019, 18:34
I always trust your reviews, and I think I will pass on this book! I really don't think I would gain anything by reading this. It would probably just make me angry.
Thank you. I appreciate your comment, Stephanie. I had to put the book down several times for that very reason!

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Post by B Creech » 14 Apr 2019, 04:21

I don't believe I would have been able to read the entire book! Thanks for the great review which gave a thorough overview of the book. It certainly is not one I would want to read due to the sexually explicit parts as well as the characterization of the men and women in this book! Also, the numerous errors surely made the book difficult to read! I admire you for being able to read it in its entirety!

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Post by daviddawud » 16 Apr 2019, 16:22

When I saw the book, I was wondering what kind of title it is. From your detailed review, I now understand clearly how the title of the book came about. However, I don't think I will even attempt to read this book due to obvious shortcomings. Great review.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 17 Apr 2019, 06:26

B Creech wrote:
14 Apr 2019, 04:21
I don't believe I would have been able to read the entire book! Thanks for the great review which gave a thorough overview of the book. It certainly is not one I would want to read due to the sexually explicit parts as well as the characterization of the men and women in this book! Also, the numerous errors surely made the book difficult to read! I admire you for being able to read it in its entirety!
You're welcome. I appreciate your kind comments.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 17 Apr 2019, 06:26

daviddawud wrote:
16 Apr 2019, 16:22
When I saw the book, I was wondering what kind of title it is. From your detailed review, I now understand clearly how the title of the book came about. However, I don't think I will even attempt to read this book due to obvious shortcomings. Great review.
Thank you. :tiphat:

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