I did not think it was possible for the series to be worse. The first to books in the series were quick reads, but this onWell, I'm glad that's over.
I did not think it was possible for the series to be worse. The first to books in the series were quick reads, but this one dragged.
After all the hell Christian and Ana have gone through to get where they are now (which is married and on their honeymoon), I knew there was no way James was going to tear the two of them apart. The book read like a soap opera, the smallest of issues and insecurities became the elephants in the room. Everything was so obviously contrived it hurt to read.
When all is said and done, every good scene in this series was buried under so many feet of poor grammar and contrived character interactions that I just couldn't enjoy it. Maybe someone with a better hand at writing should rewrite this story, or is that too much FanFic Inception?...more
If you took a very heavy red pen to Fifty Shades of Grey, toned down Ana's multiple personalities, made ChriWas this even written by the same author?
If you took a very heavy red pen to Fifty Shades of Grey, toned down Ana's multiple personalities, made Christian less of a overtly creepy stalker, made them a more communicative couple while still leaving Ana some way to dramatically leave Christian to set off his recovery and then added it to the beginning of Fifty Shades Darker, you might have something that could be somewhat passable as an average book. In terms of writing and characterization Fifty Shades Darker seems much tighter than it's predecessor, but it still has a long way to go before I would call it good writing.
I'm a sucker for a good beauty and the beast tale; give me a tortured hero/heroine and the heroine/hero that saves him/her and I will devour it. At it's very core of being, that is what Fifty Shades wants to be. There is so much in this book that I, being a romantic, want to love. The moment in which Christian completely submits to Ana could have been amazing - I'll be honest, there were a few feels at that moment - but it just didn't all come together in a way that worked.
Confession Time: I read 50 Shades of Grey and I didn't hate it.
Now that I've gotten that off my chest...
For one thousand three hundred and fifty-threConfession Time: I read 50 Shades of Grey and I didn't hate it.
Now that I've gotten that off my chest...
For one thousand three hundred and fifty-three days, I resisted 50 Shades of Grey. I had no desire to read it. Everything I read about it made me cringe. In the midst of my Outlander fan-girling, I realized that by talking trash on a book I'd never read, I was no better than the 50 Shades fans who called my favorite book trash without reading it. So I pulled up my big girl panties and set off on a mission.
I had every expectation of hating this book. Perhaps the negative hype surrounding the book brought my expectations down to a level where the disappointment was more manageable. Maybe it just wasn't that bad. The best way I can describe my feelings towards this book is to quote Anastasia Steel herself;
"I feel ambivalent about it. I don't like it, but I don't hate it."
Don't get me wrong, 50 Shades of Grey is not a good book. I have 250+ highlights and bookmarks on my nook to remind me of all the passages that were poorly written, ill contrived, or just plain ridiculous. But I did have fun reading it; the same kind of fun I have watching The Bachelor and making fun of the rampant drama and idiocy.
The character are really just terrible. Ana can't make up her mind about anything. Although one can't really blame her, especially when the author has seen it fit to give her three distinct personalities. When Inner Goddess Ana isn't waving around Pom-poms or zenning out in the lotus position, she's championing Ana's sexuality and wondering why she doesn't give in to Christian's "singular tastes". Subconscious Ana is a snarky brat who is pretty much only there to make Ana feel useless and unwanted. Combine those with Ana's lack of self-worth, naivety, and flat-out idiocy and you kind of want to hit her upside the head and hope her multiple personalities fly out of her ear canal. Christian is the epitome of the Alpha male. The characters are so terrible that they are barely recognizable in the second book, Fifty Shades Darker.
There were so many things in the book that I think were supposed to be symbolic, but they so obviously inundated the book that I can't decide if they were really just bad writing choices.
An example? Color. There is so little color in this book that I'm surprised Ana and Christian don't inhabit the same community as the characters in The Giver. I went back and searched for colors after I finished reading. There is a lot of grey, everything in Christian's wardrobe is grey. There is an insane amount of pale blue - the underwear and t-shirt Taylor purchases for Ana are pale blue, Christian's furniture is pale blue, Grace wears a pale blue dress, The Grey's living room is pale blue, the server at the Grey's wears pale blue, Jack Hyde wears a pale blue shirt, Ana wears a pale blue tankini on the beach with her mom.
Red is only mentioned in regards to the "Red Room of Pain" and the blushing of faces. There are Orange stripes on the plane that taxis the glider in Savannah. Yellow is literally never mentioned. Kate's eyes are green and Ana wears a mint green shirt at one point. Purple comes into play with Kate's plum dress (that Ana wears every other day it seems) and the hotel Christian stays in in Savannah.
I guess pale blue could look like a shade of grey, so it makes a little bit of sense. But it was SO OBVIOUS that it just seemed like every time a color needed to be named she threw down her favorite color and made it a day.
All that aside, I'm a sucker for a beauty and the beast tale and the end of Fifty Shades of Grey was so unsatisfying in the way that it left you dangling from a cliff by one minuscule skin cell, so I've already read the second book. I'm sure I'll never read it again, but at least now I can have a conversation with someone about it without feeling like a hypocrite....more
I'm going to be honest, I almost gave up on this book. The first two chapters had me pretty psyched for some ancient intrigue and some cool world builI'm going to be honest, I almost gave up on this book. The first two chapters had me pretty psyched for some ancient intrigue and some cool world building. The third chapter was the beginning of the end.
In said chapter, our hero and heroine meet for the first time, when Ares breaks into her home. Although it was against his better judgement and he kicks himself in the ass for not leaving after realizing she was home, he is totally enthralled with her and decides to use his telekinetic powers to bodily pull her to him and shove his tongue in her mouth. And this is how all good relationships should start... only NOT.
As the book progressed it had it's good points and it's bad points. I had a couple moments where I really considered putting it down for good, but I also felt like I was watching a train wreck and I just. Couldn't. Look. Away.
Half way through the book I wanted to slap Emma across the face. Unless it was an intimate moment, poor Ares couldn't do anything right. She got mad when he hid things from her, she got mad when he told her things. He's trying to tell her that he cares and she just thinks he's using her. As soon as her immediate anger would fade, she would start to think that he did care and then, without fail, she would scold herself for making excuses for him. Meanwhile she's meddling in Sicari affairs that she knows nothing about when she was explicitly told NOT TO INTERFERE. Quite aggravating.
I'm putting this series on hold for now, I'm intrigued by Phae and Lysander's story and the overarching story and I've read that the next two books get better. But I was so let down by this book that I just don't know. ...more
This is a cute short starring Constable Newberry, who appears in The Iron Duke as Mina Wentworth's bodyguard. Fun backstory, but nothing super imperatThis is a cute short starring Constable Newberry, who appears in The Iron Duke as Mina Wentworth's bodyguard. Fun backstory, but nothing super imperative to the overall story. ...more
And Courtney Milan does it again. Seriously, I love her.
It's difficult to write a novella that does a good job of developing character and I felt UnloAnd Courtney Milan does it again. Seriously, I love her.
It's difficult to write a novella that does a good job of developing character and I felt Unlocked excelled at it. Even though the novella takes place within a short window of time, you really get to know these characters and the way their personalities have developed since they were young.
A good quick read and completely stand alone from the other books in the Turner series. ...more
I wish to note that I do not recommend the Audiobook version of this, more info at the end of the review.
Three books down and I have officially adI wish to note that I do not recommend the Audiobook version of this, more info at the end of the review.
Three books down and I have officially added Courtney Milan to my "I-will-read-anything-by-this-author" list.
I've been looking forward to Smite's book since we met him in the first one - he always came across as a aloof, so I was excited to learn more about him. Milan delivered.
I don't wan to get too book report-y on this, so I'm going to make a list of reasons why I loved this book (and, really, Courtney Milan's other books too).
-Smite is nothing like any romantic hero I have ever encountered before, but I still loved him and his story.
-Miranda is smart. She thinks for herself. She's honest. And she's incredibly patient to deal with Smite's inability to show any real feelings.
-There is no magic fix for Smite's issues and this is acknowledged by the characters. I honestly can not express how happy this made me. Smite has some serious psychological issues from his childhood and most romances would introduce a heroine as a panacea, Milan does not. Yes, there is a form of comfort that Smite finds in Miranda, but it is not a cure-all and it made their relationship seem all the more real.
I got a super good deal on this as a whispersync Kindle/Audible package, so I went with it. The book is narrated by Nicole Quinn and she just didn't do it for me. Her voice seemed more appropriate for a late middle-aged woman and I couldn't connect her with our young 20s heroine.
On top of that, it seemed like every man in the story sounded extremely raspy or high-pitched an annoying. All the other women sounded snobby or old and raspy. No one seemed to have a normal voice.
Do yourself a favor and get this in print or ebook. ...more
Bitten was a fun read and had I not been so exhausted when I was reading it, I could have easily read it in one sitting. BUT, I can't find a lot of goBitten was a fun read and had I not been so exhausted when I was reading it, I could have easily read it in one sitting. BUT, I can't find a lot of good things to say about it.
I did like the concept behind the book - it's rare to find a supernatural character that really REJECTS who they are and is trying to survive as a human - but I thought it could have used better execution. There was too much telling and not enough showing. I was disappointed with the romance. I wanted the hero to fight harder for the heroine.
I only picked up the book because I started watching the series and couldn't wait to see what happened next. Not sure that I'll read more because I like the show better than the book. ...more
If my reading of this book hadn't stretched into the wee hours of the morning, I easily could have listened to the whole thing in one sitting. I was pIf my reading of this book hadn't stretched into the wee hours of the morning, I easily could have listened to the whole thing in one sitting. I was pleasantly surprised with the book, definitely worth the read and will read more by Courtney Milan.
The story was extremely character driven, with wonderfully developed and deeply complex characters. The relationship between Ash and Margaret is also fantastically built and I found it refreshing to read about a hero who is willing to wait for the lady to come to him. No alpha male stereotype here.