EDIT: OMFG. NEW SUMMARY, HOW DARE YOU COMPARE THIS BOOK TO BEAUTIFUL DISASTER? WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS MY RAGE. RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE!!!!!
I pre-r...moreEDIT: OMFG. NEW SUMMARY, HOW DARE YOU COMPARE THIS BOOK TO BEAUTIFUL DISASTER? WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS MY RAGE. RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE!!!!!
I pre-read books for a high school English teacher and decided to check 'em out. Two of them were Zoey Dean's A-List books and another was Gossip Girl, neither of which I really cared for. But the younger girls love them: whatever gets the kids reading, right? So, by the time I got to Secret Society Girl, my expectations were understandably low.
Boy, was I COMPLETELY blown away.
Secret Society Girl is all about a prestigious Ivy League college (not a high school! Hurrah!). As a college student, this made the book twice as enjoyable for me because I was able to compare it to my own college experience. Secret societies are "tapping" the freshmen for new recruits, not unlike the sorting hat at Hogwarts. In fact, some of their hazing rituals are a bit Potter-esque. Skull sconces, blood, and the worshiping of Greek goddesses ... for Amy, it all sounds a little too bizarre to be true and she wonders several times if it's a hoax.
There are some heavy make-out scenes that are too sexy for maiden aunts and a couple annoying references to pop culture and how PRIVILEGED these kids are, but mostly the story stays to to the plot in a 293-page roller coaster ride that has a rather touching climax. Any book that promotes equality between the sexes is fine by me!
If I could, I'd give this one and a half stars. I'm kind of torn between hating it and feeling sorry for it. As other reviewers have stated, Smith int...moreIf I could, I'd give this one and a half stars. I'm kind of torn between hating it and feeling sorry for it. As other reviewers have stated, Smith introduces a fairly novel concept when it comes to the vampire creation myth, mixing Arthurian and biblical legends. And somebody gets poisoned Indie-Jones style right in the beginning!
This book HAS to be good, right?
Nope. Not at all. For starters, Pru really got on my nerves. Pru. Don't even get me started on Pru. I have this issue where, if the character has a silly name, it makes me not take the character seriously. And how on Earth can you take a woman seriously if her name rhymes with "Doo"? She tries too hard to be all "Girl Power!" and stuff, but she's too childish and annoying to have any kind of credibility.
And considering that she's the main character, this is not a good thing.
Chapel was interesting but he was far too angsty. I feel like we didn't really get enough background on him to sympathize with him as a character. And the whole Marie thing kind of came out of left-field. She should have been introduced much sooner, so the parallels between her and Pru (ick) were clearer.
And the sex. Well. The sex wasn't that great. Not steamy. Hardly even lukewarm, and it doesn't happen until like 250 pages in. And when it did happen, it was silly. Lots of gasping with passion and moaning with need-type escapades (although not quite as bad as Lara Adrian). I might have been able to live with all of that IF NOT FOR THE ENDING!!! OH MY GOD. It pissed me off. What a cop-out. I'm not going to say any more on this, though, because I am coming dangerously close to treading on spoiler-territory and trying desperately hard not to give too much away.
Maggie Shayne, who I am reading now, is much, much better. So if you're looking for a good paranormal romance maybe shelve this and check out one of those instead (although, unfortunately, I still have two other books by this author, so I'm kind of hoping that they might be better further down the road).(less)
Even though Vlad totally pissed off the feminist in me, I really enjoyed this book. The writing style was decent and, of course, any book that manages...moreEven though Vlad totally pissed off the feminist in me, I really enjoyed this book. The writing style was decent and, of course, any book that manages a good sex scene without being too over-the-top is fine by me. I've come to terms with the fact that romances are not exactly the best places to look when it comes to equal rights between the sexes (apha/gamma pairings, anyone?).(less)
The book starts out with a historical flashback, in the typical tradition of paranormal romances. In it, we are introduced to Damon, the embodiment of...moreThe book starts out with a historical flashback, in the typical tradition of paranormal romances. In it, we are introduced to Damon, the embodiment of every woman's tall, dark and handsome, who finds that he unwittingly cursed his gypsy family by bringing dark magic into their sanctuary.
Cut to the present, where we meet Alexa. A rich girl obsessed with becoming even more rich. When Daddy Warbucks dies, she finds that he bequeathed to her a mysterious castle on an island that built by an eccentric European immigrant. At this point, I scratched my head and began to wonder, "Are you shitting me?"
They have sex for the first time in chapter two, I think it was. Alexa does not appear at all perturbed that A PHANTOM CAME OUT OF THE PAINTING IN THE CREEPY HAUNTED CASTLE. Instead, she sees it as a sort of business venture and jumps his barely-there bones.
At that point, I threw the book down in disgust. I didn't care how Damon got trapped in the painting in the first place. I didn't care what happened to his gypsy family. I had no interest in watching Alexa and Damon fall in love. Honestly, the book was so harlequin I couldn't stand it. Signet books are usually so good, too!(less)
Shou is a famous idol. Kyoko is his childhood friend. They live together in his giant mansion. Kyoko works in a restaurant and does all of Shou's cook...moreShou is a famous idol. Kyoko is his childhood friend. They live together in his giant mansion. Kyoko works in a restaurant and does all of Shou's cooking and cleaning because she is (not so) secretly in love with him and worships the ground he walks on. Until the day that she overhears him telling his girlfriend how much he hates her, and that he only invited her to Tokyo because (surprise) she was a such a willing slave.
Then she vows to become an idol, too, so she can get revenge. The whole thing is very silly, really, and not in a good way. There were some genuinely funny parts but mostly it was just bizarre. And the girl character really annoyed me. Unlike your typical shoujo character, she isn't cheerful, or bubbly, or cheerfully determined.
Which is understandable, except that the way she shows it is so wrong! She takes it out on innocent people and whines and just acts so damn childish that I kind of sympathized with Shou by the end for wanting to leave her. I mean, God! She's so needy. Does this woman not have a spine?(less)
This book was much more serious than the first and yet managed to keep the same charm that kept me captivated from the start! I'm not usually into you...moreThis book was much more serious than the first and yet managed to keep the same charm that kept me captivated from the start! I'm not usually into youth manga but this one isn't the least bit childish. Love it!(less)
Let me say that I love the fact that Naie, the Beautiful Girl, is actually really, really nice! Usually, the pretty popular girls are mean, but she's...moreLet me say that I love the fact that Naie, the Beautiful Girl, is actually really, really nice! Usually, the pretty popular girls are mean, but she's actually encouraging and supportive (so far) and that made me happy.(less)