Despite the controversy surrounding this memoir, I really enjoyed and related to Lena's brutally honest portal of a young women. It's intelligent, insDespite the controversy surrounding this memoir, I really enjoyed and related to Lena's brutally honest portal of a young women. It's intelligent, insightful and honest (even when you don't want it to be). Dunham is writing about herself unapologetically and being honest if not too honest-Even stating she isn't a reliable narrator.
I had never watched her critically acclaimed TV Show Girls before reading this book. Since finishing this book I have binged watched Girls. I absolutely ADORE Girls and Majorly relate to Hannah, as well as Jessa(Sometimes). Despite Controversy, Girls is a really good show and you might as well give it a bash.
'Not That Kind Of Girl' spoke loudly to me and in many ways. I particularly related to Lena's essay on OCD and body image. Dunham writes essays are meant to make readers out there know they aren't alone. Readers who have gone through similar situations, be it relationships, body image, work ethic etc can all relate to Dunham's essays, one way or another.The essays in this book are like safety blankets you can wrap around you when you're feeling worried, sad or unbalanced. I do wish Lena had gone into her creative process and the creation of 'Tiny Furniture' and 'Girls'.
The subject matter of the controversy is the main downfall of this book. I do respect Lena for her openness but that wasn't the sort of thing you share(More so the masturbation story than the other because Kids do fucked up shit all the time-she was 7, there was no sexual intent, just plain curiosity)-Especially in the public eye. The wording of the one passage is just unfortunate and I imagine,meant to be taken as a joke-though the subject matter in NO Laughing matter. But as most comedians do-they try and take a sensitive subject and make people laugh about it.
Another bad thing about 'Not That Kind Of Girl' is that it is clearly directed to a predominantly white audience. Which also happens to be problem with the show, Girls. In fact a major problem with most tv shows.
Lena states her privilege as a very normal thing and of course, it is-for her. She uses phrases like "my mothers nutritionist" etc. Which does take the relatable aspects-for me-down a bit. But then again,it is a memoir depicting her life.
Other than the three issues I had with the memoir-I did enjoy it but it is directed at a slim minority of women. ...more
Okay, I'll be honest...I had my doubts about this one. What with the 'Twilight'ish cover, I thought it would be one of those sterotypical new adult boOkay, I'll be honest...I had my doubts about this one. What with the 'Twilight'ish cover, I thought it would be one of those sterotypical new adult books, but I finished reading DARKSIDE SUN pretty frecking happy that I had. I actually don't read alot of new adult books, I'm more of a historical romance kinda gal but I'm glad I had the opportunity to read this. Darkside Sun deal with alot of really complex but awesome elements: the undead, ancient civilizations, parallel worlds and secret societies. It has a unique and interesting premise where wraiths come from parallel universes into our world, taking over human bodies and recking havoc. A secret scoiety is tasked with stopping them. Our Heroine,Addison is thrown right into the middle of the chaos, having to train to stop the wraiths with a group of very dysfunctional people. Addison has being seeing paranormal events since she was a little girl and when one of her episodes leads to her being late to Professor Asher Green's class, things take a turn. Asher turns out being part of the Mortal Machine--a group of immortals that protect the world from wraiths that want to take over. Soon, Addison is sucked into Asher's world, whether she wants to become part of it or not. But these wraiths want Addison and are willing to do what ever it takes to have her. At first, Addison first comes off as a bit dorky, shy and unconfident. I really enjoyed watching her grow as a character. She has always had to deal with messed up events like random dark holes that materialize out of nowhere that bring about a biting cold and scary creatures. Her life has never been normal and she always thought she wasn’t the most stable person. Which I could relate to....Not the random monsters clawing their way into our world but feeling unstable and trying to make myself as unnoticeable as possible. So, I really felt for her and bonded with her over that. When she gets thrown into this new world she acts like how a normal person would act. She ultimately accepts everything easily because she’s been dealing with the paranormal since she was a little girl. She definitely developed so much throughout the book. By the end, she wasn’t that unconfined girl anymore; she was a strong, confident woman, who was prepared to fight, despite her misgivings about the devastatingly handsome Asher and the Mortal Machine, she gives up everything to protect her father...and the world. Now, Our Hero: Asher Green; All I can say is...What a complete and utter ass (BUT SUPER SEXY). I wanted to hit him....like alot. Throughout most of the book, He acts like a jerk and Reasonably, Addison's feelings are conflicted because of this. He is cocky, arrogant and sometimes, down right mean but Asher brings tortured and brooding to a whole new level, which can never(at least for me) be a bad thing. However, Asher has demons of his own to fight, which we find out when we learn about his past. His past made me realize he wasn’t a bad guy, he just has some issues. And like Addison he did develop a bit in the story, though not as much as her. And what he did at the end...Oh, My, God....MY BABY!!! I can not wait to see where his character goes and how he develops through out the series. The romance in this novel was subdued, but you could always feel the tension. Asher was, well, Asher, and there were some rules that prohibited things like, well, touching. And those made things difficult. Romance wasn't exactly a main driver in this novel but I still loved every moment of Darkside Sun. There was never a dull moment and I look forward to reading the upcoming sequals. Adams crafted an intricate sequence of events that started on the first page of the novel and keeps hold of you until the last page. Darkside Sun was a refreshing paranormal novel -as paranormal romances can become repetitive but fortunately this was not-Complete with a whole new type of paranormal society, a budding romance, and a plot to-die-for, it's definitely a must read for Paranormal/New adult lovers. ...more
Dark Surrender is not what it's cover may suggest. It's a dark Gothic flavored historical romance that enthralls the reader with its well written plotDark Surrender is not what it's cover may suggest. It's a dark Gothic flavored historical romance that enthralls the reader with its well written plot and diverse characters. Dark Surrender is atmospheric, the imagery and description outstanding. I for one, felt as if I was standing in Waldegrave Abbey. Violet Whitechapel has had a difficult life-having lived on the streets as a young orphan, having to depend on adults who would trick and manipulate her at every turn- Violet has finally found salvation working in an orphanage as an art teacher;One of the students is attacked by the new owner in front of Violet and she gets the student back to safety and Violet runs away thinking she will be blamed. Exhausted , out of money she finds herself on the doorstep of Waldegrave Abbey seeking shelter , surprised to actually find that it is inhabited. Allistair Waldegrave, the disturbingly alluring owner of Waldegrave Abbey offers Violet a position as his daughters governess. Alistair's life ended on the day his daughter was born. Born with an extreme allergy to the sun, he keeps her locked inside. He is desperate to find a cure for his nine year old daughter. From Here, The mystery truly begins. There is a running theme of 'Surviving' throughout the book, Violet has survived her rough life and continues to thrive and keep moving forward. Allistair fights for his daughter every day. As a couple Violet and Alastair are good.For me, their romance was fueled by the father/daughter relationship of Allstair and Lily. All in all, This was a beautiful story with mystery, romance and humor. Though this book was really good and had great characters etc I felt something was missing. I will read more by Erica Ridley given the opportunity but this book didn't quite hit the mark for me. Plot: 3 Stars Interesting plot line that lures you in with it's mystery and alluring Gothic atmosphere. Writing:5 stars Erica Ridley enchants readers with her attention to character development and the atmospheric descriptions. Ridley weaves an intricate tale in this Gothic Romance. Cover: 4 Stars Characters:4 stars I dare you to try reading this book and finish it WITHOUT loving the characters. You can't NOT love them! The characters of DARK SURRENDER all had one very important thing: Sass. And let me tell you, My sass senses were tingling. The Only thing that I didn't like is that the heroine, Violet seemed too outspoken for a Victorian set novel. Don't get me wrong, I love outspoken heroines as much as the next person, I just didn't expect her, sort of like a sucker punch....more
I blinked, and fall in love with Abandon, the first in this series. Then I promptly ordered the next two books from amazon.
Ahh, I love this series. MegI blinked, and fall in love with Abandon, the first in this series. Then I promptly ordered the next two books from amazon.
Ahh, I love this series. Meg Cabot seems to share the same love for Hades and Persephone as I do. Though this is a modern retelling there was some wonderful links to the myth, with Cabot's own style, with her own take and an intriguing plot line.
Like I said before, I love me some John Hayden. He can drag me to the underworld any day. Is it just me or does he remind anyone else of John Bender(Judd Nelson) in the breakfast club? Not in appearance (I have the perfect image of John in my head, Judd Nelson will be used for some other book) but in the dangerous quality about him. Pierce is as usual her entertaining self, and since I've already read the last book, let me tell you She gets wayyyy better and funnier.
My only problem with "Underworld" is that, I wish we got to see John and Pierce in the underworld much longer than we did. ...more
26/12/13 1:55AM: I want to write more of a review and I will get to it. But, I fist need to say this before I go to bed....This book is perfect and I26/12/13 1:55AM: I want to write more of a review and I will get to it. But, I fist need to say this before I go to bed....This book is perfect and I love it. My 'virgin' read of Linda Winstead Jones, and It will not be my last. THANK YOU, Emina! For the recommendation!! <3...more
I read this book, way, WAY, WAY, back in the day! I was like 8?10?11? I sure as hell don't know, but I remember really loving this book. I found it at oI read this book, way, WAY, WAY, back in the day! I was like 8?10?11? I sure as hell don't know, but I remember really loving this book. I found it at our local library, and even at that young age I adored Jane Austen, especially Pride and Prejudice.
'The Secrets Of Love' is a quirky modern take on Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility but with added humor. If you do,indeed, love Jane Austen as much as I do, you should give this book a go. I was rather surprised when I saw this book was not on any Jane Austen related lists, ergo why not alot of people know about it.
Anything can happen in the blink of an eye. Anything at all. One. Two. Three. Blink.
I blinked, and quickly became infatuated with Meg Cabot's Abandon. Anything can happen in the blink of an eye. Anything at all. One. Two. Three. Blink.
I blinked, and quickly became infatuated with Meg Cabot's Abandon. I had long since stop reading Meg's books as I felt I was too 'old' for them-Which technically, I'm not. As the heroine,Pierce and I share the same age. Anyway, I have been OBSESSED with the Greek Myth of Hades and Persephone. And Have read a few books based on them. So when I saw that Meg had created a 're imaging' of their tale, I was on board.
Though it has taken awhile on my behalf to get around to reading this, I can't say that I regret reading 'Abandon', which I found incredibly entertaining and oddly relatable. I was reminded of how much I LOVED Meg's earlier works, which I had been reading since I was 10 and I couldn't believe I had stopped reading her books for any length of time.
Pierce, I really related to. She was confessed and obviously recovering after all the crap that happened in her life.No wonder, she puts her self in a 'glass coffin'-figuratively. She basically isolates herself from others after her NDE. As a person who has struggled with depression etc. I related to her need for isolation and even her critical/in depth thoughts. She has an ability that-most people-often lack. The ability to care for others more than one's self. This, I feel, Is what attracts John Hayden to her.
''AS I live and breath'' I say while fanning myself with my left hand(fancying myself as one of those southern belles) whilst typing simultaneously. ''JOHN-HAYDEN!''
He is dark, mysterious, quick tempered and dangerous. But underneath it all, he is a battered and bruised soul. I found myself anticipating when he would show up. I was just waiting for him to appear out of no where a lot of the time-I found his character magnetic and I couldn't wait to see him through out the book.
I loved Pierce and John together. The sexual tenison is like in my face :P Loved their relationship and I can't wait to see more.
'Abandon' had some surprising twists to it which had me like:
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I enjoyed Cut by Patricia McCormick, however, I found it much to short and I found I wanted something more dramatic to happen. I did like the comradesI enjoyed Cut by Patricia McCormick, however, I found it much to short and I found I wanted something more dramatic to happen. I did like the comradeship of the girls in 'Sick Minds' and thought this book had an interesting concept that, given the chance, could have evolved into a more full and rounded story. I liked how the characters were written and how with each one of them I saw a potential friend. 3 stars, because It just wasn't long enough and I had hoped for a more dramatic twist as to why Caille(The protagonist) was in 'Sick Minds'.
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.
E.L Todd gave me an advanced reading of the first book in her new series 'Forever and Always.'ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.
E.L Todd gave me an advanced reading of the first book in her new series 'Forever and Always.' and I must say, I was not disappointed.
Once I began reading Only For You I could not put my laptop down. (I'd be lying if I said my laptop didn't follow me everywhere...and I mean EVERYWHERE.) It took me 2-4 hours read this book due to my 'no putting the laptop down rule.' The friends-to-lovers story of Scarlett and Sean is realistic and relatable. Scarlett and Sean have a relationship that I want. They're best of friends, the kind of friendship where they could be themselves. Scar and Sean were there for each other for every break up and heartbreak, They have seen each other at the worst and best. However, This all goes down hill, When Sean, devastated after being dumped by his Girlfriend, Penelope, and very drunk-Scar and Sean have sex.
Complications in sue, with Scar and Sean misunderstanding one another after the night of mind blowing sex, the breakdown of Scar's career and her return to her brother, Ryan, in Seattle.
I have to say, I LOVED the relationship between Ryan and Scar. It's so well written and it adds to a family element to the book which you can't help but love. I couldn't help but thinking of the quotation from Lilo and Stich: ''Ohana means family, family means nobody gets left behind.'' in regards to Ryan and Scar who no matter what happens have one another's backs.
There a very sweet love triangle begins. Ryan's best friend, Courtland and Scar have a affair. I find, That by having Scarlett sleep with another man besides from Sean made her so much more realistic. It fits with today's modern outlook on sex which was awesome to see. (By the By, It's not cheating, Sean and Scar were never together as anything but friends besides the night of mind blowing sex that was not meant to happen.)
I am trying so hard not to spoil the living daylights out of this book but it is sooooo hard. So, we come to the conclusion. I really enjoyed this book, and I look forward to more books in the series.
This book is a breath of fresh air-so different from many of the books being published lately. If you are sick of sappy romance that is over dramatized-LOOK NO FURTHER, WE HAVE FOUND THE AUTHOR FOR YOU!!
E.L, Well Fucking done! I adore it. Looking forward to more from you.