Whoever said that tattooed psycho chicks aren't sexy is full of doodoo! Mind you, this is NOT a book so much to read but to *lo...moreThis...book...is...HOT!
Whoever said that tattooed psycho chicks aren't sexy is full of doodoo! Mind you, this is NOT a book so much to read but to *look* at: page after page of beautiful tattooed girls and their naughty bits. Shaved, unshaved, pink hair, black hair, all shapes/sizes.
The only reason I gave 4 instead of 5 stars was because of the occasional pic of "scary boobies"-- melons that were so flappy/saggy that it looked like a National Geographic special, but in New York. I'm just picky about perkiness I guess. ;)(less)
Definitly NOT for the faint of heart, this book is chock full of graphic and insanely disturbing scenes involving rape, torture, and horrific humiliat...moreDefinitly NOT for the faint of heart, this book is chock full of graphic and insanely disturbing scenes involving rape, torture, and horrific humiliation, but thankfully not edgy in the sense that it felt to me like the author was aiming for a "shock value" effect, or that she was celebrating or embracing such horrors in some way.
Ultimately an interesting concept, and a book that is shocking in a manner that has real artistic merit, which is my big requirement for books, films, etc. that feature such mind-blowing gruesomeness.
My big gripe would be that I felt little to no real "connection" to the characters, including the unfortunate heroine. The characters felt a bit paper-thin, as if they were placed as "props" within the groteque world Ms. O'Rourke created. Better character development would have made this a 4 Star book for me.(less)
Another truly beautiful example of angels in art, this one focusing on celestials in Italian imagery. Every page is rich and colorful, and the text is...moreAnother truly beautiful example of angels in art, this one focusing on celestials in Italian imagery. Every page is rich and colorful, and the text is nicely informative for a picture book. A great collector's book for the angel or art fanatic.(less)
One of the most scathing, hilarious books I have ever read. A memoir that struggles charmingly between the author's dedication to his Orthodox Jewish...moreOne of the most scathing, hilarious books I have ever read. A memoir that struggles charmingly between the author's dedication to his Orthodox Jewish heritage and his desperation to separate himself from it. Between fearing he would "go to Hell" for eating a SlimJim and conversing with the two "Sabbath angels" (who love to toss pebbles into the sewer and give their devotees the finger), I didn't stop laughing for a moment.(less)
Diablo Cody's writing is simply good frothy fun--shameless, hilarious, as sharp as a stiletto. I refered to the real lif...more*Should be 4 1/2 stars, kids!*
Diablo Cody's writing is simply good frothy fun--shameless, hilarious, as sharp as a stiletto. I refered to the real life candidness of this memoir as I worked on my devil-falls-in-love-with-a-stripper erotic fantasy to capture a "real world" vibe--and was thoroughly entertained along the way.(less)
"Long ago, warrior angel Alexius was banished from heaven and brutally stripped of his wings. Now he has a chance at redemption...moreFrom Joyfully Reviewed:
"Long ago, warrior angel Alexius was banished from heaven and brutally stripped of his wings. Now he has a chance at redemption. He must stop a powerfully talented human artist from being used by a demon to to create something that can bring forth the most deadly of evils. However, after seeing Psyche, the woman whose life he cannot spare, Alexius knows that he cannot go through with his task. Instead, he will do all in his power to keep Psyche from harm. But a romance between angel and human is forbidden and their actions will impact not only their own destiny, but the fate of all creation.
Enter the world of angels, demons, and art in the evocative Psyche's Gate. Danielle D. Smith has penned a fantastically vivid tale of good, evil, and everything in between. I admit I found Psyche's Gate to be a fascinating read. It's interesting, frequently dark, and each character is developed with great care...I absolutely loved Alexius...I admire how Ms. Smith brought the world of Psyche's Gate to life in such great detail and look forward to reading more of her work." (less)
What Two Lips Reviews says about Black Dog and Rebel Rose:
5 KISSES/STARS WINNER OF THE RECOMMENDED READ AWARD AND THE REVIEWER'S CHOICE AWARD
A dying d...moreWhat Two Lips Reviews says about Black Dog and Rebel Rose:
5 KISSES/STARS WINNER OF THE RECOMMENDED READ AWARD AND THE REVIEWER'S CHOICE AWARD
A dying demon's tip leads Rose to an abandoned town off the beaten path, a place once called Paradise Hill that's no more than an unfortunate run-down shadow of the nice little place it once was, a place where people worked and kids went to school. Now, it shelters things that go bump in the night: vampires, ghouls...and the worst of the worst. Demons. Just what Rose is looking for. As a hunter, it's her job – and her pleasure – to rid the human world of such deviant abominations.
Skriker does two things well. Fuck and kill demons. Women and his father's kind fell at his feet, though in different ways. Handsome as sin, he was glorious to behold, both in bed and in battle against the same monsters that had killed his mother and little brother and dragged his old man off to Lucifer knew where when he was just eleven. Half human, his demon side provides him with all sorts of useful weapons, from his inner hellfire to the black claws that pop out of his fingertips when he shifts into the hideous beast that lurks beneath his rock star looks.
When Skriker arrives in Paradise Hill to hunt the derelict town's newly reported nest of vampires, he finds that another hunter has arrived before him. And Rose, he quickly discovers, doesn't like to share. Skriker has always been able to love 'em and leave 'em, but Rosie...she's not like any woman he's ever known. She's big, tough, and dangerous. And her inner light intrigues the hell out of him, no pun intended. From where did she draw such pure white power? Who was she? And where does she come from?
As they work their bloody way through the vampires and ghouls residing in the Paradise Hill Elementary School, Skriker finally discovers why Rose has a set of wings tattooed on her back. But it's when Rose discovers what Skriker really is that she must decide where her heart lies. Is she with him? Or against him? Zafira, the demon daughter of Lilith, might have something to say about that, since she wants Rose dead in the very worst of ways.
Sequel to Psyche's Gate (Liquid Silver Books), Black Dog and Rebel Rose by Danielle D. Smith is the best Urban Fantasy love story I've ever read. It's a short but action-packed adventure centered around the most unlikely of couples – one of darkness, the other of light. One rides an All-American Harley, the other a “Eurotrash” Ducati. He carries a shotgun, she carries a Glock, and they can both slice and dice with ninja accuracy. Together, they deal in blood, gore, and bodily fluids. Believe me, their raunchy sex does more than just fill up pages. It's profound and entrancing. And most of all it's love – pure, deep, and intense. Each would give his or her life for the other. And you know that they will stand side-by-side against any adversity, something that both Zafira and Rose's all-powerful father find out rather convincingly.
Skriker is tough, strong, and determined to wipe out every single demon single-handedly if he has to. Yet, there's a depth of heart to him that allows him to cry with and for someone else. I loved that about him, even more than I loved his blonde sex appeal. And HE...IS...HOT, ladies! Black leather-clad HOT! In all respects, Rose is his perfect foil. She's a black-haired bitch on wheels, a hard-core killer in combat boots and a body-hugging’ jerkin. But her soul is the other half of his. Together, they're better than Bonnie and Clyde. Better than Bogart and Bacall. Better even than peanut butter and jelly.
Ms. Smith is now hard at work turning Black Dog and Rebel Rose into a graphic novel and screenplay. I would love to see her write a story about Skriker's father, who – if he's even half as tough as Skriker – just has to be alive somewhere and in need of his own Rosie to rescue him.
I'll give my own book a 4 star...while this is still the book that was the most fun to write, everything has room for improvement! :-) I thank everyone kindly for their honest opinion of my work, and wish you all happy reading!(less)