How, in an instant, his future can be decided for him.
3.5 stars. I've started this review three times already and hit the backspace button every t
How, in an instant, his future can be decided for him.
3.5 stars. I've started this review three times already and hit the backspace button every time. I could write an entire review about the love/hate that I have with WWII fiction. The market is so saturated with stories that it's easy to dismiss most of them because they can't all be the one that you need to read. Yet at the same time, every single story deserves to be told.
If you have read other WWII fiction or have seen enough WWII movies, this book could probably be a skip for you. If you haven't read much or any WWII fiction, then this book might be a great introduction into the hardships and heartbreak that befell so many families of the time.
It was the soft thud of the infant's body meeting the earth that broke Herta, causing the numbness to give way to a hate that burned so deeply within, she wondered if her organs might catch fire.
There were, however, some differences in this story which kept me interested. Even though it was a little confusing to follow so many points of view, it was extremely crazy to realize that this book followed an entire family as they were split apart and scattered all over the world. I give the author credit for trying to piece together a story from so many various accounts of family members (as always with books like these, please read the author notes. I always feel the most connection to the story after seeing the inspiration). I had to shelve We Were the Lucky Ones as both fiction and non fiction because this book was real life pieced together and interpreted through a lens in order to make a cohesive story.
This family was put through the ringer. It was almost hard to believe that so many connected people were able to survive such a great amount of close calls. When you get to the end and see what happened to everyone, it almost becomes surreal to see how everything turned out the way that it did. There was a fair share of tribulation, so you should expect those moments of tragedy and peril, but given the title, hope is implied. And in the end, hope is restored.
I guess that counts for something. We don't get too much of that in WWII fiction....more
She seemed to have fried her brain somewhere along the course of her life.
I might have watched a few several episodes of The Girls Next Door when itShe seemed to have fried her brain somewhere along the course of her life.
I might have watched a few several episodes of The Girls Next Door when it was on the air. But I never followed through until the end, and it looks like I wasn't missing much.
By now, most of us know that even reality shows are scripted. Show creators are well aware that every audience has a preference of what they want to see, and the shows try to deliver this.
What I didn't realize was how much Hugh Hefner (Hef) tried to squelch any showing of the behind-the-scenes drama which was unfolding in the lives of the three stars of the show. He wanted to create drama to feed his own fantasies, but couldn't have the world seeing anything other than his life as absolute perfection.
Being able to hold her stories over my head was just another tool Hef used to manipulate me. Watching me get upset and squirm was just another way he satisfied his perversions.
I can't say that I was surprised to find out just how sleazy Hef was. I can't even say that I'm surprised by how much people idolize a man who is little more than his own creation and ego. The guy is icky - truly. Since Cosby got nailed to the wall for the pill thing, people should really take a second look at Hef.
However, Down the Rabbit Hole left a sour taste in its portrayal of Holly being nothing more than the victim in all of this. Yes, it's probably true that desperate times did call for desperate measures, but since she was only willing to spill the tea on everyone else and not herself, I found that her attempt at looking humble came across as nothing but fake and self-serving to the extreme.
This book was an attempt at damage control. And I don't think it hit the intended mark.
I had to take it from a 19-year-old bimbo who I had been nothing but welcoming to?
So everyone else at the mansion was sleazy except for Holly?
The only real mention of Holly having sex with Hef was the very first time. She was 'out of it' and had a heavy body on top of her.
Oh no, girl. You played the game. You don't get to act like you weren't selling yourself for the money.
Own it. And give a middle finger to the haters who can't handle it. If you make a choice, live in that choice. Don't try to sell me an entire book that tells me you were nothing but a victim.
Bridget and I were so square we wouldn't even have known how to get drugs.
Interesting, considering how drug use was mentioned repeatedly in the book. There were (former) girlfriends and playmates who were using, and Hef was supposedly drugging his dates to get them to open their thighs. I felt like there were plenty of contradictions in this story. The biggest contradiction came from Holly's portrayal of herself being nothing but nice and a perpetual doormat.
I was beyond mortified and prayed that the floor would just swallow me up. I was certain everyone on set was assuming that all three of us were equally ditsy.
Was Hef a sleazebucket? I'm pretty sure he was. Were your roommates b*tches? Also, I'm pretty sure that there were no lies told here. Did you tell the whole story? I'm thinking no....more
It's kinda bs that we have to wait so long for Kosmina's book, especially given the cliffhanger in Mirceo's book tying back to her. Normally, I wouldIt's kinda bs that we have to wait so long for Kosmina's book, especially given the cliffhanger in Mirceo's book tying back to her. Normally, I would prefer that the stories of 2 siblings be split up and not put back-t0-back if there are also other characters in the series who need stories (because it would seem way too structured if an entire family got their HEAs set up in order like ducks in a row)
But when there's a cliffhanger about a certain character, their story should be up next!...more
You are one twisted woman, Sherrilyn Kenyon. How could you make me love this impossibly disturbing book? How???
*Trigger warning : extreme rape, abuseYou are one twisted woman, Sherrilyn Kenyon. How could you make me love this impossibly disturbing book? How???
*Trigger warning : extreme rape, abuse and gore* from what I can remember. I'm reviewing this book months after I read it.
4.5 stars I hesitated for a minute over the thought of adding Styxx to my favorites shelf since favorites tend to equal recommendations, yet I've struggled so much with this series that I find it hard to recommend. There are so many weak books in Dark Hunter lineup that it honestly surprises me when an incredible book comes along from out of nowhere and blows my mind like this one did. However, Styxx is now a favorite book, and so to the shelf it goes.
But let's get to the star of this story. ***Very slight character spoilers ahead. No major plot spoilers.*** I will mention Styxx's abuse with the assumption that most people will know that his abuse was going to happen in his book. He is after all the twin of a man who was severely abused, and this story is the other side of the coin
Once Upon a Time I hated Styxx. True story.
I had something to say about him on my review for his brother Acheron's book. I was positive that Styxx would not find redemption. I pretty much deemed it impossible.
Yes, I will take that plate of crow now. Maybe Simi will let me borrow her BBQ sauce.
I don't have much in the way of pretty words to describe a book that rips your heart out. Before Styxx came along in the series, my favorite book was Ash's. Before Styxx came along, my favorite character was Ash. Dare I say that Styxx might have edged Ash out?
Wait, no. Ash is still my favorite character. But Styxx won the book race.
In some ways, I was less emotional when reading Styxx's story. So much of his story was a different spin on what happened to Ash, so I was slightly desensitized to the extreme abuse having gone through it before (only slightly though. There were definitely some scenes that hit me right in the feels).
In some ways, I was more emotional. Kenyon took a character that I'd hated and made me love him - from out of nowhere. Then, all of a sudden, I was invested. And I wasn't ready.
Through all of this, I didn't lose any respect for Ash like some other fans did. Ash went through hell, and on top of all of that he'd sacrificed for others for thousands of years without asking for anything in return. People have treated him like a servant for as long as he's been alive, even his precious Dark Hunters. He deserved to have each and every last little shit fit that he wanted to throw, and had every right to be bitter and mistrusting of anyone and everyone, especially Styxx. Period.
But wow, I might have felt more sorry for Styxx. I didn't think that was ever possible. I wanted to cuddle him so much. I might have even had a moment or two when his sexiness surpassed Ash's for me. Again, HOW???
Well played, Kenyon. You managed to pull out the stops. This book messed with me well and good. If you could write like this every time, you would be on my favorites shelf a whole hell of a lot.
If I had to mention a negative, I think the shock factor became played out after a while. After the first couple of dozen intense scenes, I started to become detached again because it got repetitive.
Okay, wait, there's a second negative. (view spoiler)[This scene : "Really, Styxx, it's nothing to be ashamed of. Estes has always had a preference for men, and it's never bothered me."
Styxx sat in stunned silence as hatred flowed thick through his veins. (he thought) You knew how he was and you turned me loose with him?
Styxx was molested by his uncle. His father acknowledged that his uncle was gay, yet let Styxx's uncle take him in to live with him.
Being gay is not equal to, nor does it make you a molester. I doubt that Kenyon meant to imply this, but that's how the scene read, and it bothers me that those two things would be tied together. There are plenty of straight people who molest family members. Being gay is not the catalyst to that kind of sickness. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more