So...I read this. I actually liked it. I've never read 50 Shades of Grey, I don't really want to because of how terrible the writing seems in the exce...moreSo...I read this. I actually liked it. I've never read 50 Shades of Grey, I don't really want to because of how terrible the writing seems in the excerpts. If I had known before I started it that Bared To You was supposed to be some sort of homage to 50 Shades....well, I probably wouldn't have read it. I still have some embarrassment when it comes to reading romance, so I try to stay far from anything with too much drama attached to it. Because the first thing people say when you tell them you read romance is 'oh, like sex books?'
The story itself was good and I like Day's writing, though she did use a bit too much purple prose for my taste. I liked that it wasn't just a story of 'already well-off beautiful woman meets ridiculously wealthy and gorgeous man with control issues'. A lot of the story itself is these two messed-up characters trying to make a relationship work.
Gideon Cross was a little too good to be true at first, but that rapidly changed for me once I got to know his character better. He was insanely creepy and I was sorta surprised that he didn't end up being a serial killer. He stalked her repeatedly, went through her phone, did background checks on everyone she ever came into contact with, and TOOK PICTURES OF HER ROOM SO HE COULD MAKE A DUPLICATE ROOM IN HIS OWN SUITE. Complete with identical furniture and personal items, of course.
So, since most people reading this book will be adults, I will not mention how scary his behavior is. Not. healthy. Eva didn't seem to worry about it much, except for the occasional fond thought about his cute possessiveness. Ugh.
So, on to the things I liked. I liked how they tried hard to work on their relationship (besides the creepiness) and they actually talked through their problems most of the time. I get frustrated with most romance because of the lack of communication, so this was a welcome surprise.
I loved that there were a few scenes where Eva was actively courting Gideon by sending him flowers and gifts. It was awesome! Who says the men have to go through all the trouble? I loved, loved, that part!
(view spoiler)[ Another thing I loved was the fact that Sylvia Day didn't pull any punches and had Gideon traumatized by past sexual abuse. That's an odd thing to say that I loved, I know. But I think there is too little awareness of the fact that men are almost as likely to suffer sexual abuse as women are.
I received an ARC copy of Cold Iron from the publisher through Netgalley.
I loved the idea of this book more than the actual result. I grew up with an...moreI received an ARC copy of Cold Iron from the publisher through Netgalley.
I loved the idea of this book more than the actual result. I grew up with an intense fascination with everything Celtic, especially ancient Irish history. Maybe that was the problem. Maybe I let my expectations get too high. If you don't particularly care about the Irish setting, then you'll probably love the book a lot more than I did, for reasons explained below.
The story began with Beth and her ex investigating an ancient burial mound in Ireland. That was definitely something I could get into. It was like history at my fingertips! It didn't even have to be all that accurate, I just wanted more. But much sooner than I expected Conn arrived, and even though he was very 'when you want the woman, you just take the woman' I was determined that I was going to like him. Because he's Irish and the image on the cover is smokin' hot. I even liked Beth because she was turning out to be pretty tough. But then she just up and left Ireland to go back to a major American city. What! Where is my Irish atmosphere? I want rolling green hills and small Irish inns with their interesting characters. I wanted to hear more about the burial mound itself. Everything Irish was quickly swept away to be replaced with everyday American life. 'Ok, that's fine', I thought. At least he's an Irish warrior. That counts, right? Wrong. Out of Ireland, and without the setting to constantly remind me of where he came from, Conn became just another alpha male with supernatural abilities. He made the transition to modern Boston life so well that I quickly lost a lot of interest in his character. I know the Fae in the story do get out every once in a while, but you would think he would still retain a lot of his Irish 'otherness'. The characters themselves were ok, but not very engaging. Beth was sweet and tough, and I should have liked her a lot. I'm not sure why I didn't love her. She was by far the stronger of the two. Toward the end of the book, she was definitely kicking ass and taking names. You go girl!
I think most of my disappointment stemmed from the fact that this book didn't take place in Ireland like I thought it would. Horrible, I know.
Things I liked about the book:
The Fae are described as cruel and unfeeling. Good. I like that better than a lot of the gentle fairy people stories.
Micah. He was a secondary character, but he had a lot more character depth than the two main characters. I enjoyed the chapters with him in them.
THE COVER!!! I mean...WOW!
I think the next book will be very interesting. I'm sure I'll like it a lot more because I'll know what to expect.(less)
This was a very good, character driven story written in the present tense. I loved the description of the Paris streets and slums during the 1700's. T...moreThis was a very good, character driven story written in the present tense. I loved the description of the Paris streets and slums during the 1700's. Things were not pretty, not at all, and this story tells all the dirty details. I was horrified at the living conditions through most of the book.
Jean-Baptiste begins as a very impressionable young man with not much worldly experience and I loved how his character grew during the span of the story.
The story itself was very literary and although I loved the writing, I wished I could have sunk down into it more.
Pure was very good, very well-written...and often disgusting. Which is really true to history, I think. (less)
I received a copy of Torn By War from the publisher via Netgalley.
I'm not sure what to say about this book, truthfully. There were times when I liked...moreI received a copy of Torn By War from the publisher via Netgalley.
I'm not sure what to say about this book, truthfully. There were times when I liked it and I was interested in the various beings and monsters that Jim Melvin has created. Sometimes the writing was great, other times not so great. I was bored through lot of the book and would have to resist skipping chapters just to get to the characters I liked a bit more. The writing style was similar to a lot of epic fantasy, just a little less polished. I cringed when someone was referred to as going back to their 'nicey state'. This was after a group of creatures were described as leaving their 'meaney' state. I felt like I was in middle school again. All in all, it was just 'ok' for me.(less)
I received a free copy of Illumination from the publisher via Netgalley.
I requested this book because the characters intrigued me. An agoraphobic arti...moreI received a free copy of Illumination from the publisher via Netgalley.
I requested this book because the characters intrigued me. An agoraphobic artist, a burnt-out rocker, an animal character...all the things that should have made this the perfect book for me. But there was something about it that just left me disappointed me. I'm not sure what I was looking for, only that I wanted something more. The characters were interesting at first, and then it was like they never developed much after the first few chapters. It left me feeling as if there wasn't much there, to be honest. Even their relationship was shallow and cold.
A scenario like the one presented in this book should have been full of drama, clashing personalities, and a lot more character depth. And while the book did have its moments, I thought it was somewhat boring and unbelievable. The dialogue was clunky and there were places when I could sense the author's presence loud and clear as she used it to steer the situation around.
There were certain parts that I really enjoyed, especially toward the end of the book. But for the most part, I was just left feeling disappointed.