According to Goodreads, I last read The Catcher in the Rye in September 2007. I will venture a guess that I read it only one other time since I firstAccording to Goodreads, I last read The Catcher in the Rye in September 2007. I will venture a guess that I read it only one other time since I first read it around 1990 in high school. That makes it four times, maybe five. It's one of the only books I would bother reading more than once. It's also my most sainted book. I don't want to read it too much. I don't want it to wear out its welcome. It holds a place in my heart and part of me is afraid one day I'll read it and it will no longer resonate.
There are differences reading it through the eyes of a 40-something. Holden is less brave and more profoundly sad. He's less of a hero and more of a scarred soul. I realize now that that which Holden complains about the most, phonies, is what he actually is. I never saw how phony Holden was when I was 16. I was too busy agreeing with him. The decades have shown me that what we fear most happens. Holden will become his parents. He will, like his brother, find some phony cause to prostitute himself to. We all do. He will lose the innocence of Phoebe and Allie. He will grow up.
I still identify with him. Despite the flaws my youth didn't pick up on. I still get Holden. Because he was right. Most of us grow up to be batteries to the system even when we're dragged there kicking and screaming. We smile while we eat the shit sandwiches life hands us. Smile and finish it off with lemonade.
I'm looking forward to reading this in another 10 years or so.
Erica is a recent Harvard grad with her own startup social networking site. Blake is a handsome, dominating and controlling-- can you guess it? -- bilErica is a recent Harvard grad with her own startup social networking site. Blake is a handsome, dominating and controlling-- can you guess it? -- billionaire. They meet when Erica trips over herself and falls into his arms. As coincidences would have it, Blake just so happens to be at the sales pitch Erica goes to to receive funding for her little venture. He shoots her down, both humiliating her and making her fall head-over-fashionable-heels gaga over him.
I have a strong dislike for fashion, clothes shopping and other typically girly endeavors so I had to try and put aside my boredom factor regarding Erica's online social site, Clozpin (a fantastic name for such a site!), but it was hard to do because the author did not successfully convince me that Erica was even interested in fashion. The character admits to the fact she gets her fashion sense from her friend who literally picks out her outfits. Just because Erica has nude pumps and knows when to wear them does not a fashion diva make. Also, Erica goes on and on about how much work she does for her business but there is no evidence to support that. Besides going to meetings, most of which are with guys trying to get into her pencil skirt, she barely sits down to check on her site, and when she does, it's down, and Ms. Harvard grad has to call upon her live in male minion to fix it.
Also, am I the only one who is fed up with gorgeous billionaire love interests? Perhaps I'm a weirdo but I prefer my male leads to be more realistic. This relationship did not work for me in Fifty Shades of Grey and it works even less for me with Erica and Blake. Zero chemistry between the couple and no discernible reason why they fall for each other. Both characters are what I call Dopey Dismals. Not enough meat on the bones in the personality department. Actions make no sense. Boring. Drama prone.
I was so furious with the obvious similarities with 50 that I almost stopped reading. I am happy to say, at least with book one, the story does become its own once it gets over bashing you about the face with the correlations. Whether or not it becomes its own interesting story is another question.
I don't understand the need authors have to make Alpha males into sex-obsessed control freaks whose actions belittle the women they claim to care so much about. Yes, they are both damaged little flowers who will bloom together by the time we get to book 5. But I'm not sure I care enough to watch their journey. They fall in love instantly and there's not enough character exploration to make you understand why. The sex is constant but oddly flat. The power plays don't work because I'm not convinced Erica is a strong, confident and powerful woman. I'm told she's this strong willed CEO but I see a flailing, lackluster, no-personality, scared little kitten. I can't buy this woman running a successful company or a successful relationship.
I was happy that this heroine eats food. Like, all the damn time. Way more description of food and restaurants than fashion which made me wonder why she doesn't run a food related social network. All she does is go out to eat and cook gourmet food. But she lets some dude she barely knows order for her? Yeah, no, makes no sense.
The writing style is fine but there are a lot of continuity mistakes that I would think an editor should have caught. In one scene, they're cooking bacon and eggs and then they have sex and there's no mention of anything burning on the stove. They meet in Vegas, come home to Boston and it seems like weeks go by but then Erica will refer to it being a few days ago. That kind of thing happened way too frequently for me. Also, too much telling and not showing.
After reading the first three books in the Jessica McClain series in rather quick (for me) succession, I have the same general complaints for every boAfter reading the first three books in the Jessica McClain series in rather quick (for me) succession, I have the same general complaints for every book.
I know a lot of people love the constant action in this series but I would prefer a little less. The piling up of action scene upon action scene results in :
1) Lack of character development. Although I will say some of minor characters are more developed than the main couple. I feel like all I know about Jessica is that she’s the only female werewolf, she is strong willed, and she has these ever increasing powers carrying the plot around. I don’t really know her and I know Rourke even less. 2) Not caring about Rourke. As mentioned in complaint #1, I know nothing about him except he is the last of his kind of shifter, he is Jessica’s mate, and he’s really strong. No personality to speak of. After the sexual tension is finally sussed out, there is nothing. I just do not feel the connection and I don’t care about the romance. Something is wrong when I am crushing on Jessica’s father, James, Tyler, and Danny, but not on Rourke. Also, why can’t she call him by his first name? Really, really impersonal. 3) Jessica’s powers are a constant deus ex machina. Every time she’s in a tough situation, she pulls these powers out of her ass to save the day. Yes, she is a kick ass character. I’m not saying she doesn’t have that spark. But in the end, it’s her unknown-never-heard-of-before-in-the-supe-world powers that move the plot along. 4) Telling not showing. The dialogue is clunky. Every time there’s a heavy action scene where time is of the essence, Jessica and pals stop to have ridiculously lengthy conversations. Because the action is non-stop, this is needed to explain what’s going on and unfortunately, it doesn’t work in the slightest. There was one time I remember, I think in book 3, it is actually explained to the reader that despite being told repeatedly how little time there was, we now had a few minutes for this long, drawn out discussion. This nonsense happens in all three books so far and it really pulls me out of the story. 5) Cartoonish antagonists. Although we are told that each Big Boss is practically unbeatable, they are actually beaten relatively easily (powers to the rescue!) and I never once felt like Jessica or pals were in any real peril. ...more
What can I say? I had no plans to read this book based on the fact that Twilight is some of the most horrifically written trash I've ever read. Not taWhat can I say? I had no plans to read this book based on the fact that Twilight is some of the most horrifically written trash I've ever read. Not talking about the story, mind you (that's a different argument) but the actual talent of the author. Twilight is not well written. It's not. I don't care how much you love the story. Anyway... I've started The Host and, hey, not bad! I'm shocked this lady can write and for that reason alone I'm willing to read this. ...more
Okay, I can suspend disbelief enough to accept a woman falling in love with a blue alien who materializes, naked, in her house and proclaims he is herOkay, I can suspend disbelief enough to accept a woman falling in love with a blue alien who materializes, naked, in her house and proclaims he is her leader but, seriously, who irons their underwear? Also, I don’t care how much Star Trek or X-Files I’ve seen, an alien, blue or otherwise, appears in front of me and I’m going to scream bloody murder not stand there bemused yet sassy. Also, this is the fourth Eve Langlais book I’ve read and she has an odd view of women. Most of the women in her books are described as argumentative or mouthy in some way but if anything, they don’t voice themselves assertively enough. The definition of argumentative is not someone who asks questions or states an opinion. This is the problem with most romance type books I’ve read, the women are almost always supposed to be strong, independent, feisty, etc. But they’re not. Hey, I have no problem with chest beating alpha males. I like alpha males. I just wish these books had more realistic characterizations. Let’s get back to screaming. I would be. Loud, frantic wails would erupt from my argumentative mouth if some dude appeared in my house. I don’t care if you have no family or friends and you have a shitty job you won’t miss, leaving your planet is a huge deal. Who would calmly accept such a fate? Even if I were to someday fall madly in love with Mr. Blue Alien, I would not go down easily. It would be a struggle that would probably takes months or years. And WHO IRONS THEIR UNDERWEAR!?
Kor’s planet has a shortage of women. The best of the men are chosen for the chance at getting a mate from another planet, selected by an Oracle and ancestors in spirit form. Kor specified he wanted a docile mate but Diana is anything but. (Snarky feminist reviewer grumbles “bullshit” in an argumentative tone, knitting her eyebrows together in a scowl. She then proceeds on writing this review with mirth.)
Diana is pleased to find there are plenty of other Earth women on Kor’s planet and all seems right in the world. Until ::dramatic music:: Kor’s brother Kil appears and it seems he’s about to muck up the works. Deus ex machina. The end.
Snarkiness aside (what an incorrigible, argumentative female I am!), why am I rating this 3-stars? For whatever reason, I enjoyed this book. In fact, I’ve found all of her books I’ve read so far enjoyable. Perhaps it’s the sex. Or perhaps not as it’s certainly not the best erotica I’ve read either. However, cute they are. And still better love stories than Twilight. Quick and easy to read; pure fluff.
I think Langlais (much like Stephenie Meyer) raped a thesaurus and used no protection. Here’s an example of the STDs that thesauruses clearly carry: Diana, her relief over her safety and his assuaged, leaned back. That sentence makes no kind of sense. In addition, there is an abuse of question marks when there’s no question asked? As well as an apparent confusion on what a question actually is. For example: “I didn’t think you’d come back,” she whispered, cradled in his arms. Now that bliss had mellowed and reality returned, she asked. She asked what!? There was no question there. ...more
The best of the series so far, by far. The plot is miles ahead of the last two entries. There are a lot more characters in this one. We get3.5 stars.
The best of the series so far, by far. The plot is miles ahead of the last two entries. There are a lot more characters in this one. We get to enjoy more of the Greyson family and we’re also treated to a second romance. There are still mistakes galore but I think the more intriguing plot kept my nitpicker side preoccupied because I’m having difficulty remembering specific examples. Freakn’. That’s all you need to know. Apostrophes denote a missing letter, FYI for those of you who slept through school. It should be freakin’ or if the author wants to get cute and sassy: freak’n’.
Um, I don’t know which one makes me want to hurl puppies off a cliff more…
Chris (Naomi’s –from the 1st book- brother) does not want to share his mate when he finally finds one. It may work for Naomi and Francine but he wants nothing to do with it. And then he is hired to build a gym in a basement and his mate answers the door. Too bad she’s already freakn’ mated! Chris’s only hope is that it appears Jill is not happy in her marriage to Jack. Yes, that’s Jack and Jill…
Jill and Jack, you see, have a secret. They aren’t really Jill and Jack. And they aren’t really mated/married. But Jill cannot be with Chris because she must remain in her fake marriage lest the big bad man from her past finds her.
In the meantime, Chris’s cousin Gina steps in to distract Jack. And wouldn’t you know it… it turns out they’re mates. Neither one is about to admit it to the other. Jack’s main focus is to keep Jill away from Chris even though he would love for the both of them to be able to live a normal life with their newly founded mates.
There’s a lot of Naomi and Francine, from book 1 and 2 respectively. As well as the rest of the family, especially mama Meredith who kicks major ass. ...more