Seems a little weird to review my own book, but I guess this is where I can say a bit more about it, so here goes:
This book is... weird. It won't be eSeems a little weird to review my own book, but I guess this is where I can say a bit more about it, so here goes:
This book is... weird. It won't be everyone's flavor of choice. But if you like the creepy and the unexplained; if you think there's still a bit more magic in the world than we're allowed to admit we believe in; if you like tragic young love and messed up girls (and boys), give it a shot.
That sounds pretentious. It's also just a murder mystery novel starring a narcoleptic protagonist who can't keep track of her own subconscious. Melika Hale was right there on the mountain when her ex-girlfriend was murdered. So why can't she remember anything? Or better yet, what does her brain want to make her forget?...more
Disclaimer: Leah is my critique partner, so I might be biased, only because I already know how effing fabulous a writer she is.
This book is unlike anyDisclaimer: Leah is my critique partner, so I might be biased, only because I already know how effing fabulous a writer she is.
This book is unlike anything you've read. It is not for the faint of heart. But if you love gritty, psychological suspense and realistically screwed-up characters (which you probably already do if you've read UNTEACHABLE!), you will fall hard for this book. Not only is it un-put-downable, but every reread will make you appreciate it more (seriously, it's like finding Easter eggs whenever I start over).
This is twisted plotting at its finest, with the best kind of antiheroes -- the kind who really probably do belong in an institution or something. I say this with complete adoration, because I love every character in this book to death, despite (or because of?) their many flaws <3
Also bisexual love triangle (and I do mean triangle, none of this accute angle crap). So, you know, insta-win....more
Okay, yes, this is romance. Errr. Fine, erotica. STOP JUDGING ME! I usually don't read this stuff. But when someone foisted it upon me, and I noticedOkay, yes, this is romance. Errr. Fine, erotica. STOP JUDGING ME! I usually don't read this stuff. But when someone foisted it upon me, and I noticed it was set in a vampiric dystopia, okay, I got curious and I couldn't resist :) Holy crap, am I glad I didn't resist! (I feel like there's a BDSM safe-word pun in here somewhere, but I'm feeling lazy today, I'll skip the obvious shot). This reminds me of back in high school when I first discovered Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey. I just fell in love with the world-building and the stakes involved. This actually reminds me a lot of the Kushiel's series -- the heroine is a spy for the resistance, only she accidentally catches the eye of the hot vampire man she's supposed to be stealing info from. That's when he proves to her that she's an agonie, someone who draws pleasure (and power) from pain, and things only get spicier from there. The world itself is sort of like a blend of Blade Runner, Underworld and Daybreakers. I've burnt myself out on a lot of vamp fiction before, but this had a unique twist to it -- I loved the way the world is set up, with vampires as the dystopian government/overlords, and humans conned into actually wanting to become Donors (human bloodbags spoiled with all kinds of wealth, riches and fame in exchange for a short life and letting vamps feed off of them). It made for really intriguing interplay between the species, and between our leading lady and her master. Honestly, my only complaint is that I want mooore! Now, dangit! :) If you're looking for your next guilty-pleasure read, if you loved the Kushiel's series, and/or if 50 Shades just did not have hardcore enough BDSM for you, check this one out. It won't disappoint!...more
“You won’t break me,” I said, my voice low. “I’m not a doll. I’m not fragile. And you can’t possibly screw my life up any more than it is.”
That furrow“You won’t break me,” I said, my voice low. “I’m not a doll. I’m not fragile. And you can’t possibly screw my life up any more than it is.”
That furrowed look, the mournful angel observing human tragedy. “It’s not just about damage control. It should be more than that.”
“Then give me more,” I said.
The fourth period bell rang.
I walked out, but my heart stayed right there where I’d planted it, a tender little seed waiting for sun.
Not your average NA romance. More like 1,000,000 times better.
Where to start. The PROSE. I want to eat this book with a spoon. And maybe some fine wine and expensive chocolate on the side, cause it deserves rich accompaniment. Let me just pause and quote-barf at you for a moment here.
I'm not going to do the whole rollercoaster/falling in love metaphor. I didn't fall in love with him up there. Maybe I fell in love with the idea of love (...).
But when we crested the first peak and the world sprawled beneath us like a tangled-up string of Christmas lights and then we plunged toward it at lightspeed, the guy and I reached for each other's hands spontaneously and simultaneously.
And I felt something I've never felt before.
You can call it love, or you can call it freefall. They're pretty much the same thing.
I don't often compare writers to Jeanette Winterson, because she is my favorite author of all time, and like, the epitome of deliciously magical prose. But I will make that comparison here. If you like literary writing, or Jeanette's magical realism style (though Unteachable is contemporary, it feels borderline MR with some of the descriptions at times!), read this. You won't be disappointed.
There's a fair amount of explicit sex scenes in here, which is I guess what categorizes this book as NA, but don't pigeonhole it as a simple romance novel. There are a lot of complex, realistic characters in here. In fact, one of my personal favorite aspects of the book is the main character, Maise, because she doesn't pander. She's not your typical bland, insecure, likeable heroine. Sometimes you won't like her. Sometimes you'll want to smack her upside the head. But that's what makes her seem so real -- and ultimately, those flaws are what make her loveable. She's fucked up, but she's trying. And she's getting there, slowly.
This is really Maise's story, more than a love story. It's about the growing beyond her shitty circumstances she was born into. It's about her coming to terms with who she is, and fixing her life her own way. And yes, there's a sexy hot teacherman she falls for, but he doesn't save her. She saves herself. They're both flawed, and they both screw up, but in my opinion, that's what makes a great love story.
If you're trying to avoid loss, there's no point in loving anyone, or taking another breath, or letting your heart beat one more time. It all ends.