I'm reading this because I accidentally got on a tangent reading Hellraiser Comics I fell in love with the stories. Then I read The Hellbound Heart (b...moreI'm reading this because I accidentally got on a tangent reading Hellraiser Comics I fell in love with the stories. Then I read The Hellbound Heart (because I'm too much of a wuss to watch Hellraiser) and while it was good, it was very short, a very quick read.
This is actually one of my first forays into Fantasy/Horror fiction and I'm really enjoying it so far. I've read a lot of magical realism and I always enjoy Fantasy stories more when real life on earth is mixed in with it which is the case here. It's certainly not as terrifying and bloody and flesh ripping as Hellbound Heart (yet....I'm only about 200 pages in) but it's very spooky and mysterious and sensual.
If you know of other Clive Barker novels that are scary without being "pinheady" let me know...I'll probably read another when I'm done. (less)
This is the sexiest, dirtiest, most over the top implausible book I've ever read and I nearly cried when it was over. It should be put next to the wor...moreThis is the sexiest, dirtiest, most over the top implausible book I've ever read and I nearly cried when it was over. It should be put next to the word GUILTY PLEASURE in the dictionary. You should also not read it in public lest your cheeks suddenly burst into flame.
Does it break down the walls of the literary establishment with stunning new insights of the human psyche, the words like a musical instrument in the hands of a wizard? Does it make you rethink everything you knew or thought you knew about modern erotic fiction? No.
But the lead character of Sevastayan is probably the hottest sounding guy I've read in a book in ages. And I read a lot of books that "supposedly" feature hot guys. I kept thinking that it would make an awesome movie, but that movie would have to be shown on Showtime after 1:00am on Saturdays (I hear).
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However, what I found hot about this book was the tension of the "chase". The pressure that built up between Sevastayan and Natalya. I see that it's part of a trilogy, but I just can't imagine that the next two books could equal that kind of simmering rage/passion and if it does, would it be at the expense of what I hate about most romance novels...the wishy washy woman who drops everything that's perfect "because it doesn't seem right" or "because I vowed never to fall in love" or some other crap that just means we have to start the chase all over again. I don't know if I'll read the next two. If you have and have any insight into that, let me know.(less)
I'm not finished reading this, but I love it. Plain and simple. I love Maynard's spot on interpretation of what it's like to be a thirteen year old, t...moreI'm not finished reading this, but I love it. Plain and simple. I love Maynard's spot on interpretation of what it's like to be a thirteen year old, the thoughts, the schemes, but also its all twisted up in a manhunt for a serial killer. I love how Maynard portrays both the fear and the, for lack of a better term, excitement, of having a serial killer on the loose...everyone talking about it at school, at sleep overs, exchanging theories and ideas.
The writing is beautiful, not overly purple or lyrical but still "literary", with perfectly chosen words and phrases. The opening scene of Part II should be copied and pasted as one of the best written descriptions of what it's like to be an awkward teenage girl. I wanted to stand up and clap after reading it.(less)
Love it. Love it. Love Kelly Braffet. Never before have I been so tempted to write a gushing fan letter to an author. She's both inspiring and frustra...moreLove it. Love it. Love Kelly Braffet. Never before have I been so tempted to write a gushing fan letter to an author. She's both inspiring and frustrating. I'll never have the talent to weave a realistic, gritty, beautiful story like she does, but she makes me want to try. Her book Josie and Jack basically made me go home and throw out the novel I was working on writing, because she'd captured everything I was going to say, and did it much better.
Someone asked me the other day what this book was about and I found it hard to explain. It's about how guilt can rip your life apart, whether its warranted or not. It's about how others decide who you are for you and you just have to try and live your life around it...or eventually one day stand up and decide not to. It's about the love and frustration between siblings, about finding true love, about family, about faith, it's about how easily we can be manipulated when we hear what we want about ourselves. It's about the frustration of small town life, the claustrophobia of family when you feel like you don't fit in, and the dangerous landscape of highschool when you KNOW you don't. Loved it to bits.(less)
I wouldn't say this review has DETAILED spoilers, but I definitely talk about the mood and style of the book which may give some things away.
I can't c...moreI wouldn't say this review has DETAILED spoilers, but I definitely talk about the mood and style of the book which may give some things away.
I can't correctly articulate why I really liked this book, but part of it is the pervasive and ugly notion that women can't be sexual predators. You see it all the time in the news. Male teacher has sex with student: rape. Female has sex with student: "where were the teachers like this when I was in school HAR HAR HAR".
When you read the blurb on the back of this book you may think you're in for a romanticized view of a May/December romance or something...or even a dark and twisted erotic tale. But in fact, the graphic descriptions of sex and fantasy only contribute further to the cold, calculating nature of this woman's sickness. She makes it clear that her need to have sex with young boys has little to do with a romantic or emotional love for them and is actually a way of preserving and protecting her youth and good looks. At one point she even makes an allusion to Erzebet Bathory, the "vampire" countess who bathed in virgin blood to keep her young.
This is a quick read, and because it's narrated by the main character and her scathing commentary on anyone who isn't perfect like her, it can be brutally funny. But it is graphic, if not ridiculous in its descriptions (e.g. at one point she's fantasizing that the boy of her dreams is a giant with a penis as big as a house that she can climb on).
My one complaint is that it seems at the end that the author just sort of ran out of steam. What I think should have been probably the last third of the book ends up being told in about 30 pages and it almost seems like she just wanted to be done and get it over with or something. The ending itself is very abrupt and sort of left me unsatisfied. But overall, if you're not squeamish and aren't triggered by detailed descriptions of predatory behavior, I'd recommend this as a quick weekend read.(less)
I never read Lady Chatterly's Lover, so to find out this was a retelling of that tale was a surprise to me. I really really appreciate Nikki Gemmel an...moreI never read Lady Chatterly's Lover, so to find out this was a retelling of that tale was a surprise to me. I really really appreciate Nikki Gemmel and her approach to romantic/erotic/interesting storytelling. A few years ago, every time someone told me that I would love 50 Shades of Grey I first punched them in the face and then I told them they should read With My Body instead.
Gemmel knows that there's a time to be subtle, a time when exploring the psychological and emotional aspects of a relationship are just as sexy as an encyclopedic description of the act. That in fact, in a world so obsessed now with kinkiness and how wild and open and bizarre we can all be in our sex life, sometimes all you need is someone who actually just wants to touch you and treat you kindly. Her women are strong, and while they may not know it initially, they know what they want and they know how to ask for it or go and get it.
People are off put by the graphic opening of this book (no pun intended), but I think it's important because, if you really want to dig into the meaning, it shows you how harsh and cold and unfeeling that world can be. It's a perfect balance to the other side of her.
This book isn't perfect. It seems a little more choppy and artsy than With My Body, almost like epic poetry, and there were some loose ends I would have liked to have seen tied up, but it definitely makes me want to go read The Bride Stripped Bare since it's the only one in the trilogy I haven't read.(less)
I picked this book because I liked PopCo so much and I figured it would be along the same lines. It sort of is, but just a bit too...computery. It's l...moreI picked this book because I liked PopCo so much and I figured it would be along the same lines. It sort of is, but just a bit too...computery. It's less about codes and more about coding, if you understand me. I don't care about the inner workings of Google or how things are stored on servers and stuff...but the mystery and the secret society and the modern day adventure twisted into the story make it enjoyable. I also enjoy the casual, funny writing style, sort of like the author is sending a long email to you, with asides and funny tangents and such, but not too much so that you lose the thread of the story. I'm still reading it so my opinions may change, but it's a fun, quick read.(less)
You know what really pisses me off? When I love the premise of a book, when the blurb on the cover leads me to believe that I'm in for one sort of sto...moreYou know what really pisses me off? When I love the premise of a book, when the blurb on the cover leads me to believe that I'm in for one sort of story when really I'm in for a basic grocery store romance thriller.
What I really really hate is when a book isn't all that good but somehow you have to finish it just to see how things get wrapped up. And, I'm not even sure everything did get wrapped up. There were a couple hints earlier in the novel that I don't think were referred to ever again...or maybe not so much hints as important background about the psychotic.
In the end there were just too many writing devices and cliches that made me grind my teeth. No less than four characters were described as having "blue/brown/green eyes that seemed to miss nothing". It's like she found her favorite phrase and couldn't resist driving it into the ground. If she described the lead character as "the lawman" one more time it would have been a world record. And while in real life people do wallow in their miseries constantly, hearing about the lead guy's friend dying every chapter and the lead woman's sister dying every OTHER chapter, in the EXACT SAME WAY made me wonder if I'd misplaced my book mark and I was actually reading the same pages over and over again.
This could have been a dark, creepy, bleak stalker/psycho novel but ended up being a Lifetime movie in print.(less)
I'm on like, page 100 of this book and I love it so much I could cry. It reminds me of Calamity Physics and the mystery of The Secret History, two of...moreI'm on like, page 100 of this book and I love it so much I could cry. It reminds me of Calamity Physics and the mystery of The Secret History, two of my favorite books. As well as being a fun, fast paced mystery, it's a great study of the life of a young woman without being a corny, flowery romance. It's also educational. There's a ton of information about code breaking and the history of cryptology and ciphers as well as a sneak peek into the world of toy development and marketing. It's so strange to try and describe it, but when you start reading it it all just falls together perfectly.(less)
I honestly just picked this book off the shelf at Target because I was going on a trip and I needed a couple of books for the sunny days on the beach....moreI honestly just picked this book off the shelf at Target because I was going on a trip and I needed a couple of books for the sunny days on the beach. I knew nothing a bout the story, the author, the themes...just read the blurb on the back.
And I loved it. Literally, I found it difficult to stop reading because the story just flows so beautifully and the characters are so real Shipstead's way with words is...something to be reckoned with. She is one of the wittiest, most clever, descriptive writers I've come across in a long time. I love finding books where the STYLE of writing is at the forefront. I feel like she could have written about standing in line at the DMV and it would have been lyrical, vivid and hilarious. And when I say descriptive, I should emphasize that with "efficiently descriptive". She doesn't take six paragraphs to describe a sunset, but the things that should be crystal clear in our minds (lobsters running around the driveway, the whale on the beach, climbing on the roof of a house at night) are just so aptly presented that you feel like you've actually seen it.
I've been reading a lot of pulp, quick, e-book romance/erotica lately and while entertaining, it's good to get back to something that's a real literary treat, something that seems like it was a labor of love, each word carefully chosen. I can't wait to read more from Shipstead.(less)
If you're looking for a good, spicy, quick read this is for you, even though it follows the now standard BDSM Novel formula: super rich guy sets his s...moreIf you're looking for a good, spicy, quick read this is for you, even though it follows the now standard BDSM Novel formula: super rich guy sets his sights on inexperienced poor girl who happens to be the sexiest woman alive.
You know what I wish for? A D/s novel about
a woman who:
a) isn't pissy when a rich guy offers to do things for her b) isn't hiding a private shame that is actually nothing to be ashamed of that ends up tearing her new relationship apart
and a man who:
a)is a Dominant but not a billionaire with a million staff members and a fully stocked playroom b)"doesn't fall in love" or "doesn't date" or "doesn't do relationships" only to discover that now he does.
This book isn't the finest piece of literature ever written, the grammar and word choices are questionable (using the adverb "impossibly" five times within 1 and a half pages) but for a good, satisfying, sexy story, it serves its purpose and I enjoyed my time reading it.(less)
Once again, sucked in by the blurb on the back cover. Once again, wondering as I read it if it started out as fanfiction (nothing against it, I write...moreOnce again, sucked in by the blurb on the back cover. Once again, wondering as I read it if it started out as fanfiction (nothing against it, I write it myself), once again, wondering when we're going to be done with the 50 Shades Trope. Once again, a woman suffering from rushes of heat between her legs every time a guy looks at her.
I want a good book with a mysterious, slightly villainous anti-hero that isn't a billionaire sex fiend. Sexy is different.
Lord, let me never read the term "sex on legs" ever again. Let me never read a character who has decided to "never allow herself to fall in love" ever again. Let me never read a character who is angry that someone finds her attractive again.
I didn't realize this was a series until I looked it up here. If I make it through the first book I'll consider it a personal victory. It seems almost YA in style as the lead character is constantly revealing specifics about her outfit, name dropping Topshop, etc.
I ended up giving this book three stars if only because I did like the characters after a while and the story was good, romantic, realistic...ish. As far as "laying on the beach reading and not really THINKING", this book fits the bill. (less)
I picked this book up at Target looking for a commute read. I was pleasantly surprised with the depth of the whole thing. Starting the book can be fru...moreI picked this book up at Target looking for a commute read. I was pleasantly surprised with the depth of the whole thing. Starting the book can be frustrating as you are forced to experience the story through the eyes of someone with severe panic and OCD and if you AREN'T someone with severe panic and OCD, you'll find yourself wanting to grab her by the arms and shake her. But as the story goes on and her life unravels (it's told alternately in the present and the past, revealing why she is the way she is) you sympathize and completely understand why these disorders have developed. There was a point while I was reading the other day when I said to myself "OK, I have to put this down...right after this part...right after this part...right after this part." It was literally so fast moving and fascinating that I couldn't stop reading.
There were at least three different times in this book that I gasped with the revelation of a plot twist. I sort of pride myself on seeing things coming...finding the clues and the foreshadowing, but man...Haynes knows how to drop a twist from out of nowhere without making it actually be from out of nowhere.
The character of Lee Brightman reminded me (unfortunately) of someone I dated for a long time and the feelings of helplessness and learned acquiescence were beautifullly portrayed.
I've read a lot of stinkers lately, but this made up for it. (less)