If the Mercy Thompson's books tend to be action driven, Cry Wolf is focused on relationships (between lovers, between parents and children, between pa...moreIf the Mercy Thompson's books tend to be action driven, Cry Wolf is focused on relationships (between lovers, between parents and children, between pack members). And hence the opinions seem to be split between those who look for character driven novels and those who want a heavy plot.
What I really loved about this novel was Anna's character, one which is unlike most urban fantasy heroines. In a world in which all heroines know how to fight, are extra tough and very ambitious, Anna is... different. I think the best way to describe her is the essence of yang: when instability threatens, she is the one who brings the world back to balance and reinforces the harmony. Outside conventional ranking, she craves neither power, nor leadership. She is content with her place in the world as long as no one threatens her independence and freedom. Even when someone abuses her, her response is almost never physical violence and when it is, it's always the last resort.
The reason I liked her so much is that, in today's life (as well as in the book's reality), her qualities are most often mistaken for weakness and meekness: a person who doesn't care to rule the world is at the best labeled as not driven. I simply loved that Ms. Briggs tries to prove that there is true (and more enduring) power in appeasing chaos than in creating it.(less)
This is the third time when I start writing this review, after the first time it simply vanished and the second time my page refreshed and I lost once...moreThis is the third time when I start writing this review, after the first time it simply vanished and the second time my page refreshed and I lost once again everything. So let's say, that I'm getting tired of writing the same things three times.
This series started promising, under the premise of a realistic adult book. However soon it degenerated into a blatant chick-lit novel with hilarious pattens. They weren't that bad (read obvious) in the first book, but now in the second, I can hardly help myself giggle every 5 minutes. For instance:
1) Myrna (the lead female character from Backstage Pass) is a very-independent Professor, while Jessica (the lead female character from Rock Hard) is a even more independent (read b**ch) head-of-the-class-with-fellowship Law Student. Of course, it is well known that the beer-loving-fist-in-the-air rockstars have an unyielding attraction for the feminine intelligence and their intellectual conversations, which make me believe that in the third book the main character is going to be a medical researcher studying the alcohol-induced coma.
2) Both Brian (the lead male character from Backstage Pass) and Sed (the lead male character from Rock Hard) are dearly in love with their damsels, both interested in serious relationships, in which they would cherish and respect their lovers for their brains and sensibility. It reminded me one of my favorite quotes from another book, Anya's Ghost, in which Anya daydreams that the guy she wanted to date says "Oh, Anya! Let's have an intense spiritual relationship for no believable reason!" (LOL!) On the other hand both women are interested in sex only and they simply want to use those defenseless men for their bodies. Yup, you heard it right folks: those women fight to keep their relationship sexual only, while their men (fantastically good looking, good in bed, famous, rich, and with bottomless love in their hearts) try to put the bases of a family. It is truly moving!
3) So far (I'm still only 1/3 through Rock Hard) both women try to (ahem) finish as fast as possible, while their apron-prone-domestic-rock-gods beg them to have more foreplay. 8-)
About the amusing parts specific to this novel: I'm sure sooner or later this book will ignite blazing discussions and controversies about human sexuality, based a section around page 80. Here Sed, after giving her 4 orgasms in about 5 minutes, is able to hit Jessica's G-spot from a frontal position. Unfortunately, we are not told whether Jess had an unusual physical condition or whether Little-Sed was severely-J-shaped, the only two ways in which that deed could be anatomically possible.
Now seriously speaking, this book is really bad, and if it wasn't for the unsought humor, I would throw it away unfinished and read something else. Everything the girls do is "AMAZING" (which means that this word is used more frequently than THE or AND). More important, this is the absolute worse book I have read as far as character inconsistency goes. Jessica's character changes faces every half a page as if the author couldn't make up her mind how she wants her to be. It is really annoying and confusing because I can't decide if I like her or not. And no, it's not that Jessica doesn't know what she wants (which presumably is true) - it is the author who can't decide what is her main personality. -----
Update 3:52 PM 44% in, I decided not to finish this book, after a more-than-10-page-utterly-lousy sex scene. This book is terrible, with no redeeming qualities.(less)
6/16/11 I'm usually not particularly crazy about erotic books, not because I don't like sex in a book, but because most of the time, the adult novels a...more6/16/11 I'm usually not particularly crazy about erotic books, not because I don't like sex in a book, but because most of the time, the adult novels are so ridiculously absurd that I can't get my mind to enjoy the sex parts. In all of them, the main characters meet in page 1-3, and by page 10-15 they are already in bed, and I simply can't swallow that.
So how is Backstage Pass different? Well, for once the male character is in a rock band, which makes the hasty sex not only acceptable as a concept, but rather expected. I'm reading this novel (I'm only at page 60-something as I write this review) and there is (almost) nothing in it which I feel that it couldn't happen in reality.
So far the book has been believable, very funny, with really good sex scenes. So why did I say "(almost) nothing?" Because, as in any chick lit book, there have to bee some parts so over the top, that none of the intentional humor can compare with the entertainment I get from reading those sections. For instance (Spoiler Alert - skip the bullets if not interested):
*** hilarious section #1: Myrna (the girl) is interested only in some fast sex, while Brian, the guitar-player-rock-god, asks her after 12 hours since they met, whether Myrna wants a serious relationship, then asks her, (only) half joking, to go to Vegas to marry. (LOLROTF - too bad I can't post those laughing smileys in my reviews).
*** hilarious section #2: the girl asks him whether he wants to play at her back door, and he answers..... (drum rolls... or I should say guitar riffs)... "I’m not very good at—". Let me say: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! And I won't even comment on his answer.
6/17/11 *** hilarious section #3: Oh, the fun of fortuitous humor! Let me tell you, this section only would have been enough to make me read this book. It's so entirely ludicrous that I could hardly contain myself. Brian, who the authors wants us to believe is head-over-the-heels in love with Myrna, suggests a threesome with his best friend (the band’s rhythm guitarist, whatever that is). Myrna, who dearly loves him too, although she would never admit it (or so we are led to believe), accepts the offer more than eagerly. But hold your horses - that was only the beginning; the fun is yet to come. The three of them start doing their thing as any in-love couple would normally do, Myrna being sandwiched between the two best friends, when...... in the mist of the passion, Trey leans over Myrna's head and starts making out with Brian......... It turns out that the two men used to be a couple when they were younger. (And here I am, laughing on the floor). Did I mention that these guys are in a METAL band?????? End of spoiler
So this being said, this book doesn't have plot, as some other reviewer wrote; it simply has some other things (grocery shopping, a bunch of random talking, etc.) between the sessions of sex. Compared to other erotic books it is though better, in the sense, that there are in fact a few other things, as irrelevant as those are to a real plot. And hence, compared to these other ones, my rating of 3-stars. (less)