The character blueprint one usually finds in romantic novels is completely reversed here which I think is one of the reasonsBraine's Talk Supe review
The character blueprint one usually finds in romantic novels is completely reversed here which I think is one of the reasons why I love the book and why some people might find Eva abrasive and hard to like. While Alex is sweet, loving and romantic, Eva is a commitment-phobe, she's not in it for the long haul, she'll stick around while its still fun but the moment the scent of love and relationship fills the air, her flight reflex kicks in. It's a great strategy to avoid heartbreak but she's met her match in Alex because no matter how hard she tried, Alex managed to melt the ice encasing her heart.
I love THREE STAGES OF LOVE: LUST by T.C. Anthony, it's a story written by a woman for women and it's something I highly recommend romance readers take the time to read. The characters are delightful and Eva in particular is very layered and multi-dimensional. Some women might hate her others might admire her iron clad resolve but I definitely think you'll find a piece or two of yourself in Eva regardless because her story is every woman's story especially those who had, have and are aspiring to have a career. A definite must-read.
It took me a while to finish this book not because it was bad but because of the reading slump that I had when I rung the new year.
The first version of Sophie Price reminded me a lot of all those trainwreck socialites who are taking out their issues in the world by masking their insecurities through excessive vanity and acting inappropriately all to get attention from whoever but most especially their parents. Sophie Price was exactly that and it was both annoying and sad to see such a beautiful, entitled, and smart lady go down that path.
A stroke of genius from her parents sent her packing to Uganda to work for an orphanage as part of her community service. Obviously this is a big change for Sophie but it turned out to be the biggest gift/blessing she'll ever receive. Not only did she have a personality makeover from this experience but it changed her outlook in life.
Bird's eye view, the story is pretty typical but it's the characters that made the biggest difference. They are so fleshed out and their voices so distinct it's so easy to get invested in them. The contrast between Sophie's parents and Karina and Charles, the people who runs the orphanage, is stark. While the former are cold and narcissistic, the latter is what parents should be: nurturing, supportive and loving. Finally Sophie had a taste of what real parental love is. Mandisa! I want to keep her to myself.
As for the man candy, Dingane, it's hard not to crush on this guy! First off he's not at all dazzled by Sophie which is good because it again helped Sophie shed some of her superficial layers. Have I mentioned Sophie HATES being rejected?! Yeah the crushing pain of Ian's rejection helped Sophie build a better relationship with herself coupled with all her eye opening experience and all the challenges they went through together gave our heiress her much needed wake up call. It was painful at first but the rest of the ride was reflective. Even I realized how truly blessed I am.
The reason why I truly love the story is because it's not as romance-centric as I expected it to be. If you need more visualizing, Sophie Price is like Angelina Jolie BEFORE she became a UN Goodwill Ambassador and VAIN might as well be her story. Fisher's voice is simple and direct but heartfelt. I love the stark contrasts between Sophie's pampered life to her more humble one in Uganda, that drove the message home for me.
Simply put VAIN is a redemption story. It's light on drama but heavy on emotional insights. So if you want to read a slightly annoying story (it's only the first part I promise) but a real feel gone one, read VAIN....more
TRUST: A NEW BEGINNING is a very layered and intelligent read plus the under the sheets action will have you fanning yourselBraine's Talk Supe review
TRUST: A NEW BEGINNING is a very layered and intelligent read plus the under the sheets action will have you fanning yourself and steam up your room. Yes, the sex was HAWT! It's predominantly a romance novel but there's so much more to the story than that. My take on it is TRUST: A NEW BEGINNING is an illustration of a person's primal reaction when s/he finds his/herself consumed with too much love and desire for another. Like how can you even contain something that's bigger than you are? Can you give without taking and what is the cost of having it all? Add all the secrets and mysteries running to and fro between Sophia, Ethan and Alistair about their respective pasts and present and you have a truly riveting and intriguing book in your hands. It's personal, psychological, sensual and down right sexy it's a great amalgam of romance, erotica and literary fiction I'm sure you'll enjoy it!...more
True to its Urban Fantasy flavor, SEALED WITH A CURSE has a lot of magic, ass kicking and door busting scenes. The story is pFull review at Talk Supe
True to its Urban Fantasy flavor, SEALED WITH A CURSE has a lot of magic, ass kicking and door busting scenes. The story is pumped with adrenalin plus with four sisters sharing the limelight, the story is far from stale and boring. Each sister has her own personality: Shayna has the surfer attitude; Emme is as sweet as honey; Taran the diva; and Celia the indomitable big sister. None of these girls are cookie-cutter supers too, I have to admit I was a little skeptical that their abilities sound a little comic-book-RPG at first but Cecy's outside-the-box approach really worked in her favor. These sisters are incomparable and reading their stories is beyond entertaining I can't wait for book 2, A Cursed Embrace (June 2013), to come out....more
You haven't seen my world. You've got a church. I got a castle. You've got a vow of poverty. I've got more money than God. You can'Review at Talk Supe
You haven't seen my world. You've got a church. I got a castle. You've got a vow of poverty. I've got more money than God. You can't even be seen in public with her. I can stand in front of a thousand cameras with the whole world watching, and kiss her. - Wes Railey
I would have been an atheist but for you proving to me that both heaven and hell were real, even if they existed only when I was with you. - Kingsley Edge
Heaven and hell became meaningless words to Kingsley. Heaven was now, this moment underneath Stearns. Hell had been every moment before and would be every moment after.
Is S&S pranking us? I can't believe they're publishing this! The structure is so horrible its ridiculous I can't stop laughing. I have to go backIs S&S pranking us? I can't believe they're publishing this! The structure is so horrible its ridiculous I can't stop laughing. I have to go back and reread stuff several times just to make sure I didn't miss anything. And I was just on Ch1.
However being a Twilight fanfic, I think this is great for all intents & purposes & the title is quite catchy. I don't think it makes for a great book though. I like how snarky Miss Mills is but based on the beginning of the story, the whole thing has terrible flow, no mystery or seduction whatsoever. I feel raped in that boardroom presentation! Jesus!
Good luck S&S, I think its best if you sell this to Wicked.or Vivid, I heard they're making a lorn parody or something....more
Love this new UF c/o Kristi Charish! We're taken for a wild adventure starting at the Vegas strip moving to Harajuku in Japan down to the ancient tempLove this new UF c/o Kristi Charish! We're taken for a wild adventure starting at the Vegas strip moving to Harajuku in Japan down to the ancient temples in Bali where Owl meets a collage of Supes from Dragons to nagas, vamps, nymphs, and Japanese ghosts.
Whoa! This book got me all hot and bothered in a different way. I'm so conflicted over this story INOTE: Thanks to Kayla Graham for the Eva hook-up.
Whoa! This book got me all hot and bothered in a different way. I'm so conflicted over this story I am having a hard time articulating myself. SWEETEST TABOO by Eva Marquez is one of those books that will get you conflicted, provoked and divided. And for teens, this is NOT a story fit for readers 18 and below despite the heroine being a teenager.
I will have to split this review in two: The writing and the story.
THE WRITING - Eva captured the voice of a teenager very well. Isabel is naive and a very trusting idealist. It's quite easy to relate to Isabel's misguided way of thinking. In her world the universe revolves around her feelings, thoughts and wants. It's selfish sometimes but she's a 15yo girl. She can't help it. Eva didn't complicate Isabel's character and the source of her emotions, it was straightforward and very honest. Isabel owned up to her feelings and dealt with it the best way she knows how.
I am not privy to the backstory of this story (Eva's motivation or inspiration for writing this) but if one of her goals is to write something that will challenge my thoughts and moral stand on the matter, she did accomplish that wonderfully. I found myself mulling the story and having an internal debate looking at it from different angles with the hopes of finding some neutral ground.
So for that, THANK YOU to you Eva, it's very rare that I have an internal discussion with myself over a book. I spent the morning thinking about Isabel and Tom and the validity of their relationship.
THE STORY - the blurb and previous reviews says it all. This is a story that will spark up a lot of debates and controversy. I don't even think there's a middle ground, it's either you love SWEETEST TABOO or hate it.
Now most of us have experienced extreme admiration or strong attraction to an older person, whether it's a teacher, a family friend, a mentor, etc. As far as this is concerned, I can empathize with Isabel. But what really bothered me was the rationale behind her relationship with Tom.
First of all, imagining Tom Stevens as Bradley Cooper didn't work (I pictured Isabel as Victoria Justice or Selena Gomez). When Tom made the first move to take Isabel's crush on him to the next level, that's where it went downhill for me. He's the adult, he should have more self control over the issue. As the story progress, I just feel he's creepy and emotionally manipulative. Using Isabel's extreme attraction to him as leverage to get to her. Overall I find Tom emotionally immature and very creepy. The part where he tailed Isabel on her way home after breaking things off with him scared me. It didn't feel love anymore, more like obsession. And in real life, that turning point in this kind of relationship is the part where things get literally deadly.
As the romance unfolded, Isabel was the more logical and reasonable between the two. She's the one planning their rendezvous, protecting him and his reputation, justifying his actions and their illicit love affair, lying to people and asking her friends to lie for her to protect Tom. There was a complete role reversal in Tom and Isabel's relationship which didn't make sense to me. What it accomplished to do is cement the fact that some men are pigs and they let their ding-dongs do the thinking for them.
There's just all kinds of wrong going on in this story, cheating, lying, unprotected sex and all that. The only reasonable character in the entire story was Sarah, Isabel's friend who ratted out on her putting Tom under investigation. I feel she's the only one who had enough clarity to see that Isabel and Tom's relationship is Wrong.
Anyway, I can rant all day long but I guess I've made my point. I will not rate this because I honestly don't know how I will do that or where I'll base my rating on. I love the writing and though I didn't like the story, I didn't hate it either. Would I recommend it? Maybe but only to a few select people. Will I tell my friends to skip it? No but I'd caution them to proceed with an open mind.
Overall, I do love the fact that Eva Marquez wrote something that got me all fired up. It took a lot of courage to publish a story like this and obviously, Eva's got guts of steel to do that and promote it personally. I admire her balls for writing something like this and not be concerned about the backlash because there is and there will be more, I'm sure of that. As for the story, maybe if Isabel was 18 and not 16 when this story happened or if Tom acted more like an adult rather than a smitten 16yo teen, I might have a different opinion.
Once again, G.T. Almasi almost made my heart stop and my eyes flutter with his fast-paced, action-packed series, Shadowstorm. HAMMER OF ANGELS is the bomb diggity and Alix "Scarlet" Nico's sheboomigans never fails to make me gasp, exclaim and clutch my ereader with a death-grip. HAMMER OF ANGELS is stuffed with fantastic spy adventures any reader will find it hard to put this baby down! This time around, Scarlet and her new partner, Darwin with the help of other agents go up against neo-Nazis in Germany. On top of this, clues to Scarlet's father's whereabouts is explored and led to such a jaw dropping discovery. Alix finally has closure over her dad, the best spy the agency ever had, Big Bertha, and his disappearance. She's finally reunited with her old man unfortunately, he's not exactly who Alix expected him to be. All I can say about that is that I need Legion of Scorpio NOW! Oh, and per usual, guns are blazing and bullets are flying everywhere complete with statement explosions designed to fire up our imagination.
I can't gush enough about Mr. Almasi's amazing and very believable world building. The Shadowstorm world appears orderly on the outside but behind the scenes, spies are running the show. And oh how I love this spy game! A calculated ambush and carefully plotted missions executed by a chosen few can destroy a powerful organization or even topple a government. Plus the backstories are superb! Don't be intimidated by this alternate world G.T. Almasi created which is based on facts because he will help you get acclimated to his version fast. I wish history was taught the same way it was related in the Shadowstorm novels. I think I would've learned to appreciate significant events better if it was told in the style G.T. Almasi used to catch us up with his alternate history. With every mission and key player introduced, a brief "historical background" is inserted into the story to help us understand current events. Historical backgrounds are in the form of articles, old-school textbook snippets and high level communications that slowly but effectively shape Scarlet's world so one doesn't get lost in the shuffle.
Alix "Scarlet" Nico is one badass heroine you won't get enough of. Aside from her wisea$$ remarks and combat skills, Scarlet's attitude and approach on things is awe inspiring. First of all being a soldier, and a spy for that matter, Scarlet has seen a lot of gruesome things in her mission. Death is nothing new to her as she dances with the Grim Ripper on a regular basis. Scarlet is resilient and tough by nature but when she's with her mom and faced with issues concerning her dad, Scarlet turns into Alix. Sheds her tough exterior and turns into a devoted, loyal and vulnerable young woman. The Alix/Scarlet contrast is well-played adding layers to an otherwise hard-ass character.
I would also like to briefly mention Lil Bertha, Scarlet's AI gun which used to be her father's. I'm not a gun person but Lil Bertha made me do phantom trigger pulls! Scarlet's baby is one heck of a weapon, it's like a character on its own.
As a side note, the romance is very minimal in this series which I love. I do appreciate a good romance but not every story requires it. There's a play of attraction between Alix and her partners but it's not the focal point of the stories. If anything, the relationship portrayed is that between partners and teammates. Friendships rather than romance which I think is way more believable as opposed to random humping in obscure places because the characters are high on adrenalin it translates to lust.
HAMMER OF ANGELS is another powerful punch c/o G.T. Almasi. Like I said, the series reads like a movie and Alixandra Janina Nico will take you for an adventure you'll never forget. So if you are fond of adrenalin, or should I say Madrenalin, infused tales, pick up Shadowstorm, you won't regret it....more
The plot and Jessica's character is very interesting because if any, she's an anti-hero. She's not the character you'd really want to root for not just because of her unconventional occupation but who she is as a person. She's sick in the head and she's caught in this internal battle, fighting off this blood thirsty beast living inside of her. Her character reminds me a lot of Chuck Wendig's Miriam Black and even of Stacia Kane's Chess Putnam in the sense that Jessica is flawed and cracked in places and like Humpty Dumpty, you can't put her together again. Her character is so compelling in her brokenness and I'm actually torn in the sense where part of me wants her to get better and live a normal life but then again, I don't want to lose her eccentricity to the conventions of the society. So most definitely, ATorre created a very provocative character in Jessica and story in THE GIRL IN 6E.
A quick take on the romance part, it's very thin and wasn't the focus of the story. ATorre kept it Jessica-centric which worked for me. Although Jeremy Bryant, the "hero" was hot and Jessica's knight but he was more of a supporting character than a main one. Nevertheless, his character is important to Jessica's growth. The conflict-resolution was nothing short of great despite how terrifying and broken the entire situation is. It reinforced the dark psychological theme that ATorre mixed with the erotic turning THE GIRL IN 6E into this wonderfully written taboo, quick-read novella freaks like me would certainly get a kick out of. At the end of the story, ATorre's writing reminded me a lot of Gillian Flynn's mind-fucked novels in terms of the theme and how everything isn't what it's supposed to be....more
RED by KSerine is a strong debut and an even stronger start to a wonderful series. It is the perfect amalgam of Urban FantasyFull review at Talk Supe
RED by KSerine is a strong debut and an even stronger start to a wonderful series. It is the perfect amalgam of Urban Fantasy and dark fairy tale being both whimsical and deadly. I would recommend this to anybody who loves kick ass heroines, procedural series and mind boggling mysteries....more
ARCANA was a very pleasant surprise. As the cover art did nothing for me (cover snob moment!) I instead focused on the Edwardian Era setting (DowntonARCANA was a very pleasant surprise. As the cover art did nothing for me (cover snob moment!) I instead focused on the Edwardian Era setting (Downton Abbey) instead which Jessica Leaks depicted so well! The aristocracy and their elitist rules, the balls, debut, coming out party, the hunt for a husband, the romantic tension! Gah its so good it almost felt like I read historical romance instead of fantasy set in an era long gone.
ARCANA's myth is fae-like and though it plays an important role in the story, it wasn't the focus. This novel isn't about the heroine growing into her powers, rather its a halfling trying to assimilate in the human world special abilities and all.
But who am I kidding?! The primary reason why you SHOULD read ARCANA is Lord Thornewood! Rakish, rich, oh-so sexy, he will denifitely make you swoon! So don't be turned off by the cover art and even the fantasy element if you're not a big reader of it, ARCANA is more magic realism than supernatural and very romance-centric. You'll be glad you read this....more
Death. There's a lot of death in DROWNING IN YOU. Not necessarily people dropping like flies but the idea of someone passing, the idea of LOSS, whether it's permanent or not, tangible and intangible. And I think the theme of loss is what makes DROWNING IN YOU very relatable. There are a lot of heart wrenching moments especially the parts where Charlee is slowly coming into terms with her mother's death and her dad being in the hospital withering away while at the same time comforting her little brother. That is one painful shiznit I tell you, seeing someone you love die slowly with each passing day, seeing them fight the Reaper alone knowing they'll lose eventually. And the impact of rebuilding from the ashes once everything is said and done can be an emotional death of sorts. Ugh! I know the feeling all to well and my heart went out to Charlee through her ordeal. But I have to give the girl props, her parents raised her well, despite living a privileged life, Charlee, is very grounded and remained optimistic and loving til the end.
As for Dexter, he's your bad boy next door. Tattooed, pierced, built like a swimsuit model, smooth and a little haunted. He's got his own familial issues and since his older brother and then girlfriend died from a tragic car accident years ago, he's been carrying a sense of loss that he tries to fill with girls, sex and partying. But we all know how shallow and temporary the relief you get from those things are right? So him and Charlee getting together was cathartic and fulfilling. They're both broken sort of but their missing pieces can be found in each other so they fit perfectly, creating this one entity cocooned in love and everything fuzzy and warm that goes with it. ...more
There are some books that should bbe taken seriously and then there are some meant to simply entertain, this belongs to the latter.
This is no Jane AusThere are some books that should bbe taken seriously and then there are some meant to simply entertain, this belongs to the latter.
This is no Jane Austen but it has the right amount of comedy without the heroine acting like she has brain cell shortage and it isn't too high brow either for it to be snobby. The first part made me cringe because I was crossing my fingers that Lizzie won't fall for Loser Andy and thank god she didn't put our sex to shame! Yes she thought she was in love but when things stopped adding up she bolted like she's supposed to do and for that I am proud of Lizzie.
Luke is so dreamy and understated, he's rich, successful, pays attention and listens! Everything most of us want in a man! I've had a lot of train rides how come I haven't snagged me a Luke! This is why I stay away from these kinds of books because it feeds my psyche absurd fantasies that's not good for me. Sigh! LOL
If you enjoyed SKinsella's shopaholic and Bridget Jones Diary then I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy this too....more
Sigh! Gavin, my book boyfriend, you owe me a lot of knickers for this, you sure took your time romancing Sabelle (and us!). All I can do right now isSigh! Gavin, my book boyfriend, you owe me a lot of knickers for this, you sure took your time romancing Sabelle (and us!). All I can do right now is fangirl like an idiot. I always knew you were a smooth Casanova & I never pegged you as the forever kind of guy. You sure surprised me here and I hate Sabelle just because and love her at the same time because you deserve nothing but the best.
Book whores who cant get enough of Alpha males who will only bow down to their Queen Bitch, you better not make the mistake of NOT reading SOUL ENSLAVED. Better yet, do yourselves a favor and get acquainted with the Sons of Wrath. They will destroy you in the best possible way....more
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Some of the stories are really good like Angel with Devil Wings and Tears of a Mermaid. Therefull review and author interview on talksupe.blogspot.com
Some of the stories are really good like Angel with Devil Wings and Tears of a Mermaid. There were some tales that were better left as drafts.
Angel with Devil Wings is Allison's story and the first of twelve. It's about a woman turned vampire who became a Fallen Angel's lover. It's hot and heavy right off the bat and it continued to be steamy til the end. I feel bad for poor Giano who died in pleasure and blood loss and Danika coming down forcefully from the high of sex and feeding to face what she did. Then the arcangel Gabriel appeared although personally I hope that it was some other Fallen Angel who became Danika's lover, there have been too many Gabriel's and not enough Rameel, Azazel or Araqiel. Anyway I heard that there will be an Evernight 2 and Gabriel and Danika's story will be part of it too.
Overall, they did the stories right, pushing the boundaries and giving the readers a different spin on the usual. Romantica encourages us to explore our limits and discover for ourselves if we're ready to move away from our comfort zone. It echoes our darkest fantasies that we dare not share with other people even our lovers. Some of the short stories in Evernight screamed those musing at the top of their lungs! ...more
Jennifer Harlow's latest novel, JUSTICE, book 1 of her brand new series, Galilee Falls in one word is INSPIRED. Yes it's a suBraine's Talk Supe review
Jennifer Harlow's latest novel, JUSTICE, book 1 of her brand new series, Galilee Falls in one word is INSPIRED. Yes it's a superhero story but it's nothing like those 2D cartoon shows I grew up watching where everything is wholesome. Good and evil are clearly demarcated and punches and hits are accompanied by cartoonish POWs and BAMs. JUSTICE is dark as it's funny with demigod characters who are as flawed and human as the rest of us.
I see Galilee Falls as a town every fanboy and girl would love to live in, it's like Marvel Town or Gotham City with all these supers running around causing havoc to an otherwise idyllic place on a regular basis. And the conflict-resolution, the soul of the story, is frickin' SUPED UP! I cannot articulate how clever, dramatic and spectacular the entire thing is. Like I said JUSTICE is frickin' inspired you HAVE to read it to understand. All the scheming, conspiring, double-crossing is so brilliant I can only list superlatives to articulate myself. Yes it's that good!...more
*shakes head* everything is a mess! why do you have to make it hard Eva?!
Like in Sweetest Taboo, EMárquez continues to provoke and push boundaries. D *shakes head* everything is a mess! why do you have to make it hard Eva?!
Like in Sweetest Taboo, EMárquez continues to provoke and push boundaries. Despite the frustrating situation Isabel and Tom find themselves in and how they are far from making things better for them I still love it because everything that transpired in TAINTED LOVE is a natural progression of what they started in Sweetest Taboo. Of course there will be a lot of insecurity and major trust issues, they are adulterers for crhissakes! Of course Isabel would want to try new stuff and meet new people, she's in college! Of course Tom would be desperate and would appear helpless and hopeless at times, he gave up and risked everything for Isabel who's not being the most reliable person in his life so far. It's depressing and a little stupid really, but they went and restarted this relationship with full disclosure.
So yes, I still have personal issues about the story per se but I LOVE that EMárquez is making me look at this kind of relationship in a different way. I how she's pointing out that though some things might not have the most convenient and natural start it doesn't always mean it's malicious. I love how she's prying my blinders off and aggressively asking me to be open minded and look at this taboo in a more objective manner. And this is why I LOVE TAINTED LOVE and why despite the series polarizing me I still want to read how this story is going to end and hopefully Isabel and Tom will manage to win me in the end.
(If you've read this series then you will understand why I have written the review in this format)
From: Cimmaron Subject: HOLY CRAP! [Shouty Capitals] Sent: March 17, 2012 06:43 To: Those Who Love A Good Steamy Romance Book
It's been quite a while since I was left handicapped by a book. E.L James intense and compelling romance between recent college grad Anastasia Steele and multi-millionaire Christian Grey is highly intriguing, deeply disturbing, overtly sexual and a completely addicting read. Ignore the bad press you might have heard or read about this series during the last few weeks. If you're a sucker for males with a tortured soul then YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK NOW! I'll try to be as objective or even coherent while writing this but I must say that my mind is still reeling from everything that goes down. In all honesty I was left thinking "OMG. WTF" but in a very good way.
(view spoiler)[I'd read some really great reviews about this book but I don't think I was prepared for the AWESOMENESS that is Fifty Shades of Grey. I must state that I'm not really a fan of BDSM and I've probably only read 3 or 4 erotica novels, ever. So I was a little apprehensive about reading this but boy am I happy that I did. Fifty Shades of Grey brought me to so many different planes which I thought was impossible from reading a book. Yes, Fifty Shades is essentially an erotica novel but the depths of the characters and subject matter almost eclipses all the sexy times [Don't worry…I said almost…this is still one VERY VERY steamy read].
"Does this mean you're going to make love to me tonight, Christian?" Holy shit. Did I just say that? His mouth drops open slightly, but he recovers quickly. "No Anastasia it doesn't. Firstly, I don't make love. I fuck…hard."
The story moved along swiftly and I think I had to sit by the wall electrical socket at one point because there was no away I was putting my Kindle down till I finished the book. EL James throws in some humor via Anastasia and Christian's email exchanges [probably one of my favorite parts of the book...hence why I'm writing this review as an email] and the secondary characters were as likeable and appealing as our main character. I totally loved that Fifty Shades takes place in Seattle, Wasghinton [Shout out Washington State....WHAAAT] because (a) Seattle is a very beautiful city and (b) its a place that I'm very familiar with, so while reading this I had a good visualization of all the places described. Anastasia and Christian definitely make for a dynamic couple. The chemistry was definitely off the charts in and outside of the bedroom. Anastasia is your typical female romance lead, she's young, beautiful, innocent [virgin], smart, straight laced and courageous. What I really loved about Ana was that although Christian at first thought of her as a good "candidate" to be his next sub she's not one to easily fall into the position. Ana gave a good fight and defied a lot of Christians set of rules and demands. She's got a great questioning attitude and likes to analyze her thoughts, feelings and actions. Even though she's only 21 and inexperienced in bedroom activities, she was open to exploring Christian's BDSM world and what her own preferences were when it came to sex.
“Why don't you like to be touched" Ana whispered, staring up into soft grey eyes. "Because I'm fifty shades of fucked-up, Anastasia”
As for Christian Grey…he's probably the most compelling male protagonists I've come across in a very long time. He's multi-facedet like a kaleidoscope. I don't think I can describe him in a just a few sentences. He's definitely handsome, sexy, sexual, and possessive. At the age of 27, he's Seattle's most eligible bachelor and is the Founder and CEO of his multi-million [maybe billions] company, Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc. But aside from his pretty face and inflated bank account, Christian is a young man haunted by dark demons that were brought on by a traumatic early childhood upbringing. Most females wouldn't want to touch someone like Christian, especially with the heavy baggage that he carries but I personally revel in it. I can't help but love damaged goods. It's really so hard to describe Christian Grey. He's intellegent, knowledge of books and music and very well traveled. You can hate him one minute but then he'll totally sweep you off your feet in the next.
“I belatedly realize he’s not asked me where I live—yet he knows. But then he sent the books; of course he knows where I live. What able, cell-phone-tracking, helicopter-owning stalker wouldn’t?”
Fifty Shades of Grey was a complete and utter surprise. It's definitely not your typical book club read but if you like reading about compelling characters, couples overcoming impossible obstacles and steamy loves scenes then I highly suggest you give the Fifty Shades series a chance. Some argue that EL James might not be the best writer [technical wise] but there is no doubt that Fifty Shades of Grey is highly entertaining. Yes, the subject of the Dom/Sub relationship is one of contravesy and others have pointed out that this book may promote violence against women but you have to understand that Ana is a consenting adult. Christian laid down the "ground rules" for the Dom/Sub relationship and allowed Ana to adjust some of his rules and demands as she pleased. It's a very heavy subject to discuss and I could go on for hours but it all comes down to personal preferences. At first I was a little uncomfortable and Christian's guidelines were overwhelming but once you get past all the "kinky fuckery", Fifty Shades of Grey was a very compelling read and you'll get caught up in Ana and Christians intense and passionate romance.
I do have to warn you that I was totally blown away by the first book but the second book in the series, Fifty Shades Darker totally obliderated me. We're talking about a nuclear bomb going off kind of oblideration.
This is the mind fuck I've been looking for! No words yet, after I come down from my heightened emotions I will write the review. Right now I'm not caThis is the mind fuck I've been looking for! No words yet, after I come down from my heightened emotions I will write the review. Right now I'm not capable of doing so. I'm so angry, frustrated and hopeful at the same time. I'm not sure if I'm ready for Truth but I really want to see if Claire gets her revenge. Anthony is one of the biggest douchebags I've ever met in my fictional reading life, he's up there with Lord Lucifer.
Looks good on paper but I didn't really connect well with Nicole and Riker as a couple however I liked the way they worked out their relationship. There's some mild Stockholm syndrome that went on between the two at first but eventually the power play evened out and they were able to wade through the mess and developed a real love match. What's even more interesting is Nicole single-handedly changed the game for everyone and it would be interesting to see where her allegiance will take the vampires in book 2, Chained by Night.
But despite my lukewarm response on the romance, the world building really made up for it from my standpoint. If you've seen the last season of True Blood with all the labs and experiments, BOUND BY NIGHT's world is a lot like that only better. You have rogue vampires fighting for their rights and freedom, oppressive humans who's greed for power is astounding and disgusting. Then you have the in-between, the collateral damage on this war being waged, the innocents who are trying to keep their head down, stay neutral and simply survive. It's the human interest part and violent world that captured my attention and made me love BOUND BY NIGHT. It's a vampire PNR with a bite and I mean that in so many different way I'm sure you won't mind getting bitten....more
I don't know if I am being too presumptuous but Slammed has to be one of THE BEST books I've read in a long time. There are books that I love but I LOVED this book. I downloaded if for my Kindle on a whim Saturday afternoon after reading one review and then proceeded to read and read for the rest of the afternoon and night. Losing precious hours of sleep didn't bother me one bit because staying up late to finish the book was sooooo well worth it. The realness and severity of the events that take place totally blew me away and I was crying, falling in love, smiling, gasping from shock and then crying again.
What I loved about this book so much was seeing young adults step up, take responsibilty and actually having a conscious. My preconceived notion with all YA books is that all the books just focus on teens who are either selfish or are weak and stuggle with self-esteem. I forget sometimes that there are books out there that focus on young adults who deal with raw and real situations. It's nice to read a story about a girl who cares and loves her family deeply. A girl who doesn't instantly put the boy above all else (ok....Lake did have her weak moments but she bounces back and redeems herself). It was also nice to see a great male lead who was genuinlely kind, caring, responsible and showed a great amount of love for his own family. Will isn't perfect, he still has his bouts of jealousy and short-temperedness, but for a guy at his age, he's pretty swoon worthy.
Lake and Will's romance could have played out like any other "typical" YA romance novel but the hurdles they both had to jump over was what made Slammed diffrent. I loved the honest story about death and how love can grow from the pain and help you keep on living life. Lake and Will both had to deal with a lot of losses early on in their lives and I think that having to live through those stuggles early on has really molded them into wonderful people. I couldn't help but WANT them to have happiness in their lives and the lives of their family and friends. Speaking of family and friends, I LOVED Lake and Will's family and friends as much as I loved them. They were able to bring in some needed smiles and laughter. Lake's best friend was the perfect anectdote to relieve some of the somber moods. Eddie showed a great passion for life even though she'd lived through her own pain and struggles. Lake and Will's little brothers were loveable and they both had pretty big roles when it came to pointing the direction Lake and Will's path in life was going to take. By the end of Slammed I wasn't only pulling for Lake and Will but for their little brothers as well because their resolutions also played a huge impact on the boys lives and futures.
Poetry and music also plays an important part of Slammed. Poetry slam is a competition where poets recite original work. It's not just about reciting but pouring all the emotions into your words. Will is a poet and he introduces Lake to this world. There is some really great poetry within this book that make a very emotinal impact not just on the characters but also to the readers. Sometimes words do make a heavier impact than actions and Hoover demonstrates just how powerful words can mean. It's not only shown through the poetry but the use of lyrics from the Avette Brothers. The first mention of the band really got me excited. The Avett Brothers is a band that makes not only makes wonderful music but write songs with beautiful lyrical meaning, just like poetry. Avett Brothers lyrics weave in perfectly into this story which made me love it even more and more. If you've never heard of the Avett Brothers, I hope you do make yourself familiar with them. I'm glad that I'm a fan of the band because the lyrics used had a much more profound meaning when they were used.
This review really can't even scratch the surface of what this book is truly about. It's hard to explain everything that happens without divulging too much of the plot. After reading Slammed it was hard to walk away without thinking about the heavy subjects that it touched upon. For a debut author, Colleen really made you think about what you as a reader would think or do if you were ever put in Lake and Will's position. I know that if I was ever in their situation at the age they were in I don't know if I would have been as strong and resiliant as they were. Hoover wrote a beautiful and incredible piece about love and life even with all the bad cards that life deals us with.
I liked the first book and loved this one. That's a good thing right? I have to be honest though, the first third felt slow for me and I struggled remI liked the first book and loved this one. That's a good thing right? I have to be honest though, the first third felt slow for me and I struggled remembering this offbeat world too, its like dystopia/UF, but once I got its groove things flowed really well.
Loved the development of this story. Gah! what's next?!...more
While I was more than eager to finally be reading TRUTH there was just something with this novel that didn't hit the same spDebbie's Talk Supe review
While I was more than eager to finally be reading TRUTH there was just something with this novel that didn't hit the same spot as the previous two books. A lot happens in this book but it just seemed to have moved in a slower pace and not much development. Stephen's actions are constant but after seeing him repeat his lessons with Anna I sort of just got bored. It's really hard to pin point what exactly was missing for me but I just wasn't totally engrossed in Stephen and Anna.
Like with Need, TRUTH ends with another cliffhanger. While I don't mind cliffhangers I feel like the author could have saved her readers from another shocking ending and left us with a little hope for Stephen and Anna. While I'm completely invested in seeing Stephen and Anna find a happily ever after I don't think I would be able to handle any more cliffhangers in this series. I'm still not quite sure how many more books this series has left but I'm hoping to see huge progress with Stephen and Anna in the next book. ...more
The ending of THE MISTRESS had me torn. The different "Teams" will have their own opinion as to who Nora should end up with and I too had an opinion. It took me a while to be objective and though it was a little hard for me, everyone had their HEA in the most basic sense. Everyone got what they deserved. Everyone received their version of happiness and things are in its proper place. It was fair and just. I'll leave it at that.
I've had separation anxiety before reading THE MISTRESS because I'm not ready to let go of this arc. I love Nora and her insane life and lifestyle. I love how honest the story is and how unapologetic these Sinners are when it comes to sex, to dominate and submit. I love her version of polyamory because it transcends the physical, these Original Sinners understand what real love is, its exclusive and inclusive at the same time and really they give it unconditionally.
I think The Original Sinners is the only series where I gave each book a solid five. IMHO TReisz captured the essence of what erotica is, how to write it and what encompasses the genre. Erotica, to me, goes beyond sex and romantic love, it's about the essence of a person, the how over the what and why they are and TReisz did a magnificent job with her Sinners. You don't know erotica til you've read some Tiffany Reisz. ...more
BROKEN is such a powerful story not just because of the issues it tackled but how it was written. I'm not surprised that thisBraine's Talk Supe review
BROKEN is such a powerful story not just because of the issues it tackled but how it was written. I'm not surprised that this has been nominated in this year's RT Awards for Book of the Year. CJ Lyons wrote an amazing story about a teen who's woes proved to be larger than the novel itself. BROKEN is not just about a teen trying to live through the day, it's about friendship, hope and surviving. And don't be mistaken, BROKEN may appear as this sob story about a dying girl but it has a dark side which will grip you to the end. It's YA with a twist of maleficence....more
I am so emotionally drained. I lost a lot of hair from pulling it out of nervousness, frustration, false hopes and glee in the end. Roller coaster? NoI am so emotionally drained. I lost a lot of hair from pulling it out of nervousness, frustration, false hopes and glee in the end. Roller coaster? Not even close! I'm just happy that my heart was healthy enough to endure the Truth.
Aleatha Romig, you're like a Grecian writer playing God with your character's fates & emotions. Sophocles, Euripides & the rest of their Greek clique would be proud. Thank you for this series, my reading life is richer because of Claire & Tony.
I have to be honest and say that your TRUTH both scared and frustrated me. I felt your fear when you got that first call from Anthony, imagining his voice alone sent shivers down my spine and had the hairs on the back of my neck raised in terror.Every turn you made I was half expecting that he'll drag you back to Iowa and put you back in your gilded cage to do his bidding. I was cheering you on every time you stood your ground because I really want you to get away from his clutches. Imagine my anger, frustration and disappointment when you allowed yourself to be reeled in again?! Yes, Anthony is a powerful man but his power over you is so because you gave him that much over you. By now you should know he is a manipulative bastard and his definition of love is clearly different from ours.
n any case, I'm happy that you're safe for now. With this little retreat you're taking I hope you realize that the threats that are coming your way are by and because of Anthony, not you. Your life and those who are close to you are not worth sacrificing for one man's whims regardless of how glitzy and glittery his offer might look like on the outside. No amount of money or apology can undo what he did to you, you're a PERSON, Claire, NOT a trained animal or pet. Do not let Courtney, Emily, John and by association Amber and Harry's efforts go to waste, they are not the ones you should alienate....more
This is an apt description for COMPELLED by Shawntelle Madison, the last book of her Coveted series. I've beenTalk Supe Review
How things had changed.
This is an apt description for COMPELLED by Shawntelle Madison, the last book of her Coveted series. I've been looking forward to this book because the first two, Coveted and Kept, blew me away. Sadly COMPELLED left me wanting and here's why.
My first reaction after reading COMPELLED was what happened?! Kept was such a badass sequel and Natalya Stravinsky really did a complete 180 in that book. However I hardly recognized her in this series finale. Granted that she's now the Alpha female of her pack but gone are the little nuances that made Natalya a stand-out heroine. For one, Nat has OCD and she has a thing for hoarding and order among other things and a Nat who can easily forgo basic hygiene just doesn't add up for me. Yes this critic can be viewed as being nitpicky but if you're a follower of this series, Nat's OCD played a huge role in her life and like I said, this and her introverted personality is what made Nat quite the reluctant but endearing heroine. Though I appreciate Nat growing into a butt kicking heroine, Nat from Kept to Nat in COMPELLED are almost two different characters and that question above kept reverberating in my head throughout the novel.
Aside from an unrecognizable Natalya Stravinsky, her consort, Thorn, was pretty much absent in this final novel. Granted that Nat's his savior now, as the Alpha, I was expecting him to play a bigger role than an invalid spouse. Nick, the wizard who played a major role in both Coveted and Kept is MIA as well, the man simply vanished with a too simple explanation that he's out pursuing personal stuff.
Now COMPELLED wasn't all bad, per usual, SMadison delivered in the action/adventure department. The war between warlocks and wizards was intense and it involved a lot of badass magic and more badass characters. Nat's time in Russia was a great change from the usual small-town setting of Coveted, lending it an exotic and more deadly feel. Ultimately Nat's mission to save Thorn from a deathly curse was a success so everything ended happily for the lovers.
Overall COMPELLED felt like a rushed ending. I feel like there should be one more book between Kept and COMPELLED to bridge the gaps I mentioned above. Maybe it's just me but I feel like there could've been more to the story but for some reason, SMadison ended the series. And she did so in haste IMO. SMadison is usually very thorough with her world-building and myth but things aren't as defined in COMPELLED as compared to the previous books. So it is with a heavy heart that I bid this series adieu, thankfully there's Repossessed, a spin-off of this series and hopefully this latest release will fill the void Coveted left....more