That's my conclusion after keeping up with this series. She loves to take her sweet time revealing significant plot details...moreJanet Evanovich is a tease.
That's my conclusion after keeping up with this series. She loves to take her sweet time revealing significant plot details, sprinkling them amongst all the basic activity going on as is her norm.
4 books for Stephanie to sleep with Morelli. 8 books for her to sleep with Ranger. 12 books for her to finally spit out the "L" word even if it was only to just make the triangle firmer. 18 books for Steph to realize that 1) she's used the fact that she's in love with two men as an excuse to be a "noble" slut. As in as long as each sexual encounter is chock full of emotion and meaning, it can't be all that bad... and 2)Joe Morelli appears to be the more emotionally vulnerable of the two men and if she's not more careful in how she treats him, she just may lose him as an option.
Now 20 books in, dare I say it... (view spoiler)[Stephanie has finally decided she wants a committed relationship--when it used to freak her the hell out before, knows that she's got baggage to ditch before that can ever happen AND Ranger says Steph needs to make a decision. Like maybe he's not satisfied with just poaching anymore... (hide spoiler)]
I'd say that's a pretty decent progression in this story line. At least as far as Stephanie's love life goes. Because let's face it. While I'd never categorize this as a Romance series when I compare to all the others I've read, it's no wonder other people have. I mean, it's pretty much the only commonality between all the books that give it relative cohesion. Something every series of books needs. Otherwise, they'd all just be stand alone novels for the most part. If nothing else, this could be in the non conventional romance category. Like a lot of Urban Fantasy, major Suspense and similar genres do. Whereas it's not a big focus but it's there just the same.
Reading this series from that standpoint, it gives you something to look forward to. Because it's the only thing that changes. Everybody else is mostly right as far as repetition. Same bounty hunting antics, Sunday Dinner antics, hot and heavy handed flirting, Stephanie going through cars like disposable gloves, funeral viewing antics, Steph nearly dying at least two major ways and one always near the end... etc.
But Janet does at least try to be creative there. How will this car get dispatched this time? How will these guys try to murder her now? And I do love to see Ranger and/or Morelli rescue her. I have a fondness for damsel in distress tropes. Still, this book referenced how some things have happened before. So I wonder how long her imagination can hold out.
Anyway, to pull this lengthy thing to a close, it was all right. Not especially funny and the animals seem to be a trend. Steph was still doing the slutty thing which made me want to hurt her. (view spoiler)[She did NOT just come from having her conversation with Joe about where their relationship stands and then invite Ranger to her place!!! That TRAMP! (hide spoiler)] However, I'm not gonna complain about her needing to make up her damn mind. Because even though it might take forever, I'm pretty certain Janet is gonna get there. Despite her claims of "status quo is God."
Which is something to look forward to.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Reading this book was average. Once again, I can separate it in two sections.
We get the main plotty goodness and then the lame sub plotty love triangl...moreReading this book was average. Once again, I can separate it in two sections.
We get the main plotty goodness and then the lame sub plotty love triangle blah.
Liked the former. Not too keen on the latter.
The pace was a bit faster than the previous book so it has that going for it. Meeting some of the antagonist characters was really interesting. Seeing some of the events. Like how the Capitol is cracking down... military law. And then the last portion of the book came and that was just effing brilliant.
But the triangle... this was the book that made me realize why I'm not especially invested in that dealie. It's not equal. As much as I hate them, I think a proper triangle has the competitors on equal footing. But Peeta and Gale were never there. Ever. One of them immediately got an advantage over the other in book 1. I just wondered what the point of it was.
It's like Twilight. I didn't waste my time trying to pick the teams because it was quite blatantly obvious to me that Stephenie Meyer was going to put Bella with Edward. There was no question. Jacob was just a distraction and barely a good one. This is how I felt about this book. I just knew based on the way it was written and how everything was set up, that the choice was already made.
Which might have attributed it to the hate going on. Katniss being all waffly and shit when we friggin' know where she's going to go so just end the other one's misery already you stupid bimbo.
Summing it up... three star average. The cliffhangar was a nice touch and that's probably was made me rush to get the last one. Because I wasn't pulled into this story.(less)
I'm gonna be honest. I didn't read this book fully. I jumped a lot of pages and chapters. To get the main jist and not much more.
And I realized... it'...moreI'm gonna be honest. I didn't read this book fully. I jumped a lot of pages and chapters. To get the main jist and not much more.
And I realized... it's because I really don't like Abby Cooper. First book was fine. Second book got a little questionable. Third book made me wanna punch her lights out.
Unlike other people, I actually like Dutch. A lot. And that's sort of what motivated me to jump because he's nowhere in the book except for the end. And my opinion, Duffy and he aren't interchangeable. Then again, I've never considered it possible for that to happen with any character. I always see each and every character different.
But yeah... the plot was so so. It was also easy for me to skip ahead and not go back because of the blahness. That's what this was. blahness. Also...
(view spoiler)[I'd be curious to see if it means anything about Abby as a character that she went into a hell of a lot more detail about her tryst with Duffy than she's ever done with Dutch so far up to this point. Because that just incredibly bothers me. Past the "unintentional cheating" we'll say. Is it a sign of what each encounter means? Does she not describe sex with Dutch because that's extra emotional and private and passionate? While Duffy was just means to an end sex? Yeah, really like to know. (hide spoiler)]
Um... yeah, not much to add. The basic mystery was interesting. But once again, I sort of found the stopping the criminal situation a bit... simple. (view spoiler)[So far all of the bad guys in these books have died. And I realize it's anticlimactic. Bring horrible prison sentences in! (hide spoiler)]
Still gonna read mostly because I wanna see what happens afterwards and how Dutch and Abby do. (view spoiler)[Because I call bullshit that he could let Abby sleeping with someone else slide so easily. It's gonna come up again. Can't wait to see it. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This is my first shot with Sharon Sala. And I swear if there wasn't another book of hers that I wanted to read that looks incredibly interesting, I'd...moreThis is my first shot with Sharon Sala. And I swear if there wasn't another book of hers that I wanted to read that looks incredibly interesting, I'd say this would turn me off of her.
Maybe this is just something I'm looking too hard for but I've just about had it up to hear with stupid and/or weak-willed women.
I was enjoying this book at first. It was very interesting and made me stay hooked to wonder how things were going to go. I was very surprised with the minor character of Scott and his attitude with Matt and Billie.
Disappointed there doesn't seem to be a real explanation for what the fuck got into him though. And a bit at Matt and his semblance of honor because it annoyed me.
But Billie was worse. So very worse. I get that she has issues because of her father. And it really wasn't all that bad in the beginning. Even when she ran off without telling--which is a plot cliche I hate.
However, that fucking stunt she pulled at the end? That made me hate her. Hate this stupid, weak-willed bitch. It would have served her right if after the tragedy, Matt had just cut his losses. Because she didn't deserve it. Not after all she put him through. Gah. Hate things like this. Hatred.
Yeah so two stars for the first half of the book. If it wasn't for that, one would be all it's getting.
Two things I'd like to start seeing in romance. The woman have to win the guy back in some way. And a stronger fucking heroine.(less)
Worst one. Worst, worst, worst one. I mentioned in a review of the previous book that there didn't need to be a third....more3rd book. Part 3 of the reviews.
Worst one. Worst, worst, worst one. I mentioned in a review of the previous book that there didn't need to be a third. Now I'm more than convinced.
If I had to hear Anastasia say the words: "Please don't be mad at me" one more time, I would burn things. And God, Christian is a fucking pansy at times.
Her lack of respect is worse here. Remember how I said she does things knowing there's gonna be consequences and then reacts negatively where there are consequences? Yeah. All of that.
Now, I'm not saying Christian's reactions are right. Because obviously he's very extreme due to his issues. But she's like such a bitch. She asked him if she could go topless and Christian told her he'd rather that she did not. What would a more respectful person do, perhaps? They'd keep their fucking top on. But not Anastasia Steele. She's gonna defy him because what's the fucking harm? It just all goes downhill from there.
Someone mentioned she's an idiot. I'm inclined to agree. It's just irritatingly repetitive what happens between them. And somehow, Christian is always the only one in the wrong. No. It's not just him. Ana is just as bad. Ana is just as bloody guilty.
Worst part was about Leila. Just... Leila! GAAAAAH!
But the big topper and what spoiled most of the book for me was in the end when--big surprise--Anastasia gets pregnant. Who didn't see that coming?
Now, I've only just started noticing this but it's sorta of unfortunate that basically every love story out there has to end with "Babies Ever After." Can't just be married with no children? No, only when there's babies is a real ending. Even more grating is when a couple knows they're not ready for a kid, get one accidentally and suddenly they just decide they're ready or they're going to be.
Now, I'm not gonna assume that E.L. was trying to shove her beliefs in everyone's faces about women's rights with regard to pregnancy but it annoyed me that suddenly, there was no option but keeping the baby. I'm not even saying terminating had to happen. But adoption didn't even occur to her either. It's just welp, keeping the kid. Fuck all of Christian's little emotions. It just reminded me how unfair it is for men. Guy wants baby and woman doesn't? Too bad for him. Guy doesn't want baby and woman does? Also too bad for him.
This is the only romance I wish hadn't worked out. Not with the kid. I'd have liked to see they just give the baby up or something like most couples do when they don't want one.
Sorta surprised now that I managed to finish. Another minus is that annoying fucking cliche of breaking up with you/making you believe I'm dumping you to save you/protect you or somebody else. As soon as I heard a certain phone call, I was put off.
At the end at least, we got more closure based on more stuff brought up and even referring to stuff from previous ones. Like how "Lincoln paid Elena back in spades" when she used his money to pay for Christian's schooling.
We had an epilogue that was even more unnecessary than everything to do with Jack and Ana almost dying. I didn't even really read it. I just skipped ahead.
Now I'm done and I'm mostly let down. It was an interesting trilogy but I'm never reading it again.(less)
This is the middle book. Not as good as the first. Better than the third.
I enjoyed the plot more as it se...more2nd book. Part 2 of my review of the trilogy.
This is the middle book. Not as good as the first. Better than the third.
I enjoyed the plot more as it seemed to get into an established rhythm. Christian and Anastasia are giving it another go. I'm sorta pleased.
But only sorta. Remember when I said I don't think Ana treats her loved ones very well. It's more apparent here. She rants about how Christian is childish but she's right up there. And I swear, it really grates on me how she does things she knows will piss him off. Then acts so fucking shocked and dismayed when she sees how pissed off he is.
Really? Really, woman?? What the fuck are you expecting??
Now there was a little subplot sort of thing in here I thought was mostly unnecessary. Twilight is one thing because the very nature of vampires meant it was gonna be more than just the romance. But this? I just wanted a basic romance. I didn't need any potential issues with someone trying to murder Christian. Or pervy bosses. The only thing that really had a point was Elena Lincoln in such that she was formerly involved with Christian.
Everything else? Not needed. Sex scenes started to get a bit tedious in this one for me. I never knew I could feel that way about them but I did. Maybe they went on too long or maybe it was the dialog. Yeah, there doesn't need to be that much dialog.
Honestly, it didn't need to be a trilogy in my opinion. The story could have just ended here. Had a nice ending. Good bit of closure. Enough anyway. Would have been groovy in my thinking. But there you go.(less)
So I just read the entire trilogy because I wanted to see what the big fuss is about. Now, I'm going to review each one.
We'll start with the first boo...moreSo I just read the entire trilogy because I wanted to see what the big fuss is about. Now, I'm going to review each one.
We'll start with the first book: Fifty Shades of Grey was the best of the three in my opinion.
Everyone knows what this book is about for the most part so I won't bore you with the unnecessary details. Instead, I'll try what I liked and what I didn't like about it.
First off: I do not like Anastasia Steele. I thought I could. I thought I would. And she's certainly a lot more bearable in this first volume than in any of the others. But I still don't like her.
She's an irritating little person. Her entire manner just irked me. From her catchphrase which is apparently "oh my." To just the way she treats other people. I can sort of see how this started off as Twilight fanfiction. Because just like Bella, Ana doesn't seem to treat her loved ones very well.
I thought Christian was all right. I'm not like the fangirls who swoon or whatever. I mean, I can find a much more appealing book boyfriend. But he was nice and interesting and not insufferable like Ana.
Honestly, I liked the way the plot progressed and the charrie interaction kept my attention. I was relatively invested and knew I was going to read the next book in the series.
Um... all other charries aren't very memorable in this story. The sex scenes were all right. I can't say I got all hot and bothered. Nor can I say I really learned about BDSM which is part of the reason I wanted to read this thing.
That's about it. A slightly above average read. It passed the time. But I wouldn't go back to it.(less)