Friday, September 30, 2011
I had a pretty good reading month, sure did make up for the crummy August. That's ok though, August was super busy.
I read Fifty Shades of Gray by E.L. James, When Blood Calls by J.K. Beck, Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs, An Innocent Man by John Grisham, Changeless by Gail Carriger, and Kiss Of The Night by Sherilyn Kenyon.
By far the one that affected me the most was Fifty Shades. Gosh that book just roughed me up. I will read Fifty Shades Darker since I need to see what happens, but my emotions were just shredded with it. Christian is just amazing, so dark and frightening, yet much like Ana, I am Icarus drawn to the sun knowing full well I'll be burned up.
The worst or I should say most depressing was Innocent Man. I haven't read Grisham in years and this was my book club choice. I hate stories of the Justice system run amok, it makes me pray that me or mine never encounter such an event because when cops and the prosecution gets tunnel vision the real perp can dance in front of them to no avail.
I finally got to book two in The Parasol Protectorate series (Changeless) not quiet as good as #1, so I'm in no rush for #3. I loved Bone Crossed, Mercy is just great, When Blood Calls, eh, cosi cosi (so so) and The Dark Hunters are just great quick fun reading. I'm dying to get to Ash's story, but I'll keep going in order I'm only on #6 which is Vane Kattalakis and Bride McTierney's story.
Right now I'm reading the last in the Harper Connelly series, Grave Secret, and I'm sad to see Miss Harris is not continuing it. I'll have to get acquainted with Aurora Teagarden and Lily Bard someday.
All in all I'd have to say I loved Fifty Shades the most. Let's see what October holds for me....
Posted by Paula Calvanico at 2:23 PM
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
since hundreds have been stopping here to see my quasi review of Fifty, I thought I'd post a link to my rant on the whole series. You can read it *HERE* What started off as an excellent deep dark story turned to crap real quick.
"This is what you really like? Me like this?"
Those were Anastasia Steeles words to the gorgeous Adonis Christian Gray after he has whipped her backside with a belt. This is a book about bdsm, I am not going to really review it, you can go to Amazon for that, or to my friend Marce's blog to read her's, but I am going to discuss it with spoilers so if you haven't read and want to don't go any further.
Here is Marce's review - Fifty Shades of Gray, she was kind enough to lend me her e-book and I am grateful since it was a page turner.
Poor Anastasia Steele is an innocent. Even though she is days away from her college graduation, 23 years old, has two men who want to be with her, she is alone, not with any guy, kind of a wallflower in her own mind, not seeing how pretty she really is. That is until she meets the mega rich and super good looking Christian Gray. He misreads her innocence as being a submissive which just sets his dominant off on a quest to own her.
Ana gives in to him and is willing to try this lifestyle even though it isn't who she is since she has fallen so hard for this man, who in his own words is fifty shades of f*cked up. She has to go through his list of "rules" on what she can and can't do, no looking in the eye, punishment, what to eat, exercise, gotta have you supple and limber Ana. I have such a hard time with this and her pain shredded me. When he doles out her first spanking I felt as though I was being tied myself and wanted to scream. I felt like I was suffocating. I read this book in a day and a half, and that was with me putting it down at intervals due to how intense it was.
He is truly messed up from his childhood and being with his crack addicted mother till he was four. Already to late to fix him I guess, even though he's seeing a shrink weekly and has lived with his lovely adopted family for most of his life. This is who he is he tells Ana, hurting her sets him off. Her statement from above to him was the breaking point for her and it slayed me, I wanted to cry, she loves him and he does her, but she is not going to put up with discipline like that. What a tough subject, so intense at times I couldn't breathe. I will read the next since I have to know what happens yet I get queasy just thinking of it.
I knew it would do this to me so powerful a subject. I did love their bantering emails, and her inner goddess and sub-conscious battling back and forth. If you can stand such intensity go for it.
4 1/2 cannolis