Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Review for Rush by Maya Banks

Rush is an erotic romance written by Maya Banks. It is the first of the Breathless trilogy. The second novel is Fever and the third is Burn which are both to be released later in the year. 

an advance copy of the book was provided through Goodreads

BDSM books have been in print for a long time. all Fifty Shades of Grey did was bring it into the spotlight. this book may not be inspired by the BDSM obsession of the public but it did heavily remind me of FSOG.

Gabe is a handsome millionaire who has been lusting after his best friend's little sister, Mia, for some years. now that she is old enough for him (24 to his 36 i think), he is ready to expose her to his kinky ways and change both of their lives forever. Mia is a good character. i found her extremely likable and fun. of course she's had a crush on Gabe since her teen years so the attraction is instant but in a more realistic way than most romance novels. Gabe is a neanderthal. i love me a bad boy but he was just an asshole. i felt no sympathy for this character, which the author tried to do when she introduced his bitch of an ex-wife and how horrible their marriage was. i found myself hoping that Mia would get with a more suitable love interest and Gabe and his evil ex would get back together.

if Gabe treated his ex-wife the way he treats Mia, i don't blame her for making his life hell. he fucks Mia like a high school boy who's getting his first piece of ass and by the grace of God does she have multiple orgasms. the way some of the sex scenes were described, i was surprised how often and amazingly Mia was getting off. it just seemed like a lot of quick and hard thrusting on Gabe's part. only when he took his time to seduce her, which i think only happened twice, was i into the sex. i am so sick of rough and fast sex being the norm for these erotica novels. every once in a while i love a quickie, but not every time.

of course this is the first of a trilogy and Gabe's best friends will each get their chance to shine. hopefully they can pull off being dominant without the asshole undertones. i plan on reading them because i love torturing myself with mediocre erotica.


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Quick review for The Velveteen Killer Rabbit by Elia Anie

The Velveteen Killer Rabbit, written by Elia Anie, is a dark parody of the classic Velveteen Rabbit. Anie has also written Evil Cats and Evil Penguins. 

an advance copy of the book was provided by Elia Anie through Goodreads

this was a disturbing book. the cute little rabbit that just wants to be loved quickly turns into a scheming murderer to get what he wants. and then when he finally gets it, he's turned into a demented looking rabbit. i have nothing to say about this book except if you want to lightly laugh while reading about a murderous bunny, this is the book for you.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Review of The Essence by Kimberly Derting

The Essence is a dystopian young adult novel written by Kimberly Derting. This novel is the second installment of the Pledge series. The first is titled The Pledge while the third novel is still untitled. The untitled book is set to be released in 2014. 

an advance copy of this book was provided by Simon and Schuster through Goodreads


i vaguely remember reading the first book. i looked back on what i said about it and my memory was jogged about how i didn't love it or hate it. i liked it enough to read the second one. i wish i didn't. i found myself screaming at this book all day. it's a shame that i had to bring in the new year reading this, it was exhausting.

the first book ended with Charlie defeating the evil queen Sabara and taking the throne. This book starts with a prologue about a queen plotting Charlie's death. then you're reunited with all the oldies but goodies. Charlie is dealing with a dark secret while Brooklyn, Charlie's best friend, is dealing with her traitorous father who wants the old caste system back. and that's the only two things that are interesting.  Charlie's secret is that SPOILER Sabara's essence is still alive inside Charlie.

i can't remember if that was hinted at in the end of the first book but this particular conflict for the heroine is what made me dislike this book. it's not Sabara that i have a problem with, it's Charlie. she is so fucking annoying. all of the decisions she makes about her secret are stupid. they only make more bullshit for her to deal with and it was unnecessary. most of the issues Charlie and everyone around her deal with are Charlie's fault. what good has ever come from keeping a secret in a young adult book? nothing, that's what. i just can't stand that Charlie lets herself be victimized BY HERSELF.

and because i couldn't stand this book enough, a weird love triangle is thrown into the story. Yay!!! that's exactly what i didn't need. it was random and poorly put together. i didn't understand why Charlie needed another love interest. she has enough problems with someone trying to kill her and the uprising that's happening inside her kingdom. that would have been enough to keep me reading. i didn't need this teenage melodramatic bullshit.

to end the review, i just want to say that i will be reading the third book. i'm two books in. i might as well finish the series. here's hoping the Charlie dies in the next book!