Monthly Archives: July 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

I caved and read this book.

Rating: 3/5

Review:

This book had a lot going wrong for it, but I couldn’t put it down. Point form!

– The writing was extremely simple. Ana is a literary student, yet her vocabulary is limited to“holy shit!” and Christian tends to growl and murmur quite a bit.
– The parallels to Twilight were obvious: Jacob is now Jose, Ana gets saved from being run over by a bike, and controlling Edward gets turned up a few notches. Oh, and his stalker tendencies are through the roof!
– The sex scenes were good. This might be partly due to the simple writing which allows the imagination to go crazy.
– I was really intrigued by Christian Grey’s character. He has a dark past and the curious girl in me wanted to know what was going on. He said it is why he is messed up, and since I love me some good ol’ psychology, I gotta know. Most of my reading was propelled with this curiosity. He seems like a really vulnerable guy.
– Ana got some 1st edition books as a gift. I was really envious.
– This book is about lust, not love. It implies that first experiences = a signal that you are in love.
– Like Twilight, this was a huge guilty pleasure.
– There wasn’t enough kink. It felt really tame and I was bored through some of it. Some scenes were good, but when they were actually happening I found myself being bored. The anticipation was what was good.
– Ana and Christian exchange emails at some point. For each email, they change the subject heading. Who does that? I don’t know about you, but when I reply to someone, the subject line usually looks like this: “RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE Sunday Plans?”
– Ana is a graduate in the English lit program. Yet, she has never used a MacBook or email. She doesn’t surf the internet or masturbate. WHERE DID THIS DEFECTIVE ROBOT COME FROM? Only authors could come up with a character like that.

I want to read the rest of the books in this series for these reasons:
– to find out what the deal is with Christian Grey’s past
– to see how kinky this book can get, or if it will still feel tame
– to see what Ana’s job is like.

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Random Magic by Sasha Soren

Rating: 2.5/5

 

This book was sent to me from the author. It sounded like it would be an amazing book because it is a vague re-telling of Alice in Wonderland, except our protagonists are on an adventure to try to find Alice and stick her back into her own story. So, I thought I’d give it a read and offer an honest opinion. 🙂

The title, “Random Magic,” pretty much sums up this book. It is INCREDIBLY random and there is magic on every page. It is one of the ultimate fantasy books in that it has everything – vampires, mermaids, unicorns, muses, pirates, and much more. Anything and everything is game.

When I read the book, I was hooked right away for about 1/3 to 1/2 way through. Then a part of me was hoping for more structure. Each adventure was amazingly detailed, but I wasn’t able to anticipate what was going to happen next. If there was foreshadowing, I missed it. Truly, this is a random read. Perhaps a little too random for me.

The characters were well written. The female protagonist, Winnie, was feisty, clever, and spunky. She was a strong female character and that is something I really look forward to. The other protagonist, Henry, felt a bit flat. This was surprising, considering even some side characters had more to them than Henry. I felt Henry was just along for the ride and followed in Winnie’s footsteps. He does grow a bit by the end of the book, but not enough for my personal preference.

The other characters, such as the side characters, were all vividly described and strong in their own rights. Sometimes it felt like a bit too much detail to just have for the 1-2 chapters they were in. Yes, it gives the overall impression of the person but the same can easily be done with a bit of dialogue (which was included anyways). I fell in love with some characters only to have them either not show up again, or come back in very little segments. 

As for the plot, the whole “looking for Alice” thing gets put on the back-burner and the focus is on the immediate adventure or problem for a large portion of the book. Professor Random helps at the beginning, but then he isn’t heard from again. The subplots are where this novel shines because there is a huge variety of them and they are all extremely detailed.

However, the writing felt at times to be more of a stream of consciousness rather than a traditional novel. I felt like Sasha Soren wrote down everything she was thinking, including the “Huh” and “Oh. Well then.” moments. Some of the descriptions could have been cut out without hindering the story, and a stronger focus on finding Alice would have been nice, such as introducing more clues or just bringing it up more often.

I found the scenes that revolved around water to be the most exciting. There is one scene near the end of the book that felt more like an action scene than the rest and it really stuck with me. Another scene near the beginning, showed a twist on family dynamics and even some subtle commentary about religion. I think many of these scenes could have been cut out and placed into a new book (sequel?) just so we could have the opportunity to explore them a bit more. I would have loved to read more about the vampires, for example. 

I think this book will be of the most benefit if you read it randomly. Take it off the shelf, read a couple of chapters and let your mind wander. Or even, read a chapter to a child at bedtime. For those with vivid imaginations, this book will fill you up. 

If you are a person that needs a strict, semi-predictable plot, and room to make your own inferences, then this is probably not the book for you. But if you truly want a random read, then I can’t think of a more magical or random book than this one.

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It has been awhile!

I haven’t used this blog for awhile for two reasons:

  1. Every time I tried to log in, WordPress would crash.
  2. I didn’t care enough

 

So that is my story! I have been active on GoodReads and I am doing fairly well on my reading challenge. I will update my list on this blog.

I also made a schedule of books I will be reading in the upcoming months. I may post that on here, too.

 

Meh!

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