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Friday, September 22, 2017

My Ramblings: Domineering Men in Books

Domineering Men In Books

Is it just me or is a domineering guy a turn off? I used to let a lot slide, especially in romance novels, but as of a year or so ago I can't let it go. I get legitimately angry at authors who portray these domineering men as swoon worthy love interests. 

Don't get me wrong, I won't call anyone out or go harass their social media. What realistically happens is that I make a mental note that I won't pick up any more books by that author and maybe I hold a grudge. It's one of my special skills. I can still remember that kid who in the seventh grade lost my pen and never gave me a new one. That's how good I am at holding onto grudges. It's probably not healthy, but it's how I cope. 

Onto the rant:

Who the f*ck would want a guy who goes into a pharmacy and after seeing condoms on a shelf mentally says to himself "I'm not getting that. I want a child during our first time". The heroine apparently doesn't get a choice in whether she wants children or not. How is that a good love interest? Is he the one going to be birthing that child? No? Then it's not his decision to make.

I know romance novels are works of fiction, but I like a good dose of reality with my books. Then again, maybe my mind is so set when it comes to women's rights that I overreact. I don't think there's anything wrong with believing in choice when the subject matter is your body.

What happened to having a simple conversation about consent and how far, both parties involved, are willing to go? If that conversation is present in the book, then I can't say anything about it. Regardless if I agree with the action or not, it ceases being my decision to make.

Do you agree or disagree with me?
Do you hold onto grudges?
Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Power Of Book Covers: Dollhouse By Anya Allyn

They say don't judge a book by it's movie...err...COVER. 
BUT they never said we couldn't PRAISE them.

This week's cover:

By Anya Allyn

Vintage dolls hang from branches in the deep of the forest, leading to a crumbling mansion.

Beneath the mansion lies a macabre, life-sized dollhouse, filled with trapped girls, ghostly beings and things that shouldn't exist.

Three friends search for a missing girl, unaware of the deadly trap lying in wait of them.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Audio Book Review: Deathtrap By Dannika Dark

(Crossbreed #3)
By Dannika Dark

Narrator: Nicole Poole
Length: 10 hours 37 minutes
You might be done with the past, but the past isn’t done with you.

For Raven Black, hunting criminals is second nature. So is denial. It’s not easy moving forward with one foot stuck in the past. But a new case offers her a much-needed distraction when Keystone accepts their toughest assignment yet—to track down an elusive criminal who’s selling children on the black market.

Their investigation leads them deep into the underbelly of the Breed world, a place both treacherous and enticing. With no room for mistakes, Raven makes a tough decision to lock the door to her past before it interferes with her job. The only trouble? Christian holds the key.

The stakes are high, and a shocking twist turns everything on its head. Will they catch this criminal before more lives are lost? Find out in the latest edge-of-your-seat installment of the Crossbreed series.
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My Review:

I can't even begin to express how much I adore this series so far! I wish I'd have waited for the whole series to be out before I started on it though. Each book has so many little nuances that I'll likely forget most of them because of the gap in between the time I read each book as they're releasing. 

Raven is such an amazing character. She's a fighter with a chip on her shoulder and won't take anyone's sh*t. I like how the author is developing the relationship between her and Christian as well. It's sweet and snarky at all the perfect moments. I was caught off guard by how funny their one liners are.

Christian is a character that has grown on me since the Mageri series. I appreciate his innuendo laden jokes and his overall charisma. He's an entertaining character and I'd love to see a happy ending for him.

I've grown attached to most of the Keystone gang, but I can't help and want to know more about Shepard's storyline (which was left as a minor and infuriating cliffhanger). I had an inkling that the author would throw this curveball, I just didn't anticipate how on edge it left me feeling.

In conclusion, this series has proved itself to be incredible. I would have preferred to binge read it when it concludes, but it's too late for me now. It caught me in its web. I continue to hope that after this series is complete that we get spin-off series for the characters in Keystone.

The Audio Book:

Nicole Poole has grown on me as a narrator. I love her narration for this series in particular. Though I have to mention that at the end of the book when Shepard was talking to Patrick, Patrick's voice would turn into Christian's for the span of a few words then it would go back to Patrick's voice. That was the only time the narration made me question how was actually having the conversation. Other than that it was great!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Six Books On My Fall TBR List

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Welcome back to:
A weekly feature created By The Broke and the Bookish

This Week's Topic:
Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

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* This list features books that have an expected release date set in the months of September through December 2017.

1. Deathtrap (Keystone #3) By Dannika Dark

This series, in my opinion, has proven to be the best series this author has written to date. The story is action packed, with an amazing pace and a sprinkle of romance. The characters (main and supporting characters) are kick*ss with incredible personalities. I can't wait for the continuation to this fascinating story!

2. Hear Me Now By Lisa De Jong

This isn't in a genre that I normally pick up without being obligated to, but something about it spoke to me. The synopsis is very intriguing and reminds me of another similar book I picked up with this same feeling and loved it (Mistaken Identity By M. C. Jackson).

3. Played (Gridiron #4) By Jen Frederick

I've been awaiting Ty's story since I read the first book in this series. It's finally happening and I'm excited!

* No cover has been released as of scheduling this post.

4. André (Uncompromising #3) By Sybil Bartel

Though this series started off rocky, to me, the sequel was amazing. I'm hoping that continues with this book. I'm already a fan of the character, so I am curious as to what his story will entail. 

5. Brooding YA Hero By Carrie Ann DiRisio

I found this by chance on Twitter and it's won me over. The twitter @BroodingYAHero is hilariously sarcastic. It's my type of humor and it makes me rethink all the young adult heroes in the books I read in the past.

6. Night Realm (Spell Weaver #1) 
By Annette Marie

This is a prequel to the Steel & Stone series. It'll feature Lyre as the main character and I'm SO excited to get to know the elusive and secretive incubus.

What book are you most excited for?
Let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Book Look #182: A Reluctant Assassin By J.C. Morrows

Hiya My Little Predators!!

Hope you enjoy!! C:

Book Looks was created by @Jen and Books and Other Happy Ever Afters.

This Week:
A Reluctant Assassin By J.C. Morrows
Book Look: A Reluctant Assassin By J.C. Morrows
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