Book Review: 50 Shades of Grey

Title: 50 Shades of Grey
Author: E.L. James
Publisher: Vintage Books

Rating: I honestly can not give a rating at this time.

Review

I’ll be perfectly honest, I had no idea what to expect when I sat down to read the first installment of the 50 Shades trilogy.  I half expected there to be vampires and werewolves, and was actually a little bit disappointed that there weren’t. I had heard that 50 Shades originally started out as a Twilight fanfiction.  What I was NOT expecting was all the sex, smut and BDSM.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I had heard that there was sex and BDSM in it.  BUT what I did not know was just how much there actually was.  It seemed to me like it was in almost every single chapter.  In my personal opinion, that’s too much sex and not enough plot. 

I like a book that has all the elements that make a great story: action, romance, and well-developed characters.  The author has to make me want to care about their characters in order for me to truly like their work.  And I hate to say it, but it wasn’t until the very end did I start to even remotely care about Christian Grey.

Anastasia Steele, the leading female, annoyed the heck out of me.  She annoyed me even more than Bella Swan from Twilight.  That whole “inner goddess” and “subconcsious” thing really got on my nerves.  My biggest issue with Ana, is that she had no real self respect for herself.  If she had, she wouldn’t have done half the things that Christian wanted her to do.  I would NEVER let a guy touch me in the ways that Christian touched Ana. I mean, she let him hit her with a freaking flogger! There is something seriously wrong with that girl!

I’ll admit, this book made me cry a couple of times, especially toward the end, which was unexpected.  However, I had an issue with E.L. James’ writing style.  She used the same descriptions over, and over, and I often felt that some of the scenes were redundant. 

I had a brief conversation with a friend about the book earlier, and I labeled it as a “trashy novel.” And honestly, I am sure that I’m not the only one who feels this way about 50 Shades.  Will I read the rest of the Trilogy? Possibly, but, truthfully, there is a better chance of me reading The Hunger Games or Hell freezing over before that happens any time soon.

 

Book Review: Blind Sight Series

Hey everyone! How’s your weekend going so far? I can’t believe that tomorrow is Sunday already!  Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know that I posted up a dual review on my Literary Lunes Publications blog that I think you should check out 🙂 It is a blog dedicated strictly to authors and their books and my reviews of them.

The books that I reviewed were:

Blind Sight: Through the Eyes of Leocardo Reyes

and

Blind Sight: Through the Eyes of Aniela Dawson.

I gave Leocardo’s book 4 stars and Aniela’s book 4 1/2.  Hop on over to http://www.literarylunespublications.com to find out why! Oh, and I also reviewed the series as a whole in addition to the individual books.  Enjoy!

Book Review: Masquerade by Cambria Hebert

Title: Masquerade (Heven and Hell #1)
Author: Cambria Hebert
Publisher: Otherworld Publications
Date Published: December 7, 2011
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis (courtesy of Goodreads):

Before. Everything was so much better Before. I wasn’t haunted by nightmares, my place at school was secure and my face was flawless. Now, I’m a freak and everything has changed. The worst part is that I can’t remember the night I was sentenced to the shadows. The memory has been stolen from me and I just can’t shake the feeling that someone, something is out there -watching.

Just when I think I have my life handled, Sam, with his intimidating golden stare and shiver inducing voice, makes me realize that I don’t know anything. He makes me see that my scars don’t matter. That they never mattered. I can’t help but fall for him, completely unknowing that he knows exactly how I got this way. Not knowing he was involved.
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Heven has no idea how closely death stalks her. She has no idea what I have done to keep her alive. I fear the day she learns my secrets, finds out what I really am. But even then I cannot stop, I vow to make things right. Finally her hunter will be hunted, Heaven and Hell, faith and sin will battle, and we will be victorious. But first, Heven must learn to be what she never imagined. I know her strength is there – I feel it. If we are to overcome all odds, she must push past her flaws – her frailties – to become much more.

My Review:

To be perfectly honest, I did not know what to expect when I ordered my copy of Masquerade.  When I first picked it up, I half expected it to have something to do with vampires and demons.  After all, they were huge at one point, weren’t they?  But that’s not what Masquerade was about at all.

Masquerade is about a couple named Sam and Heven, and all of the things that they have to endure to be together.  Heven’s mom is, for lack of a better term, a religious nut, and thinks that her scars are a mark of Satan.  Her mother even goes so far as to telling her that!  This causes a big rift in their relationship, and Heven eventually goes off and lives with her grandmother. Oh, and let’s not forget that her mother dislikes Sam (surprise, surprise).

Sam is a complicated soul.  He is a shape shifter (sort of), but I will not tell you what kind because I don’t want to give too much away.  Just know that he was kicked out of his own family because of what he is.  One day, he stumbled upon Heven, and is infatuated with her.  He stalks her, and follows her until one day he finally meets her and they well…you’ll have to read the book find out the rest.

Long story short, I REALLY, REALLY enjoyed this book. Aside from some grammar and spelling hiccups (what book doesn’t have them?), this was a VERY enjoyable book.  If you love shape shifters, hot guys, and love triangles and jealous best friends, then this is the book for you!

Book & Movie review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians (The Lightning Thief)

So, I’ve decided that I am going to start reviewing books that I’ve already read, and haven’t reviewed yet.  I’d like your input at the end of the posts, ESPECIALLY if you’ve read the book or have watched the movies (if said book I am reviewing has already been turned into a movie.)  Without further adieu, I give you my first review on this blog!

Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians (The Lightning Thief)

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Miramax

My rating: 4 stars

My Review:  This was a wickedly great book in my personal opinion.  I love books that have to do with Greek Mythology, and this was right up my alley.  I unfortunately, however, watched the movie version before I read the book.  BUT, once I sat down to read the actual book, I fell in love with it.  The movie made so much more sense after I read it.  Rick Riordan’s characters come to life in this action packed book. Would I read the rest of the series? Of course! Would I read it over & over again? Probably not.  At least, not until I’ve read every other book on my selves first.  Don’t get me wrong, it was a really well written book, and it held my attention from start to finish. BUT, I have to be honest…I didn’t really care all that much about Percy Jackson.  I enjoyed reading more about the evil, underlying plot behind it.  Now, it could have had something to do with the fact that I made the mistake of watching the movie BEFORE reading the book, but something tells me no, that isn’t the case.  All in all, if you’re a mythology buff, I’d recommend the book. It’s a fast-paced, easy YA read that will leave you wanting to know more.  There is a lot of action and adventure, and I would totally recommend it.

Book Vs. Movie

My rating: 3 stars

The movie did not do the book justice.  In fact, in my personal opinion, the movie down right stunk. Yes, there was action, and a decent storyline, but unless you’ve read the book, and know anything about Greek Mythology and the gods, you will probably be lost.  BUT, if you’re already a fan of Rick Riordan, and are looking for a good time waster, then you will probably enjoy watching the movie.  The three stars mostly go towards all the action and special effects.  The acting was decent, but like I said, the storyline butchered the book in my opinion.