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text 2014-12-07 22:37
Not for feminists...
The Fairyland Murders - J.A. Kazimer

     Release Date: December, 8 th

    Arc provided by Kensington Books through Netgalley

 

DNF at page 81 due to the impossible amount of chauvinistic and misogynistic comments that prevail in this text.

I probably could keep on reading it, if forced _ it wasn't with the writing that I had a problem with _ but then I would probably end up having an aneurysm, so....better not.

 

First of all let me just explain this rating...

This would probably get a four star rating in different circumstances...and by different circumstances I mean, were I a different type of person.

 ___________

Since I am...who I am, I couldn't read another single line featuring Blue, the idiot jackass that pretends to be a technicolor version of an old fashioned "noir" PI.

The guy is almost a Smurf! Look at that hair!

He should keep his judgemental "born in the fifties" retrograde mentality under lock and key.

 

And this pains me. Because when I started reading this, I really thought I was going to love it.

That was before the "paranormal chauvinistic and misogynist crap" started making an appearance....like an avalanche :/

I will leave you with some quotes of  things that I really wish authors would stop saying and doing.

Especially woman authors.

 

Case number one: Forceful disrobing of the female character

 

My skin exploded into a silver light.(..)My attention was focused solely on the redhead who was now flittering around me like a moth circling a flame.(..)Pink translucent wings, like those in Barry’s costume shop but real in every way, sprouted from her back, ripping the perfectly (..)"
“Stop it. Please.” She clutched at the torn fabric, trying, without much success, to cover her naked flesh as her body involuntarily circled mine.
A part of me felt bad.
A small part.
A really, really small part.
I shrugged. Served her right. She had lied to me and now she was paying the price

 

This retrograde bully mentality...is not attractive. Not even in the fantasy world.

Yes paranormal romance has it in heaps, that is why I mostly read urban fantasy these days...

 

In fact once I read this, my desire was to dnf the thing. Immediately.

 

Case number two:

If Izzy were my girl, I’d know every inch of her body by our second date. Our first date if she drank enough.

 

What is this? This is not funny anywhere.

What this is is just bloody stupid, and irresponsible.

 

Case number three:

 

“Not a bad idea.” I rubbed my blue goatee. “But I have a better one.”

She smiled encouragingly.

“You stick to the girlie stuff like baking cookies and leave the investigating to me.”

 

WHAT in blazes is this??

*picks up blowtorch*

 

And for "piéce de resistance":

 

"Izzy was safe and she’d learned a valuable lesson. When Blue Reynolds gave an order, like stay inside, he damn well expected immediate and complete compliance.

Or else."
               

 

Guys who treat women as dogs. Wow so...sexy...not.

Yeah,  I don't read this kind of thing.

 

Let it be known, that I've already read books that feature the inclusion of _supposedly _ modern day characters that would be more at home in a fairy tale environment, and those tales are told according to a "noir" perspective; and not even once, did that author give them Neanderthal mentalities.

What I want to say, is that this could have been done in a different way _ maintaining the noir setting _ but allowing the necessary personality upgrade into the twentieth first century.

 

C'mon this is a fantasy work.

 

If you have fairy tale characters running around, you sure can have a respectful approach to women.

 

Also humour is very good and nice, but one can't have a whole book filled with puns and cliched comments.

Well...you can, but.... I'm not interested in reading it.

 

@Author Official Site

 

 

 

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review 2014-09-28 19:18
How do I get into these messes?
Miss Spelled - Sarah Belle

Diversity is such a wonderful thing isn't it?

For instance, had I read a single review that had given this book a one star rating, I wouldn't have to be writing one myself because....someone else, would have saved me the time and money.

 

I was refused an arc of this book.

For one side I would like to thank that person who refused my request..whoever she/he may be:

It is obvious that YOU have more sense than the one I'll ever have in my lifetime!

 

Because just after I got my hands on my shiny new Kobo Aura, guess what I bought!!

This...story :/

On the other hand....HOW COULD YOU refuse my request??

You made me spend my money on this!

o_O

 

There's a song that comes to mind when I start thinking about this book: Yes, it even has its own soundtrack!

How lovely is this?

 

Michael Jackson: Bad

 

This is so bad, in a Crazy for Mary _everyone's over the top and pretty much insane_ kind of bad !

 

I love Magical Realism. 

This is not magical realism.

 PLEASE, Stop saying things like that. 

 

This is the second book in a short period of time that has claimed to have magical realism connotations.

 I think you don't know what magical realism means.

 Please go read some Alice Hoffman, and Sarah Addison Allen books so you can get an idea...

Also by claiming that a book is written according to magical realism, you will actually get readers who are used to reading magical realism!

Those readers _ myself included _ will not find this categorization amusing .

 

For me this is pure and utter nonsense, with a side dose of idiocy.

 Chick Lit meets spells...internet spells.

 

I don't like idiocy _there, I've admitted it! _, I like humour. I like wit. I like quirkiness.

This?

I did not like.

 

Mixing fantasy elements in a contemporary setting is always complicated. When to that, one adds an extra dose of insanity?

Well, it depends on the readers: some will have a wonderful time, and others will have a fit.*hands up in the air*

 

All the characters in this story, are stereotyped clichés in a type of soap opera drama that meets romantic comedy :

The characters with money are pretty much all described as spoiled, egocentric asses....who eat too little and "sniff" too much.

 

The ones that don't have that much money, are pretty much all great people with a strange sense of humour .

 

The main character has that lovely characterization of: Oh  My God, my boyfriend is so hot and wonderful, and I wonder what he saw in me! 

Also I should give thanks every day of my life because he's with me....simple old me.

________

Then there's the casual slut shaming...

____________

In the end the only character who has some sort of sense is Mel's, Lou's BFF.

And this is why I am giving this  1.5 stars..

 

It wouldn't surprise me one bit if this got adapted to the cinema:

It has that vibe.

 

Also the cover?

The cover transported me to a lovely beautiful romance...in my head :/

 

In truth the cover should have been something along the lines of "My girlfriend has amnesia/  Meet The Parents/....Fockers".

 

Sorry, not for me.

Author's Official Site

 

And if you really, really want to...

@Kobo

 

@Amazon.com

 

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video 2013-11-15 15:33

And I thought the Hunger Game video was funny.

Well, this one is..  =)) :)) =))) :)) =))

 

I need more of these!

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video 2013-11-15 14:31

Well, honest trailers are honest.

 

This video made me laugh so much.
Can't agree with all, but some of that was pure gold ^_^

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text 2013-11-13 11:43
So funny!

Image source.

I've seen it a while ago but it still makes me laugh like crazy.


 

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