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review 2015-11-02 00:00
Taming Ryder
Taming Ryder - Nicola Haken

Man, where to begin with this one?


One important thing first: Heed the trigger warning, folks! Of course, I completely overlooked it before I began reading. I wouldn't go as far as saying that it was a mistake, because I got through the scenes intact and still liked the book. But I do think that the description and picturing of self-harm in all its' complexities and backrounds is done very realisticly. They are intense and real. This was not done by an author who had no idea what she was talking about and it showed in a way that might not be as "harmless" to other readers as it was to me. So, again, please heed the warnings.

What else? Yes, Ryder! Ryder breaks your heart - probably more than once. He is so many contradictory things at the same time, it made my head spin and still allowed me to understand him completely. He was so strong, yet felt so weak at times, it was almost impossible for him to bear. He seems so confident, but really has no feelings of self-worth, sometimes not even self-preservation. Hence, the abuse of alcohol and other substances.

And then we have Mason. My problem probably was, that as connected as I felt to Ryder, I didn't quite get the same grasp on Mason. At least not in the beginning, all the more though during the end.

I enjoyed the flow of the story very much. Their battles, their struggles, their communication and their communication problems drew me in and held me captive. And let's be honest, the sexual side of this relationship was pretty damn hot. And that's something I don't say too often in the "porn star" trope, mainly because I don't like "my" sex too porny, which annoyed to me quite often when reading "porn star" books. But it was well done here, so no complaints on that front. Parts of the dialogue and descriptions of feelings might have been a little bit too over the top if you ask me, but not overly so.

I also liked the development around the little "mystery/crime" part, even though it problably wasn't the most believable plot line. But that's when I actually connected fully to Mason.

About Ryder's mother thoough (his father is not worth even that much): Uhm, no. I didn't get her, I didn't believe her and I certainly couldn't forgive her. At all. Her regret didn't faze or touch me. Too little, too late.

All in all a solid read for me, at times a little too much, at times unebelievably intense, but still really good.

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review 2015-03-15 19:46
"Treasure" by Rebekah Weatherspoon -- A Review
Treasure - Rebekah Weatherspoon

What do I love about this book, you ask? Everything. This was my very first F/F Romance that I've read, and I absolutely freakin' adored it. YOU HAVE NO IDEA. I adored the characters. I thought they were well developed and written. There were so many times that I just flat out related to characters, whether it was due to thought or action. Like this was a black romance. And not just a black queer girl romance. And I loved that. I adored that. This is one of those few times I've really, really related to a character.

 

And I do feel like this was an actual romantic comedy. It was funny and I was falling out laughing/screaming sometimes. However, at the same time, it delved into the characters issues equally well without turning them into a caricature or anything like that. If that makes sense. Like these characters were characters, and it wasn't like I've read in some books where their personality was just their blackness or just their queerness and it ends at that. 

 

I also love that both gender and sexuality were tackled in this. So, again, thumbs up there. 

 

The sex scenes were pretty smokin', 

 

I have no idea what else to add other than, I loved this, I want to read more by the author, this was the type of stuff I was looking for, and please read it. 

 

ETA: There are a few triggers though. So, I will way suicide tw/suicide attempt tw, self-harm tw, depression tw. 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-11-17 21:12
Shock value
Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn

I liked Gone Girl, and I'm half way through Dark Places and so far think it's brilliant. However, Sharp Objects is a classic shock value novel. It's very disappointing. I felt as if this was the author trying to show she could write dark and edgy; and what I read was a series of cliches, horrendous description and metaphor taken too far.

 

The main character is unlikable. In fact, everyone in this book is a shock character and unlikable. It's therefore hard to really connect with the world. It's unreal and out of a low budget gore film. The self harm, if I'm honest, is written in an almost offensive manner; I say this working for a mental health organisation (although I am by no means a specialist). She took a concept too far, and seemed again to use it for shock value.

 

The story boarders on offensive at times, which is why I don't rate it highly. The writing is wonderful, and you can see her growing as a writer in her two later novels. However this one, I would not recommend.

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review 2014-10-14 18:23
How did this get published?
Sublime - Christina Lauren

Trigger Warning: This book romanticizes self harm and suicide. 

 

 

 

SPOILER WARNING!!!

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Here's a basic summary of the book. Boy meets ghost girl and falls in love. He has to hurt himself to see/touch her. He eventually kills himself to be with her. 

 

 

 

I can't believe this is being marketed as YA! I would ask if S&S have no standards or decency, but we already know they don't. 

 

I made this post as a warning since there are no trigger warnings anywhere for the book or even on any of the reviews. 

 

Now I need a shower.

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review 2014-08-22 07:14
Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die, #1) - Katie Alender

Between the misunderstood girl and new kid who captures her heart; this isn't your average love story. These two teens have their fair share of issues but unite after glances and small conversations in their school library to take on something greater: a haunted house. Alexis's home starts to turn into a nightmare. Her little sister's obsession with an antique porcelain doll seems strange but when things go missing and doors start to open and close with nobody touching them; that's when it is real. Together, Alexis and her untitled boyfriend pair up to save her little sister from the ghosts and demons haunting the walls. While taking down the unseen forces; their bond strengthens and they learn more about each other and their similar interest. One's that may not be the best in health.

Source: darling4coffee.booklikes.com
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