The Moonlight Library (Nemo)

My name is Nemo. This is me on Goodreads

By day I work in IT, by night I turn into a vigilante kitten snuggler.

Is there anything better than a lap filled with kittens and shelves filled with books? I think not.

 

"A good book resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper." - David Quammen

Disturbingly Familiar

Crimson Bound - Rosamund Hodge

You’d be entirely forgiven for thinking that Crimson Bound had something to do with Hodge’s first novel, Cruel Beauty.

 

  • Both books reference red on the cover.
  • Both cover make use of the initials CB
  • Both books use the same font for the title
  • Both books feature a spiral on the cover
  • With a girl wearing red
  • running up/down the spiral staircase


Yes, you’d easily be forgiven for thinking, at first glance, that these books were related, or at least similar.

You wouldn’t be entirely wrong.

While Crimson Bound is not part of the Cruel Beauty universe, it does have some remarkable similarities between the pages as well:

 

  • Both books feature an independent, fierce headstrong teen female lead
  • Who needs to explore the building she is trapped in
  • To find something that will save her world from destruction.
  • Meanwhile, there’s a love triangle
  • Between a cocky boy and a gentle one
  • And they are both so beautiful it hurts.
  • One of them is meant to be off-limits
  • But she dithers backwards and forwards between both of them.
  • The gentle one appears to betray her.
  • She gives herself to the cocky one.
  • The sex is her first time
  • And it comes out of ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE. Like, one moment, hello, next moment, BANG. SEXYTIMES.
  • In the end she betrays her people to save them.


Yep, you’d be entirely forgiven for thinking these books were somehow related.

 

But they’re not.

 

Crimson Bound is told from third person point of view and the worldbuilding is deeper and more complex than Cruel Beauty’s. It’s also half inspired by Little Red Riding Hood and The Girl with No Hands, which is itself a batshit INSANE fairy tale, so Crimson Bound is kind of half batshit insane itself. It doesn’t stick to its own worldbuilding rules (once early on and then once much, much later into the book), which is very frustrating, because apart from that there’s some really beautiful ideas (bound by a crimson thread! A Wild Hunt of forestborn, some kind of demi-god creature), recurring motifs (the forest, the sun and moon), and prose in there.

 

Rachelle’s a likeable protagonist. I always like the baddest good guy trope, the character who’s a good guy but does the dirty work of bad guys the real good guys won’t do. Rachelle complains a bit about being bloodborn but she really revels in the excuse it gives her to be bloodthirsty.

 

Like Cruel Beauty, I just get the feeling Crimson Bound wasn’t entirely thought out, planned ahead, or fleshed out as I would want the end product to be.

 

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.




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Reblogged from The Ninja Reader



I Need YOU

I'd like to write a blog post aimed at newbie/wannabe book bloggers explaining some of our industry jargon.

 

Ie BEA, ARC, Mary Sue, love triangle

 

So tell me, what did you need explaining or found unfamiliar when you first started blogging about books?




New Guidelines For Readers

  • It is OK to not read the “it” book.
  • It is OK if you do read the “it” book, no matter what your reason.
  • It is OK to not like the book everyone else seems to adore.
  • It is OK to adore the book everyone else is slamming.
  • It is OK not to finish a book.
  • It is OK to take a month (or more) to read a single book.
  • It is OK to put a book down and come back to it later.
  • It is OK to read Romance novels.
  • It is OK to read Young Adult literature (or Middle Grade literature or Children’s literature) when you are an adult.
  • It is OK to not read Young Adult fiction.
  • It is OK to purchase a new book even if you still have some unread books sitting at home.
  • It is OK to only get books from your library.
  • It is OK to read ebooks only.

 

As for what is not OK? Shaming other readers for their reading habits.

 

-Reblogged from Book Riot.




Overhyped but still promising

Cruel Beauty - Rosamund Hodge

SUMMARY

Nyx Triskelion has been raised her entire life to prepare to kill her husband, the Gentle Lord, king of demons and responsible for cursing her world. But when she arrives at his house, she finds not everything is what she’s been led to believe. A tale inspired by Beauty and the Beast.

 

WORLDBUILDING

I was completely taken in by the complexity and originality of the world-building in Cruel Beauty. Not only did it take inspiration from the original Beauty and the Beast fairy tale (and I’m still trying to work out who was the beauty and who the beast), but it drew on Ancient Greek and Roman myths and mashed them up with its own original mythology. It wasn’t confusing, just complex, and it was actually kind of thrilling to see how original it all panned out.

 

CHARACTER

For the most part I liked Nyx. She was brave, self-sacrificing and resourceful – until she met a pretty boy. Then she kind of lost her head. The day she’s married to her husband – who, you know, legit is a demon king, so you can understand her revulsion – she’s kissing someone else. She falls in love easily, breaks her heart, falls in love again, sacrifices her one major power for no real reason… I liked Nyx, but I didn’t understand her. I didn’t understand her motivation to act the way she acted. I understand – can even identify with – complete love and devotion to an essentially abusive family, and I understand why in the end she turned against them, but the motivation and lead up to that betrayal was harder for me to grasp. It might have been that she was a naïve seventeen year old girl and easily led astray by a pretty smile, but I think it was more a failure of the storytelling.

 

RELATIONSHIPS

I loved Nyx’s relationship with her sister, Astraia. She was protective and loyal towards her more sheltered twin but she also resented having to be, and to top it off she had to hide that resentment until it boiled over. I liked her relationship with Shade, but thought the key moment in their relationship wasn’t foreshadowed at all and was completely unexpected and perhaps only inserted for a twist. And finally, I completely do not understand Nyx’s relationship with the Gentle Lord. Sometimes he seemed like your typical cocky teenage boy hero, other times he was genuinely interesting. I could never follow how Nyx felt about him, and I don’t understand her reactions to him.

 

OVERALL

This book was one of the hyped ones that hit my radar and caught my interest. I’m a huge fairy tale retelling fan and although there were certain elements I absolutely adored about this book, like the originality of the worldbuilding, I less enjoyed other aspects, such as Nyx’s difficult to follow motivation and the just plain weirdness of the romance. I don’t want to put anyone off reading this book though, because the prose is nice and clean, but I do want to make my reservations about the book clear.




Wonderful, but still not satisfied.

The Ruby Circle - Richelle Mead

SUMMARY

Sydney and Adrian search for a kidnapped Jill but are sidetracked by various obstacles. Someone’s out to get revenge on Sydney while Adrian tries to limit his magic use.

 

WORLDBUILDING

What can I say about Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy world that I haven’t said before? I’m taken with it. Smitten. If a fake world and I could have babies, I’d choose this one to be my life partner. Everything feels so real, even when the supposed secret world of vampires is actually known about by a hundred other factions in the supernatural world except regular humans. AND UM OH MY GOD THAT TWIST I DID NOT SEE IT COMING.

 

42.0% “WHOA WHOA WHOA WHAT THE FUCK? Who would have ever saw THAT coming?!”

 

CHARACTER

 

Sydney is perfection. I love her. I identify with her the most out of any character I’ve ever read. To top it all off, in this book she and Adrian quite comfortably call each other husband and wife. It brings back all the happy memories of my own wedding. I can also identify with Sydney on another point, apart from being smart and analytical and bookish and vaguely clueless about boys – she’s now the carer for a husband with a mental illness. I am too, and surprisingly, it only came about when the later books in this series were being published, just as we were discovering that Adrian actually had a mental illness. I know the angst of caring for someone just like Adrian.

 

And Adrian – I love him. I’m not on the SYDRIAN 4EVA ADRIAN HAVE MY BABIES bandwagon, but I do admire his complete character turnaround and the amazing, brilliant, caring young man he becomes throughout this series. Sydney’s influence on him is just incredible to watch – he’s a really beautiful person, and I mean on the inside. I was really worried for a while that this book was spouting anti-medication to help Adrian’s bi-polar disorder, but I was pleased to see that wasn’t it at all. In fact, even though Lissa eventually went off her depression meds in Vampire Academy, Adrian was willing to go back on his for his wife, which is the exact same boat I am in at the moment with my own husband.

 

So you can see, I identify A LOT with Sydney and Adrian as a couple and the struggles they’ve gone through, not just as a human/vampire couple but with the other conflicts in their life as well.

 

RELATIONSHIPS

Once more I’m in love with Sydney’s rock-solid relationship with Eddie. Eddie was one of my favourite minor character in Vampire Academy and I’ve loved watching him develop into the capable, brave, resourceful young guardian he is now. I love Adrian’s relationship with Jill, even if it’s not very visible in this book. And I love that there’s no hard feelings between Rose, Dimitri, Adrian and Sydney, even though by all accounts there still could be. The one relationship I wished we’d seen more development from is Lissa and Christian, but they are firmly minor characters in this series.

 

5.0% “Once again my heart beats for badass Eddie, and it’s painful how much I can relate to Sydney. She’s the literary character I have most in common with, you know, without all the vampires and magic and stuff.”

 

OVERALL

That being said, and as much as I admire this series, I still have questions. Who are the humans who help the Strigoi by removing stakes around protected areas? Whatever happened to the Strigoi vaccine? Are Lissa and Christian going to get married? And with the major plot twist introduced in this novel, will Adrian and Sydney ever have babies?

I admired this novel, loved it even, but those unanswered questions are going to haunt me until Mead announces another spin-off starring Angeline or Mia in the fight against the Warriors of the Light.




Project Tomorrow: The Third Day, The Frost

The Third Day, the Frost - John Marsden

The Third Day, The Frost, also known in the US as A Killing Frost, is set six months into the war, and our kids are tired. Exhaustion is a constant companion, but they can’t rest for long. They know their freedom will only last so long and they are determined to fight for their country.

 

On a scouting trip to see if they can do anything about Cobbler’s Bay, a major port in the invasion, they discover Kevin in a work party and set to liberating him. Reunited, Kevin has new-found explosives knowledge he learned while he was imprisoned at the Showgrounds.

 

Our brave teens decide to attack Cobbler’s Bay using fertiliser, diesel, and a confined space to make the biggest explosion seen yet.

 

But that’s not all. Their luck runs out and they’re captured and imprisoned. Their interrogator is none other than Major Harvey, the dim-witted trumped up little dictator from The Dead of Night. With an execution date looming, all seems lost for our brave resourceful small-town heroes.

 

With this book set in winter, there’s a lot of narration from Ellie about how she feels physically – cold, exhausted, emotionally numb. You really feel it, and you feel for her, too. She and the others are so tough to have lasted as long as they have. They walk for miles and miles and don’t even stop to rest before launching into their most dangerous mission yet. They barely stop to consider all the possible flaws before it’s time to act.

That being said, I found this plot to be the smoothest of the three books so far. Each decision impacts what happens next and that leads to the next decision which impacts what happens next. There wasn’t much time to sit around bored and listless like in The Dead of Night, or to feel sorry for themselves.

 

I also found the characters to be changing ever so slightly, each one individually affected by the war and you can actively see their character moulds changing who they are, gradually over time. Homer withdraws more and more while also having anger issues, taking less of a leadership role, while Fi only grows stronger and tends to hold the group together, fearless when she should be terrified. Lee turns bloodthirsty and bent on revenge, while Kevin steps back and is glad when he’s not the one taking risks. Robyn ends up not flinching or hesitating when it comes to violence and sacrifice and Ellie kills in cold blood, mechanically, like killing a sheep.

 

I don’t find that it has the same emotional impact as the first book because by now our teen heroes are old hands at war and working together to murder soldiers who would rape or kill them (yes, another reference is made to soldiers wanting to rape Fi, isn’t is disgusting?). The more the kids grow immune to the violence, the more the audience does.

 

If this were in fact the end of the series as was first planned, I might be more disappointed by the ending, but I know there’s more to come and that the war isn’t over yet.




Change of plans

So I'm totally into subscription boxes. Hubs gets LootCrate and I've been playing with the very few beauty boxes us Aussies get, but a few months ago I thought I'd like to receive Book Riot's new YA subscription box.

 

The problem is that it's about $50 for the subscription and another $30 for delivery to Australia.

 

And that's in US dollars, not Australian.

 

So after conversion it would be more like $100 AUS spent on a box containing two YA novels, one new and one popular (which I might already own or otherwise not want to read ie anything by John Green) and some goodies.

 

Look, if I lived in the US I would totally get it.

 

Having thought about it long and hard, and with the sad state of the Aussie dollar versus the US dollar, I've decided to cancel my subscription.

 

Instead, I'm going to spend my $100 directly on books and goodies I pick out myself.

 

Although I'm still pretty keen to watch the unboxing.




SPOILER ALERT!

Epic Australian dystopian

Unwanted - Amanda Holohan

I received this book for free from Penguin Random House Australia in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

Once upon a time there was a badass warrior who had been trained her whole life to protect her walled city from outside invaders.

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She passed her test and was about to graduate when she did something really really stupid that caught the attention of the rebels. Or course, this made her super special, and now she was the rebels' only hope to spy on the bad guys.

 

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Despite being a badass warrior, we never really get to see her in action.

 

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Instead, she spends the entire novel running around after her pregnant sister, and trying to cover up her crimes against humanity.

 

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She is captured by the rebels who blackmail her into helping them. They need her to spy on the evil overlords so they can blow up a communications tower, because that'll free everyone, somehow.

 

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 SPOILER TIME

Unfortunately, there are a few plot holes in the book.

 

Imagine if, in Star Wars, the rebel alliance was led by Princess Leia who knew she was Darth Vader's daughter, and was already a Sith Lord.

 

star wars no idea

Sure, you don't.

 

What the hell would the rebellion be for? Why would there even be a rebellion? The world works as it is, and if Leia fought against it, she'd be worse off.

 

I have no idea why the rebels are fighting for human freedom. It doesn't make any sense.

 

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I don't know, anime dude. I just don't know.

 

For some reason, when Bea is finally exposed, the bad guys bring her to their most vulnerable location for no fucking reason:

 

star wars goes to rebel base

 

But instead of realising like any normal person that it was a trap, or instead of the bad guy realising he's just brought a bomb into the most vulnerable position, he monologues at her, giving her the perfect moment to complete her task.

 

star wars its a trap

 

A few more inconsistencies/logical fails:

 

  • What the hell is 'dead ink'? Is the erebii inside dead, too?
  • If ink dies when the evil overlord no longer trusts that person, why not simply murder that person rather than let them walk around with dead ink?
  • Why wait until the humans are fully trained warriors? Why not fully ink them as babies?
  • Why are mothers so casually discarded? Healthy mothers can produce more babies. Babies take time to grow up and produce their own babies. You can produce ten+ babies in the time it takes one to grow up and produce their own.

 

Plot holes and inconsistencies litter this book. I feel like it's such a great, original story, but all the wrinkles haven't been ironed out. It's a big concept and I feel like the author doesn't quite have a grasp on everything.

 

Also, there was no romance. Don't be fooled by other reviewers saying there is, or that there's even a love triangle. The truth is that Bea and Red have the beginning of something, and Bea loves Gus like a brother, even if he maybe wants more from her but sleeps with some other girl instead. When Bea says "I love you" she clearly means it platonically. That's why a lot of reviewers think it's strange. She doesn't mean it romantically.

 

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No need dude, no need.

 

The reason for this is that we are stuck outside Bea's head and absolutely never get how she feels about any situation. She's an emotionless robot. Sure, she cares for her sisters, and she has a bright, loyal, brave personality, but she doesn't have any emotions. She feels nothing.

 

Also, we never see her being a badass warrior. We're told she's wonderful, other characters tell her she's the best of the lot, and we never see what we're told.

 

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10+ points for originality. And extra 5 points for clear writing. Negative 5 for clumsy worldbuilding, another negative 5 for massive plot holes and inconsistencies, and another 5 for writing a heroine we can't connect to because her emotions are never explored.

 

I enjoyed reading most of the book until the plot holes reared their head. Ultimately I was disappointed.




Turning the Tables

I'm proposing the start of a Movement.

 

What is this movement, you ask?

 

Well, it seems, at least to me, that book blogging and reviewing are becoming more about defending ourselves against charges of bullying than about actual reviewing and blogging about books.

 

The Movement is very simple. I'm suggesting to all book bloggers and reviewers that they dedicate a blog to how book bloggers and reviewers are not bullies. We are simply folks with opinions about books who write down those opinions, good or bad. UN World Book Day is on April 23rd, a perfect date for the Movement. 

 

In blogging or reviewing, we (in the US) are exercising the concept of protected speech (this is not the same as the First Amendment right to free speech). This allows us to express our opinions in pretty much any manner in which we choose to within the law.

 

The United Nations has declared the Right to Freedom of Expression to be a Universal Human Right. Part of that covenant reads, "Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression."

 

Now, it seems that there are people who don't want book bloggers and reviewers to be able to freely exercise our rights. They want to censor us. They want to marginalize and diminish us with labels such as 'bully,' or 'thug.' Why? Because exercising our right to freely express our thoughts and opinions enrages them. They desperately want to control what book bloggers and reviewers write. Why, again? Because they are afraid of other people's opinions. They want to be Emperors with a glorious new wardrobe followed by sycophants whispering praises in their ears while at the same time shuttering out those who are pointing out their nakedness.

 

Many of us live in free countries. We hold our freedoms and liberties dear. Just think of the millions upon millions of people who have died, or have been wounded or maimed defending the ideas of freedom and liberty from oppressive tyrants. Now, I'm certainly not saying that those who wish to shout us down are oppressive tyrants. I'm pointing out that the right to the freedom of expression has been a hard fought battle. No other citizen has the right or authority to tell book bloggers and reviewers, or anyone else for that matter, what and how they may express themselves. 

 

(Editorial pause. The number of people who have died directly or indirectly in the fight against oppressive tyrants throughout our history is more likely in the hundreds of millions, but stating that might seem like hyperbole.)

 

To me, the most startling thing about our critics is that many of them are authors. Authors have born the brunt of tyrannical displeasure over the millennia for writing things which embarrass or criticize those in positions of power. Throughout history, philosophers and authors have been murdered, exiled, tortured and imprisoned for speaking their minds or writing their opinions.

 

It simply boggles my mind when an author supports censorship or pushes to ban anonymous speech. These authors are working against exactly what their predecessors and countless other people have fought and died for.

 

Citizens of our societies have earned their right to stand on the soap box in the public square and speak their mind. No one has the right to tell us we can't do so.

 

Remember, UN World Book Day, April 23rd. Book reviewers are not bullies.

 

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Reblogged from Old Rocker's Mad Mumblings



Stop the literary vampires from sucking the lifeblood out of readers

This is such a great article by author Jason Sanford. He is concerned how 'Stop The GR Bullies' and Anne Rice are hurting the relationships between authors and readers. 

 

Full Article: Stop the literary vampires from sucking the lifeblood out of readers

 

Also, a great related blog on Goodreads: When good authors go to the dark side

 

Update...

 

ETA: Thanks 'Anon' for posting the link on the STGRB web site. Appreciate the help. :-)

 

 

Sorry JBG, it's not all about fear. That is your game, and what you try to spread to your cult following.  Your site feeds on hate, fear, and attacking others. Simply put, a good person wouldn't want to associate with that. 

 

(Edited to fix link to Jason's article. He re-launched his new website and the link path changed)

Reblogged from Karlynp & The Doggone World



Jenny Trout releases novella that Anne Rice & STGRB got cancelled

If you have been following the latest drama of Anne Rice, STGRB and their menacing pet troll Kevin Weinberg, you know that Jenny Trout was recently targeted by Kevin for a) expressing her opinion of a book's content,  and b) expressing her wish that it be pulled from circulation.

 

The story posted on STGRB (where opposing comments are most often not allowed) used selective screen shots provided by Kevin, and which painted Jenny Trout as an 'author attacker'. (Irony, right?) The article was immediately then heralded on Anne Rice's Facebook page for her 1 million+ followers to peruse and persecute, and where many opposing comments were also not welcomed and therefor deleted. (more deleted & deleted)

 

If you followed along like I did, you too felt a game was at play. A sick game where players behind the curtain were manipulating facts for the purpose of targeting a person Anne Rice has had issues with in the past. Yes, it felt VERY personal and completely dubious. And given Kevin Weinberg's proven history of manipulating tween-age kids into creating fake accounts to troll along side with him, including his recent attack of people on an Amazon thread who were simply opposed to Anne Rice's support of STGRB, one will see he very likely has ulterior motives.

 

Proof Kevin Weinberg is manipulating troll influencing young tweens

 

Sadly, as a result of this calculated attack, several people complained to Jenny's publisher. The publisher heard one side of the story and felt they needed to pull Jenny's story from an upcoming anthology of 12 authors. In support of solidarity, the other 11 others also pulled their stories.  So not only was Jenny hurt in the mix, but so were 11 other authors.

 

Today Jenny released her novella as a stand alone, so if you would like to support her you can find the new book on Amazon or Smashwords.

 

Source: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UR4MOA8
Reblogged from Karlynp & The Doggone World



A Book About Really Really Ridiculously Good Looking People

Halfway Perfect - Julie Cross, Mark Perini

 

SUMMARY

Halfway Perfect is a sweet love story between an ex-upcoming-superstar-model-turned-photography student and a Calvin Klein underwear model who is more than he appears, and the conflicts that arise when the underwear model has to fake date a fourteen year old future superstar.

WORLDBUILDING

I don’t know much about modelling. The extent of my modelling knowledge comes from Zoolander and the time I binged watched half a season of America’s Next Top Model. I also don’t know how much of the worldbuilding was Cross’ and how much was Perini’s, but together they make a formidable duo. I was completely sucked into this world of agents and casting calls and photos shoots and meetings and travel. I really felt like I was seeing something most people don’t get to see, and I am completely convinced it was an honest representation of the modelling world.



CHARACTER

Eve is our ex-model dealing with more emotional baggage than most eighteen year olds should have to deal with. She was strong, and brave, but she was still eighteen, and therefore very young and inexperienced. It wasn’t that she was naïve, but she was making her way through the world without any guidance (her parents stole all her modelling money) and she could only rely on herself.

Alex is the underwear model who genuinely cares for Eve but has to pretend to be in a relationship with fourteen year old Elana for the good of his career. He’s a really good guy who was completely genuine, even with Elana, and he was just a nice little beta boy, never seemed to lose his temper or get violent. He waited for consent and basically he was a huge sweetheart. We need more heroes like Alex, especially in NA fiction, because he’s such a change from the turbo-charged libido-driven violent psychopaths that most NA readers seem to find sexy.

RELATIONSHIPS

Eva and Alex’s relationship was so damn genuine. They moved very easily into respect, to liking each other, to a genuine friendship, to a flirty kind of thing, before both of them realised they wanted to spend more time with each other and then they realised they were in love. It was so well-written I could follow each moment and go, yes, that’s building on from the last interaction. I just loved reading it, there was no pressure from either of them and both were enthusiastic, willing participants. There was no drama in a ‘chasing’ kind of way – all the issues came from the outside forces trying to keep them apart - gossip columns, agents, work itself. I found this natural, organically built relationship very refreshing.

I also liked the relationship between Eve and Elana because there was no slut-shaming or girl hate, and I really really liked the relationship between Alex and his older brothers. I have always loved the idea of protective older brothers because out of the two I had one died and the other never really cared about protecting his little sister from bullies, so I've always loved the idea of lots of big brothers around to protect their little sister or younger brother and his girlfriend.

OVERALL

I didn’t request to read Halfway Perfect and I wasn’t sure I wanted to based on the blurb, however Cross and Perini drew me in very early on with a clear, beautiful story of love between two great characters in a difficult industry that also showed me snapshots of life behind-the-scenes. I was previously put off reading Cross because of a misandrist rant disguised as feminism found in Tempest, but I am glad I read Halfway Perfect because it shows you can always give an author a second chance. Also, the blurb refers to this novel as ‘gritty’ – maybe because there’s statutory rape and domestic abuse in the backstory, which I did not find triggering at all – but I found it much more sweet and fluffy than gritty. I really enjoyed it and I would happily look at any of Cross’ future books.




Princess Rap battle - Cinderella vs Belle

 

OMG BELLE I LOVE YOU, MY IDOL.




Anne Rice finally, truly, jumps the shark

When you choose the hill you are going to die on, don't let it be this:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Jeffersons-Mistress-Werewolf-Vampire-ebook/dp/B00RY5J54G/ref=cm_rdp_product

 

You would have to be living under a rock to not be aware that Anne Rice is in a pitched battle with a few people in the amazon forums, as well as all reviewers who don't hand out 5-star reviews like they are candy, and, not coincidentally, Jenny Trout, who got on her bad side (again) by pointing out how offensive this book is.

 

Let's just take it apart for a small moment. Some self-published author with a stupid pseudonym (in this case, Fionna Free Men) slaps together a bunch of crappy erotica and equally crappy covers, and then puts them on amazon for sale. So far, nothing to see here, right?

 

Except one of those pieces of erotica is a "master-slave BDSM fic" about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. Sally Hemings is a real historical personage. She was the half-sister of Jefferson's dead wife and Jefferson's slave, and, while there is dispute amongst historians, there is significant historical evidence to demonstrate that Jefferson raped her for the first time when she was between 14 and 15 years old, and continued raping her indefinitely, fathering six children with her. 

 

Let me not mince words. I use the word "rape" intentionally because Sally Hemings was an enslaved person and was unable to consent to a relationship with Jefferson. One can only consent if one can refuse consent. A slave is not an owner of her body, she has no agency. She cannot say no, and therefore, she cannot say yes. So the idea that Hemings "consented" to a relationship with Jefferson in any fashion whatsoever is bullshit.

 

But that isn't the point of this post. The point of this post is that Anne Rice - and honestly, I still expected better of her, which I guess makes me nuts - has chosen to defend that book because she hates Jenny Trout more than she hates racist rape apologia. Which even I didn't expect of her. 

 

Here is her original facebook post, screenshotted:

 

 

And here's her response to another person who is going to go buy the book to "support free speech":

 

For completeness, let's get the original offending post linked as well:

 

http://jennytrout.com/?p=8823

 

Now, let's get a couple things straight. 

 

First off, this has nothing to do with free speech. Fionna Free Men, wherever the fuck she is, has a right to write all of the racist, disgusting and despicable rape apologia that she wants. She is free to speak. What she doesn't have a right to, actually, is a platform. The government is prohibited from interfering with her free speech. Neither amazon nor Jenny Trout are the government. So the next person who mentions "free speech" in the discussion should be sent back to high school and forced to attend civics class until they can pass the section on the Bill of Rights.

 

Second, Jenny Trout did not tell people to pirate the book. She told them neither to buy nor to read it. But if they, for whatever reason, couldn't stand the thought of not firsthand experiencing 19 pages of glorified racism and rape, then by all means, they should pirate it rather than giving the author one thin dime off of the pile of shit that is this book.

 

And that, my friends, is the hill that Anne Rice has chosen to die on. She hates Jenny Trout so much that she will support that crap over Jenny. And she hates the "bullies" so much than anything that they think is bad, she must go on record as calling good. Even if that thing that is "good" is a disgusting rape fic about a 14-year-old black enslaved person who was raped by her 44 year old white owner for decades.

 

When this fight started, did she imagine that it would end with her defending the glorification of child abuse and racism? Somehow, I think not.

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So I discovered Book Outlet

Dragonswood - Janet Lee Carey Premeditated - Josin L. McQuein Dangerous Girls - Abigail Haas, Abby McDonald Populazzi - Elise Allen Perfected - Kate Jarvik Birch

It's this amazing website where you can buy super cheap books, heaps of them hardcovers and lots of them YA, so of course HELL YES SIGN ME UP.

 

"Our books are marked down because most of the titles are marked with a small line or dot on the edge of the book by publishers who sell us their returns and excess inventory. This mark ensures that the books will not be returned to the publisher for a second credit. The books we sell are not used, they are unread and in excellent condition. "

 

Except that I'm international, so instead of paying minimal postage I have to pay postage of around $8 per book.

 

Which would be OK except that Australia's dollar is performing quite poorly at the moment.

1 Australian Dollar equals 0.76 US Dollars. Sucks to be me.

 

However, even with Australia's poor dollar and the excessive shipping compared to the $4 shipping to the US and Canada, my order still comes in at what I calculate roughly to be $16 per book.

 

$16 for a hardcover? YES PLEASE.

 

And at the moment that's even better than local bookstores, and even The Book Depository.




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