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Title: Groupie [Rock-Hard Beautiful #1]
Author: C.M. Stunich
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publication Date: March 21, 2017
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Synopsis:

“Can one of these five rockstars fill the hole in my heart? Or will I stay broken forever?”

Young, dumb, and broke.

That’s what started everything. With five dollars in her pocket, and everything she owns stuffed in the back of her car, Lilith Goode’s life is over. Done. Destroyed.

Ten words. One text. That’s what it took to change the whole world.

A crumpled concert ticket. A chance encounter. That’s what it takes to start all over again.

Five rockstars. One girl. Six dark hearts, six withered souls.

But can one broken person really put another back together again?

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Review:

First off, I should really start looking at the GoodReads synopsis too, ’cause it tells a VERY different story than the one here. This book is erotica, and I don’t know why I didn’t expect what I got based on the one given up there ^, but I didn’t… ’cause like “put another back together” usually indicates one person. No, she tries to fix all five.

Second, I really didn’t like the first half of this book. Lilith leads a sad life, as does every person in this band she encounters, and so they connect. But I mean, she does the didly-doo in the first 50 pages with like four guys, and it’s just like girl, what. And then she starts being sad again. LIKE ???

I mean, this girl’s world is crashing down, but it’s all seemingly fixed through sex – and it just baffles me. Sorry friends, but sex is definitely not the answer to your life problems.

However, I do love a book that has good character development, and I really saw that throughout the book – not really with Lilith to be honest (maybe that comes in the next book, I don’t know, but there wasn’t much here). I was really interested in the boys and I wish there was more focus on them (and Lilith) than all the sex. There’s a lot of heartbreak in each of their lives, and I feel like this book was really just skimming the surface of it all.

I liked that each boy had his own personality. I wouldn’t say there was much depth to them, but their habits made me curious about their lives, what got them there, what “messed” them up. I got a few answers, but it wasn’t satisfying enough. But I enjoyed reading about them and about their banter because their characters brought colour to the mess that was Lilith.

Lilith though was weird. Like I’ve lost family members before, but this girl is hella bipolar with her grief and it was simultaneously weird and annoying?? Like she’s screw everyone and then just be like wow, my grief busted open my lustful side! And then ten minutes later she’ll be curled up in a ball just like my dad is dead… -sobs-. LIKE okay… Aside from this though, Lilith was a strong, yet comforting female character, and her love for the band and the band’s love for her was healing in a way.

Last random fact – I found a few typos in this book, so I kind of wish it was given an extra edit or two.

As a whole, this book was way out of my comfort zone, but I think the characters made it for me – they really brought colour to the book (even if it was just dark colours).

Plot: 2.5/5
Characters: 4/5
World Buiding: 4/5
Writing: 3.5/5
Cover: 5/5
Overall: 3.5/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.3/5

eBook obtained via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author:

C.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn’t mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.

She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she’s not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She’s the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There’s a heck of a lot to do there.

Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She’s already looking forward to it.

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Review: The Silver Chain

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Title: The Silver Chain [The Unbreakable Trilogy #1]
Author: Primula Bond
Genre: Adult Erotica

Synopsis:

Bound by passion, she was powerless to resist.

One dark evening in London, photographer Serena Folkes is indulging her impulsive side with a night-time shoot. But someone is watching her – mysterious entrepreneur Gustav Levi. Serena doesn’t know it yet, but this handsome stranger will change her life forever…

Serena is fascinated by Gustav, the enigmatic owner of the Levi Gallery, and she soon feels an irresistible pull of attraction. The interest is mutual, and Gustav promises to launch Serena’s photographic career at his gallery, but only if Serena agrees to become his exclusive companion.

To mark their agreement, Gustav gives Serena a bracelet to wear at all times. Attached to it is a silver chain of which he is the keeper. With the chain Gustav controls Serena physically and symbolically – a sign that she is under his power.

As their passionate relationship intensifies, Gustav’s hold on the silver chain grows stronger. But will Gustav’s dark past tear them apart?

This book is compared to the likes of Fifty Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, and that sets the bar pretty high for most. Unfortunately, The Silver Chain did not live up to such expectations, as it was a book with many flaws. It took all my willpower to finish this book, and you all know how hard I try to always soldier on until the end. Somehow, the journey seemed a lot longer with this novel.

The Silver Chain has the newly popular equation set: small town girl trying to make it meets rich billionaire who’s ready to get it on. When I first picked up this book, I thought it was another BDSM, contracted relationship. However, while there was such things in the novel it lacked the overall idea of a BDSM contract, and instead became more kinky sex than anything. It’s true, there is a contract, but while Anastasia Steele had an extensive list of cans and can’ts, Serena basically signed up to be Gustav Levi’s whore, trading sex for money, or in this case, for fame in the art world. Until her exhibition sells out, or until Christmas, Serena was supposedly at Gustav’s beck and call, and honestly, this idea was one of the things that turned me off of the book, especially since she insisted that she wanted to stand on her own two feet and be independent… um kay, then why are you signing up for this?

The second thing was Serena. By gods. This girl switches from amiable, to crazy, to sexy, to jealous, to panicky, to insecure, to confident, to upset and tear-stained, to happy. I think her mood swings gave me whiplash. And I’m not kidding about how quickly her mood changes. It’s a serious problem, and it had me whirling in confusion wondering how we got from point A to point B to point Z in twenty pages. I also had an issue with Serena’s selfishness and disregard for the feelings of those around her. I understand that she has trust issues, but my goodness, when you throw a fit like that after seeing the church in which a guy, who’s not even technically yours, got married to his ex-wife… I think you need to calm the frick down and BREATHE. Nothing Gustav ever says to her gets through her thick skull. She’s not fazed by an insult, and when he says someone’s dead to him, she still insists that said person is a HUGE part of his life and that he hasn’t moved on in the least.

UM. NO.

And this girl had MAJOR jealousy issues. Like I understand you are falling for this guy, okay, that’s great. But when you haven’t made these feelings obvious, or even told said guy, he’ll still keep thinking you’re a-okay with being his whore. So when you start feeling jealous, and start whipping out insults and shit on this guy, well, he may be a tad confused. Also, the fact that Gustav brings her to help him get over his past, and she starts making the trip all about her, her jealousy, insecurities, and just her, her, her, you have to really wonder what he sees in this girl.

The dialogue is hard to get through. At times, it doesn’t seem like they’re really living in the present day, where the London Eye is spinning around happily, and art has a high price in society. Instead, it often feels like their living in the Elizabethan age where the guy has to be a gentleman, and his words are all poetic and when read, makes you imagine them being said by Romeo and Juliet with a cardboard balcony in the background. With all the poetry, and references to Pygmalion and Orpheus, the dialogue got bogged down and just didn’t flow right.

Adding to all that, some of the stuff Gustav says is downright demeaning, and yet Serena finds it utterly attractive and sexy. But when Jake says stuff like that it’s crude. So it’s okay for a pretty rich guy to call you a whore, but it’s not okay for your ex to call you a tease… OKAY.

Although I didn’t mind the symbolism the silver chain brought to the table, it was overdone throughout the novel, and fairly unrealistic at some points. Also, I don’t care how invisible the chain it, to wear that in public, especially at an art opening where lots of people are milling around, isn’t practical. And the fact that no one seemed to notice made it absolutely unrealistic.

Continuing with the writing issues, Bond seems to have a love for similes and analogies. They are everywhere throughout the book, and I could have lived without at least 80% of them, if not more. There’s also so many questions. Why this, how that? A particular favourite of mine was:

On my feet is another pair of fluffy white socks. How did she know I’m at my most comfortable in socks or bare feet?

Um… isn’t everyone like that. I don’t know a single person who’s content with wearing high heels, or even comfy sneakers, 24/7…

Overall, this book did very little for me. While the author tried to add depth to her characters, with screwed up childhoods and messed up baggage from the past, it just didn’t hit me hard or make me feel anything ’cause there was WAY too much drama from Serena’s ME ME ME show. There were a number of plot holes too, like Serena’s fear of thunder or lightning. It affected her once, but all the other times throughout the novel, not a single frick was given. The only things in this book that peaked my interest were the descriptions of the art and photography, and, unfortunately, the end. Therefore, as hard as it was to drag myself through this book, I now feel the need to read the next book because of the last, like, ten pages.

The Silver Chain was definitely not my cup of tea, but I’m only one person. All in all, this novel could have been so much better…

Plot: 1.5/5
Characters: 2/5
World Building: 3/5
Writing: 1/5
Cover: 3.5/5
Overall: 1.5/5
GoodReads Rating: 2.96/5

A copy of this book was provided by Mischief Books, of HarperCollins UK, Avon, through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Fifty Shades of Confusion

If you haven’t seen the books around, well here they are:

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Still don’t recognize them? Then you’re of the lucky few who have yet to be swept up in this “phenomenon”. To put it simply, this trilogy of books started out as a fan fiction for Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight, and ended up (somehow) as a bestselling trilogy of novels. I mean these books beat out Harry Potter in the speed of sales. That’s how crazy everyone went.

And here I am wondering why. Yes, I read the books but I never reviewed them, because they’re mainly for older audiences and I focus more on YA, sometimes even NA, novels on this blog. However, now that this series is being made into a movie, I have to toss my two cents in. (Be warned, there will be swearing in this post ’cause.. OMFG.)

Synopsis:

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

Let’s start off with the good points:

  1. The overall story line (’cause there is one, vaguely) is not THAT bad. The fact that this billionaire genius entrepreneur whatever is being sabotaged, harassed, and has had attacks against him and his company is a fairly solid plot.
  2. Christian’s “nice” moments were cute, but those were far and few, as in, like, twice in each book.
  3. The emails, ’cause they was honestly the most entertaining part of the books.

Now the bad points:

  1. The writing SUCKED. There are no words to explain how much it sucked. If I ever see the words “oh my” or “holy crap/cow/shit/fuck/moses/hell/etc” as a reaction to anything ever again, it’ll be too soon. These phrases are used excessively throughout the novel as a reaction to news, to a look Christian made, to the weather, EVERYTHING. This girl is a bloody literature major, you would think she’d be able to come up with other words to describe what she’s feeling at the moment. Not only that, but even the supposedly ‘erotic’ scenes were boring. Eventually, I took to skimming through them because they were the same thing over and over again. He kisses her, he moves to her breasts, then he continues “down there” ’cause apparently saying the actual words that describe female genitalia would be absolute blasphemy. Don’t even get me started about the ‘inner goddess’ thing ’cause I just can’t… IT’S SO BAD.
  2. THE CHARACTERS. BY GODS. I feel the need to repeat that Anastasia Steele is a LITERATURE MAJOR, and, so help me god, if I come out of university and think like/act like/end up as dumb as her, I’m marching over to my University’s board and demanding a refund for my time, effort, and money. This girl is about as dumb as dumb can get. She’s an absolute push over and has like never been kissed, is a virgin, and hasn’t even touched herself. I’m not saying that this is not normal, but I don’t even think she knew what a BDSM relationship was. This girl is also best friends with a girl who seems to talk about sex, etc. a lot so it’s really hard to believe that this girl has never thought of, done, or even KNOWS about this stuff. She’s also petty as hell. She gets jealous of her friend for looking pretty when she’s sick. Honestly? That’s your first thought when you’re best friend’s coughing up a lung. GOOD FRIEND. She’s crazy insecure, superficial, and just trots into this relationship with a psychopathic maniac ’cause HE’S HOT. There’s so many things wrong with her character that this ginormous paragraph doesn’t even cover the half of it. The fact of the matter is, she’s portrayed as this fierce, independent woman, and yet she succumbs to Christian’s every wish and comes at his beck and call. She thinks that his abuse is deserved and even finds his stalking her a relative turn on. LIKE GURL YOU OK!?
    In comparison, Christian is psycho, controlling, but we all figured that out by now. He takes pride in his stalking abilities, and likes to invade people’s privacy and has OCD about girls eating. Now with Christian, I’m hot and cold about. On one hand, he’s crazy. LIKE BAT SHIT CRAZY. On the other hand, I give the author props for noting that just ’cause a girl’s skinny doesn’t make them attractive. AND EATING IS GOOD. But the fact of the matter is, Christian Grey is obsessive, controlling, often cruel, seems to be bi-polar, often rude, a stalker, AND LIKES TO -whites out (i.e. highlight to see)- BEAT GIRLS WHO LOOK LIKE HIS MOTHER -continues on- ‘CAUSE THAT’S HOW BLOODY INSANE THIS GUY IS. At this point, one would run away screaming and hope to never come in contact with him ever again. ANASTASIA STAYS, TAKES THAT SHIT IN, AND THEN IS JUST LIKE BBY I LUV U STYL ‘CAUSE U IS BEAUTIFUL.
    The only people with a normal reaction to all of this is Ana’s best friend and Christian’s mother. If the people around you go ape shit ’bout this, YOU KNOW SOMETHING’S WRONG.
  3. I hate how the world is TRIVIALIZING this behaviour. The media is passing it all off like it’s normal and healthy. THIS IS NOT NORMAL. THIS IS NOT RIGHT. With character’s like Christian Grey, Travis Maddox (Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire), Patch Cipriano (Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick), and Edward Cullen (Twilight by Stephanie Meyer), these popular books are setting up ideals that are wrong on so many levels. In all honesty, I enjoyed Hush, Hush, and I found Twilight alright, but does that mean I think that what the characters are doing is the right way? Does that mean I find those types of things attractive? Yes, it is really swoon worthy when a million year old dead guy stares at you while you sleep at night… /sarcasm. So why am I so up in arms about Christian Grey, about Patch, about Edward, about Travis, and other characters of the like? Because even though I think that these guys are extremely mentally unstable, scary, and basically stalkers, not everyone does. This is the crux of the problem. These authors (whether intentionally or unintentionally) and media outlets are promoting such behaviour as normal, attractive even. In this book, Anastasia finds that she’s afraid of Christian sometimes, and doesn’t want to upset him. Does this strike a chord with you? It did with me. And the biggest issue is that even though she’s a “strong, independent woman” (emphasis on the not-so-air-quotes), she stays with him because he’s beautiful, rich, and has a large “package”. The other guys are written off in the same way. Patch is beautiful, therefore he’s the perfect boyfriend. Even though he stalks you every now and again and ALSO stares at you while you sleep like a creeper. And then there’s Travis, who’s so crazy that when his one night stand sneaks out, he destroys half his apartment. UM. NO. READ: THESE ARE NOT ATTRACTIVE TRAITS. However, girls today WANT an Edward Cullen, they WANT a Christian Grey, they WANT a Patch Cipriano, they WANT a Travis Maddox. The worse part of it all is that within three months or so, suddenly Christian becomes a changed man and no longer wants to have a submissive, who no long has the urge to GIVE IN TO HIS PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES THAT HAUNT HIM EVERYDAY. Again, not saying this is necessarily unrealistic, ’cause there is an off chance that this can happen. HOWEVER, it sets a standard and says that if a girl does happen to come into a relationship with a guy like this, they can change him around in a good three months. This also tells male readers that it’s OKAY to be POSSESSIVE, it’s OKAY to get JEALOUSLY VIOLENT, it’s OKAY to STALK GIRLS and ABUSE THEM, verbally and physically. In novels, like Dreamland by Sarah Dessen, we get a glimpse into a relationship that is like those mentioned above, however, the girl’s scared shitless. She’s afraid of other people finding out, she’s afraid of her boyfriend’s anger. SHE’S AFRAID AND WANTS TO GET AWAY BUT DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO. This is a NORMAL reaction to such a relationship. FEAR. Which seems to be something these “heroines” don’t have much of. I don’t care how freaking independent you are. If you are in an abusive relationship, or a guy is stalking you, YOU SHOULD BE AFRAID. YOU SHOULD BE RUNNING. Strip away their good looks and their billion dollar house and car, take away all the superficial and materialistic factors, and what do you have? A mentally unstable, volatile, man who stalks you on a regular basis and has access to your bank account, your friends, and you. Not so attractive now, eh?

These books are not horrible, but they are far from ideal. I do not think the messages put across are right and I do not think that such a series should be getting as much hype as it has.

To add to my disgust and my abhorrence to these novels, they are now being made into MOVIES. YES. YOU WILL GET TO SEE THIS PSYCHOLOGICALLY UNSTABLE STALKER AND PROVERBIAL IDIOT ON THE BIG SCREEN where you can witness the stalking, the beating, the cruelty, the off-the-rail reactions when jealous, and the absolute WRONGNESS of such a relationship in theaters August 1st, 2014.

I don’t know how authors, publishers, movie companies, directors, or anyone, for that matter, can condone any of this to be publicized, advertised, published, and produced. I definitely don’t, and I sincerely hope that all the girls, and guys, out there do not play into all of this and if you do, I hope that restraining orders will be implemented soon after such discovery…

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