Book Review: Beneath the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Beyond the Highland Mist
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Rating: 5/5

Summary: He is a powerful laird, she a woman of the 20th century that was sent back in time by the fae. He wants her, she can’t stand beautiful men and is one of the first people in who knows how long to tell him “no” right from the start. A fun little story truth be told.

Review: I am a fan of historical romances, the time travel aspect is even more of a kicker to me if brought on by some touch of the faery folk. This series reminds me of Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series in so much that you’ve a “modern” woman taken from her time and thrust into the more primitive Scottish highlands. Though Adrienne de Simone did not come through at a stone circle like the heroine in the Outlander Series, she was transported from modern day Seattle.

Adrienne’s sudden appearance causes problems for quite a few people, least of all the Laird known as Hawk who has gained his name through becoming a legendary predator on the battlefield and in the bedroom, his conquests are monumental. Each time Adrienne denies him it only strengthens his want for her, his need to possess her and ultimately he does, ultimately there is the romance that is needed between the pair of them. A good first in a series book, and now I must find more of them, because I suffer from MRBIOs (Must Read Books In Order syndrome).

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Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Title: Fifty Shades of Grey
Author: E.L. James
Rating: 5/5

Summary: Not your typical romance. Christian Grey, has unique erotic tastes, and wants to do very kinky things to Anastasia Steele, who was drafted into interviewing him in the place of her roommate for the campus magazine in honor of Grey being the one giving the diplomas at graduation this year. However, both of them are about to be turned upside down by emotions that neither thought would rear their heads: love, passion, devotion, rage, jealousy and so many others. What will happen to them both?

Review: Decidedly NOT for any readers under the age of eighteen, given the graphic nature of some of the scenes, more so than any other romance novel out there. I suppose that is why it is being pulled off of library shelves (I smell this trilogy making its way on to the banned book list for 2012 anyone else?). Many of you are facing the question of to read or not to read, and truth be told, read it. No harm can come from you spending some time reading a book. I’ve found that there are those that love it and those that hate it, there is (no pun intended) no shades of grey when it comes to this book or series for that matter.

Yes, there is sex, and not all of it is straight up vanilla missionary style sex. There is to quote from the series some “kinky fuckery” that involves all sorts of unique toys (often found in the section of the adult stores that house leather in abundance). However, there is actual character development in these stories, there is literally the essence of each of these two individuals being laid bare and attempting to find love and togetherness against all odds. This is definitely the kind of book that will keep you up all night reading (I know, I very nearly did it on more than one occasion).

It is funny, knowing that this is a romance with BDSM tendancies, that mainstream music even showcases a little bit of one’s subconscious desire for a bit of “kinky fuckery” with songs like Rhianna’s “S&M” (and that is the main one that comes to mind at the moment), but so many people aren’t even willing to come to grips with the fact that they would even try something above and beyond “conventional” sex. However, I am NOT stepping on that soapbox right now.

Read the book, honestly, it won’t kill you. I promise.

Also, if I could create Christian Grey, I would clone him and be a millionaire from selling the clones of this image of sex personified (and yes, I’d create his millions too, because someone that sexy needs all his money too).

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Book Review: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Title: Game of Thrones
Author:  George R.R. Martin
Rating: 5/5

Summary:  Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective wall. To the south, the King’s powers are failing, and his enemies are emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the King’s new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but also the kingdom itself. A heroic fantasy of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and evildoers who come together in a time of grim omens.

Review:  Why did I initially pick up this book? Truthfully, because it was being turned into a television show on HBO, which I’ve yet to see, but in my desire to see it, wanted to familiarize myself with the world that Martin created.  Truth be told, I am glad I did.  I am completely and totally sucked into this world that he has created, even with its gory aspects and the twisted politicking of the high ranking individuals in the book.  Am I placing this book on the level that I would place Lord of the Rings, absolutely not, because they are two very different stories and thus should not be compared in the realm of epic fantasies.

A Game of Thrones, is essentially a boy’s soap opera.  Dark, twisted, sinister and nasty; filled with violence and sex and even the slightest touches of magic and supernatural.  The characters are big, brash and they engage in incest, hide their secrets, make dirty deals, and manage to completely screw up themselves, their families and their friends.  It is your average soap opera with plate mail armor and bloody battles.  All in all it is very, very good.  If Days of Our Lives was like this, I would most definitely watch it more often.

Even with its overarching soapiness, I was impressed with this book and the way that it sucked me into the world that martin created.  The stark brutality of it, the drive to vengeance, and the fact that no character  – no matter how heroic – is safe from anything.  The overwhelming pathos in every action and reaction, the textures and smells and sounds of our world transplated in Martin’s made me believe that all of it, even the two punch denouement of the final Catelyn and Daenerys chapters, was possible.

I have read the second and third books in this series, and their reviews will be coming soon.

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Book Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

This is the first book by Cassandra Clare that I have read, never mind that I have had City of Bones sitting on my bookshelf for nearly two months now, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  The reader selected for this particular audio book was decent enough, and at times I wanted to strangle her, but I still kept up with the story, kept up with what was going on and delighted in the interactions.  I like both Jem and Will for different reasons, despite the fact that Jem has the drug addiction, and that makes me sad.

Jessamine, I want to smack just as much as I like (well like perhaps may not be the right word, tolerate is perhaps better) because I cannot bring myself to hate her.  She was hilarious in the beginning of the book, and I also adored Henry and Charlotte, they are quite adorable.  I am looking forward to reading more about them hwen I start reading the second book.  Also, I’m not entirely certain on the fact that Tessa is a warlock, she is something different, something that has not yet been encountered before, and that is not a bad thing.

The ending…seriously, made me want to pull my hair out and throttle someone.  What in the hell was the problem that drove Will to ask Magnus about something…I want to find out, I need to find out darn it.  There were parts in the novel that were slow going for me and at certain points I had to go back and relisten to things because I didn’t entirely understand what was going on.  However, it was decidedly a good start to the series, and I am going to be starting book too fairly soon now that I have it from the library.