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Blog Search Terms – Weird & Wonderful

I check my blog stats daily to see how visitors get to my WordPress. This evening, I checked for the most used search terms to get here during the past 90 days.

Overwhelmingly popular are various search terms involving Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. If you’re looking for spoilers, you’re in luck! For the first two novels, anyway. Haven’t got the third yet, but hopefully some bright spark at Penguin Australia will stick it on NetGalley. Or I wait for the paperback from the library, and type up my Post-It handwritten notes. Whenever that’ll be. Anyhoo, Bared to You and Reflected in You. Now you know.

WEIRD
tez bronze – I’m pale.
2nd of april 2013 will the dollar go up or down – I’m poor. But I can tell you that the only place I’ve found 250g bags of chips is in Aldi, and they’re only $2. A wise investment, perfect for binge-eaters. (I binge, but don’t purge.)
military tez kit – If you find one, let me know what’s in it.
what is a good speech for the bride from her sister – Sorry, dude; you’re on your own with that one.
brigth side i can tez my husband – I am not a verb. But if I were… tez = raise an eyebrow.
tez miller review for the book gabriel’s rapture – Haven’t read it; don’t care to. But if you send me a copy, I’ll post spoilers for you.
tez counselling – Sorry, dude; you’re on your own with that one.
invisible borders of acids irreversibly marks tresspassers – WTF?!
how did tez get killed – Not very well. I’m still alive.
reisz pronunciation – You know Reese Witherspoon? Pronounce Reisz as if it’s Reese. Kristopher Reisz taught me that. I’m guessing that also applies to Tiffany Reisz.

WHOEVER SEARCHED FOR THIS, YOU’RE AWESOME
father ted you big fool
south park ungroundable steven quotes

SAY IT AIN’T SO!
will soren die in tiffany reisz book the mistress

TELL ME IT’S TRUE!
will nora end up with kingsley and soren in the book the mistress – Would also settle for Nora with Soren, or Kingsley with Soren. But I’ll read whatever Tiffany Reisz writes, because she and her writing are freaking awesome.

Top 10 Most Popular Reviews of 2012 (according to my WordPress stats)

The most popular posts on my blog are cover reveals first and foremost. Then deal announcements. But what about reviews? WordPress’ stats show the most popular (ie. most views) posts in the past year (16th January 2012 until today). I made note of the Top 10 (correct as of circa 5PM Tuesday, ie yesterday):

Equal 9th with 55 Views: Tiffany Reisz’s The Siren. So close to giving this five stars. Marked it down because I don’t like when authors make their characters authors, too. And Nora doesn’t seem to have an agent 😉

Equal 9th with 55 Views: Marissa Meyer’s Cinder. Another close to five stars. Marked it down because it tries too hard to stick to the fairytale, with the prince and the ball. When it’s original with the cyborg and plague, it’s more awesome.

8th with 58 Views: Tiffany Reisz’s Seven-Day Loan. It’s since been retitled The Gift. Normally I don’t bother reviewing short stories, but Tiffany Reisz makes me want to tell the world. I have her second and third novels on shelf to be read. Now I wait for more short stories to be made free.

7th with 64 Views: Gabrielle Carey & Kathy Lette’s Puberty Blues. I just love this. It doesn’t pull any punches. It’s short, to the point, and doesn’t glamourise or romanticise teen relationships. It’s brutally honest, with a voice that can’t be matched. And it’s funny.

6th with 68 Views: John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Little Star. The author’s previous novel, Harbour, just didn’t work for me, and it’d been a few years since his glorious first two novels. But Little Star is a real return to form, and could be a morbid hit with teenage girls. I really enjoyed this, and the short story collection, Let the Old Dreams Die, that follows. Gotta love Lindqvist 🙂

5th with 71 Views: Bleeding Ink Anthology. I have no idea why this rated so popular, considering it’s a self-published short story anthology edited by members of Kelley Armstrong’s forums. There are a few standouts, but overall I don’t think much of it.

4th with 98 Views: Fanny Merkin’s Fifty Shames of Earl Grey. The only book in the Top 10 that I gave five stars. I’ve never read, and don’t plan to read, E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, but I love this. I normally believe there’s a special hell for parody books, but Fanny Merkin’s is a special case. If you’re going to read a parody, you may as well read the best.

3rd with 126 Views: Sylvia Day’s Reflected in You. This trilogy annoys the shit out of me on so many levels, yet I’ve read the first two books in full. I share spoilers, and that’s probably what brings in the page views – you want someone to tell you what happens so you don’t have to read it for yourself 😉

2nd with 863 Views: Sylvia Day’s Bared to You. Surprisingly, I actually gave this three stars, but that was back when actual conflict between a couple was something new and different. Until then, romance novels basically had no conflict at all between a couple – it was all external. This novel made me feel anger and frustration, and a bloody lot of both. It’s genuinely quite an achievement for a romance novel to make me feel something other than “meh”. I REALLY dislike these characters.

1st with 1884 Views: Sophie Morgan’s The Diary of a Submissive. I don’t read memoirs. Yet I saw this on NetGalley, and decided to give it a shot. Only worth three stars, yet the most popular with my blog visitors. Not my regular readers, mind you – I’m pretty sure most of the views came via Google searches. It’s a UK book, so probably didn’t get much US blog coverage. Mind you, I’m pretty sure a lot of my Crossfire review visitors came via Google searches, too, though those books got plenty of blog coverage all over the Internet. Huh.

what to conclude from the Top 10? They say more about my visitors than they do about me 😉 6 of the 10 heavily feature sex, so my visitors want me to review more erotica? (Though I certainly wouldn’t call Puberty Blues erotica.) I was expecting J. Kenner’s Release Me to be up there, but considering it was published only in the last month or so, it may not have had as much time to gather viewers. Plus, I cross-post all my reviews to Shelfari and Goodreads (and Amazon when they don’t ban them for using forbidden words), so chances are they’ve been read there instead of on my blog. That’s fine. I’m not one of those obnoxious self-promoters who say on Goodreads “full review at [insert blog link]”. I treat Goodreads users with more respect than that. Okay, I AM an obnoxious self-promoter, but not when it comes to reviews on Goodreads 😉

[REVIEW] Bared to You – Sylvia Day

Sylvia Day
Bared to You (Crossfire, Book 1)
Penguin (US & CA: 12th June 2012; AU: 6th July 2012; UK: 19th July 2012)
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Caution: Spoilers and rants ahead.

It’s impossible to talk about Sylvia Day’s Bared to You without mentioning E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, and thus Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. The bare essentials: A young woman falls in love with beautiful, wealthy man who stalks her, and she’s okay with that. And in that respect, Bared to You seems to be fan fiction of fan fiction. Is there a technical term for that? From the acknowledgements section: To E. L. James, who wrote a story that captivated readers and created a hunger for more. You rocked it! Huh.

How is Bared to You supposed to be read: as erotic fiction or erotic romance? Erotica doesn’t require the characters to live HEA together. But in the case of erotic romance, the characters live HEA together, and readers must WANT them to. The first book in a trilogy, there’s no conclusive ending, but it’s happy-for-now – IF you want the characters to be together.

Most romances don’t work because I don’t WANT the characters to be together. And that’s the Crossfire trilogy’s big problem: If readers are supposed to want Eva and Gideon to have a happy ending together, the author has massively failed.

Bared to You squicks me out on so many levels. I don’t like the characters individually, I don’t like them together, Eva’s love for Gideon seems superficial, and Gideon needs a therapist more than he needs a lover. They have instant lust, but I just don’t understand why Eva loves Gideon. He’s hot, he’s wealthy, he gets her off, he’s a corporate big-wig (think Richard Branson, with so many business ventures), but he’s just not FUN. He’s rude, he’s demanding, and he stalks Eva. None of the Crossfire characters has a sense of humour.

Eva’s had a tough past: Her stepbrother sexually abused her, impregnated her, and she miscarried. Since then, her mother has been overprotective, monitoring her comings and goings, and whatnot. Eva doesn’t like this (neither do I). But when Gideon does the same thing, including monitoring her phone activity, Eva lets it slide. Sure, she’s a little angry at first, but she forgives him again and again, particularly after sex. Remember that Family Guy skit of a romantic comedy film trailer? All your problems will be solved by my penis. Yeah, that’s pretty much why Eva always lets him get away with it.

So Eva spills her problems, but Gideon doesn’t share his. All we know is that he was sexually abused, and he has violently sexual nightmares. He even tries to sleep-rape Eva, and her flatmate Cary is reasonably concerned for her wellbeing. Gideon has had women love him, but he’s never loved anyone until Eva.

Okay, so she’s beautiful, she gets him off, and she makes him feel comfortable enough to share snippets of his past. But I just don’t like her, either.

And Gideon and Eva don’t want each other to have heterosexual friends. Eva has gay men buddies, but she doesn’t have any gal pals. So Gideon goes psycho when Eva becomes friendly with his stepbrother. Eva goes a bit psycho over Gideon’s friend Magdalene, and even more psycho over his ex-fiancée Corinne. But in a rare display of female alliance, Eva and Magdalene briefly bond…over their hatred for Corinne.

I like Cary in the beginning, because his concerns for Eva are mine, too, and he has a nice boyfriend. But Cary cheats with a female, and things get worse by the end of the novel, when Eva stumbles home to a ménage á quatre [sound-tracked, in my mind, by Flight of the Conchords’ “Too Many Dicks (on the Dancefloor)”]. Again, Cary’s and Gideon’s back-stories must be saved for revealing in the next two books.

Gideon’s stalking makes Bared to You more psychological thriller or horror than anything else. Key quote: “I recreated your room based on the photo I took of you sleeping.” Don’t tell me that’s not creepy, because it totally is.

Ex-fiancée Corinne says “possessiveness is much better than indifference”. Eva seems to believe that, too. Gideon seems to attract a certain type of women: those that believe stalking equals love. That would be funny if it wasn’t so depressing.

But I will say this of Bared to You: It packs a mighty emotional punch, with plenty of scares and conflict. It could never be accused of being “meh” – you will either love it or get angry with it. Either way, issues abound for book clubs and newspaper columns to discuss.