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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.

Pulling from Purchase as a Publicity Stunt

NOTE: This post contains a massive spoiler for M. Leighton’s Until I Break, which is a similar spoiler for Sylvia Day’s Reflected in You, and J. Kenner’s Claim Me.

This isn’t news to anyone who follows me on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads, but I LOVE BOOK GOSSIP. Authors flipping out at readers, bloggers, reviewers? I so enjoy those posts. I never comment on them directly, but I share thoughts about them with everyone else. Usually these dramas happen overnight or while I’m offline, so I’m always late to the party, but still…

This latest drama (at the time of drafting – there could’ve been another since) is a new varity, though: pulling from publication because of some readers “misunderstanding” the characters. That in itself could make sense, but the book’s reviews on Goodreads and Amazon have been overwhelmingly positive, 4 or 5 stars. Had the book been tanking, with an average rating of 1 or 2, I can see why you’d want to pretend this novel never happened, but that’s not the case here.

Basically, the only “bad” reviews I read mentioned problems with writing, pacing, characters, and plot. But you see that in reviews for almost any book.

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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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰

[REVIEW] Reflected in You – Sylvia Day

Sylvia Day
Reflected in You (Crossfire, Book 2
Penguin (US, CA, AU: 23rd October 2012; UK: 25th October 2012)
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Here be spoilers! If you’re unfamiliar with the trilogy, start with my Bared to You review.

But to Reflected in You. The first half of the novel does not have a plot; it’s just sex, wangst, and the same old arguments repeated countless times. The highlight of this half – and the whole book, and the entire trilogy to date – is Dr Petersen, whom Eva Tramell and Gideon Cross visit for couples therapy.

“How often is sex used to resolve disagreements?” ALL THE TIME, DOC! I don’t know why they bother with therapy, because they clearly don’t want to change for the better. Dr Petersen barely features, but what he says makes perfect sense: other than sex, Eva and Gideon don’t really have a relationship worth continuing. In fact, sex is not enough – ’tis better to be single and celibate than in a relationship with an offensive douchebag. Even if he is ridiculously wealthy and attractive. Then again, I have standards – not everyone does. Dr Petersen doesn’t say this, of course, because he’s more subtle and professional than I.

They do one thing he suggests, though: sleep in separate rooms. Eva has rape-nightmares involving Gideon. When you have rape-nightmares involving your current lover, this is your subconscious’ way of telling you to DUMP THE BASTARD. She chooses to ignore this. In real-time, he very nearly sleep-rapes her, yet Eva thinks, “He’s saving me.”

When younger, Eva was raped by her stepbrother. Gideon was raped by someone else. Eva copes by submitting to Gideon. Gideon copes by dominating Eva. If you’ve been raped, reasoning goes that you never want to be dominated again. Yet Eva hooks up with Gideon and stays with him against all odds (more on that later). That sounds like she needs way more counselling.

In my Goodreads status updates, I referred to this novel as “Republican porn”. Imagine the campaign: “Republiporn – Sex for the One-Percenters”. Do you like equality in your relationship? “You’re not going to get a hundred percent equality in this relationship.” Gideon’s as big on feminism as he is not a creepy stalker, put it that way. Why are all the chicks fighting over this douchebag? “That’s your place, awkward or not!” Don’t forget: “Trust me to know what you need, even when you think I’m wrong.” Because Gideon wants his sex-mate stupid enough to not think for herself.

Random WTF: Mentions of Eva’s period. There are ten, someone counted for me. I thought that was rather heavy-handed foreshadowing for a pregnancy scare later in the novel, but I was wrong. A Twitter friend remarked that I’d made the mistake of thinking that things in novels mean something. But even though Eva and Gideon weren’t shagging during this time, they were still doing sexual stuff, which leads me to believe that Eva has bloodless periods. I don’t get it.

So there’s this band called Six-Ninths, whom I would’ve called Two-Thirds because I know basic fractions. The lead vocalist is Brett, who reminds me of Poison’s Bret Michaels. He brings out the acoustic guitar and does a song (let’s pretend it’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”). Remarks Gideon: “That song reminds me of you.” Because Eva used to fuck the vocalist, and the name “Eva” is in the lyrics? NO SHIT, SHERLOCK-GIDEON!

Gideon shuts off Eva’s communication with the outside world. Which reminds me of the plotline I imagined this story to have (before I started reading): Gideon would break Eva’s legs, she would let him, he’d keep her trapped in an attic with no contact with the outside world, she’d let him… But in the end, Eva would murder him. I wish that would happen here. It does not. Hopefully it will in Book 3.

This is all just the first half: stuff, but not really a plot. And so the second half begins: Eva returns home to learn that her roommate Cary has been attacked and is in the hospital. It’s almost like Gideon knew Cary had been attacked but is too selfish to let Eva be with her injured friend. Because this is what psychotic boyfriends do.

At the time I thought Gideon was somewhat responsible for the attack on Cary. But that’s before we learn of Nathan Barker’s murder – he’s the stepbrother who raped Eva. Immediately, I thought Gideon had called a hit on him.

MAJOR SPOILER: Gideon actually killed Nathan himself, instead of hiring someone else to do it. The novel seems to be about, “How far would you go out of love and obsession?” The answer is murder, but there are no consequences. Instead there’s this bloody incompetent, corrupt policewoman who burns all her investigative notes linking Gideon to the murder, because she wants Gideon to get away with it. And let’s not forget that he’s a one-percenter, and they generally do get away with murder, anyway. And of course Eva will not break up with a murderer.

If this series is meant to be a romance, the author has failed. You’re supposed to make us like the characters and want them to be together. I don’t, on either account. Crossfire is much better read as a psychological thriller, but without the payoff. This series is offensive for many reasons. Also, being a victim of child abuse and sexual abuse does NOT excuse one from mistreating others when older. THERE IS NO EXCUSE. Gideon’s just a dick.

Short notes:

-References to Google Alerts. Google Alerts hasn’t worked properly for yonks, yet works perfectly here. Don’t insult me with your lies, fiction!

-Eva tells Gideon to stop being grumpy. Imagine this face during the sex scenes.

-“Don’t treat me like a whore.” He treats you like a whore because you let him, instead of dumping him. And because you chose to resolve this latest argument with sex. DID YOU NOT LEARN ANYTHING IN THERAPY? Also, she’s not allowed to walk to work, and must have lunch only at her desk. Because Eva is a doormat, and doormats acquiesce to complete and utter feckwits. She acknowledges this to Dr Petersen, even mentions a “sinking ship”. Doesn’t stop her from becoming pissweak whenever Gideon’s around, though.

23rd October 2012 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Sylvia Day
Reflected in You (Crossfire, Book 2)
Penguin (US, CA & AU: 23rd October 2012)
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Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction…my every desire…mine. My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful…except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity. We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession…

Becca Fitzpatrick
Finale (Hush Hush, Book 4)
Simon & Schuster (US, CA & AU: 23rd October 2012)
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Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean they are fated to be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. Now Nora and Patch must gather their strength to face one last, perilous trial. Old enemies return, new enemies are made and a friend’s ultimate betrayal threatens the peace Patch and Nora so desperately want. The battle lines are drawn – but which sides are they on? And in the end, are there some obstacles even love can’t conquer?

October 2012 Releases

Done with September 2012 Releases? Here are October 2012 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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