Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Accidental Bestseller

My first thoughts when reading this book were, "HOLY BOOKCEPTION!". I mean, come on, the book is about  A woman whose writing career falls apart and her 3 best friends (also writers) get together to help her write a book about A woman whose writing career falls apart and her 3 best friends (also writers) get together to help her write a book about...yep, you guessed it! It's a book inside a book, inside a book. 0.o

The four main characters in the book are Kendall, a woman's fiction writer, Tanya, a romance writer, Faye, an inspirational fiction writer, and Mallory, a New York Times Bestselling author. The book starts out with Kendall and her friends at an award ceremony, an award ceremony that she lives empty handed (something she didn't expect). After this, her career is just a giant downfall. Her publishing company tells her that after she writes the final book for their contract she is done, and her husband tells her that he is leaving her for his new girlfriend, one who is at least 20 years younger. Feeling defeated and unable to write, Kendall moves to her cabin in the mountains to get away from it all. At the cabin Kendall becomes obsessed with DIY projects, and much less obsessed with finishing the novel she is in a contract to write. So of course her three best friends come up to help her out. Tanya comes up with the idea that they should all create and write their own characters, and then come together to put it all in one book. The catch is, they are all in contracts with other publishing companies so only Kendall's name will be on the cover. The writers set off writing the book, keeping their stories way too close to the truth. When the book is finished they face scrutiny they never thought possible and find out secrets that lead them to believe they never knew each other at all.

I absolutely loved this book! I do occasionally like to read a chick-lit book but I never get as much enjoyment out of them as I did out of this one. This book gives the nitty-gritty on the world of publishing and writing, and as an aspiring author I ate it right up. I also loved how Wendy Wax changed between each writer and even the publishers point of view. You get a really good vision of whats going on and it's just damn awesome. I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

"Fifty Shades" Trilogy

I was shamefully invested in this series until I found out it was written as "Twilight" fan fiction. E.L. James just changed the character's names and took out the supernatural elements. Boo. Now on to the review!

At first, I had a serious "What the actual fuck did I just read?" moment. E.L. James has the worst writing style of any author I've read, but her work is so addicting! I read the entire trilogy in 3 days! I've read numerous reviews on the trilogy and they've been completely split in half; either you love it or you absolutely hate it. I'm not going to go through and give you a basic synopsis of what the books are about because everyone knows the books are all about kinky sex, so instead I'm going to just give you my obnoxious opinion :)

One thing I really didn't like about the series was how the character's used the same phrases OVER AND OVER again. If you were reading these books on an e-reader and you searched "holy fuck" or "kinky fuckery" you would probably get over a million results. Another thing that really bothered me is I hate overly wordy authors. You know, the kind that use big words that they don't necessarily know the meanings of just to sound smart? Well E.L. James is a prime example of a wordy author. It was annoying.

A lot of people are calling this series "trashy" because of the over use of sexual imagery. Yeah, there are a lot of sex scenes but after about the third one they are EXACTLY the same so you can just skim over them and you wont miss anything.

I give these books an okay rating even with all of their flaws because, let's face it, they are damn entertaining. I usually read pretty heavy historical fiction books so this was a proper change. I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for a light read that doesn't want the commitment of an average contemporary fiction novel.

I know I gave the first two rave reviews but after I finished the series my opinion greatly changed.

Also, E.L. James, fuckery isn't a word.
I've decided that these toned-down, censored book reviews really aren't me, so expect some seriously outlandish posts in the near future.

Because anyone who knows me at all knows I am neither censored or toned-down. :)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

After reading "Fifty Shades of Grey" I became slightly obsessed and realized I just had to read the whole trilogy. I recently finished "Fifty Shades Darker", and I must say, I love this series, even if it is smut!

"Fifty Shades Darker" opens up with Anastasia Steele reeling from her break up with the "most eligible" billionaire, Christen Grey. Christen's outrageous sexual tastes prove to be too much for Ana and she decides to leave him. Obviously she doesn't stay away for long or else there wouldn't be a whole trilogy! This novel shows a different side to Mr. Grey; instead of being a sexual predator he is seen as romantic and almost vulnerable. Ana and Christen decide to turn their sexual contract into a full blown relationship, but two of Christen's ex's just wont stay in the past.

I honestly wanted to slap the shit out of Christen throughout this book. When Anastasia mentions that she is uncomfortable with his relationship with his ex Elena, he basically tells her to get over it. I would be GONE after that. Anastasia just putting up with this and other bad behavior from Christen made me almost hate her. It was strange having my feelings for the main character's completely switch like that, but it was a well-welcomed change. E.L. James may not be the best writer around, but she sure knows a thing or two about character development.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars. If it wasn't for Christen's extreme character development the rating wouldn't be so high. As I am already almost done with the third and final installment of the series, I can say that "Darker" is my favorite book of the trilogy.
As you may know, hollywood is planning on turning my favorite erotic novel, "Fifty Shades of Grey" into a movie. I've been giving this a lot of thought and below are my suggestions for casting! :)

Christian Grey:

Ian Somerhalder

Anastasia Steele:

Emmy Rossum

Kate Kavanaugh:

Katie Cassidy

Elliot Grey (or Taylor the bodyguard):

Chris Hemsworth

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

"Fifty Shades of Grey" is an erotic novel penned by first time author, E L James. Since it's publication, "Fifty Shades of Grey" has made it's mark on the world of literature by being known as an over the top but poorly written BDSM novel. I glanced at some other reviews on and realized that this novel is definitely a "love it or hate it" kind of book. The reviews were split completely in half, with half giving the book 1 star and the other half giving it 5. I personally enjoyed this book. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I immediately reached for the sequel and dove right in. I usually stray far, far away from erotic novels but after hearing so much about this one I figured it was worth a try. This is a book I definitely suggest!

Basic Synopsis: The novel focuses around a 21 year-old girl named Anastasia Steele who is coerced into doing an interview for her roommate, Kate. Katie writes for their school magazine but came down with the flu and needs Ana to take over for her. Ana interviews the amazingly beautiful Christian Grey and for some reason can't get him off her mind. They soon run into each other again at the hardware store where Ana works and she is shocked that she is interested in this man. He scares her, yet intrigues her at the same time. This leads into a whirlwind romance based solely on contracts and kinky sex. 

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars. If it wasn't for the poor writing, it would've gotten a 5 hands down. The book, while being something I wouldn't normally read, kept me interested and I absolutely devoured it. I suggest everyone read it!