Tour and Review! — What would YOU do to secure a place on “The Ark”?

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Hullo everyone! Welcome to my stop on The Ark’s tour!

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TheArkThe Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen
Published by: HarperVoyager
Publication date: March 26th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopian
Book Links: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon || B&N

There’s a meteor headed for Earth, and there is only one way to survive.

With her criminal record, sixteen-year-old Char is never going to get a place on an Ark, one of the five massive bioships designed to protect Earth’s survivors. The Arks are reserved for the real goody-goodies, like Char’s mom, dad, and brother, all of whom have long since turned their backs on her.

With Earth on the brink of destruction, Char must use all her tricks of the trade to swindle her way into outer space, where she hopes to reunite with her family, regardless of whether they want to see her or not.

Once she arrives on the North American Ark, Char discovers that the remnants of humanity haven’t achieved the egalitarian utopia they’d planned for. For starters, the “Officers of the Peace” are anything but peaceful, especially since stealing a spot on an Ark is a crime punishable by death…

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REVIEW (More Like Rant) & THOUGHTS

Rating: 3.5 Stars!

I loved the whole premise of this book from the description alone and thankfully this book panned out as something worthwhile of my time.

However, I can only give this one a solid 3.5 stars.

Reason being: The weird-instalove TIMES TWO that took place in a book that REALLY DID NOT NEED IT.

It’s fine when the book is actually classified as a romance or something, but… this is a science fiction — YA yes, but still sci-fi — and that part of it was AWESOME. Yes, I’ll admit, some of the story reminded me of others (but that’s not always a bad thing when told in an interesting voice with interesting characters and — Oh yeah. Did I mention the world’s about to end? RUN FOR YOUR LIIIIIIIIIIIVES!)

What did it for me was our main character, Char. I actually liked Char quite a bit. I was genuinely surprised. Sometimes I have a real insta-NO reaction when I hear a book is being told from a female POV, and this was one such instance. (I know, it sounds horrible and I’m a bad person boo-hoo, but it’s the truth. I’ll always quote GRRM, who replied with this when asked how he was able to make all his female characters seem so different and genuine:

“You know… I always considered women to be people.” – George RR Martin

“I always considered women to be people.” Yeah. Well, that’s kinda what I’m talking about here.

Although it should SEEM to be common sense to simply WRITE FEMALE CHARACTERS LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE BECAUSE, I DUNNO, THEY ARE… writers have THE BIGGEST PROBLEM making like-able, authentic, female leads (or not-leads. Because even the female sidekicks often suck — and that’s such a… I mean, wtf, man! Really???).

Which brings me back to why I often shy away from books with female leads or lots of female characters.

I’m not big on teeny, high school reads, so I will almost NEVER read those unless there is something worthwhile in me reading it or I actually think it might be different from all the rest. I can’t stand the whiny shit that seems to go hand-in-hand with most female characters or the “I’M A BADASS, DON’T MESS WITH ME” vibe they give off if they’re NOT whiny bitches. I also can’t stand the chatty know-it-alls, either. Or the boy-crazy, girly-girls who do nothing else but look pretty, (though are often also INCREDIBLY SMART, because dumb blonds are SOOO overrated. Smart blonds are SO MUCH CUTER! 😀 😀 😀 …. UGhh, shoot me now. -_____-;;; )

Oh — and by the way — I hate these “supposed characteristics” in guys JUST AS MUCH as I hate them in the ladies. The only time either one of these scenarios work out is if… I dunno… it’s a SPOOF and that’s the POINT of the book. Otherwise, you expecting me to believe all of this crap is not gonna happen.

….and I totally got off track from Char, didn’t I?

Or did I?

No, I don’t think so. Because just like I went off on a random sidetracked exploration of existentialism and behaviorism, so does she. She’s not pretending that’s she’s the smartest cookie in the jar. She’s got problems — sadly it IS boy-related problems later in the book, but as I said, that is the one thing that irked me about her — but isn’t your usual teen if for no other reason than because she knows full well there are more IMPORTANT problems.

Like say… getting her ass on one of those ships ASAP.

Or finding her hairbrush.

I mean… the damn story opens with her looking around for her hairbrush, understanding fully well that the world is going to end and she REALLY shouldn’t care, but… but that hairbrush was one of the few things her mom tried to instill in her to use to keep her hair neat, and now she can’t find it, so it’s taking up her every waking moment because WHERE THE HELL IS THAT HAIRBRUSH?!

…y’see that? *That* I love. I love female characters just being… people. NORMAL PEOPLE. Not gong-ho slingers, or girly-girl, or whatever other stereotype you can think of. But just normal people who are sorta having a meltdown because the world is ending and they can’t find their hairbrush.

And it’s because this general theme of NORMALCY in the midst of total destruction and mayhem that keeps playing out with Char, that *I* kept reading and inevitably give this book 3.5 Stars.

She’s not perfect. She’s got her flaws. She gets caught up with all the wrong people and makes some bad choices (often not properly explained away by the author which might also be why this book gets the star rating I’m giving it…), but she’s also pretty REAL to me, and that’s what counts.

Were it not for that GOD-AWFUL INSTALOVE SORTA-TRIANGLE (because a simple, normal instalove just isn’t the YA way *eye roll*), this book would have gotten 4, perhaps even 4.5 Stars. Easy. That and the cliffhanger, because unless this book is going to turn out to be a series… that ending was NOT COOL, man. NOT COOL. 😦

The writing was done beautifully. Description and general happenings were all spot-on. I was engaged throughout the book, although my interest did wane a bit towards the mid-end half of the book. The other characters like Isiah, Eren, and Kip thoroughly entertained me for various reasons. And the whole escape plan was quite a bit of fun to read~

Still recommending this one. Especially to those who may not hate instalove as much as I most abhorrently do.

 

This book fits these 2015 Reading Challenges:

2015 GoodReads Reading Challenge

You Read How Many Books?

52 Books in 52 Weeks

Read A Million Pages

105 Reading Challenge (Categories: 1, 4, 10)

2015 New To You Reading Challenge (New Author To Me & Brand New “Series” hopefully)

NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review. In no way does it affect my rating or review.

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LauraLaura grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she spent an excellent childhood playing make-believe with her two younger brothers. The Ark is the direct result of those stories and a lifelong devotion to space-themed television. It received a Work in Progress Grant from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Laura has a degree in French and a license to practice law, but both are frozen in carbonite at present. She lives in Texas with her family.

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[Book Review] The Long Journey Home by Cassandra Pierce

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The Long Journey Home

Cassandra Pierce

What rating would you give it?
2/2.5 of 5 Stars (at best… :/)

Give us a summary.

(Goodreads Description)
For eighteen years, Wren has lived isolation with his guardians, Grum and Krulch, in the heart of a deep, peaceful forest. His life is tranquil except for the doubts that torment him: why does he look so different from his parents, and how did two male ogres manage to birth a small, pale creature like Wren?

Everything changes when he accidentally wanders too far from home and comes upon an entire village of people who look like him. One in particular, a scribe’s apprentice named Valerus, is simply the most beautiful being Wren has ever seen.

His elation soon turns to fear when the people of the village tell Wren he is one of their own and must remain with them—abandoning the ogres who raised him. Though he would love to stay with Valerus and build a new life, he doesn’t want to do it at the expense of the life that made him. But if he wants to enjoy a promising future, he’ll have to find a way to unravel his mysterious past.

What did you think of the book?

Although this isn’t considered a YA book, I’d definitely classify it as one. It wasn’t a bad read, it just wasn’t all that good, either. I think there were too many vague urges trying to find purchase for it to be a cohesive tale. I was torn reading it, because there were moments I liked… but far too many I didn’t. :/

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

To be… confused. I think this story fell short on its grand notion. Two daddies? Check. Displaced teen? Check. Warring worlds? Check. What any of this has to do with one another to make a story that actually has meaning and depth outside of what I already mentioned? Yeah… big, fat red X there.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Tons and tons, per usual.

Would you recommend this book?

I doubt it. I just… ughh… I can’t even explain WHY it was so irritating a read. I think it stands to reason that it fell short on so many levels it’s just not worth bothering other people about.

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Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher:  Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: July 2015
Format: eBook, RvC
Pages: 42
Genre & Themes: Fantasy, M/M Relationships,
YA, Fairy Tales, Romance, Prejudice, Orges,
Insta-love, Family, Isolation,
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
Challenge2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (157),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
Read A Million Pages105 Reading Challenge,
2015 New To You Reading Challenge,
NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge,
2015 Graphic Novel and Comic Reading Challenge

Books ‘N Tunes #7: Trees, Volume #1

Welcome one and all to the next installment of my Books ‘N Tunes Reading Challenge!

I wanted to get this one in before the end of the month, so here we go! Hope y’all enjoy~ 

Trees (Volume #1)
by Warren Ellis & Jason Howard

Publisher: Image Publishing
Publication Date: February 2015
Format: ebook, ARC
Pages: 160
Genre: Graphic Novel, Comics, Fiction, Fantasy,
LGBTQUIA / QUILTBAG, Science Fiction,
Dystopian, Belonging, Aliens, Paranoia, Social
Collapse, Military, Gender and Sexual Identity,
Dark Fiction, Social Constructs, Morality,
(Self) Identity, Corruption
Age: YA / Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
Challenges: 2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (62),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
2015 LGBT Reading Challenge (VARIOUS),
Read A Million PagesBooks N Tunes,
105 Reading Challenge (Category: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10),
2015 New To You Reading Challenge (Brand New
Series), NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge,
2015 Graphic Novel and Comic Reading Challenge

SUMMARY

(synopsis taken from GoodReads)

Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot.

Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive.

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Summarize in a word?:
ZEFUCK.

RATING
4 / 4.5 STARS!

THOUGHTS & REVIEW

Oh… that was so messed up, but DAMN was it good!

Okay, so this one collects issues 1-8 in a single volume, and THANK GOODNESS FOR THAT. I don’t think I would have understood a single thing if I had to read it piece by pieces.

Tress takes place all over the world: militant China, a research facility in Svalbard, Somalia, the slums of Italy, what’s left of New York, and so much more. Each place has its own set of problems and unique characters that all add to the overall story and the cryptic message.

Why are the Trees here? Are they alive? Do they think? And if they do… what do they think of us pathetic humans scurrying around beneath them?

Another question: Can they communicate with us? And if they can… have they been doing so all along? Were we just too deaf, dumb, and blind to see… to listen… to respond back? And what will they do if we take too long to respond?

My biggest issue with Trees was the pacing — which is SLOW AS FUCK. You’ll have to have patience while reading this one, but by the end of the 8th issue, you’ll definitely being gasping for some of the twisted turn of events that take place. It also leaves us on one HECK of a cliffhanger, so this is my main reasoning for only giving the comic 4, MAYBE 4.5 Stars.

Also some seriously depressing shit happens towards the end that had my mouth hanging open for days because of how… graphic and heart-wrenching it was.

SO ONCE AGAIN – NOT A PERFECT 5.

As to any warnings I would give…

Some sexual content, vulgar language, violent imagery and the like. You know… the usual. Some major character deaths as well. :<

Would I recommend?

Oh yeah. Although I still hold to the belief that it would be better if whoever reads it was able to do so along with volume 2 (which I haven’t read yet, but anticipate to be just as good if not better than the first).

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SONG & LYRICS

1. System of a Down – Toxicity

~LYRICS IN THE SONG THAT RESONATE STRONGEST~
( Pfft~ You mean, all of them? XD )

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Looking at
life through the eyes of a tire hub

Eating seeds as a pastime activity
The toxicity of our city, of our city

New, what do you own the world?
How do you own disorder, disorder
Now, somewhere between the sacred silence, sacred silence and sleep
Somewhere between the sacred silence and sleep
Disorder, disorder, disorder

More wood for their fires, loud neighbours
Flashlight reveries caught in the headlights of a truck

Eating seeds as a pastime activity
The toxicity of our city, of our city

New, what do you own the world?
How do you own disorder, disorder
Now, somewhere between the sacred silence, sacred silence and sleep
Somewhere between the sacred silence and sleep
Disorder, disorder, disorder

New, what do you own the world?
How do you own disorder
Now, somewhere between the sacred silence, sacred silence and sleep
Somewhere between the sacred silence and sleep
Disorder, disorder, disorder

When I became the sun
I shone life into the man’s hearts
When I became the sun
I shone life into the man’s hearts

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Reason for choosing this song

System of a Down’s, Toxicity  just seemed to capture the corruption and disorder of the world at large after the landing of the “Trees.”

I wouldn’t say the song is from the POV of any one character. I think it can be split between the different POVs that we see in the comic… The different cities, and the different states and levels of disarray, confusion, and disorder that’s proliferating the many cities’ walls, and furthermore corrupting the people within.


[Book Review] As Spring Rain

As Spring Rain

Valentina Heart

What rating would you give it?
1.5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Taken from Goodreads)

Michael only wants for his twin brother to be safe as he picks one bad boyfriend after another, never even lingering on the thought of loving Michael the way Michael loves him.

All Gabriel wants is Michael, each morning when he faces the day, and each night when he pulls a stranger’s face in for a kiss instead of the one he wants the most.

Fixing Gabriel’s boyfriend problems is a way of life for Michael, but what he doesn’t know happens behind closed doors, where Gabriel welcomes each kick or hit, and where he numbs his pain with the sharp edge of a razorblade.

Can they find a solution to their situation and make both of them happy?

What did you think of the book?

I decide to round up only because… well… ugh… Story wasn’t utterly horrible, but everything else was.

This was really bad. I mean, I understand it was a short story, but… this is ridiculous. So much went wrong, it isn’t even funny. And not to mention the writing. It was… *rubs at eyeballs and tries to erase image of horrible writing from my mind* I just want to forget the last half hour of my life ever happened.

This is how NOT to write a twincest book.

NEVER. AGAIN.

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

There is SO MUCH to warn my readers away from. How about this? JUST STAY AWAY FROM THE BOOK COMPLETELY.

The end.

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Look, see? I’m smiling.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Tons and tons, hah ha~

Would you recommend this book?

DEFINITELY NOT. I just don’t know how a book could go so wrong. Really. I get the idea behind most of what happens in this book, but it’s just done in such a… fucking ridiculous manner that it all came across as some sort of twisted, demented, sick thing when it shouldn’t be. I get it. One brother wants the other, but in no way does it need to go down LIKE THAT just to get across the idea that he’s tormented by his feelings. Furthermore, who the fuck FUCKS SOMEONE “LOVINGLY” after finding them BLEEDING ALL OVER THE BATHROOM FLOOR in attempted suicide/trying to hurt and punish themselves? HUH? WHO THE HELL DOES THAT?!

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Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Silver Publishing
Publication Date: October 2012
Format: ebook, e-ARC
Pages: 85
Genre & Themes: Novella / Novelette,
Romance, Contemporary, Dark Fiction,
Twincest,  Incest, Attempted Suicide, Self
Mutilation, Cutting, QUILTBAG / LGBTQUIA
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
Challenge2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (27),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
Read A Million Pages105 Reading Challenge,
2015 New To You Reading Challenge,
NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge,
2015 LGBT Reading Challenge

Books ‘N Tunes #6: Tame A Wild Human

Welcome back to another installment of my Books ‘N Tunes Reading Challenge!

This week is actually something of a repeat as I’ve got nearly an entire playlist ready for this one, too. Difference is… well… YOU’LL SEE.

And, also like last week, my review of this book is much more rant than review. BUT IT’S NECESSARY. Read it. You will understand.

Tame A Wild Human
by Kari Gregg

Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: January 2015
Format: ebook, ARC
Pages: 80
Genre: M/M Erotica/Porn, QUILTBAG /
LGBTQUIA, Dark Themes & Dark Fiction,
rape, gangrape, humilation, sexual
humilation, lots and lots of sex, non-con,
stockholm sydrome, abuse, explicit savage
violence, hatefucking, psychological breaking,
psychological and sexual training,
objectification, abduction, drugging, dystopia,
paranormal, dark fantasy, torture, D/S,
dominance & submission, heavy kink,
degradation, deep-throating, gagging, throat
rape, master & pet, pet training, inter-species,
captivity, sexual torture, pleasure slave,
spanking, forced seduction, confinement,
pain&pleasure, bondage, murder
Age: Adult (EXPLICIT)
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
Challenges: 2015 Good Reads Reading Challenge (42),
52 Books in 52 WeeksYou Read How Many Books?,
2015 LGBT Reading Challenge (MM),
Read A Million PagesBooks N Tunes,
105 Reading Challenge (Category: 1, 3, 4, 9),
2015 New To You Reading Challenge (Brand New
Publication & New Author To Me),
NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge,

SUMMARY

(synopsis taken from Publisher)

Drugged, bound, and left as bait on the cusp of the lunar cycle, Wyatt Redding is faced with a terrifying set of no-win scenarios. Best case: he survives the coming days as a werewolf pack’s plaything and returns to the city as a second-class citizen with the mark—and protection—of the pack. Worst case: the wolves sate their lusts with Wyatt’s body, then send him home without their protection, condemning him to live out the rest of his short life as a slave to the worst of humanity’s scorn and abuse.

Wyatt’s only chance is to swallow every ounce of pride, bury his fear, and meekly comply with every wicked desire and carnal demand the wolf pack makes of him. He expects three days of sex and humiliation. What he doesn’t expect is to start enjoying it. Or to grow attached to his captor and pack Alpha, Cole.

As the lunar cycle ends, Wyatt begins to realize that the only thing to fear more than being sent home without the pack’s protection is being sent home at all.

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Summarize in a word?:
DEPRAVED.

RATING
WILL NOT STAR.

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Reasoning: This could easily be 2 or 5 Stars because of how weirdly jfkndlajkdaln it is

THOUGHTS & REVIEW

. . .

I… have SO MANY WORDS for this book, it’s not even funny.

Nasty, lustful, unapologetic rape fantasy, wolf gangbang with not a trace of romance to be found in this depraved piece of kinky guilty pleasure. This book is pure, hardcore erotica at it’s best. Which means –  quite frankly – it’s not for everyone.

Even after all this time, I *still* don’t know what star rating to give this one. On one hand, this was definitely a guilty, filthy, delicious pleasure for me. On the other, I… I just couldn’t.

I think… I just simply won’t star this one.

Yeah. Yeah that sounds like a good plan to me. o__________o

Because if I did I would have to give it both a 1 AND 4.5 star rating for being both utterly disturbing and purely PWP, but also HOT. Like.. really… REALLY HOT. Would I buy this for myself? HELL YES. Did I have moments of “WTF?!” …HELL YES. Did I like it?  … HELL. FRIGGIN’. YES.

I think my biggest problem with this book is… that god-awfully misleading cover. I mean, it looks like your typical gay wolf shifter romance book with flowers and kisses and hugs and sweet caresses – which is SOOO not what this atrocious, 80-pager of a guilty pleasures is.

._______.

NOT. AT. ALL.

I would even go so far as to complain to the publisher to get that cover changed because… Good GODS, so many people are going to be traumatized by this book thinking it’s something it really, REALLY isn’t.

Tame A Wild Human is in no way a romance. Let me make this VERY CLEAR. This is… this is Stockholm syndrome + drugged up coercion + psychological breaking = “I’ll do whatever you want just make me feel good and don’t kill me pleasepleasePLEASE.” ._____. That’s what this is.

And lots of sex.

Because… well… SEX.

That’s really about it.

To describe the book in a quote from its pages:

“You need a dick in this ass, human. A lot of dicks. Fortunate for you that you’ll be fucked in abundance. Now shut up.”

It is an unreserved hardcore gangbang porno, primal and depraved, and unapologetically nasty. It’s sole purpose is to get you off, not make you swoon with pretty words or melt the frigid cold of one’s heart. There is no world-building, no relationship development, no character development, no plot or storyline besides a couple lines to explain why all this shit is happening. Then it’s repeated raping, gangraping, drugging, and more raping, humiliation and carnal degradation until it comes to its conclusion. Of more sex.

And some “Good boy *patpat* I think I’ll keep you because you haven’t displeased me yet.”

Yup. That’s it. End story. Move right along.

The best part about it was the intensity of the sex. What do you call it? The “heat level,” I believe? Yeah. That shit was THROUGH THE ROOF. It was erotic as all hell. You could slowly fall into the submission of Wyatt (the main character) as he began to give in, as the drugs began to do their work and rewire his brain, as he began to… want it. It was watching like the downward spiral of an addict as they go from clean, never touched a thing before to wanting their hourly fix or bump or hit again and again and again.

It was shameful. It was a debauchery. It was really good. It was like being possessed for a short 80-pages of your life.

This is why I can’t give it a rating, why even writing up a review is hard. Because it’s soooo WRONG, and yet really, REALLY good. I wonder if this is like what it feels like to be a devote Catholic or Christian when they say they’re wrestling with good and evil?

Yeah. Yeah this might just qualify for such a statement.

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As to any warnings I would give…

SO MANY. SADFGHULJKHFDG Uhh… okay, first off crazy all over the place trigger warning for this entire book. I would not let anyone read this book unless they fully knew what they were getting themselves into.

So to recap, we’ve got: rape, gangrape, humiliation, sexual humiliation, lots and lots of sex, non-con, Stockholm syndrome, abuse, explicit savage violence, hatefucking, psychological breaking, psychological and sexual training, objectification, abduction, drugging, torture… and that’s just in the first few pages.

Now I know someone people consider this book BDSM, but… I really, REALLY do not consider this BDSM. D/s? Okay. I’ll give you that. This is a wolf hierarchy here. But BDSM? I mean, from my albeit limited understanding of the BDSM world… even then there are rules. And both participants want what is happening. So it’s consensual, even if it’s fantasy rape/non-con/abduction/whathaveyou. It’s a FANTASY and thus something both want to enjoy and participate in. No matter how dangerous it can get.

But this book?

This book is about actual viciously repeated rape, abduction, drugging, gangbanging and whatnot where the main guy who this is happening to ISN’T EVEN GAY, he’s NOT into BDSM or anything even close to any of this, is only doing this because he DOES NOT WANT TO DIE, HAS NEVER HAD SEX WITH A GUY BEFORE, and furthermore is being fucked – repeatedly – in order to be BROKEN, not pleasured or because he wants it. But because the wolves fucking him do not see him as anything more than a hole to be used to sate their desire and – at best – an unfortunate, wicked creature to be molded into their perfect fucktoy.

Ta-da! 😀

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I’m gonna be over here if you need me. Yeah. Over here.

Please. For all that is good and holy, do not read this book unless you are absolutely sure you want to, are reading it as fantasy porn, or are really fucked up in the head like I am and was CURIOUS after reading a review much like this one and ended up love-hating it as I do now. T_____T

I should feel bad about enjoying this book, but today is not that day.

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Would I recommend?

I would recommend this book ONLY IF you are looking for a really hot ‘n kinky with no plot whatsoever, but HOT, non-con scenes and hurt-comfort-Stockholm-syndrome, weirdest-boner-right-now and/or weirdest-lady-boner-right-now book that you can read by yourself where no one can EVER KNOW.

However. If you’re looking for plot, or ANYTHING remotely consisting of a story, then please don’t. You’ll be traumatized FOR LIFE. I will not be responsible for the damage done to your eyes and your brain.

Otherwise, ENJOY.

And I mean it. ❤

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5Track PLAYLIST & LYRICS

(Because one song just isn’t enough.)

1. A Perfect Circle – The Hollow

~LYRICS IN THE SONG THAT RESONATE STRONGEST~
(The whole song)

Run desire run
Sexual being
Run him like a blade
To and through the heart
No conscience
One Motive
Cater to the hollow

Screaming feed me here
Fill me up again
Temporarily pacify this hungering
So grow
Libido throw
Dominoes of indiscretions down
Falling all around
In cycles
In circles
Constantly consuming
Conquer and devour

2. Zilch – Fucktrack #6
(HIGHLY Sexually Explicit Song; VERY, VERY NSFW)

~LYRICS IN THE SONG THAT RESONATE STRONGEST~
(The whole song works, but these lyrics in particular…)

I am absolute corruption
Absolute corruption
(I wanna fuck you… in the ass… Until you bleed!)
I am the power that sways
I am the beast that’s in human nature
I am the masonry of greed
Tease me, please me, don’t believe me
I will suck and fuck the very heart of you
Into two
Need me, bleed me, don’t believe me
I will separate every fucking part of you
Into two
3. Placebo – My Sweet Prince

~LYRICS IN THE SONG THAT RESONATE STRONGEST~
(There’s something about this whole song that just WORKS.)

Never thought you’d make me perspire.
Never thought I’d do you the same.
Never thought I’d fill with desire.
Never thought I’d feel so ashamed.
4. Queens of the Stone Age – Sick, Sick, Sick

~LYRICS IN THE SONG THAT RESONATE STRONGEST~

Eternal eclipse in the teeth of the risk,
The tounge is a twist in perpetual bliss ,
Forever midnight forever midnight…,
Sick, Sick, Sick,
Don’t resist,
Sick, Sick, Sick,
Don’t resist,
(I’m gonna change,
I don’t wanna change),
Sick, Sick, Sick,
Don’t resist,
Sick, Sick, Sick,
Don’t resist
5. Savage Garden – Break Me, Shake Me

~LYRICS IN THE SONG THAT RESONATE STRONGEST~

I never thought I’d change my
opinion again
But you moved me in a way that I’ve
never known
You moved me in a way that I’ve
never known
But straight away you just moved
into position again
You abused me in a way that I’ve
never known
You abused me in a way that I’ve
never known

[chorus:]
So break me shake me hate me
take me over
When the madness stops then you
will be alone
Just break me shake me hate me
take me over
When the madness stops then you
will be alone

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Reason for choosing these songs

I don’t know if it was during or after reading the book that these songs became to resonate with me and THIS SICK (AMAZING) BOOK.

Though there really isn’t anything to spoiler in this thing… I’ll be vague-ish and only comment on the ones that really seem like, “UM, WHAT???”

Track 1: Wolves song during a full moon cycle (to their prey). Or likewise just Cole’s song (to Wyatt, perhaps? or to just anyone who’d help fill his hunger and lust).

Track 2: This entire song is… about… nasty, kinky, painful sex. It’s basically the book’s theme song. End of story. (Plus that heavy beat just makes you think “Drugged, Fucked out of one’s mind, and Addicted to whatever comes one’s way.”)

Track 3: I see this as the song to capture a soul-deep change in Wyatt. Once Wyatt’s seriously been “tamed” and even starts thinking of Cole as “his wolf” and tries to play games with him later in the book, only to have everything backfire on him… kinda

Track 4: Probably a Cole to Wyatt song.

Track 5: Always think of this as my reckless abandon song. It’s one that gets put to a lot of books or playlist I make if the situation calls for it. In this case…. THE SITUATION CALLS FOR IT.


[Graphic Novel Review] In Search Of Lost Dragons

In Search of Lost Dragons

Elian Black’Mor , M Carine Jezequel , Hannah Elder , Jason Ullmeyer , Rodolfo M

What rating would you give it?
5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Taken from Goodreads)
Gorgeous full-color paintings, accompanied by a unique story of world-wide exploration and dragon encounters! On the trail of dragons forgotten, an intrepid illustrator and reporter journeys from Europe through the Middle East and finally to Saigon in search of the dark caverns and mountaintop perches where the elusive winged serpents dwell. With the gift of seeing the invisible, our explorer friend records each encounter in a journal of gorgeous, fully painted artwork, capturing every majestic and fearsome visual detail of the scaly behemoths, and accompanies his findings with snippets of local lore as evidence that these hidden beasts continue to shape the world in ways we may never expect!

What did you think of the book?

So. DRAGONS. How could you expect this book to be anything less than AWESOME?

In Search of Lost Dragons is basically a field journal, but it’s done in really creative way – which I LOVE.

It’s kinda like what you’d imagine a field scientist or creature photographer would have if they were searching for dragons instead of lions and tigers and bears.

The illustrations were stunning. I love me some black and white, pencil drawings any day. Color is all fine well and good and all, but a stellar pencil drawing, good shading technique, and lots of smudging can mean all the difference in the world. ❤

I would say however, that this book – unless available in full spread pages – NEEDS TO BE IN PRINT FORM. An ebook copy just won’t do it justice, as I found while looking at the ARC I received from NetGalley. Because the pages were broken up, it seemed disjointed and the full effect was lost. Granted, IF the pages were viewable as full two-page spreads, everything would have been JUST FINE, which is why I’m saying for the finished piece, it needs to be in print or viewable as I previously mentioned.

A great reference, inspiration book on dragons that I think any dragon lover would want to have on their shelves! I know I  certainly do~

(Gods, this book is stunning!)

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

None that I can think of.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

As usual, yes. However it ended up working towards one challenge I wasn’t expecting. It fits #11 Epistolary Fiction for The Eclectic Reader. It also fits all of these:

Would you recommend this book?

I loved it, but I think unless you really like these sorts of books, for the sort of pseudo-scientific aspect of it… then… well… you might not. But if you love dragons, are an creature or concept artist, enjoy guidebooks, infobooks, and the like… then this book is DEFINITELY for you!

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Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Publication Date: Decemeber 2014
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 224
Genre & Themes: Dragon Mythos, Fantasy, Art,
Graphic Novels, Sequential Art, Design
Full Color Paintings, DRAGONS!!
Age: Young Adult or Adult (I guess?)
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
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[Graphic Novel Mini Review] Wild Cats, around the globe with Suki and Finch (Vol. 1)

Wild Cats, around the globe with Suki and Finch

(Wild Cats, #1)

Muhammad Tauhidul Iqbal Sampad (3-D artist), Rebecca Merry Murdock (Goodreads Author), Isabel Iglesias (co-author)

What rating would you give it?
3 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Taken from GoodReads)
Middle Grade Graphic Novel/Comic. Based on the Bark and Howl FaceBook series, The Big Adventure.

A new kind of graphic novel, with a new kind of eco-hero. 3-D Suki & Finch travel the globe investigating the welfare of all 36 species of wild cats. They start in Canada where they gather data on the Cougar, Bobcat and Canada Lynx – Volume One. It’s one big adventure (8 Volumes in all), full of exciting travel and lots of misadventures. Learn about the threats facing all wild cats – loss of habitat, poaching, trophy hunting – set against the backdrop of an ongoing drama. Linked to Google Maps, readers can find Suki & FInch in the Great Bear Rainforest, crossing the North Pole, and landing on the Volga River in Moscow. In Volume Two they’re off tracking Eurasian Lynxes and Siberian Tigers in Russia, Snow Leopards in Mongolia, Asiatic Golden Cats in China and the rare Pallas’s cat in Nepal. Things never go as planned.

What did you think of the book?

Wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but I wasn’t disappointed with the results. Definitely a new kind of graphic novel for kids that I think they’ll gravitate to. It would really be good to hear that there’s a tie-in interactive website to go along with this series – kinda like with the wildly popular The 39 Clues series.

Either way, an unexpectedly good read! Great for kids.

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

Nope. Nada.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Would you recommend this book?

justdoit_zps7f14e39dWorse case scenario, you don’t like it. Best case scenario, you love it recommend it for your school/library/kids/etc. Why not give it a shot? 😉

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Bark and Howl Press Ltd.
Publication Date: April 2015
Format: ARC, ebook
Pages: 110
Genre / Themes:  Middle Grade, Graphic Novel,
CGI, Wildlife, Nature, Cats, Wild Cats, Big Cats,
Nature Guides, Guide Book, Science & Biology
Age: Middle Grade / Kids & Teen
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
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[Book Review] When Ryan Came Back

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Devon McCormack

What rating would you give it?
3/3.5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Taken from Goodreads)
Steven’s life changes forever the day he discovers his childhood friend and lifelong crush, Ryan Walters, standing in his bedroom. The problem? Ryan Walters committed suicide just days earlier.

Ryan tells Steven that he didn’t kill himself. He believes he was murdered and that his death is linked to an article he was working on for the school paper. Steven sets out to solve the mystery, but as the story unfolds, so does Ryan’s secret life of sex with guys and depression. Steven realizes suicide is more plausible than Ryan’s conspiracy theory, but he struggles to convince Ryan of the real cause of his death. And despite revelations of his friend’s closeted life, he must face the truth that Ryan doesn’t—and never will—love him.

What did you think of the book?

My actual rating is around a 3, maybe 3.5 stars because it was okay, even if it wasn’t the greatest. I doubt I’ll ever forget it, but I probably won’t be reading it again anytime soon.

Overall, this book was alright. A sort of typical angsty teen-mystery thing with a “gay twist,” if that’s what you want to call it. I doubt I’d recommend it to anyone, unless they were really, REALLY curious. The ridiculously slow parts in the middle and beginning as well as that abrupt and rushed ending really didn’t help it any, so frankly I’m not that impressed.

However, it wasn’t a bad book. The writing was decent enough, and the story – though not particularly original – was interesting enough as well. I think I probably wanted more than just a teen melodrama, but as a YA book, I suppose it’s to be expected. (I haven’t really read too many YA books that don’t seem to focus on that, as though it’s the only thing to being a teenager. But whatever. Moving right along.) I was VERY happy with the outcome of the ending though – even if it was abrupt. I sort of wished we had gotten the chance to see more of that instead of all the other seemingly pointless run-around.

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

Not particu—WELL. I’d only say, be prepared for some really, really pointless filler action. You will read through areas that are solely there to fill pages. Mark my words. :/

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Yup! For a whole bunch~ xD

Would you recommend this book?

Ehhh….

maybe

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Publication Date: October 2014
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 230
Genre & Themes: Love, Love Beyond The Grave,
M/M Romance, QUILTBAG / LGBTQUI,
Paranormal, Ghosts & Spirits, Suicide, Murder,
Mystery, YA, Contemporary, Crazy Adults and
Equally Crazy Teens, Jealousy, Young/Old
Relationship & Sex, Mention of Underage Sex,
Mental Health Issues, High School Politics
Age: Young Adult (YA)
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
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[Graphic Novel Review] Love Volume 1: The Tiger

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(Love, #1)

Frederic Brremaud & Federico Bertolucci

What rating would you give it?
5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Taken from Goodreads)
A day in the life of the king of the jungle, this lavishly illustrated story follows a single majestic tiger through a wordless adventure of survival as it hunts prey and defends itself from other would-be killers defending their territory. This exciting tale is told without narration or dialogue, conveyed entirely through the beautiful illustrations of Federico Bertolucci. A beautiful, all-ages title that explores genuine natural behavior through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling. Like a nature documentary in illustration.

What did you think of the book?

This story was wonderfully told, like a silent film. There were no words, only visual stimulus to tell a well-thought out tale… of nature and beauty, and a savage, ancient love we as human beings will never understand. It was a true telling of “the circle of life” and all that truly entails. No singing and dancing. Just life and death. Survival of all, not just the fittest. Mankind has long since clung to that belief, that they are the fittest, the most intelligent and technologically advanced, and thus they can do what they want…. but not only is that arrogance, it is also illustrating every ounce of Man’s ignorance and prideful, selfish ways. Humans do not truly understand what it means to be part of this great world we live in. That everything has its place, and sometimes the predator gets its prey. Sometimes the prey outfits its predators. And sometimes, more times than most would admit, no one comes out “on top”. It is just a random thread on the loom of fate.

Tiger tries everything to just get himself a meal, and EVERYTHING goes against him, tries to kill or eat him, or just outright chases him away. In the end, he finds himself face to face with a predator who thinks far too highly of himself (with his guns and his tents to protect him), and that overconfidence, that lack of respect and understanding of nature and his place in it, is ultimately what gets him killed.

A poignant story, indeed. Let’s hope trigger-happy idiots don’t decide to use it for their own “WE MUST KILL THE BEAST” campaign, as that would once again only prove the lack of any understanding at all.

What was your favourite aspect of the book?

Uhhhggghh… Okay. So straight off the bat – THE ART IS SO GORGEOUS, it warrants its own special mention. Right away I knew I might give it a 5 for that fact alone, and nothing else. XD

Secondly, TIGER. I feel so bad for that tiger. XD XD XD And I really, REALLY mean it too! xD HE’S JUST TRYING TO GET SOME BREAKFAST! And EVERYTHING is turnin’ against him as he hunts. XD

I was laughing out loud throughout most of this book, at all the misadventures this big kitty had to go through to finally get himself some grub. Like when *dies laughing just thinking about it* [highlight to see–>]AN ELEPHANT IN HEAT just PLOWS him over like he was nothing.[/highlight]

I would show you all what I’m talking about, except… well.. I can’t. So go read the book! You won’t be disappointed!

…..PFFFTT THAT POOR TIGER. XD

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

BEWARE OF GORGEOUS ART AND POSSIBLE SIDE-SPLITTING AS YOU LAUGH AT TIGER.

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Yup! A whole bunch. xD

Would you recommend this book?

Absolutely! If for nothing else, but it’s gorgeous art and silent storytelling!

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Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Magnetic Press
Publication Date: February 2015
Format: eBook, ARC
Pages: 84
Genre: Wordless Storytelling,
Graphic Novel, Stunning Art,
Animals, Jungle, Tiger, Jaguars, Drama
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by Publisher upon request
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[Graphic Novel Review] Henni

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Miss Lasko-Gross

What rating would you give it?
4 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Taken from Goodreads)
In a fantastical world where old traditions and religion dominate every aspect of life, lives a girl named Henni. Unlike most in her village, Henni questions and wonders what the world is like as she comes of age. Striking out on her own, Henni goes out in search of truth, adventure, and more!

What did you think of the book?

Dahahaha… Oh dear sweet gods. This book is GREAT. The art style took awhile to grow on me, but the story is phenomenal and the characters wonderful.

I’m particularly lovin’ that field guy who marked Henni with his ring. He’s cool.

“Ah, the murderous imbeciles approach. …AND THEN THE UNGODLY CREATURE IMMOBILIZED ME WITH A DEMONIC HOWL… AND SHE VANISHED INTO THE DARKNESS!”
– quoted from the dude from the field as he tells the rest of the town what has “happened” to Henni xDD

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Good gods you’re rockin’ that superstitious bullshit real good. Well done, sir! Well done. XD

I wish we had seen more of him to be honest with you, but the story progressed forwards, not back, and as such… it was to be expected.

I think the scariest part about this entire book, is that THIS SHIT HAPPENED IN THE NOT SO LONG AGO HISTORY OF OUR WORLD – although it was more common historically to have the women committed to insane asylums instead of outright killing them. That would be far too uncivilized after all.

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I saw several other obvious historical references while reading Henni, but especially the one on pages 129-134. I mean, WOW… This LITERALLY sounds like some of the happenings during the reign of the Catholic Church during the Medieval and Renaissance periods… like… I swear to God, this shit is terrifying. o____o

Definitely meant to put some perspective to our own history, and it certainly did just that with this very visual reconstruction of the injustice served to people based on their sex, creed, religion, or origin of birth.

Overall I REALLY, REALLY liked that aspect of this comic. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect upon acquiring the book on NetGalley, but I’m happy with my choice. The only complaint I had was that ending. I really, REALLY wished there had been more. Maybe a second volume is in the works??? (Which would be fabulous BY THE WAY *HINT HINT AUTHOR MAKE ANOTHER BOOK HINT HINT*) What a great read!

Any warnings you wish to make for your readers?

None that I can think of. It’s a tad graphic at times, but honestly – which comics, graphic novels, or manga aren’t?

Does it count towards any reading challenges?

Yup! A whole bunch. xD

Would you recommend this book?

yep!

Oh yeah! This is a good read. Some people might find the art a little weird like I did at first, but you get used to it quickly and the story really propels the reader along.

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Z2 Comics
Publication Date: January 2015
Format: eBook, ARC
Pages: 168
Genre: Graphic Novel, Comic, Religion,
Coming of Age, Self Discovery, Rebellion,
Injustice, Feminism, Surrealism, Theology,
Zealots,
Age: Young Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
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2015