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Hi everyone! I used to be a former Goodreads lover. Who has decided to move to BookLikes due to the recent changes to the GR site: that is, the decision of the management to delete reviews that talk about bad author behaviour.

 

It is important that we know of bad author behaviour and actions. We buy their books. I want to know whether Author A has decided to harass Reviewer A or encouraged fans to stalk Reviewer B.

I want to know this, the same way I wanted to know that a well known sporting good company had been using child labour in the production of some of its products. The same way the WHOLE WORLD wanted to know. 

It is irrelevant that the author writes well, or that the said sporting good company produces good quality sporting goods. Our ethics and morals MATTER!

 

 

Now to discuss my reading habits:

 

I am very picky when it comes to books. I am a feminist and I think that shows in my reading list. 

 

There are many things that bug me to death. But I'll always make an exception if the boy-girl standard is reversed. Dear world, that is MY double standard. I respect and champion authors who have the guts to do something different.

Firstly, I hate infidelity in novels. 

 

Secondly, I hate it when the heroine is a virgin and the guy is an expert and skilled lover. I hate it when the heroine, for fated reasons, saves herself for someone who has been sowing his oats. It's not only overdone, old-fashioned and pathetic, but it also grosses me out like he is violating something so sacrosanct.

 

Thirdly, I might enjoy the occasional alpha-hero tendencies, but my true love lies with beta-heroes. Guys who are loving and sweet. Who don't feel the need to push around their women to make themselves feel more manly.

Feminista's bookshelf: read

Death, and the Girl He Loves
4 of 5 stars
tagged: ya-and-new-adult and urban-fantasy
The Loneliest Alpha
4 of 5 stars
tagged: paranormal-romance
Hard to Handle
2 of 5 stars
Rating: 2 out of 5. Sadie Howard is a serial dater who never goes out with a guy on more than one date, but then sometimes she breaks her rules... Aiden Downey found out that his mother was dying and even though he was in a relationship...
tagged: contemporary-romance and arc
Mine to Hold
3 of 5 stars
Rating: 3 out of 5. Claire Kramer from Mine to Keep has been a victim of an obsessed lover in the past. It is also a past that she can’t seem to get away from. Noah York, from the previous books, is Trace’s friend. He was a part of those...
tagged: arc and romantic-suspense
Finding Never
4 of 5 stars
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
tagged: ya-and-new-adult
Keeping Never
4 of 5 stars
tagged: ya-and-new-adult
Hurt
4 of 5 stars
tagged: ya-and-new-adult
The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires
3 of 5 stars
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
tagged: paranormal-romance
Alpha Instinct
3 of 5 stars
Rating: 3 out of 5. I have been wanting to read this book for ages. But I had the wrong idea in mind. I thought it was an Urban Fantasy novel. Probably because of the cover of a female. But it is a paranormal romance. As far as parano...
tagged: paranormal-romance
Never Love a Cowboy
3 of 5 stars
tagged: historical-romance

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Gameboard of the Gods

Gameboard of the Gods - Rating: 3 out of 5.Gameboard of the Gods is sort of what the name suggests. In this dystopian world, religion has caused the Decline, led to all sorts of bad things. So the new North America, RUNA, has decided to make the State as free from religious cults as possible by regulating them. The rules are really stringent and little things can get religious groups disbanded for sedition or treason. Well, apparently the Gods which RUNA does not believe in are coming back with a vengeance. You can’t keep humans and Gods away from one another. It just doesn’t happen. And so humans, but more especially, some special humans become little pieces in the game played by the greater powers. It should have been a good unique idea for a dystopian world. But the ideas just didn't appeal to me much. The main reason for that, I think, is because the world, even without the suspenseful supernatural elements, wasn’t explained thoroughly enough. There was little context given. Things that came up were mainly explained. The rest of the world wasn't. Mae is a Praetorie, that is, she is a highly trained soldier for the RUNA. It is a highly respectable position that comes with a lot of pride and honour. The whole of RUNA fears the Praetorians. When they walk around in their black uniform, people move out of their way. Their fast speeds comes from technology put in them that controls their adrenaline (thereby speed and strength) and other hormones. So instantaneously, I loved Mae. She is exactly the type of strong, cool and composed heroine that I like.But I didn’t like Justin. The hero makes or breaks the story for me. Justin broke it for me.Justin gets told, in his dream/by-his-god, that he will meet his one true love when he sees a vision of her wearing a crown made of stars and flowers. So he sees it with Mae, and then promptly goes around sleeping with other women. I mean I get it, he doesn’t want to sleep with her again because he doesn’t want to be tied down to a God, but he doesn’t even have a legitimate excuse not to explain it to her, especially when he feels bad about how he keeps on hurting her. This made me feel as though the drama was poorly crafted and it detracted from my enjoyment.Not only that, but I hated how fickle he was with other things too: like his drinking and doing drugs. All his vices including women just depicted him as a weak man, to me. I honestly don’t like him as a romantic interest because Mae can and deserves much better than that. I wished a thousand times that there would be another proper love interest for Mae. But alas, my wishes went unanswered in this book.What was worse was that several times, even after being rejected, Mae showed interest in him, cringe-worthily enough. I just found it embarrassing. I firstly did not feel sympathetic to Justin’s plight, especially because I couldn’t understand why he wouldn’t just explain his reasons to her and save her the hurt. But even if I had, just from Mae’s perspective, it seems really sad giving a guy who keeps on sleeping around with others and rejecting you, undeserved romantic chances.