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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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Angel in Chains

Angel in Chains - Cynthia Eden Rating: 5 out of 5.While this is my first book in the Fallen series, starting on the third book did not deter me from understanding what was happening. In this book, Azrael, the ex-head-angel of Death has fallen. Why he has fallen, I would have to read Angel Betrayed to understand, but the reason for his fall wasn’t too important. At least I don’t think it was. Anyway, so the book starts off with Azrael being present in an alleyway where Jade Pierce was being corned by a couple of shifters. He steps in to save her because he thinks if he does good, he’ll be one step closer to going back to heaven. Jade, on the other hand, stays with him because she thinks he might finally be the one person (Angel) strong enough to stand against her ex-shifter boyfriend who is obsessively crazy about her. But she doesn’t know that he is an Angel straightaway. There were many things I loved about this book. First it was Azrael and Jade. Paranormal Romances have this clichéd character setting: the alpha and the girl next door. But this book had original characters. Azrael for starters was not an overbearing, possessive alpha (that role was reserved for the ex), but he had other alpha like characteristics, in that he had the strength of an alpha, but also a surprisingly sweet innocent side that came out when he interacted with Jade. He wasn’t used to the feelings and emotions that attacked him once he fell, especially the feelings Jade arose in him. And ladies and gentlemen, he was a virgin. I have a weakness for virgin heroes. I thought it made his devotion to Jade more rich. Jade on the other hand is a strong female character. She has had a very dark past, and a continuing nightmare, both of which are the product of her ex’s ingenuity. Nevertheless, she doesn’t curl up and wish the world away, but she keeps on fighting. There is strength in her character that is enviable. She finds it hard to trust, given her history, but she finds it in herself to open up her heart to Azrael.Finally, I loved how the villain/ex – Brandt - wasn’t entirely evil, well maybe he was, but he was also pretty devoted to Jade in a sick, twisted way. He was obsessively in love with her. And there are several instances in this story where I wished that things had been different for him, before Az came, so that he could have lived a happy life with Jade. If his father wasn’t the sick man that he was, whose treatment had affected Brandt to the point where Brandt almost became like him. I say almost because his father never loved anyone, but Brandt loved Jade and would have given her everything, but he asked too much of her and he didn’t care for anyone else other than Jade.This book was a beautiful surprise. I didn’t expect to become so invested with the characters. Now I am off to read Angel Betrayed. Sammael’s and Selina’s story has me intrigued. ARC courtesy of NetGalley and Kensington Books.