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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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Finnikin of the Rock - Melina Marchetta Rating: 3.5 out of 5.Melina Marchetta and I go way back. I have always loved the way she has written and the world she creates. It was true for this book as well.However, the characters and their relationships just did not do it for me in this book. Maybe if I were to read it again, some other time, I might enjoy it more. But there was one thing that stood out starkly while I read this, and I kept on reflecting on this all the way throughout the novel. But it was that in all the books I have read by Melina Marchetta, the heroines are virgin...Yes, it sounds like something really little, and it is, if it is just the one book. But except for one book (which I am pretty uncertain about anyway), her heroes tend not to be virgins. As 3 out of 4 of the books I have read of hers, they were set in the Australian high schools, I can tell you that it is VERY common to have virgin male students. It might be unusual in America, but here, the sex culture is a bit more subdued. So the fact that she is portraying this standard differently for boys and girls, whether intentionally or unintentionally, did not sit well with me.I will freely say that I am a feminist, but for me it's not just the superficial existence or non existence of virginity, it goes beyond that. To me it demonstrates (and maybe even permits) differing standards for boys and girls, and that was not okay for me.I think I am more disappointed because I well and truly respect Melina Marchetta and like her novels, so maybe my standard is a bit too high for her. Maybe if I reflect back on it, it might rate higher. But right now, I can't give this book anything more than 3.5.