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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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My Soul to Take - Rachel Vincent Rating: 2 out of 5.This book wasn't very original when it came to paranormal YA. Most of the book was spent with the heroine asking questions. The heroine also asked the wrong questions, or unimportant questions first. The heroine needed to get her priorities straight. I could go on for pages and point out where the book failed me, but the points below are instances in the first half of the book that annoyed me:• The hero is the hot/popular guy at school who is also coincidentally a man-whore.• The heroine being not hideous but not beautiful either, does not know how she got the guy. She is truly average. She is not popular, smart, sporty or artistic. She just sort of blends into the cohort. • But of course, she becomes more than average when the hero pays her attention. Popularity by association. Add in the usual gaggle of girls who are jealous of the heroine (most of whom are the hero’s exes).• If that isn’t bad enough, add in the constant thoughts as to WHY the hero is hanging out with her, what could he possibly want? She is not anything special, is she?• To which the hero replies “we’re different” at about 40% into the book. And of course, the heroine flushes at the thought. So I am sitting here smirking and thinking wow, someone’s very easy… Easy to impress that is. ;)• Next, the hero and heroine are tied together in the ways of paranormal YAs. Yup! That’s what makes their relationship so special. He hears her “voice” and it compels him to follow her to Taboo, the club. . Kaylee’s and my ideas of being impressed obviously differ majorly. For example, she is impressed that he follows her to the club: “He sounded so matter-of-fact, as if it should be no big surprise that a hot, out-of-my-league guy would go to a club on a Saturday night just to see me.” But I am not impressed, because, the only reason he obviously noticed her was because of the fact that she is paranormally inflicted. She wasn’t even a blip on his radar for the past couple of years in high school and wouldn’t have been if it weren’t for that one fact.• The heroine is overly clueless. Yes, I understand that this is paranormal and she obviously does not know what’s happening to her, but when the reader realises before she does, then there is something severely wrong with her thought process. She comes up with several hypotheticals that are just ridiculous. Like oh, do I have a tumour in my brain? Yes! That must be it. That must be why I know who is going to die, because a side-effect of tumour is premonition. She also can’t connect the dots that are staring her right in the face.• This is how/when she comes to grasp her situation: “I’d just defended albeit jokingly a species I claimed not to belong to. Or even believe in. And that’s when it hit me. When the whole thing sank in.” This just left me thinking: Are you serious?I am almost in denial that Rachel Vincent wrote this novel/series. The only thing stopping me from being oblivious to this is that if I were to deny it, then I’d be on the same boat as the heroine who refuses to acknowledge the truth that's staring her right in the face.Buddy read with BASUHI Date: 23 MAY