Summary: Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.
Sounds like a winner <3 And you gotta love a hot park ranger yes? :)
Maggie was awesome enough to share the prologue to her new book The Scorpio Races. If you've not had a chance to peruse, please do so here.
I have to say I was sucked right in! As always Maggie creates a little nook in the world that makes you wanna go see what's happening... very voyeuristic but not... I mean, we're invited to look, so it's not dirty.
Everyone knows I would read a remake of the dictionary if Maggie told me to do so, but honestly, I was a little worried when she told us about the premise of TSR. Flesh eating pony, what?
I'm all ready ready already. Let's bring on the freaky ass horses and the brave/stupid people who ride them! I'm freaked out and intrigued and I know it's gonna be awesome :)
Bring it, Maggie!
PS- if you haven't seen this vid of the "Sharpie Guitar" go check it -
I'd like to know 1- can I have this? 2- was the bottom of your hand black when you finished? :D
The premise starts out strong. The young innocent being sucked into a world beyond her grasp, money, power, control... but sadly, it just kind of goes wall-eyed at the end. I was so disappointed because I had such high hopes after having read the summary and speaking with the author... there was a great deal that could've been done with the character of Grey and even Steele.
It just wasn't what I had expected. I knew the story when it was a fan written story and it just kind of got lost in it's own hype. I truly hoped that the last third of her story would be completely rewritten in a new, unexpected way that I knew the author could do. I expect great things from James.
Sadly, the story wasn't redeemed when it was given the ol' publishing shine from fanfic to book.
The ending, if it had been rewritten and broadened moreso to give it a less "Days of Our Lives" aspect and more of an emotional connection, I think it would've really kept me. Fifty Shades is a great idea, just executed listlessly. I know this was turned into a trio of tales but I don't think I'll be reading any more. I may pick up another story of James' down the road though. I do enjoy her and her sense of humor for sure. She's an exceptionally fun and talented writer, so I expect good things from EL James in the future.
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty was a lovely shock to the system for me. It was phenomenally written by a psuedonymed Anne Rice.
A beautiful languid, lovely prose all the while describing harsh, violent, erotic scenes. Sometimes I was reading, mouth agape. Other times I realized I was curled up in a ball, tucked all up as I read. All the while I was eager to read, eager to learn more of Beauty's journey or if her prince would be redeemed. I was wanton to know how, or even if, Beauty and her counterparts would rebel or escape, but then again, her alternatives were nothing. It was exciting and heartbreaking all at the same time.
You feel sad for Beauty, but then again you want her to keep going and be strong and prevail. I found myself thinking of things for her to do, how to escape her enslavement to the prince who freed her.
It's such a dichotomy. Freedom from sleep only to be bound in slavery. At what cost can you find true freedom?
Our Beauty is a spoiled, rich girl, idle and bored, although she loves her family and is always the epitome of well-bred princess. But then she's awakened after a hundred years of sleep and taken from everything she's ever known, enslaved by a prince and his mother, the queen, and kept in a violent atmosphere of debauchery and pain, pleasure and gluttony.
I was fascinated by the story beyond the obvious "erotic adventure" as the book touts on the cover.
Age old question... what is freedom? Am I to describe someone else's freedom? Should it be my version of freedom or theirs? Who's is right? If our Beauty and the other Prince and Princess slaves find freedom within their pain and captivity, through the actions and commands of others, is it still freedom?
Also, what is too much? My limits may be different from your limits? How do you know until you push past them and realize you've gone too far? This is what Beauty begins to learn.
At the end of the first book, you are left asking, "But what happens next?" and I eagerly picked up the second "Beauty's Punishment."
Now we find out what Beauty is really made of now that she's been ripped away from her captor prince and thrust into the village.
If you want to push your limits and really read a gorgeously written tale, I highly recommend The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty. Not for the faint of heart.