Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)
A "dark erotica" book that was neither dark* nor erotic. Author uses her "About me" section to link to a petition to try to get HBO to make her books into a TV series...
* Okay, if Fifty Shades of Grey was the most dark thing you've ever read, then yeah, this book might seem shockingly dark. However, if you've even dabbled in reading fanfic, you've likely read stories that were a hell of a lot darker, more realistic, and much better written.
Plot wise, some Bad Guy (Caleb) wanted revenge on a guy who is even worse of a bad guy than he is, so he gets into the slave training business. (Book was set in the real, current world.) He kidnaps and trains so many women that he loses count of how many it's been, all to get the notice of the bigger bad guy. Finally Caleb is ready to make his move, he needs the perfect girl for Other Bad Guy to buy, so he'll have inside access to the guy.
The book follows him kidnapping and (supposedly) breaking an 18 year old woman. By the 56% point (where I stopped reading) the two were a good way into falling in love with each other...
I love love love books and stories about one person breaking another, which made this story even more annoying to me. Neither character was believable, and it's more like the story said "okay, she's broken and remade now" than that it happened in a believable way.
On top of that, the writing was laughably bad in some places. Caleb meeting the girl he was going to kidnap. She's crying:
He liked looking at [tears], tasting them. Truth be told, they made him hard.
Woman crying? POP! ERECTION! Imagine Caleb seeing a woman, her car broken down on the side of the rode. She's crying because she's late for work. ERECTION! Imagine him in a hospital, woman crying because of some bad news, ERECTION! 9/11, all the people crying on the street? He must have had a nonstop erection.
Then, after he kidnaps her, has her naked and tied up. She's trying to get away, fighting him:
Her knee collided with his groin, hard. What was it with women and kicking men in the nuts?
Seriously. HOW VERY UNREASONABLE, WOMEN. KICKING MEN IN THE NUTS WHEN THEY'RE ONLY KIDNAPPING AND RAPING YOU.
Then there was just general bad writing. Like "He opened the fridge door; the cool, swampy air felt good." Doesn't "swampy" imply warm as well as humid? And "He never tired of [women's] salty taste, and sweet smelling sweat. Only a woman could boast such a thing." Protip from the slaver, folks: Women don't ever smell bad. The never have BO. Woo!
I really should have given up on this book sooner, but I kept hoping it would get better.
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by by Mary E. Pearson
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)
Unfortunately, years ago when I bought this book, I had been spoiled about the big plot twist. Since I have the memory of a goldfish, I figured that by the time I read it, I would have forgotten the spoiler. Unfortunately not. I suspect I might have finished this book, perhaps even liked it, if I hadn't known the spoiler. Since I knew it, all the fun (all the guessing as to what was going on) was ruined.
In it a teenage girl wakes up with no memories at all, not even her name. Her family tells her she's been in a coma for a year, and her memories will come back. But things keep not adding up, and why does one member of her family speak about her in the past tense? [Spoiler]The twist: She had actually died in the car crash, not been in a coma, and she's a clone of herself.
I didn't reach the 50% point, so it doesn't count towards my year total.
Current To Read pile count: 154