Dead and Loving It
17 journalers for this copy...
I look forward to reading this asap! Not sure how long it will take me to get to it though!
The first story was about a werewolf who finds his perfect mate...this then gets mentioned in the second story where a werewolf is taken prisioner by a vampire...which leads us then on to the 3rd story which is about 2 new characters but the characters from story 2 make a guest appearance.
Story 4 was a story for the 'Undead' series fans! The story fits in after 'Undead and Unreturnable' and we finally find out who George the fiend is!!
All nice stories...all very sexy!!! and well worth reading if you are a fan.
I am thinking about sending this off on a ring...will start advertising and see what happens.
When you are finished with the book please PM the next person on the list and ask for their address so you can send it on to them!
I would appreciate a PM from any participant who wants to leave the ring or be skipped for any reason. Please do not leave it to the last minute.
Also let us know what you thought of the book but don't give too much away!
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Please try to read this book within 4 weeks. If it isn't possible please make a new journal (no edits!) giving an update! Thank you!
This Bookring is still open! Pm if you would like to join!
Here are the participants so far -
Mystiknat in the UK <-- Completed!
sunlightbub in the UK <-- Completed!
WelshHelen in the UK (UK) <-- Completed!
LittleMoo in the UK (Any) <-- Completed!
celticstar in the UK <-- Completed!
CandyDarling in Finland (Any) <-- Completed!
Kislany in Cyprus (Any) <-- Completed!
macdonv in Canada (Any) <-- Completed!
mamawolfie in the USA (USA) <-- No contact
Aramena in the USA <-- Completed!
bookaholic2 in the USA <-- Completed!
ToXiCKiTTiKiSS in the USA (USA) <-- Completed!
SheWhoReads in the USA (Any) <-- Completed!
Yinny in the Netherlands <-- Completed!
Geegal in Germany <-- Skipped
Rianonne in Austria <-- Next!
Back home to me!
Will get this off to sunlightbub pronto.
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Off to sunlightbub - just in time for Halloween!
What a fun, fast and hot read. Thanks again, Amerkatze, for sharing so many of your books :-) I have LittleMoo's address and this will be on the way to her next week.
Thanks again Amberkatze for sharing!
Posted on today...
Will let hubby (oddballdave) have a read before I send it on to CandyDarling.
Thanks again Amberkatze for sharing these great books.
29.3.2007 Santa Claws
I read this 60-page novella in one day, and I have to say it was a mixed bag. I was glad that MaryJanice Davidson's heroine in the story was a regular woman (not like some of the impossible beautiful heroines in some other paranormal romances *cough*Christine Feehan*cough*). But I was very disappointed at her low self-esteem, and that nearly ruined the story for me. Why can't we ever have a "short, plump brunette" who is happy with the way she looks? I understand that it's great that a very plain looking woman can snag a total hunk for a guy. What bothers me is that the woman thinks she is ugly, and her looks are only validated when the gorgeous guy says she's beautiful. Why can't she be beautiful even when there's no guy to tell her that she is? What I'm trying to say is that it bothers me that it's the guy who gets to decide who's beautiful.
After being annoyed by the heroine constantly putting herself down, and by the hero's stupid show off with money, I almost threw the book out the window when we got to the sex part. I was so furious, when the heroine started thinking that she is a slut for wanting to sleep with the hero! Slut is such a misogynistic word, and I was very disappointed in MaryJanice Davidson for reinforcing the old stereotypes. I guess the distorted body image and the belief that enjoying sex makes you a slut go hand in hand, but I certainly don't want to read about it.
And then, just when I was seething with fury, it was time for sex. At first I didn't like it, because the heroine seemed to submit to it because of her promise, not because she wanted to. But then she started enjoying herself, and I really started enjoying the sex scene. I loved it that the author didn't fear using all sorts of words to describe genitals, and that the sex felt amazingly real, even though it was with a werewolf. At the end I was smiling.
Even though the story finished at a high note because of the great sex at the end, I wouldn't want to read it again for the awful self-loathing the heroine put the readers through.
12.4.2007 Monster Love
The good part of this novella? I loved Janet's constant cursing. Everything else... *shudder*
I disliked the hero ever since he commented on page 2: "All so 60 years later we can ignore the Holocaust and pretend the Germans are good guys?" I hope I don't have to explain to anyone how wrong this is?! Just in case, I'll say it anyway. Germans are really nice people, and I'm not ignoring the Holocaust when I say this. How would MaryJanice feel if I'd hate all the Americans living today because some of their ancestors had slaves in the 19th century? Okay, maybe this was a joke, but it was a really crappy joke.
But wait, it gets better. This idiot vampire then kidnaps and rapes his love interest. Excuse me, but what is this misogyny and violence doing in a romance novel?! I could not read any of the sex scenes after that, I was feeling so sick. Even today, women are forced to marry their rapists in some countries. I do not find this romantic at all. The only good ending to this book would have been Janet killing and eating Richard aka Dick. Of course that didn't happen, and they lived happily ever after.
I need to go read some more Anita Blake. At least there the rapists get what they deserve.
(The picture attached to this entry is a post card from PostSecret. The post card, and a discussion about it made me realize for the first time how much more common it is to be raped by a person you know and care about than by a random stranger. I was also shocked to learn how many women enter into a relationship with their rapist so that they don't have to admit to themselves that they were raped. So a story like Monster Love could very well be true, only in real life it doesn't have a happy ending.)
12.4.2007 There's No Such Thing as a Werewolf
This story was actually tolerable after the two previous disasters, but nothing spectacular. I was relieved to see there was no forced sex here, and the main couple were cute. But unfortunately there was nothing memorable in this story.
2.5.2007 A Fiend In Need
I love the Undead series, and this novella was no exception. Antonia is a great character, and I'm glad George (or Garrett) is finally getting better. I wish this story had been published together with Undead and Unpopular, instead of putting it in this collection with three unrelated stories. The problem with MaryJanice Davidson is she writes too many novellas and not enough novels. I don't think I would have liked A Fiend In Need half as much, if I weren't a fan of Betsy already.
Thank you Amberkatze for making a bookring of this book! I'm glad I got a chance to read it! Will post the book to Kislany asap.
*waves to Amber* thx for organizing this!
I read Santa Claws, and I honestly couldn't care for it at all. It's not in her usual style and the whole plump woman with really low self-esteem idea almost left me gagging *rolleyes*. And although I usually enjoy sex scenes in a book, for once here I felt disgusted. Have no idea why, maybe was just my mood at that time.
Once I figured out that stories #2 and #3 were all related to the first, I flipped right to the last one, which brought me to known and loved territory and allowed me to once again enjoy Betsy and the gang. The only problem with that story: it was too short!
So having read only one novela out of 4, I'm ready to pass it on to the next in the ring. I'll pm macdonv this weekend for an address.
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PMing mamawolfie for an address.
I'm mailing this to bookaholic2 on my way home from work today!
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Mailed to ToXiCKiTTiKiSS,
next on list,enjoy.
Sending to SheWhoReads when I receive her address.
The other stories were mediocre at best. I hated "Monster Love." What, because they actually use the word rape to describe what the hero does to the heroine, we're supposed to think that makes it okay? And she really enjoyed it anyway, so yay, now they're in love? Um, no. Just no. Ick.
PM'ing Yinny and then sending the book on!
Geegal wanted to be skipped, so I'm sending this one to Rianonne today!
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Back to Austria!
It is next on my TBR-pile when I have worked myself through my actual book - busy week, really busy *sigh*
This is now going in my PC.