Book Review: Into the Darkness by K.F. Breene

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So I just finished off Into The Darkness by K.F Breene. A novella that features a heroine who doesn’t fit in, her annoyingly bland boyfriend, and a hot night dweller who goes on to be her tatted up knight in a leather vest.

Overall I found the book to be a decent read although the fight scenes could be somewhat confusing at times. There just seemed much going on at once with the narrator jumping from one thing to the next, with hardly any time for a smooth transition.

I did however like the various points of view that the author used.  It was nice getting into the hero and heroine’s heads and seeing things from their differing points of view.  And their chemistry was amazing! So much so that I kept hoping the heroine’s boyfriend would either die or she would leave him with every chapter.

I will say that if you aren’t a fan of dubcon, that this book might make you feel uncomfortable.  Especially in the beginning when we get some hints of male on male action that isn’t exactly welcomed by some of the participants.

Overall though, I would give this novella 3 stars and will give the second book a chance. It definitely had some promise, even if parts of it verge on the point of being completely absurd (yes, I’m looking at you cartoon monsters.)

And the first book is free. So why not give it a chance?

50 Shades of Meh

 

After listening to Beyoncé’s haunting rendition of Crazy in Love while watching that movie preview, I finally took the plunge. I read 50 Shades of Grey.

Now according to some of my friends, I am greatly behind the times for someone who has a tendency to weave erotic elements into their writing. One of them even billed the book as being the greatest piece of erotic fiction of our times. Of course that still didn’t convince me that I was missing anything, and I would’ve happily went on with my life without knowing the secret lust for a certain emotionally wounded and unavailable billionaire.

However, the movie trailer got me (damn that elevator kiss!) and so I began to think of reading the book in preparation for the movie debut. After all, there had to be something so compelling about it that it became the best selling, world phenomenon that it is today. And so over the course of a few days (because I am admittedly a slow reader) I followed the journey of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey under the quiet illumination of my bedside lamp.

 

Note: BOOK SPOILERS COMING UP! Read on at your own risk.

After reading the book, I came away with mixed feelings. Anger, boredom, and anticipation to be exact. I found Christian Grey to be an intoxicating character with enough mystery and grace to make me want him. Seriously, when I was a quarter way through the book, I was at work daydreaming about what he would do or say next. On the other hand, his sudden use of the term “laters babe”, broke the spell and left me feeling deflated as he went from being a mature young adult in my mind, to a horny adolescent boy.

I also found Anastasia’s internal posse that consisted of her inner goddess and intution incarnate, to be annoying. I didn’t seriously need to read about how her inner goddess took the lotus position everytime Christian caved to her neediness, which in turn made her feel valued as a woman. But it was there every few pages. I also could’ve done away with the excessive sex scenes. I mean I get that the book is an erotic romance, but some of the sex scenes were just unnecessary.

Her loosing her virginity, necessary. Them having sex in the bathroom twice in one scene, unecessary. It got so bad that near the end I just skipped over anything that mentioned the words down there, my sex, and orgasm. I just wanted to read their story and see how things ended, which brings me to my final point.

I hated the ending. They broke up, and yes if you read this review without reading the book and are now throwing your pillow against the wall incessantly while you scream ‘why!?!?’ Much like I did, then you’re welcome. I still remember flipping those last few pages over in hopes that they would at least find a compromise between her unwillingness to submit to him fully, and his inability to get close to her. And what was the resolution?

They broke up. I’m still angry about it now and don’t even want to go on to read the rest of the series. Although I’ve read over the interwebs about their reconciliation in the next two books. It made me that mad.

All in all though, I can say that I see why the book was so big. It was taboo and dangled the promise of racy sex with a hot billionaire who was the ultimate gentleman in front of millions of women. How can that not sell? Do I think it was good though? Well I think the title of my post answers that.

Famous by Annie Reed (A short story review)

I really hate short stories and usually will keep on moving if I happen across one. However, last night around 1am after I had finished another round of edits, I stumbled across the short story Famous by Annie Reed. After some finagling with Kobo’s website, I was able to read a preview of the book and instantly clicked on ‘buy me’.

 

Finishing the short story in about ten minutes with the aid of some Red Bull, I closed my tablet and found myself both satisfied and thirsting for more. The story follows a young man named Jeremy, on his quest to set out to become a famous serial killer. However, he doesn’t want to be just any serial killer. He wants to be famous for killing supernatural beings and so he goes to the Shadows, a place known for hosting tittie bars full of supernatural women with seemingly perfect bodies. I won’t go into much more detail in case any of you want to read this story. However, I will say that the plot keeps you intrigued until the story is complete with a plot twist that makes you want to laugh in a sadistic sort of way.

Overall, I’d give the book 4.5 stars, with half a star missing due to the price. It’s $3.49 on Kobo which seems somewhat high for the length of the book in my humble opinion. Had it been coupled with two or three of their other works, I’d give it a five. But maybe you can read it for yourself and see what you think of it.

http://anniereed.wordpress.com/fiction/collections-and-anthologies/

Edit: I have just found out that there is a collection of these stories available on Amazon. *Cue my gleeful squeal of excitement* So definitely go check that out!