My Bookshelf: Beauty Queens

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Title: Beauty Queens

Author: Libba Bray

Genre: Young Adult

Amazon summary:
“The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream Pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program – or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan – or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?”

My summary:
These girls are all vapid airheads who want to wear pretty dresses, or so you’re led to believe. They crash together on an island they assume to be deserted, assuming that help will arrive at any time. When they realize they’ll need to depend on themselves to survive, they pull together and show that they’re more than just pretty faces and have more to say than just what’s on their pageant scripts. Add some boys, bad guys, and giant snakes, and you’ve got yourself a fun time.

Cheers (possible spoilers):

  • EVERYTHING. SERIOUSLY. I LOVED THIS BOOK.
  • If you are a girl, you need to read this book. If you don’t understand satire, you probably shouldn’t, but seriously.
  • It relies on stereotypes in the best way. To say “these girls are just stereotypes” is insulting to all girls. Is it stereotypical for a girl whose mother was married five times to not trust men? It is stereotypical for a girl to fear her sexuality because her parents taught her to? Is it stereotypical for a girl to be pressured to be the perfect girl to the point where she snaps because the system failed her?
  • Basically all issues concerning women today are in this book. You might have to read it twice to get it all, but it’s there. Advertisers shaming women to get them to buy their product to look better, girls being called bossy for having opinions, people always blaming girls’ moods on hormones like we have no valid emotions, and how girls are taught to fear their sexuality.
  • It’s funny as hell. Some of it is satire. You have to understand that the author was not trying to make this realistic. Of course beauty queens aren’t going to crash on a dessert island, be targets for international weapons smugglers, all find themselves at the same time, and meet pirates. But she wasn’t trying to be realistic. She was trying to make people think while enjoying the read, and that she did.

Jeers:

  • Literally the only thing is that I think some people are turned off from the book because of how ridiculous the whole thing is. It’s still amazing like that, but some of the reviews on Amazon complain about how unrealistic it is…. which is kind of the point. Like, Miss New Mexico has an airplane tray embedded in her head for the entire novel. I don’t know how she didn’t die.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes. Yes yes yes. Go buy it right now. I guess you might not like it as much if you don’t like the idea of women being independent creatures with thoughts and talents and the same rights as men, because part of why I like it so much is how many issues it hits on. Also, it seriously was funny as hell. Obviously outrageous, but funny. It even ends in a dance number. (Yeah, she ended the book with a dance number. Seriously. Is she allowed to do that?)

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Queens-Libba-Bray/dp/0439895979/ref=cm_rdp_product

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My Bookshelf: The Bride

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Title: The Bride

Series: The Boss, Book #3

Author: Abigail Barnette

Genre: BDSM Erotica/ Romance

Amazon Summary:
“After a tumultuous year, Sophie Scaife’s relationship with her boyfriend and Dom, billionaire media mogul Neil Elwood, is hotter and happier than ever. His sizzling Dominant side pushes Sophie to new and challenging heights of submission and erotic exploration as she follows her Sir’s every whim. But with his daughter’s impending wedding and a milestone birthday turning Neil’s thoughts toward settling down, Sophie faces a much different future than she’d planned.

Caught in a conflict between her new wealth and her desire for independence, Sophie fears she’s becoming just another Fifth Avenue trophy wife. With her fashion journalism career over and her new effort as a writer uninspiring, Sophie has to work harder than ever to prove her intentions to Neil’s family and friends.

Sophie isn’t the only one struggling to adapt to her new lifestyle. When private jets and designer labels threaten her bond with Holli, Sophie finds herself walking a fine line between the world she now inhabits and the past—and people—she fears she’s left behind. After a shocking revelation divides her loyalties, Sophie is in danger of losing her best friend or fracturing the trust of the man she loves.”

My Summary:
There are like 16 or so weddings ’bout to go down, lots of fighting (or maybe I just perceived it that way, but there was 1 or 2 serious arguments), a terrifying mention of barnyard animals… okay, maybe you should stick to the legit summary to know what’s going on. In three words: Hot kinky sex.

Cheers (possible spoilers):

  • The sex was lovely, as always.
  • I really liked that she pointed out the whole Neil-is-bisexual-so-he-could-love-men-as-well thing. It was just a good point.
  • The plot was okay, not nearly as compelling as the first book in my opinion.

Jeers (possible spoilers):

  • I know it’s kinda the point, but TOO MANY WEDDINGS. Not all 25(or so, forget their ages but they’re all the same)-year-olds need to be married. I feel like the book set a deadline on when it was acceptable for women to be married.
  • The fight with Holli was drawn out too much, I think. Especially when she ended up confessing that she knew the whole time that it wasn’t Sophie who got her fired. Like I would’ve never talked to Holli again for being such an irrational bitch. That’s an abusive relationship right there.
  • It just wasn’t as strong as the first two books. I think the author mentioned that it was supposed to be this book and the next book combined in one but there was too much material so she ended up stretching the plot a little thin rather than cramming too much in there together.
  • The handbag. Seriously. SERIOUSLY.

Would I recommend it?:
Still yes. While not as strong as the other books in the series, it was still a fun read. Lots of sex and all that jazz. There’s also a bonus scene between Neil and Emir at the end (though if you want to read that without buying it just look up “The Hook Up”, it’s free).

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Bride-Boss-Abigail-Barnette-ebook/dp/B00J8QG7BI

Author’s Blog:

http://jennytrout.com/