Love To Hate

Posted August 17, 2007 by Holly in Discussions | 26 Comments


Are there books you love to hate? Or certain characters from books you love to hate?

Obviously we here at Book Binge have a few. Jenny from A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught comes to mind. And A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux.

But do you ever hate a book so much, yet can’t find one single person who shares your passion?

That’s how I am with Suzanne Brockmann. Of all the books of hers I’ve read, the only book I truly enjoyed was Heart Throb, which isn’t related to any other book she’s ever written (at least, not that I know of).

Caution: Possible series spoilers below.

Her Troubleshooters series just pissed me off. I hated the first book. Kelly and Tom were both retarded, and she was so TSTL I wanted to scream. As the series progressed, I found myself hating them more and more. But I kept reading, because EVERY SINGLE PERSON who I know that read them said they were amazing. And because Rowena was so obsessed with Sam Starret I felt like I had to at least read up to his book.

I’ve regretted that decision ever since. Deeply regretted.

You see, I couldn’t find a single thing about Sam to love. Not.One.Single.Thing. And Alyssa? OH HELLS NO. Talk about TSTL. And then there was Kelly, who still refused to marry Tom because she’s dumb, until she HAD to marry him because he got locked up in prison and she couldn’t see him otherwise. So they had the most retarded wedding in the history of all weddings. And it took FOUR BOOKS for that to happen.

And Max and what’s her face…they just danced around each other. Even before their book came out I hated his reasons for staying away…Although, she didn’t seem TSTL. Of course, I never read their book, so I can’t say if she turned that way, but whatever…

End Possible Spoilers

From what I could tell, every single heroine had Penis Envy and SB wrote her heroes as dickless as possible.

My favorite kind of hero is the one who’s fierce and alpha, but totally in love with his woman, and completely willing to do anything for her. But I draw the line at sniveling, whining crybabies who don’t have a backbone.

Ugh.

See, I told you I love to hate them.

But..it seems I’m alone in this. I have yet to meet another person who didn’t like these. Some people I’ve talked to didn’t really care for them, but not one person hated them the way I did.

Everyone loves the things I hated. They think the heroines are strong and independent. They think the heroes are alpha but sensitive. They think the stories are engaging and the action fast paced.

I didn’t see any of those things.

So, maybe I’m alone in my hatred of all things SB (except Heart Throb), but am I alone in hating a book everyone else seems to love?

Tell me, has this ever happened to you? What book/series have you read that everyone raved about, but you love to hate?

Please, tell me I’m not the only one…


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Review: Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer

Posted August 17, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 15 Comments

Review: Eclipse by Stephanie MeyerReviewer: Isabel
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Series: Twilight #3
Also in this series: Eclipse, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, Breaking Dawn, Twilight, Twilight, Twilight

Publication Date: August 7th 2007
Genres: Young Adult, Horror & Ghost Stories, Love & Romance
Pages: 640
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one-half-stars

Readers captivated by Twilight and New Moon will eagerly devour Eclipse, the much anticipated third book in Stephenie Meyer's riveting vampire love saga.

As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob --- knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

Oh my god. This book pissed me the hell off. I even called Holly asking “WTF!”
If you want a real review, please see Holly and Mailyn. I’m going straight into my rant.

They are all stupid.

Bella- STUPID. Edward told her not to visit Jacob. He’s a young werewolf and dangerous. Since they are on the reservation, Edward can’t protect her if something happens or the treaty breaks. What does Bella do? She goes and visits Jacob.

She wants to spend eternity with Edward. Wants to be vampire really bad but does not want to get married to Edward. Why? She doesn’t want to be that girl who gets married right after high school. Please. You love him that much it shouldn’t matter what people think. She gags just thinking about engagement rings and planning her wedding.

She was in denial the entire book. Then she falls in love with Jacob. Even pictures a happily ever after with him.

Stupid.

Jacob- He soooo annoyed me throughout the book. I really liked him in Twilight and New Moon. Now he’s just a spoiled brat who is mad cause he can’t have his toy. Keeps insulting Edward in front of Bella. Forcefully kisses her. If it had been Edward who pulled that stunt, you bet Jacob would’ve been all over him.

That was another thing. He kept telling Bella Edward wasn’t human. WTF! You aren’t either! Hello werewolf!!!! Both of you are freaks!!!!!

Edward- He didn’t quite piss me off. But I just have to wonder, is Bella worth all the trouble? He was extremely patient. More than any other guy I know. Which Edward said he had years of building up patience but still……everyman has his breaking point.

Edwards just needs to dump Bella’s ass and be with a real woman. Maybe like… me?

I’m really disappointed in this book. At point, I just started skimming I was so mad. I really wished I stopped at Twilight. I had their HEA all pictured in my head. I honestly don’t know if I want to read the next book.

Grade: 2/5 cause I love Edward, otherwise: 1/5.

one-half-stars


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Booking Through Thursday- More Than Two

Posted August 16, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Features | 7 Comments

This week’s questions is:

One book at a time? Or more than one? If more, are they different types/genres? Or similar?

(We’re talking recreational reading, here—books for work or school don’t really count since they’re not optional.)

Izzy says:

One book at a time? Or more than one? If more, are they different types/genres? Or similar?(We’re talking recreational reading, here—books for work or school don’t really count since they’re not optional.) I normally read one book at a time. But if I’m reading a hardback book, then I’ll read two. I won’t lug a hardback book in my purse. So I’ll read the hardback book at home and my paperback at work.

Holly Says:

One book at a time? Or more than one? If more, are they different types/genres? Or similar?

I’ve always read really fast. Like…a 400 page book takes me 2-4 hours. So in the past, I’ve never read more than one book at a time..I didn’t need to. But lately, I seem to be reading slower and certain books aren’t holding my interest as much. Either that, or I start one and leave it a home, so I have to start another. Or I get a book an start it, but one I wanted more comes out so I start that one, too. Seeing a pattern here? Yep, I’m losing my mind.

Currently I’m reading 4 books. I’m liking them all, but I just can’t decide on one and stick with it. It’s pathetic.

Rowena’s Turn:

Me, I used to read just one book at a time and then immerse myself into the story and then move on but lately, I find myself reading more than one and two books at a time and dividing my attention between all of the books but I’m a multi tasking queen so I can dig this and keep up with all the storylines and all that junk, but I’m like Holly where I’ll start one book one day and then leave that book at work and then have to start another book that night at home, or I’ll start a book then the book I want to read comes out or I find the book that I was reading before and end up reading that book instead and then it’s just one big vicious cycle.

Like Holly again, it’s pathetic….but what can I do?

Read them all, silly….haha.

What about you guys? Do you guys read one book at a time or are you like us and can read more than one book and still enjoy the heck out of a book?


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Free Book Giveaway – Historical Romance

Posted August 13, 2007 by Holly in Giveaways, Reviews | 1 Comment

Who doesn’t love free books, right? This is a limited time offer, so send your email quick. Who knows, you may just end up loving it. 🙂

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We want to introduce readers to the awesome talent of author Kathryn
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There are some steamy scenes in this book but primarily it’s a historical
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—Kelley, Coffee Time Romance

“The Lodestone is the best I’ve ever read, bar none. I couldn’t put it
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of her day. Kathryn Fairfax can flat-out write!”
Peggy Webb, multi-published author.


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