An in-depth review of Story of O by Pauline Reage, translation by John Paul Hand

 

Starting this post is hard. The description on the back of the book is more explicit than I want before a cut on my blog and it feels odd to use the description given on GoodReads because it’s essentially a part of someone else’s review or whathaveyou on the book (clearly GoodReads felt it was too explicit as well?). I don’t think I’ll be reviewing erotica often but when I do I will make sure to make that part clear. I know some of my visitors aren’t interested in such books and I do want my blog to be friendly to all visitors. If I’ve set this post up in a way that makes it uncomfortable for you to visit my blog, please let me know so I can figure out a better way to organize posts like this. Either through comments or by emailing me at thatbookjournal@gmail.com

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This is an erotica book about a woman’s journey into a world of BDSM slavehood. It was originally written in French.

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Book Blogger Love-A-Thon Questionnaire

My participation may be more limited than I wish it would be due to work and a couple other obligations. The love-a-thon runs from 6am – 6pm my time, which is usually when I run errands and work. So I will mostly be chatting and making a note to take some awesome book poetry pictures to share next year. But I do have more free time Sunday so depending on what pops up I may be able to participate more.

 

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Then There was Thursday (#1)

I suppose you could call this a meme. I figured with Thursday being a terrible day for me posting anything, it would be a good time to post something about my life. You get to know me beyond books and maybe I get to know you.

This week I’ve actually been having a pretty rough time with my anxiety. I have been agoraphobic in the past and those issues are cropping up a lot more with my social anxiety getting worse. So instead of reading like I planned to, something that requires focus that my anxiety saps from me, I’ve been knitting a baby blanket for the future niblet while catching up on Teen Wolf and now The Walking Dead.

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Monday Missions (#1)

This is my first Monday Missions. It’s a weekly meme meant to show what I hope to read this week. Since weekends aren’t always my prime reading time Friday Reads doesn’t work well for me. I was introduced to the meme by watching one of my favorite booktubers: Becky (InkyLeaves). It seems to have originated with Daisy (A Thousand Lives of Daisy).

I started Story of O a few days ago. I haven’t made progress past 25% for a couple reasons, none of which have to do with the book itself. I have a niblet (niece or nephew) on the way so I’ve started a baby blanket amongst other baby knitting projects. I have also been catching up on Teen Wolf while I knit. I got a little wrapped up with the end of season 3 and got a fair bit of the blanket done. So I look forward to finishing Story of O either today or tomorrow.

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I also have some exciting news. I have my first ever ARC to review: Emancipation of B by Jennifer Kavanagh. It comes out February 27th and I’m planning to start and finish the book this week. You can find out more about it on Jennifer Kavanagh’s site and on amazon. Or just look forward to me chattering on about it in my tweets. I’ve already taken a look at the first 20 or so pages. It doesn’t seem to be a dialogue driven book, but rather a series of flash backs. What I already know of B – whose name we don’t know – has me really interested in his backstory.

B is not a child of his time.  As an outsider, he hides his secrets well. Freedom is all he dreams of. But when it comes at last, it is in the most unexpected way – and at a considerable cost.

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An in-depth review of Please Don’t Tell by Elizabeth Adler

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Fen Dexter’s quiet life on the idyllic California coast is interrupted one stormy night when a blood-covered man shows up on her doorstep, claiming to have had a car accident. He tells her that he is on his way to San Francisco to help the police solve the murder of his fiancé. Unable to make it to the hospital because of the storm, he stays the night at Fen’s, and the attraction between them is obvious. The next morning he heads to the hospital where Fen’s niece, Vivi, is an ER doctor. Vivi is treating the most recent target of a serial killer whose signature move is to leave a note saying “Please Don’t Tell” taped across his victims’ mouths. When Fen’s mysterious stranger comes to Vivi to have his wounds stitched she agrees to set him up to talk with the police about his fiancé. Who is this man, really? What does he want with Fen and her family? And will they live long enough to uncover the truth?

(From GoodReads)

I just finished the book and realized why I don’t really read mystery novels. This isn’t really a mystery, it’s a suspense romance, but there’s a murder and some of the focused on characters are cops. It has elements from what I expect in cop-related mystery novels that turn me off of it. It was a little hard for me to get through until near the end when the plot rises suddenly with the official unveiling of who-dun-it. Though who the murderer is wasn’t a huge surprise to me, it got the ball rolling in a way that is more familiar for me. I need that in the beginning to get me into a book – perhaps that’s why horror tends to be more my genre.

Ignoring all my personal genre issues, the novel itself is fabulous. It is a bit slow to start, that’s not just my genre preference, but when Alex is finally on his way it picks up a bit. It follows a dynamic female cast, has a strong single parent (though not biological, Fen does raise JC and Vivi herself), and shows women supporting women. The romance between the female leads and their love interests doesn’t lead the story. It comes naturally and each develops differently. And to some, not at all. There is self love and character growth. And the love between the women, the family dynamic, is beautiful. I don’t relate to the characters strongly, but they’re well developed. Even the side female characters were awesome. I’m a tad in love with the barkeep. She can be my book girlfriend for this novel and I would love to have a spin off of her story.

Anyhow, he smelled good, sort of like lemonade.

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A short review of Somewhere Beyond the Sea by Amanda James

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Doctor Tristan Ainsworth has returned with his family to the idyllic Cornish village close to where he grew up. The past has taught him some hard lessons, but he’ll do anything to make his wife happy—so what’s making her so withdrawn?

Karen Ainsworth daren’t reveal her true feelings, but knows her husband has put up with her moods for too long. A chance to use her extraordinary singing voice may set her free, so why shouldn’t she take it? Surely her past can’t hurt her now?

As a tide of blackmail and betrayal is unleashed to threaten the foundations of their marriage, Karen and Tristan face a difficult question. Is their love strong enough to face the truth when the truth might cost them everything?

(From GoodReads)

This is the first book I’ve reviewed this year that is giving me this sort of the trouble. The kind of trouble I wish every book I read gave me. It’s hard to find a fault with it.

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A short review of Devil’s Gambit by Lisa Jackson (DNF)

Devil's GambitI did not finish this one. And it’s the first I’m rating at one star. I read four chapters and decided I couldn’t do it.

My first issue was the first chapter Ms. Jackson didn’t want to use pronouns so I read a lot of Tiffany this and Tiffany that in one paragraph. This let off in the rest of the chapters and could have been forgivable if I had no other glaring issues.

My second issue was the constant repetition. Every third or fourth paragraph repeated something about Tiffany’s worry about the horses, what could this stranger she’s strangely attracted to be up to, and X and Y just happened like I didn’t read it on the last page. It would have been more fitting for me to start this one yesterday because it was very deja vu and hard to read. If the rest of the book continues in this fashion it could easily be reduced to a 100 page story and be a lot easier to read.

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