An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

This book on the other hand started out great, I was super excited to find out what happens to Brianna and Roger and how they are living their life, and we do get to see it, at least some of it. Most of the book is focused on John Grey and William. (Doesn't John Grey have his own series. Why is he taking over this one too.) I go to admit, I did skip quite a few chapters because I DID NOT want to read about William, I have no interest in him, so he's a grown boy and in the war, who cares. I don't that's for sure. It was really difficult to enjoy this book, I read a quickly as I could so I could move on to something else. Will not be starting Written In My Own Hearts Blood for a while, I need a break from their boring life. Diana Gabaldon  needs to focus more on the actual story and the details that matter, not the sex life of 60 year old, I don't want to know anymore what Claire's breasts look like and how Jamie likes to touch her butt. So that is all, I won't go into detail much more, because if you read this book you must have read the first one, and if you read the first one you know that the story is good, it's just the 1300+ pages that really get in the way.  Let me know how you felt about these books. And do you recommend me reading the next one soon. It's already sitting on my shelf, ready to be picked up, but I don't think I'm ready yet.

Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

Lets start by saying that this is by far the worst book I have ever read, I started reading this book because of all the publicity it has been getting, I was hearing about it everywhere, tv, news, radio and people I knew. So I caved, I wanted to know what all the hype was about. I went on Amazon, and of course I couldn't resist, I got the whole set. I figured if the whole freaking world likes this book, I better be prepared and get them all. Well, that was a BIG mistake, what was I thinking? How did I get sucked into this big black hole of crap.

Theme: Mental and Physical abuse in relationships.

Thesis: Sexual abuse in childhood leads to a controlling personality as well as an ignorant mind.

I really think the author is sexually frustrated, being married and having kids, she's letting her imagination run wild. Too wild if you ask me. Most of this is not something that would really happen, yes it's fantasy.

The general field of this book is erotica/romance, not too sure if it fits into romance though. Its more of a young girls fantasy, than romance. And it's written mostly for moms, ages between 30-45. It's mommy porn. It was boring, poorly written, the story is not that exciting, there is no climax, no anticipation, just a flat boring story. The writing style is very informal, not to mention the many grammatical errors. She really could have used the help of an editor

Characters: 

Christian is tall and handsome, oh and rich, He is very sure of himself, always right. He has a need to control Anastasia, as well as other women, he won't let her drive her car because it's old and "dangerous". Telling her when to eat and how much, and then the whole contract deal, I would be out the door already, but no. Naive little Ana thinks this is fine, he will change.

He was adopted as a child, his real mother was a crack whore, he was sexually abused for years as a teenager by his adoptive mothers best friend. Although he says it wasn't abuse because he consented to it and learned a lot. Learned what, how to tie up people to posts and whip them. I just don't get it. It somehow affected him nonetheless. He won't let Anastasia touch him, at all. He definitely has some sort of issues, and deals with them by having kinky sex. What's so attractive about him, his looks, which aren't described in much detail in the first place, or his money. Or his torture chamber, and maybe it's just me, but I wouldn't want to be told when to have sex and how.

But what about little innocent Anastasia, the smart 21 year old college student, who doesn't seem to be all that smart after all. Maybe she is supposed to be some nerdy girl, who has never beed around boys, because the first time she sees a hot guy she's literally tripping over her  own feet. She also keeps talking to her inner goddess. What the F is that, who talks to their inner goddess. She is also insecure about herself, in the first chapter of the book she already says she hates how her friend, even when sick, looks better than she does on her best day.

She's got some self esteem issues, no wonder that as soon as an attractive male shows her some attention she is in love with him.

And of course she is a virgin, which Christian quickly wants to fix for her, because being a virgin is apparently a bad bad thing. What is the matter with her too though. On her first day over at his place, he shows her the red room of pain and instead of running out of there screaming, she thinks it's kind of kinky?

I don't think I would recommend this book to anyone I know, unless they really want to read it. I felt like I was getting dumber as I was reading it, there are no lessons to take away from it at all. I don't think I have any experiences even close to this, I would run and hide if I saw the Room of Torture. But maybe it depends on the readers personal life, if it's not as exciting as this than they might like it.

 

If you're looking for a good romance book with some hot sex scenes, but don't like the stupidity of this one, I would recommend "The Bronze Horseman" by Paullina Simons, and "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon.

Drums Of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

This is the fourth book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. And while I loved the first three this one dragged throughout most of the first half. Then we get some great action, and then it slowly fizzles out again. I don't know, maybe it's because I don't care for Brianna that much. But her story is just not as compelling as Claires. I felt like she was getting in the way some of the time. The characters pretty much stay the same from the third book, there are a few more, but noting exciting really happens. It didn't keep me glued to the book like the others did. I still read it pretty quickly, but I think that was because I kept hoping something will happen. Also Roger is really bugging me. He's like a fish out of water, just doesn't seem to fit into the story. When I first met Roger I never expected to dislike him that much. Hopefully he redeems himself in the next books.

So the story goes like this. Claire and Jamie end up in the colonies after their adventurous voyage, here they try to start a new life, while Brianna is left in Boston all alone. And while all alone she keeps searching for her parents wanting to find out if they are still alive, if Claire has made it back to Jamie. She ends up stumbling on some information that sends her back to the stone circle, in the effort to try to change history she meets dangers and heartbreaking events that alter her own life forever. Overall the book wasn't bad, I guess you can't put that many events into a persons life before it really becomes fake. And I guess that's what Diana was trying to achieve, just to show us the normal day to day life of Jamie and Claire. Nothing special. Still good though, and I will recommend it if you read the previous ones. 

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon really knows how to tell a good story, her attention to detail and character development are amazing. This book is the third in the Outlander series.I wasn't sure how she was going to pull off having a 20 year separation between Claire and Jamie, but she did a great job. You do get to know what happened with each of them during those long years. And anticipate the reunion. Lots of shocking secrets are revealed and when Laoghaire makes an appearance I wanted to scream at the book. We also meet a chinaman and get to know Roger and Brianna more and I think this is where Lord John makes his official arrival into the series. (By the way Lord John has his own series by Diana Gabaldon) The first half of the book ties all the loose knots, but the second half is spent on a voyage to save young Ian who was kidnapped (I think by pirates). And that's really where the actions starts, but I personally preferred getting to know what they were up to for those 20 years. If you fell like it startes dragging when they are on the ship, don't worry and just keep reading, the ending picks up with some twists and turns.Dianas' characters really come to life, and like I've said before, she makes you feel like you're part of the book and not just reading it. I couldn't put it down, I literally carried it with me room to room around the house. I can't recommend this series enough. I just looooove it. Hopefully it will continue to rock my socks off. There are quite a few more to go. 

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

"With her now-classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon introduced two unforgettable characters — Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser—delighting readers with a story of adventure and love that spanned two centuries. Now Gabaldon returns to that extraordinary time and place in this vivid, powerful follow-up to Outlander....
 
For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones ... about a love that transcends the boundaries of time ... and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his....
 
Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart ... in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising ... and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves...."

Despite all the romance that goes on in this book, it's really a historical fiction, the reader gets to explore 18th century Scotland, from the  King Louis XV of France to the Jacobite Uprising of 1745 in which Bonnie Prince Charlie unsuccessfully tries to reclaim the throne of Scotland and England. And not only that, we also get to know the lives of regular people as well, down to the workings of hospitals and medicine at that time. Which in itself is amazing, how without modern medicine Claire is healing people with plants and herbs. I felt like I was learning a lot. There are also a lot of twist and turns as we discover more ancestors and how many of the characters seem to connect with one another. But aside from all the history in this book, it still focuses on Claire and Jamie's love. We see them grow more and more toward each other in a realistic way. And it makes us feel like we're in this relationship too. Not just reading about it, but that is mostly through the massive amounts of research Gabaldon did for these books. And you will definitely not be disappointed with the humor, sometimes I would have to stop reading because I was laughing so much. She has found that special way of making the characters feel normal, and real. Like we're in the same room with everyone, you can clearly imagine what everyone is doing, wearing and the facial expressions they make. It really makes you fall in love with all the characters of this book.  Jamie has a strong male role, he's the hunky Scot who protects Claire at every step, who is not afraid to die for what he believes in, and he will take unexpected risks for his own reasons. But don't think that Claire is a girly girl. She is a strong woman too. And stubborn just as much as Jamie. She is healing people left and right, which results in it's own problems. Yet they are so down to earth, you can't help but love them. So I'm recommending this book to everyone. Especially if you read the Outlander, it does not loos any of it's charm.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

This book is amazing, so many historical details about Scotland that I had no idea ever existed. And the story is something else, there is love, loss, war, romance, lots of sex ( so I wouldn't recommend it to younger readers), imprisonment, family, and of course time travel. It makes you feel for the characters as they face what is in front of them, many times they risk everything, and that's what makes this story feel so real. At the beginning I was kind of hesitant about this book being all that great, but as I kept reading I kept wanting more. I couldn't get enough. Clairs life has really taken a 180º turn, but is it for the better? I think so. And I guess I'll find out more as I read more of the series. Yes people this is just the first book. The are seven! And I have already started on the second. 
 
I found this book through other peoples reviews of The Bronze Horseman, which is another great great book. A lot of readers said they were looking for something similar in nature to TBH and this is it. So without hesitation, really, I ordered the whole series. And good thing I did, after finishing this one I wouldn't be able to wait for the next book. 
 
And there is even talk of a series based on this book. Lets hope it goes through.