ARC Review: iD by Madeline Ashby

Title: iD (The Machine Dynasty #2)
Author: Madeline Ashby
Genre: Science Fiction, Cyberpunk
Release Date: 25th June 2013
Review Copy: NetGalley (Angry Robots)
Book Blurb from Goodreads:
Javier is a self-replicating humanoid on a journey of redemption. 
Javier's quest takes him from Amy's island, where his actions have devastating consequences for his friend, toward Mecha where he will find either salvation... or death. 
File Under: Science Fiction [ vN2 | Island in the Streams | Failsafe No More | The Stepford Solution ]

*I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley and Angry Robots for the opportunity to read it.*

Don't you think this book is weird? lol.

I got so many issues with this book that I do not know where I should begin. I like the idea of robots. Of vN co-habiting with humans. Working as a nurse, gardener, teacher, etc. I like how they could think of their own but they could not even think of harming a human for it would 'failsafe' them. I think that is such a good idea since in the past, I have watched movies like Terminator, who harms humans because they started to think on their own. Failsafe is like a guarantee that robots, or vN rather, will NEVER hurt humans for they function to serve, protect, love and make them happy.

I get the story of the series. Of Amy's clade having a kind of failsafe glitch. Failsafe is an exemption to Portia and Amy. Of Amy being a vN who thinks of her fellow vN to have some sort of freedom. In this certain book though, the past was revealed. Sort of. And the main protagonist in this story is Javier.

So it was all Javier's thoughts, past, actions, we are seeing. Reasons why he do what he did. I kinda like that the author change POV. From Amy for the first book, to Javier in second. It's a good knowing what were his thoughts.

So, what I didn't like about this book?

1. It's a bit boring in the first part.
2. All Javier thinks of is getting Amy's panties down. It's like, every single time they're together he's asking to f**k her. >_<
3. It's all 'F**KING' in this book. F**king as in sex, f**king as in curse.
4. I don't like that it was said that Amy is just a kindergartner a year ago (which is true in the first book), and then for this second book, Javier wanted to f**k her. Please! I mean, I know what kind of vN he is. But still, this does not seem right. It's like pedophilia but then again, Javier is like 4 years old only. I know the norms does not apply to robots (vN) but still. WEIRD.
5. I hate that one moment, someone from Javier's sons or himself, speaks Spanish AND IT WAS NEVER TRANSLATED TO ENGLISH. How would I know what they said?! I'm not a Spanish speaker. I do understand PUTA though. Cause I curse using that word sometimes. Yeah, got Spanish terms here in the Philippines too.
6. I can't even categorize this book to Young Adult because of the language used and the actions shown. I can't even say it's a New Adult or Adult book because of the age of the characters. That does not seem right to any option.

Guess that's it? Oh wait, did I ever told you it really is weird that even male vN iterates which in a simple word means, pregnant? lol. And the book also shows... male to male sex. WTF right? Well, I'm actually not against MM, I love MM. But I'm not reading a Male to Male book, in the first place. If I want to read books like that, I'd turn to my Yaoi mangas.

I am not trying to degrade this book, it might not just be my preference. I do admit I am weird so I got weird tastes sometimes. I'm just trying my best to say what is on my mind as honestly as I could.

Did I enjoy some part of the book? YES.
Did I enjoy the book, overall? NOT SO MUCH. It just kind of dragged.
Will I recommend it to some friends? MAYBE. But to only those who got a strong stomach, doesn't mind the word 'f**king' every now and then, can somehow understand Spanish and who is a bit techy.

It might just be me. You might like it better than I do. So please don't judge the book because you read my review. Good luck and hope you'll have a fun time reading ahead of you! :)


Book Review: The Submissive by Tara Sue Me

Title: The Submissive (The Submissive Trilogy #1)
Author: Tara Sue Me
Genre: Adult, BDSM, Erotica, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 7th February 2013
Book Blurb from Goodreads:
Book One of the Submissive Trilogy
More than 8 Million Reads Online
The first in Tara Sue Me’s seductive and scandalous series that has enthralled millions…
Abby King has a secret fantasy.
New York knows Nathaniel West as the brilliant and handsome CEO of West Industries, but Abby knows he’s more: a sexy and skilled dominant who is looking for a new submissive. Yearning to experience a world of pleasure beyond her simple life as a librarian, Abby offers herself to Nathaniel, to fulfill her most hidden desires.
After only one weekend with the Master, Abby knows she needs more, and fully submits to Nathaniel’s terms. But despite the pleasure he takes in Abby’s willing spirit, the Nathaniel hidden behind the rules remains cold and distant.
As Abby falls deeper into his tantalizing world of power and passion, she fears that Nathaniel’s heart may be beyond her reach—and that her own might be beyond saving…
Time and time again. I always remind everyone that I'm not an Adult/Erotica reader. Much less a BDSM one. I'm more of a Young Adult/New Adult reader. But I just wanted to read some contemporary today and I saw the second book up for ARC request. So I just looked at the first book and just told myself, "Sure, why not?" LOL.

Well, this one book is surprisingly good. BDSM removed, the lines are good, some witty remarks are good. Made me laugh or smirk. I enjoyed reading it. Of course there're lots of smut going on. Riding crop, spanking, plugs (shuddered at this one)... are always there.. The main plot or climax of the story is okay-ish. That's what I don't like. If they could just explain each other well... Hmmm... oh well. 

I think that'll be always the plot. Misunderstanding and all that. But yeah, I enjoyed reading it to the point I read it for just 6 hours. And yes, that's quite fast for me cause nowadays, I barely got enough time to read. And this is the first book in weeks that kept me reading non-stop.

“The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.
But I send you a cream-white rosebud
With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetestHas a kiss of desire on the lips.”

And I just saw this today... Readers said that this novel is just another Twilight Fan Fiction. Honestly? I don't really see it. Or maybe it's just me not really thinking about Twilight the whole time I was reading it. And really. What's up with this authors nowadays. I just read bunch of reviews and as far as I understand it... E.L. James got her idea FROM THIS BOOK (or fanfic, I suppose), The Submissive. Oh boy. Oh well. 

I appreciate the book. And you all know that hot topic right now is an author plagiarizing her work But for me, even though this might be a Fan Fiction... As long as you put proper credits and disclaimer, your story line is YOUR OWN. Lines and other things are yours, it's fine. Who would want to read same story anyway? If you want a fan fiction, create your own story line. It's good if it's totally different from the original one. But then again, why not just create your OWN characters with personalities you thought of and everything. 

I actually believe nothing is wrong with published fanfiction. And again, it is as long as you give proper credits and disclaimer or if you want go and talk with the author first or something. Anyway, I like this book better than any other BDSM books I've read. Well I read FSoG and one other book about BDSM too. Forgot the title. Still thumbs up for me. :)


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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller

by Kimberly Ann Miller
Release Date: 18th June 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Book Blurb from Goodreads: 
A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong?
In the Bermuda Triangle—a lot.
Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life--her father's death years ago, her mother's medical problems, and the loser who’s practically stalking her--seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears she's gone nuts for more than one reason: that loser’s suddenly claiming they're a happy couple... a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying "Happy Anniversary"... and suddenly, she’s full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ship's doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, she's warned that these "alternate realities" could become permanent.
She just has to ask herself one question—how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?

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“Are you all right, honey?”

I opened my eyes. An attractive young woman with red hair and brilliant green eyes was looking at me. What I thought was salt water from the ocean must have been tears because my face was the only one nearby that was wet. I glanced at her concerned expression and smiled. “Yes, thank you.
I’m fine.” I swiped away a tear with my finger. “Just…everything’s fine.”

She stepped closer and lowered her voice. “This cruise will change your life. Nothing will be the same when it’s over, but it will be worth it. You’ll see.” Her emerald eyes twinkled, and she nodded her head once.

I forced a laugh to be polite. “Thanks. Enjoy your cruise.”

What a weirdo. What did that even mean? How could a cruise change my life? I moved from my spot to avoid more weirdness from her and found a less populated area at the back of the ship. New York and New Jersey disappeared behind us as we charged toward Bermuda and away
from the mess my life had become.

A cloud covered the retreating sun, sending shivers through me. A white-haired lady dropped her purse and lots of change tumbled out. A penny hit my foot and landed on tails.

My cell phone buzzed. I pulled it from my pocket. I had thirteen messages and thirteen texts. How would Nisha survive the next five days without hearing from me? I took care of the messages and told her I’d call her when we got back to Jersey.

Even though I was not very superstitious, a bad feeling crawled into the pit of my stomach and took up residence.

I knew what I was leaving behind, but what was I floating toward?


Kimberly Miller received Bachelor's degrees from Georgian Court University and Rutgers University and a Master's degree from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is an avid reader and particularly enjoys true crime and young adult novels. She grew up in New Jersey and currently resides in Monmouth County with her husband and three cats. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel to sunny islands where she snorkels by day and stargazes by night. She always takes her Nook with her. 


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