To Read or Not To Read…World War Z by Max Brooks

Happy Summer Everyone. I know I am a little bit behind on the current releases. However I have been meaning to see World War Z in the movie theater. However after learning it is based (in part) on the book by the same name. I am wondering if I should read the book first? Or see the film first? I am already aware that changes were made to fit into 2 hour plus film. So I am wondering is it worth to read the World War Z book? Also, I would love to read your reviews so feel free to leave comments to this post. Thanks.

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The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

Looking for a great historical romance to read this spring? The American Heiress is the book for you. The story centers around Cora Cash- the richest girl in America. She has the charm, the beauty, and envy of her fellow socialites. All that is missing is the royal title. Cora’s mother is more than willing to ensure that Cora does get this title by any means necessary. Mrs Cash moves her daughter to England where through a series of unforeseen events Cora meets Ivo Maltravers the Duke of Wareham.

Quickly, Cora and Ivo marry. This is where the real story begins. Cora must learn the ways of English society as the new Duchess of Lulworth while trying to maintain her American identity. She encounters secrets from Ivo’s past regarding his family’s troubled history. Adding another wrinkle to the story is Cora’s ex boyfriend Teddy Van Der Leyden who has information that could forever change Cora’s new life in England.

The secondary story is about Cora’s personal maid Bertha as she transitions into servants’ hierarchy at Lulworth. Bertha finds romance with Jim the Duke of Wareham’s personal servant. They both have to keep their romance secret from everyone or risk losing their positions at Lulworth.

These are some of the intriguing details that made this book so much fun to read. I hope that you will read it. Please let us know what you think of it. All opinions are welcomed.

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50 Shades Freed by EL James –The Review Is Up!

The ManVsBooks Club presents:

50 Shades of Freed

Part III of III ~ The Finale

Here I am…on the last page of the trilogy. I was so happy when I got to the last page of 50 Shades of Freed

I was hoping this final book would make reading this series worth it. Sadly it wasn’t. After a three-month courtship, Ana Steele is now Ana Grey.  Her professional life has undergone speedy change as well. She is no longer an assistant to the Editor but now the Editor thanks to the sudden firing of her boss. Mind you Ana is still fresh out of college and a couple of weeks later she is the boss. How implausible! I wish that E.L. James would have made Ana sudden promotion more realistic.

Once again, E.L James relies heavily on constant arguments followed by sex scenes to push the love story forward. Christian Grey confronts his demons by facing them; however, Christian shows his immaturity in several situations. For example:

1. He decides to punish his wife by handcuffed hands and feet together in their kinky relations. He proceeds to mark her body with bite marks as though he is marking his territory.

2. When he found out that she was pregnant. He yelled at her and called her names for her unexpected pregnancy. I felt E.L James went to a new low writing those scenes! How disappointing!

3. Ultimately Christian and Ana reunite. They even deal with kidnapping attempt against Christian’s sister which places Ana and her unborn child in imminent danger…everyone survives. 

E.L. James doesn’t bore us with the gory details of the pregnancy and the delivery. Instead we are fast forwarded to two years later where Ana is now the owner of Grey Publishing ,a doting mother of a son, and pregnant with her second child. Christian has made peace with his past and actually enjoys being a father. Ok here I go, I’m going to note something positive…the ending is picture perfect.

At the end of the book E.L. James included a bonus chapter of Christian first meeting with Ana from 50 Shades of Grey from his point of view. I found myself enjoying his thoughts more so than Ana’s the first time.

I wish Ms James had written these books from both of their point of views.

Feel free to write your review below or tell us your thoughts and comments below.

Is the 50 Shades Trilogy worth all the hype?

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50 Shades Darker — The Review Is In!

The ManVsBooksClub presents:

50 Shades Darker by EL James

Part II of III 

50 Shades Darker picks up a couple of days after Ana Steele breaks up with Christian Grey. I guess she couldn’t handle his “other” lifestyle as much as she thought she could.  During the course of their weekend breakup Ana pines away for Christian. I think she managed to lose 5 lbs in that time. A possible new diet plan for the masses??? Meanwhile Christian Grey has decided to give up his “other” lifestyle. After years of therapy Ana leaving him had that effect on him. Somewhere the psychiatric community sobbing uncontrollably.

It doesn’t take long for Ana and her 50 Shades to reunite. Ana is back to swooning over Christian. Throughout the course of the book Ana decides to the bondage and spanking another try. It all leads to some of most repetitious sex. I can’t believe how bored I became of it. I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough.

In between all the unnecessary arguments, sex scenes, and descriptions of Christian Grey Ana manages to work at a publishing house as an assistant to the Editor. Christian being the control freak that he is, buys the company…(Wow, I guess it’s good to have the boss as your boyfriend hey?)

During the course of the story we found out more about Christian’s past submissives: the women who Christian controlled. One of them begins stalking Ana. This woman turns out to be very elusive. Ana is forced to move into Christian’s penthouse apartment. Ana learns more about Christian first experiences in the “other” lifestyle. He was a submissive to a woman who was friends with his adoptive parents.

Once again E.L. James speedily wraps up the story by having the stalker caught and Christian publicly outing his inappropriate relationship with the family friend at his family’s home.

Overall, I thought this book should have focused more on getting to know Christian Grey.

…but we’ll see where EL James takes us next….

I will next be  reviewing the third and final book in the series…

50 Shades Freed!

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50 Shades of Grey — The Reviews Are In!

The ManVsBooks Club presents:

50 Shades of Grey

I must admit I was curious about 50 Shades of Grey. It seemed like everywhere I went I was surrounded by people reading it or discussing it. Finally I had to see what all the hype was all about so I borrowed the trilogy.

Several chapters into it I found myself losing interest. I wasn’t particularly fond of Anastasia, the lead character.  Sorry but she was a bit too whiny for my liking. I know that the character is supposed to be 21 years old but come on.  I would have love it she had more of a backbone (…wishful thinking on my part).

After many coincidental meetings with Christian Grey. The guy is a stalker of epic proportions in my opinion. He reveals his BDSM lifestyle to her. Christian Grey wants Ana to be his submissive. She agrees to it after a few days of considering it….and tet the spanking and tying up began….

Ana slowly adapts to the submissive role. Soon she begins to enjoy it. The following chapters have Christian and Ana having sex all over the place. It got to the point where I thought of them as two rabbits who just couldn’t get enough of it. Somewhere in the middle of the  sex escapades, there were some genuine sweet moments. One of those moments was when Christian took Ana hang gliding for the first time. Another were the constant email banter between Christian and Ana.

Everything was going great for Ana and Christian until what would be the abrupt ending. It seemed like the author ran out of steam; however, I was intrigued enough to want to see what happens next….

Stay tuned for the next review for:

50 Shades Darker…

 

~DP of the ManVsBooksClub