I’m taking part in the Bout of Books 19 Read-a-thon number 19 from May 8 to 14.
You may even find a challenge over there created by yours truly! (May 9)
Not a Font
That’s what this image to the right is.
How do I know for sure?
Because I made it with angel hair pasta!
Cover titles aren’t always made with computer fonts.
Sometimes artists get to play around and create letters.
That’s the challenge I offered up for today.
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
(Note= While I’ve been a BoB expert in the past, I didn’t sign up this time due to A to Z burnout. I will volunteer again in the future.)
Reading Challenges that are a big part of my current reading goals:
MY DAY 1 PROGRESS
Runaway by J.R. Vincente
This book and author are new to me. #NewToMe2017
Before I get to the review, let me recap a little conversation…
Me: I finished reading that choose-your-erotica book you mentioned.
“Friend” (note the quotes…) : Did you find secret scene?
Me: Secret scene? You mean the secret she has for most of the book?
“Friend“: No! There’s a secret scene from one of the choices. I found it. Didn’t you find it? Who did she end up with?
Me: The dog owner was texting her, but she ended up single and fine with it.
“Friend“: I can’t believe you missed the secret scene.
Me: I can’t believe how much I hate you right now.
I then reread the book, making different choices. And then… read it again. The scene! I found the scene!
Yes, this does make me cooler than the rest of you.
The cover of the book, by the way, is a bed (or mattress) that’s bondage ready. That cover should be your clue to how high on the heat scale this could be. (*Anna @herdingcats2012 — If you read this book, good luck figuring out your kitty heat scale. LOL.)
Some of the book takes part in my home state of PA. (I was looking for a book with a setting in my hometown for a reading challenge in 2015.)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,764 Paid in Kindle Store
#9326 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Erotica > BDSM
#9400 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Erotica > BDSM
#73099 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction
I read the book three times (in my quest for the secret scene). I enjoyed all three read-throughs. There is a good amount of suspense, making it more like a mystery-thriller, in several of the choices. It’s easy enough to believe that this could be real; that the characters could exist, as could the scenarios. Runaway was as fun to read as every other choose-your-adventure book I’ve picked up. It might be hardcore, it might be softcore, there are some HEA and some not, or it might just be a suspense with some romance… the reader decides.
I read erotica when it is written by someone I know or recommended to me. (This book was a recommendation.) I was pleasantly surprised by how fun this was to read. Perhaps because I was able to decide her fate. The only problem I had was that I didn’t get that secret bonus scene on the first read, so I had to go back! Okay, that’s not a bad problem to have, and speaks more to my stubborn determination. It was a fun journey.
We Can Be Mended (Divergent #3.5) by Veronica Roth
On a psychological level, yes, I understand why this story ends the way it ends. There’s a lot of emotion packed in these pages. How you feel about Four will determine how your heart holds up while reading this.
Be warned, if you’ve only seen the movies, especially the last one, you WILL NOT understand any of this story at all whatsoever. I half wonder if Veronica Roth wrote this because she felt bad for her fans or her characters after the ending of the final movie. (Character Arcs? Pfft… we’ll just have an alternative ending of some happily ever after!) This story, this small book, is the anti version of that ending. That’s what I like about it. If, however, you preferred that movie ending, then you’ll probably dislike this story.