Jennifer Lyon


Thursday, July 7th, 2011
Last Time You Were Surprised?

When was the last time a book or movie surprised you?

I just read a book that surprised me. It’s CHASIN’ EIGHT By Lorelei James. Loris one of my blog mates over at Murder She Writes.  I’ve read a four or five of her books and like her writing.  You know how it is, some books work better for me than others.

But this book took an unexpected turn and I can’t stop thinking about it.  In my opinion, this should be her breakout book.  The book was all fun and sexy, super enjoyable and then it was like being slammed between the eyes by a dose or reality that took these characters from fun and sexy to unforgettable. And by the way, she set it up very well,  and in retrospect, I should have seen it coming. I keep thinking about two scenes in there that just had a real impact on me.

Even the title holds a deeper meaning that I ever expected.

So for me, that last book or movie that surprised me is CHASIN’ EIGHT.  What about you?

9 comments to “Last Time You Were Surprised?”

  1. B.E Sanderson
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      · July 7th, 2011 at 7:35 am · Link

    I was recently surprised by the second book in a series I started earlier this year. The first book was good and a definite recommend, but the second took a darker turn. I wasn’t expecting to be so disturbed by the villain. It was an awesome book, and I’d recommend it, but I don’t know if I can read the next book. (And I’m not mentioning the author or the titles because I really like her and I don’t want a public comment like this to hurt her feelings or her sales.) Eh, then again, it’s probably just me.



  2. Jen Lyon
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      · July 7th, 2011 at 10:18 am · Link

    B.E., I’ve been there and had the same problem, and like you, I don’t mention the author either. I distinctly remember the book that did that to me, it just went really dark (nauseatingly so for me) and I could not like the hero. We all experience books differently.



  3. Viki S.
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      · July 7th, 2011 at 11:09 am · Link

    I’m one of those that almost always figures out books and movies very quickly. Having just read Witches Of East End I thought I had it all figured out too but the very last page proved me wrong.



  4. Kel
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      · July 7th, 2011 at 12:39 pm · Link

    It was a movie and it just happened yesterday. Don’t laugh, but Transformers 3. It had a twist I didn’t see coming.
    My fiance is usually good at figuring out this stuff too, but he even didn’t see it coming. There was another “surpriser” in the movie that he did see coming, but he was courteous to me and kept his mouth shut. lol



  5. Silver James
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      · July 7th, 2011 at 2:54 pm · Link

    I checked in early this morning but didn’t have an answer. After thinking about it, I fear I still don’t. That’s just…sad! LOL I fear I almost always have the villain figured out long before the reveal when I read thrillers, suspense, or romantic suspense. You did give me pause for a moment when Roxy’s mother was revealed in SINFUL MAGIC. :wink:



  6. Jenn
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      · July 7th, 2011 at 6:01 pm · Link

    Viki, oh, I’ll have to look that book up!



  7. Jenn
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      · July 7th, 2011 at 6:02 pm · Link

    Kel, Kudos to your fiance for keeping his mouth shut on the other surprise that he did see coming in the movie :-)



  8. Jenn
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      · July 7th, 2011 at 6:03 pm · Link

    Silver, LOL on Roxy’s mother! I usually figure out villains too, this was another kind of surprise/twist.



  9. Viki S.
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      · July 7th, 2011 at 6:13 pm · Link

    Jenn – It’s by Melissa De La Cruz. I hope you enjoy it.



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