Happy Happy Friday all and an early Happy Mothers Day to all who will be relaxing on Sunday! Here we go…
My choice this week comes with a warning: sensitive subject matter (Bella becomes involved in a cult) and very OOC characters (I know many of you are squeamish about creepy Carlisles; this is the creepiest Carlisle… ever). However, it’s beautifully done and really unique. Once I started The Earth, it Trembles I didn’t want to read anything else until I was done. I had to know… the truth. No really, I had to know what happened. Thank Rob it’s a shortish, complete story.
A girl, a boy, a God, a life, a rebirth, an escape, an attempt at living again.
Our rather serious recs, after the jump
I liked the structure of the story. It jumps back in forth in time, with the past spiralling forward until we’re caught up. It’s almost took my breath away to realized how recent “events” had been for “present” Bella. I’m being deliberately vague of course. This Bella is stronger than she thinks and you admire her from early on in the present story. Edward is a sweet, understanding and earnest young man and I fell in love with him almost immediately. They work together and slowly get to know each other as Bella heals – and he tries to figure out why she’s so different and so intriguing to him.
Excerpt from chapter 5
Edward comes in to help with the evening crowd, a short little swing shift, and Bella gives him a smile as he walks in. Each day she grows a little more comfortable being around him, and does a little bit better at making conversation.
But he surprises her this Friday night, just as he’s leaving.
“Hey—I was thinking, maybe we could watch a movie tomorrow or something,” he says, his hand rubbing at the back of his neck. “I mean, I saw you weren’t working tomorrow night. And neither am I.”
“Um, oh,” she replies, feeling awkward and suddenly ten degrees too hot. “I’m actually moving tomorrow, so . . ..”
His eyes light up. “I can help you. I have a truck.”
“I don’t really need a truck.” She’s trying to be evasive, but he just keeps pushing. While she wants to tell him to drop it, she also wants him to persist.
“I can help you unpack.”
“There’s not really anything to unpack.”
He eyes her for a moment. “Is it furnished?”
Shaking her head, she looks around for something to do, anything to busy her hands and occupy her as this conversation continues.
“Are you,” he begins, pausing for a moment. “Moving in with someone?”
“No,” she says quickly, as quickly as she can.
She looks up at him. They stare at each other for several seconds, his face growing curious and suspicious, hers looking frightened.
“Why don’t you just tell me what’s really going on here,” he offers, gesturing between the two of them. “Because I have no idea.”
She sighs. Grabbing a rag, she begins polishing the espresso machine, keeping her eyes averted. “I’m moving into an apartment, but I don’t have any stuff to move, except for some clothes. Okay? I don’t own anything, so I don’t need any help. That’s it.”
The back story is difficult to read at times but so worth it. There is a difference between the story-telling in each tense too and I love that; in the present story we’re more, uh, present with Bella, we’re there with her. Which is highly enjoyable because sweet Edward is there, ready to sweep us, I mean, Bella off her feet. In the back story there is a distance, a detachment. The reader feels more like a voyeur than a “part” of the story and it suits not only the subject but Bella’s own mind-set at the time. Really brilliant writing, often poetic (I love that!) and Bella and Edward that will stay with you for a long time after. If you like something really different and don’t mind a little creep factor give The Earth, it Trembles a go.
Now Annie’s up! Her WIP rec this week has me intrigued… and scared. (Douchewards break my heart a little )
Edward is an unfeeling bastard. Bella gets caught up in his games. Language and lots of it. Lemons eventually. It’s a slow burn, slow and painful. Mature. Lots of random pop culture references. AH, AU, ExB.
Sometimes you need a little Doucheward and whoa, is this Edward douchey (wow spellcheck did not even question that). He, Emmett and Alice have an insurance agency. He’s arrogant, self centered, and rude. Edward thinks he wants to have no strings attached sex with Bella.
Excerpt from chapter 5
Really, I’ve never been attracted to a girl like Isabella Swan before. Earthy and uncultured, lithe and whimsical. I tend to gravitate towards the full of body, full of money types with highlights in their hair and flesh spilling out of the top of their shirts. Girls like Victoria Sutherland. Tanya Denali. Rosalie Hale. Chesty suggestive girls all of them, whose daddies have deep pockets.
Maybe it’s time for a change.
“You need a ride somewhere?”
Her hesitation is so telling. She has no idea how to read me. I know she doesn’t much care for me, I would venture a guess that she is just a little intimidated by me as well.
Good. She should be.
“I’m not far from where I’m headed. I will just walk. Thanks all the same, though.”
“I don’t bite, Isabella.”
Yes I do.
Bella works in the office next to Edward’s agency. She also works for a caterer on weekends. Despite her attraction to Edward, she is no fool and does not succumb easily to his, er, charms.
Excerpt from chapter 2:
I head back out to keep cleaning. I am clearing bottle caps and paper napkins from his table when Edward reaches out and clasps my wrist.
“Bella.” His irises look very green, probably because the whites are tinged with red. His eyelashes are dark at the root, golden fire at the tips. “Dance with me.”
I can hear the opening notes of Clair De Lune by DeBussy and I know I will never forget this moment. As absurd as it is. The look of abject suffering on Edward’s face almost moves me to pity. And I love Clair De Lune. Right now I would wager that he does too.
Something is breaking his heart.
“I’m… I’m not allowed to dance,” I stammer out. “It’s against Jane’s rules.”
“Break the rules.” He pleads.
I almost give in. But this is Edward Cullen.
“Not for you,” and I snatch my hand back and walk away.
If this sounds like a comedy, it is not. Edward and Bella are both scarred. Edward emotionally from a troubled childhood and war. Bella has inward and outward scars of her own. I like that Bella stays strong and doesn’t let Edward seduce her before she’s ready. I like how Edward maybe sorta kinda lets his douche walls down once in awhile for her. Will Edward figure out these feelings Bella causes in him? Will he ever be able to conquer his inner douche so that Bella can begin to trust?
Eep! Thanks Annie, sounds intense. I’m bookmarking that one. Now a quick announcement: Bonne Foi epi is up! Which means it’s completely complete (someone I know who rhymes with ‘Stinkersmell’ said it wasn’t complete without the epi lol). If you’ve been waiting for the epi to start you are good to go. Check out Bonne Foi by Amethyst Jackson Speaking of Bonne Foi, a Bella POV is promised to the compilation for Fandom For No Kid Hungry. There are loads of authors signed up and the compilation should be HUGE (twss). You can check out the participating author list HERE and I’ve donated the epi for When Will I Know!
Happy Weekend everybody. Tell us what you’re reading. Lots of love, xoxoxo Annie and Debb