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The Juliette Society (The Juliette Society Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sasha Grey
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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A tantalising debut (The Sun)

The writing is fantastic, her take on life and sex and everything in between is fascinating and Catherine was a very complex character . . . The Juliette Society was a very interesting read (Chick Lit Reviews)

[Sasha Grey] knows what she's talking about. More shockingly, she knows how to write vividly AND how to whip up a stonking plot. Hot stuff (Star Magazine)

Set to be the next EL James (Independent)

The Juliette Society is erotica with a difference . . . definitely one to add to your reading list (Cosmopolitan)

Very much the Fifty Shades of Grey for 2013 (Dazeddigital.com)

An impressive debut from Sasha Grey, who writes with an easy confidence . . . This is the perfect read for someone who fancies a bit of intelligent sauce (BestChickLit.com)

Perfect for those needing a post-Fifty Shades fix (Grazia)

This sexy debut is a sizzling holiday read (Fabulous Magazine)

50 Shades has a new contender for hottest book on the block (No 1 Magazine)

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Before we go any further, let's get this out of the way; I want you to do three things for me.

One. Do not be offended by anything you read beyond this point.
Two. Leave your inhibitions at the door.
Three, and most importantly. Everything you see and hear from now on must remain between us...

Catherine, a blossoming film student whose sexuality has been recently stirred, finds herself drawn into a secret club where the world's most powerful people meet to explore their deepest, often darkest sexual fantasies.

But even as these new experiences open intense new pleasures for Catherine, they also threaten to destroy everything she holds dear.

In her debut novel, Sasha Grey takes us inside a private, high-profile, sex society where anything and everything can happen.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 300 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (9 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7YZ1VM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sasha Grey was one of the most successful stars of the Hollywood porn industry. Since she left the adult movie world aged 21, Sasha has gone on to star in Entourage and Stephen Soderberg's film The Girlfriend Experience. The Juliette Society is her first novel.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars definitely give it a go 12 May 2013
By Alexis
Format:Paperback
The first thing I loved about this book was the way it was presented - with a gorgeous, azure blue cover, very subtle design and I was also pleased at getting my money's worth at the reaching-400 pages length.
This book is not like 50 Shades of Grey, but definitely addresses themes of that same book. It takes some intelligence to read and despite some reviewers blasting Grey for her "cocky" name dropping of film writers and literary texts throughout, it adds a level of depth to the character.
I really won't give much away because it's a thoroughly fascinating book and you really need to read it for yourself, but Grey is a surprisingly decent writer. Of course, she won't be the best, but the key thing that I noticed about this book is how it goes the opposite way from the submissive character shown so often in books like this (namely of course 50 Shades), but instead explores a protagonist who is more assertive in what she wants. Some may argue that this leaves readers feeling disconnected and without anything to relate to, since the popularity of submissive characters seems pretty prominent at the moment, but personally this adds to the brooding sexual awakening that Catherine eventually discovers, making it a really good book to read.
You can obviously see that the author's brought her own experiences into this, and I think that's what makes it unique. It doesn't tentatively dip its toe into the BDSM scene - it dives straight in. There's no silly romance either, just a raw story with good developments (although a flimsy, unbelievable opening)and a well-described journey of the main character's sexual awakening. I didn't like 50 Shades because of how weak and complaining the girl is throughout; she rarely does much apart from fall apart at the sight of a good looking guy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unlike any erotic book I've ever read . . . 20 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is unlike any erotic book I've ever read. It's an intelligent look at sex from an assertive protagonist's POV, with people's sexual needs and appetites being dissected and analysed. It's an impressive debut from Sasha Grey, who writes with an easy confidence, and the story behind The Juliette Society is fascinating, initially making the book seem very intriguing.

However, there are a lot of dream-like/fantasy scenarios that result in the lead character going off on tangents on the physiologies of sex. These speeches come off as a little preachy, rather than just the character's opinion, and are boring. The sex scenes are middle of the road, I've read tamer ones and I've read raunchier, but they are erotic and well written. This is the perfect read for someone who fancies a bit of intelligent sauce.

Reviewed by Charlotte Foreman on behalf of BestChickLit.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok read 6 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Good plot towards end of book, but takes a while to get there, so glad I did not give up before
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars where's the story?! 10 Jun 2013
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I get this book is all about the sex, but some sort of story would have been nice. Really disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I was hoping for more. 2 Jun 2013
By Lilly
Format:Kindle Edition
With Grey's experience I was really hoping for more from this novel. She definitely brought in elements of her adventures and intimate knowledge but unfortunately it didn't translate into a good read.

I felt the character's constant relation to film was Grey trying to prove she isn't dumb, I normally like having a protagonist express her interests and hobbies as it makes them more believable but in this case it was just boring and a bit 'I get the point, you've done your research.'

It definitely felt like a first novel - constant repeating of sentences phased slightly differently to fill out word count. The dream sequences felt like filler. The main character was different in that she wasn't the usual erotica pushover, but she didn't come across very relatable and I just couldn't get to like her. There were some well-written descriptions but sometimes they went too far and I forgot what was actually happening which interrupted the flow of the novel.

It'll be interesting to see if Grey continues and grows as there's definitely potential but, for me, TJS was quite boring and felt like a chore to finish in the end.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars All Sex - No Story 9 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
How many ways can you describe the same thing. This book is marketed as a follow-up to 50 Shades but it lacks a robust story. If you want to read 400 pages of pporn then this may float your boat
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2.0 out of 5 stars "I coulda' been a contender!" 14 July 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For me, this book was very much a case of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly; of which the result is something not totally dire, but certainly not fantastic either. Although there are numerous plus points, they happen to be countered in equal measure, if not superceded, by negative ones. My breakdown is thus:

The Good: The premise is interesting, as is the cerebral style, and the filmic and literary references. I'm actually a fan of the disjointed, train-of-thought type of narrative, and I also found the lead character's semi-existential musings on certain things (both sexual and otherwise) fresh and interesting.

The Bad: The oft-repeated "plot is subservient to character" feels very apropos for a story that concerns the workings of the main character's mind, than what actually happens in the plot. I can, however, see why this might prove frustrating for readers who are seeking a plot of some substance; because not a hell of a lot actually happens at all. The plot itself certainly gets bogged down pondering and exploring the 'minor' details - which seems deliberate, as if Grey is trying her utmost to stir readers' own inner film and literature critics - and if that's not your bag (and perhaps even if it is) then at best it has a tendency to drag and at worst it seems nauseatingly pretentious.

The Ugly: The execution, however, and the sex and fantasy sex scenes themselves, are what really let this story down. For all the criticism the main character levels at porn, the erotica reads exactly like it - ultimately, staged and fake - and for a book that's been hailed as thinking people's erotica, it feels horribly like false advertising. My biggest qualm, however, has to be Grey's idiosyncratic turn of phrase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strange Book
Strange story, I didn't really get it. Was it based in the here and now or was it all fantasy, I really couldn't tell. Did enjoy it though
Published 15 days ago by Nice person
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Got through this book in about 2 days. I couldn't put it down. It wasn't the best written book, it didn't have the best plot line, but I loved every second of it.
Published 1 month ago by Gko
5.0 out of 5 stars Read in a day.
An amazing book, well written, easy to read. Received it the next day.
I read the book the same day i got it..... and finished it that evening. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chloe
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Boring
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Juliette Society (The Juliette Society Trilogy)
Sailed through this naughty book, well written and has a great story. Well worth a read. i recommend this book.
Published 4 months ago by Chesh
4.0 out of 5 stars Wierdly compelling
I found this book to be a mixed bag, but I've given it four stars for the fact that I was still thinking about it long after I had finished reading. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tori
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so good.
Got it for the wife. It's a bit crap to be honest. Thought Sascha would have more writing talent, I was wrong.
Published 6 months ago by JJ214
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected
I definitely didn't expect this book to be as good as it was. Well written if a little far fetched. Would recommend.
Published 7 months ago by Beccah
5.0 out of 5 stars You found the book that a girl friend said I should read not for the...
Because of the swift and excellent delivery have now been so busy with other things can only pick up and read when a chance prevails its a book to pick up and put down easily bye
Published 8 months ago by Anne Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well written
Compelling story line and a very impressive main character. A very honest look into the individual.

Would very highly recommend
Published 8 months ago by Daniel Barfoot
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