One of her "misses." Malic is ridiculous and unlikable and spends more time cuddling with the supposed enemy than with his love interest, who he treat...moreOne of her "misses." Malic is ridiculous and unlikable and spends more time cuddling with the supposed enemy than with his love interest, who he treats like crap until the last chapter. It barely feels like a romance, considering Dylan isn't even in the book that much. There is no plot. It's just a bunch of random things happening to Malic, as if I cared. I was relieved when it ended.
Dylan. Who the heck IS he, anyway? No, really. We know next to nothing about him, and he's as flat as paper. Come to think of it, Malic is pretty flat himself. He's a scary, muscle-man and that's about it. Dylan is a clingy, horny teenager. That's about it. (less)
1. Sara is a recipient of oral sex on about ten different occasions, and yet Alex gets no pleasure whatsoever until the end of the book. She half-hear...more1. Sara is a recipient of oral sex on about ten different occasions, and yet Alex gets no pleasure whatsoever until the end of the book. She half-heartedly asks him about it, but it goes no further. Why? Not only is this unrealistic, but it's pointless. Is it meant to prove he's a martyr? Because he isn't. He's so selfish.
2. When Alex offers to cure her brother, she tells him not to because she thinks it means all the time SHE spent trying to find a cure would have been useless. Um, can you say selfish??? Ugh. No, I don't want you to save my bro because that would mean I'd have wasted my time. Um, come on. It's ridiculous. This is supposed to be a heroine we like?
3. Alex basically tells Sara: either I drink from this vamp chick or I die. And Sara tells him to choose death, because she can't stand the thought of him being with someone else - even though all he'd be doing was drinking from the woman's wrist. AND THEN Sara goes and kisses someone else...just because it's a woman, doesn't make it okay, especially since the woman she kissed is attracted to her, which - by the way - is stupid. I'm going to be angry if Dillon gets a book for herself with another woman, because that type of thing is not allowed when it's two men. Whenever a gay man gets a book, he suddenly turns straight, so either Dillon will turn straight, or I'll be pissed off.
4.Alex is a jerk. To everyone. He's so mean to Evans. He treats everyone like crap, even his brothers, and is extremely violent and unappealing. He's too possessive. He gives Sara's boss food poisoning just because the guy interacted with Sara. That's so pathetic. He's so selfish that he doesn't even want Sara to spend ANY time with her brother. He wants to control her life.
5. Sara is a pathetic weakling who does nothing to defend herself, only sits there crying while a baddie attempts to rape her. She's very selfish and when it comes to her patients, she picks favorites. Once she is going through her patient files, literally thinking things like, Yeah, yeah, whatever. Oh, okay, whatevs. Deal with that later. Blah blah blah. Who cares? And then when she gets to Pearl's file, she's all: "OH MY GOD I MUST SAVE HER!" Is that a likable heroine? And the thing is, I'd heard so many good things about Sara...they were all false. At one point, she tells Alex to be careful - not because she actually cares, but because she knows another woman would have to heal him if he did. She actually says this to him. Uh-huh.
6. The Pearl subplot? Who the heck actually cares? I mean, really. I couldn't possibly have cared any less about that weirdo.
7. At one point, Alex threatens to rip out her boss's heart if the guy ever looks at her again...and Sara gets turned on by this. I find that extremely strange.
8. I don't like this book. I don't like its characters or its plot. (less)
I enjoyed this book despite the annoying heroine. I LOVE Seth, and I love the fact that he's a tortured hero who has actually done some torturing hims...moreI enjoyed this book despite the annoying heroine. I LOVE Seth, and I love the fact that he's a tortured hero who has actually done some torturing himself. Usually the supposedly "evil" heroes won't hurt a fly. It ended up not mattering what he'd done because with a past like his, I could excuse him for pretty much anything. Maybe not excuse, but understand. I spent this whole book wanting to hug him. Poor guy actually believed the crap the evil dudes have been spewing, believes he's stupid and pathetic. He could have been unoriginal, but...for some reason he seemed to stand out to me. I can't say exactly why, but I think it has something to do with his vulnerability. It was more...obvious than it usually is and it made him seem more real to me, rather than one of Kenyon's generic heroes.
As for Lydia, I liked her at first but then she started doing little things that bothered me, liking calling Seth "pathetic." Why does she call him this, you ask? Because she thinks it's pathetic that Seth chose to stay in his room and read while trapped in the demon hell realm instead of going out and exploring demon-central. Why is that pathetic? That's just a mean thing to say and did not endear her to me at all. There are some aspects of her personality that I like, such as her loyalty, but I just wish she thought before she spoke.
Lydia KNOWS Seth's past. His past of having a mother who left him out in the middle of the desert and broke his legs by beating him with a hammer so he would be trapped there unable to die while he starved and dehydrated and was pecked at by birds. After this a family adopted him to do all their chores and work for them and then sold him for pennies to a demon who tortured him mentally and physically for 4500 years. That was his life. She knows this. She actually saw it first hand with the help of Jaden, who can see into people's memories. And yet still, she says things like, "You have no social skills. I swear you were raised by monkeys," and then claims not to understand why saying that would hurt him. Is she the absolute dumbest person of all time? Kenyon can't create a heroine that doesn't say stupid things and make unfunny jokes about "where she's going to hide the body" of her hero. Seriously, Lydia contemplates this while having sex with him.
She also has to find insult in everything. Like when Seth called her "lily" in his native tongue and she freaked out thinking he'd called her "Susan." Give me a freaking break. And then she gets pissed when he allows another women to TALK TO HIM. This man had not seen the sun in literally 45oo years. He'd been in the outside world for a few minutes and a women approaches him. Is that HIS FAULT? He's utterly lost and confused. Was he supposed to...what? Kill the random women? And THEN she gets angry when he turns away after she tries to kiss him. She gets pissed KNOWING that he associates kissing with pain and does not understand that kissing can come without pain. She KNOWS this. And she's so self-centered she doesn't even realize it.
Also, Jaden. I reeeeeaaaaaallllyyyy want to know more about him. And I want him to get out of that stupid freaking demon place! Oh, and the end was rushed and took away from the book as a whole. I don't like when a story jumps ahead in time and leaves out important info.
This makes it sound like I don't like it, but that isn't the case. I enjoyed Lydia and Seth's relantionship and I especially enjoyed watching him very slowly learn to trust her. It was so sad how long it had been since he'd seen the sun, so when he finally saw it for the first time in 4500 years it was really a special scene. And even Lydia had her redeeming qualities. I liked the way she used endearments for Seth, because he'd never experienced such a thing, so it was very important to him and therefore important to me as well.
I'm not going to bother to write a real review for this one. Suffice it to say that I didn't like and found it extremely boring. I really wanted to li...moreI'm not going to bother to write a real review for this one. Suffice it to say that I didn't like and found it extremely boring. I really wanted to like it, but...it fell flat for me. I like a few of the characters, mainly Gideon, but Showalters writing style just kills these books. She cuts off every scene the second it starts to get interesting and it's getting beyond old. Plus, if I have to hear about "ropes of muscle" one more time, I'll explode. Ever heard of a freaking thesaurus, Gena Showalter? Apparently not. Also, it seems to me the characters only care about each other when it's convenient for them, and for lords that supposedly love each other...I don't know, I just don't feel anything when reading these books. Even when Gideon, my favorite character, was tortured...I oddly wasn't upset. I was just like, Oh, okay. That's gross.
I liked Sabin at firt, then grew bored with him. Paris annoys me to no end, and I have no idea why everyone loves him so much. I kinda like Amun and maybe Strider. Torin...maybe. Anya is still the best part about this series. Gwen...she was all right. I didn't like her for the most part, and her doubts got old, because they were her OWN doubts, not ones caused by Sabin's demon. And then there was the whole thing with Galen...which made me really annoyed with Gwen. Both she and Sabin are mega hyprocritical.
DON'T get me started on Gwen's sisters! God, were they annoying! I wanted to knock them out throughout the book with the way they tried to control every aspect of Gwen's life and also they were pretty much evil and I just hated them. That is all.
I will read the next books...but not right away. I don't think I can take more of these without starting to hate books.(less)
Payne/Manny I was looking forward to their story since I liked both Payne and Manny in the previous installment. I wo...moreWhere to begin?
I'll start with...
Payne/Manny I was looking forward to their story since I liked both Payne and Manny in the previous installment. I wouldn't say I was disappointed, but I wasn't amazed, either--I blame this on Ward and not on the characters themselves.
I actually thought they were a cute couple, and usually I'm not one for the 'you are mine' at first sight thing, but that's what this series is, so I've gotten used to it and actually kinda like it now, since it spares all the 'I hate him/hers.'
I felt so SO sorry for Manny after they screwed with his mind so much. The poor guy was so confused and thought he was going crazy. I really wanted to give him a hug at that point, but noooo, I had to watch him constantly helpinghelpinghelping with no one ever doing the same favor for him. The guy got maybe three minutes of sleep during the whole book, and yet he was fine, performing major surgeries etc. I kinda wished Payne would sit him down and say, "You deserve a break." Alas, that was not to be.
As for Payne, I did like her. At first I despised her, because I despise characters who ask their loved ones to kill them, because it's so unbelievably selfish, and they KNOW they're ruining the person's life by putting this on their conscience, but they care more about themselves, so don't care. So, when Payne asked V to kill her...I wanted to kill her. Then when she realized later how awful and selfish she'd been, I forgave her. She was generally a nice, strong, protective, and loyal woman. Her arrogance toward the end annoyed me a bit--she acted like she was so superior because of who her mother is--but overall I liked her.
V and Jane I'v never liked V. I know I'm the only one, but it needs to be said. I find him dour and unpleasant all around with no real redeeming qualities. He's violent AND uninteresting. (Please don't kill me). It irked me how he asked Butch to beat him, and yet was not seen as a bad guy, yet when Z asked the same of Phury, they all looked down on Z and basically agreed he was selfish scum. So why not for V? It's not fair.
I do like Jane, always have--again, I realize I'm in the minority. I just never found anything to dislike about her. She's loving, smart, strong, caring--however she did become annoying when she was saying Manny 'didn't need to understand' anything that was going on, despite the fact that he was WITH Payne and despite the fact that if she were in his situation, she too would want answers.
I'm glad, though, that we got V out of the way again. Hopefully there won't be much of him in future.
Qhuay I'm SO SAD. When I was reading Qhuinn's POV I literally felt like my own heart was breaking. I can't take much more of Qhuinn and Blay being separated because of a stupid misunderstanding. They neeeeed to be together right now.
Also, I like Blay, but he's blind and dumb if he STILL thinks Qhuinn is having a blast. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he didn't see Qhuinn since Qhuinn changed his appearance and became a walking skeleton--because really, how could he read Qhuinn's misery as happiness? Sure, Qhuinn was an idiot before, but now he's seen the light. Blay needs to see it, too, and stop using Sax. I get that he 'needs' to move on, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
Sax is so nice and I can't hate him even if I want to--but I truly don't like Blay for using him, even though Sax does know the deal. It doesn't seem right.
Also, eff off, Layla.
The Jose/Veck Subplot I actually adore the crossovers between this series and the Fallen Angels series. It makes them so much more fun to read. Plus, I'm very intrigued by Veck and now can't wait for the next FA book. He's an intriguing character, so I hope he stays that way!
The Band of Bastards Hah. Hahah. Okay, but really. I liked the new additions. Xcor is kinda evil, and normally I don't like characters like him, but for some reason I did like him--maybe it was because of his malformed lip. Yeah, I know, but when he told the story of how his mom supposedly didn't want him because of it and how 'ugly' it made him look, I actually got teary-eyed, which totally surprised me.
I'm also curious what Throe's deal is, so I'm glad he's going to be in the next FA book. Why is his conscience so much more apparent than that of the other 'Bastards?'
I was soooo happy not to have any POVs from lessers! I didn't have to skip through pages! Yay! And I was thrilled to only have one scene from JM.
Btw, am I the only one who's wondering what will become of Rehv? People said V's story wasn't finished, but neither is Rehv's, really. I mean, he still has to use his cane and still is always freezing. How is that fair? That doesn't even count as a happy ending. Is that ever going to be resolved, or is he just doomed?(less)
Okay, the reason I'm giving this three stars instead of four is because of John Matthew, who I loathe. Other than that, though, it was well done relat...moreOkay, the reason I'm giving this three stars instead of four is because of John Matthew, who I loathe. Other than that, though, it was well done relationship-wise.
I'm just going to dive right in.
John Matthew. Well, he's changed, but certainly not for the better. When I first met John, I liked him and felt sorry for him, then, as time went on, he became too whiny, boring, and selfish for my tastes. In this book he isn't much different. Somehow, everything is about him--ALWAYS. Even when he's worried about Xhex, he's still thinking about how he knows what this pain is like or what that pain is like, and he just can't seem to put himself in other people's shoes. Also, he treats Blay and Qhuinn, especially Qhuinn, as if they're his servents. He just brushes them off and never spares a thought for them other than how their moods will benefit or hinder him. I didn't like him as a pre-trans or as a warrior or as a drunk or as anything. And I never did like the way he treated Tohr. He's JUST starting to come around, and the ONLY reason he did so was because he pictured how HE would feel if Xhex were killed, not because he actually put himself in Tohr's shoes.
Xhex. Okay, so I really like Xhex. She's a great heroine. She's caring and very, very strong and she just impressed the hell out of me. I could tell she really cared about John and truly loved him and always considered his feelings, even when John didn't return the favor. I think, after her ordeal, she's the only heroine who could have come out of that with her mind intact. If say, Bella, had been kidnapped by Lash, she would have turned into a sniveling pile of goo, her mind a fried egg--forever. Xhex changed, yes, but her change made sense and was understandable to me.
Blay/Qhuinn/Saxton. Okay, okay. I'm a Qhuay fan, obviously, so it irked me quite a bit to get up close and personal with Blay and Sax in bed together, especially since Sax is Qhuinn's cousin. It kind of annoys me that Blay is getting with Qhuinn's cousin when he's still in love with Qhuinn, and, surprisingly, I actually felt sorry for Sax, because it seems to me that Blay is just using him. Even so, Blay is caring and kind, unlike John Matthew. I was actually shocked to find out about how Qhuinn faked orgasming. I got so excited when his bonding scent came out toward Blay, and can't wait till they FINALLY get it on. That better be in the next book, or I'm crunching skulls.
Relationship. John's and Xhex's relationship was fully developed and completely believable. They had chemistry, spark, and they just worked well together. They were so different, and yet so similar, and I could totally feel their love. Unfortunately, I was uninterested, because of John. In fact, it actually pissed me off that John got a heroine as good as Xhex. I really don't think he deserves her, though I'm in the minority here, as usual.
I'd like to say that parts of this book were just too gross and disturbing and graphic--all of these involved Lash. Everything he did made me sick to my stomach, and then we had to go into the whole peeling skin thing, which disturbed me to no end and will give me nightmares from now on.
I was glad with the outcome of the book, and with what Xhex did to Lash. Also, it makes me mad that JM thinks he understands what it's like to be Z now. I'm sorry, but no. Just no. It's not the same thing. John has to make every bad thing that's ever happened to him seem a hundred times worse.
I also didn't find the subplot with Tohr and Darius all that interesting, just because I KNOW that Darius is John--even though I like Darius better. How those two are one in the same is beyond me.
One more thing...the sublpot with the Ghost Hunters...I knew what that was about from the VERY beginning. It was sooo obvious. Bleh. OH, OH, OH! And one MORE thing. I'm getting tired of the whole 'heroine kidnapped by the bad guy(s)' plotline. I didn't like it with Bella, and I didn't much like it here, either. I know it wasn't exactly the same thing, but it was close enough, and I frankly got tired of Xhex's freak-outs after about half a book of screaming and pain and anguish.
Uhhh...I want the next book so I can see my Qhuay.(less)
I liked this one better than the last, though not due to the heroine, that's for certain.
Rehv. I admit, at first I didn't like him, but by...moreI liked this one better than the last, though not due to the heroine, that's for certain.
Rehv. I admit, at first I didn't like him, but by the end of this book, I really, really liked him. He'll never be one of my fave characters, but I like him quite a lot. He claims not to care for anyone, when this is obviously not the case. He puts those he cares for before him always, and never spares a thought for himself. Despite being a drug lord and a pimp, I still found him to be a good man/vampire. Plus, he was actually a pretty romantic guy. When he made dinner and set up candles and stuff for Ehlena...I died. That was so adorable and unexpected, and I think that was the moment I really started to care for him. And the way he talked to his sister, with such care and love...he made me melt, truly.
Ehlena. Meh. Blah. That's what she is. There's just nothing remotely unique, special, or interesting about her. I didn't mind her in the beginning, but then, after she played the "I'm too good for you, you don't deserve my love" card with Rehv, I just started to despise her. I just wanted to rip her eyes out. And then, when she thought Rehv was dead...she didn't even care. She was like, Oh, it's a good thing I don't love him anymore, otherwise I'd have to be sad. Not my idea of a heroine. FINALLY, in the end, she did something moderately good, even though she was annoying while doing it. Her determination to rescue Rehv was the LEAST I'd expect out of a heroine, so it certainly didn't redeem her in my eyes.
John Matthew. Nope. I hate him more than ever. He's selfish and cruel, and the way he treated Xhex was despicable. Also, he refused to reply to any of Qhuinn's and Blay's calls or texts just because he was in a bad mood, and they were all dead worried about him...but he just didn't care. He only ever has a thought for himself. He's all boohoohoo etc...
Xhex. I'm honestly undecided on her right now. I liked her loyalty, but, honestly, she's a bit on the scary side. Not gonna lie. The way she enjoyed torturing that guy...I'm not much of a fan of sadists, but I can't say I dislike her. She's definitely an intriguing character.
Wrath/Beth. I love these two. And Wrath develops even more in this book and becomes more likable. He's actually becoming one of my favorite brothers now, right after Z and Rhage. He really impressed me here, and I also still really like Beth--she's a sweetie.
Rehv/Ehlena. Well, at first I quite liked them together. Their verbal sparring was amusing. Then it got better, when they finally got together. The love-making they did was actually pretty sweet and just pleasant. Then Ehlena ended things and they spent so much time apart, and I just don't feel that their relationship was developed enough. They didn't spend enough time together for me to truly believe in them. However, I don't think they're a bad couple. I just would have wished for a better heroine for Rehv.
This was a loooong book, and it did get boring at times, especially in Lash's POV. Way too much Lash, in my opinion.
I'd like to say that I liked Z a lot in this book. He's grown even since the last book in the series. Also, Lassiter. I love that guy, because he's actually funny--and I really don't think any of the characters in this book are funny, so it's nice to get some tiny bit of humor. I hope to see more of him in the future, because these books are dark and depressing and definitely need some "funny" to even things out.
Also, Blay and Qhuinn were not in this book NEARLY enough, and I so missed them (especially Qhuinn). I'm looking forward to seeing more of them, and can't wait until the next book in the series is released in March, because those two seriously need to get together. Ya'know?(less)
What the heck was up with this book? It was so random! And it felt totally disjointed and not like a part of the series. Plus, it gave me the serious...moreWhat the heck was up with this book? It was so random! And it felt totally disjointed and not like a part of the series. Plus, it gave me the serious creeps. Also, at several points I felt as if I were listening to a TV commercial. And Ward's writing style is getting to be annoying. I just don't like the way she phrases some things. Like at one point, she says something like, "His duffel slapping his ass as he put one foot in front of the other," and I feel like not only is that an ugly sentence, but it's also unnecessary. If he's walking, he's obviously putting one foot in front of the other. Ya know?
Phury. Well, I don't even know what to say. I don't particularly like Phury and I never have, however I don't really dislike him, either. That seems to be a recurring theme with this series, heroes who do nothing for me. I felt nothing but pity for Phury. He's just all right, and having him be an addict for 99% of the book just didn't endear him to me, and didn't allow me to see his true self, either. Plus, I had to see the "wizard" all the time, and that freako was the creepiest thing ever. I wanted him to go the heck away, asap. Phury has depth to him, so it's not like he's a crappy character, I just didn't find him interesting or attractive or anything.
Cormia. Another all right character. She didn't bother me, but I can't say I really like her, either. She was sweet and everything, and not a bad heroine, but not interesting or really unique. She sort of felt like a cross between Bella and Marissa, except less annoying. Don't have much else to say about her.
John Matthew. Gross. My hatred for him grows with each book. He's as self-centered and clueless as ever. Also, he's gotten to be mean and even more annoying than usual. At one point, John says to Qhuinn: "No offense, but are you really that important to him?" about Blay. Now, I find this to be an extrenely rude and insulting thing to say. I do. And that's enough about JM and his jerkiness.
Qhuinn/Blay. I just want to say that I already know how much I want these two to be together. I really like both of them, and it was fun for me to read Qhuinn's POV. I like that they care more about each other more than they do John Matthew, because, well, you know I hate JM. I found it a little strange that Blay was being such an ass to Qhuinn after Qhuinn had just found out his family had been slaughtered. I know he had a right to be angry with Qhuinn, and that Qhuinn wasn't all kissesXhugs with his family, but still...couldn't he have waited a bit to be mean? Just saying--I still like him and everything. I'll blame Ward.
Rehv. I want to say that at this point in time I at least find him vaguely intriguing. However, I find it disturbing that his penis has a "barb." The thought of that actually makes me nauseous, so it's hard to find him attractive when I keep picturing something so gross/disturbing.
CormiaXPhury. What. The. Heck!? They have no chemistry. They spend hardly any time together. They don't talk to each other at all! They know next to nothing about each other. They're suddenly in love for no reason, and it felt so forced and pathetic and just stupid. Everything about their relationship is poor. Why would Phury love Cormia? Why would Cormia love Phury? I have no idea. So, I was disappointed, but, you know, since I didn't like either of them all that much, I found I didn't care too much.
What really redeemed this book for me was the Qhuinn/Blay subplot. Otherise, it probably would have been two stars. As for Tohrment being back...I'm sorry, but I just don't care. I never found him very interesting, and I still don't. Something about the men of this series...I liked Z, and now I like Qhuinn and Blay, and I like Rhage a little bit, but...other than that...everyone else bores me a bit. I'm still going to read more, obviously, but if it keeps going downhill, I don't know how much I'll enjoy it. Oh, one more thing. I liked Wrath in this book. His character is still growing, even though his book is long past.(less)
And yet one more BDB book with a hero that did nothing for me. But I must be fair, and not base my rating on this fact.
Vishous. Um. He's o...moreAnd yet one more BDB book with a hero that did nothing for me. But I must be fair, and not base my rating on this fact.
Vishous. Um. He's okay? I never really felt much for him, and I still don't. He's rather closed-off, even from his brothers, and...I don't know...for some reason it didn't bother me that Z was closed off, because I understood him and just liked him more than I do V. It was still vaguely interesting to find out about V's past, though, truth be told, I found myself a little bored and not caring over much what had happened to him. Something about him just put me off. Also, I find it necessary to point out that I don't find possesive violence an attractive quality. I understand that mated males are crazy loons, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. And, you know what, V really didn't change at all in this book. After he met Jane, he loved her, but he himself didn't change.
Jane. Now, here we go. She's what I like in a heroine. She was tough, smart, kind, caring, sensitive, loyal and loving all at the same time. Her reaction to being kidnapped by V was actually realistic! And she was totally ready to defend herself, even as she couldn't stop herself from helping someone in need--in this case, V. I love how caring she was toward V and even Phury, when he was injured. She just seems like a sweet person, and she was beautifully accepting of V and all of his issues, too. She didn't imply that she was better than V, or that he had to earn her or that he didn't deserve her, but she loved him anyway. She loved him and loved loving him.
Phury. You know what, yes, he is self-sacrificing, but damn, no one asked him to be! He does this with his own free will. Being celibate? His choice. Did Z ask him to give up his happiness? No. Z WANTS Phury to be happy, and the characters in the book don't seem to realize this. Now, if he didn't constantly think of Z as a burden or a pet, I think I might actually like him, because other than his annoying obsession with Bella and need to sacrifice himself ALL the time, he's a good guy.
John Matthew. Ugh. I hate him. He's self-pitying, annoying, boring, selfish, self-centered, and he thinks he is the ONLY person in the universe with problems. He can't comprehend that ANY other person in the world has a life that isn't perfect. He begrudges V his happiness with Jane, and actually went as far as to wish that Jane hadn't ended up with V, because he's jealous of their relationship. First he complains about how small he is, now he complains about how clumsy he is and compares his body to a bag of water. Seriously.
Relationships: Vishous and Jane. Although they fell for each other REALLY fast, I somehow still felt it. I thought they had chemistry and worked really well together. Plus, they actually talked. They talked about their pasts with each other and actually got to know each other. They shared with each other, and it made their love seem genuine. They really didn't spend much time together, but somehow I still belived in them.
As for John Matthew and Blay and Qhuinn...we get a bit more of them here, and I still don't get why either of them would want to be friends with John, but apparently they are, so, fine. Anyway, I'm more interested in both Blay and Qhuinn than in John, and it is sweet how the three of them protect each other.
I was kind of sad that the friendship between Butch and V fizzled out. I'm aware that V no longer believes he's in love with Butch, but still, I was sad to see it take a toll on their friendship. I could tell Butch still really cared for V, but after V got with Jane, it's like he didn't care about Butch anymore. Maybe I'm being too critical, but, hey, read the username. Critical is my middle name.
Highlights: Toward the beginning, when Butch was ready to keel over, but he still refused to allow anyone to help him carry V out of the hospital. I love their close friendship, and was sad to see it dim. John Matthew finally went through his transition; now, this didn't make him any less annoying, but at least I don't have to hear about his thumb-sized penis anymore.
Anyway...I like this book, but read it again? Nooo...(less)
Mary. So, I wasn't expecting to like Mary, but I really did. She's kind, loyal, smart, caring, tough, sweet, and just everythin...moreOoookaaaay.
Mary. So, I wasn't expecting to like Mary, but I really did. She's kind, loyal, smart, caring, tough, sweet, and just everything I like in a heroine. If she's made a mistake, she admits it. She's very insecure around Rhage at first, and I could completely relate to her. It was great watching her slowly fall for Rhage and slowly start to believe that she's worth it, and that, to Rhage, she is beautiful. The way she could tame his beast...amazing. So sweet. I just really liked her and liked reading about her and genuinely cared about her.
Rhage. In a word: yum. Okay, but shallowness aside, I adore Rhage. Seeing his POV was very elightening to me. We find out a lot about how he feels about all the woman he sleeps with, and I really began to sympathize with him. He just seems like a genuinely good guy, despite his fiery temper. Every time he came back from his beast form, I just wanted to hold him close.
Bella. So far, I really like her. She's very gutsy, and I couldn't believe how well she stood up to Zsadist. Those two are gonna make a great couple. She seems caring as well, and I can tell she's the type to go after what she wants no matter what.
Zsadist. I was pretty excited to get some time in Z's head. I already knew he wasn't the soulless monster every thinks he is, but it was still awesome to have it confirmed. He's just so interesting. I want to know everything about him.
Just a little rant about Phury. I know I'm supposed to feel so bad for him b/c he has to deal with Z, and I do sympathize with him, but I think he crossed the line when he said Zsadist was ruined and blah blah blah there's no hope for him...they just have to wait till he dies....etc...Sorry, but I really didn't like that shit. Please don't bite my head off for saying this!
John Matthew. Hmmm, I have some suspicions about him. Anyway, he's all right so far. He's currently sort of pathetic and pitiable (and I don't blame him for that), so I can't wait to see how he develops.
And a little bit about Butch here. I actually liked him in this book. I can't lie. After that scene toward the end where he talks to Z...I just like him better now. That is all.
Mary and Rhage. Perfect. Seriously perfect. And I thought Wrath and Beth had chemistry? These two are so perfect for each other I can almost taste it. I just think they make such a great couple. I actually really liked that the brother everyone says looks like a model ends up with the not-too-attractive Mary and really makes her believe that she is beautiful. These two help each other so much. She accepts him for who he is and helps with his beast, and he does the same for her--minus the beast. When I think of love, this is what comes to mind. It did take Mary quite a long time to finally admit she loved him, but I wasn't too bothered b/c it was just so obvious throughout. She had a few tstl moments, but other than that, only once was I bothered by her. This was when Rhage needed to feed and Mary was skeptical. She actually considered telling him not to feed, which I think was stupid, since he'd die otherwise. I think she made too big of a deal about that whole thing. I get why she was uncomfortable with it, but the fact was he had to do it to survive, and she shouldn't have made him feel so bad about it.
I can already see the chemistry between Bella and Zsadist and can't wait to start their book (in twenty minutes).
I want to say that the Scribe Virgin pisses me off. She's creepy. Had to get that off my chest. Seriously, if I saw that broad, I'd run away screaming.
I want to give this two stars, but I'll be generous.
Honestly, I don't think I could have been any more disappointed with this book. I thought it was a...moreI want to give this two stars, but I'll be generous.
Honestly, I don't think I could have been any more disappointed with this book. I thought it was actually quite bad.
Bella. I don't like her at all. She was whiny and weak and unlikable. She cries a lot, and spends 99% of the book in some weak state, needing to be cared for. She also wishes that she was in love with Phury instead of Zsadist, and that pissed me off beyond belief. There was just nothing I liked about her in this book. I didn't like her when she fed Phury or when she insulted Z or was just so self-centered that she made him do things that caused him anguish just because she felt like it. I can't think of a heroine I could hate more than I do Bella. She ALWAYS puts herself before Z, and she can be really cold and uncaring and just cruel, and she doesn't remotely seem to care about Z. Now, don't hate me, because I know for some reason everyone loves Bella, but I loathe her to no end.
Zsadist. I love him, and that just makes me sad, because everyone treats him like crap and everyone calls him soulless, and no one is smart enough to EVER realize that he actually has a heart and is not some evil psycho. His problem is that he feels he isn't worth anything, not that he's doesn't care. No one realizes this. And certainly Bella doesn't, either, even though she's his heroine and SUPPOSEDLY loves him. Because, you know what, she doesn't act like she loves him at all.
Phury. I don't like him. He's annoying. He is always ready to think the worst of Z, no matter what, and it also bothered me that he went after Bella when he KNEW his brother cared for her. He accuses Z of raping Bella, and that made me want to kill him. He also goes all pity me pity me and gains lots of sympathy from everyone, because he has to "deal" with his soulles demon brother. Gag me. He's always doing something to get himself hurt and gain yet more sympathy.
John Matthew. Boring. That's all I have to say. And there was more of him than Z and Bella.
Bella/Zsadist. Utter crap. First off, they spend literally no time together. Maybe 50 pages or so in the whole book where they even remotely like each other. They had no chemistry whatsoever. Bella did not Love Z at all. Not at ALL. I felt nothing between them. It was flat, and seriously, there was waaaaay more of John Matthew and Phury than of Bella and Z. They had no role. It was as if this wasn't even their book. I was so pissed, too, because I wanted Z's romance to be great. I mean, how can they be a couple and how can this be a romance if there is no romance in it. They do not have a SINGLE nice moment together. I was almost so shocked that I actually fainted at how poorly written their romance was. I honestly can't imagine Ward doing a worse job than this with a romance. It's just so crappy I want to cry. Even when they said "I love you" to each other, I didn't believe it. Where was the romance? Where was the getting to know each other? Where was the spending time together? A few pages at the very beginning and end? Gag me yet again.
Absolute. Misery. Is what I feel after reading this. Why did it have to be so awful? I was literally pissed the entire time I was reading. There was maybe ONE scene in the whole book that I liked. Other than that, every single page, every sentence, I hated. Even the rescue scene at the beginning where Z saves Bella is such crap. She's unconscious at the time, and barely remembers it. This whole book was one big disappointment. I almost wish I could erase it from my mind, that's how bad it was. Oh, and it says in the blurb that Bella heals Z. Are you kidding? This whole book is about him taking care of HER. She does nothing whatsoever to help him. If anything, he heals himself. Bella played no part in it.(less)
Okay, here goes. First, I'd like to point out that I've started this book a total of three times. The first two, I could NOT get through it. And then...moreOkay, here goes. First, I'd like to point out that I've started this book a total of three times. The first two, I could NOT get through it. And then a certain GR friend of mine (you know who you are *cough*Rachel*cough*) convinced me to give it another shot, assuring me that it does get better--well, she was right!
What initially turned me off is the fact that Wrath (who has no social skills, by the way) and Beth have sex practically the first time they meet, after he breaks into her house. Now, if a huge, terrifying stranger broke into my house at night, I don't think the first thing I'd do would be to jump his bones, but...since I'd read that scene twice before, by the third time I just didn't care anymore.
Another thing I didn't like was having to get the POV of Butch. I didn't mind it as much this last time, though Butch annoyed me to no end, and I just loathe the name Butch. I can't think of a name less sexy, and it actually ruins his character for me. It's just...ugh. I'm the only one who feels this way, but I just had to say something.
Wrath. Well, I don't dislike him, but I don't feel anything special for him, either. I might have liked him more had he not been so clueless and had he not treated Zsadist like some kind of animal. It was bad enough that he blamed every bad thing that happens in the book on Z, but he also talks about how he would like to kill him and then about how Z needs to be "put down" like a freaking animal. That's just not cool. Even Phury blames Z for the deaths of a bunch of women that he didn't kill. Other than that...I don't know, I don't have much to say about Wrath; I just didn't find him that interesting.
Beth. Okay, so I started off really liking her, then toward the middle she annoyed me with some of her dramatics, but ultimately I do really like her. Other than her initial choice to sleep with Wrath on first sight, she makes pretty rational decisions. She's also sweet and caring and protective and very likable.
Wrath and Beth. I definitely felt it. They had real chemistry, and their love for each other shone off the pages. Every decision they make emphasizes their love for each other. They had such great chemistry, and I think Beth was the perfect counterpoint to Wrath's cold unforgiving nature. She brought out the best in him, changed him, changed how he treats humans, and just made him a better man. She also made him believe that he was a better man.
Butch and Marissa. Let's just say I'm not looking forward to their book. I don't mind Marissa, but she's not exactly my fave type of heroine. As for Butch...he just annoys me, that is when he's not boring me to tears. I just don't find him interesting; I don't care about him or his past or his future or his present. I guess I could see them coming together...the hard-ass ex-cop and the virgin vampire. Opposites are good in books, because they balance each other out.
What I didn't care for was all the POV time of the bad guys. Kinda boring and repetitive. I'm looking forward to geting to know the other brothers more--and I can't wait for them to stop seeing Zsadist as the freaking devil. I always have a soft spot for the person who everyone else in a book hates/is mean to. So, in this case...
I liked this one a lot better than the first one, though it still has some of the same annoying little tidbits.
Isaac. Yes. That about sums...moreI liked this one a lot better than the first one, though it still has some of the same annoying little tidbits.
Isaac. Yes. That about sums it up. I really like Isaace. He's this trained assassin, and yet he's still a warm, polite, considerate, and likable person. He's much warmer than Vin, and I liked him better, too. And, shock of all shocks, he actually cries. The big, tough guy soldier...who cries. So often I come across women who thing it's unappealing for a man to just break down, and well, I'm not one of those women, that's for sure.
Grier. At first, I thought she would outdo Marie-Terese, because I liked her strong, go-after-what-you-want nature, and this opinion of her remained...until around halfway through the book, when she started to lose brain cells and become sort of shrewish, distrustful, unforgiving, and selfish. First, she basically admits to herself that she's using Isaac for sex so that she can get a thrill from it. Not cool. Then she refuses to forgive her father for something that wasn't even his fault. Then she thinks about how Isaac is nothing more than sex to her--again, and this is over halfway through the book, mind you. To quote Grier: "He was nothing but sexual attraction." Then she randomly decides she doesn't trust Isaac, even though she's had sex with him multiple times, and accuses him of being lying scum, and BFFs with Mathias, the Big Evil. Okay, Grier, stupid much? Oh, and one more thing, she also implies that she got thrills from trying over and over again to save her heroin addict brother. Creepy, Grier. Really.
Jim. I love him more than ever now. He's the only chracter in this series who hasn't annoyed me at least once. He's actually way more honorable and good than I expected him to be. He even goes out of his way to save the bad dudes. I'm really interested in what's gonna happen with Sissy, and hope he gets her out of hell soon. Plus, it's adorable how protective he is of Isaac. He constantly calls him "my guy" or something like that, and calls Sissy his girl. Aww. Plus, it's awesome to see him coming into his angel powers--I'm so excited that he's more powerful than the other two, muahahahaha! I can't wait to see where this goes.
Adrian. All right, I admit it. I hated, LOATHED Adrian in the first book. I hated how mean and awful he was to Jim. But in this book...he finally starts acting a little more, well, nice. He never really wanted Jim to be part of their little group, but when Devina does what she does to Jim, I guess Adrian finally feels they have something in common, and becomes more sympathetic. The scene in which he gets into bed next to Jim to comfort him. I melted into a puddle of goo. I really did. So, yeah, I want to learn more about Adrian.
Eddie. Meh. We haven't gotten his POV yet, so I don't feel like I know anything about him still. I feel pretty indifferent toward him. Maybe in the next book we'll see a little more of his character???
Devina The b*tch is seeing a therapist. What. The. Heck!? Prety strange, but amusing, I guess. I also find it interesting that she has feelings for Jim that he plans to use against her.
Mathias. What on earth? We get his POV, and he's not what I expected. That's all I'll say. And, against all odds, I actually felt a tad sorry for him. But whatever.
In the romance department...well, uh-uh. I wasn't feeling it at all. On Isaac's end, maybe. Grier? No. I did not feel her love for Isaac at all. She spent the first half of the book using him for sex, and the last half hating him, and then randomly at the end when she thinks he's dying she suddenly loves him. Okay, sure. So, it fell a little flat for me. I was way more interested in Jim's storyline, fighting the baddies and trying to figure out what's what.
Some things that bother me about Ward's writing. First, all the [male] characters refer to each other as SOBs. Even friends. I just don't think guys would do that. Oh, the SOB blah blah blah. I think this is Ward trying to sound manly, but it just doesn't work. Another thing under this category...she has Isaac at one point think, fuck them, referring to Jim and his crew, the people who'd gone out of their way to help him. Again, I just don't think he'd randomly think fuck them for no reason. I mean he wasn't even mad at them.
Also, I found Grier seeing her brother as a ghost a little pointless. Nothing ever comes of it, so it was just a random way to make Grier seem unique or something.
So, all in all, a good read, and I want the next one. (less)
**spoiler alert** Mmm, sooo, if I'd like the characters a little more, I'd have given this four stars.
First off, it has a very slow start. It was an...more**spoiler alert** Mmm, sooo, if I'd like the characters a little more, I'd have given this four stars.
First off, it has a very slow start. It was an effort to continue reading. Then there were the main characters. Let's talk about Vin, first. Originally, I didn't particularly like him, then he grew on me and I began to really like him, and then by the end I just hated him. He's...cold, and I just didn't like some of his reactions to certain situations. It annoyed me that Jim was lying there about to die, and Marie-Terese and Vin had to take the time to hug? Right, this is probably just me, but...it bugged me. It bothered me also how Vin basically said he was glad Jim gave his life for Marie-Terese. Sure, he didn't use those exact words, but it's what he meant. Now, fine, he can go ahead and think this, but to actaully say it out loud? I found that totally unnecessary. Plus, I really think it should have been Vin sacrificing himself for Marie-Terese. After all, she's his woman. Why should Jim have to take a bullet for her? Sure, she has a kid, but...it doesn't seem like it. She barely spends any time with him or thinks about him, especially toward the close of the book.
As for Marie-Terese. Well, she was made to be a strong, tough character, but she wasn't. She supposedly escaped her crazy ex-husband, but she's just so weak, I find it hard to believe. She was constantly either fainting or crying or pitying herself or trying to act all proud. Despite this, I didn't dislike her. She was sweet and everything, I suppose, but...nothing special.
The relationship? Vin + Marie-Terese = meh. I felt a tiny bit of spark, but...not much. This may be because I just didn't really care that much about either of them. Vin seemed to have no real sympathy for anyone but MT, so...eh. Me no like. Me no like Vin. He cold, cold man. His stupid, "Oh, I'll give Jim a proper burial" speech was just...ick. WTF? Oh, WOW, you'll go all out with his funeral!? How amazing of you! Oh, wait, the guy died to save your stupid girlfriend. So, really, this is the very least you could do. Like I said, cold. Very cold. D:
Then there's Eddie and Adrian. I frankly don't think they had much of a role, so it's hard to connect with them. At this current point, I loathe Adrian. He seems like a real jackass, and I don't care what crap is in his past, it doesn't excuse his horrible behavior. I did find his character itriguing, though, which is more than I can say for either Marie-Terese or Vin. Oh, and I found it odd that while we were in Jim's POV, we always had to hear about how gorgeous Adrian's hair is. Honestly, what straight guy would be thinking that all the time?
Jim himself? I'm honestly not sure why so many people dislike him. I thought he was a great guy, and he did quite a bit of growing from the beginning of the book. He really tried to do what he felt was right. Plus, he seemed like a regular guy to me, and a relatable one, too, not like the cold, sort-of scary Vin.
The POV of the creeper was okay. Kind of boring and gross. Could have done without it, but I SUPPOSE it was necessary. Maybe.
What I did like, was the inclusion of Vin's powers; I wasn't expecting it, so it was intriguing. Um, what else? I don't know. I wasn't as bothered by the writing style as some, and I don't know why everyone says Ward uses an excess of f-bombs, because I found that this book was very limited in the swearing department. I like that we have quite a few main characters, because it makes the story more interesting for me.
I'll go on with this series, and hopefully the characters will become more likable.(less)
1. I think it's inappropriate for Tory to wish the pain of castration on Ash, a man who was once castrated. First of all, she mentally rants about how...more1. I think it's inappropriate for Tory to wish the pain of castration on Ash, a man who was once castrated. First of all, she mentally rants about how Ash needs to know what it feels like to have great pain down in his lower regions (as if he doesn't already) and then she thinks about how she wants to be the one to do this, so she fantasizes about castrating a man who has already been castrated. Interesting. I'm sorry, but giving birth is not an excuse to wish extreme pain on someone, especially someone whose entire life has been one big ball of pain and suffering. Now, I've never given birth, but I specifically asked my mother and several other people who have, if (while they were giving birth) they literally wished their husband's to be dead/in unbearable pain, and they all said that they didn't. Case closed.
2. Abigail sucks as a heroine. She's stupid and blindly kills people without making sure they're evil and without even knowing who they are! And everyone forgives her for no reason.
3. Where was the romance? Also, there was only one sex scene. Also, they didn't figure out they loved each other until the last paragraph.
4. I didn't enjoy the scenes during which Abigail was a little, tiny child and Jess was a full grown man. It was creepy. It's one thing to know he knew her when she was an infant, but it's another to have to bear witness to those scenes.
5. I swear to God, if Kenyon thinks Artemis will make an acceptable heroine for anyone, let alone Nick, she is crazy. It seems to me this is being implied. Artemis changing because of Nick? No. There is no redemption for someone who brutally beat Ash, the most beloved character of the series, over and over again, allowed him to be castrated, beat him some more, and then watched while he was murdered. No.
6. I think Kenyon thinks that just because Artemis helped Tory give birth, that she has been redeemed. Are you kidding? NO!!! That woman deserves eternal torment. If she becomes a heroine, I will never read a Kenyon book again. That's sick.
7. Jess is just a replica of some of Kenyon's past heroes. They all have the same sense of humor. He had a bit of Dev, a bit of Talon, a bit of Ash, and a little bit of Raven. Abigail is a lot like Tabby, Maggie, Susan, Astrid, Kat, Danger, pretty much a replic of Tori. They all have the exact same personality, just with different jobs/interests. (less)
All I want to know is...why in the heck does Cian love Moira? She's dull and whiny and unlikable, where Cian is the exact opposite.
Also, I can't beli...moreAll I want to know is...why in the heck does Cian love Moira? She's dull and whiny and unlikable, where Cian is the exact opposite.
Also, I can't believe we don't find out how or why Cian stopped drinking blood. I waited the whole freakin' trilogy for this, looking forward to it, but his character ended up barely developing. I am hugely annoyed. I wanted more details about Cian other than, oh yeah, he slept and killed a few "whores." Really? Ugh.(less)