Roden: *smashes Jaron's leg to bits with big club* Jaron: OWWWW!!! You're supposed to be my bff!!! How could you?!? Roden: I WILL KILL YOU! Jaron: Ohh, n...moreRoden: *smashes Jaron's leg to bits with big club* Jaron: OWWWW!!! You're supposed to be my bff!!! How could you?!? Roden: I WILL KILL YOU! Jaron: Ohh, no, won't you please be my bestie and the captain of my guard instead? Roden: YESYESYES! A thousand times yes, MY LORD! *falls down on knees* I never really could have killed you!!!
Okay, I am so confused. I mean, did I miss something here? Don't get me wrong, I loved the book. Jaron/Sage is my man, and I adore him like no other. The new characters, especially Fink and Harlow, were awesome. Seriously, the characters in this book are a vast improvement from the last one, in which it was basically Sage vs. The World.
The one thing I don't really love is Imogen. She's all right, but to be honest she comes off as a bit bland and uninteresting compared to Jaron. I feel like someone else would suit him better. I don't think she can match up to him. Sure, she can get angry and "have words" with him, but it never really feels to me like they are on the same level, and NOT because she is a servant. I like the servant/king forbidden love stuff, but Imogen's personality is just too run-of-the-mill, so she really fades into the background.
I feel as if Jaron could really banter away with the right girl. Of course, this will not happen, but since I'm not in this for the romance I don't mind.
One of my favorite aspects of the novel was the glimpses we got of Jaron's softer side, of his inner child, the child wanting to be loved unconditionally, wanting his parents to be warmer to him. I think that really made me sympathize with him on a very deep level. His decisions come across as totally rash, uncalculated, and based more on emotion than logic (although he claims otherwise). I mean, do you really want the guy who just broke your leg and almost caused your demise to be in charge of your guard? Just because at one point in time you didn't hate each other?
My memory may be failing me, but I never felt as if Jaron and Roden were friends in the first book. I thought Roden grew to tolerate him at best, but Jaron seems to think they had a nice bromance going on. Is it just me? Maybe I need to do a re-read?(less)
Wynter is not good enough for Christopher. She's likable enough in this book, but pretty terrible in the next one. She's sooo full of herself, as well...moreWynter is not good enough for Christopher. She's likable enough in this book, but pretty terrible in the next one. She's sooo full of herself, as well as being ashamed of Christopher.
I'd like for Wynter to be real so I can beat her up. Really. She needs a good knock to the head. She has NO idea how lucky she is to have a guy like Christopher.
Five stars because I adore Christopher and he was in this book a LOT. Otherwise, there was a bit too much crazy drama/depression. Human sacrifice? Fine. Humans being sacrificed coming back as ghosts for further drama? No. It was too much even for me. There's a point when death can be overdone. By the eightieth uncalled-for death (usually always a man, since Kiernan has issues with killing women), it got to be a bit much. For a book that has no war in it, it certainly has enough deaths for one.
Additionally, I don't like Razi. I know I'm the only one, but he's grumpy 99% of the time and he's often very cold an aloof and his actions counteract his supposed traits. He's supposed to be selfless, but he's actually really selfish and childish most of the time. He puts his own hardships above everyone else's and doesn't even realize it and no one else realizes it, but sure. Sometimes the characters feel almost too real, and I literally feel their emotions and become extremely stressed whenever one of them is upset, which is on every page, of course. The characters and the setting. And, for an epic fantasy, it's far from boring. Usually with these types of books, you have to slog through three-hundred pages of boring descriptions, so thank God for none of that.
Despite this, the characters are so real that I can't help being entranced by them, even if most of them piss me the hell off.
As for Wynter...girls who cry for sympathy get under my skin. (less)
It's my own fault. I expected way too much. There's nothing wrong with the book, but what threw me off personally is how similar the writing style is...moreIt's my own fault. I expected way too much. There's nothing wrong with the book, but what threw me off personally is how similar the writing style is to my own, and for some reason I kept feeling like I was reading something I had written. I'm not saying it's exactly the same or anything, but it had a similar feel. So if you're anyone other than me, you most likely won't have this problem and will enjoy the book.
My one problem was I felt like Ryan was simply one thing: the person who took things from Travis and broke them. I am aware he's a secondary character, but I couldn't take him seriously when he was so...one-dimensional. It's like that trait was all he was, and it was so distracting for me. As for the dad, he was so...all I saw was the cliche sports dad with a stick up his butt.
However, since these people are side characters, it can be overlooked. I didn't feel the same adoration toward Harper that everyone else did, but then I'm never a huge fan of female characters in general, so what do I know? She was pleasant, kind, but I didn't fall in love with her. Which is cool, because Travis did, and she's good for him.
I liked the regular-old-guy feel Travis had, but that being said, he didn't stand out. It's not that he wasn't tangible or real to me, but he's not likely to haunt me for years. That sounds like a negative, but since this is contemporary YA, this is actually not a bad thing, because real people aren't necessarily the quirkiest, most interesting beings ever, so it is more realistic this way. I suppose.
So, nothing wrong with the story, just not my personal cup of tea. (Which is crazy 'cause I would totally write this book)...(less)
I love this book! From the very first page I was reeled in. I just love this type of storyline. One half of the couple believes the other half to be a...moreI love this book! From the very first page I was reeled in. I just love this type of storyline. One half of the couple believes the other half to be a heartless asshole, and then he/she learns that that's the opposite.
I've read some people who think Alec is weak, but I disagree wholeheartedly. I didn't find him at all weak. I found him strong. He had a hard life, and after his dad died, he was still a kid and got taaken advantage of by his asshole of an agent. When Jordan came into his life, he learned to stand up for himself more, which was great to see.
I just love Alec. He's so unbelievably adorable and I just wanted to grab him in hug! Jordan was a great match for him, despite the age difference, and I love how Jordan's personality changed when he was with Alec.
There were also great supporting characters, like Jordan's sister, Bec, and the reporter, Taylor. It was great to read about a reporter that was actually a really good person.
I will admit this book went on too long and became a little too sickeningly sweet.(less)
Apparently, women are horses who are constantly "tossing their heads" and "flaring their nostrils." Apparently, chemistry, conversation, or any intera...moreApparently, women are horses who are constantly "tossing their heads" and "flaring their nostrils." Apparently, chemistry, conversation, or any interaction at all, is not necessary to build a relationship. Apparently, when people die, no one cares. Apparently, people become mean, uncaring bastards ready to commit murder under the mildest of strains.(less)
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)
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)
That about sums up my reaction to him. He is offically my favorite romance hero of all time. He is funny, caring, warm,...moreAll right.
That about sums up my reaction to him. He is offically my favorite romance hero of all time. He is funny, caring, warm, hard-working, sexy as hell, loving, and on top of that, he's described as not being handsome, which made me very happy. Yeah, that sounds weird, but it's true. His interactions with Hero were swoon-worthy. Also, he's such a sweetie to his mother, which is adorable. On top of this he works his beautiful butt off to support his family while his ass of a brother sits on his ass, complaining and being all pompous and narrow minded and stodgy and boring. I just love Griffin, love the way he fell for Hero so fast and wanted her and only her, but most of all I just love him. I will not abide ANYONE saying a bad word about my baby.
Hero. For once, I found the heroine likable and not annoying!
Toward the beginning, she was a tad stiff, but it was nice to see her come out of her shell with Griffin's help. Griffin definitely unlocked her inner passion. Before she fell for Griffin, she was very obedient and prim, but he changed everything, and I'd like to think he brought out the real "Hero." Despite her denials, I KNEW she loved Griffin, because it was so clear in her actions and in her thoughts. Notice how everything I like about Hero relates back to Griffin??
Thomas. Thomas the Ass. Or Thomas of Asslandia. Ugh. This man disgusts me. He spent years and years treating his brother like crappio, all because his dumb-bitch wife said Griffin had seduced her. Of course, the Ass automatically believes her, because, you know, there's no such thing as lying, and refuses to believe Griffin. Even yearssss later, he says to someone, "I refused to give him the satisfaction of believing him." Okay, so he refuses to believe Griffin because it would satisfy Griffin? Are you kidding me? Is that a joke? He's the suckiest brother ever, and hates Griff because he's jealous of him. His type annoys me. I'm onto him and his ilk. I. AM. ON. TO. HIM! Now, don't confuse the Ass with asses. This is an ass.
This is a nice, sweet ass who deserves love and kindness. Now this is THE Ass.
It's too bad he gets to be happy in the end. *pouts*
Also, this is how I picture Maximus the Gorilla of Jerklandia.
The Gorilla threatened my Griffy-Poo, and this was me when he did:
Yep. That was me.
I liked quite a few of the side characters, too. Phoebe, Hero's sister, and Megs, Griffin's sister. I'm still wondering if we'll see more of The Makepiece siblings. I liked Winter better in this book than the last. And I still want to know who the Ghost of St. Giles is.
I still like Silence, and, as I did in the previous book, I feel very, very sorry for her, and I'm looking forward to her book.
Ohhh, the chemistry between Hero and Griffin was electric. As Griffin said, they are like bread and butter: they go together so, so well. And their love-making was...hot. There were quite a few of lervin' scenes, but not too many (I know, I know, but I don't like when there's a sex scene on every page), and I enjoyed them all because, well, Griffy-Poo was invloved, so... Additionally, their love was so potent, so obvious, that it jumped off the pages, and when I was not reading this book, I counted down the minutes till I could read it again. I thought about the characters even when not reading, and they also felt like real characters--people I'd actually want to know.
There's just something about this series. It's haunting, beautiful, ugly, awful, wonderful, dark, gritty, funny, and not at all cliche. I wasn't once bored while reading it, and that's rare for me. I am VERY PICKY, as I point out all the time, but this book...it just really did it for me. The writing style sucks me in for some reason.
I LOVED the end of this book. Thomas did not redeem himself in my eyes, because he's the Ass and is mean to Griffy-Poo. However, Griffin is happy and in love and Hero is very worthy of him, so I'm happy. Squeee! Although, I just want to say that I wish things could have worked out better between Thomas and Griffin, because I spent the whole book waiting for them to sort of make-up. *sad face*
Oh, and there was only ONE mention of a single "buck" in this book, so props to Elizabeth Hoyt for that.
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)
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)
All I have to say is Adrian better be in this series, and he better find someone to l...more118 days, 30 hours, and counting...
IT HAS A COVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
All I have to say is Adrian better be in this series, and he better find someone to love him, or else I'm going to have to jump into the book and make him mine.
Update: According to Mead's blog:
Bloodlines is the spin-off series to Vampire Academy (it's the name of the first book and of the series). It's set in the VA world but will be about different characters: Sydney (our narrator), Jill, Eddie, and one of the love interests from VA. I'm not saying who that last guy is, but it's mostly to protect those who haven't read Last Sacrifice. If you have read it, then it should be pretty obvious who the other character is.
So, clearly, this means it is 100% confirmed that Adrian is in it, so YAY!!! Thank you!!! Also, it sounds to me like it will be in first-person, so I'm not sure why it says otherwise on here, but we shall see!
Four stars because it's THIS series, but if it were another series...it would get three stars, max.
1. Eden is an immature, stupid, impulsive child. I...moreFour stars because it's THIS series, but if it were another series...it would get three stars, max.
1. Eden is an immature, stupid, impulsive child. I expected her to mature in this book. I expected her to beg for Izzy's forgiveness. Instead, Brockmann throws in a bunch of excuses that supposedly let her off the hook. And, Izzy does SO MUCH apologizing to Eden!!! Over and over he has to apologize to her! She does completely stupid things and then he has to apologize to her for calling her on it. Any time she doesn't get her way, she runs away, often into danger. Izzy deserves better. All she has to do is cry (which happens in pretty much every scene)--AND, Brockmann constantly tells us that Eden is "stoic" and hides her emotions.--um, in what world are you living!?!?!?!! This "woman" bursts into tears every five minutes and then runs away, slamming doors like a toddler.
2. Ben. He was fine at first, but then he started acting all self-righteous, bossing people around and telling them how to live their lives. One of my biggest pet-peeves is when a side character butts into the business of the two MCs, telling them how to act, and it's even worse when it's a freaking KID telling them! What right does he have??? AND THEN, there's the thing he does toward the end: (view spoiler)[Goes out to get himself kidnapped! The idiot! HE KNEW baddies were after him. (hide spoiler)]
3. The cliches. In 99.99% of romance novels, at least one character threatens the life of the hero - "I'll kill you if you hurt her" etc... Why does that have to be in EVERY book? I find myself waiting for it to happen. Is it in some rule-book?
HOW TO WRITE A ROMANCE NOVEL 101
Step 1. Make the heroine a whiny, I-turn-independence-into-bullheaded-idiocy, immature b**ch.
Step 2. Have at LEAST one character threaten to murder the hero for no reason whatsoever.
Step 3. Throw in a stupid kid who acts more like an adult than the heroine, then have him boss the MCs around, telling them how to live their lives (since we all know 15-year-olds know EVERYTHING about relationships and totally have the right to tell adults what to do, since they clearly are smarter).
Step 4. Remember that heroine? Yeah, make sure she bursts into tears in EVERY SCENE! You can't have a strong heroine unless she also has a vulnerable side, aka she tends to act like a 10-year-old. Also, be certain that the heroine's tantrums lead to the hero begging for her forgiveness, even though he's done nothing wrong.
Step 5. If you're going to have two couples, this is what you should do: Make ONE of the men likable, and ONE of the women likable. You CANNOT have more than TWO likable characters. This is important. You don't want your readers to like or relate to the characters.
Step 6. The UNLIKABLE hero, aka Hero #2. Make sure he's an a-hole up until the VERY LAST PAGE. Have him hold onto irrational anger and hatred for no reason. He needs to INSULT his heroine, too, and make her feel insecure. Also, he absolutely HAS to hate the other hero and heroine for no reason. Preferably, have him call the other heroine a whore or slut throughout the book.
Step 7. Let the "other" heroine get her revenge on Hero #2. What you want to do is set it up so she thinks Hero #2 is physically abusive, and have her accuse him of this to his face for extra drama - be sure the whole situation is unrealistic. For example, set the scene up like this:
Hero #2 is attempting to push his heroine out of his path, but then somehow he accidentally punches her in the face. Now, we know that her shoulders are not on the same level with her face, so we also know this is borderline impossible. Perfect! I know I grab someone's shoulders with clenched fists! All the better to GRIP onto said shoulders!
Step 8. Continue the theme of Heroine #1 throwing pity parties for herself, and have this lead to the hero apologizing to her some more. Now, this is very important, so read carefully: It is ESSENTIAL that the heroine come off as ridiculous, self-pitying, immature, whiny, stupid, and ungrateful. AND construct it so your readers are on the hero's side, but then have him grovel anyway. Why? Readers LOVE when books make them so mad they want to rip out their own hair. In addition, have the heroine say something like "You are not allowed to look at me anymore" while screaming at the top of her lungs in one of her tantrums, but ALSO have her boss the hero around to make her a hypocrite, 'cause who doesn't love a hypocrite? AND, have her say "I hate you" to her hero over and over, like a little kid. Remember, make her A TOTAL witch. Have her cry while she's being a witch so no one can get mad at her for said witchiness.
Step 9. Throw in an irrelevent subplot just because you can, and also to add more drama and force the book to be bulkier. Have the subplot be really, really annoying, and have it go nowhere until the VERY end. Make sure each time you switch to the subplot, you essentially write the same scene over and over. For example:
Create a little illegal immigrant girl. Have her evading baddies. Every time she's on the scene, make sure she's either A. running away from baddies, B. running away from the good guys, or C. spying on the baddies. Try to make all the scenes feel the same, and make the girl have the same exact thoughts during every scene, too, because readers like to be bored and annoyed at the same time.
Step 10. Sprinkle in little things here or there that are sure to annoy your reader. Have your likable hero portrayed as the bad guy and your unlikable heroine as the good guy. Have your likable heroine forgive your unlikable hero for everything he does after he says "sorry." Don't have him elaborate.
Step 11. Your unlikable heroine must also be REALLY FULL of herself. She must constantly think about how beautiful she is. Have her dwell on how she can never get a job, because no matter where she works, guys will be pawing her. Have her say the only two places to work are McDonalds or a strip club. No other stores exist. Now, we all know pretty women go to work all the time without getting pawed and having hands stuffed up their shirts, but that doesn't matter because we want this to make no sense. We want readers to be thinking: Well, I'm considered pretty...why don't I have this problem? Or, I know someone gorgeous, why not them? WELL, because NO ONE is as beautiful as EDEN! DUH!
Step 13. Give the unlikable heroine a long, drawn-out, extremely ridiculous sob-story so all the characters will think she's awesome! As a bonus, have every single male character in the book, save for Hero #2 and his little gay brother, be a pervert who forces the heroine (view spoiler)[into some type of sexual situation. (hide spoiler)] Have these sexual situations be unavoidable and make her be seen as a hero.
Step 13. In the end, have your unlikables both be just as unlikable as they were at the start. Maybe give them a few moments of nice, smart, kindness, but then forget it! They're back to being jerks.
Step 14. Have this book be the last in the series (for now, at least) so that people will already like the series, and won't be able to give it a low rating, since, well, THEY LOVE YOU!
Love Izzy and Jenn. Hate Dan and Eden. I did enjoy the book because I love this series and like I said, Izzy and Jenn. Dan had a few redeemable moments, while Eden had maybe one, but all the same it WAS interesting, and there were moments I really enjoyed. Plus, Izzy is hilarious. It so completely annoyed me, though, hence my 101. That being said Brockmann's talent is in creating unique, stand-out characters, whether they're annoying or not. I've NEVER read about characters like ANY of the ones in this book--or this series, for that matter, so three stars for that alone, really, and one more for Izzy. No doubt she's an amazing author and I'll pick up anything she writes in the future. Oh, and despite what I said about the subplot, I do love Nisha. I want to adopt her haha.
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