3.5/5 stars. I know I am with the unpopular opinion on this one, but this is definitely not my favorite book. I first read it in April 2009 after a lo...more3.5/5 stars. I know I am with the unpopular opinion on this one, but this is definitely not my favorite book. I first read it in April 2009 after a long stint of reading very little. I had just read the Twilight series to see why people were cooing over it, and on Amazon, the consensus in the forums said that you should read the Blackdagger Brotherhood if you liked Twilight. I hadn’t found goodreads yet, and I didn’t have any friends that read that type of book in my local life. So, I took the advice of amazon and picked up the book. At the time I read it, I thought it was a very good read and actually rated it 5 stars when I first joined GoodReads. A year later, I decided to re-read it because the newest book in the series was coming out, and I was curious if my tastes had changed.
I would say that after reading dozens of other books in the genre over the last year, my tastes have definitely changed. (*Warning -- DON’T HATE ME FOR MY OPINIONS. If BDB is your favorite series, you may not to read my ramblings.) In the book’s defense, it did keep my attention, and I was able to finish reading it a second time.
Okay, I will be honest here… The heroine, Beth, annoyed me. Her eating habits of M&Ms, Twinkies, Juice Boxes, etc made me think of her as a teenager as opposed to her real age. I couldn’t help but picture her future as a type II diabetic. And the hero, Wrath, didn’t seem appealing to me at all with the author’s description – things like arm muscles as big as Beth’s thighs and being so huge that he took up most of the backseat of the car. With his friendship and promises to Darius (Beth’s father), all I could think was how Wrath seemed like a father and Beth seemed like a teenager and it squicked me out with their sexual relationship.
I had a hard time picturing how Wrath could be the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, yet be mostly blind. I know he could rely on his other senses, but it was all very hard for me to imagine. Speaking of the Brotherhood, I *hated* how the Brotherhood spoke with each other; they sounded like they were stereotypical teenagers. Who says things like that? Bah!
As for the plot outside of the hero/heroine relationship, I found it to be fairly blah. I wasn’t crazy about Mr. X and the Lessers Society as the mega-evil to fight against. I found them to be very uninteresting and the baby powder smell just annoyed me. I don’t know. From the mania of people reading this series, I guess I’m in the minority with my irritations. (less)
I think that on re-reading this book I appreciated it more than the first time around. I was able to read through the sub-plots in the book without fi...moreI think that on re-reading this book I appreciated it more than the first time around. I was able to read through the sub-plots in the book without fighting skimming them the way I did the first time around. So, that's good :)
I like Zsadist as a character, but I think he was almost *too* tortured/broken for my usual tastes. I didn't cry over this one, probably because it was a bit over the top with his altruism. Still, I don't dislike his character, and it was an interesting book that held my interest.(less)
4.5/5 stars. Re-reading this one a year later left me with the same feelings I had the first time reading it. I really have a soft spot for the charac...more4.5/5 stars. Re-reading this one a year later left me with the same feelings I had the first time reading it. I really have a soft spot for the character of Rhage and his 'dragon'. It brought a few tears to my eyes, even though I could see the happy ending coming a mile away. I was willing to look past the Brothers stupid-speak because I liked Rhage so much (true?) :)
That being said, I still hate the lessers and have to fight not to skim those sections of the story. And, the ending was a bit of a deus-ex-machina, but what are you going to do?(less)
3.5/5 stars. I think (on re-reading this book) that the most interesting part of this chapter of the Blackdagger Brotherhood was the relationship betw...more3.5/5 stars. I think (on re-reading this book) that the most interesting part of this chapter of the Blackdagger Brotherhood was the relationship between V and Butch. I would have loved for that to be explored further. Marissa annoyed me, so I kind of hoped for a little more with the V love-triangle. *innocent whistle*
With V as one of my favorite characters in the BDB series, I *really* wanted to like this book. However, on re-reading it I found I had the same issue...moreWith V as one of my favorite characters in the BDB series, I *really* wanted to like this book. However, on re-reading it I found I had the same issues with it that I originally had:
1) The ridiculous deus ex machina to overcome the ultimate relationship ender. Ugh. That was way too easy of a solution for Jane’s character in my opinion. I won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t read it, but you’ll know what I’m talking about immediately upon reading this book.
2) I liked the idea of V as a bi-dom. However, he was a bit too into the kink for my personal tastes in the end. I think that there was such potential for his character and his scenes, but I felt like the author missed out on what could have been with some of the dom/sub scenes by focusing too much on the paraphernalia instead of the psychological aspects. Oh well.
3) The reveal of V’s mommy was a bit preposterous to me.
On a more positive note:
1) I did not dislike the character of Jane. I liked that she was smarter than a lot of the previous heroines in the series, and that she had a little bit of gumption to her character.
2) I liked the medical focus on this book. I think the author did a good job with her medical knowledge being worked into the book.
3) I thought that Butch and V talking about the love triangle left unresolved from the last book was good. Although, I still kind of wish that something more had come of that, instead of V just kind of letting things go as soon as Jane entered the picture.(less)
On re-reading this book, I found that I enjoyed it more than the first time around. I think part of it was I invested more in the character of John an...moreOn re-reading this book, I found that I enjoyed it more than the first time around. I think part of it was I invested more in the character of John and his cohorts knowing that John had his own book that I would be reading shortly. When I first read the BDB series, I was really bored by the young warrior’s stories, so it almost felt like I was reading their story for the first time when re-reading. I found Qhuinn’s character to be especially interesting this time around, and I paid a lot more attention to the details of his situation.
Even with my stronger interest in the book, I can’t say that I loved the entire story. I didn’t feel connected to the relationship between Phury and the Chosen, probably because it didn’t get a large focus of the story. At least, that’s what I thought the first time I read the book. On re-reading it, I was kind of glad their relationship didn’t get more time because I wasn’t crazy about the pairing anyway. Speaking of Phury, the whole wizard thing was just silly to me. I listened to the audiobook this time around, and every time the British accent voice came out I questioned what the author was thinking. The Princess and Rehv scene was really messed up. I re-read that section of the book with a lot of trepidation. I didn’t enjoy reading it the first time, nor did I enjoy reading it on a second read. As a final thought, Mr. D was just dumb, and I found him to be very boring in comparison to some of the previous fore-lessors.(less)
The only reason, truthfully, that I'm giving this 2 stars instead of 1 was because I didn't hate MaryJanice Davidson's story. The other three stories...moreThe only reason, truthfully, that I'm giving this 2 stars instead of 1 was because I didn't hate MaryJanice Davidson's story. The other three stories I found to be boring and a challenge to get through.
I wouldn't recommend this anthology to anyone, unless you're a die-hard MaryJanice fan who wants to read her short story.(less)
Note from re-read 2011: I decided to try the audiobook the second time around, despite hearing horrific things about the narration. When I first heard...moreNote from re-read 2011: I decided to try the audiobook the second time around, despite hearing horrific things about the narration. When I first heard her interpretation of Bones, I got the willies. Definitely not how the Spike-from-Buffy voice in my head. However, to be honest, the narration really grew on me. I ended up enjoying it so much that I will be listening to my re-read of the next book as well. I am sure that my admission to liking the narration will make some of my goodreads friends shudder, but HEY! At least I am honest. *grin*(less)