Before I even get to the actual review of this book, I have to admit that once I caught wind of this book being about Beth and Wrath, I had to have itBefore I even get to the actual review of this book, I have to admit that once I caught wind of this book being about Beth and Wrath, I had to have it. So of course I pre-ordered it and broke my own ‘read series in order’ rule. Also, the book itself is damn gorgeous. I don’t rate covers or book designs, but if I did… it would get ALL the stars. How about what’s on the pages…
J.R. Ward introduced us to half-human/half-vampire Beth and the last full-blood vampire Wrath in book 1 of her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Twelve books later, things have come a very long way, but it was refreshing for me to revisit this original couple. A lot of what got me into this series is still there. There’s always something happening, some hurdle to overcome or a move to make. The characters are so flushed out that you feel like you know them. This book, just as the others I’ve read in the series are, is unputdownable.
One thing I noticed while reading this book was that there has been a definite shift in focus. While there’s still obviously something going on with the lessers (and I can’t wait for the story that was hinted at here =]) the lessers aren’t the main problem. In fact, Wrath is now at war with his own people in a way. It’s all politically motivated, but it’s still a war nonetheless. Reading about how he dealt with that, and how he was able to accept the help in dealing with everything dropped on his plate was pretty sweet. Not to mention, there are some huge changes that are made in vampire society in general throughout this book. It was certainly shocking (and again awesome).
I was a bit worried about spoilers while reading, but I have to admit, aside from a couple of things there really wasn’t anything for me to be worried about. Even though I know about particular events now, I’ll still definitely go back and read the three books I missed to get the full story. I am not deterred.
While I did love re-immersing myself in this world, there were a couple of nitpicky things I have to mention. There were some very odd abbreviations that stuck out like a sore thumb while reading and there was the unnecessary use of multiple letters in words that kind of annoyed me. These aren’t things that take away from the story, but it’s just annoying to me. The only other thing that I think needs to be mentioned here is that there are a TON of perspectives throughout this book. Obviously you’ve got Beth and Wrath, but you’ve got Layla and Xcor, Trez and Selena, iAm, Assail and Sola (can’t wait for more of them btw) and all of that can be a lot to follow. That’s another of the big changes from the books I had read before, the increase in storylines.
Overall, The King was a very enjoyable read for me. I love Ward’s characters as much as ever, she builds tension and anticipation like no other, and she manages to make everything come together but never too easily. It’s another solid book from her as far as I’m concerned and I can’t wait to see what she brings to the table next. 4/5 stars....more
I’ve been seeing Patricia Briggs’s books around for a few years now, but for some reason I’ve never picked one up even though I’ve heard all great thiI’ve been seeing Patricia Briggs’s books around for a few years now, but for some reason I’ve never picked one up even though I’ve heard all great things about her books. Finally, I did pick up Moon Called, the first of the Mercy Thompson series and ermagersh! Why did I wait so long?!?!?!
First, can we just talk about Mercy please? She is so kickass I can’t even handle it. I love strong, take no crap female characters and that is Mercy to a T. She works a job where she gets dirty, and even though she’s not as strong – physically – as the other predators around her, she uses her mind and manages to kick ass and take names. By far, one of my favorite book characters ever. I absolutely adore reading about her.
In addition to Mercy, there are several other fantastic characters. Here is where we meet Adam, Zee, Stephan and many others. The characters all stand out and have their quirks and the character development is spot on. This just made this book an even more fantastic read for me personally.
The story itself flew by so fast. It was entertaining and I never wanted to put down this book. In fact, I spent a lot of time wishing it was longer so the book wouldn’t end. Briggs has a fantastic writing style that flows so well and she is constantly giving information, but still kept me wondering what was up next.
All in all, Moon Called is a fantastic first installment in the Mercy Thompson series. It was well written, entertaining, had great characters and a great story. An absolute new favorite series! 5/5 stars....more
Forbidden is the type of book that it takes balls to write and extraordinary skill to write well. When I first heard the hype surrounding the book I kForbidden is the type of book that it takes balls to write and extraordinary skill to write well. When I first heard the hype surrounding the book I kind of shrugged it off, but my interest was piqued due to the topic. Once I picked up this book though, nothing else mattered, it had all of my attention.
Forbidden is the story of the Whitely family, a family in a situation that too many families face. However, one thing is different, Lochlan and Maya even knowing the possible consequences are in love. The dynamic between the siblings and the situation they are in, it all makes you feel for them.
The entire book is these two teenagers giving everything they have to make sure that their younger siblings have a roof over their head, food in their tummies, and all the things they could need to have as good a life as possible. They deal with all the many facets of parenthood, forgoing their own lives essentially to be the protectors, a role that someone had to step into for their mother. That may not sound like much, but on top of that, Lochlan and Maya are dealing with a whole other beast. Love, for each other.
They know it’s wrong, and they know that there are a thousand horrible things that could happen to the family if anyone found out, but in the end they care for each other and need the support of one another. Then, boom, the end of this book is smacking you in the face and there are FEELS and TEARS. I think I sobbed into this book for a straight 15 to 20 minutes. It was ridiculous. But it was also powerful and it stuck with me and I couldn’t process it or even talk about it for days, because there are no words.
This book is amazing, but so is Tabitha Suzuma. She takes on the topic of this book, heavy duty as it is, and weaves an amazing, unputdownable story. This one could have gone either way, but she brought an eloquence to the table that I haven’t seen in some time. I truly believe that she was brave as all hell to write this story and I am so glad she did. Absolutely pick it up, I know I’ll be looking for more from this author! 5/5 Stars!
ALSO, PLEASE make yourself available for discussion for the young reader in your life who picks this one up!...more
Where to begin with Reflected… I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this book though it tends more towards the love side. I enjoyed a lot ofWhere to begin with Reflected… I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this book though it tends more towards the love side. I enjoyed a lot of this book though I have to admit I did miss Dare and John even though I understand why Held wrote the book the way she did.
Reflected is where Silver and Felicia shine, or in some cases flail (mostly Felicia), without Dare in the picture. It picks up about three years after Tarnished ends and I think that was a great decision on the part of Held. Silver is a character that I’ve come to know over the course of two previous books, so for me this book was more seeing her in action when she’s more vulnerable than she’s been since the attack on her old pack. Felicia on the other hand is reintroduced to us freshly into adulthood with a serious case of puppy love (pun intended) on the brain and a burning need to prove herself. I was really interested to see how Felicia would come into the picture in Reflected being an insider in the way of genetics and a super outsider having been raised in a European pack. These things made for a mostly enjoyable read.
Here’s where I come out and say that I kind of hated Felicia during part of the story. To the point where I actually had to put the book down for a while because I thought she was being so stupid and headstrong. It was a struggle because I was actually quite invested into the story line, especially what Silver was having to deal with as alpha of the North American packs. However, once I got over it and finished the book, I can say that Felicia was punished and redeemed and I am okay with her now, mostly. Moving on.
Reflected had two story lines going on that ended up intertwining in some ways. I thought that it was very well done which is what I’ve come to expect from Rhiannon Held. She writes stories that leave you intrigued and begging for more and Reflected is no exception. This book is much more pack politics focused, but it was in no way lacking the little touches that make – and keep – this world alive for me. Prime example being Morsel the cat.
Overall, Reflected was another great installment in the Silver series and I’m eagerly awaiting news for another book. I definitely recommend these books, though I would suggest reading the series in order so you don’t miss anything. 4/5 stars....more
When I picked up Obsidian, I was really hankering for an alien story and this was one I had seen talked about a lot, that had really good reviews. So,When I picked up Obsidian, I was really hankering for an alien story and this was one I had seen talked about a lot, that had really good reviews. So, I decided to give it a go, because why not?
Our main characters Katy and Daemon are an interesting mix. I quite liked Katy just because she didn’t put up with Daemon’s shit and generally gave as good as she got. She had her moments of ‘Whaaaaa?’ followed by her moments of acceptance and moving on with how things would have to be and I liked that about her. She’s also a book nerd, so props there. Daemon on the other hand… Daemon’s kind of annoying. His character is frustrating in the way only the “typical” male could be, but the whole alien thing makes up for some of it.
The characters overall, both Katy and Daemon and the others like Dee, Ash, Katy’s mom and so on were written quite well I thought. They each had their own personality and feel so I could decide to love or hate them as I was reading. Definitely a plus of this book.
The story, aliens hidden here on earth with the help of the government and the secret alien attacks that happen in the dead of night and all that, did keep my interest throughout the book. I liked reading about the Luxen and the Arum and waiting to see what, if any, part the DoD would play in the story. Intrigued I was with that part of Obsidian.
Here’s what I didn’t love about this story. This may be my own problem because Obsidian came after all these other things for me, but as I read I kept seeing bits of other stories in this one. There were things that were reminiscent of Roswell and Twilight and stuff like that. I ignored it for the most part, but to me it was there all the same. Also, I don’t love YA that much anymore. There’s a lot of pettiness and drama that I’ve already lived and am over. I saw some of that pettiness in Obsidian. Again, I tried not to let it get to me, but it was still there.
All in all, I thought Obsidian was a pretty entertaining book. It’s gets my points for sheer enjoyableness alone. Regardless of what annoyed me I still got hooked into the story and liked (or hated) the characters. This book is one I can just shut my brain off and read for fun. 4/4 stars....more
I was craving something alien-y, so I decided to pick up Alienated, which I’ve been staring at longingly for some time but just never got around to piI was craving something alien-y, so I decided to pick up Alienated, which I’ve been staring at longingly for some time but just never got around to picking up, and man am I happy I finally read it. This book was everything that I was looking for when I picked it up, it was fun, there were aliens, there was a little romance, and it was an enjoyable and super quick read.
I have to say I really loved the main characters Cara and Aelyx, faults and all. Cara, even though she sometimes let herself get caught up in drama, was was tough, intelligent, independent, and took no crap. Those are the things I look for in female characters, especially in young adult and teen literature. Aelyx on the other hand was a bit rough around the edges, but I loved seeing him grow past his prejudices throughout the story. He did have some great lines throughout the book though, harsh or not.
The only drawback for me in this book was that I felt like there was too much focus on the drama at times. I would have much preferred a deeper look at some of the goings on of the story as opposed to all the teenage folly.
Bottom line, Alienated wasn’t perfect, but it was a damn good read. From page one it caught my attention. It was fun and easy to read and enjoy (obviously as I read it in one sitting) and I would definitely recommend it. 4/5 Stars....more
Having been completely taken by Rule when I finally read it I jumped right into Jet when I finished. I loved Ayden in the first book, so I couldn’t waHaving been completely taken by Rule when I finally read it I jumped right into Jet when I finished. I loved Ayden in the first book, so I couldn’t wait to read her story in the second. Plus, Jet was a kind of mysterious sort and I was curious to see what Ms. Crownover would give us there.
Jet was awesome, straight up. I had already gotten to know Ayden a bit in book one, but in book two she becomes so much more. I have the highest respect for that character, I’m not even kidding. Learning about her and what she’s had to overcome, it’s awesome. That is a character of motivation in a lot of ways. Jet, too, was a great character to get to know. I wasn’t quite expecting what I got, but in the end, it all made sense. Crownover made his character so much more than a rockstar.
The story itself keeps you reading as well. I didn’t want to put down the book because I had to know what was going to happen next. These characters just constantly made things happen and there was that constant yearning for answers and the need to turn-pages.
This was another of the no instant gratification love stories which is actually one of the things I love about the book. There’s all this tension, and its even felt by their group of friends which makes it all the more believable to me. Plain and simple, it was a good read.
The only complaint I have with this book carries over from the first. Editing. I wish so hard that these books were edited better. I won’t stop reading them because of it, hell, I CANNOT wait to hit that Purchase button on my nook Tuesday even though I’m flat broke, but it’s still just too noticeable to ignore.
Bottom line, Jet was awesome. This series is awesome. The characters, the stories, the drama, all of it. Fantastic books and I can’t wait for more! 4/5 stars....more
Rule is a book that would constantly be suggested to me when I was browsing the nook store, but I never really gave it more than a glance for whateverRule is a book that would constantly be suggested to me when I was browsing the nook store, but I never really gave it more than a glance for whatever reason. Once I saw some of the response this book (and the series) was getting I decided it couldn’t hurt to check it out. I’m quite glad I did.
Rule Archer is an intriguing character. From chapter 1 he both interested and infuriated me. I had lots of impressions and assumptions about him – mostly along the lines of a lot of what he deals with is of his own making. That said, from the get-go we also learn about his guilt regarding his brother. It was certainly interesting to watch him grow and change throughout the book.
Shaw is very different from Rule in most ways, but I still love her character because she’s so true to herself and she’s a very strong female character. It takes cajones to deal with Rule’s shit, just sayin’. I also love the fact that regardless of her roots, she’s trying to give herself a more realistic life and college experience so to speak. It’s not something I see very often in books.
Having talked about Shaw and Rule, I must of course talk about their relationship. Difficult is probably the best word to use. For the most part they have to put in some serious work to make things succeed for them and its not an easy road. One of the most fulfilling things about this story is that they are so different, yet they compliment each other so well. It truly makes the book fly by.
I quickly want to mention some of the other characters in the book. Ayden, Rome, Nash, Jet, Cara – I love all the characters. Part of the reason I kept reading these books was because I just really fell in love with all of them. No matter what size part they had they still felt flushed out and real to me.
Despite all the goodness that Rule was, there were a couple of things that bothered me while reading. The first is that at times some of the dialogue felt really forced to me. It was almost like the author was trying too hard to use ‘cool’ terms and such. It didn’t take away from the story, but it did stand out a bit. Second, I hate to say it, but the editing. Oh my holy universe the editing. This series is everything I hate about poorly edited books. Simple misspellings and things that even spell-check would catch and it adds up and just bugs the hell out of me. I still read it, but it couldn’t be ignored and it has to be mentioned.
All in all, I very much enjoyed reading Rule. The relationship between Rule and Shaw was very fulfilling, all of the characters were great and the book really did fly by regardless of the bad things. I can’t wait to keep reading this series as it comes out! 4/5 stars....more