I seriously didn't expect this book to be this good when I first started reading it. In fact, it seemed a bit confusing after the usual paranormal romI seriously didn't expect this book to be this good when I first started reading it. In fact, it seemed a bit confusing after the usual paranormal romance books I recently read with the happily ever after couples in each one. But this one was complicated in that area and the plot was really good.
The story takes place in a world where people are familiar with angels and vampires, they live side by side and somehow the community works itself out. We're welcomed into this world when one ordinary -yet extremely talented- vampire hunter Elena is hired by the charismatic and sometimes-cruel archangel Raphael to hunt down another archangel gone bad.
The iinteractions between these two characters were really hot. Elena is a strong heroine, I mean really strong. She can fight, she can talk back to those who annoy her and she's a very free spirited woman. Yet somehow that strength in her doesn't make her annoying as unfortunately in some cases that is what happens. But Elena was likeable, and a true kick-ass heroine. Now, Raphael, on the other hand, was a bit more complicated character. He's an archangel, he's not human and he's lost most of his humanity with his age and the years of ruling over humans. He sees things from a different view, so humanity is not a priority for him. That is, you might've guessed, until Elena comes along. But don't mistake me when I say this, he still doesn't become the merciful perfect man, nope, by the end of the book he's still a bit merciless, a bit cruel, he's still a control freak, but somehow he's also more in touch with his human side.
The story, like I said before, was very complicated yet not that hard to follow. Although I admit there were parts where I had to re-read them to grasp the whole meaning of things but in the end all these made me appreciate this book and Nalini Singh's storytelling even more. The way she's connecting the dots is a total pro work. At times she's left me wondering how the hell did she come up with such plotlines.
Since there's so much going on in this book, there are naturally not just those two main characters. We're introduced to a bunch of other personalities. Vampires, ordinary angels and other archangels, all of which only add to the story's beauty. Especially there's a group who are Raphael's men that I couldn't help but adore till the end. The story leaves at a point where you get your loose ends tied up in the end yet you know nothing's over yet and there's more to come. So you're still left with wondering.
A definitely great book with a great plot and wonderful characters that make you think about your own humanity, I recommend this to those who love to read paranormal books....more
I've had this in my "to-read" shelf for a while now, but bummped it to first place for my sis who insisted I read this and she promised I'd like it anI've had this in my "to-read" shelf for a while now, but bummped it to first place for my sis who insisted I read this and she promised I'd like it and she was right.
This is the first book in the series which is about good vampires, or Breeds as I understand it, who fight against other vampires-gone-bad with bloodlust, or Rogues as they're called.
This first one takes Lucan, -an excellent choice of name, very sexy- the leader of our warrior Breeds who has dedicated himself to the war against the Rogues, and pairs him up with Gabrielle, the human photographer who also happens to be a special Breedmate. Now, what is Breedmate?, you may ask, I'll tell you. They are human women who have special DNA that can support our Breed guys as the vampires in these books are only males. They mate with humans to procreate who happen to be these Breedmates and they are identified by a special mark on the different parts of their bodies. The thing is when a male drinks from these Breedmates it means they claim that woman as theirs. And the women also drink from men which makes them practically married, roughly translated for us, mere humans. These women are very rare, and Gabrielle is one of them.
I found this world of vampires similar to that of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward. Although I admit the bad guys here are much better than the former.
Lucan, I liked as a leader. He's cold, distant and doesn't necessarily care for humans more than he has to and he certainly has no intentions of having a family of his own because of his troubled past. He's solely focused on his war against the Rogues who are permanently stuck on their need for blood. The situation with Rogues is decribed close to drug addiction which makes you understand it better. Too much of everything is bad for you and these vampires are no exception. Blood more than needed is a path to self-destruction and all the vampires have to fight it. Those who can't win that fight become Rogue, a slave to their own blood need.
The relationship between the hero and the heroine was well written, the women in this story may not go into the fight with their men, but they're not weak females who stand behind and worry all the time. Breedmates have special abilities, they're basicly human but they tend to be more than your average human also.
There were some good surprises in this one, definitely a good start to a series and I'm looking forward to reading the rest. Eagerly waiting, to be more precise....more
**spoiler alert** I feel like a broken record but I can't help it. This series is so much more than just a paranormal romance series. There are a lot**spoiler alert** I feel like a broken record but I can't help it. This series is so much more than just a paranormal romance series. There are a lot of issues, yes issues you can relate to, and many many emotions. Emotions all over the place. The characters have flaws but you're gradually led to love and support them.
Based on the nature of his work, Rehv, even though I've loved him from the first moment he was introduced, is a hard one to like probably. He's a pimp, he's a drug lord, he does bad stuff. And he's forced to be kinky as well for a certain personal secret. But you can't help but love him, at least the case for me, and Ehlena was a good heroine. She was quite the opposite of Rehv actually, for her own line of work. She's a nurse, it's in her nature to help people and she's not a big fan of the drugs, in fact, there's a part where she weighs her feelings for Rehv while thinking back to all the overdose cases brought to the clinic. But once we get to go deep in Rehv's story with Ehlena we realize he's punishing himself for something that is not his fault and he actually believes he deserves the kind of life he lives and all the kinds of adjectives that describe him.
I also loved his relationship with his family, and finding out about his story was very touching. He truly has a good heart and a good example of differences not mattering. I'm glad he had his own book, even though he had to share it with Wrath a little, and I'm glad his vampire side was able overrun his sympath side.
My urge to read about other characters is very strong, I really really want a book for Qhuinn and Blay, apparently Ward said something about them although I don't know what it is, but I feel like I don't want them to end up with anyone but each other.
And oh my God, Lassiter! He should have a book of his own too!! Love LOVE the guy!...more
**spoiler alert** I absolutely loved this book, a wonderfully written addition to the Demonica series.
This one's about Lore, the half human half Semin**spoiler alert** I absolutely loved this book, a wonderfully written addition to the Demonica series.
This one's about Lore, the half human half Seminus demon who's forced to be an assassin, and Idess, the angel-to-be who's in charge of protecting Lore's next assignment.
Lore was such a wonderful guy. It seems to me like every hero becomes my fave for the duration of their books but I think I had a complete soft spot for Lore. He was such a tortured soul, and the love he had for his sister and his boyish charm -yes, his boyish charm!- secured a big place for him in my fan heart.
He started out as one tough laid back assassin in the previous book but we got to see a more vulnerable side to him in this one. I felt really sorry for him and admired his attempts in trying to find a way between having to kill Kynan and saving his sister, not to mention trying to resist Idess too. The guy was between a rock and a hard place and then some. And as stuff kept happening, his barriers started to break down and we saw that he really tried to do the right thing. Given his fucked up situation, I gotta say he did pretty well with his choices. And I was glad that his brothers, after maybe a little bit of convincing ;), had his back in the end when it really mattered.
I adored Idess. And let me say, what a beautiful and suited name for an angel-to-be. She wasn't your usual oh-so-innocent angel, she was strong, tough and ready to face anything for those she needed to protect. I really liked how she handled things with Lore and his contant tries of killing Kynan, and how she made her peace with her brother's wrongdoings in the end and see everything as they are. I was pretty upset for a while when she was about to Ascend but to my delight things worked out pretty well and I'm glad she found a way to help with the hospital and the ghosts and especially, the asswipe Roag.
One thing I especially liked in this book, with all the books in the series, is that we get to see the points of view of everyone else as well, even those who already had their HEAs. This is something I really appreciate in books such as these, it's why I love series like this one and Gena Showalter's Lords of The Underworld, the past characters not only make appearances but also still have roles in the flow of things and are not forgotten. This is the way I like to read paranormal series because these guys are all still related to one another and still a part of each other's lives so it's only fair that they still have their own points of view of things.
I also loved loved the humor in this book. I love how Wraith named his son Stewie, a fave character of mine that baby!, and the conversation where Tayla compares Sin, the sister who was never meant to be, to Smurfette, to describe to Eidolon that Sin is a lone female in the world of men. Eidolon's lack of knowledge of the Smurfs and his reaction to Tay's description was flat out hilarious. I would've loved him just for that part if I didn't already loved the guy.
And now I can't wait to read the next one, maybe a little sad that this series will be over but all good things come to an end right?...more
**spoiler alert** This book was all the reasons why I love John. All the frickin' reasons. I don't even know where to start with the review, so many t**spoiler alert** This book was all the reasons why I love John. All the frickin' reasons. I don't even know where to start with the review, so many things to say, so much emotions. I have to admit, even though not always I approve of the way of JR's writing, she does have a way of warming you up to things, she really does, I'll get to that.
I'll admit, when we first met Xhex I didn't like her. At all. And because I loved John from the very first moment he appeared in the lives of the Brothers I truly loved him, I didn't think she was a good match for him, and the way she was described throughout the books didn't help. But I got to like her by Rehv's book and I did love her in this one. It was clear she's been through some serious shit, and we got to know a bit better about her if not all. But I'm glad we've been let in on the emotional side of her. She's the tough girl, not very lady-like, a tomboy in the world of men and she's doing a hella good job. But it was great to see her let her guard down for John.
Oh John..He brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "male of worth" don!t ya think? The way he handled things, the way he handled Xhex's abduction, the realization of what she's been through, he was truly amazing. Kinda makes you wish the guy was alive so we can clone him or something. Xhex is one lucky ass-kicking vamp. Apart from all his personality and all the things he did throughout the book, two really did leave an impression on me: When he washed Xhex in the shower when she lost her balance, being extra careful not to touch her inner thighs, and when he helped her kill Lash even though the bonded male in him screamed revenge and even though she was about to die. Just these two things are enough to describe the guy.
As this was John's book, we got to see a lot of Qhuinn and Blay for which I was grateful beyond words. Beyond frickin' words!. I'm a die-hard supporter of those two, there's a good possiblity I'm gonna hurt something if they don't get their own book. Now, it wss great that we got to see both Qhuinn and Blay's points of view. Blay is the perfect gentleman as always and he deserved to have some shot at being satisfied. And I was glad he was, and not at all annoyed about it, how many times did the poor guy have to watch and/or hear Qhuinn get laid? So yeah, the guy deserved some quality time. And the fact that Qhuinn was jealous and was actually on the verge of admitting his true feelings for him was great to read. And two things about them.. "I miss you. I miss you so fucking bad it hurts, but I don't know how to find you even though you're right in front of me."
"Funny, he could barely remember losing his virginity[..:], though, he realized he was going to remember Blay's first for the rest of his life." Heartbreaking yet beautiful.
I was surprised we didn't get as much Payne as I expected but from what I've read I realized I liked the girl. Her book should be interesting, hope to see more WTF! and YOU LIED TO ME BITCH!! from V towards his Scribe Not-So-Virgin mama. She deserves a lot of crap coming her way. She really does. Man, what I'd give to read her getting smacked around..
Back to JR warming me up to ideas. It's Thor. Yeah. Even though ı still hate the idea of him having another female, it's too heartbreaking to see the guy this sad. Kinda made me wish he was happy again. Oh, you know what I mean! And his backstory with Darius linked to Xhex was pretty good and interesting, not to mention the bomb that dropped on my lap when I read about No-One. Did.Not.Expect.That.One. But yeah, the guy deserves to be happy, he really does, loved his backstory, kinda made me wonder how him and Wellsie were promised to each other before they were born, under the circumstances of his relations with his dad but whatever, since we get his book I guess we'll get to see that too.
A lot more things I wanted to say about this book but can't get my head around, all in all, it was an amazing book for an amazing guy if you ask me....more
**spoiler alert** I'll say it, even though I heard a lot of people thought this book should've been better, couple-wise, but I loved it. I truly did.**spoiler alert** I'll say it, even though I heard a lot of people thought this book should've been better, couple-wise, but I loved it. I truly did. Phury is the gentleman of the brothers and to see him fall apart and then pull himself back together, and especially to read him turn into the not-so-gentleman with his female was hot. I admit, yes, it was HOT.
I also liked that so many things happened in this book that reminded me that this series is not just all about the hot, sweaty rmance but also action and mystery. I may not have read a lot of the genre but I know this series will be, by far, my most favourite because of this. Because it's a whole package.
I liked Cormia a lot, starting from the previous book. She is a strong woman who is limited by a tradition. She desperately wants to get out to the world and be herself, instead of a trivial part of the whole. The way they treated the Chosen was horrible to read, the part with Phury walking into the Primale temple and seeing Cormia bound and gagged with her face covered on the bed gave me shivers. Truly did. And the sad thing is I can see something like that happening and it doesn't seem so unreal, unfortunately. So I can say, on another level, this series touches to a lot of issues as well that make you think. At least that's what I think.
The parts with Phury and Cormia were hot, hot and hot, maybe not enough because they kept being interrupted which bugged the living shit out of me. But other than that it was good and good for me. I didn't think she needed to write the book again or anything.
There was also a lot of change in this one, the system has changed with the Chosen, somehow the Scribe Virgin wasn't all that irritating, just a tiny bit less, and I was surprised to see she was so easily on board with the Chosen thing. I was so incredibly glad that it was Lash who was the son of Omega and not Qhuinn, cause I'd hate it if he was the one with the not-loved-and-different-black-sheep-of-the-family thing going on. I loved that trio so much, if anything happens to any of them I'm gonna throw that book on the wall really bad. I kinda saw Blay's secret coming, it was hinted here and there, I love that guy so much, I want a book for him. For Qhuinn also, hope she writes them.
**spoiler alert** I was forced to give this one 4 starts. In fact, if I didn't love the series so much and if the whole book wasn't so good, save the**spoiler alert** I was forced to give this one 4 starts. In fact, if I didn't love the series so much and if the whole book wasn't so good, save the ending, I would've given it less starts. I'm sorry, really am as a huge fan of the book, but I hated the ending. I hated it. Can't help it. I'm glad V is happy and all but a ghost?? A frikkin' ghost??!! V was like one of my very favourite, I was looking forward to his story, the way he flirts with Butch and all, I wanted to love this book, and I did too, up until the end where he gets to have his girl back, as a frikkin' ghost!!! Damn.
Other than that very annoying detail, call me a romantic, call me stupid classic-happy-ending-lover whatever, I did love the book though. I loved to find out about V's background, which was very sad, a tortured past like Zsadist and it made me feel for the guy, not that I didn't before ;)
The whole V/Butch flirting was clearly addressed by the brothers as well, and I have to admit I found the part with V telling Butch he "totally wanted to have sex with him" very, very hot. And I was glad to read about Butch's explanation for V's feelings towards him, finally having someone in his life to care about and confusing those feelings with romantic ones. It was understandable.
I loved V. Always did, still do, hate that stupid mother of his, no matter what she sacrificed for him, don't care, hate her. And I thought she was supposed to be the equivalent of god in their world, with powers beyond imagining, and she goes and poofs her own's son's lover and then she does a little sacrifice, God knows to what/when/where/how, and brings her back a frikkin' ghost? Yeah. HATE HER.
I loved Phury. That man/male is HOT. I always felt for him for his feeling towards Bella, was sorry for him and did want him to be happy and all, but this book he was hot. I mean hot hot hot. And I liked Cormia too. I think she'd be good mate for him. When he woke up on top of her, I was Cormia in my head and let me tell you, it felt good ;) And now, can't wait to start that book, even though I hear a lot of people were disappointed with it.
Overall, loved the book, hated the end for the girl. and Hate the Scribe not-so-Virgin.
*edit- can't help but go back and give the book five starts. It's all for my love for V....more
With every book, things get a little bit more exciting, I love this! Can't wait to finish them all.
Have to**spoiler alert** Woah. Way to go Butch! :)
With every book, things get a little bit more exciting, I love this! Can't wait to finish them all.
Have to admit though, I wasn't much impressed with Marissa, somehow found her a bit boring during the previous books, but thankfully the book was no way near boring. In fact, I was glad to see Marissa show some balls and got rid of that fragile aristocrat way of hers. That was boring. And whoo, what a surprise with Butch's bloodline, woah, that was a shock to me. On to the next book then, cause I really really want to read about V!
Rhage: (in a nutshell) Butch, man, even though you go by a brother name now, we'll still call you names with ass in it. Zsadist: How 'bout basstard?
I read someone's review about this one saying it felt like a long fanfiction, I agree. While reading it I had a fanfiction vibe from it, it was as ifI read someone's review about this one saying it felt like a long fanfiction, I agree. While reading it I had a fanfiction vibe from it, it was as if the author had the intention to write a story about vampires and then decided to extend it to a book.
It wasn't a bad read, it was a bit dark at times since it also included some teen angst, sex and use of drugs and alcohol, but still it was ok. The dialogues, especially coming from teens, seemed a bit long to be true at times, although I can't really remember how I talked when I was a teenager, and the story unfolded a bit too quickly. The reactions to the realisation of the existence of a vampire seemed a bit too rushed too, hence not very believable, so overall, it was an ok book. 2, maybe even 1.5 stars, but I went with 2....more
I really liked this book, it was a good start to a new series and a good addition to my newly found appreciation of werewolves -Lykae- or how3.5 stars
I really liked this book, it was a good start to a new series and a good addition to my newly found appreciation of werewolves -Lykae- or however you'd like to address them. This one was about a long-time-tortured Lykae hero and a timid, good-natured vampire heroine. I liked the outlet, the characters and the plot, however I do have a few complaints about the general flow of the story. I like the Scottish accent, I really do, in fact, I like hearing it cause it just has this strange pull to me, but I couldn't get over the fact that every time the hero spoke we had to read the accent. I was so caught up with trying to spell the words right in my head that I lost the meaning of the sentences. Call me crazy but I just have to personalize the speech in my head and so this got in the way of my reading. However, after a while I found that I could actually do a nice enough job talking in a Scottish accent :)
Now, the hero, the Lykae, has a mate, in fact all Lykaes and all the other supernatural creatures have this 'one' who's born for them only and if you're lucky you get to find yours. Our hero, Lachlain, has been tortured for more than a hundred years when he smells the scent of his mate. So he escapes to find her and does so, in the timid vampire Emma. Lachlain hates vampires and hates the fact that his mate is one of them. Nevertheless, how can you question the ways of fate, so he decides to snatch the girl away to figure out what he'll do with her. In the meantime Emma is frightened, as you can guess, but does her best to fight off her fear of this strange alluring hunk. All was well between the two, the tension, the constant sexual battle, but the one thing I couldn't get over was how Emma came to love Lachlain. It could've been much better if we were given a bit more of her point of view while she actually came to love him. It was as if Lachlain found her and told her she's his mate and she just had to make her peace with that fact because it just was the way things were. I liked that they finally came together but I felt like Emma was not given much choice in the matter, she just felt the way she was supposed to feel in the end. I don't know, something just didn't click about this which I can't quite put my finger on but still overall I liked the book.
Other than these, the interactions between Lachlain and Emma were quite good after they came to his castle. And I have to admit, for a guy who's been tortured for 150 years -hence celibate- he was quite as much the gentleman he could be. The guy held himself off her for longer than I gave him credit for, especially with the full moon coming. Way to go my man. And Emma grew stronger throughout the book nicely, either when she was shy or when she got braver she never bothered me. And all the other characters were pretty intriguing, especially Lachlain's best friend Bowen, and his brother Garreth. I do look forward to reading their books....more
Now this is a good start to a series. After me latest disappointment with another series I'm glad to see there's nothing wrong with my liking books otNow this is a good start to a series. After me latest disappointment with another series I'm glad to see there's nothing wrong with my liking books other than JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series :) This one I liked. And will continue.
It's got a little bit of everything. Demons, angels, sexy half-breeds and adorable writers. It's told through the point of view of your friendly neighbourhood succubus Georgina Kincaid who works in a bookstore where she drools over the aforementioned adorable writer Seth. Add to this the John Cusack wannabe demon boss and his not-so-traditional best friend the impossible-not-to-like angel, two I-wish-they-were-my-friends-too vampires, affectionate demon co-worker and last but not least the aforementioned sexy half-breed. What's not to like? :)...more
I loved this book. I'm not saying I enjoyed it very much cause my beloved Dimitri, and yes I love him, was missing the first half and not himself theI loved this book. I'm not saying I enjoyed it very much cause my beloved Dimitri, and yes I love him, was missing the first half and not himself the second. Which saddened me, you have no idea how much. I felt so bad for Rose that she lost the old Dimitri, that the guy who had his face and his voice was a complete stranger now. I vaguely remember other shows, books or films that took this kind of material, where a loved one can turn into a different person soulwise, and it always breaks my heart. And the fact that I got so attached to these characters made it worse for me. I want for all these people to be happy, no matter how cliché or predictable it sounds. They've been through so much that they sure deserve something good right about now. Or yesterday, whatever.
I also want to say how much I enjoy Richelle Meade's writing. Not only does she get into the young mind so easily, she's absolutely great in reflecting emotions and struggles of a character. She's perfect in voicing all the questions and thoughts I would've had under these circumstances and perhaps this is exactly why I feel so in sync with her characters and get attached to them so easily and so strongly. She does the same remarkable job in her Gerogina Kincaid series and that's why I love love to read what she writes. This is one paranormal author that I'd follow no matter what she writes, adult or young adult....more
The book that made me create a shelf for "gal I hated/annoyed me to no end" or something along the lines. The heroes, the nightwalkers were ok likeablThe book that made me create a shelf for "gal I hated/annoyed me to no end" or something along the lines. The heroes, the nightwalkers were ok likeable characters, but the heroine, oh my god, the heroine..I have never read such an annoying character before. It's safe to say that she's ruined the whole book for me and even though I wonder about the other guys I'm kinda afraid of their females turning out to be just like this one. She was a cocky, extremely childish little brat that kept on snapping at people for no reason. She was also very very selfish, even though the hero keeps thinking how selfless she is which made me go "WTF" all the time. The only way I can picture her in my head is as a grown girl with hair like pippi langstrumpf except brown and thick apparently, who keeps shoving her fists on her hips and her tongue out to people.
There are way too many adjectives to describe emotions and whatnot which sucked the hot out of the love scenes in my opinion. The dialogues, especially the ones between the hero and the heroine, don't make sense most of the time. The story evolves so fast that you don't get to follow how it got there in the end. The heroine, who is a librarian, is apparently a way way fast reader than any other human or demon for that matter that she consumes a whole library with centuries old information in just a day or something? Not to mention she somehow discovers something very important in those books that the scholar Demon King, who's been writing and reading those for centuries, hasn't been able to see before. WTF. And then there's the issue of not using apostrphe at all. All I see is "I do not/I can not/ I did not/I must not" etc. I don't know, it bothered me.
I would want to know about the other guys maybe some day, but I know that day will have to wait until I don't have anything better to read....more
**spoiler alert** Yet another wonderful book from the Demonica series. This one tells the story of Wraith, the bad boy of the demon brothers, the trea**spoiler alert** Yet another wonderful book from the Demonica series. This one tells the story of Wraith, the bad boy of the demon brothers, the treasure hunter for the hospital, the unmated Seminus demon with a whole lot of baggage, and Serena, the virgin human woman who's charmed by the angels and in possession of a very important piece of jewellery that is save-the-world material.
Wraith, as well known to everyone, is a bad boy. He's been tortured ever since he can remember by the vampires so he resents them and is usually out for a non-declared death wish. Or so we thought. And so did he.
I loved Wraith from the first moment he appeared in the books but my love for him intensified after Shade's book when we got to see his vulnerable side, the one who loved his brothers. But in this one we got to see the side who fell in love. The one who'd made him go against anything and anyone for that 'one' woman. Even his brothers. And even though his choice might've bothered me if it was someone else, I completely supported in his case.
Throughout the book Wraith was first torn between his own survival and the one of the woman he started to have feelings for, and later on torn again, this time between his love for his brothers and the one for the woman he fell for and wanted more than anyone else. So all through the book I felt bad, heartbroken for him. He was faced with some really tough choices that were not fair that left him in a position he didn't deserve to be in at all. I was more than relieved when it all worked out for him and that he was able to be happy and found his own family in Serena and the baby who came at the right time :)
Speaking of, Serena was truly a lovely woman. She was a friend for Wraith first of all, the flirty friendship they had was adorable. Again, all through the book I felt sorry for her knowing that giving herself up to Wraith meant her death. I was pretty glad to read the smooth way of her accepting the truth about Wraith. Larissa Ione has written that quite believable, I could see her battling with herself, her feelings for him on one side and the truth about him that she's grown up to know as evil on the other.
So, so glad to see Kynan and Gem patch things up. I wished they'd somehow end up together and reading that was great. Although I had a hard time going through the part where Kynan died and all but thankfully Lore came into the picture.
Which brings me to this fact: If not for anything else, I would've totally loved Lore solely for bringing Kynan back to life. If I didn't already like him. Just for that fact alone I would've definitely loved him. He's the mystery for now, and I can't wait for his story, to know more about his past and how he'll come to find his HEA and a way out of his apparent disturbing relation to this other demon who holds his leash.