**spoiler alert** The fourth installment in the Lords of The Underworld series was a leap forward in both the storyline and the action I think. Not to...more**spoiler alert** The fourth installment in the Lords of The Underworld series was a leap forward in both the storyline and the action I think. Not to mention the most intense sex scene of the series was in this book if you ask me -You know which one I'm talking about, it involves a forest and a pissed off Harpy in training who's nudged by a certain demon of Doubt, and I think somewhere in there there was also tearing of pants and pushing a Lord up against a tree. I'm a bit fuzzy on the details now.- I thought this one was full of surprises and brought the situation of the Lords onto a new level.
The book matched Sabin, the most aggressive of the Lords in my opinion, and the a true leader, with Gwen, a fierce Harpy who's yet to discover and learn not to fear her powers. I have to admit, it took me a while to get used to Gwen, even without Sabin's demon, Doubt, she already had a lot on her plate, she constantly doubted herself and her powers and she always thought of herself as a weakling among the family. Apparently Harpies are dangerous creatures, and we get a good couple of chances to see that throughout the book. Gwen is like a little girl who wants to be pampered but also she has a much darker side that needs to be feared which made her the perfect match for Sabin and his war-tolerant tough dark side. And the way she embraced her own dark side, thanks to the ever-so-happy-to-help Sabin, was nicely laid out. We also met her 3 sisters who I wanted to hate but ended up loving by the way. I kinda hope one of them ends up with Amun, cause I thought he was eyeing one of them during Gwen's tarinings but couldn't be sure which one. I like the idea of the quiet man with a fierce creature like those, not to mention they have the glittery skin that I envied while reading.
Sabin also had a dilemma of his own. The good, strong and non-compromising leader that he is, he was faced with the choice of war against love in this one. And even though I give Paris a hard time for struggling between Aeron and Sienna, I'm glad Sabin made his choice towards Gwen. Not that I had any doubts about it. Which brings me to my shock over the truth about Galen. I did not see that coming. And I'm not talking Gideon-talk. That was a surprise and I wonder how things'll go after this with Galen also knowing this. And I wonder who that woman in Danika's portrait with him. And what's gonna happen to those kids from Hunter High-a name I loved by the way. Did Paris really see Sienna or was he just ambrosia-dreaming? Is there a way for me to strike this mysterious angel out and replace her with me for Aeron? So many questions..
Sooo glad to see some of Amun, Kane and Strider in this one. And Gideon, oh Gideon. Since we're closing in on his book I guess that's expected but love the guy. Poor man though, it broke my heart when he spoke the truth about how he felt to that SOB Dean Stephano and got hurt like hell. That man needs to die, like, yesterday.
I was so excited about Torin and Cameo until a pointy-eared woman appeared out of nowhere on Torin's monitors and disappointed me. I really liked the idea of those two and was kinda hoping they'd be each other's HEA. Especially after the monologue we had of Torin about him wrapping his finger around her hair and all. Gena, why?
This one left me with so many questions, and it was a great step to take the story further, Gena seems smarter and smarter with every book, introducing new troubles and possiblities. And isn't it just awesome that past couples don't disappear in the new books? Did I mention this before? Maybe once right? I freaking love that part of this series. And the way these guys support each other and love each other, and the way they truly love each other's women, it's so freaking adorable. If there was a way to give 6 starts to books here, this series would've gotten one for each from me. (less)
What a beautiful book. This is by far the best of the series I've read so far. A well 5 star deserving read.
This time we're with Zarek, the antisocial...moreWhat a beautiful book. This is by far the best of the series I've read so far. A well 5 star deserving read.
This time we're with Zarek, the antisocial Dark-Hunter who hates everything and everyone, and Astrid, the daughter of the goddess of Justice who's charged with the 'judgment' of Zarek to determine whether he could live with others or should die.
I gotta say, Astrid's got a handful. I absolutely loved her, I think she may be my favourite female of the series so far, she was determined, strong, understanding and, as opposed to what she thought of herself, passionate and loving. She was definitely a perfect match for Zarek's frozen heart. Since she's been 'judging' charges for a very long time and finding them all guilty so far, Astrid has doubts about her 'humanity'. She believes her compassion has long died and she's in need of a break from all her duties. That's when Acheron, who's still desperately trying to save Zarek from a very cruel fate, comes and asks her personally to judge Zarek and decide if he's worthy of living. This is the point where I'm blown away by Acheron's knowledge of all things.
Zarek was a very difficult guy. He's been through a lot, he's been tortured, hated, beaten, humiliated and never ever loved. By anyone. He doesn't know the words love, compassion and mercy because he's never shown any. So, over the years, he's become this bitter man who hates everyone most especially himself. He doesn't see himself worthy of anything, especially Astrid. But from the very beginning we see that he actually has a big heart and he's helpful and a very lonely guy who secretly craves the love he's been denied all his life.
I have to admit, I came dangerously close to crying reading about Zarek's past. He's such a scarred soul that all you want to do is become Astrid and move the story further by embracing him and never letting go. Of course there's a long way to that point when it comes to this guy because he's just too bitter. Any act of kindness he considers with doubt. For him, nothing is ever free and the cost is always too high. And naturally it's not easy to deal with someone like him, they always tend to push you away, but Astrid was so nice with him. After she was convinced he was 'innocent' she concentrated on breaking the wall he's built on the outside and let the real man pour out.
There was one other thing about this book that made me love it so much, The Little Prince. The parts where Zarek quoted from the book, either in his dreams where he begged for an end to his loneliness or in reality when he said the words to Astrid in loving, they were my favourite parts. There was just something so beautiful about a man like Zarek to cherish a story like this one.
I was also glad to see more insight to Acheron's character. He's a complete mystery to me, starting from his strange relationship with Artemis, to his devotion to his Dark-Hunters and, realized in this book, his love for the demon girl he carries on his skin. I thought his book was too far in the series but it seems like ten or so books are not enough to make us understand this guy. A part of me can't help but think it would be a great loss for the Dark-Hunters to lose him to a HEA!
So this is my favourite book of the series so far. It was beautiful, emotional and full of love.(less)
**spoiler alert** Yet another good one from the Dark-Hunter series. Even though this might've had a tiny bit less action than the usual Dark-Hunter li...more**spoiler alert** Yet another good one from the Dark-Hunter series. Even though this might've had a tiny bit less action than the usual Dark-Hunter life, I still liked it. I enjoyed the fact that it evolved more around the couple as they were forced into a difficult situation.
This one told the story of Wulf, the 'forgettable' Dark-Hunter and Cassandra, the last remaining Apollo blood.
I liked the romance between these two. They were practically thrown into the baby scene. And even though apparently it's something they both would've been happy about, when they're forced into it, people tend to feel a bit pissed off, Artemis. something to keep in mind. I'm getting a little tired of her childish shenanigans. Anyway, back to our couple, I enjoyed reading their interactions. They were immediately attracted to each other and despite their differences and the hardships of their situation, they made it work. In the months of Cassandra's pregnancy, they formed a friendship, a connection that made them a family and it broke my heart to even think about Cassandra's end.
The action, like I said, diminished after they came to live through the pregnancy, but I still enjoyed the interactions. And I was so glad to read about the life of Apollites underground. It was a fresh look on Wulf's side to enemy and I really liked the different look on thhose people, Apollites and Daimons alike. We found out that not all Apollites are after a good fight, and not all Daimons are bloodsucking evils. I'm a sucker, no pun intended, for the balance of good and evil in every individual. I like to see things not just black and white, but in shades of grey. And I believe this whole thing with Apollites and Daimons just raised the bar a little for this series.
There were additional characters that I really liked in this one, especially Urian, the supposed enemy. He was the best example of the idea of not all bad guys are actually bad, and I loved his devotion to his wife, the risks he'd taken for her, and the courage he displayed when he decided to join Acheron and the others rather than forget about his time with Phoebe by erasing his pain. It was obvious he was very much in love with Phoebe, and I'm still not sure what happened to her, if it's final that she's dead, but I kinda wish we could read his book too. His soul sure is tortured enough to be a book in the series.
I have to admit, I had a bit hard time following the bread crumbs about Acheron's life, I swear that man is not just a closed box but an impenetrable fort! But gotta hand it to the guy, he does have a good sense of humor. Most of the lines that cracked me up in this book belonged to him. I don't know if he still appears after his book, but if he doesn't, I'll sure miss the guy! Always happy to see Simi. It was priceless to see her freak everybody out when she appeared as a replacement baby in Acheron's arms.
Apart from all the action, plotting, mysterious characters and the hot romance, there were a few times that made me tear up. The whole thing with Cassandra has to die shortly after her child's birth thing was hard. And I could definitely understand and relate to them when they thought maybe she should go Daimon, and whenever she cried saying she didn't want to die. And that's another thing I admired about the people who lived underground. They had courage when it came to death, even though they didn't really deserve it, rather are paying for the bitchiness of the past bitches and assholes.
Overall, I loved this book. Sometimes I forget these books are supposed to happen at the time, like Talon's storyline was also going on in this one, and Zarek too. When Talon and Wulf's conversation appeared in the beginning from the previous book, I was like 'Hey! wait a minute, I've read this already!'. It took me a minute to remember the storylines intertwine sometimes.(less)
I have to go with a 5 star for this one. I haveto.
This was a tiny bit more complicated than the others because the hero in this was a man who came ba...moreI have to go with a 5 star for this one. I haveto.
This was a tiny bit more complicated than the others because the hero in this was a man who came back over and over again. I thought this might be confusing for me since the man Declan was is so different than the man he is now. But it turns out it's not that weird or confusing. And I liked Declan so much better than Aidan.
Declan was a total scarred hero, both in the physique and the psyche. For maybe the first half of the book he comes off as the bad guy and then he does a turn for the better, because 'best' would be too much too soon. He was a calculating, revenge driven, cold mortal who happened to feel something for Regin the Radiant. All through the book my mind kept going back and forth about Declan, I didn't, couldn't, hate him for who was but he was also so in the wrong that I wanted to punch the walls. On the one hand he was a wronged man who was tortured in the hands of several of the nastiest creatures so you could understand his motives, especially considering he grew up in the hands of other mortals who filled his head with 'immortal=evil' mentality. On the other hand, the things that went on in that facility made my head spin with horror. Gotta hand it to Kresley, she's done a top notch job describing a torture house. I felt so bad for all the good guys who were captured there.
So there was a huge dilemma considering the hero here that I think is why this book deserves a 5 star rating. To take one perfect man and turn him into an imperfect one in all the ways that count? And then making you feel for that same man after all he'd done? Amazing job. Really. And to think I still can't and don't blame those who want restiitution against what was done to them. And I loved Declan. I really, truly did. I think, like Regin, I prefer Declan over Aidan. Can't blame her.
Speaking of Regin, she was great in this book. Her resolve in trying to get her friends out of that place, her strength, her own inner struggles..She was no way near a perfect heroine herself, but then again, isn't this why we love these gals so much? I could definitely relate to her for finally going for the not-so-perfect guy.
Loved the action. I wanted to mention this in the previous book since this whole thing had started there but I forgot in that review so I'll say it here. I loved loved loved the action! Too much was happening at the same time, too many people were around and I absolutely loved it! And the great thing was that none of this stole the spotlight from Regin and Declan. Again, Kresley, great work!
I had an extra liking for the added characters here, the dark fey Natalya and their cell mate young Thad. And of course the berserker best friend Brandr. I hope we see more of these guys in the future. Even read their stories somehow. They were just too much part of the whole thing to be forgotten now.
And last but could never be the least, yes you guessed right, Lothaire. Is it wrong that I love this half crazy, dirty-minded vampire? No way. At least I know there's no one here to say that's wrong, am I right girls? Now that I've been intrigued by his point of view, I can hardly wait for his story to come out. I'm kinda expecting that to be along the lines of epic.
So, a sure 5 stars for the imperfectly perfect hero and his ever glowing Valkyrie heroine.
And now that I've finally caught up with this series, girls, HAVE A DRINK ON ME! Go wild! LOL.(less)
As much fun as it is reading about vampires and shifters, apparently reading about demons can be just the same. They all have their dark sides, sure,...moreAs much fun as it is reading about vampires and shifters, apparently reading about demons can be just the same. They all have their dark sides, sure, but the word demon is enough to tip the scales in favor of evil. And the demons in these books, well, I guess they are the bad guys- they're called the Bane- but that's okay because we have our heroes and heroines to fight against them. Such as Rhys. He's a Bringer, the eternal enemy and destroyer of the demons called the Bane. His specialty among the Bringers is Shield, and you can guess what that means as the name is pretty self explanatory. One faithful night, he saves a clueless young woman, Ravyn, from the clutches of yet another Bane, and starts the story for us hungry readers. Ravyn is a woman who grew up in a monastery with almost no contact whatsoever with the outside world so when I say she's clueless, I mean she's really clueless. She thinks the Bane is just a bed time scary story, and the Bringers are just a legend. Boy, is she in for a surprise.
It's exciting to start a new story, being inside a new world and meeting new characters. Sometimes it's only okay, sometimes it unfortunately doesn't interest you, and sometimes-and this happens to me mostly, thank God- it grabs your attention and holds on. Can you guess which one was this? Why, yes, this story sure grabbed tight.
The characters were likable, with Rhys' protective personality, he was a true hero material. He was dark and dangerous, sure, but what I liked most about him was his emotional side. I thought he was somewhat more sensitive than any previous paranormal heroes I've read. He took his duties as a Shield very seriously, and when he failed, even under circumstances out of his control, his guilt ate at him. I don't remember reading a man who was so open about his feelings and so accepting and sure of his love. Ravyn was also a good written character. Being a stranger to the world and yet being a strong woman who comes to realize her worth and powers is one of my pet peeves in fiction. Every time I see a heroine who has the potential to kick ass, I try to take it easy, but thankfully my fears for Ravyn were unfounded. I found her to be quite relatable. After being secreted away for years, emotionally abused by the monastery members about who she might be, she was intent on gaining her freedom in every way. She still depended on Rhys about this new world, but when the time came for her to stand on her own two feet, she was more than willing and quite successful.
Remember the Bane I mentioned whose clutches Rhys saved Ravyn from on the first night of this story? Don't think that's an ordinary demon, for now he seemed like the anti hero, the overall bad guy, and yet I couldn't hate him. There was something that attracted him to me as a character, and I believe the author did this on purpose. There's still much to be found out about that demon.
As a series first, I say this was a success. There were enough breadcrumbs to keep my interest throughout the whole book, and there was enough mystery to keep me wondering and wanting the next book. (less)
**spoiler alert** Oh yes, I'm giving this book 5 stars, and it's mostly because of the last few pages that I'd even consider giving it 6 stars :) "......more**spoiler alert** Oh yes, I'm giving this book 5 stars, and it's mostly because of the last few pages that I'd even consider giving it 6 stars :) "...most of the warriors had treated her with affection, ruffling her hair when they saw her, joking with her about being stuck with Maddox for eternity." - I mean is this adorable or what?? And isn't it nice that the other guys can have physical contact with the heroine without the risk of having their hearts ripped out by the hero? :) And then there's; "When I wear it,will I be fighting to protect my virtue or fighting to take yours?" "Mine, of course." You gotta love these lines!
Back to the actual review, I really did like the way the warriors had to suffer, having to house the demons they set free in the first place in a moment of anger and jealousy, it's such a frikking good idea! And the demons, they leave no way to break from suffering, all the warriors have some serious shit to deal with, even Promiscuity who is a man's dream come true, but is allowed to have sex with a woman just once. I'd like to see him fall for a woman to see how things go. And not to mention Disease, I'd definitely love to see him fall for a woman and overcome his fatal touch problem however it'll be. I wish we didn't have to wait for this long to read his, but it seems like I'll just have to wait. Shame.
One thing that I appreciated in this series was the role and the placement of the women. I was glad to have a little break from the very possessivenss of the Brothers in JR's books, sure, here the Lords are possessive and they don't want to share and they do get jelaous and all but I saw no animal urge to rip the heart out of any other males even after they clearly tried to use the heroine as bait which eventually possibly lead to her death. That was a fresh look at couples. But then again, JR says so in the books that vampires are basicly just animals but anyway, this kinda relationship was fresh and also nice. Needless to say these two series are now my two favourites.
And while we're on the women, I loved to see that the heroine wasn't either too indisticnt or too much out there that she's way too out of character. The heroine I liked, and the other ladies along the way, especially Anya, the sarcastic and cocky yet so much likeable daughter of a goddess. As much as I wanted to read Reyes' story next I'm glad to know more about Anya and Death, they'll sure make a good couple.
So for the great blending of the women into the world of the alpha-male, and the nicely written sexy scenes, and for the poor Lords who have to contain demons whose lacks would kill them, I'm giving this first book 5 stars. A very good start to a very good series it seems.(less)
I did like this book but it would've been unfair to some other series-firsts -Riley Jenson and Immortlas After Dark- to give this 3 stars as I've give...moreI did like this book but it would've been unfair to some other series-firsts -Riley Jenson and Immortlas After Dark- to give this 3 stars as I've given them.
As a general idea, I liked this book, I liked how a sex theraphist with a crazy friend to conjure a hot sex slave from a book and deciding to free him of his curse. I also liked the idea of Greek mythology combined with modern day. But the execution of this idea into the book didn't impress me. Perhaps if I'd read this before I've read good PNR examples, series like JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood and Gena Showalter's Lords of The Underworld -which I love both- I would've enjoyed this better. But after reading so many books and series like this one, it fell a bit short compared to them.
The dialogues felt out of place and character at times, especially when it comes to characters from Greek mythology saying things like 'go kick his spoiled little ass!'. I can definitely make my peace with these men and women merging with modern day speech, I've even read and loved so many others who had, but a woman like Aphrodite who's suggested to still live up in Olympus to say something like that just didn't appeal to me. I could totally see Eros as a biker though, I really liked his character. I also wanted to congratulate the group of children, the older being 9 years old, to understand a story that included the word 'phalanx', I had to look it up!
The relationship between Grace and Julian was nice, I could see the hardship in that relationship, with Julian having suffered as a sex slave for centuries and being used for only the pleasure of the woman who summons him, and Grace, having been mistreated by an ex boyfriend at a critical time still mourning that bad memory. But I still thought this whole thing could've been better put on paper.
Overall, even though I liked it, this book didn't impress me, but I will still continue to read this series, because I'm not going to judge it by the first book. I did it once about a series but when I picked up the second, it exceeded my expectations and I'll give this to Dark Hunters too. Besides, I hear that the actual series is much better improved than this one. (less)
Now, this was a much better start to a series than its predecessor, Fantasy Lover. I don't remember right now how much time has passed between the two...moreNow, this was a much better start to a series than its predecessor, Fantasy Lover. I don't remember right now how much time has passed between the two but it was clear that the writing has much improved.
This actual start to the Dark Hunter series tells the story of Kyrian of Thrace, a fierce warrior who sold his sold for vengeance against those who wronged him and became a Dark Hunter, and Amanda Devereaux, the only member of her hectic family of vampire hunters and witches etc who has denied her true self and abilities.
I was glad to see Kyrian who mentioned in the previous book back. He was a friend of Julian the sex slave, and I think was the right choice to ease into the series while connecting this to Fantasy Lover. Also, I found myself really liking Kyrian when Julian mentioned him and was happy to read his story.
Since I already sort of liked Kyrian from before, I started the book with a sympathy towards him and thankfully his character turned out to be better than what I hoped. I liked his tortured character and his ability to love in spite of his past pains.
As for Amanda, when she first appeared I was afraid, with her attitude towards Kyrian when they first met, I might not be able to like her. But she turned out to be ok too, she was nice and willing to face her true self and the things she didn't like about herself for Kyrian.
One complaint I might have about the women in this series so far is the use of the word 'buster' by them, I just couldn't get used to it! It made them sound cocky at times even when they weren't. I'm pretty sure if I woke up one day, after being on the receiving end of a bump in the head, and found myself next to a huge, however much sexy, dangerous looking man and a voice echoing around the walls telling us we were to be dead soon, I wouldn't address him as 'buster' and try to boss him around. So the beginning was so-so but then it turned good. And I found I liked this series. I'll be looking forward to reading the rest and find out about the other Dark/Dream/Were Hunters and their happily ever afters.(less)
**spoiler alert** With every single book I read of this series I love it even more. This book is about Reyes, keeper of the demon Pain, who fell for t...more**spoiler alert** With every single book I read of this series I love it even more. This book is about Reyes, keeper of the demon Pain, who fell for the human woman Danika who was ordered in the first book to be killed by Aeron, keeper of Wrath. Nicely handled story, gotta say. I was very curious about Pain's story, about how he would handle his constant need for cutting himself with the romance. And there was a point I thought the story would go into the BDSM waters, which I'm not really all that happy to read about, but Gena Showalter handled it very nicely. I think this book was the most emotional one so far, with Reyes' dilemma about his need for pain and the safekeeping of the woman he loved. Since he's possessed by the demon of Pain, every woman he's ever slept with somehow turned to pain themselves, either by hurting themselves or others and so he's afraid he might corrupt Danika as well who he considers to be an angel with a gentle heart. And then there's Danika's dilemma, her desperate need to save her family from certain death and the man she's somehow craved from the first moment she saw him. The two made a good couple I thought. Danika is young and determined but not at all cocky that she might annoy you. Far from it. The way she handles the situation with her family and the Hunters forces her to make mistakes which makes her all the more believable. And I could totally relate to her dilemma about her family.
Another thing why ı loved this book was Aeron. He seems to just suffer so much. More than the others because of his bloodlust. And deep inside he's the warrior who doesn't want to hurt anyone but he's left without a choice. This guy couldn't need his book any sooner. I felt for him. Strongly.
I can't help but say how glad I was when Paris picked Aeron over Sienna, who he was -by some miracle- able to get a hard for more than once. I would be really disappointed if it was the other way around. Bros before hoes.
We were introduced more to the point of view of Sabin, who has the next book. And I sure wonder about that. Again, I love the fact that this guy passes out upon lying. I wish we could read that at least once.
And then finally, the one constant point that I believe I'll include in every single book's review of this series; the freakin' awesome interaction between the heroines with the other guys. I absolutely love the fact that they are so good together, as friends, and they make sandwiches for each other and hug each other when comfort needed. So adorable. And it's good that even though these are all alpha males, they are aware of common behaviour :) A 5 star read all the way.(less)
**spoiler alert** The series seems to get better and better. I already liked the character Anya, the "minor" goddess of Anarchy, and it was great to s...more**spoiler alert** The series seems to get better and better. I already liked the character Anya, the "minor" goddess of Anarchy, and it was great to see her obsessed with the cold and scarred Lucien -oh, even the name screams sex-, the warrior housing the demon of Death. I thought they were a good match. It was a good change to read about a hero who had a different kind of softness to him other than the woman he loved. This man had insecurities. About his appearances. Long long ago he loved, if not as much as he did Anya, a woman whose soul later on he had to escort to the other side. And after the dreadful duty he carved himself up so no other woman would love him hence keeping him from the same hurt again. If only things were that easy. Apparently he doesn't know how much scarred men are loved and considered sexy these days.
I'll say this again, I'm loving the idea of women in these books not just being bedmates for men but also very much included in the action. Especially Anya, who is also very good with a couple of weapons herself. And what I especially admire about these books is that the including of women in the action is not once questioned by the men, even though they're worried about them. And of course there's the thing with women being able to interact with the other guys without the heroes growling at them and shoving their mates away.
Good Anya backstory. Somehow, though, I had a feeling that not everything was resolved as smoothly, like some things were left unanswered but it still didn't take the fun away. Missed some of the other warriors since they were divided into two groups in their search for Pandora's box. Can't wait for Reyes and Danika's story and see how they'll resolve the situation with Aeron's bloodlust.(less)
**spoiler alert** This book was diffirent than I expected, but 'good' different. I'll get to that. This one was about Gideon, keeper of the demon of Li...more**spoiler alert** This book was diffirent than I expected, but 'good' different. I'll get to that. This one was about Gideon, keeper of the demon of Lies, and Scarlet, keeper of the demon of Nightmares. Now, Gideon I already liked from the previous books. A lot. Poor guy can't utter one single truth, or he suffers like crazy and is left weak and useless for days. Gideon always left the impression of a tough yet dorky guy on me. I think it was because of his sarcasm, I enjoy sarcasm a lot so the guy had only to open his mouth to win my heart. Scarlet, on the other hand, is tough alright, but not dorky. Nowhere near dorky. She's hurt, she's angry and she's out for vengeance for she thinks Gideon had wed her, promised to come back for her and yet never did. So yeah, she's out for blood. And our awesome Gid has one huge problem, he cannot remember her.
Now, a lot happened in this book but mainly they were about Gideon and Scarlet. Surely the plot has advanced, we're left with many questions and new problems but mostly we, along with Gideon and Scarlet, deal with figuring out what's real and what's not around them. This is the 'good' different I was talking about. Up until the very end I couldn't be sure what to believe because the story kept changing. This is where I wanna talk about Scarlet a bit. She's been through a lot from her time in Tartarus, a lot. First, she has a bitch of a mother. I literally hated that stupid excuse for a mother. Then there's Cronus, I don't care if he's helping the Lords, I still hate his guts. And the whore goddess of memory, Scarlet's bitch aunt whose name I'm not even gonna waste my line to write down.
Since Scarlet's whole life was a lie, she was -rightfully- suspicious of everything. And if, perhaps, this was another book and another writer it might've bothered me but with Gena and the Lords, I could completely relate to that and understand her. Even when she constantly had doubts about Gideon. Now, I like the guy, but this girl's been through hell with some pieces of shit gods and goddesess and she had a right to question everything and everyone. But still she pulled through alright with her dignity intact.
The part where we find out about Steele was heartbreaking. Even though he never existed I found myself loving him like Scarlet and Gid. And the way they felt about that kid was beautiful. The part where Scarlet got into Gid's dream and changed it to fit the proper scene of Steele's murder, the things she thought then, the way she loved him, I could feel it. How she always thought he was beautiful with horns and fangs and scales. And it almost made me cry. This was the best, most beautiful part of the book. And this was what made me love and respect Scarlet like nothing else. I hope one day they have a boy and name him Steele.
I.Freaking.Loved.Strider. He was absolutely awesome in this one, especially the parts where he's bickering with that hunter girl, Haidee aka Ex. I kinda hope she's his HEA. I know, I know, she's killed Baden and now one of the Hunters blah blah, but c'mon, you gotta admit they were freaking adorable! Strider's book can't come soon enough.
I felt very very sorry for Amun. And if I didn't love Aeron as much as I do I'd be very angry at him for forcing Amun and William to go to hell to retrieve that bitch Legion. Why doesn't she just die already? It was bad to see Amun in full demon and his memories were harsh. He's such a lovable guy that it pained me to see him hurting that way. I hope Kaia is his HEA. And then I can forgive her for sleeping with Paris.
I was glad to see Sienna's point of view. I know a lot of people don't like her but I kinda always thought there was more than meets the eye and I think we were given a hint of that 'more'. I felt sorry for her and can't wait for her to meet up with the Lords, especially Paris. Their story will be hard.
Glad to see Torin, but I missed Cameo and Kane. Poor Kane. The guy never gets much page space. Give him more lines Gena!
Too bad I can't remember that story well, The Darkest Fire. I think it was telling stuff about Lucifer and his brother and all. And then I could tie it to William or something cause that 'brother' remark in hell made me a 'hell'uva lot curious.
The part where Scarlet and Gid's demos get out of their bodies and have sex -they have sex for God's sake!- was abso-freaking-lutely hilarious! "My demon's a girl??!!" Fucking.Hilarious. I wonder if/how that severing-physical-connection-for-a-while trick is gonna blend in with the story. There's still some hope for you guys!
I feel like I have still a lot to tell about this book but can't just remember it now. Too many feelings. All I know for sure is that I loved it, I loved how emotional it was and again, couldn't help but love Gena for making me feel these many things. She sure knows how to get the story going! (less)
**spoiler alert** TOO MUCH. Too fucking much happened in this book, I don't even know where to start.
Let's see..The book tells the story of Aeron, kee...more**spoiler alert** TOO MUCH. Too fucking much happened in this book, I don't even know where to start.
Let's see..The book tells the story of Aeron, keeper of the demon of Wrath, who suffered way too much in my opinion, a good warrior with too much undeserved guilt filling his conscience, and Olivia, the sweet, ever so loved innocent angel who falls from heaven for choosing Aeron's life rather than her holy duties.
The pace was great with this one. I was already familiar with Olivia from the story "Darkest Angel" so that background helped in understanding her character better. I thought she was adorable. She transformed from the innocent and clueless angel to -in her own words- the confident and aggressive woman. Gotta love that. She was sweet, she was loveable and, gotta admit, she was courageous in her attempts to experience the world in all its aspects, mostly sexually. Her interaction with the other Lords, especially with Gideon, was too freaking adorable. I wish I could get drunk in his arms first and then carried away by Aeron. Ah, a girl can dream..
Aeron, now, Aeron I always loved. The poor guy endured way too much pain and guilt so far so this book couldn't come fast enough. He's always been the tough one, the hard emotionless one, the one who's carrying his evil deeds all over his body, plus an extra butterfly tat in the front, to remind him what he'd become if he ever loses control to his demon. Well, life was hard for this guy. First he had to deal with the bloodlust towards one of his friends' woman, then he had to deal with the guilt he felt over Paris' -well-made- choice of him over Sienna, the female hunter he got a hard-on for twice.
Paris was more like himself this book, joking and helping out a bit more. Which reminds me of my WTF moment with Sienna adopting Aeron's Wrath. I can-fucking-not wait to see how that works out. I'm eagerly waiting for your reaction Paris.
It was great to see the other guys, Strider and -yay!- Gideon, and gotta say I didn't expect for Gideon's Scarlet to spill the beans this early but it's all good. I thought the tat they shared -to part is to die- was one of the most romatic things I've read so far. It gave me goosebumps, I don't know, the phrase was so strong. Can't wait for their book. Oh how much I've enjoyed Scarlet tormenting Gideon pretending to take his words as he spoke them, ignoring his need to lie. Their book will soooo not be fun ;)
Couldn't decide how I felt about Legion. I somehow still pictured her as the small, scaled, snakelike demon that she was, even after she was transformed into the busty female. And urgh with her and her possesiveness towards Aeron. She did irritate me, especially after she became a full female. But then she went ahead and tried to kill Galen and well, maybe that was ok. Not to mention it stirred up some hotness in me for Galen. Can't help but find the bad guys hot. And he is described hot, so I do not have problems people.
I loved Dominic, and wish he wasn't dead. Well, hope Gena finds a way to bring him back cause he was nice. A nice boy with a tormented past. He could be a good match to Gilly, although I'm starting to think something's up with her and Willie. Don't know where that's going. Hmm. Oh, and not to mention that little scene with Strider and Dom. That was sweet.
Now, towards the end this book started to depress me and there was a point where I did consider skipping to the end to see if what I was reading was true. I didn't though. Aeron dead?! What.The.Fuck. Strike one to my heart. And then Olive -a nickname by Gideon which I loved!- went back to the heavens, all determined to do something about his death. Strike two. Cause I was scared I was gonna be cheated a complete HEA with them staying in that realm or something since Aeron's head was cut off. You know, something like Vishous from BDB, but thankfully that all worked out. Although, I admit, I'll miss Wrath being a part of Aeron. And Aeron's tats, but he can always get more, right? Oh and his wings. Why did they have to rip him off that much?! Gena! *pout* But I'm extremely glad he was able to return to his own body and friends. With Olive.
Which brings me to Baden!!!!!! It was awesome seeing him, really great. Urgh, I wish there was something that could be done for him to come back. But hopefully the Lords will find the box and there's hope for them. And I'll say this, the naughty girl in me wished Baden and Pandora would be getting hot and heavy up there!! The chemistry was right, wouldn't you say?
And last, have to say this was the book that had me tearing up in the end, by far the most emotional book of all. I absolutely loved this book. It might be my favourite. Yep. 5 fucking well deserved stars. Good job Gena!(less)
Just when I thought I came to the end of yet another good series that I liked so much, I find that it's far from ending. Am I happy, excited, surprise...moreJust when I thought I came to the end of yet another good series that I liked so much, I find that it's far from ending. Am I happy, excited, surprised? How about all of the above? In the third book of Boone Brux's Bringer and The Bane, we pick up where we left off in the previous book and this time see Rell, the Bane sister of Jade, find her way to her happy ending with the quiet member of the Bringers, Siban.
For many reasons, this was a more emotional book than its predecessors. We met Rell as a Bane which means her soul was surrounded by darkness, and yet we know she's kept her sister protected in the Shadow World. She had a dark, violent side which was the result of her turning Bane, and with the help of her sister she kept it at bay. If that's not a big heavy emotional baggage to carry around, I don't know what is. But ever since she first appeared, we also knew she had a side that she tried hard to keep from the darkness, the side that protected her sister, and helped free Siban from the Bane prison. It's not easy to judge the characters in these books, because though they make choices that are clearly mistakes, they try to make amends for their wrongful doings. Besides, who wants perfect anyway? Rell's life as a demon, the secret she kept from her sister over the years, help shape the woman she becomes in the book. Right before our eyes she turns from the innocent girl who was taken from her family, to the strong woman who fights for what she cares and believes. I liked that her transformation was slow, it didn't happen in a day, it didn't happen suddenly with a flash of light, but gradually, one step at a time. She felt shame and guilt over her life as a Bane, but with the help of her sister, Siban and all the other people, she was able to overcome this and embrace her future. She was definitely a favorite character.
What do they say about the quiet ones? Oh yes, they're the worst, but I mean it in the sweetest way. Siban has been a man of few words so far, so we didn't know much about him, but with Rell's arrival, the man transformed! He's still no Luc, of course, but still, the man apparently has a tongue. Yes, he does. He was held as a prisoner in the Shadow World, so his soul is stained with darkness also, and ever since Rell helped him escape he couldn't stop thinking about her. Talk about star crossed lovers. I loved the fact that when he first met and fell in love with Rell, she was still a demon and that changed nothing for him. As a man who lived the worst at the hands of the demons, him loving Rell with such fierceness and devotion is enough to describe the wonderful man he is. He helps, he protects, he cares and when he makes a mistake, he knows to apologize. What more can a gal ask for?
I believe this was not the last book of the series, not only because we left at such a point that my feet are dangling off the cliff and I feel the cold breeze all the way to my bones, but also because there are other characters whose mysteries are yet to be revealed, and potential couples I'm hoping will get their own stories. Remember the demon Icarus that was there as a pain in the Bringers' asses ever since the first book? The one I wouldn't be lying if I said I was dying to know the real deal of? Well, I got some of my answers, but there are still more questions. But first and foremost, we have a war waiting right around the corner and with this series easily becoming one of my favorites, I don't know how I will fare against the test of time that will take to get the rest of this story.
I was torn between ratings for this. But with the story improving so much, and new characters getting into the picture and getting their points of vie...moreI was torn between ratings for this. But with the story improving so much, and new characters getting into the picture and getting their points of views and leaving so much to wonder about, I had to give this a high rating. I really liked this one.
I loved Talon's fighting spirit. His kindness and ability to make Acheron rely on him about being calm on situations, and of course his love for coffee. Sorry Sunshine, I'm with Talon on this one. Can't really see right in the morning without that stuff.
I really liked Sunshine too, she was a sweet goofy woman who turned into the strong lover that Talon needed. From the first two books of this series that I've read I tended to find a slight cockiness in the heroines' speech even when this was not the case with them, I guess it had something to do with the way they addressed the guys sometimes that I usually link to that behaviour. I'm working on that but in this book I truly liked Sunshine. She was a tiny bit crazy, forgetful and full of life and a wish for freedom. I could relate to that.
There were many parts of this book that made me laugh. I read the little bit of bio that the book has for Sherrilyn Kenyon and apparently she was raised with a lot of brothers and has a husband and two sons. Now that's a lot men in your life and I think this gave her a very good insight as to how men are with each other and that made her writing these Dark-Hunters so well. The way they interacted is the most enjoyable part of the books so far for me, I really like to read it. Well, the romance too of course :)
I find myself loving Zarek because whenever there's a cold-as-ice tortured man around I gotta have a crush. So Zarek and Acheron are my fave people right now, can't wait for both their books and I'm so happy to know that at least Zarek's having his right after this one. For Acheron I still have to wait a while but from what I heard from my good friends who love and recommended this series to me it's definitely better and worth the wait.
I love love love the reference to the Little Prince cause I just love that book, in fact I'll go ahead and read it again.
This series is getting better with every book so far and I enjoy it. Slowly making my way to you Acheron, wait for me.(less)
I loved this intermission to the Lords of The Underworld series. It had three different stories from three different timelines, one, way before the fo...moreI loved this intermission to the Lords of The Underworld series. It had three different stories from three different timelines, one, way before the forming of Pandora's box, one, right after Titans overpower Greeks, and the last one about fierce Gwen's older sister Bianka and an angel named Lysander coming after The Darkest Whisper. I absolutely loved all three stories, sad at times yet very loveable. But my favourite must be the second one, with a Greek Goddess and a Titan God. Their story was very hot and beautiful and I do wish we see them in the future books, felt like there was a hint that might be the case. My fingers are crossed.
The book also has some abso-fucking-lutely wonderful bonus material, including a Kresley Cole interview with Gena Showalter, a Hunters' guide to the Lords, written by the all-hated Dean Stefano, an initial draft of Darkest Night, and with that you can see just how much a writer can challenge her own ideas, an awesome interview carried out by our beloved William with the Lords -this was so much fun- and a similar one carried out by Gilly with the women. Great stuff, gotta say.
We get to learn more about Olivia through Lysander's story and I'm glad I read this first before reading Aeron's story cause I think it gives a chance to the reader to better understand where Olivia's coming from. I did understand her character better with the story. (less)
**spoiler alert** I gotta admit I started this book with a disappointment. After reading the tension between Strider and Haidee in The Darkest Lie, I...more**spoiler alert** I gotta admit I started this book with a disappointment. After reading the tension between Strider and Haidee in The Darkest Lie, I couldn't imagine these two not being a couple and when I found out Haidee was to be paired with Amun I was very disappointed. And this is where the big 'BUT' comes in. Yes. I like them now and I'm actually really happy that Gena went this way and the whole tension thing actually had a purpose for the future. Even though I was still mad that we almost had a Z/Bella/Phury thing happen here.
I can't say enough words to describe how much I loved Amun. He was considerate, he was loving and passionate, he was fierce when needed to be. He was a true warrior. And a wonderful man. Haidee's one lucky ex-Hunter. I'm glad that we get to know some of the warriors as the series goes by and I felt Amun was one of them. I'm not sure if this is actually the case or it's been a while since I've read the last book that I can't remember but it was good reading about him.
This may sound cruel but I liked his dilemma about the way he felt for Haidee on the one hand and his love and loyalty to his friends on the other. It added to his character's strength and in the end, it made every feeling, every admission all that better.
Now, for Haidee, I can't say the same thing. I couldn't warm up to her as quickly as I did to Amun. After my mourning for her non-existent two-way attraction with Strider, I think I expected a lot from her to be with Amun. Does this even make sense? I don't know, I think I was mad at Gena for destroying my ship that I took it out on Haidee for a while. But knowing her past now and her motivations, I think she was a good heroine and she definitely proved herself. And I admit, she was a better match for Amun than she's ever be for Strider. And to Strider I'll get in a minute.
I liked the bond between Haidee and Amun too, the mind talking thing. I'm glad he ended up with a heroine who can hear his voice because in truth he can actually talk but refuse to do so for the sake of those around him. I'm just glad his voice has not gone to waste you know?
And I do wonder about this Hunter called Micah. I know he's supposed to be dead now for sure but we all know by now that death may not be final in these books and that Micah guy actually sounded like a decent man. He might be a good one, from what Haidee told about him, and we know Hunters have some misguided good souls among them.
I can't wait to know/see more of this Skye and Viola. Will they appear in the books? I don't think Gena mentioned them for nothing. I especially look forward for Narcissism, that should be fun.
And Strider. Oh, my poor Strider. I now couldn't be happier for his match with Kaia. I don't remember much about Kaia from before but what I've read in this book, I like. She's got great potential to be a great heroine and oh my god, wasn't it awesome when she constantly bickered with Strider? Hello my favourite word: bickering. And I'm lookign forward to a storyline where the female is already infatuated with the hero and the guy just needs to have something fall on his head to realize the prize in his reach. And a Harpy sure should be a prize. I love those gals. And to think after Sabin ended up with Gwen, it was only fair for Strider who has the same kind of drive to end up with another Harpy I guess. All I know is that I can't wait for their story. I knew Gena would make this foursome alright. Really, I knew.
Sad thing is I have to wait months and months to read how Strider is gonna see just how awesome Kaia is. No fair.
OMG. OMG OMG. How did I forget about Zacharel?! My new fave angel?! I knew I forgot about someone! Anyway, he's gonna end up with me but I'd really like to read our book too Gena *winks*
And the Four Horesemen. Helloo new awesome people. Did anyone else love them too? Cause they were kinda cool, you gotta admit. Hehe. Ok, ok, these additions aren't exactly review material but I had to say them cause new characters always excite me!(less)