My beloved Black Dagger Brotherhood series has changed... The days of books like Lover Awakened, where the focus is on one brother finding and fallingMy beloved Black Dagger Brotherhood series has changed... The days of books like Lover Awakened, where the focus is on one brother finding and falling for his shellan are over. And how can they not be? All the brothers have found their mates. So if our series is to continue it has to evolve. It took me a while to accept this realization... ho hum, I grieved. And after I did, about 20% into The King, I gave myself to it and thoroughly LOVED IT!
There are multiple stories going on all at once, which annoyed some readers. But the way I look at it this is a series about a race of beings, an entire civilization living among us! Their lives are intertwined with one another's so I honestly can't see the BDB world unfolding any other way. All my favorite characters are still there, living their lives, fighting for their loved ones, their King and their race. And now there are so many more new characters developing to love! I can't wait to see where their story goes.
I don't know how she does it, but Anne Bishop can actually draw me into her fantasies. When I read her characters whether they're The Others or her BlI don't know how she does it, but Anne Bishop can actually draw me into her fantasies. When I read her characters whether they're The Others or her Black Jewels beings, I feel as though I'm inside and a part of the story. She truly has an amazing gift.
I'm not a particular fan of straight out fantasy (or urban fantasy) novels. I'm more of a Paranormal Romance kind of girl. But for some reason when I read anything by Anne Bishop my normal likes and dislikes go out the window. The lack of romance doesn't bother me at all. The way she develops the relationships between her characters whether they be romantic, platonic or familiar, it doesn't matter. She can draw out just about every emotion I am capable of. In the Others I continue to root for The Other beings. How truly sick and demented some of humankind has become. Their feelings of entitlement without any thought as to how their selfishness affects those around them is disturbing. The Earth Natives focus on the basics of survival of the fittest and humans, though extremely intelligent and cunning simply share this land with the rest of nature. If we don't learn to respect and appreciate it, it can turn on us at any minute.
My only disappointment is how long I'll have to wait for the next installment in this series. But on the flip side of that... it has to take some time to create these wonderful worlds she does! ...more
It really breaks my heart to have to give this final book in the Fallen Angels series a poor review. I have been a fan of J.R. Ward and this series frIt really breaks my heart to have to give this final book in the Fallen Angels series a poor review. I have been a fan of J.R. Ward and this series from the very beginning but I just couldn't buy into this last installment. I'm hoping the rumors of this and the BDB series eventually merging together are true. If that's the case and we get a more true to form demonstration of the remaining characters, I may go back and edit this review. If that doesn't happen however I have to ask who these characters were, because they weren't the same bad a$$es that I fell in love with years ago.
I understand characters grow and obviously develop throughout a series. But with that mentioned, none of these people (ok, angels and demons) were even a shadow of what they were in the first book. This series takes place over the course of less than a month's time! That is just not enough time for the drastic personality changes that took place. Devina, the more evil than evil demon that is in fact a representation of the devil herself turned into a huge sniveling pu$$y! What a let down she was! Then moving onto Jim Herron... Ugg, how much I loved that guy. His big bad boy self just did it for me like no other dreamy book boyfriend ever did. When did he stop being a bad a$$? Sissy just turned him into one! Even Adrian! He was another great book boyfriend that I had to dump towards the end.
I was just disheartened by the book in it's entirety. The characters, the whole process of introducing the "souls" on the playing field in this installment, the plot, even the climax was anticlimactic... I felt like I was driving in the Griswald's family cruiser on the way to Wallyworld. We stopped once and a while to see things like the worlds biggest ball of twine, which by comparison was Sissy and Jim's relationship. Just pointless. And then, just when I think I might finally hit an interesting climax after my 3000 mile journey of let down after let down, the park was closed. ...more
I have a hard time reviewing books that already have a thousand (or two) reviews. It feels as though what I want to say has already been said, so whyI have a hard time reviewing books that already have a thousand (or two) reviews. It feels as though what I want to say has already been said, so why bother. But in this case I don't think I've read anything that represents exactly how I felt about Styxx, so here it goes...
Finally! A Sherrilyn Kenyon book that has restored my faith in her Dark Hunter series! I was really getting discouraged. I seemed to be reading the same book about the same (new) hero who I really couldn't have cared less about. But Styxx??? What a twist! Our beloved Acheron isn't infallible after all? There are two sides to every story. Even when that initial story is told about one of my most beloved characters of all time.
Styxx has been misjudged and mistreated his entire life. The one person in his childhood he was able to love and connect with (his brother) was taken from him at a young age. From that point on Styxx endures some of the most horrific torture and abuse I have read in a book, ever. No one loves him, no one shows him any kindness or warmth. He is looked at to be a spoiled rotten arrogant prince who has everything. No One gives him the opportunity to show them that he is anything but. When Styxx meets Beth his world finally changes. He is treated with love, dignity and respect. He has found what he needs to ground him in a world that he has been desperately trying to get out of.
I really loved all the characters in Styxx. I saw a lot of my old favorites and even made some new ones. It truly takes a special writing gift to take a character who was previously loathed so much and make him into such a wonderful GOOD addition to the DH world. Sherrilyn Kenyon pulled that off to a really high degree. Styxx was wonderful and I loved him and his story to a point...
There are degrees of believe ability when you're reading a tortured hero's story. Prior to Styxx, Acheron was definitely the most tortured hero I've ever read. But Styxx's abuse makes Acheron's look like a naughty toddler's spanking. He endured everything Acheron did plus his own individual hells. To the point where some of the most significant tortures we read about in Acheron's story were a mere blip on Styxx's radar. Incident after incident of described HORRID treatment, torture, rape, seclusion, and being utterly misunderstood after a while grated on me. It was too over the top... I'm a cynic, I know (and yes, I know this is PARANORMAL fiction), but I will never believe that a character, fiction or nonfiction could be written that can 100% convince me that they can forgive others and come out on the flip side of such torture not only sane but so utterly nice as Styxx.
Overall Styxx really was great and I've been pacified for a while now to wait for the next big character's book. Savitar! Savitar! Savitar!
Other than a few audio books here and there I haven't been able to read much lately. The Unwanted Wife was my first opportunity to dive into3.5 stars.
Other than a few audio books here and there I haven't been able to read much lately. The Unwanted Wife was my first opportunity to dive into something in a long time. I have to say that this was a good book to get back into the swing with. Lots of angst, lots of romance and my favorite, lots of groveling...
Theresa was stuck in a loveless marriage for almost 2 years. What started out as an infatuation with a man her father wanted to manipulate turned into a year and a half trapped with a ice cold man who not only did not love her, but at times seemed to despise her. She'd finally reached the point where all she wanted was out of the marriage at the same time her husband realizes maybe she isn't the manipulative cad that her father has portrayed her to be.
I really felt that The Unwanted Wife was a good indie book that maybe with just a tad more polishing I would have rated higher. The characters were great. Theresa was a very likable heroine. She was (or grew to be) strong, resilient and the kind of woman that you'd want to be a friend to. Sandro started out as your typical A-hole husband who treated his wife worse than trash but once he finally realized what he had, he gave everything he had to winning her over.
There were a few typos throughout and though annoying they weren't to the extent that they distracted from the story. Where I felt the "polishing" was needed a bit was in the unfolding of Sandro's feelings towards Theresa. We really don't find out why he had such a sudden change of heart until the very end. And even then it was kind of a quickly put together explanation of his feelings. I also felt things fell a little flat in the "other woman" department. It was almost as if the author didn't want to tackle the obstacle of making a likable guy out of a cheating hero so she simply avoided it all together and just made it "appear" as though he was a cheating bastard. The whole situation was just explained away much too easily.
Over all I enjoyed the story and writing style of Natasha Anders and would gladly read her work again. ...more
I gave this 3 stars solely for the last 3 or 4 chapters. The preceding chapters I would have given 2 stars which I feel is being generous. Eva and GidI gave this 3 stars solely for the last 3 or 4 chapters. The preceding chapters I would have given 2 stars which I feel is being generous. Eva and Gideon's story continues in Reflected in You however there is absolutely no progression or growth of their relationship until the last few chapters at which point we are hit with a truly rattling revelation.
It was painfully frustrating to dredge through chapters and chapters of the heroin type addiction roller coaster ride that is Eva and Gideon's relationship. It starts with Eva going on and on about how hot Gideon is, how she doesn't deserve a man like him, they get in a fight because one of them is jealous or controlling or unreasonably dumb about a situation which has occurred, Gideon calls Eva "Angel", they have hot sex in which they both have multiple orgasms, repeat, repeat, repeat... This continues until at one point Gideon for some reason turns a cold shoulder towards Eva and she needs to find out why. At this point I started to get very interested in why after so much lust, attraction and "love" their relationship would cool off so significantly. I admit from that point I was pretty riveted to the story and really didn't want it to end. The big problem was it took so damn long to get there and the "good parts" didn't last long at all.
I'm not sure if I'll be purchasing and reading the final book in this trilogy. To be honest the only reason I bought this one was because I got the audio version off of Audible for $7. ...more
This installment of Jasper Dent ended with a cliffhanger... Like the biggest I've ever read, been frustrated by, or hated kind of cliffhanger.
JasperThis installment of Jasper Dent ended with a cliffhanger... Like the biggest I've ever read, been frustrated by, or hated kind of cliffhanger.
Jasper Dent is one of the greatest characters I've come across in a very long time. He's flawed, incredibly so, but he still creates an aura around himself that you can't help but love. I think Jasper constantly thinking he's such a horrible person makes him put that much more effort into being a better person.
Jasper's serial killer father has broken out of prison, but the Impressionist, who tried almost successfully to kill him in the previous book is safely behind bars. There's another threat now though... The "Hat Dog" killer is loose in New York City and it seems the son of the infamous Billy Dent is the only one they can count on to catch him. Or is he? Jasper once again is on the hunt for a killer, only this time it's hitting closer to home than he could have ever imagined.
Well, if I haven't mentioned it, I hate cliffhangers. If it wasn't for that horrendous ending I could have easily given Game 5 stars. I love Barry Lyga's writing, I love the characters he creates, even the ones I hate. So I will anxiously await the next installment. ...more
Finally we get to know what's going on in the alpha male's head! And oh what a great job Jamie McGuire did of creating the thought's of this particulaFinally we get to know what's going on in the alpha male's head! And oh what a great job Jamie McGuire did of creating the thought's of this particular alpha. This was SUCH a treat. I hung on every word.
Quite simply, Walking Disaster is Beautiful Disaster told from Travis's point of view. So if you've read Beautiful Disaster you know the story. But even with the same (basic) events occurring you haven't heard the story (or any story for that matter) told like this... It was bold, crude and so fricken honest that when I finished I had to go back through and re-read some of my favorite parts. Travis is such a "man's man" that I kept picturing him in every day life. He's so real! Seriously, it took me back to when I was in my very early 20s. Jamie McGuire dialoged how guys that age speak to one another. They referred to each other with words like "dude", "asshat" and (my favorite) "douche" constantly. I actually have goose bumps writing this review right now because it was such a vivid flash back for me. There was so many feelings running through me that I had some kind of strong emotion pulling me while I read each and every page. Whether it was a laugh or simple smile on my face or revulsion because Travis was such a dumb ass. The thing was that HE didn't even know why he did some of the things that he did.
Obviously being as though this is Travis's view point there were several "new" events that took place in WD that weren't in BD, they weren't together 24/7, including a perfect Epilogue. Also vice versa... I was a bit disappointed when some of the events that I loved in Beautiful Disaster were not in Walking Disaster, but when I really thought about it I put it down as just more great writing. What better way to convey the differences between the way men and women think? I mean, something like a lunch time conversation/confrontation that took place in Beautiful Disaster was a BIG deal to Abby. But when it was portrayed by Travis it was just another day. And the "real" story behind why Travis hates Parker so much. Ugg, I never knew. I actually kinda liked and felt a little bad for Parker. Not anymore!
We also got a much better taste for what the other Maddox boys are about. Especially Trent. I can't wait to see what's in store for him.
When I really love a book/series if it's available I will buy the audio as well as the hard copy. It is very possible that I loved this book because in the audio version the reader did such an amazing job that when I would pick up where the audio left off in the hard copy book, I would read in my head in Dan Bittner's voice. I have no idea what this guy looks like but wow, he's got a sexy voice!
I can't say enough about how much I loved Walking Disaster... More than Beautiful Disaster, which is one of my all time favorites. I am a new mom so my reading time is very scarce. When I pick up a book that has me staying up late and sacrificing much needed sleep... that should say it all! ...more
It's so hard to write a review on a non-fiction book. It's real, this really happened... so how do you critique someone's life story, or their life chIt's so hard to write a review on a non-fiction book. It's real, this really happened... so how do you critique someone's life story, or their life choices? The simple fact is you can't. What I can do in my review is express my opinion on this particular author's ability to WRITE a book based on his amazing life. What he included, what he didn't and how he went about telling it.
Chris Kyle has an amazing life and he is an amazing man. He is a warrior through and through and within his book he never claimed to be anything but. He's admitted to putting his job and his country before his family. He's admitted to being a "killer". He admitted to a lot of things that, after reading some other reviews, a lot of people have chastised him for. I'm not going to do that. How can you criticize someone who has exclaimed that his life's purpose was to protect his country and fellow warrior? We need people like Chris Kyle, and throughout our history it was men like him that made our country what it is today.
In several instances throughout the book Chris expresses his opinions on specific things which could be viewed as very political. It is more than obvious which side of the fence Chris's views fall on and I believe that my opinions on his book may be a bit bias because I have very similar political views to his. Though I've read several books similar to American Sniper, I love to read about real life heros, I did feel this one was a bit more politically opinionated than others. I only say that as an advisory. Those who have different views may not enjoy or have the same feelings towards it as I did.
It's hard to put into tactful words any type of negative comment about (the book) American Sniper. I look at men like Chris Kyle in awe. There aren't adequate words to describe my respect and admiration for him, his Teammates and his (extremely understanding and brave) wife. There were instances however that I asked myself "why is he telling us this? I'd much rather hear about that". I guess overall I wanted to know more... This man has experienced such incredible things, both good and bad that I felt if you're going to tell us about your life, tell us everything, in detail!
Overall I enjoyed Chris Kyle's story very much. When finishing a non-fiction story of a real life hero I always try and reflect on myself, what can I do differently to be a better American. This book actually had a harder impact on me in this area because I visited the website created in Marc Lee's honor and read his letter. It truly got me thinking... When was the last time I did something nice for a stranger. Not because I HAD to, but simply because I could actually make a stranger's day just a little bit brighter? How wonderful would it feel if someone did that for me? ...more
All though I enjoyed Sh*t My Dad Says quite a bit more, I Suck at Girls was still a great read. Justin Halpern has a gift with giving giggles. WhetherAll though I enjoyed Sh*t My Dad Says quite a bit more, I Suck at Girls was still a great read. Justin Halpern has a gift with giving giggles. Whether it be simply regurgitating his father's (hilarious) words of wisdom, or delivering his own spin on life, I am a devoted fan. I will gladly read anything this author puts out and will be all the happier person for it:)...more
This was funny! And when I say "funny" I mean actually ROFL, yes I said and meant, rolling on the floor laughing. And I sure as hell don't use that teThis was funny! And when I say "funny" I mean actually ROFL, yes I said and meant, rolling on the floor laughing. And I sure as hell don't use that term lightly! How often can that acronym be used and actually be true?
A very quick read, I actually listened to the audio in my car on my daily commute and it had a run time of about 3 hours. I wish I could listen to a book like this every day. My daily ride to work would sure be a lot happier:) I think everyone should, and I predict the elimination of road rage.
No question I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quick pick me up and giggle (or a side cramping hysterical belly laugh). Sh*t My Dad Says is definitely not world peace creating literature, but it sure made a great start to my day on the way to work, and end to my day on the way home. Kudos!...more