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!
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
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
As much as I loved The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I loved The Girl Who Played With Fire that much more. Lisbeth Salander is one of the best characteAs much as I loved The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I loved The Girl Who Played With Fire that much more. Lisbeth Salander is one of the best characters ever! Hands down, male or female it doesn't matter, she holds the cake.
Other than the frequent Apple advertisements along with the IKEA ads thrown in as well, I thought this book was outstanding. There are still a ton of questions I need answers to so I can't wait to start The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest. ...more
I start out by saying that I do think my review on Lover At Last, as well as my opinions within may be a bit controversial... It's kind of unfortunateI start out by saying that I do think my review on Lover At Last, as well as my opinions within may be a bit controversial... It's kind of unfortunate but while reading this installment I realized that I no longer enjoy this series based on the "romance" of it. For the past 4 books now I've continued with the series based on following the crumbs of info that we receive on the lives of the already mated brothers that I've loved for so long, as well as the "Urban Fantasy" parts of the series. I am one of the (very) few BDB fans who was NOT excited about the Quay couple.
My lack of enthusiasm about Blay and Quinn coming together was not because I am a prude or am put off by the m/m concept. Though not my first choice I've read (some) m/m and enjoyed it. My problem was I just couldn't buy the concept of these two becoming a romantic couple. Blay and Quinn have been friends since childhood, they grew up together as pre-trans' and were at one time as close as brothers. I tried to put my head around these two strong willed warrior males coming together but with the way it was laid out, I just couldn't buy it. Maybe it could have been believable if in the end Blay wasn't turned into the "girl" in the relationship. I felt he was a bit emasculated and I was disappointed for the sudden character change.
My 4 star rating was set on pretty much every other part of the book. Layla and Xcor... Ugg, I can't wait for their book! I have high hopes that we'll actually get back to the romance! For those who have hated on Layla I say booooo. I never really liked her UNTIL this book. She just seemed like a none-character, or filler before. She finally has a voice and a personality. She just wants to be part of something or someone, to matter... Kudos to her!
Sola and Assail are also a new fun twist. I'm looking forward to more from them. Wrath and Beth and possible baby drama... Not to mention the Shades and the intertwining of the BDB/Fallen Angel series. This was a great turning point book. I'm looking forward to what's coming next for the Brotherhood.
As just a tid bit... I read several reviews that referred to lube or the lack of lube used between Quinn and Blay. Though she didn't come right out and specifically state it, the lubrication topic and what the guys used as lube was addressed, a few times. Those who didn't catch the insinuation made as to what they used need to go back and re-read the first love scene between them (hint, hint).
I think in order to fairly and accurately assess On Jellico Road, I'm going to have to read it again. First off, a large portion of the beginning I liI think in order to fairly and accurately assess On Jellico Road, I'm going to have to read it again. First off, a large portion of the beginning I listened to the audio version. I wouldn't recommend this. The reason for that is definitely not because the reader was bad, as a matter of fact she was excellent but there are quite a few instances where Taylor is reading Hannah's novel and it's extremely hard to follow. In the book, these parts are indicated by italic print, making it obvious it is not Taylor's narration that is on center stage. In the audio version until you know there even IS a novel that Taylor is reading, it makes a confusing scenario even more so. So much happened, so much information was provided at the beginning of the book... but while I was reading those parts, I was too busy saying to myself; What the hell is going on here??? That maybe I could have paid much closer attention and gotten more out of it. There were so many "A Haaaa" and "Holy shit" moments later in the book that I felt like I robbed myself a little by not paying closer attention earlier on in my reading. I think as many "a haas" as I got out of it, I still missed quite a few of them.
I rated this book 4 stars which to me is a good book. The only reason it didn't rate 5 stars or an "excellent" read was because it took so freaking long to get into it. I seriously was hanging on by my finger nails and the encouragement of my GR friends that the book was worth sticking out. It totally was. It's going to make me double think the next time I DNF a book.
I will be rereading this soon, and I'm predicting when I experience Taylor and her friends the next time around I'll be bumping my rating up. ...more
If I could sum this book up with one word it would be OUTSTANDING! There are several reasons that I say this. I'm sorry to say that none of these reasIf I could sum this book up with one word it would be OUTSTANDING! There are several reasons that I say this. I'm sorry to say that none of these reasons involve giving credit to Evan Wright for actually writing this book. Sorry Mr. Wright but I've got to give credit where it's due. Don't get me wrong, I give Evan Wright huge props for bravery by traveling along with the Marines elite during the first part of the invasion in Iraq. I also think he did a great job writing this book. But the real compliment, the real credit, goes to these Marines, for not the story they've created, but the experiences they've lived and the fights they've fought. I simply appreciate Evan Wright's efforts in putting all this together for us.
I came across Generation Kill first through the HBO mini series. And that because I love Alexander Skarsgard. A shallow reason to educate myself about the farrows of war, I know. But I'm being honest. And in further investigation I discovered that Brad Colbert, the character that Alexander Skarsgard plays, looks very similar to him. This was a bonus for me because by the time I finished the book I had a huge crush on Colbert and I had him pictured beautifully in my mind:)
I realize this book (film series) is a correlation of events which occurred through Evan Wright's eyes during the first few weeks of the invasion in Iraq. I'm sure the comedic elements of this story were perhaps hyped up a bit for entertainment purposes. I also read in a review written on Amazon by a Marine who was in 1st Recon, and traveled with this Convoy while Evan Wright was there, that the descriptions of the incompetence of some of the officers in this story are exaggerated as well. Taking those couple details into consideration I still believed in the authenticity of the events that took place and I loved this book. And I still feel that all though in many of the scenes portrayed in this book these Marines came across as vulgar, crude, angry, and in a couple situations actually scary, I am happy, proud, safe, secure, any possible word you can think of that would describe the respect and admiration I have for these men. These feelings are not despite the immaturity, and goofy nature of some of these guys but because of it. They looked in the face of the most horrible events that one could think of and they survived. And in many instances the way people cope with trauma is humor. This is the realistic view point, this is how they survive emotionally.
These men are not perfect. They don't try to portray themselves, or give the illusion to anyone that they are perfect. They are human. They made mistakes throughout the course of the entire mission. And when these Marines made mistakes (innocent) people actually died. The thing that made me accept these mistakes and not fault them for it was that someone has to be those Marines, or those soldiers, or those Navy SEALS. Someone has to be there to protect us and this protection isn't always pretty. And whether we agree with the cause or not we're lucky that these 1st Recon Marines are there at our back,willing to do the unthinkable to keep us free. ...more
After careful consideration I have decided it is time for me to end my relationship with the Elder Races series.
I really liked the first book (DragosAfter careful consideration I have decided it is time for me to end my relationship with the Elder Races series.
I really liked the first book (Dragos and Pia), the second book (Tiago and Trix, or whatever her name was changed to), was the beginning of the end for us, the third (Rune and Carling) really turned me off and at that point I was ready to give up. But wait, NO!!! The only part of Serpent's Kiss that I DID enjoy was the banter between Grace and the Djinn, so I was willing to give it one more shot.
What the heck happened here??? There was sooo much blah, blah, blah, and internal think, think, thinking that I almost fell asleep in my car while listening to the audio book (that's in itself is a horrible sign). Just so flat out booooring.
I got about 175 pages into Oracle's Moon and I felt that amount of my dedicated time (and money) was fair enough to determine I just can't stay in this any longer. The series had one good book and then took a nose dive.
I feel bad because the next one is actually going back to Dragos and Pia, but unless someone can convince me a total 180 has occured, I'm outta here!...more