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!
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
This was a really great YA book. The writing was excellent, the characters well developed and likable, I listened to the audio and the narrator was alThis was a really great YA book. The writing was excellent, the characters well developed and likable, I listened to the audio and the narrator was also very good. I think my problem was it was just a bit too Young Adult for me. The slang, and just the typical way you can predict a 16 year old girl to speak and feel was just too separated from me. Usually I can get into a YA book by bridging in my mind the generational gap between my own age and the current YA lingo. This one was just a bit too much for me. I couldn't quite make my 35 year old mind wrap into my inner 16 year old enough.
I would highly recommend Paranormalcy to anyone under the age of 18 who enjoys the paranormal genre. ...more