To be honest, I didn’t expect much from Lover Enshrined, mainly because Phury left no impression on me. He was interesting only because he took care o To be honest, I didn’t expect much from Lover Enshrined, mainly because Phury left no impression on me. He was interesting only because he took care of Z and that was about it. I never fell for him like I did for other Brothers.
After reading his book, it’s pretty much the same – can’t say why, but he just doesn’t do it for me. I like him more now because of what he did for Chosen, but other than that, I’m just not feeling him. Maybe it has something to do with his addiction (I don’t find that attractive at all), and the fact that I just can’t picture his multi-colored hair. With other Brothers, I have a strong, clear image of how they look in my head, but with Phury that image changes with every new description of his looks, so he is kind of abstract to me.
In my opinion, Cormia was the better half of this romance. It was very sweet to see her learn stuff about world of vampires in Caldwell that was completely new for her. I think she handled all that Phury/Bella issue really well and she has my respect for that. I also admire her for being strong and not giving up on Phury. It took a lot of patience to break through his walls and help him send the wizard to hell. I’m really happy for her because she deserved to get what she wanted. Phury should really keep it together for her from now on!
Their romance was nice and all, but comparing to other books, it lacked the usual hotness and deep connection. Cormia was OK, but Phury was tortured too much, then suddenly in love too much, then determined too much… I am not making any sense right now, so I’ll just say it could have been better.
What ‘’saved’’ this book and earned it 4 stars from me were other storylines and characters.
Layla surprised me. I never really liked her before, but she showed her funny side at the end, so now I can see some potential for her to be more likeable.
And Payne… That ‘’fuck you’’ was epic!!! I just know I’ll enjoy her story when I come to it.
Rehv is great in this one. Such an edgy, yet so exciting character! I don’t support his dealer business and never will, but nonetheless he is very, very interesting. That scene with the Princess was torture to read, so now I am really looking forward to see him get out of it all and find some peace for himself. Go Rehv!
Changes in the lesser world are refreshing. They are worse than ever before, but it is nice to not have Mr. X or Mr. D or Mr. whoever POV chapters. Lash does just fine in making them evil and he is a better villain than Omega himself. (I really hope John Matthew will be the end of Lash someday.)
And <3 Qhuinn and Blay <3 WoW!
They are the best friends anyone can have! Love them together and love their friendship with John Matthew. I wanted to cry when… well, when Qhuinn did what he did for John Matthew. He is so loyal and brave and sexy and, and… Oh, I have no words!
(Wrath also did his part in that mess, so yay for him too.)
Blay is such a sweetie. I love his honesty and the way he approached that awkward situation with Qhuinn. I can’t wait to see their relationship develop into something more solid on the romantic side.
And now… the best part. OMG John Matthew!
I could talk about him for days and never get bored. He is one of my favorite characters, not only in BDB series, but ever. I love that guy more and more with every book!
That last scene with Xhex was sexy beyond reason! Hot, hot hotttttt! Love him, love her and adore them together.
Last night was ''just one more chapter'' night for me. Of course, that means I devoured second half of Lover Unbound, unable to put it down. Yes, I wa Last night was ''just one more chapter'' night for me. Of course, that means I devoured second half of Lover Unbound, unable to put it down. Yes, I was late for work this morning, but it was worth it. I regret nothing ;)
Fifth book in BDB series surprised me more than once. First thing that got my eyes pop out was the role of Scribe Virgin. Thinking about it now, there is logic behind all that, but when I first found out who she really was, it caused me a serious case of bug eyes. She is still one very complex character and it's hard to just like or dislike her because she allways floats somewhere in between, but she is also very interesting and I like reading about her, regardless of my mixed feelings about her.
Another surprise was V, or to be more accurate – his past. It was so painful to read, poor V :( After Z, I did not expect other Brothers to have such a violent, brutal past/chilhood, so V's memories were even more disturbing because I did not see them coming. I felt for him so much and love him even more now.
Of course, the biggest surprise of all was the ending. I was warned about it by one of my GR friends, and still I was… WHAAAAAAAAAAAAA… NOONONOOONO… :( :( COME ON, COME ON… PLEASE… UH-HUH…
Yup, the ending shocked the hell out of me! Now I see the logic in it and understand it was actually the best option, given the circumstances. I like it. J. R. Ward made a risky move there and I think it payed off. Unexpected twist and shock with ending I (kinda) wanted is just fine by me (now that my heart beat is back to normal).
Some things I did not like so much. Introduction to next book, for example. It was too long and both Phury and Cormia got more chapters than I cared about. I really, really like them (especially Cormia), but some things between them happened too soon and I think they belong in book 6. Lover Unbound is about V and Jane and of course a lot of other characters, but there was just a little bit too much of Phury and Cormia. One more thing that felt wrong for me was the ''Mine'' part of the story. I know all BDB books are pretty much insta-love kind of books, but with V it was waaay too soon. I mean, his story with Butch was driving him crazy at one moment, and in the next he was all about Jane being his. I'm not saying it was wrong, it was just a little bit rushed for my taste. There was no future for V and Butch anyway, but still – V was too much in love with him to let it go just like that. That said, it was nice to see the two of them talk and even joke about V's feelings. I just can't get over how great they are together! <3 B and V<3
The bonding part was rushed. V was injured and he hardly had a chance to meet Jane, and before you know it, he was all ''Mine! Mine!''. It was hot in previous books, but it just didn't sit well with me in this one. Apart from that, I loved V and Jane together. At first I was not really impressed by her, but as she spoke more and more, she got under my skin. I just love strong, smart, witty women like her. I thought she was the perfect match for V and after I got over that insta-love thing, I enjoyed them together. Him being so smart (and reading books <3) was a huge turn on, and as she showed her personality more, I fell for them together.
Smart, sexy man + smart, sexy woman = smokin' hot couple!!! I read about the sink scene in another review and all I can say is – OMG that was HAWT!!! Now I know what exactly I was looking forward to and it was yummy. Amazing!
One big plus to Lover Unbound were chapters with John Matthew. He was present in previous books and I was happy to see that this one was no exception. I got used to him and I love him more and more. I can't wait to get my hands on his book!
BDB series is good stuff, love it more with every book. 4 stars for this one.
Just what I was looking for - dark, twisted,intense story with broken characters, dangerous situations and story so intense it was impossible to put d Just what I was looking for - dark, twisted,intense story with broken characters, dangerous situations and story so intense it was impossible to put down. Now this is exactly what I expected -and never got- from Fifty Shades of Grey. Fortunately, this book delivered everything FSoG failed to.
Captive in the Dark made me question my sanity and I loved it for that. I shouldn't feel so attached to Kitten and I shouldn't enjoy reading about all the things Caleb did to her in that dark room. It was wrong. Everything he did was so wrong. What she felt, what she feels for him is wrong. My mind keeps telling me that. BUT...
I fu..ing loved it!!!
Every word of it, every twisted scene and every dark emotion. It made me feel crazy, scared, conflicted and hot and I want more. Can't wait to see what's next for Caleb and Kitten. I only hope next book will be as good as this one was....more
AMAZING!!! I loved every single page of ''Killing Sarai'' and I just couldn't stop reading from first to last page. My eyes hurt like hell now, but I AMAZING!!! I loved every single page of ''Killing Sarai'' and I just couldn't stop reading from first to last page. My eyes hurt like hell now, but I have no regrets. There are so many reasons to love this book, and these are just some of mine:
Female MC - Sarai - is great. She is smart, strong, beautiful and damaged (which makes her so much more interesting) and she is easy to like. Her life was taken away from her when she was only fourteen and she still found the strength to escape and fight for herself nine years after that. She took her chance and instead of being desperate and scared, she was brave and determined. I wanted her to succeed so much!!! She did not annoy me at all, not even once, and this is so rare for me with female characters. I rooted for her from the start and it was really easy to understand her and her actions. She made some strange choices, but with her past in mind, I think it was expected and natural for her and it's not hard to understand that. The path she decided to take after everything surprised me, but it also made me want to read more about her. And the way she pulled off the whole Isabel thing… incredible! I just can't help but love a book with female character as strong as Sarai.
Victor… oh, Victor! Sexy and dangerous, a killer with discipline to stay calm even in the most threathening situations. He is what he is and what I loved about him is that he never tried to excuse himself for anything. He is a killer, he knows it and he makes sure everyone else knows it, including Sarai. His story is very complicated and even disturbing, but he is honest about it, he doesn't even try to make himself look better by explaining everything in big words. He stayes true to himself in every situation and I really, really respect him for that. Sure, he broke some rules for Sarai, but that made him even hotter (and this story so much more interesting).
The action was incredible – fast and dangerous, with lots of twists. Guns, rifles, ropes, drugs, trafficking, dead bodies, killer missions… WOW! I couldn't stop reading. This is definitely not one of those books where you just wait for things to heat up between female and male protagonists. Sexy/romantic parts were great, but everything else was even more interesting. I enjoyed reading every single sentence, every part of it. First half of the book kept me glued to my seat and at that point Victor barely spoke to Sarai. That's what makes this book so great – it is not only about Sarai/Victor relationship, but about surviving, fighting, failing, winning, not loosing sanity in the most difficult and crazy situations, doing what needs to be done and dealing with consenquences… Again, WOW!!!
The relationship part was just one more plus to everything else. It felt real. They did not rush into it like some horny teenagers, but things between them developed naturally. I liked how Victor knew what Sarai needs even better than she did. Considering her past with Javier and what he did to her, it was natural for her to act the way she did. Victor understood that and he did the best thing – he never judged her and never tried to play with her. A killer - yes - but a killer with unexspected depth and just the perfect man for her. I just loved them together and it was fun to watch them fall for each other. Their relationship is one between two damaged, dark but strong people and it was realistic and delicious.
Sex was hot. Not too many details, but just enough – ''…it feels like a hundred drunk butterflies are having an orgy in my stomach…'', Sarai would say :D
I loved how the whole story developed near the end. At first, they were running and trying to survive, but later on... what happened in LA changed everything. I can't say more without spoiling it, but that part took their story to another lever. I enjoyed that very much.
I also loved the ending. It left me screaming for more and now I can't wait to see what happens next, but I still loved the way it ended. It felt honest and real, just like this whole book. It has unusual characters and unusual story, but somehow it still felt real. Maybe that's because there were no big ''miracle moments'' and characters behaved like real people with flaws. By the end of the book they both changed, but those changes only made them more themselves, if that makes any sense. That's something only a good writer can pull off – make strange and unbelievable feel so true.
So, all in all – great, GREAT characters, gripping story, incredible action mixed with danger, killers, sweet romance, passion, hot relationship… That's a 5 star book for me :) ...more
I just love stories like this – easy to read, interesting, funny, addictive, simply cute. I remeber the days when vampires were scary, dead creatures
I just love stories like this – easy to read, interesting, funny, addictive, simply cute. I remeber the days when vampires were scary, dead creatures instead of some sparkly-oh-so-in-love-stalkers and I am so happy because Kiersten White remembers that too. She did such a good job describing them, it was really refreshing. Actually, I like every bit of paranormal world she created, not just vampires but werewolves, witches, faeries, mermaids, shape-shifters and all the others.
Evie is a great heroine. She has a very positive personality (very funny girl) and she is not afraid to act when necessary. If she thinks that something needs to be done, she does it. There's no wasting time (and nerves) on too much thinking and messing everything up -only to correct it in the very end- with her. If she wants to see someone, she goes to him/her. If she wants to know something, she asks. If she wants to show Lend she's interested in him, she shows it. I like her, even with her pink obsession. Her flirting with Lend made me smile a lot, it was just perfect. They are so cute together, just as it should be with teenagers. He is very interesting character too, a perfect match for Evie. His paranormal side is very cool and I enjoyed reading about his transformations. My favorite scene is with two of them holding hands while watching a movie, it was so sweet.
It's still hard for me to decide if I like Reth or not. He plays and manipulates, but he is incredibly charming while doing it. Very intriguing character, I hope to read more about him in the next book.
The plot is easy to follow and interesting. Some things were predictable, but I didn't mind because the whole thing is nicely done, so Paranormalcy was really enjoyable read. I laughed a lot, the story is full of funny situations and conversations. This book was a pleasant surprise for me and I am looking forward to second book. ...more
Užasni događaji 90-ih su nešto o čemu ne volim pričati ni misliti. Kada se ova knjiga počela pojavljivati u medijima, čvrsto sam odlučila da je neću č Užasni događaji 90-ih su nešto o čemu ne volim pričati ni misliti. Kada se ova knjiga počela pojavljivati u medijima, čvrsto sam odlučila da je neću čitati jer nas je taj nesretni rat već sasvim dovoljno sve obilježio i više nikome ne treba podsjetnika na njega. Ipak, što se više pričalo o Hotelu Zagorje, to sam pronalazila neke sličnosti između moga i Ivaninoga odrastanja i na kraju sam ipak popustila znatiželji i kupila knjigu.
Moj hotel nije bio u Zagorju nego u Dalmaciji, ali to ne čini baš veliku razliku. U njegovim malim sobama se događalo isto što i u svakom hotelu sa prognanicima i izbjeglicama i Ivana je zaista vjerno prenijela sliku života u sobičcima od nekoliko kvadrata i vječite borbe za opstanak. Kao i sve ostalo vezano za to vrijeme, to mogu potpuno razumjeti samo oni koji su (nažalost) doživjeli i iskreno, da nisam i ja na neki način proživjela Ivaninu priču, mislim da je ne bih mogla onako do kraja shvatiti. Ovako, u svakom sam trenutku mogla točno osjetiti o čemu to ona zapravo priča. Čak se poklopio i put u Italiju, cijeli osjećaj boravka kod nepoznatih obitelji i nakon svega povratak ''kući'' koja zapravo nije kuća.
Nisam sigurna da mogu objektivno ocijeniti ovu knjigu jer se za vrijeme čitanja mojih 6 godina stalno ispreplitalo sa Ivaninim. Ono što mogu reći je da mi se jako svidjelo što je autorica bila iskrena. Ni u jednom trenutku se nije trudila ostaviti dobar dojam o sebi, zapravo ima momenata u kojima iznosi svoje ne baš svijetle trenutke koji su na neki način samo potvrda te njene iskrenosti. Druga i najvažnija stvar koja mi se svidjela je to što je jedna ovako tragična priča ispričana glatko, bez suvišne patetike i čak sa nekom porukom o tome kako se život nezaustavljivo nastavlja. Poseban su mi biser bili opisi odjeće i šminke koju nas je većina nosila i kojima se danas možemo samo nasmijati. Ivana se zaljubljuje, izlazi, upoznaje nove prijatelje i druži se sa nekim starim, jednostavno rečeno odrasta. Sam kraj knjige djeluje kao početak neke nove priče, pa tragedija ipak donekle ostaje u prošlosti.
Ima i stvari koje mi se nisu svidjele. Pojedinim likovima i događajima nije posvećena pažnja koju po mom mišljenju zaslužuju pa mi neki dijelovi djeluju nedorečeni, onako ukratko i ''kirurški'' napisani, kao da im fali malo emocije ili barem nekakvog objašnjenja. Većina knjige je napisana baš tako, bez okolišanja i direktno, ali na nekim sam dijelovima jednostavno željela malo više.
Onih nekoliko stranica u kojima opisuje konačnu sudbinu svoga tate mi je bilo najteže za pročitati. I na tom polju su nam priče slične, odnosno početak priče. Neznanje, uzaludno raspitivanje, pokušaji da se dođe do bilo koga tko zna bilo što, pisanje pisama, pregledavanje svake nove liste nestalih, ranjenih, ubijenih, zarobljenih… Ne volim misliti o tome, ali mi je sve to itekako poznato. Srećom,u mom slučaju se na kraju ipak pojavila ona jedna lista sa tatinim imenom i vratio nam se, a i one sobe koje nisu naše smo davno ostavili za sobom pa moja priča ipak ima sretan kraj.
Sada nisam sigurna je li mi drago što sam čitala Hotel Zagorje ili ne. Ostavila mi je dobar i jak dojam, ali i izvukla onaj osjećaj rata i užasa koji, kao i većina drugih, želim ostaviti iza sebe. Probudila je opet ''one neke'' emocije - zbog njih i Ivanine priče su me mučili trnci i knedla u grlu za vrijeme čitanja i osjetila sam olakšanje kad sam prešla i posljednju stranicu. Ovo me definitivno naučilo da tematiku 90-ih još uvijek ne mogu i nikad i neću moći ''svariti'' bez teških misli, osjećaja i malo nesanice, pa je možda bolje da se držim svoje uobičajene literature.
U svakom slučaju, za iskrenost i tragove nade u Ivaninom Hotelu Zagorje, zaslužila je četiri solidne zvjezdice. ...more
Second book of BDB series brings us story of Rhage and Mary. I liked Rhage in Dark Lover and I still like him after Lover Eternal, but in a different Second book of BDB series brings us story of Rhage and Mary. I liked Rhage in Dark Lover and I still like him after Lover Eternal, but in a different way. After reading Dark Lover I was left with the impression of Rhage as a true player, him being with so many women and having random sex all over the place. This book gave me a different perspective of him. I really fell for him when he explained how bad and empty he felt ever since Scribe Virgin cursed him with the beast. He lived with it inside of him for years and it made him hate himself. The beast was hungry all the time and only violence and anonymous sex could calm it for a while. Rhage looks great and he is the strongest Brother, so it was never hard for him to get both. He did what he had to do to calm the beast, but he felt bad about it for a long time. That gave him depth he needed to be a great character, which he really is.
Mary annoyed me at first. She was too insecure and some of her comments made me really mad at her. She acted stupid on their first date and I disliked her very much at the beginning of Lover Eternal. Luckily, she came around. What made me like her was a simple fact that she's just a normal woman. (And how nice she was with John Matthew). Leukemia made life difficult for her, but she handled the whole situation pretty well. Of course, she was scared about what could happen to her, but I think that for the most part, she was really brave about it. Rhage was a big help there. The closer the two of them got, Mary became more fierce, it was like Rhage infected her with some of his power every time they met.
Romantic part of their story was good. I am still not a big fan of moving from ''he looks good'' to ''I love him'' too fast, but it did not bother me too much with them. They just felt right for each other from the first moment (ok, from the first moment after that terrible date). I loved how she threw herself at him and admitted she was scared of leukemia and that she needed him. I loved his reaction even more. Chemistry between them was really great and sex was hot. The whole thing with the beast was sexy. The image of changed Rhage makes him even hotter, so that part of the story took them to a whole new level, in a good way. Tattoo was a nice touch too :)
I still want to see more of Butch. I don't know why, but I fell for that guy at instant in Dark Lover and I can't wait to see him as the MC. I laughed so hard when he said he sat in the bushes outside Marissa's window. That was sooo sweet! Some new characters got my attention too. I was so excited to meet Bella!!! She is so nice and beautiful and I adore her for going after Zsadist. He is probably the most interesting character in this series and he deserves someone special in his life. The very image of his scarred face next to her beutiful features makes me all tingly. I am dying to read their story! I also liked John Matthew. I have a feeling about him… I don't want to speculate right now, so I'll just let him be until I know for sure. But… Could he be…? OMG I can't wait to find out.
The lesser were creepy and evil in this book too, so there's nothing much to say about them. Except they are a bunch of sick bastards. I am still hoping to see Omega. I don't like the fact that Ward keeps writing about Mr. O, Mr. X and so on, but the main thing is only mentioned sometimes. I would rather see Omega doing all the evil because it is more interesting that those guys. I want to hate it and I want to know exactly what it looks like and what it can do. Oh well… Maybe in one of the next books...
Scribe Virgin showed a little heart towards Mary and Rhage and finally we got to see why she is who she is. They really deserved the ending she gave them, so I guess it made her a little more likeable. Not really, but a little more than before. They both had to go through a lot to be together and I really wanted to see them happy. With her leukemia, his beast and all those sacrifices he did to save her… They were sweet together. The ending of their story was good.
It was not the same case with Bella and Z. I know it's just an introduction to Lover Awakened, but.. Damn, I really can't wait anymore. I'm off to read their story! ...more