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...more 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.
I just love stories like this – easy to read, interesting, funny, addictive, simply cute. I remeber the days when vampires were scary, dead...more Awesome!!!
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. (less)
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...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 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. (less)
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...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 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! (less)
This was my first Nyrae Dawn book, but it sure won't be the last. After Charade, I definitely want to read all her books.
Charade is not a new story. T...more This was my first Nyrae Dawn book, but it sure won't be the last. After Charade, I definitely want to read all her books.
Charade is not a new story. Two people pretending to be together and becoming really involved is not anything new, but the way this story developed from first to last chapter is refreshing. I have heard/read similar stories before, but this one just has that ''something'' which makes it different from others. Nothing in it was too much and there were no WOW/OMG/whatever moments for me, but it all came out right and things developed naturally. Everything felt right in this story, from first to last page. For me, this book delivered what Beautiful Disaster and Easy (to some piont) failed. Finally I can say that I found a YA romance of my taste. I was charmed from the beginning.
Writing is good and the plot is interestng. Cheyenne and Colt meet, don't really like each other at first but decide to pretend to be together for appearance and finally realise that what's going on between them is much more than just a game. But that's not all. There is a real life story in and behind this charming romance between them. Both have big problems and it's clear from the start that they actually need each other to make things less frightening. Cheyenne is haunted by her past and suffers the consequences every day. Colt has to see his mother dying slowly of cancer. That's really horrible. Pretending to be a couple to make her ex boyfriend jelous becomes something entirely else. Suddenly, Charade is not about him at all, but about Cheyenne and Colt. They need it to forget about problems and to find comfort in their time together. They can't erase reality, but they try their best to make it less horrible.
Playful, sexy moments between them were simply wonderful. I like how they're allways honest with each other. Yes, they play Charade, but somehow they manage to allways tell the truth about how they feel. Pretending, hiding things, lying – nothing of it lasts long. Every time one of them snaps and tells the truth. The game becomes real. Honest. Because of that, their story is warm and sweet, inspite all bad things that happened or (oh, Colt) are happening to them. Their story is also hot. Chemistry between Cheyene and Colt is great, and most of their scenes are sexy. Tension between them is strong and it makes everything really interesting and hot.
Female characters in this kind of literature usually annoy me because they are one dimensional and… let's just say not-so-smart in most cases. I am happy to say that Cheyenne is not one of them. I really like her. She tries to be strong all the time, keeps secrets about her problems from everyone, tries to leave impression of perfect life and hides tears from others. There is a big difference between her and other similar heroines, and that is - she really tries. Her behaviour is not just a pathetic cry for attention, but a real fight between reality and appearance. She really wants to be strong and it's not a show for others. She does her best to hide her weakness (untill Colt comes along :) It's just who she is. Cheyenne is real. As soon as I saw that in her, I started to care and I wanted her to win in the end. She is both strong and weak. It was hard for her to deal with everything and vulnerable side of her is pretty strong, but not in a pathetic way. After all, before Colt she fought her problems and memories alone. I love how she answered Deena at that party and how she is aware of her good looks and wasn't modest about it when Colt comented it. You go girl!
Colt is also pretty great. I like everything about him. I mean, what's not to like – he is smart, good looking, understanding, honest, HAS TATTOOS… Damn it, he's hot. Even the way he speaks is hot. He swears a lot, but that kind of suits him and makes him even hotter. I love his relationship with Bev. That part of Charade was both beautiful and heartbraking. Good job, N. Dawn! Colt saw through Cheyenne even when she tried to hide things from him and he was there for her every time. He was ready to defend her from everything and everyone. He is one really great guy. They are obviously a perfect match.
All in all, good book. It makes me want to read more and I'm really looking forward to Facade. I think that Adrian will also tell a great story and I can't wait for it. (less)
What the...!?! I am freaking out! This is one of the most disturbing, brutal, horrifying books I have ever read. It should come with a big red warning...more What the...!?! I am freaking out! This is one of the most disturbing, brutal, horrifying books I have ever read. It should come with a big red warning written all over it!
I was fighting it all day. I read a few pages early in the morning and I put it aside because I didn't want to start my day with an ugly story like this. Then I just couldn't stop thinking about it and I opened it again and read some more. Closed it. Read more. Then it was too much to handle because of all truly sick and terrifying images it left me with, so I put it on the table and went out. But the damn thing just stayed on my mind, so there was no choice but to finnish it as soon as I got back.
This book is good and horrible at the same time. It makes me think about sick fu..s who live among us and who are capable to do something so disgusting and hurt a child like that. They are the real monsters. I don't have a child, but this story scared the hell out of me and I can only imagine how parents feel when they read something like this. It's very realistic and the sad truth is that things like this really happen around us. I can't even say if I liked Living Dead Girl or not. It is one really ugly story, but it is well written, very realistic. It was bad, but it made me think a lot and feel so much, so it was also good in some strange way. Oh, I don't know. I guess that every book that can make me feel so much and stay in my head every minute of the day is a good book, but somehow I feel like it's wrong to say it's good because of all horrible, horrible things that happened in it.
All I need now is something light and different from this, just to stop thinking about poor ''Alice'' and her destiny. I am going to do just that because right now I can't handle thinking about it anymore.(less)