It's a miracle when series live up to the former installments, especially after dragging it out for five or sixPHEW! This was actually quite a ride.
It's a miracle when series live up to the former installments, especially after dragging it out for five or six books. The Chicagoland Vampires series is the exception to that rule. Even after NINE books, it still manages to get better and better.
Merit is as kickass as ever, and she continues to be one of my favorite main characters of all times. She has the sense of humor, the taste in food, the skills, and the sensibility that only a few possess. Sometimes, when there's some romance thrown in the story, even if it's well developed, the lack of good traits in the main character puts me out of it. It doesn't convince me at all, and makes me question why the love interest is so interested in the girl (or vice versa). That doesn't happen in CV. Chloe Neill creates such a great story that it's impossible not to be captivated by it *or the romance*. I definitely can see why Ethan Sullivan would kill or die for this woman.
Speaking of the romance... ahhh, my feels went crazy with this book. Never have I wanted to hit, and kiss Ethan Sullivan more. It was just perfect. And I will leave it at that, because part of the perfection of this book is reading it and figuring everything else as the plot goes on. ...more
Drink, Slay, Love attracted me by its cover – that is, until I read the synopsis. The concept of a vampire going to High School intending to lead allDrink, Slay, Love attracted me by its cover – that is, until I read the synopsis. The concept of a vampire going to High School intending to lead all the students to a slaughter was way too interesting and, after shopping in Amazon – thank God for Kindle for Android – I was happily reading the book.
The main character, Pearl, is awesome in a level of awesomeness you don’t see much. She’s not a wimpy girl who falls in love with a vampire and looses the 1% of personality that she had. Oh, no, Pearl is the vampire, the predator, and seeing things through her point of view was fascinating at worst and mind-blowing at best. Humans are sheep, dinner, bags of blood not worthy of Pearl’s time, except for when she’s hungry. She doesn’t care if they get sick after being bitten, about their lives… until she’s stabbed in the heart by a unicorn.
After that, things go straight to hell for Pearl. She’s able to walk in the sunlight, and – big surprise – she starts to develop a conscience. But it doesn’t take too long for her Family to use her “gifts” to their own advantage. Pearl is supposed to go to High School, befriend the humans, and lead them straight to the Fealty Ceremony, a ball in which the King of the vampires will attend, and is expecting a big feast (her new classmates being the steak).
But killing is a lot easier when you don’t know your prey, and as Pearl begins to infiltrate in the human world, her new conscience rises and makes her feel guilty about what she has to do. Feeling more like a human each day, Peal has to balance the importance of Family and of friends, and think about her morals, her previous way of life, and if humans are really just food.
Pearl’s sense of humor and constant sarcasm was enough to make me laugh at every dialogue. Her inexperience with humans and their habits were hilarious and really well developed. I just loved Pearl as a vampire and as vampire-with-a-conscience. It’s simply fantastic to see a born predator starting to feel remorse and regret over her victims, like a lion afraid to slaughter the sheep.
Aside from that, the secondary characters were fantastic, both humans and vampires. Pearl’s friends in high school and her Family made her double personality, so to speak, even more enjoyable. One character that I particularly liked was Evan. As a romance lover (view spoiler)[(romance lover… how ironic does that sound? xD) (hide spoiler)], Evan was the perfect match for Pearl. His hero complex and sweetness made me swoon at the pages, but even with his charms being unleashed, Pearl still wore her sarcastic and indifferent mask.
However, the ending left me slightly disappointed. Not that it was bad, but I wanted one more chapter, at least, just to make things clearer about Pearl’s future. But then, maybe this sense of incompleteness is intentional, to make the readers wonder where Ms. Snarky will get herself into next.
Even the POV of a predator didn’t stop this book from being cute. Drink, Slay, Love is perfect for those who wish to take a break from clichés and go deep into a light and snarky story. Highly recommended.
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The Black Dagger Brotherhood is - was - one of my favorite urban fantasy series. The first three books were wonderful, the characters were engaging, tThe Black Dagger Brotherhood is - was - one of my favorite urban fantasy series. The first three books were wonderful, the characters were engaging, the romance fierce, and J.R. Ward knew how to write a fantastic story. But then Lover Revealed came, and with it, a deep sense of hatred for the characters grew on me. I didn't like Butch, and I hated Marissa. The fifth book was better, but not as good as the first ones. And so on and on. The quality of this series has gone downhill ever since, and Lover Unleashed was no exception.
One of the most disturbing things I've realized as I was reading this book is that there is no plot whatsoever. J.R. Ward creates a lot of issues for the characters to deal with, we go along with them throughout the book, and that's it. The focus of this novel isn't on the characters and in the story, and that creates a huge problem: after a couple of chapters, it gets boring. So incredibly boring. I wanted some action, some kickass scenes and more development when it came to the romance. The author, however, focused this novel on a lot of characters, and I was lost. I didn't know who the main character was anymore.
I'm not saying Lover Unleashed is awful, and I'm not going to continue with the series. If anything, I'm more determined to prove that J.R. Ward is a good author, and that BDB can be fantastic even after 10 books. However, I'm disappointed with Lover Unleashed. The romance didn't hold my attention, Vishous and Jane did, and that's not good. I'm still reading Lover Reborn. Tohr is one of my favorite characters, and I wouldn't miss his book for anything.
The world criated in Crusade was interesting. I liked the whole vampires-came-out-of-the-closet thing. A little cliché, but it went well. The characteThe world criated in Crusade was interesting. I liked the whole vampires-came-out-of-the-closet thing. A little cliché, but it went well. The characters were ... superficial, at least a little. I couldn't connect with them like I wanted too, and the romance was too forbidden. Ok, Antonio is a vampire, and Jenn is a vampire hunter. That should be a hell of a complication to their relationship. To make it worse, Antonio is also extremely religious -- what? Too much, don't you think? The team created by Father Juan didn't seem like a team - and Father Juan didn't look like a master AT ALL. It was an OKAY book, but I had high expectations, so I was disappointed. Still, a good reading, and I'm looking foward to the sequel. ...more
Awesome, to say the least. I love the way Cat and Bones' relationship is stable in this novel, though they still have to work some things out. RealistAwesome, to say the least. I love the way Cat and Bones' relationship is stable in this novel, though they still have to work some things out. Realistic, but not boring. Also, Heinrich Kramer is the second worst villain in the series, only behind Gregor. ...more