Team Qhuay to the moon and back! Lol... Jk with the name blend, but really really loved this. They've been my favorite couple since the idea blossomedTeam Qhuay to the moon and back! Lol... Jk with the name blend, but really really loved this. They've been my favorite couple since the idea blossomed... But wow what a difficult bloom. ...more
I just want to say thank you, Charlaine Harris for 13 books and a storyline I will never forget. The things I don't like can be overlooked by my gratiI just want to say thank you, Charlaine Harris for 13 books and a storyline I will never forget. The things I don't like can be overlooked by my gratitude for a story I love so much; and characters I will never forget. Thank you.
-- I didn't like the formatting; it was lazy in my opinion and not thought through. On page 5 I commented saying, "Page 5 and her lack of skill is already offensive. Clearly she could care less." I trudged on this bittersweet journey because I love Sookie. And Eric. And many others... and the offensive writing continued. On page 135 I commented, "Sookie this is not you! You don't speak or think this way! Charlaine Harris I hate you! :(" Now of course I don't hate her but disillusioned would be ever so polite of me to say, when in reality I was FURIOUS and couldn't believe how she just threw caution to the wind and abandoned all emotions and left us readers and devotee behind.
Yes. I was abandoned by Charlaine Harris. I was found, and left wanting.
The "meanwhile" ... "earlier" ... "elsewhere" ... and "Sookie's house" half page interruptions, because of an inability to segue from one spot in the story to the other was so lazy it literally made me angry that she wouldn't take the time to do the LAST BOOK justice. But what can be done?
The characters, will stay with me forever. I will always have my seat at Fangtasia, strategically placed to see the dancers, and the door... and a seat at Merlotte's, opposite Jane Bodehouse... to avoid the obvious pitfalls of sitting beside her.
These, and all the memories, will live with me always, in the storyline of my mind as well as the coveted space on my bookshelves. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a wrap. ...more
I have never been so genuinely disappointed in a book, or an author, in all of the thousands of books I've read in my life. A real review to come whenI have never been so genuinely disappointed in a book, or an author, in all of the thousands of books I've read in my life. A real review to come when I'm off work; for now... just, wow. What a disappointment. CH - What gives?...more
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampireSydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.
Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.
But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.
When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.
112 pages into The Golden Lily, I emailed my best friend and said, "Good grief. I can't stand Sydney in this, and so far there is NOT enough Adrian or Dimitri to make it worthwhile. And her male counterpart, Brayden?? COME ON RUKIDDINGME? What a horse's ass." And I meant it wholeheartedly. However, the action, and circumstance that everyone was involved in and the evolution that is (tediously, slowly) occurring in Sydney is truly incredible. I hope that the next installment in the Bloodlines series continues to show her mental changes, and that it heads down the road she's started on. And I hope... she breaks out of this ridiculous stigma of racism that owns her mentality. If it were based on gender or race, as readers most of us would be up in arms. So, I hope she has a devastating breakthrough that brings us all to our knees....more
Caution... here there be spoilers! But hidden below synopsis.
"Dagger Brotherhood series continues as a vampire warrior crosses the line between life aCaution... here there be spoilers! But hidden below synopsis.
"Dagger Brotherhood series continues as a vampire warrior crosses the line between life and death…into a world of dark dreams and darker desires.
Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been a heartbroken shadow of the vampire leader he once was. Brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel, he fights again with ruthless vengeance, unprepared for a new tragedy. Seeing his beloved in dreams—trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld—Tohr turns to the angel Lassiter to save his former mate. The only way to rescue her is for Tohr to love another. As war with the lessers rages, and a new clan of vampires vie for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between an unforgettable past and a hot, passion-filled future. But can his heart let go and set all of them free?"
Lover Reborn follows the life of Tohrment, after the death of his Shellan, Wellsie. It has been more than a year since she and their unborn son were murdered, and he learns that she in fact has not moved into the Fade as he believed, and is stuck in the In-Between. Lassiter, angel who has fallen from grace with the maker has been tasked with getting Tohr back on track, but doesn't tell Tohr right away the condition Wellsie is in.
It also tracks a little bit of the marriage of John and Xhex, and her Mahmen, No'One. No'One is a rape survivor, that Xhex was a product of. Upon birthing her babe, many years ago, she had taken Tohrment's daggers and slain herself. She too did not go into the Fade, nor did she go into Dhunhd. She was sent back, and never knew why.
Full circle, back to Tohrment who saved her, and then couldn't save her from her own hand. She has spent years punishing herself, being the victim, until months after she has fallen head over heels in love with Tohr, and the evening after her needing period ended... and he came in screaming honesty at her that she just wasn't ready to hear.
Turns out, everyone is in their own sort of In-Between in this book. I was actually surprised at the depth of emotion in some places. Each of the brothers has their issues, but dealing with the death of a spouse AND recovering your life and learning to let go and love again - Well Done, Ward, Well Done. I like how it was laid out and explained, and we got to see inside the heads of No'One, Tohrment, Lassiter, Xhex, John, and even Xcor. I found it to be very interesting.
There were so many... moments in this book, like the first time there was any sort of intimacy between Tohr and No'One and the words & kindness he had for her; genuine understanding... I loved the way it was done. Ward always writes these as a roller coaster of emotion, but sometimes the sex can overwhelm the story, not this time. It is a perfect balance amongst all. You can see yourself inside the mansion, see Fritz walking down the hall, listen to Lassiter yell at Maury, and feel the winds of change blowing with Xcor and his Band of Bastards. Then, you are at Wellsie's fade ceremony, and listening to Phury recite these beautiful words, and you feel yourself openly weeping with the brothers and their Shellans. You feel them share in his pain when they slice their arms, to drip into the pitcher. You feel your heart shatter into countless pieces, when Tohrment is branded, and screams her name, and you may even have to put the book down when John is branded twice, for the loss of his adopted Mahmen and the brother he never knew - and the screams, from Tohrment, on behalf of his mute adopted son - that lasted longer than his own. The emotion is so real and so raw, that you can't possibly not be sucked into it, every last syllable.
I was thrilled in the last few pages of the book, when Qhuinn FINALLY made eye contact with Blay, and didn't look away, and let all the emotions play across his face... It's about time. Seriously. And worthy of more than honorable mention is Lassiter, in his redemption on No'One - for all the right reasons, and his decision to go back to earth where he could do more good (and watch Maury...) ...and once again, full circle, brings Big Macs.
5 stars, and I can't wait for the next installment....more
Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the tradiPayne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.
When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.
As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy.
Anita Blake is about to face the challenge of her life. Into her world-a world already overflowing with power-have come creatures so feared that powerAnita Blake is about to face the challenge of her life. Into her world-a world already overflowing with power-have come creatures so feared that powerful, centuries-old vampires refuse to mention their names. It is forbidden to speak of The Harlequin unless you've been contacted. And to be contacted by The Harlequin is to be under sentence of death.
Long-time rivals for Anita's affections, Jean-Claude, Master Vampire of the City, and Richard, alpha-werewolf, will need to become allies. Shapeshifters Nathaniel and Micah will have to step up their support. And then there's Edward. In this situation, Anita knows that she needs to call the one man who has always been there for her...
This book took a long time for me to commit to the storyline. That says a lot since I love this series, but once it took off (2/3 into the book....) It was worth the wait to get there. I know many Anita fans don't like the turn it has taken, with the Ardeur and her "harem" and her love life and the sex. But If you look at it from the perspective, where you remove the fiction - and imagine trying to exist this way in reality, it makes for an excellent story.
The characters continue to develop in a manner that makes them more real, more endearing, and brings their circles tighter, I can't wait to see what's next.
Urban fantasy & paranormal lovers will love this series, and I recommend it to anyone who loves a wild ride....more