I will not rate this book because I'm really at a loss at what to say about this book. This was another case of Cover-Na...more*This is a rant, not a review*
I will not rate this book because I'm really at a loss at what to say about this book. This was another case of Cover-Nap! I was so taken in by the cover and the premise of this book that I forgoed reading all the reviews that warned me about Brewer's writing style. I will not condemn her writing or anything, but I have to say that it just didn't sit well with me. The romance was too instantaneous and ridiculous that it bordered on absurdity.
The plot and action at the start was very promising and the potential of the book just about shone through, but when the indifferent and crazy headmaster and ridiculous love interest showed up, everything just went downhill. Plus another character that was CLEARLY hundred percent (plus chop and sticker) the person who would complete the love triangle appearing even though Brewer did attempt to sidetrack us by making Kaya and him quarrel to much and even though I haven't read to the where the love triangle is actually formed... No, just no, YA love triangles are really not my thing.
I have tried to continue reading, but I've decided to put this on my Did-Not-Finish pile.(less)
It definitely had action, but a little less than what I was expecting. I really loved the fact that the heroine, Celaena Sardothien, w...more*Quickie Review*
It definitely had action, but a little less than what I was expecting. I really loved the fact that the heroine, Celaena Sardothien, was THE most renowned assassin - she braved the most feared death camp in Erilea, Endovier, when she was just seventeen. But after being offered a deal with the King by Prince Dorian, the not very beloved son of the King but heir to the throne, she accepts to challenge the rogues and thieves that will be the other champions of other people in power to fight for the position of King's Champion, after which, she will be granted freedom after four years of loyal service.
Celaena's love affair in the castle, though not unexpected, was pretty too YA-ish, in my opinion. It was a little over-the-top sometimes; I would've preferred something a little more subtle. I was actually rooting for another person for her to fall in love with! But worry not, my fellow bookies, I am quite sure that she will fall for him eventually! (As in in the following instalments)
The plot was rather simplistic, but filled with mythical monsters and ancient magic that even Erilea's most feared assassin will need help from very unlikely places.
Throne of Glass is a light, YA Fantasy read that is quickly gaining popularity. While it did not really meet my expectations, I'd still recommend YA Fantasy-lovers to give TOG a shot.(less)
It is either the pace of this book was dull, or I'm just generally not that into Dystopian novels... God knows, I've not rated any of the Dystopian no...moreIt is either the pace of this book was dull, or I'm just generally not that into Dystopian novels... God knows, I've not rated any of the Dystopian novels I've read higher than a 3. Not one that I can remember, that is.
It's been 13 days since I started this book, and for me to have taken this long to get to the three-quarters mark...
Shall not rate this book since there is potential, but it's going to be a DNF for now.
Honestly, I was a little bit disappointed with BIND ME. Looking at that gorgeous, very suggestive cover and...moreOriginally posted at A Bookalicious Story.
Honestly, I was a little bit disappointed with BIND ME. Looking at that gorgeous, very suggestive cover and unique synopsis, my expectations were pretty high. But I think the main reason why I didn't like it that much stems from me recently reading a mighty awesome Erotica-Contemp-Romance-light BDSM book that I highly recommend it to all romanceaholics (FIFTY SHADES series!!), I absolutely loved it so much so that I'll probably compare all the other Eroticas I'm going to be reading from here on out. So this book didn't quite make the cut for me.
A Brief Summary
Marley and her three other friends are bored with their lives, thinking it was time to fulfil their innermost sexual desires, no matter how sinfully wrong it was. Each of them took turns to 'fess up, they picked lots, and Marley had the "good fortune" to have at it first. And as it turns out, being a teacher always in command has made her want to relinquish that control to someone else, and thus, she opted for a BDSM one-nighter.
Reed's just handed his recent Sub who clearly has higher tolerance for pain than what he's comfortable with meting out to his friend, and is looking for a new one. He check through the club's forum for candidates and chances upon Marley. He's turned-on at the sight of her exquisite beauty, and accepts her request immediately.
Little did he know that this naturally submissive woman with dark hair and pale skin would cause the barriers around his broken heart to come crumbling down, and little does she expect to actually want something more than a one-night stand...
BIND ME was a short novel, more like a novella that I thought was a little rushed. There was some hot sex, but you don't just heal a man with a ravaged heart through lust and orgasms. That was the crux of why I didn't like BIND ME. There was no development in the romance between Reed and Marley, and no effort on Marley's part whatsoever in trying to overcome Reed's emotional barriers other than act the role of the submissive - which is pretty much lying on some surface that's probably not the bed bound up nice and tight. Conclusion's a little cheesy as well.
I liked Marley. She's cool, pretty, and when not being a Sub, she does stand up for herself. Reed is.....odd. Haha, not to say that he's not a good Dom, he's plenty good - his methods are erotic as hell (BDSM style) - but the contrast between his broken self and Dom is a little too intense. His Dom self is confident and self-assured, but the other side... He's all insecurities and jitters.
I can't say much about the plot, cause there really isn't much to go on about. If you take my above summary, add in a few sex scenes, that's pretty much it. The sex scenes were plenty hot - yes, that I can assure you - but the rest were mediocre. It kinda made me feel dirty after reading it. :/
Oh well, if you're looking for a quick, erotic read, BIND ME's the one for you. It wasn't bad, but I guess I won't be delving too fast back into this series.(less)
I ditched the book. Couldn't stand the male protagonist and the heroine. I don't even want to rate it.
The heroine was a bad friend and an even worse...moreI ditched the book. Couldn't stand the male protagonist and the heroine. I don't even want to rate it.
The heroine was a bad friend and an even worse daughter who lies to her only kin - her mother. Her mother who only wanted another chance at love, which her daughter pretended to approve, but secretly backstabs her and her dates, and tries at every turn to ruin what her mother tries so hard achieve. It's nauseating. And when her two friends finally acts on their feelings for each other and are obviously way head over heels for each other, she says she's fine and wishes them luck, but inside she bitches about it, saying her friend is naggy (your friend just wanted to gush about her feelings, and you can't even listen?), and later on starts to develop a tinge of jealousy.
The hero? No better. He uses his influence over heroine to convince her to ditch school, play truant, and steal the school's letter to her mother informing mother about her recent rebellious behaviours. He is overly haughty, arrogant, and full of himself. I really couldn't stomach it any further.
And are all jocks really IQ-challenged? Cause there's that stereotype heavily enphasized here.
But there were a few redeemable qualities that I've noticed. For example is Lowe's phrasings.
"It was Sunday afternoon. The next day. We were seated at the food court in the Glendale mall, digesting my problem along with a double order of curly fries."
It was cool. And there was this one part that was super awesome. I loved how Guy could recite poetic lines but didn't come off as cheesy. Example:
"There can only be one hero,” he crooned softly, and he touched my hand.
Another jolt. No, bigger. Because of Guy’s touch, an electrical storm was raging inside me.
“Yeah.” The word fell from my lips, a soft tremor. Get a grip, Megan! This is what you’ve been waiting for.
“And to the victor goes the spoils. Right?”
Huh? What does that mean? He leaned in.
“Right?” he repeated, his breath on my face.
I guess he could be romantic if he wanted to. And badass. Sexy, smart. Just from a little poetry. Haha, yep, so there were good stuff, but the bad overrode the good, so.:/
Let's be clear about one thing - I am not a fan of menage or m/m eroticas, so I didn't really enjoy the sex...moreOriginally posted at A Bookalicious Story.
Let's be clear about one thing - I am not a fan of menage or m/m eroticas, so I didn't really enjoy the sex scenes in SYNDELLE'S POSSESSION. And since the sex scenes are a major part of the book, I didn't like the book all that much. Yes, yes, I know the synopsis clearly stated that there will be "graphic male/male sexual interactions", but I didn't really read the synopsis in detail, so I missed that out. Sigh.
Syndelle's parents lost one of their daughters long ago, so they have been overprotective of Syndelle since she was a kid. They've tried giving her the blood of her vamp father's, and that, incidentally, made her The Masada - some person that will be invaluable to any vamp that has her in their possession. Which made them even more protective of her. So Syndelle has led a sheltered life, tho trained in the ways of combat, she isn't a hunter like the rest of her Angelini brothers. That is, until she met Rafael at Bangers, some strip club in LA, and subsequently, Rafe's vamp master, Brann.
Rafe is an unwilling human companion to Brann, and if you're wondering, a vamp companion is sort of like a mate for life. Yeah, they're a couple of bi's.... Anyway, Rafe has been feeling very bitter about being the companion to a vamp, and that same vamp has placed a curse on him that stops him from ever coming again only if it's with Brann. So Rafe's eternal life has been tragic, and when he first met Sydnelle at Bangers, he hid all this under this mask of sardonism, which Syndelle eventually helped erode away.
But all is not well in LA, many prositutes have turned up either mutilated or dead - the females are severly disfigured and raped, the males raped and killed - and Syndelle decides to join arms with Skye (from book 1) and shove this mission up its own ass. But they're not alone in this dangerous endeavour, their mates are getting protective, and well, they are all along for the ride.
I liked the plot and Strong's writing style. Always have, and that's what made me go excavate all her other works. It's not only that she writes hot, steamy sexual scenes, but she can also interweave a wonderful, action-filled storyline with it, which I find sorely lacking in other Eroticas. That's why I only read a select few of 'em. And her plots are never those sub-standard, convenient cheap thrillers that are just there to make a story or back the romance up, but very well-thought of and detailed.
I liked that we got to see some of Skye and what her and her mates are up to, and I kinda liked Syndelle a lot more than Skye from SKYE'S TRAIL. Not that I disliked Skye or anything, but Syndelle was a very sweet and understanding girl that hid such courage. Skye was a little disappointed to see that her sis (ok, big spoiler. Skye was the long lost daughter of Syndelle's family) was such a soft, non-kickass girl, but her impression totally changed as she got to know her more.
Rafe was a jerk to Syndelle at the beginning, plus the fact that he's bi didn't endear him to me (No offense to any bi's reading this. I just feel a little uncomfortable when I read about a bi's sex life in detail). He insulted Syndelle's pride and all, but as I've said, it's all the sardonic facade he keeps on to protect himself from a horrific past, so when the mask is removed and he starts to get tender toward Syndelle, you'd just want to sit there and," Awwwwww."
Lol, but well, as I've said, I'm not a fan of m/m's, so when Brann and Rafe ahem, I just get turned-off.
One good thing came out of being sarcastic (talking about Rafe). He is so witty! I loved all his snark remarks and sarcastic comebacks, they're genius! And hilarious. Lol.
Example: "This is a residence hotel?" Syndelle asked, taking in the despair-coated walls, and the sunken, hopeless nature of the people she saw sitting on their small porches, smoking, or drinking, or simply staring into space.
"Residence hotel. Shithole," Rafe said. "Take your pick." (For some reason, I found this really funny. Might be the exam stress frying my brain.)
Other than the fact that Strong delved too fast into the lust and romance between the trio, I thought that the book was good. Slightly above average. A quick, fast read that menage/ m-m-f lovers will enjoy a lot.(less)
I was expecting so much more from DARK LOVER due to all the raves and publicity it's having. Having that sai...moreOriginally posted at A Bookalicious Story.
I was expecting so much more from DARK LOVER due to all the raves and publicity it's having. Having that said, I did like it, but am also a little disappointed. There was a slow start, the shifting point-of-views weren't helping at all, and the romance wasn't really developed. But the ending was intense which saved it all, and that's why it didn't end up with a 2.5 or less rating from me.
Wrath is the reluctant leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. He's the only purebred vampire left in the world, biggest and one of the mightiest. One of his Brothers, Darius, has asked him to be the one who will take care of and offer his blood to his half-breed daughter, Elizabeth, as she goes through her inevitable transition to become a vamp. Wrath's her best bet for survival cause no one's blood is gonna get any purer than his, but Wrath doesn't want the extra baggage and intimacy. But fate has it that he meets Beth, and when he does, he's all but willing to be her caretaker.
But trouble is stirring not far from home, and the lessers, people who traded their soul with the Omega to become immortal zombies, are now becoming a united front, and with them in their game, the Brotherhood is facing a much larger threat. It is Wrath's duty to protect his race, and to step up to his role as King of the vamps and lead them towards a safer future.
First things first, the description of Wrath was downright hilarious. I mean, yeah he's big and fearsome, but I thought that the exaggeration went too far. He has long, dark hair, shoulders as broad as an I-beam, arms and legs the size of a grown woman's torso... He sounds like Hagrid. I mean, come on, even vamps, whom I remind you, are humanoid creatures, have to obey the realm of realism. Imagine if your boyfriend is twice your height, so your eye-level will be at the height of his dick. Now that's just disturbing.
The romance wasn't developed; It was more of lust-at-first-sight they've got going on, and they did the deed when they met the second time. I like the relationship between the protagonists to develop, so this aspect of the book didn't quite go along with me.
Two things that I found rather annoying about Ward's writing style were: 1) The shifting point of views (POV), and 2) her assumption that I know what the hell her abbreviations stand for. The pace of the book at the start wasn't very fast to begin with, and the way she alternated the POV between so many other characters was very irritating. I mean, I'm sort of only interested in Beth and Wrath, but she just kept switching to this lesser's POV and I'm like,"Shit, I don't give a damn!" Especially when there's something major happening around Beth and Wrath. And about the abbreviations. What, in the name of English, is SOP? I know SOB, POS, and all, but SOP? Not everyone lives in the same country and speak the same language (as in slangs and such) as you do. At least list it in the Glossary of Terms and Proper Nouns at the front of the book.
Not to say that I didn't like the book, cause there was plenty of action, and I loved the idea of this secret band of brothers who were rather exclusive. Each of the brothers, Wrath, Torhment, Vishous, Phury, Zsadist and Rhage, each had their own curses, but they're really like boys when they're together. Example:
"Yo, cop, what time is it?" Vishous asked, groggy.
Butch reached for the bedside table. Next to his watch was a Red Sox hat, a gold lighter, and a black driving glove.
"Cool." The vampire rolled away. "Don't crack the drapes for another two hours. Or I'm up in flames and my brothers will leave you shitting in a bag."
Butch smiled. Vampires or not, he understood these guys. They spoke his language. Related to the world like he did. He felt comfortable around them.
It was damn eerie.
"You're smiling," Vishous said.
"How'd you know?"
"I'm damn handy with emotions. You one of those annoying, cheerful-in-the-moming types?"
"Hell, no. And this isn't morning."
The way they banter with each other is hilarious, and tension may arise sometimes due to the amount of testerone-filled, arrogant males in the same room, but they all really do treat each other like blood brothers. They're a tight group, and when they engage in battle with those lessers, let me tell you, they were hot. The way they fought, the way they moved! Cool.
I loved the characters, even the secondary ones. For example is Darius' doggen (who is something like a butler but more dedicated), Fritz, he is such a darling! He's so cute! Everytime someone rejects his offer to help, he'll seem like a crestfallen puppy. Hahaha, that's probably not very nice, but he really is very endearing. As for the main characters, I love all the brothers. And Beth. Even though Beth is the type of beautiful-but-I'm-absolutely-ignorant-of-that-fact girl, she's still strong, and she loves Wrath, so I like her. But it's a little ironic that Beth is drop-dead gorgeous but Wrath is partially blind so he can't really see her, don't you think?
One thing I found out after reading Book 3 in the series, Lover Awakened (yes, I've read Book 3 already cause I couldn't stand to be away from the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood), is that Ward can be brutal. I was feeling a little sad for Marissa in DARK LOVER. She was so callously used and, well, discarded. She didn't die, but the way she's been used and ignored after was heartbreaking. But I know that she will find her happy ever after, so I'm not overly upset.
DARK LOVER was a pretty above average read for me - I loved the Brotherhood's dark world, and I love the suspense, action, mystery and romance - and as I've read the next few books in the series, I can safely assure you that it gets better. Waaaay better, so I do recommend this book to readers, and highly encourage them to follow up with the series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
1) This review will not be written in an objective point of view. It will more closely relate to being a rant or a bitching session.
2) There will be MAJOR spoilers. That is all.
I have trouble articulating how I'm feeling now, 48 hours after I've put the book down. That has got to be one of the worst finales I've ever seen. I am so sorry, but I am absolutely speechless, and not in a good way. Utterly disappointed.
I do not want to write a summary about it, because it will just make me relive every single, horrifying moment as I read the book. So I'll start talking from the back, cause to me, the ending was the ultimate disappointment.
Graves is Broken. Yep, big spoiler, he is. And after the entire ordeal, he wants some down time to himself to "man" himself up. And Dru just sticks to him all the way. Like what the hell? Christophe sacrificed himself for you, got tortured and drained by his crazy psycho of a father, KING of all the evil vamps Sergej, saved her ass countless times throughout the entire five-books series, was so sweet, so romantic, so bloody tender towards her, and she heartlessly just continues to leave him hanging even though she continuously goes to Graves. She said "I love you" to Graves, and when Christophe asks, "Dru... Is there a chance?" And she's goes, "I don't know." Which gave him hope. Again. I can't believe her! Graves was having mood swings towards Dru throughout the first half of the book, sometimes cold and pushing her away, sometimes all intense heat and proclaiming his love for the damsel. He literally gives whiplashes. Literally, I tell you.
Even though I'm rooting for Christophe to end up with Dru - always has been, always will, and because he obviously is the better man - I just want her to make up her mind and go to Graves, cause she obviously wants to be with him. No idea why, but I don't want to see Christophe getting his ass kicked just to save Dru everytime she disobeys his commands and does something stupid for Graves. Which is quite often. Grr.
Ok, that was so liberating. Good, now on to something else not about Dru's idiocy.
Plot. It was very mediocre. I expected so much more because I loved this series so much. I've been a loyal fan of Lili St. Crow's and even dug out her adult series to pass my time as I waited for the entire of the STRANGE ANGELS series to be released. Scout's honor. But St. Crow's annoying habit of having to internalise everything, to have Dru comment on every. Single. Minor. Thing! was very much present in this book. Not only that, she's sarcastic and sardonic. A little is fine, but in every comment! Her pessimism and sardonism leaks into every of her inner commentating that it grates on my nerves sometimes. So now with the excessive inner comments, the plot seems a little disjointed at times, and other times, a little insignificant. But the action and the fight scenes were abundant, and I loved it this time too. Just... With the excessive thoughts on Dru's part overwhelming it, things got noticeably duller.
I'm not sure why, but St. Crow took time to describe the settings and sceneries in RECKONING. It's a hot and cold thing, sometimes boosting the writing, but most of the time, since this is an action-packed, YA novel, it slows down the pace a lot. So when some trouble knocks on Dru's door, which is more often than not, she starts with her inner commenting tirade AND description. Ohhhhkay. Why? It got so annoying that I had to do this book in a few sittings.
I feel so mean flaming this book so bad, more so because this was one of my favourite YA series. But oh well, I had so much pent up anger after I read it, so it became a bitching session. Sorry if I offended anyone. Sigh. I just didn't like it. And I really want to say this: If you're an author and you don't have a heart to write an ending properly, then please don't. I'm just so shattered right now.. For Chris. For Dru. For Graves. And for every STRANGE ANGELS fan out there who's going to read this book and experience this...this feeling. Cause let me tell you, this feeling ain't nice.
P.S. What's up with that weird apparition-like thing with bad teeth and eyes behind Dru on the front cover? Other than that, I love the yellow and the Dru-model. Totally badass.(less)