I didn't know what to expect from this series. I was told it was a real page turner and erotic and I figured I might as well read this series as not.I didn't know what to expect from this series. I was told it was a real page turner and erotic and I figured I might as well read this series as not. Being anal, I began with the first book and worked my way through till the last one (the 9th, currently). I remember this book being a pleasant surprise. I couldn't believe how engaging the world created by Ward was. Dirty, full of crimminals, danger, vampires and sex crazed individuals, this isn't my usual read. Or it wasn't.
This book totally hooked me! I love, love this story. I read through the first four, five or six books fairly quickly (surpassing the lady who recommended this series to me in the first place) because I love the characters and sassy writing style. ...more
I've read all the books in this series so far and this is still my favorite. I don't know if it's because I'm a sucker for bad boy characters like ZsaI've read all the books in this series so far and this is still my favorite. I don't know if it's because I'm a sucker for bad boy characters like Zsadist or because he comes so far as a character but this is the one I will read over and over again. It's made it onto my favourites shelf and I'm pretty selective about what I put on there. Z's story will never leave that shelf, I'm sure.
I've read this a second time now, and damn if I don't find Zsadist more compelling the second time around. Why do I love him so much? Perhaps it's because he's so misunderstood. He's a killer yes, but he hates ugliness. He doesn't want horror and violence, he's seen too much of it. He wants so much more for Bella. And I can't get away from the fact that he loves her so completely he's willing to let her go even though he's bonded to her because he knows the timing is wrong for him. I mean, it's so damn sweet. He's so sweet. I think for me, like Bella, he's just the one. The one character that will get under my skin every time. ...more
Good, but not my favourite of the series. While Ward delivers in terms of plot and gripping suspense, I'm just not Butch's biggest fan. But don't skipGood, but not my favourite of the series. While Ward delivers in terms of plot and gripping suspense, I'm just not Butch's biggest fan. But don't skip this read! ...more
A good story, and V is a compelling character. I didn't care overmuch for Jane, but I'm glad she could accept V as he is. It broke my heart that it seA good story, and V is a compelling character. I didn't care overmuch for Jane, but I'm glad she could accept V as he is. It broke my heart that it seemed they might not be together, and even though I read this book quite a while ago, I'm still not sure I'm happy about her "death". ...more
I really really loved this book! Rehv had earned his own story and it's a damn good one! I never like to say a lot in my reviews about these novels (tI really really loved this book! Rehv had earned his own story and it's a damn good one! I never like to say a lot in my reviews about these novels (there's too much to say, and spoil for that matter) but this is one book that really outdoes itself in terms of the depth of the characters. Ward truly knows to create characters who's actions are consistent with their personalities and feelings and she's never let me down in my expectations of her work. ...more
This year I've read Lover Awakened three times, so I thought I ought pay the same attention to Phury and gave his book a second re read. And I can't believe how much I'd forgotten! After a while, a lot of the books start to blend together. For instance, I'd forgotten that Qhuinn, Blay and JM get a lot of page time in this read. I absolutely loved re-visiting them in their younger days. And heck, it just got me more revved up for Lover at Last.
But more importantly, Phury was a delight to read. I have no idea what some readers have aganist him. His actions are certainly beyond frustrating and hurtful, and I understand that Z and the Brotherhood are at their wits end with him. His word isn't good for much at all, and everyone has come to the point where they are just fed with him and his crap. His using is hurting everyone around him. They don't know how to help. And the truth of the matter is, Phury is in a god awful place where no one can help. Because he's in a cycle of drug abuse: The more he uses, the more he gets shut down from those he loves because he's hurt them, so he blames himself, and the more he blames himself, the more he uses. It's so horribly sad. And there are spots I just wanted to shake him and say, stop for the love of God! But everyone had tried that. No one could help him, and Phury didn't know how to help himself. Until he tells the Wizard to shut the fu*ck up. In that instance, when the Wizard changed from Ring-wraith to the harmless Wizard of Oz, I was laughed it up good. It was great to see Phury realizing that truth at long last. Cleaning up the garden in his mind with the help of Cormia laid aside all his past hurt and his pain at being the son that was neglected after Zsadist's abudction. The child that could no do right because he was unlucky enough to be a living reminder of what was lost, and who blamed himself. I don't envy Phury any of that. And I'm glad that Ward dreamed up Cormia. What a kick ass female she dreamed up for Phury. My favourite scene is cited below
"Enough with the almosts and the nearlys and the are they or aren't theys. Enough with the twisted destiny they were caught in. Enough with doing what she had been told to do.
She wanted him. She was going to have him.
To hell with her sisters. He was hers. Although only for tonight, an inner voice pointed out.
'Fuck you,' she said to the marble wall."
Enough said there I think, to make my point. She is totally kick ass--enough with being doing what she had been told to do? I'm so down with that. I love her. And Phury needs her strength I think, to make it through everything he needs to do--fight the allure of the red smoke, help bring change to the race's ways, to continue to be the male of worth he's always really been. And you know what I noticed in this read? That Phury and Zsadist are very much alike. I don't mean them being identical, or both having suffered. But that both of them are really very gentle on inside. It make sme wonder what they would have been like if they hadn't endured so much loneliness and abuse in one shape or another.
What I didn't like about this book? Lash. That whole storyline is just creepy. And that's ok. But I guess there's nothing else I didn't like about this book, and that's just fine with me. Although, I do wish something about the writing had been a bit more raw...or maybe I just lost the feel of it because there was a lot of back and forth between plot lines. But I feel like Phury's story should have made me cry more.
This book was hot! Very steamy. I was glad all this love/sexual/tension was wrapped up and taken care of for John. I wasn't sure I could take any moreThis book was hot! Very steamy. I was glad all this love/sexual/tension was wrapped up and taken care of for John. I wasn't sure I could take any more of him being hurt and disappointed and turning to ice because of all of the let downs and crappy ass things that happened to him in his life. I loved how he tatooed Xhex's name across his back when he thought she was lost to him forever. It seemed very romantic and sweet and I loved how tough he was when her name was craved into his back at the end of the novel at their mating cermoney. And this couple makes sooo much senese considering their history...but I won't spoil ;)...more
Okay....I really liked this book but the ending disappointed me. Spoilers from here on into this review......
So with the ending, I was fully expectingOkay....I really liked this book but the ending disappointed me. Spoilers from here on into this review......
So with the ending, I was fully expecting that it would include the mating ceremony of V and Jane. I'm also confused about Manny--clearly a vampire, but it looks as though he is not going to fully become one like Butch did, and I'm wondering if that's coming up later or what. Ending seems kinda unresolved overall; happy but incomplete. Still a great read! I totally want the Blay/Qhuin romance resolved. A whole book might be called for at this point but it needs to happen. I'm just happy that considering the possibilities of the plot, that it looks like they're be lots more if this series to read. ...more
This book wasn't what I expected. It was okay, but somehow I didn't buy the characters. Raven was supposed to be this really independent woman, but yeThis book wasn't what I expected. It was okay, but somehow I didn't buy the characters. Raven was supposed to be this really independent woman, but yet she falls into Mikhail's arms without giving it much thought. It seemed too unrealistic for me. And all the blathering about her eyes and innocence was overkill. So, yeah, didn't buy her as an independent woman. Mikhail was more believable; a lonely vampire prince used to commanding everyone, that I felt was more realistic for a race of immortals very short on women. Poor bastards must be hard up! So his character made sense in the context of the story and even his extreme over protectiveness of Raven I could understand. I think Feehan went a bit over board with it but ok, got it. What I didn't like about our dark prince was his domineering nature, he was always ordering Raven about. By the end I understood his reasons, but again, overkill. And I thought there wasn't enough of a explanation about the Carparthians. Why aren't there more women? Why are most of the babies born male? What the hell is that about? How does a species survive like that especially considering the males go insane if they don't find a life mate? Like explain these things. Anyway, I'm left with some questions but will try another read in this series. ...more
Decided to read these because I love the TV series and I really thought that the books would be better somehow. I was really disappointed. The TV seriDecided to read these because I love the TV series and I really thought that the books would be better somehow. I was really disappointed. The TV series has changed a lot from what I could see just reading this one book, and for the better I think. Damon comes across as having half lost his mind and Stefan's character is brooding to the point of being pathetic. Elena is a pretty girl who can only be described as spoiled rotten. I didn't like the characters all that much, and the plot seemed really lacking. ...more
I thought the second novel would be better than the first, but it got even more ridiculous. So, I think I started the third, but gave up on it. Not adI thought the second novel would be better than the first, but it got even more ridiculous. So, I think I started the third, but gave up on it. Not adding it to my shelves because I'm not even sure. How this series of books got turned into an awesome TV hit series I can't understand. ...more
I wasn't sure I liked this book at first. It took me over a hundred pages to really get into it, but then I figured the characters out. Byron is all oI wasn't sure I liked this book at first. It took me over a hundred pages to really get into it, but then I figured the characters out. Byron is all old world gallantry and Antonietta is all strong independence. I like them as a couple, they make sense together.
The mystery in this novel didn't grab my full attention however. It was a little loosely woven I thought. But, I get the feeling it was contrived in order to push forth findings about what is going on with the Carparthian species, so yeah it works that way I guess.
My favorite moments on this novel involve Josef. I was glad for some moments of hilarity during this read. And I liked how Byron seemed to take on more human qualities when he was talking about his annoying nephew. ...more
I'd give this book 4.5 stars. I wasn't expecting to like this book half as much as I did after reading the first few chapters. Spoilers ahead, be warnI'd give this book 4.5 stars. I wasn't expecting to like this book half as much as I did after reading the first few chapters. Spoilers ahead, be warned!!
I guess what kind of threw me in the beginning was the way the story opened up in that seedy night club with Gabrielle and all her friends. Kinda made me wonder what the heck it was all leading up to. A lot of people said this series reminded them of The Black Dagger Brotherhood and those opening pages seemed like a pale imitation. Later, Gabrielle just falling into Lucan's bed made me cringe. Sure, hot vampire equals human girl temptation, but some getting to know you is usually required before the inevitable I-can't-deny-this-animal-magnetism-and-must-sleep-with-you scene rolls around.
So, yeah, I wasn't sure what to make of that. Or of Lucan. He didn't strike me as the usual broody, broken, haunted vampire with the traumatic past. He just came across as broody and callous.
And then the plot thickens. From there, Adrain did a good job if creating her own vampire world nestled into our own, and I liked the touch of sci fi she brought in since her vampires are descended from beings from another planet. Thought the glyphs interesting as well. I wish she had explained why they can't father female children (again, how does the species survive if you can't procreate among your own kind? What did they do before they crash landed on earth and starting breeding with humans? Why don't these authors think of this when writing series about vampires? Adrain ain't the only one to pen this silly oversight) but the novel does an adequate job of establishing the vampire world and some history, customs etc
Both Gabrielle and Lucan become more likable. Gabrielle grows a backbone and stands up to Lucan time and again and Adrain has to be applauded for creating a woman who doesn't find out her love interest is a vampire and is totally fine with the notion. That was a refreshing change, that she feared it and questioned it. Lucan we discover, is on the verge of losing himself to Bloodlust and is not such a callous bastard after all, just slightly maddened by his hunger and his feelings for Gabrielle and the war brewing all around him. And of course, the story is not complete until he finally figures out (takes him a while after several centuries of emotional disconnect) that he loves Gabrielle and she is the soothing balm that will keep him from going over the edge. Finis!
As for comparison to Ward's series, I see what people mean in some respects. Both series have bad ass warriors sworn to protect their people. Clearly they also all have emotional baggage. The ladies offer them love and joy. Betrayal is everywhere, things aren't looking good for the vampire race. BUT I think both can hold their own ground equally well and I'm looking forward to the next book in the Midnight Breed series.
A special shout out to the J.R Ward (BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD series) here on goodreads for listening to my ranting and raving about this book. OtherA special shout out to the J.R Ward (BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD series) here on goodreads for listening to my ranting and raving about this book. Other people would have thought I was nuts, but you girls made the review possible. Thank you, sisters mine :)
So I finally read Lover Reborn. I will confess to having had worries about how this story would play out, and because of that, I did put off this read for a while. The thing is, J.R Ward is my favourite PNR author and the BDB is my most favourite series. My most devastating series. And that is still true.
But, I cannot deny that I did not love this novel. There was a lot about Tohr and Autumn's relationship that I simply could not find believeable. And I was truly upset about the introduction of the In Between as I felt it was unfair to the characters in the book. Despite that, I thought that by the end, it would come together and I would love the book and this couple. Ward is magical that way. However, I fell into the camp of readers who wasn't magicked into believing that this couple fit together and that has nothing to do with Wellsie. I don't feel as though Autumn is replacing her at all. It has to do with my preceptions of some of the rules/concepts of the world being nudged off to the side, and therefore I cannot believe in Tohr and Autumn as a romantic couple. I dislike being in this camp of readers, the one that just doesn't believe in Tohr and Autumn. I truly want to be in the other camp. It's like the Sorting Hat just sorted me into Slytherin when I really wanted to be in Gryffindor.
So, yeah, it sucks to be me.
That said, I thought the book was good. Ward expands her world and we are going to see some serious political/societal strife in upcoming books, and I'm very excited about that! I'm especially dying to see the role of the Band of Bastards will play in that, and some of their characters have caught my attention in a good way.
I was also delighted that the gender roles (which some readers, I not personally being one of them, have had issues with) were somewhat balanced out in this novel. And I think Layla will play a far greater role in any future "feminism" in this series than Xhex. I thought Layla's character is finally really beginning to own herself.
And Qhuay...wow, how far our boy Qhuinn has come! He is finally ready to be with Blay and he's going to make that happen. I'm so happy about that I already have visions of how that could all go down. But more specifically, I was impressed with Qhuinn laying aside all the rejections he's endured in his life from his family and society, and deciding to create a family of his own. I know some readers have concerns about Lover At Last, but from what I saw of Qhuinn and Layla and Blay, it can only play out well. See, I still believe in the magic of Ward.
The writing? Raw. Powerful. As always. I was moved to tears as only Ward can move me.
Well, well, well what do you know, Ward has some magic left in her yet. Since I picked up the first book of this series, I've been hooked, in love, beWell, well, well what do you know, Ward has some magic left in her yet. Since I picked up the first book of this series, I've been hooked, in love, bewitched even by the romance and plot lines of each of the brothers. Sure, a couple books fell short for me but I always left the book with a huge grin on my face because a Brother had found his true love. What wasn't to love exactly? And then came Lover Reborn. I've stewed and brooded about that book for a bloody year, and I still cannot reconcile with it. Like every BDB book, it made me cry. But for all the wrong reasons. I felt like I had suddenly been Sorted into Slyterin House because I just didn't believe in it. But who the hell cares, because after Lover at Last, I'm back in Gryffindor!!
I'm not as magicked by the Warden as I once was. The spell was too badly book for me, but I have to say, I will definitely be continuing this series. Did Qhuinn and Blay get the story I wanted? No. I wanted sweetness. I wanted lots of pillow talk, raw character development and less of everyone's story thank you very much. But I went into the book fully knowing I was going to have to read about four other side story lines alongside my boys. So I went in prepared. But I also went in blind because I've actually managed to stay completely spoiler free, so I had no idea what had gone down in this book until I picked it up. So, they didn't get the story I wanted for them. But they got a story that I think was perfect for them in a lot of ways.
Qhuinn had a lot of growing up in to do. He'd been in denial about so much for so long thanks to his seriously screwed up parents and family life, that he simply could not let go of all of the hurt and insecurities they had wrought in him. For a big loud mouthed, tough guy, which Qhuinn has always been, there was a lot of hurt and confusion in the guy that I had previously not seen. At least not to the degree I got in this book. And Qhuinn manned up, I really thought he did. He reaches out to Blay repeatedly in this book, and I think as much as Blay curses the fact that he can't help but want Qhuinn, that the reason he is with Qhuinn all those times is because he recongzies that Qhuinn is reaching out to him. Why doesn't he tell Qhuinn that he and Saxton have broken up? Because as much as Qhuinn was reaching out to him Blay was also afraid that Qhuinn would pull away. Replace that barrier between them, and just not let him in. That's been Qhuinn MO for like, ever. The argument these two had the end threw me for a loop, (view spoiler)[ I'm not gay? No, Qhuinn, you're bi, what's the big deal? (hide spoiler)] but then I got a big slap in the face at the bar was Qhuinn was mulling over what Blay had said and realized (view spoiler)[holy crap, Qhuinn didn't know! (hide spoiler)] and after that, well, the rest, as they say is history. Everything just clicked for them then, and it was arguably one of the most romantic and touching BDB "I love you" scenes I've read to date. I cried.
Underneath their love story was a story about acceptance that really touched me. A story about family that hurt because family shouldn't do that one another, and also a story about family that reminds us that those relationships matter and can be built in the most unexpected places. I liked the way Ward dealt with Saxton and Layla as well--Saxton stepped aside because his heart was on the line and he couldn't take it anymore, no hard feelings, no angst. Layla and the baby story line were dealt with beautifully too I thought especially the way in which Blay got involved. And I'll never ever forget Qhuinn telling Blay, "I have been in love with you for years and years and years..." or Blay saying, "I was, and I remain, utterly and completely and totally...in love with you." Not much has topped that for me in romance-landia for me.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
What can I say about Halfway to the Grave? I LOVED it! Just loved it. This might be my new favourite vampire series. I have so many favourite quotes and scenes that I couldn't possibly share them all with you, though I wish I could. You can find the ones I thought most devastaing at the end of the review.
So first off, I have to praise the fast pace of this novel as well as the great plot line. It was super exciting, totally realistic and just down right fun. I am really impressed with Frost's world building as well. Sometimes in a series first novel, the world building can detract from the story but that's not the case at all in Halfway to the Grave. The world building, plot and character development were spot on.
Now, on to the characters. Cat was awesome. This is a real kick ass heroine and I adore her. She has (figuratively speaking of course) balls of steel. She's like Xena, Warrior Princess. No one stands in her way, even Bones when she's set her mind to something. I loved seeing her take down the lewd, sadistic bad guys--humans and vampires alike.
Bones. I'm almost at a loss for words. I love Bones. He's hysterically funny with his quippy sense of humour, sharp tongued to the point of hilarity and so caustic that its devastating because its so easy to see underneath that layer (unless you're Cat). Bones is so much more than a Master vampire set out to hunt evil doers. So much more than a deliciously hilarious undead drop dead gorgeous vampire. He's also just a good guy, a man determined to have the woman he loves.
And wow, do these two set the book on fire with their romance. I really felt for Cat that she was so down on herself becaues of the manner of her birth, and how it had been ingrained in her that she was somehow partly evil because of her vampire blood. And I loved that Bones was patient enough to wear away at her prejudices so that she could see for herself that not all vampires are evil. I just totally loved how much he loved her, and how madly and deeply she fell in love with him. And I have to say, the bedroom scenes were exactly what you'd expect from this couple: hot and yet really tender too. There is something really raw about this couple that makes you want them to find happiness together.
I'm so psyched for the next novel because Bones is going to find Cat. He promised her that. And it's super exciting and somehow chilling to know that she knows he is going to come after her. These two definately suit each other--equally stubborn, brave and unselfish when it comes to how much they love each other.
Quotes that devastated me:
"I held you and kissed you, watched your eyes light up with desire, and knew for once you were truly seeing me for all I was. Not just a non-beating heart with a shell around it. I dare you to look at me that way again..."
"I can't just let us go our separate ways, Kitten, because I am in love with you. I love you."
"I'm saying I'm a moody, insercure, narrowminded, jealous, borderline-homicidal bitch, and I want you to promise me that you're okay with that, because it's who I am and you're what I need."
"Not for a minute did I believe that this wasn't goodbye. Still, I had loved and been loved in return, and there was nothing greater than that...Bones thought five months was too short; I was amazed I'd been granted joy for so long."
Originally reviewed at www.devastatingreads.blogspot.com So I picked up Crave this summer and it's my Random Read for the month. Crave is about a girlOriginally reviewed at www.devastatingreads.blogspot.com So I picked up Crave this summer and it's my Random Read for the month. Crave is about a girl who is dying of a rare blood disorder. Shay, our heroine, begins to receive transfusions that make her stronger than she's ever felt in her life. She loves the feeling. She also loves seeing visions of Gabriel.
So this book is set up in two parts: the first part is called Dreams, and though it all we get to know Shay and what her life has been like. It's been pretty crappy. She's always been sick, and she hates that everyone treats her differently because of it. She never goes to gym class, she's never dated, her best friend is a mother hen and Shay has always felt weak and looked after by everyone, treated kindly by everyone because of her rare blood disorder. In Dreams, we find out all of this about her, but we also see Shay getting stronger because of the new blood transfusions, and we start to see that she wants to live so desperately. She wants to act like any normal teenager and do stupid things, and just have fun with her friends.
In Dreams, we also get to learn about Gabriel. Gabriel is the boy Shay dreams about whenever she's receiving a transfusion. We see him at various stages in life, first as a young man about to become a vampire, and then as a small child, later as a someone Shay doesn't quite recognize because he seems so unlike himself. But what we do learn about Gabriel is that he values the experience of life. He's the sort of person that drinks in every experience, every moment and really lives. And Shay loves that about him because she's never lived that way, and she enjoys being in Gabriel's body and feeling how much he loves to live.
The second part of the book, called Reality is where things get a little more interesting. We find out Gabriel is real, but we find out some really horrible things about Shay's family. We also find out why Shay is sick, and why Gabriel's blood makes her feel so much better. But this part of the book, while great, made me uncomfortable. We get to really meet Gabriel, but he's not like the Gabriel in Shay's dreams. He's angry, rightfully so, but it seems so out of character, so different that I almost didn't quite know what to make of him. And although he finally becomes the Gabriel from Shay's dreams, a thoughtful, kind man, it happens so near the end that I almost missed how great he is. I almost didn't notice that the writing style wasbeginning to do a lot of showing versus telling, which is a style I enjoy a lot more.
So, book one was great! It ended on a cliffhanger which made me want to scream, but I can pick up book two easily enough I think. I think book one was largely about set up, bringing the two characters together and setting up some back story and now that we have that foundation, I'm hoping that the rest of the series will be a lot more powerful. As it was, this book really was well paced and the story is engaging enough that I found it hard to put it down. I wish the authors had done a better job of showing instead of telling, but I started to see that at the end and I'm thinking the next book will be more polished in that regard.