I would have liked to have given this one a higher rating, but it took me plodding through almost 2/3's of the book before it got interesting. Up to tI would have liked to have given this one a higher rating, but it took me plodding through almost 2/3's of the book before it got interesting. Up to that point, there were a only few places here and there that were intriguing enough to keep me going. When it finally got around to explaining about vampires and the main character's interaction with Mr. Crepsley as well as the spider, Madam Octa, I found the uniqueness to be refreshing and because of that will probably look into the next book in this series. I will say that this book was definitely written for a middle grade audience, but that's okay. I could definitely see how it would resonate with that age group. And I did find the method of the author putting himself in as the main character and telling this as if it truly did happen to be a nice twist. In all, I kind of wished the fascinating stuff had happened a little sooner in the book, but it's definitely a fun read, especially for the Halloween season!...more
So sad to reach the end of this series... LOVED IT! And I'm very pleased with how things worked out for Sophronia in the end. Plus, I totally love meSo sad to reach the end of this series... LOVED IT! And I'm very pleased with how things worked out for Sophronia in the end. Plus, I totally love me some Soap! lol Amazing series and one I will definitely be re-reading multiple times in the future. :)...more
This book is just full of pure awesome! I loved that the author went a completely different direction in describing her vampires and how very oppositeThis book is just full of pure awesome! I loved that the author went a completely different direction in describing her vampires and how very opposite they are of what mainstream media has portrayed them to be. Nina was the perfect narrator for this story and I loved the interactions she had with the extremely eclectic group of vampires she was a part of. I also loved that she still lived at home with her mother, having been turned at the age of 15, and how her mother accepted what had happened to her and stuck by her through the decades.
Everything about this novel was unique and intriguing, keeping me turning the pages to find out how things were going to flow next. I'm really looking forward to reading more by this author and hope that anyone who has an interest in the paranormal genre will give this book a chance. I really don't think you'll regret it! :)...more
More awesomeness by J.R. Ward! Loved, loved, loved V and Jane...such an amazing couple and their stories were heartwrenching and incredible. And I lovMore awesomeness by J.R. Ward! Loved, loved, loved V and Jane...such an amazing couple and their stories were heartwrenching and incredible. And I loved how the book ended...I couldn't have imagined a better or more intriguing outcome. So, yeah, I'm hopelessly in love with this series and the entire Brotherhood!...more
Wow....another amazing book by J. R. Ward! I'm completely addicted to the Brotherhood now and have a feeling I'll be reading every book in this seriesWow....another amazing book by J. R. Ward! I'm completely addicted to the Brotherhood now and have a feeling I'll be reading every book in this series before the summer is through. Zsadist's story was so heart-renching, painful, and yet beautiful that I didn't want to stop reading until the last page, desperate to know how his story would turn out. And Bella was another amazing character, so strong and yet needing what only Z could give her. Yeah, I'm definitely starting the next book as soon as I log off here as I just have to know what happens next!...more
This book picks up in the fall, a few months after Dark Lover (see my Review). Rhage, the beautiful yet ferocious brother is struggling with hisPlot:
This book picks up in the fall, a few months after Dark Lover (see my Review). Rhage, the beautiful yet ferocious brother is struggling with his inner monster and is in the process of recovering from the most recent transformation when he literally stumbles upon Mary Luce. The relationship that evolves between these two is extremely emotional and bittersweet at times and is made even more difficult by the fact that she is actually a human and unaware of Rhage's species. But the battle between the Brotherhood and the lessers forces Mary into this dark and dangerous world and Rhage is determined to do everything in his power to protect her, even if it means risking their love to keep her safe, especially from himself.
Rhage, aka Hollywood, is flawlessly gorgeous and extremely loyal to the Brotherhood. But his perfect appearance hides a sinister and deadly monster that he is unable to control. His greatest fear is that the monster within him will hurt or kill one of his brothers, so he resorts to meaningless sex with numerous females and fighting to keep the beast under control.
Mary Luce is a down-to-earth, reality first kind of woman who has lost the ability to put faith in anything, God or man. She's come to terms with the fact that she will never be with anyone intimately and puts all of her time, focus, and energy into volunteer work. She has a deep, inner strength that prevents her from relying on anyone but herself and has difficulty in even allowing herself to get too close to anyone for fear of loving them and losing them.
Caldwell, New York is still the backdrop for the events in this book. The Brotherhood are now living in a secluded compound, the location known to only a select few. Their battle with the lessers rages on as civilians are still being abducted, tortured, and killed. This is a very stark, gritty, dangerous world and one that is written extremely well.
Now that I've read two books in this series, I think I can safely say that I am completely IN LOVE with the Brotherhood and am seriously considering J. R. Ward to be a Literary Goddess! The real-life struggles that she weaves into these stories are full of emotion, whether its passion, anger, love, hate, or any other number of emotions and the way the characters handle these struggles is truly phenomonal yet believable. I love the interactions between the brothers and the glimpses of their deep respect and love for each other. And I love the fact that each of them has their demons to overcome and that they are not all perfect-looking gods or anything. Even with Rhages' movie star good looks, he has the beast within him to constantly deal with. They each are so strong and deadly and yet have their weaknesses and vulnerablities, too. I have no doubt that as I continue this series, I will fall deeper in love with each and every one of the brothers. And now, I am going to dive into Lover Awakened (BDB #3) and learn more about Zsadist!...more
Wrath, King of the Vampires, Warrior, and Leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood has spent centuries ruthlessly hunting and destroying lessers, tPlot:
Wrath, King of the Vampires, Warrior, and Leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood has spent centuries ruthlessly hunting and destroying lessers, the soulless enemies of his kind. The only things he understands is vengeance and battle. So when tragedy strikes taking the life of one of his best warriors, he reluctantly takes on the role of helping the fallen warriors' daughter make it through her dangerous transition to vampire. But once events are set into motion, he finds himself fighting his desire for her and the unfamiliar emotions she invokes in him that cause him to question his life and his purpose.
Wrath is powerful, deadly, and hellbent on destroying every last lesser in existence. He believes himself incapable of showing compassion and unworthy of being loved. Despite his intimidating persona, he has his weaknesses and vulnerabilities that he strives hard to hide from everyone else. Regardless of his flaws, Wrath is an incredible male lead that is worthy of respect and is very loveable once the hard barriers are stripped away.
Beth Randall is a smart, sassy, strong woman that wants more in life than what she's currently got going. Living alone and working at the local newspaper editing stories when she'd rather be writing them, she doesn't bargain for the big life changer coming her way in the form of Wrath. As the book progresses, she becomes an even stronger woman that turns out to be a perfect match for the formidable warrior.
Events take place in Caldwell, New York, a decent size town with a mixture of wealthy neighborhoods and gritty underworld. There's a lot of tension as a continuing war unfolds between the Black Dagger Brotherhood and the lessers, bringing humans and civilian vampires into the mix in various ways.
I completely fell in love with this book and with the warriors of the Brotherhood! As scary as these vampires were portrayed, the author wove into each of them hidden vulnerabilities that made me want to know everything I could about each and every one of them. This book was told from several perspectives but all of the perspectives flowed seamlessly from one to the other and gave a lot of insight into what was really going on with the various groups and individual characters. For the 18+ readers, if you haven't begun this series yet and you like the vampire genre, definitely check this book out! It is incredible and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this series!!
And for those of you who have read this book.....I was so totally picturing Vin Diesel as Vishous!
Okay, take a deep breath and slowly let it out....WHEW, what an amazing escape!! Blood Rights and Kristen Painter have completely restoredMy Thoughts:
Okay, take a deep breath and slowly let it out....WHEW, what an amazing escape!! Blood Rights and Kristen Painter have completely restored my faith in the vampire genre! The vampires were not sparkly, warm, fuzzy, daylight enjoying, or 'vegetarian'. These vampires were ruthless, cunning, human-blood consuming, night walkers that could be utterly terrifying when they put their minds to it. They were dangerous and alluring and powerful, which is how I love my vampires!
Okay, now for the characters. Chysabelle was total kick-ass amazing! And I loved the fact that she was not a whiny teenager or a clueless adult. She was mature, well-trained, and packed a very deadly set of daggers and sacres which she knew how to wield expertly. And even though she was not familiar with the human world, having been raised as a Comarré from birth (these particular humans have extremely pure blood which is in very high demand by the vampire nobles and there are other aspects that make them different from regular humans), she handled each situation she encountered with maturity and calmness, regardless of the uncertainty or confusion she was experiencing within. Confidence exuded out of every pore and she didn't leave anyone in doubt of her abilities for very long, regardless of the fact that she, at first glance, appeared so fragile and angelic.
Malkolm, or Mal, was so complex that sometimes he was amazing, sometimes he was scary, and sometimes he was just plain sexy. He was not a perfect hero and there were many times where he was actually hopeful that his life as a vampire would soon come to an end. But, I believe this had more to do with his curse than with him being a vampire. Even though he had started out as a deadly and ruthless killer, events occurred that had him pulling back from that lifestyle. This is a character that I wanted to hate and love and just give a big old hug to and these reactions towards him carried on throughout most of the book. But as his situation became more clear to me and to Chrysabelle, the hatred or dislike or disgust gradually turned to understanding and left me, at least, with the overwhelming hope that he would someday have his curse lifted from him and his anguish and despair finally relieved.
Now, Tatiana was a vampire noble and also the villain of this story. And man did she play her part to the hilt. I truly hated this woman and wanted to see her destroyed by Chrysabelle and Mal. Tatiana was sick and twisted and sadistic, not to mention power hungry and very sloppy with her food (i.e. humans). The only true feeling or love she ever showed was towards her cobra, Nehebkau, and that was bordering on a different level of psychotic. The author truly put the villain back into the proper place in stories by inventing Tatiana and I give total props to the author for achieving this and actually making me hate the villain like I'm supposed to.
The supporting characters were just as well developed as the main characters and had me loving them just as much as I loved Chrysabelle and, for the most part, Mal. Doc and Fi especially were wonderful characters to learn about and I really enjoyed glimpses into their strange but loving relationship.
As for the world-building, geez it was just as well developed as the characters and their interactions with one another. I wasn't confused during any part of the story and loved learning bits and pieces here and there about the Comarré and the vampire hierarchy, as well as the intricacies to these two factions' pasts and how they came to be. Plus, the world is set in the future, so there was an interesting twist to the new names for familiar places around the world, such as New Florida. It's a world that is on the brink of turmoil and chaos, and the author paints each scene spectacularly, whether the scene is an intense battle or a night club or the home of one of the characters. I felt as if I was within the pages and experiencing the story as it moved along and that is a feeling that is so hard to capture with most books.
So, I guess I don't have to convince anyone that I absolutely loved this book! It's an excellent beginning to a very compelling new series and I can't wait to find out what happens next with Chrysabelle and Mal and the others. With that in mind, I better end this review and get my hands on Flesh and Blood, book two in this amazing series! ...more