Book Reviews

Book Review: Lover Avenged, by J. R. Ward (2009). ‘

Blurb.

Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the brotherhood – even though his sister is married to a member, for he harbors a deadly secret that could make him a huge liability in their war against the lesser. As plots within and outside of the Brotherhood threaten to reveal the truth about Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in his darkening world, Elhena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him – and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.

Review:

The seventh instalment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is Lover Avenged authoured by J. R. Ward, and has turned out to be my favourite so far. We always knew that something was a little off when it came to Rehvenge, and it wasn’t the obvious choice of him having a sympath  side to contend with. There was obviously something that always bothered him, and the secret meetings he attended along with whatever other business not referred to in other novels. But it isn’t till this instalment that the hidden is revealed.

So far I think the romance between Rehv and Elhena is my favorite so far. The way he mutilates himself due to the endeavors with the horrid sympathy princess in order for him and Xhex to live as normal life as possible for two Vampire/Sympath half-breeds. But the way he tries to save his female from being what he sees as tainted by his demon’s is so sweet and kind that its hard no to sympathize with the beast and begin to “root for the home team”. Throughout the novel most readers would want the character to find his happily ever after.

Overall, I think this has been a great novel by J. R. Ward and quite an exciting twist of characters and their attempts at survival. I recommend this novel to anyone interested in romance and the Vampire genre and really think many fantasy lovers would enjoy this addition to what is becoming quite an addictive read. I give Lover Avenged the rating of 7/10 stars.

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Book Review: Lover Unbound, by J. R. Ward (2007).

Blurb

The ruthless and brilliant brother Vishous possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a member of the Brotherhood, he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when a mortal injury puts him in the care of a human surgeon, Dr Jane Whitcomb compels him to reveal his inner ain and taste true pleasure for the first time – until a destiny he didn’t choose takes him into a future that does not include her…

Review

Book five of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is Lover Unbound authored by J. R. Ward. This has to be one of the more far-fetched of the novels this far. Not only does Vishious fall in love with a human, who is compromised in so many ways, he has a paternal revelation as well as the discovery that he nearly becomes the Primale, the breeding stud of his kind.

In this Novel Butch and Vishious also come to an understanding about their taboo relationship. Which is one twist I really hadn’t expected. It’s a tough topic to pull of and continue to keep the masculinity of the characters from disappearing completely. Kudos to the author. The whole erotic fantasy between Jane and V is something of an acquired taste but a good read all the same.

There really wasn’t any important input from the lesser faction to note but I am sure that the new the novel will bring them back threefold.

John’s story continues to heat up now that he has gone through his transition and is a huge vampire to boot. He has a variety of obstacles to overcome before life will settle down for that male.

Overall this novel has been an interesting read and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the vampire romance genre. I give this book a rating of 5/10 stars.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Lover Awakened by J R Ward (2006).

Blurb.

In the Shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret bad of brothers like no other – six vampire warrior, defenders of their race, Of these, zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is the only companion and terror is his only passion – until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society. Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance Giants Bells’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his torturned past, and find a future with her…

Review.

The third novel to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series I found to be more enjoyable than the first two. Perhaps the story of Zsadist and Bella is so unique and touching, or I have finally come to terms with the authors prose, either way, I found the story quite enjoyable in comparison to its predecessors.

This time I found the storyline involving the ‘Lessers’ much more interesting also. The Lesser having more of a storyline to his role in the story. It gave Bella’s torment more strength and more understanding in the way she is able to accept her hellren’s idiosyncrasies better than anyone else ever could. I found the way Bella was able to bring forth a much softer side to Zsadist was written very touching, and enjoyed the way the writer brought forward the various emotions brought forward from brutal sexually horrific and down right gruesome acts done to such a sensitive naïve vampire as was Zsadist when he was originally captured.

Overall I have enjoyed this third book of the Black Dagger Brotherhood the most of the series so far. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in romance and the Vampire Genre. I give this book a rating of 5.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: Lover Eternal by J. R. Ward (2006).

Blurb

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war raging between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other six Vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Possessed deadly beast, Rhage is the most dangerous of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with strongest appetites. He’s the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Owned by this dark side, Rhage fears the time when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him. Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships is unwittingly thrown into the Vamoire world and reliant on Rhage’s protection. With a life threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. She lost her faith in miracles years ago. But when Rhage’s intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves …

Review:

The second book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is Lover Eternal, by J. R. Ward. It’s been an interesting ride with this Vampire novel. There have been a multitude of issues to overcome for all parties involved, Rhage and his beast, as well as Mary and her Cancer being the most difficult. But even so the pair manage to find enough time whilst battling their own demons to find love in each other. The question is at what cost? And to who?

J. R. Ward has presented yet another fine Vampire Romance novel that takes off where the first one finished, but instead of focusing on Beth and Wrath, this time we look at life with Rhage. Mary is fortunate to get wrapped up in the whole scenario when she tries to help a young man named John, who is an adolescent Vampire, which is something that neither of them knew. Not until Mary introduced him to Bella anyway!

I have enjoyed reading the romance side of this novel. Just like its predecessor, it is full of delinquent vocabulary, which I find irritating to read at times, however it continues to be an exciting and romantic storyline. I have very much enjoyed getting to know Rhage and all of his secrets and watching the relationship grow between him and Mary. I dare say just the story of the Vampires alone, even without action scenes would be enough to keep me reading, but it was an interesting read all the same. The history behind this Vampire society is something I want to get to know better whilst taking in the Vampires character and their mates.

On the down side, I really don’t find the “lessers” very good ‘bad guys’. I find myself not concerned for the Vampires in any way due to these supposed bad guys, and their names are almost laughable. I do understand there is a reason behind their naming, but seriously, I find myself wanting to skip over the “lesser” sections of text and continue on with the novel. I just find it almost boring!

Overall, I did enjoy reading this novel, even though there are some things I would have fathered not waisted my time with. I think the author has some really great things going with the characters but needs to take another look at the ‘bad guy’s’ again! I would recommend this book to adults who enjoy romance, and Vampire genre novels. It is quite interesting once you get into it! I give this book a rating of 5.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: Dark Lover by  J. R. Ward (2005).

Blurb

The only purebred vampire left on the planet and the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who killed his parents centuries ago. But when his most trusted fighter is killed—orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate—Wrath must put down his dagger and usher the beautiful female into another world.

Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn’t there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of the Brotherhood and blood frighten her. Yet his touch ignites a dawning new hunger—one that threatens to consume them both…

Review

A great beginning to a romantic Vampire series, Dark Lover is a great read for those who enjoy Romance novels but are also interested in the Vampire genre.  J. R. Ward has put together some really unusual characters and flipped their world’s upside down to produce an enthusiastic sexually charged story that keeps readers wanting more!

The concept of Vampires is new to some characters and they are thrown in the deep end when it comes to being introduced into an entirely different world and new way of living. However harrowing this turns out to be, there is a constant undercurrent of love and loyalty, as well as strange sense of safety. There is also humour, which sets of some of the more difficult and serious situations, and comes off In a way that gives the characters depth.

Although there are some very hot sex scenes, there is always love behind it, which steers the story away from a XXX rating. The love story of Beth and Wrath Is a story that Is worth the read. Although I have to admit that it could have been written in a different story rose with a better vocabulary for the characters, but I guess without it the characters don’’t quite have the same appeal.

Overall I believe Dark Lover to be a fair beginning of what appears to be a fast paced action packed series. I would recommend it to anyone interested In Vampires, especially those who like their romance. I give the book a rating of 5/10 stars.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Lover Revealed by J R Ward (2007).

Blurb

Butch O’Neal is a fighter by nature. A hard-living ex-homicide cop, he’s the only human ever to be allowed in the inner circle of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. And he wants to go even deeper into the vampire world – to lose. He heart belongs to a female Vampire, an aristocratic beauty who’s way out of his league. If he can’t have Marissa, then at least he can fight side by side with the Brothers. Fate curses him with the very thing he wants. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a civilian vampire from the slayers, he falls prey to the darkest force in the war. Left for dead, he’s found by a miracle, and the Brotherhood calls on Marissa to bring him back. But even her love may not be enough to save him…

Review

The fourth book of the series by J. R. Ward, I have found to be by far the best of them all. The erotic scenes between Butch and Marissa are both tantalising, scary and altogether strange. The changes which occur in Butch add to the scandal and altogether this book brings out the real forbidden love fairytale.

Again with the addition of a lesser character which is described with more than just a letter for a name, I have found myself tolerating the parts of the story in which they interfere. I feel somehow disconnected with the most obvious plot that continues from one book to the next. However, I am beginning to see their importance the more I read. David and Xavier being two of their better characters!

The storylines twist with the additional emotions and actions of V is somewhat a curious one. Although he says that he isn’t bi-sexual or homosexual, yet he displays behaviours that raise too many questions. He also admits to strange sexual encounters with women. However, he doesn’t say anything about men and there is no indication of anything romantic between anyone else but V and Butch. But is there something deeper? Something that we can’t quite pinpoint just yet. Perhaps that will come through in the next novel.

Overall I have enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance or the Vampire genre. It has been an interesting ride with this series so far. Kudos to the author. I give the book a rating of 6/10 stars.

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Book Review: City of Heavenly Fire, by Cassandra Clare. Book 6 of the Shadow Hunters series. 


The final instalment of this series has yet again given readers another thrilling novel, following the party of supernaturals in their attempts to stop Sebastian and his evil plans of destruction. Definitely a page turner, with constant action and surprises in the storyline. 
The Institutes are being invaded and attacked by Sebastian and his followers which causes Shadow Hunters to flee to Alicante. Sebastian threatens to destroy all they hold dear if Clary and Jace are not sent to him. With council representatives captured and mass betrayal by the Seelie Queen, it is up to Clary and her friends to make things right. But as usual it is easier said than done. Jace continues to struggle controlling the heavenly fire, which causes relationship issues for him and Clary. Izzy realises her true feelings for Simon who continues to be a terrible vampire! As for Alec, well he learns where his heart should be. 

Overall this episode has to be one of my favourites purely for the storyline between Alec and Magnus. Even though Clary and Jace are the main characters with the epic love story, I felt the intimate moments between the two were becoming more and more frequent as well as repetitive. By the end, I have to admit I was beginning to roll my eyes and sigh when I reached those sections of the book. In the beginning when they thought they were brother and sister it was suspenseful and intriguing. But once they realised that they weren’t I feel like it should have moved forward somehow instead of what seemed more like a stalemate through at least 3-4 books only moving on in this final book. However, in saying that I give the novel a rating of 6/10 stars and recommend this book for mid teens and up. 

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Book Review: City of Lost Souls, by Cassandra Clare 2012. Book 5 in the Shadow Hunter series.


Jace has managed to get himself bonded to Sebastian and along with mark of Lilith, is causing him to behave very unlike himself. So much so that Clary, Simon, Alec, Izy, Magnus, Maia, and Jordan to find a way to rescue him. In this, the 5th episode in the Shadow Hunter series, the author has presented a thrilling suspenseful storyline that keeps readers wanting to turn the page to see what happens next. 
Clary joins Jace and Sebastian in their hidden apartment and tries to learn Sebastian’s plans are. She realises Jace has been “brainwashed” so to speak, and the only way to save him is to sever the bond between the two boys without hurting Jace. In their attempts to help, Magnus raises a Demon, and struggles with his relationship with Alec who is finding it hard to deal with Magnus’ immortality. Izy has realised she has deep feelings for Simon, and does her best to implicate this, however Simon just doesn’t seem to catch on the way she hoped. Izy isn’t Simon’s only worry, he also is forced to deal with his family who are either unaware of his vampirism, along with being a part of Clary’s plan so she could stay in contact with the others. 

Cassandra Clare has come up with another fantastic novel in ~ City of Lost Souls. The storyline remains fresh and unique, although I did find the plot easy to guess compared to the first 4. As all good stories come to an end, perhaps this series is nearly at that point. Overall I felt the book was great and recommend it to mid teens and up, and give it a rating of 5/10.

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Book Review: City of Fallen Angels, by Cassandra Clare. Book 4 in the Shadow Hunter series.


Wow, now I really hadn’t been expecting majority of that! The fourth instalment of this series really brings the plot twists to the table and keeps the reader guessing what is almost impossible to guess. Especially at the end! 
Just when life for our characters finally seems to be going in some sort of normal direction, a new threat seems to be brewing just out of sight. Although Clary is doing her best to be happy for her mother who is finally marrying Luke, she is worried about Jace. They are finally able to be together and for some reason Jace has become distant and strange, and not at all what she had expected. Jace in the other hand is being tormented with nightmares which may be more that mere bad dreams. Meanwhile Simon has his own romantic dilemma’s dating both Izzy and Maia at the same time, not to mention the issues he is having with transitioning into a vampire. 

Life never seems dull for this group of supernatural characters and Cassandra Clare has ensured that it continues to be an action packed emotional roller coaster of a storyline. I have enjoyed this book best of all of the four I have currently read. The authors writing style improves with each publication and the characters become more pronounced and “realistic” in a sense. I recommend this book for mid teens and up and give it a rating of 7.5/10 stars. 

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Book Review: City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare 2009. Book 3 of the Shadow Hunter series.


Cassandra Clare didn’t disappoint in the third instalment of the series. Twists and turns show new paths for the characters and this novel is the epitome of change. Mostly for the best. There are also some extremely sad moments, when mortality really hits home. 
Even though Jace almost succeeded in stopping Clary from travelling to Idris, she managed to find her own way there and finally got her glimpse of the glass city. And what she sees is everything she dreamt it was. Jace finds truths hidden in a veil of lies and secrets, giving him and Clary the chance at their dreams. Alec and Izzy find themselves grieving, a grief shared by the whole family, as well as being in the centre of a war. Even Simon, who is accidentally brought to Idris finds himself caught up in the war and finds himself inspiring Clary to come up with the idea that could help them win. 

Many of Valentine’s secrets are revealed in this book, and his plans come into fruition, and it’s up to Jace and the others to stop him. Each secret and lie revealed seems to add a twist to the storyline going either way, and it really encourages the reader to turn the page! I was admittedly hooked and will be purchasing the next novel soon. 

I recommend this book for mid teens to adult, and give it a rating of 6.5/10 stars. Well done Cassandra Clare, I hope the following novel is even better!

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