Review: Blood Kiss

Blood Kiss is the first book in a spin off series from the Black Dagger Brotherhood and, after reading it, I can’t wait for the second. What a fantastic way to start off a series.

Paradise is a high-class, well-protected vampire. She actually wants to try out for the training centre program of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. She, unlike the other women of high society, wants to think for herself, act on her own and be her own person. Shockingly, she even wants to fight. Like the men.

Her father is a wonderful supportive man and though he has more than one quibble at his daughter’s request, he finally agrees to let her try. So, there was Paradise, from carefully preserved, protected, high class lady to warrior.

It’s not an easy change and we’re there for the ride. The training in the program is tough as nails and the other recruits are all characters with determined personalities that don’t trust each other or her. Becoming a team and working together takes more than a few moments. These guys bond through the program though and come through it together pretty well. Personally, I thought J.R. Ward did a really good job of presenting a physically challenging program that wasn’t ridiculously unrealistic yet presented vampires with challenges designed to help them grow. I not only bought it, I loved it.

One of the other recruits is Craeg. A tough, quiet guy who’s come from the wrong side of the tracks. He’s there to find his own path and get a little vengeance. Along the way, he discovers Paradise and the two become inseparable.

There are plenty of challenges for the two. Paradise comes from a background that determines who she can and cannot marry (oops, mate) and Craeg has his own issues on the subject, not to mention there’s a war going on. Still, they make it and its both beautiful and credible.

I can’t recommend this one highly enough. If you haven’t tried J.R. Ward, give her a chance. You won’t regret it. She’s a master of the genre and a fantastic writer. I know I can’t seem to get enough of her books.

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Review: The Shadows

The Shadows by J.R. Ward is number 14 in the BDB series. Certainly not the book to start your way into this world. Still, if you do end up with this one and find that you have nothing else to read, you might not find it that hard to navigate. Most things are explained and the premise, vampires, are certainly not unknown.

The Shadows is the story of iAm and Trez, brothers who are members of the s’Hive, a subsection of the vampire world. Don’t panic at this category. It’s not an entire new world, rather a small group of a larger one who follow most of the regular vampire-rules.

So, no panic and here we go. Trey is destined to become something among his people that he absolutely dreads and hates. So he’s hiding and trying to avoid his fate. On the other hand, iAm is at his side, faithfully trying to keep his brother alive and avoiding that dreaded destiny.

I don’t like to reveal too much because it destroys the book, so I have to be vague. The Shadows is the story of both brothers, how they find love and the twists and turns that happen for them along the way. We also get to revisit old characters but, in fantastic fashion, JR Ward doesn’t let them take over the series. They were awesome smaller characters and I was delighted to see them.

I loved the many stories threaded together. J. R. Ward weaves them in to each other like a master. I can’t explain how she does it, I can only vouch that they kept my interest and I couldn’t wait to turn the pages and read on. There were many cliffhangers, twists and turns but not the unbelievable, fake kind, rather the awesome, I-never-saw-it coming type. And the romance is so tender and amazing, I cried…and cried. And there was company over.

Though not everything is resolved, this book did many amazing things. It gave me a heads up as to where everyone is, without becoming boring. It continued the saga with class. It gave me not one but two great love stories. And it set up the series to continue (I have tons of curiosity about it still–and after 14 books that says a lot).

Among 14 books, there are favourites and not so favourites. This one is a definite keeper and one that I’ll go back to again and again to relive those highs and lows. I definitely couldn’t recommend J.R. Ward more highly and, though you might want to start the series at the start, this is one you don’t want to miss.

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Review: Archangel’s Enigma

I know I say I love a lot of authors…but Nalini Singh is in a class by itself. She’s absolutely in my automatic-buy and, if I had any doubts of that status, her latest book Archangel’s Enigma would have certainly put her there. Reading one of her books is never enough and I often have to go back and reread the entire series to get some sort of handle on my addiction to her writing. She’s that good.

This book is part of her Guild Hunter Series but don’t let the fact that it’s not the first in the series deter you. Each one is contained and you can read them alone. I often go back and forth reading one and then randomly picking another to read. Each one is different with a different hero and heroine and each one has its own particular magic.

Archangel’s Enigma is Naasir’s story. He’s one of Raphael’s Seven, a dedicated group of warriors that stand by his side. Each man has his own history, characteristics and unique attributes. The only thing they have in common is that they’re simply fascinating. Naasir is no exception. He’s feral and loyal to the Archangel of New York, so when Raphael gives him a task, he’s determined to get it done.

His job is to find another archangel that’s hiding in Sleep. To help him, Naasir takes Andromeda along, an angel who’s also a scholar and our heroine. They set off together, challenging each other to a fight and starting to get to know each other, when Andromeda is kidnapped.

It’s a go, go story. Naasir and Andromeda don’t stay put for very long. They face terrifying, difficult challenges not the least of which is finding a way to stay with each other after their job is done. The story of how it all works out is nothing short of wonderful and beautiful.

We also get snippets from other characters but not enough to deter from the main story or to throw anyone off who is just starting the series. And certainly, it does a wonderful job of getting me excited for the next book in the series. I simply can’t wait.

I know paranormal isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but this writer is one to consider. She not only managed to stand out enough all the way from New Zealand that an agent took notice, she’s also on the New York Times Bestselling list again and again. If you’re interested in finding out more, here’s her website and the cover of the book.

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Review: Stolen

I had to read Stolen. Bitten was so good, it left me wanting more.

Stolen is the second book in the Otherworld series. It has Elena and Clayton, our heroes from the former book, but it also introduces other characters and villains.  It continues where the other left off, which delighted me, but puts Elena in a fix, which worried me.

Stolen opens the Otherworld series wide. There are witches here and vampires and demons and shamans and every other creature you could think of. That didn’t bother me but Elena gets kidnapped and is stuck deep underground by a group of nasty scientist-like villains and that worried me. A lot. There’s something about mad geniuses doing experiments that scares me silly.

Before you get all antsy, I’ll let you know that things turn out okay. Elena rules the day, Clayton is awesome still and they come out winners, even manage to make a few new friends on the way. Still, I bit my nails to the quick.

Kelley Armstrong delivers another great read with Stolen. The reading is fluid and magnetic. Elena and Clayton are as inspiring as they were the first time around. There is humour sprinkled in that made me adore the book and though there were some terrifying moments, I think most readers won’t be as antsy as I am and they’d love this book. So, if you’re a fan of romance, or like a mystery or drama or even like a bit of a rush, this book is for you. Don’t panic if you haven’t read the first, this one does a great job of covering the basis and introducing you to the Otherworld series. I’d highly recommend it.

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Review: Bitten

Okay, I loved this book. It just seemed to work for me in every sense. The writing is delicious, the main character, Elena was awesome and the hero was both funny and admirable. Yes, there were a couple of parts that were a little gruesome for me (this book is often categorized under horror) but overall, it was superb.

The story follows Elena, our heroine, through a return to her pack. She’s a reluctant werewolf who helps her friends against an uprising of threatening intruders.

The book is written in the first person and it’s so personal, I felt like I was Elena. She’s simply fantastic. Selfless, determined and as tough as nails, she’s a great heroine to take us through the book.

Clayton is the hero and he’s not your typical romance hero. For one, he makes mistakes all the time (one of which sent Elena running away from the pack) and for another, he’s not the leader of the pack and has a terrible temper. Still, Clayton makes a very inspiring and realistic hero. He adores Elena and is consistently trying to win her over. Even if he messes it up.

The plot revolves about the pack fighting to keep those threatening lone werewolves from taking over their territory and of course the love story. We can see that there’s a thick rich history behind the story and amazing secondary characters like Jeremy, the leader of the pack, Nick and Antonio.

It was a bit gory for me but I’ll be the first to admit, I hate fights of any sort in books. The writing was excellent, the love story superb and the characters awesome. More than all that, it was a book that managed to create werewolves into credible, realistic beings who struggle with issues just like humans and aren’t just running about enjoying their powers. If you enjoy paranormal romance or romance or horror, this is one you shouldn’t skip. A definite keeper-shelf book.

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Monday Morsel: Stolen

Monday Morsel is a little twist I put on the bookish meme Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. It works just like Teaser Tuesdays…except it’s on Monday. 🙂

Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Monday Morsel participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“”Binding spells?” I said, flexing my still-numb hands.

“Witchcraft,” Ruth said. “But I’m sure you figured that out.” Pg. 21 from Stolen.

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Review: Shield of Winter

I love Nalini Singh. She’s one of those authors who’s writing is magical. I can read one or two sentences and, no matter what she’s writing about, I want to continue. Her Psy-Changeling series is absolutely delicious.

Like most of her heroes, Vasic is a little scary. He’s an Arrow, a highly trained soldier who’s just that close to being a lethal killer. Vasic admits that he feels very little and his life is pretty hopeless. Still, he feels for the other Arrows and is devoted to duty.

His duty is protecting Ivy Jane, our heroine. Like Vasic, she’s gone through horrible trauma and is more than a little apprehensive of him at first. Together, they fight for their people and come to find in each other more than just support but healing and, finally, love.

I can give you the gist of what happens but it won’t do the book justice. Nalini Singh, once again, weaves her magic and reading this book is sheer delight. The lines aren’t over the top, the characters are real and attractive, the plot is logical and not contrived. There’s a reason she’s on my automatic-buy list and this book reminded me of it. In fact, I ran to the bookstore to find another of her series that I had managed to miss.

If you don’t know Nalini Singh, check her out. She’s a New York Times Bestseller for good reason and, take it from me, she’s reliably amazing. This book is just one of the many she’s written that deserve great compliments.

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Monday Morsel: Bitten

Monday Morsel is a little twist I put on the bookish meme Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. It works just like Teaser Tuesdays…except it’s on Monday. 🙂

Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Monday Morsel participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“I have to run under the cover of night and I have to do it alone. There is no compromise.” Pg.12 from Bitten by Kelley Armstrong.

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Teaser Thursday

Teaser Thursday isn’t a real book meme but my usual schedule is all out of whack. Normally, I post teasers on Tuesdays. I got this idea from the bookish meme Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Here’s how it works.

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Monday Morsel participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“His eyes kissed her with frost. “The day I feel is the day I die.”” Pg. 26 from Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh.

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Review: Archangel’s Storm

Archangel’s storm is another amazing book from the Guild Hunter series. Certainly one I wouldn’t want to miss. It has a fantastic, powerful hero, a misunderstood heroine and a great plot. I couldn’t put it down.

Jason is an amazing hero. He’s mysterious, tough and distant. Incredibly well portrayed, he not only grabbed my interest he managed to be romantic and kind without breaking character. I believed his tender moments and I believed his tough, distant, cold responses.

Mahiya is a woman who has suffered and has managed to survive by hiding her true self. She’s cautious and intelligent. It says a lot about Ms. Singh’s writing that she manages to create interest when both her hero and heroine are introverts. In someone else’s hands, these characters might have been doomed. With Ms. Singh, I couldn’t wait to find out more about them.

Their romance progresses gently and grows slowly, so we believe it. The reader can see the changes, the way the intimacy and trust grows between the characters. It’s an organic, natural thing that reinforces trust in the writer.

There is great danger, intrigue and mystery in Archangel’s Storm but, most importantly for me, there’s a great love story that had me glued to the book. If you’re a fan of Nalini Singh or if you like paranormal, check this one out. You’re in for a treat.

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