Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost

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What it’s about:

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now falling in love with Leila ha

s put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them…and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

What I thought:

“Let’s get my part of this over with,” Vlad said shortly. “And if the name ‘Buffy’ comes out of my mouth, it will be the last word you ever hear.”

Ok so I’m going to start by saying that the reason I loved this book so much was more about Ian than Vlad and Leila. He completely stole the show for me! I was laughing every second and with all the

little teasers Frost added to introduce his book, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.

Having said that, I actually did enjoy the Vlad and Leila story. I liked seeing a more ruthless side to Leila and really enjoyed the violence in this book. (Wait! Does that make me sound like a psychopath? :P) I can’t say I feel the passion between Vlad and Leila but I still love their connection. There is something really amazing about the way Vlad sees Leila that makes you realise he’s not the big bad he pretends to be. I also found myself wanting to reread the series as I was reading this book so I definitely think I missed the characters. 🙂

The one thing that I was a bit disappointed about with this book was the ending. Frost said this is the last book in the series yet I felt like there was still a few things left unfinished. What’s going to happen with Gretchen? What are they going to do with Mircea? I’m hoping Vlad and Leila will pop up in Ian’s books so that we see some more of their story.

Right now I’m just counting down the days till I can read Ian’s story!

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Heart of a Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney

Book 3: Connor Clan Series

What it’s about:

Travis Connor is a fierce warrior tasked with killing demons and saving the world. His brother Faelan has been locked in a time vault and Travis isn’t going to leave him alone. He’s going after Faelan but when he gets woken up he  finds himself locked up, with no memory of who he is. Then Anne, one of the Connor Clan warriors, shows up looking for answers. As Travis and Anne get closer, they discover secrets that none of the warriors where expecting.

What I thought:11387209

My Rating: 4 Stars

After 3 years of waiting I finally got another taste of the Connor Clan – and damn did it taste good.

I really LOVE this series, everything about it is so captivating from the characters, to the story, to the amazing world. What initially drew me to the first book was the idea of classic highland warrior in the modern world, and it was really great to get that aspect of the story again.

I really only have two itsy-bitsy issues with this book. One was that Clenney doesn’t recap anything, so I found myself a little lost at time, I would definitely recommend you reread the first two if you want to feel as lost as Travis does. The second was that the romance was a little dulled, it wasn’t bad and I didn’t feel like the characters were mismatched, I just felt like there could have been more. Most the intimate interactions between Travis and Anne where short and at times a little dispassionate. But I still loved them.

I really enjoyed this story. I liked that Anne was a bit screwed up and tough, and Travis was just amazing. I liked the way the story played out and the twist that knocked my head back. It was a great ride and I really found myself red-eyed at 2am saying “just one more chapter”.

It was great to get reacquainted with all the other characters again but like said, I would have like a little bit more of a recap at times. I also felt like I should have read Angus: A Highland Warrior Brief first, although I think some key secrets are revealed in the short. Either way I’m definitely going to read it soon.

It really was so great to be sucked into this world again and to read about some hot highland hunks. I remember now why I loved Ronan so much and after this ending I cannot WAIT for the next book.

Dear Miss Clenney,

PLEASE WRITE FASTER!

Check out my review of book 1 and 2 here: Connor Clan Series Review

Black Dagger Brotherhood 4 – 6 by J.R. Ward

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So I’m steadily ploughing through this series and while some of the books have been amazing and I love them, others have been a bit disappointing. The world is amazing and the characters are captivating, but Ward’s writing style can get a bit frustrating. having said that I’m still very much stuck into this series and I’m reading on.

Book 4: Lover Revealed

What 243647it’s about:

Butch O’Neal was a tough, no nonsense cop, before he got sucked into the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Now, his best friend is a vampire warrior who glows when he’s angry and he’s in love with a vampire female who won’t give him the time of day. When Butch sacrifices himself to save a vampire civilian, his love might be the only thing that saves him… and he’s going to have to figure out how to keep her and the Brotherhood.

What I thought:

My Rating: 3.5 stars

“Darkness will never take me… because I have you.”

So here’s the deal with this book – I loved the story, loved the twists and LOVED Butch… but Marissa made me want to tear my hair out. Hence the 3.5 rating. I really find it amazing that Ward can write such incredible stories, rich with hot men, mystery and passion, and yet the female lead is annoying and weak. 

The thing for me is that I really love the Brotherhood and I think that each guy needs a woman like Beth and Bella, strong and loving. Mary was weak and a little whiny but Marissa was way worse. I’m not going to lie, I’ve out read the whole virgin thing and personally I think the only genre where a virgin is acceptable is Historical Romance, because it just makes sense there. But in modern society a virgin can be boring, but hey at least they knows what’s doing… but a 300 year old virgin?! Yeah, that’s just too much. I would have preferred if Marissa wasn’t so ignorant about sex, her lack of knowledge and Butch’s need to explain things to her made their relationship passionless and also a little awkward to read about. I also didn’t like her response to Butch wanting to fight. I felt like she was selfish and wanted a pet, not a man. By the end of the book she got a little better and I’m sure she’ll be ok from other characters POV in the next books, but not my favourite at all.

Having said that, the book was great. I loved Butch’s story and I really liked that we got to learn more about him. I have to admit, I kinda figured everything out quite early in the book but it was still great to see how it all played out. I also really enjoyed getting a bigger glimpse into V’s world and I’m SO excited to read his book. John’s story is also building really nicely with each book and Ward has done a great job of keeping me fully engrossed in the BDB world.

Book 5: Lover Unbound

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Vishous is the brother with some serious urges. He also has a curse that haunts him and because of it he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when he’s almost killed by a Lesser and taken to a human hospital, he put in the care of a human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb. V finds himself lost in this human and he will reveal his inner pain and get a taste true pleasure for the first time – until a destiny he didn’t choose takes him into a future that does not include her.

 

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“When I want you to beg, I’ll tell you.” – Vishous

For about 80% of this book I was ready to put it in my favourites shelf, professing my love for Ward and splattering the word ‘brilliant’ and ‘masterpiece’ whenever someone asked me a question, any question. This is definitely the best book in the series so far and I can’t tell you how much I loved the characters and the storyline. Ward revealed some secrets and dropped some serious bombs, and in the end I was in the fetal position crying and rocking back and forth. And… that’s the problem. I was so unbelievably heartbroken by the ending and even though there was a semi happy ending I still didn’t love it. 

I kinda feel like this series revolves around John Matthews. While this book gave us so much of V and Jane, John was a big featuring character and we really get to know him so very well. I really love him and his relationship with Blay and Quinn. But what stole my heart in this book was the relationship between John and Z. Reading this book I fell in love with Z all over again and he really is just such an amazing character. While I want to cry when Ward changes POV’s from Jane or V to other characters, I also couldn’t wait to get more of John. I think his book is going to amazing.

Vishous and Jane are just AWESOME! I think Jane was the perfect female for V. At first I was a little annoyed that she was human but she held her own so well and was strong enough to stand up to any Vampire. V is just… incredible. I love him, out of all the brothers he’s my favourite. He made me feel everything from passion to deep sorrow. His sexual preferences and love of bondage made for some of the most erotic sex scenes ever. In the beginning of the book his interactions with Butch were so passionate and unbelievable. I’m not the biggest fan of M/M but I really kinda wished Butch and V would get together, just for the fact that V’s feelings for him where so intense. I couldn’t wait for them to be in a room together, even though I knew it was going to be painful, I really wanted them to be around each other.

Like I said, the ending wasn’t my favourite, not because it wasn’t good but because I wasn’t expecting something so heart wrenching and with everything V went through, I really thought he was going to have a great happy ending – which I guess he kinda did. 

This book was full of shocking moments, with intense secrets revealed and jaw dropping realisations. I truly loved it and will always have a place in my heart for V.

Book 6: Lover Enshrined

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Phury has made sacrifices his whole life, first for his twin brother and now for the good of the race, by becoming the male responsible for keeping the Brotherhood’s bloodlines alive. As Primale of the Chosen, he is obligated to father the sons and daughters who will ensure that the traditions of the race survive. He hasn’t been able to complete the ceremony with his First Mate, Cormia. She’s everything he wants but she was thrust into the position against her will and Phury won’t force her into anything. But when time runs out and Phury’s decisions remove him from everything he thought he wanted, Cormia might be the only thing that can save him.

What I thought:

My Rating:  3 Stars

Ok so this book wasn’t my favourite, there were just a few things about this books that I just did’t like. With that in mind I’m going to review this book in two parts – the things I liked and the things I didn’t.

What I Liked
John Matthews: This book gave us so much about John, in fact for me this book was more about John than Phury. I loved the insights we get into his world and the way he interacts with Quinn and Blay. It was also great to see where his passion for Xhex starts. I enjoyed his story and found myself waiting for the POV to change to him.

Quinn: I just love this guy! I can’t wait for his book. His relationship with Blay was so intense and really made me feel for them both.

Unfortunately, that was pretty much it for the like part.

What I didn’t Liked
Phury: I really wanted to like Phury, I really did, but I found that he annoyed me. I didn’t like the way his addiction was handled and his expulsion from the Brotherhood was frustrating. He did have his moments but for the most part he was more of a supporting character in the book. I felt like this book really wasn’t about him and when I wasn’t skimming through his parts, I was waiting for the PVO to change to John or Quinn. 

Cormia: I’m not even going to go into this one, I’ll just say that naivety is no longer sexy. I’m so tired of weak, submissive females who don’t know what a blowjob is. 

The writing style: While I truly believe Ward is a great story teller I find her writing style increasingly frustrating. She has described the layout of the compound in vivid detail in every book to the point that I feel like I live there. While I enjoy detail in a book, after book three I knew what the place looked like and didn’t need to know the shape of the stain in the corner. It’s actually kind of exhausting and I find myself skimming a lot. She’s also incredibly verbose, I feel like she swallowed a thesaurus. I’m a writer and well read and I still have to look up some of the words she uses. Not to mention the texting words like SOP and SOB. Some of them are obvious but most the time I have no clue what she’s trying to say. 

Switching of POV: Ok so I’m usually an advocate for different POV’s but I’m talking about switching between the two lead characters. While I’ve enjoyed the POV’s of John and the other Brotherhood in these books, it’s starting to take away from the lead characters. I mean for me only about 40% of this book had anything to do with Phury or Cormia. I find it quite frustrating when you are enjoying the storyline and then all of the sudden the chapter ends and she switches to a completely different POV, likeLesser. It makes the story feel a bit like a soap opera and I end up feeling like a week has past when it’s really only been one night.

The bottom line is that this wasn’t my favourite book in the series and I’m never going to love Phury or Cormia, but I still enjoy the story, characters and the world so I’ll be reading on. I have faith that the next one is going to be great.

Black Dagger Brotherhood books 1 – 3 by J.R. Ward

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So this series has been on my radar for years and all my GR friends would gasp and shake their heads when I said I hadn’t read it yet. So to avoid any more humiliation I decided to finally pick it up, and all can I say is… Gasp! *Shakes head* How could I wait so long to read this series? And because I ploughed through the first 3 books in one weekend I decided to review them all together.

Book 1: Dark Lover

1226316What it’s about:

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a secret world of vampires and a deadly turf war is raging between the vampires and their slayers – the Lessers. Within vampire society there’s a secret band of brothers, six vampire warriors, defenders of their race –  The Black Dagger Brotherhood. Their leader is Wrath is ruthless and enjoys his job, he’s also the blind King – leader of the vampires race, but he’s not up for the job. He’s also not ready for the job of protector of a half-blood who doesn’t know she’s a vampire. But when his fellow brother is killed, Wrath has no choice but to protect Beth and usher her into the world of the undead – a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

Ward is an exceptional story teller drawing you in with a promise of a new world and amazing characters. I fell head over heels for all the boys and was captivated with the BDB world from page one. 

I LOVE Wrath. What an amazing character. Hard and strong but still loving and warm. I almost cried when he took care of his injured brothers and wanted to care for him when he risked everything to protect Beth. Ward created something amazing in him and I liked the way he grew over the course of the book. I love that he’s almost blind and yet still a warrior. It’s been a while since a character has grabbed me so fully and I loved every minute of it.

Beth is a great character. She’s strong and smart, I liked that she didn’t blindly believe everything Wrath said about vampires and needed real proof. I think she’s the right kind of soft for Wrath and yet strong enough to protect him. I’m excited to see how she comes across from the other brother’s POV.

Oooh, and speaking of the other brothers. Can we say YUM!? I love them all, even Z. I liked that they all have very different characters and secrets yet they all have a fierce love and devotion to the brotherhood and their fellow brothers. I’m super excited to read all their books and I can’t wait to see where the world will take me.

Book 2: Lover Eternal

152642What it’s about:

Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He’s the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover, he also has a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin – a beast that he cannot control. When Mary Luce walks into the Brotherhood compound Rhage can’t take his hands off her. Mary has a curse of her own and with time running out, she’ll have to choose her final path, no matter where it leads her.

What I thought:

My Rating: 4 Stars

So I’m completely addicted to this series, I ploughed through the second and third books this weekend and started the fourth, all before I even had a chance to write my review. 

The world Ward has created is so rich with culture and is actually completely believable. I love the way the vampires integrate into the human world while still keeping their secret and how the Brotherhood watch over the civilians. Everything about this series is so captivating, from the characters to mystery. Ward unravels each story so well, while building the story for the next book at the same time. I love that the POV’s change, and even though I want to pull my hair out when she jumps to the POV of a lesser after an intense romantic moment, I love every minute of it. 

The only reason I gave this book 4 stars was because I didn’t love Mary. She kinda irritated me. I wanted to smack her whenever she got all woe-is-me and pushed Rhage away. I also thought she was really weak. When I read about Rhage in book one I couldn’t wait to read hi book because I thought he would get this kick ass female who would make him work for it. Instead what I got was a whiny human who didn’t appreciate Rhage’s personality and turned him into a whiny male. And because of this Rhage wasn’t as awesome as I thought he would be.

But overall the story was amazing and every taste of the Brothers is great. I got to see all the boys I love and enjoyed the story. 

Book 3: Lover Awakened

978074What it’s about:

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 his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society. Bella will free him of his pain and teach him what real love is – if he’ll let her.

What I thought:

My Rating: 5 Stars

“I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came…and I was awakened.”

I LOVED this book! Everything about this book was just amazing. Each character kept me captivated and every moment kept me on the edge of my seat.

I knew I was going to love Z from book one. He’s damaged but you could tell that he had a good heart. His story broke my heart and I really understood his need to push others away. I think he really healed a bit in this book and I think Bella was the perfect female from him. I loved that she was a vampire and understood his world. I think a human would have been to aggressive and just wouldn’t have understood his ways. Their relationship was so passionate even though it was clouded by Z’s past.

This story unravelled so well and the introduction of John was great. I’m so excited to see where his story goes because there are some serious mysteries around him, and I think they will be revealed in the most interesting way. 

Already on to the next book and loving it. This series is just so amazing and I’m enjoying devouring it.

 

 

Vamps

What it’s about:

Two female vampires in modern-day New York City are faced with daunting romantic possibilities.

Directed by: Amy Heckerling

Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter, Sigourney Weaver, Justin Kirk and Wallace Shawn

What I thought:

So last night I stumbled onto this, rather, unusual movie. I hadn’t really heard of it but as a vampire fan I thought I’d give it a try. When it started I saw that Alicia Silverstone was in it and I love her, so it started off really well… and then just got weird.

The basic premise of the story is that Goody (Silverstone) has been a vampire since the 1800s and in the 1990s Stacey (Ritter) gets turned and they become best friends. Now they live in New York, living off rat blood and going to regular meetings to abstain from drinking human blood. Things suddenly get complicated when vampires are being forced into the daylight and Stacey falls in love with a Van Helsing.

The truth is the movie is complete ridiculousness, but I kinda loved every minute of it! Honestly, it’s meant to be though. It’s a quirky story full of silly characters and a funny storyline. Both Sliverstone and Ritter played their characters well and Weaver was hysterical in her role of the evil vampire.

If you’re in the mood for something ridiculous give Vamps a try. You might hate it, but you might just find (like I did) that you can’t stop watching and shed a tear at the end.