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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-05-05 15:00
Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

 

 

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

 

Goodreads Summary:

"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 by a deadly beast, Rhage is the most dangerous of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Within the brotherhood, 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-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 vampire 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..."

 

Overall Thoughts:

 

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward was an enchanting read. The idea to read this series started when I was watching Kassidy Voinche's book review of the first two novels in the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series; Dark Lover and Lover Eternal. After listening to the review I immediately looked up the series on Goodreads. The key words that I took from it were: vampires, hot, steamy, and sexy. This was just what I was looking for. I've never been a fan of contemporary romance due to for some reason not being able to get into it at all. Every time I've started a contemporary romance I have set in down after a few chapters from boredom. However, adult romance I have found to be extremely entertaining. I love the darker adult romances...and better yet a paranormal romance makes it that much more enjoyable for me. I don't think I'll grow out of the paranormal genre for a long time because I love romance with a twist. Normal romance bores me most of the time and I love a romance with a little something extra.

I read Dark Lover a few months ago and I loved it. I was in a book hangover and didn't know what was going to get me back into reading. Once I thought of the next book in the series I knew it was perfect. I listened to the first book as an audio book so I knew I wanted to experience the book the same way. As soon as I started the book I knew it was just what I needed. Of course right once I got the the part where you knew Mary and Rhage were going to meet I had to go to work.  At that point my feelings were:

description I wanted to keep listening to this book so badly. Of course it had to be right before the two main characters were going to meet. Fortunately, as soon as I got home I kept listening and listening all the way to 2 in the morning. The next day I didn't have to work which turned out great because I was able to continue listening to the book. I listened to it all day while I got some laundry and dishes done. Then I got to the scenes in the park, which is the beginning of one of my favorite parts of the book, and I was like: description All the way through Rhage and Mary going back to her house and him spending the night I loved. YES I enjoyed all scenes between the two; but, like all books there are always parts that you enjoy even more. Than I got to the part where Rhage turns in front of Mary. description I was so excited when Mary finally saw Rhage in his cursed form, which is a dragon. I had been waiting for this moment for so long while listening to the audio book.  I knew it would happen at some point but I was so happy when it finally did.  I loved the way it happened also.

 

Mary runs away and Rhage comes to Bella's house to find her.  Only when Rhage goes to take Mary home there are lessers waiting for them. Rhage turns into the dragon to protect her and so on.  

Then I got to the end of the book. I was so bummed because I enjoyed the book so much I wanted more.  I wanted so much more of Rhage and Mary, but at the same time the book was wrapped up so nicely I was happy with the ending.  Although I had many emotions, the one that overpowered was:description

 

Characters:

 

 

Mary: Our lead female of the novel I enjoyed. She is struggling with an illness and at the same time is swept away by an eternal vampire whom is beyond her wildest dreams. Although at times I found her to be slightly annoying I could understand why she acted the way she did. What would you do if you knew you weren't going to live much longer. I also enjoyed the journey of Mary's personal growth throughout the book. Mary at the begging is a much weaker character than she is towards the end in my opinion.

Rhage: Our lead male I loved. Rhage is also struggling with personal issues as is Mary. However, Rhage has a much more dangerous problem than Mary. Rhage has a curse that turns him into a dragon. I never found myself annoyed by the character at any points in the book. The character makes a lot of personal sacrifices for Mary because he loves her and wants to protect her. I love a character who has undying love towards another. Especially when it is coming from a man.

Bella: Mary's best friend and neighbor is a secondary character in this novel, who ends up becoming the lead of the third novel and has her own story line. I kept picturing Bella as Elena from The Vampire Diaries, at least the TV show. I would love to have a friend/neighbor like Bella. She is a fun character to get to know.

  

 

Would I recommend this book to others?

If you are an individual like myself who loves; paranormal, supernatural, at times erotic, adult romance reads than this is definitely the book for you.  This book is the second book in the series and as of now my favorite. I have read the first three books in the series and Rhage and Mary's love story is my personal favorite.  

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review 2015-09-05 18:43
Review: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU by Jenny Han
P.S. I Still Love You - Jenny Han

Regrettably, I had two DNFs in a row this week, and a few other books I'm not terribly excited about.  So I'll go ahead and post my first review for a book I actually finished two weeks ago, in one day.

 

Jenny Han is an author that feels a bit like a landmine to me.  On the one hand, she's awesome at writing characters I care about, and I think she has the hallmark of a great contemporary writer, which every great contemporary writer needs--being able to capture small slices that feel so true to life, the equivalent of world-building in fantasy.  On the other hand, I don't know if I quite trust her as an author the way I do, for example, Shannon Hale.  I've read The Summer I Turned Pretty and Han's co-written Burn for Burn trilogy, in addition to To All the Boys I've Loved Before, which precedes this book.  In all of those books (except The Summer I Turned Pretty, which I just didn't really like), I was totally loving it until the ending.

 

Something similar happened here.

 

For the record, I'm normally the kind of reader that deliberately tries not to finish a book too quickly--and all the more the more I like it, because I'm a really fast reader and I don't want things to zip by if I really like them. Still, I read this in one day.

 

This book is chock-full of those real moments and characters and relationships that you love: Lara Jean's relationship with her dad and each of her sisters; Lara Jean's rosy outlook and being in love with love, and wanting to be easygoing but still actually being sensitive and insecure and yes, occasionally jealous. Her love for baking! Mrs. Rothschild and Kitty's matchmaking. The Assassins game. Lara Jean's volunteering at Belleview--which totally fits in with her character, but also adds a lot of excitement and has a very specific purpose for the plot.

 

To my disappointment, this book opens just about where To All the Boys I've Loved Before left off, which means that the scandal at the end of that book continues in this one.  It makes sense that Han dealt with it, and especially considered the ramifications of Peter not being able to fully protect Lara Jean, but there were times when I thought the sex-positive agenda was nearly overpowering the story and the characters.  This probably won't bother (or even register for) most other readers as much as it did for me, though.

 

Still, I laughed and smiled a lot throughout the book--but I'll admit that I hurt a lot, too, because again, Han has written characters you can't help but fall in love with, and she's not gentle: she puts you through the entire emotional spectrum.

 

How was the romance?  I liked it for the most part, actually.  Given the blurbs about the book, I knew John was going to come into the story, and my initial reaction was GO AWAY!  But then he appeared, and I totally fell in love with him, to the point where I wanted him in the story more than he actually was, and he really did win me over completely.  At first I felt tortured because of course I still like Peter, but after thinking on this book a few days (and yes, it's the kind that stays with you), I have to say I'm Team John all the way.

 

But the worst part is, I had read this book thinking that this was the second book in a trilogy, and that softened the ending for me.  Since Han said this is only a duology, though, I may have to reread it and reevaluate my rating based on the ending.  The ending here was still a little rough, and Han's endings have been notoriously unsatisfying to me.  But I love the characters.

 

For the most part, I think readers who loved the first book will love this one.  Still has the great characters, writing, and romance, but with the complicating factor of a love triangle.  Han navigates it with appreciable deftness, though.

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review 2015-04-15 15:57
Resident Evil by Ricardo Sanchez
Resident Evil Vol. 1 - Ricardo Sanchez,Kevin Sharpe

I received a free .pdf file of Resident Evil by Ricardo Sanchez published by Wildstorm, in a goodreads promotion in exchange for a fair review. I received a combination of the 6 comics, but from a content perspective, it is the same as the trade paperback.

 

I was pleasantly surprised. As a rule, I don't read graphic novels but in this case the art work was well done.  Kevin Sharpe is the illustrator.  I absolutely loved the fact that quotes were referenced & the acronyms defined.

 

"You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky."-Amelia Earhart was one of my favorite quotes.

 

I gave this novel five stars. I read other reviewers reports that things weren't what they expected because they were prior Resident Evil Fans. Since I'm a novice reader, I was happy to report I completely enjoyed the story & the illustrations. Agent Mina Gere is partnered with Agent Holiday Sugarman. She's about the age his daughter was when she had been killed. He is fluent in six languages.

 

There was graphic violence & some scenes were difficult to view, but they took the story to the level it needed to be rather than just gratuitous illustrations. In addition it does have the caveat "for mature readers".

 

Link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Resident-Evil-Vol-Wildstorm/dp/1401226027/ref=la_B0058VGEPG_1_1s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1429097004&sr=1-1

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quote 2015-03-03 19:07
“The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.”

~ Arthur Schopenhauer

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review 2015-02-07 01:11
Wasted potential, which is a crying shame
Tibetan Cross - Mike Bond

"Big business, war. The biggest. You know, one of the poorest kept secrets about Nam was we got into it to protect the CIA–their drug smuggling rings out of the Golden Triangle.”

“No, I don't believe that.”

"You ask any guy who worked in Air America, the CIA freight line, in the sixties, and he'll tell you about the tons of heroin they shipped out every month, out of Laos and Cambodia and South Vietnam–Hell, on river patrols we'd sometimes bring a boatful (spl) of the shit right down the Mekong. The CIA put it on planes and sent it Stateside, kept the locals high and mellow and made the CIA billions of bucks they spent on actions Congress or the generals wouldn't go for.” Alex kicked a stone from the trail. "When we split Nam, the CIA lost its major source of funding, baby.” – Conversation between Alex and Cohen, Tibetan Cross – Mike Bond

 

"For me that was the final turnoff, about the States ...”

"What?”

"That we're a society based on war, that we can't exist economically or psychologically without someone to hate.”

"That's why we invented the good old Commies. Those folks I was fighting in Nam had never even heard of Communism. They were defending their homeland from aggression, same as any American would.” – Alex, Tibetan Cross – Mike Bond

 

It seems like I would learn. I really don’t like Mike Bond’s writing style. It is too choppy, too terse, for my tastes. And then there is the “comic book” brutality – the hero takes damage that is, literally, too much to be survived – and then jumps up and runs away like nothing has happened. Clive Cussler, James Rollins and others write ‘kick-ass’ heroes – but even they wouldn’t find this amount of brutality against their heroes survivable. Bond is one of the most testosterone driven thriller writers out there, which is fine in and of itself, but come on, Mike. Can we have a little realism at some point?

 

This is the third Mike Bond book I have reviewed and, again, it seems like I would learn. I am never happy with them, but I get sucked in, because his overall story concepts are exceptional, and his research on the actual political and military history and up-to-date happenings is beyond reproach. It is terribly frustrating! I want to enjoy the intrigue, but the bad case of testosterone poisoning means that I wind up skimming the story instead of enjoying it.

 

Beginning in Nepal, this book resurrects the war between China and Tibet just after the Vietnam War. Our heroes are leading a photographer/journalist and several Sherpa to Mustang - the former Kingdom of Lo, hidden in the rain shadow of the Himalaya in one of the most remote corners of Nepal. Only, things are not really what they seem, of course, in this shattered land, where starvation, murder, and incredible brutality is carried out by the Chinese against the poor and defenseless lands of Nepal and Tibet. And the Tibetans and Nepalese fight back in any way they can - with a little help from the "friendly" CIA. . .

 

"It is difficult to fight tanks and planes with stones.”

 

When Cohen escapes from the slaughter of his friends and traveling companions, including his best friend Alex, he treks alone cross-country in a desperate attempt to reach Katmandu (also Kathmandu) before he is captured and killed by the same weapons runners who killed his friends. The trip is brutal and harsh, but his arrival brings yet more death to those he knows and loves.

 

I am become death, the destroyer of worlds. - J. Robert Oppenheimer

 

Drugs, guns, human trafficking, and rivers of blood all wend their way through Bond’s work. As I stated previously, l am always left disappointed in Bond’s books, and still I come back for more, skimming for the realities of the story and trying to dismiss the ridiculous “heroes”. Be that as it may, it calls for a strong stomach as well as an ability to retain an open mind about just how twisted and sick the US, and their CIA lapdogs, really are – the misery they have wrought across the world. Would that Bond could see his way to dropping the testosterone levels – it would certainly make his books more approachable by a larger reading audience.

 

I received this book from the publisher in return for a realistic review. Five stars for the military and political research. Minus a star for bad writing. Minus another star for sheer testosterone poisoning and unrealistic character development.
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