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review 2015-12-07 11:00
★★★★★ Review: Reaver
Reaver (Lords of Deliverance #5; Demonica #10) - Larissa Ione

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

 

Reaver by Larissa Ione
Series: Lords of the Underworld #5
Published by Forever on 17 December 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 383
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Purchase


Reading Challenges:
2015 Reading Assignment Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge,Bookish Resolutions Challenge 2015
5 Stars

WARRIOR OF HEAVEN

Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels-and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell-he's agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before...to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself.

ANGEL OF HELL

Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she's been doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan's lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld's darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape-her newfound thirst for an angel's blood...

What can I say? Reaver was an amazing story, with a long trek through Sheoul, lots of innuendos, some nasty angels, good demons and so much intrigue my head was spinning.

 

My Reaver review:

I have started reading this series completely out of order, so I may have missed a thing or two – however, as you can see, I still loved Reaver! The writing is so good, and the characters grab your heartstrings from the beginning without ever letting go. There are incredible fights, both verbal and physical, romance, and of course a level of intrigue that is very hard to find. Reaver definitely showed a new side of himself here, especially because he managed to stay calm and actually do something constructive by trying to save Harvester. And for once, possible because she’d just endured months of torture, she didn’t have all her shields up, so she was much less prickly than usual.

 

The contradictions of this story don’t only inhabit Harvester, Reaver has his own, but also, the whole universe where there are angels and demons, and the angels are really supposed to be on the side of ‘good’, there are exceptions to every rule. Fast paced, the story took me first on a long, and quite scary trip to Sheoul, then there were so many other things happening it was hard to remember where, exactly, I was :)

 

Written in third person past tense, mostly from Reaver’s point of view, but also showing the reader quite a bit of what happens inside of Harvester’s head, Reaver is a very solid installment in the Lords of the Underworld / Demonica series. These demons are truly one of a kind, and I had almost forgotten how much I love them!

 

Some of my favorite Reaver quotes:

Enjoy. She was going to enjoy something while enduring and eternity of torture. The very fact that the word enjoy had broken through the gray matter of her brain at all was a measure of how high a threshold for pain and how low a threshold for pleasure she now had.

 

Reaver held harvester’s frail body tight against his as he navigated the final steps of a winding ledge that dropped them into a world of weird.

 

Only Harvester could push someone away while simultaneously keeping them close. She was the most contradictory person he’d ever met.

 

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Source: unconventionalbookviews.com/review-reaver-larissa-ione
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review 2015-12-01 12:34
★★★★★ Review: Reaver
Reaver (Lords of Deliverance #5; Demonica #10) - Larissa Ione

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

 

Reaver by Larissa Ione
Series: Lords of the Underworld #5
Published by Forever on 17 December 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 383
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Purchase


Reading Challenges:
2015 Reading Assignment Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge,Bookish Resolutions Challenge 2015
5 Stars

WARRIOR OF HEAVEN

Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels-and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell-he's agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before...to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself.

ANGEL OF HELL

Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she's been doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan's lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld's darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape-her newfound thirst for an angel's blood...

What can I say? Reaver was an amazing story, with a long trek through Sheoul, lots of innuendos, some nasty angels, good demons and so much intrigue my head was spinning.

 

My Reaver review:

I have started reading this series completely out of order, so I may have missed a thing or two – however, as you can see, I still loved Reaver! The writing is so good, and the characters grab your heartstrings from the beginning without ever letting go. There are incredible fights, both verbal and physical, romance, and of course a level of intrigue that is very hard to find. Reaver definitely showed a new side of himself here, especially because he managed to stay calm and actually do something constructive by trying to save Harvester. And for once, possible because she’d just endured months of torture, she didn’t have all her shields up, so she was much less prickly than usual.

 

The contradictions of this story don’t only inhabit Harvester, Reaver has his own, but also, the whole universe where there are angels and demons, and the angels are really supposed to be on the side of ‘good’, there are exceptions to every rule. Fast paced, the story took me first on a long, and quite scary trip to Sheoul, then there were so many other things happening it was hard to remember where, exactly, I was.

 

Written in third person past tense, mostly from Reaver’s point of view, but also showing the reader quite a bit of what happens inside of Harvester’s head, Reaver is a very solid installment in the Lords of the Underworld / Demonica series. These demons are truly one of a kind, and I had almost forgotten how much I love them!

 

Some of my favorite Reaver quotes:

Enjoy. She was going to enjoy something while enduring and eternity of torture. The very fact that the word enjoy had broken through the gray matter of her brain at all was a measure of how high a threshold for pain and how low a threshold for pleasure she now had.

 

Reaver held Harvester’s frail body tight against his as he navigated the final steps of a winding ledge that dropped them into a world of weird.

Only Harvester could push someone away while simultaneously keeping them close. She was the most contradictory person he’d ever met.

 

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Source: unconventionalbookviews.com/review-reaver-larissa-ione
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review 2015-07-25 16:12
Rogue Rider by Larissa Iona Review
Rogue Rider - Larissa Ione

Jillian Cardiff came to this remote mountain town to forget the demon attack that almost killed her. Instead, she rescues-and falls for-a gorgeous stranger who has no memory of anything other than his name. Handsome, charming, and protective, Reseph seems like the kind of man whom Jillian can trust. But with hints of a troubling history of his own, he's also the kind of man who can be very dangerous . . . 

Reseph may not know why he mysteriously appeared in Jillian's life, but he knows he wants to stay. Yet when Jillian's neighbors are killed, and demon hunters arrive on the scene, Reseph fears that he's putting Jillian in danger. And once it's revealed that Reseph is also Pestilence, the Horseman responsible for ravaging the world, he and Jillian must face the greatest challenge of all: Can they forget the horrors of a chilling past to save the future they both desire?

Review

 

This is my favorite book of the Four Horsemen. I love the conflict. The love story is awesome. The arc of the series is spot on. I will reread this one for sure.

 

I had no issues with Resph because I didn't read the books in order. Ha. Take that! I liked this book enough to read the rest of the series is lovely binge.

 

The struggle to accept that he was posssed by a demon who did the most horrific of things with his body while he watched is a wonderful internal conflict. He has all the memories of the evilness and worse yet the emotionial memories of the demon who possessed him. Talk about a tortured hero.

 

I think that I have some anger towards his siblings who get it but don't. They easily could have been taken over by thier demons as well but can't seem to truelly fathom the reality. Resph's humility, humanity and growth are why I love him best. My anger is sign of how engage I am in this world.

 

His heroine is badass. She grows past her fears and hangs in there with a wonderful loving hero.

 

So good!

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review 2015-07-18 17:56
Revenant by Larissa Ione
Revenant - Larissa Ione

HELL HATH NO FURY . . .

For five thousand years, Revenant believed he was alone in the world, a fallen angel beyond any redemption. Now he finds he has a twin brother who had all the light and love Revenant was denied. Caught in a tug of war between Heaven and Hell, he must weigh his thirst for revenge against his desire for a mysterious female named Blaspheme—a female whose very origins could deliver him into salvation . . . or destruction.

LIKE AN ANGEL SCORNED

Blaspheme has a deadly secret: she's the forbidden offspring of an angel and a fallen angel. Hunted by both heavenly and satanic forces, she has survived only by laying low and trusting no one. When Revenant claims he can save them both, how can she possibly believe him? But the powerful angel is persistence incarnate and for Blaspheme, there's no place she can hide in Heaven or Hell where he won't find her .

 

 

Review

 

This is an epic romance. The world building, the love story, action, characters, and climax are all wonderful.

Ione is at the top of her writing game.

The heroine is full realized as her own person. She is doctor She is very comfortable and confident with her sexuality which is always great to see. Her dilemma's are compelling and we get to watch her fall in love.

The hero is broody, pragmatic, and yet thoughtful in all his bad angelness. He is such a badass. We get see my solve the mystery of himself and fall in love love.

The closing series of the series are everything a reader could want.

This book is not a gory as the ones before it (yeah!) and much more emotionial powerful as all the prophesies play out. Epic. And no one deserves an HEA more than these two.

I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it

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review 2015-07-12 16:45
Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione
Eternal Rider (Lords of Deliverance #1) - Larissa Ione

They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him. 

Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can't-or won't-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman's safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara's life.

Review

 

I bought this book in 2011 and didn't read it until 2015. Why? Well, I do have a huge TBR but given how much I love Larissa Ione that really wasn't it.

 

I started this book many times and just couldn't get past the opening. Ares seemed to cold. Cara too generic. The world gory, grim, and unyielding. I can't stand horro movies and parts of this book and this series veer sharply that way. If this book were a film, I would never have gotten through it or watched it. The villian is awful.

 

So, how did I end up reading this romance and likely it so much? Well, I have no problem reading out of order. I started with the novellas in this series and then read Rogue Rider where the villian in this one gets to be a hero again and then started in on this one.

Here is what I liked about this book--the love story. Ares comes to fully see Cara as her own kind of warrior. Ares grows. Cara's talent and animal/demon friends are awesome!

 

There is great adventure here.

 

I squinted my eyes through the villian, torture, and gore. 

 

For me the wonderfulness isn't the mystery of the plot arcs for the series, I just enjoyed the realtionship. Good stuff.

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