Thursday, June 30, 2016

VIDEO BOOK REVIEW: Dark Energy by Robison Wells

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Title: Dark Energy
Series: None
Author: Robison Wells
Pages: 404
Pub Date: March 29, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Book Source: publisher via edelweiss
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars




**POSSIBLE SPOILERS**


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Lover at Last by J.R. Ward

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Title: Lover at Last
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #11
Author: J.R. Ward
Pages: 608
Pub Date: March 28, 2013
Publisher: Berkley/NAL Publishing Group
Book Source: Personal collection
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars




**POSSIBLE SPOILERS**

Synopsis: Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another....

Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: it seems Qhuinn has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young. It’s hard for Blay to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. And Qhuinn needs to come to terms with some dark things before he can move forward…

Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions... but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together... finally become one.

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It has been about four years since I last ventured into the world of BDB. I missed it so much! Lover at Last was probably the most anticipated book of the series for me, for obvious reasons! I was team Qhuay back when it all began. So, why did I read this book three years after it was released? Well, I tried to read it when it came out, but life got in the way and review books piled up... and it was all down hill from there. One of my resolutions at the beginning of this year was to read more of the books I'd been putting on the back-burner in favor of reviewing newer books. I decided to read more books I'd been excited for within the past few years, and so far it is going great! (Obviously, this book made the list.)

Onward to the review! I am pretty much going to bullet-point this since this is book 11 in the series and I know anyone interested in this review is already going to have knowledge of the series; no need for me to explain basic stuff. ^-^

THE GOOD:

• Ahhh, Qhuay. Delicious, angsty Qhuay. I was a bit scared going into it that Ward wasn't going to deliver, but I was pleasantly surprised. I don't know why I doubted her for a second. :) The romance between the two was rough and tumble, but lovely. The sex scenes were fabulous and, again, rough and tumble. I also enjoyed those moments when the two of them got into the emotional pieces of their relationship. It was a long time coming and I think the two of them merged together perfectly!

• Xcor/Layla. I am indeed a Xcor + Layla fan. I am rooting for these two FOR SURE. I wanted to see if The Beast was about the two of them but then decided not to spoil myself. ;x Anywho! I thoroughly enjoy this sleeping-with-the-enemy (figuratively, that is {for now!}) story line and I cannot wait to see it progress.

• Wrath assuming his throne. Throughout the series, we've seen Wrath sort of... slack off (for lack of a better term) as king of the race. Not anymore! He stepped up like never before in this installment of the series. He put his foot down on some things and made some changes where changes needed to be. The aristocratic vamps were shaking in their loafers and I loved it! I never thought it possible, but Wrath became 100x more of a badass in this book. LOVE!

• Trez & iAm. I know a book about these guys is already out and I plan to get to it before the summer is over! I am moving onto The King pretty much immediately after I finish writing this. Trez and iAm are still a bit of a mystery at this point in the series, but more and more things are coming out about the Shadow race and I am intrigued by what I see so far. I am quite anxious to find out more on these two. I think they could end up even more boss-like than the Brothers.

• The new Brother. Ah, yes! The BDB inducted a new Brother into the fold! I will leave the who to your imagination. Go and read! I was just super happy to see them do this again. It's been awhile since someone was inducted.

THE BAD:

Not much to say in the way of complaints, but I will say this: There was a little too much Assail/Sola going on. I am sort of interested in the sub-plot, but only when it is in relation to the Brotherhood. I am not quite sure how the two of them really fit into things yet. Hopefully more will come.

OVERALL:

The book was a wonderful addition to the series! As always, J.R. Ward knows how to keep me entertained! I laughed, I cried like a little baby, and I felt the passion and badassery that is always associated with the BDB! Can't wait to read the next one! <3
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