Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs (Reread)

Book Review

 


Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #7

Released: 3/5/13 by Ace Books

Pages: 342  Price: $26.95 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library. 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Patricia Briggs’s novel River Marked was praised as “an urban fantasy where our everyday world is believably twisted into the world of fey, werewolves, vampires, and myths made real.” Now Mercy Thompson faces a shapeshifter’s biggest fear as the realm she has embraced is thrown into chaos…

Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman – the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack – has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam – or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. But she fears Adam’s disappearance may be related to the political battle the werewolves have been fighting to gain acceptance from the public – and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outmatched and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

My Review:

Well, that was quick!  I believe I managed to listen to this book in just over a day.  There is a lot of drama in book seven, not that the other didn’t have action but for some reason, this one felt more frantic.  Probably because most of the pack was missing and Mercy was on the run for much of the story.

Much of the book we are led to believe that the aggressors are a radical hate group bent on setting up the supernatural species as bad guys so they will be free to hunt them down for extermination.  A lot of events are alluded to that I believe probably took place in the spin-off series Alpha and Omega so it might be good to read both series in order of printing together and not separately.  I have a feeling the reader will benefit from watching all the events that affect both series as they unfold instead of simply being told about them.

At the end of the book, we learn who is truly pulling the strings regarding the pack’s abduction and I won’t spoil it for you.  It was an interesting battle scene, to say the least.  The pack loses an important but rarely seen member and we have a visit from Asil from the Alpha and Omega series which was fun as he is a character I enjoy.

I have a bit of a dilemma for the next two books.  They are not available in audio format from my library.  I wouldn’t mind continuing with the series reread but I’m not sure I want to read them or not.  I’m rather enjoying listening to them this time.  The next book is one I liked but the one after that is not one I enjoyed.  I might skip that one and simply reread the next book.  The latest release in the series is available from my library so I will be able to finish the reread in audio format.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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River Marked by Patricia Briggs (reread)

Book Review

 


River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6)Book Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Audiobook

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #6

Released: 3/1/11 by Ace Books

Pages:  326 Price: $26.95 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed the audiobook from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Coyote shifter Mercy Thompson knows that life with her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will never be boring, but even their wedding doesn’t go as planned. Nevertheless, a ten-day honeymoon camping on the banks of the Columbia River, alone, just the two of them, should make up for it. But the trip – and the pimped-out trailer they’re using – is courtesy of the fae. And nothing from the fae comes without strings attached…

Being a different breed of shapeshifter – a walker – Mercy can see ghosts, but the spirit of her long-gone father has never visited her. Until now. An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River – and innocent people are dying. As other walkers make their presence know to Mercy, she must reconnect with her heritage to exorcise the world of the legend known as the river devil… 

My Review:

It feels like I should be further along in the reread of this series.  Maybe because I am also reread the spin-off series at the same time.  Whatever the reason I find it difficult to believe that this is only book number six.

I originally gave this book only four-stars and I’m not sure why. I enjoyed this book quite a bit. We get to attend Mercy and Adam’s wedding and join them on their honeymoon where of course trouble follows Mercy thanks to some finagling by the Fae.  While I feel that this is the book where Mercy and Adam’s relationship loses its last interest, becoming much tamer in later books, we do get a bit of heat between the lovebirds.

What interested me most about this book was the chance to explore some of the Native American paranormal legends and creatures.  We learn a bit about a side of Mercy that hasn’t been delved into much in earlier books and we get to meet Coyote which was confusing and fascinating at the same time.

I’m going to leave the rating where it is but I do think I probably enjoyed this more the second time read it.  I have the next book already started but then the book eight and nine are not available through my library online.  I choices are to skip the books, read them, or try to get my hands on the audiobooks another way.  I liked book eight but book nine didn’t work that well for me.  I might read books eight and then skip nine.  Or maybe I should reread nine and see if my opinion has changed for that one.  Maybe I’ll enjoy it more the second time too.  I have a bit to wait before I need to make up my mind though.

My Rating: 4 Stars

The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

Book Review

 


The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson, #10)Book Genre: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Book Series: Charley Davidson #10

Released: 6/28/16 by St. Martin’s Griffen

Pages: 352 Price: $26.99 hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

As a part-time PI and full-time grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: 
* Why can I see dead people? 
* Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? 
* How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? 
* But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers?

Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murder, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…

My Review:

I can’t believe I’ve finished book 10 of my reread/listen of this series!  I’m going to have a bit of a wait for book 11 and 12 which is alright as the last book doesn’t release until 2019.  I have to say it has been a blast listening to these books and I’m going to explore rereading other series I enjoy in audio format.  I used to not enjoy audiobooks but now that I’ve gotten used to them it is a rewarding and different way to enjoy books.  After all, doesn’t most of us start off with having books read to us as children?

Not a lot I can add to my previous review as I’m getting into the books in this series that I’ve read fairly recently.  Much of the plot is fresher in my memory and there are fewer surprises of stuff I forgot.  I had forgotten that this book ended on a huge cliffhanger but since I know what happens next it isn’t such a big deal.

At the end of the audiobook, we are again treated to an interview with the author which is simply the icing on the cake as far as I’m concerned.  It is so cool to listen to Ms. Jones’s thoughts on the characters and how she got some of her inspiration.  Totally worth listening to the books for the interview alone.

One thing that rereading this series has made me realize is just how much I’m going to miss this series when it ends.  I really like Charley, Reyes, Cookie, Uncle Bob, and all the others.  I do hope that Ms. Jones takes this series into the future and does a spin-off featuring beep and her army.  Fingers crossed!

My Rating: 5 Stars

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

Book Review

 


Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, #5)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #5

Released: 3/30/10 by Ace Books

Pages: 342 Price: $24.95 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.  

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, never knows what the day – or night – may bring in a world where “witches, vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters live beside ordinary people” (Booklist). But she is about to learn that while some secrets are dangerous whose who seek them are just plain deadly…

Mercy is smart enough to realize that when it comes to the magical fae, the less you know, the better. But you can’t always get what you want. When she attempts to return a powerful fae she previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.

It seems the book contains secrets – and the fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn’t take enough of Mercy’s attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side – leaving Mercy to cover for him lest his own father declare Samuel’s life forfeit.

All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn’t careful, she may not have many more…

My Review:

I’ve been enjoying this reread of the Mercy Thompson series so much!  I almost feel like they have been better the second time around.  I think the narrator adds so much to my increased enjoyment.  She does a fantastic job of changing her voice to match the different characters.

In book five we have Mercy and Adam fully established as a couple even though they are not formally married or living together yet.  Briggs also needs to tidy up the loose end of Samuel before we can move forward with Mercy and Adam.  That plot line is tackled in this book with some pretty drastic drama that left me afraid of what would happen to him even though I’ve read this book before.  Damn menopausal brain… I swear I must only retain 30% of what I read sometimes.  Most likely it is just that I read so much that the stories all start blending in together.

We also deal with pack drama in this book as they are fighting Mercy’s addition to the pack.  There is also a plot to overthrow Adam as alpha of the pack.  The main instigator of book five is the Fae again which isn’t my favorite group in this world but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the plot this time.

I’m torn over raising my star rating or not.  I don’t think I will, four stars is still a great rating but I do feel like I enjoyed the book more the second time around.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward

Book Review

 


Dearest Ivie (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #15.5)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Blackdagger Botherhood #15.5

Released:  3/13/18 by Ballantine Books

Pages: 145  Price: $2.99 E-book

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

The last place Ivie expects to be approached by a devastatingly handsome male is in a crowded, smoky cigar bar rarely frequented by vampires—yet here he stands. Silas is flirtatious, gallant, and, above all, mysterious. Ivie is anything but. A nurse at the healer’s clinic and the daughter of a biker, Ivie is accustomed to speaking her mind. So she does. Since aristocrats rarely pick up females of her class, Ivie asks Silas just what kind of game he thinks he’s playing.
 
Despite her guarded exterior, Ivie surrenders to the fierce desire she feels for Silas. And yet, just as their courtship is heating up, he reveals that it cannot last, for he is bound to return to the Old Country. Their bond only deepens as they make the most of their precious time together. But when she learns the truth, Ivie must find a saving grace—before all is lost. . . .

My Review:

Minor Spoiler Warning: If you, like me, find yourself about a third of the way through this book and suddenly have the fear that Ms. Ward is going to rip your heart out of your chest and grind it into the ground under her stiletto heel.  Fear not.  It does have a happy ending.

Okay, now that that is out of the way.  This book wiped the floor with me.  Majorly.  Big old ugly crying in the middle of the night as I finished this book in bed.  My body shaking with sobs as tears run down my face.  I’m truly surprised that my husband did not wake up to find out what the hell was wrong.   I managed to make it to the end, thank goodness, because I needed that happy ending to make the emotional rollercoaster I just went through worth it.

This was a bloody brilliant read.  The best that I’ve read by Ms. Ward in some time, and this is coming from the p.o.v. of a person that already fangirls over her books.  This novella simply took everything to another level for me.

So that’s great and all but why was this book so much better than the others.  First off I loved that this book focused on one couple and didn’t break away to another p.o.v. there was simply one plot to follow and when the action starts getting good we stuck with them.  This is usually my biggest annoyance with her books, especially when I’m not a fan of one of the couples in the story.  I also liked how the main problem or issue to overcome wasn’t supernatural related.  I don’t want to spoil the plot so I won’t say more.  I also loved Ivie and Silas!!!  We have a Romeo and Juliet story here with the couple coming from different social classes.  Ivie is the one with a working-class upbringing and has some insecurities to overcome in that regards when it comes to Silas.  Then there is Silas who comes from the upper crust of society.  I liked how he never apologized for it yet he didn’t seem to flaunt it either.  He was like this is who I am and I’m into you please accept me into your life.

This was a short read that felt much longer, perhaps because it wasn’t constantly being interrupted by another plot, but by the end, I was completely satisfied with how everything worked out.  I needed to recuperate from the emotional trauma I just suffered but I that’s alright who needs sleep.

This was a great story, hands down, and worth the $3 to download.  It will make you fall in love, rip your heart out, and then bring you back for a happy ending.  My advice don’t read it just before bed because it did take me a bit to come down from the drama.  Now I need to find some light and fluffy to read so I can recover in time to read The Theif when it releases in a few days.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Blood Fury by J.R. Ward

Book Review

 


Blood Fury (Black Dagger Legacy, #3)Book Genre: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Book Series: Black Dagger Legacy #3

Released: 1/9/18 by Ballantine Books

Pages: 411 Price: $28.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his class and carry on his family’s traditions. And he thought he’d found his perfect match—until she fell in love with someone else. Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton has to face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another.

Novo, as a female in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training program, feels like she has to prove herself to everybody—and she has no interest in being distracted by falling in love. But when Peyton proves to be so much more than a rich playboy, she is forced to confront the tragedy that has broken her soul and closed her off from love.

As the two grapple with Novo’s past and Peyton’s present, another couple must contend with an erotic connection that is unparalleled—and potentially scandalous. 

Saxton, who has had his heart broken, discovers in himself a deep-seated attraction to Ruhn, a new member of the household. But will the other male explore the connection? Or will he close his mind and his heart to what could be true love . . . and cost Saxton everything?

My Review:

I was so worried about not liking The Chosen that I put it off for an entire year.  Then this book released in January and I needed to read the other one before diving into the spin-off release.  Ended up LOVING The Chosen and a little luke-warm in regards to this title.  Surprising as I’ve been really excited about the Black Dagger Legacy series up until now.

So what happened in this book.  Simply I found Peyton annoying and while I don’t have anything against Novo I wasn’t really into the miscarriage plot line. While I can feel empathy for her but kids, beyond the fur and feathered kind, have never been my thing.   Fortunately, this book had a second romance to keep me turning the page.  This was also Saxton and Ruhn’s HEA story and much the like synopsis I felt that it was simply tagged on to this book… I was much more engaged with their storyline and a bit frustrated that it either didn’t get more page time or have their own book altogether.  Oh, well.  Maybe Ms. Ward will cycle back to them in a future book.

Now don’t get me wrong I thoroughly enjoyed this story.  I was just a little frustrated that the plotline I was interested in wasn’t the main one.   The only aspect of Novo and Peyton’s story was the drama with Novo’s sister which I so enjoyed watching how that played out.  I did like the pairing of Novo and Peyton as they seem to bring out the best in each other.  He is a bit of a clown to her serious side.  I just found his mouth and attitude highly annoying and spent much of my time wanting to smack him.

Saxton and Ruhn’s plot was so much better in my opinion and I loved how they ended up together.  The whole issue with the house and them being paired up to help the older woman was sweet.  Of course, Ms. Ward made me worried near the end, especially after The Shadow’s book, for a moment I was worried that things might not turn out for Saxton.  If that was the case I might have thrown the book in protest.

Going to dive into the novella in the Blackdagger series next and then I should be all caught up for the next release in April.  Not sure what to rate this book.  Peyton and Novo would be a solid 3 but Saxton and Ruhn would get 5 stars.  So perhaps I’ll split the difference even though I’m leaning more towards a 3.5 for the book.  That extra star is for Saxton and Ruhn.

My Rating: 4 Stars

The Dirt on the Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones (reread)

Book Review

 


The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson, #9)Book Genre: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Book Series: Charley Davidson #9

Released: 1/12/16 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 326 Price: $26.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she’s more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her—even from her new and trusted friends—the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn’t help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she’s lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.

My Review:

Wow.  The reread of this book made my heart melt all over again.  Some people complain about how this book was too different etc.  For me it made me fall in love with Charley, Reyes, and all the supporting cast of characters all over again.  To watch Charley fall for Reyes all over again, to have everyone drop everything in their lives and come to support Charley while she struggled to find herself.  It simply worked for me and I stand by my original rating and review.

Since I don’t have a lot to add to my initial thoughts I have decided to do something a little different for this review.  I’m going to share some of my favorite quotes from the book.  The ones that made my heart melt.

“No offense, but what on earth could I ask of you that would be a great hardship?” His gaze rested on my mouth before making its way to my eyes again. “You could ask for the world, and then where would civilization be when I conquered it and laid it at your feet?”
“There, written in French, were the words Je t’ai aimée pendant mille et un. –R. I stilled. Read it again. And again. Je t’ai aimée pendant mille et un. –R. I’ve loved you for a thousand and one. –R.”
“No offense, but what on earth could I ask of you that would be a great hardship?” His gaze rested on my mouth before making its way to my eyes again. “You could ask for the world, and then where would civilization be when I conquered it and laid it at your feet?”
“I’ve loved her for centuries,” he said. “And I will love her until the stars burn out.”
“Well, okay then,” I said, leaning into him. “That’s all you had to say.”

“I think I met your friend Charley.”
“You…did? When?”
“When I looked in the mirror this morning.”
She stood in disbelief for a moment. Then astonishment. Then doubt. Then hope. Then wariness. Aka, the five stages of Cookie.”
Those are just a few of my favorites.  I’d give you more but I would practically end up quoting the entire book I loved it so much.  I have to wait my turn for the next couple of books but that’s alright.  Only three more to go before I’ve reread the entire series with the exception of the last book.  Boy, I’m sure going to miss Charley and Reyes when it’s done…

My Rating:5 Stars

Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones (Reread)

Book Review

 


Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson, #8)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Charley Davidson #8

Released: 5/19/15 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 293 Price: $25.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.

Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.

While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life…. 

My Review:

I did not enjoy this book as much the second time I read it as I did the first.  I’m not going to change my star rating but if I were to give it a reread rating it would come in at three stars I think.

Why is that you might ask?  Mainly because while there were some earth-shattering plot revelations I now know them and some of the shine has worn off of the story.  Much of the plot of this book revolves around Charley’s pregnancy and the arrival of Beep and quite frankly I’m just not that into kids.

I’m still glad I reread it as it was nice to have a refresher for all that went down, though.  It was fun to witness Cookie and Uncle Bob’s wedding and the end where we have a chapter in Reyes’s p.o.v. was awesome!  This time I was a little less satisfied with what went down with the step-mother and wished she could have received a bit more payback.

If I reread the series again someday I don’t think I will skip this book as there is so much that was revealed but it probably won’t ever be a favorite in the series.  A bonus with the audiobook was an author interview at the end with the narrator.  I was lucky enough to have my turn pop up for book nine so I don’t have to wait to continue on.  Did notice that the release date was pushed back for the last book until 2019.  Kind of disappointing but should give me plenty of time to work through the entire series before then.

My Rating: 5 Stars (originally)

Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones (Reread)

Book Review

 


Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson, #7)Book Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Charley Davidson #7

Released: 10/21/14 by St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 336 Price: $25.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

My Review:

Over the weekend my turn at book seven in the Charley Davidson series came up at the library.  Well, book eight became available first but I was lucky to get this one a couple of hours later too.  So I promptly set aside my current book read and started this one so I could get it returned for the next in line.  Also, I had a knitting project I wanted to work on.

This story picks up after the bombshell revelation of Charley’s pregnancy and it dominated much of the book but didn’t smother us in baby-related plot.  I think that is what happens in the next book but I’m not sure.  I continue to love the narrator and I am finally getting used to her interpretation of Reyes’s voice.  His name still throws me for a loop because I still want to pronounce it differently.  Reyes that rhymes with keys, not an a sound and rhyming with days.  Not a biggie though.

I had also forgotten how devastating the ending of this book was.  To lose such an important person in her life.  Wow.  There was one plot line that I had forgotten about but that might be because it seemed to have little to do with the plot besides justifying the title.

Looking forward to the next book and listening to them all up to book 12 in preparation for the end of the series.  I sure hope Ms. Jones starts something new because I will so miss her writing style if she doesn’t.

My Rating: 5 Stars

The Chosen by J.R. Ward

Book Review

 


The Chosen (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #15)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Book Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #15

Released: 4/4/17 by Ballantine Books

Pages: 544 Price:$28.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.

Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.

As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone. 

My Review:

I put of this book for almost an entire year because I was afraid I wouldn’t like it.  I’ve never been a big fan of Layla and Xcor’s plotline and To have most of an entire book revolving around their HEA…  Not so sure I want to suffer through it.  What a dumbass I was because I absolutely loved this book!

From the first chapter I was hooked as I watched Ms. Ward almost destroy the brotherhood only to build them back up again stronger than before.  It was like a train wreck that I couldn’t look away from.  While I was thoroughly enjoying the story I have to say some of the characters that I normally loved ticked me off to no end.  Quinn spent much of the book being an unhinged asshole, Thor as well.  V still had issues he needed to work out at the end and I have a feeling he will continue to be the focus of sub-plots in future books.

What did surprise me was that my opinion of Xhor and Layla did a complete 180 and I grew to respect them both.  Layla found a backbone and grew immensely in this book and we learn so much about Xhor that you would have to be a complete ass to not feel for him.  We also got to see plenty of Wrath and my favorite Lassiter who has a shiny new role to play in this world so I am excited at the prospect of seeing more of him in future books.

Despite my fears this was a solid addition to the Blackdagger Brotherhood series and there wasn’t one plot thread that I didn’t enjoy.  I found myself not wanting to put down the book and read into the wee hours of the morning.  Something that I’ve not done in a long time.  Going to start Blood Fury next and I’m looking forward to The Theif which releases next month!

My Rating: 5 Stars