Wednesday, October 11, 2017

REVIEW: The Shadows by JR Ward

Summary:

Sold by his parents to the Queen of the s’Hisbe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer for years. On the run from a destiny of sexual servitude, he’s never been able to rely on anyone...except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing—and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Selena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around...but by then, it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due, and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Now Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others—or abandon the female he loves. When tragedy strikes and changes everything, iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice....

Title:  The Shadows
Series:  Black Dagger Brotherhood
Book #: 13
Author:  JR Ward
Approximate Book Length:  590 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

I will say right now that this review will have spoilers. I feel it necessary to demonstrate a point. This was truly one of the saddest freaking books I've ever read. Hope was built up and then completely crushed leaving me quite depressed.

Selena wants to live as much as she can in the time she has left and do so with Trez. Their time together certainly has its ups and downs and everyone searches for a cure so Trez and Selena can stay together. They all fail and Trez suffers tragedy as Selena succumbs to her illness. The entire household mourns Selena as family and it's just so utterly heart wrenching.

There are definitely other things going on too, but honestly, only one of those plot lines ends remotely happily. Overall, it's a good book, just a rather depressing one.

Bottom Line:

The Shadows tugs at the heart strings so intensely that you'll need a happy read to follow it up with. The next book in the series, The Beast, ought to do it!

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

REVIEW: The King by JR Ward

Summary:

Long live the King…

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle--with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything--and everyone--at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response--or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out... or tortured legacy take over?

Title:  The King
Series:  Black Dagger Brotherhood
Book #: 12
Author:  JR Ward
Approximate Book Length:  673 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

This was predictable yet utterly enthralling. The very beginning was a little confusing but it didn't take me long to figure out that we were reading Wrath's parents' story, which was neat. It's also nice to learn more about i'Am. I especially love how he treats Beth and Boo. I have mixed feelings about Trez though. Selena is great and my heart just breaks for her. I like Assail and I really like Sola.

In total we see some fourteen different perspectives. It's a little obnoxious, but it all comes together. The whole thing is just so intense and feels monumental. I actually felt like other people in the real world should have been in awe like me.

Bottom Line:

The King is completely entrancing and made me cry so much, both sad and happy. I absolutely loved this book what with the drama with Beth and Wrath and the political chess. The ending filled me such joy and made every tear incredibly worth it!

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