Book Review: Lover Eternal by J. R. Ward

The second book in the “Black Dagger Brotherhood” series follows the story of Mary and Rhage.
We still get a glimpse of Beth and Wrath as the story goes on and we are also introduced to some new characters, or see more from characters we’ve already met.
The author doesn’t need to set up so much of the world anymore, which gives her plenty of time to focus on the relationship between Rhage and Mary, a relationship that seems doomed from the start for too many issues. Both protagonists are saddled with their own personal problems and issues, that are enough to tear any normal couple to pieces.
But not them. They have their ups and downs, but they power through it.

Rhage is a character that is described as drop-dead-gorgeious, and he carries a beast inside that bursts out whenever he hits a low point, whether that is due to anger, or pain.
He is also though, a funny character. With no filter between his mouth and his brain, Rhage gives the reader some of the best lines in the book. He is also romantic and lovable, and he wants nothing more than to ditch all the casual sex he has to do to keep the beast at bay, for a meaningful relationship.

Mary on the other hand is a character who has had nothing but hardships in her life, and those hardships have left her on the floor, a mess.
She has no self-esteem, she sees nothing good in her, and she can’t even comprehend how a man like Rhage can have any short of interest in her.
She is though, a deeply compassionate character, a strong, independent character that reaches out to help the other people around her, whether that is John Mathew, Zsadist, or Rhage himself.
She has an incredible inner strength and she is a very relatable character. Even when she does the sometimes typical heroine thing, where she pushes the hero away, she has a valid reason for it, and a reason I can relate with and understand.
Nobody wants to be a burden or pitied after all.

It’s a very good story, albeit a sad story. Some points get heavy and depressing, but I can’t see how the story could be any different, with how many issues the protagonists have.
It’s a worthy continuation of the BDB series, a book that makes you want to read more, and get to know the characters and the world better.

If you want to find the book, and support me, you can find it in Book Depository.

Dark Lover | Lover Eternal | Lover Awakened |

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Book Review: Slave to Sensation

Nalini Singh has written a wonderful book. “Slave to Sensation” has everything you’d expect and want in a paranormal romance book. The Alpha male, the interesting female protagonist, the angst. Emotions run high in the story, especially between the two protagonists, Sascha Duncan and Lucas Hunter.

Sascha is a Psy – a creature of immense telepathic abilities – and her people have long ago decided that they will have no emotions, because they get in the way. Driven only by logic and cold calculations, the Psy have made themselves the rules of the world.
But Sascha isn’t like that. Sascha feels and even though she can conceal her ‘defect’, she knows it won’t be long before they find out and she’s rehabilitated. Everything she is will be gone just like that.

Sascha is an interesting character, complex, relatable, and throughout the story, the reader sees her grow, mature and overcome all her handicaps and perceived flaws. She is smart and sassy, which I always like.

Then there is Lucas Hunter, a leopard changeling. His race is complete opposite from the Psy, they embrace emotions and sensations. But now their two races – who have managed to co-exist somewhat peacefully – are on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several changeling women at the hand of a Psy serial killer.
I won’t lie, his name is a bit on the nose. A predator named Hunter? Nalini Singh could have gone for a more subtle name. Overall, Lucas is an enjoyable character, though he doesn’t break the mold of the Alpha male in paranormal stories. He’s not anything I haven’t read before, and for the majority of the story, it felt like he was taking a second seat to Sascha. The descriptions in the book, make him a bit of a cookie-cutter paranormal character: he’s sex on legs, he’s the hottest thing she has ever seen, he’s protective and possessive, and with a dark, bloody past.
Not much mold-breaking there.
Still, he works as a character, for the story he is in, and he and Sascha get some very heart-breaking moments between them, as they fall in love and the world pulls them apart.
I’ll admit, it brought a tear to this fool’s eye, and I’m not one who cries easily.

The world that Nalini created is lively, intricate, and immersive. It breathes and pulses, it feels organic. There is the inevitable info dump here and there, given the nature of the book, but that doesn’t affect the story, the pacing, or the entertainment factor. If you are into the genre, you should definitely pick it up and give it a try!

If you want to find the book, and support me, you can find it in Book Depository.

 

Book Review: Countdown to killing Kurtis

“Countdown to killing Kurtis” by Lauren Rowe is – simply put – a phenomenal book. I loved it from the beginning to the very end. This is also a book you don’t want spoiled, so I will try and refrain from as many spoilers as I can.

I do love my husband. To death. I love him so much that I’ve waited a whole year (minus one day) for Killing Kurtis Day to arrive. Tomorrow it will finally be here and I’m giddy with anticipation.

Don’t judge me, you don’t know the whole story. I reckon if you were in my shoes, you’d kill your husband, too.

The blurb of the book alone got me intrigued from the get go, though usually I do no like books that start off with a prologue chapter. A prologue chapter that ends up being a just regular chapter at some point in the book. But for this one, it works. It keeps the questions and the whys bouncing around in the readers head as the mystery unfolds and as the reader is trying to figure out why Buttercup wants to kill her poor husband so much.

The writing style is animated, engaging and buzzes with Buttercups personality, something that works perfectly with the 1st person writing.

One of the most important things for me was that I could understand where Buttercup was coming from, why she acted the way she did, why she was as she was. She felt real to me, as did the rest of the characters. She made sense even when I did not agree with the things she did or how she was thinking.

There is a big plot twist at the end. A plot twist that makes sense. Now, I pride myself in the fact that I see plot twists coming a mile away. As a writer and as a reader, after a while, you just know stories. It’s always nice when a book comes along with a twist that still manages to surprise you. Something you didn’t see coming.
It’s also better if that twist has been foreshadowed from the beginning of the book, and when it happens, all the pieces fall in place, everything makes sense.

I will stop here, because I really don’t want to step into spoiler territory with this one. Read it. It’s a very good book, entertaining throughout. I couldn’t put it down.

If you want to find the book, and support me, you can find it in Book Depository.

~ Harris

Wrinos, Starbucks Chai, Book Haul, Exams, “Fool’s Errand”.

*taps microphone*
Is this thing on?

Hello everybody!

I’m proud to say that finally – yes, FINALLY – my exams are over and I have a pretty empty September ahead of me, until my friend gets here for the last week. I’ll be hosting her and we’ll go around Athens and see the museums and the Acropoli and all other awesome stuff.

But until then, there are books to be read and stories to be edited.

I’ll say this much, the workshop is going great! We’ve named ourselves the Wrinos, cause we thought it’s funny and creative and I have to say every time we are talking about a piece, I’m getting pretty excited.

Until that is, I realised that this week, is my week. I’m getting worked on. I’m getting critiqued. No wait, we agreed to called it feedback, not a critique. It’s gentler for the nerves.

But you get my point. It’s my turn.

I’m dying a little bit inside from fear and anxiety, I won’t lie. I’m waiting to hear something along the lines of “Girl, why are you even writing?” “How about you get a different dream, hmm?” “Well, writing isn’t for everyone.”

Meanwhile, to get my mind off things, I’m trying to go through “Fool’s Errand” a fantasy short story… Wait. *checks wikipedia* Let me rephrase. A fantasy novelette. I’m just calling everything I don’t count as a novel, a short story, when apparently it is not. But that’s what I’m doing. I’m editing “Fool’s Errand”, I’ve given the first chapter of my novel to be worked on and torn to bits. I’ve never done this before. I know it’s going to be painful as hell, but I also know it’s going to be rewarding.

Unless they tell me to stop writing. Sorry, can’t do. I’ll write even if it’s terrible. Which I hope it ain’t. *crosses fingers* If anything I can say that the novel is a mess still cause it’s only on its second draft. OF COURSE it needs more work.

*digs a hole* *jumps in it*

On more fun, unrelated news, I got books! Does it count as unrelated news when I go from writing to books? Who knows? Who cares!

I’m still in the process of reading the Immortals after Dark series by Kresley Cole. I did it because I wanted to catch up on the new books. Well the new books are now here and that means I need to hurry up and read.

Though I have to say, I’m annoyed. How can I not be? Three out of the four books that came are a size smaller than the fourth and the rest of the books I have in the series. It kind of kills the aesthetic. Why? Why don’t book publishers just make every book the same size so everyone can be happy? Why are there two sizes for paperbacks?

Eternal questions of a book lover.

A cookie for whomever has a good answer.

Onward! I’m reading the third book of the series, called “Wicked deeds on a winter’s night”. I remember I liked this one. I like Bowen. He’s nice. We’d have fun hanging out. Mariketa… I don’t know. I remember I was iffy about her. We’ll see if I remain that way or I change my mind!

By the way, let’s take a moment to appreciate how pretty this cover is. Not too overwhelming, not too overly sexualised. Just perfect. Beautiful.

Also, I went to Starbucks. *Waits to see if anyone is surprised* *no one is*

And because I have a membership card, they gifted me some black leaf chai bags. Apparently, as I’ve been told, this is the same tea they put in their chai latte.

I’ll admit. I tried it. I’m not impressed. I’d rather have my coffee. I’m sure for some people, this is great, but it’s not my cup of tea. *snickers* See what I did there? See? See?

That is all for now!

Thanks for stopping by! See ya!

~ Harris

Book Review: A Hunger like no other.

“A hunger like no other” is the first book in the “Immortals after dark” series. An adult, paranormal series of books about everything that can go bump in the night and kill you. And immortal love.

What’s not to like?

Kresley Cole creates a very interesting, fast-paced world, with many fantasy creatures like vampires and werewolves, but even demons, angels, witches and Valkyries.

“A hunger like no other” is very much like your typical story of ‘beauty and the beast’ to me. He’s tortured and with anger problems, she is cowardly and meek and slowly through the course of the story, they change and they evolve.

Emmaline Troy is a half Valkyrie/half vampire who has been sheltered all her life, not only from the outside world, but from her own nature. By the end of the book, she’s the fighter she was meant to be, confident and freed and she even finds out the answers she was seeking at the beginning of the book, before she bumped with Lachlain MacRieve.

Now, Lachlain has been captured by the vampire Horde for years, and he’s been burning for centuries, just to have his immortality bring him back to life. He finds his soulmate in Emmaline and she’s able to calm down the rage inside of him and give him a more open-minded perspective.

Just because she’s half vampire, doesn’t mean she’s vile or evil.

But that’s what he thinks – understandably so with what he’s been through  – in the beginning and it takes him a while to come to terms with the reality and accept how things are. Emmaline is his fated mate. She’s half vampire. She’s not evil.

Though, not one of my favourite in the series, it is still an enjoyable read, that is not without its issues of course.

There are many dark undertones and many of them are in Emmaline’s and Lachlain’s relationship that starts off on the wrong foot. He’s controlling, wrathful and he lies to her whenever it suits him. Their relationship is seen as abusive and their interactions to the point of being sexual assault, as Lachlain kidnaps Emmaline and repeatedly ignores every time she tells him no.

It didn’t bother me a lot, but it took out of the story and it is something he regrets afterwards and he tries to make it up to her. Still, it doesn’t much change his actions.

What did you think about this book? Have you read it? 🙂 I’m continuing with the rest of the series, as I want to catch up to the new books that I haven’t read.

If you want to find the book, and support me, you can find it in Book Depository.

~ Harris

A hunger like no other | No rest for the wicked | Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night |

Blog: Exams, University, TBR & Workshop

Wake me up, when September ends…

Well not quite. I’m rather looking forward to the end of September, because a friend of mine is coming from England and we are going to have a very fun and interesting week! The plans are many, from sightseeing around Athens, to getting her to try all kinds of Greek foods she’s never tried before!

But for now, Exams! I’m not looking forward to Exam season in September. It’s right after summer and every part of me refuses to cooperate with the idea of exams and studying and sitting your butt down in a chair. I try though. Hopefully I only have two Exams. I say two, but in truth, they are many. On Thursday, I have a day full of exams, my Russian test. Hopefully all will go well. And I’ll die then. That’s expected. Nobody is surprised about that.

I sneak in some reading though. I’d love it if it was writing, but my brain can’t take it. There is too much grammar and vocabulary in my head right now for it to accept any kind of writing. So reading. I’m continuing with the “Immortals After Dark” series by Kresley Cole, with the book “No rest for the Wicked”.

A photo posted by M. S. Harris (@m.s.harris) on Sep 6, 2016 at 1:09am PDT

*Pets Sebastian* I like him. He and his brothers are my favourites, I won’t lie. The four vampire brothers and the demons.

There was also another very interesting development. Myself and some other writerly friends have gathered together and have created a sort of workshop. We had our first official meeting this Sunday, where we talked about one of our members’ work. It was fun. But then again, I get a kick out of talk of books and stories and how you can break them down and dissect them and make em better.

How’s September for all of you? How is it treating you? To be honest, for the first time in a while, I’m looking forward for when the classes start, even though I know this year is going to be brutal.

~ Harris