The Thief – Black Dagger Brotherhood # 16 – J.R. Ward

You know that feeling after you step off of a giant roller coaster? That’s how I feel right now. It was a hell of a ride!

This was my favorite book that has come out lately. I have been waiting for Assail and Sola’s story for a long time. I have always adored his character and have been tortured by the glimpses we’ve been getting of him in the previous books. He was screaming in the background. We knew if he didn’t come out of his psychosis, he would have to die.

There was also the story of Vishous and Jane in this book. I wanted to strangle him as my heart was breaking for Jane and his relationship.

There is a new threat to the species from Throe and his shadow creatures. I once liked Throw but he’s turned into a total psycho. He’s become the quintessential comic book villain who wants to take over the world. Cue the maniacal laughing.

I think there are a lot more stories to be told. I’m interested in where the Jo Early story will go. I’ve always wanted to see Murhder again and what about Xcor’s Band of Bastards? Will they be getting a story?

Now, we just have to wait and see.

Onyx – Lux #2 – Jennifer L Armentrout

What I like most about this series is that Katy has a book review boig like I do. It makes me have something in common with her. That’s not all I like though. I like the entire plot. It’s different and it keeps me interested.

In the last book, Daemon was a big jerk to Katy but I could understand why since his family and some of the town are aliens, closely monitored by the DOD. His brother had gotten close to a human and they ended up dead. He just didn’t want any more trouble.

In this book, Daemon is trying to make up for the way he treated her but Katy isn’t going to make it easy on him.

There’s a new boy in town and he’s made it clear that he’s interested in her. Daemon doesn’t trust him but that may be just jealousy.
When Katy sees the girl who was supposed to have been killed in a DOD vehicle, she gets hopeful that maybe Daemon’s brother is alive too. She and Daemon start looking for answers.

This author makes the Department of Defense seem cold and brutal in this series. There are some terrifying agents working for them.

I liked this book better than the first book. I’m going to continue with the series.

Deadmen Walking – Deadman’s Cross, Hellchasers, Sea Wolves #1 – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Deadmen Walking

By Sherrilyn Kenyon

Hellchasers ™

Deadman’s Cross ™

Sea Wolves ™

I avoided buying this book because I thought it was a new series or unrelated to the Dark-Hunter series which is technically true. On her website, it isn’t listed in the reading order for the Dark-Hunter series. It’s listed on its own as #1 in a new series, combining Hellchasers, Deadman’s Cross and Sea Wolves. I knew I would eventually read it but I wanted to wait for a few more books to come out first. I caved when I saw it offered for free from my local online library.

I’m a little freaked out by the review I’m going to give of a book from my favorite paranormal romance author. I usually can’t praise her enough but I had a few complaints on this one.

It’s as if Sherrilyn Kenyon took every myth from every culture and threw them in this book. I felt I was reading the Odyssey on steroids. Where the Odyssey was from only the Greek mythology or Pantheon, this book had gods and creatures from every legend I can think of. It was also super fast-paced. I was so confused and overwhelmed that I had a hard time understanding what was happening.

I think it helped that I have read the dark Hunter series and I read everything I can get my hands on about gods and myths all over the world but I was still a little lost. I recognized some of the characters from The Dark-Hunter series in this book but there was a whole slew of new characters introduced in this book. I’m not so sure that anyone who has not read the Dark-Hunter series or who is not familiar with certain myths and legends would be able to follow this book.

What I like about the Dark-Hunter series is that everything was introduced to us slowly and built upon everything else in the previous stories so it was easy to keep up–well, not that easy because it was and is a very complicated and complex story and plot line but easier than when everything is dropped in your lap at once like it was here. Too much was thrown at us too fast. I took a lot of notes to try to keep up and remember who everybody was and what they could do with their powers and why they could have their powers but I lost the enjoyment for the story because I was constantly taking notes.

As for the actual storyline, it was excellent as always. Nobody writes like Sherrilyn Kenyon.

It was set in the Caribbean in the 1700s on a pirate ship with a crew of the damned kind of like Pirates of the Caribbean. In fact, a lot of this book reminded me of Pirates of the Caribbean. A girl named Cameron needs help finding her brother and asks the captain of the ship for help and from there, the quest unfolds.

Obsidian – Lux #1 – Jennifer Armentrout

I didn’t expect to like this book so much because I tend to set my expectations pretty low when I start a new author and series. Plus, it’s geared toward young adults which sometimes can get all high schooly and mean girlish. But this book mostly stayed away from that sort of immature drama. It surprised me.

Katy moves from Florida to a small town in West Virginia with her mom. She meets the neighbors and loves the sister but the brother is a total jerk.

She starts noticing weird things and thinks it’s all in her head but soon her life gets some unwelcome excitement.

The plot was interesting but I think the tension between Damaen and Katy went on way too long. There comes a point when I just tire of things being dragged out. Also, if a guy continues to be a jerk, it becomes a dysfunctional relationship…maybe even abusive.

I went ahead and downloaded the next book in the series.

Dearest Ivie – Black Dagger Brotherhood #15.5 – J.R. Ward

Ivie meets Silas at a cigar bar and immediately judges him for being rich but he turns out to be pretty decent.

He tells her he’s leaving to the Old Country and won’t be back so their romance will be brief if she accepts.

This was so sad and depressing at times that I almost gave up reading it, knowing that things were destined to end bad but I couldn’t help myself and finished it in one night.

I’m not sure how this book even plays into the rest of the series, if it does at all. We only encounter any of the series other known characters briefly so it’s puzzling me how it connects. I guess we’ll see on April 10th when The Thief is released.

High Voltage – Fever #11 – Karen Marie Moning

As always, KMM brought it. Dani was as badass as ever but she’s evolving and growing…literally. She’s not as reckless as she used to be but she’s not as robotic and cold as her alter-personality, Jada, either.

Everybody thought the Song of Making would fix everything but it caused a whole set of new problems. The Fae are stronger and the old gods are awake. Neither are fond of humans but they hate each other more.

Mac and Barrons have left to deal with the Fae and Ryodan, along with the rest of The Nine have left too. Dani is left alone to keep her beloved Dublin safe.

This book had a different feel to it than the other books in the series. I think it was slowed down a bit to allow the reader to feel more and not be so disconnected from the characters. Not that I didn’t connect but I’ve always felt they were a little too cold. I found myself crying in several spots of this book. I don’t think any of the previous books made me so emotional. They mostly went too fast and had me more shocked than sad like when Mac ate Jo. Even though I really liked Jo,I was too shocked–and a lot grossed out–to be sad. Plus, there was a lot happening really fast so I wasn’t able to mourn for more than a second before I had to move on to the next peril.

I’m excited to see where the story will go from here if it is going anywhere.

Broken – David H. Burton

I have discovered my local library has free online books. I haven’t figured out how to navigate it properly yet and a lot of the books that I am interested in have long wait times but it’s nice to know I have options when my bank account is low. This is the first book I tried. I
This was a quick enjoyable read about a woman who finds out her hallucinations are real and then goes on an quest to save her own life.
Katherine finds out that all her ancestors were cursed to die at age twenty-four. She needs to find out why and how to stop it.