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“Lover Mine” by J.R. Ward (Bit Spoiler-ish)

Published May 29, 2010 by Nerdy_Faery

Lover Mine by J.R. Ward

*Has a bit of Spoilers though*

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Hardcover; 1st edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451229851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451229854

In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. Long divided as a terrifying battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown to himself and to those around him. After he was taken in by the Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was- or his true identity. Indeed, the fallen Brother Darius has returned, but with a different face and a very different destiny. As a vicious personal vendetta takes John into the heart of the war, he will need to call up on both who he is now and who he once was in order to face off against evil incarnate.

Xhex, a symphath assassin, has long steeled herself against the attraction between her and John Matthew. Having already lost one lover to madness, she will not allow the male of worth to fall prey to the darkness of her twisted life. When fate intervenes, however, the two discover that love, like destiny, is inevitable between soul mates.

Lover Mine… John Mathew… Xhex… Blay… And Qhuinn… If you want to know more about the “Brothers” in general—do not go for this book. The story centers on JM and Xhex. How JM is desperate to find Xhex, and how she is desperate to run away from Lash. After that happens, they open up to each other and we start knowing more about their pasts and their quest of finding Lash. Throughout the story we see how the relationship with Qhuinn and Blay is straining, and also we start knowing about Payne.

That is it—the whole book about JM and Xhex. First of all, J.R. Ward’s writing is still engaging as ever, I really like the way she writes; it makes everything easy to picture. The thing is: I wanted more of the Brothers. The only one we get to see, and it is from Payne’s perspective, is Wrath. I liked Payne, I wished we could have seen more of her. Also, Blay and Qhuinn were the ones who made this book interesting—I cannot wait to see what is going to happen with Layla. (I feel so mean, she is so innocent, yet I could not stop laughing at that.)

Something else that I liked a lot: the background story with Darius and Tohrment! I kept wishing to read more of it with every passing page. I still think that there is more to JM than just being Darius’ son. Yes, I stick to my theory that maybe it is Darius that came back again. I guess I can say I have mixed feelings about Lover Mine.

I was disappointed in many ways. The thing that bugged me the most was the Sign Language thing with Xhex—How was it possible that she learned everything just walking to another room in the house? I mean, it is okay if it was just the alphabet, but how can she understand those speeches JM throws at her? For real? You do not go just by the alphabet when it comes to the ASL… Sorry.

The other thing was: how, in the name of everything that is good, did everyone end up knowing that Lash was the Omega’s son? I admit that I got lost at some points and wanted to go back and read to see how they got to realize some things. I understand that maybe I just had really high expectations—but I still think that there was something missing somewhere between the lines.

Overall, the book was engaging, captivating and it flowed nicely despite the bumps and holes. I liked Xhex’s character. I cannot wait to see what is going to happen next. Also, what about Qhuinn’s brother? Lash said he had him frozen, was it?

More Books- No Life

Published May 22, 2010 by Nerdy_Faery

I have an excuse, I do– School, and most importantly: Finals. Yes, as you understand, this month has been kicking my arse; and the worst part of it all is that I have not been able to have as much pleasure reading as I would like. Pleasure reading meaning books that are not for school. Of course, this has not taken away my compulsive book buying– when I am stressed I have to go to the bookstore when I can, and in a four day span I have been there twice *grin.*

By the way– I did manage to complete my Black Dagger Brotherhood dare on time, before Lover Mine came out! And also got to finish Lover Mine as well, do not know how I pulled that one off though. Now I am moving on to the Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files dare… Twelve books in fourteen days- starting next Wednesday. I can do it, right? RIGHT! And next week I am going to start with the reviews again… Or should I say- I will go back to giving my opinion on booksies.

Now, I shall stop rambling and get to show you the lovely books I got this week:

May 18th

  • Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
  • White Cat by Holly Black
  • Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, #4) by Jim Butcher
  • Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5) by Jim Butcher
  • Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, #6) by Jim Butcher

May 21st

  • Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1) by China Miéville
  • The Scar (Bas-Lag, #2) by China Miéville
  • Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders Trilogy, #1) by Robin Hobb

And on Monday the 17th, I got a very speshul prezzie from a very speshul friendie (Adele- @Hagelrat) ❤ ❤ Lookie, lookie!

  • Laughing Boy’s Shadow by Steven Savile

So here you go– I have no self control when it comes to books apparently… Not that I am complaining, but I have here +100 books to finish. There will be lots of reading this Summer, I assure you. 🙂

 

Real-BOOKS-Life

Published May 4, 2010 by Nerdy_Faery

I know, I am a slacker… But real life, reading, writing, and the little world in my mind keep me very busy all the time– despite the tweeting all the tim *shame… not really.*

I just realized that it has been a while since I posted something remotely productive, so I decided to do something close to it and give you guys a walk through my last two weeks and a half in my book world…

I won the bet/dare I had with @SimonCanderous— I was supposed to finish the first six books on the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward, also read the Insider’s Guide, and get to read a part of book #7 [Lover Avenged] before Lover Mine came out… And I did it! Now, there is another bet/dare going on by @SimonCanderous and @Hagelrat: As soon as the semester is over I am supposed to read Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files in two weeks. I am actually looking forward to that one *grin.*

“Hi everyone, my name is Ale and I have a problem: I am a compulsive book buyer.” [crowd replies: Hi Ale!] … For real, I have this thing that whenever my emotions are extreme I have to go to a bookstore. Everyone knows what happens when Ale goes to a bookstore, right? She ends up buying books– more than I should, and I cannot help it. So, here you go, books I have bought this past two weeks:

April 18th

  • Mind Games by Carolyn Crane
  • Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
  • Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells
  • Covet by J.R. Ward
  • The Fallen 1 by Thomas E. Sniegoski
  • Randiant Shadows by  Melissa Marr
  • White Night by Jim Butcher

April 21st

  • Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett
  • Branded: Fall of Angels by Keary Taylor
  • Willow by Julia Hoban

April 23rd

  • Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
  • Blood Vice by Keith Melton
  • Darkest Night by Gena Showalter

May 1st- Free Comic Book Day! *YAY* That says it all…

  • Preacher Vol. 1 by Garth Ennis, Glenn Fabry, Steve Dillon
  • Dead @ 17 [a lot of them] by Josh Howard
  • Marvel Zombies: Dead Days by Robert Kirkman, Mark Millar, Reginald Hudlin

May 1st

  • Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn
  • Burned by P.C. & Kristin Cast
  • Battle of the Network Zombies by Mark Henry
  • Lover Mine by J.R. Ward

May 4th

  • Boys That Bite by Mari Mancusi
  • The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo

Honestly, I think my bookshelf is going to break/fall soon… There are, literally, +100 books on top of it waiting for me to read them… *shame* I think I need some profeshunal help now. LOL

Well, homework is glaring at me and calling me names from on top of the table… Nope, I am not kidding- I wish I were.

Good Night y’all! Hope you guys have a good one and cute dreams! ^-^ -Ciao

Dead to Me- Winner!

Published May 2, 2010 by Nerdy_Faery

OMG! Sorry for the lateness!

Thank you guys so much for entering the contest- I loooved every answer posted in there. =)

Eek– *insert dramatic song* And the winner is: #2-> Arianna, who said:

To me, what makes a person attractive is that moment when your standing or sitting down….and you turn around because your friend says that cute guy is staring at you. So you look over and he smiles at you & you smile back. That smile is what makes the person attractive. A smile can say so much, that a frown can never say.

Congratsies Arianna! Hope you like… Sorry, I am sure you are going to love this book! It is awesome, and Simon is all sorts of yummy, not to mention that Mr. Strout is one great author. Please send me your address to: ale_bodden11 (at) hotmail (dot) com