Dark Lover – JR Ward {Review)

dark lover tabledarkloverI am finally getting this review up!! I love vampires. That’s no secret. I had been meaning to start JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series for a while, but it seemed like my local B&N was always out of the first in the series. With Halloween approaching and vampire books everywhere (I love this time of year!) I was finally able to get the first two books in the series. I’m glad I did!!

Dark Lover introduces us to the BDB, a group of warrior vampires whose job is to protect the remaining members of their society from the Lessers, soulless human vampire hunters. If you like a tortured hero, you’ll love this! The first in the series tells the story of Beth, a half-human/half-vampire that doesn’t know she’s about to transition and gets pulled into a battle she didn’t know existed. She is a strong female lead without being overpowering or annoying.

The main brother in the story is Wrath, the only remaining purebred vampire and leader of the BDB. He reluctantly agrees to help Beth with her transition after her father and his close friend is killed.

The book is full of romance, heat, tension, mystery and thrills. The author does a fabulous job at bringing you into this dark world without it being confusing. I would recommend this do those who love a hot paranormal read. I’m hoping to start the second in the series, Lover Eternal later this month.

* This was read during the 24hr Dewey Read-a-Thon and counts towards my 101 Books Challenge.

{Book Review} Intertwined by Gena Showalter

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intertwined I told myself no more starting series that haven’t been finished. I HATE not knowing how a story ends… I didn’t realize that Intertwined by Gena Showalter was the beginning of a series. That’s what I get for not doing my research prior to picking up a book…

Aden Stone may seem like your normal schizophrenic trouble maker, however, the voices in his head are much more than figments of his imagination. Aden shares his body with four spirits that each bring something strange to the table. One sees the future – often the death of those around him. One raises the dead. One allows Aden to posses others. One can take Aden to past versions of himself often altering the future as he knows it. As terrible as sharing your head may sound, Aden has come to love these spirits and wants to help them find their own lives. He hasn’t known anything different. That is until he meets Mary Anne. She somehow quiets the voices, allowing him the peace he only dreamed of. That peace doesn’t last long, however, somehow him meeting Mary Anne is bringing the paranormal world out of hiding to find him.

I started this book at 7am the morning of the Read-a-Thon. I am not by any means a morning person so that may very well account for why it was so hard for me to get into the story. I felt like it was slow to start, but once it got going I couldn’t put it down. The added paranormal world definitely grabbed my attention. The characters became more well rounded and the more I learned about them the more I wanted to know. The only thing I didn’t like about the book was how rushed the end felt.  Overall, I liked the book and I will be reading the next one when it comes out. I’d recommend borrowing or checking this book out… I’m not sure if I can say “go out and buy it!”… maybe after the next one…

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I heard about this book from Blogs with Bite. So here are my answers to their discussion questions: May contain minor spoilers!!

#1  Do you feel the ending was cut short and needed more to be resolved before the book ended? I felt that it was rushed, but not necessarily that there needed to be more resolved. I felt almost like too much was resolved too quickly… if that makes sense…

#2 Regarding Question #1, what are your thoughts on series books? I love series books! I hate waiting to find out what happens next… but with series you get to know the characters and their world much better.

#3 Which “trapped” soul was your favorite and do you see potential in the future story lines with the remaining three? My favorite was probably Elijah. Although all the souls cared about Aden, he seemed the closest to him. I think Caleb will have the most interesting back story… but you never know 🙂 I’m really looking forward to seeing how they find out who the souls are and how they grant their dying wishes.

#4  When a larger-than-life character such as Vlad Tepes aka Dracula is used as a side-plot character do you believe it gives the story a more factual base, or makes it less real? I think it makes it more “real” or connects it with stories you may have read in the past. A character like Dracula in particular, that was based on a real man, helps bring the story into our world.

#5 What did you think of the side plot involving Tucker and Penny?  Do you think the issues from that plot were adequately resolved? I think it helped build Mary Anne’s character. We get to see how she deals with betrayal and she loses those that were close to her. I’m interested to see what happens with Penny and the child. Will it be a demon? Will Mary Anne tell her?

#6 What is your best guess as to what Aden Stone’s superpower is – the power he possess without his souls? I honestly have no idea. He seems to draw magical energy to him. I’m sure the fact that him and Mary Anne were born in the same place at the same time will play a big role in finding out what their powers are.

* read during 24 Hour Read-a-Thon

* counted towards 101 Books Challenge

* “I” book for A-Z Books Challenge

Read-a-Thon Afterthoughts

So I’ve had a nap and some time for the insane amounts of caffeine to leave my brain… time for a Read-a-Thon wrap-up!

  • Number of books read:
    • 3
  • Pages read
    • 1,019
  • Time spent reading
    • 14 hour 50 min
  • What did I do during the rest of the 24 hours?
    • Twitter
    • Mini-Challenges
    • Read Fellow Reader’s Updates
  • What was the best part of the read-a-thon?
    • All the support! I NEVER expected to so much encouragement from friends and fellow book-lovers! It’s really what kept me going. I absolutely LOVE the book community online! What an amazing group of people!!
  • What was the worst part of the read-a-thon?
    • Getting up at 6 am…
    • I have a hard time switching from one series to another. Letting go of the characters is very difficult and while I usually consider that a good thing, it turned out to be the toughest part of reading multiple books in one day.
  • Will I do this again?
    • YES
  • What would I do differently?
    • Go to bed earlier the night before!
    • Start with some light (Harry Potter?) books.
    • Make sure I have enough of one series to just read that later in the day.

Readathon : End of Event Meme

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

The first! I’m am NOT a morning person 🙂
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

Although I didn’t read them during the readathon, I finished the first 3 Night Huntress books in one sitting a few months ago. Mainly I wish I would picked a series and gone with it. I had a hard time letting go of the last book and starting something different.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

I can’t think of anything! You guy did an AMAZING job!!
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

I was able to follow the Readathon site via Twitter and connect to others reading, cheering and doing mini-challenges.
5. How many books did you read?

I only finished 3 books.
6. What were the names of the books you read?

Dark Lover by JR Ward, Read Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, and Intertwined by Gena Showalter
7. Which book did you enjoy most?

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
8. Which did you enjoy least?

That’s hard because I liked them all…
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

N/A
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I’ll DEFINITELY doing the readathon again!!! I’ll be reading again, but I’ll probably try to cheer others on more next time.

Read-a-Thon Update {Hour 20-24}

Although I’m wide awake, my brain doesn’t seem to working properly… Hope this makes sense… I’ll post about my Read-a-Thon experience once I wake up this afternoon 🙂

Title of book(s) read since last update:

  • Hour 1-5
    • Starting with Intertwined by Gena Showalter
  • Hour 6-8
    • Read Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • Hour 9-12
    • Started Dark Lover by JR Ward
  • Hour 13-15
    • Still working on Dark Lover by JR Ward
  • Hour 16-19
    • Finished Dark Lover by JR Ward
  • Hour 20-24
    • Finished Intertwined by Gena Showalter

Thoughts on current read:

  • Hour 1-4
    • The further I get into the book… the more I can’t put it down… however, I’m really not a morning person AT ALL and am having a hard time staying focused. Taking some time to book blog…
  • Hour 6-8
    • I gave up on Intertwined for now and read Stargirl all at once. I LOVED IT!! I rarely give a book 5 stars… wish I had picked up the sequel. I highly recommend reading this. Makes me want to be more unique.
  • Hour 9-12
    • I’ve started Dark Lover by JR Ward and am having a hard time putting it down to see how my mini-challenge is going and to update on here 🙂
  • Hour 13-15
    • I’m LOVING this book… but my mini-challenge kept distracting me so I didn’t much further…
  • Hour 16-19
    • I’m so glad I have the Black Dagger Brotherhood a chance!!
  • Hour 20-24
    • I picked Intertwined back up (after trying a couple others) and found that I didn’t put it down out of boredom earlier, but just because I tired. This time the story held my attention with little Mt Dew 🙂 My brain doesn’t seem to be working right now so I’ll wait to review this after I’ve reread some of the end lol.

Number of books read since you started: 1 books

  • Hour 1-4
    • Intertwined – Gena Showalter (155p)
  • Hour 5-8
    • Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli (completed)
  • Hour 19
    • Dark Lover – JR Ward (completed)
  • Hour 20-24
    • Intertwined – Gena Showalter (completed)

Pages read:

  • Hour 1
    • 75 pages
  • Hour 2-4
    • 80 pages
  • Hour 5-8
    • 186 pages
  • Hour 9-12
    • 106 pages
  • Hour 13-15
    • 130 pages
  • Hour 16-19
    • 157 pages
  • Hour 20-24
    • 285 pages

Running total of pages read since you started: 1,019 pages


Amount of time spent reading:

  • Hour 1-2
    • 90 min
  • Hour 3-4
    • 90 min
  • Hour 5-8
    • 120 min
  • Hour 9-12
    • 120 min
  • Hour 13-15
    • 90 min
  • Hour 16-19 (Husband ended up coming home so this is a guess)
    • 200 min
  • Hour 20-24
    • ~180 min

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 14 h 50 min


Mini-challenges completed:


Other participants you’ve visited (running list from start to finish- bold new since last update):


Soundtrack:

  • Hour 1-4
    • Ludovico Enudi
  • Hour 5-6
    • Brian Crain – Piano Opus
  • Hour 5-8
    • A Fine Frenzy
  • Hour 9-12
    • A Fine Frenzy, Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson, New Moon OST
    • Stopped listening to music for a while
  • Hour 13-15
    • No music
  • Hour 16-19
    • No music
  • Hour 20-24
    • No music

THANK YOU to everyone who helped put theRead-a-Thon together

and all those who cheered us on!!

I had a great time and cannot wait to participate in the next one 🙂

Read-a-Thon Update {Hour 16-19}

Title of book(s) read since last update:

  • Hour 1-5
    • Starting with Intertwined by Gena Showalter
  • Hour 6-8
    • Read Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • Hour 9-12
    • Started Dark Lover by JR Ward
  • Hour 13-15
    • Still working on Dark Lover by JR Ward
  • Hour 16-19
    • Finished Dark Lover by JR Ward

Thoughts on current read:

  • Hour 1-4
    • The further I get into the book… the more I can’t put it down… however, I’m really not a morning person AT ALL and am having a hard time staying focused. Taking some time to book blog…
  • Hour 6-8
    • I gave up on Intertwined for now and read Stargirl all at once. I LOVED IT!! I rarely give a book 5 stars… wish I had picked up the sequel. I highly recommend reading this. Makes me want to be more unique.
  • Hour 9-12
    • I’ve started Dark Lover by JR Ward and am having a hard time putting it down to see how my mini-challenge is going and to update on here 🙂
  • Hour 13-15
    • I’m LOVING this book… but my mini-challenge kept distracting me so I didn’t much further…
  • Hour 16-19
    • I’m so glad I have the Black Dagger Brotherhood a chance!!

Number of books read since you started: 1 books

  • Hour 1-4
    • Intertwined – Gena Showalter (155p)
  • Hour 5-8
    • Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli (completed)
  • Hour 19
    • Dark Lover – JR Ward (completed)

Pages read:

  • Hour 1
    • 75 pages
  • Hour 2-4
    • 80 pages
  • Hour 5-8
    • 186 pages
  • Hour 9-12
    • 106 pages
  • Hour 13-15
    • 130 pages
  • Hour 16-19
    • 157 pages

Running total of pages read since you started: 734 pages


Amount of time spent reading:

  • Hour 1-2
    • 90 min
  • Hour 3-4
    • 90 min
  • Hour 5-8
    • 120 min
  • Hour 9-12
    • 120 min
  • Hour 13-15
    • 90 min
  • Hour 16-19 (Husband ended up coming home so this is a guess)
    • 200 min

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 11 h 50 min


Mini-challenges completed:


Other participants you’ve visited (running list from start to finish- bold new since last update):


Soundtrack:

  • Hour 1-4
    • Ludovico Enudi
  • Hour 5-6
    • Brian Crain – Piano Opus
  • Hour 5-8
    • A Fine Frenzy
  • Hour 9-12
    • A Fine Frenzy, Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson, New Moon OST
    • Stopped listening to music for a while
  • Hour 13-15
    • No music
  • Hour 16-19
    • No music

Read-a-Thon Update {Hours 13-15}

Title of book(s) read since last update:

  • Hour 1-5
    • Starting with Intertwined by Gena Showalter
  • Hour 6-8
    • Read Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • Hour 9-12
    • Started Dark Lover by JR Ward
  • Hour 13-15
    • Still working on Dark Lover by JR Ward

Thoughts on current read:

  • Hour 1-4
    • The further I get into the book… the more I can’t put it down… however, I’m really not a morning person AT ALL and am having a hard time staying focused. Taking some time to book blog…
  • Hour 6-8
    • I gave up on Intertwined for now and read Stargirl all at once. I LOVED IT!! I rarely give a book 5 stars… wish I had picked up the sequel. I highly recommend reading this. Makes me want to be more unique.
  • Hour 9-12
    • I’ve started Dark Lover by JR Ward and am having a hard time putting it down to see how my mini-challenge is going and to update on here 🙂
  • Hour 13-15
    • I’m LOVING this book… but my mini-challenge kept distracting me so I didn’t much further…

Number of books read since you started: 1 books

  • Hour 1-4
    • Intertwined – Gena Showalter (155p)
  • Hour 5-8
    • Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli (completed)

Pages read:

  • Hour 1
    • 75 pages
  • Hour 2-4
    • 80 pages
  • Hour 5-8
    • 186 pages
  • Hour 9-12
    • 106 pages
  • Hour 13-15
    • 130 pages

Running total of pages read since you started: 577 pages


Amount of time spent reading:

  • Hour 1-2
    • 90 min
  • Hour 3-4
    • 90 min
  • Hour 5-8
    • 120 min
  • Hour 9-12
    • 120 min
  • Hour 13-15
    • 90 min

Running total of time spent reading since you started: 8 h 30 min


Mini-challenges completed:


Other participants you’ve visited (running list from start to finish- bold new since last update):


Soundtrack:

  • Hour 1-4
    • Ludovico Enudi
  • Hour 5-6
    • Brian Crain – Piano Opus
  • Hour 5-8
    • A Fine Frenzy
  • Hour 9-12
    • A Fine Frenzy, Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson, New Moon OST
    • Stopped listening to music for a while
  • Hour 13-15
    • No music