Friday, April 8, 2011

Dreams' Dark Kiss by Shirin Dubbin

I've had my issues with this book since I first bought it. Nothing bad, but I just couldn't get started. When I first began reading it, I found that it was pretty dark and a little hard to handle. Don't get me wrong, I love a dark story but it was a rough read, meaning it was a little hard to follow. When you start, you're immediately plunged into Ciaran's world. She's a psychopomp, a person who guides souls to the afterlife. We learn about what she does, how she does it but we never really get the why (until later down the line). Anywho ... Without giving anything away, she meets a hot Hawaiian named Keoni who comes to her rescue as she's being attacked in the wasteland. Soon after that meeting, we meet Man and Beast, who want to 'mate' with her for a reason we dont find out until later, lol.

The world building is basically sick ... Shirin gives us a detailed look into each and every scene change. My favorite was when Ciaran first met Keoni and he was manipulating the Dreamscape right after he'd saved her. I thought that was pretty darn good.

This book was longer than Keeper Of The Way so there's more to hold onto, the world building is flawless, the storytelling is pretty damn good, but overall ... I wasn't quite sure if I liked it completely. Despite the fact that it had so many elements that I loved, I didn't just overall love the book. No reason why ... Absolutely none. Maybe it was the terminology ... Could be. Shirin does an excellent job of creating something completely new and getting you pulled into it. I know about vamps and weres and demons and such but this was SO new that maybe I just didn't get it completely. Nonetheless, it's definitely something I'd recommend to anyone as the work is really good.

3 Stars.
IR: Ciaran (Caribbean/Brit) Keoni (Hawaiian)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Lover Unleashed by JR Ward

Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 9

ALL SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW!!!! Definitely the worst of the series. This book focuses on Payne and her hookup with Dr. Manuel Manello aka Manny. I'm going to give you the skinny on the whole thing since it was pretty bad. We get side stories on a guy named Xcor who is supposedly the son of Bloodletter (Payne and Vishous' dad), we also get a birds eye view into the marital problems between Jane and Vishous. What's going on with Jane and Vishous? V isn't being a good husband, point blank. So what does he do? He goes out and gets himself hurt in order to deal with his problems. He ends up having Butch be a Dom so he can be a Sub and whoop the crap out of him in his condo. It works and V rights himself. We get a peephole of a view of Quinn pining over Blaylock, which is what I would love to read about as I love those too, Saxton included. Other than that, it's all a game of cat and mouse as Manny wants to deflower the woman whose bigger and stronger than him, Payne, but trying to be a gentleman. At the end we find that Manny and Butch share the same father and that since Butch is related to Wrath, now so is Manny. Whoop-D-Doo.

The only positive in this book was that Manny opted out of doing the Ancestor Regression that would find out how he's related to a vamp (using the same technique they used on Butch to turn him) so ... Now we've got Payne and Manny ... A vamp and a full human. Wonder how that will work out in the next book. I always gripped about how things happened when the Brother's got their women so at least Ward didn't pull something stupid out of her hat (like she did with Jane) in order to give Manny to Payne. I don't know ... The book really sucked ... Just wow ... *sigh*

1 Star