[514]: The Shadows by JR Ward

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GOODEADS SUMMARY | New American Library | Hardcover, 576 pp. | March 31st, 2015 | Black Dagger Brotherhood, #13 | Adult Fiction | Paranormal | Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


I think I have come to a certain point of my JR Ward fangirl life, where I could no longer tolerate the lack of movement with the overall plot of this series as a whole. The last couple of books has been quite a disappointment, to be honest. JR Ward may have a particular knack for dangling the proverbial carrot in our faces, but she is nothing but a big tease. It’s a brilliant marketing ploy. Every instalment brings about a certain excitement for things to come. Albeit, most of the time, it’s the pounding beat of doom ringing ominously loud. Unfortunately, she hasn’t come through for me. Slowly, and as the years passed, my malcontent grows at a steady pace. So much so that I could no longer ignore it.

Standstill

Book number 13 may prove to be the one that pushes that “it’s over” button. As once again, none of the plot conflicts was resolved here: the Band of Bastards is still on the lam. Xcor and Layla are still circling/sniffing around each other. The only thing that have shown a glimmer of life is the resurgence of the Brothers’ original enemy, the Lessers. This is saying a lot, as I used to skip/skim parts where the lessers are mentioned. At this point, I’ll take anything that could get my heart rate pumping.

Wallowing in Suburbia

I don’t know about you, but just because the Brothers have found their respective shellans shouldn’t mean they go on to live in a suburban bliss. Come on now. It shouldn’t be allowed. Boring lives are for real people, not fictional characters. Not especially for powerful vampires who are supposed to be as bad as they come. I was bored. I miss the days when they go out on a slaying spree. When Rhage’s beast does a cameo (though, I think The Beast did for a blink or two here); when Vishous’ heritage as Bloodletter’s son comes out and play. I especially miss Zsadist’s growls and well, sadistic way of killing.

Written in stars

The Shadows is Trez and iAm’s book. I can’t recall which book they first showed up, but the short of it all is that they are Shadows. Beings that aside from being able to keep their invisible form, they are pretty much like vampires themselves. This book is about Trez’s destiny to mate with the heir to the S’Hisbe throne. Nothing is ever easy with these people, so of course, he goes and falls in love with the Chosen Selena – who in turn has a secret of her own that could devastate them both in the end.

In the meantime, iAm, in an attempt to help his brother, goes and gets himself imprisoned again. This time, though, with fruitful consequences. He meets maichen; a servant in the court of the Queen of Shadows. Everybody has secrets. And maichen has one of her own.

I will go down with this ship

As much as I’ve bemoaned the fact that I was bored with this book, I don’t think I see myself quitting. There are still good things to be had, I believe. I want to see what becomes of Xcor and Layla. I want to see what kind of evil plans Throe has up his sleeves. I want to see what’s doing with Rhage as he was a bit out of sorts in this book. And since they’ve found the lessers’ nest, I see a lot of bloodshed in the next book.

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On the Night Table [13]: Housekeeping

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Another work week is upon us! I wish I can say that I’m excited about this, but any week that I’m forced to work rather than read is not a good week at all.  Sigh. Unfortunately, I have to play the adult role and fulfill obligations and such. Yep. It sucks being a responsible adult.

This week, I thought I’d try and finish some books that I’ve started a couple of weeks ago. Sort of a housekeeping before I can move on to my  pile of ARCs for May. I’ve started reading The Shadows a couple of weeks ago, and because this book is massive (576 pages), I used my Audible credit to download a copy on audio. I’ve been listening to it at work, and have been reading it simultaneously from time to time. I wish I can say something positive about this book, but unfortunately, this was a non-consequential instalment (relative to the series, that is).  The good news is, I’ve got about a quarter left. Yay.

The Fearless by Emma Pass is a stand-alone post apocalyptic novel set in UK. Basically, it’s what happens when a serum used to treat soldiers with PTSD becomes an unforeseen nightmare. I say, if you’ve read a zombie novel in the past, then you will have an idea on what this story is about. It is sort of similar. Only, there’s a semblance of intelligence left to those who were afflicted. I’m liking what I’m reading so far (I’m about halfway).

If I were really thinking ahead of this post, I should’ve had A Darker Shade of Magic instead of Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda pictured here. Can you believe that I can’t find my copy? I did some Spring cleaning over the weekend and have packed up some books to take to the cabin. I have a feeling my copy got lost in the shuffle. Now I have to wait until the weekend to dig it out.

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laurel heights summerhill

For the last two weeks, I’ve been ensconced in Kate Perry’s world. I managed to finish off her Summerhill series, and currently working my way through Laurel Heights. Her books are fun, sweet, romantic and with very little angst to speak of. I really enjoy being a curious bystander to her stories, not to mention they’re fast reads. One of these days, I’m going to sit down and write an actual review for these books. They need more love!

This is my plan for the week. What’s yours?

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