Saturday, January 27, 2018

Week 4 Reviews: The King, The Shadows

From Goodreads:
J.R. Ward's # 1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood continues as a royal bloodline is compromised by a grave threat to the throne.

Long live the King... 

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father's mantle—with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything—and everyone—at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she's unprepared for Wrath's response—or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out... or tortured legacy take over? 

From Goodreads:
Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.

Trez "Latimer" doesn't really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S'Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on... except for his brother, iAm.

iAm's sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he's failed. It's not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around... but by then it's too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he's in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice...

My Review:
These books were really great, but they weren't the best of the series for me. These books were a little bit too much real life, with bumpy happy endings, and tragedies. For The King, I had Dark Lover to compare to, and I read books to get away from real life, you know? Not so say I didn't enjoy them, but just not as much as previous books, and hopefully, future ones as well!

While I was reading The King, I was almost trying to skip ahead at parts, because I wanted to get back to Beth and Wrath's story, because, hey, someone's trying to take the kingship away from him. The bits were important to setting up these couples for their books, but gah, I wanted more Beth and Wrath, especially near that 2/3rds bit, when she had ideas about how to beat the bad guys at their own game!

The Shadows was really, really hard to read. I knew that there wasn't going to be a happy ending for one of the couples, the one that we've spent the most time. After all, we don't have the name of iAm's lady in the synopsis. So yeah, it was hard to read, but good, too. The goodness that is this series overcame, but the hard bits are why this book wasn't as good for me!

A lot happened in these books, lots of ups and downs and emotional rollercoasters. It's kinda weird how for a lot of the early books, we were in the heads of the bad guys, but these later books have kinda shifted away. Well, the Band of Bastards doesn't count, even if it's a threat, because they aren't bad guys, their leader is getting a book!

Really enjoyed these books, and I can't wait for more!

Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #12, 13
Read: January 25th, 25th, 2018
Reason Why: Love her books and her series, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Books!
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA), Penguin Publishing Group, Ballantine Books
Published: April 1st 2014, March 31st 2015

The King:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

The Shadows:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

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