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[Rezension] Liebesmond + Schattentraum

English Hardcover

German Cover #20

German Cover #19

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‚Liebesmond‚ & ‚Schattentraum‘
by J. R. Ward

(Lover Reborn)

Black Dagger #19 & # 20
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First Sentence:
“ ‚The bastard’s taking the bridge! He’s mine!‘ Tohrment waited for an answering whistle, and when it puddles, his legs going piston, his hands fisting hard.“

Last Sentence:
“ ‚You bet your ass I am. Eternally grateful… I am … Eternally. Grateful.‘ On that note, he kissed his female… and bit into his Big Mac.“

Inhaltsangabe:
In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. The city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
Now back in the Brotherhood – and unrecognisable as the vampire leader he once was – Tohrment is physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair. When he begins to see his beloved in his dreams – trapped in a cold, isolating netherworld – Tohr turns to a self-serving fallen angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. When he’s told he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed . . .
Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past, and a very hot, passion-filled future . . . but can his heart let go and set all of them free?  (Source: Goodreads.com)

Meine Gedanken zum Buch:
Um die Worte von Vishous zu verwenden – dieses Buch war einfach nur ‚fan-fucking-tastic’ awesome!!!
Ich hatte hohe Erwartungen an das Buch, weil es mir so vorkam ich, als ob ich eine Ewigkeit darauf warten musste. Aber es hat sich voll und ganz ausgezahlt und für dieses Buch wäre es sogar wert, noch ein Jahr zu warten – obwohl es mich umgebracht hätte – und es hat mehr als nur meine Erwartungen erfüllt, in jedem Bereich. Ich liebe dieses Buch und es gehört nun definitiv zu meinen Lieblingen in der Black Dagger Reihe!

Ich hatte soviel Spaß beim Lesen, dass ich es nicht in Worte fassen kann. Es war stets mitreißend und emotional und ich habe es innerhalb von 4 Tagen ausgelesen, obwohl das Buch 572 Seiten hat und auf Englisch war! Um ehrlich zu sein, habe ich es nicht nur gelesen, sondern förmlich aufgesaugt, fast schon inhaliert wie ein abhängiger Drogensüchtiger. Und ich werde es mit Sicherheit bald noch ein zweites Mal lesen, nur um sicher zu stellen, dass ich kein kleinstes Detail verpasst habe.

Nach dem schwachen 9ten Teil ‚Lover Unleashed’ mit der Geschichte von Payne und Manny, kam nun im zehnten Band endlich Tohr an die Reihe, den ich schon in den ersten zwei Bändern ins Herz geschlossen hatte, um sein Happy – End zu bekommen. Aber bis dorthin hat er, wie auch wir als Leser, viele Schmerzen erleiden müssen. Sein Buch war voll von Verzweiflung, Traurigkeit, Unglaube und Wut, wegen dem viel zu frühen und brutalen Mord seiner schwangeren Frau Wellsie. Oh Gott; er war in solcher Qual und auch ich habe viele Tränen für ihn uns seine Familie vergossen und ich war ebenfalls wie gefangen von seinem Verlust und Verzweiflung, die anfänglich kein Ende, keine Erlösung zu finden schien.

Doch es wäre kein Ward- Buch, gäbe es nicht auch hier ein Happy- End für Tohr und No’One, für das ich ihr wahnsinnig dankbar bin. Obwohl es Momente gab, bei denen man dachte, es gibt kein zurück mehr und ein unglückliches Ende ist  in baldiger Reichweite, hat sie es doch geschafft am Ende all glücklich zu machen. *toll*

Aber nicht nur Tohr und No’One kamen in diesem Buch zu Wort, sondern es war auch wieder eine Menge von meinem geliebten John Matthew dabei, der leider mehr als nur Streitereien mit seiner Shellan Xhex hatte. Auch sie konnten es am Ende bereinigen, von dem ich sowieso von Anfang an aus ging. Doch ich muss ehrlich zugeben, dass ich Xhex zwar alleine als Charakter mag, aber ich war bereits in Lover Mine von der Konstellation der beiden als Paar nicht begeistert. Xhex ist zu hart und äußerlich gefühlskalt und für John hätte ich mir einen weicheren, gefühlvolleren Charakter gewünscht, nachdem was er bereits alles durchmachen musste. Aber gut, das ist nicht für mich zum entscheiden, sondern ein Fakt, der mich nun einmal ein wenig stört.

In Lover Reborn kam wenig von der Lessning Society vor, obwohl immer wieder Kämpfe gegen sie stattfanden, aber der Fokus lag in diesem Buch eindeutig auf einem anderen Feind. Und zwar hat die Band of Bastards (BoB), die barbarische Gruppe aus dem alten Land, angeführt von Xcor, einen fatalen Schlag gegen König Wrath erzielt. Wodurch nun der Kampf und die Aufmerksamkeit der Bruderschaft, auf diese Gruppe gelenkt wurde und an Priorität gewonnen hat. Ich finde diese Konstellation der zwei Gruppen und ihre Aggression gegeneinander, wahnsinnig spannend und ich kann es kaum erwarten zu erfahren wie es weiter geht in diesen unerbitterlichen Kampf. Was ich von Ward faszinierend finde, ist, dass sie Xcor nicht nur als den Bösen oder als Monster darstellt, obwohl er bereits viele schändliche Taten begangen hat, sondern, dass man auch hinter seine Fassade blicken kann und seinen inneren Konflikt bemerkt, der ihn aufgrund seiner Erziehung, seines Trainings zum Biest werden ließ. Und ich bin mir sehr sicher, dass auch er bald sein Buch bekommt und ich habe bereits eine sehr starke Vorahnung, mit wem er am Ende zusammen kommen wird. 😉

Das Beste an diesem Buch war, dass es in mir alle Emotionen heraus gekitzelt hat, die man nur haben kann. Ich habe geweint mit Tohr und Wellsie. Ich war traurig und verbittert mit No’One, Qhuinn oder Layla. Verzweifelt und verloren auf John’s Wegen oder ich konnte mit den anderen Brüdern und auch dem Engel Lassiter, lachen und Spaß haben. Und über allen konnte ich am Ende glücklich sein und mit einem wohligen Lächeln auf den Lippen dieses Buch beenden – zufrieden und befriedigt auf ganzer Linie. 😉
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Okay – eigentlich wollte ich nicht spoilern, aber weil mich schon einige im Forum gefragt haben, muss ich ein paar SPOILER verraten.

Ich weiß nicht wo ich beginnen soll. Es ist so viel passiert auf diesen 570 Seiten, so viel ist verraten worden, dass es schwer ist, den richtigen Anfang zu finden.

* Zu aller erst, weiß ich, dass es viele von euch interessiert wie No’One’s richtiger Name ist. Früher im alten Land war ihr Vorname ‚Rosalhynda’, aber der Nachname wird leider nie genannt (obwohl einige im Forum eine Vermutung haben, wer mit ihr, neben Xhex ,verwandt sein könnte). In diesem Buch wird sie nach der Hälfte von Tohr zu ‚Autumn‘ umbenannt – weil er die Farben dieser Jahreszeit mag, die Leichtkraft und die Schönheit – so wie er auch No’One sieht.

* Jeder kann sich doch noch daran erinnern, dass Qhuinn im sechsten Teil brutal zusammen geschlagen wurde und er dabei fast gestorben wäre, oder? Könnt ihr euch auch noch daran erinnern, dass er vor der Tür des ‚Makers‘ ein kleines, blondes Kind mit zwei verschieden farbigen Augen gesehen hat?! JA – erinnert ihr euch.
Ich denke, das wird bald Realität werden, weil Layla ihr ‚Needing’ hatte und Qhuinn ihr in dieser Zeit gedient hat. Aber keine Angst- sie lieben sich nicht und werden nur für das Kind zusammen halten (wie Freunde).

* Layla hat sich nämlich in einen anderen verliebt, bzw. sie fantasiert von ihm, obwohl sie kein Wort miteinander gesprochen haben. Aber sie kann nicht mit ihm zusammen sein, weil er eigentlich der Feind ist und brutal und bestialisch – doch sie hat in seine Augen, hinter seine Fassade geblickt, direkt in das Herz von… -> Xcor! 🙂
Ich bin fast zu 99 % sicher, dass die beiden irgendwann zusammen kommen werden. (so wie die Schöne und das Biest? ^^)

* Qhuinn war nicht aus Liebe mit Layla zusammen sondern nur weil er ein Kind möchte, eine Familie, zu der er voll ung ganz gehört. Und ich habe so ein Gefühl, dass wir bald endlich unser Qhuay – HEA bekommen und dass hoffentlich das nächste Buch über Qhuinn und Blay sein wird. Wollt ihr wissen warum? Wegen diesen Absatzes am Ende des Buches:

„Enough, Qhuinn thought.
Enough with the excuses, and the avoidance, and the trying to be someone, anyone else.
Even if he got shanked, even if his precious little ego and his dumb-ass little heart got shattered into little pieces, it was time to stop the bullshit. It was time to be a male.
As Blay started to straighten, like a message had been received, Qhuinn thought, That’s right, buddy. Our future has come.”

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Geeee, wie toll hört sich das den an und wie vielversprechend, dass Buch # 11 über die beiden sein wird?? Kann es kaum erwarten! *toll*

* Wer wissen möchte, welche Bücher mit Sicherheit noch kommen werden, dann sind hier die bereits fix unterzeichneten:
Qhuay, Lassiter, Trez, iAm, Murhder, Throe and Xcor.…

EDIT: 02.04.2012 – Es ist offiziell!!! Bei einem Signing hat Ward nun bestätigt, dass QHUINN und BLAYS Buch als Hardcover nächstes Jahr rauskommt und nicht nur als Novella – sondern sie bekommen ein richtiges Buch – und das schon nächstes JAHR!! *freu mich soo* 😀

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English Cover:
Mir gefällt das Cover ausgesprochen gut und ich finde es toll, dass endlich ein Kerl abgebildet ist, der wirklich dem Charakter im Buch ähnlich sieht. Außerdem mag die die Farbgebung und den Bluttropfen, der beim Buchstaben hinunter hängt.

All in all:
Ich kann nicht mehr sagen, wie oft ich schon erwähnt habe, dass ich diese Serie von Ward, wie auch dieses Buch hier liebe und es mit Sicherheit noch oft lesen werde. Für jeden, der die Bücher noch nicht gelesen – verdammt noch mal – fängt sie endlich an zu lesen und lasst euch auch in diese brutale, aber zugleich hinreißende, mitfühlende Welt der Black Dagger ziehen.

Rating:
5 of 5 points (I LOVED it – buy it!)

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Quotes: (guess this time my quotes are a litte more than usual^^)

Tohr (thinking): ‚As he sat with his brothers and the shellans and guests of the mansion, everything was a distant, hazy blur.
Well, almost all of it.
There was only one thing in the vast room that made any impression on him.
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Tohr: ‚I miss you…‘ He stroked the indentation of the gown where her waist would have been – should have been. ‚I miss you so much.‘
…. Why couldn’t his memories bring her back? They felt strong enough, powerful enough, a summoning spell that should have had her magically reinflating the gown.
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Rhage: „And if that bastard’s innocent, I’m the fucking Easter bunny.“
„Oh, good,“ someone quipped. „I’m calling you Hope-along Hollywood from now on.“
„Beasty Bo Peep,“ somebody else threw out….
„People,“ Rhage barked, „the point is that he is not innocent and I’m not the Easter bunny –“
„Where’s your basket?“
„Can I play with your eggs?“
„Hope it out, big guy –“
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Thor (thinking): He took, the took hard and ravenously, drinking deep, and wanting more than just the vein.
He wanted the core of this female.
He wanted in her as he drank from her.
And this was just true even as he was acutely ware that his was not this Wellsie. ….
But he still wanted her.
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No’One to Tohr: „I used to watch you sleep – back in the Old Country. I spent hours memorizing the way he low glow from the peat played over your closed eyes and your cheeks and your jaw.“
Tohr: „Why?“
No’One: „Because you weren’t like the sympath at all. You were dark and he was pale. You were big and he was thin. You were kind to me… and he was not. You were the only thing that kept my from going completely mad.“
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No’One: „Eventually she whispered, ‚I must be getting heavy.‘
Tohr: ‚Not at all.‘
‚You’re very strong.‘
Man, that did his ego good. Matter of fact, she hit him with anything like that again, he was going to feel like he could bench-press a city bus. With a jet plane parked on its roof.“ (*lmao*- I love this quote^^)
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Serienreihenfolge:

# 1: J. R. Ward  – Nachtjagd & Blutopfer (Dark Lover) »»
# 2: J. R. Ward  – Ewige Liebe & Bruderkrieg (Lover Eternal) »»
# 3: J. R. Ward  – Mondspur &Dunkles Erwachen (Lover Awakened) »»
# 4: J. R. Ward  – Menschenkind & Vampirherz (Lover Revealed) »»
# 5: J. R. Ward  – Seelenjäger & Todesfluch (Lover Unbound) »»
# 6: J. R. Ward  – Blutlinien & Vampirträume (Lover Enshrined) »»
#6.5: J. R. Ward –BDB – An Insider’s Guide »»
# 7: J. R. Ward  – Racheengel & Blinder König (Lover Avagened) »»
# 8: J. R. Ward  – Vampirseele & Mondschwur (Lover Mine) »»
# 9: J. R. Ward  – Vampirschwur & Nachtsseele (Lover Unleashed) »»
#10: J. R. Ward – Liebesmond & Schattentraum (Lover Reborn) »»
#11: J.R. Ward – Seelenprinz & Sohn der Dunkelheit (Lover at Last) »»
#12: J. R. Ward – The King »»
#13: J.R. Ward – The Shadows

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copyright: jrward.com

About the author – J. R. Ward:
J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.
(Source: jrward.com)

Visit her Website »»

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Review: Lover Reborn

English Hardcover

German Cover Part 2

German Cover Part 1

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‚Lover Reborn‘ by J. R. Ward

Black Dagger Brotherhood # 10
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First Sentence:
“ ‚The bastard’s taking the bridge! He’s mine!‘ Tohrment waited for an answering whistle, and when it puddles, his legs going piston, his hands fisting hard.“

Last Sentence:
“ ‚You bet your ass I am. Eternally grateful… I am … Eternally. Grateful.‘ On that note, he kissed his female… and bit into his Big Mac.“

Synopsis:
Back in the Brotherhood – and unrecognisable as the vampire leader he once was – Tohrment is physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair. When he begins to see his beloved in his dreams – trapped in a cold, isolating netherworld – Tohr turns to a self-serving fallen angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. When he’s told he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed . . .
Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past, and a very hot, passion-filled future . . . but can his heart let go and set all of them free?  (Source: goodreads.com)

My thougts about the book:
To quote Vishous‘ words – this book was just ‚fan-fucking-tastic’ awesome!!!
I had high expectations for this book because to me it seemed as if I had to wait an eternity for it. But it has completely paid off and for this book it would be even worth to wait another year – although that would have killed me – and the book has more than only fulfilled my expectations, in every area. I love this book and now it is definitively one of my favorites in the Black Dagger series!

I had so much fun while reading that I can’t form it into proper words. It was always thrilling and emotional and I have read it within 4 days, although the book has 572 pages and was in English! To be honest I’ve not only read it, but have formally soaked it up, almost inhaled it like a drug addict. And I’ll read it soon for a second time, only to make sure that I haven’t missed the smallest detail.

After the weak 9th book ‘Lover Unleashed’ with the story of Payne and Manny, we got the tenth book, in which finally Tohr has his time to get his ‘happily ever after’, who I already liked from the first two books and who I took to my heart. But up to that point he had to suffer, as well as we as the readers, great pains.
His book was full of desperation, sadness, disbelief and fury, because of the too early and cruel murder of his pregnant wife Wellsie. Oh God; he was in such torture and also I’ve poured many tears for him and his gone family and I was also caught by his loss and desperation, which at first seemed to come to no end, to no salvation.

But it wouldn’t be a real Ward-book, if there wouldn’t be also a happy-ending for Tohr and No’One, for which I’m incredibly grateful. Although there were moments in which I thought, there is no going back again and an unhappy-ending is unstoppable, Ward has made it again and presented us an end which made me totally happy. *great*

In this book not only Tohr and No’One got their chance to speak, but there was also a great part of my beloved John Matthew in it, who had, unfortunately, more than only little fights with his Shellan Xhex. But in the end they could also figure it out, which I already hoped for in the beginning.
However, honestly I must admit that though I like Xhex alone as a character, I was already in ‘Lover Mine#8’ not very happy by the constellation of Xhex and John as a couple. In my opinion Xhex is just too hard and on the outside too emotionally cold and for John I would have wished for a softer, more soulful female by his side, after everything he already had to go through. But well, this is not for me to decide, but a fact which disturbs me a little and which I wanted to mention here.

In ‘Lover Reborn’ wasn’t much about the lessening society, although there were fights over and over again against them, but the focus in this book lay unmistakably on another enemy. Namely the Band of Bastard (BoB), the barbarian group from the old country, headed by Xcor, has achieved a fatal hit against king Wrath. Whereby now the fights and the attention of the Brotherhood were directed on this group and have won their priority. I find this constellation of those two groups and their aggression against each other, incredibly exciting and I can’t wait to get to know how it will go on in this remorseless fight.

What I really liked about Ward was, that she presented Xcor not only as an evil/bad person or as a monster, although he has already committed many scandalous doings, but Ward let us also look behind his facade and his internal conflict, and showed us that he became this bad beast because of his education and his training. And I’m sure that he also gets his book soon and I already have a very strong foreboding with which female he will end up. 😉

The best in this book was that it has addressed in me all my emotions. I’ve cried with Tohr and Wellsie. I was sad and bitter with No’One, Qhuinn or Layla. Despaired and lost together with John or I was also able to have fun and laugh with the other brothers or also with the angel Lassiter. And about all in the end I could be happy and finish this book with a pleasant smile on my lips – entirely content and satisfied. 😉

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Okay – actually, I didn’t wanted to spoil too much, but because some members from the book forum already asked me, I just have to give away some great SPOILER. Hence, please don’t read on if you don’t want to know – for all the others – keep on reading! 🙂

I don’t know where I should begin exactly because it happened so much in these 570 pages.

* At first I know that some of you are interested in the right name of No’One‘. Previous in the old country her given name was ‚Rosalhynda‘, but, unfortunately her surname was never mentioned in the book (although some guys have already an idea with whom she could be related beside Xhex ^^).
Later in this book she got a new name by Tohr and he called her ‘Autumn’ because he likes the colors, the strength of light and the beauty of this season – like ‘No’One’ is for him.

* Everybody can still remember that in the sixth book Qhuinn was beaten up so brutally by his own family that he almost died, right? Can you also still remember that he stood before the door of the ‘maker’ and that he saw there a little, blond child with two different colored-eyes?! YES – you can remember – great! Guys, I think that this will soon become reality because Layla had her needing in this book and she asked Qhuinn to serve her in this time.
But no worries – they don’t love each other and they only want to have a child. Actually, they are more like good friends but without any sexual feelings.

* Layla has fallen in love with another, or better to say – she fantasizes about a man, although they have never spoken a word to each other. And the biggest problem is, that she can’t be with him because he is the enemy and brutal and beastly – but she didn’t know that at first when she fed him and while that she has looked into his eyes, behind his facade, directly into the heart of …. -> Xcor and I’m almost 100% sure, that they both will end up together in the future. (Like in ‘The Beauty and the Beast’? ^^)

* Also Qhuinn isn’t in love with Layla and they only hooked up because she begged him and he also wanted to get this child, which he saw at the door of the ‘maker’. They both have nothing of their own and they two just want to belong somewhere, to somebody and they think they will get this with a baby to care for and to love.

* News about Qhuay: I’ve a feeling that we’ll finally get our Qhuay – HEA soon and that maybe hopefully the next book is about Qhuinn and Blay. Do you want to know why? Because of these quote at the end of the book ‘Lover Reborn’:

„Enough, Qhuinn thought.
Enough with the excuses, and the avoidance, and the trying to be someone, anyone else.
Even if he got shanked, even if his precious little ego and his dumb-ass little heart got shattered into little pieces, it was time to stop the bullshit. It was time to be a male.
As Blay started to straighten, like a message had been received, Qhuinn thought, That’s right, buddy. Our future has come.”

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Geeee, how fantastic sounds that and how promising that the next book # 11 is about the both of them?? I can’t wait for it! *great*

* Do you also would like to know which books will come certainly, then here are the already signed ones:
Qhuay,  Lassiter, Trez, iAm, Murhder, Throe and Xcor. …

EDIT: 02.04.2012: It’s official now- Ward has revealed on a signing that QHUINN and BLAYS book are next and they will get a real Hardcoverbook and not just a novella – and that already next year!!! Can’t wait to read it and it’s just fab!! *I’m soo happy* 😀

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Paperback Cover:
I really like cover so much and I think it’s great that finally a guy is on the cover, who looks really similar to the character in the book. Moreover I like the colors and the blood drop which hangs down the letter.

All in all:
I can’t say how often I’ve already mentioned it that I LOVE this series by Ward, as well as this book and I’m sure I’ll say this much more often in the future. For everybody who hasn’t read the books yet – damn it – just get the books and start reading it and let yourself drag also in this crude, but at the same time also thrilling, compassionate, emotional, lovely world of the Black Daggers.

Rating:
5 of 5 points

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Quotes: (guess this time my quotes are a litte more than usual^^)

Tohr (thinking): ‚As he sat with his brothers and the shellans and guests of the mansion, everything was a distant, hazy blur.
Well, almost all of it.
There was only one thing in the vast room that made any impression on him.
.

Tohr: ‚I miss you…‘ He stroked the indentation of the gown where her waist would have been – should have been. ‚I miss you so much.‘
…. Why couldn’t his memories bring her back? They felt strong enough, powerful enough, a summoning spell that should have had her magically reinflating the gown.
.

Rhage: „And if that bastard’s innocent, I’m the fucking Easter bunny.“
„Oh, good,“ someone quipped. „I’m calling you Hope-along Hollywood from now on.“
„Beasty Bo Peep,“ somebody else threw out….
„People,“ Rhage barked, „the point is that he is not innocent and I’m not the Easter bunny –“
„Where’s your basket?“
„Can I play with your eggs?“
„Hope it out, big guy –“
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Thor (thinking): He took, the took hard and ravenously, drinking deep, and wanting more than just the vein.
He wanted the core of this female.
He wanted in her as he drank from her.
And this was just true even as he was acutely ware that his was not this Wellsie. ….
But he still wanted her.
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No’One to Tohr: „I used to watch you sleep – back in the Old Country. I spent hours memorizing the way he low glow from the peat played over your closed eyes and your cheeks and your jaw.“
Tohr: „Why?“
No’One: „Because you weren’t like the sympath at all. You were dark and he was pale. You were big and he was thin. You were kind to me… and he was not. You were the only thing that kept my from going completely mad.“
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No’One: „Eventually she whispered, ‚I must be getting heavy.‘
Tohr: ‚Not at all.‘
‚You’re very strong.‘
Man, that did his ego good. Matter of fact, she hit him with anything like that again, he was going to feel like he could bench-press a city bus. With a jet plane parked on its roof.“ (*lmao*- I love this quote^^)
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Succession:

# 1: J. R. Ward –    Dark Lover »»
# 2: J. R. Ward –   Lover Eternal »»
# 3: J. R. Ward –   Lover Awakened »»
# 4: J. R. Ward –   Lover Revealed »»
# 5: J. R. Ward –    Lover Unbound »»
# 6: J. R. Ward –    Lover Enshrined »»
# 6.5: J.R.Ward – BDB: An Insider’s Guide »»
# 7: J. R. Ward –   Lover Avagened »»
# 8: J. R. Ward –   Lover Mine »»
# 9: J. R. Ward –   Lover Unleashed »»
# 10: J. R. Ward – Lover Reborn »»
# 11: J.R. Ward – Lover at Last »»
# 12 J. R. Ward – The King

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About the author – J. R. Ward:
J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot. (Source: http://www.jrward.com/)

Visit her Website »»

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Review: Lover Unleashed

English Cover

German Cover Part 2

German Cover Part 1

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‚Lover Unleashed
by J. R. Ward

Black Dagger Brotherhood # 9/
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First Sentence:
„Xcor saw his father killed when he was but five years past his transition.“

Last Sentence:
„That was how lucky they all were.“

Synopsis:
Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.
When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.
As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy….
(Source: goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
I’ve been really looking forward to read this book and finally to dive into the world of the brothers again. Particularly because I found Payne from the 1-2 books before very interesting, in which she has already briefly showed up. And also her relationship and the circumstances which have led her on this side were well prepared and let me hope for much. Unfortunately this book in the Black Dagger series couldn’t fulfill my expectations and it’s, after the previous 4 great books, only average.

I really wanted to love this book because I’m a huge fan of the brothers, as well as of J. R. Ward, but I must be honest to myself and I’ve to admit to myself that it hasn’t completely worked for me, like the rest of the Black Dagger books. There were some things in it which have disturbed me, as for example the fact that Ward has put the relationship of Vishous and Jane in the foreground. What wouldn’t have disturbed me much, if she wouldn’t have presented my favorite character Vishous again as a coldblooded, mean emotion cripple. First because we already had this in the 5th book (Lover Unbound) and secondly because it didn’t fit and seemed fake, and he just isn’t like that.
Another point was that here I’ve missed the fights against the lessening society, the breath-taking tension plot with its many storylines and with all of this the book have lost a little of its action and awesome thrill.

For me this book seemed, like it was a first book in a new series in which new character were introduced and new connections were built up in the plot. Hence, I’m quite sure that by now Ward plans, for every single character from this barbarian troop from the old country with Xcor and Throe, to spin her series further and to write also own books for each of them. But we will see …
Furthermore in this book I couldn’t get a good connection with the main characters Payne or Manny. What disturbs me because I really wanted to like, to love Payne, but she wasn’t present enough. For my taste she hasn’t given enough from herself, if it’s now from her thoughts or her feelings… unfortunately, she left little impression on me and has left my quite cold and uninterested while reading her story.

What has disturbed me the most was that this here was the first book since book 2, in which there was nothing about John Matthew! Nothing – not at all, maybe just 2 sentences and that was way not enough! John Matthew was since Lover Eternal (book #2) a fixe constant in these books and there was always a part about him which I really liked and found first-class and diverse and touching. Especially because of his connection with Thor or his friendship with Qhuinn and Blay or his own relation with Zsadist because by their past.
This all was away and I’ve really missed it very much and I fear that this ‘trend’ will also remain in the next books.

Moreover, there was also no mention if Thor, not even with a syllable and this very uncharacteristic, if you consider that the next book is his story and that he’s playing the ‘leading role’ in it. Up to now Ward has already given priority to the characters which are the main ones in the next book to already show their secret sides with which they have to struggle, but also here – nothing.
So we all have to wait till Lover Reborn to see how this whole story will go on, because I can’t get rid of the feeling that somehow a new era holds place in the books, like I already had in the book # 4-5, in which the young vampires have won priority (John Matthew, Qhuinn, Blay).

Even if I have listed almost only negative points, I still have liked the book and even better than many others. It was like always a quick and fast reading and has led me in another great world. And only because I would have liked some things differently in it, I wouldn’t say that it was generally bad. For me it’s an average book with which I can live with, however, thought not a book which I’ll read again so often, like the other books in this otherwise amazing series.

English Cover:
I like the cover very much, particularly because finally, once a female vampire bites somebody. 🙂

All in all:
A good attempt in which, unfortunately the otherwise always contained magic was missing.

Rating:
3,5 of 5 points

Quotes:

Manny: „You are perfect for a female.“
Payne: „Not where I come from.“
Manny: „Then they’re using the wrong standard.

Vishous: „I came to you, Jane. Every night this week, I came to you. I didn’t want you to be alone. And I didn’t want to sleep without you.“

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Succession:

# 1: J. R. Ward – Dark Lover »»
# 2: J. R. Ward – Lover Eternal »»
# 3: J. R. Ward – Lover Awakened »»
# 4: J. R. Ward – Lover Revealed »»
# 5: J. R. Ward – Lover Unbound »»
# 6: J. R. Ward – Lover Enshrined »»
# 6.5: J.R.Ward – BDB: An Insider’s Guide »»
# 7: J. R. Ward – Lover Avagened »»
# 8: J. R. Ward – Lover Mine »»
# 9: J. R. Ward – Lover Unleashed »»
# 10: J. R. Ward – Lover Reborn »»
# 11: J.R. Ward – Lover at Last »»
# 12 J. R. Ward – The King

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About the author – J. R. Ward:
J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot. (Source: http://www.jrward.com/)

Visit her Website »»

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Rezension: Lover Unleashed

English Cover

German Cover #18

German Cover #17

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‚Vampirschwur‘ & ‚Nachtseele‘
by J. R. Ward

(Lover Unleashed)

Black Dagger Brotherhood # 9/
Black Dagger #17 & #18
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First Sentence:
„Xcor saw his father killed when he was but five years past his transition.“

Last Sentence:
„That was how lucky they all were.“

Klappentext vom Buchcover:
Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.
When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.
As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy…. (Source: goodreads.com)

Meine Gedanken zum Buch:
Ich habe mich wirklich sehr auf dieses Buch gefreut und darauf, endlich wieder in die Welt der Brüder einzutauchen. Besonders weil ich Payne aus den 1-2 Büchern vorher sehr interessant fand, in denen sie bereits kurz vorgekommen ist. Auch ihre Verwandtschaft und die Umstände, welche sie auf diese Seite geführt haben, waren gut vorbereitet und haben mich auf viel hoffen lassen.

Leider konnte aber dieser Teil in der Black Dagger Reihe nicht meine Erwartungen erfüllen und er ist nach den vorigen 4-top Büchern, leider nur mittelmäßig. Ich wollte dieses Buch wirklich lieben, weil ich ein riesiger Fan der Brüder, wie auch von J. R. Ward bin, aber ich muss ehrlich zu mir selbst sein und mir eingestehen, dass es dieses mal nicht, so wie sonst, für mich funktioniert hat. Es waren einige Dinge darin die mich gestört haben, wie zum Beispiel die Tatsache, dass Ward wieder sehr die Beziehung von Vishous und Jane in den Vordergrund gerückt hat. Was mich nicht gestört hätte, hätte sie nicht meinen Lieblingscharakter Vishous wieder als kaltblütigen, gemeinen Emotionskrüppel hergestellt. Erstens weil wir das bereits im Band 5 (Lover Unbound) hatten und zweitens es nicht passte und aufgesetzt wirkte.

Ein weiterer Punkt war, dass mir hier die Kämpfe gegen die Lesser, der atemraubende Spannungsbogen mit seinen vielen Handlungssträngen gefehlt hat und alles irgendwie an Action und Nervenkitzel verloren hat. Für mich wirkte es, wie ein erstes Buch in einer neuen Reihe, in welchem wieder neue Charaktere vorgestellt und neue Verknüpfungen im Plot aufgebaut werden. Daher bin ich mir ziemlich sicher, dass Ward schon jetzt plant für jeden einzelnen Charakter, aus dieser barbarischen Truppe aus dem alten Land mit Xcor und Throe, ihre Reihe weiter zu spinnen und auch ihnen ein eigenen Buch zu schreiben. Aber wir werden sehen…

Außerdem konnte ich in diesem Buch wenig Bindung mit den Hauptcharakteren Payne oder Manny eingehen. Was mich selber leider etwas stört, weil ich Payne wirklich gerne sehr gemocht hätte, aber sie war zu wenig präsent. Sie hat nach meinem Geschmack zu wenig von sich gegeben, sei es nun von ihren Gedankengängen oder ihren Emotionen… sie hat leider wenig Eindruck hinterlassen und mich auch während des Lesens ziemlich kalt gelassen.

Was mich am meisten gestört oder sehr gestört hat, war dass das hier das erste Buch seit Band 2 ist, in dem nichts von John Matthew vorgekommen ist. Nichts – gar nicht, vielleicht 2 Sätze. John Matthew war seit Lover Eternal (Buch #2) eine fixe Konstante in den Büchern und es war immer ein Teil von ihm dabei, den ich klasse und abwechslungsreich und berührend fand. Besonders durch seine Verbindung mit Thor oder seine Freundschaft mit Qhuinn und Blay oder seinem eigenen Verhältnis mit Zsadist durch ihre Vergangenheit. Das war alles weg und hat mir wirklich sehr gefehlt und ich fürchte, dass wird auch in den nächsten Bändern so bleiben. Außerdem war auch mit fast keiner Silbe auch nur Thor erwähnt und das ist sehr untypisch, wenn man bedenkt, dass er im nächsten Buch die ‚Hauptrolle’ spielt. Bisher hat Ward die Figuren, welche im nächsten Buch behandelt werden, schon etwas in den Vordergrund gerückt und ihre verborgenen Seiten gezeigt, mit welchen sie sich plagen, aber auch hier – nichts.

Man darf also gespannt sein auf Lover Reborn und wie die ganze Geschichte weiter gehen wird, da ich nämlich das Gefühl nicht los werde, dass irgendwie eine neue Ära in die Bücher Einzug hält, ähnlich wie ab den Büchern 4-5, in denen die jungen Vampire an Priorität gewonnen haben.

Auch wenn ich jetzt einige negative Punkte aufgelistet habe, hat mir das Buch trotzdem noch besser gefallen als viele andere. Es war wie immer schnell zu lesen und hat mich in eine andere Welt geführt. Und nur weil ich einige Dinge gerne anders gehabt hätte, heißt es nicht dass es generell schlecht war. Für mich ein mittelmäßiges Buch, mit dem ich leben kann aber nicht wie die anderen Bände ein weiteres mal lesen werde.

English Cover:
Ich mag das Cover sehr, besonders da endlich einmal ein weiblicher Vampir jemanden beißt. 🙂

All in all:
Ein guter Versuch in dem aber leider die, ansonsten immer enthaltene, Magie gefehlt hat.

Rating:
3,5 of 5 points (I really liked it)

Quotes:

Manny: „You are perfect for a female.“
Payne: „Not where I come from.“
Manny: „Then they’re using the wrong standard.

Vishous: „I came to you, Jane. Every night this week, I came to you. I didn’t want you to be alone. And I didn’t want to sleep without you.“

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Serienreihenfolge:

# 1: J. R. Ward – Nachtjagd & Blutopfer (Dark Lover) »»
# 2: J. R. Ward – Ewige Liebe & Bruderkrieg (Lover Eternal) »»
# 3: J. R. Ward – Mondspur &Dunkles Erwachen (Lover Awakened) »»
# 4: J. R. Ward – Menschenkind & Vampirherz (Lover Revealed) »»
# 5: J. R. Ward – Seelenjäger & Todesfluch (Lover Unbound) »»
# 6: J. R. Ward – Blutlinien & Vampirträume (Lover Enshrined) »»
#6.5: J. R. Ward –BDB – An Insider’s Guide »»
# 7: J. R. Ward – Racheengel & Blinder König (Lover Avagened) »»
# 8: J. R. Ward – Vampirseele & Mondschwur (Lover Mine) »»
# 9: J. R. Ward – Vampirschwur & Nachtsseele (Lover Unleashed) »»
#10: J. R. Ward – Liebesmond & Schattentraum (Lover Reborn) »»
#11: J.R. Ward – Seelenprinz & Sohn der Dunkelheit (Lover at Last) »»
#12: J. R. Ward – The King »»
#13: J.R. Ward – The Shadows

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copyright: jrward.com

About the author – J. R. Ward:

J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.
(Source: jrward.com)

Visit her Website »»

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