Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The King Book Review

Title:  The King
Series:  Black Dagger Brotherhood #12
Author:  J.R. Ward
My rating:  5 Gorgeous 's

First Thoughts:  Intense, powerful, beautiful read!


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?

My Review:

Another masterpiece by J.R. Ward...loved it! So much going on in The King but, as always, Ward weaves the storylines flawlessly. I loved the duo storyline of Wrath & Beth and his parents, Wrath & Anha. It opened my eyes to the things that are at the root of who Wrath is today. And speaking of Wrath - Wow...what a fierce, powerful & yet loving & protective male! Fell in love with him all over again. I won't give any spoilers but I will mention a few things I loved: 

Wrath & Beth's conflict & the way it plays out - very intense, very emotional, very painful & yet always full of love, dreams, & hope for the future of not only their family, but for the race. In additional to personal conflicts, the whole battle for the throne story line plays out in this one...enjoyed it immensely.

Assail & Sola - Intriguing storyline that is developing between these two. Sola surprised me with her will to survive, her strength & character. Loved some scenes in which her grandma bosses some very bad dudes around! Assail fights his attraction to Sola but can't deny his instinct to protect her. He is a force to behold when he doles out his version of justice.

Trez & Selena - Heart-touching to watch...their desires cannot be denied and yet how do you escape Fate?  And how do you accept it?

IAm - I'm getting to know this Shadow better and love what I'm learning. Intensely loyal to his brother. I hope he finds his "Real" soon.

Xcor & Layla - Really want to shake some sense into Layla. She reveals too much unintentionally. I'm not sure how I feel about this attraction going on between her & Xcor but I know it's trouble. I'm left with the feeling she should be focusing on her unborn child more & stop slipping out to meet him. It's hard to come to an understanding of Xcor when he can be so evil on one hand & yet vulnerable enough to buy new, regular clothes to impress Layla on the other. Mixed messages.

Lassiter - LOL! What can I say about "I'm a Hound Dog!"???? Love Lassiter!

The rest of the Brotherhood - Awesome, loyal, & fierce as always. Great scenes involving these guys.

Overall, I found The King to be everything I could ask for and more. Loved it! A Page Burner! A Must Read! Looking forward to more.

My Rating:  5 Gorgeous 's . . .And that's the truth!

Cross My Heart . . .xxx

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

IWSG: Calling DIBS!

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Calling DIBS:

Dibs npl (sl) money, esp in small amounts; a claim; a right to something

I think most people are familiar with the slang term Dibs . . . as in "I'm calling dibs on the window seat"  thereby staking a claim to sit by the window on a trip.  In the book world, thousands of readers (including myself) lay claim to their favorite fictional book characters (esp. those sexy alpha males) by calling Dibs.  Readers are passionate & tenaciously loyal to their favorites and often verbally spar over them, as can be witnessed in many Goodreads groups.   I personally called Dibs on Max Savoie, Nancy Gideon's swoon-worthy hero of the By Moonlight series. He remains my #1 book hero to this day.

What does calling Dibs have to do with my writing?  My characters are personal to me.  I feel an ownership, a possessiveness for each of my characters.  I gave life to them - first in my mind & then on paper as they developed within my stories.  I assume this is the same with most writers.  A very specific female character has lived within me for a very long time.  For years, I've visualized her, heard her voice, saw her walk through very distinct settings in my mind, & at times, I'd swear I caught a whiff of her scent.  I've written scenes, fleshed out her story, and gotten to know her intimately.  I've researched her heritage, know her strengths & special skills, feel her desires.  I understand her anguish, the tears trailing down her face & what motivates her.  I'm now writing her story.  So what's the issue?

In recent months, I started reading a new-to-me series.  It didn't take me long to recognize my special female character as the heroine in the first book.  (What?  Somebody call 911!  I'm feeling ill.)  How could someone else write about a girl so unique, so special to me?  As it turns out, this author has an amazing series that features a heroine that could be my girl's twin - with the same heritage, same physical features, similar skills and many of the same sights, scents, & sounds as those I've dreamed and written about.  Things so eerily similar that I recognized her right away.  The settings are also close with both set in my area of the South.  The plot & other characters in her books are very different than mine - no similarities there.  But, I immediately found myself wanting to holler DIBS on my character.  She's my heart - the character that I've always known I would write one day.  Now I'm wondering if people will read my book and think I copied this author's character.  I know I haven't.  I don't think this author was even born yet when this girl first walked through my visions.  Has this happened to anyone else?  Have any of you ever had similar concerns about one of your characters?

I'll finish writing my character's story, of course.  I simply have no other choice.  But now, I'm struggling with second guessing myself, conscious of making sure that I don't take anything from the other author's character.  I guess one of the dangers for writers who also read a lot is the risk of meeting one of your own characters in someone else's book one day. Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever recognized one of your own special characters in someone else's book?  I think we should be able to call DIBS!  How about you?

One of my favorite Dibs to call is ice cream.  These are small so the calories don't count!

Another one is -  as Sheldon would say, That's my spot!  Dibs!

What things have you calling Dibs?