Book Review: Blood Vow by J.R. Ward

It’s been about a year since I’ve reviewed on here. Life has been busy, but now I’m hoping to really dive into the world of book blogging just as a way to express my own thoughts and feelings. Interaction is always welcome. And with no further ado, my latest read:

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Blood Vow by J.R. Ward
Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Overview:
The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.

For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe’s dangerous appeal is enticing—and possibly a distraction from her grief. But as they delve deeper into her cousin’s death, and their physical connection grows into so much more, Axe fears that the secrets he keeps and his tortured conscience will tear them apart.

Rhage, the Brother with the biggest heart, knows all about self-punishing, and he wants to help Axe reach his full potential. But when an unexpected arrival threatens Rhage and Mary’s new family, he finds himself back in the trenches again, fighting against a destiny that will destroy all he holds most dear.

As Axe’s past becomes known, and fate seems to be turning against Rhage, both males must reach deep—and pray that love, rather than anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.

My Thoughts:
Blood Vow is the second installment of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Legacy series, an offshoot of her popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I really enjoyed the first installment of the Black Dagger Legacy series, Blood Kiss, and was excited to see who would be the center of the next story. Enter Axewell, known as Axe, and Elise.

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Book Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

 

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The Elite by Kiera Cass
Rating: ★★★

After finishing The Selection, I dove straight into The Elite with no hesitation whatsoever. This series has become one of those that I cannot put down, despite the fact that the writing style isn’t my favorite. And for that, I must give due credit.

This book brought along with it a lot of frustration, but did I care? Of course not! We saw a lot of America flip-flopping between Maxon and Aspen during the first book, but multiply that by 10 to get to the level of indecisiveness in this book. I get indecisiveness, and I understand the “love triangle” that Cass was trying to put forth, but there was a lot of frustration that went along with America’s decision-making process. And it wasn’t necessarily the fun frustration.

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Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

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The Selection by Kiera Cass
Rating: ★★★

Here we are. My first review of this blog. In looking through my Kindle, I realized this book had been sitting in it for a couple years and decided I should probably pick it up. I was aware the reviews were quite polarizing, and I believe that made me a bit hesitant, but I am all for people making their own judgements on something.

So here it is.

Knowing it was a YA novel, I went into my reading with a preconceived notion of the tone and writing style of the book. I was not disappointed. Or maybe, I should say I was in the fact that it was what I expected. Then again, I was reading the stream of consciousness of a teenager dealing with stress, angst, and love, so some of the choppiness of the writing was warranted. Nevertheless, it’s a style of writing I’m not too crazy about, but as long as the book is enjoyable, I can often look past it.

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