Pumpkin, Spice and all the things… not nice?

Autumn, Black, Dark, Decoration, Fall, Halloween
 It’s Halloween Season! 

We are almost into October and my favorite part of the year is coming right up. Working on costumes and events and getting busy for Halloween is always fun, as it is starting to fret about this year’s NaNoWriMo. It will be my first time participating so it’s both exciting and terrifying. I won’t be starting a new piece, more like finishing an ongoing one, but the 50k words splash of creativity will definitely come in handy.

There’s excitement in the air this season, dears and darlings! But before NaNo, look forward to the special posts I’ll be releasing for Halloween costume making, which I intend to document this year. I’m not bad at arts and craft but I’m not a particular whiz either, so it should be fun to see me struggle with the Steampunk Female Military Officer I’ve chosen to become this year.

Look forward to it!

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Straight from… #5

 Straight from… Reddit

Does reading make one a better writer?

Answer: Hmmmm, let me think… You would never jump into doing an open-heart surgery without having seen the procedure done a hundred times, right? The same happens with writing. All the theory and technique in the world is not going to help you if you don’t read. You have to know your environment, who are the players, how good are they and what people are reading. Anything else is pure bogus. Whoever tells you a writer doesn’t need to read to be a good writer is lying. Through. His. Teeth.

In the words of Samuel Johnson: “The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”

The Razvak Hunter Book Launch: Whos, Hows, and Whys.

Banner (Book Launch) (Small) There are many rewarding things about releasing a first book. You feel accomplished and happy, but there’s also insecurity and a certain nostalgia, along with a sudden eagerness.

Ever since The Razvak Hunter was released on February 29, it’s been an utter roller-coaster. Fun and frustrating in equal parts, there is a lot to be said about the process of discovery, trial-and-error and the many mistakes you’ll certainly make along the way.

Knowing that success is the result of many failures, and that you can’t achieve it until you’ve screwed up a good deal of times is both uplifting and disheartening. Because it basically means that each and every step you take towards your goal is well-taken, but you are also guaranteed to have many, many failures on your path.

This year and this book haven’t been what I envisioned, but they were what I expected. Harsh reality and a little disappointment come every time we try something new. The challenge is to stick to it and make the most out of the tools
you have.

This book launch was like that. It was great for many reasons. It reminded me of the support of my family, the amazing people that have helped me get to where I am and grateful I am for each and every one of them. It has brought together old friendships and created some new ones. 

From a strategic and publishing point of view, I was unsatisfied. But still I ended the night with a smile. This book launch was a party more than an event, with the objective of celebrating not only a personal accomplishment, but also thanking all those people who coped with the hours of hard work, crazy schedule and sullen writer, and did so with a smile and all the encouragement they could muster. To all the people that helped print, cut, paste… to those who handmade the decorations, lend their musical talents and time to make this moment possible.

To all of them:

THANK YOU!

The Razvak Hunter Book Trailer

Hello!

As promised, I’m stopping by today to drop the brand-new trailer we released yesterday at the book launch event (conclusions and pics coming this Sunday, so look forward to it).

This trailer was a somewhat interesting endeavor because I created it using a software I’d never worked with before, so there was not only a learning curve but a lot of frustration and trial and error involved. Someone once said that books make you feel stupid, but technology really rubs it in. Boy, was that person right!

Anyhow, even with that, I was able to come up with a final product I am actually happy with, and satisfied enough to let you guys take a look. Hopefully this will be the first of many trailers and it will help more people discover the world of the Razvak, and the amazing adventures it contains.

 

 

Book Launch Week!

Book Launch PosterHi, you all!

As you read in the title, it’s Book Launch Week! That’s right, next Thursday, August 18, 2016, the official Book Launch of The Razvak Hunter will take place.

I know it’s a little weird to have a book launch several months after the book is published, but to be honest, initially I hadn’t planned on doing a launch at all. I thought I would give it a soft opening and concentrate on churning out a couple more volumes before making a big fuss about the series.

Alas, plans not always turn out the way you planned them so… Book Launch!

Soooo busy! This has become a major undertaking and the work has been piling up to my eyebrows between creating graphics, scheduling interviews and press releases and organizing the event. Truly, the snowball effect can be a scary thing!

For now I’m working in a wonderful trailer (if I do say so myself!) that will be premiering during the event and I’ll be making public sometime next week. Here’s a sneak peek though, for all you curious creatures:

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It’s been a learning experience because I never worked with Adobe After Effects before (nothing like learning some humility by realizing your own lack of skills!) but thanks to the amazing people on the Internet, I managed to come up with something I actually like the look of. We’ll talk some more about that next time!

Anyways, Book Launch, friends and family!

I’ll be bringing pictures over on Friday as well as some videos and the whiff of wine to commemorate this auspicious occasion. May it be successful and happen without me losing all my hair in the process.

Amen!

Dark Carousel (Christine Feehan)

Title: Dark Carousel

Author: Christine Feehan

Series: Dark Series/Carpathians #30

Date: August 2, 2016

Blurb:

In the new Carpathian novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan, a woman falls prey to the seductive allure of the past—and a vampire warrior’s intoxicating embrace…

The moment Charlotte Vintage walks into his club, Tariq Asenguard’s blood is set on fire. The ancient Carpathian had given up hope of finding his lifemate, but now he will do anything to make Charlotte his own. What Tariq doesn’t know is that Charlotte is using herself and her best friend as bait—to try to draw out the bloodthirsty killers who have already murdered Charlotte’s brother and mentor.
 
Charlotte is familiar with Tariq. Not only is he one of the richest and most eligible bachelors in the city, but he’s also a renowned collector of old carousel horses, which Charlotte restores. Their shared passion opens Charlotte up to trusting him with her life and with the desire she can no longer control. But it also makes her vulnerable to a centuries-old curse that will unite her and Tariq in a war against the enemies of humans and Carpathians alike…

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Review Day! 

August has been a good month! May things on the making, including the book launch for The Razvak Hunter (at last!), the final touches to the prequel novella Heroes of Vallenthar (which has become a bigger undertaking than what I initially planned), and a bunch of other things that have piled up together without me noticing. But anyways, after a while, we get a new release of a favorite series and, of course, I’ll deliver a review (we can talk about all those things later!).

For today, let’s take a look at the new Dark Series book by Christine Feehan, Dark Carousel

I am actually extremely happy with this author, because it’s been a while since we got two full books on a single year. And especially when it comes to a book with as much expectation built up around it as this one.

Dark Carousel is number 30 (it’s getting old!) and so far it shows no signs of stopping or slowing down any time soon. Feehan has the gift of weaving amazingly complicated plots and introducing fascinating characters that only leave you wanting more, even for those of us who, like me, have gone through each of the 30 books in the series. 

So, let’s talk about Dark Carousel. 

The Review ———-30002352

This book connects directly with the evens of Dark Crime (a short story previously published in the anthology Edge of Darkness). It takes us back to America and the city of San Diego, and to the vampire plot happening there. Things are thorny in California, but luckily, we have our hero (and a good assortment of side kicks added up) to the rescue.

The male lead fans of the series know already very well. A long time ago, a urban legend says that Feehan had this particular book already finished years ago, but she lost it and was only able to recover one chapter. That chapter was released to the world, and ever since, it has been steadily building expectation in favor of these two characters.

Tariq Asenguard and Charlotte Vintage.
I must say, all in all, the couple doesn’t disappoint. 

Tariq is an unusual Carpathian, who has chosen to spend his life among humans and knows them well. He is more progressive than the rest of his brethren in that sense, and more “modern” (if such word can be applied to a man of thousands of years). It’s definitely a breath of fresh air in a sense, but also, a little different from the initial impression we got from him back when he was introduced some ten books ago. Still, it was enjoyable to read about him. He is a very caring man and can be protective without being overpowering, which is very important. 

Compared to him and his strong presence, the heroine, Charlotte, is a little dull around the edges. She is powerful, with a good personality and overall likable, but doesn’t have anything that really makes her stand out. Sadly, in a world where the males have really strong personalities, you need a woman as well-crafted as them not to pale in comparison and Charlotte is not that. She is very forgettable, and probably in a couple of books I’ll be talking about her simply as “Tariq’s lifemate” unless she gets some more protagonism in future books.

The rest of the story flows really well. We have some new and old characters introduced, including a new conflict that will make more than one shed a tear or two. There is much to be sad about in this book, but also much to enjoy and love.

Overall, the book is a good reading, remarkable not so much because of the central romance as because the intricate plot-line. Something big is brewing in this corner of the world of the Dark Series, and all the action that during the past books had been centered around the Carpathian Mountains is now migrating here. We can expect many old faces to return in future books as they come to join the fight that is coming. Really, it left me very anxious to know what is going to happen next (hopefully I won’t have to wait a full year to find out!)

 

 

I believe fans of the series have much to look forward to in Dark Carousel, and they are sure to be left wanting more after the last page of this exciting new novel is turned.

My rating:

4

“Almost There!”

A very good book, with just a couple of minor details that didn’t appeal to me personally, but that in no way diminish the value of the entire piece.

Look Forward to: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Ahoy, readers of mine!

I must say I don’t much visit the entertainment sanctuary that is the movie theater, mainly because not being able to yell my impressions at the characters and throw popcorn at the screen during the bad parts seriously restricts my self-expression. With this in mind, I normally wait until the movie I want to watch comes out on DVD, when I can get it at home and grunt, shout, squeal, giggle and bawl to my heart’s content. It doesn’t make for very timely reviews, but what can I say, I much enjoy my comfort.

Anyways, we are gathered here today to launch a new section: Look Forward To… Here I’ll be showing you guys trailers of movies I’ve stumbled upon and my impressions on why you should give them a shot when they come out. 

For our inaugural post I’ve taken the soon-to-be-released newest Tim Burton movie: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. 

What is it about?  

 The movie is based in the YA debut novel of the same name written by Ransom Riggs, which remained in the NYT best-seller list for 45 weeks. It tells the story of Jacob, a 16-year-old boy who goes to Wales to learn more about his grandfather, who was recently murdered, only to learn that he used to live in an old orphanage for what was known as “peculiar children.” In his journey, Jacob meets Emma, a girl with special powers that takes him back in time to meet the orphanage director, Miss Peregrine, and the rest of the “peculiar” children that live there.

Why you should give it a shot?  

Tim Burton is a name that is hard not to know when you talk movies. This writer and director has been involved with cult classics like Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, as well as blockbusters like Batman (90’s franchise) and Planet of the Apes. Recently, his catalog has been bursting with the most interesting and fascinating movies that grace international theaters, such as Disney’s 2010 live-action Alice in Wonderland, which became an international box-office success surpassing the billion dollars in revenue.

Basically, you can trust Burton to deliver an engaging (if sometimes bizarre) product that is sure to get your attention. Even though neither Johnny Depp nor Helena Bonham Carter (two regulars in Tim Burton’s movies) feature in the film, the cast of the movie it’s still stellar, with actress Eva Green (300: Rise of the EmpirePenny Dreadful…) taking on the role of Miss Peregrine, and Asa Butterfield (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Hugo, Ender’s Game…) playing the young leading character, Jacob. Hollywood’s own Samuel L. Jackson will feature as the main villain.

A good premise, an interesting story, and a trustworthy figure in the director’s chair make Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children a definite must this year. It may not be the funniest, deepest, most astonishing movie you watch, but it’s certainly going to be something to behold.

Release date: September 30, 2016.   

 

  

 

Finding Dory (Movie Review)

 

Alrighty!

Well I’ve never done a movie review before but last Friday I spent a very good day at the movies, and so I thought I should spread the word about this particular film, Pixar’s newest motion picture, Finding Dory.

Some Background ———-

Ok, so those of you who’ve read some of my previous posts should know by now I am a big fan of Pixar. I think these guys manage time and again to combine awesome animation with superb storytelling, in a way that, for a fellow creator like me, is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Their catalog is filled with veritable masterpieces that are a joy to watch (and rewatch) regardless of your age.

Finding Nemo.jpgWith Finding Dory, they tackled one of their most successful projects ever and decided (in a very gutsy and risky move) to bring about a sequel. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that this could have been a monumental mistake. In fact, it had all the makings of one. Finding Nemo (Finding Dory‘s predecessor which we all know about) is one of Pixar’s most perfect, most endearing movies. It made history in the animation in 2003, by winning the Academy Award for Best Animated History and becoming the best-selling DVD title of all times, along with bringing almost 940 millions in box-office to Pixar’s pockets. Nemo became an undisputed cult classic and household name for people of all ages (it also ranked #3 in our very own Top 10 Best Pixar Movies Ever). 

With all this in mind, it wouldn’t have been weird in Finding Dory went the way of many other animated franchises in which the first movie was exceedingly good, but the overall quality dropped after that (I’m looking at you Ice Age and Shrek!). In fact, it was expected.Finding Dory.jpg

Well, friends… don’t let it be say I don’t apologize when an apology is due. And for once, I’m actually glad I’m lowering my head and saying “Sorry for doubting you, Pixar.” In fact, I am incredibly happy.

For the second time in my entire life, I’ve had the joy to experience an animated sequel that is as good (if different) as its predecessor. This phenomena only happened once before, more than two years ago, when I sat on a movie theater for 1 hour and 42 minutes and cried with How To Train Your Dragon 2. 

Finding Dory is a very similar experience.

Ok, so for starters, something to keep in mind: 

Finding Dory is NOT the same as Finding Nemo 

With this, I do not mean that it’s in any way inferior, just that it’s a different animal altogether. Finding Nemo captured our hearts with a story about yearning and learning to find the courage in your heart to do anything and go anywhere for those you love. Marlin’s journey and his determination, coupled with Nemo’s realization of just how much he truly loved his father, was heart-wrenching and heavy and wonderful. The happy ending made it great. However, Finding Nemo is not a particularly happy movie. It’s deep and heavy as the ocean itself. 

Finding Dory is different. From the very start, the movie is uplifting. I’ll say probably the saddest part is the beginning, when we meet Dory and we realize just what a toll her disability (short-term memory loss) has in her life and that of her parents. It’s sad to see her struggle with it, to see her try to comprehend it, with the innocence and helplessness of a child who doesn’t quite understand herself.

From then on, however, the movie starts to soar. The overall mood is ever rising, the story becoming lighter and lighter with every minute. Dory tackles her challenges head-on and with optimism, without overthinking, and her steadfast approach is successful and wins the heart of the audience with her almost childish wonder and love for life. Watching Finding Dory I was reminded of a couple of months ago, when I was asked to compare Zootopia to 2015’s Inside Out (which I’d declared Pixar’s Best Movie of All Times). At the time, I argued that Zootopia wasn’t inferior to Inside Out, it was just different, both in feeling and in objective.

The same happens with Finding Dory. It doesn’t reach the heights of feeling and depth of Finding Nemo, but then, it doesn’t have to. The movie is about personal triumph. About the certainty that you can do anything you put your mind to, that  you can be whoever you want to be, regardless of the obstacles or challenges.

It’s definitely another superb production by Pixar, and one I believe can definitely stand side by side with its predecessor and not fall short.

10/10!

 

Invision (Sherrilyn Kenyon)

Title: Invision

Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Series: Chronicles of Nick 7

Date: May 3, 2016

Blurb:

One boy . . .
Many demons.

Think there’s a lot of pressure on your shoulders? Nick Gautier was born to bring about the end of the world . . . it’s not easy being the heir of a demon overlord.

But Nick is determined to thwart his destiny and get into a good college. To be more than his genetics and prophecy foretell. No one is ever going to tell this stubborn Cajun who and what he really is. Or how to live his life.

Not even the Fates of the Universe. But now that he and his team of ancient gods and demons have claimed the Eye of Ananke and he sees the missteps of the future, he has to battle the demons within that are far deadlier and more treacherous than any he’s battled before. All the while his arch nemesis is back and determined to reclaim his place as the harbinger for Armageddon. Even if it means killing Nick and barbecuing everyone he loves to do so.

 

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Review Day! 

Hello, hello. It’s been hectic on my end, but I haven’t forgotten! This month brought about a new release of one of the series I actively follow, The Chronicles of Nick, so a review was definitely in order. There’s a lot to be said about Invision, but let’s take it slow okay? 

Invision by Sherrilyn Kenyon is book 7 of the Chronicles of Nick, the teenage brother of the Dark Hunter Series (which I’ve talked about before), and unlike the Dark Hunters, is oriented towards a YA audience. Still, many of the adults reader of the original series have migrated towards these books because of the close correlation that exists between them. Chronicles of Nick is set to work as a prequel of sorts for Dark Hunters, and many of the events in the Chronicles affect directly the plot of the Dark Hunter books. But let’s focus on Invision for now.  

The Review ———-28220361

Invision is an interesting book. I confess I had to read it twice (along with a reread of the previous 3 books) because the first time I just didn’t understood a single thing of the plot AT ALL. If I had to select an aspect of Kenyon’s writing I believe she is unparalleled in, I would definitely choose her creativity. She has created an amazing, highly complex world filled with incredible characters, which gains depth and mastery with every new book she adds. Now, the thing is, one has to really focus to understand all the nuances and tiny little currents that run beneath the surface, because the input of information can be overwhelming at times.

Invision is like that. Overwhelming. There is a warning on the Author’s page that cautions not to read this book unless you’ve read the previous one, Instinct. I would correct that and say not to read this book unless you’ve been following the series CLOSELY all the way since book 4, Inferno, where the plot really started to unravel. Books 1-3 are your average Paranormal YA entries: cute, funny, a little action here and there, snark and sass on the main guy’s part and some teenage crush folded in for good measure. Book 4 is when the story really starts to takes shape, and with Invision, I would say the whole series enters a sort of phase 2.

Even though it doesn’t end in cliffhanger (technically) Invision is NOT a stand-alone book by any means. That said, I’ll try to keep this a spoilers-free environment

Invision presents us once again with Nick Gautier and his crew. Nick is a character first introduced in the very first Dark Hunter book, Night Pleasures (back in 2002), and remained as a secondary character as the series advanced, gaining notoriety and importance until it became not only a recurring presence, but an important part of the overall plot. Chronicles of Nick tackles on Nick’s awkward teenage years, his time in highschool and his overall origins.
Even though he is first introduced as a regular human, there is much, much more to Nick than meets the eye. He is actually the new Malachai, the ultimate demon lord whose fate is to destroy the world.

Ever since book 1, Nick and company have been dealing with this fate and doing all they can to try to thwart it, all while fending off the different paranormal creatures that want to get their hands on Nick and the incredible evil powers he commands. The Chronicles are full with time travel, demon attacks, wandering gods and end-of-the-world battles (including its very own Zombie Apocalypse!). The books are filled with action and dynamic situations, and Nick’s outlook in life, an awkward, snarky Cajun’s, adds a little spice to the plot that is always welcome.

Invision follows along this line quite well. In it, we see all the regular battle scenes and sarcastic word-crossings fans of the series are used to. By now, most of the pieces are in their right place, and Invision sets the tone for the second part of the series to develop. Up until now, Nick and their group have been fighting against their own destinies but this book closes that chapter and finally answers some of the lingering questions from the previous installments.

It also introduces a new enemy that will probably make up for the gross of the conflict of the rest of the series (6 more books if everything goes according to plan). Unlike many of the other characters we’ve met so far, who had their origins or appearances in the original Dark Hunters Series, this new villain is exclusively Chronicles of Nick, and will probably never migrate to the main series. Up until now, we had Nick against the world, but Invision finally gives us a villain that is worthy of Nick and one only he can defeat. 

However, things are not as easy as that.       

Invision has set the stage nicely, and planted a great deal of expectation in this fan’s heart. Worst part about it is the full year I’ll have to wait to know how it continues. Not nice, Kenyon, not nice at all! 

My rating:

5

“Grab ‘n Go!” 

The Altar! The crème de la crème. The book that ’ll revisit several times a year, just so I can re-read my favorite part. It’s not easy to get that coveted fifth star, so if you did, rest assured: you’ve definitely earned it!

The Beast (J. R. Ward)

Title: The Beast

Author: J. R. Ward

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #14

Date: April 5, 2016

Blurb:

Rhage and Mary return in a new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, a series “so popular, I don’t think there’s a reader today who hasn’t at least heard of [it]” (USA Today).

Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself…

For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him…

And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world…and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from..

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Review Day! 

 

Coming today, the latest installment of the raving warrior vampire series by best-selling author J. R. Ward, Black Dagger Brotherhood. 

The Beast is a Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy novel that follows up on the events of the previous books of the series. Unlike other Romance series of the moment, The Black Dagger Brotherhood books don’t follow the traditional scheme of one-book-per-couple, and instead each volume runs on multiple continual timelines and perspectives that constantly introduce new characters and bring forward old ones. The timelines normally extend through several books and influence events within each other like a tight web.

Ms. Ward has introduced great innovation into the genre with this series, and her books continue to be complex, highly dynamic endeavors that cannot quite be read as stand-alone, but instead as an integral part of the entire series.    

More information, visit the author’s official page: http://www.jrward.com/bdb/

 

So, let’s see it! ———-

This book is both a new volume and an inner sequel to the second installment of the series, Lover Eternalthat takes on issues the couple has come across since the events of the original story. A follow up on old characters is something J. R. Ward has done several times before in this series in books like Lover Unleashed, Lover Reborn, and The King. It’s a proven strategy to keep the reader’s attention by bringing forward the characters they originally fell in love with, and in my opinion, it works quite well. Although this is a strategy that quite a good deal of authors use, I have yet to see one do it as masterfully as Ms. Ward. 

The main characters in The Beast are once again Rhage, Black Dagger Brother and Mary Madonna Luce, introduced ten years ago in Lover Eternal.

Rhage is the strongest warrior of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. He is beautiful, irreverent, funny, and madly in love with his wife, Mary. Rhage also has a dangerous alter-ego given to him by a deity, which comes out at inappropriate times and creates messes for him and his brothers. At the beginning of the book, we see Vishous, Rhage’s brother who is gifted with precognition, tell Rhage that he is going to die, and the entire action develops from there into a whirlwind of emotion that explores Rhage’s deteriorated psychological state and his relationship both with Mary and his Brothers. Rhage is a character that is well-loved by the fans and for good reason. He is funny, he is sweet and overall fairly uncomplicated, compared to some of the other characters. However, this doesn’t mean he’s shallow. Rhage has been dealing with some survivor’s guilt since the previous book, The Shadows, and to it adds his own guilt and conflict with a longing that threatens the very core of his marriage. As always with this series, the character’s arc for the lead is joyful to read and the ups and down are both heart-wrenching and inspiring, treated with a care and mastery that make them life-size. Rhage’s problems and insecurities are very human and relatable, seemingly mundane at times, despite his vampiric (paranormal) environment, and thus, the resolution of these resonates deeply with the readers.

Mary is Rhage’s partner. She is a former human to whom the goddess of the vampire race granted immortality as a bounty to Rhage. While she was human, she was sick with leukemia, and the heavy cancer treatments left her infertile. Mary’s inability to have children has been one of the unresolved spots of the series ever since book 2, but the issue gets explored and made into a main topic in this book. What infertility does to Mary and Rhage, how they come to terms with it and fix the problem is the principal theme of their timeline. It shows once again the values of compassion, generosity and understanding that compress Mary’s personality, and acts as the component that strengthens her relationship with his husband in a way that is believable and real. For this book, Ward tackles an issue that is very human, when a member of the couple wants a child but the other member is unable to provide it, and does so with a talented and open-minded approach that doesn’t focus in the good over the bad (like many romance novels do) but instead puts every fact on the table and lets the plot resolve itself in a reasonable way according to the attitudes she set up for her characters.

Overall, the whole process is seamless and smooth, the actions and reactions of the characters making sense with their environment and the story developing at a dynamic pace during actions scenes, and a deep thoughtful pace during the self-reflection ones.

The Beast also continues with the timelines of secondary characters introduced in earlier books and resolves issues of the plot that had been left open. A brand new long-term character takes stage and some new conflicts arise to sustain future volumes. Overall, it’s everything you could expect as a mid-series installment, and uses the success recipe Ward has invented and perfected to make sure none of her Black Dagger Brotherhood books ever go below the 4 star margin. This one is no different.

 

My rating:

4

“Almost There!”

A very good book, with just a couple of minor details that didn’t appeal to me personally, but that in no way diminish the value of the entire piece.