Discussion: Black Dagger Brotherhood

I love the Brother hood, and all its characters, so don’t get me wrong by my complaints. I’m not a basher of authors, because I have a great amount of respect for authors who can pen their thoughts into a book. Especially books that are great, and creative like the brotherhood.
I love the sense of community and how the brothers interact mostly. There are only a few characters, and a few other things, that i don’t like and I would just like to point them out, hence this discussion post. I love how she wrote the characters, and how they are all so fiercely loyal and have a bond with each other, yet so complex and different when you get to know them individually. I love how they aren’t so perfect, and that they have emotions, not just commitment issues.
Zsadist, Rhage, and Rehvenge are my favorites, and all for different reasons. My least favorite however is Phury, twin brother to Zsadist. I bought his story, skimmed a page and promptly returned it. Not saying that it wasn’t a great, or even good, book–I wont make such judgement–but it didn’t engage me. It went to a place where I just would not like to explore, not even in a book. But what ticked me off was that he even went there, when things were just not that bad. At least from my perspective. I liked Phury at first, felt for him, but the more I read the books, the more he just got on my nerves. Just thinking about him ticks me off still. He’s the reason I wanted to rant mostly, and I’m glad I got it off my chest. He literally almost ruined the series for me. I guess the real why of why I’m so ticked off is because I liked him so much. He was just so sweet and considerate, though way too self sacrificing. But I was thoroughly distressed at his self decline from the book two all the way to his book. It got so bad that I literally started skipping his parts. Its not like I can’t identify that shit happens, because I so can. But I just don’t think his situation warranted that. I’m not being a goody two-shoe either, or naive, I know bad things happen–I see it all the time. I just thought that his method sucked, and in turn, sucked everything out of the characters appeal, and about his book.
Phury, coupled with the way Vishous’s story ended and the not-so-hot news about the next book, book eleven, had me wondering what kind of tangent can J.R. possibly be going on. She’s mixed the rules of romance and I still like her, but her next book, Lover Reborn, just seems to be pushing the cake. I don’t think I’m going to be able to take it. And that sucks because I want to take it. But I mean, really? What can she possibly be thinking?
I’ve already had it with the; Perfect brother unraveling at lightning speed, while not-so perfect brother becomes the reasonable and grounded one. I don’t know how the characters are going. Too much twist and turns and unfairness to me.
But let us leave this on a good note though, I have it on good authority that Dark Lover, Book one–haven’t read–is good. She gave it her stamp of approval; “It’s good”. I don’t know if I’m going to read that, but we’ll see. The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is really great–excluding Phury’s hellish decline–and its easy to get caught up in it. As you can see, it doesn’t matter if you read it in order or not, but if you want to go ahead. Rhage and Mary’s story is so profound and just Great! Zsadist and Bella’s story is just so compelling a well written, you feel everything. You see the guy who’s so bad ass, but super innocent. How many times do you get that? To read his story is to seeing just how awesome he is. Yeah, I think this is the positive end I was looking for. I ranted, and I rave. I’m out.

Black Dagger Brotherhood: Lover Awakened

LOVER AWAKENED
by J. R. Ward
Published by Signet Eclipse

September 5, 2006
Book Three: Zsadist’s Story
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…Source: http://www.jrward.com/bdb/index-books.html#loverawakened

Lover Awakened the third book in the series, but my fourth read, was positively amazeballs. I wanted this book before I was even finished with Rhage’s book, and I went out that same night to buy it. The way Bella and Zsadist are together in Rhages book, alluded to the cosmic kind of love that their story would possess. I wanted it. I anticipated it, and I was not at all disappointed.
They were so good together it hurt to let them go. They were so perfect together, I wanted more of them in the next book, more than I wanted to hear about the lead characters.

My Review

How many stars: 5

Main Characters: Zsadist and Bella were totally amazing. Zsadist was a perfect broken hero. He was the right amount of dangerous, but the perfect amount of consideration and tenderness for Bella. He was a hero. As a heroine, Bella was absolutely great. She went after her man, but she wasn’t afraid to be pissed off. She is no shrinking violet.

Story: The story was great. You got to really understood Zsadist and where he was coming from, but more importantly, you got to love him and want Bella for him even more. She was–is–his perfect antidote. And together they had a sweet and passionate story that leaves you salivating for more.
Would I re-read: This book is re-read worthy. I think I read it again, after I was done. It was way too perfectly good. I wanna give spoilers–but I wont.
Improvements: There really wasn’t any improvements as oppose to, just needed more of them. Needed a little bit more of them towards the end. Just like another 5 pages, minimum.

Topping: This book was my Extra Caramel swirl on the most amazingly made frappuccino. The amount of extra caramel was amazing on top of the light whip cream, and it looked nice instead of sloppy. Loved It, Loved It!!