Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Black Dagger Brotherhood Females

Last week, I posted about which actors I would choose to play the lead male roles in a Black Dagger Brotherhood movie (or TV series - that's right, I'm looking at you HBO). Now for the female side of the Brotherhood:

Mila Kunis as Beth

Emily Rossum as Mary

Cobie Smulders as Bella - because Z needs someone as tough as he is

Scarlet Johansson as Marissa

Kristen Bell as Doc Jane

Laura Vandervoot as Cormia

Dianna Agron as Ehlena

Charlize Theron as Xhex

Jon Huertas as Dr Manny Manello - If Payne's a Brother, Manny has to be counted here. Somehow, I don't think he'd mind being included with all the women

Those are my picks for the Shellans (and Manny). How do they weigh up against the version of the Shellans you picture as you read? What did I hit head on, and what did I miss by a mile?


Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Black Dagger Brotherhood

I'm baaaaaaaaaack! Maybe not for long, but long enough to stop by and post. And fair warning, this post is going to be both lengthy and pack with beautiful men.

I went to see Thor last night and I swear, all I could think when watching Chris Hemsworth stomp, yell, and charm his way around the screen was "Holy f*ck! That's totally Rhage!"

I kinda expected the Beast to jump out and eat some Lessers Shield Agents

Which got me thinking. Helena and I have spent a LOT of time discussing who we think should play the Brothers should God and JR ever grace us with a Brotherhood movie (or, and I scarcely hope to dream, an HBO series). We don't always agree on the choices (although we both agree E.T. would make a GREAT Scribe Virgin), but in the light of the latest rash of superhero movies and all the beautiful, buff men they pack into them (God bless you, Marvel!), some of my choices have changed. So, here it is, my list of the guys I believe should play the Brothers:

Gerard Butler as Wrath - I always have the hardest time visualizing Wrath, then I saw a pic of Gerard with long hair. It all fell into place for me after that.

Chris Hemsworth as Rhage - the only thing missing is the Tootsie Pop

Wentworth Miller as Zsadist - My favorite

Ryan Reynolds as Butch

Alex O'Loughlin as Vishous - another fine man who's already played a vampire once, VERY effectively

Channing Tatum as Phury - And if Channing was playing Phury, I may actually like Phury...somewhat

Mark Salling as Rehvenge - Even if he didn't have a mohawk, he'd still be prefect for this role

Tom Welling as John Matthew

Kate Beckinsale as Payne - she's totally a Brother, no denying it

Do you agree with my choices? Who do you think should play the Brothers? Perhaps next week, I'll give you my picks for the Shellans, or the boys who haven't had their own books yet.


In My Mailbox

This is my first IMM post.  I see them in my feedbox every week; figured I would join in the fun since I have a bunch of books from April and May to share with everyone!

Special shout out goes to BBPCon 2011 and all the amazing organizers, publishers, authors, and bloggers that took part in making this conference a reality.  Many thanks to the publishers and authors that contributed the books that I received below (these are all paper books, I haven't received the ebooks yet):
Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs (Walker Books)
Thunder and Ashes by Z.A.Recht (Gallery Books)
Dying to Live by Kim Paffenroth (Gallery Books)
Beyond Exile by J.L. Bourne (Gallery Books)
Virgin by Cheryl Brooks (Sourcebooks)
Rock Hard by Olivia Cunning (Sourcebooks)
Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger (Gallery Books)
Play Dead by Ryan Brown (Gallery Books)
Songs of Love and Death Anthology (Gallery Books)

Courtesy of the author, Jennifer Turner:
Eternal Seduction
Eternal Hearts

Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales book tours:
Divergent by Veronica Roth

DTBs Purchased:
You are so Undead to Me by Stacey Jay
Beyond Heaving Bosoms by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan
Bloodline: Reckoning by Kate Cary

Ebooks Purchased:
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
Glimmer by Vivi Anna

Happy Reading/Reviewing!


Saturday, May 14, 2011

BDB Book Club: Lover Eternal Discussion

This month's book club centers on the second installment, Rhage's book: Lover Eternal!

1. On a scale from 1-5, what would you rate this book? Briefly tell us why.
I rate this book a 5 all the way!  I have a Godzilla sized crush on Rhage on top of the fact that JR Ward's writing is spectacular.  See my prior review here.
2. Did you have any preconceived notions about this book given that we knew it would be from the point of view of a different brother?
I like the different views.  At first, I was worried that the magic of the first wouldn't be matched; however, the views already change so much within each novel that I did not worry much about the focus moving to another brother.  Rhage intrigued me in the first book, I am a lover of the smart ass so I highly anticipated a novel just about him. :)
3. What did you think of Rhage's transformations?
Holy boatloads of killer bees!  The Scribe Virgin never ceases to surprise me on how fast she flies up on the bitch-o-meter.  Seriously, she only gets better as the novels progress...
4. What did you think of Rhage and Mary's first encounter at the Brother's house?  Did you foresee a relationship forming after this meeting?
The first encounter was a bit creepy.  Honestly in the grand scheme of things, I never really liked Mary.  She seemed very weak and lacked a shred of confidence in the beginning.  As the novel continued, I started to like her more but she definitely is not a favorite of mine.  I figured a relationship would come out of the two of them simply because this is a romance novel; however, did I find them compatible in that moment, not really.
5. Ward seems to like forcing her characters to make some hard choices.  What did you think of Rhage's choice to save Mary at the end of the book?  Would you do the same for someone you loved?
I completely admired Rhage's decision.  I would one hundred percent do the same thing without a second thought.
6. Do you think John will become a brother after his transformation?
Yes, the foreshadowing definitely points that way.  The brotherhood could use some more new blood!
7. Do you think Bella will become Zsadist's shellan?  What, if anything, do you think this will do to Phury and Zsadist's relationship as a result given that Phury showed mild interest in Bella as well?
Zsadist deserves a compassionate and steadfast shellan, both qualities that I think Bella embodies completely.  I think Bella will be a point of contention between the two brothers; however, with the celibacy claim that Phury has undertaken and his martyr attitude around his twin, I don't think Phury would outright fight for Bella.

Zsadist's book is next!  Come back in June for the next book club!


Review - Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Enclave is the first in Ann Aguirre's young adult Razorland trilogy.  The second installment, Outpost, is scheduled for a Fall 2012 release.

Blurb from her site:
In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups–Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.
As a Huntress, her purpose is clear—to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She’s worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing’s going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce’s troubles are just beginning.
Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn’t like following orders. At first she thinks he’s crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don’t always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she’s never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace.
As Deuce’s perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy… but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she’s ever known.
I LOVED this book!  Deuce, the main character, instantly pulled me into the story.  She is very proud of her community and her place within as a protector of her people, a huntress.  However, Deuce is hiding a "flaw", her sense of compassion and desire to question authority.  Both are traits Fade values and personifies himself.  Throughout the course of the novel, Deuce begins to discover that maybe the controlling enclave hasn't been completely honest with its populace and the dangers they face.

The action is top notch.  There are fighting scenes beyond every page flip both externally with the freaks and rival gangs and internally as the veil over Deuce's eyes begins to lift.  It was eye opening to see the world topside through each of Deuce's new revelations.  I was reminded of simple everyday items we take for granted in this life.

Aguirre did a phenomenal job on world building.  Each scene completely enraptured me and the contrast between the top side and underground worlds was beautifully orchestrated.  Within Enclave, the world became as important and tangible as the main characters.

Speaking of characters, even minor ones were well done.  Deuce as I mentioned prior, is very easy to relate and bond with.  Fade was harder to get a handle on in the beginning, but as Deuce grew to like and trust him, I did as well.  Tegan and Stalker worked well as additional characters; though I do hope to see more of them in future installments.  I think both characters have more to tell.

Overall, Enclave is an action packed, emotionally charged post apocalyptic thriller.  I loved the addition of zombies to the dystopia genre.  This novel proves to be an addictive start to a promising series!  If you are a fan of the recent dystopian fiction wave, make sure to add Enclave to your list.  For a sneak peek, the first two chapters can be found here.  Enjoy!

Rating: 5/5


Friday, May 13, 2011

Hey Folks!

This week has been insanely busy in the barns.  The number of patients we have is crazy, but I am learning a ton and actually considering practicing some large animal medicine when I graduate!  Never would have seen that coming honestly.  Anyways, so that has kept me out of the blogging scene.  I hope to catch up on some reading and posting this weekend.  I did manage to read Enclave and it was fantastic!!!  I will elaborate more in a few days.  I am set to go watch a stop on the PBR circuit on Saturday, I am beyond excited.  I hope the rumors about Ochocinco are true; watching him ride Deja Blu would be hilarious.


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Blog Hop 6

Follow Friday time with Parajunkee!

Q. Circle time! Time to share. What character in a book would you most like to be, what character in a book would you most like to date?

Character I would like to be: Mac from Fever series
Character I would like to date: Rhage from the BDB

If you are interested, we have a giveaway currently in progress and ending on Sunday for a copy of Jennifer Turner's Eternal Seduction.  The characters rock!  Check out my review then enter in the giveaway!


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Book by Its Cover - Vegas Moon by John Locke

Ok yea, so this isn't the typical book we discuss on this blog.  The genre does not fit, but I found it absolutely hilarious looking and felt it would be perfect for our feature this week!  Ta Da....Vegas Moon by John Locke!

In order to save his own life, Donovan Creed signs on as bodyguard to the most famous gambler in Las Vegas history, Jim “Lucky” Peters. Lucky, worth millions, has hit a losing streak and must raise a lot of cash in a short period of time from some of the world’s creepiest people. It doesn’t take long for Creed to learn that the person who holds the key to his survival is none other than Lucky’s smokin’ hot wife, Gwen, who has secrets of her own.

Helena's thoughts:

I couldn't find a bigger image, so I am sorry that it is a tad blurry.  Blurry or not, you have to admit that this cover is just hilarious and eye catching.  I mean a girl in crazy sexy red boots and a classic little black dress walking a ..........rooster?!  If this isn't a metaphor for a girl whipping a guy completely, I just don't know what is.  Really?!  I am still rolling over here ;p.  Even though this novel doesn't sound like my typical bag of tricks, it just might have persuaded me to get a copy solely on cover art alone.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Giveway - Eternal Seduction by Jennifer Turner

The generous Jennifer Turner, author of the Darkness Within series, has given me permission to give away the copy of Eternal Seduction she sent me for review earlier this month!  I am beyond stoked to introduce one lucky reader to this awesome novel!

Novel summary:

After living on the streets of New York City for over a decade, Logan Ellis admits her perceptions might be a little skewed. But twisted or not, there’s a satisfying irony in watching a well dressed vampire stand in the middle of a ghetto alley, windblown trash scraping small circles near his feet. What she finds even more intriguing, is waiting for him to decide whether or not he’s going to kill her.
Kerestyan Nelek hasn’t quite made up his mind. As the Lord of New York, he can’t allow a homeless drug addict, whose memories are packed with knowledge of vampiric existence, to run free in his city. It’s not the first time he’s been in this situation with a human, it’s just the first time in thousands of years he’s come face to face with one who doesn’t seem to care. And that’s what makes the decision so damn difficult.
What horrors would you have to witness before you went numb? How many years would it take for you to feel that way? What would it take to make you care again?
Logan’s answers are simple: the worst humanity has to offer, almost thirty…and something she never expected.

So without further ado, here are the rules:

Leave a comment with your email address and answer to this question:

Logan is not your typical heroine.  She is a drug addict and has spent the past decade living on the streets.  Do you enjoy atypical main characters?  What do you like to see in the main male and female characters?
Bonus points (please add these up in your comment for me, thanks!)
+1 for becoming a follower of this blog
+1 for adding vampsrus as a friend on goodreads
+1 for following Jennifer Turner's blog

Feel free to follow us on twitter @vamps_r_us or Jennifer's twitter @darknesswithin, no extra points though ;p

This giveaway will end at midnight CST on Sunday May 8, 2011.  I will notify the winner by email and they have 48 hours to respond or I will draw another name.  Giveaway is open to US residents (with free shipping) and international (if winner is willing to pay shipping).

I hope you enjoy this novel as much as I did :).


Review - Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione

Eternal Rider is the first installment in Larissa Ione's new Lords of Deliverance series.  Immortal Rider, the second novel, is already slated for release in December 2011.

Blurb from back cover:
They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.

Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can't-or won't-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman's safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara's life.
It is no secret that I adore Larissa Ione's Demonica series.  I have a particular fondness for a certain demon named Shade ;p.  Needless to say, I was super excited when I heard she was starting a new venture based on the four horsemen of the apocalypse, Lords of Deliverance.  I snagged it right when pre-orders went up and I was definitely not disappointed.

I LOVED this novel!  The characters are fantastic, she beautifully captured the emotional struggle within each horseman/woman and Cara.  We even get to hang out with some of the characters from the Demonica series that readers already have a bond with.  A special moment occurs for Kynan and Gem; I won't give it away but it made me smile!  Ione does a great job making her characters entertaining by displaying a sharp wit and dark sense of humor.

Lords of Deliverance is set within the same world as the Demonica series.  Much of the same rules apply and many of the same species are involved as well.  Fear not, if you have not read her other series, Ione has set up the Lords as a stand alone so no prior background is necessary.  Honestly though, if you enjoy either series, it is well worth your time to immerse yourself in the other.

Action jumped off each page; I raced through this novel and there was no lag to be found.  Cara is an interesting character and I hope to see more of her, while staving off the apocalypse in future installments to the series.  Limos, the horsewoman known as Famine, is featured in Ione's next novel Immortal Rider.  December can't get here fast enough!

Rating: 5/5

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