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Review: Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Posted July 6, 2016 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Born of Night by Sherrilyn KenyonReviewer: Casee
Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: The League #1
Published by St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: September 29, 2009
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 560
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three-half-stars

In the Ichidian Universe, The League and their ruthless assassins rule all. Expertly trained and highly valued, the League Assassins are the backbone of the government. But not even the League is immune to corruption . . .

Command Assassin Nykyrian Quikiades once turned his back on the League―and has been hunted by them ever since. Though many have tried, none can kill him or stop him from completing his current mission: to protect Kiara Zamir, a woman whose father's political alliance has made her a target.

As her world becomes even deadlier, Kiara must entrust her life to the same kind of beast who once killed her mother and left her for dead. Old enemies and new threaten them both and the only way they can survive is to overcome their suspicions and learn to trust in the very ones who threaten them the most: each other.

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon. As much as I’ve felt let down over the years, I keep going back. It’s a sickness. For every three or four books, she has a good one. Those are the ones I can’t miss. Born of Night wasn’t exactly one of those books, but it did show me another side of Kenyon that I didn’t know was there. I thought she was all Dark-Hunter, Dream-Hunter, Were-Hunter…you get my drift. No, she’s also sci-fi and fantasy.

Born of Night introduces the reader to the Ichidian Universe and The League of Assassins. The thing is, it didn’t. There was almost zero world building in this book. Not that the book was horrible; it wasn’t. I did like it, but I would have liked to have known more about the Ichidian Universe and The League. All I came out of the book knowing about The League is that they’re a scary bunch of Assassins that you can never leave because they’ll kill you if you’ll try.

This was Nykyrian and Kiara’s story. The Sentella is a group of outlaws that try to police the League. At least that’s what I got from it. Kiara is a Princess from a planet called Gouran. She had a contract on her life and was kidnapped (the why wasn’t explained until ¾ of the way through the book). Nykyrian and his band of misfits (that what I started thinking of them as) saved her from certain death. Nykyrian is the only League Assassin to ever escape and he has a price on his head that anyone would kill for. He is so emotionless and has such little faith in humanity that he wouldn’t be surprised if any of his fellow brothers or sisters in the Sentella turn him in. Because of that, he is constantly on watch.

When they save Kiara, it is his worst nightmare. She is the only person, dead or alive that has ever brought emotion out in him. A beautiful dancer, he has snuck into her shows and she has something in her that he can’t extinguish from his thoughts of the feelings that he thought he had long ago gotten rid of.

Kiara is at first disgusted by Nykyrian, until she gets past her prejudice and realizes he is a man that had a horrific childhood and came out a good man on the other side. She has no idea how she could have overlooked that and looked at him like everyone else, but she is ashamed and she makes sure he knows it.

The thing I didn’t like about Kiara was how wishy-washy she was about Nykyrian. One moment she would accept him for who she was, but then she would see who he really was and what he would do to protect her and she would be horrified and call him a monster. She really made me want to slap her. I understood what and why she felt the way she felt, but she really needed to go one way or the other. And this didn’t happen once or twice. It happened multiple times.

Overall, I did enjoy the book enough to get the next book in the series. I’m looking forward to (hopefully) seeing some more world building. I have complete faith in Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Rating 3.5 out of 5.

Reading Order

Born of Night
Born of Fire
Born of Ice
Born of Shadows
Cloak and Silence
Born of Fury
Born of Defiance
Born of Betrayal
Born of Legend

three-half-stars


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When It’s Time to Let Go: 5 Series I’m Breaking Up With

Posted October 22, 2015 by Rowena in Discussions | 17 Comments

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There comes a time in every book nerds life when they have to make difficult decisions. Decisions like what to read next or who our book boyfriend of the week is and when it’s time to let go of a book or series. It’s never an easy decision to give up on characters before the series is done. I mean, you still have stories to read and characters to get to know but sometimes, it just has to be done.

For me, what it all boils down to are two things. My enjoyment and time.

There’s too many books on my TBR list. Hundreds and hundreds of them and I know that I’m not going to read them all. There’s just no way. So that’s all the more reason to start calling it quits with the series that I’ve fallen out of love with.

Here are the series that I’m breaking up with this…for good.

1) The Dark Hunters series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. This was the first paranormal series that I ever read and that was way back in the day. So long ago that I can’t even remember what year it was. It was back in our years on the JGBB, that’s for sure. I remember when Holly and I used to be obsessed with all things Dark Hunter. We would spend hours upon hours talking about books, characters, share our theories with what was coming up and we loved everything about the world that Sherrilyn Kenyon created for these supernatural characters. Over time though, she started moving away from the rules she created for her own world and our enjoyment of the books started dimming, not to mention she kept writing book after book after book. There’s like 100 books in the series now (not really but you get the idea) and I just don’t see myself ever picking up another book to read. I still have quite a few DH books in my possession but those will sadly go unread. shrugs Oh, well.


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2) The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I know that this series was turned into the hit TV Show that everyone and their Mom loves. I know that Jamie is all kinds of wonderful and is one hot ginger. I had every intention of reading this series because one of my old book friends absolutely adored it and would not stop pimping it to me so I bought the first three books in the series and almost had a heart attack when I saw how big those suckers were. Have you seen how big those suckers are? Their sheer size has intimidated the hell out of me and when I read the first book, I really enjoyed it but thought that it could have been chopped in half and still been a really good read. I even wanted to read the next book in the series but every time I passed it while browsing my books, I always skipped it. That was years ago and so much time has passed that meh, I’m over it. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m never going to finish this series…but I might rent the series and watch that.

3) The Blue Heron series by Kristan Higgins. The first two books in this series rocked my socks. The third book? Not so much. The fourth book? Couldn’t even finish it. So yeah, I’m calling it quits on this one.

4) The Virgin River series by Robyn Carr. I absolutely, positively loved the first book in this series. I loved Jack. I loved Mel. I loved the small town of Virgin River and had such high hopes for the rest of the books. I loved the second book and enjoyed the third but I can’t remember anything about the fourth book but the fifth book? I remember that book. I remember it well. I remember that I spent most of the first read frustrated with both the hero and the heroine but the second time I tried reading it? I didn’t like it at all. Everything got on my nerves so much more than the first time I read it. The heroine? Ugh. The hero? Meh. I didn’t even finish my re-read of the book. I just gave up, on that book and since it’s been years since my re-read, I guess I gave up on the series too because I never read another book. I don’t plan to either. So it’s official, I’m dumping you Virgin Rivers.

5) The Vicious Cycle series by Katie Ashley. As much as I love those sexy ass covers, I don’t think I’d survive another book in this series. The hero and heroine in the first book drove me absolutely bonkers in both their book and the second book. The hero and heroine in the second book had such potential but the entire story just fell flat for me so I think I’m officially out of this one.

What about you? Are there any series that you’re thinking about breaking up with for good?


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Retro-Review: Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Posted August 12, 2014 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

night pleasuresRowena’s review of Night Pleasures (Dark Hunters #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Dear Reader,

Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to be immortal? To journey through the night stalking the evil that preys on humans? To have unlimited wealth, unlimited power? That is my existence, and it is dark and dangerous. I play hero to thousands, but am known to none. And I love every minute of it.

Or so I thought until one night when I woke up handcuffed to my worst nightmare: a conservative woman in a button-down shirt. Or in Amanda’s case, buttoned all the way up to her chin. She’s smart, sexy, witty, and wants nothing to do with the paranormal-in other words, me.

My attraction to Amanda Devereaux goes against everything I stand for. Not to mention the last time I fell in love it cost me not only my human life, but also my very soul. Yet every time I look at her, I find myself wanting to try again. Wanting to believe that love and loyalty do exist.

Even more disturbing, I find myself wondering if there’s any way a woman like Amanda can love a man whose battle scars run deep, and whose heart was damaged by a betrayal so savage that he’s not sure it will ever beat again.

Kyrian of Thrace

The first of the actual Dark Hunter Books.

Kyrian of Thrace is one sexy motherfucker. He’s one of those guys that junior high girls tape to their walls at home, the kind of man older women dream of having an affair with. This man is simply the whole package. And he never dies? Yesss. He’ll slay your demons, he’ll love you all night and give you some many orgasms that you’ll be sore for a week. The stuff dreams are made of, that’s Kyrian of Thrace for you.

His story is one of my favorites of the series, and I love him to pieces. The story of him and Theone, in his mortal life really breaks my heart. No one deserves to be hurt like that. Especially since most warriors of his time were almost NEVER loyal or faithful to their wives at home, but Kyrian was. Kyrian never once cheated on Theone, he was utterly and completely in love with his wife and saw no reason to dishonor the vows he made to her. But to come home and be betrayed by the one person you loved most in the world, the woman you left your family for, the woman who was supposed to love you with all that she was, just as you loved her, it’s something that isn’t easily forgotten.

But I do believe that to truly move on from being hurt from one person, is to move on to the next person. I was really cheering Amanda on because she had a lot going against her in this story. Kyrian wasn’t going to allow anyone to get close to him, but she broke through his defenses and saved him. Restore his faith in women, restored his faith in trusting others and it really was a great way to end the story.

This book is a must read. Just ask anyone of the many people I’ve pimped this book out to, they’ll tell you how awesome it is. So, get it, read it and love it. I have no doubt that you will.

Grade: 4 out of 5

This book is available from St. Martin’s Press. You can purchase it here or here in e-format. I bought my copy of this book.


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Throwback Thursday: The Quotes (4)

Posted January 16, 2014 by Rowena in Features | 6 Comments

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This week’s Throwback Thursday quote comes from the Dark Hunters series by Sherrilyn Kenyon.  Who remembers that series? Who is still reading that series?

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I loved me some Zarek back in the day.  I remember his book making me cry buckets but I haven’t done a re-read in ages.  Maybe I should fix it.  Who remembers this book?  Who remembers Zarek?


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Review: Styxx by Sherilyn Kenyon (with spoilers)

Posted November 11, 2013 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

9781250029881_p0_v2_s114x166Casee’s review of Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Just when you thought doomsday was over…

Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge.

As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother’s side. They’ve spent more centuries going at each other’s throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he’s willing to trade his life and future for Acheron’s.

The Atlantean goddess of Wrath and Misery, Bethany was born to right wrongs. But it was never a task she relished.

Until now.

She owes Acheron a debt that she vows to repay, no matter what it takes. He will join their fellow gods in hell and nothing is going to stop…

My feelings about this book are complicated. After I read it, I felt so many different things. Now I’ve had over a week to really digest everything it’s mainly what, the and, fuck. When I was done reading it, I immediately texted Holly. I said something about being frazzled and my brain not working right. I was even talking to my husband, trying to wrap my brain around it. He, in turn, was trying to wrap his brain around what I was talking about.

Styxx first came onto the Dark Hunter scene in Talon’s book, Night Embrace (2003). He was a bad guy. Throughout the years, he has been Acheron’s evil twin…or so we thought. It’s been 10 years since Styxx first appeared in book 3 and this book is book 23. It’s only been the last few books that we’ve glimpsed a shred of what may have been decency. If you read this book, you’ll find out that not only is Styxx good, but that he’s been wronged by everyone in his entire life but most especially Acheron. Oh and Acheron is a d-bag.

You don’t have to read Acheron to understand Styxx, but it would be helpful. Long story short, Apollymi hid Acheron in the human realm because the Greek Fates accidentally cursed him. He was hidden in a mortal’s womb with Styxx, which really effed up not only his life, but his destiny.

602 pages (71%) of the book focuses on Styxx’s mortal life as Price Styxx heir to King Xeres and the House of Aricles. 602 pages of a wretched, horrible life. If you read Acheron, you remember that he was touched by Epithymia, the goddess of all desires. Styxx was also touched by her. He basically received all the curses Acheron did with one addition: the Atlantean gods constantly speak in Styxx’s head and he doesn’t know why.

Styxx and Acheron’s lives have always been tied together. So if one dies the other dies. Which actually isn’t true. It’s only if Acheron dies that Styxx dies. Styxx also gets to feel every beating or physical thing that Acheron experiences, which he has to hide. From Acheron’s POV in his book, Styxx always seemed like a stand-offish, arrogant sort. Now we know it’s an armor that he carries around. And Ryssa, the sister that always protects Acheron? She’s a super bitch.

My first review back and it feels like I’m rambling on and on. I’m not even halfway done yet. Or to the worst part. Styxx gets raped. By his own uncle; the uncle who took Acheron to Atlantis and turned him into a whore. Styxx actually tried to rescue Acheron. It was not only unsuccessful, Styxx was turned over by Acheron himself. There were hundreds of pages where Styxx was raped. By guards at the palace. By the Greek god Apollo. By people that were supposed to protect him. All the while the twin brother he tried to protect and the sister he only wanted to love looked at him in disgust. It was sickening. Heartbreaking. Overdone.

Styxx eventually tried to kill himself. Really, who wouldn’t? That’s when he realized his life was literally tied to Acheron’s. It was after that he met Bethany. She was actually an Atlantian goddess, but she doesn’t tell him that. He doesn’t tell him that he’s Price Styxx either. Bethany doesn’t know because when she’s in human form, she’s blind. So she just knows him as Hector, the man she falls in love with. Styxx is just as in love with Bethany and is really the only thing he lives for. In his life, that is not really surprising. His life sucks ass. Literally.

After Acheron is killed in his human life, Bethany also has to face the wrath of Apollymi. Which means that Styxx loses the goddess he loves. When Acheron dies, he finally knows the peace he never knew in life. Until…Artemis brings him back to life which brings Styxx back to life. Honest to God, this book was bit over 800 pages.

While Styxx rots on some island by himself for eleven thousand years, Acheron becomes the Acheron we all know and think we love. Yep, that’s right. I don’t love him anymore. After Styxx is forced to have Ash’s memories, he wants a second chance with him. What does Ash do? He sticks him on one of his island’s on what’s-it-called his other-worldly home. For three years. Forgets him. Then when Styxx decides he wants to just forget the whole thing, Ash dumps him in an apartment in New York or somewhere like that and forgets about him. Until Savitar tells him about the real Styxx. Then he wants to make it all better. Nevermind that he treated his brother like shit, never supported him, he lost the woman he loved, he lost a child, and he’s a stupid ass. Oh and he helped Ash save Tori and didn’t ask for anything in return.

Styxx did get his HEA, but it was a long time coming. Too long. He showed that he deserved redemption even though the only reason he went after Acheron was to end his own life. He had no animosity toward Acheron at the beginning. It eventually turned to hate, but ultimately Styxx’s goal was to die. He lost the woman he loved and the family he could have had. I can’t imagine living with that for eleven thousand years.

Yes, after this book I was somewhat confused. I had to get my brain around something. I still don’t know what it is. I’m still confused. I honestly don’t know why this book was written. I would have been happy with Styxx never getting a book of his own. Or getting a book that was 400 pages. It was just too much.

3.5 out of 5

This book is available from St. Martin’s Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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