The Shadows by J. R. Ward *Alexa’s Review*

Posted September 16th, 2015 by in *Review / 0 comments

banner-review(1)The Shadows by J. R. Ward *Alexa’s Review*The Shadows Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #13
Also in this series: Lover Mine, The Beast
Read in: August 2015
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Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on... except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around... but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice...

3 Stars

Even though this series has had ups and downs during the past few books I can’t help but keep coming back to my boys because I love them so much.

I was really excited to read from the Shadows because we so rarely see things in their world and so they were very mysterious going into this book so I really wanted to know more about their community and what exactly they could do. Plus I wanted to see how Trez and iAm were going to fall in love and how this whole book would unfold.

I have to say that in this book I was a little bored because I didn’t really find Trez that interesting. I thought he was ok and all of his drama was a little lame. He just didn’t seem to have that hard edge that the rest of the BDB boys have. I guess with him it just felt like something was missing. I also didn’t really find his romance story with Selena to be that interesting. They seemed to be in a rut because they would do the same things over and over again. They would get together and go out at night in order to have Selena experience life since she knew she was sick and might not make it though the next few days to weeks of life. I felt like there was no real connection between these two, there was no overwhelming passion or feelings for me. I thought they were cute and just sort of there.

So if the love between Trez and the Chosen wasn’t doing it for me what was? This is simple to answer and his name is iAm! His character was so huge and demanding attention that I wish this would have been more focused on his love story and his thoughts instead of his twin brother. I felt that iAm had so much to give this story because he was always there in the background trying so hard to help Trez that he never really lived much of a life outside of Trez’s fucked up mind and problems. I was glad to see that iAm cared but I was also glad when he just grabbed life in this book and decided that he needed to do somethings for himself. I especially love his romance story in this book and wish that we would have been able to see more of it play out.

Aside from the boys I did generally like all of the side things going on in the Brotherhood and the fact that we got to see more of Rhage. I’m not really sure what is up with him but since the next book is called The Beast I’m sure we are going to get to see more things from his perspective again which I’m all for because Hollywood is one of my favorites behind V and Wrath. I also really enjoyed seeing some of the Shadow community in this book so I could finally understand all of the background behind them and I certainly hope that the shadows in general will be featured more in the books going forward because adding them to the war effort could really tip the scales.

Overall, I did struggle with this book at times but that was just mostly because I wasn’t that into Trez and Selena. I know many of you who have read this book will think I’m strange for this but I didn’t even really care that much about what happened to their relationship in the end and what specifically happened to Selena. I’m just going to patiently wait till I can have more Rhage in my life! I think at this point we know I can’t just give up on this series so I’m sticking with it because I still love the Brotherhood.




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