In Love with the Brotherhood

A long time ago, it became obvious that I was missing out on something big. Several of my friends had read, fallen in love with and talked about obsessively a series of books called “The Black Dagger Brotherhood” by J. R. Ward.

BDB fan art from Blaubeerstrauch90 (at DeviantArt).

I am admittedly late to the game on most of the big book series (Confession: I didn’t even read Twilight until after I saw the first movie), but I am obsessive once I start a series. When I’m in a good book(s), I will read in the morning over the toaster, I will read in the car in the daycare parking lot, I will read at my desk at work, I will read making dinner and I will read late into the night. I will immerse myself in that world so completely that I will neglect the real one. This is a difficult side effect to cope with having 2 young children. I have to pace myself. Good books have to be spaced out with downtime in between. This lessens the guilt I feel when I’m so often “away” in book land.

I am currently on an extended hiatus from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, as I devoured 8 books straight from October through Christmas. I was so wholly immersed in this world of vampires, lessors, chosen and sympaths that I barely remember the month of November.

I have 3 more books to go and then there is going to be a new one this spring. These books are the best of guilty pleasure entertaining fun. This book series is pure pulp vampire sex, but there is a unique enough world, and the boys are just tattooed and bad enough, to keep you hooked.

I can’t wait to dive back in with the next book, but I’m pacing myself. Giving myself time until I’m really “needing” the brotherhood back real bad. I have a feeling, it will be very soon.

5 Ways You Know Your Friend is Addicted to the Black Dagger Brotherhood:

  1. She’s constantly talking about people named Wrath, Zsadist, Rhevenge and Xhex.
  2. She asks you “What’s doing?” or “You feel me?” when she never did before.
  3. She is always asking you to help her talk her partner into wearing leathers and shit kickers (aka leather pants and boots).
  4. She wishers her partner would wear leathers and shit kickers.
  5. She successfully forces ever other avid reader she knows who is not reading the series to read the series. Like now. Do. It. Now.

Caught Fire

Such beautiful book jackets and clever book covers underneath. Part of why I love real books.

Seeming to always lag behind, I do eventually catch up to the rest of the world! Read Hunger Games and watched the movie. My thoughts on the movie are here. Late to the bandwagon…

Just finished Mockingjay, so wanted to write down my thoughts on the book trilogy.

The Hunger Games

Great book because it’s such an easy read. A good and unique story in which I appreciate the authors economy of words. Nice bit of action peppered with just the right bit of love story and a big treasure trove of interesting characters.

Catching Fire

The first half moves so very slow, but does a fantastic job of setting up a whole lot. And, once Katniss and Peeta head off to the Quarter Quell and the action ramps up 100%, I realized that it wouldn’t have that desired effect of heart-stopping intensity without the slow pace of the beginning.

My criticism of Catching Fire is the same as Mockingjay in that the author sometimes strays from her normal economy of words to spend a bit too much time describing things that I don’t deem important to the story. Actually, some parts in which more description would really serve the story well are actually condensed down too much and almost skimmed.

Catching Fire ended very high energy and I was left in a tizzy when it was over. Kinda disturbed actually, but in a good way if that makes sense. My favorite book of the three. Even bigger bunch of interesting characters. So much so that I am slightly obsessed with who will be cast in the movie. Who will play Finnick? Who will play Johanna? Who will play Beetee? Who will play Plutarch? I. Must. Know.


Where to start…I just finished it this morning and I’m kind of let down a bit. Everything was intensified for this book, but at the same time the pay off was wrapped up too neatly. I mean, I get why things had to go the way they did…to get to the ending that we were given. And that ending was sex and babies, which is fine, but doesn’t seem like the right “happy ending” for Katniss Everdeen.

Need to mull it over some more. I’m pretty happy with the trilogy as a whole and so very glad I read it. It will make an outstanding movie (most likely split into 2 parts).  I think about who will play Coin and who will play Boggs. The movie will be a nice way to get out of Katniss’ head to enjoy these last two books.

Until I sort out my final feelings on this trilogy of books and get some answers on who will play who in the upcoming Catching Fire movie, this is a great site to stay in firmly immersed in the Hunger Games world – The Hob.