Thursday, October 18, 2007
Lover Awakened - JR Ward
I think I finally realised what my problem is with JR Ward. I really liked the story she wants to tell. In this one for instance Zsadist has been physically and sexually abused, treated like a slave and Bella tries to heal him with her love.
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…
My problem was that I wanted to read this story but with a bigger analysis of his feelings, of his doubts, of how he deals with his shame and how that is going to change. More emphasis on the feelings and less on the action. I really don't want to know how many lessers Z. has to kill to feel he avenged Bella, I want to know about that moment when he looked at Bella and felt there might be salvation and a future for him.
I did however enjoyed reading it in the sense that I was entertained, but I really can't stop feeling it might have been something indeed memorable if treated differently. I liked how Bella decided she wanted to be with Z. and went against everyone to do it. How he had to overcome all his fears and beliefs but how eventually he was the one to come to Bella when she needed him. I liked their relationship even if in the beginning it seemed more explosive and violent than ever.
I supposed I liked what I had but I wanted more, more for me to really believe in them and their suffering and final salvation. I needed a different approach. Or maybe it's just me and my thing with paranormals, other people don't seem to have had any problems believing them.
Grade: B even if it is cartoonish and over the top and I'm rating the idea behind the book more than the actual writing.