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October 7, 2013

Loved It: Possession by J.R. Ward

Series: The Fallen Angels 5
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Penguin
Source: Publisher
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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When Cait Douglass resolves to get over her broken heart, throw off her inhibitions, and start really living, she’s unprepared for the two sensual men who cross her path. Torn between them, she doesn’t know which to choose--or what kind of dire consequences could follow. 

Jim Heron, fallen angel and reluctant savior, is ahead in the war, but he puts everything at risk when he seeks to make a deal with the devil--literally. As yet another soul is unwittingly caught in the battle between him and the demon Devina, his fixation on an innocent trapped in Hell threatens to sidetrack him from his sacred duty...

Can good still prevail if true love makes a savior weak? And will a woman’s future be the key, or the curse, for all of humanity? Only time, and hearts, will tell.





Yes, an ambivalent rating for J.R. Ward's latest release, POSSESSION, book 5 of her Fallen Angels series. As a series, Fallen Angels is certainly not as compelling as it's relative, Black Dagger Brotherhood, but as they're created by the same person, one can expect that it'll be raw, gut wrenching, provocative and gritty. Regardless of my thoughts below, I still took my time reading this one. J.R. Ward is an amazing storyteller and even if she writes a novel on the death of the Yellow Pages, I'd still read that. As for my dual rating? Let me explain why.

Let me give you a flash summary before I get to the finer points. After the events in Rapture, Jim hit a crossroads, his obsession with Sissy Barten got too pressing to the point where he made a bad deal with the demon which gave his Angel bosses conniptions. This most certainly provided a big distraction to Jim and for the most part, we see him seesawing with his decision, torn between his duty and Sissy. Jim is ambivalent as I am apparently. As for the humans Jim and Devina are fighting over, Cait isn't the prize but she's connected to him. The battle for the soul of this particular human wasn't as aggressive as the previous ones because of Jim. He practically handed this one over to Devina (again!) which made the stakes higher because Devina is now catching up. Which is a good thing because it means more books and more plot twists coming our way.

As part of the series, the plot of POSSESSION is a little chill compared to the previous 4 books. And I don't know if it's me but I noticed that the verbiage is less crude on this one too. Not much F-bombs being dropped around and sentences aren't punctuated by a slew of curses and macho sarcasm from the boys. In reference to the plot of the series, POSSESSION felt like a recess of sorts. Jim isn't really in his element and though Adrian tried to take matters in his own hands, he also wasn't very keen on winning this round. Jim and Adrian to me appeared like they just did the bare minimum, sloppy workmanship and weren't as motivated as before.There is also a kicker that shoul've shook Jim to the core and give him a much needed jolt, and this is a BIG thing mind you, but even that fell flat. Not much follow up on that little event considering it should be awe inspiring. So you know that Jim is really bent out of shape. The big 4, meaning the Angels, are a mess. Something shocking happened here which will most definitely change the direction the series is headed and for the life of me, I don't understand how that could've happened.

Devina is still my favorite character in this series. Her antics never fails to make me laugh and though she's the villain, in a way I'm rooting for her. She's so cunning and devious and very much in love with Jim, the juxtaposition is beyond comical. Plus her bouts of OCD really gets me every time. A demon consulting a therapist because she has a lot of psychological issues is ironic and hilarious.

POSSESSION's book plot per se feels more contemporary than paranormal. Usually Jim and Devina engage the soul they're warring for from the get-go and a relentless and very aggressive tug of war commence between the two for the rest of the novel. Here it's different. It almost feels like there are two different plots happening at the same time and it took a long while, before the points converge. Meaning Jim and Devina were too busy on their own stuff and the soul is doing his own thing without much influence and interference from the two. On the sub plot regarding the romance between Cait and Duke, their love story is waaay better than Mels and Matthias. It's stuff contemporary romance are made of and very Jessica Bird if you ask me. Duke has his own demons but compared to the other male souls featured in the series, he's not as tortured. Cait as a heroine is lovely, she has one particular scene with her ex that was really heartfelt and moving for me, it was so short but powerful and certainly my favorite part in POSSESSION.

As a book, POSSESSION was awesome. The romance is way better than the others and very contemporary in terms of style. It's sexy, the conflict was commanding in its subtlety and has bits and pieces that shift the series plot in a new direction. Jim Heron is in a very interesting position and right now, I'm very certain that he'll pick good over evil but which road he'll take, that remains to be seen. As a part of the series, POSSESSION wasn't a big driver like Rapture was, to me it was more of a slow turn and I hope what goes beyond the blind spot is something exciting. The win-lose tally between Jim and Devina is getting a bit predictable and the series needs a little kick to stir us up a bit. Nevertheless, I still urge you fellow Cellies to read POSSESSION, all hail the Warden!


  








18 comments:

  1. I haven't listened to it yet, but is pretty close to the top of my next listens, I feel the same way you do about this series (it's impossible not to compare it to the BDB). I guess I should just expect a solid read, I'm already invested in these characters so I won't miss it.
    Who knows, maybe I will love it :)
    Thanks!

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    1. Thank you! That's exactly what I'm feeling, even if I don't like some of the volumes, Jim & Devina have a place in my heart so I can't help but follow their crazy stories.

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  2. ahh I love the series but I'm behind a book. I still need to read Rapture. Glad to hear the romance side was amped up a bit but hrm not sure about the rest of it. I sort of fell out of love with the BDB and dang I am so hoping that won't happen with this series too.

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    1. Rapture isn't my favorite but there's a lot of substantial stuff that went on there in relation to the series.

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  3. I'm finally caught-up on Ward's BDB series so maybe it's about time that I do the same for these books. But I'm already 5 installments behind. *sigh* Glad to hear that you enjoyed it though! :)

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    1. Don't you just hate/love catching up?!

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  4. I have the first book in this series, but I can't seem to get past the first few chapters. Maybe I'll have to pick it up again and give it another try.

    I still have a couple of BDB books to read, yet, too.

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    1. I get where you're coming from, this is hard to get into in comparison to BDB but as I'm a big Ward fan (I read his Jessica Bird books too!) it's a compulsion I can't stop.

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  5. I'm only four books (& 1 novella) into BDB, but I do enjoy Ward's writing and world-building. I'm glad to see you enjoyed this one, despite feeling conflicted.

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    1. She always does that to me, there are specific parts that I like but as a whole, I always feel conflicted with her books, BDB included.

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  6. Dang this is the second awesome review I have read for this book, I need to pick up book one in this series and join the ranks of the fans! Wonderful review Braine :)

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    1. Thank you and Covet is a fun book, great series starter.

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  7. damn! I got to read the last THREE books...ugh! you're killing Ms. Braine...killing me!

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    1. Hahaha! Catch up babe! Lay off the exotic reads and come back to the pop fold.

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  8. I have not been able to get into this series as much as the BDB one, but I'm a bit more intrigued after this review. I might have to go back and read Crave (that's were i stopped)

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. This is nothing like BDB but I read the first book in the middle of my BDB high so I just rolled with it.

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  9. Too many books for my brain to want to devour all at once!! Where does one start! I am getting a bit overwhelmed with the amount I should have devoured by now. But 182 odd books this year isn't bad. As you know I haven't started this series yet, so I must. I had heard it wasn't as good as BDB , so I think I didn't want to break my BDB high, but I shall. I have Possession for publisher so I had better get on this series :D

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    1. Matey, I feel that EVERY.DAY! Every time I see an awesome book I want to get my hands on it but then my TBR is taller than I am right now. no bueno.

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