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January 9, 2017

Liked It: Blood Vow by J.R. Ward

Series: Black Dagger Legacy
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: December 26, 2016
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Paranormal Romance

#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward returns as her thrilling, original spin-off series set in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues! When a brooding vampire warrior-in-training teams up with a quick-witted aristocrat to solve a deadly mystery, the only thing more dangerous than their mission is their undeniable attraction.

Trainees at the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center continue to prepare for the war against the Lessening Society, but fighting is the last thing on Axe’s mind. Still plagued with the guilt of his father’s death, the brooding loner finds himself battling an unlikely attraction to Peyton’s enticing, aristocratic cousin, Elise. Elise feels it, too – especially when the two are thrown together in unusual circumstances, and she must decide whether she can trust Axe as she uncovers the mystery surrounding her sister’s death.

Meanwhile, Mary and Rhage are fostering Bitty, a young pretrans orphan, and hope to adopt her… until the appearance of a young male claiming to be Bitty’s blooded uncle threatens to tear the new family apart.




Much like the first book in this spin-off series, BLOOD VOW basically follows the same formula: new couple and a Brother’s story thrown in together, different strokes same story basically. I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood world, I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of these Caldwell vamps. That said, it’s more of a hit or miss thing for me right now. There were a few installments that were good and some were entertaining, to say the least. As for BLOOD VOW well:


  • Rhage and Mary: I’m wondering why we’re still talking/reading about Rhage and Mary when they were also the featured couple in The Beast (BDB 14). Not exactly complaining, but I was hoping we’d get facetime with the other couples before revisiting these two. Like maybe redoing Phury's story or Payne?

  • Family Time: Not that I don’t love a good family story, the series is after all, about a Brotherhood, but there were a lot of corny moments I feel. The resolution was fitting, but it was also too neat and convenient (tough crowd right?!). 

  • Axe and Elise: I didn’t really care much for these two just like I could barely remember Paradise and whatshisface. Also their first sexy scene was a little too difficult for me to get on board with. The dude couldn't brush his teeth and yet can perform?! Whoa Nelly!

  • Blueprint: Is it just me or are the new characters based off on the original ones? These new breed of warriors have a familiar feel to them, not exact copies of the Brothers, but each one have chracter traits that are reminiscent of the original cast. Like Axe and Elise reminded me of Zsadist and Bella, Novo is a lot like Xhex, Paradise is like Marissa with a shot of Beth, and so on and so forth.

I like BLOOD VOW but it didn’t have the magic that the first 7 BDB books have. I still wouldn’t miss it for the world, reading Ward’s BDB is like comfort food for me now, a reading habit that would be difficult to break (and I have no plans of doing so anyway).











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31 comments:

  1. Ha, yes, there is a blue print. I spent some of the book wondering which brother our new hero reminded me most of. But like you, I wouldn't miss each one for the world.

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  2. I've heard a lot of good and bad about this series which is why I've never started it but I'm glad that you are liking it is nothing else. ;)

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  3. This is one author I'd love to try.

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  4. oh sorry to hear that something was missing there

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  5. Dang it! I wrote a long comment and then accidentally hit the "sign out" button instead of publish. LoL Anyway, is sucks that the author basically gave you the same story but with different characters and then also used the same characters you just read in their other series as the "something extra" in this one. It would have been nice if you had gotten to check in with someone else during this story.

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  6. Maybe thsi is a case of the series going on too long. I keep saying I am going to try these book and then I don't. Why?

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  7. I wanted to read the original series for a long time, and now the spin-off.

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  8. Wondered how this series was :/ I quit reading BDB a long while back.

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  9. I've not read this series yet. Many do enjoy it though. :) Thank you!

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  10. While I'm a big fan of Zhadist and Bella, I think it's irritating that I was promised the old school BDB only to find out that it's more the same. Womp. womp.

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  11. oh well I love Rhage and Mary so I won't complain about seeing more of them hehe but I would like to see more of the other couples as well. I do like what she is doing with this series, keeping it more simple plot lines.

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  12. I've been a bit burnt out on Ward. I was so frustrated with The Shadows that I decided to stop. I also was worried that I would hate The Beast. Rhage is my favorite brother. I was worried that she would make me hate him. I've also been frustrated with the many different plot-lines that never seem to end (or they disappear without a trace like Scribe Virgin and The Lessers). I haven't even tried the spinoff series yet. Maybe one day.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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  13. I'm actually totally on board with the new spin offs and can remember Paradise and Craeg from Blood Kiss, and still LOVE the BDB series. I haven't had time to read or listen to it yet but it is on my list. Thanks for the super review!

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  14. I'm lame... I couldn't really get into this series at all.. I tried the first book in the spin off and barely made it 10% >.< though, since I love me paranormal

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  15. Happy New Year, sis! :D I added the 1st BDB to my TBR like a million years ago and still haven't gotten around to it, lol. I'm long overdue for some good PNR, so maybe this will finally be the year I read it!

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  16. I like that this series and the characters are like comfort food for you - it just sounds like maybe too much "fried"?!? :P I'm happy you enjoyed it overall anyway, Braine. I need to get back to BDB...it's another of those series I'm waaay behind in. Hope you're having a great week, lady! *mwah*

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  17. I used to love the BDB series but her writing and the stories have gotten so convoluted for me so I gave up.

    I wonder if there's a time that I can just ignore it and treat them as comfort food again.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  18. I love this author and this series.

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  19. Well bummer, I am still reading the first 7 BDB books and in a happy place :)

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  20. I stopped on the book before this one and just haven't pushed forward (on either the series or the spin-off). I might have to try again this year :)

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  21. Initially when this series started years ago, I put the 1st book back on the shelf. About 3 months later, I was looking for vampire stories and grabbed it again, only to become hooked on those magnificent characters. Despite Ward's talent, it has to be difficult to sustain the momentum and deep characterization associated with such a popular series. So repeats seem bound to happen. I suspect there are probably times that she's like to give it up and move on to something else like JK Rowling did, and gain that same popularity, but it never seems to happen. Still, I like the details you give and need to add this to my collection. Hugs...

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  22. I never started this series/world and now there are just so many books I feel like I'll never catch up. Glad you are able to enjoy them even if they dont deliver the way some of the other books did. Great review!

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  23. I never read any of this author her books. This one sounds like a decent read, although that's a shame they seem to be a bit hit or miss for you. It's too bad when characters are a bit too similar to previous ones.

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  24. I think I will stick with BDB for now. I need to catch up.

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  25. I'm still working up my nerve to try these out. I loved those early BDB so much and miss them :D

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  26. I haven't started this series, yet, Braine. And it's been quite a while since I read a BDB novel, too. Not too sure why - I think I never really like the Gang of Bastards or whatever their name was. I found that to be really weird - like the brothers needed more enemies...
    Sorry this wasn't as good as it could have been.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  27. I was such a fan of the BDB, but stoped for reading The King. Something was just missing. I also never got into storylines coming to be, but never being removed and their where a lot of plot/storyline angles in this series. I've not tried the spin-off yet. Maybe one day I'll read more BDB and the spin-off.
    Thanks for the review!

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  28. I'm still like four books behind in the original series. A shame this spinoff is a little too similar. You kind of want it to pack a punch.

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