- File Size: 3795 KB
- Print Length: 157 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 13, 2018)
- Publication Date: March 13, 2018
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0796F4874
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,134 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dearest Ivie: A Novella Set in the Black Dagger World (Black Dagger Brotherhood) Kindle Edition
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
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1. Dearest Ivie is an extremely emotional read, I cried big fat tears...that quiet encompassing sadness kind of cry, the kind that moves you down to your very soul. Wait, don't run off yet. Why is that important? Well because often times when you get into an author who has a large volume of books with in a single series or world things can get mundane, redundant, less...but with Dearest Ivie I truly felt connected to these characters and both their struggles and their love. I think that this is one of those rare cases (when it comes to large series) where the author is writing a book that is truly from her heart. It is't a book to keep you up to date on characters, it isn't a book to move along a plot, it isn't a book to give the readers anything really. This is a book, a story, that the author simply had to tell. I don't know if it is because of a personal connection to the storyline (if so...prayers and well wishes) or if it is simply a story that spoke to the author late in the night and said, I need my voice heard, I need people to know that in love their is hope. I don't know the reason for the story I am simple glad that J.R. Ward gave it to all of us because in it's pain and sadness there is beauty and hope.
2. So this point comes to you because I have seen several readers mention that they felt like there was no reason for the story (see above) because it doesn't move along the BDB storyline and there I have to argue. I think (and this is all just my midnight pondering) that there is a very large and perhaps surprising move happening here for the BDB storyline. I think that underneath the beautiful story of Ivie and Silas there is another story. There is a story of perhaps redemption, a set-up for the unlikeliest of possibilities. I think this is Haver's new beginning. Yes, I said it HAVERS! This is a look at a Havers we haven't seen. This is a look at a man with a deep conscious and desire to serve and help his race. This is a look that says...I have been horrible, I have caused pain, I have been cruel, but I am possibly more than has been seen and now I want you to see the REAL me. Think on that!
Sufficed to say I ADORED this book. Days later I am still moved by it, still pondering it, still re-reading passages. If you are a fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood do not pass this one up, especially if your reason is that you don't think it has anything to do with BDB (see above), pick it up simply because it is truly a beautiful love story!
Told from third person perspective (Ivie) DEAREST IVIE follows the building relationship between an old country vampire Silas, a member of the aristocrat, and Ivie, a young nurse struggling from pay cheque to pay cheque. When a recent job interview found our heroine unacceptable due to her age, Ivie and her best friend Rubes spend a night on the town where Ivie will meet her future, a future with an end date that Ivie knows nothing about. Enter Silas, a well-to-do vampire aristocrat whose attraction to Ivie is swift and powerful.
DEAREST IVIE is a quick read; an emotional but predictable story line about opposites attract that reveals some of the struggles and disparity between the have and the have nots. The interaction with the BDB is negligible except for the mention of the King. The secondary and supporting characters are familiar with the inclusion of Havers, Doc Jane and Ruhn. We are introduced to Silas’s majordomo Pritchard, Ivie’s father Hirah-a tattooed vampire biker, and of course Ivie’s bestie and fellow nurse Rubia aka Rubes.
JR Ward leaves a few open ended plot points including Silas’ hunt for his missing brother, as well as the potential for a story line for Ivie’s best friend Rubes. The premise is sweet, heart breaking and emotional; the romance is quick and intense; the characters are colorful and charismatic.
I have a suspicion who Silas’s brother is. This book is part of the BDB world. Not a legacy novel, but an expansion on a few facets of it.
I laughed within pages at Ivie’s and Silas’s exchanges. Ivie’s cousin id a hoot!!! I love Ivie and Silas together. I love how the race’s clinic, and even the Brotherhood got involved to an extent. I won’t go in too much on Extreme details except to say that this is a book very well worth reading, and truly lovely just for itself.
I think if you wanted an Intro into the BRB world without starting with Wrath’s book, or the Legacy books this years a great jumping off point into them and the BDB. I laughed, I sobbed, I couldn’t put it down!!! A true job to enjoy and read!!!!