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    Random Thoughts: Bad Boys and Heroes

    You hear the titles “bad boy” and “hero” and you might think that they can’t be one and the same. I mean a bad boy is bad and a hero is supposed to be good, right? Not necessarily. Who says they have to be mutually exclusive? I don’t.

    There is no reason why a bad boy must become a good boy in order to be a hero. He can still be the bad boy he’s always been, and yet still manage to do something heroic. And good boys don’t always rise to the occasion and take on the mantle of hero. They may be good, but sometimes they’re not good enough.

    In fact, many of my favorite characters are bad boys that are often mistaken for heroes. I’m just glad that no matter how good they may seem, they will forever and always be bad, bad boys.

    And the best way to emphasize my point is by example. So, here are just three of my favorites.

    Name

    Most commonly known as Nick Ryves.

    Looks

    Gorgeous. Black hair. Black eyes – often used to glare. Broad shoulders. Great body. Deep voice. Sexy dangerous.

    Personality

    Arrogant, rude, selfish, temperamental, dark and dangerous – very, very dangerous. Frightfully honest. Sarcastic.

    Other Attributes

    Great dancer. Summons demons. Handy with a sword. Not good with animals.

    What makes him bad?

    Enjoys getting into fights. Enjoys picking fights even more. He’s not afraid to use his sword. He has killed before. There are only just a few people he’d protect against harm. He’s a love ’em and leave ’em kind of boy. He’s good looking and he knows it.

    What makes him a hero?

    He fights everything inside of him – who and what he is – to be there for his brother Alan and even Mae and Jamie. But what makes him heroic is that he is willing to sacrifice himself for his brother.

    Yes, he’s still a bad boy, but any boy that is willing to sacrifice themselves is a hero in my book.

    What he has to say for himself?

    “I wasn’t threatening you. I was menacing you. You threaten people with words…. I prefer swords.”

    “…I am in full possession of the amazing power of being sarcastic.”

    “Want me to flex my magic for you, baby?”

    “Do you think I need a sword to kill you?”

    “Fear’s useless…. Either something bad happens or it doesn’t: If it doesn’t, you’ve wasted time being afraid, and if it does, you’ve wasted time that you could have spent sharpening your weapons.”

    “Sometimes I want to be human for you.”

    Name

    Most commonly known as Luc or Lucifer Cain.

    Looks

    Wicked grin. Hot. Black eyes – the blackest. Silky black hair. Tall. Body to sigh for.

    Personality

    Absolutely demonic. Deadly. Sexy. Charming. Moody. Sarcastic. Cocky. Proud. A total tease. Intense.

    Other Attributes

    Seductive. Moves like a cat. Likes brimstone and hellfire. Doesn’t have much of an appetite. For human food anyway. Oh, yeah, and he’s a demon. The demon of pride. Did I forget to mention that? Definitely not a boy to introduce to the parents. A boy of few words.

    What makes him bad?

    Well, see above, he’s a demon. I don’t know too many good demons although I’ve met one or two. He is manipulative and deceptive. His mission is to ensure that Frannie chooses Hell. So, yeah, not very altruistic. Definitely very bad.

    What makes him a hero?

    Can’t tell you too much here. If you’ve read the books, you’ll know. If you haven’t, let’s just say, his personality does a complete 180…almost. Frannie is his weakness and his possible salvation. Everything he has done for her has made him more heroic than many good boys. And definitely more heroic than most demons.

    What he has to say for himself?

    Nothing makes a demon’s day like impending death and destruction.

    “You’re playing a little fast and loose with those wings, don’t you think?”

    She’s fiery for sure. I like a little fire. Makes me feel at home.

    There’s no crying in baseball and no love in Hell.

    This has to be his fault, somehow. I’m going to track him down, pluck out his angel feathers, and stuff a pillow with them.

    Name

    Most commonly known as Patch Cipriano.

    Looks

    Total eye candy. Tall. Black hair. Black eyes. May have one or two scars. Heavenly body.

    Personality

    Hedonistic. Arrogant. Sarcastic. Self-absorbed. Secretive. Focused. Intense. Brooding. Mysterious.

    Other Attributes

    Was at one time angelic. But then he took a tumble. Has a fondness for the game of pool. Can feel emotions. Can’t feel things physically – not an ideal selling point when thinking of kissable boys.

    What makes him bad?

    The whole wanting to kill Nora thing pretty much does it for me. Being a jerk doesn’t help. Hanging around pool halls, looking for trouble is an added bad boy bonus. The ability to manipulate minds and possess people aren’t characteristics that good boys tend to have or use. As good as Patch may sometimes appear to be, he’ll always be that bad, bad boy in need of redemption.

    What makes him a hero?

    There’s no real way to say it without spoiling it, so I won’t. But each time you think he’s gone too far, is just too bad, he manages to surprise you. He’s surprised me and I’m sure he’s surprised Nora. He may be a reluctant hero, an accidental one, but he is a hero. And when push came to shove he didn’t choose himself.

    What he has to say for himself?

    “As it turns out, I’m in need of a healthy female sacrifice. I’d planned on luring her into trusting me first, but if you’re ready now …”

    “Humans are vulnerable…because they’re capable of being hurt.”

    “But if I hadn’t fallen, I wouldn’t have met you.”

    “What good is a body if I can’t have you?”

    “You can see who I was, or you can see who I am now. I’m not good…but I was worse.”

    ***

    I’m starting to see a common thread among those bad boys I hold oh so dear. In order to be my ideal bad boy/hero, they must have dark hair and dark eyes, must be sarcastic and self-absorbed, must have killed or be willing to kill someone or something and ultimately have to be willing to be sacrificed.

    They also generally go by more than one name and have eyes that are depthless and which tell so much about who they really are.

    So yeah, my favorite bad boys are also heroes. They can be angels or demons or warlocks or even humans, but whatever they are, they will always be maddeningly gorgeous and frustrating and will continue to captivate me long after I’ve met them.

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    Random Thoughts: Books I’m Dying to Re-read

    With so many new books releasing every week – have you seen just how many awesome books are coming out this week yet? – it’s almost impossible to squeeze in all those new releases, let alone think about books you love and want to re-read. But I just can’t help it. I do.

    I find that during those quiet hours I miss re-reading my favorites. I find my thoughts straying to those books I love and miss and want to dive into again.

    Not every book I read is re-readable immediately. Sometimes I don’t want to revisit those books for months or years. But most of my favorites end up on my re-read wish list eventually. And right now there are just a few that keep calling out to me, begging for some of my attention.

    As that list is long, I’ll just name five that are at the top of my TBRR pile.

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    I may have mentioned just how much I’ve been missing Nick from The Demon’s Lexicon, well I still am. I am dying to re-read this first book in the series. After reading The Demon’s Surrender I was sad to see the series end and missed the Nick that I got to know and love from book one.

    I did read this book twice already. The first time was before I started blogging, and then I just had to read this again for review. And it was such a different experience the second time, knowing what was going to happen and being on the lookout for clues right from the start. Plus, with the second read I knew I already loved it, so it didn’t take much to make me fall in love again.

    So, of course, now I want to go back and meet him all over again. I am still hoping that there will be some kind of spinoff book in the series, but for now, I would be happy to have a chance to re-read this book.

    I may have not yet read Passion but I really want to re-read Fallen, the first book in the series. Of the two I’ve read, Fallen was my favorite and I really want to go back and meet Luce, Daniel and Cam all over again.

    I had a completely different experience between the first and second reads, although between both reads, some of the details got a little fuzzy and so parts of the book felt like they were brand new.

    The first time I read Fallen I loved Daniel and only Daniel, but when I re-read it, I grew to like Cam just a little bit more. And after reading Torment, I am seriously starting to love Cam.

    It’s been a long while since I’ve read either book, but I really miss Luce and Daniel and seeing Luce’s reactions to Daniel, and discovering what she does, makes me want to go back to it once more.

    While I loved Hex Hall, I’m pining for a re-read of Demonglass. I think it’s really just that I want to torture myself with questions all over again about that ending. I’m a little bit twisted, what can I say?

    I only read Demonglass the one time, but was left with so many “what ifs” that I drove myself mad for a short while. Sadly, after much debate I think I’m ready to do that all over again.

    I want to see if Archer is as great as I remember him or if Cal is my favorite, as I had hoped he would be when I met him in book one. And I think a second read will be the only way to figure this out.

    As there is no novella or short story to keep me going between release dates, I think a re-read would be the perfect fix for my addiction.

    I am dying to re-read Nevermore thanks to Mary Lindsey, actually. Just hearing about her upcoming book Annabel has me thinking about Poe and dark, dark things and it immediately brings to mind Nevermore by Kelly Creagh.

    I’ve actually read this book twice – once before I began blogging and once after – and I love the dark and twisty world that Isobel and Varen live in and that ending left me so, so sad both times I read it.

    With Enshadowed on the horizon I just have to go back to this story. I never realized just how long it was until I got a signed copy, as I’d read it both times on my Kindle, but I just got so caught up in that imaginative world that I didn’t even notice.

    And I love how Varen’s name is a play on “raven” and so of course I’m wondering just how many more hidden-to-me Poe references there are.

    Yes, of course I want to re-read A Touch Mortal, when don’t I? This is also a book I’ve read a couple times. Maybe more, but who’s counting? I’m not.

    I think having my Facebook avatar as the cover for A Touch Morbid always keeps that series in mind, but that doesn’t mean it’s top of mind because of my cover love. I don’t need a reminder to want to re-read this book.

    I love dark books. And each time I re-read this book makes me realize how much I’ve missed on the previous read. I feel like I’m getting to know the Siders way more by revisiting their story, even though it’s the same story over and over.

    Yes, I need to read book two, but in the meantime I’d be happy just to have the chance to read this one more time.

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    So, you’re wondering where If I Die is on this list, aren’t you? It’s all I’ve been talking about everywhere for the past month or two. And yet it hasn’t made my “Dying to Re-read” list.

    Well, that’s because although I am dying to re-read it, I won’t be dying for long. I will be re-reading it this week, so I can’t very well complain about pining for it.

    The re-read wish list above is just that, a wish list. As much as I’m dying to re-read all those books, the likelihood of that happening in the next month is pretty slim.

    But If I Die by Rachel Vincent is a must re-read. I only read it the one time and that wasn’t even the finished copy, so there may be new surprises in store for me in the published version that I’ll be receiving on my Kindle at Monday Midnight.

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    Do you like to re-read books? Is your TBRR pile as long as your TBR pile?

    I would love to hear your thoughts on re-reading and which books top your TBRR pile

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    Review: The Demon’s Lexicon

    The Demon’s Lexicon is the first book in a trilogy by author Sarah Rees Brennan. It was released on June 2, 2009 and is available in hardcover, paperback, audio and eBook formats.

    The second book in the series, The Demon’s Covenant was released on May 18, 2010 also in hardcover, paperback, audio and eBook formats.

    Coming soon: The final book in the trilogy, The Demon’s Surrender will be on June 14, 2011. It is currently available in the U.S. for pre-order in hardcover and Kindle formats.

    Goodreads description:

    Nick and his brother, Alan, have spent their lives on the run from magic. Their father was murdered, and their mother was driven mad by magicians and the demons who give them power. The magicians are hunting the Ryves family for a charm that Nick’s mother stole — a charm that keeps her alive — and they want it badly enough to kill again.

    Danger draws even closer when a brother and sister come to the Ryves family for help. The boy wears a demon’s mark, a sign of death that almost nothing can erase…and when Alan also gets marked by a demon, Nick is desperate to save him. The only way to do that is to kill one of the magicians they have been hiding from for so long.

    Ensnared in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Nick starts to suspect that his brother is telling him lie after lie about their past. As the magicians’ Circle closes in on their family, Nick uncovers the secret that could destroy them all.

    This is the Demon’s Lexicon. Turn the page.

    The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan is one of the few books that I call a favorite. The story is told from the point of view of Nick Ryves who has lived most of his life on the run, with his brother Alan, from the magicians that have been hunting them.

    A good night for Nick is going to the Goblin’s market and dancing to summon demons. A bad night might involve killing a few magicians. Well…for Nick that might not be such a bad night. Going to school is definitely less of an appeal for him.

    Nick Ryves is your typical bad boy. The girls love him, or love to look at him would be more accurate, as he would never be considered ideal boyfriend material. He is the dark, mysterious, silent type. The guys he hangs with either respect or are afraid of him. He is not someone you’d want to face in a fight. His skill at knife throwing is pretty amazing for someone so young. Add to that the fact that he keeps a sword under his sink. Definitely not someone to be messed with.

    Someday he figures they won’t have to continue running from the magicians, but Nick is not looking to settle down like his brother Alan hopes to. But Alan isn’t as perfect as he may seem, the good son and loving brother, picking up the mantle that his father left behind when he died. Alan has been keeping secrets and telling lies. And Nick is determined to find out the truth.

    ***

    The Demon’s Lexicon is a fast-paced, exciting read. The characters are believable and extremely likable and the action will keep you engaged throughout. Once this story gets moving there is no mid-book lull and it all leads up to the very shocking conclusion.

    This story about demons and magicians is distinct from other books in this genre. It’s a mystery that will keep readers guessing as it slowly unfolds, combined with all the action expected from a book about demons. There is even the start of a love triangle that is to be continued in the next book in the series. This is not an angels and demons tale, nor is it a sweet, heartbreaking tale of love and longing. It’s got action, it’s got demons, it’s got swords…need I say more? This story will appeal to boys and girls as well as young and not-so-young readers.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    To make this quick, as this review seems to go on and on, I just have to say (again) that this is one of my favorite books/series. Right up there with The Mortal Instruments. And Nick is probably my favorite male character in the angels/demons genre stories – sorry Jace, Daniel, Cam, Edward, Patch.

    Perhaps I am a bit dense, but I did not see this end coming. I hadn’t quite, upon first read, grasped that there was more to this story than meets the eye and I just wasn’t looking at all the clues that Ms. Brennan left throughout. So when the ending came, I was completely blown away.

    I am so glad that I re-read this book and plan on re-reading The Demon’s Covenant closer to release of the final book in the trilogy. The author has been kind enough to post the first chapter of The Demon’s Surrender on her blog. (A link is included below, just above the cover art.)

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    How I “discovered” this book:

    The Demon’s Lexicon is a “Just Discovered” re-read.

    I purchased this book awhile ago, soon after the release of The Demon’s Covenant and it had been sitting in my eReader for some time. This was one of those books that Amazon had recommended. At the time I wasn’t sure I wanted to purchase it because I wasn’t yet hooked on reading about angels and demons. But as it kept coming up I decided to buy it. I also wasn’t very much into reading books from a boys perspective. I had read The Lightning Thief and it just didn’t have the same appeal as the stories written from a female p.o.v.

    I tried a few times to get started on this one and never seemed to get past the first two sentences – I wish I had read the Goodreads description as that would have really motivated me to read. Not that those two sentences weren’t interesting. Just the mention of keeping the sword under the sink in such a casual manner, as if everyone would have a sword, was definitely a great intro. But for whatever reason I’d end up reading a different book. Finally, about two months after purchase I was scrolling through my eBooks and decided it was time.

    As soon as I read past those two sentences I could not put this book down. I was so hooked that later that day – yes I read this in one sitting – I read The Demon’s Covenant and finished that one, too. Of course that started the long wait for book three, which won’t be out until June.

    I decided to re-read this book/series a bit earlier than I normally would when waiting for a new release because during the holiday’s I’ve found that I miss Nick – and he is no saint!

    Author Sarah Rees Brennan talks about the book:

    Available now at Amazon.com and other major booksellers

    Currently available for pre-order, coming in June 2011 from Amazon.com and other major booksellers

    To read chapter one of this book from the author’s blog, click here.

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