Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Shades of Midnight (Midnight Breed #7 - Cade and Alex) by Lara Adrian

This one was "so-and-so" didn't like it like the previous one of Andreas. I feel that it wasn't as "catching" as the others. 

I liked Kade and his special animalistic ability (I get why Alex felt jealous of his ability ;)) Alex was OK. she was a little "strange" in a sense that she is a "running fighter", or rather was always a runner but in no time at all she becomes too brave. As it was a "rushed" bravery. 

In this book we had a few of the brothers near the end, and I wish we had more of them through the book. especially in the beginning or until almost half of the book where I was missing something to captivate me to Cade and Alex. 

I didn't understand what was all the point of the "encounter" with Dragos (that's all I'm going to say - not to spoil anyone). maybe it was suppose to feel like it.. but it was strange. 

I liked the (too small a) part of the Ancient. It was interesting to "hear" his point of view and we have things to be reviled in the next book/s that I can't wait to read about. I'm also curious to read about Brock - we get "half a glimpse" of his power which I don't really understand what it is.. and I'm curious what will happen with him and his HEA. 

I feel sorry that Chase is "heading south" through the last couple of books. Since I'm reading "late" into this series I know his book will be No. 10 which means the poor guy is going to suffer even more.. 

All in all this wasn't such a great book. wasn't bad either, just took it too much time to develop or for things to "happen" and get interesting. Kade and Alex aren't my favorite couple but well, we can't fall for all of them can we? ;)

Additional Details: Kindle Ebook, 354 pages, 19-21 August 2013 / On GoodReads
Breed male, Order member. Close friends with Brock. Born more than one hundred years ago, raised on his parents’ 10,000 acre Darkhaven wilderness compound outside Fairbanks, Alaska. Kade been with the Order for about a year when Shades of Midnight opens, recruited by Nikolai, whom Kade had met decades earlier. Kade is a twin, had an identical brother, Seth, back home in Alaska. The untamed nature of his homeland is in Kade’s veins. He is quick and impulsive and loyal, but also haunted by a darkness that lives inside him. He is forced to confront that darkness when a string of human slayings—obvious vampire attacks—in the Alaskan bush send him back home to investigate for the Order.
Hair: thick, spiky black Eyes: wolf-like silver, fringed with inky lashes
Unique ability: can connect psychically with predator animals, experience their senses, direct their actions with a thought.

Alexandra “Alex” Maguire
Alex was born and raised in rural Florida swamp region. When she was nine years old, her mother and little brother, Richie, were killed one night in a brutal attack by Rogues (though at the time, she didn’t realize what the attackers truly were). Alex and her father, Hank, fled as far as they could, settling in a small Alaskan town. Alex’s best friends are her wolf dog, Luna, and a former Alaska State Trooper named Jenna Tucker-Darrow. At twenty-seven, and her dad dead from Alzheimer’s, Alex ran the family bush-piloting business, until on a supply run to the interior, she discovers a horrific crime scene that resembles the attack on her family. This discovery brought her into the center of an investigation being conducted by the Order—and into the arms of Alaskan-born Breed warrior, Kade.
Hair: warm blond Eyes: brown
Breedmate mark: on the front of her left hip Bloodscent: honey and almond.
Unique ability: internal gauge that tells her with a touch if someone is being honest.
Midnight Breed by Lara Adrian is one of my absolute favorite Paranormal Romance Series. Like many of the series in this genre, we have a group of vampire warriors who are in charge of defending their race. 

The Order mainly protect the general population (vampire AND humans) from rouge vampires. Vampires whose crave for blood have reached a point of no return meaning they can no longer control themselves and since there is nothing to be done about this situation these rouges vampires have to be put down. Besides obvious risk to the human population, rouges / rabid vampires also are a treat in the sense that vampires live in secret groups (called Darkhavens) there they can live their separate lives without probing human eyes. Naturally they are a part of the general population but the way they live, in a sort of community, helps them maintain their traditions and way of living. 

In the recent years, the Order became infamous. There is no respect for the members of the Order and moreover they are treated like "barbarians", the vampire population doesn't believe that they are even needed but boy oh boy they are wrong.. dark days are ahead.. 

In the beginning, years and years ago, a group of highly strong vampires crushed on Earth. They are the base of the vampire population nowadays. As is seems there are no female vampires, only males. The females that can reproduce with vampires are called "breedmates" and they can be distinguished by a certain mark (crescent moon with a drop) that each breedmate has somewhere on her body. Each breedmate also has a special (inhuman) ability which she transfers to her vampire son. Thus every vampire has a special ability passed to him from his human mother. Breedmates need to drink blood in order to enhance their special ability and sometimes so they can control it and it won't take over her life.  It takes time until the ancestry of the breedmates is explained, it adds another layer to the story and brings the Order with another adversary they weren't expecting. 

Each book has it's separate story in which each warrior finds himself a breedmate / compatible mate. As you can guess, the Order isn't notorious for no reason.. most of the warriors are somehow "damaged", preferring to live a life in the Order rather than build a life of their own. Finding their mate makes them deal with their past and free themselves from its bindings. Beside the personal plot line there is also a bigger plot line about the main villain progressing from the first book until the 10th. From the 11th book (till the final 18th installment) there is a very significant change following a progression in 20 years changing the whole setting of the series with different villains as well as introducing new characters to the series - some the sons and daughters from the first 10 installments and of course we get to meet the older version of the parents as well. 

The main issue I had with the series in the beginning was the similarities between it and the general setting of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward. It only feels this way at the first, it takes a TOTALLY different direction plot-wise and character-wise which after reading enough of the two series I gotta say I MUCH prefer this one (I actually abandoned that one a while back..). 


When the whiffs of the end of this beloved series started to get suffocating Lara announced a Spin-Off called "Hunter Legacy". The series will consist of stand-alone novels of the "Last Boys" - the Gen One Hunters who were bred as weapons of war by Dragos and were freed by The Order round the middle of the series. 

0.5 A Touch of Midnight [Gideon & Savannah] (published 15 July 2013) ★★★★★
1. Kiss of Midnight [Lucan & Gabrielle] (published 1 May 2007) ★★★★
2. Kiss of Crimson [Dante & Tess] (published 29 May 2007) ★★★★★
3. Midnight Awakening [Tegan & Elise] (published 27 November 2007) ★★★★★
4. Midnight Rising [Rio & Dylan] (published 25 March 2008) ★★★★★
5. Veil of Midnight [Niko & Renata] (published 30 December 2008) ★★★★ 
6. Ashes of Midnight [Andreas Reichen & Claire] (published 26 May 2009) ★★★★★

7. Shades of Midnight [Cade & Alex] (published 29 December 2009) ★★★★  
8. Taken By Midnight [Brock & Jenna] (published 28 September 2010) ★★★★★
9. Deeper than Midnight [Hunter & Corrine] (published 28 June 2011) ★★★★★
9.5 A Taste of Midnight [Danika & Malcolm] (published 5 December 2011) ★★★★★
10. Darker after Midnight [Chase & Tavia] (published 24 January 2012) ★★★½ 
 --- The Midnight Breed Series Companion (Volume #1) (published 26 June 2013) ★★★★★

11. Edge of Dawn [Mira & Kellan] (published 21 February 2013) ★★★★★
11.5. Marked By Midnight [Mathias Rowan & Nova] (published 30 June 2014) ★★★★

12. Crave the Night [Nathan & Jordana] (published 5 August 2014) ★★★★★
12.5. Tempted by Midnight [Lazaro & Melena] (1001 Dark Nights #10) (published 14 October 2014) ★★★★★
13. Bound to Darkness [Carys & Rune] (published 30 July 2015) ★★★★
13.5 Stroke of Midnight [Jehan & Seraphina] (1001 Dark Nights #26) (published 13 October 2015) ★★★★★
14. Defy the Dawn [Zael & Brynne(published 1 June 2016) ★★★★★

14.5 Midnight Untamed [Ettore & Bella] (1001 Dark Nights #47) (published 11 October 2016) ★★★★
14.6 Midnight Unbound [Scythe & Chiara]
 (published 14 March 2017) ★★★★½
14.7 Midnight Unleashed [Trygg & Tamisia] (1001 Dark Nights #69) (published 10 October 2017) ★★★½ 
15. Claimed in Shadows [Aric Chase & Kaya Laurent] (published 23 January 2018) ★★★ 
16. Break the Day [Xander Raphael "Rafe" Malebranche & Devony Winters] (published 30 July 2019) ★★★★½ 
17. Fall of Night [Micah & Phaedra] (published 31 January 2021)) ★★★★½
18. King of Midnight [Darion Thorne & Selene the Atlantean Queen] (to be Published 31 March 2022)

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