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Bride di Ali Hazelwood
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Bride (edizione 2024)

di Ali Hazelwood (Autore)

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Fantasy. Fiction. Romance. HTML:#1 Indie Next Pick!
A Hall of Fame LibraryReads pick!
A dangerous alliance between a Vampyre bride and an Alpha Werewolf becomes a love deep enough to sink your teeth into in this new paranormal romance from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love, Theoretically and The Love Hypothesis.

Misery Lark, the only daughter of the most powerful Vampyre councilman of the Southwest, is an outcastagain. Her days of living in anonymity among the Humans are over: she has been called upon to uphold a historic peacekeeping alliance between the Vampyres and their mortal enemies, the Weres, and she sees little choice but to surrender herself in the exchangeagain...
Weres are ruthless and unpredictable, and their Alpha, Lowe Moreland, is no exception. He rules his pack with absolute authority, but not without justice. And, unlike the Vampyre Council, not without feeling. Its clear from the way he tracks Miserys every movement that he doesnt trust her. If only he knew how right he was.
Because Misery has her own reasons to agree to this marriage of convenience, reasons that have nothing to do with politics or alliances, and everything to do with the only thing she's ever cared about. And she is willing to do whatever it takes to get back whats hers, even if it means a life alone in Were territoryalone with the wolf.
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Titolo:Bride
Autori:Ali Hazelwood (Autore)
Info:Berkley (2024), 410 pages
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Confesso che temevo questa lettura appartenente ad un genere molto lontano dalla mia zona di comfort; temevo un romance sdolcinato e pieno zeppo di situazioni smielate; temevo di potermi annoiare con l'ennesima storia vampiresca, clone di tutte quelle che l'hanno preceduta; temevo perfino di non essere in grado di terminarlo, ma era una sfida con me stesso e ho cominciato questo libro con più dubbi che certezze.

Se vi trovate nelle mie stesse condizioni, buttate alle ortiche ogni timore e immergetevi in questa lettura; io non me ne sono pentito e devo ammettere che si tratta di una storia più che piacevole, supportata da un interessante intreccio politico e da una "vena" di mistero.

Notevole il world building e decisamente credibile, riesce a donare valore aggiunto alla storia, evitando a mio parere i clichè del genere e calando la narrazione in un presente non privo di tecnologia e lontano dagli stereotipi e dalle atmosfere gotiche ottocentesche. Belli e ben caratterizzati tutti i personaggi e ancora migliori i dialoghi.

La storia è piacevolmente complicata, ma coinvolgente e scorrevole.
Piccole rivelazioni e spiegazioni sono disseminate lungo tutta la narrazione e vengono svelate pian piano con un ritmo perfetto che aiuta la comprensione della storia e stimola a proseguire la lettura. Alla fine non rimangono angoli bui e incomprensibili nella trama e mancano del tutto gli spiegoni infiniti presenti in certi altri libri.

Le scene spicy non sono troppe e si presentano solo nella seconda metà del libro; essendo il mio primo approccio a questo genere, non ho termini di paragone per poterle giudicare correttamente, ma non mi sono sembrate eccessive e personalmente, seppure un po' ripetitive, non mi hanno disturbato.

L'ironia sfacciata e il sarcasmo della protagonista poi sono travolgenti e contagiosi, e mi hanno strappato più di qualche risata durante la lettura.
Ultimo ma non ultimo, la Hazelwood scrive bene, molto bene, e mi sa che dovrò leggere ancora qualcosa di questa autrice.
Certo non si può gridare al capolavoro, ma è una gradevole lettura leggera. ( )
  mr.luciano | Jul 10, 2024 |
I was hoping this would be campy, as that's the only way I could enjoy it. It was campy enough, though it does get a little too sincere at the end. I enjoyed the story of searching for her friend, and the political machinations behind that. ( )
  KallieGrace | Jul 10, 2024 |
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read about the marriage alliance between a vampyre [sic] and a werewolf. In fact, I thought I probably did not. I’m not really one for vampire stories (yes, yes, there are exceptions but the point is I am squeamish and those are exceptions). But because I’ve enjoyed Hazelwood’s other romances I was curious enough to check out the opening chapters, and what hooked my interest was Misery’s -- the aforementioned vampyre’s -- determination to find her human foster-sister, who has disappeared.

And despite the supernatural worldbuilding elements (and, uhhh, obvious influence from a particular subsection of AO3), it is otherwise very much a Hazelwood romance. Once again, our protagonist is a woman in STEM -- Misery’s field is coding. The sense of humour is the same, and so is the delight in seeing a weird, nerdy human find another human who accepts and loves and desires them.

It also contains Hazelwood’s awareness of what it’s like to be living in a culture different from the one you grew up in. (The internet tells me Hazelwood grew up in Italy “and lived in Japan and Germany before moving to the United States”. The internet also claims she’s practically the exact same age as Taylor Swift.)
  Herenya | Jul 5, 2024 |
review - https://booksteacupreviews.com/2024/04/24/bride-ali-hazelwoods-spellbinding-para...

It’s been a long time I read a paranormal romance and returning to it with ‘Bride’ was a refreshing. The blend of romance, political intrigue, and suspense, wrapped in my favorite marriage of convenience trope, made Bride an enthralling read.

Set in the world where Humans, Vampyres, and Werewolves coexist amidst perpetual tension and skirmishes between the species resulting in the dwindling Were and Vampyre population resulted necessity of alliances that came in name of ‘collateral’. Collaterals, individuals exchanged as tokens of trust between the species, are the linchpins of these fragile agreements who has to stay in other species species territory for duration of term and if something goes wrong its the collateral who pays the price first.

Misery is the victim of it. Once a collateral in Human territory, Misery finds herself thrust back into this precarious position when her powerful Vampyre father arranges for her to wed the new Were Alpha. Another alliance forged but this time through marriage.

Misery isn’t the obidient child. she never fit in among Vampyre ever since she was a human collateral and Humans never accepted her except her best friend Serena but now she is missing and only clue she left was, “L.E. Moreland” and her groom to be happens to be Lowe Moreland. Assuming he is behind the disappearance of Serene she agrees to get married to figure out what happened with her friend.

Misery’s determination and resilience shine through her character. Despite never truly fitting in among the Vampyres or being fully accepted by Humans, her unwavering compassion, especially towards her missing friend Serena and Lowe’s sister Anna, reveal her true nature beneath the hardened exterior.

Her hallucination gift and coding expertise, add layers to her character, making her a formidable heroine. I loved how calm and collected she was among Were even when threats lurked constantly and Were despised her. I admired her for speaking her mind no matter who was standing in front of her.

It was touching to see her internal battle and reading that last fight with Serena made me want to hug her. I loved her gradual sense of belonging among the Werewolves, fostered by her growing bond with Anna and Lowe. She deserved all love in the world especially after that twist in climax.

Lowe was hard to read at first but it was clear he had feelings for Misery from the beginning. I enjoyed snippet of his POV at the beginning of every chapter. Torn between his duty to his pack, leader of Were, his passion he had to put behind, and his growing feelings for Misery make him an intriguing counterpart.

I liked him for being different than other Were, seeking change and peace after century old feud, and believing in Misery, understanding her and loving her for who she is. His love for his sister made him even more adorable. One thing I didn’t like about him is what he did just before climax and for that I wanted him to grovel a little more.

All secondary characters were as interesting as main characters. I loved finally meeting Serena in Climax. Koen is sure interesting and the way book ended it hints at potential future arcs that I’m already anticipating.

The romance between Misery and Lowe crackles with tension and passion, capturing the essence of forbidden love and the complexities of a marriage of convenience. However, that Knot thing was disturbing. I wish I can forget that whole part. I’m pretty sure I read a Werewolf romance before but never such thing was mentioned in any of them. Also, the third act break up just before climax was unnecessary.

I enjoyed the twist and turn. I couldn’t guess the real culprit and it was shocking to read what the culprit did all these time and was willing to do for one ridiculous reason. I liked what Lowe and Misery decided to do at the end. I loved Serena and Misery’s little time together. As I said I wish there was more groveling from Lowe but Misery deserved HEA so I was fine with the end.

Overall, Bride is a captivating blend of romance, intrigue, and supernatural elements, with characters and that Knot would stay in the my mind for long time. I recommend this to fans of paranormal romance. ( )
  BooksTeacupReviews | Jun 28, 2024 |
Yeah so this was dumb, starting with our main character being named Misery. I just could NOT with this book. There are thousands of vampire and werewolf books out there that are actually good. This isn’t one of them. ( )
  spiritedstardust | Jun 1, 2024 |
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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Ali Hazelwoodautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Damron, WillNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Plummer, ThereseNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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This war of ours, the one between the Vampyres and the Weres, began several centuries ago with brutal escalations of violence, culminated amid flowing torrents of varicolored blood, and ended in a whimper of buttercream cake on the day I met my husband for the first time.
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Fantasy. Fiction. Romance. HTML:#1 Indie Next Pick!
A Hall of Fame LibraryReads pick!
A dangerous alliance between a Vampyre bride and an Alpha Werewolf becomes a love deep enough to sink your teeth into in this new paranormal romance from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love, Theoretically and The Love Hypothesis.

Misery Lark, the only daughter of the most powerful Vampyre councilman of the Southwest, is an outcastagain. Her days of living in anonymity among the Humans are over: she has been called upon to uphold a historic peacekeeping alliance between the Vampyres and their mortal enemies, the Weres, and she sees little choice but to surrender herself in the exchangeagain...
Weres are ruthless and unpredictable, and their Alpha, Lowe Moreland, is no exception. He rules his pack with absolute authority, but not without justice. And, unlike the Vampyre Council, not without feeling. Its clear from the way he tracks Miserys every movement that he doesnt trust her. If only he knew how right he was.
Because Misery has her own reasons to agree to this marriage of convenience, reasons that have nothing to do with politics or alliances, and everything to do with the only thing she's ever cared about. And she is willing to do whatever it takes to get back whats hers, even if it means a life alone in Were territoryalone with the wolf.

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