I finished it. My rapid heartbeat and drying tears attest to the masterful storytelling that Anne Bishop is capable of. In the reading there was laughI finished it. My rapid heartbeat and drying tears attest to the masterful storytelling that Anne Bishop is capable of. In the reading there was laughter, but in the face of war laughter is sometimes forced and sometimes it is a tool that helps you survive. Marked in Flesh is about survival. It is not a good book. In fact it is viciously painful. But it is also a hauntingly beautiful song sung by wolves, crows, bears, eagles, cats, and one little not-wolf. No, it was not a good book. It was so far beyond amazing that I am still sitting here, stunned. Should I immediately re-read it? Should I start over from the beginning of the series and read it through in one epic sitting? Meg, the Trailblazer. Hope, the little pup. Simon, Vlad, Joe, Steve, Monty, Burke, Jake, Tess, Nyx, Jackson, Jesse, Rachel and so many more characters created of ink and imagination have stolen pieces of my heart and soul. Each page written to share a fantastical tale of the fragile building blocks of life, those little bits of hope mixed with the pain of loss and the knowledge of what may come to pass. Ms. Bishop, you have torn me up. You have also given me hope. Small fragile hope for this world of ink that stole my soul. I'm praying to the Elders that this is not the last book of the series. Even if it is, somehow, it is fitting.
I cannot tell you about this book. I can only offer you the recommendation to read this series. It is a series built on a single relationship between Meg, a blood prophet, and Simon, a Wolfguard leader of the Lakeside Courtyard. What began as a curiosity of "not prey" turned into something that will help shape the new world from the remnants of those who fell....more
I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into when I picked up Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I didn't expect it to be as good as it is, nor did I expeI wasn't sure what I was getting myself into when I picked up Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I didn't expect it to be as good as it is, nor did I expect a futuristic dystopian fantasy with electricity and magic. Well, the elite Silvers have developed magic. Bred for it even. The lowly Reds? They are just trying to eek out a living and survive being drafted into the Silver's war. Until Mare Barrow, a Red, meets a prince not acting like a prince, get's hired into the Silver's employment at the royal hall, and falls into the Silver's bridal arena and survives. Her one accidental act of instinctual magic lets loose an electrical storm of epic proportions. Mare is not a Silver, but she has a Silver's gift of magic. An anomaly the Queen and country will use to their advantage, if Mare can survive the deceit, deception, and rising Red rebellion. The possibility of being betrayed dances on the edge of every moment. Even her sudden betrothal to the Silver Prince second in line to the throne is just another added deception to her new guise.
I wasn't sure about this book when I picked it up. I ended up liking Mare's smart attitude, but it lacked something I can't quite put my finger on. Tropes? Yes, this book has them in spades. Cliche's? It has them running rampid through the book. Did I enjoy the Red Queen? Yes, yes I did. It was a little rough and the character development could use some polishing, but it was a satisfying book to read. I already picked up book two. ...more
Okay, this series hooked me from book one with the promise of Sacrifice. I would have given this a five star rating, but it was too damn short. All thOkay, this series hooked me from book one with the promise of Sacrifice. I would have given this a five star rating, but it was too damn short. All the other books that came before this were pain filled, love filled, and the perfect length. Not drawn out, nor over worked. Brigid Kemmerer is a master at her craft. However, I hit the end of Sacrifice long before I felt it should have been over. The near cliffhanger ending almost killed me. I equally love and hate this book. GIVE ME MORE!...more
Brigid Kemmerer strikes again with Secret. Dark, brooding, divine, Nick is one half of a twin pair, gifted with the element of air. Nick is so focusedBrigid Kemmerer strikes again with Secret. Dark, brooding, divine, Nick is one half of a twin pair, gifted with the element of air. Nick is so focused on being the perfect brother, the perfect student, the one who doesn't get in trouble that he doesn't see that hates himself for being himself. Not only is he fighting to live a lie, survive his twin's temperament, but he's also holding himself back from any true chance of happiness. Providing he survives to adulthood without getting killed by an Elemental Guide before he finds enough of himself to make a choice. This book isn't about choosing sides, it's about find yourself and learning to accept who you are, where you came from, and what possibilities you could have if you only tried. ...more
Brigid Kemmerer's Elemental series is a treat for the senses and brutal on the emotions. Hunter's book is all about losing a life and choosing a side.Brigid Kemmerer's Elemental series is a treat for the senses and brutal on the emotions. Hunter's book is all about losing a life and choosing a side. I thought Storm and Spark were gloriously painful, but they had nothing on Spirit. Be prepared to devour this book in one setting and have tissues and tea standing at the ready, because you will cry. Hunter, you need a miracle. ...more
In Brigid Kemmerer's second Elemental book, Spark, we follow Gabriel Merrick, one half of the twins who is an element of fire. He is as explosive as hIn Brigid Kemmerer's second Elemental book, Spark, we follow Gabriel Merrick, one half of the twins who is an element of fire. He is as explosive as his gift and nearly as unpredictable. Gabriel is beyond broken. He blames himself for his parents death, he has no direction and is constantly using his twin to get by doing every day things, and feels he can't do anything right. In some sense it is all true. Until Layne. The shy girl with a past nearly as broken as his own, even though her parents are still alive. Can Gabriel make enough right moves to balance out his screw ups? Or will he burn his entire life down with one bad choice after another? Read it, you won't be disappointed. ...more
BookBub brought up a recommendation for the fifth book in Brigid Kemmerer's Elemental series, Sacrifice. Because book five sounded like it had a solidBookBub brought up a recommendation for the fifth book in Brigid Kemmerer's Elemental series, Sacrifice. Because book five sounded like it had a solid world base and an interesting take on magic, I searched out book one, Storm. Little did I know I was about to be swept up into a world full of elemental power, love, loss, pain, and a touch of redemption.
Storm follows Chris Merrick, one of four siblings who are gifted with the power of an element. Chris is the youngest of the four brothers and struggling to find his place in their broken world. Even though it has been a few years since their parent's death, Chris is still haunted by things he (and his brothers) cannot control. Enter Becca Chandler, the shy sweet mouse of a girl, who accidentally rescues Chris when she finds him being beaten by others boys from her high school. Chris and Becca have a rocky attraction that is both electrifying and painful. Just when it seems as if something perfect is blooming in their attraction to each other, in steps Hunter, a new boy with unknown alliances. Things turn tense and the mysteries swirling between the three of them become explosive.
Who will Becca chose to align with? Who will Hunter chose to follow? What will Chris do to save the ones he loves? Do any of them stand a chance against a looming threat that may destroy them all? Read it. Find out for yourself that this series is elementally brutal and wondrous. ...more