This is it, everything is supposed to come to an end right here with this book! All your questions will be answered, Skyla will make up her mind whose...moreThis is it, everything is supposed to come to an end right here with this book! All your questions will be answered, Skyla will make up her mind whose bed she’s going to be in, and Chloe will get what’s coming to her. Plus we’ll get answers to all these confusing visions of the past. Right?! Right?! Well…kind of. This book was way longer than it should have been. The emotions you felt for the Gage, Logan, Marshall love square is all withered up and you’re just ready for that to end. We want to know who wins the war and we want justice for the evil that is Chloe Bishop.
Do we get that? Yes…and No. The book let’s you know all about how Skyla’s love life will go. We actually sort of empathize with Demetri, we find out Chloe’s secret and why she did what she did. We also don’t really get an ending. It all kind of fizzles in the end, it leaves a bitter-sweet taste and no shipper is truly satisfied, plus we end with more questions than should be natural.
So, I don’t know what to think of this series, mostly I think it jumped the shark, it went on long enough for me to lose interest, which is sad, because it’s a good series, and Addison Moore is a wonderful writer. Just color me a little disappointed. You know what it doesn’t really matter what I think. Ms. Moore saw her vision out to the end and I will say this, I would never want to live on Paragon. Even with all the stunningly attractive people who live there, I just would not want to live in a glorified hell on Earth. For angels these guys are a lot of little demons running around. It’s craziness I tell you!
I will not stop reading Ms. Moore’s works, I will love them and hope that they each capture the magic that Ethereal ignited, and passion for each character, whether that be loathing or love.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I was warned before I ever got this book to not judge it by its cover because it is oh so misleading. So I went into it knowing it wasn't going to be...more I was warned before I ever got this book to not judge it by its cover because it is oh so misleading. So I went into it knowing it wasn't going to be action packed and lightingey with a chick who'll fight off the bad guys with a sword. So you have been warned, this is not that kind of book. This is more of a mystery..hmm what can I compare it to? Maybe the Hunted By the Others series, but with less fighting and more humor. This is light read and by that I mean it is funny, you can read through it in one sitting, and there is so much potential for a great series in these pages. This book does follow Sophie who works in the paranormal world but doesn't belong. She isn't super hot, but she's not ugly, she's smart and has a lot of history. She is pulled into the whole crime world because no one can help the detective, Parker, except her. Not that no one else was incapable, everyone was just busy. I honestly enjoyed the series, there were time that it was overly clichéd, but the story itself is cute and funny, has a splash of romantic intentions and a small amount of action. I don't know if I'm describing it well, but it is definitely worth checking out.(less)
I read this book AFTER I read Ephemeral which is another series but involves the Counts, it was SO cool to actually see Skyla's and Laken's stories in...moreI read this book AFTER I read Ephemeral which is another series but involves the Counts, it was SO cool to actually see Skyla's and Laken's stories intertwine in Toxic. Also I must say for some reason I am still team Marshall, I don't know why it just seems he is the most forthright guy in Skyla's life, is it just me? I know that this series is wrapping up with what 2 more books publishing after this one? I may be wrong but I thought I saw that Book 8 (Toxic part 2 being 7.5) would be the last. Anyway, this series is just so epic and long and sometimes, looking back, it felt like it didn't go anywhere. I love the writing style of Ms. Moore, I love the characters in this book and I'm glad that we didn't harp much on Chloe, because that just gets a bit tedious after a while. Instead we are spending the greater portion of this book mourning over Gage without hearing his side of the story, and trying to make him jealous with either Marshal or Logan, sometimes the vapid teenagerness just gets to me. I am ready to find out how this story ends, I'm ready to find out whose side everyone winds up on and who Skyla finally decides to settle with, but more on this book. If you enjoyed the previous 6 books then you'll like this one and it ends much the same as the others, with the undeniable urge to know more and a swift brick wall that you slam into because, Yeah, cliffhangers. Have no fear if cliffhangers get you down because part 2 has been released already, we're just waiting for the last one and I'm ready. (less)
Addison Moore has a knack with writing stories that suck you in...eventually. It actually took quite a few chapters for me to get into the world of La...moreAddison Moore has a knack with writing stories that suck you in...eventually. It actually took quite a few chapters for me to get into the world of Laken, there was just so much disorientation on the part of the character that the reader starts out that same way. I love that they tied in a lot of elements from the Celestra series, so it appears this is going on at the same time as all of Skyla's business is going down. The thing that got me was the formula is slightly similar. Girl falls for boy A, boy A falls for girl but is keeping secrets, girl also falls for boy B who is into girl as well, throw in a couple other boys in the mix. Voila story. It's not as sordid as Skyla's life though, at least not yet. Laken is interesting, she isn't currently spectacular with her angel powers and she doesn't know if she's crazy or being screwed with. I would hate to live in the world of Fems and Spectators (AKA Zombies) that just seems terrifying, but the characters hold their own with them. By about 30% of the way through this book, I couldn't put it down, each chapter ended in such a way that you just couldn't put the book down so you could sleep, you just had to keep on going. UG then the ending, I don't know why I'm surprised there was a cliffhanger, when is there not a cliffhanger? Loved it. On a side note, it is very strange to read a story and see your name. I have a very uncommon name, so it is rare that I read anything that features it (even in passing), so I kept getting thrown every time I saw it. I can not wait for the next book to come out, I just oh so love the characters, Ms. Moore does a great job making characters you love to hate, and ones you just swoon over, and others that you're on the fence about. Fantastic!(less)
Oh how I wish that I would have read the Riley Jenson series, before I started reading this series, I think I would be into this world so much more if...moreOh how I wish that I would have read the Riley Jenson series, before I started reading this series, I think I would be into this world so much more if only I had. That being said this is book 2 and I think I liked this one a bit better than the first one. I really liked the characters in this story, they aren't black and white there are lots of grey areas to everyone. Risa is a very stubborn woman who seems to be coming into her own, even though she's quite grown up. I do get tired of the "Oh I'm half wolf so that's why I'm doing this." or "Oh my Aedh side is the reason for this", I get it I don't think most readers will be confused as to why Risa is the way she is, her background has been established, we can stop with the repetitiveness. I think Azriel is a great character, he plays well off of Risa, they both just seem so insecure around one another though. Then there's Lucien, I maintain what I said in the book 1 review, I just don't trust him. He seems like a good guy, but I just don't think he is. I do think the character development is going very well, and I think the author does a great job world building, but it just seems like we aren't going very far in the story. I know that we're merely at the beginning of the series, but I like a fast paced story. Don't get me wrong, I still really enjoyed Darkness Rising, and with book 3 (Darkness Devours) being released on July 5th and Book 4 (Darkness Hunts) slated for November 2012 I think that the story will most likely pick up the pace.(less)
This was a cute little book. I found it rather entertaining, it has funny aspects to it especially in the beginning. I found the writing very enjoyabl...moreThis was a cute little book. I found it rather entertaining, it has funny aspects to it especially in the beginning. I found the writing very enjoyable as well and the story ok. By reading the description of the book I already knew what was going to happen, it was the who that was in question and that became obvious fairly quickly, BUT there were still some surprises in the end. Megan is a somewhat typical fifteen year old, she is a cute and smart girl who would rather been on a math team than some other team that could earn her a higher social standing. She's got friends she loves and a mom that she's dysfunctionally close to, in a good way of course. Then Megan and Suze (Megan's mom) meet new guys and Megan does the typical 15 year old girl thing and ignores everyone so she can see the boy, her grades slip, things happen, so on and so forth. I think Megan acts a little older than the typical 15-year-old too, but her home life may have made her grow up a little more quickly. The book is kind of slow at first, it has it's funny moments but then it gets more 'intense' I guess as the plot moves forward. I read this book within a few hours and I think that it would be really enjoyable to teenagers and a few years younger, as I think that's the demographic. However, I think that those who typically enjoy the young adult paranormal genre will also find this a quick and entertaining read.(less)
Book 6...BOOK 6 of the Celestra series was released back in March and I finally got to it, with much trepidation I might add. I read on Ms. Moore's si...moreBook 6...BOOK 6 of the Celestra series was released back in March and I finally got to it, with much trepidation I might add. I read on Ms. Moore's site that she's planning another 2 books in this series and she's about to release a new book series. Anyway I am hoping that Book 7 & 8 tie a pretty bow on things because Expel just leaves us with more questions and the ending just leaves a sour taste in your mouth. Oh, but how I love this series, even with the frustrations and longings for Skyla to just choose a damn man already, geez, get those hormones under check. Though admittedly she does control her self a bit better in this book. Also with the time that has passed in Skyla's world you'd think she'd have better judgement. Though it may have been a mere few months, with all that time traveling you'd think that she' learn and glean a little common sense. Honestly, I never would want to be living out Skyla's life. Fems freak me out, though less so than in the first few books, I am getting quite used to them. The writing is pretty good, as per usual, but the story really feels like it is just going on too long, and it's going on without really moving forward. I still enjoyed Expel (the longest book of the series so far), but I'm ready to move on to something new and great. I still will watch the TV show, if it gets picked up, but I'm honestly ready for the conclusion.(less)
Ok, so I am just now realizing that this book series is a spin off of the Riley Jenson Guardian series. Oh, well, I haven't read a single one of those...moreOk, so I am just now realizing that this book series is a spin off of the Riley Jenson Guardian series. Oh, well, I haven't read a single one of those books, but I didn't feel lost in this world or anything, maybe there would have been a more clear definition to the world that has been created though. That being said I think this was a pretty entertaining book. I like the characters and I like this world that has so far been set up. I always find the first book in a series is a bit disappointing, mostly because you do have all this world building and character set up. I imagine the next book will be much more enjoyable. I don't think I connected with the characters like I should have though. I really didn't feel much empathy toward them as they were going through their struggles. I also find it irksome that there is SO much that happens 'off screen', oh that bad guy was taken care of? Awesome! I only had to get pummeled over here to distract the reader....? I have severe distrust in Lucian, mostly because I don't know anything about him. Maybe we find out more about him in future books, but he seems like he'd be important since he's mentioned in the product description.
I don't know it just seems like everything was thrown together, and yes it was an enjoyable mess, but a mess none the less. I really do think things will come together in book #2, I mean this author has many series that are highly praised so I assume that she will throw it all together in a world that makes sense. Maybe I should have read the Riley Jenson series first, maybe that's how this world will pull itself together. I'm not sure, but I'm willing to find out.(less)
Well, Archangel’s Kiss starts off right where Archangel’s Blood finished which was with Elena learning to become an Angel. Which is pretty much like...more Well, Archangel’s Kiss starts off right where Archangel’s Blood finished which was with Elena learning to become an Angel. Which is pretty much like learning to walk for the first time. She can’t fly, she’s considerably weaker than even the fledgling angels, and she has to learn a whole heck of a lot in the short amount of 2 months. Plus it doesn’t help that her muscles are underdeveloped due to the year long coma. So, this book has 3 kind of angles to it. 1) Elena learning about being an angel and dealing with her new destiny while grasping on to her old life. 2) Lijuan (as seen in the last book) has gone a bit nuts and is bringing the dead back to life and she wants to ‘toy’ with Elena, she seems to have a creepy thing for Raphael. and 3) there’s a mystery a brewing in the Refuge and it may not be safe anymore. There’s a lot going on in this book, and a lot of it happens off the page. The majority of the book focuses on our #1 topic. Of course Elena is going to have a hard time transitioning from strong competent human, to weak angel. I mean her wings have got to weigh a ton, and on her frail body, which has weakened in the coma, she has a lot of work cut out. She trains daily and is determined and man that girl has a heck of a jealous streak and some major paranoia, plus the dreams of her childhood are haunting her.
I think this is a great second book, I wish there was more action, but what action there was, was entertaining. I like Singh’s writing style, she can take a lot of cliche’s and turn them into something very entertaining and new. I haven’t looked too far into this series, but I hope there’s some more written about Illium in the future, I find the bluebell entertaining. I know that there’s a future book revolving around Dimitri, which is good, because he is a great character, and wasn’t in this book enough. Raphael and Elena work together, they’re both stubborn, but they have eyes for only one another. There seemed to be a lot of build up and foreshadowing in this book for book #3! Can’t wait to read it.(less)
Oh the never ending drama that is Paragon Island, I say the whole island and not just Skyla because it seems like there is something major going on ev...moreOh the never ending drama that is Paragon Island, I say the whole island and not just Skyla because it seems like there is something major going on everywhere. With a freshly living Chloe back to incite misery on Skyla, and the new found information, of pretty much everyone she thought she could trust, was in fact a Count. Except Gage, but now he's pretty spotty too, but he's still pretty much more awesome than everyone else. And with all the guys in Skyla's life, I find Marshall the most honest, not the best candidate for a life long happiness, but he's puts all his intentions out there, unlike EVERYONE ELSE! Anyway, Addison Moore knows how to keep her readers on the hook with all these shocking endings! Wow. I couldn't put this book down, I had to, because I needed to sleep, but I didn't want to. I don't think this series is for younger readers, because it just seems to spiral into darker and darker places (and I almost feel sorry for Tad, ALMOST). I have to pick Vex up soon, but I'm sure it'll have that shocking ending, and I'm not sure when the next book is coming out. This series is starting to become one of my favorites.(less)
Ok, to start with I LOVE this series so far, but it actually took me a while to get back into the series when I first started reading it. Once I did g...moreOk, to start with I LOVE this series so far, but it actually took me a while to get back into the series when I first started reading it. Once I did get back into it I couldn't but this down. I really like the world that Addison Moore has created with Skyla and crew. You get into this and you're kind of questioning everyone. Except Gage he seems to be constantly perfect, if only Skyla could see that. The writing is really awesome the characters are well done and OMG that ending, that was mean...talk about several sucker punches leading to a cliffhanger. I am glad the next book is already out because it would be torture to have to wait to read what happens next. Though I must say everything with Chloe was way obvious before we start reading her diary. Anyway great addition to the series look forward to reading more.(less)
I really like the cover, I actually found it quiet intriguing, which was why I picked the book up in the first place. This book had a lot of work in i...moreI really like the cover, I actually found it quiet intriguing, which was why I picked the book up in the first place. This book had a lot of work in it, there was a ton of research done and it is quiet evident in this book. I think it may make people think, and that is always a good thing. Angels are a very popular theme in literature, there is just so much about them that can be speculated on especially fallen angels. This book takes an interesting view on the Nephelium and there were some very intense moments. I didn't want to put the book down, but there was just SO much information in this, to back up what was going on and to explain it. For the average person all that information is just going to go over there heads or their eyes will glaze over. It is all very interesting information, but it can be repetitive and just a lot to take in, the epilogue seemed to be thrown together a bit. The main character, John, is who we primarily follow, though depending on the paragraph we're in someone elses head. I honestly didn't feel much for the other characters, there was less character development for our non-primaries, so I didn't really care if they lived or died, though some deaths were still done in a shocking or horrific way (I say that in a good way). Also I would like to have seen more about Ronald, we have an idea about him, but not really. There was so much about megalithic history and the book of Enoch and other preflood history/speculation, because even historians are speculating, that character development seemed to get side tracked.
Is this a good book? Yes, it is and it's worth the time and money. Especially since the author put so much into it. Even with a few lacking characters this book is still worth the read.(less)
So we pick up close to where we left off, Laura has asked Logan to turn her into a Vassiz and now she's coming into her new powers. This book is about...moreSo we pick up close to where we left off, Laura has asked Logan to turn her into a Vassiz and now she's coming into her new powers. This book is about a journey to find Laura's place in the world, to figuring out what's up with the elders and why do they want to kill her? I said before that the first book read kind of kiddish this book seems written by a different person, oh the writing is choppy full of errors and misplaced words, so that's the same. This one seems like the writer took an English or writing class and wants to use long, drawn out, repetitive descriptions and language that doesn't fit the characters of the first book at all. The tone is different, the feel is different but the story still has potential. This book was a little longer than the first, but if you took out all the repetitive gibber it would probably be close to the same length. My favorite part is the cover, and I have hope that maybe if the author finds someone to proofread her book and she finds a writing style somewhere in between book 1 & 2 then maybe she can pull this series out of the mind numbing pit it's starting to sink into. I think that the author does have potential, but it seems she's still learning. I will pick up the last 2 of this trilogy...because I hate to quit. (less)