I was really looking forward to starting Allegiant once I finished Insurgent, because I really wanted to see how the series was going to end. I really...more I was really looking forward to starting Allegiant once I finished Insurgent, because I really wanted to see how the series was going to end. I really don’t even know where to start with this review and I’m going back and forth between loving it and absolutely hating it and the way it has made me feel. Here are my spoiler-free thoughts on the book.
Allegiant picks up where Insurgent leaves off, and is told from both Tris’ and Tobias’ point of view. It was definitely interesting to see inside Tobias’ head, as I no longer see his as the all around perfect bad boy, but more of a guy with flaws, just like everyone else. As for Tris… Oh, Tris. She is a character that I’ve loved since the very beginning, when she was puny stiff chose to change her life with that very first jump. Some moments I wanted to smack her silly for the choices that she made along the way, and other times I couldn’t help but be proud for how she handled herself and all that she had been through. Veronica Roth made an insanely complex character when she created Beatris Prior. She is not a character I will soon forget.
Some of the secondary characters have turned into some of my most favorite characters. I love Christina and Cara, both were amazingly forgiving young ladies that will always stand up for what they believe in. I also want to say that Peter grew on me in this book. Towards the end, I really felt bad for him and even for Caleb as well. We are also introduced to quite a few new characters in the book—some that you will love, and some that you will love to hate. I know I sure did! I love that I grew to care for these secondary characters just as much as the main characters. I could go on and on about many, many more characters, but you should just check out the book and meet them all for yourself.
There’s really not a whole lot of action in the Allegiant at all, we get more information than anything. (There is a decent bit of action in the book, especially toward the end, but it doesn’t seem to be as action packed as the previous books.) A lot of questions that I had were answered, but I was still left with a few unanswered questions that I really wanted to know the answer to. (Like, why was Tris so different from over Divergents?) Because of all of this information, I found the pacing of the book to be a bit slower than the previous books. That, however, could have just been for me.
I’m having a bit of love/hate relationship with the ending of the book. It was a big risk for Roth to take, and I guess it is really a more realistic ending. It’s just not what I had expected at all. It made me sad, kind of the same way the ending of Mockingjay made me feel. My feelings are all over the place, and it’s such a disconcerting feeling. And even though it kills me, I can kind of see why she chose to end the book the way she did. But seriously, it’s going to take a while to sort through these emotions.
Overall; I really enjoyed reading this series. I would have to say that I enjoyed Divergent the most out of the series, but I think that all together, these three books make for one hell of a series. If you haven’t checked these books out yet, you definitely should. Just make sure you have tissues available when you start on Allegiant.
I read Divergent earlier this year, and really enjoyed the book. I kept putting off reading Insurgent because I knew it had one of those terrible clif...more I read Divergent earlier this year, and really enjoyed the book. I kept putting off reading Insurgent because I knew it had one of those terrible cliffhanger endings that make you want to through the book, and it would drive me crazy having to wait on Allegiant to be released. After finishing Insurgent, I am definitely glad that I waited, but I’m also kicking myself as well for not reading this awesome book sooner.
I really enjoyed Tris’ character when we met her in Divergent. She was headstrong and strong willed, exactly the character that I love. She was a completely different person in Insurgent, which honestly was expected considering all that she went through in the previous book. Her growing despair was strong enough to impact a lot of the decisions that she made, and she was constantly throwing herself into dangerous paths. While frustrating at times, I am glad that the author chose to write Tris this way, as it was definitely more realistic.
The relationship between Tris and Tobias/Four was a strained at best throughout the book. With both having trust issues and having gone through so much, this too was expected. We get to see many different sides of Four in this novel. As with Tris, I really loved him from the moment I first met him. He is such an insanely complex character, what’s not to love, right? Through everything that they have been through, even when they can’t take anymore, they always find their way back to each other. Looooove!
The secondary characters—Oh my goodness, there are so many secondary characters that I love. There are some that we met in the previous book, and some that we met for the first time, (and sometimes only briefly), in Insurgent. They all managed to make an impact in some way or another. I could go on and on about each and everyone one of them, but this would be insanely long if I did so. Just read the book so you can see for yourself.
I love that we are given so much more information on each individual faction in this book. After reading Divergent, I was always curious for more information, and now I have it. I’m glad for that. I’m super curious to start Allegiant now to find out even more! I’m dying of curiosity.
Insurgent is full of action and suspense, and it will definitely keep you turning the pages! The book ends with a MASSIVE cliffhanger as well. I am SO not a big fan of cliffhangers, especially when you have to wait for long periods of time to get the next book. Thank goodness I have Allegiant to start on right away… Not knowing what is going to happen next would make me insane.
Overall, if you enjoyed reading Divergent, you will definitely enjoy reading Insurgent! It was a great addition to this intense series. I, of course, will be starting Allegiant right away!
Girl of Nightmares kicks of my Halloween Reads week for 2013! I read Anna Dressed in Blood a while back, and enjoyed the book SO very much. I don’t kn...more Girl of Nightmares kicks of my Halloween Reads week for 2013! I read Anna Dressed in Blood a while back, and enjoyed the book SO very much. I don’t know what I waited so long to read Girl of Nightmares, but I am glad that I did. It was such a great, creepy read. Perfect for Halloween!
I have really loved Cas since we met him in Anna Dressed in Blood. I still haven’t read many books from a guys point of view, and it’s always interesting to get inside their heads. In this book, Cas is pining away for the girl that he loves, Anna. He’s wondering what happened to her after she sacrificed herself to save Cas and his friends. When he starts having visions of Anna, he finally see’s the horror of what she’s going through, and of course, he’s going to do whatever he can to stop her torment, even when that means going into Hell himself to find her. Leave it to Cas to do something quite so brave to save his girl.
I love the secondary characters in the story as much as I did in the first book. Thomas and Carmel were so great together, even when there were moments in this book when I wanted to smack Carmel. I love Cas’ mom, and am glad we get to learn more about Gideon in this book as well. Great characters!
The thing I missed most in Girl of Nightmares was the ghost herself. Anna was such an awesome character in the first book; she really made the book so much more special. And while we get to see her a few times in Girl of Nightmares, it really wasn’t enough. The book just wasn’t the same without her.
The storyline for the book pretty much centers around Cas finding out what happened to Anna, and of course, him wanting to save her from her fate. Let me tell you, this book had some major creepy moments in it. The ending was a little bittersweet for me. I’ll not spoil it by giving anything away, but it was not exactly what I was expecting, but it was definitely more realistic the way that it was written.
Overall; I thought this book was a great ending to the series. I’m definitely going to miss these characters! If you haven’t read the books yet, you totally should check them out, especially if you want a creepy read for Halloween!
Resist by Sarah Crossan is the sequel and conclusion to the wonderfully written Breathe. I just recently finished Breathe, and started reading Resist...more Resist by Sarah Crossan is the sequel and conclusion to the wonderfully written Breathe. I just recently finished Breathe, and started reading Resist right away to see what was going to happen to the characters that I have come to love, and to the world as well. Resist definitely did not disappoint!
(I’m going to write this review without giving anything away, so bear with me!)
I love the characters in this book, and I feel much the same about them as I did in the previous book. Alina, Quinn and Bea are all so special to me, as are almost all of the secondary characters. I love them all. We are also introduced to a new character in this book, Ronan, who I believe we met briefly in Breathe. We get to see the story from his point of view as well, which I really enjoyed. With so many different viewpoints, I feel that I was really able to get SO much more of the story than I would have with just one or two viewpoints.
The pages of Resist were packed as full of action as the pages in Breathe. There was never a dull moment, and I was kept on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. While the storyline is much the same as the first book, Crossan adds in so much more information to make the story even more addictive than before. The end of the book ties together nicely, and we are even given a small epilogue so that we can see a little of what happens down the road with these characters. I was both sad and happy at the end of this book, feeling so many different emotions. It was great!
Overall; this is such a great series! I don’t know how more people haven’t read it yet. I‘ll definitely be recommending this series again and again. I wish that I had read it sooner. If you are a fan of dystopian novels and series, you should check this series out. It’s definitely worth the read!
I have really enjoyed reading ALL of the books in the Pushing the Limits series, but I have to say, Crash Into You is my most favorite of the three bo...more I have really enjoyed reading ALL of the books in the Pushing the Limits series, but I have to say, Crash Into You is my most favorite of the three books! I seriously could not wait to get my hands on this book so I could dive into Isaiah’s story. The book definitely does not disappoint!
I have been intrigued by Isaiah since we first met him in Pushing the Limits. I wanted to know more of him, and my wish was granted when reading Crash Into You. He is such an awesome bad boy, but underneath the attitude, tattoos and all around bad boy exterior, he’s a really sweet, caring guy. He is the absolutely perfect for Rachel. I love that instead of being frustrated with her and her issues, he helps her in any way that he can. I love that he calls her Angel. While they had a few issues in the book, they pretty much had a really swoon-worthy relationship, and I really enjoyed reading their story. Isaiah has definitely earned a spot as one of my most favorite male characters!
There are so many secondary characters in this book, I wouldn’t even know where to begin with them. I love that we get to see a lot of our favorite characters from the two previous books; I honestly didn’t expect to see as much of them as we did. I really, really enjoyed them being a part of this story. Then there are the new characters that we meet in this book. Rachel had a very interesting family, especially with having four brothers. I can’t say that I cared for her dad very much.
The storyline for the book was really intriguing and definitely kept me hooked while I was reading. I really enjoyed the car talk! There are lots of sweet and steamy moments throughout the novel, and there is a pretty shocking scene towards the end of the book, but I love that it was included. It just made me love Rachel and Isaiah even more. Such a great story!
Overall; if you are a fan of young adult contemporary books with tattooed bad boys as the main character, you’re definitely going to love this book! The whole series is amazing, and I definitely recommend you starting it, if you haven’t already.
The Iron Traitor is the second book in ‘The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten’ series by the super talented Julie Kagawa. Can I start this review by say...more The Iron Traitor is the second book in ‘The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten’ series by the super talented Julie Kagawa. Can I start this review by saying that Julie is an amazingly talented writer, and her books never disappoint? The Iron Traitor is a great addition to this wonderful series that I enjoy so very much.
Ethan Chase is a very interesting character. Unlike his sister, Megan, he doesn’t want to get involved with the fairies at all. But no matter what he does, he always manages to get involved. I really think that he would do about anything to save the girl that he loves, and I love him for that. Kenzie is an interesting character as well, and I love that she seems to bring out the best in Ethan. These two are great together, and I’m curious to see what is in store for them in the future, especially with Kenzie’s illness.
Keirran, who is Megan and Ash’s son, remind me so much of both of his parents. Stubborn and strong-willed, he too is willing to do whatever possible to save the girl that he goes. He even does the unthinkable that almost made me through my iPad across the room while reading the book. But then there are times when he does something that makes me wonder HOW he could possibly be related to Megan and Ash. I guess that’s part of what makes him such a complex character.
One thing I adore about this book is the cameos by some of my favorite characters in the previous book. One character in particular that I am totally in love with, and a few more that I loved just as much. I’m sure you know exactly who I am talking about, but I don’t want to ruin it for you just in case.
As always, the world that Julie creates in her books is super fascinating and the characters are wonderfully written. I always enjoy the adventure that Julie takes us on when reading her books. You really never know what is going to happen! I really enjoy the addition of The Forgotten Ones to the story. It really makes this series different than the previous series, while still allowing us to enjoy the world that we loved in the original Iron Fey series. The book is very fast paced, and ends on a MAJOR cliffhanger, one that will make you say, “WTH, are you kidding me?!” Seriously, Julie was definitely mean to leave us hanging like that. It’s going to be a super long wait until the next book comes out. ::pout::
Overall, if you’ve ever read and loved a book by Julie Kagawa, you are definitely going to love this book. It’s another great installment to this fabulous series. I can’t wait for the next book to be released!
I was so excited to start on Timepiece just as soon as I finished Hourglass. Timepiece definitely did not disappoint! If you haven’t read Hourglass, o...moreI was so excited to start on Timepiece just as soon as I finished Hourglass. Timepiece definitely did not disappoint! If you haven’t read Hourglass, or my review for Hourglass, you should definitely do so before reading this review.
Timepiece picks up soon after Hourglass ends. The book is told from Kaleb’s point of view, which worked well for me because I was intrigued by him in the first book. Getting into Kaleb’s mind was a very interesting thing. He was not at all what I expected. Tattooed and pierced, he is the ultimate bad boy. But underneath it all, he is such a caring soul. We get to see that in the way he treats Lily and Emerson, and even with Ava at some point.
We also get to see a lot more of Lily, Em’s best friend, in this book. I liked that she was one of the main characters this time around, as well as the love interest for Kaleb. Lily is a feisty little thing, I enjoyed reading her story more than I expected to. I love watching her explore and grow into her ‘ability’. Also, she made such a cute couple with Kaleb!
We are also introduced to a few new characters in this novel as well; a few that I am seriously interested in. (Poe being the main one.) I am curious to see what route McEntire is going to go with this character. And of course, there are a few characters that you are really going to hate! I always like a well written bad guy.
The storyline for the book was much the same for the first book. Timelines are changing, and the crew is still chasing the bad guy, trying to stop him before its too late and everything changes. This book did seem to have a bit more suspense than the previous book did and a bit more action as well. It definitely had me guessing!
Overall, I like this series more and more as I go along. The characters and the storyline just get better and better. I have already started the third book in the series, Infinityglass, and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next!
I was so excited to finally read Crash. I absolutely love Lisa McMann! Her Dream Catcher series is one of the series that really made me fall in love...moreI was so excited to finally read Crash. I absolutely love Lisa McMann! Her Dream Catcher series is one of the series that really made me fall in love with young adult books. Crash definitely did not disappoint!
The main character, Jules, is such a great character. She sees visions of the future. Not of just any future, but one part of the future in particular, and she’s determined to do whatever it takes to change the outcome of that vision.
I really enjoyed Jules’ character. Not only is she a strong character, but she’s pretty snarky as well. I love her for that! I love Jules’ siblings as well. Trey and Rowan are a wonderful brother and sister to Jules. I really loved their strong relationship. While the relationship between Jules and her mom seems to be really strong as well, the one with her dad seems very brittle. I am hoping we can explore that more in the rest of the series.
The love interest in the story for Jules is Sawyer. I honestly didn’t know what to think of Sawyer at first, but the more I read, the more I fell in love with him. Such a great character and completely different than what I expected, once I got to know him.
The plot in the book has me curious. While we know that Jules’ has visions, we don’t actually know WHY she has these visions. (I am hoping that will be explained in the next book.) While that left me hanging just a little bit, I thought the book was still great. I idea of the visions popping up in such random places, it would be difficult to experience. But I felt like I was experiencing it right along with Jules.
Overall, if you love Lisa McMann, you should definitely start this series. If you have yet to check out a Lisa McMann story, you totally should! What are you waiting for? Do it, now!
Shadow of the Mark is the long awaited sequel to Carrier of the Mark. I read Carrier of the Mark way back in the fall of 2011, and I’ve been super cur...moreShadow of the Mark is the long awaited sequel to Carrier of the Mark. I read Carrier of the Mark way back in the fall of 2011, and I’ve been super curious since then to see what is going to happen in this sequel. If you enjoyed reading the first book in this series, you are definitely going to want to pick up this sequel.
Shadow of the Mark picks up not long after where Carrier of the Mark leaves off. Megan is once again safe from the bad guys, but she still can’t be with her beloved. The relationship between Megan and Adam is one that any lover of ‘forbidden love’ will appreciate. It involves lots of drama and angst. The pull between them is so insanely strong, yet they know that they absolutely cannot be together. You have to feel bad for them for their situation, especially when they want is to just be together.
One of the things I love most about this series is the setting. Oh how I would love to visit Ireland. (One day!) The descriptions were written so that I could definitely picture what the author was describing. I loved reading all of the details of the setting. The story got off to kind of a slow start, but had a lot of action in the end. I was left with some questions, but I hope that we will get answers to those in the next book. I’m super curious to see where Fallon is going to take the series with the next book.
Overall, I found this to be a very interesting read. If you like books that are based around mythology, you will definitely enjoy this read. But be sure to check out the first book in the series, Carrier of the Mark, as well!
I found Hourglass to be quite an interesting read. I’ll admit, I am a little late getting started on this series, but here I am. Just finished Hourgla...moreI found Hourglass to be quite an interesting read. I’ll admit, I am a little late getting started on this series, but here I am. Just finished Hourglass, and am now moving on to its sequel, Timepiece. I’m excited to see what all is in store for this series.
The main character in the story is Emerson. I found Em to be a very interesting character. She’s short and snarky, full of attitude. She has definitely been through a lot in her short lifetime; the loss of her parents, the visions she sees that are becoming more and more frequent. In comes Michael, who was hired by Em’s brother, to help her with these visions. Em and Michael have a very intense relationship; there’s a pull between them that refuses to let them be a part. In some ways, this came across as a bit rushed to me, but I think the author did this so that we could fully appreciate the impact of their relationship, how strong the drawl was between them. Regardless, I thought they worked well together.
The secondary characters in the book are really interesting. I especially enjoyed Kaleb, even though he was quite an emotional mess. I also really enjoyed Em’s bother and his wife, and even Em’s best friend, Lily. Em has a great support system around her, and although she doesn’t always make the best of decisions, she seems like a very strong young lady.
The storyline for the novel was very interesting, especially the time traveling aspect. I actually haven’t read that many time traveling books, so I am always a little intrigued by them. I am excited to read more in the series to see how in depth the author goes with the time travel. I’m curious!
Overall, if you enjoy books that deal with time travel, this book should definitely be added to you to-read list. I found it to be a very quick, enjoyable read, and I’m looking forward to reading more in the series.
Dance of the Red Death picks up right where Masque of the Red Death leaves off. Araby and crew have just escaped from th...more As posted on TheReaderBee.com.
Dance of the Red Death picks up right where Masque of the Red Death leaves off. Araby and crew have just escaped from the chaos and horror that have occurred in the city. After getting their bearings, they decide that it’s up to them to track down a cure for the terrible Red Death, and to take the city back from the evil Prince Prospero and Reverend Malcontent.
It was nice to see that Araby was a completely different person in this novel. No longer was she the girl that hung back and followed everyone else. No, this time around she was the leader who took matters into her own hands. Even though Araby has been through hell, I am proud of her for standing up for herself and taking matters into her own hands.
After the events that happened between Will and Araby in the last book, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Will this time around. He did manage to surprise me into forgiving him. Elliott is still as confusing and mysterious as ever, and he had me guessing up to the end on what was really going on inside that head of his. April, Araby’s best friend, has to be my most favorite character in the series. Even through all of the horror, she tried to keep everything as upbeat as she could. I could go on and on about the characters in the series, but you will just have to read it for yourself to find out more!
What really sets this series apart for me is the uniqueness of the storyline. It’s not often I read a book that has such a dark story—from the world-building all the way to the characters. I found that I enjoyed it more than I expected to, with both novels. This second book seemed to move a bit slower than the first, but it still held my attention. The ending with a little bit anti-climatic for me, I expected more to happen, but I can see why the author went the route that she took. I do feel like I was left hanging about a few things, and I still have questions that I would like to see answered about some things that seemed to be written off as afterthoughts. I was also surprised to see that this is only a 2 book series, as I expected this to be a trilogy. Nothing wrong with that at all, it just caught me by surprise.
Also, I must give kudos to whoever designed the covers for these novels. They are absolutely gorgeous!
Overall, while I had some issues with the book, I still thought that it was a good ending to the series. If you really like the dark novels with even darker characters, this is the book for you!
Goddess is the third and final installment in the amazing Starcrossed series by Josephine Angelini. I’ve read Starcrosse...more As posted on TheReaderBee.com.
Goddess is the third and final installment in the amazing Starcrossed series by Josephine Angelini. I’ve read Starcrossed and Dreamless in the past years, and have completely loved the series. So, of course, when a chance to review Goddess arrived, I jumped!
Goddess picks up right where Dreamless leaves off. Helen and crew have finally escaped the evilness that is Ares. But the danger doesn’t end there. The gods are angry, and are turning people against each other. A tyrant is lurking among the group who has the ability to completely destroy everything. It’s up to Helen and her fabulous friends to save the world from a war that is imminent.
The characters in this series are so wonderfully written and thought out. Each of them holds a special place in my heart, Helen being one of the main ones. I loved watching her grow as a person; discovering more about herself and her abilities. She is a very strong and determined heroine, and will do whatever it takes to keep those that she loves safe. Lucas is another character that I have loved since the beginning of the series. He cares for Helen so much. The rest of the secondary characters in the novel are wonderful as well; I could totally go on and on about each of them. There are a few that you will love to hate, but again, they are all so well written. I’m definitely going to miss all my favorite characters.
The storyline and world-building for this book was, as always, absolutely fascinating. I just can’t read enough about the Greek gods and goddesses. The storyline for the book is action packed and completely engrossing. I was flying through the pages trying to see exactly what was going to happen next. A lot of the loose ends that we were left with in the previous books were tied up in Goddess. Some things came to a shocking ending at that. But overall, everything was wrapped up nicely.
I must say, I really hate to see this series come to an end. It has been one of my most favorite series to read since I started blogging, and I have really enjoyed the adventure that Ms. Angelini has taken me on. If you haven’t read the Goddess series, I definitely recommend that you check it out as soon as possible. It is definitely worth the read! (less)
Clockwork Princess is the third and final novel in the much loved ‘The Infernal Devices’ series. I was so excited to fina...more As posted on TheReaderBee.com
Clockwork Princess is the third and final novel in the much loved ‘The Infernal Devices’ series. I was so excited to finally get my hands on this book. I wanted to read it as slowly as I could, so that I could savor the moment. Of course, I ended up flying through the pages as quickly as I could, because it was just that good.
As in the previous books, I adore these characters. Tessa is a headstrong, stubborn heroine that can always be counted on to try and save the day. Yes, she is a bit of a martyr, but that’s ok! It just shows exactly how much she cares for everyone. Jem is such a sweet and caring soul, and he nearly broke my heart to pieces in this book. But it is Will, dear sweet Will, who will always be my favorite. For reasons that are SO obvious in this book. I love the secondary characters as well; Charlotte and Henry, Sophie, Cecily, and the Lightwood brothers. Magnus, as always, is wonderful and mysterious. Even Bridget, who I never could quite figure out, has turned into an all-time favorite of mine!
I thought the book was very well paced; there was never really a dull moment. There are quite a few shocking moments in the book; one in particular that left me gasping in shock. The ending of the book is one that will make everyone happy, no matter what side of the fence you are on. While I hate to see the series end, I thought it was wrapped up rather nicely. I’m looking forward to ‘seeing’ a few of my favorite characters again in City of Heavenly Fire.
One thing that I found rather charming about this book is some of the wording throughout the novel. It reminds me of lines that are in the movie version of Pride and Prejudice. If I hadn’t have just watched the movie recently, I totally wouldn’t have noticed. But because of this, I kept picturing Mr. Darcy in some parts! (Yes, it’s weird of me to notice this!)
Overall, I love this series. I really, really do. It is one of the first series that made me fall in love with reading again. It will always have a special place in my heart, and on my bookshelf. If you haven’t read this series and The Mortal Instrument series as well, you definitely should check them out!
America Singer is one of thirty-five girls competing for a chance to win Prince Maxon’s heart in The Selection. Unlike th...more As posted on TheReaderBee.com
America Singer is one of thirty-five girls competing for a chance to win Prince Maxon’s heart in The Selection. Unlike the other girls in the competition, America could care less about winning. All she wants is to marry her secret love, Aspen. But things get complicated for America after she meets and gets to know Prince Maxon. Can her future be different than what she had planned?
America was definitely an interesting character. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if she and I were going to get along well at first. However, she did grow on me throughout the book, thankfully. I really loved the she stood up for what she believed in, and wanted all people to be treated equally. That is a very admirable quality in a main character, and definitely earns her points in my book.
The love triangle in the book is between America’s secret love; Aspen, and Prince Maxon. It really wasn’t much of a triangle for me, as I picked sides fairly early on in the book. Prince Maxon is a true prince; he’s sweet and caring, and definitely a gentleman. The romance between him and America was very charming. Aspen, on the other hand, came across as a bit shady to me. I somewhat felt that he had ulterior motives, but I can’t quite figure out why I feel that way about him. I’m definitely curious to meet him again in the next book.
The storyline was definitely interesting, and the book was extremely well paced. Towards the middle of the book is where I officially became hooked and flew through the pages. The plot somewhat reminded me of The Bachelor, (I’ve only seen a few episodes, however.) I had seen the book was compared to The Hunger Games, so I was expecting something completely different than what I got. Instead of fighting to the death, it was more cat fights and drama. I still found it to be an enjoyable read.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a fun read that swept me away from reality for a few hours. I’m even more excited to see the TV show now that I have read the book. And I can’t wait to read more in this awesome trilogy!
The Calling, book #2 in the Darkness Rising trilogy by Kelley Armstrong, is a thrilling mixture of action and suspense....moreAlso Posted on TheReaderBee.com
The Calling, book #2 in the Darkness Rising trilogy by Kelley Armstrong, is a thrilling mixture of action and suspense. This series, as well as the Darkest Powers series, are amazing books. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you totally should!
The book picks up right after the ending of the previous book. Without going into much details and spoiling the book, let’s just say that Maya and crew are on the run, trying to keep from being capture by the evil group that is tracking them. After the helicopter they were evacuating on crashes on the shores of a small island, it’s up to the teens to survive, and to escape the group that is chasing them, no matter what.
Maya is a great character. She can definitely kick butt when she needs to, and can take care of herself and others if needed. She definitely grows dramatically in this book, and it was enjoyable to see she was capable of. She cares deeply for her friends and family, especially Daniel. I love the friendship between them. I do feel that he cares for her a bit differently than she cares for him, and I am thinking we might get to explore this more in the next book. Rafe, the love interest in the story, is interesting in his own way as well, and I really love them together. I found all of Maya’s friends to be likeable, especially Corey. He was quite a funny guy.
The main theme in the book is basically the continuance from the previous book. The book definitely starts of strong, and keeps going up until the end. I had more than a few “OMG” moments while reading this book, Mrs. Armstrong definitely kept me on my toes. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, and will definitely keep you wondering what is going to happen in the final installment of the series.
Overall, I must reiterate; I adore Kelley Armstrong. She is such a talented writer, and never fails to draw me into her stories. The Calling is no exception, it’s a great read. I really can’t wait to get my hands on the next book as well, especially if we are going to get to see Chloe, Derek and all the crew from the previous series! (less)
I was so excited to find a copy of Until I Die in my mailbox. I read, and enjoyed Die for Me last year, and I was super e...more As posted on TheReaderBee.com
I was so excited to find a copy of Until I Die in my mailbox. I read, and enjoyed Die for Me last year, and I was super excited to continue on with the story.
Kate and Vincent have been through so much in their short time together. All that they really want is time; time to spend together and have a normal relationship. But time is not on their side, and Vincent’s immortality is on the line, thanks to a new adversary that is determined to keep them apart.
Most of the characters from the previous book are back again in Until I Die. Kate, Vincent and crew are still as likeable as ever. Kate is as strong and determined as always. Vincent is a character that I don’t think I will ever grow tired of, even when he’s being super mysterious and secretive. Jules and Ambrose were definitely highlights in the book for me, I love those two! We also get to meet a few new characters, and even some new Revenants. Kate’s sister, Georgia, also plays a pretty bit part in this book, and I enjoyed having her along for the ride.
I love the setting for the book. Paris sounds like an amazing place to visit, and for just a little while, that is exactly what we get to do in this book. The descriptions were wonderful. The book does have its share of action and suspense, but we also get a bit of back history on the Revenants, which I found to be very interesting. As for the ending of the book, it ends with a MAJOR cliffhanger! It was an ending that I definitely wasn’t expecting, and I am longing to see what is going to happen next with Kate, Vincent and crew.
Overall, I thought this was a very interesting addition to the Revenants series. I loved getting to meet the characters again and learning more about them as well. Bring on the next book! (less)
Endure is the highly anticipated conclusion to the Need series by Carrie Jones.
**Spoilers from the previous books are possible!
Zara, who is now a pixi...moreEndure is the highly anticipated conclusion to the Need series by Carrie Jones.
**Spoilers from the previous books are possible!
Zara, who is now a pixie queen to Astley and his pixie followers, goes to Valhalla and manages to save Nick, her boyfriend. Instead of things getting back to normal for the small town, they are steadily getting worse. People are disappearing left and right, and people are clueless as of what to do to stop it from happening. It’s up to Zara and her small crew to save the town, and the world, from an impending apocalypse that threatens everything she holds dear.
Poor Zara just can’t seem to catch a break. Evil pixies are killing people in her town, her love life is a state of confusion, and her grandmother is nowhere to be found. This is enough to make a normal person crazy. But Zara is far from being the timid girl we met in Need, the first book in this series. She has grown into an amazingly strong young lady who can kick butt and save the world, all before breakfast.
The romantic aspect in the book definitely took a different turn than in the rest of the series. Nick just isn’t the same after Zara saved him from Valhalla. He is having a hard time with Zara being a pixie, and it affects their relationship greatly. Astley, on the other hand, I have become fonder of the more I read about him. I was pleasantly surprised with the choice that Zara made between these two young men.
A lot of the secondary characters we have already met from the previous books, but we get to meet a few new ones in Endure as well. I have to say that Hel, a giant being in Norse mythology, who oversees a realm of the deal, also called Hel, was quite an interesting character. She is so interesting, in fact, that I feel the need to research more about her.
The plot in the story blends well with the rest of the books in the series. It was also well paced, which made for a quick, interesting read. The ending of the book was wrapped up very nicely, and I was definitely satisfied with the way the series ended.
Overall, I thought this was a really good conclusion to the Need series. I’m sad to see the series end, as I will totally miss some of my favorite characters. (Astley!) If you haven’t checked out this series yet, I definitely recommend it!
Spell Bound is an absolutely, positively, amazing conclusion to the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins. If you haven’t read this series yet, you defini...moreSpell Bound is an absolutely, positively, amazing conclusion to the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins. If you haven’t read this series yet, you definitely must!
*This review may contain spoilers from the previous books in this series.*
Spell Bound picks up right where Demonglass leaves off. Sophie’s powers have been stripped away by the Council, and she doesn’t know the fate of her father, Archer, Cal or Jenna after the tragic events that happened at Thorne Hall. After being sent to find the Brannicks, a group of prodigium hunting women, Sophie discovers that a massive war is on the horizon. And it’s up to Sophie to stop it.
Sophie Mercer is definitely one of my most favorite characters. She reminds me of myself, in the way that when she gets nervous, she tends to be snarky and sarcastic. I am totally the same way. I love watching her grow over the series; she has definitely become an amazingly strong character. I just adore her, especially her sarcasm.
I love Sophie’s relationships with all the special people in her life; Archer, Jenna, Cal, her parents. With Archer, I have always liked him, but was suspicious as well. That definitely changed this time around. Jenna is the most perfect friend, ever. Then there’s Cal, who became part of a love triangle early in the series. I definitely have a huge soft spot in my heart for him. We also get to see quite a bit of Elodie this time around, and I definitely like her more now than I did when we first met her in Hex Hall!
The book is highly addictive. The plot, all the action and suspense, the characters, it will all leave you flying through the pages. The ending of the book was shocking, and at one point had me in tears. The storyline was wrapped up nicely though, and I was left with only a few questions that didn’t get answered. I wonder if we were left hanging on purpose, as it were…
I want to also mention, that this book has so many hilarious moments in it. I laughed so many times, my kids kept asking what was so funny. I loved it!
Overall, I LOVE THIS SERIES! It’s so good. If you haven’t read it yet, I definitely recommend that you do. Spell Bound is a wonderful conclusion to an amazing series.
Spellcaster is the much anticipated sequel to Spellbound, by Cara Lynn Shultz. I’ve been waiting on this sequel to be released for quite some now, and...moreSpellcaster is the much anticipated sequel to Spellbound, by Cara Lynn Shultz. I’ve been waiting on this sequel to be released for quite some now, and I’m thrilled to be able to read it! After Emma and Brenden broke the curse to their eternal love in the previous book, you would think that like would be getting back to normal for them in this sequel. That’s not exactly the case, however. Something dark and sinister is lying in wait, determined to destroy the loving couple. It’s up to Emma, and her newfound power, to keep them both safe.
I really enjoy the main characters in this book. Emma is well on her way to becoming a really awesome witch. I love watching her become more sure of herself, and much more determined as well. Brenden is such a loving boyfriend, I love that he’s willing to do anything to keep Emma safe. Their relationship is such a sweet one. As in the previous book, I really adore Emma’s best friend, Angelique. She’s quite the little witch herself, and I would love reading the parts of the book where she was included.
Spellcaster was very well paced, and included lots of action and suspense. The ‘bad guy’ in the book was definitely an evil character; I kept waiting to see what would happen next. There was also a LOT of hilarious parts in the book. More than once I found myself laughing at a line I had just read. I love a book that can make me laugh.
Overall, this was a great sequel to Spellbound. The kick-butt characters, funny moments, engrossing plot all come together to make a very intense read! I loved it, and can’t wait to read more from this Mrs. Shultz!
Article 5 had been sitting on my shelf for a couple of weeks now. After discussing it with a fellow blogger, I decided to move it up on my to-read lis...moreArticle 5 had been sitting on my shelf for a couple of weeks now. After discussing it with a fellow blogger, I decided to move it up on my to-read list. I am SO glad that I did!
Imagine a world where you lived by a code of morals instead of the rights we have now. There is only one religion. Immoral literature and media has been banned. Families must consist of one man, one woman, and child(ren). A child can only be a valid citizen if he/she has been conceived by a married couple. This is the frightening world in which Ember Miller lives in Article 5.
I must start off by staying, that whenever I read a dystopian novel, I always find it shocking that stuff happening in the book could totally happen in real life. I absolutely cannot imagine living in a world where we don’t have freedom and rights. That definitely makes it easy to sympathize with the main characters in the story.
I was a little worried about the main character, Ember, in the beginning of the book. At first, she gave the impression of being very docile. However, she does grow more determined through the book. I was very glad to see what. All the poor girl wants is to save herself and her mother. Chase, who Ember has known since her childhood, does whatever he has to do to help Ember with her search. I love Chase. He’s dark and mysterious, and you just want to know what his story is. He definitely earned a spot on my favorite hero list.
The plot for the story is definitely interesting. I’ve read a lot of dystopian’s lately, and I was a little bit worried that this wouldn’t hold my attention. It certainly did, I shouldn’t have worried at all. The book was well paced as well; I was flying through the paces just to see what was going to happen next!
Overall, this was a really great read. I can’t believe I waited so long to get started on it. I can’t wait check out the next book in the series, so I can see what’s going to happen next with Ember, Chase and the crew.
Allegiance is the long anticipated sequel to Cayla Kluvers’ novel, Legacy. I read Legacy last year, and loved the plot and wonderful writing style. I...moreAllegiance is the long anticipated sequel to Cayla Kluvers’ novel, Legacy. I read Legacy last year, and loved the plot and wonderful writing style. I was extremely excited to get my hands on Allegiance. I have to say, Allegiance was even better than the first book!
The book pretty much picks up where Legacy leaves off. Alera is now the Queen of Hytanica, being married to Steldor. Poor Alera. She was forced into a situation where she didn’t really know how to react. Being a wife, a queen; it was an experience that she was not prepared for. I love that for the most part, she was pretty strong and determined; although she did have some moments when I was yelling at her to stick up for herself!
Narnia is in the hands of the Cokyrians, and is being forced to do their bidding. We don’t really get to see a whole lot of Narnian this time around, and his absence was definitely noticeable. The parts that he is in the book are enjoyable, for the most part. You definitely have to feel bad for him, as he’s being forced to do things he really doesn’t want to do. I love that no matter what; he is always true to Alera.
The one character that really great on me in the book was Steldor. I didn’t really care for him in Legacy, but in Allegiance, we get to see a completely different side of him. I will always be Team Narnian, but I also now definitely have a soft spot for Steldor. My favorite character in both books would definitely have to be London. I just love that fierce protector. He definitely made the book even more awesome for me.
The writing in this book was just as wonderful as it was in Legacy. Kluver definitely has a wonderful way of describing situations and settings. I was hooked on this book, it grabbed my attention and didn’t let go up until the end. There was no cliffhanger ending in this book, and I really liked that. I am also looking forward to the next book. I’m curious to see where Kluver will take us next!
Overall, if you enjoyed Legacy, you will definitely enjoy Allegiance. Kluver will take you for a ride you won’t soon forget with this novel.
I decided to read Born Wicked at the insistence of a fellow blogger. I am SO glad I let her talk me into reading the book. I love novels about witches...moreI decided to read Born Wicked at the insistence of a fellow blogger. I am SO glad I let her talk me into reading the book. I love novels about witches, and this one was just fantastic.
The story centers around a young girl named Cate, and her two sisters, who are witches. Witches are absolutely forbidden by the Brotherhood. When caught, most are either put to death, sentenced to a prison ship, or put into an institution. Because of this, Cate must keep herself and her sister’s safe at all cost, and from everyone.
Poor Cate; she had so many responsibilities and at such a young age. I definitely sympathized with the choices that she was forced to make, and with such heavy burdens heaped on her shoulders. But I found her to be a very strong character, and I really enjoyed reading about her. I found the sisters, Maura and Tess to be quite likeable as well, although Maura not quite as much as Tess. Tess was awesome!
Cate has two love interests in the story; Paul and Finn. I adore the relationship between Finn and Cate. Finn was such a very interesting character; I thought that he and Cate made such a great pair. I loved that he was willing to do whatever he had to do to keep Cate safe. I love Finn! Paul on the other hand, seemed a bit sneaky to me. I know he had to be up to something, but I couldn’t put my finger on what.
The Brotherhood sounds like an absolutely horrible association. Just reading about them gave me the creeps, and I held my breath hoping that they wouldn’t catch on to the girl’s secrets. The Sisterhood, which is an affiliation with the Brotherhood, didn’t sound much better either.
The storyline for the book was highly addictive, and the pacing was absolutely perfect. My attention was held throughout the book, and I finished most of it in a few hours time. I absolutely loved the historical setting for the story. The world building was wonderful, I could clearly imagine myself having tea parties and hanging out in Cate’s special garden.
Overall, this book is definitely worth the read. I am SO glad that my awesome blogger friend, Kathy, insisted that I read the book as soon as possible. I am officially hooked on this series, and cannot wait to get my hands on the next book.
Last year, I had the pleasure of reading Clarity by Kim Harrington. I was beyond thrilled to be able to obtain an early copy of Perception to review f...moreLast year, I had the pleasure of reading Clarity by Kim Harrington. I was beyond thrilled to be able to obtain an early copy of Perception to review for the blog. I love this series!
Perception starts off a few weeks after where Clarity ends. Clare and the crew just started a new year in high school. With all that had happened over the summer, Clare now finds herself in the throes of popularity, much to her dismay. But things are far from normal. A new girl at East Port High has gone missing. Clare is caught in the middle of a love triangle. Then she also discovers she has a secret admirer that might be more harm than good. There’s never a dull moment for Clare in East Port, Massachusetts!
Clare is such a great character. I love that she looks at her ‘ability’ as a gift, and wants to use it to help others. She’s also a very kind character, thinking of others before herself. The love for her family is really touching as well, especially for her big brother. I really love this in main character.
The love triangle in the story is between Justin, Clarity’s ex, and Gabriel, the new boy in town. This wasn’t a hard pick for me, I really loved Gabriel. I love the relationship between Gabriel and Clare in this book. It’s growing at just the right pacing, and leaves me wanting more. However, we also get to see a different side to Justin, and it’s hard not to root for him as well.
The writing and pacing for this book is definitely the type that will leave you turning the pages. I was completely hooked on the story, and read almost all of this in a day. I was left with a few questions, but I am hoping that they will be answered in the next book.
Overall, I love this series! Perception was just as good as Clarity, if not better! From the characters to the storyline, it all blends wonderfully into an addictive read that I really enjoyed.
Fallen in Love is the perfect addition to the Fallen series, and it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day! The novel consists of four short stories; all...moreFallen in Love is the perfect addition to the Fallen series, and it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day! The novel consists of four short stories; all love stories featuring a few of our favorite characters from the series.
Love Where You Least Expect It: The Valentine of Shelby and Miles is the first short story in the novel. Shelby and Miles story was sweet and simple. I never really thought of them together when reading the previous books, but after reading this, I can definitely see them together. I really enjoyed getting to know both Shelby and Miles more in this short story, and I’m really hoping that we will get to see more of them in the next novel. They are such great characters.
Love Lessons: The Valentine of Roland is the second story in the novel. Roland’s story was just heartbreaking. This is totally not the story I was expecting for Roland; he’s always been a character that I enjoyed, and I was hoping for a happy story for him as well. But we all know that love does not always equal happiness.
Burning Love: The Valentine of Arriane is the third story in the novel. Arriane is another character that I have always really liked. In her story, we get to see a completely different type of relationship than what I expected. Very emotional and intense, this story is definitely one of forbidden love.
Endless Love: The Valentine of Daniel and Lucinda is the fourth and final story in the novel. I found this to be really sweet as well, although I do wish that Daniel and Lucinda had been together a little more through the story. However, the anticipation building up to where they finally meet was well worth it. Daniel and Lucinda’s relationships are always sweet to read about.
With the four short stories, and the quick pacing, this makes for a very fast read. I love getting the history for the characters that we still didn’t have a history for. It was really interesting getting to see the past for Arriane and Roland.
Overall, I thought this book was a good addition to the Fallen series. The stories were interesting, and I love the gorgeous cover for the book as well. It looks lovely displayed on my bookshelf!
I always enjoy reading the books in the Fallen series. Passion is no different. It was a really engrossing read with characters that I’ve loved since...moreI always enjoy reading the books in the Fallen series. Passion is no different. It was a really engrossing read with characters that I’ve loved since the beginning.
In this book, Luce goes searching in her past lives to find a way to help her present life, to find a way that she and Daniel can be together forever. In each past life that she visits, she observes the romances between herself and Daniel, and she sees just how deeply his love for her goes. As Daniel and the other fallen angel’s chase her through time, it’s up to Luce to find a way for their love to last.
I have to say, Luce drove me a little crazy in this book. How much proof did she need that Daniel loved her? The further back in history Luce went, the more she could see how strong Daniel’s love for her was. She never should have doubted him that. (However, we wouldn’t have had this book if that was the case.) Daniel, in all his lives, was so wonderfully charming and romantic. I could definitely feel his frustration as he chased Luce through time.
I really enjoyed the back-history in this story. Not only getting to see Luce and Daniel’s previous lives, but we also get a little history on some of the other fallen angel’s as well; Roland, Cam, Gabbe, etc. It was really great to see parts of their history as well.
Overall, I really enjoyed all of the characters and the history that was included in this novel. I love this series, and can’t wait to get my hands on the next book; Rapture!
The Lost Saint is the thrilling sequel to The Dark Divine, which I read and enjoyed last year. I was really excited to finally read this, and the book...moreThe Lost Saint is the thrilling sequel to The Dark Divine, which I read and enjoyed last year. I was really excited to finally read this, and the book did not disappoint.
Most of the characters we met in the previous book; Grace, Daniel, Jude, etc. I liked Grace just as much as I did in the previous book, although she did make some rash decisions in the book. It wasn’t really her fault though; it was the wolf inside her that was taking over. I found myself sympathizing with her as she struggled to cope with the burdens that were placed upon her by her family, friends and Daniel.
The relationship between Grace and Daniel was extremely strained throughout the book. I am not a fan of boys that suddenly have issues and decide their girlfriends are completely incapable of helping them. This is pretty much what happened between Daniel and Grace, which lead to the strained relationship. We do find out what his deal was towards the end of the book, which made me somewhat forgive him, but I still wanted to strangle him through most of the book.
We are also introduced to a few new characters in this book as well; one being Talbot, who is new in town and takes Grace under his wing to train her after Daniel decides not to train her anymore. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from Talbot, and he was definitely full of surprises up to the end of the book.
I really enjoyed the storyline of the book; the idea of the curse and werewolves definitely kept me interested. Although a bit slow in some parts, there was a lot of action in other parts. There was also a lot of religious talk in this book, which may bother some people, but it didn’t bother me. The ending was a huge shock, and I can’t wait to see how the next book plays out.
Overall, I thought this was a really great sequel to The Dark Divine. While I wanted to strangle the characters a few times, the storyline kept me hooked. I’m dying to get my hands on the next book in the series; The Savage Grace!
Last year, I read and adored The Goddess Test. I was super giddy to get my hands on an early copy of Goddess Interrupted!
If you have not read The Godd...moreLast year, I read and adored The Goddess Test. I was super giddy to get my hands on an early copy of Goddess Interrupted!
If you have not read The Goddess Test yet, I suggest you do so before reading this review. However, I will try to keep it as spoiler-free as possible.
Goddess Interrupted picks up six months after The Goddess Test left off. Kate is heading home from her six month say in Greece with her best friend, James. She’s expecting a warm welcome from her new husband Henry upon her return, and unfortunately, it doesn’t happen. Instead she finds herself in the middle of a war between the gods and goddesses, and the King of the Titans.
Kate, who was such a strong character in the first book, was a bit insecure about herself after her trip back from Greece. Even the reassurance from her mom and fellow gods and goddesses doesn’t seem to help her with this insecurity. She was just very unsure about the whole underworld situation, and that’s totally to be expected for what’s she was going through. I do feel that in the beginning she was ready to give up too quickly, but I am glad that in the end she is strong for her family and friends.
I love Henry. I have loved him since I met him in the first book. There is something about him that is super mysterious and intense, and I love that in a male lead character. I would definitely go as far as to say he’s one of my most favorite male characters in YA. Although I spent a huge chunk of the book wanting to smack some sense into his handsome little head, I still love him. His relationship with Kate, when they are both working at it, is super sweet and romantic, and I absolutely adore their moments together.
The secondary characters in the book are still as interesting as always. I love Kate’s mom, Diana. Ava and James were great friends for Kate. The introduction of Persephone, who is Kate’s sister, and Henry’s ex, is a little intense. I can honestly say she wasn’t at all what I was expecting.
The ending of the book is definitely a cliffhanger, and I was literally yelling at the book because of what happened. Just thinking of it again is getting me worked up! I need the next book, NOW!
When I read a book, I want to be able to let go and get totally lost in the story. That’s exactly what happened with this book. The storyline and pacing kept me hook, and I was lost in the world that Carter created. The only thing that kind disappointed me about this book was that I finished it so quickly!
Overall, if you enjoyed The Goddess Test, you’re definitely going to love Goddess Interrupted! I adore this series, and cannot wait to get my hands on Goddess Inherited!