Before reading this book I read a few reviews, all were indicating that this book was a modern retelling of the classic fairytale little red riding hoBefore reading this book I read a few reviews, all were indicating that this book was a modern retelling of the classic fairytale little red riding hood which sounded really interesting to me however this book really blew my mind I never expected it to go in the direction it did.
Sisters Red is told in two alternating points of views between Scarlett and Rosie March, two sisters whose love of each other is so strong. The start of the book begins seven years ago when Scarlett was attacked by a Fenris (basically a werewolf) while trying to save her sister, Rosie, leaving her with a missing eye and scars all over her body. From this moment both Scarlett and Rosie’s lives will never be the same, their eyes have been opened to a sinister new world. Seven years later we find that both sisters have dedicated their lives to saving other girls and women from a similar fate to Scarlett by actively hunting the Fenris, however in order to lure the Fenris the girls must act as bait wearing a red cape (apparently red attracts the Fenris) and strong perfume. Soon we are introduced to Silas who was once Scarlett’s hunting partner but left for a year to stay with his uncle in San Francisco. Scarlett saw this as Silas abandoning her and the hunt, she couldn’t understand how he could have a life that did not include hunting Fenris. Now Silas is back and rejoins the girls in their hunt. What follows is a thrilling and suspenseful story that kept me glued to the pages, I don’t want to give too much away but the final fight scene was intense, wow Jackson Pearce’s writing is amazing!
Both Scarlett and Rosie were such captivating characters with so much strength, I loved them both. Whilst the sisters fought together with the same goal, to kill the Fenris, they did it for two completely different reasons. Scarlett actually enjoyed hunting the Fenris it was like a life blood for her, when she wasn’t hunting she was restless and unhappy. Scarlett believed that because they knew of the Fenis’ existence they had a responsibility to hunt the Fenris, once you find out something exists you cannot simply ignore it. Whereas for Rosie hunting the Fenris was not all consuming, she still wanted to do other things, she waned to have a life apart from hunting, however she felt that she had a responsibility to fight because Scarlett saved her and when the two sisters fought together it brought them closer, their hearts becoming one. Towards the start of the novel I found myself not understanding Scarlett’s black and white view on fighting the Fenris, and felt sorry for Rosie because she was so torn between duty to her sister and living the life she really wanted to live, however I soon felt myself softening towards Scarlett because of what she has gone through. Whilst she is strong she has insecurities just like everyone, she is not made to steel. Of particular concern is Rosie leaving her because apart from hunting Rosie is all she has.
For all you romance lovers there was also a developing romance between Silas and Rosie. This was not a sudden romance it took time for the relationship to develop especially because Rosie was so torn between what Scarlett would think and what she wants. But Silas was patient, I’m sure he didn’t want to hurt Scarlett either. Silas was a great character who loved both sisters. He may have hunted with Scarlett but he was not as obsessed with the hunt as Scarlett was. I especially loved how Silas took the time with Rosie to show her that hunting is not everything and gave her the little push she needed in order to do something for herself.
I definitely recommend this book, it was full of suspense, intrigue and a bit of romance. The relationship between the sisters was so powerful and beautiful. I also enjoyed reading the characters develop especially Rosie who realized she could have a life other than hunting and Scarlett who also realized that she needed to let her sister go her own way.
I will definitely be reading the next book in the series, Sweetly, which is due to release next year. Fantastic book, well done Jackson Pearce. ...more
** Warning if you haven’t read My Love Lies Bleeding (or Hearts at Stake depending on where you live) I don’t recommend reading this review as there a** Warning if you haven’t read My Love Lies Bleeding (or Hearts at Stake depending on where you live) I don’t recommend reading this review as there are some spoilery details from the first book that are discussed in this review. You have been warned.**
I’d been waiting over a week for this book to arrive in my mailbox (bookdepository you were very slow) and then suddenly it appeared (queue trumpets), I squealed a bit when I took it out of the letterbox. Unfortunately I had to work :( so I started it on the train which was a bad idea because I had to stop reading once I reached work and wait a whole 6 hours until I finished, by the time work was over it was like I needed a really bad sugar fix I was that jumpy to finish work and read (yes that’s how much I wanted to read this book!). With my little rant over I shall get to my review of the book which whilst not being as good as My Love Lies Bleeding was still a page turner for me.
Blood Feud beings soon after the events that took place in My Love Lies Bleeding. Helena Drake is Queen after having killed Lady Natasha however we soon find out that many are not happy about this change when an assassination attempt on the Queens life is foiled. In order to try and stabilise the vampire community Liam Drake is trying to bring the Hounds (a tribe of reclusive vampires) and Helios-Ra (vampire hunting society) to the bargaining table in order to agree on a treaty with the main goal of stopping Montmartre and the Hel-Blar.
Just like My Love Lies Bleeding, Blood Feud is told in altering points of view between two characters except this time instead of Lucy and Solange we have Logan (another one of the Drake brothers) and Isabeau St.Croix (a vampire who has suffered a great deal including being buried alive for over 200 years). Logan first meets Isabeau when he is asked to escort her to meet his mother and father, as Isabeau is part of the Hound delegation. Logan takes an immediate fancy to Isabeau telling her “I feel like I know you” basically a couple of hours after meeting her, I mean give it a day or two, sheesh. Isabeau also likes Logan however she’s more torn I suspect because of all she has gone through.
I really liked how Alyxandra included flashbacks on Isabeau’s previous life before she was turned, I learnt some things about the French Revolution, yay! Isabeau was a strong character who was no wall flower, she’s not one to sit back and let someone else do work for her she was always in the thick of it. She was hell bent on revenge against Greyhaven, the vampire who turned her and left her buried alive for over 200 years, that’s a lot of time to come up with novel ways to punish someone. Logan was very caring and protective of Isabeau which was very sweet, he also can kick some evil vampire butt when he has to though.
We learn a lot more about the Hounds in this book, particularly about their beliefs which I found interesting. Apparently the next book in the series will be focusing on Helios-Ra, particularly Hunter Wild who we meet in this book.
Crazy evil Montmartre still wants to marry Solange and is still leaving gifts for her (I mean can you say creepy), and those fine Drake brothers are all here as well as Kieran and Lucy, who was my favourite character from the first book, she cracks me up I love her. Fear not all you Lucy fans she is in this book as well (although not as much as I would have liked) and just as witty as ever. I found myself wanting more time with Lucy and Nicholas in this book whenever they appeared. But alas we cannot always get what we want. However, according to Alyxandra’s website half of books 4 and 5 in the series are told in Lucy’s point of view, so yippee!
Also, I wasn’t expecting the ending in this book at all. I have no idea what’s going to happen next. Oohh, there is also a nifty family tree included in the book which I found really helpful, it can get confusing trying to remember who is who sometimes.
Blood Feud is a quick enjoyable read with action, romance and intrigue. I can’t wait to see what Alyxandra has install for us next in Out For Blood....more
Kiss of death starts off with Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael finding out they were all granted passes to leave Morganville so Michael can record someKiss of death starts off with Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael finding out they were all granted passes to leave Morganville so Michael can record some songs in Dallas but their delight in leaving Morganville is only short lived once they find out who their chaperone is, Oliver. A simple trip to Dallas quickly turns into a nightmare when their drive to Dallas doesn’t go exactly to plan when Oliver decides to take a detour without Claire, Shane, Eve and Michaels knowledge. Soon after the detour the group has to survive a few obstacles such as being arrested, having a car trashed, being kidnapped, encountering a town of crazy vampires and dealing with vampire hating humans.
Rachel Caine has done it again, I could not put this book down I burned through it, this series keeps getting better and better. Throughout the series Claire has developed into an extremely strong and brave character and kiss of death only adds to this. I particularly enjoyed the part where she decided not to take anymore of Monica’s demands and sets her up with the help of an unwitting Oliver, pure genius. The relationship between Claire and Shane also develops more with Shane giving Claire his sisters’ ring which is a really big step for Shane who has had issues dealing with his emotions throughout the books. At the start of the book we see that Eve is second guessing her relationship with Michael because she is scared she’s losing him, however Eves fears about her relationship takes a back-seat when the action starts. Kiss of death is another great addition to the Morganville series, I cannot wait until Ghost Town comes out in October! ...more
**spoiler alert** Okay so confession, ever since I found out there was going to be a sequel to Leaving Paradise I had high hopes and expectations (per**spoiler alert** Okay so confession, ever since I found out there was going to be a sequel to Leaving Paradise I had high hopes and expectations (perhaps a little too high?) for the sequel unfortunately however those expectations were not met, I was underwhelmed even though Return to Paradise has everything you’ve come to expect from a Simone Elkeles novel including a gorgeous yet tormented boy, a insecure girl and a very satisfying ending (if you like everything tied up nicely) that is just as sweet and sugary as I’ve come to expect from Ms Elkeles’ novels.
It’s been eight months after Caleb just up and left Paradise, leaving Maggie behind after their brief and tumultuous relationship, Caleb hasn’t even contacted Maggie in that time, however circumstances soon conspire to place these two together again with explosive consequences.
Leaving Paradise begins with a police raid on the “house” (and I use that term very lightly, it was really a drug manufacturing house) Caleb is living in and once again Caleb is caught on the wrong side of the law. However, Caleb is given a reprieve from being sent straight back to jail if he joins the Re-START program where teens whose lives have been impacted by reckless driving travel around for a month sharing their stories with other teens. Sounds simple enough for Caleb but wait for it, I think you’ll guess it, he didn’t bank on the fact that Maggie would also be in the same program *da,da,da*. It is evident from their first meeting Maggie is still mad (and rightfully so) at Caleb and just wants to try and ignore him whilst Caleb just wants to get the whole program over and done with but being Maggie and Caleb these two can’t stay away from each other. How will Maggie and Caleb cope with being together for a whole month, will they finally get their happily ever after ending, well you’ll just have to read the book to find out!
First off I have to say I really wanted to love this as much as Leaving Paradise, I really did, but alas I just couldn’t there were just too many coincidences (I mean being placed together in the Re-START program, hmmm I’m not sure about that which was a problem because basically the whole story is based around this) not to mention Caleb who transformed from this gorgeous swoonworthy male in Leaving Paradise to this really angry character, okay you know what I’m just going to say it he was a bit pricky, oh Simone Elkeles why did you have to do that? Most of the interactions he had with Maggie and the other teens on the Re-START program were just mean and antagonistic which for me wasn’t Caleb at all.
Whilst Caleb seemed to have regressed I’m happy to say that in Return to Paradise Maggie was a much more confident character but she still was pretty cheesed that Caleb just upped and left her without even telling her it wasn’t him that hit her that night but his sister Leah. Maggie seemed to have accepted her situation a lot better compared to what she was like in Leaving Paradise, her friendship with Leah was also slowly starting to repair, it seemed that Maggie was finally able to forgive which is an important step in healing. Once Maggie meets Caleb again she is conflicted about her feelings towards him which whilst she knew they were not completely gone, she thought she had accepted his absence from her life, but has she?
Once again the book alternatives between both Caleb and Maggie’s point of view which really worked in the first book and does once again because we as readers can see what’s going on in both Caleb and Maggie’s heads. Occasionally this caused me some frustration when it was plainly obvious they both still cared for each other but they were both being so stubborn about it, argh it’s getting me annoyed again, see what I mean frustrating.
Now I’m the kind of person who likes happy endings that end nicely I guess you could call them cheesy endings, I love the cheese factor, but for some people they want an ending with a bit more substance, now I’m not saying the ending didn’t have any substance but it was very cheesy then again I guess it’s not completely unexpected if you’ve read any of Simone’s other novels (I’m talking about you perfect chemistry/rules of attraction). Basically what I’m trying to say is I liked the ending, it was very sweet and we had a conclusion but I don’t believe everyone will be satisfied with it.
Overall Return to Paradise was just an okay read for me, there seemed to be something missing in Return to Paradise that Leaving Paradise had. However, I did like how everything ended nicely and we did get a conclusion.
Gone picks up shortly after Fade finished, Janie has testified against her teachers for the events that happened during the party and is now known aroGone picks up shortly after Fade finished, Janie has testified against her teachers for the events that happened during the party and is now known around town as a ‘narc’ for her work with the police. She is more conflicted than ever over her ‘curse’, should she stay with Cabel and go blind and loose the use of her hands or should she leave Calbel and isolate herself from the world so she will never get sucked into someone else’s’ dream again. At the start of the novel Janie seems to have made her decision though she is conflicted about it especially the part about leaving Cabel who she loves. She doesn’t want to hurt him because she knows he loves her but he’ll get over her eventually, whereas if she stays with him Cabel will never leave Janie even though it will upset him to see Janie loose her sight and the use of her hands. Either option she chooses Cabel will get hurt, which is the best choice? But all is not what it seems, Janie discovers her father who she never even knew existed, is in the hospital in a coma and won’t be waking up and this situation may be caused by him being a dream catcher just like Janie. What follows is even more revelations for Janie about her ‘curse’ particularly on what her future holds for her. As she learns more either way she looks at it both possibilities (stay, go blind and loose the use of her hands or isolation) are equally bad, which one will she choose, she thought she knew but now?
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this series, when I first picked up Wake it took me a while to get used Lisa McMann’s writing style (simple and fast paced), I have never read a book written like this before. However that said I soon got into it and here I am now at the end of the series. There wasn’t as much suspense and mystery in this book compared to Wake and Fade this book focuses mainly on Janie’s issues which has disappointed many people according to the reviews I have read. I didn’t think it was that bad, but I enjoyed delving into great detail about what Janie was going through and her reflections, some people may not like that.
With a book like this the ending was never going to be wrapped up nicely but I felt Lisa McMann did an excellent job even though there were still unanswered questions. Whilst this wasn’t my favourite book of the series, overall this was a thoroughly enjoyable trilogy. ...more