Recommendation : If you enjoy books like the Percy Jackson series, about a boy coming of age with challenges and danger all around than give4.5 Stars
Recommendation : If you enjoy books like the Percy Jackson series, about a boy coming of age with challenges and danger all around than give this book a try. It really does stand out among the Young Adult Paranormal Genre.
Look at that cover! I love it! Love. It.
I absolutely love books that are not the typical girl or guy on the cover. I love trying to figure out what part of the book resembles the cover, it’s like a game of pictionary but more like covionary. lol Okay I am done with that. You get the idea.
This book hooked me from the beginning. Now you will have to forgive me because while I was reading this I kept flashing to Percy Jackson. If you know the series I am talking about than you know how awesome it was so seriously give this book a try!
Chase Williams has blond hair and blue eyes but the overall feel that Logan Lerman had in the movie is how I picture Chase. That kid that knows he has to do what needs to be done and just does it. He takes no shit from people but he still makes mistakes because he is at that point in life where he is transitioning from teenager to adult.
Now back to what I was saying about the beginning of the book. We get a glimpse of what Chase might be before we get a flashback.
“I knew the scratches would fade, the scabs would heal, and the throbbing ache of having been thrown into a brick wall would be gone. By tomorrow I’d be good as new: one of the few perks to being a hunter.”
Oh yeah this is going to get good. We got a hunter who is going to go out and hunt down evil.
Then we shift into how Chase got to be where he is. Let me tell you it is a sad, sad story. I have to say it, I cried during this book. Just letting you know up front there are some tear-jerker moments.
We flashback to Chase having just completed killing a demon and he is getting ready to find out what gift he has been given that will aid him. Now this part is cool because these gifts are elemental. His father has fire and his mother water. So it is up in the air about what he is going to get.
“But there wasn’t even a spark.”
Well you can imagine that it devastated him. But that wasn’t the worst part of it all. Oh no! His father goes and throws Chase’s mother out because no son of his could ever be without a power, therefore he must not be his son.
Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad things were running through my mind that I want to do to his father! Seriously, that is just F*-ing ridiculous.
So Chase and his mother now have to live outside of the Circle. Honestly, that was the best thing for them, but like most hard choices in life, it takes Chase a while to see that.
Now Chase is living in a crappy apartment with his mother who works herself to the bone. Chase has almost daily attacks by demons who are out to prove they can best Riley Williams son, since he is a legend among the hunters & demons.
One day Chase runs into someone he didn’t expect. A half-blood who actually helped him kill a demon. Man, is he ever confused. The boy can’t help but be attracted to her but with her being half-demon he is also repulsed too.
Meet Rayna :
“Raven hair spilled over her pale shoulders with hints of red highlighting the occasional strand. A tight leather top revealed a sliver of toned stomach and a tease of cleavage. Black pants hugged her hips and long slender legs and met knee-high boots. Her skin glistened in the light, but the most noticeable of her features were her eyes.
Bright green orbs sparkled with an odd glow: demon’s eyes. They had the slit pupils of a cat that I’d never seen on anything other than a house pet or a shifter in animal form.”
But the interesting part is that Chase’s father’s old “dead” partner (yes I know that is a mouthful) happens to be Rayna’s keeper. I know interesting twist right. Marcus Starkraven offers to help Chase out. However, Chase is in overload so he decides to sit on this information till he has a chance to digest it.
Once at home he finds out that his mother has known about Marcus all along and encourages him to take Marcus up on his offer.
“We’re giving you an opportunity to belong to something and not fight alone for what you believe in. Believe me when I say that feels pretty good.”
We all see where this is going, right? Chase goes over to Marcus’ place and he gets to workout and train etc. But while that is taking place Chase and Rayna are trying to track down what the Circle’s big secret is. Something is going down and they want to know what. Rayna gets to take him into territory where demons aren’t that different from hunters or humans. The question remains : Can he change the way he was raised to think in order to fight for what is right?
You will just have to read it to find out. *wink* *wink*
Oh yes, Chase does have to face a challenge or two throughout this book. I don’t want to give it all away. All I can say is that it is really cool and Chase may or may not find out he has a talent after all. Just Saying.
The ending of this book was bittersweet but I think it was a perfect start to a great series. I can honestly say that I am looking forward to reading the next book Shift. So…
If you are looking for a book that:
*is about a boy becoming a man *complete with challenges to fulfill deals *danger from all sides *protecting the innocent & *finding out where one belongs “You and me, always.”
Than you need to read this book because it is definitely for you.
What I loved about this book :
*I loved the challenges that Chase faces in order to find what he is looking for.
*I loved Chase’s mother and thought she was important role model.
*I loved that M.R. Merrick used elemental powers. I honestly haven’t read very many books with this kind of setting. I think the only other one that comes to mind is Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series.
*I thought that the flashbacks were a great way to slowly introduce history that we, the reader, needed to know. I loved that we weren’t hit over the head with fact upon fact. There was always just enough for us to get the idea but never letting on to too much.
*Rayna’s character was hard not to fall in love with. She has that sassy-sweet-do-what-I-say-or-die vibe. I loved it! It is always refreshing to have a heroine who can keep up with the hero and not rely on him to get everything done.
*Riley Williams played the perfect douchebag-of-the-year or life father! Honestly, from the moment he entered the story I just wanted to hate him and did well still do.
*Last, but not least, that ending was pure gold. I can’t believe that M.R. Merrick went there with the first book but Damn, it was tragically awesome.
The reason it did not get 5 Stars:
Obviously it is only .5 away from a 5 star rating so I don’t have much to say in this area. I really only found one thing that didn’t sit well with the rest.
*There were a few spots scattered here and there where the flow seemed to become disrupted. It seemed like Mr. Merrick knew what needed to be said but just seemed to miss it just a little. I can’t explain it very well, other than the flow of the words and emotions seemed to break off for half a page or so and then it jumped right back on track.
“…people fear what they don’t understand.”
“But he’s so cute when he gets all determined and commanding, isn’t he? … It’s not cute, it’s very manly!”
“Take care in your actions, hunter. There will be many who wish you harm. You stand in the way of many wills and they will all try to overcome you. You must remember: you cannot fight fire with fire,”
Before I end I want to thank M.R. Merrick for gifting me a copy of this wonderful book for an honest review....more
Okay so this book was not as good as the first, at least for me it was not. I kept having flashes of the movie Wrong Turn running through my head. BasOkay so this book was not as good as the first, at least for me it was not. I kept having flashes of the movie Wrong Turn running through my head. Basically the helicopter crashes and they wander in the woods trying to avoid the bad guys. But at least we get to see Chloe in the next book. I mean I am pretty sure that is who Rafe referred to at the end about other kids and a failed experiment.
3.5 Stars. I did like this book but I just didn't connect with it like the last book. I know I read it fast but that was mainly due to 1. waiting / ho3.5 Stars. I did like this book but I just didn't connect with it like the last book. I know I read it fast but that was mainly due to 1. waiting / hoping Devlin would make an appearance 2. trying to find some closure or a good spot to stop without having nightmares.
It does seem funny but I am a wimp when it comes to horror and murder mysteries.
This book is all about Amelia and learning her history. See gets commissioned to restore Asher Cemetery but was really hired to restore more than that. Amelia is also left to solve a murder that is closer to home than she can ever image. My one big star reducer goes by the name Thane. This man replaced Devlin in this book. I figure he is going to be important in books down the road but I just didn't connect with him. I spent most of his scenes wondering if Devlin would show up. There were hints at a connection between the two men, Emerson College. But Devlin never showed and the story completed itself, for the met part. I would suggest reading this book to understand Amelia's background but be warned there is no Devlin.
Warning : I have Spoilers in this review. I just could not review its awesomeness without spoiling a few things here and there.
Okay, I know I have sa Warning : I have Spoilers in this review. I just could not review its awesomeness without spoiling a few things here and there.
Okay, I know I have said 'this book is the best so far' starting at book 2 or 3 but I have to say it again. This book is my favorite so far! We all know and love Chessiebomb and Terrible. I mean they are my favorite couple along with Zsadist and Bella from BDB and a few more. My point it that these books are pure awesome, right? Right. Now add...Zombies to this awesomeness and you get Chasing Magic. Yes, I said Zombies! I know I never expected it to happen in this series but Stacia Kane went there and I loved it!
Recommend : Anyone who has read the Downside Ghosts series will adore this book. If you haven't given this series a try well do it. You have nothing to loose and everything to gain by looking at life from the other side of town.
Let's take a walk down Chasing Magic lane :
1. Debunking Gone Awry
Chess decides to go into the home of the family she is debunking for and handing over their sentence. They were found to be faking and therefore will be sent to jail. Now she was told that the Black Squad would be there for back up when she handed this over, but she was pulled in before they arrived. Trying put off the inevitable for her own safety an awkward silence decends. They ask her to take a seat. This is where it all went downhill. Her phone beeps with a text saying that the calvary has arrived and so she delievers the verdict. Guilty with a nice sentence of prison for the parents and foster care for the children. However, they had bought protection from a Witch. Yes, Chess was being forced under his dark spell thanks to that stupid chair.
We all know that Chess is one bad mofo so she forces herself to chant the Banishing words to break the spell. It was working until the witch hit her in the face. Oh no, it was on like Donkey Kong after that. Chess uses moves that Terrible taught her and packing them with her power. He didn't know what hit him and Chess would have been done is Mrs. Darnell, one of the guilty parents, didn't bring a gun to the fight. That lovely distraction gave the witch time to move in and the battle between them ramped up a notch. Where the hell was the Black Squad? Who knows, but Chess had to defuse the situation if she wanted to make it out alive. Dodging bullets she managed to wrestle away the gun which gave her the edge she needed to finish this fight and go home.
"The front door flew open-the Black Squad, their own guns drawn, their all-black uniforms and helmets like moving ink spots against the pale walls. "You're late."
2. Hit Man Hired
Lex being the ever caring individual that he is, and really I think he does love Chess in his own way, offers Terrible a job as His Enforcer. This would kill two birds with one stone. Terrible would no longer work for Bump and so they would not have to go after each other with Chess in the middle. Also Lex would have an Enforcer which at this time he was looking at getting one due to the fact that he took over his fathers business.
Terrible has strong ties to Bump due to the fact that Bump took Terrible off the streets and raised him. There is no way that Terrible would work for Lex even if it would make things easier for all. Chess already knows this and tries to keep the pissing contest from escalating to beatings. Lex says his piece and Terrible declines but Lex leaves with this warning:
"Oughta give one more thing the mentions here. You ain't wanna come on with me ... means I get on finding one who will, dig, get me a steelman of my owns. Ain't sure Downside got size enough for two, aye? Rather not be fighting you causen of Tulip, but ... got plans, I do, an I ain't losing em."
The most dangerous part about the whole situation is that Lex knows Terrible's weakness thanks from past information. Now Lex hires the gun and hands over the amunition to take down the man that Chessie loves.
3. Drug Rampage
It would not be a Downside Ghost book if we didn't have any added drama of an attack on both Drug Lords. This time our drama comes by the name of Speed. The major problem they are having with this drug is that it causes the user to go crazy, literally they are losing their minds.
"Mine friend, him taken the speed. Bangin it. Him gone all fluffcutty, ain't won't leave him room, screamin them after he, screamin on ghosts in him head."
"Him done gone out on the morn, come back with blood on he. All wet blood. Fucked in crazy, him bein. Talkin to he, ain't like he, ain't in he eyes. The him come back, start screamin. Then go all silent on the again."
People are dying from taking this Speed and doing all sorts of things that just aren't normal, even for those on drugs. Highly addictive, this drug is being brought in from someone else. Bump is blaming Lex, but Lex's side is being hit as well. So Chess is on the search for finding out why and where the Speed is coming from while Terrible is helping hunt down the dealers.
4. Zombie Control
Welcome to Stacia Kane's Zombies. They are not the decomposing kind but living, breathing people. She has woven the idea of Zombies with living souls that are under magic control. I found that these zombies were quite unique from the typical view.
"His soul-if the soul is under that much control, I mean, if it's been so strongly ordered to carry out a particular task, it'll force the body to keep going. Like, you know how under hypnosis, people can be injured without feeling it?" "Aye." "That's kind of like what this is. His soul isn't his own, its powered by someone else, which means his body is powered by someone else. So it doesn't matter what happens to his body. As long as it can move, it will."
These types of Zombies pop-up all over the book. This one just happens to be the first sighting and also the reason that Chess knows there is more to this Drug problem than meets the eye. It was not only the speed in his system but a spell bag in his pocket that bound him. Now the race is on to finding the puppeteer and getting rid of him before he gets rid of them.
5. Which Witch Is Which?
A Witch is running rampant making zombies to do his dirty work. Thanks to the above highlight we know that this is a problem. Chess is on the hunt for the witch and keeps running into dead ends right and left.
"So whoever made that spell got heself a killer ain't can be killed, aye? Got heself a weapon can be used anyplace." She nodded. Bump raised his eyebrows, tilted his head. "Damn, then, Ladybird. Lookin like you got some fuckin tough work coming, catchin em all."
When does Chessie not have her hands full with working side jobs for Bump?
6. The Great Reveal and Elder Griffin's Bonding
Elder Griffin asks Chessie to bring Terrible with her to his bonding. Chess agrees because out of everyone she really does want his approval since he is a father figure to her. Terrible argues with her several times about how she doesn't have to bring him and how it will look with him there. But Chess doesn't care.
"Terrible. You are coming. And if anybody doesn't like it they can fuck off. That includes you." His lips twitched, "You givin me the orders now, aye?" "Yes. So cut it out."
Chess did manage to get Terrible to come with her. The bonding scene was really sweet and I can only hope that Chess and Terrible will actually become bonded at some point. Well after Elder Griffin and Keith were bonded she waited to introduce them to Terrible. Chess was relieved that Elder Griffin and Keith didn't seem to judge Terrible when they met him but as Elder Griffin shook Terrible's hand...
"His eyes cut to Chess, so fast she wasn't entirely sure she'd seen it. What was that? It looked like a double-take; it looked like some kind of surprise or even disappointment. Shock, really. That was it, shock."
We later find out that Elder Griffin felt Chessie's magic in Terrible which lead to her telling him the story about how she saved Terrible's life. Since she bound him with a sigil and killed a psychopomp you can imagine how Elder Griffin took this.
"He'd seen her; he saw her clearly enough now."
"Elder Griffin wasn't realizing that beneath the surface she was perfect. He was realizing she was worthless. And he'd never be able to see anything else, at least so she figured. How could he ever forgive her?"
7. Tender Moments
I think this is my favorite part of this book. I thought that Terrible and Chessie had the best moments in this book. I mean really I probably cried more during reading this book than any of the others. You are warned that you might shed some tears. I would like to share a few of these tender moments with you.
"He came around to her side and opened her door for her, eyeing her up and down as she got out of the car. His hand squeezed hers; a slight twist of his arm turned her to face him, standing not quite a foot away with his face in shadow. "Shit. You so fuckin pretty, Chessie. True thing. So ... ain't even can breathe sometimes."
I don't want too give too much away, but I had to put this scene in. Love it! I hope you enjoy too.
"I ain't ... Don't know how to say it up right. Never-Fuck, Chess. Thought you was dead once before, you recall? Never felt so bad in my life, not ever. Then on the other day, thought you was gone and just ... I ain't can do it, bein without you." He rubbed his neck, pressed his palm into his furrowed brow and took a swipe at his eyes. Cleared his throat, twice. "Don't want to. An even if I did, ain't can leave you down there on your alones. How I can do that one, aye? Leave my Chessiebomb there without me. 'Specially knowin you scared on it"
"I don't want to be here without you, either. I can't-I don't want to be anywhere if you're not there." "Naw, naw, Chessie, ain't wanting you- Only had the thought you come down see me, ain't meant-" "No. No, I don't want that. Being here without you-I'd rather be in the City. With you. I don't want to be without you. I don't care where, I can't do it, I don't-" His hands on the side of her face lifted her to her tiptoes, lifted her almost off her feet. Maybe he actually did; she didn't know, because she was floating, flying, his mouth on hers sending her off the roof and into that blank lonely sky above. The sky that suddenly didn't look so lonely, the sky that was maybe ... peaceful. "Love you, Chessie," he murmured. "Ain't never ... Fuckin love you, more'n anything."
8. New Kid on the Block
Chessie gets a break in the Speed/Zombie outbreak. Terrible was able to get a dealer to interrogate about where the drugs are coming from. Chess had a hard time at the beginning with watching Terrible work until she paused and thought about what was truly happening.
"...she thought of living people trapped inside bodies compelled by another person, their souls crying out but unable to escape, their freedom stolen. Flesh was a hell of a prison."
Terrible did manage to break the dealer who happened to be from the gang Southpaws in Baltimore. Oh yes, there is a new kid in town who wants to take all of Downside. It is actually quite brilliant get both sides to fight each other and swoop in when the most damage has been done. I know the news just keeps getting better and better. But Chessie thinks that this type of planning is too elaborate for a regular gang someone has to be pulling their strings.
9. Sinking of the Titanic
We get to take a walk down by the seaside during this book. Chess is able to make a link from person to person till she ran into a ship. This ship is suppose to be the future of trade and comes attached to a man who has a daughter that is/was caught up in all the drug deals. Not picking up an ounce of magic from the owner or his household Chess takes Terrible down to the ship to check it out. Wouldn't you know during this little trip they meet Mr. Witch. Barely managing to make their escape they decide to make a plan to take down the witch and his zombies. Lex and Terrible have to work together yet again but the tension is high with a truce only being called till the witch dies.
Things go from bad to worse before the Agneta Katina or as I like to call it the Titanic ends up sinking to the bottom with no hope of resurrection. Trust me this last stand is intensely awesome. The whole zombie army idea was the best I have seen in this series. Loved it.
10. Knock Out Drag Out Fight
After being beaten up and drowned Chessie drags herself over to the Fight. Oh yes, the ending to this book was well worth it. Hit Man and Terrible are in it to win it. No holding back; it is kill or be killed and this fight scene will pluck your heart strings till you cry.
"He wasn't moving, holy fuck he wasn't-She couldn't breathe. It felt as if someone had taken a sledgehammer and slammed it into her chest. Yes, he had the sigil on him, and it would hold his soul, but what if his body was too damaged to recover, what if his brain was damaged, would he want to live if he couldn't walk, if he- Shit. A bird. A bird screeched over head, and she couldn't help but look up at it, couldn't help but see it. A bird. A psychopomp, here to collect a soul. Oh fuck..."
I hope you enjoyed taking this walk with me. There are still many things in this book that I have not brought up and that I think you will love along as well. This book truly out shines the last 4 books. I am excited to see where Stacia Kane goes from here.
To end my review I would like to sum this book up with one word, Change. I think for Chessie this book is all about her changing her life; seeing what needs changed and finding the will to do it.
I want to thank Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book to review....more
Recommendation : If you enjoyed Zsadist's story from BDB then give this one a try. It has the same sort of feelOriginally posted at Sisters Unedited
Recommendation : If you enjoyed Zsadist's story from BDB then give this one a try. It has the same sort of feel to it. If you liked the first two books of the Eternal Guardians series then you will like this as well.
"Demetrius who we are is not a result of where we come from. It's the combination of what we do and how we live that determines who we are."
We dive head first into Isadora's wedding day. That's right I believe this was man number 3 that she has to marry since the other 2 found their soul mates. But Isadora goes missing. Everyone thinks that she ran away again but this is not true. She was kidnapped by her lady's maid and brought to Atlanta, who reminds me of Malevolent from Sleeping Beauty, so she can cast a spell on her. While the Argonauts are trying to figure out how she left she is being prepared for this spell.
Now I know you are all wondering what this spell is that Atlanta is casting. Don't worry I will tell you. She is casting a fertility spell on Isadora. This is all so that Atlanta can create the her own chosen one. Before the Argonauts can get to her in time the spell is cast and Atlanta sends both Isadora and Demetrius to their own private island. This island ends up being where all the mythical creatures have been sent too. In order to survive they have to work together. Will they manage to get along or will they kill each other? If they do get along can Demetrius manage to keep from fulfilling Atlanta's wish?
* Loved how we get to see the real Isadora. She was quiet and shy in the first book. You see her grow a little in the second book, but this one you get to see her shine.
* Demetrius reminded me of Zsadist from the BDB series. Dark past, scars from abuse, and the whole don't fuck with me attitude to tie it all together. We do however learn that Demetrius is more than just an Argonaut. He has some deep dark secrets that must be overcome for him to give himself completely to Isadora.
* I think Orpheus became my new favorite character. His love and concern for not only Isadora but his brother was nice to see. Plus he is quite funny throughout all the books so far.
* I thought that Isadora and Demetrius's story felt a little rushed and topsy turvy. Since this one felt like Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward I could not give it more than 4 stars esp. since Lover Awakened is my favorite of the BDB series.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and would recommend reading it. I thought there was plenty of surprises to keep me guessing mixed with hot & steamy scenes.
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There was so many awesome moments in this book I just have to share a two quotes for all of you Chessiebomb andOriginally posted at Sisters Unedited
There was so many awesome moments in this book I just have to share a two quotes for all of you Chessiebomb and Terrible Fans!
"Seeing him was like being hit in the chest. Like something exploding inside her, a quick ravenous fire that made her shiver. So bright and hot it still amazed her that no one else seemed to notice it, that every eye in the place didn't turn to her while she went incandescent."
“Always want you, Chessiebomb. Always.”
Recommend: Everyone who has read and loved the Downside Ghosts Series! If you haven't read any then shame on you. These books are an addiction. Once you start you just can't stop.
The book starts off in an abandoned building with Chess doing what she does best, getting rid of Ghosts. This time around though she has help in the form of Riley, a new graduate. They quickly track down what all the noise is about as they stumble upon 3 teenage boys looking for a thrill. They got more than they bargained for when not 1 not 2 not even 3 but 4 ghosts show up on a rampage. Chess starts spouting of things that need to be done such as make a circle and get the kids out etc. Riley freezes and then freaks out.
"In its reflection, Riley's face looked even paler. The only thing keeping hers from looking the same-assuming it didn't, which she was just going to go ahead and assume- was the fact that she was still just high enough to be not quite as scared as she should be. And the fact that she was an absolute fucking expert at lying to herself."
She is left with a split second decision to either try to talk Riley into helping or pull-up her big girl panties and do it all. Now the option she chooses is the one that we know and love her for making, she takes on 4 ghosts all by herself and gets those boys the hell out of that room. YEA Chess! This women can seriously kick-butt!
After she gets rid of all 4 ghosts, Go Chess, she makes her way to Trickster's Bar. She spots Terrible along the back wall and her blood gets pumping and her heart starts racing 100 miles a minute.
"Knew, too, that the face she looked at wasn't ugly, that it was strong and it was Terrible's. That meant it was hers to look at as much as she wanted, and that made something she thought might be genuine happiness ride higher in her chest."
They end up heading out of the club on some "business" due to the fact that they are keeping their relationship a secret for now. They only made it out the back door before their hands started wandering and sparks flew! Wow baby do they ever. The tension between these two is wound tight! But like usual things start to go wrong for Chess. Terrible is called to take Chess to a building on the outskirts of Bump's territory where a fire started. The next things she knows she is pulled in on a new case for Bump, who thinks it is Slobag's men doing the burning. Chess then has an added case from the Church that takes her into Slobag's territory. Personalities Clash and Terrible and Chess's relationship gets hit hard when she has to spend time in Lex's area.
Will Chessie and Terrible be able to hang on to their little piece of Paradise? Where does Chess's loyalty lie with Bump or Slobag? Will she have to turn one over to save the other? Read and find out!
*We get to see a softer more emotional side of Terrible. He opens up to Chessie about his feeling. Well, as open as a drug enforcer can get. Chessie opens up to him as well.
“Chessie … shit, Chessie, I love you so bad.” His teeth on her throat, biting hard, his lips soothing the spot. “So fucking much, so … so bad.”
“Aw, naw, ain’t sayin that. You do what you need an ain’t try telling you no, but … takin you to bed, want you there, not just your body. An want you knowin it’s me. Love you, Chess. Dig?”
Overall this book was better then the last 3 and I loved the 3rd one! I can't wait to see what happens next. Trust me you are in for a surprise at the end of this book. I never saw it coming and Stacia Kane throws a new wrench in the plot. I love it!
As Chess says at the end : "It was her problem, and she'd deal with it. Because dealing with personal problems was so fucking high on her list of skills."
5 Stars baby !!! I laughed. I cried. I even wanted to shake a few characters. It was awesome! Great ending to the trilogy. However, I suspect another5 Stars baby !!! I laughed. I cried. I even wanted to shake a few characters. It was awesome! Great ending to the trilogy. However, I suspect another book with Archer and Sophie will be on the way.
Don't let this cover fool you. This book is awesome!
Calling all Hex Hall and Firelight Fans! There is a new "Juliet" in town! Jax has run awa4.5 Stars
Don't let this cover fool you. This book is awesome!
Calling all Hex Hall and Firelight Fans! There is a new "Juliet" in town! Jax has run away from her witch coven that is known for there use of dark powers. She ends up in the mountains of North Carolina. Here she meets her "Romeo," the compelling Keller Dawes who happens to come from a family of Hunters. This is the next up&coming Star-crossed Lovers Trilogy!
Recommend: If you love the whole "Romeo & Juliet" story placed in the present time with paranormal thrown in the mix then check this book out. As stated earlier, if you like Hex Hall and Firelight then this book is a great addition to your to-be-read list.
Jaxina Pherson or "Jax" is running for her life. She comes from a long line of witches who use their powers to kill. Jax does not want to be part of this family legacy and breaks free. She is drawn to a small community amongst the mountains of North Carolina. She has some money, a car and an RV to her name and must locate a subsitute for her mother to enroll her in high school. You heard right, Jax wants a normal teenage life and will hold on to it with both hands.
Upon arrival to this small town she is almost run over by a truck while walking by the woods near her RV campground. She is able to avoid the Truck due to her super speed but ends up in bigger trouble. The driver is not only a teenage boy but a hunter due to the bloodstone he pulls out of his pocket.
Jax did not let that little incident deture her from her dream of a normal life. She finds a woman to use mind control with and impersonate her mother to enroll her. Keller Dawes her mystery car man and hunky hunter ends up in the school office and sparks start to fly. She seems to be drawn to him against her better judgment.
Now that she has found someone who makes her temperature rise is all the right ways can she really stay with the danger he brings? Will she stay and fight for a normal life and possibly love or will she flee for safety?
Can we change what Fate has handed us?
* Keller Dawes tall, dark hair and handsome.
"I wanted to kiss you the moment I saw you." "Me, Too," I whisper, only sharing part of what I feel.
*Jax Pherson drop-dead gorgeous blonde.
"Who would have thought when I fled my family's compound in Miami that my biggest obstacles would be disguising myself and getting enrolled in school? Fleeing a coven of deadly witches, buying a used car and purchasing an RV? Mo problem. Going brunette and getting your average high school education? Monumental tasks."
"Fate needs a good, solid bitch slap."
"And would you happen to have classes in living without magic and how to relate to boys who aren't witches?"
"Toni, being a Buffy fan, would appreciate the irony if she knew the situation. All that tortured, star-crossed longing between natural-born enemies."
Overall this is an excellent book for young adults and adults alike.
Thank you netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book to review. ...more
Love: *New take on Vamps. They can only make so many vamps a year and those vamps are part of House's/Families. *M1st book in one of my favorite series.
Love: *New take on Vamps. They can only make so many vamps a year and those vamps are part of House's/Families. *Merit becomes a vamp against her will, which is unheard of,to save her life. *Ethan is a guy every girl would love to spare with!!!! *Great Chemistry, plenty of action and the story never slows down. *beware, you might want to buy a katana. lol
"You’re crude.” I’m crude?” You just offered to make me your whore.” To be the Consort of a Master vampire is an honor, Initiate, not an insult.” It’s an insult to me. I’m not going to be your—anyone’s—sexual outlet. When that . . . happens for me, when I meet him, I want partnership. Love. You don’t trust me enough for the former, and I’m not even sure you’re capable of the latter."
"Well?” “Well, what?” I waved a hand at the room. “Start genuflecting. Let’s see some knee action.” “You’re serious.” I lifted my brows. He responded in kind, but finally nodded his head, then walked between the couches. He dropped to one knee, then held out his hands.
“I’m monumentally sorry for the pain and humiliation that I caused you and your—” “Both knees.” “Pardon?” “I’d prefer to see both knees on the ground. I mean, if you’re going to grovel, be the best groveler you can, right?"
"He's twenty-nine. And what did you think he was going to look like?" She shrugged. "You know-old. Grizzled. Long white beard. Scruffy robes. Loveable, smart, a little absent minded." I bit back a grin. " I said 'sorcerer,' not 'Dumbledore.' So he's hot. It could be worse." ...more
Great addition to the Chicagoland Vampire Series. I don't know if she can get better than this book. It had everything in it, love, betrayal, action,Great addition to the Chicagoland Vampire Series. I don't know if she can get better than this book. It had everything in it, love, betrayal, action, mystery, and rage. Really everything you want in a book all under one cover.
Highlights: -Merit and Ethan become a thing!!!!!!!Unfortunatly, it only last for a day. Very sad but I am hoping for more in the next book. -Gabriel the leader of the shifters comes to town to ask the pack to stay or go. Great debate....Merit and Ethan's services are on loan... -Ethan's old flame shows up after Merit and Ethan brake up.Not good for self esteem but all gather around Merit to show their support.
"You undo me, Merit. Wholly and completely. You don't take me at my word. You challenge me at every opportunity. And that means when I'm with you, I am less than the head of this House...and I am more than the head of this House. I am a man." He stroked my cheeks with his thumbs. "In my very, very long life, I need you more than I have ever needed anything."
"He paused, then tapped a finger against the box. “This is a wish,” he said quietly, “that even after four hundred years of existence, a man can be strong enough to accept the gifts he’s given.” “Ethan—,” I began, but he shook his head. “I’m prepared to wait for a positive response.” “That’s going to take a while.” Ethan lifted a single eyebrow, a grin lifting one corner of his mouth. “Sentinel, I am immortal."
"Lindsey patted my arm. “Don’t be embarrassed. It’s about time you two made the beast with two backs.” I had to work to form words. “There are so many things wrong with that statement, I don’t know where to start."...more