We first met Celaena Sardothien when she was imprisoned in the flithy mines of Endovier and have been steadily getting to know her over the two books...moreWe first met Celaena Sardothien when she was imprisoned in the flithy mines of Endovier and have been steadily getting to know her over the two books Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. The Assassin’s Blade is a collection of five novellas that show us an amazing glimpse into Celaena’s life before she became the personal assassin of the king of Adarlan.
Each novella is action packed and slowly begins to answer some of the many questions we as readers have asked ourselves about this feisty heroine. I am a massive fan of the series and really love Celaena’s swagger and sassiness. But these novellas stripped her back to her raw essentials and I fell for her story all over.
This collection of novellas will take you on an awe-inspiring journey across blistering deserts and remote islands, meet pirate lords and healers. It is a pulse-pounding, tender and dramatic read that will make you pick up Throne of Glass and ache for book three in this amazing series. (less)
Zen and Sera have escaped from the scientists at Diotech who created Sera. They have travelled back in time to 1609 and, so long as they keep to thems...moreZen and Sera have escaped from the scientists at Diotech who created Sera. They have travelled back in time to 1609 and, so long as they keep to themselves and make sure nothing they do becomes part of public record, they can live out the remainder of their days in peace and safety but more importantly, together. Diotech can never find them.
But something is making Zen ill, and even before that life was a daily struggle. Every move Sera makes she has to be thoughtful and cautious. One wrong move could expose her as different…something you really don’t want in 1609. And when Zen’s life is threatened it isn’t even a choice - Sera acts to save him and is apprehended shortly after. She is accused of being a witch and put on trial, which means it will be public record.
Diotech has learned it’s mistakes and has created a weapon specially forged for Sera. They are equally matched and on paper, she cannot overcome him. But Zen will die if she doesn’t do something and so Sera must channel her human side and learn to get creative if either of them have a hope of seeing daylight as free people again.
I absolutely LOVE this series. Zen and Sera are very likeable characters, as are Kaelen and Cody. I could barely rip my eyes away from the pages and I raced through it as quickly as I could just to know what happened. It is fast paced and chock full of action and turmoil. Every emotion is channelled through this book and I think I felt every one.
Fans of this first book will not be left disappointed and I sincerely cannot wait for the next book. (less)
Eden is pretty sure new boy Ryan is the best looking boy she has ever met. But so does half her school, so colour her surprise when it is Eden herself...moreEden is pretty sure new boy Ryan is the best looking boy she has ever met. But so does half her school, so colour her surprise when it is Eden herself that Ryan befriends. The more she gets to know him, Eden can’t help but notice little quirks about Ryan. Like the fact that he doesn’t know what pizza is, or hasn’t ever heard of Hitler.
Eden is already starting to fall in love with Ryan when she discovers his startling secret. He is from the future, and he needs her help to save it.
After Eden was a good read, very well written and original. I didn’t get lost in the time travel aspect like it is so very easy to do. Eden and Ryan’s romance was light and it didn’t detract from the big picture of saving the future.
A lot of this book took me by surprise. I was expecting one thing and got something totally different. There is a race against time (excuse the pun) element to After Eden, and the closer we get to the end the more I was hanging off my seat.
This was a refreshing read, and probably better recommended for younger teens.(less)
After the events of Iron Prince, Ethan Chase is dealing with the fallout of going missing for a week. His parents worried sick, he is banned from ever...moreAfter the events of Iron Prince, Ethan Chase is dealing with the fallout of going missing for a week. His parents worried sick, he is banned from ever seeing his girlfriend, Kenzie, ever again, and Kenzie herself is dealing with poor health after the adventures. All Ethan wants is to get back to normal. To date Kenzie and forget all about the fey.
But unfortunately for Ethan, his sister is queen of the Iron fey, and desperately needs his help. His nephew, Keirran, has gone missing and no one has any idea where he is. Except Ethan. He knows his nephew would do anything to save the fate of the summer faery he loves with all his heart...even potentially fracture the gap between the human and faery worlds.
Once again Kenzie and Ethan are thrown into the tumultuous world of faeries - of bargains and betrayals, hidden agendas and life-threatening decisions. When Keirran and Ethan’s fates are entwined, it is up to Ethan to pull Keirran from the darkness he is falling into...and hopefully save them all in the process.
Iron Traitor felt a lot darker than its predecessor. I’m really enjoying Ethan’s spinoff series, and he is a fascinating character. And while Megan’s books are wildly different from Ethan’s, they are very similar in the natures. Both would do anything to save the people they care about, both feel the weight of duty and expectation on their shoulders. Ethan is way more upfront in his feelings and has no issue in telling it like it is. He’s a tortured yet refreshing character and though he probably wouldn’t say the same about himself, is about as loyal and dependent as they come.
The story was a roller-coaster ride of adventure and danger and intrigue. I quite simply couldn’t put it down, and happily let myself be pulled into the Nevernever to catch up with friends - old and new. I do really like that we see glimpses of past characters (though I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to see more of Ash...) but am very much liking the new set of characters. Keirran and Ethan are the two alpha males and together create a storm of testosterone.
There was never a spot I felt like I wanted to put the book down. After each chapter I had to know what happened next and gobbled up this book like a giant fat-free chocolate cake. The way Ethan struggles with trying to keep a normal life when the fey keep throwing themselves into it really made me feel for him. In a way, Megan threw herself whole-heartedly into her heritage but Ethan still craves to be ‘normal’.
I simply cannot wait for the next part of Ethan’s story, and the wait is sure to be excruciating. (less)
Celaena Sardothien is, at first glance, a beautiful eighteen-year-old with a face to die for. Only those on the other end of her sword know she is the...moreCelaena Sardothien is, at first glance, a beautiful eighteen-year-old with a face to die for. Only those on the other end of her sword know she is the last face they see before they die. Celaena won the King’s competition and became his champion. Though she is free from the slave mines of Endovier, she has not won her freedom. Celaena is now bound to the one man she detests above all other and is forced to do his bidding.
There is a fight on her hands that Celaena never bargained for. There are people she must free and who depend on her, but going against the King means certain death for all she cares about...and the King knows the one who would hurt her the most.
Celaena is one the best characters I have ever read. Witty, sharp-tongued, bold, fearless, compassionate, loving. She is awash of contradictions. She is one of the most terrifying citizens her world has ever known with a pure heart.
Secrets are reveled and buried in this amazing sequel to what I believe is the best fantasy book I have ever read. There isn’t too much that can be said without spoiling loads of amazing surprises this book has in store for its readers but I will say this - it has romance, adventure, bravery, cunning, fear, blood, magic. It really has it all. It will make your heart race as you sit on the edge of your seat, all at once needing to know what happens next and terrified what might.
Em is locked in a cold, dreary cell. A drain in the middle of the room her only focus point. Next door is Finn and it is information they both have th...moreEm is locked in a cold, dreary cell. A drain in the middle of the room her only focus point. Next door is Finn and it is information they both have that the doctor wants to know. That information is the only reason both are still alive.
Em and Finn have to escape. Go back and set things right. They have one last chance to do this.
The world depends on it.
All Our Yesterdays is one of those books you really can’t say too much about. Which is completely devastating when all you want to do is gush about how amazing it is to anyone who will listen.
Em and Finn are two of the most compelling characters I have ever read. They balance one another - Em focused and purposeful, Finn light-hearted and jovial in the face of great trials. These two pulled me in and didn’t let go.
This is the kind of book where your eyeballs trip over themselves trying to read too quick. I devoured this book like I hadn’t read in years and didn’t want it to end. I absolutely adored it and I need, need, need the sequel.
Read it immediately. It will be one of the best you read this year.(less)
Gene and the other humans are on the run. They are still on the river, desperately trying to outpace the vampires who are finding new ways to keep up....moreGene and the other humans are on the run. They are still on the river, desperately trying to outpace the vampires who are finding new ways to keep up. They have no idea how long they can survive with their supplies quickly dwindling. Questions with no answers and a leap of faith send them catapulting into a refuge that isn’t what it seems.
Unable to ignore the feeling in the pit of his stomach, Gene agrees with Sissy that there is something very wrong with the human village. No boys. No older women. Fat elders. Mysterious train that arrives with fresh meat and supplies. And a message from his father that urges his survival.
The Prey was a thrilling, pulse-pounding read that had me on the edge of my seat from page one. It followed smoothly from the first book in the series and kept up the tension throughout. This is such a refreshing series, not just for paranormal but in general. I loved the setting, the characters, the plot. It’s great to see the vampires back as blood-thirsty predators once again. (less)
Jazz is drowning her sorrows over ex-partner, Ben, who has been imprisoned for crimes she knows he didn’t commit, when James walks in and changes her...moreJazz is drowning her sorrows over ex-partner, Ben, who has been imprisoned for crimes she knows he didn’t commit, when James walks in and changes her life.
James has an offer from his law firm. He gives Jazz a cheque to set up her own PI firm, she just has to have their choice for partner and to accept the occasional case. Lucia and Jazz are equally suspicious of each other and the offer. But Jazz knows above everything, she needs it to prove Ben’s innocence.
Jazz and Lucia decide to accept the firms offer. At first it isn’t obvious that things are different. But then the women find themselves in the world of psychic powers and as they sink in deeper, have to wonder if their very souls are in jeopardy.
Devil’s Bargain was a slow burner and not at all what I expected from a Rachel Caine novel. It was more crime than paranormal, subtle glances and teasing than romance. Adult rather than YA. Not a lot seemed to happen for quite a while, but the pace really picked up in the last third of the novel. It paves the way for the next instalment in the series, and it will be interesting to see where Rachel Caine takes it.(less)
Mara knows she isn’t crazy. Unfortunately for her, not everyone agrees. After seeing Jude, who should by all rights be dead, Mara blacks out only to a...moreMara knows she isn’t crazy. Unfortunately for her, not everyone agrees. After seeing Jude, who should by all rights be dead, Mara blacks out only to awaken in a mental hospital. Her family wants her to stay for treatment to help her get better. But luckily for Mara, Noah is on her side and believes her.
Noah persuades Mara to play along with her parents and doctors in order for them to think she is getting better. But Mara is terrified she will hurt Noah with her power. And Noah is determined to find Jude have him pay the price for his actions.
I absolutely loved this book. It had suspense, romance, horror, action...it was simply brilliant. And contained perhaps my all time favourite use of bat sh*t crazy.
As Jude continues his mental games with Mara, I was so far drawn into the story that I began to question my own sanity. I really bonded with Mara and felt extremely protective of her. And as for Noah, I adored him the more he clearly adored Mara.
All in all, this is a fabulous book and an even more fabulous series. Though, I wanted to throw a temper tantrum when I was left with that ending, and I am counting down the days until the next book.
Helen has released the gods from Olympus. After being imprisoned for thousands of years, their thirst for revenge and retaliation knows no bounds.
Now...moreHelen has released the gods from Olympus. After being imprisoned for thousands of years, their thirst for revenge and retaliation knows no bounds.
Now it is up to Helen to find a way to conquer them once again. War is coming to the Scions, and with a traitor in their midst the odds are working against them.
Goddess was an absolute thrill to read. My heart pounded, I sat on the edge of my seat, I cried, I stayed up chanting one more chapter. It was THAT good.
I’ve been a fan of the Starcrossed trilogy since the very first book. After meeting Lucas and Helen and being shown their world, I knew I was in for an epic book series. Not one instalment disappointed, and with Goddess, the pressure was really on not just to deliver a satisfying ending to this amazing series, but to produce a brilliant book on its own.
It feels like I travelled a journey with these characters, and with a story as big as the Trojan war itself, what a journey it has been.
Helen is the ultimate Goddess in this book and she carries the story heroically. We get more viewpoints in this book, and while it is refreshing to see inside Lucas’s head (and a few others that I won’t mention here...) it really feels like it belongs to Helen. I rooted for her throughout this entire series and it has been a joy to see her grow. Gone is the awkward, shy Helen Hamilton. In her place is a young woman who is finally embracing her destiny.
Lucas and Helen’s romance is achingly heartbreaking. At times it was very reminiscent of Clary and Jace and their similar predicament, but it remained very true to itself. I adored Orion and as a character I couldn’t ask for more. As Helen starts to lose her mortal friends, it was beautiful to see Orion step up and be exactly what she needed.
As for the gods...wow. While Greek mythology has been done a few times now in YA, thankfully the Starcrossed series is totally unique when it came to their interpretation of the myths. I absolutely adored the mirroring of the major players in the Trojan war with our very own Scions.
This is the ending we have been waiting for. (less)
Jackson Meyer has thrown himself into being an agent for Tempest. While still struggling with a broken heart, Jackson proves himself to be a brilliant...moreJackson Meyer has thrown himself into being an agent for Tempest. While still struggling with a broken heart, Jackson proves himself to be a brilliant agent. But all the training in the world can’t prepare Jackson for when Holly reenters his life. Holly, the girl who altered history to save.
Vortex starts shortly after Tempest ends. With the loss of Holly still very raw for Jackson, he throws himself into his training. Jackson must prove himself not only to his instructors, but to many of his other classmates, a lot of whom have seen him in his pre time travel days living it up as an Upper East Side party boy.
Vortex was a lot more complex than the first book in this series. We have a lot of jumps and more questions than answers. In this book we get more of a scientific explanation of time travel, and why certain EOT’s and Jackson have different jumps. For this reason, I found I could only read Vortex when I was feeling sharp. No distractions. You will lose yourself in this book like never before and the world around you will be totally shut out.
The Jackson we see in this book is a lot harder than Tempest Jackson. Because of his training he bulks up and because of Holly, he has extra thick, bomb-proof walls up. I adore Jackson. He’s the kind of guy who takes everything on his shoulders and expects so much of himself. The guy who thinks he has to save everyone and figure out everything else.
And, can I just say, I love the girl power in this book! Stewart and Kendrick, two completely different women, two totally kickass agents. Stewart is this bilingual chameleon than can work any situation to her advantage. Kendrick is super smart with a softer side, who is determined to work for Tempest and have her home life too. She grounds Jackson and reminds him the world isn’t the hard place he makes for himself.
Vortex is full of action and suspense. It is utterly heartbreaking and tragic. Really, it is everything. It steals you away to another world (or two) and makes you believe it is possible for people to appear right in front of you from the future. And with an ending like that? Safe to say, I need the third instalment like yesterday. (less)