My least favourite book in the series so far, mainly because of how domineering and demanding the main character of Elijah is. Plus, the way he treatsMy least favourite book in the series so far, mainly because of how domineering and demanding the main character of Elijah is. Plus, the way he treats Siena at the start of the book is appalling. ...more
First things first…the cover art for this book is mesmerising!
I initially thought that this was going to be a straight sequel to the superb3.5 stars.
First things first…the cover art for this book is mesmerising!
I initially thought that this was going to be a straight sequel to the superb ‘The Sin Eater’s Daughter’. I was expecting the action to pick up with the main character Twylla, so I was puzzled at the beginning why the characters didn’t seem familiar. I soon realised that this was more of a companion novel. It takes place in the same world originally created by Salisbury but features a new protagonist and approaches the story from a different direction. It’s not until near the end of the book that everything starts to make more sense and the threads of the plot weave together.
I enjoyed ‘The Sleeping Prince’ but I did find it quite slow. Most of the action in the first-half takes place in the home of Errin, a young apothecary-in-training who has been left alone to look after her mother. Her brother turns out to be Lief, who readers will be familiar with from the previous book. The only help Errin receives is from the mysterious Silas who she knows little about, except for the fact that she is unwittingly drawn to him.
When the neighbouring kingdom of Lormere is invaded by the Sleeping Prince, a fairy book nightmare come to life, Errin has to make the difficult decision to undertake a dangerous journey to save her mother.
At the start, I kept wishing for things to speed up a bit more. I liked Errin and I was intrigued by Silas but it was slow. Be warned. Don't give up too quickly. The second half of the book was much faster paced and featured a whole host of new and old faces. I was drawn more into the story and into Errin’s struggle and I started to really enjoy it.
The ending was such a cliffhanger and left me frantically checking that there weren’t just a few more pages to enjoy! It's going to be utter agony waiting for the next instalment.
Overall, not as gripping as ‘The Sin Eater’s Daughter’ and suffers a little from middle book syndrome but sets things up deliciously at the end for the big finale....more
This is the second book in the Titan series, centered around Seth, the Apollyon and demigod Josie. 'The Power' continues their story and charts the grThis is the second book in the Titan series, centered around Seth, the Apollyon and demigod Josie. 'The Power' continues their story and charts the growing romance between them. Let me tell you, the romantic scenes in this instalment are off the charts! If you like kisses that sizzle and chemistry that absolutely crackles, then you will love this book. It's definitely aimed at a New Adult readership, as Josie and Seth become closer than ever before and toy with taking their relationship to the next level. There are some very steamy scenes indeed. Swoon! Seth however, wants to do the right thing by Josie, which doesn't include giving into his urge to feed from her aether.
I loved Seth so much in this book! He is really sweet, even when he's not trying to be. I love the fact that he's totally astounded by the fact that anyone could actually have fallen in love with him - and that innocence is so appealing. The plot swirls around the two of them, as Josie tries to control her new found abilities and Seth attempts to train her in their quest to rescue the other demigods.
I wasn't sure that any couple could compare to Kat and Daemon from Armentrout's Lux series, but Josie and Seth come pretty close. Steam was practically coming off the pages of my book at times!
This was a fantastic read which I devoured in one sitting. I don't think I'll be able to stand the wait for the next in the series. It's just so good, that you need to get your hands on a copy pronto. ...more
This book is 'Obsidian' retold from the point of view of Daemon Black. You would think that the story itself would be a bit repetitive for anyone thatThis book is 'Obsidian' retold from the point of view of Daemon Black. You would think that the story itself would be a bit repetitive for anyone that has already read the Lux series, but I can guarantee you that it is not in the slightest. In fact, seeing everything again but through Daemon's eyes this time, added an extra layer to the romance between himself and Katy. Where she sees him behaving like a jerk, being hot one minute and cold towards her the next, the reader sees him doing it to protect not only his sister Dee, but Katy too. He is determined to fight his feelings for her to keep her safe, but they are continually drawn to each other.
If you haven't read 'Obsidian' and this is your first introduction to the Lux series, then it would work perfectly well to read this one and then carry on with the rest of the books in the series. I don't think anyone would be able to resist getting caught up in the undeniable attraction and chemistry between Daemon and Katy. Sparks most definitely fly between them whenever they are anywhere near each other. It was also interesting to see how his perception of her changes as he gets to know her. His initial reaction that she is entirely average evolves very quickly.
What really came across was how much responsibility Daemon shoulders but also how there was never any doubt about his feelings for Katy. It seems almost inevitable that he was never going to be able to stay away from her for long, although he does his best to fight it.
I loved 'Oblivion' so much! I'm a massive Jennifer L.Armentrout fan and this series is one of my favourites. It was lovely getting to revisit all the characters and I fell for the romance all over again. This is yet another stunning five star book in the series. ...more
'The Novice' is the first book in the Summoner series and was a Wattpad sensation before it hit the shelves in print. Taran Matharu's debut takes the'The Novice' is the first book in the Summoner series and was a Wattpad sensation before it hit the shelves in print. Taran Matharu's debut takes the reader on a fantastical journey in a world unlike anything you've seen before. The characters are placed in dangerous life or death situations as the horror of war looms ever on the horizon.
The story is about an orphan boy called Fletcher who discovers that he can summon demons. He ends up going to train at the Vocans Academy where he prepares for his role in the fight to defeat the orcs in battle. A large portion of the book follows Fletcher as he practices his new-found skills with demon Ignatius. When the two are working in sync, they have the ability to do incredible things. The demons reminded me a little of those in Philip Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy, as they become in tune with their owners' emotions. I've also heard them compared to Pokémon and actually they did remind me of this, because each demon has it's own animal characteristics and performs to a different level.
I really enjoyed watching the students train in the art of summoning. This makes up the biggest part of the story and delves in-depth into the training process. It was a bit drawn out and I felt like it slowed the pace of the plot down a little but at the same time it helped to draw me into Fletcher's world and gave me a better understanding of the demons themselves.
There's a fantastic and diverse range of characters in the book, including Othello the dwarf and Sylva the elf. It was fun getting to know them all. Fletcher's friends help to teach the value of friendship and the importance of making bonds which aren't based on class divides.
'The Novice' was a brilliant fantasy read where adventure always seems to be waiting on the horizon. It was a really promising start to the series and if the second book is equally, if not more exciting, then I'll be very happy. ...more
Joss Stirling's SoulFinder series is one of my favourites. I love the whole idea of the Savant community and the fact that all these couples are destiJoss Stirling's SoulFinder series is one of my favourites. I love the whole idea of the Savant community and the fact that all these couples are destined to be together but have to find each other first.
'Angel Dares' was another terrific addition to the series. The main character Angel, meets Marcus, a fellow musician at a festival and is drawn to him through their music. He is originally distrustful of her gift and refuses to believe in the savant community which makes their relationship extremely difficult. Angel however, is such a positive person that she won't be deterred and tries to get him to change his mind, with often mixed results I might add.
I have to say that as much as I love this series, I am a little disappointed that the direction of the stories has shifted away from the Benedict brothers and instead has focussed on some of the younger characters. I would have loved to have seen the whole book based around Will and his personal search for his soulfinder but this was relegated to being nothing more than a sub-plot. I realise that some of the brothers are slightly older, so I can only imagine that they were deemed too old to be the central focus of a young-adult series. All the same, I miss seeing them at the heart of the story. There were glimpses of them in the book though which did keep me very happy.
I thought the plot was good, especially the inclusion of the threat which hangs over the heads of the savants. This led to a really dramatic conclusion which was both exciting and gripping.
Hopefully the next book in the series will be about Victor Benedict who has always been one of my favourites. I'm hoping that he will eventually be lucky in love! ...more
The Shadow Cabinet’ is the third book in the Shades of London series. I thought this was the concluding part but judging by the ending, there is stillThe Shadow Cabinet’ is the third book in the Shades of London series. I thought this was the concluding part but judging by the ending, there is still more in store for Rory and co. I do think that the overall storyline could have been wrapped up in three books but Maureen Johnson obviously has more twists and turns up her sleeves.
The story picks up after the events of ‘The Madness Underneath’, with Stephen in hospital and Rory expelled from school. Things begin to get very strange as she starts to unravel the truth about what is going on beneath the streets of London. It was strange not seeing Rory at school and actually I missed that a lot in this book. I always enjoyed seeing her trying to maintain a normal school life with her newfound abilities and I felt that this offered an air of reality about proceedings. It took a bit of getting used to not having that feature as part of this instalment. At the same time, I did enjoy following Rory through the streets of London and visiting some very familiar landmarks.
Now, it’s a long time since I read the previous books in this series, so I felt like I needed a recap at the start and that’s just what I got. That helped to ease me back in and caught me up with everything I needed to know about the plot and the characters. I will admit that I got a little lost at times with some of the paranormal elements of the story but Maureen Johnson did a good job of steering things back on track and sucking me back in again.
Lots of terrible things happen in the book and the characters don’t always get what they want but I think this is reflective of life in general. It also helped to keep me on the edge of my seat because I had no doubt that just about anyone could meet a sticky end if the plot called for it.
The ending packed a real punch and definitely left me wanting more. I honestly have no idea what will be thrown at the characters next but it's exciting waiting to find out. ...more
'Soldier' is the third book in the Talon saga. I really enjoy this series and I continually marvel that Julie Kagawa seems to be able to turn her hand'Soldier' is the third book in the Talon saga. I really enjoy this series and I continually marvel that Julie Kagawa seems to be able to turn her hand to any subject she fancies and turn it into an amazing story. The first two books in this series were beyond fantastic, so I had high hopes about this one.
Once again we get different insights from multiple characters, Ember, Riley, Garret and Dante all narrate various chapters throughout the book. Ember is still torn between her dragon and human sides, Riley is desperate to convince Ember that she belongs with him, Garret is searching for the truth, wherever it may take him and Dante is involved in a terrifying Talon experiment which spells danger for them all. A lot more is revealed about Talon and the Order of St George in the book, which I enjoyed finding out about.
Julie Kagawa most certainly isn't afraid to make difficult choices with her characters or place them in all manner of dangerous situations. One of these left me absolutely stunned, although looking back at it now, I can see why she made the decision and how this will allow other characters to get their own resolutions.
Fast-paced action throughout kept me turning the pages well into the night. This is definitely a title you will want to read in one sitting. The story was thrilling and exciting and crammed full of tense, nail-biting moments and explosive revelations. There is one almighty big secret revealed at the very end which will have you in despair at having to wait for the next instalment of the series.
I am so anxious to find out what will happen next that I just can't bear it. Here's hoping that the wait for book four, 'Legion' won't be a long one. ...more
'The Sin Eater's Daughter' is a glorious fantasy drama that will enchant you and leave you wanting more. This fabulous debut from UK author Melinda Sa'The Sin Eater's Daughter' is a glorious fantasy drama that will enchant you and leave you wanting more. This fabulous debut from UK author Melinda Salisbury, starts strongly and goes from strength to strength as the story builds up the tension between the characters and the political intrigue played out behind the scenes of the Royal Court.
Twylla, the main character, is blessed in the eyes of the Gods. However, she feels more cursed than blessed, with a deadly touch that can kill a man or woman. Used by the Queen as a Royal assassin, she has almost become resigned to her life, until she meets Lief, who is tasked with guarding her safety. He opens her eyes to the truths that she cannot or does not want to see.
There are so many things to love about this book. I enjoyed the first person narrative immensely. Twylla is an extremely likeable character who is put in an unenviable position. Her narrative felt like she was talking directly to me and I empathised with many of the difficult choices she has to make. She undergoes quite a personal transformation and by the end of the story she is a changed person.
Yes, there is a love triangle of sorts but it's brilliantly written and left me constantly changing my mind about who I wanted Twylla to choose. I wasn't expecting to like both male leads as much as I did, even though they both have secrets to hide.
The ending was totally unexpected and made me rethink my thoughts about some of the characters. I didn't see it coming at all which is a tribute to Melinda Salisbury's captivating and amazing storytelling skills.
There's only one thing I want to know now. Is there going to be a sequel and if so, when can I get my hands on it! ...more
If you're looking for a scorching hot read, then look no further than 'Rogue' by Julie Kagawa, the follow-up to the brilliant 'Talon'. The second bookIf you're looking for a scorching hot read, then look no further than 'Rogue' by Julie Kagawa, the follow-up to the brilliant 'Talon'. The second book in this fantastic series manages to do what few books can and that is to be even more gripping and captivating than it's predecessor. There's no case of second book syndrome here, as Julie Kagawa cranks up the action, ramps up the tension a couple of notches and leads the reader on a breathless journey of rescue, capture and escape. 'Talon' held me in thrall from the opening chapter and this was one book that I was most definitely going to finish reading in one sitting.
The story picks up after the action of 'Rogue' with Ember and Riley on the run and Garret held to account for his actions by the Order of St. George. It didn't take me long to get reacquainted with all the characters and the plot threads and I was soon immersed back into the world of dragons. I have read a lot of dragon books, going through quite a phase when I was in my teens, but this is the first series I've read where the author is spot on with the mythology and the world building. I love the idea of dragons assimilating themselves into the human world and walking amongst us without anyone realising.
The commentary is shared between Ember, Garret, Riley and Dante, with occasional flashbacks to twelve years ago when Riley, as rebel dragon Cobalt, was still working for the organisation he now despises. I wasn't too sure about Riley in the last book but he has suddenly become my number one favourite character. It was great discovering more about him and his past and I really enjoyed all the scenes between not only him and Ember but also him and Wes, his right-hand man. The love triangle between Riley, Ember and Garret continues to play out and while I feel strongly that I know which way it's going to end up, I am still firmly shipping Riley and Ember as a couple. They are great together and share a real understanding and bond.
There are some terrific action sequences in the book, particularly in the second-half of the story and I was on the edge of my seat throughout these. I honestly had no idea if everyone was going to make it to the end of the book alive. There is also a humongous revelation right at the end of the last chapter which leaves the reader on a massive cliff-hanger. I need to know now what is going to happen next!
The third book in the series, 'Soldier' will be published in 2016 unless my wish is granted and it gets an earlier release date! ...more
I saw this book in my local library and it caught my eye immediately because it was such a beautiful edition. It's a hardback in black with bright pinI saw this book in my local library and it caught my eye immediately because it was such a beautiful edition. It's a hardback in black with bright pink markings and writing on the front and back. I just had to pick it up! I then ran my eye down the list of included authors and saw some of my favourite writers so I really wanted to read it then. I'm not normally a fan of short stories, as I always find that I'm left wanting more, but I really enjoyed nearly all of these wonderful tales - some quirky, some dark but all unique and entertaining.
All of the stories in the book are fairy tale inspired but they each have a dark and sinister twist. It was interesting to see how each author subverted these traditional tales and turned them into something altogether different.
I had some absolute favourites in the book and these were The Raven Princess by Jon Skovron, The Pink by Amanda Hocking, Figment by Jeri Smith-Ready and The Key by Rachel Hawkins. I would definitely want to go back and read these again. I had fun as well trying to work out which tales they were all based on. Some were easier than others to figure out.
Other authors included within the collection are: Sarah Rees Brennan, Christine Johnson, Claudia Gray, Malinda Lo, Jackson Pearce, Kimberly Derting, Ellen Hopkins, Julie Kagawa, Myra McEntire, Shaun David Hutchinson, Saundra Mitchell, Sonia Gensler and Tessa Gratton. There were a couple of names that I wasn't quite as familiar with but I will be seeking out more of their work now. For example, I liked Saundra Mitchell's 'Thinner Than Water but I haven't read anything else by her. That's all about to change!
This would make the perfect book to give or receive as a Christmas present. The stories are lovely to dip in and out of and if, like me, you love fairy tales but are looking for a modern twist on the classics, then 'Grim' is the book for you. ...more
'The Wondrous and the Wicked' is the third and final part of Page Morgan's gothic gargoyle trilogy, set amidst the streets of Paris.
The Waverly siblin'The Wondrous and the Wicked' is the third and final part of Page Morgan's gothic gargoyle trilogy, set amidst the streets of Paris.
The Waverly siblings have already endured so much and faced loss, pain and heartache. I wasn't sure what more could possibly lie in wait for them. In this concluding book, they each have their own personal challenges to face before they can have any chance at the lives they really want. Separated geographically, they are caught in the middle of a dangerous power struggle with heavy stakes.
Page Morgan quickly gets readers up to speed with what happened in the previous instalments. I was thankful of a speedy recap because it's been a while since I read this series. It actually reminded me of just how much drama and action had taken place so far. Everything is still to play for.
My favourite character in the series has always been Gabby, the feisty and brave younger sister. At the beginning of the book she has been sent to London for her own protection. I knew however, that she would still find her way back into the middle of the action. Gabby isn't one for just sitting on the side-lines. I have loved the growing romance between her and Nolan, which I'm pleased to say gets even better. There are some really fantastic scenes between the two of them.
Ingrid and Luc's romance is played out too with Vander and Luc still vying for Ingrid's heart. I won't reveal which one wins the girl in the end but I'm sure readers of the series will be more than satisfied.
This is definitely a very underrated series which I'm pleased to say I have really enjoyed. I've loved all the gothic and supernatural elements and the wonderfully dark setting of historic Paris where anything could be (and frequently is!) lurking in the sewers. ...more