Another Life is the third and final book in Keren David's When I Was Joe series and is the gripping conclusion to Ty's story. Ty has been sentenced toAnother Life is the third and final book in Keren David's When I Was Joe series and is the gripping conclusion to Ty's story. Ty has been sentenced to 12 weeks in a Young Offenders Institute for carrying a weapon but the gang he testified against have a long reach and he is worried that he won't be safe there. Can he keep his head down and make it through his sentence without drawing unwanted attention to himself? This is also the story of Ty's younger cousin Archie. Archie is sick of being sent away to expensive boarding schools just so he is out of his parent's way, he is determined to get back to London and live at home so he can offer support to Ty throughout his sentence. After managing to get himself expelled from yet another school Archie's parents have no choice but to find a day school that will accept him as a student. As Archie tries to learn more about his cousin's past he finds himself drawn deeper into a world of gangs, violence, under age drinking and drug taking. Can Archie find the answers he is looking for or will he just end up bringing down a whole heap of trouble?
I have to admit I was kind of sad to reach the end of this series, Keren David has created characters that I have come to really care about and that always makes it hard to reach the end of the journey, but at the same time I wanted to know how things would turn out for Ty. He has had it so tough during the events of the last two books and it doesn't look like things are going to get easier any time soon. It is easy to feel sorry for him, he was dragged into the gang by his best friend even though it was never something he wanted to join, then he witnessed a terrible event that has left him traumatised to this day and being brave enough to stand up and tell the truth about what happened has cost him and his family everything, not just once but over and over again. I don't think I would have coped as well if I found myself in Ty's situation! That isn't to say he is perfect, he has made plenty of mistakes along the way, but it was easy to see how he ended up making the choices he did. Deep down he is a good boy and all he ever really tries to do is protect his family and those he cares about.
I found it strange at first having part of the story narrated by Archie, he has had a very different upbringing to Ty and I found his behaviour much more selfish and childish but you have to take into account that Archie is a lot younger than Ty and he has a lot less life experience than his cousin. As much as Archie can be irritating at times really he is also trying to do the right thing and he just wants to get to the truth about the events that led up to Ty's incarceration. Archie has questions about Ty's past and since nobody seems willing to give him any answers he decides to go and get them for himself. Yes, that means he puts himself into some dangerous situations, yes, I was frustrated with him on occasion, and yes, I could tell that certain things weren't going to end well but I never doubted that Archie's heart was in the right place and he really did grow on me by the end of the book.
It's hard to say everything I want to say about this book without giving spoilers so I'm just going to leave it by telling you that Another Life is a must read conclusion to the series. I wouldn't recommend starting the series with this book but I do highly recommend the whole series starting from When I Was Joe. If you're looking for a series that shows the harsh and gritty side of teenage gang culture, knife crime and the shady side of London then look no further, Keren David has created a thrilling series that will have you on the edge of your seat....more
Rafael knows he has to find a mate to enable his pack to thrive but after killing his brother's mate he knows the woman he chooses will be forced to pRafael knows he has to find a mate to enable his pack to thrive but after killing his brother's mate he knows the woman he chooses will be forced to pay his debt with her life. He may have only killed Lucien's mate because she was a Slayer who had set out to destroy them all but Lucien has never believed that and according to the Blood Law Rafael must pay the price. When Rafael meets Falon he is surprised to find himself wanting to mark a human as his own, but he finds her impossible to resist and decides it is the best way to get her out of his system before her life is forfeit to pay his debt. At least then he will be free to make peace with Lucien and take a permanent Lycan mate. There is more to Falon than meets the eye though and the more time Rafael spends with her the less willing he is to sacrifice her to Lucian's revenge. Will Rafael put his duty to his people above his own needs or will he risk all to keep Falon safe from harm?
I have to admit that I wasn't too sure about Rafael at first, the way he was so willing to mark Falon even knowing it would cost her her life didn't give me warm feelings towards him! He comes across as quite arrogant and seems to believe that Falon is beneath him just because she is human. Even though he knows she is innocent and doesn't deserve to end up caught in his argument with his brother he seems quite willing to let her pay the ultimate price. I didn't think the author would be able to make me like him but she definitely proved me wrong and by the end of the story I was routing for him and Falon to work things out and be able to stay together. The more you see of Rafael the more you see how hard things have been for him, he feels a great responsibility to his pack and thinks that he has let them down by not taking a mate sooner but at the same time he hates the idea of allowing Lucien to take someone's life out of a misguided sense of revenge. Rafael feels he has been harshly judged by the Blood Law when the woman he killed was a Slayer and as it is forbidden for a Lycan to take a Slayer as their mate he feels that Lucian was the one in the wrong. At the same time he has to deal with the pressures of the ever increasing Slayer threat while his Pack is becoming weaker thanks to the divide between him and Lucien so he really is under a lot of strain. He hides his worries and fear under a tough as nails outer shell but once you look past that you can see what a caring man he really is inside.
It would be easy to think of Lucien as the bad guy in the story but when you look at it from his point of view he had found the love of his life and feels he was betrayed by his brother when Rafael killed her. Not only did he lose the woman he loved but he also lost his brother and half of his pack when they took Rafael's side against him. He doesn't believe his mate was a Slayer but even if she was he loved her and was devastated by her death. The way in which Rafael killed her didn't help matters and it really is no wonder that Lucien is out for revenge. The fact that he is willing to use an innocent woman to do it doesn't gain him any sympathy from me but I could understand that his pain has caused him to go to such drastic lengths! Lucien really is the ultimate tortured bad boy and I'm very curious to see if the author manages to redeem him by the end of the series.
Falon has always known that she was different from everyone else but as an orphan she never understood why. After meeting Rafael she finally feels that she has met someone who will be able to give her the answers that she needs. Falon has been through a lot but she has always had a strong will to live and that only gets stronger when she finds herself caught in the feud between Rafael and Lucien. The attraction between her and Rafael is intense and they have off the scale chemistry but she also feels a bond with Lucien which makes things complicated. She is out of her depth in the Lycan world, a world where she doesn't know the rules and doesn't understand how everything works, but she never lets that stop her from fighting for what she wants or standing up for what she believes in. You have to admire her strength and the way she refuses to back down when Rafael makes demands of her, she really grows throughout the story and becomes someone that the rest of the Pack have to admire.
Blood Law is a fantastic start to the Blood Moon Rising trilogy and it left me desperate to get my hands on the next instalment. I have to say I was completely shocked at the ending - I wouldn't have guessed what was about to happen in a million years! - and I'm dying to know how things will play out between the brothers in Bloodright. If you're a fan of werewolves and you're looking for a paranormal romance that pushes the boundaries then you definitely need to pick up this book. There were a few scenes that made me slightly uncomfortable but I love a book that manages to shock me and that was certainly the case with this one. If you like your romance on the erotic side then this series is sure to hit the mark and I have a feeling that it's going to get even more interesting as the series continues. This was my first book by Karin Tabke but it won't be the last and as soon as I have finished with this series I'll be working my way through her back list....more
I enjoyed the first book in Susannah Sandlin's Penton Legacy series but I'm pleased to say that things have really stepped up a gear in this book andI enjoyed the first book in Susannah Sandlin's Penton Legacy series but I'm pleased to say that things have really stepped up a gear in this book and I loved Absolution even more! The story picks up several weeks after the ending of Redemption and this time our focus is on Mirren, Aiden's second in command at the Penton scathe but don't worry we still get to catch up with our favourites from the first book too.
Mirren was a warrior even before he became a vampire and after he turned he became an executioner for the Tribunal. He was so successful at his job that he became known as the Slayer but he has tried hard to put that life behind him now and he just wants a peaceful life in Penton. The Tribunal want him back though and one particular member will do anything to bring back his blood lust - even if it means capturing him and keeping him prisoner until he is practically starved. Mirren is weak from his hunger but he still refuses to give in to his enemies demands and he will never betray the Penton scathe.
Glory is an outcast who was turned away by her family because they refused to accept her psychic abilities. She didn't even know vampires existed until one captured her because he could sense her power. She is terrified and trapped but even when drugged she refuses to give up her secrets. Her captor becomes so frustrated that he decides she isn't worth keeping alive and decides to give her to Mirren to awaken his blood lust. Mirren is half starved but even in his weakened state he acts with honour and refuses to hurt Glory which allows her to look past the fact he is a vampire and see the honourable man underneath. When Mirren and Glory are rescued she finds herself drawn into a dangerous new world, one where their enemies will do anything to ensure she doesn't live to tell tales. Can Mirren and his scathe keep her safe when they are in the middle of their own war?
I have to start by saying how much I loved Glory, she could be considered just a weak human considering she is surrounded by so many vampires and strong, alpha, warrior vampires at that, but she isn't going to sit back and wait to be rescued by anyone. In fact what I loved most about her was the way she was so determined to rescue herself and the way she is so protective of Mirren. She is able to look past his violent past and see who he really is deep inside and she won't let him push her away to punish himself. Glory is the kind of woman who knows what she wants and when she sets her mind on something she goes all out to make sure she gets it. I have to say I loved the way she starts babbling when she gets nervous too as that is something I have a tendency to do myself!
We didn't know a great deal about Mirren in the first book but I had completely fallen for him within a couple of chapters. He is so strong and heroic, willing to do anything to protect his friends and scathe members but he struggles to forgive himself for the things he did in the past. He hates the things he has done and feels guilt over the lives he has taken. Underneath his rugged and tough exterior he really has a heart of gold but he is also sexy as hell when Glory gets under his shell. The way his relationship develops with Glory was both hilarious and sweet at the same time and I enjoyed every second of it.
I've already said that the story picks up not long after the ending of Redemption and that means that the Tribunal are still watching the Penton scathe and worrying that they are becoming too powerful. With one particular enemy stirring up trouble it doesn't take long before Penton comes under attack which leads to some great action scenes and one particular moment when I gasped out loud in horror. The Penton scathe may have been kicked down but I'm sure they're not out of the race and I have a feeling the next novel is going to be explosive. I will be first in the queue to get hold of Omega when it is published next year and I can't wait to see what happens next! Fans of the first book will love Absolution but if you're new to the series then I would suggest starting with Redemption. This series is sure to be a hit with paranormal romance fans though and I'd definitely recommend checking it out....more