You know all those mixed emotions you have when you reach the end of a much loved series? The nerves in case things don't turn out how you want them t...moreYou know all those mixed emotions you have when you reach the end of a much loved series? The nerves in case things don't turn out how you want them to, the sadness that this is your final adventure with those characters you've become so invested in and the worry that it won't live up to your expectations. I felt all those and more before I picked up The Final Frontier, I've had so much fun reading this series and I really didn't want to see it come to an end. Thankfully Jeff Norton manages to end the things on a high note and I think this really was my favourite book in the series.
Jonah has been through so much since the first book and he's grown into a young man that we can be proud of. He's been faced with difficult decisions, ones where there isn't always an easy solution, but no matter what he's always remained true to his beliefs and tried to do what's right. He has been lied to, manipulated and had people try to force him into things he's not comfortable with but he's also found out who is friends really are. He's lost people he loved and found people who are loyal to him that he would risk his life for in an instant. In short, he's grown up.
I don't want to say too much about the plot of The Freedom Frontier because I want readers to be able to dive in and experience it fully for themselves. Instead I'm just going to talk about the series as a whole and tell you just some of the reasons I've loved it so much. These books are full of action and adventure, the characters are faced with moral dilemmas, friends become enemies and enemies become friends. Nothing is what it first seems and just when you've changed your mind about a particular character something will come along and make you believe you were right about them in the first place. This is a world of different shades of grey, there is no black and white and both sides of the war have done questionable things. I think this quote sums that up perfectly:
"The Guardians wanted freedom. The Millennials wanted control. And both sides were willing to kill for their goals. He wondered how different they actually were. Whose side was he really on?"
Jonah is the one who has been stuck in the middle and he's handled that difficult position incredibly well. I have to mention Sam here too, she's been such a fantastic friend to Jonah and she has always had his back even when she isn't sure he's making the right choices. The two of them will take on any challenge and they always come out fighting for what they believe in.
The Metawars series is full of unexpected twists and turns, these books will grab you from the very first page and you won't want to stop until you've read them all. This final book is a game changer in the most wonderful ways, it took me on a rollercoaster of emotion and left me with a huge smile on my face. I don't think I can recommend this series highly enough and it's definitely put Jeff Norton on my list of must read authors.(less)
Battle of the Immortal is the third book in Jeff Norton's Metawars series and the stakes are higher than ever for Jonah. As much as he is happy to hav...moreBattle of the Immortal is the third book in Jeff Norton's Metawars series and the stakes are higher than ever for Jonah. As much as he is happy to have his father back in his life he knows that it is wrong that Jason has stolen Luke's body and that moral dilemma plays on his mind as more and more of the Uploaded escape the Metasphere by usurping the living. He is also torn between the Guardians and the Millennials over who should have control over the Metasphere and what lengths they should be prepared to go to to achieve their goals. I really don't envy Jonah the choices he has to make in this series, he often finds himself in situations where there isn't really any right answer and he can only try to choose the path with the lowest number of casualties. He is also starting to realise that the consequences for his previous actions have had much further reach than he ever could have imagined and that perhaps some of his choices have caused more harm than good.
No matter how tough things get Jonah remains true to himself though, he always tries so hard to protect not just the people he loves but also other innocent lives that are in his radar. He's the kind of friend that anyone would want at their back because no matter how much it costs him he will always try to keep you safe. This is shown more clearly than ever when Sam ends up being usurped by one of the Uploaded. Jonah has to make some frightening choices in his quest to save her, including allying himself with someone he has always considered an enemy. We really start to see Jonah grow up in this instalment to the series, he is starting to be more proactive in his choices and to think of the long term effects of his actions rather than just flying by the seat of his pants like he has done in the past. We're seeing him turn into a young man who is wise beyond his years but it has cost him a lot to get to where he is now.
I don't want to say too much about the actual plot because it's more fun for you to discover that for yourselves but I'm sure that fans of the first two books will love this one just as much. This is the kind of series that has so many layers to it so no matter how much fun it is reading about a world where virtual reality is almost as important as real life that is only the beginning. Jeff Norton encourages readers to think about the differences between good and evil and how the line between them isn't quite so black and white. There are times when the good guys to terrible things and it's up to you to decide if they are ever justifiable or not. I'm kind of sad to know I've only got one book left to read in this series but I'm still excited to read The Final Frontier so I can find out who wins the war and finally discover whether the ends justified the means.(less)
The Dead are Rising is the second book in Jeff Norton's Metawars series and is just as action packed and addictive as the first. The story picks up no...moreThe Dead are Rising is the second book in Jeff Norton's Metawars series and is just as action packed and addictive as the first. The story picks up not long after Fight for the Future ended, the Uploaded are now safely in the newly created Changsphere and the superior server power of the new system means that they are more "alive" than they ever were in the Metasphere. The Uploaded are regaining their memories and becoming much more self aware which would be a good thing if it didn't mean they were starting to realise that they're actually dead. With the Uploaded desperate to find a way into the real world it doesn't take long before they realise that by taking over the avatar of someone who is still alive they can exit the Changsphere and steal that person's body. With millions of Uploaded users looking for a quick exit the Changsphere is soon in real trouble and Jonah is right at the heart of it all. Can he find a way to stop the Uploaded without having them deleted? Will the Guardians be able to capture another corner of the Metasphere from Granger and the Millennials?
Everything I loved about the first book is back in The Dead are Rising and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see how things would turn out. Poor Jonah is even more confused than ever about which side he should really be on and every time he thinks he has the answers he has the floor swept out from under him by a new revelation. I really don't know who the good guys are any more and I think that's actually the point that Jeff Norton is trying to make. He shows that the lines between good and evil aren't so black and white and that there is a whole lot of grey in between. The "good" guys do terrible things in pursuit of their goals and the "bad" guys aren't always completely evil. Jonah has a major moral dilemma on his hands and no matter how hard he tries he can't seem to find the right answer. I actually felt really sorry for him because I'm not convinced that any of the options currently available to him are the right choices. It's going to be really interesting to see how things play out as the series continues that's for sure!
Jonah has come a long way since we first met him, he has grown in confidence and he is more willing to stand up for what he believes in. It isn't easy for him to face off against his friends and allies but he does it and he even manages to make Sam start to question her upbringing rather than continue to blindly follow the Guardians. The Uploaded add a whole new dimension to the story, it was very easy to understand how much they wanted the chance to live again and to feel sorry for them and the situation they now found themselves in but that didn't make it any more acceptable for them to basically evict other people from their own bodies so they could return to reality.
This is the kind of series that really makes you think, it leaves you asking yourself questions about what you would be prepared to do for a few extra days with your loved ones but also makes you think about terrorism, dwindling natural resources and the future of our planet. I honestly have no idea how I want things to turn out - I'm definitely not a fan of Granger and the Millennials but I'm not sure that the Guardians can be trusted either so at the moment I'm on the fence about which side I think Jonah should take. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how Jeff Norton continues the series though and will be starting Battle of the Immortal asap.(less)
Fight for the Future is a fast paced and action packed adventure story set in a future where the real world is so bleak that people have chosen to tak...moreFight for the Future is a fast paced and action packed adventure story set in a future where the real world is so bleak that people have chosen to take refuge in the virtual one. When people live in squalor it is no wonder that they spend the majority of their time plugged into the Metasphere, a vibrant virtual world where anything is possible. The Metasphere has become such an important part of people's daily lives that it shouldn't be surprising that different factions are fighting for control over it. There are two major players in this war, the Millennials and the Guardians, one on the side of the creator of the Metasphere and the other a group of terrorists, but are either of them really what they seem? When Jonah is unexpectedly caught in the battle he must decide who to trust and it isn't as easy as he thought it would be.
Jonah is a fabulous and very realistic character who I think people of all ages will be able to relate to on some level. He reminded me a lot of my brother at that age and I really enjoyed getting to see the world Jeff Norton has created through his eyes. Jonah finds himself in an impossible position when he is forced to rely on the people who he always thought murdered his father in a terrorist attack. He is reluctant to believe their story but he needs their protection so he has to go along with their plans, at least temporarily. I love the fact that Jonah doesn't just take things at face value, he is constantly questioning what is happening and reconsidering his goals and alliances. He quickly comes to realise that nothing he grew up believing was the complete truth but he doesn't let that blind him to his current reality and he trusts his instincts as well as the information he is given.
The author has done a fantastic job of creating a world that is scarily believable, a shortage of natural resources combined with wars and the collapse of various international governments have created a worldwide crisis of epic proportions. People are struggling just to survive, overcrowding and food shortages have made real life pretty unbearable so it is easy to see why people are so seduced into a perfect virtual world where they can do anything they want. Although I find the idea of actually plugging myself in to the Metasphere incredibly creepy it isn't so hard to believe that something like this will be possible in the future and I was fascinated by the virtual world where people can be anything they dream of. Your avatar is something that is created by your subconscious the first time you log in and I loved the idea of seeing unicorns and dragons walking alongside elephants or even normal people. Who wouldn't be seduced by the idea of a world where anything is possible?
I don't want to say too much about the plot other than it captured my attention from the first page and had me completely gripped to the end. I was actually annoyed that I had to put the book down to get some sleep but I just couldn't keep my eyes open long enough to finish it in one sitting. There are plenty of twists and turns and nothing is quite what it seems so as a reader you're constantly being surprised by the actions of the characters. Along with Jonah we're introduced to an interesting selection of side characters all of whom I'm looking forward to getting to know better as the series continues. I'm excited that I've picked up this series at a point where all four books are already available so I'll leave this review here so I can go and get started on The Dead are Rising!(less)
Echo Boy is a futuristic novel set in a world where global warming has caused drastic changes to the landscape as we know it now. Technology...more3.5 stars
Echo Boy is a futuristic novel set in a world where global warming has caused drastic changes to the landscape as we know it now. Technology has come far enough that people can travel anywhere in the world in under an hour and that nearly every home has it's own echo (an android) to carry out chores. The echoes are designed to look human and come covered in real flesh, the only way to tell them apart is that they are slightly too perfect to be real.
Audrey's father is strongly against the use of echoes, he believes that technology is making us lose our humanity and he worries that the echoes could pose a danger to us. He has raised Audrey to have the same beliefs but it is only after the worst possible tragedy occurs that she really starts to understand why he had so many reservations. Now Audrey is terrified, she has lost everything she ever cared about and has been forced to leave home and seek safety with her uncle but everywhere she looks there are echoes going about their daily chores. It would be bad enough if they would just say out of her sight but one echo in particular seems determined to seek her out.
Daniel is an echo but he's different from the others, he has thoughts and feelings that the other echoes don't understand and can't relate to. He knows that Audrey is in danger and he wants to help her but she won't even talk to him let alone trust him to help her. Can Audrey get past her prejudice to see that Daniel is different and can they figure out what caused the terrifying events that turned Audrey's life upside down?
Echo Boy is a fab read and one I thoroughly enjoyed, the future that Matt Haig has envisioned seems scarily believable and isn't one I'd want to find myself living in. This is a story about finding out who you really are, it's about finding your path in life and learning to trust your instincts. It's about love, loss, grief, hope and everything in between - what does it really mean to be human? Audrey will come to realise that sometimes the machines aren't the monsters and it's people that she needs to be wary of but she'll have to learn how to tell who deserves her trust. This is a fast paced story that will have you on the edge of your seat and leave you desperate for more. Thankfully there isn't a cliffhanger ending but I was still left wanting to know what would happen next so I was very grateful to discover there will be a sequel. YA sci-fi fans will love this one & it's definitely a book I'm going to be recommending.(less)
James is a 13 year old boy who is struggling to come to terms with the death of his mother. He doesn't have the best home life and is stuck living wit...moreJames is a 13 year old boy who is struggling to come to terms with the death of his mother. He doesn't have the best home life and is stuck living with a step-father who drinks too much and can become violent. Everything changes for James when he meets Webster, a homeless man who is staying in an abandoned house that James spends time in when he needs an escape. Webster is running from something and claims to have a dark curse hanging over him but can James help him find a cure?
I have to admit I wasn't too sure what to expect from The Dark Inside, it's not the kind of book I would usually pick up but after hearing a reading by Rupert Wallis at a Simon & Schuster blogger event I just had to try it and I'm glad that I did. Sometimes it's nice to step out of your comfort zone - especially when you find a gem like this book! If I had any fears that I wouldn't be able to relate to a 13 year old boy they were quickly proved unfounded and within the space of a couple of chapters I was fully invested in James's story. He is such a sweet boy and he reminded me of my younger brother at that age, they have the same curiosity about the world and eagerness to find adventure. Even though James has been through a lot and has been let down by the people who should protect him he is still the kind of boy who sees the good in people, he wants to help Webster even if he isn't sure what to believe about Webster's curse.
One of the things that is done particularly well in this novel is the paranormal element. Nothing is ever completely laid out so although you are given strong hints about what happened there is enough ambiguity for the reader to be able to make up their own mind about things. You can choose to take the paranormal events at face value or you can decide that they are the product of an incredibly over-active imagination. I'm not going to tell you my decision though - you'll just have to read the book and make up your own mind.
I loved the characters in The Dark Inside, both James and Webster are both well developed and have intriguing backgrounds that make you want to spend time getting to know them but we also meet some other interesting people along the way. I don't want to say too much about them for fear of giving spoilers so I'll just tell you that Ma was one of the creepiest old ladies I've ever come across! The story touches on some difficult subjects dealing with James's grief and his sense of loneliness and Webster's anguish about things that happened in his past but there is also plenty of action and danger from more than one direction. This is the kind of book that it is easy to get lost in and the short chapters make it an incredibly quick read - I kept telling myself I'd read just one more chapter and before I knew it I was at the end of the story. This is a fantastic debut from a new British author and I'm looking forward to seeing what Rupert Wallis comes up with next!(less)
I have become a huge fan of Samantha Young since I first read On Dublin Street and I've really enjoyed getting to know this close knit group of family...moreI have become a huge fan of Samantha Young since I first read On Dublin Street and I've really enjoyed getting to know this close knit group of family and friends as I've continued reading the series. Fall from India Place actually jumps forward about five years from the ending of Before Jamaica Lane and here we get to see Ellie and Braden's young sister as a grown woman. I was actually a little nervous that it might be weird seeing Hannah as an adult since I'm so used to seeing her as a teenager but Samantha Young did a fabulous job of laying the foundations for this story in the previous book and it didn't take me long to get used to the time jump. Moving forward five years also gives us the opportunity to catch up with all of our favourite couples and see how they're all getting on now, most of them are married and we also get to see a new additions to the extended family which was fun.
Marco was Hannah's childhood crush and if you've read Before Jamaica Lane then you'll probably recognise him as the boy she was crazy about. The two were close friends but although Hannah always wanted more Marco kept her at a distance until one night when he gave into temptation. Hannah was heartbroken when Marco walked away from her after that and she was even more devastated when she found out he'd left the country and returned to America without even saying goodbye. Now, five years later, Hannah has done her best to put Marco to the back of her mind, she has worked hard to build a good life for herself and is just starting out in her career as an English teacher. She's never been able to trust another man with her heart but apart from that her life is good and she is happy being single. Bumping into Marco unexpectedly at a friend's wedding brings back all the old feelings of hurt and betrayal though. Marco is desperate to explain his actions and make things right between them but Hannah is wary of getting her heart broken again and he is the last person she can trust.
I love a story about second chance romances so I was really looking forward to seeing Marco prove himself to Hannah. As much as I was annoyed at the way he hurt her in the past I think his actions were explained well and I believed how sorry he was for what he did. He had a good reason for leaving and although I think he should have come back sooner I could understand why he hadn't. I felt really sorry for Hannah in the beginning and could see why she was so determined to keep her distance from Marco but in the end I have to admit I started getting more than a little annoyed by the way she kept pushing him away. The tension and drama between them just felt a little overdone and it didn't help that they both had huge secrets that they were keeping. These secrets are even kept from the reader although I have to say they weren't hard to figure out so I knew what was coming long before the big reveal. I found it incredibly frustrating that every time the two of them seemed to come to an understanding something would happen to send Hannah running again. I could understand why she was wary but since Marco had such good reasons for everything he'd done I started to get irritated that Hannah kept blaming him for everything that had happened. I was also annoyed about Marco's secret, he should have been more upfront with her from the beginning and I didn't feel that the story needed the extra drama that the big reveal caused.
Although this wasn't my favourite book in the series it was still an enjoyable read and I finished it in one sitting. Samantha Young has created such a fantastic cast of characters and I love diving back into this world to see what they're all getting up to. The absolute stand out character in this book is Cole (Jo's younger brother) who is now a young man in his own right and who is such a fantastic friend to Hannah. I'm already half in love with him so you can imagine how excited I am that he's getting his own book! The UK paperback of Fall from India Place also includes the story Castle Hill which was previously only available as an ebook. Castle Hill is a fabulous novella featuring Joss and Braden that is set after On Dublin Street and if you haven't already had a chance to read it I'm sure you'll love it as much as I did. You can read my full review of Castle HillHERE if you're interested.(less)
Emma was devastated by Aidan's betrayal and has spent the last few weeks trying to move on with her life and forget about him. Aidan isn't taking no f...moreEmma was devastated by Aidan's betrayal and has spent the last few weeks trying to move on with her life and forget about him. Aidan isn't taking no for an answer though and has continued to try to talk to her and explain his actions. Things are forced to a head between them when Emma goes into premature labour and is forced to take complete bed rest for the sake of the baby. Aidan volunteers to take time off of work to care for her and Emma has no choice but to accept his offer. Can Aidan persuade Emma that he has changed and get her to forgive him or will the attentions of handsome doctor Pesh convince Emma that it really is time to move on?
I really loved Emma and Aidan as a couple in the first book, they had such great chemistry and I enjoyed watching them fall in love. I was incredibly annoyed at Aidan's actions towards the end of the story though so I wanted to see a lot of grovelling from him in this sequel. We finally learn a lot more about events in Aidan's past in The Proposal and it made his previous actions much more understandable, that didn't make me instantly forgive him but seeing him so open and honest with Emma about his feelings helped. I actually found myself more irritated with Emma in this book which really surprised me. I found it pretty impossible to believe that a woman who was still in love with her ex and who was also heavily pregnant would even consider dating another guy, I didn't understand Emma's actions and I certainly didn't believe them so I lost the connection I had with her in the first book.
I couldn't for the life of me understand why Katie Ashley tried to add a love triangle to the story, it was completely unneeded and since it was so obvious who Emma would end up with I just felt like she was trying to manipulate us. This could have been so much better if it had just focused on Aidan trying to win Emma back and prove how much he had changed! Although Pesh was a likeable enough character I found myself disliking him because he was coming in between Aidan and Emma. I was actually annoyed when Emma went off on dates with him leaving Aidan at home alone and the whole thing left me feeling frustrated. I still love Aidan and Emma as a couple and there were some really sweet and poignant moments between them but I didn't enjoy this book anywhere near as much as I expected to. I have found out that there will be a spin off story (The Pairing) where Pesh gets his own happy ending but I have to say I don't think it's one I'll be reading. I don't feel even slightly invested in his character so it seems pretty pointless.
I really wish the author had finished Emma and Aidan's story after the first book, we didn't need the drama caused by Aidan's actions and we certainly didn't need the forced triangle.(less)
I may have been late jumping on the Angelfall bandwagon but I fell completely in love with Susan Ee's characters and the world she created so I can't...moreI may have been late jumping on the Angelfall bandwagon but I fell completely in love with Susan Ee's characters and the world she created so I can't tell you how relieved I was that I already had a copy of World After so I could continue the adventure. Considering Angelfall was my favourite book of the year I had high expectations for this sequel, ones I was worried it would be hard to live up to, but thankfully World After was just as good - in fact I'd go so far as to say it was even better! I can't praise this series highly enough so if you haven't started reading it yet then I urge you to do so, I promise that you won't regret it.
I really don't want to talk about the plot in this review, I would much prefer to let people enjoy discovering what happens for themselves and I think you'll enjoy it all the more for that. What I will say is that Susan Ee has really ramped up the action, she throws in so many curve balls that it is impossible to guess what will happen next and the story is darker and more creepy than ever. You'll see just how low some humans are prepared to sink in order to survive, in fact I found their behaviour even more horrific than the angels at times and that is saying something! At the same time you get to learn more about the angels' plans and they are definitely shocking. You'll also discover that although Penryn's mother is completely crazy she is actually a lot smarter than most people give her credit for and quite often there is a reason for the strange things she does.
My heart absolutely broke for Paige though, I can't even count the number of times I wanted to crawl into the book to give her a cuddle and tell her everything would be OK even though I couldn't see a way out of the mess they were all in. The dynamics between her and Penryn are very different to the way they were in the first book, Paige is like a completely different child since what happened to her but she loves Penryn more than anything and is incredibly protective of her big sister. In some ways it felt like their roles had reversed but there were some wonderful moments between them towards the end of the book that made me sob like a baby. I'm not going to lie to you, this book is painful to read at times but that just proves how emotionally connected I am to each of the characters.
I will admit that I missed Raffe during the first half of the book, we don't see as much of him as I would have liked but I can understand why the story needed to be told that way and his absence was more than made up for when he does make his appearance. I loved the banter between him and Penryn in Angelfall and I think it was even better in this book, they are incredibly funny together but there are also some really sweet and poignant moments between them. Penryn is definitely one of my favourite heroines, she has to make difficult choices but she always acts in the best interests of the people she cares about, she will fight to the death to protect her family but she also puts herself at risk for complete strangers. She may not always make the best choices but she always does what she thinks is right and you have to admire her for that.
World After is an incredibly dark book but it also has a lot of humour and lighter moments that will put a smile on your face. Dee-Dum are always able to lighten the mood with their silly antics but Penryn has her moments too - just wait until you see the disguise she comes up with for her sword! Angelfall and World After are two of my favourite books ever and this has fast become my top YA series, I just hope that Susan Ee doesn't make us wait too long for the next book because I NEED to know what happens next. It's only been a couple of days since I finished reading this book and I'm already itching to pick it up again so that should give you some idea of how much I loved it!(less)
The end of the world started off just like any other normal day, people were going to work and getting on with their lives as usual when the...more3.5 stars
The end of the world started off just like any other normal day, people were going to work and getting on with their lives as usual when the virus hit. It spread faster than anyone could ever have imagined and killed everyone who was infected, the victims refused to stay dead though and when they came back they were hungry, hungry for human flesh.
Red Hill is told from three different points of view; you have Scarlet the single mother who has been separated from her two daughters and will do whatever it takes to find them again; Nathan who is just trying to find somewhere safe for himself and his young daughter Zoe; and finally you have Miranda who was on her way to spend the weekend at her father's ranch with her sister Ashley and their boyfriends Bryce and Cooper. These three characters start out as strangers but when their paths cross they have to work together as a group to survive.
I have to say really enjoyed watching each of the character's journey to the ranch, seeing the way they reacted when the news of the virus first started spreading, watching them fight their way across the country looking for safety as they tried to figure out what was happening, seeing them face their worst nightmares as friends and family members succumbed to the virus and turned into enemies, all of that was really interesting and made me question my own ability to survive in the event of a zombie apocalypse - I'll confess I don't like my chances! The story makes you ask difficult questions, how far would you be prepared to go to survive? What would you do to protect your loved ones? Would you be brave enough to risk your life for a complete stranger?
I did find that once the group arrived at Red Hill the story slowed down though, once they'd settled into a routine and started getting to know each other I felt myself getting a little bored. The romances that start to develop seemed a little rushed and unbelievable but I did like how conflicted Scarlet felt about finding any kind of happiness when she still didn't know what had happened to her daughters. I thought that was quite an honest reaction and it made sense to me, what I struggled with was the fact that she was able to sit around hoping her daughters would find her. She does start to get a little more proactive towards the end but it was a little too late in some ways and I didn't like the way she was willing to put the others at risk for her own goals. Really I just felt that life became a bit too easy for them all when they got to the ranch, I know it was mentioned that the owner had prepared for a potential disaster but it was hard to believe that it was quite so well stocked with food and other supplies for so many people. It just didn't make sense that they weren't having to go hunting for supplies more regularly.
The story is well written, I was engaged with the characters and cared about what happened to them but it did feel like this was a story I've read before. I don't really read many zombie apocalypse stories so this surprised me and I have a feeling that anyone who is a huge fan of this genre would be even more disappointed. It was a shame we're not given much of an explanation for what caused the virus and how it spread so quickly and I was confused by the military response (or lack of it) until very near the end of the book. The ending felt a bit rushed and failed to answer many of my questions which did make me wonder if we'll get a sequel in the future. I'm not sure if there is enough story left to tell for a whole other book though. It's hard to rate this book, in a lot of ways I really enjoyed it, especially the action throughout the first half of the book, but I did feel let down by the ending and that coloured my view of the story as a whole.(less)
Susan is a down on her luck reporter whose reputation is in ruins after a major scandal and the only job she could find is working for a paper that co...moreSusan is a down on her luck reporter whose reputation is in ruins after a major scandal and the only job she could find is working for a paper that covers all the weird and supernatural stories that people only read for fun. She's desperate to get back to investigative journalism and if she can just find one really big story she has a shot at rebuilding her career. When a lead takes her to the animal shelter her best friend runs she suddenly finds herself the new owner of a cat she is allergic to and under suspicion of murder. If that wasn't bad enough the cat turns out to be a Were-Hunter and she couldn't be more shocked when he takes human form and tells her she's in danger. Now she's in a whole world of trouble facing dangerous enemies but with Ravyn at her side she might just survive.
I'm such a huge fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon and her Dark-Hunters series, she never fails to add something new to her stories or take things in unexpected directions and that's something I love about these books. The sheer scale of this world is incredibly impressive and I have no idea how she manages to keep all of the characters and ongoing story lines straight in her head. I'm sure I've still barely scratched the surface and I can't wait to carry on reading!
There is so much going on in Dark Side of the Moon but I never felt that Susan and Ravyn's romance took a back seat and I really enjoyed seeing their relationship develop. I liked the fact that things seemed to move slower between them, it takes time for them to trust each other and to build a rapport but considering how many new things Susan was having thrown at her I felt that made things much more believable. There is plenty of fun banter between them and all the humour I've come to expect from the series, it's hilarious that Susan is allergic to Ravyn's inner cat and that even his human hair can set her off sneezing. Ravyn's back story is heart breaking, that isn't really anything new for the Dark-Hunters but I think it was made worse in his case by the way his family treat him. He blames himself for a dreadful event that wasn't really his fault but what's worse is that his father and brothers blame him too and I hated seeing the way they acted towards him. What I loved was seeing Susan stand up for her man and put his family firmly in their place, she helps Ravyn see that there was nothing he could have done to prevent the tragedy. Susan and Ravyn make a great couple, they both fight for what they want and they're strong in different ways which makes them perfect back up for each other.
I don't even know where to start when it comes to what is happening in the rest of the Dark-Hunter world during this book. Of course I absolutely adore Ash as always but there are some absolutely shocking things going on with the Daimons and that epilogue almost made my jaw hit the floor. Honestly what the hell is Nick thinking? I love his character (I'm very invested in him since I started the Chronicles of Nick series before I started the Dark-Hunter one) and my heart has broken for him over certain events that have happened but I was completely shocked and horrified at his actions here. I know he's hurting but I'm annoyed that he's letting other people influence him and turn him into the something he never wanted to be. I definitely can't wait to read The Dream-Hunter so I can find out what happens next though, I have a feeling things are about to get incredibly interesting!(less)