Three weeks after the end of Boyfriend from Hell, Megan is still trying to deal with the fall out. Her best friend Matt is gone, having sacrificed him...moreThree weeks after the end of Boyfriend from Hell, Megan is still trying to deal with the fall out. Her best friend Matt is gone, having sacrificed himself to right the wrong he did to Megan and Erin hates her because Matt always loved Megan while only liking Erin. Her mother, Suze, new best friend Maurdrina, and boyfriend Guy are there to help her cope and navigate through the emotions and high school drama around the girl who finds herself without her two best friends and suddenly very popular.
But Evil isn't finished with Megan. Hell wants the book Megan took from Armando and used to send him back to hell. This time, they're sending demons to get what they want and they'll use what Megan loves most to get what they want.
The second installment to the Fallen Angels series was better than it's predecessor. Instead of being the self-absorbed girl that she was in Boyfriend from Hell, Megan matured and thinking of a much bigger picture than her own little world.
She's worried about what would happen with Guy, should he get redeemed and ascend to Heaven again. Sure she's worried about what that will mean for her, but she's also worried about Guy who seems torn between the girl he loves (Megan) and the world he's always known.
She's also worried about Erin and tries to mend the rift between them. Granted, Erin wants nothing to do with Megan, but Megan does continue to try. In the past, she would have gotten mad at Erin and given her the silent treatment rather than trying to get through to her.
When Megan discovered Hell was still coming after the book, which she still had in her possession, she understood the dangers of letting it fall into the wrong hands and took steps to ensure it's safety. And when Beelzebub took what she loved most as a bartering tool for the book, Megan put aside her feelings for a certain incredibly beautiful angel linked to Guy and joined forces with her to save the boy she loves.
The book cliffhangers at the end, leaving us to wait for the final installment, Heaven. Hopefully we'll get our answers to what's going on with Erin and which angel is rising again.(less)
What a difference a couple of books can make in a character. In this latest installment in the series, we find Chloe dealing with the fallout from the...moreWhat a difference a couple of books can make in a character. In this latest installment in the series, we find Chloe dealing with the fallout from the vampire attack on her community that left 2 hunters dead and her grandfather seriously injured in the hospital. While she's devastated over the latest events, she is also feeling tremendous guilt because she's resolved that if she hadn't move there no one would have been hurt.
We also have the development of a love triangle for Chloe, her mentor and friend, Drew and high school senior, Gavin. Chloe has her handful with these two, as they both appeal to her in different ways.
Chloe has definitely matured, a lot, from when we first met her in book 1. She now looks beyond her need to avenge her mother's death to what's good for the community. She's working to develop her gifts and understands that revenge and hate aren't always the best way to fight an enemy.
What do you do when you and your destined soul mate break a centuries old curse? For Emma Conner and Brendan Salinger, you try to put the past behind...moreWhat do you do when you and your destined soul mate break a centuries old curse? For Emma Conner and Brendan Salinger, you try to put the past behind you and act like a normal couple. Or as normal as a new witch and her boyfriend can be. Unfortunately, for Emma and Brendan, his past and Emma's newfound witchy power crash into one another. Emma needs to get up to speed with her spells in order to save the day.
I wasn't sure what to expect with Spellcaster. I figured once the curse had been broken, Emma and Brendan would go off on their merry way. Luckily for us, they do hit a few snags in their journey to happily ever after. The snag being Brendan's past.
Brendan didn't live the life of a saint before Emma came along and Emma tended to be a tad bit jealous over being reminded just how many "hook ups" Brendan had. So it was fitting that one of those hook ups, one who happened to be a witch, decided to get a little retribution while attempting to gain some evil powers.
While Emma had to deal with the fact that someone, was again, trying to kill her, Brendan also had to deal with the knowledge that something he did in the past is coming back to harm someone he loves. It was refreshing to see the gut wrenching emotions that Brendan went through, trying to figure out if it would be better for Emma if he broke things off with her (which you could tell would kill him). It made me forgive Brendan for his slutty ways and hope they could defeat the evil witch.
After finishing Spellcaster, I hope to see more to the series. Brendan and Emma grew, but I'd like to see what else may be in store for them...especially as Emma's powers grow.(less)
Ali Maney thinks she's just hit the high school jackpot when the hottest guy in the school starts paying attention to her, but she soon learns that th...moreAli Maney thinks she's just hit the high school jackpot when the hottest guy in the school starts paying attention to her, but she soon learns that the death of a classmate and the dark, hot Dameon are linked together and she's the next target for the sinister Dark Angel.
With the help of a group of newbies: Kian, Krysta and Nathaniel..who are AngelFire (angels for all intents and purposes), Ali tries to come to grips with the the reality that angels and demons do exist, while helping her new friends find a way to trap Dameon in hopes of stopping the demons from running wild in New York City.
As I've said before, I'm not generally a big angel story fan, but this one that I enjoyed. Ali was a girl who just wanted to be loved. She thought she finally found that in Dameon, but again, she finds that he didn't really want her...he wanted to get rid of her. But when she finally decides to trust in the group of newbies who have befriended her best friends, she finds the one person who loves her for who she is.
Kian, having spent most of his life living on the streets, is found by the AngelFire leader and now living amongst his kind. While he did his job, he was still an outsider. But when he find Ali, he finds the reason in his life. He knows he must follow the rules and he cannot have any kind of intimate contact with Ali, Kian knows he will do whatever is necessary to protect Ali from Dameon and those like him.
Ami Blackwelder does an excellent job of creating a storyline and characters that has your attention locked from the very beginning. I will definitely be looking for the next installment in the series.(less)
I will start this review by saying, this was....it was probably me.
Reese had been through a lot. She was date raped, had problems dealing with certain...moreI will start this review by saying, this was....it was probably me.
Reese had been through a lot. She was date raped, had problems dealing with certain social situation and was stung my the lost of contact with her boyfriend who moved away. She kept to her close knit group of friends as a way to protect herself from the unknown and relied on her family and her strong sense of faith to guide her. At first, I really liked her. But then I started to question what she was doing. She vacillated between Tate, Carter and then the mysterious John. She seemed to allow herself to be pushed into situations where the worst possible outcome lay in front of her. Some of her so-called "best friends" seemed to feel free to giveaway Reese's personal information without any real consequence. Reese claimed she couldn't trust men, because the ones she did let her down, but I think the person she really shouldn't trust is herself.
I understand she is young and well all make stupid decisions and mistakes, but Reese's just seemed to keep piling on top of each other. It was almost as if she purposefully ignored some of the signs that were right in front of her (for example, creepy John. There is something not right there and I have a feeling that will spell disaster later on, but does Reese see that? NO!).
As I said about...it's probably me. Others have really enjoyed this book and normally these type of suspenseful storylines are right up my alley. But I didn't connect with the characters or the storyline. (less)
I have to say, this was sooo not what I was expecting from a Meg Cabot book. That said, I really enjoyed it. Bummed that I have to wait a year for Und...moreI have to say, this was sooo not what I was expecting from a Meg Cabot book. That said, I really enjoyed it. Bummed that I have to wait a year for Underworld to come out.(less)
Just when Meghan thought she was done with the fey, having been expelled from Nevernever for failing to renounce her love for Ash, the youngest Winter...moreJust when Meghan thought she was done with the fey, having been expelled from Nevernever for failing to renounce her love for Ash, the youngest Winter court prince, she's dragged back in.
While hoping to reconnect with her family in Louisiana, Meghan and Ash run into Iron fey mercenaries sent by the False Iron King to drag her back. Not wanting to harm her human family, she and Ash seek shelter from the Exile Queen, hoping to buy themselves some time while they come up with a strategy. Unfortunately, they don't get build a solid strategy as she's beckoned by her father, Oberon the Summer king to come back to nevernever to help them fight the Iron Fey.
Determined to overthrow the False King, Meghan agrees to help the Summer and Winter courts, but only if they give full pardons to Ash and Puck. Meghan knows neither of them could live very long in the iron lands and wants to make sure they have someplace safe to go. But being Ash and Puck, they vow to go with Meghan.
I think this was my favorite of the series. Meghan's not quite so wimpy and wondering "why her". She's maturing and starting thinking of what her choices mean to everyone, if they aren't the choices the others would make.
Can't wait to read the Iron Knight, because I have a feeling Ash is going to do something spectacular!
I'm a little sad that it's over, but it was an AWESOME journey! I'm glad my day job is not to investigate crime, because I was totally wrong about Que...moreI'm a little sad that it's over, but it was an AWESOME journey! I'm glad my day job is not to investigate crime, because I was totally wrong about Queen Tatiana's killer!!(less)
This book has sat on my Kindle for a while, just waiting to be read. It was pushed further and further down the TBR list by other books that either ne...moreThis book has sat on my Kindle for a while, just waiting to be read. It was pushed further and further down the TBR list by other books that either needed to be read for review or were more obviously at the front of my mind for reading. It was until a friend of mine read that book and raved about it that I finally remembered it was on my Kindle and maybe I should move it to the front of the line. Now that I'm a week removed from reading it, I still feel as if I might just want to chuck my Kindle across the room when thinking about it.
The story is about eighteen year old Harper, who journeys to San Diego State University and discovers much more freedom than she ever experienced while leaving with her Marine father at Camp LeJeune. She quickly bounds with her college roommate, Brea, and enter the college party scene courtesy of Brea's brother Chase. We follow Harper as she navigates college life, including her relationships with Chase and her boyfriend, Brandon. It's about living life and taking chances, but also dealing with the consequences when things don't go exactly as planned.
I had a really hard time with Harper. Granted, she is an extremely sheltered eighteen year old, who's life existed around the marines her father trained. But I would have have thought that living around those young men, even if they were fearful of her father, would have made her a bit more worldly. Instead, when Harper gets to SDSU, she's completely out of her element and doesn't know how to fit into social situations. So it was a little strange that her relationship with Brandon started so quickly. But even more bizarre was the fact that she was so "in love" with Brandon, yet had all these feelings for Chase. Both guys were hot and any girl/woman would have been ecstatic to have either of them fighting over her, but it just seemed a little strange for a girl who had never had a boyfriend to now find herself stuck in this love triangle of her own making.
In my opinion, she truly did string both Chase and Brandon along. She loved Brandon and she just knew he was "the one", yet she wasn't willing to let go of Chase no matter what he said or did to push her away. It made me sad to think that both of these guys, who were so emotionally invested in this girl, had to be torn apart because she couldn't really follow through with what she knew in her heart she wanted.
And then the guys. Brandon was a big, tough, fighter, who was putty in Harper's hands. He loved her from the moment he laid eyes on her and would do anything for her. He was understanding when it came to her virginity and made an effort to ensure she didn't feel like he was pushing her towards having sex. He was a forever kind of guy and he made sure Harper knew he wanted her forever. Then there was Chase. He may have come off as a complete ass, but Chase was a very emotional guy when it came to Harper. He wore his heart on his sleeve and at his worse, acted like an elementary aged boy pulling the pig tails of the girl he liked. No matter how mean he was to Harper, you could tell how it devastated him and how much he wanted her. But it came to a point where I got tired of Brandon being a doormat for Harper to walk all over and Chase always being their for her when he knew she didn't feel the same way about him. It made me said for both of the guys and wanted them to find someone better.
Now the Kindle throwing part of the story comes about halfway through and it truly quite devastating. Not because of what that means for Harper, but because of what that meant for the character. After this, I really didn't care what happened to Harper and just wanted to the story to be over. Harper could whine, cry or carry on about whatever she wanted, but I was done.
There are a ton of readers out there that adore this book and Harper's journey to find her happily ever after. But for me, the events at the 50% mark took the air out of my reading sail. From that point forward, I didn't really care about any of the characters. Which is too bad, because it was a well written read. To Molly McAdams' credit, it's a nod to her as a writer to be able to evoke such an emotional response. She may not have been looking for my reaction, but it's a testament to her writing that I'm still mad over what happened a week later.(less)
Natalie Stewart was hoping that she would be able to lead a somewhat normal life, now that her beloved Jonathan Whitby, Lord Denbury is freed from his...moreNatalie Stewart was hoping that she would be able to lead a somewhat normal life, now that her beloved Jonathan Whitby, Lord Denbury is freed from his prison. But they soon realize that Jonathan is wanted for murder and he must return to his native England to try and figure out what happened to his parents and exactly why he was imprisioned. But the Majesty Society is spreading and Jonathan is forced to play the double agent while trying to determine exactly what it is they plan to do.
I didn't read the first book in this series (Darker Still), but it didn't matter as I found myself instantly pulled into a wonderfully crafted world where paranormal elements mixed with historical turn of the century America (or close to it). Even more, I loved that an eighteen year old girl (mute for most of her life) was given such a strong character to not only save her Prince Charming once before, but to delve into the world of magic and demons to prevent worse things from happening.
And while there was all sorts of bad and weird things happening around Jonathan and Natalie, they managed to keep each other grounded and knew when levity needed to be added to the situation. They didn't have much time for romance or wooing, but when they did get those moments, it was clear that these two were meant for each other.
I look forward to more in this series (which includes reading the first book). I must know who is after Natalie and what's in store next from the Majesty.(less)
I'm not generally one who likes to read Angel books, but I'll admit that I was drawn to reading this one because of the cover. Maybe it's the heart th...moreI'm not generally one who likes to read Angel books, but I'll admit that I was drawn to reading this one because of the cover. Maybe it's the heart that cracked and spidery looking. Maybe it's the way the color are used with the model's hair. Whatever it was, it drew me in.
Emily, an angel and Matt, her warrior are a perfectly matched set. They are sent to earth to inhabit "shells" to right wrongs and judge those who cause harm. They will always be there for the other to count on and defend, no matter what. For this assignment, Emily is sent down to inhabit the "shell" of Liz and Matt, into Daniel. It's an assignment that will test them like nothing they've experienced before. They will have to deal with human emotions and discover that what seems easy on the heavenly plane is more difficult when you're dealing with the evil that can lurk in even the best of us.
Emily and Matt must learn to deal with all the emotions that Liz and Daniel feel, both for each other and anyone else that crosses their paths. For Emily, it means questioning everything they have learned in their trainings and discovering that she isn't exempt from sin. It's learning that mistakes and sins can be forgiven and you are willing to do anything to save someone you love.
I'll admit, the first few chapters and epilogue had me completely lost. The Emily/Matt/Liz/Jason/Daniel mess was confusing. Even more so was when Emily would go "home" and have very cryptic conversations with Michael, Gabriel or Joseph. But what kept me turning the pages was how Emily/Liz dealt with her feelings and what she needed to do that kept me engaged in the story. (less)
Chloe grows up a little bit in this next installment in the series. After the death of her mother and her ineffectiveness in helping fight off the las...moreChloe grows up a little bit in this next installment in the series. After the death of her mother and her ineffectiveness in helping fight off the last attempt by the vampires to kidnap her, Chloe has really focused on her training and the development of her gifts. She an excellent marksman and also discovers that she has an affinity for fire...something that hasn't been found in a Vampire Hunter in many, many years.
She's also building a relationship with her grandfather and bonding with Drew, who still remains a mystery to her. She's also trying to find her place amongst her classmates. It's not easy for her, but she's trying to make a life within the Hunter community. But this also makes her question whether being there is safe for the other residents since she knows her father will stop at nothing to get her. That message comes to her loud and clear when a vampire attack leaves a few fellow hunters dead and Luke seriously injured.
Another great addition to the series. The characters are developing and the connection to them, as a reader, is growing. (less)
At the end of my review for the Iron Queen, I said I thought that was the best book in the series. And while that book finished the story of the Iron...moreAt the end of my review for the Iron Queen, I said I thought that was the best book in the series. And while that book finished the story of the Iron Fey's attempt to take over the Nevernever and Meghan Chase's ascension to the Iron Queen, I'll have to amend my statement on which is the best book in the series. This book, is the best one.
Told from Ash's perspective, we follow him on his journey to obtain the one thing that will allow him to keep his vow to Meghan, his soul.
To obtain that, Ash and Puck touch every corner of Nevernever to find the path that will lead them to the ends of the world. Along the way, they run into some old foes as well as finding out that the one thing that tore Ash and Puck apart as best friends has actually been "alive" this entire time.
But to obtain the soul he so desperately needs, Ash must run the gauntlet to prove his worthiness and then pass a series of test to see if the humanity he seeks is actually what he wants.
If you weren't Team Ash before, I think you will be after you read this one. He is every bit the complex and emotional person I thought he could be if he let go of that icy wall around his heart. In the end, he knew that despite having back what he thought was lost after seeing what he could have with Meghan it was worth the risk.
An excellent addition to a great series. I'm sorry to see it end, but I'm hoping that maybe we can convince Julie Kagawa that Puck needs to have his own series.