Up in Flames was a whirlwind ending to the Into the Fire series. Though if I was going to describe this novel, I would almost say this book is5 Stars
Up in Flames was a whirlwind ending to the Into the Fire series. Though if I was going to describe this novel, I would almost say this book is divided equally into two parts. The first being about how the Phoenixes had to finally face their Hunters, and the second being about the daggers, their origin, and how to destroy them.
I have to say the most enjoyable part was having Anton around for a change. Actually, I was very excited. I always felt that character had more potential to grow into something more than just a supportive role. Which he did. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed in him as well. Anton, Anton. I thought you could be a better man, but you are still the louse.
What was also interesting about this book was that the phoenix daggers had a Lord of the Ring vibe to them. “Two daggers to rule them all.” It intrigued me how they could control the Hunters’ will, including Logan’s. It was very Sauron and the one ring. There was just two things that nagged me about the daggers and the one who crafted them. The first was the fact I couldn’t get a real sense of the size of the daggers. One minute, they could run a human completely through, much like the medieval daggers, and the next, they seemed no bigger than something that could kill a small animal or bird, like a common hunting knife. The second was how much guess work the characters had to figure who the creator was.
Logan definitely had a stronger role in this novel as well. Though I think Cara came on top in terms of what she had to sacrifice to save him and the other Phoenixes. Also, he wasn’t very confident in his ability. Maybe if gotten a little more training as well with the dagger. Personally, if I was going to cross over universes here, a character like Oliver Queen probably would have worked wonders in Logan’s training, and even help him master the dagger’s mind control. Unfortunately, the best character that could actually train him didn’t last very long—even though I didn’t like him, he could have stuck around just a little bit longer.
I’m sad to see this series end, especially when the actual ending left my emotions torn between loving it and hating it. It was definitely bitter sweet, but was Cara’s sacrifice really necessary? I guess for the story it was, but I keep feeling it could have been approached differently. ...more
Into the Fire is a wonderful young adult contemporary romance full of tension and passion. You can relate to both main characters, Cara and L4.5 Stars
Into the Fire is a wonderful young adult contemporary romance full of tension and passion. You can relate to both main characters, Cara and Logan, as their relationship blossoms through their family hardships. Yet, is it love? Or is it purely the “imprint”—a combination of emotions and an attraction so strong you’re literally drawn to a specific person, no matter how much you attempt to reason with yourself? On top of it all, Cara is no ordinary girl. She is a phoenix, who can live five lifetimes. Her oncoming rebirth and love for Logan drawing a Hunter’s attention.
I was fortunately to have read the first version of Into the Fire, and much has improved in the republishing. One being that there were little additions to certain portions of the novel that helped me piece together details, including basic lay out of the town, school, and falls. Also, as a bonus, there is an extra chapter, which gives us a closer look into the relationship between Cara and her younger brother, Jeremy, as well as her connection with her phoenix heritage. A wonderful concept which I felt could have been expanded through the novel.
Unfortunately, the other purpose of the bonus chapter was to introduce a dead end clue to the mystery of who the Hunter might be. The concept came full circle in the single chapter, making the attempt to include a little more mystery to the novel’s plot seemingly pointless. Also, I felt the chapter was placed a chapter or two too soon in the story’s plotline. The flow was disrupted, especially when it came to Cara’s grief over her separation from Logan.
Another down side, in my opinion, was that I still feel a lot of the dialogue was too continuous and untagged. In reality, people are usually doing something during a conversation (walking, talking with hands, facial expressions, voice tones) that it’s hard for someone like me to read so much continuous dialogue. I feel they are just standing there, no emotion or movement whatsoever.
Despite that, Into the Fire is an amazing read! And with its intense, heart wrenching ending, you’ll want to read the sequel, Out of the Ashes, immediately afterwards....more
I truly enjoyed reading Looking for Love. I was a great continuation of Nothing to Tell, had wonderful links to Rushing into Love, and wonderful wrapI truly enjoyed reading Looking for Love. I was a great continuation of Nothing to Tell, had wonderful links to Rushing into Love, and wonderful wrap up to the Campus Crush Series! Mike has to be one of my favorites from this series....more
The Darkness Within is a wonderful conclusion to The Monster Within. Though Ethan is not my favorite male character of the series (he just seems too pThe Darkness Within is a wonderful conclusion to The Monster Within. Though Ethan is not my favorite male character of the series (he just seems too perfect to me), I enjoyed the struggle for control over his dark magic. And I liked that Sam had learned to be a bit more leery of trusting the wrong people. Though, at times, I felt she was going a little overboard protecting Ethan, I understood her concerns after what happened in the first novel.
Also, there were some links between Sam and Mirabella at the end I could not grasp, especially the sacrifice. I guess that's because, in those specific situations, I see a sacrifice having to be something that person loves in order to be a sacrifice. And honestly, I could not tell if there really was a true connection between Sam and Mirabelle. I felt this whole part left a lot of holes in the background of the plot.
However, I love that we got to learn more about Dylan in this novel and his dark past. I don't care what he did in the past, I still love him! Actually, I would love it if a novella came out that was purely focused on him--maybe one where he even finds true love. Hint. Hint. ;)...more
If Into the Fire hadn’t kept triggering some hard memories and emotions, I would have swallowed this novel whole. It was that good! Full of suspense aIf Into the Fire hadn’t kept triggering some hard memories and emotions, I would have swallowed this novel whole. It was that good! Full of suspense and romantic tension.
I could really relate to both Cara and Logan, as you could tell from my earlier comments. I had similar situations, some even recently. Practically when it came to family hardships and what was referred to by Cara and her family as “imprinting.” Those strong emotions. That strong attraction. How hard it is to stay away. Their story truly coincided with my actual life, only better results.
Though the inner thought was amazing in most of this novel, there were other things I didn’t like about the style. It didn’t feel the same as other works by Ashelyn Drake or Kelly Hashway; such as the settings. With The Monster Within and Campus Crush I could get at least a basic lay out of the town, campus, and houses. But in Into the Fire, I felt the description lacked. I couldn’t even get a feel of Cara’s or Logan’s bedrooms, which makes it difficult to picture the characters.
Also, a lot of the beginning and even some of ending dialogue was continuous and untagged, as if most of the interweaved action was cut from the text. I couldn’t place what the character was doing, what emotions they were feeling, or how the conversation was affecting them at the time. It was just pure conversation.
But, OMG, what an intense, heart wrenching ending! Forget the first chapter in the back of the book; this novel will make you want the sequel, Out of the Ashes, now!
Good read in terms of style and speed. Was loving the beginning. Especially Adam. But I wasn't thrilled with the Beauty and The BeaFull Review to Come
Good read in terms of style and speed. Was loving the beginning. Especially Adam. But I wasn't thrilled with the Beauty and The Beast, X-Men, Twilight, and inter-species romance mix it later became. It just really complicated the plot to the point where I just could no longer get into it....more
When I picked up Perfected, I was definitely intrigued by the concept, but I didn’t expect to get hooked after the first chapter. It wasn’t a glue-to-When I picked up Perfected, I was definitely intrigued by the concept, but I didn’t expect to get hooked after the first chapter. It wasn’t a glue-to-your-seat thriller, yet I had a hard time putting it down for any reason. I just wanted to keep reading more.
Now, I will say right away that this novel does contain what I would consider controversial topics, particularly when it comes to human and women’s rights. How these girls like Ella were raised and often treated was downright disturbing. There were even times I just wanted to literally puke in disgust. However, I felt the creepiness emphasized the life style, the building political and ethical tension, and the forbidden romance.
At first, I was a bit iffy on Ella’s character. I didn’t like how she was treated and how she’d often just accept it. Of course, considering her background and her “training” I can sort of understand. When you’re raised with a certain life style, there are just things you’re simply blinded to. But at least Ella wasn’t as ignorant as she first appeared. I liked that she questioned her situation; knew when to follow her heart; and saw the world as it was while still maintaining an innocent hope that things would get better.
Penn, on the other hand, was my all-time favorite character in Perfected from scene one and will potentially end up as a 2014 book boyfriend candidate. I loved his tendency to defy his father at every possible turn; how he treated Ella like a human being rather than a doll or a dog; and how he shared secret parts of his life with her. He was honestly the best part of the novel. Which just made the story even more heart wrenching at the end. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but I definitely hope for a sequel. I can’t stand hanging like this.
If you love suspenseful, romantic, controversial young adult novels—such as Daughter of Isis by Kelsey Ketch or Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout—then I highly recommend reading Perfected. It’s really an awesome read. ...more
If you enjoy a young adult twist to the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with a little witch craft thrown in, then The Monster Within is the novel you’If you enjoy a young adult twist to the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with a little witch craft thrown in, then The Monster Within is the novel you’re looking for.
The plot was refreshing compared with the usual young adult reads that have been released over the past year. The idea of unleashing the monster inside, even if it’s just yourself craving survival and life, hasn’t really been played on in a lot of the novels I’ve seen on shelves, when in fact, many of us actually do battle our inner monsters each day. And though I didn’t really see Sam and Ethan as the dark characters that were advertised, the story and antagonist that caused this didn’t disappoint. It was definitely intense and the motives behind the whole plot were totally wicked.
The only real head banger for me as I read this novel was that Sam was so trusting. There’s a reason to this, and I understand, but I just wish she fought a little harder and questioned certain things a little more instead of being totally blind. Especially when certain stories didn’t line up—at least, in my opinion, they didn’t. Actually, they kept pointing in a completely different direction as far as I could see.
Overall, this was an amazing standalone novel, and I actually hope there might be a second. Whether it’s a sequel or companion I really don’t care. Sam and Ethan’s story was great, and honestly, I want to read more about Dylan. He was the most fascinating to me and I would love to learn more about him and his past. Hell, I’d love to learn more about the whole coven!
I highly recommend adding this novel to your bookshelves. ...more
I found Nothing to Tell one of the best in this novella collection. I really enjoyed it! Especially the fact that it was written in the male point ofI found Nothing to Tell one of the best in this novella collection. I really enjoyed it! Especially the fact that it was written in the male point of view. Mike was refreshing difference from most of the “Perfect Book Boyfriends.” He was realistic, and yes, a jerk. In fact, that was exactly what I loved. Oh, and Mindy!! Who says a girl isn’t up to being a guy’s wing-man? I think this girl actually rocked at it! Her advice and friendship with Mike was spot on.
As for the storyline, I found it very captivating because it reminded me so much of the old ‘Demon Lover’ stories they use to tell in Europe. The ones that were meant to warn young men and women to be cautious about mysterious lovers. Except, there was no paranormal element in this contemporary version. Only trouble.
I would definitely recommend this novella. It’s fun, quick, and a well worth the read. ...more
Great story, but I felt the ending was meh after everything Easton and Gwen had been through. Plus, I wish there was more on Easton's background. EspeGreat story, but I felt the ending was meh after everything Easton and Gwen had been through. Plus, I wish there was more on Easton's background. Especially his connection with Dietrich....more
Rushing into Love has to be one of my favorite stories this year! I loved Mindy in Nothing to Tell, but her story in Rushing into Love reveals the manRushing into Love has to be one of my favorite stories this year! I loved Mindy in Nothing to Tell, but her story in Rushing into Love reveals the many layers to this girl, including the girl who just wants to find love. Though I could really relate to Noelle’s sort of luck and clumsy mistakes, I think Mindy was really my soul mate in the series. We are so much alike, always being considered the good girl, follows rules, stays away from trouble. I just glad to see someone like that honestly win out for a change. Okay, so a small part of me always hoped Mindy and Mike might get together, but I can also understand the whole “We’re better as friends” relationship. However, I would not call Ben my favorite book boyfriend. The whole time he was with Mindy, I just had this constant nagging feeling about him. He was too perfect. He was doing everything a girl would dream a guy to do. Call me suspicious, but I don’t trust men like that. I more trust men like Mike. And my suspicions were right! I’m just glad the ending was well worth it. Seriously, there were times this novella had my gut all knotted up. The last thing I wanted was Mindy to become completely broken. The only down side, in my opinion, was I felt the ending was rushed (no pun intended). Overall, I loved the Campus Crush Series, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good New Adult read. ...more