Night School was easily one of my favourite reads of 2012, and although Legacy isn't quite as good, I still found myself loving it. Daugherty's writing is addictive as always, and you'll pass a large handful of hours reading this without even realising it. Upon starting, I immediately connected with the characters I loved so much again and it was like the year-long wait never existed.
When Allie Sheridan went back to London for the holidays, she didn't expect to be chased down by a group of Nathaniel's agents, or to be returning to Cimmeria Academy early to help repair fire damages caused by her brother, Christopher. At first, things seem to be going well. Allie and Carter are super adorable and sexy, and there's some funny awkward tiptoeing around Sylvain, since he saved her life post-rape attempt. Unfortunately, our smiles don't last for long as things quickly spiral out of control. The secrets, misunderstandings and total lack of communication are monumental in Legacy. As much as I love Allie and Carter, I don't know whether to bury my head in the sand in defeat or to run away screaming.
In this sequel, the plot thickens as Nathaniel's motives are explained, and as he takes bigger risks in order to get what he desires, the students at Cimmeria are put in unpredictable danger. As a result, Allie is admitted into Night School where the focus is now on self defence and they soon learn that there's a traitor amongst them. One of the members of Night School or staff is Nathaniel's inside spy and so the Night School students are forced to interview another member assigned to them in search of any inconsistencies, with lying leading to expulsion. It sounds simple enough....BUT OF COURSE NOT, THIS IS FICTION!
This leads us to the dirty, frustrating mess that is Allie and Carter's relationship. Not too far into Legacy, Carter transforms into an overprotective, controlling jerk who completely forbids Allie from seeing Sylvain. They can't be friends or even acquaintances. With Sylvain's past behaviour, I understand his concern but this was too much and clearly NOT just about her safety at all. Carter, come here so I can slap the stupid out of you! Unfortunately for us and Allie, everything snowballs from there. Allie's put in difficult situations with horrible timing, and absolutely nothing works out for her, with Carter or her non-Night School friends! My heart was an ugly little mess by the end of this novel. I feel so much for her, even though at times I felt she needed to be slapped too. Everything that happened with Allie was either wrong or unfair and it was horrible! #AngstWimp
As a character, I really did like Allie (for the most part). She does well in Night School, albeit with a shaky start, and tries her best to solve all of the mysteries around her while dodging Gabe who seems to be popping up everywhere. The small clues combined with the subtle foreshadowing and my halfway-there theories have me curious and desperately awaiting the next book. Legacy seems to pose more questions than answers, and I was a little let down that the plot development wasn't huge. I was hoping for a bit more to happen, for a few more answers to come our way, but sadly it looks like that'll have to wait for book three.
Despite all of the heartache Daugherty made me feel, she still managed to keep me laughing with her well-placed moments of wit and humour, and her captivating story will keep you wanting to know what will happen next. Legacy gives us more insight into some of the characters, especially Carter, while making us distrust others. This novel feels somewhat unresolved because of the sheer amount of unanswered questions, but filled with intrigue and dangerous charm, Legacy is an entertaining sequel which will hopefully pave the way to an explosive third book. I have no idea how things will end and I'm honestly a little afraid after these latest developments! (less)
Although I failed to feel the urgency to continue reading until the last quarter of the novel, when the pace and intensity finally increased, Rise was still far better than Rift. Despite the slow and sometimes lacklustre read, I'm really glad I finished it because this is, mind-bogglingly, a great prequel series.
Rise begins where Rift left off as Ember and Barrow flee from Tearmunn, which has now been overrun by Eira and Bosque Mar. Alistair is their loyal solider and is still delusional in thinking that Ember returns his affections. While I wasn't glued to the book and desperate to continue reading, hence I was easily distracted and took an entire week to finish it, the plot was actually interesting and far better than that of Rift. We're exposed to the darkest parts of this world and finally Eira's actions are part of a bigger picture. Luckily for me, the annoyance I felt towards her in Rift wasn't present while reading this novel. Perhaps it was because we read from Alistair's perspective more than hers, but no matter, I'm very grateful. Alistair was terribly misguided and on such a wrong path that I felt like checking to see if his manhood was still in tact. Until he gets over Ember, he's a lovesick pup who wants approval and will do whatever he's told, especially if it means it'll get him Ember. The antagonists were a great part of this novel, however, and I enjoyed seeing the evil plans they conjured up throughout.
This time around, I felt that Ember wasn't as gung-ho warrior as she was in Rift, and was a little disappointed that she had somewhat reverted back to a 'girl' mentally, despite the things she said otherwise. I enjoyed the romance between her and Barrow and was pleased that it didn't dominate the story at all. The character development honestly wasn't the best - I don't think anyone grew significantly or let us know more about themselves - but I enjoyed having such a large and diverse group to pull from anyway, even though their roles were minor and undeveloped.
Within this book, there are loyal followers, rebels, traitors and moles. Both sides have their own agendas and ideas about how things should be run, and it's all a tense wait to see who will come out on top. Will the rebels against Bosque succeed in banishing the evil beings or is he already prepared with something much more sinister? Now this part, I loved. I was addicted by the end of the novel and it's here that I realised how great this prequel truly was. It wasn't until the end that I realised that the things we were learning were directly related to the original Nightshade series. Some were intended to be revealed at the end, but some were just so slow to register in my mind (cue facepalm). This last minute revelation hit me all at once, rather than naturally a hundred pages earlier, so my mind was a little blown and fangirl excited by that time. FEELINGS OVERLOAD.
This prequel series is probably one of the best in terms of explaining the origins of things within the original series. While the story and characters certainly don't compare to those such as in The Infernal Devices, I enjoyed the insight I got from it and seeing how everything fit together. But as epic as the ending was, I'm left feeling a little empty because it was so open ended, and not in a good way where we can happily imagine things ourselves. Many threads are left loose and untied, and I still have questions! Basically, I have no idea what every character is up to. Are all the villains alive? How will Eira, Alistair and Bosque proceed? Did his plan work? What about the other members of the order? What about Ember and Barrow?! I'm just lost. I guess we have a very vague idea about some things with the knowledge we have from the Nightshade series, but I'm not entirely impressed with the lack of a proper ending here... An extra page, or paragraph even, would've done the trick!(less)
In the Scottish lowlands of 1404, a young girl named Ember Morrow is called upon to serve at Tearmann, after her mother was saved by one of the Conatus during a difficult childbirth 16 years ago. Although her friend Alistair returns with high hopes of a relationship between them once they're both there, he's shocked and unwilling to accept that she doesn't feel the same way. Even worse, she ends up falling for her mentor, Barrow. Although I enjoyed Ember and Barrow's scenes thoroughly, I found myself disappointed by others. A large portion of the novel is in the point of view of Eira, the antagonist, and for me her scenes were quite tiring and frustrating. While I usually enjoy reading from the perspective of the villain, something about Eira irked me…
I loved Ember as a character. She was strong and willing to learn, willing to abandon her family to do something she was passionate about. They saw her duty as a terrible punishment for a woman, but she revelled in her newfound knowledge and power. Her transition from a proper girl to a useful woman was a joy to watch, especially with Knight Barrow Hess to guide her along… His introduction in Rift is not one to be forgotten, besting the guards of Ember's father in a fight with ease. Being a strong character himself, his relationship with Ember is very dynamic. They go through the stages of properness, denial, lust and love, stubbornly butting heads one moment and lost in each other's gaze the next. Cremer has always written good love scenes, so major UST and swooning ahead!
As Eira becomes impatient with the other members of the Circle, who want to wait and plan before taking action against evil forces, she is lured to the dark side when she is offered the power to take action on her own, to make a difference for the better, or so she thinks. Predictably, this turns her into a ruthless evil, drunk on power. I can't put my finger on what was wrong with Eira, but I felt like abandoning the book every time I had to endure her. Annoyance aside, Cremer does a great job of building the mystery surrounding the seemingly random but dangerously linked events.
There were so many wonderful things about Rift that I could gush all day about. From Ember's beautiful stallion, Caber, to her impressive combat skills, I was enchanted. Rift revisits portal weaving and characters we've seen before from the Nightshade series, and introduces the history and other elements of this world we haven't seen before. Cremer was able to get me flustered, enraged and giddy multiple times throughout this book and had me clutching desperately at the pages by the final chapters. There's an intensity we're not used to seeing from Cremer in this book and I loved it. As usual, the ending doesn't disappoint and has me 110% ready for the sequel!(less)
Quest-wise, Tiger's Voyage is just as brilliant as the previous book, if not better. To break the third stage of the tiger's curse in order to give Ren and Kishan 18 human hours, the three must outwit and outsmart five sneaky dragons, all with different personalities and agendas. Relationship-wise, this book made me an emotional wreck and shoved splinters all through my heart! But if you're a fan of this series, you're bound to love this book even with its frightening mood swings ;) Grab a soft teddy and you're set!
After the end of Tiger's Quest, Kelsey finally saves Ren from Lokesh's evil clutches, only to find that she had been erased from his memory. *crickets chirp* I know. It was horrible. Wicked. Cruel. Houck was obviously feeling a little nasty that day! If you're expecting Kelsey to wake up and discover it's all a dream, you're out of luck because she's a complete stranger to Ren now and even being in her presence causes him physical pain. (Boo, no kisses?) He's forgotten that he used to choose peach ice-cream over peanut butter chocolate for her, that socks aren't a romantic present and so much more. All of their intimate memories and inside jokes…gone. Ren's utterly unpredictable and unlike himself. This complication stays at the forefront of the novel's focus, a rough road with miscommunications, small hopes and great devastation. Houck tugs at our heartstrings expertly and I just loved it, as horrible as that sounds! Throw in Kishan, who she can't deny her growing feelings for, and a flirty Texan diving instructor who gets both boys fuming.... Well. Looks like there's interesting times ahead!
Everything you fell in love with in the previous books will be found in this one. I was taken away by the breathtaking imagery, exotic locations, heart pounding adventures and puzzling riddles. From negotiating with tricky collectors to navigating across dangerous islands with armed hunters on their tails, the trio have their arms full with the dragons they must overcome as a united front. Even with the angst, this book was somehow fun, exciting and extremely refreshing! The scenery becomes more magical and complex, stunning beyond belief. Houck has grown so much as a writer and I couldn't be happier! Every single character has undergone a tremendous transformation and what a sight it is to see. We see them grow to astonishing heights and I think we'll all be sad to see them go once the series is over. Luckily, there's still another two books until then!
Once again, Lokesh makes a pest of himself, terrorising the group in order to get his hands on another Amulet piece. He also wants Kelsey for personal reasons and it couldn't be any more disturbing. All the more reason to run away.... If you want more snuggling with tigers, mystical journeys and complicated relationships, Tiger's Voyage delivers all that and more. Colleen has outdone herself and I can't wait for the fourth book, especially after that cliffhanger! Granted, it's not as shocking as Ren's memory loss but it's certainly still a game changer. I can taste the badassery already. This book made me laugh, cry and almost wet my pants in fear (SHARKS!) but gosh was it worth it. Another wonderful installment of a brilliant series!(less)
At the end of the first book, Ren and Kelsey's relationship is on the rocks, as she's convinced that he'll want to look for "better" girls now that he can be a gorgeous human for 6 hours a day. She settles back into her mundane life in Oregon, going to university and even going on a few dates, but none of the boys compare to her Tiger Prince. It's hard to believe but Tiger's Quest is even more compelling than Tiger's Curse, ratcheting up the adventure and fast-paced storytelling! If the first book didn't convince you of its greatness, all of your doubts will be banished in this one. What a smashing effort by Colleen Houck - this series has got to be at the top of your TBR pile!
While Kelsey's character was somewhat aggravating with her over-the-top descriptions in the first book, Houck's writing improves by leaps and bounds. I loved getting to know Kelsey more in a real-life setting, seeing her take care of herself and doing that bit of growing she missed out on while dealing with the curse. When she meets a boy named Li, who's all kinds of wonderful, she's faced with a very difficult decision. Will she hold onto her complicated relationship with Ren or leave that piece of her behind to start something with someone who completely adores her? I have to admit, Li was charming. In any other book, I would've been waving my Team Li flag around like a crazy person but unfortunately Ren's just unbeatable...especially when he comes to his senses and chases after her...and moves in next door. Amazing, tense, bury-your-face-in-your-pillow-and-scream things follow and well…. You can guess what happens next.
To break the next part of the curse, which will give Ren and Kishan 12 human hours a day, the gang will be dealing with the element of air. It seems like it'll be another Tiger's Curse adventure but suddenly, tragedy strikes and Ren life is in grave danger. Reluctantly teaming up with his wolfish brother, Kishan, Kelsey journeys into the Himalayas, faced with the task of climbing Mt Everest in search of the spirit world. I won't spoil all of the fun riddles for you but I will say that they're grander and more breathtaking than those in the first book. Houck's world-building is stellar and it was a joy to continually learn new things about the supernatural! Kelsey even begins developing a lightning-like power, able to shock things from distances away. Did or did the story not just get a thousand times cooler? The adventure was thrilling in so many ways and I'm killing myself by not going into extreme detail about it. I want you to experience all of the excitement and twists that I did in full!
So if you've read the first book, you'll know that Kishan doesn't hesistate to flirt with his brother's girlfriend. An inevitable love triangle forms and it will leave you torn! While Kelsey's still fiercely loyal to Ren and constantly bats away Kishan's teasing kisses, it becomes obvious to us (eventually) that he's a serious and fair contender for her heart. Their relationship grows very unexpectedly but again, it's something you'll really enjoy. Even with Ren being out of the action, their palpable love at the beginning of the book will be enough to sustain you until the end. Just wait until you read the third book! History is repeating itself, with the brothers fighting over one girl... Who will come out on top?
Unlike Tiger's Curse, I don't have any complaints about this book. All of the characters are well-developed and Houck proves to us that she's able to see this ambitious plot through to the end. The cliffhanger at the end of the book left me devastated and shocked. I haven't seen it happen in YA before and...just trust me when I say that you'll have to have the third book before you read this one. Immediate continuance is necessary because you won't want to stop in between books!(less)
Alagen Dhiren, Prince and High Protector of the Mujulaain Empire, has been imprisoned by his father-in-law and threatened with his life, unless he forfeits his piece of the Damon Amulet and the Mujulaain forts. Betrayed by his fiance and younger brother, Kishan, the prologue comes to a dramatic end just as blood is shed. Fast forward 300 years to Circus Maurizio where Ren is a beautiful white tiger and Kelsey Hayes begins working after just graduating high school. This magical story will pull you in immediately with its unique and addicting premise, so definitely count on taking a few days off just to read the entire series in one go. These books are long but entirely worth it, as we're gifted with an epic adventure tale we've always wanted.
Kelsey's life changes forever after she watches the circus performance on her first night at work. A powerful tiger catches her eye while he's jumping from platform to platform and the fascinating creature has her captivated. After she gathers enough courage to visit him in his cage, the two begin to form a thrilling relationship that will leave you squealing and grinning in excitement. Ren is the most adorable (sexy?!) creature you will ever meet, with his innocent interest in Kelsey, teasing brushes, purrs, licks and nibbles. Kelsey speaks to him like a person and even reads him poetry, making him fall more and more in love with her with each passing day. Ren knows she's special and is the one who can break the tiger's curse that befell him so long ago. Watch as this enchanting story unfolds, and prepare to keep on falling in love with these two over and over.
When a rich man comes to the circus and says he's taking Ren back to a reserve in India, Kelsey is devastated, having formed a close bond with the tiger. Imagine her surprise and delight when he asks her to come along as Ren's caretaker! Here's when the story becomes a little inconceivable and Kelsey's life takes a turn for the luxurious, but suspend your disbelief and concentrate on the amazing story that will continue on from here, okay? We learn (as Kelsey does eventually) that Ren is actually a man who can take a human form for only 24 minutes out of a 24 hour day. This only makes their time together more precious and the story that much more tense. To break the curse, Kelsey must find the four gifts and make five sacrifices to the goddess, Durga. Confusing and mysterious, I know. Houck does a fantastic job creating these puzzles and turning Tiger's Curse into a truly breathtaking read. I've never read such an exciting book in my life! We usually use the term "adventure" quite loosely but Kelsey quite literally journeys into the jungle, deciphers riddles, dodges predators, manoeuvres through dangerous booby-trapped caves and so much more. It was like a magical movie you never wanted to end!
A negative of this book that's important to note is Houck's attention to detail. It was too much and complete overkill at times. The long story about how Kelsey likes to arrange her hair ribbons? Unnecessary! But before you go scratching the book off your TBR list, I'll tell you now that this problem is fixed in the sequel and even gets better as this book goes along. It's just more obvious at the beginning of the book so KEEP GOING. This series is so fantastic and it'll be a shame if you give up before you get to the good bits!
Tiger's Curse will shower you with sweet romance, light humour, difficult riddles and, of course, impressive action. Houck has created a magnificent world with lots of story to tell, but I think she's got it by the scruff and manages to do the idea justice. She balances the plot with character development so well, and a million things will have you cheering in this book. Magic is very present in the novel and you'll have immense fun discovering it little by little as the story progresses. The ending of Tiger's Curse had me gaping in the worst way, making me scramble for the sequel immediately. Trust me, you WILL want the entire series on hand before you begin reading, and not just because they're insanely addictive...(less)
As breathtaking as the first book of this addictive series, Through The Ever Night sees Rossi taking us on an intense adventure where her characters blossom and fully come into their own. While Perry must gain the trust and support of the Tides as their new Blood Lord, Aria and Roar take off together in search of the location of Still Blue. With Consul Hess's threats and the vicious Aether storms raging stronger than ever, destroying everything in their path, it's imperative that they find the safe haven before it's all too late.
After months of being apart, Perry and Aria are finally reunited, but their time together is sadly short-lived. Aria must leave to find Sable, Blood Lord of the Horns, for information about Still Blue, and Roar accompanies her knowing that Perry has his own important duties to attend to. Ever since he took over from his brother, Perry's tried to do right by his tribe but has failed to prove himself in their eyes. As he struggles with the lack of food, increase in Aether storms and vulnerable village, the people question his authority and believe he's too young and inexperienced to be a good Blood Lord, but by the end of the book, Perry has grown by leaps and bounds. He becomes a leader who can look after his people and command their respect like Vale once did. I was so proud of him! These tribe folk were STUBBORN and so he truly had to earn every ounce of their trust.
Aria was an amazing heroine. She's always been strong and likeable, but she's adapted to the Outside like a fish to water. No longer is she a delicate Dweller (not that she truly was to begin with), but someone who'll do whatever it takes to protect those around her. Unfortunately, others don't see it that way. To them, she's just a Mole. In the short time that she's at the Tides, she's treated harshly and gains acceptance from very few, but to her credit, it doesn't stop her from trying and I think it made Perry love her even more! Being separated, their romance was far from perfect (let's not mention that annoying little Kirra witch, shall we?) but I know things will be just fine in that camp. We see the terrible prejudice that exists between the Dwellers and Outsiders, but I'm looking forward to seeing this gap be bridged in the future!
Along with the fantastic character development which made me love them all the more, the relationships received the same treatment. The one I loved the most was absolutely between Aria and Roar. Their bond was so refreshing and uplifting, fun and loving at the same time in a completely platonic way. I adore the way they protect each other and have such a strong relationship without it crossing over into more, despite what others may think! After Liv ran away and disappeared to avoid marrying Sable, Roar's been missing a piece of himself even with Aria offering her shoulder to lean on. His yearning for his soul mate yanked at my heartstrings and I felt every little bit of confusion and sorrow that he did when it came to her. The poor thing probably had it the toughest out of all of them. I demand a group hug for him now!
While the Outsiders are racing against the clock to dodge the Aether, the Dwellers surprisingly are too. Slowly but surely, the once perfect Reverie is being destroyed, which is why Soren's father is so desperate to find Still Blue. After Soren reveals his plans to go Outside, a deal is made so that Aria will help him if he gives her information, and what they discover about the Consul's plans is horrifying, yet very exciting plot-wise. I didn't expect to like their friendship at all, but I'm really hoping to see more of it in the next book! Rossi loves turning enemies into friends, doesn't she?
Through the Ever Night was a thrilling read that didn't disappoint in the action department. Full of mystery, anticipation and possibly fatal situations, the plot only intensifies from Under the Never Sky and this sequel certainly isn't that boring bridging book we all loathe. In this second instalment, every character had their own personal issues to deal with but still had the time to help others. What a sight it was to see. I have such a warm place in my heart for these guys and I'm so looking forward to seeing how things progress in Into the Still Blue. Things are finally in place and everything's been leading up to this, so I'm expecting the best book yet!(less)
If you don't believe in love at first sight, Jennifer E. Smith may very well change your mind with this emotional and heartwarming book. There's just something fascinating about chain events... The ones where something minuscule changes your entire day. The ones that almost relieve you from your father's surprise wedding with a woman who's not your mother….and the ones that lead you to meet sweet British boys on planes. Hadley Sullivan is having what could be the worst day of her life, but four short minutes bring the gorgeous Oliver into her life. Could he be the ray of sunshine she needs to get through the doom and gloom of England?
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is certainly not as long as its title suggests. The book is set over a mere 24 hours but over that short period of time, Smith constructs realistic characters who you will fall in love with immediately. While Hadley's being forced to attend a wedding she wants nothing to do with, Oliver is similarly on his way back home to London for something equally terrible...not that she knows it yet. (Hint: Plot point!) Oliver and Hadley's lives are intense and riddled with many complications. I loved exploring and solving them all, and discovering brand new sides of them each time. Smith will obliterate any worry you may have about not connecting with the characters, especially when she tears them open and allows us to explore their inner-most thoughts. As for undeveloped characters who lack a certain spark? I see lightning, people…
While this novel is quite focused on Hadley's individual journey and relationship with her father, her memories and thoughts of Oliver never dissipate. She's always thought that you forget about the friends you make on planes as soon as you go your separate ways, so why can't she get this certain one out of her mind? Well, let me tell you why. A boy that carries your luggage around busy airports, plays mind games with you to take your mind off scary takeoffs and tells you all about how he believes in the romanticism of weddings when you clearly don't? I think we have a winner… Let's not mention how he's a smart psychology major whose witty lines and subtle flirts will make you melt into your little box of a plane seat! Oliver has an easy charm that isn't a practised lure - he'll capture your heart the minute he steps into your line of sight and will soon have you dreaming about weddings. With him.
"People who meet in airports are seventy-two percent more likely to fall for each other than people who meet anywhere else." Why, Oliver! I had no idea! Tell me more. Oh wait, no, don't. I'm sure the readers want to hear the rest of your wise knowledge for themselves, right? If they run to the airport now, do you think they'll be able to find their soul mates too...? The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a read filled with giggles, blushes and plenty of tears. These two amazing characters push a fast forward button on all of the emotions we may feel over the course of one week. There's nothing I didn't love about this book. The romance and depth of the story was very impressive, and what I really loved was how the story continued and was still engaging off the plane. Their attraction had to face the troubles of the real world and that only made it that much stronger! I really didn't want this book to end because it's rare that you experience such quick fondness for characters. The ending will have you squealing into a pillow so prepare yourselves for a brilliant experience!(less)
Up until now, we've believed that Violet's mother signed her daughter's human life away in exchange for a life of her own in Heaven. After Phoenix used the Exile Scripture to release Lilith from Hell in Emblaze, Evelyn has magically returned, and Lilith has since been busy using the Grigori Scripture to kidnap children who are destined to become Grigori. As if things couldn't get worse, Violet is summoned to the Academy for her formal Grigori assessment in New York, where Lilith and Phoenix are conveniently lurking.. Get ready for the most epic book yet, as our favourite characters tackle a multitude of tricky obstacles.
First of all, the focus of family in this book was great. In the first three, things are very much focused on Violet's secret life, while her father is absent and left in the dark. In Endless, the gang are forced to reveal the truth to James with Evelyn's surprise return. One of the best things about this book was Violet's relationship with her parents. Everything Violet believed about her mother is challenged, but the thought of admitting that her anger and bitterness all these years was misguided is just too painful to bear. James has spent many hard years dealing with Evelyn's "death" and this bombshell could be one too many for him. Sides are chosen, emotions are toyed with… When will these guys get a break?!
Violet and Lincoln have been fighting their feelings for what feels like years now, but there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel for them in Endless. Although Grigori partners aren't allowed to fall in love because it will weaken them and risk their lives, there's now implications that their bonded souls will make them stronger. Endless questions aside, the romance was AMAZING. They let go more than they ever have before and give us some delicious scenes as a consequence. There's also a constant inkling of hope now, hope that they may finally be able to be together.
Aside from Lincoln and Violet, Phoenix is my favourite character. For multiple reasons, it broke my heart to see so many glimpses of a good Phoenix while Lilith was behind him, pushing his hand to do terrible things he wanted no part of. With every bit of help he gave Violet and genuine exchange of emotion they had, I died just a little. Although he's done so before, he truly proved in Endless that he honestly loves and would make sacrifices for her. (After one scene, I wanted to crawl away, cry and die. You'll know what I'm talking about when you read this book!)
To put it simply, this book was perfection and it's impossible for me to be happier that there'll be two more books in this series. Three or four wouldn't have been enough with these magnificent characters. I can truthfully say that every book in this series is better than the last so if you liked Embrace at all, don't you dare stop reading this series! For readers out of Australia, be patient. It's so worth it! In two words: MY EMOTIONS!! There's always something happening in Endless. Everything is captivating and Shirvington delivers one shock and revelation after another. When I'm not holding my breath from the intensity, I'm tearing up and attempting to hold my heart together. Shirvington's writing has never been stronger. How can you not be in awe of how easily she juggles tense fight scenes with ones of friendship, tender love, and pain and sacrifice?
Endless will keep you guessing until the very end. I don't think I've been shocked into silence so many times in one sitting. The last few chapters of this book…you'll be sweating bullets guaranteed. With such an evil antagonist as well as mystery surrounding what will happen to the main characters, it's a given. Fair warning, the ending is brutal. We're put through the ringer for so long and by the end, BOOM. Unbelievable. Is the human body equipped to handle this?!(less)
Emblaze is a fantastic addition to this heavenly series. I'm in love with Shirvington's writing and am so proud to be a fellow Australian. She forms strong bonds between her readers and characters, and never fails to maintain a gripping storyline. The conflicts in the novel are epic - "end of the world" kinds of epic. This is a must-read series so go and get started if you haven't already!
There was truly not one dull moment in Emblaze. With so many characters, each with their own stories, we're kept very busy. You'll love the difficult romances, the impossible sacrifices, the bravery, the loss and the gain.. Oh my! So many things happen that'll throw you off your feet. Enticed ended with the recovery of two scriptures, each held by the wrong sides. If the angels give the exiles back their scripture, Lilith will rise. If they don't, the exiles will use the Grigori scripture to eliminate all future half-angels. It's a lose-lose situation, isn't it? With unpredictable characters, any number of outcomes are possible. This novel will surely get your heart pounding!
Lincoln's willpower is frighteningly unyielding. I can't wait to see him cave and just let his romance with Violet blossom! As always, the Lincoln, Violet and Phoenix love triangle is strong. Lincoln hides his pain and suffering from Violet a little too well, and while Violet's feelings for Phoenix are less than sunny, we're still able to understand the irrepressible connection they share. The prophecies in Emblaze are quite amazing and I really enjoyed how they directly connect to the trio. Their decisions play a major part in the universe's fate so they're in quite the predicament!
Each cliffhanger in this series is more shocking than the last. Emblaze's is a jaw-dropper! I'm very eager to get my hands on Endless because we are at the climax of the series! Everything is in place and ready for a roaring start. Prepare for war!(less)
The books in the Gallagher Girl series only get more intense and complicated as they go along and this fifth installment is no exception. Cammie Morgan is no longer the best spy at Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. Some would say that she's unstable and losing her touch...and they'd probably be right. After fleeing the school without a trace at the end of the last book, Cammie finds herself at a convent in the mountains with no recollection of the past four months. She left to find answers about her dead father and to protect her loved ones from the menacing Circle of Cavan, but what has she gone and gotten herself into? After she's found and flown back into the safety of Gallagher Academy's gates, Cammie and her companions try to piece together the missing pieces of her disappearance. Where did she go? Who was she with? And why can't she remember a thing?
Almost all of the relationships in Out of Sight, Out of Time are strained after Cammie's unexpected return. While her best friends are (secretly) furious that she left without them, her boyfriend, Zach, is distant and seemingly close to another girl. It was very difficult for me to relate to the walking-on-eggshells atmosphere, being so accustomed to the easy banter and camaraderie between everyone that's usually in these books! Although we do eventually make some progress, I still wish Carter had spent some more time exploring the secondary characters, and while I do understand that this novel is primarily about the secrets locked within Cammie's mind, it really wouldn't have hurt to expand the story's focus to include the important people in her life who have a great influence.
But on the topic of Cammie's mind...it's filled with holey memories that taunt and tease at something more, something just barely out of her reach. Expect some shivers to tingle up your spine when Cammie mindlessly assembles a sniper's rifle in seconds or when she begins hearing and humming an unknown melody in her head. I felt that these moments were truly chilling, psychologically, especially when it's revealed that Cammie underwent some form of torture during the time she was gone. Who knows what could've happened to her? It is possible for her state of mind to ever recover?
Join Cammie as she jets off to Rome with the gang for answers about her mysterious disappearance. With the clock ticking down, soon her time will run out and she'll find herself dead. Dodge assassin bullets, decode life-changing messages and chase after potential clues, all the while keeping your eyes open for a traitor you will never expect. That twist threw me so much I had to reread the page multiple times to comprehend what happened! Out of Sight, Out of Time is another great novel by Carter but it unfortunately doesn't make my favourites list. Although the mysteries and moments of action were thrilling, there were one too many lulling moments and it lacked the strong reader-character connections we're so used to having. Those are most definitely the strengths of this series so hopefully we'll see them returning in the very final book!(less)
Wow, this book was an absolute rollercoaster! My stomach was turned inside out and my brain was pestered with endless questions. Carter really makes us think and question everything we've ever known. Secrets and mysteries have been growing from the very first book and we're now inching closer and closer to the finishing line!
I guess it's obvious what you can expect from this book. Your attitudes towards certain characters will change, shocking revelations will be made and you'll get to see scenes you've been waiting to see for years! We delve into Cammie's past and finally get some real answers. Strap in because we're going for a bumpy ride!
Only The Good Spy Young is very plot-centric and I really can't say much without giving everything away. Everything you need to know about this great book is basically summarised in the previous paragraph! Your mouth will be left agape for the majority of the novel and well, that's it…
I really enjoyed this novel because, like I said, we learn more about characters and their pasts. Some discoveries are more shocking than others but they're all still good to know! The only thing that did irk me a little about the book was the ending. I felt like berating Cammie but I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens in Out of Sight, Out of Time! I admit, I'm a little devastated that this series will be ending soon. I could follow these characters forever!(less)
Night School is one of those books that sneak up on your heart before you even know it. I was immediately enamoured by the striking characters and wanted to throw myself into the seductive and intriguing world of Cimmeria Academy. I lost myself in the addictive story and it was a struggle to leave Allie's side for even a second! Boarding schools, secret societies, mysterious boys and hidden pasts...I think I have a pretty good reason to be obsessed with this series! What a brilliant debut novel by Daugherty - I absolutely cannot wait to jump headfirst into the sequel.
Having almost been arrested for the third time this year, Allie Sheridan's parents have no choice but to send her to a private boarding school. But why is it that no one's heard of it? Why is it so strict? And why does everyone else have parents who were former students, when Allie has absolutely no connection to the exclusive school whatsoever? These questions are eventually answered after truckloads of red herrings, dangerous investigations and unexpected revelations but have fun trying to suss them out in the mean time! The mystery in Night School is truly fabulous, developed on so many levels and involving so many factors. Everything is connected and you will have the most exciting time discovering all of the secrets hidden within the walls of the Academy. With chilling murders and the secretive Night School group, this compelling thriller will hold your interest from beginning to end! The author has created so much depth in her novel and built a stunning atmosphere that will quickly encompass you within its embrace...
Night School is filled with delicious romance, containing an intense love triangle you just won't be able to resist. When she was alone and afraid upon entering the school, the gorgeous and French Sylvain takes her under his wing, acting like a perfect potential boyfriend. Having popularity and power at the school as well as gentlemanly charm, Allie never expected broody Carter West to warn her about letting him in. Allie has her hands full no matter which way she turns, unsurprisingly because both love interests ensnared my heart upon first meeting. Whereas Sylvain offers her an effortless and dazzling ride, every moment she shares with Carter is sizzling with palpable passion and shocking intensity. Don't be expecting a cheesy romance between two-dimensional characters because you 100% will not find it. All three are extremely well developed and either man would suit Allie perfectly. Night School had me tossing and turning in bed with these struggles but I'm desperate to experience it all over again!!
No matter how much I gush about this book and its complex storyline, nothing will beat you actually reading it yourself. There are so many more important elements of the story that I haven't even begun to discuss but boy will you be overjoyed when you crack this baby open! I know I've said it a lot this year, but this book is on my favourites shelf! If you trust me at all, YOU WILL READ THIS. Jump into this thrilling world and explore the complicated lives of the elite, whilst trying to solve the mind-boggling puzzles Daugherty just dares you to. Sleep with your eyes open otherwise you might find yourself dead before the night's through; who can you trust in a place where everyone has a secret? There is an overwhelming amount of engrossing build-up but you will finish this book feeling mushy, exhilarated and completely satisfied. I can't say it enough - a brilliant brilliant read that will please even the most picky reader!(less)