I've always loved reading books with male narrators. Men are fascinating creatures and it's a breath oOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
I've always loved reading books with male narrators. Men are fascinating creatures and it's a breath of fresh air to step away from the usual swooning female leads - not that Meghan ever swooned. With Kagawa's decision to allow us into Ash's mind, we're finally able to understand a whole lot more about his behaviour and his past. Maybe we can finally unravel the puzzle that is Prince Ash?
If it's even possible, I fell even more in love with Ash after reading The Iron Knight. He was never fully open with Meghan and always had some sort of secret locked away in his heart. It was magnificent to see, first hand, how he lives his life and what he goes through every day. He torments himself in his mind and has many vulnerabilities, unbeknownst to others. Despite how much he thinks otherwise, Ash has a beautiful soul, and he proves it during his dangerous journey to the ends of the earth. Meghan is now the Queen of the Iron Realm, a place Ash can't step foot into as a faery. His love for her is so strong that he's willing to give up his entire being. He's going to become a human. If you ever wondered about the extent of his feelings for Meghan, he'll leave nothing to question after this book!
The perfect Iron Fey book would have Ash, Puck and Grimalkin in the same scene. The Iron Knight is filled with these. Three vastly different personalities clash and the characters play off each other in such entertaining ways, whether it be humorous or dangerous. Ash has yet to follow through with his promise to kill Puck and he has plenty of opportunities throughout the book. I loved spending time with these characters for the very last time. Away from the petty quarrels in their Courts, they're bare to our scrutiny and faced with many situations of life and death. They discover what's important to them and what they're willing to sacrifice for friendship and love. My heart? Spasming.
At times, this book was slow, but only because a lot of the story was happening in Ash's mind. The action doesn't really begin until the gang reaches the mysterious Testing Grounds, a place no one's ever come back out of before, but it's all very worth it. The Iron Knight is truly an epic journey, fueled by Ash's strength, determination and loyalty to Meghan. To become human, he's tested in the most vicious ways - few of them physically - that we worry about whether his state of mind will ever recover. Will he be able to cope with being human? Will his love for Meghan withstand the test of time and torture? Is he strong enough to handle any obstacle that's thrown at him? Although cruel, Ash is forced to examine who he really is and everything just gets mindblowingly personal.
As always, there are twists and shocks that change what we've believed for so long. The majority of the book is heartbreaking and will make you feel the most anxious you've ever felt. You scream for the characters to just HOLD ON for a while because it will have to get better eventually. This series has taken me to hell and back, and my heart ached when I turned the final page. I experienced this series in one continuous week of reading and I don't know what I would've done, had I been forced to wait between books like most fans. The ending of The Iron Knight was one of the best moments of the series and, again, my heart ballooned. You know that sickly happy feeling you sometimes get? Oh dear. I need to sit down. ...more
After being exiled from Nevernever for choosing to remain in their forbidden relationship, Ash and MegOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
After being exiled from Nevernever for choosing to remain in their forbidden relationship, Ash and Meghan prepare to return to Meghan's home, with Ash prepared to change his life in whatever way to be with her. He'll go to school, move with her to a big city and even marry her… “You might have to teach me a little about the human world, but I’m willing to learn if it means being close to you.” Melting yet? It's such a shame that these nice plans are foiled by the fey! What's the iron king up to now?
Once again, the characters are thrown into the deep end and left to flounder. They discover secrets about each other that will make or break their relationships and everyone seems to be in a mean and stubborn mood for a while. I mean, Puck isn't afraid to flaunt the fact that he's planted his lips on Ash's girl! *gasp* However, the most romantic moment in this entire series, and maybe EVEERRRR, occurs in The Iron Queen. I fainted. And squealed. Giggled for a little while before rereading and repeating the entire process all over again. If you weren't sold on Ash before (seriously?) you definitely will be now……
This series is built on an accumulation of dramatic events and puzzling mysteries. Everything comes to a climax when suddenly all of the pieces fall together and things happen at the right place and the right time. The Iron Queen has the most action out of the four books and I loved seeing the two Courts unite to defeat the common enemy, an iron villain who threatens to suffocate Nevernever with his greed. Meghan is forced to take the front seat in this monumental battle and from an invisible teen to a fierce leader, she really has come a long way.
I was kept guessing about something or rather until the last minute. Kagawa even begins to get riddly on us and I've now decided that countdowns of any sort are EVIL. The action and mystery of this book was addicting and intense, earning cries of victory from me when things worked in Meghan's favour. The ending of this book took me by surprise and sort of rammed into me like a mack truck. It's the epic finale - physically, emotionally and spiritually - you always imagine and I felt that it was so fitting for the series. Kagawa left me craving more and I was very excited about getting one more spin with these characters. What a cliffhanger!...more
Bare with me here. I have a lot of excess excitement to offload. Was I impressed by The Immortal RulesOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Bare with me here. I have a lot of excess excitement to offload. Was I impressed by The Immortal Rules? Yes, and that would be a severe understatement!! This was my first Julie Kagawa book and she simply blew me away with her fascinating mythology, strong characters and never-ending plot twists that quite literally stopped me from putting the book down. Indeed I read this 450 page book in one sitting, in one night, and immediately had to fight the urge to re-read it again. I'll just say it now: Julie Kagawa is the QUEEN of vampires. Way to make such an overused supernatural creature outstanding!
I admit, I went into The Immortal Rules a little warily, firstly because of the whole vampire aspect but mostly because the book sounded so plot-heavy and out of this world. Vampire city? Blood craze? Rabids?! Well let me tell you, it's not that complicated and is constructed so perfectly that you will have no trouble at all acclimating to the story. Allison Sekemoto from Sector 4 of New Covington is an Unregistered, 60 years after the plague, living outside of the Inner City where the vampires now dictate and have full control over their slaves. Being Unregistered means you're off the system and don't have to subject yourself to monthly bloodletting, but it also means that you're without food tickets and that you can simply vanish (read: be killed by a vampire) without anyone being the wiser. As soon as the book begins we see the full effects of the vampire hierarchy on society. The Unregistered scavenge for morsels of food and are executed if they're caught. Confined by the hours of night, step outside when it's dark and it'll be your own fault if you don't come back! Kagawa's vampires are fierce, powerful and frightening, using their physical abilities to their very full advantage. What's worse than wild vampires? Organised ones. There's an entire chain of command filled with sires and pets that you will love discovering all about. There was no info-dumping whatsoever, with Kagawa cleverly dispersing them throughout many points of the book. What more can we ask for?
Well…here I go with my TEAM ALLIE shirt. One wrong decision left her vulnerable and surrounded by a group of hungry, savage rabids. They tore her apart and would've killed her, had it not been for a mysterious vampire who offered to turn her. She'll be dead both ways but Allison desperately wants to be alive to see the world change…so she says yes. With the help of her mentor, Kanin, Allison learns the ropes of being a vampire and strengthens herself for survival. The hunted has now become the predator and it was a stunning transformation. A good half of the book is spent with Allison alone and damn was it the best decision Kagawa ever made. Developing this character to such high levels before bringing in the large cast of others was what made this book spectacular. I was so overjoyed to find an author that understood getting characters right, especially the main ones. Allison is officially my favourite YA heroine of all-time. She never has a problem depending on herself, is so determined to be a good vampire, although chances are slim, and oh my goodness she has a sense of humour! A wicked and sharp one that will make you laugh and grin in all of the right places. Unbelievable, I know, but get used to being surprised in this book. Kanin is a favourite character of mine and he provides 90% of the twists. You don't even expect them because they're not part of the main plot. But shock after shock, Kagawa will leave you absolutely reeling and wondering what else we haven't fully dissected and thought through!! Kanin MUST be related to Allie because his sense of humour is just as good. Prepare yourself for an endless supply of his face-palming and exasperated sighs at Allie. I'm being completely serious...
While I could continue raving about the goodness that is Allison and Kanin, I'm sure you want to know about everyone else… After being forced out alone into the outside world, Allison picks a direction and wonders if other cities exist without the rule of vampires. After painful and long days of walking, she stumbles onto a group of wanderers and is coerced by a boy named Zeke into joining them. It's never a good idea to make friends and enemies with so many people when all you can think about is sinking your fangs into their jugulars, especially when you're trying to keep up the illusion of being a human! Even though these secondary characters did not individually play a huge part of the story, together the group formed many levels of tension and complication for Allison. She's the mystery who came from a big vampire city and is tagging along to aid in their search for Eden. You'll meet jealous girls, sweet children, mean leaders and delusional old ladies too. Zeke's not who you'd expect Allison's love interest to be but in some ways I think he's just perfect. Kind-hearted and loyal, Zeke's sweetness will touch your heart from the word go. There is such a push and pull between the two because of their sparking chemistry and you just know they'll be a brilliant couple. They're almost polar opposites and ignite something so passionate in each other that I almost lost my mind! Kagawa supplies us with an abundant amount of scenes where you can appropriately scream, cry, swoon and laugh. Once again, she just nails the characters. I dare you to find a fault.
With her katana in hand and gang in tow, Allison travels across the country in search of Eden, which may or may not exist. Her relationships and struggle as a new vampire are the leading focuses in The Immortal Rules, and is all developed through the amazing troubles they face with vengeful vampires and stalker gangs. You'll love the fast action sequences that leave nothing to be desired and the wonderful blend of everything else. Kagawa isn't afraid to kill her characters so be warned and prepared early on… Think you can find the cure for rabidism and save a friend while you're at it? Run along and join this battle between the forces and try not to fall in love with Zeke along the way! This book will torture you in the very best ways and keep you on the edge of your seat for its entirety. There is not an existing adjective that can describe how good this book was. Magtastawezingful? I know you'll attack Kagawa on Twitter as soon as you finish this, pleading for the next book.. How can you not after that ending?!...more
I was very eager to return to this series, excited at the prospect of spending more time in NeverneverOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
I was very eager to return to this series, excited at the prospect of spending more time in Nevernever after The Iron King's eventful ending. The Iron Daughter is very much about exploring the threats of the iron fey and the growing divide between the faerie Courts, as well as Meghan's personal identity. She's always thought of herself as a human but things have obviously changed and she's beginning to make the transition! The Iron Daughter will please fans who are looking forward to further developing the issues present in the first.
After we fell in love with Ash and Meghan as a potential couple in The Iron King, Puck declares himself a serious contender for his best friend's heart. While I absolutely adore him as a character and would take him as a BFF any day, there's no way he can beat Ash in the smoking hot and emotionally intense department. With Puck, Meghan would have a carefree and fun relationship without having to jump through any hoops or hurdles, whereas being with Ash is like going against the whole world. Somehow, it's all worth it.
We're introduced to many new characters and learn more about those we've heard of before. Ash's brothers are cunningly cruel and Meghan has to firm up her protective shell in order to survive in the cutthroat society of the Unseelie Court. I loved the growth of her character throughout the book. While it isn't as drastic as the changes that come later, she definitely matures. With the Scepter of the Seasons stolen by a secret party, the Courts are at war and Meghan's right in the middle of it. She's able to make level-headed and smart decisions, prepared to do things others aren't willing to. Furthermore, it becomes increasingly obvious that she's now linked to the iron world…
The Iron Daughter is full of angst. Ash is still torn up about Ariella so there's a constant pink elephant into the room. Meghan's walking around on eggshells but pushing Ash for more at the same time, and the misunderstandings between them will have you ripping out your hair! Oh, and let's not forget Puck's little corner of this love triangle. Don't you just wish you could tell characters what to do sometimes? Things would be so much easier! The book is filled with betrayals from both sides and the twists are just as shocking. I felt that the pacing of the book was quite slow, but the action scenes we did get were engaging and thrilling. You never know who's going to win, lose and…die?
As always, Kagawa shocks us with her cliffhanger and makes me thank the heavens that I had the next book on hand. There was so much anticipation, adrenaline and plain shock in the final few chapters. How will the story continue now? What's going to happen next?! Even though The Iron Daughter wasn't a favourite of mine, I still felt compelled to continue and see how the story would end! ...more
Pushing The Limits is an addictive contemporary that is one of my favourite reads this year. The complOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Pushing The Limits is an addictive contemporary that is one of my favourite reads this year. The complex characters are impossible not to love, and it's highly likely that you'll attempt to read this all in one sitting. Whether you're in it for the intense romance or the heartbreaking story, this book definitely won't disappoint!
Echo Emerson used to be popular. With her gorgeous red hair, ample cleavage, creativity and intelligence, she had everything going for her. Until she woke up one day and found horrific scars on her arms. She can't even remember how she got them but we discover that her estranged mother was somehow involved. Echo's brain has repressed the frightening memories and she now undergoes therapy with her pushy father and young, home-wrecking stepmother, Ashley, to try and uncover the truth. Her parents are unhelpful and unsympathetic to her situation, pretending that everything is fine and that she just needs to forget and move on. Her father focuses solely on Ashley and their coming baby, seemingly ready to move on with a new family. My heart broke for Echo. She has negligent parents, her schoolmates treat her like a cutter and her friends beg her to be "normal" again, the way she was before her social status took a nosedive. Ouch! Echo's an amazing character and I loved the strength she possessed. We get there eventually ;)
Noah Hutchins is a shameless manwhore and his first few encounters with Echo are not friendly. At all. As a guy who's been shuffled around foster homes and not been given a fair go, he's jaded and assumes that she's a spoilt rich kid with stupid problems when he sees her in the social worker's office, but begins to think otherwise after he sees her scars. Noah's transformation was stunning to watch. Although his attraction to Echo's…assets…is immediate, he learns a little bit more about the mysterious and complicated girl with every encounter. He treats her with an understanding and gentleness that no one else has before, but also makes a lot of mistakes with her, due to the way he's used to behaving. Both go on a bumpy learning experience together, healing themselves and each other in the process. They're a beautiful couple and perfect for one another, despite both having their own issues and flaws.
Noah's almost as complicated as Echo. After his parents died in a house fire, he was put into foster care and soon labelled as violent after he prevented his foster dad from abusing his own son. No one stood up for Noah and he lost his two younger brothers to another family as a consequence. He now only gets the occasional visit, but has his mind set on getting them back after he turns 18. Here we introduce the issues of whether or not the foster family is mistreating his brothers like he suspects, how Noah will support them and if he'll be granted custody at all. He's learnt not to trust people and I felt so relieved when Echo began to change all of that. He couldn't have been more supportive and caring for SO MANY REASONS. This book is long so I can't even go into details but…trust me. His list of "boyfriend achievements" is endless.
So by now, you know that the romance is epic. Sexy, romantic, emotional…is there any better kind? It is miles deep, thanks to the time and effort McGarry put into writing well-developed and realistic characters. If you're wondering how the two get pushed together, Echo wants to restore her dead brother's car and needs her own money to do so. Noah needs to put more effort into school to prove that he can support his brothers in the future. Solution? Tutoring! Their sessions with the social worker also play a big part in their relationship and the plot, but again, I won't spoil ;) The mystery in Pushing The Limits is deliciously good and I loved unravelling the pasts of these characters. Have fun theorising and trying to predict the twists!
As you can gather from my long-winded and probably nonsensical review, I thought this book was all kinds of fantastic. Everything McGarry attempted to do worked perfectly and I can hardly praise this book enough. While she'll crush your heart, she'll fill it with the most satisfying feeling of love too. Pushing The Limits has their perfect amount of backbone, heartache, cuteness, angst and love to please anyone. The themes are obviously quite heavy but gosh, it's good. I dare you to not to like this book!...more
With the beautiful Australian cover, I was so excited to get my hands on this book. A forbidden love oOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
With the beautiful Australian cover, I was so excited to get my hands on this book. A forbidden love of the magical kind? Count me in! While I did like the concept of the novel, I found that it was let down by some poor planning and execution of character development. Nevertheless, Crave does have its enjoyable moments and has the potential to be a great read for the right person.
Tristan Coleman was Savannah Colbert's first kiss, boyfriend and love at the age of nine. They were inseparable best friends until one day, after their pretend wedding, Tristan and all of the other Clann members avoided her like she was the plague. Until now, Sav has been in the dark about what happened and the secrets that are unveiled about herself and family will change her life forever. I won't spoil the plot by telling you the secret, but I loved it. Crave has the tools to be an amazing romance, but Darnell sadly doesn't utilise them fully. Firstly, the fantastic paranormal element of the novel is often disrupted by "growing up" moments that are unnecessary and slow down the book. After I finished reading, I was still left not knowing much about the characters or having any real connection with them.
Speaking of the characters, I must say that Savannah got on my nerves. She's unfairly dealing with the consequences of her family's past actions but the young girl has no sense of responsibility and doesn't understand the meaning of sacrifice. Throughout the book, she has an immature outlook on life and acts recklessly. Even with magical influence, stalkers and death threats hanging over her head, she still chooses to make the wrong decisions and provoke the enemy. Her actions affect everyone but she doesn't realise or care! I found myself screaming "SELFISH!" too many times and was disappointed that she wasn't the strong heroine I was expecting. Crave is filled with sometimes predictable mysteries but I think a lot of it depended on Savannah's ignorance of what was happening around her. Put the pieces together, girl! Crave will satisfy a younger audience, in my opinion, as an older one will get too frustrated.
Tristan and Savannah's romance was interesting and developed slowly, but wasn't ever filled with the intense passion or love I was looking for. At times, the relationship felt shallow and I couldn't really understand why they liked each other at all. Other times though, they were really sweet together and the romantic in me let out some "aww"s. Unfortunately, Tristan is set to be the Clann's next leader, his family having led for four generations, and his relations with Savannah could start a full-blown war between the groups. *looks down on naughty behaviour* Come on, guys…
Overall, Crave may be something you really enjoy but it just wasn't for me. I didn't like the dramatic nature of things and wished the main character was more admirable. With better characterisation and a better planned plot, I would've really liked this! Savannah's caught in a war much bigger than herself and must make a lot of tough decisions. Maybe it was too much for a fifteen year old to handle, but better luck for her in the sequel! I'm curious about what'll happen next but will wait for other reviews first to see if I should dive in!...more
Maria V. Snyder never disappoints. All of her books are amazing and Touch of Power is right there at tOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Maria V. Snyder never disappoints. All of her books are amazing and Touch of Power is right there at the top, next to her Study series. Once again, we join a strong heroine on her dangerous journey to faraway lands. Avry is the only healer left in the world and all sides will come charging in order to gain one of the most valuable, and possibly dangerous, assets one can have in these times of strife. With a bounty on her head, Avry's attempt at saving a life leads to a betrayal and her ordered execution. That's until Prince Kerrick and his four men come to the rescue, needing her to cure Prince Ryne, a man she loathes, of the plague. Join Avry as she discovers her inner warrior and learns what things are most important in life. Can she sacrifice her own in order to help another King reign? Is he really the enemy or are her opinions of him skewered?
The very best thing about Touch of Power is the brilliantly vibrant cast of characters. They're different to each other in so many ways, yet their personalities balance out perfectly. Avry is the stubborn but selfless healer, Kerrick is the hardened but secretly kind earth magician, Flea is the puppy-dog teenager, Quain and Vinn are the monkeys and Belen is the sweet "poppa bear"! While Avry is initially reluctant to travel with these men to her death, the six bond like no other and become a tightknit family she can't imagine living without. Even when given the opportunity to leave, she can't bear the thought of parting with her closest friends. All of the relationships in this novel are beautiful and will touch your heart like they did mine!
Kerrick. Kerrick, Kerrick, Kerrick. The romance had fireworks flaring. You can't not love him and Avry together! It's absolutely stunning to watch them go from hate to love. It's a long process, trust me, but so worth it. Kerrick and Valek (from Maria's Study series) are quite similar so it's no surprise that I fell in love with him! Kerrick isn't exactly Avry's best friend in the beginning, being borderline cruel, but things, of course, change. Many important discoveries are made as the novel progresses and they'll greatly alter your views on everything, but until then...go insane!
The worlds Snyder creates are always detailed and, in a way, very realistic. With the help of maps and vivid descriptions, it's not difficult to imagine the fifteen realms and nine mountains. It's a magical landscape, perfect for a magical story. With gripping mysteries and exciting adventures, I never wanted the book to end! All of these great elements come together to form an explosive novel, so prepare for Maria to blow your mind.
Give me more! Give me more! I need to know what happens next! Maria has done it again, with a new refreshing cast of characters and plot. Previous fans of her novels will fall in love all over again, while new readers will be eagerly scrambling to feast their eyes on her other work. What a brilliant start to a magnificent series!...more
This is one of my favourite series so I was absolutely ecstatic to get my hands on this book! If you fOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
This is one of my favourite series so I was absolutely ecstatic to get my hands on this book! If you fell in love with Finley and her special crew in Steel Corset, you'll love Clockwork Collar because things get even more action-packed and exciting. Does the synopsis not capture your attention immediately? Jasper's been taken by a dangerous gang leader, Reno Dalton, and must find all of the pieces of a secret device he scattered around New York last year after escaping. The clockwork collar around his past love's neck is quite literally one that will tighten and tighten. If anyone but Mei touches it, she'll die, simple as that. The stakes are high, yes? So strap yourselves in for another beautiful adventure with Kady Cross!
While I loved the London setting in the previous book, New York was so much grittier and had this indescribable atmosphere about it. As always, I felt right back in the 19th century and was thoroughly sucked into the world! Of course, I was slightly sad that Jack Dandy got left behind but the other characters were more than enough to keep me satisfied! What I love about this series is how Cross manages to incorporate every single character into the storyline and let them have their own personal journeys parallel to Finley's. YA books often focus 99% on the main female lead, but Cross switches narrators throughout the book and makes all of her characters stand out because they're REAL and have lives outside of their interactions with Finley. When I first saw the synopsis, I admit I was slightly worried that the book would be boring and all about Jasper and Mei, but I found that it wasn't the case at all. We spend a significant amount of time with Finley's gang (although the two worlds overlap a lot!) but with the story Cross has written, I really don't think you'll mind reading an entire Jasper book anyway! He's a very fascinating person...
What do I even say about Finley Jane? Her character becomes even stronger than before and it is always such a joy to experience new things with her. She and Griffin King, the gorgeous Duke of Greythorne, are still trying to resist each other for reasons completely unbeknownst to us! Boy likes girl and vice versa…What's the problem?! Oh Griffin's sense of morality. *shakes head* However, there are so many moments of absolute sweetness and adoration you just can't look past. It's completely obvious to us that Griffin's taken with Finley and we can see it in the way he behaves, the things he does for her and so much more! He's aware of Jack's interest in her too, which makes things even more exciting! Is he just going to stand by and watch his lady be charmed away or is he finally going to do something about it? ;) You will adore seeing him jealous. It's too cute.
It was surprisingly very enjoyable to watch the Dalton/Mei/Jasper storyline unfold. Like I said, the time we do spend away from Finley is amazing and just as exhilarating! You wouldn't believe the fun I had with the other narrators. I refuse to spoil anything so just know that it's filled with danger, excitement, love and fear, all rolled in a bowl full of deception! Cross stays true to the adventure we're used to seeing and it honestly made me feel like jumping into a boxing ring to let out some excess badass! Clockwork Collar is truly one that involves you in the story and engages you completely. You'll be out of your seat and cheering for the heroes soon enough! Although…Dalton really isn't hard to look at. Why are the evil ones always good looking? *coughs* We like a bit of evil...right?
Overall, Clockwork Collar is the kind of book that demands your attention. With its beautiful cast of characters who lead lives far more interesting than ours, there's no way it won't sweep you up off your feet! The romance and action had me fainting and squealing all over the place so watch out! Even though there are a few things that you know are going to happen, it doesn't make the ride any less enjoyable. Oh, the drama and mystery! I'm desperate for the third book now. I need to know what happens next! This is an absolutely must-read book so don't even think about giving it a miss! ...more
Ever since I read Spellbound last year, I've been itching to get my hands on the sequel. With such anOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
Ever since I read Spellbound last year, I've been itching to get my hands on the sequel. With such an addicting plot and burning romance, there was no way I could resist! Once again, Shultz brings us into her magical world of soulmates and witches, leaving us no option but to fall in love all over again. For another spellbinding read with your favourite characters, pick up this book in stores now because it certainly won't disappoint.
I was almost vibrating with excitement when I received this ARC. My planned out reading schedule? Out the window. Top priority, this book was! Why, you ask? The characters are top quality and so well written that you absolutely have to know what happens to them next. You could probably say I was devastated when Spellbound ended. Immediate reread at 4am? Very likely. In this exciting sequel, Brendan and Emma's relationship is as strong as ever as they find themselves facing a dangerous enemy with a secret agenda. I loved seeing Emma rise up to the challenge and face her fears (…is that a knife? Eek!), even with Brendan begging her to let him take care of it. Oh, the girls are definitely running the show this time! Spellcaster is filled with suspense, keeping you on your toes and guessing at who's behind all of the attacks. The ominous prologue sets the tone of the novel extremely well and Cara's effortless writing takes care of the rest from there.
It was so easy to slip back into this amazing world after the action-packed ending of the last book. Ever since Brendan saved Emma's life, the love curse that has befallen many couples before them has disappeared without a trace. They're free to be together and certainly aren't holding back now. Every second page you'll have a senseless urge to giggle and coo over the "WE'RE ADORABLE" sign the two are waving around. They are hands down one of my favourite YA couples and I honestly wish this series would never end! Strong together and strong apart…what can you complain about? I mean, other than the fact that we don't all have a Brendan for ourselves… *grumbles*
Spellcaster is filled with tense anticipation for the Emma vs. Stalker face-off, taking you down dead ends and leaving your heart stuck constantly in your throat with worry. This disturbing villain won't back down so to what extent does Emma have to go to in order to protect those she loves? In the final book of this series *stifles sob* enjoy learning more about Emma's magic and best friend, Angelique, meet a few future in-laws and fantasise about the wedding while you're there. But most importantly, savour every last bit of sexual tension and sweet romance you can between this couple - it'll be a while before you ever see it again. Never losing their pace, Cara has firmly wedged these books in my favourites pile and I'm anxiously waiting to see what's coming up for her next! I'm sure her next story and characters will be just as magnificent as these....more
The final installment of the Study series is as confusing as ever. As we reach the pinnacle of the stoOriginally posted at Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me
The final installment of the Study series is as confusing as ever. As we reach the pinnacle of the story, Yelena is forced to face her fears and take control of her powers, once and for all. This novel is definitely one that takes your mind in circles until the very end! While I didn't enjoy Fire Study as much as the first two books, it was still a great read after the initial slow start.
Once again, the characters are superb. The secrets they've been hiding are finally revealed, and we get answers to the questions which have been burning through our minds since day one. We also meet some helpful characters like Opal, a glassmaker who is able to capture "light" in her pieces. While Opal's role isn't large, you'll be able to familiarise yourself with her before reading the Glass series. Yes, we get to return to this fabulous world in the spin-offs. What a pleasure! Yelena and Valek are as charming as ever. Valek will, as always, make you feel the need to fan yourself and Yelena continues to draw out his sexy side with her mere presence. How tortuous!
Your detective skills will be called upon, as we finally figure out who are the allies and who are the enemies. Some traitors you'll expect…others will take you by surprise. Interested? With threatening messages delivered by a figure in fire, kidnappings, mass murders and betrayals with fatal consequences, your head will be spinning in all directions, trying to keep up with things. In the middle of panic-filled conflicts, you can only hope Snyder will have a heart and not kill off your favourite characters. I must've lost a few years off my life and a cup of tears while worrying myself! *sighs*
While the storylines are amazing, it's the characters that really make the Study series exquisite. You'll feel a sense of loss as you turn the last page and leave Valek and Yelena to enjoy their lives together. What they'll get up to…we can only imagine, but luckily the two will make some lovely appearances in the spin-off series to sate our hunger for more! A fabulous ending to the Study series, filled with love and hope....more