I liked this conclusion to the Evernight Series. I am glad that this series is concluded. Lately some of my favorite series seem to not know when to q...moreI liked this conclusion to the Evernight Series. I am glad that this series is concluded. Lately some of my favorite series seem to not know when to quit. This book takes place after Lucas has been turned and after Bianca has died and become a Wraith. Lucas struggles with blood lust and actually hates being a vampire. In order to get a handle on his new afterlife, He, Bianca, and Balthazaar return to Evernight Academy. Bianca as a wraith keeps her presence a secret because of the hatred Mrs. Bethany feels toward the wraiths. Mrs. Bethany turns out to be trapping wraiths as a way back to her life. There is a great background story on Mrs. Bethany and the wraiths. We are introduced to the Place in between which Bianca can travel to at will. Bianca turns out to be special when it comes to wraiths as she can serve as a bridge to the afterlife for wraiths. Bianca seems to be the center of both the mismatched team of friends and the wraiths. I don't really want to give the story away but I liked the way this tied up the story with Lucas and Bianca. I am not sure how Bianca managed the miracle at the end but it was a feel good ending for the series which appealled to my cheesy sense of romance. I am looking forward to the new book that will follow Balthazaar as I always sort of wanted him to get a girl who would appreciate him too. All in all I really liked this book and I think fans of the series will be pleased.(less)
I am so in love with this series now! Thank goodness I didn't start this series until this became available. The cliffhanger of Graves being captured...moreI am so in love with this series now! Thank goodness I didn't start this series until this became available. The cliffhanger of Graves being captured by Sergji about left me in sleepless nights. As it was I couldn't put this book down. I was confused by the start of this story because all of a sudden you are thrust into an action scene where Dru is in a club trolling for Nosrefat with Cristophe running the operation. Dru also mentions "Nathalie" picking out her outfit and tutoring her looks. This totally freaked me out because the only other girl was Anna which didn't turn out so well in Jealousy. It turns out that Nathalie is a female wulfen which has been called into service by Cristophe. I think she is an awesome addition to the characters especially in the absence of Graves. But I was going a little crazy thinking how can she be going about her daily life and training without Graves?!! I wanted scream at Cristophe and the council to find him and go out to look for him. I was baffled. But that being said the book was an incredible ride that I couldn't put down! Dru is finally as Kick Ass as I want her to be. By the end I was so greatful and thrilled with Dru's transformation. She takes control and becomes a real Svetocha. I can't wait to follow this story to it's conclusion in the next book. This book reveils and answers a lot of the questions that have been clawing at my brain since the first book. We find the traitor, Anna's real motivation, and rescue Graves. We also find much more out about Dru's Mother, Cristophe, and Anna. (less)
The Shadow Falls series begins with Born at Midnight which follows Kylie Galen whose life is falling apart. Her grandma just died, her parents are get...moreThe Shadow Falls series begins with Born at Midnight which follows Kylie Galen whose life is falling apart. Her grandma just died, her parents are getting a divorce, and she gets arrested for being underage at party serving drugs and alcohol. As a result of the arrest, her mom decides that to send her to a camp for troubled teens that her shrink recommended. But as it turns out nothing is as it seems. She finds out that she has special abilities and Shadow Falls is really a camp for Supernatural Teens. Kylie is an anamoly, not fitting into any group at the camp. She can talk to ghosts and has night visions of them. She has to learn to deal with a witch and vampire for roommates and learning about other supernatural cultures.
I am a sucker for supernatural schools and loved the story but sometimes Kylie seemed to all over the place emotionally. But because of all the revelations in her life, I can understand it. The only reason I gave this 4 instead of 5 stars was I really wish some of the mysteries could have been cleared up somewhat. The quest to find out what Kylie is drags out along with the romance between her and Derek. Lucas, who is much more sexy, is missing for much of the story so he really doesn't seem like he should be as big of a factor. I will continue reading this series and encourage anyone who likes supernatural YA to do the same.(less)
**spoiler alert** Demonglass is the second book in the Hex Hall series. This book takes place about 6 months after the first book ends at the end of t...more**spoiler alert** Demonglass is the second book in the Hex Hall series. This book takes place about 6 months after the first book ends at the end of the school year. After killing her great-grandmother who was a crazed demon, Sophie finds out that she is a quarter demon and that her powers actually come from being a demon and not a dark witch. Because demons can be fine for years but then lose it one day and kill everyone, Sophie has decided she wants to ask the council for removal of her powers. The removal could kill her and her father wants her to come to London and get to know her demon heritage before making a decision. Sophie agrees as long as BFF Jenna can come along. Her father also insists on bringing Cal who happens to be Sophie's betrothed.
In London, Sophie meets the council and is surprised by a couple of other demon teenagers, Daisy and Nick. Daisy and Nick can't remember who made them or where they came from. They have been living at council headquarters under protection from the EYE. Sophie's escaped demon hunter love, Archer Cross has also been seen in London. Fate puts Sophie in Archer's path where Archer actually saves her life again. Archer reveals all of his secrets and boy are they good ones. Archer shows Sophie that someone is raising demons at Hex Hall and trying to use them as weapons. Before Sophie can really tell her Dad, Archer is captured with Sophie and Daisy and Nick completely Demon out. Because the council has captured Archer, the Eye attacks Thorne Abbey where the council is staying. The second half of this book is action packed that leads up to a huge cliff hanger making me eagerly awaiting the next book.
Sophie and Archer have hot chemistry and I was glad to see her stay loyal to him. However, I found myself waiting for Cal to reveal more of his feelings for Sophie which I felt are there. It was frustrating that nothing big really happened between them. I really love Cal's character and want him to fight for her. Don't get me wrong I love Archer but something about the quiet reserved Cal makes me think their is a loyal tiger under there. I really enjoy the world that Ms. Hawkins has created and both books are easy to identify with and get into. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment!!!(less)
Jennifer Echols is one of my favorite romance writers. Love Story is a story of a girl and guy who in the past have both pined for each other but seve...moreJennifer Echols is one of my favorite romance writers. Love Story is a story of a girl and guy who in the past have both pined for each other but several incidents of life have gotten in the way. Erin is somewhat of a Stable Heiress who has gone her own way and is trying to make it through college without any help from her estranged Grandmother. Hunter is the stable boy who sets to inherit her birthrite because he wants to study business and Erin wants to be a writer. Hunter shows up in Erin's creative writing class just as they are sharing a story about him the Stable Boy. She is embarassed and doesn't know what to do. Hunter and Erin then begin to trade story through class both writing memories or stories to get their point across. Everyone around them can see the love they clearly have for each other. The biggest question is whether life will continue keep them apart or if they will get over all the obstacles.
This isn't my favorite from Echols but it is still a good read. I was thrown because it starts by reading Erin's Stable boy story which is set in the Victorian age. At first I thought there was a problem with my edition! But if you hang on there really is a good reason that the papers are included in the book. They are a metaphorical dialogue between Erin and Hunter. Hunter is really good a pushing Erin's buttons to get her to react. Erin often misconstues what he is saying. Echols characters always wrap me up in their termoil and romance. I can't really put my finger on why. He guys are always sweet yet very attractive without being push overs. I always know I am getting ready for an awesome romance if Jennifer Echols is on the cover!(less)
Overprotected was a quick read about a rich New York Socialite, Ashlyn Adair who was kidnapped by her nanny at the age of 5. As a result, Ashlyn's Dad...moreOverprotected was a quick read about a rich New York Socialite, Ashlyn Adair who was kidnapped by her nanny at the age of 5. As a result, Ashlyn's Dad is completely obsessed with her safety to the point of hiring bodyguards, security system, and screening her friends. She is only allowed to have one friend that he approves of and cannot go out of the house without her bodyguard or her Dad with her. At the beginning of the story she is creeped out by her bodyguard,Stuart who has fallen in love with her. She gets her Dad to fire him. Her Dad then finds Colin, an old family friend who teased Ashlyn mercilessly as a kid to take the job. Colin moves in and Ashlyn at first hates him but is also fascinated by the man he has become. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Ashlyn and Colin. This is a very interesting read that played like a movie in my head. Ashlyn's home is cold and very abnormal to the point of Daddy dearest. The irony is that in the end Ashlyn is kidnapped and the only people who ever threatened her were people her father hired. (less)