Eden is the thrilling conclusion to the Providence trilogy. It begins where Requiem left off with Nina and Jared's wedding. Jared, again, proves he is...moreEden is the thrilling conclusion to the Providence trilogy. It begins where Requiem left off with Nina and Jared's wedding. Jared, again, proves he is an astute listener and makes arrangements to have Nina's perfect wedding. They get to spend a week on their island without the fear and outside world touching them. Once they are back in Providence, things immediately go from zero to sixty. Nina tries to fit back into her role at Titan but must run for her life after an accident. The demons want to prevent Jared and Nina's child from being born. They begin to shell humans which is like a temporary take over physically that leaves humans with no memory of their actions. Because any human can be shelled, they are in danger no matter where they go. Jared is desperately searching for a solution to keep Nina and their child safe. The ending is huge.
Eden played in my mind like a good action flick that never stopped. I loved Jared and Nina's wedding and their bliss of the pregnancy. This book kept me reading late into the evening and neglected the world around me. I was happy with the ending and believe this series will be on the keeper shelf. Bex continued to be a favorite of mine and I would love for a side story on him. I wonder who he will love and who is Taleh will be. *hint,hint Mrs. McGuire ;)(less)
Nina having recovered from her last brush with demons, begins an internship at Titan Shipping, her father's company. Jared and Nina are together and a...moreNina having recovered from her last brush with demons, begins an internship at Titan Shipping, her father's company. Jared and Nina are together and as a result Ryan has taken off to Afganistan with the Marines. Nina feels guilty that Ryan is personally putting himself in danger and Claire has to protect him as her Taleh. Throughout this book, it becomes apparent through nightmares and dreams that Nina's father stole the book to protect her for another reason, a prophecy. Apparently, Gabe and Nina's father thought the answer to preventing the prophecy was in Shax's book. Now, Jared and Nina have to find out a way to steal the book back to get another look at the prophecy and how to prevent it. Bex, Jared's younger brother grow up and into a key roll in the story as Nina can only sleep nightmare free when Jared is a certain distance from her.
I enjoyed the continuation of Nina and Jared's love story. This book gets into a religious prophecy and the end of days. I have seen many reviews that question this storyline for delving into religion but people this is a work of fiction hence the demons chasing a hybrid angel. So I loved the story as being unique and interesting. Jared continues to be sexy and a wonderful protector. Sometimes I want to kick Nina for NOT running off and marrying him--I mean come on... I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Bex. He is such a great little brother that is growing into a mini-Jared. The relationships really make this story such as Claire-Ryan; Nina-Jared; Kim-Nina; I highly recommend the series if you like Angel-Demon genre. Ms. McQuire has made this my new favorite series.(less)
I picked up Providence because of how much I am obsessed with Beautiful Disaster. This book is a completely different genre and blew me away. This ser...moreI picked up Providence because of how much I am obsessed with Beautiful Disaster. This book is a completely different genre and blew me away. This series is so very different from BD. McQuire is so talented to create a world around soul searing romance that will make you ride a roller coaster of emotion and not want to put the book down. The very best thing about reading this series now is that all three books are out and I didn't have to wait for the next book! I am immediately reading Requiem which picks up where Providence left off.
After her father's funeral, Nina sits on a bus stop bench in the pouring rain staring into space when her silent protector comes and sits along side of her. Jared is hot, protective, and supernatural--3 of my favorite things. Sharing a cab back to Brown University, Jared and Nina talk just enough to plant the seed of attraction. Soon Nina is looking for places to 'run' into Jared and starts to believe he is watching over her. One night when Jared saves Nina and her friends, fate begins to weave their lives together in a way that could be deadly. Jared and Nina have some serious chemistry and I cheered all the way through with them. I also cried in places where Nina and Jared believe the world is out against them. This is an action packed supernatural romance that I loved. Jamie McQuire is definitely one of the best and will soon be a household name. I can't wait to see how this series ends.(less)
Silence is definitely the best of the 3 books in the Hush, Hush series so far. This book starts 11 weeks after Crescendo ends. You are thrust into the...moreSilence is definitely the best of the 3 books in the Hush, Hush series so far. This book starts 11 weeks after Crescendo ends. You are thrust into the story as Nora finds herself in the graveyard with no memory of how she got there or where she has been. She is shocked to find out she has been missing for 11 weeks and the last things she can remember is 5 months ago, sitting in Biology with her best friend, Vee. Nora memory is gone and she doesn't remember the fallen angels, nephilim, or Patch. She can't leave the missing memories alone and start over either. She is compelled to solve the puzzle and continues to insert herself into dangerous situations.
The best part of Silence is that Nora and Patch get to fall in love all over again. Patch is more yummy in this book and of course, he hasn't lost any memories. He believes that he is keeping Nora safe by staying away but he doesn't realize that Hank Millar has continued to be in Nora's life. Hank is openly dating Nora's Mom and haunts Nora's new exsistence at every turn. Nora's instinct continues to lead her in the right direction and helps her to find her memories. Once Patch realizes that Hank hasn't lived up to their bargin, all bets are off.
This series really has sort of a love/hate relationship for me. I love/hate that I can totally predict the story. I never realize how much I enjoy being right about where a story is headed. These stories are unpredictable and dark which at times irritates me. I enjoyed the more open and vunerable Patch in this book. I know like every YA book, this series has been compared to twilight. But truthfully, other than the being where Nora and Patch meet and the circumstances surrounding, I think this series has veared off into it's own territory. (less)
Forgotten Souls continues the story of Soul Mates Krista and Mark who together with their best friends, Sam and Shawn, and Lyn and Robert continue to...moreForgotten Souls continues the story of Soul Mates Krista and Mark who together with their best friends, Sam and Shawn, and Lyn and Robert continue to uncover their unusual birthright. Not only are they celestrial beings sent to earth to help save souls but they begin to train and understand their mission better. Brought together by Haniel, an archangel overseeing their training, the band of guides and protectors get to meet up with other bands of different ages. As they train, they all know that ultimately Victor, Mark's father who has turned evil is still out in the world waiting to plot his next move to use the bands for the Dark One.
I loved the first book in this series and Forgotten Souls continues the story I love. Krista is such a fun character and I enjoyed getting to see her grow more secure in herself and her bond. Again, Ms. King gives a cliffhanger that will lead you to scooping up the sequel, Ascended. (less)
After Eden was easy to read and I liked the story about an outcast Devi, who meets a mysterious guy at her favorite used book store. Devi's twin broth...moreAfter Eden was easy to read and I liked the story about an outcast Devi, who meets a mysterious guy at her favorite used book store. Devi's twin brother Kai was taken by an Angel when she was 10. She has always felt she was missing something ever since that day. She has been plagued by migraines since his disappearance. Her father commited suicide on their couch because he couldn't stand the loss of his son. Davi's Mom is an alcoholic and more absent than present in her life. When Devi meets Oz, the bookstore guy, he seems to know all about her headaches. She is attracted to him but has been a loner for so long that she keeps him at a distance. It turns out Devi was born without a spirit and therefore when she dies she will cease to be. Apparently this makes her a Demon magnet. Oz protects her and she seems to have an Angel. She wants to make her Angel appear so he can take her to her brother. Oz helps her because he loves her. She doesn't realize his feelings and I often wanted to shake her. I loved Oz even though he was a demon. I wanted her to be with him but it just never really happened. Oz is sexy and saves her more than once.
The book deals with some interesting mythology regarding Angels and Demons. Demons are the Angels that were sent to gaurd and watch over Eden but fell in love with God's creation and therefore were banished from Heaven to life immortally in the creation they loved so much. Oz is one of these Demons. Oz makes being a Demon not seem bad. It is almost as if it wasn't their fault they loved creation so much. Then there are Devils who are the Angels whom were thrown out of Heaven for wanting to become better than God. Lucifer is the Prince of all. Lucifer has sent his Devils to collect Devi as she is the only person who has been born without the spirit in centuries. Then there is Devi's brother Kai who was pure spirit and therefore belonged to Heaven. It was a little like they shouldn't have been 2 people but one. This was a good story and I will definitely read the next one but I do wish Devi would get more together with Oz. (less)
Amanda Hocking weaves a unique fairy tale that has elements of Snow White and the Princess Bride with Angels and Demons sewn into the story. The story...moreAmanda Hocking weaves a unique fairy tale that has elements of Snow White and the Princess Bride with Angels and Demons sewn into the story. The story drew me in and developed a fantasical world were imaginative creatures leap off the page. The story opens following Lux who is a mysterious man on a mission for an unknown creepy boss. Lilly is the Lord's daughter who stumbles upon Lux in the garden and is immediately drawn to him. They share a moment until Lily runs off and Lux is taken into the stepmother's secret room where she practices witchcraft. The stepmother wants Lux to take Lily to his boss. Lux immediately recoils at the idea of taking the breathtaking Lily to his evil boss but knows if he refuses someone else worse will be sent to do the task. So Lux persuades Lily to run off with him and then leaves her in the necrosilvam which is a dead magical wood that dark creatures live in. However, the magic of the place will mask Lily's location if the witch or Lux's boss Valefor try to find her. There is so much to this story I could write forever. Lux essentially has to try and save Lily from his boss who manages to steal her away at a certain point. There is a certain battle between good and evil. Peccati are minions of demons that represent the seven deadly sins. Irin are their good counterparts which represnt the seven virtues. Irin are born and peccati are basically made. Lux and Lily are on different sides of this equation. The world depends on this balance which Valefor is trying to destroy. This is different from Hocking other books but still an awesome tale. I recommend for fans of the Iron fey series, Princess bride and Fantasy worlds. (less)
A Beautiful Dark drew me in with it's storyline right from the start. The beginning was similar to other paranormal reads: mysterious new guys, girl w...moreA Beautiful Dark drew me in with it's storyline right from the start. The beginning was similar to other paranormal reads: mysterious new guys, girl with tragedy. Part of the fun was trying to piece together the way Skye, Devin, and Asher fit together. About half way through the book, you begin to understand who and what Asher and Devin stand for. I found this a really interesting take on this mythology. The dilema Skye finds herself struggling with is what really what attracted me to the story. "On one level, that was totally true. I was torn, trying to choose between two things: Asher or Devin, The Order or the Rebellion, Self-preservation or heartbreak. Control--or finally letting go" This quote perfectly describes the conflict that Skye feels. Most of time is trying to piece together who is good for Skye. I found myself questioning things I always thought about light and dark. In other words, this book made me think. The second half of the book is faster paced with more action and twists coming that I really didn't forsee. The only reason I didn't give this a full 5 stars was because of the abrupt cliffhanger! It is really a good one which can be frustrating for someone impatient for a nice ending like me. (less)
I have to say I am enjoying the Hush, Hush series. Becca Fitzpatrick creates an interesting world of fallen angels and nephiliam (half fallen angels)....moreI have to say I am enjoying the Hush, Hush series. Becca Fitzpatrick creates an interesting world of fallen angels and nephiliam (half fallen angels). This book continues the story of Patch and Nora that started in Hush, Hush. I did find this second book frustrating and yet unpredicatable. Fitzpatrick keeps me guessing which is hard to do. I can usually see where a storyline is going but I am never quite sure with Crescendo. One of the hardest things to do deal with was Nora who frankly was being a a silly girl. I just never seen Patch as that mysterious as to continually question his motives but then teen girls can be insecure and silly. My only other thoughts on this particular book is that I am so glad I waiting to read this series until Silence was out because the cliffhanger at the end of this book is killer!(less)
I picked up this book because I keep seeing quotes of the new book on FB and was very intriqued. I haven't read a lot of angels and demons books but t...moreI picked up this book because I keep seeing quotes of the new book on FB and was very intriqued. I haven't read a lot of angels and demons books but this was a very interesting and unique story. The story switches between Luc and Frannie's point of view. As good church kid, I always though I would pick the angel and though Gabriel is beautiful and described as summer snow, I honestly didn't feel the connection with him. Luc, however had me at hello! Luc is a demon sent to 'tag' Frannie's soul for Hell. He isn't sure why or who at first but knows that two previous lesser demons failed on this mission. As soon as he enrolls in Haden high, he runs into Frannie and lust begins. Frannie is a strong heroine who is a part of such a religious family that her and 4 sisters are all named "Mary ..." like she is Mary Francis, Mary Margaret, Mary Grace, and Mary Katherine. She however has deep seated issues with religion which stem from the death of her twin brother. She was kicked out of Catholic School for questioning the exsistence of God. Just as Luc begins to get to know her, Gabrial her Gaurdian Angel also shows up to try and 'tag' her for heaven. Luc must get Frannie to commit a series of sins such as lust and starts with different approaches. The interesting thing is that Luc begins to change. He falls in love with Frannie which should be impossible for a Demon who cannot feel real feeling let alone Love. Frannie is also gifted with "sight" and "sway" which make her invaluable to both sides. The story is one that you must suspend your ability to rationalize these real events--I mean if you are already reading about real demons and angels struggling over a soul then why can't Frannie have these abilities. The story seems to be an impossible: A Demon who will draw the legions of Hell to him who is love with his mark. If he acts on his love, he pretty much will succeed but now doesn't want to. But if Luc doesn't he will be thrown into the fiery pit. Frannie must choose between Luc and Gabriel. If she goes with her heart she will cause other one to be suffer the consequences. Gabriel also feels for Frannie but cannot act on it or her fails because that wouldn't keep her soul pure. I loved the ending and will definitely be reading the sequel.(less)