In the third installment to Karen Marie Moning's Urban Fantasy "Fever" series, comes an exciting and packed full of adventure with twists and turns story. When we left off in the previous book, Mac didn't quite get to meeting Christian when she was stopped by the book which seemed to be going from person to person.
In Faefever, Mac battles more than she can take. From the other Sidhe-seers and Rowena to Barrons to the Lord Master, Mac goes through a specific journey where she will realize that people will take advantage of you if you let them. New information gets revealed about Barrons, but to a point where it just brings up more questions and not enough answers. Christian provides to be quite an ally to Mac who discovers that he is more useful than she originally thought.
Out of the whole series I would think the cliffhanger at the end of this book is probably the worst there is. It's an event that I could not have seen coming and one that will affect Mac for the rest of her life. We get to meet some of the other Sidhe-seers and see how they live at the Abbey. Mac's friendship with fellow Sidhe-seer, Dani deepens while Mac's relationship with Barrons just gets even more complicated than before. Barrons seems to give her what she wants, but yet.. doesn't give her the answers that she wants. It's one foot in and one foot out kind of situation and it's one that irritates Mac to a point where she doesn't know what she should do.
If you enjoyed the first two books in this series, then this third installment is of no exception.
This is the story of Rose, who is half human and half Mori (vampire). She and her best friend, Lissa, who happens to be a Moroi, which in normal talk is a living vampire, meaning they can die and have specific abilities, are on the run and have been for the past two years. That soon stops and they are discovered by a guardian, a hot one nonetheless who then takes them back to the academy where they'll have to stay until the end of their education.
The girls, soon find themselves in some different situations of their own. Romantic and action-wise. There was a reason why they were on the run, and that very reason soon comes back to bite them to show that while you can run, you can't hide, and everything always comes out sooner or later. Rose's life soon becomes complicated when she finds herself attracted to someone she should not be interested in for many reasons, but sometimes the heart does not listen to what your brain is telling you.
I really liked Rose as a protagonist. She is strong, independent. She can also get scared and vulnerable just like anyone. She doesn't want to rely on anyone, as she feels she has to do everything herself, I think it's because she hasn't had the usual upbringing, and didn't have that normal family type childhood it's probably hard for her to trust many people.
Lissa on the other hand. She has changed over the last few years with the death of her family. That would change anyone, it has made her more fearful and scared of things. Until someone comes into her life that makes her feel alive again, to show her that it's okay to live and not focus on what could be, or what was.
A great first installment to a great series. Verdict: 5/5(less)
It all started with a girl from New York as she arrives into London....
The final book in the magnificent, amazing, breath-taking epic trilogy comes a...more It all started with a girl from New York as she arrives into London....
The final book in the magnificent, amazing, breath-taking epic trilogy comes a conclusion we all have been waiting for. This might even be THE most anticipated, the most talked-about yet-to-be-released book over the past year or so. After Clockwork Prince, which raised so many stakes in this thrilling world we find ourselves in, so many questions left up in the air --- I knew that the final book would be one massive adventure which would rock our world. I was right..
This rocking conclusive book takes place just a few weeks after the end of Clockwork Prince. Everyone is dealing with their own things. Will's secret --- no longer a secret, and Tessa has been planning her wedding. Not everything seems to go to plan especially once it is evident that Jem's drug is running out and there is no more left to buy. Soon enough there is a race against time to find a cure for something that seems impossible. But in the end.... will it be too late? Mortmain comes back into the story very quick and fast. He has a plan, and he needs Tessa for it. She will realize that she will have to be the one to save herself, even if it means leaving those she loves behind.
There was so much that happens in this book. I read it within the first 8 hours on the very first day of its release. I waited 2 hours at the bookstore. It baffles me that sometimes their books, like this one, don't come in until the afternoon. Anyway.. I flew through this book like it was oxygen that I needed to survive. I flipped each page like it was hot coal. Read every word as it was burning the depths of my soul. These kind of characters don't come around very often. They are one of a kind that challenge you. Inspire you and make you believe in many things. From love to faith to being who you are. Tessa is such a strong heroine. For someone who just came into this world less than a year ago, who knew nothing beforehand about who she really was or what kind of world there was out there apart from what she thought she knew --- she turns into someone so completely selfless, strong, independent and someone you can admire.
William Herondale will always live on forever. Seriously. There is nothing I don't love about this boy. He is so flawed. He loves so passionately and intensely. He hurts just as much. And there is nothing he wouldn't do for those he loves. We get so much character growth for our characters. And it's not just our main characters that we see a lot of. We also see the progressing relationships. Sophie & Gideon will surprise you.. and there is one other you just might adore by the end of the book. I shall not speak it as I am trying to make this as spoiler-free as possible. But let me say this... whomever you like, you shall not end up disappointed.
There are some expected, or unexpected things that happen. It all depends if you had been listening to theories and speculations over the past year. Some are true. Some are not. But in which the way it happens... will definitely take you by surprise. We have heartbreak. Love. Sadness. Happiness, and an ending which will satisfy just about everyone I would imagine.
While I am passionately TEAM WILL... the relationship between the three of them is something so complicated and deep that no matter who ended up with who... its such a situation where they all loved each other to a degree that nothing else would have made sense. I admit... this is probably the best written love triangle I have read and even watched in ever. I'd suggest other authors of triangles in their books should take note.. THIS is how you write a realistic triangle.
Such a sad, bittersweet end of an amazing trilogy. There are many reasons why I love this series, even more than The Mortal Instruments, but it does go out with a bang and answers all the questions we have, and maybe even more. There is nothing that gets left unturned or unanswered. The wait between books has certainly been worth it. No doubt about that.
I would like to congratulate Cassie for writing a book series that can tear up your heart. For making me for feeling for a bunch of characters who I didn't think I would care for. To make me love this genre. This era and everything about the series. These characters will forever live on in my heart. Especially Will Herondale.
In the second installment to Julie Kagawa's 'Iron Fey' series, comes a story straight off its predecessor. Things pick up pretty much right away from where things were left in The Iron King. Meghan was forced to go back to Never Never, aka the land of Faery... because she made a promise in exchange for getting her brother, Ethan back. She finds herself in the land of the Unseelie, and it isn't the most comfortable place given that she is half Seelie and half human, neither traits work well in this court. Ash, the boy she fell in love with is ignoring her and she doesn't understand why. But everything is not as it seems.. because Meghan soon learns what the Unseelie court is all about and why Ash acts the way he does when he is there. Emotions. Love. They are a weakness, and nobody wants to show a weakness when around his mother, Queen Mab.
The story moves quite quickly when something tragic happens at the festival where they exchange scepter in change of the seasons. A war breaks out, and Ash and Meghan, who are from different courts see themselves on different sides.
There is a lot more action in this book than there was in book 1. So much more going on, and it's exciting. The relationship between Meg and Ash progress, not to mention the return of Puck, whose feelings for her are clearly obvious and where he makes them obvious to her as well. Puck is my favourite character, so when I first read this book.. all I felt was sadness for him, and wanted him to get the girl because of how he has loved her for so long. But now after re-reading the book, I still felt sad for him. I have came to understand that she isn't the girl for him, but his chance at happiness has yet to come. Two of my favourite things about this book was the interactions between Ash and Puck. They swear to kill one another, but never get around to it... and so there is always this tension between them that you could cut with a knife it was that deep.
I was glad I re-read these first two books, as I liked them even more than the first time I read them.
This book picks up the story a few months after Beautiful Creatures left, as the characters deal with the consequences of the events from the previous book. Lena is depressed as she deals with her personal loss, as her boyfriend, Ethan tries to help and be there for her. Ridley has found herself vulnerable, and more so now than ever before, and she isn't handling it very well. Not to mention having to attend High School? Go figure. The relationship between Ridley and Linc reaches new lengths and is one of my favourite parts of this novel. In book 1, they were this fun thing where she liked to mess with him and him with her. But in Beautiful Darkness, you start to see that Ridley doesn't like competition when it comes to this guy and might feel she isn't good enough for him if she is just ordinary without any special talents. If she has to compete with human girls? Ridiculous. Lincoln has found himself with new abilities after being attacked by an Icubus and he has to learn everything about who he is now all over again.
We have new characters, such as new guy, John Breed.. and Liv, an assistant at the library come into play and their roles within the caster role become evident as the story moves on.
The relationship between our core characters, Ethan and Lena go through some struggles as they both battle with things that are going on around them.
This was a great sequel to Beautiful Creatures, even though I did feel things were dragging on a bit, but the end was definitely interesting and made me itch for the next book. I feel this was the calm before the upcoming storm. Something big and epic is upon the horizon, I can feel it.
And here we have it. The conclusion of a four-part saga, of love, mystery, secrets and redemption.
The end of Beautiful Chaos, we were left with a shocking decision and act made by Ethan that I couldn't see what would happen next, nor where we would be left in regards to Ethan and his relationship with Lena, and everyone else he loves.
In this spellbinding finale to an amazing and addicting series comes all the answers we could want and need. Changes are made. Events transpire and we have come to expect shocking reveals. Ethan finds himself in a place he never thought he would be. Lena and his family can't seem to accept he is gone and will do anything to bring him back, if possible. While he did made the ultimate sacrifice, it's not what Ethan thought it would be. He is too is willing to go the great lengths to get back to the ones we loves.
This story comes to a climating end for our beloved characters. I applaud Kami and Margaret for bringing us this unique story. For these amazing characters and the gorgeous town of Gatlin where nothing is as it seems.
The love between Ethan and Lena has no bounds, and there wasn't anything these two would not do for one another. The moment they met... that was it. While they have had their ups and down, and obstacles they have had to face, but in the end... love really was the key, and they are better for one another than they are apart. Linc and Ridley, now their on and off relationship has been one of my favourite things about this series since the very beginning, and in this book we finally get the payoff we have been waiting for the longest time now. This is probably one of the most complicated relationships in this series, but just seeing where they ended up just made everything worthwhile..
There sure was some heartbreaking scenes, new revelations about events and characters we know and love, but what series doesn't come with risks? I'm sad this is the end, but I look forward to see this series on the big screen. I hope it does well, so we can continue to see this series played out on screen.
Kudos to the authors. They are a great combination and I look forward to their future works, together and separate. A force to be reckoned with. One that rivals Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie.
In the shocking and thrilling conclusion, Lauren Kate brings out all the stops to end this series as the best book to date.
The end of Luce and Daniel's journey was revealing, shocking and heartfelt. We discovered things that I was even shocked about, and I didn't think there was anything this series could shock me. I was wrong. While this book might have started off slow, things sure picked up in the second half of the book. From that point forward, especially the last 100 pages, I could not put it down. There was things that was discovered from the past, of Luce, Daniel and Lucifer's past that will throw you through hoops.
There wasn't enough Cam, and I wish there was more of him, and the side characters, but what we got was nice, and I think their stories in, FALLEN in LOVE proved to give some backstory to them that served a point. Luce is no ordinary human.. The story between Luce and Daniel goes back further than even they can even imagine. Shocking reveals get turned inside out, and I can guarantee that there will be a point your jaw will be on the floor from absolute shock.
After everything these two have gone through, RAPTURE explores the rest of their history together and why they are important, not only to each other, but also to heaven and hell. There are some things that can't be told to you. Sometimes, you have to discover them all by yourself otherwise the impact won't be as great. Luce soon finds out that she stands in the middle of this whole war between each of the sides, and she'll have to make a choice that could change everything.
This is my favourite book of the series, because of how it reveals everything comes together and gets all out in the open. If you loved the first 3 books, then you are sure to love this conclusion to an epic story.
In the conclusion to Ash & Meghan's story comes a thrilling and action packed adventure that brings us to the final book in the Iron Fey series. At the end of The Iron Queen, Ash and Puck were set on a quest of a lifetime. Ash was going to try find a way to become human. The only way he can be with Meghan, and he is willing to do anything he can, no matter what it takes.
This book was in Ash's POV, which was interesting to read.. I admit, while I did like him.. I didn't love him as much as others out there. I was more of a Puck fan. So this book, by being inside his head gave me a new appreciation for him, and I found a new fondness that I came to accept and understand about him. I really came to like his relationship with Meghan. Although I have never been their biggest fan, but still liked them, I found myself enjoying them more over the course of the books. The things that he went through , and they weren't easy, to be with her.. was quite endearing and admirable. It was quite nice to see him on his journey for true love.
I loved his love/hate friendship with Puck. I think that has been one of my favourite things about the series. The way they interact with one another, and their history... it always made me look forward to their scenes, and I was happy to see this book focus a lot on that, and came to the resolution that it did by the end. There was certainly some reveals that I didn't see coming, but I think they were done for a reason.. for Ash to be able to forgive Puck and be able to finally really move on from his past, which has haunted him for such a long time.
Puck. Oh Puck. My favourite character. I loved that we got to see so much of him in this book, more so than any other book in this series. And while it didn't center on him, this story certainly found him in the spotlight. I hope that someday soon we get him front and center and have his own book, or get his own happy ending, as he deserves it so much.
Wow. What can I say about the 2nd installment to this Soul Savers series? It was breath-taking and action packed, possibly even more than the first on...moreWow. What can I say about the 2nd installment to this Soul Savers series? It was breath-taking and action packed, possibly even more than the first one.
I loved the first book for many reasons. I loved this one for different ones. There was much more action going on, even though things started off slow in the beginning and Alexis was beginning to get on my nerves. But her feelings and reactions made sense and if I was in her position I probably might have acted the same way.
I'm guessing this is the final book, since the ending felt final. There was a happy ending, no cliffhangers and things felt wrapped up.
It has been 7 years (I was shocked when I read how long it had been from the end of book 1, to the start of book 2) since the ending of "Promise" and Alexis has had to raise her son, Dorian by herself, since Tristian was presumed dead or missing and had not heard anything in all these years. She would not give up that he was alive in some capacity, but was unable to do anything about it since she was not strong enough to go up against the Daimons. Not until she went through the change, that is.
She may been living, but she was dead inside because when she lost her husband she lost heart and soul that went with him.
I went through the motions with this book from being sad, to happy to horrified and then satisfied. It was a rollercoaster, but in the end.. it was all worth it. I don't find many books that have captured my heart and soul very often, but this series was definitely one of the rare occasions.
It shows people that nobody is beyond saving if there is hope inside them, and never to give up on love even if it may seem impossible.. nothing is ever impossible.(less)
I never thought I would see the day when I would willingly read a graphic novel.
There is no denying I prefer Novels to comics or graphic novels, but for this author and this series, I would read ANYTHING, listen to anything. I would sell my soul for this series. Its no surprise that the FEVER series is my favourite series, and this graphic novel does not let me down. I would like to thank my friend Lauren, who bought this for me while she was over in San Diego for Comic Con in July and bought this back for me.
In terms of the story. Its not your typical Graphic novel. It is not a re-telling of a story we already know. It is not say 'DARKFEVER' in graphic form. No. This is completely different. Its a new story, but set within the time that SHADOWFEVER took place. Certain things will make much more sense from Shadowfever after reading this. Certain scenes and events have become much clearer to me now.
In FEVER MOON, we learn more about the FEAR DORCHA, who he is and what he wants. Mac and Barrons are on a mission when people go missing and turn up, but with something missing: a part of their face or body. It was all very odd, as you start to wonder what was going on, and who was behind this all. When some of those people end up being near and dear to Mac she starts to wonder whether this is some kind of message to her. She knows there is only so much time left, and they are on the clock to try to fix whatever is going on.
I loved this. We discover different sides to the characters, while holding who they are down. I loved the graphics. They were done so beautifully and creatively. The dialogue was great, and I loved getting a new perspective of the series, and seeing things outside my own imagination and vision. I was so thankful I read this, it was a great addition and side story to the series. A look we didn't get to see before, and I can rest easy knowing part of my confusion.. a question I had in Shadowfever was answered within this story.
If you are a fan of Karen, and love the FEVER series, then I highly recommend checking this Graphic Novel out. It was SO worth it, and you won't be sorry.
There are no words to describe how many emotions this final book has evoked in me. This has been a long...moreThis review has been x posted at The Book Twins
There are no words to describe how many emotions this final book has evoked in me. This has been a long time coming and I'm not sure if I was ready for it to all end. These characters have been in my life over the past few years. The good and the bad. Everyone plays their part no matter what it may be, where things may lead them, and the final installment may be the toughest test out of them all.
After Angel Fire, Willow made her final choice between Alex and Seb, and really --- it really wasn't a choice at all, never was. But her romantic complications is the least of her problems because they have to find a way to fix this angel-affected world. Once and for all. When a ghost from the past appears at the AK camp once again with some interesting news for Alex, he is forced to make a choice, which will see him leave for the unknown, for the chance to make a difference and change the course of everything they knew. In his absence, this leave Willow in charge of the group -- but is she up to the task at hand, or will she fail before she even gets to begin?
I was excited when this book was coming out August 1st, rather than in October and I could not wait to get my hands on it. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. I had re-read the first two books just before this one was released as it had been a while since I had first read them and wanted to give my mind a bit of a refresh. L.A Weatherly certainly make this book worth the wait over the past two years. I was fine with the wait because I knew the story had to be right, which she certainly delivered in all aspects. I could not have been more pleased. We saw old characters make reappearances, new characters being brought into the light and our core ones front and center.
Everything that needed answering was tied up. Alex and Willow, our heroes of this journey have been through so much together over the past three books. I could not wait to see what this final story had in store for them. I was never worried they wouldn't get their happy ending, I just wondered what they had to go through to get to that particular point. I have to say I am definitely satified with how things turned for them, and for everyone really. This was a story that left no thing unturned. Sacrifices are made. There is death. Tears and blood. I always wondered if Seb would find someone who would make him as happy as Alex and Willow made one another happy. I was happy to get the answer to this particular question, and it was everything I could have asked for.
Angel Fever, had to be one of the best conclusive finales I have had the pleasure of reading. I would definitely be checking out anything L.A Weatherly has in store next for her writing journey.
And...so the final book of this epic, breathtaking and romantic saga with perfect mythology to boot. The end of one of my favourite series to date that combines angels, vampires, heaven and hell. Melissa has always delivered in every single volume as she pushes the romance and the mysteries to the brink where you'd have to know how this will all end for our beloved characters.
This climatic conclusion sees our favourites battle evil, love, loss and everything in between. We also have Bliss's POV back in the novel since her role in the events have come to pass. Every single story that we have come to know gets cleared up in this final novel. From Jack and Sky, Mimi and Kingsley, Bliss , Michael and Gabrielle. Everything ties together in a way that's a perfect way to end a 7-book saga.
Melissa's portrayal of these characters as they started as one thing, but over the course of the series have grown into young adults, full of spirit, love and confidence. All of the girls, and boys, men and women have in their own gone through so much in their lifetimes. They have discovered loss, love, betrayal and kept secrets along the way.
This conclusion answers all lingering questions, though it may leave some things hanging, that Melissa has recently answered in her Gates of Paradise Q & A
In this finale, Jack and Mimi have gone back to their old master, but in reality, they are playing a role so they can work on getting their bond unturned, and the only person that can do that is Lucifer. Knowing Lucifer, nothing comes without a price. The question is, can they successfully play their parts and get back into the fold without getting caught in the process? When they get asked to do the one thing they will never be able to do, the twins will have to decide what is worth more... love or to stay as who they think they are and crumble to the darkness.
Michael and Gabrielle's story is told throughout flashbacks of the past, as we travel back to Florence and then Rome to discover the true nature of their separation. What began to tear them apart. These parts, I pretty much knew before hand, but I was happy to have any scenes of them because they are one of my favourite ships of the saga. I know some people liked Ben and Allegra, but me.. I preferred Michael and Gabrielle. The truth of what really happened may shock you. It may make you think badly of Michael, but to me... everything he did... was for love, and he can't be faulted for that, even if the consequences of his actions just became worse for their kind.
And while Bliss is back, she is also with someone. Lawson. If you haven't read her series, Wolf Pact.. you might be confused as to who he is, but since i read it beforehand, I knew everything she went through, what they went through, and it was nice to see her back with her friends again. To see her role play out in the battle against her father, Lucifer.
Schuyler has her own journey to go through. Probably the most important role in defeating the Silver Bloods and Lucifer. She comes across certain things she never expected to find. And with her best friend, Oliver by her side, they will discover more than they ever bargained for. And almost all the surprises they come across, Oliver will discover that his life doesn't always revolve around Sky as it once did.
This is a story of love. How you can find it, lose it and to sacrifice it for the greater good. I couldn't have asked for a better end to this series. And I look forward to the spinoff series, that is in the making. I love this world, the mythology and characters. I personally think there is so much left to explore.
Until I Die, is the exhilarating and explosive sequel that we have been waiting for. Ever since the end of Die for Me, I know I have been anticipating on what will happen next for our favourite characters, Kate, Vincent and his family. One might think that what Kate and Vincent have has come quickly, but in a world like theirs, the bond and connection they have with one another is unique and really are each other's perfect other half. There really is nobody else that will be able to understand them like each other. Their love just goes from strength to strength.
Jules, is one of my favourite character. He loves to flirt and a playboy, but Kate doesn't take it seriously because they both know it means nothing just a bit of harmful fun.
Kate has been through so much, with losing her parents, and then having to battle all sorts of things since she arrived in Paris, but two things has kept her sane. Her sister, and Vincent. Without them she probably wouldn't be who she is today. Vincent has made her a promise that isn't easy keeping, so Kate goes on a mission to find find a way for him to keep it and to help him in the process, but this journey isn't an easy one... and the consequences... might be deadly.
I have been to Paris myself, but I didn't have the impression that Kate does of the city. I found a new perspective through her eyes than I did with me, and gave me a new way of seeing it. I love the way she describes her life she has there. Its breathtaking and enchanting. I wouldn't mind going again someday with this new knowledge.
Die for Me was honest and full of life. Until I Die is beautiful and honest. I can't wait to see what the next book brings. If you loved the first book... be sure to pick this one up, if you haven't done so yet.
For some reason I have been hesitant to read this book, but I recently got around to reading it and absolutely loved it. Aimee Carter brings a new take to the greek gods and the mythology we have come to know and love. The first book in this trilogy unfolds with Kate, 18 yrs old and has been looking after her dying mother for the past few years. Her mother's dying wish was to go back to her home town so she can die in peace, and Kate can't say no to her, even if it means leaving New York.. her only home she has ever known.
When Kate starts at her new school in this small town, she meets a few new people who will make an impact on her whether she knows it or not. When a tragedy occurs, Kate suddenly makes a deal with a guy not completing understanding what the deal she made was, less alone that she believed it. But when Kate has to choose between losing her mother, or saving her..at least to a point, in her mind she has no other choice. Henry, the new guy whom she made this deal with claims to be Hades, the god of the underworld and in exchange for him helping her mother she must spent six months with him every year for the rest of the life. Simple, right? Wrong. But, how bad could it be?
I haven't read a lot of books in this genre, and by that I mean that involve greek mythology and the gods. I believe the only other series I have read would be Percy Jackson. So I was pleasantly surprised by how interesting Aimee's take on this was. I didn't have a problem with her version of things, because I think it just makes it even more unique this way. I did keep checking the back of the names of who was who so I can have it in my mind when I read certain parts with the characters.
I loved Kate and Henry. Their relationship changed slowly.. she might have hated him in the beginning for what he was making her do, but as she got to know him .. those feelings changed and started to develop into something more. And while he does love her.. I'm not totally convinced that he is over his ex wife.
After I had finished the book .. I went back to the beginning and thought about it all.. everything made much more sense. I was planning on rating this 4 out of 5, but after everything that sunk in.. it was definitely a 5.
I look forward to the next book to see what happens next for Kate and Henry. While their love might be real.. I don't think it's far from easy. I'm sure there will be another complication thrown in their way to true happiness.(less)
I would say this is one of my favourite series in the Angel genre. And it's not because I am biast, with Jessica being a aussie like myself or anything, but I feel the world Jessica has created has been special and unique, which isn't easy when there has been so many stories all similar in one aspect or another. But somehow, she makes it unlike anything else out there, and I feel that is one of the thing that makes these books stand apart from everything else.
We begin right off from where 'Emblaze' left off, with that bloody darn cliffhanger. We had to wait a year between books with something like that. I don't know how I survived it, to be honest. It only made you want to know what was going to happen next. I won't say what the cliffhanger was, for those that have yet to read Emblaze, and don't want something, which I feel is a game changer spoiled. I guess that's something you have to consider when publications aren't up to date with one another, and in this case... it's the US that is a tad behind. Violet's life isn't any easier in this book. She sure has had her share of bad days, and they keep on coming. She and her friends are instructed to head to New York, to go face to face with the council of the Grigori, after what happened in Jordan. The reprecussions of the events that happened there have not gone over well with the elders, should we say. Not only does Violet have to prove herself to them, to show that she is indeed 'one of them', but they soon have their hands full dealing with an unexpected turn of events that transpires, and Violet and her friends need to decide the right course of action to take before anyone else gets hurt, or worse.
The much complicated relationship between Violet and Lincoln only becomes even more complicated, if that's even possible. But it is also even more beautiful, honest and heartbreaking than ever before. There are some amazing moments between the two of them that will make your heart roar, but other times, some moments just make your heart ache because they are hurting from not able to be with one another. I'm sure Jessica doesn't do it on purpose, but the things she puts these two through is so heartwrenching, but I expect a payoff eventually... but thankfully there are more books to come, because the cliffhanger? Yeaaah... its one I wouldn't wish to be for a final book in a series. But its also one that makes you learn for more, and wonder what will happen next.
There are so many crazy things that happen in this book. I'd say.. it's one of my favourite books in the series. Many reveals get put in the open. New relationships form.. and maybe old ones as well. And after the story is done, you can sit back... and things will start to make sense, as in things that you thought you knew, but after finding out new information.. you start to get a whole new vibe to it.
I guess I should mention Phoenix, eh? Well... of course he is in this book, probably more than the other books, well maybe except for Embrace, which I think he is in quite a bit. But in this book, you discover a new layer to him, and he'll do things that you don't expect, but in a good way. He is quite the character... and actually, I went from hating him in the previous book, to understanding him a bit more.. and I am not sure I would say I like him, but I feel and get him and his actions. Lincoln is one of my favourite characters, and I love that we got to see more of him in this book, and get to know him a tad more than we might have before. Just when I thought I couldn't love him any more, I was wrong and he is there showing me things I didn't know, or even think about. The way he loves Violet is so real.. so raw and so passionate. I want a Lincoln... can I buy him somewhere?
Jessica needs to start working on the next book like now, because I need it in my hands, but I know we might have to wait a while, and I guess.. IF I have to, I'll wait.. but with that kind of ending? Damn --- I can't say it's going to be easy. Jess does such an amazing job with this book, I could not put it down. So many feelings came out of it, I can only imagine it couldn't have been easy for her writing it.
ICED.. what can I say? I wasn't sure what to expect going into it because I knew the next three books were going to Dani's story. Mac would no longer be the protagonist. Barrons would no longer be a main or lead character. I'm sure I wasn't the only one who wasn't sure how this would take with readers. Dani was not a character that everyone liked, but then again, so was Mac I have heard. I have never had a real problem with Dani, although during the Fever series she did grate on my nerves from time to time. Karen did say that she wouldn't be like that in her own story, because she had to find a way to stand out in the Fever books, so what we saw was only a small part of who she was and she made herself bigger and more vocal than she really was. I found myself growing to like and respect her as I went through ICED. We slowly began to understand her, where she was coming from and how she got to be who the girl she is today. She certainly hadn't had the easiest childhood, and it hasn't gotten any better by any means. I do feel that she will become such a strong and independant woman. I look forward to reading the next two books as they come out, to see how she deals with things, her abilities, relationships and friendships. She sure has her work cut out for her.
We have a few male leads in this book. Ryodan, who is by far my favourite. Christian and Dancer. Each is different and some more messed up than others, but with each character they have their own fair share of secrets that, while some has come to light, some hasn't... Dancer is full of mystery. I am not sure what is going on with him. He seems nice enough, a good friend to Dani, but I don't know.. he just seems a little too perfect and all knowing right now. I am sure that will change since this is Karen we are talking about and she does nothing easy. He is human, from what we can tell -- even that I am not sure is completely sure or not. Never trust anyone when it comes to this world, because nobody will be as you think. Christian, poor guy. He has had a lot to deal with, and all traces of who he was in the previous books seem to have disappeared. He has been transforming into something he would never wish on anyone, including himself. An Unseelie Prince as it happens, and I am not sure where this is going, or what is going to happen to him next. But he seems to have formed some obsessive bond with Dani, that doesn't seem completely sane. I wish just for him to seek the happiness that he does deserve. And last, but not least, we have the mysterious, enigmatic Chesters owner, Ryodan. He is someone who I have loved since Bloodfever, and so it was no surprise that he ended up my favourite male character in this book. We don't know anything really about him, or about his true motives and feelings right now, although I am sure that will change over the next two books in this series. I know people could compare him to Barrons, but after reading this book it is more clear that they are nothing alike, but really are two different wild men.
There has been some discussion about Dani's current and future love life with these men in her life. Who will be her HEA? Some kind of love square seems to be forming, even if it's not clear right now. Personally... I am Team Ryodan. If you forget about her age... they have this chemistry that she has with nobody else. I can't take what he has with anyone else seriously, and really.. what's a few years when you have eternity? Some people can find it gross and creepy, but somehow, I don't. His relationship with her right now is something of a mentor, who is trying to help her be the woman he knows she can be. To help her through this world, to look out her for, without her slipping out of his life. Because we don't have his POV, we don't exactly know what is going on in his brain, and what his intentions are, but I have no doubt we'll slowly see something changing as the stories progresses, and I look forward to reading through Dani's maturity as she gets older.
The plot, I loved. I felt it was quite interesting to have Dublin 'Iced' an Ryodan having to seek out Dani, who might be the only person who would be able to help in this situation. It was also a situation that pulled them together made them work together whether she liked it or not, and usually it was .. not. The story itself, I felt was much stronger than in Darkfever, which seemed to be more about Mac and her discovering herself. But since Dani knows who she is, or thinks she does? There was room for more of a plot, and it was dark and gritty. It was awesome.
Dani's story wasn't the only one we got to see in this book. No, we also got Kat, who is trying to deal with her new job as mistress of the abbey, and her temptations she has now has to battle. There is the matter of the Iced prince down under the abbey, who will use any force necessary to get what he wants, manipulate anyone if it means getting released. I admit, he had me fooled a few times. Kat needs to watch out before she loses everything that she cares about.
Before anyone asks, yes we do have appearances by Mac and Barrons. They are far and few, but there are a couple, but given the cliffhanger, I am sure we'll see more of them in book 2, at least Mac. It should be interesting to see how things progress regarding the thing between Dani and Mac, who really hasn't been in the same place since Mac discovered the truth about Dani, and what happened to her sister. A confrontation will soon have to happen. A talk needs to happen otherwise Dani will never know how Mac really feels, or whether they can move past this and move on.
The conclusion to this thrilling saga ends with a bang, and with a satisfactory ending to which fans will enjoy.
Nora seems to be reborn in this book. She takes a mature approach and tries to become a leader, someone her new followers can look up to. But this is a task that won't be easy, even if she has help from Dante, who is teaching her to be who she should be.
A war is coming and everyone is preparing for what could be an end, one way or another. The lines are drawn, but Nora refuses to pick a side, even if she is leading the Nephilim. She is on their side because she feels it's what is right, given she is now one of them.. but then, her boyfriend is fallen, so she isn't exactly objective. She has to decide whether to follow her head, or her heart. To do what is right, or what she thinks she should do.
A big battle is upon them, and not everyone will make it out alive. The question is...will this big fight solve anything? What will be the outcome? Who will win? And if you win, will you also lose in some aspect?
There are new enemies, no allys and unexpected surprises that enfold them all as they go one step closer to freedom. Will Nora be able to deliver what she promised Hank she would do? Because if she doesn't... given the oath she tool, her and her mother's lives could be on the line, and that is one thing she cannot risk.
This was a great finale (no pun intended), with getting everything we wished. Answers, sometimes questions still hanging in the air, but mostly I felt I was happy with the outcome. Even if the battle lost some lives, some missed, and some not. But lost nonetheless. Sad to see this series end, but I was satisfied especially in terms of Patch and Nora's happy ending. They sure deserved one, that is for sure after all they had been through to be together.
The sequel to Witches of East End is quite as thrilling, if not even more so than the first book. We deal with the return of not just one, but two characters from the past. Not only do we and Freya discover that whom she thought was her love, Balder, she was mistaken and it turns out to be the guy who she felt an undeniable connection to all along. Now the truth is out in the open, Bran's true colours start to show and there is no doubt who he really is.
With the return of Freya's twin brother, Freddie, he holds a secret that threatens to tear Killian and Freya apart forever if it turns out to be the truth. Everyone has a secret, but the question on whether or not all the facts are in the open remains to be seen.
Killian and Freya's relationship is stronger now the truth about Bran has been revealed, but there is still something keeping them apart, even if they don't know it. Bran is also on the loose, and nobody is quite sure where he is, or what he is planning. When it comes to the trickster, nothing is ever certain.
Ingrid and their mother, Joanna also have relationship issues, but that's the least of their worries. Not only do they have to worry about whether or not any punishment will fall on them once the council gets wind they have been using their powers, but also to the fact there is something brewing in town and beyond that could destroy everything.
When all said and done, the question they'll be after is... "What do we do now?"
This book has everything the first had and more. It introduces some new characters. There is surprising reveals, villians and things you don't see coming. There are things you might see coming, but didn't know how they might be played out.
The way this book ends makes you yearn for the next book. I wonder... is this a 3 book series? As it feels like everything is setting up for a conclusion in 'Winds of Salem'. I wouldn't mind, because its a great series and not sure how long this can go on, but then again, I wouldn't say no if she chose to write a few more.(less)
I have put reviewing this off for weeks so I can prepare my thoughts. This sure was a roller-coaster of a trilogy. It has its ups and downs. Twists and turns. Characters do things you don't expect or wish they didn't do, but all in all, it was a pretty good story set over three wonderful books.
Cynthia has done a marvelous job at these characters, the mythology and the setting of each of the three books.
In this conclusion, Clara finally comes face to face with everything she has been preparing for since the day she got her first vision. Everything has been building up to this point. The decisions she makes, and the consequences could have the impact to change everything forever. Clara finds herself in Stanford, with Christian and Angela as they try to battle every-day life as normal teenagers into a new college. But they all know that at some point, something huge will happen, and that moment will be sooner than they may think.
I really enjoyed many aspects of this novel. From the moments between Clara and her brother, Jeffery, to the Clara and Christian scenes(were of course my favourite), to her friendship with Angela and moments between herself and her dad. We do find ourselves fighting a battle, as each of their visions start to come to light, and end up being connected to one anothers in a way they never thought possible.
While I had my complaints... and let me rant for a little bit.
I don't agree with. It seemed to come from out of nowhere, it's as if Boundless never existed. As if Christian never fell in love with Clara, as if her feelings for him didn't exist. It felt, Cynthia just changed the ending to something that would satisfy most fans, and didn't care what Christian fans felt about it. He really got jipped in this book. If the ending was planned all along... why even have Christian love her.. why not just have CC as best friends and that be it. He really got the short end of the stick and I don't think it is fair, especially with their last scene together.. I really want him to have the happiness that he so deserves, so I hope that at some point, Cynthia does decide to write a novella for him and give him the happy ending he should have had in this book.
Sure, Tucker does show up in this book.. I did felt it was out of place of everything we knew about him. But I guess the reasons doesn't matter, as long as it serves its purpose, eh? Well, Tucker fans should be happy with how it ends for his character, even though I felt.. if everything was leading up to the ending... then he should have been included more in the plot and in the book, where to me.. it felt all of a sudden, and random.. But of course, I'll always feel different about this kind of thing to others.
I enjoyed Angela's story, even though I picked up on a few things. There was also some foreshadowing in terms of Angela and Christian. A little bit that I felt was nice for them that came into play in this book. We also got to understand him more, and learn more about his father, and who he is. Some have pretty much guessed this before now, but it was nice seeing some things confirmed.
I do think this series could have gone for one more book, but since it wasn't to be, I guess.. overall, this was a pretty good conclusion. I just don't feel the epilogue was needed at all. Some people get their happy ending.. and some, well, don't.
Sometimes, not all authors know how to write a proper triangle. Someone always seems to get the wrong end of the stick.
I had this book sitting on my shelf for months, and I decided to read it on the plane during my trip to the US. I was so glad that I did, because this book? Definitely one of my favourites for 2012. I have always been a fan of this genre, involving angels for a while now, but this book was so awesome I may feel a need to gush about it for a few moments.
You have been warned....
In this book we have a couple of POV speaking. The two main characters for the most part: Maddie and Jackson (or 'jacks') and we get to know who they are, their lives and how they come to know one another. Basically, Jackson and Maddie comes from two different worlds. Maddie -- human, and Jackson is an angel who has come of age and is in the middle of becoming a guardian. Which means he could be one of those special angels in which you can 'hire' for protection.
Angels have taken over the 'City of Angels', Aka Los Angeles. Quite ironic, huh? And of course, it's only those people with money who will be able to have their very own guardian angel. Who cares about anyone else. What makes one person's life more valuable than someone else? Money, that's what. It seems everything is about how much money someone has. What connections or what they can do for YOU. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that doesn't seem to be anything new from our world in which we live in. If you have money, that's it. Life is an oyster. Maddie's life starts to change rapidly from a life-altering moment in which she meets Jackson Speed. She just has no idea it is him. I mean, she must be the only girl in the entire city that isn't fawning over the angels as everyone else seems to me. But to Maddie, she couldn't care less. And she makes a great case for it as well. Jackson on the other-hand, has everything he could ever want. Money, girls, a new job prospect in doing something great. But he still feels like something is missing, that maybe his life is a little too perfect. The moment he meets Maddie, and she has no idea who he is... I believe that is the moment when this story officially begun. From what started out as two great characters turns into one great relationship that will make you swoon, sigh and hope for something like this to happen to you. I know I sure did. Can I buy a Jackson of my own? No? Darn.
Their relationship isn't all there is. No, we have an amazing plot. Maddie and Jackson soon discover that not everything is as it seems. There is a murder spree going on and the big question is whether they can be solved before Jackson or Maddie find themselves at the head of the revenge. When angels start to get killed (how the heck do you kill an angel? like seriously...) in a particular and specific row, it's only a question of who is doing this, and why. We have lots of interesting things that happen in this book. Twists and turns, things you don't see coming and revelations that will make your head turn. I was so mesmerized by the story that I didn't want it to end. Of course I am now anxiously awaiting book 2, which won't be released until 2013... but if you have considered checking out this book, I will double that and recommend that you order it, go to your nearest bookstore, or even get it from the library. You will not be disappointed.
As for the characters... Maddie -- She is such a great heroine for this book. She may look human, but inside, her heart is immortal. It's full of strong will. She is the sort of girl in which you will root for. The kind of character where you hope she gets everything she wants out of her life, because she has been through so much at such a young age in which nobody should have to endure. Jackson -- He may appear spoiled, but deep down, there is a part of him that wants and needs something more than other what he has. If you had everything, what challenges would there be in life? What would you need to transpire to do? Life would seem a bit pointless, don't you think? I loved Jackson. I loved hearing about him, his thoughts, life and what he wanted, or didn't want. I found him to be such an interesting and compelling character that I just wanted to read more about him. About his life, about his doubts and feelings. About his relationship with someone he knows he shouldn't be near, but finds himself unable to keep away.
Now let the swooning begin...
“You’re right,” Jacks said. “You’re not part of my world. You’re not one of those girls. And maybe that’s why.” “Why what?” “Why I can’t stop thinking about you.” Maddy rolled her eyes. “Guys like you don’t say that to girls like me.” “I’ve never said that to anyone, actually,” Jacks corrected. “In fact, I’ve never done anything like this before.” He let out a little laugh. “How am I doing?” (less)