The Grimm Diaries are a prequel to Cameron Jace’s Snow White Sorrow series. Each prequel is a quick little story from some fairy tale character or a m...moreThe Grimm Diaries are a prequel to Cameron Jace’s Snow White Sorrow series. Each prequel is a quick little story from some fairy tale character or a member of the Grimm family. And each story explains the background of the some of the fairy tales that have been misrepresented by the brothers Grimm. I loved trying to guess of Cameron Jace was going to twist and manipulate the fairy tale stories to make them his own. It was really cool to read. Throughout the book, he also adds his notes, to give you some extra info to help make sense of some of the stories. I liked this, because it didn’t take away from the flow of the story at all, since the stories were just little snippets from different characters and were not a cohesive overall story yet. We got to meet the “evil” queen from Snow White, also known as the Queen of Sorrow, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, a descendant of the Brothers Grimm, and Mary, who helped further explain the Queen of Sorrow. I loved all of the mini stories, and they did their job in getting me excited to reading the actual Grimm Diaries series. It looks like it is going to be so flippin’ cool! There is a war brimming, and it looks like all of your favorite fairy tale characters are going to be involved. They are all immortal and have been placed under a curse by the brothers Grimm to try and protect the world. Because of the curse, they are stuck in this dreamworld of eternal slumber. Not everything about the dream world and the curse was explained in the first 6 prequels, so I can’t wait to read the rest of them and the series to find out more about that.
Cameron Jace has a real talent for making new spins on old classics. And when he is done with them, he will have you asking just what the real version is. He makes his, different, darker versions seem completely plausible. I loved that. Sometimes, I guessed what the twist would be, and other times I didn’t see it coming. It was cool to just see little parts from each story, and to try and figure out how that character might fit into his overall storyline. I think Mary’s version was my least favorite of the 6 until the end. I thought that was probably the coolest tie in out of all of them. If you are interested in fairy tales, and new takes on them, then you should check out The Grimm Diaries Prequels. It is a great way to test out Cameron Jace’s Grimm Dairies series and see if it is something you would enjoy. I can already tell it is going to be right up my alley!(less)
Wow! This book was so much fun. It made me feel like I was living it up on the Las Vegas Strip right along side with Peyton, Savannah, and Courtney. T...moreWow! This book was so much fun. It made me feel like I was living it up on the Las Vegas Strip right along side with Peyton, Savannah, and Courtney. The three Diamond sisters are each so unique. The book was split up into multiple different characters views. The chapters each alternated between the diamond sisters and the resident "it" girl at their soon to be high school, Madison. There were also little sections scattered throughout from a school online website, where people were posting rumors and things that were going on. It reminded me of part Twitter, part Gossip girl blog. I thought it was a perfect add in to the atmosphere that the Diamond sisters found themselves living in.
Peyton, Courtney, and Savannah are uprooted to live with their absentee father in Las vegas, and overnight their whole lives changes. I appreciated how well the girls each handled this huge change. Sure Peyton was a little grumpy, and sure Savannah was a little spend happy with all of her new money, but I thought overall, they handled themselves really well in this tough situation. I also thought that the celebrity lifestyle was portrayed to a t! Michelle Madow did such a fantastic job creating an atmosphere that seemed to realistic to how teenage/celebrity lifestyle seems to be. It is like the Las Vegas Gossip Girl. I ate it all up.
I really liked all of the Diamond Sisters because they were each so different and I feel like we got to know each of them really well, but if I had to rank them I like Courtney the most and Peyton the least. Courtney seemed like the most level headed of the three and i thought she made the best decisions overall. I liked Savannah, but I wish she was just one year older. She seemed so young at just 15, and everything she was doing just made her seem so much older. I think that is why I like the idea of her with Nick because he seemed to treat her the best. Peyton just seemed like such a sourpuss all the time and in some ways she acted the most immaturely. I understand where she was coming from, but attitude still bugged sometimes. At the end of the story, I started to get a glimpse of a much nicer Peyton, and that made me like her a lot more.
And then there is Madison. I have no idea what to think of her. I guess she was the "mean girl". And by I guess, I mean that she can be one heck of a B, but for some reason, I just want to believe her soft underbelly. I'm still deciding on who the real Madison is. I will have to get back to you on that one after I read the next book. And you better believe, I will be reading the next book. I am hooked on the world of the Secret Diamond Sisters and I can't wait to go back for more. (less)
This was the first book of Lisa Burstein's that I've had the pleasure of reading. I freakin' loved it. Candice is one of my favorite female leads that...moreThis was the first book of Lisa Burstein's that I've had the pleasure of reading. I freakin' loved it. Candice is one of my favorite female leads that I have read in a long time. She is strong and savvy, but she isn't perfect. She is still hesitant in many ways with herself. Sneaking Candy was about her becoming comfortable with being Candice AND Candy. And I loved the journey that she went on.
I'm from South Florida so I liked that the book took place at the University of Miami (even though I'm not a huge hurricane fan, it was still nice to know the setting of the book.) Candice is a graduate student so she was taking classes as well as teaching classes. This girl seemed busy! But she still has time for a rockin' romance. As soon as I met Candice's professor I thought he was an arrogant jerk. He may have been hot but he was awful. I was really worried that there was going to be some sort of love triangle going on in Sneaking Candy, but I am super happy to report that there was no love triangle. Sneaking Candy was much more about Candice's personal growth and her romantic endeavors included only one, very awesome guy.
Candice was so hesitant about James at first, but I liked him right off the bat. He was cute and more importantly he seemed to be a guy of substance and he just seemed so sweet. I liked how much he seemed to genuinely care about Candice, but that didn't mean he would blindly just do whatever she told him too. He wanted something real and I really respected that. The romance isn't rushed or forced, it takes some time to develop and more than one curve ball is thrown their way but I loved reading about the two of them.
Lisa Burstein has such a gift with words. The writing in Sneaking Candy was wonderful. More than once I thought, "that would be an awesome quote to blurb somewhere." And I don't normally think that with books. Sneaking Candy is a fun and sexy read, but don't let that fool you. It isn't just frivolous fun, it has so much substance too. I kind of saw it as a second coming of age story for Candice. She had to learn to accept her "other half" as well. I am addicted to Sneaking Candy.
Shadows of Asphodel is an adult diselpunk. This is the first diselpunk that I have encountered, and honestly I wasn’t really sure what the difference...moreShadows of Asphodel is an adult diselpunk. This is the first diselpunk that I have encountered, and honestly I wasn’t really sure what the difference would be from steampunk. I think the main difference that I found was with the weaponry in the story. The story is set in a very turbulent time in history, and I really enjoyed the way Karen Kincy incorporated the historical events as they were occurring throughout the story. She used the real people and the real events and interspersed them throughout the story. Even though I was a history major, I have not read many historical fiction books, especially not ones with as much steamy romance or urban fantasy/diselpunk elements. I have to say it was a really interesting mix. I don’t think I have ever encountered a story quite like Shadows of Asphodel. And it’s unique-ness was my favorite thing about the story. I loved Karen’s ability to combine elements from different genres so flawlessly.
Ardis and Wendel are the two main characters of this story and they are quite the pair. Holy cow, they might be two of the most guarded characters that I have read about in a long time. Getting either one of them to talk about themselves or reveal anything was like pulling teeth. And they both had such intense pasts that a few times I just wanted to shake them until they told me everything. They threw each other for a loop because neither one of them behaved exactly like the other thought they would. Wendel wasn’t quite as evil or repulsive as Ardis imagined a necromancer would be, and Ardis actually gave Wendel the time of day. (well, after a little while anyways.) I liked how much they surprised each other. Whenever I pick up an adult novel, I am looking for some good romance. And Shadows of Asphodel was full of sexual tension. These two had it in spades. I really liked how they interacted with each other, romantically and otherwise. I don’t even know who I liked more. I started out liking Ardis more, but I think somewhere along the way Wendel won me over.
I am a huge character driven reader, so I liked how well developed the main characters were in Shadows of Asphodel, but the world building was really impressive as well. There was so much going on, and the setting felt like such a big scale because they were on boats and on trains and traveling all around. It felt like a global novel. (if that makes any sense.) The pacing for the most part was good. There was always a lot going on, so for the majority of the book it felt fast paced. But a couple of spots it lagged for me. Just for a couple of pages at a time though, and then I was swept right back up in the excitement of the story. This is certainly a series that I am interested in continuing. It’s hard for me to describe this book because it’s like a beautiful mashup of a bunch of different things. Karen Kincy took history and magic and the setting and everything else and wove it into an incredibly interesting and unique story. (less)
Wow. This was an intense book. It deals with some very real and some may say controversial issues. Naomi is kidnapped and the whole story centers arou...moreWow. This was an intense book. It deals with some very real and some may say controversial issues. Naomi is kidnapped and the whole story centers around her and her captors and the various relationships they have. This book is masterfully done. I think Michelle Davison argyle's writing is incredible.
Naomi is very brave. I felt so bad for her throughout the whole book. She had a pretty rough life, and then of course this happens and she is basically a prisoner. The story starts off with her capture, so you don't really have a chance to know what her normal life was like. Right away, she was scared and in emergency mode, which was great. But I didn't know what she was normally like. I didn't have a baseline. But that being said, the beauty in Michelle's writing style is that she reveals all of that information throughout the vivid flashbacks. We learned about Naomi's family and her relationships all through memories and flashbacks.
Like I said before, this book is very intense. My emotions were all over the place while reading the breakaway. Her captors were their own little family, which was something Naomi felt she was lacking. I thought the breakaway was a fascinating look into the psychology of captor/captive behavior.
The relationship aspect if the book was equally as intense. Naomi was no stranger to abusive relationships. (This poor girl..- I think that was my most common thought while reading) so I think it was a little easier for me to understand why she acted the way that she did. I do have to admit that I don't think I would make the same choices she did, but then again I guess I can't really understand what she was going through. The breakaway is an intense ride, but I really liked it. It was though provoking and very rough and real. (less)
I think it's fairy tale week at Book Briefs, because here is another fairy tale book. But this isn't a retelling, it is more of an alternate universe...moreI think it's fairy tale week at Book Briefs, because here is another fairy tale book. But this isn't a retelling, it is more of an alternate universe to fairy tale land, kind of book. I loved how the worlds were set up. Fairy tales are real and Bianca's family has possibily the coolest museum in the whole world. They have a fairy tale artifacts museum. I would love to go there!
So one day Bianca finds out that the stuff at the museum is real and that her family are actually witches that come from a direct line of Snow White. First Frost is a fast paced action adventure with a big time magical twist. I loved seeing all of the various items from the fairy tales and seeing how Bianca used them on her quest. What was her quest? She had to get her mother back from the evil witch. First Frost kind of reminded me of the tv mini series, The Tenth Kingdom or the ABC show Once Upon a Time. I just love the idea of all the fairy tales together and having a modern take on how all of it really went down.
Bianca took the news that her family is magical all in stride. At first I thought it was a little unrealistic how easily she was taking in all of the information, but then I stopped to think about it for a minute. She saw actual magic. I guess once you see magic in action, the cat is out of the bag. Plus her friend, jumped on board as soon as she found out as well, BUT she was justifiably nervous in the new land. I thought that she initial reaction was a little unrealistic, but as soon as Ming had time to think things over she reacted how I would have in her shoes. It made me like her a little more.
Bianca crosses over to Everafter with a spell. There she meets a prince and Terrance. I liked both of them. I really liked how the prince was kind of cocky and thought he was the best thing since sliced bread, because lets be honest- a prince probably would be spoiled and a little arrogant. I thought that was a nice touch, rather than having the super charming prince that everyone loves.
First Frost mixes a bunch of different classic fairy tales together. I thought it was well written, and I loved seeing all of the characters work together and interact. My favorite part was seeing how Bianca would use the artifacts from the museum on her quest. There is even a small, but adorable, romance brewing in the story. Fans of fairy tales should check out First Frost. There is a bit of a cliffhanger to segway into book 2, but I thought overall book 1 was a complete story on its own. I wasn't left completely hanging. This is a great fairy tale adventure.(less)
This has been a great weekend for great books. I thought this was going to be more of a witch/elemental book, but it isn't. The Elemental Enmity serie...moreThis has been a great weekend for great books. I thought this was going to be more of a witch/elemental book, but it isn't. The Elemental Enmity series is all about the Fae. There are already three books out in this series and the fourth one is coming out this year. I love finding a series that I know I am going to enjoy and not having to wait for each book. I can just read them back to back to back if I wanted to. And that is awesome.
I really enjoyed the dynamic between Rayla and her best friend Cassie. They have a genuine friendship. They squabbled a few times, but they were always there for each other. I thought it was so funny when all the fae lords showed up and wanted Rayla- Cassie understandably got kind of grumpy and made some comments like, "why do they ALL want Rayla?" I mean come on, if these gorgeous guys all showed up at once and all wanted one person, I would probably be a little grumpy too.
I loved learning about the lore of the elementals. I thought that was a really awesome and unique twist about the fae that I have not encountered yet. I love the idea. Each elemental is in tune with a specific power and each house of fae is associated with a power as well. When you unite an elemental with a fae lord of the same power, that power is magnified. Cool stuff.
In my opinion, Five is an example of a paranormal YA done completely right. The description in this story is incredible. I felt like I was right there alongside Rayla as she fought to figure out what to do. And it is always enjoyable to have a strong, spitfire heroine. And Rayla certainly is all of that and more. Plus, there are so many guys. Not all of them nice, but certainly all of them alluring. We get to know Zach a lot better than the others so he almost has an unfair advantage, but I also like Luke. I am reserving further judgment until the next book. Because I need to read the next book. This has favorite series potential all over it. (less)
Seeds of Discovery is a fun and vivid fantasy with a touch of mystery woven in. I really enjoyed Seeds of Discovery, the first book in the Dusk Gate C...moreSeeds of Discovery is a fun and vivid fantasy with a touch of mystery woven in. I really enjoyed Seeds of Discovery, the first book in the Dusk Gate Chronicles, by Breeana Puttroff. There isn't a huge romantic element but the potential is all there for any number of swoon worthy possibilities in book two. And honestly I don't even know which way I am leaning because there really wasn't too much romance in this book. Which normally is not my thing (I love romance) but it completely worked with Seeds of Discovery. Honestly, I think it worked out better this way. Characters and the beautiful land of Eirentheos.
Quinn is such a sweetheart. She is quiet and smart and so very determined. I loved Quinn. I can't imagine anyone NOT liking her. I thought it was adorable that she tried to be all sneaky and stealthy and William knew what she was up to anyway. Poor Quinn, stealth isn't her strong suit. But hey, she still made it into Eirentheos. In Eirentheos, Quinn met William's whole family. And holy cow! What a huge family it was. 13 kids??! That is nuts. But I really enjoyed getting to know the whole gang- Thomas in particular.
Thomas is so charming. But at first I expected him to be a bit of a womanizer, but he really seems to be very well mannered and polite. I have no idea what is in store for Thomas in the next book but I really hope to see more of him. I think I may have liked him best out of the boys. Although William is a close runner up.
William is serious. He puts so much pressure on himself. The thing that I liked the most about Eirentheos, was that William seems so much more at ease there. Don't get me wrong, he is still super serious, but at least he cracks a smile sometimes there. The characters in the dusk gate chronicles are all so unique and I loved watching them interact with each other.
Along with great characters, the writing in Seeds of Discovery is fantastic. It was descriptive and the land jumped right off the pages for me. I could picture the flowers and the birds, which are totally awesome by the way, and Breeana clearly knows her way around the concept of "show, don't tell." I loved Seeds of Discovery and I want to start book 2 right away! (less)
I read book 1 and book 2 back to back so these are my thoughts on both of those books. This story is so much like a contemporary. Even though it has a...moreI read book 1 and book 2 back to back so these are my thoughts on both of those books. This story is so much like a contemporary. Even though it has a supernatural element thrown in, I still think of this series as a contemporary series- is that weird? I really, really like it though. Kate is quirky and lovable, Jared is incredible, and the plot pacing is great. The Second Sight series is a keeper for me.
I enjoyed getting to break through Kate's defenses. She certainly doesn't make it easy for people to get to know her, that's for sure. Jared had to go out of his way multiple times before she even admitted she was ok being friends with him. Her visions do affect her a little too much, I think. She needs to learn a little distance. (this is probably the only thing I agree with Declan about)
Speaking of Declan, I don't like him. I don't necessarily think he is a bad person, I just don't like the things he has done since entering Kate's life. It seems like all he does is mess things up for her. He just needs to back off! Jared is so good for Kate and I think my heart broke a little at the end of New Revelations. I need Jared to be in book 3. I am fully on team Jared and I don't see anything swaying me from that choice.
The Second Sight series is great for fans of supernatural, and mystery/crime solving books. Kate uses her gift to help locate missing persons, which is awesome. I loved both the personal life storyline about Kate and her family and friends just as much as the mystery storyline. I flew through these two books. I liked the first one a little more than the second one, but I think that is because Declan wasn't in the first one. I would give the first book 4-4.5 gavels and the second one 3.5-4 gavels. (overall it is 4) I am super excited to read book 3, but I basically only have two goals for the book. One for the romantic interest and two that Kate's vision doesn't come true. I have high hopes. I think the Second Sight series is great!(less)
Viper's Creed is a fantasy and quest lovers dream come true. The stage was set in the first book, and now in this book you just get to sit back and en...moreViper's Creed is a fantasy and quest lovers dream come true. The stage was set in the first book, and now in this book you just get to sit back and enjoy every single page. I completely loved it. It seemed so different than most books that I have been reading lately. Especially the romance. I am a huge fan of this series.
Viper's Creed picks up a year after Sora's Quest left off, and Sora has been staying with and training with Lori. A strange and dangerous disease starts spreading over the lands and soon Sora finds herself off on another adventure. Along with a new sidekick, and two old ones. I am not sure what I think about the new addition to the group. Something about her seems off. But I do know that I love good ole Burn and bad ole Crash. And Crash is just as closed off and enigmatic as ever.
I said before that the romance is so unlike most I have encountered in a YA book. There is no insta love, no love triangle, no long time pining. But it is still so cute to watch Sora and Crash interact. Crash is a man of very, very, very few words. So pretty much everything about him is non-verbal. You can catch glimpses of him emotions and feelings through his actions. T.L. Shreffler has done a really amazing job telling a story without much dialogue at all from Crash, and that is not something that is easy to do. I do wish we saw a little bit more of Crash's point of view. We saw glimpses, but I found myself enjoying his parts of the story the most.
The Cat's Eye series is riveting. I loved it and I would put my review pile on hold if I had book 3 right now to read it right away. The adventure is really underway now. And we got more answers in this book so now I have a better idea of the next few legs of the journey. I have to say that I hope this turns out to be a very long series, because I have not had nearly enough yet. (less)
I read the first two books in the Noctalis chronicles by Chelsea M. Cameron and I really enjoyed those books, but they were paranormals. I had never t...moreI read the first two books in the Noctalis chronicles by Chelsea M. Cameron and I really enjoyed those books, but they were paranormals. I had never tried a contemporary by ms. Cameron, so My Favorite Mistake was my first experience. I have to say, I am a fan! Chelsea M. Cameron is now going on that list of authors that I will pick up any book they write. I know her writing is going to be good, her characters are great and her guys are pretty darn irresistible.
Taylor is a spitfire. For real. She doesn't let any guy close- in fact she doesn't let guys get away with much of anything around her. I would imagine that her hard exterior would scare off most guys. But it totally intrigues Hunter. I really liked Hunter. At first glance he seems like such a hard ass but he really wasn't. Oh sure, he can bicker with the best of them, but somehow he makes even that seem endearing. It was pretty funny to watch him and Taylor's verbal sparring matches. It was my favorite part of the story.
My Favorite Mistake is a deeper than normal love story. I loved it. There are all the cute aspects of falling in love, but there are also other elements. Both Hunter and Taylor have had a tough past and they both have secrets and issues they need to work through. They are actually really alike each other, which is why I think they work so well. I loved uncovering their secrets and watching them grow individually as people and together. It was really a great read. It is upper YA/ new adult, which is my very favorite category for contemporaries. My Favorite Mistake is an excellent realistic fiction addition to the new adult genre. It was not a mistake in reading this book. It was a very good choice! (less)
Ember was one of those amazing books that I just could not put down. I was completely engrossed in the story from start to finish. It kind of made me...moreEmber was one of those amazing books that I just could not put down. I was completely engrossed in the story from start to finish. It kind of made me an instant fan of Jessica Sorensen. I have the first book in her falling stars series, and now I want to read it ASAP!
Ember has an isolating gift. She can tell when someone is going to die. And the only person who knows is her best friend. So understandably, she kept her distance from other people. And then the guys** show up and her whole keep to herself plan goes out the window. I really enjoyed Ember. I was rooting for her right from the start. And Ember placed her secret in the hands of her best friend, Raven. I have to say, I kind of wish Raven was a better friend. There was a lot of fishy things going on in this book, character wise. I wanted to believe the best in people, but some of their actions made it kind of hard to trust them. And I thought Ember was a little too naive and trusting, but overall I thought she was a great character and I can easily see myself wanting to read more about her and her story.
I don't want to give away spoilers for the book, because I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ember without knowing any of this, but it is a "love it" or "hate it" thing in YA books so I want to give you a heads up, that there are two guys in this series. The Summary makes it sound like there is just Asher, but we are in love triangle territory here. Most of the mystery in the book actually surrounds the two guys. We don't know what their real deal is for most of the book, leaving you to make your own conclusions on who you like and who you didn't like. I think book 2 is going to be the final decider for me. I am about 90% decided but I am going to hold off until book 2 until I join a team.
The guys** have the whole "light" look v. "dark" look thing going for them. There is the blond hair preppy guy v. the misunderstood goth, black hair guy. It was a little cliche but I really enjoyed the story. I thought the characters were all there for a reason, no one was added just to fill space. Everyone had a role. The mystery surrounding the characters was just enough to make me need to keep reading. I had to know what was going to happen. I didn't want to put this book down for anything.
Even though there are a few cliche moments in Ember, I didn't even really notice or think about them until after I read the book and I was preparing to write my review. While I was reading, I was too engrossed in the story and too busy loving the book to have it bother me. I don't think it will bother the average reader either, because Jessica Sorensen has this awesome ability to weave a beautiful story together with her writing. Ember was one of my favorite books of the year. The Death Collectors series is going on my MUST READ list. I fell in love with this book!
**I am purposely being vague and not giving names to avoid spoilers because the summary only names Asher.(less)
I loved the summary of Dark Promise but the cover was not my favorite, so I didn't really know what to expect from the book. I really like Julia Crane...moreI loved the summary of Dark Promise but the cover was not my favorite, so I didn't really know what to expect from the book. I really like Julia Crane's writing so I wanted to give it a try. I am so glad that I did! Dark Promise is one of my favorite books of 2012, and my favorite fey book ever! I loved it all. I loved the characters, the plot and the world that Julia and Talia masterfully created.
Rylie has such a perfect little life, with her super sweet boyfriend Adam, and great parents. Then she basically gets whisked away against her will into faery. I was so swept up in the story. I felt like I was right there with Rylie. Adam is such a great guy that initially I hated the other guy- Kallan simply on principal. But the more I got to know him, the more I got to liking him and then really liking him and then to 100% rooting for him! Even if you are not a fan of love triangles, you need to check this one out. It is different, I promise.
This is an author duo that I am a huge fan of! I love how deep their writing is. It feels more vibrant somehow. The emotions seemed heightened, and the beautiful colors of faery land seemed brigter. I loved exploring the landscape along with Rylie. I feel like she fell in love with the world even though she tried her best not to. I even caught myself liking the king I teensy tiny bit. His character is so evil but there is some deep sorrow in him as well.
If you are a fan of fey books, you have to read dark promise. Right now, no excuses. I loved this book. And man, oh man that ending was just wow. I completely loved it. I need book 2 RIGHT NOW! I have not been this anxious to read a sequel in a long time. It is now two days after I read the book and I am still thinking about it. That is how much I liked Dark Promise. (less)
I have read a good amount of books by Kailin Gow but this is my first second in a series book that I have read of hers, and I really like it! I think...moreI have read a good amount of books by Kailin Gow but this is my first second in a series book that I have read of hers, and I really like it! I think she is good at giving just enough background from the first book to bring you up to speed. Never Land drops you right into the action of a concert, just like the first book. I really liked that they each started out on the same kind of tone.
From the first page of Never Land, it is very fast paced. There is never a dull or slow moment in the whole book. I flew through reading it in only a couple of short hours. It kept my interest the whole time and has left me really excited for the third book.
As I mentioned in my review of Never say Never, there are lots of guys that wished they had Neve's attention. I like Danny and Luc a lot, but I have finally made up my mind who I like more. I can proudly say that I am now a huge Luc fan! I feel like we got to know each of the guys a little bit better in this book. I like Danny I just don't like how Neve is always running back to him no matter what.
Never Land deals with some deeper and more serious issues, and there was plenty of drama. I felt bad for Neve because she always seemed to be in the middle of it, but it wasn't her fault. Fans of the first book will love the sequel- I enjoyed it even more than the first book. It fits in the new adult (which I am completely loving right now!) category perfectly.(less)
This is such a great, solid series. Whispers in Autumn and Winter Omens are just good writing- plain and simple. They have everything that makes up gr...moreThis is such a great, solid series. Whispers in Autumn and Winter Omens are just good writing- plain and simple. They have everything that makes up great books. Realistic, relatable characters, great writing, a kick ass plot, and just this something extra that draws you in and keeps you happily reading. I read these books back to back so I know it is going to be tough for me to wait for the next one to be released. (sigh...)
Althea if at all possible, is even more alone at the start of this book than the start of the last one. I felt so bad for her. But at least she found Wolf. I love that she has a dog companion with her, because I am such a huge dog person. And Wolf is such a great dog, I smiled every scene Wolf was in.
Lucas wasn't in this book too much and that made me sad. I knew he would be scarce the second the book started out in winter, but he does make an appearance later on. This is really Thea's story and she is such a great staring character. I got to see her really be a true survivor in Winter Omens, and I am so ready to cheer her on in the next book. Thea is pretty darn awesome.
We did get to know Pax as a new character though, and I have to say I loved that he used the seasons as nicknames. I thought that was adorable. I was all set to hate Pax just on principal but he did find a way to worm into my heart. I have no idea what I am going to do about these guys in the next book but it is something that I don't even want to think about because I like them each a lot.
Winter Omens is an awesome follow up to the first book in the Last Year series, Whispers in Autumn. This series is addictive, and I just can't get enough from this terrifying world. I just NEED to know what is going to happen. Do yourself a favor, and read this series. Please. (less)
This is a really cool sci-fi dystopian. I love the world that Trisha Leigh created. And by love I mean that I am totally terrified of it but the acade...moreThis is a really cool sci-fi dystopian. I love the world that Trisha Leigh created. And by love I mean that I am totally terrified of it but the academic in me is totally fascinated by the idea. I think that anyone that likes science fiction, fantasy, or dystopian needs to get their hands on this series, asap.
Althea is the main character here and she is just the perfect mix, of spunky, smart, and relatable. I fell in love with her. She is someone that I would always want on my side. She is a real fighter, and so very loyal. I can't even imagine the kind of life she has to live. It must be so hard knowing you are different and never really being able to have true friends or to put down real roots anywhere. I loved how the idea of seasons was interwoven throughout the book. It is such a cool plot idea, and it worked perfectly for the story, I thought.
I liked Lucas pretty much right away. I remember thinking a bunch of times throughout the book, "Lucas, I like you so much I really hope you don't disappoint me." Because such a huge theme of the book was the paranoid atmosphere and the trust no one motto for Althea. But Lucas didn't disappoint, he really seems like a great guy.
Whispers in Autumn is the start to an awesome series! I can just tell. I know I have heard of a few other YA books out last year and this one that surrounded around some form of control over the people so they are fake happy/complacent. But I Whispers in Autumn is really well done, and I didn't feel like the plot was overdone. It was done in a very new way. The writing is excellent, and the story just draws you in until you can't stop reading. I can't wait for the second book! (less)