I really enjoyed reading Hex Hall, so I’ve been waiting impatiently for this to be released. I found it by chance one day on my library’s new shelf, a...moreI really enjoyed reading Hex Hall, so I’ve been waiting impatiently for this to be released. I found it by chance one day on my library’s new shelf, and I was completely ecstatic! This book builds nicely off of its predecessor, but it also takes the story so much farther. I completely fell in love with all of these characters again, and now I’m dying for the next book in the series. The third book is currently expected to be released in 2012. In this book, the friends are away from Hex Hall, spending the summer in England with Sophie’s father. The stakes are definitely raised, especially for Sophie, as she uncovers dangerous secrets and learns about her own betrothal. I loved the love triangle in this book, because the author managed to make me love all three characters involved, which is a difficult thing to do. I was glad to see that Archer was back so prominently in this book, but at the same time I appreciated the fact that Sophie’s entire world did not revolve around their romance. Cal remains somewhat of a mysterious character, although he’s consistently such a sweet, gentleman that I couldn’t help but to love him. The friendship between Sophie and Jenna is still something of delight, and I adore the fact that Jenna is not your stereotypical vampire. Sophie herself is a fantastic heroine. She is strong, curious, and has the best comebacks. I loved her journey in this book as she struggled to come to terms with her demon nature. All the characters in this book defy so many of the current clichés of the genre. Reading this is like taking a breath of fresh air. There are a lot of surprises in the end of this book and it’s killing me that I’ll have to wait for the next book. I liked where the author chose to take the story, even as my heart broke at the end of the book. The cliffhanger it ended on was absolutely brutal. This is a refreshing, brilliant series that I highly recommend checking out.(less)
I read Once a Witch, the prequel to this book, quite a while ago, but I remembered it as being a good read. When I saw this galley available, I was qu...moreI read Once a Witch, the prequel to this book, quite a while ago, but I remembered it as being a good read. When I saw this galley available, I was quite excited. Witches have always interested me the most of any supernatural/paranormal beings, but for some reason I have the hardest time finding books, with a witch as a main character, that I actually like. Fortunately, I stumbled across this series. I will admit that I was a bit foggy on some of the things that had happened during Once a Witch, but as I read this book I found myself remembering it more and more. The characters of this story are brilliant, especially Tamsin. From the ordinary girl at the beginning of her journey to the unexpectedly gifted witch in this book, it was interesting to see how she chose to move forward. Her choice to go back in time alone was a brave one, and it led to quite an interesting story. The ways of nineteenth century culture are presented very well, and blend nicely into the background. Alistair is much more of a minor character in this book versus the previous one, but he still plays a significant part in the overall story. Many of the characters, actually, do not appear as much as they did before, however, several new characters are introduced. I really liked the new additions to the story, especially the Greenes of the past. The story is fittingly a race against time, and, as such, it keeps you from ever wanting to put the book down. I have always been fascinated by the ideas of time travel and of how the past and present could be intertwined, so I loved how the story incorporated these things. In the end, my favorite part of the book is how Tamsin’s grandmother’s prophecy plays out. The choice Tamsin makes, in the end, shocked me and made me love the writer for not giving the book a perfect happily-ever-after. This is a book that I would definitely pass on and recommend to other readers. It is entertaining, intriguing, and just all together a very good read. (less)
After the terribly cruel ending of The Lost Saint, I (and my sister) have been dying to read this book. Then, of course, there was the changing releas...moreAfter the terribly cruel ending of The Lost Saint, I (and my sister) have been dying to read this book. Then, of course, there was the changing release date. From December to March, that is just too long to wait! However, I was elated, no make that ecstatic, when I received an ARC copy from the publisher (for which I must say THANK YOU!!). I read this the day I received it, taking only one break in the middle. I could not put it down.
All of the fantastic characters are back for this conclusion. The first chapter starts shortly after the end of The Lost Saint. Daniel is still stuck as the white wolf, which is heartbreaking for Grace. Grace’s emotional state is so raw; it’s hard not to want to cry with her. Grace’s family remains an important element of the story as well. Her father is still one of my favorite parental figures in YA literature. There are also some new characters, “the lost boys”. Werewolves that left Caleb’s “gang” to follow Daniel. They add a humorous element to the overall serious, dramatic tone of the story. I fell in love with Grace and Daniel’s “little family”.
This book is probably the most intense, dramatic of the series. The stakes are so high for everyone, and in the end not everyone will survive. It is hard to say much about the plot without giving away anything, so this review will likely be short. Haunting, beautiful, and with one of the best romances in YA this is a series you do not want to miss!
Overall, this may not be my favorite book in the series, but it is a fantastic conclusion. Although the ending is rather ambiguous, so I am hoping for more at some point. If you have not started reading this series, I recommend that you do so immediately. It is unique, engaging, and a gorgeously written series that standouts amongst the many paranormal books in the YA genre today. Fans of The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater would probably enjoy this one as well. (less)