Jenna Black wrote another FAN-FAERIE-TASTIC book, the third in the Faeriewalker series, Sirensong. I’ll make no secret that I am a Gin THE FAERYS VIEW
Jenna Black wrote another FAN-FAERIE-TASTIC book, the third in the Faeriewalker series, Sirensong. I’ll make no secret that I am a Ginormous fan of both Ms. Black and the Faeriewalker series and there was absolutely NO disappointment in either one! I was both captured and captivated by the sweet melody of Sirensong! With Ms. Black’s unique voice, Sirensong is told in such a way that I was with Dana throughout the entire journey.
As the book starts, Dana, known as the Faeriewalker to most in Avalon and in Faerie, remains in isolated seclusion deep in the Avalon Mountains. With a slew of enemies, all wanting her dead for various reasons, freedom is rare and privacy a luxury. Even with what little freedom Dana does get, she is always accompanied by bodyguards. Despite that, the Erlking has unlimited access to Dana and has made a deal with her for Ethan’s freedom from the ‘hunt’ but that of course, has come with severe consequences.
Dana, being a dutiful daughter, is at yet another boring political dinner when Prince Henry, The Seelie Queen Tatiana’s son, extends an invitation from the Queen herself to Dana’s father stating that it's time for Dana to be formally introduced at court---in Faerie! It’s an offer that cannot be refused. Dana’s nerves are stretched further when she sees her normally non-emotional father showing a tremendous amount of strain regarding the invitation. Dana also notes there is no love lost between her father and Prince Henry. The intrigues of court are many and age old. There is much that Dana doesn’t know but will soon find out as the journey unfolds. The one bright spot in the whole mess is Dana may take Kimber, Ethan & Keane which helps tremendously! She is still under the Erlkings protection for which there is some comfort there, for whatever that is worth. Along with Dana’s companions Finn will be there and with the help of those that love her and the Erlking, what could go wrong? We are talking about Dana so I’d say- Plenty!
During the trip and while in Faerie, Dana is accused of attempted murder of a royal not to mention the many attempts on Dana’s own life and it just gets worse the longer she’s in Faerie. There are times when she is separated from her friends and loved ones, when she has to rely on herself and Dana is surprised when she finds how powerful she really is. Dana’s compassion helps her make friends with powerful Fae; those Fae come through for her when she needs them most. . Dana’s journey into Faerie becomes a journey of self-discovery, one where Dana learns things about herself that she might never have known otherwise-Dana is extremely powerful and feared by those that witnessed just what Dana can do; Dana also learns she is courageous, loyal and follows her heart despite what cost it may have to her. This may drive those that love her crazy but it is also what they love about her the most.
Sirensong is full of adventure, mystery, love and intrigue. The plot has more in store for us then we could possibly imagine! Just when you think you know what is going to happen or who did what, Ms. Black gives a twist or a turn that keeps the story a mystery until the last! I pray that this is not the end of the series, I think Ms. Black has left us an opening for a next installment---I will personally cross my fingers and hope! This is a One-Sit-Read, the highest honor this reviewer can give and it was so difficult to review without giving away any spoilers to the readers.
My First Thoughts: Lovely girl, non-traditional family and supernatural hunk of unknown origin blows into town to sweep lovely girl off her feet withMy First Thoughts: Lovely girl, non-traditional family and supernatural hunk of unknown origin blows into town to sweep lovely girl off her feet with his devastating smile and extreme charm and worldly knowledge of all things. WRONG!
My Review: Lia Jameson, Cordelia actually, is a senior in high school. For the past month or so she is so plagued by disturbing dreams that she’s become sleep deprived. On the negative side, her grades are dropping but on the positive side her looks are improving because she has more time in the morning to tame her curly hair, apply make-up and put some effort into her choosing her wardrobe-most of the time things that Lia doesn’t spend all that much time at. She’d rather grab a little extra sleep then primp at the mirror. But Addie, Lia’s best friend sees Lia’s insomnia driven dreams as a fast-track to popularity. Less time to sleep, more time to primp.
When Chaseyn arrives as a new student to her high school all eyes are on him but he only has eyes for Lia. Lia is as taken with Chaseyn as he is with her. It seems that no matter where she goes, there he is. There’s something eerily familiar about him and when they finally officially spend time together she finds that the more she’s with him the harder it is to be away from him. I’m not going to take this to much more in depth for the simple reason that the story completely owns itself and to tell too much would spoil the story for others.
What I will say is that with Chaseyns introduction into Lia’s life, many things change. An age old family curse comes to light, danger seems to lurk around every corner, romance abounds and adventure keeps those pages turning. There are also some really bad dudes waiting in the wings.
My Summary: I truly enjoyed this book; the story itself is very different from those within the similar genre. The characters are all richly defined, real and likable/unlikable depending on the character. The storyline and plot matched up beautifully---I didn’t have any of those annoying questions like “Well, what about [fill in blank]. The ending was just perfect enough to give me hope for a sequel. ...more
The Goddess Test was a mesmerizing and gripping tale that I read in one sitting. I can only say that author Aimee Carter did a fantastic job putting aThe Goddess Test was a mesmerizing and gripping tale that I read in one sitting. I can only say that author Aimee Carter did a fantastic job putting an intriguing new twist on this fascinating mythological tale.
Kate Winters, our protagonist, has not had an ordinary teenage life. At 18 she’s taken care of her cancer stricken mother for the past four years. Leaving New York at the request of her mother, they head for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where her mother grew up and where she wishes to die. Kate leaves behind everything familiar and finds herself in Eden, Michigan; Kate is surprised that the town itself is so small that to blink one would miss it, not to mention the home they bought is out in the woods with the closest neighbor a mile away. Kate agrees to go to school there, entrusting the care of her mother to an in-home nurse. The people that Kate meets in Eden are a little off but she just can’t put her finger on it and it’s only after a tragic accident that Kate’s destiny starts to unfold. This is when Kate meet’s Henry who performs what can only be called a miracle and in exchange for said miracle he exacts a promise from Kate, one she believes will never come to pass. She was wrong! Kate’s story begins in Eden but her unique and altruistic personality makes her the perfect choice for Henry, whose looking for someone special to help him rule Hades as both his wife and Queen. Kate’s journey begins here and there is so very much at stake, if she passes all that she dreamed could come true but if she fails…
The main characters were so well portrayed that I found myself either really liking them, really disliking them or being incredibly annoyed with them! I found myself getting emotionally invested in the main characters and the plots twists and turns. There were times I was certain I knew what was going to happen but I was completely wrong and other times I could see what was going to happen from the obvious clues.
The things I really liked about the books would be spoilers but what I will say is that Ms. Carter’s unique story telling was both joyfully wondrous and heart wrenchingly sad. Her words have the power to evoke strong emotions that many will identify with.
The only thing I disliked about the book was that Kate and Henry didn’t behave exactly the way I wished they would have but I understand now why it was important they didn’t. It wasn’t enough to discourage my reading enjoyment, in fact, I enjoyed the book so much that I read it in one day because I just couldn't put it down until I was finished.
In Summary, I was really impressed with Ms. Carter’s beautifully adapted novel that took the mythology regarding Hades and the Underworld and made it into her own extremely entertaining version. While there was a very modern aspect, Ms. Carter skillfully intertwined this along with the well known mythological lore into an extremely entertaining book. I look forward to the sequel, Goddess Interrupted! ...more
Excellent!!! Review closer to publication date! One sit read!Non-stop action, romance, thrills, mystery, ---LOVED IT, LURVED IT, HEARTED IT!Make SureExcellent!!! Review closer to publication date! One sit read!Non-stop action, romance, thrills, mystery, ---LOVED IT, LURVED IT, HEARTED IT!Make Sure YOU Read the NOVELLA DAIMON NOW to whet your appetite!...more
Damned is a captivating sequel to Crusade, I’ve waited for this novel to come out and I was not disappointed! It’s Thrilling, ChillingTHE FAERIES VIEW
Damned is a captivating sequel to Crusade, I’ve waited for this novel to come out and I was not disappointed! It’s Thrilling, Chilling and Bad to the Bone all while carrying romance and heart break making for a most fascinating read. The series continues to get better, which I thought impossible!
Nancy Holder and Debbie Vigue do a wonderous thing with building a dystopian like world that is ruled by vampires and humans are their sheep. It’s incredibly believable which is what makes it so scary; I can picture this world in my head without much difficulty. The Salamanca group continues to battle the vampires and the humans who side with them, the battle scenes are unbelievably realistic and at times I found myself setting the book down so I could absorb exactly what had happened.
Damned isn’t all about battling vampires; many in the group are battling what’s in their hearts. There is much unrequited love in Damned and with the addition of new characters it gets even more so. The plot while twisted and convoluted isn’t difficult to follow-in fact, it’s part of the thrill, trying to figure out what will happen next drove me crazy! Nancy and Debbie wrote the most amazing plot twists and turns so what I thought I knew turned out to be wrong-imagine that! There are times when I’m rooting for and celebrating with Team Salamanca and there are times that I am feeling desperate and hopeless. I cried more than once through the book and there is one part that is particularly heart-wrenching-again, I had to set the book down to actually process what had just happened.
The Crusade series is amazing and quite frankly one of the best I’ve read. I am eagerly looking forward to Passing, the next in the series. I recommend starting with the first in the series Crusade before starting Damned and I also would recommend this book to all my Besties and Buds!
THE FAERIE SAYS: READ THIS BOOK
Thank you Simon and Schuster for the ARC/ARE! ...more
First Impression: Shimmer is one sequel that I am so happy that I didn’t have to wait for! Briony, the girl we met at the beginning of The Wicked WoodFirst Impression: Shimmer is one sequel that I am so happy that I didn’t have to wait for! Briony, the girl we met at the beginning of The Wicked Woods, is not the same girl she was at the end of Shimmer. Her short time in Wicked, Massachusetts has changed her in ways that have both enhanced her yet also hardened her beyond her years.
My Reflections: Briony has lost much in the last few months. She’s lost everything that she once took for granted. She now realizes just how precious it all was. Her parents and little brother, now members of the undead, wander in the Wicked Woods fighting a bloodlust so all-consuming that it puts even those they love the most in grave danger. Living with Aunt Sophie has prepared her to fight the unnatural; she and the rest of the Preservation Society are the only people in Wicked who are willing to believe that something inhuman lives in the Wicked Woods. George, the owner of George’s Diner, is a good friend of Aunt Sophie’s and Briony’s Boss along with that he’s an ex-military man that helps Aunt Sophie lead the society to which most of his employee’s are part of.
Briony is caught between two boys, Fallon, of the fang and Kevin, of the furry, who just happen to be brothers, the very same brothers that were with Briony’s family at the time of the attack. Fallon and Kevin inherently hate each other; it isn’t personal, it’s a natural instinct that takes over once the change from human is made, it’s almost impossible for them to even be in the same room with each other. They do have two things in common: their love for Briony and extreme hatred for those who don’t have heartbeats.
After Briony’s ‘kidnapping’ in The Wicked Woods, it seems as if the vampires have given up on their obsession with Briony but the Preservation Society knows better. Pietre, the vampire king has a personal vendetta with someone in the Preservation Society and will stop at nothing to make sure that he gets what he wants. With that in mind, the Preservation Society implements a plan with the help of some friends that walk on the ‘other’ side of Wicked society. Once that plan is put into action what could go wrong...? Read Shimmer and find out what happens in this explosive sequel to The Wicked Woods!
Summary: I was impressed with the way that Briony grew into her character! Ms. Gow didn’t make her into Super-girl just in the nick of time; instead, Briony learned from trial and error, trust and mistrust, love and hatred, etc... The emotional encounters of the book allowed the reader to follow Briony through the ups and downs of life in Wicked and the lessons she took from her experiences. The ebb and flow was perfect; with the right amount of action, mystery, suspense and romance that balanced out the story. The interpersonal relationships between the characters develop and change in the most interesting ways. ...more
I was so happy to see Breena, Kian and Logan again in Feyland. That’s my favorite place to be always when I need to leave my world but I really love FI was so happy to see Breena, Kian and Logan again in Feyland. That’s my favorite place to be always when I need to leave my world but I really love Feyland when things are going good there, which is fairly rare! When they’re going bad is just as much fun because you never ever know what’s going to happen in the courts!
I was surprises to see the character growth in all the characters and most that know me, that’s a bit one by the third book. Ms Gow did a superiour job! I couldn't put the book down and when I had to, it was all I could think of!
Breena has just been crowned Queen of Summer and knows immediately that she can’t trust her own advisors. Her father is in a magic induced slumber caused by the recently deceased Summer Queen so she’s on her own. Wort, her main advisor and worst enemy (in disguise) have moved their captive Kian to a place where Breena has no idea. Breena's just as much a captive as Kian, constantly watched by the advisors and various other spies. So, Breena does what her father was doing: Scouthing out the outer land. Breena takes it upon herself to don Rodney’s suit of armor and leave the summer kingdom in search of him. Through their telepathic link she was able to get some idea of where he was going and off she went. Breena has grown from an insecure easily intimidated young girl to a self-assured and courageous young woman who will fight for those she loves and peace between the courts; no matter the cost.
Through ths story, she runs into Logan, Shasta and Rodney at different points and they manage to rescue Kian. Throughout the story, many things happen that cause Breena and Kian to question their love for one another. I’m hesitating to say to much more because this is one of those books where one word could ruin the whole thing. There is a love triangle but there's a reason behind this.
What I will say in summary is this: Don’t believe everything you read! I’m anxiously awaiting Frost Kisses to prove me right on this; also, Wort is a great big butt!
I will say that Ms. Gows world building skills were superior!!! Again, that’s a biggie for me and when I feel like I’m in Feyland staring into Kians eyes, well, Ms. Gow, your world building & scene building skills are amazing and nothing less than Incredible and astonishing! ...more
Harper Madison has been shipped from foster care home to foster care home since she was 10 years old. Known as a troubled child with violent tendencieHarper Madison has been shipped from foster care home to foster care home since she was 10 years old. Known as a troubled child with violent tendencies she’s never spent enough time in one place to ever feel a sense of belonging. Strange things happen around Harper, especially when Harper feels threatened or scared and those strange things usually end up with someone being hurt. Although Harper has never intentionally hurt anyone she is blamed just the same and Harper carries the guilt, shame and sense of abandonment with her everywhere she goes.
Harper’s options are limited now; since her last foster home placement she has one chance to make it at the Shadowford Home for girls, if she blows this then its Juvenile Detention Center for the rest of her high school days.
Shadowford Home isn’t as bad as she thought it would be. Ms. Shadowford is creepy and weird but everyone else is friendly, especially Agnes who is outgoing and extremely talkative; she raves on and on about the Peachville High School Demons football team and especially the cheerleading squad as if they were Goddesses! Harper’s also crushing on Jackson, the house mother’s son who is edgy and different, a definite bad boy who has much more underneath that tough exterior. Jackson and Harper hit it off right away and she finds herself drawn to him.
On Harpers first day of school things are going good until she has a mishap with one of the cheerleaders at lunch and then it all goes horribly bad. Suddenly, Harper is involved in a murder investigation, learning things about the town that seem impossible and learning that Jackson has some answers to her questions.
After an extremely bad case of the flu where Harper is semi-conscious for over 5 days; she returns to school only to find that she is sought after by the elite and is brought into their group, no questions asked and the dreamy quarterback is showing some definite romantic interest in her. The Demon Cheerleaders are suddenly invested in making her a part of the team, inviting her to all the right parties and having sleep over’s. Harper is enjoying all of this new found attention and popularity but in the back of her mind she knows that something isn’t right; there’s something she’s forgetting but just as it comes to her it goes flitting away plus she’s enjoying being part of a group—something she’s never experienced before.
Harper lost much of her memory of what happened just before the flu—her memory of Jackson, the murder, the unanswered questions and it’s going to take all of Harpers inner strength to fight for her life and survive the dangers of Peachville. Coming to terms with who she really is and where her place is in Peachville is a frightening step and one she must take if she’s to discover anything about her birth mother and, ultimately, her own future.
This was a great book with all the trappings I love: Supernatural/paranormal themed with mystery, adventure, romance and a great twist at the end that surprised me. A nice cliff hanger left me wanting more and anxiously awaiting the next in the series! ...more
Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink was a truly captivating read that I could not put down no matter what was going on around me. ITHE FAERYS VIEW
Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink was a truly captivating read that I could not put down no matter what was going on around me. I loved this world Ms. Zink so artfully created for many reasons that you’ll soon read about!
Ms. Zink interwove a captivating tale with two genres that I never thought I’d see together: Steam-Punk and Angels! She did it so masterfully that I was glued to the book and it went everywhere with me---even the loo! I’m going to avoid the blow by blow description of the book and even though this isn’t my normal review method, for Temptation of Angels I felt it necessary to put everything I loved about the book in perspective so here goes!
The Plot/Storyline: I am so impressed with how well Ms. Zink was able to incorporate the story in such a beautifully scripted format. The flow of the book was always spot on, I always felt like the tempo was appropriate for the situation. Bringing together two totally different genres such as Steam-Punk along with Angels is a challenge within itself but Temptation of Angels is so perfectly blended and thorough that I found myself amazed at how quickly I fell into their world with my eyes open in awe!
The Characters: The characters were so wonderfully fleshed out and distinctive, Ms. Zink’s expertise at character emoting is exceptional. Through her characters perspectives we catch every glance, every nuance, etc… so that I felt like I knew each character as if I had been there myself. I loved the way the characters interacted with each other, nothing felt rushed and the relationships fell where they were meant to. I did shed a few tears at the loss of one character that I adored; I think that was the only time I wanted to email Ms. Zink and beg her to change it! But there’s a reason for everything…
In summary, Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink is one Huge Fan-Faery-Tastic book of Awesomeness! I highly recommend you read this book, you won’t be let down by this absolutely mesmerizing story unless you abhor a fascinating read! This is most definitely a One-Sit-Read for me, my highest honor!
The ending of Temptation of Angels leaves me in high anticipation for the next in the series! I’ll be counting down the days if not hounding the Publishers for another ARC!
THE FAERYS SAYS TEMPTATION OF ANGELS MADE MY WINGS SOAR!
Thank you to Netgalley and Penquin Young Readers for allowing me to view this galley in exchange for my honest opinion. ...more