I adored Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle and Lucid, the second in the series was just as amazing. P.T. has an exceptional wTHE FAERYS VIEW
I adored Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle and Lucid, the second in the series was just as amazing. P.T. has an exceptional way of spinning a tale that draws me in and keeps me turning pages.
Nora is still dreaming her next day but it's not as set in stone as previously. If and when she makes changes or doesn't get enough rest, her next day can be just as big of a surprise as it is for the rest of us - which for Nora can be exceptionally dangerous. Fighting off Fate and his staticky presence along with other evil foes, Nora is at her wits end trying to figure out whose messing with her life and her research into Ravens. Who else would care about the Raven research she's doing for Ethan? Ethan, Nora's boyfriend - who, by the way is not present enough in this book for my liking! Although, P.T. makes up for it with a British hottie named Drystan that all the girls swoon for but he has his sites set on Nora despite her 'taken' status.
Lucid is mysterious, full of adventure and has paranormal elements unlike any I've seen before. This is what makes this series so hard to put down and so hard to wait for! The characters are so well fleshed out with exceptional depth and realistic relationships. Nora is a fantastic main character, not perfect but with the right amount of flaws to make her believable.
I'm looking forward to Destiny, the third in the series!
Okay, I've read this entire series over a period of 4 days and I must say it has tremendous entertainment value. I lo**spoiler alert** THE FAERY SAYS:
Okay, I've read this entire series over a period of 4 days and I must say it has tremendous entertainment value. I love the idea of the different Nephiliam Factions and the way that Ms. Moore tied it all in with her new Countenance Series (which I also read). I'm going to review the series thus far in this review. It may confuse some as to why I gave such high stars after they read my review but again the books had great entertainment value and a kick butt theme. I just had a few bones to pick.
Here's one problem: Skyla, the main protagonist, can be somewhat of a let-down. She achieves this amazing wonder-girl status without doing anything but looking good, often acting the brat and leading 3 dudes on... Yes, I realize that it's the main part of the story - she's supposed to be torn over her choice of men - but she often goes between the three in as little as a few hours, making out with them, getting naked (you get the picture) It's no wonder people think she's a slut. I'd like to see her pine a little more over them and be a little more 'Love the One Your With' in the sense of who she's actually dating as opposed to literally 'Loving the One She's With' at the moment. It's not until the 7th book that she actually impresses me beyond her sense of humor and her sense of loyalty - she is hilarious - and actually takes the faction wars serious. She is extremely loyal to her dudes, though, and in all fairness I give her props for going above and beyond for them. Skyla will do anything for those she loves and I admire that in anybody. What she goes through throughout the series for love is both terrible and beautiful.
Another problem I had is with some of the inconsistencies throughout the books, i.e. Skyla is seventeen yet she has a birthday and turns seventeen again, Drake says he knows Bree is pregnant yet a few chapters later he doesn't know she's pregnant (as evidenced by Bree saying she's going to tell him at Prom after Skyla talks to Drake about it), Skyla and Gage getting naked by the lake and getting thrown into a faction war yet Gage is miraculously dressed and gives her his T-shirt... it's things like this that kind of drove me a little nuts. There were multiple inconsistenciess throughout the books but I can't remember them all and I didn't jot them down.
But... it still didn't deter from how much I enjoyed the books. The world that Ms. Moore created is amazing and the characters are awesome. I enjoy the Oliver brothers that torture Skyla with their devastating charms and Dudley who is another that keeps her hopping. There is plenty of action and adventure, steamy romance and love to keep those pages flying - obviously as I read this entire series in such a short time :o] I loved the humor that Ms. Moore injected and the cat fights between the Paragon Island home-girls and Skyla along with how she integrated the Countenance series into The Celestra series.
All in all, despite the few grievances I had, I really enjoyed this series and I look forward to the next book.
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This is why I'm re-starting 'Indie Love' for authors like this! Six Moon Summer absolutely ROCKED MY WINGS!
The talent of Ms. Reine is astounding fromThis is why I'm re-starting 'Indie Love' for authors like this! Six Moon Summer absolutely ROCKED MY WINGS!
The talent of Ms. Reine is astounding from her character portrayals to the unique world she so beautifully set up, all of which led to one of the most amazing and fan-faery-tatic tales ever told!
I will be writing a full review soon as Six Moon Summer and Ms. Reine deserve no less! I completely lost my self in Ms. Reines finely detailed plot and uniquely captivating book and I can't wait to read the next installment!...more
What an amazing book! Rusty has written a winner in Vamplayers that has some fantastic elements that we all look for in a good Vamp book: Romance, creWhat an amazing book! Rusty has written a winner in Vamplayers that has some fantastic elements that we all look for in a good Vamp book: Romance, creepy vamps, a secret agency, thrills, humor and so much more.
This is kind of a mini-review: I'm a bit behind in reviews and had no intention of reading Vamplayers but once I started I couldn't put it down. I started yesterday evening and finished this morning. Each character carries a unique descriptive voice, I instantly bonded with Lily, the MC and there were some actual moment of true creepiness that had me looking towards my huge fishbowl of windows in my dining, living, family rooms and kitchen looking out into an extremely wooded area. See what I mean about being in a fishbowl in the woods? I could almost picture eerie scratches and scrapes on said windows, needless to say, it didn't take me long to haul my butt into the bedroom where the windows aren't quite so large, LOL! It isn't all creeptastic, though. There are moments of levity that had me chuckling, too. Rusty is an ace with narrative and the plot was seamless with surprises that I didn't see coming. Now that's what I love in a good book!
This is a series that I will be on the watch for and one that I will recommend to every friend I have :o]
Wake by Amanda Hocking was no surprise, I got exactly what I expected: pure imaginative brilliance! I’ve followed Amanda since the early days when ‘MyWake by Amanda Hocking was no surprise, I got exactly what I expected: pure imaginative brilliance! I’ve followed Amanda since the early days when ‘My Blood Approves’ series was full of grammatical errors and you know what? I didn’t care! The story line was just that good that I bought one after another on my Kindle and wanted to cry when the series was over. Then Hollowland came along and The Trylle Trilogy and a few others and things just kept getting better and better.
Amanda is a natural born story teller; I can imagine her in the days of old-spinning tales in front of a fire place or a camp fire and scaring the crap outta everyone or putting forth a tale of love that would have the maidens swooning. To me, this puts her in a rare category of authors, those that are remembered long after they’re gone and our great-great grandchildren will still be reading her works long after we’re gone.
Wake was no different and a trilogy that I’m highly anticipating, especially if the next 2 books follow in Wake’s footsteps. I really don’t want to rehash the book but let’s just say it’s like the movie Mean Girls on steroids but without the humor and something extremely weird about the clique.
Two sisters very close, the oldest one, Harper has basically given up everything so that the younger and gorgeous sister Gemma get’s to live a more ‘normal’ life after their mother dies when they are extremely young. Living in a tourist town they get their share of different strokes kind of folks but a group of drop dead beautiful girls come to stay for the summer and there is just something not quite right about them. When they start pulling Gemma into their clique, Harper starts to worry…and she should be, she should be very worried.
I cannot wait for the next addition as Amanda did leave us with a cliffy, I have a love/hate relationship with those! Wake is full of thrills, eerie suspense and mystery as I watch the spiders start to weave their evil nest and wonder just do these girls want with Gemma? There’s some seriously scary moments and some romance but not to heavy on that yet. Amanda just did a magnificent job making Wake a book that is incredibly difficult to put down.
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After reading A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford, I couldn’t wait for A Touch Morbid. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an ARC thaTHE FAERYS VIEW
After reading A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford, I couldn’t wait for A Touch Morbid. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an ARC that I whipped through in one day. Leah is an author who can weave the dark-side beautifully with all the chills and wiggens while still maintaining a sense of hope and wonder.
I adored the characters in A Touch Morbid! Even bad boy Luke a.k.a Lucifer has a side to him that is ultra-appealing despite the fact that he is, indeed, the devil. He’s the dude we all love to hate, even when he’s wearing skin tight leather pants literally oozing sexuality while crooning to a crowd. Deep down inside, I really wanted to hate him yet there was still a part of me that went “Hubba, hubba! You big hunka' burnin’ love you…..!” That’s the beauty of Leah’s dynamic descriptives, I saw so much of the characters both inside and out that I had a clear image of who they were in my mind.
Eden has really toughened up, almost to the point where she seems a bit too hard at times. Good thing I was able to see her inner dialogue which revealed all of her fears and her sense of responsibilities to her makeshift family. She often makes what I would call dumb decisions but her heart was always in the right place, that could have easily been handled if she would’ve put a little more faith into Az and Gabe-their communication was stilted, to say the least and with all three of them ready to throw themselves under a bus for the other, that’s not a good thing.
Az is fighting constantly not to ‘fall’, he wants more than anything to just have a life with Eden- peacefully- without the constant threats hanging over their heads. Az is truly in love with Eden but there is an angel who will stop at nothing to see Az fail and the reason why is astonishing. I will give this little tidbit-it has nothing to do with Luke or Az, for that matter!
Gabe! Oh, how I heart me some Gabe! He’s one of the most fantastic characters ever written! He is generous, compassionate, kind and just-GOOD! But…there is a dark side to Gabe that will be revealed in A Touch Morbid that will shock every fan of this series. It was so shocking to me that I had to set the book down for a bit just to process what I had just read.There are some huge surprises in store when it comes to Gabe. The secondary characters are just as well described and they play an active role in the outcome of A Touch Morbid.
The plot is unbelievably fascinating as in ‘the edge of your seat and blow your mind’ category! So much going on, who to trust, who is friend and who is foe? There’s changes occurring to Eden that are frightening and nobody seems to have any answers, there are rogue siders that are using their touch much like a drug dealer and the bound are becoming more interested as each day goes by.
A Touch Morbid is one of the best books I’ve read in 2012. It has a fantastic plot, characters that I know and love plus the addition of some new characters that are just as wonderful, a beautiful and true soul-mate romance along with danger, thrills and chills and suspense that is edgy enough to make me bite my nails to the quick! I couldn’t recommend this series enough! This is a One-Sit-Read, the highest honor this reviewer can give!
On a more personal note: This review is purposefully spoiler free, as all my reviews are but I won’t even ‘re-hash’ the book because to do so will give away vital bits of information therefore ruining it for the reader. This is one book that should be read with an open and free mind without any hints of what exactly to expect.
THE FAERY SAYS THIS BOOK ROCKED MY WINGS!
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First off-I am amazed that I haven’t read the Spirit Guide series by E.J. Stevens until now! How could I miss such a gem of a read! SheTHE FAERYS VIEW
First off-I am amazed that I haven’t read the Spirit Guide series by E.J. Stevens until now! How could I miss such a gem of a read! She Smells The Dead is a One-Sit-Read for me-literally and figuratively! Once I picked it up, I didn’t put it down until I finished it and then I quickly downloaded the rest of the series on to my Kindle and did the same. I read the entire series in 2 days and now I want more!
E.J. did a beautiful job in all aspects of her novel but what impressed me the most was her character descriptions; the main character Yuki (really Vanessa, but that’s a story within itself!) quickly endeared herself to me. She is 5 ft nothing, Goth and tortured by the jocks at school who think she’s a witch but Yuki’s the kind of girl who doesn’t let them see how it hurts her, she’s a tough cookie on the outside but has a heart of gold. She’s a vegan and loves showing her own uniqueness in her sense of style. So what if it happens to be knee-high lace ups, torn tights and white make-up-she is proud of her style and wears it well. Yuki values her friends Calvin and Emma. Calvin or Cal, is a meat eating hunk who’s as anti-goth as they come but has been friends with Yuki forever and Emma, straight laced, organized, factual, extreme animal rights activist and dresses basically only in beige don’t seem to be who you’d pick out of a line up as Yuki’s friends but they are loyal and supportive of each other. E.J.’s description of the trio’s friendship is realistic and true, she could have been talking about my own besties. The secondary characters, particularly Simon, are a joy and I couldn’t wait to read more about them.
Told in Yuki’s POV, I was completely engrossed in a wondrous tale about an unusual young woman with the gift of smelling the dead and by smelling the dead she learns she can help those spirits that are reaching out to her for help or closure. There is so much more to the story then this, though. E.J. incorporates young love, hilarity in the form of Yuki’s personality and her interactions with her friends. Yuki’s favorite saying, ‘Son of a Dung Beetle’ is so apropos and Cal often calls her ‘Dung Beetle Princess ’. The story holds many secrets for the reader to discover.
There’s quite a bit of mysticism involved, Cal is a practitioner of many variations of meditation and vision quests. Yuki finds that her dreams are prophetic and that she has a spirit guide and the form of that spirit guide is a riot but you must read to find out! Interestingly enough, Cal has his own supernatural ability to cope with and it ties in with Yuki, making the story all that much more fascinating.
She Smells the Dead by E.J. Stevens is a captivating read that I completely enjoyed on so many levels. The next in the series, Spirit Storm promises to be as fanfaerytastic as She Smells the Dead! I know this because I’ve already read it!
Hollowmen was just as fantastic as Hollowland. Zombie apocolypse, government conspiracy and the majority of the remaining human population just as vicHollowmen was just as fantastic as Hollowland. Zombie apocolypse, government conspiracy and the majority of the remaining human population just as vicious as the zombies they're trying to protect themselves from.
Remy finds that escaping the government confines where they're experimenting on her, only one of two people that are immune to the virus that causes the dead to rise, is not as easy as she thought it would be. First off, Remy is a kick-ass heroinne-she can fight with the best of them and feels responsible for everyone in her party. Once they reached the compound where her brother was being held, Remy doesn't waste any time taking his place.
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!
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Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon was an incredible book. I immediately fell into the story and finished the book in one sitting, theTHE FAERYS VIEW
Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon was an incredible book. I immediately fell into the story and finished the book in one sitting, the entertainment value was tremendous and it was set in Ireland, the home of my ancestors where I will someday visit!
I think I’ll avoid rehashing the plot since the books been out a while, what I’d like to talk about is the fantastic job Leigh did with the descriptives. Set in Ireland, Megan, the protagonist, moves to Kinsale, a relatively small village. Leigh does such a beautiful job of describing daily life in Kinsale along with Megan’s trip to Trinity College and Dublin and Cork. It made me want to visit Ireland more than ever. A little side note: after I finished nursing school I received a large sign on bonus to work in a prominent hospital in Detroit, Michigan. It was enough for me to sign up and 4 friends were going with for a bike trip across Ireland for 2 weeks (it wasn’t all on bike, LOL; there were planes, trains and automobiles involved). I was 20 years old, just turned and it was set for June, just 3 months away. My boyfriend at the time proposed and my trip was cancelled and that money went to the wedding. One friend kept an explicit travel diary and they all brought me home all kinds of goodies which I appreciated so very much. Sorry for the digression but traveling to Ireland has been one of my life’s dreams.
Along with Leigh’s detailed descriptives of Ireland, I truly enjoyed the plot, to me, the Celtic lore/mythology Leigh incorporated into the story, actually was the story! Add in Megan and Adam and the rest of the Deris’s, all perfect characters for the Celtic lore/mythology the story is based upon and you have a fantastically realistic book that not only captivates but takes you on a mystical journey along with the characters.
The interaction between all of the characters felt so realistic, I could feel their despair, their happiness, their confusion and fear but most of all, I felt the love between Megan and Adam; like two magnets drawn together. I know this is another case of love at first sight and Megan and Adam actually address this in the book but in Carrier of the Mark it felt more real to me than in some of the other books where this has happened. There was quite a bit of physical attraction between them but along with that they had an emotional connection that is rare and I feel that Leigh captured that perfectly.
I would highly recommend this book to all of my friends of all ages and already have. It’s a One-Sit-Read for me, highest honor and all… I hope all that read it enjoy it as much as I do. I can’t wait for the next one!
THE FAERY SAYS CARRIER OF THE MARK ROCKED MY WINGS!!!
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Sweetly is a fantastic retelling of a classic fairytale by Jackson Pearce. Ms. Pearce has again skillfully woven a fairytale that we alTHE FAERYS VIEW
Sweetly is a fantastic retelling of a classic fairytale by Jackson Pearce. Ms. Pearce has again skillfully woven a fairytale that we all know into her very own ‘sweet concoction’. The retelling of the classic Hansel and Gretel story is dark and bittersweet, like the Godiva Hot Cocoa I’m inhaling down right now. It is deliciously spooky, sweetly romantic and darkly paranormal.
I won’t rehash the book as there are so many reviews and the synopsis does a fantastic job of letting people know what it’s about. I’d rather talk about how Ms. Pearce took Hansel and Gretel and made it her own. Her skillful narrative pulls you in with characters that you can’t help but relate to. Loss of a loved one, paranormal creepiness, first love, infatuation, lies and deceit-so many things going on, all intertwined superbly in a novel that explores an old fairy tale in a whole different light.
Yes, this is a short review but I hope no less powerful than if I had gone through the entire books contents. If you’ve read Sisters Red you’ll be pleased to see this is somewhat of a companion novel but if you haven’t read it, do not fear! It’s not necessary, Sweetly is a stand-alone book that will entertain, amuse and quite possibly creep you out a bit.
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I absolutely adore The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I knew in my heart when that series was finished that Richelle would do a spin-off onI absolutely adore The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I knew in my heart when that series was finished that Richelle would do a spin-off on one of the secondary characters before the word got around, I mean, the whole Vampire Academy World is just to FANTASTIC to leave off with Rose and Dmitri’s story. Bringing in Sydney for Bloodlines was brilliant!
I’m not going to re-hash the synopsis, as this has already been done but I will say is that I am truly in love with Adrian Ivashkov-he is hilarious and heartfelt! I loved all of the old characters brought back into the story and enjoyed meeting the new ones. Sydney was one of my favs from the VA series because even though she was a bith uptight and serious, she still broke all the rules of her sector by doing what she knew to be right-despite the consequences it had on her family's unique heritage, her fathers wrath and the risk of losing what is most important to her. I admired Sidney for that and it made her one of my favorite heroinnes . In Bloodlines we see a different side of her, sure she’s still serious, smart and dedicated but we see her snarky side, too-this girl can trade snarks with Adrian like nobody else and that's bordering on an art form!
All of the characters are step off the page realistic as is true Richelle style but some of the new characters are mysterious and have yet to prove themselves trustworthy to me. You just never know who to trust in a Richelle Mead story and Bloodlines is no different!
The plot is convoluted and brilliant leading us into the next book, The Golden Lily, which I cannot wait to get my hands on. It’s not necessary to read The Vampire Academy Series but I’d recommend it, first for the pure enjoyment of it and second, there’s references in Bloodlines to the VA series. Not enough to be confusing but it definitely enhances the book. It’s a great way to get to know Adrian better! And trust me, you'll want to get to know him better!
THE FAERY SAYS THAT BLOODLINES CAUSED A FLURRY OF FAERY DUST!...more
Fairy Metal Thunder by J.L. Bryan is a One-Sit-Read! Even if I wasn’t a lover of all things Fae, Mr. Bryan would have still captivated me with his dazFairy Metal Thunder by J.L. Bryan is a One-Sit-Read! Even if I wasn’t a lover of all things Fae, Mr. Bryan would have still captivated me with his dazzling tale of what can happen if you sneak into the world of the Fae and leave with enchanted objects.
The main character, Jason, plays in a garage band named the Assorted Zebras with his pals Mitch, Dred and the girl he secretly yearns for, Erin. They’re good but not good enough to get any gigs. One night Jason is awakened by his younger sister, Katie claiming there’s a monster in the house and when Jason goes to investigate what he finds is unbelievable. He follows a strange little creature to the neighborhood creepy lady’s back yard and follows this creature down a hole only to find he’s in a very strange place, indeed!
The little creature known as Grizlemor-a Goblin, catches on that Jason is following him and becomes extremely upset-If the Queen of Fairy-land finds out he led a human into their world, his goblins cooked! Grizlemor does whatever he can to get Jason out of there. Grizlemor is an expert thief but he’s butt ugly and stinks like Faery Farts from Hell, but he’s very good at what he does. In order to get Jason out of fairy-land, he promises to give back the necklace he took from Erin and goes off to his stash pit, leaving Jason listening to the most enchanting music from four Fairy-land ‘residents’ in a band. When they take their break and leave their instruments unwatched, Jason quickly becomes as good a thief as Grizlemor and absconds with the fairy instruments, leaving before Grizlemor returns with Erin’s necklace.
Jason hides the instruments in his garage and when he goes to get them out, they are super tiny but when he takes out the one that looks like a guitar and runs his fingers over the strings it quickly adapts and grows to form perfectly for Jason. The music Jason makes with this new guitar has the power to evoke powerful emotions. When he shows the instruments to the band members they scoff at him until they try out their own little instrument, each band member ends up with an instrument that is perfectly suited to them. When they make music together it is instantaneous emotional combustion! Before they know it they’re on youtube and are instant celebrities overnight. What happens from there is bizarre, at times frightening and Faery wicked cool.
There’s just one little problem: Queen Mab is furious that magical items have been taken out of Faerie, an elf and his unicorn are sent out into the mans-world to find and retrieve the missing magical articles. Hoke, the elf and Buttercake, his unicorn or cornhorse as he calls them are unrelenting in their search. Things could end up pretty badly for the original four instrument owners and there’s a sympathy factor there, for sure.
I’m not going to go to much further into what else happens in the novel; I’m trying to keep this as spoiler free as possible and even though I’ve shared a lot, there is so much more to this story. Mr. Bryan writes with a keen sense of descriptives, personalization and emotions making his characters and the world(s) they live in so easy to become invested in. The story flows beautifully from chapter to chapter and is incredibly thrilling and exciting but there’s always an undertone of this is to good to last. The cliffie at the end was unbelievable! I’m anxiously awaiting the next book in this series! ...more
Crave by Melissa Darnell is enchanting! Everything about the book had a unique flavor and I loved the way Ms. Darnell kept the story inTHE FAERYS VIEW
Crave by Melissa Darnell is enchanting! Everything about the book had a unique flavor and I loved the way Ms. Darnell kept the story intriguing page after page making Crave extremely difficult to put down.
Think of all the tragic love stories and tales of star-crossed lovers that you’ve read and you’ll get an idea of what Crave is about. Savannah (Sav) Colbert, an outcast from all of her bestest buds for the past 7 years, has led a lonely life watching the people that were once her friends go on without her. If that weren’t bad enough, most of them have taken it upon themselves to make her life a living hell. All except one, Tristan Coleman, the blonde haired green eyed boy she once ‘married’ under a tree when she was still friends with that crowd.
That crowd is now dubbed ‘The Clann’ by everyone and their parents are all wealthy upstanding members of the community. The Clann kids all hang together and are descendents of witches, powerful witches that run the town. Sav lives with her mom and grandma and only speaks to her very unemotional father on rare occasions. Sav has always felt that her dad disapproved of her, that she wasn’t good enough and that he was embarrassed of her. If you read the book, you’ll see that is the complete opposite of the truth! When Sav becomes ill for over a week with a severe ‘flu’ she awakens quite differently, not only in appearance but in the way people respond to her. Savannah finds out she is a Dhamphir, both a witch and a vampire. An abomination in the Clann’s eyes, dangerous and hated but there’s much more to the story. Things start to get extremely interesting as more and more of the truth of Sav’s life comes out.
One of the best parts of the book is the love that is between Sav and Tristan. It never really stopped from when they were children; it just grew despite the fact that they were forbidden to speak to one another. Tristan was always aware of Sav’s whereabouts and the same with Sav. Watching their relationship blossom, despite the dangers, was thrilling and sweet.
Ms. Darnell has a unique voice and take on different paranormals, I found this refreshing and it added to the ‘difficult to put down’ factor. The story flows well and the characters are well developed. The plot has the expected twists and turns but there were a few I didn’t see coming! I really enjoyed Crave and I can’t wait for the next installment in the series-and by the cliffie Ms. Darnell left us with, there will be another book!
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A fantastic follow up to The Adoration of Jenna Fox (which I ADORED!) about the restoration of Locke and Kara. There are those that haTHE FAERIES VIEW
A fantastic follow up to The Adoration of Jenna Fox (which I ADORED!) about the restoration of Locke and Kara. There are those that have much invested and quite a bit at stake in the restoration of Locke and Kara, who aren't actually being 'restored' out of the 'goodness' of a scientists heart. The possibilities are endless and learning to trust doesn't come easy for the two teens that are pulled, literally, out of an endless dream-like scenario that never ends; told from Locke's POV, it's mesmerizing, inescapably thought-provoking in the sense that this could one day become a reality, poignant and sad.
For those of you who read TAoJF you remember her confusion, anger and mistrust of those that lied to her about her 'true self' and that was only under a year of being 'lost in the box'. Imagine multiplying that by 260+ years!
It's a fascinating read and I would definitely read the first in the series before venturing into this book. I think the first book sets up the scenario of the second book beautifully, and again I expect a third book with the moderate 'cliffie' that was left behind.
There's so much to this story, it's impossible to fully review it without completely spoiling it. What I will say is this: Ms. Pearson has an amazing ability to hit so many issues at once! And, done in such a style that it never gets confusing---she eases the reader along with fantastic descriptives, realistic characters and plot twists that I never saw coming!
I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a mixture of dystopian/sci-fi/suspenseful adventure with some romance thrown in for good measure...more
Gena Showalter did not disappoint in this third installment of The Intertwined Series! Our Aden has come so far from the sad boy who just wants to fitGena Showalter did not disappoint in this third installment of The Intertwined Series! Our Aden has come so far from the sad boy who just wants to fit in somewhere and be able to stay there for more than a month.
This is a series that really needs to be read in order to fully appreciate the journey Adens been on and how far he's come. Aden has/had 4 souls in his mind that most Psychiatrists attribute to Schizophrenia but what they don't know is that each of those souls has a unique supernatural ability and they've been with Aden since birth, such as the ability to raise the dead, to see the future, etc... you get the picture. His life has been a living hell of abusive mental institutions and foster care homes until he meets Dan, an ex-football player who lives on a ranch with his wife and truly has the heart to help troubled teens. He takes a chance on Aden and is with us throughout the entire series.
Twisted is focused primarily on Aden and Victoria's romance-it is much darker than the two novels before it which I found kept things at a really exciting pace and I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Aden, again, adding a factor of 'What's going to happen next' which I loved! Aden is fighting for his life and his love while undergoing changes that bring out the darker side of his nature while Victoria is undergoing the exact opposite-it's truly amazing and kept me on the edge of my seat!
MaryAnne and Riley (Grrrr....now there's a hunka' burnin' love for ya!) are working on their own issues. MaryAnne is a drainer, meaning she drains all supernaturals of their strength-to the point that she doesn't require food anymore. The Witches and Faeries want her dead along with Aden and the death spell still hangs over their heads. So much going on!
I love the plot, plot twists and the characters of this series! I am never let down and find myself caring for the characters like friends and I'm never ceased to be amazed by Gena's plot twists-she's brilliant!
Pure is an edgy dystopian novel with fantasy like qualities, gripping in the vision of Ms. Baggott's view of what could happen in a broTHE FAERYS VIEW
Pure is an edgy dystopian novel with fantasy like qualities, gripping in the vision of Ms. Baggott's view of what could happen in a broken world that is sharply divided by the 'Haves-Pures’ and the 'Have-nots or Wretches' both of which the majority of each population is ignorant of the reality of the other.
Different from most dystopian novels in the sense that less than ten years has gone by since 'The Detonations' destroyed civilization and wreaked havoc on the earth. The Detonations have left the wretched bizarrely mutated; all burned with huge pieces of metal or glass fused in them, babies fused to mothers hips or legs-still alive yet unchanging, a man fused to the back of his brothers back and of course, our main character, Pressia who has a dolls head fused at the end of her arm instead of a hand. The Detonations destroyed the world but in a way that the world could quickly recover-there was no 'nuclear winter', some animals survived but like people, mutated, grass and flowers still grow in some areas and then there is the Dome where the Pures live, many worship it, many resent it but most hate those that are fortunate enough to live in it.
Pure is full of Government conspiracy, extreme plot twists and peculiar mutations among many other fascinating aspects. A mixture of romance, intrigue, horror, mystery and survival make Pure a page turner that is hard to put down.
I would have given Pure a '5' but hesitated because there were pages in the book that felt like 'filler' or were extremely repetitive in my opinion. The book is 450 pages and I felt like at least 50 of those pages were irrelevant or consistently repeated to the point that it was a tad bit irritating. Pure is a wonderful book that could've stood quite nicely with 400 pages of quality. I can honestly say that this will quickly become one of my favorite trilogies and I am really looking forward to the next in the series.
Significance by Shelly Crane was fantastic! I am so looking forward to the next in the series! It's fresh with a unigue take on mythology and warringSignificance by Shelly Crane was fantastic! I am so looking forward to the next in the series! It's fresh with a unigue take on mythology and warring clans.
The MC's Caleb and Maggie are sharply defined and extremely likable along with the supporting characters. There is action galore along with romance, paranormal elements, thrills, mystery, etc... all the makings of a wonderful novel.
Fever by Lauren DeStefano starts off exactly where Wither left off. Rhine and Gabriel escape outside the fence of the mansion of her huTHE FAERYS VIEW
Fever by Lauren DeStefano starts off exactly where Wither left off. Rhine and Gabriel escape outside the fence of the mansion of her husband, Linden. Rhine leaves because she is in desperate fear for her life, is in search of freedom but mainly she is going to find her twin, Rowan, whom she knows has been worried sick about her and probably thinks she is dead. Despite that, she is determined to escape and make her way to Manhattan to find Rowan.
Gabriel and Rhine’s journey is fraught with danger from the underbelly of society to her father in laws quest to find her-at any cost. As they fight their way to Manhattan, they are caught by an insane woman, Madame, who cares for girls and provides them safety in exchange for their bodies to be sold. It is a strange world staged like a harem of girls who dress exotically in flowing garb, bangles and other jewelry. They don’t go by ‘names’ other than the ones that Madame gives them that are based on color and flowers and they dress accordingly. Rhine and Gabriel become enmeshed in their world for a little while and I’ll leave that part of the story for you to discover when you read it!
Gabriel and Rhine must always be on watch for the Gatherers, a group of what was once part of the governments ‘police’ now they capture girls to sell into polygamy. There are dangers everywhere and Rhine and Gabriel meet both the good and the bad in what’s left of society.
Now, on to the characters! There was a big part of me that fell in love with Linden despite the whole polygamy thing, he actually loves Rhine and Cecily and they have all they could possibly want but he doesn’t have a clue what an insane sadistic madman his father really is. This is where my problem came with Rhine (yes, this is going back to Wither) why, oh why, didn’t she tell him about what was in the basement? It could have saved a lot of heartache. Rhine is a wonderfully strong character who is loyal to those she cares about-leaving Linden left her carrying guilt but she also left a piece of her heart with him at the mansion. Her love and loyalty for Rowan is what drives her to make the dangerous journey from Florida to Manhattan, her guilt can be overwhelming for involving Gabriel and for those few times she secretly wishes she was back at the mansion with Linden and Cecily when things get really tough. Gabriel, although a fantastic character isn’t the one for Rhine in my opinion, he doesn’t have the strength that Rhine possesses and wouldn’t have made it without her. This could be because he’s been a servant in the mansion for 9 years and has had no contact with the outside world or it could just be his character. Either way, as much as I like Gabriel I don’t feel that whole ‘love connection’ between them.
Fever was really one of those books where I felt almost every emotion; at times I felt despair and depression, anger and rage, terrified and frightened and safe and loved. This is because of the beauty of Laurens writing, it draws you into feeling everything the characters are feeling. It’s this skillful narrative that makes this novel so fantastic because I became so invested in all of the characters, the secondary as well as main. When Lauren describes the world that Rhine and the others live in, whether it be the mansion, Madame’s or the streets, I could visualize myself there with them and envision the world through their eyes, again because of Lauren’s adept and beauty at descriptive writing.
I cannot wait for the third and final installment to come out as there was a bit of a cliffie and I can’t wait to see where things go from here.
Tara Hudson has done a magnificent job on The Hereafter series. In Hereafter, Amelia rids the demon that ultimately caused her deTHE FAERY'S FEELINGS:
Tara Hudson has done a magnificent job on The Hereafter series. In Hereafter, Amelia rids the demon that ultimately caused her death, remembered who she was and where she’s been the last 10 years and falls in love with the very much alive Joshua, a seer amongst a family of seer’s no less.
In Arise, Amelia is faced with numerous challenges: to begin with, it starts to hit her that Josh is forgoing his time with his friends to spend it all with her until he’s a virtual hermit in the eyes of all those who love him. This brings her to the heart breaking conclusion that she will always remain the same and Josh will grow and mature, eventually wanting a real relationship with a family and friends that can actually see her. In Amelia’s mind, the best thing for them both is for her to disappear so that Josh can move on with his life. Before that can happen, though, there is a series of crisis’s occurring, primarily in New Orleans while Josh is visiting his entire and very large family of seers. Many of the young seer’s can visualize and communicate with Amelia without difficulty and share Josh’s view that not all ghosts should be exorcised immediately-no questions asked.
Tara does an amazing job with the plot; it’s eerie, thrilling, mysterious with a hefty dose of paranormal love all pulled together perfectly to flow into the perfect next installment of The Hereafter series and leaving me anxious for the third and last installment. I don’t think the book would have felt as complete had it not been for Tara’s skill at environment description. I loved her descriptions of New Orleans; right down from the smell of the food to the sound of the jazz music, it was like being there myself. One chocolate beignet, please!
Characters were rockin’ as they did in Hereafter but I loved the addition of the new characters Tara put in. Each characters personality fit perfectly to their role in the book and despite the seriousness and eeriness of Arise, there are moments of levity that are cleverly interspersed throughout the book, giving a little comic relief here and there.
Arise is the perfect ‘middle’ book which is rare, I often find the middle book a bit disappointing-not all the time-but often. Arise is the kind of book that you can settle down with in your ‘comfy spot’ and your drink of choice, mine a Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino and let
Arise take you away into a fantastic world you’re sure to get lost in!
THE FAERY SAYS ARISE BY TARA HUDSON ROCKED MY WINGS! ...more
A fantastic Novella from the perspective of the ghost as Charley Davidson, the main character of First Grave on the Right and the upcoming Second GravA fantastic Novella from the perspective of the ghost as Charley Davidson, the main character of First Grave on the Right and the upcoming Second Grave to the Left solves the mystery of her death.
That's what Charley does, among other things, she's the Grim Reaper and souls flock to her. Those souls that are unable to pass on, usually because they were murdered, seek out Charley for help in resolving the mystery! Charley is one of those characters that you wish was your best pal, her sense of humor is wicked and her loyalty knows no bounds.
I highly recommend this novellla as well as First Grave on the Right and her upcoming novel Second Grave to the Left! It's a wonderful read and the only short-coming is just that! It's to short! It has me looking forward to the next ...more