My opinion: I just have to start by saying, Kelley Armstrong you are an amazing author! I have definitely found a new favorite book series, I am now d...moreMy opinion: I just have to start by saying, Kelley Armstrong you are an amazing author! I have definitely found a new favorite book series, I am now dying to read #3. So this book starts out with Elena traveling to find someone who claims to have proof and knowledge about werewolves. These people happen to be Paige and Ruth, two women who claim to be witches. Elena finds this impossible, but before long the three of them find themselves being hunted. Due to some quick thinking by one of the witches (using a cover spell) they escape; Elena is still very skeptical that they are actually witches, but she knows she needs to tell Jeremy and the rest of the pack about the witches and the people that seem to be hunting all of them. The werewolves agree to attend a meeting with other preternatural beings to discuss what needed to be done. Due to some disagreements, the werewolves eventually part ways with the group...unfortunately Elena ends up falling right into the enemies hands. She's taken to a compound where she is kept prisoner, along with some other people with extraordinary talents. Someone seems to be "collecting" these people, the pretense being to study them. But the truth is more horrifying than any of them could of guessed.
Elena definitely seemed to be more confident in this book, more sure of herself and settling into her role again with the pack. Her relationship with Clay sizzles (they are just so perfect together!). I'm finding it hard to write a review for this book...not because it wasn't good, but because it was awesome and it's hard to describe. I kept it brief because I didn't want to give away any vital information to future readers! But I can say that it's impossible not to fall in love with the characters, there's a lot of depth to them and Elena and Clay are pretty comical a lot of the time. Their relationship seems disfunctional sometimes, but it just works for them. I loved the scene in this book where they're making love and he's feeding her breakfast because she's starving; it was sweet, but also quirky, which really describes them to a T. If you haven't checked this series out yet, what are you waiting for? You won't be disappointed!
Rachel Morgan is a white witch, who works as a runner for I.S. (Inderland Security). Basically this means that she brings in the law breakers of the s...moreRachel Morgan is a white witch, who works as a runner for I.S. (Inderland Security). Basically this means that she brings in the law breakers of the supernatural world to be held accountable for their actions. Lately though she was given minor easy assignments, which she believed was due to a couple of mistakes she made in the line of duty. Tired of being treated like a newbie, she decides to quit and go out on her own...only she gets fired before she even gets the chance. She figures that since she was fired, the company won't try to kill her because they would be glad to be rid of her. Her coworker Ivy (a living vampire and the best runner at I.S.) decides to quit and go into a sort of business arrangement with Rachel, which does not sit well with their former boss. Rachel soon is in the fight for her life, along with the help of Ivy and a smart-mouthed pixie named Jenks. She tries to get back into Inderland Security's good graces in the hopes that they will call off the hits on her, but will her efforts be enough?
My opinion: I really wasn't sure if I was going to like this book at first. As a general rule, I NEVER check out reviews on books before I read them, because I don't want them to influence: 1) My decision to read them; 2) My opinion of the book. I skimmed through some of the reviews for this book and found less than satisfying results. Everyone likes different things, so I always have to see for myself. And I loved this book! Rachel is such a character, she is very witty and reckless at times, but brave as well. Ivy is tough as nails and a lot more responsible than Rachel; she prefers planning to charging in with guns drawn. I think my favorite character is Jenks though. He's small but has a BIG attitude! He has a smart mouth but always has Rachel's back no matter what. All of the characters just mesh really well together and it's easy to form a connection with them; there is a lot of depth to each of them, which I'm sure just gets better as you read the rest of the books in the series. I found myself almost unable to put this book down because I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I'm really looking forward to reading more books in the series!
I can still remember where I was when I heard the tragic news, as I'm sure most of you can. I was in sophomore year of high school and we watched the...moreI can still remember where I was when I heard the tragic news, as I'm sure most of you can. I was in sophomore year of high school and we watched the news that entire day, shedding tears for the people who lost their lives and for their families. As much as we can imagine what it would have been like to be there, we simply can't. The terror, the helplessness, the confusion. Wanting to help the people trapped inside the World Trade Center, but knowing that there is nothing you can do. This is why That Day In September is such a powerful book; the author, Artie Van Why was there and he experienced all of it first hand. He was working across from the World Trade Center when the first plane hit and in this book he gives a chilling and detailed account of what he experienced that day.
The book jumps back and forth just a bit in the beginning, starting with when he first heard the news that a plane had hit one of the World Trade Center towers and then going back to describe just how he ended up in New York City in the first place. It was interesting to learn about his life and the events that lead up to him taking a job right across from the towers.
I really appreciated his fond memories prior to the attacks. In particular he described the World Trade Center plaza as being an "oasis" for people who worked around the area. This was helpful for someone like me who has never visited New York City, much less the World Trade Center while it was still standing; through his memories I was able to form more of a connection and see exactly what everyone loved so much. Not only did he mourn the people who died that day, but he also mourned the loss of something he cherished very much: lunch time at the plaza, sitting by the beautiful fountain. We like to take things for granted and assume we'll always have them around; the author had no clue that his last day at the plaza would truly be his last.
I found myself getting very emotional while reading. His emotions just jumped off the page and I couldn't help but cry with him. The things he witnessed that day, scenes that no one should ever have to see, he will carry those around for the rest of his life. That day ended up changing his life forever. The book also details the days and months after the attack and the difficulties he faced even then trying to cope with what happened. Returning to work he was faced with seeing the rubble and destruction, a reminder of exactly what happened. It was heartwarming to hear just how unified everyone in New York City was; how people he didn't even know would come right up and comfort him when the emotions and grief became too much to bear by himself.
I can't describe how much I enjoyed reading this book. It's not especially long, but it touched me immensely. I recommend this book to everyone and know I will be purchasing a copy to display proudly on my shelf.
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