If you're a fan of the Fallen series, I recommend reading this. While it wasn't AS addicting as the firs...moreAlso reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm
If you're a fan of the Fallen series, I recommend reading this. While it wasn't AS addicting as the first three books, it was enjoyable. It's four short stories compiled into one book. Each short story is with a different point of view, but they all happen on the same day; Valentines Day.
The first story, in my opinion, was the cutest. It was Shelby's point-of-view and it was about Shelby and Miles. It was my favorite story of all four of them. It was the start of something and I can't wait to read Rapture to see if it continues! I was hoping Shelby and Miles would get together!
The second was Roland's point-of-view. It was weird reading through Roland's eyes, but also a great opportunity to learn more about him. This one completely broke my heart. I've always seen Roland as this strong, cool, mysterious sort of character. He's hilarious sometimes, really. But seeing him completely tormented by a choice he had to make for him and the woman he loved, just tore me apart. I feel for Roland so much. I think this one was the saddest one.
The third was of Arianne. I've always loved Arriane and to see this side of her made me understand why she tries to help Daniel and Luce so much. She had a forbidden love too, and it ended badly. You also get to see how she got her scars, and I'm glad we get to find that out because I've been curious about that since the first book.
The final story is, of course, Luce and Daniel. You can't have a Fallen novel, even if Novella, without Luce and Daniel. While their story wasn't very long, you do get to read about the only Valentines Day they've ever been together for. It's always fun to read about Luce and Daniel, but I really hope they get a break in Rapture. They've been through SO much and it just isn't fair!
Overall, this was an enjoyable extra to the series. It's quick paced and I could of read it pretty fast, but I've been in a bit of a rut so it took me a week. Can you believe that? Ha! If you're a fan, definitely read it. It's not the BEST, but it IS a compilation of short stories. Not an actual novel. Read it! :)(less)
So some of you may know that I read Wither pretty late. I didn't read it until May! I instantly fell in...moreAlso reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm.
So some of you may know that I read Wither pretty late. I didn't read it until May! I instantly fell in love though. I quickly ordered Fever after finishing, but sadly I didn't start it right away! Other books got in the way and I started it twice I think, but then had to read other books again and it drove me nuts!
Fever picks up where Wither left off, with Rhine and Gabriel on the run, but as soon as they think they are safe they fall into another place they will need to escape. Not going to go into too much detail as I don't want to give anything away. But that frustrated me to no end! It was seriously a *headdesk* kind of moment.
I had very high hopes for this sequel. And I was right, never had any doubts about it. Lauren's writing is just one that you know won't let you down. And this world is so awful, but so interesting and real. It's really scary to think this could be the future one day! What will happen if something like this is what is going to become our future? Our children's future? It's just so scary to think about.
And the writing is just so beautiful as always. You fly through the pages so fast and the descriptions are perfect and so detailed and you picture everything. EVERYTHING. It's amazing. And the characters....gosh.
Rhine is so unbelievably strong and brave. She doesn't give up! She keeps going no matter what obstacle falls in front of her. She keeps fighting. I admire that SO much about her. She's such a great character and even though she's a fictional character in a dystopian novel, she's REAL.
And Gabriel, oh Gosh, Gabriel. I'm so happy he's in this book every moment. I loved him so much in Wither and couldn't get enough of him. You learn more about him in here and he goes through a lot too and you just get to see Rhine and Gabriel's relationship blossom and see them take care of each other and I was always going, "Awwwww" at them because they are seriously cute and I just wanted to hug them!
Overall, I loved this book. I'm dying to read Sever, ESPECIALLY after that last sentence of the book. I mean WHAT?! I was late reading Wither, so I didn't have to really wait for Fever, but Sever is 4 months and some days away. I'm DYING for Sever so bad. If you haven't read this series, you need to. Hopefully you aren't reading this if you haven't read Wither, but READ. NOW. I HIGHLY recommend it.(less)
I was really excited to spring back into this world after reading The Vespertine, even though I didn't absolutely love the first book. Also, with the ending, I was kind of upset when I found out that Amelia wouldn't be the narrator in this book, but also a bit intrigued. I really liked Zora in the first book.
After a while, I got sucked in. Zora changed a lot since the first book, due to her loss, but I really like the change in her. I was really sad for her in the beginning of the book, but after a while she met two guys who could potentially be the one after Thomas.
When I wasn't reading this book, I was thinking about it. Historical Romance is definitely one of my favorite genres now. I've liked what I've read of Historical Romance, but I haven't read that much of it, but I definitely will be now! I love the late 1800s, with all the courting and seasons. It's so romantic! Imagine if we were back in that time period and a kiss was either a ruin or a way of marking someone as your own. Sealing your fate with a kiss! It's so romantic! Gah!
The writing and descriptions were so beautiful. They painted a vivid picture in my mind and I was so sucked in that I didn't even see anything in the world around me! The chapters are so long it seems, but so much happens and the book seems longer than 275 pages, which isn't a bad thing. It as really good with this book!
I want more! I want more Zora and Emerson, and I'm so happy with the last line on the book! But at the same time I was like, "IT CAN'T END LIKE THIS!!". I'm really looking forward to what is going to happen in the third book. There isn't a summary or anything yet on it, so I'll definitely be looking out for that, but I really hope it's with Amelia and Zora! If it's another narrator, I think I may cry and be very upset.
Zora is definitely my favorite of the two! And gah, I'm so intrigued by these random magics that are in these books. In the first book, Amelia has a gift of seeing into the future at sunset, and in this book Zora finds an infinity for water, which is AWESOME. And another special someone, I'm not saying who, has an infinity for the earth and can make flowers, and gardens grow!
Overall, this was a really great book. I really enjoyed it and I'm very eager to find out about the third book. I wish it was out. I don't have the luxury of finishing one and starting on the next anymore. If you like historical romance, this is definitely the series for you! =)(less)
I know this is sad, but even though I'm on the third book in this series, I STILL have trouble trying to...moreAlso reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm
I know this is sad, but even though I'm on the third book in this series, I STILL have trouble trying to separate the characters and happenings in the TV show and the characters and happenings in the books. I mean, they are mostly completely different. But I do love both.
Sara Shepard really knows how to write a good mystery. She keeps it creepy, but enjoyable and glamorous. If that makes sense. I love both Pretty Little Liars and this series. TV show and books. She's a fantastic story teller and definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Once again, as with ALL of Sara's books, they give you a suspect and make everything point to them. You start believing it's actually them, but then BAM you're left back at step one by the end of the book. I don't want to go too much into detail about that because I don't want to spoil the book. But gosh....
I'd love to sit here and discuss theories of who the murderer might be and who is blackmailing Emma into keeping quiet about Sutton and herself, but I don't want to give anything away. But if you've read the first three books and would like to discuss, feel free to email me!
I really like Emma. I've always liked Emma better. I mean, c'mon, she's the nice twin. But, you know, it is refreshing to hear Sutton's thought every now and again to spice things up. Which I LOVE the added memories in this book. It really sheds some light on things and makes you able to see her side of what happened.
You also get to know more about Thayer in this book which I liked, though I'm a bit creeped out by the book Thayer sometimes. But hey, that's good!
Overall, this was a great addition to the series and I'm very excited for the next! I definitely liked this one better than the second one. I hope I'll like the next one even better than this one. If you haven't checked out anything by Sara yet, please do. She may sound like a fluff writer, and parts of that may be true, but she sure knows how to keep you guessing and her books have great mystery.(less)
For some reason every time I pick up a book from this series and start it, it takes me a while to get in...moreAlso reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm
For some reason every time I pick up a book from this series and start it, it takes me a while to get into it! Not sure why that is, but once I finally do get into it I can't stop! I get dragged in and all I want to do is sit there and read and figure out what kind of mess Kaylee, Nash, and Tod are going to get themselves into next.
And 99% of the time it's because Kaylee can't stand by and not HELP whoever is in trouble. She HAS to help them. She feels it's her duty, and I love that about her. Sometimes I really do want to smack Kaylee, but most of the time she's a great character to be reading about. She's smart and very loyal to her friends and family.
I also really like Nash and Tod. I remember in the beginning of the first book I didn't like Tod much, but with each book I love him just that much more. He's hilarious. And Nash, I've loved him since the start, if I remember correctly. Though in this book he disappointed me a bit. He always seems to perfect, but he definitely proves you wrong in this book. I'm not going to go into details, but he gets himself into a bit of trouble. He completely broke my heart in this book. =( Though I do still feel bad for him.
My other favorite characters are Harmony, Kaylee's dad and her Uncle Brendon. They are great to have around and they seem the type of people I'd love to have in my own family. Especially Harmony, as she's always nice and ALWAYS baking something nice. =) I do love me some food, and looove me some sweet stuff.
If you've read book two (You better have if you're reading this review!) you've learned about Demon's Breath. In the third installment you get to learn more about it and get a little more deep into it. It makes a great plot and very interesting, but also very scary! I was sighing so much in this book because I was worried about Kaylee, Nash and Tod.
Overall, as always Rachel Vincent has done it again. I'm DYING to pick up book four from the library, but I've made a new rule to finish the ones I have before picking up new ones...Boo! I definitely liked this one a lot better than the second book, they are just going to keep getting better and better I can just feel it. And this third installment had the most twists out of the series so far, at least in my opinion.
If you haven't started this series yet, you should definitely check it out. It's definitely unique and Rachel is an amazing writer. This is her second series that I've fallen in love with. She's definitely one of my top favorite authors. So watch out for her!(less)
I came to a conclusion today after finishing this last book. The final book. This is my number one favorite series. In general. I've known since the beginning of the series that it was my number one favorite ADULT series, but it's official that it's my number one favorite in general. So if you ever ask me what my favorite series is, and you don't specify, I'm going to have to say The Shifters series.
I'm not going to go into too much detail about this book because it's the last in the series. But all I can say is wow. I'm sad to see this is the end of the series, so very sad, but I love how it ended. Rachel couldn't have ended it in a more perfect way.
I cried so much in this book. I've cried so much in this series. Period. You just get hooked on the characters, even if they aren't the very front main characters, and when something happens you're hurt. I felt everything Faythe felt when something happened to this said character. It hit me hard.
Even though one of the deaths in the fifth book hit me hard, and I loved that person so much, I cried more with this person. Is that weird?
Anyway, this book was amazing. I loved it. I can't say which book was my favorite because they are all amazing. I can definitely say this one is high up on my top three lists for this book though.
The characters are amazing and real. Faythe is real. She makes mistakes, she gets her ass kicked in EVERY book. It's just...real. You know? A lot of people think they have to make their main character good at anything to do with the bad guys in the stories, but not Rachel. She made Faythe real. She made her have MAJOR flaws, she made her make stupid decisions that sometimes nearly costs someone their life. But she ALWAYS does it trying to stick up for who/what she loves.
And Mark. Ahh Mark. I love him so much. I love Jace too. But in this whole book I was all "OH. MY. GOD FAYTHE! WHY?!" and that's all I'm saying on that. Seriously. Read it and you'll understand.
All the characters grow so much during the series. Faythe definitely did. She goes from not wanting to be involved with her Pride, to live her own life, to nearly giving up everything to save her Pride. I admire her so much.
Overall, I really can't describe this book very well. Or my feelings. All I know is that it was filled with so much emotion and I loved it. There was a lot of violence and grief and just...so many tears. So much happened in a short period of time.
You should seriously think about picking this series up. It's amazing. It's real. It's so entertaining that you want to read it forever. Even if there were no real plot. Even if it was Faythe's day to day life. Her getting up, brushing her teeth, flipping pages in a book. You'd be entertained. Rachel did a fantastic job and now I want to finish her Soul Screamers series! Which is also amazing, well so I've read from the first book.
Note & Warning: This is an Adult series. There are some scenes in this book that may not be suitable for those under the age of 16. (less)
I have to admit, this was one of those books that I saw and thought sounded pretty interesting, but I wasn't going all crazy wanting it. I told myself I could wait and if I saw it in the library someday, I'd read it. Then it came in the mail as my book for the Ambuzzador program for Random Buzzers. When I opened it and saw it, I was a little disappointed.
I tried to get really excited about it, but I couldn't. Until I started reading it! It sucked me in and I couldn't stop. If I would of had more reading time, I probably would of finished it in a day, two tops. I wanted to keep reading it and reading it.
Every time a chapter ended and I had to put it down to go to bed or do something else other than reading, I kept wondering what was going to happen to Callie next. What would Helena do next? At first, I was wondering what kind of crazy Helena was on, but then as Callie--and I--got to know her, I really started to like her.
The characters in this book were so interesting, even the other "renters" that you would meet for a little bit along the way. I really liked Callie, she did what she had to in order to protect her little brother Tyler. She made a grown up decision and sucked in her pride and went in to Prime Destinations to be RENTED out to the Ender's who were over a hundred years old and wanted to use her body so they could feel young again and do things they couldn't do as an ender.
The world Price created was very intriguing and very scary. I love Dystopian novels, but so many are coming out nowadays that I'm getting worried that the genre is going to become too overdone and each new dystopian novel you pick up is going to have something in it that has already been used. And that scares me. But I can definitely say that this was not the case with Starters.
I mean, can you just imagine it? A world where everyone from 20 to 60 is just gone. POOF! Ceases to exist? And all that's left is the Starters, who are ages 19 and below, and then the Enders who are 60 to, like, 200! I really like the way that got this idea started in her head as well, all over the flu shot crisis a couple of years back.
Overall, this was a great dystopian. A great debut, and kept me completely intrigued until the last age. And you know, it doesn't even stop there, I'm intrigued on what is going to happen in the sequel. I really wish that it came out, like, right now. If you love Dystopian, I definitely recommend it. Heck, even if you don't like Dystopian at least give it a try. It could surprise you!(less)
Wow, I never get enough of this series. I've been flying through this series and now I only have one more book to read. Which makes me extremely sad. I tried to read this one slow so I could try and preserve some of it, but it didn't work out too well.
The usual craziness happens in this book, if you've read the series you'll understand what I'm talking about. Faythe and her Pride just never get a break. As soon as some sort of calmness sets in, something happens to blow that all up. But Faythe pulls through it. She still tries to keep a positive mind when all of this craziness is going on.
She has so many problems going on; with her Pride and her heart. There is a little bit of a love triangle going on, okay a big triangle and it's bad because not only is her head screwed up because of it, but mine was too! I love Marc, but I really like Jace as well. I wish Jace could find someone that is his true love.
Not going to go into anymore of that. There is a new species that is talked about throughout the beginning of the series, but never really show up until now and they are scary! Intriguing, but very scary.
Overall, I don't want to write much to giveaway any spoilers. It's very hard not to. So I'm just going to leave you saying that it was amazing, as always. I can't get enough of this series and I highly recommend it. Great characters, great plots, and great romance. =) And it's definitely not sugarcoated. =)
Note & Warning: This is an Adult series. There are some scenes in this book that may not be suitable for those under the age of 16. (less)