I'm in love with this book, and Ms. Evanovich never lets me down. Her wicked sense of humor is a drug. Diesel and Lizzy are fantastic. The cast of secI'm in love with this book, and Ms. Evanovich never lets me down. Her wicked sense of humor is a drug. Diesel and Lizzy are fantastic. The cast of secondary characters are amazing. The adventures are hilarious. I will never stop recommending this series. ...more
Angel Burn is about angels, yes, but unlike the trend, these angels aren’t of the heavenly good v evil variety. Oh no. In Angel Burn, the angels are sAngel Burn is about angels, yes, but unlike the trend, these angels aren’t of the heavenly good v evil variety. Oh no. In Angel Burn, the angels are some kind of alien beings. They feed on people’s energy source leaving them with “Angel Burn.” They see the angels in angelic form and feel all warm and special and gooey. The believers build churches around the country to worship them and humans come in droves to see the angels. Those who don’t believe just don’t bother with them. Those who do are in awe. Angels are yumming up the country on willing people and only one Angel Killer remains.
So, I hope that didn’t just spoil everything for you…but there’s also a girl and she’s very special. There’s a boy sent to kill her. Yeah, I said it. He was sent to KILL her. OMG. I flipped through the pages as I ran, I carried the book to the shower (left it outside) picked it up again. I HATED the alien soul sucking angel thingys. I ADORED Willow (that’s the very special girl) and I d-r-o-o-l-e-d over the would be killer. I swear when they finall…okay I know I’m going to spoil something…
If you love YA, pick up this book. It’s got all our favorite stuff like intrigue and romance and tension and lurve. It’s got action and panic and WTH?? It’s fabulous. PLUS it’s got a great twist on angels. I’ve read my share of angel YA in the last year and am looking forward to reading Becca Fitzpatrick’s Silence asap, but Angel Burn is a really great twist on something we already love.
Evil angel alien beings. I mean…isn’t that completely awesome?
Writing this review was tough. I started a number of times, only to erase giant portions because I loved this book, possibly more than the first and IWriting this review was tough. I started a number of times, only to erase giant portions because I loved this book, possibly more than the first and I really want to tell you all about it – somehow- without any spoilers. That’s the tricky part because I feel like it’s ALLLLL spoilers. I want you to gasp for yourself. Serious. She had me from page one.
Vanish begins where Firelight left off. Cassian has Jacinda and her sister Tamra and their mother in a car whisking them back to the pride. Jacinda’s stress is at an all time high. She never wanted to leave the pride and now she doesn’t want to return, but that too has been decided for her. She’s revealed herself and must face judgment, then accept her punishment. She’s lost her true love Will and her sister Tamra is very sick. Something’s happening to her. Their mother will most certainly be punished for taking them away. Going back is bad, but she cannot stay.
Life back with the pride is awful. Jacinda’s outcasted. She pines for Will while trying to make sense of Cassian’s affections for her, and hers for him. Her mother retracts into herself, into her room, into a bootle. Tamra’s living apart from them and Jacinda is on her own. All she wants is Will, but how can that be possible? How can she escape the pride? Leave her family? Sneak away? Could she escape even if she could make the firm decision to go?
The imagery and emotion Jordan paints in this book is phenomenol. I can see the village she describes, feel its protective mist on my face, smell the earth and trees and crisp air over them. In Vanish, the tension is palpable and coming at you from every angle. Every character is fighting their own internal battles, and creating mass havoc on one another. Every stake is higher. Every risk is greater. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Was Jacinda going to get out? Would she really leave them? Could she? What about Cassian? The pride? Her mother? The hunters.
Will’s presence is much less in this book than it was in Firelight, but his absence only adds to the tension, her heartbreak, her emotion. As she struggles at home in the pride, she and Cassian connect. Whether she wants it to be true or not, the one her sister longs for has only ever longed for her, and she cares for him too, but ….she couldn’t do that to Tamra or Will. She must get to Will. Her every thought returns to this truth.
Around every corner there is another danger, another threat, another obstacle. I love the way Jordan answers enough of the readers’ questions to satisfy, all while sneakily dropping more problems in our laps. Then, what did she do to me at the end? She left me hanging with an unthinkable ensemble of characters standing together, in danger’s way, about to risk their lives to save another. If they succeed, it could unite them, bring a touch of understanding at the least, but that too would only create other bigger problems – IF they survive. Cliffhanger! The End. Sophie Jordan is killing me.
The Goddess Test is magical. Carter attaches you firmly to the main character, Kate, almost immediately. Kate is stronThe Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
The Goddess Test is magical. Carter attaches you firmly to the main character, Kate, almost immediately. Kate is strong, loyal and loving. She’s selfless and unpretentious, focused on the single goal of caring for her dying mother. Despite the new town, new school, and new peers, she plows ahead bravely and it’s impossible not to root for her.
And then she meets Henry.
Henry has a secret buried deep in Greek mythology and Kate is presented with a choice. She can walk away or she can make an unbelievable sacrifice. The sacrifice could give her more time with her dying mother, and deem Kate immortal, or she could die. Knowing the risk, she still chooses to try.
As much as I loved Kate, I enjoyed Henry even more. His character is mysterious and kind and lonely and guarded. He is the kind of YA love interest readers of YA live for. Every page helped solidify it for me. Henry is amazing. I wanted them to end up together so much I stayed up all night to finish reading so I could make sure they ended happily ever after.
Carter’s story is fun and addictive. You’ll love Kate and Henry. You’ll laugh at Ava and want to pinch Ella. You might even pick up some books on Greek mythology, I did. Carter weaves the best of mythology into a modern day tale of love and loyalty. She's amazing and the story really is magical. I highly recommend it readers of all genres. It’s delish.