At first glace, Sweet Unrest looked to be a perfect read for this time of year, Halloween. The cMy review can also be found @ Bittersweet Enchantment
At first glace, Sweet Unrest looked to be a perfect read for this time of year, Halloween. The cover is definitely creepy and very unique with name of the book beautifully designed to fix into the gate which is the main focus of the cover. Going into reading the book my expectations were at a all time high and after finishing it in a mere two days I am glad they were. I fell head over heal in love with Sweet Unrest. It was everything I wanted and more.
The story begins as Lucy Aimes and her family move to Louisiana because of her Father's job. He was chosen to curate and direct a antebellum sugar plantation outside of New Orleans. Lucy is not thrilled by the move but more so angry at being uprooted. She wanted nothing more than to remain in Chicago and attend an art institute, taking pictures, her one true passion.
As Lucy and her family get settled in their new home, a large estate which looks to have quite a history behind it. Soon Lucy meets a girl her age named, Chloe. Chloe is the daughter of a women who works for the sugar plantation. Lucy comes to find out that Chloe is into or believes in voodoo and knows a old woman who supposable is a voodoo queen. Lucy doesn't believe in such things, and is determined to show Chloe that these things just don't exist. Although after meeting Mama Legba, Lucy starts to wonder is anything this old lady said is true.
Lucy has had a recurring dream for as long as she can remember, although as of late her dream has been kept a bay, until now... While walking the grounds, Lucy sees a boy close to her age. He's breathtakingly beautiful and oh so mysterious but when Lucy tries to follow him into the woods he seeming vanishes. Days later "Fate" decides intervene and Lucy gets to meet this mysterious man. She learns his name is Alexander, he's french, and by the way he speaks it's as if he comes from another time. After meeting Alex, something happens to Lucy. He dreams have gotten worse, and more intense, scarier but what worries Lucy even more is now she is dreaming of Alex. A man she barely knows, a man who holds many secrets...and a woman who surprising looks a lot like Lucy herself. What do these dreams mean and why can't she seem to turn them off.
Lucy now struggles to understand what her dreams mean, who really is Alex and how voodoo and magic play a large part in it all.... The truth, will leave you breathless...
For me one of the biggest things I loved about the book was the romance between Lucy and Alex, and how the subject of past lives plays into the story. I have always been a huge fan of books about reincarnation, and finding your mate in the next life. It's so romantic. Just seeing Alex and Lucy connect during the course of the book was so raw and emotional for me. The ending had me in a full out crying fest, like seriously balling my eyes out. I loved the all of the characters in the story, even the side characters like Chloe and Mama Legba. Everyone played their part perfectly throughout the book.
I also really enjoyed the concept of voodoo and magic playing such a large part in the book. I've never read any books with this topic in it and I really think it gave the story such depth and excitement. Sweet Unrest was totally unlike anything I've read before. My only problem I had with the book was towards the middle the pacing seems to slow down some and drag but it wasn't so off putting that I stopped reading.
I would without a doubt recommend Sweet Unrest to anyone who enjoys stories about past lives, ghosts, magic, and an epic love story which teaches us TRUE LOVE never dies. ...more
*sigh and dreamy look* This series keeps getting betReview also posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment Also check out my review for book 1, Black City - HERE
*sigh and dreamy look* This series keeps getting better and better, book by book. If you have not read book one if the series, Black City then I would suggest you do and also be aware there may be some slight spoilers in this review.
Phoenix picks up almost right after Black City ends. Once again the story is being told from both Ash and Natalie's POV. Ash "The boy who rose from the ashes" is now given the name PHOENIX because of the recently attempted execution by the Government and President Rose. Both Ash and Natalie remain within the walls of Black City. They desperately try to give hope to their people and somehow find a way to end this fuming war once and for all. Although the quest for freedom does not come easy for either Ash or Natalie. Things go from bad to worse when President Rose threatens Ash to make a decision between the girl he loves, and his followers, the people of Black City. Ash must now make the right choice. But how can he choose between two things he loves so dearly. With only days left to choose someone new comes into the picture....someone who offers Ash a way out and way to end this war once and for all. But the price of this freedom may be more than anyone saw coming...
From here the story truly begins - Death, Bloodshed, Battles, Lost, an Escape and a LOVE like no other. PHOENIX has it all!
The EPIC battle to save their world.....begins with a savior; "The boy who rose from the ashes".
Wow, I was blown away by this book. I kept telling myself that this book could not get any better than Black City but boy was I wrong. PHOENIX was immensely fast paced and held my attention throughout the entire book. I read it from cover to cover in only one day. Yeah, it was THAT good! I loved the dual narration between Ash and Natalie. Seeing things happen from both of their POV's. Oh, and the romance between them was better than ever. Although the author throws us a curve ball; there is a "love triangle" introduced into the book. I won't go into this future because I don't want to spoil it for those who have not read, Pheonix.
Author Elizabeth Richards has captured by heart once again. Her writing style is almost lyrical. Elizabeth somehow finds a way to make her story "jump off the page" come alive. I felt like I too could feel what the characters were going through; their pain, hurt, loss, loneliness, indecision, and most of all love and to never give up for what they believed in.
There was never a dull moment. Phoenix is so super action packed and for me this made the book really carry it's own.
The beginning was heartbreaking and the ending was breathtaking.... AGAIN, I'll say: PHOENIX has it all! This book, this series, IS a MUST read! If you've been procrastinating on whether or not to read this series ...STOP! DON"T THINK! DO! I promise you'll never regret it. ...more
First Impressions: I was given a copy of Terry Spear's novel The Dark Fae back in January to read for review. The cover alone had me very intrigued to read her novel. I really love how it looks so dark and mysteries. It has been a while since I have read a story about fairies and these mythological creatures are one of my favorites. After reading more about the book from the synopsis, I figured why not give it a chance.
Review: First you must know that this book is not very long; with only 152 pages the story is tightly packed and makes for a short but captivating read. In the beginning of the book it take place in the here and now; present day. Within a short amount of time the story diverts and the reader is taken into the fae world. I really enjoyed the way the author describes this "hidden" fairy world and the fae living in it. There are divided parts of the world in which different fae kingdoms rule. Deveron a dark fae from the kingdom of Denkar where he is the crowned prince. Deveron decides to go into the human world one day and comes upon a girl who can see these fae when no other humans can. But why? Deveron must now find out what and who she really is.
Alicia has always been able to see fairies and does not completely understand why. On a vacation with her friend Cassie, Alicia see a gorgeous dark fae speaking with her friend and becomes worried. She knows he is not the good type of faerie. When she purposely spills some drinks on Deveron to try and make him leave, Deveron becomes very interested in Alicia only to later find out she is somehow able to see his kind. A plot turning event happens and Deveron will need to take Alicia into his world for her safety. From here the story plot advances with a exciting transformation which takes the reader into a magical world of fairies where both Deveron and Alicia soon come to learn who she really is. All the while forming a bond between both main character's. I felt that the love between Alicia and Deveron was quite romantic but for me a little to insta-love. Being a short novel I can understand why the author somewhat rushed the love between the character's but I would have liked the novel more if they had time to fall in love gradually and get to know each other better.
The story in itself was pretty good and well written with only a few typos but nothing so bad that I would have felt inclined to stop reading. I felt that some parts of the book where slower than others. I did really love how descriptive the author was about the world in which she created in the book. The Dark Fae is definitely full of plot twists and turns; mystery and romance. If you enjoy a good fantasy with fairies within the YA-Adult age groups. Then this book is perfect for you and is short novel to read but not withing a Happy Ending!
Final Thoughts: While I did not totally love this book I did enjoy it more than I thought I would. I really adore books about faeries and I knew I wanted to read Terry's novel as soon as I saw the cover. The lore in the book was very impressive but I felt a lacking in the character development. It would have been nice to know more in detail about each Royal fae kingdom and there traits. But otherwise the book "The Dark Fae" is a great fantasy novel and should definitely be given a chance to anyone who loves these type of books. ...more
First Impressions: First I must say I really love the cover of the book which is one of the reason's that I decided to read Fracture in the first placFirst Impressions: First I must say I really love the cover of the book which is one of the reason's that I decided to read Fracture in the first place. The other was that I kept hearing so many great things about it and reading such amazing reviews on the book that I knew I would have to read it soon after it hit the book stores. I really liked the idea behind this novel and after reading more into what Fracture was about I went to pick it up to read so I could see for myself how good this book is... and I am very happy I did.
Review: The beginning of the book had a very strong hold on my attention. The plot was engaging and fast paced. Delaney who is the main character of the book falls through some thin ice while trying to run and catch up to her best friend Decker who is waiting far ahead. Delaney is sucked under the ice and soon to be rescued but was under the ice for far to long; 11 minutes. Delaney's heart and brain stopped working. She is dead, or was. Somehow Delaney came back and not even her Doctors can understand how she is alive and more so how she is doing okay. But Delaney is far from being okay because now some very unusual things begin to happen. She can sense or literally feel when someone is near her who is about to die. She does not know who to turn to about her new found ability, not Decker; ever know he is her best friend and the one who saved her from the ice. Decker seems to be tired up with "other" things (or someone). Delaney feels lost and depressed and does not understand what is happening to her until one day when she feel the "pull" of death near her but comes finds more that she thought she would...someone who knows exactly what she feels. Troy - who has the same abilities as Delaney although he is using his abilities in a different way.
I don't want to go into anymore details about the story as a whole otherwise I would be giving to much away. I was going through some ups and downs while reading Fracture. While I really loved and was fully immersed in the story I found myself having to stop reading a certain points in the book. The beginning of the book I felt was amazing but toward the middle it seemed to slowed down some and I lost interest during a few chapters. One of the things I did not really care for was how whiny Delaney was towards the middle/end of the book. She keep talking about how her life was so depressing and awful. Like she would have been better of dead. She is a very dramatic and hard character to like. She was given a gift somehow and is pissed off at the world for having to life and deal with it. I can understand the author's point of having Delaney feel this distraught and angry; she went thought a lot in such a short period of time but it turned me off and began disliking Delaney for being so whiny.
I will say I loved Megan Miranda writing style and how she was so detailed about the condition (ability) Delaney and Troy have. Her words are so expressive and give the novel such life. I so love to be able to get a clear image of what is happening in the book. I find it to be fun and more imaginative for the reader to read a novel and feel what the characters are feeling. Fracture is a great mystery with many twist and turns through-out the book. Although it was not as good as I thought it would be I did truly enjoy the story.
Final Thoughts: I would recommend the book to others after reading Fracture although as for myself being told to read it many times my friends I was hoping for a bit more and did not find that "wow" factor I was looking for in the book. All in all I would say I enjoyed it and I think to be honest I did love the ending the most. I did shed a tear or two. Very touching. ...more
Wow, where do I even begin with reviewing Posses?! I have desperately wanted to read this novel sincReview originally posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment
Wow, where do I even begin with reviewing Posses?! I have desperately wanted to read this novel since 2011 but unfortunately my library does not carry it so I broke down recently and bought it. Why I took so long to do so I will never know. I was 110% BLOWN AWAY! Quite literately this book left me breathless or for a better choice of words, "I was MIND-FU*KED!"
Creepy. Scary. Terrifying. These words don't ever begin to describe POSSES. From the first chapter to the very end I was on the edge of my seat, goosebumps and all.
Posses is about a girl named Bridget. Bridget attends a catholic school with her friends Hector and Peter. There she works side my side with the head priest doing something no one else knows about. Something others would say she's insane if they knew. Bridget has a very rare ability that allows her to speak to and hear demons and with doing so she can also banish them back to hell. An Exorcism, if you will. As of late, there has been more and more demon possessions occurring. Bridget knows something is up and decides to find out what. She herself does now understand the reasoning behind her ability. The more she uncovers about the demons the more she come to find out who she really is and why she can do what she does. These forces of evils are now sending her a message. Something is definitely not right, and someone who she trusts is not who they appear to be. Bridget will need to find the answers before it's too late.
For me, Possess was a terrifying mix of the movies, The Exorcism and Angel and Demons. Without a doubt one of the most scariest novels I have ever read. I felt like I was literally flying through the pages, flipping faster and faster. Almost possessed to find out what would happen next. I love ADORE a scary book or movie. Being scared out of my mind is such a huge rush, like riding a huge roller coaster with no seat belts. Possess not only made me feel this way but was SO much more. Bridget is a kick-ass heroine who know what she wants and will do anything to find the answers she seeks. I also loved seeing her shy and sweet side. Over the course of the novel, I really enjoyed seeing her grow not only into her ability but as a person.
Ah, and of course there was some romance. Bridget falls in love with someone she never thought she even liked and a boy who knows her secrets. Their romance was sweet and for me really gave the novel so much more depth. To find out whom this mysterious boy is you'll have to read the book or maybe you have and well...then you KNOW who I mean. Le Sigh!
On a final note, Posses has easily become one of my favorite books of all time. It had everything I wanted and more. Why it took me SO LONG to buy it and read it I will never know but Dear God, I am so glad I did.
If you're looking for a good down right scary book to read of like me procrastinated to read Possess. Don't walk, RUN out to buy this book! You will not be disappointed you did....more
Let me first start out by saying that I have never read anything by author Kimberly Derting. I haveReview originally posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment
Let me first start out by saying that I have never read anything by author Kimberly Derting. I have had the first three book in the series on my book shelves for sometime now but had yet to read them. So once I heard about this tour I knew it would be a great opportunity to challenge myself to read the complete Body Finder series. After reading them all I just about kicked myself for not starting this series sooner. Yeah...I know was sure missing out on some amazing books. *smacks forehead against wall*
Dead Silence picks up pretty much directly after The last Echo ended. Violet has a very special gift. She can find dead bodies by sensing an imprint they leave behind after they die. She is also able to find who killed them but matching the same imprint or echo to the recently dead. Only now Violet has a imprint of her own. A music box playing the same haunting tune, over and over again.
If that wasn't enough to drive her a little crazy, Violet is being threatened not to leave the "special team" of gifted kids like herself or else! She wants nothing more than to stop working for them but unless she does, her family and friends will be harmed. With no other choice, Violet continues to help find dead bodies when no one else can in order to put them properly to rest by finding who killed them.
There is a new killer is town, called "The Collector". If Violet is not careful someone she loves might just be his next victim...
Dead Silence being the final book in the series will definitely leave the readers wanting more but more so being sorry to have to say goodbye to their favorite characters, Violet, Jay, Chelsea, Rafe, and all the other who make the series a whole lot of awesome!!!
Dead Silence for me was the perfect ending to yet another amazing book series. Being the last book in the series I felt that Kimberly Derting did a beautiful job at tying together any loose ends from the first three books. The one part that really made Dead Silence so interesting to me was learning more about Violets ability. The reader gets unique look into where Violet inherited her gift and from whom but more so a deeper understanding at what it really means to carry such a powerful gift. Also a major plus for me is the super sweet and kind romance between Vi and Jay. The way the author writes them together throughout the series is just so tender and perfect. They are two halves of a whole in every way.
I am so glad I decided to read this series. I have no clue why it took me so long to pick up the books but let me tell you without a doubt "The Body Finders" series is now one of my favorite series and will hold a place in my heart forever. If you have not read these books then you are surely missing out!...more