Ever After is number eleven in the Hollows series and in it our heroine, Rachel Morgan, finds herself in deeper trouble than usual.
One of the ley liEver After is number eleven in the Hollows series and in it our heroine, Rachel Morgan, finds herself in deeper trouble than usual.
One of the ley lines running through the ever after has been severely damaged and energy is leaking out. This is causing the ever after to shrink and it's taking the demons' world with it. The demons are blaming Rachel and want her dead, but someone else is framing her in an effort to eliminate both her and the demons. Rachel only has a short time in which to prove her innocence and reverse the damage to the ley line before not only she dies, but the demons as well.
In addition to this, someone has been kidnapping children born with the Rosewood virus. Except for only two known survivors, the virus has been 100 percent fatal. Rachel is one of the survivors, and the dormant virus that inhabits her blood makes her the being she is today. So who is taking these children, and what is their plans for them? It gets personal when Rachel's godchild (Trent Kalamack's daughter) becomes one of the missing kids, and she now has another problem to solve.
Noticeable for her absence through most of the book is Rachel's bounty hunting partner, Ivy. She makes a short appearance near the end of the book, but has little impact on the overall storyline. As much as I love Ivy's character, I was surprised that I didn't really mind her absence as the rest of the story was just too interesting.
We learn more about the world of the demons and how much they've changed since their war with the elves, and along with it, how much they've lost. Al features heavily in the plot, and I always love when he shows up!
This book focuses a lot on the very complicated, ever shifting relationship between Rachel and Trent. I'm keeping my fingers crossed the two will one day have their own happily ever after. But first, Rachel is going to have to learn to fully trust not only Trent, but Al and many others if she is going to get through this alive.
Ever After is without doubt one of my favorite books in the series so far. Author Kim Harrison never fails to keep me craving the next book in this series.
Disclaimer: I won an arc copy of this book from the publishers through a Goodreads First Read giveaway. This in no way influenced my review of the book. The above review is my honest opinion of the story....more
Everyday is a YA contemporary novel with a bit of a twist. The main character is introduced as A, a sixteen year old who's neither male nor female. A
Everyday is a YA contemporary novel with a bit of a twist. The main character is introduced as A, a sixteen year old who's neither male nor female. A wakes up each morning in the body of another sixteen year old, sometimes a boy, sometimes a girl, sometimes gay, sometimes straight. I though this characterization twist would make it difficult to relate to A but surprisingly, it didn't. David Levithan has forced us to relate purely to the soul of A, without any physicality to fall back on.
The story opens with A waking up in the body of Justin, a typical high school boy. A has the ability to access the memories of the bodies inhabited, and this allows A to go undiscovered while proceeding through the day. During A's day as Justin, he meets Rhiannon, Justin's girlfriend. A quickly connects with Rhiannon, a girl he feels is overshadowed and under appreciated by her boyfriend. Out of character for A, he decides that they should play hookie from school and he takes her to the beach where they spend a wonderful day.
The rest of the book is A trying to maintain the connection made with Rhiannon on that day, but how can it be possible when A is someone different every day?
I really enjoyed this unique and touching take on a contemporary romance. I DID find A very relatable, and it was interesting to see how this character coped with such unique circumstances. There's even a bit of a surprise thrown in near the very end of the book!
Evie O’Neill has a special gift. She is able to touch objects and uncover secrets about the object or its owner. One night at a party she unfortunatelEvie O’Neill has a special gift. She is able to touch objects and uncover secrets about the object or its owner. One night at a party she unfortunately gets a little too tipsy and shows off her gift, making some scandalous statements about one of the other party goers. Most people think it’s just a gag, but of course the owner of the object knows what she has said is true. He demands a public apology from Evie, but Evie refuses since she knows she spoke the truth. Unwilling to disclose her abilities, and refusing to apologize, her parents have no choice but to send Evie away until the heat dies down and the incident is forgotten. Evie is sent to live with her Uncle Will in New York City, much to Evie’s delight!
Uncle Will studies the occult and is the curator of the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult - better known as the Museum of the Creepy Crawlies. Evie is worried her Uncle might uncover her secret. When a murdered girl is found with an occult symbol branded on her, and her Uncle is called to help police, Evie wonders if her secret might be of use in catching the killer.
This story is set in the 1920’s during the flapper era, prohibition, jazz music, speakeasies, and the Ziegfeld girls. Bray brings this sparkling world to life as we see it through Evie’s eyes as well as a cast of other characters such as Jericho, Memphis, Theta, Mabel, Sam and many more. All of them have secrets and gifts of their own. One of the most compelling and also creepy characters is that of Naughty John. My skin crawled whenever he sang his little tune.
“Naughty John, Naughty John, does his work with his apron on. Cuts your throat and takes your bones, sells ‘em off for a couple stones.”
The scenes involving the murders were the most fascinating while at the same time the most gruesome. Other parts of the plot seemed to drag and I think the book at 578 pages could have used a good deal of trimming.
Evie I found to be an annoying, spoiled brat at the beginning of the story. Even when she’s sent to live with her Uncle, she still sneaks out and continues to get in trouble and keeps pleading for a second chance. Eventually, when she becomes more involved in helping her Uncle with finding clues about the killer, I found myself finally liking her.
I’ve never been a fan of the 1920’s era. I don’t care for the dress style, the music, the Broadway scene, or any of that, so I had difficulty getting into this book. One of the major annoyances was the slang terms used incessantly throughout, particularly by Evie. I could have made a drinking game out of how many times she used the term “pos-i-tute-ly”. Also, I hated the way she called her Uncle Will, Unc. It just sounded so stupid. But this is just how I personally feel about this era. For those who like the 20’s, they will get much more out of Bray’s writing which, to be fair, she did a wonderful job of world building. I will continue with the rest of this series to see what happens next....more
Origin is a somewhat slow paced story of a young girl named Pia who grows up on an isolated scientific base, known as Little Cam, deep within the AmazOrigin is a somewhat slow paced story of a young girl named Pia who grows up on an isolated scientific base, known as Little Cam, deep within the Amazon rainforest. Pia knows nothing of the world outside the electric fence that surrounds the complex. No books, magazines, music, news, or televsion are allowed. She refers to the scientists on the base as her Aunts and Uncles, and her Uncle Paolo is the team leader of the project known as Immortis. Immortis's goal is to create a race of immortal humans, and Pia is the first success from their endeavours.
Pia has been trained by the various scientists on the base, and particularly by her Uncle Paolo, to one day succeed him and become team leader of Immortis. She dreams of the day she will become a member of the team and begin creating more immortals like herself. Firts she has to pass the many tests set before her and some are proving to be very emotionally challenging.
Pia has always been curious about the world outside, and when she discovers a hole in the fence surrounding Little Cam, she seizes the opportunity to sneak off and explore the rainforest where she runs into a local village boy, named Eio, who introduces her to the people from his village. During many subsequent clandestein trips beyond the fence, Pia and Eio begin to fall in love. Now she finds herself struggling to decide if she should continue on her course to becoming the team leader of immortis, or seek her freedom and a future with Eio. But, if she chooses Eio, will her Uncle Paolo let her go?
Most of the first half of the book is spent setting the scene of Little Cam, introducing the many scientists, and explaining how Pia became immortal. A flower, known as Elysia, was discovered in the rainforest. On its own, the flower is deadly, but when mixed with a secret catalyst, it creates a serum that leads to immortality. It's not instantaneous, but must be injected over a period of five generations in a family before the fifth child, in this case Pia, is born immortal. When Pia discovers what the catalyst is, it rocks her entire world and really ramps up the plot!
I had issues with the immortality aspects in this book. First off, I never understood why the project was created in the first place. Why did they want to create a race of immortal humans? Also, Pia aged from a baby to the seventeen year old we meet as the story begins. Yet, we know she was born as an immortal. So my question is, when will her body stop the aging process? This is never explained. All we are told is she cannot die. This left me with many unanswered questions.
Overall, I thought the characters were intriguing and well developed. I enjoyed watching the struggle Pia went through in deciding where her future lay. Although I felt the first half of the plot was slow, the later half more than made up for it and I think the book concluded very satisfyingly. I would recommend this book.
FTC DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
First off, I loved the cover, and the plot, very original.
In this world, a war (the PAC Rim war) has occurred. Spore bombs were released, and the mostFirst off, I loved the cover, and the plot, very original.
In this world, a war (the PAC Rim war) has occurred. Spore bombs were released, and the most vulnerable, the young and the old were vaccinated first. The rest of the population was wiped out before they could be vaccinated.
The old people, referred to as Enders, are living much longer due to improved medicines. Some reaching into their 200's! The young people, referred to as Starters, are under the age of 19, and if they have no living older relatives, they have no rights. They are not allowed to own property, work, or vote.
The main character, Callie is living on the streets with her brother, Tyler and her friend, Michael. In order to earn money for food,, she signs up with Prime Destinations, a company that's developed a way to temporarily transport the mind of an Ender into the body of a Starter, so they can relive their youth. The Enders are allowed to"rent" a body a maximum of three times. It's when Callie is on her third rental when things take a wildly unexpected turn.
I thought "Starters" was a slower paced dystopian novel, at least until the very end, and then BAMM! Everything wrapped up pretty quickly. I thought once Callie and friends formulated their "plan", it would take a bit longer to put everything into action. A few interesting surprises at the end. Looking forward to the sequel "Enders" in December....more
I really enjoyed this sequel. I felt it was faster paced than book one, and the plot is very well thought out. I also enjoyed the unique way in whichI really enjoyed this sequel. I felt it was faster paced than book one, and the plot is very well thought out. I also enjoyed the unique way in which the book is layed out. The story is told, in alternating chapters, from different points along Lena's timeline. There are "Now" chapters which follow what Lina is up to at the moment, and there are "Then" chapters which tell Lina's story from the point where it ended in Delerium. This gives the reader two parallel stories, both full of action and character developement for Lina.
There are new characters introduced that I enjoyed learning about, particularly Raven who is in a leadership role with the group Lina joins. There is also a young man, named Julian, who is the son of the founder of DFA, Deliria-Free America. Even though he is already eighteen, Julian has not yet received the "cure". Because of pre-existing health conditions, doctors have refused to preform the procedure on the boy, because it may kill him. Now, however, Julian is being presented as a martyr to the cause, a hero to the DFA. His father is insisting that his son undergo the procedure, and he is announcing this at a meeting for the DFA. Before the event is over, Julian and Lina find themselves kidnapped by a group of Scavengers, and from that point on their fates become intertwined.
I liked the pacing of both timelines, as I said it moves at a quicker pace than book one, which should appeal to many who felt book one was slow. There are surprises along the way that I didn't expect, however, the cliff hanger at the end was not a surprise. This, however, didn't make it any less welcome, and makes me even more eager to continue the story in the third book....more