AJ reminds me a little bit Aidan (in less douche kind of way). And this novel secured the fact that I loved AJ more than Jake. It was Mia who has all...moreAJ reminds me a little bit Aidan (in less douche kind of way). And this novel secured the fact that I loved AJ more than Jake. It was Mia who has all the issues and he’s the one helping her pick up her tiny jagged pieces. Loved it! Now it’s Rhy’s turn. I kinda like him and Jake’s lil sister (just putting it out there).
***** Yay! It’s AJ’s turn. I’m ready for you Latino lover! Bring it on! (less)
This came as a surprise that I ended up totally digging this book. It was sweet and light story of forgiveness and second chance. Everyone deserves on...moreThis came as a surprise that I ended up totally digging this book. It was sweet and light story of forgiveness and second chance. Everyone deserves one because it is an inevitable part of our life that sometimes we make the wrong choice. That we assumed that our choices are the right ones especially if we include in the decision making the people we love and their welfare.
This is what happened with Liam and Josie. He made the wrong decision for the both of them and this broke them apart. But the death of his friend made him return to his hometown and what caught his eye is a boy who has a splitting image as his. And the mother of this boy—his one true love: Josie.
This is one sweet. I liked it. I have sweet spot with stories that involved a child and that child helping close the gap. I so wanted the kid to have his family whole. This is one is not that overly dramatic, it has moments of heavy emotions but the feeling didn’t weigh me down. I really enjoyed it to the last page. And well, I loved the kid. So there. (less)
If you thought there’s no more story left aside from forgiving Aidan and their HEA then you’re wrong. The Proposal is not all about Aidan asking Emma...moreIf you thought there’s no more story left aside from forgiving Aidan and their HEA then you’re wrong. The Proposal is not all about Aidan asking Emma her forgiveness. But we get to see more of them, particularly Aidan. We found out why this guy is a commitment phobe. Plus a sexy doctor which I found out has also an interesting story to tell with Aidan’s niece. But that’s another story for another day.
I loved The Proposition. I don’t know how the author managed to write something simple but abundant in quality because the story was just mesmerizing. In this one, I loved how the story showed the side of Aidan and his way to forgiveness and change. I sort of hate him in the end of the first book but knowing he was a scared fellow and used that tacky and despicable way to show his cowardliness, I kinda forgave him. But with Emma, I was curious how she’ll give him the chance to redeem himself. He made his own grave by going out (and almost slept) with another woman. Now the path to her heart is one rocky road. But despite of what he did is a major a-hole act I saw the sincerity of his action when he asked for a second chance. He’s really sorry for what he had done and he’s paying for it. But it’s not that easy especially if there’s one sexy doctor waiting on the wing.
I was quite surprised when I read the teaser about Dr. Pesh. He does seem a very nice guy based on the teaser. And he’s in fact a very nice guy. And if I were to be blunt, he’s a complete opposite of Aidan. He’s gentleman in every sense of the word, caring and knows the right word to say. Plus, hello? He’s a doctor there’s something sexy with guys in scrubs and stethoscopes around their necks. But more than that, he actually didn’t mind that she’s pregnant and took whatever she can give him as of that moment. Is he so nice? And by the way if I haven’t said (enough) he’s jaw dropping sexy so don’t let the white coat fool ya’.
But what’s nice about this is that Pesh addition didn’t majorly stir up the plot. He didn’t go caveman, territorial fighting over Emma. He served a purpose for Emma and Aidan’s relationship but without sacrificing his stellar character. I liked that both him and Emma aware of their real situation and what made them drawn to each other.
Enough of the sexy doctor, let’s go back to man of the hour: Aidan. He’s making up for what he did and oh boy he did some astronomical gestures to show how genuine he is of his action. Like I said in my earlier review that you must have a heart made of steel if you didn’t forgive Aidan. The man deserves the chance. Both of them deserve the chance of happiness. And Noah deserves a whole family.
I love the delivery scene. Connor was freaking funny. Also, Aidan and his fear of small planes was humorous addition to his personality. The guy can only ride no smaller than a 747, haha.
I really loved this one. While this book I think wasn’t as sexy as the first one (because that’s given and don’t taken aback because there are still epic sexy scenes here) I liked that it explored the foundation of what a relationship like what they have solid. It’s one of the most interesting romantic developments I’ve read.
I’m so glad I tried this series out. And Ms. Ashley did not disappoint. She wrote an awesome sequel and a magnificent way to end a very unusual but beautiful love story. She’s now on my auto-reads/auto-buys. She’s that awesome that way!
I can’t wait to have my hand on this book.
Love Triangle! My boy Aidan you need to step up your game. The sexy doctor is trying to woo your woman!
The best news? It will come out much earlier!!!! (less)
After reading this book, I have one thousand and one thoughts running inside, trying to escape out of my head. And I think it took a while before I pr...moreAfter reading this book, I have one thousand and one thoughts running inside, trying to escape out of my head. And I think it took a while before I processed everything that I have just absorbed. And they were plenty. So many. As a forewarn though Ignite Me was different from what I expected it to be but in some ways all the same. I’m still reeling everything in to be quite honest. But here I go; I’m going to spill my guts right about now:
The Shatter Me series is for me not really a dystopia novel per se. It’s not about the world they were living in but it’s about this girl, namely Juliette, and her personal journey. And that’s why I wasn’t completely surprised when it ended when things normally should be just starting. In a way it feels like it was halted in the middle of the story but I liked how the author ended where things were about to begin. I think it was clever way to end a story making readers think while leaving glimmer of hope for the characters we all fell in love. Although I think that that build-up was stretched-out and it fast-forwarded the last events. In fact, despite the all too many disclosures there were still questions that were left unanswered. Yes, I would have wanted more but then I realized that it’s not about Anderson and the war. The story always led me back to Juliette. It’s not about the result but it was how she got there.
I really loved reading Juliette’s journey; from this timid little girl who only had pen and paper as an emotional outlet to being this brave girl leading a rebellion. And while I do like how strong and confident she was now, I can’t help but still doubt on how fast she transformed to this new persona of hers. I also do think that she isn’t capable of leading. At least not yet as she’s still didn’t feel whole to me. She isn’t ready, that responsibility is too big for her, even for the new Juliette.
Here’s a revelation that shocked me: I cannot hate Adam. I just can’t. From all of the people in there the only person who I find the most transparent and vulnerable was Adam. No, I don’t condemn his actions towards Juliette. But really, can you blame him? He was just speaking his mind. He had his emotions on his sleeves; his reaction to Juliette’s changes was acceptable as it was real. I can’t fault him; the guy had a bruised ego and a broken heart. And those made me see him more. In fact, I actually came to like him now as opposed to the two novels. He was so raw in here, so exposed, that I get to glimpse the real Adam amidst this big brouhaha between him, Juliette and Warner.
Is that my cue to tackle my most favorite part of this book? I think I have said everything I need to say in this manifesto. I might tweak it up a bit later on but basically I sort of hit right on the mark. So I don’t think I need to add more. But in the first two books we’ve seen him too closed, expression clipped and emotions contained. But reading about Warner’s vulnerability and struggles were still shocking. So it was delightful to see him, well, happy. I must say the intimate scenes between Warner and Juliette shared were scorching hot. I think I came to a sensory overload. But basically my ship is sailing pretty far to dreamland. I completely and totally satisfied. (You should see my huge grin after those hot scenes. I will never look at a boardroom table the same way ever again. And these honeysuckle soaps, where can I buy them?)
Ah, Kenji. This man is just so awesome beyond words. I couldn’t even count how many times he cracked me up but surprise, surprise when he admitted that he too was broken as everyone else. It also tires him to be this jokester, masking the pain behind his jokes. But I really, really loved his platonic relationship with Juliette. They interact so animatedly, whether they sharing moments on the rooftop or teasing Juliette’s when she kept on ogling Warner while he bench-pressed. It’s not even Warner or Adam who had been there on her mission—it was Kenji. Oh Kenji, you also had me.
I’m bit sad that one of my favorite series had come to an end. It’s always bittersweet to me. Only a few books that got me this overly excited, and definitely this is one of them. I’m still too hang up and I probably will take a while before I completely get these emotions out of my system. I don’t think I will ever be.
“That this girl would know exactly how to shatter me” – Warner (Destroy Me)
“You destroy me.” – Warner (Unravel Me)
“I want to believe in the boy with a tortured childhood and an abusive father. I want to understand him. I want to unravel him.” – Juliette (Unravel Me)
And there’s Warner’s tattoo: IGNITE
NOW GO FORTH AND FANGIRL!
Pre-Reading Comment #3: (08/08/2013)
Oh sweet baby pandas & all the cute kinds!!! We have a title & cover people: IGNITE ME!!! IGNITE ME!!! So many feels. I'm drowning in joy!!! The title has Warner's name written all over and under!!!
Pre-Reading Comment #2: (06/28/2013)
I just saw the teaser summary of Untitled Me (well, still no title…)
Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she’ll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew—about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam—was wrong.
This indicates that:
1. More Warner scenes.
2. More time together: more Warner + Juliette interactions.
3. More Warner.
I’m solid Team Warner. And I approved this plot!
PS. To anyone who doubt if Warner loves Juliette, Ms. Mafi even wrote it in my copy:
Pre-Reading Comment #1:
This is going to be a long wait. And Ms. Mafi I'm holding you on these promises:
TEAM 62 (Warner) FOREVER!!! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Why, the ending had me all surprised but at the same time not really. I mean with the title and the cover being clues of things to expect but still, h...moreWhy, the ending had me all surprised but at the same time not really. I mean with the title and the cover being clues of things to expect but still, half of it still caught me off guard. The fascinating thing though is I liked this book better than first. Why fascinating you ask? I’m madly in love with predecessor series that it was difficult for me to enjoy the book sans (or little) the original cast. That said Ethan and Keirran have managed to ease my little disappointment over the first book and brilliantly elevated the series much to my joy.
I'm more connected with Ethan this time. I feel his agony and confusion over the things that has happening to him. I mean, unlike Meghan he’s 100% human. He doesn’t have magical tricks on his sleeves to help him out when the going gets tough. But I commend this boy for still facing those problems. He and Meghan’s bond as a sibling is one also of the things I liked about the story. Meghan cares for him and that didn’t waver all this time. Even he’s all grown up, her worries over his safety is still there. Especially Meghan knows the impending event that will happen between him and her son, Keirran. In the first book (and the novella prior to it) revealed the prophecy surrounds the two. And it looks like things are starting to fall into place. And no matter how they tried stopping it, things are beginning to happen.
I have conflicting feelings towards Keirran, sometimes I liked him sometimes I don’t (but most of the time I don’t). And with that ending I wanted to kick him to the pits and the darkest part of Never Never for doing such thing to Ethan. I don’t fully understand him and his intentions: if he’s doing it to for all fey or just to save his girlfriend. In the story, the fey is encountering their biggest problem: fading. With humanity’s evolution, the fear and beliefs of human has changed which greatly affects the existence of the fey. The reason why Keirran is gone missing for the first part of the story is he’s been looking for the solution for the problem. When they finally found out what it was, Ethan didn’t like it just one bit. This will bring chaos to mankind and seeing he firsthand experience this he doesn’t want it to happen to anyone. And so can I blame him for rejecting the solution that will risk not only his life but the entire humanity? So that’s why I care more for Ethan than his nephew.
I miss Meghan. They are still here, I feel like they all grown up—wiser this time. And now they’re calling the shots. But even when she was just the lost and vulnerable teenage girl looking for her brother, she still has this strong aura. Even if the things were against them she managed to win her difficult battles and with scar no less. Sadly, Kenzie and Anwyl are too much of a damsel in distress to me. They are weak compare to Meghan. They do also try to help the boys out. But it wasn’t working, they’re weighing them down and I think they are crafted as love interest to the boys and serve no other purpose. Well, that’s just me but I still didn’t connect to them. I’m not expecting anything from them anyway, so I guess they should remain on the sidelines and do what they can. It is perfectly clear that this is Ethan and Keirran’s journey.
The Iron Traitor’s every nook and corner will surprise you. Just like the other books from the series this is jam-packed with action, magic and humor (greatly thanks to reappearance of my fave character: Puck—how I miss thee!). I would have added romance then again I didn’t like the girls. But the other awesomeness make up (like big time) for lack of romance that is viable to my taste. Enjoy when it is out good peeps!
I received an Advance Copy from Harlequin Teen via Netgalley. Thank you.
I’m little sad that majority of the time Kaidan and Anna were not together. I know that Kopano is good guy and all that, but my loyalty firmly lies wi...moreI’m little sad that majority of the time Kaidan and Anna were not together. I know that Kopano is good guy and all that, but my loyalty firmly lies with Kai. Anyways, this book is amazing. I liked how it showed the growth of our heroine, Anna. And when they reunited, yep, yep, sparks flew all over the place.
Anna must convince everyone that she’s different. She became this party girl, far from what people thought of her. But all of these acts were just façade. But that’s not the only thing on her plate right now. And there’s this prophecy that might involve her. Now she’s must travel the world and convince fellow nephilims to support her.
What I really liked about this book is that Anna’s no longer this meek, innocent girl that she was in the first book. You can definitely see the development of her character. She owed everything that was thrown at her and she knew how to face them head on. Of course, one thing that is still in there is her feelings for Kaidan. Oh Kaidan, you got me weak at the knees. He just so wonderfully and sinfully hot. I can understand all his indifference to Anna at the beginning. He was doing it all for her. He was fighting his feelings for her. But later on he told Anna the reason why. Besides, if the prologue is any indication of things to happen. It just shows that perhaps the relationship between two nephilims is doomed from the very start. But I'm firmly optimistic, I know they’ll find a way to be together. (they have too!)
I also liked Kopano and I applauded the guy. (Although I liked Blake, too, not because of his Filipino heritage, lol. But that surely counts!). Kopane has the will strong as steel. But my heart is faithful to Kaidan. And while they seemed good together, I liked that author didn’t play this love triangle angle a lot. She knows who she really wants. And that is Kaidan. Kaidan, too, did things for Anna. He was doing a bad job at his nephilim work much to the dismay of his father. But this decision was hugely influenced by his feelings for her. I liked that it wasn’t shallow type of romance. So I definitely approved of this development.
I can’t wait to read the last book. I’m so sad every time I think about it. But I liked how the author set things up for an explosive finale. Gaaah, I wonder what‘s going to happen. I definitely needed the third book right away.
I am bestowing another of my (not so) coveted five stars to The Indigo Spell. I’m pretty sure that prior to reading it that I’m going to give it a per...moreI am bestowing another of my (not so) coveted five stars to The Indigo Spell. I’m pretty sure that prior to reading it that I’m going to give it a perfect score. The Golden Lily was epically good and it shouldn’t be a surprise that it has a successful follow- up. Truly a successful one, no doubt about that.
I liked the Bloodlines series a whole lot better than the original series. And it kind of amazes me still, because I’m one of those who are not fond of spin-off series. But third in the series and I’m still craving for more. Much, much more. What I liked the most is how she meshes the story as well the romance that I greatly enjoyed. Once a curiosity when I first started, I ended up being a huge fan of the series. Not only that I’m a diehard shipper now of Sydney and Adrian. Funny thing is I didn’t see any chemistry with them at the beginning. But in my humble opinion, Adrian and Sydney’s relationship are far more delicately and solidly developed than the main couple of Vampire Academy series. I liked how it started from almost nothing to everything I hoped for. Once again—much, much more.
The way second book ended had me anticipating, counting the days for the release. I didn’t try requesting for an ARC because I’m pretty sure I’m going to be flat-out rejected. So I stayed like a good fan that I am waiting for the day it’s out for everyone to read. And mama mia, the wait has paid off. It was awesome. There’s a new character here, the mysterious dude on the cover. He had divulged information about the alchemist and the warriors that simultaneously helped and confused Sydney greatly. The thing she learned from Marcus Finch had helped her sort out her principles about the group she had huge faith in. We know how adamant she has with the alchemist and its system and now it started to crumble down. Her strong beliefs are starting to crack down along her resolve of not thinking about Adrian. Of the way he touches her, his words, his kisses. But Sydney, it is impossible to forget someone as dashing and funny as Adrian Ivashkov. The boy who literally invade your dreams. It’s just impossible, girl.
I loved how Adrian matured in this series. He’s completely different from the VA. Bloodlines has somehow reintroduced us to Adrian. A whole and greatly improved Adrian. No doubt better than the drunken, spirit drowned guy he was in VA. I liked his character now and these significant changes and majority of it are thanks to his lady love Sydney. I couldn’t get over the kiss they shared in the second book. I was craving for more. And finally major development has happened here because Sydney has finally caved in. She threw away all her uncertainties just to be with him. Finally her heart had reigned, not her mind this time. And my heart couldn’t contain the happiness that is this couple. They’re just undeniably perfect for each other. I’m so, so happy for them.
Hooray for the mustang and its name. Named after the owner who is equally gorgeous as his wheels.
"Just something kicking around in my head. Reminds me of you. Fiery and sweet, all at the same time. A flame in the dark, lighting my way." – Adrian
My heart and soul is prepared for The Fiery Heart. And I know it’s going to be whole lot more awesome with Adrian POV. Yes, it is going to be told from both Sydney and Adrian. And who wouldn’t want to peek into his mind. I’m all for how his inner mind works. That’s certainly a feat!
Initial Reaction: Wow. I mean, WOW! This is awesome than the Ivashkinator. Review later. :3
Pre-reading review: Ooooooh, the cover. Why, hello there Adrian. And hello there too other guy... btw who are you? So Marcus, ha? Interesting.
it's going to be a long wait...the world better not end in 2012. I need to read this book. T.T(less)
I have to carefully form my thoughts and try not to sound the super excited Warner fan that I am. I've been eager to rationally explain why I like/pre...moreI have to carefully form my thoughts and try not to sound the super excited Warner fan that I am. I've been eager to rationally explain why I like/prefer him. But this novella did that for me. And I thanked Tahereh Mafi for having this novella written that I can finally give a rebuttal to those who accused him, labeled him negatively. But having said that, he’s indeed not a saint in disguise but he’s not a complete devil either. His character has lots of gray shades you want to discover. After reading this novella, I got a peek from what’s underneath the surface. There’s certainly more to him than what Juliette just saw with her eyes.
Let me start with me saying he has ‘heart.’ He’s not downright hollowed and cold blooded person as they assumed he was. Oh, did he fool us on Shatter Me when he decided to publicly shot one of his soldiers? To think that from his own father admission that it was his very first public execution. While I don’t condone the action but I little part of me was agreeing and saw it justifiable when the said soldier has a good reason to get executed. Now I won’t get in details but that Fletcher guy is no good and Warner’s real reason was not solely because of what he did with the supplies.
Warner is a very organized person. He wants everything in exact order. He wants things in precision. He’s analytical. It was his coping mechanism for the things he had to deal in his nineteen years of life. This is all Warner, the author has written his voice completely different from Juliette. Gone the excessive metaphors, random numbers, and overwhelming strikethroughs. What I read is a very direct, clear voice that thoroughly resembles Warner’s personality. And truth to be told, I love his voice better than Juliette (and not because I like him better). To read a piece of the story from Warner’s perspective is undeniably enjoyable and really interesting. I’m not only after retracting those wrong and quick assumptions that got me all hyped and pumped up but it’s also learning more about him. About his relationship with his father. His soldiers. His sector. Himself. And of course, Juliette.
“That this girl would know exactly how to shatter me.”
I never hide that I’m all for Juliette-Warner. From the very start I want him for Juliette. And this novella made the relationship not only plausible but reasonable. They share similar experiences. Brought in a very harsh and unloved environment. He understands her...now. He finally knew what had gone into her head all those times. What caught me off guard was Warner’s dreams—fantasy? of Juliette. Or did he just miss her that much that she has a life of her own inside his head and dominating his thoughts?
Now let’s get some spoiling; the supreme commander, his father was the real sociopath. Even Warner pales in comparison. He treats his son similarly as he treat his soldiers. He is the person who wants Warner to be this cold ruler, govern only by rules. Self-serving rules. What scary dude if you ask me. And to know his plans for Juliette, no wonder Warner cannot allow him to execute (yes, pun intended) that plan.
Delalieu is Warner’s second in command and I believe he has Warner’s good intention at heart. I have a strong hunch that he might be related to his mother (blood or otherwise) because I can feel the sincerity of his actions. And he’s probably looking after him. But I could be wrong, all of it are assumptions but not entirely baseless.
“This girl is destroying me.”
Yes, this about Warner. But in some way it is also about Juliette and on how she slowly changing this man. Whether you interpret it as good or bad is all up to you.
I want—desire to read Unravel Mebut February is still not within reach. Yes, I’m impatience that I have read and spoiled myself by reading a few spoilers. But even breadcrumbs of information will suffice a hungry reader—fan like myself. Still counting the days till Unravel Me.(less)
I went back to a time where chocolates are illegal and there’s a yummy mafioso I can’t wait to read more about. Because It Is My Blood is the sequel...moreI went back to a time where chocolates are illegal and there’s a yummy mafioso I can’t wait to read more about. Because It Is My Blood is the sequel to All These Things I’ve Done and I must say one of my highly anticipated books of the year. Though I didn’t give it a full mark that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it nor it didn’t live up to my expectations (because it did!). Me little self is just a bit frustrated that I didn’t know what happened (or how he was characterized here) to my favorite character. *coughs* Yuji*coughs*
Anya is finally released from Liberty Children's Facility. But with her criminal record attached to her name it is impossible to return to her normal life. But Anya’s life was never normal in the first place. She’s the heir to a criminal organization—the Balanchine chocolates. Coffee and chocolates are prohibited in her time but having this shady business wasn’t the only one that got her all worked up. There’s a conflict within her family and this got her loved ones and herself in danger. She went to Mexico and learned things about cacao and she found a friend in Theo, who helped her sort and realized things…about her destiny…about herself.
“I’ll never be out. I am my father’s daughter. And if I don’t do this, I will always regret it.”
"I told him that to deny this was to deny who I was at my core, that I could not change my name or my blood."
This is not action-packed and I expected it that way. I liked Anya’s inner conflict on whether she’ll claim what’s her right and finally accept that her love for chocolates really runs in her blood. The business her father had worked hard for and now it is her time to do the same thing. Anya has matured here and I found her less whiny and more admirable in some ways. It’s really hard to accept something that you have very different point of view. But she sorted it out and took what’s really her right…her birthright. And that’s a making of a good mobster, er, leader. *winks*
Please allow me to concentrate on Yuji. If they are fighting and forming teams with Theo’s and Win’s banner. I got my flag raised with Yuji’s name on it. While I didn’t particularly like how the story painted his character. Or how he initially wanted to take down the Balanchine chocolates which in the process question his real motives on helping her. But I still got my faith a hundred percent for this guy. Even though he doesn’t believe in love and he proposed (yes, he proposed! As in marriage proposal in a very business manner though but heck, it is still a proposal) and Anya rejected (because she likes Win. I still don’t know what she saw in him. I honestly don’t!), I’m still keeping my hopes up! Never say never.
If it wasn’t obvious, I like Yuji and Anya. Yeah, I know he’s kinda older than her but I don’t know I just see something in them that got me all interested. But since romance isn’t the main issue here and more on Anya’s destiny, I’m kinda prepared if there’s no fruit of labor to my strange shipping. But it still doesn’t hurt to try, right?
I really enjoyed it. To be perfectly honest I liked Anya a whole lot better here than in the first book. It didn’t hurt that I immensely enjoyed some Yuji (and Yuji-Anya) moments. I don’t know how many books are there in the series. But one thing’s for sure I definitely can’t wait for more… More chocolates. More Anya… and well more Yuji!
PS: I have a strange feeling that something is wrong…hope I’m wrong.(less)
Not in a million years did I think that I will be able to read this book in advance. I’m patiently waiting in the sidelines, envied those who have rea...moreNot in a million years did I think that I will be able to read this book in advance. I’m patiently waiting in the sidelines, envied those who have read it (or those currently reading it). But when the opportunity came I immediately grabbed it. I’m so excited to devour every page of this book. I so wanted to know more about Aria and Perry (most especially Perry, and Roar). And oh my, what a great reading adventure it was. Many characters shine. Events unfolded that put me on the edge of my seat. One thing I can assure you, Through the Ever Night is a great follow up. You wouldn’t be disappointed.
The story quickly picked up where it left with Perry being the new Blood Lord of the Tides. But being one comes with huge responsibility on his shoulder. He had dreamed of being one ever since he was a kid but he felt completely surreal now that he is an actual blood lord. Aria on the other hand has an agenda of her own. She had another reason why (aside from Perry) she was out there again. She needed to save Talon. And in order to save him they must search for the Still Blue. She thought this was their only chance. Not only the pressure of their individual tasks and their new roles but there also other things that came between their relationship.
There so many things happened in this book. Things that I didn’t expect that greatly surprised me. But one of the things I really appreciate was finally I knew more about the Aether than I have in the first book. The information was sufficient for me to truly understand what kind of world they are living. This is one of the things I was complaining in Under Never Sky, so I'm glad that lack of information was remedied already (and probably more to reveal).
““But it’s not just the two of us anymore.” He has responsibility to the Tides, and she had her own pressure.”
Perry and Aria are not just lovers, couple. They are two different individuals who have characters of their own. I liked that they don’t need to depend on their partners or story didn’t need to rely heavily on the romance to make the book interesting. Each has their own goals, mission to do and this is where the story mostly revolves. I’m not gonna deny that I also greatly enjoyed the romance and rooting them like crazy fangirl that I am, but it’s just one of the aspect I loved about the entire story. There’s more to them that keep you interested.
Ah, Roar, Roar, Roar! How I loved thee. Let me count the ways. I think the person who shines so much in this sequel was Roar. While I embarrassingly admit that I first thought him as another love interest but so glad that he didn’t end up being one. I really liked him and Aria’s relationship as friends. You know it is platonic but you can feel their emotional connection. And the guy’s raw emotion after what happened to Liv left me devastated for him as well. I don’t have that any strong feelings for Liv but I was still sad about it.
Even though I knew a lot of things happened I still felt inadequate by the events. I was eager for more. I was sad that I came to the last page. Meaning I have reached the end and it’s going to be another long wait again. But I’m pretty sure the time I’ll spend waiting is all worth it. And I can’t wait.
I received an eARC from HarperCollins via Edelweiss. Thank you.
Pre-reading: after The Indigo Spell, cover reveal, yummy Adrian Another hot guy on the cover! Oh my, Perry is hunkalicious!!!
I’ve been eying this book for many months now. Hunting down every giveaway, every teaser, every hint, every review, and every possible way to satiate...moreI’ve been eying this book for many months now. Hunting down every giveaway, every teaser, every hint, every review, and every possible way to satiate my growing hunger for this book. So when I got the copy in my hands I almost cried tears of joy. I said, finally, finally I can munch down—as how Juliette will put it—every sentence, every word, every punctuation mark. Everything this book has to offer. It was flawless. Powerful. Definitely worth the wait.
Shatter Me series is not a love at first sight. Or in this matter, not love at first read. I was quite reluctant about it at first. And even after I finished it, I wasn’t completely blown away by Mafi’s peculiar writing style. I didn’t like Juliette and Adam. They were kind of weak to me. But I never hide my fascination to a certain villain. He has captured me in a way that even reason cannot be explain. And so I decided to read the first book again. Then again. And again. And I changed my mind. I wanted to write another review of the first book. That one was superficial judgment on my part. This book is something you should chew properly because you might miss the hidden flavors behind every word.
After indulging my curiosity of reading it again (and again), my view of the series had changed. Drastically. Not only did I love it, it has now become my new all-time favorite.
Some preface there, huh? Now let’s go back to Unravel Me. This book is amazing. It delivered every single thing I hope for. In fact, some of it surpasses what I have in mind. It blew my mind. My brain has scattered all over the floor and I’m picking the remnants of my destroyed organ. It was so good. I am now loving Juliette’s metaphorical way of narrating the story. I didn’t get the strikethroughs before or the all confusing choice of words. But I get it now. It is now something associated with her and her isolated, bleak, broken life. But more than that I loved how she’s changing. Her changes come in slow transition. Despite the pace, I love how realistically the approach. And yes, finally, the gloves are off!
Oh and Adam? I still find just the same. But maybe I’m just biased.
Another power shine here is Kenji. The man knows himself. I beg to disagree that he’s a comical relief in the story. He’s not all that. Although the funny suave this guy had me laughing so hard but when I learned about him on Castle, oh boy did that tug my heart. I liked how frank he was to Juliette. Someone needs to show her the reality of things. And I think, not only he’s capable of doing that (and he did a stellar job btw) but he’s in the position to make her realize things as it is. No sugar coating with Kenji!
”I think of Warner as someone who’s just like me, someone who was never given a chance at life. I think about how everyone already hates him, how hating him is a universally accepted fact.” – Juliette
Let’s name this certain villain now—Aaron Warner. No holds barred here. I’m letting go all my love for this guy. Call me crazy for loving this guy from the very beginning. Even without the knowledge of his past and only cruel facade. I still end up loving him. But then Destroy Me came and it changes everything. It proved my hunch about his character. He’s not evil. We found out the he’s just a survivor. His adage in life being “killed or be killed” had taught him to live his life the way it is. His wicked ways and cruel methods were forced to his existence due to his ruthless upbringing. Destroy Me is just sneak peek. He was, like Juliette, unraveled many layers of his being.
That became such a sexy word.
I think I mentioned the word sexy, so that’s the sign to my most awaited topic for this book: THE ROMANCE!
Yes, maybe I was crazy thinking about Juliette and Warner first. Then…maybe I’m not. Well, this book proved that to me. I don’t even consider Warner as the villain (his father is the villain here). He’s also just a victim like everyone else. Like Juliette, Kenji, Adam and James. Like the rest of the people from that society. The two share many similar things. They are surprisingly alike in so many ways. And after all that has happened in the sequel, you have gotta be blind and intractably stubborn to have not seen the undeniable chemistry this two have. I mean, electricity is just everywhere. And I’m not just talking about Chapter 62 although that one was scorching hot.
Physical manifestation of love aside, *coughs*Chapter 62*coughs* even Juliette plenty of times realized how Warner understands her like nobody else. Not even Adam. With Warner knowing all about her, she’s not afraid that he will run off if she shows the ugly truths of her life. And their mutual objective of knowing each other in many areas (yes, innuendo intended) made their relationship more plausible.
And yeah, we—she owe Warner one ‘cos without him—without his ability, Juliette is long gone. And unlike Adam, Warner can touch her without repercussion; in fact it was an exhilarating feeling for him. Another point for Team Warner. ;)
And you know how utterly devastated I was with Boundless so I’m crossing my fingers, pleading the love gods, here down on my knees begging that that hopeless feeling will not have a repeat. And redemption will be sweet this time with Shatter Me series. After Mafi showed the way they fit together, I have come to one and only conclusion: Juliette + Warner must happen! Must happen, I tell you. Plus the clues she left had me expecting positive things in the future.
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Gosh, where to start? Again, I’m breaking cardinal rule #3 (my rule): I do not read spin-off. But I let Bloodlines slipped (it was the best decis...more4.5/5
Gosh, where to start? Again, I’m breaking cardinal rule #3 (my rule): I do not read spin-off. But I let Bloodlines slipped (it was the best decision ever) and well, this is Iron Fey we’re talking if I have to break my own rule then so be it. Thinking it would be amazing. And it was amazing. I really enjoyed it although (and it pains me to say it) I love the other series better. No, don’t get me wrong it was fantastic. It was a complete joy to go back to the same world with new characters, and much delight to see familiar faces that I’ve grown to love. But there’s something missing…hmm, maybe I need more of Puck and Ash. But then again it’s not their story anymore. :P
Yes, it’s Ethan’s time to shine. He’s all grown up and…brooding. And if you’re wondering where the cute boy had gone to, well, he’s changed. It’s not the same kid who waved Meghan goodbye in The Iron Queen and promised ‘not to forget.’ Thirteen years have passed and a lot of things happened that made him the way he was now. He doesn’t want to be associated with fairies. He loathes ‘Them.’ But Meghan, his half-sister as we all know is the reigning queen of the iron fey. It was hard to pretend and avoid them, especially if the fairies themselves were the ones showing up. But these fairies are different (tip: The Iron Knight). And they were after him, so left with no choice he went back to Nevernever. To bring back a friend and to find out what really is happening.
I’m so glad that Ethan was the main character here and not Keirran (Ash and Meghan’s son). I think these two are a catalyst of something big. This led me to think that it is an absolute must that we read Iron Prophecy. They (and when I say ‘they’ it means Ash, Puck and Meghan) still keeping (and no, I didn’t get to find out after reading the book, sadly) things in dark that I’m pretty sure it’s about them and their...new nemesis. Ethan did a great job of telling the story. I’m glad that it still took some time to reintroduce the world since Ethan has company when he went back to Nevernever. Kenzie is his love interest here. And sadly, she’s a bit flat. More so Keirran’s apple of the eye, Annywl (a summer fey). The new girls tend to blend in the background that made me forget that they actually exist. Fortunately, romance wasn’t a big part of the story. There’s still romance but wasn’t focused that much. In the strange way I’m quite relieved and satisfied that author made it that way. Also, I really appreciate her choosing kali (I took arnis (the rattan sticks) class back in college, haha Ethan and I have something in common xD) and was refreshing to know (I know, silly of me). btw Gurois now officially a cool word for me, ha!
I admit if I didn’t see familiar faces from the previous series, I would’ve been very disappointed. I mean, Ethan did carry the novel well but it’s still weird for me that it’s not about them anymore. The cast from the original Iron Fey series is a tough cast to follow. Keirran doesn't even have half the appeal his father has. It wasn’t as funny as I expected it to be (not until Puck showed up, and that put a big grin on my face). It wasn’t dull but it wasn’t really that exhilarating either. Did I enjoy it? Yes, 101%. But is it as good as the original series? No. Aside from wonderful and interesting plot the original series has, the characters there are quite a number that I don’t think Ethan (and the rest of the new characters) could match. Like I said, it’s a tough, tough act to follow. And since I enjoyed and loved the series so much, you can’t blame if my expectations were pretty high. I mean really high.
I’m not disappointed, far from it. But it was little…different. I’m not sure which ones are needed to improve. And I don’t know if it could’ve been better because it was really great as it was. Maybe it boils down to my expectations. But nevertheless I enjoyed and couldn’t wait to read next!
I received an eARC from Harlequin Teen via Netgalley. Thank you.(less)
I was struggling to form coherent thoughts after I read the final installment of what I consider my all-time favorite YA series. Soul Screamers is my...moreI was struggling to form coherent thoughts after I read the final installment of what I consider my all-time favorite YA series. Soul Screamers is my first venture outside the vampire/werewolves theme. So for me this wrapped up is a bittersweet moment. I was excited and at the same time scared on how the author will pull this one off. She had managed to topple my expectations over and over again. But even with her stellar history, I’m somehow still having this uneasiness clouding me from the inside.
So my instinct is actually telling me something. I have never given the books from this series less than perfect rating. But I feel dishonest if I still give it a full mark when I wasn’t really, hmm, satisfied. My dissatisfaction is not associated on how the story ends. Or the events in this book. It was my feelings afterwards. I feel a blend of regret and pity. Regret to a character I originally adored. And pity to the couple that I loved.
Let me divided this review into two parts, namely: Kaylee & Tod, and Nash.
I’ll start with Nash. My sister couldn’t comprehend my feelings of frustration over Nash’s situation, and Nash and Kaylee. I’m their fan from the beginning. I actually loved them as a couple. I loved Nash. I was his fan. Oh wait, that didn’t come out right: I AM his fan. Present. Until now regardless how his older brother clawed a huge chunk of my heart, a part of me is still loyal to him. In retrospect, I was being unfair to him. I should’ve not judged him. We should’ve not judged him. I shouldn’t have celebrated when things flipped and Tod’s now on his place. I feel remorse on those times when I was reveling Tod, while he was there struggling. But I think it helped him mature. That experience he had (bad as it was) helped him grow. And oh boy, did he grow.
When ending came and saw Nash again, I have this ‘what if’ moments. What if Kaylee stick to his side and they didn’t break up? What if Kaylee didn’t die? What if they end up together? Will Nash be Nash today? Will Kaylee still be Kaylee? I have so many questions. I know it’s useless to think on things on already happened but I just can’t help but to wonder. So what if?
I have three favorite moments in this book and two of them involved Nash. I know, my hidden affection for Nash came back with a vengeance. One was when Kaylee called everybody and every one of them was busy. Kaylee called him and asked for his help. You know Kaylee has a tendency to hog all the responsibility, so Nash was surprised that finally she needed his help. His voice showed surprised and delight (then she asked to ask Emma too, and the moment was ruined). Nash had taken the sidelines, and was treated as a liability which is once again it was unfair to him. He’s fully capable if given a chance—that I know wholeheartedly understand now.
My second favorite was when Nash was apologizing to Tod. Their relationship isn’t completely harmonious to begin with but I loved their connection, their bond. I’m just glad that they finally worked it out.
Sorry Sabine, hunt me in my sleep but I do not approve of your relationship. Nash deserves someone…better. Not that she’s unworthy but I don’t see it. Not after all these Nash feelings inside rushing back like a tidal wave. I think I have these MtTake, MtSave and few MsKeep flashbacks of Kaylee & Nash’s moments hovering in my head and I’m actually taking reconsiderations. Ugh, darn it. Darn it all!
Now for Kaylee & Tod: I loved this couple. Still do. Despite my surprising disclosure just earlier the books proved how perfectly they are to each other. I’m not gonna elaborate how unified they are but at the same still have liberties and identities outside their relationship. That’s what I liked about them. It’s not just about them two together. It’s about how they make their relationship work. How dedicated they are. This book has less romance than the two previous books since it already established that fact but when this two had their moments it was heart stopping, soul melting moments that I ended up (borrowing Kaylee’s line) like Mitchii goo.
The title of this book is a confession from Tod. I’m not going tell the context of what he said but I’m mesmerized and in love. No wonder Kaylee’s head over heels in love with him (and so is he with her). We also find the depth of their relationship. How true and powerful beyond border of their love for each other. That their minds, hearts, bodies and especially their souls intertwined—connected to each other.
But I held some pity with their relationship. With their lives specifically. When their friends and families have moved on. When everyone has moved on. All they have is each other. Romantic but sad. I was sad that they won’t enjoy the pleasure of living their lives. They are forever young, stuck in routinely human less world. The only consolation is that they have each other. Good thing they have each other.
I don’t have much to say about the plot other than Kaylee’s sacrifice in order for them to have lasting peaceful (Hellion less) lives was clever as well as painful. Physically, emotionally, mentally. Both to her and to the people she loves. And oh and another thing, I think the Hellion of Wrath was confusingly…cool. For a spawn of evil he’s actually nice. Still evil and selfish though. That’s all I can say without telling you more.
Perhaps, I wasn’t bawling like a baby like my sister was when she finished it. But it did feel like end of an era. Before I was asking for a spin-off but you know what, I take it back. I want this chapter of their lives permanently closed. I think everything was settled and smoothen. I think it is appropriate to put a period to the last sentence. And ‘the end’ to the last page. So yeah, it’s the end but it was completely fine with me.
I’m excited and sad to know that this is the final book.
My Tod (at least in my head he looks like him, minus the hair)
Although, hadn’t I once been even more surprised when a certain rookie reaper turned out to be tall, blond, and beautiful?
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I felt the series has just started only to realize that it is the final book. Foretold is an amazing way to end an equally amazing series. And just li...moreI felt the series has just started only to realize that it is the final book. Foretold is an amazing way to end an equally amazing series. And just like the other last books I read before, it’s another bittersweet moment for me. I wanted to cry when I turned the page and saw the acknowledgement page; it took me a while before it finally sinks in. It ended. This truly is the last book. Riley and Beck’s journey has now ended. Is it wrong if I wish there’s more? I’m greedy like that. ;)
Riley finally realized it—she’s in love with Beck. She thought things will change between them, but she thought wrong. Beck pushed her away, again. Beck was scared that if Riley found out the truth of his life he left in Sadlersville she will eventually leave. He already has enough heartbreaks and he doesn’t want to risk it. But he needed to face the demons he left behind. He needs to clear his name so he can move forward. He (with Riley) returned after many years to his hometown for his mother. Riley saw how people talked about him, and she was more surprised when she firsthand saw how cold her mother treated him. Riley got to know more about him and how hard his life in that town. Even though people say bad things about him, she has faith in him. He has been good to her and now it’s time for her to help him out.
Things eventually cleared up. He finally untangled himself from that incident but things are just starting. He still doesn’t know how he’ll face Riley after she confessed to him. But before he makes a move, they have to kick another set of demon butts. It seems that the war between heaven and hell is not yet over. And Riley, the girl he loves is not in possession of her soul.
I learned so much about Denver Beck here. If he truly exists I definitely will give him a hug for all the things he experienced with his mother. He did have a terrible mother. I would’ve wanted (because I wanted him to be really happy) if he met his father, because that’s one of the things he desire the most. It’s so maddening to know how his mother used the identity of his father to hurt Beck. But Sadie (his mom) did redeem herself and I kinda forgave her (well…just kinda). But if you love Beck before, you will really love him even more, because there’s definitely more to backwoods boy than meets the eye.
Here we thought that the kiss they shared in Forgiven will solidify their relationship. But it didn’t, at the end of book three, Beck pushed her again. But Beck got it wrong, she didn’t leave his side, she embraced his past and has huge belief in him. And she loves him. And I wanted to cry again because they finally sort things out. There were so many times I had pulled my hair out of annoyance because of how stubborn these two were. But when things smoothen, aaaah it so good. They both tried to make it work. There were instances that they almost let go. But they didn’t (thanks goodness). And this one, gosh I love me backwoods boy:
“No, pushin’ me away is not the answer. What we have is more than for when things are goin’ right. It’s forever, Riley.” – Beck
That made me smile. They have each other and it so good for them. And what I like about it that, sure, they’re together but these characters didn’t change to lovesick couple. But they do change, they matured and that’s what great about this series, the characters have grown up.
But it’s not just about Beck and his past. And it’s not only about Beck & Riley. There’s also another round of fallen, demon slaying like the ones in the first three books. If you enjoyed that stuff, you’ll still get a dose of that…and probably more.
We know how endings are: some are sad, some are happy. And glad to say this one’s happy. Life indeed for them had come full circle. I’m gonna miss them! Riley! Beck!!(less)
“There is ebb and flow. Leaving and coming. Flight and fall. Sing and silent. Reaching and reached.”
What I really loved about this series is the subtlet...more
“There is ebb and flow. Leaving and coming. Flight and fall. Sing and silent. Reaching and reached.”
What I really loved about this series is the subtlety. This genre is full of aggressive, war torn centric plots. It’s the revolution and the violence seems to be the key ingredient that readers are willingly like to taste. I mean, that’s what the genre is all about but I want something not completely like it. So I, for one, was thankful that Matched had stirred away from the trend. I do admit that ended up loving Matched was because of the romance. And I was waiting for Crossed because their feelings for each other had triggered the real issue of this book. Is it desirable to have such perfect society? I want to know the flaw of the community they have and that’s what the book should’ve addressed. But sad to say, the sequel had suffered in what we called middle book syndrome. It flunked a bit but because I have high regards I didn’t lost hope. I want to see what’s next. How it will conclude.
“I realize now how much courage it takes to choose the life you want, whatever it might be.”
My sister described the conclusion of this trilogy into one word—bittersweet. And I think she perfectly chose the right word, it was indeed bittersweet. I got the answers but in very different way than I expected. You know how politically and hostilely driven similar books like Matched were, however this one dealt in an emotional way. We got three perspectives here: Cassia, Ky and Xander. Each has issues and roles to play but all three of them handled it similarly. Not that their voices were alike, they presented the story as part of their lives. They’re not revolving around the plot; they are the ones making the story. And I loved how each one of them has important things to share. It was consistent; the pacing just like the previous books was on slow but fluid pace. Cassia, Ky and Xander weren’t as huge key players on the uprising, just like Katniss in The Hunger Games. They still served a vital purpose but the outcome what they fight for doesn’t solely rely on their shoulders. I think this make them more vulnerable without making them useless. That even simple people can make a difference. Just like them.
Another aspect that I loved about this book that the love triangle was wisely played out. Xander and Ky weren’t on a brawl and Cassie wasn’t treated like a meat as a prize in that brawl. I actually like their dynamics. Xander and Ky helped each other, set aside the issue and even the former realized through his own observation. That Ky and Cassia is sincerely in love with each other. And he is man enough to accept that. But he didn’t spend his time alone licking his wounded heart. I’m glad someone was there for him.
“Writing, painting, singing—it cannot stop everything. Cannot halt death in its tracks. But perhaps it can make the pause between death’s footsteps sound and look and feel beautiful, can make the space of waiting a place where you can linger without as much fear. For we are all walking each other to our deaths, and the journey there between footsteps makes up our lives.”
Even though I think there are still some questions left unanswered, I’m still totally satisfied with the conclusion. There are still open gaps that need to be filled. But in some strange way I think it was better to leave them open for possibilities. The ending was clean like I expected it to be. I know the story didn’t completely focus on the fight against the society but more on how the society affected their lives. Some are probably will feel unsatisfied. But I’m not, I liked their journey and how it reached their new beginning.
I’ve been staring at the screen for ample amount of time and I still don’t know how to start this post. I even thought that I’ll sum it up by saying s...moreI’ve been staring at the screen for ample amount of time and I still don’t know how to start this post. I even thought that I’ll sum it up by saying something like this: “Y’all should read this book (this series) because it's awesome!” Because it’s true. It was awesome. But I don’t think the word ‘awesome’ covers the greatness that is BEFORE I WAKE. It was…everything. Everything I hoped for.
This book surpasses If I Die on many levels. I do think that there’s a huge chance that it will exceed the previous book but I still didn’t expect it to be…amazing. Like super amazing (x100)! I don’t know what to say, really. There are not enough words to describe this book; and my feelings towards it. It just great, awesome, amazing, excellent, remarkable, etc. Take your pick because I don’t even know how to express my feelings right now without sounding like a deranged fangirl (because I Am. Deranged fangirl, I mean. And I’m not ashamed).
BIW has blood, pain, anger, and loss. But there’s also love, forgiveness, and friendship. And I love how she carefully weaved them together. I admit, my huge interest for this book has something to do with Kaylee+Tod but the book (series) is much more...more about life and death. Even though it is fictional and all that, it gave me an afterthought: that there’s fate far worse than death.
There are deaths here. And yes, that’s plural. And they’re not only nameless/faceless people. Some are characters I end loving so I’m really sad of what had happened to them. And to make matters worse, their deaths? It was a cruel way to go.
Since I don’t know how to piece all my thoughts together, I’ll just write them one by one:
Everything that doesn’t hurt is just…emptiness. It closes in on me when I’m alone, and I hate it, but I can’t fight it. – Kaylee
Kaylee’s adjusting to her new status. To save Tod’s afterlife and clean Nash’s name she took on a new role. She’s now an extractor, reclaiming stolen souls. She’s just like Tod, being there but not alive and it feels different. And we can see how she’s coping to her new existence. She was glad that Tod was with her. Helping her (in many ways. Delicious ways…I’ll get to that later.) with her afterlife. I’m also glad that even though that her dad acts like nothing changed (that she didn’t die) it somewhat relieves the feeling of emptiness she’s experiencing with her new life. I like her dad; he was making up for the lost time. I think it’s cute and great of him to still treat Kaylee the way a father should be regardless if she’s alive…or not.
While Kaylee’s growth had stopped—literally. But she is still growing in different ways. I loved her determination but at the same I loved that she shows vulnerability. You can see that she can lead people now. She makes decision even though she’s not sure if it’s right one. Dead or alive, she’s still the same girl for me: still taking risks, makes mistakes. But she’s learning from it.
He gets to kiss you, but I don’t? I don’t understand how we got here, Kaylee.” – Nash
It feels...different that Tod and Nash have their roles reversed. Not that I’m complaining.
I love Nash. And I said this before: I like Nash and Kaylee. I don’t like them as much as like Tod and Kaylee, but seeing him broken and in pain is still…sad. But I liked his progression here. In fact, he’s much more active here than he was in the last two books. He’s in pain, yes but Kaylee explained what went wrong with their relationship. In retrospect, their relationship didn’t have a foundation. It was just there, already standing. So when the storm came it crumbled down easily. It could be anyone/anything it doesn’t necessarily have to be Tod (but I’m glad it was him). But it hurts him more because he loved these two people, and they betrayed him.
I think when he finally saw how Tod and Kaylee really are; he finally realized that it is truly over for them. He hasn’t forgiven Tod completely. But he’s there…almost there.
Oh, and Kaylee and Tod? It was everything! I’m on cloud nine!
I have lots of quotes to share but I keeping some so you have things to look forward to (and there are tons to look forward to. I guarantee you). It just Tod!!! Gawd, he’s so dreamy.
Blond and beautiful! I can’t argue with that description. Not only this guy is good looking but man, the guy is…TOD! *swoons*
And for the record, I do not think Tod is perfect. Every single one of the characters here is flawed. That includes Tod. And that’s why I like them all (sans the hellions). I even like Thane, I know insane.
“How is it possible that every time you open your mouth, I—” fall more in love with you “—melt a little more? Seriously. There’s nothing in here but mush.” – Kaylee
I don’t think you’re the only one Kaylee. I’m one of the hundreds—thousands girls who is also nothing but mush. He knows how to work it (words…and everything else ;)).
“Forever used to feel like a curse. Now it feels like a promise.” – Tod
*faints* No explanation needed.
“You’re not lost, Kaylee. You can’t ever be lost, because I’ll always know where you are. And if I’m not there with you, I’m on my way, and nothing standing between us will be standing for very long.” – Tod
“She’s the reason my heart beats—literally. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for her. There’s no one I’d put ahead of her. And I will never, ever leave her, as long as she wants me.” – Tod
I need my own TOD. Where can I get a man like him?! *swoons for the nth time*
I don't think it's necessary to explain the quotes further. The quotes speak for everything I want to emphasize. And if you think that Tod’s the only one making this declaration, Kaylee did too. These two...they just ‘fit.’
“No. But you can get a cake. Chocolate, with cream cheese frosting. And I get a corner slice.” – Kaylee
Buckling up for WITH ALL MY SOUL. Thinking it’s the last book makes me teary. I’m going to miss them… T.T
June 27: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! Here I am, awake at 2 am. Completely disoriented. I can’t even…. I’ll reread it later. T.T Damn it, it is soooo awesome. *faints*
June 19: Read the google preview. Holy guacamole! It’s so intense! And it ended when things are heating up! *swoons~*
(view spoiler)[ The bathroom scene! The candy stripper costume?! Oh and Nash, I miss him I wanted to know what he said to Kaylee. I still feel sorry for him. And the soul thief is…!!! TOD!!!!!!!!!!!Ugh, I AM. SO. EXCITED. (hide spoiler)]
I swear the preview is worth 5 stars already. It is sooooooooo good! Chants: one more week to go, one more week to go, one more week to go… Sorry, I couldn't contain my excitement. ;) ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)