I really meant to spread the three books out, but I just couldn't help myself. I blame my frien...moreCheck out other reviews and much more at The Booktwins
I really meant to spread the three books out, but I just couldn't help myself. I blame my friend who sent me some amazing quotes and I knew I had to start this ASAP.
The book picks up about a month after the second book ended. Her love life hasn't gotten any better since the last book. A relationship with Death is forbidden, plus he stopped his random visits. Falin is under the Winter Queen's control and must obey her commands, and she's commanded him not to have any personal visits with Alex. But that doesn't stop her from having the FIB raiding Alex's house, and having Falin conducting them. Not to mention Caleb is getting very frustrated with all the raids and even threatened to evict Alex from the house.
Alex is still struggling with her new found heritage, learning that the Shadow King is her grand granduncle through her mom. Which makes Alex more fae than human, not that she will admit it. I was a little disappointed that we didn't see more of the Shadow King in this book. But we do see a little bit of interaction between Alex and her father. Which I wish there was more of. Yes he acts like a jerk towards her and seems like he doesn't really care. But I feel like everything he has done is to protect Alex, he's just not good at showing how much he cares. Or a comment makes me think that Alex's siblings aren't really his kids. Speaking of siblings, I have a feeling that at some point Alex's missing brother will turn up or we will at least learn what happened to him.
Alex's new case is complicated as ever. Does this girl ever get easy cases? People are committing suicide, yet their shades has no memory of the act or even a few days before it. And each person had witness a suicide the day they started losing their memories. But when the people she cares about are close to losing their lives, Alex will give anything to save them.
What the first half was lacking in romance, the second half certainly made up for it. If you weren't sure who you want Alex with, this book will make your mind up. It seems at times Alex is torn between both men, but with Falin under the Winter Queen's control Alex can never trust him. He's not completely the bad guy though. He's just caught in her twisted game, and pretty much a slave. But Death...it has the forbidden love going on. Not to mention he's always been there for Alex, and knows are her secrets. Not to mention he will sacrifice everything to save her.
So far this book is my favorite in the series. And the ending....it's shocking and seems like the love triangle will come back in focus. I really hope in future books we see more of Alex interacting with more of the fae, more of dad, and I really want to see more of Caleb. Which maybe now that him and Holly are an item, which I saw that coming since the last book. Counting down the days till the fourth book comes out. (less)
I couldn't help myself but dive right into the second book. It's been a month since the events at the end of the first book, and Alex still isn't sure about her feelings. After finding out that Falin is not only the Winter Queen's assassin but also her lover. But before Alex can confront him on those facts he disappears without even a goodbye and hasn't heard from him since. To further complicate things when Alex was dying at the end of the first book Death had told the other soul collectors that he loves Alex. Having a soul collector being in love with you isn't easy, and Alex isn't sure how to act or even what to say to him. Not to mention Alex herself has commitment issues and doesn't do relationships as a rule.
Alex does what every other woman does when they having love life issues, throw themselves into their work. But the new case the police have her working on makes no sense at all. They are no bodies, just feet; left feet at that with no indication of being cut off from the body. And to make her life even more complicated, Falin shows up in her yard injured. Partnering up with a FIB agent has it perks, but Alex could do without him trying to worm his way back in her life and bed.
Although still not enough for my taste, Death appears more often in this book than last. Not only do we get to see him flirting with Alex, but we start to see a possessive side to him. But you get the impression that the soul collectors have laws to abide by, and it's forbidden for him to have a relationship with a mortal. There were a few scenes where Death and Falin had a pissing contest. Which let's me honest, even if you hate triangles, the pissing matches are always amusing. Last book I hadn't fully decided on a "team", this book had me leaning towards one side more than the other. But the end made me doubt it a little. The way I see it, either guy has some major cons to them.
Not sure if it's because I read the books back to back, or if I just catch these things real easy, but I did find a few things I didn't like. The author uses the same descriptions over and over, especially for Death. Throughout the first book and the first half of this book, everytime Death appeared it was the exact same description. Or in the first half of this book, I lost count of times they refer to the Magical Awakening as the faeries coming out of the mushroom ring. Or the countless times we are reminded that the city is only fifty years old, so there's really no old or historical parts in the city. Once is enough thank you very much.
I love the fact that Alex is blond. You don't find too many heroines in this genre or even fantasy/paranormal that are blond. And the fact that the only supernatural creatures in this world are witches and the fae. It works for this book having a limit on the supernatural. I find the magic in this world is intriguing. Especially the fact that grave magic not only kills night vision, but messes with your eyesight after using it. For the most part Alex stays pretty much blind majority of the time.
Along with everything else on her plate, Alex must keep the fact she's feykin a secret. Which I wonder why did she awaken the fae part of her self during the Blood Moon in the last book? But when Holly is kidnapped Alex must go to the one place that scares her the most, Faery. Which beholds a few surprises for her when she realizes she may just have more fae blood in her than she would like.
Filled with mystery, action, a little romance, and humor this series is urban fantasy at it's best. (less)
Urgg I'm so disappointed in this book. I feel like everything was a copout. Full review to come later.
ETA: Here's a full review: Still pis...moreRating: 2.5
Urgg I'm so disappointed in this book. I feel like everything was a copout. Full review to come later.
ETA: Here's a full review: Still pissed on who she ended up. Yes let's tell young girls it's ok to be with a douchebag.
The final installment in the Shadow Falls series picks up about two weeks after the last book. Kylie has left Shadow Falls and gone to the chameleon compound with her grandfather and great aunt. But it's not what she thought it would be.The chameleon are in constant fear that they will be discovered, and they keep the teens isolated from the world. No phone, internet or anything. Only when they mature, which means they are able to change their pattern at will, are they allow out in the world. Kylie has never felt more alone then she does hidden away. Her grandfather does allow her limited phone access. And of course like every book, this one starts off with a new ghost. This one insists that Kylie needs to kill him or she will be killed. It took her most of the book to figure out who is the he. Which the whole time I just wanted to slap her. I knew from the beginning who the ghost was referring to.
It doesn't take Burnett to find where their hidden lair is located. Mario has been spotted in town and a fellow camper has been attacked, and Burnett is pretty sure Mario was behind it. As Burnett points out he found the compound, it's only a matter of time before Mario finds her. And back to Shadow Falls Kylie goes.
You have to feel sorry for Kylie. A psychopath is after her, she has a ghost that claims that it's a big possibility she will be killed, issues with parents and even grandparents, plus she still has boy trouble. This book kind of annoyed me, or at least I found Della annoying. I'm not even sure why. I feel like the book lacked Miranda. She just wasn't in it as much as Della. I love both girls, but I find Miranda a lot more interesting. Burnett and Holiday were amazing as always. Now a spin off series or even a short story with them would be fantastic. There's even a little twist in the story concerning these two, a very happy ending.
Kylie finally gets to meet her father's adoptive grandparents, and her mom is not too happy. Speaking of her mom, we learn who exactly is her boyfriend. I knew from the first moment that he was evil and after Kylie.
I'm sure you heard of saving the best for last? Well in this case I'm saving the worst for last. I loved the last book because it seemed that Kylie would end up picking Derek. This whole book to me felt like a cop out where Lucas was concerned. Even though he had pledged his soul to another girl and promise to marry her, he has to sign a contract afterwards to make it official. And guess who didn't do it?! What the hell was the point in having Kylie witness all of that?! I'm sorry not signing some paper doesn't and shouldn't change the fact that you pledge YOUR SOUL to another girl. Oh he gave up everything for Kylie? This is coming a little too late. The whole series he has put his pack before Kylie, and then in the last book he just gives up everything for her? Not buying it. Not to mention they kept bringing up when Derek slept with his ex and "cheated" on Kylie. Umm excuse me, Kylie and Derek were NOT together. And Kylie even said they weren't together when it happened so it wasn't cheating. And now all of a sudden in this book it's changed to cheating on her?! Really?! It was like Hunter twisted everything so it would be ok for her to end with Lucas. Honestly I lost respect.
Ok rant over. Besides a huge amount of Lucas in the book, the book was really good. Just what you come to expect from a book in the series. And everyone gets their "happy ending". Which I don't agree with the choices. Well everyone but Della who is being stubborn. But I guess the ending sets up nicely for the spin off about Della. Which honestly I won't be reading.
In all I couldn't get past Kylie's choices and how details gets twisted around. I'm really disappointed in the book and feels like everything was a cop out.(less)
This book felt very different from the rest in the series. For once it doesn't seem like anyone is...moreThis review was originally posted at The Booktwins
This book felt very different from the rest in the series. For once it doesn't seem like anyone is out to kill Cat. Seems like Bones and Cat may be able to have that over due vacation. But just like you would expect things don't say quiet for long.
Cat's attention is brought to Heinrich Kramer, a ghost who is able to take physical form every Halloween and continue his torture of innocent women accused of witchcraft. With Cat's borrowed powers this should be a piece of cake right? Kramer proves not only to be smart but to be very tricky. But it turns out that Kramer wants Cat, and will do anything and everything to burn her along with his other intended victims.
Cat and Bones initially seek help but a medium Spade recommends, Tyler. I immediately fell in love with Tyler. He's hilarious. And I love how he tries to hit on Bones, Spade, and Ian. Yes, Ian shows up in this book. And both him and Spade are in the book a ton. This was actually the first book that I found myself liking Ian. I was a little sad that Vlad or Mencheres didn't show up in the book. But I would of thought it would of been awesome if Tyler tried to make a move on Ian, just to see Ian's reaction. But then again it seems like there were hints of Ian and Cat's mom getting together. Now wouldn't that be something? They could all be one big happy family.
I'm not sure if I've never noticed or pay that much attention before, but I've noticed a lot of pop culture references in this book. Which it could go either way, but loved it in here. Especially the references to Harry Potter. No surprised that Ian likes Snape.
Then there's the fact that Cat's Uncle Don that died in the last book comes back as a ghost and is unable to cross over. To make matters worst, a new government officer demoted Tate and as taken over running Cat's old team. And Don seems to know him very well, even if he's not revealing anything to Cat or Bones. Not much happens in the book with them, except we can tell he is fixated on Cat. Seems to be setting up for future books.
Overall the book was interesting and good. I enjoyed it even though it's obviously a filler. (less)
Hunter's fourth book in her Shadow Falls series like the last one, picks up right where th...moreThe Review is along with others is posted at The Book Twins
Hunter's fourth book in her Shadow Falls series like the last one, picks up right where the previous left off. And with a new book, Kylie has a new ghost problem. Only this time it's the ghost of Holiday who definitely isn't dead. Not wanting to scare Holiday she lets everyone pretend the face the ghost is using is from someone from back home.
Trying to figure out who the ghost really is, isn't easy. But with the help of Derek they realized that Holiday has or well had a twin sister, Hannah. Not to mention they are sure that Holiday doesn't know her sister is dead. Plus Hannah keeps on insisting that Holiday is endangered and Kylie can save her. The person wanting to kill Holiday ends up being kind of a surprise. Wasn't my first guess, even though at one point I did figure it out. But what I didn't like was why it was never explained why he wanted to murder her. And we even learn and get to meet Holiday's ex fiancee, and learn why Holiday has trust issues. And even though the book started off with Holiday and Burnett having a heated makeout secession, neither one is brave enough to admit their feelings. But the ending shows them both making a huge step forward and finally getting together.
Even though Kylie finally finds out what type of supernatural she is, her identity crisis doesn't stop there. It doesn't help that nobody has heard of a supernatural chameleon before. And here is one of my issues, nobody believes her but she repeats over and over throughout the book that's what her father told her and she believes him. One time is enough. It doesn't need to be repeated over and over. It doesn't stop when her brain pattern changes several time over the book. First it takes form of a witch, then vampire and finally a werewolf. Plus she gets the main powers of whatever species she "is" at the time. She meets up with her grandfather and great aunt. And they confirm that they are chameleons, and they can take form of any supernatural pattern, having a bit of every species in their DNA. Her grandfather insists that she isn't safe at the camp, and her only chance at survival is coming to live with them, to be with her own kind. Kylie refuses to leave the camp. She knows she belongs there. But after a betrayal, she realizes that she needs to go live with them for a little bit.
And then as always is her boys trouble. A fair warning, if you are a huge fan of Lucas and easily offended, you may want to stop reading. Lucas is a douche. And he has proved this big time in this book. Now along with last book, there were moments when Lucas did make me swoon, and damn it Lucas I don't like me. Not nice to make me swoon. Lucas won't be around Kylie in public, because of his pack. He claims that by the end of the month, he'll be on the council and they can be together in public. That he can start making changes. Yet he doesn't share what he needs to do with Kylie. But he doesn't even try to understand Kylie and what she needs to do. Even though the book seems that Kylie isn't in love with Derek, her heart belongs solely to Lucas, I beg to differ. I think Kylie is scared to admit her true feelings for Derek. Not to mention that the ghost tells Kylie she should choose Derek, for most of the book Miranda and Della are anti Lucas, and when she tells Sara that she has chosen one of them she immediately thinks it's Derek. Plus Miranda tells Kylie that she hardly ever talks about Lucas, but she used to talk about Derek all the time. I won't go in details to what happens, but Lucas does the ultimate betrayal. Kylie has to find out from Fredericka, whom is under the impression that Kylie knows and understands. I knew from the beginning Lucas would break her heart. He's an ass. And Kylie deserves so much better. I've mentioned in previous reviews that I don't buy the whole he fell instantly in love with her and has been waiting for 11 years. They were 6 and 7 years old. And it was revealed in this book that he had climbed in her window one night and kissed her. WTF?! These are kids we are talking about. This is beyond creepy. Lucas just needs to GTFO like NOW. It's shown in this book that he will always put the pack above her. Derek has been there for her time and time again. And he's more understanding than Lucas is about her.
Overall, the book is pretty amazing. And the next one can't come out fast enough. I need to know who Kylie finally chooses, which I'm pretty sure it will be Derek.(less)
Cat just can't seem to catch a break. You would think turning into a full vampire would stop those rumors about...moreReview is also posted at The Book Twins
Cat just can't seem to catch a break. You would think turning into a full vampire would stop those rumors about her becoming some kind of a vampire/ghoul hybrid. Not a chance. Apollyon has been rallying ghouls to his side to start a species war. The ghouls are convinced that the vampires wants complete control over them. And he has them all convinced that Cat is the reason for the war. The only problem is Cat and Bones can't outright attack the ghouls or they will jump start the war.
They seek out Marie, the ghoul queen of New Orleans. With her vampire sire dead, she has no ties to the vampires anymore. She confirms that she will stand with her people, but she doesn't back Apollyon. Sneaking a way to help them, she forces Cat to drink her blood. Even with her new abilities, Cat isn't sure if she can or knows how to control them. Losing the war means losing her life.
I would recommend reading the two spin off books first before reading this. I didn't read them and there were a few details I was confused about. It's not a necessary but it would make more sense. I think this is the only book that made me cry. Cat loses somebody very close to her, and at the time I just wanted to bitch sleep Ms. Frost for it. *sigh* But I trust her in what she is doing and the ending gave me a little bit of hope. We see a character from the first book that I had almost forgotten about, and honestly vaguely remember him.
Mencheres has really grown on me. I couldn't get enough of him in this book. I especially love his and Cat's interactions. And then we have Vlad. Don't get me wrong, I love Bones BUT Vlad has stolen my heart. And just like Mencheres he wasn't in the book enough. I need more of Vlad, especially his interactions with Mencheres, Bones, and Cat. The scenes where it was just Vlad, Cat, and Mencheres were some of my favorites. They could be the new three musketeers.
I'm not sure why it took me so long to read the second book in this breath taking series. The story picks up not long after the first one had left off...moreI'm not sure why it took me so long to read the second book in this breath taking series. The story picks up not long after the first one had left off. Kylie has finally realized that she is a supernatural and even discover who her biological father is. Too bad that he had died before she was born. Not only does Kylie have identity issues, she still has boy issues. You would think her choice would be easier to make since Lucas had ran off with another girl. But he's still sending her letters and she can't completely forget about him.
In this book we see her manifest some additional powers. During the vampire ceremony she discovers to her horror that she likes the taste of blood, plus she has incredible speed. But the fun for Kylie doesn't stop there. Over night her hair, feet, and boobs have grown significantly. Which that part would fit in with being a werewolf, plus she's been moody around the full moon cycle. But either one doesn't explain anything. Her body temperature is the same so she can't be a vampire. For being a werewolf, her gift as being a ghost whisper and her new one, dreamscaping, aren't known as were gifts. Plus the fact that she's never turned which weres do at a young age.
Kylie doesn't have time to think too much on what she is. Another ghost has shown up and tells her that someone she loves will die and she has the power to save her. Kylie has never clue where to start. Along with identity and ghost issues, there's been an uninvited vampire at the camp. Plus Kylie gets the feeling of someone following her.
And now her boy troubles. Last book I wasn't completely sure who I wanted to see her with, even though I was leaning towards Team Derek. I'm now proud to announce that I'm fully on Team Derek. I found Lucas very annoying. And all that mystery and bad boy vibe he had in last book has vanished. I understand she feels a connection towards him, but I feel like a pushing fated vibe from him. They were neighbors when they were what 6-7 years old? Yet Lucas knew at that age she's the one for him? And he told her he's been waiting 11 years to be with her? He didn't live next to her for long, and how did he know he would see her again? Or that she was a supernatural at that age? Even told her he would watch her though her bedroom window and hope to see her change into a were. Creepy. Now Derek on the other hand, he's perfect for Kylie. At one point I wanted to lock both of them in a closet. But Kylie's not sure her true feelings for either boy and Derek refuses to wait forever for her.
I couldn't put this book down. My only issue is I feel like the writing was a little immature in the beginning. Everyone made a big deal out of kissing. Almost like it's sex. Kissing is just kissing. You can kiss someone and not have it mean something. I had to recheck the ages of the characters. From that you would thought they were 14-15 and not 17-18. I'm very anxious to find out what Kylie really is, I'm starting to think she is some sort of a mix of supernatural species.(less)
70 years ago the fae came out of hiding and told the world of their existence. Not long after that the witches came out too. Even though it's been yea...more70 years ago the fae came out of hiding and told the world of their existence. Not long after that the witches came out too. Even though it's been years, not everyone is accepting. But it means no one has to hide their true self. Enter Alex Craft, a grave witch which means she has the ability to raise shades from dead bodies to question them. Shades differ from ghosts since a shade is just a memory, which works out great for murder mysteries. The impossible happens when a shade attacks her and effects her with dark magic. Not to mention her good friend John, a detective, is shot with a magic induced bullet that was meant for her. Or how her sister wants her to find out who killed the governor, who turns out isn't really dead at all.
I immediately fell in love with the book. And also slapping myself for not reading this sooner. The best way to describe it is it's a great mix between Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill and Downside Ghosts by Stacia Kane. I'm seldom disappointed with urban fantasy series, and this one is no different. Very fast paced and a page turner. You won't be able to put the book down.
And what is a book without a love interest, or two. Falin Andrews is the lead detective on the case, and it's not long before they are teaming up to solve the case. Not to mention he's good looking or he seems to be everywhere she turns around. I love how most of the time he calls her by her real name, which I'm still curious how he found out. But he's keeping quiet who he really is, and it could be enough for Alex to kick him out of her life. And then there is Death. The grim reaper should not be this hot. And he's been popping in and out of Alex's life since she was five years old. And Alex is the only person or even witch that can see him without using her grave sight. Death just happens to shock Alex at the end with a confession that most girls would love to hear, but it just confuses things even more. And of course the real dilemma is I'm not sure who I want Alex with. I guess only time will tell.
We can't forget the twists along the way. Not everyone is what they seem to be, including Alex herself, which comes a complete shock to her. I had a feeling that her best friend from witch school would show up again after being missing for the past four years. Even though she changed her name and is pretty much disowned from her family, I got the feeling that her dad still looks out for her. Might come off as an ass majority of the time, but hasn't completely turned his back on her.
If you a lover of urban fantasy, or even love the two series I mentioned above you need to read this ASAP. I promise you won't be disappointed. As for me? I can't wait to read the rest of the series.(less)