This book is the first installement in the series. The author provided me of an ecopy of her novel.
This book is just awesome. I had a fabulous time reading it and I can't wait to read the sequel. This author is sadistic with her characters but also with us, her readers. What is this end? It's crazy to end a book on such a climax.
At first, I wondered if it would be really for me. The blurb made me eager to discover this novel but the prologue had me a little worried. And yet, I was immediately hooked.
The author shows real originality in her story while still using werewolves, vampires, feys and such. She adds her own things to create a different story, a different universe that works perfectly. She doesn't spare anything to her characters and that's why I read it in one sitting.
The main character – Kas – evolves drasticaly in the course of this novel and I don't know how the author succeeds, but it works perfectly. I could understand the path she had to take and that's probably why I fell for this character. I don't want to spoiler you if you decide to read this book, but I can tell you that the second part of the novel is probably my favorite.
Also, there's a male character – named Chax - that I really want to see again to know more about him. His behavior toward Kas is partly explained but he stays mysterious. How couldn't I like a mysterious male character?
But beside great characters, it's the complexity of the story itself that has me awestruck. Clearly, the author spends a good amount of time to put together such a story both for the plot and the "mythology".
I'm eager to see what happens next. I'm sure the author has many things in her sleeves to surprise us all over again. (less)
This novel is a stand alone book with an open end that can be slightly frustrating.
I heard great things about this book and I was eager to read it, welcoming the fact that zombies have got a great part here. I'm not used to read novel with zombies. One thing is sure, I'm in love with this novel.
For starter, the characters sound true. They are 3D characters, their flaws and qualities bringing this truth in everything in this survival journey. I can easily imagine myself in their shoes and it's both wonderful and terrifying.
Moreover, the author's writing style brings to life Sloane in such a way that you can't not feel what she feels. You have to understand her point of view, even if it's far from hopeful. Sloane is a broken girl and that's often what I love in characters.
Where it is a young-adult book because the characters are between 15 and 18, I'm sure adults could spend a crazy good time with This Is Not A Test. It's gut wrenching, hard to process and has more to it than what you can possibly expect at first.
Another thing that is amazing is the fact that I was never bored. I mean, when characters are in a closed space, it could be boring but not here. Every scene brings something for the psychology of the characters.
At every couple of pages, I wondered what I would do, how I would react and the thing is, it makes me think. It's not only about zombies, but more about hope, about survival and what it means. It's just about people and their true nature.
I recommend this book to everybody. You should read this. This book is unique.
What I regret though, is the open end. While I do understand why the author made this choice, it's quite frustrating for the reader. I'm not a fan of open ends in general. (less)
This novel is a stand alone book I received from the author. So, thank you Avery Olive.
When I read the blurb, I knew this book was for me. Don't ask me why, but I love YA books with a plot more or less centered on death. Humor or drama doesn't matter, but I like to read about young characters dealing with this thing that is common with everyone but we all see things differently.
So, don't think this book is overly dramatic, sad or creepy. No. It's about mysteries because I was always wondering what really happened to Landon, it's about a growing love and about grief. But, you'll have your share of smile and even maybe you'll laugh.
Nevertheless, the main characters moved me, both for different reasons that somehow is not all about their new love interest in each other. They're cute, and Xylia is easily do understand even if her behavior is nothing you're accustomed to. I love her story told in a sweet and broken voice that sounds believeable.
Also, even if the very beginning made me a little worry for the story - I wasn't sure to like it - I fell for this story quite fast. The mysteries are well kept but are not streching either. These mysteries helped the characters to discover each other and us, the readers, to understand them and feel some empathy. The simple voice of this story, and yet so perfect for Landon and Xylia, conveys perfectly this story not only distracting but also moving and interesting.
But, I would have loved to see the resolution of the mysteries a little more... Not detailed because it's all the point to keep some things in the dark, but maybe less expeditive.
In another hand, I loved these last chapters. I mean, when I read this precise chapter, I swear my heart pounds louder for a few seconds. You can imagine how I dwelved in the story and how I felt for the characters.
So, I recommend this book if you want a different young-adult novel, with a story told from alternate point of view, with believeable characters, if you want to read a cute story with feelings that are not only about romance and if you're willing to take a risk. This book deserves to be read. Oh, and I love the cover. Really accurate! (less)
This novel is the first one of a series with many greek mythology references. If you love mythology, you should give it a try because I lost track of time with Everneath.
In YA books there're books that make you laugh or distract you and others that move you. This novel has a place in the second categorie.
It's amazing how the author even conveys the feelings of the main character through her writing style. I don't want to spoiler you but you'll see in this book several flashbacks included smoothly in the story that show and let the reader feels something completly different from the "now" of the narration. Moreover, it evolves following the same rhythm as the main character. It's awesome in my point of view.
Also, the three main characters are all well-built with their own personality, own voice and own behavior that help me to really "see" what's happening in this novel. They never feel out of character.
Even the romance is sweet, beautiful and tragic like all the greatest myths. Being a huge fan of the Greek mythology, I can only acknowledge the wonderful work of the author on it to create a real modern world in which mythology is wonderfully a part of the plot without it being the only aspect.
That's why this book is a must read for me. Because, not only the plot is compelling and mysterious and intriguing, it is also about the emotions of the main character. It's a journey in her life when she's trying to find again her place. I'm still moved by this story, by this main character and I hope the sequel will be as awesome as this first book.
And last but not least, there're still mysteries even if the book has a real end. I still wonder about Cole, about Jack and about Nikki and other things I don't want to write about in this review because you could be spoilered.
So, this book contains a wonderful romance, great references of the Greek mythology and the three main characters are awesome. The only thing that's coming in my head and is a little less well-represented is the place of Nikki's family. She says several times that it's important but I can't really "see" it. Maybe it's just me.
I recommand this book without a second thought!
And you, what do you think about this novel? (less)
This book is the first one of a series but I don't know when the sequel will be in store right now.
I want to thank the author who gave me a free e-copy of her novel for me to read and review.
Being a YA novel with a love-story in center stage, it's getting a little too much cheesy sometimes even if not unexpected. I just don't buy completely the relationship between Ethan and the main character. These two characters together are cute and all but it's maybe a little too fast for me. Even more when you consider the point of view of the main character at the beginning of the novel. She changes her mind and sees things otherwise and I'm glad but it's maybe a little too "easy", even more with her mother too quickly out of the picture.
But, because there's always a but, this relationship isn't spared of hard obstacles but are resolved too "easily" or not well used for us, the readers. The feelings of these two and the little moments between them are cute and well-written but somehow I don't really buy them. I'm kind of weird sometimes.
Also, I don't see what Erica's character brings to the story. She's kind of invisible even if she's the bestfriend of the main character. I would have preferred to "see" her more.
And, Jeremy and Keira are too much in the background which gives too much room for Ethan and Allie - the main character - when, in my opinion, sometimes it's not necessary. Keira stays too long in the background when she could have brought really something.
I'm a little disappointed how things are resolved because it seems too fast, too "easy" if I can point it that way and just too much. On the other hand, I like to have some little things still with no answers like about Allie's parents or about Ethan and Tobias.
But, the thing I really enjoy the most in this book are the immortals and the other dimension. I hope to see more about them both and to dwelve into it furthermore. It's different, it's well-thought and well-built and it's a gigantic good point in this kind of YA book.
If you want to spend a lovely time with a novel, go and buy this book. I rated it 4 stars on Goodreads.(less)
This book is a first installment in a new trilogy that has everything for us to become real addict. I hope we will have soon a release date for the sequel.
So, you know now that I love this book. It's not boring at all, there're amazing characters, and there're tons of mysteries. Perfect cocktail for a YA book.
The writing style gives a real voice to Anna's POV. It's like I could see through her eyes, think like her and I was hooked right away.
Speaking about Anna, it's a character so easy to love that I can't imagine readers not fond of her and her hot attraction to Kaidan. What a "couple"! Wonderful chemistry that asks for always more. It sounds true, thanks to a story not toned down about sins.
Kaidan is a perfect male character with flaws, a bad boy behavior and a complexity so attractive that I was always waiting to see him again as much as Anna. Weird, but it's the truth.
Also, there're other characters that are wonderful. For example, I think of Kope who's so different from Kaidan that he brings this little something more to this story without creating a "love triangle".
Now, even if I trully love this novel and recommend it fiercely, I've got mixed up feelings about the road trip. I won't spoiler you, but somehow it lacks slightly of an edge. Compared to the major party of the plot, it should have been more centered on the sins and on Anna's difficulty to adjust with everything. But this road trip is just a Q and A about everything angel and demon related which is good for us to really understand but not always that dynamic.
In conclusion, buy and read this novel. You won't be bored and you'll be eager to read the sequel to this awesome first installment. (less)
My thanks to Veronica Blade who gave me a free e-copy of her book. She knows how much I love her stories and her writing style. This novel is no exception.
Do you love vampires, werewolves and witches? Do you love to read tales? So, what are you waiting?
More seriously, this book is about a romance that's cute to read about. I like both characters - Cydney and Remy - that make us discover alternatively their inner voice. The story is like a fairy tale but modern that, somehow, speaks more to us.
It's good for once to read a book in which the characters are looking for each other after they lost touch. They can't forget each other. Cydney has got her flaws, her fears that make her believeable and Remy is the perfect Prince charming with his undying love and his growing interest for his kingdom.
This book is the perfect read to recall us why we loved so much fairy tales in our childhood.
The only negative thing that I could write here is that it's too short! I would have loved to read a little more about this threat that's, maybe, too "easily" resolved. A little more descriptions at the end and more tension would have made this book perfect.
Of course, it's my opinion and I can be a little perfectionist sometimes.
So, the title of the book is perfect to reflect what the story is about. The author can't be wrong with her tale.(less)
This book is thé first one of a series written by a self-published author. Congratulations because your story is compelling.
Thanks to a group on Goodreads, I'm a lucky reader with a free copy of this book to review. Like you must know now, I really enjoyed to read this book.
One thing is for sure : the author made her characters - Channie and Josh - suffer through the book. Each time I was taken aback by another curse, or another interaction between the characters. I never wanted to put down my Ipad and I just love this feeling.
Of course this story is a love story but very strong, cute and took my breath away a few times. Josh is a character that made me laugh with his humor and demeanor. He's a perfect knight in shinning armor even with some flaws and all his humanity.
I had some trouble to like Channie, maybe because I had to take in all the things about magic and about what happened to her. But, after few chapters I was fond of her with her complexe personality due to the curse.
Now that I read the book and imagine what will happen next, I'm eager to read the sequel that will be available at the end of the month. This first book is perfect for readers looking for some magic with a plot centered on a love story.
I like where the author is heading with her story and I hope to see more about Channie's parents but also about this magic world still blurry for us. Many things are about to come for our lovely characters, all humans before anything else and it's that, that makes them so appealing for me.
So, thank you Charlotte Abel for giving me the opportunity to read your book. You can already count me as a reader of the sequel. I'm counting the days!(less)
First of all, I want to thank the author for thinking of me to review her book. It's always a pleasure to discover a new story.
Unfortunately, my review is not very favourably. I really wanted to love this book because the idea is just fabulous and because there's potential. So, what's the probleme?
For a start, some parts of the story are just confusing. It's like the author rushed to give us the explanations but with parts missing that could have brought some edge. Also, the big final is not as big as I thought it would be. It's a little too quick for me even if the little "real" end is quite surprising in a good way.
The school in Iwishacana is well-thought but not enough developed. I waited more, even more with all the possibilities of wishes and "criminals".
Moreover, the characters are not deep enough. I liked the teasing between Florence and Anissa but some dialogues were just too fake in my head. I couldn't "believe" in them and I feel bad about it because there're good things about these characters like the fact they don't fall in the arms of each other after ten pages or the fact that they dare each other often.
So, the idea is good but not really fully well developed and built in this book. The mysteries weren't treated like mysteries. Everything just happened without us really wondering anything.
The end of the book makes me think that there'll be a sequel and I really hope to see a story more detailed with characters with more "life".
I hate to write such a review, even more when I know how much time writing a book takes, so sorry. I'm sure other readers will enjoy this book but once again, I waited something else when I read the blurb.(less)
This book is the first one of a series really different from what I already read with angels. The second book should be available before the end of 2012.
I have to thank Netgalley and the publisher for this free e-copy of Halflings.
Like said above, this novel is different and it's quite difficult when we think about how many books there are with angels in the center plot in YA books. So, for a book to be a good fit for me it must be really different with little things others don't have. Halflings is an excellent novel, a wondeful premise of a new series even if not exactly a must-read for me.
I had a good time with the characters and the plot itself but some things are maybe a little disappointing like Mace, who is not exactly a character I care about even if I like to read his inner thoughts. In my opinion, this character misses something but I'm sure we'll have plenty to discover about him in the sequel.
A character I really like because highly complexe is Raven. He's hiding things, he's felling things with intensity but the author lets him in a kind of "obscurity" welcomed. I hope things will be more complicated in the sequel because Raven seems to evolve maybe a little too much too soon even if it's quite faint.
Nikki, the main character, is the kind of girl I love to read about. She's a fighter but not without weaknesses and it's what that makes her so easily loveable. I was never bored or annoyed with her.
The plot itself is all made of mysteries. Sometimes it's like we're in the center stage of a thriller, looking for clues to understand what is Omega and who is orchestrating everything. But, from time to time, I would have preferred to read more about these clues and the mysteries instead of the little romance going on even if it is not really eating on the rest of the plot. Maybe the mysteries are just not enough treated.
Of course, I'm eagerly waiting for the sequel to know more about these mysteries and the characters that are all bringing in their little - or not so little - part in this thrilling story. I want to know more because this twist at the end is awfully well-written to drive the readers crazy.
This novel is the second one of The Cambions series. The author gifted me a kindle version of this novel and all I can say is that I can't wait to read the third book.
In this book – like in the previous one – there're everything we love in YA books such as mysterious – tons, cute and hot boys – several, and an universe that you can't help youself but find it compelling.
So, I'm still team Flynn. I love his sense of humor and his demeanor. In fact, even if we know more about him, he's still quite mysterious and complexe.
But, Luke is more and more interesting. His story with Mercy sure is enthralling and thrilling because of her inner demon. We're still in the fog with them and it's probably why Luke is not boring even if he is always the first one to forgive and do often if not always the right things.
Now Paul. He's not my favorite character, but I deeply want to read more about him in the third book. I can't write about him more or else I would spoil you, but this character makes me quite curious now.
And finally Sebastian. He's still the more complexe of all the guys hovering over Mercy. I love his dark side, even more with this crazy end that'll bring again another dynamic in the next installment. I'm not that surprised, but I like where it's going with him.
Also, all the little stories beside the main one, somehow, bring more life in the book. It's not a one track story with two or three mysteries. No, this series is full of colourful characters, full of emotions, full of mysteries and possibilities.
I can't wait to know more about Mercy. The author is really good to give some hints but still let the readers in the dark, craving to know more while building up theories.
And I can't believe this end! What is that?! I think it's one of the worst – in a good way – cliffhanger I ever read and yet it's so good to be at the mercy of Shannon Dermott's series. I think I'll obssess over it until I have a date for the publication of the third book. I'm not kidding!
So, I'm team Flynn until the end even if I love all the characters, I adore Mercy and I'm in love with this series and Shannon Dermott's writing style which conveys emotions and pictures in my head.
This book is the first one of the Cambion series in which sucubus are under the spotlight among other creatures.
In my opinion it's quite impressive that an author succeed in writing a young-adult book with sucubus in it. Usually, sucubus equal bit-lit but not here. Also, even if sometimes we feel that this book is an introduction to this universe, everything seem to keep some secrets for the sequels.
There's one character that I really enjoy - more than the others for now - is Flynn, the gorgeous "bad boy" with funny dialogues and cute doings. I'm eager to read more about him and I hope to do so not far from now.
The main character - Mercy - is a character that brings the reader in this "new" world effortlessly. It is compelling to follow her in the discovery of herself and her hidden demon, to discover the first love and the troubles with her power. It's very entertainning and addictive since I really really want to read the sequel.
But - because there's often a but - sometimes I think the author took the easy way. Sometimes, I think, the character conveniently didn't ask some questions that could have ruined the mysteries of the book and it bugs me. Of course, it didn't bug me enough to make me stop to read because I read the book in two days.
Luke's character is the kind of character that I enjoy to read about even if it's not my favorite one. I like "who" he is and I hope we'll read more of him in the following book.
There're other characters also very important but since they appear later in the story I don't want to spoiler you but I can write that all characters even those that seem just secondary have their importance and I think there'll be more about them in the next book.
The plot itself is maybe a little too uneven in term of romance/action. I really enjoy very much the romance side which is not too lovey-dovey but maybe the real action comes too late. Of course, the romance has a purpose since Mercy is slowly discovering her sucubus side and has a link with the action/drama of the book but maybe some readers will be a little disappointed if they're looking for heavy drama like in the Soul Scramers series for exemple.
Also, I think I have some clues for the next book and it's both good and bad. I like mysteries and I don't really want to discover right now the secrets of this lovely series.
So, this book is an awesome discovery in which the characters are all appealing for different reasons. I hope the next book will be as good as this one because now I'm waiting for something huge!(less)
This book is the first one of a series that will probably count four books. I read it after I read Obsidian which is written by the same author and I have to say that I'm a fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout.
In this book there's everything such as romance, action, drama, mysteries and funny moments. It's impossible to be bored with the characters and the plot itself.
I have to confess that I love Greek mythology so when I read some little mentions of Zeus or other gods I was in heaven. The idea of Half-Blood, Pure-Blood and Daimons among other things is genious.
Sometimes, the dynamics and some parts of the story made me think of Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead that I'm crazy about so needless to write that I'm fond of the Covenant series.
Alex is an intense character with a strong personality like I love to read in books. Nothing is easy and even less because she's the main character. All I can write is that she is will not be scarless.
Aiden makes me think of Dimitri from Vampire Academy and I think I don't have much to say since he's a wonderful character but maybe a little too careful. I would like to "see" him taking more risks. I hope to read more confrontations between him and Seth in the sequel.
Writing about Seth, he's a mysterious character. I can't really say if I love him or loath him but one thing is sure, I'm not indifferent and I love the dynamic he's bringing in the story.
Other characters are also very very important but I prefer to let you discover them by yourself.
So now I'm sad because I have to wait several months before Pure but I'm also delighted because I discovered once again wonderful characters settled down in an universe that attarcted the reader from the first page.
Once again, Jennifer L. Armentrout wrote a page turner that will make the reader forget that it's not possible to read all day long to know what will happen next. Thank you very much.(less)
Shadows is a novella, a prequel of the Lux series in which we discover Dawson Black. I don't want to spoiler you if you haven't read Obsidian.
So, I bo...moreShadows is a novella, a prequel of the Lux series in which we discover Dawson Black. I don't want to spoiler you if you haven't read Obsidian.
So, I bought it on amazon - it's only available in ebook right now - the release day. I needed to learn more about the Balck family and to know what happened before the events in Obsidian. I'm not disappointed!
First of all, the novella is quite long which is for the better when you're a fan of the author. Once again, I was hooked as soon as I read the first page.
Meeting Dawson brings something more to Dee and Daemon. It's like we do understand them more and the situation is more clear. I think I'm even more eager to read Onyx thanks to this novella!
So, here there're everything that we're all looking for in good YA books: romance really moving, feisty characters and dramas that can only break your heart. I can't shake the image in my mind after reading the last chapter. Only for this last chapter, it's worth the read if you recall how Deamon is in Obsidian.
So, if you want to discover this series, you can begin with this novella, but I think you'll prefer to read Obsidian first, just to have the complete experience of the "funny" things like reading about things only mentionned in Obsidian.
Dawson is a good character, different from the others which shows how much the author created believable characters that make me want to read always more about them. Bethany is also kind of appealing even if not as much as I would have loved. Now that I read Shadows, I'm more delighted to know who Dawson was than anything else. It shows also that things tend to repeat with Daemon and it's all more mysterious. Well done with that!
The only real thing that I'm a little disappointed is that we don't "see" enough of the final fight. I don't want to spoiler you, but I find it kind of too fast to fade away.
I'm sad that it's already over which means that I have to wait until August to read the sequel. What can I say? I'm a fan of this series and you should rush and buy Obsidian and Shadows.(less)