I fangirled so hard when she first announced this book. The reason I kept reading the Shiver books was because of Cole and Isabel. No lie. He is one of my favorite male YA characters and for him to get his own book? Oh man, I was literally counting down the days. When I got my copy, I may have hugged it (actually, I did, I won't lie). But the big question is, did it live up to my expectations? Yes . . . and no.
We'll start with the no part first, shall we? I was expecting more paranormal but what I got was more contemporary. Not necessarily a bad thing except when you're a person like me who isn't the biggest fan of YA contemp. However, I said I didn't care because I mean, hello! It's Cole St. Clair and Isabel Culpeper. But really, this was my only negative thing about this book. I'd say that's a pretty good thing, right?
On to the good. COLE. Okay, so we got to be in his head in both Linger and Forever but having an entire book (okay, really more like half since it's split with Isabel but you get my point) from him and about him? Oh yeah, I'm all over that. I may not have loved the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, as Sam and Grace bored to me death but I liked it enough that the chance to read more made me do the jig. The one thing I loved most but also frustrated me the most about this book was the fact that both Cole and Isabel were dealing with personal demons. Isabel frustrated me more than Cole did but I think that's because Cole has such a laid back personality that you just shrug it off. Let's be honest, Isabel has family issues. We came across these issues in the previous books but you really see a lot more in these books. Because of this, she doesn't believe in love and definitely doesn't believe in marriage but yet, she can't escape these feelings she has for Cole, again.
There are random appearances, per say, of both Sam and Grace so fans of the previous books will get a little excitement out of those. They're both short but I enjoyed having them in there. Cole makes friends with one of the most random guys in this book and you know what? It's one of the best parts about this book. You don't have to be a somebody for Cole to take notice of you, you just have to hold his interest enough to care. I want to meet someone like him in real life, I just feel like it would be an adventure in itself.
For those who love romance and kissing, let me just say you will not be disappointed. There is so much kissing and Cole's version of romancing that it made me giddy reading it.
If you liked the Wolves of Mercy Falls series and especially if you're like me and a big fan of Cole, this is something you don't want to miss out on. However, if you haven't read the series, I feel like this could be read on it's own and you'd enjoy just the same. There's references to things that happened in the previous books but they tell you enough about what's happened that I don't think you'd be lost.
Thank you so much to Scholastic for allowing us the opportunity to get this book at BEA in exchange for an honest review....more
Finally! Some New Adult that isn't contemporary! This pleases me to no end. I don't even care that it doesn't have a description. All it needs is "NewFinally! Some New Adult that isn't contemporary! This pleases me to no end. I don't even care that it doesn't have a description. All it needs is "New Adult Paranormal" to make me this excited. Besides, it's JLA so we know it'll be awesome.
If you have NOT read Uninvited please read with caution. There are some spoilersReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
Actual rating: 1.5 stars
If you have NOT read Uninvited please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .
Duologies are perfect for those who don’t like sticking with trilogies, or worse, series that are longer than three books. They’re also perfect for those who don’t like standalones. However; in this case, I might have preferred a standalone. This is coming from someone who is obsessed with Sean. Bringing in a new love interest was hard. I couldn’t find myself enjoying their moments together when all I kept thinking was “…but SEAN…”. It’s tough. All those swoon-worthy moments were anything but for me . . . I just didn’t feel that connection with Caden or even with Caden and Davy. Again, this could because my mind wouldn’t let me. I should add that it’s not that I didn’t like Caden, because I did. As a person, he was fantastic. Hell, he’d even be a guy I’d want to date but I couldn’t connect with the idea of him and Davy or where his feelings for her may have come from, you know?
The story itself wasn’t as exciting, either. One thing I did love was the little things in between each chapter. Some were conversations, some were emails, some were articles and some were even obituaries. I liked that and I can’t remember if it was like that in the first book but even if it was, I really really liked that. But that’s beside the point – it just wasn’t as exciting, engrossing or frankly, entertaining as the first one. I was so engrossed in Uninvited and I wanted, no, needed more. I guess sometimes when your expectations are so high, they never quite reach.
I found this book to be quite predictable, as well. I don’t think anything surprised me and that disappoints me. I predict things in a lot of books but there is always something that surprises me; not here, though.
Even with all that, it wasn’t bad, per say, it just wasn’t as good as the first. You can’t even call them close. Who knows, maybe someone will actually like it more than the first book? It’s all about what you like and matter of opinions but sadly, this was mine.
I will say, by the end of the book, I was okay. I came around to liking Caden and I was happy that mostly everyone was happy.
As much as this pains me, because of how much I loved Uninvited, this book was a complete and utter let down. Especially to those of us who were very fond of Sean; which is probably most of us.
Thank you so much to Hannah from The Irish Banana Review for allowing me to borrow this book. In turn, thank you so much to HarperCollins for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review....more
If you have NOT read Poison Princess & Endless Knight please read with cautioReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
Actual rating: 4.5 stars
If you have NOT read Poison Princess & Endless Knight please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .
I don't even know where to begin. I can't begin with how torn I am about the ending or how my emotions have been all over the place since I finished this book at 5:30 in the morning or even how I cried and how my heart broke. I can't because I should start in the beginning, me?
Just like Endless Knight, this starts off right where the second book ended - well, mostly. Maybe a little ahead but we back track and we get the spots where were left out.
I guess I should say that I fell in love with Jack in the first book; he was awesome and gorgeous and just . . .unique. Then we met Aric and it was all like Jack who? I stand by my love for Aric and I don't think I could ever be persuaded to go back to Jack's side. It's just not possible. (view spoiler)[ I'm not sure how much this is really a spoiler but I believe there is love and there is lust. I believe what Evie feels toward one is love and toward another is lust. To me, it's clear which is which but who knows, maybe not? (hide spoiler)]
I never thought I'd get so much joy out of an adventure with Jack, Aric and Evie but OH MY GOSH, I had a blast. I laughed, a lot, and just cherished all the moments between them. They're both after Evie's heart but yet, they start bonding and it's amazing. The respect I believe they have for each other (though they'd never truly admit it) is adorable. There's really no other way to describe it, really. I know, you never thought anyone would ever describe anything about Death as adorable but I just did.
There are many moments where Evie gets on my nerves and I just want to bash her head against the wall to get her to wake up. (view spoiler)[ She makes a promise to Aric about not doing anything, if you will, with Jack until a decision has been made. Honestly, she doesn't keep it. She makes out with him and it gets pretty steamy but when the opportunity arises for her to make out with Aric, she reminds him she won't do anything with either. I was pissed because that was a lie. I was furious, actually. (hide spoiler)] I get her position is difficult and eventually, she needs to make a decision about one or the other but ugh. I can't even.
The Lovers are disturbing. There are no other way to describe them. So many times, they literally made me cringe for the way they torture people and they say it's out of love. I was reading this, imagining if this were a movie or TV show how just . . . vile those scenes would be. Picturing it in my head was bad enough and Kresley Cole doesn't shy away from the gory details.
The end. It broke my heart. In many ways. There's really not much more I can say about that. But I cried. I wanted to throw my kindle but then I realized, I'd rather not have a broken kindle so I resisted. Had I been reading a physical book, it would've gone flying, no doubt about it. I may have even gone to pick it up only to throw it again. Then I lay in a ball trying to calm my emotions down as my heart continued breaking. I just can't take it. Now I have to wait. I don't want to wait.
While I really, really loved this book, to me, it wasn't anything nearly as great as Endless Knight. To me, that blew most books out of the water and I hold that up on an extremely high pedestal. Extremely high expectations from me.
Thank you so so soooooo much to Kresley Cole & her assistant, Brooke, for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I seriously cannot thank you enough.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
If I could give a book more than 5 stars, this would be a book worthy of such rating. O.M.G. I am obsessed with every single character. Every one of tIf I could give a book more than 5 stars, this would be a book worthy of such rating. O.M.G. I am obsessed with every single character. Every one of them, I'm telling you.
I want to be a dragon. I'd like to think I'd be a pretty awesome dragon. I'd like to think I'd also be purple cause I love purple. Or maybe a blue/green cause that would also be awesome.
If you aren't already marking off the days on your calendar until this book is out then you need to change that, now. This book needs to be preordered and on your radar now. It's perfection written in about 400 pages (I seriously could've used more pages but that's just me).
Full non-gushing review to come closer to publication (though I can't promise it'll be less gushing).
All I have to say is this better not be the last book. That ending is great for a cliff hanger-ish type but notFull review to come in June (hopefully)
All I have to say is this better not be the last book. That ending is great for a cliff hanger-ish type but not for an ending of a series.
(view spoiler)[Am I the only one that has been rooting for a Callum/Bryn pairing since the beginning. He loves her. It's not just the 'I kind of raised you' type love...I truly believe he loves her. She can't hate him. Honestly, I am glad Chase is gone. (Though I did cry when he died) But I saw it coming. And he was boring. Callum is mysterious and keeps you on your toes. I NEED MORE! (hide spoiler)]
***UPDATE 6/10/12*** I talked with someone from Egmont while at BEA about this series and she did say this was the final book. I did mention how disappointed I was to hear this was the final book. So, with that being said...my rating is going down from a 5 star...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I fell in love with Incarnate. I wasn’t sure what to expect from that book and I got sucked in. I just reReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
I fell in love with Incarnate. I wasn’t sure what to expect from that book and I got sucked in. I just remember some of the things I was tweeting to the author, Jodi Meadows, who I didn’t even know at the time, while reading the book. That’s the first time I’ve ever tweeted an author while reading their book, with my reactions to things, it was entertaining. Especially a specific part of the book… Now, going in to Asunder, I knew this world, these characters and I couldn’t wait to get more. I am satisfied. I am happy. I am sad.
The beginning of Asunder is the people of Heart trying to move on and cope from Templedark, where they lost many of their friends of 5,000 years. Not easy to do. If you’ve lost someone, you know how hard that can be but we didn’t have the pleasure of knowing that person for nearly as long as these people have. Dealing with this kind of permanent loss is impossible. However, they have to deal because no matter what, they won’t be getting those souls back. It’s a very sad time but also an awkward time for Ana because a lot of these people blame her when it was never her fault. But when in doubt, blame the Newsoul/nosoul, right?
This book is filled with love, pain, betrayal, sacrifice, violence and healing all mixed in to one. Ana goes through a lot of hardship in this book, more than the first book, I think. What makes it worse is she’s made plenty of friendships and now she has so much to lose whereas she only had things to gain in Incarnate. The birth of a Newsoul is almost enough to cause a riot in the birthing room and if it’s a sign of things to come, it’s going to be a dangerous path for all newsouls.
One person that Ana can always count on is Sam. He’s never judged her for being a Newsoul even from the very first time he met her. He found her unique and intriguing. It’s easy to misjudge a situation and think the worst of someone. Just keep that in mind…
I really liked Ana from Incarnate. For being so judged and hated on just for whom she is, not someone she could control, she is incredibly strong both in mind and will. I didn’t think I could like her much more but alas, I have been proven wrong. She is a force to be reckoned with. There is so much growth throughout Asunder that I’m in awe. I sit here wondering, is this really the same Ana we met jumping off a cliff in Incarnate? Truly, it’s really her? I love her (in a totally platonic way). Seriously. You’ve Incarnate, right? So there’s no reason you shouldn’t read this. I do love it a lot and the ending…that ending. *sigh* Plus, look at those covers. Aren’t they just breathtakingly beautiful? Butterflies and roses…very important to the story…...more
This cover is perfect. It’s creepy, it’s dark and it’s extremely fitting. Before reading the book, when I first saw this cover I was really excited. You could tell it was going to be dark but I had no idea how dark. I also wasn’t sure I liked the name change from Mortal Beauty to Mortal Danger but you know what? It works.
Now that that is out of the way. I took a long time reading this book and before you go ‘uh oh, that’s not a good sign’ – back on up. It’s a great sign but it just wasn’t one of those books you can breeze through. I loved Ann Aguirre’s other YA series, Razorland, and I devoured those books. I wanted to read this book, really read this book and savor it. It became impossible to do toward the end but I tried really hard, I swear I did. I found my eyes jumping ahead and I made myself go back and read what I skipped over. As much as I try, I always do this (hence why ebooks are good for me).
There are still things left unanswered in this book and I’m really looking forward to seeing the answers in the next book or maybe even the last book. There are characters that I know will make another appearance in the next book and honestly, I really can’t wait for that.
The first few pages of this book are depressing and just make you want to hug our main character, even though we don’t know a thing about her. She needs a hug and we’re willing to give it to a complete stranger. But she didn’t need it because cue in a good looking stranger whose willing to help her. There’s a catch. There’s always a catch, right?
Edith, or Edie as we know her – she is awesome. She’s very relatable because she’s real. She’s a bit of a nerd, she’s a loner and she was bullied, a lot, at her school. I understand not everyone knows what that all feels like but I’m sure most of us do. I know I do so I can definitely relate. Wanting payback for the pain they caused you and basically doing anything to achieve this. Because of a deal she made with our mysterious stranger, she can begin paying back her tormentors.
Our mysterious stranger is an attractive young man, Kian, who offers Edie a deal she can’t refuse. Heck, he only asks her to listen to his offer, if she doesn’t like it, she’ll let her continue with what she was intending to do to herself. This guy wasn’t supposed to be someone that Edie would see a lot of but then suddenly, he’s in charge of her and her alone. Things quickly change between them and while she’s wondering how much she can trust him, the reader is questioning the same things. Can he or can’t he be trusted? Is he or isn’t he using her because of his boss? Is he or isn’t he behind they mysterious happenings at her school? So many doubts and so many questions.
So even though it’s dark, creepy (seriously, I may have had a few nightmares because of this book) and mysterious as you question yourself and the characters all throughout, it’s full of many steamy, swoon-worthy moments. The romance has moments where it’s so smoking hot, you wonder if you’ve been thrown in a sauna. It’s a fantastic mix of everything and it’s blended perfectly. The ending, while it’s not much of a cliffhanger, it still has you desperate for more.
Thank you so much to Jean Feiwel over at Macmillan for sending me this book to read in exchange for an honest review....more
Ugh. It's over and I'm depressed. Seriously - this trilogy just got better and better with each book that came out. This book was just everything I waUgh. It's over and I'm depressed. Seriously - this trilogy just got better and better with each book that came out. This book was just everything I wanted it to be and more.
If you have NOT read Incarnate & Asunder, please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .
While I want to talk about this book, I want to talk about something a bit more obvious. The cover. Actually, all the covers for this series. They're absolutely stunning. Seriously! How could you walk passed this book and not stop to admire it? Pick it up, see what it's all about and then, in turn, buy it. Now, while I love all these covers none of them are as great as this. When I was first shown this cover, I couldn't help but get all giddy (I hid it some since we were in the middle of Barnes & Noble) but it's so beautiful. The colors are what got me -it's my favorite colors blended in to one cover (blue, green & purple) - not to mention the feathers (which are important, as each cover has significance to each book). While I held the ARC in my hand, it's not the same as the final copy. I can't wait to hold it in my hands and who knows, maybe I'll hug it. I won't leave the rest out - we'll have a group hug.
Now that that is out of the way, let's talk about this book. It's actually hard for me to talk about this book because all I keep thinking about is the Epilogue. I've never read an epilogue that was done as perfectly as Jodi did with this series. Seriously. I went back and read it again because I loved it so much. Clearly, I can't talk details about it because it'll spoil this entire book for you and we wouldn't want that. But go read the book, come back here and gush with me about how perfect it was.
Cris is one of my favorite people from this series. He was introduced in the last book and I couldn't get enough of him. When he sacrificed himself for Ana, my heart broke. Not because we lost him but because he just proved how perfect he really was. He was giving up his life for a hopefully better life for everyone else, especially Newsouls, like Ana. It makes me tear up just thinking about it but when we thought that might have been the end of him, he pops up at the very end of Asunder as none other than a sylph. I squealed, I did - so I was REALLY looking forward to this book. There is plenty of him and yet, not enough. Sam and Ana even find a way to communicate with Cris and the other sylph's and it's beautiful. Everything about Cris and Ana's friendship is beautiful. Ana needs all the friends she can get when so many people in Heart hate her for what she is and what she took away from them.
Dragons play a huge part in this book and you can just imagine the thrill Sam has with this. The one thing he's most afraid of becomes something they need to depend on. But we won't go in to much detail about that because I'd rather leave that for you to come across on your own. It's quite fascinating, which shouldn't be surprising since it is dragons, afterall.
Ana and Sam face a lot of bumps along the way, not only with their mission but with their relationship. Many times I was on the verge of a breakdown because I couldn't take the tension between them - it was unbearable.
(view spoiler)[ I have to agree with someone thing that Jen, from Jenuine Cupcakes said while we discussed this book. This was a book with self sacrifice that was done RIGHT. It was done for the right reasons, made complete and utter sense how it was done and everything that went in to it. If you can't guess where this discussion came from (ie: what other book we might be talking about) I'm sorry, but I'm not going to spoil that for you. It was just done as beautifully as the epilogue! (hide spoiler)]
It kind of blows my mind how much happened in this book and how much fun it was to take this journey with these characters. I really want to go back and re-read this book and I think I might when I get the hardcover in (after I pet it, of course). This is another final book in a trilogy so if you've read the previous two, it's obviously one you don't want to miss. If you haven't, I'm sorry you read my review.
Thank you so much to Jodi for letting me borrow one of her precious ARCs. You, my friend, rock my socks!["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"]>...more
UNDER THE NEVER SKY is a new, interesting dystopian story. Dystopian has become the newest crave in YA literature and I have to say, it’s definitely oUNDER THE NEVER SKY is a new, interesting dystopian story. Dystopian has become the newest crave in YA literature and I have to say, it’s definitely one of my favorites. I haven’t come across to dystopian story that I haven’t liked. And that continues with UNDER THE NEVER SKY. This is Veronica Rossi’s debut novel and I absolutely love all these new, debut authors.
It’s disturbing to think about living in a Realm that is completely make believe. There are no risks in life, no pain, no suffering and it seems like you could live for a very long time. How is that even living? Not seeing the world or people for what they really are? It’s a very interesting concept and you get to see a lot into this make believe Realm that Aria has grown up in.
I can’t even imagine living in a world where everything you see and experience isn’t actually real. Pain, it’s a horrible feeling but it makes us human. And when her world is ripped from right in front of her, it makes for a huge challenge. Pain is something she has to endure day after day once left in Death Shop; the world outside of the Realms.
Aria is an easily likable character; one in which you feel for her once her life is completely flipped upside down. I was excited to see that she was starting to live life, as one should truly live life. In the real sense. No more Realms, no more pretending, if you will. She experiences what the outside world in Death Shop, under the never sky is doing to her mind and body with an Outsider named Perry.
This book switches back and forth from Aria and Perry’s points of views. I love books when you get to read from different characters perspective. It adds more to the story. You get to see what a person is really feeling, or truly thinking instead of having a character assume that is what he/she meant. Love it! I adore both of these characters and one of my favorite things from this book, that was so refreshing from stories I’d read before this, was the romance builds. It’s not ‘insert some hot guy, girl swoons over how good looking he is, can’t stop thinking about said hot guy, etc, etc, etc’. Refreshing, indeed. Not that there is anything wrong with a handsome fellow coming into a story and a girl swooning but it’s just over done…a lot. So thank you, Veronica. The change was needed.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good dystopian/post-apocalyptic story. If you want to read a story where it’s not all about romance and swooning, you should pick up a copy of UNDER THE NEVER SKY. I’m not saying there isn’t swooning involved, for the reader or the character(s), because there is – but – it’s not filled with it. It’s filled with an exciting, new story of a world we don’t live in. I can’t wait to read more, especially with how this book ended.
I would like to thank St. Martin's Press and netgalley for allowing me to review this book in exchange fReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
I would like to thank St. Martin's Press and netgalley for allowing me to review this book in exchange for an honest review.
I kept putting this book off only because it had to be read on my computer since netgalley didn’t have a kindle version available. I hate reading books on my computer and it also limits you to when and where you can read the book. But with only a week left until the book expired, I knew I had to read it. I’m kind of bummed that I put it off for so long, this book was really enjoyable.
Concepts like Glitch really interest me. The whole inserting chips and controlling a person is creepy yet intriguing. Could you imagine, having a, well like usb port in the back of your neck? Being a drone, free of any and all emotions. Not being able to feel pain, well your body can but your brain doesn’t register it so it’s like a pain-free life. But like our main character, Zoel says, you also never get to feel happiness, joy and most importantly, love. What kind of life is that really? We, as humans, have to take the good with the bad but when it’s good, it’s really a great feeling. If given the choice, would you opt for a emotion free existence or would you rather enjoy everything life has to offer? The good and the bad…
Interesting concept, right? It was executed rather well. There were characters you knew you couldn’t trust, characters you were iffy about and then ones you know was loyal and faithful, no matter what.
Zoel, who likes to be called Zoe, grew as a character right before your eyes. She begins the book as she glitching, which is breaking a connection with the Link, which is what the Uppers control everyone through. It’s a terrifying thing because if you’re caught glitching, they either fix your port so you’re back to being connected to the Link or you’re deactivated (aka killed). Now you know why glitching is extremely dangerous but she does everything she can to fit in and appear as everyone else. It’s a lot harder than one would think. She struggles with it and catches the attention of a green eyed boy, Adrien. He must be a glitch, as well or how else would he keep noticing her. Except, there’s a lot more to Adrien than you think. There’s also a lot more to Zoe than we think.
The story grows from there. There’s plenty of romance, lots of violence, tons of anger and a mix of emotions none of the glitchers understand and of course, heart break. Oh, and did I mention drama? Yes, of course there’s plenty of that! What’s a good book without drama, right?
It was an enjoyable read, very fun. Sounds weird, right? But it was. Minus the bad stuff, which is needed in any story, there was lots of things worth smiling for. Like the romance build up between Adrien and Zoe, the idea of them possibly being free one day. The idea of an escape. You want the characters to be free nearly as bad as Zoe does. You’re right next to her fighting the same cause.
I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for a mysteriously good looking hero, a best friend with an attitude issue (I know, I never mentioned a best friend, did I? Read it to find out about him…), a wanna-be leader with an extremely deadly power, and most importantly, a story about the heroine growing in to something she never thought she’d be. If you love YA books, especially of the fantasy type. I really think you’d enjoy this; especially if you have the same tastes as me. Go out and get your copy on August 7! ...more
Was asked not to post a review until closer to the release date BUT in the meantime - I must say. I stayed up until 4 AM reading this until my sight wWas asked not to post a review until closer to the release date BUT in the meantime - I must say. I stayed up until 4 AM reading this until my sight was so blurry I couldn't read it anymore. As soon as I got up, I went to my computer to finish the rest. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. So many great things to say but they will have to wait for about two weeks! :D
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I thank Entangled Publishing for sending me a copy of this ARC to review. I’ve never heard of this book nor knew what to expect but I can assure you, it surprised the hell out of me. I took the PDF file with me to work and I did absolutely no work while I was there. I just sat in front of the computer so engrossed in this story.
I was so invested with this story that I sat at my computer until 4 am reading it until my eye sight became blurry. I knew it was time to get some sleep & finish it the next morning. I really didn’t want to but I had no choice – I need to be able to see the computer screen in order to read
This book was so good I’m having trouble putting how I feel into words. It’s made me speechless. Which is saying a lot. I talk and talk and talk about great books I’ve read. I’ve already recommended this book to many of my friends. But let me start my review here. This is the first gay YA book I have read. Now, I’ve read books like The Mortal Instruments that have gay characters in them but they are not the main characters. (If you know me, Magnus & Alec are seriously my favorite pairing in Cassandra Clare’s series) No matter if the characters are straight or gay shouldn’t matter. It’s the love that’s between the two love interests that make the story. And the relationship between Archer and Evan is just . . . beautiful.
Archer is in love with his best friend, Vivian. He’d do anything for her. He has done so much for her that she doesn’t even know about. He’s killed for her. The problem with this relationship is Vivian doesn’t see what is right in front of her. She’s attracted to the wrong guys; the guys, who cheat, beat her and who knows what else. Then comes along the new guy he meets on campus, Evan. He’s very shy but sweet and affectionate. You can see that about him from the first meeting between Archer and him. It makes you like him right off the bat.
The build up between these two characters is slow and gradual but it’s real. It’s not love at first site or anything. In fact, Archer doesn’t know what he feels when it comes to Evan. He knows he likes being around him, loves his company but isn’t sure how deep those feelings go. Having Vivian getting into trouble all the time doesn’t help him trying to figure out his feelings.
Archer is such a tormented character. I seriously wanted to give him a hug so many times during this story. He’s got a place in my heart. He’s such a great guy but so damaged from things that happened to him earlier in his life. He’s a tough cookie.
(view spoiler)[And may I just comment on how HOT that shower scene was?! Oh.My.Gosh. It completely blew me away. For some reason, I never expected that from Evan. From Archer, I definitely could’ve seen him initiate something like that but for Evan to be so bold, holy hell. I have a massive crush on this couple. And an insane amount of love for them. (hide spoiler)]
I can’t even tell you how much I loved this. I’m so grateful Entangled Publishing sent this to me. It’s definitely one I’m going buy (I like having the physical books, yeah – I’m old school like that) and its one I’m going to recommend to just about anyone. That includes you. Kelley York is definitely an author I’m going to be keeping my eye on, especially for her future projects. Thank you Kelley, for writing such an amazing book.
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Fantastic introduction to a new series from the lovely, Katie McGarry. She introduces us to a world where I'm eager to know more. I'm most excited aboFantastic introduction to a new series from the lovely, Katie McGarry. She introduces us to a world where I'm eager to know more. I'm most excited about a certain character's story, which will be the third or fourth book.
If you loved her Pushing the Limits series, you're in for a treat with this one. It's just as great and leaves the promise of so much more to come.
This book was recommended to me by Katie McGarry so clearly I knew I had to add it to my TBR pile. She raved about it and now I really can't wait to rThis book was recommended to me by Katie McGarry so clearly I knew I had to add it to my TBR pile. She raved about it and now I really can't wait to read this! It sounds great plus Katie's heavy support absolutely makes it a must read for me!...more
Julie Kagawa is amazing. I just needed to start off this review with that. Seriously, she’s so incredibly talented and one of the most kickass authorsJulie Kagawa is amazing. I just needed to start off this review with that. Seriously, she’s so incredibly talented and one of the most kickass authors I’ve met. I’m a huge fan of her Iron Fey series, like HUGE fan…especially of Puck. So, I guess you can say I went in to this book with extremely high expectations. Which may not be fair of me, as a reader but let me tell you, I was not disappointed at all. In fact, I do believe this book is better than her Iron Fey series.
Another reviewer on our site is reviewing this book so I will only be posting it here and on my personal Amazon account. We’ve got a few big fans of Julie’s over at Fictional Distraction and I got her Iron Fey series to review so it’s only fair I don’t hog them all ;)
That being said, let’s get to this amazing book. First off, I’m still iffy when it comes to vampire books. Let’s say I’m still recovering from Twilight and those vampires who sparkle in the sun. I think after reading THE IMMORTAL RULES I can firmly say I have new faith in vampires. Well – at least vampire fiction, particularly young adult vampire fiction. This, though…it’s something fresh and something new. I love dystopian novels and mixing the two together is quite brilliant. So not only do you pull in vampire fans but you also attract dystopia fans.
Let’s start with Allison, our main character. I’m going out on a limb here and saying she just might be my new favorite protagonist. Seriously. She’s so kickass I can’t even wrap my head around it. She has had a rough life, she lost her mother when she was young and since then, she was out on her own, surviving as an unregistered. She starts out in this book as a human but tragedy strikes and she’s given a choice. Die or become a vampire. She chooses to be turned in to the one thing she’s hated her entire life. Her struggles definitely don’t end there. And when she’s given a katana (sword) she becomes deadly. Besides the fact that she will cut off your head before you can even blink, this girl is snarky. She will hit you back with a smart-ass response faster than about 99% of the people I come across. She stands up to people who everyone else is terrified of, if she doesn’t like something she’ll let you know. But that’s not all. She’s strong. I’m not just talking physical strength, I’m talking inner strength.
Usually in any YA book I’m swooning over the love interest or some male character in the book/series. I wasn’t. Maybe it’s because with a character like Allie it’s hard to grab my attention in that way? I’m not really sure. I mean, I loved Zeke, I really did. But I found myself liking Darren more. I adored little Caleb. Seriously, who could not love that adorable kid?! What I loved is love wasn’t a main focus in THE IMMORTAL RULES. Surviving and trying to remain human seemed more important and I didn’t miss the lack of romance, if you will. If the story is as powerful as this was, you don’t need some mushy crush, you know?
The vampires. All vampires are a love/hate thing with me. There are vampires who are more human, like Allie and her sire, Kanin but then we have vampires who are the monsters we believe them to be. But there are worse vampires…the rabids. The ones who have been infected. They don’t just kill a person, the mutilate them. Rip them to pieces, literally. It’s disturbing and disgusting.
I can’t even put in to words how happy this book made me! I’m afraid to talk too much about the story in fear of spoiling something for someone. But you need to read this book. Especially if you’re a fan of Julie Kagawa’s – you won’t be disappointed, I assure you. If you’ve never read any of Julie’s work (shame on you) then this is for, like I said, vampire and dystopian fans. I don’t know how you could read this book and NOT like it. I really don’t. April 24 – make sure you go out and buy yourself a copy. I know I will be....more
Review to come after I read the final manuscript but from an early draft, it's a very enjoyable story with fantastic characters and a world I'd love tReview to come after I read the final manuscript but from an early draft, it's a very enjoyable story with fantastic characters and a world I'd love to be a part of!
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Do you want to know what my favorite thing is about this book (besides the cover)? The relationships. NotReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
Do you want to know what my favorite thing is about this book (besides the cover)? The relationships. Not just the relationship between Aria and Perry but like the relationship between Perry and the Six, Aria and Roar, Cinder and Willow, Perry and Reef, Perry and Roar and really, I could keep going. There are so many strong relationships throughout this book and it just makes my heart hurt.
I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first book, Under the Never Sky and I really enjoyed that book. Through the Ever Night I just could not put down. If you’re anything like me and happen to fall for the secondary characters a lot than you’ll absolutely fall head over heels in love with Roar. I am obsessed with him, like fan girling obsessed. You all can fight over Perry but step aside if you’re interested in Roar, he’s so mine! ;) Now don’t go bashing me because I’m not fighting for Perry because I do love him, a lot but he’s just not my cup of tea. He is perfect for Aria and they’re going to make beautiful, strong, intelligent, perfect little babies one day.
I love Perry and Roar’s relationship. They are the closest of friends; so in close, in fact that they are like brothers. To see guys like and respect each other as much as these two do, is heartwarming. They know each other better than any two people should and they know what they’re thinking or what they’re going to do next. You know what relationship I loved even more than this one, though? Roar and Aria. I do believe these two have the strongest relationship two can have of the opposite sex without making it more than friendship. They care about each other deeply (on a total platonic level), have mutual respect for the other and want to nothing more than keep the other safe. We get to see a lot of one on one time with Aria and Roar throughout this book and it put a big ole smile on my face.
Meanwhile, Perry had a lot of trouble to deal with on his own during Aria & Roar’s absence, including a female moving in on him. A beautiful female, at that. Not to mention, as Blood Lord, his people not trusting him or respecting him as they should.
I am having so much trouble putting how much I loved this book in to words. (Seriously, I’ve been attempting to write this review for a month now) There’s so much more of everything from the first book put in to this book. There’s so many journeys these characters take and so much heartbreaking things that happen. Of course, heartbreak is to be expected in any series but… *sigh* The third book is going to be epic. Absolutely epic and I cannot wait for this journey to continue. I am ready.
If you loved the first book, I have no doubts that you’ll fall even harder after finishing this book. If you haven’t read Under the Never Sky then I do believe you have some reading to do, my friend!...more
I read this book in less than a day. I was almost late for work because I got caught up in the story andReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
I read this book in less than a day. I was almost late for work because I got caught up in the story and lost track of what time it was. Then I was at work and also sneaking in a few chapters whenever I could. That just speaks numbers about a book, doesn't it? I loved this book and I cannot wait for more, seriously.
Not only is the story unique, I mean the extinction of honey bees while creating a clone of bees (which is the cause of the extinction of bees) which causes the 'bee flu' which has killed thousands upon thousands of people. They create this vaccine for the bee flu which is limited and is given in doses as much as ten. These kids are given tattoos that show how many vaccines they've given. Turns out, over long periods of time, there are deadly side effects to this vaccine. The patient will become violent and insane in which then call these 'kids' beasts. Level Ten's are the deadliest and strongest but they are super rare. Can you guess what level our main character Fiona is?
The story starts out with Fiona waking up in her bed and thinking she was thirteen years old, the last age she remembers being. Her house is a disaster, completely destroyed and it's utterly deserted. Confused and disoriented, she wanders about looking for any sign of her family but what she finds isn't something she wanted to see. Her twin brother, Jonah, as something other than human. He seems more like an animal than anything else, sniffing the carpet and growling like a dog would.
Things get kind of crazy and one of the coolest things about this book is we get to learn about this world and all the crazy factors in it along with our main character, as she's been - well we don't know what's happened to her to make her forget or not remember four years of her life. But that's what makes it exciting is we find out everything along with her and we get to experience this world for the first time just like her. She ends up in a militia camp, disguised as a boy and kept in cuffs with the guardian who turns out to be Fiona's old neighbor Bowen; but is it the older brother (Duncan) whom she used to watch make out with his girlfriend or the younger brother (Dreyden) who is the same age as her?
I am so in love with Bowen (and no, I'm not telling you which brother it is) and I swear, he's one of the sexiest guys in YA. One of the things that made him so sexy, in my opinion, is he wasn't shy about crying. Not only crying but the sobbing type of crying. Most guys would be embarrassed or what not but he owned it and man, it was kind of a hot. That's not the only reason. He's protective, caring, fierce, a fighter, smart and I could go on and on but I won't.
Fiona is strong, for being in the position she is in and comes out of this whole mess even stronger than what she went in to it as. She grows so much and honestly, I can't wait to see what's to come of her in the next book.
There are so many characters I loved in this book, beside our main ones, like Tommy who is Bowen's best friend, Lis (in the flashbacks, of course) who is Fiona's older sister, Dr. Grayson, whose a bit of a mystery until the end and Fiona's twin brother, Jonah, who makes appearances throughout the book (in current time and also in flashbacks). This book was filled with plenty of action, plenty of romance, of course betrayal...it's one of those books that once you start, you'll probably have a hard time putting it down.
Thank you to Bloomsbury and netgalley for allowing me the chance to read and review this book honestly. ...more
If you have NOT read The Collector & The Liberator, please read with caution.Review originally posted at Step Into Fiction
Actual rating: 4.5 stars
If you have NOT read The Collector & The Liberator, please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .
This book is, in my opinion, the strongest of the three. It had the humor I've grown to love from Dante (his voice is just so different from anything I typically read), it had the tears, it had the heartbreak and the loss but it also had an ending that you could smile, even after everything you lost. To me, that is what makes a fantastic book and especially a fantastic ending. When you can tie everything together, break a piece of our hearts (or who knows, even shatter them in to a million pieces) but have us walking away with a feeling of satisfaction. With a feeling of relief. Victoria Scott nailed it. Pow!
I have never had a book where I was on the verge of crying, like literally they were moment away from rolling down my cheek and then all the sudden, the next scene makes them go away. I never shed a tear but let me tell you, there were too many scenes to count where they were right there, building, ready to let themselves loose just awaiting that final push. That push never came because it was always followed with something that made me smile or made me laugh or just made me feel so damn proud to know these characters.
There is so much that happens in this book that I wasn't even sure how it was going to all work out. Especially when the battle that we've all been waiting for was happening somewhere around the 70% mark. I knew there was way too much of the book left for this to be it and it was far from over. I don't think there was a character in this book that I didn't like, not including the workers from Hell, of course (Max excluded). I think that was my fear going in to this book, that I felt so attached to everyone that I knew it was going to pain me when I lost some of them. But then not knowing who might go, had me biting my nails anytime things got rough.
Not to mention there is a person in their mix that is betraying them and working for the other side. I'm proud to say I figured it out but it still didn't make the sting of this person's betrayal hurt any less.
If you haven't read this series, pick it up because it's just such a fun read. If you don't laugh out loud, you'll be laughing internally. If you've read this series but haven't finished it with this book, don't wait. It's totally worth the read and you'll be closing the book with a smile on your face.
Thank you so much to Entangled for allowing me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I will be purchasing the book to complete my series already sitting on my bookshelf!...more
If you have NOT read Starters, please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. PReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
If you have NOT read Starters, please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .
I really enjoyed Starters. It was something new, with an amazing plot, fantastic characters and an enticing romance. Enders is all of that except for one; the romance. It wasn't there. There was a weak attempt at one but it never fully took off nor was it appealing in the slightest. The good news? That's the only thing I didn't like about this book.
So that's what I'll start off with. The bad, or bad-ish. In the first book, we had the relationship with Blake and that was a cute, sizzling romance but it turned out to be false. It put a damper on everything (though I've always been a big advocate for Michael so I might be biased). Then there's Michael, who I love dearly, and he's still just . . . there. Friend-zone. But then we meet this mysterious new guy named Hyden (love that name, btw). Hyden turns out to be so much more than what we could've imagined. There's a lot of tie ins that are fantastic but this relationship, if we can call it that, seems forced and just . . . random. I know it's not but it just doesn't come across well. However, because the story, the characters and the book, as whole, is so fantastic, I can totally overlook this tidbit. Though, we all know I'm sucker for the romance bits of these books so it was disappointing, for me.
I love, love, LOVE the friendship between Michael and Callie. Though, I've always wished it to be more but I'm okay with what they have. They're super close, they care deeply about each other and they would risk their lives for the other. How many friends can you say you'd sacrifice yourself for? I bet you that list is either really small or non-existent. There's just something so pure about their relationship. The ending is just . . . perfection, especially for them. Take that as you will . . .
We find out just how dangerous the Metals are - though they can't be used as killers directly, it doesn't mean they still can't be used as killers. I know, it makes absolutely no sense but it will when you read the book, I assure you. It's crazy that even with Prime destroyed that there's still a way for the Old Man to control Metals for his own purposes.
This book will blow your mind. I am not kidding you. I thought I had it figured out, how certain things and people came together and wow, was I wrong. I didn't see it coming and then I kicked myself for not seeing it come but I was so surprised that I loved it. So not only did Enders have a few shocking moments thrown in; the book was also full of so much suspense and mystery.
This is not a book to read if you haven't read Starters. Not only are you missing out on a great book but you are missing out on so much that is important to this story. If you've read Starters, then you'll enjoy this so much. It's a fantastic follow up and it's got everything (and then some) you'd want in the book - minus a romance but really, that didn't bother me as much as you'd think....more
I bought this book and Invicible Summer at the same by Hannah but I wanted to read this one first. The concept really caught my attention. As someoneI bought this book and Invicible Summer at the same by Hannah but I wanted to read this one first. The concept really caught my attention. As someone whose broken a few too many bones in her lifetime...I know the pain that comes with it. I could never ever imagine doing it to myself on purpose, so I was intrigued. (view spoiler)[I'm glad Jonas didn't get through breaking all the bones he was planning on breaking. I don't know if I could've lived through reading that lol. The skateboarding 'accident' to him throwing himself into a 14 foot deep pool that had been drained to smashing 8 of his toes with a hammer...just imagining that while reading made me shutter. (hide spoiler)]
If I were Jonah, I think I would've strangled my 8 month old brother, Will. I can't imagine being in a house where a baby is crying, constantly, since the moment he was born. I'd go insane, I truly would. And then to top that off having a brother whose a year & a half younger than you who is basically allergic to everything and has reactions every other day that you love and want to protect more than anything? Yeah...insane. And I get Jonah's reasoning...a family being a unit and not individuals. When there's a problem, its not just your problem but everyone's problem in the family. And he feels that breaking bones makes them only stronger, so if he broke every bone in his body, he would be stronger not just physically but also in every way for his family. It's touching, it is. But disturbing, as well.
Not to mention Hannah was shy with using the word fuck which happens to be one of my favorite words. Most teenagers really talk like that. I love that she kept it how it is. I hate books (especially YA ones) where they'll say 'friggin' or 'fudgin' like really? I don't know any teenager that says that, not even when I was a teenager lol. So kudos to her for keeping it real! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This cover, y'all, this cover is awesome and creepy and man, it just made me wanna read it as soon as itReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
This cover, y'all, this cover is awesome and creepy and man, it just made me wanna read it as soon as it came in. I have a bit of cover lust going on right now. Which is weird, because it's such a creepy cover but come on, tell me you don't want to read more about this book after seeing the cover. It makes me giddy to think what the next cover might look like!
I'm going out on a limb here and clearly stating that I am Team Gabriel. Yes, there is a love triangle and yes, you should've been able to figure it out from the books description. If this surprised you then maybe you should consider reading the description once more? However, maybe I'm not one that's a little more accepting to love triangles or maybe this is just one I don't really mind all that much. While I love both of the guys, it's Gabriel who really speaks to me. This shouldn't surprise most people as I normally go for the 'good guy' in books which is also why I normally never end up liking the guy the main girl gets with. Will I be surprised if this is the case? No because I've learned to accept this and really, in this case, I'd be happy either way. BUT I'M HOLDING OUT HOPE! Not that it gives anything away to what happens in the book because, it's really not even close I'm just sitting here, comparing this to most YA love triangles which, probably isn't fair of me and I hope I eat my words later. I'm rambling so I'm moving on . . .
We've all read our fair share of vampire books and I'm sure we've all read our fair share of angels books, am I right? At least I have because, even though I am not religious, I love reading angels books (as long as the religion aspect of it isn't shoved down my throat) a lot more than vampire books but I have never read a book that has them both, so consider me on board from the get-go. This book is as unique as the idea of vampires and angels together, in a book. While, I thought I figured something out very early on, I was on the right track but I definitely didn't have it figured out and that really made me appreciate the book that much more because really, who likes reading a book that they guessed by the first quarter of the book? Not me and I'm guessing, not many of you?
I love the fact that when we meet Lailah, we see right off the bat how independent she is and how she's been surviving on her own for far longer than any of us have been alive. She's got spunk, which is a total bonus because it's a quality that I really love to see (and I feel is more relateable). She's got a dark side but really, how many of us don't? She's a rough life, at times, and she has the scars to prove it.
Jonah is the first guy we meet and we meet him in a rare state. That is, a weakened state. Like, probably close to the brink of death . . . or, since he's a vampire and technically already dead, he's on the brink of extinction. I liked him the most in the opening scene because, to me now that I've finished the book, he's more subdue and more . . . charming. He's a good guy, especially for a vampire but there's just something about him that makes me want to go the other way.
Where as Gabriel, I will run to with open arms. He is everything Jonah isn't and it should be that way. Really, these two guys represent light and darkness and their personalities match them both. One thing I loved most with Gabriel was his telling of 'heaven' or what is really his home. It's beautiful and it's moving and it made me really, really wish I were an angel in disguise. Gabriel is a leader, he is strong, he is intelligent and he is full of love. The fact that he is a leader to a group of vampires just shows you, basically anything is possible.
While it may sound like the story is more about who she chooses, I assure you, there is so much more going on. Lailah doesn't know what she is but she knows she is being hunted. Could you imagine being hunted and not knowing why? There are beings on both side of the battle wanting to claim her. Some may want her dead while others may want to use her. Either outcome isn't something Lailah, Gabriel or Jonah are willing to see. The end battle is pretty epic and will leave you on the edge of your seat, bed or wherever you happen to be reading. My focus, and most of my review's focus is usually on the characters and the relationships because to me, is a big part of what I enjoy.
You guys, from the cover to the pages in between, I really enjoyed this story and I know, with how it ended, I desperately need more. I need more of Gabriel, Lailah and even Jonah, pronto. If you're in to paranormal books and want to look for something a tad different, I would suggest picking up this book and giving it a try. Especially if you like (or can tolerate) love triangles. This is a good one, I assure you.
Thank you so much to Macmillan for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review....more
If you have NOT read The Madman's Daughter & Her Dark Curiosity please read with caution. There are sReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
If you have NOT read The Madman's Daughter & Her Dark Curiosity please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .
This series is over and I'm sad about this. Character wise, probably one of my most enjoyed series. However, none of the books outshine the first book, The Madman's Daughter and I think I know why (besides the fact that it was brilliant). The only story I wasn't familiar with was the first one, The Island of Dr. Moreau, so it was fascinating to me. However, I am familiar The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde as well as Frankenstein. While I loved the incorporation of those stories to the story and world Megan created I think that ignorance of not being familiar with the first book's story made it all far more fascinating to me.
I did love this conclusion, even if it creeped me out (hello, this shouldn't be a surprise as there's been many times in the previous books I've cringed or been creeped out - it's what's made these books so great) and maybe I did cry a time or two. Maybe my heart hurts for a character or two, still but it was perfect. I was little bummed for the lack of romance for the first half of the book. Montgomery and Juliet almost felt like strangers to me, the way they were around each other and it made me sad to see. But have no fear, the second half of the book truly made up for it.
There's not a whole lot I can say about this book without giving too many spoilers. It's a fantastic conclusion to a great series. It's dark, like all the books have been; it's violent but again, this shouldn't be a surprise. It's a perfect blend of every element. I was really sad to see it end because ever since the first book, I've been in love with Montgomery and have had a fascination with Edward and Juliet, as individual's. I've really become attached to them and it's always so hard letting go. Sometimes, I find myself not finishing series because I don't want to let them go. I had to read this thought because I needed to know how it ended and I wanted to see everything come together.
I think if you've loved this series as much as I have then you'll be entirely satisfied with this ending. Sad, absolutely but happy at the same time. It's great and I really hope you'll agree.
Thank you so much to HarperCollins for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review....more
I'm torn. There were parts of this book that I absolutely loved. But then there were parts that I didn't.Review originally posted at Step Into Fiction
I'm torn. There were parts of this book that I absolutely loved. But then there were parts that I didn't. But let's start from the beginning. I was hopeful, as I always am (though I'm not sure why anymore) when there's a hint at a best friend turned boyfriend theme to the story. I am one of those suckers that want more friend ends up with the girl stories since they are the ones that are usually screwed. That being said, after a few pages of this book, I knew this wasn't going to end well. Tristan isn't the one girl kind of guy and I was already feeling sorry for Lily. She has enough things wrong in her life (crazy mother, a father who left and allergies like you wouldn't believe). This party, you just knew how it was going to end, you just knew it. Though, there were definitely surprises along the way.
I liked Lily, as a character. She had spunk, a fantastic personality and while she's rather fragile, she's got a very strong soul. She's the type of girl that you, while you may knock her down time and time again, she's going to get right back up and keep on trucking. I admire that about her because I don't think I could be as strong as she is. However, I do not like her alternative world Lillian at all but I do believe that is the point.
The love story to this is just . . . weird. There's no other way to put it. While I enjoyed it, I also got creeped out by it. I don't know how Lily was so comfortable with it when, if it were me, I'd be cringing and questioning. Rowan, himself, is totally swoon-worthy. He's a good guy, powerful and dammit, he can cook like the best of the chefs. I want him cooking for me. My mouth was kind of watering just reading about him in the kitchen.
I do like the Tristan in this alternative world, though. I really like him, even though he's very similar to the Tristan we met in the beginning of the story, he seems to be a bit more compassionate and loving. He's still not the one woman type of guy but I don't think he's as dickish about it. I adore the friendship these two have, while again, it's similar to the friendship her Tristan had, it's different and better, I think. I know, this kind of sounds confusing, right? It's really not, though.
I love the world she created in this alternative Salem and the dangers that await us every turn. It fascinates me and terrifies me all at the same time. The science and the witch aspects woven into this story are amazing. To view the benefits of both when you've never really paid much attention to how incredible science really can be it mind boggling. I am, by no means, a science buff. Hell, I could've cared less about that subject in school but reading about it in this book actually makes it interesting.
It got really boring for me in the middle of the book. I didn't like the alternative points of views. I understand the need for them but that's when things started dragging for me. I liked Lily's voice and I wasn't sure I cared for the rest of them. I also don't know if I liked the ending. It seemed rather rushed and jumbled. Especially a certain person's death. You knew it was coming but it was so . . . lackluster. I expected more, which sounds pretty awful, I know.
I definitely am interested enough to read more and see where this story goes in the next book but I don't think I'm as excited for it as I was for this book (which is another that has let me down). Having high expectations for a book is a dangerous thing. I definitely recommend this book if you like witchcraft, science and maybe the idea of traveling between different worlds (which sounds like fun).
Thank you so much to Macmillan for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review....more
I was so excited when I got this book and met Meagan at BEA. She’s a local author (located in DC), the prReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
I was so excited when I got this book and met Meagan at BEA. She’s a local author (located in DC), the premise of Skylark sounded intriguing, to put it mildly, plus, LOOK AT THAT COVER! So simple yet so downright beautiful.
Skylark didn’t disappoint. There was so much detail in the post-apocalyptic world that I literally felt like I was right there with Lark living her adventure alongside her, rather than reading her journey. That is what every reader wants to feel; to truly feel like they’re apart of this story, experiencing it (though, completely safe unlike the heroine). I haven’t felt this way in such a long time that it’s truly refreshing.
Her characters were amazing and not like every other character I read in YA books. Lark Ainsley, our heroine, was pretty much the city’s reject and one of the oldest children who haven’t been harvested for the adult, working world. Most children in this world get harvested by the age of 12, where they’re spread throughout the city, assigned different jobs that help keep the city and its limited citizens functioning. It’s almost as if Lark is the reject of the city and it’s got to be quite frustrating and embarrassing to be that old and yet still be considered a child.
Her first love interest is an institute official named Kris (who I absolutely adore) whose handsome, clean cut, just about everything you’d want in a guy and clearly, an institute born child. (Though, clearly no longer a child) Though he’s brought up to be this institute prodigy there is just something about him, from the second Lark lays eyes on him, which screams he’s different from the rest. The true question you’ll be asking yourself is just how different is he from the rest of the ‘government’.
Once she leaves the city’s wall and is on her own in the outside world, she meets this mess of a boy. He’s clearly been living out in the woods on his own because everything about him is messy. But this boy, whose name is Oren, ends up being more helpful than even Lark was expecting and joins her for her journey to the Iron Wood. Oren is young, good looking (once all the dirt and grime are removed, of course), highly intelligent for being on his own, strong and knowledgeable on how to survive out in the wilderness.
You may be wondering why she is looking for this place called Iron Wood? She is what the city calls a Renewable, a person who can regenerate their magic on their own. These ‘Renewables’ were believed to have died off before the war that destroyed just about everything. A Renewable who was being used in such horrible ways told her to find this place, which is full of others just like them, and she would be safe. It might not make a whole lot of sense but I can’t explain too much without giving away a lot of the story. Trust me, read this and find out exactly how interesting this all is.
One of my favorite characters from this story actually is the mechanical pixie that followed Lark on her journey, Nix. He’s an interesting character and sure brought plenty of entertainment for the reader, especially before we meet Oren. Cause let’s be honest, a journey of just Lark, by herself, in the wilderness could’ve gotten rather boring. Sure, he’s not going to be much help if you need protection but he came to be quite useful and helpful along the way.
Like every book, whether it’s YA, MG or Adult, there are characters who you instantly fall in love with, characters you wish things upon them that you wouldn’t even wish for your worst enemy and, of course, there’s those characters whom you love to hate…or is it hate to love? ;) Also, characters you aren’t sure if you can trust or not…
The only negative thing I found from this book is I did think the beginning was a tad slow. Not bad enough where I wanted to drop my book and run in the opposite direction but enough that I didn’t stay up until 5:30 am (like I did for the last half of the book).
Would I recommend Skylark? Are you kidding me? I’ve already recommended it more times than I can count and I feel bad for some of the people I’ve told because it’s not out yet. But it’s that good that I couldn’t even wait for it to be released to be talking people’s ears off about it! YA fans of all types should and probably will enjoy this book.
Oh, and did I mention the fact that there is a loop thrown at you toward the end of the book...one that you kick yourself for not seeing beforehand but also being so emotional over finding out this tidbit? No...? Well, it's brilliant. Never have I been so blindsided before while reading a story. Never. So kudos to you, Meagan Spooner, kudos for sure! ...more
I feel like I've been waiting forever to read this book; in fact, I had to read my review as a refresherReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
I feel like I've been waiting forever to read this book; in fact, I had to read my review as a refresher because details were a little blurry. Problems with reading 100+ books a year - never a bad problem to have. But one thing I can truthfully say is its worth the wait. It starts off right where Carrier of the Mark ends and the adventure just gets bigger.
Megan is adjusting nicely to her new powers for she is the carrier of the the air element and we saw just go badass she could be at the end of the first book. Believe me, that's only the beginning; we haven't seen anything yet.
Rian was a character I found myself attracted during the first book and even more so during this book. He's dark, mysterious, with a dry sense of humor. We get to know him a lot better and see that he's not the guy you might have thought he was.
The storyline is stronger in this book, I feel but some of the excitement I felt in the first book wasn't. Most likely it was because in the first book we were learning about these characters, their world and what was to come. Now that we know them, love them and understand the basics of their powers that excitement of the unknown was lost. We do learn more about how their powers work with each other and it seems like the more and more we know the more dangerous it becomes.
Shadow of the Mark was everything I hoped it to be. The romance between Adam and Megan grew and became steamier; the action was more frequent; new characters were introduced and we had to learn who we could trust and who couldn't - most likely guessing wrong. Not to mention a ton of heartbreak; especially one that my heart is still trying to heal from.
Read this book. It's a definite improvement over the first one and its a promise of how epic the third book will be. Finishing this book is making me drool for the next because its going to be fierce and dangerous and just full of everything I need and want. Fantasy fans, this is a read for you!
Thank you so much to BookNerd tours, Leigh Fallon and HarperTeen for allowing me to be a part of this tour, providing me a review copy in exchange for an honest review....more
While the first half seemed to drag for me, the second half of the book completelReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
Actual rating: 4.5 stars
While the first half seemed to drag for me, the second half of the book completely made up for it. Filled with action, romance, heartbreak, drama and most importantly, adventure. Marie Lu creates a new world for us to fall head-over-heels in love with and I did just that. Strong heroine, fantastic hero and brilliant wing man. Ending leaves us with hope for book two - now just to wait for it's release....more
I’m still sniffling from crying. This book made me cry more than any book I’ve read. I mean, I was crying crying…its like the author, S.R. Johannes, pI’m still sniffling from crying. This book made me cry more than any book I’ve read. I mean, I was crying crying…its like the author, S.R. Johannes, played with my heartstrings all throughout the book then tore out my heart, threw it on the ground, played soccer with it, and the tossed it back to me when she was done with it. And I mean that in a good way. This book was abso-bloody-lutely amazing and like nothing I’ve read before. Obviously, I’m a fan of the paranormal so reading a book about nature, and things that could actually happen – not my usual but I like to branch out. Most times when I do branch out, I surprise myself. This was definitely one of those moments.
Grace Wells is a sixteen year old girl whom is trying to find her father, Joe, who went missing about three months ago. Everyone in her small town of North Carolina has pretty much accepted the fact that he’s probably dead, but not her. She knows it in her gut that her father is still out there, alive. She goes through many obstacles, many times when she and the reader are questioning whether someone else she trusted and loved is involved in his mysterious disappearance.
She meets this mysteriously good looking boy in the woods one day while out fishing who has an accent somewhere between an English and Australian accent. First impression wasn’t exactly the best but he comes back to save her in a time when she really needed it. They grow close, and you really start to fall for Mo, like Grace does but then we have her best friend since forever and ex-boyfriend, Wyn. They have amazing chemistry and there are still feelings there, on both sides (moreso his than hers) and she’s torn between what she’s familiar with and something new but – she doesn’t need a distraction. Her mission and what she wants more than anything to find out the truth about her father, and find him…alive.
This book is filled with nonstop action and suspense but there’s plenty of humor and romance, that it’ll keep you entertained and swooning all throughout. Not to mention, there are a lot of curveballs in this book. You suspect one person or one thing and it turns out to be so far from what you thought, it’s amazing. As you grow more attached to Grace, Mo, Wyn or even Grace’s boss and close friend, Tommy, that’s when the author starts messing with your emotions. And she does a damn good job of it. You won’t want to put this book down and when it’s over you’ll be twitching for more. This is definite MUST READ. It’s definitely the best book I’ve read this year. I know its only the beginning of the year but it’s definitely the best book, by far. It’s a cheap kindle buy or pick up a copy of it…I’m serious. You’ll be thanking me…