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
This book was epic. Hands down, my favorite Jodi Meadows book to date. Everything about this was what I wanted (and more). From the cover (which I canThis book was epic. Hands down, my favorite Jodi Meadows book to date. Everything about this was what I wanted (and more). From the cover (which I can't stop staring at) to each and every word.
I will say, out of all the lines in the book, I still feel like the very first line of the book is my favorite. It's powerful. It's dangerous. It's enough to stop your heart with aniticipation and even worry.
A full review will come closer to the release date but this is definitely a book you want to pick up in 2016. Read the Orphan Queen, if you haven't already because you don't want to miss this.
My only complaint is that I wish there were an epilogue. I really wish there was one.
This review is going to be short, it's going to be sweet and it's going to get to the point. There is not much I can say about this book without spoiling it so I'd rather not say much at all. I want each and every one of you to experience this book the way I did; clear minded with excitement, anticipation and most importantly, the unknown. We all know that the cliffhanger was brutal and this book dives right in where The Orphan Queen left off. The first line of this book says a lot; it's probably one of my favorite lines from the entire book.
There is so much growth in Wil in this book; we saw some of it in The Orphan Queen but the way she matures in this book is astonishing. I feel for her, I respect her and more importantly, I support her. Fictional character or not, she feels real and the feelings you have toward her, toward her goal of ruling Aecor are real; there's no denying this.
James. He's one of the my favorite people and favorite things about this book. Hell, he's one of my favorite people of this entire series. He is a true and loyal friend through and through. Another person who surprised me was the wraith boy. He's fascinating in so many ways; terrifying, as well.
This book is filled to the brim with action, tension, drama and moments that make your heart hurt. This book is everything I'd want in a fantasy book (and some aspects, more than I could've hoped for).
My only negative thing about this book is I wish there were a few more chapters or at least, if anything, an Epilogue. I really feel like it was missing that and especially with how popular epilogues are - I was disappointed the ending was so abrupt. This, out of the entire book, was my only complaint.
Thank you so much to Harper Collins for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review....more
Listen. This is going to be short because there's really not a whole lot I can say without giving away things so I'm going to just get down to it.
This book is EVERYTHING us fans wanted and needed it to be. The entire time, I was on edge. My emotions were all over the place and I was invested. This book was sooooooooo good. There is one word you could describe this book . . .
P E R F E C T I O N
I do believe every fan of this series will be insanely happy with the conclusion of this series. Granted, I'm sure you'll be just like me and sad and completely lost that it's all over BUT you'll be satisfied. You'll be more than satisfied. You will sit there, with a big ass grin on your face because that's how happy this book will make you.
Marie, I can't thank you enough for writing this brilliant trilogy. I have never read a book or series that has felt so magical with just the words. Lyrical, even. I'm thrilled to say the hype behind this whole series is utterly deserving. Believe the hype - this time it's real, y'all.
Thank you Macmillan for allowing me the amazing opportunity (and surprise) to read this book in exchange for an honest review....more
OMG YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!! I need this book sooooooo badly! OMG! Letters to the Lost was amazing and the fact that Rev is getting his own book has me overOMG YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!! I need this book sooooooo badly! OMG! Letters to the Lost was amazing and the fact that Rev is getting his own book has me over here in the corner fangirling. BRIGID, YOU ARE AMAZING! Thank you Bloomsbury. You're da best <3...more
If you have NOT read Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight or Heir of Fire please read with caution. There may be some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .
By the end of this book, I was in love. But it took me awhile to get there. I didn’t like where part of the story was going and how I felt a character changed. It really took a long time for me to accept ahd move on. But I did and I’m okay now, I guess.
Manon, she is one that was tough to swallow. I didn’t like any of her chapters in Heir of Fire and I desperately wanted to skip over them but I didn’t because I knew they were important to the story. But I internally groaned when I turned to a new chapter and saw any time it was hers. I felt the same way in this book UNTIL a certain part. It’s a pretty big part, really. Completely changed me and I how I felt about her. Once this happened, I looked forward to her chapters. (view spoiler)[ When she met Dorian is when the change began. When it grew was when she fought Aelin. When it was real is when she left that not for the witch killer. (hide spoiler)]
Dorian broke my damn heart. He completely and utterly shattered it. Many of the few times I cried was after finishing his chapters, which were so short but so insanely powerful. Why did you do this to us, SJM, WHY? My heart still breaks just thinking about him.
There were many, many laughs in this book, many fist pumps (because let’s be honest, Aelin is the definition of kick-ass), a bit of tears and a lot of cheering. I have never wished for characters death as strongly as I had while reading this book. I was thinking of ways certain characters could meet their ends and I was hoping for the worst. Getting creative in ways of killing them – it’s all so scary, that I can’t believe those thoughts are going through my head.
Chaol, he is still mine so ladies, back away slowly. But when I don’t want him, Aedion is my back up so there’s that. If there ever will be a time when I don't want him. I doubt it but maybe Aedion can be my secret side guy (or not so secret since I'm telling you all now). Chaol's been through worse . . . riiiiight?
The passion and emotions this series brings forth is stronger than anything. It's going up there with Harry Potter as my favorite series. Sarah J. Maas - you are amazing and thank you for the stories and joy you bring in to my life and many lives around the world. You are a true artist with your words.["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
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....more
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......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).
I had one issue with it. Zero romance. I need something in my books. If there had been romance, this would've easily been a five star book. While I reI had one issue with it. Zero romance. I need something in my books. If there had been romance, this would've easily been a five star book. While I really, really enjoyed the BFF relationship between Magnolia and Astrid - I needed that romance.
Take away that detail - this book was fantastic, thrilling and extremely enjoyable. Devoured it in a day and I'm not even sorry.
Listen, if I would've done my research before reading this book I would've known there was no romance. But I didn't and I was disappointed. The romance doesn't have to be the focus of the book but I need romance in a book I read. I find myself missing something when there isn't any. Would I have read this book had I researched a little bit more? I don't know. I think so, because it sounded interesting but I would've had different expectations. But I feel a little misled, after reading what she wanted to focus on. One of them was family - I don't think there was a lot of focus on the family. Friendships, absolutely. Family? It was kind of like an afterthought. There were scenes and there were issues but it was always in the background.
I loved the relationship between Astrid and Magnolia. I always love reading a strong female friendship in books because I don't feel there are too many. There are friendships, true but not ones that are so close they're like sisters. Not everyone has friends like that and so I don't expect to read about that in every book so it is nice to see it when I do. I also really enjoyed the relationships she formed with her 'team'. Especially Rags, he was a hoot.
What I didn't like (and I wouldn't have expected anything had I known about zero romance before) was there was this focus on this guy, Hart, and there were times when you thought maybe it would turn in to something else and then once you got to a certain point, you realized how pointless he was, as a character. It was really weird and confusing. What was the point of him? I don't know.
The story. The idea behind the story. Brilliant. I devoured it. The idea of riding mechanical horses is fascinating. The fact that Astrid is riding a different horse from everyone else. A horse who has emotions and feelings and basically, is like a real horse without, ya know, a heart and blood and stuff. It was really well done and really addicting to read.
Because of the story and because of the relationships we did have, I still enjoyed this book. Had there been a romance of some sort, I would've probably given this five stars. It just felt like it was missing something for me and I was little disappointed because of this. But I wouldn't persuade you not to read this, even if you're like me and a sucker for romances in any book you read. I'm certain you'll still enjoy it.
Thank you so much to Scholastic for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review....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
I'm not big on YA contemporaries, I say this often, but this is one author who I will read. They're usually light, fluffy and just so damn enjoyable. This book was no different. While there were times I didn't agree with the main character and her behavior; I understood them. The love interest was adorkable. Seriously, he was the biggest appeal of this book. If you're looking for something to just read for fun, a quick, enjoyable read, this is a book you'll want to check out....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.
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First, Lucien is mine. I have claimed him back in November and then line for him starts behind me . . . but you'll be waiting awhile because I'll never be done with him so yeah. Now that that is out of the way, I loved this book. Somehow, I felt the tone of this book to much darker than her Throne of Glass series but one thing Sarah does like a boss is her characters. Honestly, there isn't a character I don't love. Even ones you should hate, you probably like them a time or two (or at least can respect them, right?). This is definitely not a YA book as it has a lot more adult content inside but it's delicious. Everything about this book is delicious. I can't wait to try out the audiobook!...more
I've been trying to write a review for this book since I put it down. I can't. I'm trying but the words fail me. ThiReview posted at Step Into Fiction
I've been trying to write a review for this book since I put it down. I can't. I'm trying but the words fail me. This book was everything I didn't know I needed in a book. I wasn't sure what to expect but I just knew I had to read it because of Hannah from The Irish Banana Review kept gushing about it.
I know I instantly felt attracted (though, that's not the word I'm really looking for) to Rio and her storyline. She was instantly likeable and maybe it's because she was introduced first or maybe because of her personality - I really couldn't tell you but I craved her chapters over Rainy or Frangie. I also loved the romance mixed in to her storyline (y'all know I'm a sucker for romance).
I'm a big fan of Code Name Verity so, as the description says, this should be something I'd enjoy. I loved this more than that book.
It's a big book; I'm not going to lie but by the time you get to the end, you wish it wasn't over already. I'm actually terribly sadden I have to wait for more. This is far outside my box of books I normally read but every once in awhile, stepping outside that box is always nice and refreshing. You never know what gems you might find. I found one with this book. Maybe I should step outside my box more often . . .
Maybe I'll trying writing a more detailed review but I don't think I'd be successful. This might just have to do it for me.
Buy this book. Rent it from the library. Borrow it from a friend. I don't care. Just read it (and please, no illegal downloads - that's just rude)....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
It took me a really long time to get in to this book. I'm talking 50-60% for me to be hookReview posted at Step Into Fiction
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
It took me a really long time to get in to this book. I'm talking 50-60% for me to be hooked. I truly think it was the lack of Mal that made it so-so for me. Trust me, with how long these books have been out and how many fans there are, I knew of these characters and I truly thought I'd find myself leaning toward The Darkling. Mal was just okay for me in the beginning, when he was around but then we were along with The Darkling and I just felt something missing. I realized when Mal reappeared that it was him. Things picked up once he was back in the picture.
The stag scene had me feeling sick to my stomach. Literally. I'm not even sure if I've ever felt like that while reading a book before. I'm so glad I hadn't eaten because I'm not sure if I literally would've gotten sick or not. But at that point, I had to put the book down and just let me mind accept what happened and then I could move on. It was tough and I'm not even kidding in the slightest. I'm just blown away by the feelings that scene errupted in me.
The Grisha world is fascinating and scary all at the same time. They definitely feel they're above oridinary people like you and me. When people have that mind set, it becomes a very dangerous thing. We start to see just how dangerous in this book.
I've already dived in to the second book, telling myself I'd only read one chapter last night and 60 pages later, I finally put it down. I am so Team Mal. To me, there is nothing appealing about the Darkling.
And I'm highly disappointed about what I thought could've been a great friendship between Genya and Alina. ...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.
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.
If you have NOT read The Immortal Rules or The Eternity Cur, please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .
If you're here, you're a fan of Julie Kagawa. If you're a fan of Julie's then all I can say is you are in for one hell of a ride. But that shouldn't come as a surprise for most of us. She likes to rip our hearts out, stomp on it a few times and then politely hand it back to us without any regrets. She has NO regrets for breaking us. In fact, she thrives on it and I can accept this because it means we care about her characters and her world she's introduced to us. Besides, she's the person who brought me Puck (and now Jackal) so I could never stay mad at her.
This is one of those books where you tread lightly. You know who the author is (or maybe you don't, in that case, listen to my warning) and you know she truly capable of breaking you in so many ways. I tell you she does exactly that in this book. Guard your heart because it sure to have broken by the time you reach the end.
I've been having a hard time reading final books in series lately because I feel like that's all I'm doing is having these series end on me. I don't think I can take much more of the heartbreak and the fact that I know I can't look forward to more from these characters. I wanted to read this book so badly because I needed to know what happened but at the same time, I was hesitate to have more characters I've grown to love leave me. But I have to say this is probably one of the most amazing endings of any series I've read. So many lately have completely left me shattered but this has ended with much hope and much faith in the world.
My favorite aspect of this book and since he was introduced, really, has been Jackal. Seriously. I'm in love with him. I'm all like 'Zeke who?' while I've read this series, especially in the last book. Who needs that bloodbag when you could have a vampire king?! Julie created my all-time favorite fictional character in her Iron Fey series with Puck and I'm here to tell you that Jackal is absolutely right behind Puck.
I know this review is very vague and I really feel like it has to be in order not to spoil the reader of anything. I was, unfortunately, spoiled with something going in to this book and it changed the reading experience for me. I wouldn't wish that on any of you. All you need to know is that if you've read the other two books, you do NOT want to miss this. If you haven't read the other two books, you have time to get to that before this is released. You won't regret it, I'm sure!
Thank you so much to Harlequin Teen for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review....more
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
I will be honest; I never read City of Heavenly Fire. I just didn't care. I was over this series. I was over Jace andI am about to begin this book...
I will be honest; I never read City of Heavenly Fire. I just didn't care. I was over this series. I was over Jace and especially Clary. I am giving this series a shot because of how much love I had for her Infernal Devices. IF they're as good as that, she may still have me as a reader BUT if it's like the Mortal Instruments series - I may say peace out and never look back.
I finished reading; it took me awhile but this book is massive (and I've had a few days where I was too busy to read at all) but it was worth it. I gave it a shot and I'm so glad I did. I wasn't going to; I'm being brutally honest. I was ready to say goodbye to the Shadowhunter world altogether but there is one main factor that made me give it a try. Well, two really. One - Jace and Clary weren't the main characters so there's an improvement. Two - Carstairs. As a fangirl of Jem, I am willing to give anything a try that has to do with him and/or his family. Thank you, Jem, for not allowing me to walk away.
Cassandra Clare drags the readers through the mud and she is not sorry. Emotionally, I am a wreck. This book absolutely gutted me and she tore my heart out, slowly and then in the end, laughed and stomped on it as I was left in a puddle of feels. Would I put myself through this again? Absolutely. I'm certain she'll make it worse in the second book and I'm looking forward to it; I just don't know if my heart can agree.
First, I'm going to be honest; I never read City of Heavenly Fire. Want to know why? I was over the Mortal Instruments. I was certainly over Jace and Clary. I have never read a story where I hated the main characters more than I hated these two. My love for Simon wasn't enough to finish the series. I will admit, while reading this book there were a couple of times that made me want to go back and read it but by the end, I felt like I knew enough to be satisfied not having read it.
Another thing that I think every fan of Cassandra's will like is the fact that we see a lot of characters from both previous series make appearances or at least be mentioned. I may have squealed every time Jem was mentioned or appeared. As a fan girl of his, this was totally justifiable. And shockingly, I like Jace and Clary when they made appearances. Again, it is five years later so I imagine they've matured some.
Emma and Julian may be my favorite possible coupling Cassandra Clare has ever done. Which is saying a lot because I'm obsessed with Jem and Tessa and also have made love and respect for Magnus and Alec; not to mention Simon and Izzy (though I never saw it officially happen since I didn't read that final book). Emma and Julian, as individual's, are fantastic characters and definitely go up there in my favorite's category, especially of hers but when they're together - wow. There are no words for how perfect they are.
But if you get invested, prepare yourself for one hell of an emotional roller coaster that will have you shaking in a corner. This book puts you, the reader, through hell and back again. All the way through the last page. There is a chapter that will completely destroy you; no matter if you're on Team Emma and Julian or not. It WILL break you.
The supporting characters in this book are fantastic - most of them are family, as that is a very big part of this story (which is awesome). The Blackthorns are a huge family. The two eldest siblings are half fairy (Helen and Mark) then Julian, Olivia (Livvy) and Tiberius (Ty) (who are twins), Drusilla (Dru), and Octavian (Tavvy). (I think I got their names right; their nicknames were used 98% of the time so I don't really remember) Like I said, big family. Tight family who has gone through the ringer. Then you have Emma, who is technically not blood but is family; who has also been through the ringer. All of these kids are parent-less and it's hard to imagine.
This book was full of action; like filled to the brim with action. Tons of humor added in, a slow-burn romance with a ton of tension added in but also tons of added romance for secondary characters, as well, as expected. A wonderful family dynamic that was touching and enjoyable to read. Honestly, this book had everything in it. Betrayal. Heartbreak. Sacrifice. Everything.
I'm going to make a bold statement and say this might be my favorite Cassandra Clare book to date. I mean, maybe it's tied with Clockwork Prince but it's REALLY up there. I'm so so sooooo glad I decided to give this book a chance.
Thank you so much to Damaris from Good Choice Reading for lending me her copy of this book provided by Simon & Schuster....more
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
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…
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
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.
I'm going to be honest here - it's been a long time since I've read Nowhere But Here. Like three months. Which may not seem like a long time but when it comes to reading, it is. This review may be a bit more vague than most of my reviews because of the fact it's been a few months & I've read a good amount of books in between this time.
Am I going to say this book was as fantastic as her Pushing the Limits series? No. That's impossible for me to say because that series is just so bloody amazing. I will say, however, that this book is a fantastic opener to what can and most likely will be a brilliant series. I'm excited for the next book, which will be Razor's story but what I'm MOST excited for is Chevy's story. Oh my GOSH did I fall in love with him. I need his story right this second but we'll save that for later. Let's talk abut Emily and Oz first, shall we?
Oz. First. I love the name. Second, he's a good guy. Third, I didn't love him. I mean, by the end I certainly did. I also have a lot of respect for him. A lot. But there was nothing that really captivated me. Maybe it's because I've been blinded by Chevy because Oz is a great character. He's a fantastic love interest, not just because he's a good looking lad but because, underneath it all, he's a guy with a good heart. His lifestyle may not be very innocent but that shouldn't lower a person's value.
Emily. I really adored her. She was the complete opposite of Oz and she was thrust in to this world that was so foreign to her. Seeing her around her biological father in his surroundings was fascinating. She doesn't have a great relationship with him and it's so great to see her around his family. She learns a lot that she never knew and of course, she starts questioning quite a lot. Poor girl goes through so much in this book but she holds her head high every time.
I've never been a fan of motorcycles, personally. I find them terrifying. So it was really interesting to see a whole new side to riders. I had the chance to talk to Katie a lot about this book and her research and while I found everything intriguing, I found it moreso after our talk. From the club she researched her book is very true to their way of life and it's tough. Not just being a part of the club but being a wife, girlfriend or family. I can't even imagine and that's one of the reasons I love this book so much. It's so far from my norm that I can divulge and escape my reality.
Chevy, why aren't you real? I need you in my life. For real.
Thank you so much to Harlequin Teen for sending me a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much to Hannah from the Irish Banana Review for inviting me to take part in this wonderful blog tour....more
If you have NOT read The Kiss of Deception please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
If you have NOT read The Kiss of Deception please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .
How does she do it?! Miss Pearson blew me away with the first installment of this amazing series and I honestly did not think she could out-do herself with it's follow up. I was completely and utterly mistaken. She has done just that . . . just in a more calm fashion. At least, calm for me. No setting the book down, lecturing myself on how I could be so foolish then let the anger at myself set in. This all happened during the first book. I still get emotional and angry at myself when I talk about this book. My voice goes from normal to extremely loud in a matter of moments. My voice still does that when talking about this book but only because it's so perfect, everything is so perfect that every person should be reading this series. My passion and my love for this series is out of control.
But I'm not crazy or anything . . . I swear.
I am not torn on who I love. I am firmly on team Rafe. He has my heart and he's is 100% swoon-worthy. Everything about him is desirable. From his knowledge, to his skills, to his way with words to just him. Everything about this fictionial man is perfection and honestly, it's just not fair. Someone like him needs to exist. A little older, preferrably but where are the Rafe's in the world?
However, the great thing about these books is it is not the men that absolutely make it for me. Lia is the biggest reason this series is so perfect, in my opinion. She is fierce. She is intelligent. She is a badass. She needs to be my best friend. There are not enough adjectives to describe just how amazing this character is. She is what makes everything worth it. The fighting, the love, the loss, the struggle, the pain . . . just . . . everything.
I don't even know what to expect with the final book. The ending of this book is heartbreaking and stressful and the wait will be utter torture. But what I do know is you never should question the author. I wasn't sure she could surpass the beauty of the first book, but she did. So now I have no doubts she will do the same thing for the final book. IT WILL BE EPIC. I know it will be. And I'm also hoping for 1,000 pages? Not too much to ask, right?
Thank you, Mary E. Pearson, for giving me a series I'm so passionate about. I purposely kept this book review vague because going in to do detail would not only bore you but it could spoil those who might not have read the first book and trust me, I do not want to be responsible for that. All you need to know is that I have so much love for this book. In fact, I read it twice and both times, it was just as beautiful.
Thank you so much to Macmillan for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review & also for considering me to be a part of this blog tour....more