In the exciting series by Kresley Cole comes the newest addition, a prequel novella, DAY ZERO. We all know what happened from Evie Greene's point of vIn the exciting series by Kresley Cole comes the newest addition, a prequel novella, DAY ZERO. We all know what happened from Evie Greene's point of view in the first novel of the series, but now we get to see things from other major characters in the series and some that have yet to appear.
From fan favorites such as Finn and Selena as well as Mathew to our dear hearts own Jack, we see what these characters went through on the day that the apocalypse happened.
As someone who's enjoyed the series a lot, I love this new viewpoint that Cole brings us. It was incredibly nice to step out of Evie's shoes for just a moment and take a glimpse into the mind of other characters. Albeit, some information was withhold in order to avoid spoilers, Cole did an excellent job in giving us just enough details to keep the series fresh as well as to wonder who will be coming in next and what their role in the coming books will be.
I, for one, enjoyed this quick and easy read. I would recommend reading this book at the very least after the first book, Poison Princess, but it is noted as Book No. 3.5, which means it can also be read after the third book. Whichever way you decide to read this you won't be disappointed.
I've always enjoyed Cole's writing for adult books, but her books on young adult fiction has been just as amazing as her work with adult novels. If you haven't read the Arcana Chronicles you are missing out!...more
*Disclaimer: An Advance Reader’s Copy was provided to me by the publisher for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own*
In the next insta*Disclaimer: An Advance Reader’s Copy was provided to me by the publisher for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own*
In the next installment on the Arcana Chronicles we see Evie get attacked by the Emperor, one of her greatest enemies. In an attack that possibly ended the life of her love, Jack, Evie has been separated from Death and from the others, and is now on her own. As she grieves the death of those she’s lost and plots her revenge, Evie steps closer and closer into the shoes of the Red Witch, the true form of the Empress.
Just like the previous books, I devoured this in a day! I actually missed my bus stop on my way home from work I was so engrossed in what was happening. Due to the actions of another Arcadian, Evie ends up north in Indiana, rushing to get back to the South to attack the Emperor for his actions!
This is the first book in the series (excluding Day Zero) that gives us the point of view of other characters such as Mathew, the Fool, and others within the text. This opens up the world that we have, so far, have seen exclusively through Evie’s eyes. Things are changing fast and Evie has to decide just who will she be when it all comes down. Will she be Evie, the Empress who ends the games? Or will she be Evie, the Red Witch, who is determined to win the game? Further information is revealed that might change the course of Evie’s actions and might change the course of where the characters are going.
We are introduced to new players and as the book reminds us, All Arcadians lie, I’m having a difficult time figuring out who’s a friend and who’s a foe, and I know Cole did this on purpose. No one, including Evie, can be trusted! And the ending! Oh my goodness, pick this book up! It’ll change everything!...more
The first book in Michelle Madow’s riveting series mixes Greek mythology and witches into an exciting mix of adventure, romance, and mystery all intoThe first book in Michelle Madow’s riveting series mixes Greek mythology and witches into an exciting mix of adventure, romance, and mystery all into an explosive series.
When Nicole Cassidy moves to New England from her hometown in Georgia, she finds herself in her homeroom…where it’s secretly a place for witches to get together and learn about their powers. I was initially annoyed with Nicole in the beginning and I had to keep reminding myself that she was a sophomore in high school, and that all high schoolers are annoying. I will admit it was hard getting into this series and not because it was terrible, but because I’ve been on a reading binge of adult books for some time that switching to YA almost made my head spin.
I will say that as the story continues it actually gets easier to connect to Nicole and her friends a lot better. Sure there were moments I rolled my eyes, and I especially had a hard time believing how easy it was for Nicole to just believe that she was a witch when she was told, but again, I needed to remind myself that this is YA. Madow doesn’t drag the characters feet around. She gets right to the heart of the story, so for those that like that that’s a plus.
The initial draw to this series came from the concept, which for someone like me who hasn’t read Percy Jackson, meant it was very original to me. I do wish Madow had flushed out her characters a little more, but since this is a series we’ll be seeing more of them. So why ruin the surprise?
I loved the action scenes. Madow did a fantastic job keeping the pace as soon as her novel picked up momentum. The chapters were also fairly short, so it made me feel like I was racing through the story, which actually made me want to continue.
I’m still conflicted about the romance. On the one hand, I’m all for love and beautiful things, but on the other hand I wish Nicole fell for a different guy and not one that was taken. Don’t get me wrong, it creates sufficient drama to add to the already complicated mix, but every time Nicole was alone with Blake apart of me knew it was a bad idea. He does bother me, because despite his heroics throughout the story there were still parts of his personality that made me think that Nicole would be better off without him. I’m not sure how Madow’s going to handle it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if things took an unexpected twist between them.
Nicole adapted to her new environment with great ease, sometimes even too much ease, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that that actually made things easier story wise. We are learning right beside her.
I’m excited for the second book as well as the third! I’d give this a full five star rating but because of some of the downsides I mentioned earlier I’m going to have to knock it down to four, but let’s see how it goes!...more
Cassiel Winters is on a mission to find her brother, and the only place she can do that is Earth’s Space Academy program. The odds are not in her favoCassiel Winters is on a mission to find her brother, and the only place she can do that is Earth’s Space Academy program. The odds are not in her favor though as secrets and lies are found on every corner, and Cassiel may not be able to trust those that are closets to her. She’s then thrust into a war that she may have little chance of getting out of, unless she plays her cards right.
Honestly, I read this a few months ago back in the summer time, so this review may not be as faithful as I would like it to be, as so much time has gone by, but I do remember my general first impressions. I have this thing about science fiction books that revolve around alien invaders, and so far only one book has been able to get passed that little barrier I have against them.
This novel almost made it through, but not really.
I was a little hesitant to read this book because it did remind me of that one Science-Fiction-Novel-About-Aliens-But-Not-Really-About-Aliens-That-I-Enjoy-So-Much but I liked the fact that Young didn’t make it exactly the same as the SFNAABNRAATIESM, since there were some difference that didn’t end up grinding my gears as much.
Overall, I enjoyed the strong female character. There were moments when I got completely lost, but Young brought me back, which helped the novel get its fourth star. I was a little let down by the end, but luckily this is a series, so hopefully great things will come that way.
I would recommend this novel for sure, especially for those that enjoy science fiction novels. And for those that don’t, I mean, why not? Time to break out of the shell and experience new things, as I always say. But Cassiel was the exact type of heroine I expected her to be. I especially love the way that the story was vivid in detail and just made it come to life.
Mystery mixed in with old romance flames and whole lot of questions.
This book did have interesting characteristics - I did like Skye, though sometimeMystery mixed in with old romance flames and whole lot of questions.
This book did have interesting characteristics - I did like Skye, though sometimes I thought she was being a little weird at times (and for a moment completely fell to the idea that she might just be a little out of it) but I was a little happy to know she was right in the head. It would have been so cool, and this is why I entertained the idea for so long, in the way that a romance/erotic novel would turn out. I mean, I don't know about most of you, but I have not seen something like this just yet, especially in this growing genre, so a little twist in the ending I would not have objected to!
Besides that there was really nothing remarkable about this story. I mean, the characters of Skye and Trace felt familiar, because this type of writing has been done to death. Honestly, I think it's about time I close my current chapter on this genre for now, because I'm seeing and hearing the same thing over and over again, and the tale loses it's momentum after awhile.
I guess the same thing can be said about romance in general, but at least there's room there for different things to happen and occur, and the author who does it right can allow for this moments and give the readers a new and unexpected ending.
But I think this book is really giving me some perspective on shutting the door on this genre, at least for now.
By the way, Trace's name and his occupation - don't think I didn't notice what happened here. ...more
All I can think about is why this series has to end. I don't think I've loved a couple so much as I do Olivia and David, no matter how infuriating OliAll I can think about is why this series has to end. I don't think I've loved a couple so much as I do Olivia and David, no matter how infuriating Olivia can be! More to come but I just can't express how much I love this novel, this whole series! ...more
So, this is one of those books where the people that are around me while I'm reading this wished that I was illiterate Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god.
So, this is one of those books where the people that are around me while I'm reading this wished that I was illiterate.
The way I wanted so badly to just jump Olivia and end her was so profound. I understand her, the commitment she made to Bill. But come on! The feels! The feels for David Dylan! They are there; I can see it, Pluto can see, all can see it except her!
David Dylan, I want you. Olivia might be difficult, but I will take you.
I just don't understand who would put themselves into that type of suffering. The way these two are, there is just no denying their attraction and their emotions for each other.
The whole thing was such an emotional roller coaster, I wasn't sure if I would come off of it in one piece, to be honest. I was pulling my hair at everything. I don't know how Hawkins does it, I honestly don't, because she is just a master at this.
The struggle that Olivia was facing and just how things were working out, or not working out in this case.
I still cannot believe I have to wait until September for the last book. One thing Hawkins has going for her is the fact that she keeps me wanting to come back for more and more!...more
Can anyone say Best Erotic Literature of 2013?! I can, I can!
Okay, so maybe erotic isn't the genre this one falls under (even though there were plenty Can anyone say Best Erotic Literature of 2013?! I can, I can!
Okay, so maybe erotic isn't the genre this one falls under (even though there were plenty of scenes that had even me reaching for a glass of water) this romance novel is different and enjoyable. Hawkins never lost my attention throughout the book, and I am so glad I got the chance to read it!
At first, when I saw that this was bout a married woman possibly cheating, I thought I would hate her. I do, but only because she's so stubborn! I understand how she must feel and what she would be going through, but I just wanted to smack some sense into her or at least pray she sees the light soon.
The tension between her and David was so hot that if someone even thought of lighting a match it would start a huge fire.
I read this in one night, there was no sleeping until I found out what happened at the end.
I thought I would end up dying in the end when I saw where Hawkins left me. I am so glad that there was a second book and that there will be a third! I am so happy and so sad, because of the wait.
This is one of those moments when I wish that authors would write faster!
Still love this series though. It isn't just about the romance and the sex, but about finding oneself.
So, I have to say, this is the Best Romance Book of 2013! Heck, maybe it can even have both made up awards....more