I’ve been waiting patiently for this book for what seems like forever. When I saw it at BEA I flailed and then found myself waiting in a line I wasn’tI’ve been waiting patiently for this book for what seems like forever. When I saw it at BEA I flailed and then found myself waiting in a line I wasn’t expecting to be in just so I could get it into my greedy hands.
This is the final book in the All Souls Trilogy and ultimately when I turned the last page I was happy with the story Deb Harkness gave us readers and fans.
There is very little I can tell you about this installment without spoiling this for you, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet and slightly vague – no details – sorry!
Let me just tell you up front what I took a star away for… I felt like there was a lot in this book that could have been omitted. I’m not going to get into specifics, and I guess the more I think about it, the previous books were probably similar so It’s not a horrible surprise that it was here as well, but I felt that there were just some things that really slowed the pace of the story for me.
Aside from that, one of my other major complaints over the entire series has been the vast number of characters in this story and I find it hard to keep straight who is who, especially if they are peripheral characters. While for the most part this book didn’t introduce us to anyone new, I still struggled a bit in remembering who was who.
Since there was such a big break between the release of book 2 and book 3 I struggled a bit to remember where I we had been left, so my biggest recommendation would be to go back and read the last few chapters of Shadow of Night before starting this one... Then dive in!!
Let me just tell you though, once I did get sucked back into Matthew and Diana’s lives I was completely entranced with the story again. Harkness weaves an amazing and captivating story filled with action and adventure, love and romance and memorable characters that will have you wishing this wasn’t really the end.
If you’re looking for something that will have you turning pages as fast as you can, wondering if these amazing characters will get their HEA and yet swooning at the love story being shared, this series is for you. *flail for every single time Matthew calls Diana ‘Mon Coeur’*
Thank you so much to Penguin for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts. ...more
Nathan is one of the most lethal vampires around… he was born and raised to be a killer and show no mercy and now he’s using those skills in working fNathan is one of the most lethal vampires around… he was born and raised to be a killer and show no mercy and now he’s using those skills in working for the Breed. And he’s good at what he does. Jordana has lived a life of privilege and there are certain expectations of her because of it. Despite how much they try to deny the attraction they feel for each other they just can’t seem to forget the sizzling chemistry that is between them, and Jordana just might end up being the key to Nathan’s current mission.
I adore the Midnight Breed Series – I know a few people weren’t all that excited about this new incarnation that began with the last book, but I am so glad these are continuing and I’ll read every single one until she stops writing them. What do I love about these books?
The Heroes – In this installment, we have Nathan - the brooding, sexy, kick-ass guy with the damaged past …
“The massive Breed warrior was a study in darkness and intensity, from the severe cut of his military-style ebony hair, to the impossibly broad shoulders that topped a body honed of pure muscle and powerful, deadly menace.”
So okay… maybe I like dangerous, sexy guys… I can’t help it. You won’t be able to either once you get to know Nathan more.
The Heroines – Jordana is strong in her own way, and I actually really enjoyed her as a character. She has all these expectations on her shoulders and she doesn’t want to disappoint anyone but she also knows that she wants to be happy and isn’t ready to settle in life for the things her father wants for her.
“But sometimes I’m afraid I’ll never be the daughter he wants me to be. I’m terrified I’m going to wake up one day and realize I no longer want the things he thinks are best for me.”
Adrian always gives us readers a book filled with tons of action and a rock-solid plot that will keep you engrossed in the story and characters on the page. But let’s not forget the steam! You’re practically guaranteed it when you pick up a book by Lara Adrian, and she does an amazing job with the chemistry between all her couples and these two… so hot. The tension between them is palpable and when they finally do cave in to their feelings, you’ll be fanning yourself a little bit.
I have to say that this series is probably my favorite of all the PNR that is out there. If you haven’t started the Midnight Breed books – go back and grab them, start from the beginning and enjoy each and every one. One of these days I’m going to go back and reread them all, that’s just how good they are!
Thank you to Edelweiss & Delacorte Press for the advance copy in exchange for my honest thoughts!...more
There is a rumor going around that Julie Kagawa’s writing muse feeds off of the fear and tears of her readers … This has to be true, especially afterThere is a rumor going around that Julie Kagawa’s writing muse feeds off of the fear and tears of her readers … This has to be true, especially after The Eternity Cure, book 2 in this series.
Let me just get this out of the way up front… Kagawa will have you pulling your hair out, crying… (maybe even sobbing), laughing and cheering while you read the third and final installment of the Blood of Eden series.
I WILL TRY TO KEEP THIS SPOILER FREE, but well… you’ve been warned especially if you haven't read the other books…
The Forever Song begins where The Immortal Rules leaves off… Allison now only has revenge on her mind and her struggle with her identity is the key point when we get back into the story. Is she really this monster that people fear, or can she still retain some of her human-ness. But Zeke’s death has shattered her desire to live the life that Kanin tried and tries to instill in her and with Jackal at her side the pull to become a monster is even stronger.
She’s determined to find Sarren and finish him off. As she, Kanin and Jackal make their way to Eden, following Sarren’s sometimes horrific path of murder and destruction… they find themselves in Jackal’s old stomping ground.
And he’s left a surprise for Allison.
Okay… so first of all, I still absolutely loved Allison and she’s been a major reason why I can’t get enough of this series. She’s so well done as a character. Her struggles with accepting herself are really well done and to be perfectly honest… she kicks ass. Like a lot of ass, and I love it.
But more than that, her relationships in this story are wonderfully written. We saw a lot of development with her sire, Kanin in book 2, but we get even more of it in The Forever Song. Her struggle to live up to the expectations that he has for her, and the pressure she puts on herself and ultimately her wavering was great to see because it was realistic. But I think her relationship with Jackal was one of my favorite. Here is this despicable guy who she finds out is basically her brother and he’s a total a-hole. Not only to her, but to the people she cares about… he’s done horrible things and yet, her humanity shines through and I really loved what Kagawa does with not only Jackal, but the relationship he has with Allison. Plus he’s a sarcastic jerk and I tend to find that awesome. LOL
”So, go ahead, tell him that everything is going to be fine. All the meatsacks are perfectly content on their happy little island, Sarren has given up world destruction to raise kittens, and the magic wish fairy will wave her wand an turn shit into gold.”
When I started this book, I remember turning to my sister and saying… “you know, I might shelve this series as horror.” And I say that because Kagawa does not hold back one bit. From the very first pages you see and experience the horrors that Allison and her crew are seeing and experiencing while searching for Sarren… from the trail of destruction Sarren leaves to the showdowns with the rabids they were just so horrifically, brilliantly done.
If you’re looking for an amazing vampire series to dive into this needs to be on your list. Amazing characters, wonderfully done relationships and a well-paced story arc will have you loving every second of this story just like I did.
An excellent end to an amazing series … in my opinion anyway. And that’s where I leave you, because I’m determined not to spoil one single second of your reading of this book.
Thank you so much to Harlequin Teen & Netgalley for sharing an advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts. ...more
Book 10 of The Chicagoland Vampires has become my favorite of the series so far.
Merit and Ethan have a lot going on at Cadogan house. In the last booBook 10 of The Chicagoland Vampires has become my favorite of the series so far.
Merit and Ethan have a lot going on at Cadogan house. In the last book we found out that Ethan is challenging Darius for the GP position and as expected that challenge isn’t going to be easy. Once again we see the struggle for both of them to compartmentalize their roles and their feelings. Ethan only wants Merit to be safe and stop putting herself in danger, but she takes her role as Sentinel seriously and despite her feelings for Ethan, her number one job is to keep him safe… no matter the cost... even if it ends up being her life.
In this installment, Merit and Ethan team up with their usual crew to find a serial killer… one who seems to be targeting certain people and killing them in a certain way. That's all the detail you're getting from me - #sorrynotsorry - (READ IT!)
I absolutely loved that we got more Mallory in this book – she was always a favorite and her relegation to the backseat over the last few books was expected but she was missed. I really enjoyed having her back and seeing the development of her and Merit’s friendship again.
Of course things aren’t all smooth sailing for Ethan and Merit here either. Ethan’s past is creeping into his present and it was so frustrating to see him go back to keeping secrets from Merit. BUT I will say that I loved her maturity about it. We all know how much he loves her and he isn’t shy about letting the people around them know either, so that was never an issue. But seeing his lack of trust in her feelings for him… that was hard.
Once again, we get a bit of a cliffhanger here, but nothing that will have you chucking the book across the room – I promise! It will however have you anxious to get your hands on book 11 – I know I am!
Neill has created an amazing paranormal Chicago that I absolutely love. Her characters are captivating and interesting and her stories are filled with action and intrigue … and yes definitely some romance! If you haven’t started this series, get going! ...more
Biting Bad is book 8 in the Chicagoland Vampires Series. I absolutely love this series and am so excited that we’ve got another book on t4.5 stars !!
Biting Bad is book 8 in the Chicagoland Vampires Series. I absolutely love this series and am so excited that we’ve got another book on the horizon. I can’t seem to get enough of Ethan and Merit.
In this installment, Merit and Ethan are working to get Cadogan House in order. They’ve just flounced the GP and Merit is still working with the Red Guard and now it seems Chicago isn’t feeling so generous and welcoming to Vampires.
A series of dangerous riots targeting places that are associated with Vampires is at the top of the list of mysteries that Merit has to figure out. Add to that, working out issues with her former best friend and moving in with a Master Vampire, and Merit’s got her hands full.
What I love most about these books is that they don’t take themselves too seriously. Chloe Neill writes smart and realistic characters and she does it in a way that makes me wish I was a vampire bunking in Cadogan House.
Merit is strong and witty and absolutely one of my favorite heroines around, and Ethan… well… the man has me sighing in contentment through most of this book!
”"I'm rarely good, Merit. But I'm often spectacular. “
These two together are amazing though. I mean I can help but grin like a fool when he calls her Sentinel and Merit honestly gives just as good right back to Ethan. They have to be one of my favorite PNR couples around.
”Sometimes you make me swoon.”
“If it’s only sometimes, I’m not doing my job adequately.”
I MEAN SERIOUSLY. Though he has had hundreds of years to perfect it… he makes me swoon too Merit. Ethan even managed to get in a ‘That’s What She Said’ joke.
This time we get to see the growth of her relationship with Ethan. They’ve moved into the same rooms and though they haven’t been together all that long, it’s clear how important they are to each other. We also get to see the everyday struggles they have… something as simple as a valentine’s day dinner just isn’t in the cards for these two. Fortunately or unfortunately, they will never have just a simple and normal life.
We also get some insight on what is going on with Mallory. It was nice to see her return to the fold a bit and be involved more. I’m looking forward to more of her in book 9!
There’s actually quite a bit going on here, I know I’m probably not conveying that very well, but I can’t spill too much because I’m not going to be the one to give any of the mystery away… Merit and Ethan and the rest of Cadogan House are determined to figure out who is targeting them and to be completely honest, I didn’t even guess the truth until it had basically been revealed … so score one for Chloe Neill!
That’s it. I’m not telling you anything else, but I will share a bit of Ethan swoon with you:
'Sentinel, you are always the most beautiful woman in the room, irrespective of what you're wearing. And most especially and preferably when you're wearing nothing at all.
Make sure you get your hands on this when it comes out, and if you haven’t started The Chicagoland Vampires Series, what the heck are you waiting for? It’s the perfect series read in my opinion and you have 8 other books to get started on before this one comes out.
Thank you to Penguin for an advance copy for an honest review.
3.5 stars - This book seemed to be on a lot of most anticipated book lists this year so I was excited when I got my hands on a copy at ALA this year!3.5 stars - This book seemed to be on a lot of most anticipated book lists this year so I was excited when I got my hands on a copy at ALA this year! I’m new to Holly Black – this was my first book by her and I wasn’t disappointed.
From the first pages I was intrigued by the story that was unraveling. Tana, our protagonist wakes up after a night of partying in the bathroom of a friend’s farmhouse. After stumbling out into the main rooms, she is met with complete carnage. Friends and acquaintances laying everywhere and enough blood to know something horrible had happened and she got lucky. The only other person to survive the massacre is her ex-boyfriend, who’s been bitten and is infected. Yes, infected. By Vampires. See, Tana’s world is filled with them, and most are supposed to live in gated off communities called Coldtowns. She doesn’t only encounter her ex-boyfriend though, a mysterious boy is chained in the room with him and rather than leave them to the monsters that are still in the house, Tana gets them in her car and they head for the nearest Coldtown.
But as sometimes happens, people romanticize things they don’t entirely understand and that is what has happened with the Vampires. People begging to be turned and then realizing the life they wanted and were shown isn’t exactly the life they end up with. Enter Midnight and Winter. Midnight is dead set on becoming a vampire and chronicling it for her blog but of course things don’t go smoothly for anyone as they enter the Coldtown.
I kinda love Vampire books, I won’t lie. I love the different twists that authors take to make them original and different and Holly Black did her story justice here. I was immediately drawn to the mysterious boy that Tana encounters, he’s different and a bit strange, and yes, a vampire, but there were times that I honestly didn’t think of him as one. His history, when it’s finally revealed had me cheering for him the most.
He grinned, a subtly odd grin that somehow made her smile back. “You drove him off again. Sleep, Tana. I will guard you from Death, for I have no fear of him. We have been adversaries for so long that we are closer than friends.”
What I was most intrigued with in this story though, was the idea of the Coldtowns. Tana was able to enter and because she turned in a vampire was given a token that should she not be infected she would be allowed back out. But as I said above… nothing ever really goes as planned.
I’m not going to tell you much more about the story itself.
What I will tell you is that Holly Black is a wonderful storyteller. The world she’s created here is unique and interesting and I was completely engrossed. The characters were well done, she even had me cheering for the crazy, maniacal vampire in the end.
I’m excited, based on the end of this, to see if there will be another book. If not, I’m perfectly happy with where we left everyone, but if so, I will definitely be picking it up to see what happens with everyone left in this cold cold town!
If you’re looking for something different in the way of a vampire tale you’re going to want to pick this one up!
Thank you to Little Brown for the advance copy for review!
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When I saw this book listed in netgalley I immediately prayed to all the book gods that I would be approved for it. A few days later... I looked likeWhen I saw this book listed in netgalley I immediately prayed to all the book gods that I would be approved for it. A few days later... I looked like this.
See, I loved Hex Hall, I enjoyed the story and the characters and when I heard that Rachel Hawkins was going to do a spin-off series I jumped for joy, but was admittedly a tiny bit worried what it would be about.
In School Spirits, we're better introduced to the Brannicks. If you've read the Hex Hall series, you might remember them as the family of red-headed women who fight and hunt magical creatures.
As you can imagine, Izzy's life doesn't lend itself to a traditional type of upbringing. After the mysterious disappearance of Izzy's sister, her mom decides that they need to take a break from everything and hone Izzy's skills by looking into a haunting at a high school. It will be Izzy's first time attending school and spending great amounts of time with people her own age, other than her sister. Only this isn't your typical haunting and Izzy gets to meet some wonderful characters.
I really enjoyed all the characters that Hawkins has created here again. Torin is back and still trapped in his mirror of course. But Izzy has definitely become a favorite. Pushed into this world where she has absolutely no clue and is watching an over dramatic high school television series in order to get an idea about what high school might entail had me chuckling. She of course seems to meet up with the class misfits right off the bat, and I truly like both Romy and Dex.
"What's your name?" Romy asked. A tiny dimple flashed in one cheek. "I mean, in my head, you'll always be The Girl Who Took My Desk, but that's kind of an awkward thing to call you all the time."
I instantly loved Romy - She was the perfect match to Izzy introducing her to friendship and girl talk and painting toes and gossip. Romy is the head of one of the school clubs... PMS or Paranormal Management Society, so what starts out as a means to get to the bottom of the ghost issues, turns into more. It also turns out that the simple haunting happening at the high school and to students really isn't as simple as initially thought.
I adore him. He's charismatic, witty, and sweet and oh so adorable.
Maybe it was his grin, which was a nice change from the glares/looks of horror I'd gotten in the gym, but I found myself giving a little smile in return. "Izzy. And there, uh, was a dodgeball incident."
"Perhaps the most intriguing phrase I've heard uttered in some time," Dex said, rocking back on his heels. "I'm obviously going to need you to elaborate."
Sorry. We probably haven't reached the inappropriate touching stage of our friendship yet."
"The clothes, I mean," he said, gesturing to his coat. "I know that I'm fashionable and well-groomed, and yes, I have been known to rock the occasional manbracelet."
He lifted his wrist, jangling the bracelet I'd noticed earlier. I could see now that it was plain silver, just a series of links.
"But," Dex continued, dragging another one of my fries through ketchup, "I also like ladies. And not as shopping buddies, but in the carnal sense."
But, Dex is special and Izzy still hasn't quite figured out what his deal is... she thinks he's prodigium but isn't sure and that's odd for her because she can always tell.
The good news for those of you new to Rachel Hawkins is that you don't really need to read the Hex Hall series in order to jump into this one. While you will have a better understanding of what the Brannick's do and who they are, you get a pretty good understanding right off the bat in School Spirits. And there is only brief mentions of Sophie and Archer in this book. The other good news is that you definitely have time to read the Hex Hall series before this one comes out in May 2013, so really you could read the three books in that series and be ready for this one come release day.
If you're looking for a YA Paranormal series with a bit of romance and a lot of fun this is definitely a perfect series.
Thank you to Netgalley and Disney Hyperion for the early copy in return for an honest review.
Please note that this is of course an early copy so the quotes are subject to change.
When I picked up this book I was prepared to dislike it... I'm not even lying about that. I had my skeptical face on the whole first chapter. Then I rWhen I picked up this book I was prepared to dislike it... I'm not even lying about that. I had my skeptical face on the whole first chapter. Then I realized that it still included some of my favorite characters from the previous books!
Edge of Dawn is set 20 years in the future from where Darker After Midnight left off, and this worried me. I was afraid it wouldn't be as fun and as interesting and have characters that I liked. I was wrong. What Adrian is doing is giving us the future of The Order.
When I finished book 10 I wasn't sure there were going to be anymore... I mean it left off at a good spot to end. I talked about this with the girls in 'book club' and we speculated on what the plans were and if it would continue.
Edge of Dawn is the story of Mira and Kellan. Remember them? Nope? I didn't either until I got a little more information. See while the younger Breed mates and warriors were in the stories, they didn't have much action in the stories so it took me a bit to warm up and remember who I was reading about. Adrian does a good job of reminding us though as the story progresses.
In the future, the government and The Order are working together to live peacefully... or that's the impression most people have. There are things happening that could disrupt whatever amount of peace there might have been.
Mira was a bit of an arc in Veil of Midnight (#5) where she is the girl that Nikolai and Renata are determined to take care of. In Edge of Dawn, we learn Mira as a squad captain has become a fierce warrior in her own right. Losing the one person she had loved since childhood has scarred her in ways that will never heal. A random assignment brings her face-to-face with the man she has always loved... the man she thought was dead and he's not who she ever expected he would be.
Kellan and Mira have to make their way, taking sides and figuring out what they truly believe in. The catch is that, if you remember, looking in Mira's eyes provides the viewer with a glimpse of their future. With both having seen what the future has in store for them, will they make the right choices?
I was so excited to see the return of some of the other Order members that you know and love. Lucan of course and Nikolai and their breedmates and several others.
I think this was an excellent start to the next chapter in the Midnight Breed series and I'm excited to see where Adrian takes this going forward.
Definitely a must read for fans of BDB and other similar Vampire Series books. (And to be honest, I love these more than BDB)Go check them out now!
Thank you to Netgalley and Delacorte Press for the advance copy of this book.
Violet Midnight is book one in the Violet Night series from Lynn Rush. This was my first foray into Rush's writing and I wasn't disappointed.
Emma MartViolet Midnight is book one in the Violet Night series from Lynn Rush. This was my first foray into Rush's writing and I wasn't disappointed.
Emma Martin finds it a bit hard to blend in with her fellow students on campus these days. She's got a glowing tattoo and unimaginable powers and... well, she hunts vampires. Think Buffy with violet eyes and a tattoo that tells her when one is near.
When she's discovered by the handsome Jake Cunningham they have an instant connection and he divulges some information about himself. Two years ago something happened to him and now he too has unexplained powers. Their assumption is that he too is a Hunter.
But something is happening in their small college town because after months of silence from the vampires, there is suddenly way more unexplained activity.
While I enjoyed this book, I didn't love it. The writing felt a bit too simplistic to me and the characters were not as developed as I would have liked to see. Plus... instalove always really really hurts me. It's just so hard for me to grasp and so I struggled with that a bit.
What I liked... a kick-ass heroine who isn't dependent on a guy to save her. Emma was tough and while she and I felt that she and Jake almost seem to fall for each other based on their circumstances rather than true feelings, she didn't let those feelings for him cloud her purpose. (You'll understand why I say that when you read this book!) Plus there is a ton of action! With the influx of Vampires in town we get to experience Emma and Jake in action quite a bit.
I think that fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer might really enjoy this book and if it sounds like your kind of thing, you'll be happy to know that book two is due out today!
This review can be found on my blog, Fic Fare: ...more
This might be a first... I'm struggling with my review for this book. I liked it, I did. But there are some things about it specifically that I didn'tThis might be a first... I'm struggling with my review for this book. I liked it, I did. But there are some things about it specifically that I didn't like.
First of all, this book is 549 pages and I felt every. single. one. of. them. Now, I say that, but I'm not sure where it could be edited down either. (wait.. I know one - their trip to London and running into her ex... all that stuff...)
I mean I get why the whole thing happened... to get to the climax of the return trip but still...
The book starts with a bang - Violet Lee stumbles into something that will change her life forever one night. It had to be fate ... right? She just happens to be in the square where Kaspar and his fellow vampires tear and mutilate 30 people, but he spares her life. Instead they take her with them to their estate and give her the choice to turn into a vampire or die.
The book itself spans several months time and SO MUCH STUFF happens. I don't even know where to start!! I have to say most of it was predictable and at 18% I had quite a bit of it figured out already.
I struggled to connect with these characters until the very end.
Kaspar - he's 'THE' guy of this series. He's the prince... he'll inherit the throne when his father passes it down. Oh.. and he's a total asshole in the first 2/3 of the book. He treats Violet like crap, is a manwhore (vampwhore? idk)and I wasn't sure what the hell to think. I didn't even find myself liking him all that much until the final chapters.
Violet at one point gets the chance to choose between him and Fabian... and she chooses the guy who's been a total dick to her.
Insert giant sized sigh here because there is no believable reason why she does it. She passes on the guy who's been sweet and lovely and has this incredible connection with to pick the guy who sleeps with anything with girl parts and doesn't give two shits about her.
I also struggled with Violet. I never really connected with her. While she was feisty and smart (mostly) I kind of felt she was a bit wishy washy and not very interesting. Don't get me wrong, there were times that I liked her, and for sure by the end of the book there was definite growth to her.
So I think at the half way point of this story is when things start to pick up a bit. You get more information that starts pulling things together. I was happy with the end, even if like I said, it was incredibly predictable.
The writing is pretty good, the story itself is interesting and in the end I did like Kaspar. He grew on me I suppose. While the cover exclaims that this is "the sexiest romance you'll read this year", I'm not sure I'd concur. The characters at times confused me and certainly didn't keep me hooked into the story and there was very little in here that I found sexy.
I'll definitely be checking out the second in this series, I'm just hoping it's not as long and drawn out as this one was, and that I can connect a bit more with the characters.
If you like Vampires, paranormal and a bit of romance this might be a new series for you to give a read!
Omg Julie Kagawa is an evil genius!! She truly is. I'm not even sure where to start with this review.
Hopefully this will all make sense when I'm donOmg Julie Kagawa is an evil genius!! She truly is. I'm not even sure where to start with this review.
Hopefully this will all make sense when I'm done! LOL
So... I finished this yesterday and ya know what, I woke up STILL thinking about the end of this book. I'm going to try not to spoil anything major - but keep in mind that there might be a minor plot point mentioned - so read ahead at your own peril.
In the end of The Immortal Rules Allie was turned away at the doors of Eden, leaving behind Zeke and the others in relative safety. Now she's searching for her Sire, Kanin. Sarren has him and she needs to save him. What she finds is that she can sense her blood kindred. She is bound to Kanin and can even dream his dreams. She's horrified by what Sarren is doing to him and knows the urgency.
Unfortunately (or fortunately?) her bond leads her to the despicable Jackal. Remember him? He's her blood brother and she didn't realize she'd been sensing him along the way as well.
Jackal is one of those characters that you just don't know whether to love or hate. Because they are both essentially on the hunt for a cure to the Rabidism they decide to combine forces ... but it's not without some indecision on Allie's part. She hate's Jackal for what he did to Zeke's family. But I have to be honest here - I didn't hate him. He added the perfect amount of deviousness to this story, and even though 98% of the time he was watching out for number one, I think he's intrigued by Allie. He totally fulfilled the 'older brother' role perfectly. I even loved how he teased and made fun of Allie. Each comment held such weight and truth for her even though she found herself fighting her true nature.
"And you are going to have to start thinking like a vampire, my dear little sister, or you're never going to survive this world."
Allie and Jackal head to New Covington where she now knows Kanin is. She finds that Sarren has done the unimaginable - released Red Lung into the fringe of the city. The place she once considered her home will never be the same and Sarren is waiting to get his revenge.
Allie fights the demon inside her every step of the way, determined to maintain some of her humanity but it's a struggle. Over the months she has gotten stronger and become a bit more comfortable and accepting of what she is. Then ... then....
He's back my friends. Zeke didn't stay in Eden.
"Why didn't you stay in Eden?" I asked roughly, glaring at him. "You were home, Zeke. It was what you were looking for, what you always wanted. Why did you leave?"
He met my gaze, unwavering. "It wasn't home without you."
Gah these two - doomed from the start... right?
Kagawa has created this incredible world with amazing characters in the form of Sarren the evilest of the evil and Jackal the redeemable blackguard and Kanin the sire who is filled with regret for his past ...
I absolutely loved the progression of Allison and Kanin's relationship. She has come to view him as a father figure and he is everything she needs exactly when she needs it. He's no longer teaching her, instead encouraging her to become who she was always meant to be.
I'm not even going to tell you about that one person that had me cursing and wishing we would see Allie go all crazy vampire...
I have to stop typing now before I really start telling you everything. In this second book Kagawa gave me everything I had been hoping for. She has built upon the world she created in book one by showing us more about the characters, really making me connect with each and every one of them.
But consider this my warning... she will gut you with the end of this book. There is no other way to say it. I was left sitting with the pages flapping closed, my mouth hanging open and tears in my eyes.
But it is the most perfect thing ever and the only thing running through my mind now are plans on how to get my hands on the next book in the series.
Thank you to Julie Kagawa and Harlequin Teen for sharing the advanced copy of this book.
I'm going to admit up front that while I'm giving this book four stars, it wasn't my favorite of this series so far and it might actually have been clI'm going to admit up front that while I'm giving this book four stars, it wasn't my favorite of this series so far and it might actually have been closer to a 3.5. I will also admit that Adrian is probably the reason I still rush out to buy these books on release day.
That's totally acceptable right?
So let me just say that the build-up to the release probably is what had me expecting much more out of this book. There was so much "who is Marcus Finch" around that I felt like I would die if I didn't know! LOL
Well... we find out exactly who Marcus Finch is. Marcus, a former Alchemist wants Sidney to part ways with the Alchemists and her family and join him to have the magical elements in her tattoo removed. Sidney struggles with the idea because while she knows that there are secrets being kept from her, she isn't quite ready to go to the extremes that Marcus has.
In The Indigo Spell, Sydney also is tasked with finding the person who is targeting younger powerful witches and in order to do so, she has to accept and embrace that magical part of her that struggles with the idea that magic is wrong and shouldn't be used.
I looooooved that Sydney and Adrian got closer in this book. I'm waiting for them to finally succumb to the attraction and get it on. LOL These two are such complete and absolute opposites that it's wonderful to see how they actually do connect and Mead does a great job of building their relationship. And seeing Sydney try and fight the attraction continuously, while sometimes is irritating, I get it. I really do! The chemistry is finally believable too!
Since I'm admitting things while writing this review, I'm also going to say this... Sydney is not my favorite. I don't know ... it's just something about her. I like some warmth and she's definitely not, and she's a bit too rigid for my tastes, but I say all this with love because I get that these are characteristics that helped form who she was and were brought about by how she was raised. It just doesn't make me like her... which in turn makes me think she's not worthy of Adrian LOL
Anyway... I am looking forward to the next book in the series, I think the addition of Sydney's sister will be a great twist, though I'm not sure if I'm supposed to like her... she definitely hasn't won me over the little bit we saw of her, plus it will be interesting to see how Sydney gets around the whole 'involvement with people she's supposed to hate' thing while she's being watched a bit closer by the Alchemists.
If you haven't started this series, definitely give it a try. I originally went into this one because I was such a fan of Vampire Academy and I wanted more. Then I found myself really enjoying the new direction and characters that Mead was giving us. Plus... ADRIAN!!
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I have to say... I finished this book last night, and I'm already biding my time for the next one. If you haven't started the Chicagoland Vampires serI have to say... I finished this book last night, and I'm already biding my time for the next one. If you haven't started the Chicagoland Vampires series I highly recommend that you do. I struggle with finding goood Paranormal Romance but one thing I can count on is that Chloe Neill will always bring it.
House Rules picks up shortly after Biting Cold ends. Cadogan House is making their move and parting ways with the GP but of course it's not going to be simple. Darius is out to take everything and a surprise alliance proves that maybe Ethan can't take care of his vampires like he plans.
Meanwhile someone is murdering vampires and Merit needs to get to the bottom of who's behind it.
I think that this is probably the best book of the series yet, and I have to tell you that I'm incredibly excited to see that there are going to be at least three more!!
Merit has to be one of the toughest heroines I've read about in PNR lately. She can wield a katana like nobody's business and she's smart and educated and doesn't really take shit from anyone. I'm not sure I could love her more!
Ethan ...*Sigh* he's centuries old, and he also doesn't take shit from anyone. He's everything you want in an egotisitcal, alpha male vampire, that's for sure. Yet that man can bring the swoon.
I'm no James Bond," he cannily said. "I loved the Mercedes. It fit me perfectly. The Aston just... didn't."
"So you traded up?" I asked, walking toward the car and opening the door. "Do you treat your relationships in the same way?"
"Yes," Ethan gravely said. "And I spent four hundred years shopping before I met you."
In House Rules, we get tons of action, from Merit trying to find out who's behind the murders, to Lacey trying to thwart her relationship with Ethan, to Merit working with Jonah as part of the secret Red Guard and I love the return of the cast of characters.
We get to see Merit and Mallory work to repair their relationship, we get to see bits of Luc and Lindsay, and we get a bit more of Jeff in this book than we have in the past.
McKetrick makes an appearance and I can't wait to see what kind of havoc he'll bring in the future books - I think Merit said it best in this book...
"Will there be a time when things are normal? When vampires are loved or hated just like everyone else? When we live simpler lives?"
Ethan settled himself on an elbow, and pushed a lock of hair from my eyes with his free hand. "I'm not sure you were cut out for a simple life, Merit. You don't seem like a suburban type of girl."
And I don't see them having any quiet, simple times in the near future... yay for us readers... not so much for the characters we love! The flow and pace of the story was really well done, and to be perfectly honest I had no clue who the big bad was until it was revealed to the reader.
Like I said, if you're a fan of Paranormal Romance this is the perfect series to start. House Rules is book #7 of a wonderful series that has the perfect blend of action, supernatural and romance and I'm pretty sure you won't be able to put it down once you start!
Thank you to Rosanne Romanello at Penguin for an advanced copy for review!