Chain Letter (5 stars) Last Summer Alison and her friends got involve in an accident and a man got hurt. They decided to bury this deadly secret deep i...moreChain Letter (5 stars) Last Summer Alison and her friends got involve in an accident and a man got hurt. They decided to bury this deadly secret deep in their minds and never talk about it again, but someone else knows, he calls himself the Caretaker. He has started a chain letter and for each of them to stay safe they have to do whatever he wishes. With every request Alison will find out things about her friends she never knew, get closer to the boy of her dreams and be forced to face her worst nightmares.
I loved this book. It's the first Pike book I've ever read but it surely won't be the last one. It started out reminding me of I Know What You Did Last Summer (big horror fan here) but still I loved every minute of it. Alison was a great character and she took control of the situation when noene else could. She is a real fighter. We also get a few chapters from Tony's POV, her love interest, who is also another great character. He has so much guilt in him and so much pain but never lets it show.
Now, about the story, it unfolded perfectly. The Caretaker was someone you don't wanna mess with. And there were bits and pieces that would make everyone a suspect but if you paid close attention from the beginning till the end you can figure it out, just like I did. Whenever I read a book when I know we will get to guess who the bad guy is I keep my eyes open for every single clue.
I loved the creepy mood of this book and the action scene at the end. It was just like a horror movie. I literally couldn't sleep until the book was over, so I stayed up till 4am to finish it. So worth it! Now I can't even begin to imagine what will happen in the next one.
The Ancient Evil (3 stars) In the second book of the Chain Letter Duology, the remaining members of the gang receive another chain letter a few months after the events of the first book. But this time the Caretaker is asking them to do some unimaginable things and the consequences are grave, deadly.
First off, let me start by saying I would have been perfectly happy if there wasn't a second book in the series. I just want to erase the memory of it cause I loved the first one but this one didn't live up to it.
The book starts with Tony and Alison, my favorite couple, fighting about going into different colleges while on the other side of town the chain letter is being discovered by its first victim. I thought that after they found the chain letter, they would put their differences aside and try to survive this Caretaker, but no such luck. There was a lot of teenage drama. Tony was turning into an insecure jerk and I just wanted to punch him. Besides the drama, there was this whole cult, satanic theme that was so uncalled for. It felt like it was there just so the author would have something more to write about.
Now, on to what I did like. Eric, a new character, who is kind of a PI, not exactly really but he was pretty awesome. Smart and curious, just how I like them. He was the one who help Alison discover the mystery behind the man in the desert and well, everything else after that. He was my favorite character in this book. Since Tony had turned into a jerk and Alison didn't have the spark she did in the first book.
Another think I enjoyed about the second book is what happened when someone broke the chain, made it so much more serious. But still I prefer the first book, with all the mystery, real mystery, and the action scenes in the end. This one's ending felt a little bit rushed to me, not much action or horror movie scenes.(less)
Scarlett and Rosie have been two normal kids until the day their home was attacked by Fenris, werewolves and they were the only ones left alive, Scarl...moreScarlett and Rosie have been two normal kids until the day their home was attacked by Fenris, werewolves and they were the only ones left alive, Scarlett getting terribly injured. After that they spend their whole lifes hunting. Everything seems to be a routine for the two sisters until Silas, Scarlett's old hunting partner returns to town and everything seems to change. Rosie and Silas are falling fast for each other and the Fenris seem to be getting more and more dangerous. The three hunters decide it's time to move to a bigger city so they can up their game but there they find all the different Fenris pack are starting to gathering and they are looking for something, a Potential, a future werewolve. Now Scarlett, Rosie and Silas have to find him first in order to lure the Fenris to their deaths all the while secrets are being kept for the first time between tha sisters and they might just drive them apart forever.
I really fell in love with this book from the Prologue. Scarlett and Rosie are two completely different characters. Scarlett, the older sister, is protective and lives to hunt, literally, there is nothing else she can see herself do. She has terrible scars from her first attack and they are a constant reminder that she is not normal and that she has to fight. On the other hand, Rosie, the younger sister, even though she loves hunting with her sister we soon find out that she is only doing it because she feels like she owes her life to her sister and hunting is what her sister loves. But Rosie wants to experience doing normal things, and when Silas returns to town it's even harder for her to keep her total faith to the hunt. I loved both girls for totally different reasons. Scarlett was noble, that's the first word that comes to mind, she knows that there is something terribly wrong in the world and wants to save as many people as possible. She was obsessed with hunting but whenever there was a chapter from her point of view it was easy to realize that hunting was the only thing that made sense to her and soon you will find yourself wondering what would you do. I loved Rosie cause she was very sweet and wanting to prove herself, being the youngest in my family I know how it is, I could really relate to her.
Besides the great characters that truly give life to the story the bad guys were pretty amazing too. The Fenris are always handsome men that are luring girls and then devoure them. Big bad wolf anyone? Well I loved them. There were packs with different tattoos. It wasn't really hard to keep track of what was going on with the Fenris, everyting about them was slowly intoducted and it felt almost normal. The only clues you have to figure out through out the book are about the Potential but it's pretty obvious who is going to be.
Finally, I feel like I need to talk about the action and the romance. Fights fights and more fights! Well the girls are hunters what did you expect? The book starts with a bang and each chapter is a new fighting on the waiting. There are countless action scenes with are beautifully written and you always want more. Now the romance...well there is a quote at the back of the book form Becca Fitzpatrick that pretty much summarises everyting. "If you love your romance hot, your bad guys downright dirty, and your heroines real enough to bleed, this is your book!" (less)