You know why is it always so difficult to write a review for a book that is part of a series? Because we, reviewers, are dying to share a lot of inforYou know why is it always so difficult to write a review for a book that is part of a series? Because we, reviewers, are dying to share a lot of information, and quotes, and parts of the plot that are key for readers to enjoy the bigger picture.
Here with Shift it's the same all over again, sigh. You see, how can I keep my mouth shut (or my fingers from writing) about so much awesomeness?! It's simply too difficult. But I have to persevere and give you all a useful review, right? That's what I thought.
So, where to begin? Well, first of all I have to say that this is previous of my bigger review coming tomorrow about the third book so don't forget to read it! *cough* Giveaway coming too *cough*
In the first book, Exiled, the Goddess names Chase the Protector and gives him a special ring. It's also where Chase's mom dies and where he has the first confrontation with his father in years. As things begin to develop Chase understand a few predicaments: - His father wants to resurrect the evil Goddess, Ithrael, thinking that he will be able to control her and all the Underworlders. - The ring the Goddess gave him is actually very dangerous to his life since everyone wants to get it and would do anything to do so. - Despite better judgement right now it's very important to destroy the ring... but the only way is to go to another dimension, a horrible and dangerous place called Theral, so he can retrieve a god's weapon and do it.
Thankfully for him he is never alone. This time he travels not only with Rayna and Willy but also Tiki, Vincent and Marcus. And I'm not joking when I say they go through hell in this adventure. But you see, this is what I most like about Mr.Merrick's way of writing: he can, in some way that I can't even begin to comprehend, write a series of different plots inside the same book and lead, all of them, to one big mind-blowing ending that will leave you waiting for more pages to magically appear in your reader. How? Beats me, I have no clue. I just know that I was so frigging grateful for having the third book in my reader already that I almost cried.
What else can I say? Seriously guys, after the ending of the first book I was dying to get to see Willy's development and oh boy did he developed! A-MA-ZING! I love Willy. And I love Vincent. Because let's face it, bad boys (or men) do have their appealing.
And Rayna. Sweet-amazing-kickass Rayna is the one that gives the book it's title (or at least most of it) as she has to face not only her past once again but also her future as she needs to learn how to control her ability without dying in the process. And it might kill her so easily...
As for romance, yes, we got it! We got it! And it was everything I expected and more. No rushing at all. Everything happened in the right moment in the right amount.
So, I can't say anymore without giving away spoilers... my final sentence is: Buy the series if you like awesome characters and plots. It won't disappoint you at all!...more
One of the greatest things about this book is Greta herself. With her we have a girl that learned to adapt to her surroundings when most of us, commonOne of the greatest things about this book is Greta herself. With her we have a girl that learned to adapt to her surroundings when most of us, common humans, would have lost our minds and die in hands of the creatures in this world. But not Greta, nop. She survived with the help of a sprite who taught her how to fight and hide her human side (because being human in Mylena means death) which is how she becomes a bounty hunter... an awesome bounty hunter!
Strong, ready to kick ass and sarcastic, those are the three things that describe her best. And if that is not enough we also see how much Greta struggles to keep her memories of the human world and the inner fight she keeps having because she is not sure she even wants to return... after all, she has changed a lot and has earned a place in Mylena.
And then we have Isaac, the Goblin King, who in the first half of the book tricks Greta into letting him enter her dreams. If that was not enough to earn her distrust then the fact that he would kill her in a heartbeat if he finds out she is human does the trick. But then romance happens and when everyone in Mylena knows her secret Isaac decides to protect her no matter what. Which is sweet and infuriating at the same time. Isaac is drop dead sexy, kind of possessive too but he lets Greta defend for herself most of the time; he knows she is capable of fighting and trusts her.
As for the world, Mylena, I can only say the author made an amazing job. Really amazing, guys. She thought of everything: the races (like goblins and sprites), the landscapes (so beautiful!) and the terrible curse that affects it (created by humans which is why they hate us so much) were the perfect background for this book.
Right now all I can say is that this book will have you from the very first page and you won't be able to stop reading until the very end, even if that means sleeping only 3 hours. Trust me. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed. Chances are you will join me in the terrible waiting I now have to endure: the release of the second part....more
Dylan doesn't have an easy life... In fact, his life could be categorized as a roller-coaste**Visit my blog, Librarian Mouse, to read more reviews**
Dylan doesn't have an easy life... In fact, his life could be categorized as a roller-coaster of emotions, disappointments and distrust. The main reason for this is because his mom is the kind of woman that falls very easily and quickly in love only to pack their things up and leave town when she breaks up with the guy of the town. She doesn't think about Dylan at all and it has been this way for the last 17 years.
That's why when she leaves him in the middle of nowhere with grandparents that didn't know he even existed he is not that surprised. Hurt yes, but not surprised. The only good thing in his life? Since Dylan was a kid he always dreamt with the same girl. In fact they had seen each other grow up and had developed a friendship, and even if he knew deep inside that those dreams were not real they were also one of the things he treasured the most.
But everything changes when, behind his grandparent's house, he sees her. There, standing and practically inviting him into the woods. And after thinking about it he decides to go and help her, because he knows she is in trouble. And thanks to that decision he finally understands why he always felt like he never belonged: he is only half human and his other half comes from a different dimension. And this land, Teag, lacks a king and a ruthless man named Navar won't stop until he controls everyone and everything.
That's why Kera has called fon Dylan, because he has a destiny to fulfill and a new life to discover with her.
Personal opinion: From the very beginning I didn't know what to expect with this book. To be honest I'm not very fond of situations where a mom is not very "mother material". But to give him credit, neither is Dylan, so we are in the same page here. And after reading a little bit we get to understand why Dylan's mom leaves him there.
Gladly for me things developed in a very cool, interesting and intriguing way. First we have Dylan who, thanks to the way he was raised, doesn't usually trust in other people and doesn't want to open up his heart to anybody. And to see this guy development throughout the book was amazing. It was like seeing a normal day reaching a glorious sunset, if you know what I mean. Dylan soon discovers powers hidden within him and creatures and people that, alongside Kera, become not only friends but also family to him.
And then we have Kera, the girl of his dreams with whom he falls in love. And the feeling is mutual because they are meant to be together. Their love felt always natural, like the way the water follows the riverbed. Besides, want to know something else? This girl is protective and she may not have Dylan's abilities but she does know how to take care of someone else.
As for the plot all I can say is that Shea Berkley has a natural style of writing and I like it. From the way she captures Dylan's thoughts to the great world building she does... everything was great. Even Navar had a deepness that was enjoyable and was the perfect enemy for Dylan. And the ending? It doesn't have a cliffhanger for which I'm grateful. The book finished in a nice way letting the right amount of questions with no answer to keep me waiting for the second installment. Trust me here, I'm already waiting!...more