This is fantasy at it’s best! I know I am only 16 and probably don’t know a lot about well… a lot of things. Fantasy was my way to escape this. In fan...moreThis is fantasy at it’s best! I know I am only 16 and probably don’t know a lot about well… a lot of things. Fantasy was my way to escape this. In fantasy books, you don’t have to be science wiz or experienced teenager. Fantasy writers set the world for you and you become a part of it.
Now I know some people have said this book reminded them of Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, and many other great fantasies. To me, however, this book reminded me of Eragon. When I first started reading Eragon, I was thrilled by everything that happened. My excitement grew more and more as the story continue, and I felt like I was a part of it. That’s exactly how The Grimoire made me feel.
The first chapter, which is found here, had me hooked. Thank you for S. M. Boyce for providing me a copy so I could continue on with this fantastical story.
While Kara is hiking one day, she comes across a gazebo in the forest. She steps through it and comes across a door. This leads her into a falling through a hole and landing in a library. She finds the Grimoire and becomes the Vagabond of the world Ourea. When she asks the Grimoire questions, it provides her an answer. Since she picked up the Grimoire, she can no longer go back to her life on Earth. She is no longer just Kara, but a magical being and one that is supposed to help Ourea.
In the book, I felt like I was right there with Kara and Braeden experiencing everything, because I didn't know what was going to happen next. Every chapter you learn more about the world of Ourea and the dangers that are there. I was so scared for Kara at most points but some of her reactions to things happening were fun to read. The world of Ourea is a world I want to experience!
Besides the mystery and fantasy, we have a romance going on. If you know me, I am not a big fan for instant loves. In Lichgates, the romance is slowly building and it gets me more interested in both the characters.
I highly recommended this to all fantasy lovers! S. M. Boyce, I am now a huge fan, and can't wait for the sequel to come!(less)
In my opinion, this book was way better than the first. I think this was because the setting had to be set and you have to get to know this new world...moreIn my opinion, this book was way better than the first. I think this was because the setting had to be set and you have to get to know this new world Kelly has created for you. Not only is A Beautiful Evil fantasy/paranormal, it is also a mystery. You keep making guesses on what will happen but then you get it wrong.
I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I finished reading the first book. However, it has been a year, and I kind of forgot what happened in the first book. I kind of had to skim the first novel, to remember what happened. Kelly did an okay job reminded you what happened.
I am a big fan of Greek Mythology and never read any retellings where the goddess Athena is the bad guy, or I mean girl. That’s what got me interested in this series. Kelly adds more to the story though. This story has a lot of heart to it. I did feel it until the end of the first novel, but you get it even more in this book.
In the first book, Ari was trying to find out who she is and why her mother left her a note telling her to run. She goes into New 2, New Orleans rebuilt after the disastrous hurricanes, a place filled with dark secrets and creatures. In the end, Ari finds out who she is and is afraid what she might become. She is destined to become a gorgon, a god-killer, and Athena wants to use her as a weapon.
In this book, Ari is training to defeat Athena. She is not only training physically but mentally. She needs to learn everything she can about Athena. She is doing all of this because she wants to rescue her father and her friend, Violet, from Athena. Ari makes so many plans in this novel but Athena is always a step ahead of her. Ari goes through so much in this novel, it puts you through a emotional ride. But one thing that does surprise Athena, and me, is Ari’s choices.
I was worried about Sebastian and Ari’s romance, but in the end I was satisfied.
What I love the most in this novel is the action and learning things about Athena and Ari. And the ending part, Ari discovers something, so hopefully there will be more Gods in the next book. Maybe even more monsters.
I really, really tried not to write in spoilers, but failed horribly. So don’t continue if you don’t want to read spoilers. Or continue on, because he...moreI really, really tried not to write in spoilers, but failed horribly. So don’t continue if you don’t want to read spoilers. Or continue on, because hey might as well know what’s coming, right?
The sequel continues on right where the first book left off. Kelley brings on the thrills right off the bat. You think they are finally safe, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Maya and some of her classmates are in helicopter to escape from a forest fire. They find out that the pilot did something to the mayor and almost attacked Maya if Daniel didn’t stop him. Then, Sam took over the control of the helicopter and let’s just say that didn’t go over so well.
Rafe is gone, the mayor and pilot are died, and the rest are stuck in the middle of nowhere.
They have to survive not only the wilderness but kidnappers as well. Maya thought she, Rafe, and Annie were the only ones with strange paranormal gifts but it turns out, they are not alone. You know what I was waiting for the most? I was waiting for all the secrets to come out. You know how it is with tense scenes like they’re in. They are stuck in the forest, trying to survive, and the only thing left to do is talk. Yeah some big secrets are revealed. I was really surprised by Nicole.
This book has the same pacing as the first book. You will hit some slow parts and then Kelley surprises you with some unforeseen events. There were points in this book where I wanted to take a little sneak peek of the ending. The kids are walking through the forest to survive, and I wanted to see who makes it and who doesn’t.
Now, some of the things happening might be predictable for people who have read the Darkest Powers first. I know some readers who are making connections between the two series. Which makes me sad because I really need to read that series but keep on slacking off.
The ending! Ugh, now we have to wait a whole year before the next book. It looks like the characters from the Darkest Powers trilogy are going to make an appearance in the last book. Eh, I can’t wait! I guess this is the time for me to read the Darkest Powers trilogy and start putting the pieces together.
The only thing that did bug me about the series is the trailers. The trailers for both books were a little…off. Some of things that were in those trailers weren’t in the books. Some of the things that were in the second trailer made me think Maya was the leader and taking care of everyone. But it wasn’t just her. Daniel was there.
If you seen my updates, I did go a little crazy on this book. It was really amazing!
I have to say I love the sequel better than the first, which is ha...moreIf you seen my updates, I did go a little crazy on this book. It was really amazing!
I have to say I love the sequel better than the first, which is hard since technically in Kate’s world there is no sequel, it’s just her life. So, I love the continued story of Kate’s life. Because where we left off on The Goddess Test, with all the drama and Kate becoming immortal, that compares to nothing to what Kate has to face off now!
I really don’t want to write spoilers, but if I don’t then I feel like I leaving too many things out. For people who don’t want spoilers, here’s your review:
Go pick up The Goddess Test and read it! Then hurry up and get the sequel because if you don’t, you will miss out on this exciting, emotional, thrill ride.
Now to some spoilers! Continue on with caution!
You know what I love about this story. Instead of only feeling sorry for Persephone because of the original myth of her being trapped, I’m also sorry for Hades/Henry because he was in love with someone who didn’t love him back. I love how Aimee created a story around this. Even though I felt bad for Henry, and in the Goddess Test I felt love for the guy, but there were some parts where I just wanted to slap him in this book. Kate loves him, like deeply loves him, but he still hasn’t gotten over Persephone.
I am glad that Kate’s human traits are still with her as an Immortal, because then we wouldn’t be able to recognize her. Through out the book, I felt Kate was strong character. You really do connect with her more in this book. Her being able to put herself on the line when it comes to saving others and her motivation is to save Henry, the man she loves, from dying. Towards the ending, my heart just fell with her, because of the way Henry looks at Persephone and the other things he does. In the end, he comes out alright though.
I am glad we got James and Ava back. In this book, they really do become more real, and I felt like I knew their personalities more. I am also glad for the parts with Calliope in it, because you get more of an understanding why she did what she did. Then in the end, like oh my god!!
I kept hearing people talk about the ending, so I had to control myself from not taking a sneak peek at the ending. It was hard! And when I finally came to the ending, now I know why everyone is talking about it!
This review became longer than what I usually write, but I have to say if you love anything Greek than you must pick up this series! And if you don’t want to be dying to know what happens next, maybe hold off reading this one until October when the third book comes out. Because I am literally dying to know what happens next!!
I haven’t read too many fantasy novels with romance in them. When I do, the main character is always a guy. I don’t know why that is, maybe I am a lit...moreI haven’t read too many fantasy novels with romance in them. When I do, the main character is always a guy. I don’t know why that is, maybe I am a little sexist. Or maybe it’s because lately there a lot of YA books told from a girl’s point of view. I don’t know. But I have heard a lot of great things about Kelley’s writing and decided to take a chance at her latest series.
When I first read this book, it was amazing. I read some of the other reviews though and noticed this was a spin-off series from Kelley’s first trilogy, Darkest Powers. I was concerned because I thought maybe I was being left out from knowing some major things. I told myself I was going to read that series first before reviewing The Gathering and The Calling. It never happened. The Calling came out and I knew I wanted to hear more from Maya and the other characters so I couldn’t resist.
Now I did read this novel again so I can refresh my memory on everything. It still an awesome read the second time around.
I definitely enjoyed the mystery of the town and Maya. There were also some very cute boys in this book as well. I really enjoyed these characters that Kelley has presented us with. Maya, the main character, was smart, strong-willed, athletic, speaks her mind type of girl. She was strong character but even she had some small moments where some things were just too much.
As for the cute boys, Daniel was my favorite. He was protective over Maya and probably the greatest best guy friend ever. As for Rafe, he was just a typical bad boy that only has a soft side for the main girl. He was mysterious and at some points, I couldn’t read fast enough because it seems whenever Maya was around him, freaky stuff happen.
As for the storyline, there wasn’t a part where I was bored. There was mystery everywhere! One, how did Serena really die? And two, why would a crazy old lady call Maya a witch? There were some slow points but after a few pages, something big happens. In the end, my mind couldn’t stop thinking about what might happen next and coming up with some predictions. Even when I read it a second time, although this time I had the second book so I could continue with the story right away.
As for the Darkest Powers trilogy, that series is going on the top of my summer reading list.