May contain some spoilers Bitter Greens ended up being a captivating story mixing both fiction and faMy rating: 4/5 stars Remember to stop by my blog!
May contain some spoilers Bitter Greens ended up being a captivating story mixing both fiction and fantasy! This was both a fairytale retelling of Rapunzel and historical fiction revolving around Charlotte-Rose de la Force's scandalous life. Charlotte-Rose de la Force actually was a French novelist and poet. She was also the one telling the tale of Rapunzel for the first time. This definitely peaked my interested and added something extra for the story!
About half the book is about Charlotte-Rose de la Force and her life. Thanks to some scandals, king forces her to move to a convent, where life isn't fun and games. Especially in the beginning her life is miserable. We also get to see glimpses of her earlier life, which was filled with dancing, flirting, scandals, you name it. And I must say I definitely enjoyed those stories more. Then there's the story of Rapunzel, which locates to Italy in the 16th century. This is the part containing most of the fantasy, yet I still ended up loving Charlotte-Rose's story more. Somehow it just seemed more relatable and the story just flowed. I could've read a book solely concentrating on Charlotte-Rose!
Through the book there's a lot of jumping back and forth in time, which many times confuses me. I don't usually get easily confused, but I never seem to remember which year we're in, so I always have to browse through earlier chapters. And when you add different stories and characters to that.. Oh my, I should've been completely lost! Yet, the author managed the jumps brilliantly, even my chicken brain managed to stay focused!
This was kind of a risk for me to read, since I usually stick to young adult literature if possible. And tend to avoid any historical- something. So when I actually ended up enjoying this book, I was so happy! Because it's always a pleasure to find a great read, and it's somehow even more amazing when it's out of your comfort zone. You don't like historical fiction? You should try this out! Love historical fiction? Again, you should definitely try this out.
My thanks to The Book Depository for providing the review copy!
May contain some spoilers Our main character is Hannah, who is on her way to Arizona, where she's suppMy rating: 3/5 stars Remember to stop by my blog!
May contain some spoilers Our main character is Hannah, who is on her way to Arizona, where she's suppose to meet her brother, Ben. Before she gets there, she runs into a hot stranger while fueling up. She's blushing like an idiot, but manages to somewhat get over it, until she realizes The Hottie is Josh, his brother's best friend. He's the guy who used to call her "big sister". And he still is only 17! Hannah tries her best to get over his hotness, but doesn't really manage that so well. Especially when she sometimes feels like he might feel the same way about her. And that isn't her only problem; she's started seeing some weird dreams, where Josh is with her. And after first running into three drunken guys, he keeps seeing groups of three men everywhere. Sometimes not even men, but coyotes. You'd be freaking out, too!
Main thing left in my mind about the book was a huge admiration towards the author. Because times and times again I was just astonished her knowledge of Native American culture! She's really done her homework and a whole lot of more on top of that! She knew everything about customs and culture and language and it just kept surprising me over and over again. That's definitely a positive thing. But it also made me wish I was more into Native American culture. Or to any other culture. In school, any class about different cultures or even about history and I was fast asleep. Like in ten seconds! I have no idea how that's even possible, but it's a true story, I swear. So, there was a whole lot of information in this book. Yet I didn't fall asleep, but I did get distracted occasionally. There was just so much details about a subject I'm not that interested about, so I had to take a lot of breaks. But still, I always came back!
The story was pretty slow paced, probably because of the huge amount of details. That also kept distracting me, and I had to really focus and remind myself that this is a love story and the main focus should be on Hannah and Josh. In the end, they are a great couple, but Josh was definitely my favorite! Hannah was suppose to be an adult, yet she acts like she's fifteen with all the blushing etc. And the age difference bothered me. And I kept reminding myself that my husband is six years older than me, but then I remember I was 20 when we started going out. Everything was legal. Yes yes, I'm definitely old.
In the end, I didn't really get along with the characters, but still, the main thing on my mind about this book is how talented and passionate the author is. I'm not a fan of Native American culture, and probably never will be, but I hope someone who is will read this. Because this will probably become his/her favorite book, thanks to amazing details and a great love story!
My thanks to the author for providing a copy for review!
May contain some spoilers Probably the best day of this year so far was when I received ARC of Unravel Me! Of course I wanted to read it right away, and was glued to the book until the last page and I had to throw the book to the wall because it ended and needed to be punished for that. Okay, I know I should probably hug awesome books, but.. it's always so sad when a great book ends!
Back to the business! Remember how Shatter Me ended? Juliette and Adam finally got to safehaven underground and finally everything's gonna be alright! Juliette seems even happy! But nono, that can't go on. Juliette doesn't fit in, since nowadays everyone knows her secrets and about her abilities. So even though she's among "her people", they're acting like "normal" people and think Juliette's too dangerous, surprise. So there's only Adam for Juliette, but there's these insane rules about girls and boys living apart and then things get complicated and everything isn't so happyhappyjoyjoy. And eventually Warner shows up again!
Juliette is moody, wallowing, just throwing the pity party, and I'm loving it! She's throwing some crazy temper tantrums, too, and man.. Is there something wrong with me, because I think her temper tantrums are just awesome and would love to see them more? Probably.
The situation with Adam and Warner is also kinda crazy. In the first book it was pretty obvious who Juliette was going to end up with, but now.. I'm so confused!! I am just so in love with the psycho-Warner, and just want to see him happy! And I want to kick Juliette's butt for not choosing Warner right this second! And no, I don't think they should be together so Juliette could change him, but they should be together because Warner isn't trying to change Juliette. Like in Bridget Jones, he likes her just the way she is. Yup, been thinking about this!
I haven't read Destroy Me yet *gasp*, so Warner's father was a completely new character to me. Definitely not a fan, and if you happened to notice my GR update I made while reading this, you know I was very, very happy when he got shot. To both legs. I'm not sadistic or anything, but some people just deserve it. Warner's father also brings a little twist to the story, and when it was revealed, I was all "Of course!, why didn't I see that coming, that was like so obvious!", but still was a great twist.
What I didn't like? There wasn't much really. At some point I just got the feeling Juliette should do something else than just mope, but then again I sometimes wished she would mope even more, so what do I know! I just wish things worked out better for Warner, and I don't always appreciate how Juliette treats him. Warner rocks, so.. please don't hurt him! And sorry, I know this is going to be long, but.. I can't help myself!!
There was so many sweet moments with this book, but the absolute heaven for me was pages 392-405. I would love to quote all those pages, but I guess I should stick with something smaller. At least I try to keep it small.. ish.
Did you already notice there isn't any names mentioned? If you're curious, and just dying to know who is "he", click the next image. It's a spoiler, so.. Be careful! This also was a scene that made me hate Juliette for a while.
I so want to spoil this whole thing, but aaargh!, I can't! There was so many great mind blowing scenes, and I just want to spoil it all. Oh the agony.
May contain some spoilers The first thing I noticed was the beautiful and colorful cover. It made mMy rating: 3.5/5 stars Remember to stop by my blog!
May contain some spoilers The first thing I noticed was the beautiful and colorful cover. It made me think this would be cute story suitable for younger audience, of course I wanted to read this right away! So I was pretty surprised when I started reading this and was actually scared. I mean can't-read-this-when-there's-dark-outside- scared. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Bartholomew is a changeling who lives his life by one rule: Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged. Because he's a changeling (half fairy, half human), and neither humen nor fairies accept them. So nobody really cares when someone starts killing changelings. Until Bartoholomew's little sister, Hettie, is taken. Bartholomew starts an eventful journey with a politician, Mr. Jelliby, to save his sister. Yet it may be too late.
First I have to mention the absolutely fantastic narrator. Like I've mentioned earlier, some books just have the ability to come alive in your head. While reading this, I couldn't help but hear the narrator's voice in my head. Something like Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Some people probably won't like that, but I happen to love that style. I also loved Mr. Jelliby. He's a politician, which made me little iffy at first, but he has the ability to get himself in such a trouble you can't help but like him. And sometimes feel a little sorry. He definitely isn't your typical hero, which only makes him more likable. Though I'm surprised he isn't the middle-aged politician I pictured him being.
I'm usually the fan of girly books, and this definitely isn't one. I expected this to be full of action, and I was right, but all the scary parts really surprised me. Okay, I may be the only one who found this scary. But.. Think Professor Quirinus Quirrell and oh-look-you-have-extra-face and scarecrow coming to your room at night and singing you lullaby.. Make's me so scared I'm actually nauseous.
So, if you don't get scared easily, you definitely should check this out. Stefan Bachmann manages to create a whole new world where the natural meets the supernatural with fairies and magic. This isn't pretty story, but that is what makes this stand out even more.
May contain some spoilers Okay, so the beginning was little odd, since I was convinced Evie's going tMy rating: 5/5 stars Remember to stop by my blog!
May contain some spoilers Okay, so the beginning was little odd, since I was convinced Evie's going to be slaughtered right away and I thought well, that sucks and is kind of disappointing! Then we jump back in time and it's kind of slow at first. Evie thinks she's crazy and her mum thinks she's crazy, so she spent the summer in the nuthouse. When she goes back to school, she meets the new guy, Jackson, who just makes her mad.
After a while her visions come true and the apocalypse arrives! She manages to survive with her mother and then finds out Jackson is alive too and together they start the most eventful journey.
This was just.. This rocked, I don't know any other way to put it! Evie realises she's not completely "normal" and there's also other kids with weird abilities. They ran into at least to three of them, I especially enjoyed the part about the Bringer of the Doubt ;) There definitely was some doubt going on!
Evie and Jackson make the ultimate couple, even though Evie is the nice girl and Jack the bad boy, luckily that didn't bother me that much.
And the ending.. Torture, I tell you! Evie finally realises what she's capable of, and now I just want to know what happens with Jackson!!! I was absolutely awed with Evie and her powers, it was just so freaking awesome and original! And when Jackson sees Evie.. Damn, broke my heart!
May contain some spoilers This book continues where Under the Never Sky left. In the first book we saw Aria who had lived her whole life in Reverie and wouldn't have survive without help. Now both Perry and Aria have gone through huge changes; Aria was a scared little girl, but now an experienced hunter and traveler. Perry's new position as The Tides leader isn't what he thought, thanks to worsening Aether storms and harder living conditions. He tries his best but just can't seem to live up to his brother. The world is in near chaos and their only hope is to find Still Blue, where the sky really is still blue without any Aether storms.
If I remember correctly, this series is going to be a trilogy. And many times the second book is nothing but some "filling" and everyone just waits for the third book. But luckily this ended up being just as good as the first one! I loved the first book and I loved this just as much.
In the end, I had very little to complain about. Yeah, I know, that's rare! I actually had only two complaints: First was about how there wasn't really any recap in the beginning. It had been a while since I read the first book, so it was kind of hard to dive into the story when I had absolutely no idea what happened in the first book! Minor detail, but bugged me a little. The second problem was with the translation. I was reading Finnish edition and mostly it was perfectly translated and original. There was just two incidents, where the translator decided to use English words. One word was "ignore" and the second "stalk". Believe me, if everything else is perfect Finnish, it's pretty weird to stumble on some English words used as they are! I know Finnish is hard sometimes, especially when the perfect word doesn't exist. But I cried only little over this, so no harm done!
And now.. We'll just wait another year for another book. So the usual problem.
My thanks to Adlibris.com for providing the review copy!
May contain some spoilers Okay, let's get something clear. Before I read this, I heard this was goingMy rating: 4/5 stars Remember to stop by my blog!
May contain some spoilers Okay, let's get something clear. Before I read this, I heard this was going to be the last book in the series. But after finishing this, I was convinced I remembered wrong, and this isn't the last book. Then, I read someone else's review saying this is the last book! Is this, or is this not, the last book!? Because if this is, I need to wipe this whole review and give just one cupcake and be all WTH!? Okay, I'll just google this, just a sec..
Few google searches and a day later.. Yeah, still have no idea if this was really the final book. But let's presume not, since it definitely didn't feel like it.
It's been a while since Violet got attacked and got the imprint of her own. Things have settled, yet her life definitely isn't what it used to be; she's avoiding her friends, avoiding the group (and Rafe), having trouble with sleeping, you name it. And like in every book, Violet (stupidly) wonders to places she's not suppose to and finds a bunch of bodies. After this Violet gets to know her talent better, learns interesting things of the past and finally opens up to at least one of her friends. Prepare yourself!
Violet is pretty much her old self, just a little sleep deprived. Unfortunately she hasn't really learn impulse control, so she just runs off, hunting dead bodies! Never liked that quality in her, since she always gets into trouble that way! But other than that, I do like her. Actually a little more now, since she did evolve a little; she realized she actually has friends worth trusting, and opens up a little. I always wondered how she can truly be a real friend if she has to hide such a huge part of herself, but now she has another true friend. Yet, that's when things get complicated.. Another thing Violet notices: it bothers her when Rafe gets close to another girl. Like, really bothers her. Someone might say she's screwed, I say YAY! *happydance* But that's the main reason why it's so hard to believe this would be the last book; there's been a whole lot of hinting towards love triangle, and now something may actually happen, so this can't be it! Violet's realization was the huge cliffhanger for me and definitely makes me crave for the next book! And yeah, I'm definitely Team Rafe, especially when he does something Jay never thought of. Don't want to spoil it, let's just say it's extremely creepy yet so romantic, you just have to love that kind of guy!
My thanks to HarperCollins for providing a copy for review!
Ill and home alone, being reading this for few hours now.. I'd love to start cleaning our bookshelves, but aren't you suppose to rest when you're ill?Ill and home alone, being reading this for few hours now.. I'd love to start cleaning our bookshelves, but aren't you suppose to rest when you're ill?? So book it is!...more
May contain some spoilers My expectations with this: "OMG!, I have to love this book, since the guy iMy rating: 2/5 stars Remember to stop by my blog!
May contain some spoilers My expectations with this: "OMG!, I have to love this book, since the guy is an assassin, for crying out loud! How awesome is that?!" And yeah, at first I liked the story, but then.. I just lost interested.
It's just Ronnie and her sister after their father dies. During his funeral, Ronnie sees Kalen, the notorious assassin boy! Though she doesn't know that, just that he's "trouble". And of course she's baffled by the fact that Kalen dares to show up to her father's funeral, especially since there shouldn't be any connection between them. Aaaand this is how their story begins.
At first, I really liked Ronnie. She's really nice and sweet and all that, but also quite tough, considering how she's handeling their father's death. But after time, I had to change my opinion about her. Because what first seemed like being nice and considerate, turns into her being a total pushover. Whether it's her sister or sister's ***k of a boyfriend, she just let's them walk over her. Grow some backbone! I don't know if it's because of Kalen, but after he comes to the picture, she just losts her ability to take care of herself or to stand up to herself. She's just not that tough anymore. And yeah, it's great if you can be tough yet vulnerable, but if you lose any kind of ability to make decisions for yourself.. BAD!
And Kalen is the complete opposite, meaning he's "being the man". Someone mouths off to your woman? You beat him up! Just "I'm a man. Me hunt meat for my woman. Me caveman. GRRRR." And do I remember wrong, or was there some part where the villagers were going to hunt Kalen down with torches and pitchforks, or was there just some moment that made me think of that scene??
Oh well. I didn't completely hate it. I liked the beginning, and I quite liked the ending, but wasn't a fan of the middle part. Which was basically most of the book.. Will I read the next book? I was convinced it would be another assassin's story (you know, the other guys hanging out with Kalen), so my answer was absolutety not. But after realising I was wrong, I may have to consider reading the second book too.
My thanks to author for providing a copy for review!
May contain some spoilers You know those days when you just know there's something wrong, but don't know how you know it? Well, Audrey's having that kind of day. Plus, she's seeing things. And accidentally doing some magical things she can't understand. Unfortunately her gut feeling is right, and there's definitely something going on with her mother, who just disappeared. Their cousin Sadie says she's just taking care of some family business, but something doesn't seem right. Not even with Sadie, who seems to have some special powers of her own. Like this isn't enough, Audrey also falls in love for the first time and also discovers that she is, in fact, a freaking witch! Who says it's easy being teenager?
First of all, the cover. I do love it, but it still scares me a little bit! I don't know what it is, but something just freaks me out in this. Maybe it has something to do with the girls posture, because sometimes it looks like I'm seeing her back and her head is in odd position and I start thinking about The Exorcist and spinning heads and just wanna hide under the bed. Maybe I do have too wild imagination..
Plot was really enjoyable, and not too predictable, which is always a pleasant surprise! There's also the instalove, but in this case it didn't annoy me, yay! There's so many books with instalove nowadays I sometimes get pretty fed up, but it's all about the execution and this time it really did work. There's also some explanation for this kind of phenomenon so it didn't bug me.
Almost the first thing in the book was Audrey putting some spells on a cheerleader. Who wouldn't love that?? Just priceless! And Audrey trying out her new powers lead to some comical situations, which really made me fall in love with this book. There's also some scary stuff going on, but luckily those parts weren't too scary, because then I wouldn't have been able to finish the book. And we also get the explanation for Audrey's power and that's bit of a shock, but I'm not gonna spoil it! ;) Oh, and I absolutely loved the delicious little detail with the recipes, definitely have to try them out!
There's also good variaty in characters and the author managed to give each of them their own voice. I loved Audrey, who is quite self-conscious and insecure, but I also liked Sadie, who also is one of the author's favorite characters (referring to the interview we had earlier)! And I also have to agree that Megan is quite bratty, but you still have to like her. Little sisters usually are pretty bratty and annoying, believe me, I know! ;)
Overall, this was really enjoyable read with humour and magical situations, and I can't wait to read the second book!
Huge thanks to Jody for providing a review copy, this definitely ended up to one of my favorites!
May contain some spoilers First of all.. Don't you just love the cover?! I absolutely fell in love with it the moment I saw it! And I was glad to notice this isn't book with just a pretty cover, but with amazing story inside. This author has definitely interesting style of writing; we get to read about the time before Mary ran away and time after that.
This is Mary's story. She's only twelve, but she's suffering. Her big sister, Gwen, rules the household. She tortures Mary and emotionally blackmails their parents. Everyone's on edge and Mary gets the most of it. Time after time people tell her to just shut up. Mary's family is poor, since her father lost his job. That probably would be tolerable if only their family wasn't so disfunctional emotionally. In the past, Gwen was a normal, happy kid, until something happened. She tried to tell her parents about it, but they didn't believe her. That was the turning point. After that Gwen has been bitter and unhappy and she's testing the limits nonstop. She has an awful boyfriend, who gets her pregnant time after time. Yeah, he really is a creep. Especially when he shows some sick interest in Mary, who's only 12! And it's pretty obvious Gwen notices this too, why else would she act so jealous and mean when ever she caughts The Creep and Mary hanging together?
This really is a sad story. There's bunch of unhappy and twisted people just living their lives, without thinking the consequences. Mary gets the blame most of the time, even though she's just a kid. In the end, Mary's parents stand up and try to fix things by standing up to Gwen, but is it too little, too late? They can't really blame Gwen for everything, either. They let Gwen rebel and do what ever she wants, but they still were the parents. Gwen got pregnant when she was 17. She was just a kid, too. A kid who would do anything to get the attention she craves, but you can only blame the parents for letting things get so out of hands. And a 17 year old really shouldn't have to make that big decisions! Her parents should've stand up a long time before she got pregnant. But when the parents really aren't involved in their childrens lives, things happen.
I was really glad when things got better for Mary. Though I'm pretty sure things may get harder at times, I'm sure she can handle them. She survived from years of bullying, so she can survive from anything. And she really was one of those characters you wish all the happiness world can give.
Huge thanks to Anne for providing a reviewcopy, and for writing this amazing story!
May contain some spoilers Florence is invisible. Well, not really, but she feels like it and tries toMy rating: 4/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers Florence is invisible. Well, not really, but she feels like it and tries to stay unnoticed. Even when she's been in her school for ages nobody knows or even recognizes her. So when she's kidnapped to Niemela, the mer world, she's not really devastated. For the first time ever she can be seen. And for the first time someone gets interested in her. Actually, there's two someones; brothers Kiren and Rolan. But can she really trust neither of them? Or will she just end up losing her soul?
The book starts with Florence heading to class trip and telling her backstory. And it was a really strong start! You are sucked to the story right away and like always, I loved the whole "loner-of-the-school"- thing going on. Soon after Florence is sucked to the Niemela and I struckled little with my reading. Mostly because I like to get along with the plot quickly and I'm fine with little knowledge about the surroundings. That leaves more room for my own imagination. But now I felt like the description of surroundings went on and on, so I started to skim. Otherwise I might have gotten overwhelmed with the information and stop reading altogether.
After this the plot picked up pretty slowly, but not too slowly. We get to meet bunch of mermaids, including the king and his sons, Kiren and Rolan. They're quite the opposites: Kiren is fun and outgoing, Rolan pretty closed up and even hostile towards Florence. Kiren is the younger brother, but soon to be king, since Rolan doesn't want the crown. And everyone's convinced Kiren is the right choice, even Florence. Until his connection with the monsters become public. And when Florence learns about Kiren's darker side, she turns to his brother, Rolan. Who also isn't what he seemed to be. No surprise, I really enjoyed the romance part of the book, since I'm a sucker for the love triangles and the deception etc., but you know that already ;)
Overall, I really liked the story and can't wait to read more! Especially when there's so many questions left open: What happens to Kiren? How did Florence understand Niemela's language? I'm pretty sure there's some secret regarding her parents, but what is it? See, so many questions left open, it drives me crazy! But I'll try to hold to my sanity and see if there's going to be a second book that hopefully answers to all these questions!
Huge thanks to author for providing the review copy!
First I have to introduce Mind Games' UK cover, though I'm sure this is no news to anyone.
I really can't say which cover and title I like more, cause they're just so different and both suitable on their own way.
I didn't really know what to expect from this book when I first heard about it, except of course some sort of epic awesomeness, thanks to author. We have two narratives, Fia and Annie. They're sisters, but that's probably all they have in common. Annie is blind, but sometimes she has visions. But due to her blindness she's also pretty helpless and that makes her an easy prey. And that's the best way to control Fia; threaten Annie. Since Fia has the flawless instincts, she makes a great assassin (hint, the UK name!).
I wasn't a huge fan of Annie. She's blind, but sometimes I got the feeling she really is using her sister. Fia wouldn't have gone to that school if it wasn't for Annie. Fia wouldn't be used, if it wasn't for Annie. And it takes Annie years to realise this. I just feel she uses her sister sometimes too. But Fia.. I have a total girl crush! And I haven't have one of those in a long time. She's absolutely kickass yet.. she's in her breaking point. She just wants out, but there really isn't way. Until she comes up with a hopefully awesome plan. There's also some romantic action; the whole story starts when Fia doesn't kill Adam, and she hopes there could be something there, but there probably won't be. And then there's James, who is presented as a villain, but Fia actually really cares about him, even when she knows she shouldn't. And in the end, we might have been wrong about him all along.
Why I chose this to be the first review of this year is because this was one of my most anticipated books coming out in 2013, and I was so happy when I got to read this in 2012! I absolutely loved Kiersten's Paranormal series (and absolutely adored Evie), and couldn't wait to read more from her. But I must say I was completely taken by surprise when I realised how different Mind Games was from Paranormalcy! Paranormalcy was mostly just absolutely hilarious, so of course I was expecting more of that. But Mind Games.. it's nothing like Paranormalcy. It's dark and sad and even awful sometimes, yet it's amazing. Kiersten has her unique style of writing which captures you from the first page and keeps you glued to the book until you're finished. And then lefts you wishing you already had the second book. And the cliffhanger really doesn't help with that.
May contain some spoilers In the beginning, I had some trouble with getting in to the story. Violet iMy rating: 4/5 stars Remember to stop by my blog!
May contain some spoilers In the beginning, I had some trouble with getting in to the story. Violet is suddenly working for the FBI nonstop, so goodbye familiar scenes and familiar faces! It was actually pretty odd! She barely went to school, almost never talked to her friends and barely ever saw Jay! Suddenly she's living someone else's life, and I just couldn't understand it. Or couldn't understand how her parents would allow that. They did get pretty pissed off like twice, but still. They hardly saw their daughter anymore!
Okay, so that really bugged me, if you didn't get it already. And opposite to everyone else, what DIDN'T bother me.. RAFE. I am going to be so happy if something (more) happens between those two! I know, I know, I'm one sick b*stard and lightning should strike me, but what can you do.
I still wasn't overly excited about the FBI involvement, and I'm sorry to say this: TOLD YOU SO. And what do I mean by that? Well, I was convinced there was something fishy going on, and the end of this book proves I WAS RIGHT. And not happy about it.
Overall, I eventually managed to get into the story and started liking this, but something was still little off. That's why I wasn't able to enjoy this as much as I did the first two books. I blame the FBI.
May contain some spoilers I was so happy, when I got the chance to read this early! Especially sinceMy rating: 3.5/5 stars Read the review in my blog!
May contain some spoilers I was so happy, when I got the chance to read this early! Especially since there was that huge cliffhanger in the first book. Surely you remember the cliffhanger, where Jack took Nikki's place and ended up in The Tunnels? The dark, unpleasant place, you remember that? Well, Jack is still there, and the main goal is to get Jack out of the tunnels. So Nikki and Cole decide to team up! And boy, what a team they make. I mean actual lip contact once in a while. I was just jumping up and down cause I was so happy!! I actually thought they would already forget about Jack and leave him rot in The Tunnels, but NAH!!11 And "NAH" because even though everything was awesome in the beginning of the story and even during, things ended up pretty.. bad.
And what do I mean by "bad"? I mean TOTAL BETRAYAL!!!! And I mean betrayal by the author. Because I can't blame Cole for anything that went on. Because two things happened: 1) Author had to break up the triangle, and what's the easiest way? The other guy does something stupid/evil/both. BUT WHY COLE!? and 2) many times second book ends up being just a "filler", and in the end I got the feeling this was just a little detour before the actual goal. Detour that ruined Cole!!11
Okay, I may be a little upset because of the situation Cole, but I try to think positive. Maybe that whole thing is a scam. Yes, in my heart I have to believe that so I won't loose my positive POV. And I just have to mention this: the cover is breath taking, absolutely corgeus, absolutely love it!
To sum it up: Again, great read, but just can't beat the first book.