This book was pretty good but had a lot of issues in my mind. First of all it was very slow. It took forever for anything to happen. Scratch that. DanThis book was pretty good but had a lot of issues in my mind. First of all it was very slow. It took forever for anything to happen. Scratch that. Daniel and Rex met immediately when Daniel crashed his car in a snow storm near Rex's cabin. Then Rex kissed him soon after, which was very weird. Who would think to kiss a complete stranger who showed up at your house in a storm? When they next met months later while Rex was walking his dog, he pretty much jumped Daniel and they had sex against a tree. And Rex is supposed to be the shy one. But it took a long time for it to feel like they were developing a relationship and not just having sex.
Also it took a really long time for Rex to grow on me. He was so strange. Like he was full of contradictions and didn't seem like a real person. He was so quiet but forward at the same time. And he always seemed like his feeling were hurt, he was so sensitive. He just didn't make sense to me and I didn't like him till almost the end. And I think the only reason why I liked him in the end was because Daniel did.
The book ended very abruptly and I feel like it really needs a sequel. I heard that the sequel will actually be about the supporting characters Leo and Will. I enjoyed them and would probably enjoy a book about them, but I feel like Daniel and Rex's story wasn't finished. ...more
This book was a lot of fun! It was a bit like Ruby Red with a bit of the movie National Treasure mixed in. There was absolutely noActual rating: 4.5/5
This book was a lot of fun! It was a bit like Ruby Red with a bit of the movie National Treasure mixed in. There was absolutely nothing sci-fi or paranormal about it besides the mention of a prophecy, but its mysterious existence is basically just accepted. This is all action/adventure/mystery/romance.
I really enjoyed all the history and geography in this. It starts out with Avery in high school, in Minnesota I think. She then travels to Paris, then Istanbul, then Paris again, where they visit several museums as well as the Notre-Dame cathedral. It all felt real to me, like we were really there, and I can't wait for them to travel further in the following books, in search of Alexander's tomb.
Avery was a very average girl and of course some times she made silly mistakes, such as getting on the plane with Stellan in the first place. But she held herself together well and I was proud of her for not completely losing her shit when people started shooting at her. She helped Jack plan along the way and saved him at Notre-Dame. But she still felt very genuine and realistic.
And I loved Jack. He was such a sweetheart. I rarely ever like the bad boy types, except on very rare occasions. But this is not one of them. Jack is quiet and kind and brave and he goes out of his way to protect Avery again and again, and risks his life just to be with her. I wasn't sure how far a romance would go in this book, or if it would be less of a focus. But I am glad that there was time for a lot of romance in this.
“I've never considered breaking that oath before. Ever. But I did, for you... It was all for you.”
I don't understand everyone's fascination with Stellan though. I mean, he never did anything interesting. He was rude. He pulled a knife on Avery twice. How is that likable? I am glad that he was not really portrayed as a love interest at least. He was good-looking enough for Avery to notice, but that's about it. She never trusted him, and with good reason. He mostly just hung around and never made a scene. So I appreciate that he didn't try to be a scene-stealer at least. But after that ending, I am sure the love-triangle aspect will be vamped up in the next book. I am not looking forward to that at all, especially since Avery and Jack ended in such a good place. They better not go through with Stellan's idea.
So I totally loved this book for being a lot of fun, a great adventure with great mystery, romance, and likable characters, besides Stellan. I really swallowed it up and thoroughly enjoyed the ride....more
This was a great adventure and I enjoyed it much more than Vitro. Although all three books feature young females in an exotic location fighting CorpusThis was a great adventure and I enjoyed it much more than Vitro. Although all three books feature young females in an exotic location fighting Corpus, they are all three quite different. Kalahari was much more of an adventure and story of survival than anything else. It was very high suspense and I really enjoyed it.
There was much more of a romance than Vitro. Although Sam was not as swoon-worthy as Eio, he was still very sweet. Sarah was pretty incredible. I loved Pia, but Sarah was impressive too. I am not sure which I prefer as a heroine. There wasn't a lot of science in this one. Of the three books this one had the least science. But there was a great deal of environmental stuff if that interests you.
I am not sure if this is a trilogy or if the series will continue. I expected Corpus to be taken down in the end, but they were not, so I am wondering if maybe there will be more books. ...more
This was a great conclusion to this series. It has been almost exactly 2 years since IThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was a great conclusion to this series. It has been almost exactly 2 years since I read Born Wicked, and I have enjoyed the whole experience. I had no idea what I was getting myself into at the time.
I really enjoyed the danger in this book, with all the sneaking around and secret meetings. Cate and her friends were never safe from the Brothers or Inez, and you truly never knew what was going to happen next. Yet Cate stood strong through it all. Her and her friends are extraordinary young women. They have gone through so much for each other, for other women they don't even know, and for the betterment of all of New England. I really have a hard time hating any of the young Sisters, even Maura and her posse. Yet Cate is still the most amazing of all. I wonder why the prophecy put so much focus on Tess when she didn't really do that much. She is a brilliant and strong little witch, but so are many others. And her visions weren't even that helpful. It seemed to me that Cate really was the one that everyone rallied behind.
I think Star Cursed is still my favourite book in this series, but Sisters' Fate is a close second, and Born Wicked is not far behind that. The action and suspense in this book were heightened even more from the previous books, as was the death count, with a huge climax as Inez enacts her final plan, which is more heinous than I could have possibly imagined.
I think the ending was the best way to settling things. I am only surprised at what Cate and Tess did. I was not expecting such drastic measures from them. But Finn was as adorable as ever, and I loved how he and Cate came together again, despite what was done to him. And I am also glad that Tess and Cate managed to reconcile with their father and tell him the truth. Only Maura was left out of a wonderful Christmas. But I wish I could see more. I know things will be better now, but I would love to see it. I would love to see Cate and Finn get their relationship back to where it had been. I would love to see Elena on the city council. I would love to see Tess grow up into a wonderful woman. And I would love to see what becomes of Rilla and Alistair. Perhaps we will get a short one day, set a year or so later. That would be wonderful!...more
I found this series over all rather tedious. It was ok for the most part, but not goodThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I found this series over all rather tedious. It was ok for the most part, but not good enough to keep bringing me back. I got really impatient with it most of the time. I just wanted to find out how it would end and didnt really want to do all the work to get there.
I read two other books on the side during the time it took me to read this one. And I fell asleep on this book on numerous occasions. As I have said in my reviews for both The Vicious Deep and The Savage Blue, I liked Tristan but I never really swoon over guys when the book is from their POV. I have to see them from the POV of a woman, to see them as the woman sees them and loves them, then I start to pick up those feelings myself.
I enjoyed most of the supporting characters, but I don't know if there were too many, or if I just didn't care about them enough, but I could never remember who was who. Who the hell is Kai? She was with Tristan for most of this book, but I have no idea who she is or when he met her. I just cannot remember.
I am glad with how things turned out for everyone. I dont know why, but for some reason I suspected the ending would go down something like it did. No tragic fates are hanging over anyone's heads. And I am glad that this series is over and I can move on.
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This book was great. It set itself up quickly and smoothly and instantly draws you intThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book was great. It set itself up quickly and smoothly and instantly draws you into the world. It took a bit longer to get me attached to the characters, but nevertheless it did in due time. I really enjoyed the idea behind the story and Arin being Kestrel's slave. It really makes for an interesting relationship, and incredible strain on both of them. It reminded me a lot of the world of Tangled Web. I imagined them to look aesthetically similar, and they also both feature romances with slaves.
"Fifty keystones for a singer who refused to sing, a friend who wasn't her friend, some one who was hers and yet would never be hers."
I really enjoyed the narration, and the way things seemed to slowly be revealed. It could be the reason why it took me time to grown attached to the characters, although I was interested in the story from the beginning. I felt like it took time for Kestrel and Arin's true natures to be revealed, even through their own POVs, and it was almost hypnotic, as I waited for the small drips of information to be released. And in the end, they both turned out to be more incredible then I had expected.
Kestrel is so intelligent. She is one of those people who you never see coming until its too late. And Arin, he is incredibly brave and selfless as he fights for the freedom of this people and at the same time never forgets the needs of Kestrel. They are both amazing tacticians, and I wonder if the future will have them fighting together, or against each other.
I enjoyed the first half of the book more for sure, because it was more about discovery and hope. But in the second half of the book, when everything is in the open, there is such a strong sense of betrayal and desperation. I have a hard time handling that sort of emotion, even in moderate doses. Luckily, I was able to look at the bigger picture and handle it. As long as the following two installments in the trilogy don't drag down my mood too much more.
The bigger picture that I see, is that Kestrel and Arin still love each other despite everything, and that makes it even more beautiful. It gave Kestrel the grounds to prove it by sacrificing her future for Arin's. And although Arin didn't have the opportunity to prove it on the grand scale that Kestrel did, he did prove it in small ways. And the way the story ended leaves us knowing that there is still so much more to come for Kestrel and Arin. I can only imagine the scope the this will take, and the influence Kestrel and Arin will have on the future of their nations.
I am so glad to discover that so far this series is as good as Tiger's Curse. I hate it when you discover an amazing series and you hope the author caI am so glad to discover that so far this series is as good as Tiger's Curse. I hate it when you discover an amazing series and you hope the author can keep them coming, but then they come out with another series and its not as good.
This had everything that I loved about Tiger's Curse. Adventure, mythology, romance. I hope there is no love-triangle. It wasn't until Tiger's Quest that you realized that Kishan was a potential love interest, in the first book there was hardly any sign. But in this there are three brothers rather than two, so it makes things a little different. But there is still potential that one of Amon's brothers might also fall for Lily, but I hope not. I am sure I would easily fall in love with one of them as well, but I don't want my heart to be broken again, and Amon is awesome enough already. I loved Ren in book 1, but by book 4 I was so Team Kishan that it hurt. ...more
**WARNING** This book has M-M-F menage. I stopped reading and deleted it from my Kindle as soon as it came up. Some ppl are into that, I'm sure. Its a**WARNING** This book has M-M-F menage. I stopped reading and deleted it from my Kindle as soon as it came up. Some ppl are into that, I'm sure. Its a matter of personal taste. But even if I was into that, she knew the guy for less than a day when he was like, "Meet my friend." And then BAM, threesome in the kitchen. WTF she doesnt even know the second guy! What a hobag....more
This book is beyond perfection. Its beyond anything that I ever coul**spoiler alert** This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book is beyond perfection. Its beyond anything that I ever could have hoped and dreamed. It was so perfect that it left me afraid for most of the experience, waiting for the other shoe to drop. I was anxious until the end. It was as if it was fanfic written by someone who was Team Warner, it had everything that we, as Warner lovers, could have ever wanted. But of course it couldnt be fanfic because only Tahereh Mafi could have ever written something so beautiful.
The absolute best thing about this series is the transformation of the characters. Although I doubted and I was afraid, I should have known that Juliette would end up with Warner all along, because after everything they both went through, they had changed so much and Juliette just could not fit in Adam's life anymore. It was so obvious. I just love the way that Mafi portrayed real stuggle and realistic change. Although the story was great, it was really only the backdrop for Juliette's personal story. And Warner's. They both changed so much since Shatter Me, its hard to say who has changed more. They have become the absolutely best versions of themselves. What they had always seen in each other has been brought to the surface.
"So the two of you--I mean, together-- you two could basically--" "Take over the world?" "I was going to say you could kick some serious ass, but yeah, that too, I guess."
Its amazing how Juliette and Warner fit into each others lives like gloves. Like two pieces of a puzzle. They dont even ever fight! They were so obviously made for each other, and by each other. The only thing I would have changed, and I am not even entirely sure that I would have, is that after Juliette shared her intent to become Commander herself after killing Anderson, her and Warner never discussed it. I imagine that if Warner had killed his father himself as he had always intended before he recruited Juliette's help, he would have taken over himself. But now Juliette is taking that from him and they never discuss it. She never reassures him that he will have a place in her new Re-Reestablishment. But, that in itself, might be a good sign. It might be a sign that Warner trusts Juliette to be a good leader, doesnt feel that she needs his help, and also knows that she will always want him in her life without her ever having to tell him. And it could mean that Juliette trusts Warner to support her decision without him having to tell her. I dunno how I feel about that. Could go either way.
And Mafi really knows how to please her fans. Wow! Everything went so well in this. The only negative things in the whole book was Adam's pouting in the beginning, which he got over, and the fact that Anderson was in it, but he died, easily. Adam moved on, Warner happily accepted him and James as brothers, none of the characters died, except Warner's mother, but we didnt really know her. Oh no! I just realized Warner is an orphan now. :( But he gained 3 new family members in the process. :) There is really nothing more I could have asked for. It included some of the most poetically beautiful sex scenes I have ever read, but somehow still clean enough for YA. I am ok with sex in my books, and although I know she had to fade to black since this is YA, if she hadnt, it all would have been beautiful. Mafi can make anything sound beautiful, but she can make something that is already beautiful sound like the meaning of life! I cant even imagine the metaphors she would have come up with for that. But the glimpses we got were some of the most incredible writing I have ever read. Honestly, my review is unraveling and has turned into me just gushing. But the ending was perfect! I cant think of a better image in my head, than the image of Juliette and Warner standing on top of a shipping container, holding each other, surrounded by cheering soldiers. I think I might cry at how perfect it was. And I even enjoyed the fact that we dont see the rest of the war. There may be more Sectors that will stand against them, but we know that together they can do anything.
"You know," he whispers, his lips at my ear, "the whole world will be coming for us." I lean back. Look into his eyes. "I cant wait to watch them try."
I really loved this book. It felt a lot more in the spirit of The Iron Fey, which is tThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I really loved this book. It felt a lot more in the spirit of The Iron Fey, which is the series that first got me into reading, than her other books. It has that great sense of adventure and discovery, and life and love and friendship. And heroism.
I absolutely loved Ember. She was so full of life and spunk. And her physical appearance was a perfect representation of who she was underneath. She was small with bright green eyes and spiky red hair. She was such a firecracker (or Firebrand, as Riley liked to call her). She was like a female Puck. A person like her would never have survived inside Talon. At least not with her soul intact. She needed freedom. But I love how, in the end, it was not selfishness and her desire for freedom that finally convinced her to leave. She would not have been happy in Talon, but I don't know for sure whether or not she would have left without Riley's help. I'd like to think she would have stayed for her brother. But in the end, it was her goodness and her heroism that finally convinced her of what she needed to do.
And the same goes for Garret. He may have unwillingly fallen in love with a dragon, causing him to question everything he has ever known. But it was not only his concern for Ember that made him betray St. George, but the fact that if Ember is good, than others must be as well. He would not kill Riley, or Nettle or Remy either. Because like Ember, he will do what he believes to be the right thing, not only the thing that is best for him.
This book was just full of great characters, from the protagonists, to Dante and Riley and Wes, and even Lexi. Riley is a great friend for Ember and I am so glad that she found someone who understands her and she can talk to about being a dragon. I enjoy the fact that their relationship is complicated and I look forward to seeing how much more complicated it becomes. Although I hope not too much happens between them, because it is clear that any attraction is a result of their dragon natures, and has little to do with actual feelings. I also really enjoyed Dante and I feel sorry for him. He was so easily fooled and put under Talon's thumb. I really hope that he comes around in the end, because he was a really great brother to Ember in the beginning.
I loved the fact that the story and mythology of the dragons was balanced with the amount of romance. In YA series you sometimes have to wait for several books before a romance really develops. But in Talon, Ember and Garret are in love and making sacrifices by the end of the first book. And that didnt take away from the high stakes of the story at all. I really look forward to learning more about Talon's secrets. What we learned about Vipers and Chameleons, and their possible secrets labs was all interesting and I am sure Ember will now work to rescue others and expose their secrets. I also look forward to her infiltrating St. George and rescuing Garret, and hopefully more shifting, now that she is free to do as she pleases. I am really excited for this series and I can see so much potential for it to be totally epic. ...more
So this was the final installment of this amazing series, and it was a great way to goThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
So this was the final installment of this amazing series, and it was a great way to go. This series has always been non-stop action and thrills, with dozens of characters and constant changing of settings. So much is going on that it feels like an Urban Fantasy. But with the amount of romance in it, it also feels like a PNR.
I love McKenzie as a heroine. She held her own against the fae. She couldnt beat them in a fight, but she could keep her wits about her, and she was never afraid to do what she had to for the fae she sided with. But her number one trait, is the fact that she made a decision in regards to the love-triangle at the end of book 1, and she never went back. She never regretted it. She never even bent a little bit. Even though she may have loved them both once, she will never betray the one that she chose. More YA heroines need to be more like her.
I love this fae world and the idea of shadow readers and the fae powers. It was a combination of the familiar fae world and the new. Basically, I feel the exact same about this book as I did the first two in the series. Either of my other reviews could be applied to this one. I highly recommend this book to fans of fae, strong heroines, and action-packed romance.
I informed readers in my first two reviews that although this is an adult series, there is no objectionable material for younger readers besides a few F-bombs. But this book is the first in the series to have a sex scene, although it remains fairly clean, being described in the vaguest of terms. But it does not fade to black.
ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Ace, in exchange for an honest review....more