There are a lot of reviews for this book saying that it is the perfect ending to the series and it is such a happy ending. No! No it is not! I wish IThere are a lot of reviews for this book saying that it is the perfect ending to the series and it is such a happy ending. No! No it is not! I wish I stopped the series at book 14! I wish nothing in this book ever happened! I love this series, but this book did not make me happy not at all! I really need to rant about this! Seriously, only continue if you've read this book (or if you want to take my advice and never read, but want to know what went down).
(view spoiler)[So, we begin with a "nice" prologue. Hunter essentially proposes to Morgan. Then he frexing dies the next day! Of course there's no body, so I think He'll come back later, he has to be okay! Cate Tiernan wouldn't let me ship them for 12 frexing books only to kill him, right? Then we skip ahead sixteen years to see Miora, Morgan's daughter. Apparently, after her true love dies, Morgan marries another man (a month later). This man apparently died less than a year ago. Probably to free up space to bring Hunter in the picture again. Most of the book is Moira finding out basically everything that happened in the last 14 books because Morgan didn't tell her daughter anything (bad move). And a repeat of many things that happened in the last books (Moira crushes on a boy that has an evil mother and there is another dark wave).
So, Morgan finds out that Hunter is still alive (long story) and is trapped on an island. Iona, Ciaran's other daughter, put him on the island and she had this whole plan that spanned 16 years. Honestly, it made no frexing sense to me. She says that she wanted to wait until Moira was old enough to feel pain when her parents die in front of her, because Iona had to watch Ciaran die. But later we find out that Iona killed Ciaran, so honestly I really don't understand the motive or way the hell she would drag this on for 16 frexing years. (to be honest, maybe it was explained more. I was so upset at this point that I was beginning to skim read).
So, Iona is killed, Hunter rescued, there's a dark wave that is stopped by the power of teamwork, and we get a "happy ending". No! We do not! I see reviews calling it happy, but the only way this ending would be happy is if somehow time was reverted and Hunter never "drowned". Basically it ends with Hunter proposing marriage again to Morgan, which should make me happy, but I cannot help but think of how much they have lost. Hunter has spent 16 years on a dreary prison island, Morgan spent that entire time thinking he was dead, and Moira never got to know her father (oh yeah, Hunter is her real father) and her is basically a stranger to her! Yeah, they are together again, but I am frustrated that the lost so much because of Iona! And again, HER REASONS MADE NO SENSE!!!
Sorry, I am rambling, but I am pissed off! I binge read this series and it ends with this! I really wish I never read this book! I could've been happy with the ending of book 14. I really want to give this book one star, but I like the rest of the books enough to not resort to that. It's like How I Met Your Mother all over again. Damn, I wish I never watched that last episode (hide spoiler)]...more
MY THOUGHTS When I first read Theif of Lies, I was disappointed. Not enough library jumping, too much insta-love. There is less inst-love in this booMY THOUGHTS When I first read Theif of Lies, I was disappointed. Not enough library jumping, too much insta-love. There is less inst-love in this book, but I still had difficulty getting into this book.
We jump right back into the world of the Library Jumpers (which I am still disappointed by the lack of books). My main issue with this is that I did not remember much about the first book. All I remember was that I hated the romance. The world that Brenda Drake has created is very impressive. I love the creative use of magic and the magical society she created. But after more than a year, I couldn't remember the world clearly and having magical worlds thrown around at me just confused me. Eventually, I was able to understand the plot, sort of, but even at the very end I had to be reminded of things.
Gia as a character, I feel, is growing. She's no longer the confused girl thrown into this world. She was still thrown off by things in this world, but she was stronger and had a better understanding. I really like her relationships with the characters within this book. Her friends are so supporting and she is so supporting of them. Within this book, I especially noticed how her friendship with Nick, because they share a prophecy together, but she is so close to many people within this book and these friendships are just so nice.
Okay, now for the romance. I hated the romance in the last book. I honestly believe that Gia "fell" for Arik because he is hot, and due to the situation. I don't see any love between them and I do not support the relationship. This book supported my feelings on the romance. Besides being Sentinels, Gia and Arik have nothing in common. In fact, Arik doesn't even like to read! ARIK DOESN'T LIKE TO READ! I cannot fully ship Gia with a character that doesn't like to read. So when issues arise (view spoiler)[Arik gets with Emily (hide spoiler)], I rejoiced. Now, Bastien... I am fully on Team Bastien. He's sweet and he's always there for Gia! Also, HE LIKES TO READ! TAKE THAT ARIK! Bastien is more of a character in this book and I loved it! I do have one big problem, though... (view spoiler)[ I saw the whole "Emily cast a spell on Arik" thing from the beginning so I knew he would come out of it, but I hoped that by then Gia would realize that Arik is kind of a jerk. But no! Now she is "torn" because two men love her! Grrrrrrr! Just kick Arik to the curb and go kiss Bastien! (hide spoiler)]
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I know I'm complaining a lot, but I did like this book. The world is very interesting, I just couldn't remember the details from the last book. Gia is a great MC, but she honestly needs to get her crap together and FORGET ABOUT ARIK! I will be reading the next book! I need to make sure that Gia picks Bastien (and, you know, saves the magical world, but come on, Bastien). Though I will lose all respect for Gia if she picks Arik (HE DOESN'T EVEN LIKE TO READ BOOKS! I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH!!!!)....more
I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for a honest review
MY THOUGHTS I love this series, and the original Shadow Falls series! So, of course I was more than happy to read this set of novellas that take place in the Shadow Falls world! I've already read a few of the novellas, because they were ebooks before they were put together in this book. Anyway, I enjoyed the novellas in this book!
The first novella is Turned at Dark. I read this one before reading this novella collection. This novella focuses on Della when she first turns into a vampire. It's a really quick story, but it gives you some background on Della's life and it kind of is a quick introduction for the spin-off series. I gave it 3 stars.
The next novella is Saved at Sunrise. This novella focuses on a mission Della is sent on, with Steve as her partner. This takes place before Della and Steve get into a relationship and Della currently doesn't like him. It's kind of interesting seeing their relationship, before there was an actually relationship, and I felt it I got to know Steve more. Also, Della is, of course, her badass and snarky self. I gave it 4 stars.
Spellbinder is the next novella and was the other novella that I read before, I actually received this one for review. This one focused on Miranda participating in a spell competition. I really liked this one! It was short, but it felt like a full novel! I also really enjoyed reading from Miranda's perspective! I gave it 5 stars! Read my full review here.
Unbreakable is the next novella. This one is about Chase's past. I feel like this one is kind of vital in a way. Chase's past is kind of mysterious and while we do find out about some of his past in the series, this novella delves deeper. I gave this one 4 stars.
The last novella was a surprise. Fierce is from the point of view of Fredericka and I actually really liked it! This novella was actually a bit longer than the others, but I felt like I was fully into the story! I vaguely remember Fredericka in the Shadow Falls series, where she was cruel, but she turned around at some point. I felt like in this novella, I got to know her better! This was probably my favorite of the novellas, 5 stars!
IN CONCLUSION This set of novellas is not necessary to read in order to understand the series, but I do recommend it! It gives you a better background on the characters and it's just great to read more of the series! I'm definitely looking forward to any more inclusions to this world!...more
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the other books. It's nice seeing things through Avalon's perspective, but the romance seemed to be the focus of thI didn't enjoy this one as much as the other books. It's nice seeing things through Avalon's perspective, but the romance seemed to be the focus of the book. The romance also a too cheesy and went a little too quickly for me. (view spoiler)[They literally marry each other by the end of the book (hide spoiler)]. Still, I liked seeing the characters again and the rebellion was interesting (though I wish there was more focus on this). I will be continuing the series....more
I received an ecopy of this book in exchange for a honest review
MY THOUGHTS This is a very interesting series, definitely unique among all the paranormal clones so I was excited to pick the conclusion to this series up. It took a bit for me to get into at first, due to book amnesia, but once I did, I found a very high-stakes conclusion!
Emma is just starting up at a new school, if only that were the worst of her problems. Someone she cares for could go to jail, an evil spirit is intent on revenge by destroying everything Emma loves, and there's a bully who isn't afraid to use dark magic. Emma wants to make sure that she, and all those that she loves, can survive this, but will she destroy her soul in her search for her own revenge?
This book immediately dives into the action, which is okay, but I was just very confused. I had difficulty remembering the events in the last book (due to my terrible memory), so I had no clue what was going on in the first few chapters. Thankfully, I was able to get my memory back and be able to fully understand what was going on. This book gives you enough details of the last books for you to understand things (if it's been awhile), but not too much info to annoy those that are binge-reading the series, so I'm thankful for that.
As for the plot, this book felt so different than the other books. Being the conclusion, there is a lot more going on. Emma basically has three different enemies in this one, which is not an easy thing to take care of. Thus, this book was a lot more action-packed than the previous book. It was so hard to put this book down, since I needed to know what would happen next! I also mentioned earlier how unique this series is among the YA paranormals. This entire series is about Hoodoo, the entire plot is just so different.
The setting of this book and the overall feeling is different from the other books too. The other books take place in the summer, while this one takes place during the start of school. This setting change actually dramatically changes things. This book also felt somewhat darker than the other books. The other books were dark, of course, but I felt like this book was entirely dark, if that makes any sense.
As for characters, Emma definitely does grow throughout the series. It's hard for me to recall what she was like in the beginning of the series, but it's hard for me to realize that Emma isn't even 15. Emma has had to grow up so much and she's become such a strong girl. This book also has a focus on Emma's character, since she has to fight the darkness in herself.
As for romance, there wasn't a whole lot of it, mostly due to the events of the last book. I'm torn on the romance. The romance of this series is more light than some other YA books, but I also don't like how in love they are. I guess I'm just a non-romantic, but I always have a hard time believing that high schoolers are that in love. Still, it doesn't distract at all from the story, so I won't complain too much.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I thought this was a fantastic conclusion to this series! This is actually my favorite out of the three! This book was action-packed, dark, and so very different than other books out there. I really think that more people should know about this series, meanwhile, I'll be waiting for more by Lea Nolan....more