I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
MY THOUGHTS This book was not at all what I expected. I thought that this would be an action-packed paranormal with gargoyles! Gargoyles! I've read very few books with gargoyles as the main creature, so I was excited to read this one! Sadly, this book fell flat.
Kate Mercer is an actress and few the past few years she has been playing a major role in the Dark Fall trilogy. She's used to paranormal elements being only on screen until, every night, she has extremely realistic dreams of haunting a castle. Ian McGuire is an author and has been invited to the castle to research for his books. What's most interesting to him is a supposed "ghost" haunting the halls of the castle. Both will discover what is truly going on in the castle and the roles they both need to play.
Sounds interesting, right? But this book just didn't reach up to the expectations I had. A majority of the book was just Kate trying to decide is she really wanted to be the next sentinel. I understand that it takes awhile to decide, but probably 70% of the book was just this. The other percent was a weird add-on storyline with a crazed stalker. Again, I understand that, as an actress, she has stalkers, but this really wasn't necessary for the story. Especially since the first part reads as a paranormal and the last part reads as a thriller, they don't really work together,
I was also really confused by the castle. The castle is a Sanctuary for supernatural creatures and I guess it just bothered me that there were other supernatural creatures just seemingly added into the story. But what bothers me the most is just has the characters don't seem shocked at all by this. Sure, Ian chalks all this up to an elaborate act at first, but he still doesn't act that surprised. The world-building and character development in general was just lacking. Everything felt flat in this book and I, honestly, couldn't care less for the characters.
Now, I keep bashing on this book, but it's not that horrible. The ideas behind this book were really good and I would've loved to read more about them. Sadly, this book went about the ideas the wrong way.
IN CONCLUSION This book isn't a bad book, but it really just fell flat. I hate saying this, but I don't really recommend this book. There are other books about gargoyles that are much more exciting....more
MY THOUGHTS Technically, this book is a companion to another book, Tantalize, but there is hThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS Technically, this book is a companion to another book, Tantalize, but there is hardly anything connecting the two books. To be honest, I wasn't that big of a fan of Tantalize, but I already had a copy of this book, so I decided to read it anyway.
This book has two points of view: Miranda and Zachary. Zachary is a guardian angel and Miranda is his charge. When Miranda ends up being turned into a vampire princess, Zachary loses his wings and becomes a fallen angel. While Miranda is discovering what it's like to be a vampire, Zachary is trying to find a way to save her soul.
I had issues with Zachary from the beginning. I know that he is her guardian angel, but it was annoying that he would call her "my girl", would she didn't know he existed. He was also in love with her. The romance isn't even in the book for a majority of the time. Then they kiss once, near the end, and suddenly they are soulmates. This was very disbelievable.
I was, honestly, okay with the story in the beginning, but it went downhill when the "romance" was introduced. Though, the book is very slow-going. I didn't feel like anything was really happening until the end. The characters are also flat and the dialogue is awkward.
IN CONCLUSION I wasn't a big fan of this book. Yeah, it wasn't my kind of book to begin with, but the characters, romance, and overall writing didn't help. The next book is supposed to combine Tantalize and this one, but I do not feel inclined to continue the series. ...more
MY THOUGHTS I loved all of the Shadow Falls books and the first book in this spin-of series,This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I loved all of the Shadow Falls books and the first book in this spin-of series, Reborn, so I wasn't surprised that I loved this book just as much!
This book takes place not too long after the events in Reborn and I was a bit rusty on my memory of that book. Thankfully, it was very easy for me to get into this book. I jumped into this book very smoothly and my memory was quickly refreshed! Della is now bonded with Chase, which isn't very easy for her. Chase is still very mysterious and never answers any of Della's questions, though Della is still attracted to him (if asked she will deny it). We do still have a bit of a love triangle with Chase and Steve. Steve is Della's boyfriend and we see less of him in this book. Chase is in the book much more mostly due to the fact that Chase and Della are working together on a case. Frankly, I can't decide between the two...
This time Della sees yet another ghost and has another mystery to solve. This ghost is constantly telling Della to "find Natasha". She ends up getting sucked into visions of this girl, Natasha, and a boy, Liam, both vampires trapped and waiting to die. Not unusual except that Della isn't the only one sucked in the vision, Chase is too. The two also firmly believe that Natasha and Liam are still alive and need to be saved, despite the fact that everyone else (Holiday, Burnett, and Kylie) believes that they are dead. Della and Chase have to find out where the two are being held along with going along with what the FRU and Vampire Council are wanting them to do (though, they go against the rules quite a few times of course).
I just need to sit back and just talk about Della. Della is a completely different MC than most YA books. If you have read the Shadow Falls books and Eternal, than you should be very familiar with Della's unique personality. She's badass with a snarky sense of humor and an attitude. It's very interesting to see these books from her point of view.
It's also very interesting and unexpected how much Della's family was involved in this book and the series as a whole. Della looks deeper and finds out things that she has never known about her family and begins to learn more about her father's dark past.
IN CONCLUSION This was a great next installment in the series! I loved the mystery and it was far from predictable. The book ended in a little mini-cliffhanger, which makes want to read the next book even more!...more
MY THOUGHTS I loved the first book in the series. Even though I read the first book over a yThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I loved the first book in the series. Even though I read the first book over a year ago, I still recall how amazing it was and the feeling I got when I finished it.
Zee was once being hunted by the vampires, but now they have realized that all vampires are connected to her. If she bleeds, they all bleed. If she dies, they are die. She's now protected within the empire of vampires and treated as the divine one. Her newfound home with these vampires causes Lucas to distance himself. He distrusts the other vampires and wants to leave. Zee has to figure out how to deal with her new status, Lucas's distance, and if she can trust anyone.
In a world where almost all YA novels romanticize vampires (with the exception of The Immortal Rules), it is so amazing to find a book that does not show vampires in a positive light. The vampires in this book are inhuman and bloody. Even the main character has these qualities at times. Basically, Zee is a badass.
This book has a large build up in the beginning, exploring the vampire world and her new role. This is not boring though. It was great learning more about the vampires and it also had a large focus on Zee's character, which was really great as well. All this time leads up even more to the action-packed end!
The romance was not a big deal in this book, which is unsurprising, as this is a sequel. It was a bit saddening that Lucas and Zee were having trouble in this book. Lucas distanced himself greatly, but it made sense because of the circumstance.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I loved this book! I know I'm not gushing in my review, but I really like this series. It has the original, dark and badass take on vampires that I absolutely love! If you are sick of all the YA vampire romances, I recommend this!...more
I don't love this book as much as the other books (both the Fallen Star series & the Lost Soul). This book felt too rushed and the ending...it justI don't love this book as much as the other books (both the Fallen Star series & the Lost Soul). This book felt too rushed and the ending...it just seemed to be an easy and quick way to fix everything.
To be honest, I kind of wished that I didn't read the spin-off series. I really really liked the Fallen Star series, but that series did actually have a nice ending to it. I should've stopped there instead of reading this, since everything gets even more messed up in this series.
I'm not saying that this series is bad (I still liked it) but I just believe that everything got screwed up...
I LOVED the Shadow Falls series, so I, of course, was excited when I found out about this booThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
I LOVED the Shadow Falls series, so I, of course, was excited when I found out about this book! I enjoyed coming back to Shadow Falls and seeing all of my favorite characters again! While I did kind of miss reading from Kylie's perspective, I loved hearing from Della! It was completely different reading from Della's perspective, as she is has a different sense of humor and pulls off a complete badass vibe. My point in all this blabbing: This is a really great new spin-off series! If you love the Shadow Falls series, you really need to check this out! If you haven't read the Shadow Falls series, what are you waiting for?...more