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
MY THOUGHTS This book focuses on Elena. She was bitten and betrayed by someone she thought sThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This book focuses on Elena. She was bitten and betrayed by someone she thought she loved years ago. Now she's a werewolf. She has since left the Pack and is trying to have a semi-normal life. She has a boyfriend and a job, just has to change into a wolf on occasion. But when she receives a call about a threat to the Pack she has to go back. After all this is over, she's going to leave, but does she want to pretend to be human or stay with the only family she has ever known?
I picked up this book because A) I've enjoyed Kelley Armstrong's YA books and B) I thought I should try to read books that are not YA. I'm going to start complaining here, but I have realized why I have trouble reading adult books. Adult books have more sex in them. Yeah, I'm a bit of a prude. I can stand to have it in books, but NEVER IN DETAIL! Apparently it happens much more often in adult books and it never just jumps to the next morning! *shudders* This is probably not a big deal, but I always have a hard time reading books because of this.
As for the story, it's nothing really that new to me in the paranormal variety, I've read plenty of werewolf books, but I still enjoyed it. This book need have it's own different twist on werewolves and even had the history down pat! I thought it was interesting how the dynamics worked and how Elena was the only female werewolf. My only issue was the while a lot happened, I felt like this book was moving very slowly. I'm used to reading a book a day, more in the summer (which is when I read this). It took me three days to read this. It felt like I was slugging through this book!
I actually kind of liked the romance, when it didn't include sex. I wanted Elena to be with Clay, because I actually liked Clay. Though, Elena did bother me because she can't being with Clay (even though she wanted nothing to do with him) and never once while she was with the Pack did she think about Phillip, he boyfriend. I know I sound like I'm going back and forth, but I don't approve of any sort of cheating and I really think that she should've at least thought of Phillip.
IN CONCLUSION I liked this book, though not as much as Kelley Armstrong's YA books. I had issues with the sex in the books, which is why I prefer YA, and it was really slow. Still, I enjoyed this book and it's a great start to a paranormal series. I plan on reading the rest eventually, but I won't be jumping up and grabbing them right away. ...more
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
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Actual RatingThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars
MY THOUGHTS Ever since I picked up Born at Midnight four years ago, I've loved every one of these Shadow Falls books, so I was ecstatic to receive this book for review! I really enjoyed this last installment of Della's series!
Della's currently in what you would call a situation. Her father is going to go on trial for murdering his sister, a murder in which he didn't commit. Her father has also been border-line cruel with Della ever since she's become a vampire and she's convinced that he believes her a monster. Della has to track down her uncle, who may or may not have been who killed the sister. To top it all off, there are people being gruesomely murdered, she has a few ghosts hanging around her, and she's still bonded to Chase.
Make makes this book so different from the others is that we don't just follow Della, but Chase as well. I love Della. She's a fantastic MC and a badass. Yes, she can kick butt, but she has a strong attitude, won't take crap from anybody, and speaks her mind. I like Chase as well. I don't like how he he keeps lying to Della, but he the kind of guy who won't take crap from Della if that makes any sense. I gave this book 4.5 stars. The only reason why I couldn't give this book a 5 is because while I like Chase as a person, his point-of-view bothered me. He was sometimes borderline obsessive other Della and it kind of creeped me out at times. Other than that, it was fine.
I oddly like how the plot of these books have a merging of mystery and paranormal. Obviously, the paranormal is strong in this series, but I felt like the mystery aspect really came into this one. I don't even know where to start with this because SO MUCH HAPPENED! This was not a finale that lacked action or plot! The characters have to delve deeply to find out who is behind the sister's murder and the murders around town, as well as numerous other things they have to deal with in their lives. I thought it was fantastic how it was all dealt with and how things were able to wrap up!
As for romance, there wasn't a whole lot of actual romance in this book. There was mostly some angst throughout the book, especially from Della, but the major mystery plot took the wheel, which I am quite glad about. Don't worry, guys, there are some scenes!
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I loved this book (and I loved this series)! Other than some issues with Chase's POV, this book was incredibly riveting and action-packed! I loved reading this series from Della's perspective and now it's like when Kylie's story came to an end, but I'm excited to read Miranda's story! ...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 liked The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, but I didn't love it. One problem thatThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I liked The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, but I didn't love it. One problem that I had with it was Sam and Grace, they were okay, but I was very indifferent towards their relationship. Now, Isabel and Cole? I loved them both and I shipped them hard. I loved the sarcasm, the hatred, the banter, and the tension. And I was a bit upset when their relationship was never resolved in the series.
So, boy, was I glad when I found out about this book. I admit it, the main reason why I loved this book was because it's basically entirely about Isabel and Cole, my two favorite characters in The Wolves of Mercy Falls. But I was glued to this book! I had dishes piling up in my room because, instead of putting them away, I wanted to read (notice that I still ate food, but in my defense, I gathered the food when I got home from school and then work and then sat down and read). But it was very difficult for me to get up and away from that book, I was that immersed Now, it wasn't because of excitement that made me not want to put it down, but it was the shipping.
Yes, I'm a shipper and I ship these guys hard. I kept reading and reading because I WANTED THEM TO GET TOGETHER! I knew was going to happen and I was strongly anticipating it! AND ALL THAT TENSION! Come on! How could I want to put it down?!
One interesting fact, though, about this book is that it has very little paranormal aspects. Sure, Cole's a werewolf, but he hardly ever changes in this book and it hardly ever comes up. This book is mainly about Cole trying to come back to his life (and Isabel & Cole's relationship, of course). But I oddly liked the contemporary feeling of this book.
Issues? Yeah, I might've had a few, but it's manly parties and stuff, which I think do make sense in the story, so I'll not be picky about it. I also didn't really care as long as my ship sailed.
IN CONCLUSION Basically, if you're a fan of Cole & Isabel, you really need to read this! (Hello, fellow shippers!) If you prefer your paranormal to be paranormal, then you might pass this by, as this book has a huge contemporary feel....more
I liked this series in the beginning, but it kind of went downhill from there for me. 1. Ben I do not like Ben. My feelings towards him got worse as theI liked this series in the beginning, but it kind of went downhill from there for me. 1. Ben I do not like Ben. My feelings towards him got worse as the series went on. In this book, all Ben did was joke about getting Candra's clothes off her and actually get her clothes off her. That's all Ben did in the whole book. Along with sounding like a sexiest, horny, teenage book, he was also very egocentric. 2. The sexual content. I'm okay with a little bit, but at least half of this book had sexual content. And it went in detail. I'm an innocent girl. I don't like it when a book has a lot of sexual content. It grosses me out, especially when it actually goes into detail.
Those are the two reasons why I couldn'tgo into this book. It's surprising to me, since I was expecting to like this book more than the others due to the time travel (one of my favorite things). But nope, I couldn't get into this one.
By the way... (view spoiler)[Is anyone else wondering how Candra was able to tell her parents that she's pregnant? That's always hard to explain, but come on! Mom, Dad, I'm pregnant. And by the way, the father is that guy I just met. But I was pregnant before I even met him. Because I already been though this before. I time traveled and time messed up. Werewolves. Yeah, I'm pregnant. I can't be the only one wondering this, right? (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
THE RUN-DOWN Isabel is The Shifter. She's an immortal creature that has always protected the royal family of Samorna. She's powerful and can shift intoTHE RUN-DOWN Isabel is The Shifter. She's an immortal creature that has always protected the royal family of Samorna. She's powerful and can shift into any form. For the past 20 years she has been living in the Mistwood (forest) and now the Prince, fearing danger, has come to "recruit" her as his bodyguard. But there's a problem, Isabel doesn't remember being a Shifter and she doesn't remember how to shift...
This is how I feel about this book. I don't hate it, but I didn't particularly enjoy it.
The major reason as to why I didn't enjoy this book was the characters. All the characters felt flat to me and I felt completely disconnected from them. In fact, our main character, Isabel, was often described as "emotionless" which made it hard to actually care about her. The flatness of the characters made me feel as if the book was dragging on and on, making me bored.
I liked the premise of the book--that's why I picked it up-- but the book failed to reach the expectations. Example: The original synopsis goes on about Isabel's abilities but in the book, she has few of those abilities.
What I actually did like was how everything came together in the end. I was not expecting that twist and loved how everything came together.
IN CONCLUSION It could have been a good book, but it failed to reach my expectations I didn't enjoy this book and don't really recommend it.
I probably won't read the sequel (if you can call it that. From what I've heard, it's not really connected to this book)...more
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
MY THOUGHTS I've been waiting to read this book for more than 3 years, so of course I was eThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I've been waiting to read this book for more than 3 years, so of course I was excited to read it when it finally came out. I had extremely high expectations, due to the fact that I adore both the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices. This book has gotten so many raving reviews, claiming that this book is better than the other Shadowhunter novels. I do not agree at all. I enjoyed this book, but it's definitely not as good as the other two series.
This book takes place in 2012 Los Angeles, five years after the events in the Mortal Instruments. Strange killing have been happening around the city and Emma Carstairs is convinced that they're related to the deaths of her parents, many years ago. All the while she's fighting feelings for her parabati, Julian Backthorn. The faeries are looking for a source of the killings as well, and are willing to use Julian's older brother, who was taken by faeries years ago, as a bargaining chip.
I love all of the previous Shadowhunter novels, I really liked coming back to this world. Emma and Julian were introduced to us in City of Heavenly Fire. A lot has changed for them, and the Shadowhunter world since then. The world was familiar, but also very different than what I'm used to, so I had to wrap my head around the new world. One main thing that's different is the fact that the faeries have been outcasted and it's now illegal for Shadowhunters to help them, the faeries also play a much bigger role in this series. I also liked the plot, I thought it was interesting. I did have issues, though, due to the pacing. This book is HUGE, and it takes forever for the plot to get anywhere. It eventually gets very very interesting, but it takes awhile for the book to get there.
I loved the Blackthorns! I loved how different each of the members were, all of their personalities, and just how they were together! Though, I had a harder time loving Julian and Emma. Mostly because they're both so serious, understandable, but still. I'm just so used to the main characters in these books having lots of snark and sarcasm! I miss that!
Now, for a mini rant. There are cameos in this book, but I really really didn't like that. I'm fine if we only get a few brief mentions, to give us an update, but almost all of the characters in Mortal Instruments and a few from Infernal Devices are in this book. When I read City of Heavenly Fire, I was upset that we kept following Emma and Julian because that was not their book. It's the same case here. I love Tessa, Jem, Magnus, Alec, Clary, Jace, Simon, Izzy, and all them folks, but I felt like they were taking over the book. The pacing of this book was slow because of all of these cameos! Also, it made it almost impossible to understand things without reading ALL OF THE BOOKS! Yeah, I mean all of them, even the novellas. I'm currently listening to the Simon novellas and I am so upset by the fact that this book spoiled important parts in the novellas that I haven't gotten to yet!! Okay, so I'm getting a bit ranty. I love these characters, but I really felt it was unnecessary for them to be included in this series so often.
Now, onto romance. The major romance is obviously between Emma and Julian. I like their friendship and I do want them to be together, but it's forbidden! Of course it's forbidden. Forbidden romances always annoy me because there's so much drama involves and, ugh, let's just see how this will work out. And of course since there's so many characters, there are other side romances. I'm starting to ship some of them, but we'll see...
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I did like this book, despite my very long rant and the cameos. I don't think it's as great as the Mortal Instruments or Infernal Devices. The pacing is too slow, there are too many unnecessary characters, and just not enough snark for me to give it 5 stars. I do think it's a great start to a new series. Emphasis on the new. Sorry, but I really hope that the next book isn't loaded up with cameos, I really just want to enjoy a new series! Still, I loved reading another series in the Shadowhunter world and plan on continuing the series....more
This book was not what I expected. Honestly, if I were to describe this book I would say it'sThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
This book was not what I expected. Honestly, if I were to describe this book I would say it's a steampunk Harry Potter. The special school and the characters reminded me of the Harry Potter world. What I wasn't expecting about this book was how it was much more light and fun than I was lead to believe. Not that it's a bad thing, but this book had more of an overall middle grade vibe. I liked this book. I liked all of these things. My issue with this book was mostly that the book was slow-paced and I had difficulty connecting with the characters. Overall, this book was a fun steampunk and I will be continuing the series. I will also be checking out the author's adult books....more