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
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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
MY THOUGHTS I adore the Falling Kingdoms series, so I definitely wasn't about to miss out onThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I adore the Falling Kingdoms series, so I definitely wasn't about to miss out on a spin-off series! I don't love this as much as Falling Kingdoms, but this was a brilliant start to a new series and I can't wait to read the next book!
This book has multiple perspectives, like the Falling Kingdoms series, but this book is very unique. We get the perspective of Crys, a modern day teenager whose sister falls into a coma after touching a mysterious book. Then, there;s Maddox, who lives in Ancient Mythica (the world of Falling Kingdoms) who sees a girl that only he can see. Lastly, there's Farrell, whose involved in a secret society. All three of these teens stories are interconnected and will have to find the truth to their families and their lives.
This book is a very interesting Urban Fantasy, since half of it takes place in a fantasy world. I thought it was very interesting traveling into Mythica again, though many many years before the events of Falling Kingdoms. This version of Mythica was familiar to me, but so so different and I actually enjoyed this fact! While I sometimes preferred the fantasy world, our world was equally fascinating.
My main problem with this book was just the fact that, for awhile, not a whole lot was happening. It didn't pick up until the very very end, and that's what saved the book. It isn't until then that the dark plot twists and action that I associate with the Falling Kingdom series comes to shine!
As for romance, don't expect much. There isn't any romance in this book, though there will probably be some in the next books. Still, Morgan Rhodes has been known to make me confused on what to ship, and to also rip ships to shreds.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this book was very slow-paced, but the last few chapter strongly made up for it! I recommend this book to fans of Falling Kingdoms, fantasy, and urban fantasy! Also, this book can definitely be read if you have not read the Falling Kingdoms series, even though you should really read that series! Lastly, this is a great start to the series and I honestly can't wait to read more!...more
MY THOUGHTS Cam has been raised by a witch. No, seriously. The witch is constantly trying tThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS Cam has been raised by a witch. No, seriously. The witch is constantly trying to get Cam to learn spells, giving her odd punishments (turning her into words, lose feeling in limbs, the usual), and odd errands. The problem is that Cam doesn't like the witch and Cam isn't a witch. When the witch summons a demon and that demon just so happens to posses a cute boy at Cam's school, things get even more complicated. Now, Cam not only has to stop the demon, but figure out how to stop a phoenix from incinerating her school. And she might have to be a witch in order to do it.
I picked up this book solely because of the cover. Being a lover of rainbows and striped tights, I was immediately curious about this book featuring a girl wearing those fabulous tights (though, Cam doesn't wear striped tights, so I'm a bit confused). And after reading the synopsis, I was definitely intrigued. I admit that this book was not exactly what I expected, though I didn't have incredibly high expectations.
This book is very short, less than 200 pages, so I quickly breezed through it! This book was a very fun read, as well. This book is just so ridiculous and cheesy (purposely cheesy) that you can't help but find the book to be fun. Yeah, the plot seems somewhat dark based on the synopsis, but the writing and characters make the book so much lighter.
The characters in this book were an interesting bunch. I would like to mention that Ca, our MC, is 15, which is on the younger side of YA. While a book can be YA at that age, adding in the ridiculous and light plot just give off a middle grade feeling. Though, I did like Cam and she came off as a real teenager. I did have problems with how she called the witch, well, a witch all the time, even though she was apparently family. Although, the witches parenting techniques were a bit harsh.
As for romance, there was a bit of a love interest. Due to the lightness of the book, there wasn't a whole lot of romance. Not that I' complaining!
IN CONCLUSION I thought this was a really quick and fun read, but it wasn't really anything more than that! Sure, it was enjoyable, but I didn't love it and I can't really say that I will remember this book months from ow. If you would like to read a fun and light paranormal or you just need a quick read, pick it up!...more
This 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 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
This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd I received an ecopy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. *May have somThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd I received an ecopy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. *May have some spoilers from previous book*
MY THOUGHTS I loved The Paper Magician and enjoyed reading this book as well. This book was quick, fun, and entertaining! Again, the magic system was very interesting! This book was wildly different in the way that, in the last book, Ceony travels through Emery's heart. That was one of my favorite parts of the book. I liked seeing more about Emery and I'm always interested in books that include memories and subconscious and whatnot. Now, this book also had adventure, but much different. This time Ceony has the bad guys going after her for revenge.
This goes into what upset me about this book. Ceony constantly makes dumb decisions in this book. I can understand it, her heart is in the right place, but she is constantly putting her life at risk.
The romance in this book is still in the back seat. There's more romance in this book than the last book, but it doesn't distract from the plot. I have a love/hate with the romance. I shipped it, but the age difference bothered me. It's a ten year age difference, which isn't a big deal (my parents have a twenty year age difference), but I'm only two years younger than Ceony and I can't imagine dating someone ten times older than me.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this series is becoming one of my guilty pleasures. It's fun, the books are short, and the magic system is great! I ship the romance, but I feel guilty about that. This is a really fun series and I'm excited to read the next book. ...more