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 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
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
AFTER READING: I'm not quite sure what I feel about this book... Did I like it? Hate it? Am I glad that I read it? Do I regret it? The answer is... noneAFTER READING: I'm not quite sure what I feel about this book... Did I like it? Hate it? Am I glad that I read it? Do I regret it? The answer is... none of the above. I'm in-between about this book. There were some parts I liked and some parts I hated. In all honesty, this might have been a favorite of mine if I read it a few years ago. It has some similarities to my favorites back then (Examples: Hush Hush, A Beautiful Dark, and Fallen) So I award this book 2.5 stars since it's half of five (in the in-between state). But I'm pretty dang proud of myself for facing my fear!
EDIT: Forget what I said earlier, this book DOES NOT get 2.5 stars!!! I still don't despise it, but I will not be that generous. I might give it a 1.5 or even a two, but 2.5 is just too high up there.
BEFORE READING: I am facing my fear I am facing my fear I am facing my fear PLEASE tell me if this is a bad idea! I am facing my fear... *starts hyperventilating*...more
The only thing that really bugged me was the beginning. We just seem to be geared into the story too fast. We have a girl randomly turning into a tigerThe only thing that really bugged me was the beginning. We just seem to be geared into the story too fast. We have a girl randomly turning into a tiger and then shot threw her bedroom window. This just seems oddly unrealistic to me. Yes, I realize that this is fiction but I NEED to believe it! Thankfully, after that things began to make more sense and I enjoyed the story much more.
Like I said, the beginning was the only thing that bugged me. So overall, I really did enjoy this book....more