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 Oh boy. I loved LOVED the splintered series! I was so excited to hear that A.G. Howard was writing another book! But I so very disappointMY THOUGHTS Oh boy. I loved LOVED the splintered series! I was so excited to hear that A.G. Howard was writing another book! But I so very disappointed by this book. It was a strange read, as I was expecting, but the characters were dull and the plot was annoyingly cliche.
The book mostly follows Rune, a girl who is being sent to RoseBlood, a boarding school for opera students in Italy. Rune has an opera talent, one that she hates. She can't help but sing, but she gets ill every time she sings. At her school, she is bullied right away from peers and others. And she keeps seeing a masked man, one that she might have a connection with. She'll figure out (very slowly) how everything is coming full circle and realize the truth behind her ability.
Okay, so like her Splintered series, this book is not an actual retelling of the original story. Rune is familiar with the Phantom of the Opera tale and this takes place after the events in the original story. Despite my issues, I do think that A.G. Howard portrayed the tale in a unique way. Maybe not good unique, but certainly interesting. There was a lot of info-dumping though because apparently Rune couldn't figure things out for herself.
Speaking of Rune, boy was she dull! She was a complete Mary Sue! I don't know anything from her personality, if she even had one. Just that she sings and that she has a tragic past. And she makes so many stupid decisions. There's a masked man following me around, leaving creepy clues for me to follow! I better follow the creepy clues! What the hell?! And her compulsion to sing! I understand that her singing can break glass, but couldn't she sing in the untended garden or something? (view spoiler)[I seriously don't understand why she had to burst into the auditorium and interrupt the try-outs! She knew they were happening, she knew people would be pissed off! Again, go sing in the frexing garden where no one is and there is no glass she can break! (hide spoiler)] Maybe I don't understand how opera works, but I still think she could've done things differently.
Now, the romance was the worst part. Thorn was our love interest and while it had an interesting backstory, he was also dull and I don't care how tragic his backstory is, that does not give him an excuse to be a creep. We get to see multiple chapters from his perspective, which was annoying. He is the Phantom's "son" and does his bidding. Which means he's cruel to Rune (for stupid reasons) but he lwves her so much because soulmates. He also stalks Rune throughout the entire book, watching her sleep and all that jazz. Rune even knows this and she's so chill because soulmates. I don't believe in soulmates, not one bit, and I didn't believe it in this book.
I already mentioned how there was a big info-dump? Rune literally has to get everything explained to her all at once, not until the last hundred pages. Yes, it takes that long to get the party started. While I found some things unique, a lot of things were just ridiculous. (view spoiler)[ For some reason I am stuck on the Aunt. So, she was the one who was bullying Rune? WHAT THE HELL?!! So, you want your niece to leave the school, I'll place a dead bird in front of her! I'll destroy her uniforms! Are you five???? Also, didn't Rune get into the school because of her Aunt? Rune mentions several times that there was a waiting list to get into the school and she was number one because her Aunt works there. If you didn't want your niece to go to the school can't you just, I don't know, not put her in the number one spot! (hide spoiler)]
Honestly, this book had so many cliches that I felt like I could tick off a bunch of YA paranormal tropes. Boarding school? CHECK. Dead parent? CHECK. Creepy romance? CHECK. "True love"? CHECK. Tragic backstory? CHECK. Attractive but misunderstood love interest? CHECK. Mean Girl? CHECK. Makes sudden friendships (even though life doesn't work that way)? CHECK. I could go on and on. I think the only cliche that isn't in there is a love triangle.
IN CONCLUSION When I first started this review, I gave this book 2 stars but I am having such a hard time finding positives. There are so few. I am so disappointed in this book. I am such a fan of Splintered and I hope that A.G. Howard's next book will be in the vein of Splintered, not this. Do I recommend this book? Definitely not! But it looks like readers will either love it or hate it, so good luck to you!...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 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", when 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 unbelievable.
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 This book sounded so amazing! It has a fantastically intriguing cover and a verThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This book sounded so amazing! It has a fantastically intriguing cover and a very interesting idea, but sadly, it failed to meet any of my expectations. I've seen negative reviews around, but ignored them, thinking that I would still like this book. This book had potential, but ended up being just another cliche YA paranormal.
**apologies, but there may be ranting ahead**
May as well start with the positives. I love the idea behind the book. A girl who has no memory of who she even is, with repeating visions of past lives? Sounds so mysterious! I also think that Nikki Kelly had a pretty good grasp on her world. The history of the Angels and Vampires was very well-done, even if it had some info-dump, and there was definitely a lot of creativity involved in it (instead of using the usual aspects of the paranormal beings).
Sadly, the entire plot seemed to revolve more on the romance. Lailah has two guys liking her in this book,and she kisses both of them. The romance between her a Gabriel was so cheesy, it made me gag. Gabriel himself is just like every other YA paranormal love interest. He seems like a good guy at first, but he keeps lying to Lailah. Let's not forget to mention that a hot girl that keeps trying to get together with Gabriel. Why does every YA love interest have to have some hot girl to make the MC jealous, seriously? As for the other guy, I really couldn't understand that one. He kind of creeped me out, but Lailah kissed him and lead him on even though its obvious who she really likes.
As for Lailah, I expected a badass, independent girl, but no. She seemed that way in the beginning, but she began the usual YA girl. Blah.
Lastly, I want to touch on the flashbacks. Most of this book was made up of flashbacks. I liked the flashbacks, but the formatting bothered me. There was no way to tell what was flashback and what was not. and it was very confusing.
IN CONCLUSION I didn't hate this book, but I was not a fan. I am personally getting sick of all the same YA paranormals and this one just followed the same trend. The plot has promise, but the romance took over and the MC annoyed me. I will not be picking up the sequel....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...