Starcrossed

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the covers for this series are beautiful.

Series Rating 2.5 Stars

Starcrossed ~ Josephine Angelini

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Rating 3 Stars

Blurb

How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

Review

The love story where hate turns to love has become quite a cliché but this story turns it on its head. It is not simply personality traits or love disguised as hate that keeps this couple apart but an ancient legacy. In many ways this book reminds me of many other paranormal romances available to young adults (eg. twilight, hush hush, fallen, mortal instruments) however playing with Greek gods was a nice change from the normal vampires or angels that seem to fill the shelves these days.
the ending i must admit kind of annoyed me a little but i am hoping that maybe that might be remedied in Dreamless

Quotes

“I don’t care how hard being together is, nothing is worse than being apart.”

“You’ve got the killer instincts of a houseplant”

“And I don’t just WANT you, Helen. I LOVE you. Big difference.”

“The Gods know what it is to be eternal, and they love to toy with mortals who use absolutes.”

Dreamless ~ Josephine Angelini

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Rating 2.5 stars

Blurb

Set in the romantic and death-defying world of the international bestselling Die for Me trilogy, this digital original novella follows Jules, a brooding, immortal French artist who has fallen in love with his best friend’s girlfriend.

Jules Marchenoir is a revenant-an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save human lives. He’s spent the better part of the last century flirting his way through Paris, but when he met Kate Mercier, the heroine from Amy Plum’s Die for Me trilogy, he knew his afterlife had changed forever and he had found the love of his life. Until Kate fell for his best friend, Vincent. Now Jules is faced with an impossible decision: choosing between his loyal friend and a love truly worth dying for.

Review

this one while interesting i must admit annoyed me just a little. while i understand the need for the love triangle in this story Orion really did very little for me in the way of a love interest and it felt like for the most part Helen felt the same. the “cousins” storyline i must say i am over entirely and i was hoping the truth would come out (to the main characters as us the readers already know) the ending i was quite impressed with as was i with the authors portrayal of the underworld but there were a few moments of confusion that did not quite add up (i.e. at various points Hector was called Lucas’ brother instead of his cousin)

Quotes

“…try to remember that dreams do come true, but they don’t come easily.”

“It’s not our talents that make us safe or dangerous, it’s our choices.”

“Even if it kills me, staying awake and seeing you… is better than any dream.”

Goddess ~ Josephine Angelini

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Rating 2 stars

Blurb

After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.

To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.

Review

as i was starting to suspect from the end of Dreamless this story became just a little off. the main reason for this is that the author pitted Helen against all powerful gods and so therefore had to make her all powerful this meant that Helen became immortal and able to make anything happen changing the rules of the story completely. creating this unbeatable entity as the main character made the story a little dull for me even if we always know the main character has to survive. the big twist about who the tyrant is was predictable… i had it basically worked out since we were first told of the tyrant and i must admit i was expecting a little more as to the reasoning behind Daphne being the worst mother of all time. the “memories” of past Helens were interesting but often a little unnecessary.all these factors ultimately led to what was for me a bad ending to the series, although admittedly i can not come up with a better alternative given that the author chose such a formidable antagonist

Quotes

“some things stay a little bit broken forever—even after they’ve been fixed.”

“I chose love—I chose you over everything that was offered to me.”

“My whole life I’ve wondered what it feels like to be loved like that. To be loved more.”

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Revenants

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Once again this is a series full of beautiful covers.

Series Rating 4 stars

Die for Me ~ Amy Plum

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Rating 4 Stars

Blurb

In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.
When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life–and memories–behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.
Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant–an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

Review

the first time i read this book was as my first ebook squinting to try and read this on my phone… the next day i ran out and bought both this and the sequel because not only is the cover BEAUTIFUL but so is the book itself. on second reading i found this book no less enjoyable… while the majority of this book is set up and introduction, which may not be as good the second time around i still found it wonderfully enjoyable and have once again jumped right into the second book. the love connection is so realistic and sweet and i love the entire cast not just the two romantic leads.

Quotes

“Well, spit on my empty grave–if it ain’t the attack of the Disney princesses!”

 

“I spent the rest of the day in someone else’s story. The rare moments that I put the book down, my own pain returned in burning stabs.”

Until I Die ~ Amy Plum

UIDRating 4.5 Stars

Blurb

Kate may have defeated her boyfriend’s nemesis, showing off her sword skills in the process, but Vincent is sure that she will be at risk as long as they stay together. What’s more, it’s becoming clear that their relationship might prevent him from fulfilling his true purpose: saving the lives of others.
They might have the romance of the century, but will that be enough?

Review

the story really gets stared in this dramatic and beautiful sequel. while things may have been set into motion in the first book this second book gives us all the information to see the bigger picture of this series. Throw in a shocking cliffhanger ending and you have a book i literally could not put down that has me chomping at the bit to see how this series ends… although i have my suspicions.

Quotes

“Still in one piece?” Vincent teased, pulling me close & planting a soft kiss on my lips. “After dirty-dancing with Jules, I’m not sure.”

 

“As Jules kissed my cheeks he whispered, “She has nothing on you, of course, Kates. It’s just that you’re so very…taken.”

 

“If “Flirt” qualified as a foreign language, my sister and Ambrose would both have PhDs in it.”

Die For Her ~ Amy Plum

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Rating 2.5 stars

Blurb

Set in the romantic and death-defying world of the international bestselling Die for Me trilogy, this digital original novella follows Jules, a brooding, immortal French artist who has fallen in love with his best friend’s girlfriend.

Jules Marchenoir is a revenant-an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save human lives. He’s spent the better part of the last century flirting his way through Paris, but when he met Kate Mercier, the heroine from Amy Plum’s Die for Me trilogy, he knew his afterlife had changed forever and he had found the love of his life. Until Kate fell for his best friend, Vincent. Now Jules is faced with an impossible decision: choosing between his loyal friend and a love truly worth dying for.

Review

as this story tells 2 books worth of information in under 100 pages it is no surprise that it feels rushed and that the story is told rather than experienced but there are some beautiful scenes which we can now see from Jules POV plus an extra paragraph after the end of Until i die that make you rush to pick up book 3… that paragraph changed what i thought the ending was ENTIRELY. on a side note … if i was not already in love with him this novella made me fall for Jules entirely… to the point i was actually hoping that he would win the girl off Vincent in the last book

Quotes

“She leaves an empty hole behind her. There was this feeling of optimism and joy in the house when she was around that’s now turned into void. Like Vincent, I feel hollow. Sad. And as the days pass, I begin to realize I’ve grown to care for Kate. Not as my best friend’s girlfriend, but as someone in and of herself. And I realize I miss her.”

 

“It’s with a feeling of despair that I return her to his arms. I want him to be angry. I want him to challenge me. Because then the truth will be out and I won’t have to hide my feelings. But he trusts me too much to suspect me. And I love him too much to hurt him.”

 

If I Should Die ~ Amy Plum

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Rating 3.5 stars

Blurb

I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.
Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.
It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.
After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me?

Review

i hate to say it but i was a shade disappointed with this book. while i doubted that Kate would end up with Jules (who i am surprised to say i was cheering for after Die for Her) i was sort of hoping for there to be a little development there… because that is what i thought was suggested at the end of that novella. considering Vincent was killed  i was expecting a little more action in the beginning of the book to make up for the lack of romance… unfortunately instead we are given pages upon pages of “research” and reading books. that being said after that halfway mark things did get more exciting and although i foresaw the “Big Twist” i am still pleased with how the Author dealt with the issue. my other big complaint is to me at least the story did not feel quite finished with some loose ends still hanging… while others were wrapped up very quickly But at least Ambrose FINALLY got his act together maybe a spinoff is coming (focused around the “Numa” Louis)  or maybe i just need to close the book an except that this story continues without me.

Quotes

“Kate, I’ll say it like this. Vincent is my best friend. There’s not a person in this world I’m closer to. But for the past year, I have betrayed him in my heart every single day because I want for myself what he loves the very most.”

“The owner of the boom box marches over and turns the music down. He shrugs when he sees me staring. “Hey, noise pollution elicits fewer phone calls to the police than screaming and battle sounds. At least, that’s the case in Berlin,” he says.”

“Feelings change with time – or at least pain lessens with time; I know that from experience.”

“I understand it, but I don’t like it. I wish we could all be together like before: best friends, not heartbroken strangers.”

Series Review: Unearthly

These Reviews May Contain Spoilers

before i start the proper reviews… HOW GORGEOUS ARE THESE COVERS.

Series Rating 4.5 Stars

Unearthly ~ Cynthia Hand

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Rating 4 Stars

Blurb

Clara has known she was part-angel ever since she turned fourteen two years ago, but only now is her Purpose – the crucial rite of passage for every part-angel – becoming clear to her. Clara′s Purpose leads her family to Wyoming, where, amidst terrifying scenes of a bush inferno, she finds the boy of her visions, Christian. He is everything she could wish for – so why does she also have feelings for her enigmatic classmate Tucker?

Clara discovers that her Purpose is only a small part of a titanic struggle between angels and their destructive counterparts, the Black Wings. And when the fire of her visions erupts and both Christian and Tucker are in danger, who will she choose to save?

Review

I have had this book sitting on my shelf unread for 2 years… and that is one thing i really regret. when i bought it i am pretty sure it was in a 3 for the price of 1 sale and there were 2 other books that i really wanted so i chose the book with a pretty cover and then never looked at it again. fast forward 2 years and the 3rd book has just come out and i keep getting recommendations for it so i dutifully pull it off my shelf and start reading… and then don’t stop until i realize i am out of pages. having not even read the blurb before reading this i had no idea what i was getting myself into but i managed to stumble across a brilliant piece of Angel law unlike anything i have read before. not only is it a nice original story with a killer love triangle but unlike most Angel books it does not come off as overly preachy. the characters are not overly deep or anything but they were sweet and believable. The book ended in such a way that while i am can’t wait to read Hallowed. there was not a huge ugly evil cliff hanger, although i really want to know about poor Jeffery. this is one book i am defiantly glad that i judged on its cover.

Quotes

“So often we only do what we think is expected of us, when we are capable of so much more.”

“I feel like Cinderella sitting in the middle of the road with a pumpkin and a couple of mice, while Prince Charming charges off to rescue some other chick.”

“And what he was really saying then, what would have come through loud and clear if I hadn’t been so blind was, why don’t you see me?”

“So I’m in love. That crazy, forget to eat, float around in a daze, talk on the phone all night and bounce out of bed every morning hoping to see him kind of love.”

Hallowed ~ Cynthia Hand

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Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb

Clara Gardner knew that as a part angel she would one day have to fulfill her purpose, rescuing Christian from a forest fire…what she never considered was what might happen if she were to fail.

Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend Tucker, Clara must deal with the repercussions of what happened the day of the fire as the two boys vie for her heart. And, as she is drawn further into the world of angels and part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain after a shocking revelation, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning…

Review

I don’t know how she does it. just like in the first book the ending is given away in the beginning of the book and yet for the most part the book is not spoiled. i must admit i gathered most of the twists in this book before they were told to us directly unlike in the first book still that being said that was probably because the book was so well written that nothing just comes out of nowhere… i just picked up on the clues this time. this book had a real sence of finality to it and yet there is still another book in this series so maybe things are not as final as they seem. there are still some loose ends such as the identity of Angela’s secret Italian boyfriend, where exactly Jeffery is and what happens when the quarter angels have babies (1/16th angel?).

Quotes

“There’s nothing more inspiring than the complexity and beauty of the human heart.”

“Before I moved here, I never got the whole love-triangle thing. You know, in movies or romance novels or whatnot, where there’s one chick that all the guys are drooling over, even though you can’t see anything particularly special about her. But oh, no, they both must have her. And she’s like, oh dear, however will I choose? William is so sensitive, he understands me, he swept me off my feet, oh misery, blubber, blubber, but how can I go on living without Rafe and his devil-may-care ways and his dark and only-a-little-abusive love? Upchuck.”

“I sneaked out to his house a couple times in the middle of the night to watch over him while he slept, just in case, I don’t know, his comic book collection decided to spontaneously combust. This was dumb and admittedly creepy in an Edward Cullen kind of way”

“Our purpose on this earth is not one single event, an accomplishment we can check off a list. There is no test. No passing or failing. There’s only us, each moment shaping who we are, into what we will become.”

“I’m having an argument with myself. And I’m losing. So not good.”

Radiant ~ Cynthia Hand

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Rating 2 Stars

Blurb

Clara is desperate to get away—from the memories that haunt her in Wyoming and the visions of a future she isn’t ready to face—and spending the summer in Italy with her best friend, Angela, should be the perfect escape. . . .

For as long as she can remember, Angela has been told that love is dangerous, that she must always guard her heart. But when she met a mysterious guy in Italy two years ago she was determined to be with him, no matter the costs. Now she must decide whether she can trust Clara with her secret, or if telling her the truth will risk everything she cares about.

Alternating between Angela and Clara’s perspectives, Radiant chronicles the unforgettable summer that will test the bounds of their friendship and change their lives forever.

Review

ehh this book was ok but after really enjoying the last two books in the series i was really hoping for more. maybe part of the problem was that it was only a (very) short novella and she writes the longer stories better. maybe it is simply that i never enjoy these novellas quite as much as the proper books. or maybe like happens with all authors this was merely a dud. that being said it did answer some questions and the last sentence geared me right up to read Boundless.

(After reading Boundless I must say i Highly Suggest reading this book first despite only being a novella what happens in this book is referenced so much it is almost more important to the story than the first two books)

Quotes

“Humans fear death so much, but there is no death,” he whispers. “There is only the illusion of it. We can never cease to be. We must stay like this. Forever.”

“My mother always says that love is like a snakebite, a venom slowly spreading through your veins”

“If this is foolish, I don’t want to be wise.”

Boundless ~ Cynthia Hand

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Rating 5 Stars

Blurb

The past few years held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner ever could have anticipated. Yet through the dizzying high of first love to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she could no longer deny was that she was never meant to have a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seemed like the best option, so she’s headed back to California—and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must choose her fate once and for all.

Review

WOW what an ending. I think this would have to be my favorite book of the set despite the odd pacing at the start. While there was not as much Tucker in this book as I would have liked Christian started to grow on me a little as he was given a little bit more depth, him and Clara however are defiantly missing that spark that I hope for in a romantic interest. So much happens in this book that you may not suspect having read the first two but it is all perfectly foreshadowed and although at first it failed to capture my attention by the end I could not put it down. This book was better balanced than the first two books with a wonderful mix of romance, action, angel lore and everyday drama. While there were some flaws in logic (mainly in wing colour) it managed to wrap this series off in a neat little bow, although leaving room for a spinoff and just enough loose strings to make it feel as if the characters live on after the last page.
Only recommendation left to give is to keep a box of tissues handy.

Quotes

“I can’t stop thinking about how much better she’d be for him than I am. But I also kind of want to tear her hair out.”

“I’m ready to stop saying good-bye to things. I’m going to start saying hello.”

“If we can send one man to the moon, why can’t we send them all there?”

“I love you,” he murmurs. “Can you feel that? You. Not some destiny I think I’m called to. You. I’m with you. My strength. My soul. My heart. Feel it.”

“Love is a many-splendored thing,” she says. “But it is also a pain in the ass.”

Series Review: Beautiful

this is one of the rare cases when the series rating probably won’t make sense when compared to the book ratings. while as books these were beautiful as a series this was a disaster. in my opinion sequels should really add to the story and i did not feel as though this quite added enough plus reading one of them spoils the other no matter which way you read them.

Series Rating 2 stars

Beautiful Disaster ~ Jamie McGuire

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Rating 4.5 Stars

Blurb

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Review

I figured i would like this book ever since i read the blurb and when i saw the beautiful cover for the sequel i knew i had to bite the bullet and start this series, although now knowing that the second book is just Travis’s version of this one i am wondering if i maybe should wait to read it.
Despite the unnecessary conflicts arising in this book (from people not just admitting how they feel… although we have all done that) this book was great. Travis may have been a bad boy but he had a heart of gold, while at first this may only seem to be with Abby when you are first introduced to him properly he is quick to defend America as well. Abby may look like a good girl but she is not as good as she wants everyone to believe although i have to admit her secret was not quite as dark as i was hoping for. together the chemistry between these two was explosive and while some of the sex scenes seem to travel very fast (particularly the first one) i must congratulate McGuire on keeping her sex scenes tasteful without removing them entirely. despite how much i was cheering for both of them in real life i would be warning them away from each other. this is not a romantic book (despite being a romance) their relationship is sick and twisted and completely unhealthy he is the controlling, overprotective and violent boyfriend of my nightmares and she is the scared commitment-phoebe who is way to worried about what everyone else thinks. and yet somehow they work so incredibly well and the only reason given is love, but i guess that’s how it works.

Quotes

“I wish you and Travis would just get your shit together! You’re a goddamn tornado! When you’re happy, it’s love and peace and butterflies. When you’re pissed, you take the whole fucking world down with you!”

“You know why I want you? I didn’t know I was lost until you found me. I didn’t know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed. You’re the one thing I’ve got right. You’re what I’ve been waiting for, Pigeon.”

“I knew the second I met you
that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it
wasn’t something about you at all. It was just you.”

“To douchebags!” he said, gesturing to Brad. “And to girls that break your heart,” he bowed his head to me. His eyes lost focus. “And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her.”

Walking Disaster ~ Jamie McGuire

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Rating 3 Stars

Blurb

Can you love someone too much?
Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died:

Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.
Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

Review

while getting a view into Travis’s head was interesting i felt that this book did not actually give me much more than the last one. while i loved the epilogue the rest of it was all expected and some sections were rushed through. Now i know that as this book actually takes place DURING the last one … and is actually just the same story. i was expecting to be told more about his time away from Abby instead it was mostly comprised of their scenes together (kind of expected in a romance) but as Travis says most of what he is thinking i was not given much insight into his mind, this is more likely praise for the first book for being so well constructed than criticism for this one but it does beg the question was this book really needed? i am not entirely sure who this book is meant to entice. while the cover was pretty enough to make me want to read it and therefor the first one so much is suggested that you may not understand if you had not read the first one, yet there is not enough new material for those of us that have. Despite reading this from Travis’s POV i was still very much given the feeling that this was Abby’s story which gave the tone an interesting touch. while some of these chapters i was interested to see from Travis’s POV it almost seems like the original book could have just been told from a split view (as is so popular these days) maybe even with some overlap and i would not feel as if i was missing all that much.

Quotes

“Her expression turned serious. “In another life, I could love you.”

I watched her for a moment, staring into her glassed-over eyes. She was drunk, but just for a moment it didn’t seem wrong to pretend she meant it.

“I might love you in this one.”

“One of these days you’re going to fall in love, son. Don’t settle for just anyone. Choose the girl that doesn’t come easy; the one you have to fight for, and then never stop fighting. Never”

“There’s a girl, Dad.”
He smiled a bit. “A girl.”
“She kinda hates me, and I kinda…”
“Love her?”
“I don’t know. I don’t think so. I mean…how do you know?”
His smile grew wider. “When you’re talking about her with your old dad because you don’t know what else to do.”

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Series Review: Graceling Realm

Ever since I first read Graceling I have been dying to get my hands on this set of books so I could read them all. just a few quick memo’s on this series. the first book “Graceling” is the only book in the series NOT named after the main character (not important at all but I thought it was interesting) there is only one character who links all three of these books (and you will be surprised who it is). the labelling for this series is a little tricky. first you have Graceling. then you have Fire, which is a “companion” to Graceling. Finally you have Bitterblue which is a “sequel” to Graceling and a “companion” to Fire. when you add in the fact that the books are not even in chronological order working out how to read them gets a bit tricky. I would recommend them reading them in order of release date.

*** these reviews may contain spoilers***

Series Rating 4.5 Stars

Graceling ~ Kristin Cashore

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Rating 5 Stars

There is really very little not to like with this book. I Love Katsa (who doesn’t love a kick butt heroine?) Po is a sweetie and I love how as the story progresses, rather than changing, the characters merely become more of who they are. As is the case with any book with more than one kingdom it can be tricky to keep them all sorted. That being said the ones you need to know stand out and you are given all the information to keep those three sorted. Plus the whole basis of the story, being “graced” was just genius. I am a little disappointed that I wont be hearing more of Katsa and Po but I am glad that I still get to delve into this realm again.

Quotes

“I’m not going to wear a red dress,” she said.
“It would look stunning, My Lady,” she called.
She spoke to the bubbles gathered on the surface of the water. “If there’s anyone I wish to stun at dinner, I’ll hit him in the face.”

“Perhaps I can stay by the fire and mend your socks and scream if I hear any strange noises.”  

“And I suppose it never occurred to you to start small. If I told you my roof needed rebuilding, you’d start by knocking down the house.”  

“‘It’s quite boring really, the way you beat me to death with your hands and feet, Katsa. It’ll be refreshing to have you come at me with a knife.”  

Fire ~ Kristin Cashore

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Rating 4.5 stars

this book takes place in a neighbouring kingdom about 40 years before Graceling, that being said it is still most defiantly written to be read afterwards, although if you had not read Graceling you would still be able to follow the story (but there are spoilers). the prologue gives the back story of one of the prominent characters from Graceling but after that you don’t hear about anything linking the two books until just over halfway through, until this point I almost thought that putting this book in the same series was merely done to capitalise on what a wonderful book it was as the lore in the two books is so different. While not as good as the first book I certainly was not disappointed with this sequel. the relationships in this book were dynamic and interesting and often (but not always) I only caught onto a twist just before it happened, although I have to wonder if there was any normal functioning relationships in this story. with yet another heroine dead set against marriage (although in Fire’s case in particular I can understand why) I do wonder what Cashore has against it… needless to say I will probably be shocked by a wedding when it does happen (now that I have said it probably happens in the next book).

Quotes

“Great! He has indigestion, so let’s torture him with cake.”  

“There will be no yelling at people who are bleeding themselves to unconsciousness.”  

“I know this is a war, but the rest of us are trying to pretend it’s a party.”  

“We’re going to win this war, you know, now that our army’s together. But the world doesn’t care who wins. It’ll go on spinning, no matter how many people are slaughtered.” After a moment, he added. “I almost wish it wouldn’t, if we aren’t allowed to go on spinning with it.”

Bitterblue ~ Kristin Cashore

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Rating 3.5 Stars

This book was the longest book in the series and yet I felt that despite that it did not tell as much as either Fire or Graceling. while Katsa and Fire were strong and adventurous, having enough money and power to buy themselves freedom but not enough to bind them. I felt Bitterblue as a queen was mostly not able to take these adventure as even she bemoaned. therefore all that was left to make the story move forward was political intrigue… which I found to be mostly quite predictable. Bitterblue is shown as being Smart and yet from the beginning of the book she lets her council members tell her what laws she should be passing, or what information she should find important, she is nothing but a puppet. finally while both Graceling and Fire had a beautiful love story weaved in, Bitterblue despite the length and two candidates never actually reached the romance (which is funny coming from the only character so far that is open to marriage).
on the other hand this book did tie up all the loose ends from the other two books (even if it finished with more lose ends than we started with) and it also brought all the books together. Also despite all the bad I have said about it, this was still an enjoyable read only brought down by my high expectations given to me by the rest of this series.

Quotes

“Bacon improved things dramatically.”  

“His name was Death. It was pronounced to rhyme with “teeth”, but Bitterblue liked to mispronounce it by accident on occasion.”  

“Only a person with the true heart of a dictionary-writer would be lying in bed, three days after being stabbed in the gut, worrying about his P’s.”  

“I wish people would stop hitting Po,” whispered Bitterblue.
“Well,”  Giddon said.  “Yes.  I’m hoping Skye is following my model.  Punch Po; go on a long trip; feel better; come back and make up.”

“How acutely sometimes the presence or absence of people mattered”  

Series Review: The Vincent Boys

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the reason I picked up these books was the cute bright covers unfortunately, for me at least, this was a case of don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

Series Rating 1.5 Stars

The Vincent Boys ~ Abbi Glines

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Rating 1.5 Stars

This book was an interesting enough read. But as far as stories about love triangles go this one was very lopsided. For most of the book I hated Ashton because she loved Beau, He loved her and she was willing to cheat on Sawyer but not break up with him because it would be bad for her reputation… yes you heard her right apparently cheating is better than a break up. This ended up hurting everyone involved and just made a huge mess in general. That being said I loved when Beau took over the story he is charming and bad ass but still a genuinely sweet guy, Sawyer however was shown as mostly one dimensional stereotypical boring “prince charming” character. I am hoping the next story sees him grow as he and Lena are obviously meant to be together… in this world where opposites clearly don’t attract

The Vincent Brothers ~ Abbi Glines

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GAHH what is it with this series? after reading the first book i hoped for something more from sawyer. for him to be given more depth, to be more than just prince charming. and he was… he became a Royal pain in the ass. for most of this book he is a JERK. not only does he knowingly play with Lana’s feelings but he willingly admits that before she changed herself for him she was ugly… hmm wait hold up… isn’t that exactly why it didn’t work out with Ashton? because she CHANGED HERSELF FOR HIM… I thought they were cute together in the last book … now that I have heard Sawyers thoughts not so much Lana on the other hand I liked, she was sweet kind and just a little bit broken. not only that, she went after what she wanted and was strong enough to walk away when something was not good for her. as the only 2 redeeming characters I am firm in the belief that Lana and Beau should just run off and be happy together (if it wasn’t for the fact that they would both be miserable because they like their jerky partners)… that being said the end of the book brought some sweet moments even if things wrapped up just that bit too nicely.

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Series Review: Paranormalcy

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Series Rating 4.5 Stars

Paranormalcy ~ Kiersten White

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Rating 5 Stars

reasons i love this book.
1) the vampires are vampires
2) the wearwolves are wearwolves
… you get the point. not only that but the newly created paranormal creatures are interesting as well. this book became the first thing i bought online because i loved it so much and could not find it anywhere.the story is broken nicely with humour that is cleverly belivable despite how weird the quotes may be without the context.
“sometimes I put my license inside my locker, and it’s so cool I worry that the whole thing might explode with the sheer coolness of it all.”

Supernaturally ~ Kiersten White

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Rating 4 Stars

This is one of those books i enjoyed more the second time I read it. The first time I was kind of screaming at Evie for her stupid choices… but this time I read it and I got them. Finding out your boyfriend is immortal is bound to mess with your head. And under these conditions i can understand where she comes from completely. While not as good as the first this book pulls me in and makes me anxious to read the next chapter in this amazing series.

Endlessly ~ Kiersten White

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Rating 4.5 Stars

my first thought when i picked up was (… ok i admit it was oooh pretty but right after that)the name doesn’t match the other 2 in the series (i started calling it lendlessly see what i did there)… but once i started reading it i completely forgot about the name. this is a beautiful conclusion to the series but i admit i may be a tad disappointed with how they delt with Lends immortality… although it is refreshingly different way. (spoiler)  with the discovery of Evei’s ability to grow her own soul based on love i fully expected her to be able to last for as long as she was with lend… rather then him losing his immortality… at least i think he did everything was happening so fast at the end and (End spoiler) it was 3 am by the time i finished, it’s not like i could put the book down. my only complaint is that everything ended to happily… i was expecting more of a tragically beautiful ending like the real ending of Destined by Aprilynne Pike but we all know i was way to invested in the characters to be actually disappointed.

on a side note i have decided that Evei’s choice to only take “parts” of the soul is sooo much creepier that Vivian taking the whole thing. if we look at the souls as just life energy my first thought is the torcher machine from The Princess Bride or if we look at it as actually souls first thought is Voldemort and his horcrux’s … either way sooo creepy and not soo good…

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Series Review: Hush Hush

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Hush Hush was a series I didn’t start reading until all 4 books were out. As such when I bought it I got this lovely hard cover box set. As a note for anyone getting this box set the box is probably a fraction too small making getting books out or putting them in a slight challenge. Also the painted title on my copy at least chips off so handle with care. That being said they are such pretty books.

Series Rating 3.5 stars

Hush Hush ~ Becca Fitzpatrick

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Rating 4 stars

Well to say I am sick of angel books would be an understatement. I have seen this book so many times and not picked it up because I thought I would be just another Fallen which while I enjoyed it well enough did not pull me in that much. But after a few strongly worded recommendations I finally picked up a copy. My first thought was Twilight I mean why do they always meet the dark and mysterious stranger in biology? But the more I read it the more it drew me in. the characters are complex and compelling and leave you wondering who is the bad guy in this story right until the end. Only kicking myself that I didn’t get my hand on the second one before I started reading because now I have to wait. although I do feel the need to vent about that stupid coach who did not take the claim of sexual assault seriously… how did he not get fired… or at least face some sort of repercussions when he encouraged it in front of the whole class.

Crescendo ~ Becca Fitzpatrick

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Rating 4 stars

This book did something really impressive that does not happen often… it surprised me. It may not seem like much but usually by the time I get half way through a book I know pretty much how it is going to end. I think I realised what was happening in this book only a moment before Nora … and then I was left kicking myself because that means I am just a stupid as her. The second book in a paranormal Romance almost always seems to include a separation. What I loved about this was that I was of Nora’s own doing (weather or not she had good reason). The other wonderfully pleasant thing was that Patch was still around so we didn’t get the twilight style moaning and depression.

Silence ~ Becca Fitzpatrick

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Rating 2.5 stars

This was my least favourite of the series so far. While the memory loss was interesting and had potential I didn’t lose my memory so I still knew exactly what was going on and so I got irritated at her for being so slow. also after all the emphasis placed on the ring in the last book I would have like if that played some role in Nora realising who Patch was. The other component I found missing from this book was the mystery in the first 2 books we knew there was a mysterious bad guy but we didn’t know who it was until the end. In this book we knew who the bad guy was from the last chapter of Crescendo which I found really diminished the suspense although having her unable to escape him knowing who he was, was a nice touch. Although I am hoping that the last book reverts back to the feel of the first two.

Finale ~ Becca Fitzpatrick

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Rating 3.5 stars

As I hoped this book was reminiscent of the first two books with unexpected twists and turns that I may not have seen coming until they were nearly upon me. I am admittedly more confused about Nephlim aging and immortality than I was when I started reading this book there just seems too many contradictions for my head to wrap around. The ending of the series I was a little disappointed in but it still was a compelling read and I am happy that the series returned to its strength rather than just petering out.

Series Review: The Iron Fey

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Series Rating 4 Stars

The Iron King ~ Julie Kagawa

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Rating 3 Stars

While slow in parts this book is the begining of one of my favourite “Fey” series. the idea of “Iron fey” is intriguing and believable and allows a fresh twist on these tales. Modernising while still keeping the roots. the love triangle between puck ash and Meghan is refreshingly believable and Grimilkin plays the role of the all knowing guide well. after all he is a cat.

Winter’s Passage ~ Julie Kagawa

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Rating 3 Stars

was pleasantly surprised by this novella. In my experience novellas that are part of a series often feel rushed and fail to capture the tone, the essence of the rest of their series. I found winters passage read like bonus chapters. Sure there was the overarching storyline of the “Hunter” and reaching Tir Na Nog but it felt just like the smaller more manageable storylines you find in the original Iron king e.g. Puck and Meghan traveling to the Summer Court. It may be just that Kagawa’s style translates well into this format but the care that was taken is evident the perfect little teaser before I launch myself into The Iron Daughter

The Iron Daughter ~ Julie Kagawa

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Rating 4 Stars

This is the book where everything changes. In The Iron King good and evil was fairly clear cut. Iron fey were very evil, unseelie especially evil, all fey in general were evil. Puck was good, Grimalkin Was good and Ash was mostly good. This book starts to show them for what they truly are just different sides of a war. With the introduction of the idea that maybe not all iron fey are evil, that Ash just might be and with fey in general risking their lives to defend her Meghan suddenly has to revaluate her judgement on these people. Even Meghan isn’t constant with frightening new powers that leave you wondering just which side she is truly on

The Iron Queen ~ Julie Kagawa

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Rating 4 Stars

War has broken out between the Iron fey and the old bloods. Meanwhile a similar war wages inside Meghan as her iron and summer glamour clash. Thrown out of the nevernever for her love of prince Ash Meghan finds herself perused by the iron fey claiming to protect her or bring her to the false king. But every war has it’s casualties and Meghan needs to decide what side she is on and what Price is too big to pay for victory.

This is one of those series that just keep getting better I put off rereading it because I forgot just how wonderful the series gets the first book is enjoyable but this is Magic.

Summer’s Passage ~ Julie Kagawa

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Rating 3 Stars

as far as novellas go this one was quite good. unlike winters passage it did not feel like an extention of the books or a bonus chapter although that is mainly because the story was told be one Robin Goodfellow. the voice was charming and a refreshing change from meghan (not that i don’t still love her)

The Iron Knight ~ Julie Kagawa

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Rating 4 Stars

this book automatically felt out of place to the rest of the series (a new narrator will do that) that being said it was interesting to get a look into Ash’s mind and I am glad that Meghan’s story ended where it did. I am currently sitting here trying to work out which ending is more tragic and I think I decided on this one because the worst case scenario literally brought tears to my eyes. However it comes with a hope that it may not come to pass. Kagawa has spun a beautiful series with just the right amount of heartbreak. (on the other hand after all the obsession with the iron glamour being shared by marriage i don’t see why they didn’t just marry and have it all be tied up in a neat little bow. this may be a better ending but not for the characters)

The only thing I found lacking was Meghan in this book. While I fall for ash in the first 3 books and therefor want him to be with Meghan by the end this book never quite explains to me what was so special about her. And considering the sacrifice he plans to make I want to know why especially when there is an alternative that makes more sense (if I hadn’t been in Meghan’s head for the past 3 books).

Iron’s Prophecy ~ Julie Kagawa

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Rating 2 Stars

This was my least favourite of the novellas in this series. That being said it was still a wonderful read. Unlike the others this novella defiantly felt it had a purpose. To make you read the spin-off series “the call of the forgotten” the worst part of it was that it worked no sooner had I finished this did I pick up The Lost Prince and start reading despite being after midnight. It did shed a little bit more light on ash’s situation and led me to be able to hope for a happy ending. I guess what happens in this spinoff will really determine for me if Ash & Meghan get their happy ending… although what I love about Kagawa is I doubt it. Just when Ash and Meghan are brought together they here this prophecy that rips their perfect world apart. There is no such thing as a happy ending life continues past the edges of the story.~ ooh look at me getting all deep…. LOOK WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO ME

The Iron Legends ~ Julie Kagawa

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this book is a collection of the 3 novellas (winter, summer and iron) but it also contains some bonus material.

The info stuff at the end while interesting doesn’t actually give you much if you have actually read the series. Like I had by the time I had finished “iron’s prophecy” or else if you read it earlier it contains spoilers so I am not entirely sure of the point of it. What I found great was just as I was thinking this I came across Grimalkin and he jumps in (interrupting his description) saying basically everything I was thinking.

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