Savor

Savor ~ Kate Evangelista

(Vicious Feast #1)

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Rating 4.5 Stars

Blurb

Mature and explicit content. Not recommended for readers below 18-years-old. Yup, you’ve got to be that old to read my story. Consider yourself warned.

I’m Dakota Collins, a tough talking, eye patch wearing, workaholic photography student. Why am I important? Well, maybe because I get to spend an entire month with Vicious, only the sickest indie rock band out there.

You see, I needed a subject for my Spring Showcase introspective in order to graduate. During a chance encounter at a club I’d been sent to cover for the Daily Gossip, our ironically named college paper, the features writer I usually teamed up with introduced me to the band—by accident, I might add. It involved a run in with a scary, bald bodyguard. Anyway, long story short, I signed a contract to take pictures of Vicious.

I should have known their handsome yet way too serious for his own good bassist, Luka Visraya, wouldn’t be able to keep his hands to himself. He’s gorgeous and all, but the way he smiles spelled trouble with a capital L. I’m in for a long month with him around.

Crazy shit happens and then some. So, if you want the skinny on Vicious and the events revolving around my stay at Lunar Manor, read my story.

Again, refer to the warning above.

Review

If you have been a regular on this blog you may be familiar with Kate Evangelista and how much I love her work. so when she asked me to review her latest book Savor I jumped at the chance. and I was not disappointed with this being my favorite of hers so far.

Savor walks the line between contemporary new adult and paranormal romance making it the perfect book for lovers of either wanting to branch into the other.  however I would have found the paranormal aspect unnecessary were it not for the realization  (which I must admit occurred very belatedly {well i did suspect when i first saw the cover but quickly forgot about it when i started the book}) that this book was a companion to Taste (although in my defense it has been a while since I read it {77 books to be exact}). the paranormal elements to this novel were kept subtle with only small hints suggesting there was something more than normal happening until the end… which left me wishing I had the sequel in my hands now.

Dakota was a wonderful female lead strong sure and kick butt, however still vulnerable and damaged she was able to hold her own against Luka and having a character able to play off him and the rest of the strong characters that make up the band. while I had already formed a soft spot for Luka in Taste in this book I fell truly for him and his poor damaged soul.

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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.”

Taste

Taste ~ Kate Evangelista

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Rating 3 Stars

Blurb

At Barinkoff Academy, there’s only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans. When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.

Review

this was a very original paranormal romance and one that it actually took me a while to work out what the para-normals were were. The para-normals were cleverly thought out, with a detailed lore and history along with a complex society system that breathed truth into the story. As seems to be her style the author drops you right into the middle of it with very little idea of what is going on. while i do appreciate this style it can mean it can take me a while to get into the flow of the book and unfortunately that was the case with this book. while at about half way through they explain most of what is happening i stayed confused throughout. which considering the mind frame of our main character could admittedly be almost seen as a good thing. the authors usual style of split POV’s was missing and that may have been the reason i did not connect with the characters as much as in her other books. all in all this was a very good book that i am only even slightly disappointed in because i came in with high expectations from this wonderful author.

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Reaping Me Softly

Reaping Me Softly ~Kate Evangelista

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Rating 3.5 stars

Blurb

Ever since a near-death-experience on the operating table, seventeen-year-old Arianne Wilson can see dead people. Just as she’s learned to accept her new-found talents, she discovers that the boy she’s had a crush on since freshman year, Niko Clark, is a Reaper.

At last they have something in common, but that doesn’t mean life is getting any easier. All while facing merciless bullying from the most powerful girl in school, Arianne’s world is turned upside down after Niko accidentally reaps the soul of someone she loves. This sends them both into a spiral that threatens to end Arianne’s life. But will Niko break his own Reaper’s code to save her? And what would the consequences be if he did?

Review

this is one of those books that i must admit confused me in the beginning until i realised how all the characters fit together and then it was amazing. when i asked for this book to review i did it with no knowledge of what it was about only that it was by the wonderful Kate Evangelista and i must say i am glad i did not read the blurb because on reading it after the book i was disappointed in how much is given away. that being said the book was wonderful, while paranormal romances may be a huge trend reapers are not common and this gave the book such an original set of possibilities. I love Arianne’s strength which is also fairly unusual when a mere mortal is placed alongside the paranormal love interest. while Niko was just that little bit too perfect for me he still made an interesting romantic lead with his job being enough to separate him from other male leads. one of my favourite touches was the split POV throughout the stories, not just between the romantic leads as is becoming so common, but also through the eyes of death himself.  and with that ending i am not ashamed to admit i am itching for the sequel.

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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: 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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