Archive for May, 2013

mortal 5

3 stars

Seirs (Soul Guardians #5) – Kim Richardson

I am still in the middle of this book so I will refrain from rating it just yet.  I just wanted to give an update of where I was.  I am about halfway through.  It is taking me a little longer to get through it because I just don’t feel this one.  😦  I am hoping the ending makes the book.  I will give a final review once I am finished!

**UPDATED**

Synopsis:

Having only just accomplished her last mission, Kara learns that the evil Seirs are slaughtering Sensitives that refuse to swear an allegiance to Lilith—the Netherworld’s princess and her diabolical half-sister. While on assignment, Kara discovers that Lilith is searching for an ancient weapon that can destroy mankind.

The Seirs’ army grows with every Sensitive they recruit— the odds of victory are grim. With the help of her friends, Kara finds herself on another dangerous mission entrusted to her. But can Kara find the weapon before Lilith annihilates the entire human race?

Review:

Ok, I finished the book last night, finally.  I did not enjoy this one as much as the others.  It felt a little drawn out and like the author was grasping at straws.  I much prefer a series to take the ENTIRE series to tell one big story and not have every book be an “episode”.  I don’t know if that makes sense or not, it is kind of hard to explain.

I still enjoy the series in the long run it is just this one was a little bit of a let down.

There are still some grammar and spelling errors but it was not too bad.  I am still a little annoyed that the love story between “Kara” and “David” is still not developed.  “Kara” feels like “David” is her soul mate yet nothing has eluded to that at all.  They have only kissed once, that I can remember and there has been no hugging, holding hands, ect.  It feels like that part of the story has been forgotten.

There’s one more book to go so….HERE I GO!

List of Books in Order:

Marked

Elemental

Horizon

Netherworld

Seirs

Mortal

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mortal 4

4-stars

Netherworld (Soul Guardians #4) – Kim Richardson

Synopsis:

Kara had only just begun to enjoy her life as a mortal with David—when they are pulled back suddenly into the world of the supernatural. The Legion has made an important discovery: a new Elemental child, whose whereabouts are unknown. Kara immediately prepares herself for battle, and comes face to face with the evil Seirs—a group of mortals devoted to the Netherworld.

What’s worse, someone close to her is taken. Kara and her friends embark on another dangerous journey to seek out this child. But is this being really an Elemental—or something else entirely?

Review:

I was slightly disappointed with this book because I feel if “David” and “Kara” are so in love, soul mates, there should be more emotions between them.  There is nothing and it leaves me feeling as though they are only good friends.  There should be more passion, more stealing kisses when no one is looking, ect.  It is a little irritating.

The other thing that was a little disappointing was that it felt like “Kara” was along for the ride and only reacting to the things that were happening and not taking the lead to be the heroine she is supposed to be.

It is still a good continuation of the story but in someways it feels like the next episode in a tv series…kind of like in Charmed, how there was always something bigger and badder than the last bad guy.

On to the next!

List of Books in Order:

Marked

Elemental

Horizon

Netherworld

Siers

Mortal

mortal 3

4-stars

Horizon (Soul Guardians #3) – Kim Richardson

Synopsis:

Much to Kara’s horror, a horde of demons is released into the mortal world, through the Mirror of Souls. Thousands of human souls are dying every day. The Guardian Angel Legion works relentlessly at trying to secure the mortal world from Demons.

But when Kara discovers the truth behind the Demon Lord’s plans, can she return to Horizon safely and warn the Legion before it’s too late?

Review:

The best so far!  I just finished reading this one…I could not put it down.  The pace of this one is fast and even throughout the book.  Emotions run high through “Kara” inadvertently releasing demons all the way through to the epic battle of Heaven and Hell.  I don’t want to spoil anything so it’s hard to give examples.

Still a great read for teens and up…there is still explicit language and some of the descriptions of the battles can be a little gruesome.

NOW ON TO BOOK 4 🙂

List of Books in Order:

Marked

Elemental

Horizon

Netherworld

Seirs

Mortal

mortal 2

4-stars

Elemental (Soul Guardians #2) – Kim Richardson

Synopsis:

Kara is struck by lightning, dies (again) and once again ends up back in Horizon.  She accidentally hurts a fellow angel while training to use her new elemental power which gets her banished.  Her mother’s soul has been stolen by demons and Kara and her friends have to find it along with trying to save the mortal world.

Review:

I am still enjoying this series!  The author keeps up the pace with this book which holds your attention.  The plot twists are well thought out and well written.  It is definitely a page turner.

I wish though that the romance between “Kara” and “Daniel” would present itself more often than it does.  I just wish I could hear what the main characters were thinking.  I want there to be a little more passion and tension.  I am hoping since this series is so long that it will get there, I just hope it’s sooner rather than later.

Grammar and spelling still needs a little work but it doesn’t detract from the story.  The ending is a cliffhanger so be prepared to get the next book!

List of Books In Order:

Marked

Elemental

Horizon

Netherworld

Seirs

Mortal

mortal 1

4-stars

Marked (Soul Guardians #1) –  Kim Richardson

Synopsis:

Sixteen year-old Kara Nightingale’s ordinary life is suddenly turned upside down when she dies and wakes up in a strange new world with a new career—as a rookie for the Guardian Angel Legion. Kara is pulled into the supernatural, where monkeys drive the elevators, oracles scurry above giant crystal balls, and where demons feed on the souls of mortals.

With the help of her Petty Officer and friend, David, Kara hurtles towards an adventure that will change her life forever…

Review:

I loved this book.  It is a very original story.  The characters are very easy to fall in love with and root for.  I loved “David” and his smart-ass remarks to the Archangels, it was hilarious.  I also loved the creativity of the way the author envisioned “Horizon”.  The elevators are controlled by monkeys, chimps, baboons and apes (who by the way are very sarcastic and a little angry)…the sky cars are driven by birds (don’t forget to tip them, anything you have on you…a button will do).  The hierarchy of the legion is easy to understand.  At least in this first book there is not much understanding of the demon ranks or what exactly they do.

The story, to me anyway, kept a fast pace throughout the book.  Everytime “David” and “Kara” went on assignment the demons showed up.  In no way am I saying this book perfect but I think it’s a fun and easy read.  It kept my attention throughout.  I will definitely be finishing this series…it is a very entertaining read!

The only thing I had a small problem with was the 3rd person narrative mode.  It took a little getting used to since a lot of the books that I have been reading lately have been first person.  It wasn’t hard though and it definitely wasn’t a deal breaker.

**This would be fit for teenagers…there is only some mild language.

List of Books In Order:

Marked

Elemental

Horizon

Netherworld

Seirs

Mortal

You can get the Nook version (Marked: Soul Guardians #1) FREE (as of 05-13-2013) here

*The author is a retired 3D Animation Supervisor so she made a trailer for the book

die for me 2

3 stars

Until I Die (Revenants #2) – Amy Plum

Until I Die picks up with “Kate” and “Vincent” still trying to find a way to be together.  They continue their search for a way “Vincent” can resist the urge to die for humans.  “Vincent” begins a dangerous experiment and “Kate” goes off on her own trying to find someone who can help.

It keeps the same steady pace as the first book.  There is very little build up to anything, which is kind of a let down.  I am hoping the 3rd book (which is on it’s way to me now) will pick up the pace.

I am still enjoying the story it is just very mellow.  I prefer on fire passion, danger, sexual tension, LOTS of paranormal happenings, mythical worlds and I am just not getting any of that so far.  This series is probably only worth one read through and it will definitely not give me that “book hangover” feeling.

List of Books in Order:

Die For Me

Until I Die

If I Should Die

die for me 1

3 stars

Die For Me (Revenants #1) – Amy Plum

**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS**

I have to say that I am enjoying this series.  It is a very easy read at a steady pace. I finished book #1 in one night.  It is not overly exciting but it is a great story line.

I only have a couple of complaints but they are not deal breakers.

First…the main character “Kate” is not your typical strong heroine.  She is a human who has fallen for a “Revenant” named “Vincent”.  She is a little more demure than I like my main characters to be.

A “Revenant” is kind of like the undead/zombie/ghost but not really.  It’s kind of difficult to explain.  They are immortal beings that have a compulsion to die in place of humans.  They save their lives.  In return, they live forever.  If their original death occurs at the age of 17 then everytime they die afterward, they revert to that age.

Second…there is SOME conflict in the story with an opposite faction. “Revenants” save lives, “Numa” takes lives.  The “Numa” leader is named “Lucien” and he has apparently been “Vincent’s” nemesis for a VERY long time.  It just seemed to me that if this hatred between them has been going on for a LONG time and if it was as bad as “Vincent” made it out to be then it would be an extremely hard battle.  It just seemed to be way to easy and it made me wonder why it had taken decades to overcome the threat.  I think the author could have fleshed out the conflicts better and made them more epic.

The story is far more about the romantic relationship problems and how “Kate” and “Vincent” can overcome the issues of immortal and mortal.  It is very well thought out and you can identify with them easily.  It’s easy to put yourself in “Kate’s” shoes because I think everyone has, at some point, been interested in someone who might not be good for them.

It does remind me a little of Twilight (I never read the books and I probably never will, I just saw the movies)

If you are looking for an easy read or are looking for something for your teens then give this a try.  I don’t remember any bad words (at least in this first book) and there is only light kissing.

Books In Order:

Die For Me

Until I Die

If I Should Die