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Sorry it has been awhile since I have posted but I wanted to wait until I had read the whole series before giving my reviews 🙂

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4-stars

Soul Screamers Series #1-7 – Rachel Vincent

Synopsis of Each Book:

#1 My Soul To Take:

She doesn’t see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next.

#2 My Soul To Save:

When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.

So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn’t wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can’t cry for someone who has no soul.

The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad’s ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend’s loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can’t possibly understand.

Kaylee can’t let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk..

#3 My Soul To Keep:

Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them.

Until something does.

Demon breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked.

And so is someone else…

#4 My Soul To Steal:

Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just pretend nothing happened. But “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

#5 If I Die:

The entire school’s talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee’s no ordinary high-school junior. She’s a banshee—she screams when someone dies.

But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

Yeah—it’s a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee’s going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend’s needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren’t quite human, either.

But Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.

Anything.

#6 Before I Wake:

I died on a Thursday, killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul.

The good news? He didn’t get it.

The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school…

Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent “recovering,” she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend.

But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won’t keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn’t just gambling with her own life….

#7 With All My Soul:

What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It’s time to kick some hellion butt…

After not really surviving her junior year (does “undead” count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She’s going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.

But then she meets Wrath and understands that she’s closer to the edge than she’s ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can’t save everyone she loves without risking everything she has..

REVIEW:

I really enjoyed this series.  It was fast paced enough to keep your attention and the story didn’t suffer.  I felt like it was very well planned out and really enjoyed how each book was a continuation of the overall storyline.  It felt like everything that happened, happened to further the story…it never felt like it was just another “episode” of a TV show (if that makes sense).

I liked the main character “Kaylee”, she was very stubborn and independent and that is always refreshing.  “Tod” was dark, somewhat demented and selfless, he was probably my favorite character.  I could not get enough of him.  “Kaylee’s” group of friends were very diverse and well created, they were very easy to imagine and also either love or hate.

Here are some of the cons of the book: 1. the plot is somewhat guessable which is ok with me but just thought you should know 🙂  2. the world is very limited and there was very little thought placed into the imagining of it. 3.  Some of “Kaylee’s” questions/reactions leave you thinking “really???”

But all in all I think the story was original Bean Sidhes *pronounced Banshee, Reapers, Demons, psychic parasites, ect.

I could not put these books down, thank goodness I had ordered them all at the same time!

It is a very easy read, I think I got all 7 books done in 2 weeks.  These books are not meant to be intellectual they are simply meant to entertain and they certainly did for me!

Recommended for teens and young adults, there was some language but not much and there were some sexual situations but nothing that was explained in detail.

List of Books in Order:

My Soul to Lose (Novella # 0.5)

My Soul to Take

My Soul to Save

My Soul to Keep

Reaper (Novella #3.5)

My Soul to Steal

A Day in the Afterlife of Tod (Novella #4.1)

If I Die

Never to Sleep (Novella #5.5)

Before I Wake

With All My Soul

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soul 1

4-stars

My Soul To Take (Soul Screamers #1) – Rachel Vincent

Synopsis:

She doesn’t see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book.  I can’t remember reading anything like it before.  It contains Irish folklore and myth with does allow for fleshed out explanations.

It is a a very easy read.  I read it in about 6 hours.  I found it to be very light…meaning there wasn’t a whole lot of back-story or imagery which was fine with me, that is what I was looking for when I picked this up.

The characters were kind of 1 dimensional but I still liked them.  I think “Tod” was my favorite and I hope to see him more in the rest of the series.  Each character is very different you have the stuck up egotistical cousin, the hot jock guy, the girl who doesn’t think she’s beautiful and the best friend who sticks it out and believes.

I did like how “Kaylee” was lied to but when she confronted the person about it they told her the truth.  That is always a pet peeve of mine that a lie can go on throughout an entire book book before someone gives up and spills the beans.  Especially when, you as a reader, know everything that goes on in the book, it can be very irritating.  I never understood that.

List of Books in Order:

My Soul to Save (Novella #.05)

My Soul to Take

My Soul to Save

My Soul to Keep

Reaper (Novella #3.5)

My Soul to Steal

A Day in the Afterlife of Tod (Novella #4.1)

If I Die

Never to Sleep (Novella #5.5)

Before I Wake

With All My Soul

hereafter 1hereafter 2 hereafter 3

4-stars

(4 stars as a complete series)

Hereafter (Hereafter #1) & Arise (Hereafter #2) & Elegy (Hereafter #3)- Tara Hudson

Hereafter Synopsis:

Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead. With no recollection of her past life, or her actual death, she’s trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won’t want to miss.

Arise Synopsis:

Every second he spent with me, every instant he touched me was like a slow-working poison… I had to end this, now.

When dark spirits threaten to hurt the people Amelia cares for most, she will do whatever it takes to protect the.

Joshua has his own reasons for meeting Amelia at the New Orleans St Louis Number One cemetery at midnight.

Together they will join in a powerful ritual – both knowing that once Amelia steps inside the Voodoo Circle, everything will change, forever.

Elegy Synopsis:

A stalker ghost, misguided Seers, and spellbinding wraiths—Amelia Ashley has faced them all. Now her greatest hope is to spend the rest of her afterlife with her living boyfriend, Joshua. But the demonic forces return to give her an ultimatum: turn herself over to the darkness or watch them murder one living person per week until she does.

Amelia fears she might really be doomed, until the forces of light give her another option. She can join them in their quest to gather souls, with a catch: Once she joins them, she can never see Joshua again.

Faced with impossible choices, Amelia decides to take her afterlife into her own hands—and fight back

Hereafter Review:

I would give this 3 1/2 stars. It was a little depressing but the storyline was original albeit a little guess-able.
I could not identify with the main character, she rarely showed enough emotion for me which left me without a sense of her personality. It was a little cold.
I still don’t understand “why” there was such a connection to “Joshua”, why could she touch him for the first time when they were in the water. I guess I need to keep reading to find out 🙂

This book left me with more questions than it answered.  Thank goodness the other books have been released LOL

The pace was a little slow and the conflict felt forced. I never felt a true sense of danger until the end.

Arise Review:

I thought this was a much better planned book than the first one (which was a little slowly paced).
I enjoyed the New Orleans setting very much and the infusion of Voodoo traditions and religion.

The new characters introduced were easy to accept and identify with.

Each situation that changed throughout the story were needed and propelled the story forward.

I am enjoying this series and it seems original to me. I haven’t read anything like it anyway.

I would give this series a shot you may just enjoy yourself!

Elegy Review:

I absolutely loved this book although it is bitter sweet. I don’t want to give anything away and I may be alone in this but I did not see the end coming.

This book had a much faster pace and about 1/4 of the way through I could not put it down. I had to know what was going to happen.

I loved that you were able to see the growth of the characters throughout this series. “Amelia” went from sleepy to tiger, “Joshua” went from easy going to passionate (in more ways than one) and “Jillian” went from egotistical to compassionate and fierce.

I am sad that this journey is over especially the way it’s over but still it is a fantastic love story.

List of Books in Order:

Hereafter

Arise

Elegy

Delirium (Delirium #1)

Posted: February 13, 2014 in 4 Stars, Fiction

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4-stars

Delirium (Delirium #1) – Lauren Oliver

Synopsis:

Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It’s hard to be patient. It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.

Review:

I was sketchy about reading this because the last real dystopian I read was Matched and that really didn’t do it for me.  I was pleasantly surprised by this book.  There were some slow or repetitious parts to the story but it didn’t put me off.  I still had to know what was going to happen.  It closely resembles the series “Matched” in that the government controls everything, they are paired to their partners and there is a resistance but I must say I enjoyed this 1st book better than I did “Matched”, actually by a lot more!

The main character “Lena” can be a little timid and weak which can get annoying but I understand her fear. I also wish that there would have been more passion between “Lena” and “Alex” when they were together.  It kind of felt like a first date every time they were together, which didn’t make for great sexual tension especially the more they got to know each other.  There should have been more build up the more they fell for each other.

This story is not just about love as an emotion…it’s about how relationships do not function correctly without it.  The people who have been “cured” seem to be “step-ford wives”, there is no real emotion there much less love.

Oliver has created great character growth.  You can absolutely see the growth “Lena’s” character goes through in this book.  She goes from being a “lemming” to being strong, brave and independent.  It is quite a journey for her in the limited amount of time she has before being “cured”.

I don’t quite understand the why of curing the people and maybe I missed it but I don’t know what the point was in history or the cause that made them say “love is a disease, we must be cured of it” or maybe it’s explain later, I don’t know yet.

I am very glad I picked up this book at the library and I can’t wait until whoever has the 2nd book brings it back LOL (which is already overdue uuugghhh).

Also, from what I have been reading, this series is being developed for a TV show on Fox…you can read about it on Lauren Oliver’s site here.

I would recommend this for teens and up…there is minor language but no sex.

List of Books in Order:

Annabel (#0.5 novella)

Delirium

Hana (#1.5 novella)

Pandemonium

Raven (#2.5 novella)

Requiem

Alex (#3.5 novella)

wicked lovely 2

4-stars

Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely #2) – Melissa Marr

Synopsis:

Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.

Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.

The tattoo does bring changes and not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . . .

Review:

I enjoyed this book although it took me a little bit to get used to it because “Ash” and “Keenan” are not the main characters and going straight into it from the first book made me want to know more about them.  There were also a couple of times that I got confused with who was who because there were several characters involved and some of the names were hard to pronounce which made it a little harder.

The storyline was great though.  The pace was a little slower and there were a few grammatical errors  but these things didn’t hender the story.  I did enjoy seeing another view point and getting to know different characters.   I am not sure how I feel about the ending though.  I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone but I am very conflicted.

I would recommend this for teens and young adults or adults who just love paranormal/fantasy (like me).  I don’t remember any language and any sex was only hinted at not outright described.

List of Books in Order:

Wicked Lovely

Ink Exchange

Fragile Eternity

Radiant Shadows

Darkest Mercy

neverwhere

4-stars

Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

Synopsis:

Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.

Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.

Review:

I had a hard time with this book only because it is VERY odd.  It is very much like a grown-up dark version of Alice in Wonderland.  But it is about so much more than just the fantastical…it’s about love, friendship, homelessness, sacrifice, murder and community.This book was banned in a New Mexico school last year because of one parent deciding that ONE paragraph was too risque. That was a horrible move in my opinion.  This urban fantasy if a great read for anyone who loves Neil Gaiman, who loves urban fantasies or who just loves great storytelling.  Gaiman is a master storyteller.  The humor is right on, the characters are believable and the world is imaginative. Gaiman is very descriptive in his writing which makes his worlds very easy to picture and also get sucked into.

The villains of Neverwhere are decidedly creepy and have no morals or sympathy.  They are fantastic “bad guys”, the ones you would absolutely fear because there is no remorse or care there.

After reading this I can tell you that every time I look down a dark hallway or alley-way, into the shadows, I will be thinking and wondering if there is a portal or passage there, leading to a world that is beyond our own.  A world that is dark and dangerous and magical.

I would recommend this for teenagers and up who like urban fantasy, dark and gritty fantasy and lovers of great storytelling!  Like I said before there is one scene that is slightly risque but it serves a purpose.  There is also a couple f-bombs and other minor language (not a lot) but it is definitely worth the read!

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4-stars

Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1) – Melissa Marr

Synopsis:

Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty – especially if they learn of her Sight – and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention.
But it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.

Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr’s stunning twenty-first-century faery tale.

Review:

I want to start off by saying…I love Melissa Marr.  I had previously read Graveminder and Carnival of Souls, that was how I was introduced to her.  I decided to purchase Wicked Lovely  because I love Melissa Marr’s style.  I am so glad I did.  This book was fantastic.  I read this in 1 day.  The pace is fantastic, the characters are colorful and the story is well developed with a lot of faery lore.   This is not your typical love story either which was refreshing.  I don’t want to give away anything but it was a very satisfying result.

There were some editing/grammatical errors but nothing that would detract from the book.  I wish I would have read this one sooner.  I am glad I went ahead and purchased the 2nd book although the first book could stand alone if need be.

I am very interested to see who decided to pick up the series as a movie.  Universal had it optioned but dropped it (very disappointing).  Vince Vaughn’s production company is the one attached to the project and they keep renewing the option so right now they are shopping studios.  They have the script, director, producers and someother’s whose names are not yet public (which I took to mean there are some actors involved now).  Fingers crossed it won’t be too much longer!

Recommended for teens and young adults…I believe there were 2 “f bombs” and some hints at sex.  Nothing overly done.

List of Books in Order:

Wicked Lovely

Ink Exchange

Fragile Eternity

Radiant Shadows

Darkest Mercy