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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 🙂

soul screamer

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

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

covet 1

4-stars

Covet (Novel of the Fallen Angels #1)- J.R Ward

Synopsis:

Redemption isn’t a word Jim Heron knows much about-his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. And failure is not an option.

Vin DiPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he’s good with that-until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior. And then he meets a woman who will make him question his destiny, his sanity, and his heart-and he has to work with a fallen angel to win her over and redeem his own soul.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book.  I thought that the storyline was original and well thought out.  There were only a couple things that I wish were different: 1.  It took me over 40 pages to get into it and I really had to push myself, but once I did, I was hooked.  2.  There really wasn’t any clear descriptions of the characters (if there was, I totally missed it) which made it very hard to picture anyone.

Keep in mind this is only the first book so I am only going off what I have read so far…the formula for this SEEMS to be that each book will be a new set of characters, except for the main fallen angels and demons.  I don’t know how I feel about that since you spend an entire book falling for the “victim/s”, for lack of a better word, only to leave them behind in the end.

It is a relatively fast paced book which makes it an easy read although it is long (at least to me it was…it took me 2 days to finish), 482 pages.

I would recommend to adults who like paranormal/fallen angel/supernatural romance books.  There is pervasive language and sex.

List of Books in Order:

Covet

Crave

Envy

Rapture

Possession Expected Publication Date: Oct. 1, 2013

evermore 3

3 stars

Dark Flame (Immortals #4) – Alyson Noel

Synopsis:

Ever is trying to help Haven make the transition into life as an immortal. But with Haven drunk on her new powers and acting recklessly, she poses the ultimate threat — exposing their secret world to the outside. But Ever’s struggle to keep the Immortals hidden only propels Haven closer to the enemy: Roman and his evil companions.

At the same time, Ever delves deeper into dark magick to free Damen from Roman’s power. But when her spell backfires, it binds her to the one guy who’s hell-bent on her destruction. Now there’s a strange, foreign pulse coursing through her, and no matter what she does, she can’t stop thinking about Roman — and longing for his touch. As she struggles to resist the fiery attraction threatening to consume her, Roman is more than willing to take advantage of her weakened state…and Ever edges closer and closer to surrender.

Frantic to break the spell before its too late, Ever turns to Jude for help, risking everything she knows and loves to save herself — and her future with Damen…

Review:

First let me start off by saying…I loved the first 3 books but this one fell flat for me.  It took me over a week to get this one finished where normally it takes me about a day or two to read a book.  I just could not get into it.  I felt like most of this book was filler.

To me, there was really never a build up or climax with this book so I was kind of disappointed with that.  Also, the way that “Ever’s” friends treat her gets really old and it is kind of infuriating that these characters act this way.

Alyson’s writing style is, however, easy to follow and normally fun to read.

If you have already started reading the series then please continue because it was only this book that slowed it down for me…the rest are fantastic 🙂

List of Books in Order:

Evermore

Blue Moon

Shadowland

Dark Flame

Night Star

Everlasting

wicked 5

4-stars

Wicked Fate (Wicked #1) – Tabatha Vargo

Synopsis:

What if you lived in fear of yourself?

For Mage McPherson being afraid of herself is just the norm. Thanks to that fear, being a loner in a small town never bothered the mysterious Mage. Once she received her secret abilities, she figured being alone was the safest way to be. That all changes during her sophomore year at Summerville High when Adam, her equally mysterious secret crush, starts to notice her.

Afraid that she might harm Adam, Mage must learn to either control or deny herself. With Adam by her side she’s more powerful than she’s ever been, but is she powerful enough to defeat her worst nightmare? She learns a hard lesson about love and magic when her destiny comes to collect.

Review:

I received a copy of this book from the author because I won a Goodreads giveaway 🙂  I am so glad I entered because I loved this book and can’t wait for the 2nd!  I had received it a month or so ago but I have so many books to read I didn’t pick it up until today (9-03-13).  I got this one read in one day 🙂  I didn’t want to put it down!

In the beginning I had a hard time releating to “Mage” because she was a loner and misfit but the more I read the more I liked her.  I easily fell for her love interest “Adam” because he was a very caring and romantic person and it did not come across as sappy.  I could easily see the attraction and passion between them.

It is a little slow to start but that was ok, the story picks up and keeps your attention.  There is ALOT of inner dialogue from “Mage” which can kinda make you feel like the story is not moving but it’s not too bad.  I wish the 2nd book was already out but to my dismay it is not.

The only thing I really wish is that there was more background information given.

I would recommend this for teens and young adults…there is a little language but not overly done.  There is no sex although it is hinted at.

List of Books in Order:

Wicked Fate (Wicked #1)

Wicked Hope (Wicked #2) Releasing Sept. 15, 2013