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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

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

accidentally 1

5 stars

Accidentally in Love With…A God? – Mimi Jean Pamiloff

Synopsis:

Twenty-two-year-old Emma Keane has a secret friend. He’s powerful, mysterious, and devastatingly handsome. In her dreams, anyway.

In real life, he’s an enigma. Maybe just a teensie jealous. Definitely overbearing. He’s also a voice only she can hear.

So who or what is he? He won’t say. But if she wants to be free, to be normal, Emma will have to trek to the jungles once ruled by the Mayans and find the forgotten ruin holding the answers.

However, the ruthless deity she’s about to unknowingly unleash on the modern world might not be so easily extracted from her life. Bottom line, he’s got enemies, and now, so does she.

Review:

I loved this book!  It is hilarious and it made me LOL several times.  This book is full of passion whether it be from angry flirting or all out fighting or just plain sexual tension.  The main character “Emma” is super stubborn and sarcastic and she is great with the one-line comebacks and name calling.  She is a strong female character which I enjoy.  “Guy” is overbearing and egotistical but it works for him and gives him an un-attainable aire about him.

The pace of the book is fast and kept me reading, I couldn’t put it down.  There is backstory thrown in to help you understand why things ended up the way they did in the present and I found that very helpful and imformative.  I personally like flashbacks because it has always made me feel like I was being “shown” the past instead of someone just telling me it happened (if that makes sense).

I would recommend this for young adults and up…there is language and lots of sexual situations.

List of Books in Order:

Accidentally in Love With…A God?

Accidentally Married to…A Vampire?

Sun God Seeks…Surrogate?

Accidentally…Evil? (#3.5 Novella)

Vampires Need Not…Apply?

Accidentally…Cimil? (#4.5 Novella)

Accidentally…Over?

wicked lovely 1

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

matched 3

3 stars

Reached (Matched 3) – Ally Condie

Synopsis:

After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again. Cassia is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again. 

Review:

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I enjoyed this book.  It was a great way to finish the series.  I do wish there was a little more of what happens after but it still ended well for me.  I am still a little hesitant on this becoming a movie (at least the first book).  Disney optioned it but I just can’t see it translating very well.  I think it would have been a better twist had the “Pilot” turned out to be someone you already knew and never would have guessed.  There was never really any “holy crap” moments.

The pace of this book was much better and it kept my attention.  I finished it in 4 days.  Normally I finish a book every 2-3 days so it wasn’t bad.  The characters are much better developed and I cared for them more in this book.  There probably should have been a little more “meant to be” emotions between “Cassia” and “Ky”, they never came across to me as star-crossed lovers.

I did like how every chapter was a different characters POV.  It really made you feel like you got every side of the story as it went.  That was one driving factor for me.  I kept reading to get back to certain character’s chapters and what they were going through.

Overall the story of this series is original (at least to me and what I have read in the past).  The pace is somewhat slow in some places.

I would recommend this for pre-teen and teen.  There was no language I can remember and no sex.  It is an easy read.

List of Book in Order:

Matched

Crossed

Reached

matched

3 stars

Matched (Matched #1)- Ally Condie

Synopsis:

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Review:

I gave this 3 stars because the premise is great, it’s just the story is soooo slow.  I was expecting something along the lines of Hunger Games…not so much 😦

The characters were so “Stepford” in this…there was no emotion, not even from the “Officials”.  They never got angry at anyone even when they disobeyed.

I picked this up at the library because it had a beautiful cover.  Nothing really ever happened. About the last 3 chapters is what really had me wanting to read the next book.
The book cover boasts “tons of romance” but I didn’t see it. There was only stolen glances here and there but nothing to really make me swoon.

I understand that this series was optioned for a movie but I just don’t see how that can work. There was no action in the story to move the plot forward. It was all about the human condition. Like I said, great premise just really bad pace. I would love to have had more back story on the government and the main characters.

I will probably still finish out the series just because I can’t stand to NOT finish a series and it really is an easy read. It took me about a day and a half to finish.

I would recommend this for pre-teen and teens.   It’s an easy read.  There was no language, no sex…and as far as I can remember only 2-3 kisses.

List of Books in Order:

Matched (Matched #1)

Crossed (Matched #2)

Reached (Matched #3)

evermore 4

3 stars

Night Star (Immortals #5) – Alyson Noel

Synopsis:

Haven still blames Ever for the death of her boyfriend Roman, no matter how hard Ever’s tried to convince her it was an accident. Now she’s determined to take Ever down…and destroy Damen and Jude along the way. Her first step is to tear Ever and Damen apart — and she has just the ammunition to do it.

Hidden in one of Ever’s past lives is a terrible secret about Damen — a secret that illuminates new facts about her relationship with Jude, but that’s so dark and brutal it might be enough to drive her and Damen apart once and for all. As Ever faces her greatest fears about the guy she wants to spend eternity with, she’s thrust into a deadly clash with Haven that could destroy them all.

Now it’ll take everything she’s got — and bring out powers she never knew she had — to face down her most formidable enemy. But in order to win, she must first ask herself: Is her own survival worth dooming Haven to an eternity of darkness in the Shadowland? And will learning the truth about Damen’s past hold the key to their future?

Review:

These books have gotten VERY mixed reviews and I understand why.  I think they would have been so much better had they been planned a little better and shortened to maybe 3 or 4 books.

This book was so much better than #4.  It has a slightly faster pace and “Ever” finally starts to grow up and act like an adult.  This series does tend to drag a little and there is A LOT of meditation, crystals, balance, ect to get through.  It felt a little “new age-y”, if that’s a word.

I did find that in the synopsis it states that “Damen” hides a very big secret that could destroy everything but I didn’t think it was that big nor would it have been a deal-breaker.  That was a little mis-leading, to me anyway.  The truth was kind of a let down.

I still have no real connection to any of the characters but that’s ok.  I think the basic storyline is good but it is taking way to long to get there.

I still would recommend to young adults and teens who are looking for a fast, uncomplicated read.

No real language and only hinting at sex.

List of Books in Order:

Evermore

Blue Moon

Shadowland

Dark Flame

Night Star

Everlasting