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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

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5 stars

The Keeper (Guardian Series #2) – Lynnie Purcell

Synopsis:

Clare has woken up in the desert with no memory of her past and no true direction, beyond the impulse to walk west.

With no clue to the trouble circling her, Clare is headed right where Odette wants her. To add to her a problems, an angel keeps trying to kill her, a Watcher named Jasmine wants to control her, and her only clue to understanding the future is to find a city that does not exist.

Review:

I can not begin to tell you how much I love this series and the previous Watcher series!  I have become obsessed with these characters!  Lynnie Purcell has such a great gift for storytelling.  I love every character she has created.

The wit in these books (as well as the Watcher Series) is just fantastic.  I have not felt that even one of these books has been filler.  Everything has had a purpose and the storyline has been very well planned and keeps your attention.

The only thing I have to complain about is that I wish there was more passion between “Daniel” and “Clare” and that really isn’t horrible for me.  I do however love the fact that the two characters do not feel the need to have to qualify/quantify their relationship every other page.  They are very comfortable and secure with each other and that is really refreshing.  A lot of books now-a-days seem to always have the two main characters who can’t trust the other to really be in love but Lynnie has managed to keep their relationship strong, independant, respectful of each other and never questioning.

I recommend this series for anyone who is a YA fan, Nephilim fan, supernatural romance fan or just a fan of great storytelling!  I can’t really remember any language so if there was it was minor and not pervasive.

I will say it again…SOMEONE SHOULD TAKE NOTICE AND MAKE THE WATCHERS SERIES AND THIS ONE INTO MOVIES!

List of Books in Order:

The Hunter (Guardian Series #1)

The Keeper (Guardian Series #2)

The Hunter Review

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4-stars

Torrent (River of Time #3) – Lisa T. Bergren

Synopsis:

Gabi and Lia Betarrini have learned to control their time travel, and they return from medieval Italy to save their father from his tragic death in modern times.
 
But love calls across the centuries, and the girls are determined to return forever—even though they know the Black Plague is advancing across Europe, claiming the lives of one-third of the population. In the suspenseful conclusion of the River of Time series, every decision is about life … and death.
Review:
I am in love with this series.  I would recommend this to ANYONE.  There is action, romance, betrayal.  The way the author meshed the present with the past in the form of the words they use and the actions they portray was perfect.
The love story between “Gabi” and “Marcello” made me wish for the days of chivalry.  I am not a touchy feely/ PDA type person but the interaction between makes you dream of that kind of relationship.
I think this book probably had the fastest pace of the 3.  I got through this one in half a day.  I just could not put it down.
I got all three books from the library but I can promise you that I WILL own these and re-read them from time to time.
There was no language, a little sex (after marriage) but it’s not graphic just implied. Some of the battle scenes can be graphic but it’s not too bad.
List of Books in Order:
Waterfall
Cascade
Torrent
Bourne (#3.1 Novella)
Tributary (#3.2 Novella)
Deluge (Fall Release 2013)

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4-stars

Waterfall (River of Time #1) – Lisa T. Bergren

Synopsis:

Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaeologist parents. Stuck among the rubble of the medieval castles in rural Tuscany, on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds…until Gabi places her hand atop a hand-print in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.

Review:

May Contain Spoilers

I am in love with this first book in the River of Time series.  I am not much for period romance novels but this one is captivating and relate-able.  The main character “Gabi” is such a strong female presence.  It is always refreshing to read a female character that stands up for herself, sword fights during a time when women were expected to keep out of harms way and is not afraid to be afraid and face it head on.

The story is very well researched and is magical in it’s own right.  It is an easy read, meaning, it doesn’t jump around and flows in a nice linear way.

If I had to relate it to something else I would probably say that it’s a cross between “Romeo and Juliet” and “Kate & Leopold” if Kate had been the one to go back in time.

I am totally in love with “Marcello”…the kind of man he represents and how he totally and completely falls for “Gabi” is an ultimate fantasy LOL

List of Books in Order:

Waterfall

Cascade

Torrent

Bourne (River of Time 3.1…an e-novella)

Deluge (Release Date TBA)

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4-stars

Unearthly (Unearthly #1) & Hallowed (Unearthly #2) – Cynthia Hand

Synopsis (Unearthly):

In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Synopsis (Hallowed):

For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn’t prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

Reviews:

OMG I can’t tell you how much I loved the first two books!  They are super addictive.  It was really easy to put yourself in “Clara’s” shoes and sympathize/empathize with her.  The storyline is compelling and relate-able although it is not a fast paced story.  The plot was fantastically planned out and easy to follow, meaning that every plot point is spaced out evenly so that you do not lose interest.  Things are revealed exactly when they are meant to be. Even though the pace was slow it is still captivating.

  I loved all the characters.  “Clara” is a fantastic main character.  The love triangle could have been written better, it was very predictable but still good to read.  The 2 guys involved were both fantastic in their own ways.  There was never a time when I was “woohoo, team Christian or woohoo, team Tuck”…I loved them both and that takes extraordinary writing skills.

Both books had me turning pages to see what would happen next. I finished both books in a day and a half.  I can’t wait to read the third.

The second book in particular was much more emotional than the first and it actually made me cry.  It was so sad and heartbreaking.  I won’t tell you why because that would be a MAJOR plot spoiler.

I would absolutely recommend this to ANYONE who loves stories about Nephilim, angels, paranormal romance, young adult, ect.  I don’t think that was any bad language, if there was it was a very small amount.  No sex, but lots of kissing.

List of Book in Order:

Unearthly

Hallowed

Radiant (Unearthly 2.5 Novella) takes place during the summer Italy trip with “Angela”

Boundless

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3 stars

The Summoning (Darkest Powers #1) – Kelley Armstrong

Synopsis:

My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost – and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? it’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House…before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

Review:

Okay, let me start off saying that once I finished this book I REALLY want to continue the series.  The only reason I have given it 3 stars is because it took more than 3/4 of the book to get me there.  It has ALOT of set-up to the story.

This book is kind of a cross between The Ghost Whisperer and Charmed.  It’s a great idea it just takes a little bit to get it going.  It almost felt like the author got trapped in an idea and didn’t know how to write her way out.

The main character “Chloe” can be a bit whiny and acts like a giant scaredy-cat and it can get a bit annoying but I still like her.  I know she is only 15 and I could only imagine being faced with the whole “talk to ghosts” thing that young (If it were a real thing LOL).

I only wish I had gone ahead and gotten the 2nd book in the series because HOLY CLIFFHANGER Jacob Marley!

It took me a day and half to read, which, for me was a long time.  Once the story took off, the pace was fantastic and the story really sucked me in.  Now I have to get the next!

I think that it was an enjoyable read and I would recommend if you are looking for something entertaining.

I would recommend for teens: very little language and no sex.  “Chloe” does get freaked out by reanimated dead and it is described but not often (I am easily scared and I didn’t get a major creep factor).

List of Books in Order:

The Summoning

Divided (#1.5  42 page Novella…the story filled in exactly the portion from where Derek left Chloe to when he found her again)

The Awakening

Disenchanted (#2.5  33 page Novella…The Story of Tori & Simon after Chloe gets off the bus)

The Reckoning

Belonging (#3.5  78 page Novella..takes place after Reckoning in Derek’s POV)

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4-stars

Need (Need #1) – Carrie Jones

Synopsis:

Pain shoots through my head. Fireworks. Explosions. All inside my brain. The white world goes dark and I know what’s about to happen.

Zara White suspects there’s a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She’s also obsessed with phobias. And it’s true, she hasn’t exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane…but Zara’s pretty sure her mom just can’t deal with her right now.

She couldn’t be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara’s overactive imagination. In fact, he’s still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There’s something not right – not human – in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the rest of the series.  It is super creep with the hole “something in the woods whispers “Zara’s” name”, kind of way.  I think I was creeped out 75% of the time reading this book.  It was awesome…it’s been along time since a book has illicited that kind of reaction from me.

The pace was good for me, it was not fast paced but it was steady and building.  The characters are very like-able and relate-able.  I loved the fact that the heroine of the story is not typical…she is very involved with Amnesty International, she is very witty, she is also the type that is very afraid she will not be able to do what needs to be done and then rises to the occasion much to her own surprise.

The story itself is very original and well planned.

I would recommend this book for young adults.  There is explicit language but it’s not overly done.  No sex is depicted.