Posts Tagged: Paranormal

Feb 12

Review * The Return by Jennifer L Armentrout

Reviews 2 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via Borrowed in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * The Return by Jennifer L ArmentroutThe Return by Jennifer L Armentrout
Series: Titan #1
Published by Spencer Hill Press on February 17, 2015
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 335
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
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four-stars
The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

What I Thought…

• The Titan Series is a spinoff of the Covenant Series, which I didn’t read. Since there was no way I could read the other series before starting this one I went ahead and dived in. I don’t feel like  I really missed anything (other than some damn good sounding books!). I understood what was going on, even though I probably didn’t understand Seth as much as I would have if I had read the previous series. There are a few mentions in the beginning of what happened before and a super quick recap in a bout 2 pages near the end. I definitely plan on going back and reading the other series because it sounds awesome.

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Kimberly


Nov 03

Review * Vampire Academy Graphic Novel

Reviews 0 ★★★

Review * Vampire Academy Graphic NovelVampire Academy Graphic Novel by Emma Vieceli, Leigh Dragoon, Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy #1
Published by Razorbill on August 23, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 144
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed
Also in this series: Vampire Academy Series
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three-stars
After two years on the run, best friends Rose and Lissa are caught and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a private high school for vampires and half-bloods. It’s filled with intrigue, danger—and even romance.

Enter their dark, fascinating world through a new series of 144-page full-color graphic novels. The entire first Vampire Academy novel has been adapted for book one by Leigh Dragoon and overseen by Richelle Mead, while the beautiful art of acclaimed British illustrator Emma Vieceli brings the story to life.

What I Thought…

• I fell in love with the Vampire Academy books over the summer and the graphic novel was tossed into my lap during readathon, so I thought why not?

• I enjoyed the glimpse that it gave me into the book. I didn’t actually read Vampire Academy, I watched the movie and then jumped into the second book so it gave me a different perspective than the movie, which I liked.

• For the most part I liked the graphic novelization of Vampire Academy, though there were things that made me scratch my head View Spoiler »

• I was quite surprised to find the entire novel done in one 144 page graphic novel, which means there was a lot of stuff left out, even more so than in the movie.

Overall I enjoyed the graphic novel Vampire Academy and I think fans of the book would enjoy it.

Kimberly


Sep 26

Review * Bloodlines Series #1-5 by Richelle Mead

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review * Bloodlines Series #1-5 by Richelle MeadBloodlines Series by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #1-5
Published by Razorbill on August 23, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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four-stars
Blood doesn't lie...

Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty - a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning...

My review of the Bloodlines series through book 5 will be spoiler free for all books, however there will be a few spoilers for the Vampire Academy Series.

What I Thought…

• I devoured the Vampire Academy books and was looking forward to reading the Bloodlines series. I absolutely loved the world that Mead created and was excited to see it continue. I was unprepared for just how much I would love the Bloodlines series though.

• We first meet Sydney when Rose is hunting Dimitri and I was kind of meh about her, but as we get to know Sydney in Bloodlines I knew I was going to like these books better. I’m much more Sydney than Rose. Sydney is very strait laced and strongly believes in what the alchemists believe, that all vampires and dhampirs are bad.

• Adrian is way better than Dimitri. It definitely helps that we get to know him much more than we ever got to know Dimitri, but I just find him overall more likeable and interesting than Dimitri. Compared to Adrian Dimitri is pretty boring. Adrian is still struggling with spirit and it’s hard to see the emotional toll that it is taking on him. Harder still when he starts narrating in The Fiery Heart.

• Mead builds on the Vampire Academy even more in the Bloodlines series. View Spoiler » I love how she meanders about weaving new things into what already happened in the Vampire Academy series. They are still working on spirit and what happens when you change Strogoi and all sorts of other good things.

• In Vampire Academy we got a small glimpse into the Alchemist world, in Bloodlines we learn so much more. And not all of it will give you warm fuzzies.

• Bloodlines is still in a school setting, but one completely different from Vampire Academy. Bloodlines takes place at a human boarding school in California. This provides a different atmosphere for the books, as well as new challenges.

• We don’t get to see too much of Rose or Lissa (or Christian, which makes me sad) but we do get a lot of Jill and Eddie and some new people, both Alchemists and vampires.

Overall I can’t get enough of this series and I am so excited to read The Ruby Circle!

Kimberly


Sep 15

Review * Croak by Gina Damico

Reviews 2 ★★★★★

Review * Croak by Gina DamicoCroak by Gina Damico
Narrated by Jessica Almasy
Series: Croak #1
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on March 20, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Time: 8 Hours 16 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars
Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex's parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape.

But Uncle Mort's true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He's a Grim Reaper. And he's going to teach Lex the family business.

She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. But Lex can't stop her desire for justice - or is it vengeance? - whenever she encounters a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again.

Will she ditch Croak and go rogue with her reaper skills?

What I Thought…

• Croak is one of those books that I’m kicking myself for not reading earlier. It was funny with a twist. There is a little something for everyone to enjoy.

• Lex is getting in some serious trouble at school and at home, which is why her parents decide a summer with Uncle Mort might be just the trick to snap her out of this phase. When she arrives she finds out that she’s going to be a reaper rather than work on a farm. Lex isn’t exactly pleased to be “killing” people. It takes her some time to come to grips with the fact that they are already dead, she’s just helping to collect their souls. Lex was such an awesome character. She was snarky, funny and generally pissed off. She has a twin sister that stayed home and she struggles with being apart from her and keeping secrets.

• Driggs is Lex’s partner. He’s been doing his job for awhile so he knows the ropes and helps steer Lex away from problems, until they come across one that they just can’t leave alone. Driggs is also a bit snarky and him and Lex make a good pair. There are also a few other teenagers working in Croak and they kind of form a Scooby-Doo like gang, but instead of ghosts they are looking for a bad reaper.

• I absolutely loved Croak, the town. This is where the reapers live and work and where the souls come to reside. It was so well written that I could see it, and that doesn’t happen often for me.  All of the names of business were very tongue in cheek as well. My favorite part was the after life. It is so cool that the reapers are allowed to go in there and see what it’s like (and also manage it).

• Edgar Allan Poe is a prominent character in their visits to the after life and never failed to make me laugh. There are some other recognizable names as well, but he’s the best.

• Lex, Driggs and the gang are trying to find out who the reaper is that is killing people they aren’t supposed to. They mystery wasn’t too extravagant, but wasn’t too simple either. Once you learn the person responsible it all fits together. The person responsible is also going to be someone you are going to want to punch in the face because what they did at the end was totally unforgivable.

Overall I absolutely loved Croak and would recommend it to anyone that loves paranormal and/or snarky fun books!

Kimberly


Sep 02

Review * Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Reviews 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Trial by Fire by Josephine AngeliniTrial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
Series: The Worldwalker Trilogy #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on September 2, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-stars
Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted...which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily's life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem - one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily's identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn't understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?

What I Liked

The World

The world that Angelini created is vast and intricate. It’s not just about witches but also alternate universes. In her own world Lily has no idea that she is a witch but then an unfortunate incident occurs that makes her more susceptible to things and she ends up being pulled into another Salem by Lillian, herself in this other universe.  The Salem that Angelini created was a combination of magical, historical and present day. There was also the Woven, which were frightening. Everything about it was fascinating. Outside of the city live the Outlanders and they were an interesting bunch, using science instead of witchcraft to help their people. Seriously, I cannot rave about this world enough.

Lily

At first Lily kind of annoyed me. Her belief in Tristan was over the top and she had blinders on. But I loved her when she got pulled into the other Salem. She went from being quiet (and allergy prone) to being strong and willing to use her strength to help other people. I loved how she handled the Tristan 2 and watching her struggle to adapt to the differences in this Salem.

Rowan

Rowan was completely awesome. Naturally he was good looking but also patient and kind to Lily, while being a hard ass at the same time. I thought it would be weird because in the past he was in love with Lillian, but it wasn’t. He knew they were two different people and knew the differences between them, even if he was conflicted about his feelings most of the time.

Magic

Just like the world, the magic was also fascinating. They used willstones and could do some pretty bad ass things. On the flip side of course that means that bad magic can be powerful as well. There was mind speak and claiming and lots of other things!

Juliette

We don’t get to spend much time with Juliette in Lily’s world, but the other Juliette was fatastic. It’s hard to talk about exactly why because of spoilers but while she acts meek, she really isn’t

Gideon & Carrick

The bad were very bad indeed.

What I Didn’t Like

The World

I loved the world Angelini created, but it was super complex and there were a few times I found myself stopping and saying “Wait, what?”

Lillian

I didn’t buy her reason for bringing Lily to her world and all her actions leading up to it. That’s just not the answer to the problem.

Slow Start & Rushed Ending

The beginning of Trial by Fire started a bit slow, but once we got into the other Salem things picked up. They picked up so much so that the ending felt like it was over in a flash! I wish we had more of the fighting before that cliffhanger of an ending.

Tristan & Tristan

I didn’t like either Tristan. The first Tristan because he’s a jerk. The other Tristan because he just felt… off. I’m not convinced he’s trust worthy but I guess we’ll see what happens next.

Overall

Trial by Fire is an excellent start to a trilogy with lots of world building and an ending that leaves you wanting more.

Kimberly


Jul 31

Review * Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Reviews 4 ★★★

Review * Shiver by Maggie StiefvaterShiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
Published by Scholastic Press on August 1, 2009
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 390
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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three-stars
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

What I Thought…

The Wolves of Mercy Falls series wasn’t one that I had planned on reading, but when the whole trilogy came up for sale on Amazon for $3.99 it was too good of a deal to pass up. Since everyone has been talking about Sinner lately it put me in the mood to read Shiver.

Before I even talk about Shiver I need to talk about Stiefvater’s writing. It’s absolutely amazing. She could make the dictionary sound pretty and poetic. She could rewrite my least favorite book ever and I would read it, and I would probably like it. She’s very talented.

As with other books I’ve read by Stiefvater Shiver isn’t exactly fast paced, but it’s seriously hard to put down, there are things happening, it’s just at a more lingering pace. Except for Grace and Sam’s interest in each other, which is instalove, or maybe even instaobsessed as they have both been obsessed with each other since the incident. Despite their obsession Grace and Sam are cute together as they work through their relationship as humans, rather than Grace the human staring at Sam the wolf.

Stiefvater’s werewolves are a bit different from traditional werewolves. They are controlled by the moon phases, nor can they change at will. They change based on temperature. Even after one book I’m not completely sold on this idea for werewolves, but I trust that Stiefvater knows where she is going with it. It did present some unique challenges for Sam and his pack (and for Grace) as winter sets in.

One of the things I always hated about the Twilight series was that the wolves carried around clothes in some little container thing strapped to their leg. That idea was completely ridiculous in every way. I’m happy to report Stiefvater didn’t have any crazy ideas for her werewolves!

I liked Grace well enough, but I liked Olivia and Isabel a bit more (which has me very excited about Sinner). There wasn’t anything specifically wrong with Grace, I just didn’t “get” her. I liked Sam as well. I liked how focused he was on being human and how much love he had for his pack, even though they aren’t perfect.

I’m normally terrible at predicting things in books, but everything that was going on with Olivia seemed so obvious! Other than that though I didn’t really pick out much else, though after finishing there were some clues along the way.

Overall Shiver was an enjoyable read and I can’t wait to see what more is in store for Sam and Grace.

Kimberly


Jul 07

Review * Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper

Reviews 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly HarperBetter Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper
Published by Pocket Books on June 24, 2014
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 318
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-stars
When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate—he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in nineteenth-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

But Nina shows no signs of being scared away, even as she experiences some unnerving apparitions herself. And as the two of them work closely together to restore the mansion’s faded glory, Deacon realizes that he’s found someone who doesn’t seem to like his fortune more than himself—while Nina may have finally found the one man she can trust with her bruised and battered heart.

But something on the island doesn’t believe in true love…and if Nina and Deacon can’t figure out how to put these angry spirits to rest, their own love doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance.

What I Thought…

* I have so much love for Molly Harper’s books I don’t even know where to begin. Her books never fail to make me laugh or have a good time while reading them.

* Better Homes and Hauntings is a standalone, and while I love Harper’s series I’m also glad it’s a standalone. There aren’t enough of those these days.

* Deacon is the owner of the Whitney estate and determined to remodel it, despite the rumors of ghosts and hires out people and pays an obscene amount of money to get them to stay on the premises. No one hired really believes that things will happen and all our motivated to keep the job, even if things do start happening.

* As usual with Molly Harper we have a unique cast of characters and I loved them all. Nina is fun sarcastic and determined to fix things, Deacon doesn’t want to believe that the house is haunted, Jake is on the same page as Deacon with the house being haunted, Cindy is no nonsense and Dotty is a little flightly, but completely likeable.

* Things start happening almost immediately, but of course everyone chalks it up to being tired or sore or whatever, until the first big incident occurs that has them freaked out. There is all kinds of ghosts shenanigans going on and I loved every minute of it. I wouldn’t consider this a scary read by any means, but there were a few times where the hair on the back of my neck stood up. I really enjoyed how the haunting worked out and how everyone was involved.

* There are two romances going on in Better Homes and Hauntings but Harper doesn’t spend a lot of time on them, in fact they take a backseat to all the ghost stuff, which I enjoyed.

* The one things that I wanted more from Better Homes and Hauntings was character development. For most of the book the characters changed so little and then all of a sudden at the end things changed. This didn’t take too much away from the enjoyment though as the plot and humor kept me going!

Overall I really enjoyed Better Homes and Hauntings and if you like funny ghost stories or any of Molly Harper’s other books you should give this one a try!

Kimberly


May 12

Review * Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Reviews 1 ★★

Review * Dead Ever After by Charlaine HarrisDead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
Narrated by Johanna Parker
Series: Sookie Stackhouse #13
Published by Ace on May 7, 2013
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Time: 10 Hours 11 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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two-stars
There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart...

Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough...
Obviously there will be spoilers for the first 12 books of the series, but it’s hard to talk about this book without talking about how the series ended so there will be some spoilers for Dead Ever After.
  • Originally I rated Dead Ever After 3 stars but after writing my review it’s definitely more 2 stars than 3. :(
  • The Sookie Stackhouse series is one that I feel should have ended several books ago, and it has lost some of it’s appeal, but as I’ve read the first 12 books the OCD in me wouldn’t let me not read the last book. I am glad I read it, especially since Sookie made the right choice! View Spoiler »
  • One of my biggest issues with the Sookie Stackhouse Series is that it got too big, there were too many things going on, and Dead Ever After is no exception. I liked things a lot better when it was just the vampires and shape shifters and more focused in Bon Temps.
  • Over the course of the series the characters changed a lot, some for the better, some for the worse and sadly Eric was one that took a change for the worse. I didn’t like how things played out with him at all. He was super overprotective in the last book and in Dead Ever After View Spoiler »
  • Sookie was incredibly whiny in Dead Ever After. Very “whoa is me” and I kind of wanted to slap her. That act got tired a long time ago.
  • The plot of Dead Ever After wanders aimlessly at times but in the end we do get a conclusion, though to be honest I’m not really sure what exactly the plot was supposed to be.

Overall I’m glad I read the final book in the series View Spoiler »but the series ran too long for my tastes and the plot didn’t really wrap up the series as I would have liked.

Kimberly


Feb 10

Review * Split Second by Kasie West

Reviews 3 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via Borrowed in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Split Second by Kasie WestSplit Second by Kasie West
Series: Pivot Point #2
Published by HarperTeen on February 11, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
Also in this series: Pivot Point
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five-stars
Addie has always been able to see the future when faced with a choice, but that doesn't make her present any easier. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. So when Addie's dad invites her to spend her winter break with him in the Norm world, she jumps at the chance. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He's a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. She wants to change that.

Laila, her best friend, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie's memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don't want this to happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.

In the suspenseful sequel to Pivot Point, Addie tries desperately to retrieve her lost memories and piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot.

There are no spoilers for Split Second but there is no getting around spoilers from Pivot Point.

What I Thought…

  • To sum it up, Kasie West is amazing. Seriously, I love her characters, her plots, her writing, I love it all!
  • Split Second is the follow up to Pivot Point. When we left Addie in Pivot Point she just made the hardest choice of her life, choosing her best friend over a boy. If you’ve read Pivot Point you know that that was obviously the right choice and having her memory wiped of her memory of that choice was also the right thing for Addie to do, but I hurt for Addie because I wanted her to have that other choice!
  • In split second we get alternating POV’s between Laila and Addie rather than Addie’s two choices. I worried a bit about changing the POV’s between books, but I had no reason to worry! I loved also being inside Laila’s head. She is quite different from Addie and brought a lot of additional things to the story that couldn’t have been done solely with Addie’s POV.
  • I think my absolute favorite thing about Split Second was watching Addie fall for Trevor again. Even though we all know they belong together Addie’s choice forced them apart and then she had her memory erased so she wouldn’t have to remember her choices. Watching her interact and fall for Trevor again was so sweet!
  • There is also a second swoony boy in Split Second, but you don’t have to choose between them! Connor is all Laila’s and they make such a cute couple, even though they are quite resistant to it. Connor is a little bit dark and a lot brooding but cares so much about hurting people. It’s so sweet.
  • The not so fabulous Duke is around a bit too much in Split Second, doing things he shouldn’t be doing and misusing his ability again.
  • In Pivot Point we knew that there were a lot of abilities but we only learned a lot about a few of them . We learn a lot more about some other abilities in Split Second, some of which can be a little scary to think about! Addie’s new ability of slowing down time is pretty sweet!
  • It’s really hard to talk about the plot of Split Second without spoilers but here goes. Addie is suffering from the incident with Bobbie and what happened with Duke and is going to visit her dad off the compound. Laila is supposed to give Addie something on a certain date but isn’t sure she should. The Compound wants things and doesn’t want other things, and goes after things. The end. There were quite a few twists and turns, a few of which I was completely unprepared for (but oh were they genius!).

In short, if you haven’t read a book by Kasie West, I suggest you get on that!

Kimberly


Jan 23

Review * Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Reviews 2 ★★★★

Review * Evertrue by Brodi AshtonEvertrue by Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #3
Published by Balzer + Bray on January 21, 2013
Genres: Mythology, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Everneath, Everbound
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four-stars
Now that Nikki has rescued Jack, all she wants is to be with him and graduate high school. But Cole tricked Nikki into feeding off him, and she’s begun the process of turning into an Everliving herself... which means she must feed on a Forfeit soon — or die.

Terrified for her survival, Nikki and Jack begin a desperate attempt to reverse the process using any means possible. Even Cole, who they expected to fight them at every turn, has become an unlikely ally — but how long can it last? Nikki needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain the throne in the Everneath, Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him — and together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki’s fate and make her mortal once more. But Cole isn’t the only one with plans for Nikki: the Queen has not forgotten Nikki’s treachery, and she wants her destroyed for good. Will Nikki be forced to spend eternity in the Underworld, or does she have what it takes to bring down the Everneath once and for all?

In this stunning conclusion to the Everneath trilogy, Brodi Ashton evokes the resiliency of the human spirit and the indomitable power of true love.

While I don’t like to include spoilers in my review Everneath is the 3rd book in a trilogy so there WILL be spoilers for both Everneath and Everbound. No way to avoid it!

What I Thought…

  • Evertrue was one of my top 5 books I am excited for in 2014. So much so that I made sure that all the work things got done so I could read it the minute I get home from work. (Funny story: We had a snow day on Tuesday so I didn’t have to work so I was super excited because then I could read it the moment in graced my front doorstep. Which turned out to be 6:30 pm. Not cool.) Thankfully Brodi Ashton did not disappoint!
  • Evertrue picks up right where Everbound leaves off. I sometimes worry about this because what if I don’t remember? But I remember the ending of Everbound REALLY WELL so that wasn’t a problem here.
  • We continue to see Nikki grow and change and become the kind of person she wants to be. She is dealing with becoming an everliving and it’s weighing heavily on her because it is so not what she wants. I loved her struggles with this and her determination to not allow Jack (or Cole) to sway her to make a decision she is not happy with.
  • Nikki’s whole purpose in life right now is to destroy the Everneath. She will not give in to what she will become so she sees that as her only option. This results in an epic journey not just for her, but for Jack and Cole as well.
  • Speaking of Jack… sigh. He is still amazing as ever, with a bit of an extra bonus due to his time in the Everneath. His determination to protect Nikki at all costs was both sweet and frustrating since her and Jack didn’t always see eye to eye on what was best.
  • Cole was both what I expected this book and not what I expected. There was a twist that changed some things up that sent me in a different direction from my original thoughts, but at the same time Cole is still Cole, and cannot be forgiven for what he did in Everbound.
  • Like in both Everneath and Everbound the world building is fantastic. I could picture what it was like in my head, and that’s a rare feat for me. As twisted as the Everneath is I want to go there and see all the amazing things and watch all the amazing people and creatures and things.
  • There were beetles. *shudder*
  • Evertrue is pretty intense, though there were enough funny moments to not make it completely dark and depressing. It moves at a bit of a slower pace than Everbound, but not too slowly.
  • I had two issues with Everture. One was the plot twist with Cole. It was a little too convenient and is not one of my favorite things in books (because of its convenience). Ashton made it work (as it usually does), but still, not my favorite thing. The second was that the ending wrapped up a bit too quickly. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of how things had to go down and a bigger deal made of it.
  • Personally I loved the ending, though I can see that not everyone may like it. I thought it was fitting for everyone involved, and that’s really all I can say about that without spoilers.

If you haven’t yet read the Everneath Trilogy I definitely recommend it!

Everneath

Kimberly