Endlessly (Paranormalcy, #3)

First Lines: Here’s the thing about dragons:  I know absolutely nothing whatsoever about them.

This was another one of those finds on the library shelf where I went, “OMG OMG OMG OMG!  MUST READ ASAP!”  Because like, I follow Kiersten White on Twitter and she’s awesome.  But also because this is the last book in the series and I wanted to be able to boast that I had finally finished another series.  So I nabbed it.

*Heads Up: Potential Series Spoilers in the NEXT paragraph!  I’m gonna try to keep it free, though*

Paranormals just won’t leave Evie alone.  Every time she gets a bleeping minute alone with her boyfriend, another paranormal comes to her for help.  But Evie’s past is catching up to her.  IPCA goes through a dramatic change in command that will cause Evie huge amounts of trouble.  The Dark Faerie Queen is kidnapping humans and taking them into her realm.  And everyone’s telling Evie she’s the only one who can help save them all.  Time’s running out for Evie and the Paranormals…She’ll have to act soon if she wants to save them…

So, what did I think of this book?

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…………….I really liked it.  I mean, I had a super hard time remembering what the last two books had been about in some places (apparently the notes I wrote for myself after book 2 were too cryptic.  I didn’t understand a lick of it).  So I went into it somewhat blind, hoping that it would come back to me after a while.  And some of it did.  I remembered which characters I had liked and which ones I had bad-juju for, but otherwise nothing really came back to me.  And admittedly, that hurt me a little.

And I did kind of think there were some pretty useless plot “twists” and empty ways of trying to up the suspense.  There was one point that came about suddenly and disappeared just as quickly after it raised the suspense.  The whole second half of the book is entirely made up of action and suspense, as I kind of expected, since this is the last book in the series.

Now we get to the good stuff.  I LOVED seeing Evie in all of her spunky glory again.  It was so fabulous to see her and her pink taser back in action.  I loved her quips that came out of nowhere when she was nervous or feeling sassy.  It always made me giggle inside, wanting to give her a high five.

And the other characters were great as well.  I mean, seeing more of the original characters like Reth?  Totally into that.  (Even though Reth is…you know, Reth.)  Still, it was great to see all the paranormals from all the books in one book again.  It was a reuniting of the characters, and I loved it.

As expected, I kinda sorta started crying at the end.  Thank God I have a boyfriend who understands that books and characters are fabulous reasons to cry.  Ends of series always do me in.

So while I did think there were moments that felt a little fake, most of the book was really amazing, and the characters were dynamic as well as spectacular.  The dialogue was once again spot on.  Loved it.  Wonderful end to the series.

Out of the Easy

First Lines: My mother’s a prostitute.  Not the filthy, streetwalking kind.  She’s actually quite pretty, fairly well spoken, and has lovely clothes.  But she sleeps with men for money or gifts, and according to the dictionary, that makes her a prostitute.

When I not only saw that Ruta Sepetys had a new book, but that it was actually on the shelf in my library, I had to snatch it up.  Since I loved Between Shades of Gray, I figured this was also a sure bet.

It’s 1950, Josie is pretty much your typical New Orleans teenager, except for the fact that her mom’s a prostitute and Josie pretty much grew up in brothels.  But really, Josie’s pretty normal.  She has dreams of getting out of the Big Easy and going to college.  But things take a turn for the worse when Jo finds herself entangled in the dark underbelly of New Orleans.  With danger seemingly around every corner, Jo has to either find her way out…or be stuck in New Orleans forever.

I love historical fictions, especially those that cover obscure time periods and moments.  They’re the most fascinating because they cover normal life.  I mean, I love stories of the Civil War as much as the next fiction lover, but these are just so much more interesting.

And this book…it is fantastic.  The characters were amazingly real while being completely different from most people I know.  It was an interesting look at life in a brothel, and take a look at New Orleans without the paranormal stuff books seem to be gravitating toward now.  Jo was someone I wanted to be friends with.  She’s kind of dark and secretive, but you really understand that when you know what she’s been through.  And the other characters were incredibly dynamic and their own person.  Like Willie, the madam at the brothel.  She was so interesting.

The action was great as well.  It wasn’t over the top in the things that happened and there wasn’t an extreme amount of action either.  There were little, normal moments in Josie’s life, and there were also more abnormal parts of her life that would occasionally crop up.  It was exciting, and I wanted to keep reading every second I had.

Ruta is such an amazing author.  She writes the best stuff.  I enjoy it all.  I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

Spotlight Friday (68)

Hey guys!  It’s Friday!  I hope everyone’s enjoying this last weekend of February before we move into March.  And I don’t know about you guys, but I think the Groundhog lied when he said spring was coming early…all these winter storms sure say otherwise.  Anyway, since it’s cold, that means more time to curl up with a good book!  Here are some new ones that will be coming out soon!

The Goddess Inheritance (The Goddess Test, #3) by Aimee Carter

Release Date: February 26, 2013

*Spoilers In Summary!  This is the FINAL book in the trilogy!*

Summary (from Goodreads)During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can’t stop her–until Cronus offers a deal.

In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he’ll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.

With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.

Even if it costs her eternity.

What’s To Like: Somehow, this missed my checklist when I was going through February books, but tada!  Here it is on my list!  Anyway, I freaking love this series.  It’s so real.  The characters are far from perfect, even though they’re gods, Henry the most real of them all.  I just love it so much I could curl up with these books for eternity and be happy.  So I’m really REALLY hoping that this finale does the series justice.  But it should be awesome.

My review of The Goddess Inheritance.

The Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices, #3) by Cassandra Clare

Release Date: March 19, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads): In Clockwork Princess, Tessa and her companions travel all over the world as they race to stop the clockwork army before it’s too late. As Jem’s health worsens alarmingly and his friends search desperately for a cure, can Tessa choose between the two boys she loves—even if it means never seeing the other one again?

What’s To Like: Ok, so there are like, 12 different pictures of the cover, but I’m going with the one on Goodreads.  And I know that the summary is short, but it kinda feels like an appetizer, you know?  Like, “Hey, here’s just a little something to get you really wanting to read it and we’ll leave it at that, K?”  But seriously, this is also the last book in this series, which is awesome and sad at the same time.  I want to know what happens to Tessa and the others, but it’s the end of another series.  While that’s a good thing for my to-read list, it’s gonna be a sad ending, I can feel it.

My review of Clockwork Princess.

17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma

Release Date: March 21, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And… is she next? As Lauren searches for clues, everything begins to unravel, and when a brush with death lands her in the hospital, a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.

With complexity and richness, Nova Ren Suma serves up a beautiful, visual, fresh interpretation of what it means to be lost.

What’s To Like: Visions?  You have my attention.  This sounds like a very complex and awesome mystery.  I really want to know what happens to Lauren and who’s kidnapping the girls.  This will probably be one of those books that flies under your fingertips.

Tiger Lily

First Lines: Let me tell you something straight off.  This is a love story, but not like any you’ve heard.  The boy and the girl are far from innocent.  Dear lives are lost.  And good doesn’t win.  In some places, there is something ultimately good about endings.  In Neverland, that is not the case.

When I was growing up, I loved watching Peter Pan.  It was one of those movies where it seemed like anything could be possible (just like in Alice in Wonderland).  I could fight pirates and visit mermaids all in the same day just like Wendy.  So when I saw this book was going to be about the forgotten Tiger Lily, I was all over this.

Tiger Lily is the quiet, reserved daughter of the Sky Eaters’ Shaman.  Even though this position brings her the respect of the tribe, life’s still been tough for her.  She doesn’t talk much, doesn’t have many friends, and most of the tribe actually believes she’s cursed.  But that’s life as usual for her.  However, things change when an English ship crashes near her tribe.  Suddenly, she’s in the sights not only of the Englishman who survived the wreck, but also of the pirates and Peter Pan.  It’s dangerous for her to be acknowledged by any of them, let alone have the feelings she’s beginning to develop for the curiously mature and immature Peter…

What’s really awesome about this book is the narration.  Hands down, this was one of the most interesting narrations I’ve read in months.  Why?  Because it’s the story of Tiger Lily…as told by Tinkerbell.  Yes, you read that right.  Tinkerbell is the narrator, and she’s kind of awesome at it.  So not only do you get Tiger Lily’s side of Peter Pan, but you also get Tinkerbell’s as well.  2 for 1!

While I enjoyed the story, I thought some parts were rather slow.  Tiger Lily came off as almost unlikeable at times and the action nearly always revolved around whatever she was doing…which sometimes, was not much of anything outside of routine.  Which is fine for the story aspect, but it didn’t make for overly exciting reading.

I also don’t know how I feel about Peter.  He was mature in many aspects, but in others, he was about as immature as you can get.  It was such a paradox.  A couple of times, I wouldn’t have minded trying to talk some sense into him in one way or another.  He kind of needed it, and perhaps that’s how a lot of people feel about the original Peter.  I didn’t, but I can sort of see it now.

Overall, I thought it was a really fascinating read that encompassed a large number of original characters that were true to form as well as incorporating many new, lovable characters in Neverland.

Spotlight Friday (67)

Hey, what’s up friends?  It’s been a long week of homework, now that midterms are approaching, but I promise I have a review coming.  And also, I saw Beautiful Creatures on Thursday!  Who else saw that?  Don’t be afraid to leave comments at the bottom!

Unremembered (Unremembered, #1) by Jessica Brody

Release Date: March 5, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

From popular young adult author, Jessica Brody comes a mesmerizing and suspenseful new series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.

What’s To Like: I’ve read stuff like Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac and this sounds kind of along that line, but with more of a potentially supernatural element to it, which I really like.  I think this will be a very interesting read.  I wonder who the boy is…

Strands of Bronze and Gold (Strands of Bronze and Gold, #1) by Jane Nickerson

Release Date: March 12, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads): When seventeen-year-old Sophia Petheram’s beloved father dies, she receives an unexpected letter. An invitation—on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting—from the mysterious Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, her godfather. With no money and fewer options, Sophie accepts, leaving her humble childhood home for the astonishingly lavish Wyndriven Abbey, in the heart of Mississippi.

Sophie has always longed for a comfortable life, and she finds herself both attracted to and shocked by the charm and easy manners of her overgenerous guardian. But as she begins to piece together the mystery of his past, it’s as if, thread by thread, a silken net is tightening around her. And as she gathers stories and catches whispers of his former wives—all with hair as red as her own—in the forgotten corners of the abbey, Sophie knows she’s trapped in the passion and danger of de Cressac’s intoxicating world.

Glowing strands of romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking debut—a thrilling retelling of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale.

What’s To Like: Even though I have no idea what the Bluebeard fairy tale is (does it have anything to do with the pirate?), I’m still interested.  I love that there’s this mysterious guardian who’s rich as a king, it seems, and Sophie has to figure out what’s going on.  Should be a delightful journey!

My review of Strands of Bronze and Gold

Will All My Soul (Soul Screamers, #7) by Rachel Vincent

Release Date: March 19, 2013

*Series Spoilers In Summary!*

Summary (from Goodreads): 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….

What’s To Like: This is one series that I’ve been following for years, ever since the first book came out.  I’ve obsessed over it, read every single novella that had to do with it, and generally fallen in love with it and the characters.  Now, it’s all coming to an end.  And while I definitely think it’s time for this series to end, I’m going to miss it as well.  Here’s hoping it goes out with a bang!

My review of With All My Soul.

Vala: Agendas

First Lines: If she had to do it again, she still would’ve let him bite her.  She couldn’t help it.  He drew her to him.  Denver Collins had that effect on women.  Cheyenne Loveless was no exception to this law of nature, and she hated herself for it.

I received a copy of this from the publisher to read and review.  I’ve actually had it for a little while, but I decided to read it when I went on an author-blitz this week.  (However, I’m back to mainstream books after this one.)

Cheyenne was just a typical girl until Denver Collins, a popular boy around school, bit her.  Suddenly, she can hear plants talking to her and the truth comes out that she’s a Nymph.  A witch and an angel show up at her door the next day to take her to the Vala School and Seminary for supernaturals like herself.  All she wants to do is blend in, but that’s not possible, not since she’s the daughter of a goddess.  As if that weren’t enough, there’s an ancient covenant in place that could destroy not only Cheyenne, but the world as they know it…

When I started reading this, I thought it was a bit like Haven or like all those other YA books where supers go off to boarding school together.  (And why is it always a boarding school?  Thanks a lot, Potter.)

As it turns out, I’m tired of the who boarding school thing.  It’s like college, but vastly more immature (and that’s saying something).  But that’s probably because it’s smaller than most college campuses.

I really enjoyed the beginning of the story, where we’re introduced to everything.  I liked meeting the witch and the angel that came to get Cheyenne.  They had awesome chemistry and I loved it.

However, I felt that much past that part, the plot started getting tangled and I found myself not caring about the characters as much.  There was way too much crammed in that little book and I just couldn’t follow it all.  Also, some of the character started getting on my nerves.  I just didn’t like it anymore and it became a bit of a chore to finish.

There are definitely high points in the story, but there are also parts that just did not work well.  There were too many loose ends that I am fairly positive won’t get wrapped up.  They aren’t plot points; they’re slips.

A Shade of Vampire

First Lines: I never once imagined that my life  would play out the way that it did.  To be fair, I guess I could say that life never unfolds the way we expect it to.

I was approached by the author to read and review this. (Have you picked up the trend yet?  Authors’ week!)  I mean, y’all know by now that I love vampires, right?  Right.  So even though I’m slightly worn out with all the vampire stuff, I couldn’t turn this down.

Sofia’s 17th birthday certainly didn’t turn out the way she expected, not when she was kidnapped on her birthday.  It’s as if she’s in a never-ending nightmare now.  She’s taken to an uncharted, unmapped island that sits in eternal darkness.  It’s ruled by the most powerful vampires on the planet.  The nightmare becomes worse when Sofia becomes part of a harem meant for the prince, Derek Novak.  Despite the fact that he always wants to drink her blood and could kill her in an instant, Sofia finds out that the safest place for her is close to Derek.  If she wants to survive, she’ll have to try to win him over…

I loved it.  Thank God it was a short book or my homework would never have gotten done.  It took a while at the beginning for me to settle into the story telling (it jumps perspectives between Derek and Sofia, which I did come to really like).  But also, I just had to get a good handle on the characters.  They’re…different.  I don’t know how to explain them.  They were just cool.

And ok, I really like when vampires are bad.  Not sparkling and lovable.  I appreciate the evil vampires that seriously can and will drink every human dry.  It’s more fun that way…for a reader, at least.  I can’t say the same for the humans in the story.

I really liked the action in the story too because I felt it all had a purpose and it all flowed together well.  I enjoyed that.  There were maybe one or two places when I was like, “Gee, that was a little convenient”, but mostly I was totally in it.

Overall, it’s a good fast vampire read.  I’m really ready for more of the story.