The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test, #3)

First Lines: Throughout his eternal life, Walter had witnessed countless summers, but never one as endless as this.

My wonderful, amazing, terrific boyfriend (who occasionally reads my reviews) got me this book for my birthday because he knows how much I love this series (even though he isn’t usually too thrilled when I fall in love with male characters).  But I kept putting this off because I wanted to read The Goddess Legacy first.  Once I had, there was nothing stopping me from reading this.

*Serious Series Spoilers Ahead!  This is the FINAL book in the trilogy!  Sorry for the inconvenience.*

Nine months ago, Kate never would have guessed that she would have been kidnapped and taken captive by one of the most powerful Titans ever.  Not only that, she’s been tortured by her worst enemy and found out that she’s pregnant.  Now her enemy wants the baby, and there’s nothing Kate can do to stop her…until Cronus offers her a deal.  If Kate will remain loyal to him alone, he will spare humanity and allow her to keep her child.  However, he will destroy Henry and the rest of the council.  But if Kate refuses, he will destroy the whole world and the council.  The fate of the world rests on her shoulders, and Kate will have to find a way to beat the most powerful being to ever exist or risk losing everything.

It was pretty much as good as I was hoping it would be.  Granted, due to the nature of how the plot is, there were far fewer cute scenes with Kate and Henry than I wanted.  Those are my favorite.  But it was epic, it was adventurous, and it was smart.  There were a lot of times I didn’t see a plot twist until only a moment or two before Kate did, which is how I like it.  It makes me feel like a part of the story more.

I highly recommend reading The Goddess Legacy before reading this.  It helped me out so much because this book takes place in a location we have yet to see through Kate’s eyes, but it’s in Legacy.  Also, there are all kinds of character intricacies that just become so obvious after you read Legacy.  Like who is the mother of Nicholas or the relationship between Walter and Ava.  (If you know Greek mythology really well, this may be less of an issue for you.)

I was really sad to see this series end, considering how much I loved it.  Granted, I am the owner of every single book in the series, so I can reread them any time I want.  And I will.  Guaranteed.  But it’s still the end of the series.  I know how things end for them, and that’s always painful.  Happy, but painful.

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The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test, #2.5)

First Lines: In all the years I’d existed, I never expected to be free.

As most of you well know, I’m a huge fan of Greek mythology and the Goddess Test series.  And while I was looking one day for a new book to read, I decided I’d read these 5 novellas before I read the last book in the series.  Funny story, I was telling my boyfriend about how excited I was to get this from the library and he reveals he’d bought it for me for our upcoming anniversary.  At least he’s thoughtful.  But he gave me the go-ahead to read it because he knows I’ll reread his eventually.

As I said, there are 5 novellas here.  They are “The Goddess Queen” (Hera), “The Lovestruck Goddess” (Aphrodite), “Goddess of the Underworld” (Persephone), “God of Thieves” (Hermes), and “God of Darkness” (Hades).

These novellas do actually have a flow to them.  And they all take place before Kate enters the story, making me somewhat wonder why this is supposed to be the 2.5 in the series.  But there are some vague almost-spoilers in it, so I guess that’s the reason why.  You really would have had to read the first book to even know what to look for.  And that’s the only book that would be spoiled.

I certainly had my favorites of the stories.  I loved Hermes’s story and Hades’s was right up there too.  I really liked Persephone’s and Aphrodite’s as well for the fact that it helped me understand a little more where they come from.  (Persephone’s is about her marriage to Hades, so you can really see what happened to them.)  And while Hera’s did the same, I just didn’t enjoy it much.  Thankfully, it was the first story and I could quickly get past it to the better ones.

The great thing about this book is that these series do really give you a sense of just how long they’ve been gods.  It’s strange the way Carter does it, but you can feel that they’ve been together longer than anyone can count.  And the stories all flow together in an order.  It begins with their defeat of the Titans and goes to somewhere around Kate’s childhood.  It covers an unimaginable number of eons.

So overall I really liked these stories.  Each one let you a little more into the minds of the characters and you could really see why there was some animosity where it was.  I’ve read some reviews that accuse this book of being a soap opera and my response is, “Have you read any of the original myths?  They’re soap operas.”  Carter is just sticking to what we know from the original myths and adding her own twist to them.  If it wasn’t a soap opera, I wouldn’t be as interested because it would mean something essential from the myths was missing.

The Rising (Darkness Rising, #3)

First Lines: I was running through the forest.  Running on all fours, huge tawny paws touching down so lightly the seemed to skim the ground.  Yet somehow my pursuers were catching up.

I hope you guys don’t mind, but the only things I’ve read (and will read for the next two weeks) are series books.  I’m way behind on series and they were all the books I found at the library.  I was kind of excited to find this one because it meant another series done.

*Potential Spoilers Ahead!  Final book in the trilogy!*

Living life on the run from two extremely wealthy companies is taking its toll on Maya and her friends.  The Cabals have more than enough resources to keep up, and Maya’s running out of places to hide.  No one can help them because the world thinks they died in a helicopter crash.  The only thing they have is a name and a phone number of someone who might be able to help.  Someone who might be able to tell them why they’re so valuable and why their supernatural powers are going out of control.  But some of the truths may be hard to face.  Maya has to face down her own demons before she can go much farther.  Time is running out…

Ok, so I’ll readily admit that I didn’t like this series as much as I did the first series.  (This is a spin-off of the Darkest Powers series.)  This series was good, but it didn’t move the same way the other series did.  So while I was excited to read this, I wasn’t rabid about it.

And actually, this was the most exciting book in the series.  That was fantastic.  I was drawn to Maya’s struggles and to the others’ in the group.  There was new scenery, new characters, new problems, and they even brought back some old characters, which I very much liked.  (I read mostly for that.)  But it was a lot of fun.  And the resolution wasn’t what I was expecting.  In a good way.  It took a chance.

I really just think the characters in this make the story.  Between Maya, Daniel, and Rafe, you have three completely different personalities that can hold their own.  Then you throw in the more minor characters like Corey and Haley and you just make it way more interesting.  Corey has become a particular favorite of mine after this book.

So overall, it’s a good way to end the series.  Very action-packed, very interesting.

If I Should Die (Revenants, #3)

First Lines: In the dead of night I sat on a bridge spanning the Seine, watching a bouquet of crushed white lilies float toward the spotlit Eiffel Tower.

I love being able to finish off a series.  Sure, it can sometimes be incredibly painful (as it was for me and the end of the Soul Screamer series), but other times I’m just relieved to know how their story ended.  And when I saw this on the library shelf, I knew I had to grab it.

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead!  This is the LAST book in the trilogy!*

I’m just going to take the summary right from Goodreads because it’s in Kate’s voice and I like that.  It’s in italics so you know when it gets to the end, seeing as it’s not written like I usually write them.

I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.

Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.

It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.

After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me?

Ok, so there you have it.  The last book in the Revenants series.  I was pretty excited to get started reading this once I had it in my hands.

And it was pretty good.  I won’t say it was my favorite finale of a series ever, but it was still pretty good.  There were some cool parts that added to the lore of the revenants and other parts that were a bit predictable.  Even so, I still ended up liking those predictable parts because I wanted to see what happened after that point.

What I really liked about this book were the characters.  Not even just Kate, who I completely respect as a heroine because she’s a reluctant leader, only stepping up when she knows she has to.  I really liked the other revenants as well, especially Ambrose.  He cracks me up, and I also just want to give him hugs.  He’s like a huggable teddy bear of a brother.  And I love that.

This book didn’t have as awesome an ending as I was hoping.  Yes, it fairly well wrapped up every loose end I could think of and showed some cool things.  But it was also…abrupt, I guess.  I was hoping for more.

Still, it’s a good, exciting end to a good series.

Giveaway!!

Ok guys, so I’m not actually hosting this giveaway, but I am part of it.  This giveaway is for author J.A. Huss’s two books, Tragic and Manic.  I’ll include the synopses below.

Tragic – Rook Walsh is TRAGIC

Because life so far – just sucks. Some girls get parents. Rook got the foster care system. Some girls get Prince Charming. Rook got an abusive frog. Some girls get lucky…

Rook got a second chance.

And she took it. Because when fate throws you a bone – you grab it with both hands and run.

Antoine Chaput knows the minute he spies Rook in his photography studio that she’s got The Look. The dark and desperate look he must have to land the exclusive TRAGIC media contract.

Rook is paired up with top model, Ronin, and he’s everything her abusive ex-boyfriend wasn’t. Patient, gentle, happy, attentive, and sexy! He knows exactly what to do to make Rook blush for Antoine’s camera.

Rook’s luck changes in an instant and suddenly she’s the darling of the modeling world. It’s a dream job to go with a dream guy and all she has to do is look pretty and follow directions. But there’s always a price to pay – and Rook is about to get the bill.

New Adult Contemporary Romance *Mature Content* Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language usage.

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And now for Manic, which is the sequel.  So if you’re interested but don’t want the spoilers, I would suggest not reading this synopsis.  Also, I hear the 2nd book as the first 3 chapters of the 3rd book in it.  Something to consider.  🙂

Manic – TRAGIC is over and Rook is ready for the future—Spencer Shrike and the STURGIS contract!

It’s three months of body art modeling! That means three months of Spencer Shrike’s paintbrush all over her body, three months in front of Antoine’s camera, and three months of twenty-four-hour filming for Spencer’s Biker Channel reality show.

Wait a minute… what reality show? Maybe she should’ve read that STURGIS contract a little closer? 😉

Sure, Rook’s bank account is overflowing, but Ronin is angry, Clare is trying to escape rehab, Antoine is a worried mess, and Elise is just trying to hold everyone together. Rook’s new family is about to fall apart before she even gets the chance to enjoy it.

Add in a mysterious man from her past, a road trip to the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and a final show in front of the entire world where all her goods are on display, and you’ve got Manic—a New Adult contemporary romance that will definitely make your summer sizzle!

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Spotlight Friday (83)

Hey everyone!  It’s the weekend again!  I hope everyone’s still having a good summer (even though I’m aware schools in different areas are starting back up in the next week or two).  I’ve been reading books like crazy lately, and that also means finding new books.  Let’s see what I have for this week!

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Release Date: September 3, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)“You have to kill him.” Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside. 

Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was. 

All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.

What’s To Like: I actually just found this book like 10 minutes ago.  What drew me to it was the fact that Marina’s tried to make a time machine multiple times and she keeps ending up in the same place.  It feels slightly reminiscent of Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall.  I’m not totally sure why, but I like that comparison all the same.  Maybe it’s because the last line of the summary says something about the “infinite implications of our every choice”, which is very true of Oliver’s story too.

My review of All Our Yesterdays

The Wicked Within (Gods & Monsters, #3) by Kelly Keaton

Release Date: September 17, 2013

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Summary (from Amazon)Her fate is not set in stone.

Having temporarily defeated Athena, Ari races to break the gorgon curse that has plagued the women in her family for centuries. Her one lead sends her on a quest for the Hands of Zeus, an ancient relic last seen in the charge of New 2’s ruling elite, the Novem. But if there is one thing that Athena desires as much as revenge, it’s the Hands of Zeus—and Athena always gets what she wants.

Before either can locate the Hands, the statue goes missing, and a trail of blood follows those who once protected the relic’s secrets. Ari knows that her city, her friends, Sebastian—her life—depend upon her finding the statue before Athena. And with rumors an ancient power is on the rise, that may not be her only concern…

What’s To Like: I love Greek mythology (as you will see again in about 4 days when I get more reviews up).  And this series is just so wickedly cool.  Ari is a completely different breed of mythology than you usually find in books.  It’s creative, it’s addicting, and it’s exciting.  I’m not sure whether this is the last book in the series or not.  But it’s going to be fantastic.

My review of The Wicked Within

The Falconer (The Falconer, #1) by Elizabeth May

Release Date: September 19, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads): Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.

Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.

But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?

What’s To Like: Um, what isn’t to like?  I’m already in love with Aileana…in like a BFF kind of way.  I love that it throws historical fiction and debutantes in with faeries.  It’s a fantastic twist.  I expect lots of action and intrigue from both sides of the story.  It’s going to be good, I bet.

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3)

First Lines: This wasn’t the first time I’d been pulled out of bed for a crucial mission.  It was, however, the first time I’d been subjected to such a personal line of questioning.  “Are you a virgin?”

For anyone who knows me very well, they know Richelle Mead is my favorite author.  She’s witty and funny (as you can tell from these first lines) and she can weave an incredible story, series, whatever.  And when I saw this on the library shelf, I pounced.  I didn’t care that I wasn’t supposed to check out any books because of my homework load, I did anyway.

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

It’s not easy being Sydney Sage, Alchemist.  So many things are pulling her away from her Alchemist teachings.  Like her vampire friends, who the Alchemists think are like vermin.  Or the magic she’s learned against her will (sort of).  Or the mysterious Marcus Finch, who broke away from the Alchemists and is on the run.  Marcus wants Sydney to break away too, but it’s not as easy as Sydney would hope it would be.  The Alchemists are keeping dangerous secrets, but there’s an ancient magic that runs through Sydney, keeping her with them.  When Sydney learns about a dangerous witch targeting teenage girls, Sydney knows she has to embrace this other side of her or she could be next.

There aren’t enough words for me to describe just how much I love this series.  I mean, I loved Rose and the crew of Vampire Academy, but I’m so much more like Sydney than Rose.  Sometimes Sydney’s indecision makes me just want to give her a push in the direction I want her to go, but for the most part, I really enjoy her character.  She’s incredibly smart and I very much like her wit.  In much the same way that I love Adrian’s humor.  He cracks me up.

There seemed to be a little bit more action in this one than in the previous one.  (Or maybe it’s just been a long time since I read that one.)  But I really enjoyed seeing not only Sydney’s character grow, but Adrian’s and Jill’s.  I’m really looking forward to more out of Jill.

The action was pretty cool, too.  There was always something going as, as evil never seems to sleep.  Well, maybe not “evil” so much as “danger”.  Sydney always seems to find herself in the middle of a mess that originally had nothing to do with her, yet she has to fix.

Anyway, I’m very glad I finally got to read it and now I can join the rest of the fans as we wait in anticipation of the next book.