Category: Paranormal


3 stars to The Blood Keeper (The Blood Journals #2) by Tessa Gratton

Posted 11 February, 2013 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

For Mab Prowd, the practice of blood magic is as natural as breathing. It’s all she’s ever known. Growing up on an isolated farm with other practitioners may have kept her from making friends her own age, but it has also given her a sense of purpose – she’s protective of the magic, and is able to practice it proudly and happily out in the open with only the crows as her companions.

But one morning while Mab is attempting a particularly tricky spell, she encounters Will, a local boy who is trying to exorcise a few personal demons of his own. He experiences Mab’s magic in a way his mind cannot comprehend and is all too happy to end their chance meeting. But soon, secrets that were kept from Mab by earlier generations of blood magicians are revealed, and she and Will are drawn back together, united against a dangerous force looking to break free from the earth and reclaim its own dark power.

I was really looking forward to this, the sequel to Blood Magic. Different main characters, but over all connected to the first.

But I have to be honest, I struggled through the first 150-200pages. It wasn’t that it was boring, as such. It was just extremely slow, and the heavy descriptions made it hard for me to get sucked into the world.
After this period, it started to get going; the romance escalated and the story line became apparent. Because before that, I’d started to wonder when anything was going to happen.

Mab did annoy me to begin with. She seemed pretentious, set in her ways, and just…a pain. Gradually her reasons became clearer and she grew on me. But not that much.

I liked Will straight away, and surprisingly not just because he’s good looking (although, that helped 😛 ) but because he was…so normal, and not in a cliche way. He had more layers to his personality that made him refreshing to read about. The dynamics between him and his brother, Ben was intense, and their relationship was complex. But at least it made the story not just about Will and Mab. For most of the book, with all the things happening, I became much more attached to Will, hoping he made it through. There seemed to be more input on his side of the story than on Mab’s.

It was fun to have mentions of Silla and Nick as they were main characters in Blood Magic, although not as much as I’d have liked.

The basic premise of this story could have been so much better, in my opinion. There was a lot of emphasis on the scenery and the trees, and fields… it just seemed a bit … over the top?
I get that was how Mab was, and that was her world, but writing wise it could have been toned down.

When I hit the late 200’s pages, things sped up and I could see a plot working its way in. It was interesting reading the letters from Mab’s grandmother, although to be honest, the connection between the family members confused me. I wasn’t sure who Mab’s mother was at first, and only half way through did it click. It didn’t help that I lost concentration some parts into it.

There were a couple of big twists that surprised me. I really didn’t see them coming. Not like that, anyway. I knew something might happen but…yeah.
I really enjoyed the second half, despite how slow I got through it. The reason I give this book 3 stars is because of how slow I found it until then. The writing was beautiful, though, even if it was slightly heavy to understand. Not shakespeare heavy, just more than I’m used to.

Over all it had a lovely ending and there’s plenty of nail biting moments towards the final scenes that made this worth the read.

 

Kat

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5 Stars to Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Posted 23 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Not just another zombie novel, Warm Bodies is funny, scary, and deeply moving.

When I first saw the preview for Warm Bodies (the movie), I was so excited. What a fantastic premise. A zombie falling in love! Then when a friend told me it was a book too, I was even more excited! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! And I absolutely loved this book!! Omigosh, it was stop-your-world fantastic!!!!

The first thing that drew me in was the fact that Isaac told the story from R’s (the hero’s) point of view. Watching a guy fall in love, especially a zombie, was so intriguing. Throughout the entire book, I wasn’t sure how things could possibly end well; because, after all, the hero is a zombie. Eats brains, does the death shuffle, that type of thing. I won’t give anything away, but the ending will surprise you.

Another aspect of this story that was so unique was what happened when zombies actually ate human brains. Read the book to find out!
You can’t help but root for R. He’s witty, smart and hopelessly romantic, even if he can’t remember his name or what he did before the outbreak happened. Zombie stories—what with the flesh eating and all—can get a little gory, but I never once thought about that while reading Warm Bodies. The beautifully crafted sentences and underlying humor held me spellbound. I flew through the pages, but had to force myself to slow down and savor the ending… I wanted more! I am so glad I read this book, and I absolutely cannot wait to see what comes next! Give me book two, Isaac!!

Highly recommend you move this one to the top of your TBR list.

****Favorite lines**** Okay, so this wasn’t even all of them. I had to cut quite a few or I’d give the entire book away and Isaac probably wouldn’t like that! Enjoy!!

Faint impressions of past lives that linger like phantom limbs.

But it does make me sad that we’ve forgotten our names. Out of everything, this seems to me the most tragic. I miss my own and I mourn for everyone else’s, because I’d like to love them, but I don’t know who they are.

It’s simple but senseless, arbitrary laws from some lunatic legislator in the sky.

Being dead is easy.

In my mind I am eloquent; I can climb intricate scaffolds of words to reach the highest cathedral ceilings and paint my thoughts. But when I open my mouth, it all collapses.

The sparkle of life sprays out of his cells like citrus mist from an orange peel, and I suck it in.

I crush her against me. I want to be part of her. Not just inside her but all around her. I want our rib cages to crack open and our hearts to migrate and merge. I want our cells to braid together like living thread.

But then she screams again, and something inside me moves, a feeble moth struggling against a web.

I look at her blankly. Hungry? Does she want an arm or leg? Hot blood, meat and life? She’s Living . . . does she want to eat herself?

She is Living and I’m Dead, but I’d like to believe we’re both human. Call me an idealist.

I long for exclamation marks, but I’m drowning in ellipses.

Nora stares at me like I’m Sasquatch, the Chupacabra, maybe a unicorn.

“Come on,” she encourages. “Use your words.”

I would like my life to be a movie so I could cut to a montage.

I’m just a corpse who wants not to be.

A review by Karen Y Bynum
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5 stars to Underworld (Abandon Trilogy #2) by Meg Cabot

Posted 21 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead.

Not this time.

But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.

Her captor, John Hayden, claims it’s for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they’ve come back as Furies, intent on vengeance . . . on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves.

But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there . . . and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies.

And unless Pierce is careful, this time there’ll be no escape.

 

It has been so long since I read Abandon, the first in this series, but it didn’t take me long to figure out what happened and get right into this sequel. I abso-freaking-lutely loved this! Seriously. I have this thing for books revolved around death and the underworld. I don’t know why, and I know it’s morbid – and considering I’m petrified of dying – but it’s just so fascinating! I think part of it is the bad guy image and the…powers, I guess?

Anyway, so Pierce is now in the Underworld with John. She loves him completely. The time scale for this book seems to go over a few days, which all in all isn’t a long time, really.
Pierce struggles with her emotions over John. There’s a few issues that get in their way (mainly trust), and when she finds out one of her relatives is in trouble, she battles with him to let her go and help. She won’t stop, and well, when he gives in….things happen. It’s like a domino set – one thing happens which leads to another, and so on and so forth.

There didn’t seem to be an end to the action and conflict in this and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The romance was also very good, and you got a sense of how Pierce and John’s relationship worked. Although, I think she fell in love with him pretty fast (but then, I don’t remember every detail from the first book so I may have that time frame wrong) I still loved how she managed to change John, to become a better person. Well, for someone who’s Lord of the Dead, anyway. That must be pretty tricky.
It saddened me that John thought so little of himself and was constantly thinking Pierce was going to leave him. I think maybe that’s why I love him so much – and the fact I have a thing for broken men.

The Furies were more involved in this and boy, were they annoying! I swear, they just wouldn’t leave them alone. I guess that was the point. I found myself questioning everyone. Maybe that was what was supposed to happen? Every time a character behaved in an odd way I was constantly thinking “They’re a Fury!” and then they turned out to not to be. I think I had that problem for about four or five characters and each time I was wrong, so it does keep you on your toes, that’s for sure.

I liked how John’s crew in the Underworld were introduced, and I found myself really liking Frank, especially. They were all explained a bit… weirdly, at first, but then once you got to know each of them, I felt they were much more likeable. Henry is adorable, if not a little rude.

The ending completely shocked me. I thought it was all sorted – they’d fixed the problem, saved the day, and off they go back to underworld. Oh no. Not this time. Things take a turn for the worse – and without spoiling – I’ll just say it gets SERIOUSLY intense. I mean, I thought my heart was going to thump out of my chest.

I cannot wait for the 3rd book Awaken. Underworld really was left on a cliffhanger (although thankfully nothing too major, just enough to make you go “WHAT NO WHAT HAPPENED NEXT OMG” and then you get on with your life. Sort of.) and I’m really hoping Awaken will answer all the questions. And finally defeat those evil Furies, because believe me, they drive me nuts. I hope Pierce and John get their happy ever after (if that is possible in death).

I would definitely recommend putting Underworld in your to-read list if you haven’t already. And If you haven’t read the first book, Abandon, you MUST!

Meg Cabot, I applaud you!

 

-Kat

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5 stars to Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Posted 14 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments


Since we haven’t posted a review of this yet since having the blog, here’s one for you:

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There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.

At least, that’s what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.


Wow! What can I say here. I’m SO glad I finally read this book! I can’t wait to get into the rest of the series!

It was amazing!! 🙂 I loved every second of this book, and it only took me about 3 days to read; it’s a long book. But it was worth it.

First, let me say that I truly enjoyed the fact that this book was from the point of view of a boy. I love seeing what the boys see. It’s different; most books are nearly always from the girl’s side. I enjoyed watching the BOY fall for the GIRL instead of the other way around. It was nice and refreshing.

Ethan. I love you? He was so sweet, loving, he was loyal, trusting, and he would do ANYTHING for Lena. It was beautiful. His love for her was so strong. He was her rock and I loved that about him. He didn’t care what others thought or said and did and he wanted to be with Lena and that’s what he did. Nothing would have stopped him from doing so.

Lena!!! GIRL, CAN YOU BE MY BEST FRIEND?! AH! Lena was awesome. She was just a Caster that wanted to be normal. If I was her, and all those things happened to me, I may have just cried and given up. She was DETERMINED and I loved that about her. She had a passion and she was not going to let silly little teenage girls ruin that for her. Plus, she could do some pretty awesome stuff. Breaking windows? Thunder storms? AH! She was amazing.

This book… it kinda had it all in my mind to be a paranormal story. It had AWESOME powers. The things that could happen with these Casters, and all the different types, I love it! There were so many unique things… it was beautiful. There were strong family ties, family history, and true love. It was just… I don’t even have words to describe it. I loved it. I loved everything about this story.

And the end… The end killed me! When it got closer to her birthday, I just was hooked and I couldn’t put the book down. Everything just… WOW! No spoilers, so I can’t say what the wow part was, but it was wow worthy!! True love, it definitely conquers all… And that ending! I feel I need to order the next book like, NOW! I was left like, NO you can’t just END there! There is no way. I’m dying. A piece of my heart was left in this book.

It was amazing. I loved it. Please read this if you have no already. Just… just an amazing start to a series and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book 🙂

Christy Lyn

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5 stars to Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Posted 5 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it

 

I wanna cry. I wanna cry. I wanna cry.

I’m writing this literally minutes after finishing the book and I wanna cry. That ending. No words can describe how I am feeling without giving anything away. I wanna cry. It’s devastating! Just.. down right DEVASTATING! And now, I have to wait… WAIT for the next book to come out. I think a little piece of me died when I finished this book. I literally cannot describe it without wanting to cry about it…

Overall, it’s an amazing story! Beautiful things happen in this and  so many sad things…

It’s very well written and I was engrossed throughout; I couldn’t get enough. It took will power to put the book down and stop reading. Once I was about… 60% in, there was not enough will power and I just kept going and couldn’t stop. It was amazing.

I still wanna cry. I don’t know how else to review this book. It’s great. You will want to cry at the end, so be prepared! It may kill a part of you. It did for me. Now I have to recover somehow.

Beautiful. Devastating. Heartwarming. Heartbreaking.

I’m in love with this series and it’s going to kill me to wait for the next book… and I do mean it may possibly kill me.

– A review by Christy Lyn

 

 

 

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5 Stars to Keir by Pippa Jay

Posted 27 December, 2012 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi / 0 Comments

Outcast. Cursed. Dying. Is Keir beyond redemption? For Keirlan de Corizi–the legendary ‘Blue Demon’ of Adalucien–death seems the only escape from a world where his discolored skin marks him as an oddity and condemns him to life as a pariah. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise: Tarquin Secker, a young woman who can travel the stars with a wave of her hand. But Quin has secrets of her own. She’s spent eternity searching through space and time with a strange band of companions at her back. Defying her friends’ counsel, Quin risks her apparent immortality to save Keir. She offers him sanctuary and a new life on her home world, Lyagnius. When Keir mistakenly unleashes his dormant alien powers and earns instant exile from Quin’s home world, will she risk everything to stand by him again?

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Another guest review post. This time, by my good friend Karen. -Kat

Loved this book! Keir was a fantastic read. The hero (Keir) and the heroine (Quin) had so much rich character development. Both of them were riddled with emotional–and physical–scarring; however, it was beautifully woven into the storyline to make them stronger people. Together they were able to overcome their insecurities.

Keir is packed with action, adventure, intrigue and spicy love scenes…but one of my favorite things was the role reversal. Keir was the inexperienced one, and I loved that Quin taught him–not just how to make love, because that was hot–but how to experience life and to open himself up to forgiveness. Keir suffered a great many things, but Quin was there to support, encourage and bring him back to life.

A few of my favorite lines from the book:

“I am not friendly. I am dangerous.”

He felt her presence in his mind still, like cool hands soothing his fevered thoughts. It both disturbed and comforted him. Was she an angel in human guise? Or some demon sent to torment him before delivering him to his final hell?

His words filled her with a sadness so sharp she had to fight down tears.

He screamed for help as they took him through shadowy streets to an unknown place, but no one came.

Why am I such a sucker for tortured souls?

“We weren’t meant to have these powers, Keir, but it’s how we use them that defines who and what we are.”

“Friends may easily become enemies. Prosperity attracts envy. We must always be wary of complacency and misplaced trust.”

Would learning the truth justify the risk?

For the first time in remembrance, he wanted to touch and be touched in return. To hold her and have her return his embrace freely, with more than a friend’s affection. To feel her white skin under his fingertips. To brush the hair from her face as the breeze did now, and run his fingers through it.

He leaned close to her, and the darkness of his eyes seemed to swallow her soul. “Your fears will come to pass.”

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I have more, but pretty soon I’ll be quoting the entire book! So go buy it! 🙂 Keir is a must read!

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5 Stars to Gravity by Melissa West

Posted 17 December, 2012 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

 

In the future, only one rule will matter:

Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

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Let me just start by saying that I had my doubts about this at first. I’m not usually one for alien stories, but lately I’ve found myself branching out. First there was the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout (a definite read, by the way), and now Gravity.
I will say this: I am LOVING the hot aliens!

Gravity was a little slow to start off, I thought, but then it swiftly moves in a steady pace and before I know it I’m sucked in. It’s a real page turner and the world is well written, so easy to imagine that I felt like I was there in certain circumstances. A future America (and the world, for that matter) with aliens taking over…now that’s a future to fear. Unless the aliens are as good looking and sarcastic as Jackson Locke, in which case…yeah gimme!
The basic premise is solid: The humans have to wear patches at midnight so the Ancients can take their energy, their life source. But they don’t kill them… I suppose they could if they wanted, though.
Ari is the Commander Operative’s daughter and when she forgets her patch one night, she gets a surprise when she sees who her Ancient is. And from then on it’s just one endless roller coaster. I loved the fighting sequences and the whole training concept. It kind of reminded me of the Divergent series where they do that same sort of thing; it definitely (to me) had that same sort of feel to it.

I was rooting for Ari and Jackson from the first moment they locked eyes on each other. I liked how it wasn’t just love at first sight, though. They’d known each other for years, just not as friends (not close friends, anyway) so that made it more believable. Some couples in books have it that they’ve never met before so it can be a bit harder to believe they got close so quickly, you know? This, however, was a nice change and I found myself sympathising with Ari and her confusion. Not that I can really relate to it.

I really hated her dad. I’m sure he loved her and he cares, bla bla bla. But the way he was so hard on her and made her feel no where near good enough for anything, it just made my blood boil. I wanted him to just wake up for once and see she’s just a girl, just a teenage girl with feelings. But I guess that was the way he was brought up and his job taking its toll. He had to see things from a point of view and no amount of reality was going to stop that.
Gretchen and Law was wonderful characters who both brought humour and tension to the story. Law did get on my nerves a bit, but then you find out his story and it makes total sense. Gretchen…I liked her, then I was mad at her, then I liked her again.

Cybil was a character in herself. I mean talk about a 180 (you’ll see what I mean soon enough.) I don’t know what her deal was from the start but she was almost giving me whiplash with her moods.

Over all I cannot wait for the sequel, Hover, and I can only hope it lives up to its predecessor. I had been waiting months for Gravity, and when I finally got it, I was over the moon. I’d like to thank Melissa West for her amazing writing skills and for helping make aliens cool (and sexy) 🙂

– Kat

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Review: 5 Stars to BITTER BLOOD by Rachel Caine

Posted 23 November, 2012 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within…

Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires.

To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse.

 

 

Can I just say I’ll never get enough of these books? Why do people complain about the number of the books? They are not too many! I wouldn’t mind if Rachel Caine wrote 50 more.

I enjoyed Bitter Blood as much as the other 12 books. It was fast-paced, full of action, funny, kick ass, sweet, hot, cliffy and well-written. What else can someone ask from a book? NOTHING.

Claire is badass as ever in this book. More bold, but still same old Claire inside. In some points where science was evolved I was… confused to put it mildly. However, I think I was not the only one. Claire’s mind is a complicated maze and when her inner Einstein comes forward… well, you need a translator or you just wait for it to pass lol.

Shane is – Shane. Hot, hilarious, badass, stubborn, sweet, HOOOOT Shane. It’s widely known I’m in love with him. Michael and Even are also their plainly awesome selves. Though a lot of stuff happen between them in this book.

The end was… unexpected. And by unexpected I mean ASDFGHJKL. The next book will be very different from the previous ones I think. Which both worries me and excites me. Or maybe I’m just wrong. We’ll see I guess. And I sooo can’t wait to!

Fall of Night can’t come soon enough!

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5 stars for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Posted 25 October, 2012 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

5/5 Stars.

The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer is one of those books that can keep you up all night because you won’t be able to fall asleep if you don’t finish it. It’s amazing! Captivating and unique, it will make you love it. To be honest, it’s one of those books that you don’t really know what the heck is going on and you’re loving it.

Naturally, the first thing I loved about this book is Noah. Noah Shaw. What can I possibly say about this boy? That he’s one of the sweetest, sexiest and most protective characters ever? He’s these and much more. And then, there are the Noah-is-sexually-teasing-Mara. Let’s just say, that the romance is really hot. Sexual tension, touching but not quite touching, epic, hot quotes. You get the gist. Plus, Noah’s got an English accent. An English accent, people.

The storyline is very unique and confusing, in a good way. There’s a lot of mystery which is basically moving the story. Some people don’t like not knowing what is really happening in a book but Michelle Hodkin has a way of unraveling the story that just has you hooked. I absolutely love her writing. It’s beautiful.

Mara is a complicated character which I liked from the beginning of the book. She’s strong. She wakes up in a hospital without any recollection of how she got there and she’s told that her best friend died along with her boyfriend and his sister. Plus, she was in the building where they died but she miraculously survived. You have to be strong to get through this.  Also, she’s very protective of those she loves. She’s a great heroine who I understood and loved from the beginning of the book.

To sum up, I’d recommend The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer to anyone but especially anyone who wants a well written, unique YA novel with a lot of mystery, hot romance and amazing characters. This book is definitely a must-read!

PS. Review for The Evolution Of Mara Dyer is coming soon. 🙂

-Elena

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4 stars for Dreaming Awake (Falling Under #2) by Gwen Hayes

Posted 24 October, 2012 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

She fell for him in a nighttime world. But the time for dreaming is past—and the here-and-now can be just as fragile their love…

When Theia Alderson first encountered a mysterious, handsome boy in her dreams, she never imagined how finding Haden Black—and falling in love—could change her life. To save Haden, Theia sacrificed everything. And the dangerous bargain she made could have lasting repercussions.

Now Theia has returned to Serendipity Falls, and she finds herself struggling with the same deadly hungers that have tortured Haden. When students at their high school fall prey to a mysterious illness, Theia can’t help but wonder if Haden’s control is slipping—and how much longer she’ll have a grip on her own.

And still the nightmare realm of Under won’t let them go. Someone from Haden’s past is determined to destroy Theia from the inside out, starting with those closest to her, forcing Theia to choose between family and friends and a love that may have been doomed from the start…

4 Stars

Really pretty good. I liked the first book, and was excited to get this, however I had actually forgotten what had happened previously. But I soon got into the story again and as before, fell in love with Haden all over again *sigh*

So this time Mara is ruling the roost, so to speak. She’s taking over Theia’s life and there’s not much she can do about it. Apart from step up and be strong. And boy, she does. Although there were a few times where her inability to trust her friends and most of all, Haden, that bugged me. She just wouldn’t open up and say what was wrong, all the while letting her feelings build up until it’s too late to fix the problems.

Haden was as lush as ever, although he had some matters of his own to attend to. I loved the tie between the Ame, Donny, Gabe and Theia and Haden, as well as Varnie (I’ll get to him later). This time they were more included and I loved the twist third way into the book where they all got their points of views written. It was nice to see a different perspective for once, even if it was just for a short while.

I felt that the story didn’t really get into the full mix of things until at least half way, which is why I’m rating this book 4stars. The writing, however, was brilliant and enticing and really made me imagine the journey in my head rather than get overwhelmed with big words and heavy description. There were times where i was confused, but then soon everything became clear.
I unfortunately looked up reviews for this book while I was reading it (don’t know why) and someone hadn’t hidden a spoiler (view spoiler)

Overall there really isn’t much else that I disliked about this book. It was one that captured my heart and entertained me, but now I want to know what happens next. I’m hoping there is a third book…. because I don’t feel that Haden and Theia’s story has truly ended yet .ALso… dammit! They need to get it on 😛 All that chemistry!

What happened to her father was tragic. I wasn’t expecting that, and the story behind Mike and Ame was unexpected too. Mike’s sudden turn of events took me by surprise, but he bugged me anyway. I was kind of hoping…well, that he would die or something. Alas…not such luck.

So if you liked Falling Under, you’ll hopefully like this. It’s got all the same elements that you’ll love, and more. I recommend it to anyone that likes romance, forbidden love and demons. 🙂

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