Category: Paranormal


5 stars to The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead

Posted 4 December, 2013 by katheryn13 in Mature, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

WHEN PULSES QUICKEN NO SECRET IS SAFE.

Sydney always believed that alchemists were born to protect vampire secrets and human lives – until she met Marcus and turned her back on everything she once knew.

But she’s not free yet. When her sister Zoe arrives, Sydney can only tell her half-truths about her past. And with every word she risks exposure – and the fatal consequences.

Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney must choose her path once and for all. Even if that means harnessing her magical powers to destroy the way of life she was raised to defend..

Review:

I officially hate cliff hangers of ANY kind. I used to be okay with the odd cliffy. Yknow the ones that don’t leave your blood boiling, your heart racing, the panic rising because you need to know WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?!

The Fiery Heart has to be one of the BEST and at the same time, WORST, in cliff hangers. But enough about how it broke me.

In this forth instalment, Adrian and Sydney are in luuuuuurve *insert hearts everywhere* and together…very MUCH together. *swoons* I adore these two. I was always a big fan of Adrian with Rose (much to others dislike.) but now I just can’t get enough of “Sydrian” (Yeah I’m not a big fan of ship names, either.) Anyway, now that’s done, things are not smooth sailing. Since Sydney has once and for all cut her ties – hypothetically – with her Alchemist crew in her mind, the people in said crew don’t actually know a thing about what she’s up to. And too right. If they found out, she’d be…s.c.r.e.w.e.d.

Then comes the threat in the form of Zoe, Sydney’s younger sister. Such a whiny, annoying biatch, I just wanted that girl GONE! And I don’t care how violently. Yeah, I wasn’t warming to this brat. She’s infuriating! *deep calming breaths* But thankfully this isn’t the Zoe Show, and *Sydrian* manage to keep their romance flowing somewhat stealthily, until Sydney sees their father and panic sets in. Suddenly she needs to figure out how to make her tattoo broken completely.

Adrian, however, has his own troubles with Spirit (as well as the drinking kind) when it starts to take its toll, after having helped out Lissa (I was SO pleased to have the old gang in this because I missed them so much!) and some goings on at Court. Another trip gets hot and bothered (no spoilers), but not before Sydney finds out about Adrian’s rather dirty past.

Plenty of magic, Ms Terwilliger, Adrian one liners and… Hopper.

Fiery Heart was bumper ride after bumper ride, leaving me breathless, anxious, excited…and a whole lot of AWWWWWWW MAAAAN! moments that never seemed to end. The second half gets increasingly more tentative, but goddammit, I can’t say anymore for fear I’ll say too much. As always, I love LOVE Richelle’s writing, and more so do I love these characters. I have become so invested in them that I couldn’t live with myself if anything happened to them. So please, fix it all for book five? Yes, thank you. Not that anything happens. Y’know, just the usual. *zips lips*

Waiting in earnest for Silver Shadows, which I believe is out next July. Too far away, but oh well.

And so, I leave you with one tiny quote that I believe says it all:

“The centre will hold.”

Kat

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4 stars to Mean Spirits & Young Blood (The Mediator #3-4) by Meg Cabot

Posted 3 November, 2013 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Reviews, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Meet Susannah Simon: she’s a typical teenage girl who just happens to be a ghost-hunter …oh, and she’s also dead-over-heels for Jesse – the sexiest spook ever! But can this girl get her ghost? In “Mean Spirits”, Suze is all set to spend a relaxing summer on the beach, until she runs into the vengeful ghosts of four high-school students. She must use her mediating skills to guide these ghouls through the afterlife and stop them wreaking havoc in the present. In “Young Blood”, Suze is heartbroken when gorgeous ghost Jesse doesn’t seem to love her back. When his 150-year-old grave is unearthed in her backyard, she is determined to discover how and why he died. But one thing’s for sure – digging up the past can be a deadly business…

Review:

I really enjoyed the first two books of this series, and am liking how consistent the rest have been so far. There have been improvements (mostly bits that annoyed me in 1 +2 aren’t mentioned often in 3 +4 therefore doesn’t make me want to scream + shout. lol)

Suze has only been living in California for a couple of months and she’s seen more trouble than most (if anyone) see in their lives. It’s almost  comical how bad things get, and how she deals with them.

I particularly liked Young Blood as it includes a new character, Jack, who turns out to have something in common with Suze.

Suze manages to collect enemies wherever she goes. And how her family hasn’t yet cottoned on to the fact she’s always out and getting injured, I’ll never understand. I mean, she almost dies and no one even notices. Makes me laugh, to be honest.

I love how Jesse is still by her side, but when his private life starts to show in the form of artefacts found under the house, things get complicated and Suze panics, thinking that it’ll lead to the reason Jesse hasn’t passed on to wherever the ghosts go to.

In Mean Spirits, however, Gina, Suze’s best friend from New York, visits and things add a twist.

As much as I gave this 4 stars,  because I did enjoy it, and I do like the characters, I can’t say that anything really sticks out to me.

I remember Young Blood more, maybe because it was the last part of the book, but also because more seemed to happen. These are light reads, fun, adventurous, even romantic in parts. You don’t need to struggle to understand, or concentrate too hard. Even the author gives a recap of what happened in the previous books, which does irritate me a  bit but that could because I’m reading 2 in 1 books and so I already remember what happened, whereas I suppose, anyone else would read them separately months apart.

I can’t wait to read the next books because of the ending of Young Blood. It’s so good!

Kat

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5 stars to Shadows by Paula Weston

Posted 2 November, 2013 by katheryn13 in Mature, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

It’s been almost a year since Gaby Winters was in the car crash that killed her twin brother, Jude. Her body has healed in the sunshine of Pandanus Beach, but her grief is raw and constant.

It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she kills demons and other hell-spawn. And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams, he claims a history with her brother that makes no sense.

Gaby is forced to accept that what she thought she knew about herself and her life is only a shadow of the truth – and that the truth is more likely to be found in the shadows of her nightmares.

Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And most importantly – who can she trust

Review:

I can’t believe this. Where has this amazingly brilliant story been all my life? I have not read an angel/demon book as good as this in a long, long LONG time, and seen as I’ve read some pretty good ones recently, that’s saying something. I mean, Amazon was hiding this from me, clearly.

Paula Weston has made angels something new, refreshing and not at all predictable. Yeah, sure, they have some similar traits to what we’ve probably read before, but the characters, the pacing, the plot…all so captivating. I didn’t want to stop, I was so sucked in.

Gaby Winters is what I would call a normal human being. Except for the fact, she’s not.

She’s had her memories wiped, and because of this she doesn’t know any of the mysterious people coming to find her, and what I love most is she doesn’t just cower and do what she’s told. She puts her foot down, she tells them again and again what she wants, what she doesn’t want. She stands by her morals. She won’t just go along with what others say she is or how she should behave. Oh no. Gaby has a mind of her own. I love it.

Then you have Maggie, her best friend. A friend who has been with Gaby for a good year or more, and sticks by Gaby through pretty much everything that is thrown their way in this book. I wish I had a friend that dedicated. When Maggie gets “taken”, Gaby will do anything to get her back without a hair out of place.

Rafa. What can I say? He’s hot, he’s fierce, he’s loyal, and for some weird reason he has morals. I like the dude. He’s  trying to help Gaby restore her memories, but from the readers angle (oops, nearly wrote ‘angels’) it seems not for selfish reasons. He was good friends with Jude, Gaby’s twin brother, and since he’s also missing, Rafa wants to help. Of course, there is for the most part, an ulterior motive behind this in that they are trying to understand what happened between Jude and Gaby before things went wrong. This is basically the underlining question for the whole book, but definitely not the only question you as the reader or even the characters find themselves asking.

Gaby is left with a ton of unanswered questions and I’m sure eventually they’ll be answered.

There are so many characters in this that it’s hard to name and shame them (haha) but I can’t really fault any, for they each add a different piece to the puzzle, or at least, they all add something. I suppose there was one person that really grated on my nerves: Simon.

I found him clingy, annoying, nosy, just EW get away and let them do their job! lol But yeah.

Asides from all that, I can’t recommend this highly enough and if you’ve ever had your doubts when it comes to angel stories, please PLEASE give this one a go. It will blow your mind. There’s just so many elements to this: the right amount of romance, plenty of kick butt action, some humour (mostly good lines from Rafa), bitchiness and drama. I have just bought Haze, the sequel to Shadows, and I plan on digging into this tonight. Bring it on!

Kat

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3.5 stars to Ever by Jessa Russo

Posted 29 October, 2013 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

 

Seventeen-year-old Ever’s love life has been on hold for the past two years. She’s secretly in love with her best friend Frankie, and he’s completely oblivious.

Of course, it doesn’t help that he’s dead, and waking up to his ghost every day has made moving on nearly impossible.

Frustrated and desperate for something real, Ever finds herself falling for her hot new neighbor Toby. His relaxed confidence is irresistible, and not just Ever knows it. But falling for Toby comes with a price that throws Ever’s life into a whirlwind of chaos and drama. More than hearts are on the line, and more than Ever will suffer.

Some girls lose their hearts to love.

Some girls lose their minds.

Ever Van Ruysdael could lose her soul.

 

Review:

Ever, your average home-schooled teenager, has a secret and that secret is her best friend Frankie. Frankie died two years ago in a car crash yet he never left. Living in Ever’s house, Frankie’s ghost is a daily reminder that she can never truly have the kind of relationship she wants with her best friend because he’s, well, dead.

Sick of being head over heels in love with her dead best friend, Ever finally shows interest in another guy when a mysterious, handsome stranger moves into the house next door. Toby, the handsome and mysterious stranger, meets and Ever and BAM! Fireworks. Despite the guilt Ever harbours about trying to move on from Frankie, her and Toby hit it off from the get-go.

Excited and dizzy with new love, Ever is willing to overlook Toby’s vagueness of what it is his family does but when Toby’s psychotic bitch of an ex-girlfriend, Ariadne, comes into town determined to do anything to get her man back, all the secrets come to light.
Toby is a soul collector:  a guide who transports lost and stubborn souls into the afterlife. After finding out that Toby used Ever to get close to Frankie, can Ever forgive him? Even if he did really fall in love with her in the process?
Ever is the first book in a trilogy and the ending sets up for the second book very well. The tone, despite the depressing themes of grief and death, was rather light thanks to Ever’s (living) best friend Jessie who was not only the comic relief but also a well rounded character with an interesting sub-plot of her own.
There were enough sub-plots and plot twists to give the reader a break from the heaviness of Ever’s main internal conflict over her feelings towards Toby and Frankie which would have otherwise been tiresome. I think the writer did a good job in finding the balance.
It was a quick, light read and so I would recommend this to anyone in a reading slump looking for something simple and different.
Sophie
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4.5 stars to The Liberator (Dante Walker #2) by Victoria Scott

Posted 27 October, 2013 by katheryn13 in Mature, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Bad boy, meet bad girl.

Dante has a shiny new cuff wrapped around his ankle, and he doesn’t like that mess one bit. His new accessory comes straight from Big Guy himself and marks the former demon as a liberator. Despite his gritty past and bad boy ways, Dante Walker has been granted a second chance.

When Dante is given his first mission as a liberator to save the soul of seventeen-year-old Aspen, he knows he’s got this. But Aspen reminds him of the rebellious life he used to live and is making it difficult to resist sinful temptations. Though Dante is committed to living clean for his girlfriend Charlie, this dude’s been a playboy for far too long…and old demons die hard.

With Charlie becoming the girl she was never able to be pre-makeover and Aspen showing him how delicious it feels to embrace his inner beast, Dante will have to go somewhere he never thought he’d return to in order to accomplish the impossible: save the girl he’s been assigned to, and keep the girl he loves.

Will contain spoilers from The Collector.

Review:

Dante’s life – or rather, after life? what do you call someone who’s technically dead but walks the earth? undead? – has been one wild ride lately. Going from a Collector to a Liberator. He’s become closer to Charlie, and has his best friend at his side, Max. Despite Max batting for the other side. Yes, he’s on the side of Hell.

Red, also known as Valery, became a bigger part in this book. And I have to say she grew on me. Then you have Annabelle, who is just as feisty. There are other characters too, and a few characters who  may or may not be old ones.

I won’t say.

Then there’s Aspen. Now, I can’t say I warmed to her quite as well as I’d hoped. And her and Dante’s relationship, however platonic, was confusing for me at first.

There’s plenty of action, tension and romance throughout. But I just felt like there was something small, something I can’t put my finger on, that’s missing, and that’s why I can’t rate this 5 stars. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this. But maybe it’s just me.

I think a part of it might be that Charlie gradually got on my nerves with her attitude that she won’t let anyone do anything for her, mostly when it comes to protecting her. The same for Aspen. I don’t understand their lack of self preservation. Anyway, that was the same with Aspen. The fact that Dante and the others were wanting to protect Charlie and Aspen but the girls were basically wanting to throw themselves into danger instead, just made me like “what? you want to die instead?” >_< Oh well.

If you loved The Collector, you’re bound to love this. Despite my umming and ahhing about stuff, I can’t fault Victoria Scotts ability to suck the reader in and describing something so…intense. Hell was completely unique in that sense. I just…in a weird way, wanted to go there? I know. Sick. But it sounds so intriguing. There are few surprises and a good ending, preparing to make way for The Warrior which is out next year. So yes, go read.

Kat

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4.5 stars to Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Posted 17 October, 2013 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Cas Lowood, armed with his late father’s athame knife, kills ghosts. In Thunder Bay, Anna, forever 16, drips blood on her white dress from throat slit in 1958, and rips apart anyone who enters her house – except Cas. He makes new friends – high school queen Carmel, jock Will, admiring nerd Thomas and Tom’s voodoo grandpa Morfran – to fight this demon.

 

 

 

Review:

This was an interesting story about a guy ghost hunter and Anna, a girl who was murdered 50 years ago, by whom, well, we don’t know. (Okay, so I do. But I’m not telling.)

I liked the fact it wasn’t all glossy and it didn’t shy away from gory detail. But I also didn’t find it scary or nightmarish. I just enjoyed it for what it was. At times my toes curled as Cas described what he’d had to deal with in his line of hunting, and killing.

The plot moved along fairly nicely, not too fast that I felt like I was on a runway about to crash,  but also not too slow. I found myself excited to meet Anna, and when she was introduced, I instantly loved her. She’s feisty, haunted, freaky…just well, a psycho ghost, to be honest. I did find it strange that Cas (short for Cassio) felt an instant connection. But I guess to him he was fascinated, intrigued as to how she became that way and how he could fix her. But, I mean, she’s dead. There’s not much in the way of ‘fixing’ you can do.

Cas had a solemn but quirky personality and liked to work on his own. I felt attached to him. So when other people started to get in his business, or wanted to join him, I wished I could swat them away. I could understand why he didn’t want to be responsible for anyone but himself. It means if anyone got hurt, it would be himself, and he wouldn’t have to deal with the guilt than if it was someone else. But people did get hurt. Well, killed. It wasn’t such a tragedy though, since they were people I didn’t like.

Aside from that, Carmel was a nice enough girl, although rich and bitchy at times, she really wasn’t the epitome of the queen B of high school. She grew on me. But Thomas didn’t. Cas might have softened towards him, but not me. And I found myself wanting him to leave. Ugh. Some characters just don’t get the hint!

I liked the whole witchcraft and voodoo involvement and it added some extra spark to what the main story is about. Although some aspects maybe got on my nerves a bit, I over all enjoyed this and can’t wait to try out Girl of Nightmares.

🙂

 

Kat

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4.5 stars to Love You to Death & High Stakes (The Mediator #1-2) by Meg Cabot

Posted 8 October, 2013 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Reviews, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Meet Susannah Simon: she’s a typical teenage girl, who just happens to be a ghost-hunter …oh, and she’s also dead-over-heels for Jesse – the sexiest spook ever! But can this girl get her ghost?

In “Love You to Death”, Suze arrives in California and has barely unpacked when her mediator skills are put to the test. A vicious spirit in her new school is hell-bent on making her life a complete nightmare, but Suze is more than ready to kick some serious ghost butt if she has to.

In “High Stakes”, Suze’s new life is looking up – cool friends, pool parties and getting to know Jesse (swoon), but then a desperate spirit asks for her help. Suddenly she’s on the trail of a creepy local businessman, who just might be a vampire. Life just got dead complicated. Again.

 

Review:

I’d picked this up at the airport earlier this year, knowing that I’d enjoyed other Meg Cabot books and thought “hey, why not?”

Now, six months later I actually get around to reading it, and would you believe it? I loved it. I’ve not read a book about mediators before and this was a nice surprise.

The style is very similar to how Abandon series was written so I knew I’d get into it easily. My only complaint, well more a comment if I’m honest, is that Suze’s inner monologue got annoying when she would say something and then put “…, I mean.” As if we couldn’t gather that from the previous sentence. This happened quite a lot and is basically my only nitpick.

So onto the rest: Well, I love love LOVE Jesse. The poor fellow is dead but boy does Susannah paint him in a good light. *sigh* He’s friendly, supportive,  caring, and honourable. Sure, he has a bad attitude at first, and he’s very mysterious, but in a way I can understand that.

Adam, at first, I thought he was going to be the love interest. I know, silly now that I think about it. Although he seems cute. I’m not too sure on Cee Cee, but maybe she’ll grow on me. (Hopefully not like a wart. 😛 ) Some of the other guy characters just seem rather dim and troubled. I mean, you had Bryce (that name also appears in Awaken, which amused me) who had a lot of issues with his dead ex, and Tad…who just had problems.

I really liked the easy way Suze talked and acted around people. She took no crap from anyone, that’s for sure. Father Dominic got on my nerves a bit, but I guess because he’s a very strong religious person, he’s got his way of working things, and he doesn’t agree with Suze’s manner of mediating. Then in the first book you have Heather who added some action, but then she grated on my nerves, too. This has nothing to do with the writing or anything, but I rather think the characters were supposed to make you want to slap them every which way, y’know?

Doc, Sleepy and Dopey. What a genius way of naming your step-brothers, or any siblings, eh? I didn’t particularly like Dopey, but Sleepy I got used to. In fact, you didn’t really see/hear much of him. Can I just hug Doc? He’s only 12 but as adorable as a science nerd and a teddy bear. I don’t know…It’s an odd combination and I’m pretty sure that sentence makes no sense…

The ghosts were almost as intense and as interesting as the living, which added something new. I found the mystery and small amount of romance was something that kept the story from seeming thin and lifeless (no pun intended).

Meg Cabot has a wonderful way of sucking  you into a story, into the characters lives. The modern lingo and easy style is in-depth enough to add something deep and not seem too flimsy, too one dimensional. I was so sad when Abandon trilogy ended and then going onto this, it just made me love Meg even more. I can’t wait to  read the next books in this series.

Kat

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5 stars to Awaken (Abandon Trilogy #3) by Meg Cabot

Posted 2 October, 2013 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew that by accepting the undying love of John Hayden she’d be forced to live forever in the one place she’s always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, but now her happiness and safety in the realm are threatened. The Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules and revived a dead soul. If the balance of life and death isn’t restored, both the Underworld and Pierce’s home on Earth will be wiped out by the Furies’ wrath. Pierce has already cheated death once . . . can she do it again?

 

If you have not read the series, there may be some spoilers. Also, what are you doing? GO READ IT!

Review:

I can’t believe this series is at an end, and what a damn…well…content ending it was too. I wish that it wasn’t over, and that we could continue to follow John and Pierce’s story for longer, but alas, that is not to happen.

I adore paranormal/supernatural stories, and when mixed with Green Myth, even more so. Ever since I read Abandon, I fell in love and was hooked. There’s just something about Meg Cabot’s writing that grips you and makes the characters feel real. And so funny, and generally normal. Well, if you can call running the Underworld “normal.”

In Awaken, we’re taken to where Pierce and John are dealing with the aftermath of what happened at the end of Underworld *spoilers* when Alex was brought back to life. Sure, you’d think he’d be appreciative of this, but his whole attitude is pretty much ignorance and when he finally learns the truth, and believes it, he’s still an obnoxious ass.

Karla is inevitably involved for no other reason than being Pierce’s best friend, and she soon finds a fancy in Frank, who I really like. He’s tough but has a sense of humour, in any case. I’m going to miss the witty banter that went on with these “pirate” people. (I know they’re not actually pirates but I can’t think of another word to call them.) They seemed to bring some light when everything else seemed dire and at worlds end. Especially when the Fates seemed to have deserted them and John, in a “hero” attempt, becomes close to death. I won’t say anymore about that, because I’m treading on thin ice. Let’s just say, it’s intense.

Pierce and her group of gangly friends go above ground to find a way to fix the problems with the Underworld, as well as get John back, and they soon come across obstacles. And all around them is chaos, as hurricane Cassandra is blowing Isla Huesos to pieces. Things can’t get more disastrous than that. Well, until she’s being hunted by furies, that is.

I honestly think this was the most jam packed book to end a series. I mean, there were so many conflicts and emotions for Pierce, and then the other problems with Alex, Frank, and a few other revenants that appear, that I didn’t know which way to look. Oh not to mention Pierce’s parents and her grandmother and the Rectors.

If I had to recommend a good story for anyone that likes thrills, romance, humour, action, and a dark theme,  this would be it! The moments between John and Pierce were so sweet and touching, if not a little distracting from all the issues going on around them.

I was going to rate this 4.5 stars then I realised I have no reasons NOT to give it 5 stars. It entertained me in all the right ways, make me swoon, laugh, aww, and at some points, even terrified me that someone important would die.

If you haven’t read the series, do it! (But start with Abandon, because that’s the first. 😛 )

Kat

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5 stars to Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins

Posted 13 September, 2013 by katheryn13 in Mature, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

 

Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed Sweet Evil, and Sweet Peril was no different in that respect. Although there was far less sexual tension in the beginning, I loved the interactions between each of the Neph and the relationship between Anna and her father grows much more.

Anna has a visit from a spirit, telling her she might be the “one”. I want to make a joke about being the “chosen one” but that’s not going to happen. Nope. *sniggers*

Her father goes on a mission to find allies, so they can build a Neph army, which is scary to Anna but she goes through so much in this, having to battle her feelings for Kaidan and both Kope, who she cares for but it’s clear where her heart lies.  Travelling all over the world to escape the whisperers and the Dukes, not to mention keeping up her party girl image at school is taking its toll on her.

There’s a lot less Jay and Veronica in this, which is a shame, but so much more of the twins (Ginger and Marna) and Blake.  They meet new and some old Nephilim’s. Kope and Anna are sent to far off countries to persuade other Nephs to join them, and a girl named Zenia adds some punch to the mix.

I can’t fault anything writing wise, and the tension was hyped up, especially with Kope’s feelings put out there. I’m not a huge fan of him, but then it doesn’t matter. He’ll never win. *evil laugh*

The sexy moments between Anna and Kaidan are just as heated, and even more so because they’ve been apart for so long. It’s so sweet and romantic how far they’ve come and how much Kaidan has changed. He’s finally opening up and it just made me “Awwww!”.

The drama amps up when the Dukes turn up unexpectedly and the Neph’s hide, witnessing something awful which changes everything. Someone is onto them and now the battle has really begun. I wonder what’s in store for them next. Hopefully a full out war, because I sense that’s coming.

As I said, I really enjoyed this, and I’m pretty sure you will too if you loved Sweet Evil. If you haven’t read this yet, go do it, because you won’t be disappointed.

Kat

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3 stars to The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Posted 12 September, 2013 by katheryn13 in Mature, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

Review:

I’d seen plenty of people on twitter raving about this book, and how great it was. So I was excited, hopeful, and bought it pretty quickly.

Unfortunately for me, this didn’t live up to its hype.

I’ll explain.

The main character, Tana, is a likeable enough girl. She wakes up in a bathroom in a farmhouse, having drunk the night away at a party that held lots of raving teenagers. Until she finds everyone dead.

The beginning of the book was easy enough to get into and I found the opening creepy, hope that the rest would live up to the great start. Sadly, Tana’s behaviour was a bit too…calm. I know, she was freaking out, but the actions afterward were a little too weird, and if I’d been her I’d have legged it half way to China Town.

She saves her ex-boyfriend and a vampire. What normal person would do this? Tana, apparently.

I really thought the pacing was too spread out, and I found myself waiting for something to happen. Little bits caught my attention, and the book was set out over about 4 days? But nothing really grabbed me until the last quarter and that disappointed me.

On the other hand, I loved Gavriel. He was a very old but very young looking vampire, and had that bad boy image. And his connection to Tana was sweet, even if he was crazy half the time. Actually, he reminded me a lot of Myrnin from the Morganville Vampire series (by Rachel Caine, You should check it out.) Anyway, he had that edge. He’d start rambling off Shakespeare one moment, and in the next would talk absolute sense. And Tana is drawn to him. The romance was slow. Too slow in my opinion, but since I guess it wasn’t the whole point of the story, I’ll let that go.

Don’t get me wrong, there were small sections that I really enjoyed.  Valentina and Jameson were two of my fave characters, but Midnight and Winter irritated me to no end. But most of the characters didn’t really hold much interest to me and they might as well not have been there.  Tana’s will to stay by Aidan even though he lost control was brave of her but he got on my nerves when he started keeping a certain thing from her. The vampires were gruesome and scary in parts, and the author didn’t shy from detail. The usual attributes for them were used, and the twist of them being on a TV show was interesting.

The one thing that I noticed, and what others have said in reviews, is that just as something good was happening, the scene would liven up and then… the next chapter would be a flashback. And I thought a lot of the flashbacks were not needed. I don’t need to know about a person’s past if they’re not going to be in it much or it’s going to be relevant. The look into Tana’s sister, Pearl, and what was going on at home was nice to see, but little bits just took me out of the story. As for the writing in general, there was absolutely nothing to fault. Easily read, although some of the modern culture references like  social sites, etc, were maybe not needed, but otherwise it wasn’t a heavy read.

For me, the best part was at the last few chapters when everything heated up, and that’s what made me give this 3 stars. I was really looking forward to this book and I have enjoyed Holly’s other works, so I thought this would be something great. Unfortunately nothing truly hooked me and I finished it feeling deflated. I wasn’t sure if this was a stand alone, and I’d hoped if it wasn’t, then that was the reason for lack of action, but apparently it is, which made me wary.

If you enjoyed Curse Workers, you might well enjoy this. I know there have been mixed feelings from other people, so like with most books, it will or won’t hit the right spots.

Kat

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