Once upon a time, an angel and a devil held a wishbone between them.
And its snap split the world in two.
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living – one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.
Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel – a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.
This was not that world.
I was completely blown away with how GREAT this book is. In fact, I’d go as far as say it trumps the first book by miles. I read it faster, that’s for sure. And that usually only happens when the story flows well, the writing is great and I get sucked into the world of angels and whatever else there are.
I instantly felt bad for Karou. She’d lost her family, the only people she loved and could trust and after finding out Akiva was connected to destroying their world, she couldn’t bare to be in his presence. I wanted to hug her and also…maybe slap her? I mean, come on! Give the guy a break.
He didn’t single handedly destroy Karou’s former home.
Of course, now she’s run away. She discovers other chimaera that she thought were gone. Karou goes on a mission to build back an army and avenge Brimstone, whom had been killed.
This…not such a good idea.
I loved how the chapters didn’t seem to struggle, and I didn’t find myself pausing on the edge of boredom. Akiva and Karou are probably two of my favourite characters ever, and their strength and determination is one of the reasons.
We also see a LOT more of Mik and Zuze. I love these guys. They’re great.
I look forward to book three, and hope things work out. Because that was one hell of a set up for a battle at the end.
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…
THERE ARE SPOILERS REGARDING THE RAVEN BOYS!!
The Dream Thieves continues on from The Raven Boys. Gansey and his friends are still searching for Glendower and Cabeswater is still as mysterious as it ever was. Also, it’s missing. Whatever happened to Adam in book 1, has changed things drastically.
This book is more about Ronan and his past. It’s nice that the chapters are split between different characters, but I find it confusing sometimes, especially when the chapters have no titles. And with the POVs being fairly…omnipresent, it’s hard for me to really get focused. But never-the-less I enjoyed this, despite it taking me a while. Ronan is such a deep and unknowable character in that there is so much about him that isn’t on the surface. He hides so much of himself from his friends and even his family. We find out he’s able to pull things out of dreams and this causes chaos with the ley line. We’re introduced to his younger brother, Matthew, who is completely different from the hard as nails approach that both Ronan and Declan have. He’s relaxed and fun, but perhaps more ignorant to what is going on around him.
There’s certainly more of Gansey, which I will always love. I just love him. He’s just…*sigh* And his closeness with Blue (Or Jane…lol) is heartwarming. Adam and Blue never seemed to be a ‘couple’ so much as two friends with mixed emotions and never really paying much attention to each other until randomly they are together and start questioning things. But they’re only 15/16/17 or whatever and they act like it’s the end of the world if they don’t have boyfriends/girlfriends. It baffles me.
Anyway, Blues’ family centre more in this sequel and also a man named simply ‘the grey man’ who seems to take precedence within the story. He’s been sent to Henrietta to find the Greywaren, which he doesn’t know what form it comes in, so that makes his task difficult. It was a little confusing with all the different names for things but I got there in the end.
Mr Grey became a character I could have gotten used to and maybe even liked. Creepy but with a sense of morality despite his job.
The final chapters are like something out of a movie, epic and frightening.
I can’t wait to read the 3rd instalment and find out if they get any closer to finding their King.
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Two Worlds.Three Questions.One Girl.
inevitable?What lies beneath the hidden secret?
Can love rise above the
And most importantly, where will her fate lead her?
Amanda Chaste had lived what she considered an average life in New Jersey, looked after and cared for by her grandmother. But when she accidentally meets an enigmatic stranger from out of town, her world is drastically thrown upside down. A hidden secret has been buried in the past and not even Amanda can save herself from her own fate.
Conflicted and tormented within her own flesh, discovering her true identity will prove to be something that will change her life forever.
It was all happening too fast for Amanda to conjure up any thoughts to try and attempt to fly before gravity let her go.
Panic crawled beneath every inch of her skin as the coaster started to quickly incline up the tracks. She knew that there would be no way that gravity would hold her in her seat throughout the entire loop. Once she would reach the middle, she’d be done for. The upcoming flip looked like the fiery ring of death and Amanda’s eyes grew wide with unbearable fear. The very thought of falling with nothing to hold onto terrified Amanda to the very core of her soul.
The murky clouds hung low in the sky, threatening to down pour at any moment. The air was brisk for a spring day and a light breeze tossed around some strands of her layered, blonde hair. Amanda crossed her arms over her tee shirt, trying to retain some of her body heat as she made her way through the grass. The thought of looking into those eyes made her both nervous and anxious.
A shiver ran down the back of her spine, but she couldn’t determine if it was her nerves or the chill of the air. It urged her to get as close to him as she could, just to obtain that feverish temperature he exuded. She stopped and stood a couple feet away from him, not knowing what to expect next. She watched as he lifted his eyes to face hers.
“Were you followed?” Mitch broke the silence and looked toward the direction in which she came.
“No, I don’t think so, it’s just me.” Amanda said, looking at him awkwardly and unsure.
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How far would you fall for answers?
Amanda has accepted her new life and the darkness has become more appealing than ever before because of Mitch. But when her world is thrown into a drastic downward spiral, she is left questioning everything. Amanda embarks on a nightmarish adventure and her faith is put to the ultimate test as she journeys onward to discover the true meaning behind family, love and her destiny between good and evil.
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Julie Milillo has and always will be a true Jersey girl from the shore. Acting, singing, writing and drawing were always her hobbies
from the beginning. Julie has always been involved in the arts and loves to express her creative streak in any way she can.
She Graduated from Brookdale Community College with her Associates Degree in Theater and Liberal Arts. Soon after, she discovered her passion for reading an thus fell in love with the paranormal fiction genre. After reading and collecting a number of books, she decided it was time to create her own stories and characters. After having the opportunity to meet one of her favorite authors, she was determined to take writing seriously. Julie Applies her knowledge of acting and character development in creating her stories. Her goal is to simply express the genuine qualities in her stories and the characters she creates in hopes of capturing the hearts of readers who also love this genre.
Julie currently resides in Maryland with her husband and her French Bulldog, Goober. Julie loves dogs, movies, music, and anything fantasy related. In her free time, she loves to bake and perform whenever she can.
Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
I love high fantasy, and especially the kind that isn’t overly complicated, although to say this was easy to understand would be pushing it. It wasn’t.
The characters were engaging and I found I liked Celaena a lot more than I expected to. She’s an assassin but she has a heart and you see that throughout the book. I was expecting all hard edges and and no time to be nice, but with the Prince Dorian continued to beat down her walls, it was hard not to see that she is indeed a human being and she isn’t a complete monster.
Chaol, the Captain of the Guard, is as mysterious as they come and at first I quite liked him. I could see a love triangle coming from a mile away, though. Not that I don’t like them, because I do. But I’d already decided I liked Dorian; charming, witty, sly, sarcastic, sexy…Yes I wanted him. More precisely, I wanted him and Celaena to be one. But that was difficult with the assassin taking part in a challenge to become the Kings Assassin. Several trials would put 20 odd assassins down to four, and she would be expected to defeat them all.
I could see how much Chaol was starting to like Celeana more, however, and this concerned me. I just…didn’t connect with him like that. He was more “friend zone” than “love interest” in my opinion and I kept on hoping for Dorian. At first I saw some light at the end of the rhetorical tunnel, but it was not to last. I won’t say much more, because this is definitely worth the read and I want you all to see for yourself just how well written and captivating the world is.
I found the intricacies within the story, the tunnels and the secrecy with which the Kings Castle kept, and the magic that is contained within. Celeana discovering new things made me feel like I was experiencing the wonder with her, and I didn’t want to stop reading.
This isn’t just a story about letting down defences and finding reasons to love, it’s ultimately a story about a girl who endured a childhood full of heartache and torture, and is finally finding a life for herself, and a way to escape the pain in what ever way possible.
Destroy Me tells the events between Shatter Me and Unravel Me from Warner’s point of view. Even though Juliette shot him in order to escape, Warner can’t stop thinking about her—and he’ll do anything to get her back. But when the Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment arrives, he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner cannot allow.
Fracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective and bridges the gap betweenUnravel Me and Ignite Me. As the Omega Point rebels prepare to fight the Sector 45 soldiers, Adam’s more focused on the safety of Juliette, Kenji, and his brother. The Reestablishment will do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam cares about.
I hadn’t read the novellas when they first came out, so I waited patiently for the paperback, and boy was it worth it. Warner, man. He is just too much in Destroy Me. I love him, and he is so wounded that it’s hard not to fall deeper. His anguish with his father, and the fact he has fallen in love with a girl who can’t stand to look at him, is so heartbreaking. He’s just a boy of nineteen, for crying out loud. He doesn’t deserve this.
But the persistence he took, and the fact he obviously cared about Juliette much more than he showed, that just tore me up. I…*chokes* I can’t.
Now, Adam? In Fracture Me, he was a major moron. I get that he loves his brother and that’s a fantastic thing. To have that. But…for all the claiming that he loves Juliette, he obviously didn’t seem to care enough because she left his brain automatically when they found somewhere safe. Kenji was the one who went out of his way to find out where she was. That’s caring. That’s friendship. I won’t go into Ignite Me because I’ve already done that review, but Adam’s attitude does NOT improve.
Well I am sad it’s all over, but I was so glad to read these two tiny books and I was done in a day. I know, that’s quick. haha.
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Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she’ll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew – about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam – was wrong.
There may be spoilers, so beware.
You’re all expecting some deep and profound review, I bet.
But all I want to do is cry and sob and heave and cry and stamp my feet and cry. Because this series is over and I honestly feel so lost. I reread all the books prior to reading this, because I wanted to put it off as long as possible. Unfortunately, unless I stopped reading it altogether, it was bound to happen. And when it did, I felt shattered into tiny pieces. I really don’t know how I’m going to cope knowing there’s no more Juliette, no more Warner, no more Kenji, and even…no more Adam or James. Despite how irritating I found him in Ignite Me.
What can I say? Tahereh Mafi shoots and she scores. I can’t find a fault. Okay, so If I’m really picky? The ending… If you call that “closure” I think you need a dictionary. That was by far the most open ended ending to a series since Requiem. I’M NOT KIDDING!
I felt like there could have been at least another 100 pages or so, just to tighten it up, to give some hint as to what happens next. No epilogue needed, just some guidance. Now I feel like there needs to be a spin-off series. Hint Hint double Hint triple HINT!
Anyway, *breathes* My love for Warner. Will it ever stop growing? I don’t think I can contain it all in one tiny heart. I liked him in Shatter Me, Loved him in Unravel Me and my god…
Kenji, man, you rule! I felt so bad for him, but also he really brings life to this story. I realise he was trying hard to keep spirits lifted because what happened to Omega Point not only destroyed him, it almost killed Castle, who he considers a father. Or near enough.
Juliette, she really grew in this. She changed from a shy, unimpressive, scared girl to someone who can become proud of herself, take charge of her powers and not have to answer to anyone. I really, truly wish I had her guts. I found at times her attitude was so inspiring, I was nearly in tears with jealousy. Adam constantly telling her she had changed for the worse, and basically calling her stupid for it, was wrong, and for that I just got so annoyed with him. Yes, so what, she broke up with him, but that doesn’t mean you go around being a dick over it and insulting her. She broke up with him for HIS OWN GOOD, and the fact he couldn’t appreciate that, rather than shoving it in her face, was just beyond a joke. Warner was always going to be the better choice, because as much as he was callous and cruel, he believed in her, he loved her, and he wanted her to become herself, the truth inside of her. Wow that sounds cheesy, but you know what I mean? He didn’t underestimate her.
For the other characters, Sara and Sonya, Lily, Alia, Brendan, Winston, even Ian, I mean these people…they made the book. They each brought their own quarter and stopped it from being entirely ‘the Adam and Juliette soap drama’ because that’s what it would have been.
As for Anderson, have fun in hell, you bastard!
There are a couple of…rather steamy chapters that I will not spoil, but just be warned. Oh my. Near the 50’s. Just saying. *winks* and these are beyond anything I ever imagined. Tahereh, you kinky sod! 😛 Love ya.
I am so so so SO deeply sorry to see this series end, and it has by far been one of the best, if not THE best ever in my life and I just can’t deal with the parting. It hurts. I’ve invested so much time and emotion into these beautiful characters, I can only imagine how painful it is for Tahereh to stop, to leave them. Unless there is a spin off in which case….*throws tiny hearts your way*
Good bye my loves, I’ll miss you. *sobs*
Blue has spent the majority of her sixteen years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey’s spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why – either he is her true love or she has killed him.
Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from the local private school (lead by Gansey) who are on a quest to discover Glendower – a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour.
Never before has Blue felt such magic around her. But is Gansey her true love? She can’t imagine a time she would feel like that, and she is adamant not to be the reason for his death. Where will fate lead them?
Such a complex, magical story. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read, which I’m still trying to decide that’s a good or bad thing. I love Gansey. He has all the attitude of an old man, but deep down he’s just lonely and missing something to his life, despite having lots of money. People think rich people have it all, and most do, but there are some times where money can’t buy love.
Blue is a weird and wonderful character. Growing up with psychics has made her open to anything. When she is told her true love will die if she kisses him, well, it’s almost like a dare. She’s determined to make sure he doesn’t die, especially when she discovers the boy is Gansey.
Adam, Ronan and mysterious Noah are Gansey’s ‘gang’ and go with him wherever. But they each have their own problems and that adds so much more. Although, those problems are severely tragic in their own way.
I liked the bond between Gansey and his friends. He seemed to care more for them than people give him credit for, and it’s almost sad how Ronan and Adam don’t seem to appreciate how much he helps them, whether it be school or home. Despite his front, Gansey really is insecure, which is sad, because…well, it is. I think that’s why I liked him so much, because like calls to like. >_<
I have to admit, I thought there would be some romance in this, given that the tag line is “if you kiss your true love, he will die”. I mean, I wasn’t expecting lots, because of the obvious, but I did think there would be undying love and torment because they couldn’t kiss, or whatever. I also got thrown sideways when Adam turned out to be more central than Gansey in terms of Blue. I was like “what? But I thought…wait, WHAT?” so yeah. I’m hoping Dream Thieves will prove a bit more understandable.
Blue’s family cracked me up, especially Persephone and Calla. They were both creepy but witty, and they livened up the house, when things got intense.
There was plenty of suspense, and several moments that had me biting my nails (although I do that anyway…) and I can’t wait to continue with book 2!
When the Mayflower set sail in 1620, it carried on board the men and women who would shape America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins. But some among the Pilgrims were not pure of heart; they were not escaping religious persecution. Indeed, they were not even human. They were vampires.
They assimilated quickly into the New World. Rising to levels of enormous power, wealth, and influence, they were the celebrated blue bloods of American society.
The Blue Bloods vowed that their immortal status would remain a closely guarded secret. And they kept that secret for centuries. But now, in New York City, the secret is seeping out. Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at a prestigious private school. Suddenly, when she turns fifteen, there is a visible mosaic of blue veins on her arm. She starts to crave raw food and she is having flashbacks to ancient times. Then a girl from her school is found dead… drained of all her blood. Schuyler doesn’t know what to think.
For years I’d wanted to read this series after a friend recommended it to me. I managed to actually find the first book in store, as before I’d only ever seen the later books. It took me a while, but eventually I did read it and enjoyed it. It reminds me of Gossip Girl, with high socialites and elegant parties. Just with vampires.
Blue Bloods tells the story of Schuyler Van Alen, a 15 yr old who isn’t interested in fashion or being cool. She has her best friend Oliver and Dylan who is a mysterious, eluding and brooding young man with enough alluring charm to bring all the girls to his yard. Speaking of Charm, Jack Force. Holy…mother of hotness. Can I? Pretty please? lol
There are three pov’s throughout this book, including Bliss, the best friend of Mimi. She’s probably one of my favourite characters.
Jack and Mimi Force are twins not to be reckoned with. Being Blue Bloods themselves, they have a higher power over the Red Bloods, aka humans. The older generations – the parents, the grandparents, etc – are much older than they seem, although they don’t age in the sense we do. The vampires come to a time where they fall into a sleep and are reawakened as a new person ,so to speak, although still in the same body. Confusing? Yeah, so was I.
Blue Bloods can’t die, they are immortal, and indestructible beings. But there are murders happening and they’re all…yep, you guessed it. Blue Bloods. The basis of the story is Schuyler and Oliver, who turns out to be some sort of slave in a past life, aim to discover who is killing and put a stop to it. But when the monster is practically hidden in plain sight, things could get troublesome. Especially if it’s someone they know.
A not-particularly-fast-paced but full of drama book, with twists of romance and mystery, that will both have your head spinning and curiosity peaked for hours. The whole vampire set up is fascinating to me, and I can’t wait to read the second book. I know I’m many years behind in reading these, so I have lots of catching up to do. 🙂
“Do you want me to be dangerous?” he asked, his voice husky and low.
I gulped, and for a moment I was incapable of speech. But he was quiet, waiting. “No. I don’t.”
“Then I’m not dangerous at all,” he murmured. His gaze moved from my eyes to my mouth. “You’ve never been safer than you are at this moment.” I shivered as his breath tickled my skin. Our lips were mere millimeters apart when the sky shattered in a kaleidoscope of colored light.
We didn’t know how much we had to lose until we were infected with magic. Sam was in love, Juliette was the main caretaker for her siblings, and Ana and her dad planned the best parties in New York. But we lost it all when we were shipped to Chebeague, an exclusive school for newly infected mages.
Everyone knows about the mages, those who survive the infection and end up with magical abilities. We’ve seen the power of magic, the high-paying jobs, and the world fame. But we never saw the cost. We didn’t know we’d be forced to give up everything: sanity, family, even the right to talk on the phone.
We didn’t know mage was just another word for prisoner.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Magic? Check. Romance? Check. A creepy school for the infected mages even if you’re not infected or a mage? Check check.
Wow, I love this. It’s intriguing, fresh, and not as complicated as I’d expected given there are 3 authors. There are 3 main characters: Ana, Sam and Juliette. It’s obvious that each author had their own character, so it wasn’t hard to understand.
The story is told in journal form, which is cool, although at times the tense tended to change from present to past to present, etc etc. I was getting a little confused.
There haven’t been many books about magic other than the obvious that I’ve read, and to say these are regular “wizards” is wrong. In this, they are called Mages and there are certain types of skills each person is better at. Prophecy, Pushing, Temp, Super senses, Healing and Alchemy. It’s very different to lots of other books out there and I couldn’t recommend it enough.
The characters are young, but they don’t necessarily behave it, which can at times be off putting but mostly it’s nice because then you actually see the story and not just how stupid they are. Although, yeah they can be stupid. Getting into trouble, escaping places and generally being rebels.
Can’t wait for the sequel.
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Sabrina West, Sheena Boekweg and Melanie Crouse never dreamed they would actually create a book worth publishing when they started writing together. Alchemy was merely supposed to be an exercise in flexibility. And it has been that, but it is so much more. Friendships that span the American continent have been forged, and unforgettable characters have been created.
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She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.
Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.
Her father was right. The monsters are real….
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….
I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I’d tell my sister no.
I’d never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I’d zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I’d hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I’d tell them I love them.
I wish… Yeah, I wish.
Having been recommended this book several times, I had to give it a go. I started it a few months ago, and thought the characters were interesting, the story somewhat different to what I’m used to, but at least it was fun.
I mean, Zombies? That’s not an everyday occurrence for me. 😛 I liked Alice. I thought she was strong, brave, and rather funny. Kat was what a best friend should be; trusting, fun, loyal…and then there’s Cole. The bad boy. Yeah he might have helped me like the book.
I had thought there might be a love triangle with Justin and Cole wanting Ali, but turns out Justin wasn’t really a strong contender. Cole I found pushy, rather hot and cold, and a little annoying. I mean, you can’t go around beating people up for just looking at the girl you sorta like but don’t like but do…you know? It doesn’t make sense. He either wants to be with Ali, or he doesn’t. It’s not rocket science. And what’s more is Ali is only 16 and thinking of all these things that to be honest should not be going through a 16 year old girls head! Or am I just a fuddy-duddy? Who knows.
I liked the premise that zombies were spirits and the zombie hunters could part with their bodies and fight in the spirit world, or whatever it was. Although in some cases I think my nonreligious self found it cheesy.
Now, I did get 3 quarters a way through this in a steady time, but then I had to stop. Not because of the story itself, but in honesty, I found some of the bits too…cheesy. I mean, if you’re in the middle of a fight with zombies, you’re injured and tired, you would hardly have the time to recognise a smell of the guy you like. I mean, who smells sandalwood in among rot and blood?
That is pretty much what made me stop reading. Until a couple days ago when I decided to tackle it again and I finished, but it wasn’t really up there in my top books. I wanted to love it, but despite the action, the hot romance and the zombies, there were just too many “ugh, really?” moments for me to give this more than a 3 star.