Monthly Archives: May 2013

Goddess by: Josephine Angelini

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The Forever of Ella and Micha wasn’t the only book I got wirelessly delivered on Tuesday that got bumped to the head of my list. I also got Goddess by: Josephine Angelini. If you haven’t read the Starcrossed trilogy, I recommend it.

Goddess by Josephine AngeliniHere is the description of Goddess from Goodreads:

After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.

To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.

Calling this the epic conclusion to this trilogy would not be an exaggeration. The sheer amount of planning that had to have gone into this novel is staggering. Everything tied together in unexpected yet perfect ways.

I can’t go into too much detail because it would be spoilery, but just know that everything is revealed. However, I have to say, Daphne’s motivation bothered me. I can’t say that it surprised me, but it seemed like there should have been something more there.

Don’t expect a lot of cutesy romance in this book. The Scions are preparing for war and that is what it is mainly about. Helen is figuring things out, but she never has the chance to fully explain her motivations to the others, and I feel like that is something that should have happened. She recovers knowledge that I can only assume has been lost for a long time, and I think revealing what she knew would have altered some peoples’ choices. But alas, she did not have the chance.

This book does not end all sunshine and daisies either. There is some heartbreak and loss, but everything turns out probably the best that it can.

I couldn’t put this book down. Though now I’m sad that it’s over because I don’t want to say goodbye to Helen and Lucas and Hector and everybody.

5/5 Stars

Goddess can be found on Amazon here.

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The Forever of Ella and Micha by: Jessica Sorensen

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Even though I am in the middle of three other books, as soon as The Forever of Ella and Micha by: Jessica Sorensen was delivered at midnight last night, I had to start reading it. I was looking forward to it that much. If you haven’t read The Secret of Ella and Micha yet, check out my review here, and read it first then pick up this one. You won’t be disappointed.

The Forever of Ella and Micha by Jessica SorensenHere is the description of The Forever of Ella and Micha from Goodreads:

Ella and Micha have survived tragedy and heartbreak. When they’re together, anything seems possible. But now they are thousands of miles apart, and managing their long distance relationship will put their love to the test.

Ella is back at school, trying hard not worry so much about her future. But with her father in and out of rehab, she’s having a hard time making it through the days. All she wants is Micha by her side, but she refuses to let her problems get in the way of his dreams.

Micha spends his days touring the country with his band, but deep down he knows something is missing. Being away from Ella is harder than he thought it would be. He wants her closer to him-needs her with him. But he won’t ask her to leave college, just to be with him.

The few moments they do spend together are intense and passionate, but it only makes it more difficult when they have to part. They know they want to be together, but is wanting something enough to get them to their forever?

This was one of my most anticipated books of the summer, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

This book starts with Micha on the road with his band and Ella missing him like crazy. She is going to school and seeing a therapist to try to work through her problems, and Micha is trying to live his dream.

Even though Ella and Micha got together in the first book, they still have a lot of issues to work out. That is what this book was about. They learned to trust each other and others, and they dealt with their demons.

Ella and Micha really are perfect together. Ella is not the typical story heroine. She is kind of punk, likes cars, and can definitely take care of herself. At the same time, she is totally believable. In a lot of stories, authors will try to make their characters fit a certain mold, and it doesn’t really work. That’s not the case with Ella. She has learned who she is and isn’t afraid to be that person. Then there’s Micha. He is perfect for Ella. He is rocker and has his own demons, but he is innately a caring person which is exactly the right fit for Ella. I guess what I’m saying is that Ms. Sorensen paired up two people who made sense together in this book. It wasn’t some unrealistic story about some perfect princess getting with some larger than life bad boy who is actually sensitive and perfect and who could never exist in real life. Ella and Micha are REAL and I think that’s what makes this story so strong.

Lila and Ethan are around. They need to quit circling each other and make a move. The tension there is killing me. I will definitely be reading their book.

The only thing I would have added to this book would be another epilogue. I would like to get a glimpse of Ella and Micha in like five or ten years. There was a 6-months-later epilogue, but I would like to get an idea of where they end up in the long run.

Anyway, get it, read it, love it. I did.

5/5 Stars

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Vanquished by: Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

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I just finished Vanquished by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie. This book was another case of hate that its over but loved the ending! This was an amazing end to a great trilogy. Want vampire books done well? Read the Crusade books. They will not disappoint… Unless you only like cutesy sparkly vampires. Then you might be disappointed.

Vanquished by Nancy Holder and Debby Viguie

 Here is the description from Goodreads:

Following the “globetrotting supernatural adventure” (Publishers Weekly) of Damned, the riveting conclusion to the Crusade trilogy pushes the power of love to its limits.

Hope is in short supply, but courage runs deep as the Salamancan hunters recover from a devastating loss. Jenn knows she must rally her team against the Cursed Ones, but her focus is shattered. She’s torn between passion for Antonio, who once fought by her side, and hate for the bloodthirsty vampire he’s become. His volatility is tearing apart their team…and Jenn’s trust.

As the Cursed Ones amass new strength, Team Salamanca must strike together if they hope to survive, let alone defend humanity. Jenn wants to believe Antonio’s loyal to their cause—and their love—but she’s slowly losing her heart to Resistance fighter Noah. And if Antonio’s not careful, he may just end up with a stake in his.

This gripping conclusion to an epic trilogy pairs steamy romance with heart-stopping action, and delivers an ending as dramatic as it is unexpected.

This book picks up right where the last book left off. The Battle of Salamanca just ended and Skye is the prisoner of her dreaded ex. Antonio is trying (and failing) to come to terms with what he did while his humanity was taken away.

This book did an excellent job of reminding me what happened in the previous books without making it obvious that I was getting a recap. It has been quite a while since I read Damned, but I felt like I had just finished it with how this book seamlessly helped me remember the important points.

This book was altogether excellent. I flew through it, not wanting to put it down. I will admit that their were time when I got worried I did not think the HEA was going to be possible, but I just kept going because I had to know what would happen.

This book has some shocking moments, some sweet moments, but for the most part, it is about preparing for the final showdown. Everything is about the battle. They are at war and you never can forget that.

I loved Antonio, Jenn, Skye, Holgar, Fr. Juan, and Jamie even grew on me by the end.

This book really was a great end to the series. There really is no more to say.

5/5 Stars

Purchase Vanquished from Amazon here.

Sweet Evil by: Wendy Higgins

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I just finished Sweet Evil by: Wendy Higgins. This book had been on my TBR for quite a while now, and Amazon had it on sale one day, so I snatched it up and read it.

Photo linked to Goodreads

Photo linked to Goodreads

Here is the description from Goodreads:

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

This book was really dark, especially for a YA. This was not necessarily a bad thing, but it was very different. So often it seems like YA books are too overly cutesy and lovey-dovey, even the ones that get into dark subjects. This is not bad, per say, but it does make it somewhat shocking when I come across a book like this ones that is much more nitty-gritty than the cookie cutter YA that can be found on most bookstore shelves.

Anna is her school’s goody-two-shoes. She is as innocent as they come and never breaks even the slightest rule. She also has no idea that she is something other than human. When she goes to a concert with her best friend Jay, she meets Kaiden: drummer, playboy, son of the Duke of Lust.

Kaiden and Anna somehow end up going on a cross-country road trip together. That one was kind of weird, though I kind of understood the necessity since time was of the essence, but that was still an awkward leap and totally out of character for Patti, Anna’s guardian, to encourage the trip to happen.

Anyway, while on the trip, Anna falls in love with Kaiden – he falls in love with her too, though he would never admit it. Their romance is definitely different than most YA. Instead of insta-love, “we’re going to be together forever,” “let’s get married,” Kaiden knows that they literally have no hope of a future together, and convinces Anna that he was faking his feelings for her. I am interested to see what happens with them in the next book.

I felt sorry for Kopano, one of the other Neph that Anna meets. He is hard-core crushing on Anna, and she realizes it, but she is so far gone on Kaiden that they have no chance of getting together. We don’t know him super well, he’s more of the strong, silent type, but their is an innate draw and intensity to him that is definitely intriguing. He is another character that I will be looking out for more from.

This book is definitely mature YA. It contains drug-use, drunkenness, and Neph kids doing their fathers’ “work.” It was good; I just think parents should be cautioned about letting their younger teens read this one.

4/5 Stars

To purchase Sweet Evil from Amazon go here.

Jamb by: Misty Provencher

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I feel like I have a ton of books started and never finish any of them, so now I am trying to force myself to finish them. It’s not that I don’t like them, I do; it’s just that I know something bad is about to happen and I don’t want to get to it. The worst part is, the bad thing is usually nowhere near as bad as my mind convinces me it will be. But for real though.

So anyway, last night I finished a perfect example of this. Jamb by Misty Provencher. This is the third book in her Cornerstone series and it is a doozy.

Photo linked to Goodreads

Photo linked to Goodreads

On Gooreads, instead of getting a true book blurb, we get this little number:

A note, from Nalena:

The world has gone insane and our only option is to go deeper into The Fury. 
Facing the enemy doesn’t scare me. 
Unless he is my enemy now.

I personally think this adds to the intensity of this book. If you look on Amazon, there is an actual book description, but I am a fan of this one.

Initial thoughts:

Oh goodness, that cliffhanger was awful. Why didn’t the book after the second-to-last chapter when things were at a stopping point?! That last chapter was killer.

Ok, now that I’ve gotten that off of my chest, I can actually review the book.

Jamb picks up almost exactly where Keystone left off. Nali and Garrett are standing on the roof of the hotel watching the Fury approach, Nali wants to go help in some way to defend their haven, but Garrett tells her that she needs to rest because getting a new Connection wears a Contego out. Nali passes out amidst her protests.

When she wakes up again, all sorts of drama ensues. The Curas are all gathered, but no one knows who to trust. People are panicking which can never lead to good things. Oh and did I mention goody-two-shoes Sean gets into some serious drama of his own? I totally didn’t see that one coming. Not from him.

I don’t want to give away too much more because I’m trying not to spoil anything here. Garrett is still great, and him and Nali together are still sickeningly sweet. (Which I like)

The second half of the book got a little hard to read in a couple of parts. Probably not for reasons your thinking. You will just have to find out on your own.

Some questions were answered, some loyalties were determined, while others are up in the air, but I think I have even more questions now than I did at the beginning. I hope the last book gets released soon!

4/5 Stars

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