Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Summary:
The truth is, when you banish the gods from the world, they eventually come back-with a vengeance.
In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March is a former investigator of religious groups who was sent into exile after a failed job, a fate that has left the brilliant servitor bitter and free to indulge his addictive personality. Suddenly, Justin is sent home to the Republic of United North America (RUNA) with a peculiar assignment-to solve a string of ritualistic murders steeped in seemingly unexplainable phenomena.
Justin’s unexpected return comes with an even bigger shock: His new partner and bodyguard, Mae, is a praetorian, one of the elite and deadly supersoldiers of the RUNA. Her inexplicably perfect beauty and aristocratic upbringing pique Justin’s avid curiosity-and his desire-though her true nature holds more danger than anyone realizes.
As their investigation unfolds, Justin and Mae find themselves in the path of terrible danger. Mysterious enemies and powers greater than they can imagine have begun to assemble in the shadows, preparing to reclaim a world where humans are merely gamepieces on their board.
Gameboard of the Gods, the first novel of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, delivers all the elements that have made her bestselling Vampire Academy series a breakout success: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and breathless action and suspense.
Review:
Richelle Mead became an auto-buy author for me the minute I fell in love with Dimitri from Vampire Academy. When I heard she was coming out with the Age of X series I was intrigued. I looked into it and became unsure. They didn’t really seem like my kind of books. After reading Gameboard of the Gods, I completely a thousand percent take it back. This series may end up becoming one of my favorites.
Gameboard of the Gods was a fantastic book, for many reasons. It had an amazing storyline, one I’d never read before. It was a seriously unique book. It was a mix of mythological, futuristic, romantic, adventurous. Gameboard of the Gods had a little bit of everything. Which is, I think, why I liked it so much. It took me a little longer than usual to finish this book. Partially because it’s a long book, and partially because I just moved and that took up a chunk of my reading time. When I wasn’t reading, all I wanted to do was finish this book. There were a couple slow parts that were interesting but dragged at points. The suspense was probably the worst for me, it almost killed me. I just wanted to know where the story was headed. It didn’t really have a huge cliffhanger, but it definitely ended leaving me wanting more. I don’t think the title for the second book in the series has even been released, let alone a date that it will be coming out. Which is infuriating because I just want to know what’s going to happen next. Isn’t that every reader’s worst nightmare?
Now, onto the characters, which is always my favorite part. Gameboard of the Gods mainly follows Justin March and his life, but it also jumps around a few other important characters. Justin March was a very interesting main character. He has so many secrets that all eventually come to light. I think Justin tries to have his head on straight and his heart in the right place, but he’s only human. In the beginning, we see him indulging in everything that’s bad for him. Gambling, drinking, doing anything and everything he can to deal with being in exile. We get to see more of who he really is when we meet our next important character. He shows who he really is when he’s around Tessa and her family. Justin has a lot of quirks, one of them being the voices in his head. I’m going to try to explain the best I can without giving anything away. The voices are a pest to him mostly, but end up helping him significantly at times. His voices are probably some of the most fun parts of the book, but they also give us quite a bit of information without giving too much away. As a whole, I liked Justin. He does the best he can to do what he thinks is right and I think that’s very admirable.
Mae, the praetorian, is loyal to her government. She does what she’s supposed to when she’s supposed to do it. When we first meet Mae she’s just lost the love of her life. She tries to keep herself collected and together but snaps at one point. The consequences of her brief breakdown are what leads her to be Justin’s bodyguard. The relationship that forms between the two of them is very complicated and describing it without giving any of the story away is pretty hard. Mae tends to bring out the asshole in Justin because it’s what he thinks is the easiest way to handle the situation. Mae tries her hardest to be emotionless and in control of everything, but usually ends up in over her head. I like Mae for the most part, there definitely are some points in the story where she isn’t my favorite. She is sometimes indecisive and never asks for any help with whats going on with her, which is always something that irks me. If she just asked for help everything would be so much easier on her! Overall, I really liked Mae, she stands up for what she believes in, and she does everything she can for those she cares about, even if she won’t admit she cares about them.
Next is Tessa. Tessa is the daughter of someone who helped Justin when he needed it. So when he is asked to come back to the RUNA one of his conditions is that he is allowed to bring Tessa so she can have a better life. Tessa doesn’t really have any options at home, other than marrying. In the RUNA she can go to school, live in a whole different society with a whole different lifestyle. When Tessa moves to the RUNA she’s kind of awkward at first, which is understandable. I think Tessa handles this life-changing event relatively well. She’s considered an outsider at school and is talked about and treated differently by almost everyone. She makes a couple of friends that really end up helping her adapt to her new life. I liked Tessa, she has all these changes thrown at her and she just keeps moving forward, going with the flow, making the best out of whats given to her.
There are a few other characters that play a part in this story, but the three I mentioned are the most important. I liked most of the other characters, except the obvious antagonists because they’re meant to be portrayed as assholes. I loved Gameboard of the Gods so much. I can’t wait for the second to come out and see where Richelle Mead is going to take these characters. I suggest this book to anyone that loves romance, or action, or futuristic settings, or anything mythological because Gameboard of the Gods has all this and more. Something that should be kept in mind is that this is, in fact, an adult series, not young adult. There are some parts that are a little inappropriate for the younger readers.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey

Summary:
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains.
After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th Wave, just one rule
applies: trust no one.
Now it’s the dawn of the 5th Wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or ever saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Review:
The only reason I read The 5th Wave was because John Green recommended it. This is not my usual type of book that i’d read. It turned out to be a really good book. I had a hard time putting it down. The 5th Wave had a very interesting story line. It was exciting, and suspenseful. I couldn’t tell what was going to happen next. I ended up really enjoying this book. It had a little bit of everything. It had the action and the fighting, that boys like. It had the romantic angle, for the girls. It had a strong female lead for readers who like that. I also really enjoyed all the twists and turns and the intertwining connections between all the characters. There are so many good things about this book.
The characters were fantastic as well. The female lead, Cassie, spends most of the book on a mission to find and rescue her younger brother. She’s very determined and follows through with her plans, falling in love and meeting a friend on the way. Cassie’s smart, she doesn’t go into anything without thinking it through. She’s also very caring. She is rescued and put into a very interesting situation. She absolutely loves Evan. And I kind of adore that about her. She takes risks for what she’s passionate about. Cassie is really just a great girl.
The male lead character, Ben Parish, goes through a lot when the Others came around. He ended up being drafted into the makeshift army. Ben is pretty much brainwashed by the army. He eventually straightens his head out, but he has to rescue his team member nugget before he can escape. Ben is a pretty good guy. He’s determined and focused. Because of this he succeeds in his mission.
Next is Evan Walker, he’s a hard guy to talk about without giving too much away. Evan really means well. He has good intentions. He never wanted this. Then he falls in love with Cassie. His whole life becomes about protecting her in all the dangerous situations she finds. Evan is strong and capable. He tries to be good and I think that’s what matters.
Last there’s Sammy, Cassie’s little brother. Sammy is a very brave little boy. He mostly just goes with the flow. But he never loses hope that Cassie’s going to come for him. He believes in his sister. Sammy meets a lot of people, some that help him in his future. Sammy is a very smart, very lucky boy.
As a whole, I really liked this book. It sucked me in. The 5th Wave is a good book to get lost in. If anyone else has read it let me know what you thought!

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare

Summary:
Orphan Tessa Gray, sixteen, crosses the ocean from New York to find her brother Nate in Victorian London, her only possession a clockwork angel necklace from her mother. She is ignorant of her power to transform; the Dark sisters are not. They kidnap her for the Magister, who wants to marry Tessa and claim her power.
Shadowhunters, warriors of angel blood, battle demons and keep the peace in the Downworld of vampires, warlocks and other supernaturals. Orphan teen Shadowhunters Jem, Will, and Jess rescue Tessa and agree to help save Nate. Vengeful vampire Lady Camille Belcourt and her current lover, warlock Magnus Bane provide entree to the Magister’s secret Pandemonium Club.

Review:
I just finished reading this book and I’m still slightly undecided on how much I liked it. I’ve loved every book that Cassandra Clare has written. I tore through the Mortal Instruments Series. It wasn’t like that for me with Clockwork Angel. I did definitely like this book even if I am undecided on how much. The characters were some that I absolutely got attached to. The story line was definitely a little unusual, but familiar to me because I’ve already read The Mortal Instruments series, well what’s already out of it. I’m excited to see where this series will go with how Clockwork Angel ended.
The characters were very similar to those in The Mortal Instruments series, some of them are actually in the other series so it was interesting reading about their past. The main character, Tessa, was a really interesting girl. At the beginning of the book she was thrown into a terrible situation and things seemed to only get worse for her. I think she handled herself very well. She was more concerned about her brother than herself. She was a very caring person and I really liked that. She tried to make the best out of whatever she had at the moment. She had this new ability and she learned to control it in terrible circumstances without much choice in the matter. Tessa experienced a lot of new things all at once. Things that would be very overwhelming and she handled everything relatively well. I liked Tessa’s character for the most part, but there were times where I just wanted to reach in the book and smack her. She could be a bit ignorant at times. But it was kind of expected with being introduced into a whole new world she knew nothing about. I admire Tessa for how strong she was through this book. I just hope she continues to be like this through the rest of the series. Then there’s Tessa’s brother Nate. I didn’t particularly like his character. He was kind of an asshole and wasn’t very appreciative of Tessa and her new friends saving his life. Then once he wasn’t dying, all he did was hit on Jessamine because she has money and he’s a douche. I really didn’t like Nate’s character, but who knows you might feel differently.
Next the Shadowhunters, Charlotte, Henry, Will, Jem, and Jessamine. Charlotte was probably one of my favorites in this book. She’s smart, determined, confident, caring, and just an all around good person. She runs the Institute with help from her husband, Henry. Although, he tends to be more trouble then help. Charlotte isn’t really taken seriously as the head of the Institute by other Shadowhunter, but I think she does a fantastic job with what she’s handed. Henry would rather stay in the basement and invent things, mostly things that don’t work. But hey, he tries and that’s what counts. I liked Henry. He was pretty funny, usually by accident, and he just cared about everyone so much. Will Herondale. It was really hard for me to not hate Will, but at the same time I had a really hard time not falling for him. He has so much going on. He wants to save the world, but won’t let anyone in to save him. And boy does he need saving. He has the mysteriousness going on and tries really hard to keep it that way. I just wanna know everything he’s hiding already! Next is Jem, he was another one of my favorites. He’s honest, funny, sweet, and just a genuinely good person. He went through a lot growing up and only wants to make the world a better place. If I could find Jem in the real world I would marry him, immediately. Last is Jessamine Lovelace. I really didn’t like her, at all. She’s stuck up, self centered, and sometimes really rude. She’s a Shadowhunter, but refuses to act like one. She sits at home and tries to find a way to make everyone’s lives difficult. I definitely think the story could have done without her, but I imagine she has a purpose. I’m just waiting to see what it is.
Overall, I liked this book. I liked most of the characters. The story line kept me interested and I’m kind of really excited to see where Cassandra Clare goes with this series. If you’ve read the Mortal Instruments Series and liked it, you should definitely give this series a try. Or if you like the paranormal, supernatural kinds of books these are right up your alley.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

Call Me Irresistible – Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Summary:
Lucy Jorik’s the daughter of a former U.S. President…
Meg Koranda’s the offspring of legends…
One of them is about to marry Mr. Irresistible- Ted Beaudine- the favorite son of Wynette, Texas…
The other is determined to save her friend from a mess of heartache.
Meg knows breaking up her best friend’s wedding is the right thing to do, but no one else agrees. Faster than Lucy can say “I don’t,” Meg’s the most hated woman in town-and stuck there with a dead car, and empty wallet, and a very angry bridegroom. Broke, stranded, without her famous parents watching her back, Meg believes she can survive by her own wits. After all, what’s the worst that can happen? She’ll lose her heart to Mr. Irresistible?
Not likely. Not likely at all.

Review:
I recently went to the bookstore after getting my first paycheck from my new job. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of my auto buy authors and I saw that she had a new book out, The Great Escape. I thought it sounded really good, then I realized it was a sequel of sorts. So I found the first, Call Me Irresistible, where I proceeded to call my dad and make him look at my bookshelves to see if I already owned it. When we decided that I didn’t own it I just had to buy it, I just couldn’t not. So here I am, after spending my entire shift at work finishing this book, this is what I thought of Susan Elizabeth Phillip’s Call Me Irresistible.
I spent most of my time laughing while reading this book. I love books that can make me crack up and look like a maniac if I’m reading in public and this was definitely one of those. The story line kept me interested, the characters were hilarious, and there were some parts that I didn’t expect.
I love books that can make me laugh, which is the main reason I read Phillip’s books. This was a typical love story, I knew who was going to fall in love in the first chapter. There were parts that I didn’t expect, which was a pleasant surprise. Generally, lovey romancey novels like this are completely predictable. So I absolutely loved the fact that there were parts I didn’t guess. Something else I liked about this book is that it took place in small town Texas, so I kind of got a glimpse at what life down there is like. Yes, I know it’s a fiction story. But I don’t live somewhere that’s even remotely like Texas. It was a perspective I enjoyed.
My favorite part to talk about, the characters. Meg Koranda was someone I’d probably be friends with in real life. She’s funny, obnoxious, honest, stubborn, and a lot like my group of friends. Meg was put through a ridiculous amount of completely unnecessary bullshit while she was in Wynette, Texas. She handled herself better than I would have. She has almost too much pride which sometimes made things more complicated for her. I found Meg to be a very admirable female lead. Next comes Wynette’s beloved Ted, who Meg’s best friend Lucy left at the altar. Ted was a really hard character for me to figure out. One page I’d think I had him down, but then he’d go do something crazy and prove me wrong. It took me a while before I started to actually like Ted. He was kind of an asshole at Meg towards the beginning of the book. But he started being nicer, funnier, and sarcastic and I fell for him right along with Meg. Everyone else that lived in town aren’t important enough to be mentioned individually. But I would like to add that I thought they treated Meg very unfairly when she first came to Wynette, but I’m glad they eventually let their grudges go and let her be happy with Ted. The townspeople definitely added more hilarity to the story.
I’d recommend this book to anyone that likes a good romance novel or a book that will make you laugh. This is absolutely both of those things.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

The Eternity Cure – Julie Kagawa

Summary:
In Allison Sekemoto’s world, there is one rule left: blood calls to blood.
She has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie’s birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever-and possibly end human and vampire existence.
There’s a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago-and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike.The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.
Allison thought that immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and Allie must face another choice she could never imagined having to make.
Review:
The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa was no disappointment. It one hundred percent met my expectations. I loved every page. It was suspenseful and surprising. There was a lot going on so I had to pay more attention but when all the pieces fell together I knew I’d made a good decision spending my time reading this series. Julie Kagawa made it to my auto-buy author list because I’ve loved every one of her books, and The Eternity Cure was no different. The plot is pretty unique for being about vampires.
One thing I really enjoyed about this book that doesn’t have to do with the characters was that there wasn’t just one big reveal. There was surprise after surprise through the whole book. We learned little bits and pieces of the whole story at a time. This is something I’ve grown to love. I think that it helps to keep up the suspense and excitement of the story.
I also loved the characters. Probably more than I should, but that’s okay. I feel like I’ve grown with them in these past two books. The main character, Allison, has definitely grown up significantly since the first book. Although she does still have her outburst moments, usually with pretty good reason.
Next is Zeke. The role Zeke played in The Eternity Cure kind of made me dislike him a bit. I mean, I’m all for the sappy romances where nothing can separate them, even though he’s human and she’s a vampire. But to leave a completely human city, the one place you know you’re safe in, to go somewhere that you’ll almost definitely die. That’s just stupid in my opinion, and I’m not a fan of stupid. Don’t get me wrong, I love Zeke, and I love everything that goes on between him and Allie. He’s brave, smart, attractive, compassionate, caring, and sometimes moronically protective. What girl in their right mind wouldn’t love him? There were just times where he aggravated me.
The character that surprised me the most had to be Jackal. I despised him in the first book, The Immortal Rules, and didn’t expect that to change in this one. But it did. I found myself cracking up at the shit that came out of Jackal’s mouth. He kept the mood upbeat and light-hearted to an extent. He was comic relief. I started to hate to love him, but he really grew on me and ended up being not such a bad guy. Sure he was selfish, conceited, and stubborn, but he was also very smart, confident, and honest. At the end of this book, I ended up loving Jackal too.
The last, and certainly not least, of the good guys, Kanin. I adored Kanin in the first book. With his mysteriousness that he had going on. I ate it up. In the sequel, a lot more of the truth definitely comes out. Some of what I learned made me respect Kanin and his actions, but some also left me a bit disappointed in him. Kanin went through quite a bit in this book and still came out a better person. He struggled through being tortured to the point that he wasn’t supposed to return from and he still came back to Allison. That’s what I’d call strength and determination.
Now the bad guys, Sarren and Stick (Mr. Stephen). I mentioned Stick in my last review, how I didn’t like him much because he was just kind of an asshole. Well, Stick turns into a super asshole in the second book. He comes into a powerful position and definitely let it get to his head. Any time I was reading about him I kind of just wanted to reach into the book and strangle him. I’m completely okay with how his fate turns out. Then there’s Sarren. Sarren is pretty much just a sick freak. There’s something wrong in his head and everything he believes is twisted and dark. He was pushed past the point of no return, and he absolutely didn’t return the same like Kanin did. Sarren’s not a guy I’d like to meet walking down a dark alley, that’s for sure.
I think the only thing that I didn’t like about this book was the beginning. I’m really not a fan of books that start however many months later and this was one of those. Overall I thought The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa was a fantastic book and I’d suggest it to anyone who likes dystopian or paranormal young adult books.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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The Immortal Rules – Julie Kagawa

Summary:
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.
Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for.
Review:
This is my second time reading this book. I think reading it a second time made me love this book even more. The characters are amazing. The storyline is relatively unique and I was hooked from the first page. I definitely suggest this book to anyone who is interested in paranormal books.
I’ll start with the characters. First, there’s Allison or Allie for short. At the beginning of the book she only really looks out for herself. She lives in the Fringe scavenging and pretty much just trying to survive. As the book goes on the changes Allie goes through are pretty apparent. I really enjoyed being able to see her develop and change as her life changes. By the end of the book, Allison is still very stubborn, but she stopped just caring about herself and started forming relationships and caring about others safety more than her own. I loved Allie the entire book.
Next, I’ll mention Lucas, Rat, and Stick. These are Allie’s crew. I really loved Lucas and was really sad when Allie had to leave him. When I started reading I totally thought Allie and Lucas were going to fall in love and live happily ever after. I was a little disappointed when that didn’t happen. Rat didn’t really have a huge part in the story. He was the one that no one liked but they looked out for him anyway. He kind of annoyed me but I think that was the point of his character. Then comes Stick, he constantly needed Allie to look out for him. He was slightly pathetic. Afraid of everything and never really did anything for himself. This fact doesn’t really change throughout the book which is why I wasn’t terribly fond of Stick.
I’d have to say that after Allison, Kanin was my next favorite character. I think it’s partially because of how mysterious he is. I can’t wait to find out more about him. He swoops in and saves the day when Allie is attacked by rabids. He’s really a no-nonsense kind of guy, well, vampire, which I really liked. He kept things together and only wants to fix mistakes from his past. It’s very obvious that after getting to know Allison he really starts to care about her as if she were a daughter. Kanin’s mysterious behavior slightly irritated me, more because I just wanted to know what he’s hiding already! Kanin’s character kind of disappears for a little bit, but he’s definitely going to be in the next book. Which I’m wicked excited for. Overall, I really liked Kanin’s character and I’m interested in seeing where he’s taken next.
Last, there’s the Eden crew. I liked almost everyone in the group. Not all of them had very big parts, but they were still there making me laugh and cry. I’ll only mention the relatively important ones. Jeb is basically the leader of the group. He is very demanding and seems like an asshole when he’s really just stubborn. He cares about everyone in the gang even if he doesn’t show it. The second in command, Zeke, is Jeb’s adopted son. Zeke is a lot like Jeb, the only difference is that Zeke shows that he cares for everyone. He sometimes lets his emotions control his decisions and sometimes that causes him to make the wrong one. I loved Zeke if he was a real person I would find him and marry him. But we obviously don’t live in a world overrun by vampires, so there goes that plan. Ruth will be last and certainly least. I really didn’t like Ruth. She was one of those ignorant girls that even though they’re living in a world run by vampires, all she cares about is getting Zeke’s attention. That’s one thing that really aggravates me, Ruth was against Allison every step of the way. Constantly making life more difficult for Allie. Ruth to me was just a stupid air-headed girl that wanted to cause drama. Regardless of that Allison still saved her life. I just really didn’t like Ruth.
Overall, I really loved this book. Allison is someone I’d absolutely be friends with if I knew her in real life. All the characters are amazing. They’re funny and hopeful in a world that has no hope left. The storyline sucked me in and spit me out. It took me way to long to read this book, and I’m definitely going to be reading the second, The Eternity Cure, much faster. So expect a review on that soon. Oh, and read this book. You’ll love it.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Crown of Vengeance by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Summary: Many legends begin as history, and much history begins with a single person caught up in an extraordinary time. So it is with the great Elven Queen Vieliessar of Farcarinon, who was the first to lead the forces of Light against the Endarkened. Perhaps the greatest Elven Mage of all time, Vieliessar was the first person to ever bond with a dragon. On behalf of her people and to save the world, Vieliessar worked astonishing magics…and paid a heartrending price.
But long before those days, Vieliessar was Varuthir, a young orphan who dreamed of becoming a knight. Varuthir’s dream was cruelly ripped from her when she was abruptly banished to the Sanctuary of the Star, to spend her life in service to the greatest Mages of the Fortunate Lands.
The Sanctuary was Varuthir’s prison- and Vieliessar’s birthplace. For ti was there that she learned that she was not just the last heir of the vanished kingdom of Farcarinon but also the Child of the Prophecy, whose coming heralded the destruction of the hundred kingdoms. More, Vieliessar discovered she was a Mage of undreamed-of power.
But magecraft alone will not make Vieliessar High King over the Hundred Houses. Her campaign to seize the Unicorn Throne is a tale of loyalty and betrayal, of love and loss, and of sacrifice and salvation. Of moments of humanity in the midst of war. And of the greatest battle of all, between Light and Dark.

This book is the third trilogy Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory have collaborated on. The first was the Obsidian Mountain Trilogy (possibly my favorite series ever) and the second was the Enduring Flame trilogy which takes place about a thousand years after the events of the first. They’ve just published the first in the Dragon Prophecy trilogy, which explains the history of events and people from the Obsidian Mountain Trilogy. I’m not sure what the timeline is for this one. I want to say it’s two thousand years or so before OMT, but I’m not sure so don’t quote me on it.
I’m so happy I finally read this book. At the same time, I’m really upset I finally read this book. This is only because I have no idea when the next one’s going to come out but probably not for at least a year. A fact that makes me want to cry.
I loved this book. In my personal opinion, Lackey and Mallory can do no wrong. I’ve read many other books by Lackey and liked all of them. I haven’t read any by Mallory yet but I’m sure I will at some point. I’ve loved both series they’ve written previously. They’ve created such an extraordinary world with amazing characters.
I was worried that I’d be disappointed by this book because I’d had my hopes up for so long. I wasn’t disappointed at all. I loved this story. I only wish I didn’t have to wait for the rest of it.
The characters are elves that live for about a thousand years, give or take a few centuries. This makes it so they’re still considered “young” long after what it means in our world. This meant I got to watch Vieliessar grow up through several decades. And no, it felt neither rushed nor drawn out. Vieliessar is a great, strong, female lead. At first it seems everyone and everything is working against her, but she doesn’t let it stop her. She fights against the prophecy set on her from birth, but when she realizes it’s something she’s meant to do to save the Hundred Houses, she sets everything else aside and whole-heartedly throws herself into the task, despite everyone telling her she’s crazy. I love her and I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next.
Runacarendalur is basically the equivalent to the male lead. I didn’t really like him much at the beginning. He seemed like all the other ambitious, arrogant War Princes. Eventually, I realized he’s not and now, I love him. Also, SPOILERS, they’re bonded! (It’s the equivalent of soul mates, just more magical. If one of them dies, the other does also.) It makes me so happy even though they think they hate each other. They don’t. They’re going to love each other. How do I know this? Well, because it has to happen or I’m going to cry. Also, I CAN’T BELIVE HE FUCKING LEFT! And then the book fucking ended! I am so not happy about this. But it’s okay. Because he’s going to come back and love Vieliessar for forever. …Because I said so. END SPOILERS.
If you like fantasy books I would absolutely recommend these books. If you haven’t read the other two series, I would advise you start with the Obsidian Mountain trilogy, partly because it’s my favorite and partly because it’s the first one they published. I would advise reading the Enduring Flame trilogy after Obsidian because it gives away some very important details. If you’d rather read them all chronologically (which I know some people prefer), that might be a little difficult considering only the first book in the Dragon Prophecy trilogy is out.
However you decide to read them, you absolutely, 100%, without hesitating, should run to your bookstore or library and read them. Right now.
I don’t get the chance to talk to many people who’ve read these series, so if you have, I would love to hear your opinion on it.
-Antonia

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Eona by Alison Goodman

Goodreads Summary: Eon has been revealed as Eona, the first female Dragoneye in hundreds of years. Along with fellow rebels Ryko and Lady Dela, she is on the run from High Lord Sethon’s army. The renegades are on a quest for the black folio, stolen by the drug-riddled Dillon; they must also find Kygo, the young Pearl Emperor, who needs Eona’s power and the black folio if he is to wrest back his throne from the selfstyled “Emperor” Sethon. Through it all, Eona must come to terms with her new Dragoneye identity and power – and learn to bear the anguish of the ten dragons whose Dragoneyes were murdered. As they focus their power through her, she becomes a dangerous conduit for their plans. . . .
Eona, with its pulse-pounding drama and romance, its unforgettable fight scenes, and its surprises, is the conclusion to an epic only Alison Goodman could create.

I just finished reading Eona by Alison Goodman and, just like Eon, I couldn’t put it down. Eona continuously surprised me. I honestly couldn’t guess what would happen next and every time I thought the characters were safe, the next page I was scared for their lives again.
I really liked these books. I thought the characters were built up well. Eona pissed me off a lot in the first book. She was trying so hard to do what was expected of her but she was constantly doing the wrong thing. It was wicked aggravating. During the second book, she FINALLY steps up and doesn’t mess up every five seconds. She starts listening to her instincts more instead of always doing what everyone tells her to do. She’s also finally learning how to be a girl and I loved seeing her grow into herself.
I adore Kygo. Mostly. He can be irritating at times but usually just when he’s doing something he HAS to do as emperor. Eona might not like it, but he is the emperor. He doesn’t always have a choice. As (understandably) annoying as he can be, I still love him. He genuinely wants what’s best for his people and he makes the right choice in the end.
I still love Dela and Ryko. Dela is just fantastic no matter what she’s doing. Ryko drove me a little nuts every time he and Eona were around each other. He was so mean to her, but, like with Kygo, I understood why so I can’t really be mad at him.
What I couldn’t stand about this book was Eona and Ido’s relationship. I hate him. He’s an asshole. He will never stop being an asshole. I understand he was necessary for teaching Eona how to use her dragon, but he made me so angry, especially at the end. Every time he opened his mouth I just wanted to punch him.
The end of the book was crazy. So much was happening all at one time and I really just wanted to cry. In a mostly good way.
I really like these books. They’re fast-paced and suspenseful. They have action, betrayal and love. I would recommend them to anyone who liked fantasy books and maybe even if you don’t. Amanda’s not usually a big fan of fantasy but she really liked them so, in this case, don’t judge a book by its genre.
-Antonia

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1st to Die – James Patterson

Summary:
Enjoy the riveting debut of The Women’s Murder Club-James Patterson’s most exciting series ever. In San Francisco newlyweds are being stalked-and slaughtered. Enter four unforgettable women, all friends..Lindsay, a homicide inspector in the city’s police department…Claire, a medical examiner…Jill, an assistant D.A….and Cindy, a reporter who has just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle. Joining forces, pooling their talents, courage, and brains, they have one goal: to find, trap and outwit the most diabolical and terrifying killer ever imagined.

Review:
1st to Die by James Patterson cause me to have a slight mental breakdown today. Patterson writes wonderfully and had me hooked from the very first page. The way this book was written was probably my favorite part about this book. He wrote it from two different perspectives, the main character, Lindsay Boxer, and the killer, who I’m not going to name. Throughout the whole book you know what is going on with both sides. You see how the killer is doing what he’s doing, and you also see the process that Lindsay goes through to catch the killer. The thing I liked most about this book was the fact that while I was reading I found myself yelling at the book because I didn’t expect things to happen the way they did. You can even ask Antonia, when I got to the end of the book I yelled very loudly and a lot with how it ends. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading, and I finished the book in a couple of hours. Every time I tried to predict what was going to happen next I was completely and totally wrong. The story twists and turns with every page and will leave you in shock once it’s over. I would read this book again and again, and probably will.
Onto the characters, their always my favorite part to talk about because I get so attached to them. The one’s I’m going to mention are the four best friends, Lindsay, Claire, Cindy, and Jill, then there’s the last on my list, Lindsay’s new partner Chris Raleigh.
I love Lindsay the most. She’s strong and determined and doesn’t let anything or anyone get to her. She goes through more than just the stress of finding the murderer and she comes out stronger than ever. She never loses her sense of what’s right and what’s wrong and always does what she thinks is best. Lindsay, unlike many other characters I’ve come to love, doesn’t lie to her friends about anything going on in her life. She finds things out and may wait a day or two to think about it, but always confides in those she cares about and trusts them to help her through. I really don’t think there was anything I didn’t like about Lindsay.
Now we get to talk about Chris! He comes into the book as Lindsay’s new partner. Neither can deny the attraction that’s between them. Chris always supports Lindsay in any way that he can. He helps her every step of the way, and doesn’t hesitate to let her know when she’s wrong. He has two sons that he very obviously cares about more than anything. Chris just is the perfect man throughout the entire book and I think I love him more than Lindsay does.
Next comes the girls, Cindy, Clair, and Jill. Claire is the first we meet in the story. She’s strong and dependable. She knows when she needs to be there for Lindsay and when to back off. She never criticizes Lindsay even when she thinks she’s wrong. She trusts Lindsay and because of that trust Claire helps solve a key piece into who the murderer is. We meet Cindy next. Cindy starts off as an annoying reporter that Lindsay doesn’t want to deal with and ends up becoming part of their circle and also helps instrumentally in the police case. I think I would be the Cindy of the group. She seems focused and caring but also doesn’t want anything to get in the way of her career. She’s fun loving and very clever, seeming to find a different way to almost every situation that arises. Jill comes last and kind of way later in the book. We didn’t get to see much of Jill, but from what we did see I think she’s a lot like Antonia. She’s very stubborn, but cares for her friends and is willing to give in for them and what they want and need. I love all of these girls, and that they remind me of my group of friends.
Overall this book was fantastic. Exactly what I expected from James Patterson, funny, suspenseful, heart wrenching, and well written. I’m very excited to continue reading this series and suggest that you go and pick up this one.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

Eon by Alison Goodman

Summary: She has a powerful secret… with deadly consequences.
For years, Eon’s life has been focused on magical study and sword-work, with one goal: that he be chosen as a Dragoneye, an apprentice to one of the twelve dragons of good fortune.
But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a twelve-year-old boy. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; the penalty is death.
When Eona’s secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a struggle for the Imperial throne. Eona must find the strength and the inner power to battle those who want to take her magic… and her life.

So I literally just finished Eon a couple minutes ago. I couldn’t put it down. I started it at around three this morning. Don’t ask why I decided to start a book that late. I figured I’d read a few pages then go to bed. It didn’t work out that way. It starts out suspenseful and continues that way throughout the entire book. There isn’t really a point anywhere in the book where Eon is safe and you never really get a second to stop and breathe. The fast pace was a little overwhelming at times but I think it worked for the storyline.
I really like Eon. She’s spent so long pretending to be a boy that she’s more comfortable with it than with being a girl. She’s awkward between them and I enjoyed seeing that. She did irritate me at times. When I could understand why her dragon wouldn’t come to her and Eon had no idea. I knew what the dragon wanted her to do. The Mirror Dragon is the dragon of truth. I mean, really? How could she not see that the dragon just needed her to be honest? Instead, she kept lying and it pushed the dragon away more and more. Despite that, I still liked her. She was strong and kind. She didn’t let her new wealth and power go to her head.
I loved Lady Dela, Ryko, Rilla, and Kygo. They were all interesting secondary characters. Lady Dela and Ryko were completely different from how I expected them to be. They were always surprising me. I loved Kygo. His character seemed to realistically portray a prince whose father is dying and his uncle is planning to take over and destroy the empire. It was a little heartbreaking that we don’t know what happens to him at the end of the book. I can’t wait to see more of him.
I really liked the setting and plot. It was complicated and something new was always popping up but I felt like it tied together well.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s fast-paced, suspenseful, and has vivid descriptions. I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy style writing.
-Antonia

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Destined – Aprilynne Pike

Summary:
Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to tuck her hair behind her ear. He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn’t kiss her, just held her face close to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching.
She hated how much it felt like goodbye.
Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful-and deadly-of all, and Klea plans to use her to help conquer and destroy Avalon. But Klea’s reach extends far beyond one Winter faerie. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares to face what may be Avalon’s final days, in the sunning conclusion to the Wings series.

Review:
Oh. My. God. This book. Destined is the fourth and final in the Wings series written by Aprilynne Pike. And let me tell you it was an amazing ending. I read this book in a couple of hours. I couldn’t put it down. This is one of those stay up all night reading kind of books. I literally just finished it, and I’m still reeling from everything that happened. I mentioned in my review of Illusions that Spells was my favorite so far, but there was one book still left. And Destined has taken the place of the second book as my favorite in this series for so many reasons.
One of the reasons is because everyone finally gets their happy ending. Everything is over, there’s no danger to hide from, no one to protect, nothing left to worry about except being happy. I just love books with happy endings. Another thing I really liked about this book was that there was never a dull moment. There was constantly something going on, whether it be a huge battle, or Laurel &gang trying to save as many lives as possible. This is something I usually don’t like about books because I start to feel overwhelmed, but Pike did it perfectly. The last book is when all the pieces fall together, everything is finally just laid on the table. Something else that made this book even more enjoyable to me was that even though it had such a serious tone, with Avalon being on the brink of destruction and all that, Pike still managed to make it funny. There were times the characters were mid-battle and I’d just crack up laughing because of some dumb joke one of them made to bring up everyone’s spirits.
And finally we get to my favorite part. What I loved most about this book is actually a spoiler. So if you’re planning on reading these (which I hope my reviews have inspired you to do) you should probably skip this paragraph, or don’t read the rest of this review. Anyway, back to my favorite part. Tamani and Laurel end up together! Laurel almost loses him, and she realizes that she would rather die than not have him in her life forever. And she tells him so. But not before, I also loved this part, she tells David that they never were going to work in the long run and that he needed to open his eyes to what was around him. Basically she told him to love Chelsea, right before they all went back home and lived happily ever after.
I fell so hard for all of the character in these books. I guess I can admit that I even love David a little bit. But Laurel is my favorite, with Tamani right after, of course. Laurel never let anything get in the way of what was important. Her values stayed strong and all of this was because of the love she had for the people in her life. If i could be more like Laurel, I’d definitely be a better person. Then there’s Tamani, who is very similar to Laurel. He knows what’s important and never strays from his duty. He does everything he can to save any and everyone because he thinks it’s the right thing to do and I think that’s amazing.
There were quite a few really sad parts of this book. There is an epic battle to save Avalon and not everyone can be saved. Characters I’ve fallen in love with have lost their lives to save so many people. And because of them Avalon is kept safe, as I said happily ever after. Even one of the antagonists, Yuki, does something very admirable and at the end of the book she has my respect.
This book, just wow. This book sucked me in, then spit me out when it was over. It absolutely left me wanting more of these fictional people I’ve fallen in love with. More about what their lives are now, just to see how happy everyone is. But I accept that they’re over. And I suggest that you go buy them, get them from the library, whatever, so that you can fall in love with fictional people just like I did. I would suggest these books to anyone, maybe leaning to the older young adult group, but they were amazing books. So, if you’ve read the first and had a hard time getting through it because it’s a bit silly or anything like that you should totally give them a second chance. If you’ve read them and agree, disagree, or you’d like to obsess of Tamani like I still am, be sure to do that. Also, I’m sorry if this review isn’t the best. It’s currently 5:30am, and I really should be sleeping. But I had to finish reading. On that note, I’m going to bed. Goodnight fellow readers.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

Illusions – Aprilynne Pike

Summary:
“I don’t do patrols, I don’t go hunting, I just stick close to you. You live your life. I’ll keep you safe,” Tamani said, sweeping a lock of hair from her face. “Or die trying.”
Laurel hasn’t seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.
But just as life returns to normal, Laurel realizes that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side with prevail.

Review:
Reading Illusions, the third book in the Wings series, took me significantly longer to read than the first two. Partly because I’ve had classes and life to interrupt my reading time, and partly because I had a difficult time getting through the book. Don’t get me wrong. This book was just as good as the first two, and there were many things I enjoyed about this book. But also a few things I did not like.
We’ll start with the things I didn’t like. The tension between Tamani and Laurel is just, ugh. I just want them to love each other already! But instead she stays with David while still thinking about the feelings she has for Tamani. I just want them to get it over with and be together forever. He’s just so funny, and cute, and sweet, and would do anything for her. Anywho! Aside from my obsession with Tamani, something else that I didn’t like about Illusions was that toward the middle of the book, things started getting boring. There were of course the random troll attacks to spice things up, but we never actually found out anything useful. There was so much guessing about what was actually going on that I got to the point where I just wanted to know what was happening. But Aprilynn Pike sure fixes that when you get to the end. Let me tell you, this author is a pro at cliffhangers. If you read my review for Spells, you’ll know how I felt about the ending to that. This book was much of the same, but worse.
Now let me tell you all the things I enjoyed about Illusions. I love Laurel’s character even more. She is still the always responsible girl that she’s been in the previous books. She’s stays smart and does the right thing in all the situations she seems to get into. She has become a bit spontaneous, which I adored. Laurel also had to deal with so much stress, from trolls to school, to the conflict between David and Tamani. She handled it like any normal teenage girl would and I really liked that. It made her seem like a more realistic character. It helped me make a stronger connection with her. David is a different story. He’s very smart and always seems to have really good ideas to help with whatever dilemma there is. He solves some important problems, but I really just am not a fan. He gets so moody anytime Tamani is around, and that really bothered me. I mean, come on David. You’ve got Laurel. Stop being such an asshole about him, he’s going anywhere, you might as well just get over it. Onto my favorite, Tamani. He handled all the changes he had to go through for Laurel very well. He never strayed from his duty. He overworked himself to keep her safe. Everything he does is for her. Everything is because of how much he loves Laurel. I know he’s fictional and all, but can I have one too please?
Overall, I think I liked Spells the best so far. But I do still have another left to read. If you have any thoughts or opinions feel free to let me know.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

Wings – Aprilynne Pike

Summary:
Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful-too beautiful for words.
Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They almost looked like wings.
In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

Review:
This book has received many different reviews. Many did not like it, and compared reading Wings to Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, but there were also some positive reviews. My opinion falls around the middle of this scale. I didn’t hate it, but was definitely a little bit silly. The main character, Laurel, is like any normal teenage girl, except for the fact that one day she found flowers sprouting from her back. This is the silly part. I couldn’t help but giggle a little picturing a girl freaking out because she had flower petals growing right out of the skin on her back. Pike did a pretty good job keeping everything in the book pretty realistic, except of course for the girl growing flowers and all of the rest of the fairy parts.
Despite the ridiculousness of some aspects of the book, I was sucked in very quickly. I read this book in a day and immediately started the second. I couldn’t put it down until I knew what was going to happen next, I wanted to know it all. Which brings me to something else I liked, I had no idea what was going to happen next, I was kept in suspense the whole book.
I liked Laurel as a character overall. She has so much love for her family and newly made friends. But this love sometimes leads her to not so smart choices. Laurel is very brave throughout all of Wings, to the point where it’s almost more stupidity or ignorance rather than bravery. She gets herself into situations that she can’t always get out of by herself, but other than her misguided bravery, everything she does is to protect the ones she loves.
There are some things that I don’t particularly like about Laurel. First off, as I said, she’s like any normal teenage girl so she obviously finds a boy that she constantly thinks about. This is where David comes in. When things start getting crazy for Laurel, she seems to want to focus more on what’s happening between her and David, rather than trying to figure out the life changing events happening to her. Her boy craziness doesn’t get much better when Tamani comes into the picture. So now we have the typical “which boy should I be with” dilemma. Of course, it doesn’t help that David is part of her human life and Tamani is part of her fairy life. Personally, I want her to love Tamani. I don’t have anything against David, and I do like him too, but i like Tamani better and I think Laurel should too.
Something else that frustrated me was that any time Laurel went to see Tamani for answers about everything happening with her, he never actually answered most of her questions. He mostly said he couldn’t tell her, or gave her an answer that didn’t actually help with anything. I’d imagine that this was done on purpose, to keep up the suspense.
Toward the end of Wings, Laurel starts to smarten up. This is where the love for her family and friends come in. She makes the smart decision to stay with them and try to protect them, rather than abandon them for the fantastic new world she’s found. You can definitely see how much Laurel has matured at the end on the book. Well, as much as any sixteen year old girl who just found out she’s a fairy can mature.
Overall, I thought this book was pretty good. Pike put a new and unique spin on fae, and kept me guessing the whole time. I would definitely suggest this book to the younger age group of supernatural readers, or if you like fairy themed books. And if any of my fellow readers have read this series, let me know if you agree or disagree, or any thoughts you have on these books.

Keep reading lovelys, Amanda.

Heaven – Alexandra Adornetto

Summary:
The angel Bethany and her mortal love, Xavier, have already pushed the boundaries of Heaven with their relationship. In this conclusion to the Halo trilogy, the two take their love to the next, forbidden, step: They marry.
At the time when they believe nothing will come between them again, they are faced with the most daunting challenge yet: the Sevens, a military order of angels designed to maintain the balance in the universe. These soldiers won’t stop until their job is done-capture the wayward angel and send her home.
Secrets, exile, and unexpected allies flavor the rest of this intense love story and adventure.
Beth discovers there is only one way back to Earth, but the cost is higher thank she-and readers-ever imagined. If she can survive, she can prove to Heaven and Earth that there is nothing stronger than the power of love.
Review:
I’ve had a difficult time trying to write a review for this book because so much happens so this review might not be my best. Just bear with me, please! This book starts off right where the second, Hades, ended. Which I enjoyed. The theme of this book, in my opinion, is love and sacrifice. Heaven, like the first two, kept me on my toes and wouldn’t let me stop reading until I was finished. My favorite part about this book is how pure and innocent Beth and Xavier’s love is. All the couple wants is to be together. Because they’re “not supposed to be together” the Seven, basically Heaven’s military gone rogue, chases them down, and does a lot of damage on Earth. Things are very chaotic in this book, but hey, isn’t that what keeps it exciting? Another thing I seriously loved about this book is how much Gabriel shows his feelings. He shows how much he really cares about Beth by sacrificing the two things that mean the most to him. Ivy also makes a huge sacrifice for Beth and Xavier’s love. By the end of Heaven, you can very clearly see the depth of the characters love for one another.
This trilogy was amazing. I read all three in under a week. And once I started each book, I couldn’t put them down until I was finished. I definitely plan on reading these again in the future. And I suggest that you, yes you reader, go out and buy them, or go to the library and borrow them so that you can fall in love with these three books as well.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Goodreads Summary: The most anticipated story in the blockbuster Dark-Hunter series. The never-before-revealed story of the Dark-Hunter leader, Acheron. He was made human in order to escape death, but in death he was reborn a god. . .
Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. However, his human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Then, brought back against his will, Acheron became the sole defender of mankind.
Only it was never that simple. For centuries, he has fought for our survival and hidden a past he’ll do anything to keep concealed. Until a lone woman who refuses to be intimidated by him threatens his very existence.
Now his survival, and ours, hinges on hers and old enemies reawaken and unite to kill them both.
War has never been more deadly… or more fun.

Hi, Dears,
So I’m going to talk about Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It’s the fourteenth book in the Dark-Hunters series. Or the twelfth if you don’t count the Dream-Hunters books. I personally do because there are connections between them. And, no, you don’t have to read all the other books in the series before you read Acheron. The previous books include some background and various events leading up to things that happen in Acheron, but you won’t be lost if you choose to skip ahead. I would advise reading the other ones because they’re fantastic books and each one is wonderful. Also, Acheron (or Ash, I’ll call him both) takes a part in almost every one of the other books. You come to love him throughout the series and when you finally get to read his story, it’s so much better when you already care about him.
I’ve read Acheron more than once and every time it’s exactly the same: I cry, and cry. And then I cry some more. Then I laugh, and laugh, and laugh some more. The book is split into two parts: Ash’s human life, and Ash’s life after he’s killed and becomes a god. Ash’s human life was, to put it nicely, absolutely fucking terrible. I really don’t have any words to describe it. Basically, every bad thing that could ever, even remotely possibly, happen to him, fucking does. I can’t even tell you how many times I cried during the first half of the book.
But don’t worry. The second half makes it all worth it. And Kenyon didn’t write the first part to be depressing. She wrote it because it’s essential to know what happened to Ash to be able to understand who he is as a character.
I’m going to try not to talk too much about the first half now, because much as I think it’s an important part of the story, it is pretty damn sad.
The second half is wonderful. Soteria(Tory) is a great character. She’s ambitious, caring and funny. She and Ash are perfect together. They are one of my favorite couples I’ve ever read about. Everything that happened to Ash as a human weighs so heavily on him, even eleven thousand years later. (Yes, that’s 11,000 years later. What’d you expect? He’s a god.) Tory helps him to get past it, and see that nothing he did or didn’t do could have prevented what happened. It wasn’t his fault, it was other people being assholes because they’re assholes. Not because he deserved it.
If you’ve read any of the Dark-Hunter books, you know there’s a lot of action, a lot of sex, and ridiculous amounts of humor. These books make me laugh so fucking much. I highly recommend all of them, but most especially Acheron. He still remains my favorite character of the series, which Kenyon is still writing more of. So, go to your local library or book store and get it, (or all of them) so you can love it too.
-Antonia

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