Crime of Magic by Linsey Hall

Summary: To solve this crime, I’ll have to risk it all

Training at the Undercover Protectorate’s Academy is kicking my butt. My sister aced it in a few months—but I’m lagging behind like a three-legged poodle at a greyhound race. I don’t want to have to leave my new home in this amazing castle, so I’ve got to get a grip on my magic. Soon.

When thieves steal valuable dragon magic, it puts our whole castle is put at risk. Worse, our friends are dying. It’s my destiny to hunt the thieves, but my boss doesn’t get that. When she tells me to stand down, I have to listen. And that means our magic keeps weakening, and our friends are closer to death.

Unless I ignore my boss… 

My home and friends are in danger, so I’m going rogue. Fortunately, I’ve got the sexy shifter mage Lachlan Munroe on my side. Together, we’ll race against time to solve this crime of magic.

Crime of Magic is a fast-paced urban fantasy adventure starring a kick butt heroine, a powerful hero, and magic that will blow your socks off.

Review: I blew through the second book in Hall’s Dragon’s Gift: The Druid series. All of these books are pretty quick reads but I finished this one even faster than I normally do. It was one of my favorites that I’ve read so far of Hall’s books.
I really enjoyed watching Ana finally start to gain a little control over her magic. In the first book she had so many doubts about herself that it was nice to see her start gaining some confidence. As with the first book, she’s trying to get a handle on her newly developing magic while trying to figure out which pantheon she belongs to. (Ana and her sisters are DragonGods, which means they possess the powers of the gods of whichever pantheon they belong to.) We sort of find out Ana’s pantheon at the very end of the book but I still have a ton of questions about what it actually means.
At first I was a little disappointed because this meant there wasn’t really any mythology in this book and that’s one of the things I love about these series. I ended up being really happy with the alternative though. Instead of mythology, Hall used twisted fairytales. Some were from old, lesser-known versions and some she simply put her own twist on but they were all really interesting and fun.
I still don’t know what I think about Lachlan. We don’t know too much about him yet which I hope is remedied in the next books. I like the stuff that I do know about him but, personally, I need more from the male MC. The romantic tension between Ana and Lachlan was done pretty well; enough small details inserted into scenes to show it’s something continually on their minds but not so much that it becomes overbearing and ridiculous.
Overall I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait to see where the rest of the series takes these characters. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys paranormal and urban fantasy though I suggest starting with the first Dragon’s Gift series. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments and thanks for visiting our blog!
-Antonia

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Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

Summary: Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the world between humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets-and human lives.
In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.
Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney an Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.
For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him…
Their worst fears now a chilling reality Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

Oh. My. God. I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK.
First of all, Adrian and Sydney are apart for most of the book and it pretty much just made me want to cry the entire time. (I settled for really weird, pathetic noises that Amanda got sick of fast.) The good thing about them being separated was that I was able to follow two completely separate storylines that kept the pace fairly steady even when nothing serious was happening.
But trust me, a LOT was happening. I started this book at around ten-thirty last night, and finished it around three this morning. There was no way for me to put it down; between the awesome characters, amazing writing, and the absolutely crazy plot, I was hooked.
As always, I adore Sydney and Adrian, both individually and as a couple. Though they both have somewhat extreme personalities, I’m able to relate to them while I read. I almost always love the characters in the books I read but in the Bloodlines series, I connect to them more than usual. I would absolutely love to have Sydney as my best friend and, much as I love her, I would totally date Adrian (you know, if I didn’t have a boyfriend…Love you, honey!). Mead gives such depth to her characters that it’s impossible not to care about them.
This book was much darker than the previous ones in the series mainly because Sydney’s in re-education, which is basically the Alchemists nice way of saying brainwash and torture. Even though Mead kept it from being terribly gruesome, some of the scenes with Sydney were harder to read emotionally.
It was the same way with Adrian. He might not have been tortured and starved but the love of his life was missing and he had no way to contact her. I’d loved watching the progress he’d made in previous books to overcome his addictions and the effects of Spirit so it was that much harder to watch him spiral back downward without Sydney to help hold him up.
The ending took so many twists and turns that I could barely keep up with what was happening and even when I thought everything would be okay, the last page threw another curveball and I no longer know what’s going to happen with the last book. All I know is that it really needs to come out RIGHT NOW. Next February is way too long to wait for The Ruby Circle.
I would love to hear your thoughts on my review or this book. Amanda hasn’t read it so I can’t talk to her about it yet. Did you see the end coming? Because I sure as hell didn’t.
-Antonia

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The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

Goodreads Summary: Chloe Saunders is fifteen and would love to be normal. Unfortunately, Chloe happens to be a genetically engineered necromancer who can raise the dead without even trying. She and her equally gifted (or should that be ‘cursed’?) friends are now running for their lives from the evil corporation that created them.
As if that’s not enough, Chloe is struggling with her feelings for Simon, a sweet-tempered sorcerer, and his brother Derek, a not so sweet-tempered werewolf. And she has a horrible feeling she’s leaning towards the werewolf…
Definitely not normal.


Oh my god. The Reckoning was one of those books that sucked me in and wouldn’t let go. On multiple occasions someone would have to say my name over and over until I heard them. I couldn’t have put this book down if I wanted to.
Chloe and Derek FINALLY realize they like each other. (I’m only slightly ashamed to admit I was more concerned about that than the fact they were running for their lives. I can’t help it; I’m a hopeless romantic.)
Chloe continued to impress me throughout this book. She’s come so far from the nice, shy girl she used to be. She’s become a bit of an expert at plotting and scheming and she’s not as afraid of her powers anymore. I loved watching Chloe grow throughout this series. She became someone I would love to be friends with.
I also loved watching Derek come out of his shell. He’s still quiet and brooding but he opens up so much to Chloe that I got to see how sweet he can be.
I still love Simon and Tori as secondary characters. They both add their own unique talents and personalities to the group. Simon might not have terribly strong magic but he sort of acts as the group’s optimism. He keeps everyone’s spirits up when things aren’t looking so great. Tori mostly adds her powerful witchcraft but she’s also fairly intelligent. She can hack computers and gets important information for the group.
This book had more action and more magic than the other two. There were quite of few rather shocking twists that actually had my jaw dropping. I don’t want to give anything away, but what the group thinks they know drastically changes a few times.
I was a little surprised by how things were resolved in the end. I’d sort of expected Chloe to suddenly come out with this crazy new power in order to save everyone but I’m glad she didn’t. It wouldn’t have been realistic. The group always gets out of situations by working together (and a decent amount of luck) so I ended up loving the way they worked together at the end.
The only thing I didn’t like about this book was how many questions it left me with. When it ended, Chloe and her friends are safe but they’re stilling running. Their powers are still out of control, they still can’t fit in with humans, and the Edison group still wants to kill them. I also don’t know most of what the Edison group had been up to. We know why they started the Genesis II experiments but don’t know anything about the dozens of other experiments. It also hadn’t been clear about why the mafia-type group that plays a small part toward the end has any interest in the kids. I really hate when books leave me with questions. I understand it’s unrealistic for them to be completely happy and safe all of a sudden. I know their lives will be difficult for awhile. Despite that, I’d much rather be able to pretend everything’s perfect at the end.
Overall, I absolutely adored this series. It sucked me in and kept me on my toes. They’re funny, suspenseful, filled with action and make you think. They completely exceeded the expectations I had when I first picked them up. I’d recommend them to anyone who enjoys YA, action, paranormal, and romance. I’d love to hear your own thoughts.
-Antonia

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The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

Goodreads Summary:Chloe Saunders is on the run
and raising hell. Literally.
Chloe Saunders is not your average supernatural teenager. Genetically altered at birth by a sinister team of scientists, she can barely control her terrifying powers. Now the team that created her has decided it’s time to end the experiment. Permanently.
Now Chloe is running for her life along with a charming sorcerer, a troubled werewolf and a temperamental young witch. Together they have a chance for freedom – but can Chloe trust her new friends?


I really can’t stress enough how much I love these books. As good as The Summoning was The Awakening was so much better. The action has picked up speed and so has the magic.
I love Chloe even more than I did after the first book. She’s become a bit of a badass. When shy, I-apologize-every-minute Chloe feels threatened, she turns into I-can-raise-the-dead-don’t-fuck-with-me Chloe. She’s fantastic. Her powers are growing and she’s figuring out how to use them. She’s done letting the Edison group get away with treating her and the other kids like shit and she’s done letting them do their experiments. She really steps up in this book against the Edison group and in trying to protect her friends.
Which leads me to Derek. Now I know they’re going to love each other forever even if they still don’t understand. It’s not their faults; they have a lot on their minds. But I have no doubt it’s going to happen and I absolutely can’t wait. They’re so perfect together I can’t believe no one sees it.
Next I’ll talk about the secondary characters again. There aren’t any new ones but the previous ones have drastically changed. I hate Rae. She really is just a stupid little bitch and I hope I don’t have to read about her again. Also, I sort of love Tori. She’s gotten over herself a lot. Her mom’s even crazier than she thought and she’s not stupid enough to stick around and see what happens. She stays with Chloe, Derek and Simon because they all have a common enemy but I think she and Chloe are actually beginning to care about each other and become friends. I can’t wait to read more about her in the next book.
What I liked in this book was getting to see Chloe and Derek trying to blend in with humans. I hadn’t thought about the fact it might be hard for them. I guessed Derek might have a hard time because he’s antisocial, but Chloe was fairly normal before Lyle house. However, at least for the foreseeable future, Chloe can’t tell the difference between a ghost and a living person unless they do something ghost-y like walk through walls. There was a part when Derek and Chloe get separated from the others and they’re trying to get food from a coffee shop. A woman comes up to Chloe and starts talking to her. It’s not until Chloe notices everyone laughing and whispering about her that she realizes the woman’s a ghost. I didn’t think how difficult it could be for her and I liked being able to see some of that in this book.
You can expect a review for The Reckoning, the conclusion to the Darkest Powers Trilogy, soon. I absolutely cannot wait to see how it ends. Let me know what you think and how your opinions might differ.
-Antonia

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The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

Goodreads Summary: My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.
All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost – and the ghost saw me.
Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? it’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House…before its skeletons come back to haunt me.


I’ll confess. I honestly didn’t expect to like these books. I was at the library and didn’t want to bring only one book home and didn’t have much time to look. So I just grabbed The Summoning and The Awakening thinking I’d probably at least be able to get through the first at some point. I ended up reading them in a day each. I loved these books.
Chloe was a strong, interesting narrator who kept exceeding my expectations. She was really shy and sweet in the beginning. She could definitely be considered too nice. I’d assumed she would just slide along through the whole book letting everyone else do the hard work. (Unfortunately, I’ve found that many female MC’s in young adult books have an annoying lack of backbone and let their men take care of them. This is NOT the type of protagonist I enjoy reading about.) However, I found Chloe surprisingly resourceful. She was obviously scared when she started seeing ghosts and even more scared every time she learned something new about Lyle house and being a necromancer. But she never let it stop her from learning more and fighting back and I loved that about her.
I loved Derek almost instantly. He’s moody and quiet and a little bit of an asshole. But he’s also loyal, funny, and almost annoyingly protective of the people he cares about i.e. his brother, Simon, and eventually Chloe. Not long after I decided I loved him I also decided he and Chloe need to love each other for forever. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen during this book, though they’re pretty good friends now so I’ve decided to be hopeful.
There were quite a few secondary characters and I’m fairly undecided about most of them. Simon is funny and I’d like him better if I wasn’t worried he’d get in the way of Chloe and Derek loving each other. I really like Liz (a ghost) and can’t wait to see more of her. Rae was nice but a little on the annoying side. She never seemed to take anything seriously. I hated Tori. She was a spoiled little bitch. I get her mother is an even bigger bitch but that’s no excuse for the things she does.
I really liked the way Armstrong portrays the different supernatural races and the politics behind them. It made it different from the many other YA paranormal books. I also really loved that Chloe is a necromancer. It’s something that I haven’t seen a lot of in books and it made it really unique.
The ending of this book drove me nuts. Everything goes to shit… then it ends… I’m just happy I don’t have to wait for any of these books to be published because I can’t wait to finish them.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes young adult, paranormal fantasy, and romance. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts. Amanda hasn’t read these books yet so I have no one to talk to about them. If you’ve read them, I would love to know what you think of them.
-Antonia

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Red is for Remembrance – Laurie Faria Stolarz

Summary:
Nothing has been the same for eighteen year old Stacey since her boyfriend Jacob died. For months she stayed at the beach cottage they shared before Jacob’s tragic accident, refusing to give up hope that somehow, somewhere, Jacob was still alive.
But Stacey knows she can’t put off rejoining the world forever. Lucky to have a full scholarship to prestigious Beacon University, Stacey hopes she can finally put her past behind her.
Devastated when she starts having more disturbing dreams, Stacey once again turns to the folk magic she learned from her grandmother to find out what they mean. Her hopes that she can solve this mystery on her own are dashed when the college president calls her in for a private meeting-and reveals that his daughter Porsha is having nightmares too.
But while Stacey dreams of a ghost, Porsha is dreaming of a murder she’s convinced hasn’t happened yet. Porsha’s fragmented nightmares foretell a tragic death, and may also shed light on a shocking revelation that could change Stacey’s life forever. Together the two must decode their dark dreams to save a life-a risk that may cost them their own.

Review:
Okay, so I may have said at the end of the second book, that the series could have just ended there. This is still true, but I’m so very glad Stolarz went on to write this book. Red is for Remembrance was without a doubt my favorite book in this series. This book is going to be a bit harder than usual to review without giving away too many spoilers, but I’m going to do my best.
So, Red is for Remembrance is told with two different points of view. This kind of annoyed me a little because there wasn’t too much information on the second point of view. One is obviously Staceys, and the other is this mysterious person, Shell. He lives at a commune type place on Cape Cod. As soon as the Cape was mentioned I thought it was Jacob. The camp is a very strange place. I didn’t like it at all. This place was not a good environment at all and Shell figured this out. Shell was an interesting character. He has no memory of his life before coming to the camp and is expected to blindly follow what the campers in charge tell him. Big surprise, he doesn’t. While keeping up the pretense that he’s still completely loyal he starts remembering his life and starts doubting the intentions of the camp. Along side him his closest friend, Brick, helps him remember who he really is and the two try to plan an escape from the camp. Brick was kind of a secondary character, but I really liked him. He had a great personality. He was funny and always tried to make the best of things. Shell was also a great character. He had a hard time adjusting to the rules of the camp. He was very firm with what he believed and always tried to do the right thing without hurting anyone. Shell was a very sincere character, even though he was very confused about who he was. I liked the characters, but wasn’t so much a fan of the two points of view.
Now, Stacey’s part of the story. The book starts off with Stacey and Amber just settling into college. I really liked Amber in Red is for Remembrance. She’s a fair bit more mature. This might also just be me realizing that she’s just a weird character. But she really steps up for Stacey in this book. She really is a great friend, even if sometimes she’s wrong in her assumptions, it’s the thought and effort that count. Within the first couple of pages, there’s a brief description given of all that Stacey has had to go through in the past couple of years. I really enjoyed that. I feel like it reminded me of all the shit Stacey’s had to deal with, and how strong she is to have gotten through it all. Stacey is one of the strongest main characters I’ve read about in a while. In the beginning of this year she is too consumed with her loss and just wants to sleep all the time. Which I can seriously understand. But with some help from Amber and friends, Stacey starts being who she is again. She helps a young girl who experiences nightmares like Stacey. She’s always doing the right thing, even if it’s something really hard for her. She never strays from the path she knows she should take. And she believes in herself so fully. She is an amazing main character. Then there’s Porsha, the girl who is having nightmares. I wasn’t sure of her at first, but I ended up really liking her. She reminds me of Stacey a bit, just a little less confident. Once Stacey shows Porsha she’s not crazy she does everything she can to help this person that she’s dreaming about. Like Stacey she’s passionate about helping and wants to do the right thing. I loved all the characters in this story.
I said it already, but this was absolutely my favorite of the series. There were times that the description was so good I couldn’t help but cry right along with Stacey. I felt like I was mourning him as well. Red is for Remembrance was written very well. I still think this series is aimed for a younger reading age. There’s no swearing or really anything inappropriate in this book. Everything is put into a silly way, or described in code to be acceptable for the younger readers. I actually really ended up enjoying this series and following Stacey and gang through their adventures. So, anyone that thinks they might like them too should totally give them a try.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

Silver is for Secrets – Laurie Faira Stolarz

Summary:
After two years of having nightmares, outwitting stalkers, and saving lives (including her own), Stacey’s memories of boarding school aren’t all rosy. This summer, Stacey, her boyfriend Jacob, and their circle of friends are looking forward to one last vacation before they start college: six good friends, a cottage on the beach, and no parents.
Just sun, surf, and sand. It’s perfect-until the nightmares return. But this time they’re not about one of her friends. They’re about Clara, the girl staying in another beach cottage. The dreams predict Clara’s death, but Stacey’s having a hard time getting Clara to stop chasing guys-including those who already have girlfriends-long enough to find out who’s stalking her.
Stacey can’t just stand by and watch Clara die, but the meaning of her dreams isn’t always clear. This time, they don’t warn her about the horrific consequences-a tragedy far beyond her worst nightmares that will haunt her for the rest of her life.

Review:
I’m still a little in shock at the events in this book. It just all happened so fast. Okay, so Silver is for Secrets is the third book in this series. Stacey and friends have just graduated high school and they visit Cape Cod for a summer vacation. I’m actually originally from the Cape, so I feel that I judged the setting of this book more harshly than I would usually. So first off, there are no cruise ships here. The trip they do at the end of this book is not something you can do on Cape. Second, everything else was pretty much accurate. Cape Cod is a very good beachy vacation spot and I was a little excited when I realized this book takes place in my hometown.
Silver is for Secrets starts off as soon as the group gets to their destination. Within the first couple of pages Stacey is already having nightmares. I didn’t really like this. I mean sure, I like books with lots of action, but this is over doing it a bit. I would enjoy being able to see the characters happy with their lives for a few pages before all hell breaks loose. I think Stacey’s still my favorite character in this book. She’s strong and sincere and responsible. One of the things I loved most about Stacey was how genuine she is. She shows how much she fully believes in her magic, and how she’s going to help to make a difference. She’s always doing the right thing, even if her friends aren’t happy with who that has to do with.
And that brings me to Clara. I fucking hate Clara. She’s a stupid, bratty, attention seeking, little girl. Stacey spends this entire book trying to help Clara survive what she’s seeing in her nightmares and Clara spends her time screwing off. She’s fake and awful. There’s absolutely some mental issues that need to be addressed with Clara. I really don’t even have much to say about her, just that she sucks and spent her entire summer trying to ruin Stacey’s life. Oh, and I hate her.
Amber and Drea were much better at playing the supportive best friends in this book. Drea still had quite a bit of Chad problems going on. Despite her personal problems Drea was really supportive of Stacey and tried her best to help in whatever way she could. Even if that meant hanging out with Clara, after she saw Chad and Clara kissing. I give the girl some credit. The only thing I really have to complain about when it comes to Amber is that the girl is seriously immature. Other than this one detail, Amber’s a great friend to Stacey. She’s a little flighty, but completely supportive in anyway that she can be.
I’ve been thinking about what to say regarding Jacob since I reached the halfway point of this book. I absolutely loved Jacob as a character, but I didn’t care so much for his actions through most of this book. He was secretive and closed off. Stacey knows something is going on and he just won’t let her help. I think that’s what upsets me most, things could have ended so differently is Jacob had just let Stacey try to help. Ugh. I loved him and I know he was just doing what he thought was best, even if he was wrong.
So, this book was better than the two previous. If you read either of those reviews you already know what kind of readers I’d suggest this to. Anyone that likes action, mystery, suspense, with a little bit of drama and romance.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

White is for Magic – Laurie Faria Stolarz

Summary:
One year later. It’s happening again. Seventeen year old Stacey Brown is having nightmares-creepy dreams haunted by the ghosts of people who have been brutally murdered.
It’s her senior year at boarding school, and what Stacey really should be focusing on are her classes and getting into college-not to mention the rocky path her love life has been taking lately.
But even if she could ignore the dreams, Stacey can’t ignore the strange letters that she’s been receiving. No return address, no signature-and the same cryptic messages she’s been hearing in her nightmares.
What’s worse is that she’s not the only one having weird dreams. Jacob, a transfer student, claims that he’s been having nightly premonitions of Stacey’s death for months, dreams so realistic that he transferred schools to find her and stop the killer. It doesn’t help that she’s starting to have feeling for him even though she already has a boyfriend. But can she trust Jacob? Or will both their darkest dreams come true?

Review:
Okay, so I absolutely liked White is for Magic better than the first in the series. There was a bit I didn’t like about this book, but I enjoyed it more than the previous. It starts off at the beginning of the next school year, which worked well for how this story line goes. The book was descriptive and written well enough. But this series is still totally directed to younger young adult readers.
So basically, Stacey’s life is repeating itself. She’s having nightmares again, except this time she’s dreaming of her own death. Can we just take a minute to talk about this? Imagine waking up in the middle of the night, every night, after dreaming all about your own death. That would be something very difficult for me to handle. When I first started reading this book I thought to myself, Stacey really should trust her friends more. She should try to let them help and support her. After I finished, I no longer stand by that statement. Stacey tries to put more trust in her friends and doesn’t get the support she deserves. Regardless of what she’s lacking, Stacey handles herself and everything she’s dealing with surprisingly well throughout White is for Magic. She figures out, with minimal help from around her, exactly what is about to happen to her. She even puts herself exactly where she knows she shouldn’t be to help Drea. One of the biggest supports Stacey had was her mother, but not until later in the book. Stacey and her mother have never really had a close relationship because her mom wouldn’t acknowledge her nightmares. Stacey kind of resented her mom for not supporting her in this aspect of her life. The pair really bond and reconnect in this book when her mom steps up to the plate and tries to do everything she can for Stacey. I kind of adored her mom after they reconnected. There’s one thing i would like to mention about Stacey. No matter what she’s dealing with at the time, she does still try really hard to give her school work the attention it needs. The second book in this series definitely made me like Stacey a bit more.
Her friends, however, I think I like them less in this story. Amber isn’t that bad in White is for Magic. My feelings are almost the same. She’s a ditzy, unfocused, high school girl who doesn’t know what she wants. She gives Stacey the most support out of all of the others, so I do give her credit for this. Then there’s Drea, who I think has become my least favorite character. Through the entire book it’s obvious that she’s being shady about something. And shady pisses me off. I still think she’s a spoiled brat. She only thinks of herself. In the first book Drea is put in danger, and Stacey is the one to figure everything out and save her. Too many times for me to be able to overlook it, Drea uses what she went through last year to avoid helping her very afraid best friend. I would have understood it at first, and Drea does help more toward the end of the book. I just wasn’t a huge fan of Drea. The last friend is Chad, who in this book is Stacey’s boyfriend. He’s not a very good one if you ask me and since this is my review, you are asking me. Chad never took anything that had to with Stacey’s nightmares seriously. He always tried to explain them away with some other excuse. Honestly, I think he just didn’t want to deal with them. Chad and Stacey fought through pretty much the entire book. It was very obvious they weren’t meant to be together.
Which brings me to my favorite character in this book, Jacob. He wasn’t introduced until about half way through the book, which is when I really got sucked in. My first impression of Jacob was a few different things. Stacey finds him in the woods doing a spell. My immediate thought was that Jacob and Stacey have to love each other forever. My second thought was, but what if he’s the bad guy? I was very torn about my feelings toward Jacob for most of the book. I always WANTED to like him, but I was still suspicious, mirroring Stacey’s feelings. I’m very excited to read more about Jacob in the next book of this series.
So I guess it was really just some of the characters I didn’t like about this book. I mean, the story line was written well enough, but I didn’t freak out as much as I usually do. White is for Magic kept me interested, constantly wondering what was going on or going to happen next. I honestly think Stolarz could have kept this a two book series, and am actually very glad she didn’t because I can’t wait to start the next book as soon as I’m done with this review. Which I guess is now. So, young adult book lovers, paranormal, action, mystery readers would all totally love this series so far.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead (Antonia’s review)

Goodreads Summary: In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

I don’t even know where to start. Every single part of this book intrigued me. Every time I got used to a new concept, another was thrown at me. Every time a question was answered it gave me five more. The first couple chapters were a little slow, but as soon as I got past that (around where Justin and Mae met) I could not put it down.
The main reason I read this book was because of Richelle Mead. I adore her books and was so happy when I learned she started a new series. However I think I might have picked this book up regardless. I love books about mythology. I love books about magic. And although they’re not autobuy subjects of mine, I really enjoy futuristic and dystopian books too. This book has all of it. Mead managed to throw so many different subjects and concepts into this book; and managed to make them work really well together. Quite often so many topics are overwhelming and confusing. This book was overwhelming in a “I wish I could read this faster I just want to know what happens!” kind of way. And the only confusion I had was when Mead deliberately made me want to know more and more and more.
As for the characters, I loved all of them. Mae is my favorite. She’s so strong and independent which I completely respect. But she still has vulnerabilities that she hides because she’s too proud to show anyone that side of her. I think that’s what annoyed Amanda a little bit, but that side of Mae was what made it easy for me to relate to her.
Now I’ll talk about Justin. Oh, Justin… I could never keep track of how I felt about him. Half the time I was just so aggravated with him and the other half I was violently in love with him. He was an asshole; he was arrogant; he was caring; he had a strong sense of self preservation; he was funny. He was such a well-rounded character that I couldn’t help but be invested in his story even when I didn’t like him all that much.
There were quite a few secondary characters. Tessa was the young girl that Justin brought back to the RUNA with him on a student visa. She was cute and sweet for most of the book. Then before I noticed it happening, she became confident and grew into herself. I can’t wait to see her grow more. Mae’s friends Val and Dag were a great addition to add humor into different sections. Every time I read about them I was laughing. I also really enjoyed what Justin’s friend Leo added to the story as a technical genius, though his boyfriend Dominic was rather annoying.
There were only one or two things I wish had been different. I think I would have liked it better if there was slightly less religion. I’m not one of those people that hate to see religion in books. I actually like it because you don’t see it too often. And it worked as such an amazing contrast to the mythology and magic. However, there were some parts where it was a bit too much for me and I would have rather had more of the myth or magic.
The other is that I really wish I had more answers to my questions. It’s just so goddamn hard to wait. I need to know everything right now!
Overall, I would recommend this book to pretty much everyone. Since it has a little bit of everything in it, I think anyone who likes dystopian or paranormal or romance or scifi would enjoy this book.
As always, let me know what you think and if you’ve read it I’d love to hear your opinion.
-Antonia

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Origin – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Summary:
Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.
After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.
All Katy can do is survive.
Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?
Together, they can face anything.
But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?
And will they even be together?
Review:
How should I start this review? Oh, right, how about with HOLY FUCKING SHIT, HOLY FUCKING SHIT, HOLY FUCKING SHIT…I work at a tourist store, so now that summers over I do a lot of sitting around. The perfect opportunity for some reading. Origin came out recently and Antonia and I HAD to have it. She was nice enough to let me read it first. So, I started it when I got to work at 9:30am, it’s now 1:30pm and I might have a mental breakdown at work. Four hours to read 364 pages, while helping the occasional customer, eating my lunch and texting Antonia freaking out without giving her any details. EVERYONE needs to read this series just so you can read Origin. It was without a doubt the best book in the series, which is subject to change after the fifth book comes out.
Okay, now onto the actual reviewing of the book rather than just fangirling. This series holds a certain sentimental value to me because it is partially where the idea for this review blog came from. The main character, Katy, runs a video book review blog. The storyline that Jennifer L. Armentrout came up with is amazing. I thought it was going to be another paranormal romance series, and boy was I wrong. Armentrout puts her own twist on every aspect of this story. She makes it unique and spectacular. Origin was suspenseful, VERY suspenseful. And if any of you have actually read my reviews you’d know I’m terrible at guessing what comes next. That was no different with Origin. I was shocked with all the twists, turns and surprises Armentrout threw in. I loved every single thing about this book. It made me laugh, made me smile, gave me butterflies; it also made me cry and infuriated me. Origin made me feel any and every emotion in the period of four-ish hours. I literally sat at work going between laughing and crying. That’s how you know it’s seriously good. So read it, because I said so.
The fictional characters that have stolen my heart are next. This series is pretty much 100% about Katy and Daemon, but I’ll start with Katy. I kind of seriously adore her. She takes absolutely no bullshit from anyone, especially Daemon. She’s stubborn and very independent, although Daemon tries his best to shelter her from everything and anything. Kat would do anything for the people she cares about, even some people she’s not fond of but knows Daemon cares about them. She’s fiercely protective of whats hers. Katy’s brave and loyal and gives her all with everything she does. She’s an amazing female lead.
Daemon is the typical asshole with the typical excuse that it’s for her own good. I didn’t like Daemon at the beginning of the series, but he seriously proves himself in Origin, as well as the second and third books. He really loves Katy so much. At the beginning of Origin Daemon says, “I’ll burn the world down to save her.” If I ever find someone that loves me half as much as Daemon loves Katy, I will be the luckiest girl in the world. Daemon shows that his love for Katy is more important than literally anything else. He makes some pretty irrational decisions to save and protect her. In the end, he would do everything exactly the same. Daemon is very protective of his loved one, the people he considers his family, but his loyalty is only to Katy. He makes quite a few really difficult decisions and has to deal with a lot of seriously not okay shit. Katy makes everything better for him. He is strong, but stronger with her. If Daemon existed in real life, I would find him, kidnap him and marry him. But only is Katy didn’t exist as well, because she wouldn’t have any of that.
There are so many other characters I want to mention but they would give too much away. I can mention Archer though. He’s with Katy pretty much every minute while she’s being held captive. I kind of seriously adore him and my adoration just kept growing the more I read about him. He’s technically the enemy, but it’s obvious that he struggles with the beliefs of “his side”. Archer looks out for Katy while she’s captive. He seemed like a good guy in shitty circumstances. If I had him looking out for me, I’d be set for life. I seriously hope to see him in the next book.
Overall, you guys can probably tell I liked this book very much. If I rated the books I review with stars, Origin by Jennifer L Armentrout would get all five stars. It has an amazing plot. A strong female lead (to an extent), romance, a deadly gorgeous male main character, suspense, danger, and action. I would love to be able to tell you, readers, that it has a happy ending, but HOLY FUCKING CLIFFHANGERS. Armentrout has done this to me four times now. Ridiculous cliffhangers, then she makes me wait FOREVER to get the next book and find out what happens. Every reader’s worst nightmare. The Lux series is an amazing series that I suggest to anyone and everyone. But really, go to the bookstore and buy them. Right now.

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.

Towering by Alex Flinn

Goodreads Summary: At first, I merely saw his face, his hands on the window ledge. Then, his whole body as he swung himself through the window. Only I could not see what he swung on.
Until, one day, I told my dream self to look down. And it was then that I saw. He had climbed on a rope. I knew without asking that the rope had been one of my own tying.

Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she’s always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her.

Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That’s why he’s been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again.

Dani disappeared seventeen years ago without a trace, but she left behind a journal that’s never been read, not even by her overbearing mother…until now.

I’m quite sure I’ve mentioned this before; multiple times. But it warrants repeating. I absolutely adore Alex Flinn. Each time I read a new book of hers I think I couldn’t possibly love it as much as the previous one. And once again she’s proved me wrong. Towering may be one of my favorites of hers for a few different reasons. One: it’s a fairytale adaptation which is an auto-buy subject of mine. What I love about Flinn’s adaptations is that they’re modern versions. It seems like that would be difficult to accomplish but I think she excels. She changes so many details in order to make it work better in modern times but also to make it her own unique story, and still manages to retain the themes from the originals.
I had no idea how she’d manage to convince me that a girl could be locked in a tower in the middle of nowhere. It turns out it took two things: murderous drug dealers and one very eccentric and paranoid old woman. These twists were ones I absolutely did not see coming and I ended up loving them. It was something new and different that I haven’t seen in a fairytale.
I couldn’t even begin to describe how much I admire Flinn’s ability to incorporate modern themes and technology with magic and happily-ever-after love into a story that sucks you in and makes you fall in love with the characters. One-dimensional characters were something that always left me feeling that fairytales were incomplete. I love that in these stories I get to see the characters as individuals and not just a couple who meet and fall in love instantly. The details and background gives more life to the story and I think they’re the reason I’m so infatuated with these books.
Sometimes I thought Rachel was just silly and spoiled. A girl who did what she was told because she was afraid to think for herself; and then she did. When the moment came for Rachel to act against Mama’s wishes for the good of someone else, Rachel doesn’t hesitate. She’s terrified and knows she’s risking so much to leave her tower, but she’s such a strong character that she pushes all her fear aside in order to save a strangers life. I didn’t realize who Rachel really was until that moment and it made me admire her character so much. And as soon as she understands what she can accomplish when she thinks and acts for herself, she doesn’t hold back and becomes the heroine I hadn’t expected her to be.
As for Wyatt, sometimes I loved him and sometimes I didn’t. I really enjoyed seeing all the reasons he’s the person he is. At the beginning he seemed a bit like a jerk. I thought he was an annoying teenager who’s moody for the sake of it but once I saw events from his past and occasionally the present, I could understand who he was better and that knowledge gave me such compassion for him. He couldn’t save someone in his past and that makes him think he needs to save Rachel when she’s the one who needs to save him.
The only thing I really didn’t like about this book was the love at first sight. I didn’t completely hate it. It’s something I almost expect from fairytales and I think Flinn gave enough reasons i.e. their mental connection, their personalities, and the life threatening first meeting, for it to be plausible in a fairytale. However, I would’ve liked it better if it didn’t seem quite so much like they were just blindly doing it.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. When I was looking at other reviews for it, I was completely taken aback at how many people didn’t like it. I respect everyone’s opinions, but it seemed like most people’s reasons for not liking it were that it was unrealistic. You know what I have to say to that? It’s SUPPOSED TO BE. It’s fiction. In my opinion, fiction isn’t meant to be realistic. It’s meant to be relatable, yes. But the last time I checked, Towering didn’t fall under the genre Realistic Fiction. It’s just Young-Adult Fiction. As far as I’m concerned, it means it’s probably going to be implausible and that’s something I’ve always especially liked about fiction. That’s what makes it entertaining. I’m not saying everyone’s opinions are wrong. Just try to lighten up, guys. It’s not a textbook. There is no one right answer.
I would love to know what you thought of this book. Also, I am so sincerely sorry I haven’t posted in awhile. I’ve had a lot going on and just haven’t made the time for it. I will try as hard as I can to post more regularly.
-Antonia

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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.

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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