The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

GoodReads Summary:
Some legends never die…
Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul.
Until Huck arrives from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.
Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it.
The Lady RogueReview:
The Lady Rogue was a fun and spooky read. I enjoyed all the different elements that made this story what it was. There’s magic and murder and mystery and I had fun with it. I really liked the characters and the romance.
Our main character, Theo, was fiery and fierce. She loved without abandon, even when she was feeling betrayed. I liked her obsession with crossword puzzles and her ability to translate ciphers. She’s clever and stubborn. She’s also wary of getting hurt, and it was interesting to watch her work through that.
Then there’s, Huck. I somehow loved him and hated him at the same time. I think that was because of Theo’s feelings. I liked that they had a history that took place before the events of this book. Huck’s just a little misunderstood and I’m a sucker for a boy with issues. I liked that Huck was such a contrast to Theo. Wildly skeptical to Theo’s desire to believe in the supernatural. I loved his fierce desire to protect Theo.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The characters were likable. The story was compelling and interesting. The only thing that was off to me was some of the characters dialogue. This is supposed to be a historical fantasy novel, but the characters use quite a bit of modern slang. This was alright, but it took me out of the story a little. Despite that, I still enjoyed the story. It was fun and fast-paced and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone that likes fantasy.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday – Binge-Worthy TV Shows/Movies

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Bingeworthy TV Shows/Amazing Movies. With the fall TV season starting up this month, we’re talking about what shows everyone watches when they’re not reading.

 

 

1. Charmed – One of my favorites. I probably rewatch this series once a year or so.

2. Bones – Another one I can’t stop rewatching. I love how much science this one has compared to other crime shows.

3. Numb3rs – Speaking of which, as someone who loved math growing up, I found this show absolutely fascinating. Also the fact the actual mathemeticians consulted for each episode makes me extraordinarily happy.

4. Doctor Who – Surprisingly enough this isn’t one I tend to binge watch. It’s more that I have the series on a constant loop and just watch the next episodes when I’m not in the mood for anything else. If I had to pick one show to watch for the rest of my life and I could never watch anything else ever, it would be this one.

5. Parks and Recreation – This is a show that I absolutely didn’t think I’d like until I finally watched a couple episodes and fell in love with the characters.

6. Lord of the Rings – My husband and I have a day-long marathon with the extended editions at least once a year. There’s never a bad time for LotR.

7. Criminal Minds – I’m currently on a rewatch of this series. I love crime shows but I’m a wuss about scary things. This show leans a little farther into scary for me so I can’t watch them right before bed but I still can’t stop loving this show.

8. Gilmore Girls – I adore these amazing women and their relationship.

9. Once Upon A Time – I’ve been wanting to rewatch this one soon. I’ve always loved fairy tales of all types and this show combines such a unique combination of traditional stories and unique twists.

10. Supernatural – Though I have to catch up on the last couple seasons, this show really started the binge-watching obsession for me.

 

What shows and movies do you love to watch?

-Antonia

Zeroes – Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, & Deborah Biancotti

Summary:

Don’t call them heroes. But these six California teens have powers that set them apart. They can do stuff ordinary people can’t.

Take Ethan, a.k.a. Scam. He’s got a voice inside him that’ll say whatever you want to hear, whether it’s true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn’t-like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery and lands him in deep. The only people who can help are the Zeroes, who aren’t exactly best friends these days.

Enter Nate, a.k.a. Bellwether, the group’s “glorious leader.” After Scam’s SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the rescue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals across the city. And at the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases.

Filled with high-stakes action and drama Zeroes unites three powerhouse authors for the opening installment of a thrilling new series.

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Review:

So I have to admit that I haven’t been reading as much as I usually do. It’s been two months since I’ve actually finished a book. This book has been sitting on my shelf since Christmas, just staring at me, waiting for me to pick it up. Zeroes got me back into my constant need to read. I just wish the sequel, Swarm, would be out before September! Once I started this book I just could not put it down. I bought it because I’ve liked everything I’ve ever read by Scott Westerfeld. I actually didn’t realize it was co-written until about halfway through it when a coworker asked what I was reading. I will definitely be looking into other books by Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti.

Zeroes was beyond good. I was hooked from the first chapter. Who wouldn’t be hooked when it comes to books about superpowers? The story starts following a boy who has two voices. His every day voice and one that when used is always unpredictable. Ethan is one of six we meet in this story. His power is the most unique of the six. The more you read the more you see how Ethan feels alone, like nobody understands his lack of control over his power. There were many self realizations with the characters, but I think Ethan’s was the most profound. He went through so much craziness and chaos all caused by his voice. I really enjoyed seeing Ethan learn when not to use his power even though he very well could have. Part of this lesson comes from Kelsie and his determination to help her.

Kelsie is the newest Zero on the team. She, like Ethan, feels very alone through most of the book. Her dad, Jerry, keeps getting into trouble and that trouble has found its way to Kelsie, partly because of her father and partially because of her determination to rescue her father from his latest antics. Kelsie is a take no shit kind of girl. Someone I would definitely get along with in real life. She does what she needs to for the people she cares about. She goes through the biggest struggles compared to her newfound friends. Her dad robbed a bank and went to jail. Then got out of jail and got hooked on the drugs he was supposed to sell for a very dangerous family. And while all of this is happening his daughter is trying to figure out how to help him, which is how she meets the rest of the Zeroes. They show her that she isn’t alone with her powers and that they will always be there by her side when she needs them.

That was another one of my favorite parts of this book, the protectiveness the Zeroes felt for one another. Even though most of them hadn’t spoken in over a year when Ethan’s voice said some things Ethan couldn’t take back, they still come to his rescue when he calls for help. Nate or Bellwether or Glorious Leader, the ring leader of the Zeroes always has a plan. He always knows exactly what to say to motivate the team. His ability to lead large groups, to give them a focus, is his superpower. Its way too complicated to fully explain (you’ll just have to read it!) Nate is the one that keeps this odd group together, always getting everyone together, always the one with the plan for what to do next. I’m excited to see more of him in the next book.

Thibault or Anonymous is without a doubt my favorite character. He has the power of forgetfulness.  He is a very forgetful person. So much so that for the first half of the book all five of the other characters continuously forgot he was in the room, and struggle to remember his name or what he looks like after he leaves the room. His power would be the most difficult to deal with in my opinion. To be completely forgotten by anyone and everyone as soon as you left the room. Thibault was the most hurt by Ethan’s voice a year ago. So when he was the only one that could hide Ethan from the trouble he got himself into it was very interesting to follow his thoughts while he decided whether or not to forgive Ethan and the relationship that the two developed after he did.

Thibault also very slowly developed a relationship with Riley or Flicker as she likes to be called. Flicker is blind, but her superpower is to see through the eyes of others. She can flit from one pair of eyes to another to another to see what they see. Flicker always wants to help. She likes being a part of the Zeroes, a part of something that can do good. She decides that she needs to know this Anonymous character so she has her sister make up stories laced with facts so that she will not forget him. She goes so far as to figure out where he lives, which ends up saving him and Ethan. Flicker, after Nate, is the most confident of the group. She is just so enthusiastic and adorable and all around loveable.

The last of the six is Crash. I think she grows the most after Ethan. She struggles as much as him, if not more, with her power. She was raised to ‘do no harm.’ Her power of crashing technology doesn’t always help with that. As we read we see her try to give up on the Zeroes more than once, but in the end realizes that she is a part of them whether she likes it or not.  Her power changes a bit at one point and she realizes it’s not all bad. She struggles more than anyone with her power, controlling what she can do and the effects of what she has done after she loses control. She’s very hard on herself and her mistakes. And that drives her to be better, to learn more control over her ability. Crash realizes, like Kelsie, that the Zeroes are here for her whether she wants them or not.

Zeroes was such a good read. It was fast paced. The authors left you wanting more on each page, only giving bits and pieces of the story at a time. I finished this book in less than a day. The story is out of the box. Maybe not the superhero part, but their powers are all very different and unique. The story of these six kids is a crazy one, but definitely worth the read. There are many relatable thoughts and feelings from each character and we get to see them overcome their fears and worries. This book was super motivational. It’s a great young adult novel. There are always others that feel the same as you, and there is always a way to overcome it. I really enjoyed reading Zeroes, so go to the book store or library or wherever you get your books and read this!

 

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.

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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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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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 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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The Indigo Spell – Richelle Mead

Summary:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets-and human lives.
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she struggles to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do.
Then she finally tracks down the elusive, enigmatic Marcus Finch-a former Alchemist who the organization denies exists, and who lives in shadows, on the run. With Marcus’s help, Sydney realizes that the group she’s been loyal to her whole life has been hiding the truth from her. Is it possible that her golden lily tattoo might have more power over her than she thinks?
As she struggles to come to terms with what that might mean, Sydney is compelled to use her growing magical powers to track down an evil magic user who is targeting powerful young witches. Using magic goes against everything she always thought she believed, but she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her special blood-or else she might be next.
Forging her own way is harder than Sydney ever dreamed. Maybe by turning off her brain-and following her heart-she’ll be able to finally figure out where she belongs.
Review:
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead is the third in the Bloodlines series. This series so far has been so good. I started The Indigo Spell at about 12:30am when I got home last night and finished it before I went to bed. It was that good. So much happens in this book and I loved every page.
Like my last two reviews, we’ll start with Sydney. She’s grown so much throughout this series. In this book specifically, she’s started to give up resisting that she’s special and can do things that most humans can’t. But she definitely has a hard time giving up the beliefs that have been drilled into her for her whole life which is understandable. And I’m so proud of her for making the huge effort that she has to come to terms with everything she’s dealing with. She’s started doubting herself less, except toward the end of the book when everything that’s been going on finally comes to light. She feels like she should have known all along and that she made a bunch of mistakes which kind of irritated me because when I was reading that part I was basically in shock and never saw it coming. Sydney also starts finding out some things about the Alchemists that she doesn’t like. She realizes that she’s being lied to by her superiors and she doesn’t like that. Sydney changes so much in this book, for the better. She starts making her own decisions rather than just blindly following orders like she used to. I can’t wait to see what she does next in The Fiery Heart.
Onto my favorite part. Adrian. In the first two books, it’s totally obvious that Sydney and Adrian are going to end up together. And at the end of The Golden Lily, Adrian professes his love for Sydney then the book just ends. Throughout The Indigo Spell Sydney tries her hardest to deny her feelings for Adrian because she still agrees with some of the Alchemist’s beliefs. As the book progresses she has an increasingly more difficult time trying to ignore her feelings. And towards the end, she makes a really tough decision to let Adrian go. It was the right thing to do at the time even though I want them to forever love each other. The book ends happily for this new couple which I loved.
Eddie and Angeline end up dating. I didn’t really care for these parts of the book because I don’t want them to be together. Their relationship isn’t a huge part of the storyline, but it definitely has significance. And I get what I want in the end. Then comes Jill. In my last review, I complained about how I wanted to see more from Jill. I got what I wished for. Except for the part the Jill plays is more something that’s supposed to get in the way of Sydney and Adrian’s relationship and to add onto the piles of stress Sydney already has. We do get to watch Jill grow up a bit in this book. She really shows that she’s growing up. She tries to handle things by herself and gives Sydney an inspiring talk that may have had more effect than one of Sydney’s lectures would have. I liked seeing Jill growing up in this book and I’m glad she has a more significant part, even if it wasn’t all good. Then there’s Ms. Terwilliger. Sydney’s mentor when it comes to magic. I love this old lady. Even when she infuriates me. She doesn’t tell Sydney what’s going on, just that something life or death bad is about to happen. She does finally come out with the problem and tries to help Sydney as much as she can. I’ve like Ms. Terwilliger through all the books, and the more I read about her the more I like her.
Now comes the ending of the book. Let me just tell you, HOLY FUCKING CLIFFHANGER. I could kill Richelle Mead for putting me in these situations. I can’t stop thinking about this book, all I want is to know what happens next. She gives all this crazy information then just stops. She plays with my heart and I don’t appreciate it. Regardless of this, I’m going to keep reading her books because she’s a fantastic author. I don’t care who you are or what you like to read. Go get these books, and the Vampire Academy books too, sit down and read them all.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Crystal Cove by Lisa Kleypas

Goodreads Summary: Justine Hoffman has made a comfortable life for herself on the island of Friday Harbor. She is the proprietor of a successful boutique hotel, and she has the safe, predictable life she has always wanted. Growing up with her flighty, nomadic mother, Marigold, has instilled in her a deep longing for stability. But in spite of everything Justine has achieved, there is still something missing. Love. And after years of waiting and dreaming, she is willing to do whatever it takes to change her destiny.
What Justine soon discovers is that someone cast a spell on her when she was born, with the result that she will never find her soul mate. Determined to change her fate, Justine finds a way to break the enchantment, never dreaming of the dangerous complications that will follow.
And when Justine meets the mysterious Jason Black, she accidentally unleashes a storm of desire and danger that threaten everything she holds dear . . . because Jason has secrets of his own, and he wants more from her than fate will ever allow.

Hey, everyone. Sorry I haven’t written a review in awhile. My reading’s been a bit slow lately, due to my mildly unhealthy obsession with Charmed. I’m working on balancing my Charmed and reading obsessions equally, so hopefully I’ll do better in the future.
Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite romance authors and I’ve always enjoyed her books, both contemporary and regency era. Crystal Cove is no different. It has a lot of humor, romance, and wicked hot sex scenes. I was so happy when I found out Kleypas was going to write Justine’s book. This is the final book in the Friday Harbor Series. The first three center around three brothers and the women they fall in love with. During those books, you meet the women’s friend Justine. I’d always liked her. She’s outgoing and funny and extremely unlucky in love. She’s also a hereditary witch.
Well, it turns out that a geas (a curse), has been cast on her that prevents her from ever loving anyone. Angry, she dispels the geas, not realizing the consequences. Hereditary witches have long ago been cursed to lose the men they love to early deaths. Trying to protect Justine from being hurt, her mother, Marigold, and her coven, had placed the geas on her when she was a baby. Now she’s met Jason and, with the geas lifted, she’s falling fast.
Unfortunately, Jason has secrets of his own. He doesn’t have a soul. This doesn’t make him evil or incapable of human emotion. It only means he won’t go anywhere when he dies. He won’t go to heaven or hell, or be reborn. He simply ceases to exist. Because of this, people without souls tend to live very short lives, like they’re unconsciously trying to compensate for that missing part. Jason once met a witch who promised to help him try to change his fate and they made a plan to steal Justine’s grimoire (book of spells). The Triodecad is very old and very powerful, having been passed down through Justine’s family and can’t be separated from the witch who owns it. So Jason planned to gain Justine’s trust and steal the book once he was close enough to her. What he didn’t count on was falling in love.
What I didn’t like about this book was the timeline. It goes so fast that Justine and Jason fall in love in only a few days. I understand it’s supposed to be love at first sight, and I would’ve been fine with that, but after she finds out he stole the grimoire it only takes her a few days to get over it. They still went through all the usual emotions; falling in love, betrayal, remorse, acceptance, forgiveness, etc. but it seemed like they were rushing through them, and I would have preferred if it’d been drawn out a little bit longer to make it more realistic.
Jason irritated me a little bit as a male lead. He’s controlling in an obsessive-compulsive kind of way. You understand why he’s like that but it bothers me when that behavior transfers into his relationship with Justine. She’s pretty good at putting him in his place and making him see that he can’t treat her like that, but it’s a trait I find really annoying in a man and, personally, there were a few times where it was hard for me to get past that and just enjoy their relationship.
Overall, I quite liked this book. I liked the magical concepts Kleypas used to make the plot exciting and the way she had them overcome their problems in the end really surprised me. Usually with romance novels, where the plot tends to be very straightforward, I can guess how the characters will fix everything at the end, and with this one I really couldn’t figure out how they would manage it until it was actually happening.
This is definitely what I would call a (slightly) trashy romance novel. It’s not just sex and there is a plot, but it’s more of an unsurprising quick-read with a happy ending. If you tend to like stories with complicated characters and plotlines that leave you falling off a cliff, then this probably isn’t your kind of book. But if you’re a hopeless romantic like I am, then I’d suggest you give this book (or one of Kleypas’ other novels) a try.
-Antonia

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The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Summary:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. Alchemists protect vampire secrets-and human lives.
Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California-tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.
But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi-the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that-special, magical, powerful-that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to match her in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else- someone forbidden to her.
When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are telling her.
Should she trust the Alchemists-or her heart?
Review:
Richelle Mead has done it again. She’s sucked me in and spit me out leaving me wanting so much more. Good thing I have The Indigo Spell waiting for me to start once I’m done with this review. What to say about this book. I loved everything about it, just like all her other books. Her characters are phenomenal. She’s the perfect amount of descriptive. And she knows just how to pull my strings and make me fall more and more in love with this book with the flip of each page.
Let’s start with Sydney. I think I mentioned this in my review of the first in this series, Bloodlines. Sydney has no faith in herself. I mean, she knows that she’s good at everything and that she’s never going to fail. But she doesn’t actually believe in herself which really bothers me because I have so much faith in her. And she’s not even real. This and the fact that she’s dreadfully naive when it comes to dating, but that should be expected with the upbringing she’s had, are the only two things that even slightly bother me about Sydney. What I love the most is that she’s fiercely loyal to her new vampire family even though she’s supposed to barely tolerate being around them. The perfect example of this is when she seeks out one of her teachers that’s going to help her go against everything she believes in to help one of her vampire friends. She even risks her life in this endeavor. She’s the most selfless person I’ve ever known. And she’s finally starting to realize that the Alchemist ways may not be the only way to think. Her character is just developed so well as the books go on.
Now we get to the good part. This is a slight spoiler, but it’s mentioned in the description of the book, so I’m talking about it anyway. In The Golden Lily, Sydney finds a boyfriend. His name is Brayden and he’s basically a male version of herself. He’s super smart and likes all the same things she likes. At first, I loved seeing the two together. I just thought they were so damn cute. Although I wasn’t a fan of Brayden from the start, there’s just something I didn’t like about him. They were so adorable as a couple. This was partly because they were both so freaking awkward around each other and partially because this was Sydney’s first boyfriend. They were cute while they lasted, but in the end, I’m glad they broke up.
Adrian and the rest of the crew also play a key part in sucking me into this book. With Angeline throwing herself at Eddie any chance she gets, Adrian being well, Adrian, and Jill trying to her best to make life at school better I couldn’t help but feel as if I had become part of this group of friends.
Adrian never thinks very highly of himself. He sees himself as this big screw up that’s just going to forever be a disappointment to everyone. This is something that Sydney definitely helps him with. She inspires him to get his shit together and prove everyone that thinks so little of him wrong. Toward the end of the book, you can tell that she’s helped him.
Eddie spends a decent chunk of the book having his own personal pity party because he loves Jill but doesn’t think he’s worthy so he lets his roommate Micah date the girl of his dreams. As the book progresses he gets better, and eventually, he gets over himself and asks another girl out.
Then there’s Angeline. She doesn’t seem to understand the importance of everything that’s going on until she almost screws it all up. Sydney does as she usually does and gives some inspiring words of wisdom and Angeline starts acting much more appropriately and taking everything more seriously. I really enjoyed watching Angeline grow as a person in this book. Considering that she’s so young and coming from a completely different set of rules, this new school is kind of a culture shock for her. And I think she handles it relatively well, with some exceptions.
Last, but certainly not least there’s Jill. I feel like Jill’s character could have gotten more in depth with her development. But she still does pretty well. She never lets her feelings for her human boyfriend get in the way of what she knows as fact. In the end, she does the right thing and shows that she understands the severity of the situation. What I liked most about Jill was that she always seemed to stay pretty level-headed throughout the book. She didn’t let her wants and needs get in the way of anything else.
This book is a must read. Well, after you read the first of course. It will chew you up and spit you out as soon as you read the first page.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Swoon by Nina Malkin

Summary:
Torn from her native New York City and dumped in the land of cookie-cutter preps, Candice is resigned to accept her posh, dull fate. Nothing ever happens in Swoon, Connecticut…until Dice’s perfect, privileged cousin Penelope nearly dies in a fall from and old tree and her spirit intertwines with that of a ghost. His name? Sinclair Youngblood Powers. His mission? Revenge. And while Pen is oblivious to the possession, Dice is all to aware of Sin. She’s intensely drawn to him-but nit at all crazy about the havoc he’s wreaking.
Determined to exorcise the demon, Dice accidentally sets Sin loose, gives him flesh, makes him formidable. Now she must destroy and even more potent-and irresistible-adversary before the whole town succumbs to Sin’s will. Only trouble is, she’s in love with him.
What do you do when the boy of your dreams is too bad to be true?
Review:
Let me tell you about this book, Swoon by Nina Malkin. It wasn’t very good. I read the first fifty pages and waited for the plot to actually go somewhere. I did the same on page one hundred, one fifty until the book was over. This book ended and I’m currently still confused. This book made no sense, the plot doesn’t seem to go anywhere. I mean, she falls in love with a ghost that’s possessing her best friend. And she miraculously, without even really spending any time with him, falls deeply in love with him. Oh, and then the group thinks it’s a good idea to try and exorcise the ghost out of Pen! Who would ever think that this would end well?
Toward the end of the book, a little explaining was done. But the only explanation we got was Sin telling us that Dice was basically God to him because she created him. Sin gives her a god complex. Another thing that I didn’t like was how much of an asshole Sin turned into once he had his own body. Like, be thankful you have your own body, and life! Don’t automatically turn into a douche. The last thing that I really did not care for about this book was the main character. Dice. She’s whiny and doesn’t actually think anything through. She just seems ignorant. Like, oh I’m going to let my boyfriend, who I don’t know anything about, kill a bunch of people for revenge. Because that’s okay? This book just aggravated me.
There were, however, some things I did like about this book. I loved the idea. It’s super creative and unique. Although the plot doesn’t really go anywhere I feel like I got to know the characters more than I usually do when reading a book with a super complex plot. Either way, I wasn’t a huge fan of this book and I probably wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. I was just so bored the whole time. But at Antonia’s suggestion, I’m going to continue and read the sequel, Swear. I’ll let you know if it gets any better.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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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.

Spells – Aprilynne Pike

Summary:
“I can’t just storm in and proclaim my intentions. I can’t ‘steal’ you away. I just have to wait and hope that, someday, you’ll ask,” Tamani said.
“And if I don’t?” Laurel said, her voice barely above a whisper.
“Then I guess I’ll be waiting forever”
Although Laurel has come to accept her true identity as a faerie, she refuses to turn her back on her human life-and especially her boyfriend, David-to return to the faerie world.
But when she’s summoned to Avalon, Laurel’s feelings for the charismatic faerie sentry Tamani are undeniable. She is forced to make a choice-a choice that could break her heart.

Review:
The second book in the Wings series, Spells, starts six months after the first ends. It opens with Laurel being thrown into the faerie world. She’s been summoned to Avalon to attend the Academy to basically learn how to be a fall faerie. Spells was definitely less silly than Wings was. It had a slightly more serious tone, and was more focused on how important it was for Laurel to learn the faerie ways. It’s also very descriptive, almost too much so, but not quite.
While at the Academy, Laurel meets many people that remember her from before she left for the human world. Laurel, having had her memory erased, doesn’t remember any of them. This causes a large amount of awkwardness and a slight bit of drama. She handles the whole situation very well. She doesn’t let any of that distract her from her studies, which she is significantly behind on. She stays focused on why she’s there and doesn’t let it bring her down. Laurel does take some time to explore Avalon with Tamani as her tour guide. This time that the two spend together definitely brings them closer together and gives her a taste of what she could have if she was to choose to be with Tamani.
In Avalon things work much differently than in the human world. Laurel sometimes has a bit of difficulty with this. Being a Fall faerie, she is in a more respected position than Tamani, which is something she adamantly opposes. She has a hard time adjusting to the rules of this new world and fights them every chance she gets. But the summer ends quickly and she has to return to her human life.
After she returns home, she keeps her focus on improving her faerie skills. And even though she seems to fail miserably, she doesn’t give up. I liked this about Laurel very much. Despite still having to go to regular school and make time for David and her friends she does not let that interfere with her fae studies.
Her relationship with David is going well, even though she can’t stop thinking about Tamani. Which I didn’t mind because I totally want her to choose him over David. But her indecisiveness between the two, even though David is her boyfriend, kind of aggravated me. If she’s dating David then focus on him and if she can’t stop thinking about Tamani then break up with David and be with him! Any time she sees Tamani after she’s home she definitely acts more friendly with him than David would approve. She ends up getting herself in pretty big trouble with the two of them by telling lies that brought along more trouble than was necessary, almost causing the loss of both guys. In the end, Laurel does the right thing and tells Tamani that she’s choosing David and she isn’t going to come see him anymore. I think her doing this made me like her a bit more. She did the right thing and chose to stop hurting both of them.
As much as Laurel does stay focused on what’s important, she makes the mistake of letting her guard down and going to a party. The day is saved by some mysterious woman, Klea, that David is fascinated by, but Laurel doesn’t quite trust. If I were Laurel, I would not have trusted Klea either. After this night, she goes back to being one hundred percent focused on practicing and studying. I didn’t think any less of her for loosing focus. I thought it made the whole “I’m a teenage girl” facade more believable.
Throughout the whole book Laurel never stops thinking about her loved ones first. And she never stops trying to put them first. There are some issues with her mom that I think she handled very well, for the most part. It definitely shows that Laurel has learned a significant amount from everything she’s been through.
Now onto the ending of the book. Pike clearly knows a thing or two about cliffhangers because THE BOOK JUST FUCKING ENDS. IT JUST ENDS, AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF. Sorry, I don’t do well with cliffhangers. If you had a bit of a hard time getting through Wings and aren’t sure whether or not to continue the series I strongly suggest that you do. Because Spells, in my opinion, was without a doubt better than Wings. Overall, I like this series so far, but if you disagree or have any opinions you’d like to voice, you’re more than welcome to do so.

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.