Sunday, July 28, 2013

Meet Dylan, Hades and Apollo - The Goddess-Series

 

It was my second time reading Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast, and it's my second time I am totally in love with this book. First, I love the new covers and they look amazing on my shelf and second... I just never can get around how well P.C. Cast manages to tell the mermaid tale...
But first things first, what is the book about?


On the night of her twenty-fifth birthday, alone in her apartment, Air Force Sergeant Christine Canady wished for one thing: a little magic in her life. After drinking way too much champagne, she performed, of all crazy things, a goddess-summoning ritual, hoping that it would somehow make her life a little less ordinary...but she never believed the spell would actually work.

When her military plane crashes into the ocean, CC's mission overseas takes an unexpected turn. She awakens to find herself in a legendary time and place where magic rules the land—occupying the body of the mythic mermaid Undine. But there is danger in the waters and the goddess Gaea turns this modern, military gal into a beautiful damsel so that she can seek shelter on land.
CC is soon rescued (literally) by a knight in shining armor. She should he falling in love with this dream-come-true, but instead she aches for the sea and Dylan, the sexy merman who has stolen her heart.


I have to admit that I was a little worried in the beginning because I just kinda couldn't wrap my head around the concept of mermaids and mermen in the sense of them having some sexual thing going. Half man, half fish? Seriously? This is working? But let me tell you... HELL YES! P.C. Cast made it work!

“A sense of belonging is not physical. We cant find it by changing where we live or what we do. We have to carry it within us.”
- Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast

I have to admit that I was a lot worried about those books because I started P.C. Cast's other series and I had the feeling that the books weren't that good and got worse. When I started the Goddess-Series I was thinking of that, but it took me only a few pages to fall in love with the strong woman CC is on the outside and the soft, sweet girl she is on the inside. The story, the idea and even the guy... Seriously, P.C. made it an Art to show you that sometimes the white knight in shining armor is exactly NOT what you want at the end of the day. 

It is truly believable that Dylan already loves her after only a very short period of time. Sometimes that feels overdone, but in this book it was incredibly sweet and making me long for something like that, too... *wink* 

The ending... I cried so hard, and then I just wondered how she can ever make that good again, but P.C. Cast did a great job in making me feel totally satisfied with the end, the book, and most of all that sweet story.


Goddess of Spring... What can I say about that book? how about we start here, too, with the description:

Lina's trendy bakery in Tulsa is proving to be less than lucrative, and she must come up with a plan. When she stumbles upon an Italian Goddess cookbook, Lina can't help but think she's found the answer to her problem—even if it means invoking a goddess to save her business.

Soon enough, Lina finds herself face-to-face with Demeter, who has a plan of her own. She proposes that Lina exchange souls with Persephone, the Goddess of Spring, who will breathe new life into the bakery. In return, Lina must set order to the Underworld.

Before all this, Lina's problems mostly involved sourdough and second dates. Now that she embodies the enchanting Persephone, Lina has weightier things on her mind—like the formidable task of bringing Spring to a world of spirits. But when the handsome, brooding Hades kindles a spark in her heart, Lina wonders if this Lord of the Underworld might be the man of her dreams.

Hades... Lina... Hades... Lina... I have to admit that I am one of those people that by now read quite a few books that feature Gods and the underworld and all that, and so I was kinda thinking, "Let's bring it on, show me what you got..." And P.C. Cast has a LOT. 

“But will they be together again? If they're reborn as new people with no memory of their previous lives, how can they find each other?"
"Soul mates will always find each other. Do not weep on their behalf...they will be together again."
"Do you promise?" Lina's voice trembled with emotion.
"I promise, sweet one. I promise.” 
- Goddess of Spring by P.C. Cast

Honestly, making the Lord of the Underworld brooding and moody is not something new, but making him brooding and moody because he wants true love is definitely something I hadn't heard before. Everything P.C. Cast wrote in reference to the palace, to the guy and the whole surroundings was written so well that I could see it in my head, could imagine the grand beauty and believe the characters. 

I loved, too, that P.C. made an 'older' woman her main, someone with experience and a sweet view on life and love. Shaking up the underworld seemed hard for Lina, but when she's down there she feels just right. She felt right to me, too, which is just what I need in a book. With the second series of that book I was more than just a little sure that I would enjoy all of those books... And it definitely was the truth. I couldn't put the books down and finished most in less than two days.


When hardworking Pamela Smythe whispers her wish for a god-like man, she never expects to find one--especially not in Vegas. But the goddess Artemis has dared her twin handsome brother Apollo to change all that.

That's all there is on Goodreads about that book and since that as well is a reread for me, I have to start of with admitting that the first few pages were really boring for me, but then, I knew the story. It really started to kick off for me when they meet the first time: Apollo, one of the most handsome men this earth knows, and Pamela, a woman just as normal as you and me. The sparks are there, the sweetness and the most adorable, helpless guy a girl could wish for. Not knowing anything about our world seriously causes Apollo troubles and I love how he still tries to deal with it to best way he knows. Whenever he points out that he's just a man trying to win the woman he loves??? Oh yes, that made me a tiny puddle on the floor because it seemed so true, so real! This whole series really makes me believe it could be possible. 

“A lot of men wouldn't like being called a romantic. It's not macho enough."
"Quite often men are fools.” 
- Goddess of Light by P.C. Cast

After the initial, somewhat rocky start I couldn't put the book down and finished it in one reading. I loved the whole character development, loved Pam's assistant and everything else about this book.

Really, try those books.

Thank you.
Yours truly,
Julie


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Marked - Eternal Guardians for life


THERON—Dark haired, duty bound and deceptively deadly. He’s the leader of the Argonauts, an elite group of guardians that defends the immortal realm from threats of the Underworld.
From the moment he walked into the club, Casey knew this guy was different. Men like that just didn’t exist in real life—silky shoulder-length hair, chest impossibly broad, and a predatory manner that just screamed dark and dangerous. He was looking for something. Her.


She was the one. She had the mark. Casey had to die so his kind could live, and it was Theron’s duty to bring her in. But even as a 200-year-old descendent of Hercules, he wasn’t strong enough to resist the pull in her fathomless eyes, to tear himself away from the heat of her body.



As war with the Underworld nears, someone will have to make the ultimate sacrifice.



Well, well, well... This book was a reading from my little goodreads-online-bookclub with the most amazing girls ( I <3 you!) and there a re a few things to say about it. 



First... Hell, what a cover! And the next ones look just as smoking hot! Second... To the book. For me it started out a bit slow and I really worried that it would just go on like that, but actually it ended really good! I liked Theron and the way he was described, all rough and sexy and yet gentle and soft-hearted. I loved Casey and everything she is. I had a huge WTF!- moment when I thought Theron and Isadora both fell for the same girl... That would have been... Uhm.. Interesting.



"Only this guy was ten times bigger and a million times hotter than Richard Gere ever was." 

- Marked by Elisabeth Naughton

No matter what he was, when it came to Casey I seriously got the sighs, wishing that someone as big and bad-ass would look out for me the way Theron looks out for Casey. It was believable and sweet, the whole story.

"Shit. Shit. Had Zander thought Theron had fallen for the half-breed? The Argonaut hadn't fallen. He'd dived in headfirst. Without - obviously - fucking thinking."
Marked by Elisabeth Naughton


Additionally I really liked the world Elisabeth Naughton created in between humans and gods, half-breads and whole-hearted lovers. This series really started out good and yet I have to admit, I really want to read on, but only when the books get a little cheaper. Even though I have to admit... I kinda really want to know more about Zander... *sigh*

So a word on free kindle-books and book-clubs. They are chance, fun and free. You should really try both, because it actually means you'll get to see and try things you might have never tried before. And believe me, more often than not, you might find a jewel and meet your next favorite book! So don't hesitate and try... I'll get back to P.C. Cast's Goddess-series.

Yours truly, Julie

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Canes of Divergence - another Dusk Gate awesomeness

**I received an ARC copy of this book from the author for an honest review**

Sooooooo, I give you (finally I might add LOL):



Oh my, ever since I finished "Blooms of Consequence" I wanted to have this book so badly. You guys all know how much I love this series so it comes as no surprise when I tell you that I was super excited when I got my copy of the book. 

The story continues right where we left of with the last book. Quinn and Will are parents and for the moment enjoying life at the Eirentheos castle. But of course the peace doesn't last and before long, the whole castle is in uproar due to unexpected visitors and threats coming from places that were not expected anymore. In the end, will the secret of the gate be safe or will their enemies finally succeed in getting what they always wanted: across the other side?

So much for the story. You know I'm not a fan of actually telling you much of what is happening in the book because you should all just go and read it right away!

I can tell you this much though: Zander, who has played a key role in the first books, will be back. And I wasn't exactly sure if I was excited or not about that, because Zander always represented the past that Quinn left behind. Throughout the book I was a little worried that the story would focus more on Zander than on Quinn and William (which they are the main reason I fell in love with this book). But Breeana Puttroff managed to make me wish for a William and Quinn scene and right there it was. And in case I haven't mentioned this, I looooooooooove those two.

Breeana Puttroff has this magical world she created and no matter who the story revolves around, you just cannot stop reading. You just WANNA know what happens with all of them. This story doesn't solemnly focus on Quinn and William, which might seem a little weird at first, since the first books where mainly about them, but since you just LOVE all of the other characters as well, you don't mind the other storylines as well. And there are plenty of them. It never gets boring, there's always action going on and you always wanna read faster while at the same time just slowing down to not have the end come too quickly. 

I knew there was going to be something tragic happening in this book. something that would require me getting my tissues out. When I started reading, it was clear what would happen, and also that there were only two people in the story this could happen to. Just so you know, I hate it when I'm right, I really really do! 

With an end like this, I sincerely hope that this is not the last we have seen of this world, because there are lots more things to learn about or to figure out, and I'd really like to have more of this story....LOTS more, if it was up to me!

So again, like in my last post already, I urge you to get this series and dive into this magical and beautiful world!

Your book-lover,
Yvi

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Prince of Ravens (The Exile Series #1)






The Prince of Ravens has vanished. 

Word spreads quickly from the Fortress of the Empress, through the dark streets of Lucien, and to the far corners of the Empire of Ages. The Children are summoned to the Fortress, and the people talk in muffled whispers, if they dare to talk at all, of secret plots and ancient prophecies. Some say the Prince was murdered, others that he was kidnapped; but underneath it all runs a darker word, one full of terrifying possibility:

Exile.

Rumor begets rumor, and soon the whisper of truth is lost in the swirling winds of growing fear. For the Prince of Ravens is the prophesied Lord of Death, and on his shoulders rests the fate of the Empire.



Okay, so first I gotta say: No really Book-Boyfriend-material, but I really liked the book nonetheless. So now let's talk about it.

It took me a long while to get into the book for different reasons. The first was that the prince has no name and for me it was kinda weird always just having him called 'the Prince of Ravens' and second, he meets people and he calls them something (making me think it's names), only to reveal later that those 'names' actually are titles. So I missed what I like most about JR Ward: She has a glossary in the beginning and you know titles when you see them. So that would have been nice (even though at the end there is a glossary).

Second: There definitely is a difference between female fantasy authors (the ones I read) and male ones, because the female ones have often love and fantasy combines whereas in this case the love was just barely hinted at. But, those matters aside...

The story is really well written, and I like how the prince slowly gets to know his new travel companions by collecting details about them. I definitely would have never saved him after he knocked me unconscious, but Leah did and I have to say that I enjoy the tension between them. It was really nice. The turns and twists in the story certainly were as many as there were turns in the companions' way, but they were all really good.

I loved that he in the end did the right thing and HOW he did it. Seriously, this book was really good and I'll definitely read the second book, but still... 

I would have loved it more with a true BBF... :-D 

Yours truly,

Julie

Sunday, July 14, 2013

My Favorite Mistake - hot roommate deluxe


The story: Two secrets. One bet. Who will break first? Taylor Caldwell can't decide if she wants to kiss her new college roommate or punch him. On the one hand, Hunter Zaccadelli is a handsome blue-eyed bundle of charm. On the other, he's a tattooed, guitar-playing bad boy. Maybe that's why Taylor's afraid of falling in love with him, or anyone else. She doesn't want to get burned, so she needs him gone before it's too late. Hunter himself has been burned before, but Taylor's sexy laugh and refusal to let him get away with anything make her irresistible. Determined not to be kicked out of her life without a fight, Hunter proposes a bet: if she can convince him she either truly loves or hates him, he'll leave the apartment;and leave her alone. But when the man behind Taylor's fear of giving up her heart resurfaces, she has to decide: trust Hunter with her greatest secret, or do everything in her power to win that bet and drive him away forever.

"I make you uncomfortable because I shake up what you thought about people. I make you nervous. You want me, but you don't know why and you can't stop fighting it."
My Favorite Mistake - Chelsea M. Cameron

I fell in love with this story from the first line on. What I love most in stories is if characters so obviously hate each other but at the same time have eye-sex and take each others clothes off with their eyes whenever they meet. And that is exactly what is happening. You can tell from the moment you start the book where it's going, but watching Taylor and Hunter on their ride is just soooo much fun and so amazing. I tell you, you won't be disappointed in this book at all. It is fun, has a bad boy that you just can't help but fall in love with and want to make out with at the same time, the story keeps you intersted throughout and you just wanna get to the end while at the same time not wanting the end to come at all. So READ IT!

"Tell me you don't want me. Look me in the eye and tell me if I kissed you right now, you wouldn't kiss me back. Tell me."
My Favorite Mistake - Chelsea M. Cameron

But I do have to say a little more about Hunter so that you know just why I want you all to read it: He can play the guitar, he dances like Channing Tatum in Step Up (and let me tell you, just like Taylor says in this book, there is nothing sexier than a guy that can dance), he can cook, has a big heart and a soft spot as well. Oh man...there are so many more awesome things I could tell you about Hunter, but you just have to read it to figure out the hotness that calls himself Hunter Zaccadelli!

"No guy had ever kissed me as if his salvation depended on it. Hunter kissed like he was going to hell, and he had this one kiss left and he was going to make the most of it."
My Favorite Mistake - Chelsea M. Cameron

Until then I'll go and drown in my memories.....and my head movies involving Hunter. 

Thank you!

The hotness that is Dank Walker - Existence Trilogy

Oh my......while I'm still swooning over Death (yes, you read that correctly) I'm also gonna try to review this amazing series that just came up in my rereads:


So the story is pretty simple....or not: Pagan Moore has always been able to see lost souls walking around. It has never been different, but one day, a wandering soul suddenly starts to talk to her. And that certainly hasn't happened before. Dank Walker, the "lost soul" that is talking to her, is a sexy, brooding, temperamental and smug young man that has all the makes of making her life hell. In every way possible. Before Pagan knows what is happening, she feels a certain draw to Dank and that confuses her. I mean, hello, why would you find a soul, that noone else but you can see, attractive and would want to keep around? Right, no reason. Pagan still can't get Dank out of her mind and before she knows what's happening, Dank is THERE. Disguised as the lead singer of a local rock band girls everywhere love, he can suddenly be seen by everyone, not only her. But why is he really here? What is his purpose? While finding out what Dank really is might not be the only shocking thing that will be revealed to Pagan in this series, the up and downs, the heart-wrenching decisions that need to be mad and the lives that will be altered along the way are just a few things why you NEED to get into this series. 

"You're the one thing I want the most in the world yet the one thing I cannot have. Because to have you completely would be impossible."
Predestined - Abbi Glines

Oh my, so I read this series a while ago and still knew that I loved the person that is Dank Walker and let me just tell you, rereading this series just made me fall in love with him all over again. While this story is about Pagan, Dank is just as much a part of it and you cannot get around falling in love with his  sexiness, his arrogance, his brooding, his know-it-all-attitude....I mean, seriously, he's Death after all. And while he's being all of those things, he can also be caring, considerate and all those things that you wouldn't believe Death to be at all. And watching him struggle with everything human is just making my heart ache with thinking about it. 

"That was my Dank. I didn't feel lost or lonely anymore. That feeling had engulfed me over the past few weeks but I understood now. My heart had known Dank was at a distance."
Ceaseless - Abbi Glines

From the books overall Ceaseless is my favorite, just because we see the angsty, insecure and nervous side of Dank that he doesn't get to show a lot in the first two books. And let me tell you, that is one side of him that you do not want to miss, not at all!! I sooooooooooooooooo adore that guy, seriously! Plus, we actually get to read Dank's POV as well, and isn't that just the most amazing thing ever??

"This was not happening. His soul could go find itself some other soul to connect with. Pagan was mine. I already had a freaking vodoo spirit claiming her; I didn't need a damn human soul doing the same thing."
Predestined - Abbi Glines

And now you can all go and get the books, thank you :D

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Immortal Guardians - Night Reigns & Phantom Shadows




Oh, Dianne, I bow to thee! These guys are just... But I guess you all know that, too. It's hard to find a word for guys like Marcus, Bastien, √Čtienne and Richart... But, first things first. What's the book about?

Ami isn't much for trusting strangers. She has a hard time trusting anyone. But she's no coward, and she's no pushover in the protection department either. So when she comes across a mysterious warrior taking on eight deranged vampires on his own, she doesn't hesitate to save his bacon. Of course, that was before she realized what one little rescue would get her into . . .
Marcus Grayden has been an immortal protector of humanity for eight hundred years, and at the moment he's not interested in backup. From the moment Ami arrives in his life, he can't deny that she's strong, smart, and extremely skilled at watching his back. But she's also destroying his protective solitude and stirring desires he can't bear to awaken. After all, whatever her secrets — how can she defeat death itself?

I remember Ami from the first book and I know that I was terribly curious about her... Besides being curious about the rest of the guys in the whole group! I am really glad that we didn't have to wait that long to find out what the deal with Ami is. She is strong, smart and she can heal as good as any Immortal Guardian... Better even. Yet Marcus shows a protectiveness around her that is incredible and sweet. Not that he knows she is pretty safe, but still. 
Even with everything that she is keeping from him she manages to crack the walls that Marcus erected around his person and his heart.

I liked the book a little less than the first, but I still really, really enjoyed it. I have to admit, when we reached the revelation what Ami is I seriously had a wtf?- moment. I just didn't see that coming. Even with everything that's hinted. I just thought she was... Well, I don't know what I thought, but THAT I didn't think. It took me a while, but now I kinda am okay with it. I love how compassionate she is and that she really tries hard to see the good in people even after everything she went through. And it was a lot. Just the glimpses we get in the book about that... Whoa, crazy! 

I'm happy about the way the other couple from book one is not forgotten because sometimes, in a series, that happens and I hate it. I especially loved that Ami is still one of the very few people that stands up for Bastien... Our bad guy... Boy, was I glad that his book was next!


And just like that we get to the third book in the series. A friend of mine (S, you know I love you to pieces for suggesting that series to me) told me that she totally was excited for Bastien and his book and that she loved it a lot more than the second. I thought she could NEVER be right because... Well, Bastien wasn't my fav in book one, but slowly grew on me in book two... Very slowly.

Dr. Melanie Lipton is no stranger to the supernatural. She knows immortals better than they know themselves, right down to their stubborn little genes. So although a handsome rogue immortal seems suspicious to her colleagues, Sebastien Newcombe intrigues Melanie. His history is checkered, his scars are impressive, and his ideas are daring. But it's not his ideas that have Melanie fighting off surges of desire . . . 

Bastien is used to being the bad guy. In fact, he can't remember the last time he had an ally he could trust. But Melanie is different — and under her calm, professional exterior he senses a passion beyond anything in his centuries of experience. Giving in to temptation is out of the question — he can't put her in danger. But she isn't asking him . . .

The way Melanie basically leaves Bastien no choice is adorable. Really. His empath-gift is incredible and makes me wish I would possess it, too. Even if Bastien is seen as the bad guy all around, I love how he has troubles coming to terms with people being nice to him. I love as well how slowly but steadily Melanie and Bastien pull more and more Immortals on their side. Sarah and Roland are back and we are again reminded of Sarah's not backstabbing, but ass-stabbing, which again made me laugh. 

Dianne Duvall makes me want to be a gifted one... Or at least a lucky human working with those guys. Man, how much I wish this world was real. For real.

And yes, S, you were right. I adored Bastien and his book. *sigh* I hate when you are right! Just joking! *wink*

In love with Immortal Guardians is 

yours truly, Julie

Forever My Girl at The Edge of Never


I finished two books in the last two days and even though I kinda wanted to start reviewing the other one, I will follow the way I read them.

And that means Forever my girl gets reviewed first. 

What is the book about: I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after. 

I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile. 

And now I’m going back. 

After ten years. 

I hope I can explain that after all this time. 

I still want her to be my forever girl.

Boy... I loved that book. Like seriously. From beginning to end... Well, except for the end because then the book was over and there was NOTHING more! Devastating, really... 

“I promise you, I’m done running. I’m still selfish, but only where you and Noah are concerned. I have years of spoiling to make up for and I plan to spend every day of my life making sure you both know how much I love you.” 
Forever my Girl by Heidi McLaughlin


You are into Rockers? Bad guys that are truly good? Read this book. Liam went away, thinking that nothing could make him feel better except leaving. And leaving meant leaving everything that he once considered his life. So, what do you do if the best decision in your life at the same time is the worst decision ever? I wouldn't know. I couldn't do it. But Liam did and he grew. A lot. In that book, in the time that we, the readers, didn't see and yet, this book is believable and sweet. It's easy and quick reading, but mainly because you just need to know. Need to know what happens next, need to see how that situation is solved, need to know if she can make you fall more in love with the characters by each turning page. And she can.

“I've missed so much. Like the day you opened your flower shop or how you came up with the name Whimsicality. I missed the day you brought Noah into this world and saw him for the first time. I missed your late-night cravings and his midnight feedings. I'll never forgive myself for not being there, Josie.” 
- Forever my girl by Heidi McLaughlin

Heart wrenching is something that you can say about a lot of books, but the pain in this book is real and I have to tell you, peeps, I wish, with all my heart and soul, that the second book, My Unexpected forever, will soon be in my hands because... This is just one of those series that makes me preorder a book so i can have it the second it's available.


I waited months for this book since I ordered it in a time where they kinda didn't have it anywhere... So I have to say... It was totally worth it.

What's the book about: 
Sometimes life takes you off course . . .

THE EDGE OF NEVER

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone-including herself-when she decides to leave the only life she's ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.

Sexy and exciting, Andrew lives life like there is no tomorrow. He persuades Camryn to do things she never thought she would and shows her how to give in to her deepest, most forbidden desires. Soon he becomes the center of her daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But there is more to Andrew than Camryn realizes. Will his secret push them inseparably together-or destroy them forever?

So, what can I say about Andrew and Cam? Or better, where to start? This book got all the stars I was able to give because it's just made me feel as if this could be me. I can relate with Cam in a way that is almost scary, and having an author write that out makes me actually think that a lot of others feel that way, too. Cam is brave enough to take a leap of faith and it lands her right where she belongs: with something that gives her the feeling of finally living. 

“Heart always wins out over the mind. The heart, although reckless and suicidal and a masochist all on its own, always gets its way.” 
- The Edge Of Never by J.A. Redmerski

I loved the way Cam and Andrew joke around and have fun. I loved the way Cam was taken in by his family. And I most loved the way Andrew made Cam say what she wants. In everything. This book is, even though fictional, is definitely inspiring. It makes me want to be brave and just do something for me for once. I'm hoping that after having gotten some insight into the family of Andrew, we get some more into Cam's family because sometimes families, even though they just have the best intentions, are crowding us the worst and I am hoping that Cam somehow can make it work out with her mom and make her understand why she did what she did.
If you haven't picked it up, you might want to try.

“I don’t think you ever really fall out of love with someone. I think when you fall in love, like true love, it’s love for life. All the rest is just experience and delusions.” 
- The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

The end of the book definitely makes you wishing for more: More pages of Andrew and Cam, more insight in there life, more hope. The release of The Edge of Always can't come soon enough.

Always and forever. Isn't that what we all want?

Yours truly, Julie


Monday, July 8, 2013

Dusk Gate Chronicles - A modern fairytale

Oh my, where to start here! I wanna get you all to read this story so badly, because it's one of the most beautifully written stories I have read in a long time.



The Dusk Gate Chronicles - so far

It's really hard to do this review spoiler free, but I will try my best. The story takes us on the ride of Quinn Robbins, who is a quiet but smart girl living with her mom and her siblings. Her dad died when she was really young, so it has always been just the four of them. When an accident has Quinn seeing a guy from her school  vanish into thin air (or at least that's what it seems like to her), she is curious. She knows him, he goes to school with her, but he is the quiet and lonely type. Not anybody Quinn really would take notice of. Will, while being a loner, might have his own secrets to hide though. Curiosity wins and Quinn follows her fellow class mate in the woods one night and before she knows it, she finds herself in a different world, where kingdoms are real and queens and kings reign over their land. And it turns out, Will brings her right smack in the middle of it. What she finds there might change everything that Quinn has brought up to believe. And it's not always the good kind of truth that she will get to know. 

This is all I'm going to say regarding the plot. Needless to say, there is more than meets the eye. You have a war at hand, fighting, romance, companionship, friendship, hard decisions ahead and truths that will shatter Quinn's whole belief system.

So, now onto my review, which I've been dying to bring out ever since I started reading this series. While the first book came up during book roulette, I was really hesitant. The cover didn't look like much and I had no idea anymore why I got the book in first place. But like always, I didn't go back and check, because the surprise is always part of the journey. 
While the story starts out a little slow (I know it's basically due to the introduction of the characters), the moment that you step into that far away land and get to know the people there, you are instantly hooked. I fell in love with every character during his/her first line and just wanted to keep on reading every free moment that I had. I wanted to know where we go, wanted to see what secrets still lie ahead and who will end up with whom. It's no surprise when I say that halfway through book two you are REALLY ruling for Will and Quinn and already in the first book my heart was all Will's. How can it not be when you have the quiet, lonely, brooding and self-concious guy that lives for helping people?? He's amazing on so many levels, most of them he doesn't even realize until Quinn makes a point of showing it to him. The way their relationship blossoms is also sooooooo amazing. Slowly things are changing between them and this is another reason why I fell in love with this series. You can actually see their feelings grow as if you were right there, experiencing it with them. You see them argue (they are both really stubborn), you see them comfort each other, be there for each other and for the first time they both have the feeling that they found that one person that actaully "gets" them. I LOVE it! It was a beautiful and magical thing to watch happening. I can't express enough how absolutely magnificent their journey was.
But not only the two of them make that series as awesome as it us, but also all the other characters Breeana Puttroff created. Will's siblings, and he has a lot of them, are all amazing in their own way. You will learn to love them just as quickly as I did, because there is nothing you can do BUT love them. Their relationship with each other is so loving and caring that it makes you feel as if there is still happiness and peace there, no matter the possible war that's going on around them. Every scene with them just showed you how much they cared for each other, and to have that described not through words, but mostly through actions, just makes me respect the style of writing all the more.

I wanna keep on telling you how amazing this series is, how I cannot wait until the next book and I'm gonna starve until then, but I just hope that you will see the awesomeness of those books as quickly as I have. 

There is something for everyone in this series, but mostly it's a modern fairytale that really makes you feel warm, loved, makes you wanna laugh, cry, rip your hair out in frustration but MOSTLY it will make you NOT wanna put those books down until you're at the end of the series!
It's that awesome!

Thank you Breeana Puttroff for creating a world that I instantly fell in love with and right now, just don't wanna leave behind.

Yvi

PS: Good thing there are still more books on the way!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Shadow Falls - The end.....OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Okay, so this is the last book in the Shadow Falls series! Good thing though that the next series from CC Hunter will also focus on one of the participants in camp...but enough of that! 

For this review I give you


Oh my, how I loved this book!! I was really sad, knowing that the story will end...most of all because that also meant I had to say goodbye to my favorite were Lucas....and isn't he a hottie. I know with this book you are either Team Derek or Team Lucas...no matter which, when starting to read this book, all things are still possible. With Mario, Kylie's all time foe, on the lose and out for blood, Kylie has to find a way to defeat him. Staying at the camp with the other chameleons is not an option, so she returns to Shadow Falls, to her friends and her family. But being there doesn't make things easier. While trying to find a new quest for her, Kylie also has to deal with the matters of her own heart (which for me that wasn't a hard decision), weddings and babies, the FRU still breathing down her neck, her own family problems and the haunting of yet another ghost. So all in all, life is how it always was for Kylie. But this time, it all ends. 

LUCAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, I know I'm such a biased person to be writing this review, but all I actually cared about while reading this book was that Kylie ends up with Lucas. I mean, how can you not fall in love with a possesive were that will do anything for you, turn his back on his own kind and family?! Come on, tell me!!! So yes, I have been biased from the first moment on and was just dying every time the story revolved around the two of them! Oh boy, I'm still so much in love with Lucas....I mean, can I just swoon a little more over everything he did in this book?? How he's still sooooo amazing??? Whoever wants to join, feel free!!!

So anyway, the story overall was awesome again as well! CC Hunter really has created highly likeable characters that make you laugh, cry and be frustrated with them. You wanna fight for them, make sure they feel okay, because they almost feel like your friends as well! I am in love with this series and I'm sooooo sad that it is over. I think in the end things are the way they should be and it couldn't have been written any better if you ask me. Like all the people are where I want them to be, seriously, and that hasn't happened in a while. Ususally there is something that I don't like, but with this book things ended just like I wanted them to! Thank you CC Hunter for this wonderful series and those amazing characters that I will truly miss from the bottom of my heart!!

Book lover,
Yvi

Monday, July 1, 2013

Soul Seekers - "Mystic"

Alyson Noel's books never disappoint. I have been a fan since the beginning and am always excited when a new book comes out.



The Soul Seeker series is already in their third book, and while the first one still seemed to grad at times, the second and now the third are really picking up the pace.

The story so far: Daire Santos didn't know anything all her life except the movie sets where her mom worked as a make-up artist. On her sixteenth birthday though, everything changes. Always having plagued with visions she didn't know what to think of, they make her go a little crazy that particular day. Forced to fly back to the States with her mom, Daire sees her life going down the drain. That is, until the grandmother she has never known, calls her mother out of the blue, claiming that she is the only one that can help her. Unwilling and yet seeing no other choice, Daire is shipped off to Enchantment, the middle of nowhere in Mexico. With the help of her grandmother, she realizes that there is a whole destiny out there for her to discover. She's the last seeker from a long line of people that bring balance to the world as we know it. Working against them are the Richter's, the wealthy family in town that has everything under control. With the help of her new friends and a guy that she cannot stay away from but maybe should, she's trying to rid the world of the evil, a task that is not quite as easy as some might make it out. 

Story of "Mystic": With both main characters, Daire and Dace dying, it was a horrible way to end the book. Thankfully, both survive (okay, that part I guess wasn't that hard to figure out anyway). Daire has been brought back from the dead by a guy named Axel, that stays a mystery throughout the whole book. Dace however ends up in the darkest part of the Middleword, close to death. The only reason he didn't die is because Cade, the evil twin, survived as well. Oh boy, the wonders of connection between twins. Only that theirs runs so much deeper. Once Daire manages to get back to the Middle world and her home, her main goal is to try to get Dace and his soul (right, because he lost that as well) back to him. Finding him and then destroying the Richter clan once and for all is her main goal throughout this book. With her friends yet again by her side, assisting her when she wouldn't have expected it, things seem to be working quite well. That is, until Phyre, Dace's crazy ex, starts to show up and make crazy comments about the future of not only this town, but also about Daire and Dace. So now all of the sudden you not only have the Richters, but also another crazy family that wants to end the world....or at least rid them of everything they consider evil. Oh, and by the way, due to the connection that Dace and Cade have, Cade cannot be killed....or Dace dies. And honestly, that's something neither one of us wants. Oh, and the ending....sooooooo sad, that part actually had me drying my tears afterwards. So sad, just simply sad!

So with a crazy and sometimes confusing storyline like that, no wonder that this book just pulls you in and makes you want to know what will happen. This book is highly entertaining and likeable. I enjoyed reading it and had a hard time putting it down. Alyson Noel manages to make you feel that things were going okay, and then she twists it all around so that you can only see doomsday ahead, and nothing else. Despite everything, hope seems what keeps you going, because all the while you're thinking: there has to be a way to put a stop to all of this and let Dace and Daire be together.....for that, I'm kinda thinking, we still have to wait a little longer. I'm so excited for the next book in the series, and I think people will enjoy this book just as much as its predessors. I am a fan of the characters, because some of them are so unique, you can't help but falling in love with this story. 

Go and read it, if you want something that's a little different from your regular YA stories!

Lots of book love for you guys,
Yvi