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Review: 4 stars to THE LOST PRINCE by Julie Kagawa

Published November 27, 2012 by elenafx

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

This novel is one of Julie’s books that will have you demanding for the second one as soon as you finish your read.

 

 

4.5 stars.

Damn, I loved this book! I had high hopes since I’m a huge fan of the Iron Fey series and I must admit I wasn’t disappointed. Julie Kagawa scores again.

I believe everyone who’s read and liked the Iron Fey is going to enjoy this one too. But non-reads will also like it and get to know a new world. However, I think it’s best if you’ve read the Iron Fey before you begin this one. It clarifies a lot of things that might confuse non-readers.

The Lost Prince has all the things that I love in Julie’s books. A lot of action, romance, great characters and a lot of scenes that have you laughing out loud. Her books are always so well-written! Vivid and descriptive – just addictive!

I liked Ethan’s POV very much. He’s such a badass. And a hottie. And a sweetheart. Even though he needs to be an asshole so no one’s going to get hurt because of him. That fact alone makes you want to give him a huge hug and kiss him. Also, he’s sarcastic and funny! What else can a girl ask for?

Kenzie is also a great heroine! I loved her since the first moment. So stubborn and fierce even though she’s just human. And she killed a few fey of her own. Her little secret though. I cried in this particular scene. I don’t want to spoil anything but every who’s read the book will understand.

I liked the fact that there were Maghan, Ash and Puck’s cameos. They are in the books but it’s clear that they’re not the leading characters any more. Seeing them for a different POV was kind of weird but not the bad kind of weird. Just different.

As far as our new fey boy, Keiran, is concerned – I have mixed feeling about him. I really, really like him but there’s this wariness inside me. After this stun in the end, it’s only inevitable. Really hope everything’s going to work out fine for him, though. He really seems like a great character!

To sum up, I’d recommend this book to all fey lovers and especially to Julie Kagawa’s lovers. The Lost Prince is awesome!

PS. This excerpt from The Eternity Cure in the end of the book? God, I need this book out NOW! I loved The Immortal Rules and I just can’t wait for the second book!

Review: 5 Stars to BITTER BLOOD by Rachel Caine

Published November 23, 2012 by elenafx

For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within…

Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires.

To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse.

 

 

Can I just say I’ll never get enough of these books? Why do people complain about the number of the books? They are not too many! I wouldn’t mind if Rachel Caine wrote 50 more.

I enjoyed Bitter Blood as much as the other 12 books. It was fast-paced, full of action, funny, kick ass, sweet, hot, cliffy and well-written. What else can someone ask from a book? NOTHING.

Claire is badass as ever in this book. More bold, but still same old Claire inside. In some points where science was evolved I was… confused to put it mildly. However, I think I was not the only one. Claire’s mind is a complicated maze and when her inner Einstein comes forward… well, you need a translator or you just wait for it to pass lol.

Shane is – Shane. Hot, hilarious, badass, stubborn, sweet, HOOOOT Shane. It’s widely known I’m in love with him. Michael and Even are also their plainly awesome selves. Though a lot of stuff happen between them in this book.

The end was… unexpected. And by unexpected I mean ASDFGHJKL. The next book will be very different from the previous ones I think. Which both worries me and excites me. Or maybe I’m just wrong. We’ll see I guess. And I sooo can’t wait to!

Fall of Night can’t come soon enough!

5 Stars to VALKYRIE RISING by Ingrid Paulson

Published November 17, 2012 by elenafx

Nothing ever happens in Norway. But at least Ellie knows what to expect when she visits her grandmother: a tranquil fishing village and long, slow summer days. And maybe she’ll finally get out from under the shadow of her way-too-perfect big brother, Graham, while she’s there.

What Ellie doesn’t anticipate is Graham’s infuriating best friend, Tuck, tagging along for the trip. Nor did she imagine boys going missing amid rumors of impossible kidnappings. Least of all does she expect something powerful and ancient to awaken in her and that strange whispers would urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, there’s suddenly a lot for a girl from L.A. to handle on a summer sojourn in Norway! And when Graham vanishes, it’s up to Ellie—and the ever-sarcastic, if undeniably alluring Tuck—to uncover the truth about all the disappearances and thwart the nefarious plan behind them.

Deadly legends, hidden identities, and tentative romance swirl together in one girl’s unexpectedly-epic coming of age.

 

I had high hopes for this book. I’ve been expecting it to come out since June. I’m so glad it was everything I wanted and even more.

Valkyrie Rising takes place, of course, in Norway. That’s the second thing I liked about the book. The setting. Norway’s landscapes are amazing. Mythology is the first thing. I’m a huge mythology geek. I know all about the Greek one, being Greek myself, but I’ve been looking for a YA book with Norse mythology since forever. Fortunately, I found one and it didn’t disappointed me one bit.

The book is fast-paced and full of action. I was hooked since the first page. Even though there’s no particular action in the beginning of the book, it makes you want to read. I guess the swoon-worthy romance will do that to you which starts since the first chapter. Yum!

Another thing I’ve loved about this book is its characters. Ellie’s a badass, protective, funny heroine that is truly inspiring. Plus, she’s a Valkyrie. VALKYRIE. How can’t she be awesome? And then there’s Tuck. Sexy, sarcastic, hilarious with a dark secret. H-O-T, ALL RIGHT! ;) The other characters are also great. Graham – a little pushy but he loves Ellie and he’d do anything for her. Hilda – badass Grandmother Valkyrie who is afraid by everyone. What’s not to love?

To sum up, I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants an action packed novel with a kickass heroine, Norse mythology and hot romance. This book is great! I can’t wait to read the second book. If the debut is that good, the sequel will be ASDFGHJKL. ;)

– Elena

5/5 STARS FOR THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER BY MICHELLE HODKIN

Published November 1, 2012 by elenafx

Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.

They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

 

I… I don’t know what to say, guys. I really don’t. I just finished The Evolution and I feel lost. And speechless.

I will try to review it properly, though. You know, without to much sobbing and screaming and ASDFGHJKL.

The Evolution Of Mara Dyer put me on edge since the first paragraph. Mara is yet again waking up in a hospital with no recollection of how she got there. However the situation is very different than the last time. She seems a whole lot crazier this time. Which says a lot since almost everyone pretty much thinks she’s crazy. Except she’s not. She just can do stuff and specifically kill by thinking of it. And that’s how the whole story begins.

Mystery’s in its prosperity again in this book. To be honest, the whole series is full of mystery. It’s what makes it so damned good. Well that and Noah. And Mara. And the hot romance. And Michelle’s amazing writing. Okay, okay I’ll stop rambling.

The characters are different in this book. Well actually they’re the same but we get to know them better. Both Mara and Noah are complicated. Both broken but still standing because of each other. We get to see another part of Noah in this book. More of his dark side. Even little of his POV and what it means to be Noah Shaw. Which is not as easy as it seems. I can sometimes be torturous.

I just love Mara and Noah’s relationship! It’s SO hot (and I mean H-O-T, all right) but simultaneously so sweet, honest and real. They’d anything for each other. I felt like the romance was more solid in this book, which I loved. Some scenes between Noah and Mara were just marvelous! I loved every single one of them!

And I will conclude with the ending. Obviously, it was a cliffhanger. To be completely honest, I’d call a hell of a cliffhanger. I still feel shocked over it. I loved the whole book but the last 50 pages or so made my heart beat so fast that I thought I’d faint before I even finish the book. You can’t imagine how much I mean it when I’m saying I’d do ANYTHING to have a copy of The Retribution Of Mara Dyer in my hands right now so I could start it. But life is too cruel and I have to wait until 2013.

To sum up, I’d recommend this series to anyone. Anyone who wants to read something GOOD. Mara Dyer is a must read!

-Elena

5 stars for Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Published November 1, 2012 by katheryn13

Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?

Ethan Wate always dreamed of leaving the stifling Southern town of Gatlin.

But he never dreamt that finding love with Lena Duchannes would drive him away. Lena is a Caster girl whose supernatural powers unveiled a secretive and cursed side of Gatlin, so powerful it forced him to make a terrible sacrifice.

Now Ethan must find a way to return to Lena – and Gatlin – as she vows to do whatever it takes to get him back. Even if it means trusting old enemies or risking their loved ones’ lives.

Can Ethan and Lena rewrite their fate and their spellbinding love story in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series?

 

I’m not even sure I can find the right words for this. Hell, I can’t even type properly. There are so many FEEEEEEEEELINGS! You have NO idea. I was umming and awwwing and OHHHING and NOOOOING all the way through this book and nearly cried a few times near the end. The happy, bittersweet, SAD BUT HAPPY again feeling that is how I feel for the ending is….way too intense.
Like I said, I’m stuck for words.

So Ethan is…stuck, in the Otherworld and he has to find a way home…with the trust and help of Lena and Amma and anyone else that has the patience and power. So much happens… Oh God…where do I start? And without SPOILING!

Ethan learns a lot while…well…dead, and on his quest (which actually turns out a lot like something out of a TriWizard Tournament from Harry Potter) he meets a lot of weird and wonderful people. And some he thought gone for good. OH MY GOD…..

There are so many twists and turns in this story. The minute you think something is going to happen, it turns out…it isn’t, or it’s a whole lot worse. I read this book in about 2 days, and that’s saying something because the last 3 took me about…well, a lot longer.
Here are my tributes (no THG pun intended) and what I want to say about them:

Macon: iHeart you. You’re fierce, loyal, FUNNY, you have the best lines and I want you as my uncle. No lie.
Abraham: Well, what can I say? I hate the bastard. He got what was coming to him. (no spoils)
Xavier: Oh how I loved you. Thanks for helping my boy! (iHearts Ethan, btw)
Amma: I’ll always love you. You’re ability to not take crap from no one is exceptional. And how loyal and loving you are to everyone. *sobs*
Lena: Oh man, she really kicked….well, something. I loved how they had a three parts to this book. You got a new look at how Lena thinks and feels, rather than just from Ethan’s pov and how he sees her.
Link:  I love that dude!
Liv: love you, my British amigo!
John and Ridley, you guys are fab. I know Rid is on the dark side of the force, but damn she’s awesome. John turned out to be pretty amazing too.
Angelus, or whatever his ugly ass name is:  I HATE YOU. The End.

And let’s not forget:
Sarafine: oh yes, I said Sarafine. But that’s another story that I will not spoil. I still hate that bitch, but….well, you’ll see.

Sorry this is a weird review, but strangely all my feelings are so jumbled, I can’t find the right way to write this. I’m sure I’ll find it soon.

Most of all, I’m so freaking sad this is the last book. I didn’t want it to end. In all, in my humblest opinion, Beautiful Chaos and Beautiful Redemption have been THE BEST BOOKS OF THE SERIES! ( with the exception of Beautiful Creatures that was the start of it all, of course.)
I have to praise Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl for coming up with this story and making it such an emotion, funny, bittersweet journey. I’m so pleased I decided to give it a try and I’m so glad It ended on a high note. I wouldn’t have had it end any other way.

Oh, now my words make sense. Anyway, that’s it from me.