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4 stars to Antigoddess (Goddess War #1) by Kendare Blake

Published November 19, 2013 by katheryn13

He was Apollo, the sun, and he’d burn down anything that tried to hurt her… Cassandra and Aidan are just your average high-school couple. Or so Cassandra believes. Blissfully unaware that she was once a powerful prophetess, Cassandra doesn’t even know thats god exist… Until now.

Because the gods are dying – and Cassandra could hold the answer to their survival. But Aidan has a secret of his own. He is really Apollo, god of the sun, and he will do anything to protect the girl he loves from the danger that’s coming for her. Even if it means war against his immortal family…

 

Review:

I’ve read a few books based on Greek Gods and they can be hit or miss. Since I’d read Anna Dressed In Blood, I had a vague idea of what I’d be getting into, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Antigoddess starts off fairly straight forward. You have Cassandra and Aidan, two  normal teenagers but whom are far from it. Cassandra has small visions, is able to do coin games to win money, and is in love with Aidan. And Aidan is…Apollo.

Then you have Athena and Hermes, the other side of this story, who travel the ends of the earth for a cure to their suffering, as they are dying. The deaths come in different forms, but they are gods. They refuse to be defeated. When they find out their weapon could come in the form of Cassandra of Troy, they know what they have to do.

But there’s a war coming, and though they’re dying, they still need to fight off enemies because some gods aren’t quite as humble in their existence. Hera and Aphrodite, not to mention Poseidon are on the war path to get to Cassandra first.

I love the interactions and the diversity between characters. I adore Aidan and the fact he is Cassandra’s protector. The fact that they’ve hidden in the human world all this time as reincarnations…and that most of them don’t even remember who they used to be. Andie and Henry are two brilliant examples that you don’t need to know your past, and you can still fight. The loyalties and trust that comes with allies and oh oh my favourite (asides from Aidan) has to be Odysseus. That dude is cool.

I didn’t particularly like Athena and Hermes at first, but they soon grew on me. I could understand  their reasons behind their actions, however ugly their actions were.

Compared to other certain series, this is a much more in-depth story, more solid in its delivery and a lot more action.

I look forward to the sequel.

Kat

5 stars to Haze (The Rephaim #2) by Paula Weston

Published November 8, 2013 by katheryn13

Gaby Winters’ nightmares have stopped but she still can’t remember her old life. Still can’t quite believe she is one of the Rephaim—the wingless half-angels who can shift from place to place, country to country, in the blink of an eye.

That she was once the Rephaim’s best fighter. That demons exist. That Rafa has stayed.
But most of all, she can’t quite believe that her twin brother, Jude, might be alive.
And Gaby can’t explain the hesitancy that sidetracks the search for him, infuriates Rafa, and sends them, again, into the darkest danger.

 

Review: CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM SHADOWS AND ALSO…SOME FROM HAZE. SORRY.

Wow. Just. Wow. 

I finished Shadows, as you well know, with nothing but praise. The next day I went out and got Haze, the sequel. And boy, was I not disappointed! I just can’t wrap my head around how great this series is. To me, it tops many other angel/demon books I’ve read and then some. 

I still have a book hangover, and am finding other books just can’t cut it. I know that’ll pass, but ugh. I need Shimmer NOW!

Gaby Winters is no longer the normal girl she thought she was, and she delves deeper into who she is as Rafa, Jason and Maggie try to find Jude. We finally meet Mya, whom I was worried would be a pain in the ass, but actually she isn’t so bad. I’ve warmed to Taya, and I really liked Ez and Zak. Those two are just so brilliant.

To find Jude, they follow a lead to Melbourne, but before that they get caught up in a few problems such as bar fights. The guys Rusty and Mick, who got mauled by a hellion in Shadows want to start a war, not knowing what they’re actually up against. Rafa and Co try to explain but naturally things go to shit.

Mya bribes Gaby into doing a job, but this scene seemed a bit misplaced to me, as though the author was just trying to fill space. Nevertheless it added tension and some action. Not that there’s a lack of that in Haze. In fact, there’s plenty of fighting and badmouthing between each character. Rafa and Gaby’s weird relationship  seems to get even more complicated, as Rafa won’t tell her why they fell out before she lost her memory. 

It’s hard not to spoil this next part as I’m sure you guessed that they find Jude, and it’s nice to finally meet the (imaginary) face behind all that Gaby has said about him. Surprisingly he takes the news of his heritage a lot easier than Gaby ever did.  

Things go wrong when Daniel goes sniffing around where he’s not wanted, and after a bad incident in a farmhouse, the team just seem to be falling into trap after trap. It’s actually quite sad. 

As with Shadows, Simon irritated me senseless as did Daniel in some parts. Rusty and Mick also got on my nerves. 

Over all, a wonderful sequel to one of the best series I’ve ever read. I assume you’ve read Shadows if you’re reading this, but if not, GO READ IT! 

Kat

4 stars to Mean Spirits & Young Blood (The Mediator #3-4) by Meg Cabot

Published November 3, 2013 by katheryn13

Meet Susannah Simon: she’s a typical teenage girl who just happens to be a ghost-hunter …oh, and she’s also dead-over-heels for Jesse – the sexiest spook ever! But can this girl get her ghost? In “Mean Spirits”, Suze is all set to spend a relaxing summer on the beach, until she runs into the vengeful ghosts of four high-school students. She must use her mediating skills to guide these ghouls through the afterlife and stop them wreaking havoc in the present. In “Young Blood”, Suze is heartbroken when gorgeous ghost Jesse doesn’t seem to love her back. When his 150-year-old grave is unearthed in her backyard, she is determined to discover how and why he died. But one thing’s for sure – digging up the past can be a deadly business…

Review:

I really enjoyed the first two books of this series, and am liking how consistent the rest have been so far. There have been improvements (mostly bits that annoyed me in 1 +2 aren’t mentioned often in 3 +4 therefore doesn’t make me want to scream + shout. lol)

Suze has only been living in California for a couple of months and she’s seen more trouble than most (if anyone) see in their lives. It’s almost  comical how bad things get, and how she deals with them.

I particularly liked Young Blood as it includes a new character, Jack, who turns out to have something in common with Suze.

Suze manages to collect enemies wherever she goes. And how her family hasn’t yet cottoned on to the fact she’s always out and getting injured, I’ll never understand. I mean, she almost dies and no one even notices. Makes me laugh, to be honest.

I love how Jesse is still by her side, but when his private life starts to show in the form of artefacts found under the house, things get complicated and Suze panics, thinking that it’ll lead to the reason Jesse hasn’t passed on to wherever the ghosts go to.

In Mean Spirits, however, Gina, Suze’s best friend from New York, visits and things add a twist.

As much as I gave this 4 stars,  because I did enjoy it, and I do like the characters, I can’t say that anything really sticks out to me.

I remember Young Blood more, maybe because it was the last part of the book, but also because more seemed to happen. These are light reads, fun, adventurous, even romantic in parts. You don’t need to struggle to understand, or concentrate too hard. Even the author gives a recap of what happened in the previous books, which does irritate me a  bit but that could because I’m reading 2 in 1 books and so I already remember what happened, whereas I suppose, anyone else would read them separately months apart.

I can’t wait to read the next books because of the ending of Young Blood. It’s so good!

Kat

5 stars to Shadows by Paula Weston

Published November 2, 2013 by katheryn13

It’s been almost a year since Gaby Winters was in the car crash that killed her twin brother, Jude. Her body has healed in the sunshine of Pandanus Beach, but her grief is raw and constant.

It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she kills demons and other hell-spawn. And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams, he claims a history with her brother that makes no sense.

Gaby is forced to accept that what she thought she knew about herself and her life is only a shadow of the truth – and that the truth is more likely to be found in the shadows of her nightmares.

Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And most importantly – who can she trust

Review:

I can’t believe this. Where has this amazingly brilliant story been all my life? I have not read an angel/demon book as good as this in a long, long LONG time, and seen as I’ve read some pretty good ones recently, that’s saying something. I mean, Amazon was hiding this from me, clearly.

Paula Weston has made angels something new, refreshing and not at all predictable. Yeah, sure, they have some similar traits to what we’ve probably read before, but the characters, the pacing, the plot…all so captivating. I didn’t want to stop, I was so sucked in.

Gaby Winters is what I would call a normal human being. Except for the fact, she’s not.

She’s had her memories wiped, and because of this she doesn’t know any of the mysterious people coming to find her, and what I love most is she doesn’t just cower and do what she’s told. She puts her foot down, she tells them again and again what she wants, what she doesn’t want. She stands by her morals. She won’t just go along with what others say she is or how she should behave. Oh no. Gaby has a mind of her own. I love it.

Then you have Maggie, her best friend. A friend who has been with Gaby for a good year or more, and sticks by Gaby through pretty much everything that is thrown their way in this book. I wish I had a friend that dedicated. When Maggie gets “taken”, Gaby will do anything to get her back without a hair out of place.

Rafa. What can I say? He’s hot, he’s fierce, he’s loyal, and for some weird reason he has morals. I like the dude. He’s  trying to help Gaby restore her memories, but from the readers angle (oops, nearly wrote ‘angels’) it seems not for selfish reasons. He was good friends with Jude, Gaby’s twin brother, and since he’s also missing, Rafa wants to help. Of course, there is for the most part, an ulterior motive behind this in that they are trying to understand what happened between Jude and Gaby before things went wrong. This is basically the underlining question for the whole book, but definitely not the only question you as the reader or even the characters find themselves asking.

Gaby is left with a ton of unanswered questions and I’m sure eventually they’ll be answered.

There are so many characters in this that it’s hard to name and shame them (haha) but I can’t really fault any, for they each add a different piece to the puzzle, or at least, they all add something. I suppose there was one person that really grated on my nerves: Simon.

I found him clingy, annoying, nosy, just EW get away and let them do their job! lol But yeah.

Asides from all that, I can’t recommend this highly enough and if you’ve ever had your doubts when it comes to angel stories, please PLEASE give this one a go. It will blow your mind. There’s just so many elements to this: the right amount of romance, plenty of kick butt action, some humour (mostly good lines from Rafa), bitchiness and drama. I have just bought Haze, the sequel to Shadows, and I plan on digging into this tonight. Bring it on!

Kat