Thursday, September 5, 2013

Review of If I Should Die by Amy Plum

I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.

Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.

It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.

After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me?

My review:  
5 of 5 stars false
God!! I can't freaking believe this is it!! I won't get to see my sweet Vincent anymore 
:( But anyway, aside from that, this book was simply the perfect conclusion to this amazing awesome series.

After the devastating cliffhanger of Until I Die, I guess we were all just DYING or some of us got even to the point of considering If we Should Die. And I'm no exception. But I had been kinda afraid about it too, that Amy may ruin it, and that the conclusion may not live up to the other books in the series, that it will have a horrible ending. 

You can't blame me after that cliffhanger of course. But I am happy to say that, in fact, no she did not screw it up. On the very contrary, IT WAS THE BEST ONE YET. What I loved most was Kate, man you can feel how she grew up and developed so clearly from the first book. She had bravely embraced her destiny, wiling to do anything to protect her loved ones no matter what. 

Though what, just a liiitle bit, upset me in this book was that there wasn't much of a clear ending for my beloved Jules. It just felt like there wasn't much closure for him. And I know I'm going waaaaaay out of my league here but I'm still hoping the generous lovable sweet awesome Amy Plum (I can do this all day, just plz do it Amy) will write more about him. Say like a spin-off series or something like that. Well, we can all have our dreams right? ;)

Review of Hidden by Sophie Jordan

Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there's no guarantee they'll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning....

Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy.

My review:  
5 of 5 stars false 
Parting ways with this beautiful amazing series was such a hard thing for me. But as in life, everything must come to an end. But there's no way I'll say goodbye to the sizzling Firelight series before telling you about how terrific it was, and in this review I'll especially discuss the last book that marked the end to Jacinda and the crew's long adventure, Hidden.

First of all, I salute Sophie Jordan for this remarkable piece of work and precisely for this new and refreshing plot with its marvelous Draki creatures, descendents of dragons. And as it now, we rarely get to see a book dealing with dragons, always overshadowed by the prospect of vamps and weres (Twilight's work I guess). Then there's the romance element, loved every prospect of it!!! Truly a love story you would die to be part of. The way Jacinda and Will's love could not be disrupted neither by distance, time or either species. And really, I doubt there ever could be someone like Will. I still can't believe half the things he did for her. But all that doesn't mean I neglect Cassian's role in this. On the very opposite, I think he's even more perfect and drool-worthy. Because even though there was no real chance for him to ever have his feelings returned by Jacinda, he was still there for her to the very end and every step of the way.

Another thing that made this series more memorable to me is the way it nicely wrapped up. Because honestly, while I was reading Hidden I had more near heart attacks than I can count fearing that it will end the same way Nightshade series ended. Yes, as you can tell, that series has left me truly traumatized and paranoid for life. All I could think about is "Please Sophie pleaaaaase don't kill Cassian. It's gonna be the lamest thing on earth". And thankfully, that didn't happen. He didn't get the girl but at least he's still living and on his way to live his life.

And with that, I finally say goodbye (with tears streaming down my cheeks). Hoping from the bottom of my heart that Sophie will have another beautiful series as cool (or as cool as it could be) as Firelight series. So if you guys haven't read Hidden or haven't even started the series, then you better go grab the book now 'cause you have no idea what you're missing on ;)

Review of Avow by Chelsea Fine

Scarlet remembers. Everything. Her past lives, Tristan, Gabriel, Nate: she remembers it all--including how to get to the Fountain of Youth. But time is running out. 

Heather and Gabriel have been kidnapped by Raven, while the curse that has plagued Scarlet and Tristan for centuries has shifted, putting the star-crossed lovers in more danger than ever before. Water from the Fountain of Youth is the only thing that can save Scarlet and her loved ones. But the water comes at a price.

With lives--and hearts--at stake, Scarlet leads her friends on a dangerous journey to the Fountain of Youth. Where eternal life is possible, but death is certain.

My review:  
5 of 5 stars false 


Now this was such a veeeeeeeeeery good series indeed!! I highly recommend it to everyone looking for an interesting read with a hot tortured-soul hero and such an epic love story. 

What truly drew me in from this series, was the feeling that I was reading 2 books at a time. Because with flashbacks, we get to know more of what happened "BEFORE". And to be honest, I loved that storyline even more than the present one. It was just soooooo ... Ok, I'm speechless here because frankly speaking no words can describe how awesome it was.

And to add to it, the conclusion to this epic series was such a satisfying one although I managed to shed a few tears (ok, lots to be honest). And albeit the ending being kind of expected, the twists and turns and the shocking surprises will leave you perched on the edge of your chair just wanting more and more of it.

Truly I am absolutely aghast that this series doesn't have much hype going around for it, because truthfully speaking, I think it doesn't lack anything to make it among the bestsellers we all love. Keep up the great work Chelsea. I look forward to reading more of your books.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Review of Opal by Jennifer L.Armentrout

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

My review:  
5 of 5 stars false

As usual, Jennifer L.Armentrout never disappoints. Opal like its precedents before it, was as equally amazing. And man, did I miss Daemon a lot. It was a definitely good decision to make Opal the first book to start this year.

Loved so much the fact that we got to see Dawson again, if not like how he was in the novella Shadows, but at least he was back. And man, Dee's behavior was truly annoying and frustrating but on the good side I kinda started liking, ooooooooooooh wait for it wait for it, ASH AND ANDREW. Yes!! I know!! Freaky, but that's the way things got. I especially like Andrew now, and as terrifying a concept it might seem, I actually ship him now with Dee. And now, back to the main reason why we all read the series ;) Daemon, god could there ever be someone more charming than Daemon? I think not. Katy is sooo freaking lucky. I had already been head-over-heels for him, but after getting more acquainted to his romantic and sweet side in Opal. Let's just say my inner fangirl is in a desperate need of an asylum :P

Although this book was a little bit slow for me, but then again I didn't read it straight because of damn college, but at the last part it gets pretty cool and more exciting and will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. And of course as expected of Jennifer, we get left with a horrible horrible cliffhanger. I think I can even say, it's her worst one EVER. So now here I am, dying to get the next book and see how this will all wrap up.

P.S: On a side note, I have to say that that cover is insanely HOOOOOOOOOOOT. Man, these Lux covers will be the end of me, I'm sure. And god, I wish we could have Pepe and Sztella could actually act in the movie, if there ever was one ~fingers crossed~ because there is absolutely no one better than them to be Daemon and Katy <3