Mini Review: Shadowland by Alyson Noel

shadowlandShadowland (The Immortals #3) by Alyson Noel

Details: Hardcover, 339 pages
Published: November 17th 2009 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Source: I bought it
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 3 stars

Summary: Ever and Damen have traveled through countless past lives – and fought off the world’s darkest enemies – so they could be together forever. But just when their long-awaited destiny is finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon Damen…one that could destroy everything. Now a single touch of their hands or a soft brush of their lips could mean sudden death – plunging Damen into the Shadowland. Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses herself in magick – and gets help from an unexpected source – a surfer named Jude.

Although she and Jude have only just met, he feels startlingly familiar. Despite her fierce loyalty to Damen, Ever is drawn to Jude, a green-eyed golden boy with magical talents and a mysterious past. She’s always believed Damen to be her soul mate and one true love – and she still believes it to be true. But as Damen pulls away to save them, Ever’s connection with Jude grows stronger – and tests her love for Damen like never before….

Review: I probably would have given this book four stars if it wasn’t for the fact that I had no idea what was happening at the beginning. This is my fault. I should have re-read the first two books before starting this one.

However, once I got past that, I really enjoyed the story. It wasn’t as great as the first two books, but it was still interesting enough to keep me reading and wanting to pick up the next book in the series.

I will be reading Dark Flame very soon.

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Waiting on Wednesday: #8

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I picked: 

let the sky fallLet the Sky Fall (Let the Sky Fall #1) by Shannon Messenger
Expected publication: March 5th 2013 by Simon Pulse

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.

Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.

Review: Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

?????????????????????????Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2) by Aimee Carter

Details: Paperback, 304 pages
Published: March 27th 2012 by HarlequinTeen
Source: I bought it
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 2 stars

Summary: Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she’ll have to fight for it. Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.

As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.

Henry’s first wife, Persephone.

Review: I was really hoping I would like this one more than the first book but I didn’t. The characters still haven’t grown on me. I don’t care about any of them and I really don’t like Henry. The best word to describe him is blah.

However I did enjoy the plot. even though I didn’t like the characters, I never once thought about putting the book down and starting something else.

I will probably get the third book, The Goddess Inheritance, but I wont run out and buy it the day it comes out. It’s worth continuing but it wont be taking priority.

Review: Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

stolenStolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

Details: Paperback, 301 pages
Published: May 4th 2009 by Chicken House Ltd
Source: I bought it
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 5 stars

Summary: It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.

This is my story.

A letter from nowhere.

Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back?

The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don’t exist – almost.

Review: Stolen is an amazing book. The kind you just don’t want to put down. I couldn’t stop reading it. I had to know how it would end. I loved Lucy Christophers writing. It pulled me in from the first page because of how beautifully written it is.

I loved both Gemma and Ty, which is odd. I’m not sure if I should love Ty as much as I do. After all, he did kidnap Gemma. I do love him though. He was such a great character and I actually liked him more than Gemma. Not much more, because Gemma was great pretty herself and was very likeable.

This book is a hard one to review because it is just so incredible. Everything about it is perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing about it. If you haven’t read Stolen yet, you need to. It’s a must read.

Review: The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

gatheringThe Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Details: Hardcover, 359 pages
Published: April 12th 2011 by Harper
Source: I bought it
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 3 stars

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn’t know much about her background – the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip – but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.

Until now.

Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town – from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend’s hidden talent for “feeling” out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel . . . . different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya’s biological parents and it’s easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.

In The Gathering , New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong brings all the supernatural thrills from her wildly successful Darkest Powers series to Darkness Rising, her scorching hot new trilogy.

Review: I love Kelley Armstrong and even if I don’t get her books as soon as they come out, I still make sure to grab them when I can. She is a favorite of mine. So when I was finally able to pick up The Gathering, I was super excited and started reading it almost immediately.

As always the writing and story were fantastic. Easy to read and addictive. You want to keep reading. However, I just didn’t connect with the characters. I liked Daniel and Maya was alright but other than that I just didn’t care about them. I didn’t life Rafe at all. There were only one or two tiny parts where I smiled because of him.

I honestly think The Gathering would have gotten at least four stars instead of three if I felt more connected to the characters, because other than that, this was a great book and I can’t wait to read book two, The Calling.

Review: Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

darknessDarkness Becomes Her (Gods & Monsters #1) by Kelly Keaton

Details: Paperback, 273 pages
Published: January 3rd 2012 by Simon Pulse (first published February 22nd 2011)
Source: I bought it
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 5 stars

Summary: Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is.

Her search for answers uncovers a message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued.

She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very…different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her.

Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.

Review: I picked this book up after reading The selection by Kiera Cass, which was a very fluffy book. Darkness Becomes Her is dark and I loved that. I was in the mood for something that was darker.

Keaton wrote such an amazing story with great characters. I did not want to pit it down. I was so pulled in that I just flew right through it and was sad that it ended.

I didn’t mind it, but if you have a problem with books that have swearing in them, than I wouldn’t suggest you read this book because I’ve never read a young adult book with so much swearing in it before.

This is a series I will be continuing. I can’t wait to get my hands on book two, A Beautiful Evil.