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Summer Shadows (Benedicts 6) by Joss Stirling

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Blurb:

Amongst the secret and lies, will love survive? Summer lives under a terrible shadow. It drains her, manipulates her and threatens to steal her future. A high-stakes mission offers a temporary escape. She must use her mind-shadowing abilities to hunt down her target and find the truth. Hal Robinson is a soldier. He does not get distracted. He wins. But what Hal wants begins to shift once he meets Summer. They must learn to trust each other if they are going to protect the Savant community. But will their secrets allow them to find a happy ending of their own?

 

I’m actually quite sad the series is now over! No more Benedict boys!

Summer lives with her mother and father in their big house but no one is allowed to go around. She lives with a savant that’s the worst kind. An emotional vampire. A savant that feeds off the emotions of others just to get a fix. Her father keeps her as safe as he can and has plans for Summer when she goes to university. But its not her plans.

When she’s offered the chance to go to the Middle East to help save Victor Benedict, who has gone over their to find his soul finder, Summer agrees, needing some time away from her family.

What she doesn’t count on is the Robinsons, especially the youngest brother Hal.

He’s obnoxious and arrogant and actually has no savant powers of his own. When the pair meet you can tell its going to be a love hate relationship, but after spending some time with Summer, Hal begins to thaw and lets her in. But Hal doesn’t have any savant powers so why, when Summer enters his mind, does she find out that they are Soul Finders?

But this isn’t as easy as everyone else’s because at this moment in time she wants nothing to do with him. But when they are captured and mistaken for Benedicts, Summer realises that she can’t exactly be apart from her soul finder.

But all the people that Victor has put behind bars over the years are after him, and it’s only a matter of time before they get him. Or will they?

 

Okay summary sounds lame because I was on a roll and then I completely forgot the plot for a minute and forgot what I was writing haha but I’ll try and explain in the next part.

I enjoyed Summer in this book. We’ve seen bits of her in the last few Benedict books and I was always curious of her. We got to see her family life and how bad it is. I felt sorry for her brother’s story too. Her mother, even though you wanted to hate her, you couldn’t because she was stuck in her own nightmare too. Her father tried to help but everything was left to Summer. I’m glad she took the chance to go to the Middle East, to get away from everything (even though it came with a cost.) She got the chance to use her mind powers, even though she was always wary of using them. I loved the relationship between her and Hal and how they bickered so much when they first saw each other.

Hal was obnoxious but he mellowed the more time he spent with Summer which I’m glad about. Yeah he did treat her badly in a few scenes but Summer always gave it back at him. I liked how he stepped up and realised that his savant powers could actually help Summer. They made quiet a team when they were together.

And then there was Victor! The one Benedict I was desperate for him to get his happy ending. It took six books but FINALLY! I always felt bad for him having to see his younger brothers and two older brothers finding theirs before he did and I was so happy when he found Atoosa! She’s great and I loved how he was with her. We’ve always seen Victor as moody and hard but with her he was cute and soft and GAH!

As Victor works with the FBI, he’s put away many bad savants, including some we’ve seen in previous books and I enjoyed seeing the epic finale come down to all of the bad guys against Victor and his family and extended family. I imagined the scenes in my head as a superhero movie!

Of course one of the Benedicts gets hurt… Okay kind of almost dies and my heart was in my throat for a little while there. But you’ll have to read the book to find out which one it is 😛

Summer Shadows was the perfect ending to a great series and I’m really sad to see it go but you know Joss there are two Robison brothers that have yet to find their soul finders so maybe, just maybe you could write about those two…? *HINT HINT CHEESY SMILE HINT HINT*

PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE!!???

5 out of 5 stars

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The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

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I have so many to catch up on!

 

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Blurb:

Two boys. Two secrets. David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year 11 is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long …

 

This book made me cry so much.

As the blurb states, its about two boys with two big secrets.

David Piper has always known he was different. People at school call him a freak, his parents think he’s gay and his only two best friends know the truth. David longs to be a girl. He was born in the wrong body but he doesn’t know how to tell his parents this because how do you tell your parents that you want to be a girl?

Then a new boy comes into school; Leo Denton. He’s quiet and moody and would most probably beat you if you said anything to him. He wants to be invisible and just get on with school or what’s left of it and not get into trouble. But when Leo sees David being picked on, he sticks up for him and they form an unlikely friendship.

Because of that, Leo attracts the attention of the popular girl Alicia, something he didn’t want to do. Especially as he falls for her pretty fast and the pair are making out at every opportunity. But Leo has a secret himself, one that he doesn’t want to get out but lets face it, with enemies at school, its bound too.

Through all the secrets and truths that are revealed, one thing is certain. The unlikely friendship between Leo and David grows stronger and they help each other out in a lot of ways…

 

Not the greatest summary I know, but I really don’t want to give anything away regarding Leo’s secret. If I’m being honest I had a little inkling as to what it was but when he has his flashbacks, I suspected something different.

This is the first transgender book I’ve ever read and it will probably be the last. I don’t mean that horribly I just mean that the book was so good and so heartwarming and heart breaking at times that it’s ruined me for other transgender books (I probably will read other books on this subject though!)

Lisa Williamson has written two characters that you can really get involved with. From the first page I was caught in David and his desperate need to become a girl. I felt for him. He was alone in this, despite having told is two best friends, but no one else understood him. No one else can understand the longing to be something that your not. He was a character to really lose your emotions too.

Then there’s Leo. As I mentioned I had an inkling as to what his secret was before it was revealed, but damn he broke my heart too. Like David he was alone on everything too and had a lot more secrets than David. When they go to find Leo’s real dad and the scenes that followed, god I was in tears! I just can’t believe how cruel some parents can be. I’m glad he had David there, or Kate, as he called himself that weekend.

When everything comes out about Leo, I was heartbroken. Especially with how everyone treated him. I wanted to punch every single one of them who said the horrible things. I don’t understand how people can’t understand things and have to be horrible to others just because they are different.

As I said I got involved with this book!

I’m not transgender so I can’t imagine how bad it must be to be trapped in a body that you shouldn’t have but Lisa managed to convey it perfectly.

Everything was beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time and I don’t think I can convey how much you need to read this book. Yeah my review isn’t doing it much justice I know, but honestly its such an amazing book. One of my best reads of 2016! (yes I’m way behind on reviews!)

A definite must read

And a thank you to Adam who brought this book for me for my birthday.

5 out of 5 stars