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Summer Shadows (Benedicts 6) by Joss Stirling

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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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Elegy by Amanda Hocking final book in the Watersong series

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An epic battle is about to begin…

Gemma’s life is slowly being destroyed. Cursed as a siren, she is struggling to escape a destiny of savagery and darkness. She’s desperate to break the spell that has turned her into a monster and torn her away from the family – and boy – that she loves. But the alluring yr lethal sirens, Penn, Thea and the newly initiated Liv, have no intention of letting her go.

The key to her freedom lies in an ancient scroll. Gemma’s quest leads her to someone who might be able to help – the mysterious and immortal Diana, who cursed Penn and her sisters thousands of years ago. But Diana will not give up her secrets easily, and unless Gemma and her sister Harper can unlock the scroll’s powers then Penn will destroy the two sisters – and everyone they care about – for good.

The final book means the final showdown.

Penn still has her sights set on Daniel and she tells him that if he sleeps with her, she’ll spare Harper and Gemma’s life. And he agrees, even though he knows it’ll break Harper’s heart. But if it keeps her safe…

Then there’s Gemma and Harper who are both trying to find a way to destroy the scroll but they haven’t found anything yet and time is running out. Especially now that Penn has made a new siren named Liv, whose basically eating every male on the island.

Alex is slowly getting his feelings for Gemma back and after an epic make out session he practically has them all back 😉

But everyone knows that this could be the end for all of them and when they find Diana, the woman who originally put the curse on the sirens they go and see her. But she is not offering any help. She wants revenge for what they did to her daughter all those years ago and she’s not going to give up any time soon.

Disheartened Gemma and everyone decide to have one more showdown with the sirens, because if they can kill Penn then the curse is broken right? Seeing as it all centres around her…

But is that what’s on the scroll? And if they do kill Penn then what happens? Will their lives ever be the same again?

Damn… This one was epic. Full of fighting and nail biting moments this made up for the first two books that were just a little bit slow. 

Everything came out in the last book regarding the secrets of Penn and Thea and the other two original sirens but this one was just as full as revelations as the last one.

The new siren Liv was crazy. Worse than Lexi. She was annoying and god damn it so childish. I hated her so much!

Everyone has something to fight for and live for and it’s either the sirens or Gemma and the others who get to live.

I’m glad Thea managed to chose a side in this one. She wasn’t actually as bad as the others and I was hoping they’d manage to find a way for her. But they didn’t.

The only thing that was just a little predictable about it was how to break the curse. I managed to get it before they did in the book hit other than that I really enjoyed it.

Overall it was a great series and I enjoyed reading it. I liked reading about something different than what’s usually written.

4 out of 5 stars

Tidal by Amanda Hocking book 3 in the Watersong Series

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Her only hope lies with her greatest enemies.

Gemma is facing the fight if her life. Cursed by beautiful but deadly sirens,  her extraordinary powers have a terrifyingly dark side, and becoming human once more is proving her greatest challenge yet. As she struggles to break the curse, the sirens, Penn, Lexi and Thea, are determined to kill her before she can set herself free.

Gemma’s only allies are her sister, Harper, and Harper’s boyfriend, Daniel. Together they must delve into their enemies’ mythical pasts – to discover their darkest secrets. But Penn has also set her sights on Daniel. Soon, the sirens threaten everything Gemma holds dear: her family, her friends, her life and her relationship with Alex – the only guy she’s ever loved. Can she save herself and those she cares about before its too late?

After everything that happened in book two, the sirens have decided to stay so they can keep an eye on everything.

Alex has left the sirens attentions,  ever since Gemma sang to him to make him stop loving her. Now she’s focusing all her energy into the play and fooling around with other boys to keep her hunger at bay. But it doesn’t stop her from loving Alex, who now hates her, thanks to the siren song.

Gemma wants to break the curse but has no idea how to do it. So they get help. Marcy, who works with her sister at the library, has a friend who deals in the supernatural and they go see her. She tells them that there would be a scroll with the curse on it. If they find it, they may have a way to break it.

Gemma searches everywhere for it bit can’t find it. The sirens have it hidden and Thea tells her to stop looking for it otherwise it’ll get her killed.

Harper is now in a relationship with Daniel but seeing as he is immune to the siren song, Penn has set her sights on him and will do anything to get him. Even if that means killing everyone.

Gemma is on limited time before Penn decides to kill her so she knows that finding the scroll is important, even though Thea told her not too.

But when things go wrong again and Penn kills, Thea has had enough and hands the scroll, with the curse on it,  over to Gemma…

This book was definitely better than the other two. It had more action, more nail biting things in it.

Gemma is heartbroken after she used her song on Alex and is trying her hardest to forget about him but she can’t. She’s still trying to keep him safe though. Even though the sirens are no longer focused on him.

Penn… okay… She’s bat crap crazy! Seriously. She’s gotten worse throughout the books and I know I didn’t go into much detail about her in the other reviews but damn… She’s really obsessive. Especially about Daniel. Even though he wants nothing to do with her.

Thea has started to protect Gemma a little and tries to stop Penn from killing her to get a new siren. And then she hands over the scroll. Knowing that means her death but she’s had enough.

Lexi… she’s crazy… more crazy than Penn. She likes to kill and eat and she attacks Daniel, knowing that Penn has warned her off him. And Gemma… Gemma has to let the monster take over in order to save them all.

Gah this one was brilliant!

4 out of 5 stars

Lullaby by Amanda Hocking book 2 in the Watersong series

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Gemma tried to not to hate them, but it was just too little and way too late.

Gemma had to disappear with Penn, Lexi and Thea after a night of incredible violence on the island. She can still barely come to terms with her new affinity with the ocean – and the siren powers that go with it. Now she’s been transformed, Gemma had no choice but to leave all she loves behind. She swears she won’t lose her humanity, but the call of the sea is maddening and compulsive.

Harper won’t give up on her missing sister. The search draws her closer that she’d like to bohemian Daniel, but she could really use his help. They almost given up, until a small news item tells of a horrific murder in a nearby beach town, and Harper thinks she’s found the deadly group. But can Gemma’s curse be reversed – and what if she doesn’t want to come home?

I don’t really need a big summary for this one either haha got to love long blurbs!

After the violence at the end of the last book (which I didn’t mention… oops!) Gemma left with the sirens to keep her family and Alex safe. But being away from her loved ones is hard.

Gemma is trying to keep her humanity in tact but the call of the ocean is strong and she can’t resist it for any longer and when Gemma’s hunger becomes too much, someone gets hurt. 

That’s how Harper, Alex and Daniel manage to find Gemma and bring her home.

But at home things are still complicated and the sirens find Gemma. In another epic violent showdown at the beach, they decide to stay. If only to find out a few things.

To be honest there is a bit of character development in this book but it’s mainly centered around Gemma coming to terms with her Siren powers and trying to keep a hold of her humanity.

Harper is getting closer to Daniel, despite the fact she’s trying not too.

Alex is still completely in love with Gemma and the sirens don’t understand how.

Penn is still crazy and so is Lexi. Thea is a little less so and is starting to become a bit more… human.

Everything about it was more faster paced than the first book and I enjoyed it a little more than the first one.

It’s still weird reading about sirens but it was definitely growing on me. It’s interesting to read a different type of supernatural things than what you’re used to.

4 out of 5 stars

Wake by Amanda Hocking book 1 in the Watersong Series

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Beautiful. Fearless. Dangerous. The kind of girls you envy. The kind of girls you want to hate.

Strangers in town for the summer, Penn, Thea and Lexi have caught everyone’s attention, including the eye of practical Harper.
But it’s her sister, Gemma, they’ve chosen. Sixteen-year-old Gemma seems to have it all – carefree, pretty, and falling in love with the boy next door. But her greatest passion is the water. She craves solitary late night swims under the stars, where she can belong to the sea. But lately she’s had company.

Penn, Thea and Lexi spend their night dancing and partying in the cove, and one night Gemma joins them. She wakes, groggy on the beach the next morning and knows something has changed. Suddenly Gemma is stronger, faster and more beautiful than ever. And as she discovers her new mythical powers, Gemma is forced to choose between staying with those she loves – or entering a dark world brimming with unimaginable secrets.

Okay so do I need to summarise the book or have you got it all from the blurb? Haha

Basically Gemma likes to swim and has caught the attention of the new three girls in town who manage to lure her to their party.
Gemma wakes up groggy on the beach covered in a golden shawl. When she wakes though she’s different and the next time she goes swimming, she grows a fin.

An ancient world has opened up to her and Penn, Thea and Lexi are not letting her go. She’s part of their group now and she can’t go anywhere without them knowing. Thea tells Gemma that now she’s a siren no one can love her but that can’t be true because the boy next door has been in love with her for ages…

When she gets forces between making a choice between those she loves and going off with the sirens what will she choose?

I’ve read Amanda’s Trylle trilogy which I enjoyed so I had hopes that I would with this series too.

Although it was a bit slow to get in to I did enjoy the book. I’ve never read anything about Sirens before so it was definitely new.

Gemma and Harper are sisters but they are very different. Harper likes order and being in charge of things. She’s too old for her age in a way and acts like Gemma’s mom. Gemma is free and spirited. She likes to swim under the stars and have fun. But despite their differences they are always there for each other and have a strong bond.
They’re mother was injured in a car accident that left her with a brain injury and are raised by their dad.

Alex is the boy next door whose been in love with Gemma for a while. And Gemma is falling in love with him too. Until her life changes but Alex isn’t willing to let her go. Despite the fact that she’s now a mythical creature.

Daniel is the boy on the boat who always gets on Harper’s nerves but there’s a smouldering chemistry between them that Harper doesn’t want to admit.

Penn is a psycho but that’s for another review haha
Thea is okay but that’s for a another review
Lexi is crazy..  but another review again haha.

In this book they are weird and intimidating and full of secrets.

Overall it was a great book.
4 out of 5 stars

Misty Falls by Joss Stirling

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Fall for the lie…
   Then unravel the truth.

Misty is a one-girl disaster zone. Born with a Savant ‘gift’ that means she can never tell a lie, her compulsive truth-telling gets her into trouble whenever she goes.

So when she meet Alex: gorgeous, confident and impossibly charming, Misty instantly resolves to keep her distance… Someone so perfect could never be hers, surely?

But a dark shadow has fallen across the Savant community. A serial killer is stalking young people who have there special mental powers. Soon one of them will be taken to the edge of death… and beyond.

I love these books!

Misty is the niece of Crystal who had her own book in the Benedicts series. Misty is a disaster zone. Her Savant gift means that people around her, and herself, cannot tell a lie.

Misty is on a trip to South Africa with Uriel to find his soul seeker.

When they arrive there, Misty’s aunt has already narrowed down a few potential females for Uriel but after a false start it looks like nothing is going right. Until he does meet her at a school for boys.

While there Misty meets Alex and his friends. Alex is gorgeous and confident but around her his charm doesn’t seem to work. They get off to a few wrong starts and when Misty over hears them talking about her and how none of them would ever date her, Misty feels like crap.

After a few more days with Alex she finally leaves South Africa knowing that she won’t really see him again. Until he arrives at her school with the others for the debating team.

Misty, although she fancies him, knows he’s not for her and tries to get him to talk telepathically to her best friend Summer, knowing that they would be more suited as Soul Finders then she would be. But when it turns out that Misty is his Soul Finder she’s in for a bumpy ride.

Alex has no family and hasn’t had to care for anyone so he doesn’t know how to deal with this. When a long lost Uncle of Alex’s turns up and wants to get to know him, Alex and Misty’s relationship starts to get rocky and when they have an argument at a Pizza restaurant and Misty fails to go home, she knows that the Savant serial killer has her. But who it is is the surprising thing.

Ending up in America with her kidnapper it’s a matter of life and death, especially with Alex and the other Benedicts on their way.

But when one of them does end up on the brink of death what’s going to happen? And will they be able to save them?

AAAAHHHH!

Okay so I loved the Benedict brothers from the first book Finding Sky. I loved this world of Savants and the whole idea that there’s the other half of you out there. Very romantic!

Finding Sky, Stealing Phoenix and Seeking Crystal focused on the three younger Benedict brothers: Zed, Yves and Xav. This book focused on Uriel one of the older Benedict boys. I’m glad they managed to get him into a book to find his soul seeker, because at the end of Seeking Crystal we knew where the other three Benedict boys soul seekers were. (One of them is already married in the first book).

Even though this was about Misty, I liked how they still included all the other characters and didn’t take away from the fact this was about Uriel finding his but at the same time it was about Misty finding hers. (I’m just typing whatever is coming to mind so I’m sorry if it doesn’t make sense!)

Misty is a great character. I love her Savant gift even if she doesn’t because when she tells the truth it can be quite funny in some cases. Misty does grow throughout the book and becomes a stronger person and her story and how she is with her friends and all the other Benedicts is great. Her relationship with Alex is tested but that’s what make romance books great. Her gift with Alex does make a few moments awkward but it’s… ahhh just great.

Alex is hot. Seriously. I love how he learns to care for others throughout the book, not really knowing how to do that in the beginning. He is so surprised by Misty and in the beginning he is a bit mean to her (there is a reason though!) But the whole relationship is full of ups and downs. Alex wants to be there for Misty but when a relative turns up out of the blue he finds it hard to maintain the balance of keeping one or the other happy. He is a great character though and the ending with him and the feels and oh god I was a wreck of feels.

I loved Misty’s friends, Angel and Summer and how well they fit in with the other Benedicts.

Uriel and his soul finder Tarryn are great too and there gifts work well together, especially when it’s needed towards the end of the book!

As I mentioned the feels at the end are… god I couldn’t cope!

I love these books. I do love my dystopian and fantasy books but sometimes a little YA romance is a great break from all of those and these are my biggest loves. It’s just so easy to get lost in them and I love the characters and how well they interact with each other.

I read this book in a day… and the next book that came after it!

You should definitely read them just to get away from the world and to fall in love with the notion that you have a soul mate out there somewhere.

4 out of 5 stars

The Power by Jennifer L Armentrout

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So I’ve been off work for a few days since I’ve damaged the ligaments on my ankle so that means I’ve read quite a few books… which means a back log of reviews!
Please bare with me if I can’t remember things haha

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The Covenant University has become a front line for the escalating violence between pure-bloods and half-bloods – war between the races seems inevitable. Sets must prepare Josie for battle, which means teaching her how to control her new found demigod abilities… and they need to find and rescue the other demigods before their enemies – the Titans – find them first.

Only one thing is more dangerous than a bunch of Titans, and that’s an out-of-control Apollyon. The aether in Josie is drawing Apollyon Sets in deeper, and their closeness becomes explosively dangerous. But letting Josie go requires a level of selflessness that just isn’t Set’s style.

When the danger from the Titans erupts with devastating consequences, the dark allure of power calls to Seth once again. But this time, Josie may not be able to pull him back from the brink…

Eeeeek! JLA knows how to play with feels!

The Covenant University is being plagued by violence. The Pure-bloods are not happy with the demolition of the breed order and they are taking it out on half-bloods. In a bad way.

While everything is happening Seth is training Josie to unleash her demigod powers but the more she uses her power, the more Seth is getting addicted to her aether.
He knows the best thing would be to walk away from her but it’s easier said than done.

When they are making out after a training session and an argument, Seth does something unthinkable and he knows it’s time he left her alone.

With Josie alone and training with other people, her powers are coming to light.

When Alex and Aiden return to Earth from spending 6 months in the Otherworld, everything changes.

With daimons breaking into the Covenant and everyone ready to kick ass, Seth looses his mind when he sees Josie among them fighting and well… what follows is sexy sexy time 😉

When Apollo brings Hercules to them to help find the other demigods, Seth’s God Killer power is unleashed when he kills a Titan. A powerful Titan.

Will Seth be able to control his new powers? Or is he destined to go crazy with power?

Ahhh JLA knows how to write!

This book was just as great as the first one, full of even more fights and more sexy sexy time!
Whereas the Covenant series was YA, The Titan books are NA so we get just that little bit more.

Seth is still the same as always: cocky, arrogant, full of himself but damn he hot! Despite all this he does have a soft side and reveals a part of himself to Josie throughout the books. You see more about him than just the cocky Seth we knew in the covenant books. Seth is trying hard in this book to not give in to the aether and let his Apollyon powers get too much. He knows that the longer he stays around Josie the more he’s tempted by her aether. But as we know, Seth can be a little bit selfish so walking away from her is hard. But when things go wrong and Seth has to kill a Titan, those powers are unleashed. So does this mean he’s dangerous? Or can Josie save him?

Josie is her usual geeky, awkward self. And still can’t pronounce Apollyon properly! She’s training to unleash her demigod powers but as usual it’s hard. Especially with Seth training her. When something happens and Seth walks away from her she gets trained by someone else and with doing this her powers are unleashed. Still a bit unsure about killing things it’s put to the test when Daimons break into the covenant. With the arrival of Hercules and the whole find the other demigods task, Josie has a lot on her plate but when Seth turns on his Apollyon powers she knows only she can save him from himself.

Alex and Aiden are back too and I’m glad they didn’t take away from you story of Seth and Josie. Although they had a few scenes they were more background. I love those too though and I really want another story from them haha. I can understand why Josie was a little jealous of Alex when she arrived and especially when Apollo seems to like her more than he likes his own daughter. But they are still in love and still kick ass and still… yeah.

Hercules was a surprise! I’m used to the Disney version of Hercules so this cocky arrogant sweary shags any female Hercules was different! I did still like him though and he and Seth would probably have a great bromance together if they weren’t sniping with each other all the time.

We had the other characters too in the form of Luke and Deacon who are still loved up and hot for each other. Especially with the one scene Seth witnesses haha.

The new demigod Gable is going to be interesting.

But the death though… The death!!!! I can’t deal.

I love JLA and as always I can’t fault her writing. I love it and the way it sucks you in is still as epic as always.

I want the next book now though because the way it ended… damn!

5 out of 5 stars