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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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Angel Dares by Joss Stirling

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Angel is impulsive.
Disguising her savant ability to control water doesn’t come easy to her. 

Then she meets the broodingly handsome Marcus at a music festival where they’re both performing, and finds herself all at sea. For when he sings, her soul answers with its own music.

Like the tide, their mutual attraction cannot be held back but Marcus’s mistrust of Angel’s gift is even stronger. How can they be together if Marcus is unable to accept who Angel is or what they could mean to each other?

And with the net closing in on the Savant community – it is time for everyone to choose a side.

Well this one was different!

Angel’s gift is to manipulate water and more than once it’s come in handy for her (especially with her band mates wandering hands!) But trying to hide it is hard.

When she rehearses with her band Seventh Edition and gets thrown out just before they get a music festival gig, she’s fuming.

But Will Benedict needs her help; his soul finder is going to be at the festival and he needs Angel to be there to help find her.

Sounds simple. All she has to do is grovel her way back into the band and be just a little bit nicer to the lead singer (eurgh)

At the festival, Angel learns that her favourite band, Gifted, will be headlining. She’s already had a run in with Marcus OMG Cohen at the front gates so being friendly to her favourite band will be easy…. especially with Will’s soul finder being apart of the entourage!

As she gets herself friendly with Gifted she learns that maybe there are some Savants that haven’t quite come to terms with their gifts just yet.

Of course it goes smoothly for Will and his soul finder Margot, even if she does need a bit of persuasion to accept her Savant side. But for Angel things aren’t going smoothly.

It’s clear that Kurt, lead singer of Gifted, and Marcus have Savant gifts themselves but neither of them are prepared to hear the truth and mark her off as crazy. Even if the attraction between her and Marcus is through the roof!

When Angel is kidnapped though by people who are trying to out the Savants, her only choice is to reach out to Marcus, he is her soul finder after all, but he doesn’t want to do telepathy. But suddenly he doesn’t have a choice.

Despite Marcus not wanting to be apart of the Savant community he has no choice but to answer Angel. Even though he makes it perfectly clear he doesn’t believe she’s been kidnapped.

Will Marcus be able to accept his fate? Or are he and Angel destined to be soul finders?

Omg this book was different from the others!

Before they usually accept what they are and how they are meant to be together…. well there are a few obstacles but that’s part of a romance YA book.

But Marcus refused point blank to accept it. Even when Angel tried mind speak and when she reached out to him when she was in danger, he still wouldn’t accept it. Thinking she was tricking him.

But damn it was a good book!

Angel is sure of herself and will go in all guns blazing without thinking. She sees what she wants and goes for it. She’s impulsive and throughout the book she gets a lot of things wrong. She does try to be normal and less impulsive but it’s not her and Marcus and Kurt call her out on it. She’s a lot different from the truth telling Misty but their friendship works.
When she’s in danger and trying to stop herself from drowning, all she wants is her friends and she resides her self to the fact that her soul finder wants nothing to do with her. Even though it hurts.

Marcus is so reluctant to accept this life. He is extremely mistrustful of her gift and this whole Savant thing, still thinking Angel is out to play them all.
When she reaches out to him when he’s in the middle of a gig, he doesn’t exactly want to help her. Thinking it’s a game she’s playing. But when they do rescue her and things become clear it’s too late.

Kurt is the cool rocker who has a Savant gift himself even if he doesn’t admit it either and even he gets angry at Angel.

I like how the Benedict brothers look out for everyone. Even though Angel and Summer aren’t apart of the family they accept them as extended members. After all the Savant community is a big family themselves.

Misty, Summer and Alex are in this one too as well as a few other Benedict boys.

This one was more of a OMG book because everything kept going wrong and it was a little refreshing to see a guy that really didn’t want anything to do with this world. Marcus and Angel, despite their mutual attraction, was really hard in getting together and in getting Marcus to accept it all.

And like with the last post… I love these books and I want a Summer book because I want to know if Victor manages to get his soul finder… especially with where she is!!

4 out 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

Seeking Crystal by Joss Stirling book review

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Review number two!

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Crystal Brook has always been the dud Savant in her family; paranormal powers just aren’t her thing. Dropping out of school with a clutch of ‘E’ grades and no future, she lives in the shadow of her high-flying sister Diamond. On a trip to Denver, a chance encounter with the dashing Benedict brothers leaves Diamond head over heels in love and engaged to be married. Crystal, on the other hand, is unimpressed by their charms . . . in fact no boy can annoy her as much as Xav Benedict! Back in Venice, their families assemble for Diamond’s wedding and a powerful enemy seizes the opportunity to attack. Crystal and Xav must join forces to save their loved-ones, unlocking a secret that, until now, has lain deeply buried . . .

When Crystal and her sister Diamond are out in Denver they are attacked by a bunch of thugs. When they are rescued Diamond instantly finds her soulfinder in the form of Trace Benedict and the pair are instantly engaged.

Crystal is injured and Trace brings them back to his apartment where younger brother Xav is ready to administer his healing gifts on Crystal.

The pair do not get on straight awya and its apparent that they are not each others soulfinders…

Crystal, unlike all the other savants, cannot do telepathy, in fact it makes her sick. So she’s a bit of a dud in the savant world. Especially to her family.

And then she gets a job doing costume designing for a local movie in Italy and while there she and Xav are invited to star as extras in the movie; playing lovers.

They kiss and sparks fly and even though they are convinced that they are not each others soulfinders they agree to see each other.

And then something happens. The Countess is out for revenge. Her son, in the second book, was one of the ones arrested, and she wants to get back at the Benedicts. So she steals their female soulfinders and wipes their memories so they have no recollection.

When Crystals powers are finally revealed and its clear that her and Xav are soulfinders its up to her to save everyone…

Seeking Crystal manages to tie together the elements of the plot from the previous 2 books. It is just brilliant.

Crystal is a very different character to those we have previously encountered in the previous books. Utterly out of place in a family of savants due to her lack of paranormal powers. I really felt for Crystal; she’s not especially close to her mother who favors the savants of the family. She is, however, very close to her father, who is able to see just how special Crystal is with or without paranormal powers. His death is a devastating blow to the family but even more so for Crystal who felt he was the only person to understand her.

The relationship between soul-finders is examined closely and at a deeper level in this book than the previous two, bringing a greater level of understanding to the story as a whole. With the death of Crystal’s father it allows insight into how it feels to lose your soul-finder and also examines savants decisions to either wait and hope for their soul-finder or chance happiness with someone you know isn’t you’re other half. The depiction of heartbreak and being set adrift translates as an integral part of the plot in more ways than one.

The setting is quite simply beautiful, Joss’ descriptive narratives of the places and people really gives you an amazing insight into how everything look. Its like she’s transported you to these places from the comfort of your own bedroom.
All of the previous characters are again included, it takes a very skillful writer to develop this amount of characters and their relationships simultaneously.

There are some amazing revelations that I will honestly say I did not see coming but I am not going to spoil the story for you by telling you about them.

I loved everything about this book and the series as a whole and it ended with Crystal predicting where the rest of the brothers soul finders were so I hope there will be more books with the others left. Even if they are adults I need to know if they find them and what their soul finders are like.

I love this series and I reccommend it to anyone.

10 out of 10 stars for the series 🙂

Stealing Phoenix by Joss Stirling book review

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Ah I’ve been behind on reviews again!

So here is the first of three…

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Phoenix belongs to the Community, a gang of thieves with paranormal powers. Yves Benedict, an American student visiting London, is her mark. But Yves turns out to be more than just a target. He is her destiny. Her soulmate. The Community owns Phoenix’s past and it wants her future too. Can Phoenix save the boy she loves . . . and herself?

 

 

Phoenix, aka Phee, has had a hard life. She lives in a savant community that is ruled by The Seer. He wants all the riches, so with their powers, The Seer gives each community member a target to go and steal stuff from them.

Phoenix’s target is none other than Benedict brother, Yves. She uses her power to steal his goods, except Yves seems to know something is up and is still aware when Phoenix freezes time. Then he manages to blow up the bag once Phoenix has run away with it.

She then gets a second chance to steal from Yves but he soon realises Phee is his soul finder and begins to understand the terrible life she has been forced to live his sole aim is, with the help of his family, to get Phee safely away from The Seer…

AAAAHHHHHHH

YVES!!!

And I thought Zed was swoon worthy and then along comes Yves…

He is just so…

There is no words.

I love this quote from the book…

“I’m not a little woman you need to defend.’
His face hardened. ‘That’s exactly what you are: you’re my little woman and I’m not having you sacrifice yourself for me.”

I loved Phee. She was one of these girls who had a tough background like Sky did and then along comes a bright light into her horrible and lonely world.

Yves and Phoenix are so adorable together. They fit each other perfectly. I liked how their relationship gradually developed. They come from such different background it was only logical that there would be some issues in the beginning. It wasn’t just love at first sight. The pair of them grew together slowly, and even though we could see they were totally in love with each other, they took their time.
What I loved the most was how different Yves was in each book. In Finding Sky he was just Zed’s calm and always collected brother. But in Stealing Phoenix we see a whole new side of him. Yves’ special power is fire and the boy definetly lives up to it in this book. Especially when it comes to Phee. He will do anything for her.

I love Phoenix because she’s your perfect damsel in distress. She’s had a hard life, but she’s a survivor. She’s caring and selfless, but not in a depressing, gloomy kind of sacrificial way. She’s a strong character.

And I love the romance in this book. The concept of soulmates is really overdone, and sometimes it can be quiet boring. But not in this book. I liked that Yves and Phee are soulmates, and they’re attracted to each other right off. But Joss gave time for the relationship to progress. A lot of times, our heroine would fight it because she’s in denial or not ready or doesn’t want to give up her independence. In this case, the obstacle was keeping her safe and away from her corrupt and dangerous life before him. I don’t know how to explain it, but somehow, Stirling managed to make the soulmates concept work for me.

I also loved how we saw Zed and Sky from the first book in this one too and seeing them through the eyes of Phee you could see their love for each was much stronger. (Well a year had passed…)

I am so torn as to who I want more; Zed or Yves…

But then again there is one more book in this series featuring another Benedict brother so its about to get even harder.

Totally read this book too! I devoured it in a day and I’m sure the rest of you will too.

Finding Sky by Joss Stirling book review

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You have half our gifts, I have the other . . . When English girl Sky, catches a glimpse of bad boy Zed in her new American high school, she can’t get him out of her head. He talks to her with his thoughts. He reads her mind. He is the boy she will love for ever. Dark shadows stalk her past but a new evil threatens her future. Sky must face the dark even if it means losing her heart.

WOW!

Anyway this book follows Sky, a girl who has a deeply scarring past and a memory that wants to forget it all. She doesn’t know her real name so when she’s adopted by Sally and Simon Bright she picks the name Sky.

She’s been living with them for 6 years and when they get the opportunity to move to Colorado (her parents are artists and they go where the work is needed) they take the chance.

While there Sky makes some new friends and manages to snag the attention of Wrickenridge’s local bad boy Zed Benedict.

Its not long however until they both realise that their feelings for each other run deeper and when the truth finally comes out. It’s definetely a shock for Sky.

When she’s kidnapped by The Kelly’s, only Zed and his family can save her.

But will Sky finally come to understand what she is?
Will her past come to haunt her?
And will she finally accept Zed as her Soulfinder?

OH
MY
GOD

THIS BOOK!!

I LOVED IT

SERIOUSLY LOVED IT

HENCE THE BIG SHOUTY CAPITOL LETTERS!!

I picked this book up as the cover stood out to me. Its such a simplistic cover design but one that instantly draws your attention. And to be honest, the blurb drew me in too, espsically this line:
You have half our gifts, I have the other . . .

Ummmm WHAT GIFTS?!

So I had to buy it and I am so so so glad I did.

I’d never heard much about this book before but as soon as I opened the first page I was drawn in.

What Sky had been through interested me, and through some flashbacks, you got to see why she is like she is.

Sky won’t let anyone love her and is shocked when they do. So when she attracts the attention of local bad boy, motorbike driving, Zed… well its a bit of a shock becasue there is something about him that draws her in and she can’t help but be charmed by his soft side…

And why is that?

Because they are each others Soulfinders and together they are more powerful then they are seperate. With Zed being the youngest of seven brothers (did I forget to mention that?! My bad… YES THERE ARE MORE OF THEM!) its a shock that he’s managed to find his so early.

And then there’s the bad guys; The Kelly’s.

Who the Benedict clan helped to put two of the family members behind bars and when they find out that Sky is apart of the circle now they kidnap her in the attempt to get back at the Benedicts and Zed in particular.

So then comes a series of mind blowing scenes, those of which leave you biting your nails.

Everything about this book was brilliant and ZED… HOLY HELL!! TO ALL THAT HIS HOLY THAT GUY IS HOT!

SERIOUSLY HOT!

AND HE HAS BROTHERS!

ALSO HOT!

He is ultimate boyfriend material. He may come across as an arrogant badass with no manners but yet when he finds Sky she anchors him into this perfect specimen. He’s compassionate and loving and at the same time still manages to keep his protective streak.

And Sky?

She’s awesome! She may come across as a damsel in distress but she’s far from it. When she starts believing in everything she becomes an unstopaable force whose determined to protect her family and friends and Zed from harm.

And whats better is that I found out that there are two more books in the series about two of the other brothers so WOOHOO!! They will soon be in my hand thanks to Amazon!

But seriosuly guys READ THIS BOOK! You will not be disappointed and Sky’s past is upsetting. Its a book that’s hard to put down and it easily draws you in to the mysteries of Wrickenridge and all its inhabitants.

Oh and also Sky’s friends, Tina, Zoe and Nelson are also brilliant! They are her team of superheroes!

And the Benedict clan… Phew! Make sure you have a fan handy when reading it!

a definite 5 out of 5 stars!

READ IT!