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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

Angel Dares by Joss Stirling

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Blurb

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

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.s. I Still Love You by Jenny Han book reviews

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Double book time!

Seeing as these are a two part book series I thought I’d do them both together 🙂

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Blurb:

Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she’s ever loved. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control…

Lara Jean is a home girl. She likes her life as it is. She loves her family which consists of her father and her two sisters, Margot and Kitty. She’s love boys before and to help get over them, she writes them letters… That they will never ever see.

And then Lara Jean’s life goes a little… crazy.

Her sister Margot is on her way to University in Scotland and she’s not exactly on the best of terms with her younger sister Kitty. And then her five letters get sent out.

And life gets just a little crazy.

Especially when one of them goes to her sisters ex boyfriend Josh and another to her ex best friends ex boyfriend Peter Kavinsky.

She doesn’t want to deal with the fact that she once had feelings for Josh and when he wants to talk about it… She kind of invents a fake relationship with Peter.

Peter is in on it because he wants to make his ex girlfriend Genevieve jealous and Lara Jean is doing it just so she doesn’t have to admit that maybe there is still feelings for Josh.

But this fake relationship isn’t real, not at all, so what happens when the two involved start liking each other?

P.S I Still Love You

Blurb

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

The second book follows on from the first book and Lara Jean is all ready to give Peter her new letter explaining some things to him.

After he reads the letter they decide to give their relationship a go for real. Things are going good. Until another boy from Lara Jean’s past turns up and threatens the new relationship.

John Ambrose McClaren is the other guy who received the love letter and he feels the same way about Lara Jean. When all the old friends get together to open up a time capsule they buried when they were younger they end up playing a game they used to play when they were younger, Assassins and this Lara Jean wants to win.

Then she witnesses a tender moment between Peter and his ex Genevieve and her world falls and this time Peter and Lara Jean break up for real.

Will Lara Jean give it a go with John? Or can Peter clear up this misunderstanding and win Lara Jean back?

Okay so these books.

I picked them up because I feeling in the mood for some YA romance, a bit like the Stephanie Perkins books. At first I was a little annoyed with Lara Jean because she was still a little child like and younger sister Kitty acted older.

But then as I got into to story more I realised that its just the way she is and it didn’t annoy me so much. Especially as you think about their culture and the way they do things.

Lara Jean is a dreamer and a person who is in love with being in love and what’s wrong with that? All she wants is to be someone’s number 1 girl and to be someone’s world. The way her parents were to each other before her mother died. She knows she has to grow up now and become the head girl of the family now Margot has gone to Scotland.

The idea of writing love letters to the boys you used to love is a genius idea. Its much easier to write your feelings down than it is to say them. Lara has only ever loved five boys and I liked how different they all were.

I thought for sure that with her sister out of the picture she would end up with Josh (gasp!) but when she started fake dating Peter you could see how they brought things out in each other. Peter became a little less jock like and arrogant and a bit more aware of things and feelings. Whereas Lara Jean stuck up for herself a bit more.

I did love Josh at first. He was geeky and cute. The things I love but when things came out I got angry with him. (You’ll understand when you read it) and I lent more onto Peter’s team.

Yes Peter was arrogant and stuff but when he was with Lara Jean, you saw a bit more of a vulnerable and appealing side to him.

Oh and one more about Lara Jean… She dressed up as Cho Chang for Halloween and anyone who shares a love for Harr Potter is going to be high up there on my scale. She redeemed herself with that haha.

The second book was a continuation of the first book and I’m glad we got it. Yes the first book ended on unresolved issues and the second book cleared them up.

I loved how they took a chance on having a real relationship with each other and even struck up a new contract with each other (yes a contract! It was funny). But when an old love comes back Lara Jean does get torn and by this point I was really rooting for Peter to win but at the same time I did like John Ambrose… I think I turned into Lara Jean at some point reading this because even I was briefly torn.

But like always there is a little heartbreak in the book and when it comes to Peter and Genevieve you just knew something was going to happen. Even if it was a misunderstanding.

And things get revealed in this one too, just like the first book. And in the end Lara Jean’s choice was definitely the right one 🙂

I do want a third book because of how the second one ended. Yes it was a happy ending but I kinda want more. I’m a sucker for YA lovey dovey books at times 🙂 Or it could just be the fact that I want more Peter 😉

All in all I did enjoy them and found them to be funny and sweet and at the time it was definitely something that I needed. Books just take you away to another world and you can get lost in other characters turmoil for a while. I would give the other Jenny Han books a go too. If you want something that’s cutsie YA then totally go for this book.

Seeing as its a double book review I’ll score these out of 10.

8/10 stars for these.