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Wendy Higgins Cover Reveal for Undone

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OMG IT’S SO PRETTY!!

Seriously I LOVE this cover!

This is book 3, the final in the Unknown Trilogy.

RELEASE DATE IS NOVEMBER 7, 2017

Goodreads Links:

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Unknown: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31541026-unknown

 

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Unrest: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34299752-unrest

Undone: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32867161-undone?ac=1&from_search=true

Buying Links:

Unknown:

AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Wendy-Higgins/dp/153554287X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471268523&sr=8-1&keywords=unknown+by+wendy+higgins

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unknown-wendy-higgins/1124297754?ean=9781535542876

BOOK DEPOSITORY: https://www.bookdepository.com/Unknown-Wendy-Higgins/9781535542876

Unrest:

AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NCSKPN5/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483572059&sr=8-1&keywords=unrest+by+wendy+higgins

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unrest-wendy-higgins/1125770128?ean=9781542499231

BOOK DEPOSITORY: https://www.bookdepository.com/Unrest-Wendy-Higgins/9781542499231

Here’s the very quick and may or may not be used blurb for Undone: 
Told from dual points of view, Undone is the upcoming finale for New York Times bestseller, Wendy Higgins’s, apocalyptic romance trilogy.

Best friends Remy Haines and Amber Tate are separated with no way to contact one another—no way to know if the other still lives. Remy and Jacob (Tater) Tate are taken as prisoners to the alien camp in Nevada, while Amber escapes to another hidden military bunker in Alaska with her crew of military friends.

Does Rylen make it to Alaska after his fighter jet is caught in the sight of two enemy jets?

Will Remy and Tater be able to fool the aliens into believing they’re allies, and possibly earn their trust enough to infiltrate? And how will Remy handle her feelings for Tater, especially when she earns the attention of a very important man at the camp?

Will humanity be saved?

Find out November 7, 2017 in Undone.

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

Asmeron by CTJ Reeves book review

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It has been so so long and for that I am sorry! I started a new career path and its been taking up a lot of my time right now and I haven’t been able to read much either and everything just got on top of me. But PHEW I’m going to make a new years resolution to get back into blogging again!

So here is the first one I read back in 2016… (I think it was October time…?)

Anyway here it is

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Blurb:

Allie witnesses the global nuclear devastation of Earth. Everything crumbles around her and she finds herself in the cellar beneath her home; struggling to breathe and near to death she sees three shapes appear wearing what look like luminous silver hazmat suits.

When she next wakes she is in a brilliantly lit room with the unconscious bodies of seventy-nine young women. When the women eventually wake, they need to know where they are, who has taken them and why! Have they been captured or rescued? A voice from nowhere reverberates around their room letting them know the people who are now in charge are neither humans nor aliens and all will be explained when they meet.

They are eventually told they are now in a completely different solar system where only two planets exist. They have been rescued and repaired unlike the other nine billion humans who were burnt beyond recognition, damaged beyond repair or dead.

How do these women survive? Whey have they been chosen? What strange things do they encounter? Do they have a future, if so, what does that future hold and what price will they have to pay?

To be honest I’ve never actually tried reading space themed books… I read the 100 but that’s a little different because it’s more Dystopian then space themed… anyway.

I really enjoyed this book. It got me hooked from the beginning. I liked not knowing what was going to happen.

It started with the end of the world and from there a kidnap of such? That’s how I put it because suddenly they were on another planet and everything was happening. The book didn’t waste time explaining everything… You know how some books go into detail about the colour of someone’s eyes or tried to get more pages into the book so did a 3 page description on a tree? It wasn’t like that. It hit you from the moment you delved into the pages. It was very hard to put down!

I loved how it encapsulated the future and gave us a glimpse of how things could be. Allie was a believable character and I loved how she formed her friendship with the other girls, even caring about those who caused trouble! Everyone of the women was strong, its definitely a book for women as they are the central characters in it and I liked how they were all of different nationalities and, even though they were all different, they made their friendships work.

I liked not knowing who was good and bad in the races they had (I’m so sorry I can’t remember the names but once I get the book in my hands I will add the characters!) At first I thought it was one of those; The good guys are actually bad and the bad guys were actually good kind of thing (you all know how books like to throw us) but… well your have to read it to find out!

I also enjoyed how the book split between the characters so you got the duel narrative of the two groups that were there.

And the ending… I liked how it left it open for a second book, but also ended so you could leave it there and make up your own thoughts about what happened.

For someone who said in the description: “I never considered myself creative…” really needs to think again. Because anyone who has a story inside of them (I’ve had PLENTY!) can write… whether you’ve never written before or have 10 stories behind you, it doesn’t matter. It was a great book for a first time writer and I REALLY hope it does well.

4 out of 5 stars!

Buying Links:

(EBOOK): https://www.amazon.co.uk/ASMERON-CTJ-Reeves-ebook/dp/B01DFRF07W/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

(PAPERBACK): https://www.amazon.co.uk/Asmeron-C-TJ-Reeves/dp/153074685X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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FEYRE IS IMMORTAL.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargaining she made with Rhysand, the High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any Queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide he fate.

SHE MUST SURRENDER HER HEART TO HEAL A WORLD TORN IN TWO.

Oh holy everything!!!

Before I even begin to review the epicness that is this book I will just tell you a few things:

1. I am not going to be able to due this book justice with my review.

2. As much as I want to spoil it I won’t

3. I have permission from a few friends to use there Goodreads reviews to help me.

4. I am going to fangirl a lot and use words like OMG and AJSBEHAJAODBDNSP!

Okay so here we go!

A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF) follows on from the first book (A Court of Thorns and Roses).

Feyre saved the Fae world in the last book and because of that, she’s gotten powers from all the courts. Powers that Tamlin will not let her unlock for fear of her being hunted.

Life seems pretty well, she’s about to get married to Tamlin soon and she hopes that once they are, the mating bond will kick in. But Feyre can’t forget what she had to do Under the Mountain and it haunts her dreams every night. Then there’s also the bargain she made with Rhysand and who knows when he’ll cash in with that.

But Feyre needs to get away and Rhysand is the only one who can do that. While spending her time with Rhysand she learns a few truths about the war that’s building and about her powers.

Once back with Tamlin however… well he does some pretty bad stuff and Feyre ends up at the Night Court. For good.

See here is where I have to stop because I seriously cannot go any further otherwise I’ll spoil the whole book! I can say though that your heart and feels will go into overdrive, revelations come out and Tamlin… Tamlin is a dick but GOD EVERYTHING WAS JUST AJSIWOEVXBSBWJWOAPKXNXBSJWP!!!

I will quickly delve into the character developments and mention the new characters… without spoiling it as much as I can!

In this book Feyre has grown so much. In the first one, although kickass, she was still trying to find her way in the Fae world. In this one, although a little lost, she manages to find it. And she relishes in it. With her new found powers she’s even more kickass than she was in ACOTAR. She’s a character you can get behind and support. I love how she manages to get over her issues and can finally be happy. I adore Feyre so much!

Tamlin… well its funny how your allegiance changes in the space of two books! I loved Tamlin in the first book but in this one… He was so over-bearing and so… ugh! He’s such a dick in this book. And what he does… god and the ending… what he did… UGH!!!!

Rhysand… my baby, my bae, my love… AHSJDNSJWIWODJNFNDMDKSPSWP!!!! GOD! I liked in the first book, he was the mysterious, dark, alluring guy with secrets and a darkness to him and in this book you see him for who his true self is behind the mask he wears and omg it’s so beautiful and the things he reveals and just GOD I LOVE HIM!

Lucien… I hope he man’s up in the next book because he’s a decent guy but in this one… I like Lucien but he needs to get rid of Tamlin. But seeing as what happened… well. I’m hoping he’ll help (all so mysterious :P)

Nesta and Elain were also mentioned in this one and what happens… I think they are both going to be strong characters in the next book and strong allies too.

Mor, Azriel, Cassian and Amren are brilliant new characters that get introduced and they have such a strong bond between them all. Especially with Rhysand too. I love seeing Rhysand with friends and what a strong friendship it was. They would die for each other. Amren is interesting too because I want to know what she is and I totally want Mor and Azriel together as well as Cassian and Nesta… now that pairing I would love!

Overall the book was just everything and Sarah J Maas is such an amazing writer that you can imagine every scene playing out in your head. And her sexy sexy scenes… GOD! The scenes she writes is better than any erotica book I’ve read! (I read a few) Sarah has a way of making it seem so beautiful and pure, despite the sexiness of it 😉 and the ones in this book…. DAMN!

Sarah has fast become on of my all time favourite authors. I just love how she manages to make you laugh and then cry and then get angry and then die from feels only to have them mend again in a chapter is amazing! If you can feel all that in one chapter then imagine what a whole book is like!
She’s just a goddess and her books are everything. These books and the Throne of Glass books.
I just love her.

And if my review still hasnt sold you on reading this book (Read A Court of Thorns and Roses first though!) then I’ll now enter the reviews from my friends… (I had permission… I’m not stealing them!)

The first is from Rebecca 🙂

Isn’t it wonderful how in a series a creator can make you change “teams”? The previous bad guy may seem good after all & vice versa. You start to hate who you loved, and love who you hated?

I love that Feyre wasn’t alright after what she went through in ACOTAR, makes her more real. We see that “happily ever after” may not be all we thought it would be. What is the cost of being revived by 7 powerful High Fae Lords? How was she affected? 

With Feyre’s owed time to Rhysand (I know we’ve all been waiting to see what that would be like) we “delve” into the Persephone & Hades myth (Greek mythology yay, I’m Greek). The Night Court is sooo not what you expect, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t perilous. Grinning through must of the book, due to Rhys, especially since he is as Feyre calls him “a shameless flirt”

This story is so alive, you feel like you are living it & the simmering danger. Gut-wrenching, exciting, dangerous, breath-snagging, sexy and that plot twist that will have you screaming & compel you to throw your book/reader at the wall (don’t destroy your reader).

I WORSHIP this book *bowing down to Sarah. J. Maas’s excellence. *

The next is from Debora 🙂

This is definitely one of the best pieces of fantasy I’ve read. Sarah J. Maas never disappoints. 
With a smooth start, ACOMAF had me at the very first page. The main character gradually developed amazingly throughout this fantastic roller coaster. 
The world of the Fae that Sarah brought to life this time around is just one those worlds that goes beyond the magic. There was so much beauty in the little details of the courts that I was at times left speechless. 
One of my favourite things with ACOMAF was the whole romance between the main characters, once again it didn’t feel rushed at all and the female lead was actually hesitant and suffering, at times struggling with all the emotional turmoil. She struggled with her feelings and it only made the characters all the more real. 
The build up towards the end was great and it didn’t feel rushed at all even though a lot happened really fast. 

The fight scenes were so easy to visualise that at times I felt like I was watching it on a screen rather than reading a book. 
I would totally recommend you read A Court Of Thorns And Roses (First book) it is gripping from page one. 
I kept switching between the ebook and the audio book because it was more convenient for me and to be honest I really like this audio book. So if you’re not into audio books yet or even if you are, i give this one a thumbs up 😉 

Thank you so so much girls!

5 billion out of 5 billion stars

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare’s blood is red, but her unique Silver ability – the power to control lightening – has turned her into a weapon that the Silver court will do anything to control.

As Mare escapes the clutches of Maven, the Prince – and friend – who betrayed her, she discovers something shocking: she is not he only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive King, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters.

But Mare is treading a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are he cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her for ever?

OMG OMG OMG OMG!

I loved loved loved The Red Queen and this sequel was everything you wanted in a second book. It was even more heart stopping and electrifying than the first book (see what I did there? :P)

Glass Sword follows on from where Red Queen ended. Mare and Cal have been ‘rescued’ by the Scarlet Guard but not everything is going to go smoothly.

When they arrive, Mare is separated for Cal, despite the fact that she doesn’t want to be away from him. They may think they are safe but Mare knows not to trust anyone and when they arrive at the barracks, Cal is trapped and imprisoned, despite Mare telling everyone he is innocent.

Mare gets reunited with her family but her brothers, Trammy and Bree, have changed. They are apart of the guard and more opposed to Cal and the Silvers than anyone.

With the brother they thought dead is also back, Shade is also known to have theses unique powers and helps in anyway he can to set Mare and Cal free.

When they escape the barracks with a hand-full of people, Mare sets on a quest to find the other people with these unique powers – The New Bloods – but its a race as Maven is also on the hunt for them.

With a few nail biting moments and some that they barely escape from, Mare, Cal, Kilorn, Shade and Farley have a small army of New Bloods on the go, each ranging in age, but for everyone they find, Maven is killing a few more.

When they go to break Julian and Sara and all the other New Bloods and the Silvers that opposed the new rule from a high security prison, she knows something isn’t right. She was warned that Maven would arrive on the fourth day and wouldn’t escape from the Seer Jon, but when they go to do the plan on the third day (this making sense? You keeping up?) before Maven arrives, things are even worse than they thought.

The Queen is there, the one who wants Cal’s head and Mare’s mind and she’s there with an army. Will lives be lost? Will Mare survive? And can she admit her true feelings for Cal? Or will she continue to push him away for his own sake?

I know I said OMG before but…

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!
This book was everything!

Mare seems to have grown a bot more in this book, despite only being 17. She has to make big decisions and has to decide how she’s going to rule over her new army, as well as trying to stay true to herself, even if she doesn’t know who she is anymore. Since all this came out she’s been Mare Barrow, the girl from The Stilts who had a simple life with her family and best friend, then she was Mareena Titanos, the lost princess and the one betrothed to Maven and finally she’s the Lightning Girl, the one people fear. She doesn’t know how to be her anymore but sometimes when she’s with Cal, she can just let everything go and be free for a while. She has her fair share of heartbreak through the book (OMG IT WAS SO SAD!) and she still has to be a leader. She pushes people away and becomes a shell of herself but she knows, that in order to keep everyone safe, she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Cal. Oh Cal. I love the Prince in the first book and despite how the last book ended, with him being angry with Mare, they grow back together. They do love one another, even if they don’t actually admit it to each other. They have a bond and both them, despite what Maven has become, misses the boy he used to be. Despite their reservations, they know they have to kill him, if he doesn’t end up killing them first. Cal is pushed out when the New Bloods start arriving as they don’t trust him but they know that they need him. He’s the only one with a strong military background and despite the mistakes Mare makes and towards the end when she pushes him away, he’ll always follow her, always keep her safe.

Kilorn is still Mare’s BFF but they do become a little strained and tense throughout the book, especially when Mare keeps him out of big operations to keep him safe. He does spill his heart out to Mare and I always knew Kilorn felt differently to Mare than she did to him. Despite the fact Mare pushes him away, just like Cal, he is always there for her.

Shade is Mare’s brother who everyone thought was dead and he was brilliant. I loved Shade and his relationship with Mare was always to keep her safe but… Its still.. I can’t…

Farley is still the soldier that she was in book 1, even though she had her title stripped by her father. She’s hard and tough but you see her vulnerable side towards the end of the book after the big disaster. She’s a normal person through her tough exterior and at the end she chooses not to go with Mare.

Maven is still the evil King he became at the end of book 1 and like Mare and Cal, I miss the sweet boy he used to be. Its hard to see him so evil and mean.

There are other new characters in the book who all either oppose Mare or are with her. I loved the new abilities that came in, the one’s that are different to the Silver Born powers and I really want to see what it is that makes them different.

The book was full of heart racing scenes and the big battle towards the end of the book was so well written and you can easily see everything playing out in your mind. I love it when books take you into their world and make it feel like you are the main character themselves. The book was addictive and so hard to put down.

There was two kissy scenes and a few heart warming scenes but Victoria doesn’t focus on the romance a lot. As much as I wanted Cal and Mare to just have an epic heart melting kissing scene it would have taken focus off the story. They love each other, despite the fact they don’t tell each other but so much is going on that they don’t have time to be romantic and lovey. All they can do is spend the night sleeping in each others arms.

That being said I want more Cal and Mare kissy scenes in the third book! 😉

And omg the heartbreaking scene and the ending… One my heart broke as the battle scene drew to a close because I didn’t want that to happen and two; THE ENDING!
Why leave it like that? Why why why? I need to know what happens! I don’t think I can wait that long for the next book!

And there will be a next book… along with a 4th book too! EEEEEEEEEEEK!
I love these books and Victoria has fast become a favourite author of mine.

If you haven’t read the books, you really need to!

5 out of 5 stars

Lady Midnight The Dark Artifices book 1 by Cassandra Clare

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I’m behind again! Work was really busy and I have had no time at all to review things. Well I have only read three books since my last review and one of those (this one I’m reviewing) I read twice 🙂

 

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In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word. A Parabatai is your partner in battle. A Parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other – but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter. She lives for battle. Alongside her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries – the most powerful of supernatural creatures – teeter on the edge of war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries are found murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy, alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held by the faerie Courts.

All they have to do is solve the murders within two weeks… and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents – and can she bear to know the truth?

OH MY FREAKING GOD!

OH HOLY HELL THIS BOOK!

After waiting oh so long for this book I was so reluctant to read it too quickly but I did and then I had to re read it again just so I could saviour the moments and relive all the feels that crushed me and pulled me apart all over again.

It was so god-damn good though.

Lady Midnight carries on five years from City of Heavenly Fire. Emma and Julian, who were mentioned as kids in the last The Mortal Instruments books, are now 18 and are Parabatai.

Emma is still reeling from her parents deaths and is determined to find out the truth, not believing that Sebastian, the rogue Shadowhunters and the faeries who joined his cause, killed them.

Emma knows there is something odd about their deaths and when she finds out that there have been a spate of murders that targets faeries and humans alike she knows she has to follow.

When she sees the bodies they are the same as her parents and she vows to find it out.

When a faerie convoy arrives at the LA Institute, Julian knows something must be bad, especially now that faeries are now on their own after the Clave called The Cold Peace. Three faeries arrive; Kieran, Iarlath and one that’s hidden in shadow. They want the Shadowhunters to find out who is doing the murders and to hand over the murderer to them to dole out the punishment.

When the Shadowhunters become a bit reluctant, they reveal the masked faerie, Mark Blackthorn, the older half fey half Shadowhunter that was stolen from them by The Wild Hunt.

With Mark back with them, they agree to the terms, to find and hand over the murderer within two weeks.

With help from the whole Blackthorn clan, Cristina and a few others who join in, Emma and the rest of them slowly uncover the truth about the murderers and it’s a race against time to stop the last murder from happening.

But throughout all the crime solving and demon hunting, Emma and Julian are realising that their feelings for each other are more than what Parabatai should feel but there’s the rule in place; Parabatai’s can never fall in love. But why is it forbidden?

With help from Jem and Tessa, Emma learns the truth and she knows she has to break Julian’s heart and to stop him from loving her. And there is only one person for the job who can do that….

I’m not revealing it all because I try to avoid spoilers but OMFG! The ending and my feels were way too much to handle. I couldn’t cope with the heartbreak and what Emma was going to do and the whole… OMG I CAN’T!

The murderer too… Although I had a slight inkling as to who the murderer was it changed again when I got further into the book. Cassie certainly likes to keep you in suspense!

Emma is brilliant. She’s been classed as the female Jace and is just as sassy and arrogant as he can be! She can fight and is not afraid to run straight into battle. Despite all her front though, she really is just a young girl trying to find out how her parents died and trying to keep her feelings for Julian hidden. She’s a great addition to the Blackthorn family, even if she is a honourary one. I did briefly forget that she was related to Jem, seeing as how different the family resemblance is but he is her only living relative left.

Julian is the new book boyfriend. In The Infernal Devices it was Will Herondale, in The Mortal Instruments, despite the fact that I ship Malec (Magnus and Alec) so bad it was always Jace Herondale for me (yes I did call him Herondale!) In The Dark Artifices it was Julian Blackthorn that stole my heart. Since his mother’s death to cancer and killing his father in City of Heavenly Fire while he was a dark Shadowhunter, Julian has had to raise his four younger siblings himself, acting as both a brother and a father to them. After Mark was taken by The Wild Hunt and Helen being exiled after the war in CoHF, he’s been alone. He tugged at my heart strings a lot in this book and my feels were through the roof when reading about him. He adores his brothers and sisters and adores Emma, more than a Parabatai should. What happens between them and then the scene at the end… OMG.

Livvy, Ty, Dru and Tavvy are Julian’s younger brothers and sisters and I loved how close and tight knit they are. They all help with the details surrounding the murder and in the end it’s Tavvy who helps just as much as the rest of them. Tavvy is the baby and more like a son to Julian than a brother. He’s cute and loveable and suffers terrible nightmares. Dru is 13 and not long into her training. She loves horror things and is self conscious of her body as she is much curvier than girls her own age. She can surely kick ass though. Livvy and Ty are the twins, but are very different. Whereas Livvy likes to fight and be in the thick of it, Ty likes to study and know things. He has his own coping methods, little twitches and tics that help him to cope and Livvy is always there for him. It is touched upon how different he is to the other Shadowhunters, but Julian won’t here of it.

Mark is the older brother who returns after he is used as a bargaining chip with the faeries. When he first comes back home he is confused and doesn’t know who they are but soon comes around. Where as Julian is firm with the siblings, Mark is fun and Julian is a little jealous of that because he can’t be the fun brother with them he wants to be. He has to be the parent. Even though Mark is the older brother he looks younger than Julian having spent all that time with The Wild Hunt. He has his own relationship issues and the end of the book… OH GOD!
Malcolm Fade is the warlock in this book and his clumsy and disarrayed, a far cry from Magnus Bane but he’s great. Sort of. Oh I can’t say any more about him, you’ll have to read it!

Cristina is at the LA Institute for a year and becomes great friends with Emma. If Emma hadn’t already had a Parabatai, I think Cristina and Emma would be Parabatai themselves. She’s cool and has random outbursts in Spanish. I can’t wait to read more about her in the second book!

Perfect Diego comes into the book about half way in but is mentioned by Cristina a few times. He’s pretty okay himself and he’ll be interesting to read more about.

But seriously though, this book was everything. There was mentions of the old Mortal Instruments gang and we did get to see them briefly. Mainly Magnus, Jace and Clary but Alec has a really brief appearance and Simon and Izzy get mentioned. I like that she put them in, just so we know how they are doing but I’m glad she kept them to a minimal too because it wasn’t their story anymore.

There are a lot of OMG moments and none of which I can mention because of spoilers but trust me when I say the book is brilliant and you really need to hold onto your feels throughout it all.

And the ending… THE ENDING!

I need the next book now!!

5 out of 5 stars

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

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Blurb:

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends.

Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all…

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?

OH.MY.GOD!!

AAAAHHHHH!!

Anyway….

The Rose Society starts with Adelina and her sister hunting for more Young Elites. Its been a while since she fled from Kenettra and now her sister, Violetta and herself are on the run.

They are being hunted.

She’s wanted by the Dagger Society for killing their Prince Enzo and she’s racked by nightmares and visions of a fake reality.

When she finds Magiano, another Young Elite, she finds it hard to trust him but with his power and his seem less devotion to her, he makes a brilliant ally and finds her ways to stay hidden, to get out of danger and back into Kenettra with her own army and another Young Elite they meet along the way.

But the Dagger Society has their own agenda. With the help of Maeve, the Queen who can bring back the dead, they want to raise Enzo again and tie him to Raffaele but when Adelina hears about it… Its a race against time to have Enzo tied to her…

But he won’t be the same.

Can Adelina control Enzo’s new power and bring down the Inquisition Axis? Or will she have to turn to her enemy for help?

Its not often I re read books but this one I did. As soon as I put the book down I started again from the beginning because I couldn’t believe how amazing it was.

This had all the same gripping and powerful stuff that it did in the first book. I was hooked from the beginning, not able to put the book down for a second, despite the fact it was a busy week at work, I managed to read it in two days.

Then another two days after I re read it haha.

Adelina is troubled and I feel for her. No one really understands her. She has so much darkness inside of her because of her past its hard for her to trust and to love, even though she has a lot of love inside her. She cares for Violetta so much and she still loves Enzo. Even though he does turn his back on her once he’s resurrected.

If everything I want Adelina with Magiano. Magiano is there for her all the time, there when the nightmares and her visions take over her and she can’t tell truth from reality. Even if he is a little scared of her, he idolises her and loves her. More than I think Enzo did to be honest.

And the ending of the book! Omg why why why why!?!?

It was so powerful that I had to re read those chapters once I finished it for the first time. The book was powerful it was so hard to put down and Marie Lu’s words easily transport you there. She makes you feel like you are actually standing next to Adelina or helping Magiano escape or fighting alongside Enzo and the Daggers. After finishing the book is it hard to determine truth from reality because of how invested you become.

I want these as movies.

I loved Marie Lu’s Legend Trilogy but I think I love these one’s even more! Marie Lu is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, especially with the way she writes and the way she easily sucks you into the books with her characters and her worlds.

5 out of 5 stars.

You gotta read these books and I need the third!!