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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

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

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I got a signed copy of this one and OMGEEEEEEE it’s so pretty!

Blurb:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear. 

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what — and who — to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

OMG WHY DOES SARAH PLAY WITH MY FEELS SO MUCH?!?!

Aelin is on her way to get her throne back but Aelin has a lot to prove herself. She can’t get her throne, not yet so she goes off to find an army and to get her old enemies back into her good books. By her side is Rowan, Aedion and Lysandra. But things are happening back at Ardalan too. An attack on the palace and its town by the witches looks like its the end for Dorian Havillard but, for a life debt, Manon Blackbeak let’s him escape, basically putting the death sentence above her head. 

Dorian ends up with Aelin and the others in Skulls Bay where he meets Captain Rolfe, (who we’ve met in Assassins Blade.) At first he’s reluctant to help Aelin, considering the past when he knew her as Celeana, but with the persuasion of the others, including Aedion’s father,  Gavriel,  and Fenrys, Captain Rolfe agrees.

With Manon in front of the witches, trying to lie her way out of what happened, Its Asterin the witches ask to pay the price of Manon’s betrayal. But Manon knows the truth about her heritage and things are about to happen. Going against her Grandmother and the other witches, Manon buys her Thirteen time to run while she attacks her Grandmother. But it does go wrong for Manon. Her thirteen escape but she gets injured. Jumping on Abraxos’ back, she manages to flew, telling him to get her safety.

Which just so happens to be the boat that Aelin is on. 

Everyone manages to put their differences aside, after a few heated moments between them, and agree to put aside their differences and help one another.

Meanwhile, Elide Lochlan is trying to find Celeana to give her the thing that Kaltain Rompier gave to her. During her journey she comes across Lorcan, the demi fae whose Maeve’s right hand man. He still has his grudge against Aelin, still determined to kill her. The pair he of on the wrong foot but after a while they start to appreciate each other and Lorcan actually finds a softer side to him. Their journey is also leading them towards Aelin and the others but there’s a price over Lorcan’s head… One the Gavriel and Fenrys must obey.

When they all get together, there’s fighting and snarling but they do manage to put that behind them too, especially with Maeve’s fleet on the way. 

The fight is big, like epic big! Manon and Aelin learn the truth about Elena and the price she paid for what she did all those years ago. With a heavy heart, Manon and Aelin return. Right into the path of Maeve who has Elide. Aelin knows she has to fight but her powers are depleted after the fight that already happened. Truths are revealed and sacrifices must be done… But who will be the sacrifice and who will have their heart broken?

Okay I know the summary isn’t that great but I can’t give stuff away.

Aelin is just as great as ever and her relationship with Rowan is stronger than ever. Especially that scene on the beach! Together they are a force to be reckoned with and Rowan will put his life on the line for her. Knowing the truth about them broke my heart. I’m not ruining it but god! Maeve is a bitch! What she did was horrible! And a broken hearted Rowan is like a sucker punch in the feels

Lysandra and Aedion are getting closer too, not sure if its going down that way but I kinda hope so, although what happened at the end and what Lysandra was going to do, kinda makes it hard in them getting together. I love Lysandra’s shape shifting abilities and how she help Aelin in anyway she can. I did want to slap Aedion a few times, especially when he kept doubting everything Aelin did. 

Manon and Dorian! OMG Manorian! God damn I’ve wanted them to get together since they first met! Dorian has grown a bit more in this book, embracing his powers and showing that he can be a leader. They tried to keep him out of harms away a lot but he showed he was strong by using his powers. Manon has always been a favourite character for me. Unlike the other witches, she kinda has a conscience, thinks about things before she follows and questions things. I like how Manon and Aelin sort of got a friendship going between them and I love how Manon and Dorian snipe and tease each other. Can’t wait to see what happens to those two in the last book.

Elide and Lorcan… God the cranky fae finally unthawed! The dynamic between those two! At first I thought I was imaging it between them but they’ve got chemistry. I liked watching Lorcan unthaw and realising that there is a life outside of Maeve. He grew on me a lot. Except for the end when I thought BASTARD! But I got a feeling something is going to happen in the last book and he did feel genuinely upset about what he’d done after he learnt the truth. I hope we get to see more Elide and Lorcan in book 6.

Fenrys and Gavriel are great. They may have been sworn to Maeve but I loved how they went onto the side of Aelin. Gavriel is trying to make amends with Aedion and I kinda wish he would just listen to him. Fenrys was great, kinda think he had a little thing for Aelin, but I’m sure Rowan would have shut it down haha. Fenrys can winnow, something that happens in the ACOTAR books so I’m thinking something is going on there.. We’ll have to wait and see I suppose!

Overall this book tore me apart, put me back together and then tore me apart all over again. Damn it Maas why do you do this?!?! Why do you do this?!?!

The ending to the book was tore me apart! I just… I can’t.

This is the reason why Sarah J Maas is my favourite all time author because she can make you feel so many things and she transports you into her world from the first page and the men…THE MEN!! GOD! haha 

If you’ve read the TOG books then definetly make sure you have tissues when you read this book, if you haven’t read the books then please do. You won’t be disappointed!

Can’t believe the next book is the last one! I better have a happy Aelin and Rowan ending!

5 out of 5 stars

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

Shatter Me,Unravel Me and Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

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I have a curse.

I have a gift.

I’m a monster. 

I’m more than human.

My touch is lethal. 

My touch is power.

I am their weapon.

I will fight back.

No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time – and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.

OMG THIS BOOK!

The book started in a mental institution with a girl who counted minutes and seconds and was isolated from the rest of them. Until she one days gets a new roommate and her life suddenly changes.

She knows this boy, she went to school with this boy, the only boy who showed her kindness when the rest of them turned away from her. All because her touch can kill.

Just when she thinks she’s safe, she stolen away in the night, along with Adam and is held somewhere and is told she’s to be a weapon. A weapon to help the Reestablishment gain power. A weapon to destroy their enemies.

The leader is Warner, the beautiful boy who seems to be obsessed with Juliette. He’s been studying her for months and has fallen in love with this girl on the pages he’s read about and when he sees her in the flesh that love intensifies.

But Juliette is in love with Adam and Adam in love with Juliette. And he can touch her without dying.

Together they plan to escape Warner and live a life together.

But nothing goes to plan especially when, in their attempted escape, Warner touches Juliette’s bare skin and realises he can touch her too…

While on the run, a solider in Warner’s army finds them and tells them he knows a safe place. A place where Juliette, Adam and Adam’s brother James can be safe. But do they trust Kenji?

When Adam is injured however they have nothing to do but trust him as he needs help and for the first time in her life Juliette feels safe and she finds out that her touch is a gift rather than a curse…

OH HOLY GOD THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING!!!!

Juliette has been in the mental institute for 2 years. Locked away from the world outside and not knowing what’s happening. She’s been in and out of detention centres and psychiatric hospitals for most of her life, abandoned by her parents to die, all because she can’t touch someone without killing them and the fact she accidently killed a little boy when she was trying to help him.

All she knows is numbers, the numbers of hours, minutes and seconds she’s spent inside this prison. She’s alone and frightened but throughout the book she learns that her powers aren’t a curse, that in fact they are a gift.

Adam is the boy who gets to stay with Juliette in the prison she was in. He’s known her since they were children and loved her since then too. He’s one of the only people who can touch her and he wants to have a life with her away from all of this. Throughout the book Adam is desperate to keep Juliette safe and comforts her when everything goes wrong. But is there a reason why he can touch her?

Warner… I can go Oh Warner now because I’ve read the books but before that is was unknown what he was. Was he good or bad? Was he trying to use her as a weapon or save her? Does he actually love her or is he just infatuated with the person she is? He’s a complex character and even though he does things wrong in the first book he’s a character you can’t wait to read more about because you know there’s more to him than meets the eye.

Hooked from the very first sentence and destined to fall in love with the world Tahereh created. The writing was beautiful. Flowing like some sort of epic poem. The words used to describe things were beautiful and the way she wrote the kissing scenes… OH BLOODY HELL IT WAS SO GOOD!

5 out of 5 stars

 

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Our lips touch

and I know I’m going to split at the seams. He kisses me softly the strongly like he’s lost me and he’s found me and I’m slipping away and he’s never going to let me go.

Juliette has escaped from The Reestablishment. Now she’s free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch. Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible. Haunted by her past and terrified of her future, Juliette knows that she will have to make some life-changing choices. Choices that may involve choosing between her heart – and Adam’s life.

Juliette, Adam and James are at Omega Point with Kenji and have been told that everyone there has special gifts. Gifts that make them move things with their minds or make them super stretchy or make them invisible. Everyone here has a gift and Juliette starts to learn more about why she has this lethal touch.

Adam and Juliette are trying to find time to be alone but are finding it hard. They have no time for themselves and are always out training or being researched on. When Juliette finds out that Adam has a power that can basically cancel hers out there is hope that they can be together. Until one day Adam’s gift is compromised slightly and Juliette inadvertently hurts him. From then, Juliette vows to stay away from him, to never hurt him again but it’s harder than it seems.

Juliette finds out she has another gift along with her lethal touch. She has super strength, one that can start earthquakes and rip worlds apart. When angry it does serious damage and she’s tasked with training with Kenji, so he can help her harness the power.

On a mission to the outside to get supplies and food, Juliette finds Warner and sees a side of him she’s never seen before. When Warner’s father realises that Warner let Juliette go, he hatches a plan to get her back but instead Juliette cripples him and they take Warner hostage.

While Warner is being help hostage at Omega Point, Juliette spends time with him and realises that there is more to this guy than meets the eye. He’s sensitive and loving and not as evil as they make him out to be. And he has a gift. He can absorb powers and use them himself, which is why he can touch Juiliette as their powers cancel each others out.

In a battle between Omega Point and The Reestablishment, Juliette gets shot and Omega Point gets obliterated. Will she live and if she does will she see her friends ever again?

Jesus this was just as good as the first book. This one was more about the gifts they have and Juliette learning the truth about herself and other things. She learns that her powers can be harnessed, she makes friends, is willing to fight for the others and overall is determined that no one will get hurt by her ever again. Especially when she’s given a new suit and gloves which means she can touch people without killing them

Throughout the book Juliette learns that Warner isn’t as horrible and psychotic as everyone makes him out to be. She spends time with him and learns things about him that no one else knows and you can see her falling for him, even though she hates that fact that she is. They have a little make out scene which is epically hot but.. Well.. You’ll have to read to find out what happens.

Everything about his book was just as mesmerizing and hooking as the first book and I couldn’t wait to read more about Juliette and everyone once the book ended and I started book three!

5 out of 5 stars

 

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The fate of Omega Point is unknown.

Everyone Juliette has ever cared about could be dead. Juliette may be the only one standing in The Reestablishment’s way. But to take them down, Juliette will need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together to defeat their mutual enemy, Juliette will discover everything she thought she knew- about Warner, her abilities and Adam- was wrong.

Juliette has survived being shot and is living with Warner until she gets better.

Omega Point has been destroyed and she has no idea what’s happened to all her friends.

Warner lets her go out so she can see the crumbled building of Omega Point and while there she gets reunited with Kenji, who tires to kill Warner but Warner steals his power and makes himself invisible so he can escape.

Kenji takes Juliette back to Adam’s old house and there she finds that there are a few people left from Omega Point who are still alive and she tells them everything that happened to her and how they can trust Warner in helping them.

Adam is angry with Juliette. He thinks she’s moved on from him and is in a relationship with Warner. Adam is angry and from how he was in book 1 until now you kinda go off him. He’s quite horrible and says vile things to her which sends her running to Warner.

Warner agrees to let Kenji and the others stay at The Reestablishment headquarters, everyone goes, except Adam and James. Once there they are all training to fight, all of them are ready to fight back and take down The Reestablishment by killing the leader, Anderson.

While everyone is training Juliette gets more and more closer to Warner, despite the fact Juliette can’t admit to her feelings. Warner breaks down and tells her that she’s killing him and they end up being distant to each other.

While outside with Kenji, Juliette knows something is wrong and when she finds Warner in a mess she realises she loves him.

Juliette manages to turn her powers off so she can touch people without them being killed. When that happens she realises she can be with whoever she wants and goes to tell Warner she loves him.

But there’s a battle coming and Juliette still needs to take down The Reestablishment and kill Anderson but is she ready for all of this? And will she lose anyone along the way?

What an epic ending to the trilogy. OMG it was everything.

In this book I didn’t like Adam at all. He was so angry and so horrible to everyone. Yeah I understand he was hurt about Juliette but dude come on. There’s a way to get over someone and being horrible is not the way to go about. I liked him in the first book but in the second he was too obsessed with her and in the third, yeah horrible.

Warner was everything in this book and I have a new book boyfriend in him. Its amazing how you take people for face value before you actually get to meet them. Warner was always the ‘bad guy’ throughout the books but he wasn’t. He had a horrible life and a horrible upbringing and in a way he just wanted to be loved. I’m so so so so *SPOILER ALERT* Juliette chose him!

Kenji is my best friend. I loved that boy. He was sarcastic and funny and had feelings and looked out for Juliette when people weren’t quite sure about her. He was everything you want in a BFF.

And Juliette. Juliette grew as a person in this book. She became strong and brave. She became a leader and it was so great to see how she grew throughout the books. She was a great female lead.

And like the other books, Tahereh knew how to get my feels going. Especially with Warner… Good God woman were you trying to kill me?

I wasn’t ready to let the characters go when I finished the last page and I wanted more of them. Just a little One Year Later or something. I feel lost without these characters.

I hope Tahereh writes another trilogy because I loved her writing style.

You won’t be disappointed when you read these books, I know some people might not get on with the writing style but if you like poetic things and having words scratched out and sentences flowing into one epic prose then this book is for you.

Perfect

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!!

The White Rose by Amy Ewing

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 On the run in the Lone City.

Enlisted by the Society of the Black Key.

Powerless to protect the people she loves.

Violet, Ash and Raven have escaped the Jewel, but nowhere will be safe until the royalty is destroyed.

If she can reach the White Rose, Violet may be able to rescue more surrogates. But for one surrogate it is already too late: Raven is pregnant and that is a death sentence.

 

The White Rose is the second book in the trilogy.

Violet, Ash and Raven have escaped the Jewel with Lucien and Garnet’s help. Now they must get to the White Rose without being seen. But Raven is now pregnant and Ash’s face is plastered on wanted posters around town for being accused of raping Violet. It’s not going to be easy.

Once they do get to the White Rose, Violet discovers that the Augeries are not just used to make things grow or to change colour of things but they are a power. A power that’s significant to each surrogate. When Sil, the owner of The White Rose, trains Violet, she locks her up outside in the hope she can wield her powers properly but when Violet hears Raven screaming she knows she has to save her.

When tragedy strikes, Violet uses her new found power to change the course of action and she knows that if other surrogates unlock their power they can take down the royalty and stop the auctions and surrogates and take back their city that’s rightfully theirs.

But tensions between Ash and Violet are strained, Lucien is keen to keep them away from each other and a surprising and familiar face turns up in the army.

But it’s the news at the end that leaves Violet reeling and she knows its now or never to take bring everything crashing down….

OMG This book was just as great as the first book!

The whole story in this one is the focus around the powers the surrogates have locked inside them and how they need to unlock it.

Violet in this book is learning about her powers and how to manage them. Her relationship with Ash is strained, especially as Lucien and Sil doesn’t trust him. Violet loves him though and wants him with her, even though others are encouraging her not to. Violet knows that bringing down the royalty and saving other surrogates is her main priority but she always knows that being true to herself is also important. At the end of the book Violet’s world comes crashing down around her and she knows that she has to act fast. Otherwise she’s going to lose someone she loves.

Ash is wanted. The Duchess has issued a statement saying he raped her surrogate and is now on the run. There are rewards out for his capture but Violet and Raven won’t let that happen. In this book Ash is a bit strained from Violet as she has to spend time with her powers and learning how to take down the royalty instead of spending time with him. They do get a few moments together but sometimes I kept thinking he was sleeping with Raven or there was something going on between them because they seemed close. I hope Amy doesn’t make him out to be a traitor or something because I don’t think I’d cope!
Lucien. In this book you learn about his background and I couldn’t help but cry. It’s heart-breaking and he’s determined to bring down the royalty along with Violet.

Raven is in a bad state in this book and she’s heart-breaking to read about too. Especially as you see her decline from book 1 to know. But… well you’ll have to read the book to know what happens to her.

Garnet is more involved in this book and working against his mother. I think he has started to get feelings for Raven so hopefully next book *fingers crossed*

Sil is pretty awesome and her story is inspiring to Violet. I hope she’s a big part in book 3 because I got a feeling she’s going to be pretty kick ass.

Like the first book this one sucked in from start to finish and everything about it was just as OMG-ish as the first book was. This time they are out of the Jewel and you learn a little bit more about the characters and their backgrounds which makes you love them more. I did feel sorry for Lucien in this book. He and Ash really don’t get along. I can’t quite decide whether it’s due to Lucien being really protective of Violet or whether its something more. And like I said in Ash’s little paragraph… I really hope I haven’t been drawn into him only to have him break my heart… I wouldn’t survive and neither would Violet.

And they way book 2 ended…. OH HOLY HELL! Book 3 is needed right away because that cliff-hanger….

5  out of 5 stars