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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

Misty Falls by Joss Stirling

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Blurb:

Fall for the lie…
   Then unravel the truth.

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

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

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

I love these books!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AAAAHHHH!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 out of 5 stars