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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

Seeking Crystal by Joss Stirling book review

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Review number two!

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Blurb:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I love this series and I reccommend it to anyone.

10 out of 10 stars for the series 🙂