Guest Review: Chasing Destiny by Megan Erickson

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Chasing Destiny: by Megan Erickson
Series: Silver Tip Pack #2
Release Date: July 21st, 2017
Pages: 224 • Format: eARC
Published By: Self-Published
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Some live on memories…

Almost dying during a pack uprising has a way of shaking things up. I’m no longer Mr. Laid Back now that there’s an itch under my skin I can’t scratch.

On a volunteer mission that goes beyond the walls of our compound, we enter the territory of a pack long thought dead, and find ourselves on the business end of their spears.

What I’m not prepared for is what I find within their walls—The one shifter I never thought I’d see alive, the one I’d mourned twice, the one I’d always loved. He is alive, and if I have anything to do with it, he’ll stay that way. But he’s got secrets, and exposing them could lead us to an enemy worse than the bloodthirsty undead shifters wanting to kill us all…

four-stars

 

I really liked this second book in the Silver Tip Pack series. This one had a different feel to it than book one but was just as good.

This story focuses on Bay who is Dare’s brother. He’s the wise cracking and good natured one in their family but he’s struggling at the beginning of this story. Bay is grieving his second loss of Nash and he’s feeling restless. His were wants him to leave and look for something but he’s not sure what it is. As a result he offers to visit another pack to see if they can set up a trade pact. What Bay finds there turns his world upside down.

This story was more fast-paced and full of action than Daring Fate was. This one kept me on the edge of my seat from almost the beginning of the story. Bay and his pack mates are fighting other pack members as well as the zombie weres. (Can I just take a minute to tell you how much I love the fact that there are zombie werewolves in this series? Zombie! Werewolves!) All kinds of things happen and there are some shocking surprises.

The love story was also good. I love a good second chance story. I also love a good hurt/comfort story. Combine them together and I’m in reader bliss. Bay and Nash are just wonderful together and Bay is full of swoon worthy moments. Some of the stuff he says… *dreamy sigh*. These two are not fated mates as the couple in book one were, but they know they’re meant to be mates and their romance development was lovely.

I don’t have anything negative to say about this series other than the writer is not releasing them fast enough for me. This one hasn’t even been released and I’m already itching to get my hands on the third one. Looks like we know who the next book will be about but I’m not going to tell you. It’s going to be a big surprise.

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About Megan Erickson

Megan Erickson is a former journalist who switched to fiction when she decided she liked writing her own endings better. She likes to pretend she has control now, but usually her characters are the ones who hold the reins. Her romance novels have a touch of humor, a dash of nerdy, and always a happily ever after.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and two cats named after John Hughes characters. She’s still waiting for the party she was promised when she grew to five feet… maybe because she never got there.

Standalone Sunday (5/28/17): The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Standalone Sunday is a fun feature created by Megan at Bookslayerreads where each Sunday you feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend. There’s so much focus on books that are part of a series… she thought it’d be nice to focus on some standalone novels, too!Feel free to join in on this weekly feature by creating your own Standalone Sunday post! And be sure to check out Megan’s very creative blog and leave a link in her Standalone Sunday comments section so she can add your blog to the list

My Standalone Pick this week is: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. 

BLURB:

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

ADD TO GOODREADS 

I’m currently watching the made-for-tv series on Hulu because my husband listened to this audiobook narrated by Claire Danes.

I chose this book because I’ve been captivated by this intense dystopian series and its been hard trying to avoid spoilers from the Love of my Life who is so eager to share his book knowledge.   We have this same issue (him attempting to share spoilers) with The Walking Dead and the Game of Thrones tv shows. The GoT is series I’ve vowed that I will not start the audiobooks until the author finishes the series. I’m not convinced there will be an end to the series due to author’s snail paced writing schedule.

Anyway, the Handmaid’s Tale is painful as a woman to watch as the women were reduced to homemakers and breeders. I’m afraid to see the season finale next week, but I will start the audiobook then.

Have you read or listened to this book? Are you watching the Hulu original series? What do/did you think about it?

Blog Tour: Cold Reign (Jane Yellowrock #11) by Faith Hunter

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Excerpt:
Beast was insulting me so I ignored her. It continued to rain, though the water didn’t penetrate Beast’s double-layered pelt. We had worked in Beast form in the rain before—rain being the normal for New Orleans at any season—but not in such cold weather. Her breath blew twin plumes of vapor into the night. Her paws splashed through puddles and runnels of water. Rain made the city smell fresh, releasing ozone and ions on the air. The scent of blood and vamp faded and I thought we had lost it, but we found it around the next corner, a puddle of blood and rainwater that had no outlet except across the concrete. The scent faded again, to reappear further on. Beast trotted around corners, doubling back, searching, nose to ground, keeping to the shadows. Melting into the dark when a car came past. She was smarter than any mountain lion. Adaptable. Reactive. Going on two hundred years of life would give any animal excellent survival instincts.

The rain stopped. Started again. We passed restaurants almost empty of tourists. Bars full of drunk tourists. We passed churches next to Creole cottages, and we chased off a small pack of junkyard dogs with a single growl. Which made Beast chuff with laughter and victory. We passed cemeteries, the smell of old, old death and limestone and fresh white paint. We trotted beneath the I-10 interstate and were halfway to Highway 90 in what felt like a long way from home, though Beast wasn’t tired, just wet and grouchy. Mountain lions aren’t long-distance cats like jaguars or cheetahs, but in the cold, with the air decreasing the effect of heat buildup, we could travel a long way. A female Puma concolor’s hunting territory might cover a hundred fifty square miles.

Beast stopped. Looked both ways. Shoulders hunched. What? I thought at her, flooding back into her forebrain. I/ we slunk close to a parked car and waited for two motorcycles to pass.

Beast trotted out from the protection of the car and down a narrow alley between two houses. The ground and walls stank of feral male cats, territory spray, strong musky stinks.

Stupid cats, think they are lions. But smell Edmund. He was here. With cats.

Where? Inside the house? I looked around, through Beast’s eyes, seeing the world in silvers and greens and blacks and grays of Beast’s night vision. I/we sniffed the air. Edmund’s scent was everywhere and nowhere.

Smell of Edmund on top of house. Smell of vampires and blood-servants inside house.

He was spying on the house. They came out and found Edmund.
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About COLD REIGN:

Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker…and the woman rogue vampires fear most.

Jane walks softly and carries a big stake to keep the peace in New Orleans, all part of her job as official Enforcer to Leo Pellissier, Master of the City. But Leo’s reign is being threatened by a visit from a delegation of ancient European vampires seeking to expand their dominions.

And there’s another danger to the city. When she hears reports of revenant vampires, loose in NOLA and out for blood, Jane goes to put them down—and discovers there’s something unusual about these revenants. They never should have risen.

Jane must test her strength against a deadly, unnatural magic beyond human understanding, and a ruthless cadre of near-immortals whose thirst for power knows no bounds…

Publisher: Roc
Price: $7.99
Release date: May 2, 2017
ISBN: 978-1101991404

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About Faith Hunter:
New York Times Bestselling author Faith Hunter writes three series: the Jane Yellowrock series, dark urban fantasy novels featuring Jane, a Cherokee Skinwalker; the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban fantasy / post apocalyptic series and role playing game featuring Thorn St. Croix; and the Soulwood Series featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram.

Visit Faith online at www.faithhunter.net, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Dog Days by T.A. Moore

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Title: Dog Days by: T.A. Moore
Release Date: Sept 09, 2016
Pages: 200 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
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The world ends not with a bang, but with a downpour. Tornadoes spin through the heart of London, New York cooks in a heat wave that melts tarmac, and Russia freezes under an ever-thickening layer of permafrost. People rally at first—organizing aid drops and evacuating populations—but the weather is only getting worse.

In Durham, mild-mannered academic Danny Fennick has battened down to sit out the storm. He grew up in the Scottish Highlands, so he’s seen harsh winters before. Besides, he has an advantage. He’s a werewolf. Or, to be precise, a weredog. Less impressive, but still useful.

Except the other werewolves don’t believe this is any ordinary winter, and they’re coming down over the Wall to mark their new territory. Including Danny’s ex, Jack—the Crown Prince Pup of the Numitor’s pack—and the prince’s brother, who wants to kill him.

A wolf winter isn’t white. It’s red as blood.

DNF @ 52%

two-stars

I really really wanted to like this book, but everything about this book is why I’m just reading Urban Fantasy! The one thing about urban fantasy that I loathe is reading it like I’m suppose to know the background. I don’t get it. Prologue people, make us understand where you are coming from. I really dislike when I have to figure out the world building and rules myself. I need it to be more clear and concise. At this rate, I’m going to keep chucking these books into the throwaway pile.

The two stars were for the writing and the minimum that I liked in the story. It was the bare minimum. I felt like I was coming into the middle of the story instead of the beginning. I didn’t quite grasp the world building just yet. Another thing was that every relationship in this story so far felt so choppy to me. It irritated me trying to figure out the background between Jack & Danny. I even made it to 50% and yeah, they have a past but it doesn’t make sense to me at all.

From the half of the story that I’ve read I’d gather that something in the world was causing the change in the world. Be it the storms, and weather changing. We have a dog shifter and a wolf shifter in this world, and a woman’s murder. I did like Danny’s character. I got him a little and liked the way he acted around abrasive Jack. I just couldn’t continue reading the story since I didn’t understand it at all. I look forward to more from this author, since I did like her writing! This didn’t work for me, but it might work for you!

About T.A. Moore

As a small child TA Moore genuinely believed that she was a Cabbage Patch Kid and no-one had told her. This was the start of a lifelong attachment to the weird and fantastic. These days she lives in Northern Ireland and her friends have a rule that she can only send them three weird and disturbing links a day (she still holds that a DIY penis bifurcation guide is interesting, not disturbing).

TA Moore believes that adding ‘in space!’ to anything makes it at least 40% cooler, will try to pet pretty much any dog she meets and once lied to her friend that she had climbed all the way up to Tintagel, when actually she’d only gotten to the beach and chickened out. She writes about vampires, werewolves and ghosts (*whispers* ‘in space!) and once wrote zombie erotica to prove it could be done

Mercury Striking (The Scorpius Syndrome #1) by Rebecca Zanetti @ThatEzi @RebeccaZanetti @NetGalley

Mercury Striking (The Scorpius Syndrome #1) by Rebecca Zanetti @ThatEzi @RebeccaZanetti @NetGalleySeries: Scorpius Syndrome #1
on 2016-01-26
Pages: 400
AmazonB&N • (Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)
With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynn Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man—a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He’s more than muscle and firepower—and in post-plague L.A., he’s her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynn is the single most volatile—and vulnerable—creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax Mercury…

Danger has never looked quite so delicious…
four-stars

I think the author definitely elevated her game in this book. I admit that I love Rebecca Zanetti’s writing. Whenever I open her book, I feel confident that I will get both a good plot and likeable characters. While this novel book was no exception, she really took time to lay the foundation to what I believe will be an exciting new series.

At the onset, the Scorpius bacterium has wiped out 99% of the earth’s population and the remaining are surviving on vitamin B, while trying to find a cure. There are splinter groups all across the nation and one faction in LA is led by Jax Mercury. When Lynne Harmony comes to his camp looking for help and protection from those trying to harm her, Jax realizes he may have just gotten the person who can save them all. After all, Lynne was one of leading microbiologists at the CDC when the outbreak occurred, so she should be in possession of the latest research and information on the deadly bacteria.

What Jax doesn’t expect is the magnetic pull he has to the secretive scientist, especially since remaining vigilant and cautious of everyone should be his main focus. Can he trust Lynne in light of the fact that he knows she isn’t being entirely truthful with him? What is she hiding?

I read the prequel awhile ago and I don’t remember much from it. So I don’t feel like it affected my enjoyment of this book. The world building in this book was very impressive and sufficed for me to know what’s going on. The author really made sure to paint the gritty Los Angeles where it almost reminded me of Mad Max and the Thunderdome society. There is chaos, anarchy, and confusion everywhere. Yet in Jax’s camp, he set up some order to quell the pandemonium and address the myriad rumors about Scorpius. I also liked the supporting cast and they gave the group some diversity and personality. Bravo!

While Jax and Lynne had the same kind of style I am used to from the author (i.e. insta-attraction, feisty and stubborn females, alpha males, steamy sex), the storyline was laid out methodically. Jax was this hard and unyielding leader in a world that required firm and decisive control. That’s why I liked Lynne coming into his life. His feelings for Lynne kept him for being a cold-blooded automaton. They had to learn to trust each other outside the sheets, and allow for emotional intimacy, something neither one desired to do. As they try to figure out what they doing with each other, Jax’s camp is staving off other scavenger groups. There was a number of things happening here featuring action-packed scenes, suspense, intrigue and romance. I already see this series on TV or a movie. It has all the makings of great cinema. It wasn’t a quick read, but it was a satisfying one. I am already looking forward to the enigma known as Raze, whom will probably be exposed more in book 2.

*Special thanks to Kensington Books via Netgalley for the e-arc, which was given in exchange for an honest review

About Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti wrote her first story when she was six – a romance between a princess and neighboring prince. The princess fell out of her castle and the prince rescued her. A happily ever after was had by all.

This theme of romance has been carried through Rebecca’s works until present time. While today’s heroine may have a medical degree, black belt in Karate and her own 401K, she’s still after that happy ending. And today’s prince may have fangs and wear a black hat, but hey, a modern princess likes a guy who bites.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides there with her husband, children and extended family who inspire her every day.

Claimed (Outlaws #1) by Elle Kennedy

Claimed (Outlaws #1) by Elle KennedySeries: Outlaws #1
on 2015-10-06
Pages: 368
AmazonB&NNarrator: C. S. E. Cooney
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After a devastating war decimated most of the world, Hudson Lane has only known the oppressive life under her own father’s tyranny. She finally escapes, branding herself an outlaw and hunted by the Enforcers. Her best chance at survival is Connor Mackenzie, an aggressively sensual fugitive who opens her eyes to the wicked possibilities of a world without rules.

As the leader of a band of outlaw fighters, Connor can’t resist the beautiful stranger who asks for his protection. Despite his reservations, he agrees to introduce her to a whole new way of life. But when Connor discovers Hudson’s connection to the enemies of liberty, he wonders how far he can trust the woman who has abandoned all inhibitions to challenge every forbidden desire.
three-stars

Claimed has a really interesting plot. Unfortunately it is buried under pages and pages of sex.
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The World is now ruled by a Global council after being ravaged by war. The council has a team of “Enforcers” that maintain order and rule. Population is control and breeding is prohibited unless permission is granted by the GC. Most females are sterilized when they become adults unless one is born into a protected class.
Hudson Lane is the daughter of an Enforcer and when her father forms a marriage contract for her to marry another enforcer, Hudson flees her home. She searches for Outlaws, a band of rebels who refuse to be governed by the General Counsel “GC”.
When Hudson comes upon Connor MacKenzie and his group of Outlaws, Hudson bargains for their protection. She will hunt, fight, clean and do any assigned tasks, as long as they allow her to hide out in the rebel community. Connor is on a mission to find Dominik, the leader of the Enforcer who murdered his wife and community. So Hudson decides to hide her connection to Dominik.

In this rebel community, Hudson finds freedom both from her family’s expectations as well as in her sexual desires. Connor’s touch makes Hudson burn and they embark on an intense physical relationship with includes Connor’s friend Ryland.
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The only problem is that Connor is hunting Dominik, the leader of the Enforcers, and Hudson knows it’s just a matter of time before Connor and Dominik come face to face, and her secret will be revealed. The agreed upon “just sex” relationship has become more for both Hudson and Connor, but will it survive Hudson’s lies?

This story could have been really special but it was completely overshadowed by copious amount of sex by Hudson and company. I liked Hudson, she was strong, resourceful, well trained and up front about her sexual desires. I had no problem with her going for what she wanted. Connor was a well trained alpha male, who was so focused on revenged that he glossed over the inconsistencies in Hudson’s story. I liked them together but the oppressive regime by the GC and their enforcers wasn’t developed enough to satisfied my piqued curiosity. Also, the character development was rather weak in this story as the characters ended up being cliche and one-dimensional.

I have read the Off-Campus series as well as the Killer Instinct series by Elle Kennedy and so I know this author is a really good writer. This particular book failed to meet the quality that I have come to associate with her work. I hope that book 2 will focus on the world more and character building. There is a good story here, it just has to be brought to the forefront.

*Special thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook, which was given in exchange for an honest review.

About Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

Blood Sky (After Trilogy #4) by Traci L. Slatton

Blood Sky (After Trilogy #4) by Traci L. SlattonSeries: After Trilogy #4
on August 24th 2015
Pages: 213 pages
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In a time of apocalyptic despair, love is put to the test… Deep in the badlands of Outpost City, in the Dark Horse saloon, a poker game is being played. The stakes are life and death—for the world.

What can Emma afford to lose? Will she gamble on herself, or on Arthur?

Will love find a way when the apocalypse closes in? A mystical odyssey, a haunting love…
four-stars

In Book 4, Emma still hasn’t resolved her relationships with Arthur and Haywood. While it’s clear that both want her, Haywood is adamant that Emma must take him and the kids as a packaged deal. If she chooses Arthur, Haywood will not allow her access to their children.

With her personal life in turmoil, Emma is still focused on finding a way to defeat the mists and this mission must involve Arthur somehow. Arthur is convinced that with the mad Russian Aleskei’s help, they can eradicate the mists. Then Arthur learns that someone else has the power to control the mists, and Arthur’s commitment to extinguishing his creation is cast in doubt.
Some are convinced that Arthur just wants to be in control of the mists again because he expressed hope that the mists can still be used as they were originally intended when he created them. Some in the camp believe that Arthur truly wants to terminate the mists. Emma is caught in the middle and it calls to question their love. Emma and Arthur share a unique connection so she has special insight to his desires. Will Emma join the camp that want to keep Arthur from implementing his plan with the mists, or will she trust him to put an end to the mists as he promised?

I am torn about how I feel about this one. While I love the author’s story telling and writing style, this one had a darker/depressing feel like book 3. Book 1 & 2 had passion, excitement, love and a hopefulness. This last book felt so divisive and like the series is at a crossroad. I like Emma, but she often finds herself biting off more than she can chew. When she gets herself into these jams, people are sacrificed to save her. I know she means well, but she isn’t GI Jane. In fact, I have more trust and confidence in Laurette. Laurette has a better handle on her emotions, abilities and people in general. I wasn’t comfortable with Emma making such monumental decisions by herself. I was also uncomfortable with her decisions and actions regarding Arthur because her feelings for Arthur was one of the things I considered a constant in this series. Emma and Arthur apart doesn’t work for me. I don’t care for the misunderstanding and third party opinions–Emma and Arthur was weak without each other, Emma in particular.

The conflict between Arthur and Emma took away from the story. Maybe Aleskei is using his mind-control on Emma and implanting suggestions in those around her influencing her in ways she doesn’t know. Aleskei has constantly worked to undermine Arthur from book 1. Emma, in turn, has done things to Arthur that would be hard to forgive and she made 2 in this particular installment. Arthur must really love her to continue coming for her even after her abandonment and lies. There was a movement towards the showdown with the mists, but I really need Emma to make her choice and stick with it.

I do realize that this was a bridge book, but I would like some answers and resolution to stuff, as opposed to more questions. I am afraid that when we do get the resolution, the magic that Emma and Arthur found would be sacrificed. I find that ending intolerable. This series is just as much about the mists as it is about Emma and Arthur.

**A review copy of this book was provided by the author in champagne for an honest review**

{Review} Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) by @aimee_carter

Pawn
The Blackcoat Rebellion
Aimee Carter
Young Adult Dystopian
Harlequin Teen
November 26, 2013
Hardcover & eBook
296
ARC Provided by Harlequin Teen in Exchange for an Honest Review

YOU CAN BE A VII IF YOU GIVE EVERYTHING.

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked - surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed, and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.

My Review:

It is so rare to find a gem in a genre that is becoming littered with so many of the same kind of story but Ms. Carter was able to accomplish this and Pawn was such a breath of fresh air that I couldn’t put the book down for one second. I found myself sneaking and reading while at work and in class. The character development in this book was awesome and the plot was amazing. I haven’t read a book with so much betrayal, lies, and backstabbing going on that I couldn’t tell up from down at times or Friends from Foes.

Kitty is by far my favorite YA heroine this year. She is smart, snarky, loving, and will lay herself over train tracks to save those that she love. She was very easy to relate to because at one time or another we have all felt the way she did. Lennox was amazing and I really enjoyed how he developed as a character, he was a take charge character that only wanted what was best for the people. Benjy on the other hand fell flat to me and it was a little saddening since this is the love interest in he book. I really can’t picture him and Kitty together.

The plot in this book was amazing. I love a book that jumps right into the action and gives you snippets of backstory without being bogged down with First Book Syndrome (FBS). I am extremely excited to continue this series because I have to know what happens with all the lying and deceit that is going on and is it going to pay off and how many more lives will be lost in the end. The world that was created was amazing and it seemed more realistic than any other dystopian that I picked up because I can actually see this happening in the future because technically we are almost there.

Thanks Ms. Carter and Harlequin Teen for giving me an opportunity to read such a wonderful book.

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

About the Book

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.


The Rating


The Review

I started the year saying that if it was a movie coming out this year and it was a book first then I would read that book before the movie hit theaters. The first book on my list was City of Bones. This book started with heart stopping action and it continued throughout this thrilling tale of a teenager that discovers her life is far from what she thought it was. The world that Ms. Clare created was phenomenal and she painted a beautiful picture that I watched come to life as I turned each page. The growth of the characters added to the story in ways I could have never thought imaginable. Watching relationships grow, shatter, and be put back together was something that I could easily relate to in my adult years as well as my years as a teenager. This story has me prepared to read the next and follow this series all the way to the end because I can only expect that it will get better with each book. Stay tuned because I will be reading City of Ashes in February.

In Theaters August 2013

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

About the Book
It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back. 

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. 

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. 

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again. 

 My Review
Angelfall was a YA book with so much hype surrounding it that I was afraid to read it because I really didn’t want to be disappointed. Needless to say I was happy that I did pick up this book. I enjoyed the pace of the story and how different the setting was for this dystopian story. Penyrn was a fantastic character who carried the struggles of her family on her back without a complaint. Her confidence poured off of the pages and I found her story deeply moving. Raffe isn’t your typical “alpha” male but this also isn’t your typical YA novel. We watched Raffe battle with himself as well as a strong minded girl and we could tell this is not something that he was used to in his world. The world building in this book was phenomenal and it only got better as I turned each page, the descriptions made this book come to life and I felt like I was in the middle of a war that I could see happening before my very eyes.