ARC Review | Velvet by Temple West

Title: Velvet

Author: Temple West

Series: Velvet #1

Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance

Page Count: 416

Publication: May 12, 2015

Publisher: Swoon Reads (Macmillan)

Format: Physical ARC

Source:  Sent to me by the publisher for an honest review.

First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don’t fall in love.

After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire.

Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?


 So, I loved this book. Completely loved it. It’s been a while since I’ve read a good paranormal book, and I’d forgotten how much I loved the genre. I haven’t even been reading much lately or blogging for that matter, and this book is pretty big, but I wanted to get it reviewed around the release, since I did request it, and I was pretty excited about it. It’s a pretty big book, so I thought it’d probably take me forever, but it didn’t, only a day, I was hooked. I’m so excited for the sequel, this series is going to be amazing.

Okay, so the story follows Caitlin, 17 year old high school junior who was just orphaned by the lost of her mother to cancer. She’s from New York, but she has to move to, I can’t remember where exactly, but it was somewhere rural. She had to move in with her aunt and uncle, and her cousin whom she never met, naturally she hold a lot of anger, and she’s not happy to be there. Then comes Adrian, the boy next door, who also happens to be a vampire. Let me just start of by saying that I loved Adrian. I mean based on his name, of course I’d love him. He did remind me a bit of the lovely Lord Ivashkov, but to me he was really a mix between Damon Salvatore and Simon Lewis. His chemistry with Caitlin was so nice, they were so funny together. That’s another thing thing, this book was hilarious. There’s the forbidden love in it, obviously, Vampires and Humans is always a no-no in everything. It’d be interesting to read a book where Vampire/Human relationships were cheered on. The thing is they knew they weren’t supposed to fall in love and they tried really hard not to, but when you’re dating someone great, it’s bound to happen, even if it all started as just pretend. I loved that Adrian was a little nerd, which is another thing that made him remind me of Simon. I think they’re literally goals. Adrian De La Mara has joined the list of awesome Adrian’s lol, but no one will surpass the original. Oh and little Lucian, I loved him, he was so adorable. He’s definitely an important character that I think and hope will go through a major character development by the end of the series.

She opened up a lot of questions towards the end of the book, like the Council’s true motives? Caitlin might be a lot more special then she thinks (which I have some theories about that). I loved that the Council doesn’t seem trustworthy, because that adds a little something extra to the story, it’s always nice when the governing party that has been here from the start is now corrupted. I’m excited for the sequels.

Guys, this came out yesterday, so it’s available everywhere. Trust me, if you like Paranormal, then you’ll like this. If you liked Vampire Academy, The Mortal Instruments, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals..anything like those, you’ll love this.

Have any of you read it yet? Or are planning to? Let me know!

Thanks again to Swoon Reads / Macmillan for sending this to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead | Review

Title: The Ruby Circle

Author: Richelle Mead

Series: Bloodlines #6

Genre: YA, Paranormal

Page Count: 348

Publication: February 10, 2015

Publisher: Penguin

Format: E-Book

Source: Purchased 

The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here…

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.


I didn’t read this when it first came out because I knew it was the last one and I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Adrian just yet, although Richelle did say that we’ll see them again in the future. I have to say that even though I loved this book, it was really predictable, not in a bad way really, but I saw everything coming, was it just me? I wasn’t planning on reading it when I did, because I didn’t have a physical copy yet and I was planning on reading it until I got that, but I saw the e-book on sale for $2.99, and I really didn’t want to get it because I knew I was getting the physical copy anyways, but I ended up buying it….

I can’t even begin to form my thoughts about this book, I cried a lot while reading it, especially because of Sydrian, they’re literally goals. Everyone deserves their Adrian Ivashkov, and he’s literally my perfect guy, I’m so serious, just my type. He’s an artist, and he likes to cook, and he’s so caring and sensitive and romantic and sweet, he’s literally the perfect guy for me. If you’re not on Adrian Ivashkov’s level, then you’re not on my level. He’s my favorite male lead of all time, and I’d gladly take Sydney’s spot in an instant.

Anyways, back to the book, if you have not read the Vampire Acadmey series and you’ve read this book, then you missed out on the real experience, especially that epilogue, you won’t take as much out of it as you would if you’d read VA. Honestly, there’s not much I can say about this book without spoiling it’s prequel, so if you haven’t read Silver Shadows yet, then get on that. I think The Fiery Heart still keeps it’s spot as my favorite in the series, but Silver Shadows isn’t far behind, and neither is this one honestly. I think it was a really strong finale and I loved every second of it, and OMG there’s one thing I didn’t see coming at all, and it’s regarding cousins, that’s all I’m gonna say.

Okay so if you haven’t read up to Silver Shadows yet then I’d suggest you stop reading now, Ruby Circle was a 5/5 for me. Bye xx

So at the end of Silver Shadows, Jill get’s kidnapped, and I was actually pretty surprised when we found out who kidnapped her. A lot of people come back in this book, a lot of them I didn’t remember the back story to, for example I kept getting Neil and Trey confused with each other, same with Angeline and Olive. The Sydrian scenes were so heartwarming, and even when they fought it was so sweet seeing their love. There’s one thing that she included in the story that I didn’t really appreciate because I felt like she was just trying to fix something that didn’t need fixing, I’ll go more into it in the spoilers. Anyways, like I said I thought this was a good ending to the series.

One more thing, I think that she wrote both Silver Shadows and Ruby Circle in one and just split them into two books. This book did feel a bit short, but it didn’t bother me too much.  I don’t think it was rushed really, it was a bit predictable with the whole rescue mission aspect of it, but there were still some things I didn’t see coming.

Okay so that’s all I’m going to say without spoiling!

Rating:

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Can I just say I loved married Adrian and Sydney, they were adorable. The fact that he celebrated their one month, was so cute. As for who actually took Jill, did anyone see it as Alicia? I didn’t even remember her. The Warriors of Light making a comeback I also didn’t see coming.

Let me just mention Zoe! I loved that she realized what was going on. I always knew that she would, everyone hated her when she handed Syd over in The Fiery Heart, but I always knew that she really thought she was doing the right thing, and she had no idea that they would do what they did. I loved that she came out of the brainwashing.

Olive being pregnant I didn’t see coming, and the fact that now Rose and Dimitri can have kids really annoyed me. Over time I’ve forgiven Rose for what she did to Adrian in The Last Sacrifice, I think Adrian found his true love, and I do like Dimitri and Rose together, but I felt like them not being able to have children was the price they had to pay. I know it might sound cruel and now I’m happy for them , but I felt like that was a little unnecessary to the story.  She tried too hard to resolve everyone’s story; this isn’t a fairy tale.

I loved that Declan will be raised by Adrian and Sydney, I knew that was going to happen even before Neil wrote that letter. It’s really sad that Neil can’t raise his son, and that Olive had to die, and I hope Adrian and Sydney will tell Declan about his parents and how special he truly is. I think it’ll be so heartbreaking for Neil when Declan calls Adrian dad instead of him. That’s just heartbreaking to think about.

 Adrian and Dimitri are cousins! That was something I never saw coming. I had an Unravel Me moment, honestly. I was so shocked, but I liked that she included that in the story, now they’re all family.

I loved the epilogue! Rose and Dimitri are engaged, which was nice to see. I hoped we’d see Christian and Lissa engaged too, I hoped we’d see more of Christian actually, I’ve missed little Ozera. That epilogue made me cry, seeing Sydrian as parents and Adrian as a responsible dad and husband, and him cooking, it was so nice to see his character development, from Frostbite to now.

I loved this series, it was bittersweet saying goodbye, but Richelle says she’s probably not done writing in this world, so we’ll probably see more of them.

Frostbitten by Heather Beck | Review

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Title: Frostbitten

Author: Heather Beck

Series: Frostbitten #1

Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance

Page Count: 296

Publication: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Enchanted Publishing 

Format: E-Book

Source: Review copy provided by the author for an honest review.

Synopsis:

Great beauty hides dark secrets…

Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls. The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost. Despite warnings from her grandparents and friends to stay away from Frost, Anastasia can’t deny their attraction, and the more time they spend together, the deeper in love they fall. Unfortunately, Frost has a secret that is beyond Anastasia’s wildest imagination, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a supernatural legend that has haunted Cedar Falls for years.

Can Anastasia and Frost’s love really overcome anything, or are their fates much darker?


I have to start off by saying that I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this book. I accepted her request to review the book because it sounded interesting, and it ended up being interesting. 

The book follows Anastasia who was a bit of a trouble maker, but she’s moved to Cedar Falls with her grandparents to try and get a fresh start. Everything doesn’t really go as smoothly as she expected, naturally. She then meets Frost, which is a very unusual name especially for a boy, but I liked him instantly. He was a bit of a mysterious character, but I figured him out quickly. I knew who he was pretty early on, but I tend to be good with that kind of stuff.

The book wasn’t the best written book, but it did flow nicely. The plot was strong and consistent, and it did keep my attention throughout.

This is a werewolf story, so if you’re not into that then I wouldn’t recommend it. Also, the love story was little bit cheesy, but the good kind of cheesy.  I think when it comes to romance in books a little bit of cheesiness is good.

Although I really enjoyed the book, I have to say that I don’t think it should be a series, this could easily have been a stand alone. The plot was perfectly resolved by the end of the book, then she throws something else in there, and I don’t think that twist alone is enough to continue a series. There should be a lot more conflict then that. I’ll probably read the sequel at some point in time just to see what she does, but I don’t think sequels were necessary.

My final thoughts are that I really enjoyed the book, and besides the fact that I think she can improve with her writing ( which she probably will, just like Tahereh Mafi did with the Shatter Me series) the book was  a good one. I’d recommend it if you want a quick paranormal romance read. If you think you might enjoy this, then definitely give it a try!

Rating: 

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If you have read this book, let me know your thought!

Xx,

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Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Review

 

Title: Onyx 

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: Lux #2

Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance 

Page Count: 

Publication: August 14. 2012 

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Format: E-book

Source:  Owned 

 

 

Summary: 

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

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If you guys have read my review of Obsidian, it’s prequel, then you know how much I loved it, and this one didn’t disappoint either.I loved it about just as much as Obsidian. I can’t talk too much about the book without spoiling the first, but I will say a couple of questions that popped up at the end of Obsidian were answered. It was just as well written, Katy was just as relatable. She did make a lot, like a lot, of dumb decisions, especially towards the end, and I’m still upset with her over that. Daemon is just as swoon-worthy. We meet new characters in this book, the first important one being Blake, I’m not going to talk much about him either. This book in my opinion was a really strong sequel to an already amazing book, and the series is going in a strong direction in my opinion. I’m really looking forward to Opal. The ending especially was amazing! I’m finally getting my physical copies of them soon so yay! Really sorry I can’t say much about the book, just that I really enjoyed it! The series is amazing!                                                                    You can read my review of Obsidian here.

Rating: 

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Spoilers ↓

 

Obsidian ended in a little confusing way, something had happened between Daemon and Katy, he’d “healed” her and now they were in sync, and then he wanted to be with her, it was complicated, but it was all sorted out in this book. 

OMG, okay so Daemon and Katy’s relationship has to be the sexiest one I’ve ever read about, and it’s physical, but it’s not all physical. I don’t know how to explain it, they’re just so perfect for each other. Their relationship is adorable, she gives him the finger, they’re always arguing and she;s always cussing at him, and it’s super cute. Besides the alien factoid, they’re my ideal relationship. Throughout the book Daemon is telling her that he likes her, and is trying to make her understand that it has nothing to do with the connection, but good old Katy doesn’t believe him. I love when she starts finally realizing that she’s falling for him, and it’s just, god, it’s just perfect. The buildup of their relationship, amazingly done. 

Like I said before Katy is the most relatable character because she’s a book blogger, but it’s not only that to me at least, she’s like literally me. Ever since she first met Daemon and he told her he doesn’t think she should hang out with Dee and she said “and I don’t give two shits what you thing” I was just like this girl is my doppelganger. She also loves History, so do I. I love how Daemon kept checking up on her blog, and kept making references to it, like the ALA thing, awe ♥  

A little note I took while reading it lol: 

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I love how in the end when she did say she loved him, and he was all I won the bet, and she told him it was January 2nd so he lost, and he said “Nope I still win” you know because he had her now, and I just I broke down, just, so beautiful.

Okay now onto Blake, the moment he showed up I knew there was something up with him, I thought he’d be evil but I was hoping he wasn’t, that he was just one of the good guys because I really liked him. I never fully trusted him, but I wasn’t as skeptical as Daemon was. I also blamed most of his skepticism on jealousy, that was pretty obvious. When Blake threw the knife at her in practice and Daemon went all off on him, lol, I wasn’t as pissed because he’s made a really good point. She needed a strong emotion to channel her power. Now the Arum thing, that was a different story, I thought he was crazy, like there’s a line and you crossed it. 

When she figured out that Blake was related to Brian, and decided to NOT TELL DAEMON…just, ugh. It’s totally her fault that Adam is dead, idc what anyone else says, it’s her fault. It doesn’t make me like her any less because I guess she didn’t really intend that, but I’m a bit disappointed. I love that Dee understood that something was wrong though, now that’s what a best friend is. It was so unfair that Adam died though, just when his and Dee’s relationship was getting awesome, bam he dies. 

That Will character, I had my suspicions since I met him. When he came to pick her up from school on the basis that her mom was in an accident, I knew it was fake.There was also a exact situation like this in one of the Hush Hush books. 

Then the whole ending with Dawson, he was so heartbroken but then Dawson was at his house, and the reunion awe. But then, something’s wrong with Dawson and I wanna know how that works out. I’m really looking forward to Opal! 

Share your thoughts! Have you read Opal yet? What’d you think? xx 

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Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Review

 Title: Obsidian

 Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

 Series: Lux #1

 Genre: YA, Sci-fi. Paranormal Romance

 Page Count: 269

 Publication: May 8th, 2012

 Publisher: Entangled Teen

 Format: E-book (Kindle) 

 Source: Owned

 

 

 

Summary: 

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Well this book was just fantastic, the amount of fantastic you think it is right now, multiply it by 10, that’s how awesome this was. It’s definitely working to become a favorite of mine, and I’ve only read the first book. I love Sci-Fi, it’s one of my favorite genres, so I’m assured to love about everything with Aliens in it. This did not disappoint, not even close. When I say this book was fantastic, I genuinely mean, this book was fantastic. I read it in one sitting, finishing it at 2 am this morning (it’ll be days ago when you’re reading this), and I didn’t even realize it until right before I finished it. It was just so captivating, and fantastic (I should stop using that word lol, but it really was). The story follows Katy, it’s told in her POV in First Person. She’s an incoming senior and the story starts off in July. She’s just moved from Florida to a small town in West Virginia, and she doesn’t know anyone. Katy is a book blogger (like us) she has a book blog, does book reviews, and memes like Waiting on Wednesday, ect..Katy must be the most relatable character I’ve ever read. She loves to read a lot of paranormal which I think really helped her accept the aliens, I know it would help me. I’ve read and seen so many sci-fi already that if friendly aliens were to come here, I wouldn’t freak out. If Aelyx (Alienated) or Daemon showed up next door, that would be heaven ♥ 

Daemon Black, wow, just Daemon Black. He’s perfect. He’s arrogant, rude, beautiful, gorgeous and a lot of things lol. He was a very fun character to read about, it would’ve been nice to read from his point of view. Apparently, there’s a novella set before Obsidian called Shadows, I don’t know if it’s in his pov, but I’ll read it anyways. 

Then there’s Dee, and she’s a sweetheart. I loved her and Katy’s friendship, she was just such a great character. 

The book was filled with action, and romance, and amazing-ness! If you guys love sci-fi, even if you don’t, read the book. Just read it. I loved it so much (: 

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Spoilers ⇓

Have I mentioned how fantastic this book was? lol 

Just starting off the book we’re introduced to Katy and she’s awesome. Her blog is called “Katy’s Krazy Obsessions” which is so cute. Then she goes next door and meets Daemon, who is totally rude, but we love him. Then she meets Dee who like I said is a sweetheart. We all already knew they were aliens, it says it right in the synopsis. Their powers are pretty cool though, I gotta admit. 

Then Katy got attacked which I have to agree with Daemon, who would help that guy, I mean he was creepy with a capital C. Humans really are gullible, the aliens are correct on that one, along with the fact that if aliens came, they’d freak out. 

Then there was Ash. Total B, if you ask me. Sucks because she sort of has my name. I wish I had a name that cute nicknames could be made out of, like with Katy,she has : Kat, Kitten, KatyCat, KittyCat… while my most common nickname is Ash, which I don’t mind, I do like it actually. Anyways, it was pretty obvious how unlikeable Ash was. I mean, I understand her overprotective ways, she’s like Daemon on that one, but while Daemon was charmingly rude, she was just rude. I loved when Katy dumped the spaghetti on her, that was awesome. Also Lesa, and Carisa, I like them. 

I loved the action in the book, after she found out what they were, and that she had a  trace on her. I loved the humor in the book too. 

I think it’s pretty obvious Daemon cares about her, when he rescued her at that party from Simon, and after that, they ran into the Arum, and Katy was pretty badass in that scene. Then again when Katy decided to make the Arum chase her to save Dee, which wasn’t the most thought out plan, but I understand why she did it, again it showed how much Daemon does care. 

For a second, I thought Dee was gonna die there, and that would’ve been so messed up, I was so scared, but she made it which was great. 

But that whole scene, the way Katy killed the Arum, I don’t really understand, and how Daemon healed her… now they’re like in sync or something and I’m still not fully understanding it, so I hope that’s solved out later on. 

The book was great, I loved it! Have you read it? What’d you think ? (: 

Wasn’t it fantastic 😀  xx 

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Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead | Review

 Title: Silver Shadows

 Author: Richelle Mead

 Series: Bloodlines #5

 Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance

 Page Count: 380

 Publication: July 29th, 2014

 Publisher: Razorbill 

 Format:  First, American Hardcover

 Source: Purchased

 

 

 

 

Summary: 

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

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Okay well this book was fantastic! First let’s talk about the cover. It’s not pretty, none of them are really but this one…. It would’ve been nice if it had just been Sydney on it, but they had to add a creepy looking Adrian in the background. I like the font and design used for the series, but the covers have been disappointing, just like with VA. That’s why I don’t own any of the Bloodlines books (except for Silver Shadows) in hard copy, because I’m here waiting and hoping that it’ll get a cover change, but a nice one (not like VA’s cover change, which wasn’t even an upgrade). I think I might have to get them anyways because it doesn’t seem like that’s about to happen. Back to the book, it was so good guys! The book was so fast paced, and I actually read it fairly quickly, The book is set in both Adrian and Sydney’s povs like before, and Syd is in re-education and those Alchemists are literally so horrible, it’s ridiculous what they put her through, they’re the evil, not the moroi. Then there’s Adrian which at the beginning he’s a bit frustrating, like I love him but I just wanted to slap some sense into him at certain points. I knew he was going to slip after the way Fiery Heart ended, and it actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be, but I just felt like he was better then that. Page 156 is when things pick up, and I was hooked. I went to sleep at 2 am because the book was just too good to put down. There was a lot of character development especially regarding Adrian. Also Rose, Lissa, Dimitri and Christian made appearances, even though Christian did not say one single word, which was annoying because I miss him ♥ Rose, I loved a lot more in this book. The book was heartbreaking, beautiful, and everything I could’ve hoped it to be, and that ending! Guys, just stuff happens, in this book. I’m looking forward to The Ruby Circle next year, but then it’s also the last one, so I’m sad. I hope it gets a better cover though (: {probably won’t} 

Rating: 

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Spoilers 

So the book starts off with Sydney in re-education. Those scenes were so heartbreaking. The we switch off to Adrian who’s in school taking finals. Adrian’s POV was also heartbreaking. 

Sydney was taken off “reflection time” and sent to whatever that part was called with the other Alchemists. She then met Duncan whom I started to get suspicious of because of how nice he was, it was a situation where you couldn’t completely trust anyone. There ended up being something with him, the fact that his parents were really “powerful” Alchemists whatever, but I;m glad he was trustworthy in the end, and didn’t betray Syd. 

Let’s talk about how awesome and badass Adrian was, like his powers were fantastic, what he did at that party, that was so cool! But then there was the night where Syd managed to block the gas in her room, and tha’s when he decided to drink, I was so frustrated omg. Then came page 156, when he got his stuff together (after Nina kissed him, which I saw coming) and he connected to her, and I cannot tell you how heartbreaking and beautiful that was, I cried so hard!  

When they went to see Carly, I think there’s going to be a little romance brewing between Marcus and Carly, and I totally ship it. 

Also guys who do you think that blonde girl with the glasses that came to visit Adrian was? I read in a comment on Christine’s booktalk that it was Alicia, that which from Indigo Spell which I don’t really remember, I have the e-book, not the physical copy but ill try and look at my notes if maybe I can find her. Was she the witch that Mrs. T’s sister used? Or something like that. I know she’s going to be relevant though, Richelle doesn’t do things at random. 

After all the stunts, I knew Syd would get caught, and she did. But Adrian and the gang came to the rescue, and that was a beautiful rescue mission if you ask me. Then the fact that Chantal had been here all along, wow. 

Then they went of course, and Sydney decided to not follow Marcus, which I understood, but still. 

They went onto their little adventure, then when Adrian proposed! I understood why he was doing it even before he said so, but it was so beautiful. Their wedding was perfect. Adrian is honestly so amazing, he broke the scale. Then after the wedding, naturally the Alchemists were there waiting for them… When they got on that rooftop, that was epic. Then they went to court, that was also pretty awesome, and scary. I do know, that their life will have struggles, but I hope they get accepted by everyone. 

Then came the ending! Jill got kidnapped! I think what’s going to happen is like with Rose in Last Sacrifice, she’s gonna almost die, and that’ll break the bond between her and Adrian. Also, I think that Alchemists are the one that took her, someone on IG pointed it out to me, and I think that’s accurate. They probably want someone else on the throne… I’m not going to underestimate those psychos. Anyways, I loved the book, it’s probably my new favorite in the series, my previous favorite being The Fiery Heart. I’m looking forward to The Ruby Circle ♥ 

What were your thoughts!? Let’s discuss (: xx 

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Love Reborn by Yvonne Woon | Review/BookTalk

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Love Reborn is the third and i believe final book in the Dead Beautiful series/trilogy.  The book came out in January 2014. I’ve been meaning to read it for awhile but just finally got to it. I just finished the Percy Jackson series, so I was in a bit of a slump so it was a bit hard for me to get back into the story especially because I read Life Eternal (it’s prequel) about 2 years ago and I didn’t have the time to re-read it so I didn’t remember a lot of what happened; but I got into it pretty soon because the story is amazing, and it brushed off on any important points that I didn’t remember from Life Eternal, so I wasn’t confused. In case you don’t know what the story is about Here’s the synopsis for Dead Beautiful – the first in the series:

On the morning of her sixteenth birthday, Renée Winters was still an ordinary girl. She spent her summers at the beach, had the perfect best friend, and had just started dating the cutest guy at school. No one she’d ever known had died. But all that changes when she finds her parents dead in the Redwood Forest, in what appears to be a strange double murder.

After the funeral Renée’s wealthy grandfather sends her to Gottfried Academy, a remote and mysterious boarding school in Maine, where she finds herself studying subjects like Philosophy, Latin, and the “Crude Sciences.”

It’s there that she meets Dante Berlin, a handsome and elusive boy to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they grow closer, unexplainable things begin to happen, but Renée can’t stop herself from falling in love. It’s only when she discovers a dark tragedy in Gottfried’s past that she begins to wonder if the Academy is everything it seems.

Little does she know, Dante is the one hiding a dangerous secret, one that has him fearing for her life.

Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.

 

And here’s the synopsis for Love Reborn ( Don’t read unless you’ve already read the first two) :

Renée and Dante are dying. The soul they share cannot sustain them both, and they’re quickly running out of time. 

But Renée has in her possession a legendary chest said to contain the secret to eternal life-if only they could solve the clues that lie within it. With both the Liberum, a Brotherhood of the Undead, and a team of Monitors, led by Renée’s own grandfather, in hot pursuit, Renée and Dante must keep the chest safe or risk having it fall into the wrong hands. 

With the help of a mysterious letter-writer called only Monsieur, Renée and Dante follow a series of clues that lead them on a treacherous journey across Europe. They seek the Netherworld, a legendary chasm where souls go to be cleansed. It’s their only chance at a fresh start, but with it comes a terrible choice, one they never imagined they would be forced to make. 

The third novel in the acclaimed Dead Beautiful series is a haunting story of sacrifice, loyalty, and a love that can never die.

I believe this explains what the books are about but I’ll put it in my own words.

Basically when you die if you are under the age of 21 and aren’t properly buried, you revive nine days later as an Undead. You are given 21 years to roam the Earth and try to find your soul which has been reborn into a new person that was born on the exact same day you died.If you don’t find it, you start to decay like a corpse when those 21 years are close to an end. An Undead can also take any random persons soul in order to feel a momentary spurge of life, and to prolong their Undead life as well.  It hasn’t been known that any Undead has actually found their soul until now. The story follows Renee Winters and Dante Berlin. Renee is a Monitor ( a person who trains to bury Undead’s once they’ev gone rogue and dangerous) and Dante is an Undead who has been dead for 17 years. I won’t go much into explaining what its about because all I’ve just said is in my Book Recommendation Post for the series, which is a post before or after this one, so go check that out once it’s up.  

All I can say for the non- spoilers is that if you have not picked up this series yet, then definitely do, it’s amazing and totally worth it. It’s a fantasy paranormal romance; its great. I hope you check it out (:

Now onto the Spoilers!

We meet a new character in the book, his name is Theo, and I’ve got to say I really like Theo. At first i  was a bit suspicious but he grew on to me. His whole story in the end was sweet and I got to understand him better. When Anya read his card and said you will meet a girl and fall in love, I think that girl is Anya but there wasn’t much light shed to that subject in the end, so I still don’t know for sure.

Monsieur! At some point I had a theory it was Theo, but it turned out to be Dustin and I did not see that coming! I was so shocked, I had no idea, so that was an A+ for Yvonne.

Renee’s grandfather goes on to die in the fight, and I can’t say I was sorry. Renee was right, the death of her parents, her teacher, Eleanor’s mom could’ve been prevented. I hope he rests in peace.

Noah. He is a nice guy, although I don’t remember much of him from Life Eternal but he is a nice guy. His revelation to Renee about how he would do anything for her because she’s his life, that was sweet. It sucks that he got hurt and then tried to kill himself (although he was already dead) but Renee and Dante are literal soul mates, they’re meant to be. But now he’s alive again and he can become all he wants to become, an hopefully he finds love again, maybe even with Clementine (whom I don’t remember much of either)

Oh that scene in the Church with Renee and Dante. What even happened there, did they like do the deed, because that’s weird, he’s practically dead couldn’t she wait until he was alive and not only that, they were doing all that in a church.

So the end. I loved it. At first when the last chapter started I thought it was gonna end with her not remembering anything but it didn’t (: Eleanor, Noah, Dante and Anya are all healthy and alive and so is Renee and that was great. I was sobbing at the end when she and Dante met again and he said “You” and she responded “You” and they remembered each other and it was beautiful. Now they can have a normal life together and kiss whenever they want and have a beautiful life together; the life that they deserved.

I rate The book a: 5/5 🌟
The Series was great and I loved it.

🌴Happy Reading! From one book lover to another :D❤ 🌴