Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Everbound (Everneath, #2) by Brodi Ashton

Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love
This was a really good sequel, that i really enjoyed. Its all about Nikki trying to find Jack who was taken by the tunnels in the last one when he sacrificed himself for her. Nikki is desperate for a way and needs Cole's help in order to reach Jack.

Most of the book takes place in the Everneath, and i found learning about it and seeing their world in more detail really cool. It was quite different to how i expected and i hope we get to delve more into it and their mythology in the next one.

Jack is absent for most of the book, but it doesn't feel that way, as there are lots of flashbacks, and various memories of Jack and Nikki that we get to read about. Its also good as we get to see the start of their romance and their first kiss and stuff that i always love reading about.

I liked Cole in this book; we get to see a different - sweeter and caring side of him. I even felt a little sorry for him at some points but he really annoyed me at the end. I wish he hadnt done what he did as thats just gonna make Nikki hate him. Despite all this, i still prefer him to Jack as i just find him more interesting and hope he gets a proper shot with her.

The cliffhanger is MASSIVE! It ends with a GIGANTIC twist that i didnt see coming a mile away. I m sure it will make things really interesting in the sequel and i cant wait to read it.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Apollyon (Covenant, #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.

Another incredible book in the Covenant series that I immensely enjoyed. The story keeps getting more and more interesting and has ended on a note that will no doubt make for an amazing conclusion.

Alex is still under Seth’s influence at the start, and I was kinda worried it would stay that way for a while, but thankfully, she goes back to her normal self pretty soon. However, the parts before made me quite sick when she referred to Seth as “my Seth” which just made me wanna barf. Apart from that, Alex is great in this book; she’s still snarky as ever but maturing quite quickly and not making dumb mistakes anymore that she used to.

Aiden is cute as ever. Their romance gets even steamier and i didn’t think that was possible after the last book. They are just such an adorable couple and i loved reading their moments together. I loved how protective and supportive Aiden was of her and didn’t give up on her the entire time.

Seth isn’t that much in this book, mostly he just has random conversations with Alex through their bond. He annoyed me soo much and we find out even more stuff he did that made me wanna rip off his head. I understood why Alex was still hoping for him to turn good, but it still pissed me off. He is way past the point of return and i don’t have much hope for him.

Apollo is still one of my favourite characters and i just love reading about him and seeing his different sides. The other main characters also return and are there for pretty much the whole book.

We get to see the underworld in this book, which was probably my favourite part and made me really excited. We also get to meet a lot of dead characters and also some new gods. The big question about Seth’s bloodline is answered and its revealed who is behind Seth and Lucian’s plan. This was a big shocker for me and will take you by surprise too.

There is tonnes of action in this that i thoroughly enjoyed and the cliff-hanger has me anxious for the next book. After reading apollyon, I know that the conclusion is going to be epic and I will be counting down days till I get the chance to read it. This is one of my all time favourite series and i know everyone's gonna love it

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Boundless (Unearthly, #3) by Cynthia Hand

The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California - and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfil her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.

That was an epic conclusion to an epic series - one that i will miss forever. It was great with a perfect balance of romance, action, humor and tears.

Clara is in Stanford, along with Angela and Christian trying to get used to her new life without Tucker, Jeffrey and her mum. She is also having another vision, that includes her and Christian and indicates something bad that's about to happen. This all leads to lots of stuff that i wont give away.

I was annoyed with Clara at the end of Hallowed for leaving Tucker and i still was but i did kind of understand why she was giving Christian a chance even if i didnt like it. I just wanted to shout at her the whole time to go back to Tucker! He still loves her. She still loves him and i just kept waiting for the moment where they both admitted it. Tucker and Clara are just sooooo adorable together and even though it takes them a while to make up, it was really cute when they finally did.

Despite being 100% TEAM TUCKER, i do like Christian and honestly felt a bit sorry for him. Its not really his fault that he loves Clara and i wished he would find someone else to be happy with.

Angela has quite a big part in the plot and i liked her ok. We get to see a bit of Wendy as well. I knew Phen would come back in this and he does. I still dont really know what to make of him and he's just totally shady. Jeffrey shows a lot sooner than i expected which wad good. Samjeeza and Michael are in it as well who i really like.

The plot was great, with lots of twists that made me go "WOAH!" and you wont see it coming either. Towards the ending, there was a scene that made me cry but thankfully the ending was good and i was really happy with it. I m totally SAD! I m gonna miss reading about Tucker and Clara so much and this has been one of my fav series!

Sunday, 20 January 2013

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3) by Richelle Mead

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.
I was absolutely ecstatic when i got a chance to read this! I had been dying to read it so i did a little happy dance when i got it! :D This book was utter perfection and had everything i wanted. The romance, the action, he suspense is all kicked up a notch. And Sydrian will make you swoon your pants off! The wedding was awesome and we do get a sydrian dance!!! We also get to see rose and Dimitri and the rest of the gang.

The story starts off with Sydney looking for Marcus Finch, the mysterious ex-alchemist who has been on the run from them. He shows up quite quickly in the book and i was really excited about learning about his character. There is also Veronica, Ms Terwilliger's evil sister who is using magic to take young witches' powers to keep herself young. With all this going on, Syndey has a lot on her plate.

I have always loved Sydney and she has been one of my favourite protagonists, and i continued to love her in this more and more. She shows so much development; the girl who used to think vampires were evil is completely gone and she has started to question the things she was taught and wondering if the alchemists are really sincere with her. If you didnt like her before, you are bound to now.

Adrian was as amazing and perfect as ever. I just wanna grab him and hug him and kiss him and never let go. He says the cutest things that always make me laugh out loud or melt into a puddle. I honestly dont know how Sydney manages to resist him for as long as she does. I would have fallen at his feet and worshiped him. He has changed in this too. He hardly gets drunk and is more responsible without losing the ivashkov charm.

The romance was definitely my favourite part in this book. It starts off with Sydney still in denial while Adrian is trying not to push her so she comes around on her own. The whole time i was impatiently waiting for the moment when sydney would realise that she is in love with him too and sometimes i wanted to kill her for keep pushing Adrian away! They have a lot of their usual banter and some flirty moments too. They do have LOTS of makeout sessions that got me all hot and bothered (though they dont have sex) and you will definitely not be disappointed.

Eddie, Jill and Angeline also return upto their usual shenanigans. They dont play massive parts in the plot but their presence makes the book more enjoyable, full of hilarious moments. Ian is also in it and there were lots of parts where i did wanna smack him but i was still happy to see him. Trey sadly wasnt in it that much and their friendship is a bit tainted by what happened before but i still love him and hope to see tonnes of him later.

Marcus is the main new character and i knew i would love him. He is charming and flirty and made the book more interesting. I was really excited about finding more about the indigo tattoo and the rebellion. There are more people who are part of it and they offer Sydney to join and break away from the alchemists. He was a great addition and i hope he is part of future books.

We also find out more about the alchemists and how evil they truly are and i am sure it will play a bigger part later. Sydney also gets better with magic and not just her own. She is now comfortable with vampire magic too. The plot was great with lots of twists and turns that you wont see coming. The cliffhanger wasnt what i expected at all and i am curious to see how that will change things in the next one.

This was truly an AMAZING book and everyone needs to read it!

here are some teasers:

He rested a hand on my hip, and my whole body tensed up. The hand moved around my hip slipping under my shirt to rest on the small of my back. My skin burned where he touched me, and the places that were untouched longed for that heat.
"See?" He said. He was in the throes of spirit now though with me at the same time. "Well i guess you cant. When I touch you, your aura…it smolders. The colors deepen, it burns more intensely, the purple increases. Why? Why, Sydney?" He used that hand on me to pull me closer. "Why do you react that way if I don’t mean anything to you?" There was a desperation in his voice.

"Speaking of that dress", he added, "I still haven’t seen you in it"

I laughed softly, "You cant handle it"

He raised an eyebrow at that. "Is that a challenge sage? I can handle a lot"

"Not if our history is any indication. Each time i wear some moderately attractive dress u lose it"

"Thats not exactly true" He said, "I lose it no matter what your wearing. And that red dress was not moderately attractive. It was like a piece of heaven here on earth. A red silky piece of heaven."

"You heard me. You want to join our group? You want to break your tattoo?" He looked annoyingly smug. "Then this its all part of the process"

"I never said i wanted to do any of those things." I hissed "I just wanted to find out more about them."

He caught hold of my hand. "Sydney i know this is a lot to take in. I don’t blame you for doubting and that's exactly why we need you. You're smart, you're observant, you question and just like me those questions are going to get you in trouble - if they haven’t already. Get out now while you can – on your own terms"

The Essence (The Pledge, #2) by Kimberly Derting

“Danger, dread, mystery, and romance” (Booklist) continue in the second book of The Pledge trilogy, as Charlie’s reign is under siege from the most unusual of enemies.

At the luminous conclusion of The Pledge, Charlaina defeated the tyrant Sabara and took her place as Queen of Ludania. But Charlie knows that Sabara has not disappeared: The evil queen’s Essence is fused to Charlie’s psyche, ready to arise at the first sign of weakness.

Charlie is not weak, but she’s being pushed to the brink. In addition to suppressing the ever-present influence of Sabara, she’s busy being queen—and battling a growing resistance determined to return Ludania to its discriminatory caste system. Charlie wants to be the same girl Max loves, who Brook trusts, but she’s Your Majesty now, and she feels torn in two.

As Charlie journeys to an annual summit to meet with leaders of nearby Queendoms—an event where her ability to understand all languages will be the utmost asset—she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. And the only person she can turn to for help is the evil soul residing within.

The sequel was okay. It didnt pull me in right away and i was a bit confused about what was going on for the first part as i had forgotten the events of the last book, so it took me a while to get into it.

Charlie is now queen but has the spirit of the old queen imprisoned in her body. The is quite a hard situation for her and i felt sorry for her. She seemed more or less the same to me in this book as the last one with no particular character development.

Max unfortunately who i did really like before was hardly in this book and i felt his absence throughout the entire book. This also meant that the romance was non-existent which is another thing that annoyed me.

The plot was good, mostly revolving around Charlie coping with becoming queen and the enemies out to get her. There is more action is this one than the last one which you'll enjoy.

There is a new character called Niko who i had mixed feelings about. He may or may not be a love interest in the next book and i really hope he isnt. Zafir, Aron, Brook are all back and all have massive roles in the book.

There is sort of a cliffhanger but nothing too massive. Overall, it was a good book but not as interesting as i wanted it to be.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

 Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

Sky has always been home-schooled but now she is finally starting public school. There she meets Holder who has a reputation worse than hers as well as temper issues. She has never really felt anything real for any guy before but that changes when she meets Holder.

Sky was a cool character and likable. She was adopted when she was little and doesnt really know much about her past. Holder feels like he knows her from before even though she has no recollection of ever meeting him. This intrigued me and i really wanted to know the reason behind it.

Holder was totally amazing and i loved the relationship between them. I thought it was a bit quick but didn't feel forced or anything. Holder has his own secrets and past that come to light and give us more insight into his personality.

The plot was good, though a bit slow paced at times. It gets really interesting towards the end and i was completely hooked. Overall, it was a good, enjoyable book and i would recommend it to romance lovers