Review- Inception (The Destined Series # 1.5) by Ashley Suzanne

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INTERESTING INCEPTION!

Title: Inception (The Destined Series # 1.5)
Author: Ashley Suzanne
Genre: Young Adult/ Romance
Release Date: 2013
Pages: 95
Reviewer: Kelly

*** Copy provided by Author in exchange for an honest review***

Explanation:
Inception is the almost like a prologue to Mirage. It explains the life of Mira and Danny before the motorcycle accident in Mirage. The novel describes things from only Danny’s point of view, starting from their first meeting on college Orientation Day and ending in the aftermath of the accident. It explores Danny’s relationship with Skylar and his family.

Opinion:
After the ending of Mirage, Inception starts in the most unimaginable place- back at the very beginning! It took me all of Chapter One to realise what was going on and whose point of view we were reading. So when I discovered that Suzanne was torturing us with the back story of Mira and Danny, from Danny’s point of view, I was so incredibly frustrated! Though I suppose this frustration did what Suzanne hoped it would, it made me read it faster to get to the end, hopefully with some answers and a reason to read the next book Awakening!

Now I have to say I did enjoy finding out about how they met, and how Danny felt about Mira. Inception was written entirely from Danny’s point of view. It was interesting to learn about a character that you didn’t know much about from reading Mirage. It gave the reader an opportunity to really understand things about him, not just snippets of memories provided by Mira or Skylar.

The one thing I would have loved the novel to do was tell the story from Skylar’s point of view as well. Our knowledge from Mirage and the explanations in the story tell the reader enough from Danny’s point of view to know what Skylar is probably feeling, but I think it would have added another dimension to the plotline. The things Danny notices, and the things that Mira is so oblivious too, are very obvious in this novel.

I’m an impatient person so I am glad that Suzanne made this novel so short, as more elaboration would have made it a long and dull read. As it was there were some points were I felt Suzanne was rehashing irrelevant details. Though she did provide enough information to understand the intricate dynamic between Danny, Mira and Skylar. In other words she got us prepared for whatever concoction she has brewed up in Awakening.

Summary:
Read this quickly then get a copy of Awakening!

lips grey 3.5

Review – The Hunger Games – Mocking Jay (book 3) by Suzanne Collins

ON FIRE!!!

Title – The Hunger Games – Mocking jay
Author – Suzanne Collins
Genre – Science Fiction
Pages – 455
Reviewer – Laura

****SOME spoilers alert****

BLURB:

” If we burn, you burn with us!”

Katniss Everdeen’s Final Battle Has Begun!

OPINION:

Well this definitely was not what I expected!  After loving the first 2 books in The Hunger Games Trilogy – I found I was a little disappointed with the concluding book.

First of all, I felt the book was lacking the action packed pace that was evident in the first 2 books, which made the reading process a little boring.

In the beginning, Katniss was not her normal strong, brave self. She just seemed lazy, selfish and depressed! Now, I understand that going through two hunger games would be quite horrific – especially with the ongoing threat from President Snow to murder her entire family – and I understand that these things would take some time to recover from but honestly it took forever for her to realize that she needed to wake up and do something!!! She seemed as though she was drained of the fire that she possessed in the first two installments, which is what made me so fond of her character in the first place.

When Peeta finally gets rescued from District 13, he is brainwashed, goes crazy, and keeps trying to kill Katniss! I actually didn’t mind this part of the book as it was an unexpected direction for the plot, and I think that Peeta’s brutal honesty towards Katniss was quite a wake-up call for her.

I was really glad that Gale was given more page time! Anyone who has been following my Hunger Games reviews would know that I have been on team Gale all the way. It was weird to me that Gale seemed to be fighting for her in the last two books, yet in this one it’s like he just gave up! The resolution of the story seemed to mirror Gale’s actions, it felt like there had been so much effort put into the first two books that by the end the emotion had just run out.  While I realize this is a dystopian story, the genre did not prepare me for the ending, which seriously lacked the emotional punch of all that had come before.

I know most of this review seems quite negative as I’ve pointed out the parts that disappointed me the most, but while saying all of that I can’t deny that I really do love this series, and I did enjoy reading all of the books.

Whilst this book was the most disappointing out of the 3, the whole series put together is definitely one that I would recommend to anyone to read, if you haven’t already!

Obviously this story is about so much more than a boy and girl falling in love – it is about war, human tragedy, the importance of hope, and the fact that people will do anything for those that they love!

lips grey 3.5

Review- Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

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A WICKEDLY GOOD READ!

Title: Wicked Appetite
Author: Janet Evanovich
Genre: Mystery/Paranormal/Romance
Publication:  Headline Review
Release Date: 2010
Pages: 373
Reviewer: Kelly

Blurb:
Seven Stones of Power, each representing one of the Seven Deadly Sins.

Sought after for thousands of years, the Stones have found their way to Salem, Massachusetts, and so has Gerwulf Grimoire. He’s a dangerous man with unusual abilities and a compulsion to possess anything he desires. Including Elizabeth Tucker, the woman he needs to find the Stones.

Elizabeth’s life is pretty much on track…until it’s suddenly derailed by a man named Diesel, a rude monkey, and a ninja cat. Lizzy can handle the monkey and the cat. She’s not sure about Diesel.

The Seven Deadly Sins pretty much cover everything that is wicked. Diesel thinks they also pretty much cover everything that’s fun. And Lizzy thinks Diesel and the Seven Deadly Sins cover everything her mother warned her about.

Explanation:
Wicked Appetite is the first book in the Wicked Series by Janet Evanovich. It centres on Elizabeth ‘Lizzy’ Tucker a twenty-eight year old, recently single cupcake baker who has just moved to Marblehead, Massachusetts. Lizzy inherited an old house from her kooky Great Aunt Ophelia and moved herself from New York to Marblehead. Marblehead is near Salem, the mystical town known for its witchcraft and wizardly, and the place where Lizzy is employed at Dazzle’s Bakery.

Lizzy easily makes friends with Clara, the owner of Dazzle’s bakery and Glo, the shopgirl. She is quite happy with her baker lifestyle, until she meets Gerwulf Grimoire and his cousin Diesel. Diesel explains to Lizzy that she is an Unmentionable, which is a person with special skills or powers. He also explains that she must work with him to find the Seven Deadly Sins stones and keep them away from his cousin Gerwulf.

Opinion:
Wicked Appetite is a loveable easy read. The main crux of the story is explored straight away. The sleuthing the characters need to do in order to search for the Stones leaves the reader searching for clues of their own to solve the dilemma. While reading this story I felt like a police officer on the hunt for clues to solve a case.

The lustful tension between Diesel and Lizzy is endearing. As someone who likes romance, Evanovich built up their relationship steadily to keep the reader intrigued. Her use of first person perspective allowed us to only see inside Lizzy’s mind, but through the use of detailed dialogue and descriptive language we were also able to assume what Diesel was thinking and feeling. Their love story is not a simple one, as they are technically work partners, so it will be interesting to see how Evanovich develops this relationship as the series continues.

The one downfall I found within Wicked Appetite was the lack of explanation Evanovich provided toward the foundation of the story. She describes everything at the beginning in a very hasty, matter-of-fact manner. For example, the issue of Lizzy being an Unmentionable is just a fact of the story, as is her working with Diesel. The setting is also not explained in detail to allow the reader to really get a sense of the scene. Thus Evanovich does not allow time for the reader to really appreciate and understand the characters or their surroundings.

Summary:
This book was an easy and entertaining read. I read this book after reading a very intense, sad and dramatic story so it was a perfect counterpart. If you are looking for something “light and fluffy”, humorous and that isn’t too hard to decipher, get reading today!

lips grey 3.5

Review – Entwined with You by Sylvia Day

 

Frustrating with a capital F!

Title: Entwined with You (Book #3 Crossfire Series)
Author: Sylvia Day
Pages: 356
Genre: Romance – Erotic Fiction
Reviewer: Nicole
 

Blurb:

From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside – so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.

No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession….

Review:

Entwined with You is the third, supposed final, installment to the Crossfire Series.  While I did enjoy this book, I have to express my disappointment. This series was presented as a “Trilogy” and what the reader finds out only after purchasing and reading the book, is that it’s no longer a Trilogy (obviously, for the story is nowhere near resolved), there is going to be another book and who knows how many after that?  As the reader I now find it frustrating not knowing when this story is going to be completely resolved.

While I had anticipated plot resolution from this installment what I received was far from enlightening.  I was actually left with most of the loose ends untied and presented with new information, which I assume is to cater to new sub plots and crisis for the two main characters of Gideon and Ava to explore in the upcoming books.

The highlight of this book for me was the character development taking place within Gideon and Ava.  Both protagonists really matured in this installment, not only in regard to their individual insecurities but as a couple as well. Ava became less annoying and Gideon became more loveable. They feel stable at the moment but I don’t know how long that will last, as I am sure the next installment will test this greatly.

What I hope for in the next installment are answers and plot resolution – I don’t want this series to drag! I want resolution regarding Gideon’s past – including whatever confrontation is to come between him, his mother and his family.  Overall, I think we are due for a more direct focus on Gideon’s back story as we have seen enough from Ava.  I guess we will just have to wait and see where this next installment will take us – fingers crossed it’s not a letdown.

lips grey 3.5

Review: While It Lasts by Abbi Glines

ANOTHER FULFILLING INSTALLMENT!

Title: While it Lasts (Book #3 from the Sea Breeze Series)
Author: Abbi Glines
Pages: 267
Genre: New Adult – Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: Nicole

Blurb:
Trouble follows Cage York around. Usually his charm gets him off the hook, but this time his recklessness means he’s spending his summer sweeping out barns and babysitting cows, instead of enjoying late-night hook-ups.

The only bright spot is Eva, an uptight, snarky brunette who seems immune to Cage’s advances. Behind those big blue eyes and fiery temper, Eva is nursing a broken heart and the last thing she needs is a player like Cage flashing his irritating (though admittedly gorgeous) smile in her direction.

But as the humidity rises, Cage begins to crack Eva’s carefully built walls as the two of them learn that what they want, and need, may be something they never expected…

Review:

While it Lasts by Abbi Glines, is another great addition to the Sea Breeze Series. It fulfilled my quota for a quick, easy read with lots of sexual tension, lust, love and sex!

In this installment, the character in the spotlight is the commitment phobic / player of the group Cage York, which flows on nicely after the last installment of the series, Because of Low. Cage gets done for DUI and could lose his baseball scholarship. But his coach makes a deal with him that if he works at his brother’s farm for the summer and doesn’t get into any mischief, he will overlook the DUI. It’s at the farm he meets the breathtaking beauty Eva, who is not only the very first girl to make his chest constrict but is also the first girl who seems to outright dislike him at first sight. Cage loves the challenge that presents itself and the more Eva ignores and tries push him away, the more Cage is determined to get her to notice him, the real him. Once he breaks through Eva’s walls, he not only faces the challenge of her father standing in their way but Cages biggest challenge is getting Eva to let go of her past.

I love the way Abbi Glines creates sexy, bad boy characters that always have this vulnerable side. Cage, who is one of the man whores of the group, is a complete commitment phobic who has never fallen in love with a girl or let a girl get close (beside Low of course), fearing that once he lets them into his heart, they will abandon him. Cage’s character development in this book sees him overcome his feelings of worthlessness as well as overcoming his fear of letting someone into his heart. Watching him and his realization that he had fallen in love was truly a touching moment.

The only minor negative for me on this installment, is the character of Eva. I usually like the sweet country type of gals but I was disappointed that I just couldn’t connect with her character. While I appreciate she was supposed to be cold and stand off-ish, I felt she was a bit two dimensional and lacking depth. Even as the plot progressed and her character evolved, I never really warmed up to her. That aside, I still have to commend the way she ultimately stood up to her father and put herself out there on stage for Cage to win his heart back.

Overall, I enjoyed this story and the chemistry between the characters – it was an enjoyable read, light easy and very pleasant!

lips grey 3.5

Review – Trusted by Taylor L. Stimac

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Definitely leaves you needing more!

Title: Trusted
Author: Taylor L. Stimac
Genre: YA Romance
Pages:  326
Reviewer: Debby

(N.B. Special thanks to Taylor L. Stimac for providing a copy of the text for review)

Blurb:

When fifteen year old Tegan Summers catches the eye of local radio personality Rake Johnson, she finally feels like a normal teenage girl. Everything about their relationship feels perfect, except for the unexplained presence that makes her believe she should stay away.

On the same day she meets Rake, another man makes his way into her life: Officer Damien Sanders. His mysterious and often intense warnings urge Tegan to trust him and to end her relationship with Rake. As she works to uncover Damien’s motive, she begins to realize that he may end up playing a vital role in her future.

Discover what Tegan must do in TRUSTED, the debut novel by author Taylor L. Stimac.

Would you trust a stranger?

Review:

This debut novel by Taylor L. Stimac was a pleasant surprise.  Trusted is a story that really captures the essence of how awkward the teenage years can be for everyone.  Being somewhat outside of my teenage years, I still found it easy to relate to the protagonist as I have been that awkward, unsure and insecure teenage girl.  I felt that Stimac did an exceptional job of expressing these characteristics in Tegan.

Stimac’s character interaction was also very effective.  I really liked the way she wrote the friendship between Tegan and her best friend Sara.  Sara, as the more socially experienced girl with less boundaries set at home, served as someone that Tegan could look up to and go to for advice.  At the same time the differences between the two friends allowed some of that “teenage girl struggle for power and position cattiness” to shine through.

Of course, my favourite character interaction was between Tegan and her love interest, Rake.  This relationship is the stuff of which teenage girls’ dreams are made.  Rake is confident, has a cool job, drives a truck, isn’t afraid of parents and buys flower and jewelry!! This blossoming relationship alone gives reason to read this book!

The one criticism I have, which depending on one’s reading preferences, may not even be a criticism, is simply that I wished I had been given more information. Obviously, this is the first book in a series so some blanks are expected but, in a rather crafty move by the author, I simply have to read the second book in order to discover more about the mysterious character of Officer Sanders.  I do know that his character is very passionate and intriguing so I am definitely interested in learning more about his role in the story.

So, overall this was an enjoyable read that most definitely left me hanging! I will be looking out for the follow up!

lips grey 3.5

Review – Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

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AN INTRIGUING READ!

Book: Nightshade
Author: Andrea Cremer
Genre: Paranormal
Publication: Atom Books
Release Date: 2010
Pages: 454
Reviewer: Kelly

Blurb:
I wanted him to kiss me- wished he could smell the desire that I knew was pouring off me.
You can’t, Calla. This boy isn’t the one for you.

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: graduation, marriage and then a life leading her pack.

But when she defies her masters’ laws and saves a human boy, she must choose.
Is one boy worth losing everything?

Explanation:
Nightshade begins in the mountainous town of Vail. The reader sees everything through the eyes of seventeen year old Calla Tor. Calla is a mythical werewolf, known as a Guardian, who can shift from human to wolf form at will. She is a member of the Nightshade pack, ruled by an ancient Keeper, or witch, named Lumine Nightshade.

The Keepers control the wolves, with their role being to protect them from their enemies, the Searchers. The Guardians, in return for the Keepers protection, receive houses, money, cars and jobs. The Keepers however control all aspects of the Guardian’s lives – including who they are to marry. As Calla’s parents are the alphas of her pack, she is soon to become the alpha female of a new pack. She betrothed to the alpha male Renier Laroche, from the rival Bane pack.

Calla is impartial to marrying Renier. He is nice looking, kind to her and it is their destiny. She doesn’t see it any other way. That is until she meets and saves a human boy, Shay Doran, from the clutches of a hungry bear. Shay is the new boy at school and he slowly begins to change her viewpoint about an arranged marriage and marrying for love.

Opinion:
The book gets into the storyline straight away. There are new words, labels and names for people being thrown at you constantly within the first few chapters. It takes a few re-reads of some sections to work out who is who and what is going on. Once you have the terminology down, the book is a great read! It has action, suspense, a love story, a heroine and a whole lot of mystery.

I loved how the main bulk of this story detailed Calla and Shay’s efforts to work out the origins of the packs, and where the Guardian, Keeper and Searcher history originated. It is rather engrossing as the reader is discovering all this information right along with the characters. The foreshadowing techniques used in the book were sometimes a little obvious, so it wasn’t as exciting as it could have been when main cruxes in the story were revealed.

Personally, I dislike when characters do not follow their destiny. I know that this makes the story and complicates the plot, but let’s just say that this is probably my own moral conscious getting in the way of following your heart. So when Calla begins to stray from her intended course, I began to cringe through the story. I think what made it hard to swallow as well, was that Renier, her intended mate was not the lecherous, rampaging wrench that you wanted her to run away from. Even though I was dealing with my own inner turmoil over this whole situation, Calla’s struggle with her choice made for a very engaging read.

Summary:
The book was an overall extraordinary read. It had plot twists, mystery and introduced the reader to a whole new world. The story is very much unfinished at the end of this book, so thank goodness this is a three part series!

lips grey 3.5

Review – The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

NOT THAT MAGICAL!

Title: THE INDIGO SPELL (BOOK 3 BLOODLINES SERIES)
Author: Richelle Mead
Pages: 401
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal / Romance
Reviewer: Nicole

Blurb:
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she struggles to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do.

Then she finally tracks down the elusive, enigmatic Marcus Finch – a former Alchemist who the organization denies exists, and who lives in shadows, on the run. With Marcus’s help, Sydney realizes that the group she’s been loyal to her whole life has been hiding the truth from her. Is it possible that her Golden Lily tattoo might have more power over her than she thinks?

As she struggles to come to terms with what that might mean, Sydney is compelled to use her growing magical powers to track down an evil magic user who is targeting powerful young witches. Using magic goes against everything she always thought believed, but she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her special blood – or else she might be next.

Forging her own way is harder than Sydney ever dreamed. Maybe by turning off her brain – and following her heart – she’ll be able to finally figure out where she belongs.

Review:
Let me start off by saying that Richelle Mead rocks and she is my absolute favorite author! I have read all of her books and she has never failed to please me and while I enjoyed this book, to be completely honest, it didn’t surpass the awesomeness of The Golden Lily.

Indigo Spell, the latest installment in the Bloodlines Series, follows only a short time after the cliffhanger of The Golden Lily. Adrian and Sydney are acting awkward towards each other, Jill has given Sydney the cold shoulder over her situation with Adrian, while Eddie and Angeline are happy in their own little bubble. Sydney becomes obsessed in finding Marcus Finch the former Alchemist, in hope of shining some light on what the Alchemists are hiding. Ms. Terwilliger asks Sydney for help fearing an evil witch in the area will come after Sydney’s untrained natural witch ability and Adrian makes it his mission to make Sydney see that she is in fact in love with him.

What I did enjoy about The Indigo Spell is the way the main characters are evolving; I love the way Sydney is becoming such a mentally, intellectually and emotionally strong character, which are the attributes I find the most appealing in a heroine. I like the way Sydney starts to challenge and question the beliefs that have been drummed into her head her whole life and asks herself what she believes in and what she wants. I look forward to witnessing Sydney’s future self-discovery and growth.

And then there is Adrian, for me Adrian makes this series. I read the pages waiting for Adrian to pop into the scene to make a witty remark or say something humble from the heart. Even though I felt sorry for him in Vampire Academy for not ending up with Rose, I never felt that Rose complemented Adrian the way she complemented Dimitri. Whereas Sydney, who his complete opposite, absolutely complements Adrian and together they are magic.

I also want to mention Jill, whose character made a huge impact in this book with the way she is maturing and showing great signs of strength. Even though she wasn’t involved in this book as much as the rest of the series so far, the moments she was in the book were full of punch and she was a huge influence reasoning with Sydney.

One character that did disappoint me was Marcus Finch; he was not what I was expecting. I thought he would be more of a threat to Adrian towards Sydney in some sort of love triangle but I felt his lack of personality and presence in this book was a huge let down.

I don’t know how I feel about this book’s overall plot and the direction this series might be heading, it is not what I was expecting. I am going to save my judgment for the release of Fiery Heart where I am interested to further explore how Sydney’s story will develop with her sister Zoe coming into the scene. Most importantly, I am really interested to see how Sydney and Adrian get their alone time! So bring on November, I truly hope this chemistry between Sydney and Adrian truly keeps escalating up, up and away – fingers crossed!!!

lips grey 3.5

Review – Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FALLEN TOO FAST!

Title: Fallen Too Far (Book #1 Too Far Series)
Author: Abbi Glines
Pages: 288
Genre: New Adult – Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: Nicole

Blurb:
To want what you’re not supposed to have….

She is his new stepfather’s daughter.

She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother.

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits.  His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida Gulf Coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that….

Blaire just may have just fallen too far.

Review:
This was a case of fallen too fast, instead of fallen too far to me!

I was really excited to read this book and I had high expectations of it being an Abbi Glines book.  While I enjoyed this book, a key element was missing for me. It had the potential to be a fantastic five star book, instead of an enjoyable three and a half star book,since this book did have a great plot, great conflict and characters with great potential.

Fallen to Far is about a girl named Blaire who recently lost her mother to cancer. With no other family support she reluctantly asks her absentee father for a place to stay just until she gets herself back on her feet but when she arrives at her new home destination her father is not even there to greet her, he is too busy holidaying with his new wife in Paris. The one person who is there is the owner of the house, her step-brother Rush, who is not only surprised to see her but also shows great hostility, aggression and anger towards Blaire for reasons she doesn’t understand. With great reluctance, Rush lets Blaire stay on the  condition that she can only stay for one month and stays in the closet at the back of the pantry, but as time goes on the attraction between the two become come to hard to ignore and they fall in love. But it seems Rush is hiding something from Blaire and she knows it’s something that involves her but what Blaire doesn’t realize is when the truth is revealed her life will never be the same again!

In my opinion the missing element of this book was the chemistry build up and relationship growth between Rush and Blaire – this relationship happened way too fast!  One minute Blaire is living in the pantry closet under the stairs and they are barley speaking to each other, and the next minute they are declaring their attraction to each other, having hot, steamy sex and falling in love??  There was no real chase, not enough flirting, no substantial emotional build up or chemistry, all this growth was greatly missed in the story and that’s what I look forward to reading in my books.

The character of Rush was also slightly disappointing for me, he had the makeup to be a really strong character with great layers and depth but I found him lacking integrity and soul.  I didn’t believe him when he spoke to Blaire about his feelings towards her, I felt his overall presence lacked bite BUT what I felt was missing in Rush was made up for with the character of Blaire, this sweet, sweet girl had me so emotionally involved – I felt for her, for what this girl had to endure in her life, I believed her when she spoke, I believed in her. What a fantastic character, so completely selfless, hard working, not materialistic, genuine, down to earth, humble, not to mention beautiful person, she made this book come to life.

The plot was very well written and the conflict in this story completely shocked me.  Blaire’s father is a complete JERK FACE; he has all the opposite qualities of Blaire. I was so proud of the way Blaire put him and everyone else in their place, stood up for what she believed in, was true in her heart and wasn’t going to let anyone walk all over the truth.

So even though there were a couple of negatives, the positives still kept me interested and I am looking forward to reading the sequel, Never Too Far, to see what is in store for Blaire. I hope she gets her well deserved happy ending.

lips grey 3.5

Check out my review on Never Too Far, Book #2, of the Too Series by Abbi Glines

Review – Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Device Series) by Cassandra Clare

A Satisfying Prequel. Steampunk at its best!

Book – Clockwork Angel (Book #1 to the The Infernal Devices Series)
Author – Cassandra Clare
Genre – Young Adult – Paranormal
Number of Pages – 479
Reviewer – Laura

Blurb
Magic is dangerous – but love is more dangerous still…
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Grey arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gas lit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadow hunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends, and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Review
Clockwork Angel is the first book in a trilogy prequel to Clare’s bestselling fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments. It is set in Victorian London 1878 and is based around main character, 16 year old Tessa Grey. Tessa has just traveled to London from New York, in the hope of being reunited with her brother Nathanial. Instead, she finds herself kidnapped upon arrival by 2 warlocks that call themselves the Dark Sisters. It is here that Tessa is exposed to a hidden supernatural world, and finds out that she has her own supernatural powers…
When the home of the Dark Sisters comes under attack, Tessa is rescued by a shadow hunter – Will Herondale, and is taken to an institute for safety where she is introduced to more shadow hunters including Will’s best friend, James “Jem” Carstairs. The quest then begins to find Nathanial, and to discover the reason behind Tessa’s kidnapping…

Opinion
I found this book really difficult to get into at first.
I didn’t start to get excited, nor did I even remotely like some of these characters until more towards the end of the book, and no matter how hard I tried, I didn’t find this love triangle very convincing.
The character of Will, who’s confident, modest, and at times rude personality really rubs Tessa (and everyone else) the wrong way throughout the entire book, but suddenly she is falling right into his arms! Will has the good looks and bad boy personality, but is harboring a secret that is getting in the way of his emotions and his feelings for Tessa.
Then there’s Jem – the nice guy of the story who is always friendly to everyone, and being Will’s best friend, is the only one who can handle him.
Jem and Tessa become very close throughout the book, but seemed more like friends than anything else to me!

I did especially love the time period that the story was set in! What girl doesn’t love a story with pretty dresses, impeccable manners and a love triangle!
Even though I thought this book was slow at the beginning, by the time I got to the end I found that I had actually fallen in love with all three main characters and I truly enjoyed the story line. There were some exciting action scenes that left me on the edge of my seat, and overall, I think it was a great prequel to the much loved series, The Mortal Instruments. With The Infernal Devices also being a series, the last chapter left an exciting opening for the second book, Clockwork Prince!

lips grey 3.5

Check out my reviews on Clockwork Prince, Book #2 and Clockwork Princess, Book #3 of The Infernal Device series by Cassandra Clare