Review – Chosen at Nightfall by C.C Hunter

 

FULLFILLED FINALE!

Title: CHOSEN AT NIGHTFALL (BOOK FIVE OF A SHADOW FALLS NOVEL)
Author: C.C Hunter
Pages: 399
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal
Reviewer: Nicole
 

Blurb:

When Kylie Galen entered Shadow Falls Camp, she left her old life behind forever and discovered a world more magical than she ever imagined. A place where two best friends can be a witch and a vampire….and where love doesn’t happen the way you’d expect.

When Kylie’s most powerful enemy returns to destroy her once and for all, there’s only one way to stop him – to step into her full powers and make a stunning transformation that will amaze everyone around her. But her journey won’t be complete until she makes one final choice: which guy to love. Should she choose a werewolf who broke her heart but will give anything to win her back, or the half-fae who ran from their attraction before they had a chance? Everything she learned at Shadow Falls has been preparing her for this moment – when her fate will be revealed and her heart claimed forever.

 
Review:

C.C Hunter has come through for her readers to deliver a very satisfying finale to her Shadow Falls series, Chosen at Nightfall.

For those of you who haven’t read the previous books in this series and you love books about the supernatural, complete with all different types of supernatural species, great character detail, great plots full of action and mystery and of course great romance, then this series is for you. I promise this series will not disappoint you – so get to it!

Even though the opening chapters of this book were rather predictable in terms of the direction of the plot and the characters, I still found myself completely absorbed in this story which detailed Kylie’s further self-development and final quests. The reader learns more about Kylie’s species, the Chameleons, an aspect which then becomes a key part in one of Kylie’s quests. Kylie also has to make a decision about who she loves and if she is willing to take all the risks that come with that love. On top of all that, Kylie discovers she is even more powerful than before when another special gift materializes.  This gift, which is linked to her latest ghost has an immediate connection with her enemy Mario and their final confrontation, where Kylie has to save someone she deeply loves. 

All our favorite Shadow Falls characters were involved in Chosen at Nightfall in some way but this book mainly focused around the characters of Kylie, Lucas, Derek and Della. Kylie’s character matured a lot in this finale but still stayed true to herself and everyone she loved.  Della’s character got tested on an emotional level and with C.C Hunters upcoming Shadow Falls series being centered on Della it was a perfect set up for the direction on how her character will further evolve. But the character who evolved the most for me was Lucas; he lost his arrogance in this book and showed true remorse for his actions in the last installment, Whispers at Moonrise.  He identified his mistakes and admits to his wrong doings as well as proudly displaying his feelings for Kylie to her and the rest of Shadow Falls.  This was the kind of character that I wanted Lucas to be for Kylie from the very beginning.

I love the way this book ended, I couldn’t have asked for anything more or less in this finale. Everyone got their happy ending and what is even more fantastic is that I am sure we will still be reading about all our favorite characters in C.C Hunters upcoming series, so this is not a good-bye but a see you soon – until next time!

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Check out my review on Whispers at Moonrise, Book #4, of the Shadow Falls series by C.C Hunter.

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Review – Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices Book 2) – Cassandra Clare

Book – The Infernal Devices – Clockwork Prince
Author – Cassandra Clare
Genre – Young Adult – Paranormal
Number of Pages – 496
Reviewer – Laura

Blurb
Love and lies can corrupt even the purest heart…
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Grey finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, while her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will – the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers to who she is and what she was born to do? As their search for the truth leads to three friends in peril, Tessa’s heart is increasingly torn, especially when one of their own betrays them…

Review
Clockwork Prince is the second book in the Infernal Device’s trilogy. Picking up where we left off in book one, Clockwork Angel, Tessa Grey has finally found safety with the shadow hunters at the London institute.
Whilst Mortmain and his clockwork army are still threatening however, Tessa finds that this safety is quite short lived, as the council plan to have Charlotte – Tessa’s protector – replaced as head of the institute by the devious and untrusting, Benedict Lightwood.
In the hope of saving Charlotte, and the institute, Tessa, Will and Jem set out to unravel the secrets of Mortmain’s past, and subsequently learn that his war against the shadow hunters is a deeply personal one.
Whilst on this journey Tessa also learns more and more about her lineage and begins to find herself caught between the affections of both Will and Jem. ..

Opinion
I found this book a lot more enjoyable than the first one (Clockwork Angel), and I did not want to put it down!
The parts that I enjoyed most were learning more and moreabout the characters pasts! I was so excited to finally find out Will’s secret, and you begin to understand why he is the way he is! You also start to get a little glimpse of Tessa’s background which opens up a whole series of options to what she actually may be! I can’t wait to find out whether she is a warlock/fairy/shadow hunter or even a demon for that matter! Either way I love her and all the other characters right now!

The love triangle – I am quite happy to say – was so much more convincing than it was in Clockwork Angel!! I especially liked the hot and steamy kissing scenes that occurred between Tessa and Will….and Tessa and Jem! Needless to say, as much as I love both characters – I am definitely on Team Will!

I think that Clockwork Prince was an awesome addition to Clockwork Angel – and far more enjoyable at that! Cassandra Clare has written a great and addictive series here, and I cannot wait to find out what happens in the third instalment – Clockwork Princess!


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Check out my review on Clockwork Angel, Book #1 and Clockwork Princess, Book #3 of The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

Why we love Vampire Academy more than Twilight!

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Rose is a strong kick ass heroine with attitude.

 Dimitri is a sexy Russian bad boy/protector/fictional man of our dreams.

Lisa is the best BBF around.

 Adrian , the loser of the love triangle, doesn’t fall in love  with a baby!

 Christain, Mason, Sydney, Eddie and Jill are secondary characters we care about.

More Action.

 Sex scenes!!!!

 Better plot twists and turns.

 Bloodlines Spin off series! More to read more to love!

 Did we mention Dimitri???

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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!!!

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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!

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

Review – Whispers at Moonrise by C.C Hunter

C.C HUNTER HAS DONE IT AGAIN!

Title: Whispers at Moonrise (Book 4 of the Shadow Falls Series)
Author: C.C Hunter
Pages: 383
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal
Reviewer: Nicole

Blurb:
Even at a camp for supernatural teens, Kylie Galen has never been normal. Not only can she see ghosts but she doesn’t seem to belong to any one species – she exhibits traits from them all. As Kylie struggles to unlock the secrets of her identity, she begins to worry that Lucas will never be able to accept her for what she is, and what she isn’t…a werewolf. With his pack standing in their way, Kylie finds herself turning more and more to Derek, the only person in her life who’s willing to accept the impossible.

As if life isn’t hard enough, she starts getting visits from the ghost of Holiday, her closest confidante. Trouble is, Holiday isn’t dead….not yet anyway. Now Kylie must race to save one of her own from an unseen danger before it’s too late – all while trying to stop her relationship with Lucas from slipping away forever. In a world of constant confusion, there’s only one thing Kylie knows for sure: Change is inevitable and all things must come to an end…maybe even her time at Shadow Falls.

Review:
C.C Hunter has once again delivered a fantastic installment in the Shadow Falls series, Whispers at Moonlight, this series just keeps getting better and better!

For those of you who haven’t read the previous books in this series and you love books about the supernatural, complete with all different types of supernatural species, great character detail, great plots full of action and mystery and of course great romance, then this series is for you. I promise this series will not disappoint you – so get to it!

This book is definitely my favorite installment to the series so far, I was completely absorbed in the plot, which involved Kylie’s further self-development. The reader finally discovers what species she actually belongs too and has a lot of questions answered, which naturally results in more questions left pending. And it doesn’t end there, the readers gains so much insight; into her love life drama between two boys, her family drama with her parents, school starting with intriguing new teachers and new freshman students on the prowl for future mates and her latest ghost visitor who has warned her someone very close to her is in danger and is fighting against the clock to figure out the next mystery before it is too late.

What I love about this series is the range of characters and how they are constantly evolving throughout the series. Each character is brilliantly written and very likeable in their own individual ways but I would like to make a special mention about my two favorite characters, who would have to be from the vampire corner, Burnett and Della. Both of these characters show such a hard, cold, complex, stand off-ish exterior but slowly remove their layers to show they are warm, loyal, trustworthy, pure hearted, with a firm grasp on the true value of friendship and love. I really admire the author’s ability to create such multifaceted characters that help to tell a great story.

Now, this love triangle between Kylie, Lucas and Derek – I have to say I am team Derek all the way! So far, all I have witnessed in this relationship between Kylie and Lucas is a great physical attraction which may simply be lust for each other, even though they say the love each other, how can they? I know they have a past going back to when they were kids but at the moment Kylie needs him the most to help and support her with her new self-discovery and ghost issues, he is never around. Lucas has his own issues and goals that he is trying to deal with and conquer, none of which he can be open and honest about with Kylie. The whole time he is expecting Kylie’s trust and understanding only to show his true colours through the way he treats Kylie at the end of this book. This tells me he is a huge JACKASS! No matter what his reasons are or what he is trying to achieve, no girlfriend should have to supportive of those kinds of actions!

In complete opposition to Lucas is Derek – sweet, sweet Derek, who has told Kylie directly he is in love with her, who is supportive and understanding of her new self discovery and ghost issues. He is her rock and a great friend and in my opinion he understands who Kylie is and what she will become. I only wish there was more focus on his character in this book, hopefully the next installment will have a happy ending for Derek – please, please, please; fingers crossed!!

I love the way this book ended. It was so unexpected and brilliantly written that I am now desperate to read the next and final installment to this series. I am intrigued to finally see how this story ends for Kylie and the related characters. So my copy of “Chosen at Nightfall” has now been pre-ordered and the count down is on, bring on April 23rd!!

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Check out my review on Chosen At Nightfall, Book #5, of the Shadow Falls Series by C.C Hunter