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!

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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.

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