Forever

Sam has always loved Grace. As a wolf, he watched her from afar. As a boy, he held her in his arms.

Now facing the possibility of a life without her, he will do anything to keep her safe. Even if it means facing his demons. Even if it risks everything he has.

Anything, as long as their love can survive…

In the final book of The Wolves of Mercy Fall Series all the characters are fighting for themselves as well as the wolves survival.

Cole is realising that what he needs is purpose in his life. That being a wolf doesn’t take away his problems but becoming one has put him back on a better path a again.

Isabel is about to learn that maybe she they way other people see her might be right. That is possible about time to let someone in and that life in Mercy Falls hasn’t been as bad as she made it out to be.

Grace wants to be with Sam but she doesn’t want to lose her parents either. Her life plans have been put on hold but she isn’t afraid to still dream about her future.

But Sam has the toughest time at all though. He is missing the person who looked after him and afraid of not being able to take on the responsibility he has been left with. He doesn’t want to loose Grace but he isn’t sure about Cole and his experiments. And he is about to question everything he though about his hero.

And on top of all of that they wolves are at risk of being wiped out but Isabel’s dad.

Like the rest of the books in this series this book was an easy read and I have to say that I agree with the comment that it’s the best book to curl up with. Although it is not one of my favourite books as it the writing didn’t keep you turning pages it was a good book. All of the character’s had an important part to play in the overall story but they also learnt important things about themselves that could just save them. Although I wasn’t sure at first I have enjoyed this series and I am glad I have read them. I think the would make a good holiday read so if you have a break coming up add it to your to-read list for then and relax and enjoy the story.

Beautiful Darkness

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan’s eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there’s no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town’s tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly criss-crossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

There is something about what happened to Ethan last summer that he can’t quite remember. More importantly however Lena seems to be growing away from him and nothing he does seems to be making any difference. But when everything goes totally pair shaped for him he knows that no matter what he loves Lena and he will do anything to get her back.

He doesn’t quite realise just exactly how much he is letting himself in for. He is about to meet more dangerous creatures from the Caster world, learn that the people he knows not just know much more about his secret life than he thought but are linked to and that maybe there is more to his life than being an average kid from Gatlin.

It isn’t just his life however that is about to change forever.

The reason I enjoy these books is because I find them very easy to read. I don’t like books where the language is too complicated and this doesn’t have that. Another good thing about it was although there was almost a point where the typical love triangle or teen fiction that has become common could have appeared it didn’t. I feel it is something that comes up in too many books now and I was glad it didn’t happen in this one.

As for the actual plot of this book there was a lot going on. He was trying to find Lena and work out what was going on with her but he was also learning about himself and more about the caster world too. I think some people may find it has a little too much at once but I didn’t mind it too much. The over all aim of the series was still there and it is more that which interests me.

I think my favourite bit was the ending though. I like that there was a little bit of normality after the paranormal world of the tunnels. I also found it almost a little comical with some of the events. The set up for book three was also very subtly introduced and I am interested to see how things work out for all the characters more that just with Lena and her mother.

 

Linger

Grace and Sam must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping dangerous secrets. For Sam, it means grappling with his werewolf past …and figuring out a way to survive the future.

But just when they manage to find happiness, Grace finds herself changing in ways she could never have expected…

Just when you think everything is sorted for Sam and Grace it is all about to go horribly wrong. Sam is now in charge of all the wolves but it is a task he isn’t quite up for yet and he has particular difficulty getting on with new wolf Cole.

Cole wants to be a wolf, something Sam just can’t get his head around. He wants to escape his old life and has brought his friend along for the ride. Yet again however, for Cole things can’t work out as planned either. He can’t keep running away from his life and he is about to be a bad friend once again.

Isabelle however is a good friend and when Grace starts complaining of not feeling well she gets onto researching straight away.

Grace on the other hand is trying to ignore that she knows something is really wrong. She is about to be at war with her parents to make matter worse and she can’t hide from what is happening much longer.

Together however they might be able to save her.

Having blogged last week that I haven’t finished this series I decided to pick up book two again. It took me a little while to get into it but once I got started the book got better as it went along.  I felt a little bit that the idea something was going to change in their lives was brought up to early for when the action actually happened but it was interesting to read and I did get into it. I think now I have read book two I will read the third one as I want to know what happens and the ending of this book was too much of a cliffhanger to leave the series there.

 

Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

There were no surprises in Gatlin County.
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.

At least, that’s what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

Ethan’s dreams are very really. When he wakes up in the morning he is often left with physical evidence of his nightmare including mud on his fingernails. When the girl in his dreams turns up in his town he can’t quite believe it. Being with her however isn’t going to be easy. In the small town of Galin they don’t like new comers and with her weird appearance and the fact she is the niece of the town lock-in they really don’t like Lena.

Things go from bad to worse when there is an incident at school. Ethan however just can’t stay away. Going after Lena their connection grows but Ethan still has a lot to learn about Lena and her family. He is about to learn that being together isn’t just a problem from the town, Lena is cursed and counting down the days till she turns 16. Is there anything they can do to prevent loosing on another?

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book, I usually stay away from books about ‘magic’ (apart from Harry Potter of course). Having now finished the book I actually quite enjoyed it. There are a lot of paranormal romances going about just now and I feel this one doesn’t follow the pattern that occurs in many of the others. It is easy to sympathise with Ethan as his life isn’t easy and he is living in a town where nothing is a secret. I also felt bad for Lena and there was part of me that wanted her to be able to shake the rest of the town into being more welcoming. This was a good book and I enjoyed reading a new take on a popular genre.

Warm Bodies

A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Warm bodies is the story of ‘R’ a zombie in a time where there is a plague causing the dead to be ‘un-dead’. Whilst going feeding R kills and eats the brain of a man. However this one will change him forever. As he eats the brain he see’s the memories of the man but unlike normal he manages to retain them. As a result he saves the women this man loved. Taking her back to the airport the un-dead have colonised he tried to keep her safe. However Julie makes R realise she needs to be able to go back home and he reluctantly agree’s.

R however feels like he has changed. He starts being able to hear the man’s thoughts still and even starts having dreams of his own. He goes back to find Julie and learns about her world, including her troubled past. However they both realise things can’t go on the way they are and with him no longer being the only un-dead that is changing a revolution is started.

I have to say I was disappointed by this book. It sounded like a unique take on this paranormal romance genre that has become popular, and although it was different it was missing the gripping factor. The characters in the book didn’t appeal to me and the plot seemed to be lacking. Although there were some interesting points brought up in the book about how we have the ability to ruin our own world and the power of love in making us feel human I just felt like the book could be doing with a bit more suspense and pace.

Rapture

The sky is dark with wings . . . .

Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again.

Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen.

For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters.

In the fight for Luce, who will win?

In the final book of the Fallen series all our questions are answered. Reunited with Daniel Luce and all the angels must continue to work together to not only try and save history but also help Luce remember her past. To do that they need to get to the place where all the angels fell but first the need to work out where that place was. Splitting up there are 3 things the need to find to allow them to find the answer. Luce and Daniel go to Venice to find the first one but are met with challenges from both other immortals and the land.

They soon learn that their friends have also not had an easy time and as the time ticks on they have to go and help. With the help of one of the things the needed in particular they are able to complete there task of finding where they need to go. Most importantly though Luce is given the gift of waking up to her past. Knowledge that empowers hers to change the course of history and her and Daniel’s destinies.

I enjoyed the last book of the series although I think the third is still my favourite. I feel this one has a nice balance of all the thing I had enjoyed in the other books with they story unfolding through trips into different cultures and gently unveiling the knowledge of Luce’s past. By the end of the book I had worked out what was going to come but I still enjoyed reading it and the conclusion was how I think most people who read the series will want it to end.

Passion

Luce would die for Daniel.

And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way….

Luce is certain that something – or someone – in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of thislifetime…going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel…and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history. Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames…forever.

The third book in the Fallen series is my favourite (so far). Luce has stepped through an announcer and is now travelling further and further into history hoping to learn about her life. She wants so see that her love is not just about a curse but is something true as well as finally discover all the things no one else seems to be able to tell her. With the help of a Scale she learns how the announcers are part of her and if she desires a lesson it can send her to the write place.

As she travels we begin to see the many different lives she has been a part of and the challenged she and Daniel have had to face over and over again to be together for even the briefest of moments. Everyone is trying to find Luce without luck. Particularly Daniel who just seems to miss her every time till he eventually realises he needs to think a head of her. Both however are about to be met by a shock that could change not just everything they have been through but the whole of time.

This book is interesting because we are getting glimpses of different parts of history. Each chapter is a new time a new beautiful love story, both really interesting to read about. We also finally get to the bottom of the curse and a better understanding of Cam and Daniel’s relationship. I can’t really understand why this is my favourite of the series but I think it is because it is so different to anything else I have read and was an interesting way to get all the important history of the story we need for is to be concluded.

Torment

Hell on earth.

That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.

It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts – immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something – something dangerous.

What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

Book two in the Fallen series see’s Luce question what she believed to be an unconditional and eternal love. Having just found each other again Daniel has taken Luce to a new school where he is left her for 18 days, although he hasn’t told her that. There Luce finds herself with a new room mate that seems to have a strange dislike for her and the attention of people who see her as a famous figure. Frustrated that Daniel refuses to tell her anything she ignores his warnings and leaves campus on more than one occasion. She also begins to get involved in the dangerous act of glimpsing announcers and with the help of her new friend Miles and room mate Shelby, when she realises she likes Luce, risk even going through one.

However even though Daniel breaks his promise not to visit ever time he comes all they do is fight and Luce finds herself beginning to have feelings for Miles. She feels guilty but her anger for Daniel only confuses everything more. As well as her relationship with Daniel she is also miserable about not being able to go home for thanksgiving to see her parents and best friend Callie. However with the help of Mr Cole from her old school she finds herself being taken home for what will become her most unforgettable thanksgiving ever.

I really feel for Luce in this book. I understand that Daniel is only trying to protect her but maybe because it is well written or just because she is a modern girl it frustrates me too that he wont tell her what is going on. Even just the simple things like why he can’t see her and for how long. I also liked that she begins to question what has been accepted as an unconditional love as it makes the book not just a story about love but about a girl fighting to discover who she is and about the history of angels.

Fallen

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

When Luce gets sent to a reform school after a tragic accident she is hoping for a fresh start. No longer considered the most dangerous of her classmate she tries to forget what has happened in her past and although after a typical disastrous first day she does settle and make a couple of friends. However she also has a strange interaction with a rather good looking male at the school and she can’t help feeling there is more to it.

Over time Luce starts to feel a strong connection towards him and with her new friend Penn starts to try and find out more about him. However she is also becoming a bit more than friends with other classmate Sam and things between the two boys become heated on several occasions. However the boys and quite a few of the other members of the school have a secret and after some searching Luce comes to learn of the bizarre world she is destined to be a part of. She is partly relieved of this fact as is gives some explanation to the shadows that plague her life but it is also about to threaten her life and change it forever.

Although I enjoy this book it has a very similar development and idea to Stephanie Meyers Twilight. It is about a strange girl at a new school that has a strange infatuation to a good looking boy. They experience an accident together where he saves her life and then continues to try and convince her she he is bad for her. However she soon works out his secret and it ends with a battle. It was also pointed out to me that if you have any knowledge of angels you may work out his secret very early on from Daniel’s name. However despite these things I still enjoy this book. It is not a difficult read,the characters are easy to like and the writing carries you easily through the story.