Goddess Interrupted By: Aimee Carter

     Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she’ll have to fight for it.Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.

As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.

Henry’s first wife, Persephone.

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Goddess Interrupted is about Kate Winters who has won immortality and has come back to the manor to become the Queen of the Underworld. But at the coronation evil strikes and shes literally a goddess interrupted.

In the second book of The Goddess Test trilogy, Goddess Interrupted  you see a lot of character development. You see a lot of Henry’s (Hades) feelings and you learn more of what he had to go through with Persephone. For some reason I felt that Henry (Hades) or Kate or however makes his life such a sob story should stop because she, Persephone, was only one part of his life. I still love Henry it’s just… that can’t be the only thing that comes to mind when he thinks of his very long life filled with dark endeavors  Kate wasn’t as annoying as she was in the last book, although I hated how she kept hating on Persephone  I understand why Kate’s a little jealous but in the end shes your sister and you haven’t seen it from her point of view. I also felt that Kate was a bit needy because she just wants all of Henry’s attention despite the fast approaching war. I actually liked Persephone because although she may have been a little selfish all she wanted was to make her own choices in life and be happy being with a person she actually loves. I understood that because I think everyone deserves their own options and choices. I also liked her feeling about Henry (Hades) because she always loved him but not in the way that he wanted. She always loved him in a friendship/sibling kind of way. She actually tries to show him that she doesn’t love him, that the person he thought he loved is a person that’s not her, and that he’s actually in love with Kate. I really disliked Calliope (Hera) in this book because shes going against her brothers and sisters and all her family members for revenge on Walter (Zeus) for cheating on her, Kate for being the object of Henry(Hades) eyes, and Henry for not loving her. I, for some reason found that stupid because she already acted revenge on Zeus by always hating and torturing his children and she killed Kate, the only problem in that is that she came back to life. Ava (Aphrodite) was just plain weird this time around because she betrayed Kate when in reality she should be thanking Ava because Kate saved her ass like three times.

This book for me wasn’t that great but was better than the Goddess Test. I hated how there weren’t any sword fights! I read the Goddess Test and the Goddess Interrupted because I thought there was going to be some epic battle scenes and she was going to learn how to fight. But no one taught her how to fight and when all the council members go to the battle you don’t see them fight either, you just see them come back bloodied, bruised, and battered. What do they do on the battle field? seriously, what do they do? I still hate their names and with a passion, too. The council members names don’t match up to their godly names and that pisses me off because I can never remember who their talking about. I wish the author put her thought process in the back of the book so I would under stand why Ares name is Dylan and why everyone else’s name is messed up. Kate couldn’t mesmerized fourteen gods and goddesses, while I mesmerized them and WAY more when I was like ten, so I call that a massive fail. I loved Ingrid, she was a great side character and frankly my favorite character of them all.  She was the only thing that made this book make sense and she always knew what to say. The ending to me is a fail because it makes me think of Breaking Dawn and that just pisses me off.

Overall, this book was OK and didn’t rank high with me but was better than the first book. I hope that in the third and last book, The Goddess Inheritance, it won’t be creepy because of the twist ending in The Goddess Interrupted and that she can keep the offspring, Henry(Hades) and immortality. I also hope the author with put more parts with Ingrid in it and make the ending worth waiting for.

-Michelle

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Hereafter By: Tara Hudson

Can there truly be love after death?
     Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead. With no recollection of her past life–or her actual death–she’s trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but “will” him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.
Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, “Hereafter” is a sensation you won’t want to miss.

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Amelia is a ghost who barely knows anything about herself. She saves Joshua from drowning at the very river she died at. Somehow, Joshua can see Amelia and with that, he tries to help Amelia find more about her life. As Amelia and Joshua grow closer, a man named Eli tries to keep Amelia away from Joshua.

Hereafter has been in my to read list in a very long time, when I finally bought it I was really exited. But, this book was just about 95% too predictable for me. I saw everything coming a mile away. I’ve been looking for that one book perfect enough to get to my favorites shelf, but I’m sorry to say that the book isn’t this one. I had so many issues with this book, but the things that ticked me off the most was the heroine and, as I said before, the too predictable story line.

First off, Amelia is just so lost and makes the stupidest decisions without Joshua. She had her shining moments, but if you’re looking for a book with a self-dependant heroine, it’s not this one. I also think that I could enjoy the world of the ghost’s more. Amelia spends most of her time in the human world with Joshua that I barely get to know Hereafter. I also think that the lack of characters made this book uninteresting for me. I mean, I can literally count the characters in this book with my two hands. That’s how you know you need to expand on the characters Amelia meets.

If you guys don’t already know, I just hate those books that are just so predictable. Who doesn’t? I mean, we all love books that keep us at the edge of our seats, biting our nails keeping us wondering what’s going to happen next. This book is not it. I’m not sure if I’ve been reading too much (very unlikely), or the book just that predictable. I know that I’m probably being repetitive now, but that’s exactly how the book was for me.

The romantic aspect of the book wasn’t all that bad, but at also didn’t “wow” me. There was one thing I liked about the book. Eli. Yep. I know people would probably go against me right now because he’s basically the bad guy and try to tell me that Joshua is a much better choice, but honestly? He was the one thing that kept me interested in the book. I’m not sure why, but I found myself looking forward to the parts he came. Maybe because he;s just so creepy sometimes, and it being a ghost book I expected more ‘creepy’.

Overall, this book was just… disappointing… But I honestly would like the read the next book Arise just because I want to know more about what will happen. The ending wasn’t that bad and I really want to find out more about Hereafter and the new characters introduced towards the ending of the book.

-Caryl

Books Turned to Movies!

Yeah! That’s right! We’re finally doing this. As you can probably all tell from the title, we’re going to take this time and fangirl about all of the upcoming book turned movies! C’mon, you all know what i’m talking about. So, let’s look some trailers!

First off, I’m just going to start with Stephenie Meyer’s The Host!

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.

When Melanie, one of the few remaining “wild” humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Wanderer probes Melanie’s thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer’s mind with visions of the man Melanie loves – Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.

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I honestly cannot wait to watch this movie. The trailer just looks soooo good! I’ve heard really disappointing things about the book and how its too slow, and I plan to read it before it comes out (hopefully). I just hope that the book prove everybody wrong by being as good and exciting as this trailer! Maybe even better!

The Host comes out on March 29, 2013. Click HERE for more information.

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Time for the second trailer!

A book called Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.

R is a young man with an existential crisis–he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams.

After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend. Julie is a blast of color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that surrounds R. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world.

Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead and the blurry line in between.

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When I saw the trailer to this while I was watching Breaking Dawn part 2, I just laughed my butt off! Seriously, I thought the movie would be amazing, then I found out it was based on a book, I fangirled and decided on the spot that I would buy it the moment I see it. A romance between a zombie and a human. Who saw that coming? But seriously guys, it sounds really good, so check it out!

Warm Bodies comes out on February 1, 2013. Click HERE for more information.

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I’m also really excited for the Beautiful Creatures movie by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

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.
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I’m so excited for the movie to come out. Personally, I loved the book. It was written in Ethan’s point of view and finding out his feelings and just knowing what he thinks about Lena is just really intriguing to read. I think it’s the fact that it’s written in the P.O.V. of the guy instead of the usual girl’s that makes it really interesting and so much more romantic. I can’t wait!

Beautiful Creatures comes out on February 13, 2013. Click HERE for more information.

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Last but most certainly NOT LEAST. Who would dare ever forget The Mortal Instruments Trailer City of Bones?

I know, I know. I’m pretty late? Yes, I know that. But in my defense, I’ve wanted to post this the moment I laid eyes on the trailer, but… well…. okay, there’s no excuse for lazy-ness so I’m sorry. But, I am proud to present the City of Bones Trailer! (WOOT WOOOT WOOT WOOT!) …..( Guess you all know which one I’m looking forward to the most….)

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

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Okay, Who is not excited for this movie? (eheemmm nobody ehemm, eheemmm…) As I was saying, who is not exited? I mean, The Mortal Instruments Series is one of the biggest fandoms we have. And as you probably all know ( from the WAY more pictures I posted for this movie) I love this friggin book. Not just love, more of obsessed. I mean, when Cassandra Clare came to Toronto for a book signing, I woke up at 6 o’clock and waited nearly seven hours to meet the great Cassandra Clare, and can I just say, she was awesomer than expected!

Most people are probably hating on the movie because ceratin characters (ehemm JACE and CLARY ehemmm….) aren’t at all who you hoped they would be or isn’t eh epitome of your ideals, but honestly? Who cares? when the movie comes out amd we see how amazing it turns out we’ll realize that they did an amazing job and we’ll all probably just love them. I know I was confused when they chose the cast for the Hunger Games but then I realized they were perfect for the roles. So let’s just all trust Cassie and believe that she knows what she’s doing! ( And let’s admit it, they’re all frickin hot and Jace has a frickin accent!)

If you all don’t already know, this series is one of my favorite series and I’ve only ever considered 2 other series to be in the same league as this. I’ve been reading the books and waiting for it to be published one by one and now, its turned into a movie! So forgive me for being too fangirly about it, but THIS SERIES IS FRICKIN AMAZING and you all need to read it now!

The Mortal Instruments City of Bones comes out on August 23, 2013. Click HERE for more details.

That is all. Goodbye my beautiful viewers! And I hope you enjoyed my (huge) fangirl moment! Ciao! 😀

-Caryl

Daughter of Smoke and Bone By: Liani Taylor

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

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     Daughter of Smoke and Bone is about Karou, who was raised my monsters called chimeras. Karou has always felt like a little piece of her is missing and has always asked herself, “what” is she. Then she meets a serph, and angel, named Akiva and everything unravels.
     Daughter of Smoke and Bone was great because of the mystery behind every character. Even the main character had a mysterious background untill the end of the book. The main characters in the book were Karou, Akiva and Madrigal. Karou was awesome because she was fearless, she’s a bit of a mystery, and her description was awesome. she had lapis lazuli, gem stone like, blue hair and black eyes. Oh yeah, she can draw and draw beautifully at that! I imagined her drawings quite beautiful but with a deep rendering darkness behind it. Akiva was a cool character because all he wanted was peace but it went awry, sadly twice, once with Madrigal and once with Karou. Madrigal was awesome like Karou (for people who read this: hehehe, did you get the joke) only she fights in wars, which I highly respect and think is awesome, she’s a little assistant to Brimstone, and all she wanted was hope. I like how Madrigal didn’t care about appearances and has compassion.
     I liked the book because of the flashback-inception. three quarters through the book and it was a flask back of her having a flash back. it was pretty freaking awesome on how the author did that without me getting completely confused. Also, I’ve never read a book like that. I like how every few chapters there would be a gap and then it would say, Once upon a time,……. I really liked that because it made me feel like I was reading a faery tale, almost. Oh My Gosh! There was a masquerade! Any book with a masquerade has my vote and heart. I loved when they were at the masquerade and Akiva, he’s an angel so he wasn’t aloud to go, kept changing masks with drunkards! I found that hilarious because no one found out he was there and also, when those drunkards woke up with a hangover they were probably really confused because of the changing of their masks. I really liked the setting because it was unique and I haven’t read a book (City of Lost Souls doesn’t count) with the story taking place in the Czech Republic. I thought it was cool that she knows certain things because of certain wishes and presents, like for example she knows eleven different languages, accents, and has blue hair, because of the outcome of presents/wishes. Also, this book wasn’t predictable and that’s worth an award because sometimes you read a book and you already now everything that happened  I didn’t see the reason for the teeth coming. I thought it was because it converts to magic or wishes or something. But it’s actually for something even more awesome, resurrection  I, also didn’t see the missing piece of Karou coming, I only guessed half of it. The book made me think of how life is about love, hope for a better future, and how little things can change a persons life. Akiva made me think that because of what Madrigal did for him, on the battle field of Bullfinch, and how that effected him for the better good. I know that just went real deep but if there’s anything I learned from this book it’s that.
     Overall, the book was amazing! There was angels, masquerades, flashback-inception, firsts, and deep thoughts that come from the heart. I hope that in the next book we see more flash backs to when Madrigal was around and that Akiva and Karou settle their problems.
-Michelle

Desires of the Dead By: Kimberly Derting

     Violet can sense the echoes of those who’ve been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.

As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she’d turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike’s tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.

Violet is not completely normal girl, and she knows that herself. She can see ‘echoes’ on the murdered and the same echo on the murderer. Violet just can’t help and be attracted to the murdered. One day she makes the mistake of finding an echo and reporting it. Next thing she knows the FBI is calling her house and a girl named Sara Priest along with a boy… a totally hot boy…. named Rafe is asking her all kinds of questions.   This book is just great in so many ways. Sure, it wasn’t as creepy and exciting as its previous book, The Body Finder, but I think it still has its own merits. First off, I thought the plot was great. It kept me in an emotional roller coaster. I remember accusing everybody to be the the killer, because let’s admit it; who saw the ending for The Body Finder coming? The beginning of the book kept me guessing, but as soon as I passed the mid-point of the book, everything just became so predictable. I find that there could have been more mystery ans suspense in the book instead of teenage drama. Finally, lets talk about the romance aspect of the book! Jay and Violet are finally a couple! That was one thing that I anticipated the most. Jay is just…. to put it in one word sweet, and I loved everything about him from the previous book onto this one. But Violet in the other hand, well, let’s just say that it’s bad news. I found that Violet was very moody and unnecessarily insecure and jealous . She did so many things that I would have done differently or not at all.

Other characters were introduced into the book. The new kids in school Mike an Megan and the FBI Sara Priest and Rafe. If I would have to chose which one my favorite character is, it would be hands down Rafe. I am not going to lie, he’s kind of awkward at times, but he’s just so full of mystery and the way he acts is so intriguing. I want to say so much more, but I know I’ll just end up spoiling the whole thing. So I’ll just say that I would not be that disappointed it a tiny tiny love triangle forms in the next book. I’ll leave it at that! Overall, I really liked the new character. Specially Mike.

This book had a good beginning, a predictable body but did not fail to give me the ending I wanted. I loved the first book of the series and this one was great as well. I hope to see more Rafe and Violet…  mostly Rafe…in the future!

-Caryl

Apocalypse Tour 2012

Its 2012 and the world is going to end in less than a month! Better get rid of that TBR pile of yours!

On Saturday November 17, my co-blogger and I went to the Brampton Chapters to meet some amazing ladies! Yep, that’s right, we got to meet authors Leah Bobet, Megan Crewe, Lesley Livingston, Maureen McGowan, and last but not least Cheryl Rainfield!

Everything about this signing was simply amazing! Chapters wasn’t that crowded so we got to meet these amazing authors in bliss. All I could wish for in addition to that amazing afternoon was that Courtney Summers, author of This is not a Test, to be there with us. But unfortunately, she couldn’t make the venue.

What is the Apocalypse tour?

Well to put it simply, these amazing authors all wrote about the end of the world and they figured; the world’s going to end in December, let;s have a tour! And i am so amazingly happy that they did!

These authors talked about themselves, their books and their reasons for why they wrote these books. After the Question- and- Answer part of the meeting, there was the signing! Not to mention awesome Giveaways and free book swags!

I had an incredible time at the signing, and if you missed this one and the ones before, DON’T WORRY, they’re having one last signing. Their final venue is the Chapters in Barrie. Click HERE for more details!

That is it! I had a great time telling you all a bit about the event! Have a great day! 😀

-Caryl

The Lost Prince By: Julie Kagawa

   

    Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can     see Them.   

     That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

The Lost Prince is the first book in the Iron Fey Call of the Forgotten series, which happens to be a spin-off of the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. The Lost Prince is about Ethan trying to find his half-phouka friend, Todd, who got kiddnapped by a new strange type of fey called the forgotten. The Lost prince was filled with nostalgia, awesome adventures in the NeverNever, the fey, and of course Kierran.

I loved the book because of those awesome moments were you actually see Meghan, Ash or Puck. Although I hated how we only see Meghan once,and Ash and Puck twice. I know that the book isn’t about them, it’s about Ethan and Kierran, but I just really miss them. Meghan, Ash and Puck were just so freaking awesome and were amazing as a team. But enough with the old Characters, lets talk about the new. Well the new characters are Ethan (He’s in the Iron Fey series but he was only a kid so he still counts as new), Kierran and Kenzie.

Ethan’s an interesting character because through out the book you see how badly the fey had affected him growing up. He’s so much like his sister when it comes to how much courage he has and how he felt being the leader. To be honest I really liked everything about him except his thoughts on Meghan leaving to be the Iron Queen and Ash in general. I can’t blame him for Ash because of his point of view, I mean Ash took his sister away from him so I can see where he’s coming from. But when it comes to Meghan abandoning him I just don’t feel the same way that he feels. I thought he would blame himself because if he hadn’t been kidnapped this wouldn’t have happened and she has to stay away from her family just like she said in the letter because she’s afraid that her enemies might get to them.

Kenzie is the next main character on the list. She is the love interest of Ethan. I like her; she was open to new ideas, she made a good reporter, she was so kind, and she was great with quick thinking. I liked the twist of surprise near the end when u learn of her health. I really didn’t expect it and I like how it tied in with how everyone treats her and also how she acts.

The last main character on the list (but not at all the least) is Kierran. Kierran is Meghan and Ash’s child. Isn’t that so freaking awesome! He was such a good character because he moved like Ash but he saw things like Meghan, he looked like Meghan but he looked like Ash when it came to his jaw, his stance, the way he fought, and of course, his muscle. Damn, I imagined him so hot! I looked him a lot but I disliked his love interest because she was a summer faery who doesn’t do much. I imagined him with a winter faery, who fights like a bad-ass and is crazily beautiful. Another thing was how he acted in the end. I don’t know what to make of it because it was kind of confusing. It also doesn’t help that the next book is called the Traitor Son.

Overall, it was pretty good and I liked how it didn’t completely mimic the original series and novellas.

4/5

Maybe if Kierran had a bad-ass girlfriend and not a damsel in distress and Ethan wasn’t a jackass to Meghan it would have gotten full marks.

        -Review by: Michelle