Review--Angel Fever by L.A. Weatherly

As half-angel Willow strives to save the world from her parasitic otherworldly kin, romance and tension heat up to a climactic finale.

In the devastated remains of the world, millions of people live in "refugee" camps provided by the angels who have all but enslaved humanity. As this angelic stranglehold tightens, Willow and Alex are recruiting and training new Angel Killers while struggling to hold ground on the celestial battlefield. But Willow continues to have feelings for Seb, and her love and resolve are tested as a shattering revelation sends Alex on a separate journey. Now that the final battle versus the angels is about to begin-and the fate of the world hangs in the balance-each of them must face the consequences of their own choices. Will love endure? Will the human race survive?




L.A. Weatherly brings her Angel series to a close with Angel Fever. It took me awhile to finally get around to reading it but I am so glad I did! It was as amazing as its predecessors! The same heart-racing feelings I had in the prior books continued to possess me in this one!

Many months have gone by since we last saw our heroes. Alex, Willow and Seb are now helping to train other AKs in a secret bunkhouse type place. They are more determined than ever to put an end to the angels' reign. And as they work to build a plan, things go horribly wrong before they can even start!

I will admit I struggled a bit in the beginning as I tried to hopelessly recall what happened last time as I read Angel Fire in July last year (yes, I had to look that tidbit up!). But it wasn't long before I was immersed within the story and all was well again! For me at least, trying to remember previous books can be sooo hard sometimes! Totally get why some people wait until all books are released until starting a series now!

I was surprised by how soon it seems that Alex and Willow were separated. And the amount of time that goes by, first we get a bit of what's going on right after Angel Fire, then 10 months past and after a couple of chapters we're nearly a year ahead in time! And yet, all the while, you never feel like you're missing out on things, it's only little details that are going on around Willow and her friends. It's hard to remember that nearly two years have passed once we reach the epic showdown at the end!

I gotta admit, that as weird as the romance started between Willow and Alex, I have grown to love it! He had kidnapped her, sort of, in the first book. So they're falling in love seemed odd. Especially with how cold Alex acted. But yet, I could totally understand why they fall in love. It was bound to happen anyway.

And Seb was there again! Seb was definitely a character that surprised me when we first met him. I didn't like how he was somehow coming between Alex and Willow, but yet, I did grow to like him. And I was quite happy with how he turned out in the end!

Willow is a fun character as well. Although, after the halfway mark, at some point I just couldn't understand her choices and behavior. On some level I did get it, but on the deeper comprehension I was totally lost. So yeah, I was disliking her a bit for awhile too. But as I've said before that just proves quality writing where you can love a character and hate her at the same time!

Needless to say, there was one helluva battle at the end! And it was awesome! As you know, this is told through multiple points of view. So we know what Alex, Willow, Seb and even Raziel are thinking and feeling at any point. And getting all their perspectives during the battle was awesome! It was the kind of action I like to see in a book when the timing is right of course! And boy was it right for this one! 

The series ending was splendid! After all our characters have been fighting for, I was glad to see things turn out the way they did! It was an amazing trilogy over all and I am happy to have read it! I look forward to more from this author should she decide to give us readers more!


Overall Rating 4/5 stars




Waiting on Wednesday

I hate waiting...
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.

Following the cliffhanger ending of Phoenix, Natalie finds herself separated from Ash and unexpectedly reunited with her parents, including the father she thought was dead. But she can only think of Ash. She hasn't heard a word of him since she and Elijah were brought to the underground headquarters of the Sentry Rebellion. But she vows to find him.

Ash, meanwhile is back in Black City; it's the perfect place to hide from the Sentry government. But not for long. He won't give up on Natalie or bringing an end to the terrible reign of Purian Rose.

A pulse-racing end to an exciting series.






OOOOOMG! I soooo need to read this one asap!! My blogging friend loaned me her ARC when she first got it and I am dying to find out how this series wraps up!! It was a killer cliffhanger too!


TITLE: Wings
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Richards

PUBLISHER: Putnam Juvenile
GENRE: Paranormal/Dystopian YA
RELEASE DATE: June 12, 2014




 

Review--Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?


I wasn't expecting for Don't Look Back to become a one-day read, but there was no way I couldn't not finish it yesterday! Jennifer L. Armentrout is freaking amazing!! She does it all, YA, NA, Adult...contemporary, paranormal and now mystery suspense! This woman is truly genius!! Don't Look Back was a very promising read and despite it being contemporary, I was deeply intrigued by the mystery! And oh wow, was that mystery part good! 

Sam was your typical mean girl, an all-around bitch, but then something happened. She and her best friend, Cassie, went missing and only Sam turned up. And she has no idea who she is. Granted she has some basic memory skills, such as the year and remedial things like talking and what not. But as to her identity, there's nothing.

The characters to this story were awesome! Scott, Sam's twin brother was awesome. He's a nice guy and takes Sam's new personality in stride. Carson was another interesting surprise. I totally fell for him early on. The way he warmed back up to Sam was endearing. As for Sam's friends and boyfriend, I have the complete opposite feelings. They are the picture of mean girls and jerky boyfriend.

Sam's memory is basically lost and it has to be rebuilt. And all the while, Cassie's murder is still a mystery. Sam struggles to remember what happened to her in the days she was gone. She does get bits and pieces of memory back. It happens in flashes and dreams. Creepy yet, are the notes she's getting that leave her clues or warnings of some kind and she thinks they are linked to Cassie's death. 

I am struggling to write this review without getting too lengthy or reveal too much, but it's soooo hard when the book was soooo good! I wasn't expecting this thrilling of a mystery when I decided to pick it up. And the bits of Sam's dreams and her seeing things is almost supernatural in a way. Is it Cassie's ghost haunting her? I didn't know and I was desperate to find out. And as I said, I wasn't expecting our who-done-it murderer. It came as a complete shock! And the details behind it all even more shocking! But I loved it! I love when I can be taken by surprise so well!

And don't think this is all mystery, there's some romance going on too! For Sam and Carson grow closer for a second time. I loved it! It was a sweet build up too, nothing insta about it! And Sam's character development was also enjoyable. To see the once cruel mean girl turn into a different person was remarkable. I enjoyed that part as well!

Don't Look Back  is yet another addition to the fabulous Jennifer L. Armentrout's compendium of novels! She is a truly remarkable author and I cannot wait to read what else she cooks up! 


Overall Rating 5/5 stars


 

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

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Here are the rules:  
1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page      
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE      
4. Name the title, author, etc.


"In the car the following morning I turned to Scott and asked probably one of the strangest questions I could ever ask my brother. 'Can you take me dress shopping?'" p 285















TITLE: Don't Look Back
AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout

PUBLISHER: Disney-Hyperion
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense YA
RELEASE DATE: April 15, 2014







Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.



My Topic this Week is: Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren't Books) That I'd Like To Own


*in no particular order

1. Page from Peter Pan and Wendy with characters on it--saw this on Etsy and just thought it was soo cool!
2. Literary Scarf--many of you had these last week and I've had my eye on this one for awhile now. Still don't own it...yet!
3. Handbook for the Recently Deceased JOURNAL--another Etsy item where you can get this blank journal with the iconic cover!


4. More bookmarks--can never have too many! Like this one and I need to buy it still!
5. A library that matches Belle's--all that bookshelf space! Could easily fill a wall space with my current books!
6. Bookshelves that match that shape of your room from floor to ceiling--a little more doable since I don't have a castle of Belle's size!


7. This awesome reading nook--it's a bookshelf and a spot to read!!
8. Posters that are the book--seen these around and I do have a soft spot for Alice in Wonderland!
9. More Bookish t-shirts--can't have enough of those either!


10. More Bookish Jewelry--like one of the Iron Fey pieces from Hebel Design! Already have a good amount of book related jewelry, esp from HD, but I don't own any Iron Fey yet! YET! ;)






It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.

Last Week I Read:

Reborn by C.C. Hunter (ARC)--Review to come at a later date
Tiger's Promise by Colleen Houck (ARC)--Review to come at a later date
The Taken by Vicki Pettersson (3.5 stars)
The Lost by Vicki Pettersson (4 stars)


About to Start Reading:

Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout


What I Plan to Read this Week:

Angel Fever by L.A. Weatherly


Other Posts of Interest:







Stacking the Shelves

This weekly meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Stacking The Shelves is all about the books we are adding to our shelves each week, sharing with you our excitement for our newest titles and maybe have you discover a new book in the process!



Had another decent week! There was a mishap with one of my Amazon orders, apparently they don't update orders used with old credit cards and use the new ones that are already attached to your account. But the issue was resolved and I got one of the two books I had ordered. And THANKFULLY the other should arrive this week instead of in May!

 Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz*
Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz


*LOVED Cara's The Dark World, so I decided to go back and read her first two books and had to buy them in order to do so!



And that was my week! Pretty tame after the last two! What did you get?





HAPPY EASTER!!

Hope everyone celebrating today, has a fantastic Easter! And if not, hope you have a fantastic day!


I looove this picture! I think I use it every year for Easter!!




Top 5 Sundays

Top 5 Sundays is a weekly blog meme created by Larissa at Larissa's Bookish Life.

Every Sunday I will post a TOP 5 list on the blog. It can be about anything and every week I'll have a new theme {You can vote on next week’s theme on my left sidebar!} and I will ad the Mr.Linky bellow the post so you can do a list with the theme and add you link to it.


Rules:

1 - Write a post listing your TOP 5 choices within the theme I chose (or was chosen on a poll) for the week.

2 - Mention this Blog on the post and link back to it.

3 - Feel free to use the Feature's image (there is a smaller size version of it bellow)

4 - After you've finished your post, add you link (of the post, not your blog's main page) to the Mr.Linky at the end of that week's post.
5 – If you don’t have a blog to post, just leave your list in the comments =)


This week's topic is: FAVORITE COVER STYLES


*in no particular order

How I went with this topic was basically picking covers from favorite series where I LOVED the cover art. I did my best to explain why I loved the cover art, what elements and all that caused me to fall in love!


THE HOLLOWS SERIES
by Kim Harrison

Kim's cover styles have always been awesome! It seemed as the series was building we never got to see Rachel's face. she was always seen from behind or just her leg or in the shadows. The same went with Kim's author photo too, if you noticed! Now of course we get to see Rachel in all her unhindered glory!  

Then plus I like this "style" because we get to see the heroine. And the backgrounds are always vibrant and awesome as well!


13 TO LIFE SERIES
by Shannon Delany

This should surprise no one! Unless you're new followers of course! I became in love with this series purely based on the cover! That it was about werewolves also added to it! But I am a total sucker for woodsy, night scenes and moons! I just love that combination! And the blue is just the icing on the top!


NIGHT PRINCE SERIES
by Jeaniene Frost

Normally, I don't go for the half naked guy cover. Nothing against them, they just never wowed me. Too romancey. But I guess since THIS is VLAD, well you kind of have to love it! And yeah, I do admire seeing these covers! Because Vlad just has that look in his eyes that says "yeah, just try to mess with me!"



STUDY TRILOGY (original cover art)
by Maria V. Snyder

I truly loved the look of the original first two Study books. I thought Yelena just looked awesome. It had that fantastical feel to it, without being too overwhelming with the worldbuilding. It's the right feel for a fantasy novel! Sooo looking forward to seeing what the new covers will look like! If you've been having trouble finding the first trilogy, it's because the books are out of print. They will be reissued starting December with BRAND NEW covers that will end up matching the NEW STUDY trilogy starting in March!


DARK ANGELS SERIES
by Keri Arthur

I love how the last few books of the Dark Angels series have looked! Risa has looked sooo awesome! And I love her wings. The wings are what totally sell the cover I think. They are just incredible! Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series is similar too when they show Elena's wings (when she's on the cover). Guess overall I am sucker for the angel wings!




 

Review--The Lost by Vicki Pettersson

Griffin Shaw and his wife were both murdered fifty years ago. Now a minor angel, Grif's been granted permission to solve the mystery of his own death... if he helps the Pure angels guide those souls who might otherwise be Lost.

Souls like Jeap Yang, a drug addict in his final moments of life. Grif knows that death is coming, but he cannot intervene. However, Grif's mortal lover, reporter Katherine "Kit" Craig, isn't constrained by angelic protocol. If she can stop a death, she will.

But as Kit is about to find out, there are things more traumatic and evil than murder. A strange new drug is literally eating tweakers' flesh from their bones, and Kit's crusade to get it off the streets is set to propel her and Grif into a battle with a vicious drug cartel. They'll have to scramble to stay alive, stay together, and choose their own fate... before it's chosen for them.


Vicki Pettersson's The Lost pretty much picks up where we left off, granted it is a few months later. Grif and Kit are living pretty happily together. But there's still some strain between them. Mostly because Grif has nightmares and calls out his ex-wife, Evie's name out at night. 

I guess I wasn't really made aware of what being somewhat human meant for Grif. He still has his angel powers and what not and still must help souls cross over when he's told to by his boss. But it also means he will never age. And Sarge, his boss, tries to tell Grif this and why a relationship with a completely human Kit might not be a good idea.

There was that factor and the other factoid that Kit doesn't seem to realize that Grif helps dead souls cross over. When someone is set to die, he's told and told when to help them out. But Kit believes that he should be preventing all their deaths. Help to save them and give them a second chance at life. Like he did for her. I mean I get her point and all, but sometimes, I think she is acting a little naive. I mean, people are going to die. And it's better to have a Centurion like Grif help them to their next destination, rather than left to wander earth forever.

Needless to say, this becomes an endless issue between the two. There's still romance and fire between them, which despite my misgivings on how this relationship could ever make it, was really, truly wonderful. You can tell that at the end of the day, Grif and Kit do love one another. But it still had me worried. I guess I missed the bit where Grif wasn't going to age in the first one. It's mentioned this time around at least, and it had me wondering, how will Grif and Kit make it? Even more pressing, it seems Kit has another pursuer after her heart and I wonder if maybe she'll go to him? Grif does get wrapped up in wanting to solve his and Evie's murder. Evie practically consumes him even past the grave. There are just sooo many obstacles between Grif and Kit that I am left wondering if they're meant to be together!! But then, like I said, there are those wonderfully special moments they have together and all seems right with the world! Vicki really knows how to play with my heart!

The mystery this time around gets to be pretty messy. A drug is going around that kills people in the most horrible kind of way. It's a brutal, addicting drug that pretty much kills you the moment you start it. There's no way to cut yourself off from it and you're pretty much doomed. And then there's the drug dealers who can get pretty scary. We even get the point of view from our villain. We don't know who she is--because it does get revealed quickly that it's a woman--but we know that she's dangerous and means business and has no qualms about getting rid of Kit if she proves to be a problem. I totally did not see this villainess coming!

Kit and Grif also continue to look into Grif and Evie's murder. I can totally see the series ending with the big mystery being solved. As to where that will leave our characters is anyone's guess. But a pretty shocking reveal came along regarding the case and I totally wasn't expecting it! It will definitely lead to more interesting developments next time around!

The pacing to this one was a bit better than the first one I think. It moved along rather well. Perhaps because we know more about our characters and their pasts. We already have a better concept of the worldbuilding, so the pace can just move seamlessly along. Overall it was a good read and I am definitely liking this series, if not outright loving it. Although, I did totally love when a character walked in wearing a burning bunny pin! A total Kim Harrison moment as I know the two authors are friends! You just gotta love those kind of moments!


Overall Rating 4/5 stars




Follow Friday

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts and any one else you want to follow on the list
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
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6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
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8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!


This week's question is: Spring Break. Where would be your favorite destination spot if you could join the Spring Break festivities?


MY ANSWER: I guess it depends on what we mean by "festivities". I'm sooo not the SPRING BREAAAAAK kind of gal.

But I wouldn't mind going to Disney World! Yup! Still a total Disney girl and I soooo want to go see the new Fantasyland! Belle's castle people!!!


And of course since it's right across the way (somewhat, I can't remember since it's been over 10 years now since I was last there) I want to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

The upside is, since I still have yet to go to this magical place, when I eventually get there (hoping for next year!) I will at least be able to see the park and its newest additions!

So yeah, there's my dream Spring Break trip!!




Review--The Taken by Vicki Pettersson

Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was back when gumshoes hoofed the streets . . . and he was still alive. Fifty years later, he's an angel, but that doesn't make him a saint. One small mistake has altered fate, and now he's been dumped back onto the mortal mudflat to collect another soul—Katherine "Kit" Craig, a journalist whose latest investigation is about to get her clipped.

Bucking heavenly orders, Grif refuses to let the sable-haired siren come to harm. Besides, protecting her offers a chance to solve the mystery of his own unsolved murder—and dole out some overdue payback for the death of his beloved wife, Evie.

Joining forces, Kit and Grif's search for answers leads beyond the blinding lights of the Strip into the dark heart of an evil conspiracy. But a ruthless killer determined to destroy them isn't Grif's biggest threat. His growing attraction to Kit could cost them both their lives, along with the answer to the haunting question of his long afterlife . . .



Finally read The Taken, Vicki Pettersson's first book in the Celestial Blues series. And it was quite different than I expected. It was an intriguing read with a good mystery built up and awesome characters, I guess I just thought there would be a little more paranormal involved. Though, we do get that with Griffin Shaw, since he's sort of an angel and all!

Griffin Shaw was murdered 50 years ago. He's now a Centurion and basically helps souls cross over. There's a more intricate process than simply helping a soul move on to Heaven or whatnot. But I won't get into all that. After helping out a soul, Griffin makes an uh-oh and his punishment is to be human for awhile. Didn't quite grasp as to the whys and hows of that, but it basically puts him in Kit's path. He's to let her die and he is to cross her soul over before taking his proper place back.

Kit is a blast from a past. She's a genuine rockabilly and from what I grasped, it means she enjoys the lifestyles from time past. She enjoys dressing in the 50s fashion and even her house and car are retro 50s style. But she still holds to some modern tech in her career as a reporter. 

Needless to say, the character building was awesome! It took a bit of understanding at times to what was going on with them in their world, but I followed along rather well. 

The mystery aspect was great too! A genuine murder mystery, as Kit's best friend was murdered and she's determined to find the culprit. She follows her reporter instincts and gets herself into a bit of trouble, but luckily for her, Grif has made himself her guardian angel for the time being.

The mystery was rather good. It got really into the thick of things with prostitution rings and all that illegal jazz, involving secret clubs. Creepy stuff, because that kind of stuff is real. So uber creepy. Vicki really knows how to do her research and integrate into the story in a professional and easily understandable way.

The romance was good too. It was the slow building kind, for at first, Grif is still mourning the murder of his wife. She was killed 50 years ago, just before his own murder. He has yet to see her in the afterlife and wants to. He also wants to find justice for their murders. So he wasn't really looking to fall in love. But Kit has a special way about her and a romance slowly builds and forms. It was beautifully done!

I guess my only complaint was that there wasn't as much paranormal-ness to the story. Sure, Grif's a Centurion and he gets visits from other celestial friends throughout the book, but that was about it. I guess I just thought that the mystery itself would tie in more paranormal goodness, but it didn't. It was a purely humanistic or rather inhuman case. But the read was still overall enjoyable! I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series over the next month or so (since the third and final book, The Given releases May 27). A highly recommended read if you like a good mystery, and of course were a fan of Vicki's Signs of the Zodiac series!


Overall Rating 3.5/5 stars