While Morganville, Texas, is often a troubled town, Claire Danvers and her friends are looking forward to coming home. But the Morganville they return to isn’t the one they know; it’s become a different place—a deadly one…
Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they’ve ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated—vampires from humans—they realize that the changes definitely aren’t for the better.
It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they’ve never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation—even for the vampires themselves—the truth is far more sinister and deadly.
Now, Claire, Shane and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end
This is it, my final review of the a book in the Morganville Vampire Series. Doesn’t seem possible that fifteen books and years later it’s coming to a close. This series followed me from high school to college and now ends with me in my ‘adult life’ (though I’m going to use that term loosely). Morganville became a place I could escape to and forget my worries while being absorbed up in the troubles brewing in Morganville. I’m greatly going to miss all of the characters I’ve grown to love (and hate-love) and the great town of Morganville.
The plot line is a bit unique and provides some good twists to it. However, I felt there was more life to the draug storyline than this one. Twists as to what happens to Shane after his dog bite in the previous book, provide a good amount of action which is lacking in the final battle.
Perhaps the best part of Daylighters is that we get the chance to say goodbye to many of the familiar characters we’ve grown to love. The vampires and humans of Blake come to the aid of their Morganville neighbors. Monica, is underused, I mean how great would she have been in the final battle? However, the time we get with her is classic Monica. The Glass House gets a lot of page time which is father fitting. Miranda gets her moments of happiness and usefulness. The rest of the main characters, Claire, Shane, Michael, Eve, Amelie, Oliver, Myrnin and Hannah all get ample time to shine throughout the book.
Overall is comes to a close with the future of Morganville looking better than ever. I would have liked a fast forward to a handful of years later to see where the main characters are now. Instead the readers are left to dream up their own futures for these beloved characters. Morganville, I will miss reading your pages but do look forward to the web series.
In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her… .
But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.
Pulses will race throughout this thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.
If The Fiery Heart was a song, it would be a chart topping hit. The picture combination of an exciting storyline, swoon worthy scenes and witty banter though out. It left me wishing Adrian would appear off the pages of the book and banter back and forth with me – having scenes in his point of view helped with that wish but it didn’t come true. Sadly.
Sydney has grown a lot since we first met her in the Vampire Academy series, not only with her views on vampires and the Alchemists but also with herself. The caffeine addict who obsessed over the size of her school uniform is kicking the caffeine habit and considers herself a healthy size now. She’s also learning that it’s needed for her to stand against her controlling Dad and to fight for what she believes in.
Throughout The Fiery Heart it’s the witty banter between Sydney and Adrian that makes the books but there is also some great one liners from other characters. Angeline and Jill are bit underused in this book, but when they appear their presence dominates. We also get to revisit old favorites, Rose, Lissa and Dimitri, a total plus.
The ending of The Fiery Heart left me wanting to throw my book across the room, only because I know it’s going to be months before we get to find out what happens next. Richelle Mead wrote a cliffhanger that leaves nearly all readers wondering if one of Sydney and Adrian’s Escape Plans may just need to happen.
What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.
I have very mixed feelings about Allegiant, the final part in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. Many changes take place in this book including Four as a narrator and the overall plot. The character are taken from the world they know and put into another one.
While I was curious to see Four as a narrator, I quickly found myself not enjoying him. I enjoyed seeing the world through Tris’s perspective and feel as though that’s why made me really love the world of Divergent. I found myself paying much more attention to her chapters than to Four’s.
A lot of change comes in this book and for the sake of spoilers I’ll keep it vague. This book adds a whole new side to everything going on and it’s a lot to adjust to in only 343 pages (in the eBook form). At times things were left just touched upon and others over explained. I feel as though a lot more could have been done in many parts of it.
The ending was absolutely heartbreaking, those who have read it know what I’m talking about. In a way I see how it works but I would have liked a much more happier ending.
I’m sad to see the Divergent series end, though if the future of it meant more books like Allegiant I’m glad to see it over. It’s crazy how much happened in only three books. I will miss Tris, Four and all of the others but do look forward to the movie adaption.
Their love could destroy them all.
Through the ages, Marked Ones have harnessed the powers of the four elements: Water, Fire, Earth, and Air. Much about the elements is shrouded in mystery, but one thing is certain: A relationship between two Marked Ones has the potential to cause widespread devastation.
Megan and Adam—Air and Water—are determined to defy the risks.
But the power that swirls inside Megan is growing in twisted ways. And the closer she is to Adam, the closer Megan comes to unleashing a dark force that could spell destruction for the entire Marked line
I really enjoyed Carrier Of The Mark and have been looking forward to Shadow Of the Mark since I finished the first book. However I found myself struggling to stay interested in this sequel. It starts off rather slow which had my interest decreasing from the get-go. Many times there are plot points that aren’t really elaborated on that I wish were for it would have added more to the story.
I found myself really struggling to finish this book and not really caring about the characters. It’s a total 180 from the how I felt after the first book. Maybe it was because I had high hopes for this sequel or maybe it does fall prey to the sophomore slump. I’m curious to see what happens in the next installment but I won’t be rushing to buy it release day.
Once a zombie, always a zombie?
Dave and Sarah are pretty happy in the Middle-of-Nowhere, Montana. They’ve done their part in saving the world (kind of) and now they’re settling in for a long life of killing straggler zombies. Well, they think that’s what they’re doing until a helicopter lands on their front lawn with old friends Nicole Nessing and Robbie “The Kid” on board. They propose a dangerous plan: Dave and Sarah must return to Seattle and use Dave’s Superpowers to help with the final stages of a formula that will not only wipe out most of the zombies, but innocluate humans against the virus.
Going back to Seattle was never in the plan. Especially since Sarah has a few secrets of her own that could change her marriage, increase the danger they’re facing and even alter the future they’re so desperately trying to save.
I am so glad I finally got a chance to read The Zombie Whisper. By the end of the first chapter I realized just how much I missed Jesse Petersen’s style of writing. Most of all I missed the quick witted one liners between Sarah and David.
The Zombie Whisper is the end of Sarah and David’s journey and is a fitting end. The two have gone a very long way since we first met them; the once near divorced couple is together and stronger than ever. Though now Sarah is keeping a big secret and David is kind-of-but-not-really-a-zombie. They’ve set up shop in Middle-of-Nowhere, Montana on their own, but are soon found by old friends. Now Sarah and David head back to the city they fled, Seattle, to help with the zombie cure. This goodbye novel wouldn’t be complete without appearances by characters from the previous books as well.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Zombie Whisperand had to keep this review short to avoid spoilers. The quick wit of Sarah makes me wish she was my best friend and the relationship between her and David is something I wish I had. Jesse Petersen keeps the book funny and light and only getting serious when it’s called for. I’m sad to see Sarah and David go but in terms of a final book this was a great one.
A magical tail about a little girl who searches for buried treasure with the help of two sea creatures. A perfect book for 3-9 year old with colorful drawings and an adventure that keeps the reader interested until the very last page!
I was sent an audiobook of Seaper Powers for review consideration. While the story is meant for young kids, I found myself enjoying it as well. I’ve done very little with audiobooks and took to listening to this on way to and from work. Well to anyone who saw me walking the streets of Boston there were days I just couldn’t help but smile at the cuteness of the story.
The plot is fun and interesting to any young reader/listener and it is also able to keep the attention of the adult reader/listener. As a babysitter I found many of the stories I read to lack a moral to them and were mostly just about going after the bad guy since he’s a bad guy. This story has substance to it and is one I look forward to reading to my niece when she’s older.
The audio aspect of the book was great. It’s clear a lot of work and creativity went into making this an entertaining audiobook. It’ll be staying on my iPod for years to come.
Overall, whether you are reading this in physical form or listening to it as an audiobook Seaper Powers is great. I enjoyed it as a twenty-three year old listener and know many of the young kids I babysit will enjoy it as well. In a time when kids are growing up too fast it’s nice to have a story that lets kids be kids and have fun.
It’s springtime in suburban Rosewood, which means iced soy lattes, fresh manicures in shimmering pastels—and prom. But while everyone else is flipping through the racks at Saks in search of the perfect dress, Hanna, Spencer, Emily, and Aria are on a different kind of hunt: They’re looking for A… .
Hanna puts her campaign for prom queen on the back burner to volunteer at the burn clinic, where one of A’s victims is recovering. Emily digs into Ali’s past at the mental hospital with some very crazy consequences. Spencer contacts a private eye to help her stalk her stalker. But when their sessions get a little too private, they may forget to keep their eyes on A… . And Aria’s worried that A is even closer than she thought. When her dark secret from Iceland finally comes to light, she discovers that maybe, just maybe, the one person she’s been trying to hide the truth from has known all along.
The liars are finally taking the fight to A. But no matter what they do, A’s always one step ahead, ready to crush the girls completely.
While I love the series I feel as though Sara Shepard needs to finally put it to rest. There is only so much that can be done with the series without it becoming repetitive. That said Crushed does bring some fresh twists into the mix. While at times its completely unbelievable the book does make for a good read.
Spencer’s storyline I wish we got a bit more of and hope the next book touches upon more from it. Hanna’s storyline brings us a bit full circle but brings a very predictable twist with it. I felt as though the sense of danger and consequences was lacking in Emily’s and honestly wondered why A wasn’t doing anything with it. Aria’s denial got annoying and as well her storyline got a bit predictable.
Overall, it was a good read. It was better than some of the other books in the series. I can’t say much in my review without spoiling anything so I’m keeping this short. A isn’t as active in this book as the previous ones and the Liars seem to spend more time tracking down A then being hunted by A. Crushed made for a fun read that I looked forward to every night.
Thanks to its unique combination of human and vampire residents, Morganville, Texas, is a small college town with big-time problems. When student Claire Danvers gets the chance to experience life on the outside, she takes it. But Morganville isn’t the only town with vampire trouble…
Claire never thought she’d leave Morganville, but when she gets accepted into the graduate program at MIT, she can’t pass up the opportunity. Saying good-bye to her friends is bittersweet, especially since things are still raw and unsettled between Claire and her boyfriend, Shane.
Her new life at MIT is scary and exciting, but Morganville is never really far from Claire’s mind. Enrolled in a special advanced study program with Professor Irene Anderson, a former Morganville native, Claire is able to work on her machine, which is designed to cancel the mental abilities of vampires.
But when she begins testing her machine on live subjects, things quickly spiral out of control, and Claire starts to wonder whether leaving Morganville was the last mistake she’ll ever make…
When I first read in the last book that we’d see Claire outside of Morganville I was excited. I wanted to see how she would adjust without her friends, without the vampires and just being normal. Sadly in Fall Of Night we don’t see much for it for vampire trouble finds its way to Claire in the book, so do Shane, her friends and craziness you could only expect from the vampires.
My biggest complaint with the story is there were storylines that went nowhere, ones that had a lot of hype to go somewhere then go flat and other storylines that went from zero to sixty in three pages. Fall Of Night had a bit of a rushed feel to it that left me going “oh this is the end now?”. I can’t go into too much detail of the zero to sixty in three pages storylines without giving away spoilers. While I see how the accelerated pace helps give the read a sense of urgency as to what is going on, it took away from other storylines I would have liked more on.
What I did enjoy about Fall Of Night is a change in Claire. We get to see her become a little more calculating, a little more like Amelie in one scene. It’s clear Claire is no longer the innocent girl Monica pushed down the stairs in the first book. But we also see that despite growing up and going through her all of her crazy Morganville adventures, Claire is still a human capable of emotion.
While it was nice to see Claire out of Morganville, her trip is a quick one. Fall Of Night starts in Morganville, sandwiches Cambridge in the middle then it’s back to Morganville. We see Claire get a glimpse of a normal life, but after so long in Morganville it’s like normal is weird for her. Fall Of Night ends with a cliff hanger, a big one.
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.
America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.
Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.
As a fan of The Selection, I was sad to see The Elite fall into the “sophomore slump” category. There were parts of the book that helped save it, in my opinion, from being a total flop. You know on reality dating shows when you want to fast forward through the “but I love him so much *tear tear* I really love him *sniffle sniffle* for real *[insert ugly cry here]*” parts? Well I found myself wanting to do the same with a good amount of chapters in The Elite.
I was drawn to America for her strong character in The Selection. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind and be the person she is. I considered America to be a bit of a fighter and the type of girl worthy of looking up to. That all changes in The Elite and I found myself wondering what happened to the headstrong girl we first met?
My biggest complaint with The Elite is all the flip flopping. Does America love Aspen, does America love Maxon, does America want to be a princess, is Maxon a bad guy, is he a good guy, is Aspen a better choice and repeat. Just when things were set up to go a certain way, there’s a flip that changes it all around. Which made for this book being a bit of a flop. I found myself seeing a bit of redemption with the ending, but that quickly did a flip then a flop.
Overall, The Elite brings a lot of changes with it. While some general emotional confusion from America is to be expected there is entire chapters in this book dedicated to it. It’s too much time flip flopping and not enough time getting to the more interesting plot. The Elite falls short to The Selection, but not enough for me to give up on the series. Hopefully the third part gets better.
Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).
Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.
The perfect soldier is done taking orders.
I’ll start this review off with an open letter to author Amy Tintera. Dear Amy, MORE! Warm wishes, Kayla. I think that tells you all you need to know when it comes to how I feel about Reboot. I can’t remember who exactly told me about Reboot, I know it was a tweet, whoever you are thank you.
Right away I was drawn into the new twist on zombies. The idea of Reboots is rather fascinating, for me at least, and learning more about Wren’s world is enjoyable. I did like how being a Reboot came with setbacks, in a way being a shell of your former self. Rebooting comes at a price and that is your humanity. I like that little check and balance, so to speak, from nature.
Callum quickly becomes a character you want to protect and see good things happen for. Wren also quickly became a narrator whose head I enjoyed getting in. It was interesting to see her deal with the set of circumstances she faces when it comes to Callum.
Overall, the action of Reboot combined with likeable characters and a fresh idea makes for a read you can’t help but devour. No pun intended, okay well maybe. I was left wanting more and hope a sequel is in the future. Amy Tintera, you’ve won me over.
In a dystopian America, life isn’t easy for Lacey DeWitt. In the last six months,her father has been killed, she and her mother were relocated to a tiny apartment, she’s been pulled out of high school, and they’re both forced to work in one of the government run factories.
Things take a turn for the worst when Lacey is attacked one night on her way home from work. Forced to defend herself from the very people who are meant to protect, she flees in to the forest. Now, with the help of Eric, a renegade Boot and major hottie she met along the way, she’ll need to survive hungry wolves, help out a pair of stray twins, and evade capture by the Civil Patrol.
Can this 16 year old survive life on the run?
Silent Changes by Melissa Murphy is a rather short read that leaves you wanting more but doesn’t weigh you down with needless over description. The story is short, sweet and simple, which only helps aid the urgency of being out on the run for your life.
I enjoyed the story and the fact that there won’t countless lines of unneeded description (I’m looking at you Gray by Pete Wentz). While it made for an easy and quick read, at times I felt there were parts of the story lacking. More information on the government and how things got to this point would have been nice. With a title like Silent Changes I found myself wondering if there would be some sort of supernatural element to it and was actually a bit confused the first few chapters thinking something supernatural was going on. With the government being a ‘villain’ in the story little was done to make you hate them.
Lacey and Eric were rather believable characters. Neither of them had skills they were super amazing at and had general knowledge that would help them survive but didn’t make for an easy survival. They did the best they could with what skills and supplies they had. Lacey does make for a likeable and enjoyable narrator. I could not stand the Twins, especially blanking-on-her-name. I felt she was far too cliché and found myself thinking of Monica Morrell from Rachel Caine’s Morgan Vampires series and well every girl-you-love-to-hate out there. It made for a weak character that’s easy to hate and I wish more had been done with her.
Overall, Silent Changes was rather enjoyable and I look forward to the next part. I give major credit to Melissa Murphy for telling a story straight forward without tons of bells and whistles to dress it up. Wanting to know what would happen next to Lacey and Eric had me turning the pages and staying up a bit too late a few nights in a row. I’ll definitely check out the second part.
Please Note: I received a copy of this book from Mama Says Read, a great site you must check out, but the opinion expressed above is 100% my own.