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I wish this had been a full length novel because it ended too fast. I loved having the opportunity to glimpse into Cale's mind. I wasn't expecting to find what I found while in there. This was a beautiful novel. The author's writing style is amazing.
Being in Cale's head in no easy place. You could probably say that about most people, but he's had it especially tough when you consider he's a paraplegic and prideful to a fault. He's worked so hard to overcome his disability in so many ways that he isn't accustomed to having someone want to help him. His pride gets in his way and it makes his relationship with Mickey that much more difficult because she doesn't back down very easily. His insecurities about his disability and why Mickey is still around also get in his way very often. The way he deals with the consequences isn't always pretty or smart.
Mickey is more in the background in this novel but plays a part that's just as important. She's very stubborn but, unlike Cale, she'll back down when she deems the argument pointless. That only serves to irritate Cale even more, which ends with him saying something he'll regret. I liked how she dealt with his verbal assaults. At the end of the day, I think they both realize that their relationship is worth more than their stubbornness.
The ending was very sweet. The on and off relationship dynamic they have going on is starting to get annoying because this is the second book in this series in which this happens. I'd have hoped they'd have gotten over that triviality by now. Overall, this was a very eye-opening book and it does justice to the first book.
My Favorite Quotes:
"Everyone has a limit. Everyone has a breaking point. [...] He would much rather die than allow you to witness it. That's the problem with loving a superhero."
"One minute you're fine and the next minute... Everything just collapses around you. And the whole f*cking world caves in."
I'm still in the dark about so many important aspects of this story, yet I keep coming back for more. I don't know how this story got me into its clutches so tightly. All I can say is that I'm happy where I am and that I need the continuation to this series as soon as humanly possible.
Raven seems to be as sneaky as ever with all the eavesdropping she does in this novel. She's getting bolder and has developed a strong personality and quite the backbone. The memory flashbacks were interesting to experience. It put the love interest in a much better light than he was in from the first novel.
Rhyland is on his way to winning me over. This novel explains most of the annoying quirks he had in the first novel that got under my skin. It also explains how the curse initially was set in place (which was very interesting to see).
Kingsley's last chapter blew everything out of the water. Throughout the story, it never seemed like he felt the way he did. Even if it did, wasn't he just being his sarcastic and aloof self? I have a prediction for how his storyline intertwines with everything else and I sincerely hope that I'm wrong.
I loved the vampire sayings the author adapted into this novel. They were very cute and I caught myself smiling quite a bit because of them. The cliffhangers in this series, on the other hand, are killing me. Here's to hoping the wait for the next novel isn't too long from now.
My Favorite Quotes:
"Love has a way of making creatures think irrationally. Take their love away completely, and they lose their minds."
"I always want the truth, Kings, no matter how much it hurts."
"I have a hero complex and would never pass up the opportunity to save a damsel in distress."
This book was incredible! The witty humor and the stubbornness of the main characters kept me coming back for more. This was also my second time reading about a paraplegic main character and it didn't disappoint. It made it all the more evident the everyday struggles a paraplegic has to go through on a daily basis.
I saw so much of myself in Mickey (aside from the similar nickname). She's as imperfect as they come and that makes her an amazing character. She stutters, mixes up answers to questions, is prideful and makes mistakes (i.e. the hotel scene with her ex which had me shaking my head the entire time). I understand why she kept her past a secret, but it was still heartbreaking to see her relationship slipping through her fingers. I'd like to point out that before everything was revealed I could have sworn that I had missed something big, or that my iPad had corrupted the ebook in someway because I could have sworn that there was a page or two of critical information missing because the author kept me (the reader) in the dark until the very end. It ended up paying off, but it had me very confused up to the reveal.
Cale was so cute from the start. I loved how much of a nerd he was on some subjects and his sense of snarky humor was on point for the entire novel. He was also as stubborn as Mickey and that made their relationship all the more entertaining to read about. It was different, for me, to read about a paraplegic hero and I wasn't disappointed. He made it a point to overcome his disability as much as he could and for that he's earned my respect.
Looking back on the story it seemed very long winded, but it didn't feel like it (if that makes any sense). I think the on and off relationship and the limbo phase that it took could have been cut down and made for a faster paced book. At one point it's mentioned that Mickey and Cale's relationship spanned 3 months, but the way the book was set up it felt like at least a year. Overall, this book was great!
My Favorite Quotes:
"I was cruising around in the Batmobile on my nightly patrol of the city when I happened to come across Mickey, who was in desperate need of a superhero."
"Sometimes, once-in-a-lifetime means precisely that. Sometimes, you lose something great. Sometimes you don't get a second chance. Sometimes, you can't get it back."
"You go through life expecting paper cuts. You go through life learning from knife wounds. You go through life surviving the rest. Sometimes, you lose a piece of yourself that you can never get back."
I can't put into words how much I love this series! This is my second time reading this novel in particular and it's just as good as when I first picked it up quite a few years ago.
Cat seems to have left her goody two shoes behind in the last novel. This time around she's an incredible fighter and tries not to take sh*t from anyone. Especially her mother (which is still as annoying as ever). I dislike how she still manages to keep her half baked "plans" from Bones because all it does is cause uncomfortable situations.
I like Bones. He'll take names and drop bodies in no time and still protect Cat to the best of his ability. He's sweet in a completely violent way and it suits the story.
The ending felt abrupt and out of place. I would have preferred the next novel start out with the Dave situation. It would be a mild cliffhanger, but, for me, it would be small enough to not make anyone angry. Overall, this was a fantastic novel and very well written.
The Audio Book:
I still haven't gotten over how high pitched and strange Bones voice is. I love the story and I have no problem with anyone's voice other than Bones. I like british accents as much as any other person, but why does it have to be so high pitched? With that as an exception, the rest of the narration was very good.
My Rating: 4 and a half stars
I can't even begin to express how much I adore this series so far! I wish I'd have waited for the whole series to be out before I started on it though. Each book has so many little nuances that I'll likely forget most of them because of the gap in between the time I read each book as they're releasing.
Raven is such an amazing character. She's a fighter with a chip on her shoulder and won't take anyone's sh*t. I like how the author is developing the relationship between her and Christian as well. It's sweet and snarky at all the perfect moments. I was caught off guard by how funny their one liners are.
Christian is a character that has grown on me since the Mageri series. I appreciate his innuendo laden jokes and his overall charisma. He's an entertaining character and I'd love to see a happy ending for him.
I've grown attached to most of the Keystone gang, but I can't help and want to know more about Shepard's storyline (which was left as a minor and infuriating cliffhanger). I had an inkling that the author would throw this curveball, I just didn't anticipate how on edge it left me feeling.
In conclusion, this series has proved itself to be incredible. I would have preferred to binge read it when it concludes, but it's too late for me now. It caught me in its web. I continue to hope that after this series is complete that we get spin-off series for the characters in Keystone.
The Audio Book:
Nicole Poole has grown on me as a narrator. I love her narration for this series in particular. Though I have to mention that at the end of the book when Shepard was talking to Patrick, Patrick's voice would turn into Christian's for the span of a few words then it would go back to Patrick's voice. That was the only time the narration made me question how was actually having the conversation. Other than that it was great!
This was such a good book! The time seemed to fly by even though the audio book was over 10 hours long. This novel was very well written and steadily paced. The next book can't get to me fast enough.
Raven is an amazing character. She's very strong willed, with a questionable moral compass that most don't understand. At the end of the day, she does the right thing, but won't shy away from wanting to deal out her version of justice.
Christen has grown on me even more after I read the Mageri series. I adore his snarky and most times vulgar sense of humor. It seems Raven is gaining his respect and he's at a loss as to what's next for them.
The side characters left a big impression this time around. I especially want to know more about Gem and Shepard. I hope that after this series is done that there will be a book/novella for a few of the characters in this novel to get a happy ending.
The ending was very sweet. I liked how the title finally made sense to the story. I have a vague theory as to what the Keystone group will be up against in the third novel.
The Audio Book:
Nicole Poole doesn't disappoint. Her narrations are incredible. Every character (male and female) have very realistic and distinguishing voices.
It feels so good to reread a series that you love. I've been in a reading slump lately and one of the few things that will help me get out of it is rereading books that I know I adore. This series has officially stood the test of time. I would go so far as to consider it a classic of the urban fantasy/vampire genre.
I love Cat for her witty retorts and her stubborn streak. She's one of the first heroine's that I had the pleasure of meeting. She still manages to stand out today (several hundred books down the line). Though I still don't agree with her withholding important information from Bones, I can understand why.
Bones is incredible. Though he can come off as quite a jerk, I warmed up to him and his dry humor pretty quickly. I liked how the author portrayed the lengths he'd go to protect, help and save Cat as the book progressed. Though his voice in the audio book rubbed me the wrong way, I did eventually get used to it.
I still dislike the ending, but I know the adventure is only getting started. This whole series is written so well. I wished it had gone on for longer than seven books.
The Audio Book:
I enjoyed Tavia Gilbert's narration, but her voice for Bones still leaves something to be desired for me. His pitch is unusually high for a guy that it threw me for a loop. I did, eventually, get "used" to it but it still bothers me.
This companion novel made the series that much better! I loved every single story, but Lyre has found a special place in my heart. I enjoyed seeing the same situations from a perspective that wasn't Piper. I like Piper, but being in Lyre or Ash's head is much more interesting considering they've been alive for centuries (it seems) and are much more knowledgeable in everything than Piper is.
If you couldn't tell by now, I adored being in Lyre's head. Annette Marie did this character justice with her writing and I'm so happy for that! Lyre proved to be just as secretive and intriguing as I was expecting him to be. I'm officially hyped for his prequel series.
Looking from Piper's eyes I assumed Ash would have complicated and tumultuous thoughts. From the stories from his point of view, he came off as nonchalant. It almost felt like a calm before the storm. It was interesting but not as interesting as Lyre.
Overall this was a collection of interesting stories and makes an amazing companion to the original series. These stories gave me a much better understanding of Ash and Lyre which would make re-reading the Steel & Stone Series that much more fascinating.
My Favorite Quotes:
"Once, Ash had called Lyre an angel of death. Tonight, he would do the name justice. "
"Incubi are lover's, but no woman's true love."
"The past lies in rest, its ghosts long slumbering, and I would not disturb them. Let us begin again."
Overall the story was a very nice read. The writing tugged at all my emotional heartstrings and made it impossible for me not to be sucked into the story. The whole story (with the exception of the ending) had a very somber tone to it and that made it all the more realistic.
Leslie was a great character. Though she had her dreams literally crushed when she was halfway to them she never let it get her down. She fought for a future regardless and, for the most part, came out on the other side. I can respect her actions and I was rooting for her to get a happy ending.
Ethan's past breaks my heart because, unfortunately, it's a harsh reality that quite a number of people go through. I can't imagine the guilt he must have for what happened to Leslie. Even though I liked him, the bar scene was such a turn off. I understand he was upset, but there was no need to come on that strong.
The ending felt way too rushed. I also didn't like how Leslie dealt with her loss and forgiving Ethan. She claimed to love it, but after he grovels for a few days he's forgiven? The look into the future didn't sit well with me. It was too perfect. I would have liked to have a continuation of Leslie and Ethan's story in the form of another novel or novella, but not a rushed epilogue.
My Favorite Quotes:
"I was wrong. Some wounds don't ever heal."
"Sometimes the universe makes choices for us because it sees the potential we still have."
"Sometimes you need to hit rock bottom, shatter your dreams in order to create new ones."
When I picked up this novel I was expecting something dark, just not as dark as this started off with. I'll readily admit that I skimmed through the first half of this novel because I just couldn't take it. It was so well written that it was giving me anxiety just thinking of being in that situation.
However, what gave me pause was how incompetent the MC seemed to be at protecting Madelaine and everyone else in her family in the first place. How does a guard go missing and hours after no one has heard from him no one thinks something is wrong? Why not make it clear to the bullheaded heroine that she's in danger once again? Those types of secrets were bound to blow up in everyone's faces.
Madelaine started off as a very strong willed and stubborn character. I started to like her, but after her overreaction to a small mistake Mikhail had made she lost my respect. If it wasn't for the dreaded epilogue Mikhail would still have my respect as well. I can't, for the life of me, understand what the heck he was thinking when he did that.
I didn't understand how Bbrenden had the amount of power that he had. I don't think it's ever said that it was based on money. How did he get another MC to break a four year truce because of a girl and, in theory, more power, and risk 'war'? The ending was a bit of a stretched out miracle, but I was ready for it to be over with by that point.
Overall this was a very well written and anxiety provoking novel. My dislike of both main protagonists made it so I didn't enjoy the novel as much. I may pick up the other novels in this series in the future.
My Favorite Quotes:
"When something bad happens you have three choices. You can let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you. - Unknown"
"Should have, could have, would have. They are dangerous thoughts. We are never going to know what might have been."
I've been waiting for so long to have a book pull this twist and have me blind to it all. This is one of few books in the suspense genre that kept me intrigued throughout the story. This cover is kind of perfect for this novel for some reason.
Lena was a very confused character. When you consider her childhood it becomes painfully believable. Though I didn't understand why she kept up her "farce" for so long and why she didn't rush to read the journal she found. Other than that I liked her as a character. She kept the reader just as confused and pensive as she was. Though I did start getting angry at her for how far she was taking her farce with Jake before everything fell into place.
After getting the whole story I came to the conclusion that I like Jake. I don't agree with his methods and I think he could have handled everything a tad bit better. Overall he's a good guy who's doing everything in his power to "save" Anna.
I enjoyed this novel and the ending was sweet. I liked how she finally got the help she needed after everything she had gone through during her life. I also appreciated that she admitted that she wanted and needed help without being forced into it.
My Favorite Quotes:
"My issues ran so deep that all the therapy in the world wasn't going to help me.
"If there is one sure thing I've learned in my life, it's that people will never fail to disappoint you."
"It just proves that you never really know what people are capable of. Even when you think you know them."
This book was such a let down because it started off so good. The beginning was so intense and heartbreaking, but half way into the audio book the story became more about drama and the relationship. The main couple didn't even seem to have anything in common because they never really talked beyond 'I love you's' and 'we are forever's'. They seemed to have no chemistry whatsoever and in the long run that became a turn off.
I didn't love Baylor. She had a few weird quirks that I could overlook. After State came back into her life it seemed like her life started revolving around him. It got old after they spent, what felt like, their 50th night together and she never mentioned going to her classes or her two jobs.
State rubbed me the wrong way with all of his overreactions and anger management issues. I despised how Baylor had to hide things from him (various times during the novel) because she was scared of how he'd react toward other people after hearing her out. Tiptoeing around someone is never a sign of a healthy relationship.
When the ending finally rolled around I couldn't care less about the characters. Even after the tragedy that took place, it felt like I was listening to a soap opera because it was so over dramatic and cliché (right down to the boyfriend getting angry and wanting to punch hospital staff). To say the least, I was ready for this novel to be over.
The Audio Book:
I can't recommend this as an audio book either. The audio was very fuzzy (I should have listened to the preview on audible before buying it). It wasn't easy to disconcert who said what. I couldn't easily tell the difference between female and male character voices.
What a throw back this book turned out to be! I can see where my particular flavor of humor started off. This is as sarcastic and funny as any middle grade book can be without going too far. This series was a big part of my childhood and it was awesome to read it as an adult. I can see where my twisted self first started appearing.
Jamie Kelly is all kinds of weird and her random theories make her all that much more entertaining to read about. She's in grade school and during that period of her life, she's still discovering who she is and what friends are really there for. This isn't a heartfelt story nor does it strive to be anything like that. It's a humor filled oddity that has found its place in my shriveled up heart.
I would recommend this series to the end of the world and back. That's probably nostalgia talking, but it's an entertaining and quick read! The drawings were adorable and on point with the story.
My Favorite Quotes:
"Of course I can't really say that, I can only write it. But I'm writing it totally sarcastically and rather meanly."
"I treasure how the same people and things make us both want to barf."
"I do call her my friend, the same way I call them my socks or my infection. Nobody would ever suggest that the infection belongs to itself."
I feel numb to this series by this point. I put myself through 5 books (most of them more than ten hours in length) all for that anti-climatic ending. The 'big' villain for most of the books was defeated in the what I consider a half baked miracle. That's my reward? I'd say it's not up to par.
This book had a lot going on with a bunch of (what I'd consider) pointless side stories that I could happily live without. The only side story I've grown to love was the Justus and Paige one. The Adam and Sadie one, in particular, almost made me stop reading because of how insignificant it was to the main plotline in the long run.
Silver was a more enjoyable character in this novel. She seems to have shed most of her impulsiveness and naiveté. What she did for Logan was sweet, but the life and death situation made me roll my eyes so hard. I swear I was going to see my brain at some point (this goes for this series as a whole).
I did warm up to Logan, because his domineering and overbearing nature were at an alltime low for the duration of this novel. That's a huge step to making him seem realistic and I appreciate it very much. There were quite a few sweet moments, but I still would rather never hear from him again.
The ending was very sweet, but it wasn't what I was anticipating. This goes back to the defeat of the villain. I understand that the author wanted to leave loose endings for future stories to develop, but solving the main problem and leaving three and a half hours of story was off putting to me. I'm in the unpopular opinion category when it comes to this series and that still hasn't changed.
The Audio Book:
The narration, as always, was awesome. Nicole Poole has grown on me for quite some time. I love her variations in tones and accents. I could tell everyone apart very clearly. Her narration didn't take away from the story as a whole.
This is the first novel in this series that I enjoyed. The first half was h*ll to get through, but it did give me a new respect for Logan. Don't get me wrong, Silver was still annoying and made bad decisions, but it was better than the last three novels.
It feels like the first half of this novel could have been solved through a text message or Silver writing on a piece of paper what was happening and trying to figure it all out with everyone's help. As you'll soon find out everything hit the fan either way in the middle of the novel. It was all very frustrating seeing a way out, but having the character play the long game and suffering for no apparent reason.
Silver seems to be trying the learn from past mistakes, but still finds it in herself to come up with idiotic 'plans' (if you can call spur of the moment ideas a 'plan'). I did find myself rolling my eyes way less times during this book when compared to the last three novels. I can see she's evolving, but we're on the fourth book in the series shouldn't this have already happened by now?
After everything Silver dealt to Logan he's earned my respect. I also commend him for staying with her. He's also managed to get his anger management issues under control in just under half a novel. I like the change, but it didn't feel genuine. It felt like one beautiful day a literal switch just flipped and here's the new and improved Logan. It also seemed as if his domineering and controlling nature had been toned down and I approve.
I LOVED the Justus side story. I wish it had been a bigger part of the novel. No, I take that back. I wish he had his own separate novel/series so we could get to know him a little bit more. His story also seemed rushed, probably due to the fact that it was embedded in Silver's main story.
Overall, this was the best book in this series so far. For the sake of ending the story I will be reading the last book. After the events of this novel, I guess I'm somewhat rooting for Silver and Logan. They just deserve each other by this point.
The Audio Book:
The narration was awesome. I enjoy Nicole Poole's variety in tones and accents. I could tell all character's apart during the narration.
The story and world building is so good. It's disappointing that the main character ruins it all. This series seems to be going downhill for me because I dislike Silver and Logan so much.
When will Silver learn some common sense and start looking out for herself instead of just ignoring orders, that keep her safe, on a whim? I understand that following rules/orders can be a burden and it can often cause the opposite effect, but wouldn't you expect her to value her own life above her pride? I've lost count of the amount of times (during this series up to this point) that Silver has put herself or someone else in danger just because she couldn't stay put for 15 minutes. How does Justus or anyone for that matter still trust her? Everyone gushes over her and it's gotten old. She isn't a special snowflake....scratch that. In this novel, surprise surprise, we discover that she is in deed a special snowflake.
Logan doesn't have much going for him in my eyes either. He's domineering, controlling, is a walking cliché and has anger management issues that are disguised by his 'chitah' nature. I don't know about you, but that list doesn't describe a guy who's ready for a relationship. I don't care that it's in his 'nature'.
I really enjoy Justus as a character. I hope that he eventually gets a happily ever after. The few enjoyable parts in this book were scenes with him (ex: the car scene (which was hilarious), the ending sad scene, the violent garage scene). I also loved Christen and he also had very entertaining parts in this story.
Overall, my dislike of the heroine and her love interest is taking away from the story. This series has become like a car crash to me: I simultaneously want to look away and keep watching it happen in all it's gore. It still boggles my mind that the same author that wrote such powerful and intricate heroines in other novels, wrote this impulsive and idiotic character.
The Audio Book:
The narration was great. I had no problem with it whatsoever. I could easily differentiate the voices for each character.