Hallowed (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed   (Unearthly #2)

Paperback, 403 pages
 Published  January 2nd 2012 by Egmont Books Ltd

For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought.
Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning

My rating

 

My thoughts

As much as I pretty enjoy Unearthly Hallowed was a disappointment for me for various reasons.

 From the first pages I got the feeling that there is so much going on with Clara’s brother Jeffrey that I didn’t left at all while reading and it turned to be right in the end since He just left. I can’t stop having bad feelings about him which I hope it won’t be true in the next book.

 Hallowed was slower than Unearthly…And I mean literally much slower because half of the book nothing as coming in action parts happened. But we got other things and secrets to reveal which they are/were important for our story line. More information’s about half angels Blank Wings and having Clara’s Dad appeared were just amazing in secret’s term.

 The first part of the ending was so much emotional and I couldn’t stop thinking what if I was in Clara’s shoes how I would act/felt/react. Losing a beloved character in books or even in real life is always hard.

 The second part well… I didn’t not like it I have to admit it left me with a bitter taste in mouth and kind of disappointed but at the same time hopeless for something better maybe something happier?

 I can understand that the book and Clara character and life is about choices. Choices and decisions you take of life. Between destiny and not destiny. Between the choices/options of the heart and the choices/facts of ‘’we meant to be together, that’s destiny ‘’. Because ofcource Tucker is the heart and Christian is the destiny the one he meant to be.

Another thing I didn’t like is how some things portrait in the book specially how things ends if you are trying to fight your Destiny and if you turn the road of the Team Will (I am still thinking about the specific conversation between Clara and her mother near the end of the book)

 Anyway I am going to ignore that bitter the book left me and I will definitely wait for the 3rd book now there are so many things I am waiting to found out for example more About Black Wings? What about Angela’s Dad? Are we going to meet him somehow? What will happen to Jeffrey?

 And please more Tucker… Seems impossible but please!

Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed #1) by Lara Adrian

 Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed #1)

Mass Market Paperback, 402 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Dell

He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell’s deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night—or this man—is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed—a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.

Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren. A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind—and the unwitting humans existing alongside them—from the mounting threat of the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands.

Here, in the arms of the Breed’s formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures of all. . . .I have to be honest and say that i had the series in my TBR list for a while not untill i decide to buy the first book in the series so i started reading it with the experience of the audiobook as well!

My Rating

My thoughts 

I was not dissapointed.I know a lot of people compare them with Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R Ward and i  have to admit that there was indeed some similarities but not a carbon copy or whatever. To my eyes the book was a mix of it and Anna Rise novels. The paranormal word that Lara Adrian  created was just fantastic. And i can understand why some people had problems with the casual indifference about humans being killed by the Rogues but i didnt really mind.

The book itself was very interesting and it had everything i wanted too : Storyline,action,writing,word building,characters. The idea of how the warriors came from was very original too me.

What i really loved about the book was the character of Lucan.I believe if you have ever heard a tv show called Angel including the character this is how Lucan was aka Angel. And i know you will probably say ”Oh my gosh another Emo Vampire”  But i loved Angel and Lucan was adorable as a character too..

Masquerade (Heven and Hell #1) by Cambria Hebert

by  Cambria Hebert

 Before. Everything was so much better Before. I wasn’t haunted by nightmares, my place at school was secure and my face was flawless. Now, I’m a freak and everything has changed. The worst part is that I can’t remember the night I was sentenced to the shadows. The memory has been stolen from me and I just can’t shake the feeling that someone, something is out there -watching.
Just when I think I have my life handled, Sam, with his intimidating golden stare and shiver inducing voice, makes me realize that I don’t know anything. He makes me see that my scars don’t matter. That they never mattered. I can’t help but fall for him, completely unknowing that he knows exactly how I got this way. Not knowing he was involved.
***
Heven has no idea how closely death stalks her. She has no idea what I have done to keep her alive. I fear the day she learns my secrets, finds out what I really am. But even then I cannot stop, I vow to make things right. Finally her hunter will be hunted, Heaven and Hell, faith and sin will battle, and we will be victorious. But first, Heven must learn to be what she never imagined.  I know her strength is there – I feel it. If we are to overcome all odds, she must push past her flaws – her frailties – to become much more..

Paperback, 360 pages
Published     December 16th 2011     by Otherworld Publications

My Rating

My thoughts

Masuerade is the first book in Heven and Hell series by Cambria Hebert. But before reading this first book of the series you need to read the pre sequel called Before in order to understand how major the transformation of Heven from a popular teen girl used to be to a freak (that’s what she thinks anyway) and non popular among the people in her high school.

This is one of the few times that the pre sequels actually setup everything in the story.

About Masuerade now I like the book and I was looking forward to read it after I finished the pre sequel called Before even that there were some parts I found it sow but overall I like it.

It is about a girl called Heven that she has been attacked, she has no memories of it at all, which left her with huge scars on her face and she is trying every single day to hide them behind some large hoodies and with her hair. She has lost every shelf worth she used to have and then.. Then she met Sam and falls in love with him.

The beginning and generally the first pages it is was kinda slow. It is actually for a girl who goes to school met I guy and fall in love. But I loved how Heven came in terms with her situation of her scars and her shelf.

The only flaw of the story is Sam. Sam was a mystery to me at most of the book (even that we get to know what he really is) Most of the times I found him to be extremely sad and all and sometimes I felt he was kinda off to me ..

The writing style is pretty nice plus the originality of the story. Even that I didn’t gave me the WoW feeling I will continue reading the series.

Elemental (Elementals #0.5) by Brigid Kemmerer

Elemental (Elementals #0.5)

 

Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 50 pages
Published            March 27th 2012             by K Teen
Rating : ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they are more than you dream.
As an air Elemental, 17-year-old Emily Morgan doesn’t have much power. That’s okay—she knows what happens to kids who do.
Like Michael Merrick. He’s an earth Elemental, one with enough power to level cities. Which makes him sexy. Dangerous. And completely off limits. At least according to Emily’s family.
But her summer job puts her in close contact with Michael, and neither of them can help the attraction they feel. When forces of nature like theirs collide, one misstep could get someone killed. Because Emily’s family doesn’t just want her to stay away from him.
They want him dead..

 

My review :

 

I have to point that I discover Brigid Kemmerer from Goodreads  and no there was not any real promotion from the author either editor either other sources.I just happened to read the summary by my own and like it a lot. I have already order of cource the first book in Elemental series called Storm and it supposed to be read back to back with it but I just couldn’t hold no to grab from Kindle and read it

I have to say that if you knew me from my previous review you know already that  I am not a big fan of pre sequels most of the time my reading left me disappointed. But not this time!

Elemental is set up 5 years before the original dates of Storm and tells the story of Michael Merrick and  Emily Morgan. Michael is a young man who has a lot of responsibility of his family plus He’s an Earth Elemental which this means who can harness astounding power, a Pure and he is Dangerous for Emily family (which oh gosh I was biased a lot about them) They met once day by accident when Michael attend Emily store and this is where our story begins.

This was a short novella,only 50 pages or so,but it really got my attention about the Paranormal Word Brigid Kemmerer created it left me hanging with so many questions for our story like why there is so much hate between the family specially from Emily parts and why there is so much fear from Michael family part.

For a very short novella the romance between Michael and Emily was incredible sweet and made my heart ache specially for the fact that the book ended with a cliffhanger and it definitely  got my attention even more now how the original series would be.

For a debut novel this was an excellent start and right now I can not wait for my own copy Storm to arrive now.

 

Waiting On Wednesday (4)

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Biting Cold  (Chicagoland Vampires #6)

 

Expected publication: August 7th 2012 by NAL Penguin

Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans.
Now Merit is on the hunt, charging acro…moreTurned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined. And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans.
Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed. No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on

 

Chicagoland Series is one of my favourite series that setup up my standards for every Urban Fantasy book(s) I am planning to read in the near future! I have read all 5 books in 1 week and I have turned out to be a huge fan! Cant wait for August now its been so long!

 

Which book you pick for your WoW? What are your thoughts about mine?Let me know by leaving a comment =)

 


Top Ten Tuesday (2)

Top Ten Tuesday (2)

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

This weeks Top Ten topic is:

Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters In Books

There are so many Favorite Characters from Books, Characters that I really wanted to have them in real life not only as Boyfriends/Soulmates But as Best Friends as well..In General I just wish those characters were real in my life. I decide to pick Male Characters because errr you know I am a Girl ;)

The List is the following and its totally random

 

  • Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Butch from Lover Revealed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #4) by J.R. Ward
  • Edward Cullen Twilight (Twilight #1) by Stephenie Meyer
  • Ethan from Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) by Chloe Neill
  • Beau from The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys #1) By Abbi Glines
  • Lincoln from Embrace (The Violet Eden Chapters, #1) by Jessica Shirvington
  • Alex from Angel (Angel, #1) by L.A. Weatherly
  • Luc from Personal Demons (Personal Demons #1) by Lisa Desrochers
  • Hunter from Wide Awake (Academy of the Fallen #1) by Daniele Lanzarotta
  • Lucas from Evernight (Evernight #1) by Claudia Gray

 

What do you think about those list?I really love all these characters equal that I couldn’t be able to add numbers in the list. Whats your Top Ten Tuesday? What do you think about mine (be honest?!) Leave a comment and let me know!! =)

 

Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly (Unearthly #1)

by Cynthia Hand

In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees . . . .Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that more…

In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees . . . .Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart

Hardcover, 435 pages
 Published     January 4th 2011    by HarperTeen
Rating : ♥♥♥♥♥

Okay what I can really say about this book that totally surprised me ?First let me just say I have a love crush with Angels and I can’t deny I read almost every book with Angels. So I knew I was going to read Unearthly I just didn’t knew when exactly. And I did I really regret in a way I haven’t done it earlier. We are talking about a big surprise here and  has a spot in my Favourite books with Angels

Despite some stereotypical introduction and some hints there in various places I have to say that for a Young Adult Paranormal book it had the whole package I wanted : interesting and likeable characters, storyline, action romance all in one book including Cynthia Hand writing which I personally found it was fantastic because it was smooth and easy and I was not able to put it down even that a big part of the story is teenage life with high school and all.

For the end I have to point out that beside the storyline and the action my favourite part in the book is  the romance.Its not that I didn’t expected a love triangle but the way it was develop and the suprising direction it took left with my jaw open and how things turned out to be

Over all a fantastic read and I cant wait to read the 2nd one in the series

p.s I am Team Tucker all the way I mean this guy is adorable right?

In My Mailbox (8)

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren
Happy Sunday everyone! Due to Easter Holidays and to some health problems i was not able to do a IMM but here you go.This week i receive the following :

Balthazar By Claudia Gray

The Morganville Vampires, Volume 1 By Rachel Caine

Everlasting By: Alyson Noel (the final book of the series just released in Greek Language)

Desire Unchained By Larissa Ione

Midnight Awakening By Lara Adrian

Night Huntress: One Foot in the Grave Bk. 2 By Jeaniene Frost

 

What do you think?What do you have in your IMM this week? Leave a comment with your thoughts and your blog too!

 

 

Waiting On Wednesday (3)

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

 

Last Rite (Personal Demons #3)

by Lisa Desrochers

Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: May 8th 2012 by Tor Teen

In this final installment of the thrilling, edgy Personal Demons series, the battle between Heaven and Hell has become critical, and Frannie Cavanaugh is right at the center of it.

With the help of the powerful angel Gabe and demon-turned-mortal Luc, Frannie has been able to stay one step ahead of the forces of Hell. But when the demons killed Frannie’s best friend and destroyed her brother, they raised the stakes. If Frannie wants to keep her family and friends safe, she knows she has no choice but to go on the run.

Their best defense is the power Frannie has been struggling to master, but her attempts to hone her skill go horribly awry. If Frannie doesn’t learn fast, the consequences could be devastating–even apocalyptic.

What happens when you can’t outrun Hell…or trust the ones you love?

 

 

I loved previous 2 in the series and even that i am sad enough this is the last one in the series i can’t wait to read it!

What’s your “waiting on” pick this week?Leave a comment with your link  so i can check out as well =)

 

 

Before (Heven and Hell 0.5) by Cambria Hebert

Before (Heven and Hell 0.5)

by Cambria Hebert

 

What if your life was charmed and everything in it was perfect…
Before.

This is the story of my past. Of what things were like for me when everything was normal. Of what every teenager’s life is like. Clothes. Parties. Boys and summer vacation. What’s so wrong with that? I liked it. I was happy.

Until things changed. I changed.

I didn’t know that lies and secrets were about to take over my existence. I didn’t know there was someone out there, someone meant just for me. I didn’t know that I was about to go on a journey, a journey that would lead me to the girl I am today.
This is the beginning of the worst year of my life. Would I go back and change things? Erase everything that has happened to go back into these moments?

Not a chance.

This is a story of before.

Kindle Edition, 18 pages
Published November 13th 2011 by Otherworld Publications
Rating : ♥♥♥♥
Okay i have to admit that i got this from Kindle for free one day i was searching for new books (back then i didn’t knew anything about Masquerade)

I am never a big fan of pre sequels but this was very interesting to read specially when you have no idea whats going on.

From those 18 pages i read i believe this was a very well writing teaser from Cambria Hebert. The story is captivating and well written and full with so many secrets mainly because of Sam. Who is Sam?What secrets he has? Why he havent stopped thinking about Heven?Whats the big deal about her and why he can’t be close? Heven in the other thing is a normal teenager cheerleader,sweet and funny and a normal teen which she has everything and then..

I think the ending with the cliff hanger is what it really made me to start over the first book now =)