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Fated by Courtney Cole

Published May 21, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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Fated by Courtney Cole (Bloodstone Saga #2)

Seventeen-year old Macy Lockhart thought she had it all figured out.

As a Keeper in the ancient organization, the Order of the Moirae, she literally holds fate in her hands. She lives over and over in lives that end tragically; all to further the good of mankind as she does her part to control destiny.
But there’s one lesson that she hasn’t learned well enough. Nothing is ever what it seems.

Startling new revelations about her identity surface and Macy realizes that she’s more important than she ever imagined.

As she struggles to grasp her new reality, everyone she loves is threatened. Is she strong enough to save them all? From Goodreads.

Wow this second book was really good. There was more love and action throughout the whole book. And the ending…just wow. Once again Macy is dealing with something different. The Fates hurt her so that they can have a conversation on how she isn’t holding up to dealing with her charge.

There were so many new secrets that come out. Apparently no one is who they seem to be. Still throughout the story Gavin and Macy are steadily together. Their love is unbreakable, or is it? Macy finds out that she is a goddess, mind you a minor one but one nonetheless. Gavin has been her husband since the beginning of time basically and they have loved each other fiercely before losing each other dramatically. Not only that, but the decisions that she has pushed her charge to do have been hurtful to her and everyone else.

I don’t want to say too much about it because you really should read it. I have only started the series, I still have to get the other books to finish it off but if the other books are as good as the first two books, I can’t wait to read those. Courtney changed mythology enough that it makes it a lot different from everyone else that has written about something similar.

I give this book 4 out of 5 books.

Clockwise by Elle Strauss

Published May 21, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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Clockwise by Elle Strauss

Casey Donovan has issues: hair, height and uncontrollable trips to the 19th century! And now this—she’s accidentally taken Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time. Awkward.

Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother and when Casey finds she has a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, something changes in Nate. Are those romantic sparks or is it just “brotherly” protectiveness?

When they return to the present, things go back to the way they were before: Casey parked on the bottom of the rung of the social ladder and Nate perched high on the very the top. Except this time her heart is broken. Plus, her best friend is mad, her parents are split up, and her younger brother gets escorted home by the police. The only thing that could make life worse is if, by some strange twist of fate, she took Nate back to the past again.

Which of course, she does. From Goodreads.

I thought this book was so cute. I liked how Casey felt like a real girl, especially since she didn’t realize how pretty she really was. She was just awkward. Okay she is really awkward and time traveling probably doesn’t help her grace.

And of course Nate seemed like a nice guy at first. Of course when he tells the truth, he kind of broke my heart. I really felt bad for Casey. It didn’t help that when they were in 1860 he is so much nicer and seems to care about her but when they are back to their time, he completely ignores her. I know I would have been heartbroken.

She can’t explain to her mom or dad or brother what goes on when she travels. But she does eventually figure out why she time travels. Which I thought was amazing. There were so many moments in the book that were really great, her friendship with her only friend was nice.

Casey tries to time travel alone because she doesn’t want to upset anyone and definitely doesn’t want her secret out. She only traveled once with her friend but recently she is always traveling with Nate every time he touches her, its immediate and they are thrown back into 1860. Mainly because he stresses her out and increases her heart rate.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I can’t wait for the second book to come out.

Every Last Kiss by Courtney Cole

Published May 21, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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Every Last Kiss by Courtney Cole (Bloodstone Saga #1)

Born a goddess. Controlled by the Fates. Can Macy’s love for her soul mate survive the bonds of time… and death?

17-year old Macy Lockhart is as far from normal as any one girl can be. The problem is, she doesn’t know it yet.

After a bloodstone pendant is mysteriously left on her door, Macy’s life begins to change in ways she’d never dreamed. And while she will eventually come to realize that nothing is ever what it seems, that her life is a tangled web of lies and the Fates themselves pull the strings, for now she is left with only the explanations that they offer her.

Macy is led to believe that if she doesn’t return to a previous doomed life, one in which she served as Queen Cleopatra ‘s handmaiden, the fate of the entire world will be threatened in a way that would destroy history as we know it. She learns that she has lived thousands of lives, each one ending tragically…but none as tragic as this one.

After returning to ancient Egypt, she is faced with heart-wrenching decisions. Unless she interferes with Fate’s plan, the very thing she was born to protect, her soul mate will die leading Marc Antony’s forces against Rome. Can she really stand aside and watch the love of her life die all over again?

In this fascinating novel-length prequel to The Bloodstone Saga, Courtney Cole sets the stage for an epic journey that will have readers holding their breath until the very last page of the very last book has been turned.

What would you do if you held Fate in your hands? From Goodreads.

Poor Macy or Charmian, in the now she is Macy but she is thrown back into a previous life of hers as Charmian, Cleopatra’s hand maiden and friend. She was just having one of those weeks, she found out her boyfriend cheated on her so she dumped him after 2 years worth of dating then she is sent back in time by a priest.

Meanwhile Macy is there and she is trying not to mess up the past but it is so hard for her since Annen, the priest, also brought a bad guy back from the dead to show her that the Fates can be changed. Still she was trying so hard to keep it the same. Eventually she has to tell Cleopatra, and then she tells Iras and Marc Antony because Iras was there and Antony saved her but had heard the conversation.

Throughout the story she is madly in love with Hasani, her soul mate. They spend time together and have been together since they were teenagers; they have not married only because of their duties. His to Antony and hers to Cleopatra but they are seen as married since they have been together for so long at that point. He is quite dreamy, warrior type that is gentle and oddly enough only has eyes for her in that time.

When she comes back, after setting everything right again, she is heartbroken because she lost Hasani, Cleopatra, and Antony. She was having a hard time going from one time to the other. When her best friends get her out of the house she runs into her ex, who seems to think that they are going to get back together. She of course tells him no, she knows out there that there is something better for her even if he isn’t around anymore. Or she thinks. Eventually she finds out that they will meet again. And they do! Gavin is new in town and she is just lucky enough to find him at a sandwich shop when she goes to get her mom lunch.

This book was amazing; there was mystery, love, comedy and drama. I was hooked throughout the whole story.

I give the first book 4 out of 5 stars.

 

Blackwood by Gwenda Bond

Published May 20, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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Blackwood by Gwenda Bond

On Roanoke Island, the legend of the 114 people who mysteriously vanished from the Lost Colony hundreds of years ago is just an outdoor drama for the tourists, a story people tell. But when the island faces the sudden disappearance of 114 people now, an unlikely pair of 17-year-olds may be the only hope of bringing them back.

Miranda, a misfit girl from the island’s most infamous family, and Phillips, an exiled teen criminal who hears the voices of the dead, must dodge everyone from federal agents to long-dead alchemists as they work to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony. The one thing they can’t dodge is each other.

Blackwood is a dark, witty coming of age story that combines America’s oldest mystery with a thoroughly contemporary romance. From Goodreads.

I love books based on history. I especially liked how it dealt with an American mystery. No one knows what happened to the Lost Colony so it was nice to see someone else’s view on what could have happened. Miranda is the girl on the island that everyone knows and dislikes. She is the weirdo, even though she isn’t that weird. Old family name, small town, secrets, lies for centuries come out in this book.

Miranda’s dad is the town drunk, her mom died when she was younger and everyone picks on her. Her life obviously isn’t rainbows and sunshine but she makes the best of it. She works with the theater company in town, she has a friend who is a few years older than her and doesn’t mind the rumors of her and her family, has a great dog named Sidekick. Honestly her life isn’t that bad, even though her dad drinks, he obviously loves her.

One day all of a sudden her dad doesn’t come home. Next thing she knows, a lot of people throughout town went missing. Now Phillips returns because he knows he has to protect Miranda from something, he just doesn’t know what it is the harm. Of course there is the history of him taunting her when they were younger so you can see how she was kinda shocked to find him on her porch. I know I would have been shocked.

There were so many revelations in the book it didn’t seem like there was a dull moment. I felt like the relationship between Miranda and Phillips was quickened because one moment she doesn’t trust him and the next it seemed that they were getting butterflies in their stomachs about each other. Although the route they took to get to their first kiss was endearing but rushed a little bit.

The bad guy was definitely not someone I would have thought possible. But at the same time it was kinda gross. Okay it was seriously gross but I read through it and nothing too disgusting ended up happening luckily.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Until I Die by Amy Plum

Published May 20, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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Until I Die by Amy Plum

Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.

As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.

In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series. From Goodreads.

Oh Amy Plum why do you do this to me? The ending was so heartbreaking and gave me hope at the same time. I was happy to see that Kate and Vincent were so cute at times, I really liked how they discussed a future. I really want them to have a future and be happy, they deserve it.

Now I miss Charlotte and even with his snarkiness, Charles. I am glad that Charles works through his issues. He wasn’t a bad guy, but Arthur and Violette that took their spots in the house, I was iffy with. Arthur had his moments that confused me because I couldn’t figure out if he was pro or against humans being in the know. Violette seemed like she wanted to be Kate’s new girl bff. This wasn’t going to happen because that is Charlotte and Georgia’s spot luckily.

The bad guy was literally the last person I saw coming. Okay maybe not the last person because that would be Jules or Ambrose. Who were in the book a little bit. Not as much as I would have liked because they are hilarious. Although you learned a little bit about Ambrose this time, you finally learn how Jules died.

The whole book was amazing, Paris is described beautifully. The characters are so realistic, they all have their flaws but they are willing to work around them to stay together.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Published May 18, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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Storm by Brigid Kememerer

Earth. Fire. Air. Water.

When Becca Chandler saves Chris Merrick from being beaten-up in the school car park, she has no idea how dramatically this one action will change her life. Chris is no ordinary guy and neither are his three older brothers. The Merrick boys are Elementals. Hot. Powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

Then there’s Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time. With her life at stake, Becca doesn’t know who to trust or whose secrets she should keep. And with two boy vying for her affections, and pressure rising all around her, will she find out in time who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all?

Take Cover.
The storm is coming
From Goodreads.

This book was really good throughout the whole thing. I really wanted to know what happened to Becca but when I did, I felt so bad especially since she blamed herself for what happened to her. She is definitely a lot tougher than most people give her credit for. She doesn’t take crap from anyone other than at school.

Chris meets her for the first time when she saves him from getting beaten to death. Luckily for him she was taking self defense classes that night. That night she ends up meeting officially his brothers, Michael, the oldest, and the twins Gabriel and Nick. Of course Michael scares the bejeesus out of her so it doesn’t exactly work to his advantage.

I like how she isn’t afraid to say what she is thinking, even if it’s not the right time to think it. Especially to her dad when he comes back into the picture after leaving years before with only 2 phone calls a year, or to Hunter, the new guy.

Now after not getting much of the right attention from guys, she ends up getting attention from Chris and from Hunter. Every time she is with Chris, you can almost see how they would be good for each other but they almost refuse to do anything about it. Especially since Chris is so hot and cold, makes sense since he has the water element as his power. He doesn’t have a temper like Gabriel though, nor is he as calm as Nick. I definitely preferred him over Hunter. Not that Hunter was a bad guy, just that I felt like there was something missing between Hunter and Becca.

There were so many secrets and lies between everyone that in the end it was nice to see that most of them came out and were handled somewhat. It’s only the first book of the trilogy, I am sure there are more secrets to come out.

I give the first book 4 out of 5 stars.

Die for Me by Amy Plum

Published May 17, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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Die for Me by Amy Plum

In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life–and memories–behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant–an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again. From Goodreads.

Now this book makes me feel like I am actually in Paris throughout it. I love the details that Amy puts into it. There are so many places that I would like to go that are mentioned in the book. I know Kate has a rough time throughout most of the book because she has to deal with living a life or just doing the motions of living. I am really glad that she chose to live; she deserves to be happy and loved.

I love her social butterfly of a sister, Georgia. She is not only a nice person but she cares more about her sister having fun then of herself having fun. Which she has fun anyways, because she is that type of person that will always make the most of the situation. Their relationship is really special because even though they have their grandparents, they really only have each other left out of their family.

Now Vincent, not only is he hot but he’s caring and willing to put up with some of Kate’s bad decisions. Most guys wouldn’t wait around for the girl to realize the mistake, but he did and he made sure to give her the space she needed to figure it out. His family of course couldn’t or wouldn’t give it to her, why? Because the care a lot about Vincent.

Of course the bad guy was a horrible person who used poor Georgia to gain access to Vincent body when he was dormant. Of course Lucien was a little surprised to learn that Kate wasn’t willing to just let him kill Vincent. I know I wouldn’t just let someone kill my boyfriend because of some crazy vendetta.

I know I haven’t said anything about the other characters in the book but if I had to pick my favorite I would be hard-pressed too. I really enjoyed Ambrose and Jules, especially with their flirting not only with Kate but with Georgia too. I also liked Charlotte too, she was so nice and I loved the friendship that bloomed with Kate almost immediately between them. Her Mamie and Papy were also very lovable, they care so much about them that will do just about anything to make sure that they are happy now.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Now onto the second of the series!