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Rivals and Retribution by Shannon Delany (13 to life #5)

Published September 18, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Rivals and Retribution by Shannon Delany (13 to Life #5)

In Rivals and Retribution, the fifth book in the 13 to Life series by Shannon Delany, Pietr and Jessie will find themselves caught in a pack war with a new breed of werewolves.

Jessie Gillmansen is in trouble again and she’s in for the fight of her life–and Pietr’s! With Marlaena’s dangerous wolf pack putting more pressure on the Rusakova family, change is inevitable and when it comes, it brings a heavy price that forces Alexi into action to save his youngest brother’s heart, head, and life. In the stunning conclusion of this celebrated paranormal series two werewolf families fight for control of the small town of Junction, control of each other and–most elusive of all–control of themselves. From Goodreads.

Now I didn’t realize that this was it for the series until not too long ago. I am quite sad to see the characters go to be honest with you. But I am pretty sure that Shannon will continue to write books and publish them so I know that I will fall in love with some of her other characters!

Poor Jessie and Pietr!! I feel like that is not said enough, they go through soooooo much to be together and this book is no exception. It begins with Jessie being kidnapped by Marlaena’s group and it gets worse from there. I mean I didn’t think there was much more that could happen to them so when they got Jessie back, and they found out that the antidote didn’t actually hold, well all hell broke loose.

Marlaena’s pack is staying with the Rusakova pack and apparently something HUGE happens between Pietr and Marlaena. Yea I am not telling you what it is exactly but there were times that I thought I might cry, okay I lied I totally sobbed because of everything, I honestly don’t think Jessie got a lot of credit for being an awesome heroine. She was loving and tough and smart. She cared about everyone’s feelings and didn’t want anything bad to happen to anyone even Marlaena after everything she did to her.

The ending of the book was just what I wanted it to be and I am pretty sure that if it ended any other way, I would have been fuming. Now I am not going to lie, the very last of it I am not sure what that meant so don’t ask me. But I am pretty sure it wasn’t good. Yea it was a very good and confusing ending. Nothing like keeping the reader on their toes, Shannon.

I gave this final book in the series 4 out of 5 stars!

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The Mayfair Moon by J.A. Redmerski (The Darkwoods Trilogy #1)

Published September 2, 2012 by crysbookreviews

The Mayfair Moon by J.A. Redmerski (The Darkwoods Trilogy #1)

After a nightmarish encounter with a werewolf, seventeen-year-old Adria Dawson loses her sister, but gains the love of a mysterious young man and his legendary family.

Strange and tragic things begin to happen in the small town of Hallowell, Maine: residents come down with an unexplainable ‘illness’ and some disappear. In the midst of everything, Isaac Mayfair is adamant about keeping Adria safe, even from her sister whom he has warned her to stay away from.

As unspeakable secrets unfold all around Adria, impossible choices become hers to bear. Ultimately, no matter what path she takes, her life and the lives of those she loves will be in peril. As she learns about the werewolf world she also learns why her place in it will change the destinies of many. From Goodreads.

Now I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book because there have been soooo many werewolf stories recently. But I figured that I would still give it a chance, the worst that could happen is that I don’t like it. Luckily not only did I like it but I loved it.

I loved how there were 2 different types of werewolves, and how angry her sister got about what happened to them. I really liked that they were taken in by their family and eventually Adria made friends and started to care about her family, although she was still worried about her sister.

Now Isaac tried so hard not to include Adria into what was going on, it seemed but eventually he caved to how he felt about her. And once she knew about werewolves everything seemed to make more sense. I loved how he wanted her but not if it was going to cost her humanity.  It was crazy, poor Isaac since he had to fight his mom to keep Adria and he had to fight the alpha of the other group of werewolves because he wanted her too.

I was honestly shocked by how much I enjoyed this story that I was sad to see it end. I can’t wait to read the second book. There was action and romance and of course the paranormal in this book.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Mirage by Kristi Cook (Winterhaven #2)

Published August 15, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Mirage by Kristi Cook (Winterhaven #2)

Seventeen-year-old Violet McKenna is back for her senior year at Winterhaven, and thrilled to be with Aidan after a long summer apart. But when a violent and disturbing vision begins to haunt her, Violet suddenly feels unsure of everything: who to trust, if she is in danger, and—worst of all—whether she and Aidan are really meant to be together. From Goodreads.

Wow, I can honestly say the second book was WAY WAY better then the first and I loved the first book. So much happened in Mirage I almost don’t know where to start. There were so many secrets in this book I was surprised that the relationships lasted.

Violet ends up with a new coach, who is actually good for her because he does teach her a lot of things. She ends up using these new things to help with her visions that she has to help figure things out more. Like the vision she had in Haven, if you read the first book you know exactly which vision I am talking about. Now the coach also happens to be a very young, very hot teacher who has secrets of his own as well.

Aiden is working almost day and night to get a cure for his vampirism so he can be with Violet for the rest of her life. I felt bad for Aiden because someone was going behind his back and tampering with the cure that was causing some not so great side effects.  Basically life couldn’t get any harder for Violet and Aiden. No matter how hard they try to be together it is like fate refuses to allow it for some reason.

There are some new characters in this book that are definitely going to have bigger parts in the next book and I can’t wait till that book comes out. I know I may be heartbroken at the end of that book but I hope not as much as I was when this book ended. I still love my happily ever afters, it is the romantic in me.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Haven by Kristi Cook (Winterhaven #1)

Published August 15, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Haven by Kristi Cook (Winterhaven #1)

Violet McKenna thought she was crazy when she had a vivid vision of her dad’s murder—but when her premonition came true, her life fell apart. Then she found a new school: Winterhaven. There, Violet fits right in. All the students have special “gifts” like her own, and she quickly finds a close group of friends. But Violet’s attraction to an alluring boy becomes problematic when intense visions of his death start to haunt her. In her premonitions, the secret he is unwilling to share begins to reveal itself—and the unbelievable becomes reality. To Violet’s horror, she learns that their destinies are intertwined in a crictical—and deadly—way. From Goodreads.

I absolutely loved this book! I like how Violet wasn’t just a girl but that she was psychic and able to have visions from the future. I know there are a lot of books about psychics but how many are in a school full of psychics and vampires? Oh and werewolves. Yea, it was pretty awesome.

I loved the relationship between Aiden and Violet. I thought it was cute, even though I am one of those that aren’t for insta-love. I loved how their relationship grew as time went on. I also liked how they fought, of course it isn’t about normal stuff because she is psychic and he was a vampire. Plus everyone loves a hot vampire.

I was really surprised to find out that Violet wasn’t only just a psychic, of course I won’t tell you want that is. You would just have to read the book to find that out. I also thought that it was pretty awesome and definitely made everything more suspenseful.

The biggest shocker I think I had been finding out who betrayed Violet and Aiden. I was so upset about it; I really thought that person was a good person. Yea I am not giving any details because once again, you should definitely read these books. I hope we find out why he chose to do what he did but you never know, it may just stay a mystery.

I reread this book to make sure I remembered what happened before I read Mirage, the second book by Kristi Cook. It didn’t disappoint me the second time around either.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (Mortal Instruments #5)

Published August 4, 2012 by crysbookreviews

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (Mortal Instruments #5)

The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace freed from captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing, so is the boy she hates: her brother Sebastian, who is determined to bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.

The Clave’s magic cannot locate either boy, but Jace can’t stay away from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s magic has wrought – Jace and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other.

Only a few people believe that Jace can still be saved. Together, Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle bargain with the sinister Seelie Queen, contemplate deals with demons, and turn at last to the merciless, weapon-making Iron Sisters, who might be able to forge a weapon that can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. If the Iron Sisters can’t help, their only hope is to challenge Heaven and Hell – a risk that could claim their lives.

And they must do it without Clary. For Clary is playing a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series. From Goodreads.

I do have to say Mrs. Clare sure can write amazing books. I haven’t read a single book that I haven’t fallen in love with by her. I hope I always love her books as much as I love this series and her Infernal Device series.

I loved how this book began right where City of Fallen Angels left off. Poor Clary, not knowing what was happening to Jace who she obviously loved more than her own safety. And Alec and Izzy are willing to do anything to help her get him back. Of course what brother and sister wouldn’t do that after losing their youngest brother? Of course that statement doesn’t work with Clary and Jonathan/Sebastian.

I thought the book was so heartfelt. I wanted Jace back, I wanted Alec to get over his insecurities with Magnus, and I wanted Izzy to realize that loving someone wouldn’t break you. There were so many moments that I wanted to scream at the book but there were other moments that I just couldn’t believe were happening.

I totally think I know who Brother Zachariah is but I hope I am wrong. Of course I could totally be wrong and then it wouldn’t matter what I thought to begin with. When you read this book, I am sure you will think the same thing that I did.

I don’t want to give too away because all of Cassandra Clare’s books are worth reading. A lot.

I gave this book 6 out of 5 stars.

Teaser Tuesday!!!!

Published July 17, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading!

To participate all you have to do is:

•Grab your current read

•Open to a random page

•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

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“Clary snapped the compartment open and frowned. She took out a shiny folded pamphlet, the kind they kept stacked in clear plastic stands in hospital waiting rooms. “How to Come Out to Your Parents,” she read out loud. “LUKE. Don’t be ridiculous. Simon’s not gay, he’s a vampire.” page 213

 

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock (Hemlock #1)

Published July 7, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock (Hemlock #1)

Mackenzie and Amy were best friends.

Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer:

A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome–also known as the werewolf virus–is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boy-friend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spell-binding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love. From Goodreads.

Wow! What a great story this was. I couldn’t put the book down while I was reading it. There was so many secrets and lies and love that was never mentioned between friends and from people that were just people that were known by Mac.

After Amy is murdered by a wolf a few months later, Mac decides it is time to put her foot down and find out about the white werewolf that attacked and killed her. Which what bff wouldn’t do that? I know I would search high and low to find out what happened to my bff. Since she is doing that she decides to help Jason, Amy’s ex boyfriend, into cleaning up his act. Since her death, Jason is a massive drunk now. But once again who wouldn’t be? Especially when you find out more about what happened that day.

I do have to mention that the bad guy was definitely not the person I thought it would be or wanted it to be. It got even worse when Mac finds out why he does what he does. Because his dad wanted a way into Senate where Amy’s grandfather is. Evil and diabolical is what that man is, even worse is that he made his son have the bloodlust.

I can’t wait for the second book in the trilogy. If it is anything like the first book, I am going to love it.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.