Review Rendezvous: 3/10/18

Fallen by Lauren Kate
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young Adult, paranormal, fantasy, romance
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 452
Publish date: December 8th, 2009
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository

FallenWhat if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart. 

Get ready to fall . . .

So I’m about to admit to the biggest sin in book-kind: I watched the movie for this book before I actually read it. I mean, according to Goodreads I read this back in 2014, but it’s only after I just saw the movie that I really re-read it and got interested. So it’s basically the first time I cared for the story.

But I must say, I did enjoy the book much more than the first time I read it. The take on angels is quite intriguing, and I need to know more about how Daniel and Luce ended up back together, because that has to happen in the end. It’s basically required.

Anywho, quick spoiler-free summary before I continue. Luce has been called psychotic her whole life (at least, until she pretends that she can’t see the shadows that plague her), but it came to a head when a cabin spontaneously combusted and killed the boy she was with. That got her sent to reform school, because no one believes Luce is entirely innocent. Even her parents are on edge, but they still love her, which is refreshing to have for once instead of the entirely absentee parents seen so often in YA.

It is at Sword & Cross, the reform school she’s sentenced to, that Luce meets Daniel. She can’t get over the fact that she’s known him somewhere before, and also can’t fight her need to stay away. She’s shocked when he realizes what he’s been keeping from her, and thus the problems begin.

I will admit, there was a bit of the classic love triangle that I am not entirely a fan of. It’s bad fallen angel vs. good fallen angel. We’ll see if it stretches out over more books, because then I really might have more problems with it. But, I digress. There is also some of that insta-love going on with Luce, which is why I ended up docking two hearts even though I did enjoy the book. Those two literary sins are just two of my least favorite things as they’re quite unrealistic. But then again, so is the concept of fallen angels and soulmates being reincarnated for each other. Either way, I’m still reading the rest, so that tells you it’s good enough to pick up anyways.



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Review Rendezvous: 1/13/18

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young adult, paranormal, romance
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 323
Publish date: March 2nd, 2010
Purchase: Amazon – Barnes & Noble – Book Depository

HHThree years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father—an elusive European warlock—only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tag-along ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

This is one of the very first series that really got me into fantasy and magic. I actually read the second book first on accident, then went back to read the first, and promptly forgot about the series due to life changes. I finally picked up the last book just a few months ago, and boy do I wish I’d read it sooner! I love the voice that Hawkins has, and her world is quite intriguing.

The story contains romance, the contrast of best friends and school rivals, not to mention the overhanging potential for all out war. But Hawkins balances everything quite well, and I absolutely adored reading this series.

This first book is a great setup for the rest of the series, even if it is not as action-heavy as the rest. I 100% suggest it to fans of mystery and magic!


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Review Rendezvous: 12/30/17

Love Reborn by Yvonne Woon
Book stats:
Genre(s): Paranormal, romance, young adult
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 368
Publish date: January 7th, 2014
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository Barnes & Noble

LoveRenée and Dante are dying. The soul they share cannot sustain them both, and they’re quickly running out of time. 

But Renée has in her possession a legendary chest said to contain the secret to eternal life-if only they could solve the clues that lie within it. With both the Liberum, a Brotherhood of the Undead, and a team of Monitors, led by Renée’s own grandfather, in hot pursuit, Renée and Dante must keep the chest safe or risk having it fall into the wrong hands. 

With the help of a mysterious letter-writer called only Monsieur, Renée and Dante follow a series of clues that lead them on a treacherous journey across Europe. They seek the Netherworld, a legendary chasm where souls go to be cleansed. It’s their only chance at a fresh start, but with it comes a terrible choice, one they never imagined they would be forced to make. 

The third novel in the acclaimed Dead Beautiful series is a haunting story of sacrifice, loyalty, and a love that can never die.

If you haven’t read my review of the first book in the series, you can do so here.

This series was one of the first to get me interested in the more paranormal side of YA. Seeing as I have now read over 40 books in that category, I would say it was definitely addictive. The main reason I enjoyed this series so much is that it played out an entirely different kind of undead that those that we are used to seeing. Also, the fact that all of the undead are only under 18, it makes me a little creeped out to think of a murderous 10-year-old chasing me.

Anyways, I really enjoyed reading how Renée and Dante’s relationship played out as well. There’s a definite ‘soulmate’ plotline going on, but the twist on it (that they actually have the same soul) is quite intriguing. The history that the books brings into play with Rene Descartes (even though there is probably a lot of liberty taken with it) just adds to the richness of the setting.

When I first read the series, I could only get the first book from the library, so I kinda just stopped there since I wasn’t really following authors or book series at the time. But, by the time I remembered it, both the second and third books were out and I devoured them instantaneously. I actually just re-read this one about a week ago as well, since it is stored on my laptop. This book gets the honor of being the only book I have ever bought from Apple iBooks. I definitely buy more books now (bookworm problems), but back then, buying books was unheard of for me, so you know it must be good.

Honestly, I’ve been trying to think of downsides the entire time I was writing this post, but I am struggling to find any. I suppose the only one that I could mention is that there is a mysterious gentleman helping the group out, and without him they all would’ve been captured or died. He kinda seems all-knowing and does make things a lot easier for the characters, but they still have to struggle through and puzzle things out on their own, so I don’t think he’s as bad as other deus ex machina moments I’ve read or seen.

Anyways, you should definitely read this book series if you’re into the paranormal and undead. You won’t regret it!

This wraps up my series-conclusion-themed December reviews, so I hope y’all have enjoyed! Leave me a note down below as to what type of reviews you’d like to see in the future!


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Review Rendezvous: 12/2/17

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Book stats:
Genre(s): Paranormal, romance, young adult
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 608
Publish date: December 7th, 2010
Purchase: Amazon Book Depository

LSThey come first.

My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won’t give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri’s face join Lissa’s. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.

The dead could finally have me.

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose – for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back…and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?

Before we begin, if you haven’t read my review of the first book in this series, hop on over there and then come back 🙂

For those of you who have been following this entire series, we’ve been through a lot haven’t we? Death threats against Lissa, Dmitri being taken and turned Strigoi, not to mention Rose’s new love interest in Adrian Ivashkov. I will admit that Mead has kept me entertained and interested very well throughout the entire series.

In the conclusion to this series, Rose has just been accused of murdering the queen of the entire vampiric race. That definitely cannot bode well for someone, especially a person as outspoken about her dislike of the queen as Rose has been. But, with no other viable alternatives, it seems that this is the end for Rose. Except it’s not, because we have an entire book to fill.

Small spoiler, but it’s in the beginning of the book so not really, but Rose gets broken out of jail by several people who clearly believe in her innocence. She’s brought to a remote location where the dhampirs sent to hunt her cannot get to her, and told to stay put. But this is Rose, since when does she do as she’s told? She decides to go off on yet another adventure, but this time it changes the fate of the vampire world as they know it.

Honestly, I thought this was a perfect wrap up to a series. Normally once something ends, I’m immediately on fanfiction looking for more to read about the lives after canon, but in this one I though that it ended so well, I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I didn’t even touch the spinoff series Bloodlines for several months afterwords because I didn’t believe it could get any better (spoiler, it does, read Bloodlines!).

There are fifteen million plotlines and strings to tie up, but it all finishes off in a way that is fulfilling and makes sense for everything. One of my pet peeves is when authors tease something or write a subplot in earlier in a series and it never comes to fruition. Sure, there are a few questions left at the end, but only one major question goes unresolved, which ends up being the main premise of the next book series.

I loved seeing the character growth in Rose. To be honest, I think Lissa remains mostly unchanged for the series besides her developing magic more and maybe growing up a bit, but it’s in Rose where we really find the true growth. She’s not the rash, “run in with no plan” dhampir we met in the first book. And then there’s her relationship with Dmitri. I could seriously read all the best moments of the relationship all day long. I may or may not have just recently rented out all the books from the library again just to read my favorite parts.

All in all, there are so many reasons why this series sits in the top section of my favorite books of all time. I love it so much, and hopefully you will enjoy it just as much as I have.


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Blog Tour: From the Sky & Equinox

This week I’m part of another blog tour, featuring two books from the Beyond Moondust trilogy! The first two books are currently available through Kindle Unlimited, so pick them up today! There is also currently a giveaway for a copy of the first book! You can enter hereGiveaway closes October 14th at 11:59 PM PDT.

I have only reviewed the first book in the interest of keeping this post spoiler-free, however I did read the second one, and let me tell you, it was an amazing follow-up. Definitely one you do not want to miss!

From the Sky by J. E. Nicassio
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young adult, dystopia, romance
Medium: Kindle
Number of pages: 259
Publish date: June 23rd, 2015
Purchase: Amazon – Book Depository – Barnes & Noble

FromTheSkyRedo_Nicassio_coverWhen Samantha Hunter and her father move to New Mexico, it’s a chance to get away from the bittersweet memories of her past and start over. However, the arrival of a dark-haired stranger into her life changes everything. The stranger, a boy, named Lucien introduces Sam to the hidden world of real-life aliens.
Redemption and romance follow Sam in her new life as she works to decipher her complicated alien-human relationship and discovers what connects her to this strange alien boy.

I think I’ve decided I need more aliens in my life. Well, in fictional form that is. As soon as I got into this book, I definitely felt some major Roswell vibes, if anyone’s ever seen that series. Nevertheless, this was a fantastic book in it’s own right. I have zero time to do anything right now, but I still enjoyed reading this immensely.

The feeling of loss and the move that opens up the book is described in such a raw way. The idea of a new life in New Mexico away from painful memories is promising, but Sam will never fully be separated from the tragedy that has befallen her. She’s content to blend in at first, and then she meets a boy she swears she’s met before. Of course, this strange coincidence is only the first step in a large collection of even stranger things.

The emotion and character depth in this book is wonderful, I was engaged with the characters from page one. There is just enough action, suspense, romance, and even a little conspiracy theory, because you can’t have a novel with aliens without a little crazy conspiracy. Not to mention the relationship between Lucien and Sam, which I absolutely adored. What can I say? I’m a sucker for romance.

As with most books the include specific jargon, there was a fair amount of new terms. It wasn’t too hard to follow along, but I did forget what some meant and had to go back a few times.

I was provided with this book in exchange for an honest review.


The morning dew kissed the steep slope and ridge boughs of the winding road. I loved how the shade of the sugar maple trees blanketed the dense, mossy hollow of Hidden Valley.

 I heard the thud before the antlers crashed through the windshield. Without thinking, my hands covered my eyes as the car flipped over the guardrail and down the embankment. The seatbelt pulled tight across my chest, squeezing the air from my lungs. The car rolled and rolled until it stopped on its side. I hit my head on the window, and everything went black.

I’m unsure of how long I had been unconscious, but I woke up to the flash of a bright light and realized I was trapped. It was the seatbelt. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t undo my seatbelt. I felt something wet and warm. A sweet, metallic, pungent smell entered my nose. Blood.

“Finn….” I struggled to speak.

He didn’t answer. There was only the rattling of metal and the sound of whizzing air, like when a can of Coke is opened after it’s been shaken.

“Finn, talk to me, please. Are you hurt?”

A second bright light flashed beyond the trees. In the distance, the rustling of movement and low voices were coming closer.

“We’re here,” I struggled to get the words out. “Help!” I tried shouting, but the belt made it hard to raise my voice. There was no way they would find us. Just when I thought all hope was lost, I felt someone at my side.

“Don’t be afraid. I got you,” the stranger said. It was a man’s voice, and he spoke gently to me, instantly soothing my worries.

The seatbelt snapped open, and I could breathe again.

“She’s free,” the stranger said. His words rolled off his lips like liquid gold.

Am I dead? Is he an angel?

My fingers trailed loosely at my side as he dragged me across the dry soil. He laid me down on the forest ground away from the wreckage.

The blurred figure above me pulled his shirt off and tucked it underneath my head. For a moment, I was enveloped in his scent, and he lifted my head just enough for me to see my brand-new iPhone crushed on the ground beside me.

“My brother?” I whispered. My voice still not as strong as it should’ve been.

“Shhh. Don’t try to speak,” the stranger said, pushing my hair away from my face. When he did, a calmness swept over me.

“What do you think you’re doing? Just leave her,” another voice said. I hadn’t known anyone else was there.

“Help my brother,” I said, more clearly now.

“I’m so sorry—” the first man started, but he didn’t have to finish. I already knew Finn was dead.

The shadowy figure placed his hands on me.

“Don’t do it,” said the second voice. “We have to leave now.”

“No! We caused this!” the first voice begged.

“Stop! You must not. Let’s just go.”

“I’ve got to do something. She’ll die…”

“It’s not for you to decide! It’s not allowed.

There’ll be consequences, brother.”

“I can’t let her die.”

“You can’t, or you won’t?”

“I won’t!”

“No…” I tried to tell them both. I could taste the blood as it filled my mouth and gurgled from my lips. “Let me die.”

“Not today,” The stranger that had rescued me said. I felt his hands brush over my head.

A jolt of electricity shot through my body. I wasn’t scared anymore.

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