Wicked, The Trilogy – A Review

Hey there, bookworms!

So at the beginning of the month, I finished the final book of this trilogy, Brave and promised a review of the series since it is a part of my New Year’s Resolution to read five series. And yes, I’m considering this a series since there are more than two books. You may disagree and that’s A-okay. The Wicked trilogy consists of Wicked, Torn, and Brave. The reviews to them are below:

Wicked: here

Torn: here

Brave: here

If you have read the reviews then you already know just how hard I have gushed and fangirled over this trilogy. I didn’t imagine I’d fall so hard in love with it. While it does get hot and heavy, it’s not just that. Not. At. All. It’s amazing storytelling in a phenomenal city of enthralling danger.

In New Orleans, Ivy Morgan is just trying to hold on to some semblance of normal in her life by going to college. Her entire life has consisted of training and knowing that she could die very young, as many do in this profession because her and others in the same line of work know that humans aren’t the only thing strolling around the French Quarter. She and others known as The Order hunt fae.

Then in comes a new transfer. REn Owens. Immediately, Ivy is taken off-guard by his bright, forest green eyes and unfiltered charm. They nearly break down her barriers, but after what happened four years ago, she’s not ready to let anybody new into her life. So, she’s even less thrilled when he becomes her new partner.

More so? It seems the world just might be coming to an end. Perfect timing, right? Not only is Ivy struggling with how she feels about Ren, but these two will have to work together to find out what’s behind it and how to stop it, and the secrets they discover along the way will change everything.

While I loved everything from the phenomenal and vibrant depiction of New Orleans, which only makes me want to visit the city even more, to the incredible and mind-blowing character development that left me pining, I still have some questions.

For those of you who haven’t read this yet, be warned. It’s a bit spoiler-y.

Some questions I have and am contemplating:

At one point, Ivy was going to look for Jerome because the cranky cake addict was the last living person aside from mind-bent Merle and that didn’t really happen. It’s just my personal curiosity, but where is he? I mean, he’s alive, right? Ivy still owes him cake LOL.

This next one came directly after it was discovered that Ivy is a halfling. Which of her parents is the fae? Again, a personal curiosity, but still…That’s a story I’d love to hear.

Also, I’m so curious about Tink’s true name. Will Ivy ever be trusted enough to know it?

End of spoiler worthy talk.

The Characters:

There was so much to love about this series. Going back to the characters, Ren and Ivy had some of the most electric chemistry that I’ve ever felt. My hairs stood up on end a few times and there were shivers to be had. What they have is so natural and realistic and I admired it so much! With the hot and beautiful and smile-worthy came the heartache and cringe-y and awkward. So much awkward. I can’t express enough how much I laughed.

Then there’s the star of this book or at least the one that was the most unforgettable. The last of his kind. Tink, the brownie. Such a little bastard that he is, he’s also sweet in his own way. Except for the fucking troll dolls. That just wasn’t right in the head. He’s one of those rare friends that will always be honest and true and loyal and let you fall on your face while abusing your Amazon and Netflix accounts. But while abusing your Amazon account, they’ll be sure to buy you a cool AF T-shirt because they love you. Much like Ivy and Ren, I can’t pick a favorite part with Tink.

The End:

Coming to the end of this trilogy was actually pretty difficult. It moves at a hard and sharp pace that had no intention of slowing down so I had no idea how it would end, but it did and on a very light and sweet note that left Ivy and Ren’s story open in case it would be returned to later.

Now, there are two novellas out there: 1,001 Nights: The Prince & 1,001 Night: The King. I’ll have to look into those…

The Author:

When it comes to Jennifer L. Armentrout I must say that she is inspiring. Not only does she create fantastic works of paranormal fiction, fantasy, and YA, but she gives them so much life with her perfectly placed pop culture references, puns, wit, and charm.

Currently, she is writing her spin-off series to LUX deemed the Origin series (which I am also hopelessly addicted to). Also, currently released to paperback is her Dark Elements trilogy about a soul-sucking kiss and gargoyles. Not going to lie, I’ve never read about gargoyles, but I’m definitely interested. I also have Storm & Fury-another new release-on my wishlist and can’t wait to read it.

 

All in all, such a great series by a top-notch author that brings such fantastic and breathtaking storytelling to a whole new level. If you haven’t read it yet, then I hope you get the chance. In my personal opinion, it’s an instant favorite, especially for those who really enjoy Holly Black’s Modern Faerie Tale & Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely Series. This takes them up to a whole new notch, but it’s fae and lusty love with a side of kicking ass and taking no names.

More to comes soon…

  -K.

 

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Winter is Over, Summer is Coming… (Brave – A Book Review)

Brave (Wicked #3)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 2017

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Rated E for emotional overdrive that sends not only characters into a frenzy but readers too.

 

Because behind every evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…

After torture and dread, Ivy Morgan is finally safe…for the time being. She and Ren have escaped the deadly clutches of fae Prince, Drake, as well as the Order, by hiding in plain sight with the Summer Fae who’ve become unexpected allies. Nobody even knew they were alive. Taking the time to regroup, Ivy is feeling less and less like herself. Something dark and hungry is growing within. Her fae half.

As she struggles to figure out how to handle it, she and others need to make a plan to get rid of Drake once and for all. But when Ren makes a choice he has no right making for Ivy, the results have lasting, painful consequences that could pull them apart.

When unexpected reveals are made, everyone must come together to defeat it, even if it means some of them may not make it out alive. Betrayals are made. Friends are lost. The future is changed forever.

And a queen rises ready to take over the world. Ivy will do whatever it takes to knock her from her would-be throne in New Orleans and save those she loves.

 

The Wicked trilogy is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 3 of 3.

 

Wicked – Review Here                           Torn – Review Here

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a huge fan of J. L. A. She is a fantastic storyteller and right up my alley. With the pop cultural references, strong emotions, and fast and powerful storytelling that really keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. This is an author that writes for enjoyment and for readers to enjoy, not to analyze and study in how it relates to the world. Just love and enjoy a good story.

That is exactly the case here. The third and final book of this series was so fantastic I wish I could get out all of the words just right, but as usual, I’m such a jumble of sounds because I loved it so much. Ivy and Ren really encompassed a relationship and rose to my top five favorites. They’re a perfect example that relationships take work. Sometimes you’re going to fight and disagree, but you don’t just give up. You pull through it. You work together. I freaking love them. They’ve got the goals, both sexually and intimately. I can’t be the only one who’s read these books and thought: Damn, wish my sex life was this good. LOL.

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The struggles that both Ivy and Ren had separately was great and powerful. Not great because it sucked they were struggling. But the detail and length to show it was. It was so real and getting that from the way they feel and think and how they speak. J. L. A. nailed it. I’ve said it in the last two reviews. I can’t say it enough. She has a way of bringing raw and relatable emotions and it’s among one of my favorite things. It really hooked me.

Side Note: Tink’s fucking troll dolls! Can’t spoil it, but WTF, dude!

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An unexpected alliance is made with the Summer Fae. The lore of the Summer Fae and Winter has always been intriguing to me. Summer have always been described with warmth and youth while the Winter are cold and torturous. It’s no different here. I really enjoyed how J. L. A. gave life to both sides of the fae. It’s remarkable and so natural. And the depictions between the two are splendid.

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The end of this trilogy was rather quick and precise. It wasn’t that it was rushed. It was just done in a sense that the trilogy actually feels unfinished like it can be added to later down the line. For now, Ivy and Ren can rest in a sense. I really enjoyed that. The fight isn’t over and the series could pick up later, but for now, it’s done and I’m pretty dang satisfied. Well, that’s a lie. I’m satisfied with the ending and that it all came around so well, but I WANT MORE! LOL. I know I know. I’m greedy.

 

Overall

To the point, I LOVE this trilogy. Really fantastic and I can’t believe it’s not more popular. Beautiful and intense and quite a bit of action (take that how you want). It’s my sole belief that J. L. A. is completely underrated and deserves more attention because she is bomb! I really can’t wait to come back to this trilogy one day and I stand by my past remark that it needs to be made into a series on HBO.

Keep a look out for the overall summary of the trilogy!

 

Quotables:

“You’d think the extra fae-ness would’ve given me a nice heart-shaped bottom of something. That I wouldn’t have complained about.” (Ivy, p. 118)

“Sometimes what is necessary isn’t always right.” (Merle, p. 140)

“Just so you know, I like the idea of my vagina being golden. That’s not an insult.” (Ivy to Kyle, p. 222)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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I Am What I Am (Torn – A Book Review)

Torn (Wicked Trilogy #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 2016

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Rated D for a deceiving little halfling that actually feels guilty about it.

 

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Ivy Morgan has just made the horrific discovery that she’s a halfling. Half human, half fae. Her life will never be the same. She can’t tell anyone in the Order or it’ll be the end for her. Stake-in-her-heart end. But, she has to think about what to do next because the doors to the Otherworld were opened and the deadly Fae Prince was freed. He’ll be looking for a halfling so that he can open all of the doors and fae-ageddon the planet. Ivy must hurry to figure out how to kill the prince before he discovers her first.

She grew up, taught that fae are meant to be hunted and killed, but what will she do now that she’s one of them?

Then there’s Ren Owens. Tattooed, charming and, an Elite member of the Order, he’s meant to kill her, kill halflings. She hasn’t cared about anyone this much in a very long time. After what they’ve been through, could he handle this? Or would he do his duty and end her even though he’s claimed her heart for himself.

 

 The Wicked trilogy is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 2 of 3.

 

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The momentum of this trilogy has only increased with book two. Still in the city of New Orleans, the gate that Ivy and the Order fought to protect from the fae was opened thanks to an unexpected betrayal from Val, who Ivy thought was her friend, and out came not only a mass amount of fae but the Fae Prince as well. More so, Ivy is pretty sure she’s falling in love with Ren though if he found out about her being a halfling She’s pretty sure he’d kill her. Her struggle with this life-changing discovery is heartbreaking and intense and it shaped the entire story.

This book rides on sheer emotion. From wit to steamy to heartache, I’m even more obsessed than before. Torn also much darker than Wicked. Laced with twists, secrets, and even more wickedness that twisted my gut. Trying to figure out how to drop the news that you’re the one thing everyone wants dead, to the ones you love the most, is tricky and impossible business. It’s like ripping duct-tape off. Painful, searing, and a must in order to be free.

How does one deal with news like that? While I won’t give away the spoilers of that, I will say that everything changes. This was a rough ride, but it was also fun and addicting.

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I’m still in love with these characters! Even though some are backstabbers, they’re still so perfectly written. My favorite brownie, Tink, is still a pain with his strange infatuation with troll dolls. I still love Ivy and Ren even though this new complication is risking their new relationship. And the prince is actually frightening. One hell of a villain and he’s just getting started. The way Armentrout gives life to these characters is hilarious and beautiful and still so real. She gives them these qualities that I’ve found so rarely in other books. The great awkward and even heartbreaking moments that occur in the real world.

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The mega-twists from the last book come full circle here and they knocked the wind right out of me. I actually had to reread some parts. It was wild! They really snuck up on me, though there were times I had a sneaky feeling something weird was going down. This one was much more unpredictable and I really loved that.

 

Overall

This trilogy gets even better with this book! So good and so yummy and so much more danger! While this book mostly centers around how to handle this world-ending secret (literally one of those) it’s much more than that. It’s the consequence and the result of it too. While approaching the very magical, this book approaches the very human too. Armentrout really covered all of the areas. I couldn’t get enough. Definitely going up in my favorites bookshelf.

 

Quotables:

“We value freedom above anything else.” (Prince Drake to Ivy, p. 290)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Not Today, Satan–I Mean, Fae (Wicked – A Book Review)

Wicked (Wicked Trilogy #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 2014

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Rated W for wild and wicked fae slayers who can’t help but dive headfirst into hot and heavy danger. 

 

Things are about to get wicked in New Orleans.

Ivy Morgan isn’t the average college student.  In New Orleans, she goes to class and then goes to work, hunting fae. Others like her, who also work for The Order, can see fae and fight them to protect the world. Her duty is all she’s known. It’s her life, especially after losing all she held dear four years ago.

Ren Owens is a transfer from the Colorado sect. The moment she meets him albeit she’s bleeding all over his shoes, there’s something that awakens in her, a yearning that she’s never felt before. She refuses to give into it. People die in this line or work and she refuses to open up to anyone only to get her heart broken again. Ren doesn’t give up. He sneaks between those cracks of hers, determined to find his way in. But, as they grow closer, Ivy knows that Ren’s hiding things from her. When she discovers what it is, she’s unsure of what’s more dangerous—the fae seeking the means to control not only the city, but the world, or the man that confesses he wants her heart, body, and soul?

 

 The Wicked trilogy is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 1 of 3.

 

Ivy’s lived her whole life training and working for The Order. She and other members, unlike normal people, can see fae and hunt them. The job is hard and really cuts a lifespan short. It’s also seemingly never-ending, but somebody has to protect those who can’t protect themselves. When she stumbles into Ren’s life, or him into hers…it really depends on who you ask. there is an undeniable spark between them. It’s one of annoyance and yearning and that resistance that pulled me in.

This entire book from the first page to the last was addicting. The chemistry between Ivy and Ren is instantaneous and I was blushing so hardcore and the steamy moments were incredible. I couldn’t get enough of this. Completely irresistible and boundary-less. The way Ren broke past Ivy’s guard is something I swooned over. He was incredibly annoying at times and my jaw dropped so many times at the comments he made toward her because it wasn’t overly sexualized–actually, it was, but it was how he looked at her nearly drooling and completely taken by her. It’s not objectifying, however. He loves everything about her. Every-damn-fecking-thing. I’M LIVING FOR IT. 

More so, I love how awkward Ivy gets at times as well as the awkward things that happen to her. It’s not only realistic but so relatable that it hurts and makes me cringe. A LOT. You do you, chick, and I’ll be over here painfully relating in a corner. *looks away anxiously*

These two. There aren’t many couples on my list that I trip on my face for while I forget to breathe, but they are right up there.

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I love New Orleans. Loyola was actually my number one school to attend and I was so excited when I was accepted. However, financial issues kept me from attending. Really sucked, but I still hope to see the city someday. My excitement over the city being said, I loved that this is the city the book takes place in! Armentrout brings such life with her attention to detail. Fucking-A, legit! From the food to the neighborhoods and street names, and the way the characters know it so well down to the culture and landmarks of the city. I am so engulfed in it and so obsessed!

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Flashing back to the characters, I have to say, Tink is my absolute favorite. He’s an itty-bitty brownie that rooms with Ivy in her apartment and while he’s got an uber addiction to Amazon Prime and The Walking Dead/Supernatural he’s a hilarious pain in the ass. He’s also got a unique story himself. The bond between him and Ivy is definitely what friendship is made of.

More so, I love the realism of the magic that was brought to this series. It’s raw and dark, yet magical in a way that you’d get lost in so easily. The fact that this takes place in New Orleans helps since the city is well known for its juju. Maaan, I really want to go there. Fae are both beautiful and horrifying creatures and Armentrout doesn’t shy away from that one bit.

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Overall

This is definitely not in the YA section like her LUX series is. But, it’s so YUMMY and dark and will certainly punch you in the feels and your sexual tension simultaneously. Delightful, right!? Now, there weren’t many bomb drops that I wasn’t expecting, but they still made a large enough impact that I’m aching for so much more. The book is laced with epic TV and pop cultural references that left me laughing so hard. Really loved those bits. It made it more enjoyable. Damn, Ivy and Ren though…just damn.

I, personally, from just this first book alone, think this series is destined for HBO. I’m dying for a new paranormal show and this would definitely have me obsessed. It’s powerful, funny, jaw-dropping, powerful, and limitless in every area imaginable.

 

Quotables:

“…I’m telling you what, you females are freaks. Guy break in and you all swoon like B&E is a desirable trait.” (Tink to Ivy, p. 129)

“More. Hadn’t I wanted more out of life? If so, this was like taking a class on stupid and excelling at it.” (Ivy, p. 319)

“There was a lot of ugliness in me and I think he knew that, deep down, because he carried the same, but I appreciated the kindness he doled out like candy on Halloween.” (Ivy, p. 336)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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The Lost & Found Princess (Daughter of Egypt – A Book Review)

Daughter of Egypt
Author: Constance O’Banyon
Published: 2008

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Rated R for rebellion against love because no one should choose who you love but you.

 

From the winding alleys of Rome to the shimmering dune of the Egyptian desert.

As a child, Thalia lived on the streets, always on the run, trying to survive. Then she’s swept away to Egypt, adopted by a royal family and it became all she ever knew. Breaching her eighteenth birthday, her mother is trying to help her find a suitor, but none of them move Thalia’s heart.

Ona night of a suitor’s ball, Thalia is kidnapped by a man deemed the Destroyer. A heartless killer and commander of men. She’s told that she’s the lost princess of a country that desperately needs her rule. He then vows to protect and love her, but she’s too stunned to understand and wishes nothing more than to go home to Egypt. As she comes to know who she is meant to be, her heart changes for her people and for the man who’s been sworn to her.

 

I’ve told you just how much I love ancient Egypt, right? It’s one of my favorite eras to study in history from the religion system to how they farm to their royalty to the architecture. I love it all!! Even the mummification process. That being said, the imagery and attention to details on that front were simple and warm. Lots of love.

I’m not one for typical lush romances. Really not, but I was pulled to this one. Thalia is a rebel and a young woman that follows only her heart and instincts. My kind of girl. She doesn’t bow down to anyone, but she does open her heart and that’s special. She didn’t cave like some damsel. Ashtyn is definitely her perfect match. The moment they connected it was blazing hot. He wasn’t just some piece of muscle. He was earnest, yet determined. He proved he was the one for Thalia. That development during their journey was so great. Loads of drama. I loved it.

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I loved the cameo by Cleopatra and Antony so much. It was like getting to see one of my favorite celebrities. So wicked. All of the glam and air of the ruler was epic! It also etched this book into a very real part of history.

 

Overall

There was a lack of intensity for me when it came to character interactions. I loved the chemistry, but my breath didn’t hitch or halt. Lip-biting was a no. It was nice but didn’t get me there. Great action and a beautiful romance, but only a one-time read for me.

 

Quotables:

“Danger was stalking her, waiting for her to become careless.” (p. 34)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.   

 

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Alcohol and Bipolars Don’t Mix (After – A Book Review)

After (After Series #1)
Author: Anna Todd
Published: 2014

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Rated F for Freshmen that make those fresh-y mistakes and don’t learn from them.

 

There was a time before Tess met Hardin, and then there’s everything after.

Life will never be the same.

Tessa is a good girl. She’s always followed the rules, worked hard, and even has a great boyfriend and got into her first-choice college. The moment she steps foot on campus, everything changes. No, it’s the first time she meets Hardin that everything changes. Everybody warns her about him, but she can’t help that they keep being drawn together.  He’s cruel and reckless, always leaving her feeling hurt one second and sweet, telling her he cares and that wants nobody else but her the next. But, try as she might, she can’t seem to quit him and he can’t stay away from her.

Everything she’s worked hard for is in jeopardy and it may just crash and burn for Hardin. Is it worth it? To try and love someone who doesn’t seem to know how?

 

Where the hell do I start!? Oh man, no. Just this book is a no with a dash of yes. I was so bugging out!

I became interested in this series when I saw the movie trailer. It looked amazing. I’m still planning on watching it, only when it’s out on DVD/Digital though. The movie cover for the book is beautiful! I love how dramatic and intense it. And the summery, sunset color is mouthwatering.

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As for the book, well…

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OKAY! I didn’t like it, or rather, I didn’t like the writing. It was driving me insane how terrible it was. It just about ruined the story for me, and I really enjoyed the story itself. It was filled with the complicated heart-pulling of drama and desperation of exploration and needing to be wanted, which can be dangerous. It can lead one to make really bad decisions.

Hardin and Tessa are complicated. The two of them are so different, yet they are drawn together by a dangerous magnetic attraction. Everyone around it could see it, and they tried to warn Tessa more than once, but Tessa kept going back to Hardin. There wasn’t a logical reason behind it either except that I kept getting the notion that she got thrills off of being hurt a lot. It was aggravating on a major scale. She kept saying the same thing over and over, almost word for word whenever she’d be hurt by Hardin. The circle got old fast.

One character won the great award the of hatred all the way around in the book, and that honor goes to Tessa’s mother. Nothing about her was motherly. In fact, I’m pretty sure she’s Satan. LOL. Controlling and cruel, nearly crueler than Hardin, I can’t believe she’s a mother to begin with. My jaw kept dropping with the things that would roll out of her mouth, What mother told their daughter they’re a slut just because they wear mascara!? I was so disgusted with her

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More so, there were so many times I wished for the book to be more detailed. It was just too vague in many places and some bits could be omitted. They were parts I ended up skimming past because they weren’t important. I wish I wasn’t so bugged by things like this, but it disrupted my trying to enjoy this. It was as if Todd didn’t trust the reader to keep track of the story and characters and it came across as super basic, leaving nothing much to explore in the setting.

Side Note: Tessa is the only–ONLY college student I’ve met/read that can get her ducks in a damn row so fast and easy without a problem. Girl got a car, a nice paying internship in a dream spot and managed to stay on top of her studies. Like damn! I didn’t get that lucky in school and I worked my ass off. Real. Fricking. Hard. And the fact that she managed all of this like it was nothing off her back even though she blatantly says her mom worked paycheck to paycheck and she had to earn everything through grants and scholarships? Where the hell did she have the money to go shopping all the time and to get a car, let alone the time to do it?

 

Maybe the plot points and connections aren’t super important to some people out there that’s ve read the book, and that’s awesome. I mean that. Ride the wave if you can get past the illogical bits. But there was so much lacking. So much that was illogical and pointless. It drove me nuts. The emotions would’ve pulled me more if they were stronger, but the drama that Tess supposedly wanted to stay away from won out. I couldn’t register any emotions until the great ‘I love you’ came out and when it did I wondered where the hell the desire, passion, and crushing feelings were that come before it. Poor Tessa and Hardon just latched on and it was super awkward.

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Overall

Did I enjoy this book? It was majorly hit or miss. There were more parts I didn’t like, but yes, I’ll definitely be finishing it! It was the end that helped me make that decision. While it was nearly exactly like the peak moment of Cruel Intentions, I want to know what comes next. The cliffy was a good one that took my breath away. So much heartbreak (and naivety). There are pieces everywhere and I can’t sort them out between Hardin and Tessa.

 

Quotables:

“All that I’m certain of is that my life and my heart will never be the same, not after Harden crashed into them.” (Tessa, p. 2)

“You can’t end something that never began.” (Tessa to Hardin, p. 177)

“…You took my kindness for weakness and you were sadly mistaken.” (Tessa to Hardin, p. 325)

 

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The Missing, The Lost, and The Brokenhearted (TVD: The Hunters Vol. 2 – Moonsong – A Book Review)

The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters Vol. 2 – Moonsong
Author: L. J. Smith
Published: 2012

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Rated

 

Evil never dies…

 The time has come. The gang is finally going to college. As they settle into their dorms and classes at Dalcrest, there are strange things happening. Students are disappearing, some of which are reappearing dead. There’s a secret society roaming about and nobody’s talking about it, but it may have something to do with the disappearances.

This beautiful, ivy-covered campus is more than what meets the eye and it seems like Elena and her friends might not get that normal college experience they were hoping for.

 

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This book was really great. Way better than TVD Phantom. There’s a new setting and new people. Just so much new! It’s like a breath of fresh air.

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With new characters like Samantha and Zander, I was so excited to jump into this new era. I really liked these two new additions. They’re mysterious and intriguing. And I find new additions to series always keep things interesting. College was by far one of my most trying, most nerve-wracking, and most favorite time of my life. I was finding independence and myself. That’s exactly what happened for Elena and crew. It reactivated some of my giddiness.

But while there are new things happening, some of the old still resonates, like the triangle between Elena, Stefan, and Damon. Love never dies eh? I was more shocked than usual about the tension between the three of them.

More so, I was super pleased that Bonnie got her light to shine in! She got the guy this time and he’s nearly her opposite, but not! While she gets her tendencies to be shy and nervous and not at all adventurous unless put in mortal danger, Zander (new hotness) really broke past that. I really like this guy. These two are actually the reason I can’t wait to get to the final book of this very Star-Wars-long series. Then again, Bonnie has always been my favorite. I’m just really glad she got her chance. She’s deserved it for a VERY long time now.

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The big bad of the book is still a mysterious one that kept me guessing until the end. I got inklings and ideas, but I was never certain until it all about punched me in the face. Even so, the big bad is still around and all I can say about it is: sometimes you wish they’d just stay dead.

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Great writing, still reaching out to the simple days when complex didn’t have to be complex and it could just be attention-grabbing and simple. Enjoyable. Entertaining. You don’t have to twist my heart so hard that you give me anxiety.

 

Overall

The maturity in this book has grown with the characters and I really liked that. I also really liked the way the supernatural interacted too. It was creepy, yet eye-catching. This book doesn’t reach my favorites shelf, but I did enjoy it.

 

Quotables:

“Honestly, you two have a—a saving people complex or something. After I take psychology, I’m going to diagnose you.” (Bonnie to Elena and Meredith, p. 39)

“I thought the food at college would be more edible than in our high school cafeteria, but apparently I was wrong.” (Elena, p. 71)

“I don’t always want to get away from the dark creatures, Damon.” (Elena to Damon, p. 293)

“Oh, don’t forget that humans can come up with far more creative means of violence than some simple hungry monster do, sweetheart.” (Damon, p. 301)

 

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? The Sweet Escape by Gwen Stefani.

 

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