Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Blood Moon by T. Lynne Tolles

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 228 Pages
Series: Blood Series
           1. Blood of a Wolf
           2. Blood Moon


The gang finds themselves up to their eyeballs in family history when  clues are revealed that suggest an evil curse is hidden within the O'Rielly Book of Shadows. An old family diary divulges the O'Rielly family was an integral part in stymying a power hungry witch that took the lives of thirteen young girls and clues to spells whereabouts seem to suggest they're in the O'Rielly Book of Shadows.
One by one young women are reported missing from neighboring towns when two mysterious women show up in town. Is it coincidence? Or has someone come back to complete the unfinished spell from the past? No one knows but when Allison's life is in the balance, the gang pulls together to find a way to stop the past from repeating itself.

Author Bio
T. Lynne Tolles can be found most days, juggling one of two cat muses and a laptop, tripping over an ancient Newfoundland dog and washing a never-ending pile of laundry. When life doesn’t get in the way, she writes paranormal romances for new adults. 
Her passion for witches, ghosts, and vampires together with a light-hearted wit are reflected in her loveable characters and the adventures of mystery they unravel to find their happily ever after.



Book Excerpts:

Excerpt One:
Cathy Davis worked late at the UC Santa Cruz campus Friday night. Professor Sorensen had her retype the entire report she finished on Monday. He was so old fashioned, he wouldn’t let her use the computer, even though she explained if she had used a computer in the first place, there would have been a backup file and she wouldn’t have had to retype it.
“Tut, tut, Ms. Davis. I will have no part of that electronic frou frou. Now get to work.”
Why did I take this job? Cathy thought. The money was bad, the hours were worse; she received no college credits for her work, and Professor Sorensen was obviously insane.
“Tut, tut. Who says stuff like that? Winnie the Pooh?” she grumbled to herself under the hum of the 1970’s electric typewriter.
The crazy old coot had gone home and Cathy just finished typing. “Finally. I’ve got to get a life! For that matter, I need to stop talking to myself or they’ll put me in the asylum right next door to Prof. Sorensen.”
She put the report on his desk, grabbed her stuff, and turned out the lights as she went out the door. She had parked at the end of the building next to where the sexy guy with the red 300ZX parked this morning. Of course he was long gone now, but at least this morning she got to say “hello” to him as she walked in. There were no lights out here, but she had been in this parking lot a million times and she’d never seen a car broken into once.
She reached into her purse for her keys. When she pulled them out, they snagged her sweater and dropped to the asphalt by her car. She bent down to grab the keys then someone hit her from behind and everything went dark.

Excerpt Two:
Rowan had about all she could stand of her room. She had hibernated since getting back from Colorado and hearing Blake’s apology. She wasn’t ready to deal with him face to face, but she knew he was in Colorado now with Dean and there was no chance of running into him.
She had received entertaining text messages from both Dean and Blake the day Blake arrived. Neither was dead yet, but according to some of the messages she wouldn’t be surprised to find on or both of them would sustain injuries from the other. Blake was trying very hard to be accommodating and patient, whereas Dean was enjoying making him suffer ‘for her sake’ he told her.
She found Mr. Bear on the table looking quite handsome a couple nights before when she wandered to the kitchen for something to nibble on. She assumed it was Devon who was keeping Darby at bay. At times Darby could hover a little too much when Rowan wanted to be alone and she appreciated that she was being allowed to have some time to reflect. She knew her sister all too well and realized this was probably very hard for her.
Under Mr. Bear she had found a Post-It note from Darby that said:
Interesting reading…
Grandpa George’s diary re: Magic!!!

At the time she had thumbed through it but wasn’t in the mood to read it. Finally feeling brave enough to poke her head back into the world she made her way to the kitchen to find Darby sitting at the table reading the paper and having coffee.

Excerpt Three:
Dean and Blake headed for the airport on a Thursday morning. Dean didn’t say much on the ride there and it was apparent to Blake he was nervous. If it hadn’t been morning, Blake would have suggested a couple of beers to relax Dean a bit for the ride. He was glad it wasn’t a very long flight and there were no layovers. He felt sure if there had been, Dean might have made a break for the door and gone home on foot.
They got their baggage checked, had boarding passes in hand, and the rental car turned in. Now it was just the waiting game. Blake suggested to Dean he should get a book or a magazine to keep himself occupied and his mind off of flying 10,000+ feet above the ground. Dean opted for a book of Sudoku puzzles. “Good choice,” Blake said, thinking to himself: that ought to keep him busy.
Blake wasn’t sure if he should give Dean the window seat or not. Excited first time flyers often wanted this seat as it was fun to watch during takeoffs and landings. Given Dean’s stress level, he wasn’t sure that was such a good idea. As for Blake, he preferred the aisle seat. With his very long legs, he could stretch them into the aisle when the beverage cart wasn’t passing. He decided to give Dean the choice and thankfully he chose the window seat.
They got settled in their seats when the stewardess went through her speech about emergencies. Dean followed along with the plastic-covered pamphlet in the back of the seat in front of him. He gave Blake a reprimanding look when he didn’t pull his out and follow along, so Blake dutifully pulled his out to make Dean feel better.
Blake heard the baggage being loaded below and with every thump he was sure he saw Dean jump. Blake thought, this is going to be a very long flight. The baggage door closed and Dean jumped again, asking what the noise was.
“It’s okay, Dean, they’re just securing the cargo door. Don’t want your boxers blowing out the door and pelting some poor old gal on her walk to the church bingo now, do we?”
“That can happen?” Dean said in horror.
“No, Dean, not with the cargo door closed. It’s fine. Relax.”
Dean watched out the window as people in orange vests and odd little cars skittered here and there, and the blocks were pulled from the wheels.
“We’re moving,” Dean almost shouted. His hands gripped the ends of the armrests as if holding on for dear life.
“Yah, Dean, we have to move to get in the air.”
“I don’t think I want to do this,” he said and a low, guttural growl.
“It’s a little late for that, Dean. You’ve got to get a handle on your emotions; I don’t want you going all wolf on me.”

Taken at Dusk #3 by C.C. Hunter

12866426Genre: Shapeshifters,Witches,
 Wolves, Vampires, Fairy
Paperback: 380 Pages
Published: April 10, 2012
Series: Shadow Falls
            1. Born at Midnight
            2. Awake at Dawn
            3. Taken a Dusk
            4. Whispers at Moonrise
            5. Chosen at Nightfall

Goodreads Synopsis:

Step into Shadow Falls, a camp for teens with supernatural powers.  Here friendship thrives, love takes you by surprise, and our hearts possess the greatest magic of all.

Kylie Galen wants the truth so badly she can taste it. The truth about who her real family is, the truth about which boy she’s meant to be with—and the truth about what her emerging powers mean.  But she’s about to discover that some secrets can change your life forever…and not always for the better.

Just when she and Lucas are finally getting close, she learns that his pack has forbidden them from being together.  Was it a mistake to pick him over Derek? And it’s not just romance troubling Kylie. An amnesia-stricken ghost is haunting her, delivering the frightful warning, someone lives and someone dies. As Kylie races to unravel the mystery and protect those she loves, she finally unlocks the truth about her supernatural identity, which is far different—and more astonishing—than she ever imagined.

My Review:

I am in love with the covers of this series! So beautiful!

So we are back at Shadow Falls with Kylie and the gang. She is trying to process everything that has happened so far with the vampires. Kylie has been through hell. Being kidnapped by the vampires who want her powers, chasing a ghost who won't rest until she discovers the truth, being in the center of a fight between Lucas and Derek, and now trying to figure out a an ominous warning from a creepy ghost who wont rest until she listens. Life isn't easy for Kylie and adding the mystery about her identity to the list of growing problems is giving Kylie a headache. Luckily, Kylie has her two best friends and her now closer than ever, camp leader, Holiday to support her.  

Tensions are rising at Shadow Falls. Afraid of the safety of the camp and Kylie, Holiday and Burnett have decided to have guards follow Kylie around. Due to this safety issue Kylie and Lucas are having a hard time being alone. Not to mention Lucas's Pack don't want Kylie and Lucas to be together. This is causing more problems with their relationship forcing them to choose where their loyalties lie. Will Kylie decide to give Lucas a chance or is Derek the better choice? Other than this chaos, Kylie is desperate to figure out who she is and she just may be getting closer. But when some truths are revealed will Kylie be ready to hear the answer? 

Taken At Dusk is full of thrills and some twists that I honestly didn't see coming. I simply cannot get enough of Kylie's reality. I love how C.C. Hunter made her supernaturals and each lore that goes along with them is well written.  

Friends and Traitors #2 by C.J. Hill

17261185Genre: Dragons
Hardcover: 400 Pages
Published: October 15, 2013
Series: Slayers
            1. Slayers
            2. Friends and Traitors
            3. TBA

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Slayers – teens who have powers to fight dragons—are back by popular demand in this high-octane sequel, now with a new cover package!

Tori is at a White House dinner party when she hears a horrifying sound: dragon eggs hatching. It means in less than a year, the dragons will be mature and dangerous. The Slayers are well-trained, but their group is not yet complete, and Tori is determined to track down Ryker Davis, the mysterious Slayer who has yet to surface.

What Tori doesn’t bargain for, however, is the surprising truth about her powers: she isn’t a Slayer after all, but a Dragon Lord, with a built-in predisposition to protect dragons, not kill them.
How will she overcome this to save the lives of her friends?

My Review:

Overall, an okay sequel to this series. There is plenty of action, some romance, and lots of deception. I really liked the idea of a dragon camp where the chosen ones were magically led there to train as dragon killers. They story line was similar to Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter. So on originality I don't think the author succeeded very much. However, the character development was well done, but there were some holes in the plot.  

Also there was a love triangle, which I didn't really like because I wanted Tori to be with a certain someone. *couch* Jesse *cough* But it turned out a little different than I thought. Ultimately though, I thought the book fell short in the plot department. Sure there were some holes, but I thought the plot got slower towards the end of book 2. It should have speed up and ended with a bang. I was just like oh okay that's the end. The character interactions remained the same expect for the introduction of new characters. The tension was essentially the same and so was the climax. If you loved the first book then I have no doubt that you will love the first. I was expecting more momentum than I was given.     

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Reap by Casey L. Bond

Genre: Dystopian
Paperback: 32
Published: 2014
Series: The Harvest Saga
           1. Reap
           2. Resist (Summer 2014)

Other Books by Casey L. Bond: 
           1. Winter Shadows
           2. Devil Creek
           3. Shady Bay (May 2014) 
           4. Resist, Book 2 of The Harvest Saga (Late Summer 2014)


The remnants of the United States of America have been divided. From five enormous, technologically-advanced cites, the Greaters rule over the Lessers. 

In the Lesser village of Orchard, things are not as perfect as Abby Kelley thinks they are. When the apple harvest draws near and the Greaters' engineered fruits become too much for one village to handle alone, reinforcements from neighboring villages are called upon. 

Having to choose between her best friend, whom she has no romantic feelings for, and mysterious newcomer Crew, Abby finds herself in the middle of a harvest that she had no intention of becoming a part of. She becomes involved in a situation that threatens the strict rule of the Greaters, and just might give the Lessers hope for a better tomorrow. But, can she help the Lessers without losing Crew?

        Something was touching my face, caressing my cheek. The skin that brushed mine was rough, hardened by the work we all share. Am I dreaming? I waited, trying to see if this was real or part of a dream. Whichever it was, it was nice, comforting. 
          Rough fingertips moved over the parts of my back that weren't split open and packed with gunk. I sucked in a breath and held it. This was real. I moved my head and saw his silhouette against the candlelight flickering in from the kitchen and living room. “Ky?” My voice was raspy and barely sounded like my own. Sleep and exhaustion filled every chord. 
        “Shh. I’m here.” Suddenly, I was very aware that I was lying shirtless on my bed. Even though, I was on my stomach, that didn't help me feel any less naked in front of my best friend, who happened to be a member of the male species—a very fine male specimen according to my girlfriends. 
        I knew he was handsome. I wasn't blind. But, I didn't see him like that. He’d dated many of my friends and now was getting ready to marry Paige Winters in just a few weeks, after the harvest was complete and the orchards picked bare. His fingertips trace the in-tact skin between my shoulder blades and I tensed under his touch.
        He’d kissed my head and temple and hugged me more times than I can count, but this was somehow different. This was more intimate. His touch was delicate, gentle compared to his normal strength and anything but playful. “Ky?”
He didn't answer. His fingers explored my back, careful not to stray too close to the wounds that streaked across my skin. “Kyan?”
“Shut up, Abby. Just let me... Just shut up.” He’d never talked to me like this. His voice was raspy and he’d never, ever told me to shut up before. So I did. I wasn't sure why. He shouldn't have been touching my skin. Shouldn't have been caressing the good parts left of me, but sitting with me in the dark, he was doing exactly that and I was allowing it.
        Paige would be furious if she saw us now. She’d always had a jealous streak, had always hated any girl who dated or flirted with Ky. Lately, she told anyone and everyone who will listen that Kyan was hers and that she hated me with a passion. She wasn't lying. She hated me.  Rather, she hated my relationship with Ky. He was my best friend. I wasn't interested in him as anything more or anything else. I’d told her that. He’d told her that a million times. But, she refused to listen, adamant that I wanted him for myself, adamant that he wanted me. 
          I honestly didn't have those types of feelings for Kyan. I never have had them. Ever. And up until now, I’d always thought he felt the same. But feeling his fingers exploring my skin made even me question that sentiment. And it scared me to death. 
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About the Author: 
Casey resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband (high-school sweetheart and love of her life) and two beautiful daughters. She loves God, her awesome family, her crazy friends, writing and reading! Her favorite color is teal! Casey is a wanna-be Italian and loves all Italian food. She loves the fall, but a piece of her heart is always at the ocean. She loves the beauty and majesty of the hills and mountains of her home state of West Virginia. Marshall University is her alma mater, and if you cut her, she will bleed Kelly Green!!! Go Herd!!! She graduated Magna Cum Laude from MU in 2003 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice, Legal Studies. Casey attended Hurricane High School and lives only six miles from her home town. Her family has one cat and one hermit crab. She loves flowers, but has a notoriously brown thumb. She attends Church regularly and enjoys her friends and family there as well. Please follow her on FB, Twitter @authorcaseybond, on and on Pinterest! She has made a board dedicated to the awesomeness of Winter Shadows!

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Alpha #6 by Rachel Vincent

6449378Genre: Shapeshifters
Paperback: 472 Pages
Published: October 1, 2010
Series: Shifters
            1. Stray
            2. Rogue
            3. Pride
            4. Prey
            5. Shit
            6. Alpha

Goodreads Synopsis:

The unscrupulous new Council chair has charged Jace, Marc and me with trespassing, kidnapping, murder and treason. Yeah, we've been busy. But now it's time to take justice into our own hands. We must avenge my brother's death and carve out the rot at the heart of the Council.It's not going to be easy, and loss seems unavoidable, but I have promised to protect my Pride, no matter what. With a target on my back and Marc at my side, I'm heading for a final showdown that can--that will--change everything forever. A showdown I'm not sure I'm ready for.

But life never waits until you're ready.

My Review:

I never understood why Greg Sanders, Faythe's father and the Alpha of his Pride chose Faythe as his successor. He has three older sons and in my opinion they were smart enough to handle being leaders. Throughout this series, Faythe has acted immature, irresponsible, and made very stupid choices. I know many readers disliked her attitude and didn't finish this series. However, Faythe has proven to me why she was chosen.

In Alpha, Faythe has risen from an immature adolescent, to a mature and smart young woman. She begins to shine showing her hidden qualities of a great Alpha. She fought with determination for her pride and wanted nothing but the best. Every opportunity she got, she took advantage of it to make her pride better and safer for female tabbies/strays.

Becoming an Alpha isn't the easiest thing to do. But for Faythe being a leader comes naturally. She has what most leaders lack: courage. Courage to stand up for what is right and to make a change. And Faythe has proven herself many times over in this final installment. She has finally made a decision to pick one guy and I'm actually happy with this outcome. In the previous book, what I hated the most was how Faythe kept stringing Jace and Marc along. She wouldn't pick one and took her sweet time. But in the end her decision is based on a conversation she had with her father. I liked how their relationship has grown and they both have come to respect each other. At one point, Faythe had went to her father for advice about her love life. He listened to her and finally told her to make the choice she thinks she should make. And her choice may cause many problems in the future with the other prides, but it would be a choice she made and not forced upon her.

Overall, a very good series. Lots of action, violence, romance, politics, some stupidity, but the ending wrapped everything up nicely. I loved the cover of this book. It fits nicely with the ending. And I truly enjoyed the conclusion of the Thunderbirds and Faythe's negotiation with them was the best part. I liked the whole idea of Thunderbirds and for future authors that would be a very cool topic! 

Hidden #3 by Sophie Jordan

12522507Genre: Dragons
Hardcover: 260 Pages
Published: September 11, 2012
Series: Firelight
            1. Firelight
            2. Vanish
            3. Hidden

Goodreads Synopsis:

Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory.

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there's no guarantee they'll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning....

Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in the explosive conclusion to Sophie Jordan's Firelight trilogy.

My Review:

       The events in Hidden pick up right after the ending of the second book when Miram, Cassian's sister, was captured by the hunters. Jacinda, Will, Tamra, and Cassian set out to track the hunters down and save Miram. Along the way there are many arguments between Cassian and Will, while Jacinda is the buffer between the two. Trying to come up with a plan to enter the enemies territory is very hard. Especially, when they all can't get along. Jacinda is finally bonded to Cassian, but she chooses Will over him. WHATTTT!!!? I will always be Team Cassian! He has been nothing but supportive to Jacinda. Sure he has the weight of the world on his shoulder, he's stubborn, cocky, annoying, but most importantly he has always been there for Jacinda. Hell, even his name is hot! And Will....what has he done!? Umm nothing! And all you Will+Jacinda fans can come at me with arrows for saying this, but I didn't like Will at all. He was annoying, and there just wasn't any chemistry between the two.

    At times Jacinda made VERY stupid decisions, which led her to be in this situation in the first place. If she had thought about her actions before diving head first then there wouldn't be so many problems that she had to deal with. Tamra on the other hand, finally comes into her dragon form and that scene is very beautiful. She also gets her happily ever after so at least that's good. Overall, an interesting take on dragons and I loved the lore behind it. I was hoping for more insight on the dragons in this final book, but the story mainly revolved around Jacinda. 

Blood Promise #4 by Richelle Mead

5996153Genre: Vampires
Hardcover: 500 Pages
Published: August 25, 2009
Series: Vampire Academy
            1. Vampire Academy
            2. Frostbite
            3. Shadow Kiss
            4. Blood Promise
            5. Spirit Bound
            6. Last Sacrifice
Goodreads Synopsis:

Rose Hathaway's life will never be the same. 

The recent attack on St. Vladimir's Academy devastated the entire Moroi world. Many are dead. And, for the few victims carried off by Strigoi, their fates are even worse. A rare tattoo now adorns Rose's neck, a mark that says she's killed far too many Strigoi to count. But only one victim matters ... Dimitri Belikov. Rose must now choose one of two very different paths: honoring her life's vow to protect Lissa—her best friend and the last surviving Dragomir princess—or, dropping out of the Academy to strike out on her own and hunt down the man she loves. She'll have to go to the ends of the earth to find Dimitri and keep the promise he begged her to make. But the question is, when the time comes, will he want to be saved? 

Now, with everything at stake—and worlds away from St. Vladimir's and her unguarded, vulnerable, and newly rebellious best friend—can Rose find the strength to destroy Dimitri? Or, will she sacrifice herself for a chance at eternal love?

My Review:

Shadow Kiss leaves us with Rose making her way across countries to find and kill Dimitri who was taken by a Strigoi during a fight. Dimitri's unexpected fall while trying to save Rose led him to be captured and turned into a Strigoi. WHAT!?? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

First half of the book:

Rose is filled with pain, sorrow, sadness, and most of all she's lost. She has to choose between her promise to Dimitri or go back home to be a guardian. But when Rose meets Sydney and Dimitri's family she is determined now more than ever to find him and kill him. 

And when she finally finds him...


At this point, my copy of Blood Promise was going to be thrown across my room in pure rage. I was shocked, angry, and sad for Rose. She loves this man and now she has to do the unthinkable! I don't think I would have ever been able to do what she planned. It's heartbreaking and I just wanted to cry. I have come to love Dimitri and his stubbornness, his strong protectiveness towards Rose, and most of all his deep love for her. But he has become the one thing that he has been fighting against his entire life. Life can truly be cruel and unexpected at times. But Rose and Dimitri must figure out a way to get back on track, be patient, and most of all trust that this is not the end for them. Ahhhh I have chills trying to figure out what's going to happen in the next book!    

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Blood Solstice #3 by Samantha Young

10657638Genre: Werewolves
Paperback: 31 Pages
Published: October 10, 2011
Series: The Tale of Lunarmorte
            1. Moon Spell
            2. River Cast
            3. Blood Solstice

Goodreads Synopsis:

Enter a world of fierce wolves, stunning magic and romance...

In the final installment of The Tale of Lunarmorte, Caia is caught between the most powerful beings in her world, and they are all desperate to use her for their own means. While Caia struggles to find her purpose, tragedy strikes close to home, and time runs out.
Now she must decide if she will join the extremists she was trying to destroy... or bring them all down on her own terms... 

YA Paranormal Romance recommended for ages 16 and up.

My Review:

This third installment begins immediately with action, betrayal, and shocking Caia as she discovers who kidnapped her. After explaining the reason behind her kidnapping she understands the situation, but is forced to fulfill a task. Meanwhile, Lucian is going crazy due to her absence and him and Ryder go get themselves  kidnapped by Marita. During the capture, Lucians pack is under guard by powerful Magjicks who are ordered to kill if the pack tries anything.

Marita is way over her head if she thinks she will get away with all these lies and betrayals. Other members of the council have also been captured and it's up to Caia to figure out how to bring them to safety.  When Lucian and his pack reunite he is forced to stop his pack from seeking retribution. But when some members of the pack are dead and Marita is no where to be found, Caia is forced to go after her and finish this one and for all.  

A thrilling conclusion to this series. A fast paced story that leaves you on the edge of your seat. 

Shadow Kiss #3 by Richelle Mead

2802316Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Genre: Vampires
Paperback: 343 Pages
Published: November 13, 2008
Series: Vampire Academy
            1. Vampire Academy
            2. Frostbite
            3. Shadow Kiss
            4. Blood Promise
            5. Spirit Bound
            6. Last Sacrifice

Goodreads Synopsis:
It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all... might be seeing ghosts.

As Rose questions her sanity, new complications arise. Lissa has begun experimenting with her magic once more, their enemy Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose's forbidden relationship with Dimitri is starting to heat up again. But when a deadly threat no one saw coming changes their entire world, Rose must put her own life on the line - and choose between the two people she loves most.

My Review: 

After the sad ending of Frostbite, Rose and her friends are coping as best as they can.Rose now bares her first Molnija marks which might be a symbol of status, but their earning was bittersweet. As her final months begin winding down the guardians are facing their field training test. This test includes facing weeks of guarding practice of their Moroi classmates while their instructors pretend to be Strigoi.  

But Rose's first test attack fails badly when she sees Mason's ghost and freezes mid fight. Now, for the first time in her life, Rose is questioning what it means to be a Dhampir. The guardian standard "They come first" that Rose has come to accept, doesn't have such a great ring to it anymore. Meanwhile, Lissa is getting stronger at her magic, which is causing more side effects to Rose's health. The only way to figure out what is happening to Rose and the meaning of being Shadow Kissed lies with Anna. But where is Anna hiding? Rose has always know that she must give up her life for Lissa, but is she really able to do that!? Being Lissa's guardian means no choices for Rose in any part of her life. Is Rose truly willing to give all that up to be a guardian? But when an unexpected threat emerges over the academy, the students' lives are at risk, especially for Rose. She needs to decided whether to protect her best friend or fulfill a promise to the man she loves.  

How I felt reading the last chapter:

Then this is how I felt an hour after finishing this book:

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Shift #5 by Rachel Vincent

Genre: Shifters
6938348Paperback: 441 Pages
Published: February 17, 2010
Series: Shifters
            1. Stray
            2. Rogue
            3. Pride
            4. Prey
            5. Shift
            6. Alpha

Goodreads Synopsis:

Being the first female werecat enforcer isn't easy. Scars accumulate, but I'm stronger in so many ways.

As for my personal life? It's complicated. Choices worth making always are. Ever since my brother's death and my father's impeachment, it's all I can do to prevent more blood from spilling. Now our Pride is under attack by a flight of vicious thunderbirds. And making peace with our new enemies may be the only way to get the best of our old foe.

With the body count rising and treachery everywhere, my instincts tell me to look before I leap. But sometimes a leap of faith is the only real option...

My Review:

If you have read this series than you know how controversial book four was. Besides an unexpected death of a beloved character, there was shocking romance between two unexpected characters, Faythe and Jace. I didn't see that twist coming, but it was welcomed. Fans have had high hopes for Shift and it delivers every one of them.  

Faythe Sanders in not the same girl we first met in Stray. She was a foul mouthed, defiant brat, who didn't care about anything but her own skin. Faythe didn't want anything to do with her Pride because they treated female werecats as prized pawns in greedy attempts at controlling the other prides. She insisted she wanted a life outside her pride, away from her family, and out of these horrible politics. But fate had something different planned for her.

When we get to Shift, Faythe has turned into a strong, dependable, smart, mature tabby. She no loner denies her duties, her fate, and embraces her werecat abilities. She is the first female enforcer and that has caused a lot of angry males to take a stand. But she won't have that nonsense. She has finally stood up to everyone (including her father) and told them where they can shove it. Due to her boldness she has earned her fathers respect and respect from the other pack leaders. But Calvin Malone is still a pain in the ass and wants noting more than to see Faythe declawed or dead.   

As the tension rises between the other Prides, more and more bodies are being found. Faythe needs to figure out what or who is behind these new killing. And she needs to do it quickly since Malone is gunning for her family. There was a lot of action in this book compared to the previous ones. The story seemed to move faster with lots of plot twists. The relationships have become stronger, the love has grown and most importantly trust between Faythe's family has increased. They stick up for each other, have their backs, and don't let anyone get the better of them.