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Review: Switched

In Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Review, Young Adult on January 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Switched (Trylle Trilogy #1) by Amanda Hocking

Published 2012 (first published 2010) by Macmillan Publishers Ltd,
Paperback, 238 pages
Source: Received from PanMacmillanSA for a honest review.

When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might’ve been telling the truth.

With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – and it’s one she’s not sure if she wants to be a part of.

– From Goodreads
 

7/10

From the beginning of this novel I was hooked! It starts out with a bang that carries right through. The storyline was unique as well as the paranormal element.
Wendy gets thrown into this very interesting world of “Trylle” with their fascinating mythology and ways of life. Wendy is temperamental, entertaining, unpredictable and real. With a whole host of diverse and remarkable characters to complete this fascinating world.
The novel reads very quickly and you can easily read it in one sitting, forgetting about the world around you. The writing flows and the story includes everything you need in a YA novel – fun, excitement, romance, intrigue and action.
I can’t point at anything I disliked about this novel, I just wanted something more.
But I can’t wait to read the sequel to see where Ms. Hocking takes us!

“Did you think you could treat me like shit at a dance, then sneak into my room in the middle of the night and tell me that I’m a troll with magical powers, and I’d just be like, yeah, that sounds right.”
Amanda Hocking, Switched

Review: Twilight Audiobook

In Audiobook, Paranormal, Review, Romance, Young Adult on January 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Twilight (Twilight #1) by Stephenie Meyer – read by Ilyana Kadushin

Published January 5th 2009 by Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Audio CD
Source: Library

When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerising voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret. What Bella doesn’t realise is the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And it might be too late to turn back… Deeply seductive and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight will have readers riveted right until the very last page is turned.

– From Goodreads
 

N/A

I have read the Twilight series several times and I’m sure my readers know that I enjoy the series. But wow the audio book was just bad. For one the voices wasn’t my own so I had a very different Bella and Edward in my head suddenly.

Now I know that their relationship isn’t the best and that it is creepy at times. I know most twilight fans ignore all these facts and just enjoy the story. But this Audio Book made it impossible!

It makes Bella sound even more desperate and Edward even more depraved.

Please if you haven’t read Twilight, don’t listen to the audio book first, and if you haven’t listened to the Audio Book yet, but have read the book, stay away if you want to stay in the twilight bubble 🙂

 

Review: Azuri Fae

In Fairies, Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Review on January 6, 2012 at 9:45 am

Azuri Fae (Caledonia Fae, #2) by India Drummond

Published November 20th 2011 by Trindlemoss Publishing
Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Source: From the Author for a honest review

Book 2 in the Caledonia Fae series.

A faerie prince disappears in the borderlands, and his father enlists the help of outcast Eilidh and her bonded druid, Quinton Munro. Tantalised with hints of a lost and ancient magic, they learn that time is working against them every step of the way. Is the prince’s disappearance related to the vanishing of an entire Scottish village?

Faced with deception, assassination attempts, and a mad queen who would sacrifice her own child to keep a dreaded secret, Eilidh struggles with an impossible situation. Her people demand she commit treason and betray the man she loves. Will she do what duty requires, or throw away the chance to reunite the kingdom in exchange for the life she hadn’t dared hope for?

– From Goodreads
 

9/10

This series right here is the reason I accept Author request books. Every now and then you find a gem like this!

Ms. Drummond does not disappoint. The world of Eilidh and Munro is explored even more and you get to see the Fae side of life. It is fascinating! 

While creating a world of mystery and romance with epic fantastical proportions Ms. Drummond does not loose sight of her characters. She has a way of giving uniqueness to each character and making their decisions and actions seem natural.

Once again I stress the importance of uniqueness in novels and the ability to take me by surprise! Check and check.
  
Eilidh has quite a few paths to choose from in this novel and you will be on the edge of your seat! The Fae way of seeing things, their traditions and even their royal intrigue does not disappoint and will leave you begging for more! 

Read this series if you want something different and even more so if you don’t like Faeries/Fae! I never have and Ms. Drummond has made me a convert.

“”When I was her age,” Munro said to Eilidh, “I was chasing frogs.”
Oron Chuckled. “When I was your age, I was chasing frogs. Come. We have things to discuss.””

Book 3: Enemy of the Fae (Coming 2012)
 

 

Review: Bloodlines

In Paranormal, Review, Vampires on November 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead

Published August 25th 2011 by Razorbill Fiction (first published August 23rd 2011) 
Paperback, 421 pages
Source: Bought here: http://www.exclus1ves.co.za/stores/

BLOOD DOESN’T LIE. Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty – a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning...

– From Goodreads
 

9/10

What a surprise! I went into this thinking that I would be disappointed, as nothing could possibly live up to the Vampire Academy series. I was wrong.
This novel was just as good and it has left me feeling like a kid in a candy store whose favourite sweets are out of stock. I can’t wait for the sequel and I am sure it will live up to its predecessor.
Sydney was a very relatable, yet interesting character. And Adrian, oh Adrian what a fantastic and infuriating character (unquestionably one of my favourite characters ever)! Jill and Eddie were also great additions as Main characters and did not disappoint. Even the minor characters were rich with detail.
Sure I could see most things coming (the big plot details), but the little surprises and plot twists kept me on my toes. They say it’s about the little things in life and I have always thought that is what delights me about Richelle Mead’s writing.
I also read this Novel surprisingly quickly and most of it in one day, and found myself sad when it was over. This will definitely be one of those series I collect and put right next to my VA books.
PS: Read Vampire Academy before you read this Novel.

“Takes a lot of tries before you hit perfection.” He paused to reconsider that. “Well, except for my parents. They got it on the first try.” (Adrian)”

“I just rely on natural talent,” said Adrian, strolling up to the start of the Dragon’s Lair. “When you have such a wealth of it to draw from, the danger comes from having too much.”

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #... The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2) by Richelle Mead
 

 

Review: Marked

In Paranormal, Review, Young Adult on November 23, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Marked (House of Night #1) by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

Published January 15th 2009 by ATOM (first published May 1st 2007)  
Paperback, 348 pages
Source: Borrowed from a friend

After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny – with a little help from her new vampyre friends (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them).

– From Goodreads
 

6/10

*Please note there might be some adult content discussed in this review:

I was really surprised at the new and unique take on vampires in this novel. Zoey is a fun character and easily relate-able. I really felt for her and her family situation, but I must say after the action packed beginning things got a little bit slow towards the end.

Some of the happenings (attempt at a blow job) and vocabulary “boobie” or “poopie” (even my spellchecker wanted to fix these words!) just made me cringe.

But nevertheless it was a fun and entertaining read with several twists and turns. Zoey’s friends were a great bunch of different yet interesting characters that I want to know more about!

I had a few gripes tho, for the life of me I can’t imagine the characters with symbols on their foreheads. Every image I conjure up just looks silly! I might have expected a bit too much from this novel, but I will definitely read the next one to see where it leads.

PS: Note that there are some topics in this novel that are not always Young Adult!

For those who have read it (SPOILERS):

Also I think Erik is only attracted to Zoey for one reason, her filled in tattoo which clearly means she is special. Also he has stalker qualities to him… 

I also want to clarify something, someone that is a “slut” is not someone who looks sexy or kisses your boyfriend, or even likes your boyfriend for that matter. Calling everyone a slutty also doesn’t make it true.

“Don’t you think baby corns are scary? There’s just something wrong about their midget bodies.”

Betrayed (House of Night, #2) Betrayed (House of Night, #2) by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
 

 

Lauren and Lu review Spiral X

In Lauren and Lu's Reviews, Paranormal, Review, Vampires on October 31, 2011 at 2:25 pm
Lauren from Violin in a Void and I are very different readers. I’m easygoing, she’s demanding. I love YA and paranormal romance, she doesn’t. She loves sci fi and dark fantasy, I just dabble. She wants good writing and interesting ideas, while I’m happy with a great story, interesting characters and a few twists. Together we’ll argue our conflicting points of view in joint reviews and you get the benefit of two perspectives instead of just one.

Title: Spiral X

Author: J.J. Westendarp
Published: October 29th 2010
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Please note: the following discussion is for those who have already read the book and contains numerous SPOILERS!

Plot Summary:

Cheryl Erickson is a sexy, wealthy 22-year old vampire hunter. She’s been staking vamps since they killed her father when she was 16 and now she’s part of an underground vampire-hunting force in Dallas with the help of her gay best-friend Virgil, who handles all the electronics. There’s a dangerous new drug on the streets called Plast, which awakens addicts’ most predatory traits, turning them into violent psychopaths. For some reason vampires are dealing Plast to humans, but no one has been able to find out why. Cheryl is determined to crack the case, but her investigation forces her to question and sometimes violate her own code of ethics.
General Impressions
Lauren: Spiral X  has all the right ingredients for an entertaining read – a feisty heroine, blood-sucking monsters, loads of action, and a rapid pace. But unfortunately it failed to interest me. Cheryl was hypocritical and far too cocky for me to like her or empathise with her, and all the action just didn’t do it for me. Clumsy writing dragged me down, and although it’s a short book I had to push myself to finish it. Read my full review here.

Lu: Never has a book deserved the words “action-packed” more! What a roller-coaster of events! What I enjoyed about this novel was the fact that it played in my head like a movie. The characters were believable, mythology understandable and there were twists and turns around every corner.

The author being male only helped this novel. He made fight scenes and car chases believable and understandable. How many times have you read a fight scene where you were unsure of what was happening and just got through it to see the end result? I’ve read too many to mention, but not here!

Definitely a must-read if you are tired of paranormal romance and love triangles of which this book has none. Thank the heavens!

It has a kick-ass heroine that has lost some motivation along the way, which only makes her human. She makes mistakes, which is always a welcome change from the “I am the perfect heroine” scenario. Each character has depth and they are all fascinating! I can’t wait to find out what happens to Cheryl and I hope we get to see more of Rev.

Lauren: Hmm, are you saying only men can write good action scenes?

Lu: Lol I’m saying that so far these were the best action scenes other than Game of Thrones and Pillars of the Earth, which were also written by men. So maybe in my case it has just been a coincidence. Or maybe a lot of women who write young adult and paranormal fiction just don’t do action scenes well for me. But as I write this I thought of J.R. Ward. So maybe I have just broken my own stereotype 🙂

But what I do want to say is that J.J. Westendarp really writes kick-ass action scenes!
Cheryl

Lu: For once the main character wasn’t my favorite. I really liked all the supporting characters! Cheryl was kick-ass and all, but she was a bit inconsistent at times.

Lauren: Yes, I thought Cheryl was a hypocrite when she dumped her boyfriend for deceiving her in the same way that she deceives (and continues to deceive) him. I also disliked the way she implied that all women were weak and silly, but she’s like a guy and that’s why she can kick vampire ass instead of sitting at home like all the other “weepy little tarts” wondering why some guy isn’t calling her.

Lu: Hahah I didn’t pick up on this. You feminist you 😛
But I do agree that Cheryl is a hypocrite and a bit hasty with some of her decisions. I think Thom was just a arb character that didn’t really need to be in the book.

Writing

Lauren: Westendarp almost always opts for telling rather than showing. This isn’t always a bad thing, but it’s terrible here. Every time a new character shows up, or Cheryl goes to a new location, we get an infodump about it. I found it extremely irritating and disruptive. It’s like watching a movie and having to pause and read a character history every time a new person walks on-screen. Why not weave some of that information into the narrative? For example, Cheryl explains how much she loves hot sauce; instead she could be described eating a meal and putting lots of hot sauce on it. Cheryl explains that she and Tank have a casual sexual relationship, but it would be so much more interesting if we could feel some of the sexual tension between them through body language and dialogue. Characters feel so much more real if we get to know them through their speech and behaviour. Here it feels like I’m referring to a profile in the footnotes.

Lu: Strange I didn’t even notice this. I like knowing little tidbits about characters. I would rather know details than try and guess.

Lauren: I like knowing the details too; that’s what makes a character interesting. And sometimes long explanatory pieces can be absorbing, because you’re curious about the information. But here it’s badly done and clogs up the narrative, distancing you from the story. It’s like you have to stop, pull back, and access an information file.

I dislike other aspects of his writing too – repeating phrases within a short space, and misusing the term “begs the question” multiple times. He also introduces surprising bits of information that should have been mentioned earlier. For example, you don’t even know that Cheryl has a boyfriend until she sees him. At one point, Cheryl states that her relationship with fellow vampire-hunter Tank is “strained to the breaking point”, but that was the first I’d heard of it. Almost halfway through the novel, Cheryl mentions (in an infodump) that she has psychic powers that allow her to detect vampires. You think this would have come up ages ago, but instead it sounds like Westendarp made it up on the spot and didn’t bother working it in.

Lu: Ah, I see what you mean. As if he thought of it at that point but didn’t bother going back to mention or hint at it. Maybe it’s meant to be a mystery, that at the point that you find out this information you also get the backstory. It’s a bit like real life in that way. You find out someone is allergic to milk after you have fed them milk tarts with their eyes closed. Then you find out the backstory about how it started when they were 5 etc.

I have read a few books like this where you are thrown into a story and only get info “dumps” when something happens. I don’t mind it at all, but I can see how it can be a pain.

Lauren: I can forgive Cheryl not mentioning her boyfriend, because it’s not essential at that point and you could say that it’s realistic for this to happen. But it’s unrealistic for there not to be much tension between Cheryl and Tank, just before she says that their relationship is under a lot of strain, and it’s even more unlikely that she wouldn’t mention her psychic powers in the earlier encounters with vampires.

Lu: Maybe the psychic powers were an afterthought. We’ll never know unfortunately.

Vampires

Lauren: Westendarp has created his own vampire mythos. Vampires are not undead humans; instead, demons from hell break through the fabric between worlds and possess the bodies of humans who have died from vampire bites. I want to talk about that in a moment, but first, how do feel about authors reinventing the vampire mythos? So many seem to do it.

Lu: I enjoy new takes on mythos. This one was particularly interesting! To be honest I don’t mind what an author changes or adds to a myth, as long as it is clearly stated and makes sense in the realm of the novel.

Lauren: I don’t mind too much either, as long as it’s not something totally stupid like sparkling. In Spiral X I think it was an important impact for the plot and Cheryl’s morals (a theme that comes up now and then). These vampires are completely inhuman, so Cheryl can draw a clear line between vampires and humans. Vampires are evil demons and that’s that, so Cheryl doesn’t have any qualms about killing them.

However, she does profess to have strict rules about not killing humans and trying not to hurt them. Her stance is a bit shaky though – as you said earlier, she’s an inconsistent character. In the opening scene she’s trying to get information by threatening a man with a knife. He realises she won’t cut him and refuses to talk, so she decides that her ethics are of less importance than information and shoots him in the kneecap. A bit much, wouldn’t you say? But then later, she’s explaining why she won’t tolerate any violence against the drug dealers supplying Plast:
These guys probably don’t know they’re supplying vampires with the drug, if they even know the vamps exist. For them it’s business. A dirty, filthy business that hurts people, but business all the same. That doesn’t warrant violence, not from us.

Why is it ok to shoot some random guy in the kneecap just for information, but it’s not ok to use violence against drug dealers and murderers?

Lu: Hahaha sparkling.
I think we start where Cheryl has come to a point and sort of loses it and shoots the guy in the kneecap. Then she sees how upset Tank is and her morals change/strengthen. She sort of pulls herself right. We all do it, lets say you steal a salt and pepper shaker at a restaurant. Someone tells you that you shouldn’t do it, so you feel bad and sort of go in the opposite direction. From then on if you see someone eyeing the salt and pepper shakers you get defensive and preachy about how it’s bad to steal. If that makes any sense 🙂

Sjoe I’m full of random examples today!

Lauren: Lol, where are you getting these examples from?
My problem is that she doesn’t only adopt the moral stance about not hurting humans after Tank gets upset with her. She’s got that rule from the start, which is why she wouldn’t cut that guy in the first place. It just seems so ridiculous that she’d go from not wanting to cut him to shooting him in the kneecap. Why not just cut him a little as she was actually threatening to do? Her character just baffles me sometimes.

Lu: Probably because shooting him looks cooler? Than some random cutting…

Lauren: Haha, that or shock value, but neither is a good excuse.

Christian Theme


Lauren: This got me a little worried as it became more pronounced. I thought it might turn into Christian fiction. The feeling of gratitude that washes over Cheryl whenever she sends a vampire back to hell was a bit silly too. How did you feel about it?

Lu: That’s the one gripe I have. I only noticed it now when you pointed it out. It was weird and unexplainable. I must add that the Christian theme didn’t bother me. Reverend and Father Harold were some of my favorite characters.

Lauren: Yeah, Rev and Father Harold were ok; there’s nothing wrong with religious characters. I just didn’t like the sense that it was becoming an overarching theme – the vampires being part of an eternal war between God and the devil, good and evil. It’s too simplistic; it lacks the moral ambiguity that made the movie Constantine so interesting.

Lu: I can only hope that the author is working towards another plot that isn’t so obvious.

Would you continue reading the series?

Lauren: No. This novel was self-contained, so there were no loose ends I want to see tied up. Cheryl is not a character I want to follow either.

Lu: Yes. Particularly because the next book is about a hunter named Erika and it’s set in New York. It’s set after the whole Cheryl saga. So this could be interesting. Maybe the characters eventually meet up!

Review: Once a Witch

In Fantasy, Paranormal, Review, Witches on September 26, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Once a Witch (Witch #1) by Carolyn MacCullough

Published September 14th 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Hardcover, 292 pages
Source: Borrowed from a friend that bought it at Bookdepository

Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most Talented among them. But Tamsin’s magic never showed up. Now seventeen, Tamsin attends boarding school in Manhattan, far from her family. But when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very Talented sister, Tamsin agrees to find a lost family heirloom for him. The search—and the stranger—will prove to be more sinister than they first appeared, ultimately sending Tamsin on a treasure hunt through time that will unlock the secret of her true identity, unearth the sins of her family, and unleash a power so vengeful that it could destroy them all. This is a spellbinding display of storytelling that will exhilarate, enthrall, and thoroughly enchant.

– From Goodreads
 

6/10

Although this was a very enjoyable read I felt a bit disconnected from the story at times. There are definitely parts that you can relate to and laugh out loud to, I just felt that the story line was a bit forced at times.

This novel reminded me a lot of the movie Practical Magic, which I thought was great! Tamsin has a very dotty family that will make you wish you grew up in a house with a bunch of witches and wizards!

If you like adventure, mystery and some magic thrown in then you’ll enjoy this! There is even some romance, even if I think Tamsin and Gabriel don’t really gel all that well.

I will definitely be reading the next one in the series!

For those who have read it:

Aunt Beatrice was definitely my favorite!

“Okay,” I gasp. “I can’t really breathe, but other than that, okay.”
“Breathing’s overrated,” Gabriel advises me.”I’m discovering that right about now with this damn tie.”

Guest Review: The Third Circle

In Guest, Historical, Mystery, Paranormal, Review, Romance on September 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm

The Third Circle (The Arcane Society #4) by Amanda Quick

As Reviewed by my Guest Reviewer Lauren

Published April 22nd 2008 by Putnam Adult
Hardcover, 352 pages

I have read and enjoyed some of the contemporary books in this series, written under one of Amanda Quick’s names. This book although not the 1st in the historical “portion” of the Arcane Society series could still be read without having any knowledge of the previous books. I thoroughly enjoyed it! It ticked all my criteria’s for a good light enjoyable read.
1) Romance
2) Paranormal
3) Historical
4) Murder Mystery.

This book is kind of like if a slightly less fantastical cast of Hero’s (yes like the TV show). We are sitting down to tea in Victorian England and then suddenly you throw in some romance. Sounds strange but it really works!

4/5 Stars
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Review: Spiral X

In Fantasy, Paranormal, Review, Vampires on September 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Spiral X by J. J. Westendarp

Published October 29th 2010

Kindle Edition 200 pages
Source: Received from the Author for a honest review.

Cheryl Erikson is a Vampire Hunter with a problem. A dangerous new drug named Plast has found its way onto the streets of Dallas. She would prefer to let the DEA and local law enforcement handle everything, but since the dealers also happen to be vampires, she has no choice but to step in and put a stop to it.

With the help of her best friend Virgil and a fellow Hunter named Tank, Cheryl must work to eradicate Plast from the streets of Dallas. It’s a task that becomes more difficult as she comes under the gun, quite literally, from a contract out on her head. Coupled with a nosy police detective looking to peg her for a triple homicide, and a sudden interest in her activities from a powerful vampire recently arrived in the area, it’s enough to force her to accept help from the least likely of sources, a mysterious Hunter named Rev. Through him, everything she thinks she knows, and everything she stands for, is challenged in ways she never imagined.


– From Goodreads
 

8/10

Never has a book deserved the words “action packed” more! What a roller-coaster of events!

What I enjoyed about this novel was the fact that it played in my head like a movie. The characters were believable, mythology understandable and there were twists and turns around every corner.

The Author being male only helped this novel. He made fight scenes and car chasing scenes believable and understandable. How many times have I read a fight scene where you are not sure what is happening and just go through it to see the end result? Too many to mention. But not this one!

Definitely a must read if you are tired of paranormal romance and love triangles of which this book has none. Thank the heavens!

It has a kick-ass heroine that has lost some motivation along the way, which only makes her human. She makes mistakes which is always a welcome change from the “I am the perfect heroine” scenario. Each character has depth and they are all fascinating!

I can’t wait to find out what happens to Cheryl and I hope we get to see more of Rev.

Keep an eye out for “Lauren and Lu’s Review” on this novel.

I looked at him, and asked, “What have I gotten from you?”
Without missing a beat, he said, “A well defined fashion sense.”

“I give to you the breath of life, so that you may live to fight on.”

Review: Blue Moon

In Paranormal, Review, Young Adult on August 15, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Blue Moon (The Immortals, #2) by Alyson Noel

Published March 5th 2010 by Macmillan Children’s Books

(first published July 7th 2009)

Paperback, 362 pages
Source: Received from Pan Macmillan for a honest review.

Things have changed for Ever since she met her beloved Damen – not least because she’s got a whole new set of powers, courtesy of her new Immortal status. Just as she’s getting stronger, though, Damen seems to be weakening. Panicked at the thought of losing him, Ever finds a path to the in-between world known as Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen’s tortured past. But in searching for a cure for him, Ever accidentally discovers a way to twist time so she can save her family from the accident that killed them. It’s all she’s ever wanted – but so is Damen. And Ever must choose between them…

– From Goodreads
 

8/10

Firstly let me tell you why I will definitely continue this series:
Its not predictable, the Author takes you places you never thought it would go. Also you know when you say “please please let this happen in the book!” and it never does? Well here it does! For this seemingly simple reason I know that I will love every single book in this series.

Roman is a new character that’s introduced and he left me thrashing between “is he good?” “or not?” the whole time.

Ever’s school life gets more interesting as she becomes even more of a outcast, but you will have to read why. And may I just add, someone please slap Stacia!

I was left with sooo many questions and I can’t wait to read the next novel to find out all the answers! I have also learned this one lesson: Do not trust anyone…

If you are looking for suspense and mystery with some young adult and paranormal romance thrown in, then this is your book! Get ready to want to strangle Ever a few times tho or maybe even scream at some of the characters.

Spoilers:

Oh how I loved it when Ever “went back”. I really wanted it to happen and I’m so glad it did! It reminded me a bit of the butterfly effect!

Ava? what happened? Did you really do what Roman said? I think there is more to this story!

I must admit Romans speech in the end did take some of the fun out of the book. I just wanted him to say what his deal was and get it over with! But it was the classic “villain speech”.

Also did Riley really send the twins? What’s their deal?

I think Ever was incredibly stupid to trust Roman in the end, and she deserves the whole “you can’t touch each other” thing!

“The fact is, the heart and mind aren’t always friendly.
And in my case, they’re barely speaking.”

“If you insist on the chase,” I say, my voice much surer than I feel.”Then you better start training. ‘Cause, dude you’re in for a marathon.”