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All of my book reviews

Winds of Salem

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This book was the last book in the Witches of East End series and I was actually quite disappointed in this book. It just didn’t captivate me quite like the first one and it went downhill after that. I really don’t have much to say about this book so this will most likely be a very short review.

I really liked all of the characters in this book and they way they were written but it just didn’t end up connecting with the plot that it started taking. i wasn’t really drawn in to it and just didn’t pull me in like I had hoped. I will always love the characters I just really wish she would have taken a different path with how the story panned out because it could have been such a great series.

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Well this review got really depressing and so I’m going to finish on that note. Just go give the series a feel to see if it’s the one for you.

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-Chelsea K.

Silver Shadows

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This is the sixth book in the Bloodlines series which is a spin off series of the Vampire Academy series also by Richelle Mead. So far I’ve really like this series but there was just something about this one that didn’t do it for me. The end of the book got better so I hope this means the next one is better.

Oh Adrian..you are without a doubt my favorite person in this series, your wit, your sarcasm, your romantic inclinations…you are amazing. He is such a dreamboat. He is also so damn loyal to Sydney and would do anything for her that it makes me swoon.

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Now Sydney in this book wasn’t my favorite…at time I would just go really? Did she seriously just do that? She made me just a wee bit angry.

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The story line in this book was average but there were more parts than I wanted that I feel didn’t necessarily have to be added and there were many parts that were just plain dull.

I would definitely suggest going and reading the rest of the series and I hope that the next one gets better.

-Chelsea K.

Ugly Love

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Ugly Love Goodreads Description:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

This book just blew me away as all of Colleen Hoover’s book usually do, but this one really just hit me hard. She is one of those writers that makes you feel what she is writing and it is always an amazing experience. The way she writes the characters also makes them feel so realistic and connected to them it’s just so impressive.

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The two main characters in this book are Tate and Miles. Tate is a a nurse and Miles is a pilot, they pretty much instantly connect but neither of them are really wanting or in a place to start a relationship so of course they think the best way to deal with this is to become friends with benefits. You know right away that this is going to be a horrible idea and almost always ends badly.

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When we first meet Miles you immediately realize there is something that haunts him and this definitely plays into why he doesn’t want a relationship. Miles though is a nice guy and he can be sweet and protective and he’s just all around good. Tate is a nurse and you know that she and Miles would make a beautiful and basically perfect couple if they could get around their problems.

So the story line of this book was just so incredible and there was just so much emotion and just never a part that made you want to go take a nap. I really could not put this book down and finished it right when it came out on my Nook. I might have had something early going on the next day but I finished this and I do not regret it one bit. I am going to go reread this book tonight because review it is making me want to relive it.

This book is just so amazing as are all Colleen Hoover books and now I want to go buy the rest of her books I don’t have, which is a lot, and read them all. I suggest you do the same.

-Chelsea K.

Opposition

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This is the last book in the Lux series and when I finished reading it I went into a Daemon depression for a while…I’m really going to miss him. When I was reading this a whole fourth of the book was a short story and I didn’t realize that until the cook felt like it was ending and it did….it was probably the most horrific thing I have ever experienced. It wasn’t a fun feeling.

So of course we have our same characters Daemon who is still one sarcastic and romantic and sweet sexy beast. He is easily my favorite person in this book series. He is pretty much all the things you want in a guy wrapped in one…it’s beautiful.

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I also really liked Kat. She didn’t back down in a challenge and was tough enough to handle things and didn’t have the whiny girl problem going on that seems to happen a lot with female characters in YA books. Archer and Luc were also two of my favorite guys, they were some classy people yo. They were slow chicken dancing type of classy….and they were also ridiculously funny.

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I now feel that this review is going to have more gifs than review…which somehow doesn’t seem to bother me as much as it normally would for a review. ALL THE GIFS!! The story line in this book was just awesome, there wasn’t a dull moment that made me sit there and space out while reading it and there was so much action. I love me a well written fight scene and there were many.

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This is a series ending that I felt concluded everything well and made me extremely happy. No major cliffhangers, questions not answered, flock of seagulls…you know.

I highly recommend this series and basically any other books out there by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Go read them and enjoy!

-Chelsea K.

This Strange and Familiar Place

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So this is the second book in the So Close to You series and I am sad to say that this wasn’t as good as the first one. I really enjoyed the first one but this just didn’t do it for me…let me go cry in a corner for a bit.

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It has been a little while since I’ve read it but I just can’t remember a lot of it because it just didn’t seem that memorable for me. I did a review for the first book a while back and this book made me not a big fan of Lydia. In the first one I was cool with her, she was pretty chill, but there was something about this one that made her grind on my nerves a bit. Wes, I still really like him even at some points when he would make a few ridiculous decisions, but I mainly wanted to hug him the rest of the time.

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The story line for this book was pretty bland. It just didn’t pull me in as much as the first one and took me a while to read it all the way through.  Now that I’ve had time to process it a bit I just get a bit depressed when thinking about it.

This review is getting really sad so I’d say just go feel out the series and read it to see what you think.

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-Chelsea K.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea & Between the Spark and the Burn

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Goodreads Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea Description:

You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.

Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery… who makes you want to kiss back.

Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

This series so far is one of my favorite that I’ve had the pleasure to read. The way they are written is just so unique and amazing and just so one of a kind. I now feel like I need to go reread them…..I will contemplate this while I finish this review.

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So the characters…without a doubt River is the most delightful and tastefully insane person and I love him for it. He can be sweet and crazy and austere and so many other things that just make him so amazing. He just drills a hole into your heart and even when he doesn’t know what he’s doing all the time you can’t blame him. Then there’s Neely, River’s brother, keeper, and the one that helps him stay sane. Neely is the stable one and is always the protector, and will do anything to keep his brother and Violet safe. Violet….she has such an older sense of world, the way she acts and dresses just makes it seem like she’s in her own little world set back in time. She has such a cool laid back personality that made me really like her, and she wouldn’t take shit from anyone.

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The story line was just incredible, there weren’t a lot of moments that just had me going really? Did that need to be added? The rhythm of the novels flowed smoothly and just coming up the the Spark powers was such a cool idea. Some have to touch another person, some need another’s blood, and some don’t have to touch someone for their power to affect them, while in just that one bloodline. Just genius.

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I want you to experience everything as a first in this series so I’m just going to tell you to go read these two now and enjoy the crazy.

-Chelsea K.

The Taking

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The Taking Goodreads Description:

A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

Hmm….I’m not sure what exactly my feelings are for this book. I didn’t love it but I didn’t dislike it, it was one of those books that you just have meh feelings for. One thing I did love about this book was the cover….that thing is gorgeous. Just look at it!!

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The characters, Kyra was one of those girls I didn’t like right away because there was something about her that made me wary. She seemed a little bit spoiled and at times and just a little better than you. This really kind of just fueled my dislike for her and even when she came back she was a bit better but I still didn’t love her. I love Tyler right away, he was super sweet and artistic and just all around adorable.

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The story line was okay, but it definitely could have been improved in some parts because something about just didn’t grab my attention and hold it. There were parts that were good but just could have been elevated to that next level.

I would say just read the book and see what you think because it has so much potential and I hope the next one is better.

-Chelsea K.

Rise

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So this is the last book in the Eve trilogy and words can’t describe how much I disliked the final book in this series. Basically this whole review is going to be me ranting and will most likely include spoilers so if you actually want to read this series I suggest you don’t go on!!

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The characters…..oh the character…Eve just made me so damn angry. Basically anytime she did something I would just think really? Why did she have or need to do this. Then we learn that she is pregnant.

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Seriously?! I don’t have a problem with that but really this book did not need to have that added to this. Just her character didn’t turn out how I hoped she would and there was just something about her that kept me from really ever liking her.

The story line was okay until the pregnancy surprise and then I really could not stand it anymore, I had put up with a lot in this series and it really was the last straw. There was a lot that kept me from actually even liking this series and this book just cemented my opinion of it, actually it probably lowered my thoughts on it. This trilogy when I finished it just made me sad overall because I was really disappointed in it and when this happens I feel bad. Even though I wouldn’t recommend this, I feel like you should go and form your own opinions about it.

(here’s a gif that I hope will make up for the depressing review)

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-Chelsea K.

The Grisha Trilogy

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Goodreads Shadow and Bone Description:

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance

What to say about this trilogy….it was pretty good…this is another one of the series that seemed to be just missing something to make me love it…I also have not clue what that thing could be.

I have to say that the Darkling was by all my favorite character. I know you are thinking ‘oh he killed a lot of people why would you like him?’ I mean I know he killed a lot…but I can easily look past that…….

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Well anyways, I feel that he was the most real character in the books, he was straightforward he went after what he wanted and I actually found his emotions the most realistic. I also didn’t get annoyed with him like I did some of the other characters. Alina, well let’s just keep this simple and say at times I liked her but more times I really just got fed up with her character. Mal was a pretty good character, but I felt he and Alina kind of clung to each other at times in an unhealthy was, but he was definitely more emotionally stable than Alina and his emotions were more genuine.

The story line was pretty amazing but the characters at times made the execution a little iffy. Otherwise I really like how she set things up and made most of the scenes flow really well.

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So flock off my children and go read and make decisions and stuff.

-Chelsea K.

The Serena Legacy

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Goodreads Of Poseidon Description:

Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom…

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

This is actually the first series that is all about mermaids that I have read, also maybe the first one that really mentions them…I have no clue where they’ve been all my life. Well I really ended up liking this series more than I thought, other than the weird way that book 2 ended making it seem like that should have been where the series ended but I’m not complaining. So let’s do this!

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Well of course I fell in love with Galen right away, I seem to have a soft spot for those broody type of guys in books. I also was pretty impressed with how loyal he was to his family, that is always I feel a good quality in guys, well people in general. Now Emma was eh, she wasn’t one of my favorite leading book ladies which made me sad because this was a good series I just felt that she needed to have a few things changed about her character to make her a bit more relatable and more likable. I also really dug Toraf’s character, he was pretty great, he had that really natural humor that just makes you instantly like him.

The story line was good, but it didn’t flow as seamlessly together as it could have been. I feel this is what could have used the most improvement out of the series, just because there were a lot of parts that just kind of blahed a bit and could have had some more action or something.

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Well, go try this trilogy out and taste…I mean experience or whatever you feel like doing and see for yourself.

-Chelsea K.