Sunday, June 30, 2013

Review of Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris - 3 stars.

Happy Sunday!

I was very excited to read Dead Ever After - the last book in the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. After seeing so many disappointed reviews, I was little afraid to read it. Anyway, here is the review.


Author: Charlaine Harris
Title: Dead Ever After
Series: Sookie Stackhouse Series #13
Imprint: Ace Hardcover
Publisher: Penguin Group
Genre: Adult: Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary, Mystery
Pages: 352 pages
Source: Purchased from amazon.com

Summary:

There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart....
Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…
 
My review:
 
Dead Ever After is the final installment of one of my favorite book series ever. I was very excited to see how Sookie's story was ending and I have to admit, that after finished the last book, I still have mixed feelings. I finished reading it in May already and I think it was wise to let it all settle before writing a review about it.
 
Dead Ever After is well written and it continues the tradition of Charlaine Harris' amazing writing- and storytelling skills. However, I was disappointed and the reason behind my disappointment is easy - I did not like the fact how the author decided to end the series. With that said, I know it's not the author's problem, but my own, because after all, she is the one who created it and has a right to end her story how she likes. This dilemma is also why I decided to wait with the review, otherwise it would have been very emotional.
 
Plot:
 
Sookie finds herself in a complicated situation. Arlene is back and trying to get her old job back at Merlotte's. Arlene is found dead and all the evidence is pointing towards Sookie. Besides that, already estranged relationship with Eric is getting very complicate and odd because Eric has been promised away to a Vampire Queen to be married. Yes, you got that right! That's shortly about the plot.
 
What I disliked:

What was different about Dead Ever After is, that the book is written from multiple point of views and that disturbed me. It was unusual to read somebody else's thoughts but Sookie's.
 
Sookie seemed off. I do understand, that Sookie is tired of the supernatural creatures after all what she has been through and that she needs some stability and normality in her life, but her sassyness was gone. It seemed, that she simply gave up or that she was put into the circumstances when it was easier to not fight for and I did not like that.

I did not like what happened to Eric and I missed Sookie's and Eric's relationship. Even though I understand the logic and way of thinking behind why these two could not be together, I would have wanted their breakup being different. Eric's character has through the series built up for a different departure, I honestly have difficulties of believing, that he would leave Sookie without a proper goodbye.

I also did not like how Eric ended up with, it was not only sad, but cruel. As said, I get the idea of these two not being together, but the ending of Eric's and Sookie's love story could have been much different and I have difficulties of understanding, why the author chose the way she did. It did not fit with the rest of the story.

What I liked:

I think it was awesome to meet so many characters from previous books and I think the author did an excellent job with waving them into the final book. I was happy to see all of Sookie's friends gathering for one last time to support the heroine of the series. It was heart-warming and brilliant move from the author.

I liked how Sookie re-bonded with Tara and how Sookie understood the need of her own family and children.

I still think, that Charlaine Harris is a great writer with an awesome writing style which I have enjoyed for a long time and I have loved the world she created in the Sookie Stackhouse Series! The end of the series gives the bittersweet feeling because I loved the series, but I did not like the ending.

Generally:

Read it! It's not my favorite book in the series, far from it, but it gave me a good reading experience and it wraps up the whole series and in case you have read all the other books in the series, I recommend to read Dead Ever After as well.


5 Flowers!
3 stars.

 

 Happy reading!

 
 
 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Review: Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan

Hi all!


It's been a long time again since my last review!





Series: Maids of Honor #1
Release date: 7th of May 2013
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Historical, Romance
Pages: 416 pages in Hardback
Source: Bought from the Bookdepository

Summary:

In this breathtaking start to a series, a secret society of young women make up Elizabeth I’s most trusted royal guard. God Save the Queen—or the Maids will.
 
Orphan Meg Fellowes makes her living picking pockets—until she steals from the wrong nobleman. Instead of rotting in prison like she expected, she’s whisked away to the court of Queen Elizabeth and pressed into royal service, where she joins four other remarkable girls in the Maids of Honor, the Queen’s secret society of protectors.

Meg’s natural abilities as a spy prove useful in this time of unrest. The Spanish Court is visiting, and with them come devious plots and hidden political motives. As threats to the kingdom begin to mount, Meg can’t deny her growing attraction to one of the dashing Spanish courtiers. But it’s hard to trust her heart in a place where royal formalities and masked balls hide the truth: Not everyone is who they appear to be. With danger lurking around every corner, can she stay alive—and protect the crown?


Review:

I was just in London and visited many historical sights and boy did it put this book into perfect context and me in a perfect mood for a historical YA set in Elizabethan London. Generally, I don’t read many from this genre, but this book definitely caught my fancy.

There were several aspects I enjoyed and, overall, I found the story charming, intriguing and full of action, sneaking around, backstabbing and where everyone was or could become a pawn, easily disposed – it was at times quite ruthless for a YA book, some scenes and situations screamed injustice and cruelty. There was a full out Information war happening – knowledge was everything, be it regarding your enemy or friend. Being suspicious of everything and everyone was also a key ingredient to stay on top.

More aspects I liked: The setting wasn’t your usual and what we were shown and described sounded pretty good and vivid. There was so much going on, so many storylines and trinkets of info spilled right and left, but little was actually revealed, also, an abundance of possible secrets that hopefully will be uncovered and explored were touched upon. This is, coincidentally, also the main con: At times there was too much happening to properly follow and understand who/what/where/why?

I liked how all characters were distinct and had their own quirks, presence, good and bad qualities and, most importantly, secrets and agendas. There is much to explore still and an array of characters to pick for full focus. There were some promising hints on possible storylines (mostly romance, which is an absolute win for me) for all the girls in the queen’s guard. Not all the characters, even the presumably “bad” ones were full black, there was a lot of gray and I couldn’t make my mind up about several important players, one moment they were almost nice, the second I wanted to hit them... hard. Well, I guess, everyone’s motives will be made clearer as we go along the series.

The main couple: Rafe and Meg’s relationship, encounters, battle of wits and outsmarting/stealing from the other, which were without a doubt one of the highlights for me in this book, complimented and didn’t take over the plot. I, however, do wish there would have been more of those two “crossing their blades,” but at least it was quality instead of quantity, so I’m happy. I would have also liked to see more interaction between Meg and the other maids, to see the sisterly/comrade bond form between them more in depth.

Characters:

Meg was smart, fast and talented – an excellent spy/thief. She gets forced into this dangerous world of court with its scandals, betrayals and take-no-prisoners mindset. Despite all her extraordinary abilities, her constantly walking on glass made her vulnerable as well, not only this tough girl who fit like a glove in this world covered in shadows. Also, her inability to succeed in areas some of the other girls had as their specialty was at times adorably hilarious. Meg was a likable heroine who was easy to root for, but I have to complain again: I wish there had been more scenes with her and Rafe! That was the only thing missing.

Rafe – he was awesomely wicked, but incredibly swoony. Till the end and even then I didn’t have him completely figured out and at least to me he managed to stay elusive. Despite this, he was an Elizabethan bad boy who was too charming for his own good and the perfect match for Meg.

Overall:

A very promising historical YA that exceeded my expectations and only managed to miss my 5 star mark by a millimeter (I’m too picky!). I’m eagerly waiting for the second book and confidently recommend this to all who are remotely interested in historical YA, this is a successful and great addition to that genre.



4 stars!

LIIS

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Cover Reveal of Wrath by Kristie Cook!

Happy Tuesday!

Yay!!!! It's here!!! The cover and title reveal of the next Soul Savers Series!!!

I'm so excited to participate in the cover reveal of Kristie Cook's next installment in the Soul Savers Series. But first – Kristie, Tristan (the major HOTTIE!!!! From the Soul Savers Series) and Tristan's advocate Lisa need your help!


Right this very minute Tristan is participating in his first match in the NA Crush Tourney!


Then go threaten everyone you know to vote for him … or ask nicely. Whatever works. If WHEN Tristan wins, Kristie will share "A never-before-seen scene written from Tristan's point-of-view that I promise you will love. And if he wins the whole tourney? You'll get to read about their wedding night from Tristan's POV.".

Okay, now on to the gorgeous cover and title for Soul Savers Book 5:


Isn't it amazing? I can't wait for this book! It comes out later this summer and don't forget to follow Kristie for up-to-date news. Now don't forget to go vote for Tristan! Want to know why you should? Visit Lisa's blog - A Life Bound By Books for her advocate post – you'll LOVE it and while you're there VOTE for Tristan!!!

Voting starts on Monday, June 24th at 11:59 PM EST and closes Tuesday, June 25th 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST)
(Opens Monday at 8:59 PM PST and closes Tuesday at 8:59 PM PST)

Here's the link:

Tweet! Be sure to include the following hashtags and the link in your tweets so we can find you and others know where they can vote for Tristan too!

#NACrushTourney - #KnightRiders - http://bit.ly/3zlyR7


And don't forget to grab an eBook copy of the first book Soul Savers Series, Promise! It's FREE!!! On all platforms! Here's the links:

Order the FREE eBook Online here: AmazonBarnes and NobleiBooksKoboSmashwords

In the UK: AmazoniBooks

Again, the cover is amazing. It's designed by Brenda Pandos. Love it!

Happy reading!

 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday Looks Forward (37)

Happy Monday!

It has been a while since I've done my Monday posts, so here are the updates what you can expect on the blog this week:


News:

I have actually had so many things happening in my life, so the fact that I am back and blogging itself, is a good news for me. :)

I need to update pages on the blog and I will be working with these during most of the summer. I still haven't managed the Review page where I need to add all the reviews that have been posted on the blog. I also need to update Giveaways and Blog Tours page, so please have patience, It will all be fixed.

Blog Tours:

There will be couple of blog tours coming. The first post will be up already tomorrow, where me and my blog will be supporting author Kristie Cook and her character Tristan Knight from the Soul Savers Series. NA Alley is organizing New Adult Tournament where Tristan Knight is going to be one of the competitors.

Besides that, there will be cover reveal for Soul Savers' next installment and I'm very excited about it! Can't wait getting my hands into the book and reading it!

Next week will probably bring few more blog tours, because I've agreed to couple of posts, but you will hear more about them next week already.

Giveaways:

During the week I will be posting all the winners of past giveaways. I made a promise for myself, that no new bigger giveaways until I've announced the winners of previous ones. And there are quite many...

Reviews:

I have planned minimum 3 book reviews and since I have also seen lots of new movies, I might write a movie review also this week myself.

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Otherwise, let's see what the week brings, there might be couple of surprises! That's briefly it for today!

Happy reading!

 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Teaser Cover Reveal - Next installment of Soul Savers Series by Kristie Cook!

Happy Saturday!


 
I'm thrilled to share with you a teaser of the cover for the fifth book in the Soul Saver Series By: Kristie Cook that I LOVE! Take a look and see what you think, and keep an eye out for the FULL cover reveal coming this Tuesday!

Here it is!

 


 
Title: TBA on Tuesday!
Author: Kristie Cook
Publisher: Ang'dora Productions, LLC (Coming SUMMER 2013)
Find Kristie and her books on: Goodreads

Synopsis to follow!

Haven't read the series? How about a FREE eBook copy of Promise? It's FREE on ALL platforms! Yes it is! Here's links where you can get YOUR FREE COPY TODAY!

Order the FREE eBook Online here: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords
In the UK: Amazon, iBooks


Okay, Lisa at A Life Bound By Books is still looking for HELP with the #NACrushTourney for none other than Tristan Knight himself! She's created a Street Team called #KnightRiders and would LOVE to have YOU help Tristan make his way to VICTORY!! The first round is coming up quick. Here's all the info you need to know so far.


Oh and EVERYONE who helps with the Tourney by joining the Street Team and doing tasks will be ENTERED TO WIN PRIZES!!! YES! PRIZES!!! More from Lisa about that later.


Now... Lisa can't do this on her own, so this is where you guys come in.

First and most important, Tristan has his first round coming up, so we all have to act fast! Voting opens for the first round on ****Monday, June 25th at 11:59PM EST (or for us on the west coast, Monday at 8:59PM PST)**** Once the post is up, the voting can begin and will only be open for 24 HOURS! You'll be able to VOTE both at A Life Bound By Books and at the NA ALLY! (During the 24 hour voting period I believe you'll be able to vote from multiple devices so everyone should keep that in mind.)

Wondering what we'll ALL win when Tristan WINS? Straight from Kristie herself -
And here's my reward if he wins Round 1 (please put in both posts): "A never-before-seen scene written from Tristan's point-of-view that I promise you will love. And if he wins the whole tourney? You'll get to read about their wedding night from Tristan's POV."

Looking to sign up for #KnightRiders Street TeamHere's the quick form to fill out. Every thing will happen in a few emails so not to worry about having your inbox bogging down. Also, all info, emails, etc will be deleted at the end of the tournament.


Grab the button below, add it to blogs, Facebook, change your twitter pic, etc! Put it up everywhere you can!!


 

Tweet like crazy! Be sure to include the following hashtags so we can find you on twitter -

#NACrushTourney #KnightRiders

Here's some other important links to follow and watch for -

Find on Twitter: A Life Bound By Books, Tristan, Kristie Cook
Find on Facebook: A Life Bound By Books, Tristan, Kristie Cook

Title: Promise (Soul Savers #1)
Author: Kristie Cook
Publisher: Ang'dora Productions, 369 Pages (August 11, 2011)
Add to: Goodreads
Order the FREE eBook Online here: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords

Synopsis: New Adult Paranormal Romance ** Mature Content ** Recommended for ages 16+ due to sexual situations and language.

First installment of award-winning author Kristie Cook's bestselling Soul Savers Series

Alexis Ames has a life full of promise...but not all promises can be kept.

When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can't be real, she decides it's time she learns who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their family's secrets closely. After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however, Alexis retreats behind her façade of normalcy...until she discovers he's not exactly normal either. Then their secrets begin to unravel.

Their union brings hope and promise to her family's secret society, the Angels' army, and to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy - Satan's minions and Tristan's creators. After all, Alexis and Tristan are a match made in Heaven and in Hell.

1st Place - 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award - Fantasy (Published) by Florida Writers Association.

Keep an eye out on A Life Bound By Books on all platforms for more info coming soon including - News, Giveaways and other Exciting things for the tourney!
 
About the Author
 
Kristie Cook is a lifelong, award-winning writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. She continues to write the Soul Savers Series, a New Adult paranormal romance/contemporary fantasy, with the first four books, Promise, Purpose, Devotion and Power available now and the next book coming in June 2013. She’s also written a companion novella, Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella, currently available. Over 160,000 Soul Savers books have been sold, with Promise peaking at #54 on the Amazon Top 100 Paid list and at #1 in the Amazon Fantasy category.
The Space Between, which releases April 2013, kicks off her second New Adult paranormal series, The Book of Phoenix.
Besides writing, Kristie enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle. She can be found at:

Author's Website & Blog: http://www.KristieCook.com

Soul Savers Series Website: http://www.SoulSaversSeries.com



Happy reading!
 
 
 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I am back!

Hello, my dear readers!

I am back!

Life is filled with adventures, right? Couple of months ago I found buyers for my house and as you have seen, I haven't been able to spend much time with my blog. I have finally sold my house in the countryside, found a new to home to live in, packed my life and moved back to the city. It has been a long process, but finally I am on my way to settle down in my new home.

It has been an emotional journey, because I lived in my house for 7 years and have lots of good memories from there. In the same time it is also a huge relief for me, because being a single working mom to a 6 years old kid and a house owner in the countryside demands a lot of time, work and efforts. That's why I am happy that I am back in the city and don't have to spend hours in my car.

Anyway, one circle has been completed and the new one has started. I have 9 minutes drive to my work and the kindergarten is also only few minutes away, so it is going to be easier for me. I am very excited about it! Still need to unpack my things, but luckily there is no deadline! :)

Enough of me! Let's talk about reading and blogging. I have read few books in the meantime and can't wait sharing my thoughts about them with you! You will see my reviews popping up soon! I have been grateful for Liis, who has posted some reviews for you to enjoy! Thanks, Liis!

I have some promises made to several authors to live up to, some giveaway winners to announce and also an old task from December 2012 to fulfill, so there will be a lot to see and read. It has been good for me to spend some time away from my blog, because it has created an eagerness in me - to blog!

To be realistic, I will of course still spend some time to unpack all my things and settle down in my new home, but at least the silence from my side is over for this time.

To new beginnings!

Yours truly,

 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Review: Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer

Hi all!

The next installment in the great Elemental series!




Title: Spirit
Series: Elemental #3
Release date: 28th of May 2013
Published by: Kensington
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 432 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

With power comes enemies. Lots of them.

Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He's learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can't seem to afford any allies.

He's up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait.

Then there's Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She's not hostile. She's bold. Funny. Hot. But she's got an agenda, too.

With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he'll have to find someone he can trust. . .

Review:

Well, this book definitely went where not many of its genre have dared to venture before (at least what I’ve had the pleasure of reading) and, boy, did it surprise, shock and excite me. There were several scenes/happenings where I just had to glance away from my kindle to ask: Did this really just happen? REALLY??? And for a book catching me off guard and genuinely surprising me, I give the author heaps of credit, plus, to be able to take the story in the directions it went needed courage for the writer. Respect!

That aside, I read this book in one go and it came across quite short, even though, there was plenty of action, and wow, what action-movie level scenes they were, and more than enough romance and edge-of-your-seat intense moments. Again, I can’t stress enough how I absolutely adore the dynamics of the Merrick family and the people that have gotten close to them. How they handled Hunter in this book was too awesome to describe. It was realistic considering the circumstances and, also at the same time, it made my heart ache from happiness and annoyance for both sides. However, more happiness, definitely.

The major conflict of the series is still present and I don’t think there will ever be a definite solution to the Merrick’s issue, but, who knows. Some quite interesting possibilities were raised and hinted at regarding the five points of the pentagram, so, I’m definitely waiting for development in that direction in future books. This book came across substantially darker than the first ones due to several reasons and this also kind of took it apart from other YA with its maturity and unusual twists. I also liked that all the bonds formed in pervious books were still going strong and there were glimpses to the on goings in their lives aside from the main couple. Everyone contributed and the interactions were constant.

Why I can’t give the book maximum points even though I desperately want to? It basically follows the same story pattern as the pervious two books and while it’s effective and appropriate, it slightly felt like a copy of what has already been done. But no need to worry, there is too much going on to dwell on similarities, and several elements that make the book distinctive, exciting and brilliant.

Characters:

In previous books, Hunter seemed so in control and confident, but in this book we definitely see another side and what’s under the hard exterior and it isn’t all sunshine. He has conflicts with so many people due to misconceptions, unfairness and lack of trust, that I was surprised he didn’t snap or suffer a complete mental breakdown. Despite everything, he managed to remain the same detached, but nice guy with a lot of baggage. He was a great hero, someone you just were forced to root for.

Kate remained slightly distant, not because she wasn’t distinct, didn’t have a personality or enough insight wasn’t provided, she just came across untouchable and cool next to Hunter’s emotional turmoil. She did surprise me on several occasions and, all in all, I think she was just right for Hunter.

Have I already said how much I love the whole Merrick family and their posse? Well, I do and in this book Michael definitely upped his game and made me admire him even more than I already have.

Overall:

A great addition to the series, managing to surprise me and take the storyline to places I wasn’t ever in a million years expecting. I need to know what will become of all and for that I’m counting down the days to the next installment (Nick’s story).



4 stars!

LIIS



Sunday, June 2, 2013

Review: Loki's Wolves by K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr

Hi all!

Something for younger readers :)




Title: Loki’s Wolves
Series: The Blackwell Pages #1
Release date: 7th of May 2013
Published by: Hachette Book Group Inc
Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Reading level: FICTION – CHILDREN: Contemporary, Paranormal
Pages: 358 in e-book format
Source: Bought from the Bookdepository

Summary:

In Viking times, Norse myths predicted the end of the world, an event called Ragnarok, that only the gods can stop. When this apocalypse happens, the gods must battle the monsters--wolves the size of the sun, serpents that span the seabeds, all bent on destroying the world.

The gods died a long time ago.

Matt Thorsen knows every Norse myth, saga, and god as if it was family history--because it is family history. Most people in the modern-day town of Blackwell, South Dakota, in fact, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt's classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke.

However, knowing the legends and completely believing them are two different things. When the rune readers reveal that Ragnarok is coming and kids--led by Matt--will stand in for the gods in the final battle, he can hardly believe it. Matt, Laurie, and Fen's lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team to prevent the end of the world.

Review:

I'm so glad that Norse mythology has started to appear more frequently in YA books (yes, one-two books is a lot in this case!) next to the already overused Greek and others. There are again endless possibilities to explore, plus, it’s more exciting and definitely fresher since we are not all as familiar with the myths and legends of the Norse gods. Fully authentic or not, they were nicely introduced and depicted in various forms in this book – definitely enjoyable and informative.

While it does share some similarities with other adventure YA books, the background and topic at hand made me more oblivious to the familiar traits I noticed occurring again and again in such series nowadays. We have the reluctant hero, the anti-hero typeish sidekick and the strong and smart girl, who are unwillingly thrust into an adventure, where they must find someone/something to prevent the end of the world with many mythical creatures and situations in their path, a couple of twists are also a must. In a nutshell, that's the plot, but I didn't mind that I had probably read such books already too many times to count – the characters, unique plot factors and the overall writing made sure I had fun with this book. And that I most definitely did.

I liked that this wasn't a one man show, Matt was the main hero, but Fen and Laurie had just as much as center stage, mostly, due to the POV shifting between the three main characters. That enabled me to get to know and sympathize with all of them, plus, have access to their inner workings. The three of them all had and will have their role to play in the endgame and the journey there, even though, all was by far not revealed in this first book. Everyone had their moments to shine, even the new additions to their small band of world savers.

Quibbles: The ending cliffhanger annoyed me and the climax of the book felt slightly weak compared to the previous constant action. I was also a bit bothered by Matt and Fen trying to protect and exclude Laurie from anything dangerous all the time, claiming that she's a girl. Protectiveness is good, over protectiveness – not really.

Characters:

Matt was a decent hero with enough issues and conflicting feelings to keep things interesting. He lacked a bit of unique personality though, and was too cookie cutter at times, but, overall, I was fond of him and am sure he will grow into the big shoes he is expected to fill.

Fen was misunderstood, disillusioned, mad at the world, and in a big mess. He was also considerate, caring and self-sacrificing to people he considered important to him, which was something he, unfortunately, preferred to keep to himself. There was a lot on his shoulders even before the mission and he tried to deal with it as best as he could, but everything doesn’t go the way he expects or hopes. 

Laurie was by far my favorite character. She was smart, determined, brave and kind. She managed to bring balance to the team between Matt and Fen, while fighting with them to prove her worth and not be seen as a damsel in distress. A very likable character!

Also, I think I’ve watched Thor too many times, but I can’t help but draw parallels between the two stories (even if there might not be many present) and imagine the characters as each other visually, despite the age differences.

Overall:

Another great new adventure YA series with enough originality to keep me interested to stick around for the next book of the series. I fully recommend for younger readers.



4 stars!

LIIS

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