Snakeroot

Title: Snakeroot (Book 1 in Nightshade Legacy)
Author: Andrea Cremer
Publisher: Philomel Books – Penguin Group
Release Date: December 10, 2013

Bosque Mar haunts the dreams of both Adne and Logan, trying to escape for the Nether, where Calla, Shay and the other Guardians trapped him in the final battle in the War of All Against All…
Will he turn Adne to the dark side? Will Logan reclaim his birthright? And will darkness take over our world?

Even though it’s been quite a while since I’ve read the original series, and I’m planning on going back to reread Rift before I read Rise, this book plunged me back into the world of the Guardians and Keepers in no time. I was hazy on details – including characters and what they had done in previous books and most of the plotline, *cough* – but this book not only jogged my memory but did it in a way that was smooth, coherent, and relevant to the book.

One of the best aspects of the writing in this book was the different points of view. This books shows Ren’s, Logan’s, Adne’s, Connor’s, Sarah’s, and Sabine’s – and I may be missing a few! That was impressive in and of itself, but what was even more amazing is that Cremer managed to maintain each character’s individual voice and not lose them in the story; she gave each of them their time and their own perspective, which really enhanced the magic of the book, and books in general – of being submerged in another world and in the story itself.

I also loved the plot. Even though I may not entirely remember the original series, I remember how much I enjoyed it, and Cremer has not disappointed me with this latest installment. She has gone above and beyond with the characters, the rules of magic, and the world she has created for everything that goes on. The easiest way to see this is in the relationships between the characters, but the thought that had to go into imagining what all the rules are for these people….. I can’t fathom it, and I am so glad that Cremer got so absorbed into her fantasy and was able to share it so wonderfully with us through her writing.

I highly recommend this book, especially if you have read the original series, and even more so if you have read the series recently. I’m looking forward to finding out what happens next – the cliffhanger ending was insanely tantalizing; I hadn’t even realized that I had reached the end of the book! So yeah, you should definitely go find a copy and read it! Happy reading!

~Yours Truly

*Note: I only recommend this book to readers ages 13 & up due to some indirect sex talk, mild language, and violence.

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Revenants Trilogy

Since I read all three books in this trilogy in the span of 24 hours, I’m going to post one review for the whole series! Big change from no posts at all, right? Here goes!

Title: Die for Me (Book 1 in Revenants)
Author: Amy Plum
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 5, 2011

In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.
When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life–and memories–behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.
Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant–an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

 

Title: Until I Die (Book 2 in Revenants)
Release Date: May 8, 2012

Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.
As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.

 

 

Title: If I Should Die (Book 3 in Revenants)
Release Date: May 7, 2013

I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.
Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.
It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.
After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me
?

 

The first thing I want to mention is that I have been dying (haha, get it?) to read these books since the first one came out – so three years, now. So when I got to the library and I saw that all of them were there, in the same place at the same time, I grabbed them. And then when I got home, I stayed up all night reading the first two books and spent the next day reading the third. Can you obsessed?

The covers were definitely a large part of what hooked me and made me want to read the books in the first place: the swirling pattern under each of the titles is beautiful, and the color schemes for all three made them captivating to look at. Plus, the dresses on the cover model were gorgeous! But when I started reading, I literally could not put down the book. The cover may have gotten my attention, but once I started turning the pages, Kate and her side of Paris came to life. Plum did a FANTASTIC job of setting the scene and creating her characters. I felt like everything was real from the moment I started the book, and what was especially nice was that since I had all three books, I was pretty much in Paris for the next 24 hours! Although, now I have Ms. Plum to thank for wanting to go Paris in actuality!!

After the setting, the characters were the best part of the books. Kate was realistic – her emotions were palpable and human. There was fear, and anger, and grief, but also love and laughter and mischief. And her sister, Georgia, was hilarious! I loved her and her rebelliousness; she and Kate balanced each other out. On the revenant side of things – which, by the way, is such an excellent idea for a plot/character that I’m very jealous I didn’t think of it first! I mean, it’s not a ghost, but a person, and they never die, but there are rules…… It’s just excellent, and you’ll have to read it – there are Jules, Ambrose, and the twins Charlotte and Charles. Even though I like Charlotte the best (perhaps because we see a lot of her, especially in the 1st and 3rd books), Jules and Ambrose with their charming and funny personalities are great secondary characters. And then Charles, in the last book?? LOVE! Even at the end of the first book, with everything that happens between him and the rest. Gaspard, Jeanne, and Jean-Baptiste were awesome, too (even though I didn’t like Jean-Baptiste at first). Gaspard has become my favorite bada** warrior mentor EVER, and Jeanne is just…..Jeanne. And of course, the end of the 3rd book? Ahhhh, I cried soooo hard. But anyway, the star character (at least for pretty much any girl, including Kate): Vincent. He was real, honest (when he could be), chivalrous, charming, sweet, and loving. What more could a girl want? For the fictional heroine in her book, of course.

Anyway, the one negative thing I have to say about this book is that is was angled as a romance. That’s the way it started out, and the entire battle slash evil-person’s-going-to-take-over-the-world thing kind of came second, which I didn’t really like. Even though the romance was cute, and it was the whole instigation for the rest of the novels, it was a difficult balance to strike – was it a romance novel or a paranormal adventure/fantasy novel? And I’m not sure I like that at some points it was all romance and at others the romance was only a subplot. However, the other plot was awesome – great ideas, excellently executed, and flawlessly written. So all in all, this was an excellent series.

I do also have to say that I am very glad I got all three books, because when I was in between them, I was squealing for the next book, so it was great to have it on hand. And the way Plum wrapped up the series made it all worthwhile, because even though I would gladly read more, there wasn’t a need for more. This is one of the few series that I’ve read for the first time altogether, and I really enjoyed it; it made everything more cohesive, and I loved the flow – it made it seem like one giant book. I am, however, looking forward to reading the novella (Revenants 2.5 – Die for Her) about Jules, though!

So, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a romantic adventure novel set outside the U.S. – The setting was the best part about the novel; I also hope that this review suffices for now – heading out to the library soon for more!

~Yours Truly

*Note: Due to some direct sex narrative, violence, and language, I only recommend this book to readers ages 14 & up.

Decision Time

Soooo I haven’t posted in more than a month, and before that, I’ve been pretty sporadic. This is going to sound really cheesy, but I’ve entered into a new stage of my life, and I honestly (and unfortunately) haven’t been reading very much, and the books that I do read have been rereads, some of which I’ve already reviewed on this blog. I have less time than I did when I first started this blog, which is also disappointing. That being said, I am by no means ending my blog – in fact, I’m trying to keep it going. So, even though my posts will continue to be sporadic, they will continue.

Also, I’ve decided to use this blog to share some of my writing, as well; so instead of just book reviews and news, I will be posting bits and pieces of original work as well. It was actually my original intent to do this, but I hadn’t had much to share in the beginning; hopefully I do now.

I also want to thank those of you who continue to follow me and read my posts – I really appreciate all my viewers! So, keep an eye out for this upcoming original work, as well as a review coming up soon!!