Review: Haze (The Rephaim #2) by Paula Weston

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My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 9th, 2014
Publisher: Tundra Books
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Action, Angels & Demons

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Gaby Winters’ life used to be pretty normal. She lived with her best friend. She worked in a library. She was slowly getting over the death of her twin brother, Jude. And then Rafa came looking for her.

With him, her blood-soaked nightmares stopped. But now they are reality. She is one of the Rephaim – a wingless half angel, descended from the Fallen. Demons exist and they are hunting her.

She knows she’s alive when she’s meant to be dead. And that means maybe Jude is too. So why isn’t she out there looking for him? Continue reading

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Review Shadows (The Rephaim #1) by Paula Weston

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 10th, 2013
Publisher: Tundra Books
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Paranormal, Angels,Action, War, Demons, Romance

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It’s almost a year since Gaby Winters watched her twin brother die. In the sunshine of a new town her body has healed, but her grief is raw and constant. It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she fights and kills hell-beasts. And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams, he tells her things about her brother and her life that cannot be true, things that are dangerous. Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And who is Gaby? The truth lies in the shadows of her nightmares. Continue reading

Review: It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt

20697586It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Paranormal, Angels, Life and Death

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Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an overzealous archangel and Death Himself. The tribunal presents her with two options: she can remain in the lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires, or she can replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will result in a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no-brainer. She’ll take a walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?

But with each changing moment, RJ’s life begins to unravel, until this self-proclaimed queen bee is a social pariah. She begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth it if she has to spend the next sixty years as an outcast. Too quickly, RJ finds herself back in limbo, her time on Earth once again up for debate.

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(Unconventional) Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: March 27th 2007
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Point of View: 3rd Person
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Demons, Vampires, Angels, Romance

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When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end. Continue reading

Review: Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) by Susan Ee

Angelfall by Susan Ee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: August 28th 2012
Publisher: Skyscape
Point of View: 1st Person & Female
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic, Angels, War-Setting, Dark, Monsters

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It’s been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain.

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back… Continue reading

Review of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: borrowed
Genres & themes: YA, family, friendship, love, angel, mystery, magical realism.

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Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

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Review of Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, #1)Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

 

Meet succubus Georgina Kincaid:

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Georgina Kincaid is a succubus, an immortal ”creature” that feeds on other people’s vital energy in order to survive. Most of the time, she does that during sex. Except for that detail about her, Georgina is a charismatic and easy going woman that works in a library. She’s in fact quite an interesting and entertaining character.

The story kicks when an immortal powerful vampire is mysteriously and unexpectedly killed after having an argument with our main character, Georgina. And so, Georgina, angel Carter, demon Jerome and some others are willing to resolve the murder and find the criminal.

Now, the fact that angels, demons and vampires acknowledge each other’s existence and live in ”harmony” without contantly wanting to kill each other out is new to me. And a bit disappointing, I must admit. At least, I hoped some (a lot of) real hating between them that’ll entertain me even more. Sadly, there wasn’t. There aren’t actually many supernatural creatures in the town Georgina is living, as you may think, so I hope there will be more in the sequels that I’m eager to read.

The only type of paranormal creature in Succubus Blues that I felt weren’t convincing at all are the vampires. I mean, vampires are supposed to technically suck blood (were they? because I didn’t witness it), be at least a bit impulsive, maybe cruel sometimes and definitely not entirely acting like humans. So, in my opinion, Richelle Mead missed the mark when she created those. How ironic, isn’t it?

The story has a lot of potential. I am even thinking that the sequels may be far far better than this first book. The mystery wasn’t captivating, sadly. An immortal vampire that is killed? Seems like déjà vu to me. The reason I continued reading the book without rolling my eyes was definitely not the murder case even if my inner self was curious to know the nature of the criminal and why she/he did it.

No, the reason I kept reading with a mild (but growing) interest is Georgina & Seth. We can clearly see that those two person are quite different from one another but, still, they shared a strong common interest: books! The most interesting element, though, is Seth’s ”transformation” around Georgina. At first, he’s shy and a bit reclusive, let’s face it, but, the more he got aroung HER, the more his personal space boubble shatters letting us discover a MAN inside it. I hope we’ll see more of him as well in the sequels.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this slow yet entertaining story filled with some endearing characters, characters that’ll make you smile and laugh, some that you’ll definitely hate and, finally, ones that will make you want to know more of them (by all means…)

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