Paranormal Review: Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L Armentrout

Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements, #0.5)Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements
Publisher:
 Harlequin Teen
Format:
 freebie
ISBN: B00DPAFPQG
Genre: Paranormal
Release date:  December 1st 2013
Number of pages: 105
Source: bought

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Summary:

Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…

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Review:

I decided to read this novella closer to the release of the first book, because if I liked the waiting would be smaller. But this couple was cute and they made a great adventure together. I liked knowing more about Dez and even some of the stories behind this world.

For me the best part was that Justine and Dez knew each other for years, so in reality they were half in love before the mating. Dez needed to share more about his disappearing act, but their time together was really nice.

This was just a prequel but I really liked the way some of the information was shared. This is a completely different story and I loved the gargoyles, they are fun and very normal, after this first glimpse of the new world, I have to say Jennifer caught me again.

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SERIES IN ORDER

#0.5 – Bitter Sweet Love
#1 – White Hot Kiss
#2 – Stone Cold Touch
#3 – Untitled 

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Young Adult Review: Pawn by Aimee Carter

Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1)Pawn by Aimee Carter
Series:
The Blackcoat Rebellion
Publisher:
Harlequin Teen
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 0373210558
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: November 26th 2013
Number of pages: 346
Source: NetGalley

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I received this book from NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Summary:

YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING.

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister’s niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There’s only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that’s not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she’s only beginning to understand.

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Review:

I usually have a hard time getting into a dystopian scenery. I loved Aimee Carter previous series so it was no surprise to see this book on my wish list. I grabbed the first day it hit on Netgalley and couldn’t wait to start, but the best part for me was getting to know Kitty and discovering more about the rebellion. I had no idea about the plot when I started but it was so fast to pull me in. We can really connect with Kitty and everything she’s going through. Her life was not easy and the world is so far away from perfect but when she got a second chance I was so hoping for her to grab it.

Lila at first sounds like a princess but I loved the way she is more than a pretty face and Kitty suffered a lot to fit in and pass the tests. It was very disturbing knowing what they did and how simple it was to just substitute a person. Sick family, but the rebellion was the best part for me and Kitty chose the right side and really step up to help. I liked this fearless side of her, reminded me of Kate from Goddess Test series.

I loved this book and will definitely catch the next one hoping for more Kitty adventures against the system.

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Series in Order

#1 – Pawn
#2 – Untitled (Expected publication: 2014)

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Young Adult Review: With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent

With All My Soul (Soul Screamers, #7)

What does it mean when your school is voted the most dangerous in America? It’s time to kick some hellion butt…
After not really surviving her junior year (does "undead" count as survival?), Kaylee Cavanaugh has vowed to take back her school from the hellions causing all the trouble. She’s going to find a way to turn the incarnations of Avarice, Envy and Vanity against one another in order to protect her friends and finish this war, once and forever.
But then she meets Wrath and understands that she’s closer to the edge than she’s ever been. And when one more person close to her is taken, Kaylee realizes she can’t save everyone she loves without risking everything she has…

Title: With All My Soul
Author:  Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373210663
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: March 26th 2013
Number of pages: 377

 
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I’ve had this book since the release and was a little worried about the ending. I always fear ending a series, because I never think it will be good enough or that I can accept the book and move on with the characters. I just love Kaylee and Tod, but was a bit worried about their forever.
 
I loved this series and only discovered last year, but already feels like they are part of me, so saying goodbye was really difficult for me, but I actually liked this last book, as always Kaylee was very smart and playing the hellions so that in the end the means could be justified.
 
Can I just say how sorry I am for all the heartbreak Tod has been thought during this series, and this book was the worst of all for him, but I liked seeing him fighting for his love and never giving up. In the end I was happy for everyone and actually liked how everything turned up, but Kaylee suffered alone almost the entire series and I wanted for her to have a normal day for once.

Series in order

#0.5 – My Soul to Lose
#1 – My Soul to Take
#2 – My Soul to Save
#3 – My Soul to Keep
#3.5 – Reaper
#4 – My Soul to Steal
#5- If I Die
#5.5 – Never to Sleep
#6 – Before I Wake
#7 – With All My Soul

Review: The Goddess Inheritance by Aimée Carter

The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test, #3)

Love or life.
Henry or their child.
The end of her family or the end of the world.
Kate must choose.

During nine months of captivity, Kate Winters has survived a jealous goddess, a vengeful Titan and a pregnancy she never asked for. Now the Queen of the Gods wants her unborn child, and Kate can’t stop her–until Cronus offers a deal.
In exchange for her loyalty and devotion, the King of the Titans will spare humanity and let Kate keep her child. Yet even if Kate agrees, he’ll destroy Henry, her mother and the rest of the council. And if she refuses, Cronus will tear the world apart until every last god and mortal is dead.
With the fate of everyone she loves resting on her shoulders, Kate must do the impossible: find a way to defeat the most powerful being in existence, even if it costs her everything.
Even if it costs her eternity.

Title: The Goddess Inheritance
Author:  Aimée Carter
Series: Goddess Test
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Format: ebook from Netgalley
ISBN: 0373210671
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: February 26th 2013
Number of pages: 384

 
 
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Finally the end, but it was a bit disappointing for me. Katie became really powerful in this book and learned a lot about her powers, but some things made me mad, while others were just okay. Walter was a coward and deserved something really awful at the end. He lied to the council and was like a monarch trying to handle everything alone, but in the end it was helpless and couldn’t even have a good idea.

I like Kate fighting for her life and then for her baby, but mostly just to save the world. The fighting is heating up and is looking bad for the Olympus side. But the best part for me was the actual fight. To bad it ended so fast. I wasn’t happy when the fight ended mostly because I expected more death and maybe more damage to the gods.

I liked the romance and how Kate is rebuilding her life, but the actual end was weak for me. And I wanted more, maybe a novella to know about the future of the couple.

Series in Order

#1 – The Goddess Test
#1.5 – The Goddess Hunt
#2 –
Goddess Interrupted
#2.5 – The Goddess Legacy
#3 – The Goddess Inheritance

Review: The Goddess Legacy by Aimée Carter

The Goddess Legacy (Goddess Test, #2.5)Title: The Goddess Legacy
Author:  Aimée Carter
Series: Goddess Test
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Format: ebook (Netgalley)
ISBN: 0373210752
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: July 31st 2012
Number of pages: 304

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For millennia we’ve caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimee e Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.

Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness….

Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal….

Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another….

James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others-but never knew true loss before…

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Henry/Hades’s solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope….

Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to survive throughout the ages.

My Thoughts

This book has five novellas that take place before The Goddess Test, so Kate is not a part of the book, except for an appearance on the last story.

 

First story is about Hera and it shows the reasons why she acts this way, I must say that her story is very sad and I understand why she feel so used and try to find her happinesss anywhere it’s possible. Zeus/Walter led her to a marriage after several promises and after they were married and Hera believe everything was happy, she discovered several situations where he had other lovers, plus some kids he forced her to accpt. Not good, and I kinda hate him, for his attitudes.

 

Second story is from Ava/Aphrodite POV and we get to understand her need to have several lovers and how her marriage to Hephaestus is still a very important part of her life and why he allows her to continue with her affairs. I loved how romantic Hephaestus was in this story and it was also show another bad side of Zeus.

 

Third story started not so good with Zeus making Persephone marry Hades. I have nothing against Persephone and I really think she just tried to make the best situation out of a bad wedding and a very frustrating life, but can’t people decide how they want to marry in Olympus is beyond me. Ava is a bitch and don’t deserve Hephaestus. Zeus did another bad thing.

 

Forth story was the most emotional for me and it showed a different side of Hermes. After being blamed for Persephone choices and also spending his life on the Olympus alone after everyone stopped talking with him. I don’t understand what the problem really was since Zeus can have everyone he wants and still be married and Ava also do the same thing. Anyway one day he was trying to understand why some Gods were fading and discovered what true love is, but everything comes with a price and he’s story was sad. In this story we understand why the Gods have these new names.

 

Last story was really short and only show how Hades suffered during the century while all the girls appointed by Demeter were killed. Sad story too, but we already knew he was lonely and how Kate was created. Is just an insight from Hades POV.

 

Overall I liked this book, but prefer an story centered in Kate and Henry relationship, because frankly Zeus is not my favorite God at the moment.

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Books in this Series

#1 – The Goddess Test

#1.5 – The Goddess Hunt

#2 – Goddess Interrupted

#2.5 – The Goddess Legacy (Expected publication: July 31st 2012)

#3 – The Goddess Inheritance (Expected publication: April 2013)

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“In her he saw possibility. In her he saw the future. And when she was ready for it, he would be, too”
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Review: Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent

Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6)Title: Before I Wake
Author:  Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373210612
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: June 26th 2012
Number of pages: 346

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I died on a Thursday-killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn’t get it. The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school…  Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent "recovering," she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won’t keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn’t just gambling with her own life…
My Thoughts

 

This series is like a roller coaster and we never know if Kaylee is safe and what is coming after her, although is pretty safe to bet on Avery, but he get new tricks every book and is insane to wonder what is coming new.

 

So having started to read this series in January I didn’t had to wait very long for this book and I’m wondering how people managed, because I was so anxious to read about Kaylee new job in the afterlife, plus Tod is kinda amazing as a boyfriend, much better than Nash and he’s very helpful.

 

The book started after one month from the previous and now we can see how Kaylee is adjusting to lack of sleep and trying to make her body corporeal to go back to school. She’s having a hard time, but that’s nothing new and everybody is kinda worried about her new job, since is barely different from a banshee and of course dangerous.

 

Kaylee is now responsible to save the souls from people killed before their appear on the reapers list. Is kinda like the first book, when the rogue reaper killed young girls for a demon. Only difference now is that she answer to a boss and the necromancer tells her where to pick the stolen souls, but everything fall the ladder and Kaylee discovers that Avery can possess death people without needing the living and having a corporeal body, crazy right?

 

I loved this book and the steps where we learned more about her new job and how she acted help from other people this time was surprising. Tod was great and very romantic, can you believe he’s got an apartment just to have a place to take Kaylee? Nash started the book being his regular bastard but ended up being better, not great and don’t think I’ll ever really life him anymore. Kaylee’s father is learning to parent a teenager and now he’s life is really difficult, but he was loveable in this book.

 

The end was unexpected and OMG I can’t wait for the next book. Start counting for April to get here soon.

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Books in this Series

#0.5 – My Soul to Lose
#1 – My Soul to Take
#2 – My Soul to Save
#3 – My Soul to Keep
#3.5 – Reaper
#4 – My Soul to Steal
#5- If I Die
#5.5 – Never to Sleep
#6 – Before I Wake
#7 – With All My Soul (Expected publication: April 1st 2013)

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“It’s suspiciously quiet in here, and there’s a Tod shaped dent in the bean bag. For the sake of both my sanity and my temper, I’m going to pretend I can’t tell that you’re in his lap, so could you pretend that this is still my house and you are still my daughter, and I’m within my parental rights to kick your boyfriend out after 11:00 p.m.?”
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Review: The Goddess Hunt by Aimée Carter

The Goddess Hunt (Goddess Test, #1.5)Title: The Goddess Hunt
Author:  Aimée Carter
Series: Goddess Test
Publisher:  Harlequin
Format: ebook
ISBN: 9781426834158
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: March 1st 2012
Number of pages: 92

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A vacation in Greece sounds like the perfect way for Kate Winters to spend her first sabbatical away from the Underworld…until she gets caught up in an immortal feud going back millennia. Castor and Pollux have been on the run from Zeus and Hades’ wrath for centuries, hiding from the gods who hunt them. The last person they trust is Kate, the new Queen of the Underworld. Nevertheless, she is determined to help their cause. But when it comes to dealing with immortals, Kate still has a lot to learn…
My Thoughts

 

I feel like no novella is ever good enough, because the story is usuallu really good and when we want to keep reading it just end. I understand the reason to publish this story as a novella because I can’t picture an intere book without Hades and it was fun to read about her summer.

 

I feel like we get to see the truth faces behind the Gods with each passing book and this one showed us that they aren’t very forgiven and once they do something wrong or bad, there’s nothing to do about, they never undo things. Zeus shoed some signs off being really selfish since book one and now I can see that he enjoys messing with people life. Completely understand Hera wanting revenge, because living Eons with him, can make someone really go crazy.

 

This book is more an adventure for Kate, because she doesn’t know the world and visiting Greece was supposed to help and understand the Gods origin, but of course she was used once again, and I don’t like how these Gods can’t put up for themselves and needed a little girl to save their asses.

 

Not a good review, but the adventure part was kinda nice and I have nothing against Kate, only the rest of them.

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Books in this Series

#1 – The Goddess Test

#1.5 – The Goddess Hunt

#2 – Goddess Interrupted

#2.5 – The Goddess Legacy (Expected publication: July 31st 2012)

#3 – The Goddess Inheritance (Expected publication: April 2013)

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