Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Book Review: Fifteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton

Fifteenth Summer Fifteenth Summer
Author: Michelle Dalton
Genre: YA contemporary romance
Publication Date: May 7th 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse

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A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!

Love blossoms by the lake in this sweet summer romance, in the tradition of Seventeenth Summer and Sixteenth Summer.

Chelsea isn’t looking forward to her summer at the lake. It’s the first time her family has been there since her grandmother died, and she can’t break out of her funk. But her summer takes a turn for the better when she meets a boy who works in the bookstore. Josh is cute, sweet, funny…and best of all, seems to like her as much as she likes him. As the days pass by in a blur of boat rides, picnics, and stolen kisses, she can’t believe how lucky she is. No one has ever made her feel so special, or so beautiful.

But Chelsea knows her days with Josh are numbered. She’ll be heading home at the end of the summer—and he’ll be staying behind. Will this be Chelsea’s summer of love? Or will it be the summer of her broken heart?

My Thoughts:

This book was so lovely and sweet and exactly in my comfort zone, but I also had some issues with it. 

I'm going to start with the good things. This book is the sweetest YA summer romance book I've ever read!! It was so cute and adorkable (I love this word. lol) and was just pure fun to read!! It is a very short book, only 270 pages (I think) and I was just flying through the pages, eager to get more of this great, light feel of summer. It got me into a great mood, too.

I just LOVED Chelsea and she was the most easy-to-relate-to character I've ever read about. I felt like she was me. Yes, she was that realistic. First of all, she was exactly my age - 15, and that's quite a rare age for a main character in YA books. I really don't understand why. Second, she was a book nerd and a self-proclaimed dork. She was a shy avid reader who lived her life through books and was waiting for her own adventure to start. This was just like me!! I was amazed to find out that I'm not the only one who's waiting for her real-life Peeta Mellark... ><

Chelsea's character developed a lot as the book progressed, and that made this book a bit of a coming-of-age novel. At the beginning she was very insecure. She hated the way she looked with those wild red curls and freckled skin, but she grew up during the book and learned to love herself and to feel more confident in her own body. I loved reading about the transformation she made.
This book talked a lot about book love and about reading for pleasure, what made it even more enjoyeble for me.

Chelsea and Josh met in the best bookstore in the world (too bad it's fictional. I wish I could visit there in real life).  Chelsea took a paperback to everywhere she went, and Josh, too, LIVED books - he worked at a bookstore. Chelsea and Josh started to get closer to each other by reading (and laughing about) a terrible book together, and that is a great proof that reading can help your love life!! XD
As a book lover and an avid reader myself, I really enjoyed reading a novel about BOOKS. My favorite parts were always the ones that were set in the bookstore, or when Chelsea talked about the novels she read.

Chelsea and Josh shared a really cute relationship at MOST TIMES. And that was actually the main problem I had with the book. Josh was hot and cold in a terrible way. For one second he was the ideal boyfriend, all sweet and loving, and then, at the next one, he became all cold and distant and even tried to avoid Chelsea. That annoyed the hell out of me!! I mean, what was his problem? What kind of a boyfriend was he, and how could Chelsea stand him!? I mean, that's right, he could be extremely cute when he wanted to, but you could never trust him. He was very unstable and inconsiderate and just so SO annoying.

Overall this book was very enjoyable and sweet. It was all about first love and the imperfections of it that make it so cute and naive... I highly recommend in to teen girls, especially to 14 or 15-year-olds. It is also perfect as a quick beach read for all ages!!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday

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Q: The #FF is 150 weeks old! And we want to hear from you! What would you change about the hop? What do you like about it? Or just suggest a question to be used for next week!

Wow!! 150 weeks?!? How come I heard about it only 2 weeks ago? XP
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Blog Tour: The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston (Book Spotlight + Giveaway)

I'm currently reading this book and I will post a review of it in a few days. I like it a lot so far (:

Synopsis via Goodreads:
She’s been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . But now that she’s been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last.

Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from her. But for now, they’ve given her a new name, Megan Rose Jones, and a horrible hair color. For the past eight months, Meg has begged her father to answer one question: What on earth did he do – or see – that landed them in this god-awful mess? Meg has just about had it with all the Suits’ rules — and her dad’s silence. If he won’t help, it’s time she got some answers for herself.
But Meg isn’t counting on Ethan Landry, an adorable Louisiana farm boy who’s too smart for his own good. He knows Meg is hiding something big. And it just might get both of them killed. As they embark on a perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that there’s only one rule that really matters — survival.
Expected Publication: May 14th 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Purchase: Amazon

About the Author
Ashley Elston lives is North Louisiana with her husband, three sons and two cats. She worked as a wedding and portrait photographer for ten years until she decided to pursue writing full time. Ashley is also a licensed Landscape Horticulturist and helps her husband run a commercial lawn and landscaping business. They also custom harvest pecans and have cows. Yes, cows.


Blog Tour: Forever ME by Thomas Amo (Review)

Forever ME
Forever ME by Thomas Amo
Genre: YA/NA realistic fiction and romance
A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Thomas!!
Forever Me is considered YA and NA.

Inspired by True Events.

Hannah Richards isn't your typical 16 year-old at Wichita Falls High. Fashions, trends, cosmetics and style are unimportant to her. An avid reader, guitar player, classic movie and television buff, Hannah marches to the beat of her own drum. Visible only to her Father the town Sheriff, and her two best friends. Hannah lives a simple, un-pampered life as an "Eastie."

After coming to the aide of Taylor Monroe, a popular member of the ultra snobby "Stilettos" at school, Hannah's life beings spiraling out of control. As she starts spending more time with Taylor, her best friends abandon her, after a series of misunderstandings, causing Hannah to re-invent herself.

Hannah quickly gets caught up in a life much different than the one she knows, where status, glamour, makeup, appearance and acceptance become her masters. And what of the dark secret that haunts the streets of Wichita Falls?

Can Hannah survive the lies, deceit, jealousy and rage that are now waiting for her behind every corner? Will she succumb to the pressures of popularity? Or will she be crushed under the heels of the "Stilettos"?

~High school is hard enough just being yourself, let alone being someone you're not~

My Thoughts

When I first saw this book, I knew I'm going to enjoy it. I'm currently obsessed with YA contemporary romance book and I am always happy to read a high school drama book, since I'm a high school student myself. I was very excited to read this book and I wasn't disappointed!

I'll start by saying that as a teenager, I could relate to everything that happened in the book. Cliques exist in real life. Every school, everywhere in the world, has those "popular" kids who consider themselves better than the rest. Bullies and mean kids will always exist, and that's why teens must know how to deal with them in order to prevent them from affecting their self-image and confidence.
This book sets a great example (that is also based on real-life experiences) of how to stand up for yourself against bullies and I think it makes it important for teen readers!!

Hannah is just the ordinary teenage girl, but she had a special strength inside her that I just adored. Most teens are seriously affected by peer pressure, but Hannah was different. She always tried to be the best person she could and never let bullies hurt her.
She never listened to rumors and never judged people by their reputations. I liked how she always gave a second change to everyone - that showed what a good heart she had. She sets a great example for teen girls.

Another character I really liked was Taylor. First of all, I love her name because it remind my of Taylor Swift. lol. Taylor was the bravest girl ever. She has managed to turn her back on the Stilettoes and to start a new life in which she decides for herself. She was a great, supportive friend to Hannah and their relationship was totally to die for! They completed each other. I wished soooo badly, during the whole book, that I was best friends with them, too.

The first 40% of the book were slow paced as I got to know the characters and the relationships between them. That part was dragged a little bit too much and contained too many details and names I couldn't memorize. I think that the author could've skipped a lot of these details because most of them weren't important to the plot anyway...
As the book progressed and things started to happen, it became much more interesting. It became much more of a thriller, because one of its main incident was a mysterious murder of a teen girl. I enjoyed reading about the police investigation. I was trying to guess who the murderer is the whole book, but I just couldn't. I found out who it was only at the end and it was a big surprise!

This book was very well written and I liked the writing style - the author told the story each time from a different POV - Hannah's, her father's, Dylan's, Taylor's... I liked how I could get inside the head of many characters, and that helped me understand the story much better and feel connected to the characters.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable book. It was well written and suspenseful and also had a strong positive massage. I think it will appeal to teen girls and to people who enjoy reading about  life in high school.

The alarm buzzed and Hannah rolled over on her back in bed and stretched. She tried to get her eyes to focus on her cell phone to see what time it was. The digital numbers told her it was 4:15 a.m. She stopped the noise and reached an arm behind her to shake Taylor awake, but the bed was empty. Surprised, she rolled over and found she had the bed all to herself. She hoped she hadn’t forced Taylor out. She had been known to be a bed hog, especially with the covers. She propped herself up on her elbows when the bedroom light flipped on. Like a vampire recoiling from the sunlight, Hannah’s hand quickly went to shield “Morning sunshine,” called Taylor in a chipper voice. Hannah slowly lowered her hand and saw Taylor standing in the doorway, still wearing her father’s t-shirt but with a gator clip in her hair to hold it up. “You did, but I changed it. Hot Girl Rule Number 1: Rise early and get your face on. Hannah let her head fall back on the pillow. “Ohhhh, let me be homely, just for an “Oh no you don’t,” called Taylor as she reached under the blanket, grabbed Hannah by the wrist and tugged her up into a sitting position. “Let’s get those feet on the floor, I already picked out your outfit, got the flatiron hot and made coffee.” “I swear, if I didn’t love men, I’d probably marry you, just for the fact you made me coffee,” Hannah said rubbing her face trying to wake up. “Yeah, don’t get ahead of yourself there, doll. You’re pretty cute, but not my type. By the way I made the coffee for me. I’m just sharing it with you. Now let’s get going, the sun will be showing up in an hour,” Taylor teased. “Okay, Sarge,” Hannah said with a half salute. Her feet touched the floor and she recoiled. She started to climb back under the covers but then saw the look on Taylor’s face. “Okay, okay.” Hannah stood up and winced once more from the cold floor on her feet. She stumbled from her bedroom to the bathroom across the hall. Taylor had everything laid out like a display in a showroom. She was truly organized when it came to preparing for the day. Hannah examined her face in the mirror. She was prepared for the worst. She was afraid she was going to wear the after effects of Lauren’s punches for the next week, but surprisingly, there was only a small amount of bruising on the corner of her chin and up next to her right eye. Even the swelling in her lip had pretty much disappeared. Taylor returned to the bathroom with a cup of coffee for Hannah. Hannah turned and took the cup with a grateful expression. She took a sip and instantly felt the perfectly made drink intoxicate all of her senses. She sat the cup on the vanity and wrapped her arms around Taylor and hugged her. “I love you,” she whispered. Taylor stood being a prisoner of Hannah’s clinch. Her eyes darted from side to side. Her expression of feeling awkward reflected in the mirror. “Um—love you too, but it’s just Hannah shook her head. “No, that is a cup filled with love,” she said with sleep-crusted “Okay—are you like this every morning?” “I just need a moment,” Hannah teased as she hugged her once more. Taylor gave the patented pity hand pat on Hannah’s back that meant, Okay, I love you too but I’m beyond “How did you sleep?” Hannah asked as she took a healthy drink of coffee. Taylor took Hannah’s hair into her hands and ran the flatiron across it. “Pretty good, “I know, but in my defense you’re the first person I’ve ever slept with.” “Yeah—let’s not share that information,” Taylor said teasing.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Stacking The Shelves


I've got so many awesome books this week!! I can't wait for the summer vacation to start so I'll have time to read them all.

Review Copies:

Confessions of a Hater In Too Deep Holding On and Letting Go (The Ties That Bind Us, #1)

Kindle eBooks:

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #2

Gain New Blog Followers

Hi guys!!
This is the second time I do this meme. Last week it helped me a lot to get new followers and readers (yay!) and I hope it will be this way again (:
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Q: School is out! What is your favorite Summer Reading book??

The summer vacation hasn't started yet here.... I still have a whole month of school left! How will I survive it? ><
The summer is my favorite season of the year, and that's why I really love all these sweet YA summer romance books!! Here are two of my favorite summer reads:

Nantucket Blue Second Chance Summer 


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Blog Tour: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland (Review + Giveaway)

Nantucket BlueNantucket Blue by Leila Howland Blog Tour

Genre: YA contemporary romance
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: May 7th 2013

eARC was provided by the publisher for the blog tour. Thank you so much!!!

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For Cricket Thompson, a summer like this one will change everything. A summer spent on Nantucket with her best friend, Jules Clayton, and the indomitable Clayton family. A summer when she’ll make the almost unattainable Jay Logan hers. A summer to surpass all dreams.

Some of this turns out to be true. Some of it doesn’t.

When Jules and her family suffer a devastating tragedy that forces the girls apart, Jules becomes a stranger whom Cricket wonders whether she ever really knew. And instead of lying
on the beach working on her caramel-colored tan, Cricket is making beds and cleaning bathrooms to support herself in paradise for the summer. But it’s the things Cricket hadn’t counted on--most of all, falling hard for someone who should be completely off-limits--that turn her dreams into an exhilarating, bittersweet reality.

A beautiful future is within her grasp, and Cricket must find the grace to embrace it. If she does, her life could be the perfect shade of Nantucket blue.

My Thoughts:

From the first moment I saw this beautiful cover I knew I'm going to enjoy this book. I'm currently obsessed with YA summer romance and this book looked like a cute, fun, summer-spirited romantic story. I am always happy to read books that are exactly in my comfort zone.

This book tells the story of Cricket Thompson in the summer vacation before her senior year. Cricket was sure this is going to be the summer of her life. She was supposed to join her best friend's family for the summer vacation in Nantucket. There she will spend her summer in her bikini with her best friend Jules and her crush Jay. But things didn't go as she planned when Jules's family is going through a devastating tragedy and Cricket is no longer invited to spend the summer with them.
Cricket decides to finds a job in Nantucket just to be there for her friend, only to find out the Jules hates her and refuses to speak to her. Alone and isolated, Cricket has to manage on her own. 
Why is Jules so angry? Can Cricket make it up to her? Will she make Jay fall in love with her as she planned?

So first I'll say that this book not only didn't disappoint me, but it has managed to EXCEED my highest expectations!! I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of this story and how it was so much better than all those typical beach novels.

Cricket was so realistic and easy-to-relate-to. It's been a long time since I read a book that I could actually identify with everything the main character thought and did. I understood her so well that I felt as if I WAS her, as if I was actually there in the Nantucket island, talking and hanging out with the other characters.  It was just terrific. I literally couldn't put the book down!! I finished it in one day, which is a huge accomplishment for me since I'm a super-slow reader...

What I liked even more about this book was the emotions. Cricket was painfully sincere and described everything she felt. I laughed out loud with her when she was happy and cried when she was upset or desperate. I even fell in love together with her. I can't tell you who she ended up with because that'd be a huge spoiler, so I'll only say that I just loved him. I can't believe he's not real. I'm in love with a fictional character again. Sigh.

Wow, it's really hard to talk about this book without spoiling anything because it was all full of twists and surprises. It's really an unusual thing when it comes to YA contemporary romance and it made this book even better. Cricket found out many things about Nantucket, about her parents, about her friends and about life in general. I could see her growing up and becoming an adult, a very good and caring one who understood the world around her and was ready to help whenever she could.

One more thing I just loved about this book were the supporting characters. They were all realistic and well built. I liked how they weren't black or white, good or evil. This only made the characters more realistic, because in real life people have both good and bad inside them. For example, her so-called BFF Jules wasn't entirely mean. As much as I wanted to hate her, I just couldn't because I knew that she was going through a lot and that she used to be good.

I highly recommend this book to everyone, teens and adults alike. I'm sure that everyone will find a part of himself in the character of Cricket and will find himself identifying with her. This was good as a light beach read, but also as a "serious" novel about family, love and friendship.
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Monday, May 13, 2013

New Blog Design!!!!

Hi everybody!!

So... Have you noticed the new blog design?


I'm so excited!! :D

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Blog Tour: Feilds of Elysium by A. B. Whelan (Book Spotlight + Excerpt + Giveaway)

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Fields of Elysium by A.B. Whelan
How can love mend a heart full of hate? Small town girl, Molly Bennett, moves to Los Angeles where she becomes an outsider while attending Beverly Hills High School. It seems life cannot be any more dreadful. Then one day after school, something magical happens. On a secluded hike in the Hollywood Hills, Molly chases her disobedient mutt and only friend into a hidden cavern. She stumbles upon a strange glimmering gateway that transports her to Arkana, a planet that is the cradle of an advanced human race. There, teenagers navigate amazing flying vehicles, compete in perilous games for glory, and possess supernatural powers. While Molly tries to wrap her mind around this unbelievable discovery, she meets the alluring and mysterious Victor Sorren. He is a Sentinel Apprentice, whose hatred toward people from Earth is beyond understanding. Yet every time Victor unpredictably saves Molly's life, his heart draws closer to hers, no matter how much he tries to fight against it. It further complicates things that their growing friendship is strictly forbidden. Earth people are prohibited in Arkana, yet Molly continues to cross through the portal to Arkana to see Victor. Torn between their double lives, they go down a dangerous path, from where there is no return and multiple endings. Fields of Elysium is a suspenseful, romantic tale full of forbidden secrets, unimaginable danger, deception, and the never-ending fight for true love.

"The novel's take on otherworldly travel is a compelling one, and the romantic plot will likely appeal to Twilight fans." - Kirkus Reviews "I expected a good love story with a paranormal twist. I got so much more. I think you should take the chance and read it. Let this book take you on the adventure, fall in love." - Young Adult and Teen Readers "Fields of Elysium is a fabulous read. ... Whelan paints her faith into the fabric of her story with deft, light brushstrokes, making her work accessible to all, no matter their spiritual beliefs or background." - Readers Favorite "I escaped into this fantasy world, author, A.B.Whelan, created and I didn’t want Molly to go. From detailed descriptions, to sweet romance, and to all the twist and turns in the story, it had me captivated from page one." - Mary Ting, author of the Crossroads Saga "Whelan's writing is very vivid and descriptive. It's more formal than the average YA novel, but I enjoyed the lyrical and mesmerizing quality to it. I thought the overall story read like a fairy tale--very sweet." - Megan Thomason, author of Daynight

Excerpt From Chapter 1

It wasn’t easy to start in a new school. All week long, instead of hanging out with friends I knew since kindergarten, I stood alone in corners and ate my lunch without company. The kids at Beverly Hills High were entirely different from the ones in my old school. Nobody even noticed me or asked where I was from. I turned into an invisible person, a ghost, lingering around the corridors, while my old life slowly became history, past tense.
I wasn’t sure how I felt about my parents for uprooting me. There was definitely some anger in me, disappointment. I knew I would never do the same to my children. Like ever. It just wasn’t fair for them to make a choice that impacted all of our lives without even considering my point of view in the decision-making.
I missed my friends and my old life terribly. I wanted to go back to my favorite pizzeria with Gill, ride our bicycles to the woods, steal apples from Mrs. Collins’ tree. Adults always say time heals everything. In my case, as the days passed, the more miserable I felt.  

Author A.B. Whelan

A.B.Whelan is a Hungarian born, American writer. She currently lives with her husband and two children in Southern California. While growing up in a wealthy Eastern European family, she had a chance to travel Europe. Later as an adult, she visited Africa and the Middle East and lived in Ecuador and in Crete.

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Stacking The Shelves + Reading Plans

Hi guys!! I haven't done STS for a long time so today I'm going to list everything I got in these three weeks, and that's a lot of books.... (;

eARCs For Review

The Neptune Project Behind the scenes Passion and Pain (Dancers and Divas #1) Bittersweet (Dancers and Divas #2) 
The Registry The Beginning of Everything Cherry Money Baby Twigs

Bought for my Kindle

The Lucy Variations The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave, #1) How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)

Kindle Freebies

Raven (The Raven Saga, #1) Dollhouse (Dollhouse, #1)

Reading Plans

As you all know (I think...), the Bout of Books 7.0 Read-a-thon starts on Monday!! If you haven't signed up yet, do it now. I'm sure it will be a lot of fun. :]
I posted my goals about a week ago, but since then they have been completely changed!!

Here are my new reading plans:

1. Finish Forever ME by Thomas Amo (I'll try to do it tomorrow, before the Read-a-thon starts, but I'm not sure I'll be able to),

And if I'll have time for one more book...

Tomorrow I have a huge math test and after that I'll have endless time for reading!! Wish my luck (:


Friday, May 10, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday 1#

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow
Hi guys!! It's the first time I do this weekly meme and I hope I understood it correctly... (:
Q: Happy Mother's Day! Who is your favorite mom from fiction?
Well, that's a hard question!! I hardly pay attention to GOOD fictional moms, I only notice them when they are being cruel. I know it's weird... LOL
Anyway, the best mom I can remember would be Carry's step-mom from If You Find Me. I know, technically she's not Carrie's real mom, but she sure acted like one. I loved how she always tried to make Carry feel comfortable in her new home and how she tried to give her the best of everything.
What I loved the most about her was how she accepted her daughter the way she is and told her to never change and to stay the caring girl-in-the-woods. I think that all moms should talk to their daughters like that and make them feel worthy and special!!
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Book Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden, #2)The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden 2#
Genre: YA paranormal romance, post-apocalyptic and dystopia
Publication Date: April 30th 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

An eARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!!

Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

Wow. I still can't believe I've read such an amazing book. There aren't enough words to describe how much I LOVED it!!

I liked The Immortal Rules but it didn't blew me away... I thought of it as a nice, action-packed vampire story, nothing more. I didn't expect its sequel to be so intense, dramatic and full of emotions, just the way I like.

The brilliant characters were what I loved the most about this book. They are what really made the difference between this book and The Immortal Rules. I felt like I really got to know each and every character, including Allie, Zeke, their companions and even the villains. The author has described each one of them very slowly, revealing small details from their pasts each time until I got the full picture at the end. I liked the characters so much that I even enjoyed HATING some of them....

Allie was just the ideal female main character. I really love all these kick-ass girls!! I just adored her courage and how she could make plans during dangerous fights. I also liked how she was aware of her imperfections as a vampire, such as her predator instincts and her tendency to see human beings as prey, and always tried to ignore them and do what feels right in her mind. She really should set an example for how you can change anything if you want to. Vampires in her world are naturally evil and inhuman and she has managed to break it and become what she wanted to be.
I liked Zeke ten times better in this book!! He finally got over his superstitions about vampires and started acting like a gentlemen around Allie. I loved how he stayed so good and naive in this horrific world.
The chemistry between the two of them was just perfect. Allie needed Zeke's pureness to fight the demons inside her. Zeke, from his side, needed someone tougher around him to open his eyes sometimes. I really cared about the two of them and found myself wishing they had easier lives so they could develop the romance between them the way they deserve...

I also really enjoyed the plot of this book, which was PACKED with action, blood and shocking discoveries. It was the most unpredictable book I've ever read!! The plot twists and intense fights left me breathless.
The world-building in this book was great and original. I loved how it combined post-apocalyptic and paranormal elements. If you know any other books like that please let me know!!
I really enjoyed reading about this horrific world, a world so twisted and ruined and different from ours. It showed what would really happen if vampires and zombies lived among us, not like in Twilight. Forget about the sweet Cullen family... Vampires really are vicious and dangerous monsters!

In the last 15% of the book, the plot suddenly became even more intense than it was before. I was just flying through the pages until I reached the last sentence. A sentence I will NEVER forget.
I've never read a book that ended in such a terrible cliffhanger!! How can I wait a whole year before the next book comes out?!

READ THIS SERIES!!! You have to. It is amazing and I'm sure that even people who aren't crazy about vampires or paranormal romance will love it. Julie Kagawa is a genius and I will read everything she ever writes.