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Wild Night Road by Kara Legend

Title:
Wild Night Road.

Author:
Kara Legend.

Publisher/Date:
Darcy and Daire Publishing.
28th July ’14.

Format:
Kobo ARC.

Why I picked it up:
Got it off from Net Galley. The author sent the book for an honest review. Since I was yearning fro a little werewolf story, I played the silent spectator.

Synopsis:
Welcome to the world of the Kinraven where angels rule, werewolves hunt, and witches fight to survive.
Bartender and witch Lilith Darke knows she took a risk when
she tampered with the mark a werewolf placed on an unsuspecting woman. No one should have noticed what Lilith did, let alone get hurt. But the werewolf involved isn’t just any beast, and the woman he marked hides secrets of her own.
While Lilith struggles to make things right, a new danger
emerges from the abyss between the worlds. An ancient evil known as the Fehin that threatens magickal Kinraven
and ordinary humans alike.
Stopping the mysterious and deadly Fehin will take all of Lilith’s strength. Worse, she’ll have to
cooperate with the shifters she distrusts. If the werewolves don’t kill her,
succumbing to the sexy distraction of Remy Lemarchal just might.
No one ever said being a witch would be easy.

Review:
I was quite intrigued with the synopsis. When O received the ARC I was oh so happy. Although the book was okay, there were more bad points than good ones to consider and so that affected my rating.
The protagonist was pretty badass but the other characters were not given as much attention as should have been given.
There were a few flaws and grammatical errors here and there.
I did like the cover.
Just wanted more on the Kinraven.
The end was a bit more interesting.
Also, there were things which didn’t make sense.

Rating:
2

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Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

Title:
Radiant Shadows.


Author:
Melissa Marr.


Publisher:
Harper Collins.

April 24th 2010


Genre:
Fantasy.


Pages:
340 pages.


Format:

Paperback.


Series/Stand-out:

Book #4 in the Wicked Lovely series.


Why I picked it up:

To finish the series. Also I quite liked the 3rd book so I wanted this one to blow me away.


Summary:

Hunger for nourishment.
Hunger for touch.
Hunger to belong.

Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.
Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries’ coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani’s death.

Ani isn’t one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin’s plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?


Review:

I had high expectations from this one since I loved the former book. Although it wasn’t as good as the third book, it still had its perks. I love that Devlin finally discovered who and what he truly is and stood up to it rather than just obey his sister.

I had one major problem with it though, that it didn’t once mention anything about characters who play such a huge role in the other books. Of course it doesn’t concern them but they are a pretty important part of the faerie world.

I didn’t  quite understand how the main characters fell in love the second time they met. Seemed unreal. Didn’t connect with that aspect. Don’t get me wrong, I do ship them. I just wish there were more sparks rather than love at first sight. Love the suspense of the impending war and the new decisions taken.


Characters:

  • Devlin: Great fighter, I love that he stood up to his bossy sister. Secretive and extremely caring about the people he loves.
  • Ani: Truly a daughter of the Gabriel. She’s ferocious, unique and brave, although can be childish at times.

Quotes:

“Love makes you foolish. It makes you throw every bit of logic away, do stupid things, dangerous things.”

“Some things are more important than safety.”

“Like chaos in a glass cage.”

“Pride goeth before the fall….but you’ve already fallen, haven’t you?”


Rating:

3 HALF

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Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

Title:

Fragile Eternity.


Author:

Melissa Marr.


Publisher:

Harper Collins,

1st January 2009.


Pages:

389 pages.


Format:

Paperback.


Series/Stand-out:

Book #3 in the Wicked Lovely series.


Why I picked it up:

I wanted to complete the series since the books were improving gradually and I absolutely loved the cover!


Summary:

Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone – but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he’d ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who’d always terrified her – but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she’d ever imagined.


Review:

Definitely the best book from all the Wicked Lovely series books before it. This book followed Seth, who was struggling to fit in the faerie world being a mortal himself. He was certain it wouldn’t help her relation with Aislinn and so he seeks to be a faerie himself. Declined by all his friends, he decides to go to the High Queen Sorcha. He finds a whole different aspect of being a member of Sorcha’s fey. So when he returns, becoming a powerful faerie, he knows he has some things to do, decisions to make.

I loved the focus on Seth as a main character.


Characters:

  • Seth: Artistic, calm yet impulsive, very much in love, intelligent.
  • Sorcha: Motherly, true and full of logic. Respected and feared among the fey.

Quotes:

“Choose to be happy. It is what we have all done.”

“As if fixing the little errors would made the big stuff manageable.”

“Loving someone meant letting them be who they were, not caging them.”

“Love and desire aren’t the same.”


Rating:

4

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Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Title:
Wicked Lovely.


Author:
Melissa Marr.


Publisher:
Harper Collins,
12th June 2007.


Pages:
328 pages.


Genre:
Urban Fantasy / YA


Format:
Paperback.


Series/Stand-alone:
First book in the wicked lovely series.


Awards:
∆ RITA Award by Romance Writers of America.
∆ DABWAHA Romance Tournament.


Summary:
Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty – especially if they learn of her Sight – and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.
Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.
Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention.
But it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish.


Why I picked it up:
Well, the cover was pretty interesting. I’m a sucker for fantasy novels. It had faeries and not the cliché ones. I heard a lot of people really enjoyed it, and I was just looking for a good series to read.


Review:
The book was pretty good overall. The start did throw me off and was pretty confusing since we all have a general idea of faeries. Whereas this book was totally not filled with small winged cute fairies. That was what compelled me to read further. The Summer and Winter complications seemed pretty self explanatory. The writer used a third person point of view but it was universal so the feelings and thoughts were portrayed as well. As far as the plot is concerned, its interesting. Some of the things do seem unrealistic but I flew through the story and completed it in a couple of hours. I do wish there was more information about the fey and the different courts, which Marr will probably include in the following books. I loved the modern era mixed with the ancient faeries and fey. Definitely a new concept. There were times when the evil Winter Queen was over-the-top, and I quite didn’t hate her as much as I should.


Characters:
Aislinn
Aislinn is shown to be brave enough to not panic even when she can see the faeries. She’s a normal teen who has feelings for a boy which she has been suppressing for quite a while. She stands up to all the challenges thrown at her. There are times though when I find the author just writing her character doing stuff for the sake of it, so that the story can continue but not as an individual choice or in the flow.
She’s smart and understands her situation and also tackles it.

Keenan:
As a faery, he’s pretty lethal and confident. He fears his mother for obvious reasons, but doesn’t really act to his post even though he does have immense powers. He’s stubborn and doesn’t stop till he gets what he wants.

Seth:
I love him. I seriously adore his courage for standing up with the girl her loves, protecting and helping her in such perilous times. His faith in her doesn’t fade away even after all that she’s been through and its remarkable. It just shows how much he adores her.

Donia:
She’s in love. She’s a dangerous one. She sacrificed everything, just out of love for Keenan. I like her a hell lot better than Aislinn.


Quotes:
“He looked good, like sin in a suit.”

“Mortals are such fragile things. Just tender feelings walking around exposed in their delicate shells.. Easy to crush.”

“I say integrity, you say deceit.”
“You say potato, I say potahto..”

“What would I do without you?”
“You’ll never find out.”

“Can I get you something?”
“A little space.”

“Maybe you should slow down, so that I can catch you.”


Rating:

3 HALF


Until later.
#KrystalSpade