FIRSTLIFE – Gena Showalter

Blurb

ONE CHOICE.
TWO REALMS.
NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…


STATS

Page Length: 467
Publication Year: 2016
Genre: Fantasy/Dystopia/Young Adult
Characters: Ten, Killian and Archer (aka Bow)


Story/ Characters

I liked the concept of this story, I thought it was different. However, I find it very slow going some chapters felt like they went on forever. The story seemed like it was dragged out far longer than it should have been which made me feel a little disconnected to the story. Halfway through the book, I was reading it more to get it finished and not because I was enjoying the story.

To begin with, I liked Ten’s character, she is ballsy and can look out for herself. But towards the end she really started to annoy me, with the whole I don’t know what side to choose, I need more time to make my decision blah blah blah. She has been locked in an asylum for the last 13months surely that’s more than an enough time to make a choice.

I much preferred Archer when he was a girl (Bow), I have no problems with the gender switch but they felt like two different people after the switch.

I can honestly say I felt nothing for Killian. He was an ok character he had a pretty sad background but I didn’t really understand or connect to him at all.

Favorite Quote:

“You saved me from the worst kind of death, as if you breathed into me my very first breath. You, Archer Prince, oh, how you shine. Now and forever, you’ll always be mine. I’ll miss you, dear Bow, for the short time we’re apart.” My chin trembles as I say, “Take care of this gift…for I give you my heart. You are loved, I love you. Because of you, I’ve been made new”

Conclusion:

This wasn’t a bad book, I felt it was actually really well written. I just don’t think it was 100% to my taste, I do like my books to have a bit more romance in them and I think that’s what I missed the most. So if you enjoy a story that focus’s more on the action and drama side of things that this is defiantly for you.

My Rating:  3/5 🌟🌟🌟

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Revelation Series (Part 2) – Randi Cooley Wilson

Redemption

A LOVE RETURNS
A LOYALTY IS BROKEN
AND WAR BEGINS

For Eve Collins, darkness has descended after her love vanished into the night sky. A new protector has been appointed, one who challenges everything she’s believed to be true.

In this third installment of The Revelation Series, Eve will become aware of dangers and worlds that exist only in her nightmares, and bloodline secrets that will trigger a centuries old war.

You can escape anything, except your destiny.

Page Length: 315
Publication Year: Dec 2014
Genre: New Adult/Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy

Characters: Eve, Asher, Abby, Callen, Mckenna, Keegan and Gage


Revolution

A King Rises
A Fate Seals
Realms Fall

Eve Collins has set in motion a chain of events that could destroy everything she’s ever loved. Surrounded by dangerous creatures, dark worlds, and the struggle to become who she was meant to be, Eve must complete her ascension and accept her destiny.

War has begun. Losing is not an option. With dangers lurking around each corner, and everything against her, will Eve sacrifice her own happiness in order to tip the scale of balance? Which side will rise to power, and which fall to fate?

In this fourth installment in The Revelation Series, Eve must risk everything she loves in order to prevent a centuries old war.

Everything comes with a sacrifice, even love

Page Length: 319
Publication Year: May 2015
Genre: New Adult/Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy

Characters: Eve, Asher, Abby, Callen, Mckenna, Keegan and Gage


Restoration

Would You Run
Would You Fight
Would You Fall To Fate

If your heart was full of love, could you give it all up?

Eve Collins will do anything to save those she loves, especially her gargoyle protector and mate, Asher St. Michael. With the world crumbling down around them, Eve and Asher must face the final battle between darkness and light. One that will end in great sacrifice.

When the skies darken and love in it’s truest form is tested, would you run? When death becomes silence and battle lines are drawn, would you fight? If you had to sacrifice, to save the one you loved, would you fall to fate? Would you dare to let it go?

The End, Begins.

Page Length: 350
Publication Year: November 2015
Genre: New Adult/Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy

Characters: Eve, Asher, Abby, Callen, Mckenna, Keegan and Gage

Continue reading “Revelation Series (Part 2) – Randi Cooley Wilson”

Revelation Series (Part 1) – Randi Cooley Wilson

*I have broken down the review into 2 parts. This first part will I’ll be reviewing at Revelation and Restraint* 

Revelation Blurb:

A DIVINE SECRET,
A LOYAL PROTECTOR,
A FORBIDDEN LOVE.

Eve Collins starts her freshman year at college blissfully unaware that one revelation will challenge everything she’s believed to be true about her family, life, and future, and right in the midst of it all is Asher St. Michael.

Mysterious and aloof, Asher is appointed to protect Eve at all costs. Bound by his oath of loyalty to mankind, loving her is forbidden.

Dark and enigmatic, Gage Gallagher may be even more dangerous to Eve than the demonic army that hunts her.
Caught in the middle of a centuries old war, Eve must choose sides knowing that the wrong choice will cost more than just her life.
Can Asher and Eve fulfil their destinies or will their love destroy everything?

Revelation is a journey of self-discovery, love, and sacrifice.

Page Length: 314
Publication Year: May 2014
Genre: New Adult/Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy

Restraint Blurb:

A FORBIDDEN LOVE WILL BECOME DEEPER.
A LOYALTY WILL BE TESTED.
AND ONLY DARKNESS WILL REMAIN.

One revelation changed everything, turning Eve Collin’s world upside down. Now, she’s left to struggle with her identity and allegiance. Haunted by grief and tempted by her increasing attraction to her protector, will she ever truly be safe from enemies that refuse to give up?

Restraint is an addictively spellbinding continuation of Eve’s journey of self-discovery, love and sacrifice that will change everything.

Page Length: 300
Publication Year: August 2014
Genre: New Adult/Romance/Paranormal/Fantasy

Characters: Eve, Asher, Abby, Callen, Mckenna, Keegan and Gage

I started this series with no preconceived notions, I really like books that center around Angels so I was excited to start this one.

Eve is an ordinary college student until she’s not. Haunted by nightmares that frequently wake her (and her roommates), she doesn’t think much of them until she meets Asher St.Micheal.

I feel like that even though this is new adult Eve is sometimes really childish and I could have really liked her character had she shown more maturity. I’m hoping in the next few books she finally makes herself heard. I also think that for what she is supposed to be that she should be a lot more kick ass that she is at the moment.

I had real problems with Asher, he’s only appealing trait seems to be his abs. I get that he is Eve’s protector but he is so overbearing it’s almost suffocating. He also keeps lots of secrets from Eve in the name of said protection, and I feel had he been more open with her she would have been able to make more informed choices.

When he first introduced in Revelation Gage is painted as a bad guy but after reading Restraint we learn there is a lot more to him, one of the things that I liked most about him is that he lives by his own rules. He is gray in a book where everything else is very black and white. There’s not much I liked about this book but the supporting characters are pretty awesome and Gage is probably the only reason I’ll finish reading this series!

What I liked:

The storyline was what really caught my eye, I liked the gargoyle aspect a lot and that Eve is supposed to a savior for mankind. Gage! I really like all the mystery that surrounds him. I found him to be a much more interesting character than Asher.

Things that I didn’t like:

The angst with a capital A! There is a lot of it in this series and it got so repetitive all the time, I don’t need the to main characters to be panting over each other the whole time for me to know that they are attracted to one another.  Asher! I can’t pinpoint why but there is something about him that just rubs me the wrong way!

Overall if you like angst-filled books with lots of drama and a touch of the supernatural I would recommend this book to you.

My Rating: 3/5

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) – Laini Taylor

Blurb:

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz … something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

Page Length: 613
Publication Year: 2014
Genre: Fantasy/YA

*Spoilerish*

Characters: Karou, Akiva, Zuzanna, Mik, Ziri, Issa, Jael, Razgut and Lirazel etc

The final book!

This book was soo looong…. and for a good reason, alot happens! With the first two books, I found a good rhythm and I was able to read with ease and understanding. This one not so much. I found myself having to concentrate extra to fully understand what was happening.

We are introduced to a few new characters, Eliza Jones who is a descendant of the angels and Akiva’s family on his mother’s side is revealed. I found Eliza’s back story fascinating and I feel this gave a lot to the story. Akiva’s Mother’s family was a bit more complicated but necessary for the whole story to make sense.

This book sees Karou and Akiva uniting their people to defeat Jael who has gone to earth in search of Weapons of Mass Destruction to bring back to Eretz.

Credit to: numbersandheroes on Deviant

I have to say that most of this book was really good, just as good as the first two even. But there is one thing that did annoy me a little and that was the constant pining of one another from Karou and Akiva. I get they are in love with each other and they have to hide it but I didn’t feel I needed to be reminded of this everytime they were in a room together.

Another minor issue I had was the ease in which they defeated Jael it just seemed a tad too easy!

Overall it was a satisfying end to a series that I thoroughly enjoyed. If you have read the first two books it’s well worth the commitment to finish the story.

My rating: 4/5