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Hush, Hush, by Becca Fitzpatrick

9 Jun

 

"I'd fallen apart in his arms. I'd melted like butter. Right before I told him he should go, I was pretty sure I'd made a sound that was a cross between a sigh of sheer bliss and a moan of ecstasy."

Here’s my story with this book.  I was in a car at the tail end of a long road trip.  Sitting in the passenger seat without access to a new book, I started downloading sample chapters on my Kindle app.  I read the beginnings of several books because it was free entertainment.  Then, I read the free sample of Hush, Hush and really wanted to keep going with it.  This is the first book I’ve opted to purchase and read completely on my tiny iPhone screen.  I read it in a day and a half; it was an easy and fun read.  I’m very curious about what will happen next in this series.

So I should be raving about it, right?  Well, I’m pretty torn.  I actually recently promised myself that I would be less wishy-washy in my reviews.  It’s like sometimes I’m afraid to admit if I loved a book or if I hated it.  It’s too bad, though, that I then promptly chose to read this young adult novel about teenage romance with a fallen angel.  It’s truly putting to the test my new resolve to improve my posts.

While reading, I debated putting together a list of all reasons that this was a knockoff of Twilight.  There are a ton of them!  Take away a vampire and put in a fallen angel and you’ve got the romance premise in Fitzpatrick’s novel.  I also kept running into situations that had me asking myself if I missed something.  The main character, Nora, often drew random conclusions that didn’t make sense.  I had to forgive a lot of issues with the plot.

There’s a lot to criticize in Hush, Hush.  Yet, I was very drawn into the story.  The bottom line is that I enjoyed the way bad boy Patch strutted his stuff and arrogantly pursued Nora.  He’s an enigma, strong and self-assured.  It’s the kind of guilty pleasure that I can read quickly and enjoy, despite the many reasons it’s just plain not good.

My decision is to give it two stars.  Readable, with many flaws.  Still, I won’t be embarrassed to admit that I’ll be reading the rest of this series in the future.  The amount of fun makes up for the issues it has!

 

The Darkest Night, by Gena Showalter

11 May

“Always before, Maddox had wished to fade into nothing when the fire overcame him, never to return to hell or to earth.  He’d wished to end his miserable existence and finally stop the pain.  Always before—but not tonight.  Not this time.  Tonight, pain was eclipsed by desire.”

The Darkest Night Mouthwatering cover
How can you resist this cover?

I don’t know why I haven’t read more of Gena Showalter’s novels.  I’ve read her Atlantis series and loved them.  Her book covers are mouthwatering.  There are so many Lords of the Underworld books that I wanted to be sure to start from the beginning.  So at a used bookstore recently, I bought the first two.  I just completed The Darkest Night, a truly decadent treat!

Maddox is an immortal warrior bonded with Violence and cursed to die a painful death every night.  Most of his days are spent struggling to control the violent urges, until the day Ashlyn smiled at him.  Ashlyn has her own struggles to face, so when Maddox brings much-needed peace to her life, not even the threat of Violence can sever her loyalty.  Together, Maddox and Ashlyn face the beginnings of war.  They forge an impossible passion to create their own fairytale! 

There are currently eight Lords of the Underworld novels, another on its way, and a few smaller stories in between.  This means I have a lot to read!  This book was clearly Maddox and Ashlyn’s story, but it also served to set up the series and introduce us to more than one upcoming adventure in store for us.  There are many players in the search for Pandora’s box, and I’m so glad that these heroes will all get their own love stories as the larger plot continues.

Remember how I said that the cover was mouthwatering?  Well, the passion within the novel doesn’t disappoint!  There were times when I was embarrassed to be reading this book in public.  I love how hot and sexy this book was without losing its story or ending up over the top.  I very much loved The Darkest Night, and can’t wait to continue with The Darkest Kiss!  Five Stars, easy.

The Tairen Soul Quintet

21 Nov

I’ve been holding off on this post because I’m smack in the middle of book four in a series of five.  Still, with the release of the final, fifth book occurring this month, I had to get this out there.

For at least a year, I had a cute paperback book on my bookshelf featuring a redheaded young woman laying in the grass, surrounded by magic.  I don’t know why I didn’t look too closely, but I’m very glad that it just sat on my shelf.  Eventually, I found another book at my favorite used book sale and recognized the same style cover and the author.  Still, both books sat, waiting.

How fortuitous that I decided to read the first in the series, Lord of the Fading Lands, so close to the release date of the final book.  When I started, I had no idea that I was about to plunge into an epic.  I’m still in the middle of the fourth book, but I had to share this with you as soon as possible.

The Tairen Soul is a very special version of the Fey, with the ability to change into a large, flying cat-like creature called the Tairen.  Rainier, the last Tairen Soul in the Fading Lands, serves as king over both the Fey and the Tairen.  Rain hasn’t left the Fading Lands in thousands of years, but the mysterious deaths of his kind have caused him to leave in search of a solution.

That solution just happens to be Ellysetta, a simple, mortal girl hiding a lot of secrets.  From the moment she meets Rain, Ellie is forced to face the magic and talents that she has spent her whole life meticulously hiding.  She’s afraid to accept her powers, but with Rain, her truemate, by her side, Ellie will begin a journey to accept her destiny.

The love between Ellie and Rain is wrought with conflict.  Ellie’s soul calls Rain down from the sky, and he immediately professes his love for her as her one true soulmate.  I thought that this would take away from the drama in their relationship, but that is not at all the case.  The couple must still find their way together, in the midst of war and danger.  Ellie is especially intriguing.  Initially, her story read like a Cinderella tale where a simple young girl suddenly becomes a queen.  However, her character is always evolving and growing in depth and strength.  Ellie is no delicate princess to be swept off her feet.  She’s powerful beyond anyone’s understanding, and deeply empathetic.

Written originally as a complete novel, there are really no good endings and beginnings among all the books.  I highly suggest collecting them all, and then reading all the way through.  I hesitate a little to rate The Tairen Soul Series prematurely, especially since I find that it’s the endings that always disappoint me.  Still, I already know that the journey is well worth the read.  I rate this five out of five stars!