Review for The Secrets Of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

The Secrets Of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

TITLE: The Secrets Of Lily Graves
AUTHOR: Sarah Strohmeyer
PUBLICATION DATE: May 13, 2014
PUBLISHER: Balzar + Bray
PAGES: 304 pages
FORMAT: E-ARC / ARC
SOURCE: Publisher via Edelweiss / Freebie shelf at Malaprops
RATING: 3 bows

Lily Graves comes from a family of morticians. She has spent her life around dead bodies and the process of fixing them up for funerals. So when Erin Donohue, the school’s perfect class president shows up died, she’s not so sure what she knows anymore. First everyone suspects Erin’s boyfriend Matt for the murder and then all eyes are on Lily people learn that Matt & Lily had a secret friendship that Erin was none too pleased about. One thing is for sure, Erin’s killer is still at large and it’s up to Lily to figure out who before the murder gets pinned on her.

Lily was an interesting character. I didn’t fall head over heels in love with her, but I also didn’t find her annoying. She is hard not to sympathize with when it seems like the entire town is out to get her. Even her own family members don’t protect her the way they should (in my opinion, anyway). My feelings were about the same for Matt. Though he does some questionable things, he seems like a good enough guy and I liked him enough to root for his and Lily’s success.

I’ve been avoiding this review since the moment I finished reading the novel. You see, I loved How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True and I was overjoyed to see Strohmeyer coming out with a new novel. Even better, she going in a new direction with they whole murder/mystery thing. Awesome, I can’t wait! Even starting it, I found it highly enjoyable. It was witty and addictive in that sleep is not important anymore way.

Why, then, does it only get three stars? That would be because of the ending. It felt so rushed and unfinished that I can’t possibly give it a higher rating. It’s like Sarah was writing and having a good time and then she got to page 250 or so and remembered that the book was only supposed to be 300 or so pages long. Whoops! Better wrap this up quickly! It’s a problem I’m seeing a lot lately, and not just in YA. In this particular case, the killer(s) and the motive didn’t make much sense. The big bad, maybe, but the sidekick really threw me for a loop. I’m sure that was the point, to give us a villain we weren’t expecting. The problem with that is the more you think about it, the less it makes sense. Why would this particular person do it? I realize we get a half-assed reason, but that just didn’t fit for me.

What it always comes down to for me is the ending, and this one failed pretty epically. I’m not saying that it should be changed, but maybe give us more about why this particular person felt the need to take things this far. To now only assist in the act but to frame our Lily. That seems spiteful in a way I can’t believe without a little more context. So all you need to know is that it’s a great little story with a somewhat inconclusive ending. If that doesn’t bother you, than you’ll love it. If it does, then you’ll probably have mixed emotions.

****Thank you to Balzar + Bray for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****

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Review for Until We Burn (Beautifully Broken #2.5) by Courtney Cole

Until We Burn by Courtney Cole

TITLE: Untile We Burn
SERIES: Beautifully Broken #2.5
AUTHOR: Courtney Cole
PUBLICATION DATE: November 21, 2013
PUBLISHER: Independent
PAGES: 84 pages
FORMAT: ebook
SOURCE: Purchased
RATING: 3 bows

Dominic Kinkaide is the epitome of bad boy. He does bad things with no guilty conscious nagging him about them. The 24 year old actor hides behind the mask of gentleman in public, but in private he is anything but. The bad things he does allows him to feel something, which is the only thing he desires these days. He figures he’s already going to hell, might as well have fun on the way.

I…um….am unsure how I feel about Dominic. I know this novella is just to introduce me to the character before I read Before We Fall, to show me his a jackass and that worked pretty well. I’m left with the question of if he is redeemable. I think he is. He isn’t deliberately mean to any of the woman he screws around with, but he’s not wholly nice either. He uses them and then discards them, but makes no misleading promises otherwise. The question that really plagues me is, do I like him. At this exact moment, no, I don’t. I’m not a big fan of bad boys. I like a few, but I prefer the sweet boy-next-door type. We’ll see if my opinion changes with the next book.

Dominic’s past kinda bugged me throughout this whole thing. I know it’s a tiny novella and there isn’t adequate space to get into his issues, but what the hell happened? I want to know because I cannot envision a scenario that would force Dom to turn out this way. He has a pretty specific quirk that I just don’t understand.

Basically what you need to know is that it’s not great, but it’s not bad. It’s a kinky little novella introducing you to a kinky little actor who I hope improves some in the next book.

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Review for Dangerous Dream (Dangerous Creatures #0.5) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Dangerous Dream by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

TITLE: Dangerous Dream
SERIES: Dangerous Creatures #0.5
AUTHOR: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
PUBLICATION DATE: December 17, 2013
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
PAGES: 46 pages
FORMAT: eARC
SOURCE: Publisher via NetGalley
RATING: 3 bows

They finally made it, they are graduating high school. This novella follows Ethan, Lena, Link, and Ridley through the former three’s high school graduation. They battled the world and still somehow made time for homework and studying. Woooohhoooo! Now, as things are wrapping up, everything isn’t perfect in Caster-land, with obvious tension between Rid and Link, can they finally settle their issues or is their relationship doomed to failure?

I knew in the last two novels that Ridley was starting to get on my nerves. She was one of my favorite characters in Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness, but things starting going badly in Beautiful Chaos and I’m sad to say they haven’t improved yet. Ridley persistently gets on my nerves now and being in her head made it ten times worse. She’s selfish, sometimes stupid, and has that “I’m a bad girl so I have to play the bad girl role…even if I don’t want to!” attitude that made me want to punch her in the face. Add to that the over-the-top arrogance and I’ve just had enough. She gets herself in a lot of trouble here. A LOT of trouble. She gets in deep with the wrong crowd and now she owes favors to the worst kind of people.

Everyone else was fine. You get just a bit more from Ethan and Lena before the perspectives switch and they were just as delightful as ever. Even Link was awesome. I really liked getting his perspective. You’d think he’d annoy me, being an almost stereotypical southern gentleman, but he plays the role with such enthusiasm that it’s impossible to not love him. He oozes southern charm in such an obliviously blatant way that it just works for him. Creating such a character seems like a difficult task because there are so many ways it could backfire, so this little novella made me appreciate him that much more.

I do question the writing on the front. This says “A Beautiful Creatures Story” on the cover but it’s boasted as the beginning novella to the Dangerous Creatures saga, so which is it? All you really need to know is that if you loved the previous books and all the characters involved, then you will enjoy this as well. If you didn’t enjoy them, the steer clear of this as well!

****Thank you to Little, Brown Books For Young Readers for providing me with an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review****

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Review for Tease (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by Sophie Jordan

Tease by Sophie Jordan

TITLE: Tease
SERIES: The Ivy Chronicles #2
AUTHOR: Sophie Jordan
PUBLICATION DATE: May 27, 2014
PUBLISHER: William Morrow
PAGES: 320 pages
FORMAT: E-ARC / ARC
SOURCE: Publisher via Edelweiss / Freebie shelf at Malaprops
RATING: 3 bows

Emerson is that girl who never has a problem getting a guy. She uses them and leaves them wanting more. She’s the flirt, the party-girl, with no intention of changing. Then she meets Shaw, a man who seems to see right through her. He won’t settle for the flirty exterior, instead demanding the whole girl and bringing up memories she thought she’d buried.

This review is a bit difficult for me to write. The first novel in this series had a few minor issues, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. This, however, had more issues. The main one being I didn’t care for the lead characters. Emerson especially annoyed me. Shaw was spot-on when he calls her a tease because that is exactly what she is. She’s a character I don’t understand in the least. She’s a virgin who hooks up with guys for the thrill of it and when she gets invited to the Kink Club, I can’t see why she goes. The name and rumors surrounding the club leave no possible confusion on what it’s about and its obvious that people there will expect sex. SO WHY THE FUCK DID YOU GO IF YOU HAVE NO INTENTION OF GOING THAT FAR? I can (sorta) see how you can hook up with guys without going that far but how can you go to a sex club with no intention of having sex? Are you a fucking moron? Apparently so. Then she gets mad at Shaw for jumping in and saving her. She also tries to play that spoiled little rich girl with a daddy who doesn’t really care card and that irritated me as well. From the few encounters we see with her father, she doesn’t try to make him understand or see her, she just goes along with what he wants, so how the hell would he know that she’s unhappy? Parents aren’t mind-readers!

Shaw was a little better, but I still didn’t swoon over him. Alpha males, even ones that claim they aren’t, don’t really work for me. From the moment he meets Emerson, he tries to tell her what to do and how to do it, dragging her away from the Kink Club house immediately. Yes, she really wanted to leave, but he had no way to know that with any kind of certainty! He just wasn’t my kind of guy. He kinda repents at the end and apologizes, but it doesn’t make it acceptable to me.

As much as I wanted to love this as much as I’ve loved Jordan’s previous works, I just couldn’t get into it like I did with Foreplay. I’ve mentioned numerous times that I need character driven stories. I have to care about the character’s to really enjoy a novel and I was a bit ambivalent towards these two at best. And the storyline was predictable. I know, it’s a New Adult romance novel and that demands a certain level of predictability, but this was a bit too predictable. There was no mystery at all, no moments where I was worried that maybe they wouldn’t work it out.

Maybe I’m just wearing out the NA genre to the point I’m getting sick of it, but I just didn’t love this one like I thought I would. I didn’t hate it either, it just was in that awkward middle ground. I am super-excited for the next one because it looks like Logan will finally get his own novel and I love him to bits, even if he is a man-whore from hell. Hopefully this book is just suffering from that dreaded middle book syndrome that I have never seen in a NA before but plagues YA!

****Thank you to William Morrow for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****

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Review for Vivian Divine Is Dead by Lauren Sabel

Vivian Divine Is Dead by Lauren Sabel

TITLE: Vivian Divine Is Dead
AUTHOR: Lauren Sabel
PUBLICATION DATE: June 3, 2014
PUBLISHER: Katherine Tegen Books
PAGES: 388 pages
FORMAT: E-ARC / ARC
SOURCE: Publisher via Edelweiss / Freebie shelf at Malaprops
RATING: 2 bows

Vivian Divine is a teen acting star who has received a very serious death threat. Now, she’s on the run in Mexico with only her wits to keep her alive until she meets Nick, a guy who is the polar opposite of Hollywood boys. He’s kind and genuine and seems to be determined to help Vivian. But with the baddies closing in are these two enough to take on the big bad and live to tell the tale? Or will Vivian get murdered as predicted?

Vivian has been depressed since her mother was murdered six months ago. She is just going through the motions, acting and spending time with her Hollywood Hotshot boyfriend, until he cheats on her with her best friend. This pushes her deeper into depression and when the death threat surfaces, she doesn’t need much of push to run off to a Mexican safe house. Things don’t go according to plan, when her money gets stolen within the first bus ride and that stupid Mexican boy Nick mocking her. And soon she feels the bad guy hot on her trail and makes a break for it by running off into the woods with Nick. I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with her because you have to sympathize with what she’s lost, but she is so damn naive I wanted to slap her.

I had the same type of Love/hate thing going with Nick. On one hand, he’s sweet and charming, but it’s clear he’s hiding something. He’s not being 100% honest and it irked me through the entire book…until you get close to the end where it’s painfully obvious what his secret is. I can’t be the only one who predicted that. I also can’t be the only one who predicted the Mary thing. That was a big problem I had with this novel, it’s very predictable. I saw every twist coming, every single one.

The writing was great and fast paced and interesting, but the basic story line was muddled. And fully of instalove! Nick and Vivian spend just a few days together and though there is attraction, I didn’t feel like there was enough for them to claim “love” before the scant 280 pages were up. I can buy into falling in love in a few days if they are an intense few days. In The Taking by Kimberly Derting, the main two characters only have a few days to fall in love, but it was an intense few days and while Vivian’s time with Nick was meant to feel intense, it falls short. Every time she thinks something about loving him, I was rolling my eyes. I found her antics a bit over the top. But, assuming the author did want me to believe her love was real, then she is in for a nasty surprise. Things with Nick don’t end well. Things with Nick end rather badly. Don’t go into this with the expectation that they will ride off into the sunset because they won’t. And, as if you really need reminding at this point, I hate bad endings. So you can imagine my reaction…and if you can’t


All you really need to know is that I found this disappointing. I wanted to love it. I love the cover and it’s got a great premise, with a prissy actress having to rough it in Mexico, but it just fell flat. The story was funny and charming, but it didn’t have the heart to back it up, if that makes sense. It’s like a hot guy with no personality whatsoever. It builds up to an epically predictable climax and then it just ends. There is no falling action or time to recover from the climax, it’s just over. I feel like that’s happening a lot in the novels I’ve read recently. ACTION and then it’s over. Maybe you’ll see more here than I did, but I didn’t love it like I thought I would.

****Thank you to Katherine Tegen Books for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****

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Review for Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick

Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick

TITLE: Gorgeous
AUTHOR: Paul Rudnick
PUBLICATION DATE: April 30, 2013
PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press
PAGES: 336 pages
FORMAT: eARC
SOURCE: Publisher via NetGalley
RATING: 3 bows

Becky Randle is just an ordinary eighteen year old girl with no real goals in life. She just graduated from high school when her mother dies and she is tasked with going through all her mothers stuff. Within it she finds a mysterious phone number which leads her to meet Tom Kelly, world famous designer, who makes her an impossible offer. He will transform her into the most beautiful women in the world. Clearly, he’s off his rocker, but what else do she have to do? Go back to her job at the Sav-A-Lot? She says yes and is instantly drawn into a world of Hollywood superstars and worldwide celebrities. She doesn’t know how the magic works, all she knows is that is she is alone and looks in the mirror, she sees her normal self, but if anyone else is in the room, she sees Rebecca. Rebecca, the uber-pretty version of herself. The woman so pretty it almost hurts to look at her. Then she meets Prince Gregory and begins to fall for him. There’s only one problem. When the year is up and she goes back to being Becky, will the Prince accept her or will he throw her out because she is no longer the gorgeous woman he fell for?

I’m not sure exactly what to say here. I liked it? Sorta? Parts of it? Becky is an interesting character, someone I think we can all relate to. For once, the leading lady isn’t the prettiest woman on the planet, at least not initially. She’s just a normal girl with normal looks and a small town upbringing. And when opportunity knocks giving her a chance to get out of the small town, she jumps at it, after thinking it over. Gregory was also very interesting. The banter between him and Becky/Rebecca was hilarious and kept me giggling with amusement.

The issue? It was all a bit too over the top. Now before you go screaming “But Tabitha, it was a satire, it was supposed to be over the top!,” I get that. I do, really. It’s impossible to get 20 pages into this without realizing it’s a satire and that might be my point. I feel like it could have been a bit more awesome to me if it was sneakier with it. Everything he is meant to be making fun of is exaggerated beyond comprehension. I feel like the magic of satire is when it sneaks up on you but that wasn’t the case here. There were too many moments where the outlandish topics where pushing me out of the story. There were moments that had me shaking my head, pulling me out of the moment and away from the story and more towards my thoughts, which isn’t a good thing. A great story keeps in enthralled in the content, pushing me to continue, not stopping me with ludicrous plot points. The best example is there is a scene where Rebecca is acting for a movie and the director literally gets off on her just saying her lines really well, which had me rolling my eyes. ****SPOILER****Plus the whole plot idea is a little preposterous in general because not only is it never explained how Tom manages to transform Rebecca simply by having her wear these dresses, but Tom himself is a mystery. At the end, we learn that Tom is Becky’s father, which I think we all see coming. We also learn that he died before her birth. DIED. How the blazin’ hell is he here now? We never find out. It is never explained how Tom is mysteriously alive for an entire year. It seems to be implied that the great divine thought it necessary to grant him zombie status due to a promise he made Rebecca’s mother to make sure she has a good life, but ummm…about that. If people get to rise from the grave for life changing promises they made before their deaths, we’d have a bunch more dead people running around.****END SPOILER****

I did like the ending. Once Prince Gregory enters the picture, things pickup quite nicely, with the mystery of how we are going to get the whole mess with Becky/Rebecca/Gregory sorted out properly. Plus, I’m a sucker for a love story, so things are always that much interesting when romance is involved. I also liked that some of it was funny. As I said, the banter between Becky/Rebecca and Gregory was downright hilarious.

In the end, I’m glad I read it, but it’s not my favorite thing ever. A big reason I decided to request it was because of the Libba Bray blurb on the cover, and I just feel it didn’t live up to that. It had it’s funny moments and then it had it’s over the top crazy moments. The beginning is so dull and slow I had a hard time reading it. Then the rest, while interesting, is a just a bit too much. I think it was a nice effort but it just isn’t for me to love and praise…which sucks because I like the idea of satirizing the movie/model industry with it’s crazy life demands.

****Thank you to Scholastic Press for providing me with an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review****

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Review for Playing Dirty (Stargazer #2) by Jennifer Echols

Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols

TITLE: Playing Dirty
SERIES: Stargazer #2
AUTHOR: Jennifer Echols
PUBLICATION DATE: October 29, 2013
PUBLISHER: Pocket Books, A Division Of Simon & Schuster Inc
PAGES: 448 pages
FORMAT: E-ARC
SOURCE: Edelweiss
RATING: 3 bows

Sarah Seville screwed up royally in Rio with crazy rocker Nine Lives. Sure, she kept him concentrating long enough to record his album, but now he’s stuck in prison and when he gets out shit’s really going to hit the fan. To save her career, she takes on The Cheatin’ Hearts, a country group famous not only for their perverted lyrics, but also for their antics. This group is constantly starting fights and hitting the hospital for overdose’s. It’ll be a miracle if she can pull this off, but she’ll try anything to keep her mind off Nine Lives. The Cheatin’ Hearts have three golden rules to keep them together: no drugs, no sleeping with other band members, and no sleeping with record company spies. Quentin laid the rules out in the beginning and expects everyone to follow his lead. It’s kept the band together and successful for several years now and he isn’t willing to risk that, no matter how attracted to Sarah he is. But the longer she stays, the harder he has to fight his urge to seduce her and let all his walls down, a dangerous prospect indeed.

This is moderately better than it’s predecessor, but that isn’t saying much. It still falls desperately short when measured to Jennifer Echols other works. The best way to describe this novel is one word: DRAMA. The drama contained in just the four members of The Cheatin’ Hearts was enough to set me over the edge, then adding Sarah & Quentin’s tension-y relationship to it and I was just a bit miffed. I’m not a huge fan of drama. In fact, I like to keep it to a minimum, so you can image how I felt about all the subterfuge between the band, Sarah, and the media circus they create. The “dumb hick” act Quentin is so fond of had me screaming to just fucking stop. Seriously, it’s not attractive in the least and no, you’ll overly muscled body doesn’t compensate. I get you are physically attractive, but dumbing yourself down so the media will “like” you is about as dumb as girls who act brainless to get the guy. It’s infuriating.

What’s more is he keeps the act up throughout most of the novel, so by then end I feel like he and Sarah don’t know each other well enough to profess the feelings they claim to have. How can you love someone you don’t know? Sarah, by the way, is just as guilty. After her husband asked for a divorce, she had a massive makeover and has tried to match her new personality to it. But new Sarah and old Sarah are pretty different and it’s hard for me to reconcile the two when I’ve been in her head for half the novel, much less for Quentin who’s just been catching what she lets slip on occasion.

The rest of the cast is alternatively annoying or absent. Erin can’t seem to settle on whether she wants to be friendly or bitchy. Since the audience knows her and Quentin’s “relationship” is bullshit, it’s unclear why she plays that card. I mean, I know Sarah expects jealousy, but seriously, just pick a side and stay there. Same with Owen, who obviously hates Sarah intensely one moment and then is friendly the next. And they all blindly follow Quentin’s lead. You claim he’s genius level intelligent, but we rarely see him back it up because I don’t consider engineering the band’s publicity as a genius act. I consider it stupid. I get that it’s what got you the attention you needed to get a recording contract, but you got it so let the drama go!

The writing was mediocre at best and the plot felt highly predictable. ****SPOILER****Yes, Erin and Owen are sleeping together and of course Nine Lives is going to show up at an inopportune moment.****END SPOILER**** It almost felt like Echols recycled the end of Star Crossed, just changing the bare minimum of details so it would fit here.

It’s difficult to express my level of disappointment. This isn’t a bad read. It’s not great, but it’s tolerable and if almost anyone else had written it, I probably would have liked it more. But I know Echols is capable of more. She’s one of my favorite contemporary writers and to see her produce this hot mess makes me endlessly sad. Here’s hoping.

****Thank you to Pocket Books for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****

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Review for Star Crossed (Stargazer #1) by Jennifer Echols

Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols

TITLE: Star Crossed
SERIES: Stargazer #1
AUTHOR: Jennifer Echols
PUBLICATION DATE: February 26, 2012
PUBLISHER: Pocket Books, A Division Of Simon & Schuster Inc
PAGES: 375 pages
FORMAT: E-book
SOURCE: Borrowed
RATING: 3 bows

Wendy Mann loves her job, but she’s losing it. After her bosses tell her she’s fired, she begs for another chance and they give it to her: rehabilitate teenage rocker Lorelei Vogel before she loses her recording contract. It’s an impossible job, but Wendy is determined to do it. It just becomes more difficult when she realizes Lorelei’s ex is being repped by Daniel Blackstone, her college rival, and they will all be in Vegas together for this particularly hellish week. Daniel cannot believe he’ll be seeing Wendy again. She starred in way too many of his college fantasies, not that she’ll ever know that. But Wendy is an unneeded distraction and soon, he cannot help but pay more attention to her than to his client. With the heat turning past the boiling point for these two, can they still manage to keep their respective stars in line long enough to save Wendy’s career?

I didn’t love this novel the way I’ve loved all the other stories I’ve read by Jennifer Echols. I found Wendy to be too over-the-top and just plain annoying. Yes, we get it. You spent a week as a stripper (but apparently it was a very good week) and you have gorgeous blonde hair. Good for you, but seriously, get on with it. Daniel, wasn’t much better, coming off as high handed and too damn quiet. He laughs at Wendy’s dumb sex jokes, all of which made me cringe. He’s apparently very attractive, but I had a hard time imaging him in my head. The romance between the two felt awkward at best and forced at worst. I understand there are legitimate reasons you two cannot fuck each other’s brains out and get it over with, but I felt like their relationship was just lust and once they are together for a few months, it’ll burn out quickly. The fact that they stupidly got married for a publicity stunt makes it that much worse.

The plotline, at least, was interesting enough. I would actually really love to see more of Lorelei. She is what kept me reading, to see if her storyline would work out. I don’t think we’ll get much more of her in this series and that is just sad since she was the big highlight for me. The novel was decent enough, I supposed, but disappointing because I’ve adored all the Jennifer Echols books I’ve read until now and I hate seeing something I’m excited about fall below my expectations. I am planning on reading the next novel, but I’m not nearly as excited about it was I was before I started this. Hopefully the next heroine won’t be so obnoxious and I won’t dislike her as much.

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Review for If I Should Die (Revenants #3) by Amy Plum

If I Should Die by Amy Plum

TITLE: If I Should Die
SERIES: Revenants #3
AUTHOR: Amy Plum
PUBLICATION DATE: May 7, 2013
PUBLISHER: Harper TEEN
PAGES: 405 pages
FORMAT: Ebook
SOURCE: Borrowed
RATING: 3 stars

Picking up right where Until I Die left off, we follow a grief stricken Kate on her determined journey to save Vincent, who was killed and then had his body destroyed by Violette. Now he is just a wondering spirit and the idea of spending eternity never being able to really be together is too much for Kate to take. Soon enough, they have the spark of an idea of how to help Vince and lead an epic battle to destroy Violette and the numa once and for all.

Before I say anything else, I just want to express my utter disappointment with this novel.


I waited with baited breathe for this sequel since Until I Die left off with such a dreadful cliffhanger and I was dying to know how Amy would successfully wrap this story up. The answer? She doesn’t, really. I mean, yes the main plot and story all come to a close on a relatively happy note, but I don’t think it was wrapped up well. It just felt rushed and thoroughly predictable. ****SPOILER***I saw it all coming, from Jules disappointing lack of resolution to them finding the reimbodiment ceremony and Violette pulling Vincent back at the exact moment they were attempting the ritual. Even the little detail about Kate’s necklace with Vincent’s hair being the key to make the ceremony work. To Kate being the champion and leading the Paris kindred into war with Violette.****END SPOILER**** I feel supremely cheated and unsatisfied because I adored book 1 and enjoyed book 2 right up until the cliffhanger that pissed me off and now, this final book just didn’t do it for me.

I think mostly, besides the fact that it’s utterly predictable, I hate the way not everyone got a happy ending. Yes, Kate and Vincent do live happily ever after (as do Ambrose and Charlotte), but one character dies ****SPOILER****Jean Baptist****END SPOILER**** leaving his lover to live in despair for the rest of eternity and Jules gets a non-ending. I realize that they are in a war and there will be casualties, but I just didn’t like it. Not to mention the death, which occurs at the very end in the battle, was beyond unnecessary. Yes, this person jumping in front of Vince to save him was fine, though a little cliché, but he/she was a revenant therefore the death would have been fine, but nope, his/her body was destroyed before it could be recovered and it just felt….well, wrong is only word coming to mind. Jules is basically pushed to the side after the middle of the novel and I hate that. He’s one of my favorite characters and even though I love Vincent and Kate together, a tiny part of me was rooting for him.

It’s worth a read, if only to finish the series, but don’t get your hopes too high up. I don’t think it lives up to the first book and that’s just depressing.

Mini Review for Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush: The Graphic Novel #1) by Becca Fitzpatrick & Jennyson Rosero

Hush Hush: The Graphic Novel #1 by Becca Fitzpatrick & Jennyson Rosero

TITLE: Hush Hush: The Graphic Novel
SERIES: Hush Hush: The Graphic Novel #1
AUTHOR: Becca Fitzpatrick (author) & Jennyson Rosero (Illustrator)
PUBLICATION DATE: March 20, 2012
PUBLISHER: Sea-Lion Books
PAGES: 120 pages
FORMAT: Hardback
SOURCE: Library
RATING: 3 stars

This is going to be more of a mini-review rather than a full one. I won’t review the storyline because I’ll assume all of you who want to read this have already read Hush Hush and are as captivated by Patch and I was and just want to see more of his sexy face, which was part of my problem. This gets three stars because I did not like the art style at all. I understand on some level that graphic novels are supposed to be a bit overdone and sexualized but that doesn’t mean that every drawing of Nora needs to be complete with hard nipples clearly visible through her clothing. Some how she was more annoying here than I remember her being in the actual story. And poor Vee looks so top heavy that she might topple over. And their portrayal of Patch wasn’t at like I imagined him. I can’t say exactly what they got wrong, just that it was wrong. It’s also incredibly short, not even getting through a forth of the original storyline. Basically if you are a fan of the series, this might upset you a bit, but the bonus scene at the back was worth the trouble.