Sophie & Carter – Chelsea Fine

Sophie and Carter

“Next-door neighbors Sophie Hartman and Carter Jax grow up witnessing the shameful secrets of each of their families and, amidst the heartache, form an unspoken bond of friendship.  But events during their senior year of high school will change both of them forever.  As their lives unravel, Sophie and Carter rely on one another for strength, encouragement and hope…and begin to realize their feelings for each other might just be deeper than friendship….”

I absolutely loved Chelsea Fine’s The Archers of Avalon trilogy (my reviews of these can be found here) and I was keen to read more from her so I couldn’t resist buying this eBook novella.

The authors familiar, fun writing style shone through straight away as I was introduced to Sophie and her inner thoughts which were mainly about Carter at that point.  When she ran into him at school I was captivated by their chemistry, I could almost feel their sparks jumping off the page at me!

I was hooked on the complicated yet simple dynamics of their friendship – their lives were entwined in so many ways but around other people they pretended that they didn’t know one another.  There was an air of sadness whenever they talked about their home lives and I couldn’t even begin to imagine what they had been through.  When it was revealed, my heart broke for them and my maternal instincts made me want to reach into the book and give them a hug.

Although this was a quick read it had a big impact, I felt extremely protective of these characters in a very short space of time and part of me wishes that it had been longer.  The story ended with a scene of hope and I got the feeling that there would be more to come, I would love to hear more from Sophie and Carter in the future.

This was a powerful yet sweet tale of love that I was completely unable to put down.

Purchase Sophie & Carter from Amazon.co.uk:

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Avow – Chelsea Fine

Avow

“Scarlet remembers. Everything. Her past lives, Tristan, Gabriel, Nate: she remembers it all–including how to get to the Fountain of Youth. But time is running out. 

Heather and Gabriel have been kidnapped by Raven, while the curse that has plagued Scarlet and Tristan for centuries has shifted, putting the star-crossed lovers in more danger than ever before. Water from the Fountain of Youth is the only thing that can save Scarlet and her loved ones. But the water comes at a price.

With lives–and hearts–at stake, Scarlet leads her friends on a dangerous journey to the Fountain of Youth. Where eternal life is possible, but death is certain.”

This series is one of my favourites so I have been eagerly awaiting the release of book three.  You can find my reviews of the first two books here.  Needless to say I couldn’t wait to start reading but for some reason I felt nervous that it might not end how I had hoped – it turned out that I worried for nothing because it was perfect!

The minute I started reading, everything from the previous two books came flooding back to me like I had only just read them.  Again I loved Nate and Heather, I always seemed to find myself laughing out loud whenever they were around.

There was a full explanation of everything that had happened throughout Gabriel and Tristan’s history and as I devoured the book greedily I was happy to be able to finally fit all the pieces together.

The tension between Scarlet and Tristan was even more exciting now that her memory had returned but an interesting twist gave them new reasons to stay apart.  They were a truly intoxicating couple and after reading more about their past lives I was even more desperate for them to get their chance to be together.

The banter between the group of friends (or Team Awesome as they so perfectly called themselves :)) was fantastic and I loved following them as they fought to find what they had spent centuries searching for.  At the end I was literally holding my breath as they faced an important showdown that threatened all of their lives.

I love Chelsea’s style of writing – it feels young and is so easy to follow that I found myself turning page after page in record time (another book to add to the one-day read list).  Visualising it all was no problem thanks to the fab descriptions and I think that the whole series would translate really well into film.

This was another amazing read, I just couldn’t get enough of the characters and the fantastic storyline.

Avow can be purchased from Amazon UK or Amazon US.

To find out more about Chelsea Fine visit her website here.

Awry – Chelsea Fine

Three curses. Two brothers. One love triangle.

Sometimes love is meant to be. But sometimes…love is the death of you.

Seventeen-year-old Scarlet has just died. Only, dying isn’t unusual for a girl under a centuries old curse that left her semi-immortal. 

This time, though, she comes back to her current life instead of awaking in a new one, and she realizes her curse is changing. With the help of the immortal Archer brothers, Scarlet tries to piece together her life and break the curse before her impending death comes again.”

I absolutely couldn’t wait to get started on this after reading the first book in the trilogy Anew (review here) and completely falling in love with it.  Anew had ended on a crazy cliffhanger so I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next.

This book picked up exactly where the last one left off and I was so relieved to actually find out what happened to Scarlet.  Like the last book I was gripped from the very first page and finished it in a matter of hours – this is a seriously addictive trilogy!

There was a lot more information about their past this time including details of how they all came to meet in their first lives.  I found all of this incredibly interesting and was pleased to have some of my questions from the first book answered.

I loved the moment when Scarlet explained everything to Heather, her reaction to the amount of crazy information she had just received was funny and certainly typical Heather behaviour.  Again I really did like all of the characters but in particular Heather because she was fun, bubbly and even when mayhem is going on all around her she generally acted a little bit ditzy.  Nate was another great character, I loved all his quirks and sarcastic comments.

Obviously I’m still in love with Tristian and Gabriel and actually I think I’m even more in love with them now that I have learned more about their history.  The love triangle between them and Scarlet is so perfectly complicated that I found myself hanging on every word of the story trying to figure out who she really belongs with.  Unfortunately I’m still no closer on deciding that one – my opinion seems to change back and forth with each turn of the virtual page!

There were plenty more unexpected twists and a few hair-raising moments that got my heart pounding in fear, the visit to Mr Brooks house was definitely one of those moments.

The style of writing in both of these books is fantastic and makes reading them fun and exciting, the whole Team Awesome idea was one of those fun moments that really had me chuckling out loud.

This ended on another amazing cliffhanger and I am now eagerly awaiting the next instalment of this phenomenal trilogy Avow which, according to Amazon, is due for release in December 2012 – not too long to wait!

I purchased my e-copy of Awry from Amazon.

To find out more about Chelsea Fine visit her website here.

Anew – Chelsea Fine

Two years ago, Scarlet awoke in the forest alone, afraid, and unable to remember anything. Lost and confused, her life was a mystery…until she met a boy with a familiar voice. 

Gabriel Archer has a voice from her past, and Scarlet’s determined to remember why. She immerses herself in his life only to discover he has a brother he’s kept hidden from her: Tristan Archer. 

Upon meeting Tristan, Scarlet’s world becomes even more muddled. While she’s instinctively drawn to Gabriel, she’s impossibly drawn to Tristan–and confused out of her mind. As she tries to piece together her history Scarlet realizes her past…might just be the death of her.”

I bought this eBook because I had heard many good things about it and I had to see for myself what the fuss was all about.

Wow! I am so glad I did because to say that this book was amazing is a huge understatement, it’s difficult to find the right words to describe this because it was absolutely fantastic and is now one of my favourite books!  Reading the book in just a few hours, I was completely and utterly drawn in by the story and it’s characters – I felt worried and confused for Scarlet, I fell in love with Gabriel and Tristan and I wanted Heather and Nate to be my best friends.

The whole story is intriguing right from the start, raising question after question and making me turn page after page as I tried to discover who or what the Archer brothers really were, what the curse was and what it meant for everyone, and what the mysterious symbol was all about.

There were dark moments during the story that gave a dangerous feel to it, a kind of sarcastic humour that I totally got and a complex yet breath-taking love triangle that made my skin tingle.  As the story unfolded I just seemed to fall deeper and deeper into it, I could almost feel the tension jumping out of the page at me and I didn’t want it to end.

Speaking of the end, that was also incredible – such a cliffhanger, leaving many unanswered questions so that I am eagerly awaiting the next instalment which, luckily for me, is due to be released in June.

This is a wonderfully imaginative, romantic and exciting story that is so different to anything I’ve read before!

Anew can be purchased as an eBook or paperback.

To find out more about Chelsea Fine visit her website here.