Destined – Aprilynne Pike

“Laurel lived happily as an ordinary girl – until she discovered that she was a faerie.

Since then her heart has been divided between the magic realm of Avalon and the human world.  Between the boys she loves the most; caring David and wild Tamani. But now a powerful enemy threatens Avalon and unless the faerie world can win out, there may be no choices left…

Laurel faces the fight of her life to save everything and everyone she loves in this spell-binding faerie tale of magic and mystery, romance and danger.”

Being the last book in this series I had a feeling there would be plenty of action in it, but I never imagined it would start so early on in the story and continue pretty much throughout the whole book!  It felt like I was holding my breath the entire time because it was so tense and exciting.

There were some really sad moments and incredibly touching scenes that kept me completely enthralled by the events unfolding in front of me.  There was an interesting addition that came in the form of Excalibur which added yet another magical twist to the story.

At one point an awful misunderstanding threatened to destroy the prediction I had made about the ending, this was definitely one of the moments that had me holding my breath.

Towards the end of the book it became a race against time and I could almost feel the panic and fear rolling out of the pages at me.  Once things had come to an end I thought I had it all figured out but then came ‘The Last Word’ – an extra section at the end, kind of like an epilogue, that I hadn’t expected at all.

Although not everything ended how I had hoped, I still felt happy with the conclusion and I can happily say that I thoroughly enjoyed this series.  Each book had me on the edge of my seat and kept me turning page after page trying to find out what would happen next.  I’m actually going to miss Laurel, Chelsea, David, Tamani and all the other lovely characters in these books.

Fantastic, magical and addictive books that I would highly recommend.

 To find out more about Aprilynne Pike visit her website here.

Wild – Aprilynne Pike

“Laurel is a faerie, but one brought up as a human.  Since discovering her true identity she has been torn between two worlds – and between her faerie-guard, Tamani, and her human boyfriend, David.  Laurel thought she had chosen wisely, but now the walls that separate her worlds are crumbling and enemies are moving closer.  Who can Laurel trust?”

This series just gets better and better – after the last book I was left wondering what Tamani was up to, I was pleased to find out what it was (it wasn’t something I had expected either so it had a nice element of surprise to it).

To begin with I was still thoroughly intrigued by Klea, she was mysterious and I wasn’t sure if she could be trusted.  The arrival of Yuki also raised many questions and it wasn’t until the end of this book that we start to get an idea as to who they both are.

Chelsea still provided some funny moments and even Shar made me chuckle at his confusion over his iPhone.  The faerie guards were more integrated in the human world this time and I really enjoyed that part of it.

Laurel was more confident in this book than the other two and I enjoyed seeing this growth in her character.  For a while Tamani seemed to be losing some of his cocky charm that I liked so much but soon picked it up again towards the end, yay!  The animosity between him and David was also much stronger this time and when they finally came head to head I found it very exciting.

After reading this book I’m still ‘Team Tamani’, although I do like David and I think he is a great friend for Laurel to have, but I feel like it makes more sense for her to be with Tamani (probably something to do with the fact that they are both faeries).

This was another intense instalment that I read in less than a day, I found it so difficult to put this book down especially towards the end when they were slowly piecing the clues together.

Every one of these books have had a fantastic ending that left me wanting more, I already have the last book Destined so I can’t wait to get started on it to finally find out how this amazing series ends.

To find out more about Aprilynne Pike visit her website here.

Spells – Aprilynne Pike

“A year ago Laurel discovered that she is a faerie, placed among humans when she was a baby.  Although she’s come to accept her true identity, Laurel refuses to turn her back on her human life – especially her boyfriend, David.

But the faerie realm is in grave danger and when Laurel is summoned, she must trust charismatic faerie-guard Tamani.  Laurel’s feelings for him are strong, and she is soon forced to make a choice that could break her heart…”

After reading Wings (review here) I couldn’t wait to get stuck into this book to find out what happened next for Laurel.  I just have to mention how much I love this cover – the picture above doesn’t really do it justice because in real life the whole cover shines, it is truly stunning!

Straight away I was absorbed back into the story, this time we learn so much more about Avalon, the different kinds of faeries and their social standings.  Everything is so imaginative and I really enjoyed learning about it all alongside Laurel.

We found out more about Tamani in this book because Laurel spent much more time with him, I loved these moments and as I go through this series I think I’m definitely leaning towards ‘Team Tamani’. Laurel’s time at the festival was great and had me hanging on every word I was reading.  The love triangle is certainly becoming more explosive, this was something I had hoped for and still hope for in the books to come.

The addition of Klea in this book was interesting, I felt very unsure about her and sense that there is much more to come from her including her reasons for doing what she does.

The book ended on a cliffhanger and left me desperately wanting to know what Tamani is up to!  I have now ordered the next two books in the series so I won’t have to wait much longer to find out.

A fantastic, addictive book that is joining the ever-growing one day read list!

Spells can be purchased here or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Aprilynne Pike visit her website here.

Wings – Aprilynne Pike

“Laurel is an ordinary fifteen-year-old high school girl. But something incredible is happening to her. She is changing.

Now Laurel is about to discover that a deep and powerful magic holds the key to her destiny.”

I was initially attracted to this book by the gorgeous cover and once I had read what it was about I was completely intrigued and had to buy it.

I was hooked as soon as I started reading and I knew that this would end up as another one day read because I just couldn’t put it down! The clear way this book has been written meant that it was easy and comfortable to read, and the storyline was just fantastic – it was so imaginative and different and that is what kept me turning the pages until the end.

I liked the friendship between Laurel and David, it was always just on the edge of something more and even by the end you don’t fully know where things will go with them. They worked well as a team trying to figure out what Laurel was and what it all meant, this was fun to read especially as everything began to unfold and more details were revealed.

Laurel’s first meeting with Tamani was great, it was exciting and dangerous and signalled the moment that I had been anticipating most – Laurel discovering what she is. Tamani was very intriguing and Laurel was definitely attracted to him but wouldn’t admit it to anyone else. I think this will be the beginning of a fantastic love triangle, at the moment nothing is very clear-cut, she has feelings for them both but hasn’t really committed herself to anything so I believe she could still go either way. I look forward to seeing how this evolves in the next book.

As I was reading this book I could picture everything so vividly and I think it would make a great movie. The ending was beautiful, it was emotional and left me wanting so much more. Actually that would be the only negative thing I have to say about this book – it went too quickly and I just didn’t want it to end. I have already ordered the next book in the series Spells and I can’t wait for it to arrive so I can find out what’s next for Laurel.

This is a magical, different story – a real page turner.

Wings can be purchased here or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Aprilynne Pike visit her website here.

The Grimoire: Lichgates – S.M. Boyce

The Grimoire turns its own pages and can answer any question asked of it, and Kara Magari is its next target. 

Kara has no idea what she’s getting herself into when she stumbles across the old book while hiking a hidden trail. Once she opens it, she’s thrown into Ourea: a beautiful world full of terrifying things that want the Grimoire’s secrets. Everyone in this new world is trying to find her, and most want to control the new-found power the book bestows upon her. Even if Kara does escape, Ourea will only drag her back.

Braeden Drakonin grew up in Ourea, and all he’s ever known of life is lying. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. He has one question to ask the book—one question that can fix everything in his broken world—and he’s not letting Kara out of his sight until he gets an answer.

There’s no going back now.”

I was lucky enough to win this eBook during the Lichgates Hidden World Blog Tour.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from it and what I discovered was a seriously amazing story, I was drawn into the magical world of Ourea pretty much straight away!  It was action-packed, dark, dangerous and so intriguing, the wonderful descriptions of all the places in Ourea meant that I could picture everything vividly, it really captured my imagination.

I had many different theories and possible outcomes racing through my mind as I read this book but none seemed to be very accurate, this magical and scary new world that Kara found herself in was full of surprises and all kinds of weird and wonderful creatures.  There were many heart-stopping moments that had me on the edge of my seat and I just had to keep reading to see what would happen – this meant that I read the book in just one day, it was so addictive!

Kara seemed confused and quite naive at the beginning, but I suppose that’s understandable considering she had just found herself in a world that shouldn’t even exist in real life.  Towards the end, however, she seems to grow stronger and have more faith in herself – I enjoyed seeing this transformation in her character.

Braeden was a tricky one for me, he had been through a lot and seemed to be protective over Kara but I couldn’t figure out if he should be completely trusted or not.  I definitely had an uncomfortable feeling about Gavin though, he seemed very sly right from his first appearance in the story, I think he’s going to be one to watch in the upcoming books.

The ending was brilliant and left me wanting more so I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the trilogy.

This is an imaginative story that I think would make an incredible movie, I was hooked from start to finish!

The Grimoire: Lichgates can be purchased from Amazon.

To find out more about S.M. Boyce visit her website here.

Ascend – Amanda Hocking

“Wendy Everly can barely remember what it was like to feel like a normal girl. She’d wished for her life to be different but everything is so much more complicated than she’d expected. And she certainly hadn’t dreamt she’d be getting married at eighteen to a man she didn’t love – all for the sake of duty.

As the big day approaches, Wendy can’t stop thinking about two different men – and neither of them are her husband-to-be. Finn – quiet, strong and determined to do what’s right, and Loki – dark and seductive, a sworn enemy who once saved her life …

With all-out war just days away, Wendy needs to act quickly if she is to save her friends and family. But while her loyalties and duties are to her people, deeper passions are leading her elsewhere.

And as her worlds collide, Wendy must sacrifice everything she loves to save them. But will it be enough?”

I was so excited to read this final book in the Trylle trilogy – I absolutely loved the first two books (reviews here and here) and I couldn’t wait to find out how it all ends.

This trilogy just got better and better and I feel sad that it’s all over, but at the same time I feel strangely satisfied because of the way it ended – for me everything was tied up and resolved so I’m not left wondering what might happen after the book finished.

As with the previous books there was lots of action and breathtaking moments that just kept me turning page after page, I literally couldn’t get enough and read it in just a few hours.  I actually find it quite difficult to express just how much I enjoyed this trilogy, it really was amazing and is definitely one of my new favourites!

The characters have really grown throughout all three books and it was great to follow them as they found their places in life.  There wasn’t a single character that I disliked (apart from the obvious bad guy) and I really wanted the best for them all.  Wendy seemed to have found her power in this book and was much more in control, until she was around certain male characters of course.  We also saw a much softer side to Elora which is something that I had a feeling was there but she did a good job of hiding.

Loki had to be my favourite character of them all – aside from being sexy and strong, he was also very cheeky and funny and I loved that about him.  The morning after the wedding was a particular favourite ‘Loki’ moment of mine, it had me laughing out loud as I could picture the scene so vividly.

I was pleased that it all ended the way I had hoped it would, I’ve heard of some people who were unhappy with how it finished but for me personally it couldn’t have been better!

This trilogy had everything that I was looking for – danger, romance (which includes a fantastic love triangle), sadness, shocks and so much more.  I would recommend these books to anyone and everyone!

Ascend can be purchased here or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Amanda Hocking visit her blog here.

Torn – Amanda Hocking

“Acknowledging that she was different from everyone else wasn’t difficult for Wendy Everly – she’d always felt like an outsider.  But a new world and new family is a little hard for any girl to accept.  Leaving behind the mysterious country of her birth, she is determined to fit back into normal life.  But the world she’s left behind won’t let her go that easily …

Kidnapped and imprisoned by her true family’s enemies, Wendy soon learns that the lines between good and evil aren’t as defined as she thought.  And those things she’d taken for granted may have been lies all along.  With the help of the dangerously attractive Loki, she escapes back to the safety of Förening – only to be confronted by a new threat.

It’s time to make a choice – can she put aside her personal feelings for the sake of her country?  Torn between duty and love she must make a choice that could destroy her one chance at true happiness.”

I was so excited to read this book after absolutely loving Switched (review here) and it didn’t let me down because I loved this book even more than the first, I didn’t think it was possible but apparently it is, and if this trilogy continues to get better and better then I really can’t wait for the next one!

I find it really difficult to express just how much I enjoyed this story, I was completely and utterly drawn in by this book – I ended up reading it in just a few hours because I was so unable to put it down.  There is a revelation near the beginning of the book that actually made me gasp in shock, I really didn’t see it coming but once I thought about it, it all made perfect sense and a lot of things slipped into place.

The new characters made great additions to the regulars and I was pleased to have some of the questions I had left over from the first book answered in this one.  You can see each character growing as the story progresses and I feel that by the end of this book I had a much better understanding of each of them.

Wendy’s love life is as complicated as ever and the addition of another gorgeous guy and arrangements that have been in place for many years just confuses things even more for her.  Expect some heart pounding moments and exciting meetings that will keep you reading page after page.

This book also had a bonus story at the back, called One Day: Three Ways and it followed Finn, Tove and Loki on a day that is clearly going to be important for the next book.

This is an amazing story full of danger, excitement and love, I am so looking forward to reading the final book in the trilogy Ascend which is due to be released in the UK on 26 April 2012.