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Series Review: Fall Away Penelope Douglas

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

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Synopsis for Bully (from Goodreads):
My name is Tate. He doesn’t call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred to me at all.

We’re neighbors, and once, we were best friends. But then, one summer, he turned on me and has made it his mission to screw up my life at every opportunity. I’ve been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to hide from him. I worried about what was around every corner and behind every door.

So I left.

I spent a year studying abroad and bathed in the freedom of life without Jared. Now I’m back to finish up high school and get the hell out of here forever. I’m hoping that after a year of breathing room, he’s moved on and forgotten all about me.

But even if he hasn’t changed, I have. I’m not interested in avoiding him or turning the other cheek anymore. We’re going to go head to head, because neither of us wants to back down

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Series: Fall Away Trilogy
Author: Penelope Douglas
# of Books: 5 (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, Aflame)

Until You is Jared’s POV companion to Bully.

There are some novellas in between the novels. Full list here

Book Order: Connected but Chronological

Bully, Until You and Aflame follow Jared and Tate’s story; Rival and Falling Away focus on different characters. However, they all follow a chronological order of events.

Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Drama, Contemporary, Dark
Heat Rating: getting Hot
Point of View: First Person (Single POV for Bully & Until You; but Alternate for RivalFalling Away & Aflame)
Publication Dates: February 2014 – April 2015
Source & Format: Own–eBook

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**This post was originally posted as a Fresh Friday review of the first book of the series. It has now been updated to include the newest publications in the series.**

Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

When I read the synopsis for Bully, I flashed back to my memories of elementary school. The whole idea that boys show that they like you by teasing you. Casual “teasing” is one thing but bullying is another–so while I had a pretty good idea of what was going to happen in this book, I was curious to see what else was at play.

The Plot:

While I found the romance of the book to be predictable, I did enjoy the ride we take getting there. I didn’t find it boring to read because there are some interesting events that happen and make the book more entertaining. I also found it to be pretty mature considering I went into the book thinking about elementary school romances. There isn’t really anything “elementary” about Tate and Jared’s relationship.

The Characters:

Tate is a strong female character and I’m glad that she develops some backbone as the story progresses. However, I often found that she was trying a little too hard to be tough, so it came across as a little over the top. I also didn’t like how easily she was falling in love with Jared. Given their past, I understood where the feelings were coming from but if I was in her shoes, let me tell you that he would have had to work a lot harder to get back into my good graces.

I think what would have helped me get a better grasp on their relationship is getting Jared’s POV as the events unfold. I’m so used to New Adult readings alternating POV between characters that I almost get disappointed when I don’t get both. Fortunately, Until You is Jared’s POV. I haven’t read it yet, but I am really excited to because I’m hoping to get some more insight into this mysterious character.

My Expectations for the Rest of the Series:

I’m really excited to read Rival. It seems like it is going to be really refreshing and Madoc seems like a really interesting character to me. Falling Away also seems really interesting so I will definitely be keeping my eye out for the rest of the series.

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–October 25, 2014– Book #1.5: Until You

I finally managed to read Until You and it was everything I wanted to know about Jared. It was the perfect companion novel for Bully. I loved that it wasn’t just a retelling of Bully. It started a little before and ended a little after Bully but the events weren’t just regurgitated for the sake of creating another novel. It was extremely well done and fans of Bully will love reading Until You. I highly recommend that you read it after Bully but before Rival in order to get a fuller reading experience with all the characters.

–October 25, 2014– Book #2: Rival

Rival though, is my favourite of the series! I read it in one sitting and got so sucked into the story. It was packed full of drama and I loved Madoc and Fallon as characters. I enjoyed their relationship a lot more than Jared and Tate’s in Bully (but reading Until You warmed me up to them more). However, I was a little worried at the start of Rival given their past relationship. But as the book progressed, I was rooting for them all the way. I think it helped that we got both characters POV throughout the novel so you got a better grasp on each of them.

I am super excited for Falling Away and have been since I read Until You and figured out which characters were next.

–February 21, 2015– Book #3: Falling Away

Have you ever finished a book where you can’t determine how you actually feel about it? I’m not talking about indifference or the “meh” factor (as I like to call it) where it was just so-so and nothing all that exciting. I’m talking about a book that had its great moments but had not-so-great moments in between–leaving you happy but disappointed all at once? I give those books the “mixed feelings” tag on Goodreads and I create that tag for this book specifically.

I went into this book with high anticipation because I’ve been waiting for this couple since the first book. So I was a little disappointed that this book takes place a few years later but I let it slide because it probably was for the best.

But when I actually saw them together I had to double check I wasn’t rereading Bully because parts felt like a regurgitation of the first book. The heroine seemed super immature despite being 20 and the hero gave me the creeps a bit because he was a little too alpha. Which often made me feel like the relationship bordered on the unhealthy side of things. It was just that the intensity of their relationship, especially when they really had limited interaction before this book, was a little too extreme for me and it made me uncomfortable to read about. Which is why I had mixed feelings: sometimes I loved the couple together (they did have great chemistry) but other times the angst was just too much for me to take.

I also felt like there were too many things going on with these characters lives. Now, I like a lot of things happening in books and I understand that people lead complicated lives but this just seemed a little excessive to me. It kinda felt like the author decided to pile as much tragedy/drama into these character’s lives as possible and it was overwhelming. I really felt like this book was 50 (ebook) pages too long and I would have enjoyed it more without the super packed character pasts.

I’m not sure how I feel about Aflame. I really don’t think it is necessary but I will read it just to finish off the series.

–June 14, 2015– Book #4: Aflame

I was adequately warned about Aflame going into it thanks to the comments below. not that I had high expectations for it before I was told, but I think it helped me be prepared for what I was going to read.

I have mixed feelings about Aflame because I can appreciate what the author was trying to convey (young people make rash decisions). But I felt like Tate and Jared were thrown into a situations that would cause the most drama even if it wasn’t the most logical; and I found that to be frustrating because there really was no reason for the plotline we get. It also made me realize how immature and reckless these two are and how unhealthy their relationship is. I really hope young people reading this series realize this isn’t what a healthy relationship looks like.

Series Rating: 3/5

Bully 4/5 | [Until You] 4/5 | Rival 5/5 | Falling Away 3/5 | Aflame 3/5

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This series takes your classic romance story and puts a darker spin on it. I’ve read a lot of New Adult novels but this series standouts because of the relationship between the characters. The classic “dark secret past” isn’t some random event that happened before the characters met their partner–it happened with their partner so the relationship dynamic is completely different. So if you enjoy darker high school/new adult romances, this is a great read to pick up! But it does lose its lustre as the series progresses and the relationships border on the unhealthy.

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Series Review: Fixed by Laurelin Paige

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Synopsis for Fixed on You (from Goodreads):
Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Wither’s past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out—move up at the nightclub she works at and stay away from any guy who might trigger her obsessive love disorder. A perfect plan.

But what Alayna didn’t figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He’s smart, rich, and gorgeous—the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson’s fixed his sights on her. He wants her in his bed and makes no secret of it.

Avoiding him isn’t an option after he offers a business proposition she can’t turn down and she’s drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late that she’s fallen for the worst man she could possibly get involved with. Or maybe their less than ideal pasts give them an opportunity to heal each other and finally find the love their lives have been missing.

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SERIESous’ Top Book Series: #1 Top Contemporary Read of 2013
Series: Fixed Trilogy

There is a spinoff series called The Found Duet.

Author: Laurelin Paige
# of Books: 6 (Full Reading Order Here)

There is a companion novel to the series called Hudson that must be read AFTER the trilogy. Chandler is a spin-off with another character. Forever Fixed is a continuation after Forever With You.

Book Order: Chronological, Companion (Hudson), Connected (Chandler)
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Drama
Heat Rating: hot (BDSM in Chandler: mild)
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Dates: June 2013 – June 2018
Source & Format: Own–eBook; Candi Kane PR–Fixed Forever (ARC)

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Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

I was hesitant when I picked up Fixed on You. It came across as a knock-off of the Fifty Shades Trend so while I like that type of contemporary romance novel, I find they become very repetitive and follow a similar series of events which can be boring.

My Review:

I have to say that I was very impressed with both books and while there were some similarities with other books in the genre, I found this book stood out to me in a few ways:

1) I loved how they handle mental illness. I give mad props to Laurelin Paige for her writing style. While other books in this genre have characters with mental illness and most do handle it in a healthy way, I found these characters weren’t overly dramatic about it. I guess what I mean to say is that their illnesses are a main part of the book and didn’t feel like something that was brought up just to be a convenient way to add some extra drama now and then.

2) I really liked Alayna. Having a great heroine makes a book and I was a little iffy about Alayna going into it and reading the first few chapters. Despite her mental illness, she is still very independent in everything she does and I never felt like she was losing herself in Hudson. She also was great about communicating with Hudson (that did change a bit in the second book) but what really impressed me was if she had an issue, she made sure she told Hudson and wouldn’t let it drop until they resolved it.

3) Hudson is another winner. He is an alpha male without all the kinky sexual preferences and I never got the impression that he had to “own” Alayna. Yes he wanted to sleep with her but he never viewed her as a possession which I appreciate–the “total alpha” thing just disturbs me to no end. He and Alayna are a great match overall and I feel like over time they do connect in more than just a physical way.

As for the books as whole, I devoured them. They were fast paced in both romance and drama and I really loved that. Fixed on You was great and easily my favourite of the two. That isn’t to say Found in You isn’t great–because it is–it was just the typical second book in the series. BUT it did have a great little twist along the way and I’m excited for the final book in the series to get the whole truth of everything going on.

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–January 25, 2014– Book #3: Forever With You

I just finished Forever with You and all I have to say is WOW–what a great way to end the series! It had everything I love and more. I didn’t get annoyed with the characters, loved the romance and was left flabbergasted with the plot. Just an absolute pleasure to read and I am so sorry that this series is over–BUT super stoked to read the spin-off series, Free Me!

–December 26, 2014– Book #4: Hudson

I’ve had Hudson on my Kobo since its publication but only managed to read it on my Christmas break this year. I wish I read it sooner and I wish I was able to read it right after I read the trilogy because it was a fantastic way to wrap everything up. The novel is a companion novel–and that is a really important thing to remember because it needs to be read after all three books have been read or else you will spoil the entire series.

I thought Laurelin Paige did a great job of executing this book. I didn’t feel like I was forced to reread scenes all the time. Things were either summarized or shortened and scenes that I wanted more of were elaborated; so I never got bored. The flashbacks to the past also added a great depth to Hudson’s character. However, it did make the book a little on the  longer side BUT I really enjoyed every moment of it and fans of the trilogy will LOVE this!

–May 3, 2017– Book #5: Chandler

I was really excited to read Chandler’s story. He is such an entertaining character and was one of my favourites in the original series.

I do wish I read this after I read the Found Duet just because that spin-off series fills in some of the time between the original Fixed Trilogy and Chandler. There was one particular aspect that I had no clue had happened regarding Chandler’s character development (though it wasn’t a huge deal really and it didn’t ruin my experience at all).

Because this is a standalone novel, it moves quick in all aspects. However that didn’t bother me because I could see the chemistry these two had right from the start. That being said, this one lacked the secrecy aspect. Yes, it was there but the big twist isn’t anything like the original series (though I will say I didn’t see it coming).

In short: it’s cute and the perfect way to wrap up this entire universe.

–July 10, 2018– Book #6: Fixed Forever

I didn’t know I needed this book until I read it–and I’m so glad it exists!

It’s hard to return to a world that has been seemingly wrapped up without things feelings forced. I wasn’t sure where this story would go when I heard about its conception but I shouldn’t have doubted Laurelin Paige. Once again, she has recreated that sparkle I love so much about this series.

Series Rating: 4.5/5

Fixed in You 5/5  |  Found in You  4/5  |  Forever with You 5/5  |  [Hudson] 4/5  |  [Chandler] 4/5 | Fixed Forever 5/5

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A quick contemporary read for those who don’t like the kinkiness of Fifty Shades of Gray but like the drama. One of my favourite reads of 2013! Overall a FANTASTIC contemporary romance and one that I recommend to everyone!

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Series Review: Tangled by Emma Chase

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Tangled by Emma Chase  | Tangled Series

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Synopsis for Tangled (from Goodreads):

Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious.  She refuses to let anything – or anyone – derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all.  Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love?

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel.  It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows.  As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.

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SERIESous’ Top Book Series: Favourite New Series 2013; Fav Couple (Drew & Kate)
Series: Tangled Trilogy
Author: Emma Chase
# of Books: 4 (Tangled, Twisted, Tamed, Tied)

There is a novella: #1.5 Holy Frigging Matrimony (should be read after Tamed though)

However, the chronological reading order in terms of events is: Tangled/Tamed, Holy Frigging Matrimony, Twisted, Tied

Book Order: Chronological & One Connected/Overlapping (Tamed) — see quick note below
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Humour, Drama
Heat Rating: hot
Point of View: First Person, Single
Source & Format: Public Library–eBook

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**This post was originally posted as a Fresh Friday review of the first book of the series. It has now been updated to include the newest publications in the series.**

My Review of Tangled:

It’s been a long time since I laughed out loud during a book. Truthfully, the last book I remember reading where I chuckled throughout the narrative was Losing It by Cora Cormack. I love witty, sarcastic narrators and they are hard to find. Not everyone can speak sarcasm (it is actually the first language I ever learned 😉 ) so when I hear of a book that promises to be filled with witty one-liners, you can guarantee that I will be reading it.

I put Tangled on my to-read list after seeing its nomination for the annual Goodreads Awards for 2013. With contemporary romance novels, I shouldn’t have to tell you how rare it is to have a novel told entirely from the POV of the male lead. Sure, we get mixed POV but most of the time it’s the female and then there is a “sequel” book with the male’s perspective. But this promised to a witty and funny read and when in my exam slump, I decided to read it.

I’m glad I did! I probably drove my roommates nuts laughing as hard and loud as I did during the early hours of the morning that I spent reading this. There were some great lines in this book and Drew’s perception of things is so funny and most-likely right (I’m a female so I can only assume that is how the male brain operates). Sometimes I think the jokes (I can think of 2 that)  bordered on crossing the line, but for the most part (read: majority) were funny.

Besides the humour, this book follows the typical contemporary romance path–so it’s the humour that really sets this book apart from the otherwise stereotypical romance novel. What is nice to see though is that Drew isn’t some top alpha dog who feels the need to “own” everything. READ: no kinky sex going on here! It’s refreshing because most of the books lately that have come out follow the Fifty Shades Trend where one, if not both, of the leads suffers from a tragic past and the male is alpha to extreme. Both Kate and Drew are business people and Drew does come from money, but I felt like they were pretty grounded overall. I also loved the rest of the characters–they were so blunt and funny that it was really refreshing.

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–February 16, 2015– Books #2 & 3:

I almost forgot about this series until I noticed the new additions at my local library. And because I couldn’t remember exactly what happened in Tangled, I decided to reread it and I loved it just as much as the first time I did. I forgot how much I loved Kate and Drew together and that their relationship was more than sex–that they actually talked to each other and got to know each other instead of just jumping into bed together.

Book 2: Twisted

Next, I read Twisted and it was what I was expecting the sequel to be.  As I said when I finished Tangled:

As much as I loved this book, I would have been happy without a sequel. The novella (though I haven’t read it yet) seems like a good idea but I don’t know where else this story can really go. There isn’t too much outside drama besides their relationship so I’m curious to see what Ms. Chase has in store for these characters.

Even after reading it I don’t feel like it was necessary to have their story continue but I did enjoy reading it. This time we get Kate’s perspective and I have to say that while I enjoyed getting to know Kate more, I really missed Drew’s observations of the world. It didn’t help that I got annoyed by Kate a bit in some of her actions. I think it is obvious to everyone except the two leads what is really happening and that makes it frustrating to read. And while I understand Kate’s need to become more independent (and I love that she wants to) it just seemed a little silly considering the book is two years later–but I guess better late than never and I can appreciate that it is a touch realistic in the sense that they work on their relationship.

Book #3: Tamed

Tamed was the story I’ve been looking forward to since I first read Tangled and it didn’t disappoint. While I found it wasn’t as funny as Tangled, it did have its moments and I loved watching Matt and Dee Dee together. It was everything I like in a contemporary romance.

–March 22, 2015– Books #4: Tied

When I saw what the premise was for Tied I was excited albeit a little worried. I wasn’t looking forward to another communication assumption like we get in Twisted BUT when I see that Drew is going to be in Las Vegas–I know hilarity is going to ensue. And boy did it ever! This book was so much fun to read and I thought it was just as funny as Tangled. Plus, we didn’t get any stupid plot-lines! In short: a great way to end the series! I’m sad that we won’t be seeing any more of these characters in the near future but I am hopeful that one day Emma Chase will return to this awesome cast of characters!

Quick Note on Series Reading Order:

The reading order for this series is a little bit scattered due to the publishing order. If you want to read the books in chronological order of events I would suggest you read them in this order: Tangled, Tamed, Holy Frigging Matrimony, Twisted, and then Tied. If just keeps all the side plot lines in order and prevents some minor spoilers if you read them in this order.

Series Rating: 4.5/5

Tangled 5/5 | Twisted 4/5 | Tamed 4/5 | Tied 5/5

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I will definitely be picking up more books from this author in the future! Emma Chase has nailed the sarcastic hero who can easily win over a female reader who would otherwise slap him in real life. If you want to try a humorous contemporary romance, pick up this book NOW!

Read if You Like: rom-coms, charming assholes, contemporary romance
Avoid if You: dislike humour, dislike sexy times

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Series Review: Unforgettable You by Beverley Kendall

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Only for You by Beverley Kendall | Unforgettable You Series

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Series: Unforgettable You
Author: Beverley Kendall
# of Books: 4 (Only for You, All Over You, Always Been You, Forever With You)

Technically, All Over You is a novella and #1.5 of the series but is to be read like a sequel

Complete?: More novels planned
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Drama
Heat Rating: warm
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Dates: December 2012 – ongoing
Source & Format: Own–eBook

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My Expectations:

I discovered this series after finding All Over You as a free Kobo eBook and decided to buy Only for You to get the full story. I was really excited to read Only for You because I normally love these type of stories. Much like Mad for You, it promised the meeting of unrequited loves in college and that always provides some reading entertainment. Now you will noticed that I said “normally” because lately I seem to be out of luck with these unrequited high school love stories and this is one I can add to the pile.

Thoughts on Only For You:

It never helps a story when you don’t like one of the main characters and I just didn’t like Olivia. I’m not sure why when I look back at it, but I think it’s because I get the impression that we would never be friends in real life. I just didn’t like her thought process and she seemed really immature. Her problems seemed really petty and while I know that they just left high school, I felt like I was still there with them based on the way they handled things.

Josh was alright. I liked that he was a decent guy and seemed to genuinely like Olivia but again, not the sharpest tool in the shed. His reasoning for not acting on his true feelings felt a little far-fetched and overly dramatic when it didn’t need to be. There is also one scene where I sincerely doubt his intelligence because how did he NOT know that about her?! I have a feeling it would be noticeable and he should be able to put two and two together.

Based on the synopsis you would think that they spend most of the story in Paris, but they actually don’t. So don’t expect to see a lot of action from Paris as most of it takes place in the States. If you want a novel about two people falling in love abroad, read Meant to Be by Lauren Morril instead.

One thing Only for You succeeds in doing is getting me acquainted and excited for the other character’s stories. Truth be told by the end of the book I was mostly reading for updates about Scott, April, Troy and Becca.

Thoughts on All Over You:

After reading Only for You I couldn’t wait to start All Over You because there was just so much buildup. It didn’t disappoint and I really enjoyed this book a lot more than the first one. I just liked the characters more and their past actually made sense and was a lot more realistic which made it more enjoyable. I wish this book was longer and not as rushed near the end as it was.

I’m looking forward to Always Been You and hoping that it will be as enjoyable as All Over You when it comes out.

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–February 29, 2016– Book #3: Always Been You

I was really excited to read this one after the little hints we got in the previous book. I’m not usually a fan of romances between BFFs–I hate when they go unrequited and the usually lead to love triangles–but I do enjoy romances where two BFFs are unknowingly in love with each other…such is the case here.

Unfortunately, the “angst” went on a little too long in this one. I wanted more plot besides “he/she doesn’t know” and sabotaged new relationships. I found the synopsis to be very misleading as well. The whole thing about Playboy doesn’t become an issue until 60+% through the book which is when we start to get some drama not of the romantic variety. Just seemed a little late for something that was featured in the synopsis and I wanted to spend more time on the other drama aspects introduced later.

I am, however, very curious for the next novel. Seems like some juicy stuff is about to be revealed and I can’t wait!

–September 13, 2017– Book #4: Forever With You

I was really excited to see how the events would unfold in this novel. We are left in a lot of suspense for Emily’s story at the end of Always Been You and I was eager to uncover the secrets.

It’s an interesting choice to reveal the past right at the start. It begins with a bang and watching the aftermath is intriguing. However, you lose some of the mystery and suspense as the story progresses. I found the middle of the novel to be a little stale since it was them simply rehashing their hurt feelings again and again.

I wanted more interaction and moments where it was reaffirmed to me that they belonged together–not just arguing pack and forth. Yes, they have fabulous physical chemistry together but I needed more “talking” time to prove to me that they were a good fit.

It’s a cute second chance romance and it builds up perfectly for sequels with the introduction of new and interesting characters.

Series Rating: 3/5

Only Been You 3/5 | All Over You 4/5 | Always Been You 3/5 | Forever With You 3/5

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These are cute stories but there are a lot better books out there that have a similar plot line. But if you enjoy series that interweave character stories together, try this one out!

Read if You Like: stories about true love, more romance focused
Avoid if You: want more steamy romance scenes

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Synopsis for Only for You (from Goodreads):
College freshman Olivia Montgomery is thrilled at the chance to start over, escape the rumors that plagued her in high school. And she can finally put her juvenile crush, Zachary Pearson, where he belongs–in her past. Then her unrequited love strolls into her French class, shattering Olivia’s newfound peace, and the feelings she’d thought buried for good come rushing back. Now she can’t shake her unwanted attraction to the one guy who can twist her stomach into knots with just a smile…but has never given her the time of day.

Zach’s good looks may have always gotten him his pick of girls, but it’s the star quarterback’s skill on the football field that gives him his pick of the Big Ten colleges. To escape the crushing demands of his win-at-all-costs father, Zach opts for a private university in upstate New York where…his present and past collide. And the one girl he’s always wanted but can’t have–and a class trip to Paris–turn out to be the ultimate game changer that has him breaking every one of his rules.

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Series Review: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Love by Anna Antonia

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Synopsis for Mad for You (from Goodreads):
I had gone to high school with Gabriel Gordon. Despite his heavenly name and matching beauty, Gabriel was anything but angelic. Rich, spoiled, and far too cynical for his age, he could easily charm the skirt off a prim beauty or a young teacher or two. Gabriel Gordon was mad, bad, and …well, you probably know the rest.

The years hadn’t changed him, despite taking over his father’s company and expanding it into a multinational corporation. Unfortunately, it was just my luck that I found myself working in Gabriel’s building. Although I had managed to avoid him for the better part of a month, a chance encounter in the elevator proved he was still an arrogant man who showed far too much interest in the shape of my mouth and nape of my neck.

From then on, Gabriel bedeviled me, teased me, and more often than not, made me want to throw things at his head. Still, just as in high school, I couldn’t help but see the pain behind his lazy grin and the shadows in his crystalline gaze. When Gabriel confessed his love for me, I should have been the happiest woman in the world. Too bad I couldn’t believe him…

Emma Adams had always considered herself level-headed, even-tempered, and most of all, sane. So how did she become someone who couldn’t seem to push Gabriel Gordon away? No matter how sweet his words could be or how easily passion exploded between them, getting involved with the outrageously wealthy playboy had to be the height of insanity. Given their tumultuous natures and personal demons, there was only way a relationship between them could survive: in madness.

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Series: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Love
Author: Anna Antonia
# of Books: 4 (Mad for You, Bad for You, Dangerous for You, All to Love You)
Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Heat Rating: hot (BDSM: light in Bad for You onwards)
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Dates: June 2013 – September 2014
Source & Format: Own–eBook

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**This post was originally posted as a Fresh Friday review of the first book of the series. It has now been updated to reflect my conclusion to DNF this series. It will not be further updated.**

Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

I picked up this book for super cheap after reading the synopsis. I love stories about reuniting with a high school love who didn’t seem to know you existed–I mean it’s fiction for a reason 🙂 But it promised to be a quick read with a swoon-worthy hero so I quickly moved it up my to-read list.

This book was enjoyable and it did have it’s cute and swoon-worthy moments that I was hoping for. BUT, I did have a few issues with the execution and writing style.

As much as I liked Gab, he didn’t sound like a 25 year old male to me. He talked very old fashioned which threw me considering it is a contemporary, modern read. I guess that is supposed to be part of his appeal but I just felt like it was off for his modern businessman bad boy persona. Maybe he has matured based on what we learn about him in the story but it just didn’t fit or work overly well for me.

My other peeve was the writing flow. One minute we would be in the past and then without an ellipse or noticeable break in the paragraphs we would find ourselves in the present. This confused me and I often had to reread sections to figure out what had happened.

My Expectations for the Rest of the Series:

What happens at the end is something I didn’t see coming and I’m not sure how I feel about it because it ended so abruptly. It definitely left me curious to read the next book but not enough that I would drop everything to read it. I don’t want to give it away but I know I wasn’t expecting that turn and it makes for an interesting twist in a New Adult novel.

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–January 8, 2017– Book #2: Bad for You

I was curious to see how they would handle the plot given the ending of the previous book but I ended up torn.
Torn, because I appreciated the honesty of the characters and how they were going to move forward with their relationship (so win); but in the same breath, I easily got tired of the love-dovey, mushy romance (so loss).
I just wanted a little more substance to this story. It really only focused on one aspect and it just seemed to rehash that point over and over…I just found myself so bored and simply not connecting with these characters.

Series Rating: DNF

Mad for You 3/5 | Bad for You 2/5 | Dangerous to You N/A | All to Love You N/A

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If you want a quick and simple romance series, this is for you. If you like an alpha male who will do anything for his heroine, this is the book for you. But if you want a little more to your romances, look elsewhere.

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Series Review: Frigid by J. Lynn

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Synopsis for Frigid (from Goodreads):
For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn’t anything new. They’d been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the ‘man’ in man-whore. He’s never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn’t want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she’s perfect and she’s everything. But the feelings he has for her, he’s always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.

But when they’re stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor’easter, there’s nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.

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SERIESous’ Top Book Series: Must Read Author (Jennifer L. Armentrout or J. Lynn)
Series: Frigid
Author: J. Lynn (Pen name of Jennifer L. Armentrout)
# of Books: 2 (Frigid, Scorched)
Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Suspense
Heat Rating: really warm
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Dates: July 2013 – June 2015
Source & Format: Own & Public Library–eBook

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**This post was originally posted as a Fresh Friday review of the first book of the series. It has now been updated to include the newest publications in the series.**

I’ve reached the point in my reading that when Jennifer L. Armentrout writes something, I read it regardless of the genre. While I’ve never read any of her adult literature, I did read her first New Adult read Wait for You… which I absolutely loved. Because I had read the extremely mature Wait For You novel before I read this one, I went into this book thinking I would get the same type of read. Only I didn’t.

This book takes on more of a romantic suspense New Adult spin instead of a drama/tragedy filled plot. Which is absolutely fine because I love her other romantic-suspense series like Obsidian that has a similar feel to it; but I often felt like this series’ characters were immature. While reading I go the impression that Sydney was just out of high school and not 21 years old like she is supposed to be. I think I also take a bit of personal offence to this because I am the same age as Sydney and I know very few people (at least I like to thing so) who act like high schoolers in their fourth year of university like she does.

Like most friends who are secretly in love with each other, Syd and Kyler’s problems steam from a lack of communication and assuming what the other one thinks. This can either be cute or annoying and in this book it tended more towards annoying. Which is why the suspense part really added to this story. Without it, I think I wouldn’t have enjoyed this book that much.

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–January 2, 2018– Book #2: Scorched

**I DNF’d this book at 26% (Start of Chapter 6)**

I just couldn’t get onboard with these two. Which is very disappointing because the “hate to love you” trope is one of my favourites. However, the immaturity of these two fizzled out the chemistry for me pretty quickly. The scenes between them just seemed awkward and I couldn’t get into the story.

I also felt like there wasn’t much of a plot besides these two making eyes at each other. There is a lot of promise for character development but I’m not sure if it would have got the adequate amount of screen time I would have liked it to get.

This was just a dud for me.

Series Rating: DNF

Frigid 3.5/5 | Scorched DNF

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This series just never found its footing. The immature characters dampens the romance and the plot line seems to be all over the place. Not my favourite of Armentrout’s work by a long shot.

Read if You Like: quick romance reads, lighter reads
Avoid if You: dislike immature characters

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Serial Review: Twisted by Mora Early

Serial Saturdays: On the occasional Saturday, I review a serialized series (a series that is released in parts that would normally make up a whole novel) to see if the series is worth keeping up with or worth buying all its parts. Here is this week’s offering:

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Synopsis for Twisted Arrangement (from Goodreads):
All Emma wanted to do was retrieve her family’s heirloom watch. The watch that her ne’er-do-well younger brother lost in a poker game to dashing Hollywood producer and renowned ladies man Joshua Owens.

The only problem is, in order to do so, she has to sneak into a masquerade ball at Joshua’s mansion… a ball she she helped plan in the course of her job as a party promoter – a job she could lose if they ever found out what she was up to. But her job will be the least of her worries when an encounter with Joshua threatens to turn her entire life upside down.

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Series: Twisted
Author: Mora Early
# of Books/Parts: 4
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Short Stories, Serialized
Heat Rating: warm then hot in book 2-3
Point of View: Third Person, Alternating
Publication Date: June – October 2013
Source & Format: Own–eBook

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Why I Picked it Up:

This book was for free on Amazon a little while back and that’s where I grabbed my copy. At first I didn’t want to read this book because I figured the “twisted arrangement” had something do to with BDSM–I mean it just screams (no pun intended) that genre when you look at all the facts. Rich playboy. CHECK. Naïve nice girl, CHECK. An arrangement made to protect her family, CHECK. It basically has all the makings of a serial erotica novel BUT that isn’t what we get.

The Plot:

This book (and the rest of the series) is truthfully nothing but vanilla romance which I was extremely thankful for because I really enjoyed these books quite a lot. Actually, it reminds me of a modernized Regency novel where the hero and heroine find themselves in a similar situation and have to find a way to satisfy both parties involved.

The storyline borders on unrealistic but I can attune that to it being fiction. I think it’s cute in its approach and not overly farfetched so that makes it enjoyable.

The Characters:

First, I liked the characters. While they did play into some stereotypes, I really liked Josh and Emma. They both have great hearts and I like the attraction that is between them. It isn’t just a lust thing as they do make a connection between their personalities and it’s easy to see them together. Emma wasn’t annoying to me (I could maybe see how she would get on the nerves of some people but I think I am similar to her in a lot of ways so she doesn’t irritate me) which is also a big bonus.

The Format:

I really wish this was one full book. I’m happy that I discovered this series after all four parts were published because if I had to wait for each part, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much. Serialized eBooks are not my favourite trend for this reason (among a few others) so I recommend grabbing them all (or be prepared to get all 4) within the same time span. I will say that I appreciate the length of each book as they average almost 100 pages per part so I never felt overly giped that I was paying more than it was worth.

Originally the series was supposed to only be 3 parts but Ms Early extended it to the 4th which I think was a good idea (though I haven’t read part 4 yet!). I would have been very disappointed in Part 3 if that was the ending!

Series Rating: 4/5

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A fun and cute series that has likeable characters. The only downside is that it is a serialized series but when you have all the parts on hand it’s like reading one longer novel. Those who like contemporary romances with a bit of a spin will enjoy this series.

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Series Review: Spellcaster by Claudia Gray

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Synopsis for Spellcaster (from Goodreads):
When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to it than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia senses a dark and powerful magic at work in her new town. Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is cursed – and that curse will cause him to believe he’s seeing the future … until it drives him mad. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl—Nadia—from a car accident come true, he knows he’s doomed.

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his family’s terrible curse, and to prevent a disaster that threatens the lives of everyone around them.

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SERIESous’ Top Book Series: Surprise Reads of 2013
Series: Spellcaster Trilogy
Author: Claudia Gray
# of Books: 3 (Spellcaster, Steadfast, Sorceress)

There is also a prequel novella, The First Midnight Spell — see note below

Complete?: Yes
Genre: Young Adult, Magic, Witches, Paranormal, Mystery, Romance
Heat Rating: cool
Point of View: Third Person, Multiple
Publication Dates: March 2013 – March 2015
Source & Format: Public Library–eBook

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**This post was originally posted as a Fresh Friday review of the first book of the series. It has now been updated to include the newest publications in the series.**

My Expectations/Why I Picked it Up:

Witches are not normally my “thing” when it comes to reading. I’m not sure why, but I’ve never enjoyed witch books as much as I should. The only exception being Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, one of my all time favourite series. However, I did like the CW TV Series “The Secret Circle” (based on books of the same name) and this book was pitched for fans of that so I decided to give it a shot. I also enjoyed Gray’s Evernight Series and like her style so I decided to pick this book up.

My Review:

I’m glad I did. It’s been a long time since I enjoyed a young adult book (but that could also be because of my hectic school schedule cutting out my reading time and/or only reading short, freebies from Kindle ;)) and once I got into this one, it was hard to put it down.

I think one thing that I liked about this book was the writing style Gray uses. One is that it was very mature. Nadia and group are very grown-up for high school students and I really appreciated it. They weren’t focused on who was dating who (though it does come up of course) but the main point is that it wasn’t the ONLY plot of the book–more on that later. They were all very smart and I really liked all the characters we meet. Another thing I really liked was the third person POV and how it switched between multiple people. I like books like this because you get more plot development and you get a better understanding of the characters. I think it worked really well for this book and I’m glad this was the route Claudia Gray took when writing it.

The plot development in this was great. I like how it unfolded as you read it but there were still a few twists that really add to the story. As I said before, it isn’t primarily a romance novel but there is that element. It is more a mystery/suspense plot that keeps you hooked. I don’t want to dive into it, but the plot really builds as you read.

The series reminded me a lot of Beautiful Creatures in it’s delivery (they have similar starts I think with the main characters) but there is enough in this book to make it unique and different. It will do a good job of filling the void Beautiful Creatures left after the final book was published 🙁

The Novella:

Although The First Midnight Spell is listed as a “prequel” novella, I wouldn’t read it until after you read Spellcaster because it will have some spoilers. While it isn’t necessary to read it for the rest of the series, it does shed some light on a particular character and helps explain why things are the way they are in Captive Sound.

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–May 12, 2014– Book #2: Steadfast

When my eReader died in March, the book I was reading was Steadfast and unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish it just as I really got into the story. So after a few months of waiting, I finally got my hands on a copy.

Steadfast was a great follow-up to Spellcaster. It has the exact same formula that made the first book so enjoyable and addicting. Again, lots of twists and turns throughout the plot so I never found it to be predictable. One thing I really enjoyed was that we got to see more about Verlaine and to be honest it was her story that really drew me in this time around. I’m really excited to see how everything wraps up in the next and final novel of the series.

–March 25, 2015– Book #3: Sorceress

I was first on my library’s list to get Sorceress when it was released but because of school, I wasn’t able to read it for a few weeks. I’m not sure if it was because I was in a rush to finish it before my download expired or if it is because its been a year since I read Steadfast but I just didn’t get into it. I think I was expecting more instant drama/action based on how Steadfast ends so I felt like Sorceress took a long time to build up to what should have been there from the start (in my opinion). Just past the halfway point was where things started to pick up but by then I was a little bored. Overall though I thought it was a solid way to end the series and I liked the way things progressed eventually. I would like to give it the benefit of the doubt and say that my current mood really influenced my reading. (So while I gave it a 3/5 on GoodReads, it’s more of a 3.5/5 because I think fans of the series will be satisfied).

Series Rating: 4/5

Spellcaster 4/5 | Steadfast 4/5 | Sorceress 3/5

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If you like witches and magic with a dash of romance, pick this up!

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Series Review: Sweet by Wendy Higgins

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Synopsis for Sweet Evil (from Goodreads):

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

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SERIESous’ Top Book Series: Best Reads of 2013, Sad to See Go Series 2014
Series: Sweet Trilogy
Author: Wendy Higgins
# of Books: 3 (Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril, Sweet Reckoning)

There is a Book #4: Sweet Temptation. It is an Alternate POV Novel to the series

Book Order: Chronological (Alternate POV: Sweet Temptation)
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Young Adult, Angels, Romance, Paranormal
Heat Rating: really warm *spicy YA*
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Dates: May 2012 – September 2015
Source & Format: Public Library–eBook

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My Expectations:

When my library finally got these books in, I jumped for joy! Being a student, I can’t afford to buy every book that I desperately want to read (which is a lot if you could see the list I have) so I wait and wait until the library gets it. Thankfully, with eBook collections, the libraries my way seem to be getting more and more books at a faster rate and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Despite being really excited to read Sweet Evil, I was also really hesitant. Normally, I enjoy angel-themed young adult books but lately, I have read a few “duds” that seem to be rehashes of other books I have already read. However, after reading the summary for Sweet Evil, I was intrigued by the plot but I wasn’t sure what else to expect.

The Concept:

I have to say, Sweet Evil kind of blew me away! I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did and I literally devoured it in a day. Overall, the book was refreshing when it could have been very stale. The concept of Nephilim who have to do bad things was really neat and it kept me interested in what was happening. The world of guardian angels, demons and Nephilim was straightforward so it was easy to understand but had enough to it that kept me reading.

The Plot:

Each book starts a little slow but it isn’t long before you find yourself enraptured with the characters, plot and world. New twists and secrets are revealed as you go and help add to the story. By the time I was halfway through, I couldn’t put these books down!

I will say that the finale wasn’t as action packed as I had anticipated but it does a great job of bringing the series to a close so I can’t complain all that much!

The Characters:

I also genuinely liked Anna. It could have been really iffy because totally “virtuous” characters can get very annoying, very fast but I liked seeing her struggle with her true nature and feelings. I really admired and respected her when all was said and done which was great.  I went into Sweet Peril (#2) with the worry that I would end up hating Anna by the end of it due to her “good-girl” character but I find she has enough relateable flaws that I only ended up loving her character more

The Romance:

And I really liked the relationship between Anna and Kaiden and how it develops throughout the story. To be truthful, I really love that relationship and it is a major reason why I loved these books so much.

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–March 3, 2018– Book #4: Sweet Temptation **DNF’d at 35%**

Unfortunately, due to time constraints I had to DNF this book. I was enjoying getting Kaidan’s POV a lot. He’s one of my favourite male characters in YA ever. So it was cool to reminisce with him and see his perspective on the events of the previous novels.

That being said, I would have enjoyed this novel a lot more if I read it right after reading the original trilogy. It doesn’t get overly descriptive in terms of events and therefore it relies on the readers ability to remember what happened in the original novels. It’s been so long for me that I’m a little foggy on all the details (though I could have read this recap before) so I probably didn’t enjoy it (or appreciate it) as much as I could have. So I highly recommend reading Sweet Temptation right after finishing Sweet Reckoning.

Series Rating: 4/5

Sweet Evil 5/5 | Sweet Peril 4/5| Sweet Reckoning 4/5 | Sweet Temptation DNF

overall

One of the best Young Adult series I have read in a long time. It isn’t a fluffy, teen soap-opera read. It’s a touch darker, a touch steamier and much more mature than most Young Adult reads out there. While it isn’t a fighting action-packed story, it has enough action and events at a great pace that entice you to keep reading. Filled with a great romance, awesome characters and a unique plotline, this is a must-read series for fans of paranormal YA reads! Be prepared to spend all day reading these!

Read if You Like: older YA stories, angels, romance
Avoid if You: dislike YA paranormal

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Series Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

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Synopsis for Under the Never Sky (from Goodreads):
WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.

DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers.

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SERIESous’ Top Book Series: Sad to See Go Series 2014
Series: Under the Never Sky
Author: Veronica Rossi
# of Books: 3 (Under the Never Sky, Through the Ever Night, Into the Still Blue)

There are two novellas: #0.5 Roar and Liv and #2.5 Brooke

Complete?: No, Into the Still Blue will be released January 2014 Yes
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Romance
Heat Rating: lukewarm
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Dates: February 2012 – January 2014
Source & Format: Public Library–eBook

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My Expectations:

This series was one that seemed to be everywhere I looked and has been on my “to-read” list for ages so I was super stoked when my local library added digital copies. After putting my name on the hold list, the prequel novella, Roar and Liv, and the first full novel, Under the Never Sky, were in my grasp.

When to Read The Novellas:

I decided to read Roar and Liv first because it is listed as a prequel novella. In hindsight, I probably should have read it AFTER Under the Never Sky.

Roar and Liv doesn’t really explain the world the story is set in as well as Under the Never Sky does. Although it makes the necessary distinctions, I was still a little confused about what was going on. It did help set some context for Perry and other characters but I think I would have survived not knowing that background information (because it is mentioned in Under the Never Sky) until after I finished book 1.

I also finished the book with a touch of dislike towards Perry–though to be honest I’m not sure why. All I know is that it took me a while to warm up to him in Under the Never Sky when I probably would have liked him right from the get-go. So my recommendation is read Roar and Liv AFTER Under the Never Sky.

The Plot:

Under the Never Sky (UNS) starts off really slow–and given what happens event wise at the start, it really shouldn’t. I didn’t get into the story until Chapter 12 or so. That’s when we get more twists and plot development happening and the story itself just picks up in pace. We also see the relationship develop between Aria and Perry a bit more around this time. Do NOT read this book if you are looking for a romance-focused story. The romance in this is very subplot and not the main focus of this story at all.

I enjoyed Through the Ever Night (TEN) much more than UNS. It was much faster paced–and never seem to stop its pace–and easy to get wrapped up in it. I discovered how attached I was to certain characters even though I didn’t think too much of them after UNS. The romances become a bit more of the focus and we get to see Aria and Perry develop into stronger characters. There were some great plot twists where I was gasped out loud and smiled to myself because of its brilliance. This book made reading UNS worth it! Just a fabulous sequel that has me counting down the days until January for the final book.

The World:

However, even after I have read two books in the series, I still don’t have the greatest concept of what is happening in this world physically. It might just be a me thing–though to be fair to myself, I don’t think it is ever really explained–but I still really don’t know what Aether is or what the domes really are or why people have the abilities that they do. I’m hoping that this is all explained more in the last book–especially the question of why people are living as they are because I am really curious and also slightly confused. I guess this uncertainty is what is propelling me to keep reading these books–among other plot points–but I like having a fuller understanding of the world. Don’t let this deter you from reading though! I have the feeling that this “mystery” is all done intentionally, which adds to the brilliance of these books.

Is it Dystopian?

Also, I’m still not really sure what the purpose of the dystopian setting is. Most dystopian stories take an aspect of our culture and magnify it to an extreme to prove a point. However, with this one, I didn’t know what message Rossi was trying to send us after reading UNS. My best guess would be our dependence upon technology to do every day things and the disconnect that happens when we let technology do everything for us. That message, if that is what it is, gets expanded upon in Through the Ever Night a bit more which helped ease some of my curiosity. Again, I am hoping this becomes clearer in Into the Still Blue.

FUN FACT: These books have been optioned for a film!

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–February 24, 2014– Book #3: Through the Ever Night

After Through the Ever Night, I’ve been counting the days until Into the Still Blue. I read Brooke to pass the time and while I still can’t stand her as a character, I can say that I understand her thought process a lot more after reading the novella. It helps bridge the slight gap between books 2 and 3 so I would give it a read if you can but it doesn’t take away from your reading experience if you don’t.

Into the Still Blue was a great way to end the series. It had twists, good plot progression and enough character moments to satisfy the readers who have read the series from the beginning. While I didn’t find it as jaw dropping as Through the Ever Night, this book was never dull. I also have to give props to Ms. Rossi for not being afraid to push her characters in order to benefit the story in this book and throughout the series. It’s really refreshing to read a book by a true storyteller. I can’t even be mad at the lack of a finite epilogue because I can truly appreciate how the series ended at the end of the day.

Series Rating: 4/5

Under the Never Sky 4/5 | Through the Ever Night 5/5 | Into the Still Blue 5/5

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After reading Under the Never Sky, I was curious to see what was happening next. I didn’t understand all the hype about this series until after I read Through the Ever Night. This story seems to combine the various elements of dystopian fiction in the Young Adult world into one trilogy that just builds up as you go. It isn’t just a romance story, or an action story, or a journey story–it’s all of these and it is written in a great way. Definitely one of the best written series I have read in a long time! Pick these up!

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