Shadowland by Alyson Noël

6581511Title: Shadowland
Author: Alyson Noël
Series: Immortals
Previous Books in the Series:
1. Evermore
2. Blue Moon
Date Started: February 7
Date Finished: February 8
Format: Hardcover from my shelf

Ever and Damen have gone through countless lives and fought off the world’s darkest enemies so they could be together. But just when an everlasting future is finally within their reach, Damen is struck down by a curse—a dark spell separating him and Ever for eternity. Now sharing so much as a single touch could bring about Damen’s death…and send him plummeting into the Shadowland, an eternal abyss for lost souls. Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses her herself in magick. And in her quest, she gets help from an unexpected source…a surfer named Jude.

Although she and Jude have only just met, he feels startlingly familiar. Despite her fierce loyalty to Damen, Ever is drawn to Jude, a green-eyed golden boy with magical talents and a mysterious past. She’s always believed Damen to be her soulmate and one true love—and she still believes it to be true. But as Damen pulls away to save them from the darkness inhabiting his soul, Ever’s connection with Jude grows stronger—and tests her love for Damen like never before…

*breathes deeply through nose* Oh-kay. Look. I know Damen and Ever’s love is supposed to be soulmate worthy stuff here, but it’s kind of hard to believe their soulmates when someone *coughDamenAugustecough* keeps pushing the other away. I mean, honestly in the first book he was allowing Ever to adjust to her new life as an immortal, even giving her the option of not being one if she so chose. She overcame it and decided to be with him forever. In book 2, he wouldn’t share his long history with her which allowed Roman to come in and basically almost kill him. And now here we are in book 3 where you think everything is going to be just fine except for the little spell Roman did, when wham. Another person comes in to complicate matters. And not just any person. But apparently the person that Ever has been with before she met Damen in one of her many lives. Actually, more than that, and Damen realizes that he needs to stop influencing her decisions and backs out. Giving her three months to decide if Jude is really what she wants this time. Why do guys always think they know what’s best for girls?

Anyway, aside from the Damen drama, Ever also has to deal with pesky Roman and now Haven who seems to be catching onto things a little bit more than Ever is comfortable with. Which I’m sorry you knew was going to happen at some point. There is one thing Jude said that made the most sense out of everything. Ever is a little bit serious. Especially considering she’s seventeen. Lighten up.

Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. I’m still determined to finish this damn series. Even if my disgust for Damen and Ever grows with each book. Hopefully, they learn their lessons and can move past all of this, right?

Bookshelf worthy? Take a trip to Summerland. It’s much more enjoyable.

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New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

new-moon-book-coverTitle: New Moon
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Series: The Twilight Saga
Previous Books in the Series:
1. Twilight
1.5. Life and Death
Date Started: February 4
Date Finished: February 7
Format: Hardcover from my shelf

For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella could ever have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning… Continue reading

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

13206760Title: Scarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Previous Book in the Series:
1. Cinder
Date Started: February 3
Date Finished: February 4
Format: Hardcover from my shelf

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner. Continue reading

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Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

220px-shadowkiss_novelTitle: Shadow Kiss
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy
Previous Books in the Series:
1. Vampire Academy
2. Frostbite
Date Started: February 2
Date Finished: February 3
Format: Paperback from my shelf

Rose knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa – the last Dragomir princess – must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken… Then a strange darkness begins to grow in Rose’s mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy’s iron gates. The immortal undead are closing in, and they want vengeance for the lives Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most… but will her choice mean that only one can survive? Continue reading

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Jessica Darling’s It List 3 by Megan McCafferty

51qk6nmgqyl-_sx335_bo1204203200_Title: Jessica Darling’s It List 3: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Stressing, Obsessing & Second-Guessing
Author: Megan McCafferty
Series: Jessica Darling’s It List
Previous Books in the Series:
1. Jessica Darling’s It List
2. Jessica Darling’s It List 2
Date Read: February 1
Format: Hardcover from my shelf

Crazy teachers; best friends turning pretty overnight; “The Unbreakable Laws of Cafeteria Line Cutting”…. Junior high is rough, and Jessica Darling needs help! Enter older sister Bethany and her “It List,” meant to help Jessica uphold “The Darling Domination of Popularity.” In Jessica Darling’s It List 3, Jessica faces the potentially mortifying outcome of the Top Secret Pineville Junior High Crushability Test. Plus, she’s kind of stuck in the middle, as smarties and skaters unite to collect signatures on a petition to bring back the school’s annual dance. Will the dramarama of seventh grade be Jessica’s downfall? Not if she can help it. Continue reading

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Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

51dca59srol-_sx331_bo1204203200_Title: Second Chance Summer
Author: Morgan Matson
Date Read: January 31
Format: Hardcover from local library

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve. As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love. Continue reading

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Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

alanna-first-adventure-coverTitle: Alanna: The First Adventure
Author: Tamora Pierce
Series: The Song of the Lioness Quartet
Date Read: January 30
Format: ebook from the digital library

From now on I’m Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I’ll be a knight. And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page.

But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies. Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s first adventure begins – one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land. Continue reading

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