Straight out of
the psych ward, Cora just wants her life to be normal. She doesn’t want to see
souls or the reapers collecting them. The guy she’s loved from a distance for
years moves away without saying goodbye. So yes, she’s nursing a serious
heartbreak. It’s no wonder love is the last thing on her mind when Echo storms
into her life.
between them is mind-blowing.The connection defies logic. Even better, the souls
leave her alone when he is around.
Too bad Echo is
the poster boy for everything she hates in a guy—hot, beautiful,and cocky. He
is also a soul reaper. A Grimnir.
The very beings she wants out of her life. Maybe normal is overrated
because Cora wants it all. Answers. Love. A life
You should all start off by knowing while this is kind of a novella, it is both full length and continues from where we left off in Immortals (which you can read HERE). If you are following the series, don't let the .5 next to the book number deter you. You want to read this, and you will need to read this to understand what is going to be happening in book 3 Seeress set to come out sometime this April.
Now onto the actual review. This story was completely in Cora's POV, and, unfortunately, extremely predictable. I think that was it's biggest draw back. It followed mud of the same pattern found in Runes and I found self getting a little bored. And poor Eirik... for a deity (god?) he sure does get the shortest straw over and over... doesn't he? My only other complaint is that the relationship between Echo and Cora seemed a bit unrealistic. Echo is kind of an ass... all the time, but Cora doesn't see much fault in him. Not even Raine saw much fault in him. The only time Cora was ever mad at him is when Echo plays the moral high ground and doesn't give her the attention she wants. I would have liked to see an instance where Cora had a series moral conflict about her relationship with him like we saw in Runes.
Of course, the story wasn't all bad. It was far from bad because it did have a lot going for it. For example, we do get to find out a lot of whats going on in Cora's mind set and how she feels about things that are going on in the other world around them. We get to learn a bit about what happened while she was in PMI (like why she was there) and the after effect Maliina had on her. As an added bonus, we get to see Raine and Torin's relationship dynamic from another point of view, which I found very intriguing. The story does branch a little into the New Adult spectrum, because there is a little bit of mature content in there, but it is brief and is vague on major details, so it kind of hits a blurred line of where YA stops and NA begins. Saying that, seeing that type of dynamic and writing style in this series only benefitted the story and is probably the main reason the book received a 4 star rating rather than a 3.5 star one.
Overall, Grimnirs is an obvious must-read for the Runes series lovers out there. It was well written, but the plot did suffer in its predictability. It was great to see the character development in this book that we might not have seen if it had remained in Raine's POV. From what I hear, Ednah Walters is going to continue with this new trend and post novellas (which will actually be full length books) in different POVs of the other secondary characters in the book following the release of a book in Raine's. I am both excited and wary of this. Excited to learn everybody's story, wary because I have a feeling that the same love story pattern might be put on repeat. Only time will tell!
I love Peter Brett. If you don't know who he is, he is the author of The Warded Man, a book I HIGHLY recommend. If you follow me on Twitter, then you have already seen this, but for those who haven't, here is how the story goes:
I was on Goodreads looking at recent books I have read and seeing what other readers have rated them and reviewed. When I get the the Goodreads page for The Warded Man (which you can read for yourself HERE) I scrolled down to see this:
Now, if this doesn't show you how amazing this man is, then obviously something is wrong with you. He worked so amazingly hard on this series and he, along with his followers, are so proud of what he has accomplished. The Warded Man is easily one of my Favourite books of all time and has been the second I immersed myself into the book. I did review the book, which you can read HERE, but if my word isn't enough for you, the book is just as entertaining as the author that wrote it... and as seen above, he is pretty damned entertaining!!
Raine Cooper is certain of two
things: her love for Torin St. James and her destiny to be a powerful seeress.
But when she starts having premonitions, they are unclear and disturbing.
Worse, they involve Torin. Not sure what to do, she keeps quiet.
But when the visions are about her
and another man, Raine realizes she needs to talk to someone. Just her luck two
new students arrive at her school and they seem to have answers. When with
them, her powers are enhanced and her visions become clear. There is only one
problem: Torin does not want Raine to have anything to do with the two girls
but he won't explain why.
Can their love survive the secrets
they are keeping from each other?
This isn't something I would post normally, but I have this AMAZING best friend with a GORGEOUS voice. It would mean so much to both of us if you took a moment to listen to the video below and support her. She is such a loving and caring person, and supporting her also means supporting me. It will only take a few moments of your time!
Another cover reveal here! Resistance, book 2 in the Variant series, comes out Feb. 11, 2014! Revival, book 1, is by far one of my most viewed reviews which you can read HERE, it was also one of my first reviews so I apologize if the layout isn't ideal, but the review is honest as always! It didn't get the highest rating, but it was incredible well written. If you loved the first book, stay tuned to read the review for book 2 this February. For now, here is the cover and the book blurb!
Love you guys!
Alexandra Parker might be the most powerful Variant the world has ever seen—but even that won’t get her out of finishing her junior year of high school.
The challenge of keeping her abilities under wraps during class is daunting enough, but throw one surly, sandy-haired Jumper into the mix, and things can get downright complicated.
Declan’s new job? Watch over Alex while she’s at school and do everything in his power to keep her from losing control. But as sparks of every kind begin flying between Alex and her new bodyguard, she's left feeling more unstable than ever.
When avoiding her abilities results in a surprise visit from her parents’ killer, Alex’s worlds collide with a bang that nearly levels Bay View High.
With her freedom now squarely in the Agency’s crosshairs, Alex will be faced with the fight of her life... and a decision that could forever alter the course of her destiny.
Title: The Warded Man Series: The Demon Cycle book 1 Author: Peter Brett Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Fiction, Medieval...ish..., Demons Source: Printed Book, 2010 edition Pages: 453 pages Rating: 5 stars easy. If I could give it more I would in a heart beat
As darkness falls after sunset, the
corelings rise--demons who possess supernatural powers and burn with a consuming
hatred of humanity. For hundreds of years the demons have terrorized the night,
slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards--symbols of
power whose origins are lost in myth and whose protection is terrifyingly
fragile. It was not always this way. Once, men and women battled the corelings
on equal terms, but those days are gone. Night by night the demons grow
stronger, while human members dwindle under their relentless assault. Now, with
hope for the future fading, three young survivors of vicious demon attacks will
dare the impossible, stepping beyond the crumbling safety of the wards to risk
everything in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past. Together,
the will stand against the night.
There is something you should all
know. This is possible the best book I have ever read. If you have seen my
Reviews, and you know how picky and critical I am, you know how much this
statement means to me. Peter Brett just went on the fast track to my top 5
favourite authors of all time– very high on that list at that. One of my oldest
friends gave me this book and insisted I read it, even though it seemed a
little dark for me, I followed his advice and read it. I didn't look back once and I love my friend
dearly for introducing me to this fantastic book.
Now about the book its self. The
novel is split into 3 different story lines about 3 completely different people in
3 completely different parts of the world until they finally meet up at the
end. Time wise, the book spans over 15 or so years. Not my
usual repertoire At first, I was frustrated with the switching of
story lines. Right when one would get good, it would switch to something else.
It was absolutely maddening, especially in the beginning, but you soon get
into the flow of the other story lines and they are just as addicting as the
first. Each story starts off with the main character as a child and you slowly
watch them grow up. Peter Brett did this fantastically, never too slow,
never too fast, and never spewing useless fluff at his readers to fill in the
chapters and more pages. Every single word had a purpose, and every detail was
The character development
was phenomenal, the best I think I have ever seen. You see beliefs
challenged, and watch as each character, and even some supporting characters,
change as time goes forward. You see how other characters effect the main ones
and how the main characters effect the others. You understand the reasoning
behind the main characters actions, you accept their beliefs in accordance to
their personality and upbringing, and you approve (for the most part) of the
choices they make in the situation they are in. Everything is incredibly
realistic in this aspect and I have never seen an author perfect such a thing
to this magnitude.
I don't really know what else I can
say other than the fact I don't really have any complaints about this book. It
was absolutely fantastic!!! The friend who lent me the first in the
series, knowing how speedily I read (I started this first book last night at
8pm and finished at 6:30pm today while having gone to school in the middle... I
sacrificed a lot of sleep on this one), lent me the second in the series
that I am going to start the second this post is published. For the record it
is called The Desert Spear. I'll keep you all informed in the sequel and
if it measures up to the first.
Sorry, this is not a review, and I know how long some of you have been waiting for book 2 of the Heretic Daughters series to come out... believe me, I am RIGHT there with you. After rereading the book today, I thought I would check in with Rebecca K. Lilley's website to see if she had made any additional comments as to when the release is going to be. The bad news? No date set in stone yet. But the good news is that we DO have a title and we DO have a cover and we even have a little teaser from Miss Lilley herself. All of this is posted below. I will keep you guys updated on the book, and I think I might even start doing monthly "Up Coming Releases" posts. What do y'all think? As always, you can email me if you have any questions [or you need someone to do some detective work on a book series you are looking for ;)] or just post a comment below!
Love you guys! Look for my Review of Immortals by Ednah Walters this Sunday!
The cover Reveal of Crossing Fire, Book 2 of the Heretic Daughters series!
And here is a little teaser to keep you sustained for now ;)
always been clear to me that we had different songs playing in our heads.
My music was usually more of a death metal battle march that involved a lot of
blood being spilt. Dom’s…oh Dom’s music was something that a romantic
Irish poet would listen to, whatever the fuck that might be. He was a
warrior, but I’d always known he had a poet’s soul. There could be no
denying that it was one of the things I loved most about him. Still, it
had always made everything hard. It was so hard to be the other half of
someone’s perfect love story when you were as imperfect as me. I’d always
known I’d fuck it all up. It had only been a matter of time.
always been as clear as day to me that it was fate that brought us
together. Our love was written in the stars as clearly as ink on paper,
but I knew she couldn’t read it. She was no star gazer. And certainly
no dream chaser. Her feet were planted too firmly on the ground.