Review: “Linger,” Maggie Stiefvater

Review: “Linger,” Maggie StiefvaterLinger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2)
Written by Maggie Stiefvater
Published July, 2010 by Scholastic
360 pages
Genres: Romance, Supernatural, Werewolves / Shifters
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five-stars

Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.

Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being a human.

For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life a constant struggle between two forces--wolf and human--with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?

Delving deeping into my re-read of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, I am delighted to find that Linger is still a solid continuation to it’s predecessor, Shiver. Instead of suffering from ‘second book syndrome’, Linger introduces new elements to the Sam and Grace saga as well as giving us everything we loved from the first book.

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Review: “Shiver,” Maggie Stiefvater

Review: “Shiver,” Maggie StiefvaterShiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)
Written by Maggie Stiefvater
Published June, 2010 by Scholastic
390 pages
Genres: Romance, Supernatural, Werewolves / Shifters
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five-stars

Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf - her wolf - watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.

Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace... until now.

For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human - and Grace must fight to keep him - even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.

It was with a small amount of trepidation that I decided to re-read this book. Why? Well, I loved it so much the first time around that I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much a second time. I’m so glad I was wrong. Shiver was just as enjoyable five years later; beautifully-written and incredibly unique in its approach to werewolves in general.

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Review: “Every Last Breath,” Jennifer L Armentrout

Review: “Every Last Breath,” Jennifer L ArmentroutEvery Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3)
Written by Jennifer L Armentrout
Published July, 2015 by Harlequin Teen
378 pages
Genres: Demons, Gargoyles, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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three-stars

Every choice has consequences — but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin — the deadliest of demons — has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city — and her race — from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side — and then fight like hell…

Truth be told, I was a little disappointed with Every Last Breath as a trilogy finale. While everything was kind of wrapped up, I felt it all came together way too conveniently and without much urgency. The ‘big bad’ wasn’t so bad after all when I look back on it. Still, I enjoyed watching everything play out and how the characters reacted. After a three-book journey, you can’t help but be attached to them in some way. Warning: spoilers in the full review.

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Review: “Stone Cold Touch,” Jennifer L. Armentrout

Review: “Stone Cold Touch,” Jennifer L. ArmentroutStone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2)
Written by Jennifer L Armentrout
Published October, 2014 by Harlequin Teen
464 pages
Genres: Demons, Gargoyles, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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three-stars

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

Although I did enjoy Stone Cold Touch and devoured it just as quickly as its predecessor, I do feel that it fell into the trap that is ‘second book syndrome’. Quirks I enjoyed about the characters initially started to grate on my nerves as I realised they weren’t growing up or learning along the way. The love triangle, which I was quite happy to watch unfold initially, became a bit tedious, too.

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Review: “White Hot Kiss,” Jennifer L. Armentrout

Review: “White Hot Kiss,” Jennifer L. ArmentroutWhite Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1)
Written by Jennifer L Armentrout
Published February, 2014 by Harlequin Teen
400 pages
Genres: Demons, Gargoyles, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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four-stars

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

White Hot Kiss was my first Jennifer L. Armentrout book and a really nice surprise – likeable characters, a likeable story and a love triangle that had me swapping sides every few chapters for once (yep, I’m usually anti-love triangle). Even though it stands at 400 pages, it was an incredibly quick and enjoyable read for me! All aboard book two!

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