Wednesday, January 30

Review: Daylighters (Morganville Vampires #15)

Daylighters (Morganville Vampires #15)
Rachel Caine

Published By: Allison and Busby
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Date Read: December 31, 2018
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 447
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15746882-daylighters

From Goodreads:
While Morganville, Texas, is often a troubled town, Claire Danvers and her friends are looking forward to coming home. But the Morganville they return to isn’t the one they know; it’s become a different place—a deadly one…

Something drastic has happened in Morganville while Claire and her friends were away. The town looks cleaner and happier than they’ve ever seen it before, but when their incoming group is arrested and separated—vampires from humans—they realize that the changes definitely aren’t for the better.

It seems that an organization called the Daylight Foundation has offered the population of Morganville something they’ve never had: hope of a vampire-free future. And while it sounds like salvation—even for the vampires themselves—the truth is far more sinister and deadly.

Now, Claire, Shane and Eve need to find a way to break their friends out of Daylighter custody, before the vampires of Morganville meet their untimely end…

Here we are. I feel incredibly nostalgic and bittersweet writing this review. In a way I feel like it's the end of an era. Very rarely do I stick with such a long series and I've been reading this one for the past 8 years. I started Glass Houses in 2010 and I never thought the series would be so long, or so incredible. I can't believe the series is over and I am both incredible sad and incredibly happy because it's been one hell of a ride and I've loved every moment of it.

Daylighters picks up exactly where Fall of Night ended. With Claire and co back in Morganville but it's a very different Morganville. The Daylighters have taken over and captured the vampires. It seems like a good thing but it's very dark and sinister. Can Claire, Shane and Eve upset the safety that the other humans have gained and save their vampire friends? And is it really the right thing to do?

Daylighters was such a fast-paced and epic conclusion to the Morganville Vampires series. Honestly, I wasn't sure how Rachel Caine was going to do it. How do you give a good, satisfying ending for both the vampires and humans? I didn't know... but she did it perfectly! This book was action packed and was definietly a page turner. I am honestly in awe of Rachel Caine. She is such a fantastic author and not only did she continue a series for 15 books without it even feeling like you'd read that many but she gave it a brilliant and perfect ending.

Morganville Vampires will always remain as one of my all-time favourite series. I loved everything about it. The storyline was completely original and the characters were brilliant. I can't believe it's over but it's one I know I will re-read in the future. If you haven't read this series, I know it's daunting seeing that there are 15 books and usually I wouldn't touch that as it's too big... but this series is an exception and I highly, highly recommend this amazing series. Try it... you won't be disappointed.

"Because it's not right to judge a class of people by the actions of one, or a few. That's not justice. It's prejudice, and I don't like it. Justice means judging each person individually."


 

Wednesday, January 23

Review: Fall of Night (Morganville Vampires #14)

Fall of Night (Morganville Vampires #14)
Rachel Caine

Published By: Allison and Busby
Publication Date: May 2, 2013
Date Read: December 29, 2018
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 443
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17315547-fall-of-night

From Goodreads:
Claire thought she'd never get to leave Morganville, but she can't pass up the chance to finally attend her dream school, MIT. After all, getting to invent anti-vamp devices with Professor Anderson - a Morganville exile herself - sounds like a dream come true... until Claire realizes there are sinister forces at play, and she's not the only one with a vampire-related agenda.

Without her friends Shane, Eve, and Michael, Claire finds that surviving a killer schedule may be hard... but with them, it might turn out to be impossible.

After reading Black Dawn and Bitter Blood as part of my 'catch up on ongoing series' challenge, I couldn't wait to dive straight into Fall of Night. This has been a series that I have loved for so many years but I'd forgotten just how much until I started reading it again. Fall of Night was no different and is actually one of my favourites of the series.

Fall of Night follows Claire as she leaves Morganville and heads to Boston to her dream school. She has finally gotten free from the vampires... or so she thought. Claire once more finds herself caught in the middle of some vampire-human dispute and has to decide who she is going to fight for. But this time she's all alone and can she survive without the backup of her friends?

I adored Fall of Night! I loved this one so much and I think it's because it reminded me of the earlier books. With this being such a huge series you fall into this state of knowing pretty much how everyone will act and how it works in Morganville. But with Claire leaving and being somewhere new it had that feel of an earlier book, of something new and new characters and not knowing what was going to happen... and I adored that! I loved the new characters and how they linked in to the ones that we have known for 14 books.

Fall of Night was epic. It had so many twists and turns you could have got whiplash. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough and I was filled with fear and anxiety for what was going to happen to my favourite characters. It was such a beautiful and perfect instalment to the Morganville Vampires series and I loved every moment. I feel a little bit bittersweet about it now as I only have one more book to read and I've finished this series. It's been a long time coming but at the same time I don't want to say goodbye to these amazing characters. Fall of Night ended on one hell of a cliffhanger and even though I don 't want this series to end, I also can't wait to sink my teeth (pun intended) into the final book.



Saturday, January 19

Early Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1)

A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1)
Brigid Kemmerer

Published By: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Date Read: January 6, 2019
Genre: YA - Fantasy / Retelling
Source: ARC from Bloomsbury Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pages: 496
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43204703-a-curse-so-dark-and-lonely

From Goodreads:
In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer.

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she's instead somehow sucked into Rhen's cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn't know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what's at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

"The choices we face may not be the choices we want, but they are choices nonetheless."

There are no words to explain just how excited I was for this book. I've been a huge fan of Brigid Kemmerer for years and I have read and loved every single book that she has wrote to date. I absolutely adore YA fairytale retellings, and with Beauty and the Beast being my favourite fairytale, you can imagine my utter excitement for this book. I had such high expectations for A Curse So Dark and Lonely... and Brigid just exceeded every single one of them. In my opinion this book was utter perfection.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely follows the story of Harper, a teen living with Cerebral Palsy and trying to stay strong for her struggling family when she is suddenly kidnapped and taken to the magical world of Emberfall. Here she finds a cursed world that is being terrorised by a monster and a powerful sorceress. Harper is suddenly caught up in this magical world and she is determined to make Prince Rhen act to save his people rather than give up and wait for more doom.

I loved Harper so so so much. She has to be one of my all-time favourite heroines of a book. At the beginning of the book she is seen by her brother as someone who needs to be protected as she is vulnerable with her health condition but she just goes from strength to strength throughout the book and ends up being a warrior willing to do anything to save the people of Emberfall. I loved that she had this vulnerability that was pre-ordained by her condition but that she wouldn't let it stop her doing anything and that made her one of the most kick-ass heroiens of all time. I adored her.

Brigid Kemmerer really does have an incredible knack for storytelling. I've loved all of her books and I am so damn happy that she has wrote a fantasy series. Fantasy is, and will always be, my all-time favourite genre of book and to see a favourite author write one and do it so flawlessly warms my little bookworm heart more than you can imagine. I was compeltely enraptured by this world and story right from the very first page and I loved every single moment of it. I couldn't put this book down and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely is everything I could have hoped for a more. It was my most-anticipated novel of 2019 and it did not disappoint. It was filled to the brim with action, magic, intrigue and heart-melting romance. I cannot praise this book enough and I can't wait to see what will happen in the next book. Roll on book two, I absolutely cannot wait!

"Failure isn't absolute. Just because you couldn't save everyone doesn't mean you didn't save anyone."


 

Wednesday, January 16

Review: Bitter Blood (Morganville Vampires #13)

Bitter Blood (Morganville Vampires #13)
Rachel Caine

Published By: Allison and Busby
Publication Date: November 6, 2012
Date Read: December 27, 2018
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 538
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13515128-bitter-blood

From Goodreads:
For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within…

Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires.

To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse.

The Morganville Vampires series is one of my favourite series and after having these last few books on my shelves unread for 4 years, I thought it was about time to finish the series. After finishing Black Dawn, I couldn't help but jump straight into Bitter Blood, and I am so glad that I did. This is a series that just gets more and more addictive the further through you get.

Bitter Blood follows the story of Claire and her friends as they are left with a dangerous Morganville after defeating the vampires ememies. Although everyone, vampire and human alike are now safe, the vampires no longer have something to fear... which makes them top of the food chain again... which isn't safe for the humans. Can Claire barter with those she once saw as friends?

Bitter Blood was fast-paced and addictive. Right from the start I couldn't put it down and at time was shocked and on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen and whether all of my beloved characters were going to survive. Bitter Blood isn't one of my favourite books of the series but it was still fantastic and I enjoyed every single second of it.

Claire was one again in the thick of danger and drama. She is seriously one of my all-time favourite characters as she is so brave and kick-ass but in a vulnerable way. It's a difficult feat to have a character that is continously all of those things but Rachel Caine pulls it off flawlessly. She has developed such amazing characters in this series and they remain to be some of my favourite of all time.

As is expected from a Morganville Vampires book Bitter Blood left me hanging. Talk about a heartbreaking cliffhanger! I can't wait to get into the next book to see what is going to happen. I'll be heading straight into it so watch this space. If you haven't read any of this series, what are you waiting for? It's incredible.



Wednesday, January 9

Review: Black Dawn (Morganville Vampires #12)

Black Dawn (Morganville Vampires #12) 
Rachel Caine

Published By: Allison and Busby
Publication Date: May 12, 2012
Date Read: December 18, 2018
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 507
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12939581-black-dawn

From Goodreads:
Ever since the draug—mysterious creatures that prey on vampires—took over Morganville, the lives of student Claire Danvers and her friends have been thrown into turmoil. Most of the town’s residents have evacuated, but Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael have chosen to stay and fight.Using the city’s water system to spread, the draug have rapidly multiplied. Things in Morganville look grim, especially since vampire Amelie—the town founder—has been infected by the master draug’s bite.

Now, if Claire and her friends don’t figure out how to cure Amelie and defeat the draug, it looks like Morganville will become little more than a ghost town…

The Morganville Vampires Series is one that I have had on the go for so long. I read the first 11 books of this series years ago in 2010/2011 and for some reason I just never finished it. I absolutely loved this series when I first read it and as I picked up Black Dawn in a bid to catch up on some unfinished series I was reminded of my love for this series. I loved every single moment of Black Dawn and I am completely kicking myself for not going back to this series sooner.

Black Dawn follows Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael as they try to survive the vampires deadly enemies the Draug. The Draug aren't just deadly to vampires but to humans too and they must try and defeat them in order to save the lives of everyone in Morganville. But not everybody will survive this deadly threat.

Black Dawn was fast paced and magical. I couldn't put it down. One thing about Rachel Caine is that she has this addictive storytelling skill. No matter which one of her books it is I have a very difficult time putting it down and this was no different. I couldn't get through these pages fast enough. Right from the very first paced I was sucked back into the world of Morganville and I loved every single moment.

The Morganville Vampires series will always be one of my all time favourite series and this was cemented even further by Black Dawn. I loved being back in this amazing world with some of my favourite characters than I have ever read. It really is an ode to Rachel Caine being so fantastic that she can have a series that gets to book 12 and you still feel like it's fresh and new and not enough. Usually by this point I feel like it's getting dragged out but with this series I just want more and more and more. Black Dawn broke my heart and then slowly put it back together. I loved every moment and I can't wait to get started on the next book. It's a must-read!




Saturday, January 5

2019 Challenges: The Serial Reader

http://www.geekyzoogirl.com/2018/12/21/serial-reader-challenge-2019/

Hey Guys,
So as it's the beginning of 2019 (seriously, how the heck did that happen?!), I wanted to share with you my main challenge that I'll be doing this year. In September/October time last year I sorted through all of the series that I had started and not ended up finishing as I am notorious for having a million series on the go at the same time. After seeing the insanely long list I decided it was time to try and finish some of these series. Some I abandoned after realising that they just aren't my kind of read anymore (my tastes have changed drastically!) but then I managed to finish like 8 of those series. GO ME! Some of them I hadn't touched since like 2011 and I absolutely loved them. Yes, I'm looking at you Morganville Vampires series.

When I took part in the Tackle That TBR Readathon in December me and Faith from Geekyzoogirl.com were talking about our love of reading series and how it should be a challenge that we do in 2019. So here is my list of ongoing series that I am going to try and read as many as I can this year. Wish me luck!

My Unfinished Series
  • Flame in the Mist Duology by Renee Ahdieh
    • Smoke in the Sun
  • Frostblood Trilogy by Elly Blake
    • Nightblood
  • The Darkest Minds Series by Alexandra Bracken
    • The Darkest Legacy
  • The Blackcoat Rebellion by Aimee Carter
    • Queen
  • Dividing Eden Duology by Joelle Charbonneau
    • Eden Conquered
  • The Alchemist Chronicles by CJ Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld
    • The Secret City
  • Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano
    • Sever
  • If I Stay Duology by Gayle Forman
    • Where She Went
  • Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant
    • Blackout
  • Sweet Series by Wendy Higgins
    • Sweet Temptation
  • Wintersong Duology by S Jae Jones
    • Shadowsong
  • Firelight Trilogy by Sophie Jordan
    • Hidden
  • The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa
    • The Iron Warrior
  • Schrodinger's Consortium by Tonya Kuper
    • Enigma
  • Snow Like Ashes Trilogy by Sara Raasch
    • Frost Like Night
  • The Sin Eater's Daughter Trilogy by Melinda Salisbury
    • The Scarecrow Queen
  • Villains Duology by VE Schwab
    • Vengeful
  • Monsters of Verity Duology by VE Schwab
    • Our Dark Duet
  • White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter
    • A Mad Zombie Party
  • Paper Gods Trilogy by Amanda Sun
    • Storm
  • Unbound Trilogy bu Rachel Vincent
    • Oath Bound
  • The 5th Wave Trilogy by Rick Yancey
    • The Last Star
  • Prophecy of the Sisters Series by Michelle Zink
    • Guardian of the Gate
    • Circle of Fire
  • The Royals by Erin Watt
    • Fallen Heir
    • Cracked Kingdom
  • Geek Girl Series by Holly Smale
    • Head Over Heels
    • Forever Geek
  • The Nyxia Triad by Scott Reingten
    • Nyxia Unleashed
    • Nyxia Uprising - releasing April 2019
  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
    • Yellow Brick War
    • The End of Oz
  • Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver
    • Pandemonium
    • Requiem
  • Thunder Road by Katie McGarry
    • Walk the Edge
    • Long Way Home
  • Hourglass by Myra McEntire
    • Timepiece
    • Infinityglass
  • Alienated Trilogy by Melissa Landers
    • Invaded
    • United
  • Bood of Eden Trilogy by Julie Kagawa
    • The Eternity Cure
    • The Forever Song
  • Dirty Blood Series by Heather Hildenbrand
    • Blood Rule
    • Broken Blood
  • Caraval Trilogy by Stephanie Garber 
    • Legendary
    • Finale - releasing May 2019
  • The Internment Chronicles by Lauren DeStefano
    • Burning Kingdoms
    • Broken Crowns
  • Lynburn Legacy Trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan
    • Untold
    • Unmade
  • Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard
    • Glass Sword
    • Kings Cage
    • War Storm
  • Three Dark Queens Series by Kendare Blake
    • Queens of Fennbirn
    • One Dark Throne
    • Two Dark Reigns
  • The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
    • The Heir
    • The Crown
    • Happily Ever After
  • Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead
    • The Fiery Heart
    • Silver Shadows
    • The Ruby Circle
  • The 100 Series by Kass Morgan
    • Day 21
    • Homecoming
    • Rebellion
  • Miss Peregrine Series by Ransom Riggs
    • Hollow City
    • Library of Souls
    • A Map of Days
  • On Dublin Street Series by Samantha Young
    • Down London Road
    • Fall from India Place
    • Echoes from Scorland Street
    • Moonlight on Nightingale Way
  • Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes
    • Rebel Spring
    • Gathering Darkness
    • Frozen Tides
    • Crystal Storm
    • Immortal Reign
  • Soul Screamers Series by Rachel Vincent
    • My Soul to Keep
    • My Soul to Steal
    • If I Die
    • Before I Wake
    • With All My Soul
  • Creepy Hollow Series by Rachel Morgan
    • A Faerie's Secret
    • A Faerie's Revenge
    • A Faerie's Curse
    • Glass Faerie
    • Shadow Faerie
    • Rebel Faerie 

My goal is to get through at least 10 series this year.

Wednesday, January 2

Wrap Up: December 2018


Hey Guys,
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I can't believe that it's 2019 already. I've had such a fab winter break from work but I am most definitely not ready to get back into it all. Anyway, while I enjoy my last few days off here's my month in books.

Book Haul:

Hardcopies:

Bought:

Daylighters (Morganville Vampires #15) by Rachel Caine

Gifted:

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness
One Perfect Christmas by Paige Toon
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Delirium Stories by Lauren Oliver
Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall #1) by Shannon Messenger

E-Books

For Review:



 Moonlight Scandals (de Vincent #3) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Books Read in December 2018:


Lion Heart (Scarlet #3) by AC Gaughen - 4 Stars
Moonlight Scandals (de Vincent #3) by Jennifer L Armentrout - 5 Stars
Black Dawn (Morganville Vampires #12) by Rachel Caine - 4 Stars
Bitter Blood (Morganville Vampires #13) by Rachel Caine - 4 Stars
Fall of Night (Morganville Vampires #14) by Rachel Caine - 4 Stars
Daylighters (Morganville Vampires #15) by Rachel Caine - 4 Stars

Reviews Posted in December 2018:


Top 3 Reads of December 2018:


What was your month in books like?