Review: Kisses from Hell by ANTHOLOGY

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Book Information:

Kisses from Hell by ANTHOLOGY
Harper Teen
Published in 2010
ISBN 9780061956973
262 Pages

Series Information:

Vampire Academy Book 0.5 (Sunshine)

Edison Group Experiments Book ??
Kat Book 02 (Hunting Kat)

Not a series. (Bring Me to Life, Above, and Lilith)

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

An anthology of five different stories from five different authors. Click on the links to go directly to the review you want to read.

  1. Mead, Richelle – Vampire Academy 0.5: Sunshine
  2. Noel, Alyson – Bring Me to Life
  3. Cast, Kristin – Above
  4. Armstrong, Kelley – Edison Group Experiments: Kat 2: Hunting Kat
  5. Block, Francesca Lia – Lilith
  6. Feelings about the Book Overall

Mead, Richelle – Vampire Academy 0.5: Sunshine

2 out of 5

Eric Dragomir has a reputation of being a player, and he has no intention of settling down. That is, until he meets Rhea Daniels, will she be able to tame the player within Eric? This is a prequel of Vampire Academy. Story about Lissa’s (Vasilisa) parents and how they met.

First of all, I have never read the Vampire Academy series, but I have heard that the series is good. Now if I were to base whether or not I would read the series from this short story, I would say no and run away from it.

The plot of this short story was so dull that it shouldn’t be put into a book. Maybe a free read, but not a book you have to pay money for. That was my very first issue with this story.

The second thing I didn’t like in this short was the characters’ personalities. They were all so very annoying and irritating. Rhea was very weak and docile, and that irritated me so much I nearly threw the book at one point. And Eric’s personality wasn’t much better. His “never had loved anyone” and player personality was teeth gritting and annoyed me further. Sure, I have read other books with these types of personalities, but the author was able to make the characters appear appealing to me – this story didn’t.

There are several other things I didn’t like about this short story like it lacked events and details, and I definitely wouldn’t recommend buying this book just to have a Vampire Academy series story to read. Borrow it from your library or friend first before you buy it.

So far, I am recommending staying far, far away from this book, and this is based only on this one story.

Oh, well. Onto the next story, even though I’m kind of not looking forward to reading it. >.>”

Noel, Alyson – Bring Me to Life

4 out of 5

Danika wins a contest to go to Sunderland Manor Art Academy, which is located in the UK. Forgetting the life she leaves behind, she finds the manor creepy, yet familiar. Not only that, she meets Braum there. Is there more to this manor, servants, and guy than what meets the eye?

I kind of got a feeling, while reading it, that this story’s plot was a spin-off of Dracula, but I don’t know for sure since I tend to not to read that many classics. ^^;

While reading it, this story was sometimes a little hard to follow, or it was for me (maybe I was sleepy), but it is pretty much explained towards the end of the short story. However, you might still have some questions about the story, characters, etc.

The characters’ personalities were all right, but you couldn’t really categorize the personalities they had since they were pretty much had many personalities that were well blended.

Also, this story had good enough details and descriptions, but I wish this story were a little bit longer (about as a long a novel). :P So far, I think that this story is the best one in this book. Definitely very good read, but I want to know and read more about it.

It would be worth the money to buy this book, if all the stories were like this one. ;) Oh, well. Onto the next story, but I’m definitely not looking forward to reading it since it is by Kristin Cast. :(

Cast, Kristin – Above

1 out of 5

Sol is an Other (vampire) from Above, and Rheena is from Below. However, Rheena has never fit in Below, so her parents allow her to go live Above. Shen then meets Sol Above. They find that they have similar feelings for each other, but how long will it last?

One thing, what the hell is with this story?! The author tries (and fails) in writing it like a poem, and it shows ever so well that it was badly written. Not only that, but the plot is definitely confusing at first, but it turns into something… awful? Strange? All together horrible? Take your pick.

The author also tries to take a new approach at describing events, characters, etc, but I hardly noticed them because I was too busy figuring out what the point of the story. It finally dawned to me who wrote the House of Night series, during the beginning books, her mother. This story was too horrible to even see how she even manages to write anything good and worthwhile.

Also, it is sheer luck I was able to make a summary about this short story.  I really wanted to rip and burn the pages. Yes, I was that irritated with it. It may seem gruesome, if you can actually figure out what the author was trying to say, but I hardly noticed because of my headache. I would have give it a 0 star rating, but I don’t have one. :(

This was by far the worst story in this book. Run far away from this story, and stay away from it.

*BREATHES* On to the next story. If this one irritates me, I’m turning it back into the library today.

Armstrong, Kelley – Edison Group Experiments: Kat 2: Hunting Kat

4 out of 5

Kat, now a full vampire, is trying to get used to her instincts as a huntress. However, when she goes somewhere without Marguerite, she gets kidnapped by bounty hunters. During that time, she meets two boys, but are they there to help or hurt her?

After reading the free short story, I was hoping to see a little bit more information on everything, but it didn’t turn out that way.

Also, there is very little romance, but there isn’t so much to be really happy or excited about. I wish I could have seen more romance develop between Kat and one of the boys. (I’m not saying his name because it might spoil the short story a little. :P )

Anyways, the short story was still pretty good, but I think it would be better if the author did some full novels along with the short stories. The characters are still pretty interesting, like in the free short story, but I wish their personalities were a little bit more developed from the free short story I read.

I really do wish there was more to Kat’s part of the Edison Group Experiments, like the author does for Chloe and Maya (which I yet to read). This felt like a very short read, but this one is the other story I like in this book.

Well, onto the last story in this anthology. Wish me luck~

Block, Francesca Lia – Lilith

1 out of 5

Paul wishes to escape his reality full of people bullying and teasing him. And Lilith might have a way for him, but will he like the choice she will give him?

Disappointed, very disappointed. Meh, I guess I have to add more things to make it more like a review now. :(

Things I didn’t like is well, everything and anything. One, the plot reminded me of another supernatural book that I didn’t like that much – I don’t remember the title right at this moment. Two, this short story was too creepy and strange for me to really enjoy.

*SPOILER* It really reminded me about how depressed teenager commits suicide, but this story kind of adds a twist to it by adding supernatural characters to it. *END SPOILER* Also, the personality of Paul is so stereotypical for most other characters in his position.  And it is kind of hard to write characters like him and make them appealing to readers.

Anyways, overall, I was very disappointed in the story and the character’s personalities. I had trouble reading it because it was so bad. Now, it isn’t the worst story in this book, but it is still pretty bad.

Feelings about the Book Overall

Overall, this book is definitely not worth buying, much less reading. If you really want to read it, here is what I suggest (in order from what I like the most to what I liked the least):

  1. Noel, Alyson – Bring Me to Life
  2. Armstrong, Kelley – Edison Group Experiments: Kat 2: Hunting Kat
  3. Mead, Richelle – Vampire Academy 0.5: Sunshine
  4. Block, Francesca Lia – Lilith
  5. Cast, Kristin – Above

Only one or two stories are worth reading and paying for. The rest, I think they should be free reads or burned.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Richelle Mead
$New_Bullet Alyson Noel
$New_Bullet Kristin Cast
$New_Bullet Kelley Armstrong
$New_Bullet Francesca Lia Block
$New_Bullet Goodreads

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2nd Review: The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

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Book Information:

The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
Harper Collins Publishers
Published in 2010
ISBN 9780061662836
391 Pages

Series Information:

Edison Group Experiments Book 03
Darkest Powers Trilogy Book 03
Last Book in the Darkest Powers Arc

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Chloe and the gang thinks they are safe now, but what will they do when some of the members betray them? Will they ever find anyone who they can really trust?

Like the other two books in this series, I’m re-reading this book in order to make a better review.

Anyways, comparing the plot, growth, and characters to the other books in this series, this one is a lot better. It has a lot more events descriptions, growth, suspense, and excitement. Also, the author seems to have answered all the questions you might have about Chloe’s part of the story, and it has a pretty good ending. Another thing I like is how Chloe is a lot less annoying than the first two books – you can actually see her becoming more brave and courageous. She’s not as wimpy and whiny as well. Also, it finally has something that the other two books didn’t, which made it a little bit sweeter than the other two books. What made it sweeter? *SPOILER* It was the romantic parts between Derek and Chloe at the end of the book. *END SPOILER*

Another thing I like about this book is that it ties in her other series, which is called Otherworld. However, I wish some of the characters in Otherworld would appear and has a some-what active part in this series, but the author said she won’t do that. Oh, well. It would be nice if she did, but it’s fine if she mentions it.

All in all, it is a great ending to Chloe’s story for this arc of the series. Go ahead and read it. :)

There are a couple of short stories that take place after The Reckoning, but I decided to give Chloe’s part of The Darkest Powers series a rest. I’ll read them when I want. :X

Also, this series, The Darkest Powers, is apparently separated by character. This is the last book in Chloe’s story, but it is not the last book in The Darkest Powers series. The next book in The Darkest Powers series is The Gathering, which begins Maya’s story.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Kelley Armstrong
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Lavender Lies

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Review: Disenchanted by Kelley Armstrong

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Book Information:

Disenchanted by Kelley Armstrong
N/A
Published in N/A
ISBN N/A
36 Pages

Series Information:

Edison Group Experiments Book 2.5
Darkest Powers Trilogy Book 2.5

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

When Chloe and Derek get off the bus and separate from Tori and Simon, what exactly happens with them? Read this short story and find out.

The plot of this short story is between Chapter 28 and Chapter 37 (around page 309) of The Awakening. However, I suggest reading the book first and then read this short story.

Unlike the other short stories, this one is good to have out of the books. Why? Because it doesn’t have the same depth or feeling as the second book, so it wouldn’t make sense to have in the book. Also, unlike the other short stories, this one narrated by Tori with a little narration by Simon. However, the difference in narration was not the reason why I didn’t like it that much. I didn’t like this short that much because it feels like the author skipped events and some details in order to make it shorter. There were plenty of descriptions, but I wish there were more details to the events of this short story.

Also, please note, this is a review of the free short story. It is no longer free online since it will be published in a book along with the Dangerous and Divided short stories. I have no idea if the previous free version is the same as the combined version or not.

There are also, I think, two more short stories. I’ll have to look it up. One should be in a book and the other is included in another combination e-book of short stories.

Where I Got It:

Read it while it was a free read on the author’s website.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Kelley Armstrong
$New_Bullet Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

2nd Review: The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

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Book Information:

The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
Harper Collins Publishers
Published in 2009
ISBN 9780061662768
360 Pages

Series Information:

Edison Group Experiments Book 2
Darkest Powers Trilogy Book 2

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Now on the run from the Lyle House, Tori, Derek, Simon, and Chloe, have to find Derek and Simon’s father, Kit, and his friend Andrew before they get caught again. However, as they try to escape from various new obstacles, they start discovering the truths behind the Lyle House and their powers.

Like the first book in the series, I’m re-reading and re-reviewing this book as well, so that I can make a better review for it. ^^

Anyways, comparing the plot and set-up of this book to this first one of the series, I like this book better. It had more descriptions, events, and other factors to keep you interested. Also, there are fewer plot holes since the author develops it more into a novel than an introductory one. The author kind of redeems the series by actually answering some of the questions, instead of having nothing but confusion and mystery like the first book did.

Also, the personalities of the characters seem a little bit better. At least, Chloe’s personality seems to be a lot better. She’s a little bit less pitiful and whiny than the first book, but not by much. The other characters still grab your attention more than the main character, but the change in Chloe’s personality makes it easier to pay attention to her narration.

This book makes it feel like the series is actually going somewhere with its more in-depth plot, change in the main female character’s personality, descriptions, and better and more complete ending. Anyways, it really is a better read than the first book, so go ahead and read this one.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Kelley Armstrong
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Creating Discussions
$New_Bullet After Twilight

Places to Buy From:

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Review: Divided by Kelley Armstrong

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Book Information:

Divided by Kelley Armstrong
N/A
Published in N/A
ISBN N/A
100 Pages

Series Information:

Edison Group Experiments Book 1.5
Darkest Powers Trilogy Book 1.5

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Derek and Simon are separated from Rae and Chloe, but what kind of troubles do they have while separated from the girls? You’ll find out in this short story.

The plot basically belongs between books one and two of the series. It is between on Chapter 44 of The Summoning and Chapter 16 of The Awakening. Despite going into The Awakening, I would suggest reading this short story before you read The Awakening, so you won’t really forget anything.

Anyways, in my opinion, this short, or most of it anyways, should have been added to The Summoning in order to give it a little bit more depth. I like how Derek narrates this short story – it is way less annoying than having Chloe narrating the whole story. You also get a peek at Derek and Simon’s feelings towards Chloe, which makes this short story even more interesting than the first book. I just wish the author could have put this in the books – in order to make them have more depth and humor.

Also, please note, this is a review of the free short story. It is no longer free online since it will be published in a book along with the Dangerous and Disenchanted short stories. I have no idea if the previous free version is the same as the combined version or not.

Where I Got It:

Read it while it was a free read on the author’s website.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Kelley Armstrong
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Dead Book Darling Book Reviews

Places to Buy From:

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2nd Review: The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

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Book Information:

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Harper Teen Collins Publishers
Published in 2008
ISBN 9780061662690
390 Pages

Series Information:

Edison Group Experiments Book 1
Darkest Powers Trilogy Book 1

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Chloe was a normal girl, that is, until she starts seeing dead people. After an incident at school, she is sent to Lyle House, a group home for troubled teens. However, there is more to this group home and teens than what meets the eye. Will Chloe and the rest of them figure it out before they are trapped there forever?

I re-read and re-reviewed this book because I didn’t do that good of job last time. ^^; I was hoping that I would like the book better this time around, but most of the time, I was all like, “Meh! Whatever, I want to finish this quickly.” So, I like it a lot less than the first time I read it. I mostly thought the book was average and could have something more added to it.

The plot is sort of interesting because you read about a necromancer, and there aren’t that many young adult (or adult) books about nercomancers. However, that point gets ruined because the main character, who narrates the whole series, reminds me of several other female leads who get thrown into a role they didn’t know they were and does nothing but be a baby about it. Now, if the main character was a little less blah, annoying, and whiny, I might have liked this book a little better. Also, the other characters attract my attention more than Chole does. It had some descriptions, but nothing that grabs my attention. The events were sort of too short and lack details.

Overall, it was a good plot, but the main female character needs a better (less whiny) personality. Not really a good start for this series.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Kelley Armstrong
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet After Twilight
$New_Bullet Creating Discussions

Places to Buy From:

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Review: Dangerous by Kelley Armstrong

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Book Information:

Dangerous by Kelley Armstrong
N/A
Published in N/A
ISBN N/A
100 Pages

Series Information:

Edison Group Experiments Book 0.5
Darkest Powers Trilogy Book 0.5

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Derek Souza is a werewolf. After his brothers are taken away, Simon Bae’s father takes him in. However, when Derek accidentally hurts someone, they have to go on the run again. Though, this time will be different when their Dad suddenly disappears. What will happen to them now?

Since I have already read the books in the Darkest Powers arc, I decided to re-read it along with the free online short stories. In the books, you really don’t get to know the thinking of the other characters, except for Chloe, so I’m grateful for these short stories. For a short story, it has a good amount of descriptions and growth. I also like how you get to know Derek and Simon better in this story than in the books/series. Also, these events happen before Chloe goes to Lyle House.

Though, overall, it is a good short story to get to know other characters and information that is never really explained in depth in the books. It was more interesting than the books/series.

Also, please note, this is a review of the free short story. It is no longer free online since it will be published in a book along with the Divided and Disenchanted short stories. I have no idea if the previous free version is the same as the combined version or not.

Where I Got It:

Read it while it was a free read on the author’s website.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Kelley Armstrong
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Dead Book Darling Book Reviews

Places to Buy From:

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Review: Fergus and the Night Demon by Jim Murphy, Illustrated by John Manders

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Book Information:

Fergus and the Night Demon by Jim Murphy
Illustrated by John Manders
Clarion Books
Published in 2006
ISBN 9780618339556
32 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

Fergus O’Mara is very clever, but it is too bad that he uses it to get out of work. On his way to go have fun in Skibbereen, he might discover that his cleverness can be put to better use when he meets up with the Night-Demon.

The plot is kind of like the usual legend/ghost story – someone needs to be taught a moral lesson, they go out and they meet spirits, and then they almost always learn their lesson. No matter how much this plot is used, it is always fun and enjoyable to read, and it also teaches children certain kind of lessons. I found the characters enjoyable for this kind of plot. I think everyone will be able to see a little bit of themselves in Fergus, and it’s always wonderful when authors are able to make characters like that.

I also enjoyed looking at the illustrations. They matched the story almost perfectly, and they were all so pretty to look at. It was also easy to read/see the text. :D

Overall, the story is a great read for children and for adults as well. I think your children will really enjoy this book.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Jim Murphy
$New_Bullet John Manders
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Kinder Scares

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Review: The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein

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Book Information:

The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein
Random House
Published in 2008
ISBN 9780375846977
325 Pages

Series Information:

Haunted Mystery Book 01

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Zack Jennings is a normal eleven-year-old boy, except for the fact that he can see ghosts. Him, his father, and his new stepmother move from New York to Connecticut, but when they arrive there things are not what they appear to be. You see, there is the huge tree in their backyard, and Zack knows there is something evil about it. His new stepmother, Judy, has also seen ghosts near the house. Are the ghosts all connected in some way? And why does the evil spirit in the tree want to kill him?

Another supernatural book, but it is one about ghosts. Also, it’s a junior fiction book. Yeah, I know, way off my level, but I like to read around. :)

Like almost all mystery books, it starts off kind of slow and boring, which is always annoying in books. Though, it starts to pick up the action, suspense, and mysteriousness after they move to Connecticut, where the haunted tree is located. And the mystery part is kind of annoying since the author doesn’t leave that many clues for you to figure out what happened, instead the author lets the characters figure it out on their own. So if you want a mystery, where you can solve it from the clues, this isn’t a book you want.

Another thing that is slow moving are the characters, though they do eventually have some growth, errr… most of them anyways. I especially like how the relationship between Zack and Judy, his stepmother, grows since I mostly only see books mention how mean stepmothers are or how they mostly ignore the kid. So, that was kind of enjoyable to read a book without the “mean stepmother” routine.

Another thing that I like about this book is that it tells the story using mostly descriptions and details, instead of mostly dialogue. I tend to be harsher on books that have more dialogue than ones that tell the story in paragraphs summarizing what most others use dialogue for.  I like books like this one a lot. :)

Anyways, it is a good ghost novel, despite the slow-moving parts, so go read it. :D Another thing, this book has a series. This book is the first one in that series. The second one is called The Hanging Hill, and the third one, which isn’t released yet, is called The Smoky Corridor. I’ll try to read them, if my library orders them. >.<

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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$New_Bullet Bookhound
$New_Bullet Mrs. McGriff’s Reading Blog

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Review: The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

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Book Information:

The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
Harper Collins Publishers
Published in 2010
ISBN 9780061662836
391 Pages

Series Information:

Edison Group Experiments Book 03
Darkest Powers Trilogy Book 03
Last Book in the Darkest Powers Arc

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

The gang thinks they have finally found someone who can help them remain hidden from the Edison Group. However, is everyone in the group really trustworthy? And will Chloe finally be able to show her true feelings toward Derek?

Okay, yet another supernatural book. I have one non-supernatural book, and I’m reading that one next, so be patient for it. ;)

This series, so far, has been every interesting in all the books, including this one — even though the novels are similar to everything else I have read in the Young Adult Supernatural genre. The one thing that gets better in this book than in the other two books in the Darkest Powers Chloe’s Story is that Chloe becomes a little less annoying. Why? She’s not as wimpy and whiny in this book, and she actually learns something without being too annoying.

This book goes into a little bit more detail about the Lyle House, Edison Group, and the other characters’ past, which makes it a little bit more interesting than the other two books. Also, it finally has something that the other two books didn’t, which made it a little bit sweeter than the other two books. What made it sweeter? It was the romantic parts between Derek and Chloe at the end of the book.

Another thing I like about this book is that it ties in her other series, which is called Otherworld. However, I wish some of the characters in Otherworld would appear and has a some-what active part in this series, but the author said she won’t do that. Oh, well. It would be nice if she did, but it’s fine if she mentions it.

All in all, it is a great ending to Chloe’s story for this series, but I wish there was a little bit more to it. Go ahead and read it.

Here is some more information about this series. There are a couple of short stories for this series, go to the author’s website for more information and to read them. For the book order, I suggest looking on the author’s website as well.

Also, this series, The Darkest Powers, is apparently separated by character. This is the last book in Chloe’s story, but it is not the last book in The Darkest Powers series. The next book in The Darkest Powers series is The Gathering, which begins Maya’s story.

I’ll read the short stories and create a review on them later on. I have other books to read right now, which are due in a week. :(

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Once with a 2nd review added.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Kelley Armstrong
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Lavender Lies

Places to Buy From:

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