Sisters’ Fate – Jessica Spotswood

Sisters' FateTitle: Sisters’ Fate
Series: The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #3
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Published: Putnam Juvenile, August 2014
Source: bought a copy
Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][bookdepository.com]

A fever ravages New London, but with the Brotherhood sending suspected witches straight to the gallows, the Sisters are powerless against the disease. They can’t help without revealing their powers—as Cate learns when a potent display of magic turns her into the most wanted witch in all of New England.

To make matters worse, Cate has been erased from the memory of her beloved Finn. While she’s torn between protecting him from further attacks and encouraging him to fall for her all over again, she’s certain she can never forgive Maura’s betrayal. And now that Tess’s visions have taken a deadly turn, the prophecy that one Cahill sister will murder another looms ever closer to its fulfillment.

Since reading  Born Wicked,  I’ve been wondering about the kinds of awful things that might happen to turn the sisters against one another in the grand finale.  I got my answer in Sisters’ Fate.  And while it’s heartbreaking to witness all the brutality, chaos and deaths, I loved this book so much that I’d made a note in my planner to carve out time in the upcoming weeks to re-read the entire series.

The ending of Star Cursed  (book two) was agonizing.  Cate was deeply hurt and I wasn’t surprised to see her unleashing her anger in this installment.  It’s quick to see who Cate’s true friends were and I liked that we got to see some blossoming friendships among the witches living in the convent.

With Maura continued to act as though she knew what’s best for all witches, it’s not difficult to imagine how antagonistic things were among the sisters.  Tess was troubled by her nightmarish vision and when her bigger sisters kept fighting so much, she didn’t know who to turn to for comfort and support.  And it certainly didn’t help when Cate was exposed and became the most wanted witch in all of New England!  Things went downhill from there and the prophecy was ominously fulfilled, with heart-wrenching moments that made me gasp, cry and sigh.

In the end, I felt I understood all three sisters in ways I’d never expected.  They were all courageous, brave and powerful in their own way, and I felt I learned so much about sisterly bond through reading this series.

While I’d hoped to see what New England might become when Tess grew older, it’s satisfying to learn that most things ended on a hopeful note.  If I could make a wish, I’d wish that a spinoff series would be written featuring Tess as the main character.

Would you like to see more of Tess?

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Opposition – Jennifer L. Armentrout

OppositionTitle: Opposition
Series: Lux, #5
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: Entangled Teen, August 2014
Source: bought a copy
Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][The Book Depository]

Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

This was one of my most highly anticipated read of 2014 and I felt so relieved to share that this book not only met but exceeded my expectations!

Katy and Daemon continued to amaze me with their wits, charms and oh-so-sarcastic remarks.  It was really fun to see them in action and I liked the way they bantered.  There were a few romantic scenes that were steamy and sweet and I liked that this pair never ceased to love one another despite the awful circumstances that they were in.

I also liked how things were unfolded in this installment.  The pacing was fast and there were a few wacky, unexpected surprises.  I liked that the theme of true loyalty was explored.  I knew the Luxen, human and Origin had their own agenda, but it still shocked me to see how cruelty, selfishness and vengeance could be played out in such monstrosity in the story.  It was sad to see all the hardship that Katy had to deal with, and I was just happy that in the epilogue she had plenty of the bookish stuff that she loved, including a brand new shiny red MacBook!

If you adored Daemon, you wouldn’t want to miss what he came up with to stop his race from destroying Earth.  And you surely wouldn’t want to miss what he did to make sure that Katy could stay safe and sound in the end.  Read Opposition,  and you’ll see why this series has reached #4 on the New York Times YA series list in August 2014.  And don’t forget to go here to read the special post that Armentrout had for all her Lux fans.

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Some Enchanted Éclair – Bailey Cates

Some Enchanted Eclair

Title: Some Enchanted Éclair Series: A Magical Bakery Mystery, #4 Author: Bailey Cates Published: Signet, July 2014 Source: bought a copy Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][the book depository] FLOUR POWER When Hollywood invades Savannah’s … [Continue reading]

Eternal Dawn – Rebecca Maizel

Eternal Dawn

Title: Eternal Dawn Series: Vampire Queen, #3 Author: Rebecca Maizel Published: Macmillan Children's Book, July 2014 Source: bought a copy Links: [goodreads][amazon.co.uk][the book depository] Lenah has sacrificed everything -- including the … [Continue reading]

Silver Shadows – Richelle Mead

Silver Shadows

Title: Silver Shadows Series: Bloodlines, #5 Author: Richelle Mead Published: Razorbill, July 2014 Source: borrowed a copy Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][the book depository] Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in … [Continue reading]

The Fortune Hunter – Daisy Goodwin

The Fortune Hunter

Today, I'm going to share a book excerpt as well as a video about the book, The Fortune Hunter,  by author Daisy Goodwin. The Fortune Hunter  was just released in North America on July 29th, 2014. Title: The Fortune Hunter Author: Daisy … [Continue reading]