Unbreakable – C C Hunter

UnbreakableTitle: Unbreakable
Series: Shadow Falls: After Dark, novella
Author: C. C. Hunter
Published: St. Martin’s Griffin, September 2014
Source: received a copy from publisher
Links: [goodreads][amazon.com]

He isn’t everything he says he is.  He’s even more…

Who is Chase Tallman, the newest member of Shadow Falls? What made him into the sexy, mysterious vampire he is today? And what led him to Della Tsang?

Step back in time and unearth the secrets that haunt him.

The secret of how he became a vampire—and how he knows so much about being reborn.  Secrets about his first love, his family–and what steers him toward Della, the beautiful, complicated girl he just can’t seem to stay away from. The one who makes him want things he thought he’d given up on long ago.

It all began with a research study, a palm reader, and a plane crash that sent him on a quest…for a love that’s unbreakable.

If you’ve read Reborn,  you’d know Chase Tallman was a new student at Shadow Falls.  He’s a vampire – a sexy, mysterious one – who seemed charming, dangerous and very capable of bringing out the cranky side of Della.

In Unbreakable,  we got to see Chase before he became a vampire.  He was an ordinary teen who loved his family and had a crush on his sister’s best friend.  He was fiercely protective and I liked that he didn’t back out of awkward situations and was always ready to take a stand even when things were tough and uncomfortable.

The novella is short.  It’s about 55 pages long but it helps me see Chase at a new angle.  To be honest, I didn’t know if I wanted to get to know Chase when I read Reborn.  He seemed to be a guy with an okay personality but he didn’t sound appealing to me.  But now that I get to know him a little better, I feel more eager to pick up book two and find out if he’s really on the good side.

Can’t wait to get reconnected with Burnett, Della and their friends in October 2014…

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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

Opposition

Title: 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 … [Continue reading]

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]