The Bone Witch, by Rin Chupeco (The Bone Witch #1)

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Hi, guys! Hope you are all prepared to talk about one of the most expected books for March: The Bone Witch, by Rin Chupeco! ❤ Since I first glimpsed this book, I just knew I HAD to read it and I did, which means time for a review!

I received my review copy from the publisher through The Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review during FFBC’s tour for this book. Thank you all once again!!

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The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer. 

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

Me after finishing this book:

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Book author: L. J. Smith

Hi, there! Welcome to my now monthly Authors of my Heart ❤ section! As last week we had a manga author, today we will have a book author 🙂 Who? L. J. Smith!

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I haven’t read as many books from her as I’d like, but this is the brilliant mind behind the creation of Damon Salvatore. It was necessary to bring her to this section asap!

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I’ve met L. J. Smith on 2009, when The Vampire Diaries was brought to Brazil and the tv show was beginning. I’ve devoured all volumes like crazy, already madly in love with Damon, and then I started to watch the show and I was struck for life.

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I’ve bought the first volume of the Night World series compilation on the same year, but as I have a problem with physically big books, I postponed reading it until last December. Oh boy, I didn’t know what I was missing. Then, I decided that Smith was an auto-buy author, as I’m in love with her writing style ❤

Here you can see both series:

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from my Instagram 🙂

The Vampire Diaries series has captured the hearts and imaginations of hundreds of thousands of fans-and the new CW show that it inspired promises to introduce millions more to the chills, thrills and star-crossed love that has captivated so many readers. In The Awakening, the first volume of this bestselling series, Elena Gilbert is a golden girl used to getting anything that she wants, particularly when it comes to attracting guys. That is until she meets handsome, haunted Stefan, who struggles to resist her because of his dark secret: Stefan is a vampire. Stefan is torn by guilt from his past and living with the threat of his dark, dangerous vampire brother, Damon s return. Soon Elena finds herself in a love triangle between two vampire brothers and it could turn deadly.

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Includes:

Book 1 – Secret Vampire

Book 2 – Daughters of Darkness

Book 3 – Spellbinder

Vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters — they live among us without our knowledge. Night World is their secret society, a secret society with very strict rules. And falling in love breaks all the laws of the Night World.

In Secret Vampire, Poppy thought the summer would last forever. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now Poppy’s only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. A vampire in the Night World, James can make Poppy immortal. But first they both must risk everything to go against the laws of Night World.

Fugitives from Night World, three vampire sisters leave their isolated home to live among humans in Daughters of Darkness. Their brother, Ash, is sent to bring the girls back, but he falls in love with their beautiful friend.

Two witch cousins fight over their high school crush. It’s a battle between black magic and white magic in Spellbinder.

All three books on this volume are already reviewed. Just click on the links bellow to go there 😀

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I know this post is uncommonly short for this section, but I had to include Smith asap, haha! Thanks for reading 🙂 Are you a fan of L. J. Smith’s books??

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Triumph of Chaos, from Jen McConnel (Red Magic #3)

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Hi, there! Welcome to the Triumph of Chaos Blog Tour, brought to you by Chapter by Chapter! This is the third and last book on the Red Magic trilogy, from Jen McConnel, and I was kindly sent a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review on my tour stop. Thanks again to Chapter by Chapter for the chance and the moment is here!

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The Story

(Goodreads Blurb)

After the disaster in Europe, Darlena’s starting to get desperate. She knows the only way to defeat Hecate and the other crazy Red Gods is by banding together with other Witches, but is it any wonder she has a hard time trusting them?

With Izzy’s support, Darlena begins making fragile strides toward repairing the mess she made, but she just can’t catch a break. As chaos runs rampant around her, Darlena begins to think that things would be better if she’d never become a Red Witch in the first place. But there’s no way to change the past…is there?

The final book in the Red Magic series brings Darlena face to face with impossible odds, and a terrifying choice.

The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

I’ve flight through this book. I decided that I’d forever hate Darlena when still reading the second book of the series, Gods of Chaos, but my feelings for her reached a new level on this book. Honestly, it could have been a hundred pages shorter if we just cut out the pages where she tries to put the blame of her actions on others, whines or simply dives into self-loathing. I think that those moments are more than allowed to exist on every book, as they are normal for every human being, but seriously. This girl is a mess. Lucky her that lived on a very constructed world with wonderful magic notions and a delightful mixing of Gods from the whole world! Also, lucky her that I adored Izzie since Gods of Chaos. McConnel’s managed to build a wonderful trilogy despite her protagonist and for that, I bow to her. I couldn’t stop reading Triumph of Chaos until I reached the end and, even with so many loose ends, I think this is a satisfying end. Three stars 🙂

The narrative style followed the other two book’s one: first person styled from Lena’s point of view only. This trilogy illustrated loudly why I don’t usually like this type of narrator. In the moment I couldn’t go back on my hatred feelings for Lena, most of the enjoyment for the wonderful world that McConnel created for Red Magic was lost for me. I couldn’t have a break from her and her whining, her selfishness, her denseness, her soul. This may have been a five stars book, but oh well.

The plot was one of the strongest points of the book, as it was full of surprises and twists. I simply couldn’t tell how the book would end, much less if it was going to end well – you now see why I couldn’t release the book, haha! In a way, many things didn’t go well or on the way I wanted, so that’s why the book lost another star.

The characters again were a source of problem for me. I liked so few characters over this series that I got really upset to see so many of my favorite ones gone. Due to spoilers, I won’t comment further on the matter, but I was so sad to see them gone 😦 Also, I didn’t really like the love triangles that McConnel set up for Lena, but that’s a personal thing for me, as I couldn’t see why anyone would fall for Lena. Looks aren’t everything, after all.

Anyway, there was two characters that I loved really much on the series and that survive all the chaos [haha]: Persephone and her dearest husband, Hades. I loved them so much!! My favorite Gods and characters, along with this boy named Marcus (aka the reason why I gave Gods of Chaos two stars; I couldn’t get over what happened with him).

Overall, this series had a satisfying end and McConnel did create a magic world in which I’d love to live. I may have not been trilled for Darlena, but I highly recommend this series if you like witches, magic, Mythology and a plot full of twists and turnings 😀

3star

Thank you for reading my review! Bellow, you can find the links to grab your copy of Triumph of Chaos and to add it to your Goodreads shelf!

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Where to find Triumph of Chaos

Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

Also, you can learn a bit about Jen McConnel, the author of Red Magic series, bellow 🙂

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A Michigander by birth, Jen McConnel now makes her home in the beautiful state of North Carolina. She writes NA, including the recently released Adventures Abroad series (Bloomsbury Spark), the award winning YA novel Beautiful Curse (Swoon Romance), and various other works. When she isn’t writing, she can be found on her yoga mat or wandering off on another adventure. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time. Visit http://www.JenMcConnel.com to learn more!

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  • Five winners will receive a digital copy of Triumph of Chaos (Red Magic #3) by Jen McConnel (INTERNATIONAL!)

Don’t miss out that chance 😀 Click here to participate: GIVEAWAY!

That’s it, thank you for reading! And again, a huge thanks to Chapter by Chapter for giving me this chance 😀

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Daughter of Chaos, from Jen McConnel (Red Magic #1)

Hi, there! Welcome to the last post of the day 😀 It’s been a while since my last book review, but here we go again 😀 Blame season 7 from Supernatural for sucking my soul on the last three or four days. Today’s book was received from Chapter by Chapter as a preparation for an upcoming book tour in exchange for an honest review. I’m talking about Daughter of Chaos, first book in the Red Magic trilogy, by Jen McConnel! 😀

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The Story

Darlena Agara is one of those people that have deep authority issues, but other than that, she’s your typical teenage witch: problems with the hot ex-boyfriend, a weird best friend, unsure of the path that she will choose to follow with her magic.

Or she was, until no one less than Hecate, the Queen of the Witches, showed up on Lena’s living room and forced her to choose her path there and now. Without a moment lost, Lena chooses the Red path. Okay? Okay.

Except there wasn’t supposed to be a Red path. At Trinity’s school, Lena was taught the three big paths: White Magic, Black Magic and Green Magic. Not a single word about Red in all those years of learning.

To make things worse, everyone starts to panic when Lena’s choice becomes public: she’s graciously expelled from her school, her parents are afraid of her, her best friend is envious of her apparently big power (which Lena is still questioning) and her house becomes a point for Goddesses to appear out of the blue. Okay? Okay.

There is just one little thing that Darlena would really like to know now: what the hell is going on with her life.

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The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my thoughts and opinion as a reader 🙂

I’m a goner for paranormal/fantasy romances, Mythologies (especially the Greek’s one), witches and a good rebel character. Daughter of Chaos accomplished almost all things, expect that I couldn’t connect with Lena not one single time. I don’t know if I’m getting old to read YA (PLEASE, DON’T BE IT, I LOVE YA) or if we just didn’t hit it off, but I couldn’t. The fact that the book was first person narrated from her point of view just made matters worse and I caught myself rolling my eyes all the time 😦 On the other hand, this book had it’s magical world really well constructed and I loved the way that McConnel portrayed the Gods in general (I even liked Hecate!!), so I had a great time on every scene that Lena was snapping at a God. Overall, it was a good start for a trilogy and kept my interest high enough at the end for me to anticipate reading the next volume, so three stars 🙂

As I said, the narrative was first person styled from Lena’s point of view only. After a good wave of really nice first person narrated books that made me bite my tongue, I was sharply remembered by McConnel why I don’t really like this kind of narrative style. Lena and I just weren’t meant to be and I couldn’t have a break from her. I can’t deny that she grows up during the book, but she didn’t manage to convince me to like her until the end of this volume. Let’s see if she will keep growing on Gods of Chaos, haha! Before I write a whole paragraph for Lena, let’s talk about the plot.

The plot on this book is disguised as simple, but surprised me deeply. On the moment that Lena’s life exploded into chaos [haha], I couldn’t see where the story was going. I won’t say that everything got me by surprise, especially when it involved the character’s destiny, but the directions of the plot always made me widen my eyes and that felt very good! McConnel’s writing style isn’t remarkable and there are a few edit issues, but nothing compromising. Lena made the book lose two stars all by herself, haha!

And speaking of Lena.

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We started the book with the wrong foot. As soon as I learned why she broke up with her boyfriend, Justin, I rolled my eyes and knew I was dealing with a spoiled child. It was amazing how Lena could be dense, ungrateful and a bitch. It was a good thing that I wasn’t inside the book with her or she would have permanent purple eyes. I can’t deny, she got better towards the end, as she grows up, but Lena still has a long journey until she impresses me.

As a matter of fact, all human characters on this book annoyed me. Well, except Dennis, I guess, but I can’t talk much about the poor kid. Spoilers and everything, sorry. It was too obvious what was going to happen with Justin and then with Rochelle, the best friend. On the other hand, I loved every single God mentioned and presented on this book. My favorites? Hades and Persephone. Hades was the coolest and cutest (yes, you read it right) God ever. I really hope he gets to appear more, I’m in love ❤ Never mind that this is the third time that I fall in love with a Hades representation in a book. Hades alone won a star for Daughter of Chaos, haha!

Also, can we please praise this cover? I’m in love.

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Overall, this is a nice read to pass the time and I can’t wait to see what comes next in the Red Magic series. If you like awesome Gods, good hot guys, badass witches and mysteries, give this book a go!

3star

That’s it, thank you for reading! Also, thanks to Chapter by Chapter team for providing me this series, I had a good time with the first and am already reading the second volume 😀

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Ps: you can see my post for the release blitz of Triumph of Chaos here, the last book of the trilogy!

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Must-Have Edition of the Month: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, from J.K. Rowling

Hello, good morning! I know, two Harry Potter posts in a roll on this section, but what can I do? They seem to give me luck, by announcing my wanted books, haha! From all 12 posts I did about my desired editions (some solemnly made on Instagram), I managed to buy 2 of them. Go, me! Lol

Anyway, today’s choice is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by J.K. Rowling, on green hardcover format. So pretty!

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I already saw this edition around bookstagram (follow me there!), and I’m in love. In fact, I want the whole box set.

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credits: all pictures were found on Google, I don’t own any of them.

That’s it, haha! Sorry that this post was so short, oops!

Have you read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?

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Must-Have Edition of the Month: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition

Hi, there! Good Thursday to you 😀 Today it’s Must-Have Edition of the Month day and I thought it would be nice to share which book I’ve been haunting since Christmas: the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone!

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No, seriously. Look at this!

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I’ve been seeing pics of this book all over Instagram and I’m dying to have my own copy 😦 Unfortunately, I’m not finding for less than 100 dollars… The world can be so unfair.

I already interacted with this book in a local bookstore, so I know it is double hardcover with a ribbon mark, nice and fancy paper and the most cute illustrations ever, made by Jim Kay ❤

I SHALL HAVE MY COPY SOMEDAY, JUST WATCH ME!

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That’s it! Thanks for reading ❤ Have you already grabbed your illustrated edition copy??

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Spellbinder, from L. J. Smith (Night World #3)

Hello once again! To finish off my Night World volume one book, I’m presenting you with the review to Spellbinder, third book in the series of brilliant L. J. Smith!

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from my Instgram – and, btw, this is my little Lady ❤

The Story

Thea and Blaise grew up like sisters, but the girls were different as day and night. While Thea was peaceful and an animal healer, Blaise was a first’class trouble maker and boys killer. Almost literally.

After being expelled five times from different schools, Thea is determinated to make Blaise behave and allow both of them to finish their studies. The problem is that Blaise is not cooperating and can’t wait to play with her new human toys, as she seems the non-magical people.

Things get worse when she targets Eric, the only boy that ever made Thea’s heart beat in a different rhythm. In order to protect Eric, Thea must pretend that she is interested in charming him and make him fall in love with her, just like Blaise would do. No harm done, no witch laws broke.

The only problem was that Thea had already fallen for him.

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The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

I’m still flabbergasted that it took me so long to grab this series to read. It has been sitting on my TBR shelf for at least four years now, I’m so ashamed. AND IT IS SO DARN GOOD, OMG! I thought I wouldn’t enjoy this book as much as I did the others because I had hatted Blaise from her quick cameo from Secret Vampire, haha! But, as almost all of Smith’s villains, I fell in love with her spirit and wicked ways, oops! Another big 5 stars book

The narrative was third person type once again, but differently from the other two books, the only point of view we get is Thea’s. I like best when we can switch POVs, despite loving Thea with all my heart – something quite unusual for me, but I shall get there, haha! I would have loved to see a bit of the story through Blaise’s or Eric’s eyes, but I guess both would lose a little of their essential mysterious natures, haha! And Thea sees both characters as enigmatics, each on their own way, so I understand the decision of making this only about how Thea saw things. Still, one can dream, right? 😉

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Anyway, to the plot we go. This is the most elaborated one in the series so far and I honestly didn’t know how things would end until they got there. I read 2/3 of the book in one night because of my state of anxiety over what could happen next, haha! I still don’t think that it was something out of this world and the first climax was quite obvious, but oh, I swear that the second made it up for everything! I was bouncing in my chair as I read, almost biting all my nails and pulling my hair, lol. It involved me and worked for me ❤

The characters were a blast. I dare say that character’s building is Smith’s speciallity, as she makes us to fall in love even with the most awful types! =O

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It happened with Ash in both Secret Vampire and Daughters of Darkness, Kestrel in DoD, Blaise in Spellbinder, Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries… OMG, woman! I already usually love the villains, no need to support my obssessions, haha! LOL

But as it went in Spellbinder, I was spechless when realized that I loved Thea, the sweet and naïve young adult protagonist of the story. I usually get bored with good girls, but she was so real and nice that I just felt like being her friend. Just like Blaise and Dani, Thea’s friend from the school and witch sister. My heart was tore, as I didn’t know if I cheered for Thea or Blaise to get what they wanted. I had never felt like this towards a protagonist and an antagonist: I always pick a side. I was a mess while reading, as the only thing that I knew for certain was that Eric made the cut for my infamous bookish boyfriend list, haha!

And there is Blaise. She was awesome, I wish I could grow up and be just like her, seriously. She’s fearless and wild, beautiful to the point of pain (literally if you are a boy, be prepared) and very mature despite her bad taste for plays and tricks. Besides, she can craft anything like no one in the world. I would have loved to see myself her jewelry ❤ And the most amazing thing in all of this is that her craft is a human ability – the itens that she made could have magic powers thanks to the pieces that she used, but the designs weren’t humanly impossible.

Then I think about my secret talents.

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Now that you all know what I can do, let’s talk about Eric. At first, I thought him too sweet, too much. But them, as Thea (cof and us cof) realizes that he feels confortable around her to be himself, a self that he displays to no one else, it makes sense the sweetness and all things that a seventeen year old boy usually is not. The weird thing is that I feel like Thea, Blaise and Eric are more suited to college life than high school life, in a matter of scenarios, haha! I don’t know, I can’t imagine them so young. I guess it’s because of their maturity, which is not at all a bad thing 🙂

A point that I noticed in the Night World series is the lack of romantic interactions between characters despite their love for each other. In this matter, Secret Vampire was the book with more romantic scenes, in the sense of the flesh. And still, we had no sheets action (which is not necessary a bad thing). I guess I’m just amazed how Smith was able to create and maintein a fantastic book series without resourcing to sex to involve her readers. Even on a supernatural romantic focused series. She proves my point that you DON’T NEED SEX to tell a beautiful love story. Hell, you barely need a kiss, as it was the case with Daughters of Darkness. Astonishing! *—–*

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Okay, sorry. Let’s go back, haha!

Overall, this is another perfect young adult book with a supernatural romance and witches. If you like at least one of these elements, you just need to read this book. No, I’m lying. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS SERIES BECAUSE IT IS PERFECT!

5star

That’s it, haha! Thanks for reading and bearing with my fangirling, haha! Now I have the most dificult job ever: finding volumes 2 and 3 of Night World novels…

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Please, wish me luck! I’m dying to keep reading ❤

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Daughters of Darkness, from L. J. Smith (Night World #2)

Hi, there! Ooh, it’s so late, but I don’t care, I delayed this review for too much time now 😦 Hope you had an amazing Sunday!

Today I’ll review the second book from the Night World series, Daughters of Darkness, from L. J. Smith ❤ Spoiler alert: it’s a big five stars book!

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The Story

Rowan, Kestrel, and Jade know that they are taking a path of no return when they flee their home. The three sisters are well aware of all the risks and sacrifices involved, but anything in the human world is better than to live in an eternal bubble without any real living.

What they didn’t expect was to have a nosy neighbor.

Mary-Lynnette is a loner, a creature of the night. The stars are her best friends, along with her brother Mark. Or so she thought, until meeting her three new and inhumanly beautiful neighbors. The girls seem to be nice enough despite all oddities surrounding their family, but can Mary-Lynnette handle with their older brother…?

Ash knew he was doomed in the moment he laid eyes on Mary-Lynnette. Once, he had heard from a cousin how he would fall hard for his soul mate, but never believed in such crap. He was a man in a mission and Mary-Lynnette couldn’t be related to his difficulties in taking his sisters back home.

Or could she?

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The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

OMG, WHY DID I TAKE SO DAMN LONG TO READ THIS SERIES?! IT’S EVEN BETTER THAN THE VAMPIRE DIARIES! (Just don’t tell this to television guys, they will screw this up, haha!). I loved everything aspect of this book and can’t wait to finish Spellbinder, the next book 🙂 Ash was perfection since Secret Vampire, but in this one is where I fell hard for him… *sighs in pure love* I’ll try to do a good job here, but it is so damn difficult when all I feel like doing is fangirling non-stop about Ash, haha!

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The narrative was my favorite one: third person with alternating points of view. I wish there were more parts under Ash’s POV, but I understand that not knowing much about him it’s part of his charm. Putting more parts under his view would have bared him too much for the reader and all, haha! But one can dream, right? 😉

The plot wasn’t overly complicated and quite predictable, but there is a little twist in the end that caught me off guard and this was awesome ❤ I don’t really mind simple plots as long as they are well executed and hold my attention while I read. I can even know how it all will end, but I always get curious to see how the outcome shall arrive, haha! My point? There is no lost trip for me, haha!

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The characters are the high point in this book. Rowan, Kestrel and Jade are unique and each represent a type of person: Rowan is gentle and naïve despite being the oldest; Kestrel is ruthless and savage; and Jade is dreamy and brave. They complement each other in such a perfect way! Mark was also a pleasant enough character and I really liked Jeremy despite everything. And, of course, there is their older brother Ash, but never fear, I’ll get to him. I really liked Mary-Lynnette. She was such a strong heroine for a Young Adult book but without losing her teenager spirit. I could have never made her final decision on the end of the book and I will admire her for this till the world ends.

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Now, let’s go to Ash. Oh, Ash. He is the lost cousin of Damon Salvatore, I assure you. The difference between them is that Damon is actually a pretty nice guy trying to fool people into believing that he is a demon and Ash is actually a demon trying to fool people into believing that he is a pretty nice guy, haha! 😉 Mary-Lynnette described him as a royal cat with ever-changing eye colors and this is the most accurate description ever. Ash has his own pace for everything (cof except when it comes to Mary-Lynnette cof) and never has a permanent eye color – not even in his full vampire form. The strange thing about him is that he is both intelligent and not stubborn at all. He sees something that he is doing wrong and he promptly fixes it instead of insisting that he is right. Not many males have this blessed ability, haha!

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I really think that L. J. Smith rocked in the Night World series so far and dare to say that those books are a must-read if you love Y&A, romance, Vampires, Witches, Werewolves and really cool humans, haha!

5star

That’s it! Thanks for reading this review and I hope to finish Spellbinder soon, haha! Have you read the Night World series?

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