Shadowspell

"On top of spending most of her time in a bunkerlike safe house and having her dates hijacked by a formidable Fae bodyguard, Faeriewalker Dana Hathaway is in for some more bad news: the Erkling and his pack of murderous minions known as the Wild Hunt, have descended upon Avalon. With his homicidal appetite and immortal powers, the Erkling has long been the nightmare of the Fae realm. A fragile treaty with the Faerie Queen, sealed with a mysterious spell, is the one thing that keeps him from hunting unchecked in Avalon, the only place on Earth where humans and Fae live together. Which means Dana's in trouble, since it's common knowledge that the Faerie Queen wants her- and her rare Faeriewalker powers- dead. The smoldering, sexy Erkling's got his sights set on Dana, but does he only seek to kill her, or does he have something much darker in mind?"

Oh my gosh. This book is so awesome! I loved Glimmerglass, and this is an amazing sequel to it. Constant page turner, and I couldn't even get all my homework done because of this... oops... Well, it was worth it!
It opens to Dana out on "not a date" with Ethan. It's a little difficult, seeing as she's constantly being watched by bodyguards. After a series of unfortunate events, Dana meet the Erkling, a one of a kind... thing. Like all creature there, he completely gorgeous, and if he wasn't super totally evil, she would probably have been in love with him. But weirdly enough, he always seems sympathetic towards her the whole time...
I could explain more, but where would the fun be in that? I am definitely going to give this book a 4/4. The only criticism I have is that it does have two F bombs and a couple more sensual occasions, but compared to most of the media now, I can't complain. Loved the book, loved the plot, loved the characters. I bet you will to. Buy this today!

Sweet Daydreams,
Brooke
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Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Music Mondays: Neon Trees...The Unknown Popular Artist

If you haven't heard Neon Trees, you need to. Plain as that. I found these guys out way before you wanted more of their single "Animal" by a mere hotel commercial. I heard it all the time and still can't get over how good the song is. I couldn't believe that these guys aren't more popular. They have an amazing hit and other songs that I can't believe people haven't heard. I want to share these guys with you because they are a slow artist on the rise. Below are my three favorite songs by them so far:






Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Bloody Valentine

"Vampires have powers beyond human comprehension: strength that defies logic, speed that cannot be captured on film, the ability to shapeshift and more. But in matters of the heart, no one, not even the strikingly beautiful and outrageously wealthy Blue Bloods, has total control. In Bloody Valentine, bestselling author Melissa De La Cruz offers readers offers a new story about love lives of their favorite vamps- the passion and heartache, the hope and devastation, the lust and longing. Combined with all the glitz, glamour, and mystery fans have come to expect, this is sure to be another huge hit in the Blue Bloods series."When first picking up this book, I sighed and figured it was a small book so I could read it fast. I was correct. It was a small book, only 147 pages, and not even big full pages. I sighed as I opened the book. Then I came to realize that this was not the next book in the series. It was a small book that consisted of three short stories.
The first is about Oliver Hazard-Perry. It takes place shortly after Misguided Angel, and is about his struggle to get over Schuyler. This story left me feeling satisfied. This story didn't exactly move me (though it does have a recipe for Freya Beauchamp's Scrambled Eggs for the Brokenhearted) and after I just felt.. good. The second story is actually, to my surprise, about Allegra Van Alen, Schuyler's mother, when she was about Schuyler's age... maybe a little younger. This story left me feeling very sad actually. It made me feel sad for Allegra and helped me to understand her a little more. All in all, I think this was my favorite story.
The last story in about Schuyler. This is a close second. For those who have not read Misguided Angel (or any for that matter) I will refrain from telling you what the last is about, but it has to do with Schuyler and Jack... But anywho, this story left me feeling very happy, and in a way reminded me of Bella and Edward (Twilight Duh).
I have decided to give this small book a 4/4. It actually kept me reading and only took me a couple hours to finish. I think this is an enjoyable read for anyone. Though, please only read after Misguided Angel.
Sweet Daydreams!
Brooke
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My Top 5 Favorite Breaking Dawn Trailers...Right Now

I am anxiously waiting for Breaking Dawn...something to come out! There is say around the water cooler that a Breaking Dawn trailer will be released during this year's MTV Movie Awards like New Moon was. I'm praying that we get something soon because I feel my anxiety level going up with each passing day. OK, that was a little dramatic, but you get where I'm going.

I've been checking YouTube for some BD relief with fan made trailers and am very impressed. Here are my favorite trailers so far in no particular order:









Tell me your favorite BD trailers!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Want to Lose Weight the Twilight Way? Here's Your Chance!

Me being the big Twi-Hard I am have seen that there is finally a Twilight diet! What is it, you ask. Well, it is a little diagram that is a way to help you keep losing weight through a Twilight-wise way. Here are the rules:
This is the full weight loss chart:
If you want to download the full chart, go here!

Here's my promise! If I get at least ten people who would like to eat better, lose weight, or just something dealing with a better, healtheir, diverse, etc diet, I'll start a little group for us to go through this. I'm looking to lose some weight myself, so it is a fun thing to do to help me stick to do this. So, if you would like to go on this ride with me and stop eating steak and berry cobbler every night, join! Leave a comment over at Eat Read Love if you want to.

P.S. I will throw in a free copy of Breaking Dawn to whoever loses the most weight at the end.
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Vampire Diaries--Season 2, Episode 12: "The Descent"

My stories are on again! It's seemed like forever since I have watched my stories and I am raving still over the comback it has made. Let's get to the recapping:

We start off with seeing Jules, who we saw Damon toe-to-toe with in the early episodes, at a campsite...naked. She sees what she has done from when she was a werewolf. Just as she's about to burn the bodies evidence, a ranger pulls up. What's for her to do? Kill him.

Now that Stefan is out of the tomb because of Elena's deal with Elijah, they get to meet up. Elena assures Stefan that they're safe because Katherine is imprisoned in the tomb. She takes some vervane and so does Stefan.

We see Rose telling Damon that she's scared of dying because of the werewolf bite she has gotten. Damon lies, when he sees the infection, that it is getting better when it looks horrible. Elena asks Damon if she will die and Damon says coldly that she probably will.

Caroline congratulates Tyler for not hurting or killing anyone on his first transformation. Tyler is still sort of shaken over what happened. She then notifies him that if he bites her, it's over for her. He asks where she found that out and she lies by telling him she read it in a book. Matt comes up to her and kisses her, and Caroline strangely pulls away and says she can't.

Elena takes Rose into Damon's bedroom is amazed by Damon's room. Rose notes that Elena has never been in there before. (It was a really nice room.) Rose starts to vomit blood and Elena goes to the bathroom to grab something to clean up with. When she goes back to the room, Rose isn't in the bed and Rose pops out and tries to attack Elena. Elena tells her that she isn't Katherine and Rose comes back to normal.

Damon goes to see Jules and tries to ask how to cure a werewolf bite. She tells him in detail the pain Rose will go through and tells him that the only cure is to run a stake through her heart.

Rose goes koo koo for cocoa puffs and starts to raid the Salvatore blood supply. When Elena finds her, she attacks her and runs away from the house. She attacks a man who was taking out garbage. After the kill, Damon finds Rose and she finally comes back. He tries to console Rose in his bed, but she seems to really be gone.

Matt asks Caroline what is going on, but she won't tell him anything. Tyler meets her at her house and kisses her. (Yes!) She kisses him back, but says that everyone needs to stop kissing her.

Back at Damon's room, they both think of a happy hillside. Rose and Damon are human because they are out in sunlight. Rose talks about how she misses being human. Damon then takes a stake and positions it over her heart. With a shed of a tear, Damon stakes Rose. he then takes it to Sheriff Forbes and tells her that he will bury the body.

Jules meets up with Tyler and tells him that Caroline isn't the only vampire in Mystic Falls. She says that she is his friend and that there are more like them on the way.

Elena tries to see how Damon is and after he is cold and distant. Finally, he breaks down and tells Elena that he is upset because Jules is coming after him and Rose paid the price. Elena goes home and sees that Stefan is there...with her Uncle John?!

At the end of the episode, we see a girl stop off in the middle of the road where a man is lying. She goes to see if he's OK and he gets up and we see it's Damon. And, yes, the boy has been drinking...a lot. He is saying that this si what he was and this is what he has to be. He then let's her go, but catches her and starts to feed. We see Damon's vampiric face.

What did you think of the episode? Tell me your thoughts!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Interview with a Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles #1) by Anne Rice

Synopsis: Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force–a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write. Source

Review
Plot: I would have taken the synopsis from GoodReads, but that was way too long for a review. But, I have to say that I can see why Anne Rice is the unofficial goddess of vampire lit. This book had all the elements of an amazing vampire book and more. I absolutely loved the plot of the book. There wasn't a certain storyline to the book other than a vampire's recount of his vampire life. I've never actually read about a vampire's life. You just see a certain part of it and maybe they might recount a small touch of it, but never their whole life. I loved how it was a recollection, but it felt like you were really there with Louis. I could imagine Louis and Claudia sleeping in his coffin and Lestat teaching Claudia how to feed. Rice was amazing with descriptions. Sometimes, it was a little overwhelming when I would spend a few paragraphs reading what a cottage would look like, but I did love how it was descriptive enough to actually have me visualize the setting. The characters were clear in my mind and were so real, I wished that I could interview Louis.

Characters: Louis-Oh, Louis, how I love thee! He is the epitome of a tortured soul. Everything he has gone through and his greatest struggles happened centuries ago, yet he still mourns them. He was such an amazing character to have be the vampire that I'm glad he had his point of view written instead of third person.
Lestat-I have a love-hate relationship with Lestat. He is what you generally think of when you think of vampires. Lestat is so charismatic and evil at the same time. However, I did love how Louis could see that Lestat did not want to be alone and that Lestat still sort of love his father. I can't wait to see his point of view in the next book.
Claudia-Claudia was a unique character. I never read about an immortal child. I didn't realize how curious I was to see how an immortal child would turn out. Rice was amazing the way she created Claudia. We see her go from an innocent five year old to an 60 year old girl (still looking 5 years old). She sounds like a woman and her actions are very deviant. I loved her and Louis though, they were so great together, father-daughter wise. Louis still adores her even then in the interview.

Cover: I have the The Vampire Chronicles big book, it has the first three books (Interview with a Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, and Queen of the Damned). So,there isn't much to the cover except for the gold background and a fence on the front. The font is a beautiful ancient look and is the color of blood red.

Overall Rating: I give this four out of four. It is a beautiful book and I recommend this to anyone, whether you adore romance, vampires, action, Western, comedy, classics, etc. Read it! It is something I think anyone should read. It is a one in a billion kind of book, you won't find nothing like it. So, please give it a try!
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Betrayal (Immortal #2) by Gillian Shields

Synopsis: "There are the small betrayals: the unkind word, the petty lies. And there are the betrayals that break hearts, destroy worlds, and turn the strong sweet light of day into bitter dust."
When Evie Johnson started at Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, her life changed in ways she couldn't possibly have envisioned: the discovery of her link with Lady Agnes, her special bond with Helen and Sarah, and their sisterhood in the astonishing secrets of the Mystic Way. Above all, Evie's love for Sebastian has turned her world upside down.

Now Evie returns to Wyldcliffe for another term and more danger. Surrounded by enemies, she lives every day in fear that Sebastian will fall into the darkness of servitude to the Unconquered Lords. The Wyldcliffe coven is plotting to destroy Evie and use Sebastian to secure their own immortality. Evie and her sisters must master the power of the Talisman before it is too late. But could it be Sebastian himself who will ultimately betray Evie?

In this companion to Gillian Shields's dazzling Immortal, magic and sweeping romance cross the bounds of time to deliver heart-stopping emotion and suspense. Source

Review
Plot: This is the sequel to Immortal and I was excited to finally get my hands on Betrayal. I was a bit confused when I started to read it. I haven't read Immortal in almost a year and Betrayal took some time to recount what happened. Evie would just say that she couldn't believe what happened and how horrible she felt for what she had done and I'm staring at the book trying to remember what happened in Immortal. I did, however, love the concept of the book. It was a nice take to see the heroin trying to save her love. I was getting really into the book. Some points, I was actually fighting tears because the book was getting to me. The ending was something I was NOT expecting and I have to say that I loved the way it was written, but not how it was written. Shields did a beautiful job at the end, but I hated how it ended. I won't say how it ends because it would give away everything, but I had a total love-hate relationship with the ending.

Characters: Evie-I have always loved Evie, she was such a great heroin. I loved how she was sure on her powers and helping Sebastian, but questioned herself when she wasn't able to accomplish something. She was determined to cure Sebastian and she wouldn't stop he was. When Evie was questioning her life at the moment and a life she could have was very refreshing. It was nice to know that she was in love with Sebastian, but wanted to have a normal life as well.
Sebastian-Shields was amazing when it came to Sebastian. Sebastian was still in the book and the plot line with his writing to Evie. You could see the pain Sebastian was going through with struggling to keep his humanity. He was a bit dramatic at times, but it just showed you how tormented he was. I was praying for the next chapter to have Sebsatian or one of his letters because I loved him so much. I can honestly see why Evie called him her first and only love. (One of the reasons I was close to crying.)

Cover: I loved the two covered to the Immortal series. The first one represented Evie's powers for the element of Water and the Tailsman. Betrayal was a nice cover to go along with the book. It had fire which represented Agnes' element of Fire and short of showed the fire of betrayal that some of the characters felt in their heart.

Overall Rating: I give this book four out of four. Even though the ending peeved me off, I still loved Shields' writing and how elegantly the story flowed. My only precaution with this book is try to read the books closely together. They are both great to read, but it was hard to get back on the series when it has been so long.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Misguided Angel

"After inheriting the dark Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler fled to Florence- with her forbidden love Jack. Now the two of them must embark on the mission Schuyler was destined to complete: to find and protect the seven gates that guard earth from Lucifer, lord of the silverbloods. As the Blue Blood enclave weakens yet further, fate leads Schuyler closer to a terrifying crossroads- and a choice that will determine the destiny of all vampires."
When I first started this series, it was years ago. I remember back and remember falling in love with this series, always needing to know what happened to Schuyler next. The reason I have not blogged in a wile was because I vowed not to start a new book until I finished this one. So here we are, months later, and I have finally finished this book.
This book starts of in none other than Schuyler's point of view. She has arrived in Florence with her "forbidden love" Jack, and is fulfilling her mission. I finally start letting the book in and enjoying it when the book turns to another's POV. Mimi Force is now in charge and more heart broken and lonely than ever. When problems arise, she is forced to work with, my favorite, Oliver! At first they despise one another, but after working with one another, they find they have some things in common. Then, as I'm starting to enjoy her side of the story, here comes another POV. A new character, Deming Chen. I have to say, her part I enjoyed most.
Throughout this whole book there are so many surprises. Just when you think you know who's who, everything changes. But, as you may have guessed, I did not enjoy it very much. I honestly did not like the constant changing of POV's. I didn't really care for the plot either. She is dragging the series out way too long. I have to say, the whole new "villain" was really cool, but other than that, I was bored a lot.
Unfortunately, this is my first 2 out of 4 stars. It really was bordering on 3, but it was so hard to keep on reading. I would recommend it, but don't get your hopes up.
Sweet Daydreams,
Brooke
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My Top 5 List: Books I Want to See on the Big Screen

Every once in awhile I'll try to fill up the empty spaces in the times we blog, so I'll start doing some top 5 lists of things relating to books and movies. I decided to do the top 5 books I absolutely want to see in the theaters! The list is in no particular order.
1. The Vampire Kisses series by Ellen Schreiber
I love this series and Raven is probably one of my favorite heroins. I would love to see who would play her and how the Coffin Club would look. And, I know I am not the only one who wants to see Alexander Sterling come to life!
2. The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
OK, so I know this one is up for grabs right now, but I'm crossing my fingers that this series gets a company to back it up! I don't care who, but I want an awesome director like Neil Jordan, Len Wiseman or Patrick Tatopoulos. I want to see when Rose does her practicing to become a guardian and the passion between her and Dimitri!
3. Starcrossed by Mark Schreiber
This is hands down my favorite book and I need to see it on Lifetime, theaters, anywhere! I love remakes of classics and this is one of the best I've read. Of course, it's not line to line remake of Romeo and Juliet, but the love story between Christy and Ben. I loved the ending and the constant trials and triumphs the two have!
4. The Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong
This is my new favorite series. I will admit, I'm kind of mad there were only 3 books, but things do have to come to an end. But, I do want to see this series in the theaters because there was way too much action to just keep in a book. And, I want to see the Chlerek relationship unfold!
5. The FALLEN series by Lauren Kate
We have yet to see a fallen or dark angels movie! We need at least one. I know this book is optioned for rights, but I'm hoping this gets a company to back it up as well. I want to see how the fallen angels are portrayed on the big screen.

Tell me the top 5 books you would buy midnight tickets to!

Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Blue Moon (The Immortals #2) by Alyson Noël

Synopsis: Eager to learn everything she can about her new abilities as an Immortal, Ever turns to her beloved Damen to show her the way. But just as her powers are increasing, Damen’s are waning.  In an attempt to save him, Ever travels to the magical dimension of Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen’s tortured past; a past which he has always kept hidden from her. But in her quest to cure Damen, Ever discovers an ancient text that details the workings of time. Now Ever must chose between turning back the past and saving her family from the accident that claimed their lives—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows sicker every day... Source

Review
Plot: I finished the second book in the Immortal series and I have to say that I am like many other readers of this series and say that this was not as good as the first. I felt like this plot was made up to prolong the series. I was glad to see more of Damen, but I wanted to see more of Ever developing her powers. It seemed like she already knew her powers, even though throughout Blue Moon, she says she was always distracting Damen from her lessons. Also, I thought it was cliché that Ever thought the new guy was suspicious, but no one else thinks so. It was kind of expected and it made the plot dry and unoriginal. And, in the synopsis, when it talks about Damen's tortured past, there was one point where I could see that he was in anguish over, but it wasn't what I was thinking. (Spoilers coming up, pass over them and go to the rest of the review, if you don't want to see.)
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Okay, so there's the guy, Roman, he appears out of nowhere! Like, one day everything's peachy and the next, this guy shows up! Of course, he's the bad guy and of course he's an Immortal too. No surprise there, which made the book even more dry. I will say that he never gives up, which did make the book more interesting.
When Damen gets sick, it is very...jaw dropping. It made the book more interesting. I could not believe some of the things Damen thought and said about Ever. It seemed like he was a completely different person, including when he changed his special room from a vintage state to a rec room. I loved Damen in this one because it was such different personalities, you can see how genuine and romantic the real Damen is. (P.S. If you didn't already guess, Roman is behind Damen getting sick.)
Lastly, Damen's tortured past is that he saw his parents murdered. That made me empathize with Damen and see kind of why he didn't want to look at the past. Also, it was a kind of twist to see that Roman was one of the Immortals Damen had turned. However, it was ruined when it came out of nowhere like a lot of surprises in the book.
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Characters: Ever-She is a good character, I have to admit, because she isn't perfect. She has her flaws like thinking there's always something up with new people and that she still grieves over her family. I do like her decisions she makes in Blue Moon, you think that maybe it's all about Damen, but it still isn't to her. She loves everyone around her, but Damen's the one who helps her get through the tough times.
Damen-Damen is very...different in this book. If you didn't read the spoilers, you'll have to see for yourself. It was a nice twist that I did like in here. I wasn't expecting him to act the way he did in most of the book.
Roman-Evil. That is the first thing I have to say. A good evil though, he does not give up and I love that. It's non-stop problems. When one things resolved, another pops up. There is just one question I have to ask him: how did he do it? You'll see what I mean when you read the book, but it is never revealed exactly how he did it.

Cover: I love the cover for this book as well! It's of Ever holding, what seems to me, like Summerland. I love the contrast of the yellow to the dark hues of blue. To me, it's like Ever's starting to gain control on how to use Summerland. Plus, it is where she gets most of her answers in Blue Moon.

Overall Rating: I give this book a 3 out of 4. It wasn't as good as Evermore in terms of romance, which you know I always look for, but it was good for some drama. Alyson did do better on gradualing making the drama get to the climax and not springing it up on us. I will be reading the next book which is Shadowland (Immortals #3) to see how this series turns out.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: The Reckoning (Darkest Powers #3) by Kelley Armstrong

Synopsis: Only two weeks ago, life was all too predictable. But that was before I saw my first ghost. Now, along with my supernatural friends Tori, Derek, and Simon, I’m on the run from the Edison Group, which genetically altered us as part of their sinister experiment. We’re hiding in a safe house that might not be as safe as it seems. We’ll be gone soon anyway, back to rescue those we’d left behind and to take out the Edison Group . . . or so we hope. Source

Review
Plot: I've been loving the Darkest Powers series so far and The Reckoning was like the cherry on top for the series. I loved how this series wrapped up the questions and mysteries that some of us have had throughout. I loved the constant twists and turns that truly surprised me. Allies are enemies and real allies are nowhere in sight. I did like the romance underlies. You knew they were there and so did the other characters, but there were other things they had to deal with first. The ending was something that I was pleased with, but I wanted more! I wanted to see how everything panned out from there and what would happen to Chloe, Derek, Simon, and Tori. There is also one secret that is revealed to the readers that is not revealed to two certain characters that I wish was brought up.

Characters: Chloe-As always, I love Chloe. She is a great character to describe as a character who develops throughout the series. In The Summoning, everyone thinks that Chloe is childlike girl and in The Reckoning, she actually stnds up for herself. Everyone that thought her as innocent and harmless, retract their thoughts when they see her again.
Derek-Did I mention I love Derek? Well, I'll say it. I LOVE DEREK! He is sweet to Chloe, but stern with her when she does something he doesn't agree with. I will say I agree with Chloe that he does jump on her every move, but as The Reckoning progresses, you see why he acts the way he does.
Simon and Tori-I loved them. Tori seems like she is warming up to Chloe and they are slowly becoming better friends. She does start to stick up for Chloe and not chastise her as much. Simon is very lovable, like always. I do love how he starts coming into his own and doesn't need Derek to stand up for him anymore. He does need Derek to put him in check at times because of his diabetes, but you do see a new Simon in this book.

Cover: The cover is very beautiful. I loved how each of the covers were of Chloe and her necklace. I did like how the other two did show when the necklace changed colors in the book, but The Reckoning's covr confused me. I didn't know if I wasn't paying attention when they said it or if it wasn't in there, but I didn't see anything about the necklace changing colors. However, the cover is very beautiful.
 Overall Rating: I give this book a four out of four. I loved the main issues that were at hand, but also the budding romance that is finally happening. The characters were amazing and each one developed in their own way.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Evermore (The Immortals #1) by Alyson Noël

Synopsis: Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…

Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies. Source
 
Review This is my first read for 2011! I'm going to try to do something different for my reviews and split them up into categories: plot, characters, cover, and overall rating.
Plot: The plot was different from what I ususally read. I can't say a lot without givng away spoilers, but it is definitely not what you think. I thought it was one thing, but it something else, which caused me to be confused for a second because I thought Damen was lying. Also, for me, the plot and climax were not...deep enough. It seemed like half of the book was spent trying to figure out just what was up with Damen and what he was. Then the last quarter of the book is spent trying to solve this issue that I knew something was going on, but it was just a blimp on my radar. I think that most of the surprises and twists in the book were flung in there. It seemed like Noël didn't want Ever to be harmed, so she pulled stuff out so thatEver wasn't hurt, so there was no true action that conspired. There was probably two quick fights that didn't last, but nothing that made you jump out of your skin. The ending was good though, I liked how it ended on a good note but it seemed as though it could have just been finished with the first book. All of the problems were resolved, so it seems like it could have just ended. I'm ready for the rest of the series, but I was just confused on how it will move on.

Characters: Ever-I loved Ever. She was a good realistic character. She was someone you could relate to and get how she acted. There were times that I got fustrated with her though because she always blamed herself for everything that happened in the past. Ever was blaming herself so much that it was affecting her relationships. She was, however, a good main character that I did love all in all and you could kind of see why she acted the way she did.
Damen-Damen was...Damen. He was extraodinarily beautiful, which I kind of guessed at the beginning because there was not one person who didn't think otherwise. Damen was amazing though; he was always honest to Ever, but just had problems of his own which made him even more likable.
Haven and Miles-They both give this book some life. With all of the "heated" romance and "drama", they definitely give some "umph" to the book. I loved Miles, he always had me giggling and making me wish I had a friend like him. Haven was...different for a best friend. She seemed against Ever from the very beginning. I grew to hate her, even though she did bring a different view of a "best friend", she reminded me of Jessica Stanley and Angela from Twilight.

Cover: The cover was beautiful. I loved the deep purple background with the tulips being the main focus. It definitely showed the main topic of the books, which was Ever's and Damen's love. (If you read the book, you'll understand.) I did like the lettering as well for the book's title, it seemed to have a fictional glow that kind of reminded me of Ever's powers.

Overall Rating: I give this book a 2 out of 4. I liked the characters and the romance when you could really feel it, but it reminded me too much of Twilight. I've read the intense gazing, bed sleeping, absent adults, impossible ways to get out of school before. It was a good read and I will admit that I was engrossed in the book and I will continue with the series to see how it pans out, but it was not the best paranormal YA books I've read.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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