Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi   #1 in the Under the Never sky series 5 ***** = Highly recommend; A Classic; Couldn’t get much better; Could read over and over again Website Facebook Twitter Synopsis from Goodreads Since she’d been … Continue reading

The Survivors by Amanda Havard- Immersedition – 5 stars!

This has been an exciting weekend for me!  I am a confessed Disney Nerd, Apple fan & book lover (among other things).  This weekend my worlds collided when I read an amazing book by Amanda Havard.  I learned about the … Continue reading

Beautiful Chaos – #3 in the Caster Chronicles

Beautiful Chaos – #3  in Caster Chronicles

By Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

3 *** = Good, may not be for everyone

We are back in the, very well written, southern town of Gatlin.  So well written you can smell the peach pie, one of the reasons I continued with this series.  Ethan and Lena are trying to find out how to put the Order back that Lena has thrown off in the last book.  She has been the first of her family to chose if she is a dark or a light caster.  She has split her Seventeenth moon, thus setting the entire Caster community and mortal world in a tale spin.

Everyone in this town, mortals and casters are feeling the effects of Lena choice if they know it or not.  The mortals are experiencing extreme heat and plague like issues.  The Caster’s powers are all out of wack and uncontrollable.

The series touches on so many different aspects of this caster world that I am starting to get really confused.  I feel like the authors may have too many ideas and the first two thirds of the book is a lot of chasing down random theories of how to fix all the problems.  It is a little scattered and while interesting a bit of a chore to get through.

While enjoying some of the aspects of this series,  I have begun to really question why I read.  I know I love a great story with twist and clever turns.  Its the excitement that the next book will bring that next exciting adventure.  So I have continued on with this series.  Not being blown away with how this story is being executed.  But mostly, by the draw of the characters I am so involved with, that I can not keep myself from reading what happens next.

Overall, while the end of this story is a huge cliff hanger, I was a bit disappointed.  I expected to have learned a little more by the end of the book.  But we were given a pretty rushed end and of course the promise of a number four.

So most likely I will read the next installment, and hopefully it will be a little more focused and fulfilling.

Beautiful Darkness – #2 in Caster Chronicles

Beautiful Darkness – #2  in Caster Chronicles

By Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

3 *** = Good, may not be for everyone

I have such a hard time reviewing books like this.  First, it is definitely a typical paranormal romance, which is one of my guilty pleasures.  Second, there are some dark parts of this book, which could turn off some readers. Third, I can’t say there is anything OUTSTANDING about this story, but for some reason, I want to know what happens and continue the journey.

So, I have a soft spot for those lovers who are against the odds.  This story is a continuation, (#2) of one of those romances, that has Lena and Ethan against the dark caster odds.  The paranormal in this book is Lena who is a caster.  Caster is another word for a warlock/spell caster type person.  She has avoided deciding (or being claimed) if she is a dark (evil) caster or light (good) caster, in the first book, Beautiful Creatures. (To read my Goodreads review, click here.)

We join this couple trying to figure out their relationship, mourning the death of Lena’s uncle and her figuring out if she is dark or light.

While I enjoyed the Caster lore and Ethan’s development of a purpose more than the mortal boyfriend.  I found some of the lore hard to follow. I am not really sure I completely understand how they got through the climactic scene of this book.  That kind of bothers me.

I do really enjoy some of the characters like Link (Ethan’s best friend), Liv ( New friend from the Library) and Amma ( Ethan’s Vodoo nanny).  I do feel like I want to know the fates of these characters in next books.

Some of the spells, Vodoo and darkness make it a bit dark and this may be an issue for some readers.

Overall, I want to know what happens to Lena & Ethan.  So I will read the next book, but this is a pretty typical YA series.  Nothing that is going to blow your mind.  It is entertaining and a journey I have enjoyed.