6/30/12

Simple Summer Giveaway!

Hey guys! I'm having a simple little giveaway to kick off the summer and thank all my lovely followers for being... well, lovely. All you gotta do is follow me and fill out the form to be entered to win your choice of book from the book depository! :) It's international and closes to entries on July 7, so don't wait to enter!


Follow Friday!

Happy Friday! Well actually it's Saturday where I am but it's still very early in the morning :P Anyways, on with the hop!

This week's question:

What character would you want popping out of your birthday cake?

Oh my gosh, you can't just ask me questions like this! *fans self* Honestly guys, there are way too many hot fictional literary characters to fit inside one cake (even if it is made for this sort of thing).

But hey, how about movie characters? I wouldn't mind a little Chris Hemsworth / Thor popping out of my birthday cake ;)

How about you?

6/22/12

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters

Author: Natalie Standiford
Pages
: 320
Publisher: Scholastic 
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads)From the author of HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT, the story of a fractured family and three sisters' secrets.

The Sullivan sisters have a big problem. On Christmas Day their rich and imperious grandmother gathers the family and announces that she will soon die . . .and has cut the entire family out of her will. Since she is the source of almost all their income, this means they will soon be penniless.

Someone in the family has offended her deeply. If that person comes forward with a confession of her (or his) crime, submitted in writing to her lawyer by New Year's Day, she will reinstate the family in her will. Or at least consider it.

And so the confessions begin....
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My Summary: The Sullivan family is anything but normal, and they know it. Their grandmother, Almighty, is a rich socialite that demands respect from her grandchildren. But her granddaughters seem to have gone astray, and Christmas morning Almighty announces that unless one of her grandchildren - whom she claims offended her deeply - writes a written apology & confession and delivers it to her by New Years Day, she will cut the entire family out of the will and they will be left penniless.

Norrie, Jane, and Sassy know that the offender is definitely one of them - but which one is it? Because there are more than a few things the Sullivan sisters have to confess....

My Thoughts: This book was, in a word, adorable. I've been wanting to read it for ages and I'm so glad I finally got around to it! Norrie, Jane, and Sassy were great characters - although I have to admit, my favourite was definitely Norrie. It was a light, quick read, and I loved every minute of it.

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys light contemporary literature, romance, and a little humour. It would make a great beach read!

6/19/12

Ladies in Waiting

Author: Laura L. Sullivan
Pages: 336
Publisher: Harcourt
Format: Hardcover (ARC)
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads)Eliza dreams of being a playwright for the king’s theater, where she will be admired for her witty turns of phrase rather than her father’s wealth. Beth is beautiful as the day but poor as a church mouse, so she must marry well, despite her love for her childhood sweetheart. Zabby comes to England to further her scientific studies—and ends up saving the life of King Charles II. Soon her friendship with him becomes a dangerous, impossible obsession. Though she knows she should stay away from the young, handsome king, Charles has a new bride, Queen Catherine, and a queen needs ladies in waiting. And so Zabby, Beth, and Eliza, three Elizabeths from very different walks of life, find themselves at the center of the most scandal-filled court that England has ever seen.

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary
: Thrown together thanks to circumstances nobody could have predicted, Zabby, Eliza, and Beth are ladies in waiting to King Charles II's wife, Queen Catherine. But life in the King's Court is not all glamour, parties, and petty gossip. And as each girl struggles to fulfill her duties as a lady in waiting, they realize just how much they are going to have to do to ensure they get what they want.

My Thoughts
: As a huge fan of historical fiction, I couldn't wait to dive into Ladies in Waiting. The characters were really unique, and I had a few laugh-out-loud moments throughout the course of the novel (Beth's mother... I probably laughed at this way more than is acceptable. I mean I know syphilis is a potentially fatal STD, but I couldn't stop laughing!).

I really liked that the sole focus of the novel wasn't the romance aspect, and that the girls' friendship played a big part in it. There were some hilarious conversations between the girls, and their distinct voices made me hope for the best for all of them. Zabby was probably my favourite character - I loved her wit and the way she went for what she wanted. All in all, a very fun read.


Final Thoughts
: I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, but I would advise that it's kept to more mature teens and adult readers.

6/16/12

Black Heart

Author: Holly Black
Pages: 296
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads)Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin, but he’s trying to put all that behind him. He’s trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He’s trying to do the right thing, even though the girl he loves is inextricably connected with crime. And he’s trying to convince himself that working for the Feds is smart, even though he’s been raised to believe the government is the enemy.

But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and new secrets coming to light, the line between what’s right and what’s wrong becomes increasingly blurred. When the Feds ask Cassel to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he needs to sort out what’s a con and what’s truth. In a dangerous game and with his life on the line, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet—this time on love.

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My Summary: Cassel's been trying to go good, but it seems as if the temptation of a life of crime is always going to be too much....

After signing an immunity deal with the Feds, Cassel finds himself in a difficult position: the Feds are trying to recruit him and save him from his going astray again.... but is he willing to give up everything he is to go straight - especially when it could mean being shunned by his family and Lila forever?

My Thoughts: I'm always incredibly sad to see the end of an awesome series like this one. Holly Black's Curseworkers series is one of those series that stands out in the YA genre, and the fact that it's over is more than a little upsetting... that being said, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the way you could never be sure of the path Cassel was going to choose, as well as the suspense. The romance was done perfectly, and I really liked the little tidbits about how to pull off a successful con (not that I'm a con artist or anything...).

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this series to anyone who's looking for paranormal YA with an original story-line, as well as some romance and suspense. 

6/14/12

Follow Friday!

Welcome to Follow Friday! I know it's been a while since I joined in, but I missed you guys so much I figured I'd sneak it in between studying for exams (it'll be our little secret, okay?).

This week's question:

Who is your favourite dad character from a book and why?

Well this one's a bit of a toughie. The books I read tend to lack father figures (it's part of the YA formula, I think) so there aren't many that stick in my mind. The ones that sticks out the most in my mind are Sirius and Lupin from Harry Potter, because even though they weren't related to Harry in any way, they were the closest things he had to a dad and you could see the pain Harry went through when these father figures were killed. I know I bawled my eyes out at the end of the fifth book (and I'm proud of it). 

It's back to studying for me! But what about you guys?

6/10/12

Enshadowed

Author: Kelly Creagh
Pages: 429
Publisher: Atheneum
Format: Paperback (ARC)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads)Varen Nethers is trapped in a perilous dream world -- a treacherous and desolate realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. Isobel Lanley, plagued by strange visions and haunted by the nightmares of Varen's creation, is the only one who can save him.
Isobel knows that her only hope lies within a Baltimore cemetery. There, in the early morning hours of Edgar Allan Poe's birthday, a mysterious stranger known as the "Poe Toaster" will make his annual homage at the legendary poet's grave.

Only the Poe Toaster holds the key to the way between worlds. But even greater dangers lie ahead for Isobel. An ancient evil, draped in veils of white, is watching, challenging her for Varen's affections. When Isobel finally finds Varen, he is no longer the quiet and brooding boy who once captivated her, but a dark force, powerful and malevolent.

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Varen has been missing for over two months, and though nobody has any idea where he went, the general consensus of the student body is that Isobel had something to do with his disappearance. But Isobel doesn't care - the only thing she's cared about for the past few months  is getting to Baltimore and confronting the mysterious figure who calls himself Reynolds. She's convinced that he's the only way back into Varen's dream world - the only way she can keep her promise to rescue him from the living nightmare he's created.

My Thoughts: The minute I received this book in the mail, I knew I wouldn't be putting it down for a while. The first book in the series, Nevermore, was definitely one of my favourite reads of this year. Everything about the story pulled me in - the premise, the setting, the characters... and of course the fact that it was based on the works of Mr. Edgar Allen Poe. I flew through the book, refusing to put it down for more than ten minutes at a time. I had no doubt in my mind that the second installment would be just as amazing as the first.

I was not disappointed in the least. Kelly Creagh draws you back into Isobel and Varen's world effortlessly, with haunting imagery and enough suspense to keep you glued to the pages. Readers will see a lot of character growth in Isobel in this installment, as she is both figuratively and literally haunted by Varen. We also see a lot of changes in Varen, and a little bit more insight into his past. 

I was freaking out when I read the ending - IT WAS SO GOOD! You wanna know the only thing I disliked? I have to wait an entire year for the final installment!   

Final Thoughts: If you haven't already pre-ordered Enshadowed, then you need to. Right now. Get on the computer and order it, okay? Promise?!

If you haven't read the first book in the series, I definitely recommend you check it out as soon as possible. Fans of paranormal YA, darker fiction, romance, and - of course - Edgar Allen Poe will love it.

6/9/12

Sorting the Stacks

This has been such an awesome week for me when it comes to books / blogging... but things are getting a little disorganized, and I figured it was time to sort out the stack of books next to my bed waiting to be read. Below is a list of all the books I recieved this week (by category). If something sounds interesting, feel free to click the title - I linked each one to its respective Goodreads page. Let me know if this is something I should continue (I'm not a big user of weekly memes, but I'm willing to give them a try)!


Purchased (because I have this problem where I can't go a week without buying books...):


- Black Heart by Holly Black
- Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
- The Chestnut King by N. D. Wilson
- Divergent by Veronica Roth (because I borrowed it from the library the first time I read it and had to own my own copy)


Received for Review


- Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh*
- Blessed by Tonya Hurley
- Let Love Find You by Johanna Lindsey
- Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
- Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink by Stephanie Kate Strohm
- Mr. Death's Blue Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn


The first three are ARCs I recieved from Simon & Schuster Canada, while the latter three are compliments of Thomas Allen and Son Publishing. Thank you both!


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* - I'm still in shock. I can't believe I'm in possession of the next book in this amazing series. I was - I kid you not - a week away from pre-ordering this baby and staring obsessively at the countdown until its release. A big hug to the people at Simon & Schuster for giving me the opportunity to review Enshadowed! Below is a picture I hope helps to describe my feelings at this moment:




Yes, I am that excited. 

I just don't own a bow-tie.

6/7/12

Graceling

Author: Kristin Cashore
Pages: 471
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads)Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone

     With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.

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My Summary: Katsa grew up in her Uncle's kingdom, feared by all thanks to her Grace - a gift or talent - which allows her to kill. She works as her uncle's bully, forcing those who do not submit to his will to do as he commands. She has everything she could ever want... except for her freedom.

But when she fights - and almost loses to - a mysterious stranger during a secret rescue attempt, Katsa knows things are about to change. But even she can't predict that her life will be so drastically affected by the man, and that the fate of all seven kingdoms may rest in her hands alone.

My Thoughts: A few of you recommended this book to me after my adoring review of Brightly Woven, and I gotta say, I'm sorry I didn't listen sooner! Graceling was a wonderful mix of adventure, paranormal, and romance - I'm so glad I bought all 3 books together, because the minute I finished the first installment, I wanted nothing more than to dive right into the second. 

Katsa was another example of a kickass female heroine - I didn't quite agree with all her choices, but she was definitely someone I enjoyed reading about. I loved the slow build-up of the romance in the novel - it never felt like the main focus (which is always a good thing when you're not reading a book that's solely a romance). The adventure aspect was very well-written, and the writing in general was fantastic.

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys paranormal YA or fantasy - especially if you enjoy books like Brightly Woven.

City of Lost Souls

Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 534
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.

No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away—not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has wrought—Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?

Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved — and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Faerie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell — a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.

And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?

Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series. 

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My Summary: Since Jace's disappearance on the rooftop after their battle with Lilith nothing has been quite the same. The Clave is no longer searching as profoundly, and it seems as if everyone has given up - everyone except Clary, Simon, Alec, and Isabelle. Together with Magnus, the four of them set out to do everything they can to bring Jace back - including betraying the Clave and invoking the power of Heaven itself.

My Thoughts: Do I even need to review this one? I mean really, guys - if you've ever read and liked a book by miss Clare, you know that this one's going to be awesome and that you should probably get your hands on it as fast as possible. Stop wasting time reading a review by someone listening to 'afro circus' on repeat - you deserve better.

Still here? Well I guess I'll talk about it a little, since you're being so insistent. We see a lot of growth with Simon's character in this installment, as well as Izzy. They were probably my favourite couple in this book, no lie. I loved that we got to learn a little more about the Praetor and the Iron Sisters - I've been wanting to find out more about them for ages. And I'm probably not the only one who did this, but there were some definite "OMG! WHAT?!?!" moments (especially when the characters from The Infernal Devices were mentioned; William, you sexy beast you!). I gotta say, Alec's insecurities made me a little upset... And that ending! It reminded me of one of my favourite quotes of all time:

I just wish we could all get along like we used to in middle school. I wish that I could bake a cake made out of rainbows and smiles, and we'd all eat it and be happy!

(She doesn't even go here!)

I'm sorry. I just have a lot of feelings.

Final Thoughts: You know I'm going to recommend you read this. Go get yourself a copy already - stop delaying the inevitable!

6/4/12

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6/3/12

I know I swore I would never do it, but...

I caved. I bought an e-reader. *Pauses as the collective gasp of all her readers and fellow bloggers echos throughout the world*


That's right. I bought an e-reader. But not just any e-reader, my friends - I bought a Kobo Touch.


And I couldn't be happier with it.


Besides the fact that it's probably the cutest little device I've ever owned (it is), it's the perfect size and weight. I read with this thing in one hand for three hours and I didn't experience any cramping (or have to change hands, which just shows how awesome it is).


Check out how cute this thing is:




Isn't it pretty?! As you can see, the back is textured so it doesn't hurt to hold it for long periods of time. Honestly, the ergonomics of this thing amaze me - it's the most user-friendly device I've seen in a while.


But I know what you're thinking. "She crossed over to the dark side because it was pretty? Seriously?"


The answer is no. Like any science geek / nerd, I did my research for weeks before buying my Kobo. And I bought because I knew with absolute certainty that it was the e-reader for someone like me.


How did I know this? Well, I made a list of what I knew I wanted in an e-reader and started comparing them side-by-side. I looked at every single well-known brand and model. Here's what I was looking for:


- simple, user-friendly design
- lightweight
- a good price (university has made me broke)
- compatibility with pdf and other types of e-books (for the galleys I receive every month)
- e-ink technology
- easy to use
- and yes, I wanted it to look nice. Sue me.


I didn't want any bells and whistles - I don't care about colour (graphics-wise) or apps or anything like that. I knew what I wanted: a simple e-reader, not a tablet. And that's what my Kobo is. It's an e-reader first. Yes, it has browser capabilities, but you can tell that the most important function of it is reading.


What I love about my e-reader (after a week of use):


- there aren't a thousand menus or useless functions
- the pages turn extremely quickly 
- putting new books on it is so easy it makes me feel like a master of all things electronic (which I am not)
- Reading Life and the Awards functions! They're like Goodreads for your Kobo, and I love the way they motivate me
- the highlight & save function lets me save all my favourite quotes and reread them later
- reading with it is easy on the eyes - I actually stayed up half the night reading on it and my eyes were fine
- having the ability to change the font, font size, line spacing and margins - I am extremely picky when it comes to this stuff so being able to change it was a huge plus!
- Kobo has a huge selection of books, and all my other e-book files (epubs, pdfs, etc) read wonderfully on it


All in all, I'm incredibly happy with my purchase. If you're thinking of buying an e-reader, I definitely recommend checking out Kobo's line of products!


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Note: I wasn't paid to say any of this. Just saying. These are my honest opinions!

Grave Mercy

Author: Robin LaFevers
Pages: 549
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: Hardcover (ARC)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads)Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: When her drunkard, scheming father sells her to the highest bidder, Ismae is relieved to be out of his house and away from his wild temper and abuse. But her husband turns out to be the same kind of brutish, abusive person as her father, and Imae's hope for a peaceful life is gone before it can even take root. But she needn't have worried - the moment her husband sees her birthmark - the sign of Death himself - he throws her in the cellar and runs off to fetch a priest. Rescued by a monk and the nun who brought her into the world, Ismae is secretly transported from her husband's house to a convent where the power of Death is recognized - Ismae has that power, and the sisters want to train her as an assassin of Death. If she accepts their offer, she will become extremely powerful and deadly to her enemies... but can she do the work of Death if it means killing the man she loves?

My Thoughts: I know this novel has been hyped up quite a bit lately, and usually I don't believe the hype... but this one deserved every bit of it. 

Ismae is such a kick-ass character - I love the idea of female assassins in a world ruled by men. Her growth in this novel is measurable - the contrast between her in the first few chapters and her after her training is remarkable. She's also very easy to like - her wit and dry humour make for a great combination in a main character. 

I also really liked the setting, and the blend of history and paranormal elements made for a great read. The slow build-up of the romance kept me hooked, and it wasn't long before I was flipping the last few pages of this sizable book.

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, romance, or anything of the paranormal variety.

Saving June

Author: Hannah Harrington
Pages: 322
Publisher: Harlequin
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads)When her older sister commits suicide and her divorcing parents decide to divide the ashes, Harper Scott takes her sister's urn to the one place June always wanted to go: California. On the road with her best friend, plus an intriguing guy with a mysterious connection to June, Harper discovers truths about her sister, herself and life.


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My Summary: Harper and her sister have always been complete opposites, neither one understanding much about the other - until June commits suicide in the family garage, and Harper is the first to find her sister's body.

Harper was never close to her sister, but in the weeks following June's suicide, all she can focus on is trying to figure out why her perfect sister would chose to end her life. When a CD is found in her sister's car radio with a mysterious inscription, Harper tries to decode the meaning and ends up meeting a guy who knew June better than anyone else. Together they set out for California - a place where June always dreamed of going - to spread her ashes and ensure her enigma of a sister is finally at peace.

My Thoughts: It's not often that a book catches me by surprise like this one did, but when it happens, I'm always thankful that I chose to read it. Saving June was one of those contemporary lit books that's just so realistic and heartbreaking that you know something like it has happened to someone, somewhere. The extremely realistic aspects of the novel made it so easy to relate to that I felt like I had become good friends with Harper (the main character) before the half-way mark: she was strong and sharp-witted and just all-around likable.

Harper herself was an amazingly well-written character. She was so
real - I don't think I've read a novel with a character as realistic as she was in a long time. The love-interest was awesome as well, and even the supporting characters were gritty and honest and real. Harper's emotions and disconnect from the situation were so well-portrayed that I teared up on more than one occasion.... to be completely honest, I was a big pile of mess while reading this one. (Don't judge until you read it!)

 Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel to anyone who's a fan of contemporary literature  or anyone who wants to give the genre a try. Check it out!

The Enchantress

Author: Michael Scott
Pages: 509
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Summary (from Goodreads)The sixth and final book in the New York Times bestselling seriesThe Secrets of the Nicholas Flamel—The Enchantress

The two that are one must become the one that is all. One to save the world, one to destroy it. 

San Francisco:
Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel have one day left to live, and one job left to do. They must defend San Francisco. The monsters gathered on Alcatraz Island have been released and are heading toward the city. If they are not stopped, they will destroy everyone and everything in their path.

But even with the help of two of the greatest warriors from history and myth, will the Sorceress and the legendary Alchemyst be able to defend the city? Or is it the beginning of the end of the human race?

Danu Talis:
Sophie and Josh Newman traveled ten thousand years into the past to Danu Talis when they followed Dr. John Dee and Virginia Dare. And it’s on this legendary island that the battle for the world begins and ends.

Scathach, Prometheus, Palamedes, Shakespeare, Saint-Germain, and Joan of Arc are also on the island. And no one is sure what—or who—the twins will be fighting for.

Today the battle for Danu Talis will be won or lost. But will the twins of legend stand together? Or will they stand apart — one to save the world and one to destroy it?

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My Summary: In this sixth and final installment, the fate of the world will be decided by the twins of legend.

Sophie and Josh have been transported back to Danu Talis, greeted by two Elder beings who claim to be their parents. And their 'parents' have plans for them - big plans that've been ten thousand years in the making. But what will the twins of legend do? Follow their parents orders and do as they're told, or follow their hearts?

My Thoughts: I fell in love with this series four years ago and never looked back. Everything about it drew me in, and the amazing writing and complex plot kept me hooked from start to finish. I can honestly say without a hint of doubt that this is one of my all-time favourite series. 

There's not much I can say without giving much away - and trust me, if you haven't read this installment yet, you want to go into it without knowing anything ahead of time - but I was extremely pleased with the way Mr. Scott ended everything (I mean, I cried and everything, but I knew it was for the best). Every question I had was answered, and all the loose ends from the other books were, in my opinion, tied up quite nicely. 

Trust me when I say you will not be disappointed with the way this amazing series ends.

Final Thoughts: I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels - or anyone who's looking for a well-written, complex and original YA series.