What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Book Title: What Happened to Goodbye
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Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Format: eBook
Dates Read: 8/15-8/22
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Who is the real McLean?

Since her parents' bitter divorce, McLean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move-four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother's new family, McLean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, McLean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself, whoever that is. Perhaps Dave, the guy next door, can help her find out.

This Lullaby and instantly fell in love. After I read it, I order all her other ones and read them all in about a week or two. You can’t imagine how excited I was when I saw What Happened to Goodbye was coming out. It had been so long since I read one of Sarah Dessen’s books that I missed the feel and the realism of her stories.

Mclean was so caught up in her routine of starting a new life every where she went that she didn’t even realize how hard she was struggling. You don’t even realize it either, but despite that, you can’t help but to connect with her characters. When you’re in high school, you’re still trying to figure out who you are, and that is something everyone can relate to. She finally figured out a lot of things about herself as well as her relationships and just with life.

I loved every single character in this book because they were all so real. Dave I fell completely in love with because it seemed to be also struggling with figure out who he was and where he wanted his life to go. He was a super genius, but yet, he decided to graduate with all the other kids his age. And he got into some trouble, which was apparently unlike him. Really, all the characters play a part in who Mclean was and in helper her find out.

I absolutely love What Happened to Goodbye, but I have to say that Along For the Ride has to be my favorite. I can’t wait for another Sarah Dessen books and meet another character dealing with a real life situation teens face and finding out the true meaning of happiness and love.

Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

Book Title: Illusions
Series: #3
Genres: , , ,
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Format: eBook
Dates Read: 8/11-8/15
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Laurel hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.

But just as life is returning to normal, Laurel discovers that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.

When I picked up Spells, I didn’t even realize how behind I was and that Illusions was already out. I was so excited when I finally got it and read it.

First, I have to say, I’ve never been so conflicted with picking which boy a girl should be with in a story. I love both David and Tamani and I honestly can’t decided who I think Laurel should be with because they’re both great for her in different ways. I would love to have either of them as a boyfriend so I totally feel for her and understand how she is so confused. There were times where I was all for David, then times I was all for Tamani.

Illusions picks up a few months after Spells ends and Laurel is starting her senior year. She had spent her entire summer in Avalon, and you can definitely see an improvement in her. She is falling into being a faerie so much better than she was before. It almost seemed as if she wasn’t all that crazy about it, but now it’s just normal and exciting to her.

You are instantly sucked in from page one and it keeps you guessing and wondering through the first 3/4 of the book. I love how you get kind of thrown off for awhile until finally the pieces start to come together. I love that there is never any parts that are kind of boring and you just want to get through them. Everything grabs your interested and you get enough detail without it being to much.

The ending had me on the edge of my seat and I was so mad that it was such a big cliff hanger. Seriously, it was not fair. Wings and Spells didn’t have huge cliff hangers, but this one was…so frustrating because I have to wait to find out what happens. I want to know now! I love this serious so much and I can’t believe it’s almost over. I am going to be seriously depressed when I finish it.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Book Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Genres: , , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: December 2, 2010
Format: eBook
Dates Read: 8/7-8/10
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>Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets Étienne St. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?

All of the characters were so well developed and I loved how they were all different. I loved how Anna had this confident side of herself, even though she was hesitant with a lot of things, she didn’t feel like she needed to change herself. She really didn’t try to hide things about herself and she feel into the circle of friends she made so easily even after not wanting to be there

St. Clair is definitely the kind of guys girls want. I never even really got mad at him for the way he would send Anna mix signals. He was confused because he had been with his girlfriend for a year, and then the new girl comes into his life and he finds himself falling for her. And then on top of it he ends up having to deal with the drama of his father and his mother being sick. He just needed something comfortable and familiar to help keep himself together, but he still wasn’t able to deny that he loved Anna.

Anna and the French Kiss wasn’t even just about love, but there was friend drama, and family drama too and it kind of kept you on an emotional ride. You find yourself feeling things right along with her: love, betrayal, anger, happiness. You feel so overwhelmed sometimes and feel this big huge relief in the end. And for whatever reason, I love stories that have to do with sororities or boarding schools and there aren’t very many out there (at least that I know of) so that was definitely a plus.

What I loved most was that this was written from the point of view of a girl getting ready to graduated high school. With a lot of books, you read it, but you feel like that if it was you, that isn’t how the story would’ve come out. They almost feel like it’s an adult looking back on their story and telling it, not a young girl telling you it right away. But it didn’t have an annoying feel of just reading some girls diary. It was mature, but you could easily relate to it.

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Book Title: Last Sacrifice
Series: #6
Genres: , , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: December 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover (594 pages)
Dates Read: 8/4-8/7
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Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice.

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir Princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardian to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose - for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back… and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your life is about saving others, who will save you?…

I was so sad to start Last Sacrifice because I didn’t want to leave the Vampire Academy world. At the same time, I was excited to see how everything came together. This series takes you on an emotional roller coaster journey and this was a great way to end it.

Looking back on Vampire Academy, I see how much the characters have grown and they did even more from the first page of Last Sacrifice, to the last. I grew so attached to all the characters — Rose, Dimitri, Lissa, Christian and Adrian. Now I feel like I’ve lost my best friends.

There is so much thrown at you from page one till the very last, and most of it is totally unexpected. Rose was so vulnerable and that is a side you never really saw before. And after denying her in Spirit Bound, I was actually surprised how willing Dimitri was to help her. I was totally shocked by who did kill the queen and all the others things that happened there after.

While I loved how a lot of the things ended and came together, there were some things I wish would’ve worked out differently. I love Adrian and I wish things would’ve worked out better for him and I was so surprised that things for them ended and he was just gone. I felt so overwhelmed reading the last several chapters with both good and bad emotions — happy about some things, and sad about others. And I was also left wondering about some of the things that were brought up, but they ended abruptly without any idea what part they play later on.

This series as a whole just totally rocks. It sucks you in from the very beginning and has you on edge a lot of the time anticipating what is going to happen next. If you want a series with a lot of action as well as characters you connect with and become attached to, this is definitely a series you should pick up. And even if you aren’t looking for any of that, you should check it out anyway because it is just that awesome.

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Book Title: Spirit Bound
Series: #5
Genres: , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: May 18, 2010
Format: Paperback (489 pages)
Dates Read: 7/31-8/4
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Salvation has its price...

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Siberia, Dimitri's birthplace, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir's - and to her best friend, Lissa Dragomir. It's graduation, and the girls can't wait for their real lives outside the Academy's cold iron gates to finally begin. But even with the intrigue and excitement of court life looming, Rose's heart still aches for Dimitri. He's out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance, and now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and she knows in her heart that he is hunting her. And if Rose won't join him, he won't rest until he has silenced her... forever.

But Rose can't forget what she learned on her journey - whispers of a magic too impossible and terrifying to comprehend. A magic inextricably tied to Lissa that could hold the answer to all of Rose's prayers, but not without devastating consequences. Now Rose will have to decide what - and who - matters most to her. And in the end, is true love really worth the price?

Blood Promise left me so heart broken and I went into Spirit Bound hopeful things were going to get better. Richelle Mead didn’t disappoint! And there is so much that is packed into it. Spirit Bound starts off a little slow, but quickly the anticipation builds and it keeps you one edge through the entire rest of the book.

Rose is preparing to take her final trials because graduation is right around the corner and you feel nervous right along with her. She kind of doubts herself, and some of it has to do with not having Dimitri there, but you know she will do awesome because she is just badass. Despite all the trouble she gets into, they all know she is one of the best out there.

You feel the same nostalgia she’s feeling as she says her goodbyes and heads off to court. Since Rose is Rose, you know she is going to have to do something outrageous. Well, she definitely does that when she she decides to go free Victor from jail so she can help Dimitri. The entire time I just want to yell at her for being so stupid and I’m on edge thinking something is going to go wrong. From the moment they get there, everything is just so quick paced and it’s so thrilling.

I really wasn’t expecting things to happen so quickly. She had a few run ins with Dimitri as a strigoi and then bam, he’s better. It made me so sad for her though because I know how much that had to suck when he didn’t want to see her. I understand that he felt bad about the things she did, but she out right told him she forgave him and still loved him and I don’t see why she would lie to him. I think if she had just let him have some time though, he would’ve come around eventually once the shock and all wore off.

The ending was a total shock because even though Rose didn’t like the queen, she would never do something like that. I think she should’ve handle a lot of stuff better by not making threats and stuff because it’s so wonder she was the first person they’d turned to. Even if she didn’t mean that, most threats are taken seriously, especially when something like that happens. I think she needs to learn to think before she speaks because she wouldn’t get into so much trouble. And she felt terrible about what she said after finding out the queen was trying to do the best she could without making things worse.

I love Adrian, however, I don’t like him and Rose together. I don’t think they are right for each other the way she and Dimitri are. I don’t doubt that she loves him because he really is a good, genuine guy, but he just isn’t the guy for her. I think he is good for her though while she is working through all this since she doesn’t have Dimitri.

While Spirit Bound made up for a lot, there are still somethings that disappointed me, but it leaves you even more hopeful that things will work out better in Last Sacrifice.

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Book Title: Blood Promise
Series: #4
Genres: , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Format: Paperback (503 pages)
Dates Read: 7/28-7/31
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The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them . . . including Dimitri.

He’'d rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa —the one she has sworn to protect no matter what—and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?…

I hated the way Shadow Kiss ended and part of me didn’t want to even read Blood Promise because Dimitri wouldn’t be the same. But there was another part that had hopes that something good would happen.

The first chunk of the book was pretty slow and I couldn’t wait to get through it even though I know it was necessary for the story. It starts a few week or so after she arrived in Russia and there isn’t really much to keep you interested except wanting and hoping she finds Dimitri.

Rose ends up meeting Dimitri’s family and I loved being able to see that. You get more information about Dimitri and what made him who he is today. I totally could understand how Rose could’ve just given up her search and stayed their with them. Dimitri’s mom took her in like she was her own daughter and Rose always wanted a relationship like that. And being there let her have a good piece of Dimitri.

I was so amped up when Rose finally set out to continue her search. Some of the things she did made me want to scream at her though, but in the end, I guess her plans worked out. Even though they made her many enemies.

I was just as shocked as she was when she finally found him and I would’ve hesitated too. She loves him so much and she was hoping to find him, but I think part of her really didn’t expect to and she would waste sometime looking and then just figure he was long gone. So when she didn’t find him, all those emotions she felt for him were still there and she didn’t want to lose him, even though he was gone.

Dimitri just sucked in this book. Even though you get little glimpses of the real him, it was just not the same at all. The real Dimitri had such a big heart, but this one was just mean and evil and he acted like he cared about her but he didn’t. All he wanted her for was her strength. He know how she felt about him and he used that to his advantage the real Dimitri wouldn’t do something like that.

And all the drama that was going on will Lissa back in St. Vladmir… It made me angry at Rose because she should’ve been there looking out for Lissa. None of those things wouldn’t happened had she just been there because she would’ve known something was up right away. And while I understand why Christian did what he did, I thought he was being stupid because Lissa wouldn’t have don’t those things had she not been compelled by Avery and he should’ve forgiven her.

Blood Promise completely broke my heart and is definitely my least favorite of the series. There was just so much happened that sent your emotions down. There were parts where you were given some hope, only for it to later be shot down. The ending though was such a shock. You don’t even expect all those things that you find out. But with the hope it gives you, you can’t help but want to dive right into Spirit Bound.

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Book Title: Shadow Kiss
Series: #3
Genres: , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: November 13, 2008
Format: Paperback (443 pages)
Dates Read: 7/25-7/28
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Is Rose’s fate to kill the person she loves most? It’s springtime at St. Vladimir’s Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason’s death, Rose hasn’t been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can'’t concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even bigger secret . . . .She’s in love with Dimitri. And this time, it’s way more than a crush.
Then Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, and Dimitri is taken. Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but keeping her best friend safe could mean losing Dimitri forever.

While Frostbite got the plot moving, Shadow Kiss finally gave you everything you were hoping for. There was such a slow build up with the first two books, but it all becomes worth it. Shadow Kiss is so much more intense and has times where your heart is literally pounding in anticipation.

I was so upset about Mason dying in Frostbite, but it was really cool how he was trying to contact and help out Rose. I was for her being with Dimitri all the way, but I loved Mason because he was a good guy and a great friend to her. I understand her hesitation with it at first because she saw him killed and then he’s standing right in front of her. And she never experienced any of this before, even for the two years she and Lissa were gone so why and how could it be happening now.

The field experience was probably one of the coolest parts of the whole book. You get some insight into the life of a guardian, but mostly just her training. And even with having a bad start, Rose ended up making up for it like the bad ass she is. And I think it helped her grow more protecting someone who wasn’t Lissa because she can learn to prepare and handle things many ways if she needs to.

There has been so much sexual tension between her and Dimitri. I love how things finally ended up turning out. I understand how much it upset her when he said he wasn’t going to put in to be someone else’s guardian, but in the end, it would be better for them because they wouldn’t have to worry getting distracted.

I knew something big was going to happen, but I never expected what did happen. There was so much built up and it just broke my heart and I cried right along with Rose. From when the strigoi attacked till the very end, my heart was pounding and I was in shock. I loved how much action there was and the way it was described made you feel like you were right in the middle of it watching it all happen around you. I was really angry as to what happen because how in the world can you come back from that?! How can you fix that? I think that is what made me want to read Blood Promise so much more, even though I was angry and tempted to stop before things got worse.

Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Book Title: Frostbite
Series: #2
Genres: , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: April 10, 2008
Format: Paperback (327 pages)
Dates Read: 7/22-7/25
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Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose…

It's winter break at St. Vladimir's, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy's crawling with Guardians—including Rose's hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn't bad enough, Rose's tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason's got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa's head while she's making out with her boyfriend, Christian! The Strigoi are closing in, and the Academy's not taking any risks… This year, St. Vlad's annual holiday ski trip is mandatory.

But the glittering winter landscape and the posh Idaho resort only create the illusion of safety. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price.

I loved Vampire Academy, but I wish there had been something more. Frostbite definitely make up for that while it makes you appreciate how much information was given in Vampire Academy and how much didn’t happen. There is so much more action, drama, and suspense. It sucks you in from the very beginning and you find yourself not wanting to put it down. Especially since there are so many times where you are kept on the edge of your seat.

Vampire Academy took place mostly at St. Vladimir Academy, but Frostbite takes you outside of that. It’s so cool to see the vampires outside of their usual environment since they aren’t allowed to leave their school, as well as seeing them interact with quite a few characters that are introduced.

With Rose’s mom coming to the school, you get more a back story on Rose. She mentioned her mom some in Vampire Academy, but seeing her with her mom and how they really don’t have much of a relationship at all and might as well be strangers. You kind of feel bad for Rose because her mother comes in acting like she can treat Rose like a child and it bothers Rose since her mother never tried to be her mom, so why does she have the right to treat her the way she does.

Rose still has the moments where you love her, but other times where you just want to smack her. In her defense though, she really deals with a lot and all that would wear on anyone. She is dealing with her feelings for Dimitri, the stuff with her mom, keeping Lissa safe, dealing with the stress of Strigoi attacks, plus the annoy new guy, Adrian, almost harassing her, and trying to deal with the fact that one of her friends loves her but she can’t return those feelings.

The bond between Rose and Lissa is explained so much more, and you find out why it happened, which is really cool. And to see how Lissa learns more about the things she can do, and the things she could learn to do.

While I did like Adrian a bit, he is no Dimitri. Rose and Dimitri sometimes act like an old married couple and they’re way to cute and you can feel all the sexual tension between them. Adrian, is more the guy who likes the chase. He knew from the beginning that Rose wasn’t into him, but he pushed and would send her gifts and things.

You learn about the Strigoi in Vampire Academy, but in Frostbite, you get to see them first hand. You feel the same fear that Rose is feeling and you keep wanting to yell at her. The anticipation was so much and you just get lost in reading because once you think things are going their way, something else happens.

While there was so much action in the end, there was also times that made you just want to cry right along with Rose. You are in shock just as much as she is and you can’t believe that it all really happened. You are left again wanting more. You want to know how this is going to affect the characters and the story and where it will go from there.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Book Title: Vampire Academy
Series: #1
Genres: , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: August 16, 2007
Format: Paperback (332 pages)
Dates Read: 7/21-7/22
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St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

I’ve seen Vampire Academy in the past when I’ve been browsing books either in store or online and I just skipped over them. Once I got into the book blog world, I saw more and more good things about them and got more excited to read them each time. I can’t believe I never gave them a try because they are amazing!

Vampire Academy starts off kind of vague and I think that is what really catches your attention. Rose is a badass and I love that she is so headstrong. There are times where I just want to slap her, but other times where I’m completely on her side. She is so real and isn’t afraid to just be who she is and say what she feels. I love that she isn’t royal because honestly, her personality is more fit for a guardian and I couldn’t imagine her being okay with someone else protecting her.

I love Lissa too because she is the shy and quiet one who thinks rationally. She and Rose go so well together because they balance each other out. Rose protects and cares for Lissa, but Lissa kind of helps Rose to keep in check otherwise I’m sure she would be in more trouble.

And what good would a vampire book be without some hot vampire guy? I love how each of the three guys, Dimitri, Mason, and Christian, are so different from one another. You got Dimitri who plays by the rules and is the adult, but he has his times where he is a pretty laid back guy. Mason is the guy that you can always count on to be there if you need him. And Christian is just the bad boy.

There is so much information that is packed into Vampire Academy, but it manages to still have a plot that keeps you interested. Very rarely do I ever finish a book in a matter of two days but I just couldn’t put it down. There isn’t as much action as I hoped there would be. Since things are just getting started, it still leaves you wanting more in the end and anxious to find out what is going to happen.

I’m not crazy about these covers, but in a way, they fit. They’re kind of mysterious looking and they leave you to wonder a lot.

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Book Title: The Iron Queen
Series: #3
Genres: , , ,
Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Format: Paperback (358 pages)
Dates Read: 7/15-7/20
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My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.

This entire series is amazing, and I’m so sad that it’s over, or at least from Meghan’s point-of-view. I’ve been sucked in since page one of The Iron King and I feel so lost now after finishing The Iron Queen. I couldn’t put this book down, but at the same time I wanted it to last and not be over so soon.

Meghan has grown so much more in this book. She is finally focusing more on doing what is right even if she might lose out. She was hesitant at in the beginning, but once she began this journey, she realized how serious it all was at that in the end she would lose everything if she didn’t do what needed to be done. She is so strong even when she’s scared.

I loved seeing her and Ash’s relationship become so much deeper. And it was a big part in the story without being a focus. It helped to push her to make the right decisions even if she was risking a lot.

There is WAY more action in this book than there was in The Iron King and The Iron Daughter and it keeps you on edge the entire time. There is just so much packed in along with it. It’s creepy, exciting, happy, sad, suspenseful and so much more. There isn’t a dull part that makes you have to push you to keep reading. Every chapter leaves you wanted to read the next.

The Iron Fey series is one of the best series I’ve read. You feel such a connection with Meghan and I literally cried at the end because you feel all of her emotions right along with her. It’s so beautifully written with so much detail.

The ending was a shock, and left me sad and crying. But it was a perfect way to end her side of the story and I can’t wait to read Ash’s and find out what more is going to happen.

I really don’t have much to say about this cover, because I said the same thing about the last two. They fit so well and they are beautiful and that’s about it.