Elen Tabita Bertoldi

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  • The Ultimate Sacrifice on May 10, 2015

    This is one of my favorites series, I’ve read this book three or four times already. The synopses really did me in too, but I came to the conclusion that this synopses tells way too much about the book. I expected the things that have been written to happen in the first chapters, but in fact some things happen in about half way in the book. So If you don’t want to know what exactly happens in the book, you should skip it. So my synopses is: Kassia is a normal girl, if having a extremely dangerous gift could be considered normal, she has her group of friends and study in a school for other gifted teens. Some circumstances make her use this gift for a bad thing and that makes her a target for the demons, and now she and her close friends have to find a way to escape those that want her power for evil things. This is the most I can tell without giving more info about the book. If you want to read the official synopses scroll down a little bit. ^-^ I love the concept of gifted people going to some special school in order to learn their history and how to control their own gift. And this is one of those books where the main character has some very rare and very powerful gift that should be wisely used, the problem is: Kassia is a very hot-headed person, and she can’t control her gift when people anger her so she is constantly observed by the teachers and even her close friends and need to be controlled when she loses grasp in her own gift. What Kassia doesn’t know is that there’s some prophecy about her and her gift and a lot of people wants her dead or fighting for the good side. She has to flee her school with her friends and boyfriend and find a way to fight the demons. I love books where we see a lot of characters and that each one is important in their own way, you end up liking all of them, and I also like the romantic relationships. Kassia is a interesting character, her gifted together with her short temper make her seem like a tickling bomb, and only her best friend and boyfriend can actually make her cool down. The other students often show signs of being scared of Kassia, mostly out of fear in angering her and being a target for her gift. She often express her like or dislike of people right away. Mira is Kassia’s best friend and roommate, she is the only person that seems to stand Kassia’s gift without any problem so she got the “function” of being Kassia’s guardian in order to control any bad situation where Kassia could use her gift. Mira’s gift is very convenient in this case, since she can compel people to do her bidding. Noe and Auralee are also Kassia’s friends and they live in the some floor in the dorm. Noe is more of a quiet person and she can see the future with her gift, but her visions come and go of their own will. Auralee is a very cheerful girl and she always have some t-shirt with funny sentences, some of them being about what she is feeling like. Her gift is mind reading. Zane is a very shy and very smart guy that is obviously interested in Mira, but she doesn’t really respond to it. He is scared of Kassia and is embarrassed about his gift which is talking with animals. Daxton is a new transfer student and Kassia gets his attention right away, and Kassia also gets interested in him, they start to date and soon we discover that Daxton dream landscapes can help Kassia in not using her powers when she is mad. This book is written in first pov and switch between Kassia and Mira around the second half of the story, and is very easy to follow through and is done in a great way.The book has a main story to follow in the first book, but leaving enough things to make up for the next book in the series.
  • Faelorehn - Book One of the Otherworld Trilogy on Oct. 03, 2015

    This book is one of the few fae books that I actually like. Meghan is a great character. She is a loving girl that cares a lot about her adoptive family and her autistic brother, she isn’t bothered with her differences and her group of friends are great too. Each one of them are very different from each other but they get along so well, it shows what true friendship is about. I love how she is a strong person inside and given chance she will fight for her friends, her family and her first love. I love Cade too, he is obviously dealing with a lot of things but he is willing to pay any price to keep Meghan safe and he truly cares about her. I like how even though they obviously are attracted to each other, their relationship isn’t rushed and makes us root for them finally being able to be together, that makes their love story that much real, at least for me. I like that there’s a bit of everything in this book, self discovery, love, action, family and friendship values, for me this makes the book interesting from the beginning until the end. This book certainly qualify for the to read again shelf.
  • Unexpected Metamorphosis on Nov. 10, 2015

    "This is one very interesting book because you can't predict much from the synopsis and when the story begins to unfold you feel as curious as ever to discover what is happening to the protagonist and what more is about to happen to her. The whole scenery is enchanting to imagine and I do appreciate a healthy dose of fantasy, paranormal, romance and even some fast paced action and discoveries, both physical and mental. It's easy to like the characters and to read as much as I could. Even though there seems to be a love triangle, I didn't feel frustrated with it and I even felt as confused in my feelings towards both guys like Alissia. I like Alissia's personality and how she never really gives up when she has an objective in mind. She's a very determined and strong woman and I like that she wants to be able to protect herself and be in charge of her new future, one she never expected to have. It's not always that I get to read something that brings contrary feelings in me. I want to read as fast as I can to see what happens but not wanting to get to the end of the book, and this is one of them. Great read!