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  • Consume on Oct. 14, 2012

    I am so happy to discover this excellent author. Shally Crane has unbelievable imagination and after reading this series I certainly want to read all here other books. Consume was perfect continuation of Devour series. Clara and Eli were adorable as a couple in this book. This time they had to face various problems and obstacles and sometimes I was really worried that they would never got their HEA since whole book was darker than the first one. Relationship between Eli and Clara went through different stages in this story. They had to learn to unconditionally trust each other, realize that they deserve each other and manage their strong feelings for each other. Their relationship didn't have any fans and they had to constantly fight some opponents. I really liked that this book was about one and true love without having some love triangle or indecisive heroine. I liked Eli in the first book Devour, but here? He is truly caring, sweet and such a loving character. It was admirable how he respected all of Clara's decisions and supported her. In Consume, loads of things happened. Consume was exciting and thrilling story which was very hard to put down most of the time. If you enjoyed first book, do not waste your time and read this too! Moreover, I was happy with the ending and I am curious how will things go on with this story in third instalment. Even though, I will definitely miss Eli and Clara as main characters.
  • Pure & Sinful on Oct. 14, 2012

    How can Satan bring two Pure Souls (the priest and the powerful evil-fighting witch) into Hell? He leads them into temptation... Pure & Sinful was my first book by Killian McRae and I was pleasantly surprised. This paranormal story made definitely very original, exciting and thrilling read for me. Pure & Sinful offers a mixture of witches, Greek mythology, religion, archangels, Satan and his demons. And this mixture really worked for me. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book. I could not put it down and I cannot wait for sequel since ending did not satisfy me at all. I absolutely love stories about forbidden love and well known saying „the forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest“ was proven again in this book. I liked most of the characters, they were unique and perfectly depicted. But I could not connect with them completely, especially with Riona. I did not like about her the fact that she had strong romantic feelings for more than one person at the same time. It made her look quite un-respect-worthy in my eyes. On the other side, I really liked Father Marcello Angelatti. Even though he could be really sarcastic, he was very interesting character and he always put needs of other people beyond his own. Overall, story has various unexpected twists and I am really curious how things will develop in second book (I just seriously hope that this story will not turn into love triangle). Author used descriptive style of writing with various original (and sometimes even funny) adjectives which were never over-the-top. I really enjoyed this book
  • Collide on Nov. 13, 2012

    Sherry, the heroine of this book, has no self-confidence at all. She thinks of herself as plain Jane, not deserving better things in her life. The only thing she finds special about herself is her ability to always know whether people are telling her s truth or a lie. Basically, she is a human lie detector. She lives with her brother Danny, whom she loves dearly. Her ex-boyfriend is one from the nightmare - making fun of her, trying to force her to sex, stalking her constantly. Than one day her ex-boyfriend comes, claiming that he is someone else and that he is here to save her and her brother. That was when things got really interesting... Collide is very original dystopian-paranormal-alien kind of story. I love Shelly Crane. In every single book I read by this author, she was able to grab my full attention and suck me right into the story. Ant it was the same with this book too. All that "alien" stuff author created in this book was pretty fascinating and exciting to read about. Story was sometimes slow paced but never boring. I really liked relationship Sherry had with her brother Danny. It is always nice to read about siblings who actually truly love each other. Moreover, Sherry was a very honest person and I liked that about her a lot. The world in this book became a very dangerous place but Sherry always showed her good spirit and I had to admire her for that. Another character whose point of view we get to read int his book, is Merrick. Merrick was not a superhero. On the one side, he had some usefull supernatural abilities but on the other side, he was quite clueless when it came to ordinary life on Earth. Sometimes, I found his behaviour too sweet, almost like he was worshipping his love interest and it got old by the time. But overall, he was very loving, caring and likeable character and he really grew on me while rading this book. I enjoyed this book immensely and I will definitely continue reading this series.
  • Anathema (Causal Enchantment, #1) on Dec. 13, 2012

    BRILLIANT STORY Evangeline is selfless, caring, diligent almost 18-years old girl who is always trying to help others. But after death of her mom five years ago, noone really paid attention to her. Until she meets Sofia, interesting and sophisticated woman who offers Evangeline a deal that is impossible to decline. And that is when all suspicious and crazy stuff begins... Anathema is not your traditional YA paranormal novel. To be honest, I have never read anything like this. There was mix of everything - paranormal, magic, dystopian, sespence, action and romance. Paranormal world that author created in this book was like one beautiful but dangerous fairy tale. Everythings was so unbelievably fascinating that I devoured it in very short time. All lovers of paranormal genre should definitely read it. At the beginnig, Evangeline was shy, unexperienced, too trusting but it never bothered me and I got to like her and her lovely personality. And Caden? He was dreamy... loving, caring, passionate but always underestimating himself. I loved the parts when he was present in the book the most and his interactions with Evangeline made this story perfect for me. Anathema was full of unexpected twists and author kept me in tension all the time. Almost till the very end I was not sure who to trust and who not. And last couple of chapters? They blew my mind and I cannot wait to read next instalment in series.