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March 24, 2014 posted by Emma

World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) – Susan Ee

World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?


Some mild spoilers in the following review! 

After reading (and falling madly in love with) Angelfall by Susan Ee, I just had to get my hands on World After, the next book in the series!

World After picks up almost directly after where the first book ends, with Penryn finally reunited with her mom and Paige. She’s safe, but they’ve got bigger problems now…the resistance is growing and as Penryn is taken to their camp by Obi and his men, she comes to realize that things aren’t looking up for the humans. On top of that, things aren’t going too hot for Raffe either…she hasn’t seen him since their parting at the Aerie, so for all she knows, he could be dead.

Personally, I loved World After almost as much as I loved the first one. The pace was just as quick as before and the action just as heart-pumping. It was somehow even more disturbing and creepy in a lot of parts, and at times I literally had to set my book down and take a few deep breaths! Susan Ee doesn’t hold back any punches with the descriptions of the atrocities of the angels, and sometimes it’s so vivid that it’s like you’re really there with Penryn. Definitely shuddered a few times, but couldn’t tear my eyes away from the page!

Penryn’s just as fabulous as before, with tons of snark and badassery all around. Although her mind definitely drifts in romantic directions towards Raffe a few times throughout the book, she again makes me proud by staying focused on keeping her family safe first and foremost. This girl’s got her priorities straight, that’s for sure.  The love that she has for Paige (and her mom, too) is almost tangible, and it was honestly really difficult sometimes reading as she struggles to reconcile the Paige she used to know with the damaged little girl she rescued from the Aerie.

Plot-wise, Susan Ee brought her A-game once again! Learning new bits of angel folklore and mythology was fascinating, and I was pretty much kept on the edge of my seat the whole time wondering how exactly the angel apocalypse (or is it?) will play out in future books. I still don’t know, to be honest, but I love that she keeps the readers guessing and theorizing!

The only issue that readers may have with the book is Raffe…or more specifically, the lack thereof. He’s MIA for a good chunk of it, which is definitely a huge bummer. To be fair though, Ms. Ee manages to come up with a very creative way to keep readers from missing him too much, and after all, absence makes the heart grow fonder! It’s a ballsy move on her part to have the love interest gone for that much of the book, but it works and somehow manages to actually increase the romantic tension between them (if that’s even possible). Plus, when he finally DOES show up…trust me, it’s worth the wait.

Long story short, this series is a MUST READ! I could sit here for hours and hours gushing, but it’ll be much better if you pick up your own copy. Seriously. Go, now!

Pages: 438

Publication Date: November 19, 2013

Publisher: Skyscape

Rating: ★★★★☆

Guest Reviewer: Jennifer Rush
Book Reviews
August 6, 2012 posted by Nikki

Guest Reviewer: Jennifer Rush

Jennifer Rush is the debut author of Altered. Jennifer writes, photoshops, has too many pens, not enough books, and just the right amount of kids. As an avid writer and reader, she kindly agreed to do a guest review.


Storm by Brigid Kremmerer

The very first time I heard about Brigid Kemmerer’s YA, STORM, I knew it’d be a book I’d devour. And I did!

I think the most important element savvy readers will be interested in is this: there are four hot brothers. Okay, perhaps not the most important, but it certainly didn’t hurt in attracting this reader. And while Kemmerer could have taken the easy route, and wrote four hot, but extremely shallow stock characters, she didn’t. All four boys are well drawn-out characters. They have weaknesses, and fears. Likes and dislikes. I enjoyed reading about all of them.

I think one of the strongest elements of STORM is the dual-POV. Kemmerer is successful writing scenes from two entirely different characters. The book opens with Becca, a strong-heroine with a complicated family life, who you immediately root for.

Then we hear from Chris Merrick, the youngest Merrick boy, whose family life is just as complicated, if not more so, as Becca’s. Chris’s parents are dead, and his oldest brother has had to take over the household duties.

And the Merrick twins. Oh those twins! I loved Nick and Gabriel! I found myself wanting more of them on the page, so I’m looking forward to their stories in the ELEMENTAL series.

When all of the elements come together in the end, you won’t be able to put the book down. You’ll want to know immediately who the villain is, and you’ll be dying to know Chris and Becca are safe. But more than that, you’ll be rooting for their romance.

Pick up STORM as soon as possible, and dive right in.  You won’t be disappointed.

Morganville Vampires: Last Breath
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November 14, 2011 posted by Nikki

Morganville Vampires: Last Breath

With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town-a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville’s latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn’t merely human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely?

As Michael and Eve make preparations for their wedding, certain undead members of the Morganville community begin making all kinds of noise objecting to the idea. Everyone seems to have an opinion on why Michael and Eve shouldn’t get married – except the couple themselves. Even Shane and Claire express concern. Michael is a vampire; Eve is human. A lifelong predatory union such as that is bound to end in tragedy, right? At least, that’s what the history books show. Eve wonders … could her relationship with Michael go down in history as the first human/vampire relationship to really make it?

In Bite Club we saw Shane and Claire face all kinds of adversity. Shane let Claire down – repeatedly – and both of them still have wounds to heal from that experience, but Last Breath opens showing Shane and Claire more in love, stronger than they’ve ever been before. It’s obvious they’re meant to be together, through thick and thin, the good and the bad, the ugly and the beautiful – but what about in death? Last Breath sees Shane and Claire face the ultimate challenge – the biggest one they’re likely to encounter ever.

Meanwhile, outside the Glass House, Morganville is in a state of disarray. Vampires are going missing and something has spooked Amelie out of her mind. She’s packing up the vampires and planning a mass exodus out of Morganville. It looks like the humans will finally have their town back.

Or will they?

If I know Amelia – and I think by now I do – leaving the humans to their own devices is not something she’s particularly known for. She says they’re leaving and allowing the humans to reclaim the town, but is that really what’s going on? Would she really leave a bunch of humans behind untouched, uncontrolled? Not very likely.

And Claire and Shane know it. Complacency, happiness, contentment – these are things that Shane and Claire will never get to experience. Not while they’re living in Morganville, anyway. In an epic battle – more epic than anything Morganville has ever seen – the Glass House gang will join the vampires, again, in the fight for their very lives.

Last Breath threw many curve balls that I never saw coming. Predictable is not a word I would choose to describe this series. Just when you think Caine can’t possibly develop this world any further, she does. Just when you think these characters have grown as much as they possibly can, Caine manages to mould them into even more dynamic, even greater characters. I never get tired of reading these books. With Last Breath Caine delivers one of the most thrilling cliffhangers to date, and as always, I’m now anxiously awaiting the arrival of the next chapter in this awesome series.

Pages: 335

Publication date: November 2011

Publisher: New American Library

Challenge: N/A

Rating: : ★★★★★

Teaser Quote:

Oliver stalked forward toward … Toward Myrnin, in his thick black coat, who was holding Shane against the alley’s other wall with his right hand, and drawing back with his left, claws catching the light in sharp angles. He hesitated as he spotted Oliver, and froze as he saw Claire’s shuddering form.

“No,” he whispered, the signaled a stare at Oliver. “Damn you! She shouldn’t have to see this!”

Book Reviews
July 24, 2010 posted by Christina

Eighth Grade Bites: Vlad Tod – Heather Brewer

Junior high really sucks for thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod. Bullies harass him, the principal is dogging him, and the girl he likes prefers his best friend. Oh, and Vlad has a secret: his mother was human, but his father was a vampire. With no idea of the extent of his powers, Vlad struggles daily with his blood cravings and his enlarged fangs. When a substitute teacher begins to question him a little too closely, Vlad worries that his cover is about to be blown. But then he faces a much bigger problem: he’s being hunted by a vampire killer

Vlad Tod hasn’t had the easiest life. Orphaned three years previously, he lives with his later mother’s best friend Nelly, a nurse, in the quite town of Bathory. He’s the favoured target of bullies, embarrasses himself in front of his crush and now his favorite teacher has gone missing….Oh, and he’s half vampire, and his strange new substitute teacher possibly knows his secret…

Until recently Vlad thought he was the only vampire left until a recent string of disappearances makes him realize that not only is he not alone, but someone’s after him. Vlad is also only just discovering his abilities, since his vampire father died before he could share his knowledge, Vlad is on his own as he comes to understand just what he can do as well as the fact that among his kind, being a half vampire is not just unique, but unheard of.

Eighth Grade Bites is the first book in the Vladimir Tod Chronicles. Like most first books in a series we’re introduced to the characters and storyline with the promise of the big action happening later down the line. Don’t get me wrong, the last chapters of this book have action but this book mostly sets up the foundation for the next installments.

Vlad himself is a good character and besides the vampire aspect he’s a typical fourteen year old boy. He’s got his best friend Henry, he’s shy around girls and isn’t the biggest fan of school. It would have been good to see him explore his powers in a bit more depth; we touch on the fact that he can read minds, hover and has a telepathic connection to Henry after biting him when they were eight. He’s a believable character who’s still coming to terms with the loss of his parents and is slowly growing into his personality.

The storyline itself felt a bit brief and at the end the events happen quite suddenly. At points, time goes by quite fast and we skip over weeks and months without realizing it so the pace feels a bit odd with things going at an even pace in the beginning then picking up a lot of speed towards the end. The book, at 181 pages isn’t very long so a lot of the story didn’t have the kind of development it could have had particularly when we get a look into the vampire world Elysia.

This story has a lot of potential and I have a feeling it really picks up in the following books. I’d recommend it to the younger readers in the YA category, particularly for the boys, it has the right length, right amount of action, horror and humor to ease them into reading.

Pages: 181

Publication Date: August 2007, scheduled for release in Australia August 2nd 2010

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

Teaser quote:  “Morning, sunshine”
Vlad blinked at her. “Morning, sulfuric acid”
“Pardon me?”
“Well isn’t it kinda wrong to call a vampire ‘sunshine’?”