Posts Tagged ‘Lauren Kate’

My most-recent YA purchases just came in the mail a day ago...I'm excited, and sad, to finish the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy.

You gotta love teen literature – it always has the best book titles.

I mean, you’re already expecting something interesting with the titles Forever (by Maggie Stiefvater), Passion (by Lauren Kate) and Wolfsbane (by Andrea Cremer).

With my now-complete move to Chicago (whew), I decided to reward myself by catching up with a few of my favorite series. Here’s the low-down on each of the series so far:

1.The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater – When last we left Sam and Grace in Linger, Sam was dealing with the possibility of staying human, something that still seemed out of reach to him. Meanwhile, Grace begins losing hold of herself to the dormant wolf within. At the end of Linger, Grace’s friends forced her to shift to save her life, leaving the newly human Sam alone. Stiefvater interestingly turned the tables on us after the events of Shiver with Linger, so I’m excited to see how she completes the trilogy. Find out more about Forever, the third book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series here.

2. The Fallen Series by Lauren Kate – After Luce finds out bad-boy Daniel is a fallen angel in Fallen, she’s sent to a West Coast school  to protect her from the evil fallen angels, or so she thinks. During the second installment of the series, Torment, Luce discovers the fate of her love could affect the destiny of all creation, including heaven and hell, making her a target for more than one evil faction. During Luce’s time at the school, she begins learning more about the past lives she has shared with Daniel, who has loved her again and again, only to lose her in each life. This life is their last and the stakes are high. Passion continues the series, which will end with the fourth installment, Rapture. Learn more about Passion here.

The mysterious cover of Wolfsbane, the second book in Andrea Cremer's Nightshade trilogy.

3. The Nightshade Series by Andrea Cremer – Calla Tor may have been meant to be the female alpha of the pack’s next generation, but that doesn’t stop her pursuing her undeniable attraction to human Shay, despite the draw she feels to her destined mate, wolf Ren. At Nightshade‘s end, Calla and Shay were on the run from the Guardians, their escape made possible by Ren’s sacrifice. I’m looking forward to continuing this very promising werewolf series in the second book, Wolfsbane. Read more about Andrea Cremer, and check out book excerpts, here.


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Torment is the satisfying sequel to Lauren Kate's Fallen series all about angels, demons and the humans who love them.

The experience of reading Torment is opposite to that of its title: rather than tormented, you’re contented.

Torment, the followup to Lauren Kate‘s tale of epic love and fallen angels, is chock-full of bittersweet romance, heartbreaking trips through time and lots of demon/angel mayhem.

After the events of Fallen, Luce realizes that she must learn more about her past selves before she can fully commit to a future with Daniel that is, at the moment, all too hazy. Luce starts on her quest for knowledge of her past and the purpose of the shadows questioning not only her love for Daniel, but also Daniel himself.

Kate’s masterful glimpses into Luce’s past are tantalizing – adding another layer to Daniel and Luce’s story, while Luce’s unwillingness to allow Daniel to order her around and keep her in the dark is admirable – Luce isn’t the only one who’s dying to know what’s up with the curse/bad voodoo/dogma that has caused her death thousands of times.

That doesn’t keep her from having a couple oh-so-steamy and well-written scenes with Mr. Daniel, including one event  involving the ocean, flight and…that’s all I’m going to tell you, : )

Luce’ s time at Shoreline, a school with hidden Nephilim students, fills in the angels/demons stories a bit and adds some fun new characters – Shelby , especially, is a diamond in the rough.  We also get some glimpses of old favorites from Fallen, especially Arrianne who gets a memorable moment in a Las Vegas IHOP.

Meanwhile, more angel/demon mythology shows up to block the path of true love – Kate introduces Outcasts, angels that have chosen neither side and are therefore damned by both. The Outcasts are creepy – blinded eyes, dirty wings and an obsession with Luce that is none too angelic.

The Outcasts are given a starring role in Torment’s climax, which is at times, believe it not, funny and anxiety-inducing. The Thanksgiving scene is hilarious while the epic battle between the angels, demons and Outcasts leaves you wanting more. Thankfully for us, Passion, the next book in the Fallen series, is slated for release this summer. But in the meantime, Torment will be more than enough to sate your passion for fallen angels.

Check out the two Torment teasers, war and love, below. For a glimpse of the next Fallen book, Passion, click here to see the just-revealed cover.

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Santa Claus is coming to town! I just hope he has knowledge of Paranormal YA novels because that’s what puts the (Clockwork) Angel on the top of my particular Christmas tree (if you know what I’m saying). To help out the jolly old Elf, and kickstart my Christmas cheer, I’ve compiled the top five books (in no particular order) on my Christmas list: all YA, of course. Read on to make your season bright.

Sabriel the Abhorsen as painted by Iribel, whose work you can view at iribel.deviantart.com.

1. Sabriel by Garth Nix: I was dubious at first (don’t let the cover deter you), but Sabriel fulfilled my every wish for a YA fantasy: Rollicking adventure, magic, mythology and a rocking female heroine.

The novel is set in two neighbouring countries: To the south lies Ancelstierre, which has a technology level and society similar to that of early-20th century England, and to the north lies the Old Kingdom, where magic works and dangerous spirits roam the land. These dangerous spirits range from undead corpses known as Dead Hands to supernatural beings known as Free Magic elementals.

These living Dead are raised by necromancers who roam the Old Kingdom or live in Death, using Hands to do their bidding. To remedy the problem of dangerous, living dead, there is always a sorcerer with the title of Abhorsen, who is essentially a Necromancer himself (or herself), only in the reverse; he puts the dead to rest.

When the current Abhorsen is overcome by one such evil, he sends his bells and sword to his daughter Sabriel, who is being raised in an Ancelstierre school, out of reach of those who might try to strike at her father through her. She must return to the Old Kingdom to rescue her father and prevent the evil’s return.

2. Stefan’s Diaries, L.J. Smith: Like Sabriel, at first, I was dubious. Read my first impression here. But I love the show mythology created by Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson SO much, I am just that willing to read more about Stefan. And Damon. Always Damon. : )

Set during the Civil War, against a backdrop of grand estates, unimaginable riches, and deadly secrets, three teenagers in Mystic Falls, Virginia enter a torrid love triangle that will span eternity.

Brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore are inseparable until they meet Katherine, a stunning, mysterious woman who turns their world upside down. Siblings turned rivals, the Salvatores compete for Katherine’s affection, only to discover that her sumptuous silk dresses and glittering gems hide a terrible secret: Katherine is a vampire. And she is intent on turning them into vampires so they can live together-forever.

Based on the popular CW TV show inspired by the bestselling novels, Stefan’s Diaries reveals the truth about what really happened between Stefan, Damon, and Katherine—and how the Vampire Diaries love triangle began.

Extremely eager and excited to read Nightshade, by Andrea Cremer. If you're a fan of YA paranormal romance and werewolves, this book is for you.

3. Nightshade, Andrea Cremer: I haven’t read this yet, but it’s fo sho on my list – first of all, whoever designed this cover is a genius. It’s beautiful. Secondly, the cover tagline, “She can control her pack, but not her heart,” makes me want to immediately buy the book, go home, read it straight through, and blog about it.

Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters’ laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything – including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

4. Torment, Lauren Kate: The follow-up to Fallen was released a few months back, and sadly, I haven’t got my hands on it just yet. I’m excited to find out how the lovers, one a troubled girl, the other, a fallen angel, try to stay alive, preserve their love and outwit the Outcast Fallen.

Lucinda is sure that she and Daniel are meant to be together forever. Now they are forced apart in a desperate bid to save Luce from the Outcasts–immortals who want her dead. As she discovers more about her past lives, Luce starts to suspect that Daniel is hiding something. What if he has lied to her about their shared past? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

Night Star is the fifth installment of Alyson Noel's hit The Immortals series.

5. Night Star, Alyson Noel: Speaking of a love lasting lifetimes, Night Star, the fifth book in Noel’s The Immortals series, continues the story of Ever, a California girl who finds out she’s lived before – and loved the same man each time. I’m a big fan of this series – the books are at times gut-wrenching, anxiety-inducing and breath-stealing. Will Ever and Damen ever figure out how to be truly together? Will Haven ever stop being such a capital B? Can’t wait to find out!

Best friends make the worst enemies—they know all your secrets, your weaknesses, and just how to hurt you most…

After fighting for centuries to be together, Ever and Damen’s future hinges on one final showdown that will leave readers gasping for breath.

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