| BOOK REVIEW | CRESS BY MARISSA MEYER

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Author : Marissa Meyer
Series : The Lunar Chronicles
Genres : Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publication : February 4th 2014 by Puffin Books

This is the third book in The Lunar Chronicles series. This review will spoil you if you haven’t read the previous books.

Synopsis : In this third book in Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

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I really REALLY enjoyed that one ! It’s action packed, funny and mixed with emotional moments.

I promise, I will not let you die without being kissed.

Plot

This installment is focused on Cress. It’s the retelling of Rapunzel and I liked the little reminders of Rapunzel. The long hair, the forced loneliness, the haircut, a knight in a not so shiny armor etc…

In this third book, Cinder and her gang want to rescue Cress from her satellite. But nothing goes as planned !

I loved this book so much. Cress is an amazing character, candid and kind. I enjoyed learning much about her, and her past. She also has this massive crush on Thorne and I found it so cute !!

Another thing I loved is how the plot is getting more and more complex with each book. Dr Erland is back and I was really happy about it. His knowledge is very important for the plot. He helps us understanding the Lunars, and the mysterious letumosis.
On the downside, I guessed the big plot twist so easily !

In this book we briefly meet with Winter. She is pretty mad and yet so kind ! She helps Scarlet.
I really enjoyed seeing all these characters mingling together ! Most of them are so strong-minded and stubborn, it led to some funny moments ! The characters’ growth is also worth of mentioning : they all changed so much !

The ending made me want to start Winter ASAP ! Seriously, this story is so addictive !

She dreamed of deep soul connections and passionate kisses and daring escapades. She was certain that he simply had to meet her, just once, and he would feel the same way. It would be like those epic love affairs that exploded into existence and burned white hot for all eternity. The type of love that time and distance and even death couldn’t separate.

Characters

  • Cinder is accepting her role. She knows there will be casualties and that she can’t help it. She knows her friends can’t be her priority. She goes to Africa to see Dr Erland, she wants to stop Levana.
  • Scarlet is treated like an animal. Somehow she understands Wolf’s condition a little more ! Nonetheless, despite her pain, her sadness, she stays strong, and becomes even more stronger !
  • Iko is her equal ! I can’t tell you how much I love her !! She is funny, witty and cute, in a word, perfect ! And now she has a pretty body to match her personality !
  • Jacin is a new character. He was Sybil’s guard but his loyalty goes to Princess Winter. He is such an intriguing character !
  • Wolf is only a shadow of himself without Scarlet. I didn’t really like ths side of him to be honest. Okay, I get it, you’re devastated but he is fighting to get her back, at least not as much I thought he would.
  • Thorne is suffering from a disability in this book. He is trying his best to adapt, to save Cress and his own ass.
    He also tries his best to dissuade Cress to see him as a hero. In this book we get to see behind his mask. We can witness how poorly he thinks of himself. It makes him attracting haha !
  • Cress is so sweet ! She discovers the worlds the eyes of a baby ! Her reactions are so cute !! And yet, she is a great asset for Cinder. She is very talented !

5 stars

It always came back to love. More than freedom, more than acceptance—love. True love, like they sang about in the second era. The kind that filled up a person’s soul. The kind that lent itself to dramatic gestures and sacrifices. The kind that was irresistible and all-encompassing.

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About the author

marissa-meyer

I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my husband and beautiful twin daughters. Represented by Jill Grinberg. Learn more about me and my upcoming books at http://www.marissameyer.com.

| BOOK REVIEW | MELODY’S KEY BY DALLAS CORYELL

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Author : Dallas Coryell
Genres : Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication : June 24th 2016

Synopsis : “His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”


Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.

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I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review ! And I am so glad I read this book !

Plot

I have to admit it, I’ve been very surprised by this book ! I was only expecting a cute romance but this book is so much more ! It deals with important topics : rape, depression, self-harm, bully etc…

It was much more serious than I thought ! I really appreciated it, it’s what makes this book different from most of the other YA contemporary books.

Another thing I really enjoyed was the characters. Honest, real but oh so quirky ! I really appreciated their interactions and the fact that the side characters weren’t lacking depth ! I particularly liked Simon.

I enjoyed how Mason and Tegan’s relationship grew. It felt natural, not forced on us as it sometimes is in some contemporary books. They’re like the perfect soulmates. They both have a strong passion for music. They both write and compose songs but one of them isn’t singing his own songs and the other doesn’t want to share her work with anyone.

The letters were also a cute addition to this story ! But the best addition was the songs that you can actually listen to on youtube !

Characters

  • Tegan is an amazing person. She sacrificed her future to stay and help her family. She is fierce and really cares for her loved ones. She can’t stand for them to be in any kind of pains.
    She suffered a lot herself but decided to bury it deep inside.
  • Mason is in such a bad state. He is stuck in a life that isn’t his. He can’t find a way to get himself out of this situation ! Tegan brings him light. They were both in such dark places, they’re here for each other, helping each other !
  • Simon is such an original sidekick  !

 

Overall I really loved this book !

4 stars

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About the author

Dallas CoryellDallas Coryell is a musician and author residing deep in the untamed wilds of Michigan, USA, where he desperately attempts to assign meaning to his world through bouts of maniacal creative catharsis and pitifully doomed hopeless romantic fantasies

| BOOK REVIEW | SCARLET BY MARISSA MEYER

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Author : Marissa Meyer
Series : The Lunar Chronicles
Genres : Fantasy, Science Fiction, Retelling, Young Adult
Publication : February 7th 2013 by Puffin Books

Synopsis : This is not the fairytale you remember.

But it’s one you won’t forget.

Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. The police have closed her case. The only person Scarlet can turn to is Wolf, a street fighter she does not trust, but they are drawn to each other.

Meanwhile, in New Beijing, Cinder will become the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive – when she breaks out of prison to stay one step ahead of vicious Queen Levana.

As Scarlet and Wolf expose one mystery, they encounter Cinder and a new one unravels. Together they must challenge the evil queen, who will stop at nothing to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner . . . 

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This is the second book in The Lunar Chronicles series. If you haven’t read Cinder, the first book, this review will probably spoil you.

I really LOVED this book ! I found it better than Cinder, that I really enjoyed !

Plot

It starts almost right after Cinder’s ending. But it introduces new characters : Captain Carswell Thorne who is now staying with Cinder and Scarlet, who is living near Toulouse, in France. There’s also Wolfe, an intriguing character !

“A relieved grin filled up Thorne’s face. “We’re having another moment, aren’t we?”

“If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are.”

I really enjoyed how their paths mingled ! The story keeps getting more and more interesting with every chapter !
I won’t tell too much because I want to avoid spoilers but I have to say that I got surprised multiple times in this book, it was way less predictable than Cinder.
It’s action packed, fast paced and kept surprising me ! The story becomes more intricate and it was very difficult to put the book down !

I really loved diving back into this amazing world ! Learning more about the complexity of the Lunars a little more with every chapter.
I also really enjoyed the Red Riding Hood’s references just like I enjoyed Cinderella’s in the previous book.

I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.

Characters

The new characters are really interesting ! They’re all far from being perfect, they’re flawed and complex.

  • Cinder is determined to escape Levana. She wants to live and save Kai. She also wants to know more about her, her past, her legacy. But she’s not ready to face her destiny.
  • Iko is somehow back and I couldn’t have been more happier ! She is such an amazing character, I LOVE her sarcasm !
  • Thorne is an intriguing character ! He is charming, of course, but far from being a hero. He is a thief, and so selfish !  Yet, he does help Cinder, putting himself in danger.
  • Scarlet is such a strong character ! She wants to find her Grandma at whatever cost. She is willing to sacrifice her own life.
    But she is also very naive, trusting strangers far too easily !
  • Wolf is another highly interesting character ! He is more edgy and darker. He is not a hero in a shiny white armor, not a villain. He has been made and heis doing his best to fight it.

I hate to agree with Thorne,” said Cinder, “I mean, I really hate to agree with him, but he’s right

I think you got it while reading my review, I loved this book ! I can only hope the series will keep getting better because that promises an amazing read !

5 stars

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About the author

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I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my husband and beautiful twin daughters. Represented by Jill Grinberg. Learn more about me and my upcoming books at www.marissameyer.com

| BOOK REVIEW | CINDER BY MARISSA MEYER

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Author : Marissa Meyer
Series : The Lunar Chronicles
Genres : Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publication : January 5th 2012 by Puffin

Synopsis : A forbidden romance.
A deadly plague.
Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.

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I kept hearing amazing things about The Lunar Chronicles and I must say, the hype was justified ! This book put me back into my reading kick !

Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.

Plot

It’s a retelling of Cinderella. I was kind of worried I wouldn’t like it. The idea of reading a retelling wasn’t that appealing to me. But it was more than Cinderella story. In fact, you can sense it’s Cinderella because of some scenes but it wasn’t THAT obvious. It’s just a touch of references. The setting is from a fairy tale I must stay : she lives in New Beijing, in a post apocalyptic world where a lethal disease, Letumosis is becoming a pressing issue.
Cinder is a cyborg and a well-known mechanic in New Beijing. She lives with her tutor, Adri and her two half sisters.

I have to say that the plot was predictable. I guessed most of the plot twists or revelations way before it was revealed.
That being said, it didn’t bother me that much. The story was really gripping so I was more interested by the action taking place than by how predictable some points were.

Prince Kai! Check my fan, I think I’m overheating.

The characters are, on other hand, very intricate and intriguing. You want to know more about them ! I think the retelling’s setting brought more depth to them.

I find Meyer’s writing style amazing ! She writes wonderful descriptions of the surroundings, of the characters, of everything ! I could almost breathe New Beijing’s air !
I also liked how she wrote Kai/Cinder interactions. There’s no insta-love which I loved ! He flirts with Cinder, there are ups and downs and that makes their chemistry even more real.

Mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.

Characters

  • Cinder is an amazing character ! She is such a badass woman ! I loved her from the beginning ! She is strong, fierce and sooo sarcastic !
    She’s honest and loyal to the very few ones she loves ! I love the idea of Cinderella being a mechanic and a cyborg ! I thought I wouldn’t like it, or find it too weird but how wrong I was !
  • Prince Kaito is also a great character ! He wants to do what’s best for his country, he is ready to sacrifice himself in order to achieve it. He isn’t as flat as I thought he would be !
  • Iko was so funny ! She is so lovely and I really adored her ! She is Cinder’s best friend.
  • Queen Levana is really frightening. I hated her from the moment she was talked about. A real evil character !
  • Dr Erland is such a nice character. I guessed what he was hiding very early but it’s okay ! He is such support for Cinder !

But if there was one thing she knew from years as a mechanic, it was that some stains never came out.

5 stars

I’m currently reading Scarlet and I cannot wait to know more about this amazing series !

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About the author

marissa-meyerI live in Tacoma, Washington, with my husband and beautiful twin daughters. Represented by Jill Grinberg. Learn more about me and my upcoming books at www.marissameyer.com.

| BOOK REVIEW | THE DARKEST MAGIC BY MORGAN RHODES

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Author : Morgan Rhodes
Series : Spirits And Thieves
Genres : Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : June 28th 2016 by Razorbill

Synopsis : Modern-day Toronto: Sisters Crystal and Becca Hatcher are reunited after reclaiming the Bronze Codex and narrowly escaping death. They have no one to trust but each other, and the only thing keeping them safe is the book that sent Becca’s spirit to Ancient Mytica–the same book that their enemies would kill them for.

Ancient Mytica: Maddox grapples to keep his newly discovered powers under control, while the ruthless goddess Valoria hunts him down.

Modern-day Toronto: Farrell embraces his dark side as he unwittingly falls further under the spell of Markus, the mastermind leader of the nefarious Hawkspear Society, who will stop at nothing to find Crys and Becca–and the remarkable book in their possession.

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This is the second book in the Spirits And Thieves trilogy (or series?) ! It takes place almost after A Book Of Spirits And Thieves’ ending.

Plot

I really enjoyed this book. The alternative POV have created a very interesting dynamic (same as Falling Kingdoms) and it’s really gripping !
The characters are becoming more and more interesting, and that cliffhanger !

The chapters I enjoyed the most are the modern day Toronto ones. I found them more action-packed. Moreover the dynamic between Farrell and Crys fascinated me. Their relationship is so interesting ! It still fascinates me, though haha !

Maddox’ chapters are also interesting but there’s less action. Altough it allows us to learn more about Mytica. It’s the link between this series and the Falling Kingdoms series.

Some plot twists really took me by surprise ! Especially toward the end of the book ! I am really looking forward the final book !
Liana’s identity was a big surprise, I have to say !

There’s a lot of character’s growth : Farrell, Maddox, even Crystal. But I’ll talk more about it later.
I had some issues to grow attached to some characters, though.

Al was kind of funny, balancing the darkness growing around Maddox’s destiny and surrounding his posse.

Memories of one’s past are tainted. There are no truths to be found in them.

Characters

  • Crystal is such a fierce girl. She wants to resolve this huge mess and keep Marcus from getting the Bronze Codex. She wants to protect her family, whatever it costs.
  • Becca is devoid of interest, as far as I’m concerned, at least in the Toronto parts.
  • Maddox is becoming darker and darker. His chapters are really interesting. We get to witness his evolution.
  • Farrell is the character that interested me the most. He changed so much throughout the book. He learned to think by himself. He really cares for Crystal, despite everything he’s saying. He admires her somehow. And their dynamic is highly interesting !
  • Liana was another interesting character. She was mysterious,  wanted to know more about her and her life. She was so full of surprises !!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book !! It wasn’t gripping but the plot twists were really surprising !

4 stars

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Morgan RhodesMorgan Rhodes lives in Ontario, Canada. As a child, she always wanted to be a princess — the kind that knows how to wield a sharp sword to help save both kingdoms and princes from fire-breathing dragons and dark wizards. Instead, she became a writer, which is just as good and much less dangerous. Along with writing, Morgan enjoys photography, travel, reality TV, and is an extremely picky, yet voracious reader of all kinds of books. Under another pen name, she’s a national bestselling author of many paranormal novels. Falling Kingdoms is her first high fantasy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

| BOOK REVIEW | QUEEN OF SHADOWS BY SARAH J. MAAS

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Author : Sarah J. Maas
Series : Throne Of Glass
Genres : Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : September 1st 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Synopsis : The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

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This is the fourth book in the Throne Of Glass series. This review will spoil you if you haven’t read the previous books.

You make me want to live, Rowan. Not survive; not exist. Live.

Plot

I really REALLY enjoyed this book ! It’s so fast-paced and interesting ! Moreover, there are so many plot twists, I kept being surprised !
This one is my favorite book in the series so far, really !
Another thing I enjoyed about that book is that there’s a lot of character’s development. Aelin is changing but she’s not the only one. The most surprising and important change ahappened to Manon. She changed a lot. She pushed Asterin, her beloved second away until she was ready to face the truth. The truth about herself, about the Ironteeth, about her leader.

There’s so much action in this book ! The previous ones all had a slow-paced beginning but that wasn’t the case for that one ! Straight to the action !

She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.

It’s fast-paced, full of incredible scenes and witty ! Aelin hasn’t lost her temper, she’s wilder than ever. And I’m glad she’s found a friend in the person of Lysandra. These two were made to be friends, allies.

In this installment we get to learn so much about the plot, the Valg princes, and the “big evil plan”.
As you can see, I’m trying my best to avoid spoilers haha !

She was a whirling cloud of death, a queen of shadows, and these men were already carrion.

Characters

  • Aelin is way more unpredictable in this book. Back to Rifthold, she lost her powers. But she is resourceful and always finds a way.
    She is so fierce ! She is also stronger than ever and ready to do anything it takes to stop the king, save her cousin, and spare Dorian.
  • Chaol has the bad role in this book. But I can understand his point of view, being reticent to put so much power in the hands of someone so unpredictable and unstable ! But he is smart and is able to make what’s right.
  • Rowan, ha Rowan ! He is sooo swoon-worthy, all alpha male and fae warrior ! He wants to protect Aelin and it was cute to witness his love for Aelin !
  • Aedion is a character that Ireally appreciate ! We get to learn a little more about his past and his fae legacy, and it’s really interesting ! And his little rivalry with Rowan was so entertaining !
  • Lysandra is such a brave character ! I am glad I read The Assassin’s Blades before, though ! It’s easier to understand her knowing her past, especially her past with Aelin.
  • Dorian is in such a dark place. I was so afraid for him during the whole book !
  • Manon is the one I learned to love in this book. I loved her chapters, witnessing her doubts, her will to protect her coven.
  • Elide is another brave character. I can’t wait to read more about her, she is such a survivor !

Fire-breathing bitch-queen.

5 stars

I buddy read this book with the lovely Donna from chocolatenwafflesblog ! And for once I didn’t have to defend Lady haha !

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About the author

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

| BOOK REVIEW | AFTER EVER HAPPY BY ANNA TODD

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Author : Anna Todd
Series : After
Genres : Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Publication : February 24th 2015 by Gallery Books

This is the final book in the After series. This review will spoil you if you haven’t read the previous books.

Synopsis : Tessa and Hardin have defied all the odds, but will their fairy tale ending be turned on its head? AFTER EVER HAPPY…Life will never be the same. #HESSA

It’s never been all rainbows and sunshine for Tessa and Hardin, but each new challenge they’ve faced has only made their passionate bond stronger and stronger. But when a revelation about the past shakes Hardin’s inpenetrable façade to the core—and then Tessa suffers a tragedy—will they stick together again, or be torn apart?

As the shocking truth about each of their families emerges, it’s clear the two lovers are not so different from each other. Tessa is no longer the sweet, simple, good girl she was when she met Hardin—any more than he is the cruel, moody boy she fell so hard for. Tessa understands all the troubling emotions brewing beneath Hardin’s exterior, and she knows she’s the only one who can calm him when he erupts. He needs her.

But the more layers of his past come to light, the darker he grows, and the harder he pushes Tessa—and everyone else in his life—away. Tessa’s not sure if she really can save him—not without sacrificing herself. She refuses to go down without a fight. But who is she fighting for—Hardin or herself?

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This is the final book in the After series. And what a challenge it was for my little heart ! This book is just like the previous one : a roller coaster for my emotions !

I saw the empty, sad girl
smile for the sad boy who loves her with all of his
broken soul.

Plot

In this final installment, Tessa is moving  on. Hardin abandoned her once again. But something triggers his come back. Don’t worry, I’m not gonna spoil you !
Hardin realizes that his self-loathing is costing him the woman he loves.

The roles are inverted : now Hardin is chasing Tessa. He wants to prove her that he is the love of her life, that he is worthy of her love and her trust. And I have to be honest : I enjoyed seeing him grovel ! It was nice to witness a change in their dynamic. Somehow it was really ironic !
When he finally wants to invest himself fully in their relationship, Tessa gives up on them !

Until the very end you can’t guess if they’re gonna end together or not ! And what an exquisite torture it was ! I was terrified for the ending ! You can only wish for it to be an happy one ! I wanted so badly to disconnect from the reality, to stay focused on their story ! I even cheated a little at one point : I read the final page… I know I know ! Shame on me and shame on my cow !

I think the jumps in time where necessary to bring a feeling of closure to their epic journey.Something else is also revealed, something Hardin was trying to hide from Tessa. I was positively surprised !

You won’t know how lucky you are to be able to spend your life with the other half of your soul until you have to spend your life without them.

When I started this series I couldn’t have guesses that I would be obsessed with Hessa while reading it !I am so glad I decided to pick After before meeting Anna Todd for the second time at the New Romance Festival !

This is the perfect ending to an amazing and engrossing series. I was constantly on the edge of my seat during all my read !

Characters

  • Tessa worried the hell out of me in this book. First, she is destroyed by Hardin’s reject. And then she had to witness the unthinkable.  She struggles to find the will to keep going on ! But living in New York with Landon is helping her.
  • Hardin changed and I love the “new” Hardin. He changed totally ! He is trying to fix all the things and people he has broken, particularly Tessa. He wants to win her back, no matter what !
    I love the angsty, broody Hardin but I think I love that version of him even more !
  • Zedd is really worse than I thought. He manipulated Tessa and she was so blind to it !

5 stars

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Anna ToddANNA TODD is a first-time writer spending her days in the Austin area with her husband, with whom she beat half the statistics by getting married one month after graduating high school. Between her husband’s three deployments to Iraq, she worked odd jobs from a makeup counter to the IRS processing counter. Anna was always an avid reader and boy band and romance lover, so now that she’s found a way to combine the three she’s enjoying living a real-life dream come true.