This is a review on the first three books in the Shadow Falls series by C.C. Hunter. I dived into this series without so much of an expectation and was pleasantly surprised by it.
Kylie Galen is 16 years old and got many issues to face in her daily life. It all starts off with her parents getting a divorce, her having a stalker whom nobody else seem to realize is there, her grandmother’s death and a party where Kylie was and the police found drugs at. Because of her cold mother who never listens Kylie gets sent off to a summer camp for troubled teens called The Shadow Falls Camp. On the bus that would take Kylie and some other teens to the camp she realizes that the teens are somewhat weird. There is a girl dressed all in black, another girl with hair in three different colors and carries a toad with her. Soon Kylie will get to see all her childhood fairytale and goodnight story creatures come to life right in front of her own pair of eyes.
This series feels like a mixture of every fantasy book I have read. There are angels, ghosts, heaven, hell, vampires, weres, witches, faes and many more. Seeing all these mythological, supernatural beings meet and collide in our world as teenagers was an experience worth my time. The excitement does not stop there, there is some triangular love involved too. I will continue on with this series as soon as possible, as always too many books and so little time.
I recommend this book to you if you enjoy some fantasy in your life!!
This book is about the journey of Nathan Byrne, a half black and half white witch, to find his true self. There is a witches’ community where white witches are befriended and black witches are hunted. That is all you should know getting into the book.
I bought this book knowing that much and did not know what I should expect. At the beginning the writing style was kind of confusing, but a little bit into the story I was hooked. And now I am waiting for the second book, a new release, to arrive at the book shops here in Stockholm.
A weird thing about this book is that there are no “world is going to end” type of big twists, but there is always something happening anyway and that is why I can not really tell if it is a fast-paced or slow-paced book, either way it is a good one. The main character really grew on me and now I can not wait to see what happens next. The plot is real bad-ass, it is about survival, patience, how to think and how to solve mysteries. This whole series/trilogy is going to be a good one!!
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars!! Sally Green sure knows how to grab someone and glue ’em on her fantasy world.
And it is sure as heck on my recommendation list!!!
These three books have been a fast-paced journey filled with beautiful day dresses, dreamy ball gowns and just the right amount of love. Although it seems to be more fitting for younger audience I certainly enjoyed it very much.
It is based in a dystopian version of our world where World War 3 and 4 has taken place and the countries and states have changed a bit. Upon the ruins of the United States was born a country called Illéa where the people would live in different castes that technically work as the class where the Ones are the royalty and Eights are the poorest. America Singer was born as a Five but soon she gets picked as one of the 35 competing girls to become the next queen of Illéa. While all the other girls’ dream is to become the bride of prince Maxon, all America wants is to stay away from Aspen Leger and beside all the drama between the girls on who would get to keep prince Maxon’s heart, all America thinks of is to stay at the palace as long as possible so her family would receive more money. What America did not expect is the palace taking in new guards where Aspen takes advantage.
This trilogy never gave me a moment to get bored, there was always something happening and the excitement never left. The love in this trilogy was not one of those eye-contact-instant-love, which was one of the reasons that made me like it more. I laughed many times and it left me with tears in my eyes. It is simply a fairy tail for someone who loved watching Disney princess and Barbie movies growing up (hint: me). I will definitely be re-reading this trilogy in a few years!!
I give the whole trilogy 5 out of 5 stars!!!
Becca made this “animated” version of me, it does look like me, good job Bex!!
This book has a really beautiful cover, don’t you think?
I was genuinly thrilled by Blythewood. To be honest I have this fancy for all books that involve boarding schools and magic (dedicated Harry Potter fan here). This story was overwhelming but at the same time not too much, according to me. Something thrilling and exciting was always going on which made sure that you as a reader never managed to put the book down. I had many “oh fudge berries i have to sleep… just one more chapter” moments. There was always some kind of secret about to be relieved and I must say it was very stimulating. I hate reading books where half of it is just rubbish that bore you to death, while you are waiting for the action to start.
Blythewood had me from the first page since it was a very different setting. Through most of the book I never certainly knew in which century the story played until much later. The first time Carol Goodman actually gives you an exact date in the book is *Spoiler alert* where she involves the titanic that sinks on the same day.
Personally I have this eternal grudge against the fact that all Young Adult books must involve some kinda love story, but I was positively surprised by Blythewood. The love story was not intense nor dramatic and didn’t steal the focus. It was a more subtle sweet kinda thing that played at the side of the main story.
Now some may say that Carol Goodman overdid her descriptions alot and made the whole book a bit overdramatical. To be honest, yes, at some parts the descriptions get weird, but she still managed to create this beautiful fantasy world that I found myself lost in for a while.
If you are a big fan of Harry Potter (or books in involvning boarding schools in general), and love fantasy, alternate worlds/dimensions, fairies, MAGIC, shadows and birds then you should read Blythewood 😉