Burning Dawn

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Burning Dawn (Angels of the Dark, #3)Burning Dawn by Gena Showalter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book three of the Angels of the Dark series is ah-mazing!! Readers will love both Elin and Thane and the other members of the Army of Disgrace.

It’s like I ordered you from a catalogue. Like I said, I’ll take that gorgeous face and that sexy body, now add a dash of sweetness, and a smidgeon of protectiveness, and, okay, yeah, just go ahead and dip him in raging lust.

Thane and Elin meet as captives in a Phoenix camp. As a Sent One, Thane is a warrior among warriors so it comes as a surprise that Elin, a Halfling, ends up rescuing him. Grateful for her assistance in his escape, Thane takes Elin with him to make it easier to protect her. They quickly realize that they cannot ignore the all-consuming lust they feel for each other but they both fight it because of things in their past.

Love is more than an emotion. It’s a choice. Feeling love is one thing. Showing love is quite another.

Gena Showalter never disappoints. She gives us two characters who are both able to overcome their pasts and become stronger, better people because of it. Elin is just what Thane needs to help him get his life under control before he loses all hope of maintaining his place in heaven while he gives her the courage to live again after the tragic loss of her family.

Be sure to add the newest edition of the Angels of the Dark series, a spinoff of the Lords of the Underworld series to your to-read list.

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Sanctum Illusions

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Sanctum Illusions: Shadow Havens Book 4Sanctum Illusions: Shadow Havens Book 4 by Edenmary Black
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The fourth installation of the Shadow Havens series is chock full of surprises and plot twists. It contains several storylines that will all lead up to a powder keg of events in the next book. While the main focus of the book is on Kya and Meniari and their growing relationship, we also get to see a lot of Circe and Sebastien, Tamuel and Amya, Rachel and Fortune, Xavier and Ilea, and finally Sebastien’s first mate Sabine. The subplots of all these supporting characters give the story a wonderful depth and dimension. It also helps propel the story forward by building an almost obscene level of anticipation for what will come next.

Kya and Meniari have found happiness with each other that they never dreamed possible. That dream is shattered when one of Meniari’s exes shows up determined to win him back. With the help of Xavier and Fortune, Ilea is trying to clean up Sebastien’s clubs. Tamuel comes to the Grey’s to end his life, but once he meets Amaya, he struggles with returning to the angelic realm or staying with the one woman who has touched his heart. Circe’s strange request for Sebastien’s body at the end of Sanctum Retribution is brought to light. Her obsession with him and plot to avenge his death brings trouble to Saint Rushton that neither Haven could anticipate. All of this converges into an almost unbearable level of tension while the danger to everyone involved reaches a fever pitch. The alliance between the Havens forged by the Greys and Ilea is highlighted as they join forces to help protect each other from Circe and her demented plan for revenge.

While book four does start out a little slow, once the pace picks up it, it moves at a blistering pace that will leave readers flipping the pages late into the night, because they will not be able to put it down until it ends. This one does end on more of a cliffhanger than the previous books, but that will only make you want to run out and pick up book five immediately. Sanctum Illusions is an awesome addition to the series!

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Divergent (Divergent #1)Divergent by Veronica Roth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yes this is another dystopian young adult novel. But it is really good, seriously good. It doesn’t contain as much of the angst often associated with this genre while still delivering on intensity. The characters are very mature and able to carry themselves as young adults so well that you forget their ages range from sixteen to twenty.

Society is divided into five factions by the traits they most highly value, Abnegation (selflessness), Erudite (intelligence), Candor (honesty/truthfulness), Amity (friendliness/peace), and Dauntless (bravery). There is also a sixth unofficial faction, the Faction-less. We get a little bit of backstory about how the factions came into existence but not much other than the intent, to create a harmonious, peaceful society where everyone has a place and a purpose. However, there is a plot to manipulate the system to lead a revolution and divergents are a threat to that manipulation.

The story opens with Beatrice (Tris) preparing for the Choosing Ceremony where all of the sixteen year olds are given an aptitude test then later choose a faction to join. The first indication that all is not well is at Beatrice’s aptitude test, the results are not conclusive. This complication, of something so seemingly simple, starts a chain reaction of events and things will never the same for her no matter how hard she tries to fit into her new faction.

Veronica Roth’s story has action and conspiracies and manipulation which was completely unexpected. There are a lot of characters but none of them get lost in the crowd; some you will love, some you will hate. They all play a necessary role in the plot. Simply put, this is a story about a girl finding herself in a time when nothing is as it seems or should be.

While this book isn’t a cliff hanger in the traditional sense, it does make you want to start book two, Insurgent, as soon as possible. I can’t wait to go see the movie. I will post an add-on with a review of the movie and how it stands up to the book once I see it.

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