Faking It (Losing It #2) by Cora Carmack

Book: Faking It (Losing It #2) faking_it

Author: Cara Carmack

ebook: 304 pages

Published: June 4, 2013

B.O.S.SF Review: largelargelargelarge

From Goodreads: Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.

*****

I received Faking It in exchange for an honest review via Edelweiss.  THANK YOU! 🙂

While I liked Losing It, I REALLY liked Faking It!  It’s been a few weeks since I finished Faking It, and it still gives me that happy feeling when I think back on it.  We get to hear from both Cade and Max’s point of view.  Both Cade and Max were both delightful in Faking It – I really liked Cade in Losing It, even if he was a sorry excuse for the love triangle… because we all knew that just wasn’t going.to.happen.  Carmack’s character development was awesome  – both main characters were complex and dealing with issues from their past, and I really enjoyed seeing the two of them learn to overcome their obstacles and open themselves up for love 🙂  (hehe, corny, but true!)

ANYWAY, back to Cade in Faking It – he was just perfect.  Swoonworthy, sweet, loyal, and he’s just a darn good person.  We got to hear more about his upbringing (he had a harder than average life…), but despite that all, Cade was such a positive person.  He was down in the dumps when we first meet him in Philadelphia.  He’s heart broken and lost, but after being forced into Max’s life, we get to see the charismatic Cade return.

Max was a multilayered main character – just how I like them.  She was a passionate, functional adult with a strong, unique personality.  While she did a few things that made me want to shake her shoulders and tell her to stop being so cold, I still liked her.  Max felt very real to me.  You’d think she’s untouchable and wouldn’t put up with anyone’s crap, but she’s a broken young woman on the inside.

The chemistry between Max and Cade was hot – although there was an initial attraction, there was no insta-love (THANKFULLY), but their budding romance went from appreciating each other’s good looks to knowing how to be there for one another.  I fell in love with the two of them during their first scene together in the coffee shop, and the two shared some hilariously awkward/hot/sweet/hilarious moments through Faking It.  I will go as far to say I liked Cade + Max > Bliss + Garrick.  I’d love to see what everyone else feels about that!

While Faking It does have some of the heavy New Adult trends, it still had enough of the breezy humor, sexual tension, and adorable moments (without being nauseating..).  Faking It is one of my favorite New Adult books that I’ve read, and consider me being a big CC fan!

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Losing It (Losing It #1) by Cara Carmack

Book: Losing It (Losing It #1)Losing It UK

Author: Cara Carmack

ebook: 204 pages

Published: October 15, 2012

B.O.S.SF Review: largelargelargelarge

*****

Goodreads: Virginity.

Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible– a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.

*****

I received Losing It from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Losing It was a light, FUN New Adult read.  This was one of the first books in the New Adult genre that I’ve read that didn’t include a disturbing, tragic, damaged past and/or behavior.  I can only take those gut wrenching books a few times a month (they can be QUITE emotional for me).  Anyway, Losing It was exactly how I wanted it to be, and for that Ms. Carmack… I thank you!  I breezed through Losing It, because it was one of those addicting reads, where we jumpred right into the story!  So guess what? Our main character, Bliss, is a virgin (for shame!… JK), and her BFF, Kelsey, wants Bliss to lose IT.  And when I say IT… I mean… doing the nasty/gettin’ it on/sexytimes… you know.  All of that!  That is how our story begins and it carries us through the whole book.

Bliss was a likable enough main character.  She had never met any guy that she was close enough and/or sexually attracted to enough to want to be intimate with them.  Being a Type A person, Bliss also wants to be the one in control… and giving herself to a guy would be a challenge to for her.  The other characters were good, too.  Garrick is the object of Bliss’ affection, and he sounds like the total package.  He has a British accent, he’s incredibly handsome, he owns a motorcycle (of course), and did I mention he has a British accent??  On top of Bliss’ awkwardness on trying to lose it with Garrick, he also ends up being her newest professor!  That’s some bad luck for an almost 1 Night Stand!  I like the love story between Bliss and Garrick.  There’s a bit of a love triangle, because one of Bliss’ best friends has feelings for her.  Fear not… Cade gets his story in Faking It, and it’s AWESOME!  Kelsey was a good enough character, too.  I’m looking forward to her story, too!

This book was a 3-4 star book for me.  I love how it didn’t take itself too seriously.  It was full of laughs, awkward scenes, and romance.  I would recommend this book to anyone!

 

 

Trail of Dead (Scarlett Bernard #2) by Scarlett Bernard

Book: Trail of Dead (Scarlett Bernard #2)17235997

Author: Melissa F. Olson

Published: June 4, 2013

Paperback, 295 pages

B.O.S.SF Review: largelargelargelarge

*****

Summary from Goodreads: As a null, Scarlett Bernard possesses a rare ability to counteract the supernatural by instantly neutralizing spells and magical forces. For years she has used her gift to scrub crime scenes of any magical traces, helping the powerful paranormal communities of Los Angeles stay hidden. But after LAPD detective Jesse Cruz discovered Scarlett’s secret, he made a bargain with her: solve a particularly grisly murder case, and he would stay silent about the city’s unearthly underworld.

Now two dead witches are found a few days before Christmas, and Scarlett is once again strong-armed into assisting the investigation. She soon finds a connection between the murders and her own former mentor, Olivia, a null who mysteriously turned into a vampire and who harbors her own sinister agenda. Now Scarlett must revisit her painful past to find Olivia—unless the blood-drenched present claims her life first.

*****

I received a copy of Trail of Dead from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  And if I’m being honest, this was probably the most excited that I’ve been to receive an ARC to read and review!!!

I enjoyed Trail of Dead even better than I did Dead Spots.  All of our favorite characters (vampires… witches…werewolves… etc.) come back for the second installment in the Scarlett Bernard series.

My favorite part, hands down, of Trail of Dead is that we get to learn more about our main character, Miss Scarlett Bernard.  Yes, Scarlett can kick butt and get a job done, but she’s a sad, lost girl who needs a true friend to be there for her.  My character review of Scarlett in Dead Spots didn’t pick up on the things that seem obvious to me now (I will have to reread Dead Spots before book 3!)  Dashiell (my fav), Kirsten, and Will, the supernatural leaders of the Los Angeles area, all respect their favorite null/cleaner, and all of them show concern for her well being.  What stood out to me more was not Scarlett’s sense of humor or casual/cool style, but how confused and damaged she is.  Without giving any spoilers…. Scarlett thinks that her existence and null abilities are the culprit for lots of bloodshed.  She blames herself for several deaths, including her parents, and doesn’t know that her roommate Molly or “boyfriend” Eli care about her or if they care about what being around her does for their supernatural selves.   She’s lonely, and she doesn’t know if she belongs in the supernatural world or the human world.  A hardened exterior and some snarky jokes try to mask the hurt that she is harboring underneath her cool disposition.  Her new found skill confuses the heck out of her, and I’m excited to continue to see what else she’ll learn about it.

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The love triangle is still there, but I think it seems obvious who Scarlett would like to be with.  Mr. Cop (Jesse) has strong feelings for Scarlett, but he can’t get over what she does for her profession.  Cleaning up supernatural crime scenes goes against what he believes in as a detective and as a person, so it puts him in an awkward position.  His refusal to accept Scarlett for what she does adds to her self punishment.  Eli wants to be with Scarlett… he wants to hold her and be with her always.  But Scarlett still isn’t sure if he truly wants to be with her.   This doubt that Scarlett carries puts stress on their relationship.

Trail of Dead isn’t one of those sexy-times paranormal romance novels – in fact, there isn’t much romantic “action” at all.  It’s an Urban Fantasy series that puts more emphasis on world building, intricate plots, and complex characters. With Scarlett being so vulnerable and the way that the plot unfolded, there simply wasn’t enough time to fit in extra hookups!

Trail of Dead is told mostly from Scarlett’s point of view, but every few chapters, we hear from Jesse Cruz’s point of view as well.  It was a good way to find out clues as to what the villains were planning, since Scarlett and Jesse aren’t together the whole time (and to see what Jesse thinks about the supernatural world and Scarlett…)  We also got to see how Jesse’s love life had been after we left off in Dead Spots.  It was interesting, but I wasn’t thrilled to hear about him with a yoga bunny after things didn’t work out with Scar-bear!  I wish that we could see what Eli thinks from time to time, too!  In The Mortal Instruments series, we get to hear from all three parts of the love triangle 🙂  I preferred hearing the story told from Scarlett’s point of view, mostly because I feel like she has more relevance to the whole background story.  I liked the plot in Trail of Dead as much as I liked Dead Spots.  They both have the same creeptastic, bloody crime scene that begs the question… what the heck happened!?  And then they dive right into what could have caused such a thing to happen… and why?  Trail of Dead builds on the major cliffhanger that we were left with in Dead Spots, but there are many more mysteries to uncover as the story moves along.  Sometimes, I found myself a little confused on all of the names of the special witch artifacts, but I think I kept up!

It was obvious that Olson put a lot of research into her writing, and that really helped with the world building come together.  Her tidbits on the areas of LA (the traffic down to the weather and how people dress), supernatural artifacts and history (OK, I did not google to see if there is any history behind this, but it was believable enough to me!), and Jesse’s job as a detective (we got to hear more about the day to day paper pushing aspect of the job, and not just yellow tape and crime scenes).  It’s impressive.  I can tell that Olson loves what she is doing, and I thought she had Scarlett, Jesse, and Olivia’s and most of the rest of the gang’s characters down very well.  After finishing Trail of Dead, I think Scarlett is a bit like an onion (Shrek shout out!), because she is complex, one of a kind, and a bit of a lost soul.  There’s so much to her that she internalizes, and we keep finding more and more about her.  I can’t wait to see what Olson has in store for Scarlett, (and Jesse and Eli and everyone else, too!)  Can’t wait for book 3!!!

I will be featuring an exclusive interview with Melissa in the near future, so stay tuned!

Thank you again to Melissa and to 47th North for allowing me to read and review!

Spirit (Elemental #3) by Brigid Kemmerer

Book: Spirit (Elemental #3) Spirit

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Published: May 28, 2013

Paperback: 308 pages

B.O.S.SF Review:largelargelargelarge

****

Summary from Goodreads: With power comes enemies. Lots of them.

Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies.

He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait.

Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot. But she’s got an agenda, too.

With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust…

****

I received Spirit in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.

I enjoyed Spirit, but it let me down in some ways, too.  I suppose that is because I was riding such an Elemental high after Spark… and then Breathless!  Spirit left me wanting more, but don’t get me wrong, I still would highly recommend the book and series, and I’m firm with my 4 star book review).  Hunter’s story reminded me a bit of Gabriel’s in Spark, in that EVERYTHING seemed to be going wrong for poor Hunter.  The difference (and ballsy choice by BK) is that things just didn’t pan out in the end for Hunter.  And it isn’t the kind of ‘not working out’ that will resolve itself in the next Elemental book.. it’s like damn, Hunter, this all just sucks.  BK made the story darker, and that was a good move for the Elemental series.  Since Spirit is the half way point in the 5 part Elemental series, it was the right time to add a darker element.  (I think of Star Wars:  The Empire Strikes back and Opal (Lux #3) as examples of making a game changing shakeup at the halfway point).

Spirit jumped right into action from the get go, and we also are right where Spark left off.  The story flowed pretty well, and it still had the addictive nature to it that made it hard to put down.  There’s a group of Elementals that is trying to draw the Guides there, and even though the Merricks are not involved, they will likely be blamed.  What’s a Guide in training (aka Hunter) to do???  Like every other Elemental book, the story switches from the guy to the girl’s point of view.  I enjoyed hearing Hunter’s voice more than Kate’s, but that’s been the case with each book in the series.  We have more invested in the guys, since they are the stars of the series!

Like I said, our main man, Hunter, could not catch a break!  tumblr_mequqhKDC51rpmj30o1_500

Hunter didn’t trust anyone, and he made it hard for anyone to trust him. The guy is struggling.  After losing his father and uncle, Hunter had a hard time adjusting.  They weren’t just his family, but they were his role models and he spent almost all of his time with them.  (Sidenote: I recommend that you read Fearless (Elemental 1.5) before you read Spirit… this is a prequel but includes a lot of spoilers for Storm).  In Spirit, Hunter internally struggles with the unanswered questions he had for his father.  Did he ever love his mom?  Did he ever love him?  His mother and Hunter can’t seem to get on the same page since the accident, and Hunter’s grandparents are the worst.  The Merricks certainly don’t trust him (tell me the bromance isn’t gone for good, BK!?)

tumblr_m04v5jBkAs1qdap7wo1_500The Guides are unsure where Hunter’s alliances fall, so he hasn’t earned their trust either.  Basically, the kid is on his own.  tumblr_mf74k4U6kJ1r50qq4o1_500

It was like an emotional roller coaster listening to Hunter’s voice.  While he was too proud to ask for help, there were hundreds of cracks in his steely exterior.  He shed tears, threw punches, and stormed out of rooms… several times!  At least he’s got a loyal pooch to shadow his every step.  It was harder for me to get a feel for Hunter, because he clearly doesn’t know who he is either (so if that’s what BK wanted to convey…. she got it!).  Gabriel had his share of demons to overcome in Spark, but the things going on with Hunter all JUST happened.  The wounds are too fresh, and he hasn’t allowed himself to heal.  He struggles with what he was born into and what his gut was telling him to do.  The Merricks are pure Elementals, and they could level a town/cause a catastrophic disaster, so what’s stopping him from turning them in?  And why does he care what they think about him?  We did learn a little bit more about what Hunter’s Spirit contributes to the Elemental five pointed pentagram…. wondering what will happen in the next book!

Kate was a pretty bad ass love interest.  In Storm, Becca annoyed me at times, but compared to the other love interests, Becca made the biggest impression on me in terms of contributing to the story.  Probably because she will be an important part of the upcoming series.  But Kate had a good story – she shared the same conflict that Hunter had.  She, too, had a big problem with trust and turning off her compassion.  She thought she knew right from wrong, but she had questions of her own.  I thought Kate had some contradictions, but I don’t want to go into too much detail because I would hate to cause spoilers.   Her initial resolve and her back story didn’t add up to me – perhaps she was overcompensating and lying to herself, but wouldn’t she admit that in her inner monologue?  Kate knew how to handle strong ment, and her training to be a Guide let her be quick on her feet and quick-witted (sorta).

How can I write a review on the Elemental series without touching on my fav brothers??  Michael continues to grow on me with each book.  He came across as being intimidating and unreasonable in Storm (mainly from Becca’s perspective), but he is wise beyond his years.  Isn’t he supposed to be like 22?  He acts like he’s older than that.  In addition to being perceptive and protective, Michael is also sensitive to the needs of the 16-year-old Elemental guys.  He remembers the struggles he endured during high school, and he will do anything to make life easier for the younger Merricks (plus Hunter).  I’m glad that Michael is giving more of himself to his family.  For awhile, it seemed like he was guarded to them,and he was misunderstood.  It is clear to them that he will do anything to protect those that he loves.  And I love him for that.  Gabriel – yes, yes… he is my favorite!  Is he everyone’s favorite?  He does have the snarky bad boy thing goin’ on,  but he’s so sensitive like a puppy dog.  I think I’ll go as far to say that I want Gabriel Merrick to be my book boyfriend.  I, unsurprisingly, loved Gabriel’s parts in Spirit.  The bromance that thrived in Spark fizzled out, and Gabriel wants answers.  3u2y2pEven though Gabriel has his shit together (thanks to Layne and the support of the Merrick clan), his feelings were still hurt from Hunter’s betrayal.  Gabriel isn’t the ‘let’s talk it out’ kind of guy.  He’ll lead with his fists before he leads with a ‘what’s up’ and his combative nature was the perfect catalyst to let Hunter unleash his rage.  The two of them are meant to be best buds, and I now they will be an unstoppable badass team in the next books.  Nicky – I’m just waiting to hear more of his story!  I love his devotion to his brothers and calm exterior.  Chris didn’t have a big role in Spirit, but what I liked about his presence is that he still carried the same disdain for Hunter that he had in Storm.  I hate when books just brush things under the carpet.  The Becca love triangle is still an issue for him… understandably so!

The ending left me with a smile (thank you Gabriel), and we have a nice setup for the future books.  b2a0a_ORIG-bromance0924_colbert-stewart-emmys-2_ob

I hope Hunter finally lets himself be loved… I’ll worry about him until he finds a happily ever after!

PS I NEED the Elemental books to come out in audiobook!  That is my favorite way to get reacquainted with a series before the next book in an installment comes out.  BK – let’s make it happen!  Pretty please??

Allegiance (Legacy #2) by Cayla Kluver

Book: Allegiance (Legacy #2)6056287

Author: Cayla Kluver

Published: February 28, 2012

Read: April 28, 2013

Paperback, 490 pages

B.O.S.SF Review: largelargelargelarge 1/2

*****

From Goodreads: Only I saw Narian for who he truly was: a young man with courage and an independent mind, and made to pay for what was outside his control. He couldn’t help his past any more than he could help the way those intense, deep-blue eyes pierced me and held me captive.

An eighteen-year-old queen in love with the enemy as their countries pass the point of no return…

Bound to a man she cannot love, Queen Alera of Hytanica must forget Narian, the young man who holds her heart. For Narian is destined to conquer Hytanica at the behest of his master, the powerful magic-user known as the Overlord. Alera doesn’t truly believe Narian will fight against Hytanica-until Cokyrian troops attack with Narian commanding the charge.

Faced with the greatest betrayal a heart can know, Alera must set aside personal feelings and lead her kingdom through its darkest time. And when all hope, will and courage seem lost, she must find strength and remember that even the blackest night must have a dawn….

*****

WOW, what a HUGE improvement over Legacy!  If I hadn’t received an ARC for Sacrifice (Legacy #3), I might have considered giving up on this series, and I am so glad that I didn’t.  Allegiance picks up shortly after Legacy left off.  As you can see in the Goodreads summary, Alera becomes Queen and marries Steldor at the beginning of the book.  The first 160 pages were a bit predictable.  Several arguments between the new royal couple with Alera acting as immature and stubborn as she did in Legacy.  I swear, after page 160, there is a plot change that sent me in a reading frenzy until I was done!  Allegiance was a major shift in the Legacy trilogy.  There is an all out war between the Cokyri, and Queen Alera opposes the Overloard and her love, Narian.

Things I really liked:

  • London rocks.  He is still my favorite character.  London is larger than life, and I loved getting to hear about his past.  Fingers crossed for London’s HEA….27-ryan-lochte
  • King Steldor is that token snarky, hot dude in the Legacy trilogy.  (Can this be a Young Adult novel without one of those?)   Kluver wrote Steldor’s part very well, because although he certainly messes up , has a lousy temper, and does selfish things, I still really care about him!  He has a huge heart and takes care of the people he loves.   Steldor was Alera’s rock when she didn’t have anyone else to run to, and it was interesting to see how he made the  adjustment to being King of Hytanica. He showed us that he is incredibly worth of love. Oh, I wished that Alera would give him something more to go on.  I was completely enthralled in the book, but when Alera would put him down… I literally had to tear my eyes away to regain some composure…

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  • Alera made some big changes in her character during Allegiance.  Sometimes she deserved this getting a swift kick in the butt…. victoria chairbut I had high hopes for her.  When people scolded her, they were voicing several of the thoughts that I had as well, so I knew that she would eventually stop acting like a whiny, boring teenager.  The coolest part about Alera’a change from boring to a confident Queen, was that she did it without help from the two men in her life!  Yes, she talked a lot about Steldor and Narian, and they helped motivate her, she was strong enough to do things on her own.
  • The villains really creeped me out!  The Overlord and Narian’s cryptic, magical powers remind me of the movie ‘Looper’ with Bruce Willis (fantastic movie, by the way).  The villain in ‘Looper’ is called the Rainmaker, and he has supernatural powers much stronger than anyone has seen… and he will destroy the world.  This is how I viewed the Overlord and Narian, and truthfully, I was very creeped out by their awful powers and evil plans.  27938931

There were several times that I was thinking, WOW, this is a 5 star book for me.  It had me very tense until I knew how it would all turn out, but a few small things kept it from that 5 star review.  The book was a little too long… I love getting to picture myself in this world, but I thought that a few scenes could have been edited a bit.  Another thing, that I mentioned above, I just hated how the love triangle wasn’t a little more developed.  I wish that Alera showed Steldor a little more compassion.  For those two reasons, I couldn’t give it a 5 star review, but I REALLY did enjoy this book.  I hope that Sacrifice is as exciting as Allegiance.  Stay tuned! XO

Storm (Elemental #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

Book: Storm (Elemental #1) 9780758272812_p0_v1_s260x420

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Published: April 24, 2012

Read: April 25, 2013

Paperback, 353 pages

B.O.S.SF Review: largelargelargelarge

*****

From Goodreads: Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys; all the ones she doesn’t want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming.

*****

I very much enjoyed Storm!  It reminded me a lot of Obsidian (Lux #1), and since that was been one of my books that I’ve read this year, that is a big compliment to Storm!

Oooh the Merrick brothers…. thank you for being such fun stars of the Elemental series. they are the stars of the Elemental series, and I’m so happy to have stumbled upon them.  Although there are several of Elementals in their small town, the brothers are unique because they are extremely powerful.  Like can cause major storms, earth movements, explosions kind of powerful…. so they are on a lot of people’s shit list.  You can read the back round on that in Elemental, which I recommend.  Let’s do a quick rundown of the hot Merrick boys:

    • Michael/earth:  He can control earth and is the caregiver for the family.  He’s a bit grumpy at times, but we can understand why.  Not only did he have several traumatic things happen to him, he carries the burden of keeping the boys safe.  I hope that you lighten up a lil’ bit, but I like you!  You’re a good guy and big bro.  
    • Nick/wind: Nick is the most “normal” of the Merrick boys.  I like him, because he’s friendly and reserved… a good balance for the other 4 alpha males in the story.  I’d like to hear more from him, though.
    • Gabriel/fire:  Thank you, Gabriel, for filling the YA requirement of the hot, snarky, over confident, bad boy.snarky bad boyAlthough 3/4 of the Merrick’s have major attitudes, Gabriel takes the prize.  He’s got a major chip on his shoulder (understandable since his already complex life crumbled a few years back), but he acts out whenever he can get a chance.  His outbursts and snarky attitude were sometimes annoying, but I am so excited to get into his head in Spark.
  • Chris/water:  Chris’ story is told in Storm, and he is hot, moody, and sweet.  I really liked him as a character!  Even though he sometimes threw up an attitude, he really was a nice guy just trying to do right.  I enjoyed hearing from Chris’ point of view, because we were able to hear the fears and insecurities he had about his elemental “powers” and his family… and we got to hear about how he was falling for Becca.

I liked Becca as the main character… she’s a loner.  Her mother is never around, her father left the family, and she’s almost completely friendless.  Her ex-boyfriend has ruined her reputation, so the boys don’t respect her and the girls all hate her.  Things change for Becca when she jumps into rescue a boy being senselessly beaten up.  Little did she know that she stumbled into a family feud that would put her life in danger.  She saved Chris, and she’s now tangled into the Merrick’s crazy world.  She was kind of scrappy, and she acted like she had nothing to lose.  She probably felt like that since she figured her reputation couldn’t get any worse than what it already was.

New boy, Hunter, walked into Becca’s classroom and was immediately drawn to Becca.  I thought that he made up a good third person for the love triangle in Storm.  He was unique, sexy, and genuine…. but unfortunately, not exactly honest (although who could blame him?)  The whole time I wondered/predicted what his deal was, but he fit well into the Elemental storyline.  I’m excited to see more of him in the upcoming books.  I don’t always like love triangles… in fact I usually dislike them, but I appreciated the Chris-Becca-Hunter love triangle.  Both boys wanted to save her from her asshole ex-bf/cruel high school kids & the dangerous world that Chris and his family live in.  BUT I also like that Becca was scrappy and could be a badass.  She wanted to fight back, and she wasn’t completely helpless.

All in all, it was a really fun read!  It was one of the better YA paranormal books that I’ve read, and I can’t wait to read on!

Just for fun… some similarities to Lux:

  • The odd “powers” that are known by organizations (aka The Guides)… they try to either control them or end them.  In Storm’s case, it leads itself to a very interesting element to the plot.  The Merrick boys are incredibly powerful, so they must hide their true natures, or else the “deal” is off and they will be hunted and killed (Ditto in Obsidian).  
  • The high schoolers with little parenting going on:  Becca’s mother is a nurse who works around the clock (same as Kat), and her dad left them years before.  The Merrick boys live with their 21 year old brother, Michael, as their guardian.  Their parents died, so Michael was left in charge (similar with Daemon’s Luxen family).  He tries not to draw attention to the boys, but they can’t seem to remain out of trouble…. (I mean, it would be a boring book if they did, right?)
  • Hot identical twins…. nothin’ wrong with that!  carlson-twins-(kyle-and-lane)

The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass

Book: The Elite (The Selection #2)The-Elite

Author: Kiera Cass

Published: April 23rd, 2013

Read: April 24th, 2013

Hardcover, 323 pages

B.O.S.SF Review:

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*****

From Goodreads: Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

*****

Kiera Cass… why, oh why, oh WHY do we have to wait until 2014 for the conclusion of The Selection Trilogy?!?!

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While there isn’t a major cliffhanger, there are still a lot of questions that we MUST answer!  Ahh, I am dying to know how this concludes…OK, enough of that… we’re here to discuss The Elite!  One of my most highly anticipated books to be released in 2013.  Yes, I did in fact stay up until 3am reading on April 23rd…. I was just so excited!

I’m going to break down The Elite:

    • ❤ the Story: The Elite started out with sunshine and rainbows… or more specifically, star gazing and snuggles. pleasure town
I was smiling along with America as she and Maxon were falling in love.  Obviously, happy days were not there to stay (because that would have been a boring book) and things went South very quickly.  America and Maxon both have a lot of things that they need to figure out before they can get their happily ever after, and they had their share of growing pains in their relationship.
  • Team Maxon till I die! :  Once again, Maxon has proven to be my favorite character.  Always thoughtful & kind, Maxon juggles all of the duties and obligations that are put on his plate.   Now that The Selection is down to The Elite, the pressure intensifies on finding the perfect Queen/winning over America.  But what happens if America backs out? Will he be left alone with a broken heart?  He doesn’t want it to come to that, but Plans B & C are in his mind.    On top of that, Prince Maxon has to learn how to run the kingdom.  His dickhead King father isn’t much help.  The rebels are determined to stop The Selection, and the constant worry that they will attack the palace wears on him.  Maxon, I know you will find your HEA and save the day in The One.
  • America, America, America…. we know you had to fall down in order to rise up to the woman that you’re destined to be.  And all that… but gosh, you were frustrating at times in The Elite.  frustrating gifAfter enjoying several days of bliss with Maxon, America had a few wake up calls.  She thought about the responsibilities behind being a Princess and wondered if she could handle that.  Then of course whole there was third part of the love triangle to consider.  The constant back and forth between Maxon and Aspen was annoying.  While in other love triangles, the indecisiveness between the two men is because they touch heroine’s heart in a particular way,  but America was swayed when she was upset with one of them.  Over and over.  It seemed impulsive and immature…. but I am very confident that America has learned from her mistakes in The Elite, and she will fight for Maxon and the people of Ilea in The One!
  • Aspen who?  Ugh, Aspen, you need to just go home now!  I would be very surprised if America ended up with Aspen.  He isn’t in love with the woman that she’s becoming, and for that reason ALONE, he needs to hit the road.  I am already afraid of when Aspen’s relationship to America gets out.  Shit will hit the fan, and it’ll be awkward!  If my little fanfiction world, I would have Aspen end up with America’s lonely maid, Lucy.  They both need some lovin’.
  • The Elite (aka Kriss and Celeste):  Those b*tches have got to GO!  What’s the deal with Kriss?  She reminds me of the oh-so-hatable, Jo, from Iced.  Kriss is a placeholder. Although there’s nothing wrong with her, she is just wrong for Maxon.  I predict that her claws will be coming out in The One.  I kind of love Celeste, simply because she is that hot bitch that we love to hate.  As of now, there is no complexity to her character, but I’m OK with that.  I’m looking forward to Celeste’s humiliating fall from grace.  It’s going to happen.. I can feel it.  (Insert evil laugh here).evil laugh sookie
  • The King:  Whoa, holy evil asswipe.  How much does he suck??  We got a sneak peak of what a jerk he was in The Prince, but UGH, WOW, I hate him.  He reminds me a bit of President Snow in The Hunger Games.  He likes the way things are, and he will take appropriate measures to keep things that way.  Looking forward to the King vs. America face-off.
  • The Rebels:  They confuse me.  I know that there are the Southern and Northern Rebels (both with different agendas), but the ones that storm the castle in a murderous frenzy seem different from the ones we met in the woods.  Hmmmm…….

Loved the book… the countdown for The One will be long and painful, but we have the CW TV show to look forward to in the Fall.

We can lean on each other while we harbor our post Elite depressions.  post-10224-That-moment-when-you-finish-a-OzHe