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Book Cover 2

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Book cover 1

 

My Rating-Middle Shelf

Again, the first cover wasn’t a whole lot to go on.  I didn’t like it at all (that’s not why I gave it a middle shelf rating).  The second is much better.  Although it is much better, it really doesn’t give you a hint of what the book is about.  Yes, a girl and a guy who looks like they are consumed with each other.  But that could be any YA book nowadays.  I like covers that give a glimpse of the actual story.

Summary:

“Eli and Clara’s story continues as she tries to finish high school. Eli is as over protective as ever and Tate and his group of friends are no help. They wait for the Horde, always looking over their shoulder. But the ever annoying but strangely prophetic bird begins to become more of a chatter box and Eli learns something that could change some things. Not just for him and Clara, but Devourers everywhere.

Then an unexpectedness guest comes forcing Eli to flee with Clara, leaving her temporary family behind. She is thrown into his world of underground ‘traitors’ and learns much of his past. They meet many new people and creatures along the way to freedom. But when tragedy strikes the two, will Clara see the monster in Eli? Can she handle his strange world and awful past? Will one of them lose their life forever…”

My Review:
I want to start out by saying, this book is better than the first.  Even though it feels as if the 2nd half of the 1st book and this one should have been one book by itself.  I liked the dynamics between Eli and his twin brother, Enoch.  It really seems as if they are two sides to the same coin.  (Spoiler alert).  By the end, it appeared that Enoch might have had some feelings for Clara.
As for Clara, she comes into her own more.  Her personality really shows more in this book.  Her story shines through a little more.
The Horde is after them….again.  They have to run, along with Enoch and Eli’s “kind of” friend Finn.  The Wall is the one place for paranormals to find sanctuary.  The bond that was created between Clara and Eli has also linked Eli’s family to Clara.  Which really makes them mad, especially Enoch who is the closest to Eli.  Both Enoch and Finn want the bond broken.  Clara becomes sick on the journey and Eli wants a cure for the sickness.  The Wall is their only hope for answers.
I want to like Finn, but by the end, I can’t stand him.  But Enoch, well, like I said he’s the other side to the Eli coin.  He definitely grows on you.
Eli and Clara’s relationship deepens and their connection grows stronger.   I only gave this a Middle Shelf rating due to the series as a whole.  This book was way better than the first.  Now there is a 3rd book, Altered-Enoch’s story.  Can’t wait!

Wide Open cover

My Rating-High Middle Shelf

Summary:

“Milo is trouble.

He lives it, breathes it. He embraces anything that numbs and takes his mind somewhere else, a world where his mother is herself and not just a shell, and his brother didn’t almost kill her, severing any relationship they had. But more importantly, Milo drowns out the guilt for leaving his mother and not being able to forgive his brother. He drowns his pride and moves on to another girl and another party, pretending that life isn’t moving on around him and he’s stuck in the same place. He’s stuck in the past and doesn’t know how to let go.

Maya is trouble.

She’s done the party scene and has had her fair share of close calls and handcuffs. Not the kinky kind. She’s so over it all and fought like hell for that life to let go so she could move on. She now works as a teen counselor. Her life is better, but her life is empty. She has no one but her brother in the whole world left and he’s sick with a disease that no medicine can cure.

When they meet, a romance that scares them both emerges, but the love you fight for is the love that can mend bridges, heal scars, and open closed hearts. They’ll need each other, they’ll want each other, they’ll have each other. But will it all come too late?”

My Review:

Ok, so this is not a continuation of Emma and Mason’s story. It is actually the story of Mason’s brother, Milo and a new girl, Maya. And this may surprise you since the first two books really had something lacking, I actually liked this book. The characters were more well-rounded and had back story’s that gripped your heart. Of course, Emma and Mason are in this book but not consistently. This book is jam-packed with real-life “issues”. Drugs, illnesses, gangs, etc… If you can’t handle those type of issues, you might want to read another book. With that said, I was gritting my teeth in places and vocally swooning in others. This one is a bit of a roller-coaster, so hang on and grab your tissues.

After years of running from his brother, Milo finds something, or should I say someone, to stop running for (finally). Milo and Maya are so similar that it’s scary sometimes, but then Shelly shows differences in their stories that helps tear it away from the typical bad boy/bad girl love story.

The way Maya sees herself sheds a new light on people, real-life stories, who have come from a shady background and just wants to make a new start. The only thing really holding them back are themselves. Milo has this attitude to an extent, but Maya dwells in the misery a lot more. Of course, her brother being terminally ill doesn’t help her confidence in life much. Milo insists on chasing her and showing her that life, she, is worth it.

Milo-the wayward brother that would rather run from his problems them face them head on, (for lack of better words) starts to grow up. The moment he meets Maya, something changes. Of course Maya desperately tries to keep it clearly professional, since they did meet in an Anonymous Meeting. But that doesn’t last very long. Yes, Milo has ghosts in his past. Particularly his brother and mom drama but also drama that could end up a tragedy.

Reminder, I warned you to grab tissues and warning: prepare to stay up late finishing this book.

 

Wide Spaces Cover

My Rating-Middle Shelf

Summary:

“Emma knows better than most that life can change from one second to the next. Mason knows that guilt can make you change so much, that you don’t even recognize yourself in the mirror. When they found each other, they knew that life had given them a second chance.
But can one night, one second, one misunderstanding change everything?

A life together that saved them will become a life they think is lost forever. “

My Review:

This is the 2nd book in this series.  You know how you read the first book in the series, you really aren’t very impressed, but you just HAVE TO read the next book to see what happens?  Yeah, that’s why I read this one.

So I’ll begin with SPOILER ALERTS-Emma and Mason are trying to start their lives together.  Emma’s parents are finally realizing the old Emma, pre-comma is never coming back.  Mason is the gallant boyfriend who wants to do things right, so what does he do, he asks Emma’s dad for her hand in marriage.  Awwwww…. But, the happily ever after doesn’t start there.  (if it did, the book would be over pretty fast).  Another part of the past creeps up, this time it’s Mason’s.  It puts an extreme strain on the relationship, but not in the usual way.  A girl Mason had dated a long time ago, has a serious stalker crush on Mason that leads to….duh, duh, duh….Emma getting in a car accident.

I could go on, but all that will do is tell you the entire story.  So if you are interested, then check out the rest of the story.

Pros-I enjoyed the casual way Mason and Emma interact with each other.  As if they had been married for years, but with the spark of a new love.

Cons-I really can’t put my finger on it.  I just felt this book could have been more but it was just lacking something.  All through out it, I was waiting for it to get better.  The writing is ok, but the story seemed too strained.

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