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My Rating-Top Shelf


“Enoch is tested.

His brother is human, the thing he hates. He watches as the brother he knew is stripped away by his love for Clara. He’s never hated someone as much as he hated her…but the bond forced him to not only want to protect her, but feel things he never had before.

When a girl needs his help, that split second decision changes his whole world in one instant.

A Devourer’s Fate…”

My Review:

WOW!!!  Shelly stepped up her game in this book.  It was so much better than the 1st two books put together.  I loved the characters in this book.  It is about Eli’s brother Enoch instead of Clara and Eli.  However, the couple are in this book as well.  Especially since Enoch’s love interest is Clara’s sister. ~GASP~   But I feel as if the writing of the characters in this third and final installment is so much better.

At the end of the second book (Consume), I really thought that Enoch could possibly have feelings for Clara, due to his anger towards Eli and Clara as a couple.  I was so wrong!  Or should I say he DID have feelings, but not what I was thinking.  He absolutely HATED her for taking his brother from his true nature as a Devourer.  Enoch blames Clara but Eli was changed before he even met Clara.  But I think Enoch just had to have someone else to blame besides his brother.

As for Fay, Clara’s sister, I positively love her!!!  Her attitude and outlook on the whole Devourer world is amazing.  It seems as if her personality in the 1st two books was more of an exception than the norm.

Enoch and Clara’s relationship kept me guessing.  Will they or won’t they give in to their feelings?  But the story and flow didn’t get me frustrated.  It made sense through out.

So my recommendation is to read the whole series because Book 3 is a definite must read!!!

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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.


“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!

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My Rating-High Middle Shelf


“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.


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My Rating-Middle Shelf


“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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My Rating-Middle Shelf

The Main reason I chose this book was, again, it was by Shelly Crane.  However, it wasn’t her typical genre.  I still liked it but if it would have been an author I didn’t know, I probably wouldn’t have tried it.


A YA LOVE story about a girl who has her life turned upside down.

A girl.
A coma.
A life she can’t remember.
When Emma Walker wakes up in the hospital with no knowledge of how she got there, she learns that she’s been in a coma for six months. Strangers show up and claim to be her parents, but she can’t remember them. She can’t remember anyone. Not her friends, not even her boyfriend. Even though she can’t remember, everyone wants her to just pick up where she left off, but what she learns about the ‘old her’ makes her start to wish she’d never woken up. Her boyfriend breaks up with the new girl he’s dating to be with her, her parents want her to start planning for college, her friends want their leader back, and her physical therapist with the hazel eyes keeps his distance to save his position at the hospital.
Will she ever feel like she recognizes the girl in the mirror?

My Review:

When I first started this book, I thought it was going to be more like Shelly Crane’s other books-fantasy. But it wasn’t. Not that it was a bad thing, just not my usual style. This one was real life drama instead.

Emma, the main character was well written. I loved her ability to move on after losing her entire life’s memories. At first, the way the summary (see above) and the first few chapters are written, I thought it would have some kind of fantasy twist. But alas, it did not ~sigh~

Mason, her physical therapist, was the perfect bad boy/good guy combination. He cared for Emma for just being her. Even when her parents wanted her to be her old self, he kept encouraging and helping her to strive to be herself (whoever that was).

Her “boyfriend” Andy, who wasn’t actually her boyfriend anymore, didn’t visit while she was in her coma. But now, he wants her back like nothing ever happened? Guys!

But with everyone wanting her to be able to remember who she was, Mason is the only one who wants her to just be who she is now. That, plus the fact that he is good-looking AND gives her goose bumps when he touches her, makes her fall for him.


The end is pretty surprising. Andy confesses that he was the one who ran Emma over, causing her to lose her memory. With the weight of the guilt, Andy couldn’t take it anymore and jumps off the same bridge Emma was run over on, committing suicide. Very sad and extremely surprising.

One con I can say about this book, it just doesn’t seem to be as put together as some of Shelly Crane’s other books, especially the Significance Series and Collide Series. Probably wouldn’t read this book again. It was just…OK!

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My Rating-Middle Shelf
The first cover for this book was the girl and guy laying on the ground. To be honest, I really didn’t like it. If it weren’t for being a Shelly Crane book, I might not have read it. But the second cover is soooooo much better. It grabs your attention and doesn’t look homemade. What’s your opinion?

“Clara has it all. A wrestling star boyfriend, popular friends, all the right school activities…pretty much a perfect life…up until her parents died. Now she lives with the Pastor and his family and though they take good care of her, she feels alone. Then her boyfriend, Tate, starts to show signs of trouble when a new guy, Eli, comes to town. Clara is fascinated with him but hides it until something happens. Eli confesses to her that she gives him something he’s never had before…something he needs. Everything is about to change for this normal, pretty, popular girl in a supernatural way.”

My Review:
This book started out differently than most YA Fantasy books. Clara had everything.  Most of the time, the main character is alone and looking to fit in. This time Clara has it all it seems, on the outside. But deep down, she is alone surrounded by people who are as shallow as a tide pool.

When Eli comes into the picture, she has an automatic connection. But she feels guilty for having any type of connection due to having a boyfriend, Tate. Tate seems to be a devoted boyfriend if not a little on the overbearing side. I actually like him, at first. Once the story progressed, I started to get angrier and angrier. How could he do that? (Don’t want to give too much away)

I really like Clara in this book. She found herself and who she wanted to be, well at least who she didn’t want to be anymore. She became tired of the shallow life she was living and the shallow friends on top of that.

So the Fantasy part, Shelly introduces us to a new world of paranormal.

Eli is called a devour-paranormal who feeds off emotions. He doesn’t feel any good emotion himself only feeds off dark emotions. Until Clara, she awakens the emotions within him. Then all he wants is to feel her feelings for him which in turn increases his feelings for her which satisfies him.

As for Eli and Clara’s relationship. It grew too fast for me. At the end of this book, I was satisfied, but not so much along the way. One minute she was all into Tate, the next (when she meets Eli) she is questioning her relationship with Tate. Granted, she tried really hard not to have feelings for Eli, but… Eventually the truth comes out about Tate and his issues and Eli is there to catch her when she falls.

For the most part, this book is about Clara finding herself AND finding out the main secret of Eli and who (what) he is.  I enjoyed this book but it was not as good as Shelly Crane’s Significance Series. I guess that’s what I get for reading those books first. All in all, I would probably read this one again.  (In fact, this was my second time reading it)


The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa (Spoiler Alert)

The Iron Queen (Harlequin Teen)TOP SHELF RATING

My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the Fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who’s sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I’m not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.

Ok, I want to start out by saying-I’ve read a few other reviews of this book.  Some good, some not so good. The cons others state is that this book seems forced as if Julie was just writing it to make more money, not actually contributing to the series.  Well, I totally disagree with this take on the book.  The Iron Queen is an adventure that takes Meghan through intense challenges that she never believed could possibly happen to her.

At the end of The Iron Daughter, Ash declares his love for Meghan and causes them both to be banished from the Nevernever due to Summer and Winter cannot be in love with one another, making them traitor against their courts.  They are both positive minded about the banishment, planning their future, traveling to Louisiana to Meghan’s family.  That’s when they are attacked by the iron Fey.  They both thought the fight with the iron Fey was over but not as long as the False (Iron) king is still alive.

Mab and Oberon declare a temporary alliance between the Unseelie and Seelie courts, allowing Meghan and Ash back to fight the Iron fey.  Majority of the story, Meghan and her unusual friends spend their time in the Iron realm.  Meghan forms an alliance with Glitch, the leader of the Iron Fey who stayed true to the “real” Iron realm, fighting against the false King and his followers.

I enjoyed almost every bit of this story.  Puck was his usual quirky, mischievous self.  Grimalkin, the witty & (sometimes) annoying talking cat takes his part pretty serious.  The growth of both Meghan and Ash in this book is astounding.  At first, Meghan is weak and sickly due to the opposing powers within her-Iron & Summer.  But as the story progresses, she learns how to deal with it and becomes more powerful than even she could have dreamed.  Ash-what can I say, if only there were more Ash’s in the world.  Or should I say, if there were only real Ash’s in the world.  In this book, Ash becomes Meghans’ true knight-in-shining-armor.  I love the loyalty he bestows on her.  Everything about him in this book makes me fall more and more in love with him.

My only complaint-The ending was heart wrenching.  Of course, I’m sure that was the goal for Julie but really, why did it have to end on that note?  I’m not going to give away the ending, all I can say is grab a few tissues when you read it.

Definitely a must read.  Look for my next review on the final book in this series, The Iron Knight.

The IRON DAUGHTER by Julie Kagawa (Spoiler Alerts)

The Iron Daughter (Harlequin Teen)TOP SHELF RATING!!

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is a prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey–iron bound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.

Worse, Meghan’s own fey powers have been cut off. She’s stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can’t help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

When Meghan and Ash return to the Unseelie Court, her magic doesn’t work and to make matters worse, Ash is giving her the cold-shoulder (pun intended).  Meghan has to walk on thin ice at the Unseelie court to make sure no one (especially Mab, the Unseelie Queen) punishes her or turns her into a frozen sculpture.

Meghan tries to tell Queen Mab about the Iron Fey, she doesn’t believe her.  When the Scepter of th Seasons is stolen, the Winter Fey blame the Summer Fey.  Meghan knows better.  When Ash helps save her from the Winter Fey, making him a traitor to the Queen, they flee with the help of her other friends, to the in between realm.  To stop the impending war between the Seelie and Unseelie, Meghan sets out to retrieve the Scepter from the Iron Fey.  Along the way, she realizes that when she killed the Iron King (in the first book-The Iron King), she acquired his Iron Fey power.

Without giving too much away, I’ll leave it at that.  First of all, one of the things that impressed me most about this book is the growth of Meghan.  The first book, she was overwhelmed by the sudden changes in her life.  However, in this book she takes it all in stride.  Stepping up to the situation.

I love the banter between Puck and Ash.  You never know when they will break out into a fight or help the other to fight against the foe’s standing in their way of acquiring the Scepter.

The love triangle in this book is intriguing.  Puck finally admits his feelings for Meghan and when she gives in to him and allows him to kiss her, I was torn.  I like Puck, believe me I do.  He is witty, mysterious, loyal, smart, etc…  Too much to list, but I really like Ash.  Ash does come back into the picture and gives into his feelings for Meghan after years of closing himself off to the emotion of love.  His first and only love was lost to him many years before.  And Ash blames Puck for the loss.  He tried hard to not allow himself to feel anything for Meghan.  Too late, Meghan has already imbedded herself into his ice, cold heart.

Overall, this book does not fail to deliver a great story.  The Iron Queen has all the elements that are needed to keep a reader involved and intrigued.  Julie Kagawa does it again.  A definite must read!!!


THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa (spoiler alerts)

The Iron King (Harlequin Teen)TOP SHELF RATING

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny–one she could never have imagined…
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth– that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

The first book of the Iron King series takes you from the real world to the faery world in a dramatic, whirlwind turn of events.  Meghan always feels out-of-place living with her mother, step-father and half-brother.  When she starts seeing odd creatures on her 16th birthday, the secret she never knew she had, starts to unravel.  It all comes to light when her 4-year-old half-brother is kidnapped by a fey from the Nevernever (faery land).

Her best-friend turns out to be the faery prankster, Puck.  He uncovers her secret in order to help her rescue her brother.

Meghan soon learns that her true father is the Seelie king, Oberon.  Her life becomes one big mess of political schemes and evading those who wants her dead.  With the help of Puck the prankster & Ash the Unseelie Prince, she sets out to find her brother.  Ash only agrees to help her if she willingly goes to the Unseelie court when they finish.

Iron comes to play within the story as the technology of the real world leaks into the faery world, consuming the world with its power.  The Fey are extremely sensitive to the iron effects on their body’s.  The longer they are around iron, the more it consumes them till they are dead.  After Puck receives a near-fatal wound, he falls into a healing slumber.  Meghan and Ash continue on the mission towards the iron kingdom to find her brother.

Along the way, Meghan develops feelings for Ash and vice/versa.  Or so she thinks.

In the end, they rescue her brother and she concedes to follow Ash to the Unseelie court.

I absolutely loved this book.  It kept my attention to the end and made me crave the 2nd book even more.  I loved the interaction between Meghan and Puck.  It was playful and comfortable.  When Meghan starts to develop feelings for Ash, their relationship is full of tension and barely hidden attraction.  Meghan is a strong, willed teenage girl who appears older than she really is.  The decisions she has to make are well beyond her 16 years.  But she handles them with more grace than the age-old Fey royalty, including her father Oberon.

I absolutely recommend this book as well as the other books in this series.

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