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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-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.


New Moon


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Well, here is the next book in the Twilight Saga.  I probably won’t have a whole lot to say about this one.  It was definitely my least favorite of the four.  First of all, Edward leaves!!!!  Need I really say more.  Bella’s reaction to him leaving was so heart wrenching, I felt the torment she was going through.  Even in the movie.  Kristen knows how to play an anguished soul to the T!  I cried like a baby when I was reading, I could barely see the words through my tears.  The movie made me cry, but I saved it for when I was home then when I was in a theater full of people.

New Moon portrayed the beginnings of a friendship between Bella and Jacob that held a bond beyond words.  As Bella tried to move on with her life, she desperately needed Jacob to keep the hole where her heart once was, intact.  Even if it was loose.  The werewolf part of story was dark and suspenseful.  It made you resent them, then made you like them.  Strange combination, but it worked, mostly.

Ok, so let’s talk Jacob.  I liked his character a lot better in the book vs the movie.  He was a sweet distraction to help Bella get through the hurt.  The movie didn’t show how sweet he was, it jumped to the werewolf parts too soon.  Yes, I know there was a lot to put in.  And yes, I know that you can’t have every little detail in the movie.  But come on, that was his main attractive feature, his sweetness.  The movie jumped all over the place.  It didn’t flow into the next scene well at all.  It had gaps that wasn’t well thought through.  A lot of people talked about Catherine Hardwicke (Twilights director) like she messed up the whole movie.  Of course, this is coming from a girl who saw the first one before she even knew they were books.  I think Catherine did a fantastic job.  She hooked me with the ambience of the movie in every aspect.  New Moon is a different subject.  If I would have seen New Moon before reading the book, I would never have read it or the other two.

So, to sum it up.  The book was okay, the movie lacked a whole lot.  Bottom line, not my favorite.

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