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Book Cover 2

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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.

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!
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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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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?

Summary:
“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)

 

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