Urban fantasy

Broken Spell – Fabio Bueno

Broken spellTitle: Broken Spell (Singularity series #2)
Author: Fabio Bueno
Publisher:  Booklings Publishing
Pages: 258
My rating★★★✫✫

This review might contain spoilers for readers who have not read Wicked Sense yet. 

After reading Wicked Sense I couldn’t wait to start reading the next book in the Singularity series. I was not feeling well for a few days, but when I actually started to read it I was done in no time.

What the book is about

Be careful what you wish for. Skye wanted to find the Singularity. She got what she sought, but to protect the most powerful witch alive, Skye had to betray her coven. Now she regrets entangling her boyfriend Drake in her hidden world. Drake yearned for Skye, but now he finds out that getting the girl is just the beginning: keeping the girl is the hard part. When tragedy strikes, Drake faces an impossible choice that could destroy his family and his shot at love. The vicious Night covens seek retribution at all costs. Wicked Jane has returned, scarred from her last confrontation with Drake and Skye, and holding a baffling secret that may change everything. Dangerous alliances arise. The Veil is about to be broken. Falling in love has never been harder.

What I think about the book

This book was obviously in between the first and third part of the series. Lots of things happen to Skye, Drake and the people they love, but it wasn’t nearly as exciting as the first part.

Skye is keeping most events and information for herself, trying to shield others, but of course that backfires massively. Her relationship with Drake is falling apart and she almost loses her friend Priscilla, because she keeps trying to protect the Veil. In the mean time others see what is happening to her. The scars, the bruises and all the lies. It makes her less likable, even if I do understand why she is making those decisions. It is not easy to accept help from others after all, especially when you’re still a teenage girl.

I do love the role the Singularity is playing in this part of the story. She is an awesome and strong character (no I will not give you her name, because that would be a massive spoiler!) and she knows what she wants. Because she lacks training, it doesn’t always work out the way she wants.

Trust and love are the main themes in this book. Who can I trust, what’s best for everyone? All characters seem to struggle with the same questions, but instead of communicating with each other, they all make up their own minds. Until everything falls apart…

Wicked Sense – Fabio Bueno

wicked senseTitle: Wicked Sense (Singularity series #1)
Author: Fabio Bueno
Publisher: Booklings Publishing
Pages: 311
My rating★★★★✫

I got to know about Wicked Sense via Ebooks for Review. Every now and then I pick a book from their list that sounds like something I would read. Young adult, fantasy… yes, that was right up my alley!

What the book is about

Witches inhabit our world, organized in covens and hiding behind a shroud of secrecy—the Veil.

Skye’s London coven sends her to Seattle’s Greenwood High to find the Singularity, an unusually gifted witch who may break the Veil and trigger a dangerous new era of witch-hunting. Things get complicated when Skye meets a charming new classmate, Drake. Skye’s job becomes even trickier when she clashes with Jane, an intimidating rival witch.

Drake falls for the mysterious Skye, but odd accidents, potion mix-ups, and the occasional brush with death kind of get in the way of romance. Once he discovers Skye is a witch, he goes to war for her, even though his only weapons are a nice set of abs and a sharp sense of humor.

Fighting off wicked Jane and the other dark forces hell-bent on seizing the Singularity’s immense power, Skye and Drake will risk everything to save the covens.

Going on a date has never been harder.

What I think about the book

You get to know both Skye and Drake and their point of view. I must admit that I am never a big fan of multiple points of views in one book, but in this story it just works really well. The chapters complete each other in such a way that it’s almost natural and it gives the book a certain pace that I liked. Therefore I finished the book in just two days, while I have not been reading a lot lately. Well done!

I totally fell for both Drake and Skye. Drake seems to be perfect for her and he is the kind of guy who accepts people for who and what they are. His past has not been easy, but still he can find ways to make friends and trust people, or at least Skye. She is determined to stick to her task, especially after her break up with her ex Connor, but she can’t help falling for Drake. Even though that part might be a bit cliche, it is okay because the book deserves a good love story.

Guess who is diving straight into the next part of the Singularity series? Yup, me! I am really glad I have discovered this book.

Redeemed – PC Cast & Kristin Cast

RedeemedTitle: Redeemed (House of Night #12)
Author: PC Cast & Kristin Cast
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 310
My rating★★★★✫

This review might contain spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read the first eleven parts of House of Night. 

I started reading the first book of this series somewhere back in the fall of 2009. I thought there were just going to be five books, but then when I finished ‘Hunted’ I found out that part six (Tempted) would soon be there. I never could have guessed that the series went all the way up the twelve books and four novellas. To be honest, I didn’t think that was necessary either. For me six books would have been enough, because from that point I thought the story was dragging on real slowly. It was no longer fast paced. Nevertheless I still wanted to find out what would happen with everyone and I have always kept on reading. Therefore I finished reading ‘Redeemed’ this weekend.

What the book is about

In the final electrifying novel in the HoN series, Neferet has finally made herself known to mortals. A Dark Goddess is loose on Tulsa and the world. No single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her – unless that creature has the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey Redbird is heir to such power…but because of the consequences of using Old Magick, she is unable to help. Find out who will win and who will lose in this epic battle of Light versus Darkness.

What I think about the book

Zoey Redbird has no more time for what she used to call ‘bullpoopy’. No, the events and bullshit that has been going on at Tulsa’s House of Night are really forcing her to grow up. I am glad to read that she is finally ready to do so. I always thought that this girl needed a kick-in-the-butt. I mean, boytrouble? Seriously? The whole world seems to fall apart, so boys should be the last thing she needs to worry about. This time our fledging High Priestess is no longer just a girl with too much power and responsibilities, but she is turning into a young woman who knows how to kick ass. We’ve had to wait a while, but there she is! With Stark, Aurox, Darius, Aphrodite and the rest of the Nerd Herd by her side, she should be able to kick Neferet’s ass once and for all. Will she do it though? It is not going to be easy…

I have always loved the character of Stevie-Rae a whole lot throughout the series, but this book has a bigger role for Shaunee and I must admit that was refreshing as well. I like her a lot more since she is no longer part of ‘the twins’. Shaunee is a powerful young woman and it was nice to actually see a little more of her. Together with Thanatos she plays a big role in holding up a powerful spell.

Will this all be enough to deal with Neferet, who calls herself Goddess and Queen Tsi Sgili and has made the Mayo her temple. Will Light win this battle against Darkness, or will the world end up worshiping this awful woman? Not for one moment there was a doubt in my mind of for what was supposed to happen, but the great thing was that there are a few surprises along the way. The outcome is unknown until the very end and I was almost doubting that it would be the last book after all… But yes, there it was, what we’ve all been waiting for. I will leave that up to you if you want to read the book. Not going to spoil the end, but for me it was a good ending to these series.

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