Review: The Morning Star by Robin Bridges

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Title: The Morning Star (Katerina #3)
AuthorRobin Bridges 
Release Date/Publisher: August 27th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Finished: May 12th 2014
Pages: 276-Hardcover-owned

Series:
1. The Gathering Storm
2. The Unfailing Light
3.The Morning Star

Synopsis from Goodreads:

St. Petersburg, Russia, 1890

Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, wants to be known as a doctor, not a necromancer. But Tsar Alexander III forbids women to attend medical school; his interest in Katerina extends only to her ability to raise the dead. Twice now, Katerina has helped him by using her power to thwart the forces of darkness—vampires bent on resurrecting the lich tsar Konstantin Pavlovich so that he can take what he sees as his rightful place on the throne. Katerina thought she had bound Konstantin to the Greylands, the realm of the dead, but he has found a way out. Now he is searching for the Morning Star, a sword that will allow him to command a legion of supernatural warriors.

Katerina must find the sword before Konstantin does—and she must travel to Egypt to do so. Along the way, she puts up with unwanted attention from her former fiancé, the nefarious Prince Danilo, and struggles with her feelings for her true love, George Alexandrovich. But with the looming threat from Konstantin, Katerina’s focus remains on the sword. Russia’s fate will be determined by whoever wields the Morning Star—and delivers the final blow.

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Review: The Unfailing Light by Robin Bridges

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Title: The Unfailing Light (Katerina #2)
AuthorRobin Bridges 
Release Date/Publisher: October 9th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers 
Finished: April 29th 2014
Pages: 309-Hardcover-owned

Series:
1. The Gathering Storm
2. The Unfailing Light
3.The Morning Star

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Lush and opulent, romantic and sinister, The Unfailing Light, Volume II in The Katerina Trilogy, reimagines the lives of Russia’s aristocracy in a fabulously intoxicating and page-turning fantasy.

Having had no choice but to use her power has a necromancer to save Russia from dark forces, Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, now wants to forget that she ever used her special powers. She’s about to set off to pursue her lifelong dream of attending medical school when she discovers that Russia’s arch nemesis–who she thought she’d destroyed–is still alive. So on imperial orders, Katerina remains at her old finishing school. She’ll be safe there, because the empress has cast a potent spell to protect it against the vampires and revenants who are bent on toppling the tsar and using Katerina for their own gains. But to Katerina’s horror, the spell unleashes a vengeful ghost within the school, a ghost more dangerous than any creature trying to get in.

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Review: No Humans Involved by Kelley Armstrong

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Title: No Humans Involved (Women of the Otherworld #7)

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Release Date/Publisher: February 26th 2008 by Seal Books

Finished: September 1st 2013 (originally read years ago)

Pages: 544-paperback-owned

Series:

  1. Bitten
  2. Stolen
  3. Dime Store Magic
  4. Industrial Magic
  5. Haunted
  6. Broken
  7. No Humans Involved
  8. Personal Demon
  9. Living with the Dead
  10. Frostbitten
  11. Waking the Witch
  12. Spell Bound
  13. Thirteen

Synopsis:

Jaime, who knows a thing or two about showbiz, is on a television shoot in Los Angeles when weird things start to happen. As a woman whose special talent is raising the dead, her threshold for weirdness is pretty high: she’s used to not only seeing dead people but hearing them speak to her in very emphatic terms. But for the first time in her life – as invisible hands brush her skin, unintelligible fragments of words are whispered into her ears, and beings move just at the corner of her eye–she knows what humans mean when they talk about being haunted.

She is determined to get to the bottom of these manifestations, but as she sets out to solve the mystery she has no idea how scary her investigation will get, or to what depths ordinary humans will sink in their attempts to gain supernatural powers. As she digs into the dark underside of Los Angeles, she’ll need as much Otherworld help as she can get in order to survive, calling on her personal angel, Eve, and Hope, the well-meaning chaos demon. Jeremy, the alpha werewolf, is also by her side offering protection. And, Jaime hopes, maybe a little more than that.

What I thought:

And so my series re-read continues! This installment feature Jaime as the main character! You’ve probably seen her in the background of other books helping out, but now she has her own adventure!

Jaime is actually one of my favourite characters. She isn’t like the other paranormals and doesn’t depend on attack magic or physical strength, but she has her own abilities that always help out. She is a Necromancer and can talk to ghosts, as well as summon the dead. Because she doesn’t have anything that can defend herself with, the others usually leave her behind or try to protect her, if she’s not being kidnapped.

She might seem like one of the useless ones, but just the way she always wants to help and prove them wrong is just awesome. Her drive to really help out and do something on her own in this really made her one of my favourites. And the depth and darkness of her powers and what she can really do kind of makes her the strongest race of supernaturals. Who else can control the dead and return them to their bodies?

Jaime really shines in this book, going to live in a house with other “spiritualists” that all want their big TV break. As she finds spirits who are different than she’s seen before, she decides that she wants to help them and this leads to hunting down a new kind of threat to their world. Totally off topic, but she still has a thing for Jeremy and they finally “connect” more in this. And let me tell you that the wait was worth it.

Anywho, if you’re reading this series I hope you like this one as much as I did!

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Review: Broken by Kelley Armstrong

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Title: Broken (Women of the Otherworld #6)

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Release Date/Publisher: April 25th 2006 by Seal Books

Finished: May 30th 2013 (originally read years ago)

Pages: 444-paperback-owned

Series:

  1. Bitten
  2. Stolen
  3. Dime Store Magic
  4. Industrial Magic
  5. Haunted
  6. Broken
  7. No Humans Involved
  8. Personal Demon
  9. Living with the Dead
  10. Frostbitten
  11. Waking the Witch
  12. Spell Bound
  13. Thirteen

Synopsis:

Ever since she discovered she’s pregnant, Elena Michaels has been on edge. After all, she’s never heard of another living female werewolf, let alone one who’s given birth. But thankfully, her expertise is needed to retrieve a stolen letter allegedly written by Jack the Ripper. As a distraction, the job seems simple enough—only the letter contains a portal to Victorian London’s underworld, which Elena inadvertently triggers—unleashing a vicious killer and a pair of zombie thugs.

Now Elena must find a way to seal the portal before the unwelcome visitors get what they’re looking for—which, for some unknown reason, is Elena.

What I thought:

Elena the werewolf is the main character in this one again! I love reading her stories, and so far this is the best one. She’s pregnant and as far as we know she’s the first female werewolf to actually do so. Because there’s no records, she doesn’t know what’s going to happen so she’s constantly worried about the baby, to the point where she has nightmares of losing it. Luckily she has her pack to help watch out for her, which is good because in this book there’s quite an adventure and it’s dangerous too. I found myself worrying during this for her as well, especially something happens to a certain male character later on.

It all starts because of a letter said to be written by Jack the Ripper, the From Hell letter. Things happen and zombies/diseases are set loose in Toronto. Elena seems to be their main target too. Some of my favourite side characters appear again (Jaime!) and we also meet some other interesting ones too like Zoe the vampire.

In any case this book is lots of fun, especially trying to find out who the portal that let loose certain disasters belongs to. If you’ve read the other books in the series, definitely continue with this one! As this series goes on it’s hard to talk about just the characters since we’ve met most of them, but I do love how the stories and action takes on a new angle each book and keeps me hooked!

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Review: Haunted by Kelley Armstrong

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Title: Haunted (Women of the Otherworld #5)

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Release Date/Publisher: May 31st 2005 by Seal Books

Finished: May 26th 2013 (originally read years ago)

Pages: 495-paperback-owned

Series:

  1. Bitten
  2. Stolen
  3. Dime Store Magic
  4. Industrial Magic
  5. Haunted
  6. Broken
  7. No Humans Involved
  8. Personal Demon
  9. Living with the Dead
  10. Frostbitten
  11. Waking the Witch
  12. Spell Bound
  13. Thirteen

Synopsis:

Former supernatural superpower Eve Levine has broken all the rules. But she’s never broken a promise—not even during the three year’s she’s spent in the afterworld. So, when the Fates call in a debt she gave her word she’d pay, she has no choice but to comply.

For centuries one of the ghost world’s wickedest creatures has been loosed on humanity, thwarting every attempt to retrieve her. Now it has fall to Eve to capture this demi-demon known as the Nix, who inhabits the bodies of would-be killers, compelling them to complete their deadly acts. It’s a mission that becomes all too personal when the Nix targets those Eve loves most — including Savannah, the daughter she left on earth. But can a renegade witch succeed where a host of angels have failed?

What I thought:

Remember Savannah’s mother Eve, who dies earlier in the series? Well, she gets her own story all the way from the ghost world! In this she’s told to return a favour to the Fates by helping capture the Nix, a demi-demon that possess human killers and gets her fix of chaos from them. The Nix was definitely a great addition to this and I liked how she got some small chapters dedicated to her and what she did in the past with her possessions.

I have to admit, Eve is not my favourite character. She’s bad-ass and strong and likeable, but I just didn’t like this book nearly as much as the other I’ve read so far. The adventure was pretty good  and although she didn’t really get to use too much magic (being a ghost has its downsides) I liked it, but was not as in love. I also wouldn’t have minded a bit more back-story about Eve, as there’s not much in this, although I vaguely remember there being a short story or something with her that explains more. I’ll ahve to read that one again at some point. Eve also is reconnected with Kristof in the ghost world, and their old love connection also starts to fix itself which was cute.

This is a good addition to the series, and although not my favourite it was still good enough to keep me reading!

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