Reading, Living and Reviewing

Teen Wolf – Death of a Character (SPOILERS)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

          I don’t have to search for spoilers to find them. Nope, I just look for fans to talk to and they just throw them. I am not talking about spoilers for already released episodes, but for episodes that need to be released. 

          In November 2013, the producer Jeff Davis stated that someone will die in Season 3b and I had no idea because I don’t watch anything else but the show. But recently, because I was in search of fans with whom to chat about previous episodes I stumbled upon spoilers, spoilers and more spoilers. Not only that I found the quoted interview, but I also found a couple of theories about who might die.

"Prepare to lose someone. We will be possibly be changing out main title sequence so not everyone's going to make it out of this season alive," – Jeff Davis

          Watching a TV Show looks a lot like a detective game lately: the producer teases the fans with a little bit of info and they just analyze that info based on newly released news and they know. Now everyone is wondering who will die and fans of various characters threaten not to watch the show if their favorite will die. 

          I love Teen Wolf and I will watch it no matter who will die. Yes, it will suck, but this show has more than one cool character and just because the one I like the most dies, it doesn’t mean I will not be able to enjoy it further. One thing I would have liked: I did not want to know that one of the main characters will die. I love being shocked, but instead I will just spend my time preparing for the death of every character and when the time comes I will just be like “no biggie”. I’ll just have to prepare for the death of one of the characters in the title sequence, right? Alison, Scott, Stiles, Lydia or Derek.

 

          Anyway, I am sure that whoever it will be, Jeff it’s going to make us love him/her then he will snap his/her neck.

          I honestly don’t want to ask who you think it will die, because deep down inside I still want it to be a surprise. But I would love to know, who’s your favorite character on the show?

Waiting for: The Fault in Our Stars - Trailer

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
 

The Fault in Our Stars
Genre: Drama
To be released: June 6th 2014
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff

Storyline:
Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.
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Guest Post: 15 Best Movies About Books

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Movies that focus around books or writers have a lot of material to work with. They often explore the complicated relationships that humans have with stories and how a story can change the lens with which we view the world.

No matter the storyline, they remain some of our greatest (and most favorite) movies.

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The Neverending Story
This 1984 classic is based on a German fantasy novel. It follows the story of a young boy who “borrows” a book called the Neverending Story from an old bookshop, only to discover it’s an epic story about the courage of the human spirit and the darkness of human despair.

Stranger Than Fiction
In this 2006 film, Will Farrell plays Harold Crick, an IRS agent with an unremarkable life. That is, until he suddenly becomes the main character in a novelabout his own life — complete with a narrator.

Adaptation
A 2002 film based on Susan Orlean’sThe Orchid Thief, Adaptation actually focuses on the struggle to turn The Orchid Thief into a feature film.

The Shining
This movie follows the mental breakdown of a writer who takes a job as a caretaker for a remote hotel. After being trapped by a snowstorm, the man, guided by a supernatural presence, attempts to murder his wife and child.

The Pagemaster
This 1994 animated/live action movie follows the story of boy who ends up in a library, hits his head and eventually ends up in the stories of the books that surround him — with a few big-personality books to keep him company.

Capote
A biographical film about Truman Capote, this film looks into Capote’s relationship and fascination with a family friend’s violent tragedy as he writes his own book, In Cold Blood.

Fahrenheit 451
Based on a novel of the same name by Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 is set in a dystopian future where firemen are tasked with destroying books. The story focuses on one fireman whofinds himself questioning society and his role in it.

Misery
Misery tells the story of an author who ends up at a remote house being cared for by an “adoring” fan. After he shows his caretaker his new manuscript, however, he learns just how far she will go to keep him in the house.

The Ghost Writer
Based on Robert Harris’s The Ghost, this Roman Polanski film tells the story of a British ghostwriter recruited to finish the memoirs of a former prime minister in the midst of major scandal.

The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride is the classic story within a story. The movie, which tells the love story of the beautiful Buttercup and Westley, a simple farm boy, is framed by a grandfather reading the story to his grandson.

The English Patient
This movie follows the complicated life story of a burn victim toward the end of WWII. Though he can’t remember much about his life, he gets flashes of his past from a copy of the histories of Herodotus and clues found inside.

Wonder Boys
Wonder Boysis a day in the life of Grady Tripp, a professor of creative writing who is attempting to finish his second book. When his editor comes to town to check on him and discovers that Tripp’s 2,000-page book has noending, he discovers some talent in one of Tripp’s students.

The Notebook

The Notebook is the story of Noah and Allie, two young lovers with a complicated life. The entire movie is told via a diary that Noah has written about their life together that he reads to his ailing love each day.

The Hours
The Hours is based on a Pulitzer-prize winning novel (by the same name) written by Michael Cunningham. The film follows the story of three women whose lives are touched and changed by their relationships with the book Mrs. Dalloway.

Finding Forrester
Finding Forresterfollows the story of a young black student named Jamal Wallace and his relationship with reclusive writer-turned-writing-mentor William Forrester.

Author Bio
PiyaliSyam is the Community Relations Manager for @WashULaw, Washington University in St. Louis’s online LLM program, and Managing Editor of LLM Info. Outside of work, she enjoys reading books and watching movies (perhaps unsurprisingly, given the post above).

The first poster for the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Movie

Saturday, January 25, 2014
 

Great news for all 'Fifty Shades of Grey' fans. The upcoming movie, to be released in February 14th 2015, received its first poster which features one of the main characters, Christian Grey gazing over the city.I am not a fan of the series, but I like the poster. It's clean, simple and underlines Mr. Grey's status as a rich and powerful man.


Source: EW

Review: Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger

Friday, January 24, 2014
“Really, Sophronia, it makes me most uncomfortable how you manage to sort everything out every time I faint.” 

Synopsis:
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea--and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right--but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.
Where to buy:  Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger

My Review:


          Ok, this was my first steampunk novel and I didn’t even know that until I started reading it. That’s because I decided not to read the synopsis and choose the book based on recommendations and the pretty cover. I know I said I will not do that anymore, but I also decided not to read that many reviews since some of them are EVIL… So this year will be like this: I love the book, I get the book and I decide if I like it or not.

          Etiquette & Espionage is, as I’ve heard a prequel to another series of the author, called Parasol Protectorate and introduces us to that world of both series. The action of the book is settled somewhere in the Victorian era and tells the story of Sophronia, a 14 year old girl that doesn’t act like the society of that time asks, like a proper lady. She likes to explore and learn and her mother doesn’t find it acceptable so she decides to send her away to a finishing school, hoping for her to return changed. Acting like a lady and going to a finishing school is the equivalent of hell for Sophronia, but Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality is not like other schools.

Here is what I absolutely adored about this book:
          The spy school. I am a complete sucker for books with spies and this one is the perfect example. In a way it reminded me of The Gallagher Girls, but this one did not teach the girls just how to fight, lie and kill, it also teaches them how to act in society, how to dress and how to seduce.

“She had to give her teachers credit: they were right to insist all pupils carry scissors, handkerchiefs, perfume and hair ribbons at all times. At some point she'd learn why they also required a red lace doily and a lemon.” 

          The smart main character. Sophronia is a likable character and that is usually one of the main reasons I keep reading a book. She is smart and resourceful and even when she doesn’t know something she finds a ways to know more. She was caught only once when wondered in her adventures, but that was highly appreciated. She managed to find a prototype that an entire school was searching for and is very good at organizing missions.

          No instant love. There was a time when this was a thing and I may not be as romantic as everyone, but I hate it when the main character falls in love with the first boy she sees. In Etiquette & Espionage the energy is directed towards the missions, friends and adventures. I have no doubt that there will be a love story in the future, but I like the baby-steps in this case.

          I liked most of the book, especially the details of the school, mechanicals, classes and even dresses, but the book seemed a little slow. It took me a couple of days to finish it and this is never a good thing. I loved following Sophronia explore, but for most of the book this is all that happened. Also I was really disappointed to see no evolution in Sidheag and Agatha. It’s like the author added them to show how compassionate is Sophronia. I would have loved to see them as part of the last mission. Instead, after Dimity and Sophronia helped them, they just gave up.

          Also the school for boys that was in fact for evil geniuses was a little too weird. I would have been ok with the equivalent of the girl’s finishing school, but instead, the boys were just training to be evil, while the girls were trained to be spies/assassins. 

 “It's no good choosing your first husband from a school for evil geniuses. Much too difficult to kill.”


The Villains
          For most of the story Sophronia just explored and there was Monique, the equivalent of the bitchy blonde cheerleader, but that was all. Some bad guys entered the scene in the last chapter, but Dimity, Pillover and Sophronia disarmed them pretty fast and it was all over in a matter of minutes. It would  have been nice a prior development of the other villains and not just Monique.

          Overall I liked the book, but I was not crazy about it. I loved how it ended and that it did not have a cliffhanger and it can be read as a standalone.

Blog Tour Sign Up: Hate at First Sight by Diana Nixon

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Don't forget to enter as a host in the Hate at First Sight by Diana Nixon Blog Tour. We will have a seven days Blog Tour and bloggers will have to choose between posting a review, interview, guest post and excerpt. Also don't forget about the giveaway.

Type of post needed: interview, review, guest post or excerpt and a giveaway
Available dates: February 10th - February 16th
To Win: Diana Nixon Books

About the book:

Synopsis:
 
Every day of Megan’s life was carefully planned. Freedom and independence had been her best friends for years. Until one day she met Aiden, whose priorities were so much like hers….
What happens when attraction wins?
What happens when poles apart become equal?
What happens when the flames of passion burn everything in their way?
Is there still a chance to resist the power of magnetism?
The walls of inaccessibility will come crashing down. Everything she thought was unacceptable he will turn into pure pleasure….
Dive into the world of Hate at First Sight to see if hate can become something completely different….
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Book Blitz Sign Up + Giveaway: The Wolf at His Door by Adrian W. Lilly

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I will be hosting The Wolf at His Door by Adrian W. Lilly Book Blitz and I will need as many bloggers as possible for a two day promotional post. Every blogger will enter once in a giveaway for a chance to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card.

Type of post needed: excerpt and giveaway
Available dates: February 16th and February 17th
To Win: $5 Amazon Gift Card

About the book:



Synopsis:

Twenty-one-year-old Alec Rune is annoyed when his older sister, Lucy, ambushes him with a blind date with her friend, Jared. But Alec is immediately attracted to the intriguing, intelligent young man.

But the past has claws...
Ilene Rune nearly collapses when she meets her son’s new boyfriend. His black hair and startling green eyes are the same as a man she knew years ago—an evil, violent man with strange powers.

The present has teeth...
Investigating a string of missing persons cases leads Detective Carmen Salazar into the dark world of fairy tales and fantasy—and shakes her belief in what is possible or imagined.

And the future is filled with blood...
Alec awakes from a coma with no recollection of the night his twin brother was torn to pieces. As a madman closes in on him and his family, can Alec learn the werewolves’ plan before his entire family is destroyed?
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Stonemaster's TBR Book List

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

13 Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman
3:15 by Patrick Carman
Pulse by Patrick Carman
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
Carrie by Stephen King
Firestarter by Stephen King
The Shining by Stephen King
Under the Dome by Stephen King
It by Stephen King
Inferno by Dan Brown
The Cuckoo’s Calling by J. K. Rowling
The Partner by John Grisham
The Testament by John Grisham
The Rainmaker by John Grisham
The Chamber by John Grisham
The Brethren by John Grisham
The Painted House by John Grisham
Bleachers by John Grisham
The Runaway Jury by John Grisham
The King of Torts by John Grisham
The Summons by John Grisham
The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
The Client by John Grisham
The Last Juror by John Grisham
The Firm by John Grisham
The Broker by John Grisham
Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
The Innocent Man by John Grisham
A Time to Kill by John Grisham
Ford Country by John Grisham
The Confession by John Grisham
The Litigators by John Grisham
The Appeal by John Grisham
The Racketeer by John Grisham
Sycamore Row by John Grisham
The Associate by John Grisham
Calico Joe by John Grisham
The Quarry by Johan Theorin
Furtuna Solara by Asa Lasson
Eroare Judiciara by Anne Holt
Floors (#1, #2) by Patrick Carman
Skeleton Creeck (#1, #2, #3, #4) by Patrick Carman
Dark Eden (#1, #2, #3) by Patrick Carman
Trackers (#1, #2) by Patrick Carman
Atherton (#2, #3) by Patrick Carman
The 39 Clues by Various Authors
Dune (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5) by Frank Herbert
Divergent (#1, #2, #3) by Veronica Roth
Gone (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6) by Michael Grant
Currently Reading
Finished and Reviewed

Cover Reveal: The Wolf in His Arms (The Runes Trilogy #2) by Adrian W. Lilly

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Wolf in His Arms (The Runes Trilogy #2) by Adrian W. Lilly


About Book #1 - The Wolf at His Door


Synopsis:

Twenty-one-year-old Alec Rune is annoyed when his older sister, Lucy, ambushes him with a blind date with her friend, Jared. But Alec is immediately attracted to the intriguing, intelligent young man.

But the past has claws...
Ilene Rune nearly collapses when she meets her son’s new boyfriend. His black hair and startling green eyes are the same as a man she knew years ago—an evil, violent man with strange powers.

The present has teeth...
Investigating a string of missing persons cases leads Detective Carmen Salazar into the dark world of fairy tales and fantasy—and shakes her belief in what is possible or imagined.

And the future is filled with blood...
Alec awakes from a coma with no recollection of the night his twin brother was torn to pieces. As a madman closes in on him and his family, can Alec learn the werewolves’ plan before his entire family is destroyed?
Author Bio:

     Adrian W. Lilly is the author of the novels The Devil You Know, Red Haze, and The Wolf at His Door: Book One of The Runes Trilogy, and Book Two: The Wolf in His Arms. He is a fan of Gothic suspense movies and novels, which greatly influence his writing. Adrian's writing focuses on strong character development and the nuances of fear that build toward horror. The mansion in his first novel, The Devil You Know, was inspired by the grand mansions in the Victorian neighborhood where he lives.

     Adrian writes novels, short stories, and poetry and has spent many years as a copywriter in the advertising industry. In addition, Adrian has directed two short films and co-directed a feature-length sci-fi comedy.

Read more at: www.adrianlilly.com

Tv Show Review: Bitten S01E01 - Summons

Thursday, January 16, 2014

          I wasn’t planning to watch Bitten at all, simply because I wasn’t interested in a werewolf drama right now, but after I went on a couple of forums and on Imdb Discussions, I realized that people started hating it before it even started for all the wrong reasons. That’s why before I start my review I’m going to list the reasons why people didn’t want to watch it in the first place.

#1. The name of the main character is Elena like the main character of the Vampire Diaries. And not everyone likes Vampire Diaries. So the name Elena should be found only ONCE in all books ever published and all TV Shows ever released. Having two characters with the name Elena in two different TV Shows brings up too much confusion.

#2. Werewolves should be monstrous creatures on two legs. Although I agree that this version of the werewolves is much scarier, werewolves don’t exist, so their mythology can be changed according to the author’s desire. The wolves in Bitten are actually shape shifters and people change in full dogs/wolves with the fur in the color of the person’s hair. Just because a certain creature has its roots in a horror story, it doesn’t mean that it must stay there.

#3. The cast it too attractive or not suitable for the part. I am afraid I don’t understand this one. If they weren’t attractive then everyone would complain about that, if they are attractive then there is still a problem? Also I cannot understand how can you know if an actor will do a good job in portraying a character if you look at a photo. Just because that actor doesn’t look exactly like the character in the book it doesn’t mean that he will suck.

          There were also those people that brought reasonable reasons for why they didn’t want to watch the show. Simply because it had werewolves and they are not fans of the genre or because there are way too many supernatural shows with vampires and werewolves and were not interested in another one.

My Review:

          Like I said, I was not planning to watch Bitten because I already follow many other supernatural TV Show and non-supernatural ones as well so I have the entire week full. But after I read some of the pre-release opinions and after I found out that the lead character is played by Laura Vandervoort I decided to give it a try.


          Bitten is based on a series of books written by Kelley Armstrong and although I love the author’s style I haven’t had the chance to read them. I did managed to read The Darkest Powers Trilogy and started reading Bitten (only one chapter in because I had to give the book back) and I least I know that the beginning of the episode stays true to the book.

          I didn’t necessary hated the first episode, but I simply did not care about it. It reminded me a little of True Blood, and I am now referring to the nudity and multiple sex scene in just one episode. So Bitten, much like True Blood it’s orientated to the adult audience, although the story could easily pas as a young adult story.

          The acting was decent, the story kept from the beginning a little bit of mystery and I enjoy that in a new TV Show and we also got to witness a murder. There’s nothing more refreshing than a murder in the beginning of a show to introduce the big bad or at least the big bad’s intentions which is to turn into werewolves a bunch of psychopaths. The first episode had only two action scenes, both murders that is if you don’t count Elena’s bad ass move when she tried to defend her integrity in a restaurant full of people. I thought that was cool and it showed that she is not another damsel in distress.

The wolves
          I don’t mind the werewolves that turn into full wolves, but there were some sequences in which they looked not quite real and I think that this will not be appreciated, at all. People already don’t like the fact that the show doesn’t deal with half human-half wolf creatures.

          Unfortunately I don’t think I will watch it further. I truly have way too many TV Shows to follow, which I like better than this one. But if you are a fan of True Blood I am pretty sure you will also like this one.

Bitten Official Trailer:

Amina's TBR Book List

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Duff by Kody Keplinger
Rush by Eve Silver
Pod’s by Michelle K. Pickett
Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Acid by Emma Pass
Icons by Margaret Stohl
Paper Towns by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Harken by Kaleb Nation
Furious by Jill Wolfson
Taken by Erin Bowman
The Ward by Jordana Frankel
Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Mind Games by Kiersten White
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn
Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney
The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen
Invisibility by Andrea Cremer
School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Every Day by David Levithan
Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz
The Rules by Stacey Kade
Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead
The New Hunger by Isaac Marion
Boy meets Boy by David Levithan
The Cuckoo’s Calling by J. K. Rowling
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephenie Perkins
Wake unto Me by Lisa Cach
The Darkest Minds (#1, #2) by Alexandra Bracken
Finishing School (#1, #2) by Gail Carriger
The Ghost and the Goth (#1, #2, #3) by Stacey Kade
Dante Walker (#1, #2) by Victoria Scott
Heist Society (#1, #2, #3) by Ally Carter
The Raven Cycle (#1, #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
Legend (#1, #2, #3) by Marie Lu
Under the Never Sky (#1, #2, #3) by Veronica Rossi
Lunar Chronicles (#1, #2, #3) by Marissa Meyer
Miss Peregrine (#1, #2) by Ransom Riggs
The Maze Runner (#1, #2, #3) by James Dasher
Mara Dyer (#1, #2 #3) by Michelle Hodkin
The Way we Fall (#1, #2) by Megan Crewe
Strange Angels (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5) by Lili St. Crow
Percy Jackson (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5) by Rick Riordan
The Selection (#1, #2) by Kiera Cass
The White Rabbit Chronicles (#1, #2) by Gena Showalter
Angelfall (#1, #2) by Susan Ee
Sweet Evil (#1, #2) by Wendi Higgins
Lux (#3, #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Everneath (#1, #2, #3) by Brodi Ashton
Harry Potter (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7) by J. K. Rowling
Divergent (#1, #2, #3) by Veronica Roth
House of Night (#1 - #11) by P. C. Cast
Partials (#1, #2) by Dan Wells
Revenants (#2, #3) by Amy Plum
Gallagher Girls (#1 - #6) by Ally Carter
The Syrena Legacy (#1, #2) by Anna Banks
Unraveling (#1, #2) by Elizabeth Norris 
Currently Reading
Finished and Reviewed

In 2014 ...

Saturday, January 11, 2014
          I know I am a little too late with this post, giving the fact that we are already 11 days in 2014, but I have been busy with work, moving and re-designing the blog. I wanted to change it completely before I started writing on it again. I am now done(ish) with the design. I just wanted something fresh and clean and I also wanted to add some extra pages. While I was working on the design I realized that I have more than one hobby and besides reading books, I watch a ton of movies and TV shows, I read comics and I play video games so I decided to add them all on my blog. I guess that the main focus will still be books, but I will talk about other subjects from time to time.

Reading
          Now that the design is ready I will start reading as many books from my TBR list as possible since in 2013 I read…well none from the list and is such a shame since I am eager to dive in each of them. So yes, the books I already have on the list will have priority.  I will obviously still read books from indie authors, but I will try to help in other ways more, like interviews and guest posts.

          Also I’m done with reading reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. Not all of them, but the one star ones. I respect those who read books and state their honest opinion on websites, but most of the negative reviews are just that…negative. Thanks to one star reviews I learned some new bad words in English and I didn’t really wanted to know them. They lack the respect and the constructive criticism. I understand the frustration of buying a book and then being disappointed, but people just need to understand that one author cannot please everyone.

GoodReads Reading Challenge
          This is the first year I set a target and I am curious how many books I can read in one year. I don’t hope to reach the 50 books target, but at least two books a month would be nice. For those of you that are curious I added the widget on the sidebar and I already have a book this year…yay me. ^_^

Writing More
          I am happy with the number of posts I had last year, it was considerable higher from 2012 and this year I want to post as often as I posted in 2013 or more.

Overall, even though 2013 was an amazing year, I hope I can make 2014 better.

Review: The Souls of Rain (Heavens Trilogy, # 1) by Diana Nixon

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Even the heavens make mistakes.
 
Synopsis:

The secrets of the heavens had always been carefully guarded. Until one day when the angels realized that what they used to believe in was nothing but a cruel game between heaven and hell.
And Claire’s life is a part of that game too….
She is a guardian angel. She always thought that her existence was perfect. But perfection is a very relative term, and no one is protected from making mistakes.
Everything changes the moment Claire gets a new assignment. Guarding humans has never been easy, and this time won’t be an exception.
Alan Rosenford is a spoilt party-boy, whose life is a hurricane of risk and adrenaline rush. His soul is damaged, his heart is bleeding, and there are so many things he prefers to keep private….
The words they have never said before ….
The sins they have never committed….
How much does forgiveness of the heavens cost?
Or maybe even the heavens make mistakes?


Where to buy: The Souls of Rain (Heavens Trilogy, # 1) by Diana Nixon


My Review:

          I am beyond happy that I had the chance to read this book. First because the cover is gorgeous and that alone made me fell in love with the book and second because it features angels. 

          The Souls of Rain is the first book from the Heavens Trilogy by Diana Nixon, and it’s the story of Claire, a guardian angel. It rarely happens to me to actually like the main character of a book, but I just cannot hate any of the characters from Diana’s books. I enjoyed Claire’s attitude as an angel and later as an outcast. I loved her determination and her seriousness when it came to her duty. It kind of reminded me of a badass business woman who does her job and does it well, because Claire is the best guardian angel there is in Heavens and a bunch of broken weapons are enough proof. She fights for her assignments and she fights for what she believes in…like I said…determined. 

         And then there is Alan, which I actually hoped for him not to be the bad boy he was presented from the beginning of the story. I was pleasantly surprised to take a look in his past and discover that he had his dark reasons for which he was the way he was. We get to see his present life, full of parties and dangers and friends that underneath are not actually his friends, but that’s only the shield under he hides. I liked how he was fragile and how he needed to be protected and not only physically, because he was human, but his soul needed to be protected as well. I may be weird, but I enjoyed a male character that was not the prince charming doing all the fighting. But what I really liked in this book and the Love Lines series as well was the love story. Not the love story itself, but the fact that it wasn’t instant love and their connection started a long time ago, but they failed to recognize it from the beginning.  

         But as much as I loved Claire and Alan, I adored Nolan and he might be my favorite character. For a former angel he is really daring and he knows how to keep his secrets. He is the mysterious, yet helpful guy in this story. It’s obvious that he knows more than he lets out, but I had no clue that his reasons were directly connected with his past. In fact, the big cliffhanger had Nolan as a center character and I cannot wait to know more about his past.

The Villain
        I don’t want to say that the villain was obvious, because it really wasn’t. It was there, you could feel that it was something wrong with the character, but while I was reading the book I couldn’t tag it as the big bad of the story. The author did a great job camouflage it in a slightly evil person.

The Universe
        The created universe was fascinating, with great details of the Heavens and Hell and angels actually had personalities. Heavens inhabitants were not described only as angels, but they were divided in various types and hierarchies.

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