Alpha by Rachel Vincent

Once I found out the sixth installment of the Shifters series,  Alpha by Rachel Vincent, was going to be the last book, I almost went into shock. I had assumed like all urban fantasies it would kind of go on forever, at least that was what I was hoping. Every time I finish a series I’ve been invested in, it strongly affects my real life. I’m talking full-out depression (okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea). It doesn’t matter if it ended well, I just can’t deal with the reality that the characters I know and love will be no more, with no more story to tell. So it was with a heavy heart, I started this final book.

The unscrupulous new Council chair has charged Jace, Marc and me with trespassing, kidnapping, murder and treason. Yeah, we’ve been busy. But now it’s time to take justice into our own hands. We must avenge my brother’s death and carve out the rot at the heart of the Council.It’s not going to be easy, and loss seems unavoidable, but I have promised to protect my Pride, no matter what. With a target on my back and Marc at my side, I’m heading for a final showdown that can–that will–change everything forever. A showdown I’m not sure I’m ready for.

But life never waits until you’re ready.

I should start this review with the obvious: I love this series. So, anything from here on out will be completely bias.

Faythe’s final hurrah is intense. There is so much action and death. I bawled my freakin’ eyes out.  This book is filled with unexpected twists — everywhere! The entire time I felt like I was holding on for dear life. I wanted everything to turn out perfect for Faythe. It didn’t turn out perfect but that’s the beauty of Rachel Vincent. Her stories are so real and so believable, they can’t help but get under your skin. This series got under my skin and I want it to stay there. This last installment offers everything you’d expect from Vincent and more. I absolutely adored this book.

And now, the mother of all love triangles — Marc and Jace.  I have no earthly idea how Vincent pulled this off but she did. I couldn’t decide who I wanted, Faythe couldn’t decide who she wanted, and Vincent wrote it so well and made it so believable, I couldn’t even guess what she wanted! Bravo, Vincent! I think this is the best love triangle execution I’ve seen in a long time, simply because the character development was there to support the feelings between each of them. After all was said and done, I feel like I have closure and I accept that the characters will go on to their own happily ever after. This series was heartbreakingly good, vengence is oh so sweet, but I will surely miss Faythe and her pride.

I loved this series. I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who likes action, passion and a heroine with bite and heart.

STARS: 5 out of 5

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Releases and Recommendations

It’s Tuesday! The amazing day books are released to the world! This week I’m anticipating the release of Requiem by Lauren Oliver on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

9593913Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS! Book 1, Delirium and Book 2 Pandemonium were AMAZING. The ending of book 2 was such a shocker, I thought I was having a heart attack. Lauren Oliver is queen of Dystopian Young Adult as far as I’m concerned. If you liked Hunger Games, Twilight etc. you’ll love this series. I loved Hana in book 1 and missed her in book 2 so I’m glad to see she’s back in the action. I seriously can’t wait to see how Oliver plays this out. Lena has a HUGE decision to make and I can’t even fathom making the decision myself. My heart is wrenched in two. I can’t pick teams, I just can’t. This is a MUST READ people. If you haven’t started this series already you should!

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren was a unique reading experience. I was intrigued by the cover and smirked at the title. I like it; it’s a nice descriptive alliteration. I was forewarned about the explicit sexual content from reading other reviews, so I guess I should warn you too. (WARNING: Steamy and sometimes cringe-worthy lovemaking ahead!)

16102004An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. Discover the story that garnered more than two million reads online.

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other. Originally only available online as The Office by tby789—and garnering over two million reads on fan fiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release.

Let me explain. Within the first few pages, my eyebrows rose to epic heights and my eyes bulged out of my skull. It was one of those moments where you find yourself coughing and noting to yourself, “Oh, it’s THAT kind of book.” Just to clarify, it wasn’t because it was too crazy or kinky (however, it was scandalous), there just wasn’t enough set-up before the sexy time began. It made me feel like a peeping tom or something. I didn’t care to be thrown into something with no pretense. It made Chloe seem like a slut with no slut tendencies, which really confuses the reader. For me, it put the trash in trashy romance novel.

The story just kind of exploded in the first chapter, but once the dust settled half-way through the book, the characters finally started to develop. That’s when I was hooked. (Not like I could’ve looked away, anyhow.) So the first half was crazy — Bennett was a Jerk and Chloe was a hardworking professional who made questionable decisions. It drove me nuts that Bennett and Chloe didn’t communicate, never talked, just did each other in different rooms at the office, with a TON of panty ripping. However, once they started talking to each other, the book became so much more enjoyable. They finally had a “relationship.” By the end, I found myself smiling with an “Awww” resounding in my head.

Initially, I was turned off by the lack of finesse with introducing the characters and the plotline. However, this story got under my skin, making it a fun read, especially if you’re ever in a feisty mood. With the satisfying ending, I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a “good time,” but it wasn’t something I’d deem original or praiseworthy. I’ll most likely pick up the next book, Beautiful Stranger, which comes out in May 2013. 

Beautiful Bastard will be released on February 12, 2013. Ladies, here’s an excuse to pick up something naughty (just for you) for Valentine’s day.

STARS: 3 out of 5

Thank you Netgalley and Gallery Books for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!