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The End

Although it’s been quite obvious for sometime now it’s finally time to say Goodbye.

I started StoryWings in 2009 when I needed an outlet to express myself, for me literature – reading and writing – was the only way I could do that.

Back then it was different, my priorities were different and I was different. But as life goes on we change and we grow and reviewing is no longer something I feel I can commit to anymore.

This year and last year have been huge changes for me, and next year will bring even more changes.

I have been thinking about officially closing for a while now, but I wanted to hang on. I still love reviewing but I no longer have the time to run a website dedicated to it (as you well have seen this year).

So I want to say thank you, for everyone who has commented over the years. For all the authors and publishers that have been so kind as to choose me to review their books. For the authors who I consider friends and who have made my website a more interesting place to be. But most of all I want to thank them for writing. I want to thank them for there even being a reason for a website like this in the first place. For creating an escape for me and who continue to intrigue me with their words.

I will still be around on GoodReads because I need to keep track of my books so if any of you wish to stay in touh feel free to find me there.

StoryWings has ben one of the more exciting things I’ve ever done and the one of the biggest commitments I have stuck to in life. It is very hard to let go, but I feel it’s time.

Goodbye.

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Book Review: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Review: Assassin’s Apprentice
Series: Farseer Trilogy – Book 1
Author: Robin Hobb
No of Pages: 448
Release Date: 1 March 1996

Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father’s gruff stableman. He is treated like an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill–and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family. As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.

My Thoughts:

What an absolutely intrepid start to a series.

Fitz is the bastard son of the royal Prince Chivalry; he has no memories of his mother who gave him to the Royal Family when he was only six years old. He never knows his father who gives up his rightful claim to the throne and left Buckkeep before Fitz arrives at the stronghold. With both of his parents abandoning him, Fitz’s care falls to Burrich, the stable master, who cares for Fitz and teaches him all he needs to know about an honest day’s work.

That is until the king notices him, and decides he could be useful. King Shrewd decides that Fitz should be trained as a weapon, not a soldier, but an assassin. He can tell no one of what he does or who trains him and still keep up his previous appearance so he has reasons to be where he shouldn’t lest he get caught.

Fitz is an amazing character with so many struggles to face, but more than loving the character I am in love with the story itself. I don’t really read high fantasy for the one character alone, I read it for the world building, for the castles and politics and magic. Assassin’s Apprentice had all of these, political marriages, magical training of the Skill, the ability to communicate with others through thought, a gift which Fitz possessed. The waves created by Fitz’s illegitimacy not just for Fitz himself but for all of those connected to his father, Prince Chivalry; Chivalry’s barren wife consumed by jealousy and then guilt, Fitz’s petulant uncle, Regal, who hated him purely for being born, and not worthy of the blood running through his veins or the gifts that came with it, Burrich who lost his master and companion through Chivalry’s abdication and the various other characters jealous of Fitz just because he was good at what he did or hated him just for existing and tainting the Royal bloodline.

Hobb’s writing is absolutely amazing. Occasionally I got confused with some of the dialogue, especially when Burrich the stable master was speaking because he always tended to allude to something he expected Fitz to understand. Fitz never really explained it to us but I almost feel it’s my fault because I’m so used to having everything spelled out for me that I’m not retaining the details I should be.

Other than the occasional confusion I was enthralled from start to finish. Fitz started out as a six year old and ended at about fourteen and the time in between was traversed perfectly. There was one weird time jump in the entire book towards the end but even it was barely noticeable.

Hobb’s world, her ideas and the secret plots leading into the next book have made the Farseer world completely addictive, I need Royal Assassin as soon as possible, it’s imperative.

I feel like I’ll never be able to do justice with my mere words when it comes to anything by Robin Hobb. You really just need to experience it for yourself to truly understand the magic she produces.

Also in this series:

Royal Assassin

Assassin’s Quest

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Book Review: Toxic by Jus Accardo

Review: Toxic
Series: Denazen – Book 2
Author: Jus Accardo
No of Pages: 317
Release Date: 16 October 2012

When a Six saved Kale’s life the night of Sumrun, she warned there would be consequences. A trade-off. Something taken for the life they gained. But Dez never imagined she’d lose the one thing she’d give anything to keep… And as if it’s not enough Dez finds her immunity to Kale fading, the Six brought in to help Kale learn to control his killer touch starts drooling on him the moment they meet. Worse than that? Jade can touch Kale. But bimbo Barbie is the least of Dez’s problems.

After Dez and Kale got away at Sumrun, her father lost not only his most powerful weapon but an important piece of the Supremacy project. Forced by Denazen to remedy the situation, he poisons Dez and offers her a choice–surrender to Denazen for the cure…or die. Determined to find a solution that doesn’t involve being bagged and tagged–or losing someone she loves–Dez keeps the poison a secret. But when a rash of Denazen attacks hit a little too close to home, Dez is convinced there’s a traitor among them. Jade.

Sacrifices, broken promises, and secrets. Dez will have to lay it all on the line if there’s any hope of proving Jade’s guilt before they all end up Residents of Denazen. Or worse, dead…

My Thoughts:
This series is getting more and more engrossing, but talk about a sudden ending.

Dez’s life isn’t getting any easier. On top of losing her immunity to Kale’s deadly gift, the dreaded Supremacy crazies are imminent, her powers are getting stronger and slightly uncontrollable and now Kale has a hot new teacher who is supposedly here to help him control his gift, but obviously wants a whole lot more than a student/mentor relationship.

Dez once again is amazing. Although I slightly tired of her constant secret keeping. If she had just told someone, so many bad things could have been prevented, but her misplaced heroism and atrocious choices because she, as a seventeen year old, knew better than everyone else and was convinced she could fix it. She has her father breathing down her neck, holding a cure to the poison coursing through her body over her head, and trying to take make her a prisoner of Denazen. She is still one of the strongest and one of my favourite YA urban fantasy heroines because she’s so confident and intelligent. She has her faults but she does mean well, and she refuses to take flak from anyone or put up with people she can’t stand.

Kale is hotness on a stick, but I find myself leaning more towards Alex in Toxic. Kale says he will always be there if Dez needs him, and Kale is a very literal and no-nonsense kind of person, so when Dez continually finds herself in trouble, I wonder when Kale is going to turn up and am a little disappointed in him when he doesn’t. I understand that he needs to get himself under control, but I feel that although he was locked up for so many years, he should be making a little more progress in the social interaction department, knowing when something is appropriate or not rather than have Dez explain all of his faux pas away all the time.

Do I care about the infidelity in this book? No, although I have noticed quite a few people kicking up a stink about it, I felt that the reasons behind it were valid and fair. I am vehemently against cheating, so when I find no issue with it, I feel that it’s probably not really going to impact too much on others.

Accardo’s writing once again was amazing, I found myself laughing out loud and literally in able of tearing myself away from Toxic. Her characters, her world, her storyline is entrancing. The twists, oh the twists, they even had me stopping and going “no way”. With this series, you just never see them coming, but they are so well placed that once it’s out you’re kicking yourself for not realising sooner, just like Dez does. What I love most about this series still, is the sixes. Just the pure genius behind the creation of these people, that science created them rather than them being paranormal is epic. Learning about the various powers some of them have is sometimes even more engrossing than watching Dez kick butt all over town.

The ending was extremely sudden in Toxic, and I had a slight panic attack searching my tablet for the next instalment when Dez was lying in the foetal position completely defeated and Ginger said “the worst is yet to come”. The end. My body literally wrenched and I had to control myself from screaming “that can’t be it” because I was at work.

Although I have my pet peeves with a few of the characters I can’t fault this book because all of the characters hold true to form, they make a few dumb or annoying decisions because that’s who they are, Toxic is amazing, and I can’t wait to dive into Tremble and continue this absolutely fantastic series.

Also in this series:

Touch

Tremble

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Book Review: Night Thief by Lisa Kessler

Title: Night Thief
Series: Nightwalker – Book 1.5 (Novella)
Author: Lisa Kessler
No of Pages: 188
Release Date: 28 September 2012

After the fall of the Mayan civilization, Kane, an immortal Night Walker, has taken refuge in France for over 800 years. The modern world holds little interest for him until the night he meets the Golden Thief and is robbed of much more than his pocket watch.

Marguerite Rousseau is living a double life. By day she is the assistant to an eccentric French artist, Antoine Berjon, and by night she dons elegant evening gowns to woo French dignitaries before lifting their wallets.
Sparks ignite when Kane captures the thief, but Marguerite harbors a dark secret that could ruin them both.

My Thoughts:
Night Thief was a nice quick hot read, that has whet my appetite for more of this series.

Marguerite is a pick-pocket who targets the upper class citizens of Paris. Working tirelessly to free herself and her cousin from their master and buy their passage abroad to the new world. Kane is Night Walker, orginating from the now deceased Mayan people where he was revered as a god. In Paris though he blends in to the crowds of well-to-do frenchmen wining and dining their way through the Parisian social scene.

Marguerite and Kane’s paths cross when she tries to steal his valuable pocket watch. Being one of the most elusive thieves in Paris, Marguerite would have got away with it too had Kane not been able to track her scent. After a heated encounter Marguerite and Kane part ways, but Kane is unable to get Marguerite out of his mind so he finds a way too see her again, after which they realise that they do not want to part ways again.

Night Thief had all the elements of a great novella, fast paced with enough detail, a nice smattering of smut scattered through out for a romancing and a gut-wrenching ending. Having not previously read the first book in this series I was a little worried that I may have missed too much to fully be able to enjoy it, but that was definitely not the case.

Although it didn’t detract from the story itself I would have enjoyed reading more about Marguerite’s pick-pocketing adventures as it was so uncommon for women in the 1800′s to be masquerading as a fine lady but I was pleased to get a taste of Kane’s background, learning about why he moved to Paris in the first place and an insight into what a Nightwalker actually was.

Kessler’s writing can only be faulted on her time jumps which I had to get used to in the beginning. There was no break when it came to passing time, so some scenes lost a bit of their substance because it only felt like minutes had passed in the story world but if re-read one finds it’s actually an hour or two, sometimes even a day which became a little confusing at times.

Night Thief was a fantastic taste of the Nightwalker world not to mention a great stand-alone novella in it’s own right. I have been left wanting more of this series.

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TBR Drawer: June 2013

  • Just After Sunset by Stephen King
  • Night Rising by Chris Marie Green
  • Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
  • Need by Carrie Jones
  • Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Claimed by Shadow by Karen Chance
  • Jessicas Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
  • Original Sin by Allison Brennan
  • No Rest for the Wicca by Toni Lotempio
  • Blood Magic by Eileen Wilks
  • Tempting Danger by Eileen Wilks
  • The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols
  • Shades of Midnight by Lara Adrian
  • The Awakening by Kelly Armstrong
  • Dark Beginnings by Gena Showalter
  • The Birthing House by Christopher Ransom
  • The Taken by Sarah Pinborough
  • Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
  • Bloodlines by Lindsay Anne Kendal
  • Dead Men’s Dust by Matt Hilton
  • Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs
  • Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs
  • Mortal Remains by Kathy Reichs
  • Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs
  • Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs
  • Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs
  • Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs
  • Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
  • Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs
  • Another One Bites The Dust by Jennifer Rardin
  • Biting The Bullet by Jennifer Rardin
  • Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb
  • Antara by Marilena Mexi RC
  • Cinco de Mayo by Michael J. Martineck RC
  • Crash Into Me by Albert Borris
  • Shadowglass by Erica Hayes
  • Betrayed by Morgan Rice RC
  • Loved by Morgan Rice RC
  • Destined by Morgan Rice RC
  • Masqurade by Melissa De La Cruz
  • I Am God by Giorgio Faletti
  • Taboo by Casey Hill
  • Rain by Virginia Andrews
  • Lightning Strike by Virginia Andrews
  • Eye of the Storm by Virginia Andrews
  • The End of the Rainbow by Virginia Andrews
  • Melody by Virginia Andrews
  • Heart Song by Virginia Andrews
  • Unfinished Symphony by Virginia Andrews
  • Music in the Night by Virginia Andrews
  • Olivia by Virginia Andrews
  • Celeste by Virginia Andrews
  • The Starkin Crown by Kate Forsyth
  • Sympathy for the Devil by Justin Gustanis RC
  • Dark Moon of Avalon by Anna Elliot
  • Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton
  • The Ambassador’s Mission by Trudi Canavan
  • Bearers of the Black Staff by Terry Brooks
  • Taboo by Tara Maya
  • Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
  • Gossip Girl: The Prequel by Cecily Von Ziegesar
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Strange Case of Finley Jane by Kady Cross
  • A Matter of Perception by Tahlia Newland RC
  • Arson by Estevan Vega RC
  • The Sorceress by Michael Scott
  • Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
  • Tiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck
  • Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck
  • Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder
  • Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder
  • Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder
  • Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
  • Stay by Deb Caletti
  • Fifty Shades Darker by E.L James
  • Fifty Shades Freed by E.L James
  • Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles
  • The Seer’s Towen by Fran Jacobs  RC
  • It Had to Be You by Cecily Von Ziegesar
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
  • I Hope they Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max
  • You Know You Love Me by Cecily Von Ziegesar
  • All I Want is Everything by Cecily Von Ziesegar
  • You’re the One that I Want by Cecily Von Ziesegar
  • Unguarded by Ashley Robertson   RC
  • Crimson Groves by Ashley Robertson   RC
  • Pulling Down Stars by James Laidler  RC
  • Crave by Melissa Darnell
  • Captive in the Dark by C.J Roberts
  • Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead and Emma Viecelli
  • Avatar: The Search – Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang
  • The Siren by Tiffany Reiz
  • Reflected in You by Sylvia Day
  • Tremble by Jus Accardo   RC

June Arrivals:

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Book Review: Untouched by Jus Accardo

Review: Untouched
Series: Denazen – Book 1.5 (Novella)
Author: Jus Accardo
No of Pages: 79
Release Date: 28 March 2012

Until he met Dez, Kale’s days were filled with violence and death. He was used as a weapon of destruction by the power hungry men of Denazen. He’s a Six. A person with an abnormal ability. Some people call them gifts, but not Kale. Kale’s touch means instant death to anyone.

But now there’s Dez, the girl he can touch, and they’re hunting down Sixes and warning them about Denazen. Kale is learning about the world outside captivity and trying to put his dark past behind him. But they underestimated how badly Denazen wanted him back.

When Dez sacrifices herself to save the new Six they rescued from falling into the corp’s hands, Kale is lost. Denazen has brought out its best to get the job done. Samsen, a nightmare from Kale’s past—the only person he’s ever truly feared—has come for them, and it soon becomes obvious he has his own twisted agenda.

Kale will need all his training to get Dez back and ensure they all make it out, free–and alive. But will it be enough?

My Thoughts:

Untouched was a tease of a novella, but it was full of action that had me flying through it.

Kale is now free of Denazen, but still hunted by them, travelling with Dez tracking down the sixes on the list given to them by Dez’s cousin. But they are racing against the clock as not only are they looking for the sixes to offer them safety in the Sanctuary, Denazen is also after the sixes to imprison them back at headquarters.

Kale has always been adorable in my head, but we got to see a slightly darker side to him in Untouched, the side that he is keeping from Deznee. Kale has always been a little stiff for my liking, but it is to be expected because of his upbringing, and I commend Accardo in keeping his character consistent while we were in his head.

I am going to assume that it was only because we were seeing her through Kale’s eyes and therefore there would undoubtedly be some rose coloured tinting, but Dez’s character was quite a bit more likeable than the previous book, there wasn’t as much time for her bravado and it made me like her a little more.

Untouched was full of funny moments when Kale had no idea what the people around him were talking about because of his trouble with keeping up with slang terms, but it was also as action packed, if not more because of the short length, as Touch. Right from the beginning I was sucked into the action, the subtle hints about what was to come and the final climax.

I would like to commend Accardo on her style of writing, many authors feel the need to let the bad guys go, which is beyond stupid as they always come back to kill the main characters, whereas Accardo kills people, and I like it. I almost had a moment during Untouched when I was about to scream in frustration, but it was quickly rectified by the offing of some horrible people. Their deaths made me happy.

Untouched was shorter than I expected, but fantastic none-the-less. It gave us a new angle on the story reading from Kale’s point of view, and some interesting insight into what may happen down the track.

Also in this series:

Touch
Toxic
Tremble

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Book Review: The Boy Recession by Flynn Meaney

Review: The Boy Recession
Author: Flynn Meaney
No of Pages: 246
Release Date: 7 August 2012

It’s all about supply and demand when a high school deals with the sudden exodus of male students.

The boy recession has hit Julius P. Heil High, and the remaining boys find that their stock is on the rise: With a little competition, even the most unlikely guys have a good chance at making the team and getting the girl. Guitar-strumming, class-skipping Hunter Fahrenbach never wanted to be a hot commodity, but the popular girls can’t help but notice his unconventional good looks. With a little work, he might even be boyfriend material.

But for down-to-earth Kelly Robbins, the boy recession is causing all sorts of problems. She has secretly liked her good friend Hunter for a while now, but how can she stand out in a crowd of overzealous Spandexers?

My Thoughts:

The Boy Recession was another excellent demonstration of Meaney’s amazing ability.

Hunter is a slacker, he never studies, has no extra-curricular activities and can’t really be bothered with trying, in any aspect of his life – he’s also clueless when it comes to girls.

Kelly is the girl that nobody sees, she blends into the crowd and she doesn’t mind most of the time, but when she realises she has developed a crush on Hunter, she wants to make sure she is at the front of the line of girls that have recently noticed that he’s cute.

The Boy Recession occurs when all of the hot/popular/jock guys leave Julius P Heil High en masse. The school needs to hold try-outs for an entirely new football team, but naturally it’s the girls that are affected most, some going to drastic lengths (like forcing boys into signing dating contracts) just to make sure they have a boyfriend.

The Boy Recession was one of the funniest books I have read this year, purely because where I live we currently are having a man-drought and I also come from a tiny school (even though it’s in the middle of a city) so I have personal experience in dealing with recessions and everyone knowing everyone else. Meaney manages to be so outrageous with her scenario and yet so accurate that it’s almost scary.

Meaney’s writing is once again absolutely incredible. It’s simple, it’s realistic. Meaney manages to get into the grittier subjects – like boy/girl sleepovers, girls being a little risky with the way they dress and act, boys’ at times taking advantage of their willingness, drugs, underage drinking, etc. – without it being heavy. It brings to the surface things that truly happen in high school without placing emphasis on it. Everything about The Boy Recession is light-hearted and yet it makes you think a little about how desperation and a sudden perceived need for something drive people a little crazy.

The romance aspect of this book was sweet and again not heavy, there were no confessions of love, no talk of forever, it was teen romance at its simplest and its finest. Hunter writes a song for Kelly but conceals her identity because he doesn’t even realise it’s about her yet.

The Boy Recession was absolutely fantastic; it had me chuckling from the very first chapter all the way to the very last. Meaney has a special talent for creating simple stories with outrageous characters in farfetched situations; she has me yearning for her next creation, whatever it may be.

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Book Review: Terminal Blend by Lori Pescatore

Review: Terminal Blend
Series: Blend Trilogy – Book 3
Author: Lori Pescatore
No of Pages: 205
Release Date: 26 October 2012

An Epic battle is brewing. Can Julie’s newly unleashed abilities help save her and her friends? Prepare for a war of otherworldly proportions where the unexpected becomes the norm and nothing is what it seems. Is Julie the key to saving the Earth and her people or will she once again need the help of her Earthling friends? Not everyone will survive as the playing field shifts and consequences will extend throughout the universe.

Terminal Blend is the final instalment in The Blend Trilogy. In Human Blend we met a girl named Julie on the run from her past. Her unique abilities made her hunted prey. Along the way she encountered some amazing people like Eli, an Earthling who wanted nothing more than to protect her and Marcus, who was like her and explained the truth of their origins. Add into the mix a boy named Austin, who unearthed a few secrets of his own. In Earth Blend we heard the back story to the supernatural creatures introduced in book one. In the final instalment, the lies mount and Julie must find a way to cope with the new threat that could destroy everything and everyone she holds dear. Come immerse yourself in the final chapter of this amazing trilogy.

My Thoughts:
What an amazing finish to this series.

Julie needs to learn to control her carnage, her newest and deadliest power that comes from being a blend, the problem is that the people who are supposed to be training her, don’t have her best interests at heart and wish to use her to fight an interplanetary war. On top of fighting her feelings for Eli because she is still in a relationship with Austin, Julie also has to juggle work, volunteering and training into her hectic schedule.

Julie was once again a character I really, really enjoyed. I think at the moment my love for her is emphasised by her willingness to ask for help. I have been reading quite a few YA books at the moment and all of the heroines feel the need to handle everything themselves, usually winding themselves up in more trouble than before, Julie however is highly intelligent, will stick to her guns when she feels something is right no matter how many people try to sway her and yet she will ask for help from those people in her life that she trusts. It makes for a very refreshing YA heroine.

Terminal Blend isn’t so much a paranormal book as it is a sci-fi novel and as someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy sci-fi, this small taste has me wanting more of the same. This little taste could potentially springboard me into a new genre, which is quite exciting.

Once again Pescatore sucked me into her world from the first page, her writing is addictive, there are errors throughout Terminal Blend but not so that it brought me out of the story. I felt that some of the devices she used in wrapping up the Blend universe were a little too convenient, certain people losing their memories, others seemingly unable to die and although the love triangle between Eli, Julie, and Austin was resolved it was done in a way that although I got the outcome I wanted, it felt like cheating because the issues were never really resolved.

The imagery in Terminal Blend regarding the intimate scenes between characters, the descriptions of new settings and characters and the overall flow of the story was once again the perfect mix to keep you interested but not overload on information, there is also always enough of a recap in case important past events have been forgotten since reading the previous books.

Although the ending was a little too convenient, I’m sad to see the end of the Blend trilogy but I am very excited for what Pescatore comes out with next, her writing is only getting better and her ideas have always been fantastic.

Also in this series:

Human Blend
Earth Blend

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Book Review: Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

Review: Perfect Scoundrels
Series: Heist Society – Book 3
Author: Ally Carter
No of Pages: 328
Release Date: 5 February 2013

Kat Bishop and W.W. Hale the Fifth were born to lead very different lives – her family are criminal masterminds, while he comes from an apparently perfect dynasty. But both families know how to stay under the radar while getting – or stealing – whatever they want.

When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion-dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she is tipped off about an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. Instead of being the heir, this time Hale might be the mark.

Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first she has to decide: is she willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy?

My Thoughts:
This was my first taste of the Heist Society and I can’t wait for more.

Kat is a thief, a con artist; she comes from an entire family of them. Her boyfriend Hale, on the other hand, is the unexpected heir of a billion-dollar company and fortune. But when Hale inherits his beloved grandmother’s company when she passes away, a long time guardian of his comes to Kat with suspicions that the will was not Hale’s grandmother’s true last wishes, that the will is a fake and Hale may possibly not be the heir.

Kat is torn between what she feels is right and Hale’s feelings, as an outsider in his own family she wants to protect him from the truth, but it nearly costs her dearly.

Kat was a fairly likeable character, although as with many YA heroines I have been reading of late, she just can’t seem to come to terms with the fact that it’s ok to tell people the truth. She’s highly intelligent, resourceful and can pull in favours from all over the world to get a job done, but no matter how smart or down to earth she may seem, she just can’t come clean to Hale.

Hale doesn’t have too much of a voice for me yet, as we were told the story through Kat’s eyes, at the beginning he seemed like he’d be more of a hindrance than a help, but Hale can hold his own when it comes to rolling with thieves.

I will freely admit, that after reading Carter’s Gallagher Girls series, and being less than impressed by it, I was a little hesitant to jump into Perfect Scoundrels, although the Heist Society series has been on my radar for quite some time, I never seemed to get around to it. Considering how magnificent and completely engrossing Perfect Scoundrels was, I may have to rectify my ways.

Carter’s writing is amazing, for me it always has been, flowing, engrossing and never lingering for too long in one place. We traversed three countries in about a page and a half at one point which at times I feel I took for granted the sheer scale of Kat’s adventures just because they were so skimmed over.

The only thing I really had a problem with when it came to Perfect Scoundrels was the ending; it was far too neat, far too wrapped up for me to feel like the characters grew from the experience. There was no trade off, no loss, everyone in a way got what they wanted in the end and everything was too perfect. No one really had to work for the ending because everything fell into place almost too conveniently. It made what was an outstanding read turn into a slightly unsatisfying finish therefore tarnishing the entire story for me.

Perfect Scoundrels is the third book in the Heist Society series, I read it without reading the first two books and I kept up just fine, for me Perfect Scoundrels works fantastically as a standalone with the option for another dive into a wonderful world.

Also in this series:
Heist Society
Uncommon Criminals

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Book Review: Touch by Jus Accardo

Review: Touch
Series: Denazen – Book 1
Author: Jus Accardo
No of Pages: 251
Release Date: 1 November 2011

When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.

Except there’s something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there’s more to this boy—and her father’s “law firm”—than she realized.

Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation—an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons—his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they’re caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.

A secret Kale will kill to protect.

My Thoughts:

If the rest of this series is going to be anything like the first book, then Accardo has written a winner.

Dez has parental issues; she does things just to annoy her father to see what kinds of reactions she can get out of him. She parties, keeps dubious company and makes sure to do the opposite of everything he says. So when he takes a shot at a random guy she just met, it’s Dez’s first instinct to side with the strange boy. As Dez learns more about Kale, more about herself and more about her father’s business she realizes that there is much more to life that antagonizing her dad.

Dez for me was a little all bark no bite. She talked herself up a lot, but I couldn’t really see her as a tough girl, she was a little stupid for my tastes but she also owned it. She wasn’t dumb in a way that it annoyed me, or detracted from her character, she is just naturally arrogant. If she were any different it wouldn’t have been believable and I think Accardo walked an amazing line between true teenaged rebel girl and annoying teenage stereotype.

Kale was an interesting character for me, he has no knowledge of the outside world after having been cooped up in a facility his entire life, and normal things are phenomenal to him. Again Kale irritated me slightly because of his serious nature, but again if were any different the story wouldn’t have been believable. I may prefer my men with a little more light-heartedness, but Kale wore the broody haunted male with such perfection that he couldn’t have been given to us any other way.

Accardo’s writing in Touch is incredible, there are so many minute lines that she is treading with her mix of teen angst and romance, action and suspense. It could have been a cliché but instead it was an exhilarating ride right from the very first scene. Accardo’s characters weren’t typical of YA and that is what I love most about them, they were normal teens, but even more so they were rational.

Kale is in love with Dez, she is the first person he has ever been able to touch without her being turned to dust in front of him so he thinks that she is the one for him. While Dez feels the same for Kale she has that rationality behind her thoughts which she voices more than once, that while she may love Kale she is pretty sure that if he were able to touch anyone else without killing them, he may lose his infatuation with her. There isn’t that idiotic mentality of destined, true-love which seems to be the theme of today’s YA. Accardo’s romance was realistic.

I think this is why I loved Touch so much; that as fantastical as it may be, it was rational to the point where it was realistic, and it was believable. Touch is one of those stories that makes you think – you know, she has a point, who says some of us can’t have a mutant sixth chromosome – magic wasn’t really a player in Touch, there was science behind it which gave it it’s backing and although I love magic, sometimes I want a rational way to believe that superpowers could be real. Touch does that for me.

Accardo had me hooked on her world from the first page. Her characters weren’t my regular cup of tea, but I loved them all the same because they were real, they were fleshed out, they had real problems and real feelings and things weren’t forced to fit the story.

Touch was a treat for me to read because it strays from the stereotypes of the YA genre without moving into a completely new category, I loved it from start to finish and I am absolutely itching to get my hands on the next in this series, Toxic.

Also in this series:

Untouhed
Toxic
Tremble

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