Mercury Striking (The Scorpius Syndrome #1) by Rebecca Zanetti

mercury strikingBlurb: With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynn Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man—a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He’s more than muscle and firepower—and in post-plague L.A., he’s her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynn is the single most volatile—and vulnerable—creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax Mercury…

Danger has never looked quite so delicious…

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5 stars

Hot damn! This guy is an alpha and he is totally unapologetic about it.  I kinda like it.  How he just tells you what he is doing and knows its not right but he does it anyway.  Why? Cause its a new world and shit needs to get done.  In most books with alpha’s I tend to gloss over their domineering, possessive and sexist attitudes  because the story usually has a great ending.

But in this story the behavior is explained in a way that almost makes you think, oh yeah, I see why he needs to act that way.  And the next thing you know, you are on board with his alpha traits.  Wait? What happened?

And Lynne is a bad ass in her own right.  She is dangerously smart, knows how to shoot a gun if needed and had nothing to lose, making her doubly dangerous.   But when she sees how Mercury has his compound organized with everyone working together, it gives her a bit of hope.  And she can’t help but fall for the closed off yet sweet when-no-one-is-looking asshole.

Favorite Quotes

A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have. —Abraham Lincoln

“You go from calling her a dangerous carrier to asking if she’s good to look at?” “Yeah,” Tace drawled. “There’s something sexy about a woman so dangerous she can kill you by biting your finger. Is our great hope pleasing to the eye?”

“How do you know so much?” “Books.” He idly played with her hair. “The judge who gave me the choice of military or prison kept in touch, and he loved philosophy and literature. He would send me books all over the world. At first I read just because I owed him. Then I read because I grew. Finally, I read because the words began to make sense.”

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. —Helen Keller

 Jax studied his group of closest confidants, his mind settling. He had an excellent doctor who might be turning into a Ripper, a former LAPD officer who couldn’t shoot worth shit and wanted to gossip more than fight, and a former special-ops killing machine with an agenda he wouldn’t share. Not to mention a woman in the other room who’d stolen his heart and wore a bull’s-eye on hers. “Do you ever just stop and wonder how the hell you ended up here?” he asked. “All the time,” Tace and Raze said in unison, while Sami just nodded.
Go read this.

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Out of This World by Patricia Eimer

Blurb:
30819179.jpgEngaged to a murderous, intergalactic warlord, Capridocian Princess Corripraxis is running for her life and crash lands on Earth, where large creatures moo at her, threatening to expose her as an alien. If she can just get some help—in the form of the very attractive Earth male who just pulled up in a tow truck—she can hunker down in the Martian colony until she figures out her next move, right?

One hunky Marine. One sexy alien. One deranged intergalactic warlord. What could go wrong?

At the scene of an accident, a sexy woman asks ex-Marine Mattias Cadiz to take her to Roswell NM. He really should be getting on with living a nice, sane—quiet—life, because the very pretty Corri is probably on her way to the annual Convention with the other alien-crazy wackos. Still, no way he can refuse such a gorgeous, if confused, violet-eyed beauty.

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My Review:
2.5 stars — I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

This book was not a match for me, and to be honest I should have just DNF’d it.  But I always feel like I should give books I get for free a bigger shot somehow, and so I pushed forward.  I don’t know that I can articulate my expectations from the blurb, but it just did not match up with those expectations in the end.  I expected a rom-com I guess, and theoretically that’s what I got, but the problem was that the humour didn’t work for me.  I even tried explaining the book to my husband, and apparently I did a piss poor job b/c he said the book sounded awful.  *sigh*  But trying to explain to my husband that while the humour didn’t work for me, it might for others was like…I don’t know.  Something impossible.  Brain’s not working right now.

So one of my biggest problems is that I couldn’t suspend my disbelief.  Right from the first page I was questioning things: if they have tentacles, how are they punching in numbers?  Wouldn’t they have a different interface?  And the next few examples might be minorly spoilery, so be warned.  How does she eat metal in her cloaked body?  Or is it just an illusion, and her teeth are just really strong?  If she eats metal, then what happens when she consumes human food?  Wouldn’t her digestive system work differently then?  If she watches TV from Earth, then why wouldn’t she know water is blue and earth is brown?  Also, how is she reading books from Earth if there has been no contact?

Honestly, it felt like the author just decided to think up the wackiest characteristics for her aliens without giving them any sense of realism and believability.  Which is probably ok for some people, but I’m not that person apparently.  Heck, I wasn’t even happy that Mattias sometimes had a limp, other times had a prosthetic and yet we never seem him taking care of his fake limb or anything.  *sigh*  I’m too much of a details girl.

So even ignoring all of that, I didn’t even really like either of the main characters.  I didn’t swoon over Mattias, and I didn’t really feel connected to Corri at all.  I was probably more interested in Brandt and Daria.  Or even Flo and Bub.

For me it was just a book trying a bit too hard to be funny without hitting its mark in my opinion.  And in the end I didn’t really get anything else from it either — romance, action, suspense…drama.  It just fell flat for me.

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Remember Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

Blurb:
30334744Remember Jamie Baker is the explosive and long awaited conclusion to the Jamie Baker trilogy. With all the action of the best superhero science fiction and epic romance as only bestselling teen romance author Kelly Oram can write, this book will have you laughing, swooning, and wanting to save the world!

Plagued by memory loss, Jamie Baker searches high and low for the answers to who she is, where she comes from, and why she’s able to do things other humans can’t. A not-so-simple task when she’s hiding from the people responsible for her amnesia—an evil scientific research company that wants to capture her at any cost.

When Jamie’s quest for the truth reveals a devastating betrayal from the one person she thought she could trust, she’s forced to team up with a secret military organization in order to ensure her safety and stop Visticorp’s horrific human experimenting once and for all.

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My Review:
4.5 stars — SO WORTH THE WAIT!!!  OK, so technically I didn’t wait as long as some fans, b/c I put off reading book 2 when I first got it because I knew the conclusion didn’t have a release day yet (or heck, was even written).  But even if I had been waiting those few years, it would have been worth it.  I LOVED Being Jamie Baker (4.5 star rounded up to 5), and then was majorly conflicted and a bit let down by More Than Jamie Baker (3.5 star rounded down to 3), so I was uncertain how the series would end.  BUT OMG.  Well, as you can see, I loved it.  Like seriously, everything I loved about this series was just there and present, and all the things that detracted from it for me were mitigated and reasonable.

I felt like in book 2 there was so much Teddy and, well, I hated him, so that really worried me coming into this book.  Especially b/c Jamie was so oblivious to him.  But none of my worries were founded in this book.  Teddy was still there, but in a much more behind the scenes capacity that made me so relieved.  And Jamie still felt compassion towards him, which given who Jamie is – it makes sense.  But she wasn’t blinded to all his faults.  THANK THE BABY JESUS.  So while he still causes all kinds of grief, it all worked much better in the book for me.  Seriously, you cannot know how relieved I am.

The memory loss thing was intriguing.  I didn’t expect it to take over so much of the plot, but I guess that’s because I didn’t really think about what all it would mean for Jamie.  But it was well done.  Occasionally I had moments where my interest waned, but that could be because I’ve had too much life stuff going on at the time I was reading this, and so I couldn’t just read and devour like I normally would.

Ryan Miller was everything we love about Ryan Miller and more.  If you thought you were in love with him before, prepare to fall in love even more.  He is such a funny character, b/c he is so sweet and positive and thoughtful, but he’s also this arrogant and kind of cocky guy…but somehow it’s endearing.

The chemistry was through the roof.  OMG.  Superkisses.  I forgot how much I love superkisses.

The side characters were AMAZING!!!  I LOVED all of them, from the Major, to the new Aces, to Abiodun, but especially Tyson!!!  They added so much and I just adored the scenes where they were all bantering back and forth.  What a great military family.

And the ending was perfection.  From the edge of your seat climax, to the more epilogue-esque conclusion.  I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to go, and though I would have been satisfied with any number of ways, Ms. Oram wrote it perfectly and beyond my expectations as usual.  Seriously.  I want to read it again, and probably will when I have time to soak it all in with no distractions.

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SuperNova by Liz Long

Blurb:
29473487The streets of Arcania are overrun with crime, deteriorating as a madman named Fortune makes himself at home. He shows no mercy, striking down anyone in his path – including Nova Benson’s little sister. Devastated, Nova vows to seek justice for her family, but aside from her freak strength and impenetrable skin, how is she supposed to stop a monster like Fortune?

Cole Warner wants to help people. Entrusted to keep his family’s secret, he’s also frustrated at having to hide his gift. He knows he could do more to help in the fight against Fortune. If he could convince his sister Penelope to join him, they might even have a chance at beating him. When Cole meets Nova, he realizes his whole world is about to change. And he’s going to welcome it with open arms.

Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan.

Then again, neither was becoming a superhero.

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My Review:
3 stars — I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

Honestly, I could even go lower to 2.5 stars with this book, but I’m trying to shake off the negativity.  This book just wasn’t a match for me, and practically right from the start.  I can honestly say that I didn’t feel any emotion at Starling’s death (the little sister from the blurb, not a spoiler).  And right there that’s not a great sign.  I mean, if I’m not tapping into an author’s writing enough to feel emotion from a murder of a loved one, then it’s probably not a good match.  But I hate DNFing ARCs without giving it a fair shake, so I kept going.  And quite frankly it didn’t pick up for me until around the time Cole appeared in the story and we got his POV.  And not because he was necessarily book boyfriend material for me personally, but I thought he was a sweet and genuine person, and there was a bit more intriguing stuff coming into play with more gifted individuals.

So, basically, Nova was a dud for me.  On the surface we’re told she’s going through a lot, and sometimes I definitely felt her despair, but just not as I’d hoped I would I guess.  I didn’t really appreciate her habit of talking to herself, but that’s a Lenore taste thing, not necessarily a bad thing in general.  And on a side note, her friendship with Amber confused me.  I know she supposedly wasn’t as close to her but still liked her and whatnot, but she could be a bit superior in her own head with so much of the high school stuff.

My biggest problem with this story is that it constantly had me furrowing my brow in confusion and disbelief.  I do NOT understand the choices that the characters made.  I was constantly thinking “Seriously?  No one’s going to call the police, you’re just going to leave?”  “Seriously?  They have a major encounter with the bad guy, and they just easily run away and then it’s like a date and they don’t even really look at the news or anything to find out what happened?”  Sorry, I’m trying to be somewhat vague so as not to give spoilers, but the sequence of events in the plot just baffled me.

And the PARENTS!!!  Yet another story where they exist on the peripheral and just do not come into play basically ever.  Her father is a freaking lawyer, and she never updates him on her activities, or asks him how things are going on his end?  Cole and Pen’s father seems to be in the know on all things gifted, but we NEVER meet him?  I mean, I sort of get it, but it was too frustrating to me.

And crap, I’ve started getting ranty, so I’m going to stop.  Because that’s so unfair.  Basically this one just didn’t have enough good stuff sucking me in to want to continue with the series.  It was definitely not a match to my reading personality.  I will say that I’m glad I continued on and didn’t DNF b/c we did get some good stuff (particularly in Cole’s POV), and I enjoyed the sweet romance, even if it was a bit slow for my taste.  I just wish that someone was there to answer all my questions.  😛

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More Than Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

Synopsis:
18690119Jamie Baker, the only girl in the world with superpowers, has now accepted who she is and learned to control her power. Not to mention she has the best boyfriend on the planet. Life is finally looking good. But the day she witnesses an accident and decides not to save the guy out of fear of being exposed, she realizes that simply being Jamie Baker isn’t enough.

After seeing Jamie so wrecked with guilt, the ever-helpful Ryan Miller decides it’s time to make all of his fantasies about turning his girlfriend into an honest-to-goodness superhero become a reality.

Of course, coming up with a decent Super Name and fending off all of Ryan’s attempts to get her into spandex aren’t the only problems Jamie faces. The more her alter ego starts to make headlines, the harder it becomes for Jamie to hide her extracurricular activities from her best friend, the government, radical scientists, and the mysterious new guy who is determined to steal her from her boyfriend.

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My Review:
3.5 stars — Oooooo, majorly conflicted!!!  (also, spoilers for book one if you haven’t read it)

OK, so part of my problem is that I kind of got a bit spoiled on parts of this book, just from being in Ms. Oram’s fan club on Facebook and seeing parts of discussions go by no matter how much I tried to avoid them like the plague.  I can honestly say I don’t know how my thoughts on different parts would have played out if I’d been able to read this book organically without seeing any discussion about it.  So if you haven’t read this book yet, TRY WITH EVERYTHING IN YOU to do a better job of avoiding reading anything about it, b/c apparently people don’t realize what is a spoiler (even just small things).  So there’s a part of me that’s disappointed in that, though there’s a tiny other part of me that thinks I may have noticed things happening and figured things out early on even without the spoiler.  And yes, I get that I’m being extremely vague, but I’m trying to avoid what was done to me, you know??  (perhaps I’ll add a spoiler section to my Goodreads review so I can discuss it)

OK, so I loved having Ryan and Jamie back.  I was super surprised that this book was a bit after the end of BJB.  For some reason I guess I just expected it to pick right up where the first book left off, not be a year later(ish).  But it was nice to see Ryan and Jamie fully entrenched in their relationship and enjoying each other.  I loved their banter and sweet moments, but occasionally I felt like something was missing between the two of them…but I can’t pinpoint it, so maybe it was just that I love them so much I always want more.

I am still conflicted about the Mike/Becky subplot.  There are parts of me that enjoyed the uniqueness of how it was dealt (what story actually bothers to pay any attention to the rapist?), but it’s just inherently uncomfortable then and I’m honestly not sure how forgiving a person I am personally.  I was also still kind of blown away that Jamie kept it from Ryan, no matter how she rationalized it.

And while I enjoyed Jamie’s conflict over the accident situation, I sometimes felt like it was drawn out longer than I was expecting…or maybe not drawn out so much as revisited too often.

I loved seeing her become Chelsea’s Angel, though I was disappointed that her disguise wasn’t very disguising.  But her heroics were so very Jamie-like, she really embraced that role.

Having seen teasers for the 3rd book, and having left reading this book so late, I wasn’t at all surprised or taken aback by the epilogue to this book…so I guess it didn’t bother me as much as it seems to have with other people.  I could totally see it happening in that way.

My basic problem with this book all centers around one element.  And unfortunately it’s a major element.  So I’m unsure how I’m going to enjoy the next book since that element still exists.  It’s having me waffling between rounding down or up on this one, and I honestly didn’t expect that since I loved BJB so much.  So like I said, very conflicted.  It had a lot of great elements, but that one could just overshadow all the good ones.  😦

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Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram

Synopsis:
perf5.250x8.000.inddAn accident that should end in tragedy instead gives seventeen-year-old Jamie Baker a slew of uncontrollable superhuman abilities. To keep her secret safe Jamie socially exiles herself, earning the title of Rocklin High’s resident ice queen. But during a supercharged encounter with star quarterback Ryan Miller she literally kisses anonymity goodbye. Now the annoyingly irresistible Ryan will stop at nothing to melt the heart of the ice queen and find out what makes her so special. Unfortunately, Ryan is not the only person on to her secret. Will Jamie learn to contain her unstable powers before being discovered by the media or turned into a government lab rat? More importantly, can she throw Ryan Miller off her trail before falling in love with him?

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My Review:
ORIGINAL REVIEW: 4.5 stars — Oh Ryan. If I had book boy crushes, you would definitely be on the list. I love how I start the review with the boy. There is so much more to this book than just the romance, but it was seriously adorable. I really enjoyed that this wasn’t an alternate world where paranormal things are real, but our world with an accident-altered girl in it. I loved Jamie’s parents. Not all YA really show a lot of parents, and it was so nice to see them in this one and reacting in believable ways most of the time. There were so many different little ….themes isn’t the right word…topics that this book touched on besides being an enjoyable action romance. I loved the resolution with Becky and that tie in.  I will admit the nemesis caught me a little off guard, but in the end I could buy it. I loved that Jamie wasn’t always that….uh….stable in her reactions. With all she’s dealt with, it was just such a realistic way of dealing with things. Anyways, I don’t even know what I’m saying anymore. And of course the Ryan POV’s just absolutely made my day. I really love that guy.

ON REREAD: 4.5 stars — Yup, I still loved it!!  Brett kept teasing me b/c I had so many moments where I had the biggest fricking grin all over my face.  The interactions between Ryan and Jamie were just so adorable sometimes.  I LOVED how positive he could be most of the time.  And Jamie was quite realistic.  Lots of teenage angst, but so believable in her circumstances.  I still wasn’t sure about the Becky/Mike resolution, but in the end I guess things can be handled in a multitude of different ways depending on the people and the situation.  Can’t wait to finally move on to book 2 now, and then soon book 3 will be here!!!

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Revolution by Shelly Crane

Synopsis:
13564272.jpgIn the fourth and final installment, everything is on the line. Merrick’s life is in the balance and Lily is their only hope. Ellie and her new powers are miraculous, but also problematic; if she’s with the bunker family, they won’t be able to sense when the Lighters are there. There are many new members to the bunker and sparks will fly, and with the food shortage, they will all have plenty to deal with. Miguel is intrigued with Rylee, her past and her spunk. Ryan and Elli are barely scratching the surface of their relationship. Cain and Lillian will have to deal with Daniel, who has no qualms about showing his true feelings for her. And Sherry and Merrick…what will happen to this happenstance family who have worked so hard to come together? Can they all survive? Can they all withstand the new enemy that is right outside their door? Can they beat the Lighters, once and for all…

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My Review:
4 stars — OK, this review is going to be a little lackluster, as all my reviews seem to be when I go on a vacation in the middle of a book.  I really have to stop doing that, b/c I just end up forgetting what I was feeling for the beginning of the book.  And the middle.  🙂  My husband suggested I just reread it, but I’m not that ambitious.

OK, enough talk.  So all in all I thought this was a pretty solid conclusion to the series.  It maintained the feel of all the rest of the books having a bunch of mini climaxes instead of one big one.  I think that was one part that kind of disappointed me in the end…for some reason I was still expecting some big battle at the end, and so it was kind of anti-climactic for me.  I mean, I knew they kept saying Lily was the key, but it just felt like a bit of a cop out easy ending.  Not enough strife or something.  Maybe it’s because there’s little strife all along.  So yeah, I enjoyed the series as a whole, but I’m not sure the format is necessarily my favourite.  Apparently I just can’t get past the normal flow of stories.

Now with that being said, I did thoroughly enjoy the earlier mini climaxes.  Holy crap, the needs warehouse section was crazy!!  That seriously had me on pins and needles, and I loved the little developments there.

I also loved getting into Ryan’s head in this book!  I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for him, so that was pretty sweet…and it added a little something different to the Keeper storyline…  (course now that I’m thinking about it, I can’t remember if that was new to this book, or if we got into his head in book 3…it’s hard to keep it straight when you read them all in a row like this)

And I really enjoyed the introduction of Chesser as a character.  I thought that little bit of plot was really intriguing.

So there was lots of goodness, I was just a bit let down with the way the big fight played out.  I did really appreciate that we got some bits of epilogue, b/c I was going to have a ton of questions otherwise and would have felt unfulfilled.  Course then it made my brain start going with questions of what this all looked like in the rest of the world, but I decided that suspension of disbelief was the way to go.  Initially I remember this being my favourite series of Ms. Crane’s, but I think Significance has it beat now that I’ve reread and finally finished it.

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Purity by Evangeline Anderson

PuritySynopsis: K is a fourth level Paladin and a servant of Purity—the holy nothingness she has been taught to revere and aspire to from childhood. Born on a sexless world from an artificial womb, K was fitted with a black mesh skinsuit at the tender age of nine. The suit nourishes and defends her from enemies and serves as her main weapon in the holy war her people have declared on the rest of the universe. It also eradicates even the slightest traces of emotion. Leading her purge squad in a never-ending mission to rid the universe of the Impure, K is accustomed to killing or enslaving everyone she meets.

That is, until she meets Boone.

Boone is a doctor and geneticist from Colossus—a heavy G world which has rendered the people who inhabited it larger and stronger than regular humans. He’s more than happy to stay on his own planet and do research—until his little sister is taken by Purists and delivered to the pshalite mines. Frantic to rescue her, he hatches a desperate plot—capture a Paladin and use the enemy pawn to gain access to where his sister is being held. K falls into his net—but not without a fight. When she is wounded in the battle, Boone is forced to cut off her skinsuit in order to save her life.

Now, removed from her comforting routine and separated from the parasitic suit, K is beginning to change. Her body is blossoming and her mind is opening. For the first time in her life she can feel…whether she wants to or not. In order to survive in her new environment she has to cooperate with Boone.

However, she soon finds that it isn’t just her body he holds prisoner…
but also her heart.

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4 Stars

This book is FREE!!!! (I don’t know for how long though) This book is a stand alone and can be categorized as a sci-fi romance.  I got this based off a recommendation from The Bohemian Housewife blog. I don’t think I have ever read a sci-fi romance before, at least not any that were this sexually graphic.

The title really caught my eye and the fact that it was free, so I snagged it up.  When I started reading the book I was real excited because I really liked the concept of her never having touched a person before and all the psychology that went with it.  She had never had any food in her life. I mean, imagine how someone would react to that kind of stimuli.  It was quite frankly fascinating to read.  The author had the descriptions and the dialogue down with those experiences.

But then something strange happened about halfway through the book, it turned into this romance that became very explicit.  While I do love me some sexy bits in a book, the beginning and the end didn’t merge well with me for some reason.  Her sexuality became a major focus.  It was almost laughable to me, not sure if the author meant it to be.  The feelings seemed genuine but the physicality of the characters didn’t ring true, I didn’t buy into the whole sexual rage being a serious issue.  I’m glad its a stand alone because while I enjoyed the book, I don’t have the patience to start another series right now.

Still, I would rec this book to lovers of sci-fi romance.  (Seriously, I didn’t know this was a real genre, learn something new every day I suppose)

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Catalyst (Collide #3) by Shelly Crane

Synopsis:
12202480In the third installment of the Collide series, we start off with Sherry, taken prisoner in the enforcement facility. The little bunker family must now decide whether it’s worth the risk to try to save her or if it would bring doom to them all. Lily has started showing signs of her gift progressing, which may not be a desirable thing. And as Marissa starts to act strangely, Jeff must come to terms that there may be more to her illness that meets the eye.
Daniel, the Lighter who shocked Lillian with his human emotions will reappear, but for what purpose? Will Sherry be rescued before it’s too late? Will Daniel prove to be a genuine miracle? Will Cain be able to fully get over his love for Sherry and move on with Lillian? And how much more trouble can the new Taker cause for the rebels?
Some will make it and some won’t as the story continues…

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My Review:
ORIGINAL REVIEW: 5 stars — Well, if you’re on the 3rd book, you gotta know you’re sucked right in, so are the reviews even relevant anymore?  I mean, could you really not read the rest?  Might go down to 4.5 stars, but can’t decide once I get this far in a series unless there is something really bad.  At least the cliffhanger wasn’t as bad as I was expecting.  Love the characters, love the world….looking forward to more.

ON REREAD: 4.5 stars — OK, now this is what I’m talking about!!  Holy cow was there lots of happenings in this one!!!  I can’t believe I waited 4 years before getting to finally read the conclusion, I must have been crazy!!  Lots of great characters to love, a crazy amount of suspense and action at times (at least to me), and some delicious romance in the middle.  I have no idea how this series is going to end, it’s going to be epic!!

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Uprising (Collide #2) by Shelly Crane

Another reread 4 years later, so will have original review as well as reread review.

Synopsis:
11997316Sherry and Merrick’s story continues in this sequel to Collide. In this installment, we come face to face with old acquaintances and new friends and new enemies. Things will change for all of them especially when a little girl is found and everyone’s loyalties are tested. A revelation may upset the delicate balance they’ve all tried so hard to set. There’s new love, new rivalries and new transformations in the continuing series of Collide.

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My Review:
ORIGINAL REVIEW:  5 stars — Yeah, completely sucked in to this series…  I think I know why people may have found it boring (or the first book or whatever)….it’s b/c you actually get to read some happy time stuff…I LOVE that.  It’s not just conflict and craziness, but the occasional chapter of feel good love stuff.  It was very satisfying….  Only thing that made me want to dock it a half star was the explanation for the loss of the light of the moon….that was terrible.  Seriously.  I don’t know why it bothered me, but luckily it was only a tiny sub point on a page…it just stuck out.  Was it just me??  OK, on to the 3rd — woop woop!

REREAD: 4 stars — I figured out that I am reading an old copy of the books, so I won’t talk about any editing mistakes, since it wouldn’t be accurate to the current available copy of the books.  I really need to talk to Amazon about getting that fixed…grr.  (besides which, it wasn’t as bad as the first book.  Still there, but more easily looked over)

So the loss of a star from the first read to this one was just that I found the characters could be a bit one dimensional or something….I’m not entirely sure what it is, but occasionally Sherry would get on my nerves.  She was almost too good you know?  I mean, I know that’s her character, but it got to be a bit unbelievable at times.  Maybe I’m just more cynical 4 years down the line??

But I LOVED that we got to see more POVs in this book, and I loved the developments with Cain and Lillian.  I almost find them to be more interesting than Merrick and Sherry.  There’s a bit more grit to them or something.

And the obstacles and climaxes in this book!  Hoowee!!  It felt like I’d just started the book and we already had our first crazy encounter with Lighters and Markers, and then it just kept building in Part 1!  Then we got a bit more of a break, but with some great developments, and then we got first the Cain/Billings/Lillian/Daniel craziness and then that ending!!!  Definitely sucked in and just want to keep reading the rest of this series!  I’m remembering more of why I was so enthralled in the first place, and even with my issues with characters I’m loving it!!

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