The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

Synopsis

Six were taken. Eleven years later, five come back–with no idea of where they’ve been.

Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to.

Until today. Today five of those kids return. They’re sixteen, and they are . . . fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn’t really recognize the person she’s supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they’re entirely unable to recall where they’ve been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn’t come back. Everyone wants answers. Most of all Max’s sister Avery, who needs to find her brother–dead or alive–and isn’t buying this whole memory-loss story

 

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Review

 I received this ARC for a  honest review.

This is not a style of book i would normally read, but i was presently  suprised.

So the story begins much as the the cover says eleven years ago six kindergartners disappeared without a trace. Now five are back.

The Leaving creates a intriguing story  concept. That appears to be so real that  you could so easily imagine  seeing it on the news head lines around the world. Which makes it all the more chilling.

The Leaving is told through a three person  perspectives. Lucas and Scarlett are two of the returned children and Avery the sister of Max, the boy who is still missing. 

Everyone wants answers, but are they prepared for what they will discover.

With no real memories of their lives todate the 5 teenages must not only rediscover who they are, likes dislike, but also learn about their family.

I was surprised that i found myself  enjoying  this book, as i was pulled into this world. The Leaving is going to be a little of a hit or miss with people. It is going to be a book that you are either going to like or not.
Having said that i think this is a book that you should give a chance.

 

Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

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Synopsis

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Review.

Wow honestly just OMG WOW  I know this is no way to start a review but I am honestly speech less.  I am sitting here look at the book,  just shocked and surprised by the the events and the ending. It is very realy that I am left so shocked  and/or  emotional at the end of a book. But there is something about Sarah writing that invokes such feelings in me when I read her stories.

A Court of Mist and Fury  is a incredable story and I would have to say one of the best sequals I have ever read.

Now If you havent read A Court of Thorns and Rose, stop now as this is the second book in this series. I really don’t know where to start as I don’t want to give anything away. So I will keep this short.

Set in the months after defeating Amarantha and setting everyone free. Feyre  is trying to adjust to her new life and world. But she is struggling to deal with the guilt over the prices she paid and she is unable to escape the feeling that she’s trapped. Plagued by nightmares, she is slowly falling into a dark place where she fears there will be no escape.  Unfortunately  Tamlin is not helping the situation, as he does not seem to see what is happening to her. It is almost like he has filters on and only see the beautiful  Feyre that he feel in love with, not the husk that she is becoming. Not to mention that his over bearing protective nature becoming worse, as he is consumed by the fear of failing to protect her. 
Then there is Rhysand, the High Lord of the dreaded Night Court, who’s bargain with  Feyre  to spend one week a month with his could be more then it appears.  Rhys also believes war is coming, and he needs Feyre help for his dangerous scheme to work. As Feyre travels between courts and explores the consequences of her resurrection, she learns more about Prythian, its history, and what the gifts the high lords gave her are. While there Feyre see a world and side  to Rhysand  that she never imaged.  Could he be the one to save her from the darkness or will he just push her further?
There world and characters  Sarah J Maas creates is so vivid, that it feels as if you are pulled into the book and are a part of their world.  Which is something I truly love about her stories.  From the spring court to Night Court and everything in-between. We are also introduce to a array of new characters that become fundamental figures in Feyre’s world.
A Court of Mist and Fury is full of twist and turns at will leave you dying to know what happens next. This is a must read for 2016.  I cannot wait to find out what will happen next. Let’s just hope that we are not waiting too long.

http://sarahjmaas.com/
http://www.bloomsbury.com/author/sarah-j-maas

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare

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Synopsis

In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

Review

Welcome back  to the world of Shadowhunters. It’s been five years since the events that brought the Shadowhunters world to the brink of oblivion. 

Now living at the LA Institute  with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma Carstairs   is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering the truth behind her parents death.

When bodys begin to turn up that match her parents Emma knows that she  must trust her instincts  and investigate without the claves knowlage. Complicating  the situation is Julian’s brother Mark,who is being used as a bargaining chip by the fae.

Honestly  i did struggle to get into it at the start. It felt like there was alot of padding beforeyou actually  get into the story. However once it get past this it  pulls you in.

One thing we know that Cassandra Clare does well is a forbidden romances, and this is definitely no exception. The other is betrayal by someone trusted and closeto you and Lady Midnight  is no different.

There is also a small cameo from Clary, Jace and Magnus. Which allowed us to have a small look into were they are now.

For those who love the world of Shadowhunters i think you will really enjoy this. However if you haven’t  read any of Cassandra Clare previous  Shadowhunters series i think this my get a little lost of you. As even thought it is written  as a new series  it is set after  and has reference  to the latter.