Recent Reads is a way for me to round up books that I have read recently that are either too small to really give a detailed review of them, or are books read for fun with no review notes taken.
This was a quick read that's free on wattpad. I really liked getting to see where Cinder came from and her initial meeting with her new family. Although I knew what was coming it was still sad to see what happened to her family and how she ended up with the family she 'lives' with.
This isn't an essential read for the series, but one that really can't be missed.
It's been a while since I last visited this world, only really having read the first novella and story. I wanted to pick this up to job my memory in the hopes I get to the next book soon.
Fearless was a quick read but I did like getting a glimpse into Hunter's life before we see him in Storm. Seeing how his home life is was not something I expected, and part of me did feel sorry for what he Dad was telling him. I liked seeing the relationship develop between him and Clare, and I would like to see if anything else becomes of it as the series continues.
Isolation wasn't what I expected, I went into this expecting a different war, but I did enjoy getting to see Heron in another role, both as an undercover agent, but also her 'birth' and learning journey.
Isolation lets us she another side to her, and gives some background information into why Heron acts like she does, being more human than other partials. I think if I had read this before I started this series, I may have liked Heron more than I did. This isn't really an essential read for the series, but it is very worth while.
My Soul to Lose is the first novella in the Soul Screamers series, and it gives us a bit of background information on Kaylee, and what we can expect from her. Reading My Soul to Lose I did feel sorry for Kaylee and what she goes through, but I also think it was essential for her guardians to see the effects of what can happen by leaving Kaylee where she was.
My Soul to Lose also introduces us to a face we see later on in the series, who plays a very important role in the series itself.
Last Request is set between the second to last and last chapters of With All My Soul. We get to see Tod and Nash's point of view, how they are moving on with thier lives and what has changed since the incident. I really enjoyed the shop part of Last Request and the consequences of it..I may have literally laughed out loud at one point or another.
Going into Fearless I know what happens, having finished this series several years ago. But a recent reshuffle of my bookshelves found me picking up volume four in the Souls Screamers collection, and realising that although I thought I had finished this series, I still had a few novellas to read.
Sabine was someone who I hated with a passion, I disliked her attitude and the way she had to interfere with things between Nash and Kaylee. But I think by the time I ended this series my opinions had changed about her. Reading Fearless gives me the chance to see where all that anger and hatred came from, and why she made it so hard for me to like her.
For those who have yet to venture into this world (I ask what are you waiting for) Sabine is a Mara, capable of reading people's fears, and feeding off them as they dream. The beginning of Fearless sees Sabine being placed in yet another home, with the warning that this is her final chance, mess up again and end up in the juvenile correctional complex, which is basically the same as hell. Holser House, a place for troubled teens is sure to be a feast for a Mara, but a few days into her stay Sabine finds out its not as much as a feast, it's more of a famine. Something is wrong with the girls and she is determined to find out what it is.
Fearless was just as good as I remember this series to be. I really liked seeing Sabine away from Nash, Tod, and Kaylee and how she is just as feisty as ever. I liked the progression of this story and the ending of this explains some history from the Soul Screamers series. I will admit, that after reading Fearless and seeing what Sabine goes through towards the end of the book, I can see where her resentment and possessiveness comes from...and it may be partly justified.
Very quick read that explains a lot of thing for the series itself. I liked visiting this world again and really can't wait to pick up the final book in this series next year.
Origins: The Fire is a quick, and dramatic read, but is one that also leaves you wanting to pick up the first book again.