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'Of Silver and Beasts' Cover Reveal

Friday, March 29, 2013 Geraldine 0 Comments


Of Silver and Beasts (A Goddess Wars Novel)
Release Date: June 1, 2013
Genre: New Adult Dark Fantasy
Cover Reveal Organized by: YA Bound
Cover Designed by: Steven Novak

Summary from Goodreads:
In the sand-covered queendom of Cavan, the goddess once saved a young Kaliope’s life, preventing the mercury her father attempted to hide in her blood from reaching her heart. Now, a cybernetic clamp filters it, but the silver streaks swirling faintly beneath her skin are a constant reminder that she’s different.

When nineteen- year-old Kaliope is chosen as head of the Nactue Guard, she becomes the sworn protector to her empress. In the midst of an invasion on a neighboring land, Kaliope is placed in charge of guarding Prince Caben, the last heir to his kingdom. But when they’re attacked by the feared Otherworlders, Caben and Kaliope are abducted and taken below to a realm where they must fight for their life in a caged arena. 

Kaliope struggles to protect her princely charge, keeping him and herself alive while battling inhumanly opponents, and trying to save the stolen, sacred relic that will restore her empress’s life force and all of Cavan. And if she can somehow awaken the goddess within her, she may save what’s most important.


***Excerpt***

I open my mouth to say something comforting, but I’m unsure of what. In this moment, I’m reminded that I know little about him. Other than the sarcasm and desire to understand nothing of my queendom, he hasn’t allowed me past the surface. But then, I have my own walls, hiding things I’d never want him or any other to know. And I understand that need to hide them. You can’t trust anyone. “Caben…” I start, but still can’t find the right words. He lowers his hand from his face, never taking his eyes off the glinting water top. “You’re right,” he finally says. “Let’s find the access to Lilly’s section.” A hollow pang hits my chest, and I’m not sure why. Something in his voice sounds lost, broken. I imagine the gears around my heart spinning faster, trying to keep up with my racing heart. When he sidesteps me, I reach out and grab his arm. “Caben, I didn’t mean—” “It’s fine, Kal,” he snaps. “We have work to do.” “No, I’ve said something to offend you.” I drop my hand, but keep close to him, not allowing him to leave my side. Goddess, trying to understand the male brain is harder than anything in protector training. I’ve heard people say that you have to tip-toe around a woman’s emotions, but a man’s ego is every bit as fragile, if not more so. He releases a heavy breath through his nose and walks back to the pool. He sits down along the edge and rolls up his pants, then slips off his boots. “I honestly don’t think Bax or his goons will be returning tonight.” He sinks his bare feet into the water and sighs. Glancing at the back of the cave, I plant my hands on my hips. We don’t have time for indulgencies, but the prince is still my charge. If it were my empress, I’d give her anything she’d ask for. Allow her as much time as she needed to collect herself. I have to watch over his mental state as well as protect him, so I try to push the pending need to find Lilly aside and sit down next to him. “Here,” he says, turning his hand out near my crossed feet. “You have to feel this.” A smile tugs at the corner of my mouth. “I can remove my own—” “Have you never been pampered a day in your life?” he asks, lifting an eyebrow. “I know that the Nactue are fierce and will put a hurt on any man for touching them. But try to relax.” “Is that the rumor in Perinya?” “What?” I bite my lip, suddenly regretting my blurt. “Nothing. Never mind.” From the corner of my eye, I see his lips pucker into a pinched smile, as if he’s trying not to. “Ah,” he says, like he’s made some great universal connection. “Well, there are many whisperings about the Nactue. Some I dare not repeat for fear I’d leave here missing a limb, but that’s one, yes.” He takes my booted foot and begins to unlace it. “I’ve heard that the empress’s protectors are untouchable—forbidden to give themselves to men. And that they’ll snap a man’s neck just for making an advance.” My mouth drops open. Appalled, I counter, “That’s not true.” “All right,” he says, as if he hasn’t just insulted my very existence. “It’s only rumors. Things men jaw about in pubs. The unattainable woman is a fantasy, Kal. Don’t be offended.” “Unattainable?” I grit my teeth, trying to maintain my composure. “Tell me, prince. Do men in your country just go around bedding every woman they can in order to keep them compliant?” I shake my head. “If their fantasy is a woman that would have nothing to do with them, it seems to me it’s their way of feeding their egos after being rejected.” His eyes widen. “No! How does your brain come up with these—” He bites off his words, his lips thin as he presses them together. “Look, it was a joke.” I nod, many times. “Another joke. I’m glad that our hard work and sacrifice is amusing to the men of Perinya.” Caben lets out another sigh and slowly pulls off my boot. His warm fingers skim my calf as he inches up my pant leg. “Just stick your foot in,” he says, then adds lower, “while I stick mine in my mouth.” Unexpectedly, I laugh. “At least it’s now clean,” I say. “Would you like some help getting it to your face?”

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Top Ten Tuesday-Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Geraldine Lee 4 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish, and, by golly, when I found out about it, I decided to join in on the fun! Every Tuesday, a new topic comes out for bloggers to post a list about. This week, it's the Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most


I'm sorry, but I am a die hard YA reader. So most of these books are going to be YA. If you don't like YA: stay away. Plus, most of these 'books' are actually series title names, since I love the book series so much!




  1. The Infernal Devices/The Mortal Instruments- The release of Clockwork Princess has really spurred me onto recommending these series's. Not that I haven't been recommending it before that, but now I have more of an... let's just say incentive to recommend it. Recommending it to my friends, they may just decide to read it, fall in love with it and then buy Clockwork Princess to read. Once they've finished reading Clockwork Princess, they could always show their gratitude by giving me it. Oh, stahp it, I know I'm a criminal genius! 
  2. Vampire Academy/Bloodlines- I've always been a die-hard fan of these two series's, much like the two above as well. Like the above, the spin-off series, also just recently (or more like a month ago) released out a new book, The Indigo Spell. The only difference though., is that I've already read it. I still recommend these series's though, because it has such a great balance between romance, adventure and the supernatural. 
  3. Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus-Yeah, I should probably stop recommending two series's when I should only be recommending one book, let alone a series! Anyway, I LOVE MY GREEK MYTHOLOGY, and this book just has so much of it here 
  4. Harry Potter- This series is a classic. I recommend it to all my friends who don't read it now. And I recommend it insistently. However, this doesn't really happen often anymore... Everyone knows it now, thanks to the movies, so my job is pretty much done. 
  5. The Inheritance Cycle- Fantasy is my escape from reality. When reality gets too boring, I can always count on fantasy books to spice up my life. So yeah, of course this series makes the list. I love how complex everything is; it's like a whole different world! 
  6. Pride and Prejudice- This book is a classic, which is why I'm revolutionizing the world and getting everyone to read it. It's simple to read, there aren't any long sentences! I managed to read it when I was 12 (not that that's a particularly small age), that's how easy it is to read!
  7. Throne of Glass- I do love my fantasy books, which is why I put another one in this list! This book is a perfect blend of mystery and adventure, the whole plot being very intriguing. I also recommend people to read the U.K. version instead of the U.S. version; the cover just looks better, in my opinion!
  8. The 39 Clues- This is a wonderful series for anyone! It is also quite educational, in some respects, though quite a lot of it shouldn't be taken as pure fact. This being said, I've always found it to be full of adventure and there's lots of puzzle-solving involved! It's wonderful for anyone who likes puzzles, adventure and using their imagination.
  9. Anne of Green Gables- Whenever I read this book, I reminisce about my own childhood... This book never fails to make me laugh, and plus, it also helps my name is mentioned in there~ Yeah, this book just evokes some strong memories of my own stupidity, hehe...
  10. The Hunger Games- Not the series, but the book. I like how everything is so dystopian, how it's so different to this day and age. The Games, I found were a really smart concept and it was just so surreal reading about it.

Well, do you agree with me? Would some of these books be on you list as well? Or would you also have others? Comment below, I'm interested to hear!

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine






The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Thursday, March 21, 2013 Geraldine Lee 2 Comments

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now. Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

I finally picked this book up after having it in my possession for so long. I'd heard rave reviews of John Green's books, but have never bothered to pick one up. I have now, and here is my personal opinion on this story.

This story is the tale of sarcastic Hazel Grace Lancaster, her fight with cancer and her opportunity to see the author of a beloved book, but most importantly, this story is about her relationship with Augustus 'Gus' Waters. Having been diagnosed with Stage 4 thyroid cancer at the age of 14, Hazel is slowly dying, until a miracle drug comes her way. Her life is lengthened, until she meets Augustus Waters. Their story is a story of love, sadness, maturity and hope. 

In truth, I felt like this book was a bit of a disappointment. I think it probably was because I had heard so many good opinions on this story. I expected it to be more, I didn't think it would be that short. I felt like the story was too short; but maybe that's because I enjoyed it so much, I hardly noticed the pages flying by.

I loved Hazel and Augustus's relationship, but I felt like it was unreal, how they became so close. To me, it was unrealistic, how Hazel absolutely trusted Augustus, how she was willing to go over to his place right after she had only spoken a couple words to him. This being said, I really liked how their relationship consisted of books and how it was formed and built through 'An Imperial Affliction'. Being a book lover, I could really understand their enthusiasm for 'An Imperial Affliction'.

This book, though it was mostly about Hazel and Gus, thankfully did not only focus on them. I was really happy that Isaac was in this book. I hate sappy romances, and if Green had only written about Hazel and Gus, and no one else, like the only person that was in Hazel's world was Gus, and vice versa, I would have dropped this book. Isaac was the character that really showed how devastating cancer was, and what Hazel and Gus had to face. He was definitely my favourite character of this book.

I actually thought the book 'An Imperial Affliction' was real... When I finished this book, I went to Google up 'An Imperial Affliction' and discovered that Green had only made up the book and the author, Peter van Houten. Disappointment flooded through me. Hearing so much of this book in The Fault in Our Stars, I actually really wanted to read it and see why Hazel and Gus loved it so much.

Speaking of the end of the book, the end of it was really quite devastating. I had no idea that the story would end like that. In fact, throughout the later part of the novel, my mouth dropped frequently and tears leaked from my eyes. Not very composed for a person reading on the train... Green just manages to manipulate my emotions so easily! 

In the end, I'd rate this book a 4 stars out of 5. I think I rated it like this, mainly because I was expecting more. I'd heard how good it was and I was expecting so much more. Plans are already underway for me to read more John Green novels! 

Oh yes, on a parting note; this book will be turned into a movie!!! Any thoughts about it? Comment below!

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine 

(I got a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review)

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I HAD To Buy...But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 Geraldine Lee 6 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish, and, by golly, when I found out about it, I decided to join in on the fun! Every Tuesday, a new topic comes out for bloggers to post a list about. This week, it's the Top Ten Books I Had To Buy.... But Are Still Sitting On My Shelf Unread.

I know I haven;t been doing these for like, 3 weeks maybe? But yeah, I'm back to doing them, since I have so much spare time now~ Back on topic, yeah, this topic definitely suits me... On Saturday, I was talking about how I have 60 odd books I still have to read... Yeah... Gotta get onto those... That's what happens when you're dedicated to your job; you don't get too much time to read.


  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- Right after I finish this post, I'm going to read it. I've heard tales of how magnificent this book is, but I just haven't had the heart to start it. 
  2. The Timekeeper by Mitch Albom- I bought this book because it sounded so good; I mean influencing time, come on, doesn't that sound absolutely marvellous? I guess I haven't read it yet because I bought it around at the time of my birthday last year... And being the bookreader I am, my family and fr
  3. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo- Normally, I would read the book before the movie. With Les Miserables, I watched the movie adaption in 2012 first, by pure accident! My friends and I were going to watch a movie one night, but then, it turned out there weren't any good times for us to watch it on that night. So, we decided to watch Les Miserables. Coming out of the theatre, I was thoroughly enchanted. Not being a musical fan, I was persuaded to appreciate the music, and I just found the story of it so heart-wrenching. With this in mind, I decided to buy Les Miserables the next moment I went book-shopping. When I saw it in the store, I saw how huge it was, but decided to buy it anyway, because of the feels I got while watching the movie. I haven't gotten around to it still... mainly because of its size. 
  4. Rise of Nine- I bought this book because I'm a fan of the I am Number Four series. Like The Timekeeper, by Mitch Albom, I got this book during the time of my birthday.... So yes, my birthday pile is responsible for quite a few books on this list.
  5.  The Maze Runner by James Dashner-Another book I got for my birthday. I think that says volumes.
  6. Moonlight & Ashes by Sophie Mason- I buy books for their covers too... Pretty covers make me want to buy the book... And this book was pretty cheap too, so I decided to get it, but I haven't yet read it properly... Yes, I have skimmed through it, but that doesn't count, does it?
  7. The Will of The Empress by Tamora Pierce- I absolutely adore Tamora Pierce's books! Or at least the ones I have read, which are only the ones about Alanna and Kel, because I'm all about girl power! I bought this book because of how much I enjoyed the series' with those two characters in it, but this book is the start of a new series, with a whole new different concept. I guess I'm just worried that it might not conform to my standards.
  8. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See-I didn't buy this book; rather my aunt just gave me a selection of books to pick from her collection and I thought this sounded interesting...This was almost exactly one year ago. I guess I haven't gotten around to it, because then there was the whole book release surge in May, where so many series' that I love had books being released. I have to get around to it before my aunt asks me about it.... 
  9. Clockwork Princess-It comes out today... I haven't bought it yet, but I know that when I do, I won't be reading it immediately... In fact, I'll probably be leaving it for a whole month, to get used to the fact that the series is ending... And I will never hear of Tessa, Will and Jem.
  10. Afterlife by Claudia Gray- I think I bought this book 2 years ago, wanting to complete my collection of the Evernight series. I kinda forgot that I disliked this series by that point... See, the first book was pretty good, the second book tolerable, but the last book downright horrifying... I think I only remembered the thrill I got from the first book.'
So yeah, as you can see I could probably write a whole long list of books I have yet to read... I should have a whole week dedicated to just reading and catching up on these books and the other billion books I have stashed away.

On a random topic, recently I've gotten into the habit of saying the word 'conform'. It's quite a nice word actually. Conform. Conform. Conform. It sounds nice! 

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Friday, March 15, 2013 Geraldine Lee 0 Comments

'Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?'

Anna and the French Kiss. It was on my list of books to read this year in 2013. Note the 'was'. Yes, I hunted it down, and found it at last! And when I curled up in my bed to read it, I was completely blown away. I'd heard it was good, but wow. Words fail me.

I spent the whole afternoon just devouring this book. Once I got started, I couldn't stop! The tension between Etienne and Anna, the way he says her name, his British accent... It was like a pit that had no bottom! I was falling and falling, with no way to stop.

I loved how Anna didn't whine on too much about her new situation, like some protaganists do; it just makes me feel less sorry for them. She had flaws and weaknesses just like any other human being had. She reacted to horrible situations the way any person would. When people taunt her, of course she reacts. She doesn't keep silent like some unrealistic saint. As a result, I could sympathise with her. I cried when she went through bad times, got elated for her when happy news comes through and felt a jumble of emotions all throughout the book.

When I finished reading 'Anna and the French Kiss', I felt like I had lost a friend. It was just so beautiful! The ending was everything I wanted and more.

Another surprise? I have never liked France. Always thought it was an overrated place, being named the City of  Love and all that fancy stuff. But you know what? I LOVE FRANCE NOW. Why? This beautiful book is the cause of it all! I want to go to all the places St. Clair and Anna visited together, I want to experience all the foods that they ate together, I want it all!

In conclusion, Anna and the French Kiss left me a pitiful mess. It was so good! It reminded me of why I read, why I love escaping into books. Let's just say that it has become one of my favourite chick-lit novels and restored the faith I have in these books. It deserves better than 5 stars! If you haven't read this book by now, pick it up! You must be crazy fo' shiz if you don't follow this advice!

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine

P.S. Look up Anna and the French Kiss on Google Images. There's so many doubles of the cover online! Plus, there are some really pretty fan-made covers there too! Check it out! Here's one for example. Isn't it beautiful?

An Interview with Sarah-Jane Lehoux; author of the Sevy series

Friday, March 08, 2013 Geraldine Lee 0 Comments

Well, as promised, here is the interview with Sarah-Jane Lehoux! Expect her answers to the questions to surprise you; I know they surprised me!

  1. How do you write? Is there a set quota of words you have to churn out? Or do you just sit there, doing your thing, until you feel tired? Do you have music playing in the background? Are you frequently distracted?
When I considered writing as just a fun hobby (ie before I had Thief published), I just wrote when I felt like it, for as long or as little as I wanted to. But I’ve since come to the realization that I want my writing to be more than a hobby; I want my writing to be a career. And that means work! So nowadays, even if I don’t feel like it, I write.
When I’m working on a project, I write five days a week, with a minimum word count of 1,000 words. I find that I need this level of discipline to keep going even when I hit one of those moods where I think everything I write is crap.
I always listen to music while I’m writing. I use music to help set the tone of the scene I’m working on, as well as to help block out distractions from the outside world. I am VERY distractible, so I have to be quite strict with myself on those days where I just want to procrastinate.
   2. What gave you the inspiration for Sevy’s strong, and sometimes downright stubborn character?
When I first created Sevy, I wanted her to be the opposite of the female characters of traditional fantasy books. So instead of being drop dead gorgeous, she’s so-so in looks. Instead of being the sort of girl men would die for, I made her grumpy and…well, a bitch. Instead of needing to be rescued, I made her the rescuer. And she grew from there.
I also made it a point to keep her mental state in mind while writing her. Sevy has a traumatic past, and the last thing I wanted to do was diminish the effect that would have on her. Too many books ignore the psychological impact of their plots on their characters. I did a lot of research into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to help me get inside Sevy’s head.

 3. Have you made a map of the country that the books are set in? And if so, is it or will it be made available for us (the public) to view
Yes, my dear childhood friend, Krista Carré, designed a map of Axlun for me. It is included in the first few pages of Shades of War and Masquerade, and it is also available on my website. Someday, I would love to expand the map to include the neighbouring kingdoms of Vasurach and Belakarta.  

4. Was there any real purpose for you to kill off the characters in the Sevy series like you did? Or was it merely to torture readers?
LMAO! Well, I must admit I do love to torture my characters (and my readers) with the trials and tribulations of the series, but really, everyone I kill, I kill for a reason. Even if it is a senseless death, it still means something because of the impact it has on surviving characters. To me, plot is secondary to character development.
SPOILERS BELOW:
For example, I knew before I even began writing Thief, that Jarro would die. It was crucial to Sevy’s journey to have that support disappear from her life. Of course, as I got deeper and deeper into the story, I developed a liking for the poor fellow, which made writing his death scene(s) very hard.

5.  Do you have any intention of having Jarro come back to life?
Sadly, one resurrection is all Jarro is allowed to have. However, that doesn't mean he won’t still show up in future books in one form or another.

6. Which do you prefer: e-books or hardcopies? Why?
For reading, I prefer hard copies. I’m have some medical problems with my right eye, and reading on a computer screen can be really hard on me and give me wicked migraines.
That being said, as an author, I love e-books. They allow me to give copies away for reviews or contests without spending a fortune on shipping. For a poor starving author like me, they are a godsend.

Haha! Well, that brings to the end of the interview. It's been great interviewing you and reviewing your amazing books!

Thank you very much for interviewing me!

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine

Want to know more about Sarah and her books? Click here!

Masquerade: the third book in the Sevy Series by Sarah-Jane Lehoux

Wednesday, March 06, 2013 Geraldine Lee 0 Comments

Well, I've been raving about the Sevy series for quite some time already. I only recently started reading it, and it has sucked me in! The third book, Masquerade has come out, and I'm sure y'all have been looking forward to this review for quite some time now! And, there's another thing; if you wait for a little while later... You may possibly get to read an interview with this series's author, Sarah-Jane Lehoux!

Never Trust a Liar, especially when they're telling the truth.
Starting over isn’t easy, especially when the world isn’t ready for you to change. Sevy, thief turned assassin turned mercenary, isn’t having any fun adjusting to a normal, law-abiding life. Luckily for her, an old partner in crime arrives with an irresistible proposition: a getaway to a tropical island, an adventure of a lifetime, and an amazing friendship ready to blossom into an even more amazing romance.
Things are looking up for Sevy. That is, until a pack of maniacal fairies with a taste for human flesh arrive on the scene. 
Now she must unravel a web of magical intrigue hidden behind the outwardly idyllic atmosphere of the islands of Belakarta. Nothing is as it seems, and no one can be trusted. Trapped under the spell of a handsome and mysterious stranger, Sevy must fight fairies and tricksters to regain her freedom.
Or spend an eternity as a sorcerer’s plaything.


I dived into this book right after reading 'Shades of War', the second book in the Sevy series. It picks off a couple of years after 'Shades of War', where Sevy is still in Devenbourn. Revik proposes a new adventure for them to undertake; to find Y'voura, one of his daughters. Sevy gladly accepts, not fitting in to life at Devenbourn. Together, they undertake a journey that is rattled with problems, until they finally meet each other again at an island. The only problem; Sevy isn't herself anymore.

Masquerade frustrated me, like any good book would. Not to the extent where I want to burn the book because the writing was horrible, but the plot was just so intriguing! What was happening? How would Sevy get out of this situation now? My emotions were all out of order, I was tangled up! One second, I'd like a character in this book, then BOOM the next second, Lehoux would just show me their evil side, the side of them that I ignored.

Kirydan was the perfect villain. He was such a developed character. He seemed so real, having flaws, emotions and strengths. That's why he was not only a villain to Sevy in the books, but he was also a villain to me too. He was so likable in the first few chapters and got me, hook, line and sinker. Lehoux also gives an insight into his troubled background, making me feel sorry for him. Then his dark side began to show and it was so hard to keep thinking of him as a villain, when I was still having sympathy for him. I didn't sympathise with him because he was pitiable; rather because he was a victim of cruel circumstances.

The ending was a shocker. I should have expected it, I truly should have. After all the books in the Sevy series ending the way they do, you would expect that I would have learnt my lesson by now. But apparently not. It's moments like these that really define why I love the Sevy series. It's moments like these where I absolutely admire Lehoux's writing. She is so frank in her writing, and makes it easy for the book to be read, so even if you dislike reading (gasp!) you'll love her work. The twists and turns she embeds into her novels would shock just about anyone!

Overall, this book deserves a 4.5 stars out of 5 from me. I love this series, I love everything about it! The tension, the suspense and the excitement that just comes from reading this book is exhilarating! After reading this book, I can't wait for the next book in this series to come out!

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine

Want to find out more about the other books in the Sevy Series? Go to Sarah-Jane Lehoux's webpage here!

Shades of War by Sarah-Jane Lehoux

Saturday, March 02, 2013 Geraldine Lee 0 Comments

'Sometimes the past can't be forgotten. Sometimes the truth refuses to be buried. And sometimes the dead won't stay dead.It began as a simple request: Journey to the Northern Jungles and bring a wayward son back to the safety of his farm and family before the racial tension that is building between humans and dark elves erupts into civil war. But life is never simple for Sevy, and she soon finds herself entangled in a bloody battle of good versus evil, love versus hate.Old friends and enemies reunite, familial bonds are broken, and loyalty is tested. And in the midst of the steamy, sultry jungles, the ghosts of a serial killer's victims come out to play. Sevy, as petulant and irascible ast ever, must overcome her personal demons in order to expose a madman and bring peace back to the kingdom. But just how much of her sanity must she sacrifice to help her friends? And how can she save anyone when she can't even save her own soul?'

You guys all would have read my review of 'Thief', the first book in the Sevy series a while ago (if you haven't click here to read it now!). Well, it received pretty much stellar reviews from me. Shades of War, the second book in this series, has also impressed me, so expect this review to be full of praises!

What I liked was that this book did not act like a single book. It smoothly continued on from the previous book, using it almost as a background. The tension between the dark elves and humans had been growing all the time in Thief, however, in this book, Shades of War, do we really see the climax of these tensions. I loved how Lehoux didn't just place the enmity between dark elves and humans in only Shades of War as an afterthought. Instead, she planned this war between dark elves and humans, rooting their tensions in the first book. In the first book, you could hardly have expected that a war would result from the fights between dark elves and humans.

Trena made a reappearance in this book, after having been left out for most of Thief. I had always wondered what had happened to her in Thief. Shades of War really exposes what Trena's been through all the years that she's been without Sevy. It was really nice to see that Trena had not been forgotten; that she was not one of the characters an author puts into a book, only to completely dismiss them when they become irrelevant.  

As always, I like a book with character growth, and this book was chock full of it. There were so many characters who changed, evolved and grew, and some that we just see a different side to. There was Y'voury, who started off disliking humans, believing that they were weaknesses. She eventually changes, seeing the good that resides in them. Same goes with Trena. She starts off, terrified of dark elves, because of the rumors spread around about them. She ends the book on good terms with these dark elves, thanks to a few experiences, not all friendly, with them. 

The ending was quite a shocker for me, really. So many things happened! I couldn't believe what I was reading, and had to reread a few bits of the book, shocked that such events were occurring. I couldn't fanthom who the serial killer was, until right at the beginning of the showdown between the killer and Sevy. Yeah, that's right, you read correctly. There's a showdown! The final ending though, was so heartfelt and sweet. There just wasn't any better way to end the book, then how Lehoux did.

'Shades of War' has cemented my affection for the Sevy series. Thief did interest me and draw me in, but really Shades of War, is what made me realize how much meaning this series has. Although it may only be a fantasy book, it does bring to light some significant things in our society, one outstanding one being discrimination. 

I have to give 'Shades of War' a 4 stars out of 5. It's only fault; it didn't capture me as 'Thief' did. I still loved it, sure, but I don't know why, 'Thief' was just magical. 

The third book in the Sevy series, Masquerade, has come out! February 26th! Go read it!  But you'll have to wait so much longer for my review on it on March 6th.... Bet you can't wait!

Keep reading and loving books,

Geraldine