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Review: Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

By now, it should be pretty clear that I’m a huge fan of Brigid Kemmerer’s Elementals series. The fifth and final installment, Sacrifice, came out at the beginning of October.

I was torn about this one. Because–yay!–more Merricks, but also no more Merricks. Once I’d read it, the series would be done. (If you want to find out if this is really the end, read this post on Brigid’s site.)

sacrificeThere’s also a lot of pressure on a series finale. We’ve been building up to the end for so long, we’ve gotten to know the characters and seen their struggles, we’re waiting for the big epic battle (think Harry Potter vs Voldemort), and it’s hard not to let our own expectations get in the way.

I’m going to tread lightly, because I don’t want to spoil anyone, but I have to say it didn’t play out exactly as I expected. But was I disappointed? Hell no!

This story is gutwrenching. Michael, the eldest, has been caring for his brothers for five years, and it’s taken a heavy toll on him. The feeling of responsibility, and duty, and doing the right thing without ever letting anyone know he isn’t coping with it weigh heavily. Finally we get inside his head and see how he desperately needs to share the burden but is too afraid to let anyone in.

Hannah, Mike’s sort of girlfriend who has been hanging around since Spark, wants to share that burden and can’t understand why he won’t let her in. But she also has her own issues, and we get a new insight into her relationship with her parents.

Which brings up one of my favourite issues. Just because you’ve “grown up” doesn’t mean your problems go away. And it doesn’t mean you’re always going to make the right decisions or be gracious about doing the right thing. Adults can be just as flawed and scared and confused as teenagers.

Michael, though, believes he has to be strong for his brothers (and Hunter…and everyone else) and won’t let his vulnerable side show. Until he gets so much crap dumped on him that he can’t hold up any more. Much crying ensued on my part.

I also loved what we saw of the others, particularly Adam and Hunter. And it was really nice to see all the guys interacting instead of avoiding each other (which they seemed to spend most of Spark, Spirit, and Secret doing).

In the end, I was left feeling good about the Merricks. It may be the end of the series, but it isn’t the end of the story for them. And I really hope we get a chance to cross paths again in the future.

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Review: Salvage by Keren David

Okay, so I’m on the verge of turning into a Keren David fangirl.

I’ve already mentioned how I loved When I Was Joe, and now I’ve fallen for Salvage.

I was in Paper Plus, with a $5 voucher in my hand when I spotted it on the shelf. I don’t normally buy books I haven’t read (unless I’m really obsessed with the author *cough* Brigid Kemmerer *cough*) because I don’t have enough money to match my reading obsession. That’s why I’m a huge fan of our local library. It gives me a chance to try new authors out.


Salvage was expensive. $27 is quite a bit for a YA novel, and even my $5 voucher didn’t reduce the sting much. But I read the first page and it was fan-frigging-tastic. There are two POV characters in the book, so I flicked to a chapter with the second voice and holy moly did it suck me in. I had to have this book.

And now I’m sad because I’ve already finished reading it.

What is it?Salvage by Keren David

Salvage by Keren David

First published 2014

A contemporary, young adult, family-relationship novel.

Why should I read it?

Because it’s a heart-wrenching story that charts the different paths life can take.

My one suggestion is to ignore the blurb on the back, it really doesn’t tell you what to expect and, if anything, actually led me in the wrong direction.

This is the story of Aidan and Cass, a brother and sister who were taken away from their mother at a young age. Cass is adopted by a wealthy couple, while Aidan suffers through the foster system. They find each other as teenagers and try to get to know each other again as they deal with issues in the present and secrets from the past.

The voices are so clear and distinct that it felt like the book had been written by two different people. I absolutely ached for Aidan, but by the end–and just like the tattoo on his neck–we had hope.

I am definitely adding Salvage to my re-read list.

Find out more about what Keren’s written, at kerendavid.com


Review: Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong

darkest powersSo, I finally hit the jackpot and found a second hand copy of Kelley Armstrong’s Darkest Powers trilogy.

I love these books. I’ve checked them out of the library so many times over the past few years. A few times I tried to find a decent second hand copy at a decent price, but had no luck. Then a couple of weeks ago I tried again. I managed to find two books for sale by one person, and the third by another, and I got them all, postage included, for under $20. Score!

I love the voice, I love the action scenes, I love the teen angst love story. These are books I love as a reader and a writer.

Here’s the blurb from the first book:

Chloe Saunders used to have a pretty normal life. But that changed on the day she met her first ghost. Locked up in Lyle House, a group home for troubled teens, she finds out that there’s more to the home’s teen residents than meets the eye. Will Chloe be able to uncover the dangerous secrets of Lyle House…or will its skeletons come back to haunt her?