Book Review: In Between Seasons

in between seasonsTitle: In Between Seasons (The Fall #1)

Author: Cassandra Giovanni

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb: At eighteen there is one thing Kate Ericson is certain of—the world is at war and has been since she was two years old. That was when her father pulled her family and a group of close friends to a God forsaken place in the middle of nowhere. For Kate there is no escape from the sea of lies she is drowning in until her world collides with Hunter Marks—the son of her father’s biggest opponent. An opponent that Kate didn’t even know existed. What Hunter kidnaps Kate for, and what her family will try to kill her to keep secret, is a knowledge that she doesn’t have. Now Kate’s innocence seems to becoming undone at the seams of reality. Hunter then finds himself fighting the hopelessness that is creeping into the edges of her heart as she learns more about the corruption that has devoured their lives. As Hunter and Kate forge a strong and unique relationship it becomes clear that their love is something that the bureaucracy never expected, and that Hunter’s father will do whatever he can to destroy it. Hunter believes he must sacrifice love in order to teach Kate that the world’s deadliest weapon is her. Hunter and Kate will have to find the strength to rise above a deception that is so great, even the ones who created it don’t realize its depth.

In Between Seasons is a new kind of post-apocalyptic novel, one that focuses on the characters and uses the lack of understanding of a corrupt world as the backdrop to shape them into who they are as people.

My Review: In Between Seasons is definitely an interesting novel. It is a dystopian novel that I found to be different. Giovanni weaves history and truth and paints a post-apocalyptic world that is believable and realistic.

The novel does not necessarily start off slow but it takes me a little while to feel as if I am connecting to its characters. It starts off with action and it surely piqued my interest. However, I felt myself not really into the novel. It took me two or three chapters to get into the story and feel a connection to the characters. With that being said, I enjoyed the main characters. The story is told in first person POV from Kate’s perspective. I like her determination, strength, guile, intuition and perseverance. Hunter on the other hand, is her love interest. They share a lot of the same characteristics but man is he swoon worthy. 🙂 He does so much to protect Kate and he kind of becomes her knight in shining armor, her beacon in the darkest of nights. I enjoyed the way Giovanni portrays them- cold and indifferent. Yet, that’s simply how they look to the world. With each other, they let their guards down and we get to see the real them. I enjoyed seeing the two sides to these characters. Also, the connection they both share lead them to go against the molds their families have for them and there is just something about their forbidden love that makes it all the more beautiful.

The truth is that the biggest attraction to this novel is the romance. Any romance lover or romantic at heart can read this novel and totally swoon over it. It’s nice in the get to know each other way. Kate and Hunter have crazy chemistry and they endlessly tease each other. They’re romance reminded me a bit of the Montague’s and Capulet’s- Two rival families who are at war but amidst all of that an unexpected love forms between two of its members.

Overall, In Between Seasons is a great read. The emotions are very real and I enjoyed the themes presented in this book: Love, betrayal, loss, revenge, hatred, humor, friendship… I also loved what I found to be the moral of the story- that love has the power to heal, give strength and bring out the best in people. That love is a force and with determination it conquers all.

*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review

Book Review: Crave

Title: Crave (The Clann #1)

Author: Melissa Darnell

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Savannah Colbert has never known why she’s so hated by the kids of the Clann. Nor can she deny her instinct to get close to Clann golden boy Tristan Coleman. Especially when she recovers from a strange illness and the attraction becomes nearly irresistible. It’s as if he’s a magnet, pulling her gaze, her thoughts, even her dreams. Her family has warned her to have nothing to do with him, or any members of the Clann. But when Tristan is suddenly everywhere she goes, Savannah fears she’s destined to fail.

For years, Tristan has been forbidden to even speak to Savannah Colbert. Then Savannah disappears from school for a week and comes back…different, and suddenly he can’t stay away. Boys seem intoxicated just from looking at her. His own family becomes stricter than ever. And Tristan has to fight his own urge to protect her, to be near her no matter the consequences….

My Review: Crave is a modern day Romeo and Juliet but with a twist. Savannah and Tristan were best friends when they were younger and although banned from seeing one another they haven’t been able to forget each other. Fast forward to their high school freshman year. As the blurb says, Savannah gets sick and comes back basically being irresistible. Every guy is looking at her with new eyes and Tristan finds himself wanting her even more. And this is the book for a while. They each want each other but are both trying to stick to the rules their families have set for them.

Clearly this book is about Tristan and Savannah and the reader is just waiting for them to get together- which eventually they do. Although this is a great read it does get a little tiresome at some points. The book spans over a year and at times I wished it had a bit of a faster pace. However, I can’t deny that Darnell does a great job setting up the story and allowing the reader to get to really know the characters.

I love the romance in Crave. It is beautiful and heart warming. Tristan is the perfect gentleman. He’s also handsome, thoughtful, caring, protective and so swoon worthy. He’s a character that is easy to fall for and believe me, fall for him you will. Darnell tells the story from both Tristan and Savannah’s POV and it made me enjoy the book a lot more; To have that full understanding of them and their intentions.

Crave also tends to be suspenseful. Apparently these two are in more danger than they ever realized. With Savannah being a vampire and Tristan a witch they are forbidden from loving each other. They soon realize that in being together they risk ending the tentative peace these two species have and risk starting a war. I don’t think Romeo and Juliet had anything on these star crossed lovers. Especially when Savannah can drain him with a kiss.

I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to it’s sequel. This is one I recommend.