Fantasy, Fiction, Teen

The ‘Sweep’ Series–Cate Tiernan

I’m going to review these all together because there were so many books in this teen series and if I tried to review all 15 of them individually I might explode.

Especially since they were grouped together in compendiums of three, so I think I’ll do the same and review them like that.

(Spoilers ahead.)

Book of Shadows/The Coven/Blood Witch

This series is about a teenager named Morgan who is learning that she is a witch. Things start to happen to and around her and she discovers she has powers. But not just an ordinary witch: a powerful as fuck witch. Her bloodlines date back centuries.

Now in this first compendium we are going through the motions with Morgan and learning all these things with her, she’s a very ‘Bella’ from Twilight type character.

Mousy to a fault, boyish body, can only survive on Diet Pepsi. or Coke. I don’t remember, but that was always something she did first thing in the morning and it annoyed me and grossed me out.

She’s a Plain Jane with a brilliant mind and quiet personality. Overshadowed somehow by her younger sister who thrives with her good looks and even better personality.

Then along comes Cal. Oo la la. A hot new boy in school. Go figure.

He doesn’t like anyone, all the girls have gone after him, but he casts them aside.

But what is this??? A mousy brunette too intimidated by him to speak???

HE MUST HAVE HER.

Okay, I’m over emphasizing. But that’s pretty much the entire plot of the first three books.

Turns out Cal is a real blood witch too and his mother is a psychotic power hungry piece of work who wants Morgans powers as her own.

Go figure.

Oh but I forgot the best part: Cal has a halfbrother who is British called Hunter and Morgan hates him on sight.

BECAUSE SHE’S UNDER A SPELL. Oooooooooo

For teen magical dramas, that’s pretty big.

Dark Magick/Awakening/Spellbound

These three dragged a bit at the beginning but picked up hard at the end, there’s a serious betrayal and then a….wakening. Ha.

She realizes that she was put under a spell and is breaking it and coming to grips with her heritage and what it all means.

The Calling/Changeling/Strife

In the first of these three the coven heads to New York in the hopes of finding Amyranth (another coven). Hunter is searching a wayward witch, Morgan is having issues controlling her powers, then she meets a long lost family member.

These three were obviously to set up the remaining books. So far, I really like these, they are easy to read and I love a decent witch story.

Seeker/Origins/Eclipse

These took a hard left when it came to plot. We find out that not only did Morgan’s father reappear, but so did Hunters. (He thought they were dead after so many years of being on the run from the Dark Wave.)

Basically: all dads have issues and these two are trying to deal with them.

 Origins is where I was like “What just happened???” because all of a sudden we are centuries back to literally the origin story of the dark wave, we don’t see our main characters for so long and it just seemed kind of out of place. I wanted to know what was happening with everyone and here I was reading about characters I didn’t know. It was fine, it gave a good back story, but I was still confused for a hot minute as to why she did this.

Reckoning/Full Circle/Night’s Child

These last three books were probably the best of the bunch. I love when things end with a bang!

Not only that but they moved forward in time so that we could see Morgans future child and I like when books tell us what happened to the characters in the future.

All in all, this series was pretty good even though I found it tediously long at times. I don’t think I’d read it again seeing as how it is meant for teens, but Teenage Alli would’ve been all over this if she only had it way back when.

51f6qlrSbTL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_

Constant vigilance!

Advertisements
Fantasy, Teen

The Gathering–Kelley Armstrong

This entire book they are running away from the St. Cloud Corporation (a cabal, read her Otherworld series, you’ll know what I’m talking about) and the Nast Corporation (another cabal) .

I don’t want to give away too much, but basically…Rafe falls out of the helicopter. Sorry! I know that was a total spoiler, but it’s written on the back of the book so bite me.

Naturally, I didn’t read the back of the book before I picked this up because I was too excited and that came as a big surprise to me.

Anyway, this was just as good as the first one as we finally see Maya change into a cougar and fight for her life and her friends lives in the woods.

I’m itching for the third book. (Which I hear will feature the Darkest Powers people in it as well!)

Read it my sweet teenage nerdlings. (Even if you’re not a teenager it was still a good read.)

Fantasy, Teen

The Calling–Kelley Armstrong

Okay, so I’ve already reviewed this one before, but I had to read it again since The Gathering came out and I never got around to reading it since I’m a super freak and have too many books calling my name. No pun intended.

I’m glad that I read this one again because I completely forgot all of this until I was reading it. (That says nothing about Kelley’s writing since I’m a huge fan and remember most of her series, but these ones went by so quickly and I have a million other books I’ve read in between that it got lost in the shuffle.)

Maya is a skinwalker, her loverboy Rafe is also a skinwalker, her best friend is benendanti (as far as I can tell he hits people with power balls). There is a giant forest fire making the entire town of Salmon Creek have to evacuate.

Helicopter escape. End of story.

Seriously, that’s how the book ended, they left on a helicopter. So you can understand my super need for getting my hands on The Gathering.

Whoot whoot! Can’t wait! I love me some Kelley Armstrong.