Is this a joke? Ok yeah the first could have been left as a single novel, a series is great though! But ? I'm not going to remember this series in 2 years! Haha it was good, but not that good!
View 1 comment. Mar 13, Riley marked it as to-read Shelves: wishlist , paranormal-supernatural. I think my heart just broke Mar 29, Annabelle marked it as wishlist Shelves: paranormal , romance , ghosts , reincarnation. On other thoughts, I'm actually pretty excited about there being a second book. Aug 18, Amy Looney marked it as to-read. Oh my God!!!!! I keep checking to see if there's going to be a second book. To my elated surprise, there will be one! I've been dying for it since the last sentence of "Shattered Souls".
Mar 19, Melodramaticfool rated it liked it Shelves: so-super-psyched , gorgeous-covers , quick-reads , bad-ass-heroines , enjoyable-and-light.
It felt so good to be back in Mary Lindsey's world of ghosts, Speaker's, and Protector's! Such a unique little world that I, as well as other readers, got to be a part of. I admit that I longed to see more of the council but alas. This was a really great companion, and it doesn't take long for things to get started.
We begin in the book meeting Paul, a Protector. Fans of Alden and Lenzi from the previous book, will be pleased to hear that we get to see them q 3. Fans of Alden and Lenzi from the previous book, will be pleased to hear that we get to see them quite frequently since Paul has been acting as their back up. It isn't too far into the book that we find out Smith is still at large, and that Paul will be finally be pairing up with a Speaker. To his shock he gets a rather prickly Vivienne.
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She is completely goth, from her black nails, bright pink hair, and torn stockings and yet everyone just cannot help but love her. I especially loved her simply for being goth! It was a lovely twist and made Vivienne appealing since she sounded dangerous and exotic. I also began to appreciate her Speaker method which was a mix between playing it cool, even though she was scared at times, and taking no shit even from Malevolent spirits. Here is where I felt a little like the book fell into the insta-romance department.
Their relationship as Protector and Speaker is rocky since Paul tends to follow the rule book and Vivienne breaks said rules. But after one day of working together to take care of a border-line Malevolent, there's suddenly this connection they didn't have before. Trust I could understand, but it wasn't just that but this instant attraction and strong emotions for both of them towards each other.
MORE development! MORE character building! I need more than one day on the job and Paul covering her ass when shit goes down! In defense, I did find they meshed well together and the action scenes of the book were really good.
The final showdown involving Smith was climatic, but it felt a bit too easy at the same time. There were some serious topics at play in the book, like abuse and poverty. Learning to let go and open your heart to others despite your fears, and also that revenge isn't always as sweet as it seems. All this combined really made for a great book, and I cannot wait for more from Mary Lindsey! Jul 06, Mimi Valentine marked it as to-read Shelves: gorgeous-covers , wishlist. Sooooooooo excited for this! I can't wait to follow the story of a new Protector and Speaker -- I'll bet it's going to be awesome!
Jan 29, Stacy rated it really liked it Shelves: from-publisher-author. One of my favorite parts of getting to know Vivienne was her attitude and how different yet similar she is to the other characters. Both her and Paul have a hidden past and are so much more than they appear on the surface. Getting to know them was not hard to endure. I enjoyed their interaction, connection and the development of their relationship. This series has some great secondary characters. We of course get a nice dose of Lenzi and Alden but we also see a lot of Race.
Race is such a hoot. The storyline was of course interesting but the characters were its driving force. I thought book 1 was a standalone so getting a book 2 was a great surprise. The author did end the story arc but also started some things I feel need to be in a new book so I will sit and wait patiently to see if we will get a book 3. It was hard to connect to Vivienne at first and while I originally thought of that as a down point for the book, as the story progressed, I saw it differently. Just as Paul did, we were supposed to have trouble connecting with her.
It made it so much more satisfying when that shell started cracking. It was the same with Paul and his rigid sense of rules and procedure. Not until Vivienne started to get under that rigidity, and we started to see the real person under the rules, did I truly connect with him. It gets to be like a shell game I had trouble following at times. And one moment that made me almost throw the book out the window.
Without spoiling anything, I can say that I truly loved the way it wrapped up. Jul 14, John Clark rated it it was amazing. Paul has known he was destined to be a Protector for as long as he can remember, fated to serve a Speaker who could hear the voices of spirits lingering after death. Partnerships between the two are extremely important because these lingering spirits, while annoying in the beginning, can turn into Malevolents. When they do, their ability to reason is severely impaired while their power to wreak havoc is truly frightening.
Left unchecked, they could eventually destroy humanity. Paul is waiting to Paul has known he was destined to be a Protector for as long as he can remember, fated to serve a Speaker who could hear the voices of spirits lingering after death. Paul is waiting to be paired, but when Charles, his trainer and the man who has been like a foster dad to him since he was wandering alone on the streets as a child, introduces him to Vivienne, he knows he's in for a real challenge.
She's scary and so full of fear and anger he's not sure how to respond. She wants nothing to do with him, but her reasons aren't something he's able to figure out quickly or easily. Charles, however, refuses to let her blow Paul off, so grudgingly, reluctantly, they start learning how to work together. As Paul starts putting some of the pieces together, He discovers why Vivienne is so angry and mistrustful. These make him all the more determined to hang in there until she begins to open up and share parts of her past with him.
When what might be the worst Malevolent on the planet, Smith, kidnaps Vivienne's aunt, things go into overdrive. Fortunately, Paul and Vivienne have developed the connection so important between Protector and Speaker, one that allows them to share thoughts and emotions without speaking. There's one heck of a final confrontation that will have teens reading with a frenzy. This is the second book in the series, but can be read as a stand-alone quite nicely.
I like how the author has taken different characters in the same manner as Katie McGarry has done who were peripheral or nonexistent in the first book and given them the stage to strut their stuff. Teens who like paranormal or urban fantasy with a nice dash of romance will love this book. Jun 06, M. This is better than the first one I liked the new characters and enjoyed seeing the world from a Protector's perspective. It was a nice conclusion to the duology. Even though the first one could be a stand-alone, this one in a continuation of the series and needs to be read after the first.
I enjoyed the plot, characters, and mythology, but find that the writing just doesn't live up to the story. Perhaps it's a writing style that would click with others, but I foun This is better than the first one Perhaps it's a writing style that would click with others, but I found it confusing and lacking heart. There are nearly no descriptions of what is going on around them. While Mary Lindsey does describe the characters well, they mostly suffer from "white room syndrome", where there is little explanation of what is happening around them. The description of the actions is minimal and often less than that.
There are many times I have to reread passages--even reading them aloud--to decipher what exactly is happening, because the writing is so sparse. There are many times where she doesn't even say what exactly happen, just hints and leaves the reader to assume. For example, the hero and heroine's first kiss is never actually described.
It's hinted at and then the next page it says that the hero thought about the kiss all day. I'm assuming it actually happened, though it was never described as happening, simply because he's dreaming about it. Or maybe he was just fantasizing that it did happen. I don't know. There are some consistency issues between the two books. Just some little things here and there that were present in the first book, but ignored in the second like the creepy thing about Protectors getting turned on by their Speaker's fear I'm still shaking my head at that weirdness.
Could you share memories? Did it hurt or feel claustrophobic? I need to go write it down. Mary: At heart, it is the story of two teens overcoming prejudice and pain from their past in order to achieve their potential. I think my publisher summed it up beautifully on the jacket copy:. Paul has always known he was a Protector, fated to serve a Speaker who could hear the voices of spirits lingering after death and help those souls find peace.
But a kidnapping, a malevolent spirit and a power stronger than both of them may just prove that they are two halves of the same whole. Have you thought about writing in other genres? Mary: I also write adult romance, both contemporary and paranormal. I am working on a Robert Frost-based ghost story that I am loving. I also have several books scheduled for release in and under the pen name, Marissa Clarke. Do you like to outline your story before you start? Do you have a specific place you like to write? Is there a special time of day that works best for you?
Mary: I outline in full before I write. It cuts way down on the rewrites. I write anywhere at any time, but I am not a night person. The only things I need for this job are daylight, a computer, coffee, and quiet. I do not write to music. Do you have anyone you like to discuss your story with?
Mary: I have a few writer friends I bounce stories off of from time to time. Sophie Jordan Firelight Series, Uninvited has been a blessing in my writing life. Another resource is my agent, Ammi-Joan Paquette. Both of them did a one-day turnaround on the manuscript for me when I had a plot issue. Jill Santopolo is a wonder. Mary: I want to thank all the readers who have supported me since the release of my first book until now. You guys are what it is all about. Favorite Fictional Character not your own : Severus Snape. Milk or Dark Chocolate: Dark. Thank you Mary for taking the time to answer our questions.
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I too love both dogs and cats. Great interview! Julie julie at chapterbreak. I loved the review and interview! What a great concept for a book series! This series sounds amazing and it is one of my favorite genres to read! Thank you for the wonderful review and interview!
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