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Unforgiven by Lauren Kate

UnforgivenTitle:  Unforgiven
Author:  Lauren Kate
SeriesFallen Book 05
Publish Date:  November 10, 2015
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s Description: High school can be hell.

Cam knows what it’s like to be haunted. He’s spent more time in Hell than any angel ever should. And his freshest Hell is high school, where Lilith, the girl he can’t stop loving, is serving out a punishment for his crimes.

Cam made a bet with Lucifer: he has fifteen days to convince the only girl who really matters to him to love him again. If he succeeds, Lilith will be allowed back into the world, and they can live their lives together. But if he fails . . . there’s a special place in Hell just for him.


Spread your wings and cry as bad boy dark angel Cam finally reveals his anguished heart in the epic new FALLEN novel, UNFORGIVEN.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

I love the fact that Cam gets his happily ever after—even if it wasn’t with Luce. I also like how we get more of the back story for Cam and Lillith. But other than that there was more that I didn’t like about this story. There was little to none of the angel demon action that I loved about the first four novels in the series. Take away that and it is just another typical guy tries to win girl story. I also didn’t like that the ending seemed very open to me. I feel like it left room for another sequel, but I do not know what story that would be.

Overall I give this book 3 stars.

Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

I don’t think I’ve ever rated a book one star before. And I hate that I am.

But I can’t stand this much disappointment. So many cliches, a very forced romance, none of the angel vs. demon battles I actually enjoyed about the previous Fallen books, and a complete 180 of Cam’s character traits.

First off, don’t expect much fantasy here. There’s a deal made between Cam and Lucifer (oh, a deal with the devil, imagine that) and there’s angel wings. That’s pretty much it. The ONE thing I enjoyed that had a fantasy element to it was the snow globe thing (where Lillith’s hells were all in different snow globes). That was actually kinda cool. But not cool enough for me to like this.

Secondly, I read a review about how this is basically Camp Rock with different set up and I gotta agree. It tries to be a musical trend. It fails. Too much high school drama and cliche popular characters. And that puts a lot more cliché on things. I mean, I read way too many books where special events happen at prom. I mean, can’t we think of some other school function where fate throws stuff at you? And there’s also Chloe King and the other “mean girls”; I’m really quite tired of this stereotype. Not all popular girls are mean bullies. It gets boring. Give me an evil nerd for once!

Not even the rare appearance by Daniel can cheer me up.

badge1v4Cam went from bad boy to lovesick and changed completely, becoming whiny and weak at the worst moments, when normally he would have been like, “whatevs, k thnx bye” and that would be it. Roland and Arriane appear at random but have no real purpose to the story. They’re just there for moral support and weird interactions.

It was just… Dumb. I don’t even know why this is part of the Fallen series really.

If you like this book…

…you might try The Eternal Balance series by Jus Accardo, the Archangel Prophecies series by Monica McGurk, or The Fallen series by Thomas E. Sniegoski.


Housebroken by The Behrg

This book wasn’t for me and after reading half and then skimming a third, I ended up not finishing it.  The execution of the ideas didn’t work for me.

HousebrokenTitle:  Housebroken
Author:  The Behrg
Publish Date:  March 17, 2015
Genre:  Suspense
Source: Provided by the author

Publisher’s Description“It was a kidnapping, but in all the wrong ways. No ransom, no demands; there was nothing they wanted–other than to observe.”

When Blake Crochet and his family are taken hostage in their own home, they are forced to act out their everyday lives under the observance of two psychotic kidnappers. Each moment Blake must pit the decision to follow their captors’ rules against the potential catastrophe of a failed escape.

He soon learns that the consequences of both action and inaction are more terrifying than he imagined. As Blake’s life erodes beneath him, secrets come to light that threaten to destroy his family before their kidnappers have a chance.

Secrets carry consequences too.

As the motives behind the kidnapping are revealed, Blake must sacrifice everything to hold on to the ever-shifting definition of what his family has become. In his battle for survival, he will face the ultimate consequence: for to fight a devil, you may have to become one yourself.

Percy_Procrastinator_100What I liked:  The ideas of the book and the darker tone work for me. The Behrg’s writing style and vocabulary challenges me as a reader, which I appreciate.

What I didn’t like:  Nearly everything else.  The book is too full of tropes.  A few here and there, used liberally, work well.  The book starts with the flash forward with someone stuffed into a dog cage. For a flash forward to work, though, I have to care about the character.  At this point, I don’t even know him.  Keeping that scene in mind, I didn’t develop sympathy for the character until the forty percent mark, but it didn’t last.  And that’s my other problem with this book.  In trying to be real and give depth to all of the characters, the protagonists aren’t sympathetic even when something bad is happening to them.

The other tropes I didn’t like were the character shrugging off damage with little to no effect.  At one point, a character is not only doused in gasoline but swallows some, perhaps breathes some into his lungs.  After throwing it up, and getting the rest washed off, he’s fine.  That’s not how gasoline poisoning works.

However, the reason I stopped reading the book was two fold.  One, I thought we had the denouement but when the book slowed down then went for more action, I couldn’t read more.  I was only skimming at this point, ready for it to be done, not start up again. Two, the actions the main character were taking made no sense to me.  At that point, he should have been going after the antagonist, not caring about recovering data because the antagonist was his proof that he was innocent of the crimes.

badge1v4Final thoughts:  I really wanted to like this book.  I like the darker toned idea.  I think it would work much better as a novella, shortened to tighten up the narrative, remove the tropes, and either focus on being a psychological thriller or an action story.  Too much was crammed into one space, and that ultimately made it less interesting than I hoped.