Anna

Of Posiedon by Anna Banks

12425532Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom . . .
Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

 

I’m not really into mermaid books so you can imagine how I was to start this one, especially with all of the mixed reviews. It began kind of slow, but it eventually caught my attention. To me, it seemed like a very cute, summer-y book, which makes it weird that I’m writing it now, in late September… Anywho*, I really liked this one because it was a light read. It wasn’t dark and serious and heavy like paranormal YA usually is. It was nice to get a break from that foreboding tenseness. I mean it still has a nice plotline, but it’s straightforward, uncomplicated.  No crazy twists and turns. It was almost predictable. I liked it. The characters were less serious, more normal. They’re dorky and cheesy and well rounded in their awkwardness. They just happen to be from the sea. Emma seems completely normal, though she’s traumatized -of course, it wouldn’t be paranormal YA if she wasn’t and you all know it- by her friend’s death. She seems to me like a really bubbly and just happy person (or maybe Honors English has just fried my brain with all of those think-outside-the-story character sketches). Galen is just OMfreakingG adorable. Like, he’s the sweet, awkward, but still kind of sexy boyfriend you wanted before you discovered book bad boys. Emma and Galen are really cute together and it’s made quite clear that they’ll do anything for each other. But I’m not gonna give spoilers! If you want a beachy book to cheer you up during autumn or just want a charming but quick read, you should totally go for this one.

*Yep, it’s a made-up word that is completely irrelevant and doesn’t make any actual sense but you’ve heard it before.

Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

SweetPerilAnna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

We all know how much I loved the first book, right? Well, I love this one a bazillion times more; just to clarify. Like, I’m sitting here trying to find words for this but all I do is draw a blank. As you read this, just know it took me 8 days to write this because it’s hard to express such great love for a book. I was ecstatic to get my hands on this book and when I finally did, I freaking devoured it. I finished it in about 3 hours. Like in the first book, Anna is battling her work but is feeling a more addictive pull to it than ever before. She’s also still searching for the good in herself and her fellow Neph. as she and Kope travel the world. At times, things become extremely tense between the two but they make the best team, in my opinion. Oh and there’s Kai. Who tops the “Book Boyfriend” list. Because he’s amazing. And a drummer. I don’t want to, like, ruin this entire romance aspect of the book because that’s one of the things driving you to pick this book up, but you’ll be amazed at Kaidan by the end of this book. So now I’m experiencing the bittersweet purgatory of waiting on the next book in this series. Go read this so we can suffer together.

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Embrace the Forbidden 
What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? 
This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she  turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.
Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

This book was recommended to me by my aunt Angela (ReadingAngel.com) because she absolutely loved it. I really liked this book because it is so different from anything else I’ve read. The one thing I did regret about this book was not buying the actual book copy later on because Wendy ended up at YALLFest doing signings. Anyway, I love the main conflict of this novel because it’s Anna’s war against herself that is also influenced by everyone else in this story. That conflict, of course, is the age-old, never-ending fight of good VS. evil.  Anna really does struggle with herself and the things she is destined to do. Although she imbraces her powers and who she is, she still feels like it’s not right. And then there is Kaidan, who has a bit of inner battle to endure himself about whether he should be with Anna or continue to embrace his nature and be a man-whore. (Sorry, that was for lack of a better word. You have to read the book to understand.) But I couldn’t help but fall for him anyway. As Anna searches for her father and her own true identity, you will be on the absolute edge of your seat. This is a great read that becomes addicting, making you read it again and again.