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See How She Falls (The Chronicles of Izzy #3) by Michelle Graves

Darkness is on the rise.

The prophecy has been called forth.

The Seer must fall.

Izzy knew she wasn’t safe, the lingering runes told her that much. What they didn’t tell her was how to lead the Council, stop the darkness, and keep everyone she loved safe.

With irreparable changes brought on by Aberto’s intervention, a relative she never knew existed, and a whole slew of horrifying visions assaulting her, will she be strong enough? Or will the darkness prevail taking her and everyone she loves down with it.

I loved the first book, LOVED the second and now I have no words left to describe how much I FREAKING LOVED THIS THIRD BOOK!!! Even though by the end I was almost beside myself, as in, I was literally a blubbering mess. If there is one thing I can recommend before you read this instalment, it is do NOT under any circumstances read any reviews with spoilers in! No matter how many times you see readers freaking out over what happens in this book. Do not read the spoilers. This is one of those books, where something is going to happen that is going to make you question absolutely everything that has happened so far in the books… But this isn’t a bad thing, it hurts, but it’s necessary. Even though it will feel like your heart has been ripped out and turned into confetti, you’ll slowly pick up the pieces and try to glue them back together and decide that actually, you’ll keep reading… once the shock has worn off.

Izzy’s world is quickly getting more and more out of control. If you thought she was having issues in the last book, that was nothing compared to what she must face in this book! Honestly, she is one tough cookie. I would’ve curled up and played dead long ago, but she keeps right on fighting her way through each obstacle, no matter how hopeless at times it seems, which is typical of her personality… And I have to say, I love that three books into this series, Izzy is still her same feisty, snarky, inappropriate, stubborn self. I love that she hasn’t morphed into some completely different version of herself, she’s definitely developed and grown, but even when she really doesn’t seem herself at all, she still has that Izzy spark. Which for me was really important since her character was a big reason why I became obsessed with this series. Love her!!!

Never fear, we also get a very strong dose of both Kennan and Aberto in this book. Swoon. What’s better than one potential book boyfriend in a story? TWO potential book boyfriends! Although considering Izzy is busy having runes carved into her, trying to keep the council in check and trying both not to die AND save the world from the darkness, swoon-worthy man moments are probably near the bottom of her list. But at least both Aberto and Kennan are heavily involved in the plotline and although we don’t get a heavy dose of romance (like I said, no time!) we do get the chance you see into the past and really get to begin to understand a lot more about their lives and about the history of Seers, Guardians and Old Ones. It really is fascinating stuff and very well thought out. Every detail is meticulous and everything was so perfectly layered that it was totally seamless flipping between the current day and visions of the past, something which is not always achieved as well as was done here.

By the time I finished this book (and calmed myself down) I decided that 1. I would forgive Michelle Graves for breaking my heart 2. I LOVED the direction the story was taking and 3. I did not know how I was going to be patient enough to wait for the fourth book! I usually am pretty strict about not wishing time away, but I am seriously tempted to start wishing for November to hurry up! I just know it’s going to be an amazing conclusion to one of the best series I’ve read in a long time!

Read my review for book 1: See How She Runs HERE

Read my review for book 2: See How She Fights HERE

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Book Review – Becoming Calder by Mia Sheridan

From the very first paragraph of the very first page of Becoming Calder, I was completely captivated. This is a powerful story of first experiences, forbidden love, and hopeless situations. It’s about bravery and sacrifice and the lengths that we would go to for the people we love. 

There is a place in modern day America with no electricity, no plumbing, and no modern conveniences. In this place, there is no room for dreams, no space for self-expression, and no tolerance for ambition.

In this place, there is a boy with the body of a God and the heart of a warrior. He is strong and faithful and serves his family honorably. But he dares to dream of more.

In this place, there is a girl with the face of an angel and a heart full of courage. To her family, she is the vision of obedient perfection. But she dares to want that which she has been told can never be hers. 

Becoming Calder is the story of good versus evil, fear versus bravery, and the truth that the light of love has always found its way into even the darkest of places… From the beginning of time, to the end of the world.

The story starts off with the prologue being told from Edens POV. She’s in a pretty desperate situation and her helplessness screams off the page at you. I had tears in my eyes as I willed her to keep going, to not give up. As the prologue comes to a close, we head back and learn how Eden got to this point in her life…and this is where we meet Calder. 

Calder and Eden are living in a religious community that is cut off from the rest of the world. They have strict rules to abide by which are set by the community’s leader, Hector. They live a simple life with no modern conveniences and are schooled from a young age on obedience, scripture and the virtues of living a simple life away from the evils of the rest of the world. They live their lives for a greater purpose – to serve their Gods so that one day they will live eternally along side them in Elysium.

Calder and Eden both have very different purposes in the commune. Calder is a ‘worker’, a lower member of the community, and Eden is to marry Hector and lead their people by his side. But from they moment Calder and Eden laid eyes on each other they are truly ‘meant to be’. Their paths were always on a collision course and over the years a couple of innocent moments of friendship and warmth develop into something deeper. A love that is so strong and so right that they would forsake everything and everyone to be together. 

“Where do you find your strength, Morning Glory?” 

“From you”

The enormity of the situation between Calder and Eden can be felt throughout every page of the book. I felt on edge and almost breathless at times wondering how this love story could ever work. This is the story of forbidden love at it’s deepest. Their situation was desperate and hopeless. It makes you want to jump in the pages and do something, ANYTHING to help them find their way. I was celebrating small victories one moment and screaming about the injustice of it all the next. 

The world they live in is so far removed from anything most people will experience in their lives but Mia Sheridan’s brilliant ability to weave a story and capture her audience brings it all to life. Their story is completely engrossing and I felt like I was there with them at times. I could see it all play out in my head and I LOVED every second of it. The emotion, the heartbreak, the desperation and love all had me unable to tear my eyes away. 

“Until there is no breath in my body and my bones have turned to dust, you, my love, you and no other,”

Calder and Eden stole my heart, and their story will stay with me for a long time. I can’t wait to see how the rest of this story plays out in Finding Eden, which is also due to release on the same day as Finding Calder. I LOVE that Mia Sheridan has done it this way so we aren’t waiting around for a year to learn the fate of Calder and Eden. This story is so emotional that you will be diving into Finding Eden the second Finding Calder is done. 

CHECK OUT MY FINDING EDEN REVIEW HERE   

* ARC received in exchange for review

* Images via the authors Facebook page