Love Reborn (Dead Beautiful, #3) by Yvonne Woon

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher Usborne in exchange for an honest review. However, this fact does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Renée and Dante are dying. The soul they share cannot sustain them both, and they’re quickly running out of time.

But Renée has in her possession a legendary chest said to contain the secret to eternal life-if only they could solve the clues that lie within it. With both the Liberum, a Brotherhood of the Undead, and a team of Monitors, led by Renée’s own grandfather, in hot pursuit, Renée and Dante must keep the chest safe or risk having it fall into the wrong hands.

With the help of a mysterious letter-writer called only Monsieur, Renée and Dante follow a series of clues that lead them on a treacherous journey across Europe. They seek the Netherworld, a legendary chasm where souls go to be cleansed. It’s their only chance at a fresh start, but with it comes a terrible choice, one they never imagined they would be forced to make.

The third novel in the acclaimed Dead Beautiful series is a haunting story of sacrifice, loyalty, and a love that can never die.

Source: Goodreads

My thoughts:

Since I loved Dead Beautiful and its sequel Life Eternal so much, I was thrilled to finally read the conclusion, Love Reborn because I couldn’t wait to find out if Renée and Dante will get their happy ending.

It took me a little while to get into the story because I first had to remember what has happened in Life Eternal, but once I read the first chapters, I was immersed in this book and couldn’t stop reading because it was so suspenseful. I remembered why I loved this story so much – because it’s unique, it’s romantic, captivating and just beautiful.

Yvonne Woon’s writing style and descriptions were again wonderful and she achieved to convey the same creepy and dark atmosphere that she created in the first two books.

We are introduced to a new character named Theo and I really liked him from the beginning because has a mysterious past and he’s very charming. We also get to see more of Anya, which was great because she’s such a lovable protagonist. Noah is also present in this book, but I won’t say more about it, since I don’t want to spoil the story for you. Then there’s also a mysterious ‘Monsieur’ who seems to want to help Renée and her friends and I desperately wanted to know who he really was.

The story is mainly set in Europe, which I loved of course, since I live in Europe and it was nice to read about great cities such as Paris for example. I also loved the whole mystery aspect of the story because I wanted to find out where the Netherworld was, along with the main characters. I really wanted Renée and Dante to find a way to finally be together because they’re such a great and romantic couple. There were many obstacles standing in their way and I just wanted them to be safe and to get a real chance at love and life.

And I must say that I am really happy with the way Love Reborn ended, although I am a little sad that this trilogy is over now because I really love these books as the idea of the story is just fascinating and creepy at the same time.

All in all Love Reborn was as great as the first two books in this beautiful trilogy because it was full of suspense, great protagonists, mystery, sacrifice and love.

Rating:

4.5 out of 5 stars

Note: I would like to thank Usborne Publishing for sending me this great book for review!

Andreea

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Mind Games by Teri Terry

Disclaimer: I received this ebook for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. However, this fact does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Luna is a no-hoper with a secret: in a world of illusion, she can see what is real. But can she see the truth before it is too late?

Luna has always been able to exist in virtual and real worlds at the same time, a secret she is warned to keep. She hides her ability by being a Refuser: excluded by choice from the virtual spheres others inhabit. But when she is singled out for testing, she can’t hide any longer.

The safest thing to do would be to fail, to go back to a dead-end life, no future. But Luna is starting to hope for something better, and hope is a dangerous thing…

Source: Goodreads

My thoughts:

Since I love the Slated trilogy so much, I was so excited to hear that Teri Terry has written a new book, a standalone. So of course I wanted to read it because it sounded mysterious and awesome.

Unfortunately, I didn’t love this book as much as I loved Slated, but Mind Games was still an interesting read.

I really liked Luna as a character because I could identify with her. She has lost her mother and had to live with a step-mother who wasn’t too fond of her and with an absent dad who rather prefered to spend most of his time in virtual worlds than with his family.

I also liked her grandmother and I wish we could have learned more about her. Luna’s love interest was also very intriguing but I found the romance between Luna and Gecko rather innocent and I just felt that something was missing. I don’t know, I think the author could have concentrated more on the romance because it was barely there. I wanted to see more of these two together and that’s why I was a little disappointed.

The world created by the author was however very fascinating, but also very complex and I often had troubles envisioning everything that happened in the virtual world. Still, I think that the whole idea of the book was very clever and also believable because technology could definitely be heading this way.

The ending was scary and I didn’t expect it. Some disturbing secrets have been unveiled and what happened to some protagonists was really sad.

All in all, Mind Games was an enjoyable read about a realistic and scary future and I think that this book will definitely appeal to sci-fi fans and those who enjoyed Teri Terry’s previous books.

Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

Note: I would like to thank Hachette Children’s Books for giving me the opportunity to review this book!

Andreea