Review: The Beyond by Chloe Neill

, by Kt Clapsadl

The Beyond by Chloe Neill
Devil's Isle #4

Sensitive Claire Connolly must journey to another world in the electrifying fourth installment of Chloe Neill’s post-apocalyptic urban fantasy series.

It’s been a year since the Veil between the human world and the world Beyond was torn apart, and war began again. Sensitive Claire Connolly and bounty hunter Liam Quinn have been helping their human and paranormal allies fight back against the ravaging invaders and save what’s left of New Orleans.

But a new enemy has arisen, more powerful than any they’ve seen before, and even Devil’s Isle cannot hold her. . .

When Claire learns of a new magical weapon–one built by paranormals themselves -she knows it could turn the tide of war. But to reach it, she and Liam will have to cross into the Beyond itself. In a world full of hostile magic and dangerous foes, she’ll have to channel the powers she once kept hidden in order to survive. New Orleans hangs in the balance, and the storm is growing closer . . .

In THE BEYOND, things really come to a head, and it was one heck of a thrill ride. Everything in the Devil’s Isles series has been building up to this point for the ultimate battle. The stakes were incredibly high, and I enjoyed every moment. Crossing over the Veil added a new dimension to the world, and it was fascinating to see how their world was. Both Claire and I *almost* felt sorry for the paras that left there to escape, almost. But the amount of destruction they caused Earthside is inexcusable and she wasn’t afraid to sock it to them.

In the romance department, things are much better than in previous installments. I had expressed a good bit of frustration in my reviews of the prior books. But this time around things felt much more on track and less wishy-washy. Don’t get me wrong, things weren’t smooth sailing or roses for the pair, but the romance felt much more substantial this go around, which I very much appreciated.

All in all, THE BEYOND was a good finish to the Devil’s Isle series that I greatly enjoyed. Fans of the series will be pleased with this conclusion.

(Received a copy from the publisher)

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Previous Books:
     1. The Veil
     2. The Sight
     3. The Hunt

Review: Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep

, by Kt Clapsadl

Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep
Crown of Shards #2

First, Evie has to deal with a court full of arrogant, demanding nobles, all of whom want to get their greedy hands on her crown. As if that wasn’t bad enough, an assassin tries to kill Evie in her own throne room.

Despite the dangers, Evie goes ahead with a scheduled trip to the neighboring kingdom of Andvari in order to secure a desperately needed alliance. But complicating matters is the stubborn Andvarian king, who wants to punish Evie for the deaths of his countrymen during the Seven Spire massacre.

But dark forces are at work inside the Andvarian palace, and Evie soon realizes that no one is safe. Worse, Evie’s immunity to magic starts acting in strange, unexpected ways, which makes her wonder whether she is truly strong enough to be a Winter Queen.

But Evie’s magic, life, and crown aren’t the only things in danger—so is her heart, thanks to Lucas Sullivan, the Andvarian king’s bastard son and Evie’s . . . well, Evie isn’t quite sure what Sullivan is to her.

Only one thing is certain—protecting a prince might be even harder than killing a queen…

I really enjoyed Kill the Queen, but PROTECT THE PRINCE was even better! I am utterly in love with this series, I just can't get enough. The characters, world, and plot are all incredible. Everleigh in particular really stole my heart this time around. There have been so many challenges thrown at her, and while she questions whether she's enough at times, she never once falters or lets anyone stand in her way of doing what is best for her people. She is truly an admirable up and coming queen and I am delighted to get to see her grow. Each new twist and turn in the story only served as something new for her to overcome, and a new facet of her character. I simply loved it.

When I finished this book I had a strong urge to go back and read book 1 again just to stay in this world longer. To say that I'm dying to get my hands on the next book is an understatement. If you are looking for a phenomenal read full of twists and turns that you can lose yourself in, look no further than the Crown of Shards series!

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Previous Books:
     1. Kill the Queen


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