My Tattered Bonds

My Tattered BondsTitle: My Tattered Bonds
Author: Courtney Cole
Series: The Bloodstone Saga #4
Publisher: Lakehouse Press
Date: October 11, 2011
Pages: 217
Format: eARC
Source: For Review
3 Stars

SYNOPSIS

It is always darkest before the dawn. Harmonia has certainly found this to be true. She has faced more than any one person, goddess or mortal, should ever have to.

She has lost her soul mate time after time, lies and deceit have surrounded her and in fact, she has even been misled about her very identity. Yet she has always emerged with strength and grace. But now she will face the unthinkable. Her daughter has been taken and Harmonia will risk everything to get her back.

In this epic series finale, all will be revealed. The only question remaining is...Who will be left standing?


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As much as I loved The Bloodstone Saga, the last two novels haven’t really shined for me. My Tattered Bonds probably could have been a couple chapters at the end of With My Last Breath, rather than an entire novel.

The romantic tension between Harmonia & Cadmus all but disappears in My Tattered Bonds, which is one of the things I really loved about the earlier novels. The adventure also wasn’t very exciting, as it was basically one long and boring trek through the Underworld.

The story of how the Olympians were banished (which we finally discover), was original but somewhat anti-climatic. I was expecting something so much more than it actually was and I was also really disappointed with the Gods attitudes once they were found. I also would have loved to see more of the Gods as well, particularly since Ares & Aphrodite don’t remember much of their lives as Olympians (another area of disappoint for me).

While I was expecting a lot more from My Tattered Bonds than I got, it was nice to see how the story ended. There is no way I would have been able to skip this novel after reading the rest of The Bloodstone Saga. While I wasn’t impressed, if you are already invested in the series it is worth the read.

 

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With My Last Breath

With My Last BreathTitle: With My Last Breath
Author: Courtney Cole
Series: The Bloodstone Saga #3
Publisher: Lakehouse Press
Date: September 1, 2011
Pages: 240
Format: eBook
Source: For Review
3 Stars

SYNOPSIS

Just when Harmonia thought she had saved everyone she loved, the unthinkable happens and her life is shattered… in the space of just one breath.

Now, she is left alone to shoulder a challenge, because she alone can fulfill a prophecy and restore Olympus. She knows she can succeed; she is the daughter of gods, after all. But will doing so cause her to lose herself?

To find Zeus’ sword, she is forced to return to a place that she knows will cause her pain. But she willingly goes in order to save everyone she loves, because pain alone cannot kill her. Or can it?


I really love The Bloodstone Saga by Courtney Cole, so I had high expectations for With My Last Breath. While I enjoyed the novel, it was not as good as the second book in the series (Fated). Fated ended with a huge cliff hanger, and as a result, we got a lot of action right from the beginning of the novel.

Even though it was filled with the action I loved in the previous books, the romance wasn’t there. The love between Cadmus and Harmonia has always been heartbreakingly strong, but in With My Last Breath it fizzled a bit. I think this is probably because Harmonia was going through a lot of psychological grief due to the furies actions.

As with the first novel (Ever Last Kiss), we time travel to an ancient place, but this time it was Camelot instead of Ancient Egypt. I actually wasn’t thrilled with the time travel, even though I typically love it, because it felt unnecessary to me. We already time traveled in Ancient Egypt, and I just don’t see why we had to do it again (although Camelot was an interesting place).

Even though I enjoyed With My Last Breath, it did not captivate me in the same way as Fated. The romance was not as epic as it was in the previous novels, although the love between Harmonia and Cadmus is still present. I still have high hopes for the rest of the novel, and hope it will be as epic as the rest of the series.

 

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Fated

FatedTitle: Fated
Author: Courtney Cole
Series: The Bloodstone Saga #2
Publisher: Lakehouse Press
Date: June 22, 2011
Pages: 230
Format: eBook
Source: For Review
5 Stars

SYNOPSIS

Seventeen-year old Macy Lockhart thought she had it all figured out.

As a Keeper in the ancient organization, the Order of the Moirae, she literally holds fate in her hands. She lives over and over in lives that end tragically; all to further the good of mankind as she does her part to control destiny.
But there’s one lesson that she hasn’t learned well enough. Nothing is ever what it seems.

Startling new revelations about her identity surface and Macy realizes that she’s more important than she ever imagined.

As she struggles to grasp her new reality, everyone she loves is threatened. Is she strong enough to save them all?


I loved Fated—I mean really loved it! The story picks up shortly after Every Last Kiss, and it is filled with action and romance. Courtney Cole continues to write some pretty steamy/swoon worthy scenes between Gavin and Macy—and I devour all of it.

I have been obsessed with Greek Mythology since I was in about third grade. I read mythology books for fun, watched hours of Xena and Hercules, researched Greek Mythology online, and made my sisters take Greek Mythology tests, so I think it’s fair to say that I know a lot about mythology. One of the things that impresses me the most about Courtney Cole’s Bloodstone Saga is that she incorporates obscure myths that I haven’t really heard of before. I love learning new things, and being exposed to a new facet of Greek Mythology is heaven to me. I also love the special twists that she adds in to make the mythology her own—particularly why we haven’t seen the Gods in so long.

Fated is a refreshing take on Greek Mythology. It takes us on an adventure and introduces us to more obscure myths, which is really phenomenal because some retellings have been a trillion times and are feeling a little stale (Hades and Persephone anyone?). Additionally, I would not change a single thing about Courtney Cole’s writing style. She sucks you into her story and does not let you go until the last page. I’m attached to the characters and I need to know what happens to them. The plot line is fascinating and I have to know where it is going—and the romance is both steamy and sweet. The Bloodstone Saga is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite mythology books, and I can’t wait to read more.

Every Last Kiss

Every Last KissTitle: Every Last Kiss
Author: Courtney Cole
Series: The Bloodstone Saga #1
Publisher: Lakehouse Press
Date: April 21, 2011
Pages: 250
Format: eBook
Source: For Review
4 Stars

SYNOPSIS

Born a goddess. Controlled by the Fates. Can Macy's love for her soul mate survive the bonds of time... and death?

17-year old Macy Lockhart is as far from normal as any one girl can be. The problem is, she doesn’t know it yet.

After a bloodstone pendant is mysteriously left on her door, Macy’s life begins to change in ways she’d never dreamed. And while she will eventually come to realize that nothing is ever what it seems, that her life is a tangled web of lies and the Fates themselves pull the strings, for now she is left with only the explanations that they offer her.

Macy is led to believe that if she doesn’t return to a previous doomed life, one in which she served as Queen Cleopatra ‘s handmaiden, the fate of the entire world will be threatened in a way that would destroy history as we know it. She learns that she has lived thousands of lives, each one ending tragically…but none as tragic as this one.

After returning to ancient Egypt, she is faced with heart-wrenching decisions. Unless she interferes with Fate’s plan, the very thing she was born to protect, her soul mate will die leading Marc Antony’s forces against Rome. Can she really stand aside and watch the love of her life die all over again?

In this fascinating novel-length prequel to The Bloodstone Saga, Courtney Cole sets the stage for an epic journey that will have readers holding their breath until the very last page of the very last book has been turned.

What would you do if you held Fate in your hands?


Time travel, mythology, Ancient Egypt…where could you possible go wrong? Every Last Kiss by Courtney Cole was a wonderful story! I have always been a fan of time travel, mythology, and historical fiction, so I was bound to love this book. Courtney Cole has an engaging writing style that is bound to capture the reader’s attention and leave them wanting more.

My favorite part of Every Last Kiss was definitely the romance. I wasn’t overly attached to any of the characters, but the scenes between Chairman and Hasani were swoon-worthy. I’m expecting similar things from the rest of the series!

The plotline was also very intriguing. Chairman/Macy, is reincarnated and meets a tragic ending in every lifetime. This makes for some great historical fiction and allows the reader to travel to many different places with the same characters. In Every Last Kiss, we only see Ancient Egypt and the United States, but I imagine that we will get to travel to other exotic places in the rest of the series.

Another thing I particularly enjoyed in Every Last Kiss was the writing style. There was not a single time that I thought the wording was funny or the pacing was wrong. It flowed really well and made the story that much more enjoyable.

Overall Every Last Kiss is a fantastic read from a very talented author. I recommend it for fans of mythology, Ancient Egypt, time travel, and steamy romance. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of Courtney Cole’s Bloodstone saga!