Evolution-Book 3 by Teri Terry Book Review

Summary: Into the fire …

The final part of the trilogy from multi award-winning author Teri Terry.

Shay has followed Xander and joined his mysterious scientific cult at their remote Scottish compound. She’s desperately searching for Callie, who went missing before the start of the epidemic that kills 95% of cases, and leaves a tiny number of survivors with astonishing new powers.

Can Shay uncover the truth about the origins of the epidemic, find Callie and perhaps even rekindle her relationship with Kai? Or will Xander’s grand plans destroy them all for ever?

Stop Here if you have not read book 1 and 2 as spoilers are ahead

Thank you to Netgalley and Charlesbridge Teen for the advanced copy of the book in exchange for my review. I really appreciate being given the chance to read all three of these books prior to them being sent out to the world.

Thoughts and Themes: I read these books as they came out and it is the first time I’ve read a series this way. I usually wait for a series to come out before reading them so that I don’t wind up forgetting what happens in between the books. I couldn’t wait for these though so as soon as the next book was available on Netgalley I would request it and luckily I was granted permission to read it.

I really enjoy the scientific aspects of this book. The physics explained in the book are interesting but I will have to do a re read to follow more. I was following along quite well when things were revealed in the second book but as time passed between that one and the third book it was hard for me to remember what had been said.

I like how the beginning scenes that people don’t know that this man starts this epidemic. I think its interesting to read in this time as a pandemic is happening and people are beginning to wonder if this is all a conspiracy. I thought as you read this book more it was interesting to see how things play out between the people who started the epidemic and the government.

Characters: I love each and every character that are introduced throughout this series. I really enjoy the side characters that Shay and Callie come across as well as all the people that Kai and Freja meet on their journey.

I really enjoyed watching Callie develop as a character throughout the first book and into this one. She has changed a lot through the course of this series and has become a completely different person.

I also really enjoyed watching the changing relationships between the four main characters and watching as those relationships change these people. I thought it was interesting to see how things developed for them and how things drastically changed from the first book.

Writing style: I like that this book includes multiple perspectives just as the other two before it did. It gives you Shay, Lara (Callie) , Kai, and Freja’s perspectives which allows you to be in more than one place at a time. It goes back and forth in parts at the start of the book to separate Shay and Lara who are in one location from Kai and Freja who are in a separate location.

You can preorder this book at Eso Won Books or look for it at your local library coming August 11.

The Lady in the Coppergate Tower

Thank You to Shadow Mountain Press for a copy of this book in exchange for my review.

Summary: (Borrowed from Barnes and Noble) Hazel Hughes believes there is nothing remarkable about her, not even her strange ability to heal the sick and injured. Her employer, Doctor Sam MacInnes recognizes her special talent, but because of the difference in their social status, he can’t tell her how much he admires her. When a mysterious count arrives in London and reveals to Hazel the existence a twin sister, she agrees to accompany him to the wilds of Romania, where she learns that her healing skills are needed to save her twin’s life. Worried for her safety, Sam insists on traveling with her.

Faced with dark magic, malfunctioning automatons, and dangerous magical artifacts, Hazel and Sam learn to rely on each other as they untangle a deadly web of mystery surrounding the count and search for a way to free Hazel’s sister from the cursed walls of the Coppergate Tower before time runs out on all of them.

Thoughts: This book I was hesitant to read because Romance is not a genre that I usually read and I was judging a book by its cover. I decided to go ahead and read it anyway since I like to give books a try. I found that there were so many things that I really enjoyed about this book.

I love the way that the author describes every scene and every item that you encounter, it made me feel like I was in the story. I loved the way the automatons interacted with the people and especially loved Eugene’s sarcasm and wit. It really added some light humor to a rather dire situation for our characters.

Something else I liked was the mystery aspect to this story, it was much more than just a romance between the main characters. They were working together to try and figure out Petrescu’s motives and along the way establishing that they were more than just business partners. I loved how the book had moments that it quickly picked up the pace before going smoothly back into the regular pace. The action scenes had me intrigued the whole time and I was worried for all of the characters.

Overall this book was a quick read with twists and turns and a great steampunk retelling of repunzal. I recommend this to you who love a great YA romance book or who like retellings of stories.

You can purchase this book at Barnes and Noble or look for it at your local library.