Review: The Rush (The Siren Series) by Rachel Higginson

Blurb:

A life not her own—A future already decided.Every facet of Ivy Pierce’s life is meticulously planned out and plotted. Cynical and jaded by sixteen, Ivy’s only hope is to escape the legacy she was born into.

She has a plan, a carefully thought out, feasible plan. She just has to play by the rules until everything falls into place. Unfortunately as predictable as her life can be, she never sees Ryder Sutton coming. He tumbles into her life unimpressed and untouched by her and the life she lives. He’s an enigma to her. A gorgeous, frustrating, sincere mystery and a complete phenomenon in the ugly world she lives in.

What blooms between them is a fiercely intense attraction that cannot be ignored. Even though they would both be better off without each other—Even if both their lives depend on staying apart.

This was an interesting read.  Ivy is the main character, and she is a siren.  I haven’t read many siren books, but I was pleased with this one.  Ivy is 16 years old and attends high school.  She is being groomed to be a professional siren, working for Nix.  Nix is older, and has his sites set on bringing Ivy into his personal collection.  Ivy’s mother is a siren as well, and is not a mother figure to Ivy at all.

Ivy meets Ryder, who is somehow immune to her curse.  Being a siren, the males around her cannot help wanting to be with her, and the females hate her.  It is a part of her curse, and she understands that.  She hates it, but understands it.  But Ryder is different.  He initially does not like her at all.

What follows is a story into Ivy’s life and what is to be expected of her.  It is a bit messed up at times, but still a very good book.  I thought the character development was done very well, and the plot was good.  There were no slow parts in this.  I’m excited to see what is next in the series.

I give this 4.5 out of 5.

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Review of The Reluctant King (The Star-Crossed Series, Book 5) by Rachel Higginson

Blurb:

Avalon St. Andrews has endured Hell and war in an attempt to secure freedom and immortality for his people. Raised and conditioned to be both warrior and leader, he now sits on a throne with his sister Eden, governing the Kingdom in peace. While his people enjoy the benefits of his struggle and loss, he is restless, bored and alone.Avalon is summoned to fight in order to save his people once more as the Kingdom is threatened by a brand new evil. In addition to reigning in a kingship he doesn’t want, he is fighting against the very people he has fought so hard to protect. They are determined to throw away their newfound freedom and their newfound leaders.

In this war and in this kingship he feels alone. And for the first time he feels hollow. That is until Amelia Cartier shows up, invading his every thought and shaking up his carefully controlled world.

Now he faces yet another battle—making Amelia his queen.

I was so glad Rachel Higginson decided to continue this series.  I love the characters, but felt like Endless Magic left something to be desired.  The Reluctant King is Avalon’s story, which I was interested to see.  After taking down a corrupt monarchy and being elected King, which he didn’t want, I wanted to see how things progressed.  I was not disappointed!

Avalon termed himself a lifelong bachelor, so it was interesting to see his life change so drastically.  Eden and Kiran, along with all of the other characters, were still a big part of this book.  I don’t want to give much away, so I’m not going in to detail as to what this book holds.

The series starts from the view of Eden, Avalon’s twin sister, and stays that way through book 4.  This is a story of immortality and magic, with love and war.  It has happy moments as well as heartbreaking moments.  Even though I’ve read the previous books a couple of times (I always re-read when a new book in a series comes out), I still teared up in some areas.

The books are well written, but there are minor grammatical errors that can be overlooked.  The character development is outstanding, and you fully understand where each one is coming from.  I am so excited this story has not ended, and I’m looking forward to Relentless Warrior (The Star-Crossed Series, Book 6).

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.  Highly recommend this series!