Captive by Sarah Fine
Release Date: April 15, 2013 / Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I've been on a Malachi high lately. First it was all of his journal entries (if you've read Santcum, book one of the Guards of the Shadowlands series, you'll know that he has tons of journals that he's written in over the years since he's been in the Shadowlands) that can be found regularly updated on the Guards of the Shadowlands Tumblr page. And now there's this short story Captive!
Captive takes place during Sanctum where Malachi as Captain of the Guard first meets Lela. It's all from Malachi's perspective too. It may be short but gives enough insight to what was going on with him during that time. I loved reading what he was thinking when he saw Lela. I honestly can't get enough of them and the world found in this series, and I can't wait to read more about them in Fractured, the sequel to Sanctum!
Evanescent by Gabriella Lepore
Release Date: March 15, 2013 / Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Evanescent is about a girl named Bronwen who finds protection with three teenage boys after she discovers she is being hunted by a creature known as a Severen. The three boys aren't ordinary boys though. In fact, they've lived for 200 years already because of the dragon's blood coursing through their veins that gave them eternal life. As Bronwen falls for one of the boys and realizes there might just be a cure for them, she has to come to terms with the fact that life was never meant to be lived forever.
My favorite thing about Evanescent was Felix, the boy Bronwen fell in love with. He was funny and sarcastic. I was giggling from the very beginning because of him. I thought his personality stood out from all the characters. That being said, I can't say I ever really connected with him, the rest of the characters, or the story. I also felt the romantic feelings between him and Bronwen evolved rather quickly. I'm not sure I found their love quite believable. I guess it worked for the pace of the story though.
Speaking of the story, it was bittersweet. I kind of had a feeling where it was going by some of the reviews I read. How everything played out seemed fitting, but I still wish it had ended differently. If you don't mind bittersweet endings, you might enjoy Evanescent even more.