Heart of the Storm by Michael Buckley

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Publisher Synopsis

“There’s something out in that water. Be ready to take the people you love and leave when it comes onshore.”

For three months, Lyric Walker has been trapped in the hunting grounds, the Alpha city at the bottom of the ocean. But Lyric Walker, Brooklyn girl, is not going down without a fight. She makes an unlikely alliance with her jailer, a Rusalka named Husk. Husk reveals the truth about what actually resides in the Great Abyss. The Great Abyss is not some Alpha god but belongs to an unknown clan of monsters, ones who think in a hive mentality and believe anyone who cannot hear their voice is broken and must be destroyed. And Lyric has just woken them.
After a death-defying escape, Lyric makes her journey back to the mainland to prepare humanity for another monster invasion. Once reunited with her parents, Bex, and hot-nerd-with-potential Riley, Lyric has to break the terrible truth.

Teal Review

**SPOILER ALERT**

This book gave me a major case of the feels!!!! First going into this book I wasn’t as into it as I was for the first two books in this trilogy (Undertow & Raging Sea), however, by the end I was exploding with emotions! It took me a while to get through Heart of the Storm. It was written differently than the first two books…we are reading a chapter each through a flash back and present time…and I have NEVER been a fan of that. However, whenever I sat down with this book and just committed to reading it I couldn’t stop and got trapped in the Coney Island world! By the end of this book I was totally satisfied with the ending even when I thought I wouldn’t be.

Let me just say that the fight scenes in Buckley’s books are so well written, it’s like I am there. My heat starts racing and I feel all the emotions that his characters feel.

Sadness…

Anger…

Pain…

Panic…

Happiness…

Surprise…

Love…

I can smell the ocean and feel the breeze

That’s what I call a fantastic writer!

I sort of ruined it for myself in a way because I read a little bit ahead and just happened to pick the chapter where Lyric finds out she is pregnant with Fathom’s baby (yeah that totally threw me for a loop!!!) and then once I read that I needed to know how it all went down and skipped ahead to the part when she tells Fathom…and then I read a little bit of the epilogue; DON’T DO WHAT I DID! Because of this I jumped to all sorts of conclusions about what happened with Riley and why he was with Bex and then why Lyric and Fathom weren’t together…I mean they love each other and have a son! I started putting off reading this book because I am such a sap for love and it seemed like Lyric wasn’t going to get it with Riley or Fathom…it seriously broke my heart a little bit…like there was pain and everything. But I continued on and I was totally wrong and the ending was one of the most satisfying things I have read in a long time. I am used to the main characters getting the love interest at the end, or ending up with someone they love and someone that makes them happy. But for once the author made it about what was empowering for the protagonist, and in this case is was Lyric deciding to choose herself.

‘I pick me,’ I say.

He’s confused again. This time, I take his hands in mine.

“I had a choice to make,” I say. He doesn’t need to know he’s been one corner of a love triangle. He doesn’t need to know that I was flipping Riley and him over in my head, trying to see them from every side, so I could decide which one to buy. He doesn’t need to know that Riley helped me understand something that right now makes sense. “And I picked me.”

I tell him that I love him and that I probably always will, and then  I tell him all the reasons why it’s not a good enough reason for us to be together. He doesn’t argue or try to manipulate me. He doesn’t go on and on about how if we want it, we can have it. He just sits and listens. For the first time since he came into my life, he is exactly what I needed him to be.”

I absolutely love this because I feel like it portrays a different side of not only the heroin but reveals that we all have a choice and that choice doesn’t always have to be what other people expect it to be.

The epilogue starts of three years later when Lyric, Riley, Bex and Lyric’s three old son, Max, return to Coney Island to meet up with Fathom and Husk so that Max can meet his dad. And while it kind of rubbed me the wrong way that Max and Fathom were just meeting for the first time in three years I got through it and totally fell in love with this scene. Fathom is a little more human and is great with Max. Buckley ends this book perfectly because it’s the cutest scene in the history of books, it ends with Fathom and Max doing the Wild Things dance and Fathom is the one to initiate it! My heart seriously melted. Not to mention that Buckley hints at Fathom and Lyric still feeling things for each other and possibly starting over in the future…that might just be my imagination but a girl can dream! Over all I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would and it was such a satisfying ending! Thank you Michael Buckley for capturing my heart in the Undertow world!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Reading Challenge 2017 Update

This is just going to be a quick post about my current reading challenge for 2017 (the challenge is through Goodreads). My goal for the year is 30 books, which is a super small goal for me, but because of full time classes and planning a wedding for June, I made my goal small for now! I am currently 30% in to the challenge, that’s 9 books since the beginning of the year! I really like my reading spread so far. There have been some I loved and some I hated. I am just going to put the titles and authors, with a book picture, in a numbered order; one being the first book I read this year and nine being the most recent book I finished. If you have read any of the books listed, or are currently reading any of the books listed, comment down below and let me know your thoughts and feelings on them!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

  1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maaschal
  2. The Last Star by Rick Yanceychal2
  3. Kisses from Katie by Katie J. Daviskisses
  4. Undertow by Michael Buckleychal3
  5. Evermore by Brenda Pandoschal4
  6. Starclimber by Kenneth Opelstarclimber
  7. We Are Okay by Nina LaCourweareokay
  8. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCoureverything
  9. Raging Sea by Michael Buckleyragingsea

Raging Sea by Michael Buckley

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Synopsis

In the first book of Michael Buckley’s Undertow trilogy, the Alpha arrived and the world was never the same. At the start of the second book, most of south Brooklyn is in ruins and the nation is terrified. Nearly everyone that Lyric Walker loves is either missing or presumed dead, including the mesmerizing prince Fathom. It’s up to Lyric to unite the Alpha before the second wave of a cataclysmic invasion wipes out mankind for good.

Teal Review

I absolutely adored this book and this series! I can’t wait to pick up the third book in Michael Buckley’s amazing book series. After reading through the reviews I noticed that the reviews were pretty mixed, some really hated it and some loved it. I for one loved this book! I read through Undertow the first book in this series and I read it in about a day and a half. I thought the writing style was so easy to read and I really enjoyed all of Buckley’s characters.

Lyric was a little bit wimpy in this book and complained a lot but I didn’t feel like it took away from the book at all…I mean lets be real, who wouldn’t act the way she is in this situation?!?! Ya, you know you would! I really enjoy books that have to do with mermaids and/or sea creatures and this series hasn’t dissapointed! The detail in what each different Alpha First Man is super easy to understand and in turn, imagine what they would look like. I would highly recommend this series. Give it a chance!

P.S. How could you not be drawn in my Michael Buckley’s book covers?!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah