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Posted June 9, 2013
I would like to thank the author for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
I'm going to be honest, I had very high expectations for this book. I loved the first in the series, Lacrimosa, and expected to love this one even more. Alas, it feel short.
-I really loved Zane's point of view, and his story was quite tragic. Definitely one of the more enjoyable aspects of the novel.
-I also really liked the relationships between the characters like Nessa/Aydan, Nessa/Zane, and Zane/Cass/Caim.
-Once again the plot was very original.
-I think the thing that ruined the novel for me was the fact that the characters just seemed to circle around each other. For a good part of the book nothing really occurred. There was a lot building up to the climax and it became boring after a while. It just seemed like there was a slow section towards the middle of it.
Overall, I loved the writing style of this author and loved the continuing story line from the first book, but this sequel fell flat to the first novel.
Posted January 25, 2013
Another winner. This book certainly had me guessing all the way up to the end. Like Zane and Aydan I could never quite settle on if it was truly Nesy or not. This story was told from Zane and Aydan's P.O.V and like Nesy herself, we are left in the dark for what is happening with her and inside her head. I must have been so wrapped up in Aydan and Nesy in the last book that I did not notice Zane's love for Nesy until it comes out in glazing obviousness in this book, just as Cass's feeling from Zane are reveled as well. It is quite the love triangle that Ms. Fonseca has woven. I still wonder about the love affair that started the whole war going between Mikayel/Azzaziel and a mystery woman. I think it is in a short story that I have yet to read and need to check into. We are also introduced to the Jinn in this story and I look forward to learning more about Lilith. The story is fast paced and draws you in quickly, the action is less in this book, but that does not make for a less interesting story. I look forward to the next book due out later this year. I can't wait to see how this battle of good and evil plays out and I so hope that Aydan and Nesy get a H.E.A. I won this book on Goodreads in a givaway, but that held no influence on my review and opinion of the story.
Posted January 4, 2013
I would like to thank Christine Fonseca for giving me this book to read and review. It was wonderful, and I am just so sorry I didn't finish it faster.
Libera Me was a roller coaster of emotions that left me anxious, and gasping, and happy, and then on the next page heart broken. It was a story I could not predict where it was going, and what would happen next. It had so many different twists and turns and surprises.
Aydan. Such a tortured soul. Trying to deny The Beast, and help the only one he has ever loved remember him. He is my favorite character. My heart just breaks for him and I so want him to have a moment of peace and joy. I am still holding out for his redemption. Here are a few lines that I loved that explain his torment best:
"There is no peace in these dreams. Only endless nightmares reminiscent of the life I tried to forget. The life I tried to hide."
"Thoughts weave and spin as every dream, every nightmare, plays forward. The puzzle pieces fit together perfectly. Everything makes sense now. Nesy is my life, My death."
Zane. He is blinded by his love for Nesy and needing Nessa to be her. It becomes sort of an obsession to bring Nesy back and restore memories. Even though he ended up being used, I still love him and his loyalty. He pulled through in the end.
Nessa. Doesn't remember the girl Aydan and Zane tell her she is. She has her own torture to deal with. Is she even Nesy at all or just an illusion? I feel she is a pawn in the big deception.
Cass. Sticks by Zane. Loyal. There to comfort.
Caim. He is supposed to keep an eye on Nessa and discover what is going on. But is he to be trusted?
Demonic smoke. Zane gave it his memories, but what is it, and what is it using the memories for? I learned more about this as the book went and it's other names. And it is no good. I hate the Demonic smoke. Hate it.
"Too many possible outcomes. Too many potential futures. And none of them good."
No one knows who can be trusted. What is an illusion and what is real. Christine has written an amazing sequel that keeps you on you toes with suspense. I did not expect the end of this book, and my heart has been ripped out. I need the last book to put it back together. And hope for an absolution. I highly recommend this series to everyone!
Posted November 17, 2012
I would like to thank my friend and the author Christine Fonseca for trusting me with a rough draft/ARC of this BEAUTIFULLY AMAZING book to read and give an honest review. I am honored and humbled to have been trusted to read this masterpiece of literature. And I was not in the least bit disappointed with it, as I knew would be the case. It took me a while to pull my thoughts together to be able to write this review because I just did not know how to coherently put my words on paper! Yes, this book is THAT good, THAT amazing. If you enjoyed Lacrimosa (Requiem #1) then you will be blown out of the water by what Libera Me offers to you! This book was so amazing that I read it TWICE, yes, you read that right, TWICE, just because I had to go back and re-wrap my mind around the story so I could get that much more out of it.
Blurb from Goodreads:
What happens when everything you’ve sacrificed for is lost?
Aydan thought Nesy’s death would be the end of him, until he meets Nessa and his hope is restored. Could she be Nesy reborn? He is certain she must be. That is, until her lack of memories and incessant nightmares begin to erode his faith.
Zane is used to trusting his mind, his wisdom and his angelic senses. But these attributes are no help with Nessa. He has no way to be certain of her identity, no way to know the truth. That is, unless he listens to the one thing he has refused to acknowledge throughout his existence - he feelings for Nesy.
Blind to both angel and demon, Aydan and Zane must figure out the truth behind Nesy's identity before all is lost, Azza discovers the truth and the Beast is again unleashed.
The lines between good and evil have never been so blurred.
For starters I must comment on the cover of this book. It so accurately captures the theme of the book. The characters laying in opposite directions signifies to me the push and pull you feel between them as the book progresses. And how it depicts the two characters together, well, it's just HOT! You cannot get much better than that. I like this cover much more than the original one. When I first saw the new cover, I was so excited. Christine shared it with me before it was completed and I loved it then. Then I got to see it grow with her process of changing it and WOW! What an amazing choice for this book!
As always, the characters in this series completely and totally keep me wanting more. They are so well developed, it is not possible to not get completely and totally engrossed in them. I feel connections with each and every one of them. I love that this book takes a turn and tells the story from Aydan and Zane's points of view. It completely captures their feelings for Nesy, their torture in loving her and their struggle with whether or not to let her go. Reading of their struggle throughout this amazing piece of work was so hard. And yet, I could not stop because I needed to know how things would end for these characters.
Aydan is so conflicted, so tortured, my heart was always in my throat when I was reading his chapters. Watching him unravel is heart wrenching. Watching him battle his demons made me want to cry (and I did). I just love him and feel so badly for him as he tries to come to terms with his torment. And the ways in which he choses to deal with this torment kept me on the edge of my seat. I think the most interesting part of Aydan's struggle in this book is watching him try to figure out what is real and what is not. Trying to figure out if the beast still lives inside him, or if what he's feeling, seeing, and sensing is real.
Zane, well, it was so great getting to really know him in this book. We got a glimpse of who he is in Mea Culpa. We saw his torture and felt his growing need to find Nesy. In this book, you are once again let in on his journey. His soul is just as tortured as Aydan's. And because he remains an angel, it pulls that much more on your heart strings because he knows he is not ever supposed to get emotionally involved. He knows that angels should not possibly feel what he does, and yet it is right there, smacking you in the face. Zane is powerful and sexy, loving and surprising. I loved him more and more as I read for his need to find Nesy. He struggles with the sacrifice he has made for Nesy, and this causes him such pain you feel it ripping at your heart.
And Nesy (Nessa), well, she is and is not what we expect her to be. I won't say much more than that because I don't want to spoil things for the reader! Just know that her whole being is so much more complicated than you could have possibly thought.
The supporting characters are well developed and thought out. We watch as Cass struggles with keeping Zane safe. She's torn apart by possibly losing another being that she loves. And Caim, well, it's hard to say anything about Caim because I didn't trust him from the first book, so why should I have trusted him in this one? He just has wrongness written all over him. And when I see that he's placed with Zane's team to investigate Nessa, I simply could not understand the logic. How could he be trusted after what happened with Lori?
The plot of this book is completely overwhelming. And I do not mean that in a bad way. It's an incredible journey through the minds of two very different characters who want the same thing, the safety and love of someone they are not sure is really who they think she is. While Christine was writing this story, she would send me small emails saying how torn she was between Zane and Aydan. How they were torturing her and constantly calling her back to writing their story. Once you read this story, you will completely understand why. While the plot is not new (bad versus good and the struggle between who will win), the way in which Christine goes about selling it to you is different from anything else you will ever read. I promise the surprises that happen are so unexpected they will have your mind reeling and your heart racing out of control to see where everything ends up. This is a story of sacrifice, love, and torment, of faith, anguish and horror. While this book is not a psychological thriller, some of those elements are in the story line and that makes for a completely different twist on a paranormal read.
As for Christine's writing, well, she is truly a poet. I cannot tell you how engrossed I get when reading her stories. The words flow so easily, one after the other dragging you in, twisting your heart, and blowing your mind. She tells the story in way that makes you want to continue to read and never stop. I found myself sneaking peeks at work just so I would know what was happening next. The words give so much life to the story, chosen so carefully and constructed into a melody that speaks in such an amazing way. It's like reading a song on paper. That's how amazing this writing is. I found myself holding my breath as I turned each page, the words forming amazing images in my mind, like art swirling to life effortlessly on a piece of canvas.
This book will blow your mind in so many ways. If you read Lacrimosa, and enjoyed the awesomeness that was the first book in the Requiem series, then this story will shatter your mind into so many pieces you will have to pick them up and read the book again to fully absorb it's awesomeness!
5 out of 5 shining stars from me, if I could give it more, I totally would! I need book #3 in hand RIGHT NOW!
Posted November 13, 2012
Seriously!! There are no words to begin to describe how I am feeling right now, after finishing this AMAZING book. I think I will take the opportunity to thank the brilliant and wonderful Christine Fonseca for allowing me to read this mind blowing sequel before everyone else. I am honoured more than you know and am truly thankful and grateful for being given the opportunity. Let me tell you, I am completely in awe, totally floored and in love with the words you write. Words, which breathe life into the remarkable stories you weave. Not stories, but eloquent poems that tear at your heart and rip at your soul, in such a good way, of course.
Libera Me will have you holding your breath the entire time you read it. You will not exhale until you read the final sentence and even then you are left breathless and wanting so much more. Your mind will be spinning a million miles per hour, your heart will be pounding, you will be screaming and gripping the edge of your seat. And, even after all that, you will be experiencing all three characters falling apart and you can do nothing but find yourself falling in a tunnel of torment, your heart, shattering into a million little pieces. I swear to you that you will be as fragmented as Nesy, Aydan and Zane. These souls are so tortured and beyond despair, you find yourself feeling so much pain and anguish along with them. Half the time they don't know what is real or not. Their minds are being warped by Azza, by the smoke. But, what remains true through all of this confusion and turmoil is their love. Aydan's undying love for Nesy; Zane's sacrifice and love for Nesy. These two would stop at nothing to help Nesy find out who she really is. Unlock the memories that have been lost to her. It really is heart breaking and gut wrenching. I have come to realise that Christine Fonseca is the Queen of Torment. She really knows how to take you on a journey that will have you spiralling out of control but then ground you with just one breath of a word.
I really don't know what else to say. There is no need for me to go into detail about what happens in this story. There is just too much to even try to explain and I would not do it justice. All I do know is how I felt while reading this story that will keep you wanting so much more and needing to unravel the mystery of what is yet to come. I am now dying to get my hands on book 3 *I will it to be written now ;)* and I can seriously understand why Christine Fonseca was so torn between these two. My heart belongs to both Aydan and Zane. The sacrifices, the anguish, the horror, the love and the undying faith. They really would stop at nothing to do what is right for Nesy, no matter what the consequences. My heart ached for both of them and I just about nearly died a thousand deaths over and over again. Talk about torment.
If you loved Lacrimosa, I guarantee that you will love Libera Me just as much, if not more. And if you have yet to discover this series, I say run, don't dawdle to pick it up. This series is a must read and you will wonder why you ever waited to read it.
I know I have said this before and I will say it again, Christine Fonseca is an artist who has aspired to create a work that speaks volumes in love. This book is true poetry at it's best and I cannot wait to devour so much more. Love Love Love Love this book. Love this series. And, love Christine Fonseca.
Posted November 1, 2012
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