Saturday, June 23, 2012

Collide Series by Shelly Crane

Goodreads Description:

Sherry has always known there was something out there. She's eighteen, works for a tabloid newspaper in Chicago and has a brother, Danny who is a lazy mooch. They live a pretty normal dull life with hippie parents and a normal existence Then the moon dissapears and people start to go missing only to reappear later, but different. Sherry has an abusive ex-boyfriend who shows up and claims to be one of these beings that have been showing up around the world. He's no longer the same person in that body. He tells her he has come to protect her and her brother and takes her underground, against her will to save her, where they meet others like them. She begins to unravel the truth about Merrick, about what he's really doing here, about the way he looks at her, about the crazy dangerous world they live in. Can he convince her that he's here to help? Will she like what she finds when she opens up to the truth? Will he be the one to love her when everyone else has failed her? Will he be able to protect her?

Goodreads Description:

Sherry and Merrick's story continues in this sequel to Collide. In this installment, we come face to face with old acquantances and new friends and new enemies. Things will change for all of them especially when a little girl is found and everyone's loyalties are tested. A revelation may upset the delicate balance they've all tried so hard to set. There's new love, new rivalries and new transformations in the continuing series of Collide

Goodreads Description: 

In the third installment of the Collide series, we start off with Sherry, taken prisoner in the enforcement facility. The little bunker family must now decide whether it's worth the risk to try to save her or if it would bring doom to them all. Lily has started showing signs of her gift progressing, which may not be a desirable thing. And as Marissa starts to act strangely, Jeff must come to terms that there may be more to her illness that meets the eye.
Daniel, the Lighter who shocked Lillian with his human emotions will reappear, but for what purpose? Will Sherry be rescued before it's too late? Will Daniel prove to be a genuine miracle? Will Cain be able to fully get over his love for Sherry and move on with Lillian? And how much more trouble can the new Taker cause for the rebels? 
Some will make it and some won't as the story continues..

Mary's Review:

Everyone knows that I have a "slight" obsession with Shelly Crane's writing.  She has quickly became one of most favorite authors.  Her talents as an author still put my in awe.  When she realized that I had not read this series yet she was kind enough to loan me the books to read them.  I had been so busy reading other books that this book series of Shelly's kept getting pushed down my "to-read" list.  Then finally I was able to have to find the time to read these.  Of course, I was not disappointed at all!

What I liked about the series: I loved all the characters.  When I first started Collide I thought it was just going to be about Sherry and Merrick, their love and the battle.  Well, I was WRONG! There are a lot of characters in this series and each one holds a special place in the book and in the story.  I quickly fell in love with them all.  I enjoyed the fight of good vs. evil and seeing character fall in love (even through the dark times).

What I did not like: Without giving out too much, it's the death and/or suffering of a character that I do not know.  Of course, there needs to be death and pain for good to prevail, but I still do not like it.  

Favorite Character:  There are several that I love in this series but Sherry (by far) is my favorite.  She puts everyone before her and she is the first to protect everyone.  I love watching her love, compassion, and fierceness grow throughout the books! She is an amazing character!

I really thought that Shelly was going to end this with three books.  I was wrong.  The forth installment will be out later this year.  I can say that I will be waiting for it!

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