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Book Review: Severed by Sarah Alderson

5 Dec 2012

by Sarah Alderson
Publisher: Amazon
Release Date: November 30th 2012
Format: Kindle
Purchase: Amazon

"Fate brought them together. Now it’s threatening to tear them apart.

As the last in a long line of demon slayers, Evie’s destiny is to end the war that has raged for centuries between humans and demons.

Lucas, the half-Shadow Warrior half-human who was sent to kill her, has betrayed his own Brotherhood and his family to fight alongside her.

With an army of unhumans on their tail, Evie and Lucas are forced into an uneasy alliance with a group of rogue Hunters who offer protection and the promise of answers.

As the past is untangled and the dark history of the Hunters revealed, Evie discovers that severing the realms is going to require a lot more than just fighting. It’s going to require a sacrifice – one that only she can make. …

More than realms will be severed.

Reaction immediately upon finishing:



I can rant all day and all night about how unfair that ending was but I'll spare you the torture and get on with the review...
Severed begins right where Fated left off; Lucas and Evie are on the run, with might I add, absolutely no where to go and no one to turn to for help while fearing that every single unhuman in the realm is searching for them. With no choice, they turn to Lucas's only living relative - his sister Flic-for help and after some huge turn of events....they eventually end up with the rogue Hunters. That's the simplist and most condensed summary I can think of right now, and to fill in the gaps...GO READ THE BOOK!!

In this installment, we meet a whole cast of new characters. My favourite is definitely CYRUS! I should mention that I have a problem with his name- unfortuntaetly every time I read CYRUS, I think of Blair's stepdad in Gossip Girl...and he's like this tiny bald I just can't picture this Cyrus in my head- BUT his personality totally makes up for his er....unattractive name. Cyrus is sarcastic, narcissistic and the pretty much the most egotistical guy on earth. He's also the most hilarious guy on earth - I guarantee you'll wet your pants laughing at some of his hilarious comebacks and comments. However, there's also this other side to him, one that is rarely revealed but we have the pleasure of seeing at least once in the book. Even though everything may seem like a joke to him, he's also extremely caring and if you can believe it-selfless! I absolutely did not expect him to make some of the decisions he made, and I have to say -I LOVE HIM EVEN MORE FOR MAKING THOSE DECISIONS!

The plot and pacing were both fantastic! There are so many twists and turns- so many revelations and there are countless parts where I just...NEVER expected whatever happened, to happen. It was...unreal. As cliched as it may sound, a 'rollarcoaster ride ' is the perfect way to describe this book...You're literally thrown around, a jumble of emotions cascading from you at the twists and the unexpected turn of events.

I seriously cannot praise this enough; I'm debating whether I like this more or Losing Lila. I don't know. Maybe a tie? There's humor, some Twilight references that I'm sure we'll all appreciate and the experience is just so thrilling. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED guys! You must read it :)


  1. So glad you enjoyed this, even if the ending sounds cruel! I'm definitely a bigger fan of the Lila series but anything by Sarah Alderson is enjoyable and I'd definitely be interested to see what happens next in Severed. I'm not a fan of ebooks but after watching, devouring and falling in love with Buffy, I'm intrigued by this series all the more! Great review, Shirley! :D

  2. Shirley!!!! I seriously NEED this book right NOW! And your brilliant review doesn't help me either (just to point it out to you just how much I want to read this book haha). But putting my jealousy on the side for now, I'm so glad this book was enjoyable for you . . . I need more of Sarah Alderson's writing. I'm so in the mood for it too! hehe.

  3. Okay. I clearly will not be reading this until the next book is released. I can't go through that kind of torture Shirley! I did that once with Dreamfever and had to wait 17 months, 17 MONTHS, before the next book came out. I almost died. Yep, I'm going to wait for sure and then read all three books at the same time:) Fabulous review even though the ending clearly scarred your for life!

  4. Oh I love how we've shared our love for this review for this book on the same day! <3! I was so surprised by some of the actions of the characters in this book too, I didn't think I could fall in love with these characters again so quickly, but Alderson is super talented in leaving us wanting more. I have my fingers crossed about you know what in Shadowed! :)

  5. I like the sound of Cyrus! He seems like an entertaining character, though I do hope it's not a love triangle. I don't think I can cope with another torturous ending at the moment, but I definitely look forward to picking this up eventually. Brilliant review, Shirley! :)

  6. SHIRLEY SHIRLEY SHIRLEY. WHAT IS THIS ENDING YOU SPEAK OF?! :O I SO need to start my copy soon. Ebooks and I don't have a great relationship, but I am desperate to see what happens next. Although that's probably not a good thing if the ending will make me react similarly to you :(

    Cyrus sounds AWESOME! Luckily I don't watch Gossip Girl, so I'm free to imagine him smokin' hot if I wish ;D

    Losing Lila is definitely my fave of Sarah's novels so far, so if this is on par with that? HOLY CRAP, SHIRLEY. Amazing review!!

  7. EEEK I love getting those reactions! Shocking endings are the best I secretly love them! Bahah. I just saw the other day that this one was out and I didn't even know! I'm definitely going to be getting a copy soon I'm so happy that it's a great sequel!!

  8. Ohmygod when yoy mentioned the name "Cyrus", Gossip Girl struck my mind too! Not that I *cough* ever watch Gossip Girl.. *cough*
    Anyways, to the book itself - well, it sounds bloody brilliant! Much to my displeasure, I haven't read a Sarah Alderson book yet but I know that I must with all the praise her books have received. Outstanding review, Shirley!

  9. Haha, the Cyrus thing would throw me too!

    I'm done with Sarah's books, the Lila books weren't for me, but it's great that you loved this sequel, Shirls!


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