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Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine have saved Captive's Sound from the dark Sorceress Elizabeth...or so they thought. Despite their best efforts, a crack opened and a new, greater evil seeped through. With Mateo as her Steadfast, Nadia's magic is magnified and she is more powerful than ever. But there is still so much she doesn't know about the craft, leaving her open and vulnerabNadia, Mateo, and Verlaine have saved Captive's Sound from the dark Sorceress Elizabeth...or so they thought. Despite their best efforts, a crack opened and a new, greater evil seeped through. With Mateo as her Steadfast, Nadia's magic is magnified and she is more powerful than ever. But there is still so much she doesn't know about the craft, leaving her open and vulnerable to a darker magic...which has begun to call Nadia's name....

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Steadfast Reviews

  • Grace
    2019-04-08 17:28

    Now that's a pretty cover!

  • Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)
    2019-04-02 21:49

    Wow, what an explosive follow-up to SPELLCASTER! STEADFAST had me on my toes, anticipating the next move in this vicious cycle of good versus evil! This second installment is by far my favorite in the series so far! And the way this book ended, it's set-up for an EPIC conclusion in the next book! (I think it's going to be the last book?)THE PLOT... Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine are reveling in their victory over the dark Sorceress Elizabeth. Until the unthinkable happens! She's back, and she's more wicked then ever! She is determined to wreck havoc on Captive's Sound! Nadia struggles to understand and control her powers, and with Mateo as her Steadfast, she's stronger then she ever could of imagined. But there's a dark magic that's seeping through the barrier. And if Nadia has any chance at eliminating this evil threat, she must ward off the myriad attacks, while plotting around Elizabeth's evil plan, all while her Steadfast goes through his own struggles with coming to terms with his horrific visions that are becoming more evil and...real! I loved this book! I really did! It was so much fun to be in this dark hypnotic world! But the only thing I can say that irritated me a bit was the POV'S switch. It got to be annoying after a while, and sometimes it even went as far as having a POV with only a couple paragraphs, then the next chapter would be a full chapter of someone else's POV! I mean I understand why the author did it. So we could grasp everyone's importance to the plot. But sometimes it got too be a little too much! But besides that, I loved pretty much everything about STEADFAST! It was a quick-edge of your seat kinda read, filled with Sorcery, magic, evil, determination, betrayals, and of course, romance! Overall, STEADFAST was amazing, with twist and turns, evil that's hell bent on destroying the good, and a Protagonist that's determined not to give up and bring an end to this wickedness once and for all! If you were a fan of SPELLCASTER, then I HIGHLY recommend this book! And if your not, then you need to check it out, because your definitely missing out! In my opinion, it blew SPELLCASTER out of the water! And with that ending, I have a strong feeling that SORCERESS, the 3rd book is going to put STEADFAST to shame!!!I received an ARC copy for reviewing purposes! All opinions express are my own, and are not influenced in any way!

  • Sarah
    2019-04-03 22:45

    (Source: I own a copy of this book.)Elizabeth offers to teach Nadia witchcraft, as she no longer has her mother to teach her, but Nadia knows that that would be tantamount to giving up her own soul too, even if she knows it might be the only way to stop her.Elizabeth meanwhile is killing people with black goo, and putting demons inside dead bodies to do her bidding.Can Nadia stop Elizabeth? And why did her mother leave her anyway?I didn’t have much hope for this book after reading the first one, and although this may have been marginally better, it wasn’t by much.Nadia was once again an okay character, and her heart was in the right place, but she did make some darn stupid decisions once again. I got that she wanted to help people, but her plans to achieve that were just lacking somehow.The storyline was slightly better than that of the first book, probably because we got a bit more action, but I still felt bored for most of it. I did think the pace was a little better in this book, but I just wasn’t entertained.Nadia and Mateo were together in this instalment, which was nice I suppose, but I just didn’t really feel the romance.The ending was okay, although we were left with a big cliff-hanger. I don’t think I’ll be subjecting myself to the third one though.Overall; slightly less dull than the first, but not by much,4.5 out of 10.

  • Nicole - Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die-
    2019-04-07 18:25

    3.5Verlaine and Asa are OTP starsI have to say the follow up to Spellcaster did make it's mark on my shelf. I really liked how Steadfast got right into from what happened at the end of Spellcasters, and I also love the new character Claudia has brought to life in the second book instead of them being secondary characters. Also we get a follow up on why her mom left her whole family in the first place and it's a big surprise. We also get to see how the trio acts when darkness that is descending on Captive's Sound is coming closer than they think. Overall it was a pretty good second book. The only reason why I gave it three and half stars is because it took me a while to read it and I forgot important stuff that happened in the first half of the book, but I have to say once I picked this up again I was hooked right to the end.After defeating Elizabeth on the night of Halloween, Nadia can relax a little bit knowing that evil has been put to rest for a while. She can focus on loving her boyfriend Mateo, spending time with her friend Verlaine, and also help with her family (Cole and Simon) adjust too their new life, but when the source of the evil returns with a little help from a sidekick demon coming to help but despises her deeply. When people from Captive's Sound, start chocking on black gooey liquid and it effects almost everybody in town, (even someone close to Verlaine). Nadia, had to find a way to stop Elizabeth with out tempting into the dark side to stop the One Beneath coming into their world.I love learning more about characters in this book past and why they are fighting this force of evil to help the earth from total destruction, I also like how more mature Nadia has grown up from the last time in the series. She has to make very tough choices in this book and it might effect her future or even the people around her. Mateo, is really such a sweet character and I love how he cares for Nadia so much but also his dreams haunt him even more towards the end that makes him question what is going to happen to his health and his life. Verlaine is my favorite character in the last book and still is. I love her relationship with Asa and even though he very different from her and they learn some things, their love grew stronger and so did their friendship. That first kiss they had was sizzling hot. This book deals with a lot of tough choice making and what the characters decide, effects their future in so many different ways. “The only thing more compelling than love is power.”

  • Maryam Dinzly
    2019-03-30 15:38

    *Calms my beating heart*BUT GAAAAAAH.Okay, firstly, AMAZING BOOK. SUCH AN AMAZING BOOK. This book is the continuation to the first book, Spellcaster, and I have to admit I'm starting to love this amazing series. Quite sad that the book 3 is finally out (YES, IT IS, GET IT ON AMAZON NOW), because it's gonna end soon. If you've read Spellcaster, you would have a hint of what's going on in this series. Nadia is a witch. And she's trying to save the whole town, and possibly the whole world, from the likes of Elizabeth, a sorceress who worked for the One Beneath, aka Satan from Hell. This book was honestly better than the first one. It totally brought me along on an emotional rollercoaster. I remembered feeling so excited and scared at the same time while reading this book. But you know what I honestly think? I think that Verlaine deserves more credit than she was given. I mean, I know that Nadia is the female lead and all. But guise, look at Verlaine. Just look at her. She's lived her WHOLE life never been loved by anybody, never been noticed, and she still survived, she still cared. And maybe, honestly, this time, I want Elizabeth gone, because for once, I want Verlaine to have a happy ending. People should give Verlaine more credit than it's due. But yeah HAHA. Omg, I am totally way too excited to read the last book, but for some reason, the Amazon people hasn't sent my purchase to my Kindle yet, so ugh. READ THIS PEOPLE, DON'T STOP READING THIS.

  • Patchis Books
    2019-03-22 20:35

    »♥« ACHTUNG! BAND 2 - SPOILERALARM ZU BAND 1 »♥«»♥« INHALT »♥«Endlich kann Nadia aufatmen: In der Nacht von Halloween ist die dunkle Zauberin Elizabeth in den Flammen umgekommen. Und in Mateo hat sie nicht nur ihre große Liebe gefunden, sondern auch einen treuen Verbündeten. Mit ihm verbindet sie ein magisches Band, das ihr neue Kräfte verleiht. Aber es gibt noch so viel, was sie über die Hexenkunst lernen muss. Und plötzlich kehrt auch noch Elizabeth zurück! Sie hat nicht nur einen Dämon mitgebracht, sondern verfolgt einen höllischen Plan, der die ganze Stadt in ewige Dunkelheit stürzen soll.»♥« MEINE MEINUNG »♥«Endlich! Endlich konnte ich diese Geschichte weiterverfolgen. Band 1 hat mich, ich meine im April '16, unglaublich nervös zurückgelassen und obwohl Band2 ziemlich zügig bei mir ankam, hab ich einige Zeit gebraucht, um danach greifen zu können; warum? Weil ich einfach zu viel um die Ohren hatte, zu viel Rezi-Exemplare hier hatte, weil ich zu wenig zu lesen kam. Aber jetzt war es dann soweit & hier kommt meine Meinung:Schon auf den ersten Seite habe ich wunderbar in die Geschichte zurück gefunden. Oftmals stolper ich da ein wenig, weil ich die Hälfte vom Vorgänger schon wieder vergessen habe; aber bei "Spellcaster" war das zum Glück nicht der Fall. Die Geschichte schließt quasi nahtlos an den ersten Band an, es vergehen lediglich 2 Tage zwischen den beiden Teilen. So fühlte ich mich Nadia und Co. direkt wieder nahe und konnte mich problemlos an alles erinnern, was zuvor geschah - dafür sorgten auch immer wieder auftretende, kurze Rückblicke.In diesem Band stehen natürlich wieder die drei Teenager im Vordergrund, doch dreht sich die Geschichte dieses Mal etwas mehr um Verlaine, als ich erwartet hatte. Das ganze störte mich aber in keinsterweise und keiner der drei Schüler entwickelte sich negativ. Nadia war wie bereits im ersten Band sehr zielstrebig und engagiert, blieb dabei aber trotz ihrer unheimlichen Macht auf dem Boden und dachte nur selten an sich selbst. Hilfsbereitschaft und Liebenswürdigkeit rundeten sie wieder ab und ich schloss sie noch ein wenig mehr ins Herz, als ich es im Vorgänger bereits getan hatte.Mateo war zwar wieder allseits präsent, aber rückte doch nicht so sehr in den Vordergrund. Sicher, er und Nadia waren ein eingeschworenes, gut harmonierendes Team, aber doch blieb der männliche Hauptcharakter und seine Visionen ein wenig mehr im Hintergrund als noch beim letzten Mal.Verlaine lernte ich hier deutlich besser kennen und fühlte mich auch endlich nahe. Das war so mein Kritikpunkt letztes Mal und ich bin endlos froh, dass die Autorin mein stummes Gebet erhört hat und Verlaine ein wenig mehr Tiefgang und Offenheit verlieh. Ich erfuhr viele weitere Details, die mir im Vorgängerband gefehlt hatten und jetzt, im Nachhinein, kann ich sagen, dass ich alle drei sehr gerne mochte und mit allen dreien mitfiebern und mitfiebern konnte.Auch die Randfiguren wie Mateo's Vater, Verlaine's Onkels, etc gefielen mir wieder sehr gut und besaßen ausergewöhnlich viel Details, sodass ich zu jedem eine gewisse Verbindung aufbauen konnte.Zum Stil werde ich nicht viel Worte verlieren: Claudia Gray schreibt einfach unheimlich flüssig und eingehend, schafft dabei eine sehr dichte Atmosphäre und führt dem Leser die einzelnen Szenen genau vor Augen. Ich fühlte mich nicht nur als Beobachter, sondern tatsächlich als jemand, der Nadia, Mateo und Verlaine begleitet und stets an ihrer Seite ist. Detailgenauigkeit und der genau Mix aus Jugend-Slang und Erzählsprache runden den Schreibstil dann ab und sorgten für große Begeisterung meinerseits. Mein größte Befürchtung hatte mit der Idee zu tun; denn jeder der gern Reihen liest, weiß darum, dass zweite Bände, bzw. mittlere Bände oftmals nur Überbrückung zum großen Finale sind und keine großen Highlights bieten - hier nicht! Auch hier war wieder einiges geboten und sehr interessante Ideen verbaut, mit denen ich so niemals gerechnet hätte. Gut durchdachte Plots und eine sehr spannende Grundidee machten das Buch wirklich zum Pageturner und versprach nicht nur viel Spaß, Action und Überraschungen, sondern hielt es auch. Denn die Umsetzung war einfach grandios - nicht nur dass der Einfall von großer Kreativität zeugte, sondern auch die Umsetzung auf ganzer Linie glänzte. Die Spannung war definitiv von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite deutlich spürbar und auf unerwartete Wendungen muss auch nie lange warten, denn die folgen quasi Knall auf Fall. Einzig und allein das letzte Fünkchen, der "Wow-Effekt", ein letztes Quäntchen Feuerwerk haben mir gefehlt, um mich wirklich umzuhauen.»♥« FAZIT »♥«Alles in allem war ich doch sehr überrascht, dass auch der zweite Band der Spellcaster-Reihe ein solch beeindruckendes Ende aufwies und derart spannend war und mit vielen, kleineren Highlights auftrumpfte. Noch mehr Hintergrundinfos zur Hexenwelt, zu den Charakteren und Captive's Sound, machten das Buch zu einem richtigen Pageturner und verliehen ihm noch mehr Tiefgang und Spannung. Wer den ersten Band mochte, wird garantiert auch den Zweiten lieben & sich, genau so wie ich, auf den dritten und finalen Band der Trilogie freuen.»♥« 4.5 VON 5 STERNEN »♥«Ich vergebe wie auch beim Vorgänger-Band 4.5 von 5 Sternen. Auch hier hat mir wieder eine Kleinigkeit gefehlt, um als wahres Highlight durchzugehen, und dennoch gibt es eine 100%ige Lese-Empfehlung für alle, die den Auftakt der Trilogie mochten.

  • Nelly Alikyan
    2019-03-25 16:38

    The best part about this entire novel was the kindling romance between Asa and Verlaine!

  • Shannon
    2019-03-24 22:22

    1.5

  • Hannah (The Curiouser & Curiouser)
    2019-04-19 15:25

    Actual Rating: 1.5 StarsSee below: How Nadia and Mateo deal with problems.Step 1: Question EVERYTHING. Because Lord knows you don’t understand ANYTHING.Step 2: Break down.Step 3: Realize you don’t know anything. And that the bad guys know everything.Step 4: Cry some more. Maybe the ocean your tears make will wash away all your problems. (Might as well try; it’s not like you’ve got a better idea.) This includes Nadia falling into Mateo in broken sobs, because good gosh, guess what folks, all this girl does is cry!Step 5: Completely ignore Verlaine. Because to be a fully rounded character in this novel, you must, must completely ignore her when she’s standing right next to you and complete steps 2 and 4. This is crucial.And that, folks, completes Nadia and Mateo’s five steps to take up 4/5 of a 346 page novel!!I skimmed the last thirty pages or so because I just wanted to be done with it. The characters are completely flat, all the way through. Which is funny, because I don’t remember them being this bad in the first novel. I remember vaguely enjoying it, but not flat out hating it.I could not tell you one unique thing about any of the characters if I tired. There are some sad attempts with putting a curse on Verlaine so that no one can ever truly notice her, and I suppose that was enough to make me not flat out hate her as I have come to despise Nadia and Mateo.For starters, where in heaven or hell did their romance come from? I feel like I’m in the middle of poorly written soap opera what with all the hugging and crying those two do. Firstly, they confess their undying love to each other all the freakin’ time, but, of course, the second a third party with malicious intent shows up to break them up, it takes literally one conversation and a poorly drawn reason to divide them.I mean, come on, I have lost count of how many times I have read about this exact couple. They love each other to smithereens (apparently and for no other reason than they’re hormonal teenage kids), but it takes next to nothing to make them question everything about their relationships. I’m no expert, but I would hope that a healthy relationship would be based on a steady amount of trust and faith in one another, and not be so childish as to doubt one another on a poorly drawn reasoning that has no backing.Instead, every single time something bad happens, what happens?See below: The pre-steps to the first set of steps:Step 1: First thing you should do is not confront the problem or look for ways to fix it, but instead run into each others arms.Step 2: Nadia has to cry. A lot.Step 3: Mateo has to be so overcome with the sight of his love crying that he must pull her valiantly to him to hug all her worries away.Step 4: Mateo has to comfort her and reassure her about every darn thing, because apparently this girl has no ability whatsoever to deal with problems herself.Step 5: Continue with the first set of steps above. And then repeat this process at least six more times throughout the book.(read: *barf*)I’m all for romantic scenes with the guy reassuring the girl and whatever, but Nadia literally cannot stand on her own two feet. She is the cardboard cutout of a weak, fragile protagonist that sets teeth on edge while reading.The plot is so poorly written that I want to barf. There is no higher level of thinking about the witches spells and how the One Beneath (and that name? Really?) needs to be able to bridge himself to this world. Nothing was going to surprise me. There is a sad attempt to pull a plot twist about two-thirds into the book, but all it seemed to me was empty page space. It was completely random and didn’t seem to really add much to the story, besides giving Nadia and Mateo another reason to complete the steps above.Check out my blog, where I also review YA books: http://obsessivereads.wordpress.com/

  • Andrea at Reading Lark
    2019-04-07 18:23

    Review Posted on Reading Lark 2/4/14: http://readinglark.blogspot.com/2014/...I really enjoyed the first installment of this series and was lucky enough to receive an ARC. I liked being able to dive right into this one without having to wait countless months. Sadly, this one ends on a HUGE cliffhanger so now I'm waiting for the next one. That wait is bound to be painful.Like many sophomore novels in a series, this novel provides a lot of answers from the first novel and explains a lot of details. All of the information the reader receives is critical to the story, but it was a lot to take in at times. I did have to put this one down and walk away for a bit when things got tedious. In fact, the beginning was quite slow, which made me nervous, but the action picks up after the first several chapters. Once people in town started getting ill and answers I craved started to emerge, I really enjoyed this one.Once again, Nadia and her friends are battling a powerful sorceress who serves the One Beneath. I was often in awe of how brave these teens were to take on such a huge battle. I don't know that I would have had the same amount of courage in their shoes. I wasn't able to support every decision made by these characters, but I could see how youth and lack of witch training were often to blame for the poor choices. I hope that Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine will continue to mature as the series moves forward.In addition to the characters I grew to love in Spellcaster, I also found myself enjoying Asa. He is an anti-hero of sorts, but I couldn't help finding him endearing. It always surprises me when a "villain" can manage to sneak into my good graces. Asa provided some much needed comic relief when things in Captive's Sound got tense. The chemistry between Asa and Verlaine was one of my favorite aspects of Steadfast.Shockingly, I found myself annoyed with Nadia from time to time as I was reading this one. She just seemed to lack that fiery tenacity that won me over in the first novel. Granted, Nadia has a lot of stuff on her mind in this installment, but I would have liked to see her be less blasé in some situations. I felt like all the confidence Nadia gained in the first novel was forgotten as she goes around casting spells without truly thinking of the ramifications of her actions. As a result, I found myself more drawn to Verlaine this time.I won't say anything about the plot because it would be hard to avoid spoilers, but I did enjoy the spells once again. I love Gray's take on witches and highly recommend this one to those who enjoy that paranormal variety. Steadfast reads like a witchy Nancy Drew.One Last Gripe: I still want more answers about Verlaine - particularly about her parents. My Favorite Thing About This Book: I was drawn to the relationships in this novel and how they evolved. The concepts of friendship and family take a center stage this time.First Sentence: Nearly every gravestone in the cemetery of Captive's Sound made a promise about forever. Favorite Character: VerlaineLeast Favorite Character: Elizabeth

  • Tien
    2019-03-20 20:35

    4.5 starsWhat I remember most from Spellcaster is the beginning followed by the ending. It was a great beginning, which I loved, whilst the ending left me a little unbalanced. Steadfast also has a terrific beginning which sets the tone of the book. And again, the ending left me somewhat unbalanced.It began at the graveyard and ended in a ruin. It was an exciting beginning, at which pace the story was kept then was ramped up for the last 100 pages; I really couldn’t put it down and had to finish it (consequences be damned!). The stakes are a lot higher in Steadfast and Nadia is truly unequal to the forces she’s determined to fight against. Still, this did not undermine her goodness but rather highlights her courage to fight for those she loves. This is what I love about Nadia most though there were moments of frustration with some of her failed / misfired spells (I understand that the author is merely highlighting Nadia’s not-fully-trained-witch status though and sometimes, it’s a little bit funny).Mateo and Nadia are the sweetest couple! They are so supportive of each other which doesn’t mean that they never exchange angry words but that they work through them. I must admit that now that they’re together, I sort of miss that tension of the first feels (ie. feeling when they first met, first chatted, etc etc etc) but there is a different sort of sweetness here which comes about from being in a relationship. There were times that their focus on each other made Verlaine felt excluded… though that may also be due to Verlaine’s curse.Verlaine with all her quirkiness and bravery is lonely. She knows only 2 living people who truly love her and despite her understanding of the working of the world, she wishes it was not so. In all this, her courage is a lot more admirable than Nadia because I really don’t know if anyone else can live the way she has had to. Add in to this mix of trio is Asa –ow, he’s hot!, and without revealing too much, let me just say that he’s a very interesting & totally conflicted character. I can’t wait to find out how he’ll turn out later on in the series.I have really enjoyed Steadfast a lot more than I did Spellcaster. Claudia Gray has woven some truly amazing twists to the story, developed some really interesting characters, and most of all a detailed-dark-and-broody world full of black magic. I can’t wait for the next instalment (which I hear is titled Sorceress, *eep, excitement!*)Thank you, Harper Collins Australia for providing copy of book in exchange of honest review

  • HannahCassie (PSIloveThatBook)
    2019-03-31 21:27

    @ P.S. I love that book!EXPECTATIONS: So I started a few series of Claudia Gray just to see if her other books are as great as Firebird and Defy the Stars. I didn't real like Evernight because of that teen vampires trope but Spellcaster series were about witches and you all know I read anything about them so of we go onto a second book of Spellcaster series. THE WORLD: In this book we focus on a small town in a middle of nowhere with as little population as it gets. Very much Vampire Diaries and Secret Circle style. Anyways apart normal life we do not have that much of paranormal, tbh really it is only witches and demons running around. Also this book is using a pretty common image of magic coming from satan aka the one below. CHARACTERS: The main characters in the book are Nadia and Mateo of course. The naive witch youngling and a hot ass saver of the world. Nah okay not really, Nadia gets a bit more confidence in this book however her naive part is still leaking all over. You would think the girl has learned by now but nope. Makes you want to shake her at some point and scream how do you not get it? But oh well. She is also pretty harmless. Mateo on the other hand is really getting on my nerves. Like dude don't you have a life of your own instead of following Nadia everywhere like some stalker? Hrr. But at least we get more of Verlaine, a girl that Elizabeth made unlovable with her curses. I actually loved Verlaine way more than Nadia and Mateo put together, why it is always that in such books side characters are way more appealing than leads? ROMANCE: Same old Nadia and Mateo cannot get enough of each other. Very Bella and Edward too which I cannot stand. Give the girl space to breath! GOOD: So one thing that I liked most was actually Elizabeth getting more and more evil. Like she is really developing into that bad villain. I mean I know in first book she was already evil but there we were more told she is bad than actually seeing it for ourselves. Well that changes in Steadfast for sure, go Elizabeth. Even tho I do know the evil never wins but girl can hope!BAD: I did not really feel like the story was developing further. At least Nadia and Mateo were not. And I don't like the commonly used image of witches and witchcraft coming from Satan. Not all witchcraft is bad, you know...OVERALL: It was definitely not as good as the first book, I dare to diagnose a second book syndrome here! @ P.S. I love that book!

  • Nicole Wang
    2019-04-17 20:21

    I got this unsolicited, and I was a bit anxious going into it. I wasn't the biggest fan of Spellcaster, but I hadn't hated it, so I honestly didn't know how I'd feel about Steadfast (even if the cover was pretty!) Thankfully, I actually loved this one, though maybe not as much as I could've or wanted to.The biggest problem I had with this story was the POV issue. We saw the story through the point of view of almost every single character that had some kind of role in the story. Sometimes they'd have a whole chapter, sometimes only five paragraphs, and it got really annoying really quickly. Not only was it confusing, but it took away part of the mystery and allure Steadfast could've had and I'm pretty sure I had the same problem with Spellcaster.I'm not saying there weren't any twists--because God knows there were a ton, but there just weren't any sudden moments of doubt for our characters, any hesitation in trusting the characters. For example, Asa, a character who's quickly introduced and quickly revealed to be more than human, was always not-evil. Yeah, he worked for the "One Beneath" but it was evident that he would fall in love with a certain character, and predictable that he would sacrifice something for her. And we were told that he hated Elizabeth too, so we never doubted his motives.But the read was still pretty awesome because even though the mystery was taken away, Elizabeth's point of view bits were absolutely sinister and made it pretty clear she was psycho and completely devoted to the devil. She was crazy and a perfect antagonist who sent shivers down my spine and was so deluded but so powerful--a pretty scary combination if I do say so myself.Verlaine's situation was emphasized and it was absolutely heartbreaking to see how terrible and horrible it would be to be unloved, when, by all accounts, she should be. It made me love her and she started turning into a more major character than just the sidekick, something I definitely enjoyed seeing!Steadfast was a pretty fantastic sequel, and better than the first one in my opinion, though I definitely had a few issues with it. It was a decent read though, and if you loved Spellcaster, you're guaranteed to love this one!

  • Nancy Kelley
    2019-04-15 22:47

    Spellcaster was my surprise favourite last year, and I've been waiting to see what would happen in Captive's Sound ever since. I ended my review by saying that it ended as all first books do, with the hero thinking she's won and the villain knowing she had. In Steadfast, Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine learn the full extent of Elizabeth's plan. Several things you might have thought were irrelevant in Spellcaster become extremely important. Verlaine, the friend cursed so nobody can see her, finally meets someone who does... but he isn't exactly the type of guy she can take home to meet her dads. Second books in trilogies are hard. First books have a real beginning and a false end; last books have a false beginning and a real end. Middle books are nothing but middle--which, when you consider how much authors hate writing middles, makes the popularity of trilogies ironic. Middle books have to do a few things to hold the series together. They have to stay true to the world building in book one, and yet develop it. They have to provide surprises that still make sense. And they have to set up the conclusion. Steadfast did all of that with flare. Claudia Gray found a place to begin the book, always the hardest thing with middle books, and she ended it on the cliff hanger that perfectly sets up the final story. In between we learned several things about the magic, the town, and Nadia that reframed the whole story... And reframing the story is what the middle book should do. I'm searching for something more I can say about this book without spoiling one of the surprises or the cliffhanger, and I'm really at a lost. Suffice to say, I really loved it and I'm now on tenterhooks for the last book to be released. FTC disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a fair review.

  • Letanna
    2019-03-26 22:45

    Mit Schrecken müssen Nadia, Mateo und Verlaine feststellen, dass Elisabeth doch nicht in dem Feuer zu Halloween umgekommen ist. Nicht nur dass, sie hat sich einen Dämonen beschworen, der ihr bei ihren Plänen helfen soll. Nadia ist zwar eine mächtige Hexe, nur völlig untrainiert. Um so schockierte ist sie, als Elisabeth ihr anbietet, sie zu unterrichtet. Das kommt für Nadia auf keinen Fall in Frage.Der 2. Teil schließt nahtlos an den 1. Teil an. Direkt zu Anfang erfahren die 3 Freunde, dass Elisabeth noch lebt und ihr das Leben auch weiterhin schwer macht. Dieser Teil ist noch ein bisschen düsterer als der erste. Elisabeth ist jetzt einfach nur noch böse und will ihre Pläne verwirklichen. Die Ereignisse Captive's Sound spitzen sich dramatisch zu und Nadia hat einiges zutun. Die Autorin verrät uns dieses Mal einiges über Nadias Mutter, was mich doch sehr überrascht hat. Die Romanze zwischen Nadia und Mateo spielt wieder eine zentrale Rolle, wobei die beiden anfangs so glücklich waren, dass ich die ganze Zeit nur darauf gewartet habe, dass etwas Schlimmes passiert.Neben Nadia und Mateo spielt Verlaine dieses Mal eine wichtige Rolle, was man am Cover schon vermuten kann. Denn die junge Frau auf dem Cover passt sehr zur Beschreibung von Verlaine. Die Handlung wird immer abwechselnd aus der Sicht der verschiedenen Charaktere erzählt, was ich persönlich sehr mag. Ebenso wie Mateo ist auch Verlaine von Elisabeth verflucht worden und wir erfahren in diesem Teil mehr über sie. Auch scheint sich eine kleine Romanze für Verlaine zu entwickeln, die aber zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt nur zum Scheitern verurteilt ist.Das Ende ist wirklich richtig fies. Ich hoffe sehr, dass der 3. Teil ganz schnell übersetzt wird, damit ich weiter lesen kann. Wer den 1. Teil mochte, wird den 2. Teil gut finden. Von mir bekommt dieser weider die volle Punktzahl.

  • Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
    2019-04-19 18:31

    As always, this is a SPOILER FREE review. There are too many plot twists and spoilers that I will NOT mention anything specific so that I don't spoil anything for anyone. *****************I love it when a series picks up right where it left off, and gives you just enough to refresh your memory of the important parts that happened previously, but doesn't retell the entire first book. Claudia Gray does a great job at diving right back into her exciting series. Nadia, Mateo and Verlaine have already been through a lot, but now things are about to get a little bit more exciting and a lot more twisted. Things they thought they took care previously, come back to haunt them in this book. That's saying a lot, without giving anything away. With reappearances of characters from Spellcasters, and Gray answering a lot of questions, it didn't take long for things in STEADFAST to pick up. Nadia, Mateo & Verlaine have a lot at stake in this book. Though together they have this strength and determination to not give up until they can stop the evil that's destroying their town and the people in it, individually they're all dealing with their own issues. While I still loved this group together, I really enjoyed getting to know Asa, this book's fabulously written villain / anti-hero. I love it when a new character enters the storyline, and totally surprises me. Asa is a character who enters the scene and immediately had me thinking he was going to be turn out one way, when in fact this character is full of surprises. I actually ended up liking him. He's a character who owns what he is, and doesn't try to pretend to be otherwise, though he's put in a position that does hide his true identity at first.........Read my full review here http://mundiemoms.blogspot.com/2014/0...

  • kari
    2019-04-19 15:32

    3.5 starsA big improvement over the first book, but still not quite there.I don't know whether this is good or bad that the character I liked the most and that should have been more developed(as well as Verlaine) is Asa, the demon. He was interesting, his intentions not clear, his actions for his own purposes and yet, I felt more for him that for the others. Not sure if that was intended, but that is how I felt about that character.When writing a good versus evil story, I think it takes a lot away if the evil has no weakness of any kind. It makes it boring as you know going in that the good isn't going to triumph or even make much headway.Additionally, is Elizabeth simply insane? Her motivation makes absolutely no sense to me, her overall goal. She hopes to rule over hell on earth. Well, what fun is that going to be, it will be hell on earth! Not to mention that this would be questionable in its outcome since you are dealing with a creature far beyond dishonest.Mateo and Nadia are kind of meh in this one, just not feeling it. And what exactly happened between them in front of the fireplace? I get the whole fade to black thing, but at least clue us in on what did or did not happen. And poor Asa, wandering about, telling each of them exactly what they should be doing to conquer Elizabeth and not one of them does the first thing. I get that he is a demon and so maybe isn't telling the truth or the whole truth, but maybe he has some ideas since it is also in his interest for Elizabeth to be defeated. Ugh. I do not like when people are simply too stupid to pay attention.So, still not completely on board with this series. It is merely fair to middling.Hopefully it will actually end with the next book.

  • Emily Mead
    2019-03-25 18:31

    You can read my full review, complete with awesome GIFs, right here.I didn’t like Steadfast as much as Spellcaster. The middle was a bit muddy, and I would have liked a LOT more explanation – it’s like there was a promise from the last book to explain things and they were STILL left open-ended. And it’s the kind of cliff-hanger ending where I probably wouldn’t mind not reading the next one…you know, it’s not that BURNING DESIRE to read on, if you know what I mean.That said, I liked it enough to say good things about it. For a start, Asa was a great character and I would have liked to see more of him (although less of his relationship with a certain character, because that was weird and came out of nowhere). Like this quote from him:“Just dropped by, figured we could bitch about Elizabeth, do each other’s nails, make cookies—wait. No. That’s girl bonding, isn’t it? Sometimes I get it mixed up. No gender roles in hell, torment and anguish being more or less universal. So what do we do to be manly and brutish? Smash beer cans against our foreheads? What NASCAR? Crochet? What?”I more than giggled at this quote. In fact I’m pretty sure I almost GUFFAWED (which is also a great word, incidentally).I would have liked to see more of Verlaine. She seems like she would be a great character if we saw her more often – she’s also really funny.Unfortunately, though, overall I think Steadfast juuuuust hit the mark from me. It has a lot of potential, and I recommend the first book definitely. And hey, obviously my judgement isn’t the be all and end all. If you want to read about a really unique version of magic, this is the book for you.

  • Sabrina
    2019-04-17 19:28

    Short and Sweet:Steadfast is an exciting and thoroughly enjoyable sequel to Spellcaster! This book is full of twisty and unexpected reveals! Steadfast explores the questions we're left with in Spellcaster (book 1) and builds so much intrigue for book 3; which, in my humble opinion, is shaping up to be the best installment yet! To Elaborate...The story begins right where it left off in Spellcaster. Nadia, Mateo and Verlaine are feeling a false sense of security after a believed victory over Elizabeth. However, Elizabeth pops up pretty quickly shattering all those good feelings and it soon becomes clear that Nadia has simply won a battle not the war. With only the faintest understanding of the dark witch's ultimate plans, Nadia struggles to fight off the myriad of attacks on the townspeople, her friends and herself. All the while looking for a weak point in Elizabeth's far superior magical knowledge. Meanwhile, discoveries are being made all around. Verlaine learns why she seems to be invisible and unlovable. Mateo's visions take an even darker turn that he struggles to comprehend. And Nadia finally gets the answers she so desperately needs from her mother, but the knowledge she gains changes everything as she realizes a dark potential within herself. Elizabeth is as evil as ever and this time around she has some help: Asa, a demon possessing a classmate's body. Yet Asa isn't all that he seems and his loyalty seems to fluctuate. Is it really possible that he could be trying to help Nadia and her friends destroy Elizabeth? Or will his 'help' lead them right into the spiderweb that Elizabeth has weaved? Originally posted at I Heart Y.A. Fiction

  • Lauraelisabeth (fashion-by-the-book)
    2019-03-30 20:36

    Full review at fashion-by-the-book.tumblr.comI received a copy of this book in exchanged for a honest review. In no way did the author or publishing company influence my review. I hadn’t read the first book (terrible of me, I know. Basically breaking the first rule of bookworms.) so I didn’t know what to expect. This book was such an amazing surprise. I wasn’t expecting it to be so good!Steadfast is the sequel to Spellcaster by Claudia Gray. It follows the story of Nadia, a teenage witch, and her friends Mateo, and Verlaine. They live in the small town of Captive’s Sound, where things are starting to get weird. Nadia is matched against Elizabeth, a powerful sorceress. When Elizabeth comes back from the dead, and starts terrorizing the town, Nadia is forced to fight against her, and as Elizabeth comes closer to bringing her master to earth, Nadia is forced to make a difficult choice.I loved the setting, and the idea of memories powering the spells, which I found original. As for the characters, I adored Verlaine! She was so cool. I loved the descriptions of all her outfits, and I would love to have her wardrobe! Mateo was pretty cool too, and his back story was interesting. I think I’d read the first book just to find out more about his family curse. (I was going to read it anyways, of course. Ordering it soon!) Nadia was a good main character too, and it’s not often I like a female main character. Mateo and Nadia made a very realist couple. (well, you know, besides the magic part.)By the end, I was hoping Nadia would find another choice then to join Elizabeth and her evil master. If she does… well, I guess you’ll have to find out ;)

  • Moraphis
    2019-04-03 16:28

    3.5 stars or 4... I don't know...It was a terrifying and depressing and crazy second book... Review to come!UpdateOkay 4 star... Decided. WOW. This book. Hey Book, do you want to kill me? All that confusion, panic, revelations. Yeah maybe you do... I just realized that it was Verlaine on the cover! The first one was Nadia so... the last must be Mateo. AWESOME. Or maybe Asa...I really did enjoy this one. It was a fun, depressing quick read. I didn't know fun and depressing could exist together... Sooo many revelations. I was freaking out at some parts. And when Asa was trying to tear them apart I was like NOOOOOO!!!! At least my dear Verlaine saw that... Aghhh the pain. All the character carry sooo much pain...Verlaine and her inability to be lovedNadia and the loss of her motherMateo and the stupid curse he has to endureAsa and his caged free willWow... Now that's like an epic story coming together. I can't wait for Sorceress!! Its gonna be an epic and amazing battle against the One Beneath... Nooooooo... The ending. *sobs* Nadia. Why? I really hope your sacrifice is rewarded greatly...

  • Jan
    2019-03-19 18:32

    Having survived the Halloween fire, Nadia, Mateo and Verlaine are hoping to move on in a wonderful dark magic free world. But dark witches don't give up so fast and they find themselves once again fighting the evil Elizabeth. The odd thing is, Elizabeth wants Nadia to join her. Huh?I love Claudia Gray. This book is no exception. It is young adult so there is the teen angst thing. But mostly it deals with the problems they face fighting to save the town and themselves. Moral dilemmas abound and I think they are handled well. Nadia and her friends are strong characters with their hearts in the right place. More please.

  • Erin Wienand
    2019-04-03 19:37

    Steadfast was a great follow up to Spellcaster! Most of the characters felt multi-dimensional and fleshed out and the plot moved very swiftly. The action started from page one and didn't let up until the last page. And that ending...I saw it coming but I still wasn't really prepared for it. I like the sacrifices that Nadia makes to protect her family and friends and I cannot wait for book 3! The only problem I had with it was at times it felt like some of the characters didn't quite act their age, but it didn't take away from the story. I would recommend it for fans of the first book and anyone who likes a different take on witch stories.

  • Claire
    2019-04-05 18:40

    I definitely liked this one more than Spellcaster. I am also curious about the fact that even though the book is called Steadfast, that is clearly Verlaine on the cover. So who exactly is this book supposed to be about?Verlaine has always been my favourite in this series, she is an amazing person with great style and fantastic hair!We gets lots of answers in this one and it certainly sets things up for a massive conclusion... (although part of me already thinks this is going to be a love conquers all story, I could be wrong though)

  • Katrina Lyn
    2019-03-30 20:28

    This series really topped my Favorites! I loved all the characters! I am pretty certain the cover of the book 1 is Nadia and this book was Verlaine. I am suspecting the book 3 is going to be Elizabeth. I am really excited! And about that demon Asa, even though he's a demon the book gave a hint with him getting interested in Verlaine or whatsoever which makes me think of him ending up with Verlaine. Who knows? but this is really a good book! Perfect for people who are looking for magic-related with romance involved novels. <3

  • Georgia Beyers
    2019-04-11 20:25

    After all the missing bits from spellcaster had fallen into place in this book the whole story made much more sense. Nothing like reading a first book and then having a long gap before you read the second, like coming home to old friends, and that is the telling tale in whether the writer gave you characters that stayed with you over time and jumped off the page and back into your heart as you opened the pages of the next book. I like Claudia Grays characters more than her plots which sometimes leave very little to the imagination. But I will read anything she writes as I like her style.

  • Ceres
    2019-03-24 23:27

    J'ai adoré ce second tome! Il est totalement à la hauteur du premier! D'emblée on replonge dans cette ambiance mystérieuse, de magie noire, à l'ambiance pesante mais tellement prenante! Quel plaisir de retrouver Nadia, Mateo et Verlaine! Ce trio est vraiment très chouette, chaque personnage apporte quelque chose à l'histoire. La grosse surprise restera Asa, que je pensais détester mais qui m'a convaincue! J'ai hâte de lire le 3è tome. La magie risque d'être à son maximum!

  • Colleen Houck
    2019-03-23 16:22

    Even better than the first! Absolutely loved Verlaine and Asa and their developing relationship. Wow. Thought I was a Mateo fan but I am really loving Asa! I always end up going for the bad boys it seems. Love the twist of the mom and happy I finally learned what's going on with her =)

  • Amy Britt
    2019-04-17 22:25

    A fun follow-up to Spellcaster and an easy read. The second book made me like the series more overall, especially the (mostly) new character and a plotline reminiscent of "The Yoko Effect" from Buffy. A few consistency flaws, but I will definitely buy the conclusion to the trilogy.

  • ReviewsByMatty
    2019-03-28 21:27

    I want the next book so badly!