The Salvation (Roswell High #10) by Melinda MetzThe Salvation by Melinda Metz
Series: Roswell High #10
Published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment on October 2, 2001
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
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The ultimate battle.

Max is out of control. He's lying to his friends, ignoring his family, and has even turned on Liz. Has Max completely lost his mind...or is Max not really Max at all?

Liz hasn't felt connected to Max in a long time -- not the way she used to be. She knows he isn't the guy she fell in love with. There's something else controlling him. Something sinister. Can Liz help Max break free before he's lost forever?

The last two books for the Roswell Read-A-Long were guest reviewed by the awesome Avery Olive, a fellow loyal Roswell Fan. You can check out Avery’s awesome blog here.

 

It’s the end of a ten book long series. That’s ten books, thousands of pages, many characters, tears and laughter and it’s all come down to this. The End.

Right away I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this series from start to finish. Some books in my opinion were better than others but the entire thing did not disappoint. I will probably pick these books up again and read through them, remembering just how great they were.

 

Ms. Metz has written a very well-rounded series. She’s developed over time, very memorable characters from the fun and quirky Maria, to serious and protective Max, to Liz and her level-headed nature, to Michael, the lost boy whose heart is huge but well protected, to Alex the class clown, the joker, the one that at times holds them all together with one funny line and Isabel, the Queen with a kind heart, quirky nature, who really has a bit of Liz and Maria rolled into her.

 

But the point is they are memorable. I can close my eyes and remember details about each one. They’ve been given back story that makes them stronger throughout the series and they’ve all grown and developed into even better versions of themselves. This is key to a great story, even more important to an awesome series.

 

The writing was simple, laced with just enough tension, intrigue, action and when the moment called for it, love. She writes a clean story, not heavy with fluff or description but is able to describe the painting through words, describe the characters, their surroundings, and does it effortlessly. When I think about my own writing and compare it to Ms. Metz, this is what I wish to accomplish one day and strive for the talent that she has.

 

I had my doubts from the beginning, wondering how Ms. Metz was going to carry out an initial story idea for ten books without ruining the flow, the pacing, littering it with boring parts and having the reader lose interest, but I was captivated almost every book and for the entire series.

 

The ending was perfect. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but everything the books worked towards came to a close with a nice shiny bow in this book. Most all questions were answered, all character motives were made known and came to a conclusion that I can happily say was more than I expected. I’m truly sad to see this series over.

 

Max and Liz are able to rekindle their relationship, which I was rooting for during the ten book series. They’ve had their ups and downs but their romance was a great one with sacrifice, triumph and they truly had to work for the love they shared. They were a great couple!

 

Michael and Maria… I was always worried about them. Their chemistry is there as you read it, at times, I’m sure, like me, you wanted to reach into the book and push them together. Well, in this book, they got their moment. It sort of reminded me about the last episode in Season Two of the Roswell TV show. When it all came down it Michael chose Maria. He realized at the last second he couldn’t leave her. It was a great moment and I cheered for them!

 

Isabel and Alex aren’t together, but they are friends. They friendship is stronger. I wish they could have ended up with each other or someone. I know you can’t always have that.

 

And the threat. The threat of the last few books was the Collective C. It was tearing Max apart, taking over, turning him into merely a pawn and then at the worst turning him into nothing more than a coma patient on the ready to do their will. But there was always a group of Aliens ready and willing to put their lives on the line to destroy it. DuPris, who as it turns out wasn’t all bad—well at least only a little—had the right idea–the Collective C must be destroyed. Granted he chose the wrong way to do it, his wishes were carried out.  We see how the aliens, being stranded on earth comes full circle in a way and how something that was set out to be done decades before, finally happens.

 

What I didn’t like about the series, and maybe had there been more books or a chance to be expanded differently was Clean Slate. It’s mentioned, it seems to be the first threat, we are introduced to another Clean Slate agent, but then it almost seems like that story line is dropped. I would have liked to have learned a little bit more about it. Kyle Valenti is also someone who I would have liked to have seen more in the book. At times it was like he’d be given a bigger part but then wasn’t. Or a few times him just being there was a little too convenient. I think this plot line and character could have been explored just a little but more.

 

But, all in all, this was a great series. I’m sad to see it over. I would sooooo like to know what happens next for the aliens. I can envision the series continuing, showing us what happens now that all the threats are gone, that Max has survived his connection to the Collective C and its destruction. That Isabel survived her Akino and was no forced to join… That Michael found love in Maria…

 

So much more could have happened, I loved this characters that I wish I could see it!

 

I also know that it’s always great to end a series on a high not and Ms. Metz as certainly done that!!

 

Alright, well, for me, that’s all. I don’t want to ramble on for pages about how much I loved the series and I don’t want to accidentally ruin the entire series for anyone by giving too much away, so, I will take my own words and end this post on a high note!

 

I am and probably always will be a Roswell Fan. Thanks to Ms. Metz for creating a wonderful series, great characters and of course for the chance to see it all on TV!!

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Avery Olive is Canadian.  She is married and has one child. When she’s not helping raise her very energetic and inquisitive son, she can be found working on her latest novel–where she devilishly adds U’s into every word she can.

When she is looking for a break Avery enjoys cake decorating, losing herself in a good book, or heading out to the lake to go camping.
Now that Avery’s got one novel under her belt, as long as her family continues to be supportive, she can find the time, and people want to read, Avery vows to keep on writing.

Represented by Kris Rothstein
Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency

You can check out Avery’s novel, A Stiff Kiss, here and here.
The Dark One (Roswell High #9) by Melinda MetzThe Dark One by Melinda Metz
Series: Roswell High #9
Published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment on 2000
Pages: 170
Format: Paperback
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True love never dies. Isabel has run away from home, and Max knows her life is in danger. He has to find her and save her, but time is ticking away.

Alex is back on Earth, and he's a changed man. He looks better, feels better, and is ready to live life to the fullest -- without Isabel Evans. Little does he know he's the only person that can help the ailing Isabel. Will Alex be able to put aside his pride and save the life of his former love?

 

 

 

The last two books for the Roswell Read-A-Long will be guest reviewed by the gracious Avery Olive. You can check out Avery’s awesome blog here.

Welcome, welcome, please take your jackets off and proceed to the sitting area *gestures to a plush red couch* Have a seat and read today’s post!It’s all about Roswell High Book Nine, The Dark One today. And wow, I can’t believe the series is almost over. I might even get teary eyed.

Anyway, let’s jump right on in.

This book, wow.

This book centers around mostly Isabel. As we know, from the last book she’s started her Akino. Which, as we’ve also learned isn’t so good. I feel terrible for her, I mean, the kind of pain that’s described is hard, even to read, because over the course of the books I’ve really begun to feel for these characters. And, they’re almost not just characters. You know how that is, right? When you’ve become so engrossed that the characters from a book are almost like friends. You laugh with them, you cry with them, well, in this book I felt the pain, not only through Isabel’s POV’s but through everyone else’s too. The connection of the group is so strong, that we see how everyone deal’s with this. We see some reactions more than others, like Michael’s.

We’ve always known he’s had a special bond with Isabel, but this book really shows that. He’s willing to do just about everything for her. He promises to keep her away from The Stones of Midnight, he promises to keep her away from Max—who still thinks the Collective C is all that and a bag of chips, and he also promises to protect her. I must say, more than once I got teary eyed. Michael is one complex guy with a lot of feelings. Max was always my favourite, but you know, in this book, for me, it was all Michael.

We also see how Michael is starting to realize that he needs Maria, even if he’s not fully ready to admit it out loud. There’s a great scene towards the end of the book, where things… are almost at the worst and Michael realizes that Maria is more than just a friend. That in the particular situation he’s in, just having her around can make the difference. He’s able to concentrate, working as though Maria is by his side and accomplishes what he needs to, and I hope he won’t soon forget how important Maria really is too him and say, in the next book, things start to finally happen for them.

Max is… Well, he’s all about the Collective C. He still doesn’t see what it’s doing to him and doesn’t understand why everyone around him thinks it’s all bad. There are some particularly funny scenes with him and the Collective C. Ms. Metz describes these scenes, and it’s… hilarious. I can close my eyes and imagine Max doing things like licking things he shouldn’t, him sticking his head in the freezer because they want to know how it feels. He’s completely under the control of them.  But we really see Max slipping away from us. In the last book the destruction of his relationship with Liz and in this book, he almost loses everyone else. When things are going down, Max just isn’t there. It’s hard to see a character that is usually so level-headed, take charge and caring—not be.

But then there is Alex, who is, in his own way, almost losing himself as well. Though it’s not because of the Collective C, it’s because he’s become a total hottie. This sort of reminds me (and I might have mentioned this last post) of the episodes after his return from his little “vacation” in the TV Show. He comes back with this air about him… it makes everyone swoon. Though in the show he doesn’t quite use it to his advantage, he sure does in the book. It’s great to see another side of Alex. Though, like Max, a lot of the severity of the situation happening around him is lost on him because he just doesn’t have his head in the alien game.

But of course, when it comes down to it, everyone is able to come together and get things done.

We get to see Trevor again, and I’m still not over his betrayal of the group, however he does the right thing in the end of this novel. And we see him struggle throughout the novel, which is good, it gives Trevor a few redeeming qualities so we as readers don’t outright hate him.

Adam and Liz’s relationship, or well, friendship, heats up a bit. I’m happy for the both of them, really. Adam is a great character and his devotion to Liz comes at the right time. He doesn’t just think about himself, but he also sees Liz hurting, needing to be a friend when she needs it, and well, taking Liz’s let down with grace. We sort of knew things with them wouldn’t amount too much. I’m glad Liz understands that she can’t be with him, the way he wants because she’s still in love with Max. I know it hurt Adam, and he was understanding, but I think it shows she’s got the right sense not to use Adam as a rebound, and that his friendship is more important than a relationship, that wouldn’t be fair to either of them.

The ending to this novel was explosive. And I mean that literally. We see the destruction of the bad guy—DuPris, the realization that the Collective C needs to be stopped, Isabel comes back from the brink of death, but, there were casualties.

I don’t want to ruin the ending, like I said, it’s pretty good. I don’t even want to hint any further because it definitely gives us a hint as to what will happen in the final book in the installment. So, I will leave this post here. I’d rather leave things unsaid, stopping short than giving anything more away and ruining it.

I cannot wait to dive into Book Ten (the Final book in the series) The Salvation. It all sort of comes down to this. I’ve got a few hopes. One, of course being Liz and Max getting back together. Two, the destruction of the Collective C. Three. I honestly wanted the aliens to go home, as I sort of did in the show, but then, the more I got pulled into their lives, the more I prayed it didn’t happen, so, I really hope they don’t go home.

 

About Avery:

Avery 2013

Avery Olive is Canadian.  She is married and has one child. When she’s not helping raise her very energetic and inquisitive son, she can be found working on her latest novel–where she devilishly adds U’s into every word she can.

When she is looking for a break Avery enjoys cake decorating, losing herself in a good book, or heading out to the lake to go camping.
Now that Avery’s got one novel under her belt, as long as her family continues to be supportive, she can find the time, and people want to read, Avery vows to keep on writing.

Represented by Kris Rothstein
Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency

You can check out Avery’s novel, A Stiff Kiss, here and here.
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The Rebel (Roswell High #8) by Melinda MetzThe Rebel by Melinda Metz
Series: Roswell High #8
Published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment on 2000
Pages: 168
Format: Paperback
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Blood brothers... Michael has finally found the one thing he always yearned for -- family. When his brother Trevor arrives in Roswell, Michael will do anything to please him. But soon Trevor's loyalties come into question -- and Michael is caught in the cross fire.

Maria's little brother has disappeared and she knows the kidnappers are trying to get to her and her friends. Devastated and guilt-ridden, Maria turns to Michael for help. But will he be there for her, or has Michael himself become the enemy?

Hey, fellow Roswell-Read-A-Long peeps! Please enjoy another awesome GUEST REVIEW of The Vanished by Meredith Maresco of Pandorasbooks.org:

Much like Vanished, The Rebel surprised me. It was better than I expected, though some parts left much to be desired.

I still can’t get over the physical appearances of the characters in the books versus the show. Every time Max is described with blonde hair and blue eyes, I just want to cringe. Also, my mind was messing with me – I would imagine Jason Behr (the actor who played Max) with blonde hair and blue eyes… And then I kept picturing Brendan Fehr (Michael) with black hair and Colin Hanks (Alex) with red hair. Needless to say, it was kind of strange picturing these actors I knew and loved as the characters, but not looking like themselves. It shouldn’t be a big deal – Actors and appearances change all the time in book-to-movie adaptions. But for some reason, it really threw me off.

The physical appearances aside, the thing that upsets me the most, still, is the differences between television Sheriff Valenti and Kyle versus book Sheriff Valenti and Kyle. I really want to cry whenever I read about them in the books. We learned to love these characters for three years on the show, and to see the different relationship in the books… I feel dramatic saying this, but it really broke my heart.

The Collective Conscious officially freaked me out in this book. There were moments when they just took Max over, even without his permission, and during really awkward, uncomfortable moments – especially for Liz. I don’t necessarily believe they are evil, but I don’t fully trust them, either.

Adam is such a useless character. At least, he feels that way to me. He is bland and doesn’t say or do much to warrant anything. I can see the places where his character was divided into the Tess storyline and the Isabel storyline for the show. And I can absolutely see why his character was not included in the television show. His crush on Liz is unsettling, as Liz was pretty much 100% focused on Max in the show, so to have her affections stray is just… I don’t like it. Same goes with Maria and the mysterious Trevor. Maria had such a puppy-dog crush on Michael, I can’t see her straying like that.

I didn’t like or trust Trevor from the very beginning. I even thought he might have been DuPris in disguise, at first. I didn’t like him threatening Alex – who is finally home, after roughly two weeks – and I didn’t like the way he so easily swayed Michael away from his group. Michael, in the show, does not easily trust. He’s suspicious of everyone. So why didn’t he question Trevor more? Why did he so easily accept what he said as truth? His desire for family is understandable, but to the point that he would let his guard down so fully? It just wasn’t believable.

The Rosa storyline was definitely unnecessary, and I can absolutely see why it didn’t make it to the television show. Liz needs to sneak around, sneak out, and lie so much in the show to help Max, Isabel and Michael. If she had been under the kind of scrutiny her parents – her father, especially – put her under in the books, she never would have gotten away with the things she did in the show. I also just can’t picture Liz with a sibling, just as I can’t picture Maria with a sibling – it was just too much to visualize, too many differences from the show.

The two main focuses in The Rebel are: Who is Trevor, and what does he want? And who kidnapped Kevin (Maria’s little brother) and why? Both of these questions are answered at the end of the book. The ending was so mind-blowing, and it leaves so many questions unanswered. I almost couldn’t wrap my mind around what happened, or how. Melinda Metz is amazing with cliffhanger endings, and she truly does leave you eager to pick up the next book.

Here’s a little something about today’s wonderful GUEST REVIEWER. Make sure to check out Meredith’s blog for more great reviews of a variety of YA fiction!
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My name is Meredith. I’m a self-proclaimed book nerd and proud of it. I love to read YA, but sometimes I venture out into other genres. I love to write – I’ve been writing since I was in middle school. I prefer creative writing, but I also did journalism for many, many years throughout high school and college. I’m hoping writing reviews on this blog will help improve my writing skills.

If I could do anything with my life, I’d sit and read books all day. Since I can’t do that (*grumble*), I’d love to work in a publishing house one day, doing editorial or publicity for the children’s and teen imprints.

I’m a big animal lover, especially where dogs are concerned. I have a Chocolate Lab, Emma, and I adore her with all my heart and soul. I’ve also, in the past, had a Bearded Collie and Black Lab mix.

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The Vanished (Roswell High #7) by Melinda MetzThe Vanished by Melinda Metz
Series: Roswell High #7
Published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment on May 1, 2000
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback
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Gone for good? Max is on a mission to save Alex, who is stranded on the home planet. Alex may be lost or wounded -- or worse. To get Alex back, Max knows he'll need one of the Stones of Midnight. If only he knew where to find one...

Liz understands that Max can't rest until he finds Alex. And she's been busy herself -- spending time with Roswell newcomer Adam. She's been having so much fun with Adam that Max is in danger...of being forgotten.

Hey, fellow Roswell-Read-A-Long peeps! Please enjoy this awesome GUEST REVIEW of The Vanished by Meredith Maresco of Pandorasbooks.org:

As a fan of the Roswell television series, I was a little reluctant to read the books, especially when I found out the books actually preceded the television show. I had fallen in love the with actors who played the characters, and so many things get changed in the process of creating a show or movie based on a book.

 I was pleasantly surprised by Vanished. There are a lot of differences in the character descriptions, and several differences in the powers each character has. But the similarities were heart-warming. Isabel is just as snarky. Liz is just as logical. Michael seems a little nicer in the books, although I’ve only read the one, so who knows? I absolutely love that Maria is just as New Age-y and scatter-brained in the books. I don’t think I could have pictured her any other way. I’m still torn with Max. He doesn’t feel like he’s as strong a leader in the books as he is in the show, but maybe I just need to keep reading to see.

 We learn a lot about the collective consciousness in this book. I loved this. In the television show, Max, Michael and Isabel have virtually no contact with their home planet, and I found this to be a really awesome thing that the books did, but that was not included in the show.

 I adore Alex and Isabel. So much. I wish more could have come from their relationship in the show, and I was giddy when I read that they had a relationship in the book. But then I read what happened to Alex, and I was really upset. This was probably one of my least favorite parts of the book. Poor Alex just can’t catch a break!

 One of the coolest powers mentioned is Michael’s ability to sense and smell auras. I was a little confused as to whether or not Max and Isabel could do this, as well. I understand why it wasn’t included in the television show – it would have been impossible to depict it visually. That, or really annoying. I also thought it was interesting that Liz and Maria could add their auras/energies to the aliens to strengthen them. That, if I remember correctly, wasn’t in the books and while I don’t understand how it works, it was very awesome to read and visualize.

 Now for the bad… Well, not bad, really. These are just the things that I didn’t enjoy about this book. I didn’t like Adam. He felt like a useless character. Maybe there’s more to him Maybe I need to keep reading and I’ll end up liking him. I hated the differences between Sheriff Valenti and Kyle in the television show versus the books. It made me so sad! Also, this book in general just kind of felt like filler. I don’t feel like a lot was accomplished; mostly, it just moved the storyline forward.

 The last chapter was… Whoa! While the book as a whole felt like filler, the last chapter had an epic cliffhanger. I have so many questions, and I’m so glad I can read book 8 (The Rebel) next to see what happens!

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My name is Meredith. I’m a self-proclaimed book nerd and proud of it. I love to read YA, but sometimes I venture out into other genres. I love to write – I’ve been writing since I was in middle school. I prefer creative writing, but I also did journalism for many, many years throughout high school and college. I’m hoping writing reviews on this blog will help improve my writing skills.

If I could do anything with my life, I’d sit and read books all day. Since I can’t do that (*grumble*), I’d love to work in a publishing house one day, doing editorial or publicity for the children’s and teen imprints.

I’m a big animal lover, especially where dogs are concerned. I have a Chocolate Lab, Emma, and I adore her with all my heart and soul. I’ve also, in the past, had a Bearded Collie and Black Lab mix.

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The Stowaway (Roswell High #6) by Melinda MetzThe Stowaway by Melinda Metz
Series: Roswell High #6
Published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment on January 1, 2000
Pages: 176
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Trust betrayed... Michael: He's still having flashbacks of his escape from the underground compound. Only Cameron, the mysterious girl he met behind bars, seems to understand him -- and realize that the sheriff may be gone but an even more dangerous enemy is out there....

Cameron: She fell for Michael while in the compound...spying on him for Sheriff Valenti. Now she feels guilty, and wishes she could tell him the truth. But how can she be honest -- without losing Michael?

In The Stowaway (Roswell High #6), despite the fact that A LOT of serious life-and-death stuff is going on, I can’t get over how frustrated I am with Michael and Isabel from book #5. They still prove to be frustrating in book #6!  At the end of book #5, our Roswell group has narrowly escaped with their lives after infiltrating the Project Clean Slate underground facilities to free Michael. Little did they know, they would be helping Cameron, Michael’s new love interest, escape as well.

The sinister vibes that Adam, our newly discovered alien-hybrid, started to give off in book #5, come out full force when he comes face to face with Sheriff Valenti during Michael’s rescue.  Once the smoke clears from the groups rescue mission, they all have new things to worry about. How can they keep Adam from turning on them? How can Maria make Michael choose between her and Isabel if a third person is thrown into the mix?

I loved the surprise twist that is thrown into The Stowaway. It’s this ”surprise” that sends Max, Liz, Michael, Maria, Isabel, Alex, and Adam on a whole new adventure, that will once again test the limit’s of their power, and reveal a whole new level of Max’s newly acquired powers. I didn’t really like Cameron’s role in this book, but she proves to be helpful at the end. The Stowaway is the most action packed book yet in the Roswell High series. It was fun to see how certain elements of this book were used in season 3 of the Roswell show. For those of you who have read the books, do you know what certain things I’m talking about? 🙂

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The Intruder (Roswell High #5) by Melinda MetzThe Intruder by Melinda Metz
Series: Roswell High #5
Published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment on 2000 (first published 1998)
Pages: 168
Format: Paperback
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Love...too late?

Michael: He's being held in a secret compound. But he's concerned less for himself than his friends. Max. Maria. Liz. Alex. And Isabel. He's got to get out before he's forced to betray the Roswell residents whom Sheriff Valenti is dying to capture. And once Sheriff Valenti has the information he wants, he won't be needing Michael anymore.

Isabel: She used to think of Michael as a brother. But now that he's been captured, she seems to be the only one able to hear his every thought, feel his every emotion, share his dreams. Could this special bond between them mean they're meant to be together? Time is running out for Isabel to know for sure...

The Intruder is probably my LEAST FAVORITE of all the Roswell High books. My disdain for this book doesn’t lie with the writing, it lies with Michael’s story line. In book five, we pick up right where we leave off in book four. Max has just been saved with the crystals from their ship, and connected with the collective consciousness of his planet. Unfortunately, we lose Ray Iburg at the end of book four, and Michael is captured by Valenti and Project Clean Slate. Once Max is fully recovered and realizes the seriousness of their situation, our Roswell group starts planning a rescue mission to save Michael.

All is well with Max and Liz in this book. After Max’s near death experience, he’s realized what’s important to him, and he doesn’t want to waste a second more pushing Liz away. He will do whatever it takes to protect her, and make up  for lost time.

Maria is scared and frantic for Michael. She doesn’t want to wait to save him, but knows it’s in the groups best interest to lay low for a few days before proceeding with their rescue mission. Near the end of book four, Maria confessed her love to Michael. Things have been strange ever since. Maria is left wondering if there is someone else Michael is harboring feelings for…

Things are rough for Isabel and Alex. Isabel is starting to explore the idea of being with Michael after a couple of ”charged” connections they had in book four. In this book, Isabel is her signature inconsiderate self, and doesn’t care if her exploration of feelings and possibilities with Michael hurts two of her closest friends: Maria and Alex.

While Michael is locked up in the underground prison run by Valenti, he has more than enough time to contemplate his ”love life”. He can’t stop thinking about what Maria said to him, but he also can’t get Isabel out of his mind. As if things weren’t complicated enough, a third chick is thrown into the mix.

Meet Cameron. She’s the complete opposite of both Isabel and Maria. She’s edgy with short hair, and a tattoo. And she’s staying in the cell next door to Michael. There’s something different and alluring about Cameron, but Michael can’t put his finger on it. All he knows is he is definitely drawn to her.

Michael knows his friends are planning to save him, it’s just a matter of time. The people here don’t seem to want to dissect his body, as much as his mind. He has gone unharmed except for a few mental experiments. Michael is shocked when he finds out that he’s not the only alien-hybrid in the facility.

Meet Adam. He’s a guy about Michael’s age, is the same species as Michael, and has spent his entire life in the Project Clean Slate facilities. He thinks Sheriff Valenti is his father. Michael instantly takes Adam under his wing, and knows that he has to take Adam with him when they escape or are rescued.

This book was intense, and had me on the edge of my seat. Now that Max and Liz have given in to their bliss, things seem to be tense and unsure for everyone else. This book reminded me of season two of Roswell when Tess was introduced. I always felt like she was an Intruder, and I think I would have been much happier if season three had turned out more like book five. If you haven’t read The Intruder yet, I won’t spoil anymore of the story for you. But for those of you who have read it, what did you think about this book and Michael’s character? About Adam?

 

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The Watcher (Roswell High #4) by Melinda MetzThe Watcher by Melinda Metz
Series: Roswell High #4
Published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment on April 21, 2001 (first published 1999)
Pages: 176
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Life will never be the same...

 

Max is dying. No one wants to believe it, but he knows it's true. And as the end grows closer, he can only think of one thing: Who will protect Liz if he's not here?

 

Liz can't stand watching Max suffer. She's determined to find some way -- any way -- to save him. But the only way to help Max is to risk her own life. Is she willing to die for the one she loves?

“Our race has a….collective consciousness, ” Ray explained. “It’s like a psychic Internet. All the knowledge, all the life experience, all the emotions of all of our people are there in the consciousness. When a young person reaches maturity, he or she is able to make the connection to the consciousness for the first time. This rite of passage is called the akino.”

The Watcher is the most intense book yet in the Roswell High series. At the end of book three, Max collapses. In The Watcher, we find out what’s going on with Max, and secrets that have been kept hidden since their ship crashed on Earth. After Max starts experiencing more and more strange symptoms, he can’t keep them hidden any longer. Ray, his boss and fellow alien-hybrid, gives Max a diagnosis that doesn’t bode well.

Max is experiencing the akino. It’s a coming-of-age for all the aliens from Max’s planet. To complete the process, Max has to make a connection to all those that have gone before him. There’s one big problem. Max needs certain stones from the spaceship they have been searching for their whole lives. If he doesn’t find these stones in time, he will DIE.

In the midst of all the chaos, Melinda still gives us some good old-fashioned teenage drama and angst. Things with Michael and Maria, and Isabel and Alex are heating up, but not going smoothly. After Isabel takes Liz and Maria Dreamwalking with her into Michael’s dream, things get weird. They see something they shouldn’t have, and now Isabel and Maria are questioning the meaning of it.

Everyone proves how much they need each other once again, when they find out that Max’s life is on the line. Our Roswell group pulls together, and develops a plan to find out where the spaceship could be hidden in the desert. Isabel doesn’t care about playing it safe anymore, she will do anything to save her brother.

The Watcher was another great installment to the Roswell High series.

 

“I thought you were going to die,” Michael admitted, his voice husky. ” I was terrified.”

Then he was kissing her. Not one of those quick, friendly kisses. A hard, hot kiss, unlike anything Maria had ever experienced. It felt like that glowing piece of her was expanding, filling her whole body with heat and light. Molten heat. Blinding light. Shattering.

If that’s not HOT, I don’t know what is. 😉

 

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The Seeker (Roswell High #3) by Melinda MetzThe Seeker by Melinda Metz
Series: Roswell High #3
Published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment on 200 (first published 1998)
Pages: 168
Format: Paperback
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Circle of danger...

Maria: She hasn't told her firends about the strange glowing ring that she found. It seems to be giving her powers -- special abilities that let her enter a world she's been dying to experience. Here's her chance to learn what she longs to know: how Michael feels about her.

Michael: He feels all alone on Earth and he's searching for a place to belong. He didn't count on discovering someone to care about right here in Roswell. Now he's falling for his best friend. But what he doesn't know, and Maria doesn't realize, is that she's drawing danger to them all....

This third book in the Roswell High series proves again that Melinda’s writing and story telling are just as good, if not better, than in the first book. Things start getting a little more crazy, even by Roswell standards in The Seeker, and we learn a lot about our favorite alien-hybrids.

In this book, Isabel is still struggling to get over Nikolas’s untimely death in The Wild One, and Alex  provides the shoulder she needs to lean on. Things are rocky between Alex and Isabel at first, but Isabel is reaching some clarity about her feelings for Alex when he let’s her know that he won’t be her rebound.

 

Max and Liz are back in ”just friends” mode after their steamy encounter at the end of The Wild One. Liz is so hurt about Max giving her mixed signals, that she decides to ”officially” try to move on by going out on a date with a fellow student who has had a crush on her for a while. You will just have to read the book (if you haven’t already) to see  how it turns out. 🙂

 

Now, to Michael and Maria. This book is probably a favorite of all M&M fans. The chemistry that becomes too intense to ignore between Michael and Maria in this book is sooo good! Michael becomes uncomfortable when he realizes he just might have more than, “kid sister” feelings for Maria. Maria has kept quiet about her growing feelings for Michael, but she is definitely sending him the vibes in this book. Melinda gives us the sweetest scenarios between these two in The Seeker! M&M are both there for each other when one needs the other, and the lines between friendship and romantic feelings begin to blur.

 

In The Seeker, our alien-hybrids find out more about their powers, and just what they are capable of. At the end of The Wild One, Maria stumbles upon a mystical looking ring while trying to escape the mall from Sheriff Valenti. This ring proves to be more than Maria originally thought it was, and a strange alien connection to the ring causes trouble for the whole crew. This book takes our favorite Roswell posse on another dangerous adventure, that ultimately brings them all closer together, and shows them just how much they need each other. In closing, here’s a teaser:

That happened way to much lately. Maria would do some completely normal thing, and Michael would get slammed by the memory of that dream. He should never have gone into it. What he saw had totally messed up his head, turning his thoughts about Maria from G-okay, sometimes PG — to NC-17.

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The Wild One (Roswell High #2) by Melinda MetzThe Wild One by Melinda Metz
Series: Roswell High #2
Published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment on December 1, 1999
Pages: 176
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Dangerous love... Isabel: From the moment she hears the roar of Nikolas' motorcycle, she's hooked. This new guy in town seems to understand exactly how she feels and thinks, exactly what she needs. He's someone willing to let her be what she was born to be...the wild one.

Alex: He's jealous of Isabel's new boyfriend. Worse, he fears that Nikolas is dragging Isabel deeper and deeper into danger. If Isabel's not careful, Sheriff Valenti will discover the truth about her. And if that happens, no one from Earth will be able to save her....

I really enjoyed The Wild One, book two in the Roswell High series. It basically picks up right where The Outsider left off, and we are introduced to a new character named Nickolas. Now, if you have watched the Roswell show and read the books before, you know that the Nickolas in Melinda’s book is very different from the one in the show. Just as our three alien-hybrids, Max, Michael, and Isabel, are getting comfortable with Liz, Maria, and Alex knowing their secret, a handsome stranger comes into town, and he has his eyes set on Isabel. Alex and Isabel developed some great chemistry at the end of The Outsider, and Alex is hopeful that they have a future together. But when Nickolas sweeps Isabel off her feet, Alex isn’t the only one who develops a grudge against him.

Max and Michael have been noticing strange bursts of power, and Isabel has been denying using her abilities. There’s something off about this new guy, and we soon come to find out that he is a hybrid like our trio, but he doesn’t care about playing it safe. Nickolas has Isabel wrapped around his finger, and Isabel is hurting everyone she loves and cares about. Especially Alex.

Melinda takes us on a crazy ride in this book. It’s filled with angst and longing between Max and Liz, Alex and Isabel. I love each aspect of the character’s personalities, even  where they differ from the T.V. show. Emotions and vibes are tense between Max and Liz. Max thinks the only way to keep Liz safe, is to stay away from her, but their longing for each other is palpable. In The Wild One, we watch Isabel make some major mistakes that give us insight into her character, and show us her vulnerabilities. It was funny and heart-warming to see Michael and Maria develop a quirky friendship that hints at something more. I really enjoyed this second book in the series, and I will leave you with one of my favorite parts between Max and Liz. WARNING! This scene is HOT.

 

Liz couldn’t stand it. She had to touch him, too. She lowered her head and brushed his cheek with
her own. The rough stubble against her smooth skin made her shiver.

She continued using her face to explore his. She rubbed her nose against Max’s and leaned even
closer to tickle his eyelashes with her own. A butterfly kiss. That’s what she and Maria called
touching eyelashes when they were little girls.

Liz moved her head lower and grazed Max’s lips with hers. Light and fast. Then she smoothed her
chin across his.

Max took a ragged breath and wove his hands through her hair. He pulled her mouth back to his.
He ran his tongue across her lips, urging them apart.

There was nothing gentle about his kiss. It was hot and desperate, as if he couldn’t stand to wait
another second.

 

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The Outsider (Roswell High #1) by Melinda MetzThe Outsider by Melinda Metz
Series: Roswell HIgh #1
Published by Pocket Pulse on September 1, 1998
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback
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I have tried to keep this first post mostly spoiler free, but I can’t promise the same for the rest of the reviews in this series.

I remember watching the Pilot of Roswell on television as if it were yesterday. The chemistry between the cast, and the way they played their characters felt true. I discovered the books after the show shot an arrow through my heart like cupid. I was a little nervous to read them because I didn’t want anything to taint the EPIC-ness of Roswell and what it meant to me, but decided I had to if I considered myself a Roswell fan.

The Outsider,written by the wonderful Melinda Metz, was full of surprises and was EPIC in it’s own right. When I first saw Roswell, and then read the books, I couldn’t help but notice the similarities to Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. In fact, many people noticed this and asked Stephanie at a book signing if she knew about the Roswell series. Stephanie said she was a fan. I think it’s obvious that Melinda crafted a timeless and classic formula with Max and Liz sharing a life-and-death secret as well as a biology class. Melinda pieced together each character beautifully, and I enjoyed all of the extra details that didn’t quite make it into the television show. I think the show distilled the best parts of Melinda’s The Outsider into the pilot, and I have to say I think the characters were cast perfectly. For those of you who have already read The Outsider, you know that Max was written as a blonde-haired, blue-eyed guy. Michael was written as having black hair, and Alex with red hair. Liz was also written with a different last name. Despite these differences, I imagined the characters in the book the same as the ones from the show. I just felt like Jason Behr was perfect for Max. I think Kyle and Sheriff Valenti come off as slightly more sinister in The Outsider than they do in the show. Melinda developed them into the perfect villains.

What did you think about The Outsider? What shocked you the most if you read the books after seeing the show? The comment section is open for discussion about this first book in Melinda Metz’s Roswell High series, and we would love if you let us know what a few of your favorite quotes are from The Outsider. For those of you who like the We Want A Roswell Movie facebook page, there will also be an event page open for the book discussions there. Please stop by later to enter to win a signed box set of the first five books from the Roswell High series. Here is a link to the order of all the books about the Roswell series.  Thanks for joining us in the Roswell Read-A-Long!

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