Thursday, March 28, 2013

Review: Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published: August 14th 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Page Count: Paperback, 366

Source: Bought
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-fi
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Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…
Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.
Something worse than the Arum has come to town…
The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.
But then everything changes…
I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?
No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies… 

This book has officially sealed my undying love for Daemon! I questioned whether or not he might have gone too far with his mood swings in the first book, but in Onyx, he was definitely redeemed. There were even numerous times when I was sympathizing with him. And on top of that, Jennifer L Armentrout can write some hot scenes! 

In this installment of the Lux series we pick up right into more action and questions and a few mysteries that have answers pop up throughout the book. There were a few good surprises thrown in that I liked a lot, and I'm definitely ready to read the next one so I can find out more! 

If you love sci-fi and young adult romance, definitely check this out!

Favourite quote of the book:

“Okay, you're prone to moments of great dickdom, but you're not that bad.” 

                                                              5 out of 5 Stars

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cover Reveal: Frigid by J. Lynn aka Jennifer L Armentrout

                                                                       Cover Reveal Time! 

For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn't anything new. They'd been bestfriends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie.Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler putsthe 'man' in man-whore. He's never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being theirlast year in college, Syd doesn't want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.
Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she's perfect andshe's everything. But the feelings he has for her, he's always hidden away or focused on any otherfemale. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will alwaysbe the one girl he can never have.
But when they're stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor'easter, there's nothingstopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendshipsurvive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone isstalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.

Frigid will be available in digital formats on July 30th 2013
Print release of Frigid will be November 5th 2012
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J. Lynn, also known as Jennifer L. Armentrout, is a # 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestsellingauthor. She lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’ttrue. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching reallybad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writingshort stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal,science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press,Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by EntangledBrazen and HarperCollins.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Review: Boundless (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand

Boundless (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand

Published: January 22nd 2013
Publisher: Harper Collins
Page Count: Hardcover, 438

Source: Bought
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California - and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.

Well, it's finally over. And I'm a little sad. Sad because it's over, and a little saddened by the ending. I'm going to try to keep this as spoiler free as I can, so I won't mention any names, but the way I phrase things might give away something, so read ahead at your own risk if you haven't read this book yet.

I have a few complaints about this final installment of the Unearthly series. For me the outcome of the love triangle wasn't very good, and I'm trying not to give spoilers away here, but I felt that Cynthia Hand spent a little too much time away from the one that the focus should have been on and there grew an attachment to another and then it seemed as if she just pulled the rug out from under me and it's like, "wait, who's THAT guy? And why does she care so much? Where is the connection? He hasn't even been there for her!" And then the ending was all very tidy and smooth and it just didn't feel right to me.

But, I did love many other things about Boundless. I loved that Clara was able to connect more with her Father and I loved that she grew stronger in her angel skills and I actually teared up with the Samjeeza story line -- definitely a very good subplot throughout the series and I was satisfied with how it played out.

Overall, I'd still recommend this series, but it didn't end as well as I had hoped. So I'll only be giving it...

                                                              4 out of 5 Hello Kitties!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Review: Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published: May 8th 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Page Count: Paperback, 361

Source: ARC
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-fi
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Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens. 
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 
If I don't kill him first, that is.

This review is long, long overdue. I read it while I had a bunch of life stuff going on last year and had to let my blog slide for way longer than I wanted to. Anyway, here are my immediate thoughts I posted on GoodReads I posted after reading:

"UGH I AM SO MAAAAAAD! I thought the second book was out already for some reason, so as soon as I finished this I rushed to get the second one... only to find out it doesn't come until August! FML!"

Yeah, that's exactly how it went. I was tricked, I tell you! I had some assumption that the next book in this series, Onyx was already out. It wasn't. I was seriously upset. Which leaves you with a big chunk of information: you're going to want to get right to the next book after you read this one. It's aaaamaaaazingly addicting! 

I remember hating Daemon at first. I loathed him hard... and I remember thinking, "Good! She needs to stay away from him. He's trouble! He's an ass!" I even remember thinking that Jennifer L Armentrout might have taken 'bad boy' a little too far, and I wasn't sure if he could be redeemed.

Luckily, I was wrong. Daemon is seriously amazing and I'm in love! I'm in love with her writing, her characters, her stories: Jennifer L Armentrout... I'm not sure she can do any wrong.

And the main character Katy is amazing. She's a book blogger, she's strong, she's opinionated and she's just a very realistic girl you can love. 

Please, read this series! It's has an interesting sci-fi twist that reminds me a lot of the tv show I loved back in my teens, Roswell and instead of sweet Max, we have Daemon, who definitely good at hiding his inner good boy, but it's definitely in there, I know it! 

                                                           5 out of 5 Stars!

Waiting on Wednesday: Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Waiting on Wednesdays is hosted by Breaking the Spine! It puts a spotlight on upcoming releases we're anticipating! 

Release Date: April 9th 2013
Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.
Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.
The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.
Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.

I'm actually about starting to re-read through this series before this comes out and I don't have reviews up for all of the books I read and will be posting them soon-ish, but I love this series and I am literally freaking out over here and counting down the days! 

Review: Hallowed (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed (Unearthly #2) by Cynthia Hand

Published: January 17th 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
Page Count: Hardcover, 416

Source: Netgalley
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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For months part-angel Clara Gardner trained to face the raging forest fire from her visions and rescue the alluring and mysterious Christian Prescott from the blaze. But nothing could prepare her for the fateful decisions she would be forced to make that day, or the startling revelation that her purpose—the task she was put on earth to accomplish—is not as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend, Tucker, Clara struggles to make sense of what she was supposed to do the day of the fire. And, as she is drawn further into the world of part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: Someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning. 
Described by Richelle Mead as “utterly captivating,” Unearthly received outstanding reviews, garnered accolades from New York Times bestselling authors, and was named an Indie Next Pick. In this heart-wrenching sequel, Cynthia Hand expertly captures the all-consuming joy of first love—and the agony of loss. This beautifully woven tale will appeal to fans of Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatrick, and Aprilynne Pike.

This was an excellent follow-up to Unearthly. I'm glad to see a fabulous angel trilogy out there and I'm especially glad to see that this book lived up to the first and even rose above it. 

There were a lot of tears shed during this book, but it was totally worth it. The person she loses actually hit me out of nowhere and it was surprising and very saddening and written very well. 

I know this isn't a very long review, but I hate to spoil and overall, please read this series if you haven't. It's pretty much golden! And for the emotional rollercoaster it puts you on and the heart wrenching scenes, I'll have to give it...

                                                        5 out of 5 Hello Kitties!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Review: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

Published: February 5th 2013
Publisher: Harper Collins
Page Count: Hardcover, 461

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Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance
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tick tick tick tick tick
it's almost
time for war.
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.
Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.

Tahereh Mafi, you devil, you! You have me hook, line and sinker!

The first quarter or so of the book really dragged for me. There was a lot of whiny Juliette and sometimes I just wanted to reach in and smack her around a little. And sometimes it felt like there was too much Juliette and not enough interaction with others, but that changed throughout the book and I ended up being hooked and I loved the character developments. 

And I'll try to zip it here and keep my fingers from saying the name of the person who deserves a lot of credit for making this book amazing, but I will say his name starts with a W and oooh la la, he stole my heart! 

So, overall, this book had me rolling my eyes a little in the beginning, and sometimes I even felt like I was drowning in metaphors, but it heated up and I couldn't take my eyes off of the pages! Definitely recommend to those who love steamy scenes (there are some really good ones in this), love triangles and overall really good writing!

                                                                               4 out of 5 Hello Kitties!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Review: The Thing About the Truth by Lauren Barnholdt

The Thing About the Truth by Lauren Barnholdt

Published: July 10th 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Page Count: Hardcover, 304

Source: Bought
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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In this humorous love story from the author of Two-Way Street, an unlikely romance is the best sort of surprise—but the wrong secret can ruin everything. Kelsey’s not going to let one mistake ruin her life. Sure, she got kicked out of prep school and all her old friends are shutting her out. But Kelsey’s focused on her future, and she’s determined to get back on track at Concordia High.
Isaac’s been kicked out of more schools than he can count. Since his father’s a state senator, Isaac’s life is under constant scrutiny—but Concordia High’s his last stop before boarding school, so Isaac’s hoping to fly under the radar and try to stay put for a change.
When Kelsey and Isaac meet, it’s anything but love at first sight. She thinks he’s an entitled brat, and he thinks she’s a stuck-up snob. So it surprises them both when they start to fall for each other. Kelsey’s happy for the first time in months, and Isaac’s never felt this way about anyone before...But nothing’s ever completely perfect. Everyone has secrets, and Isaac and Kelsey are no exceptions. These two may have fallen hard, but there’s one thing that can ruin it all: the truth. 

I read this book last summer and this review is long overdue. I've just been really bad about blogging because I've been flying and driving all over the world. My apologies! 

The Thing About The Truth threw me off at first, because it begins in the current time, hooks you, and then goes back in time, then jumps back to the current time and jumps back again and so on and so forth. Normally I would find this annoying, but for this novel, it really worked to tell the story in a very interesting way and I think it helped it shine more. 

The main character Kelsey was a realistically and brilliantly flawed teenage girl who made a mistake that made feel sorry for her and you watch her deal with the consequences of her lies, or omissions of the truth as it could be said. And Isaac was the real deal in the world of book boyfriends, he was definitely my cup of tea and I loved their romance! 

Overall, I loved this book. It was one of my favourite reads during the summer of 2012 and while it didn't keep me up all night itself, it did help me stay awake while my son, who was a newborn wanted me to stay up all night! Thank you, Lauren Barnholdt, I think you might have saved my life, for at least a night! 

Go forth and read this if you haven't and love Young Adult Contemporary! It's a good one! 

                                                                        5 out 5 Stars!