Book Review

Book Review | SHADOWS, by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Shadows (Lux #0.5), by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publish Date: February 20, 2012 (audiobook published May 13, 2013)
Published by: Entangled Teen/Tantor Audio
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Length: 4 hrs 50 min (165 pages)
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Romance
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life-form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane. Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in. Captivated. Lured. Loved.

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence…and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.


My Review:

While this was an interesting story that gave a little more insight to what happened with Bethany and Dawson, I felt like it didn’t really do much more than what was already mentioned in the books. Continue reading “Book Review | SHADOWS, by Jennifer L. Armentrout”

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T.T.S.I.F | An End-of-the-Week Reading Update

How is everyone doing in the reading so far?  Working on an goals yet?

I’ve managed to finish 2 series I started in 2018, although I feel like I cheated a bit because I literally started them in December and all my other series are glaring at me from my shelves…but hey it makes me feel good right?  Progress?

Anyway, I’ve finished another Lux series book and am starting on the prequel story to get some background information.  I’m still chugging through Priory (I’m only about 12% but that’s 100 pages in this gargantuan of a book.)  I’m weirdly liking it so far because it has such excellent world-building.

I finished my January egalleys (at least the ones I knew I was going to get to) and have started on my February ones with Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins.  I have a feeling I’m not going to get through all my egalleys for February either, but it’s hard to choose which ones I’m going to have to set aside because almost all of them are ones I am eager to read.

And I finally finished my reread of A Shadow Bright and Burning!!!!  I have no idea why it was such a struggle to reread that book because I loved it when I first read it.  I think it’s just my mindset – I love the series and want to finish it but don’t want to reread shit now.  I want new shit but oh look I forget what happened so….

Anyway that’s it for this week.  Sorry I missed last week cause go figure I would.

Happy reading!

Book Review

Book Review | ONYX, by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Onyx (Lux #2), by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publish Date: August 14, 2012 (audiobook published April 2013)
Published by: Entangled Teen/Tantor Audio
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Length: 11 hrs 47 min (366 pages)
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

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…


My Review:

This was definitely an entertaining sequel to Obsidian. The plot and intrigue kept me engaged and of course the moments between Katy and Daemon were excellent. I really love how well Armentrout writes the romance scenes – they do such justice to the emotions bring played out. Continue reading “Book Review | ONYX, by Jennifer L. Armentrout”

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Book Review | A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY, by Brigid Kemmerer

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely (A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1)by Brigid Kemmerer

Publish Date: January 29, 2019
Published by: Bloomsbury YA
Pages: 496
Genre: YA Fantasy/Retelling
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.


My Review:

While I enjoyed this book and was mostly engaged while reading it, I did think it had a few flaws. The characters were interesting and well-rounded, the romance grew beautifully, and the plot was engaging. Continue reading “Book Review | A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY, by Brigid Kemmerer”

Book Review

Book Review | UMBERTOUCHED, by Livia Blackburne

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Umbertouched (Rosemarked #2), by Livia Blackburne

Publish Date: November 6, 2018
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 375
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

The mission was a failure. Even though Zivah and Dineas discovered a secret that could bring down the empire, their information is useless without proof. Now, with their cover blown and their quest abandoned, their only remaining hope is to get home before Ampara brings the full might of its armies against their peoples.

As Shidadi and Dara alike prepare for war, Zivah and Dineas grapple with the toll of their time in the capital. After fighting alongside the Amparans against his own kin, can Dineas convince the Shidadi—and himself—where his loyalties lie? After betraying her healer’s vows in Sehmar City, can Zivah find a way to redeem herself—especially when the Dara ask her to do the unthinkable? And after reluctantly falling in love, what will the two do with their lingering feelings, now that the Dineas from Sehmar City is gone forever? Time is running out for all of them, but especially Zivah whose plague symptoms surface once again. Now, she must decide how she’ll define the life she has left.

Together, healer and warrior must find the courage to save their people, expose the truth, and face the devastating consequences headed their way.


My Review:

This was a very strong sequel to Rosemarked, and I absolutely loved watching the continuing journey of Zivah and Dineas after the events in the previous book. It was filled with action and intrigue and kept me engaged throughout. It left me feeling happy and sad, content with how things ended but also leaving things a little open-ended, not perfectly wrapped up in a neat little bow. Continue reading “Book Review | UMBERTOUCHED, by Livia Blackburne”

Book Review

Book Review | OBSIDIAN, by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Obsidian (Lux #1), by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publish Date: May 8, 2012 (audiobook published March 18, 2013)
Published by: Entangled Teen/Tantor Audio
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Length: approx. 9 1/2 hours (335 pages)
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

When 17-year-old Katy Swartz moved to West Virginia right before her senior year, she’d pretty much resigned herself to thick accents, dodgy Internet access, and a whole lot of boring, but then she spotted her hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up…until he opened his mouth.

Daemon Black is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. It’s hate at first sight, but when a stranger attacks her and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens. The hot guy next door? Well, he’s an alien.

Turns out that Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities and Katy is caught in the crosshairs. Daemon’s touch has lit her up like the Vegas Strip and the only way she’s getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until her alien mojo fades. That is, if she doesn’t kill him first.


My Review:

It has taken me a long time to read this book because the description always made my eyes roll. But with my friend being obsessed with this series and so many others loving it, I finally decided to give it a try when I found it as an audiobook on Hoopla.  It is safe to say I enjoyed it a lot. Continue reading “Book Review | OBSIDIAN, by Jennifer L. Armentrout”