Book Review

Book Review | OPPOSITION, by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Opposition (Lux #5), by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publish Date: August 5, 2014 (audiobook published August 12, 2014)
Published by: Entangled Teen/Tantor Audio
Narrated by: Justine Eyre, Rob Shapiro
Length: 10 hrs 20 min (500 pages)
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.


My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | OPPOSITION, by Jennifer L. Armentrout”

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Book Review | OPAL, by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Opal (Lux #3), by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publish Date: December 11, 2012 (audiobook published April 30, 2013)
Published by: Entangled Teen/Tantor Audio
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Length: 11 hrs 30 min (382 pages)
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.


My Review:

Whew. This one definitely left me breathless. There were many ups and downs to this book. Continue reading “Book Review | OPAL, by Jennifer L. Armentrout”

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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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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 | 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”

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Book Review | TOXIC, by Lydia Kang

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Toxicby Lydia Kang

Publish Date: November 6, 2018 
Published by: Entangled Teen/Tantor Audio
Narrated by: Vikas Adam, Amanda Ronconi
Length: approx. 11 hours
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Hana isn’t supposed to exist. She’s grown up hidden by her mother in a secret room of the bioship Cyclo until the day her mother is simple gone – along with the entire crew. Cyclo tells her she was abandoned, but she’s certain her mother wouldn’t leave her there to die. And Hana isn’t ready to die yet. She’s never really had a chance to live.

Fenn is supposed to die. He and a crew of hired mercenaries are there to monitor Cyclo as she expires, and the payment for the suicide mission will mean Fenn’s sister is able to live. But when he meets Hana, he’s not sure how to save them both.

As Cyclo grows sicker by the day, they unearth more secrets about the ship and the crew. But the more time they spend together, the more Hana and Fenn realize that falling for each other is what could ultimately kill them both.


My Review:

I listened to this book as an audiobook, and while it was interesting in some places, I didn’t quite connect with it all the time. The characters are certainly interesting and diverse, and the setting definitely unique, but there were just so many moments when I felt like it would never end. Even some of the high-action and tense scenes had me kind of wishing it would move a little faster. Continue reading “Book Review | TOXIC, by Lydia Kang”