Thursday, December 20, 2012

Opal By:Jennifer Armentrout

5 Stars: Perfect

Goodreads Summary:

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.

No. No, no, no. Absolutely not. I'm missing pages. I have to be. There is no way I'm just left with that ending! How do you expect me to cope until July?

Besides that evil ending, Opal is great. It's better, even, than Onyx. 

Katy's still amazing, as always. Daemon has grown over the series. Dee and Katy's friendship is really weak. Blake's back, and Daemon still can't remember his name. And Dawson's back.

Daemon isn't that much of a jerk anymore. He's not as moody and can actually talk to people without shutting them out. He shows a vulnerable side to himself and is sweeter. 

Dee was pretty awesome in this book. I get why she didn't just forgive Katy when Adam died, and I admire her for that. 

Blake came back. And I cannot believe I didn't see what he did coming. I wanted to like him, and I sort of did for a while, but then, like always, he ruins it. 

Dawson came back, but he's not the same. He's a shell of the man-alien?-he used to be. When he *******spoiler******* saw Beth again, I was shocked that she recognized him.

The plot dragged a bit, but the characters and the ending made up for it.

Armentrout's writing, as always, is amazing.

I really hope that the release date will move up for Origin!
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday # 7: Mind Games

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases upcoming titles we're highly anticipating.

Waiting for:
Mind Games
By: Kiersten White
Expected publication: February 19th 2013
Published By: Harper Teen

Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future. 

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways… or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost

This seems really cool. Spies and sisters should be a great combination
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Throne of Glass By: Sarah Maas

3 Stars: Mediocre

Goodreads Summary

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

I feel I should have liked this more than I should...  I waited and waited for this book to finally come out. And then I didn't like it as much as I thought I would.

The synopsis makes it sound like a huge mystery. And it might have been, if the author didn't try to put as many clues in there. There was way to much foreshadowing. There was one point in time when Maas gave us a red herring, but I saw through it.

The writing wasn't the best I've read, but it wasn't the worst. There were some weird wordings, but overall, it was pretty good. The narration was alright. The action scenes and dialogue were very well written.

Celaena had some very good comebacks up her sleeves. And they just got better as the book went on. But, she was way to cocky. She was also too good, and I knew she would win at the end. 

The love triangle was one of the things that wasn't written well. Neither the prince nor Westfall were very interesting to read about. I like Westfall better than the prince, though

Will I read the next book. Yeah. Definitely.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #6: School Spirits

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases upcoming titles we're highly anticipating.

Waiting for:
School Spirits (Hex Hall Spin-Off #1)
By: Rachel Hawkins
Expected Publication: May 14, 2013
Published By: Disney-Hyperion

Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy’s older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy's mom decides they need to take a break.

Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it’s not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who's always been on her own, it’s strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush.

Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt? 

I always was curious about Izzy.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #5: Splintered

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases upcoming titles we're highly anticipating.

Waiting for: 
By: A.G. Howard
Expected Publication:  January 1st 2013
Published By: Amulet Books

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Ooh! I love Alice in Wonderland! And it's out soon!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Deity By: Jennifer Armentrout

5 Stars: Perfect

Goodreads Summary:

"History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time. "

Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday--to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she's a goner... and so is Aiden. 

If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training"--which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time--she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome. 

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she's caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed. 

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate...

I was stalking the author for when this book came out. Then, when I read it, I was hooked. I thought I wrote a review for it, but it turns out I didn't post it online. Oops.

Anyway, Deity was my favorite book of the series so far. I flew through it and reread it right afterwards. Jennifer Armentrout's series just get better and better. There are no words to describe the pure awesomeness of this book.

There are new developments that I didn't see coming, but now I can reread the first two books and see all the foreshadowing.

I like Aiden a lot better in this book than the last. He's changed. About Seth, I just want to punch him.

Alex is still a great main character. She's still strong and sarcastic.

The secondary characters became important. Sorta enemies become sorta friends.

The story really flows and Jennifer just keeps on delivering shockers. 

The ending was a cliffhanger that left me demanding Elixir, which came out the next day. But those hours waiting for the novella made me pretty much insane.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday # 4: Ink

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases upcoming titles we're highly anticipating.

Waiting For:

Expected publication: June 25, 2013
Published By: Harlequin Teen

I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.

Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.

A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.

And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.

On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they'll both be targets.

Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.

Why aren't their a lot of books with Asian Mythology? It's so interesting. The cover's cool, also.
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Anna Dressed in Blood by: Kendare Blake

Five Stars: Perfect

Goodreads Summary:

Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

See, I don't scare easy. But I like scary things. So when I found this book, I immediately started to read it. It picked me up right from the start with Cass hunting a ghost. He's a great narrator.

Anna had a terrible story before she died, and there was a reason why she was evil. It wasn't like she just woke up one day and decided to be bad. She was forced to and kept fighting it. Anna was like two sides of a coin: both a murderer and a victim, like so many real people.

You didn't know the actual villain until the middle of the book. Sure, there was Anna, but she didn't really count since she turned good and all. He was a strange and interesting character.

The plot was well developed. There were very little plot holes. It was fast paced and full of action.

All the characters seemed three-dimensional. They seemed to shape the plot, instead of the plot shaping them. They weren't cliched at all. The ghosts were really interesting.

The writing was great. I never knew it was possible to make something so terrible written well. Everything flowed easily. The word choices were really good.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday # 3: The Collector

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases upcoming titles we're highly anticipating.
Waiting For:
The Collector (Dante Walker #1)
By: Victoria Scott
Expected publication: April 2nd 2013
Published By: Entangled Teen
He makes good girls...bad.

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried.
Why do I always find books I want to read before they even come out?
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Hush, Hush By: Becca Fitzpatrick

2 Stars: Not My Taste

Goodreads Summary:

Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)A SACRED OATH

Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

So... I didn't like it. Oh, God, now everyone's going to hate me. I wanted to like it. Really. I did. Alright. No one's going to kill me now, got it?

The cover is amazing. It's what made me pick it up in the first place. I just had to have it. But, like so many other books, it was hiding very bad things.

There's a prologue, of course. It's really confusing, though. It's about a guy  named, like, Chauncey, being made to swear an oath of fidelty to a fallen angel. And, no, that's not a spoiler. It tells you in the summary, 'K?

So the story begins with Nora, an average high school student walking in Biology. Is it just me, or is it the science classes with the creeps? She finds out it's Human Reproduction. She meets a guy named Patch, and he creeps her out. In the story, she begins to think that people are out to kill her. She also has strange feelings about a carnival ride, and she almost dies a couple of times. So not so average anymore.

This writing was so schizophrenic. One second, she thought she was safe with Patch. In the very same line, she wondered that maybe she wasn't. What? Make up your mind, Nora! The author was probably like," Should it be all romancy? Or dangerous and dark. Ooh! I'll make it all of the above!" Then, she probably decided to let Nora figure it out. But, Nora, being an idiot, couldn't. And the story was terrible because of the writing and the main character.

If only Nora and the writing were disgusting, I might have given it three stars. But no! Patch was plain creepy. And, yeah, I was expecting an anti-hero who was dangerous and alluring. Patch just ended up weird. He had terrible pick-up lines ("Call me Patch. I mean it. Call me."). He displayed pretty much no feelings of love or affection except to have sex with her. He straight out tells her he wants to kill her. Then, he kisses her.

I didn't like Vee. She kept pushing Nora at guys. She's selfish and ignorant.

The forshadowing was alright. It surprised me at some points.

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Opal Trailer

Here is the amazing trailer of Opal, which is the third book in the Lux series.

The Summary from Goodreads:

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.

Opal (The third book in the Lux Series)
Available in both print and digital version on December 18, 2012
Barnes and Noble

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #3: Deity

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page

Share two teasers from that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser From :
By: Jennifer Armentrout

“Do you hear yourself?” I stopped in front of him, hands shaking. “How can you make that decision for other people—for Laadan and Marcus?” “Look,” he said, his hands rising into the air. “Get mad at me. Hit me. It doesn’t change anything.” I moved toward him, to push him but not actually hit him. “You can’t—” He caught both my wrists and hauled me into his lap, switching my wrists to one hand. He sighed. “I didn’t mean for you to actually hit me.” Too stunned to respond, I just stared at him. Our heads were only inches apart. My legs tangled with his, and then he reached up with his free hand, smoothing the mess of hair back from my face. My breath caught as my heart sped up. Our gazes locked, and his eyes turned to quicksilver.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #2: Mila 2.0

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases upcoming titles we're highly anticipating.
Waiting For:
Mila 2.0
By:Debra Driza
Expected publication: March 12th 2013
Published By: Katherine Tegen Books
Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity–style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel
This looks so amazing right now. I heard it's like Bourne Identity, except for the part where she's a girl. And the cover is gorgeus, too. This is totally on my TBR list.

And yes. I know its Thursday.
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Teaser Tuesday #2 : Hush, Hush

Yes. I know it is Thursday. But its been a week since I've last updated my blog. So, just pretend its a Tuesday.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page

Share two teasers from that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Teaser From:
 Hush, Hush
By: Becca Fitzpatrick

“He was the worst kind of wrong. He was so wrong it felt right, and that made me feel completely out of control.”  
I just began reading this book and I've heard so many good things about it.
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pure By:Jennifer L. Armentrout

Five Stars: Perfect

Goodreads Summary:

There is need. And then there is Fate
Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her.
When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude or killing her.
When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

Pure has everything a book needs: action, suspense, romance, and comedy. It left me craving for more.

I still love Alex. She's a greatcharacter, and, like I said in my review of Half-Blood, she's not perfect. Even if she's not, Alex doesn't deserve all the pain she's gotten. But she's strong all the way through.

I found out more about Seth. Well, sort of. He's still a mystery, but I really like him. He and Alex have a special sort of connection. I like all the sides of him. Also, Seth was there for Alex when Aiden wasn't.

Speaking of Aiden, I got angry at him, sometimes. However, he's the sort of guy you can't stay angry at. He's an admirable character and I like the lengths he takes to make sure the things- or ones- he loves stays safe.

The plot of the story was a definite page turner. It was so fast-paced and action-packed.There are also so many twists and shockers. I think my jaw dropped at least twenty times. There's also a lot of heat between the characters.

I can't say to much, or it will spoil everything, but I think this book was better than the first. Now, I'm off to the next book.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #1: Sweet Peril

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that showcases upcoming titles we're highly anticipating.
Waiting for:
Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy #2)
By: Wendy Higgins
 Expected Release Date: April 30th 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen

Anna Whitt, daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a claim. She’d been naive about a lot of things.

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

**Review for Sweet Evil to come soon***

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Onyx By: Jennifer Armentrout

Five Stars: Perfect

Goodreads Summary:

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…

If Obsidian was great, Onyx was breath-taking. It was more intense, more brutal, and more surprising.

Onyx was funny. There's witty banter between Katy and Daemon. And it's better that Obsidian's.

Katy is witty and feisty. She lives up to the nick-name, Kitten. She's fierce and protective. Sadly, not everyone can be perfect. This was one my favorite aspects of this novel. If you don't give someone flaws, you can't relate to them. Therefore, you dislike them. She made some big mistakes, but doesn't ignore them. They shape her into a better person. Katy was always strong, but she's a fighter, now.

We've all seen Daemon's protective and charming side. But now, Jennifer shows a new part of him. It's a sweet, sweet side of him that not a lot of people have seen before.

Blake Saunders is the new guy. He's mysterious with secrets. Lots of them. I didn't like him at all. Well, at first, I sort of liked him. But then, when the secrets got out, I hated him. I can't say anything without spoilers.

The plot was well developed. It placed everything perfectly. We don't get a filler novel, like so many books.

And the ending. Talk about a cliffhanger!

The wait for Opal will kill me. If its even half of Onyx, I'll love it.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Teaser Tuesday #1: Onyx

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random pageShare two teasers from that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser From:
Onyx By: Jennifer Armentrout

"His smile was really starting to concern me. I told you, Kitten. I like a challenge."

Share the link to your TT in the comments below. Or, if you don't have blog, share your teaser in the comments.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Touch of Frost By: Jennifer Estep

Two Stars: Not my taste

Goodreads Summary:

My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy; a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why; especially since I should have been the one who died...

This wasn't very good. I wanted to like it, but it just wouldn't happen. The characters and plot were so cliché. I've already read about literally  running into the "bad boy" to many times to count. There's too many "invisible" or "unliked" girls. And there's always the "hot, popular" girl.

So, the setting is a school where Greek demigod-ish teens go. The first thing that reminded me of was Hogwarts. Then, it turned out that it had all these other types of magic kids that were not relevant to the story to any way, like Ninjas. The three most important races were the Greeks, the Romans, and the Norse people. The rest was just clutter.

Gwen was sometimes just an idiot. She sometimes forgets that she has her magic gift. After that, there were all these things that feel "off" to her, but she missed the important clues. And, ofcourse, she doesn't think she's special, but she actually is.

The writing had a huge info-dump. It was like the author didn't know how to expand information over the entire book. Gwen barely figures anything out on her own. Even the villain told her what she should've found out.

I didn't like this book very much, but paranorama boarding school junkies should love it.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Existence By: Abbi Glines

Three Stars: Mediocre

Goodreads Summary:

What happens when you're stalked by Death? You fall in love with him, of course.

Pagan Moore doesn't cheat Death, but instead, falls in love with him.

Seventeen year old Pagan Moore has seen souls her entire life. Once she realized the strangers she often saw walking through walls were not visible to anyone else, she started ignoring them. If she didn't let them know she could see them, then they left her alone. Until she stepped out of her car the first day of school and saw an incredibly sexy guy lounging on a picnic table, watching her with an amused smirk on his face. Problem is, she knows he's dead.

Not only does he not go away when she ignores him, but he does something none of the others have ever done. He speaks. Pagan is fascinated by the soul. What she doesn't realize is that her appointed time to die is drawing near and the wickedly beautiful soul she is falling in love with is not a soul at all.

He is Death and he's about to break all the rules.

Look at that face. Isn't it just so sexy? That was what made me pick up the book. I know, I know. You're going to tell me that I shouldn't judge a book by its cover. My answer to that? Hypocrite. Don't you tell me that you never looked a cover and thought, "Ooh! Pretty!" That's what was going through my head when I saw it. Picking the book up, I, naturally, went for the summary. Girl and Death. Seems awesome, doesn't it? Sadly, it wasn't. 

My first issue with this book was the names: Dank, Pagan, and Leif. Where have you ever heard these names in your entire life? The names should have keyed me off that it wasn't going to be great. So, I closed the book, and saw those eyes again. They just told me to keep reading, and that it was going to be better. If only it was.

I didn't like how Pagan used Leif, at all. It's sad. It's like how Bella used Jacob. Boys have feelings, you know! I also hated how, even though Leif was great, she just kept wanting Dank.

It was usually easy to guess what would happen next. There were two shockers, at most.

I liked the idea of the story, but it could have been so much better.

Pagan has her logical moments, and she actually thinks about her grades. She's nice. Except for toying with Leif, she listens to her conscience.

I really liked Gee. She added humor to the plot.

The first and part of the book was good.

Borrow this book. Then read it when you're craving a fast romance.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Obsidian By: Jennifer Armentrout

Five Stars: Perfect

This won't let me change the font to the normal font. So annoying!

Goodreads Summary:

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.

Jennifer Armentrout has just become one of my favorite authors. After reading Half-Blood, I immediately checked if she had written anything else.  Obsidian came up, and when I checked it, I wasn’t eager at all to read it. I hated aliens. So I put her works to the side and began reading other things. One hot summer day, I was bored and decided to give this a try. I’m so glad I did. From the first page, I was sucked in.

Katy doesn’t whine about unimportant things, but she isn’t too cocky either. I love the fact that she is a blogger, and actually knows what she is doing. It isn’t like some books where authors pretend to know facts and hope that nobody finds out that she knows nothing about the subject. 

Daemon is the love interest in this book. The first time I “saw” him, I thought I might not like him. I thought, “Oh God. She’s gonna let him walk all over her. Then, I’d have to hate her! ” Well, Katy surprised me. She has an inner fire that roared to life.

Sometimes, I found Daemon very infuriating. Why was he so annoying? Why couldn’t he be nice? I knew that he had a layer underneath the douchebag layer. Reading the extra point of views from him made me finally understand.

The plot was very well executed. Everything was very well placed. Jennifer Armentrout made the characters stay tangible. The writing seemed real, and it sounded like what a teenager would say.  I think the word someone from Goodreads used was authentic. This was a funny book, and it had me smiling and grinning most of the time.

Go out and by this book. Now.

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The Iron King By: Julie Kagawa

Four Stars: Good

Goodreads Summary:

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Meghan actually uses her brain, unlike some other characters of the Young Adult category. She doesn’t automatically believe in the Fae and is skeptical, just like most people would be. She isn’t amazing at perfecting her power the second she needs to. For example, when Meghan needed to use glamour to get into a club, she cannot do it. Her powers develop in the book, like, for the musicians, a crescendo. Sadly, Prince Ash comes in with his perfect looks and turns her into an idiot.

Ash was one of those characters that don’t let anyone in. He sort of bored me. He’s very typical in a Young Adult novel: Hot, a good fighter, loyal, and closed off. Maybe I’ll enjoy him more in the next books.

Puck is the one I like the most. He’s funny and honest. He doesn’t gloss things over when he is talking to Meghan, and he treats her like she is an actual human being. Oh, yes, and he- wait for it- actually has flaws! This made me so happy. Most male characters are perfect and plan their moves way beforehand, unlike Puck, who is impulsive and rash.

In a fight scene between Puck and Ash, Puck was having fun, while Ash was brooding. Call me crazy, but I like humor.

The writing was very good and descriptive. I could see what she was talking about in my head. The setting was one of my favorite aspects. I actually knew what she was talking about, and it didn’t feel bogged down.

Puck, the writing, and Meghan-before-Ash saved this book from getting three stars. Thank them.

I would recommend this book to be read on the side. Buying it wouldn’t be so bad.
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Twilight By: Stephanie Meyer

One Star: Terrible

GoodReads Summary:

Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger. Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

One star. Now I feel guilty. I hate giving out one star review. I couldn’t help it. I was disgusted with this book.  Atrocious, as our narrator, Bella, would say. This leads us into our first problem: the purple prosing.
 Most of the words were way too complicated to be in a young adult book. For example, how many teenagers do you think use the words masochistic, unconditionally, or menace in an everyday conversation. Stephanie Meyer seemed to destroy her thesaurus with words she could use, but she kept using the same words in places she needed her thesaurus.
Bella made some of the most idiotic decisions one can make. She fell in love with the vampire, Edward, pretty much the second they met. He warned her, many times, that he was dangerous. Sure, the element of danger is compelling to some people. I’ll give you that. If only Bella hadn’t been oblivious to it. Also, she whines and blushes way too much. I think I might have liked her better if Meyer had given her a slight resemblance of a backbone. 
Why is it that Edward is so important that he’s the only thing that she thinks of? She doesn’t think of what she wants to do after college. Nor does she think of what she wants to be when she becomes an adult. Please, Bella. A guy isn’t important enough for him to take up your entire brain capacity. Well, maybe yours.
Edward. You just destroyed the idea that with age comes wisdom. If he really loved Bella (I don’t know how, though), he would stay away from her. He even told her that he should stay away from him. I thought, “Oh, okay. He might not actually be that bad.” Less than a chapter later, he came back.
Edward is creepy. He’s a stalker. Who else would watch other people sleep? He’s also bipolar. And controlling. What else? What about the fact that he sparkles? He sparkles. Glitters. Scintillates. Gleams. Glistens. Why, Stephanie, just why? Creative? Yes. With vampires? No, just no.
I might have thrown the book across the room if I heard one more “description” of Edward. All Bella talks about is that Edward is hot. She might have mentioned his hair color being bronze. That’s it.
Don’t even get me started on the secondary characters. Or the nonplot. Or the terrible "action scene". Or the- I’m going to stop now.
Whatever you do, don’t read this book.
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