Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout

October 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Star Rating:

Date released: 29th November 2011
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Author’s website: www.jenniferarmentrout.com
My source: Amazon Kindle Store
Part of a series: Yes, #1 Lux series
Find it at: GoodReads | Amazon | B&N

GoodReads Synopsis:

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.

After my not-so-great experience reading my first Armentrout book, I thought I’d give her another chance and picked up Obsidian over the weekend. I’m so glad that I did!

What worked for me:

  • The chemistry between Katy and Daemon. Phew! I felt like I needed to get some ice packs to cool me down. And their kissing scene? Phwoar. Usually simple kissing scenes don’t do it for me, but I had to set down my Kindle and fan my face for a few minutes before I picked it up again only to scroll back to read from the start of that scene.
  • The familial ties of love that Daemon and Dee have between them. I think it’s so lovely, and being the younger sister in a two-child family, it’s something I can relate to.
  • The pacing. The teaspoon by teaspoon dosage of having the plot, mystery, Luxen history and personalities revealed to the reader. I love when stories are told teasingly, and Armentrout really showed rather than told us about it in Obsidian.
  • The quirk that our female heroine is a bookblogger! Her references to Waiting on Wednesday and the way she felt when she received new books was very amusing, speaking from a book blogger point of view. Thought this was a great quirk.
  • The dialogue. Especially the heated banter between Katy and Daemon. There were times when the story reverted back to descriptions and “what Katy is doing today” scenes where I thought I would lose interest, but then Damon rocks up and they have a fireball spitting conversation that has me laughing or admiring the quick wit. It was great!
  • Katy’s narrative voice. I’ve never met a character that sounds exactly as I do in my head. Saying things like Sweet baby Jesus, and a whole other array of weird expletives really called out to me. I love Katy as a heroine. She’s earthbound, level-headed, knows what she wants and isn’t a hothead (unless Daemon’s around), which I love.

What didn’t work for me:

  • The fact that Katy and Daemon just won’t give an inch! Come on! You guys like one another. Stop dancing around and have a hot make out session sans t-shirts against the wall or something.
  • And… that’s it.

Quotes I loved:

“Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.”

Aha! So sassy. I love Katy’s internal mind-vomit.

“My palms itched to have a close encounter of the bitch-slap kind with his face.”

I loved every moment reading this book and I’ve already gotten Onyx lined up on my Kindle!

solid 5 stars!

Review: A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter

September 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Rating: 5 Stars and The Golden Bookshelf!!

Okay. I need to compose myself for this extended review. Ahem.

A Hidden Fire is the first in The Elemental Mysteries series by Elizabeth Hunter, a self-published indie author. I was pleasantly surprised and totally glad that I decided to give this book a go. Usually I’m wary of free books by unpublished authors, but A Hidden Fire completely blew me away. The best thing is that it’s free on the Amazon Kindle Store! Go get it!

The story revolves around a remarkable and intelligent librarian named Beatrice De Novo who (seemingly accidentally at first) is thrust headfirst into the world of vampires by her affiliation with mysterious, broody Dr. Giovanni Vecchio. Think HBO’s True Blood vs. Avatar: The Last Airbender. Hunter builds a grand world that is so believable, incredible in all ways and has epic proportions. And the dialogue between the two? Beautiful. Just beautiful.

“So, the wooden stake through the heart thing is apparently a myth, but you can be killed by fire. Anything else?”

“Should I be concerned that one of your first questions is how to kill me?”

Her jaw dropped. “What? No! I didn’t mean… I was just curious.”

He snorted. “Well you can remain so.”

“What about the sun?” she asked. “Extra toasty?”

“I’m not going to burst into flames, but I avoid tanning beds.”

“Silver?”

“Some of my favorite cufflinks.”

“Garlic?”

“Please,” he sneered. “I’m Italian.”

Hunter’s writing style is sharp yet graceful and is an exquisite mix of tenderness and brutality. She had me wrapped around her fingers from the word ‘go’. I can’t explain my love for this series – it won’t pull at your heartstrings, hell no, it’ll rip them to shreds. An absolutely fantastic read. And check out that amazing front cover, too!

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Review: Sempre by J.M. Darhower

September 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

Rating: 5 Stars!

Sempre by J.M. Darhower is, in short, a story that will warm your heart, pulling at strings you never knew existed, excite you till your heart pumps, have you full to bursting, destroy your hopes and make you yearn for more.

You might think I’m exaggerating, but wow is all that comes to mind.

Haven is a lost girl, trying to find her place in a world she can barely comprehend with a past that would disgust and infuriate many. She finds solace in the DeMarco family, learning the ropes of society through Dominic and Carmine and how to walk the fine line of Dr. DeMarco’s anger. She’s special, intelligent and strong – a survivor and she doesn’t even know it.

Carmine, the youngest son of Dr. Vincent DeMarco, is a rebellious teen on the cusp of manhood. With a mouth that infuriates others when it opens, Carmine’s straight-up personality, tenacity and his penchant for violence and rage make him an interesting character – one that balances Haven’s precarious fragile-flower state.

Overall, I thought the book was an amazing read. The story flowed with such grace, third person point-of-views are narrated with finesse and the characters dance around the plot like it were a ballet. Definitely one of the better books I’ve read this year!

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Review: Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

September 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Rating: 4 Stars

Normally I don’t enjoy multiple-POV novels, simply because I like discovering surprises from one person’s perspective but Shiver did a good job of it.

And look at that book cover! If you could describe the environmental setting where Shiver takes place, that book cover says it all.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is a supernatural teen romance fantasy story that has a very small scope in relation to its genre and centers on the story of Grace and Sam. Grace and Sam share a bond that was borne on a fateful day that Grace nearly loses her life and since then, Sam has been watching from the woods.

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Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

September 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

Rating: 5 Stars + The Golden Bookshelf!!!

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”

This book… oh dear lord. This book. Absolutely destroyed me. Deeply moving and thoughtful, this is a book that will resonate.

I can’t even think about The Fault in Our Stars without my hands shaking and my stomach cramping. It was that good. I cried non-stop in the last half of the book, and I felt inexplicably exhausted after I had finished. The Fault in Our Stars definitely put me on an emotional rollercoaster (more like threw me into an emotional meat grinder). I absolutely loved the narrative voice of Hazel – so cynical, like all 16 year olds should be.

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal”

That’s exactly how I feel with this book! It’s like my heart was bleeding right there on the pages!

I’ve never read a book like it – where our protagonists are in the danger zone between life and death. I’ve never read a “dying” book. This was my first, and as firsts go, I’ll always remember it.

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Review: Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover

September 21, 2012 § 1 Comment

Rating: 5 Stars!

I know how much I love a book series when I simply must read the next installment right after I’ve finished the first. Point of Retreat was such a case. As soon as I finished Slammed, I literally opened up the next book and dove right into it.

Point of Retreat follows on more than a year after the end of Slammed and we see Lake and Will’s relationship evolve around conflict that neither of them has control over. We have the same wonderful cast with some bright new additions (Kiersten and her mother Sherry in particular) and some faces from Will’s past that are not so bright and welcome.

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Review: Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover

September 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

Rating: 5 Stars!

Well, phew. What can I say about the first installment to the Slammed series?

Firstly, I began reading with certain expectations. I thought it would be another book that had a lot of hype to it, strung through with a bit of romance, some silly plotline that tests the relationship and altogether a sick and sappy HEA.

Dead wrong.

I was hooked from the first few pages because of the narrative voice of Layken Cohen, our protagonist, and the story is told through her eyes. Will Cooper, our male hero, is everything I look for in such a character. Strong, independent, thoughtful and pretty bad-ass, and it was looking great for me until Hoover dropped the first plot-hurdle.

Without giving too much away, I loved the family dynamics between Lake and Will. I loved their little brothers, Julia and the friends that Lake makes at her new highschool – they each added beautiful elements to the telling of the story and all had important parts to play. I hate stories where they have secondary characters that seem like they would amount to a lot, but end up being lamp-posts and was simply for decoration.

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