Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian (Lux, #1)Title: Obsidian 
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen 
Publishing Date:   November 23rd 2011
Pages:  335
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Series: Lux #1
Source: Audio


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 book spent forever, well 2 years, on my TBR list. I saw tons of great reviews, ravings, and obsession over this book. I was weary, very weary. I didn't want to go in ready to love it and be disappointed. I so was not disappointed. I loved it. So many things to love about this book. I loved the characters, the story was fresh, and the romance was just right. It was just all goodness. 

Katy moves to a new town, her next door neighbor is hot but strange and a real jerk. The neighbor jerk's twin sister is not a jerk. Katy and Dee become best friends which forces Daemon into Katy's life. Since they are not human, everything turns into a mess and danger lurks around every corner and of course Katy has to be saved on multiple occasions by Dee and the jerk Daemon. Katy returns the favor a couple of times too. Its a story about friendship and a jerk. I think most people have read this book already so that's all I need to say.

I am so completely overjoyed that this book was as good as I hoped. The beginning was a bit iffy for me. About the first 2-3 hours. Once Daemon and Dee's secrets were spilled the book took off and I couldn't or wouldn't put it down. I usually can say the characters were the best part, or the romance, or the story, or the writing. In this book it was all of it. I think every bit of this book worked amazingly together to create something fun and addicting. I know I am already going to be addicted to this series. 

The main character, Katy, is just killer. She is tough, snarky, smart, and a book blogger. Yea pretty cool. I loved hearing her bring up her Waiting on Wednesday posts, comments, and followers. It was fun. What I liked about her most was her ability to stand up for herself, do what she felt was right, and not second guess her every decision. She wasn't the helpless maiden that needed saving. All though she did need saving a couple of times, she also did the saving. It was a pretty equal saving relationship. She just rocked. 

I also loved Dee and Daemon. Dee was spunky, sweet, and a great friend to have in your corner. She was beautiful and smart, but its a bit hard to make friends when doing so puts them in danger. So when Katy and Dee became friends, it made Dee's world. She was always in Katy's corner and made Katy have fun. Daemon on the other hand was a jerk, but had his moments where I couldn't help but like him. He angered me, but he also made me smile, blush, and giggle. Yes like a school girl. The ultimate bad boy. He loved to mess with Katy but never crossed the line, well not totally, into the bad guy. I couldn't help but love him. 

So there were great characters. I loved them. BUT, it doesn't stop there. I liked the romance. Well what there was of it. There wasn't much because simply put.... Daemon and Katy do not get along. Of course this causes issues because they are very much attracted to each other and things keep happening forcing them to spend time together. So there is bickering then there is kissing.... and some pretty steamy scenes. Never love though. It's headed that way for sure but not there yet.....not even like just hate and lust. 

The story was original for me because it was aliens and not vampires or ghosts or werewolves or witches or fae..... It did lack in total creativeness.... there is still the cliche of ya in the story... but there is enough newness that kept me going. I loved the alien origins, the natural forms, the abilities, it was well written and very exciting.

The writing style was great. There were many times I found myself laughing out loud as well as times I am sure I was blushing, I know I felt the heat. There was plenty of emotional moments, playful moments, and intense moments. It was a full ride for me. Everything I love in my stories was included and I felt the story and saw the story as I listened. I was never bored and I am left needing more. 
Very satisfied, very impressed, and I need more. I will be getting more as soon as I can. 

Jennifer L. Armentrout
All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don't Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Delightful Discoveries #62

Delightful Discoveries are books that I have discovered recently... old, new, just released... from blogs, Goodreads, libraries, friends, or bookstores. 

What Is HiddenWhat Is Hidden by Lauren Skidmore


In a land of masquerades and mystery, Evie is a mask maker in Venesia, where masks represent rank and identity. When a cryptic bandit strips away Evie’s mask and destroys her home, she goes into hiding at the palace to find both a new identity—and revenge. Fantasy lovers will be caught up by the mystique, romance, and magic of "What Is Hidden."

Dreamer's Pool (Blackthorn and Grim, #1)
Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier

In exchange for help escaping her long and wrongful imprisonment, embittered magical healer Blackthorn has vowed to set aside her bid for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that she once held dear. Followed by a former prison mate, a silent hulk of a man named Grim, she travels north to Dalriada. There she'll live on the fringe of a mysterious forest, duty bound for seven years to assist anyone who asks for her help.

Oran, crown prince of Dalriada, has waited anxiously for the arrival of his future bride, Lady Flidais. He knows her only from a portrait and sweetly poetic correspondence that have convinced him Flidais is his destined true love. But Oran discovers letters can lie. For although his intended exactly resembles her portrait, her brutality upon arrival proves she is nothing like the sensitive woman of the letters.

With the strategic marriage imminent, Oran sees no way out of his dilemma. Word has spread that Blackthorn possesses a remarkable gift for solving knotty problems, so the prince asks her for help. To save Oran from his treacherous nuptials, Blackthorn and Grim will need all their resources: courage, ingenuity, leaps of deduction, and more than a little magic.

Lailah (The Styclar Saga, #1)
Lailah  by Nikki Kelly 

Over one million Wattpad readers have made Lailah a sensation!

The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely Allie – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.

Divided We Fall
Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy

From the author of the acclaimed WORDS IN THE DUST: an action-packed YA novel set in a frighteningly plausible near future, about what happens when the States are no longer United.

Danny Wright never thought he'd be the man to bring down the United States of America. In fact, he enlisted in the National Guard because he wanted to serve his country the way his father did. When the Guard is called up on the Idaho governor's orders to police a protest in Boise, it seems like a routine crowd-control mission ... but then Danny's gun misfires, spooking the other soldiers and the already fractious crowd, and by the time the smoke clears, twelve people are dead.

The president wants the soldiers arrested. The governor swears to protect them. And as tensions build on both sides, the conflict slowly escalates toward the unthinkable: a second American civil war.

With political questions that are popular in American culture yet rare in YA fiction, and a provocative plot that could far too easily become real, DIVIDED WE FALL is Trent Reedy's very timely YA debut.

The Ring of Morgana (The Children of Camelot, #1)
The Ring of Morgana by Donna Hosie

Sixteen-year-old Mila Roth wants to be normal. It’s a phrase that has been drilled into her by her mother since she was born.

But Mila Roth is anything but normal. For sixteen years her parents have hidden a secret from her. For Mila was born one thousand years ago in the land of Logres, and far from being a math teacher and a housewife, Mila’s parents are the awakened King Arthur and Gorian druid queen, Morgana.

Two worlds, one thousand years apart. And those worlds are about to collide.

The spirit of the malevolent Lady of the Lake has been contained for sixteen years in the fabled Ring of Morgana. When the ring curses Mila’s younger sister, Lilly, the Roth family has no choice but to return Mila to the land of her birth as they face a battle against time itself.

Accompanied by her best friend, Rustin, Mila will have to decide whether to defy those she loves in order to save her sister. Should she trust the Gorian druids and the mysterious Melehan? What is the true cost to Mila’s heart as she strives to master the purple flame? And why have her mother and father denied the truth of her origins for so long?

For she alone has the combined power of royalty and druid magic within her.

And now only Mila can save Lilly and Logres.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #107

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Astray (Gated, #2)
Astray by Amy Christine Parker

August 26th 2014

Lyla is caught between two worlds. The isolated Community that she grew up in and the outside world that she’s navigating for the very first time. The outsiders call the Community a cult, but Pioneer miraculously survived a shooting that should have killed him. Are the faithful members right to stay true to his message? Is this just a test of faith? One thing is for sure: the Community will do anything to bring Lyla back to the fold. Trapped in a spider’s web of deception, will Lyla detect the sticky threads tightening around her before it’s too late? She’ll have to unravel the mystery of what Pioneer and the Community are truly up to if she wants to survive.

Suspenseful and chilling, Astray is Amy Christine Parker’s nerve-fraying sequel to Gated. This fast-paced psychological thriller is masterfully plotted and sure to leave goose bumps. Perfect for fans of creepy YA thrillers and contemporary fiction alike.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #103 and Top Ten Tuesday #93

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Bloggers choose two
sentences out of our current read to peak others' curiosity.

Fat Boy vs the Cheerleaders

Fat Boys vs. The Cheerleaders


It's geeks versus jocks in an epic battle of the beverages!

From "one of the most real, honest, and still funny male voices to come around in a while" (YALSA) comes a brand-new cast of quirky characters, pitting fat boy Gabe against the high school cheerleading team in a battle over control of the school's soda machine.

The war is ON! Never have the stakes been so high. Never have the trenches been so deep. Never has one soda vending machine been so vital. When the high school cheerleading team takes over the machine's funds previously collected by the pep band, Gabe will not stand for it. Something must be done.

You might think that the band would all riot or call out in anguish or something. Shouldn't we have pounded on Shaver's office, demanded an explanation, planned a resistance?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Genre Definition and Recommendation #61

Genre Definition and Recommendation is a feature where I will define a genre and a sub-genre definition and the make some recommendations.  

Fantasy - Definition found on Wikipedia

Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary plot element, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common. Fantasy is generally distinguished from the genre of science fiction by the expectation that it steers clear of scientific themes, though there is a great deal of overlap between the two, both of which are subgenres of speculative fiction.

Contemporary Fantasy Definition found on Wikipedia 

also known as modern fantasy or indigenous fantasy, is a sub-genre of fantasy, set in the present day.

My Recommendations: 

Half Bad (Half Life, #1)Half Bad by Sally Green

Half Bad by Sally Green is a breathtaking debut novel about one boy's struggle for survival in a hidden society of witches.

You can't read, can't write, but you heal fast, even for a witch.

You get sick if you stay indoors after dark.

You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one.

You've been kept in a cage since you were fourteen.

All you've got to do is escape and find Mercury, the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday.     Easy.

The Eighth Day
Eighth Day by Dianne K. Salerni


In this riveting fantasy adventure, thirteen-year-old Jax Aubrey discovers a secret eighth day with roots tracing back to Arthurian legend. Fans of Percy Jackson will devour this first book in a new series that combines exciting magic and pulse-pounding suspense.

When Jax wakes up to a world without any people in it, he assumes it's the zombie apocalypse. But when he runs into his eighteen-year-old guardian, Riley Pendare, he learns that he's really in the eighth day—an extra day sandwiched between Wednesday and Thursday. Some people—like Jax and Riley—are Transitioners, able to live in all eight days, while others, including Evangeline, the elusive teenage girl who's been hiding in the house next door, exist only on this special day.

And there's a reason Evangeline's hiding. She is a descendant of the powerful wizard Merlin, and there is a group of people who wish to use her in order to destroy the normal seven-day world and all who live in it. Torn between protecting his new friend and saving the entire human race from complete destruction, Jax is faced with an impossible choice. Even with an eighth day, time is running out.

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