Saturday, February 25, 2012

Book List: books make me a happy girl

Author Tammy Blackwell
Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance

Scout Donovan is a girl who believes in rules, logic, and her lifelong love of Charlie Hagan. Alex Cole believes in destiny, magic, and Scout. When Alex introduces Scout to the world of Shifters, men who change into wolves or coyotes during the full moon and Seers, women who can see your most private thoughts and emotions with a mere touch, the knowledge changes everything and everyone Scout thought she knew.

Author Chelsea Fine 
Paranormal Romance/ Fantasy

Two years ago, Scarlet awoke in the forest alone, afraid, and unable to remember anything. Lost and confused, her life was a mystery...until she met a boy with a familiar voice. 

Gabriel Archer has a voice from her past, and Scarlet's determined to remember why. She immerses herself in his life only to discover he has a brother he's kept hidden from her: Tristan Archer. 

Upon meeting Tristan, Scarlet's world becomes even more muddled. While she's instinctively drawn to Gabriel, she's impossibly drawn to Tristan--and confused out of her mind. As she tries to piece together her history Scarlet realizes her past...might just be the death of her. 

Author Jodi Meadows
New soul
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
No soul
Even Ana's own mother thinks she's a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she'll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
Sam believes Ana's new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana's enemies--human and creature alike--let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else's life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?
Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.

A list of some books that I am hoping to get to read soon *big grin*
Each one sounds quite interesting and I am hoping I like em.
And as soon as I can, I'm gonna start on them. Not sure which one I am gonna read first, though.
Plus I'm visiting family (and I have a very big family) so my valuable reading time is being cut short!!

Now which one should I read First!!!!!!???!!!! 
*so hard to decide*
Books to read makes me a happy girl

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Review: Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Shadows
Series: Lux, #0.5
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Category: Paranormal/Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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

Oh. My. God.
I have been waiting for months for this book to come out. Ever since I read Obsidian, I have been, literally, addicted to Jennifer Armentrout's books, especially the Lux series.

Therefore, this book was not a disappointment at all. No way, in any shape or form.
I loved it. I literally got it last night, stayed up waaayyy past my bed time (yeah I have one) and read that sucker in one sitting! 

It took my breath away.
Stunned me, thrilled me.
Left me wanting more.

Shadows is a prequel to Obsidian, and usually you can tell if a book is a novella, however, Shadows didn't feel that way at all.
Beautifully written, flowed wonderfully and it didn't feel too rush.

And it answered questions that I had from Obsidian and it showed us just who the Black family really is.
We get to finally meet Dawson, and wow, I loved him. (but Daemon is still my favorite :3 )
Dawson was a wonderful character, and even though he was very different from his twin, Daemon, they have did some similar characteristic. 
Especially their tempers.
He is such a beautifully created character and I feel privileged to finally get to see who he is.
Not only that, we got to see just how deep the bond was between Daemon, Dawson and Dee.
And it was a bond of true love, one that could not be broken.
(And it made me wish I had siblings like that!)

Bethany was also an incredible character, I liked her personality and the way she was written. She was definitively a unique character.
I loved the fact that she painted, and was just so, normal.

Her love for Dawson felt real.
Breath holding real.

Their love was so bittersweet.
And I did cry at the end, tears flowing free.
(yeah, I get emotionally involved with fictional characters.....)

I just can't write, explain, whatever, how awesomesauce this novella was.
All I have to say is, if I ever meet Jennifer Armentrout (yeah, I'd even sell part of my soul to do so) I would hug her, which would probably freak the shit out of her. Some random chick hugging her, thanking her for creating the book. 
I would. Straight up hug her and thank her. 
Because, well, I just love her books.
( did that sound weird or stoker-ish any??)  :/

All in all.
Wonderful, heart meltingly beautiful.
A story that I am glad I got to read, to finally see the characters in a different light and getting to know them better. Who they are, why they act the way they do, especially Daemon.
And to finally get Dawson and Bethany's story.
Even though it was an ending I didn't want for them.

And I am hoping it wasn't what it seemed *wink, wink*


I wonder what it is with the Black brothers?? Falling for human girls :)

Favorite Quotes:

“how could he explain what happened? 'hey, honey, I'm an alien and apparently I just doused you with some radioactive loving! wanna catch a movie?' Yeah, not cool.” 

"love of sugar had to mean true love."

"Daemon strung together an atrocity of F-bombs. Quite imaginative, too, and even Matthew looked impressed."

"Oh, for the love of baby humans everywhere, you're an idiot."

“Daemon stomped past them, bumping into his brother's shoulder. "You make my head hurt", he said, scowling. "And you make me all warm and fuzzy inside," Dawson replied.” 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Lux Series: Revamped and looking better than ever. * insert fan girl moment here*

New, Revamp covers for Obsidian, Shadows and Onyx...
 Oh. dear. Lord.
And the reprint of Obsidian will have two, TWO, new extra scenes from Daemon's POV!
 Well, I have Obsidian already, but I am so buying it again. Yes, just for the extra scenes and new cover..
.. so sue me....
Comes out April 10th 
* and yes, I have marked my calender*

The new covers look amazing, :)

Shadows well be out on Feb. 21

Onyx release date August 14, 2012

* squeals*

That is all.. 

*And don't forget to check out Jennifer L. Armentrout's Blog, author of the Lux and Covenant series*

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Review: Rapture by Phillip W. Simpson

Rapture (Rapture Trilogy, #1)
Title: Rapture
Series: Rapture, #1
Author: Phillip W. Simpson
Category: Paranormal/ Apocalyptic/Sci-Fi
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
The Rapture has occurred, just as the Bible predicted. The faithful have risen up to Heaven. Those left behind are in a living hell. 

Earth burns, hell-like in its oppressive heat. Every volcano in the world has erupted, and tsunamis and earthquakes continue to devastate the planet. Clouds continually rain ash onto the scorched landscape, sparking fires all around. Plants and animals are dying. Food is scarce. The night sky is devoid of stars, and the moon - when it can be seen - is the colour of blood. 

The remnants of humanity fight for survival. Most have fled the cities and now hide in caves deep in the mountains. By night, demons stalk the Earth, capturing the remaining humans and killing them - if they're lucky. The less fortunate are converted to worship of the Devil, and ushered into endless hell. 

Eighteen year old, Sam (short for Samael) was raised in the town of Jacob's Ladder, Utah. It is appropriately enough near to a place of natural scenic beauty called Devil's garden. He finds himself alone, unable to rise up with his family because he is half demon. His mother, a devout Christian, was seduced by Satan and conceived his child. She smuggled the boy to an old friend Hikari, a Japanese sword master and demon expert. Since then, Hikari and his daughter, Aimi, have been all the family Sam has known. 

Now they're gone, and Sam must set out on the mission Hikari charged him with long ago: to help all the humans left behind. Armed only with his beloved Japanese swords and his wits, Sam wanders the post-apocalyptic world alone, separated forever from everyone he loves. Cursed by his demonic heritage, he must now embark on a quest that will take him across the US to the City of Angels. 

There he will confront his destiny. There he must fight to save a friend ... and the souls of the living.

My Review

Well, this is my first time reading about the biblical ending of the world, or in other terms, the Rapture. When hell-on-Earth begins.

So, I had ideas of what to expect when reading this book and it generally gave me what I was expecting, but also more than I was anticipating. It was definitively a different read for me. 
 I did love the idea of the story or more primarily, that the book takes place in such a crucial event. The idea is something I really liked, but for the book, not too much.

Let me start off with stating I loved the fighting scenes! They were intense, and beautifully written in there own way.

The story line and the way the author tells the story sounds too much and feels way to like an anime or a manga. I mean, it could actually be a script for the next big anime series. The sword fighting, demons, and a guy who's half demon himself, setting out to save the remaining people left on earth. Yeah, basic anime plot line right there. I actually pictured the whole book playing out in my head like an anime... 

The characters though had, well, no depth. Honestly, the whole story felt like that from beginning to end.  The writing too simple and detail just enough to lay out the story and give you a basic description of the book. The plot was intriguing and vastly interesting, but, oh, it could of been so much more. I mean, this is a great topic to build a story. The author just didn't do it for me. 

I felt like the author just scraped the surface of what this book could of been. I felt like it moved too fast and was too predictable. The setting was interesting and how the author describes gives us a glimpse into a world ravaged by demons. I was sucked in just because of the concept. And I found the sword fighting pretty damn awesome.

The characters felt flat to me, or more one-dimensional. Sam, the main character, is the only character in the book that actually has depth, to an extent. The flashbacks, I thought, were a good element to the story and showed us, readers, who Sam really is and how much he struggles with who he is and what he is. Also I felt that the flashbacks, showed no differences from his six year old self to his eighteen year old self. 

 I was cheering him straight from the beginning.  But other than Sam, the characters held no true depth. No interest whatsoever. 

The book has a good pace, and once I got to the middle of the book, I couldn't put it down. I just wanted to know what would happen to Sam and where the story would lead.
The imaginary was good for this book and made it feel like, ending-of-world/last-person-on-earth,  I liked that. Made the book more 'real'.

I also found it wasn't too preachy or religious which is good for those who are or aren't religious. 

The idea and concept of this book was new to me, and I enjoyed that, the world the author created was so intriguing, but as a whole, I just felt like this book could of been so much better. 

Will I continue the series?  No, but I believe this is a book everyone, who loves this type of genre, should at least attempt to read, you just might end of liking it.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Book Review: Article 5 (Article 5 #1) by Kristen Simmons

Title: Article 5
Series: Article 5, #1
Author: Kristen Simmons
CategoryThriller/ Dystopian/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

ew York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow. 

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.

My Review:

I am rendered speechless.
This book had everything. I mean, wow, my heart is still racing from reading it. I had been waiting for this book to come out for months and, even though I know better, I did have high hopes for this book, and well, it did not disappoint me at all. It blew me away. 
The plot was so intricate, the depth was amazing, and my mind is still reeling from it. It had so much going on, so many turns I was amazed and well, left shorten of breath. The author has packed this book with a lot of twisted and frankly, maybe too much was added. But I still love this book. I just felt like at every corner things were happening, from the thrill to suspense, the fighting all the way to the romance. I felt so sorry for the characters and wanted them  to at least have a nice break, which only happened in the last few pages of the book. Nevertheless, this was an amazing book and the author, Kristen Simmons, has created a very different kind of dystopian book. A very believable one at that. 
 I have enjoyed this book thoroughly. I think I have said *typed* that a lot, but hell it's true!

It took me only 2 days to read this book. I would of finished it sooner but my classes had to interrupt my reading time...........  
This was an amazing debut novel for Kristen Simmons.
The characters were wonderfully created and thought out.  They were so human in their thoughts and actions. I could feel their emotions radiating off the pages as I read them, sucking me in, pulling me even farther into the world Simmons created. 

From this, I fall in love with both the main MC's Ember and Chase, even Ember's mother.
I could feel Ember's love for her mother and the conflicting emotions for Chase, the love she has always had for him and the longing for him to be who he once was. I understood Chase's love for Ember, he's devotion to keep her safe at any cost.
At first, I thought what an amazing character Ember was, just like the heroines I love reading about. Strong and powerful, fighting to save those she loved. Never giving up or backing down. But then she would do something reckless, almost with no thought. I would change my mind, but of course, she would do something that made me love her character, as I did before, and even more. 
Oh, and Chase.... His is definitely  on my 'most sexiest male character' list right up there with Daemon from Obsidian, Tobias/ Four from Divergent, and of course Aiden from Half Blood.  
Dear me, and the wolf eyes...oh.em.gee.......
There are just so many aspects to these characters and even the minor characters, which I loved also, I just can not write about them all.
I loved how Simmons added the flashbacks, she allowed us to see glimpses of how Ember and Chase's relationship started and how it developed. To see how much Chase has suffer from the war, and we then get to see why his is and why he acts the way he does. It was a great dimension in the book.

My heart is still pounding from the roller coaster this book was.
I got a pure adrenaline rush reading this. I was one of the characters, running and fighting for my life and for the one's I loved and for the people who suffered from the FBR, the government, the war. The world that Simmons created is so believable and truly scary in it's own right.

The plot was thrilling and the characters beautiful, this has as all the elements for fans of dystopia books.

All I can do now, is wait for the second book. And by god, it better be here soon.