Saturday, April 28, 2012

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Obsidian
Series: Lux, #1 
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Category: Paranormal/ Sci-Fi/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.


Oh sweet beautiful day :) 
Look-y look-y what I got in the mail yesterday!! The revamped version, Obsidian! 
Dear sweet alien babies everywhere! 
Now, I have already reviewed Obsidian, but what the heck, I loved this book so much, so why not!
And plus this Obsidian paperback comes with some specials :)
Like *happy giggles* Some scenes from Daemon's POV and the first 2 chapters from....ONYX!!
Oh, yes :)

Isn't it pretty??
(Ignore my frizzy hair)

Aliens living next door, not to mention "hot" aliens living next door, what more could a girl ask for.

 Okay, so honestly....
I LUSTED, PINED, DROOLED, and OBSESSED, over this book………..and no matter how many times I have read it (which has been quite a few times now) it never disappoints! And it leaves me wanting more.

My Review

Well, I'm usually not into reading books about aliens, books I have tried in the past just never cut it for me, but when I stumbled upon this little jewel at goodreads, it made me quite the curious one.
As soon as I read the first chapter, I was by far captivated, engross, and mesmerized with this book.

The author is amazing.
The story blows my mind, beyond what I expected this book to be and so much more.

The writing flowed tastefully and I was able to keep up with the author and where  she was taking the story.

 It was fast-paced, but never felt rushed.
That is a talent all in it's self. 

The characters, well, I loved them. Each one had such a distinct personality. They made you fall in love with them from the get-go.
Especially Daemon, oh boy.
I truly admired them all.
Particularly Dee. 
Her spunky, super active personality was a delight to read. 

Now, to be quite frank, at first I just though Daemon was a complete dickhead, no matter how hot he is (and boy is he hot![fans self] ), I just thought, at first, that he was pain arrogant, but the more I read, the more I was able to see into his character and see why he acts, the way he does. 
Plus the bonus chapters in his POV helped. It brought understand of the depth of Daemon's love for  his family. 
And the deepness of his heart. 
Daemon is very likely going to end up on the top of everyone's "most sexiest male character" list. (he is definitely on mine)
And Katy, oh Katy...
She's the heroine that I like! Not like how most authors write the heroine now-a-days (always needs saving, makes some of the most stupid choices.....................), she's able to use her brain! (thank you sweet baby Jesus!).
 Armentrout knows how to write strong, enjoyable, spunky, enduring females.
That is what Katy is like, she fights. She stands up for what she believes in. And she won't let other push her around, especially dear ole Daemon.
 I also really loved that she was a book infatuated girl, like myself.

Let's not forget Dee.
Oh Dee.
The breath of fresh air in this book.
I felt she brought a lightness to the story.
With her energetic personality, to her loyalty to her family.
I felt sad for her because of her want to be "normal," well as normal as she can get.
I enjoyed reading about her and getting to know her. 
A good friend I would want at my side.

Each character was created with depth and strong emotion. All with their own reasons for who they are and what they believe in.
It was amazing. 
Delightful and enjoyable.

Then there is the chemistry between Katy and Daemon.
(this is when you start fanning yourself)
 I genuinely enjoyed the tension and the arguments between these two characters.
The passion they have, well, you just have read the book to experience it for yourself.
 Their relationship is truly a love/hate one at first, but you can tell, they sincerely care for each other.
And as the story develops, you see their relationship and the affection for these two characters grow.
Even when Katy and Daemon both try to hide it, or better yet, fight it.
 (And there better not be any love triangles in the next books, oh how I loath them. Just saying)

Now, the plot was thought out interestingly and I didn't feel like I had no idea where it was going.  I was able to follow along and be surprised by each turn of event.
The author, hands down, can make a plot anyone can follow and make it oh so damn exciting! It had an original feel. And the hot steamy scenes, were well balanced out with the action and the ending was fulfilling, didn't leave you hanging too much, but made it where I wished the second book was out already................
(August is just too far away)

I Honesty can't find anything negative about this book. And I don't have any critical comments for how this book could of been better, because I feel like it was already purely amazing. 
I found it quite fulfilling and it is a  book I will definitely read again and again. 
(and again and again... get the picture??)

favorite quotes:

"The son of a bitch blew up my laptop." -katy

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

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

“I've always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect." His eyes searched mine intently, and for a moment we stood there toe to toe. "The ones who throw their beauty around, waste what they have? Their beauty is only passing. It's just a shell hiding nothing but shadows and emptiness.”  -Daemon

“Thanks,” I muttered and added under my breath, 
He laughed, deep and throaty. “Now that’s not very ladylike, Kittycat.” 
I whipped around. “Don’t ever call me that,” I snapped.  
“It’s better than calling someone a douchebag, isn’t it?” He pushed out the door. “This has been a stimulating visit. I’ll cherish it for a long time to come.” 
Okay. That was it. “You know, you’re right. How wrong of me to call you a douchebag. Because a douchebag is too nice of a word for you,” I said, smiling sweetly. “You’re a dickhead.”
“A dickhead?” he repeated. “How charming.” 
I flipped him off.” 


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Book Review: What a Boy Wants

What a Boy Wants
Nyrae Dawn

Young Adult/ Romance/ Contemporary 

4 stars out of 5

Courtesy of watching his mom’s relationships, Sebastian Hawkins knows what girls need to do to get a guy. He has what he considers a PHD in hooking up. When he needs extra cash for a car, Sebastian starts up an online venture as The Hook-up Doctor, to anonymously help girls land the guy of their dreams. Of course, his services don’t offer a happily-ever-after guarantee. He’s seen firsthand getting together never means staying together.

And then he falls in love…

With the last girl he would expect…

Totally not in his game plan.

Suddenly, Sebastian finds himself muddled in the game he’s always prided himself on. He can’t even pick up girls at parties anymore! Why would anyone want to be in love when it turns you into a stuttering, screwed-up, mess with really lame stalker tendencies? Stalking? Totally not his gig.

But the Hook-up Doctor won’t let himself go down easily. He’s always known how to give a girl what she wants and now it’s time to figure out what a boy wants… and he definitely plans on getting it

My Review: 

This was such a delightful read.
I really enjoyed What a Boy Wants and it was like a breath of fresh air from all the other books I have been reading lately.
It was cute, funny, endearing, spunky and heart-warming.
I loved the characters and the story.
Even though the story was a bit predictable, I was able to figure some things out.
However, I was thrown for a loop, some things I guessed, was totally wrong and the author 
made things seem so obvious and turns out it wasn't so obvious as I thought.
And I liked that, kept me turning each page, digging deeper and wanting more.

oh, and I can't forget that cover ;)
The squealing teenage girl in me , well, let's just say I had a swoon moment.....

I absolutely loved Sebastian.
He has this 'tough' exterior, but yet he has such a big heart.
And you just can't not like him.
Dawn did an amazing job with his character and the depth of which she created him.
He was so much more than the Hook-up Doctor.

And boy did the author throw in some super nice swoon moments.

And it was a refreshing change from the female's POV, which is usually  all I read.
And I do love reading in the male's POV. It is always a delightful change of pace.

The story was beautiful and showed the readers a nice, different type of story.
It gave a new light on love and what a teenage boy heart's wants.
This is definitely a nice read for mother and daughter alike. 
I found it so heart-warming.
Beautiful and fresh. 

A good book to read over.
I give Nyrae Dawn major kudos.
She is so talented and it showed in this book.
She gave us lovable characters, and interesting, alluring story.
 And of course an invigorating
look into a boy's mind and heart.

* Well, this was a nice, sweet, short review, and I really need some coffee. I am so beyond tired*

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

In My mailbox (2): What A Boy Wants & Partials

What A Boy Wants

Nyrae Dawn
Young Adult/ Contemporary/ Romance

Courtesy of watching his mom’s relationships, Sebastian Hawkins knows what girls need to do to get a guy. He has what he considers a PHD in hooking up. When he needs extra cash for a car, Sebastian starts up an online venture as The Hook-up Doctor, to anonymously help girls land the guy of their dreams. Of course, his services don’t offer a happily-ever-after guarantee. He’s seen firsthand getting together never means staying together. 

And then he falls in love… 

With the last girl he would expect…

Totally not in his game plan. 

Suddenly, Sebastian finds himself muddled in the game he’s always prided himself on. He can’t even pick up girls at parties anymore! Why would anyone want to be in love when it turns you into a stuttering, screwed-up, mess with really lame stalker tendencies? Stalking? Totally not his gig. 

But the Hook-up Doctor won’t let himself go down easily. He’s always known how to give a girl what she wants and now it’s time to figure out what a boy wants… and he definitely plans on getting it.

Partials (Partials, #1)

Dan wells
YA/ Romance/ Dystopia

Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the world’s population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. The threat of the partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to the disease in over a decade. Humanity’s time is running out.

When sixteen-year-old Kira learns of her best friend’s pregnancy, she’s determined to find a solution. Then one rash decision forces Kira to flee her community with the unlikeliest of allies. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that the survival of both humans and partials rests in her attempts to answer questions of the war’s origin that she never knew to ask.

Combining the fast-paced action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Battlestar GalacticaPartials is a pulse-pounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our sense of humanity is both our greatest liability, and our only hope for survival.

Super excited to read these books!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Review: Providence by Jamie McGuire

Title: Providence
Series: Providence, #1
Author: Jamie McGuire
Category: Paranormal/ Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
In the old world shadows of Providence, Rhode Island, Nina Grey finds herself the center of a war between Hell and Earth.

Struggling with her father’s recent death, Nina meets Jared Ryel by chance…or so she believes. Although his stunning good looks and mysterious talents are a welcome distraction, it soon becomes clear that Jared knows more about Nina than even her friends at Brown University. When questions outnumber answers, Jared risks everything to keep the woman he was born to save—by sharing the secret he was sworn to protect.

When her father’s former associates begin following her in the dark, Nina learns that her father is not the man she thought he was, but a thief who stole from demons. Searching for the truth behind her father’s death, Nina stumbles upon something she never expected—something Hell wants—and only she holds the key.

My Review

First off, I enjoyed Jamie McGuire's first book, Beautiful Disaster, with mixed emotions.
So, I went into Providence with certain expectations.
Those expectations, well, weren't really fulfilled. 
However, that doesn't mean this wasn't a great read, on the contrary it was a nice quick, bundled-up-in-your-favorite-blanket-on-a-Saturday, read.
I was expecting a story line along the lines of - bad boy with a heart of gold, can't find love, but alas here comes a girl who will save him- kind of story line.
Yeah, definitely not along those lines at all.
Instant you get a more, stalker-y kind of story including demons, angels and a prophecy from hell!!
(what's a good story without some evil prophecies)

The stalker-y bits of the story left me, well,  uncomfortable.
Hey, don't get me wrong, it had its aw' and oh' how sweet moments.
But, uh, it just got a little too much.
You'll have to read it to understand it, probably.

But the romance was sweet, not really up my alley.
It has a nice plot, and a very interesting story line.
However, the excerpt led me to believe it would be  very different type of story. 
Which was a let down, honestly.

And, major AND here, this is definitely toned down from her last book.
Now, Beautiful Disaster was with out a doubt, a major hard-core (in my opinion) book for mature audience only. 
16 and up.

Providence is a more, definitely more, toned down.
Which was okay but, hey, I am a romance fanatic. :)

Now, for the heroine.
Where do I start....
Nina is just, god, how do I put it....
Can be a complete um....jerk. To put it nicely.
I didn't understand her actions and it brought some concerns it brought to the forefront.
Things I would think twice about, she didn't
I mean, how can she be comfortable having every action monitored. 
And then she pushes around a very nice guy, who she considers her friend?
Hhhm, she needs to bring other people's feelings into focus.
She believed everything without doubt or concern.
Which made the story have a bit of a non-believable feel to it.

Then the hero of the story.
(and every time I read his name I thought of subway....I got hungry a lot when reading this book....)
The man who was born to protect Nina, every girls dream.
Well, he was.... too prefect!
I mean, come on, I felt like he did everything right and never screwed-up.
Another factor that made this book, more on the, yeah-this-books-is-fantasy.
No guy is like that.
But he had his good qualities, too.
He truly loved Nina.
And Nina does some screwed-up crap to him, too......
*shakes head*
Also, the proclamations of love, well, didn't feel credible.

Then, the whole angel business/guardian angel deal.
It left me a bit confused, maybe I'm just not as smart as I thought I was or it just wasn't explained well within the story.
And it didn't feel like their was a 'real' threat.
Oh, and the prophecy.
I was so confused about the prophecy...
Dear Jesus and little Moses' everywhere. 

Now, this is a nice read.
I did enjoy the book, even with all my earlier criticism.
(it is all my opinion)
I felt like McGuire just needed to develop the plot more, make it more substantial. 
I liked the basic idea for the story and enjoyed being in the world McGuire created.
I felt the flow was ample.
The words fluid, dulcet.

However, I am at a cross road. 
Even though I enjoyed the story, will I continue to read the next books in the series?
Or, will I just stop with this one...?
I do want to find out what happens, and maybe I will understand the whole prophecy, angel-demon-hell dilemma better in the next book.

In My Mailbox: Predestined

Predestined (Existence Trilogy #2)
Abbi Glines

YA/ Paranormal/ Romance

You would think after helping save her boyfriend from an eternity in Hell that things would go back to normal. Well, as normal as life can be when you can see souls and your boyfriend is Death. But for Pagan Moore, things are just getting weirder. 

The high school quarterback and reigning heartthrob, Leif Montgomery, is missing. While the town is in a frenzy of worry, Pagan is a nervous wreck for other reasons. Apparently good ‘ol Leif isn’t your average teenage boy. He isn’t even human. According to Death, Leif doesn’t have a soul. The quarterback may have skipped town but he’s still showing up in Pagan’s dreams... uninvited. 

Dank has known from the beginning Leif wasn’t human. But he hadn’t worried about a simple soulless creature. Now, he realizes he made a grave mistake. Pagan’s soul has been marked since birth as a restitution, to a spirit so dark not even Death walks near it. Dank knows saving Pagan’s soul won’t be easy but Pagan is his. And he’s already proven he’ll defy Heaven to keep her. If Hell wants a piece of him too, then bring it on.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Review: Defiance (Significance, #3) by Shelly Crane

Defiance (Significance, #3)
Title: Defiance 
Series: (Significance #3)
Author: Shelly Crane
Category: Paranormal Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
In the third installment of the Significance series, we begin with Maggie and Caleb in the clutches of a new enemy; the Virtuoso council. Not only do they have to deal with the consequences of taking the lives of the Watsons and the council attempting to take Maggie away to keep their precious Visionary safe, but they must deal with Marla as well. All are determined to undermine, control and use Caleb and Maggie's rare gifts for their own uses, some wish to destroy them entirely. Then Maggie's father and Bish are threatened but the council forbids the presense of humans. Peter and the family fight and stand beside them every step of the way to save Maggie's father, to keep Caleb and Maggie together when the corrupted council is so set on keeping them apart and to stop Marla and whatever she has up her sleeve. Then Maggie has the shock of her life when she discovers something about her real father. It may change everything for everyone. Stay tuned as the story continues.

My Review: 

Let me start with that even though I gave this book a low rating (3.5 stars), I love this book
and the other 2 books by Shelly Crane.

The story is unique and the plot she created was a masterpiece. 
Beautiful and Whimsical
 The story Shelly Crane fabricated is one many romance enthusiast will love.
The characters are strong and you seem to fall for them easily.
The concept for the story is one I haven't exactly read like before.
Shelly Crane definitely created a world to get lost in.

Full of love, power and hope.

However, I was hoping for an improvement when I went into reading the third book of the Significance trilogy.
That didn't happen.
The first 2 books, in my opinion, are more prominent in my mind.

But, my hopes were dashed when I read Defiance.
The transitions in the book were not, uh, great.The flow within the first 2 was better than in the 3rd book. 
I got lost several times, I had no idea where the story was.
Or, well, what the characters where doing and when scenes changed. 
I felt very lost in some parts.
(lost and lonely!! XD)
If the flow was better and the transitions from one scene to the other were improved, I would of 
loved this books so much more.
But I just cannot give it any higher rating than 3.5 stars.

And the romance was sweet, that's the reason I started reading the Significance books.
But I got to a point in Defiance where it was just too much. Well, too sappy and drawn out in ways.
I love Shelly Crane's whole, soul-mate, we are destined for each other, idea.
Just even with soul-mates, they'll have problems and, hell, be like any other couple.
Not so much with Maggie and Caleb. 
Their love is sweet and heartwarming, 
just too much of the sugary coating for me. 

However, I will continue the story.
I have to!
With only one more book left in the trilogy, I'm kind of in it for the long haul.
Even with the few issues I had with the book, its a nice, quick read.
Especially for those who want a nice, make your heart beat faster, long for that kind of love, book.

In My Mailbox: Lockdown

Lockdown (Escape from Furnace #1)
Alexander Gordon Smith

YA/ Thriller/ Horror 

Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below. And behind everything is the mysterious, all-powerful warden, a man as cruel and dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison.
Together with a bunch of inmates—some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers—Alex plans an escape. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose, Alex’s actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that’s hidden from the eyes of the world.