Monday, March 26, 2012

Review: Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Pure
Series: Convenant, #2
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Category: Paranormal/
Romance/Fantasy
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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. 


 
My Review

I have been staring at the calender waiting, oh so not patiently, for this book.
And when it came out earlier than the date it was suppose to, let's just say I was a very happy girl.
I skipped doing my school work, and I have an essay that I am now behind on because of this. 
Oh well, I really don't care at this point.
Books are much more important.
Especially when it's a series that I really like.
And the Covenant series is one of those books.

Now, Pure is just like it's first book, Half-Blood, a nice fast-paced read.
It has a nice flow, even with the 'down scenes' and the action feels natural and the pace of the overall book is quite nice. 
It's an amazing action packed and enjoyable sequel.

The book starts right where the first one left off. 
And you are throw right into the plot, quite nicely too.
Right into the dilemmas that Alex's always seems to find herself in.

For the characters, I think Armentrout knows how to create very interesting, lovable, and amazing characters.
That is especially true for her female characters.
Alex, the main character, is just that, bad ass, drop kick you in the gut, falcon punch, I don't need batman, kind of chick.
She is smart mouth and she will punch you in the face.
And I love her.

Then there is Aiden.
Oh. Dear. Lord.
Not only can Armentrout create feisty female characters, she makes amazing swoon-worthy male characters. 
Ones you wish you could rip right out of the book and tackle.
Keep in your closet and all those nice things
*giggle*
Aiden is a pure-blood, forbidden to be with half-bloods like Alex.
The love that Aiden and Alex have is, to me, beautiful. 
And oh for the love of daimon babies everywhere, I want them to be together.
Aiden proves his love to Alex, in Pure, in one of the most intense and most dangerous ways.
But with him being a Pure-blood, he must hide his love for Alex, just like she has to hide hers.
And it pisses me off, I hate the breed order.
I want it changed, and I hope it does.

Then there's Seth, arrogant, funny, stubborn, Seth.
The  interesting love triangle.
Now like I have mentioned, I am not a fan of love triangles.
They usually end up with me wanted to pull my hair out. 
However, even with the hair pulling urges, I like Seth, to a point.
And with Pure we get to see Seth more and with that we get to understand him more.
Which is good, 'cause I never really liked him, but I'm starting to like him more now.
However, he's still not my favorite.
He seems fishy in a way.
Or maybe that's just me.
And you can tell he's set up to be on the losing side of the love-triangle.
Or so it seems.

Now with the interesting love aspect of this book, there is the action and the nice and believable aspect of the mythology in the book.
Gotta love them Greek gods.
And Armentrout knows how to mix reality with mythology seamlessly. 
That is one of the reasons I just absolutely enjoy this book, well, other than the romance.
Which even though it's a big part of the book, doesn't consume it. 
The action is just as amazing and grips you to be absorbed within the pages of this story.
The design of the book makes for an amazing story line, plot and characters.
With the last few pages you are left with ,wtf feelings and oh.my.god. why isn't the 3rd book out yet, anticipation. 
She leaves us with more questions and nail biting apprehension.

Fun and addicting.
Fast-paced 
But flows beautifully.
A great sequel to Half-blood.

Armentrout has done an amazing job and I love her books. So, I cannot wait for the 3rd installment of the wonderful Covenant series.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Review: Embrace (Violet Eden Chapters, #1) by Jessica Shirvington


Embrace (The Violet Eden Chapters, #1)Title: Embrace 
Series: Violet Eden Chapters #1
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Category: Paranormal/ Romance/ Sci-Fi/ Urban Fantasy
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
It starts with a whisper: “It’s time for you to know who you are…”

Violet Eden dreads her seventeenth birthday. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. As if that wasn’t enough, disturbing dreams haunt her sleep and leave her with very real injuries. There’s a dark tattoo weaving its way up her arms that wasn’t there before. 

Violet is determined to get some answers, but nothing could have prepared her for the truth. The guy she thought she could fall in love with has been keeping his identity a secret: he’s only half-human—oh, and same goes for her.

A centuries-old battle between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity has chosen its new warrior. It’s a fight Violet doesn’t want, but she lives her life by two rules: don’t run and don’t quit. When angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden…

Look for the sequels ENTICED in September 2012 and EMBLAZE in March 2013!

My Review: 

This book definitely gives a new twist on angel/fallen angel genre books.
That is what basically attracted me to this book in the first place.
Embrace has a nice plot, interesting story line and like able characters.


From the get go the book draws you in with mystery and intrigue. From Violet's mysteries mother and the story or 'clues' she leaves behind for Violet to find.
Then as her 17th birthday draws ever closer, things start to get down right 'unusual' for Violet,
and it seems her good friend Lincoln knows why.
But won't tell her anything.

Violet character's is one that starts out strong and like able but when things start changing she turns into a girl who just runs and hides, but with the situation she is thrown into I guess it's understandable why. 
Eventually though, she shows she's more of an take action kind of girl, and that's the kind of main characters I like.

Also, Lincoln, Violet's best friend, is a very like able character, who should of been more in the story.
Yeah, he's one of those guy characters. You just fall in love with him. 
Well, I did...
I didn't like how he was treated by Violet, but he is the simple, every day hero.

And then there's Phoenix, the guy thrown in for the love triangle.
Dark, moody and also so broody. (HAHA) 
Phoenix is definitely the opposite of Lincoln.
I didn't like Phoenix very much, he always seemed odd.
I knew he was up to something.
I was able to also come to the conclusion on what exactly, so that's a downturn for the book.

Now, when reading the book I found myself having to stop and reread things, especially when it came to the hierarchy of the angels.
It could be a bit overwhelming at times. 
And frankly I was left confused at points within the book. 
There was just some things that didn't add up and the world Shirvington created was intriguing
but, at times too much.
And somethings it didn't much sense to me.
The idea of the angels and their world was different and added a new spice to this genre, however it should of been easier to follow.
And the Grigori, well, they just didn't make that much impression on me. I just didn't get the sense of that power they were suppose to have.

However, I found this book to be a great read and I will be reading the next books.
I found I enjoyed being in Shirvington's world. 
I do hope the plot line gets a bit better with the next instillation. 
Embrace is a nice YA read.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

In My Mailbox: Pure (Covenant, #2)



Pure

Jennifer L. Armentrout

Fantasy/ Young Adult/ Romance





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 .








*insert happy squeal here*

I am super happy Pure is out! 
Armentrout (as you will know if you read my updates) is one of my favorite authors.
This book makes my heart beat faster, gives me good warm feelings inside.
 It's that kind of book.

I hate that I am currently in the middle of a book right now, and I HATE when I have another book I want to read and I then put the book down I am currently reading and start the one I want to read. So, I am trying my best to finish the book I am reading now so I can start Pure!
*sigh*

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Review: Angel Fire (Angel #2) by L.A. Weatherly

Title: Angel Fire 
Series: Angel, #2
Author: L.A. Weatherly
Category: Paranormal/ Romance/ Action/ Fantasy
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Only Willow has the power to defeat the malevolent Church of Angels, and they will stop at nothing to destroy her. Willow isn’t alone, though. She has Alex by her side – a trained Angel Killer and her one true love. But nothing can change the fact that Willow’s a half-angel, and when Alex joins forces with a group of AKs, she’s treated with mistrust and suspicion. She’s never felt more alone…until she meets Seb. He’s been searching for Willow his whole life – because Seb is a half-angel too.


My Review:


(Warning: This review is not up to par. I was sick and on meds when I read this book, you have been warned)

Well, this is a sequel I have been patiently waiting for (that is a lie) 
It was a damn good sequel, indubitably.
 We are once again introduced to Willow, the MC and a female character I actually like.
And of course Alex, the hot bad-ass MC guy.
I was excited to once again enter into the world that L. A. Weatherly created. 
The book picks up where the first book left off, and then we are thrust into a whole new plot, bigger and broader.
Not only does the plot grow and expand, but a new character was thrown into the mix. 
One I just wasn't too sure about and still not... (and of course this puts in to focus that a love triangle will appear)


*let the rant begin*
And I have never been one for love triangles, they just, in the end piss. me. off. 
I don't know what it is, but I am not one for the drama and angst of love triangles.
Don't get me wrong, sometimes I actually do enjoy to sizzle intensity of a love triangle. 
However, sometimes it leaves me grinding my jaw (throws hands up in the air with aggression) 
*end rant*

Seb was introduced. The other hot, fan-me-please,  guy. He was introduced in the prologue and I must admit it wasn't that impacting, didn't give me what I wanted.
How sad. :( ...???
There was just something about him, laying under the surface, that I didn't like. Fishy feelings >.>


Another thing that I like more about Angel Fire than Angel Burn was that the romance was more 'real'
With Angle Fire the pace was nice and the action was nice too and energizing. 
Therefore, the second book in the angel trilogy is better than the first. 
It is a sequel worth reading, even if you didn't enjoy the the first installation of  L. A. Weatherly's book, Angel Burn.



Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Kony 2012

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Coffee, the essences of life


The past few days, I have been beyond lazy. I have been sick twice in 4 weeks and have traveled over 849 miles twice in two weeks. I am tired, and that is  an understatement...
All that sickness and traveling also put me behind in my online classes. Not something I like at all. * facepalm*

I hate, no loath being behind... Its infuriating trying to catch up. Especially when all I want to do is sleep.. which I have been doing a lot of for the past couple of days :) And when its all rainy and gloom and doom outside, makes me even more lazy and not willing to get out of bed...(and its been raining a lot lately) 
I have a love/hate relationship with my bed right now.

Anyways, other than the fact of my own turmoil. I haven't had time to read anything... which is, to me, a crime against society. But I have been quite productive. 
I picked up my paintbrush again! Which I hardly ever do anymore. And I used to love painting!!! *getting high on paint fumes* ha ha ahhhh
So, I painted, or attempted to paint, some nice scenery pictures.










I actually got the ideas from another artist, Tim Gagnon. His paintings are so beautiful, and makes me so jealous....I wish I could paint like him.. *i just attempt and, well, fail*
But it was so nice to paint again. I remember when all I did was draw and paint. 
Yup, big art geek, right here!
I'm hoping that I'll start feeling like my 'normal' self again. Which, I was never normal to begin with. But whatevs.
But, oh dear lord, I need to get my nose in a book. I'm having withdrawals. 
*cries*
Now, I'm gonna inject coffee right into my veins and try not to crawl back into bed..
And also attempt to do some of my online classes.



Friday, March 2, 2012

In My Mailbox: Embrace






Embrace 

Jessica Shirvington
Paranormal/ Romance/ Fantasy



It starts with a whisper: “It’s time for you to know who you are…” 

Violet Eden dreads her seventeenth birthday. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. As if that wasn’t enough, disturbing dreams haunt her sleep and leave her with very real injuries. There’s a dark tattoo weaving its way up her arms that wasn’t there before. 

Violet is determined to get some answers, but nothing could have prepared her for the truth. The guy she thought she could fall in love with has been keeping his identity a secret: he’s only half-human—oh, and same goes for her. 

A centuries-old battle between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity has chosen its new warrior. It’s a fight Violet doesn’t want, but she lives her life by two rules: don’t run and don’t quit. When angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden… 


Well, I really didn't get this in my mail, more like my nook :)
I have been waiting for a few months for this book.
I am really excited to read it!! 
But sadly it'll have to wait :( *dies a little inside*
I was sick and now I"m behind in some of my classes. 
Got to catch! *lame*

Yes, This is another book about angels, but when I got to read the first chapter off of Jessica Shirvington's homepage. Well, it sounded like it would be good and not just another one of 'those' angel books.
It is an highly anticipated book, for me anyways!
So, my fellow readers, let's enjoy the written word!