Book Reviews

Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout – A Prequel Novella

I’ve been like binge reading this weekend, so I finished Shadows today it wasn’t overly long so it didn’t take me a long time to finish it. Anyways, I really liked it! It really did give the necessary background information on Dawson and Beth, and how they fell in love and how Bethany became a hybrid! So I will share some of the parts I liked, and some of the aspects of the novella that I disliked.

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I liked how the book did an exceptional job of helping the reader to understand not only Dawson and Beth’s relationship, but also when you read it you think “Ohh that’s why Daemon was like that in Obsidian.” I actually wish I could have read this book before Obsidian because I would have understood why Daemon acted the way he did towards Katy at first. I also liked that it wasn’t one of those seemingly pointless add-ons to the series, and how it actually was significant to the plot of the entire series, because Dawson and Beth’s relationship was really the foundation of the rest of the plot in the books, the whole story essentially started with them and their romance. So I really liked how the reader could get an even better understanding of how it all began, especially as there really wasn’t a whole lot concerning Dawson and Beth in the rest of the series, in comparison to the strong focus on Daemon and Katy. I’m glad these characters got their own novella dedicated to their story, because even if they’re not well represented in the other novels, they’re essential in the development of the entire story. I also both liked and disliked the strength and unity of Dawson, Daemon, and Dee, and their fellow Luxen companions. I liked how Daemon kind of took on the parental role in a way, by advising Dawson of the risks  that were involved in dating a human. I also liked that the reader could get to know Bethany a little bit more, we learned that she loved painting and she tried to paint Dawson’s green eyes, but couldn’t mix the right colours to get the correct hue of green. In some ways, Beth reminded me a lot of Katy, as she also had risk-taking qualities about her, and came off as a strong independent woman.

What I Disliked: 

I’m all for sappy romance stories, in fact, that’s one of the key components that I look for before reading a book, because I loveee love. However, for some reason I kind of had an issue with Dawson meeting a girl, and not even fully knowing her yet and being okay with risking everything for her. Daemon and the other Luxen made it clear what the consequences of him being involved with Bethany would be. Dawson could have issues with the D.O.D, his family would be angry with him and not accept Beth, it drew their enemies, the Arum, closer because of the trace that was left behind on Beth…it seemed that the negatives outweighed the positives in terms of Dawson and Bethany’s relationship. Dawson was willing to have Daemon against him and his relationship, his own brother, just for her. No offense against Bethany, but he barely knew her! I understand taking that risk after awhile of dating and you know that that’s the right person entirely, but that was a big chance he took for Bethany which is both wonderfully romantic and a little bit unrealistic at the same time! What if he realized after he risked his family’s acceptance and his secret identity that him and Bethany just weren’t going to work out? I also disliked how incredibly judgmental Daemon was of his brother, he was rude and ignorant and at first he didn’t even try to understand how Dawson felt! I understand he was trying to be the logical and reasonable sibling that perhaps he felt that the family needed, but it was all so hypocritical because he fell just in love with Katy – a human, as Dawson did with Bethany. Maybe I’m being too hard on Daemon, because I really do appreciate his profound and significant character development throughout the series. He went from disliking the whole notion of dating a human, and practically forbidding his brother from dating Bethany, to falling madly, and deeply in love with Katy.

Overall, it was a beautiful love story, I just couldn’t believe how much Dawson was willing to risk for Bethany who he didn’t know very well. I did love it, and the novella fit perfectly with the other books. I’m relieved that Daemon finally came around and supported their relationship in the end, because not having support from your family with your relationship can be extremely stressful, but Dawson didn’t let that destroy the love that he shared with Bethany and obviously it was true love, and their relationship lasted because the reader learns of the numerous hardships that they go through and they stay together! I am just SO glad that Jennifer L. Armentrout wrote this series, because it was really just so great! I’m really sad that I don’t have anymore of this series to read, because the whole series captivated me from the very first page of Obsidian to the very last page of Opposition and Shadows!

Some of my Favourite 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.”

“Ash twisted toward Daemon, her cheeks flushed. “I can’t believe you’re allowing him to do this. Next thing we know, you’ll be dating a human.”
Daemon busted out laughing. “Yeah, not going to happen.

“Bethany.” His quiet voice intruded.
Her heart turned over heavily. “This is real right?”
His face contorted as if he were in pain. “Yes, it’s real.”
Crazy people probably did things like this all the time. Asked their imaginary alien friends if they were real, and of course, they’d say yes.”

“Love of sugar had to mean true love. It just had to.”

I give this novella a 4/5 for being a wonderfully romantic love story and somewhat relateable to many people – having a forbidden love! If you haven’t read this series, you’re seriously missing out on one of the best contemporary series written!

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Book Reviews

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout – The Fifth Book in the Lux Series

Warning: Spoilers!

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I’ve done a lot of reading today because I was determined to finish Opposition, and I did! It was so, so good. I loved the tension and suspense this novel delivered to the reader. There was just so much happening in this book, but what I was really hoping for was Dee to reunite with her family and friends and for a solution to the war with the Luxen to be found, and I’m happy because both of those were achieved! 🙂 As I said in my last post, I really enjoyed the dystopian elements of this book, it was darker and more serious than the other novels in the series because essentially the entire world was thrown into complete chaos and mayhem due to the arrival of the Luxen. Jennifer L. Armentrout really has a talent for making the reader feel what the characters are feeling in her writing style. When Katy realized what appeared to be her Mom, was a Luxen and that her real Mom had died, I could almost feel the amount of pain and heartache she was going through. Another point in this novel that this happened was when Daemon was shot. I literally thought Daemon was going to die. Throughout the series, Daemon and Katy have dodged death countless times, and I really believed that they would have to face it at some point. Since the war had ended and the mood of the novel was mostly positive and happy, I thought for sure Daemon wasn’t going to make it, but it was a relief that he did! If Daemon would have died, I honestly don’t know how I would cope with that! I really like how even though Katy has been devastated by the loss of her family, she has found a new one with Daemon, and his love for her is so strong, that he is literally willing to take a bullet for her.

I am so glad that this book has an epilogue because I really felt like I needed more to the story than what was provided without it. The epilogue took place 11 months after Daemon’s close encounter with death, and we get to meet baby Ashley, the origin baby of Dawson and Beth! 🙂 I’m also really happy that Katy and Daemon have enrolled in classes at the college in Colorado and are planning their wedding – their real wedding, with their real names and the traditional idea with the wedding dress and cake and flowers! 🙂 Katy has also resumed her book reading and blogging which is great for her because it’s part of who she is, and I think it’ll help her gain some normalcy in her life after the extensive adventures and also heartache she’s been through!

I’m going to start Shadows tonight, a prequel novella that outlines the love story of Dawson and Beth, really where this whole story began! 🙂 I’m super excited to read it! … I’ve heard rumors that Jennifer L. Armentrout is writing another book for the Lux series to be released sometime in the winter, if this is true, I am so excited because I feel like I need more of this series in my life! It can’t be over yet! I want to know what else happens with Daemon and Katy and how their wedding goes, or if they have kids! I have so many unanswered questions that I hope the next novel answers. 🙂

Some of my Favourite Quotes: 

“The most beautiful people, ones whose beauty is only rivaled by what is inside of them, are the ones who are quietly unaware of it.”

“We were supposed to have tonight and tomorrow, and many weeks and months, but we didn’t have even another minute.”

“Things weren’t easy or perfect, and the future seemed shaky at times, but life wasn’t wrapped up in neat little bows.”

I give this book 4.5/5 and I would recommend it to anyone! It was just so good, and if you haven’t read the Lux series yet, read it because you won’t regret it!

Book Talk

We Finally Have Waterproof Books (Almost)

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This is one of those rare posts that I’m writing entirely for y’all. Because my books would never go near any water, and I don’t take baths. I couldn’t tell you the last time I took a bath. Wait, that sounds bad. I only take showers, ya crazies!

Anyway, I can’t tell you how many tweets or blog posts or whatever I’ve read about someone reading in a tub of hot water. I think it’s the weirdest thing, but there’s nothing I can do about it. And there’s also usually wine involved. Wine + books = I have no idea. Water + books = soggy books. But there’s obviously a market for these waterproof books because a couple has decided to make them a reality for all of you who like reading in the tub.

These waterproof books are part of Bibliobath. What’s Bibliobath? It’s the Kickstarter project that aims…

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Book Haul

June Book Haul Part Two!!!

So I purchased these books last weekend but I haven’t had much time, so I’m doing the second part of my June book haul now 🙂

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

First Love by James Patterson

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

SAINT ANYTHING BY SARAH DESSEN

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I’m excited to read this book because it seems like it’s a little bit different from what Sarah Dessen has written about before (at least from what I’ve read of her work). It seems to be more about the main character figuring out her place in the world and having to deal with chaotic family situations. I’m interested to see how this novel compares to some of her other novels I’ve previously read that have had a strong focus on romance and love.

FIRST LOVE BY JAMES PATTERSON
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This book seems from the description on the back to be easily relatable, as the main character is a “good girl” who is studious and generally doesn’t get into trouble. However, I’m intrigued to read about her adventures and her love story. This book seems like the perfect summer romance novel! 🙂

TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE BY JENNY HAN

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I’ve been meaning to read this book for such a long time now, however I kept getting distracted by other books that looked good and ended up putting this one to the side. But once I saw that the sequel recently came out, I couldn’t put off reading this any further! The cover is also beautiful and I really hope that I enjoy the story as much as I do the cover.

HUSH, HUSH BY BECCA FITZPATRICK

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This is also a book I’ve been wanting to read for awhile, it was recommended to me a few months ago by one of my close friends who I completely trust in regards to book recommendations because she also introduced me to the Lux series which I am absolutely loving!! Apparently, from what I hear, Patch is quite the character and after I finish the Lux Series I’ll perhaps need a new fictional boyfriend (sorry Daemon 😉 )

That concludes my June Book Haul, unfortunately I won’t be able to finish all of these books by the beginning of July but I do have a good amount of summer reading material so far! 🙂

Book Reviews

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout – the Fourth Book in the Lux Serie

Warning: Spoilers!

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I’ve finally finished Origin! I’ve greatly enjoyed all of the books in the Lux series but this is my favourite so far! There was far more suspense and even some plot twists that weren’t as prevalent in the other books! I really love how the main characters, in particular Katy and Daemon, have developed from Obsidian to this book! There was just so much happening all of the time and it was really well written.

The writing style was slightly different in Origin which I actually liked more, but only because it worked well with the plot. This book allowed the reader to gain better insight on how both Katy and Daemon perceived the events that took place, as it was told in alternating perspectives. In my opinion, alternating perspectives of characters is really interesting but it often fails because it is the same author writing both of the characters’ thoughts which sometimes results in the characters having too similar of characteristics ultimately making it hard to differentiate between them. However, even if I left the page and came back and started reading it again, I could very quickly recognize who’s perspective the story was being told in,which in my opinion is a good indication that the author was successful in using this writing technique.

I think this novel in the series has so far been the most important to advancing the plot as Ash, Andrew, and Matthew died, and finally the Luxen have decided to expose themselves to the world in a desperate attempt at staying alive, and not being caught by the D.O.D.

Possibly the cutest thing in this entire series so far was when Daemon bought Katy the alien stuffed animal and she named it DB that was just too adorable!!!!! 🙂 

 What Surprised Me in Origin: 

Beth is pregnant! I really didn’t catch on to why she was so tired and sick through the novel but now it makes sense. I kind of wish I would have been able to predict that earlier because I’m usually pretty good at foreshadowing and figuring out clues that are given in the story.

Daemon and Katy got married!! This was shocking to me, maybe it shouldn’t have been because they do have a rare and profound love, but it seemed that Daemon didn’t really have to think too long about proposing and they’re so young! I do agree with their marriage though, because it’s obvious that they were meant to be together. 🙂 I wish their circumstances could have been different, so they actually had a more planned and traditional wedding as opposed to just the marriage certificate and the quick vow exchange in Vegas.

Ash sacrificed her own life to save Beth. This surprised me because since Ash was first introduced into the story she always seemed a little self-absorbed to me and I wouldn’t have predicted that she would do something so selfless. Though this does show just how far each of the characters have come since Obsidian!

My Favourite Quotes From the Novel: 

“Did you think you could stop me? I’ll burn the world down to save her.” – Daemon

“I want a years-worth of seconds and minutes with you. I want a decade’s worth of hours, so many that I can’t add them up.”- Daemon

“We were out. And we were never going back. I’d take out an army, burn down an entire city and throw the world into chaos if I had to in order to keep Kat out of that place.”- Daemon

“Got you something.”
“A portable bath?”
“Better.” I pulled out the alien doll. “Made me think of you.”
“It looks like you,” she said. “I’m going to name it DB.”

Book Haul

June Book Haul Part One!!!

I just got back from Indigo and I purchased some of the books that I’ve been wanting to read for awhile now! However, I will be going back later this weekend to buy the rest and I decided to do a June Book Haul, however I will probably be reading these books during the summer because I just started Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout and I want to focus on finishing the Lux series before starting any new books.

The HEIR – Kiera Cass

THE MOON & MORE – Sarah Dessen

THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME – Jennifer E. Smith

JUST ONE DAY – Gayle Forman

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The Heir by Kiera Cass

I’ve read the rest of the Selection Series and I really enjoyed all three of the novels, especially The One, and I’m really intrigued to read about the continued story line but from the perspective of Maxon and America’s daughter, and her journey in finding a suitable prince! The other books in the series focused on Maxon attempting to find a princess, therefore I’m curious to find out if I’ll enjoy this book just as much as the rest of the series, or if it’ll be one of those add-on books to the series that really don’t compare to the other novels.

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

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I’ve been a fan of Sarah Dessen ever since I read Lock and Key a few years ago, which is still my favourite novel by her. I was really interested in this book because it takes place during the summer before Emaline goes to college and she has a seemingly perfect life, but she wants more. I think this will be a perfect, light, romantic read for the summer and I’m super excited to read it!

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer  E. Smith 

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Okay, so I’ve realllly wanted to read this book for a long time now, ever since I read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight during the Christmas holidays! I absolutely loved the characters and the romance in that book so much, and when I saw that Jennifer E. Smith wrote this book, I just had to buy it! I have such high expectations for this book because the description on the back of the novel really intrigued me as the main characters are brought together by a city-wide blackout, but are soon separated because one of them moves away! Both Lucy and Owen are then required to send e-mails and postcards to stay in touch. The description leaves the reader with, “But can they-despite the odds-find a way to reunite?” I also really love the cover!

Just One Day by Gayle Forman 

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This is another book I’ve wanted to read for a long time, I was also a fan of If I Stay, both the movie and the novel, that Gayle Forman wrote. I really enjoyed her writing style in If I Stay and so I picked up the sequel Where She Went, and loved it just as much. So, I’ve decided to read this one. Also…It takes place in Paris.. a love story.. in Paris.. I just couldn’t resist!! I also intend on reading the sequel to this book, Just One Year! I’ve heard many positive comments and reviews about this book, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy it equally or possibly even more than the other two novels I’ve read by Gayle Forman!

I’ve noticed that this book haul, I haven’t picked up any books from any new authors that I’m not familiar with. But this weekend I plan to do more book shopping and hopefully buy Twisted Fate by Norah Olson and First Love by James Patterson, both of these books will be the first books I will read by these authors! Overall, I’m pretty excited to read these novels this summer!! Reviews of these books should be coming soon! 🙂

Book Reviews

Opal – The Third Book in the Lux Series by Jennifer L Armentrout

Warning: Possible Spoilers

I literally just finished this book like five minutes ago and I just cannot get over the last 100 pages of this novel. I couldn’t put this book down all day, I just had to finish it! The beginning and middle of the book were good, but the ending was the best!

What I enjoyed about this book:

Katy & Daemon:
Obviously the romance in this novel is so sweet and I love how Katy and Daemon have grown even closer and are even more comfortable with each other. My favourite part of this entire book in regards to romance was prom night. Daemon took her to the lake and brought all of her favourite food and wine and they just talked all night and it was just such a cute scene!! When Daemon surprised Katy and bought her a new MacBook I was literally so happy for her because everyone knows she’s an adamant blogger! Daemon is just the perfect character he’s the best balance of humorous, romantic, protective, and sweet!

The Action:
Opal was full of action and unlike many other books, there really wasn’t a dull moment. I like how the novel entertains the reader through Katy and Daemon’s relationship and romance, and through the constant conflict that occurs. The conclusion of the book had the most action though and I just couldn’t believe that Katy is separated from Daemon…with the Arum! I could almost see the pain on Daemon’s face when he realized he couldn’t do anything to help her.

How the Characters Had a Chance to Feel like Normal Teenagers:
The Luxen though in human form, don’t always get to feel like normal and typical teenagers and I was especially glad that Katy had the opportunity to in some ways, disregard the conflict and the stress of being a Luxen mutant and go prom dress shopping with her friends and casually spend time with Daemon. Katy since her transformation really hasn’t had many opportunities to feel like a normal teenage girl but I think in this book more so than the previous ones she was provided with that opportunity.

Katy’s relationship with Dee:
Since the death of Adam (Dee’s boyfriend) Katy and Dee hadn’t been as close, and in some ways Dee even blamed Katy for Adam’s death. However, when Dee takes the initiative to ask Katy to go dress shopping I knew right away that their relationship was beginning to improve. I really hope by the end of the series they will be able to be just as close as they were in Obsidian!

What I disliked about this book:

Blake:
Honestly, what is up with Blake? He seems to be a whole new level of creepy in this novel! When I found out that he had been sleeping in Katy’s bed with her, without her knowing, I was thoroughly creeped out. I don’t understand why Katy keeps feeling so sympathetic towards him after her intense feelings of dislike upon finding out this information.

Will:
Ever since the ending of Onyx I had been soo curious as to how the mutation would effect Will. I was so surprised when he didn’t show up very much at all in the novel except near the end when he appears in Katy’s house unexpectedly! I really didn’t think he had the right to be that angry about the mutation not fully taking effect, to the point of shooting Katy! I felt so bad for her after when she regretted having to kill him, but in a way I’m glad he won’t be in the story anymore because I disliked his character the most especially how he just used Katy’s mom who had already been through so much with the death of Katy’s father.

The ending:
I think the most emotional part of this book was the ending. Daemon and Katy have finally become really close and they finally freed Bethany, and everything seemed to be great until Katy had to be separated and taken by the Arum. The whole novel Daemon wouldn’t tell Katy verbally that he loved her, but would instead only show her through the various sweet things he did for her. But at the end before he is fully separated from her, he says he loves her and honestly that was really emotional. Also, Daemon is always pretty collected and calm when faced with danger or conflict, but he really wasn’t collected or calm once he found out he couldn’t rescue her. This really illustrated the severity of the situation, and also his deep and profound love for Katy.

Overall I definitely loved this book! I’d give it a 4.5/5 and would recommend it to anyone! I am so glad I’ve finally finished it, it took me awhile in between doing school work but it’s definitely a romantic, action-filled page turner!

Some of my favourite quotes:

1. “Daemon spoke in his language. The lyrical quality of his words made no sense to me.”

“What did you say?” I asked.

“There’s really no translation for it,” he said, “but the closest human words would be, you are beautiful to me.”

2.  “You really shouldn’t trust a soul in this game. Not when everyone has something to gain or lose.”

3. “I tilted my head back against his shoulder, wondering how he’d gone from douchebag extraordinaire to this.. this guy who still infuriated me but also constantly surprised and amazed me.
To this guy I’d fallen madly in love with.”