Obsidian: Review

This is one of those that has been on my list for quite some time. My goal for the summer has been to knock some books off of that list, and though Obsidian wasn’t the first one I picked up, it has certainly been one of my favorites so far. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes Twilight, The Sookie Stackhouse Novels, Cinder, etc.

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Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

YA Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Sci Fi

Published 2012

#1 of Lux Series

First of all, let me just say that Jennifer Armentrout knows how to write. Her writing style is so easy to read. I found myself falling into the book in the very first page. An author has to have true talent to do that.

The book is amazingly entertaining. I found myself hanging on every word. I literally read this book in one day. I haven’t done that in a very very long time. And let add that the main male character, Daemon Black, filled an Edward Cullen sized hole in my heart.

There is teen angst, that is obvious. I know, I’m an adult, but does the angst thing when it comes to romance ever really change? We are all pretty much dumb when it comes to that department. I don’t tend to read books that are just about some teens that are living their life that have some major drama problems, I have to have something that is paranormal to make it interesting. Obsidian has all that; it has all of the major pieces that make a book amazing, specifically a YA book.

There is mystery, action, and romance abound. And yes, there is a lot of those moments when the reader has figured out something that the character hasn’t and you want to smack them in the face for not seeing it yet. Frustration. The romance action is very love/hate and I loved it! I found myself hooked to each character in that amazing way.

Oh, and the main character who’s view the book is told from is a book blogger. Relate-ability anyone?

I’m now on book #3 and I am not going as strong as I was with book #1, but the story is still good. More on that later!

Here is the excerpt from Goodreads:

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.

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It’s Been a While

I’ve not posted on this blog in quite some time. I did a few back in the  winter months over my break. I wish I would’ve posted more once summer started, but I’ve been struggling with some health issues that I have only had under control for about two weeks now.

Sitting in my living room with a book in my hand I started to think about how much I miss blogging. More specifically book blogging. There is a certain community that you find yourself in when you start blogging about bookish things, and this is one of the things I missed. I also have missed sharing my reviews on books I’ve read and finding new books to add to my oh-so-long-ever-expanding tbr list. Some of my favorite books are those that I would never have found out about if not for my book blogging adventures.

So, after way too long of a break, I am going to do some much needed clean up on here and start sharing some of the books I’ve read of late.

See you soon!

The Hanging Tree

Has anyone heard the current version of Hanging Tree? The song itself is catchy and Jennifer Lawrence has proven to the world that she is a great singer. However, am I the only one bothered by this song being a club mix? If you have read The Hunger Games series you know the significance and sadness of this song. Just read the lyrics:

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where they strung up a man they say murdered three.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it seem
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where the dead man called out for his love to flee.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it seem
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where I told you to run, so we’d both be free.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it seem
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.

Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Wear a necklace of rope, side by side with me.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it seem
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.

The lyrics of this song are in Mockingjay in a scene in which a promo of Katniss is being filmed. She sings the song and says she learned it from her deceased father and used to sing it to her sister. Her mother banned the song after catching the two sisters making rope necklaces while singing it.

A song of such a sad thing and from the context from which it came has no business being a club mix in my opinion. I am hearing this song all the time everywhere I go lately. Maybe my reaction is a little strong, but it seems inappropriate to be listening to a dance mix about someone being hanged with the person he loves. And if you haven’t heard it, here it is as it probably meant to be and as a club mix:

What do you think?

Bout of Books Progress Day 1

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Yesterday was dedicated to a successful library trip. I managed to pick up a couple that have been hanging out on my TBR list and one recommendation. Here is my progress:
Pages read: 22 of Serpent’s Kiss (yesterday was my son’s last day of winter break so we spent the day hanging out)
Challenges participated: New Years Resolution: I chose The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick because my resolution is to be more positive.

So there you have it! Happy reading and see you again tomorrow!

Sequel Sequel

There comes a time in every reader’s year when sequels pile up. You know what I’m talking about. You read all those awesome books that are the first of its series and then have to wait for the next. Since sequels are all the rage these days, and yes I’m as frustrated as the next gal, there are a lot of these. We finish the first book and then look up the next and find that it is months or a year or more away from being released and it gets put on the future TBR pile and that’s where it stays. After a while there are so many they make a list of their own: Unpublished TBR Sequels.

With someone who reads a lot and has a lot of regular TBRs on the list the titles of these sequels get stuck in the corner and forgotten about. I slept since then right? The one day you finish a book and then start to look for the next and remember a book that was supposed to have come out recently that was a sequel to a book you read 6 months ago, and then remember another you read a year ago that was supposed to have a sequel out a few weeks ago…and the list starts to grow. Before too long you are Googling all the sequels that you have been sticking on that long list of future TBRs to see what is out and what you are still waiting on.

Let take a look at some of the books I’m waiting on, or have been waiting on.

The Winds of Winter by George R. R. Martin (release: TBA)

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I think the 6th installment of the GOT series is on just about everyone’s waiting list. There is no reported publication date but according to this article on The Washington Post, we can mathematically predict that it will be released between 2015 and 2017. Bummer.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (Release: Nov 4 2014)

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This book is one I have been looking forward to. It is the last of a trilogy that is filled with twists and turns. There is even a horror factor. I can safely say that reading this book in bed alone while my husband worked the night shift was not always a good idea. There were times when I had to put it up because it freaked me out too much. Great story, can’t wait to finish it. You can read my reviews of book one and two here.

 

Charmed by Michele Krys (release: March 6 2015)

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Hexed is book one. It was a fun and exciting light read. I loved the dynamic between the main character, Indie, and the bad boy gone good, Bishop. There is another book that goes between numbers 1 and 2 titled Blackwood. According to Krys on her Goodreads author page this book will be out in April 2015, despite the date of June 10 2015 on its Goodread page. She also says that he has another short story in the works from the Hexed world that she hopes to release on Wattpad for free. Krys is a very sweet woman and she actually interacts with her fans. She gave me a personal shout out for my Hexed fashion post. Check out my review of Hexed here.

 

 

 

 

Winter by Melissa Meyer (release: expected Nov 2015)

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The Lunar Chronicles is such a great spin on a classic fairy tale, or should I say, fairy tales. If you haven’t read any of these book yet and Cinder has been patiently waiting your attention on your TBR list, I strongly recommend you pick it for your next book. It is well worth your time. Each book is based on a different fairy tale and they all are brought together and make a great story. Meyer did an amazing job making a new original story out of a classic one that everyone already knows.

 

 

 

 

 

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (release: September 2 2014)

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Ok, so this one has been out for a while now, and I have read about half of it. I have checked this book out several times and read when I could between school work and 4 year old melt downs. The first two books in the Throne of Thorns series were so good I couldn’t put them down. For some reason I just can’t seem to immerse myself in this one as much. Maybe it is just me and my stress level lately, I hope that’s it. It isn’t uncommon for a great series to have a dud, especially when you have to wait a long time for the release of the sequel. Hopefully I will get to finish this book soon though. Gotta love Celaena and Chaol! Even if they are frustrating sometimes.

 

 

Bout of Books!

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I am officially declaring my intention to participate in the upcoming Bout of Books read-a-thon! Here is a blurb from the people who run this amazing online event:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

For more information got to their website: http://boutofbooks.blogspot.com/

My goal is to read 2 books. Last go I didn’t get to participate as I had intended because life type things happened.
I strongly encourage all ye readers and book lovers to check out the site and sign up too!

I’m baaaaack!

So. I haven’t been around for a while. About 3 months to be exact. Where have I been you ask? Fall semester! Why have I been gone during the semester? One word: Biology. That was the worst class EVER. I have not had time or energy to pick up a single book other than the one needed for that class. My poor husband and son have suffered with me this semester. Mama doesn’t do well under stress.

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Now, I’m on winter break and I have consumed my red wine spritzer(don’t be too impressed, it was dry red wine and Sprite and it was yummy), eaten my ice cream sundae, and let my bookworm back out of its cage. It’s time to get to bloggin’!

One of the good things about not reading for 3 months straight is a lot of the books that were hard to come across at the end of summer are now easy to get my mits on. I went to the library and picked up some much desired reads that had a waiting list a mile long. So, silver lining and all that.

I just finished The Fever by Megan Abbott and I am now reading Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. Not sure what I will read next, but I’m devouring these babies as quick as possible, who knows what next semester will hold.

My next semester of college has been dedicated to creativity. All of my classes are about writing and photography. Oh, and I have an internship at my local library!!!!! YAY for working with books!

So, here’s to another semester survived, some free time to read, and excitement for what’s to come! Happy reading everyone, and I will be back very soon with some reviews for your reading pleasure.

For now, I’m gonna do some more of this:

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