Opal Review

Having finished the Lux series, this is probably my least favorite of the five. Though it wasn’t a bad book, just a bit boring at times. It says a lot for a series though. A five book series that only has one slightly slow book. Normally series fizzle out by book 3 and don’t clime back up enough to make you want to finish. I definitely wanted to finish.

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Opal by Jennifer Armentrout

YA paranormal, fantasy, romance, sci fi

Published December 11, 2012

Opal was the lull in the series. It had to give the set up to the last two books for the ending, which I understand, but it was a bit on the slow side. I read it slower than the other books, which I didn’t put down. In this book we see Katy and Daemon together, so there isn’t anymore of the teen angsty type stuff. There are more serious things to attend to, like saving lives and trying to infiltrate a highly secure government facility without getting caught. The ending is tragic and makes me glad I read the book when the next one was out, because I wouldn’t have been biting at the bits to get my hands on the next one. Lucky for me my library had it in.

Blake is back and not to be trusted, obviously, but he is a super creeper-McCreeperson. Crazy things go down at the end of the book, however the first bit is very slow and just kept me waiting. Not a big fan of that. Some other people pop back in to say a hello. This does give some low level action in the middle, but nothing like I have come to expect from this series.

Overall not a bad book, a bit slow on the uptake, but necessary to transition into the final two.

Goodreads excerpt:

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

As I said, I have finished the series, so I will be reviewing the final two soon.

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I Am Number Four: Review

I Am Number Four has been on my to-be-read list for a long time and I finally picked it up. Color me disappointed. Not what I expected.

I am number fourI Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

YA Fantasy, SciFi

Published 2010

#1 of Lorien Legacies

I have seen the movie based on this book. It has been a long time but I remember it being OK, not great though. I expected more of the book because lets face it, books are better!

My expectations were not met. The entire book promised action at any moment, but it didn’t deliver until the last few chapters. Meaning, only a quarter of the book was actually interesting. Lots of information to give the reading since it was the first in a series. Show it, don’t tell it.

I’m debating about reading the second book of the Lorien Legacies series because if the last of this book was action filled, maybe there is more to be had in the other books. Me reading it isn’t certain though.

I had to force myself through this one, refusing to not finish it since it was on my TBR list for so long I felt I owed it to myself to finish it.

Here is the Goodreads excerpt:

Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books–but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. We have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.

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.

Wanderamid’s Crystal Ball Cover Reveal

Wanderamid’s Crystal Ball – Cover Reveal
By I V Phillips
Fantasy
Date Published: June 2012
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   When a powerful witch has an idea that will get her back to her home world known as,Wanderamid, it backfires.
The spell she created the night before had already begun. The clouds in the sky became thicker and darkness increased greatly with silent flickering lights of lightning. It was too late to put a stop to it, and no one could change it, not even her.

 

EXCERPT
Ms. Winterton gasped when the officers pointed their firearms, straight at them. Her mouth froze open, surprised by their reaction.
“No,” Officer Morley began to explain calmly, “She is not a witch. Please put the guns down. We just want to show you, what you’ve been asking us.”
“That book just grew, Morley! We saw it! Only a witch could do that!” Officer Wysor shouted, pointing his gun away from them and onto the grimoire.
Officer Oxnard remained speechless and wide-eyed.
“She’s trying to find her daughter, just like Ms. Kennings is trying to find her son. Now if you want to see what is going on, you can’t get excited like this or we won’t be able to show you. Do you understand that?” He tried to convince them as firmly and calmly as possible.
Officer Oxnard nodded, signaling him to lower his gun as he did, still keeping it in hand. They were not fully convinced to put them away completely.
“Look at their eyes!” Ms. Kennings shouted, pointing at the three felines that came out from the corner, with glowing green eyes.
She startled the officers and they quickly aimed their guns at the felines.
Officer Morley rolled his eyes. “Will you sit down? They’re only cats!”
“I never saw cats with eyes like those,” she responded stiffly.
“They’re not normal… I mean… they’re normal, but… well… I don’t know what I mean. All I know is that they won’t harm you. Please, sit so we can get on with this,” he tiredly shook his head.
The officers and Ms. Kennings sat down slowly while they kept a close watch on the felines. Ms. Winterton took a deep breath as she thought about where to begin her story, and how to make it believable as possible, as her eyes made contact with those she had to convince.
“Ms. Kennings,” she spoke softly, “… Rena and Jodon are together, in another world.”
“They killed them!” Her eyes widened with fear. “They killed….”
“No! No!” Officer Morley immediately stood.
The other officers stood right after and aimed their guns at them, again.
“What are you doing?”
“You heard her! You both killed them!” Officer Wysor yelled. “I’m placing you both under arrest! Anything….”
“Stop, Wysor!” he demanded and then calmly added, “We didn’t kill them. They’re alive.”
“What?” Ms. Kennings asked stunned. “Then where are they?”
“Ms. Winterton told you. They’re in another world.”
“They did kill them! Bring me to my son!”
Irene V. Phillips is the author of Wanderamid’s Crystal Ball. Her fascination with magic, dreams and paranormal beliefs transpires throughout the Fantasy-Fiction novel.
Born and raised in New Jersey, she currently resides in Florida with her teenage son.
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Throwback Thursday: Game of Thrones

81yqwJc-HwL._SL1500_Who doesn’t like Game of Thrones? Right? Well, maybe people who haven’t read the books or watched the show. Cause, if you have you can’t help but love the entire series and all of its amazing characters. Let me share my love for this book and its series with you. Lets focus on the book.

Game of Thrones is the first book in the series written by George R. R. Martin titled The Song of Fire and Ice. The series is filled with love, hatred, betrayal, dragons, gods, white walkers, battle, and lots and lots of amazing characters.

Basically, the king has passed and there are many people who feel they are entitled to take the throne in his stead. The story follows each contender as they journey toward the great city of Westeros to claim the iron throne. While this is happening there is a great and very real danger headed south from the unsettled north and the threat is to the entire kingdom. We get to see characters change as the world around them changes. Some are forced to resort to murder and thievery, others are held as prisoners and abused, some still try to hold on to their honor and valor but it seems like a futile effort in the wake of all the fighting and destruction. It seems as if the gods themselves are at war.

The entire series is a race to win the throne. Some die, some find new journeys, some are young, some are old. There is the question of who will win the game of thrones. I have my theories. What are yours?

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