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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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl: Review

I found this book on a random isle in the library. If I go to my local library and don’t have something special in mind I roam the isles and find random books to read. When I got this home I looked at the cover and noticed it said “based on the YouTube phenomenon” and my interest was peaked.

More on the videos:

This girl, Sunshine, is video taping paranormal activity in her new home where she lives with her mom and posting it on YouTube to provide proof that the house is haunted. Surprise, her mom doesn’t believe her. The videos are very fun to watch and she is a very cute and charismatic girl. There are many secrets she finds and everyone around her is involved somehow.

After watching ALL her uploaded videos, I now subscribe to her YouTube channel. I keep up with it weekly. I posted her first YouTube video below along with her book trailer.
 The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

YA paranormal

Published 2014
I found this book entertaining, but not awesome. There were a few moments here and there that were somewhat scary, but not as terrifying as I expected. I had watched the entire library of uploaded videos on YouTube before reading so I kind of knew what to expect.

One thing that got on my nerves about this book is the word choices. Sunshine actually says “Gee” in normal context…who talks like that. And in her vlog she says “blah” at the end of her videos for the first year or so and this was unsuccessfully included in the book. It was awkward.

Other than that though, I’d give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I’m sure that if I hadn’t watched all the videos It would have be more suspenseful. There is mystery, suspense, and horror included.

 

Here is the Gooodreads excerpt:

In that place where you’re more asleep than awake any more, I hear something else. A phrase uttered in a child’s voice, no more than a whisper: Night Night.
Something freaky’s going on with Sunshine’s new house . . . there’s the chill that wraps itself around her bones, the giggling she can hear in the dead of night, and then the strange shadows that lurk in her photographs. But the more weird stuff that happens, the less her mum believes her. Sunshine’s always had a quirky affiliation with the past, but this time, history is getting much too close for comfort . . .
If there is something, or someone, haunting her house, what do they want? And what will they do if Sunshine can’t help them?
As things become more frightening and dangerous, and the giggles she hears turn to sobs and screams, Sunshine has no choice but to accept what she is, face the test before her and save her mother from a fate worse than death.
The first in a frighteningly good new series based on the popular YouTube sensation The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network, created by Paige McKenzie.

 

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.

4 Reasons Why I Love #YA

One of the hottest topics among the world of books is adults reading YA. Some people (wrong people) think that YA is not for adults and that adults should be ashamed of reading books meant for kids. I can’t say enough how much I disagree with this. I LOVE to read YA books for many reasons, and I am not ashamed in any way and neither should anyone else be who reads YA. Here are the reasons why I love to read YA, illustrated with some gifs.

 

awkward kissThough some romance scenes in YA can be considered risque, there is a line that they tend to not cross. The awkward terminology, the embarrassing over sharing etc. is something not typically seen in YA novels. I admit that there are some exceptions, but generally I don’t like those over sexed up books that make me so embarrassed to read them that I try to keep my husband from seeing the pages when he walks by me.

 

adele swear The language! I don’t mind some cussing in the books I read, sometimes it makes the dialogue a bit more realistic. However, when an author of an adult tries to REALLY make the book ADULT the f-bombs and various other cuss words are annoying. I have read some books in which there was so much cussing it seemed to take away from the story. It’s just tacky and uncalled for.

 

adventrueThere are adventures and amazingly awesome characters in just about every single YA book I have ever read. Even if the book isn’t great, at least I know that there will be a decent plot. It’s like a bad tv drama. If you are bored, at least there is a somewhat decent plot to daze out watching. With adult books that isn’t always true, there is a lot of times when there doesn’t seem to be much of anything happening. This is generally when the awkward romantic scenes are at their worst.

 

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The fourth reason, while not the last, is my favorite part about reading YA most of the time. Why do we watch weekly television shows? To get lost in them. We want to be taken out of our own lives for a little while and not have to think to hard about what we are watching. For me, YA novels have the same effect. I can read an entire young adult fiction novel and not have to break out the dictionary or scratch my head over a word that isn’t something in the typical English speaker’s vocabulary. I’m not dumb, I promise. It just seems like sometimes adult novel writers use words to make them seem more sophisticated and adult. Just because you include words like indubitably and extemporaneous doesn’t make your book look smarter, it just makes me more bored and not want to read your book.

 

Review: Mara Dyer Trilogy Books 1 and 2

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The Mara Dyer Series by Michelle Hodkin

#1: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

#2: The Evolution of Mara Dyer

#3: The Retrobution of Mara Dyer (release date Nov 4, 2014)

YA Paranormal Thriller

Ok, so these books…yeah. Mind=Blown

First I was like

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and then I was like

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Because these books are crazy, I could. not. put. them. down. Here is the basic run down of the story:

Mara Dyer is a girl who may or may not be going completely insane. I’m talking institutionalized, schizophrenic, committed insane. She even thinks she might be, and her family is pretty convinced she is. Why is poor Mara having such a hard time? Well, let me tell you. First, she plays with a Ouija board at a friends house, big no no. Then she wakes up in a hospital room with no memory of how she got there. Her mother tells her that she was in an accident with three of her friends, but she is the only one who survived. Let the freaking out commence. Mara convinces her family to move so she can get a fresh start away from the memory of her friends and the tragedy that took their lives. After the move she starts to try to pick up the pieces of her life and also starts trying to remember what happens, only what she remembers isn’t what she expected.

Mara finds love, she finds her memory, and she finds the psychiatric ward. End of book one. In book two we find out that Mara may not be so cray cray after all, her life really is that insane. Though her parents don’t believe her still, her new boo does and he is really freaking hot and also shares some of Mara’s “issues.” Mara faces institutionalization again, but she is not alone anymore. There is a real threat, but nobody believes her. Everything she thought was in her mind, it might be real, and that is scarier than thinking she is crazy. The second book ends with a MAJOR cliff hanger… I mean….OMG!

I was hanging on by the edge of my comforter the entire time that I was reading both books. I’m talking, from the first paragraph of the first book to the last of the second book I was hooked. Even though I didn’t want to, I had to put the them down a few times when I was alone in the dark because it gets pretty intense. There are so many crazy things going on in this story that my head was spinning, in a good way. This is a definite on my recommendation list, and I can not wait for the final book to release in November!

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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The Evolution of Mara Dyer

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Happy Kissing Day | YA Addition

Happy International Kissing Day!

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Today, July 6th,  is International Kissing Day, and to celebrate I thought I would remind all of us of the amazing kisses shared some of the most amazingly steamy, sweet, and even awkward kisses shared with our favorite characters.

 

divergent1. Divergent

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Who could forget the chemistry between Tris and Four? Not this girl!

The lead up to the kiss, you know it is coming and you are wanting to shake the book your hands a scream “KISS ALREADY!”

“He turns toward me. I want to touch him, but I’m afraid of his bareness; afraid that he will make me bare too.
‘Is this scaring you, Tris?’
‘No,’ I croak. I clear my throat. ‘Not really. I’m only…afraid of what I want.’
‘What do you want?’ Then his face tightens. ‘Me?’
Slowly I nod.” 

And then it finally happens and you let out an audible sigh

“He slides his hand over my cheek, one finger anchored behind my ear. Then he tilts his head down and kisses me, sending a warm ache through my body. I wrap my hands around his arm, holding him there as long as I can. When he touches me, the hollowed-out feeling in my chest and stomach is not as noticeable.” 

 

twilight2. Twilight

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Every single scene in the Twilight Saga seems to be intense, especially the kissing scenes. Like this one:

“He placed his hands against the Jeep on either side of my head and leaned forward, forcing me to press back against the door. He leaned in even closer, his face inches from mine. I had no room to escape.
“Now,” he breathed, and just his smell disturbed my thought processes, “what exactly are you worrying about?”
“Well, um, hitting a tree -” I gulped “- and dying. And then getting sick.”
He fought back a smile. Then he bent his head down and touched his cold lips softly to the hollow at the base of my throat.
“Are you still worried now?” he murmured against my skin.
“Yes.” I struggled to concentrate. “About hitting trees and getting sick.”
His nose drew a line up the skin of my throat to the point of my chin. His cold breath tickled my skin.
“And now?” His lips whispered against my jaw.
“Trees,” I gasped. “Motion sickness.”
He lifted his face to kiss my eyelids. “Bella, you don’t really think I would hit a tree, do you?”
“No, but I might.” There was no confidence in my voice. He smelled an easy victory.
He kissed slowly down my cheek, stopping just at the corner of my mouth.
“Would I let a tree hurt you?” His lips barely brushed against my trembling lower lip.
“No,” I breathed. I knew there was a second part to my brillant defense, but I couldn’t quite call it back.
“You see,” he said, his lips moving against mine. “There’s nothing to be afraid of, is there?”
“No,” I sighed, giving up.
Then he took my face in his hands almost roughly, and kissed me in earnest, his unyielding lips moving against mine.
There was really no excuse for my behavior. Obviously I knew better by now. And yet I couldn’t seem to stop from reacting exactly as I had the first time. Instead of keeping safely motionless, my arms reached up to twine tightly around his neck, and I was suddenly welded to his stone figure. I sighed, and his lips parted.” 

 

newmoon3. New Moon

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Yes I know it’s still the Twilight Saga, but this one is with Jake, also dreamy and steamy.

“His mouth was on mine then, and I couldn’t fight him. Not because he was so many thousand times stronger than me, but because my will crumbled into dust the second our lips met. This kiss was not quite as careful as others I remembered, which suited me just fine. If I was going to rip myself up further, I might as well get as much in trade as possible.
So I kissed him back, my heart pounding out a jagged, disjointed rhythm while my breathing turned to panting and my fingers moved greedily to his face. I could feel his marble body against every line of mine, and I was so glad he hadn’t listened to me―there was no pain in the world that would have justified missing this. His hand memorized my face, the same way mine were tracing his, and, in the brief seconds when his lips were free, he whispered my name.” 

 

crownofmidnight4. Crown of Midnight

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Sometimes it takes a while for someone to get the guts up to make the first move, in this case it took a book and a half. Better late than never right?

“There had never been any line between them, only his own stupid fear and pride. Because from the moment he’d pulled her out of that mine in Endovier and she had set those eyes upon him, still fierce despite a year in hell, he’d been walking toward this, walking to her. So Chaol brushed away her tears, lifter her chin, and kissed her.”

 

city of ashes5. City of Ashes

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Then, sometimes (always) after the two finally confess their feelings, something comes between them. Then they HAVE to get back together, and you know they will…they just don’t yet. But sometimes there is that moment when you are all, “See? Told ya!”

“While this is all very amusing, the kiss that will free the girl is the kiss that she most desires,” she said. “Only that and nothing more.”

Jace’s heart started to pound. He met the Queen’s eyes with his own. “Why are you doing this?”

… “Desire is not always lessened by disgust…And as my words bind my magic, so you can know the truth. If she doesn’t desire your kiss, she won’t be free.”

“You don’t have to do this, Clary, it’s a trick—” (Simon)

…Isabelle sounded exasperated. ‘Who cares, anyway? It’s just a kiss.”

“That’s right,” Jace said. Clary looked up, then finally, and her wide green eyes rested on him. He moved toward her… and put his hand on her shoulder, turning her to face him… He could feel the tension in his own body, the effort of holding back, of not pulling her against him and taking this one chance, however dangerous and stupid and unwise, and kissing her the way he had thought he would never, in his life, be able to kiss her again. “It’s just a kiss,” he said, and heard the roughness in his own voice, and wondered if she heard it, too.

Not that it mattered—there was no way to hide it. It was too much. He had never wanted like this before… She understood him, laughed when he laughed, saw through the defenses he put up to what was underneath. There was no Jace Wayland more real than the one he saw in her eyes when she looked at him… All he knew was that whatever he had to owe to Hell or Heaven for this chance, he was going to make it count.

He…whispered in her ear. “You can close your eyes and think of England, if you like,” he said.
Her eyes fluttered shut, her lashes coppery lines against her pale, fragile skin. “I’ve never even been to England,” she said, and the softness, the anxiety in her voice almost undid him. He had never kissed a girl without knowing she wanted it too, usually more than he did, and this was Clary, and he didn’t know what she wanted. Her eyes were still closed, but she shivered, and leaned into him — barely, but it was permission enough.

His mouth came down on hers. And that was it. All the self-control he’d exerted over the past weeks went, like water crashing through a broken dam. Her arms came up around his neck and he pulled her against him… His hands flattened against her back… and she was up on the tips of her toes, kissing him as fiercely as he was kissing her… He clung to her more tightly, knotting his hands in her hair, trying to tell her, with the press of his mouth on hers, all the things he could never say out loud…

His hands slid down to her waist… he had no idea what he would have done or said next, if it would have been something he could never have pretended away or taken back, but he heard a soft hiss of laughter — the Faerie Queen — in his ears, and it jolted him back to reality. He pulled away from Clary before he it was too late, unlocking her hands from around his neck and stepping back… Clary was staring at him. Her lips were parted, her hands still open. Her eyes were wide. Behind her, Alec and Isabelle were gaping at them; Simon looked as if he was about to throw up.

…If there had ever been any hope that he could have come to think of Clary as just his sister, this — what had just happened between them — had exploded it into a thousand pieces… He tried to read Clary’s face — did she feel the same? … I know you felt it, he said to her with his eyes, and it was half bitter triumph and half pleading. I know you felt it, too…She glanced away from him… He whirled on the Queen. “Was that good enough?” he demanded. “Did that entertain you?”

The Queen gave him a look: special and secretive and shared between the two of them. “We are quite entertained,” she said. “But not, I think, so much as the both of you.” 

 

Those are just a few of the great kissing excerpts form some of my favorite books. What are your favorite kissing scenes?