Book Review: Origin by Jennifer L Armentrout

Origin (Lux, #4)

Title: Origin (Lux #4)
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Aliens, Sci-Fi, Contemporary 
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: 27 August 2013
Pages: 366
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

My Review:

This is one of those series that keeps getting better with each new instalment. In Origin, Katy finds herself captured by the Daedalus and all her worst nightmares come true. Even hearing about what happened to Dawson and Bethany didn’t really prepare Katy for what life as captive hybrid would bring. And then there’s Daemon. Nothing on Earth – or even on an alien planet – could stop him from saving the girl he loves.

For all those Daemon fans – I think he really shines in this one. He’s arrogant, sarcastic but willing to give up everything for Katy. The snarky sarcastic conversations he has were a highlight for me. I love the way Katy and Daemon interact and I’m really rooting for this pair as a couple!

In many ways Origin is a turning point in the series. The first three books were mostly about the love story and the action was secondary. But now things have changed. Don’t worry – there’s still plenty of fluffy tenderness between the leading pair but the war between our favourite Luxens and the world… it’s only just getting started. The dual point-of-view between Katy and Daemon helps bring the urgency of their situation to light. I loved getting to see how Daemon felt about Katy from his eyes and I think this is part of the reason why I’m behind them romantically. They’re growing up and it’s clear to see that Katy isn’t the same girl she was at the start of Obsidian. She’s seen the worst life has to offer but she’s stronger than I ever expected.

I loved the action in this book. Things are happening and they’re happening FAST! Some brilliant new characters are introduced (I want to know more about Archer!) and some old ones reappear. There’s a cameo appearance of Hunter and Serena from Obsession (JLA’s adult paranormal romance novel that’s set in the same universe as the Lux novel). Armentrout isn’t afraid to put her characters though hell and I respect her for that.

For all the fans who have been eagerly anticipating Origin since the cliff-hanger at the end of Opal – I think you’ll be satisfied and impressed with how things unfold in Origin. This book is exciting, cheeky and romantic. My favourite from this series by far.

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Novella Review: Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Shadows (Lux, #0.5)

Title: Shadows (Lux #0.5)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Contemporary, Sci-Fi, Aliens
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: February 2012
Pages: 179
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane.

Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in.

Captivated. Lured. Loved.

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence…and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

My Review:

I’m not normally a novella person. I often find them irrelevant and rather than adding anything to the overall plot – they detract from why I like a series. But that’s so not the case with Shadows. Shadows is the pre-story of how Bethany and Dawson meet. It’s all information that anyone who has read the Lux series knows but getting to read it and know first hand how everything went down – it has changed how I view this entire series.

Bethany and Dawson have a fantastic story. They meet and really get to know each other. There’s no instalove here despite their intense connection straight off the bat. And I liked them more as a couple because of it. Bethany is sweet and grounded – she wants to do what is right by herself and her family rather than just doing whatever she wants. And then there’s Dawson. Why is the fandom so into Daemon when there’s Dawson to consider? He’s definitely my favourite of the brothers now. Compared to Daemon’s dark and surly demeanour, Dawson is practically sunny in comparison.

If you’re a fan of this series and haven’t read this novella – I highly recommend it. It adds a lot more than just the relationship between Bethany and Dawson. We get to see the DoD (Department of Defence), Bethany’s Uncle Will as well has just how the Thompson Triplets operate from a non-biased outsider’s view. And plus – at 179 pages this is more than a typical novella. It’s detailed and offers quite detailed back story. I have to say that reading this had made me particularly eager for Origin (Lux #4) which is released later this month.

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Movie Talk: Who is your OBSIDIAN dream cast?

Over the past few days there has been some big talk about the YA paranormal romance Lux series being acquired by Sierra Pictures. Obsidian, the first in the series written by Jennifer L Armentrout, tells the story of Katy, a teenager who moves to the middle of nowhere only to get sucked into the world of aliens. Add to that a very hot young alien by the name of Daemon, his twin sister Dee and a whole bunch of other supernatural beings… oh… it’s very exciting! 😛 I know so many people who adore these book and will no doubt be excited by the news.

Obsidian

Check out Jennifer’s blog post about her series being optioned for a movie!!  (be warned – it’s full of so many fangirlyly awesome gifs and excitement!)

 

And it got me thinking.

We all have dream casts for books that we’ve loved and I was wondering: What is your dream cast for Obsidian?

Before things get into production and you’re influenced by who is actually cast (if it gets that far… fingers crossed!) who is your ideal Katy and Daemon?!

Feel free to let me know!

Onyx (Lux, #2)Opal (Lux, #3)Origin (Lux, #4)

And if you’ve not heard of this series before – be sure to check out my reviews of Obsidian, Onyx and Opal!

Cover Reveal: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Today I have the pleasure of revealing the cover for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s new novel – Origin! Origin is the 4th book in the Lux series and I for one can’t wait to find out what happens next for Katy and Daemon!

Origin by Jennifer L Armentrout

Origin by Jennifer L Armentrout

Title: Origin (Lux #4)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: 27th August 2013 (I won’t forget! That’s my sister’s birthday!)

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Blurb (link to goodreads):

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jennifer L. Armentrout author photo

 

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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Book Review: The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

Title: The Summer I Became a Nerd
Author: Leah Rae Miller
Genre: contemporary, romance, 
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: May 2013
Pages: 272 pages
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl’s body isn’t just unknown, it’s anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.

Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.

My Review:

I decided to do something special for today’s review. I present to you the very first (and possibly only ever) issue of Geek Girl! featuring the one and only, Madelyne Summers.

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Okay – it’s fairly clear that I’m never going to become a comic book artist. But I thought Maddie wouldn’t mind me telling her story using my terrible artistic talent.

I found myself connecting with Maddie. I know what it’s like having older brothers and because of them finding a love of things others would find geeky or nerdy. But unlike Maddie – I never had a complete transformation like she did. Upon the biggest humiliation of her life, Maddie decides that popularity is the most important think to her and reinvents herself. No more Spectrum girl and the Pigments. Now it’s country music and cheerleading!

But one summer, and the delay of the final issue of her favourite comic, Maddie finds herself entering the local comic book store in disguise. And within the sacred sanctum of all things geektacular, Maddie finds her true self and a boy who just might bring out her best of her secret identity.

This book is cute. And it’s fun. And it’s a celebration of all things geeky – there’s comic books, mentions of anime and sci-fi AND LARPing (Live Action Role Playing). And I loved every moment of it. Maddie is learning to be true to herself and had a bit of difficulty finding the way but she makes it. I love the chemistry between her and Logan – bonefide nerd who has the geek chic thing going on in spade. The cheerleaders and football players for the most part are fairly stereotypical with the exception of Maddie’s best friend, Terra.

I think what I liked most about this book was the message – that no matter what your interests, you should accept yourself for who you are.

The Summer I Became a Nerd is a cute book that I had a lot of fun reading. And please – don’t hold my artistic stylings against what is a great summer read.

Thanks to Entangled teen for the review copy.

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Cover Reveal: Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Today I have the pleasure of revealing the cover for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s new novel – Obsession. Obsession is the first book in a new series set in the same world as Armentrout’s Lux series. Taking place in between Opal (Lux #3) and Origin (Lux #4) however Obsession is a lot more adult in nature and not aimed at the YA audience. So if you’re under 18 I don’t recommend this book for you but I thought I’d bring it to the attention of my followers just in case you want to follow all the adventures of the Arum and the evil Department of Defence (DoD). I have to admit I think the cover is gorgeous and this books is one that I can’t wait to read!

Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Obsession

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Released: 31st May 2013

Publisher: Entangled Covet

Blurb (link to goodreads):

He’s arrogant, domineering, and… To. Die. For.

Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy.

Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something…unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s murder at the hands of what can only be an alien, thrusting her into a world that will kill to protect their secret.

Hunter stirs Serena’s temper and her lust despite their differences. Soon he’s doing the unthinkable—breaking the rules he’s lived by, going against the government to keep Serena safe. But are the aliens and the government the biggest threats to Serena’s life…or is it Hunter?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jennifer L. Armentrout author photo

 

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

 

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

 

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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Book Review: The Collector by Victoria Scott

Title: The Collector (Dante Walker #1)
Author: Victoria Scott
Genre: Urban Fantasy, paranormal, demons
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: April 2013
Pages: 368
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
He makes good girls…bad. 

Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple: weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal-opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within ten days.

Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect, he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector…and uncover emotions deeply buried.

My Review:

Dante Walker is so bad he’s good. Good at his job working for the Boss Man ‘downstairs’, good at training fellow collectors and good with the ladies. He gets in, gets the job done and gets out. Until Charlie Cooper. With her gawky smile and limping leg – it shouldn’t be a problem to get her to be bad with him. Ten days to claim her soul? Piece of cake!

Except Charlie is nothing like anyone Dante has ever met before. She’s just so… good! The challenge gets even tougher when Dante starts falling for the plain jane and Dante is faced with a dilemma more difficult than anything he’s faced in life – or death.

I’ve been hearing a lot about Victoria Scott’s Dante Walker for a while now. The man’s man, ladies man, man about town whose swagger is to die for. He’s one of those characters that grew on me. At first I thought he was entertaining but about as deep as dishwater. But the more I read and the more involved I got with Dante and Charlie’s story – he surprised me on a number of levels. This character has a lot going for him – and not just the sex appeal and charm that he is oh-so-well aware of. He’s got heart.

Charlie Cooper. I’m a fan of alliterative names and Charlie is one character that I was shocked to like so much. She’s one of those people who are perfect. Perhaps not physically (and lets face it flawless appearances are a bit of a turn off for me so many be that’s another point in her favour) but she’s a all-round do-gooder. There’s no one she wouldn’t help even if it was at a disadvantage to herself. She’s just that nice! When tragedy and adversity had the chance to make her bitter and twisted, Charlie took the high road and tried to be the best person she could be. Sounds like she could be sickeningly sweet but when meeting and getting to know her through Dante’s eyes – she’s just adorable.

Plot wise – there’s a lot going on. Some twists I expected, some I never saw coming but they worked well with the rest of the drama unfolding. There were a few surprises and I have to admit the ending has left me so very curious as to where Scott is going to take Dante, Charlie and the rest of the crew in the next instalment of the Dante Walker series.

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