Showing posts with label lux series. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lux series. Show all posts

Sunday, June 18, 2017

10 YA Series I've Been Meaning to Start But Haven't Yet feat. Rachel Cohn, Traci Chee, Marie Lu & more





This is my list of shame. Some of these books have been on my TBR for years. I'm working on it, I promise. 



Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
I remember really getting intrigued by this after I read an excerpt of this in ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD. This was years ago, omg, I really love Greek mythology, it's a shame I haven't picked this one up yet.

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
I really want to wait to watch the movie Labyrinth first before reading this and I've been waiting for the perfect time to do so. Soon!

Sea of Ink and Gold by Traci Chee
Okay, this pick is a bit unusual, because I only just now read teh blurb and I still don't think I know what this is about. I honestly just wnt to read this because I'm always there to support authors and publishers who put non-white people on book covers. Hell yeah.



Covenant by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I originally got interested in this because I binged her Lux series years ago and had a lot of fun with it and because people keep saying this is a carbon copy of VAMPIRE ACADEMY, which you know I also loved and enjoyed. Bring it on!

Monsters of Verity by Victoria Schwab
I've been meaning to read more of her books because I really disliked A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC and want to give her another shot, so oh my god, I can't believe I still haven't read this yet. I love urban fantasy!

Annex by Rachel Cohn
I'm pretty sure I've talked about this before on my blog - I love reading about clones and I came so close to buying a copy a number of times, but never actually did it. It's time!



Warcross by Marie Lu
Maybe this is cheating cause it's not out yet, but STILL!!! I've been meaning to try more of her books, because THE YOUNG ELITES really wasn't for me but i did like her writing a lot. I think this is about video games and sci fi things? I don't know, I've been up for it since it got announced!

Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
I've been thirsting for this for months and actually recently finally, finally got a copy. Omg. I'm so excited and I really hope I'll like this because I've been wanting to adore more books by her!

The Great Library by Rachel Caine
Remember how thirsty I was for the first book before it came out? Apparently, I totally forgot about this until literally just now. I still want to read this! Library of Alexandria!



The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
This has been on my tbr for ages, I don't know what I'm doing. I really like reading about jinni, so it really is time!


What's a series you've been meaning to start?



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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Emotional Investment, Coolest Book Families, Characters Come to Life | Pixar Book TAG




Here's another lovely book tag, this time focusing on pixar movie inspired questions! Hope you enjoy!


Toy StoryA book where you wanted the characters to come to life.

VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead. How I love, love, love this world.



A Bugs LifeA character who goes through a transformation.

THE SOUND OF US by Julie Hammerle! If you love books about music, you'll adore this.

UpA book that quickly made you become emotionally invested.

THE SEAFARER'S KISS by Julia Ember. I love this world and the characters. Bisexual mermaids!

Finding Nemo“P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney” A book that has an address or quote that’s burned into your memory forever.

I think I'll have to pass on this one, haha.

The Incredibles Coolest Book Family.

Um... probably The Thermopolis-Renaldos from THE PRINCESS DIARIES by Meg Cabot. I grew up with those weirdos, they're basically my extended family.

Monsters Inc.A strong character develops a soft side for someone.

Damon Black from the lovely LUX Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. My favorite alien jerk.

Cars 1, 2, 3A book that keeps getting sequels you feel are not needed.

GRACELING by Kristin Cashore. The sequels really aren't necessary. I mean, they're not even direct sequels but some weird kind of spin-off, why?!

Ratatouille A book featuring a non-human/humanoid.

ALIVE by Scott Sigler. Can't tell you what the protagonist is exactly because I need everyone to read this fantastic dystopian mystery thingy.


BraveName a book with a strong mother/daughter relationship.

ANGELFALL by Susan Ee. I know this might be a little weird because they aren't all love-y dove-y because of the mother's mental illness and the actual apocalypse happening, but this is truly one of my favorite mother/daughter relationships. I dig weird stuff.

Inside OutName a book that could be one of your core memories.

EVERY DAY by David Levithan. C'mon here. My favorite.


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Friday, October 31, 2014

[Review] Shadows (Lux #0.5) - Jennifer L. Armentrout

SHADOWS is a prequel novella accompanying the Lux Series. It tells the story of how Dawson Black and Bethany Williams fell in love.

What intrigued me: Judging by the fact that I hopelessley fell in love with Dawson as a character (even more than with Daemon!), I was looking forward to reading this, already after I read ONYX. 

Solid back to the roots story

While the other novels where heavily stuffed with information dumps, new characters and alien trivia, we finally get a break from that in SHADOWS. It's relaxing to not have to look over your shoulder expecting another plot twist and simply just following your favorite fictional lovelies do what they do. 

After having seen them mainly in distressed situations and suffering, it makes me so, so happy to get back to the typical High School Setting from OBSIDIAN, which will always be my favorite Lux novel.

SHADOWS is really only about Bethany and Dawson and I'm very thankful for that. Sadly, because it is a novella, the romance feels very rushed. The whole novel is only 150-ish pages, so there isn't much time for the reader to understand how and why they love each other.


Still Want Dee, Still Didn't Get Dee, Very Upset

Also, there is so much room for showing more of the Black Family life in this novel, why didn't she do that? I want to read about them being a family, being siblings! Why didn't she include this? 

There's more of the Williams family life in SHADOWS, which I couldn't care less about, judging by her uncle's morally questionable choices and her parents and brother being cardboard cutout characters. 
Bethany in general stays very flat as a characters, which saddens me a lot. She's really interesting, especially earlier in the series when she appears to be completely driven insane through torture. Wow, what a character was what I thought - well, turns out she is basically a less badass, less relatable Katy, minus the books, plus painting.


Overall: Do I Recommend?

If you've read the entire series, might as well get this one, too. Like I said, it helped me understand Daemon better, Dawson not so much. It's a nice quick read, really NOTHING out of the ordinary. I'm going to go with it's a must for Lux Fans, because it makes me want to start the entire series all over again.


Rating: 

★★☆☆



Synopsis:
"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."
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Monday, October 27, 2014

[Review] Opposition (Lux #5) - Jennifer L. Armentrout

In OPPOSITION the intergalactic battle to the death finally takes place when Luxen from all over the universe decide to take down humanity the only way they know - bloody, that is.


OOCing Your Own Characters?!

Armentrout's writing is just so off in this one that I didn't even recognize her characters. The Lux Series is rooted in the relationship between Kat and Daemon and to me, that's the only reason I even continued after book three, which was just an overall catastrophe. I don't know why she started switching the POVs mid-series and I still don't like it. With YA that relies heavily on the love interest/protagonist relationship, you CAN'T JUST DO THIS. 

Daemon constantly calling Kat "baby" made me cringe. Their general lovey-dovey gooey gross conversations are even worse. What is - or rather what WAS so special about them was their whole "ugh, I hate you so much now kiss me" -thing they had going on. I fell in love with Kat because she was having none of his cocky attitude and I fell in love with Daemon because he was unreasonably inappropriate.

Still Want Dee, Will Never Stop Preferring Dee

With Archer and Dee we have a serious case of insta-love that just disappoints me. Both of them rose to be favorites of mine and were painfully neglected throughout the entire series. They were ignored so there could be very important, very relevant make out scenes between Daemon and Kat. Very important. Archer and Dee fell in love with each other ('s looks) on the spot and their ending is as obvious as it is cliché. 

In OPPOSITION, just like in every sequel to OBSIDIAN before, a character or two that were presumably dead make a return only to reveal that they're insane/ evil now. I actually made a list in my mind of all characters that weren't dead yet and you can basically guess who's going to come back. JLA makes a mistake by trying to throw in too many plot twists and too many characters with authority problems and misanthropic tendencies. At this point, after Blake, who probably turned badside twice or three times within one novel, I'm not even surprised anymore.


Overall: Do I recommend?

The Lux Series has an interesting concept, but it is by no means developed enough to be stretched onto five (if you count the prequel novella, six) novels. I don't recommend going for the series. Just read OBSIDIAN, swoon over the great characters and pretend there are no sequels because all you're going to get from them is a headache.



Rating: ★★☆☆☆



Synopsis:


"In this stunning series climax, Daemon and Katy join forces with an unlikely enemy to ensure the survival of not only their love for each other, but the future of all mankind. Opposition will bring forth a new dawn to the Lux universe, where man must stand with alien to survive, and the future, no matter the outcome, will never be the same."
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

[Review] Origin (Lux #4) - Jennifer L. Armentrout

If you're going to read ORIGIN, you're going to have to prepare to be in pain. A lot of it. The novel revolves around the Department of Defense capturing our beloved protagonists Katy and Daemon, and doing all kinds of messed up tests on them. 









!WARNING!
This review MAY CONTAIN Spoilers for the Lux Series, starting from "Obsidian".

I usually try to keep my reviews spoiler-free but you can't write a comprehensive review about "Origin" without tackling the resolutions of the plot lines. I'm not going to mention any names but you really shouldn't read this if you plan on reading "Origin".
!WARNING!

New POVs

ORIGIN is the first novel in the series that is told from different perspectives. This is a big pet peeve of mine and just makes me want to throw the book against the next wall. I understand that as a writer, it is difficult to describe all events that you want to put in the book when one of your characters is in a temporary exile. But just switching to another character's perspective is plain cheating to me. Besides, having read the entire series told from Katy's point of view, it's just weird to suddenly have Daemon narrate the story. First, because the character's own perception of himself is completely different from Katy's (the reader's) and also because I simply can not identify with that.

As a reader we've got to know Daemon pretty well after three books but that doesn't justify just switching the point of view. I feel like I'm reading a bad fan fiction. If POV-Shifts are essential to the story, I might endure them at times, but don't just randomly switch mid-chapter after three pages? For no reason at all? It drove me nuts to have to listen to Katy being captured and then randomly switching to Daemon running around and trying to beat up everyone.


Sorry I Killed Your Friend... Here's Another.

While the plot isn't very complex, there are a lot of revelations about the character's ulterior motives in the novel. We have some people going badside, other people dying out of the blue and new characters being pushed into future relationships. While I do like the odd sleazy villain that creeps up on our protagonists, JLA is just over the top with the plot twists in this one. 

There is no actual reasoning that would make sense for that certain character to go badside. Is it just me, am I stone-cold, or were all the character deaths really, really rushed? They all died like flies and after the third or fourth one out I was just laughing because it is so ridiculous to keep killing literally everyone that won't have an interesting storyline in the future. 

But when good characters have to die for the sake of a dramatic climax, we always have the introduction of new characters coming with it. I fell in love instantly with Archer, a soldier from Area 51, who is just ... heart eyes. While I do love, love, love Archer, I feel like JLA is trying way too hard to make us ship him and Dee.  



Overall: Do I Recommend?

ORIGIN is not as great as OBSIDIAN but it definitely was an easier read than the previous novels. 

The conclusion is a little over the top and the character deaths really weren't necessary and weren't really dealt with. Nobody is grieving for the dead to the extent that they grieved about Adam (who had like, three scenes?), and that's just ... ugh. I do recommend ORIGIN, but in order to get to it, you're going to have to go through the mess that is OPAL, and good luck with that.


Rating: 

★★★☆☆




Synopsis:

"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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Friday, October 10, 2014

[Review] Opal (Lux #3) - Jennifer L. Armentrout

In OPAL, Daemon's long lost twin brother Dawson has finally returned. That would be great and a reason to celebrate and all, were there not the teeny tiny complication of his girlfriend still being held captive by the Department of Defense.


Hey, You're Messing With My Girl? Pick A Coffin!

Beth, Dawson's girlfriend, whom we got to know as incredibly powerful and so awesome, that the DOD has trouble catching her whenever she escapes, is now in need of rescue. Yeah, because she couldn't free herself, our group of beloved alien and non-alien heroes has to put themselves through a terrible, terrible form of torture to be able to save her. 

Yet again, I have no idea how Armentrout is able to fill four hundred pages with this. It took me probably more than two weeks to finally get through this novel because it was just so hard to read and simply not entertaining me in the slightest. The plot seemed rather predictable and not very creative to me. From long forgotten characters who used to be plot devices, to random side characters, everyone returns to get a piece of Katy. 

It's a certainty by this point that everyone who turns badside and has the nerve to put up with Katy, whether she's alone or with the Luxen, WILL die. Yeah, she can take about everything when she's on her own, maybe suffers a few injuries that aren't dramatic anyways if youy boyfriend is an intergalactic healer, but when in company, Katy morphs into a baby kitten.

Yawn, Yawn, Yawn, Heroine

I've said it once and I'm going to say it again: I'd rather have read about Daemon's sister Dee. Who, by the way, has about three scenes of dialogue in OPAL. She's so interesting and their friendship was actually fun and nothing like the forced plot-relationship that is Katy's and Carissa's. Or was that Lesa? I don't even know who is who, that's how much I don't care about her filler school friends. 

Because Armentrout dragged this novel so much I found myself contemplating to just stop reading and forget book 3 ever happened. I loved the first book, the second one was alright, but this one is just ... ugh. But in the end, Armentrout made it by inserting a really intense cliffhanger end scene that makes it impossible for me to stop. I still don't care about 70% of the people in this novel but somehow, I'm longing for this to change. There are five books for a reason, aren't there?



Overall: Do I Recommend?

Honestly, if you were as into the Lux Series as I was in the beginning, the answer is kind of obvious.

By this point it feels like an obligation to continue, even if it gets insanely bad. I still think that the Lux Series is worth reading even though it gets worse book by book.



Rating: 

★★☆☆☆




Synopsis:
"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"
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Friday, September 26, 2014

[Review] Onyx (Lux #2) - Jennifer L. Armentrout

In ONYX, Katy and Daemon have to face higher powers that are having none of their crazy alien stuff. They also break a lot of stuff. And people.

Full of twists and turns!

Having established all character relationships in the first book OBSIDIAN, the plot is going crazy in ONYX. Turns out that aliens are a bigger deal than everybody thought and this novel will chase you with plot twists. Some of the things I could have guessed but I didn't think she would actually go through with it.

This novel is a roller coaster of emotions, one second you're going to find yourself laughing hysterically, the other second you're crying happy tears like it's nobody's business.

It's the end that hit me like a train and I loved how everything came together and made sense. It wasn't rushed, it was planned and it was very interesting to see the resolutions of some story lines.

Oh Love Interest, How Did I Live Before You?

Daemon is incredibly needy in ONYX. His constant emotion seems to vary between "I Know You Want It" and "TELL ME YOU WANT ME ATTENTION ATTENTION PLEASE EVERYONE LOOK AT ME". The snark and sass from the first novel is just background white noise, but I guess this is what happens to boys when they fall in love. I forgive him because I still love him.

But a thing I really have to note - Armentrout can't write entertaining action scenes. Or character placements in a room. One second they're on top of each other, the other second their limbs are all over the place. I'm having a hard time visualizing the exact positions of characters because she really messes up sometimes. This shows again in action scenes. Her action scenes are messy. Sometimes I just scanned the paragraphs because I couldn't understand who was standing where and who killed whom with what. 

Overall: Do I recommend?


Obviously, if you have read OBSIDIAN you have to read ONYX. The first doesn't work as a standalone and this resolves a lot of issues that you're probably eager to see add to the story. To me it is somewhat of a transition novel though and I'm looking forward to OPAL being the real deal again.

Rating: 

★★★☆☆




 Synopsis:
"Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days.

But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible.

Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.

 But then everything changes… I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth.

What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me? No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…"
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

[Review] Obsidian (Lux #1) - Jennifer L. Armentrout


In OBSIDIAN, Katy moves to a new town in Virginia. Nothing ever really happens there, weren't it for her neighbors, who are stunningly beautiful and from a different planet. 
What intrigued me: Aliens!


Kickass Characters!

Protagonist Daemon is the classical hard shell, rude but secretly fragile - type. Typically, YA authors match them with submissive shy kids. In OBSIDIAN, his love interest is the most badass girl I've read about in a while. Katy doesn't take anything from anyone. No matter if you're an alien, a human, a drunk jock - she will call you out on it. Maybe even fight it or stab you with a sharp object. 

Every time I rolled my eyes when he made a stupid pickup line or said something that would've made any other girl swoon, Katy just backfired. That's what made me love Daemon, the fact that he has a worthy match in Katy. I'm in love with characters that aren't built solely for the romance plot, she is definitely a role model.

The other characters are only outlines so far in the first novel because the majority of it deals with Daemon and Katy and alien stuff. It's introductory, you can't really expect perfectly drawn characters in a multi-novel series. So far I'm liking Dee, Daemon's twin sister very much and I'm hoping that she gets to play a bigger role in the second novel. I'm pleasantly surprised by the great characters and I'm so proud that Armentrout decided to give this series a kickass heroine. 

She Makes the Filler Work!

There's a lot of dialogue in the novel due to the fact that the reader has to get to know Katy and Daemon in order to like them. For that reason, the plot suffers slightly. We have cliché scenes I've read about 3729792 times including gems like grocery shopping, homecoming ball and going to the hospital. While that remains definitely a downside I have to say that there is little to no information dump. This is quite impressive given that we are introduced to a whole new species. Instead of just making one character give Katy a 10 page crash course about everything, the information is split brilliantly, making the reader only aware of what's going on a few pages later. 


Opposite to the species that Daemon and Dee belong to, we have the Arum, shadowy-creepy figures that I've read about seventeen times at least. This whole light-business is definitely nothing new. 

Yes, there were some slumps and the plot isn't really worth mention, but Armentrout truly manages to keep my attention with those amazing characters.


Overall: Do I recommend?

 I did have a great time reading it and actually, I think I'm going to even reread it in the near future. Also I'm going to continue with the second book right away which I rarely do - unless I'm really into the world building in a novel. 


Rating: ★★★★☆


Synopsis:

"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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