Showing posts with label obsidian. Show all posts
Showing posts with label obsidian. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Top 10 Books I Read in One Sitting feat. Labyrinth Lost, Alienated & more





This hardly ever happens. When I read a book in one sitting, it has to be monumental, fantastic, phenomenal. So here are some books that absolutely earn these words:




THE DEVIL'S INTERN - Donna Hosie
Hello, have you heard of this fantabulous story about an intern in hell? This series is so hilarious! (2015, Holiday House) Goodreads

GIRL OUT OF WATER - Laura Silverman
This is the swoony, adorable summery contemporary of your dreams. (May 2nd 2017, Sourcebooks Fire) Goodreads

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL - Meredith Russo
#Ownvoices trans representation and such a sweet love story. You're going to like this one. (May 3rd 2016, Flatiron) Goodreads



GEEKERELLA - Ashley Poston
A compulsively readable and super fun love letter to all fandom people out there. (April 4th 2017, Quirk) Goodreads

THE WOMEN IN THE WALLSAmy Lukavics
This list could never be complete without my favorite creepy haunted house horror extravaganza. (September 27th 2016, Harlequin Teen) Goodreads

UNICORN TRACKS - Julia Ember
In all my swoon about her newest release THE SEAFARER'S KISS, let's not forget how awesome her african-inspired lesbian high fantasy debut is. Because very. (April 21st 2016, Harmony Ink) Goodreads



OBSIDIAN - Jennifer L. Armentrout
I would be such a liar if I didn't put this up here. It's been almost three years since the unreitarated(!), legendary obsession streak in which I read all five books in this series about a snarky alien boy falling in love with a blogger within, like, a week. Boy, I was obsessed. (May 8th 2012, Entangled Teen) Goodreads

ABANDON - Meg Cabot
Oh, ABANDON, how you sucked me in. This is a classic urban fantasy Hades/Persephone retelling with a Latina protagonist and I looooooved the first book. So fun. (September 1st 2011, Macmillan) Goodreads

LABYRINTH LOST - Zoraida Córdova
How long has it been since I reminded you that you need to read more books about bisexual Latinx brujas? More than a week? Okay, this is your reminder. (September 6th 2016, Sourcebooks Fire) Goodreads



ALIENATED - Melissa Landers
My taste is so predictable. As a known OBSIDIAN stan, it was kind of obvious that I also devoured this book about another (this time very confused by social norms) alien boy falling for a human girl. (Februrary 4th 2014, Disney Hyperion) Goodreads


What are your favorite one-sitting reads?


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Friday, December 9, 2016

7 Popular books I really DIDN'T expect to like...but I loved them

I'm one of those weird people who shy away from popular books JUST because they're popular. I feel like they always end up disappointing me so I don't even try. 

Usually. Here are some popular gems I loved!





#7: MISS PEREGERINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN - Ransom Riggs
On the one hand, this was really a disappointment because I was expecting horror and got a heartwarming story about freaky kids. But it's good. It's really super interesting and weird. I love weird.

#6: ANGELFALL - Susan Ee
I haven't read many books involving angels before (I will know, HELLO new favorite monster), and I'm very iffy about post-apocalyptic novels. I loved this. I loved Raffe, the love interest, and I found the world insanely fascinating.


#5: OBSIDIAN - Jennifer L. Armentrout
Idk what I thought when I read this. I DON'T like paranormal romance much. I read all five books in the series in like a month. It's just so good.

#4: THE 5th WAVE - Rick Yancey
I honestly had no clue that this was about aliens when I picked it up. I was expecting some weird war book set in the 40s. (IDK DON'T ASK ME WHY)



#3: READY PLAYER ONE - Ernest Cline
I know, I talk about how much I love this all the time. But it's just so good. I don't like video games and don't like virtual reality books much, and don't know anything about 80s culture. Why was this so genius?!

#2: A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU - Claudia Gray
I had no idea what this is about when I picked it up. Now it's one of my favorite books. Well-done time travel is my kryptonite. And I'm lowkey totally in love with the love interest.

#1: ALIENATED - Melissa Landers
The surprise of the year. I've always loved aliens and paranormal romance, but read a couple not so nice alien YA books this year. I've almost lost my faith in this premise, but ended up loving this one about an alien exchange student to pieces.


What are some popular books you didn't expect to like?

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Recommendation: Alienated (#1) - Melissa Landers: Student Exchange and Aliens





In ALIENATED, Cara is participating in the first alien exchange program and is hosting student Aelyx from the planet L'eihr.

What intrigued me: I love alien YA so much.

Hilarious and original

ALIENATED really looks and sounds like your average paranormal romance. I was expecting something similar to Jennifer L. Armentrout's OBSIDIAN, but was surprised to find that Landers took a completely different spin on the topic. 

ALIENATED is a flat-out hilarious and super entertaining YA that focuses more on two cultures clashing than the romance. Essentially the L'eihr are sexy Vulcans. There's just no other way to put it. It sounds strange, but ultimately works fantastically in the context of the book. They have no understanding of human customs, emotions, etc. and it's just funny. ALIENATED proves to be a fun, light-hearted read all around and I thoroughly enjoyed it a lot. The pages flew by!

Flawless Dual POV and Organic Romance

Landers has an incredibly strong character voice for human Cara and alien Aelyx and makes it so fun to follow the story. Despite being told from two POVs, which is usually one of my pet peeves, Landers absolutely makes the most of it and actually makes this a reason why I enjoyed ALIENATED so much. Their voices are drastically different, they both have different objectives and plot lines that they're following in the party they narrate. Especially Aelyx's POV is so interesting because Landers truly gives him an alien way to look at the world and it's so entertaining. 

Another highlight is the relationship between the two. It's swoon-worthy in the least, bordering on the epic. Because Landers takes so much time with it and lets it develop naturally and slowly, it feels absolutely organic and realistic. There's no instant love or superficiality, these two truly develop feelings for each other in a manner that feels real and with a dash of humor all of that is even more fun to read about. ALIENATED is a fantastic read, spiked with swoony romance and humor, it's the light-hearted delight you'll love when you're in the mood for some extraterrestial romance.



Rating:

★★

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

ALIENATED is a fun, light-hearted read that you'll love if you like paranormal romance with a side of humor. A clear recommendation and I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel and read more about Cara and Aelyx.



Additional Info

Published: Feburary 4th 2014
Pages: 344
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Genre: YA / Sci-Fi / Aliens
ISBN: 9781423170280

Synopsis:
"Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. 

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class. 

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet."(Source: Goodreads)


What's your favorite alien read?

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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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