It's been a few days since I finished reading Fractured, and I've finally managed to calm myself do My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
It's been a few days since I finished reading Fractured, and I've finally managed to calm myself down enough to write a review. I'm really glad I took some time to absorb and process everything that happened in this book before I started writing it. Because, otherwise, my review would have been totally hysterical and all over the place. That doesn't mean I still won't mention how affected I was at times with certain things in Fractured, but now I'll make sure my thoughts are coherent and toned down enough to make sense.
Fractured is as addicting and captivating as its predecessor Sanctum, which was one of my favorite novels last year. There are some changes in the story such as the setting and the introduction of plenty of new characters, but it still has the same feel as the first book. Dark and terrifying. Emotional and powerful. There's also more kickass action and great character development. And there's even some fascinating revelations about the Mazikin and the Shadowlands that made the mission the characters were assigned much more complex and complicated.
Since I've become so invested in these characters and their journeys, I couldn't help how amped up my emotions were while reading this sequel. It was one of the reasons why I had such strong reactions to anything that happened to them, especially Lela and Malachi. They have already gone through so much in their lives and continue to go through a whole lot more. While there were moments scattered throughout that had me dying of happiness, other moments had me feeling a whole lot of frustration, anger, and sadness. Some moments just made everything seem hopeless and left me wondering why things couldn't be all sunshine and rainbows for them. I almost cried a couple times because it was overwhelming. But it's hard not to admire and love these characters for having the strength and passion to get through all these hardships.
For Lela and Malachi, they also have their own personal issues and issues with each other they have to sort out. They dream of having a future, and they wonder whether they'll ever have a chance to live a normal life without feeling like the weight of the world is on their shoulders. Add in having to adjust quickly to their new life and surroundings, and it really causes a strain on their relationship. There were lots of misunderstandings and complications because of a lack of communication between them. It was painful to read, and I couldn't decide whether I wanted to hug or smack a certain someone. Thankfully, there were enough highs that had me melting and swooning (seriously, I was like *PASSES OUT* *HEART EXPLODES* during some parts) to balance out all the heartbreaking lows. And both Lela and Malachi at least got a chance to experience a little normalcy, even if it meant not experiencing it together.
I wish I could say that you shouldn't be nervous or scared, but then I would lying through my teeth. The great thing, though, is that Fractured kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It was exhilarating and exciting, even when I was starting to feel panicked and stressed. I love everything about the world and the characters found in this series, and I desperately can't wait to know what Sarah Fine plans next for book three after Fractured's killer ending. I highly recommend this amazing series! ...more
Ever since I read the synopsis for Fire & Flood, it became one of the 2014 novels I couldn't wa My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Ever since I read the synopsis for Fire & Flood, it became one of the 2014 novels I couldn't wait to read. It sounded so good and unique! And I can't lie, I really wanted to meet this one character named Guy I kept hearing about. I was looking forward to knowing the main character Tella as well, but Guy...yeah. Needless to say, when I finally got my hands on a copy of this book, I was pumped!
The beginning of Fire & Flood introduced us to Tella Holloway and her family and gave insight into why they were living in the middle of nowhere Montana. Well, some insight. Tella assumed it was because of her sick brother, but she didn't quite know why it was necessary for them to move there from their nice life in Boston. I couldn't help but to wonder why too. In the meantime, getting to know Tella was great. Her personality definitely stood out to me. She was funny and honest and a bit of a girly girl. Her love for her family and her desire to help others, which became quite evident throughout the rest of the book, was admirable, even if it did lead to some impulsive decisions. I just found it easy to like her, and I wanted nothing more than for her to succeed in the Brimstone Bleed.
Speaking of the Brimstone Bleed, I had no idea what to expect from this mysterious race competition that claimed to have the cure for a sick loved one as the prize. All I knew was that it took place across four ecosystems in three months and that each competitor was given a creature called a Pandora to help them. I wasn't sure how difficult or dangerous it would be, but I soon found out. If there were no Pandoras, I think this would have been a much harder race to accomplish and much more competitors would have perished. Even though I liked Tella's determination, I honestly don't believe she would have made it as far as she did if she were alone with no Pandoras or allies.
As for how the Brimstone Bleed was even created, I only knew as much as Tella, so there were plenty of questions that needed answering. Tella gradually learned more and more about its history as the race went on. I was surprised by some of the revelations, most of which I never would have guessed, and I started to realize right along with Tella that there was more than just the cure at stake. That and the fact there are two ecosystems left to conquer makes me a bit nervous for what's to come in the sequel.
I can't end this review without mentioning the two most important characters for Tella during the race: Madox and Guy. Madox was actually her Pandora. He's a little, black fox with green eyes. He was so freaking cute and badass! I wanted to hug him and kiss him and swing him around! For some reason, I couldn't stop imagining him as a pomeranian, instead of a fox. It made him even more adorable though. Guy was a fellow competitor, and he ended up being as intriguing as I expected! He was the strong, silent type, and he had many secrets that were slowly revealed. I thought it was sweet how he protected Tella whenever he could, and I completely loved their growing relationship. I hope that whatever happens they are able to stick together, and I'm glad both Guy and Madox were there to look out for Tella.
Overall, Fire & Flood was a fun and fast-paced read. It had plenty of action and adventure and humor and just enough romance to satisfy my romance-craving self. Tella, Guy, Madox, and the rest of the characters were all great. I'm looking forward to finding out their fates and getting answers to the many lingering questions in book two!...more
Historical fiction usually isn't a genre I seek out to read, but after finding out that Me My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Historical fiction usually isn't a genre I seek out to read, but after finding out that Megan Whalen Turner, the author of The Queen's Thief fantasy series, praised it as a "lovely read," I knew I had to give Passion Blue a chance. I'm so glad I did because it was such a beautiful and vivid story.
Passion Blue centered around a young woman named Giulia, who desperately wanted a family of her own so that she could be cherished and loved. It was easy to root for Giulia. She was a wonderful character and very relatable. Who wouldn't want to be loved? And why would you deny anyone that? After she was forced to go to Santa Marta to become a nun, I loved that she didn't lose hope and did whatever she could to reach her dream. Her bravery and determination were inspiring. She wasn't perfect, though. She made naive decisions, but I really appreciate characters who are strong enough to own up to their choices and admit when they are wrong. It was great seeing her learn from her mistakes and grow tremendously as a person.
I also loved how passionate Giulia was about both having a family and creating artwork. I'm glad she didn't focus completely on one of those things. In the beginning I was all for Giulia finding love. I felt she deserved that kind of happiness because she had been alone for a long time. Plus, I love romance. It's what I always want in the books I read. But as the story progressed, I began to realize how much she deeply loved drawing and painting. Seeing as this book was set hundreds of years ago in Italy, and having an idea of what was expected of women back then, I knew she wouldn't be able to seriously continue doing artwork if she left the convent. Still, I couldn't help but hope that somehow Giulia would be able to have both things in her life.
That's another thing I liked about this book. Giulia may have wanted a family and she may have wanted to paint, but in the end, she couldn't have both. She had to sacrifice one thing in order to gain the other. It was a hard choice, but it made the story much more realistic. It probably doesn't seem like it would result in a happy ending, but I truly believe the choice Giulia made at the end is what will bring her the most joy in her life. I was in complete support of the path she chose.
Passion Blue was a vibrant story about yearning and sacrifice and discovering what is the heart's true desire. It was a very satisfying read. I think readers who love a passionate and determined heroine and who appreciate realistic stories with a touch of fantasy in a historical setting will greatly enjoy Passion Blue....more
Three years ago Glory's father murdered her mother and paralyzed her younger brother Drake My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Three years ago Glory's father murdered her mother and paralyzed her younger brother Drake. Her father turned out to be a Deviant, which are humans with powerful and usually dangerous abilities. He was thrown out of the domed city of Haven and perished in the hands of the Shredders, psychotic creatures that enjoy torturing and killing humans. Since then, Glory has been taking care of her brother in secret. Because after the death of their parents, Glory and Drake have discovered that they are Deviants as well. And Deviants aren't welcomed in Haven.
With its fast pace and intriguing setting, Deviants was a book I found myself easily getting sucked into. The story was unique, yet familiar at the same time. For instance, the people in charge of Haven aren't that different from other authority figures found in most post-apocalyptic novels. They are strict, controlling, and keeping many secrets from the citizens. But I think that's to be expected in a world that was nearly destroyed. What stood out for me in this book was the world outside Haven. The Deviants and Shredders and how they came to be. I can't get into much detail, otherwise it would be a spoiler, but I wasn't expecting some of the things that happened and were revealed in this book. It made some moments pretty shocking and exciting.
Then there's the main character Glory. She's a determined girl who basically had to grow up quickly and become the parent to her younger brother. I like that she loves Drake and will do anything and everything to protect him. I did get frustrated with her a lot though. She had a tendency to not trust people and jump to conclusions quickly. It made sense that she would be that way, considering the betrayal she felt after what her father did, but there were instances where I felt she could have sought out answers first. There's also some romance in this book, a bit of a love-triangle involving Glory and two very different guys. I'm normally not a fan of love-triangles; however, while I think it's obvious who Glory will end up with, it doesn't seem like it's going to be easy. I'm actually really curious how this one is going to work out.
Deviants was an adventurous and thrilling start to a new series. As I mentioned before, it was a fast-paced read and very easy to become pulled into the story. I recommend it to those who can't get enough of the post-apocalyptic and dystopia genres....more
I love the feeling of going into a novel, not knowing what to expect, and realizing right away that My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I love the feeling of going into a novel, not knowing what to expect, and realizing right away that I'm going to like it. And that as I get further in the story keeps getting better and better, and that once I'm done I just want more people to know about the book and to read it too! Sanctum was that type of read for me. The characters were multilayered and extremely likeable, the world was fascinating, and the story made it hard to stop reading. I can easily say that it is one of my top five favorite books this year! I'm so excited to read the next book in this series.
"Welcome to Suicide Gates!"
Those words and the frightening, otherworldly city where she first heard them have haunted Lela ever since she tried to end her life two years ago. Lela knows that place is where she could have ended up if she had died, but she doesn't realize how true that is until her best friend Nadia commits suicide. Lela starts having nightmares, visions, about Suicide Gates through her friend's eyes, and she becomes determined to save Nadia from that dark place even if she has to sacrifice herself in the process. The journey is nowhere near easy though. Suicide Gates is a harsh and bleak world. Everyone who ends up there must work hard to come to terms with what happened to them and to find strength within themselves so that they can finally move on. And not everyone is able to do that.
Lela's feelings towards Nadia were powerful and the driving force behind most of her decisions in Sanctum. She did everything she could to save Nadia, even if she later regretted the choices she made. This is one of the few books where I truly felt the strong bond a character has with a friend. I remember thinking that I wanted Lela to succeed, I wanted Nadia to be saved, and I wanted happiness for them both. It really was heartbreaking, and it made me just admire and adore Lela even more. She felt so real to me. She's been through so much in her life, yet she stays strong and focused for the friend who believed in her and made her a better person.
Not only is Sanctum about friendship and sacrifice, it's about love and overcoming gripping fears bit by bit. After Lela arrives at Suicide Gates, she's captured by the Guards of the city. They know she's different from the humans who are suppose to be there, and she's interrogated by their brave and intimidating Captain, Malachi. Lela and Malachi don't trust each other at first, but once they open up, Lela begins to feel safe around Malachi and he begins to feel protective of her. There's a gut-wrenching reason why Lela wanted to die two years ago, and when Malachi finds out he helps her overcome some of her fears of allowing anyone, especially a man, to touch her. He's so respectful and let's her be in control. I absolutely loved their relationship. It was sweet and beautiful and touching. They are amazing people and brought out every single bit of goodness in each other. They are also kickass and helped each other survive along the way to finding Nadia. They're the main reason why I cannot wait to read the next book.
Sanctum brings up many heavy, emotional subjects and there are plenty of terrifying moments, but it still manages to be filled with hope and love. And when a story is awesome and has wonderful characters and relationships, it makes me really happy. The ending freaked me out so much though. (I was scared and praying it wouldn't end at a cliffhanger!) It also made me pumped for book two. I wish I could talk more about the unique world in Sanctum, but it's complex and something you need to discover and experience yourself. I highly recommend Sanctum, especially to those looking for a dark, yet hopeful read. It's easily one of the best YA urban fantasy novels I've ever read!...more
I became really curious about Alienated after I saw the lovely cover and started to hear good thing My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I became really curious about Alienated after I saw the lovely cover and started to hear good things about the story from other readers. I couldn't help going in expecting to love it too. While it did have its cute and funny moments, unfortunately I wasn't quite as captivated with Alienated as I had hoped.
One reason I couldn't connect with the story were the characters. I didn't think Cara and Aelyx were memorable as far as main characters go. I actually had a difficult time remembering what happened to them in the first half of the book when I finished reading. They weren't unlikeable characters though. Cara was nice and compassionate, and Aelyx grew a lot and was funny in his own way. But they never really stood out to me, and I didn't feel myself passionately rooting for them. I couldn't even believe in their relationship. They had some romantic moments together that were sweet and at times hot. However, I didn't feel I ever understood why they loved each other, especially when it came to Aelyx's feelings towards Cara considering he was suppose to be lacking in emotions.
Cara and Aelyx weren't the only characters I couldn't click with. I didn't care at all for Cara's ex-friends. Although they did try to redeem themselves later on, I was still relieved they didn't have much scenes. I also didn't like the way most of the characters reacted to situations that arose throughout the book. Everyone was so quick to snub Cara and her family because of Aelyx, and there was so much mob mentality going on with the L'eihr haters. The social issues in Alienated were given lots of attention and could easily be compared to the horrible events that happened in our own history and still currently happening in our world today. But I never felt strongly about the issues in this book. It didn't have quite the same impact for me.
Another problem I had with the characters was that it didn't seem like the whole exchange program was well planned or thought out by either the humans or the L'eihrs. The hatred for the L'eihrs had been escalating for two years, yet from what I remember there wasn't any sort of protection from the local police or government set up for the aliens and the human families hosting them until after the protests and threats got really bad. Plus, no one bothered to consider what type of food or anything the L'eihrs would prefer. It was all up to the host family to figure out, which I thought was weird because this wasn't your typical student exchange program. There were aliens and an important alliance involved. In Cara's case, it also seemed she was more responsible for Aelyx than her parents were. Maybe it wasn't like that at all, but that's how it came off to me.
Although Alienated might not have been as enjoyable as I expected, I still found myself wanting to know what happened to Cara and Aelyx in the final chapters. If you've been wanting to read this book, don't let my review discourage you. As I mentioned before, I've heard lots of high praise for Alienated from other readers, and you might just fall in love with the story and the characters as well....more
Oh Aiden Aiden Aiden... I didn't need this novella to convince me that Aiden is amazing and badass My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Oh Aiden Aiden Aiden... I didn't need this novella to convince me that Aiden is amazing and badass and the one for Alex. Because I already knew all this the moment he stepped back into Alex's life in Half-Blood, the first novel in the series. But I did desperately need this novella for my much needed Aiden fix AND to calm my nerves after reading the epicness that was Deity, which by the way ended on a huge cliffhanger! You can read my review for that book here.
Elixir begins where Deity, the third novel in the Covenant series, ended. (So, if you haven't read Deity, DO NOT read Elixir! It's going to majorly spoil Deity for you, and I promise you wouldn't want that.) If Deity left you traumatized and dying for the fourth novel Apollyon, be sure to read Elixir. You'll find out exactly what happened after the closing scene in Deity. This novella may only be 80 pages long, but it's packed with everything you expect to find in a Jennifer L. Armentrout novel. Character development, surprising revelations, and of course, romance.
What makes Elixir even better is that ALL of it is from Aiden's POV. And if you haven't already realized, I think he's the best male character in the series, and he's also one of my favorite male characters ever. He's intense, sweet, protective, and sexy. Seriously, I love Aiden to pieces. There was a part in the novella where he spoke Greek and holy crap... I don't even know how to read or speak Greek, but when he spoke that language... I was swooning like crazy. SO FREAKING HOT. The scene where it occurred actually wasn't a happy moment for him though. Throughout Elixir, you can feel how heartbroken and desperate he was to save Alex. He really would do anything for her, even sacrificing himself. He continues proving himself again and again, and I hope he gets the ending he undoubtedly deserves.
Elixir is a must read for Covenant fans, especially Aiden fans! It eased the pain of waiting for Apollyon just a bit, and it left me even more curious about how things will work out in that novel. Hopefully all the Aiden action we got in Deity and this novella continues into the final books of the series because he is truly an amazing character and person. I can't get enough of him!...more
I think the cover of These Broken Stars had me hooked before I even started reading the fi My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I think the cover of These Broken Stars had me hooked before I even started reading the first page. But even if the cover wasn't that mesmerizing, I would have been sucked into the story by the very first few pages anyway. These Broken Stars was such an addictive read with awesome characters and writing that flowed nicely. I couldn't wait to reach the end of the book, but at the same time, I almost wish it didn't have to end.
These Broken Stars was a story of survival and forbidden love set on a deserted planet full of mystery and secrets. Each chapter switched between the POVs of nineteen-year-old Tarver Merendsen and soon to be seventeen-year-old Lilac LaRoux. They met aboard a ship named the Icarus a few days before it suddenly crashed onto a nearby planet. I'm really glad to have been able to get inside both of their heads and know exactly what they were thinking at certain moments. It helped me connect with them quickly, and I felt for them during all their struggles and worries. They went through so much together and grew immensely as individuals. Many things that happened to them I didn't even see coming. I remember my emotions being all over the place, especially in the last third of the book. One moment I was happy, next I was angry and wanting to cry, and then I was relieved but still upset. It was crazy and intense and made me appreciate Lilac and Tarver even more.
Something I really loved about These Broken Stars was Tarver and Lilac's relationship and how it developed. They were attracted to one another when they first met, but once they realized it could never work between them (Lilac's father is the richest and most powerful man in the universe and he's extremely overprotective of his daughter and Tarver is just a hero in the military from a low class family), they kept their distance and treated each other coldly. I enjoyed seeing them slowly but surely open up with each other. It wasn't easy for them, though, because they kept pushing each other away, thinking it was best for them both. However, when they began really trusting each other, their relationship became much sweeter and stronger. It was amazing what each were willing to sacrifice in order to keep the other alive. It may have caused lots of heartbreak, but it proved how deep and real their love was.
One more thing I would like to mention is that in-between each chapter there was a glimpse of an interrogation one of the characters had to go through after the entire incident on the planet. While it may seem like it spoiled the outcome, it didn't reveal the journey and all the hardships and the sacrifices Tarver and Lilac had to endure. Most importantly, it did not reveal the fate of either of them. It's not known whether or not this story ends in tragedy or happiness for these characters until the very end. And I have to say, all that buildup caused me plenty of anxiety and grief.
As soon as I closed this book, I started to miss Lilac and Tarver and their resilience and bravery. It was bittersweet, yet completely satisfying. From what I've heard, it seems that this particular story is complete and the next book will focus on a new set of characters. Whatever the case may be, These Broken Stars was a breathtaking read, and I cannot wait to continue on with the next book in this stunning, new trilogy....more
It's been two months since I've read Onyx. I can't remember all the things I wanted to say in my re My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
It's been two months since I've read Onyx. I can't remember all the things I wanted to say in my review, but I still remember all the strong emotions I felt while reading the book. Before I get to that, though, I want to start off with some happy things!
I pretty much stalked Jennifer L. Armentrout's Twitter and Facebook through the entire month of June, especially the first two weeks. It was during the time when she went on tour with the LUX cover models, Pepe and Sztella! I wish I could have made it to one of the events, but seeing pictures were enough. All the pictures JLA posted put a HUGE stupid smile on my face. I was fangirling like crazy; I couldn't get enough of Sztella and Pepe! It was almost like Katy and Daemon were real. haha I'm glad the tour happened when I started reading Onyx because after I was done with Onyx... I was left feeling a bit drained. There was so many devastating moments near the end. It broke my heart. Thankfully, there were lots of fun and adorable Sztella/Pepe pictures being tweeted and posted. Looking at those pictures cheered me up! I know it sounds weird, but it made me feel like Katy and Daemon were safe and happy.
Now for my thoughts on the book. While I was reading the first half, I wasn't quite sure what to expect next. Nothing extremely major had happened yet. But it was like the calm before the storm. I knew something big was going to be revealed. I just didn't realize how insane things were going to get and how emotionally draining it was going to be for me and the characters. One second I'm feeling calm, and then BAM! The next second I'm freaking the heck out! And then there was the ending. Wow. I was stunned. I couldn't decide if I wanted to cry tears of joy or sadness. It was extremely bittersweet. Onyx had plenty of moments that made laugh and smile and and swoon like a fangirl, but at the end, it left me with this deep feeling of sadness.
I really felt for the characters. (I even felt sorry for Blake! Now that's saying something.) They kept having to go through all these heartbreaking and dangerous situations. I'm not sure I would have been able to survive, so I'm proud of these characters for staying strong and never giving up. And because of these life-changing events, the characters grow and change tremendously. In Obsidian, I think we all can agree that Daemon was a real asshole to Katy, but we did see glimpses of his softer and kinder side. We got so much more of that in Onyx. Daemon has so much depth to him, and I loved that he's allowing Katy to see that side of him. I cannot wait to continue with this series, to find out what happens with these characters. I know things aren't going to go smoothly in Opal with the way things ended in this book; however, I really hope that Katy and Daemon and the rest of their group stay strong and eventually find happiness.
If you loved Obsidian, I don't see how you won't love Onyx. Onyx takes the series to a higher level and pretty much owns the first book! It's going to make you wish the third book was already out. Good thing we only have to wait till December for more....more
Ever since I read and completely loved the prequel and the first book in Jennifer L. Armentrout's " My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Ever since I read and completely loved the prequel and the first book in Jennifer L. Armentrout's "Convenant" series, I just knew I had to read more by this author. That series is exciting and kickass and one of my favorite reads for 2011! As you can imagine, I desperately wanted to get my hands on Obsidian, which is the first book in JLA's newest series. I admit, though, I've always had the hardest time reading books on the computer. I get so distracted, my mind wanders, and I've only managed to finish a full novel once. But I was willing to try for Obsidian. I'm happy to say that I wasn't at all bothered reading it as an eGalley! In fact, I was easily hooked and read through it quickly. I just couldn't stop reading; it was that addicting! To me, it proved once again that Jennifer L. Armentrout is a definite author to watch.
After reading JLA's other novel Half-Blood, I told her on Twitter that I would read anything she writes. Then I think she replied with something about garden gnomes delivering pizza. I wish I had the original tweet because it made me laugh. Anyway, what I remember thinking was that I would read it as long as there's romance! Because for real. JLA can write a make-out scene! The romance between the main characters in Obsidian, Katy and Daemon... Well, they have a love-hate relationship going on. Sometimes I found all the bickering frustrating because they seriously argued about 95% of the time and I kept thinking, 'Oh, just kiss already!' However, whenever they were together, the tension between them got pretty electrifying. And going through all that made the moments they shared together where there wasn't any fighting totally worth the wait!
Now, the reason for all the fighting was because of Daemon. (Really, I can only blame Katy for a little bit of it. haha) Daemon can be an ass. He was a very big one when Katy first met him. He had his reasons though. He's not very trusting of humans and is willing to do whatever he can to protect his sister and himself. It didn't excuse the way he acted, but I felt like I understood why he's not so nice sometimes. And as the book goes on, it seemed Daemon just enjoyed getting under Katy's skin. He definitely had his moments, of course, and that's why I couldn't help but to like him!
As for Katy, I liked her from the beginning. She didn't allow Daemon to run all over her and scare her away. There was this one awesome moment involving spaghetti, and I was like, "YES!" I seriously wished at that moment I could go into the book and high-five Katy! There were a few times where she made some not-so-great decisions, but I couldn't bring myself to hold it against it her since she usually ended up proving herself. Another thing I liked about Katy was that she was a book blogger! I could easily relate to that. (Was anyone else waiting for Katy to make a My Book Boyfriend post featuring AIDEN?) This is probably the first time I've read a book where the main character is a book blogger, and I thought it was a unique and fun thing to include.
Obsidian was highly addictive and filled with all kinds of funny, surprising, HOT, and action-packed moments. Jennifer L. Armentrout really knows how to make it easy to get into a story! I also loved that it was about aliens because I don't believe I've seen much of that in the YA category. I'm very much looking forward to reading the next book (and the rest of JLA's novels)! Seriously cannot wait to find out what happens next with Katy and Daemon and to know more about the other characters. Big thanks goes out to Entangled Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read an eGalley!...more
I cannot believe the end is almost here. Things are so close to coming full circle. Seeing as Apoll My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I cannot believe the end is almost here. Things are so close to coming full circle. Seeing as Apollyon is the second to last book in the Covenant series, I wish I could have taken my time reading it. But it's pretty much impossible for me to savor these books. I just can't read them fast enough, not when the story is utterly addicting and not when I'm desperate to know what happens next with Alex and Aiden.
What I loved the most about Apollyon is how it's Alex's story with Aiden right there at her side. That's what I've always wanted. Them working and being together without fear of the consequences. And if there's any two people who have proven they would do anything and everything for each other, it's Alex and Aiden. Out of all the characters, I believe they deserve their happy ending the most. They've come a long way and gone through so much that I don't see why they shouldn't have one.
Something I immediately noticed in this book was how much Alex and Aiden have grown. Aiden finally learns to forgive himself for what happened to his parents and Alex, to live in the moment and let loose. It was fun, refreshing, and cute to see him open up. Alex continues to mature more and more. She has patience and is no longer as reckless as she use to be. Without, of course, losing her snarky and outgoing personality. Alex also begins to realize that the war is way bigger than herself and that she can't do it alone. That's another reason why I'm glad Aiden is there for her. He keeps her focused and grounded. These two really do become stronger and better people when they're together.
Love is such an important theme in the series. The characters find hope and strength through love, so it would be wrong of me not to mention the romance that filled the pages of Apollyon. All the intimate moments (and there were TONS) between Alex and Aiden were extremely steamy and satisfying. My favorites were definitely the shower and spring scenes. I couldn't help but to grin like an idiot throughout the book. Really, could Aiden be any more sexy and perfect and wonderful? He had me swooning all over the place. I will be devastated and beyond heartbroken if Alex and Aiden don't get a happy ending together.
The ending of Apollyon wasn't a brutal cliffhanger like Deity. Praise Apollo! It left me feeling calm and hopeful. It's a relief to not feel like I'm going to suffer while waiting for the final book. But I admit, sometimes when I stop to think about what Alex is up against I begin to worry. How is this all really going to end for Alex and those important to her? How much will she be able to accomplish in one last book? Will it be enough? Like I said, I have hope. Deep down, though, I'm afraid. I need more reassurance. I don't think I will even try to predict what will happen next because I know I won't even be close. I'm just going to hold on tightly to the very last lines in Apollyon and pray that those words do come true.
Jennifer L. Armentrout truly has succeeded in keeping her readers guessing and on their toes. Apollyon didn't give us all the answers and might have even left us with more questions. It basically set up what is sure to be a stunning conclusion in the final book of the Covenant series. I'm dying to read Sentinel, but at the same time, thinking about never reading anything new about these characters again makes me want to tear up. But it just goes to show how amazing the story and the characters are if I'm wishing it would never end....more
Every time I read a Jennifer L. Armentrout novel, I always become so absorbed and invested in the s My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Every time I read a Jennifer L. Armentrout novel, I always become so absorbed and invested in the story. I feel like with each new book her stories keep getting more and more awesome and exciting! The third book in the Covenant series, Deity, is no exception, and it is by far my favorite out of all the books and novellas I've read by JLA. It was that good!
Since finishing, my emotions for Deity have been all over the place. Part of me is ecstatic, the other part is terrified. I don't know if I want to pass out and melt over some of the things that happened in this book... Or freak the hell out over some of the other things that happened. As I had hoped in my review for Pure, there were plenty of answers and revelations in Deity! Some confirmed suspicions I've had from the previous books. And some were completely unexpected and shocking. It felt non-stop, and all of it left me stunned and amazed.
I'm very impressed with how much Alex has grown and matured. She is such a wonderful character! Although her decisions might not always make everyone happy, I admire her for following her heart and doing what she feels is right. She is such a compassionate person and is just trying to do her best with what she has. I really feel for her because she has already gone through so much. It's pretty heartbreaking when all you want is happiness for the character, knowing there's still more they'll have to overcome. But I believe in Alex and know with her determination and strength and the support from other characters she'll make it through.
One of the major events in the book occurred at the end. I can't tell you what happened because obviously it would be a spoiler (and trust me, you do NOT want to be spoiled about anything). However, I will say that Deity ends with a cliffhanger, and it was...insane! This is what I thought when I finished: 'Shit just got real!' I didn't see it coming. But it pretty much explains everything that has helped lead up to that moment. There are times where I wonder if I'm freaking out about it way too much, and then I realize I can't help it with all the theories going through my mind. Besides, cliffhangers usually cause that type of reaction, so I'm going to continue biting my nails nervously and try to figure out what happens while I wait for the release of the next book.
I have to mention the romance before ending this review, since it plays a big role in the series and it's one of the things I looked forward to in Deity. The romance was definitely at the center of some of my favorite parts in the book. I don't like to sound cheesy, but honestly, I teared up at some moments because the romance was really really beautiful and passionate. My heart was close to bursting! And I do feel like I understand the love-triangle a lot more. I had already liked all the characters involved; Deity just made me appreciate them even more. There are huge surprises, and I understand why the things that occurred ended up happening. I'm dying to know how it will all work out because even without the romance, I really just want Alex, Aiden, and Seth to be happy by the end of the series. They all deserve it.
Deity was a stunning and heart-pounding installment in the Covenant series. It is the best and easily my favorite in the series so far. I have no idea how Jennifer L. Armentrout will top this book in Apollyon and Sentinel. All I know is that those last books are going to be completely epic and awesome too! And thankfully Aiden's novella Elixir will be released before then, and I'll be able to get my much needed JLA and Covenant fix. I cannot wait!...more
In Pure, stricter rules are implemented on all half-bloods, and Alex comes to realize just My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
In Pure, stricter rules are implemented on all half-bloods, and Alex comes to realize just how much her actions can lead to very serious consequences. All of this results in Alex having even less freedom than other halfs (most higher-up Pures treated her unfairly though!), forcing her to either focus completely on training or stay confined in her bedroom. Although I felt that caused there to be a lot of similar scenes for a majority of the book, it did lead to some interesting and important character and relationship developments. It also made Alex aware of the fact that she is being targeted and that she needs to figure out who to trust. Honestly, I'm suspicious of almost every single character. I'm hoping Alex figures it out because I want her to finally be able to catch a break! I just don't know how soon that will be.
Compared to Half-Blood the mystery was much more amplified in Pure. I think I was excepting answers to at least some of the questions I had from the previous book. However, in reality, there was little to no answers. What's interesting, though, is that I didn't even notice, until I got to the very end and realized I was left with more questions than what I had before I started the book. There was definitely hints and small revelations throughout, like when the Oracle appeared again (seriously, WHO is the HE she was talking about?!), but there wasn't enough to actually draw concrete conclusions. I would say that Pure was a build-up to the major revelations that are sure to come in the final books of the series. Although I'm nervous, I cannot wait to know everything!
As for the romance, it was pretty obvious that there would be more love-triangle in Pure. And that the focus would shift...elsewhere. I knew this, and even though I'm not a huge fan of love-triangles, I was still dying to read this book! So, what did I think of this love-triangle? While I can't say the love-triangle in this series is groundbreaking, it's not so bad. I do like all the characters involved. However, no matter how likable and nice a character is or how steamy and hot things get, I am not easily swayed. That's just that way it is for me. If you're okay with love-triangles, then you're probably going to like what happens with it in Pure. Even I can admit there's some good development.
Overall, I found Pure to be completely addicting and hard to put down! Like with the other novels that I've read so far by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Pure was filled with awesome characters, kick-butt action, great humor, and some pretty hot romance. The 'Covenant' series is definitely a series I'm very excited to continue reading, and I'm really looking forward to the next book Deity!
I admit it took me more than half the novel until I was hooked. While I was reading, I noticed othe My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I admit it took me more than half the novel until I was hooked. While I was reading, I noticed other reviewers mention how it felt different from Armentrout's other novels, and I was totally nodding my head in agreement. I think it might have been because Cursed is a stand-alone. Stand-alones aren't a bad thing at all, but having read two series by JLA, I don't think one book for this story was enough to make me feel a strong connection. There were plenty of characters and so much more to explore that I felt like I only got a teaser.
Ember and Hayden are the main characters in Cursed, and although I like them both, they aren't quite as memorable as Katy and Daemon from the Lux series or Alex, Aiden, and Seth from the Covenant series. I didn't swoon over Hayden nearly as much as I wanted to. Plus, if you've read JLA's other books, you know how hot the romance can get. The romance between Ember and Hayden had it's intense moments, but I did find it a lot tamer than JLA's other romances. It's understandable why though, considering Ember's gift. I just couldn't help wanting more.
I know it may seem like I didn't enjoy Cursed. I was expecting to like it a lot more, yes. However, even though I found the first half to be only okay, the last chapters definitely made up for the beginning. It's why I decided to rate it four stars. The ending was satisfying. I wouldn't mind a sequel, though, since there's enough unanswered questions left at the end. Hopefully JLA decides to write a second book. I would love to read it, especially knowing how much she has grown as an author.
Cursed is like a sneak peek of the awesomeness that is a Jennifer L. Armentrout novel. If you're a huge JLA fan like me, reading this book is a good fix while you wait for her next novels....more
I remember adoring A Certain Slant of Light and loving the way it ended. However, I did have some l My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I remember adoring A Certain Slant of Light and loving the way it ended. However, I did have some lingering questions: What exactly were Jenny and Billy up to while they were away from their bodies? Was Jenny really pregnant? And most importantly, what happened to Jenny and Billy afterwards? When I heard the author was writing a novel about them I was ecstatic! At the same time, I wondered if these questions would be answered at all and if the story would even be as amazing as the first book. Having read it now, though, I realize I had nothing to worry about.
Laura Whitcomb truly delivered beyond anything I could have ever hoped for in this follow up to A Certain Slant of Light. Under the Light was a dream come true for me. The entire book was just as mesmerizing and breathtaking as its predecessor, if not more. It flowed so well and gave me the same wonderful feelings I had while reading the first book. These were my thoughts as soon as I finished: 'Wow. Could a sequel be any more perfect?' I really couldn't have asked for a better outcome for Jenny and Billy and Helen.
Although this novel focused on Jenny and her relationship with Billy and her family, Helen was also an integral character. She might have had her happy ending, but she ended up coming back to Jenny's world out of guilt. She wanted to make sure Jenny didn't suffer the consequences of her actions while she was in Jenny's body, so protecting and looking after Jenny until her life got back on track became Helen's main goal in the book. It wasn't always easy for Helen to communicate with Jenny though. Some moments I wished she could get through to Jenny quickly, other moments I was relieved she couldn't interfere. Overall, I was just glad Helen was there by Jenny's side to guide her and to witness everything Jenny had to go through to reach her own happy ending.
For me, Jenny and Billy were the stars of Under the Light. Whenever they had moments together, I smiled like crazy. Their interactions with each other were done so perfectly. Once they figured out ghosts had inhabited their bodies, they retraced the steps the ghosts had taken in their bodies. It was great because there was a sweet awkwardness between them. They knew something special had happened, but it was hard for them to understand why they were important to each other. It was very adorable to read. I couldn't get enough.
The questions I mentioned before about Jenny and Billy were addressed, of course, and the answers were unexpected and surprising in a really good way. I loved learning more about their lives, especially Billy's, even though his story broke my heart to pieces. It made me even more thankful that they found each other because the bond they shared kept them both anchored during the hardships they faced. I just LOVED how their relationship developed. It was such a beautiful thing. There's so much more I could say, really. I can't quite find the words, though, to describe how amazing it was to read about them. But I will say that I don't think Jenny and Billy fans will be disappointed at all.
Under the Light was a highly satisfying and emotional conclusion to the stories of Helen, Jenny, and Billy, all of which began in A Certain Slant of Light. It left me feeling happy and content, the way I love to feel when I finish a novel. I honestly wish it never had to end. Not because I thought it needed more, but because I couldn't quite bring myself to let these characters go. I hope fans of A Certain Slant of Light love Under the Light as much as I did. It's a worthy sequel and deserving of all the praise it will no doubt receive.