What are you doing at this very moment? Okay. I'm gonna need you to stop. I'm gonna need you to stop and drop it and get this book. Get it now. BecausWhat are you doing at this very moment? Okay. I'm gonna need you to stop. I'm gonna need you to stop and drop it and get this book. Get it now. Because things happened in this book and Lela? She's a girl worth reading about. She's strong and capable and a survivor. She's sacrificing and selfless and the kind of heroine worth fangirling. And Malachi? I might want to have his babies. Might. possibly. This may be a thing that happens I don't know I don't think it's possible but if it were, it could happen.
There is so many awesome things that happen here. There's sacrifices anAnd history and weird creatures that are kinda like spirits and also kinda like vampires and maybe snakes. There's fights and guards and ass kickings and it's basically everything I'd ever want in a book about going to hell to rescue a friend. I'm not saying it's the best thing that ever happened but it's up there and it's glorious....more
I finished this in one sitting. After weeks of flailing around and wailing, "but I can't find anything to reeeeead!" and being generally uninterestedI finished this in one sitting. After weeks of flailing around and wailing, "but I can't find anything to reeeeead!" and being generally uninterested in everything that was suggested to me, I sat down with Wait for You and finished it in one go.
Wait for You is everything I've come to love about New Adult. It's everything I've come to love about Armentrout. And Cam? ALL THE DREAMY SIGHS AND GIDDY SWOONS, he is everything I love in my love interests. I think I say this about every Armentrout book, but seriously, this shit was delicious.
What I really loved about this book, aside from Cam and Avery's chemistry, and Jacob, NEVER CHANGE, JACOB. ILU, BB, is the honest, real look at rape, rape culture and the aftermath of it. Avery was damaged. Avery was understandably damaged and Armentrout didn't use this as a simple plot device. It wasn't something that came and went depending on the situation. No. Avery carried this and shouldered it and it was a constant thing hanging over her head. It was achingly real and brutally honest and while painful to read at times because you wanted to reach into the pages and take her hand and tell her everything would be okay, it was also a thing of beauty to see an author take it on and not shy away from it. Not drop the ball or pretty it up.
If I wasn't already a card carrying NA believer, this book would have done it for me. As it were, it reaffirmed my love for this new space on my book shelves....more
Damn. Damn damn damn. You know what I was not expecting? To be so ridiculously attracted to an Arum. That's what I was not expecting. We've spent, whaDamn. Damn damn damn. You know what I was not expecting? To be so ridiculously attracted to an Arum. That's what I was not expecting. We've spent, what? Three books now over in the Lux world talking about how horrible evil OMGNO the Arum were and then here comes Hunter. Hunter, who makes me feel things. IN MY PANTS. Hunter, who turns me into a giddy school girl excited about shadows and life force sucking aliens.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME, ARMENTROUT? THIS ISN'T NATURAL.
There's so many things I could be talking about right now. So many things. Because so many awesome things happened in this book. But all I can thin a
There's so many things I could be talking about right now. So many things. Because so many awesome things happened in this book. But all I can thin about is: WHAT DO I DO WITH MY LIFE NOW THAT IT'S OVER....more
The last Morganville Vampire book I read was number 12 and, well, it wasn't very good. But I was commitThis review & others can be found over at:
The last Morganville Vampire book I read was number 12 and, well, it wasn't very good. But I was committed to the series and they probably saved my grandma, so I decided I owed it to the Glass House Gang to keep going, to finish what I started. Thank goodness I didn't end it with number 12.
Bitter Blood was back to that delicious crackfic like quality I loved so much about books 1-11. Things kept happening, there were ghost hunters digging around and Captain Obvious was back and shooting people IN THE FACE and taking down vamps, but only sorta, not really, and people were back from the dead and Hannah was getting canned from her new job as mayor and WHAT THE HELL IS UP WITH AMELIE ANYWAY. Also. Hey, Monica. Still a raging bitch?
"So, pre-school, did you follow me in here to profess your gay love or what?"
Claire and Shane were still adorable and slightly dysfunctional and Michael and Eve are all wedded blissed out and causing major problems because EW. INTERSPECIES RELATIONSHIPS. GROSS. And then there's drama there and it's unnecessary and so effing delicious because ANGST. IT'S WHAT'S FOR DINNER....more
I did not think it was possible for Armentrout to create a character that I loved more than Obsidian's Daemon. I mean, it's Daemon we're talking aboutI did not think it was possible for Armentrout to create a character that I loved more than Obsidian's Daemon. I mean, it's Daemon we're talking about. He of the inner light and super freaky alien moves and possible glow worm private parts. Daemon. He of all my fangirl dreams.
That was before I met Aiden St. Delphi.
OH, AIDEN. CAN WE HAVE BABIES? WE SHOULD HAVE BABIES. SWEET LITTLE HALF-BLOOD BABIES.
I loved Alex in all the ways and for all the reasons I loved Vampire Academy's Rose. And yes, yes, I get the parallels between the two books. I see them. I recognize them. I understand that this angered a great many a people, but you know, even with the similarities that were there, even with Alex bearing a resemblance to Rose, there was enough differences there, subtle at times, that I didn't feel like I was reading the same book. Listen, there's room enough on our bookshelves for two kickass, strong heroines who happen to belong to a super secret society and school that pumps out warriors against bad guys. We can have more than one. It's okay. It's even okay that Aiden is training Alex in the same way that Dimitri trained Rose after Alex and Rose spent time in the mortal world. Aiden is not Dimitri and the Covenant is not St. Vladimir's and while Alex and Rose share an awesome gene, they are not the same person either.
There's a lot of things I could be talking about here, the Apollyon, the freaky weird daimons, the pureblood-halfblood caste system, Lucian because WHAT IS HIS DEAL, the emotional conflict of Alex and her mother, KAIN BECAUSE SERIOUSLY THAT WASN'T CREEPY AND HORRIBLE NOT AT ALL, and maybe I'll touch on those things later. Or maybe I won't. Because like an addict, I went and bought the rest of the books in the series before I was even halfway through this one and now they're beckoning me from my Kindle.
Okay, truth be told, I didn't want to kill Spark with fire but the awful did kind of burn but really, how could I resist shelving this book on those sOkay, truth be told, I didn't want to kill Spark with fire but the awful did kind of burn but really, how could I resist shelving this book on those shelves? BECAUSE HE CONTROLS FIRE. GET IT?
Oh, God. I'm so clever.
1am thoughts after finishing: the girls in these stories are all about their tears, aren't they? Just crybabying it up all over the place. I don't like criers, and yet, I didn't feel the need to burn down villages and Kleenex warehouses. I don't know. It worked. BARELY.
Also, the whole lot of them are blushers, are they not? Everyone in the Elemental universe just runs around red faced. Lot of fair skin, I'm guessing. Not a lot of time spent out in the sun. They should work on that.
OH GOD WHY DO I LOVE THESE BOOKS LIKE I DO?
It has this Outsider appeal somehow. What with the older brother raising the younger ones (STAY GOLDEN, PONYBOY!) Things keep happening. I LOVE when things happen. Almost as much as I love boys with an edge. If they happen to CONTROL FIRE? Oh, hey. I'll just be over here. FANGIRLING....more
I need to organize my thoughts. Must organize my thoughts. Okay. Alright.
First off: JACKSON.
Jackson, the raging cajun, that hot piece of Bayou ass. Jackson, I love you. Dear God, do I love you, with your french cajun talk and your constant flask drinking and your love for that soft girl who you want to protect, yet infuriates you so much. Jackson, let's have babies. Sweet, foul mouthed, dirty cajun babies.
Evie? Evangeline? LET'S BE BEST FRIENDS. With your crazy Arcana powers and your crazy claws and the plants that you can just make pop out of a barren earth with your blood. You are a bad ass. You are a bad ass, who I believed, despite this crazy world Cole created. You made it believable and even if you are a little soft at times, I'd be your best friend and follow you around in this new world and be careful not to touch your poison claws.
Finn, Selena, Matthew..
Cole drew him so well. Him being Autistic, this boy on the verge of a man, but still so very childlike, his humming, his cryptic answers, his exasperation with Evie for not understanding, him saying what he's thinking however he's thinking it but yet clamming up when Evie needs answers, everyone thinking he's simple. So very true to life as far as Autism goes. I could see my son in Matthew and it can be so rare to actually see an Autistic character being Autistic. Bravo, Cole. Brav-fucking-o.
This whole story, Before the flash, after the flash, the supernatural aspects of it, the attraction between Jack and Evie, Selena and her doubt casting, it was all done just...hot damn. So well. I'm excited about this series. EXCITED....more
Humanity has all but been wiped out by the deadly RM virus, which may have been released by the Partials, a group of manufactured, human-like killingHumanity has all but been wiped out by the deadly RM virus, which may have been released by the Partials, a group of manufactured, human-like killing machines the government once created to fight wars for them. Until they turned on the ones who created them. There's a lot of guesswork as to where RM came from, but the small percentage of people left are immune. Their babies, however, have not. They're so not, in fact, there hasn't been a baby that's lived past 4 days in eleven years. So, the government decides the only solution to this, since a cure hasn't been found, is The Hope Act. Forced impregnation. Everyone 18 and up has to be pregnant as often as possible, in the hopes that a baby will one day live. Basically, they're throwing shit at a wall, hoping eventually it will stick. Females can pick between pairing off on their own or being artificially inseminated. So, while no actual rape-rape takes place, their bodies are not their own and control is stripped from them. They are walking uteruses (uterusi?)
Have you ever been hungry, starving really, and desperately craving something, but yet you couldn't put your finger on exactly what it is you're craviHave you ever been hungry, starving really, and desperately craving something, but yet you couldn't put your finger on exactly what it is you're craving? Then, you make or order something out of desperation, just to quiet that gnawing in your stomach and as soon as that something hits your tastebuds, your eyes close and you sigh, and it's like a hundred little mouth orgasms firing off in your mouth at the same time? It's the pure bliss of finding that one thing that not only killed your hunger but satisfied your craving.
This was Angelfall.
I skipped over it many times in my quest to find something to devour. I stumbled on other books that were good but they just didn't hit the spot. I was missing that something. I couldn't find it. I couldn't even put my finger on what it was, anything that would aid in my search for it. All along it was there, showing up on my Goodreads lists and recommendations. Yelling for me to pay attention, to try this post-apocalyptic story about a girl out to find her sister and this wounded angel she blackmails into helping her.
Penryn is everything, everything, I like in my heroines. This girl is tough. This girl can kick your ass. This girl is battle scarred and resourceful and a fighter and a survivor. She takes care of her family, her crazy mom who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and her handicapped little sister, and she will do anything to keep them together and safe. Even if that means teaming up with the enemy. When the End Days are knocking on your door, this is the girl you want on your team, having your back. She's full of dry humor and self aware and so painfully loyal it's enough to squeeze your guts. AND SHE GROWS. As a character, right in front of our eyes, Penryn grows and hot damn, I realized how much I miss that. Seeing character growth. It's a rare, but beautiful, thing.
Raffe is a fucking dream. I will refrain from saying what kind of dream he is, because the walls have ears and the children might be listening.
He's cocky and a smartass and arrogant and a freaking angel and even when his wings have been ripped off his back, he will take you the eff out. He's noble and rough and rude and devastingly pretty. He is no Daniel from Fallen. Not our Raffe. Our Raffe is a certified BAD ASS. No purple eyes or downy wings for this piece of heavenly manmeat! (Okay, so his wings are downy but they're not attached and Penryn does cut some of the feathers off, because she's awesome) Raffe starts off as an ass and stays an ass, but it works so bloody well here, this full of himself angel who you can see falling for the human girl, The Daughter of Man. And beautifully, thankfully, fuck yes, it's a gorgeous thing, his unwilling attraction for her, or her him, does not drive the story. It's not the whole plot. Hot damn. It's fabulous.
The whole story was just...effing a. Top notch. It had a little of everything, and just enough underhanded attraction between Penryn and Raffe to make the fangirl in me squeal. There's angel fights and human resistance and buildings being blown sky high. There's a precarious, desperate relationship between the healthy daughter and the mentally unstable mother, children who are being taken and turned into something dangerous and unpredictable, and heavenly politics that are both confusing and exciting, because they hint at so. much. more. awesomeness to come. I'm excited. No. I'm more than excited. I'm completely bloody stoked about this series, about this broken world and this girl trying to navigate it, who tracked her sister down, with her crazy mom shadowing somewhere in the night behind her, only to find the sister is not what she once was. Who might be falling for an angel who might also be falling for her.
My inner fangirl has been engaged. Bring on Book 2. Let's do this....more
OH. LOOK AT THAT. JUST WHEN I GAINED THE ABILITY TO TURN OFF MY CAPS LOCK SUDDENLY THIS HAPPENS AND I FEEL ALL THESE FEELINGS.
Okay. That was the initial .gif freak out. I know. It was a little overboard. I understand. But seriously? SERIOUSLY? SEEEERRRRIOUSLY? That ending? THAT ENDING? Why? WHY WOULD YOU EVEN? WHAT THE. THAT IS NOT OKAY. This. I'm. What. WHY. Why would you even? What the.. I just.
I. Can't. Even. I CAN'T EVEN. I CAN NOT EVEN AT ANY POINT. WTactualF. You are making me feel things right now, Armentrout. Things in my heart that hurt. You are hurting me.
I...I need to call someone. I need to talk to someone about this.
12/10/12 Okay. I think I'm ready to talk about things like an intelligent, coherent adult. WARNING: Everything from this point on will most likely involve spoilers and/or gifs. I understand how some people on here are all, "OMG REVIEWS FULL OF GIFS ARE SO LAZY!" This maybe so, however, I also haven't bothered putting on pants today or fixing my hair or anything that requires much effort, so.. yeah. There's a theme here, is what I'm saying. BASICALLY, CONTINUE WITH THIS REVIEW AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Me for majority of Opal:
Things are still happening in the Lux world. Crazy shit. Banana sandwich shit. Like Blake. Remember that guy? Of course you do. HE KILLED ADAM AND WE HATE BLAKE. BLAKE CAN DIE IN ALL THE FIRES. Except now he's back and blackmailing our alien and freak-hybrid so..awkward. And Dee? Our girl? Yeah. She's giving us the finger. Well, not exactly. But she's snubbing us and can we really blame her? She lost her hunka hunka burning freaky-light-being love and we'd probably react the same way if we lost Daemon. Right? Right. But, seriously. Come on, Dee. You added a level of awesome to these books that's hard to achieve with you off moodying it up with Ash & Andrew.
Also: ASH. What a bitch. Gawd.
But Dawson. We have Dawson back.
And he is precious. And extremely damaged. And pining for his freaky-hybrid Lady Love Beth who is still in the DOD's clutches. And he's slightly unstable. Just slightly. But seriously. Precious. I'm here to comfort you, Dawson! And/or touch your glow stick! Whatever makes you feel better!
You know what was fabulous about Opal that we didn't see in Obsidian or Onyx? NO WHEEBLING FROM KATY! She wasn't over there all, "DAEMON ONLY LIKES ME BECAUSE OF THIS WEIRD HEAL-Y CONNECTION THING WE HAVE GOING ON!" "I like him, but I don't like-like him. Because he's a jerk! A hot jerk! But a JERK." "Yes, I might be sexually attracted to him and wanted to do bad things with his glowstick, but dammit, I also want to be normal too and WHY DOES FURNITURE KEEP MOVING WITHOUT ME TOUCHING IT? GOD. GO BACK TO THE CORNER, UGLY ARMCHAIR." Katy and Daemon are a thing now and there's no back and forths. We have succumbed to the power of the lit-from-within alien love and now we're just going to spend an entire book trying to get it on and BEING INTERRUPTED EVERY SINGLE TIME, GOD, YOU KIDS. HANG A SOCK ON THE DOOR OR SOMETHING. LET THESE PEOPLE KNOW NOT TO KNOCK.
Also. Clarrisa. FOREVER SAD FACE. Seriously though. The flu? You bought that, Katy? Come on. Does anyone EVER get the simple flu in these types of stories? Of course they don't. You should know better, Ms. Book Blogger. Seriously.
Here's what I absolutely love about these books though, aside from Katy and Daemon's chemistry, which is still smoking or maybe that's just Daemon I don't know it's probably Daemon: This was not a filler. Three books in and things are still getting real, shit's still happening and our story is moving forward. Inching at times, only to leap at others, but we're still moving and Armentrout is not afraid to kill off characters, maim others, or just generally fuck some shit up. LIKE WILL. GOD. FUCK WILL. Armentrout is not afraid to tackle ugly. She's not afraid to bring it. LIKE IN THE FORM OF AIRBORNE ONYX. Holy shit. Awesome.
Or Blake creeping in to Katy's bed at night. BECAUSE THAT'S NOT CREEPY AT ALL, BLAKE. WTF. WEIRDO.
And the end. STILL. Good lord. WHY. Haven't we been good to you, Armentrout? Haven't we loved you and fangirled you and worshiped Daemon enough? Why would you do that? Why would you set out to hurt us so deeply? That wasn't a cliffhanger. You shoved us off the freaking cliff. Left us with an Arum surrounded by lasers and the DOD. (Okay. The lasers were cool. I'll admit that.)