At A Glance Origin is the best book of the Lux series so far.
The Good For some reason, even though I loved this book, I am having trouble writing this review. So I think I will just ramble and see what I come up with instead of pointing out certain things like I usually do.
I am walking away from this book so damn excited that I got to read Daemon’s POV (it was a dual POV with Katy as well). As a girl, I always want to know what a guy is thinking, so getting Daemon’s true feelings for Katy was amazetastic (oh yeah, I just made up a new word. Spread it around, my minions! ;) And, boy, does Daemon have some strong feelings.
Origin starts off close to when Opal ended. Daemon wakes up to people trying to keep him from saving Katy from their enemies’ clutches. Not because they don’t love Katy, they just don’t want Daemon to get hurt. Daemon is having none of that sh*t. He goes out guns blazing to save the girl he loves. He will do ANYTHING to save Katy, and he proves this by doing just that. There are casualties along the way, but nothing will stop Daemon from this mission. He is a man possessed, possessed with love and determination. Daemon makes my ovaries all tingly in this book (oh yeah, I just said that). I can’t help but want what Katy has. Daemon has no limits when it comes to Katy’s safety, and my weird brain thinks that’s romantic.
Katy handled her situation pretty well. I loved that she both played along and rebelled against her captures. Though I wish she wasn’t so easily manipulated, I still loved her determination. Daemon was her rock though. When they finally see each other again, Daemon keeps them going, keeps them hopeful for survival and a future even when the road ahead of them seems bleak.
I loved the new character Archer. He is the strong, handsome, but deadly type. You never know what he is thinking or who’s team he is on, but deep down you feel like he is a good guy. I want to see more of him.
The action was great. The story was amazing because so much happened that nothing can ever be the same, no going back to a normal life for these aliens and their friends. There is a cliffhanger ending, but I am use to it by now, so it didn’t bother me.
The Bad There isn’t really anything bad about this book I can point out, I just didn’t feel it was quite 5 star worthy. Other books have excited me more, other books have made me feel more for the characters. Know what I mean?
Okay, wait, I just thought of something I didn’t like. I don’t mind when characters are killed off, I actually liked it sometimes because it causes so much drama. But Armentrout killed off characters in Origin like it was going out of style. It was a freaking free for all. I didn’t see a point to all those deaths one after another.
The Snuggly Katy and Daemon have taken their relationship to a whole other level in Origin. I really truly feel their love is impenetrable. I loved getting Daemon’s POV on their relationship. These two love each other so much it almost hurts to read about.
The sex is young adult but still satisfying for older readers. I love how Daemon makes it so fun and playful.
Final Thoughts I would highly recommend Origin. If you love the Lux series then you are going to love this book. Be ready for changes though. A lot happened in this book and it might upset some people, but it will excite a lot of people. Highly recommended.
Quotes “So I was thinking, there’re eighty-six thousand, four hundred seconds in a day, right? There’re one thousand, four hundred and forty minutes in a day…There’re one hundred and sixty-eight hours in a week. Around eighty-seven hundred and then some hours in a year, and you know what?…I want to spend every second, every minute, every hour with you…I want a year’s worth of seconds and minutes with you. I want a decade’s worth of hours, so many that I can’t add them up.”
“As close as you’re riding me, man, I feel like I need to take you out to dinner or something. At least, I should get your name.” He punched in a floor number, smirking. “People call me Archer.”
“I want to get to know every freckle and every curve on a personal level.” “I think you did that last night.” “Nah.” He shook his head. “That was just a meet and greet. I want to know their hopes and dreams.”
“A certain bone-deep understanding occurred and my hand tightened around the smaller one I held. It weren’t stars we were staring at. The sky was falling.” (less)
I can't anymore. I made it to 35% and it felt like torture. DNF
I really tried with this one. It started out so well. I was in love with this story. Sa...moreI can't anymore. I made it to 35% and it felt like torture. DNF
I really tried with this one. It started out so well. I was in love with this story. Sally was so interesting and I wanted to know more about her and what happened to her. But then things went down hill, sssslllloooowwwwllllyyy! So freakin bored. Everything was so slow, almost nothing happened for the 35% I read, and this is a long book, so 35% is a lot. I had to force myself to pick this book back up. This is my experience in reading this book:
Reading...reading...looks at my nails..."I need to paint my nails again"...try to read again...play with my cat because he is being frisky...try to get back into the book..."I should clean my bathroom. Yeah, that sounds more fun than this book."
Even the little exciting parts were boring. And this book is so thick with info about science crap I did not care about. Just not my cup of tea. (less)
At A Glance Frustrating but captivating. It was hard to put this book down.
The Good As I am writing this review, I still don't know what I am going to rate Pawn. It's between 3.5 or 4 stars. Pawn may sound like every other dystopian, but I thought it was a unique premise in a hard-to-stand-out genre. Pawn is very much dark in nature. There is very little happiness to be found, but hope is in abundance at the end. Carter created a horrible world, but one not too far from our possible future. Pawn shows us what happens when a corrupt 1% really takes over a nation and what happens to the 99% when they have no more choices. The whole concept gave me the chills because I could see this happening to us.
I loved the politics in this book and how the nation was controlled by a family who inherits the position rather than earn it. It was like being taken back into the past with kings and queens but having futuristic technology. Pawn is set in a complicated but also simple world. We never fully know what is going on because it's obvious a lot is happening behind the scenes. But what we do see is a drama filled mess of family intrigue, shaky alliances, and twists and turns that are hard to see coming.
I loved and hated the characters in Pawn. Kitty was strong in a lot of ways. The situation she is put in is so very unfair, but she tries to handle it the best she can. Her life is always on the line, as well as the life of her loved ones. Kitty loses so much in so little time, I don't know how she didn't just break down and cry for days. I would have. It takes her some time, but, by the end, she finds new goals in life. No one else seems interested in fighting the good fight without a whole bunch of whining or violence, but Kitty has better ideas. Better ways to give the lower class people a fair shake in life and take away the ultimate power from a corrupt family and government.
Benji was a very sincere and heartfelt person. You could feel the love he had for Kitty seeping through the pages. I wish we got to see them together more often but I understood that Kitty's boyfriend did not need to be a big part of the plot. Knox, Lila's fiancés (which mean he is now Kitty's fiancé since she was turned into Lila) confused me. He often seemed sweet and helpful, but I never knew if Kitty should really trust him. I think deep down he is a good person, but some of his decisions were questionable. Most of the Hart family are pretty horrible. They were such bad people they ended up being fascinating to watch. Lila's mother had some redeemable qualities though.
The pacing was fast which I loved and the writing was good. Pawn was pretty refreshing for the dystopian genre. I loved that Carter was not afraid to kill people off and take a dark concept and make it even darker with evil characters and evil intentions.
The Bad So. Effing. Frustrating. Kitty acted so naïve and stupid sometimes I could barely stand it. Kitty really let herself be manipulated and used way to often. I was literally grabbing my hair by the handful in frustration, and now I bet I am prematurely balding. Yeah, did you hear that, Pawn, you cause premature baldness, in women no less! And her decision making process of mindboggling.
There was a few confusing parts I had to read twice to understand, and I felt like the summarizing of the speeches was annoying. It's an unnecessary shortcut. I would have really liked to hear these inspirational speeches that moved so many people.
The Snuggly Benji was not there for a lot of the book but his love for Kitty was never in question. These two crazy kids love each other. Kitty may have had a few moments with Knox, but I don't think that will lead to anything. Benji and Kitty belong together.
There is no sex, but there are some sexual and violent situations. Still suitable for a YA audience.
Final Thoughts I would say the first half of Pawn blew me away and the second half revealed twists after turns that left me breathless. I had a lot of little grumbles about Pawn, but I still enjoyed the story immensely. Very recommended.
Quotes "Your pawn becomes a queen." She touched by cheek, her fingers cold as ice. "Because they kept moving forward and triumphed against all odds, they become the most powerful piece in the game. Never forget that, all right? Never forget the potential one solitary pawn has to change the entire game."
"Risking my life to steal an orange was a stupid thing to do, but today of all days I didn't care about the consequences. If I were lucky, the Shields would throw me to the ground and put a bullet in my brain."
*Free book from publisher for honest review*(less)
At A Glance Started out great then got childish and boring.
The Good The concept of Pendomus really caught my eye because I have been into dystopians lately. I was surprised with the amazing integration of fantasy/sci-fi too. I love books that mix up the genres.
Runa is such an interesting character. I loved her naivety but strong will. She gets emotional sometimes but I understood why. Her life has changed so drastically in a small amount of time. I giggled as her feelings for Traeton grew and she didn't know what to do with them. She has lived in a society where romantic feelings don't exist, so you can imagine how confusing attraction could be.
I loved the side characters. Fenton and Kani brought so much to this book. Fenton is fun-loving and mischievous and Kani is surly but strong. I loved their banter the most though
The Bad In the beginning, the POV shifts confused me. I thought Traeton was a girl for the longest time because he just pops up with no info or backstory. And sometimes I couldn't figure out what the hell was going on. Details and better structure was needed.
There is very little world-building. I never got a good feel for the world and the people in it. We barely spend anytime in the Helix, so it never really scared me like it should have.
The second half just got plain boring for me. Not a lot happens and there was never a sense of direction with the plot or characters. It also got too juvenile for me. I found myself rolling my eyes over the dialogue and drama.
The Snuggly I thought Runa and Traeton were so cute in the beginning but then Traeton did that whole "I need to distance myself because of blah, blah, blah," and treated Runa like crap. I wasn't feeling their relationship by the end. But I will admit, they had some adorable moments with great sexual tension.
Very YA sexual content.
Final Thoughts I will not be continuing this series. Pendomus just didn't click with me. It started out good and went downhill with each chapter. But I can see a younger reader maybe enjoying this more. Only recommended for heavy YA readers.
Quotes “Traeton, what do you know about the tree you found me in?” I ask.
He shifts slightly and says, “Uh, not much. That was the first time I’d noticed the tree before. It was sorta weird, though.”
“How do you mean?” I ask, sliding my foot into my boot and letting it constrict to my size.
“Well, besides the standing water--” Trae raises a hand to his forehead and taps it gently as he thinks. “The tree itself, though . . . There was something unusual about it. Like it had a mind of its own.”
I stop in mid-step of the next boot. “A mind of its own?”
Relief floods my body as my curiosity piques. He’s had his own experiences with the tree.
“Yeah. When I was trying to get you out, the water rose and basically flushed us out of the tree. Then it froze solid.”
At A Glance This is a very soft and slow sci-fi but I kind of liked it that way. Nothing huge happens, just a cute romance with a little alienish happenings.
The Good For some reason I felt like an easygoing sci-fi book, and that's just what I got. I was surprised by how excited I was to get back to Operation Earth every time I had to put it down. It wasn't like it had lots of action and drama, it was just a fun story they kept me entertained.
My favorite part was how odd Rachael and Peter were. They just were weird characters with weird thoughts making weird decisions. It was different, quirky. Rachael didn't let the alien invasion get her down. She lived her life as best she could. And her inner thoughts often had me cracking up. Peter didn't let his duties get in the way of finding companionship and joy in his dismal existence. I loved his fascination with earthly things. I want my very own alien now!
There was a sense of foreboding throughout the novel. We never really know for sure what the aliens were going to do with the humans, how far they were willing to go, and what their real plans were. But overall, Operation Earth was a good mixture of light and darkness.
The Bad Don't go into this book expecting a full blown sci-fi novel with tons of action and probing *snickers*. Operation Earth was on the verge of being too slow and uneventful. I happened to of liked the laidback feel, but a lot of people wont.
With the focus being on romance, I wish there was more detail when it came to the bow chica bow wow. I think this book should have read more like an adult or new adult book with a more even mixture of romance and sex. That would have oomphed it up a bit.
There really isn't a climax per se. Operation Earth reads like "this is what happened to Rachel today." Not much build up or excitement.
The Snuggly I liked how sweet the romance was. Rachael and Peter are an adorable couple. They built their relationship around awkward circumstances, but it all worked out perfectly.
No sex scenes to worry about. So this is suitable for a YA, NA, and adult audience. Though there is a sexual assault but it doesn't go too far.
Final Thoughts This book will not be for everyone. Hard core sci-fi fans probably will find Operation Earth lacking. But if you are looking for a quick, fun read, then give this one a chance. Recommended.
Quotes "If today is the last day of my life I'd like to have a glass of wine and a vat of ice cream. No harm in dying content."
He lifted a snow globe and tilted it a little, raising an eyebrow as the fake snow slid from side to side.
"Let me..." She took it away from him, shook it, and put it back in his hands. "Now it's snowing on all the little animals."
Peter shook it again, this time "properly."
You are cute.
"You know what? You can have it if you want. No matter where you go you can look at it and remember Earth and lasagna."
At A Glance It started out good but the plot holes killed it.
The Good What stood out to me the most was the concept of Entanglement. It drew me in right away. It was fascinating and almost realistic in a way. Definitely not out of the realm of possibility. That we are born with a soul mate, a perfect match for us is pretty romantic, but also scary. It's like you don't have a choice but why would you want one when you are almost guaranteed to love this person forever? But in Entanglement, not all is what it seems.
I loved the element of mystery surrounding the whole novel. I had some ideas on what was going on, but it went even further then I thought. The twists and turns made for great suspense. It was also fun being inside Aaron's head as he found each piece to the puzzle. He's a strong character with strong emotions. He's not perfect but I liked his attitude and determination.
I was surprised by the brutality of the bad guys. They truly made me sick to my stomach. I applaud Rix for bringing such a strong emotion out of me.
The Bad The Bad section is going to contain some spoilers. It is unavoidable.
I was in love with this book in the beginning but as it went on, more and more things bothered me. First, there's the plot holes. Aaron gets beat up and kidnapped from his room in the middle of the night. Where were his parents? Really, they never woke up with all that commotion? How about when he came home beaten and cut up? They just didn't care? And him going alone to the meet his match in the Chamber of Halves. That is suppose to be a big event, why were they not there. His parents are either the worst human beings in the world or there should have been more thought on integrating them into the story so it was more believable. Also, people seem to get hurt, but then kind of forget how badly they are wounded the next scene. Did they heal that quickly? I think not.
Aaron is often beat up, kidnapped, almost murdered, and his car continuously vandalize, but he never goes to the cops. WHAAAT?? WHY?? Then this one person who was an accessory to murder and attempted murder never got in trouble. He was still there in the end, with the group he tried to hurt and kill, acting like nothing happened. No cops, no punishment, not even the people he hurt did anything to him. They treated him normal after. I just didn't get it. Even with the kind of dystopian world these teens lived in, it still didn't make sense.
The book got really boring in parts. And Amber was a snobby biotch. I don't see how anyone would like her. She is constantly rude to Aaron and doesn't even care when her "boyfriend" beats the crap out of him.
The Snuggly I didn't like Amber so I had no interest in seeing Amber and Aaron together. There is some sexual tension, kissing, and crude language, but nothing over the top for YA in my opinion.
Final Thoughts This book had promise, but the plot holes and inconsistencies bothered me too much to really recommend this book to anyone. If you are only about the interesting concept of a book, then Entanglement could be for you. But based on my experience, I would not recommend it.
Quotes "So much for forgetting about her. After that last sizzling look she gave him, that was going to be impossible."
"As if he's pressed a button, the strength deflated from every muscle in Aaron's body, and the last thing he remembered before losing consciousness was the pain, like molten lead dripping into his brain through the back of his head - that and wishing he'd had more time to live."
She glared at him. “If you call me buttercup one more time, you lose all boyfriend privileges.” “Oh, so I am your boyfriend?” he said. “No.” “Right…” Aaron felt a smile tugging at his lips. “I just have the privileges.” (less)
At A Glance I enjoyed the story but found myself bored sometimes.
The Good I didn't read the first book of the series, but I had no problems since Hers To Choose reads like a standalone for the most part. I was drawn to this story just from reading the blurb. I can't help but love damaged people finding love. I wasn't expecting the action Knight packed between these pages though. That was a nice surprise. And the darkness of the story scared and fascinated me.
Sophillia has lived years as a slave to her enemy. Now free, she has grown from a meek, quiet woman to a fierce, strong warrior. You have to respect a woman who can fight the nightmares of a horrible past and come out stronger and braver than before. I loved her tenacity and ability to keep it together during bad situations.
Eric is the epitome of the words alpha warrior. He knows how to keep his cool despite his crazy feelings for Sophillia. He may be a fierce fighter, but he is so gentle and caring with Sophillia's fears. He really was the perfect mate for Sophillia.
What stood out to me the most in Hers To Choose is the world-building and descriptions. The detail of the land, the buildings, everything really was just amazing. And the complicated politics and workings of the planet and species made me crave more. The violence was a surprise but it really added darkness to this story that I liked.
The Bad I am not a heavy sci-fi/ fantasy reader. So things that bothered me in this book might not bother others who are use to this genre. But I found myself bored pretty often throughout the book. Between the amazing action, there were scenes that just lagged. I am not use to so many lulls.
The names of people and places were weird and confusing. I never really got them straight and often felt confused.
I felt like Sophillia's past was an untapped gold mind. We learned little of her capture and slavery even though it was a huge experience that made her who she is today.
I never connected with any of the characters as I hoped.
The Snuggly The romance took some time to come, but once it did, it was super hot. (Two words: Body. Glue. LOL) But I wouldn't really classify it as full-on erotica, but it's not for the easily embarrassed either. I loved the sexual tension Knight built between Sophillia and Eric. They may have been thrown together in the beginning, but they obviously gained true feelings for each other by the end.
Final Thoughts I liked the story and world-building of Hers To Choose, I just wish I had a better connection with the characters and wasn't bored so often. I think it's an overall good sci-fi/fantasy book that many would enjoy. Recommended.
Quotes “She lay there, destroyed, quiet aftershocks shuddering through her. Silence settled into the room.
“Mind letting go of my hair, Sophi?” His muffled voice vibrated against her pubic bone.
“Oh!” She released her fists still violently clenched in his hair. He raised his head, laughter gleaming in his eyes.” (less)
At A Glance Shudder was definitely better than Stitch. And though I was bored in the beginning, the second half of the book really took off.
The Good Durante has a way of keeping her readers on their toes. I was blown away by the twists and turns in this book. The level of surprises just kept getting higher and higher as we learned more about the virus that killed billions of people, the Engineers overall game plan, and how the whole mess came to be.
Meeting the Engineers was the best part of this book. They are devious as they are brilliant. They truly believe in their cause, even when it means killing and torturing people. They think they are doing the right thing. It's delusion at it's finest. But they put up a pretty good front and I can easily see why so many people follow their lead. I can't wait to watch their downfall though. Hint, hint, Durante.
I felt so bad for Alessa in this book. She has lost so much and has worked so hard for a cause she believes in, but I can tell she is getting tired. Tired of the death, pain, and fighting. If it wasn't for Isaac, I think she might have given up by now. Which doesn't make her a bad person. She deserves a break, she deserves to worry about herself and not every other human being. So much is expected of her, and it has taken its toll. But she is a trooper. She keeps chugging along, trying to save the world from maniacal geniuses who think they know what's best for the world.
Isaac is Alessa's rock this time around. He can tell their journey is messing her up. She is discovering that she has supernatural abilities that neither one understands and Isaac tries so hard to comfort her despite his confusion. Isaac really grows in this book. When Alessa falters, he is right there to take charge. He is becoming stronger and more of a leader.
We get to experience a lot of differing POVs in Shudder. Along with Alessa and Isaac, we also get into the heads of the Engineers, Nikhil from book one, and the mysterious Phoenix (that one will have to be a surprise for you). The whole Phoenix plotline is just creepy and scary. That poor, poor person. Their lives are about to be majorly FUBARed.
The ending leaves us with a lot to be resolved. Bad things are coming and I just don't know if our group is going to be ready for it. But I'm hopeful.
The Bad I don't know what it is but when it comes to the Stitch Trilogy, it just takes me forever to get into them. Shudder was more exciting than Stitch, but it still had a beginning that seemed to drag on forever.
Some of why I didn't like this book is based off my emotions. I found myself so depressed by the whole story. It seems like when the resistance takes one step forward, the bad guys make them take two steps back. At this point, everything feels hopeless, and I was so sad when I finished the book that it took some time for me to recover.
Some of the revelations and plans made in this book just seemed far-fetched.
The Snuggly Alessa and Isaac really become close this time around. We didn't get to see them together that much in Stitch, but in Shudder they are rarely separated. They go through rough patches but they come out stronger in the end.
There is non-descriptive sexual content. Very YA-ish.
Final Thoughts I still want to read the next book in the trilogy, I just think I need to prepare myself for the sadness that comes along with this story. I think the twists and many interesting characters keep this book going enough to recommend it to many of you looking for a good dystopian. So recommended overall.
Quotes The spine-chilling cry threw every reflex in Isaac's body into overdrive, but for some reason he couldn't fathom, Alessa was still standing there, wide-eyed and mouth agape. It wasn't like her to freeze under pressure, and that realization scared Isaac more than anything. If Alessa wasn't reacting, something was seriously, seriously wrong.
Isaac shook his head. "I can't," he coughed. "I can't leave." The words came out in a rush, the mucus bubbling in his chest. "You can," Alessa wept, releasing him with finality. Her voice a coarse whisper, she promised once again, "You can."
At A Glance I'm still not sure how I feel about Anomaly. I didn't know about the Christian elements in this book until after I jumped in. I do not like religious books but I found myself transfixed to the very end.
The Good Though I did not like the religious and spiritual elements, I have to say that Anomaly really blew me away in many ways.
Anomaly kept me scared out of my wits the whole way through. The world Thalli lives in is just straight up frightening. If you show any sign of emotion, you are eliminated right away. The Scientists can't have people mucking up their plans, whatever they may be. They don't need people asking questions. But all Thalli has is questions. Especially when this spiritual man comes and tells her about The Designer. God and religion has been eliminated from society. But as Thalli learns more about this spiritual entity, the more she feels like she has a purpose. And her growing feelings for Berk only further justify her emotions as a good thing, no matter what The Scientists say.
I really did enjoy watching Thalli grow as a person. She has always felt different. She isn't like people around her. She wants more out of life. She wants to be able to enjoy things, ask questions, even...love? My heart went out to her the whole book. The Scientists really mess with her and it was sickening to watch. Even her her old friend Berk, who is training to become a Scientist, could only help her so much. But Thalli took risks for her friends not matter the consequences. She was far braver than I would be in that situation.
We didn't get to know Berk as much as I hoped, but his feelings for Thalli were obvious. He does everything in his power to save Thalli from experiments and even death. Berk is the kind of guy you know you can trust.
The twists and turns were often shocking and chill-inducing. I still get the creeps just thinking back to this story. The utter disregard for human life was mind-boggling. This is an intense story that will leave you breathless.
The Bad Truthfully, if I had known that this book had a lot of Christian elements, I would have never read it. I don't like being preached at. And yes, this book does get a little preachy for me, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Would I read this book again, no. Would I read the next in the series, maybe. My reasoning is not because it was a bad book, it's just for the simple fact that I don't like books with heavy religious elements. Also, Anomaly really sells the idea that God is good and science is bad. I get that it's a piece of fiction but it kind of got on my nerves.
This is a very slow book. I wasn't necessarily bored, I just found myself wanting to skip ahead. I think things were too dragged out.
The ending was just silly. Wasn't believable to me. Yes, the twist was interesting, but I just don't think it was plausible.
Thalli's acceptance of death because she believed in heaven and God annoyed me to no end. Fight for your life, dammit!
The Snuggly This is very much a young adult book. Very minimal touching. I actually can't even remember if Berk and Thalli kissed. They might have near the end. But they do have a deep connection that builds throughout the book that I found so innocent and adorable. These people don't know about love or sex, so the lack of affection made sense.
Final Thoughts Do not read this book if you don't like religious books. But if all you care about is a thrilling concept and intense story, then Anomaly may be for you. It all depends on your tastes or reading preferences. I can't say I would recommend this book to many people, but I can say that despite the God heavy concept, I had fun reading Anomaly.
Quotes Berk closes his eyes. Then he places his hand on my elbow and walks me away from where the light can find us. This feels very different from when Monitor touched my elbow. This feels wonderful, like his fingers contain heat that drips into my bloodstream, making my arm tingle, my heart race. When he removes his hand, my arm feels like ice.
"What are you doing to me?" The water is giving me some strength. I pull against my restraints. If I can get up, I can fight this man. I can escape.
John removes his hand from my shoulder. "I am not your captor."
He speaks with a strange accent. Almost musical.
I look at him again. "Then who are you?"
"I am like you."
John laughs. The sound of it hits the walls and echoes back in my ears. I have only heard laughter a few times in my life. I like the sound. "No, my dear. We are not malformed."
At A Glance It's been a while since I've read an enjoyable paranormal romance. Demon Possession really scratched my PNR itch.
The Good I haven't read such a sci-fi like paranormal romance before. I actually had a lot of fun with Demon Possession. It had heartbreak, fun, mystery, and sex. I really grew attached to the characters too. This is a character oriented book for sure.
Analia is an amazing character. She has had one of worst pasts anyone can imagine. She has been a slave most her life and only knows cold floors for sleep and brown mush for food. But when she finally escapes by stowing away on another spaceship, she finds friends and a dominating but caring lover. Analia is very much meek and scared in the beginning. She doesn't know whether to expect cruelty or kindness with these new people. But she finds so much happiness amongst her new friends that it made my heart ache with joy. Everyone is so nice to her. She gets to experience so many new things like clothing, food, children, and parties. Her childlike joy with the things around her made me smile. She really grew in strength and tenacity as time went on. She remained sweet but lost some of her fear of the outside world and people. I had fun finding out who and what she was. Her powers are pretty damn awesome too. She still has a long journey ahead but I know she's ready with Sebastian by her side.
Sebastian is your typical alpha male but his tenderness really got to me. He tried to keep his tough exterior and keep away from Analia for both their own good. But not even the greatest evil in the world could keep them apart. I loved Sebastian's surly but playful demeanor. He's also had a bad past which makes him not trust people easily. But he let's Analia into his heart and it brings him to life. He's a new demon. Yes, he's a demon, but a good one. All the characters in this book are from different races and planets. It was all quiet exciting.
The side characters also made huge impressions. Cale and Sonya, Sebastian's siblings, both had their own heartbreaks but also knew how to have a good time. Sonya was a riot. She was a strong demon who didn't take crap from anyone. Cale was guarded but also lovable and witty. Marik was my favorite though. He too was once a slave like Analia. He becomes like Analia's big brother and protects her at all costs.
The sci-fi parts, with the whole flying through space and different races and planets, was all very fun for me. I don't read many books with things like that in it and I was excited to learn more about the world Fay created. The whole thing reminded my a little of the movie Serenity or the TV show Firefly (which they are pretty much the same thing).
The Bad There was some timing issues. The amount of time that went by at certain points didn't make sense. Like a character would say a few weeks has gone by but really it could have only been a few days.
I didn't like some of Sebastian's decisions. He's been the captain of his ship like forever but he makes some bad calls that leave people in danger. It just didn't make sense.
I wish there was more world building. There was some things about certain races that weren't explained well and I found myself scratching my head with some of their abilities.
The last one-third of the book felt disjointed from the rest of the book. The plot took a sharp turn when we find out who and what Analia is and that didn't really flow for me. It all felt too convenient.
The Snuggly Analia and Sebastian were so cute together. Once Sebastian got over his fears of starting a relationship, these two sparkled like fireworks. They started out with the "oh my God, my body wants him/her so bad," and eased into, "I cannot bare to be apart from him/her." The romance was a slow build, which I loved, and the sexual tension was from the get-go, which I loved even better.
The sex was hot, hot, HOT! Definitely an adult read. Lots of steam, and a good amount of sex scenes.
Final Thoughts If you are looking for a paranormal romance with a lot of steam, sci-fi elements, and a character oriented story, then Demon Possession is the book for you. I will for sure be reading the next book in the series. Very recommended.
Quotes Sebastian was instantly lost. The ship fell away and there was only her. The blue of her eyes was indescribable, so light they unabashedly pulled him in. No color imaginable compared. Her eyes turned pleading. For what? He didn't know. But at that moment he would have given it to her.
It wasn't till Sebastian began to stalk toward her that she recalled her situation. She was wet and half naked, alone in a room with a strong brutish male of unknown intentions. He was upon her before she could react, backing her against the wall. His body pressed against hers. A thick thigh settled between her legs. Analia froze in a panic and was confused to find her nipples growing hard at his touch.
“You make it hard to fear you, Sebastian, when you treat me the way you do.” “And how's that then?” “Like you would never hurt me, no matter how angry you are, or how much you might want to.”
His golden eyes locked on hers with such intensity it stole her breath. “I would never want to hurt you.” Cupping her face, he rubbed his thumb along her unmarked cheek. “I could never hurt you. If anything ever happened to you, I fear I will be trapped on the Edge forever.” Leaning in, he lightly kissed her bruise. “I think of you constantly.” He kissed her forehead. “Always.” Then with the lightest touch, he kissed her lips.
At A Glance This was my first substantial gamer book and I was surprised by how much fun it was.
The Good In essence, life is a game. Everything you do earns you points. You need to have enough points by the end of your schooling to be able to go to University. If you don't, you are given the lowliest jobs, or so we assume. But with the approaching of the Final Raid, the last big game and way to earn points, Gabby, a top gamer, starts to find out the truth about LifeGames and how nothing is as it appears. She now has to save her friends from what truly lurks behind the world of gaming.
Let me start off by saying that I am not a gamer. The most gaming I do is Yoga on the Wii and watching PewDiePie on YouTube. So I think it says something that I really enjoyed Gamer, a heavy gamer book. I'm not saying it will be like that for all non-gamers, but I think this book is worth the try. The dialogue was fun and witty, the premise was scary and exciting, and the gaming was fascinating.
I loved Gabby as our heroine. She is a hacker which made things even more interesting. She is extremely loyal and protective of her friends. She truly does everything and anything to keep her friends safe. I felt bad for her during the Last Raid. She had so many obstacles, it wasn't even fair, but she took them on with perseverance and tenacity. She never let the bad guys bring her down.
What I loved most about this book was the surprises. I really didn't know who was good or bad until Carpenter wanted me to. And the people who became heroes shocked me even more. I think the first half of this is going to appeal the most to the general public. The second half, which is all gaming simulation, is fun but not for everyone.
I loved how real everything felt with Carpenter's amazing descriptions. I could totally visualize every game. The dragons and giants, it was all easily believable and life like. It all made sense to me too. I never felt lost with the gaming descriptions and lingo. Actually, the creativity of the language was the most appealing part.
The action was pretty much nonstop once we got to the last game. I loved that feeling I got while reading Gamers, like I wouldn't be able to relax until the very end. This is the kind of book you remember.
The Bad There is something about Gamers that didn't sync well. I almost felt like I was reading three different novels. The first part has Gabby and her school life, the second part is her meeting the Frags and having an adventure, then the last part is all gaming. It was a bit disjointed.
The ending is a major cliffhanger, which really didn't bother me until I realized pretty much nothing got resolved or answered. I felt like the reader is left hanging when it comes to even a little closer.
The Snuggly There is a peek of possible romance between Gabby and Michael but not even enough to talk about it. I suppose we will see them more together in the second book.
Final Thoughts In my personal opinion, non-gamers can easily fall in love with this book. It reads like a gaming dystopian with lots of action and great dialogue. I would continue this series for sure. I'm interested to see what will happen next. Recommended.
"Now if you still want to meet with us, rub this lamp--" He held out a genie lamp. "--three times."
She shook her head. "Why would I have to do something lame like that? Why can't I just tell you I'm ready to go?"
Guybrush shrugged. "Thems the rules. Just be glad we didn't use Leisure Suit Larry like I wanted to."
A horrible grin appeared on Guybrush's face and the cartoonish character stuck the genie lamp into his pants. Guybrush now sported an obscene bulge.
At A Glance A thrill-ride of intrigue, secrets, and action. I great beginning to a new series.
The Good MILA 2.0 was a great testament to human emotions and how some humans can be monsters and how an android can teach us to be truly human. I went into this book not really knowing what to expect. It's not something I would usually read. But I am so happy I gave it a chance. I was drawn in from the first page and found it hard to put this book down.
MILA 2.0 took me by surprise. It starts out a little slow, not bad slow, just more normal than I anticipated. But when the turning point hits, the action doesn't stop. Mila is both strong and vulnerable. She has a rough past and a mother who doesn't show her love. When she finds out she is really a machine, her fragile state wilts even more. All she can think about is that she is a monster, someone who deserves nothing from anyone. And as her computer ingrained skills grew, she felt even more alone. I think I would have freaked out if I turned out to be an android, so I couldn't blame her for her self-defeated reaction. To not feel real, it must be horrible. But when her mother is threatened, she takes all her doubt and transforms it into determination. Mila will do anything for her mother, even if she really isn't her mother. I don't know if Mila will ever be okay with what she is, but I see her eventually accepting her lot in life and taking charge. She may be a machine, but she is a machine that feels and no one can take that away from her.
Hunter isn't a huge part of the story so I won't say much about him. I just hope to see more of him next book, because I don't know where he stands and the mystery is killing me.
Lucas is another character I don't know what to think about. He starts off like any other psycho scientist who performs horrible experiments, but as time went one, his humanity becomes clear. He is a good kid who doesn't have much of a choice, just like Mila. Lucas does whatever he can to help Mila even if it doesn't always seem that way.
General Holland was perfectly evil. A little stereotypical, but it worked. Every time he came on scene, my stomach actually hurt. He made me so nervous. He is capable of the most horrible things and it seems like no one can stop him.
The action was so good. I love reading about physical fighting and inhuman scientific testing. It is all so horrific, but entertaining. I like how Mila's internal computer system would help her as she fought or tired to get away by sending out the best defensive/offensive moves or proving a map/GPS. The mystery was spot on and the suspense kept me turning the pages. I am very excited to see where all this goes. I have so many questions. Totally worth the read.
The Bad There is no huge annoying thing that stands out to me except that I felt like there was more questions left unanswered then answered by the end. I wish we delved a little more deeper into the mystery that surrounds Mila and the people after her. Even learning more about the supporting characters would have been nice.
The Bad That Was Good I know many people are complaining about the mean "best friend" Mila puts up with, the lack of romance and how it peters out in some areas, and overall characterization. I think I liked how this book didn't really follow the rules.
The best friend, Kaylee, was a total bitch but Mila putting up with her made sense. Kaylee was Mila's only friend and Mila really didn't know any better. Sure, I was annoyed with Mila for not dumping Kaylee's butt right away, but I also understood she was desperate for a friend and was more afraid of losing her than anything else.
The whole insta-obsession for Hunter was a little off, I will admit that. But I understood Mila's need for human interaction. She was desperate for someone to love her since she wasn't getting that at home. Then we don't see Hunter till the end of the novel and Lucas kind of takes his place during the middle. I thought that was actually cool. I didn't expect that at all.
Some of the characters were a little cookie-cutter and a little flat, but I wasn't too upset since this really is Mila's story and it focuses on what she is going through. And Mila pinning over Hunter throughout the book, I totally got that. She is all alone, trying to survive after learning she is a robot. All she wants is to be is a normal, human and Hunter made her feel like that. I would be pinning over a normal love life as well.
I think our level of love for books comes down to what we are willing for forgive and what we aren't. For MILA 2.0, I forgave the above and just enjoyed the story.
The Snuggly This book doesn't focus on romance which I was happy to see. Mila finds a connection with Hunter, a new boy in school, and then finds a friendship with Lucas during her time in the labs. I am very interested to see the direction Debra takes these relationships.
Final Thoughts This wasn't the best written book ever, but I found myself having a hard time putting it down. I just had to know what was going to happen next. I will for sure be continuing this series. Very recommended for YA, soft sci-fi/fantasy readers.
Quotes “The room was a small square of hopelessness. A flash of red. And then: Dimensions: 10 ft. by 9 ft. I swallowed a horrific giggle. Perfect. And now I knew the exact measurements of hopelessness.”
"No two people ever view the world from exactly the same perspective, understand things the same way, human or not. The best we can ever do is try."
"As for 'Mom'- well, according to the voice, I was more genetically related to our toaster than I was to her."
"Mom had forbidden computers while, all this time, I'd been waking around Clearwater with a memory card slot. In. My. Wrist." (less)
At A Glance I have never read a story like this before. Pivot Point took my breath away, it had me anxious as all get out, then left me raw by the end. Book two can't come any sooner.
The Good Kasie West is a meanie bo beanie. Why don't you just rip out my heart with your bare hands and stomp on it for good measure, Kasie. I shall withhold my forgiveness until I read book two of the series, but I don't know how you are going to make it up to me. I started Pivot Point expecting interesting characters, mystery, and romance. And I got all that. But I didn't expect the heartache and emotionally draining plot that left me screaming out of frustration and joy because Kasie is such a wonderful writer.
I was blown away by the wonderful characters who brought the story to life and the dialogue that kept me clued to each page, each word. The dialogue was like a beautiful dance of words where wittiness, impact, and meaning all had their parts and danced them to perfection. The descriptions where vivid and clear. I felt like I was right there in the action every step of the way. And the role each character had was more complex than I first guessed. Kasie weaved a tale with more subtext and intrigue than I have seen in a while.
Before I go off on a tangent, let's get down to the characters I now love. Addison was the perfect main character. She was smart, logical, and caring. She thought out everything she did and tried to make the right decisions. My favorite part was when she analyzed the right amount of rebellion she could go through by playing the "my parents got divorced" card. Awesomeness. Addison didn't take anyone's crap either. She knew something was wrong in both the futures. She did her own dirty work and investigated all the horrible things happening around her. I loved her take-charge attitude.
Before I get into the guys, let me explain what's going on just in case you didn't get it from the summary. Addison is living through two different futures. Both have their bad and good moments. In one, Addison becomes fast friends with the "Norm" Trevor, an ex-football player who is trying to find himself after getting injured, ending his future career in football. In the other future, Addison starts reluctantly dating the charming quarterback in the paranormal compound. Both romances start out great, one is a friendship while the other is a fast relationship that leaves Addison's head spinning. I, of course, was rooting for a certain guy the whole time. I so wanted Addison to choose the future with him. But I have to stop right there before I say too much.
I loved the supernatural elements in this book. So many different characters with different abilities really opened up the possibilities. I loved learning how each ability worked and its downfalls. The mystery behind the football injuries and that scary guy following Addison around were great suspenseful elements that kept me guessing. I am so excited for book two, especially with how Pivot Point ended.
The Bad It was a little disconcerting to realize that pretty much the whole book is Addison Searching into her two futures. I wish more happened in real life.
Let me start off by saying that a character can say or do one wrong thing and it ruins the whole book for me. I don't know why, I am just a really invested reader who gets easily upset with bad decisions, unless they are fixed later and they learn their lesson. That being said, Addison decides to not tattle on someone who has ruined peoples lives by injuring them beyond repair and mentally manipulating people into loving him. This person is disgusting for what he did but Addison decides to just say, "Hey, don't do it again and I wont tell." Just sickening. I hope this is rectified in the next book.
I really disliked Addison's best friend, Laila. She was a crappy best friend, no matter her excuses. It looks like she's sticking around though so hopefully I can see her in a better light next book.
The Snuggly I truly loved Trevor and Addison together. They started out as friends and ever so slowly they fell for each other. I swear, this is one of my favorite romances so far this year. And it's not even like they had a lot of time together but, sweet baby cheeses, it was the most endearing, sweet, heartbreaking love story I have read in a long time. Maybe not everyone will see this when they read Pivot Point, but some of you will see what I am saying. It just has to hit you the right way. Even Addison and Duke were pretty hot sometimes. The sexual tension was good and sexual content was minimal.
Final Thoughts I may have given Pivot Point 4 stars for numerous reason but, in the end, this book is pretty amazing in a lot of ways. I would recommend it to everyone. It has mass appeal and the Series potential is enormous. Highly Recommended.
Quotes “When I read, I feel emotion all on my own. Emotion no living person is making me feel.”
“I don't care when people think I'm an antisocial,controlling, bookworm because that's what I am. It's when they interpret me wrong that I have a problem.”
He shrugs. "Doesn't help to waste my time thinking about would've-beens." Laila whispers, "He says to the girl with a mind full of them.” (less)
I got this book on a dare from my friend. I got through two short stories then called it quits. It was actually more literary than erotic. It left me...moreI got this book on a dare from my friend. I got through two short stories then called it quits. It was actually more literary than erotic. It left me uncomfortable and weirded out. To each her own I guess. (less)
At A Glance Wow, Opal is like a kick in the teeth, in a good way. Even with the slow parts, I was left breathless by the end.
The Good I never really fangirled over this series like some people, but I really do love this story. Armentrout may not be the best writer in the world, but she can tell one hell of a story. The Lux series is like my guilty pleasure. Or I should say Daemon is my guilty pleasure? I just want to eat him up. Mmmm.
Opal starts off where Onyx ended. The gang has experienced some tragedy and they are all trying to recover, but there is still some business to take care of. I liked the action and heart-clenching moments in this book. I was really freaked out in some parts. Armentrout puts her characters through hell, and that's the way I like it.
Katy is growing up so much. She is becoming her own woman. She has her cool alien powers that are really turning her into a kickass chick. She is learning from her mistakes and learning how to ask for help and let people in. I hope we see her character mature even more.
Daemon, my Daemon. We see a whole new side of Daemon. This Daemon is...wait for it...romantic. Yup, you heard right. Our new Daemon is sweet, caring, but with still enough snark to make us melt like we did the books before. He is so much more mature, just like Katy. He has a lot to deal with in this book, but he handles everything so well. I love this new Daemon.
This book will blow you away in a lot of ways. The plot is serious and dark with sprinkles of humor and fun. I think this is the best book in the series so far.
Worst/Best cliffhanger ever. You haven't seen a REAL cliffhanger until you've read the ending to Opal. I wanted to throw up, punch someone, and rip my book apart. But, damn, that was pretty effing amazing. No way you can stop yourself from reading the fourth book of this series after that.
The Bad There was waaaay too much downtime in this book. The beginning was slow and a lot of the time the characters are either waiting around or plotting to do something. I hate the waiting game. So boring.
The worst part was that our group let's themselves be put in bad positions because of this certain person they know they can't trust and should have killed a long time ago. I just don't get why this group, who seem intelligent, don't see what is going to happen when they let people into the group who are obviously devious. I can't stand the stupid decision making in Opal.
The Snuggly Hell's yeah. Lots of steamy scenes to enjoy in Opal. Nothing too sexy since it's YA, but still blush worthy. I loved seeing Daemon and Katy as a real couple. They are closer than ever. And Daemon is definitely bringing on the romance. *Swoon*
Final Thoughts I can't wait to read Origin, the fourth book of the series, especially with how Opal ended. I love how the characters are growing and the story is moving along. I expect it to get even better from here. Very recommended.
Quotes “I love you, Katy. Always have. Always will.”
“A slow, wry smile teased Daemon’s lips. "Simmer down, Kitten, before I have to get you a ball of yarn to play with." Annoyance flared deep inside me. "Don’t start with me, jerk-face.”
“You haven't been smiling much. I missed it, so I decided to reward you for doing it." "Reward me?" I laughed. "God, only you would think kissing someone is a reward." "You know it is. My lips change lives, baby.”
“He…he kisses like he’s dying of thirst, and I’m water.” I smacked my hands over my hot face. “I can’t believe I just said that out loud.” Lesa giggled. “Sounds like one of those romance books you read.” “It does.” I started giggling. “But, oh Lordie Lord, it’s true. I’m like a puddle of mush when he kisses me. It’s embarrassing. I’m so, like, ‘Thank you, can I have another?’ Sad.”
“There was a pause, then his lips stretched into a smile. "You're right." Hell froze over. Pigs were flying. "Come again?" "You're right. I should have checked in at some point. I'm sorry." The world was flat. I didn't know what to say. According to Daemon, he was right about 99 percent of the time. Wow.” (less)
At a Glance I have heard rave reviews about Obsidian so I was super excited to finally get to read it. I ended up really liking it but it wasn't the super star I was hoping for. But you can bet your booty that I will be continuing the series.
The Good Here's The Story... Katy did not want to move away from her home. So when her mom drags her to West Virginia, Katy feels like her life is over. Starting a new school for senior year is pretty bad, having no friends is even worse, but living in a town with wonky internet access where she can't update her book blog on a regular basis is unimaginable. And the icing on this crap cake is that her new neighbor is an asshat beyond human standards. Daemon seems to live to irritate and embarrass Katy every chance he gets. Then one night everything changes. Daemon saves Katy's life by using his freaky alien powers. Yup, Daemon's an alien, and now he must stick close to Katy's side because his powers have left a mark on her. A mark that has brought some alien enemies into town that hope to destroy Daemon and his family by using Katy as bait.
But With ALIENS... I was so excited to finally read the famous Obsidian. It seems to have quite a following in the book blogging world. And though this book had many flaws, I couldn't help but love reading every word of it. I think some books have that spark that make them unforgettable, that make them powerful in some way. After reading Obsidian, I see why so many love it. It's like Armentrout read Twilight and thought, "I could totally write a better version of Twilight, but with ALIENS." And hey, it worked.
A Day in the Life of a Book Blogger... The first thing that made me love this book was Katy. She was a great main character. I actually wanted to follow her life. She had a great personality, she made me laugh, she was a good friend, and...wait for it...she was a freakin' book blogger. Katy was completely relatable, especially to book bloggers. Armentrout even mentioned a few popular memes that most of us participate in. This was genius on Armentrout's part. It was like reading a story about a fellow book blogger whose life turned into a paranormal book. Awesomeness!!!!!
Don't Talk, Just Look Pretty... Then we have Daemon. The arrogant, bad-boy jerk with out of this world looks. We all get why Katy is somewhat obsessed with him. He's like eye-candy on steroids. He is the kind of guy in which he's great to look at but when he opens his mouth you want to punch his pretty face off. I was proud of Katy for sticking up for herself most of the time (though she could have done a better job of it, which I talk about in The Bad), especially since it keeps Daemon on his toes. Even Daemon is surprised by Katy's tenacity most of the time. Their witty banter back and forth is the best part of this book. But why is Daemon such a basterd? We get a hint of why Daemon treats Katy like crap, which makes me think his nasty attitude isn't natural. I think he can be a good guy. I don't mind him being cocky or even condescending. It was funny. I just want to see Daemon grow into who he truly is and not what circumstances made him into. I would like to see a better Daemon in the next book.
The Others... I loved Daemon's sister, Dee. I think she is the perfect friend match for Katy. She's both sweet and caring and only wants to have a real friend for once. I really hope good things happen to her. And the other side characters all have stories that we are somewhat aware of but have yet to see flushed out. I like that. Secondary characters should have complexity, even is we never get to read about their lives. It makes them more real.
Kind of Sci-Fi... I have to admit, this is the first alien book for me. As for it's sci-fi elements, it's on the light side. I like the possibility of all these alien powers and their presence on earth, but this book doesn't get into these topics too heavily. This is a paranormal book with a sci-fi concept. It's different and new, which is what I am always looking for in a good book. I am very much interested to see where this story is going. I think Armentrout set herself up nicely because she has a world of possibility when it comes to going forward with the series.
The Bad It's a little hard to pinpoint what I didn't like about this book. Even though I loved watching Katy and Daemon bickering and flirting back and forth, that's all this book really focused on. Sure, there was some action and alien problems, but it felt like I was waiting forever for something substantial to happen. And when it did, it wasn't as exciting as I expected it to be.
Also, Katy's whole "I hate Daemon, I love Daemon" thing got a little much for me. I get his looks make it hard to give him up, but if he treated me the way he did Katy, he would be sporting some broken bones. At least she could have hated him until he started being a little nice, but she was still obsessed with him no matter what he did. Someone needed to slap some sense into her. Some readers haven't liked Daemon for the way he treated Katy, but really it's Katy who needs to stand up for herself more often and stay away from him all together.
The writing was pretty amateurish, too. I was very aware that the author was setting things up for the future, which made things predictable. It really had a Twilight feel to be honest, but Obsidian was much better than Twilight.
The Snuggly I think the best way to describe the snuggly in this book is with a quote from the book: “Holy Hawt Chemistry, Batman!” This is the HOTTEST YA book I have ever read. OMG, even with Daemon being all asshatty, I wouldn't mind some of his attention. I am literally getting the chills just thinking about the chemistry between these two. Well, actually it's the heat that Daemon exudes that keeps this book scorching from page to page. He's all sex all the time, and no girl can or should ever resist him. (Yes, I am aware that I just contradicted myself by admonishing Katy for the very same thing. What can I say, Daemon brings out my stupid girl side.)
Overall I didn't fall in love with this book but I really enjoyed reading it every step of the way. The concept is fresh and the characters are damn entertaining. I think there could have been more action and excitement throughout the novel, but I am hopeful Onyx, the next book in the series, can deliver. This is my first Armentrout book, and I am excited to experience more of her writing soon. Highly recommended.
Quotes “My palms itched to have a close encounter of the bitch-slap kind with his face.” ~~~~~~~
“Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.” ~~~~~~~
“Why are you such an ass?" The words came out before I could think twice. "Everyone has to excel at something, right?" "Well, you're doing a great job.” (less)
At a Glance It's as simple as this, Rotter World is the best zombie book I have read by far.
The Good Flesh Craving... There is no need to summarize this book because Baker did an excellent job of that in his own book summary. So let's get down to the nitty-gritty. I loved this book so much I had a hankering for some flesh once I turned the last page. After satisfying my hunger by chewing on my pinkie for a bit, you couldn't stop me from spreading my love of this book. A zombie book is a zombie book, until you read Rotter World. A story of raw emotion, gore beyond comprehension, and the lengths self-righteous people will go to justify their hate.
The Leader... We spend a lot of time in the perspective of Mike Robson, once an officer of the law, now the leader of the team that goes into the thick of zombie territory to find supplies and survivors. Mike was the perfect hero. Loyal to a fault, caring but strict when needed, and a strong sense of morals. He is the kind of guy you would want to follow. I knew with him leading the group, with him being the voice of reason that no matter how bad things got, he would find a way to help the others survive.
Angels of Death... Natalie was another great character. She was the leader of the Angels of Death, a group of girls who she taught to shoot a gun and take care of themselves. The stories of what these girls had to go through to survive were gut-wrenching. The many rape gangs roving the world has made zombie-land even more terrifying for the female population. Natalie showed these women who have been victimized to fight and survive. I love reading about women who don't let their horrible pasts dictate who they are now. It added a lot of emotion to the novel that made me feel for the characters even more.
Zombies vs. Vampires... I loved the added twist of vampires amongst the Zombie Apocalypse. I really felt bad for them though. Their brethren had pretty much started the end of the world by releasing this virus on the population. Too bad for the vampires that they were not immune to the virus either. Now there are only a few vamps left in the world and almost every human would relish wiping them out. The vampires aren't too keen on having to rely on humans to survive. They need someone to watch over them during the daylight hours. This vulnerability only strengthens the vampires' hatred for the humans that wish them dead. Dravko was the secondary leader of the small vamp group, and he did a great job of keeping them safe. He remained logical the whole time, never letting his emotions get the best of him. He knew who was a threat to his team, and which humans he could trust. I like how some of the humans and vamps started to work together as a common threat emerged.
Humanity is Gone... The themes in this book were thought-provoking: How human frailty can destroy communities. How disaster rarely brings people together, but dismantles the basic structure of humanity. How morals and chivalry are often set aside as each person fights for their own life. How to some people hate and revenge are worth more than the rebuilding of a thriving society. I don't think anyone could really say what kind of person they will become if put in this kind of situation, but we can only hope we keep at least a thread of compassion and civilty even during the end of the world.
Can't We All Just Get Along? It was so easy for the people in Rotter World to blame the vampires for the destruction of life on Earth, but hate is what will continue the road of complete human elimination. When we are met with despair and a bleak future, one can only try to make things better by working together, not against one another. In Rotter World, some people just couldn't let go of their disdain and distrust and it got them killed. It also got innocents killed along the way. But Rotter World also showed us that there is always hope for humanity. Even when surviving seems impossible, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. People make mistakes but holding that against them and continuing a feud during a larger war is just counterproductive. I loved reading about a group that comes together to overcome the impossible. It made me want to cheer out loud.
Zombie Apocalypse... Rotter World was gory, terrifying, and heart-wrenching. It took my breath away and made me shiver at the same time. The action was sublime and the pacing kept my attention till the last page. I couldn't put this book down. There was a constant sense of dread the whole way through. I wanted so bad for everyone to survive, but that kind of wishful thinking is useless with a zombie book. People die, we mourn, and then move on. Because after killing the first fifty zombies, a hundred take their place. The Zombie Apocalypse waits for no man...or vampire.
The Bad Only two things bothered me. The beginning (after the initial zombie scene) was pretty slow but it was understandable since Baker had to introduce us to all his characters. Then there was a bit of a lull about three fourths into the book, when the crew finally gets to the underground facility.
The Snuggly We get some fun sexual tension and sex scenes. Yaaay. I like my zombie books with at least one sex scene. What the hell else are these people to do when they might be eaten any second?
Overall This is the kind of zombie book I have been looking for. Nothing was held back. I was face deep in rotting skin and gooey innards as Baker took me on the ride of my life. I loved the characters, even the bad guys. They all contributed to producing one hell of a zombie story. Highly recommended to all.
Excerpt "What's in there?" Sam asked nervously.
"Trust me," said Natalie, "you don't want to know."
"We'll see." Sam yanked Natalie off the truck, knocking her into the grass. He stepped back and spoke to the others. "Check it out. If you find anyone inside, kill'em."
The three gunmen climbed up onto the loading dock. The lanky one pushed aside the curtains with his AK-47 to allow the mustachioed gunman and the one in the Harley Davidson vest to enter, and then followed them inside.
A moment later, a scream emanated from the back of the Ryder, followed by gun shots and a growl, an ungodly guttural sound that was neither animal nor human. All three men started screaming now, the intensity of their panic terrifying. Then, one by one, each cry devolved into a muffled gurgle. The mayhem stopped as quickly as it had started, leaving in it's place an eerie silence. (less)
At a Glance: I was excited to finally read this book because I had heard so many great things about it. Plus, I am a sucker for fairy tales retold. I was blown away by Meyer's concept for a darker version of Cinderella. But in the end, I was left wanting more, and not in the good way.
The Good A Fairy Tale With Bite... Cinder was even more than I expected. The sci-fi element of cyborgs and futuristic gadgets really added an intriguing spin to the fairy tale we all know and love. This is not a romance, it is not a tale of a meek, kind girl who gets everything she has ever dreamed of in the end. This story has grit (sometimes literally), injustice beyond comprehension, tragedy, and a society collapsing from all angles.
We open this book to find that the world is cruel. Technology may have become more advanced, but society has not grown in its compassion. Cyborgs, both machine and human, are second class citizens, treated as good as trash, sometimes even experimented on for the good of the rest of the population. Cinder, a mechanic and a cyborg, has lived most her life knowing she means nothing to the world she lives in, and even less to the little family she has left. Then Prince Kai walks into her life and brings both hope and despair. He is a beacon of light that takes away some of the darkness Cinder must endure daily. But he also brings the knowledge that their slice of the world is in grave danger from not only the plague that is slowly eating away at the populace, but also the threat of an impending war against the Lunar people. What Cinder doesn't know is that she might just be the answer to the many problems her world is facing.
Rise Above the Ashes... I think each individual character in this book played a vital part in bringing this story together. Cinder was a lot stronger than I was expecting. She has been resigned to a life of labor in order to support people who despise her. She is experimented on and treated like nothing better than an unfeeling machine. She is blamed for things she has no control over, and still she perseveres. She works hard, takes initiative to make her life better, and learns to fight back. She is resilient and resourceful when she could have easily crumbled under the horrible life she is forced to live. Parts of her may be made of wire and metal, but she's also just a teenage girl who can love and wants to be loved.
The Other Peeps... I was surprised that Meyer let us also peek into Prince Kai's POV. We get to watch him struggle as his life starts to crumble around him and no matter what decisions he makes, people will die, people will suffer. That's a lot of pressure for someone so young. I think he does a good job for the position he is in. Then we have the stepmother and stepsister who are just as bad as you can imagine. The Lunar Queen was a great addition to the story. Her presence actually gave me the chills. You will hate these three women. But the character that made me smile and laugh was Iko. She really stole some of the spotlight because of her adorable personality. I want to see more of her in the series.
Oomph... The twists in this tale gave the story a lot of oomph. Meyer went beyond the simple premise of Cinderella and jumped leaps and bounds to bring us a world of darkness and light, injustice and triumphs, selfishness and selflessness. Pending war and political intrigue were also a big part of Cinder, which I liked. Meyer's ability to take the story of Cinderella and turn it into a light sci-fi with cyborgs and Lunar people was ingenious. She has a great concept to work off of for the rest of the series.
The Bad I really wanted to like this book more. I almost gave it 3.5 stars because in many ways I did like this book. But there were too many things that annoyed me to justify that rating. First off, the book never really kept my attention. I could easily put it down, and I did, often. At one point I read a whole other book before I came back to Cinder. Most of the time I just wanted to skip to the end--so at least I knew how it ended--and be done with it.
Cinder is a not a very engaging book. It has such an interesting premise and idea and all that potential was untapped. I wanted more world building. I wanted more explanation about society, the past and present, and I wanted to know more about cyborgs. Cinder is both human and machine, but how? I know fantasy doesn't always have to have perfect reasoning, but you should be able to support your fantastical elements with some logic or explanation on how it works.
It was also predictable. No, not because we all know the story about Cinderella. The predictability had nothing to do with the fairy tale. I knew from the beginning who Cinder was and how she was important. Meyer made it too obvious. It ruined the suspense for me.
The ending was not a happy one. I felt like I went through this somewhat depressing book to finish with an ending that wasn't really an ending. Nothing good came out of this story. It was just one mess after another and then we got cut off.
The Snuggly I was hoping for a little more romance. I think Meyer is saving that for the rest of the series. We get to witness the building of a possible romance and that's it. For me, Kai and Cinder's "relationship" felt a little forced. I didn't see what they both saw in each other. I like them as individuals but not necessarily together.
Overall Yes, I rated this book very harshly. I simply can't give a book with so many problems that many stars. But the three stars are for the characters I found interesting and for the idea that may not have been developed well but was an amazing concept to begin with. I will be continuing this series. I want to see what happens next. I just hope Meyer finds a way to work out the kinks in her writing. Recommended for most of my readers. I think my writing background had a lot do to with my rating, and I feel many readers will not find the faults I did.
Excerpt "Come to the ball with me."
She froze. Everyone in the hallway froze.
Cinder turned back. Kai was still standing in elevator B, one hand propping open the door.
Her nerves were frazzled, and all the emotions of the past hour were converging into a single, sickening feeling--desperation. The hall was filled with doctors, nurses, androids, officials, technicians, and they all fell into an awkward hush and stared at the prince and the girl in the baggy cargo pants he was flirting with.
The Good Let me just say this before I start. I cannot be as thorough in this review as I usually am because if I were I would be revealing too many spoilers. In my reviews, I usually only expand on what is in the original summary of the book so that I'm not giving too much away. But this book is chock-full of twists and surprises that if I mentioned them, I would be ruining the mystery.
So In... I have to admit, it took me three times of putting this book down then picking it up days later until I finally got into Starters. But after I was in, I was sucked in. I was absorbed by the bleak world Price created and the interesting characters that made me care about them.
The starters, people in their teens, and the Enders, seniors, are the only two age groups that received the vaccine to the deadly epidemic that wiped out a large portion of the world. The Enders now can live over 200 years old and pretty much rule the world. The younger generation that have living older relatives live a lavish life of wealth while the orphans live in fear of being imprisoned or even killed.
Poor Callie... Callie was a great character. She's willing to do anything to keep her sickly younger brother alive. So she sells the use of her body, becoming a donor for seniors that want to be young again. She gets money so she can keep her brother and close friend alive while the Ender gets to live life in a younger body, even if it's only for a few weeks. I was truly terrified for Callie the whole book. When the neurochip that connects the Ender with the younger body malfunctions, Callie wakes up to find that her renter is involved in some dangerous activities that might get Callie killed. It was fascinating to watch Callie slowly solve the mystery of her renter. Nothing was as simple as it seemed. We knew that Prime Destinations was the center of all the things going wrong in Callie's life, but the reasons why remained elusive for a good portion of the book. And as peoples' true motives were revealed, Callie was only further drawn into a conspiracy she had little hope of surviving.
Love on the Side... But through it all, Callie finds a little love in-between her new hectic life. Blake was an interesting character because I never knew how much Callie could trust him. But at the same time I was screaming at Callie to tell him everything in the hopes of finding some kind of help. It was hard watching Callie do everything by herself, especially when the stakes were raised to horrible levels.
You Never Know... After the first 100 pages, Starters was all action, mystery, and suspense. And as things just got worse and worse, I couldn't fathom how Callie was going to walk away alive. This book was all about huge secrets and heart-wrenching sadness. But that's to be expected in dystopian novels. I read this book thinking I knew all the answers but Price amazed me with her ability to shock me with twists and turns I never saw coming. I turned the last past with my mouth open in astonishment. Nothing is really as it seems so it's almost disorienting reading this book. Which to me only means it did it's job well.
The Bad I was a little surprised by the reviews I have seen about Starters. Many bloggers found this book confusing, but I kept up with the plot pretty easily. The only thing I can say bad about it is that the world building lacked somewhat. I wished some more things were explained from the beginning or even at the end so that I could get a better idea of the dystopian world Price created.
The Snuggly The little romance you will find in this book was pretty much short and sweet. It was also a little confusing because Callie seemed to have feelings for Michael, her friend, but then started crushing on Blake. I think book 2 will be more for romance and the expansion on this whole love triangle. Well, at least I hope. Don't expect anything sexual, just a little kissing.
Overall I had goose bumps through half this novel. The world Price created was chilling. What Callie goes through is unimaginable. And the twists were non-stop. I was actually exhausted after reading this book. It really took me through the emotional ringer. And I loved every minute of it. Highly recommend.
Excerpt The marshals came out of the walkway. I peered at them through a hole in the bush, watching their movement. One headed left. The other came right towards us.
Tyler made a sound, that wheeze that was always followed by a cough. I felt the hair on my arms rise. Michael slipped his hand over Tyler's mouth.
The marshal was approaching. Had he spotted us? He crouched and edged closer, his gun drawn. My heartbeat echoed in my ears. I gripped Michael's shirt and pressed my cheek to his shoulder.
The marshal's hand groped through the leaves in front of my face. He was so close I could smell the oily scent of his glove. I held my breath. (less)
At A Glance LOVES!!!! I loved almost everything about The Host. I am totally going to fangirl all over this review because I can't help but squee every time I think of this book.
The Good Holy Crap! I don't even know where to start. Oh, oh, I know. If you hated Twilight, never fear, The Host is 100% better. Twilight for me was a fun story about obsession more than love that was badly written. The Host is very well written and has way more substance and character development.
I could go on and on about The Host and character development. That's what made this book The Bomb. Oh yeah, I still use that 90's phrase. I'm bringing it back! Each character made me feel so much emotion, so much joy, so much sadness that it felt like I was part of the story. I actually cried near the end of this book. Cried! Me, the unemotional robot actually cried! Stephenie made me care for everyone. They were all multi-dimensional characters with their own stories, even if their individual stories were not outright told. They had obvious depth and unique personalities. I had to know what was going to happen to them, what was going to happen next. It was a "keep reading or die of deprivation" scenario. Yup, I was that dramatic while reading this book.
The concept was somewhat unique. Sure, we have movies and books with alien's taking over the human race, but The Host felt different. Because it's from the alien's perspective and how she comes to love the humans she is meant to dominate. We have Melanie, the body, the human, and Wanderer (Wanda), the soul, the alien. Though Wanda has control of Melanie's body, Melanie refuses to let Wanda take complete control. She will not be silenced. So Melanie does the only thing she can, she shares memories of the man she loves, Jared, with Wanda. Wanda slowly falls in love with Jared through Melanie's memories. But it's when they set out to find Melanie's lost love that the story really begins. Because this is not a story about an alien takeover. This is a story about friendship, love, and sacrifice. It's about what a species is willing to do for survival. It's also about finding out who you really are and what you are willing to do for the ones you love. The Host is more complex than it seems.
Wanda was one of the best characters ever. She has lived many lives, in many bodies. But it's Melanie, a girl who won't give up, that changes her outlook on life and humanity. Wanda takes risks for a love that has grown only from memories. But she finds mostly hatred from the rebels from which her "beloved" lives. Having Wanda fall in love with Jared because of Melanie's memories was simply genius. I felt horrible for her when she is attacked and treated like an outcast amongst the rebels, even if I knew that it was logical for them to be cautious of her. Wanda is brave beyond reason though. She is strategic in what she says, what she shares. She knows how to stay alive. And her compassion for others is admirable. It's still hard to grasp the close friendship Melanie and Wanda had considering the circumstances. Then Ian came into the picture and changes everything...for the better.
Melanie was also a very strong and determined character. She held on to her soul, her conscienceness and fought with Wanda for control over the body they shared. And her love for Jared was simply beautiful. It kept the whole story going. Jared was a little iffy for me at first, but I grew to love him like Wanda and Melanie did. He was somewhat hardened by the rough life humans now had to live, but he still held on to the kindness and compassion that seems to be ingrained into his person. Ian was a whole other story. He starts out as the bad guy (kind of) but he turns into the most amazing love interest ever. We should all be so lucky to have someone like Ian in our lives. He loves with wild abandoned and I admire him the more for it.
There was just enough action to keep my attention the whole way through. The Host was well written and the plot was well thought-out. The world-building was interesting and had me wanting to learn more. I love how Stephenie wrote a sci-fi book that had less to do with the human perspective. This was about the alien's perspective. It was less about a hostile alien invasion and more about human nature in all its glory.
I actually read this book years ago and I remembered almost everything about it even today. I reread/skimmed it for this review, but it was unnecessary. This book left such an impression on me that the whole story was imprinted into my mind.
The Bad I almost gave The Host my rare 6 stars, but I had to concede that it wasn't perfect. Close, but not quite. The beginning is slow, as well as other parts of the novel. I still wanted to continue reading, I just wish more happened in certain areas.
The Snuggly Stephenie labeled this book as Adult but it's not. It has a YA feel, especially in the romance department. We only get some kissing and touching. But the sort of love triangle was freakin' awesome. I really didn't know how Stephenie was going to handle the relationships in this book since it was all very complicated. But she did an excellent job of giving us a satisfying resolution for each couple. Jared and Melanie, Wanderer and Ian, it was all so romantic and crazy at the same time.
Final Thoughts The Host is one of my favorite books of all time. It may not be perfect but it's pretty damn close, for me at least. You will grow to love each character with ease. And the storyline will leave you wanting more. Trully, this is not a book to be missed. Highly recommended.
Quotes “It's not the face, but the expressions on it. It's not the voice, but what you say. It's not how you look in that body, but the thing you do with it. You are beautiful.”
“I love you,” I whispered. “Don't say that like you're saying goodbye.” But I had to. “I, the soul called Wanderer, love you, human Ian. And that will never change, no matter what I might become.” I worded it carefully, so that there would be no lie in my voice. “If I were a Dolphin or a Bear or a Flower, it wouldn't matter. I would always love you, always remember you. You will be my only partner.”
“I held you in my hands, Wanderer, and you were beautiful.”
“You are the noblest, purest creature I've ever met. The universe will be a darker place without you," he whispered.” (less)
Note: I decided to repost my review of this book. I originally took it down for the many cyber attacks I received for my opinion of this book. I under...moreNote: I decided to repost my review of this book. I originally took it down for the many cyber attacks I received for my opinion of this book. I understand many people view this book differently and are upset by how they interpreted the content. If I reread this book today, would my opinion have changed? Probably. But this review below was how I felt about the book a long time ago. I can't change that. I just ask that you please not bully or attack me anymore for my opinion. I respect how you feel about this book, please respect me back. Thank you.
The Good Eden lives in a dystopian world where the darker your skin, the more desirable you are because those with dark skin can more easily stand the excessively hot environment that the earth now nurtures. Eden is a Pearl, a white person, which pretty much categorizes her as the dregs of society. Eden can only hope that a desirable Coal, a black person, will pick up her mate-option. But the story really begins when Eden and her father are swept away by Ronson Bramford, one of the most desirable and wealthiest Coals, and taken to a secluded part of the rainforest. This is after Eden compromises her father's vital experiments and Bramford is turned into something between beast and man. But Bramford's new transformation might be the key to helping society gain a semblance of what it once was, with everyone on more equal footing and with a better adaption to the environment.
To tell you the truth, I was scared out of my mind while reading this book. I always put myself in the position of the protagonist and to live in the world Eden lives would be like a death sentence without a defined date. To be so disposable and surrounded by people who hate your kind is just terrifying. But despite my fear, I devoured this book in one night. I don't often read dystopian type novels, but I have to admit this was a great introduction to the premise.
Eden was an interesting character that I couldn't help but feel sorry for. She tries to do the right thing but seems to always make things worse. Even though she has learned to be subservient and fear her superiors, she still has this inner strength that I think comes from her father's determination, her mother's love for life, and her "aunt" Emily's beautiful words. Oh, I can't forget to mention that. I think Foyt's concept of making Emily Dickinson Eden's "aunt" was wonderful. Her integration of Dickinson's poetry was quite fascinating. It brought a sense of realness to an otherwise fantastical world.
Bramford was a mystery most of the book. We can see that he views Eden not as a Pearl but as a woman, even when her childish actions say otherwise. But his past haunts him and his future is very much uncertain. He envisions a better world, just like Eden's father, but it has cost him some of his humanity. Though Foyt doesn't provide a very detailed description of what Bramford looks like after his transformation, I can't help but think of him as hot. It's the way Eden sees him that helps me visualize his undeniable masculinity and inhuman strength.
Watching Eden and Bramford fall in love was quite endearing. They couldn't be more opposite but they find something special in each other. It's as if they see the real person inside, the one each had to hide from the rest of society.
I think Foyt did a great job of writing a story that speaks to the many issues we face each day. How our culture defines what beauty is and what such beauty gets you. The issues of racism and the ever-increasing destruction of our environment and earth. The plot was intriguing, the characters were eye-catching, the action was amazing, and the concept was unique. Oh, and the mystery. Most of my question's didn't get answered till the very end, but I liked that. To keep guessing till the last turn of the page made it so much more exciting.
The Bad It's hard to pinpoint exactly what I didn't like about the book. One thing that was a little annoying was that from the summary and blurbs about the book I was expecting a different story. With the emphasis of the Coal/Pearl relationship and dystopian type world, Revealing Eden didn't focus too much on this aspect. The majority of the book was set in the rainforest away from the oppressive society I assumed was going to be the focus of the book.
The other thing that bothered me, though this is probably just me, the relationship between Eden and her father was depressing and how it was "resolved" was very unsatisfactory. And I know Eden can be a pain in the butt but you can't fault her for the decisions she makes when no one would tell her the whole story or truth.
The Snuggly We get some kissing and a little touching. This is a young adult book all the way, though we do get a little cussing.
Overall Though young adult is not my primary source of reading material, I have to say this book surprised me. It caught my attention from the get-go and never let up. Though the story took a turn I wasn't expecting, I still enjoyed myself till the end. I can't wait for part two. And I wanted to thank Foyt for signing my copy. Revealing Eden was the first hard-copy ARC I ever received, and your message only made it that much more special. Highly recommended for all ages. (less)