Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #179, September 16th

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today's teaser comes from Blacke Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick, page 28.

"When I'd rung her doorbell, she had been packing yet another bag, languidly pulling  shirts from her closet and hand picking lipsticks from her cosmetics case. I'd sat on her bed, trying to speed things up by stuffing everything into the bag."

Well, sounds like they are 2 very different people at the moment! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Josephine Angelini Author Page

The Story: I read a sampler of of Starcrossed, a 99 page thing, where it ended in the middle of the sentence, which really made me want to read Starcrossed, I just had to read it! And yeah, the series was just awesome!


Series: Starcrossed, Worldwalker Trilogy.

Stacrossed: Starcrossed City and my review, Starcrossed and her site, my review, my reread, Dreamless and her site, my review, my reread, Goddess and her site, my review, my reread.

Worldwalker Trilogy: Trial by Fire and her site, my review, Trail of Tears, Traitor's Pyre.

Monday, September 15, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #171, September 15th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #170
Teaser Tuesday #178
WWW Wednesday #178
WOW #175
Will the Time Come #171
Third Sentence Thursday #161
Random Reads #146
First Lines Friday #166
The Reward Challenge Round 104 Part 1
Follow Friday #149

Week 37 Reviews:
Heir of Fire

Finding Hope: Review

We Have the Cover of Study #4!!!!
We Have the Cover of Bloodlines #6!!!!
We Have the Title of Scarlet #3!!!!
What to Read in a Week
How Well I Stuck to It

OK, so I got 20 posts in 7 days, wrote 2 incredible long reviews, and yeah, can't wait for this week! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Insignia, Allies, Vortex, CatalystDead Witch Walking, Black Ice, BlackbirdThe High PriestessQueen of SwordsQueen of WandsSalvageThe TakingAfter the EndThe Eternity KeyDeath SwornGet Even, Red QueenA Beautiful WeddingBeautiful Oblivion, AfterworldsAngel BurnKiss of the Highlander, Orenda, The Language of SilenceFar in the WildsA Spear of Summer GrassIn A Handful of DustA Questionable ClientMagic BitesFeral, OutlanderAir BoundLord of LegendsBrutal YouthOriginally HumanMortal DangerThe Fault in Our Stars, Life Lived Twice, The PredictedBeautiful DarknessWither,
Anything to Have YouExquisite CaptiveThe Legacy of EdenThe ShackThe Pearl SavageThe Savage BloodPrecious Blood, PassionariesClaiming the HighlanderBorn in SinMaddie's TattooAwakenSunrise, and White Space.
In S. J. Kincaid’s fast-paced and humorous sci-fi Insignia trilogy, the earth is in the middle of World War III when teen gamer Tom Raines is recruited to train with other young cadets as a pivotal member of the elite combat corps, the Intrasolar Forces. At the Pentagonal Spire’s training academy, he makes the best friends of his life—fellow government weapons-in-training Wyatt Enslow, Vik Ashwan, and Yuri Sysevich.

In this 47-page prequel novella to the series, budding genius Wyatt Enslow—intensely loyal and hyperintelligent if occasionally, hilariously, socially awkward—takes center stage as S. J. Kincaid reveals Wyatt’s life before she found her place, and her own inner strength, among her devoted band of friends at the Spire.
The impossible was just the beginning. Now in their second year as superhuman government weapons-in-training at the Pentagonal Spire, Tom Raines and his friends are mid-level cadets in the elite combat corps known as the Intrasolar Forces. But as training intensifies and a moment arrives that could make or break his entire career, Tom’s loyalties are again put to the test.

Encouraged to betray his ideals and friendships for the sake of his country, Tom is convinced there must be another way. And the more aware he becomes of the corruption surrounding him, the more determined he becomes to fight it, even if he sabotages his own future in the process.

Drawn into a power struggle more dramatic than he has ever faced before, Tom stays a hyperintelligent step ahead of everyone, like the exceptional gamer he is—or so he believes. But when he learns that he and his friends have unwittingly made the most grievous error imaginable, Tom must find a way to outwit an enemy so nefarious that victory seems hopeless. Will his idealism and bravado cost him everything—and everyone that matters to him?

Filled with action and intelligence, camaraderie and humor, the second book in S.J. Kincaid’s futuristic World War III Insignia trilogy continues to explore fascinating and timely questions about power, politics, technology, loyalty, and friendship.
The explosive conclusion to the series reviewers have likened to Ender’s Game and “Hogwarts-in-Space”

This exhilarating, explosive, and heartrending conclusion to the Insignia trilogy brings Tom and his intelligent, passionate, and brave young friends stunning tests and dangerous confrontations and through to an impossible future they could never have predicted.

Tom Raines and his friends are eager to return to the Pentagonal Spire to continue training for the elite Intrasolar Forces, but they soon discover troubling changes: strict new regulations and the revelation that the Spire is under new military control. What begins as an irritating adjustment soon reveals a dangerous shift in reality. Those now in control are aligned with corporate sponsors and their ruthless agendas. And when the military academy begins welcoming new cadets with suspicious neural processors, the first step in a plan with horrifying worldwide ramifications, Tom is desperate to stop it, even if that means keeping secrets from his closest allies.

Then a mysterious figure, the other ghost in the machine, begins fighting against the corporations, but with methods even Tom finds shocking. And when the enemy comes for Tom, how much can Tom endure in the battle to save himself? He must decide if he can still fight when the odds of success seem to be sliding from his grip.
Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…
Join forces with a parallel universe. 

Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for. 

A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action- packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Orenda is the first novel in the Orenda series.
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life...and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Some promises are made to last forever...

What if you fell in love with a stranger...but that stranger had come from your past, a past you never knew existed until the moment your eyes met?

When Tess Winters locks eyes with a stranger at an airport bookstore, it ignites a feeling of passion somewhere deep inside her that she can't explain.

Although the encounter is innocent and brief, the intensity of it lingers, leaving her overwhelmed by a yearning for the mystery man now consuming her every thought.

Struggling to break the powerful hold he has over her heart, Tess starts to experience strange but familiar dreams...dreams from the turn of the twentieth century of the charming Mr Addison Taylor.

As her dreams start to materialize into reality, and past and present begin to blur, Tess is forced to put the pieces of a forgotten time together, and soon discovers that love isn't the only thing that can find you after an eternity.

Captivating, mysterious, and romantic, Life Lived Twice will leave you wondering whether love is so powerful it could last more than a lifetime.
Daphne is the new girl in town and is having trouble fitting in. At least she has Jesse… sort of. He wants to be more than “just friends,” but there’s something he’s not telling her about his past. Something dangerous. When a female student is brutally attacked, police turn to PROFILE, a new program that can predict a student’s capacity for violent behavior, to solve the case. As the witch hunt ensues, Daphne is forced to question her feelings for Jesse—and what she will do if her first love turns out to be a killer.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Week 37 Review: Passion

From Goodreads:
Luce would die for Daniel.

And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . . .

Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history.

Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.

My first review of Passion
My Review:
I really enjoyed this book! The way I see it, is the first one is the mystery, the second is finding out that there's more to know, while learning a little bit, this one is most of the learning, and the last, is dealing with the consequences of the learning, and the final learning!

Bill/Satan/Lucifer, the whole thing where she asks if he was one of The Scale, and he just winks, but doesn't actually confirm it with words, that was really tricky! And his words? A few of them are favourite lines, because them, themselves, are funny, though the intent behind them is so very different!

I really enjoyed visiting all of Luce's past lives, even the ones that we hardly got to see, like the Nepal one, which she was alive for about 3 minutes, and then Daniel did his suicide attempt off the cliff. All their different lives, names, and situations, I wonder at how many times it's happened!

I know the big reveal of Rapture, and yeah, there were hints in it, that were disguised as other things, like that the starbursts only kill "immortals" according to Bill, but we know he lies. Or her insistence that she'd seen Daniel has his true self before, but she couldn't quite remember it!

Favourite lines: "he's so by the book, it's a snooze," Yeah, you'd say that, Bill! "I'm certainly no angel." Uh, yeah. Not any more! "There will be no great sign reading IF YOU VEER RIGHT, YOU SHALL BE A PRINCESS, VERSUS IF YOU VEER LEFT, YOU'LL REMAIN A SCULLERY MAID FOREVER." Though if such a sign existed, I think most would pick princess!"I've missed you, too, these past...three hours." Ah, the passions of the young! "Actually, your'e standing in walnut shells." That is so being literal, not emotional!

I really enjoyed this book, and I can't wait to finish off the series again! Though I wish there hadn't been such a gap between Torment and Passion, in me reading them!

Author: Lauren Kate
Series: Fallen #3
First Read: November 22nd, 2011
Read: September 12th, 2014
Source: Own
Reason Read: Rereading! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Published: June 14th 2011
/5 Hearts
/5 Books
/5 Stars

Week 37 Review: Heir of Fire

From Goodreads:
Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy. 

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

My Review:
I utterly adored, loved to pieces, and devoured, this book! All this week, looking at it, I would just squee, because I was just so close to reading it! And then I was, and I fell in love, because this is such a beautiful, amazing, complex book with so many strands that are growing and spreading out, which is why I'm so glad that there's going to be 6 books!

Celaena is in a bad place at the start of this book. She's dealing with the death of Nehemia, and the feelings raised that Nehemia arranged her death because Celaena said no to participating in the cause. All to get Celaena going. The betrayal of Chaol for basically picking the King's side by not telling her about the threat to Nehemia's life. And seeing how little the prince of Wendlyn can do, even if he was beloved. Yeah. Bad  place. But her story, and Manon's, were the ones that I wanted to read most in this book!

There was a lot going on in this book. And all of the next 3 paragraphs, we got the POV's of all the characters mentioned, thought the first ones mentioned in their paragraphs usually got more then the others! From Celaena's journey, learning how to control her Fae side, training with Rowan Whitethorn, a full Fae descendent of Mora, like Celaena is a descendent of Mab, which means that they're cousins, even if it's distant.

Then there was the Manon Blackbeak of the Ironteeth witches. And yeah, she was "wicked" as she said of her life. And her story is of the task of working with Adarlan's wyvern, to fight Adarlan's enemies for a bit. And the politics of the witches, which were pretty creepy! And her wyvern, Abraxos, who was just a bait wyvern, but proved himself to be a warrior. And with the iron spikes put into his tail, and the iron teeth in his mouth, I could really see a comparison between him and the Ironteeth witches! Oh, and Manon's thing with the winds of fate blowing, that was awesome!

Then there was Chaol's POV, which dealt with the deal that he made with his dad to get Celaena out. Oh, and with her cousin, Aedion. We got one memory scene from Celaena that was so touching of him. And yeah, it was awesome to see those 2 plot together, to help Celaena regain her crown, and Chaol also to help Dorian, mainly. And how the monsters that were mentioned might already be in Wendlyn!

The last was of Dorian, dealing with his magic, and Sorscha, the healer that's helping him, and yeah, they form a pretty personal connection, one that in chapter 40, they're cuddling, basically, though not sexually, more mentally and comforting.

I loved how Celaena and Rowan had stares that could communicate, just like Mac and Barrons from the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. It's just incredible what detail those conversations could get into! Loved them!

The whole thing about her magic, and how it's a well, and the more powerful you are, the deeper it goes, and they'd go into their well as long is it took to get to the bottom, the most powerful, before battles, so they'd be at their best? That was pretty cool!

Or the mention of Maeve and her love, and how he had a ring, and he died. And then the sword with a ring, in the cavern in the mountain with the lake and the monster, where Celaena had to carefully use her power, and how those 2 might be connected!

Or how about the above sword is called Goldryn. And was used to help send back the demon princes, the Valg, back to their realms. And was used by Brannon of the Wildfire, the dad of Elena. And the whole "You were brought back. All the players in the unfinished game." That doesn't sound too good! Or the vision of the future that someone gave her that we saw latter, that was good for us, and maybe good for her, now that she's accepted her responsibility to be Queen!!

One thing from a Manon POV, is the mention of a "young woman with wine-read hair who now calls herself their High Queen (of the Wastes.)" I'm wondering, if it's the girl from The Assassin and the Desert novella! Because that'd be awesome!

Another is that I think Elide, daughter of Lady Marion, who was Aelin's mom's "dearest friend and handmaiden," who stayed with Aelin after she was found between her parent's corpses, maybe, and Lord Cal Lochan, who had a brother who joined in with Adarlan's king, might be another character with a twist similar to Celaena and Aelin. Because she's missing too, and yeah, I hope we get to meet her, if we haven't already! She was only 7 when the magic was stripped away, she could've been spirited away and then raised by others!

Lots of the detail of that came from the memory of the time that the King of Adarlan came to Terrasen, and yeah, the interactions between her and Dorian were so sweet! And I'm pretty sure the king tried to get into her head! Go her for fighting him! Because he looked at her a total of 3 times!

So I wrote this before I was done reading. So read it, then my comments afterwards. Something really important that might be one of the biggest things that she will learn "Brannon-he had possessed all three. yet had chosen to hid them. rather than put them back/ And somehow, suddenly. that became the greatest question of all: why?" Yes, Why? That will most definitely be important! OK, I was wrong, it wasn't all that big, but it brought all lot of the pieces together throughout this book, and yeah, a pretty good reason why!

Favourite lines: "Wrong kind of witch." So creepy! So awesome! "She darted to the next tree, carefully avoiding any sticks or leaves, cursing silently at the slowness of her pace, and-Damn it all to hell." I just love that switch from caution, to some panic! "He gave her a look that said, I let you bait me, in case you hadn't noticed. I not some mortal fool." Yeah, Rowan is pretty interesting! "The only thing that frightens me is how very much I want to throttle you." He is also very irritating, hence the throttling! "Manon's stomach went from her throat right out her ass..." That is such a funny line! "It gives me comfort to know that people like you have a special place in hell waiting for them." Yeah, that was really mean, Rowan! "If you could call an entire mountain wood shrouded in webs ordinary." I don't think you can! "With that legendary charm of yours, I suppose." Yeah. Rowan is charming. Yeah. Sometimes I wish that sarcasm had something like bold, italics, and underline. It'd make things so much easier! "Last night, she had growled at a female in the kitchen who would not stop staring at him and had actually taken a step toward him as if to say hello." That is pretty possessive! Though not romantic, apparently! "Something molten rushed through her, pouring over every crack and fracture still left gaping and open. Not to hurt or mar-but to weld. To forge." That is a really great sign of healing! Go, Celaena! "But if she didn't know better, she'd say he was fussing." She does, but I think it's something close to that, he thought earlier that he felt possessive of the need to be one in charge of her protection! "And he'd returned to Celaena with chocolates,since he claimed to be insulted that she considered his absence a proper birthday present." No. Words. Love. That! "Celaena reached across the earth between them and brushed her fingers against Aelin's. And rose." This is such a moving line! "When Dorian had spoken, it hadn't been as a prince who looked at him. It had been a king." This, too! So strong and noble! "No wonder your sense of self-preservation is so pathetic, if that's all the water you can conjure." Which harkens back to a comment made earlier about her bit of water magic being equal to her self preservation! Awesome sauce! "She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one." Majestic! Magnificent! "And then Celaena set the world on fire." Awe-inspiring! "No longer would they be locked away in her heart. No longer would she be ashamed." Powerful, moving! That is one of the main messages in this book! "Brother. Friend. King." Oh, something bad is going to happen, more then it already has!

This was a fantastic, amazing, 569 adventure filled, emotionally wrought, book that excellently continued on the growing saga of Celaena Sardothien, Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, Elentiya, assassin, queen, and bad ass!

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Read: September 11th, 2014
Source: Bought
Reason Why: Love this series so much! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Published: September 2nd 2014
/5 Hearts
/5 Books
/5 Stars

Week 37 Review: Obsession

From Goodreads:
He’s arrogant, domineering, and... To. Die. For.

Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy.

Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something... unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s murder at the hands of what can only be an alien, thrusting her into a world that will kill to protect their secret.

Hunter stirs Serena’s temper and her lust despite their differences. Soon he’s doing the unthinkable—breaking the rules he’s lived by, going against the government to keep Serena safe. But are the aliens and the government the biggest threats to Serena’s life… or is it Hunter?

My First Review of Obsession
My Review:
Rereading this book, it was so good! I mean, rereading the whole Lux series with this, getting a full picture of the universe, and all the details that were there, it's just adding to the depth and the complicity, and my enjoyment, all these details!

Reading this book, and I remember thinking that the one conversation about the war between the Luxen and the Arum, was pretty dark, and yeah, now that I've read Origin, and that ending, and a teaser of Opposition, yeah, that explained it.

That favour that Hunter gave Luc, writing this, I haven't read Opposition yet, but I read somewhere that there were characters from this in that, and I think that's what the favour's going to be used for, which is awesome! Plus it was great to see Daemon, and read it from his POV, at the same time!

And his brothers! Didn't like Sin, because yeah, he was an asshole, and wanting to continue the war that killed their sister, but Hunter, and Lore's attitudes were way better! And Lore was a way better brother, and their teasing was awesome!

One very important line on page 171 on my nook: "It was a plan to contact the Luxen who hadn't come to Earth yet-an honest to God invasion from within the Daedalus, using the origin." Oh, Origin, we know what that means! And yeah, I guess what they do is probably close to the plan!

But this book proves, just like the previous 3 Lux books proves against this conversation, that there can be good people and bad people in the same species, even the same person. Just because it has one, doesn't mean that it doesn't have the other, and vice versa.

My favourite lines: "Mell was rocking the crazy pants tonight." Because yeah, hearing from someone who just learned a bit about the Luxen, when you don't know about them, makes you think the other person is crazy! "Like a walking, f**king light bulb." Light bulb! So funny!"Are you done acting like a psychotic, cracked-out Muppet baby?" That is just so random! Loved it so much! "You're about to get a feisty little foot up your ass." I love all their banter, it's so funny! "It's okay. I like to hear myself talk." Yes, it appears you do! "Hell, I was a woman, so I was going to go with offended." Stick to your guns, they don't deserve to mock or compliment you! You do as I say. It's that simple." Um. Yeah. You just go along and think that! "...I hadn't figured out how to resist the call of the cock yet." You said yourself that you've only recently tried denying yourself! "What could the galactic glow worms be up to?" He-lair-e-us! "Now I sounded like I belonged in a Luxen Anonymous Group or something." Again, their humour! Love it so much! "'You are a prickly bastard.' I smiled then-a big, toothy idiotic smile-and Serena didn't see it." So much funs! "I was f**king cuddling." I can almost hear his outrage in that statement. *Snorts.* "Good to know my ovaries were still functioning like sex was going out of style." Hooray! "It felt like the wells in my brain had broken, because nothing was happening between my ears." That's not a good thing in this case, the how of why she's feeling that way! "Hell to the yeah." Awesome sauce! "Loving him was wrong in all the right ways." Oh, the romance they share! "I'm pretty sure you're also at the top of the arrogance chain, too." Though not a very good idea to mock the one who has kidnapped you and plans on killing you, this is a very true statement!

Loved it so much, and yeah, I kinda hope that this will actually be a series, like is says on the cover, it's an Arum novel!

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
First Read: June 4th, 2013
Read: September 9th, 2014
Source: Tuebl
Reason Why: Rereading! And it's a SAC 2014 Book!
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Covet)
Published: May 31st 2013
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 37 Reviews: Shadows, Obsidian, Onxy, Opal, Origin, Opposition

From Goodreads:
The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane.

Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.

Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in.

Captivated. Lured. Loved.

Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence...and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

From Goodreads:

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don't kill him first, that is.

From Goodreads:
Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

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

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

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

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

From Goodreads:
No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

From Goodreads:
Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

From Goodreads:
Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can't believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

My review of Shadows, Obsidian, Onxy, Opal, Origin

My Review:
So yeah, this is going to be a big review, mostly because of my favourite lines from each book, which each occupy a paragraph, and pretty big ones at that. Like, insanely long. Plus, it's the whole series review, and the first review of Opposition, So yeah, I have a lot of say about it!

Katy's last name is Swartz! I've totally forgotten it since Obsidian, or if it was mentioned later, in that book, because yeah, it's her POV, and it's not like she's going to be thinking about her last name! So a random bit of data that I now have! 

Wondering, how can someone's eyes look intelligent. Because it's what Daemon things about Katy's eyes in the first bonus chapter at the end of my copy of Obsidian of Daemon's POV. Just a random question. Because I have those. Because I'm me. I'm sorry for the guilt that his death caused Katy, but he, not Chris, but he, Blake, didn't deserve to live on this earth as a free person. And with his powers, locking him would be hard. Yeah. Also wondering, where is DB? Did they leave him near the end of Origin, when Matthew betrayed them? I'd love to know! 

Blake. Oh, Blake. Going from the normal guy that represented all that Katy wanted, to being just like her, to being a killer and a betrayer? And then a blackmailer! You just can't come back from that! And add to that the creepiness of going into her room and sleeping on her bed while she's asleep! Plus his earlier declaration of love. He just doesn't know when to give up! And then being the reason for my mini rant below! And then Matthew goes to live with him in betrayalville, population 2 dead people! Broke pretty much everybody's hearts, that he turned in Dawson and Bethany, and then Daemon and Katy! 

In Opal, near the end, when Daemon says to make a necklace out of the Opal? I went "No no no, make it an ankle bracelet under your pants so that nobody can see it right there and take it off like Blake, the evil betrayer!!!" Because I know what's coming! And because unlike the obsidian, which needs to pierce the Arum skin to work, the opal works by touching the skin. So it didn't need to be a necklace!

And I was thinking, instead of just building up a tolerance to onyx, however hard that was, that they could go in body suits, and oxygen tanks. So they aren't breathing in the onyx, and it's not getting on their skin. Because they know about the air borne onyx, and that getting sprayed in the face is worse then just touching it! It would've been much better if they'd done that!

Something that would go in favourite lines, because it's the source of the title, Origins, and the first mention of in the book as far as I know, on page 133. "I'm sure they'll show you eventually, and you'll probably wish they hadn't Origins are kept in that building." And yeah, that sounds pretty ominous!

In Opposition, I kept thinking that Katy would do like she did in Obsidian, and just show then that hybrids are actually stronger then Lux. Or just plain do it again, because it was pretty epic. But oh, well. That's just my vindictive side! And Katy did take out Sadi, the Origin. Which was pretty bad ass!

Loved the fact that both Origin and Opposition were in Katy and Daemon's POV's, because hey, the few bonus chapters in his POV are too few, and yeah, it's just what makes the series great, it grows, it has these characters, and it's just amazing!

Or the fact that instead of the regular serum like the one that Bethany and Blake got, Katy got Prometheus, the one that can heal a few things. The one that doesn't create a bond between the Luxen and the hybrid. So the time that Katy was shot? He still would've lived, but yeah, thank goodness that didn't have to play out, what played out in Opposition was hard enough! 

I loved that ending! So good, and takes in everything that happened in the series, and gave some pretty amazing happy endings to most of the characters that were left standing, Katy and Daemon's core group, and the mention of Hunter and Serena! And baby Ashley! One of the first female Origins! And poor Luc! The only one that we really know who is still alive but didn't get a happy ending. 

What would've been awesome, is if Opposition got a book to be to it, what Origin was to Obsession, that we could have more Arum world, and maybe Hunter's brother Lore, and yeah, that would've been awesome, because more world, more happiness, maybe seeing the invasion from another perspective! That would've been great. Oh, well. 

A weird thing about Opposition, that didn't make it bad, but just felt weird, was that this sense of surreality, that this book was in the same series as Obsidian. Because they are pretty different, and they've travelled so far, that even if they were attracted to each other, that didn't mean that they could stand the other. And the Arum was the enemy in Obsidian, while it was the Luxen who were the bad guys in Opposition, and they were working with Arum to win. A weird feeling, but it's what happens in a series with growth, and change, and that has more then 3 books, I think!

Favourite lines from Obsidian: "Pear. Par. Whatever." and "Well, I'm glad about the zombie thing. I like to think what's left of my brains are safe," I muttered. "And I don't read too much, There's no such thing as that!" True that! Never enough reading for me! "Yes! Like ET, asshole!" Oh, Daemon, not so smart to antagonize she that you just told your big secret to! "Oh yeah, certain stuff was definitely working." 2nd Lake scene!!! Squee!! "I brake-checked him several times. He'd blown his horn. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside." So hilarious! Or this: ",,,it sounded like World War III had erupted in the house. ... "I can't believe you ate all the ice cream, Daemon!" ... "I didn't all of it." "Oh, so it ate itself? Did the spoon eat it? Oh, wait, I know. The carton ate it." "Actually, I think the freezer ate it," Daemon responded dryly. Ah, the Black family, and their obsession with ice cream!

Favourite lines from Onyx: "'Resistance is futile, Kitten.' 'So is your charm.'" Hilarious! "People who didn't heart books didn't understand." and "Nah, books were more important than the Arum." Because books are all important! "Body said yes. Katy said no." Body, please win! "And I think you broke your butt." If it's possible to break a butt, then Katy did! "I'm not going to do anything stupid. Ad even if what I plan is risky and insane, it's a well-thought-out level of stupidity." Well, it is, but it's still stupid! And I don't have more because I read it away from my computer! Which sucks.

Favourite lines from Opal: "Wait. That means I'd probably get a better look at your butt, then." Ah, Daemon, you have some very boy thoughts in your head! "Want to hit me again?" Daemon is insane, and this is the proof! Love/lust has told him that pain is good if she dishes it. "...a common side effect of being around Mr. Awesome, I was learning." Well, it kinda sucks to have somebody ogle your date! "This isn't a paranormal fantasy or whatever the hell it is you read." In context, it's funny, because yes, it is a paranormal YA. But not funny in terms of the fact that they're fighting over her safety. "Petesburg was like the Bermuda Triangle for teenagers. Many came. Some were never see again while others resurfaced from the rabbit hole." So very true, in this series! "Codpiece?" Ah, the dangers of choosing a book at random in a hurry, you never know what you're going to get! "It must be his time of the month." Yeah, I almost wish that guys had time of the months, because yeah. Though the world would be a whole lot grouchier! Though Daemon here, is at that point! "By lunch, Daemon's mood was somewhere between brooding and evil." Well, he does have a reason to be that way! "Breath-I'll finally be able to breathe." This is such a touching line! "They say everything place is haunted. That's why I love them." Well, they would say that to stay in business! "Ah, what the frig, man?" I really enjoy that, I can just hear it in my head! "Dawson really was a suicidal Energizer bunny." Now that line, I can just see in my head! "My lips change lives, baby." Ah, Daemon, and your ego! "Bad little Kitten." I loved that, that she shocked Ash, because Ash deserved it! "Lovely decorative colors." Yes, all white is so lovely! Love the sarcasm! 

Favourite lines from Origin: "I'll burn the world down to save her." Such a heart-breaking line! "My stomach roared to life, grumbling like a troll." Bad Daedalus for not feeding her! "We'd bored easily as kids." Yeah. I'd bet! "Demented Kitten." Well, that's not nice, but it's part of why Daemon/you, since it's his POV, likes Katy! "Gee, what part of this whole thing is incorrect?" Uh, how about the part where it's a stress test, and they are beating on Katy? "This dude was as charming as...well, as me on a bad day." Yeah, Archer kinda is! "What can I say? It's my sparkling personality." Yes, yes it is! "Jesus H. Mary mother of Christ in crutches." That is a pretty weird curse, Daemon! "Huh, the infamous building B strikes again." Oh, that's a great line! "Guard of the Moment" that got the new name of "Tool," and "Tool had a point, but like I cared." Yeah, why would you care about your prison guards? "Was Nancy hoping that Daemon and I would cave to our wild-monkey lust and bring little Daemon babies into the world?" Yeah, but that's pretty wrong, on Nancy's view! "Well, aren't you just a special snowflake." Go, sarcasm! "No offence but I have no desire to be making any weird babies with you right now." Aw, too bad! Those babies would be so cute! But then the bad guys aren't getting the kids! "I don't expect a normal life. I just expect a life with you." Heartstrings, just plucking right along! "Well, how about this. We're both amazing." Yes, you both are! "Patient Too Stupid to Live" and Patient Most Likely to Die"ah, Daemon's nicknames again for the same person! "Gee, way to make me feel stupid." Especially after the trying weeks she's had! "Did I blame myself? Hell to the no. Did it piss me off and make me want to douse the entire compound in gasoline and start towing matchings? Hell yes." So good! "...but then again, they were like baby Einsteins on crack." So hilarious, and so apt! "Like a kitten-that's what I keep telling you. Your hackles are raised." Oh, yes indeedy, they are! "Baby, I'm so far up the ladder there aren't any pegs under me to be knocked down." Oh, arrogance is you, Daemon! :And I was holding a box of condoms in my hand." Which would be embarrassing, except that it's Daemon and Katy! "I'm mental for you." So sweet and corny! Love it! "By the way, don't forget the box of condoms on the floor." Yea, that one, it's OK to be embarrassed! The interrupting cow joke! "I get that, but this is like going from the frying pan into the damn volcano." Such an increase of heat! I'm burned! "Well, the whole time we were downstairs, I was so picturing him naked." Who can blame you? Archer sounds rather good looking! "Screw finding better sheets." Well, the thought counts! "That was just a meet and greet. I want to know their hopes and dreams." I think that may kill one of you, doing that! "Good. So let's get married." Uh, Daemon, that's not how you ask! "It's probably just an accident or a naked person running through traffic." Well, I hope not the accident, because the nakedness doesn't usually cause physical injury! "Well, then, it's time to introduce the world to a little bit of  extraterrestrial awesomeness." That has to be one of the best lines in the history of lines! "I can keep her out of trouble while you guys run around glowing like a bunch of fireflies." Poor Ash, Andrew did say that he wanted to freak out a few humans. Now she won't get a chance! "...glowing like damn HIT ME NOW, PLEASE AND THANK YOU signs." Change, change, change! "Oh s**t. ET so phoned home. kids." Gah, this ending! 

Favourite lines from Opposition: "..I feel like I need to go sit in the corner and start rocking, whispering Daemon's name over and over again." 2 days and nothing! Not good! "Sigh. Books. I missed them." I would, too, because it's been over 4 months without them! I'd go in withdrawal!  "Oh, holy llama drama three babies?" Yeah, and since they'd be Origin babies...yeah. "The whole invading-Earth art kind of gave that away." Yes, not a very good thing for us humans! "Hell, I'd keep her in Bubble Wrap if it weren't so damn creepy and also inconvenient considering I had a terrible habit of obsessively popping the damn things until not a single bubble was left." That is very strange. "I'm having inappropriately timed thoughts right about now." You're a guy, Daemon, what do you expect, don't you always? "I have absolutely no problem with that. Whatsoever. Like, ever. And ever. Forever. You got me?" More guy stuff! "It's like you have a special skill when it comes to finding condoms. Seriously. They must just fall out of the sky whenever you're around." More hilarity! "...I started picturing people twerking-everyone in the limo. Quiet Luxen Dude. Rolland. Sadi. All of them bet over. butts in the air. looking like damn fools." Yes, they totally deserve that and more! "Like, one Luxen suddenly became two not-so-put-together Luxen." Go, Katy! "If we weren't in the middle of a fight,, I'd have you up against a tree right now." Oh, Daemon. Getting hot and bothered in a fight is not very smart! Especially when you're outnumbered! "But oh wells." Love this! "Daemon 2.0? I don't think the world can handle that." I don't think we can! "Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the time I am thinking something that would turn the tips of your ears pink." Yeah. You, boy. Boys=dirty thoughts! "Eyes up here. or I'll start feeling like man candy." Uh, you are. But that doesn't mean you aren't more then that, too! "'We really could use The Avengers right about now.' 'Screw that. We need Loki.'" Agreed! "Daemon, on the other hand. looked positively gleeful as I moved to stand next to him while Nancy did the walk of shame." Which she totally deserves, but I, like Katy, would prefer not to witness it first hand! "...different ways the Arum could maim and kill the Luxen in less than five seconds flat, a conversation I never thought I'd hear Daemon taking part in so enthusiastically." Nor I, seeing as the Arum and Daemon have something of a grudge! "Did I miss school. Not really. Did I miss life before this crap. when it was just me, my trusty pen, and Katy setting in front of me? Yeah. Sometimes." His trusty pen! I miss it, too! "You know, when she's not on Team Kill Everyone." Yes, Dee has to come out of it! "The fact that Archer had never eaten at Oliver Garden but knew about The Walking Dead absolutely befuddled me." Yeah, that is slightly strange! "You'd get jealous if she hugged a tree." Yeah. He would. He's very mineminemine! "Is this like some kind of magical Harry Potter door? Or something? What? You know, like the Room of Requirement?TH door kind of just appears...Oh, never mind." Oh, so funny! "I'm giving you five seconds to back the hell off her. One. Four. Fi-" What happened to two and three? They're so sad! "To a very unlikely, and very temporary, partnership." And that just sums it up, doesn't it? "Plus, she wasn't really good with flowers and all that jazz." Well, her talents are more medicine, and it's Katy that has the green thumb! "We're not standing here or anything." Because PDA is weird for the people around you! "'You know how I love a challenge.' "So do I, Daemon. So do I.'" Full circle! Love this so much! "Your inner book nerd will have a book nerd orgasm." Oh, I want to know more, because, BOOKS!!!! "Although he seemed disturbingly fascinated with the selection of garter belts." He is going to be the groom. I think that is a perk. "You know, I'm doing my thing like a chicken wing." Which makes, like, no sense! 

Yeah. This was an amazing, fantastic series (and the favourite lines were held up to a higher standard, which is why the whole books weren't the favourite lines) and one that I'll hold near and dear to my heart! 

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: Lux #0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
First Read: March 24th, 2013, September 29th, 2012, October 9th, 2012, January 5th, 2013, September 15th, 2013
Read: September 6th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 10th, 2014
Source: Tuebl, Own, Tuebl
Reason Why: Love this series, so rereading it, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book, and Opposition is a End of Series 2014 Book and a Reward Challenge 2014 Book! !
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: February 20th 2012, November 29th 2011, August 14th 2012, December 1st 2012, August 27th 2013, August 5th 2014

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How Well I Stuck to It

So on Thursday, I posted what I should read in a week, here. So I'm going to compare a *rough schedule that I've made, to my list of types of books to read!

Week 38:
Saturday: Insignia by S.J. Kincaid, Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison, The High Priestess by Katee Robert, Queen of Swords by Katee Robert
Sunday: Queen of Wands by Katee Robert, Salvage by Alexandra Duncan, The Taking by Kimberly Derting, After the End by Amy Plum, The Eternity Key by Bree Despain, Death Sworn by Leah Cypress, Get Even by Gretchen McNeil, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, The Language of Silence by Tiffany Truitt, Life Lived Twice by A Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McQuire
Monday: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McQuire, Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly, Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning, Orenda by Ruth Silver, Far in the Wilds by Deanna Raybourn
Tuesday: A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn, Ice Hunt by James Rollins, In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis, A Questionable Client by Ilona Andrews, Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews, Feral by Holly Schindler, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, The Predicteds by Christine Seifert
Wednesday: Air Bound by Christine Feehan, Lord of Legends by Susan Krinard, Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican, Originally Human by Eileen Wilks, Mortal Danger by Eileen Wilks, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 
Thursday: Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stolh, Wither by Lauren DeStefano, Anything to Have You by Paige Harbison, Blackbird by Anna Carey, Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios, The Legacy of Eden by Nelle Davy, The Shack by William P. Young, The Pearl Savage by Tamara Rose Bloggett, The Savage Blood by Tamara Rose Bloggett, Precious Blood by Tonya Hurley
Friday: Passionaries by Tonya Hurley, Claiming the Highlander by Kinley MacGregor, Born in Sin by Kinley MacGregor, Maddie's Tattoo by Katie Kacvinsky, Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky, Sunrise by Mike Mullin, White Space by Ilsa Bick

Tour Books: The Language of Silence, Life Lived Twice. Check.

Review Books: Orenda, The Savage Blood, Passionaries. Check.

NetGalley: Queen of Wands, The Eternity Key, Brutal Youth, Anything to Have You, The Legacy of Eden, Sunrise, White Space. Check. 7 which means I can have 4 extra rereads or new books.

Edelweiss: Salvage, The Taking, After the End, Death Sworn, Get Even, Red Queen, In a Handful of Dust, Feral, Blackbird, Exquisite Captive. 10 which means I have have 8 extra rereads or new books.

Rereads: Insignia, Dead Witch Walking, Angel Burn, A Spear of Summer Grass, Ice Hunt, Lord of Legends, Beautiful Darkness, Wither, Claiming the Highlander, Born in Sin, Awaken. 11. Which means I used up 5 of my extras from above.

New Books: Beautiful Oblivion, Kiss of the Highlander, Magic Bites, Air Bound, Mortal Danger, The Fault in Our Stars. 6 which means I used up 4 of my extras from above.

Meme Books: Outlander-WTC book, The Predicteds-RR book, The Shack-WTC book. Check. 3 which means I can have 1 extra reread or new book.

So yeah, this schedule passes. Even though it's too freaking big for me to actually read in a week! And I want to add Afterworlds and Black Ice to it, which are both review books. Oh, and a ton of new books, and while I have 4 extras, I won't use them! What about you guys? Happy reading!

*By rough, I mean that I might move the books around to try and make sure I read the most of them that I can, and I might get rid of one or two (unlikely) or add more (most likely!)