REVIEW: Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pure (Covenant, #2)

Pure
(Covenant #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published: January 1, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating:

five-stars

There is need. And then there is Fate.

Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn’t exactly awesome–especially when Alexandria’s “other half” is everywhere she goes. Seth’s in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom–so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do–and sacrifice–for her. When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies–lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon–and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn’t blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude–or killing her. When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

MY THOUGHTS…

“You’ll become the center of someone’s world one day. And he’ll be the luckiest son of a bitch on this earth.”

This sequel is awesome and it’s well worth the read. I love everything that happened here. I love the full-paced action, the mystery that surrounds the Council especially the intriguing politics and the rules that make everything complicated for the main characters, the romance, and of course, the pack of witty humor JLA always and never fails to incorporate.

In this book, there are revelations revealed, but not enough– and it left me hanging and made me crave for the next book. I still don’t have any clue who’s behind all the crap that happened to Alex while she was staying at the New York Covenant. Actually there are a lot of things to be discovered that only the next books can answer.

Also, I still don’t know who’s meant to be Alex’s love interest here. Damn, JLA is confusing my heart! Aiden and Seth are both intriguing characters. I love them both (Although I admit I’m more smitten with Seth this time around. Dayum! He’s so sexy!). Both Aiden and Seth have admirable traits. They share the same passion when it comes to protecting Alex. And man, the never-ending testosterone battle between the two is really entertaining.

Anyway, the book gives me a hard time to guess who’s who behind what the oracle described. Who’s bad, and who’s not. I don’t really have an idea and I have to give JLA enough credits for messing up with my mind. LOL.

Overall, the book is insanely fantastic and well, this series is seriously my new obsession. JLA, no doubt, is a masterful author and I cannot say much.

Note to JLA: Thank you so much for the Seth POV over there. ❤ I seriously wanna hug you!

My Rating for this book: 5 Stars

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Review: Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsession

Obsession
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled: Covet
Published: May 21, 2013
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, New Adult
My Rating:

fourstars

This is a stand alone novel that is an adult spin-off of the Lux Series You do not need to read a Lux book to read Obsession and vice versa.

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 THOUGHTS…

Jennifer L. Armetrout did it again! I think there’s no such dull book that she has written. Everything in Obsession is a real treat!

This spin-off book from Lux series really took my breath away. As expected, there are a lot of action scenes that are intense and adrenaline-pulling. The male character, Hunter, (whom we met during the Origin book), is without a doubt, one holy smoke of a hot specie! He’s strong– and stronger than I’ve really expected. I love the fact that he’s always able to defend Serena and he doesn’t give a damn about the DOD even when he’s connected to them.

Serena, on the other hand, is a headstrong female character. As human, she’s expected to be vulnerable and weak– and she is, but I admire her fearlessness when facing stressful and frightening situations.

I was also surprised about how HOT this book is. I mean, literally hotness overload! I expected the steamy scenes after reading the synopsis but what I didn’t expect was yeah– the bed scenes were really, really intense!

Other than that, the book offers important info and details regarding the Arum and Luxen community. I’ve learned something which wasn’t mentioned in Lux series books, and I’m glad that I’ve read it first before heading to Opposition, which is the last and final book of the series.

Maybe the only thing that made it not so perfect for me was because of its vague conclusion. The future isn’t so certain for both Serena and Hunter, and the Luxen community still has secrets that are not yet clear, which I believe will be revealed in Opposition. But, yeah, the important thing is they’re together in the end. And maybe that’s all that really matters. 🙂

All in all, the book is great. It’s hands down romantic, hot, action-packed, and very well-written. Well, it’s Jennifer L. Armentrout, guys. I’m not surprised. 🙂 She’s one of my favorite authors!

My Rating for this Book: 4 Stars

Favorite Lines from the Book

“Loving him was wrong in all the right ways.”

“She was light against my darkness.”

REVIEW: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Originorigin2

five-stars

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?

MY THOUGHTS…

“Well then, it’s time to introduce the world to a little bit of extraterrestrial awesomeness.” – Luc

First, let me extend my big congratulations to Jennifer L. Armentrout for being able to bring out a series that has a constant, amazing delivery. This book is the latest installment of Lux Series. When I completed this yesterday, I have to admit that I got real crazy. I WANT THE NEXT BOOK! Like, RIGHT NOW!

This book is not making things easy for me. In Opal, I thought I was reading the best action scenes in this series, but I was wrong because in Origin, the action scenes were much even scarier, more electrifying, and absolutely breathtaking! It’s like watching a movie, only the difference is you’re doing it in your imagination. And only Jennifer Armentrout can do that effortlessly.

And let me warn you guys to prepare yourself for some difficult situations here in this book. There are a lot of unexpected things to happen, especially deaths of some characters that will shock the nuts out of you. There are also some scenes that are insanely cruel and gruesome but beautifully crafted. Amazing, Jennifer, amazing!

Now let’s get to my favorite parts of this book. I love everything here, especially when it comes to the newly introduced character like Archer. Heck, you guys shouldn’t miss this incredibly defined man. I think this character stood out the best here, next to Luc who also made an impression during the exhilarating, action-packed scenes. I didn’t expect that there are characters here that are equally as impressive as Daemon. I just love the character-building in this book. Each of them were introduced in a thoroughly spectacular way.

I also love how Daemon and Katy’s relationship grew more and more intense here. Daemon is willing to risk his life and his kind just to save her. And yes, he’s not even kidding.

“There’s only one thing I want.”
“And that is?”
“I want to see Kat.”
Nancy’s smile didn’t fade. “And what are you willing to do to accomplish that?”
“Anything,” I said without hesitation, and I meant it. “I will do anything, but I want to see Kat first and I want to see her now.”

This book also has many surprising twists. And Matthew– oh my God, I didn’t see that coming! I couldn’t even believe that my suspicion about Bethany is indeed true. I’ve guessed it right, I’ve guessed it right!

The plot is too good it will absolutely have you sitting on your heels at the same time drawing a deep, anxious breath in full anticipation on what’s to come next. It’s a grab-you-quick and hold-you-fast book with numerous climaxes. No dull moments in this book. Positive. It’s the book that I can’t really get enough. I. JUST. CAN’T.

And the ending… Yes, expect a cliffhanger ending from Ms. Jennifer. That’s her trademark. But I love her for that. 🙂 Now, I can’t wait to grab the next book called Opposition which will be released next month. It will surely be worth the wait!

The Book Is…

Pros

An excellent blending of action, fantasy, and romance. The desire to find out what happens next keeps you turning pages.

Con

None, I’m very sure of it.

What I Think About the Characters

Katy Swartz

Katy here in this book has greatly improved. We know that she’s brave in previous books, but in Origin, she’s incredibly daring and fearless. I admire her for always asserting her need to fight and be of use and not depending on Daemon at all times.

Daemon Black

I love Daemon’s determination to get Katy back. But there are times that he annoys me, especially when he makes stupid decisions. But, it doesn’t make me like him less.

Archer

Alright, I have to include Archer here since I therefore conclude that he’s already one of my favorite characters. From the moment he was first introduced in this book, I knew exactly that he has a great part here. And I was right. I love his cool, fully-composed attitude. And yes, he’s stronger that expected and can really equal any character’s strength here.

Luc

I also have to include him because I just simply love him. Yes, he’s a clever guy. I love how strong, cool, and wise he is. He’s one of the characters that will simply enthrall you.

My Rating for this Book: 5 Stars (If I could give 6 stars, I will.)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“I want a years-worth of seconds and minutes with you. I want a decade’s worth of hours, so many that I can’t add them up.”

“We all do crazy things to protect the ones we love.”

“I don’t expect a normal life, Daemon. I just expect a life with you.”

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REVIEW: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opal (Lux, #3) ok

five-stars

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.

MY THOUGHTS…

(There’s a bit of spoiler in this review so please be warned.)

After reading the Onyx, I immediately grabbed this. It’s because I was so excited about Dawson’s reappearance and I became curious as of how the Blacks are going to deal with some changes now that their brother is back. I was really happy about their reunion, but at the same time I felt awed when Dawson was no longer the guy he used to be. He was longing for Bethany to be freed from Daedalus knowing that she’s still alive.

In this book, I found a great deal of action. The choice between trusting Blake for the second time after betraying Katy in Onyx and pushing the idea of giving their trust aside is very crucial. I became really anxious the moment Blake returned. It’s like they were visited again by some sort of nightmare.

This book, without a doubt, is different from the previous Lux books. It had my full attention from start to finish. There were a lot of nerve-wreaking scenes and even intriguing parts that will make everything unsettling. In my part, I became really, really anxious the moment the Luxen gang, Katy, and Blake attacked Mount Weather to rescue Bethany and Chris. Seriously, and I’m not even kidding, my heartbeat ran so fast with those scenes. Oh, Jennifer– this author really has the power to bring out this kind of emotion to her readers. I love her for that!

And Daemon and Katy? Well, their chemistry continues to grow in this installment. It even in fact, deepens. I love how protective Daemon is to Katy, especially whenever Blake is around. He’s just too good to be true!

Here’s one of the funniest scenes I couldn’t forget:

Dawson shifted, dropping his head into his hand. “Do you ever stop talking?”

“When I’m sleeping,” Blake replied.

“And when you’re dead,” Daemon threw back. “You’ll stop talking when you’re dead.”

Lol. As usual, the humor Jennifer Armetrout brings in the story is always present. Another thing that also made this book interesting is the appearance of Luc. Oh. My. God. This kid is really something. He’s intriguing and I can sense that he’s a lot more powerful. I knew then that I need to keep track of him and read the next book, hoping that Luc will be highlighted more.

This book is such a roller coaster ride for me. I just love the the twist it brings. There’s so much build up to what you hope the events will be. And the ending? Oh my… I found myself hanging on a cliff. You know what I mean. But all in all, the story was excellent. It really got better and better.

The Book Is…

Pros

Undeniably a page-turner. It’s one with a compelling plot. It has witty characters and clever turn of events. You will find yourself fully entertained up to the very end.

Con

None.

My Rating for this book: 5 Freakin’ Stars! (There’s so much to expect in this book, and you will never be disappointed.)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“He was such an asshole, and I loved him.”

“You really shouldn’t trust a soul in this game. Not when everyone has something to gain or lose.”

“I love you, Katy. Always have. Always will.”

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REVIEW: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx (Lux, #2)ok

five-stars

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…

MY THOUGHTS…

It’s official! I’m now a 100% certified fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout, and I’m so proud to say it. This author never fails to give me goosebumps, and this book– well, it had my mind seriously blown up! If you have read Obsidian, reading this book will even get you more thrilled you can’t just resist it and stop craving for more.

This book introduces more about Daemon and the Luxens — and the hybrid. It also introduces the new character named Blake– a hottie who became Katy’s new friend and well, Daemon’s rival? The earlier chapters of this book is lighter, so you can’t expect something thrilling to happen. But I tell you, as the story progresses, it becomes more and more interesting.

There are flirtations (as usual) between Daemon and Katy that will make you smile all the way.

“Cookie?” he offered, holding a cookie full of chocolate chips.

Upset tummy or not, there was no way I could refuse that. “Sure.”

His lips tipped up on one side and he leaned toward me, his mouth inches from mine. “Come and get it.”

Come and get…? Daemon placed half of the cookie between those full, totally kissable lips.

Oh, holy alien babies everywhere…

I know. I just love this scene. Lol. (I hope it’s not spoilery, though). But c’mon, these two undeniably have a thing or two for each other. You can feel it!

Honesty, this book didn’t bore me. In fact, it just kept my adrenaline going. It promises a lot of things. There are also parts that will make you feel antsy, especially every time the DOD enters the scene. You can also expect to experience strange twist of events that will absolutely make your spine tingle. As a whole, I found this book really fascinating I ended up craving for moooore!

The book Is…

Pros

Clean and well-written. It has engaging storyline and it’s an adrenaline-boosting book with plenty of humor that will make the reading experience very entertaining.

Con

None.

What I Think About the Characters

Katy Swartz

In this book, I was surprised to find out that she’s tough. I didn’t expect it. She easily adapted to her newly discovered “self” and she didn’t even whine about it. The only thing I hate about her is the bad decisions she has made in this book.

Daemon Black

He’s flirty in Obsidian, and now he becomes even more. And as usual, he’s an alien hotness who’s brave and strong enough to protect Katy.

My Rating for this book: 5 Stars (If you loved Obsidian, you will love Onyx more!)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“Some things are best left…unknown, you know? People search for answers and they don’t always like what they get. Sometimes the truth is worse than the lie.”

“Strange how something good can come from something horrible.”

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REVIEW: Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Shadows (Lux, #0.5)

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five-stars

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.

MY THOUGHTS…

Well, let me start this review by saying that this book, a prequel of Obsidian, is better than expected. After reading the Obsidian, I immediately grabbed this book since I became interested with Dawson’s love story and his involvement with Bethany. These lovers, by the way, were introduced in Obsidian– and the way their love affair was described seemed interesting and awe-inspiring.

But before I move on, I think I should warn fellow readers NOT to read this book unless you have read the Obsidian. Again, read this once you finish Obsidian, k? Because believe me, you’ll appreciate this book more after reading the Obsidian because everything will make a lot more sense.

Moving on, I find Shadows quite a sweetheart. And I’m glad I read this because I did have the better view of what basically happened to Dawson and Bethany right before Katy appeared in the picture. At the beginning, I saw the heart-tugging bond the Black siblings share and I was greatly touched. And when Bethany came into the picture, I’ve witnessed how Dawson’s world tumbled upside down.

“She. Spoke. To. Him. First. It was like winning the lottery, getting laid, and climbing the highest cliff all rolled into one. But he needed to play it cool, because he was trending into lame-o land at a quick pace.”

Actually, these lovers are so cute together! I love their chemistry. The way Ms. Jennifer described their personalities and physical traits made me think that these two are perfectly made in heaven, they simply just click! Other than the chemistry, I also love the way they show their affection to each other– in a PDA way. And oh well, Dawson doesn’t really hesitate to do a PDA thing, I. JUST. LOVE. IT! Oh God, I literally melt. How I wish they had a happy ending love story. But since I already knew in Obsidian that their love story had a tragic finale, I wasn’t entirely devastated. But still, still– it hurt! 😥

This book also made me understand why Daemon hated humans in Obsidian and why he typically pushes Katy to stay away from Dee. It’s an enlightening book. All in all, this book filled me with love, sorrow, and heartbreak that I needed to really cope up the moment I was done.

The Book Is…

Pros

Deeply moving and beautifully written. The emotional details Jennifer placed in this book are really effective I could feel how Dawson and Beth’s feelings grew into more than an attraction. There’s romance, drama, and exhilarating parts of this book that you can never easily forget.

Con

I think the only negative thing about the book is the tragic ending. Nothing else. (And it doesn’t affect my rating) 🙂

What I Think About the Characters

Bethany Williams

I love how Bethany accepted Dawson despite the fact that he’s not human. I also admire her for being so involved with arts and paintings and stuffs. She’s an interesting character.

Dawson Black

Although Dawson is not as strong as Daemon, I believe he’s a perfect guy. He’s very caring, protective, and absolutely a hottie. I also love how he proved his feelings for Bethany despite all the protests he got from Daemon and the rest of the Luxen gang.

My Rating for this Book: 5 Stars (It’s a highly-recommended book!)

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“Love of sugar had to mean true love. It just had to.”

“I love you, Dawson. I love who you are, what you are. And I don’t think love recognizes differences. It just is. And we really aren’t that different.”

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Teaser Tuesday (#1): July 1, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays (TT) is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Randomly open a 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!
    • Share a link to your own Teaser Tuesday in the Comments and I’ll be checking it out! 🙂

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    Hey, guys! Howdy? Welcome to my weekly post of Teaser Tuesdays! As mentioned above, I will be posting a certain part of my current read and show you some of its interesting moments.

    So, here’s my teaser for this week:

    Origin“But your family, Daemon? Your—“

    “You’re more important.” The moment those words came out of my mouth, I knew they were true. Family had always come first for me, and Kat was a part of my family — a bigger part. She was my future.

    Origin (Lux, #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    What are you currently reading? Join the fun and share your book’s interesting teasers below! 🙂

    xo,

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