Onyx

by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Kindle EditionRead September 2, 2014

Original Release Date:  August 14, 2012

Length: 366 pages

Official Description: (This is book #2 of the Lux series)

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 Take:

Katy’s theme song(s) should be: “Changes” and “Hot and Cold” because a) she’s all crazy now since the whole end of the last book, not literal crazy, but there’s a lot of stuff going down with her that is not normal. B) Seriously, you are in to Daemon, stop pretending he’s not in to you, that this “connection” makes him go all googly eyes around you. Why are you so all over the place, it irritates me to no end. Just…ugh.

This book is still fun. I love the whole story line. There are some great twists, new characters and new powers. I love Katy’s line of thinking. She just wants to be the best she can be. She doesn’t want to always be rescued and she wants to help others. She is also really confused as to who and what she is. The crazy from the end of Obsidian is coming back 10 fold. We meet some DOD members, there are shocking betrayals, ok they aren’t shocking but still. Plus I’m sure the teenage girls will swoon of Daemon. This novels series isn’t the best, but it’s fun. Sometimes you just need to lose yourself in some fun teenage crazy.

Other Books by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My favorite Quotes:

“I’m not going to do anything stupid. And even if what I plan is risky and insane, it’s a well-thought-out level of stupidity.”

“I always liked you. From the moment you first flipped me off.”

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Infinity

by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Holter Graham (Narrator)
Audio EditionRead August 31, 2014

Original Release Date:May 25, 2010

Length: 464 pages

Official Description: This is book #1 of the Chronicles of Nick series

At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.

As if starting high school isn’t hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?

My Take:

I have never read a book  by Sherrilyn Kenyon before. Apparently this particular book is a spin-off of her Dark Hunter series. Of which, I know nothing about. Not a thing. Except it’s a long and popular series. This makes this series, which appears to be brand new and geared to a young adult audience, a bit confusing. Though the Dark Hunter world is kind of explained, there are still a whole, heck of a lot of things going on that I know nothing about. I don’t really know anything about the dark hunters. Though Nick is thrown into that world because he’s a Malachai. What is that? No clue, except we know that’s Nick’s dad’s last name. So there’s a lot going on. The story is actually really cool, confusing, but cool. It did make me want to pick up the whole series and start from the beginning. There are tons of books in the Darkhunterverse. I’m just going via the goodreads list and starting from the top. Kenyon has Were hunters and dark hunters and Nick and other randomness and they are all intertwined. It’s crazy. Oh right this book. Nick…well….Nick is a teenager…his dad is super evil and in prison….and his mom’s a stripper. Nick is a very intelligent kid who’s in a private school on scholarship, something he is endlessly picked on for. He is they typical poor kid in a rich school story. Except this school is now full of ‘zombies’ and shifters and demons. Nick is a bit thick. He sees all this supernatural crap and still is like, “zombies aren’t real! Yeah I got bit by one but totes fake.” He battles all these supernatural beings but still has this crazy sense of disbelief. There are twists in there which are interesting, but probably more so if you actually know the dark hunter story.

Overall, yeah the story is full of action, a lot of the side characters are fun, Bubba is my favorite, but I can’t say you will fully understand what’s going on if you’re new to this ‘verse.

Audio note: I had this on Audio and I wasn’t the biggest fan of the narrator, he was alright, does great voices, but all the teens sounded the same. He was awesome in the adult narration, but all the kids sounded so whiny and petulant. That is all I have to say about that.

Quote:

“Far be it from me to ever let my common sense get in the way of my stupidity. I say we press on.”

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Blind Wolf

by Aubrey Rose
Kindle EditionRead August 28, 2014

Original Release Date: September 14, 2013

Length: 89 pages

Official Description: This is book #1 of the BBW Shifter Romance series

Julia has never been on a date in her life. She’s a curvy girl with no money, no education, and no way out of the town she works in as a library assistant… until Damien shows up. He’s just like the prince charming Julia always imagined would sweep her off of her feet. There are just a few things standing in the way of true happiness: he’s blind, he’s dating someone, and he’s WAY out of her league.

Oh, and he’s a werewolf.

Damien lost his eyes two years ago in a wolf battle. Ever since then, the straggler pack of disabled wolves he leads has been searching for a place to call home. One house seems like the perfect choice, but Damien realizes too late that the person who lives there is the girl he met at the library. The human girl. Damien is torn between loyalty to his pack and raw lusting desire for the girl who haunts his dreams day and night.

She’s a human. How could she be his true mate?

From NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling author Aubrey Rose comes a new shifter book that’s as wild and hot as anything. This werewolf shifter BBW romance novella is 25,000 words long, has some naughty language, and a lot of naughty sex. Be warned!

My Take:

Ug…this book…I don’t know why it has a 4 star rating on Amazon. Why? Oh Why people? Ok, it not super terrible, but it is so cliché. So degrading to “curvey” women who apparently only a blind man can find attractive. Not just any blind man, but a blind, wealthy, super hot, werewolf…man. Who by the way had a quazy girl friend. Granted she was not his ‘mate’ but it was a convenience relationship. Winner there. Ok..I’m being harsh. So Damien is Alpha to this pack of Alphas. He’s not mated but he runs into Julia who works at the Library…she is not a librarian other people, they have college degrees, Julia works at the library. She helps guy out they connect, he kind of stalks her then freaks her out, then bosses her around. It’s not romantic really. There is a sex scene, it wasn’t fantastic. This story is short and awkward, not terrible but awkward. It seems like it would have been better as a full novel, with a little more meat to it, but hey I guess it’s just the start of a series. :/

 

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Legends of Red Sonja


by Gail Simone, Jack Jadson, Nancy A. Collins, Noah Salonga, Devin Grayson, Carla Speed McNeil, Meljean Brook, Mel Rubi, Tabora Pierce, Cassandra James, Leah Moore, Tula Lotay, Nicola Scott, Doug Holgate, Rhianna Pratchett, Naniiebim, Mercedes Lackey, Nei Ruffino, Marjorie M. Liu, Phil Noto, Blair Butler, Jim Calafiore, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro
Digital Edition – Read February 28 ,2014

Original Release: February 12, 2014

Length: 160  pages

Official Description:

In this unique collection, ongoing ‘Red Sonja’ series writer Gail Simone hand-picked eleven of the fiercest, most talented, and most popular female writers from the worlds of comics, prose, games, and television, to help her tell the greatest legends in the she-devil’s long history. A group of savage mercenaries hired to hunt and kill Sonja come across campfire tales of her at every turn, and Sonja does NOT like to be hunted.

Tamora Pierce, Mercedes Lackey, Marjorie M. Liu, Kelly Sue DeConnick and many more tell fascinating bits of Sonja’s legend, with a wrap-around tale by Simone herself, and art by the likes of Phil Noto, Jim Calafiore, Jack Jadson and more! Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime collection!

My Take:

This comic book collection includes not only stories by Gail Simone but also stories from female writers that she chose to write a collection of  stories all about the infamous Ms. Sonja. So all these mercenaries are hunting Sonja, some have genuine loathing toward her, some love her, but she’s always a step ahead. Some stories are better than others, some art is just crazy and distracts. I am not a big fan of Red Sonja’s more revealing outfits, but hey I get that is her shtick. Overall I thought that the stories were well done. They didn’t hold my attention like other novels do, but they were alright. The art was kind of hit or miss, some stories were gorgeous, others were not so hot and did not impress that much. However it is worth a read.

*I did receive this book for free for an honest review.

 

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Clutch

by Tess Oliver
Kindle EditionRead August 25, 2014

Original Release Date: November 5, 2013

Length: 280 pages

Official Description: This is book #2 of the Custom Culture series

When Taylor Flinn’s parents shipped her off to an aunt for her last year of high school, James “Clutch” Mason had convinced himself it was for the best. Taylor, the wild, impulsive and far-too-appealing seventeen-year-old had been driving him nuts. Her school girl crush on him had been the last thing he needed. Now he had time to concentrate on his booming classic car part business, his new found love– drag racing, and keeping his twenty-year-old brother Barrett out of trouble.

But when Taylor returns from her aunt’s more grown up, utterly seductive, and attached to another guy, Clutch realizes that the only thing he ever needed or wanted was Taylor Flinn.

My Take:

Clutch and Taylor, you knew that was going to be a weird story from the beginning. I am not really sure how old Clutch is, but he has in own business with Taylor’s brother and he is fairly successful. He’s been pining for this underage girl forever, now she’s 18. However at the end of Freefall she was shipped off to boarding school. Now she’s back and the crazy begins. I honestly wasn’t feeling Clutch or Taylor. Their romance was weird, the maturity level of this whole story is just well beneath a new adult audience. I still get past the fact that Taylor is still in highschool. That’s just…it’s borderline ok. Everything was just predictable, the romance wasn’t that hot. I liked Barrett alright, he was better towards the end, but over all the book was just mediocre. I was hoping something more would happen with Barrett and the neighbor lady, but that was all a smoke screen. Just not impressed, sad to say.

Quote:

“I remember watching you from the back seat with those same big hands gripping the steering wheel, and all I could think was someday I want those massive arms to hold me. I knew nothing bad could happen to me wrapped in those unbelievable arms.”

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