Sunday, September 30, 2012

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing

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… - Goodreads.com

Onyx started out pretty much where the first one left off, right after Daemon saved the day and caused Katy to be strangely connected to him.  This creates quite a few opportunities for misunderstanding, and also some opportunities for some pretty hot scenes. 

There were times that I felt that this one wasn't as good as the original, although I can't quite put my finger on why.  I still loved all of the characters, of course.  Katy is still brave, Daemon still hot, etc...  Part of it might have been that Katy got on my nerves a little bit.  Her steadfast refusal to see that Daemon's feelings for her were real irritated me a lot.  She thinks it's just their new connection caused by the confrontation at the end of book one, but he is adamanet that this isn't true.  After a while, you just start screaming at the book, "listen to him!"  But she doesn't.  I thought that was drawn out a little too much.  Add to that the fact that she starts kind of seeing another guy, Blake, and isn't totally honest with Daemon about some things, and I just found myself getting pretty frustrated with her. 

Another thing I missed was Dee.  The Daemon, Katy and Dee dynamic was one of my favorite things about book one, and because Dee wasn't around quite as much in this book, I really missed her.

All that said though, I really loved some of the new elements in this book.  The approaching danger, the new characters, the twist with regard to Katy herself.  All of this was enough to suck me right back into the story, despite the frustrations mentioned above.  And Jennifer's writing was just as amazing as it is in all her books.  So I am definitely watching out for the original.

If you liked this book, read the first in the series:











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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Stacking the Shelves



I'm back!  My apologies for a week of not posting, but I actually took a much needed vacation.  I didn't really do anything or go anywhere, but that's what made it a great vacation.  I took a break from anything that remotely resembled work, including blogging.  But, I'm back now, and hopefully much refreshed!  With that... here's what I got this week for my bookshelf...  (Stacking the shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.)



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
  
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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Stacking the Shelves


Stacking the shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Here's what I got this week!


 
 
 
  
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
  
 


 
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Friday, September 21, 2012

Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt

Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Life is bleak but uncomplicated for sixteen-year-old Tess, living in a not-too-distant future where the government, faced with humanity's extinction, created the Chosen Ones, artificial beings who are extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly. When Tess begins work at Templeton, a Chosen Ones training facility, she meets James, and the attraction is immediate in its intensity, overwhelming in its danger. But there is more to Templeton than Tess ever knew. Can she stand against her oppressors, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?  - Goodreads.com

I had a little bit of trouble getting into this one, but once I did, the story was pretty good.  I love dystopians, and this one had a uniqueness to it.  I love the fact that manufactured humans have taken over as the supreme being and that humans are little more than slaves.  What these humans have to go through is sad, but I could so see this happening.

Part of the problem I had with my inability to sink into this one was partially the writing.  The language, although often beautiful and soulful, was also laborious to read at times.  I felt like I was swimming through some of the language.  It was one of the books where you catch yourself reading the same paragraph over and over, and it kind of forces you to read really slowly.  Additionally, there were quite a few flashbacks, and this kind of distracted me from the story.  I wasn't sure all those flashbacks were really needed.  I think the information could have been imparted another way that wouldn't pull me out of the story.

The romance was the saving grace of this story.  I loved James, loved how he cared for Tess and always tried to protect.  There was an innocence about their interactions, as they are really forbidden.  So they're getting to know simple things like a touch or a kiss was so sweet.

As I said, the writing was at times laborious, but it was also really good too.  It had a very dark quality to it that was interesting.  I will probably read the sequel, becaause it definitely left some questions up in the air that I want to know the answer to.  Plus, I have to see how this romance works out.


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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Burning Emerald by Jaime Reed

Burning Emerald by Jaime Reed
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Publisher: Dafina

Dating the most popular guy in school is every girl's fantasy. But to Samara Marshall, he's a dangerous force come to rekindle their tangled past. Only it's not her past... Samara faces a challenging senior year. Controlling her inner demon is a struggle, even with help from her Cambion boyfriend, Caleb. But her life takes a turn for the worse when the hottest jock in school begins pursuing her-especially since Malik's anything but what he seems. They share a connection from a forgotten past-a secret that could destroy her and Caleb.  As the attraction becomes harder to resist, Samara is now at the mercy of the demon within her. To break free, Sam must fight a battle where she is the enemy and the prize...and victory will come at a deadly price.  - Goodreads.com

I liked this one much more than I liked the first one... even though I liked it too.  This one just had so much more going on in it.  There were a lot more subplots and different twists and turns.  Samara's relationship with Caleb is sweet and one of the best things about the story... but now we have the entrance of this new character Malik.  I'm not sure if I'd characterize this completely as a love triangle.  Although Malik is hot, he's a lot more cut and dried bad guy to me.  And no, I don't mean bad boy... I mean he resembles a bad guy a little too much for me to really think of him as another leg on the love triangle structure.

I'm still loving Samara.  She's a strong, fiesty character and you just have to love her bravery and sass. Her attempting to get used to having Lillith inside her was so entertaining.  She's great.  Especially when she starts kicking into protective mode over her mom.  And that's another interesting element.  Her mom is dating, and there's a big question mark over this guy.  The only not so great part was how Caleb isn't around very much.  We have kind of a New Moon syndrome going on here.  But when he's there, it's so worth it.

The writing was just as exciting as in the first book, and I really love where this story is going.  A very good sequel!


Great. Loved Samara getting used to Lillith.  Ick on Tobias.  Caleb gone for most of the book sucked.


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on.

This is one of my favorite posts to read on the blogs that I follow because other bloggers have found so many wonderful books that I had no idea about! I get most of those from reading Waiting on Wednesday posts. :-) I urge you to visit other blogs and read theirs to find these great lists!



Release Date: November 20, 2012


Why I love it: Sequel
to Awaken.  One of my
favorite dystopians of 2011!

 
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