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Shadows (Lux #0.5)

Finished on 29th December, 2014

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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5 Stars

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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. 

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First of all, I would like to commend Jennifer L. Armed trout on creating such a beautiful, enthralling, captivating, well-written series. Lux is and will forever be one of my favourite series.
Shadows was the perfect prequel – another Armentrout gem. We finally got to see what Dawson and Beth we’re like before everything went to hell with the DOD – and they are so cute together!! We also got to see a lot of Adam and the Black family dynamics – and yes, I still love Daemon even though he’s a total ass. Daemon’s love for Dee and Dawson touched my heart so much.Though, I still wanted to bash Andrew and Ash over the head – multiple times – with a shovel – or just stick Daemon on them (like that was going to happen but I can dream, can’t I?)
I love how there was a heck of a lot of links and foreshadowing incorporated. There was so many times when I just wanted to scream at Dawson, Dee and Daemon that everything would be fine, they would find love and the DOD would go to hell.
Along with Ash and Andrew, I SO wanted to murder Will – more so, actually. Knowing what happened, what was going to happen and the unnecessary pain that everyone would have to go though just broke my heart – all because of that pathetic excuse of a human being.
Shadows was an absolutely brilliant read and I highly recommend it. Whether you read it before Obsidian, after Opposition (like I did) or somewhere in between, you certainly won’t regret it.
Awesome Quotes
Give up, young one, the Arum taunted, rising into the dark sky. You can’t defeat me. I promissse to make it painlesss.
Dawson gave a mental eye roll. Sure the Arum would. As painless as eating the last ice cream in the house and facing down his sister.
Bethany:
Glancing down at the table of paints, she frowned, knowing there was no way she’d get that hue of green right.
Yep, not obsessed at all.
Dawson:
He was obsessed.
Unable to remember the last time he had been this close to hyperventilating, which was amazing, since he didn’t really need to breathe, he glanced down at his phone. Again.
“What?” he demanded.
“Did you just…clean a dish?” Dee backed away slowly, blinking. She glanced at Daemon. “The world is going to end. And I’m still a vir—”
“No!” both the brothers yelled in unison.
Daemon looked like he was actually going to vomit. “Jesus, don’t ever finish that statement. Actually, don’t ever change that. Thank you.”
Her mouth dropped open.”You expect me to never have—”
“This isn’t a conversation I want to start my morning with.” Dawson grabbed his book bag off the kitchen table. “I’m so leaving for school before this gets more detailed.”
Then Ash twisted toward Daemon, her cheeks flushed. “I can’t believe you’re allowing him to do this. Next thing we know, you’ll be dating a human.”
Adam’s laugh followed. “Someone needed to put Andrew in his place. I always figured it would be Daemon. Who knew.”
“You’re my brother. The only one I have, so I am stuck with you.” He hugged Dawson back. “I do want you happy. And if Bethany makes you happy, then so be it. I’m not going to lose you over some girl.”
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Opposition (Lux #5)

Read from 10-13th November, 2014

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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5 Stars

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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.

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Wow. Jennifer L. Armentrout never disappoints, and Opposition was no exception. Fast, action-packed, sassy, smooth, sexy, ripe with anticipation, plot twists and characters we all know and love, Opposition was the perfect finale to this absolutely stunning series. (Not to mention, the cover actually looks good! Seriously, you have no idea how glad I am that she’s had the covers redone.)

Jennifer has the amazing ability to draw you in and have each and every one of her characters either capture your heart or make it cold as stone. They’re all so relatable, amazing and real. Not to mention, I would kill to have a relationship like Katy and Daemon – they are just brilliant and so in love it’s crazyEven Beth and Dawson & Archer and Dee have brilliant relationships – I want some of that! Their strength in each other, unconditional love and support, compatibility, taking the other a they are and loving all of them – every flaw and personality trait, physically, emotionally, mentally… It’s truly awe-inspiring.

The plot was brilliant, with great developments, unseen surprises, heart-renching discoveries, light-hearted moments and new friends. Opposition truly has nothing in it for me to criticise (except for a typo on page 308, but that’s beside the point). Well, that and the fact that I have to re-read Obsidian to find out what on Earth Daemon told Katy on the last page! Gee, thanks Jennifer. Thanks a lot.

Recommended to mid to late teens and older, the series finale of Lux is a truly worthwhile read that will whole-heartedly suck you in.

 

“I broke every rule of my kind to heal you and keep you with me. I married you and burned down an entire city to keep you safe. I’ve killed for you. Did you think I’d forget what you mean to me? That anything in this world – in any world – would be stronger than my love for you?

– Page 77

 

“And we are trying to fix it,” General Eaton responded. “Unless you all have something we haven’t thought of, then there is no other option.”

“I don’t know.” I pressed my fingers to my temples. “We could really use the Avengers right about now.”

“Screw that. We need Loki,” Daemon retorted.

– Page 170

 

“You’d get jealous if she hugged a tree,” Archer tossed out.

“Maybe.” Daemon coasted to a stop in a parking space behind the car. “I’m needy like that.”

– Page 208

 

Taken out. Deal with. I was starting to sound like a mobster.

Or Luc.

– Page 276

Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods

Finished on 8th November, 2014

Author: Rick Riordan

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5 Stars

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If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on…

Who could tell the origin stories of the gods of Olympus better than a modern-day demigod? In this whirlwind tour of Greek mythology, Percy Jackson gives his personal take on the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece – and reveals the truth about how they came to rule the world.

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Pre-reading, I was expecting this book to be interesting, but sorely dry – like  a textbook. Thankfully, “Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods” surpassed my expectations by miles – the Greek myths and legends were totally Percyfied. (Which is totally epic!)

Reading this was like sinking into the embrace of an old friend. The writing was familiar, the backgrounds for so many characters were finally explained (there were a lot of “OH” moments when reading this) and, since this is Percy narrating, there was quite a lot of laughter in inappropriate moments.

Honestly, I’m not sure if I would recommend reading this before or after you’ve read the Percy Jackson books (or maybe in-between?) but either way, it is a great look into the history and make-up of the Percy Jackson universe. A well deserved five stars, “Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods” is a great, easy read that you can pick up at any time.

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Before I go, I have to make a quick note on the cover – is it just me or is this the worst Pj/HOO cover yet? Because as much as I love Logan Lerman, the cover is absolutely hideous! The other version is slightly better, but unfortunately that only comes in hardcover… *sigh*.

What are your thoughts? Am I the only one who dislikes the cover? Be sure to let me know, I’d love to discuss it with you!

Prodigy (Legend #2)

Finished on 15th October, 2014

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5 Stars

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Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

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The moment that you realise a sick June is still smarter than you’ll ever be.

Nail-bitingly suspenseful, Prodigy is another genius novel of the dystopian genre.

I absolutely adore how Marie Lu writes romance. Although I’m all for soul mates and instant connections, I find the relationship between June and Day to be strikingly realistic and really sweet. There is a deep understanding and they are each other’s rock. It’s really sad when June and Day just don’t set that and fill themselves with doubts.

That ending – I was torn between bursting into tears, screaming in frustration and throwing the book across the room. Just- I can’t even. There really are no words… Let’s just say that I’m extremely glad that I’ve got the final book at home ready to go.

I loved Tess in Legend but although she was great in Prodigy, I found myself struggling to see past my annoyance at her acclaimed love threatening my ship and pity for her since it would never work out for them. I just could not get past the wrongness of her love for Day, because even though they might make a “great couple” as Kaede said, Day and June are meant to be and anyone who says otherwise will face my wrath. The same goes for Anden – I love him, but… no one gets in the way of my ship. (Do they have a couple name? Jay? Dune? Something way more awesome than that? I would love to know).

I loved Kaede. I didn’t expect to, but I did. Not to mention, she is an amazing pilot. Prodigy reveals more of her backstory and develops her as a character. There is an epic flying scene near the end of the novel where she pulls off some awesome manoeuvres which made me wonder how good she was before her eye injury as she is ridiculously skilled even though her sight was permanently impaired.

“My point is this: The Colonies are better than the Republic in some ways. But believe it or not, the reverse is also true. No such thing as the stupid utopia you’ve been fantasising about, Day. Doesn’t exist.” – Kaede, page 300

The Colonies had been built up to be the perfect society so I was weary when June an Day ventured there – it was all too perfect. However, I did not expect it to be as Kaede showed Day – I think that I’d actually prefer the Republic to stay separate and just change in itself as opposed to the Colonies taking over and “reuniting the United States”.

If you loved Legend and suspense is your cup of tea, I highly recommend picking up this novel. With sweet, relate able romance and a major cliff-hanger ending, Prodigy is a great, thoroughly enjoyable read.

Sentinel (Covenant #5)

Read on 6th October, 2014

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5 Stars

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It’s a beautiful day for a war.

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

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That has got to be the best ending ever. I’m still laughing and crying really heavily right now, but it feels so good. Gosh – what a perfect ending to a perfect series. Sentinel blew my mind and then some, I simply can’t express how amazing this book is – I just… Can’t.

All through the series, the titles have connected with a character but Sentinel… I’m not quite sure, but somehow I think it’s referring to her Dad. It would make sense, wouldn’t it? Half-Blood referred to Alex, Pure Aiden, Deity Apollo, Apollyon Alex and now Sentinel her father. Of course, Armentrout could be talking about any number of characters, but I just have a feeling that it’s Alexander. After all, when Alex “talked” with him he was not wearing servant’s garb but the Sentinel uniform and he is referred to a Sentinel on server so occasions. It makes sense.

I’m so happy – I love Seth again!! For a while, I was hot and cold on whether to trust him or not, but he pulled through in the end. I actually think that I may be in love with him… Especially after what he did for Alex and Aiden. I’m so happy that he finally saw the light – it seems Ares was good for something, it seems.

While I loved all of the characters (even Perses had his moments – “Make war for the pure bliss of it, but never make war in order to take control.” – only he would say something like that), I have to say that one of the main highlights of Sentinel was Athena – proper, old-fashioned Athena – saying “Army of Awesome”. I just- wow. It majorly cracked me up. Another highlight is Apollo’s timing. Leon was bad enough, but Apollo? He was absolutely brilliant. The amount of times he scared the heck out of everyone present, not to mention popping in on an inappropriate moment… Priceless.

During the latter part of the Covenant series, we have established that an Apollyon can only be created by a female pure and a male half-blood, one of whom must be a descendent of Apollo. “You were supposed to be the First, Alex. All the Apollyons came from Apollo. I was created for this-for what Ares wanted. It was the same with Solaris and the First.” So my question is (aside from the obvious “how the heck did Ares manage to create Seth and Solaris’ First?“) – why establish the Breed Order in the first place? Surely there aren’t that many descendants of Apollo (then again, this is Apollo we’re talking about). The conditions are certainly rare. How is it fair to ban all relations between Pures and Halfs? But then again, the Council established the enslavement of Half-Bloods and claimed it to be decreed by the gods, when it that was not the case. At least the fact that he was “created” explains how Seth had amber eyes even before he Awakened…

An absolutely stunning series, Covenant is something everyone should get behind. Witty, strong, hilarious, hot, sexy, tear-inducting, swoon-worthy, heart-breaking, inspiring, Armentrout has hit the nail on the head with this one. – I might even go as far as to say that it is better than the Lux series, but I have yet to read the final book so I cannot make a comprehensive judgement there. My point is, the Covenant series is absolutely amazing – certainly one of my favourites – and 100% worth the read.

If I had to rank the series, I would have to go with…
1. Sentinel
2. Deity
3.Apollyon
4. Half-Blood
5. Pure
(Keep in mind, there is very little difference between the ranks)

Apollyon (Covenant #4)

Read on 5th October, 2014

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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5 Stars

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Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.

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A true Armentrout novel, Apollyon was well-paced, witty, heated, fun, with well-developed characters that have come a long way and a plot to match. While not exactly fast-paced (in comparison to, say, Deity), it was still quite intriguing and featured many astounding revelations.

Though she was rather amusing, I didn’t like psychotic, “evil” Alex. In fact, for the first seven chapters, I seriously wanted to punch her in the face – with love, of course. I was so relieved when she came to her senses! And Aiden… Where can I get myself an Aiden? Seriously? Even though she hated his guts, he had such unwavering faith in her.

What I love most about Jennifer L. Armentrout’s romances is that, while her books are written in third person, the love is obviously mutual – i.e. it’s clear that Aiden is as crazy about Alex as she is him. It’s something that I really admire about her. Also, isn’t it skilful how some authors can write about sex without making it sound like they’re actually having sex? It’s pretty clever, to be honest. And it doesn’t take away from the experience at all. Just saying… *coughs and looks around awkwardly at all the stares, ‘whaaaat? It’s true…‘*

So, let me get this straight:
– A god and a mortal make a demi-god
– Two demi-gods make a Hematoi (a pure)
– A pure and a mortal make a half-blood
– A half-blood and a pure make an Apollyon (sorry, a female pure and a male half-blood make an Apollyon)

So what does a pure and an Apollyon make?

I really hope we’ll find out, because I am beyond curious. Maybe they make a demi-god, bringing it back full-circle? Or an immortal? A minor god/goddess? I have no clue. (I’d love to hear your thought, speculations and crack-pot theories!)

I really don’t have much more to say… Other than Apollyon is totally awesome, well-worth the read, I really want to kill-but-not-kill so many characters (in a good way!), I love how Caleb just keeps popping up and how he’s so chill (“yeah, I play wii with Persephone every day, like a boss“), I SO KNEW *bleep* WAS THE GOD BEHIND LUCIAN AND SETH! I CALLED IT!!! And that ending – are you kidding me? WHAT IS UP WITH JENNIFER AND CLIFF-HANGERS???? Even though it’s not technically a cliff-hanger… (Yeah, this isn’t going anywhere so I’ll shut up now – just read it and you’ll understand. I apologise for the fangirl gush/rant.) Oh, and I love the cover!

Deity (Covenant #3)

Read from 4-5th October, 2014

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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5 Stars

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“History is on repeat, and things didn’t go so well the last time. ”

Alexandria isn’t sure she’s going to make it to her eighteenth birthday–to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she’s a goner… and so is Aiden.

If that’s not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time “training”–which really is just Seth’s code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time–she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she’s caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed… and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate…

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How on Earth did I ever think that Seth stood a chance? Honestly, I’m clueless.

Aiden is just so awesome! And cute, hot, sexy, loyal, over-protective, bad-ass… Shall I go on? I – like Alex – had fooled myself into believing that she wasn’t “settling for Seth” and that what they had was real. I was wrong. To be honest, there were times when Seth actually scared me – and most of the time I didn’t even know who he was. What Alex and Aiden have together – well, I can’t believe that I believed Seth was even in the running. Harsh, but true. Pure seemed more like a dream than anything else when it came to Alex, Seth and Aiden…

Deity was full of non-stop action, wonderful suspense, hilarious banter, beautifully developed characters, a artfully devised plot line, and moments that stir your emotions like never before.

The brown-eyed man. I guessed that he was important, but his identity left me breathless. I had a faint inkling when Laadan was talking about Alexander attending a Covenant, but this? Awesome. Wicked. Amazing. I had no idea that was what created an Apollyon, but it does make sense…

I loved Apollo!! He was absolutely, downright hilarious and such an enjoyable character. When Leon got all deep and meaningful, echoing the words of the oracle (was it in this book or Pure that it happened? I’m not quite sure) I knew something was up. But this? Totally epic.

Seth. I don’t know if I’m frustrated with him, feel sorry for the kid, or just want to kill him. Especially that ending – are you kidding me!? (I would undoubtedly have a significantly more explosive reaction if I haven’t got the next two books lined up on my bedside table, as opposed to at the library where I would have to wait a few days before obtaining them.) I knew something was off about him, but seriously? Urg, it seems I cannot form any cohesive thought when it comes to him… Just- yeah.

Let’s talk about the cover for a moment. I like the flower and colour scheme (consistent throughout the series, I like it. Much better than the Lux covers – they were all terrible, save perhaps Origin) but what is up with the neck? At first I thought it was a shoulder, but at a weird angle. Speaking of which, it’s a weird angle regardless. It’s just- weird. I mean, I suppose I understand the significance – but a neck? Seriously?

*In my review of Pure I mentioned a Minister “Tilly” – I meant Minister Telly. Telly, not Tilly (that sounds so weird!)

If I had to rank the series so far, I’d have to go with:
1. Deity
2. Half-Blood
3. Pure
But really, they’re all awesome.

To sum it up, Covenant is an awesome series that you should definitely get on board! Half-Blood is the first book of the Covenant series.