Cover Reveal: Consequences: Opal & Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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 Blurb:

Opal

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 alien hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. 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.

Origin

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. 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?

Release date: June 3rd 2014

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Author Bio:

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

 

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

 

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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And now both covers together (Beggining plus Consequences)

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Cover Reveal: Beginnings: Obsidian & Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I just love this cover so much, it makes me want to read the series all over again 🙂

Blurb:

Obsidian

There’s an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he’s hot…until he opens his mouth. He’s infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he lights me up with a big fat bulls-eye. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Onyx

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

Release on June 3, 2014.

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Author Bio:

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Book Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Series: The Bone Season (#1)

Published: August 20th 2013

Publisher: Bloomsburry

Blurb: “It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.
But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.
Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.”

Review

I can’t believe I’m going to say this but The Bone Season is one of the best books I’ve read. It’s exciting, addictive and above all freaking original. I’ve read some reviews that said the book isn’t original at all and that it makes the reviewers remember certain books and that might be true. I just can’t say that happened to me, for me it was a fascinating brand new story and plot. If it makes other people remember certain books please tell me what they’re called so I can check them out because this is the type of book I want to read more.

Even though I say this is an excellent book, I can’t say The Bone Season doesn’t have any flaws. actually, one this I found to be a bit of a turn off was the info-dumping in the first chapter. Now, don’t decide not to read The Bone Season because I just said this. First of all, this book has an extremely complex world building. It centers in the world in 2059, where some people are voyant or clairvoyant if you prefer. The twist here is that this special people are committing a crime just by breathing, they are called unnaturals and shouldn’t exist. You can probably see where this is going but what you don’t know is that you’re going to read a whole description and explanation of the world right in the beginning of the book. However, I know why the author did it and I actually didn’t mind it a lot. It’s essential that you understand the world you’re reading about and as soon as you finish chapter one you’re sent to a journey full of action and conspiracies. One thing that really bothered me though was the fact that the author was constantly changing the terms of certain things: sometimes she’s call one thing by its usual term but then would make the characters use slang. The switch at the beginning was a bit confusing. It’s true there is a glossary in the end of the book but I don’t like having to check it every time a new word appears and that sucked a bit. TBS is a different kind of dystopia, I might say, it introduces a new species (that remind me of faeries) but in its essence is a dystopia book. The only dystopias I’ve really liked so far were The Hunger Games series, Under the Never Sky series and Blood of Eden Series so, for TBS to make the list of good dystopias it’s because it was, without a doubt, an awesome and don’t-study-read book for me.

Onto the characters… Paige, the heroine, might be one of my top favourite female characters now. She is strong but makes mistakes, she isn’t fearless but she’s always there to help her friends, no matter how dangerous it might be. Paige, right there with Rose from Vampire Academy, is the person I wouldn’t mind being. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want to be in her place, but her personality rocks. She’s freaking amazing, it’s what she is! Some characters, like David, an oracle, were mysterious and you don’t know their exact role in the whole story but I can say they’ve peaked my interest and I want to know more about them.

Ah! But what you really want to know is if there is any romance *wink wink* When I first began reading the book I wasn’t expecting any kind of romance but then a certain character appeared and I thought to myself “Okay, there will be romance in this book.” The character in question is Arcturus, or Warden if you want. I didn’t like him at the beginning like many don’t probably. I don’t know if I wanted him to become romantically involved with Paige, I wasn’t sure if I wanted romance in this book. The plot was so complex already and I was extremely happy with what I was reading. And truth to be told most of the book doesn’t have a romantic plot. However! However, there were so many build up moments. Paige and Warden have to many “Just kiss now for fuck’s sake” scenes that I suddenly was just screaming at the book “DO IT NOW!”. I liked their interactions but I have to be honest, I still don’t know the Warden’s motived to go against his own kind. Okay, I know he wanted freedom, real freedom, but if the Rephaim aren’t supposed to feel a thing, I don’t know how this whole Warden has emotions and freedom came to be. BUT BUT there was something that really intrigued me. There is this flower that is that is dead. However when the Warden and Paige finally kiss, the flower is no longer dead, it’s in full bloom. Is the flower tied to the Warden?

Also, the Warden had rebelled 20 years before the book. Why, WHY, did the blood-sovereign (the “queen”), Nashira, keep the Scared Ones alive and make Warden her fiance? It just doesn’t make sense.

Paige’s backstory is told in memories and dreams but it didn’t interrupt the flow of the story. It’s amazing how Paige became part of the criminal world, how she became one of the Seven Deals. Nick, one of the members and her saviour, might be one of the most important characters in the next book and I do hope so! We don’t have many scenes with him but I feel like we’re going to see more of him.

The ending is kind of perfect. Even though it’s a little predictable, it leaves you wanting more. I want to know what will happen to Paige and all the rescued voyants, what will become of Warden and how the world is going to change. This is a seven book series, I don’t know why the author choose to write so many books, The Bone Season is already huge, but I know I’m going straight to an online bookshop to buy the next book as soon as it’s out. Incredible start to a series!

4.5 Chibis

Female Book Characters: Strong vs Weak

When I start reading a book I get into the head of the lead character, whether it is female or male, although obviously it is easier to get into the female’s… since we both share the same reproductive organs and all…

 Anyway, today I’m just gonna talk about two types of Female book Characters: Strong, as in, they don’t need to be constantly saved, can think for themselves, usually have dealt with lots of messed up situations throughout their lives, and some of them even know how to kick ass kung fu style.

And the other type Weak. Not weak in the whole sense of the word. Usually this type depends a lot on her friends or boyfriend, needs to be constantly saved and often annoys the hell out me when she can’t decide or do anything for herself.

There’s then, of course the combination of the two. Sometimes a character, who I consider either strong or weak, acts completely out of her “comfort zone”.  Sometimes this occasional change is needed, to build up the story.

If you ask me my favorite type I honestly don’t know… I’d say that my favorite kind of main character is the non-annoying kind. – Unfortunately, sometimes finding a character who isn’t annoying is hard to come by.

A weak-type of character doesn’t necessarily have to be a character who doesn’t know kung fu, or that a strong-type of character knows kung fu… I’m mostly referring to psychological features. Though… well, Kung fu always helps 😉

Going back to my point, as most female characters are what it is considered the weak type, I guess that most of my fav ones are “weak”… Though, as I mentioned before, the important thing is the character not being annoying, meaning, me not wanting to either bash her head against a wall of very pointy nails, or do the simpler option: throw to the book out my window.

Question: So, whats the best kind of female characters? Strong, weak or both?

It doesn’t really matter, it depends on several things, such as: like the quality of the writing, the plot in general, the background of the characters, and most important of all – The ANNOYING factor. These influence how much I will like the character.

In any case, I came up with a list of my fav leading female characters, I “graded” them with an S (Strong), a W (Weak) or an SW (Strong & Weak).

Neryn – Shadowfell series by Juliet Marrillier  – S

Kricket Hollowel – Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol  – W

Sadie White – Breathe by Abbi Glines  – SW

Brooke – Real series by Katy Evans  -SW

Layla – White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout  -SW

Savannah – Resisting Her by Kendall Ryan  – W

Camryn Bennet – The Edge of Never by J. A. Redmerski  -S

Alexandria Andros – Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout  -S

Avery Morgansten – Wait for you also by JLA  -even if “damaged” in some way, this girl is so brave, that I can only consider her – S

Penryn Young – Penryn & The End of the Days series by Susan Ee  -S

Mercy – Cambion series by Shannon Dermott  -W – and kind of annoying

Mara Dyer – Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin  -S

Sydney Sage – Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead  -SW

Anna Whitt – Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins  -W

Alice Bell – White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter  -W

Blaire Wynn – Too Far series by Abbi Glines  -SW

Maggie Master – The Significance series by Shelly Crane  -W

Theresa Gray – The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare  -S

Sookie Stackhouse – Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris  -S

Rose  ‘Fucking HathawayVampire Academy series by Richelle Mead (I’m sorry-not-sorry for the curse word, but it’s  Rose we’re talking about, she’s  whom I look up to) – S (with a BIG S)

Katy Swartz – Lux series by Jennifer L.Armentrout – S

Sophia Mercer – Hell Hall series by Rachel Hawkins  -SW

Jane Bennet Pride and Prejudice by the one and only Jane Austen (thank you Mom for showing me Jane Austen’s books)  -SW

And then there’s those books you totally loved but the lead character was so annoying!

Abby Abernathy – Beautiful Disaster & Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire  -W

Kiera Allen – Thoughtless series by S.C. Stephens  -W

Nora Grey – Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick  -W

Melanie Stryder/Wanderer – The Host by Stephanie Meyer (I want more books!!!)  -W

Juliette Ferrars – Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi  -SW

Evie Claremont – The Premonition series by Amy A. Bartol  -W

Clary Fray – The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare  – W

Don’t get me wrong, I totally loved ALL the books I mentioned… but the lead characters made me think of violent things.

I hope this enlightened you in any way, if not, well, at least I hope you read the books I mentioned, they are all awesome in their own way. And remember, even if a book is considered canonical or not, you always learn something from it 🙂

New Adult – The Genre

For those who don’t know what New Adult books are, I found a good definition on Wikipedia (it always comes to Wikipedia, doesn’t it?).

“New Adult (NA) fiction is a developing genre of fiction with protagonists in the 18-25 age bracket. The term was first coined by St. Martin’s Press in 2009 when they held a special call for “…fiction similar to YA that can be published and marketed as adult—a sort of an ‘older YA’ or ‘new adult’.”New Adult fiction tends to focus on issues such as leaving home, developing sexuality, and negotiating education and career choices. (…)”

My definition for NA is: “oh well, a genre for girls like me, who like steamy romances but not too steamy. Stuff tend to get sexy but not sexy as in erotica. ahaha”

I’ve read some erotica books but idk, sometimes it’s just too tmi. Also, usually, erotica books have stories that aren’t worth reading, cause the whole story develops around sex and everything else is cast aside. And by everything else I mean like the main character’s life besides sex… It’s just plain boring most times.

NA is also a mix between YA and Adult, it has YA’s captivating stories and Adult’s smuttiness. It is kind of perfect in my opinion! There are a lot of YA books out there whose couples come to the point that they just have to… have sex? (omg, I’m laughing so much while writing this), and well YA usually then gets like “He undressed me and kissed me. (paragraph) In the next morning I woke up, it was so beautiful (…)” I usually get like “WHAT?! where’s the sex?! that was it?” yeah well, I’ve felt this feeling way too many times… first time with frigging Breaking Dawn (four books to get to that…). However, that’s just what is YA is, it doesn’t get to IT.

New Adult joins what I love the most about YA and Adult books, it is a recent genre (I think), but it is evolving a lot, there are more and more NA books getting written and published every month. There are even authors who had always written YA and are now writing NA. I guess it’s because our society is getting more… sexual? Ha-ha idk, NA is now what’s IN I guess… Or because, like I said, it’s the perfect combination, the Ying and the Yang, awesomeness and sexiness (lmao!)

Anyway, I found NA two years ago, with the one and only Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire! After I finished this book I had just to look for other NA books, cause it was pretty awesome!

Now, two years later, I’ve read lots of NA books, found amazing authors and explored several different worlds!

Here is the list of my favorite New Adult books, I obviously totally recommend them to you if you are a NA fan, if you aren’t, I still want you to read them since they’re totally worth the try!

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens (my review)

The Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines

Easy by Tammara Webber

The Sea Breeze series by Abbi Glines

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines (my review)

Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts

Rule by Jay Crownover

Frigid by J. Lynn/ Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

Wait for You by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Taking Chances by Molly McAdams

Even though I said NA sounds like the perfect genre it is not my favorite… YA still owns my heart! NA has a problem, the same one I mentioned about Adult, most times the plot is all about a couple and their hardships… Sure it might be interesting for a while but then you need something you can only find on YA, the thrill, the adventure, the it’s not all about love, it’s bigger than that. But little by little, I believe NA will become better on that matter.

Movie Review: Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy Movie

IMDB:

Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. This is her story.

Director:

 Mark Waters

Writers:

Richelle Mead (novel), Daniel Waters (screenplay)

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1ERrnYunBg

Review:

As a reader of the Vampire Academy series by the fabulous Richelle Mead it is my duty to say that the movie is very different from the book.

There were uncountable situations where I just wished they had followed the book, if the books are famous and a lot of people loved them (me being one of those), then why the HELL don’t they just stick to the damn books?! I mean it’s not that hard! Just take a look at Harry Potter and Hunger Games!!! I felt pretty damn mad when something happened out-of-place. One thing is to choose a cast we don’t like, mainly because we just pictured a different person for that character, but hey, that’s just the way things are. I never complained about the cast, I was just happy a movie was being made and hoped the actors would perform well. Another thing is to change some things on the plot that shouldn’t have been changed… Some stuff were just pretty damn ridiculous, like Natalie LICKING A FUCKING WALL! #whatthehell?! or the headmistress Kirova acting like a total slut, it was bad enough that she looks way younger than expected but acting like a sex-hungry teenager? Just awkward.

And what about Queen Tatiana? What the actual fuck? If you have watched the movie then you know what I’m talking about.

Although there were a lot of parts on the movie where I found myself cringing and wishing for them to just read the books and stick to them, there were also a lot of positive aspects I have to mention:

The cast, especially Zoey Deutch, I loved her! She was just awesome, some people say she isn’t pretty enough to play Rose but that doesn’t matter! Actually, I think she is really beautiful. But how she looks isn’t what I wanted to talk about, I want to praise her acting, which was amazing, she acted just how I had pictured Rose, sassy, sexy, brave and a mix between feminine and warrior-like.

Lucy Fry also did a good job at playing Lissa!

Now, about the guys, me and my best friend were a squealing mess most of the time, that Jesse (Ashley Charles), Manson (Cameron Monaghan) and Christian (Dominic Sherwood) damnnn! Hotness everywhere, plain, total hotness!

No, I haven’t forgotten our Russian guy, Dimitri Belikov (Danila Kozlovsky), I have no words to express how I felt when he spoke, his hair looks stupid and wrong, but, I don’t know, that man can make any woman’s knees weak… That slight Russian accent and the way he said “Roza” — ohgodkillme — a girl can’t possibly act unaffected by him, that is simply not possible.

The soundtrack is pretty awesome, I’m currently listening to it on a youtube playlist, I love it, it’s pretty good. It has attitude and is sassy, just like Rose xD

Overall, I liked the movie, even though, I was mad they didn’t stick to the book but I was kind of already expecting that, so I wasn’t too disappointed. Yet, the cast is amazing and so is the movie, it was entertaining, funny, romantic and edgy, the kind of feeling I got from the books. As such, I am happy about it, and obviously, I hope a 2nd movie is filmed, I WANT ADRIAN IVASKOV IN THE BIG SCREEN!

4 Chibis

Book Review: Untraceable by S.R. Johannes

Untraceable (Nature of Grace, #1)

Untraceable by S.R. Johannes

Series: The Nature of Grace (#1)

Publisher:  Coleman & Stott

Published: November 15th 2011

Summary:  “16-year-old Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival. 

When her dad goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he’s dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him.

One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating accent and a secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to escape and find her father. 

Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever relationships and lives. Soon she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it’s going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.”

 

Review:

First of all I must admit I did not read the summary before reading this book, all I did was look at the cover and read the title. The cover, as you can see, is really beautiful, I love it! It’s all green with a face on it, behind the leaves. I thought I was going to read a book about fairies but no, no supernatural mumbo jumbo.

Even though I probably wouldn’t have read this book if it hadn’t been sent to me by Netgalley, I loved it, surprisingly. I liked it so much that I want to read the second one.

Grace, a 16-year-old teen is an unusual girl, she loves nature and wilderness, in fact, she loves it so much she knows everything about survival in the woods, everything about animals, plants, trails, etc… she’s like a female, younger version on Indiana Jones/Jackie Chan. I say Jackie Chan cause she also knows how to kick ass 😉 She learnt all of it from her hero and father Joe. Unfortunately, Joe is missing and thought to have drown on the river.

Grace obsesses over her fathers disappearance, she goes into the deep woods and tries to look for anything that might be a lead to her dad’s whereabouts. She becomes so fixated that she breaks up with her boyfriend and childhood friend, and her relationship with her mother starts growing more and more chilly. Actually, in my honest opinion, her mother acts like a total bitch most of the time, I mean, her daughter has just lost her dad and she can’t act like a mother and take care of her, like a good mother should. She just leaves Grace to do whatever she wants. And what-the-hell, the girly is only 16 and she lets her go into the woods by herself? Woods that have many dangers such as bears. Sure, Grace knows her way, but that doesn’t mean she’s safe. And indeed Grace is so vulnerable to danger out there that she gets attacked by two very dangerous men. These two men are both illegal bear hunters.

Grace gets saved by the attractive and mysterious Mo, a British young-man who says way too many times “Abso-bloody-lutely”.

Anyway, Grace gathers some clues on her dad and unveils what happens to be way bigger than she thought. Way bigger than just her dad’s destiny and bears getting killed for fun.

Grace finds herself in the middle of a dangerous world, a world so dangerous she can’t trust anyone, not even whom she thinks she knows.

I want to keep the mystery for you guys because it’s really good, all the pieces come together at the end, like a puzzle.

Also I have to add that I totally loved the ending, it’s one of those open / happy endings, a difficult combination to create, but S.R. Johannes did it perfectly! It gives you a hopeful vision of the “future”.

Playlist: 2NE1 – Crush (album)

4 Chibis

*Galley received by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*