Book Review: Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Every Last Breath

Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: The Dark Elements (#3)

Publisher: July 28th 2015

Published: Harlequin Teen

Summary:Some loves will last ’til your dying breath
Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.
Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.
Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…”

Review

What to say… What to say… This book… Well, it wasn’t that good. We started with an awesome book, got a middle book that was simply bad and now ended this should-have-been-great series with… this. Every Last Breath was way better than Stone Cold Touch but none of the sequels did justice to Hot White Kiss. Also, who decided on the horrible book cover changes? The head of the marketing department should be fired. As such, I am using the Kindle cover edition, which is not great but so much better than the new lame ones.

Every Last Breath picks up right where Stone Cold Touch ended, with the gang fining out that the Lillin was already born and had incorporated Sam’s form for a while now. I’m not here to say the premise isn’t good. It is, oh if it isn’t. I just feel like the author didn’t give a damn about this series… The Wardens, Alphas and even the witches want to catch the Lillin so as to not let Lillith get out of Hell. The story was going to a good place and it ended well. However, we never did find out Layla’s exact abilities and some things don’t get all that well resolved. I felt like I needed more, I just didn’t get what I was expecting from Every Last Breath.

We all knew that Roth would end up with Layla (thank god!) and she fortunately decided to stop leading Zayne on pretty fast in terms of chapters. However, I couldn’t help but be so frustrated at how Zayne handled things. He always seemed like the personification of all things good and now he was just kept reminding me of a proud caveman jock. It was bad guys. And when it all turns out good he doesn’t get the ending he deserved, full closure and all. We just get a speck of what might happen in the future and what I saw didn’t really convince me, Jennifer L. Armentrout didn’t manage sell me that possible story line.

But the worst of it all is what happens to a certain favourite character of everyone, and it’s obvious I’m talking about Bambi. This is the part that most baffled me because I just didn’t understand the point of this at all. It was a senseless and illogical decision of the author to make this happen. Why did Roth had to give up Bambi to the witches all of a sudden? I see that this demonstrates Roth’s love for Layla and the measure of what he would do for her but it freaking doesn’t make sense. It was stupid and in my most honest opinion a bad decision from the author. It was unnecessary and doesn’t bring anything new to the plot.

I’m not really going to say anything more because in all that is truth I don’t have many things to say about this book except shake my head at it. I was expecting so much more and the best part was the beginning with Thumper’s appearance (the character that should have appeared more but only made its great entrance once in the first chapters *sigh*).

2.5 Chibis

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Book Review: Savor by Kate Evangelista

Savor

Savor by Kate Evangelista

Series: Vicious Feast (#1)

Published: December 1st 2013

Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

Summary:I’m Dakota Collins, a tough talking, eye patch wearing, workaholic photography student. Why am I important? Well, maybe because I get to spend an entire month with Vicious, only the sickest indie rock band out there.
You see, I needed a subject for my Spring Showcase introspective in order to graduate. During a chance encounter at a club I’d been sent to cover for the Daily Gossip, our ironically named college paper, the features writer I usually teamed up with introduced me to the band—by accident, I might add. It involved a run in with a scary, bald bodyguard. Anyway, long story short, I signed a contract to take pictures of Vicious.
I should have known their handsome, yet way too serious for his own good bassist, Luka Visraya, wouldn’t be able to keep his hands to himself. He’s gorgeous and all, but the way he smiles spells trouble with a capital L. I’m in for a long month with him around.
Crazy shit happens and then some. So, if you want the skinny on Vicious and the events revolving around my stay at Lunar Manor, read my story.
Again, refer to the warning above.”

Review

I really like Kate Evangelista’s books. They are original, funny, and deeply entertaining. So how could this happen?? *cries* Savor is an unique book that will attend only to certain people. I’m not one of those people, unfortunately. I tried to like this book but failed, although there were times when I was enjoying reading it. All was going meh until the very end. That’s when things turned into “wtf is this?”.

Savor is about a girl, Dakota, who wears an eyepatch (someone say yarr-harr) because of something that happened to one of her eyes, and finds her escape in photography. One night she gets to meet the band of the moment, Vicious, and becomes their photographer for the tour. Until here, all fine. I liked Dakota and her don’t mess with me personality. She gave off the vibe of someone who is trying to be strong but is vulnerable on the inside and that only make me like her more. Also, she was funny and sassy as hell!

“I think I’d make the perfect Bond villain. I already had the eye patch. All I needed now was the perfect motivation to take over the world. And a white Persian cat.”

However, she grows weaker throughout the novel, getting insecure sometimes, which is completely normal and makes her more relatable, but it was frustrating when we wanted her to just say somethings out loud and she just kept quiet OR when she did some stupid stupid things. (There’s this scene where, in my opinion, she obviously rapes Luka in his sleep but whatever.)

I’m not really going to get into detail about the other characters because I didn’t feel anything towards them. I can only say that I liked Dray, the drummer. The band is a mysterious thing, you never know what’s happening and what the relation between them is. However, Luka is a SOB who kept me annoyed. I… I was so confused during the whole book. Does he want her only for sex or does he actually care?

We get all this amazing concert’s scenes, and I do wish I was there to see it. The photos’ descriptions are damn alluring and so beautiful written, I wanted to see them in real life. Those are the best parts of Savor, we become Dakota when she’s in her zone, whenever she’s focused we are right there with her. It’s a shame that didn’t happen all the time. We get a connection with the character for a moment and them boom, no more feelings towards it.

Savor, being a New Adult book had some graphic scenes and for someone who knows the genre that is okay. Nevertheless, near the end of the book, why would Dakota act a certain way (she jumps Luka’s bones in his sleep!)? Also, there’s this scene where Dakota photographs a sex scene between two band members… That left me a little uncomfortable.

Anyway, all blows up when Dakota’s background starts to be questioned and Kate Evangelista decides to give a paranormal twist to the story. I was completely thrown off by this turn of events. How did this happen actually? It just came out of nowhere. I didn’t like it and I’m sad to say I don’t think I am interested in the path the story is taking. Many characters were revealed to be not what I thought and my brain couldn’t really deal with it, it didn’t have the time because the book ended and we didn’t get any explanation just a big:

I believe that many people will like, even love, Savor. It was not for me but it might be a favourite to many. My advice is give it a chance and see for yourself.

2 Chibis

Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

Under Different Stars (Kricket, #1)

Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

Series: Kricket (#1)

Published: 17th December 2013

Self-Published

Summary: “All she wants is a home, but can she find one…UNDER DIFFERENT STARS

Kricket Hollowell is normally not one to wish upon stars; she believes they’re rarely in her favor. Well versed at dodging caseworkers from Chicago’s foster care system, the past few years on her own have made Kricket an expert at the art of survival and blending in. With her 18th birthday fast approaching, she dreams of the day when she can stop running and find what her heart needs most: a home.

Trey Allairis hates Earth and doubts that anyone from his world can thrive here. What he’s learning of Kricket and her existence away from her true home only confirms his theory. But, when he and Kricket lie together under the stars of Ethar, counting them all may be easier than letting her go.

Kyon Ensin’s secrets number the stars; he knows more about Kricket’s gifts than anyone and plans to possess her because of them. He also knows she’s more valuable than any fire in the night sky. He’ll move the heavens and align them all in order to make her his own.

When everything in their world can be broken, will Kricket rely upon love to save her under different stars?”

Review:

First of all, I think it is my duty to comment of how amazingly beautiful the cover is. Once the cover was revealed, I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. I had already planned to read this book when Amy said that she was publishing another book, since I love The Premonition series (I can’t wait for The Iniquity, the teasers are killing me!).

I liked this book, specially the story, I’ve always been interested on Aliens (specially ever since I read the Lux series by the one and only Jennifer L. Armentrout), the male lead is just to die for, as expected! One thing I really did not like was Kricket, the main character, she is just perfect looking, super intelligent, innocent, cute and everybody wants her. It annoys me because the main character on The Premonition series also happens to be perfect. Hello, people are not perfect! And where’s originality? One of the best things about new books being published by your favorite authors is a total different story! Where’s the originality and imagination? Flew out of the window?

Anyway, Kricket is an orphan who is running away from Chicago’s foster care system, she was constantly being bullied, harassed and beaten while living in foster homes (by jealous girls – LOL *sarcasm*). Kricket suddenly finds herself being stalked by two different groups of super gorgeous men, who claim they are returning her to her homeland so she can be judged for her crimes, although she has no idea which crimes and what home. Trey Allairis, one of the men from one of the groups, is the first one to get her. Him and his group start the dangerous trip to Ethar, a different world, where Kricket originally comes from. During this trip you can see the starting love between Trey and Kricket, which I can only describe as cute xD

After they get to Ethar, Kricket is confronted with the truth of her species and also her duty. I don’t want to spoil for the sake of wanting you to find out everything like this, it’s way more interesting to find out things while reading. I won’t also spoil you because I think I wouldn’t be able to explain you everything correctly, I think I would just mix facts T.T

Despite not having liked the main character, this was a book that did not disappoint me, I want to read the next one (the second one has not been announced).

Playlist: Koop – Koop Island Blues; Woodkid – Iron; Ane Brun – Words

4 Chibis

Sofyy’s Book Review: Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements, #0.5)

Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: The Dark Elements (#0.5)

Published: December 1st 2013

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Goodreads:In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series THE DARK ELEMENTS, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…”

 

Review

New series by JLA?! Me: “HELL YEAH BABY, I’M READY, BRING IT ON!”

Even though it was short, it was AMAZING! I was just OMMMGGGG all over the place! When I got my hands on this baby I just told myself “so, no sleeping tonight, you know how it is, you begin reading something by JLA, you know the outcome” Indeed, it was… I spent my night reading this, and yes, I did have class, German class actually… I looked like a zombie and could barely utter something intelligent, yet it was totally worth it!

As usual, JLA created a story that once you start reading nothing else exists beyond that, truly, I will always love this author 🙂

This series is about Gargoyles, no, not ugly Notre Dame Gargoyles, but sexy, human-looking ones xD

(this gif is HILARIOUS!)

This story is depicted on the modern times, 21st century, with one exception, Gargoyles revealed themselves to humans. They were commanded to do so by the angels. Hell had a sort-of revolution, somehow a lot of demons escaped and are now roaming the Earth, creating caos. This made the angels take measures, the Gargoyles had to reveal themselves to the world. (Gargoyles hunt demons, btw).

The main character, Jasmine is one, a Gargoyle Warden, she has always been super protected, Gargoyle females tend to die a lot, so the females are treated as something to be protected and cared for. They aren’t trained and don’t hunt demons, that’s what males are for.

Jasmine is heart-broken, Dez left three years ago without telling her a word about it. Jasmine’s father said that Dez and Jasmine should mate, right afterwards Dez leaves. But, three years later he miraculously appears, even though everyone believed he was dead, there he was, alive, well and wanting to mate Jasmine as if nothing had happened at all.

According to Gargoyle’s traditions, Gargoyles are supposed to wait 7 days after they announce their intentions before they mate. Jasmine still loves Dez, but she refuses to accept their mating, she feels too hurt (quite understandable!). Dez then says he will do anything for her so Jasmine asks for a few tasks: traveling around the US, hunting a demon, skinny-dipping (I think there’s one missing), Dez asks in return for a kiss, a kiss after every task (naughty boy ahaha)

I won’t tell you more, this is a super short story, which made me quite sad, I just kept wanting to read more 😦

One thing that caught my attention was a certain half-Gargoyle/half-demon girl … when I read the part where she shows up, I found myself wishing to read her story, and guess what? This series will be about her! 3 F****** BOOKS CONFIRMED HOLY COW!!!

JLA just makes me want to advance on time to read all her upcoming books! White Hot Kiss (book 1, The Dark Element series) is coming out on January, I know it’s December, but January seems so far away… I just want more (and let’s not talk about THE LUXEN SERIES, DONT GET ME STARTED!)

4.5 Chibis