Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Obsidian
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 361
Publication: November 23, 2011
Goodreads Rating: 4.42/5

So lately I’ve been obsessing over this author. I mean, my last review was the first book in her other series, but Jennifer Armentrout definitely deserves the fangirling. Although it’s by the same author, Obsidian is extremely different from Half-Blood. While Half-Blood is Greek mythology and things associated with it, Obsidian is, well… aliens.

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens. 

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Books with or about aliens, although not a new genre, was definitely new to me. I never even thought that I would like it to be honest. I was really skeptical to read this because of it. But, Armentrout made me enjoy the whole concept extremely well and made me fall in love with this book.

The thing I love most about her writing is her characters. They’re always written very well. Katy is a character that any book nerd could identify with (which is practically every person reading this book.) Also, her progression throughout the book is great. I love that she goes from being this safe and timid girl to someone who’s not afraid to take risks and is willing to lay down her life for the people she loves.

There is only one word to describe Daemon Black: hothothothothothothothothothothot (that’s one word, right?) He is honestly one of the hottest and hilarious and caring and sarcastic characters I’ve ever read, and I LOVE HIM. Armentrout has an extreme talent of writing extremely hot guys (*cough*AidenandSeth*cough*). Like Katy, his character progression is just as amazing. As the book goes along, you see more and more of the real him. The rest of the characters are just as amazing and well built, even if I may want to stab them multiple times…

At some times in the story, things could get a little slow. But once you get passed those parts, all you want to do is keep reading. This book is definitely a thrilling page turner with a romance that’ll make you absolutely swoon. Jennifer never fails to make me fall in love with her writing, and this book was not an exception. She effortlessly laces in the action and romance flawlessly in this book, as well as the rest of the series.

If you want a book that’s full of action and has tons of hot chemistry and romance, then this one is definitely for you. You can buy the book from Amazon here.

Author Website: http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/
Twitter: @jlarmentrout
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferLArmentrout


Haylie’s Review of Wither by Lauren DeStefano!

Goodreads Summary of Wither by Lauren DeStefano:
  “By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape–before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden’s servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?”

    Okay so, before I start this I must first apologize for my very VERY long hiatus. School was just so crazy this semester and every time I thought of even trying to write something on here my teachers decided, Lets give all of the students more homework! Yeah so long story short school was absolutely insane and I will do much better this semester I promise! 🙂 ❤ 

  Alright, now that, that little explanation is over on to the review! 
      Okay let me first off say that the world that Lauren DeStefano created is just completely creepy! Being a young girl who has just turned 20, I found it completely eerie that in this futuristic world I would already cease to exist, but none the less this book is simply great! The whole time I read this book I could clearly picture every scenery that was presented to me, from the house that Rhine and her brother Rowan shared in Manhattan to the elaborate parties Rhine attended on the arm of her “husband” Linden Ashby. Everything in this book was so well written and well explained that I had no problems following the world that Destefano has created. 
   I loved every little part of this book but one serious stand out for me is the fact that the book was just so real. From the post apocalyptic setting of a world that has been turned upside down but a miracle cure for cancer gone completely wrong, to the complexity of the all of the characters. Not only  the main character Rhine, who even herself at times got lost in facade of the world of Linden Ashby, to Cecily, the love struck orphan turned mother at the young age of 13, and even Jenna, and her unwavering hate toward Linden and Housemaster Vaunghn. This book is hands down one of the best books I have read this year, and that is saying something because its December now! 
    Overall, I would give this book a 4.5 out 5, its definitely something everyone should read! Now, that I have completed this, ITS ON TO FEVER!! 🙂 Happy New Year you guys! And her is to another great year!
~ Haylie B. 

Waiting on Wednesday: Shadowhunters and Downworlders

By:  Cassandra ClareHolly Black Kate MilfordDiana PeterfreundSara RyanScott Tracey, Robin WassermanKendare BlakeGwenda BondSarah Rees Brennan,Rachel CaineSarah CrossKami Garcia Michelle HodkinKelly Link 
Published By: Smartpop Books
Release Date: January 29, 2013

Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, epic urban fantasy set in a richly imagined world of shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves, fairies, and more, has captured the imaginations and loyalty of hundreds of thousands of YA readers. 

In Shadowhunters and Downworlders, Clare and more than a dozen top YA writers, including New York Times bestsellers Holly BlackRachel Caine, and Kami Garcia, write about the series, its characters, and its world. 

Inside you’ll read:
A cinematic tutorial on why the best friend (Simon) always loses out to the bad boy (Jace)The benefits (no, really!) of incest . . . at least in literatureWhat we can read between the lines of Alec and Magnus’ European vacationThe importance of friendship, art, humor, and rebellionAnd more, from the virtues of Downworlders to the naughty side of Shadowhunting

There are two things I look forward to in January: my birthday and this book. I don’t usually read stuff like this, but I honestly cannot wait for this. All the authors involved in writing this are phenomenal and I’m overall really excited. Not only will it have information and discussion on The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices, but also over Cassie’s new series: The Dark Artifices.

You can pre-order the book here on Amazon.

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Half-Blood
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Mythology/Fantasy
Pages: 281
Publication: September 20, 2011
Rating on Goodreads: 4.26/5

I’ve read my fair share of books about Greek mythology. I mean, I did read all of the Percy Jackson series and The Heroes of Olympus. But this takes a whole new twist on half-bloods and demigods.

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck. (From Goodreads)

I have one thing that definitely needs to be said about this book: WOW. Why did it take me so long to finally read this book?! Armentrout takes you on a nonstop adventure of action and, wait for it, romance.  The protagonist, Alexandria (Alex) Andros, is a great character. She has a great sense of humor and can even take the worst of things and turn them to be a little bit better. I don’t think I has laughed that much in a book in a long time.

Also, what I love most about Alex is that she’s flawed and acknowledges her flaws. In books, you get so many characters that are very flawed, but never realize it. (which is absolutely INFURIATING)

I think one of the many highlights of this book is Alex’s love interest: Aiden St. Delphi. (Actually, I think he’s the highlight of any girl who loves fictional boys.) Not only is he insanely hot, but he’s sweet and sometimes wonderfully nerdy. The forbidden love element between the two adds to the overall intensity of Aiden and Alex’s relationship. It just makes everything a little edgier.

All the characters in this book are amazing. The author even makes the extremely annoying characters (*cough*LEA*cough*) somewhat redeemable. 

The action scenes are amazing, the conflict is absolutely heartbreaking, and the characters are fantastic. Half-Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout is a fast-paced story that never slows down and keeps the reader interested until the very end. This book is definitely a mandatory book to put on your TBR.

Author Website: http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/
Twitter: @jlarmentrout
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferLArmentrout