Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What I've been reading vlog

So, I think the title says it all, lol!

Have at it!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Review- Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Blurb taken from Goodreads:

There is need. And then there is Fate...

Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her.

When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon... and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude... or killing her.

My review:

Holy smokes! I'm so in love with this series! I finished Half-Blood yesterday, and immediately purchased Pure. I'd have finished this book yesterday as well, but I had to do things like feed my family and clean *stomps foot*

The chemistry between Alex and Aiden sizzles off the page. I feel so badly for them I ache. The author does a fabulous job portraying the "forbidden love" situation. I want those two together badly.

I really like Seth, but I still wonder about him. Just when I think I've got the plot (the oracle's predictions) figured out, and am sure he's bad, he does something that makes me wonder if I don't have everything wrong. He's a mystery all rolled up in a big sexy ball of Akasha. YUM!

October can't get here fast enough. I MUST know what happens next!

This baby gets a solid 5 stars from me. Highly recommend! 

You can find more information about the author and her books here.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Book review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Happy Friday, friends! I'm coming at you with another book recommendation and review today.

I've been doing a lot of reading lately. This usually happens when I finish up a book of my own. I'm starved for other people's stuff, and I go on a massive reading binge. This is how I discovered the Covenant series.

Yes, I realize I'm late in discovering just how awesome Half-Blood (book #1) is. But hey... Better late than never, right?

Blurb taken from GR:
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.

My review:

Oh, my freaking goodness. Jennifer L. Armentrout is fast becoming one of my favorite authors! I recently read and fell in love with Daemon from her Lux series, and knew I needed to read her other works.

I purchased Half-Blood yesterday, but wasn't able to dive in until late this morning. I finished in a few hours, unable to put my iPad down. I wasn't sure if I would love this different series of hers as much as I loved Obsidian.

I had nothing to worry about.

I adored Alex from the get go. She's strong, and stubborn, and doesn't always do the right thing. She's ruled by her emotions, and I liked that about her.

Then, there's Aiden. Holy hotness in a Sentinal package. He's everything Alex can't have, and everything she wants. Their chemistry was awesome, and I fell in love with him early on. I want these two together in a bad way, and I'm afraid of what's in store for them.

Mainly because of Seth. Alex is made for him. She's his other half, but not what she wants. Fate can be a real bitch. Eager to dive into the next book asap!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Series recommendation!

Hello, my friends! Long time to post, yeah?

Between editing Ex Factor, and recovering from a nasty bout of flu, I've been otherwise occupied, lol!

Being sick is never fun, however, it did give me a lot of time to read. As such, I've got a series recommendation for you today. Woot!!

Over the last couple of months, I've been primarily reading indie authors. And let me just tell you: I've found some new favorites. No joke, there are some rock star indie authors out there who are deserving of some serious love.

One of the authors I've been enjoying is Liz Reinhardt. She's penned the Brenna Blixen series (Double Clutch, Junk Miles, and Slow Twitch) which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The books follow female protag, Brenna Blixen, a high school teen who's just moved back to the states after a year long trip abroad with her parents. Brenna not only sports a fabulous sense of style, and a stubborn streak, she's goal-oriented, which leads her to attend both high school and trade school at the same time.

Enter Jake and Saxon.

Saxon is the hot, genius "Bad Boy" from her regular high school. There's an instant connection between Saxon and Brenna, but she fights it and resists his attentions at first.

Jake is the mega hot guy from Brenna's trade school. Like Saxon, Brenna has an immediate connection with him. A connection that sticks.

The books follows Brenna as she struggles with her feelings for both boys.

I read each of these books in a day, unable to put them down once I started. While I thoroughly enjoyed all three books, my favorite was Slow Twitch. There's a lot of angst in the series, which, imo skyrockets in book two.

These books are what I would classify Upper YA. The main characters are in high school, but they deal with heavy issues, and include sexual situations. Book three has the most hanky-panky, so if you're a parent considering these books for your younger teen, please be aware. I've got a seventeen year old daughter, and I think this book is totally appropriate for her age range.

Highly recommend!

 You can find more information about Liz Reinhardt, as well as her books at her Amazon author page.
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