Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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No one is like Daemon Black. When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on. But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love. 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 hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. 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. Together we’re stronger… and they know it.
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Rating: 1.5 stars

Ugh. Okay. I’m not going to finish this series. I could barely finish this book, even the cliffhanger ending doesn’t make me want to read more. I am so disappointed really. I wanted to like this, but I just don’t. This series is just putting me in a reading slump because I don’t want to read it. So, I will not be reading any more.
Katy’s character is going no-where. Where’s the development? She’s just so boring. The only character I’m interested in is Daemon and he’s not that great. Its just so cliched (I knew this when I started the series). This series is one that I honestly can’t understand why most of booktube are raving about it. These books are making me feel like I should be embarrassed to read them, sort of like the Twilight books. But yeah… no recommendations from me… I can’t believe I got to the end of the 3rd book.

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Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…
Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.
Something worse than the Arum has come to town…
The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.
But then everything changes…
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?
No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies
betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?
No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies
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Rating: 3 to 3.5 stars.

(shorter review because I’m doing a full series review when I’ve finished the series.)

I just need to get one thing off my chest before I do this review: I. Hate. The. Covers. In. This. Series. Not joking they are horrible. What were they thinking?! Anyway, not a good start to a review but needed to voice that. 

Right, onto the review. This book was definitely better than the first. However, only after the first half. I nearly put it down because of how frustrated I was getting. I swear Katy and Daemon were just having the same conversation over and over again and I’m not joking it was driving me insane!!! The first half was also just dull. Nothing happened, barely any plot development and the new characters? Anyone could see what was going to happen. 

Despite this, I really began to enjoy the book after about half way through when things actually started happening. The plot thickens! FINALLY. I actually find myself wanting to read the next book immediately which is nice. Daemon’s development is coming along nicely although I’m definitely looking forward to more from Katy in the next book (there better be some). I really do want to like this series, but I don’t think It’ll be one of my favourites.   

 

Second Kiss by Natalie Palmer

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‘Even my most humiliating moments seemed funny somehow when I told them to Jess.’ Gemma Mitchell is a normal girl who somehow gets herself into abnormally embarrassing circumstances. And while she thinks she’s the biggest loser in school because of them, there are a few people in her life who would disagree. One of those people is her best friend, Jess Tyler, who is opposite to her in every way. He’s popular, good looking, athletic, and intelligent, and he can’t get enough of Gemma. But while Gemma is dealing with problems like wrong locker combinations and Valentine’s Day dances, Jess is living in a world of serious issues that are foreign to Gemma, until she realizes that he’s holding on to her for dear life. Humorous and true to life, Second Kiss is an entertaining saga about a boy and girl who find that their lives have a lot more meaning once they have shared them with each other.
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Rating: 4.5 stars

I’m still fanning myself over the cuteness of this novel a full 24 hours after finishing it. Which let me say surprises me no end. After reading the synopsis I was a little apprehensive about starting it. I’ve never had that much fun with young adult contemporary, I’ve always preferred fantasy because I read to escape and contemporary doesn’t make me feel like I’m escaping honestly. Why would I want to read about other peoples problems unless they involve a dragon or two. Not to say that I absolutely loathe contemporary, I’ve read quite a lot of it and they aren’t all bad. But I have to say I think this is one of my favourites in this genre. I have no idea whether its just because I read it at the right time and I was feeling particularly connected to the book, or it really is a good book.

The first half of the book I felt like I was going down memory lane to when I was a 14/15 year old, in Year 9 at Secondary School doing stupidly naive things and embarrassing myself to the point that I would look back when I’m 20 and cringe inwardly. I actually found it rather refreshing and realistic. The majority of contemporary YA novels nowadays seem to focus on 16 to 18 year olds and it was nice reading from a slightly earlier age. Although at times you do find yourself just facepalming and thinking “WHYYYY?! Are you blind?!” at the main character Gemma. But when you think about it when I was that age I probably would have been doing exactly the same things.

The romance was lovely. I did find myself wanting to bang their heads together, but it was so adorable that I can’t dislike the book because of it. I loved the parents’ role in this aspect of the plot too. It was amusing and as a reader you can really understand exactly what they are thinking. I think the only downside of this book was a lack of proper interaction with the lesser characters, when the book finishes there are some loose ends which probably should have been tied up especially concerning Trace.

Overall, it was a quick, enjoyable, light and just a bit fluffy read and I think if you’re in need of a book that you can just plough through in one sitting, that has a cute romance and a little family drama on the side this is it.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
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Rating: 3.5 stars

The hype over this book series is insane. Therefore I felt a sort of reluctance to pick it up. I’ve bought all the books but found that I had no real desire to read them. With this in mind I’m surprised I actually bought them. But a few weeks ago I decided I’d give them a go.

I can appreciate peoples high opinions on this book. It was good. But for me I’m not sure its a 5 star rating. I just couldn’t get into the book. I felt rather detached, so far as to put the book down for a few weeks, and usually when that happens I won’t ever finish it. But because I had already bought the rest of the series I felt I had to finish it. I don’t regret it. I did end up enjoying it. That’s why I gave it 3.5 stars.

The characters were also the reason for this rating. Although they can be a little annoying at times, they were very well written and developed. I also weirdly enjoyed the number of deaths there were. In the majority of YA books I read there seems to be a reluctance to kill off characters and Roth is definitely not afraid of this. Yeah!

The plot however I found felt a little lacking and well predictable at times. Although the simulations and things were fascinating and I really enjoyed those scenes in the book. The rest of the book felt typically YA to me. Okay, yeah, its a YA book and all, but it didn’t stand out as the best of all dystopians I have ever read. I can list off loads that I can give 5 star ratings to but for me this book is not on the same level.

Despite this, it doesn’t mean I’m not going to read the rest of the series. I’m intrigued enough to find out what happens next. But its not on the top of my priorities right now. I’m hoping the rest of the series will be better.

Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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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.

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[mini review. I’ll do a full series review once I’ve finished them]

Rating: 2.5 stars

I’ve started to read this series because so many of my favourite booktubers seem to adore it. Right now, I’m trying very hard to figure out why. It was okay, but not worthy of anything above 3 stars. There are some good things about this book and some really bad things. The only reason I’ve given it 2.5 stars was because it is addictive (but come on… Twilight was addictive)

This book is full of so many clichés that I don’t think I stopped rolling my eyes from start to finish. The foreshadowing was so plainly obvious that I felt I didn’t need to read any more. However, I’m going to be kind and say that this book is perfect if you’ve looking for something fun and easy going. Yeah there’s drama but its not nail-bitingly dramatic. It is also quite amusing. I read this around writing a number of assignments for university and it was a perfect escape from anything complicated. 

I actually am going to finish this series. I’m hoping that they will get better, as there is much potential plot wise for this series. After a year of reading many great books I really don’t want to end it on a bad note.

World After by Susan Ee

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In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.
When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.
Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.
Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?
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Rating: *****

I absolutely frickin’ adore this series. I can not gush enough about how awesome these books are. The first was fantastic and I was a little weary that this second instalment wasn’t going to live up to my expectations. I needn’t have worried! I’ve never really been one for ‘angel’ books but I gave these a try because of the rave reviews they seem to get and my my my I am so glad I picked them up. I honestly think Angelfall and World After is up there with some of my favourite YA literature. 

World After is a little slower going that Angelfall but it works. Its a wonderful book where we see a lot more of all the characters, we learn more about the plans of the angels and how the humans are trying to show them that they are not weak. A few new characters are introduced to fill the absence of Raffe in the majority of the book. I grew quite attached to Raffe in Angelfall, and was a little disappointed to learn that he was barely in this sequel. But I loved it nonetheless, which I think is quite an achievement on Susan Ee’s part. Many YA novels, I find, tend to fall flat when the “love interest” is absent and this is definitely not the case here. I read this book in one sitting I just could not put it down.

The character development was a little lacking but Penryn’s Mums character really caught my interest her story is fascinating and I honestly can’t wait to find out more. She really becomes quite intriguing and the development there is wonderful, in many YA novels secondary characters don’t really get any development so it was great to see some here. 

Overall, I would so recommend this series. I am quite infatuated with it. The only complaint I have is that the books are too short! Argh! I need more NOW!