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3 stars

Matched (Matched #1)- Ally Condie

Synopsis:

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate… until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Review:

I gave this 3 stars because the premise is great, it’s just the story is soooo slow.  I was expecting something along the lines of Hunger Games…not so much 😦

The characters were so “Stepford” in this…there was no emotion, not even from the “Officials”.  They never got angry at anyone even when they disobeyed.

I picked this up at the library because it had a beautiful cover.  Nothing really ever happened. About the last 3 chapters is what really had me wanting to read the next book.
The book cover boasts “tons of romance” but I didn’t see it. There was only stolen glances here and there but nothing to really make me swoon.

I understand that this series was optioned for a movie but I just don’t see how that can work. There was no action in the story to move the plot forward. It was all about the human condition. Like I said, great premise just really bad pace. I would love to have had more back story on the government and the main characters.

I will probably still finish out the series just because I can’t stand to NOT finish a series and it really is an easy read. It took me about a day and a half to finish.

I would recommend this for pre-teen and teens.   It’s an easy read.  There was no language, no sex…and as far as I can remember only 2-3 kisses.

List of Books in Order:

Matched (Matched #1)

Crossed (Matched #2)

Reached (Matched #3)

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5 stars

Onyx (Lux #2) – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis:

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

Review:

I will say it again…I am in love with this series.  The characters are so easy to fall in love with.  I love the sarcasm and wit in the dialogue.  There were several times that I actually laughed out loud while reading.  That is rare for me.  I am the type to laugh internally and not call attention to myself by laughing aloud.

The relationships in the 2nd book are much more developed and the passion and denial between “Kat” and “Daemon” still give the butterflies in the tummy effect.

The pace of the book is still fast making it easy to read and hard to put down.

This is going to be another series that I will have to purchase for myself even though I have already read it.  My favorite quote by Oscar Wilde is “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

I think this series is “multiple read” worthy 🙂

I would recommend this for older teens and young adults…there is some language and there is implied sex but nothing overt or detailed.

List of Books in Order

Obsidian

Onyx

Opal

Origin

Opposition (Lux #5) – To Be Release Oct. 2014

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5 stars

Obsidian (Lux #1) – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis:

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.

Review:

I loved this book!  I have heard it being tossed about that it resembles Twilight but I have no idea since I have not read them (and never will) but I did notice some symmetry with the movies but I couldn’t care less.  Simply put, it is just a great story.

I love the love/hate relationship going on with “Katy” and “Daemon”.  It is highly entertaining.  Their arguing back and forth can be very witty at times.  “Daemon” is the kind of guy a lot of girls would kill to be the one who breaks through his asshat behavior and become the girl of his dreams.  Who wouldn’t want that.  I thought I would have a hard time with the alien angle but I really don’t, I really really don’t.

The pace of the book was fast (to me) and kept me engaged the entire time.  I didn’t want to put the book down.  I finished it in a day.  Luckily I had borrowed it from the library and checkout books 1-3 all at the same time so I don’t have to wait to continue the story.  It is a little dark, a little humorous, a lot of angst and very passionate (whether it be from actual passion or the heat of arguments).

I can’t see where the story is going, which is a good thing, not being able to guess what’s going to happen.  Just to be clear, that may not mean much seeing as how I have zero talent in being able to guess an ending.  That is a blessing for me seeing as how I NEVER seeing anything coming LOL, it’s always a surprise.

I would recommend this for teens and young adults but beware there is some language.  I curse like a sailor so that didn’t bother me 🙂

I would love to see this come to the big screen…

List of Books in Order:

Obsidian (Lux #1)

Onyx (Lux #2)

Opal (Lux #3)

Origin (Lux #4)

Opposition (Lux #5) – To Be Release Oct. 2014

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4-stars

Kissed By an Angel (#1), The Power of Love (#2) & Soulmates (#3) – Elizabeth Chandler

Synopsis:
“Kissed by an Angel”: Ivy and Tristan have the love of a lifetime–until Tristan dies in a car accident. Now Tristan returns as an angel, but Ivy is unable to feel his presence. He has a mission he must figure out and complete before he can move on.

“The Power of Love”: Tristan has learned that the person responsible for the car crash is after Ivy. Can he cross the boundaries of life and death to warn Ivy that she is in trouble?

“Soulmates”: Tristan must rescue Ivy, but if he does so his mission will be finished and he will have to leave his true love forever.

Review:

These books are fantastic.  They are a very easy read.  It did take a little bit of getting used to because it is done mostly in third person point of view with limited alternating point of view.  I personally prefer first person narrative so it took a little adjusting on my part.  It took me 3 days to get them read 🙂

The story is filled with mystery and murder and a lot of heart and passion.  Relating to the characters is easy at least for me it was.  I know what it’s like to find your soul mate and then lose them.  Although for me it was not death, it was more of the “not ready in this life to be together yet.”

The author did a very good job of conveying the feelings that “Ivy” had about missing “Tristan” so much that it hurt.

The way each book ended on a cliffhanger would’ve been frustrating if I already didn’t have the 3 together though LOL

I recommend this for teenagers and young adults- No sex and I don’t remember any language to speak of.

List of Books in Order (If you buy them separately):

Kissed By An Angel

The Power of Love

Soulmates

Evercrossed

Everlasting

Everafter

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4-stars (for all 3)

Books 3-5 (Meredith Gentry Series) – Laurell K. Hamilton

Synopsis of Seduced By Moonlight:

I am Meredith Gentry, P.I. and Princess Merry, heir to the throne of Fairie.
Now there are those among me who whisper I am more.
They fear me even as they protect me. And who can blame them?
I’ve awakened the dazzling magic that’s slumbered in them for
thousands of years. But the thing is, I can’t figure out why.

My aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness, is no longer distracted by her usual sadistic hobbies. Her obsession has turned unwaveringly to me. The mission to get me pregnant and beat my cousin Prince Cel to the crown is taking longer than expected. Even though I spend each night with the Queen’s Ravens, my immortal guards, no child has come of our decadent pleasures. But something else is happening. My magic courses through me uncontrollably. And as I lock my half-mortal body with their full-Sidhe blooded ones, the power surges like never before.

It all began with the chalice. I dreamed of it, and it appeared, cool and hard, beside me when I awoke. My guards know the ancient relic well—its disappearance ages ago stripped them of their vital powers. But it is here with us now. My touch resonates with its force, and they’re consumed with it, their Sidhe essences lit up by it. But even as they cherish me for this unexpected gift, there are those who loathe me for it. Me, a mongrel, only half fey and part mortal. The Unseelie court has suffered for so long, and there are some who would not have it weakened further by an impure queen. My enemies grow in number every day. But they do not know what I am capable of. Nor, for that matter, do I. . . .

Synopsis of A Stroke of Midnight:

I am Meredith Gentry, P.I. and Princess Merry, heir to the throne of Fairie. Now there are those among me who whisper I am more. They fear me even as they protect me. And who can blame them? I’ve awakened the dazzling magic that’s slumbered in them for thousands of years. But the thing is, I can’t figure out why.

I am Meredith Gentry, P.I., solving cases in Los Angeles, far from the peril and deception of my real home–because I am also Princess Meredith, heir to the darkest throne faerie has to offer. The Unseelie Court infuses me with its power. But at what price does such magic come? How much of my human side will I have to give up, and how much of the sinister side of faerie will I have to embrace? To sit on a throne that has ruled through bloodshed and violence for centuries, I might have to become that which I dread the most.

Enemies watch my every move. My cousin Cel strives to have me killed even now from his prison cell. But not all the assassination attempts are his. Some Unseelie nobles have waited centuries for my aunt Andais, Queen of Air and Darkness, to become weak enough that she might be toppled from her throne. Enemies unforeseen move against us–enemies who would murder the least among us.

The threat will drive us to allow human police into faerie for the first time in our history. I need my allies now more than ever, especially since fate will lead me into the arm of Mistral, Master of Storms, the queen’s new captain of her guard. Our passion will reawaken powers long forgotten among the warriors of the sidhe. Pain and pleasure await me–and danger, as well, for some at that court seek only death.

I will find new joys with the butterfly-winged demi-fey. My guards and I will show all of faerie that violence and sex are as popular among the sidhe as they are among the lesser fey of our court. The Darkness will weep, and Frost will comfort him. The gentlest of my guards will find new strength and break my heart. Passions undreamed of await us–and my enemies gather, for the future of both courts of faerie begins to unravel.

Synopsis of Mistral’s Kiss:

I am Princess Meredith, heir to a throne of faerie. My day job, once upon a time, was as a private detective in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, princess has now become a full-time occupation.

My aunt, Queen Andais, will have it no other way. And so I am virtually a prisoner in faerie–trapped here with some of the realm’s most beautiful men to serve as my bodyguards . . . and my lovers. For I am compelled to conceive a child: an heir to succeed me on the throne. Yet after months of amazing sex with my consorts, there is still no baby. And no baby means no throne. The only certainty is death at the hands of my cousin Cel, or his followers, if I fail to conceive.

Now Mistral, Queen Andais’s new captain of the guard, has come to my bed–defying her and risking her terrible wrath in doing so. But even she will hesitate to punish him in jealous rage, because our joining has reawakened old magic, mystical power so ancient that no one stands against it and survives. Not even my strongest and most favored: my Darkness and my Killing Frost. Not even Mistral himself, my Storm Lord. But because Mistral has helped to bring this magic forth, he may live another day.

If I can reclaim control of the fey power that once was, there may be hope for me and my reign in faerie. I might yet quell the dark schemes and subterfuges surrounding me. Though shadows of obsession and conspiracy gather, I may survive.

Reviews:

I am really enjoying this series.  Ms. Hamilton’s writting style is very easy to read.  It has been very well planned out and I don’t feel like there have been any holes to the plot, at least not that I can remember.  There is so much that happens so it’s really hard to know if you have missed something or if something hasn’t been answered.  I can only say that nothing BIG has been overlooked.

The only problem I have had so far is that there are sooooo many people involved that I have a hard time keeping straight who is who.  On the flip side, each character is well developed and very easy to fall for.  It would be hard for me to pick a favorite.

This series has everything from romance and sex to murder and mystery as well as Celtic heritage.

It is a dark series in that there is torture, domination, power and somethings that go bump in the night.

I love how the author has combined the “real” world with the “fae” world and made them so completely different, from the way the politics have been handled to the perception of love/sex/power between the two worlds.

I can’t wait until I get the next 3 books in the mail.  I am completely hooked on this series.

Recommended for adults: There is pervasive sex and some language and violence.

List of Books in Order:

A Kiss of Shadows

A Caress of Twilight

Seduced By Moonlight

A Stroke of Midnight

Mistral’s Kiss

A Lick of Frost

Swallowing Darkenss

Divine Misdemeanors

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Crave (A Novel of the Fallen Angels #2) – J.R. Ward

Synopsis:

Isaac Rothe is a black ops soldier with a dark past and a grim future. The target of an assassin, he finds himself behind bars, his fate in the hands of his gorgeous public defender Grier Childe. His hot attraction to her can only lead to trouble-and that’s before Jim Heron tells him his soul is in danger. Caught up in a wicked game with the demon who shadows Jim, Isaac must decide whether the soldier in him can believe that true love is the ultimate weapon against evil.

Review:

I enjoyed the 2nd book a lot.  It took me a little bit to get into it because you kind of get attached to the characters from the first book.  Each book in this series is a different set of characters except for the fallen angels who are war-ing over their souls.  I didn’t feel like this book was as fast paced as the first but it was a very good story.  I could relate better to these characters and I really felt their passion and hunger for each other.

Recommended for adults who like romance and fallen angels.  There is pervasive language and sexual situations.

List of Books in Order:

Covet

Crave

Envy

Rapture

Possesion

I went to see Ender’s Game in the theater yesterday and I just want to say that I was disappointed.  I know it’s always a bad idea to read a book BEFORE you see a movie but I didn’t know they were making the movie when I read it.

I was disappointed in the character development in the movie.  There was no building of the important relationships from the book.  There was no detail in how Ender became “friends” with some of the important characters like “Bean”.  I enjoyed how the book had Ender learn the specific skills that secondary character had and how he could use them.  There was none of that in the movie.  The movie never had Ender really broken down by bullying, seclusion, ect. which is what built his character into who he was.

I was also disappointed that they forwent the importance of the Mind Game Ender played in the book and how that related to reality.

The movie just fell flat for me.  While they did follow the book, it just glossed over a lot.  This movie could have been epic had they split it into 2 movies and filled it with much more detail and drama.

Ahh well you can’t have everything…a great book and a great movie to go with it 🙂

FYI…I do not agree with Orson Scott Card’s personal views, just simply loved the book.