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5 stars

Illuminate (Gilded Wings #1) – Aimee Agresti

Synopsis:

Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything changes when she is awarded a prestigious internship at a posh Chicago hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous strangers: the powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons called The Outfit.

As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?

Review:

This book has gotten VERY mixed reviews but here is my take…
I loved it and found it to be a very “tame” relative of The Devil’s Advocate with a little early Buffy thrown in.

This first book is very description heavy and can be a little slow and repetitive but it was worth it. I thought it was worth the patience and besides that I love story rich books.
The author is very good at descriptions and making you feel like you know EXACTLY what something or someone looks like.  It is a dark, mysterious and dangerous story.

I felt like the story was very wall thought out and paced relatively well.

I think “Haven” showed great growth throughout the book as well as her friends.
I absolutely fell for “Lance” and the description that he is a Clark Kent type. I am still not sure how I feel about “Lucian”.

The skill in imagery she used added a lot of depth which was fantastic.

I would love to see this brought to screen. If they could do it in imagery heavy Devil’s Advocate they could certainly do it with this book and in this day and age they could make it beautifully dark and somewhat whimsical.

I would recommend for teens and up…I don’t remember any language and there was no sex.

List of Books in Order:

Illuminate

Infatuate

Untitled (Release Date: March 2014)

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5 stars

Accidentally in Love With…A God? – Mimi Jean Pamiloff

Synopsis:

Twenty-two-year-old Emma Keane has a secret friend. He’s powerful, mysterious, and devastatingly handsome. In her dreams, anyway.

In real life, he’s an enigma. Maybe just a teensie jealous. Definitely overbearing. He’s also a voice only she can hear.

So who or what is he? He won’t say. But if she wants to be free, to be normal, Emma will have to trek to the jungles once ruled by the Mayans and find the forgotten ruin holding the answers.

However, the ruthless deity she’s about to unknowingly unleash on the modern world might not be so easily extracted from her life. Bottom line, he’s got enemies, and now, so does she.

Review:

I loved this book!  It is hilarious and it made me LOL several times.  This book is full of passion whether it be from angry flirting or all out fighting or just plain sexual tension.  The main character “Emma” is super stubborn and sarcastic and she is great with the one-line comebacks and name calling.  She is a strong female character which I enjoy.  “Guy” is overbearing and egotistical but it works for him and gives him an un-attainable aire about him.

The pace of the book is fast and kept me reading, I couldn’t put it down.  There is backstory thrown in to help you understand why things ended up the way they did in the present and I found that very helpful and imformative.  I personally like flashbacks because it has always made me feel like I was being “shown” the past instead of someone just telling me it happened (if that makes sense).

I would recommend this for young adults and up…there is language and lots of sexual situations.

List of Books in Order:

Accidentally in Love With…A God?

Accidentally Married to…A Vampire?

Sun God Seeks…Surrogate?

Accidentally…Evil? (#3.5 Novella)

Vampires Need Not…Apply?

Accidentally…Cimil? (#4.5 Novella)

Accidentally…Over?

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5 stars

Origin (Lux #4) – Jennifer Armentrout

Synopsis:

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything. 

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

Review:

I know I have said this before but I LOVE THIS SERIES!  I was going to say that I liked this one better than the previous books but that would be a lie…I can’t pick a favorite, they are all fantastic!

I did take me a little bit to get back into the swing of the story because some of it can be a little reptitive but it wasn’t too bad.   The story pretty much picks up where the 3rd book left off.  I love how you get “Katy” and “Daemon’s” POVs alterenating between each chapter.  I like feeling like I know both sides of the story.

This passion in this book is fantastic and spicy and the snarky and humorous back and forth between the two characters is very entertaining.

It is full of passion, betrayal, lust, love, humor and mystery.  You will find friends who aren’t really friends, enemies who aren’t really enemies and strangers who you have no idea whether they should trust or not.

I would recommend this for older teens and young adults and adults.  There is some language and some sex scenes (not overly graphic though).

List of Books in Order:

Obsidian

Onyx

Opal

Origin

Opposition (RELEASE DATE 8-5-14)

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5 stars

The Game (The Game is Life #1) – Terry Schott

Synopsis:

The Game…
A virtual reality simulation played by over a billion children around the world. The best players are celebrities, adored and worshiped by countless fans. Zack is a superstar among players.
His final play may change the world, forever…

Review:

I loved this book.  I found it for free (as of 2-9-14) for Nook on Barnes and Noble, you can get it here.  I am always afraid of downloading books that are free just because I have been burned so many times but this one surprised me.  I could not put it down.  It only took me half a day to finish because I refused to leave that world and now I am left with a major book hangover.

I found the pace to be very well planned and even.  I fell for “Zack” easily, he doesn’t come across as arrogant or self righteous even though he is a superstar in the real world.  I can’t quite decide if his Patron is on his side or not yet…

I thought it would be difficult to separate when they were in the Game or in the real world while reading but it wasn’t.  It was relatively easy to follow.  The only hard time I had was keep straight the names of different people, especially when they referred to “Zack’s” past avatars.

There were some grammar errors but it was nothing to hinder the story which, to me, has been very well thought out.  There are twists and mysteries throughout and some do not get answered in this book like who exactly some people are in real life or in game life, making you WANT to read the second.

Barnes and Noble does not have the rest of these books so I will be ordering them from Amazon ASAP 🙂

I would recommend this for ANYONE who loves sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian.  There was no language that I can remember and no sex.

If I had to relate this to something else it would be a Matrix meets Ender’s Game meets [insert favorite dystopian novel].

List of Books in Order:

The Game

Digital Heretic

Interlude-Brandon

Virtual Prophet

Random Post

Posted: February 5, 2014 in 5 Stars, Nephilim, Random Posts

This is just a random post with a video of Neil Gaiman reading Green Eggs and Ham.  He did this because Patrick Rothfuss’s (author of The Kingkiller Chronicles) charity “Worldbuilders” hit a stretch goal of $500,00 and this was Neil’s “thank you” for everyone who donated 🙂  I hope you enjoy and share with all the geeks and nerds in your life.

If you have ever wanted to see an award winning sci-fi/fantasty author read Dr. Seuss, here is your chance and it is amazing!!

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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