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Review of Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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“While you’re deep in something, you never say or do what you need to. It’s always after the fact, when it’s too late, that you realize what you should’ve said or done.” pg. 427 Lux: Consequences by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“I’d told her that we made the good kind of crazy together, and I hadn’t known how true that really was until this very moment, because what I was about to do was really, truly, 100 percent certifiable.” pg. 481 Lux: Consequences by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“It wasn’t that I felt stronger because he was there, though in a way I was. But it was because I now had someone on my side, someone who had my back. I wasn’t alone in this, and if it had been the other way around, I would’ve done the same thing he’d done. I doubted-.” pg. 525 Lux: Consequences by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Sometimes words were cheap. They could be powerful, but in those rare occasions like now, words meant nothing.” pg. 623 Lux: Consequences by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“My eyes landed on a stuffed green doll with an oval head and large black eyes. I picked it up, frowning. Why in the world did humans think aliens looked like a whacked-out Gumby?” pg. 625 Lux: Consequences by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Goodreads 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?

My review:

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

I am so sorry for not writing out this review sooner!

I was so so happy that I had the special collectors edition because I don’t know what I would’ve done if I didn’t have Origin around to begin after what happened to Katy in Opal.

The beginning of Origin takes place more or less right after the events in Opal.

I really enjoyed the way in which this book was written. Like many recent books that I have read, this book was written from both Daemon and Katy’s perspective (which is absolutely fantastic). I feel as though you are given an opportunity to see more about a character besides the main character. And since it’s also written from Daemon’s perspective, you get sooo much more of his sarcasm and humor.

In the beginning, you are given a chance to read what happens to Katy and what she is going through after she is caught at Mount Weather, as well as what Daemon is going through back home as he deals with Katy being caught.

You will such a change in Katy’s character, especially from the person you saw in the first book. She faced extreme hardships during her time after being taken. You feel so much pain for what she is put through, and for Daemon as he tries his hardest to get back to her no matter what, even if it means putting himself in harms way. But there are also many happy moments! And then very sad, heartbreaking moments again ( so be prepared!).

Like the previous books in this series, there are many twists and turns throughout this book and you will be shocked by what you find out.

Out of all the books the ending left me completely stunned and shocked, so I would highly recommend that you have Opposition (Lux #5) on hand with you. Since I began this series, I like each book even more than the previous one.

You should absolutely read this amazing and unforgettable book in the Lux series!

Happy Reading!


Chapter by Chapter Book Rave hosted by Jennifer L. Armentrout

On Friday, September 20,2014 I attended the Chapter by Chapter Book Rave event hosted by Jennifer L. Armentrout in New Rochelle, New York. I originally found out about this event a few months ago, so of course I was counting the days until I could go.

I found out that there were a few authors that I was looking forward to meeting because I had heard such AMAZING things about their novels. Of course one of them being Jennifer L. Armentrout with the Lux series and the Wait for You series. I only recently became a fan of her books so I was extremely excited. The other authors that I was looking forward to meeting, but never read any of their books were Lindsay Cummings-The Murder Complex, Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki –Branded, Cora Carmack-Losing it,  and Michelle Madow- The Secret Diamond Sisters.

I really loved how smooth this event was. When you first arrived, there was a registration table where you gave them your tickets as well as the online pre-order for Stay with Me (which I got!). From there they give you a wristband, then you wait in line to go into the little room to purchase books from authors who have books sold through Barnes and Noble. I purchased Be with Me and Frigid by Jennifer L. Armentrout (I wasn’t ready for the Covenant series just yet), Losing it by Cora Carmack, and Vision by Lisa Amowitz. I also originally purchased Empty and Cracked by K.M.  Walton (I’ll fill you in on that later in my post). I had asked if they had Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki, but they didn’t. I was panicking thinking they didn’t actually come to the event. The woman helping me then told me that the independent authors will have their books for sale at their individual booths (phew!).

After I bought my books, I waited in line again, then we were allowed in the author area to start having our books signed. The author signing area was placed in two small rooms. (The author signing was set up from 10:30-3:00). I walked in and I was completely jumping up and down inside. Right away I spotted Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki, as well as Lindsay Cummings whose table was set up right next to them. I first went to Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki‘s table to buy Branded. In my excitement, I actually introduce myself as Quotablebooks1, not my actual name. Haha. My thoughts, “did I really just say that?” Yes, yes I did just say that. I then recovered and said my real name.

They had asked me if I’ve ever read their book, but I said I hadn’t. I told them that I heard such amazing and fantastic things about their book so I knew that I had to get it. I also got a picture with them, and it was really funny because we were trying to figure out how to go about it, because the tables were pushed so close together. At one point the two of them literally sat on the table to get in the picture. They were extremely nice and I am so excited to have the chance to read it.

After I met them, I hopped (not literally), over to the next table to Lindsay Cummings table. I also told her that I heard great things about her book. She was also very nice! I also got a picture with her.

I walked around and spotted Lisa Amowitz’s table to have Vision signed. After meeting her, I went to Michelle Madow’s table to get The Diamond Sisters book. I told Michelle that I heard about her book from my fellow blogger friend Ana (Ana.Loves‘ blog). Michelle absolutely raved about Ana that she (Ana) did a wonderful job organizing the author event in Florida (YA.Maniacs). Michelle was sweet and extremely nice! I thought it was pretty funny because both my mom and her mom took a picture of us with Michelle’s book.

I then went and had my 6 Jennifer L. Armentrout books signed (Wait for You, Be with Me, Stay with Me, Frigid, Lux: Consequences, and Lux: Opposition), as well as a piece of paper for Ana-(Ana wanted me to tell Jennifer how much she LOVES the series-and it was signed and included bookmarks!) Jennifer said she loved seeing all the tabs that were in my Lux: Consequences book. I told her that I love finding meaningful quotes in the books that I read. I also got a picture with her!

I also met Cora Carmack. She was very friendly and outgoing. That’s one of the things that I love about going to these author events events, the authors are very outgoing and love conversing with their fans.

Here are the other authors I met:

Danielle Ellison who wrote Salt

Amy Evans who wrote Clicks (who I originally met waiting in line to buy Indelible by Dawn Metcalf) she was so nice!

Dawn Metcalf who wrote Indelible-she had a hilarious shirt)

I met all of these authors by 11:30

Now for the disappointing part of my experience:

I previously told you that I also bought Empty and Cracked by K.M. Walton. I found out around 11:30 that she wouldn’t be arriving until 12:40. I honestly did not worry about it at first because I was still walking around meeting with authors and signing up for newsletters. I had even gone out for lunch just to pass the time. I went back to the author areas and she still was not there, even though it was past 12:50. I again asked the people working there if she had arrived yet, to which they replied that she was off the train, but still hadn’t showed up yet. I then looked up the authors twitter and it said she wouldn’t be arriving until 2:00 (the signings ended at 3:00). I went back to the people working the event and showed them the tweet (and they didn’t know how to respond). I essentially waited for one author for about an hour and a half in order to get her books signed. Due to the fact that I had waited for that long and no one knowing what the official word was on whether or not she would show up (I was told that some authors never even showed up, even though they were on the list), I decided to return the books and leave. I didn’t feel in my heart that I should be waiting an hour and half for one author. An author/books that I had never heard about no less. I was extremely disappointed in this because there was a set time and many authors who traveled from out of state most likely arrived a day before knowing that the author signing was only for a limited time.

If you did get your books signed by her, that’s great. I just didn’t feel it was right to wait an hour and a half for someone to show up. It’s almost the same as being stood up when you make plans with a friend and not tell them if you were going to be late.

Other than this, I really truly had a fantastic time and so happy I found out about this event!

I will be doing another post about the books I bought/had signed at the event.

Thank you for reading!

And of course….


August Wrap Up

Huge sad face here! After the fantastic and amazing month of reading I had in July with having read twelve books, including two novellas, I unfortunately only read six books this book. However, regardless of the number of books I read this month, I read some pretty fantastic books. Of course I read YA books, including both sci-fi and realistic fiction, as well as a non-YA psychological thriller novel. I FINALLY decided to read the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout and she has now become my new favorite YA author as of right now. I heard about it last year, but I was hesitant, as I stated in my reviews, but I sucked it up, and decided to buy the special collectors edition including Lux: Beginnings  (includes Obsidian (Lux #1) and Onyx (Lux #2))  and Lux Consequences (include Opal (Lux #3). I  also read the novel Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn. I read her novel Gone Girl back in July after finding out it was going to be made into a movie. I really enjoyed Gone Girl, so I figured that I should try another one of her books. Sharp Objects is another fantastic novel by Gillian Flynn that really displays how disturbing people can be. The other realistic fiction novel that I read was Small Circle (Stories from Foster & Allan #1) by the INCREDIBLE indie author Megan Duke. I really cannot thank her enough for writing this novel. It should be placed at the top of the list for coming of age stories. I gave these either 4.5 or 5 out of 5 stars. Lastly I “read” The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta. When I say “read”, I don’t mean that I even finished the book. I was able to read half of this book but I had to put it down. I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars. I gave it 2 stars because the concept had promise, but it just didn’t hook me like most books have done in the past.

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Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn

Lux: Beginnings Obsidian (Lux #1) and Onyx (Lux #2)

Lux Consequences (include Opal (Lux #3)

Small Circle (Stories from Foster & Allan #1) by the INCREDIBLE indie author Megan Duke

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

I am currently reading Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout as well as Ignite (Ignite #1) by Lily Paradis which was sent to me after signing up for her promo blog tour for this book. And all I can say is that I am enjoying this book very much!

I will also be continuing with my 10 books in 12 days challenge books, for the month of September, because I CLEARLY did not read all the books I said I would read for the challenge.. FAIL!

Those books are:

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
Lux Consequences: Opal (Lux #3) and Origin (Lux #4)
Maplecroft by Cherie Priest
The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2) by James Dasher
The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3) by James Dasher


Review of Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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“Going from shy, book-nerd Katy to something impossible; someone who had changed on more than a cellular level. I no longer saw the world in black and white and deep down I knew I didn’t operate on basic social norms anymore.” Pg. 26 Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“He smiled a little. “You burn bright, to me at least, and I know you could handle it, but the last thing I want is your light to be tainted by something so dark.”” Pg. 93 Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Overwhelmed by what he’d admitted, I didn’t know what to say. But he lowered his head and kissed me, and I learned that sometimes when someone says something so devastatingly perfect, there isn’t a need for a response. The words said it all.” Pg. 104 Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“His words,well, they may not have washed away everything and they may not have changed the part in me that wasn’t as perfect as he thought, but they wrapped around me like a soft down comforter. They were enough for that moment to…to understand what I had done and that was important, that was enough. There weren’t any words for how much I appreciated what he said and what he had done. A thank-you wasn’t enough.” Pgs. 342-343 Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“It sucked-sucked worse than people who pirated books, sucked more than waiting a year for the next book in a beloved series, and sucked more than a brutal cliffhanger ending.” Pg. 381 Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis on Special Collectors edition of Lux Consequences: 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 words forever.

My review:
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars

Again… Amazing book! They just keep getting better and better. JLA has definitely become one of my favorite authors lately. I like the fact that this series starts, more or less, right where the previous book left off. You get a complete story this way, rather than just seeing events occurring only during the school year.
Even though I completely HATED what happened towards the end of Onyx (because of how sad it was), you really see a breakdown of the characters. Some aren’t the way they used to be, especially when we first see them in the first book. But this is a good thing, because even though the characters may lose themselves after a traumatic event, there’s a chance for them to pick themselves back up and push through no matter what.
You definitely see a progression in Katy and Daemons relationship, which I very much enjoyed. She has absolutely become an even stronger and protective character since Onyx, especially concerning Daemon. I still continue to like Daemon, but there were times where his protectiveness was a bit overkill. He needed to take it down a notch.
This book has a steady pace of heartache, guilt, loss, betrayal, love and friendship. You will ABSOLUTELY want to make sure to have Origin handy after you finish this, believe me (I am serious, I didn’t write the review right away like I usually do. I started reading Origin instead because I was so desperate to find out what happens….) Which of course I won’t tell you, you just have to pick up Opal and find out, you won’t be disappointed.

#10 books in 12 Days read-a-thon!!

Hello readers!
I am going to be taking part in the read-a-thon created by bookjunkie. Simply put, starting today and ending September 1st, I am going to attempt to read 10 books in 12 days! It’s worth a try! Here is the picture of the 7 books I will try to read:

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
Lux Consequences: Opal (Lux #3) and Origin (Lux #4)
Maplecroft by Cherie Priest
The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2) by James Dasher
The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3) by James Dasher
Small Circles by Megan Duke

I know I only have 7 books, but hey, I’m at least trying. I will be updating as much as I can with my reading progress. Definitely join in!! And remember:
Happy Reading!

Review of Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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“Words were the most powerful tool. Simple and so often underestimated. They could heal. They could destroy. And I needed to use my words now. I wrapped my fingers around his wrist, welcoming the jolt that touching him gave me.” Pg. 593 Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“There were always choices. I’d made a string of bad ones myself. At least I could admit that. Part of me felt bad for him. He was a product of his family, but he had choices. He just made the wrong ones.” Pg. 706 Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis on Special Collectors edition of Lux Beginnings: Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product if our bizarro connexion. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. 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?

My review:
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars

What did I just read!?! Honestly someone please tell me! JLA certainly does NOT disappoint in this emotionally driven sequel in the Lux series. This book is filled with so much tension, drama, suspense, and romance you won’t know what hit you!
JLA continues to write in a superb and vivid manner. I really enjoyed reading how much depth she puts into the characters and everything they were going through throughout this sequel. She continues to write in a fluid and clear pace that you could easily picture everything happening in the story.
I liked that the sequel picks up, more or less, from the events that took place in Obsidian. I loved the twists and turns throughout this book leaving you of course with more unanswered questions. I did enjoy that a lot of this sequel focused on the relationship between Katy and Daemon, but still had that sci-fi underbelly. I still like Katy and Daemon of course but I definitely was yelling at them several times as I read. Many of the characters go through so many emotions throughout this book (anguish, happiness, anger, betrayal, lust,trust, love, etc) I enjoyed seeing how Katy grew in the sequel and I’m sure will continue to grow in this AMAZING series! I did wish that there was more witty banter back and forth between Katy and Daemon (it was there, but not as much as there was in Obsidian). I do appreciate that Daemon’s witty sarcastic side is still seen, but I also like that another kinder is developing. If you loved Obsidian, you will truly enjoy this sequel. I almost liked this book more because you were presented with more depth to the characters and the world that Katy has been thrust into. I HIGHLY recommend this book!!
Happy Reading!

Meaningful quotes from Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Meaningful quotes from Obsidian (Lux #1)

“According to my mom, “Katy’s Krazy Obsession” was my whole life. Not entirely, but it was important to me. She didn’t get books the way I did.” Pg. 5 Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“I’d rather read a book and stalk my blog comments.” Pg. 10 Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“If anything, his expression took on a mask of grudging acceptance, probably how I looked when I had to give book I’d been excited about a less than stellar review.” Pg. 37 Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“I’ve always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect. His eyes searched mine intently, and for a moment we stood there toe to toe. “The ones who throw their beauty around, waste what they have? Their beauty is only passing. It’s just a shell hiding nothing but shadows and emptiness.”” Pg. 70 Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“It’s hard to believe that a bunch of rocks brought them here.” “You never know.” His lips pursed and he was quiet for a moment before speaking again. “People tend to look on the beliefs of the past as being primitive and unintelligent, yet we are seeing more truth in the past every day.”” Pg. 75 Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“I was always able to lose myself in reading. Books were a necessary escape I always gladly jumped into headfirst.” Pg. 87 Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“I couldn’t see his expression and I needed to, because I could never tell what he was thinking and sometimes, well, his eyes were at war with his words.” Pg. 148 Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Daemon’s stare was so concentrated I took an unintentional step back, but we didn’t break eye contact. A craving unfurled deep in my stomach, shooting through me like heated lightning, and that-that was the kind of feeling you couldn’t force, couldn’t even replicate if you wanted.” Pg. 242 Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Daemon scratched his chest, his expression doubtful. “And how are we going to get her to exert her energy.” Andrew grinned from across the room. “We could take her out to a field and chase her around in our cars. That sounds fun.”” Pg. 281 Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“The idea of him watching me geek out over the books I’d bought in the last week horrified me. There was no way he’d understand.” Pg. 289 Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“I wanted him to go away, to disappear. I wanted his very presence wiped clean from this earth. I wished for it more than anything I have ever desired. Every fiber of my being was centered on him. I pulled everything within me: every fear, every year I’d shed for Dad, and every moment in my life where I was a bystander.” Pg. 319-320 Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“I could-I would try, even though deep down, I did want to be with him. But I wanted him to want me, not because we were stuck together or because somehow we were connected. I’d always liked the glimpses of the real him. That Daemon I could be with-I could love. But that Daemon never stayed around long, pushed out by his never-ending duty to protect his family and race. Saddened by that, I pressed my lips together.” Pg. 334 Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Review of Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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“According to my mom, “Katy’s Krazy Obsession” was my whole life. Not entirely, but it was important to me. She didn’t get books the way I did.” Pg. 5 Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“I’d rather read a book and stalk my blog comments.” Pg. 10 Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“If anything, his expression took on a mask of grudging acceptance, probably how I looked when I had to give book I’d been excited about a less than stellar review.” Pg. 37 Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“I’ve always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect. His eyes searched mine intently, and for a moment we stood there toe to toe. “The ones who throw their beauty around, waste what they have? Their beauty is only passing. It’s just a shell hiding nothing but shadows and emptiness.”” Pg. 70 Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis on Special Collectors edition of Lux Beginnings: There’s an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he’s hot… until he opens his mouth. He’s infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he marks me. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first that is.

My Review:

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars

(I bought the special collector’s edition in store because the store did not have the original books available)

Review for obsidian
I really enjoyed this book!! It did take me a really long time to actually go out and buy the book after I found out about the series. I was hesitant because I wanted to avoid books that resembled the plot line of Twilight (don’t hate me for saying it). After asking people if this book is anything like Twilight, them saying no, I decided to get it. This is my second sci-fi/ alien book that I’ve read, this first being the fantastic The Fifth Wave. 
I enjoyed the pacing of this story in how nothing was too rushed and there weren’t any dull moments that left you yawning. There was so much that happened in this story, but I wasn’t confused as to what was happening. This is my second series that I’ve read by Jennifer L. Armentrout, the first being the new adult book Wait For You. It was definitely written more modestly, being a young adult genre. Jennifer does a wonderful job setting the scenes for readers. 
I loved how the main character is a blogger. Very smart and strategic thing for the author to do, because of how many bloggers are out there nowadays, readers can easily relate to Katy, even if you’re not in high school. I definitely liked Katy, especially in her interactions with Daemon, aka not taking any of his crap and giving it right back to him. I liked the witty banter back and forth between Daemon and Katy. And of course I loved the tension between these two characters, so much that I was yelling (in my head) “just get together already!!” It was nice reading a book where the main characters look at one another and not think “swoon, it’s love at first sight”. I am glad that I had the collectors edition so that I could read book two right away (please don’t take a half a star away just because Katy is on this cover and not Daemon). This book left me satisfied but definitely left me with unanswered questions and the need to read the next book right away! Until next time! If you are fans of sci-fi, contemporary, and a fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout, this is a must read. 
Happy Reading!

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