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.
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
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
“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?
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!!