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Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

  • TitleThe Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2)
  • AuthorJulie Kagawa
  • SourceWon from Mira Ink
  • No. of Pages446
  • PublishedApril 30, 2013 by Harlequin Teen
  • Rating5/5
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Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

I loved The Immortal Rules very much so I was really excited to read The Eternity Cure, especially since a few of the ARC reviews I read back then were positively glowing. In fact, the Blood of Eden series is one of the best I have read so far because of that perfect balance Julie Kagawa creates between the dystopian genre and the post-apocalyptic genre–with flaming kicks of action, a tinge of romance, and the most badass characters you will ever meet.

Honestly speaking, The Eternity Cure reeled me in from page one. Ever since the ending of The Immortal Rules, I was dying to know what would happen next even though it wasn’t really a cliffhanger, and I was especially sad to leave Allie, the protagonist, on a corner of my bookshelf. So the fact that the first page of The Eternity Cure was mysterious, action-packed, fierce, and completely awesome made me believe I was in for a ride. Furthermore, every page I read had beautiful writing and scenes that could make me laugh, cry, squeal, or scream. This kind of emotional attachment was what I was looking for for so long and I got just that.

Allie, on the other hand, proved to be an even greater protagonist than the one she was in the first book, and that was a real feat since I loved Allie a lot in The Immortal Rules. She is a consistently headstrong, stubborn girl with a good head on her shoulders and a witty tongue to boot. I loved her loyalty to Kanin, despite everything, and she proved to be one of those characters you’d love to be best friends with because you know she’ll stand by you through anything, whether or not she’ll get something out of it. It really amazes me to see how she’s evolved as well. A girl who used to prioritize only herself became a girl who looked out for all the people in her life–even those who are supposedly her enemies, and even those who have betrayed her. That tiny sliver of kindness that was in Allie when she was human magnified in her vampire self and I think that’s truly the moment in time when you get completely awe-inspired by a fictional character who has twenty times more morals than you do. Plus, Allie has extremely insightful thoughts and musings, which I think can be proven in this quote:

“I could choose what kind of people I preyed on, but in the end, I had to prey on someone. The lesser of the two evils was still evil.”

This sort of personality Allie has continues to amaze me. She is wise beyond her years yet maintains a sort of youthful characteristic that can make me relate to her. Wow. Just wow.

The plot too, was very good and very precise. I loved the cat and mouse game Allie was playing with Sarren, and I loved the fact that Julie inserted in some very nice twists that contributed to the fast pace and tension of the book as a whole. I also like the new Jackal Julie presents in The Eternity Cure, and I think I prefer him much more this way than in the first book. ;) Even as a supposed villain, he also evolves alongside Allie, in his own special way. Also, you can obviously expect a lot of action in this book as Allie (and her sidekicks) wields her katana and fights to the death for Kanin, life, and humanity (and vampires!) at the end of the day. Since the new strain of Red Lung is horrific and even worse than before, you can expect a lot of tension and fast-paced scenes in the book as well, so don’t forget to check the clock while you are reading this book or you might just end up under your covers with a flashlight in hand at 4am in the morning. :)

The romance was pretty okay, and though I still think the plot could go well enough without it, I appreciate the fact that even though I believe what I said, Julie makes me long for more Zeke and Allie as well. That, I think, is the talent of a true author. You brainwash your readers into wanting more of something they didn’t need all that much in the first place.

Overall, The Eternity Cure was completely amazing, chock-full of surprises and action at every corner. You’ll long for more of Allie (and the rest of the gang) by the end of this book, and trust me, you’ll even wish for more of Sarren and Jackal. It’s just that great.

 Note: The quote above may just be my all-time favorite right now.

 

Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

  • TitleHopeless (Hopeless #1)
  • AuthorColleen Hoover
  • SourceReceived from Edelweiss
  • No. of Pages391
  • PublishedDecember 19, 2013
  • Rating5/5
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Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

Wow. Just…wow. That was all that I could say after I flipped to the last page of Hopeless. There’s so much more to this supposedly light and fluffy contemporary novel I first assummed it was when I began reading it. But as I went along, it practically shattered my heart into a million pieces, and put it back together again. I felt like I was riding a rollercoaster—wanting to laugh, cry, be confused or furious all at the same time. On top of that, I could never tell when the drop would come.

It’s so difficult to define love, much less to be able to experience it. Sadly, those wise words did not come from me, but rather, from this book. But I found myself being able to relate to it—which is probably why I hate insta-love so much. (Come on, I-love-yous a day after you met him?) What I especially liked was how the characters felt that their feelings were more than just like, but not exactly to the point of love yet. So they come up with a new term by taking the first two letters of like and last two letters of love: Live.

I believe I’ve already started hinting—not exactly subtly—how much I adored the characters. Holder definitely isn’t your cliched handsome, popular, leading male character that is oh-so-perfect in every single way possible. He is boy surrounded by this mystique—brooding one moment, and then a completely different person the next. I wouldn’t describe him as bipolar, per say, because there’s something so much deeper in his past that makes him act that way. What I love about Holder so much was his protectiveness of Sky, and how he is the only one who knows exactly what she wanted. Sarcastic, kind and handsome, I think this imperfect-perfect character just became one of my favorites.

Sky, on the other hand, is the hermit of the digital age. There are no electronics in her house. Yes, you heard me correctly. No TV, computer, cellphone or even a phone—I can’t fathom how she managed to survive all these years without any connection to civilization. You’re probably wondering about school, but she was home schooled her whole life, until the beginning of this novel, when she opts finish her senior year in an actual public school for the first time. She applied because she was suppposed to go with her best friend, Six, but then Six suddenly had to go to Italy to be an exchange student. Still, Sky decided to continue with public school because she stubborn to admit to her adoptive mother that she wanted to back out.

Then she met Holder.

At first, she only knew him based on assumptions and rumors flying around. But then, she realized that she shouldn’t be judgmental, seeing that nothing is true unless she sees it for herself. That’s when they get to know each other. (And the part when I got all fan-girly.) Sky barely remembers her past and how she came to be adopted, but that’s part of the mystery and thrill of the story. With Holder’s help, she begins to find out who she really is, and who he really is as well.

Hopeless is truly one of those rare, spectacular stories. Though simple, it enables the reader to delve into the mysteries and wonders that life can bring to you. And like how the saying goes, there’s always more than what meets the eye.

Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

  • TitleClockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)
  • AuthorCassandra Clare
  • SourceBought
  • No. of Pages568
  • PublishedMarch 19, 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Rating5/5
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THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING

A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.
Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

Clockwork Princess is, as they say, the ‘perfect conclusion to a perfect series.’

Years ago, back when City of Bones first came out, someone gifted it to me for my birthday, and being the foolish person I was back then, I traded it off for some random book that I now hate and refuse to name in fear of embarrassment. But after some time, when a friend urged me to try actually reading the series, (both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices) I didn’t hesitate the second time around. Now, I realize that that was one of the decisions I will never regret because once I got into Cassandra Clare’s books, I couldn’t stop.

Clockwork Princess dives right into the heart of the plot where Clockwork Prince left off, and we are introduced yet again to the lovable, endearing, and sometimes migraine-inducing characters in the London Institute. Tessa is engaged to Jem, and while he seemed to get better in the second book, he was never exactly well and cured in the first place, and bouts of illness continue to strike at him, threatening his future. Despite this, he manages to hang on and fight for his life–literally, too, with Mortmain’s clockwork creations continuing to wreak havoc on Shadowhunters everywhere. And as we all know, Will, too, is desperately in love with Tessa, and though he manages to hide his feelings in that practiced face of his, he can’t stop his heart from beating, despite his loyalty to his best friend and parabatai, Jem. Furthermore, his sister, Cecily, is stubbornly hanging on to the Institute, and so are the Lightwood brothers, after an incident that leaves Gabriel stuck there as well.

But real trouble looms in London, with the impending threat of Mortmain’s army getting stronger and more organized. Yin fen, the one thing that keeps Jem alive and going, is only within the grasp of the enemy, and he intends to use this to get the one person he wanted all along–Tessa. The problem is, The Consul isn’t exactly on friendly terms with Charlotte, and if everyone at the Institute wants to do something about it, they have to do it alone. This is when Tessa emerges as a stronger, braver character, and though Tessa was never trained as a Shadowhunter, she has the guts to be one. She develops more as a person in this novel as well, since she faces her own internal turmoil and makes better decisions at the end of the day.

Clockwork Princess is a book filled with action, love, tragedy, happiness, laughter, and revelations all mashed up in a pretty little package. However, I felt like the climax was too abrupt, and the problem too easily solved. Sometimes, it felt like the author’s focus was far too much on the romance instead of the current problem at hand, and though I’m not complaining, I felt like some important scenes needed to be fleshed out more, especially seeing as all the tension from the first two books were built up for the grand, final scene in Clockwork Princess. The reason I ignored all that is because of the terribly heartwarming scenes and shocking twists that kept the gears in my mind turning just to process how clever of an author Cassandra Clare is. Trust me when I say that every reader’s version of a happy ending will come in this book, and that once you reach the latter pages of Clockwork Princess, the emotional rollercoaster that you embarked on during the first page will turn a full three hundred and sixty degrees again and again and again.

(Trust me. Don’t spoil yourself by reading the family tree or the last few pages of the book. The wait is worth it.)

Review for Cinder by Marissa Meyer

  • TitleCinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
  • AuthorMarissa Meyer
  • SourceBought
  • No. of Pages387
  • PublishedJanuary 03, 2012 by Feiwel and Friends
  • Rating5/5
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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Meet Lihn Cinder. A renowed mechanic in New Beijing, she’s only seventy percent human—otherwise known as a cyborg, or as her stepmother prefers to phrase it, an abomination that her late husband should never have adopted. In this retelling of the fairytale, Marissa Meyer brings to us again the evil queen, the ugly stepsisters, Cinderella—but now transformed into characters with a paranormal twist.

Of course, every fairytale has to have its handsome prince. Prince Kai, heir to the throne of New Beijing, is most definitely swoon-worthy. Who can resist his dark hair and eyes, after all? He is completely sweet and understanding, and always puts his country first. I really liked his relstionship with Cinder, because it was absolutely endearing, like a boy-meets-girl type of plot. But here, it’s more of a  boy-meets-cyborg-in-her-booth.

The other characters, though they seem to have relatively smaller contribution to the story in comparison to Kai and Cinder, actually do play a huge part in it— especially when it comes to adding flavor to the story. I really hated Cinder’s stepmother because she was horrid to Cinder, but at the end, she too proved to be crucial. The one who managed to snag my attention was Dr. Erland, the head for the palace’s research team in search of the cure for leutomosis. He was mysterious from start to end, and I still believe that there is still more to Dr. Erland than we all think there is. I guess we’ll find out about that in Scarlet!

Now to the plot. It was absolutely enchanting, charming and mysterious at the same time. I don’t know how Marrisa Meyer did it, but she did! I’m a huge sucker for YA novels with fairy tales in corporated into them, and the author did a splendid job merging her own, brand new plot as well as characters with another story to succesfully create such a unique tale. I guarantee that you would be flipping the pages as rapidly as I did as the plot thickens and things begin to be revealed.

Ultimately, I gave Cinder a well-deserved five stars, for it managed to capture the heart, re-tell the old fairytale, and tranport the reader into a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind dystopian world—which is, in itself, quite an amazing feat.

 

Review for Diety by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  • TitleDiety (Covenant #3)
  • AuthorJennifer L. Armentrout
  • SourceBought
  • No. of Pages330
  • Rating5/5
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"History is on repeat, and things didn't go so well the last time."

Alexandria isn't sure she's going to make it to her eighteenth birthday--to her Awakening. A long-forgotten, fanatical order is out to kill her, and if the Council ever discovers what she did in the Catskills, she's a goner... and so is Aiden.

If that's not freaky enough, whenever Alex and Seth spend time "training"--which really is just Seth's code word for some up-close and personal one-on-one time--she ends up with another mark of the Apollyon, which brings her one step closer to Awakening ahead of schedule. Awesome.

But as her birthday draws near, her entire world shatters with a startling revelation and she's caught between love and Fate. One will do anything to protect her. One has been lying to her since the beginning. Once the gods have revealed themselves, unleashing their wrath, lives will be irrevocably changed... and destroyed.

Those left standing will discover if love is truly greater than Fate...

The Covenant series definitely did get better and better as the second and third books were added to the series. There are practically no words that can be used to describe the latest installment, for Jennifer truly outdid herself this time. Reading it was like riding a roller coaster blindfolded—you would never know when the drop will come.

For those of you who haven’t heard of the Covenant series or want to refresh your memory, here’s a little background on the characters:

The are only two words that can be used to describe Alex, the protagonist in this novel. One, stubborn, and two, determined. In Half-Blood, she returned to the academy after being on the run with her mother, only to find that she might be on the verge of being expelled by the dean—her own uncle at that. But Aiden, one of the Pures in the academy, manages to convince the dean to let her stay. However, on one condition: Aiden was given the job train her so that she would be able to graduate in time. As the training progresses, both trainer and trainee become closer to one another, leading to some very forbidden things.

Cue in Seth, the Apollyon. Translation: He has the power to wield all five elements. Pure centers upon him and the revelation that Alex is the Apollyon as well, which means that she can make him even more powerful. Since Aiden is determined to push Alex away, she and Seth get closer, leaving Alex to wonder whether on not it is because of their bond as Apollyons, or that she really has feelings for him as well.

Now we arrive at Diety. Alex is awakening, and soon, Seth will become the God Killer after her eighteenth birthday. At the beginning, she trusted Seth—he was her other half, of course—but then things began to get shady. It seemed as if no one could be trusted anymore, and to top it off, the gods were getting angry. Thus, leading to a series of events that I am tempted to spoil but will not. You must find out yourself—it’s part of the excitement.

The characters were awesome, just like in Half-Blood and Pure. There are new faces, but the author still manages to develop the old. Again, our protagonist finds herself caught between Seth and Aiden. Since Seth basically appeared in ever page in Pure however, this time, it’s Aiden’s turn in the spotlight. Alex and Aiden’s relationship definitely evolves in Diety, which I didn’t quite expect, since Aiden was so set on staying away from her in the last novel. So until Apollyon is out, I’m afraid I’m in a dilemma when it comes to Aiden and Seth.

Overall, just as I always say with Jennifer Armentrout’s novels, it was fantastic. I gave it a five star rating—if not more—without hesitation. For if there was a hall of fame for novels, Diety will surely be part of it.

 

 

 

ARC Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

  • TitleUnravel Me (Shatter Me #2)
  • AuthorTahereh Mafi
  • SourceBorrowed
  • No. of Pages465
  • PublishedFebruary 05, 2013 by Harper Collins
  • Rating5/5
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tick, tick, tick, tick, tick it's almost time for war.
Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.
Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.

I am currently at a loss for words.
Unravel Me was definitely the best book to start off 2013 with a blast.

First of all, I can’t seem to get enough of Tahereh’s writing. She chooses the perfect symbolisms and writes with so much soul that I can’t help but get sucked into her fantasy world. Her lyrical prose has just the write amount of poetry in it so that it doesn’t bore and confuse readers, but it has enough to lure readers in, no matter what page they’re on.

The characters are so endearing and pleasurable to read about as well. In Unravel Me, Juliette discovers the depth of her powers, learns to control them throughout the book, and manages to develop into a strong-willed but imperfect character at the end of the day. Adam, on the other hand, was barely mentioned in the story (though sometimes I prefer it that way) and his determination to make his relationship with Juliette work just irritated me (though I may be a little bit biased on this one) since he started coming off as the sort of guy who doesn’t know when to back off. Granted, Juliette still did love him, but the sort of relationship I want for the protagonist is the sort that develops freely and sort of just shocks both of them instead of the kind wherein they ‘make it work.’ Because then, it seems like a chore instead of love.

When it comes to Warner, though, I melt into a puddle of goo every single time. In fact, I am writing this whole paragraph about him because trust me when I say everyone is going to fall for Warner in this one, if not hover between Adam and Warner. Unravel Me brings out the softer, more gentlemanly side of him without destroying his tough, harsh exterior as well. You will definitely giggle at his sweet scenes, cheer him on, and lust after him  love the mishmash of emotions you get whenever you read about him. Can I just say: Chapter 62 is heaven.
Best. Scene. Ever.

I also loved how Tahereh Mafi was able to develop her dystopian world even more in Unravel Me, but still manage to keep that paranormal twist interesting. The plot and the unforeseen twists will definitely keep you hooked in this gripping sequel to Shatter Me, and if you haven’t picked that up yet, I suggest you go do it now before Unravel Me comes out.

Thank you to Louisse@The Soul Sisters for loaning me her ARC of Unravel Me. :)

Review for Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  • TitleOnyx (Lux #2)
  • AuthorJennifer L. Armentrout
  • SourceBought
  • No. of Pages366
  • PublishedAugust 14, 2012 by Entangled Teen
  • Rating5/5
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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…

Considering that I finished both Obsidian and Onyx in a span of 24 hours, I pretty sure it’s obvious how much I adore the Lux series. Jennifer bring us all to this whole new world wherein aliens exist, Arums are their enemies, and the DOD, the body that keeps everyone–and everything– in line.

So we’re back with old faces–Daemon, Katy, Dee, Blake…and new ones as well. I found that I thoroughly enjoyed Onyx just as much as I did with Obsidian. Though the plot is similar to the first installment, it’s also a contrast—I mean this in a good way. The mysterious Department of Defense finally makes an appearance… but they weren’t after the aliens anymore. Now, that will be up to you to read and find out. I won’t spoil this one.

Going on to the characters. Well, what can I say? Thoroughly developed, witty personalities, and every bit as I had expected them to be. Just like in Obsidian, my favorite character is still Daemon. Because not only is he smoking hot, but gentle and caring on the inside. I find that I’m I real sucker for fictional characters with those characteristics—hard exteriors, yet gentle and sweet underneath, gentle and sweet. His cocky attitude was something that I found very entertaining throughout reading the book.

“Upset tummy or not, there was no way I could refuse that. “Sure.”

His lips tipped up on one side and he leaned toward me, his mouth inches from mine. “Come and get it.”

Come and get…? Daemon placed half the cookie between those full, totally kissable lips.

Oh, holy alien babies everywhere…”

Katy changed. It was nice to read from her perspective, because of the fact that she evolved at the same time. Gone was the girl who sat in the corner reading books, replaced with a braver and stronger person. In addition to that, Katy was a blogger as well, so I found myself be able to relate to the situations she managed to get herself stuck in (Laptops. I can’t live without mine either.).

Overall, I will recommend this to anyone who wants a fantastic sci-fi, paranormal read. Onyx deserves a five star, if not more, for the explicit writing that was able to weave a one-of-a-kind story that can’t be missed. It will definitely keep you guessing, and your heart pounding.

 

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  • TitleObsidian (Lux #1)
  • AuthorJennifer L. Armentrout
  • SourceBought
  • No. of Pages361
  • PublishedMay 08, 2012 by Entangled Teen
  • Rating5/5
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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.

Yep, I was definitely drooling along with Katy throughout the whole book whenever Daemon appeared. Jennifer did it again! It’s amazing, the way she writes, how she could make the reader feel a churn of emotions at the same time. At first, I want nothing but to sink my fist into Daemon’s face, but at the end of the story and after reading his POV, I was half-hoping he would magically materialize at my door.

For the hundredth time, I question: What do the best guys have to be fictional?

Anyways, I’m pretty sure that it is very obvious that I loved the characters in this novel. And, there was no insta-love, which is pretty much an added bonus. At the end of the novel, it was still pretty much a love-hate relationship– very humorous yet frustrating at times.

Kate was easy to understand. She was a straightforward, no nonsense type of person. Whenever she does things, there needs to be logic behind it, which was why it was hard for her to grasp that the boy next door was well… an alien. Daemon, on the other hand, was more mysterious. He was a jerk at the very start, as in it’s-not-funny-anymore kind of jerk. But as he grew more accustomed to Katy, and slowly, the gentle side of him started to show.

Yep, and that was around 12. Midnight. And I was squealing like an idiot.

I found that I liked the whole alien thing that Jennifer created. It was new, not the usual paranormal stuff with vampires and werewolves. And it wasn’t ET either. The “alien mojo” had me laughing till hours end.

So, is it book recommended? YES. Should everyone read Jennifer Armentrout’s novels? YES. Does Daemon rightfully belong to Alyana? YES, YES, YES! Uh… I mean…

Review: Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Pure (Covenant #2) 
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Number of Pages: 329
Published: April 3rd 2012 by Spencer Hill Press
Rating: 5/5 
Check it Out: Goodreads or Amazon

There is need. And then there is Fate
Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn’t exactly awesome–especially when Alexandria’s “other half” is everywhere she goes. Seth’s in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom–so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do–and sacrifice–for her.
When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies–lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn’t blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude or killing her.
When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.


I was stunned. Let me tell you that if you weren’t already impressed with Half-Blood, you will definitely love Pure. This is probably why it took me such a long time to write a review, even though I read it ages ago. In her second installment of the Covenant series, Jennifer manages to develop the plot into something richer, as well as the characters–their personalities slowly evolved, most especially Alex, to make the book much more interesting than it already is.


Don’t get me started on Seth.

I was initially Team Aiden at the start, but when I finished Pure, I stepped on board the Apollyon train without hesitation. The romance in the novel is so intense, shifting back and forth from Aiden and Seth constantly that the reader will always have second-thoughts about both boys. It makes me dread who Alex is going to choose at the end. (Seth, Seth, Seth, Seth!)


Let’s go to the plot. This is basically my reaction: Hands down to Jennifer Armentrout, for weaving yet another intricate tale to support the first! But this time, Alex goes into rigorous training–with the help of Aiden and Seth, of course, in order to prepare herself to fight daemons. In time, she does grow stronger, and the Apollyon power inside of her grows stronger as well. 


For me, I especially liked reading about these parts. What I find most important in a novel is character development. I hate it when there are holes in a book, or how a character can suddenly turn into a ninja when he or she had absolutely no training at all. The author took the events in a step to step progress, and it was something that I really appreciated.


Overall, I can’t wait to read Diety! (Which I finally have!!). Pure left me hanging, and craving for more. Jennifer L. Armentrout definitely made my favorite authors list, and I will not hesitate to read any other book she has written.





Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

  • TitleThe Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2)
  • AuthorMichelle Hodkin
  • SourceBought
  • No. of Pages544
  • Rating5/5
  • Check it outGoodreads or Amazon
Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.

They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

Words cannot express how thrilling it was to read the sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Michelle Hodkin strikes again with The Evolution of Mara Dyer; this time with an even more mysterious and complex plot, complete with steamy romance, well-developed protagonists, and writing that will keep you turning the page for more.

Since Unbecoming ended with a cliffhanger, I delved right into Evolution, waiting to see what would happen. What I didn’t expect, though, was to eagerly finish the whole 544 pages in one day. Let me tell you, I can’t handle psycho-thriller books especially since I’m the type of person to jump out of her seat and hide in the covers when there’s a suspicious sound in the dead of night, but both Unbecoming and Evolution balanced the scary, creepy stuff, romance, and thrill so perfectly that though I had to keep looking over my shoulder to make sure there wasn’t someone (*cough* Jude *cough*) holding a huge, bloody axe poised right above my head, I literally couldn’t stop reading.

Mara seriously evolved (pun intended) during the course of the book, her paranoia growing stronger and stronger as her hallucinations became more realistic. At first, Mara pretended and lied (a lot) to keep her from being kept full-time in Horizons, a mental facility. Problem was, Mara couldn’t hide them anymore-they were too serious-and her family thought she was going mad, especially after a deliberate attack. Placed in a mental facility with an uber-annoying girl, Phoebe, Mara has to survive there without her super sweet and understanding boyfriend, Noah and Daniel, practically the only family member who still thinks she’s (slightly) sane. (Did I mention that Daniel is an awesome, caring, older brother? One scene with him and Mara was so sweet it almost made me tear up. Best big brother in a story ever.) But of course, Jamie, the trusty friend, shows up, and more surprises come along the way. (And more heart attacks and thrills too)

What lies in the ending will surely shock you, make you crawl under your bed and rock yourself into a state of madness that no one else can understand unless they read the book, but let me tell you this one thing. The realization you will get at the last part of the book ties most of the loose ends together and gives you one hard smack in the face as you find out why all those events in both books happened. I need The Retribution of Mara Dyer now!

The Evolution of Mara Dyer is a book you need to pick up NOW. It doesn’t have an overused plot, it has a complex protagonist, romance that makes you giggle, scenes that give you goosebumps, and a whole chunk of awesomeness contained in one book. Definitely a five out of five.