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

This was good. And I mean hair-rippping, damn-it-why-do-you-do-this-to-me, fuckyou frustratingly good! I’ll put it right out there, this was better than the first novel, for sure.

Where as the first one was too ~twilight-esque~ for me, I seriously thought this novel was KICKASS. Katy was tots badass the whole way, and everything she did actually made sense. You know when you read a novel with a heroine that just does things that make you want to tear your hair out? Nuh uh. Not here. Maybe except for when she kept pushing Daemon away… but for a reason that made sense to me. But I will admit that sometimes I wanted to throw my Kobo across the room and scream, JUST KISS AND FUCK YOU TWO!!!

And then there was the action. Boy, it was hella exciting. I didn’t know who to trust, and my brain was whirring at 200km/s at every chapter. This book kept me on my toes, and I loved that it did that to me.

There was never a boring second, and I can guarantee that you will be excited and wary for the whole novel.

I found that the plot really found depth in this novel, and that Daemon and Katy’s chemistry in this novel was reaaally sizzling and hot in this one.

Highly recommended. And I’m totally anticipating the next novel in this series.

✭✭✭✭✩ 4/5 stars for me. An unexpected fav for sure!

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Book Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

✭✭✭✭✭ (5/5 STARS1!!JIOSZFLK)

Let me just gush about how much I loved this book.. and I totally did not expect to love it. (AT

ALL!!!)

I loved loved loved loved Sam and Jase’s relationship. When Sam ran into Jase’s arms after the disastrous car ride, I felt so safe, and I felt exactly how Sam felt. They were very mature, and I loved the condom purchasing, because that was hilarious. I loved the way they handled the sex and virginity stuff. It was a lot more refreshing than the stuff I’ve read before.

This book was not a typical chicklit. The twist’s were great and intriguing, and the plotline was great. It may seem to start off as a typical romance book, but the real issue that comes up is adding oil to the fire.  It just made me love the book even more. Clay was a crazy asshole, and I loved Tim. I kind of wanted to kick him in the beginning of the book, but he just became precious and awesome. Oh, and Nan can go shove it. Academic dishonesty is not the way to leave what you hate behind.

Then, I felt that Samantha was very relatable, even though she did live a cushy life. She works two jobs; that is exactly like me, and she hates the smell of bacon, oil and coffee. Oh, did I mention that I work at a fast food restaurant and that I hate it too? She was super mature, and I understood all her decisions. Unlike some heroines…

Also, her mother was written really well. Grace came off as uptight, OCD, and neurotic, but I’m glad she did the right thing in the end. I understood her “EVERYTHING IS IN SHADES OF GREY SAMANTHA” logic, and I wish that the book stuck to that, instead of the somewhat happy yet vague ending.

However, all in all, this book really hit the spot, and can really surprise you. Highly recommended.

Book Review: A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

★★★☆☆ (3.5/5stars)

Kody Keplinger’s stories may be typical in their plot formats, but they stand out somehow with her unique writing. Her writing really captures the essence of troubled teenagers and I feel myself relating to them really well, even if I am nothing like them, I am a teenager too. The fucks, bitches, whores, may take a while to get used to, but I slowly accepted it. Because… that’s how teenagers speak. Duh.

I have mixed feelings about this book. Maybe because Whitley was so crazy in the beginning and I really didn’t know what to think of her. At times, I wanted to grab her shoulders and holler into her ear, saying “LOOK HERE YOU STUPID GIRL WHAT ARE YOU DOING STOP DRAGGING YOURSELF INTO THIS MESS”!

I also felt that her attitude really pissed me off, but I understood it… because I relate to her situation with her parents etc.

This is pretty realistic in terms of the whole family thing, and I think I really gave my heart to Whitley for that. I also really liked Nathan because he was such a cute dork, and Harrison (who I didn’t expect to show up in this book)! He was so nice to Whitley and I’m glad we got to see more of him, because he was only mentioned in the passing in The Duff. In terms of the romance, you could say that it’s very unrealistic, but at least it was written well.
Having a one-night-stand with a boy at a graduation party, taking his virginity, and becoming his stepsister is
very unlikely. But it was definitely fun and hilarious to read about. I had a lot of “Oh my god” moments while reading this.

Lastly, I thought that Kody Keplinger manages to capture the personalities of troubled teenagers well, but Bianca and Whitley are nothing alike. They may seem like it at first, but I went back to re-read The Duff, and they definitely are different. Bianca has friends, she’s accepting, she’s sarcastic, but she’s soft. Whitley is just plain hard and it takes forever to crack that shell of hers. The way that Bianca and Whitley described Hamilton was so different, that I didn’t even realize it was the same setting. Bianca never really mentioned it’s “boring-ness” but Whitley really brought it out and made me sort of see the town in a different light.

All in all, I felt that Keplinger brought out her writing well in this novel, even if it wasn’t a stellar one!

(review) Shadow of Night: All Souls Trilogy #2 by Deborah Harkness

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Wow. What a doozy. I originally had anticipates something more clean-cut but Harkness surprised me. She wrote Elizabethan England quite well and the Roman Empire was really great as well. She captured the essences of each world perfectly and I loved everything. Each character was absolutely lovely and I gave my heart to SO many of them. Jack, Annie, the Earl… Each of them were so likeable! Especially Goody and Corra.

Harkness also inserted a lot of side events that sometimes bored me but I absolutely LOVED Philippe. He was a great father figure, and his interactions with Diana made me smile. Speaking of fathers… We get to meet Diana’s! Stephen was exactly how I imagined him to be. (Plus, his appearance was very unexpected for me too.)

ALSO. Marcus and Phoebe. THAT IS MY NEW OTP. Oh my god. I love them. We only got a short introduction of them… and we didn’t even find out how they got together!! Darn you Harkness. I was looking forward to that. :-((

BTW ANYONE NOTICE CORRA? THAT TOTALLY REMINDED ME OF THE LEGEND OF KORRA.

In this novel, we really get to see Diana and Matthew in their married life, and I felt that that their relationship was so much better written than in the first book. They had real issues, and they got through them in a realistic way… and I actually really loved their dynamic in this book. Surprisingly, they actually handled the miscarriage less severely than I would have imagined. Overall, I felt that the “darkness” Matthew was experiencing was quite realistic and wasn’t extremely eye-roll-inducing like in other vampire books.

Funny… Diana even talked about those sappy vampire rape books in the novel. That made me laugh. (lol)

Anyways. although Harkness really indulged in the world and spent a great deal of time within it, I felt that the pacing worked well, and everything was really well written. Highly recommend!!! (Albeit it is a bit long… but you should be used to that.)

(review) Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Done! AT LAST IT WAS AWWEEESOME.
I had been putting this one down for so long because I felt the language was a bit awkward for me to get used to… but then I realized the significance of the language towards the end and I was all

hats off to you Gaughen

I admit that I didn’t like the whole thing with John, but I kind of understood why Scarlet didn’t resist him strongly. She was lonely, pining (well not exactly pining) after Robin and John was right there. It’s natural to lean on someone, okay? Although I felt it was slightly unnecessary, I was glad that he didn’t kill Gisbourne, because I felt that moment of hesitation that John had really gave him character and made me… admire him in a way. And also wanted to chop his head off.

But if Gisbourne did die, I felt that that would have been too much of a happy ending to the book.
So yes. I really loved Scarlet because she was just so different and such an awesome refreshment from the usual girls I read about.

I also thought that she was quite understandable, and I really admired her prowess, bravery, and powerful emotions. Plus, she’s a badass with knives. Who can’t love her? SHE’S LIKE KORRA. OKAY WHO CAN’T LOVE KORRA. BADASS FEMALE LEAD WHO WON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER.

This was awesome. much better than expected.
Please read it!