The Darkest Star

The Darkest Star by Jennifer L Armentrout

4 stars 

“Sometimes the truth is worse than a lie.” 

Evie is a teenage girl who follows her friend to a club called Forsaken, a club where anyone is welcome, including other species like the Luxen. When the club is raided, Evie finds herself in the hands of Luc, a mysterious not quite human, not quite Luxen man. The more she gets to know him, the more secrets are revealed to her, ones she never expected to find out.

“This was how I figured most horror films started out, but in for a penny, in for a pound…” 

This is a wonderful spinoff series of the Lux series starring Luc, our favorite Origin. You can tell this is a book made with love, and one done for the fans of the series and I think Jennifer did a fantastic job. I’ve been having trouble getting sucked away into books recently, and picking up a new book from JLA was like returning home. I fell effortlessly into the pages and read it from beginning to end all in one day. There’s something about her writing that I connect with easily, it’s like picking up with an old friend right away after not having seen them for a long time.

I really enjoyed the story, I thought it was very compelling, even if somewhat predictable. Luc is basically Daemon Jr and many fans will love that. I didn’t give 5 stars because it isn’t perfect, but I think it’s a great start to a new series and I cannot wait to read the other books and see the future development of this world and these characters. I wish there had also been a tad more angst, but I’m hoping it will come later.

“Sometimes the truth is hidden as a form of protection.” 

ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review 

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The Proposal

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

2 stars 

This book started out strong and halfway through completely fizzled out for me. I really enjoyed this author’s debut book The Wedding Date, and at first I thought this one was similar, but by the end it wasn’t even in the same ballpark (pun intended).

I love that Berkley is publishing more work by authors of color and books with characters who are persons of color, so I was glad to see this book. I hope Berkley continues to publish books like these because they are needed. The story in this one just wasn’t more me, I wish things had been more fleshed out.

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review 

Hey Kiddo

Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J Krosczka

4.5 stars!

What a wonderful memoir! 

I honestly cannot remember what made me request this graphic novel from the library, it is so not my normal reading zone. But I am very glad I did. Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the kids graphic novel series Lunch Lady, tells the story of his childhood and teenage years. His mother’s addiction and father’s absence had an impact on his life, but not as profound as the grandparents who stepped up and raised him.

This was unputdownable, I finished it within a few hours. My favorite parts of the book were his grandmother who seemed to be a complex and lively woman who didn’t always make the best choices, but she loved fiercely. I think this is a great book for teens to read to understand kids with this background. It’s also a story too many kids are living themselves.