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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Moonlight Seduction

Moonlight Seduction by Jennifer L Armentrout

4.5 stars! 

MUCH better than the first book in this series. Oh my god, SO MUCH BETTER!

Moonlight Seduction is the second book in the de Vincent series and I think it can be read as a standalone. There’s stuff that happens in the first book that comes to play in this one but I think JLA did a really good job of explaining everything in an understandable way.

This book is about Nikki and Gabe. When she was a teenager, Nikki would follow Gabe around with moon eyes, head over heels for him and he treated her like she was his younger sister. When she was eighteen she left the de Vincent home for college and never looked back, having no contact with them. But now, four years later with her mom who has become ill, she steps in for her as household staff for the de Vincents, and does her best to avoid Gabe. But he doesn’t want to avoid her.

It’s hard for me to write this review without comparing it to the first book, so I’m going to do that a little bit and hopefully you don’t mind. I’ll read anything JLA writes. ANYTHING. But it doesn’t mean I will love everything she puts out. And Moonlight Sins, the first book had been a bit of a let down. I was bored when reading it. That was not the case with this second book, I enjoyed every second of it! I even read the sex scenes in full. I never do that! I almost always skim sex scenes and devour the angst (I’m weird, I know).

I loved the heroine Nikki, but I always love JLA heroines. She was snarky and kind and fun, and she loved quietly and didn’t know how to express it. Gabe was a lot of fun, I love seeing the humbling of the playboy. He’s more of a playboy off screen and in the past, none of that was actively present in this book which I appreciated. Once his brain caught up with his feelings I loved seeing him try and navigate his feelings for Nikki and seeing the two of them fall together.

Jennifer Armentrout is a queen. You cannot convince me otherwise. I probably say this after reading all her books, but you need to get your butt in gear and read this book and her entire back log. And you needed to do it like, yesterday.

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

Moonlight Sins

Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L Armentrout

3.5 stars 

“Legend goes that only two things can happen to women of the de Vincent family or women who come here. They either end up…. unstable or they end up dead.” 

Moonlight Sins is the beginning of a new contemporary romance series by Jennifer Armentrout and this book was a promising start! Julia is a live in nurse who gets hired by a wealthy client to care for a family member. But when she gets to her new job in Louisiana she doesn’t realize it’s one of the wealthiest families in the country.

The person she’s to care for is to remain a secret, and the house she’s staying in has eerie flickering lights and the sounds of footsteps. Julia also finds herself attracted to one of the de Vincent men Lucian, a notorious playboy. And he seems to have taken a liking to her too…

“You know what we are. What we always end up doing to people. We destroy them and then go about our lives like nothing fucking happened.” 

I really enjoyed this story, Jennifer Armentrout is great at writing mystery and heroes to swoon over. This first book in a series holds so much potential and I cannot wait to see how the rest of the series goes.

The romance was really sweet, but surprisingly I found myself more interested in the mystery plot of the book more than the romance. I was hooked and wanted all my questions answered, so I sped through this book!

Fans of mystery romance genre, you will love this book!

“How can you be here and be the most beautiful creature I’ve ever seen?” 

ARC provided by the author. All/any quotes in this review came from an advance unedited copy and may be subject to change in the final product. 

Brave

Brave by Jennifer L Armentrout

5 stars! 

Perfect ending to this trilogy!

Brave is the third book in the Wicked Saga, you need to have read Wicked and Torn before reading this book. So there may be spoilers about the other two books in this review, but no spoilers about this book specifically. Ivy has escaped the fae Prince Drake, being rescued by Ren and some good fae. Now she lives in a good fae haven, dealing with some serious PTSD from being held captive. Pulling away from her friends and loved ones, Ivy retreats into herself more and more. But with the threat of the Prince finding them and ending the world, she needs to shape up and get her act in gear to save the world.

Jennifer Armentrout is one of those very few authors that my reading tastes click with. And I mean I love her books, every single time. Reading her books is like coming home to your bestie and falling effortlessly into that friendship mode. Does that make any sense? This series also feels like a gift to the readers, she takes time out of her busy publishing schedule to bring us a fun indie PNR series. It’s a readers treat!

Everyone loves Tink, let’s be real. Half the reviews on here are about him. And I ADORE TINK. I want to hug him and never let go! He reminds me a lot of Jenks from the Kim Harrison Hollows series. My dream book would have a collaboration between Tink and Jenks in their own book. MIND BLOWN! And his connection with a new character? Seriously amazing and I want Tink to get his own book. Like yesterday.

Ivy and Ren… *sigh*. Hashtag couple goals! Ren is amazing and the way he loves Ivy is even better. I didn’t want this book to ever end. I will be holding out for any and all spin offs that come from this series! And if you haven’t started this series yet because you were waiting for it to be done……… well it’s done so you have no excuse and should be reading book 1 right now instead of my review! I mean it!

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review 

The Dead List

The Dead List by Jennifer Armentrout

4.5 stars!

“Cardinals were Penn’s favorite…”

Just before the start of her senior year in high school, Ella is attacked after a party on her way home. She escapes because a childhood friend Jensen rescued her, but other girls have gone missing. Afraid, Ella decides to take self-defense classes, as her attacker doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.

But as more and more people begin to disappear Ella begins to think these random acts aren’t so random, that they’re connected to something that happened in the past. Except the person related to all of this died, four years ago….

“Sometimes I needed to get my head out of real life, and reading was the best and quickest way to do it.”

I really enjoyed this book, thrillers normally aren’t my thing buy Armentrout writes them in such a way that I cannot figure out the villain and the plot isn’t predictable. It’s so refreshing because when I normally read a mystery/thriller I can pretty much figure out what’s happening about halfway in. A very compelling and engaging story, I was captivated by everything that was happening, from the attack on Ella at the beginning, her issues at school and the romance with her and Jensen.

I was freaked out that the killer wore a clown mask, that was just too creepy for me. Plus the descriptions of the sounds he made gave me the chills and I had to stop reading this book at night so I could get some sleep without nightmares. The romance between Jensen and Ella was so sweet, JLA writes the best heroes in her books. All of them are very swoonworthy and a tiny bit alpha.

This is a bit mature for YA so I would recommend to older teens and not younger ones, just with the murder and adult content I think this is better for older readers. Just depends on the reader. A fantastic and thrilling read, many people will love this novel of suspense and be guessing until the very end.

“I want to be that guy-the one that when your phone rings, you hope it’s me. The one who holds your hand in the hallway at lunch. The guy who gets to hold you. I want to be the one who gets to touch you. I want to be yours.”

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Till Death

Till Death by Jennifer Armentrout

4 stars!

“People don’t get second chances often, Sasha, but we got one, and I’m not going to let that pass us by.”

Almost a decade ago, Sasha survived one of the worst horrors a person can face, and she was the only one to make it out alive. Now, years later, she has returned to her home town to help her mom run the family business. Sasha’s return stirs up many memories, good ones and bad ones. While Sasha is welcomed by old friends and family, other members of the town are not so happy to have her back with the memories she brings with her.

When Sasha left, she cut off ties with everyone but her mother and her best friend. One of those she left behind was her then boyfriend Cole, who she loved and never quite got over. Cole is clearly happy to see Sasha again, and makes it clear he wants to reconnect. But Sasha’s past trauma makes it hard for her to trust people, and on top of that someone is going out of their way to make sure she knows she is not welcome, using threatening and scary tactics.

“Sometimes you cared so deeply about someone that no matter what happened, you never really stopped.”

I’m not normally a suspense reader, but I will read anything Jennifer Armentrout puts out. I read her teen suspense novel Don’t Look Back and enjoyed it, so I knew she would do a good job writing in this genre. I’ve also seen romance junkies concerned this book will lack romance, it’s something they shouldn’t be worried about because this book contains a lot of it. Readers will love Sasha and Cole and will relish their journey back to each other.

Till Death contains an engrossing story that seizes your attention and holds it in its grasp until the very last page. I had fun guessing at what would happen next and guessing at who the bad guy was. Alpha male addicts will love Cole, and at the same time appreciate the fact that Sasha wants to fight back herself at the threats that come her way. Instead of being a weak victim, she’s a strong woman who combats those meaning to harm her.

Thrilling and engaging, you need to make Till Death a priority on your to be read list!

“I’m going to keep myself safe. But I’ll let you help.”

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Fire in You

Fire in You by J Lynn

4 stars!

“Scars, whether physical or emotional, could be not just a representation of survival but also a story of hope.”

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Reading a J Lynn book always feels like coming home.

The sixth book in this series, Fire In You, follows the characters Jillian and Brock. When Jillian was younger she was in love with Brock, following him around everywhere like a puppy dog. But one night of tragedy changed that, and Jillian hasn’t been the same since. Now, about six years later, Jillian has agreed to go to work for her dad, and Brock enters her life once again. But Jillian has changed, immensely, and she refuses to go back to the way things were between them while Brock is insistent on being in her life again.

“What in the actual hell of all nine circles of Hell was this?”

There isn’t a book in this series I haven’t enjoyed or loved. This one started out very strong, I like how JLA develops her heroines so we get a sense of who they are before we get more of the story. I could totally see where Jillian was coming from, her insecurities and bewilderment at Brock’s sudden interest in her. But I think his big brotherly feelings did develop into something more, I just wish we saw more of his journey than hers.

I devoured this book beginning to end. I’ve been in a romance slump lately and was wary of reading this, but JLA delivered a story that sucked me in and wasn’t the same as everything else. There’s a reason she’s one of my favorite authors, she almost never lets you down. If you’re in the mood for a romance to make you smile, this is the book for you.

“I love you because you have this fire in you that you don’t even recognise, but I do. You’re strong and you’re a survivor.”

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Some are born with fire in them.

 

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About FIRE IN YOU:

From the # 1 New York Times and International bestselling author comes a richly moving story about heartbreak and guilt, second chances and hope. Full of familiar, fan-favorite characters and no two people more deserving of a happy ending, Fire In You will burn bright beyond the last page…

Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun.  It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living.

She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what.

Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about.

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EXCERPT 

Making my way through the narrow pathways between the tables, I headed back toward the bathroom. Only once I pushed open the double doors and stopped in front of the water-spotted mirror did I realize I’d left my purse at the table, so there’d be no reapplying my lipstick.

I pumped soap onto my hands and waved them under the facet. Water flowed, washing away the suds as I slowly lifted my gaze to my reflection. Normally when I looked at myself, I didn’t really pay attention longer than was necessary to put makeup on without ending up looking like a tutorial gone wrong.

Standing here now, I really looked at myself, though.

I used to wear my hair up all the time, but I’d stopped doing that every day. My hair now hung in waves and the ends curled over the tips of my breasts. I also used to have heavy bangs, but thank God they were long gone. I’d finally learned how to put on eyeliner. That was another miracle. The slight flush of my face darkened my naturally tan skin. My lips were fuller and my nose straight.

My hair was parted to sweep to the left so it shielded my cheek…and my cheek didn’t look that bad, especially considering how it looked the first time I’d seen it after…after days in the hospital.

Hell, my entire face had been one hot mess.

There was a deep indentation in my left cheek, almost like an icepick had been shoved in there, and as I stared at my right jaw line, I was still amazed by what reconstructive plastic surgeons could accomplish. Half my face had literally been pieced back together with an iliac crest graft with a reconstruction plate and a crap ton of dentistry to give me back a full set of functional teeth.

Plastic surgeons didn’t have magic wands, but they were magicians. If you weren’t looking at me straight on, you’d have no idea that my right jaw was thinner than my left.

You’d have no idea what had happened to me that night.

Now I stared back at myself just like I had done that night, six years ago, standing in a bathroom, mere minutes before my entire life came crashing down.

It wasn’t that I hated the way I looked now. The fact that I was alive meant I was one of those rare, walking and breathing statistics.

But even knowing how lucky I was didn’t change the fact that I felt…deformed. That was a harsh word to use. I didn’t like to whip it out often. Doing so on what was so far a pretty good date was probably not a good idea.

Taking a deep breath, I shook my head. I didn’t need my thoughts going in that direction tonight. So far, the dinner had been amazing. Grady was nice and he was cute. I could maybe see myself going out with him again, to an art exhibit, and maybe coffee.

And that was what had freaked me out.

I was not going to let living freak me out.

Nope.

I could give him a chance and not worry about whether or not I was settling.

Turning from the sink, I dried my hands and then readjusted my hair so it fell forward, over my left shoulder and cheek. I walked out of the bathroom and into the narrow hall, gaze trained on the floor as I took about two steps before I realized someone was standing right outside the door, leaning against the wall. Before I nearly plowed into him.

Gasping, I took a step back. All I could see were finely cut black trousers paired with…with old black and white Chucks? What an odd combination, but those shoes reminded me of…

I gave a little shake of my head and stepped to the side. “Sorry. Excuse—”

“Jillian.”

I stopped.

Time stopped.

Everything stopped except my heart, because it was suddenly pounding in my chest too hard, too fast. That deep, rough voice. I recognized it all the way to my very core. Slowly, I lifted my gaze, already knowing what I was going to see but refusing to believe it.

Brock Mitchell stood in front of me.

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

Links:

Website: https://jenniferlarmentrout.com/
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Goodreads:
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Torn

Torn by Jennifer Armentrout

4.5 stars!!

There will be slight spoilers from the previous book in this review. If you don’t want Wicked spoilers STOP READING NOW!!! Okay? Okay.

Ivy Morgan is a member of The Order, a group with a mission to go out and kill Fae living in the human world. At the end of the previous book she was almost killed by the Fae Prince, until he discovered she is the halfling he has been looking for. This secret throws Ivy and she has no idea who to trust with this information. Because the Prince needs Ivy to create an apocalypse baby, and The Order wants the halfling dead.

Should Ivy tell her boyfriend, Ren, the man she loves? Or keep it a secret and run?

Recently some of the stuff JLA has put out has been quite the miss for me, and I love her books. So I was a bit scared going into this book that I wouldn’t like it, but I needn’t have worried. Reading this book was like coming home. I ADORED this book, so so much. Even more than the first book. It was also easy to read this book despite reading Wicked two years ago.

Ivy’s struggles with who she was and what that meant pulled at my heart, I felt for the girl so much. She was basically put in an impossible situation and I couldn’t even figure out what she should do. The Prince was creepy AF, and honestly gave me the shivers (of ick).

But my favorite part? TINK. That fairy man makes the book. I want him to have his own book, I think it could easily be done.

This book was equal parts suspenseful, angsty, sweet and awesome. I only hope that the next book really does release in summer of 2017.

Forever With You

Forever with You (Wait for You #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

5 stars!!

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I love Jennifer’s books, it’s pretty darn obvious. So when I met her in Vegas and received this arc I was on Cloud Fucking 9. I even started reading it on the drive back to LA that night! (but then it got dark so I had to wait). Even better this is Stephanie and Nick’s story!!!

So since I read this in July and am just now reviewing in September, I will do my best to do it justice.

Stephanie moved to a new town to start as an assistant at her dream job. One night she hits up the local bar where she meets sexy bartender Nick. Both of them indulge in a hot one night stand that leaves them wanting more, but neither one of them are willing to admit it, at least at first. As time goes by the two are drawn together by circumstances beyond their control, and they begin to explore the idea of a relationship together.

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It took me a moment but when I started reading I realized Stephanie had been present in the series all along, she even had some sexy times with our favorite heroes before they found their girls. I love that JLA took “the slutty girl” and instead of shaming her, showed us everything there was to know about her. Stephanie is a strong woman who enjoys sex, and she doesn’t feel shame in that. Yet there is also a vulnerable side to her that shows she doesn’t like being set apart.

Nick was kind of a dick at first (just a little bit) but Stephanie called him on his crap and I loved it. As the book went on I fell in love with Nick alongside Stephanie, because once he opened up and showed who he was on the inside, we all saw the sweet and wonderful man that he was covering up. I want a hot bartender of my own now!!!

As per usual, JLA brought out all of the feels in this one and it’s the reason I always turn to her books for something to read. Plus, this book can honestly be read as a standalone, reading the previous 4 books is helpful (and they are awesome so you should) but this book can be easily read on its own.

ARC kindly provided via author at the LoveNVegas book event

Scorched

Scorched (Frigid #2) by Jennifer Armentrout

4.5 stars!

So I am a huge fan of anything Jennifer Armentrout writes. I’ve read all but one of her books, and the lowest I’ve rated her books was a 3 (and that was the Gamble brother’s series which isn’t her best). That’s 20+ books I’ve loved by her so I am not being modest when I say I might be a little biased when it comes to her work, because it just works for me.

Andrea and Tanner do not get along. Most of the time they are trading barbs and insults with each other until the other one gets pissed off and walks away. But when their friends Kyler and Sydney invite them to stay at a cabin in West Virginia for a week in the summer, neither one of them can pass up the opportunity for a getaway. While there it’s obvious that this has been a setup by the happy couple to get Andrea and Tanner alone together, but the most surprising thing is how they end up getting along and enjoying their time together.

But Andrea has issues that stand in the way of anything becoming real between the two of them, and this week will either help her, or cause her to spiral out of control.

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This story focused on an issue we don’t always see in the new adult genre: drinking. I felt the author did an incredible job with writing the issue at hand and I never once felt like it was exaggerated or blown out of proportion. Andrea wasn’t an alcoholic by traditional terms, but she could never have just one drink. And her drinking was very much to cover up internal issues that she didn’t know how to deal with. There were so many moments in this book where tears would start streaming down my face, hearing Andrea’s inner turmoil and her motivations behind her actions. She’s a character I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

I will say my only criticisms were the first 52% of the book or so was a 3.5 rating for me, but the last half of the book the author really pulled out the emotional punches and yanked up the rating for me. I also wasn’t entirely convinced by the romance between Tanner and Andrea. I saw the attraction, but a part of me thinks Tanner is just too good to be true. Like Andrea made him up to deal with her issues.

So for me this story was about the heroine’s journey to healing herself and I thought that part of it as beautiful. And I loved the small shout out in the beginning to the Lux series. It was cute!

And for more info after you read the book, read JLA’s personal story here:
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The Return

The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout

4 Apollyon stars!

“You’re just…you’re just Seth.”
“And you…you’re just my salvation.”

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***First off, I just want to note that you must finish reading The Covenant series before reading this book. The Return is a new adult spinoff of the young adult series, the first book titled Half Blood and it’s a serious I rated 5 stars across the board so I highly recommend reading it.

The Return is about Seth, the Apollyon who aided in several unforgivable crimes a few years before. In order to atone for all of his actions, Seth agrees to be the bidding boy of the Greek Gods. This changes when Apollo tasks Seth with protecting someone at all costs.

Josie is a college student who is worried about her next test and her unwell mother back home. Upon meeting Seth she is whisked into a new world, one containing Greek gods, demigods, sentinels, titans, furies, daimons and more. After shit hits the fan at her college, Seth must escort Josie to a safe location but they face many obstacles along the way.

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I love that Seth got his own book. There were so many times when reading The Covenant series that I wished we as the readers knew his motivations or his side of things, so I was very grateful to get his perspective in this book. Seth’s main focus is toatone for all of the horrible things he’s done in the past, and the horrible tragedies that his actions ultimately led to. There is an undeniable attraction between Seth and Josie, but Seth cannot believe he would deserve a girl like her, and believes he would not be the man she deserved. Based on all of his baggage, I can see where he is coming from with that.

I really liked Josie as a new character, she had a lot of spunk but wasn’t at all reckless. Her goal was to survive to live another day. I look forward to seeing her development in the next book. I feel like we just scratched the surface with her.

I loved the character cameos we got to see in this book, mostly Apollo, Luke and Deacon. Deacon always seems to put a smile on my face and I hope he’s around a lot more. I would have liked more cameos but hopefully they will come later.

Overall, I really liked this book, but because of some unresolved plot points at the end I can’t say I loved it.

Oh and I’m not normally mean about this, but who the f*** chose this cover?? It is AWFUL! That guy looks like he’s high and he looks nothing like Seth. If you’ve seen the original cover (in my updates below) you can see what I mean, and I strongly wish they had stuck with the old cover. It was much better.

Cursed

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

4 Cursed stars!

“You have a soul. You aren’t evil. There’s nothing you can say that will make me think that.”

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Jennifer Armentrout is one of my all time favorite authors. JLA doesn’t write within the typical book formula and marches to the beat of her own drummer, which is refreshing in this day and age of publishing. Whether she is writing young adult, new adult, or thrillers, I have liked or loved everything she’s ever written.Cursed is not exception, coming in at one of her most underrated books, and one I thoroughly enjoyed.

Cursed is the story of teenager Ember. Ember died two years before in a car accident with her dad when her then three year old sister Olivia brought her back from the dead. Olivia wasn’t able to save their father, and their mother seems to have gone into a catatonic shock since then and doesn’t talk to anyone. And the weirdest thing about being brought back from the dead? Any living thing that touches Ember’s skin dies. Plants, animals, and humans. So for two years Ember has lived as the town freak with scars covering her body and doing her best to avoid human interaction.

Suddenly, Ember and her family are abducted by Jonathon Cromwell, a man who claims to have their best interests at heart, and he brings them to a home full of kids with special abilities. It is made clear that Olivia is in fact the only member of the family he wants, and Ember and her mother are expendable. At this house, Ember’s only friend is Hayden, Jonathan’s adopted son. Hayden seems to be the only one on Ember’s team, and she deals daily with the fact that she is in a home where she isn’t wanted.

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Reading a JLA book is a comfort thing for me and even though she’s written a shit ton of books, I’m down to like 2 books I haven’t read by her yet. I’d been putting this book off for a while but decided it was time to give it a shot. I went into this book with fairly low expectations since not many people seem to have read it, and the average Goodreads rating is below a 4.0.

While the character of Ember could be a bit whiny and impulsive sometimes, her struggle was very relatable to readers of this book. I think I can speak for everyone and say we’ve all felt like an outcast at some point in our lives, or even like we didn’t belong somewhere, and this was an issue Ember dealt with every day of her life, and everywhere she went. Constantly second guessing herself, wondering if she even had a soul once she was brought back, not able to have the smallest amount of human contact without fear of hurting someone; I got to say, I’m kind of amazed she didn’t have a breakdown holding herself and her feelings together. To me, this made her strong.

Hayden was such a great book boyfriend. He also proves that JLA has been writing great heroes since the beginning of her published writing career. His faith in Ember was amazing and I kind of wish guys like him existed in my real life world.

“My brain must have felt sorry for me, so it’d created the only type of guy I could touch—a fantasy one.”

There were a few inconsistencies which is why I can’t rate this book a 5. For example, Ember’s change in eye color was never fully explained, and I really would have liked an epilogue to see if certain aspects of Ember’s power worked out or not. Plus, the entire book The Facility was a huge motif and we never even saw it as a reader. But these things did not take away from my enjoyment of the book.

So if you are looking for a fun yet deep young adult paranormal book, this one is for you!

Wicked

Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1) by Jennifer Armentrout

4 Tink stars!

“I’m a lot of things, but today I’m your fucking saving grace.”

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This one was a nice surprise! After seeing a handful of negative reviews on this one, I went into it with lowered expectations. I came out of this reading experience a very happy girl! And after 2 previous books I DNF’d, I need this gem of a story.

First off, this book is very much New Adult genre, so don’t go into it thinking it’s YA. The fact that in Chapter 1 the MC is discussing getting laid and orgasms is the first giant sign.

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Ivy is a member of an Order that can see fae in our realm. Faeries aren’t the good guys, in fact they feed off of humans with deadly consequences. Living in New Orleans, Ivy has a very tragic past and does her best to keep those around her at arms length. That is, until she’s assigned a new partner Ren, who is hotness come to life and very much interested in her.

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This book had me smiling the majority of the time I was reading it. It’s not the most original plot, but it was enjoyable and it worked for me. Because my brain is a bit fried at the moment, I’m doing a breakdown review.

What I liked:
-Ivy: A great mix of kick ass woman with a little but of a vulnerable girl in her, Ivy wants more than the predicted short life span the Order has to offer. Ivy dreams of a future of moreand I found that admirable.

-Tink: Loved this guy, he was freaking hilarious. Especially that Dobby house elf scene. LMAO!

“You gave Tink a scarf. Tink is free!” He flew out into the hallway like a little cracked-out fairy, screeching, “Tink is freeeeee!”

-Ren’s determination: While he was spewing a bunch of instalust, Ren made the point that in their line of work, they had to chase after what they wanted with no hesitations. And he wanted Ivy and his pursuit of her was so much fun to read.

-Pop culture references: I’m fairly certain that this book is self-published, and I feel because of that JLA was able to include references to Harry Potter, The Walking Dead, Amazon Prime etc, which yes will date this book in the future, but gave the book a unique touch that I rather enjoyed.

“Why couldn’t he say I reminded him of Ariel or something? Then again, Ariel was kind of stupid, giving up her voice for a dude.”

-Setting: I’ve always wanted to go to New Orleans, so enough said.

What I didn’t like:
-Pacing: Got a little slow there in the middle and I did have to push myself a bit to keep going. But it soon picked up and remedied itself

-Cliffhanger: Gah! We have to wait until Summer 2015 for answers!! JLA you wound meh!!!

-Predictability: <—that pretty much says it all.

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Bottom line, if you need a quick, unique New Adult read mixed with a little bit of Urban Fantasy, this book is for you!

Stone Cold Touch

Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer Armentrout

4.75 stars!

I FREAKING LOVE JLA!!!

Stone Cold Touch continues the series with Layla adjusting to her usual life again without the demon Roth. Pretty soon she and the Wardens discover a Lilin has been born, a powerful demon that can turn humans into wraiths, and it seems to be Layla’s fault.

I thought that this was a wonderful middle book to a trilogy. It brought on all of the feels and the angst. Plus Zayne finally got a shot at wooing Layla which I am all for. I root for the underdog about 99.9% of the time, so for this books guys I am a member of Team Zayne.

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No really, I even voted for him.

Not to say that I don’t love Roth either, I just have a feeling he’s going to win the fan vote, so I’m crossing my fingers for the sweet guy who’s loved Layla for years. The bad boy is welcome to stick around too.

I also loved all of the Buffy references, being the ridiculous nerd that I am. I mean, what else would demons/vampires use for poker currency other than kittens?

Anyways, not my best review but all I have to say is, read this series. It’s like book crack for your brain!

And why not 5 stars? Because of the “Holy Granola Bar” again. :((

***Quotes to possibly be added at a later time.