If There’s No Tomorrow

If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L Armentrout

5 stars!!! 

“I should’ve listened to that little voice in my head and that feeling in the pit of my stomach, but I hadn’t. If I had, today would’ve been different. Tomorrow would be like all the better yesterdays.” 

Gosh I love JLA books, she never fails to pull me out of a book rut and brighten my day!

Lena Wise is about to start her senior year of high school, and her biggest concerns are getting into her college of choice and having a crush on her best friend Sebastian, the boy next door. But very quickly, something changes her life, a choice. The wrong choice. Now Lena’s entire life has changed leaving her in turmoil and completely turned around.

Lena’s friends try to be supportive, but more and more she pushes them away, including Sebastian. But Lena falls deeper and deeper into a spiral of guilt, and she needs to find the strength within herself to move on from what happened.

“Actions and inactions have consequences. If we did not accept responsibility or blame for them, then we’d be at risk of repeating those actions.” 

It’s no secret that Jennifer Armentrout is one of my top favorite authors, I can open 99% of her books and fall in love with them in a couple of words or pages. If There’s No Tomorrow follows in the same vein, I was completely sucked in by JLA’s writing and Lena’s story from the very beginning and stayed up late into the night to keep reading. She also writes the best male love interests that make you swoon and want to date the good guy.

The themes most present in this book are consequences and forgiveness. I won’t say exactly what happens with Lena as it’s a spoiler, but what happened to her could happen to anyone, teen or adult. My heart bled for this girl, and all of the other people in the world who had been through what she had. It may be a story we’ve heard before, but I think it’s one that merits repeating.

A beautiful story, and one that will stay with you for a long time. If There’s No Tomorrow is a book worth driving to the bookstore to buy on release day!

“You do deserve happiness and a future and everything you’ve ever wanted. That one night is not going to define your whole life.” 

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

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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

The Problem with Forever

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

3 stars

This book………… it had the right idea, but the execution just wasn’t quite right. JLA is one of my all time favorite authors, many of you know that because I’ve been screaming about her books since I discovered them. I enjoyed this book, and I love the concept of it. I just didn’t like the execution of it.

This is the story of Mallory, a foster kid who doesn’t speak much because of PTSD and conditioning from her previous foster home. Four years later and a nice couple have taken her in and homeschooled her, but now she’s going to fulfill her senior year at a public school. On the first day of school she runs into the boy she never thought she would see again, her protector in her old foster home. They are happy to see each other, but their time in that horrible house has left it’s mark.

I think Mallory’s story was an important one to tell, social anxiety stemming from her issues is a tough subject. I feel teens will be able to relate to her as a character and easily empathize with her. It’s important for teens to have books they can relate to so they don’t feel alone, and this is a perfect one to hand to a teen who has issues with public speaking/ptsd. What I didn’t love was this book was looooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggg. Like, the message could have been executed in 350 pages instead of 470. Because for me, this book dragged big time. I never had that excitement to pick it back up again once I put it down.

I think I am one of the few with this opinion, so please pick it up and try it for yourself. JLA is still one of my favorite authors and I will gladly read anything she publishes in the future, this just wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. And oh! This book has a pretty cover. That’s another bonus 🙂

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

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!