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January 8, 2016 posted by Pavan

Book Review: Oblivion (Lux Series) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

25209521Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…

Book Review

Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout was my first read of 2016 and damn, it was a great way to start the year! Obsidian was the first JLA book I read and consequently the Lux series is my favourite series written by this author. This series is full of amazingness and being able to experience the first three books  all over again through Daemon’s eyes was the cherry on the delicious chocolate cake!

I was originally quite worried when I found out about Oblivion, not because I doubted JLA but just because I haven’t had a great experience with books that re-tell the same story with a switched POV. However, there was no way I would miss reading Oblivion. One word can explain why I was keen about Oblivion despite my concerns: Daemon. DAEMON! DAEMON! DAEMON! I loved the dual POV within Origin and Opposition and now I get a whole book of Daemon’s thoughts? YES PLEASE!

And I wasn’t disappointed. Oblivion brought out the absolute best in Daemon Black. He was the same cocky, confident, sexy Daemon that we know and love, but we were allowed a deeper insight to his thought process and the reasoning behind certain actions *cough* being a jerk to Katy at the beginning *cough.* I have to say though, the other characters took an extreme backseat for me. All the focus was on Daemon, which I understand, but I was also hoping to have a few new insights with other characters like Dee, Ash, Adam and Andrew. One character, Dawson, was the exception to this. I loved seeing Daemon and Dawson interact and try to get their relationship back on track, there were lots of sweet moments.

I did have a few problems with Oblivion that stopped it from being a 5 star read. Whilst I did love reading the build up of Katy and Daemon’s relationship through Daemon’s eyes, I did feel at times that the explanations for Daemon’s thinking stretched on a bit too much. At times I just felt that the pacing was a bit off, sometimes there was more ‘tell’ than ‘show.’ Although this did not take away from the overall fabulousness of Oblivion!

I was extremely happy to be back in the Lux world with Daemon as my guide. Oblivion exceeded my expectations and made me fall for Daemon even more. I would definitely recommend Oblivion to fans of the Lux series, you will not be disappointed if you pick this novel up!

*Thanks to Entangled Publishing who for the Review Copy in exchange for my honest review.* 

 

Pages: 1005

Publication Date: December 1st 2015

Publisher: Entangled: Teen

Rating: ★★★★☆

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January 1, 2016 posted by Nichole

Book of the Month Review: Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

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Thicker Than WaterOn his own

Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years. 

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…

 

My Review:

I absolutely adore Brigid Kemmerer. I don’t often add authors into my “favorite authors of all time” list, but I have to include her. The Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer is one of my favorite series of all time. To the point that no one is even allowed to touch my copies. They are just way too precious to me. So, when I learned that she was writing a whole different series….I flipped into crazy mode and had to get a copy of it. I want to extend a huge thank you to Kensington Teen for allowing me to review an Advanced copy of this book. There was just no way I could wait until almost January to read this book!

THICKER THAN WATER made me feel so many emotions: love, fear, terror, hatred, sad, and happy. The unusual thing is that it made me feel several emotions during just one scene. This book was one of the most heart wrenching books that I have ever read. I honestly don’t even know how to express all of my feelings. All I can really say is WOW. Just WOW. Everyone needs to go read this book.

Holy cow, did this book make me blush?! Honestly, there were a few scenes in THICKER THAN WATER that almost knocked it up to a NA book. It wasn’t quite there, but phewww. The heat in some of those scenes! And Thomas? YUM! He has officially been bumped up to my ‘favorite book boyfriends’ list. I wasn’t overly crazy about Charlotte. I do wish she would have stood up for herself more against her appalling family…but that boy. Any girl would have been lucky to have him.

I have to admit that there were some scenes in this book that were a little too scary for my taste. Honestly, though, that could have been because I was reading this book at night in the dark. When Charlotte starts having dreams of a past murder….I have to skim through some of those scenes. They scared the crap out of me. The writing was still flawless; the book was still great. Those scenes, though? Were a bit terrifying.

Another thing to be warned about is that Charlotte’s family will absolutely piss you off. OMG…they made me SO mad. And that’s a good thing that THICKER THAN WATER was making me feel so many emotions. Seriously, though, I hated them. And that mother?! OMG…she was 100% worse than the grandma…who was made to seem like the worst in the family. No…I wanted to slap that mother across the face for treating Charlotte like that. Be warned that you might feel some super feminist feelings when it comes to that family!

The ending of THICKER THAN WATER completely threw me by surprise. I honestly thought that something else entirely was going on. Heck, there was even a SCENE that proved my thinking! But I was wrong! I was SO WRONG. I don’t even know where that came from!

Overall, THICKER THAN WATER was amazeballs. I loved it. I can’t wait to read more in this series. Everyone, GO READ IT NOW!

 

Pages: 432

Publisher: Kensington Teen

Published: December 29th, 2015

Rating: : ★★★★☆

Book Reviews
December 26, 2015 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Midnights by Rainbow Rowell

my true love gave to meIf you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year’s there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.

Book Review:

I struggled with whether or not I wanted to write up one whole review for this book or individual reviews for each of the stories in this book. I decided that I’m going to write individual reviews for each of the stories in this book, because I don’t want to forget anything or just have a bland main review that doesn’t really tackle the individual stories. So….we’ll just have 12 reviews for this book! Works for me!

I’ve actually listened to this story a couple of times (I own the audiobook.) It is one of the most beautiful stories. Not shocking, since Rainbow Rowell is amazing and perfect. I do have to admit, though, the that audio version is a little bit better. I tend not to be the biggest fan of audiobooks, but this one really captures the cuteness and the romance between Noel and Mags.

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell captures four consecutive New Years Eve’s between Noel and Mags. It starts from when they first meet each other and ends at the point that they fall in love. It’s a very short story (roughly about 20ish pages.) Honestly, I wish it was its own book. I would devour every single page. Also, I don’t know who I like more: Noel or Mags. Obviously, I love them as a couple, but they also have such unique personalities that really captivated me. Rainbow Rowell couldn’t have captured better characters for this story!

I’m interested to see what my opinion of the rest of the stories will be. I’ve listened to probably about 65 to 70% of this book via the audio version. There are a few stories, though, that I haven’t listened to. I can’t remember if this one was my favorite. I know that there’s another one or two in here that I LOVED listening to. I’ll remember those ones when I run across them!

Stay tuned for the rest of my reviews for the remaining stories in this book! I’m excited to share them with you! So far, this story was a hit!

Rating: : ★★★★★  I wish I could give it a higher rating!

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December 15, 2015 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Restoration by Randi Cooley Wilson

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RestorationRestoration (The Revelation Series #5) by Randi Cooley Wilson

350 pages

Published on November 30th, 2015

Genre: YA Paranormal

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Would You Run
Would You Fight
Would You Fall To Fate

If your heart was full of love, could you give it all up?

Eve Collins will do anything to save those she loves, especially her gargoyle protector and mate, Asher St. Michael. With the world crumbling down around them, Eve and Asher must face the final battle between darkness and light. One that will end in great sacrifice.

When the skies darken and love in it’s truest form is tested, would you run? When death becomes silence and battle lines are drawn, would you fight? If you had to sacrifice, to save the one you loved, would you fall to fate? Would you dare to let it go?

The End, Begins.

Restoration is the highly anticipated finale in the Revelation Series, a mesmerizing epic romantic journey filled with dark themes, beautifully melancholic musings, divine secrets, sacrifice and forbidden love

 

About the Author:

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Randi Cooley Wilson is a “New Adult” Paranormal/Fantasy and Contemporary Romance author. A resident of Massachusetts, she makes stuff up, devours romance books, drinks lots of wine and coffee, and has a slight addiction to bracelets. For more information visit:http://randicooleywilson.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/R_CooleyWilson

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorrandicooleywilson

 

Book Review:

I devoured this series in less than a week. Part of me is really excited to say that, because I got to read all the hot Asher scenes. The other part of me, though, is a little bit devastated that it’s over. I mean, seriously, why can’t there be like 20 books in this series? I’d read them all.

I hate to say it, but Restoration was probably my least favorite book in the series…. It was a little choppy. There were several scenes that felt as if there was this huge space of content that I missed. Scenes would skip ahead of where they had just ended, and it kind of confused me. I wish that the story would have been a little more smooth and that I would have had a chance to read the scenes that I had seemed to miss.

The beginning of the story also confused me a little. I guess I should say spoiler alert for this paragraph………Ok, so the beginning of Restoration kicks off where book 4 ended and starts with Eve being unconscious and not remember anything about Asher or the gargoyles. She remembered a little bit, but not very much. Personally, I loved that. I wish that she had lost those memories for a good chunk of the book. How awesome would it have been to see Asher protect her and try to woo her all over again? Instead, she gained back all of her memories the very next chapter. So, I didn’t even really understand the point of her losing the memories in the first chapter.

Asher, as always, was perfection. I really enjoyed watching his character grow in the book. Yes, he was still a little childish and grumpy, as is his nature, but I felt like so much happened to him in this book. Also, him and Eve, swoooooooooooon! I just wish that there would have been some more swoony scenes between them, especially since this was the last book.

I have to mention Gage, because I’m super confused that Randi Cooley Wilson’s next series doesn’t focus on him. OMG that man is hot! Since the next series isn’t about him, I wonder if we’re going to hear more about his ongoing relationship with the sorceress. I didn’t really feel that that was completed in Restoration, and I REALLY want to know more! I so wish an entire series could be dedicated to him.

The action in Restoration was jam packed. There was SO MUCH going on throughout the whole book. There were also several scenes that blew me away! I did NOT see some of those things coming!!! I don’t want to give any spoilers about those moments, because I don’t want to ruin it for you, but they were good!

Overall, I absolutely adored this entire series. I’m very sad that it’s over, and I can’t wait until Randi’s next series comes out. I do hope that she eventually considers going back to the Revelation series, instead of just bringing them back as guest stars, because I really don’t feel that Asher and Eve’s story is over. I feel like they have more to tell.

I can’t express to you how much you need to go read this book. Go buy the whole series, right now!!!

 

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

 

The Giveaway:

One Winner Will Receive: $25 Amazon GC, All Five Paperback Books Signed and Swag Package
Five Winners Will Receive: $5 Amazon GC, A Signed Paperback of Restoration and a Swag Package
Ten Winners Will Receive: A digital Copy of any book from The Revelation Series

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December 8, 2015 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Redemption (The Revelation Series #3) by Randi Cooley Wilson

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RedemptionRedemption by Randi Cooley Wilson

Published December 15th, 2014

315 pages

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22829692-redemption

A LOVE RETURNS 
A LOYALTY IS BROKEN 
AND WAR BEGINS

For Eve Collins, darkness has descended after her love vanished into the night sky. A new protector has been appointed, one who challenges everything she’s believed to be true. 

In this third installment of The Revelation Series, Eve will become aware of dangers and worlds that exist only in her nightmares, and bloodline secrets that will trigger a centuries old war. 

You can escape anything, except your destiny. 

Readers captivated by Revelation and Restraint will become enthralled with Redemption. 

*Mature Young Adult/New Adult Paranormal Romance*

 

About the Author:

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Randi Cooley Wilson is a “New Adult” Paranormal/Fantasy and Contemporary Romance author. A resident of Massachusetts, she makes stuff up, devours romance books, drinks lots of wine and coffee, and has a slight addiction to bracelets. For more information visit:http://randicooleywilson.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/R_CooleyWilson

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorrandicooleywilson

 

Book Review:

I have to admit, I struggled getting into Redemption. I think that it mostly had to do with my anger at a missing Asher for awhile. I was having a very hard time warming up to Gage and feeling a little protective of Eve. So, fair warning, book 3 might make you a little bit. I lied. It will make you a lot mad.

There were so many jaw dropping moments that happened in this book. The ending of Redemption will definitely attest to that statement. I did not see several things coming; they completely blindsided me. I’m still a little in shock over this book….

Asher, as always, was as hot as ever. Again, I loved the scenes between Eve and Asher. The only thing that I would have asked for were some more sexy scenes between them. I kind of feel like they’ve been more controlled throughout the series. Yes, there are some really hot scenes in this book. However, I just want to see one of them just absolutely lose control. I want to see some steamy hotness just erupt from the pages.

Fair warning, there are some moments in this series that might bother some readers. Asher is very controlling and protective of Eve. Personally, I LOVE that! For some reason, his controlling manner is not bothering me at all (which it normally would.) I find it completely sexy.

This is such an amazing series. I finished this book in less than 24 hours. Go read this series now!

Rating: : ★★★½☆

 

The Giveaway:

One Winner Will Receive: $25 Amazon GC, All Five Paperback Books Signed and Swag Package
Five Winners Will Receive: $5 Amazon GC, A Signed Paperback of Restoration and a Swag Package
Ten Winners Will Receive: A digital Copy of any book from The Revelation Series

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December 7, 2015 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Restraint (The Revelation Series #2) by Randi Cooley Wilson

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RestraintRestraint by Randi Cooley Wilson

Published August, 2014

300 pages

Genre: YA paranormal/fantasy

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22370204-restraint

A FORBIDDEN LOVE WILL BECOME DEEPER.
A LOYALTY WILL BE TESTED.
AND ONLY DARKNESS WILL REMAIN.

One revelation changed everything, turning Eve Collin’s world upside down. Now, she’s left to struggle with her identity and allegiance. Haunted by grief and tempted by her increasing attraction to her protector, will she ever truly be safe from enemies that refuse to give up? 

Restraint is an addictively spellbinding continuation of Eve’s journey of self-discovery, love and sacrifice that will change everything.

Readers captivated by Revelation will eagerly devour Restraint.

 

About the Author:

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Randi Cooley Wilson is a “New Adult” Paranormal/Fantasy and Contemporary Romance author. A resident of Massachusetts, she makes stuff up, devours romance books, drinks lots of wine and coffee, and has a slight addiction to bracelets. For more information visit:http://randicooleywilson.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/R_CooleyWilson

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorrandicooleywilson

 

Book Review:

Restraint, by far, is my favorite book in the Revelation series by Randi Cooley Wilson. Of course, I say this only having read books 1-5. Who knows, book 5 might change my mind. Seriously, though? This book was hot.

It’s funny that Restraint ended up being my favorite book, so far, because I actually wasn’t very fond of the first few chapters. It’s not that they weren’t good. I was just really frustrated over the whole Asher/Eve situation. The whole “we can’t be together or else dooms day will come” concept being repeated over and over again was frustrating. I have to say, though, the super heavy hot scenes between them made it so worth it. I’ve been struggling with the understanding if this book is YA or NA. Let me be the first to tell you, this book is totally NA. OMG. SO HOT. So. Flipping. Hot. It was just what I wanted to read.

Asher, as always, was absolutely amazing. I adored him. If for no other reason, you must go read this book for him. Gage is pretty hot, too!

The ending made me really sad. Like….really sad. It ends on a huge cliffhanger. Fortunately, all the books have now been released! So, you can binge them, like me! If you’re anything like me, you’ll binge them in less than a week!

Go read this book!

Rating: : ★★★★½

 

The Giveaway:

One Winner Will Receive: $25 Amazon GC, All Five Paperback Books Signed and Swag Package
Five Winners Will Receive: $5 Amazon GC, A Signed Paperback of Restoration and a Swag Package
Ten Winners Will Receive: A digital Copy of any book from The Revelation Series

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December 6, 2015 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Revelation by Randi Cooley Wilson

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RevelationRevelation (The Revelation Series #1) by Randi Cooley Wilson

314 pages

Published May 1st, 2014

Genre: YA Paranormal

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20787232-revelation

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Revelation-The-Series-Book-ebook/dp/B00JWXAWUE

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/revelation-randi-cooley-wilson/1119059118?ean=2940045798358

A DIVINE SECRET,
A LOYAL PROTECTOR,
A FORBIDDEN LOVE.

Eve Collins starts her freshman year at college blissfully unaware that one revelation will challenge everything she’s believed to be true about her family, life, and future, and right in the midst of it all is Asher St. Michael.

Mysterious and aloof, Asher is appointed to protect Eve at all costs. Bound by his oath of loyalty to mankind, loving her is forbidden.

Dark and enigmatic, Gage Gallagher may be even more dangerous to Eve than the demonic army that hunts her.

Caught in the middle of a centuries old war, Eve must choose sides knowing that the wrong choice will cost more than just her life.

Can Asher and Eve fulfil their destinies or will their love destroy everything?

Revelation is a journey of self-discovery, love, and sacrifice.

This is volume one of a series.

 

 

About the Author:

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Randi Cooley Wilson is a “New Adult” Paranormal/Fantasy and Contemporary Romance author. A resident of Massachusetts, she makes stuff up, devours romance books, drinks lots of wine and coffee, and has a slight addiction to bracelets. For more information visit:http://randicooleywilson.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/R_CooleyWilson

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorrandicooleywilson

 

My Review:

People have been telling, for quite some time now, that I need to read the Revelation series by Randi Cooley Wilson. With every book, though, they’ve also told me that there is a huge cliffhanger. So, naturally, I decided to wait until all the books were released to read it. Let me tell you, it was worth the wait. This book was AMAZING! I’m so excited to share this with you today!!!

The star of this book, by far, was Asher. OH. MY. GOD. He was so flipping hot! Asher is definitely on my top book boyfriends ever list. He made this entire book. The only thing that I would have asked for were some more swoony scenes between Asher and Eve. I felt like I was waiting for something special that never quite made it on the page. Not that they didn’t have their swoony moments, I just was waiting for something a little more.

The first 75% of this book was absolutely amazing. I loved all of the characters so much! The only thing that slightly bothered me was the information overload. I felt that, at times, the book could drone on a little bit about Heaven, Hell, and the gargoyles history. I just wish that that would have been slightly tampered down. On the other hand, the book did give a lot of background about what was going on and who Eve was.

The last 25% of the book was very action packed, but it did feel a little rushed in some areas. I will say, though, that there is a BIG CLIFFHANGER. Thank GOD I have the second book ready to read! My mouth dropped open at the end of the book….I was SO NOT expecting that!

Overall, I loved this book. I’m very excited for what’s to come in the next four books. This is a steamy, action packed, hunk filled series that I highly encourage all NA and paranormal fans to go read RIGHT NOW!

 

Rating: : ★★★★☆

 

The Giveaway:

One Winner Will Receive: $25 Amazon GC, All Five Paperback Books Signed and Swag Package
Five Winners Will Receive: $5 Amazon GC, A Signed Paperback of Restoration and a Swag Package
Ten Winners Will Receive: A digital Copy of any book from The Revelation Series

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