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February 6, 2014 posted by Nichole

Alienated (Alienated #1) – Melissa Landers

13574417Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. 

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class. 

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.


If you’re anything like me, then you love a good sci fi book every now and then. The problem is, it’s really hard to find a great one. I went into Alienated very hesitantly. I read a few sci fi books last year that just didn’t work well for me. I thought that the beginning of Alienated was actually pretty good. I really enjoyed the concept of aliens coming to Earth to live peaceably with humans. Unfortunately, this one did have it’s flaws for me. While it was good, by no means did I think it was great. It was just kind of cute.

Alienated has a laid back, almost contemporary kind of feel to it. It’s more the type of book that I would recommend someone read on a lazy, rainy weekend. When I think of sci fi, I think of tons of technology and lots of action pumped scenes. Yeah, that doesn’t really happen in this book. There are some scenes at the end that felt really rushed….but I would almost just classify this as a contemporary read.

The characters in the book were solid, yet slightly annoying at the same time. Over time, I began to find Cara really annoying. Maybe that’s just because I was experiencing too much of her. I did like her at first, but man she got on my nerves. Aelyx was more interesting than Cara. He definitely had that hot factor going on for him. As a couple, though, I didn’t think that they went very well together. I was also really put off by the insta lovey quality that this book had going on. They didn’t hook up right at the beginning, but they definitely felt attraction to one another from the very start. At the end the “I love you’s” started to be spouted off. By that time I just wanted to barf. They just weren’t a good pair.

The ending of Alienated felt very rushed,  almost as if the author was trying to finish everything in just a couple of chapters. I was kind of annoyed that nothing really happened for 85% of the book, and then BAM! All of this stuff comes piling on at the ending. Honestly, most of the book was a little boring. Nothing was happening. And then I was just annoyed that that boringness was trying to be recovered at the end.

My two biggest problems with Alienated were the supporting characters and the dramatic last few chapters. I wasn’t very fond of how everyone treated Cara and Aelyx. I kept questioning why no one was really stepping in, and why those kids were being able to run the school without any consequences. I understood the concept of what was going on and the idea behind it, but seriously? Some of those kids would have been suspended or expelled; The teachers wouldn’t have been allowed to treat Cara the way that they did; and the posters that were being posted in the school would have been taken down. I was also really concerned that nothing was really being done about the violence between the kids. It just didn’t really add together in my head.

The last 75 pages or so were SO drama filled that it became ridiculous and I started to skim a little bit. I wanted action…not drama. Maybe a little bit of both. But what I got was 100% drama and 0% action. I would have liked to see a bit more balance, especially with the first 85% of the book being so laid back.

Overall, I thought that Alienated was a cute and fun read. However, it’s not something that I would ever go out and buy to put on my shelf. It’s also not something that I would ever reread. It was cute, but it didn’t reach the level that I wanted it to.


Pages: 352

Publication Date: February 4th, 2014

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Rating: : ★★★☆☆


Book of the Month
August 10, 2013 posted by Nichole

Hover (The Taking #2) – Melissa West

17910035On Earth, seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander was taught to never peek, but if she hopes to survive life on her new planet, Loge, her eyes must never shut. Because Zeus will do anything to save the Ancients from their dying planet, and he has a plan. 

Thousands of humans crossed over to Loge after a poisonous neurotoxin released into Earth’s atmosphere, nearly killing them. They sought refuge in hopes of finding a new life, but what they became were slaves, built to wage war against their home planet. That is, unless Ari and Jackson can stop them. But on Loge, nothing is as it seems…and no one can be trusted.


About a year ago, I read Gravity by Melissa West, and I fell head over heels in love with it. Aliens, Dystopia, and Sexiness all rolled into one book? Yes, please, sign me up! It’s been quite awhile since I’ve read Gravity. I remember that it ended with Ari going to Loge with Jackson and finding out that she was part alien now. I remember thinking then that the second book might run into some problems now that it was totally shifting to the alien’s side. That kind of stuff is a lot tougher to write about. It’s so out of an authors’ comfort zone. They have to write almost 100% of things they don’t know about, and it can be tricky. My fears were right. It didn’t work for me in Hover. I only ended up getting about 70 pages into this book before I had to stop /=

Part of my problem with Hover is that it came practically no background information. Like I said, it had been about a year since I’d read Gravity, and I needed just a little boost of information in Hover to get my brain back on track. There wasn’t very much of that, and it was almost impossible for me to know what was going on. I started to catch up a little, but I had a hard time remembering who anyone was or anything that happened in the first book.

I need to point out to everyone that I had a very choppy ARC of Hover. words were misspelled or over lapped each other. Some words were left out completely. So that might have contributed to the fact that I just could not get into this book. Not only that, though, but I could not find any connection with any character. I remember loving the characters in Gravity, and I tried so hard to connect with them in this book, but I couldn’t do it. I was just not feeling anything for this story.

I’m not going to rate this book, because I don’t think that’s very fair. I didn’t like what I read of it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good book. I didn’t even finish it, so how the heck do I know? I do know that Gravity was amazing. And maybe if I had read it right before Hover, it would have made more sense. But I didn’t, and I didn’t much care for it. I hope that everyone researches this book and gives it a fair shot. Who knows…maybe you’ll end up loving it!


Pages: 250

Publication Date: August 13th 2013

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Rating: N/A due to DNF


Author Interview with Jennifer L. Armentrout
Author Interviews
July 12, 2013 posted by Nichole

Author Interview with Jennifer L. Armentrout


4476934# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don’t Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


Fans of the Lux series are dying to get their hands on the newest book, ORIGIN. What can we expect from it?
Origin is a game changer in the series. There will be several things that I don’t think the readers will see coming. There are new
characters and old ones that you’ll be saying goodbye to.

I have to ask. Why aliens?
I don’t think aliens are as over exposed as some other creatures and you really have no limits or preconceived notions of what an alien is.
So you get to really create something unique.

 Both the Lux and Covenant series are going to be wrapping up soon. Do you have another YA series lined up?
Yikes. Wrapping up a series is so scary and I do have two them ending soon. I do have another YA series sitting in the wings, plus a few
standalone novels like Don’t Look Back which releases from Disney/Hyperion in Spring of 2014.

 In the Lux series, Katy is a book blogger. You included everything from her writing Waiting on Wednesday posts to freaking out when new books arrived in her mailbox. How fun was it to do that and what encouraged you to include that?
It was a lot of fun doing it. I have a very close relationship with several book bloggers so I was able to pick up on a lot of what they
do and how they feel. And I have book bloggers to thank for any success that I have had, so that was encouragement enough to recognize
them by creating a character like them.

 To put it nicely, Daemon was known as a bit of a sarcastic jerk. Was there any difficulty in creating his character? I’m assuming there’s a bit of difficulty in writing about the opposite gender, but if there was, I didn’t notice. 
Actually, writing the male character comes easier to me than it does with the female character and I had a lot of fun writing Daemon, because he is such a jerk and says what most people are thinking. The hardest part is walking that fine line between redeemable jerk behavior and not so redeemable.

 Did you have any inspiration for any of your characters or is it all just from brainstorming?13644052
Just brainstorming.

You have another book coming out called OBSESSION. We know that it takes place in the same world as Daemon and Katy, but it is an adult novel. Are we going to see any familiar characters in it?
Yes you will!

 Opal ended with a bit of a surprising twist that upset almost everyone. Please tell us that this is going to be fixed very soon in the next book?
You’ll just have to read Origin to find out. =D

Has there been any talk about turning any of your books into television series or movies?

Yes. There has been interest, but it is up to the people who make shows and movies to want to do so, but there has been interest.

When you actually get some downtime to read, what are you planning to read next?
Down time? What is that? I can’t wait to read the new Black Dagger Brotherhood book coming out soon.

In the After – Demitria Lunetta
Book Reviews
June 20, 2013 posted by Nichole

In the After – Demitria Lunetta

12157407They hear the most silent of footsteps.
They are faster than anything you’ve ever seen.
And They won’t stop chasing you…until you are dead.

Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy’s house, the girls do everything they can to survive—and avoid Them at all costs.

After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she’ll lose Baby—and much more.

Rebellious, courageous, and tender, this unforgettable duo will have you on the edge of your seat as you tear through the pulse-pounding narrow escapes and horrifying twists of fate in this thrilling debut from author Demitria Lunetta.


You know when you see a book cover and you just know that you have to read it? And not only that, but when everyone is talking about how good it is. Everyone is saying “This book is the next big thing! You have GOT to read it! You’ll LOVE it!” And then, of course, you end up not liking it? I’m sure we’ve all had that feeling. Well,  that was what happened to me with In The After by Demitria Lunetta.

I received an arc of In the After from Harper Teen, and I was so so so so SO excited to read it. The girls over at Epic Reads kept talking about how much they loved this book, and I just had to read it. The cover is gorgeous. The synopsis is great! Everything pointed to the fact that I should have loved this book. But from the very first chapter, I couldn’t get into it. The story is about a girl named Amy who is a survivor of an alien invasion. She believes both her mother and father to be dead. She’s living in her house with a little girl she calls Baby, who she found on one of her raids to the grocery store. Together, they live in relative safety due to the electric fence that her mom built around the house, but they still have to be very quite because noise draws the aliens closer. Later on, the story switches to Amy and Baby’s time with other survivors and their encounters there.

I got about halfway into this book before I had to switch into skimming mode. I tried so hard to like this book, but I just found it to be so boring. The writing itself was great, and I can see why other people love this book, but it was just not for me. First, I hated how Amy and Baby had to live in silence. I am not a person who can read about a bunch of descriptions. I NEED to have my characters talk. That didn’t happen. Amy and Baby learned sign language, but they created their own form of sign language based off of real sign language. I love sign language. I’m not fluent at it, but I can get by if I needed to rely on it. It super bugged me that the language was chopped up in this book. I know that that’s probably a silly thing to let bug me, but I couldn’t handle it.

Secondly, In the After is truly a sci fi book. At least…as sci fi as you can get for a YA book. It was just depressing. I mean….it honestly just brought me down. Nothing seemed to be going well for anyone in this book, and all I could think was….”what if?” What if this horrible alien invasion was really to happen? No, thank you! It was very difficult to read about something that scared the crap out of me.

Like I said before, I skimmed half of this book. I didn’t put it down…I tried to read as much as I could…but it was just too much for me to read every page. Huge sci fi and dystopian fans will adore this book. Unfortunately, though, it just was not for me.

Pages: 400

Publication Date: June 25th, 2013

Publisher: Harper Teen

Rating: : ★★☆☆☆



Obsession (Arum #1) – Jennifer L. Armentrout
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June 15, 2013 posted by Nichole

Obsession (Arum #1) – Jennifer L. Armentrout

14060046He’s arrogant, domineering, and… To. Die. For.

Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy.

Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something… unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s murder at the hands of what can only be an alien, thrusting her into a world that will kill to protect their secret.

Hunter stirs Serena’s temper and her lust despite their differences. Soon he’s doing the unthinkable—breaking the rules he’s lived by, going against the government to keep Serena safe. But are the aliens and the government the biggest threats to Serena’s life… or is it Hunter?


Three words summed up my feelings toward Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout: “Oh. My. Goodness.”  It was hot, sizzling, and full of one gorgeous, gorgeooouuus man. Obsession is an adult spin off of Armentrout’s Lux series. I had no idea that this book was coming out…let alone that it was already out. Yeah…it’s pretty much a no brainer that I devoured this book in like less than 24 hours.

The number one highlight of this book was Hunter. Oh my gosh..Hunter was absolute perfection. Yes, he was a complete and utter asshole, but he was hunky, snarky, dominant, a natural born killer who didn’t think that he was capable of any human emotions. It was amazing watching those emotions slowly leak out toward Serena. I did think that their “relationship” came on a little too fast. It was cute and hesitant toward the beginning, and then BAM! It was like they’d been together for years. A bit too fast for my liking, but I still loved the book.

Serena was a strong female lead, but I never fell head over heels in love with her. There’s something about Armentrout’s female characters that put me off a bit. Katy, in the Lux series, drives me absolutely bonkers. I can stand her, and I even like her in some situations, but I never fell in love with her. It was pretty much the same thing with Serena. Armentrout’s male and supporting characters, as well as her writing, tend to make me forget all about that. I don’t know how she does it. In normal situations, if I don’t like one of the lead characters, then I’m probably going to hate the book. Somehow that doesn’t work the same way with Armentrout’s books.

The plot of Obsession was really catchy. In Armentrout’s YA series, we learned about the Luxen. Now, we’re learning about the Arum. It was pretty interesting to see how both species view each other and to know that the Arum aren’t completely horrible like we’re led to believe in the Lux series. I didn’t know how I would respond to Hunter, since the Arum are really bad creatures in the Lux series, but I loved the danger, the suspense, and the overall hotness of the book.

Fans of the Lux series will be wayyy excited to read this book since there are appearances from a couple of characters from the Lux series. Remember Luc? The creepy teenager guy in the club? Well, he’s in it. Daemon is also in this book, but only for a brief glimpse. It was really cool getting to see more of Luc, but I’m getting a bit annoyed that I don’t know too much about him, yet. Is more of him going to be leaked out in future books? Is he going to get his own book? These are things I eventually want to know.

Obsession is a tad bit dirty….to the point that I went on Goodreads to see if it was categorized under erotica. It’s not. It’s actually subcategorized under New Adult, which makes nooo sense. I’m not kidding, once you get about halfway through the book there’s like a sex scene every five pages or so. I almost hate myself for saying it, but that took away from the book…a lot. That’s actually one of the reasons I docked it down to a 4 instead of a 5. I wanted more plot and less romance. As I said before, the romance also moved very quickly. I wanted to see Hunter and Serena’s relationship grow over time. While I still loved the book, it was a bit much at times.

Obsession was such a steamy read. I fell head over heels in love with Hunter, and you can bet yourself that I’m going to be reading the next one. This is a great book for someone who enjoys paranormal romances. It’s only available as an eBook, but I got it on Barnes and Nobles for only $2.99. Definitely give this one a shot!


Pages: 370

Publication Date: May 31st, 2013

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Covet)

Rating: : ★★★½☆


Teaser Quote: “Are you done acting like a psychotic, cracked-out Muppet baby?” he asked, and I could tell by the way his fingers spasmed around my wrists, he really wanted to shake me.
“Or do you need a couple more moments to return to sanity? I have all day. And you actually feel kind of good under me, so take your time.”

Rush (The Game #1) – Eve Silver
Book Reviews
June 10, 2013 posted by Nichole

Rush (The Game #1) – Eve Silver

13571953So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?

When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.


I’ll be honest, the summary of Rush made me a bit nervous. How on earth was an author going to create a book about a girl in a video game world killing aliens? It sounds ridiculous. Fortunately, I actually really enjoyed it. It was fresh, fun and new. Yes, there were a few downfalls for me, but overall the ups made up for the downs.

My absolute favorite part of Rush was Jackson Tate. I found myself speed reading to find scenes with him. He. Was. AMAZING! It’s not easy to find a male character to fall head over heels in love with, but Jackson Tate is going to be a big hit with girls all across the globe. Ladies, if for no other reason, you MUST read this book for Jackson Tate!

The concept of the “video game” actually ended up being pretty cool. First of all, it never really felt to me that they were in a video game. For a large part of the book they are in reality, and then they get “pulled” to this alternate universe to kill Drau. So, it’s just like these really awesome action scenes that had me on the edge of my seat. The only downfalls with it were that there weren’t enough of those scenes for me. Also, it drove me nuts that I didn’t know how to pronounce Drau. I hate it when I don’t know how something is pronounced, because I spend the whole saying it different ways in my head. Not a big issue, but it did bug me a bit.

There were a couple downfalls to Rush, but nothing that really made me say WTF? It’s very, very, very, VERY insta lovey. Miki and Jackson hit it off like that and before you know it it’s the “I love you” and “I love you moooooooore!” I loved Jackson, so I couldn’t get too annoyed, but cmon! I need the pressure and the hesitation! I need my romances to develop over a very lengthy period of time.

Another thing that drove me absolutely bonkers was the fact that everything got answered at the very end of the book. It starts out with Miki dying and going into this alternate universe, and she knows absolutely nothing. Of course Jackson is an a-hole and doesn’t tell her anything. He just leaves her in suspense (as well as us!) and throws out tidbits of information here and there. In the very last few chapters of the book is when the information starts to come out. By that time, I was agitated. Just give me the information. Or at least don’t make me wait until the end of the book.

Finally, the book was very predictable. There were a few things that happened that I didn’t necessarily suspect to happen, but it was a very predictable plot. This isn’t a bad thing! Some things predictable is nice! In this case, though, I wanted more than the average cliché. I wanted suspense, unpredictability, and a plot that would leave me DYING for the next book. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to read the next book, and I’m very upset that I probably have to wait like a year for it, but nothing happened at the end of the book that I didn’t see coming.

Overall, this was a fun summer read. It was something that I haven’t read about before, and that’s what makes this book special. This book is not for everyone, but I would recommend that everyone give it a shot. This book released tomorrow, so make sure you get your copies!


Pages: 352

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publication Date: June 11th, 2013

Rating: : ★★★½☆

The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey
Book Reviews
April 22, 2013 posted by Nichole

The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey

16101128The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.


I don’t believe in the end of the world or the zombie apocalypse. It’s all gibberish to me. And, no, I don’t really believe in aliens either. But there was something rather spooky reading about aliens invading the world and killing off 95% of the population. I guess it’s because life really could exist in outer space. We’re not going to die and turn in to zombies, but there could always be another life force out there wanting to eliminate all of us. It was a really spooky, yet addicting concept. Not only was the plot of The 5th Wave addicting, but the writing was fantastic. Every single time that I opened up the book, I was instantly glued to the pages, and I only came up for air once every few hours. I devoured this thing. It was absolute torture trying to tear myself away from it.

Some people are going to have some problems with The 5th Wave, because the synopsis leads you to believe that there is only one point of view. It’s really confusing at first, because it seems like there are like 6 or 7 points of view, but there are actually only four POVS. So, it’s a little confusing in the beginning. I spent a lot of time wondering who was who and how they tied into the book, but they do. You’re going to have a lot of questions during the first half of the book, but everything gets answered by the end of the book, and all the characters make sense by then.

What really made this book was that there were no unlikeable characters. Sure, there were the evil characters who you’re supposed to not like, but all of the main characters were super well done. I especially loved Cassie’s character. I found her so strong and brave. Cassie was definitely the type of female character that I love to read about. I loved reading about the two main guys, as well, though I had a slight problem reading about the 4th MC, Cassie’s five-year-old brother. I loved Sammy, but one of the parts of the book is in his POV, and it was a little awkward reading about a five-year-old POV. Other than that, I loved everyone.

The 5th Wave is not a romance book, but there is some romance in it. It’s not a dominate aspect of the book, because that’s not really what the book is about, but it does exist. Evan and Cassie have this sweet, hesitant, kinda weird quality to their relationship. They’re not a couple…it’s really hard to explain what they are, but I loved them. And I loved them more by the end of the book. Ben and Ringer are another relationship that sort of starts to bloom, but I’m expecting that we’re going to see a lot more of that couple in the second book. So, there is some romance, but in a way it’s almost nonexistent. It just depends on how you look at it while you’re reading the book.

This book was off the charts amazing. I loved it. It was fresh. It was catchy. It was all around brilliant, and major kudos to Rick Yancey for creating a read so wonderful, gritty and captivating. The 5th Wave is full of action, grief and loss, and love and loyalty that will burn you to the core. This book really details what family is all about, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second one. I would recommend that everyone go and get this book as soon as it comes out.


Download a free preview and learn more about The 5th Wave here.

Pages: 480

Publication Date: May 7th, 2013

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Rating: : ★★★★★


Teaser Quote: “My head falls back against the rough bark of the tree. The bare branches overhead are hard-edged against the bright blue sky. I suck in a lungful of air, and it comes back out as a laugh. “Well, this is a tragic love story, isn’t it? Alien invader falls for human girl. The hunter for his prey.”