Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer L.Armentrout Review.

SYNOPSIS: Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

Review:

Well… That happened. I maybe in another reading slump. You would think that I would learn by now that Jennifer L. Armentrout = Reading Slumps. Her books are addicting and I don’t know if I will enjoy any other book characters because I currently just want to read about Layla and Roth. I don’t care what it is about, I just want to read about their daily life. What cereal do they eat? What does Roth do when Layla is at school? Do they do normal couple things like go to the movies? I know sound weird. We are moving on to the book.

“With every breath I take, I will always love you.”

I am actually really happy with the ending of the book. However, there are parts that I really want to change. When the witches took Bambi, my heart broke, and they did not even get her back. It was so upsettingt. Also, the whole Stacey and Zayne at the end came out of nowhere. I really wanted Zayne and Danika to end up together. I think that is all for my complaints. Actually I want to know who or what Morris.

“You make me wish I had a soul so I could be worthy of you.”

What I really enjoyed about this book was how fast paced it was. Like the every Jennifer L. Armentrout book I was flying through it. The writing was fun and easy to read and the characters never fail to make me laugh. I did feel like some parts were rushed like when Layla stabbed the Lilin. I felt like it needed something more.  Also, when the seer told them that Layla can’t be separated from the lilin they thought looking a few books in Abbott’s library would give them an answer. I feel like they should have went to the Boss or Grim. I highly doubt that the answer maybe in a book in the Warden’s compound. That would have been way to convenient. But the answer was not there so I guess it is fine.

“You are so beautiful, Layla. And if I could pick one thing I could stare at for the rest of eternity, it would be you.”

Speaking of Abbott, I was kind of shocked when he died. Like this hard core bad A warden dies and I was so confused on how he died. I thought it was impossible to kill a warden when they are in their Warden form. Unless he was in his human form, which seems dumb since they are fighting the evil spirit things. Like come on man you are clan leader, you should know better. I guess it was supposed to be a redemption thing but I feel like it could have been done differently. You know who else died, Elijah. I was actually OK with his death. I mean how ironic that the person you’ve been trying to kill since they were a baby was the cause of your demise. Technically the lilin killed him but details.

“No one is destined for anything. We control our own fates.”

I feel like this review is all over the place but oh well. I think I already said this but I am happy with the ending. So, after Layla stabs the lilin she is in this in between place and the Lilith is there. They started talking about how Layla was not how Lilith expected her to be. Then Layla said that is because you don’t know what love is. Then the lilith finally said that she knew the purest love when she held Layla in her arms a few minutes after she was born. Then Layla wakes up in the tree house by the Wardens compound. Only Layla would be funny when she came  back to life like when Nicholia said “you are alive” and Layla was like “Oh… that is good” I thought it was hilarious. Then we find out that she has been dead for six days and she was like it was only last night. Note: it was 2 a.m. when I read this so everything was funny. When Roth and Layla reunited I cried because Roth this bad A demon the prince of hell cried.

“You’ve accepted who and what I am from the beginning. You’ve never tried to change me or…or hide me. You’ve always trusted me, even when you probably shouldn’t have.”

Ok one more thing. The encounter between Layla and the Boss is my favorite thing ever. Especially when Layla threatened the Boss. OMG and the Boss and Morris were playing chess. Morris the guy who never said a single world the whole series. Know I really want to know who or what Morris is.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

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

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

Review:

I read this book in the span of 3 days!Usually I am not a fan of 2nd books in a series but let me tell you Stone Cold Touch did not let me down. The book was as good if not better than the first one. The characters are amazing I absolutely love Layla and Roth, I could read about them all day, no joke.  To be honest my heart broke when Roth came back and told Layla that she only eased his boredom and nothing else, like I almost cried. I kind of figured there was a reason why and I was right when he told her that Abbot threatened her life if he pursued a relationship with her. It still broke my heart.

Speaking of Abbot, I do not like him… like at all. To be fair I never liked him but now I have a reason. I knew he was going to use the Bloodroot on Layla since the first mentioning of it, I mean come on it was so obvious. Then at the end when she took part of Zayne’s soul and then he ordered her to be killed. Like dude come on, she only took a tiny bite out of his soul no need to be so dramatic. Also he keeps bringing up how he saved her life from Elijah, who wanted her dead and also is her father. Congrats dude…

We got a lot of Layla and Zayne scenes and I like Zayne, but I like them as friends and nothing more than that. I know I just said I liked Zayne but I hate, I think I said this in my last review, that he does not recognize that Layla struggles with her ability to take souls and I think it is unfair that he kind of pushed it by getting closer to her when she said no. (Does that make sense???) I don’t know he kind of brought the ending onto himself.  Also, was I the only one who thought that Bambi was affecting Layla’s abilities and that was why she was able to kiss Zayne? I absolutely love Bambi, I am not a fan of snakes or tattoos but man if I could get a Bambi I would. 

I was really happy that Jennifer L. Armentrout did not end with Layla dying or Zayne dying. or anyone dying. I do not think I would survive the cliffhanger. However that whole Sam being the Lilin!!!!! I would have died. Thank goodness all the books are published so I would not have to spend a whole year freaking out. I did not see that coming. Actually I did, I mean I knew something was up and I assumed that he may have been infected or something. 

“I love you Layla. Do you hear me? I’ve loved you since the first moment I heard your voice and I will continue to love you. No matter what. I love you.”

Ummm….. I didn’t talk about Roth. Update he is still hot.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

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White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L.Armentrout Review.

Synopsis:

One kiss could be the last

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Review:

White Hot Kiss is like every other awesome JLA book. It’s fun, action-packed, and steamy. It’s about a girl who is half demon, half gargoyle. Yup, another story about a protagonist from two worlds that hate each other and who doesn’t really fit into either of them. It features forbidden romance… and a love triangle. I’m totally all for the amazing forbidden romance. Not so much the triangle, although it’s pretty muted in book 1. Book 2 I’ve heard is where JLA tries to get us to switch ships, and I am so not okay with that.

“True love meant sharing odd food cravings. I so believed that.”

Said protagonist is a girl named Layla. Our world has wardens (gargoyles) and demons wandering around, and Layla has the ability to sense and see demons — which she “tags” for the wardens to kill off later. She was raised by a warden family, and thus shuns and hates her demon side. However, enter Roth, an insanely hot demon. Against all odds he and Layla become friends, and after a few freaky events, he reveals to her that something extremely dark and dangerous in the demon/warden world is happening that concerns her.

“Your life isn’t about all you can’t do. It’s about what you can do.”

I’ll say it right now: Layla better end up with Roth! Roth Roth Roth Roth. I’m reeeeeeally not looking forward to the attempt in book 2 to get you to root for Zayne instead — Zayne is Layla’s adoptive warden brother. Zayne was nice and all, but so absolutely boring and bland. Roth might be a demon, but he’s not all bad, and he’s more than just about creating mischief and trouble and doing bad things. I loved Layla and Roth’s chemistry. Layla’s innocence and Roth’s bad boy side worked really well together, although Layla was far from being a sheltered little miss perfect. Girl can kick butt, girl can suck souls. Yeah, that’s something she inherited from her demon side: the ability to suck souls from humans and wardens (because demons are soulless).

“I lost myself the moment I found you.”

Like always, JLA writes mean cliffhangers and terrific twists that come out of left field, but that totally work and make sense. My poor heart can’t handle her insane plots, and White Hot Kiss ends on a real meanie. JLA also writes amazing kissy scenes. *Fans self.* I’m not really a romance reader, but I do like sexy times when there’s real plot going on, too. JLA balances all aspects really well in all her books, this one included.

“You undo me. You have no idea how much you undo me.”

To wrap this review up… if you’re a fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout, definitely pick this book up. While there is a love triangle, it’s not very pronounced in this first book. And the forbidden romance is totally awesome. There’s plot, there’s action, and there are some really dark moments to be found. This is definitely for more mature YA readers, a slight step up from Jennifer’s Lux and Covenant series, I’d say, at least in comparison to those series’ first few books. I will read anything JLA writes, YA or NA (she writes NA under J. Lynn). Her books are fast-paced and addicting. On many occasion I have stayed up until the wee hours of the morning reading her novels. White Hot Kiss was one that had me absolutely glued to it. ♦

My rating: 5/5 stars.

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A Court of Mist and Fury ( ACOTAR #2) by Sarah J.Maas Review.

“Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.”

Review:

I don’t even think I properly know how to express how incredible this book was. How much I loved it. How beautiful it was. How it broke my heart. How it turned around and proceeded to rebuild that broken heart. How it is a book I will never forget. I’m speechless and in awe. Every bit of hype that surrounds these books is well earned. It’s been a long time since I’ve loved a book this much!

“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal. I was a survivor, and I was strong. I would not be weak, or helpless again. I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”

Sarah J. Maas has built this intricate world that is both horrifying like a nightmare and beautiful like the perfect dream. She built onto that world so much in A Court of Mist and Fury. You get to see and learn about other courts and you get to meet amazing new characters that you will fall in love with. I loved how she went so in-depth with the history of Prythian and how much light she brought on other character’s pasts. When a story is that well rounded it always manages to pull me in even more because I get easily enchanted by learning about the history of a fictional world. And her writing. Her writing was as equally as enthralling in this if not more. It had me feeling everything that the characters were going through. It took me on a journey to another world with descriptions that were positively breathtaking. This author knows how to write a good book.

Can I give her an A+ for character development? Because this book might actually be the standard I hold all other books to character development wise from now on.

“No one was my master – but I might be master of everything, if I wished. If I dared.”

Feyre grew so much in this book.In A Court of Thorns and Roses we met this fiery, stubborn, caring, strong, willing to do anything for someone she loves character. In A Court of Mist and Fury said character has definitely been affected by the events of the first book. To put it simply; everything broke her and she doesn’t know how to begin rebuilding herself in way to where she can somehow learn to live with what she had to do. However, over the course of this book she grows, she learns, and what comes out of that is a character that is still affected by what happened but who is able to find strength in her weaknesses. A character who is her own person and a survivor. I was so proud of her.

“I love my people, and my family. Do not think I wouldn’t become a monster to keep them protected.”

Rhysand, oh how you managed to weasel your way into my heart. I really felt like everything from the first book involving him came full circle. When we first met him in A Court of Thorns and Roses I will admit I didn’t like him. He was arrogant, cruel, and seemingly entitled. He’s definitely still arrogant, but that’s just who he is. However, you learn just how much of a mask he’s been putting on. He has literally sacrificed everything just to protect his people and his family. You learn how big his heart is and how much he cares. Like Feyre, everything that he’s been through has affected him deeply. Just hearing about it broke my heart. He’s such a strong character, literally, but all I wanted to do was wrap him up in a little box of protection. I’m telling you he better get his happy ending or I will be very mad.

“He’s giving you as much free rein as he can.”

Tamlin kind of regressed. Like Feyre, what happened to all of them greatly affected him. Instead of persevering and trying to push past it all though he let it consume him. His intentions were meant to be good, I know, but he let his fear and need to control warp everything. I disliked him. I disliked what he let his fear do to him and what he let his fear do to Feyre. I disliked how he let himself be influenced and how he ignored everything that was wrong with Feyre. It wasn’t until some things about the past were revealed and then the end when I really hated him though. I will stop there because spoilers.

“Tamlin is my High Lord. He gives an order, I follow it.”

Lucien We don’t see a lot of him in this, sadly. I honestly think his only fault thus far is the fact that he is completely and utterly loyal. He has a no questions asked kind of loyalty that can sometimes harm more than help. I really do hope he gets his happy ending too.

“It felt like a family – the one I’d never quite had, had never dared really hope for.”

Rhysand’s ‘Inner Circle’ (more like family); Mor, Cassian, Azriel, and Amren. I loved them. All four of these incredibly well developed characters have such gut wrenching pasts that ultimately brought all of them together. They embody what a family should be like. That unflinching loyalty, love, and support, yes, but also that teasing, easiness, and comfort. I was in awe over the dynamic these four brought to the table. How well they balanced and fit with each other. You will love them.

“You sent that music into my cell. Why?”

“Because you were breaking. And I couldn’t find another way to save you.”

Ah, the romance. It’s definitely not the ultimate focus in these books but it is there. Going into this I was thinking love triangle but noThere is no love triangle. It’s such a slow building romance that starts as just two people who come to care for each other and become friends. It turns into something so incredibly beautiful that it will take your breath away. The support, respect, and loyalty between these two is amazing. They made me absolutely giddy. They fit with each other like two sides of the same coin. Plus there’s a little secret but spoilers… There’s also some definite possibilities for romances in the secondary characters that are as equally as beautiful. I’m looking forward to seeing how they build in the next book.

Something to think about; It’s ironic when you think about how in A Court of Thorns and Roses Tamlin had on a physical mask that hid most of his face versus how Rhysand had more of a mental/emotional mask that couldn’t be seen. Yet the second both masks came off you learn who they really are. I’m not sure if I’m making any sense, but I found it interesting to think about.

“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”

“To the stars who listen – and the dreams that are answered.”

A Court of Mist and Fury is a story of change, of strength, of weakness, of family and friendship, of sacrifice, of life and love, of betrayal, and of loyalty. It’s gripping, suspenseful, swoon worthy, and it will have you drowning in every emotion possible to the point that you won’t want to stop reading even after you turn the last page. You’ll instantly want the next book.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

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A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness Review.

A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.

Review:

This is a rich and textured tale of two people who should be enemies falling in love.  Against a backdrop of centuries of antagonism and hatred we are taken on an epic journey with Diana and Matthew. I absolutely love these two characters – Diana is intelligent, brave and fearless and having spent her life not using her magic she is unaware of just how powerful she is. Matthew is over a thousand years old, has been there, done that and got the T-shirt, but he has never met anybody quite like Diana. He is the ultimate swoon-worthy character, tall, beautiful and aloof and reader, I adore him. He is old-fashioned at times and used to getting his own way but Diana isn’t a damsel in distress and is more than a match for Matthew Clairmont.

I love reading books where I learn something and I learned so much reading A Discovery of Witches; alchemy, history, theology, philosophy, science, art – they are all covered in an accessible and readable way. What’s more, I never felt like I was being taught anything with these things being part of the story and seamlessly woven into the narrative. Deborah Harkness has built a brilliant and stunning world in this book, one where witches, daemons and vampires move amongst us. She cleverly references historical events and uses vampires as key players in their progress and resolution making us believe that vampires really do walk amongst us.

This is far more than a love story, it deals with complex themes and examines such things as family, grief and loyalty. There is also peril – Diana and Matthew’s relationship breaches the covenant put in place by the congregation, an authority of three witches, vampires and daemons who ensure the rules are adhered to. Not only are they breaking the rule which states that two different creatures should not have a relationship, but Diana is seen as the key to uncovering what is within the pages of the manuscript and she is in grave danger.

A Discovery of Witches is a well-plotted and multi-layered novel filled with brilliant characters and a great plot. At just over 600 pages it isn’t a short read but it is one that you can fully immerse yourself in. 

My rating: 4.5/5 stars.

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All of my Quarantine Recommentations.

BOOKS

Everything by Jennifer L.Armentrout but mostly the LUX series

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J.Maas

I just started reading this book and I can’t recommented enough. It’s phenomenal and that is coming from someone who didn’t like the first book in this series.

FILMS

Hamilton – Disney+

I’m so tankful that it was decided to create this movies for those who can’t go and see the performance live (like me). I have watched this movie 10 times already, since the day it was released.

Chemical Heart – Lili Reinhart and Austin Abrams

This movie is phenomenal. I originally watched to support Lili, my idol but it totally suprised me in the best way. The plot was amazing and the acting was incredible. I’m so happy that Lili is expending her talents to something other than Riverdale ( not that she isn’t amazing there too).

Work It – Netflix movie – Sabrina Carpenter and Jordan Fisher

This movie was great and fun to watch. Sabrina and Jordan are amazing. I am really looking forwoard to see them partner up again.

TV SHOWS

True Blood – HBO – 2008-2014

I started this show for the first time on quarantine, I’m currently on season 4 but I’m enjoying it.If you don’t overthink it and just watch, it’s kinda fun.

The Legend of Korra – Nickelodeon/Netflix – Anime/Cartoon

This show was recently released on netflix so I decided to watch it because Avatar The Last Airbenders in one of my all time favorite shows. I love learning more about what happended after the events of the ATLA.

9-1-1 – FOX – USA

I also started this show in quarantine because I kept hearing about how awesome it is and I have to say after catching up to the current episodes, I have to say I’m not dissapointed. It’s incredible.

The 100 – CW – USA

This show is one of my favorites and currenty it’s airing it’s final episodes FOREVER. It’s a post-apocalyptic story which also exists in a books series.

MUSIC

Hamilton Broadway Album

Work It Soundtrack

After We Collided Spotify Playlist

The Burning Shadow (Origin #2) by Jennifer L.Armentrout Review.

When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux—only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is—and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the world of the Lux with this steamy, shocking second installment of the Origin series that will leave readers reeling. 

REVIEW:

Oh, my my! I don’t know how I’m going to wait until October for the final book to come out and know how everything it’s going to end after the ending of this book, because I don’t think I’ll be able to function. That was such a great sequel that kept me at the edge of my seat the entire time, and I think I enjoyed it even more than the first installment.

First of all, I’m so loving the direction the story is taking. Whereas in the first installment the tone was quite light and focused on the romance with quite a few action packed scenes, in The Burning Shadow the atmosphere was much darker, and there were more action packed and fast paced scenes that were keeping me at the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen, along with a few plot twists that made the story flow and the reader to be interested in the plot.

I think, though the romance took an important part in this installment, that it just wasn’t only that and it was more focused on the plot and the revelations, or that was the vibe I got while I was reading it. The very beginning was quite uneventful and not much was really happening besides some relationship drama, but as the story kept going the plot became more intricate and things started to be more intriguing, and I think that was the main reason why I felt it wasn’t as heavily romantic and fluffy as it was in the first installment.

“There are people out there who are so controlled by their hate and their fear that they will not think twice before harming someone in the name of whatever they believe in. Even people you thought you knew.”

I was so happy to see these characters again. They made quite a lasting impression on me while reading The Darkest Star, so seeing them again made my heart really warm. I have to say I found a few similarities between this sequel and some of the things that happened in the Lux series (especially when it came to the characters and their backstories and romantic relationships), but I still really enjoyed their arcs and interactions a lot.

Luc was one of my favorite characters in the Lux series, and I think that we got to see more about him and his personality in The Burning Shadow, along with his relationship with Evie, and seeing them evolved as the story went by. I also really enjoyed the dynamics between them and the conversations they had in this installment even more than in The Darkest Star, which was a bit surprising for me because second books in a series tend to be the weakest.

Also, I was pretty shocked after finishing the book, because it ended in a cliffhanger and in a high note that I needed to know what was going to happen. Of course, there were a few revelations that I guess I was expecting and didn’t shock me as much, but there were others that left me gasping for air.

“The faces in the photos were blurs to me as I blinked rapidly to clear my vision. The images of their shadows on the pavement hit me hard. That was how I felt. I was the shadow and not the person.”

Overall, this was such a stunning and incredible sequel. We got answers to some of the questions that were in the first book, but still there were some revelations that started other questions and left me wanting for more, and I cannot wait for the third book to come out and finally know how everything’s going to end, because honestly, Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books are just like candy.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

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The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L.Armentrout Review.

When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen…but he is in fact something much more powerful.

Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head…

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the universe of the Lux in this brand new series, featuring beloved characters both new and old.

Review:

I honestly could not stop reading this book. I have never read anything from Armentrout before but I may have to check out some of her other books after this. I know this isn’t the first book she has done in the world of Luxen and I was slightly concerned I wouldn’t understand parts of this book, but Armentrout writes it so you can understand everything without having prior knowledge on the series. She also avoids info-dumping. As you learn things as our MC Evie does it means everything comes in steady waves rather than all at once. The world is also steadily built up where it’s easy to see but not overdone. Armentrout writes the book and manages to bring new readers into the world whilst ensuring returning reader won’t get bored or reread the same thing.

The characters were very well introduced and all complemented and worked well together. I wasn’t sure about Evie at first, but I really started liking her as the book progressed and she felt very relatable. Her relationship and banter with Luc is amazing! It was very obvious to me what their relationship is going to become but they have great chemistry and their banter is hilarious which makes the obviousness matter less to me.
In addition, there are a lot of great, diverse supporting characters. I loved Evie and Heidi’s friendship. Grayson, Zoe, and Daemon are fun side characters. Overall it’s a great cast.

The progression and development of this story is amazing. Throughout the story there were little hints here and there about some changes in Evie like her liking Coke and wanting to watch horror movies. There were even small changes in the way she acted. At the time I didn’t think anything of it, but once the big secret was revealed, it all made sense.

“Nothing is impossible…when you’re me.”

Not many things shock me, but when it was revealed that Evie was Nadia, I’ll admit that I was shook. For those who don’t know Nadia was talked about in the original Lux Series. She was Luc’s girlfriend who had a deathly disease. In this world, the Luxen’s DNA has the ability to save human from certain diseases, and everything that Nadia was given didn’t help. Until he was given a deal by Jason Dasher to save her. The cure that Dasher gave Nadia made her forget all about her past life and Dasher’s wife had taken care of Nadia as Evie for the past four years. I just can’t get over that for four years Evie’s adoptive mom had been weaving this intricate lie and making her believe that she was someone else.

But it also makes sense that Evie is Nadia because in the original series, Luc’s main goal is to find a cure to save Nadia. Throughout the story it’s obvious that Luc is interested in Evie, but I wasn’t sure if he was going to anything about it because he was in love with his childhood friend Nadia. There were times in the book when Luc and Evie would get close and I was thinking how in the world is this going to work if Luc is still in love with Evie. But let’s get something straight, Luc realizes that Evie doesn’t act like Nadia and is basically a completely different person, and he accepts them as two different people.

Also, after finding out Zoe and Evie were friends before Evie was Evie was also mind blowing. I’m not sure why it surprised that there were people who knew her from her past life. Even though Zoe didn’t have any relatives, she chose to stay with Evie and had to make a new friendship even though there was the possibility that it might not work.

This book delves into the Origins more so than the other ones. One of the things that really took me by surprised is that the way they age. Because they were created in a government lab to make the perfect fighters, the scientist gave each newborn group a different serum to help with grow and development. Some worked, and some didn’t. I honestly wasn’t sure how the Origins would grow considering they are part Luxen and part mutated human. Luc was given one of the best batches created because he had seemed to like a regular Luxen, the other Origin (the guy that showed up in the high school parking lot) had aged about a decade in a span of four years.

Oh, and let’s not forget that Evie’s adopted mother is a Luxen, yes, a Luxen! That secret was almost as big as Evie being Nadia. To me, that was a huge shocker because Evelyn was a Luxen because I was getting major vibes that she wasn’t fond of them, but hey apparently everyone has secrets.

“What do you want?” he asked, his gaze holding mine.

“You,” I whispered, cheeks burning.

“You have me.” His thumb dragged along my lower lip. “You’ve always had me. Always.”

My rating: 5/5 stars.

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Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L.Armentrout Review.

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Synopsis:

Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came. She can’t believe Daemon stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

Review:

Now THAT is how you finish a series! Opposition was fast-paced, completely addicting, had me on the edge of my seat and the twists knocked the breath out of me. Some of those twists broke me and the tears refused to stop spilling down my face. And other twists had me crying tears of joy. Katy and Daemon had so much on the line and I was terrified for what the future had in store for them. How could they ever get past the disaster that was the ending of Origin? Daemon, Katy, Dee, Archer and the rest of the crew will always have a special place in my heart, and I will always treasure their journey in the Lux Series.

Katy – I was probably one step away from going to that dark corner in the room and rocking back and forth, but I couldn’t break down, and I couldn’t sleep. Not when Daemon was out there somewhere, and not when the whole world was on the verge of…hell, turning into a dystopia, like one of those novels I used to read.

Daemon and his siblings are gone. Daedalus was correct. And yet the world is still spinning, but how? Daedalus wasn’t lying when they said they were preparing for the Luxen to descend upon Earth and wipe out mankind. Daedalus wasn’t just creating fear when they asked Katy which side Daemon and his siblings would stand by. Katy, Beth, Archer and Luc have been left behind and finally decide that first things first, they have to help Beth. There are things every woman needs while being pregnant, regardless of whether they are caring a freaky little Origin or not, so off to the store Archer and Katy go. Not everything can go as planned, and while Katy and Archer are in the store the Luxen attack. These aren’t the friendly Luxen that we have grown to know and love, they are ruthless, heartless killers that are devoid of any emotion. Katy gets caught in the crossfire and Dawson appears and blasts Katy across the room. She was attacked by someone she considered a friend. Waking up, she finds herself in the lair of the aliens that have invaded that town. And things are all wrong. Dee isn’t right and Daemon treats her like when he first met her. They are just as cold as the newly arrived Luxen. The only reason her life was spared is that her death would equal Daemon’s death. Well, and besides the fact that Daemon would lose his play toy. While Katy’s heart is breaking into a million pieces, where will they all go from here?

Katy – He lowered his head until our mouths were so close that we were the same air. It was all so unfair. From the moment he’d disappeared, all I wanted was to see him again, to touch him and to love him, and now I didn’t really know what was standing in front of me.

This is one of my favorite series. Daemon Black will always be the one that I will hold all other BBFs against. His infuriating smug sexiness and bad-ass sexy self was so swoon-worthy. And his need to take care of the ones he loved, above all else, was perfection in my eyes. And Katy turned into someone that I not only truly respected but is one of my favorite heroines. She was kick-ass, never took anyone’s crap and I loved every snarky comment that came out of her mouth! But Katy and Daemon together, OH WOW. Like I’ve said before, they are giggle-inducing, their chemistry is through the roof hot, and they still have those moments that make you sigh and melt into a puddle. When you mix that in with secondary characters that will forever have a place in your heart and a storyline that was addicting, well, that creates books that are nearly impossible to put down. This is a book and a series that I cannot recommend highly enough! You can count on it that I will treasure all of the days that I will re-read this series again and again!

Katy – The kiss…holy alien babies, the kiss was a raw combination of lust and possession. There was a taste of desperation and anger as our teeth clanged, but the hand against my cheek was so gentle, barely there, and all those emotions were in the kiss…

My Rating: 5/5 stars.

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