Fictional Boyfriends

I saw the Fictional Boyfriends Tag over on She Reads She Blogs and I thought it looked like fun. So I tagged myself. Feel free to consider yourself tagged by me if You want to join the fun.

*So I’m 30 and read a lot of YA. So let’s just pretend that these are all age appropriate*

Fangirl

1. Levi from Fangirl. He’s so sweet.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

2-5. Any of the Raven Boys. And yes, I know 2 of these would technically not really be viable options. But technically none of these are possible, so I’m ok with it.

Sacrifice (Elemental, #5)

6. Michael Merrick from The Elemental Series. My favorite Merrick brother. Protective and strong and a heart of gold.

Opposition (Lux, #5)

7. Daemon Black from the Lux series. There has to be one sarcastic, bad boy on the list and it has to be Daemon.

The Scorpio Races

8. Sean Kendrick from the Scorpio Races. A man of few words and is good with animals.

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

9. Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door. Despite his silly name, he’s the perfect, nerdy boy next door.

The Next Best Thing (Gideon's Cove, #2)

10. Ethan Mirabelli from The Next Best Thing. He cooks. He’s a good dad.

Honorable Mentions for:
Cameron Hamilton from the Wait for You series
Lincoln O’Neill from Attachments
Jase Garrett from My Life Next Door
Nikolai from The Grisha series
Warner from the Shatter Me series
Trevor Meade from Just one of the Guys

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Lux: Beginnings Cover Reveal

So we all know by now that the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout is one of my favorite YA series. It’s been optioned for a movie (still super early stages from what I understand) and now the series is being re-released on June 3, 2014. First off is Lux: Beginnings, which is the first two books, Obsidian and Onyx, plus bonus content. And the new cover is…..

Lux Beginnings cover

Lux: Beginnings (Obsidian & Onyx) official Blurb:

Obsidian

There’s an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he’s hot…until he opens his mouth. He’s infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he lights me up with a big fat bulls-eye. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Onyx

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro alien connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

Check it out online at: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble.

There is also a contest to win artwork from fans of the Lux series sent from the author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, herself.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

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

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Will you be checking out Lux: Beginnings?

Check back next week for the cover reveal of Lux: Consequences.

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things I Am Thankful For

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is: Top Ten Things I Am Thankful For (could be bookish or not — up to you).  I decided to list my Top FIVE Bookish Things I’m thankful for.

NOOK Simple Touch

1. My Nook. I love it. So many books I can get without ever leaving my house. And it fits in my purse and I can take it everywhere.

2. Library E-books. For my nook. Or on an app. Free books!

Rainbow Rowell  Attachments   Fangirl

3. Rainbow Rowell. She writes amazing books that I love.

Origin (Lux, #4)

4. Jennifer Armentrout. She gave us Daemon Black.

5. Book Blogs. Starting my own book blog has introduced me to so many other blogs that I’ve gotten countless book recommendations from.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Origin by Jennifer Armentrout – 3.5 stars (out of 5)

Origin (Lux, #4)

Synopsis:

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything. 

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

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Ok, so we all know by now that I enjoy the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout. Origin is the fourth book in the series.  I’m going to try very hard to not spoil anything from Origin, but there will be some minor spoilers from the preceding books because this far into a series you can’t really avoid it.

My Thoughts:

-While the first three books are told from Katy’s first person POV, Origin is told in first person POVs of both her and Daemon. As I’ve mentioned before, I love multiple first person POV. There were times in this book that I didn’t always feel it worked out well, though. Mostly Katy and Daemon’s “voices” were distinct and well defined, but there were a couple times where it was in Daemon’s POV and I thought it was Katy for a while.

Meet Daemon Black~the very sexy Alien from THE LUX SERIES by Jennifer Armentrout

-The first few chapters were told while Daemon and Katy were separated and I was glad that Armentrout didn’t drag that out too long because they are always better together. Armentrout promised this book would change the game and it did in several ways. Katy and Daemon’s relationship is one example. This is the first book where their relationship is really cemented. Even though they were together in Opal, there was still a lot of strife between them. In this book they were a very united front. There were still sarcastic remarks between them – which are always fun – but this time they seemed to be taken as a joke and not a reason for a fight. However, I almost felt like their relationship tipped a little too far in the other direction. Daemon becomes distracted by Kat’s left hand (specifically her ring finger) and Kat talks about how they “make” each other. A little too Twilight for me.

– We spend a good deal of the book away from any familiar characters, other than Katy and Daemon. While I didn’t exactly miss all of them, it was still nice that they weren’t left out entirely, which is where I thought the story was going. There’s also a couple new characters introduced, as well as some old characters given bigger roles. I actually liked all of that. Archer, a new ally, is smart and caring and sarcastic. Luc, who we first met in Onyx, is fleshed out more in this book and lingering questions about him are finally answered.

-While Kat and Daemon are with Daedalus being tested, we learn a lot about Daedalus’ mission, why they had captured Dawson and Beth, and what they want from Daemon and Katy. This was also another game changer from the first three books. Daedalus and the DOD were always villains, but it was still a very high school vibe. Origin leaves all the kid stuff behind and throws them into adulthood. While I’m fine with leaving the high school setting, they still act very much like the teenagers they are and some of their “grown up” decisions feel a little forced.

-Finally, Origin delivered on the big surprises we were promised (with the exception of Beth and Dawson’s situation, because that was almost too obvious). There are several character deaths that I did not see coming – One of which I’ve been waiting on for a while, but actually ended up being a little sad when it happened. The decisions made in this book affected much more of the world than just Daemon and Katy and it culminated in an ending that both surprised and impressed me.  I can’t wait to see what happens in the final book, Opposition (out next summer).

"You have got to be kidding me" Origin Teaser

-Overall, I enjoyed Origin and thought it was another great addition to the Lux series. The different setting and additional characters kept the story fresh and the risks Armentrout took paid off. I would still recommend the Lux series to those looking for a new great YA series.