Category: Sci-Fi


5 stars to The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Posted 6 August, 2013 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Reviews, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every thirty days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

Review:

This has been on my to-read list for way to freaking long. I finally got the book and made it my goal to finish the book while on vacation. I did just that in a matter of two days.

I will start off by saying this is so different from what I have been reading lately. I’ve been addicted to contemporary almost all summer long so to jump to this, I was slightly worried because I know how much I want to like this book. Plus… it’s gonna be a movie with Dylan O’Brien and I am slightly obsessed with him. Just saying.

Okay. So… I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK! Oh my goodness! It’s officially a top favorite! It’s so different and interesting! It sort of reminded me of the hunger games but different. These kids (I believe all boys but one) live in this place called the Glades. Their goal? To get out. They have been searching for a way out for almost two years, maybe more. Nothing; it all seems to be a dead end with no hope. That is until Thomas shows up and completely flips the place upside down! He does some ballsy things; running full force into the “Maze” knowing what’s inside (sort of) to save lives of people who probably didn’t like him. He’s different and you can immediately tell he tests the others because he is constantly asking questions and thinking differently then the others. Then… not even a day or two later, a girl shows up. It’s all craziness from then on. It’s about surviving and getting out of the Glades alive, if there is a way out. No one really knows because no one knows how they got here, who they are, or what they are meant to actually be doing.

I just loved all the suspense in this book. You never knew what exactly was going to come next. There were a lot of life or death moments throughout reading. Then I ADORE Teresa and Thomas. They are… strangers with a past ;). And I love their gift. It makes them unique and different compared to many other stories. I LOVED what they could do. I think that’s why I love them so much  and no, I’m not telling you. Read and find out!

The ending. This ending. WHAT?! I… I couldn’t fathom what I was reading. I was shell-shocked. I couldn’t put the book down at that point. I was sitting here thinking to myself, what… did I just read that? How? WHAT?! OH MY GOD. It was one of those. I couldn’t believe it. I still don’t. Mind blowing for me.

Overall… I really loved this book. It’s different. It’s a puzzle for the mind because of the context and things going on but it’s well worth it. I enjoyed every moment of this book. I was drawn in from the start and kept going until the very last page and now I am dying to read the next one.

And now I really can’t wait for the movie! Fingers crossed it holds up…

Seriously. Go read this. It’s amazing.

-Christy Lyn

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Jennifer L. Armentrout’s ORIGIN (Lux Series #4) COVER REVEAL

Posted 2 July, 2013 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Cover Reveals, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

It feels like it’s been FOREVER since Opal was released, and another FOREVER ago for Origin, but we can now reveal the cover for ORIGIN. The fourth and final Lux novel. If you’re anything like us, you’ve been bouncing in your seat, ready in waiting for this beauty, so I won’t make you wait much longer…

READY?

 

 

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Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.
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?

*SCREAMS* WHAT A COVER! I love it. We all love it. Shame there’s no Katy this time, but still…How hot does Daemon look? Am I right or am I right? *fans self*

Well if you haven’t put this on your TO-READ list already, DO IT NOW. I hope that if you’ve read the series, that’s a no-brainer, but if you haven’t, then what are you still doing here? GO READ THEM!

OBSIDIAN, ONYX AND OPAL can be found at most and any bookstores and e-book websites. And trust me when I say they are HOT and FEISTY. Brilliant paranormal thrillers with so much sexual tension you’ll want to scream.

 

As for Origin, here are the linky-links for where to pre-order if you haven’t already:

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13644052-origin

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Origin-Lux-Series-Entangled-Teen/dp/1622660757/

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/origin-jennifer-armentrout/1114855732

Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Origin-Lux-Series-4-Jennifer-Armentrout/9781622660759

The book will be releasing on 27th August 2013 with our Entangled Teen line.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumours 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.

Additional links to Jennifer’s pages:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/JLArmentrout.

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

Website:http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/

 

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5 stars to Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted 20 June, 2013 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Mature, New Adult, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Sci-Fi / 0 Comments

He’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

Review:

Another story within the world of Lux, as we thought. This story actually is on the other side… the Arum side! It’s a very interesting read because as I read previous stories, Arum are the bad guys; but I think I have a new respect so to speak for the Arum now that I read this story. It’s SO good. Seriously.

Guess I should start with the characters. Hunter and Serena. Swooooon!

Reminder. This is a stand-alone book, based off the Lux series. There is even a slight appearance of the famous Daemon in here, though you wouldn’t know it unless you read the series and knew of the event well enough.

Okay, back to Hunter. He is an Arum. Obviously hot and hot and hotter. But he has such a bad attitude for the most part. He is bossy, cocky, and just all over the place. He wants to be nice but he follows his true nature and is an asshole. He is very confusing for me and I didn’t like him at first. He was creeper in my eyes. Too cocky too! He would always make comments like “I know you want me” or something and I’m just like… well that’s only because you’re hot and you can see a person’s emotion based on the vibe?

It’s interesting though because you can clearly see he has a soft spot but he just doesn’t know what to do with it. You learn more about him and you meet his really nasty brother first. Oh, he is a triplet! Three hotties. SWOOON NOW!

BUT the one brother is more of an asshole then he is. Shocking, because Hunter is pretty bad! His other brother… I like him. He wants to be among the humans. He has respect and I feel like he looks at people as equal and it’s refreshing.  Hunter also has a sister. Won’t tell you anything about her, may be spoilers! Anywho… I learned to like Hunter. He grew on me. He learned control, he felt things, he grew as a HUMAN I think.

It was really interesting to read because you could tell that he had no idea what was going on. FEELING things were too “human” for Arum and he truly began to feel emotions and care and become human. It was a beautiful thing. The moment I knew he changed was when he called Serena “mine”. He was shocked himself, he didn’t know why he said it or what he meant by it but we all knew… it was obvious! I loved the way he protected Serena. He was drawn to her for poor reasons and I felt bad about the situation that brought the two together… but when they are together, it’s like HOT electricity! I was fanning myself a few times.

Okay… so I think I just talked a lot about Hunter. Serena! Man I want her as my best friend! She is 20 something I think? It says it in the story I know that. She is counselor, which I like.  She is the best friend I would want. She is calm, very laid back in my mind. But… the way she wants revenge and justice just screams LOYALTY.

That’s the quality you want in a friend. She fights and fights hard! She has to go through some traumatic things and she still fights hard. I mean, she falls for an Arum, learns about aliens, and still wants justice for what happens to her friend. I love her! She is a strong woman. She may be a little… gentle? I’m not sure what word I’m really looking for her… but she seems innocent I guess… that’s a better word! She’s strong, loyal, and committed. Truly what you look for in a main character, I think.

In all, I really really enjoyed this story. I love the Lux series… and this just opened my eyes a little bit about the Arum. Kinda made me not want to hate them so much, but we will have to see. Hunter may have just been an exception. 😉 If you like the Luxen, you will like this story. It’s got action, fighting, drama, love, heart break… it’s an emotional roller coaster that you won’t want to get off of. I’m sad it’s a stand-alone actually! The ending was nice… but I felt it had a good cliffhanger that could lead right into another book!! I want more of Hunter, more of Serena!! Fingers crossed for more because they were addicting.

Amazing story. Go read it. You love Lux you will love this Arum, I can promise that! You may even switch sides like me!!

 

-Christy Lyn

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TOP UPCOMING YA NOVELS OF 2013 (Part 2)

Posted 2 June, 2013 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Contemporary, New Adult, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

HI AGAIN!

So, as we approach the near half way point of 2013, we come back to you with what we think will be most popular, and what we think you should be putting on your to-read lists right away, if you haven’t already. There are still so many fantastic books to come out in the next half of 2013 and we hope you’ll agree that the best part of the year is still yet to come.  

Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee some of the dates won’t change, or if they’re even correct. All we know is what we’ve found out.

Also, some may only be available in the USA and/or UK, so please check with your book store.

We’ll be adding more as the year goes on, so please check back often. 🙂

HERE…WE…GO…!

June

4th:

  • Phoenix (Black City #2) by Elizabeth Richards (Pub: Putnam Juvenile)

  • Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead

18th:

  • Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2) by Jessica Spotswood (Putnam Juvenile)

25th:

  •  In The After  by Demitria Lunetta (Harper Teen)

July

2nd:

  • Abandon Book 3: Awaken by Meg Cabot (Point)
  • Blurred (Kissed by Death #2) by Tara Fuller (Entangled Teen)

 

August

6th:

  • Hover (The Taking #2) by Melissa West

  • A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris

15th:

  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea(Between #1) by April Genevieve Tucholke

  • Demonosity  by Amanda Ashby

27th:

  • Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by  Sarah J. Maas

  • Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  •   The Liberator (A Dante Walker Novel) by Victoria Scott

29th:

  • Untold (The Lynburn Legacy #2) by Sarah Rees Brennan

September

10th:

  • Antigoddess (Goddess War #1) by Kendare Blake

17th:

  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (The Coldest Girl in Coldtown #1) by Holly Black

24th:

  • Unchained (Nephilim Rising #1) by J. Lynn

25th:

  • Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1) by Gena Showalter

October

17th:

  • The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy #1) by Sherry Thomas

22nd:

  • Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

November

5th:

  • Daylighters (The Morganville Vampires #15) by Rachel Caine

  • The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

  • Sleeping Angel (Ravenwood Mysteries #3) by Mia James

19th:

  • The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead

December

 

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4 stars to Icons by Margaret Stohl

Posted 30 May, 2013 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Paranormal, Reviews, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

Your heart beats only with their permission.

Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol′s family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn′t know it was fighting.

Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside – safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can′t avoid.

She′s different. She survived. Why?

When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador′s privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn′t a coincidence. It′s a conspiracy.

Within the Icon′s reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions – which they′ve always thought to be their greatest weaknesses – may actually be their greatest strengths.

Bestselling author Margaret Stohl delivers the first book in a heart-pounding series set in a haunting new world where four teens must piece together the mysteries of their pasts – in order to save the future.

 

So I was a little nervous about what the co-author of such a brilliant YA series could bring on her own. I mean, how can you top, or equal, Beautiful Creatures? To me, it’d be hard. So when Margaret Stohl announced Icons, I HAD to read it. And I did. Oh DID I!
At first I found it a little…slow, but sometimes that’s natural. You’re learning about the characters, etc. I had ultimately read the first few chapters online when they were released, so I got an idea if I’d like this. I did. Well, I did and I didn’t.

The only thing I didn’t like so much was that I wasn’t quite so…attached to the characters as I get with most books I like. Other than that, the storyline, plot, dialogue, interaction…all great. I wanted to find out what these people were, what they were made for. Dol was a good character, and I liked that she can read peoples emotions. I had no idea upon starting this, that there would be “powers” involved. I thought it was just a typical dystopian with alien spaceships taking over the world. Boy was I wrong!

There’s more to it than meets the eye, and I think that’s what intrigued me to read more. And more. Until, oh woops, the end. I just… Ro. RO! Poor boy needs a freaking hug! Lucas was great, yeah. Sure. Every hot Ambassador son is gonna be interesting. But RO! Seriously, he’s just…angry all the time, and Dol is the only one who can settle him. And then she goes and does…

No spoilers.

So anyway, the dot thing on their wrists confused me a bit, and other than each having 1, 2, 3, and 4 dots, I still don’t understand it. But hopefully, maybe, that’ll be more explained in the sequel, which I’ve been told is out next Spring. Great. So we have like, another year to go. Woopee. *taps nails with impatience*

I couldn’t tell if there was a love triangle in this, or whether it just…seemed like there was. Because you have Ro, and him and Dol seem pretty close. But it’s hard to get a hold on their…relationship status, as it were. Then other people come into play and I’m left thinking…”what the hell?!” with the drama. Ha. I did find it a little annoying, however, the Dol appeared unconcerned for Ro’s feelings. It was obvious how he felt, yet she was so oblivious…and that got on my nerves. I mean, the dude has been your best friend for years, you connect on another level, and you can’t see how he feels? Wow.
My favourite character has to be the “Merk” Fortis. He was brilliant! Now, I’m not sure if he was supposed to be “British” or if the way of his speak was…i dunno, for fun. But either way, I liked his style. He was fun, quirky, brave, snarky. I mean…Just all around. And what was more, he wasn’t even a main character, he had no main lead, yet he was like…stealing the spotlight. When he was on, I just couldn’t look at the others. I cheered whenever he came on the page. Yes. Cheered. I love the underdogs.
Tima is a nice bit of conflict and the gradual respect she and Dol gain for each other after a while, even if they’re not buddies, is admiring to say the least. I found myself torn between like and dislike for Tima, because she just acted really…annoying? In some parts. Maybe that’s just me.

I need to find out who or what the Icons are. And how they can control everyone. It’s one of those things where…some detail was given, but just enough to keep you wondering and now I’m left both intrigued and confused. But in a good way…I think.

Over all, a nice new series and I’m not usually down with the whole “alien” “beings taking over our world” scenario things, but I seem to be reading a few of them lately. Maybe they’re becoming more popular, but all I can say is you should DEFINITELY check this one out!

 

Kat

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Review: 4 stars to Fragments (Partials #2) by Dan Wells

Posted 21 May, 2013 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Reviews, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

Kira Walker has found the cure for RM, but the battle for the survival of humans and Partials is just beginning. Kira has left East Meadow in a desperate search for clues to who she is. That the Partials themselves hold the cure for RM in their blood cannot be a coincidence—it must be part of a larger plan, a plan that involves Kira, a plan that could save both races. Her companions are Afa Demoux, an unhinged drifter and former employee of ParaGen, and Samm and Heron, the Partials who betrayed her and saved her life, the only ones who know her secret. But can she trust them?

Meanwhile, back on Long Island, what’s left of humanity is gearing up for war with the Partials, and Marcus knows his only hope is to delay them until Kira returns. But Kira’s journey will take her deep into the overgrown wasteland of postapocalyptic America, and Kira and Marcus both will discover that their greatest enemy may be one they didn’t even know existed.

The second installment in the pulse-pounding Partials saga is the story of the eleventh hour of humanity’s time on Earth, a journey deep into places unknown to discover the means—and even more important, a reason—for our survival.

This was one of those times where the sequel outdoes the first. Fragments was fast paced, action packed, intense, and generally thrilling. People died, people suffered but then you rooted for so many people, some Partials, some humans. I certainly did.
I don’t know what my first impressions of Fragments would have been, but I wasn’t expecting this. I loved it. I found I was reading at a much quicker pace than Partials. Also, I’ll just say, remember in my Partials review of a certain word that continued to pop up and drive me nuts? Well, good news, that word in which I shall not mention, eventually pops up half way through this. I had hoped I’d not see it at all, but oh well. I suppose I should be grateful. There were less irritations this time around, and I hoped Kira would succeed. She’s such a strong, determined female lead and you don’t get many of those anymore, at least, not in the books I read. She rarely whines, she looks out for herself and her friends, and even some strangers she comes across. Afa is one of those. He must be in his mid-late 50’s but he’s so lost inside, so damaged mentally, and still no matter how his tempers/behaviours differ, Kira sticks by him, she helps him cope. It’s so…inspiring. It’s how people should treat people in care homes, you know? Don’t just dismiss them because they’re not as quick witted as they used to be.
However, Afa was a genius. A computer genius.

Then you have Samm. Oh boy. I love him. It was a real journey with him travelling across the country with Kira, and unfortunately Heron, who got on my nerves. But she added conflict and that is what made the endless chapters of struggle worth reading. They didn’t just walk, or ride horses across desert. No, they had wastelands, toxic wastelands. Or the Badlands as others called it. They had large rivers to cross with no bridges. They were literally hanging on for dear life in some scenes, and I just couldn’t stop reading. I hoped, for their sake and my sanity, that they made it. I won’t say what happens because that’s for you to find out, but it really is a whirlwind of torment, drama and adventure. I love the action, with guns and the hint that no one is safe, not really. Anyone could die and it could be your favourite character.

Kira’s personal journey was another one that caused me to stick around. I was just as curious as she was to find out who she actually is. Although I did think sometimes she could be a bit…dim. I can’t really describe it, but I just wanted to slap her and tell her to wake up and figure it out quicker.
Then you have Marcus. He had his own battle to endure, and because you didn’t get to know his every movement like Kira, I worried for him more. Haru, I got irritated with in Partials, grew on me in Fragments and I saw why he acted the way he did. Even if he is an insufferable know it all who loves to argue.

The battles that were happening around Kira’s story were so scary that I feared for nearly everyone. At one point, the Partials are fighting themselves, and it gets so intense I was pretty sure someone important was going to get killed.

I just don’t know how else to say it, besides that I thoroughly enjoyed this. I can’t wait for the next book and to find out how they resolve this…problem. That’s the easiest way to explain it. It’s a problem. A very big problem and Kira will either be the solver or she’ll be the downfall of everything they’ve worked for. Who knows.

My reason for rating it 4stars? Because occasionally I did get confused and sidetracked, and annoyed with some characters. Nothing wrong with the writing, because this time the language and description used was much easier to understand and get into. More dialogue, and character development, which is what I like.

Oh and the ending is a real humdinger!
Love it!

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Cover Reveal: OBSESSION by JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

Posted 8 May, 2013 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Cover Reveals, New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi / 0 Comments

Here at the Book Nerd club, we’re so very pleased to be taking part in this amazing cover reveal of Obsession by the lovely Jennifer L. Armentrout. We’re all very excited to see this beauty. 

So here goes:

OBSESSION-final coverHe’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?

It is slightly different to what we usually promote on this blog, but we’re pretty sure you’ll be dying to read it as much as we are. If you haven’t already added this to your to-read list, you should now!

The book will be released on the  31st May 2013 with Entangled’s Covet line.

OBSESSION Link: Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14060046-obsession

GO GO GO GO!

Jennifer L. Armentrout author photoABOUT THE AUTHOR:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. 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.

Additional links to Jennifer’s pages:

 Twitter: https://twitter.com/jlarmentrout

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

Website:http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/

 

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4 stars to Partials by Dan Wells

Posted 25 April, 2013 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Reviews, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials–engineered organic beings identical to humans–has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what’s left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she’s not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them–connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.

So…I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I had been delaying it for months and finally found the nerve to try it. I hadn’t been sure whether I’d like it, and at first I found it slow to get into. The terminology used, the amount of long words and general “dystopian language” I found tiring. One thing I will get out of the way: The amount of times the author uses “kudzu” annoyed me. I swear to god, I got to the point where if I read it one more time, I’d scream!

Right. What I did like? I liked that what I predicted at the half way point, didn’t happen. I mean…wow. I got to a certain part where Kira is with the Partial and I was like “Oh, I can guess what’s going to happen…” and it didn’t.

It was a little sad that there wasn’t much romance in this story, but I guess with everything else that was going on, it would have seemed a bit redundant and wouldn’t have fit.
The whole back story with the government keeping things secret and in a sense, saying one thing but doing another, was very… interesting. I felt it represented well on how life is now with politicians and what might happen in the future. Especially if something like the RM virus happened…
Kira held a positive stand in this and she fought for what she believed in, which was admirable. It showed, also, that whether you do something you feel is right or not, you’ll have to face the consequences. None of the Senate were willing to risk their “control” over the people, and most of all, they didn’t think a 16 yr old plague baby could handle the job where they couldn’t. She damn well could!
I loved the action, the feeling that no one was safe, that anyone could die at any moment. And some did, I’m afraid. Won’t say who, but it gets kinda sad. And intense. And just…all around great. I can’t wait to read book 2, which I believe is already out.

Definitely worth a read. 🙂

-Kat

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5 stars to Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Posted 20 February, 2013 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Juliette’s world is beginning to unravel.
Everything is falling apart changing.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point-the headquarters of the rebel resistance. There she discovers other people with abilities. Abilities they have learned to control. And for the first time in her life, Juliette has hope. Hope that she can have a life with Adam. Hope that her touch can be used to save instead of destroy.

But Juliette is only just beginning to understand the depth of her power, and she’s struggling to fight the desire to use it. She’s still haunted by her past, terrified by her future, and too tempted by Warner, who still wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart-and Adam’s life.

 

If I could give this book 10 stars, I freaking well would. How can I possibly explain to you, in any words, how much this book…captured me, awed me, almost KILLED me. (not literally, mind you. Just emotionally.) And still made me laugh, almost cry (because actually crying would involve energy) and get so much butterflies from… Well, you’ll have to find out.

I seriously can’t believe it’s over. Unravel me was 469 pages of pure bliss, action, desire, laughs, fear…everything one can hope for in a book. Tahereh Mafi is literally a genius. How she manages to make a book so captivating and just so….epic, I will never know. Page after page after page, I couldn’t, wouldn’t take my eyes off it. Unfortunately, there were moments when I HAD to, but still…

So…ugh, where do I start? Adam…oh baby let me hug you? You and Juliette were so perfect for each other, and then you had to go and get POWERS. I mean, really. How inconvenient.

So, we know he can touch Juliette. But how? Well, you’ll find out.
There are a few moments between them that are so…intensely dramatic and heartbreaking.

And then there’s Kenji. Dude, you are hilarious!
He literally lights up the room. The situation will be as bad and as serious as anything, and he’ll come along and change the mood. It’s great but also kind of intimidating.
He was the rock between Juliette and Adam when things got tough and I so admired his strength because jeez the amount of whinging Juliette does, I’m surprised he didn’t just give up right away. But she calms down, so it’s all good.

Juliette has a lot of issues to wade through, and one of them certainly being her relationship with a certain Mr Kent, but also… dundunduuuuun….a certain Mr Warner…

He has a BIG part to this part of the story, and I have to admit, I’m…kind of in love with him. Yeah he’s a big bad wolf but even wolves have their furry cuddly sides, don’t they?
No?
Oh, maybe that’s just me then. *sigh*
There are some INTENSE scenes – well, the whole book is intense, so who am I kidding? – between Warner and Juliette, and I would just say…remember to breathe.

There’s so much action, and just…live or die moments that shook me so hard, I didn’t know how to cope. At one point I thought I was going into cardiac arrest because of the drama. Okay, maybe that’s a bit over board. lol But you’ll see.

I really don’t know what else to say because I feel like everything is a spoiler, and without putting too finer point on it: IT’S SO FULL OF AWESOME IT’LL BLOW YOUR SOCKS AND SHOES OFF!
There, that’s it in a nutshell. It’s not often I read a book that hooks me, and especially with such a weird (and yet strangely wonderful) writing style. It’s unique, but not for everyone, so I’m thankful I like it. It’s…cool.

Oh, another thing: you meet Warner’s father. Who, by the way, is freaking SCARY! I think of Voldemort with a hot face and no wand? *mind wanders*

So yes, there are sexy guys in suits, sexy BOYS in suits, sexy boys with blond hair, no SHIRT and no PANTS … *shuts up now* Don’t worry, it’s not what you think.

I hope Adam is okay. I hope Juliette is okay. I hope Kenji is okay. James, kiddo, you better be okay.
And Warner, you can be okay in my bed, ‘kay?

Yep, that’s it. Bye.

*is off to sleep off this book hangover*

 

Kat

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5 stars to Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Posted 5 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it

 

I wanna cry. I wanna cry. I wanna cry.

I’m writing this literally minutes after finishing the book and I wanna cry. That ending. No words can describe how I am feeling without giving anything away. I wanna cry. It’s devastating! Just.. down right DEVASTATING! And now, I have to wait… WAIT for the next book to come out. I think a little piece of me died when I finished this book. I literally cannot describe it without wanting to cry about it…

Overall, it’s an amazing story! Beautiful things happen in this and  so many sad things…

It’s very well written and I was engrossed throughout; I couldn’t get enough. It took will power to put the book down and stop reading. Once I was about… 60% in, there was not enough will power and I just kept going and couldn’t stop. It was amazing.

I still wanna cry. I don’t know how else to review this book. It’s great. You will want to cry at the end, so be prepared! It may kill a part of you. It did for me. Now I have to recover somehow.

Beautiful. Devastating. Heartwarming. Heartbreaking.

I’m in love with this series and it’s going to kill me to wait for the next book… and I do mean it may possibly kill me.

– A review by Christy Lyn

 

 

 

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