4 stars to Resisting Fate by Heather Van Fleet

Posted 27 July, 2013 by katheryn13 in Mature, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Seventeen-year-old Emmy O’Connell is the epitome of a hot mess.

Her boyfriend’s been shipped out of town to some boarding school four states away. Her step douche is constantly drunk and badgering her. And then there’s her good-ole-mom… The lady is nothing more than a miserable shell of a woman. She’s turned off all of her feelings and her ability to be a good mother as well, leaving poor Emmy and her four year old brother Jamie to suffer. Life couldn’t get much worse, right?

Enter the elusive, cocky, and oh-so-broody Jack Hartman…

The jerk cousin of her boyfriend becomes Emmy’s worst nightmare…times ten. He’s cruel. He’s insensitive. But he also has this strange little ability over her – he makes her weak in the knees with the single touch of his hand. But no matter how miserable or amazing Jack makes her feel, Emmy can’t seem to deny him, especially when he takes on the role of her protector –her pseudo-knight in a black leather coat. A knight who also just so happens to ride in on his black Harley, instead of a white horse…

And to make a bad situation worse…

Werewolves and teens shouldn’t mix! But what can Emmy do when she finds herself thrown head first into the center of it all? Can she handle the supernatural mess her life rapidly becomes or will she fight against the inevitable fate her heart desires?

 

Review:

I was given the opportunity to read this story and I am so glad I took it! I ended up loving it! Devoured it in a day. Began freaking out seeing my kindle say I was at 98% and my happy ending hadn’t happened yet. I was left with a cliffhanger. Slowly dying, quite literally.

First off, I am going to be really honest. I wasn’t so sure about this. I felt rather confused at the beginning. For the first chapter or two I was like “what is actually going on?”. I didn’t understand what I had read. I had to read the first chapter twice actually. I think the first time, I just wasn’t fully paying attention. Once I grasped what was happening… I loved it! And I usually am not too too fond of wolves. Believe me, I like them. But the story has got to be GOOD, otherwise, I’m like send me some vamps or witches or something else.

Resisting Fate did JUST what I needed a wolf book to do. It added mystery, emotion, a “mating” aspect which made things so twisted and fantastic!! AH! Literally… this book was exactly what I needed in order to come back into my paranormal need reads.

This book is about a girl. She dated a boy. The boy left. In walks that ex’s cousin; mister bad boy who had a reputation, a dark secret, and to the looks of it, hated Emmy. Now, this boy was swoon worthy. *fans self*. I think he is pretty great actually. Mean, sweet, honest, compassionate, protective, bad, badder, and baddest.

As much as I want to sit here and tell you about the book, I fear I will give away all the amazing aspects! Something happened between the cousins, that’s a key point here. Something is very special about Emmy and Jack (the bad boy). There is something very important about Emmy’s past and Jack’s past. There were just so many twists thrown in… but they went together well! It flowed, it kept it interesting, kept me on edge, wanting more. I was left NEEDING Jack. The ending was FABULOUS. I hated it, it was that good and such a good cliffhanger! I was like… WHAT?! I even had to tweet Heather. I needed to know when the next came out. I immediately went into Jack withdraw!

My favorite thing about this book is the “mating” component and Jack.  I enjoyed the characters overall. Sometimes I was like REALLY EMMY? I mean, seriously though? She got annoying but with what she went through, I get it, it’s understandable.

Jack… swoon. That’s all I’m going to say. Where is my man with a motorcycle and the desire behind blue eyes? Where can I order that? Can I place a deposit down? I need my own Jack.

And jeez… the mating thing! Literally. It just makes the book! For me, I was like so torn at points for Emmy but I always knew which side I picked.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the plot, I loved Jack, I loved the cliffhanger. I highly recommend reading this book! Wolf fans, you will be pleased, I swear it!  Enjoy my friends!! Devour this as much as I did!

Christy Lyn

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J LYNN’S WAIT FOR YOU UK COVER REVEAL

Posted 12 July, 2013 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Book Promo, Contemporary, Mature, New Adult, Romance / 0 Comments

We’re very excited to be one of the UK based blogs to announce the new UK cover for J Lynn’s (also known as Jennifer L Armentrout) WAIT FOR YOU new adult novel.

So here we go…

Wait for it…(see what I did there?)…

 

 

WFY paperback cover

 

Some things are worth waiting for …

This is the book you’ve been waiting to read since you put down One Day and Fifty Shades of Grey.

Some things are worth experiencing …

‘Cam stole my heart’

‘One of the most endearing, touching and fun friends-to-lovers I’ve read’

‘Gripping … the sweetest yet hottest romance’

And some things are worth fighting for …

Avery knows she should stay away from Cam Hamilton: he might be the hottest guy on campus but she really doesn’t need that sort of drama right now. Love is best left in the past – along with her troubles. But sometimes, the last thing you want, is just the thing you need …

So what do you think? Different, right?

This bad boy will be available in stores and online in the UK on the 15th August 2013. And now…I give to you the public, LINKS:

Waterstones UK

Book Depository UK

Hive

And as usual… Amazon UK 

GO! GO! GO!

 

Here’s a little about the author:

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

You can track her via:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JenniferLArmentrout?fref=ts
Twitter: @JLArmentrout
Website: http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/

 

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5 stars to Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover

Posted 10 July, 2013 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Mature, New Adult, Reviews, Romance / 0 Comments

Hardships and heartache brought them together…now it will tear them apart.

Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will’s past re-emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate challenge…how to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop ‘carving pumpkins.’

 

DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ SLAMMED. I MAY SPOIL SLAMMED.

 

So I immediately started reading this after I finished Slammed. Like… minutes after I finished because I couldn’t stop myself. That was yesterday evening… read about 45% during that sitting… read up to 84% that night until about midnight… then finished it up this morning.

I LOVED THIS. It was from Will’s POV, which was really sweet. I loved being inside his head because… well he is Will, that’s why. Seriously… I didn’t think it was possible to enjoy Will more then I already did. Will loves Layken SO much. SO SO much. It’s almost sick but it’s beautiful. She literally has become his whole world. They are the rare kind of true love that few people find. And the way their lives mend together so perfectly is amazing.

There are so many things in this book, it’s insane. First one thing happens, which I get his point and I get her point but damn I was like, you cannot just leave things the way they are. And Will tries so hard to basically… ugh… SORTA SPOILER… win her back. And for me, he says all the right things but honestly, he does get a little out of hand and stalker/creeper like. But then, oh he gets the most amazing advice and does something so beautiful… I cried. I LOVED what he did for Layken and how he got everyone involved and so many emotional components.

And then everything went downhill. I mean it wasn’t even 2 hours later. As soon as they had their beautiful moment and Will did all those wonderful things for Layken… shit exploded. I could NOT believe what happened. I cried. I could not stop reading. My jaw dropped. I chewed my nails. I was nervous and sad and scared. The most emotion I have ever felt when reading a book… minus in Slammed when THAT happened.

I have to stop my review here or else I will give away the ending. The ending was…there are no words. I’m not even sure how there is a next book after that perfect ending. I’m hoping since it was so perfect, the next book is just pure perfection because literally… I don’t want anything to ruin that ending.

I LOVE Will and I LOVE Layken. I love the boys… their friends… the neighbors… it’s all just… ahhh  I really really really enjoy reading this. It may have to be a top favorite. It’s a really good story that is heart warming story of love literally conquering ALL. You know the backstory from Slammed. They go through way more. Much more traumatic. Their love is just so strong and… no words. Go read this series!

-Christy Lyn

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4 stars to Smitten by Lacey Weatherford

Posted 8 July, 2013 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, New Adult, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Life is good. Cami is away at her dream college with her dream man by her side. She thinks if she can just get through with meeting Hunter’s family that everything will be perfect. Little does she know that life’s about to turn upside down again when Hunter is called to infiltrate a gang whose specialty is chopping and racing cars. His contact happens to be a beautiful curvy girl who is the gang leader’s sister and he has to pose as her boyfriend. Communication with Cami is basically forbidden to help keep his cover.

Hunter, however, can’t stand being away from the girl he really loves, and he sneaks away one night to meet her across town. He doesn’t know the gang leader, Ripper, has suspicions about him already and he’s following him to see where he goes. He surprises Hunter and Cami, and Hunter quickly introduces her as his cousin who is having some car trouble. He thinks all is well until he discovers he has one serious problem. Ripper likes Cami and decides to pursue her, drawing her into the same dangerous world he’s supposed to bring down.

Can he keep his cover without having Cami get caught in the crossfire? Will the two of them survive having to watch each other fake it in the arms of another? Or will their hot stolen kisses destroy everything?

Smitten is the book after Crush. This was about a young girl… her friend… a cop… and an interesting story…

DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU HAVE NOT READ CRUSH. IT WILL GIVE SPOILERS!

Smitten starts off where Crush ends. Cami and Hunter/Dylan are together. If you remember, they are I think 6 years apart. Cami is going to college now and Hunter is still an undercover cop. It starts out very sweet… she’s in school, he has an apartment, they have awesome make out sessions like before… they are super cute! Cami even meets the family. Life is going good for the two of them. (Btw, this story is actually from BOTH points of views. Which is nice considering what happens in this story…)

Then… Hunter gets a call from work. Life basically stops. I promise no spoilers… but he gets called into an undercover job. He can’t even call Cami to let her know. There is to be NO contact with his family, friends, and that includes Cami. It’s a rather serious undercover mission. The person that was meant for the job got into an accident or something and cannot continue so they send Hunter in.

Basically, that’s all I can say. I don’t want to give anything away from the undercover job and that’s the whole story! It has ups downs… Hunter breaks some VERY BAD rules… things happen that I was like NOOOOO THAT CANNOT HAPPEN! And it’s really good. It kept me on the edge of my seat when reading. I liked the story.

4 stars here  I really liked Crush so when I saw that Smitten was out, I bought it and devoured it! I couldn’t get enough. I wasn’t as sucked in as Crush, but it was still really good. It was nice to read two points of views and see both sides of the story with this book. I liked all the rule breaking… the danger… Even Cami did some dangerous stunts!! And man the ending?! OMG. I was like YES that was the PERFECT way to end. Some would disagree with me… it’s a tad over the top… but I loved it. As scary as it was, it was sweet and beautiful and a bit romantic. Even Cami did some dangerous stunts!!

I loved this book. I seriously wish/hope there is more Cami and Hunter to come.

 

-Christy Lyn

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3 stars to Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

Posted 8 July, 2013 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, teenager Will Grayson crosses paths with…”Will Grayson”! Two teens with the same name who run in two very different circles suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions. Culminating in epic turns-of-heart on both of their parts, they team up to produce the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high-school stage. Told in alternating voices from two award-winning, popular names in young-adult fiction – John Green (author of “The Fault in Our Stars”) and David Levithan (author of “Boy Meets Boy”) – this unique collaborative novel features a double helping of the heart and humour that has won both authors legions of fans

So… I’m not really sure what I want to say about this book. I liked it. It was different. Much different from what I have recently read! Definitely a change for me… but it was SO unique that I kept reading.

It’s basically about two teenage boys, both with their own personal issues, that meet in the most random of spots. Both whom are named Will Grayson.

Each chapter goes back and forth between the two boys. There is a clear difference between the actual text so you can tell who is who.

I like both boys. They are both rather different. One boy is gay and depressed. The other… he has something, but I’m not sure exactly what; he just seems to be shy. He has a very different friend named Tiny, who is gay and rather large and loud and proud and I love him dearly!

Both Will Grayson boys are very different, with their own stories that are very interesting. I like them equally! And I adore the fact that once they meet, their lives come together and everything kind of intertwines. This was a very unique and different story.

Overall… I liked this story. It had a rough start for me. I wasn’t exactly pulled in instantly but I liked the text and the characters enough to keep going. Things finally picked up and became easy to keep going once the boys met. I’d say read it. The characters are unique and different and relatable. Story is good but the characters are so different, I didn’t care what the story was!

Good summer read. It’s worth the read! Unique characters with an added musical.

 

-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?

 

 

ORIGIN-500px-final

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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4 stars to Forever Too Far (Too Far #3) by Abbi Glines

Posted 27 June, 2013 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Contemporary, New Adult, Reviews, Romance / 0 Comments

Rush promised her forever… but promises can be broken.

Torn between his love for his family and his love for Blaire, Rush has to find a way to save one without losing the other. In the end one has to be more important. Letting go isn’t easy.

Blaire believed in her fairytale… but no one can live in a fantasy.

Her love for Rush and desire to have a family keep her believing that they can find a way for this to work. Until she has to make the right decision for her and the baby. Even if it breaks her heart.

Can they find the forever that they both want or has it all just gone… too far?

Review

I’m torn between how many stars I want to give this book. I want to give it 5 because it’s got a great story line, I feel connected to the characters, I was sucked in completely and I devoured the whole thing rather quickly. I also want to give it 4 stars because compared to the first two, I was expected to be wowed more? I wanted more then I was given so I guess I finished the book a little disappointed. I still LOVE Rush and Blaire and I am SO happy there was this third book. Still LOVE Forever Too Far, just torn…

Okay, let’s start off by saying if you have read the first two, you will HAVE to read this one. Everything comes together here. I would say it’s a good way to end the series. I think it had the happy ending I was looking for. I got a lot of Rush and Blaire’s hot sex but I also got a story as well. We learned more about Nan, Kiro, Dean, Grant, Harlow… Abbi even had bits where it was from Grant’s and Harlow’s point of view. I think that was GREAT. It set everything up for Grant’s story… winkwink. It was a great addition here. There was even the connection between Wood’s and Della’s story in here as well! This book was perfection in the way that it had Rush and Blaire, showed Wood’s and Della and definitely set you up for Grant’s story. I loved every second of this book.

One thing I definitely loved was that there was great sex but there was a story! There was family drama, friend drama, baby mama drama. It wasn’t all sex. Believe me, their sex is dirty and makes you question the type of sex you may actually want… BUT it’s nice to have an actual story as well. Here, I can truly see the love Rush and Blaire have for one another.  He loves her like crazy. He is protective, caring, loving, sweet… it is exactly what love should be. He is just so lost in how much he loves her. She literally is his whole world, his whole heart. She comes first, and you can see that in this story. It’s hard to put someone above all… especially with Rush’s family and history… so the fact that he actually does put her first, it’s beautiful. Their love is just SO tremendously strong. They have already gone through so much in the amount of time they have been together (which actually isn’t that long… I had thought it was longer but I want to say it hasn’t even been a year…).  But, that actually doesn’t bother me… sometimes when you meet the right person, you just know. It’s like instant. That is something rare people find and I am so happy I have been able to read about a love like that. I adore Rush and Blaire together.

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t read the first two, DO NOT READ THIS. If you have, you will sort of know what I’m saying but DO NOT READ IT ANYWHO. Their new addition to their little family is SO FREAKING CUTE! The way Rush and Blaire are… it’s adorable! It makes me want to go get this addition… and the name!! OMG it’s so cute!! It was a perfect fit… SO CUTE

Okay, rant over. I loved Rush and Blaire. I’m sad to see their story end.  It was a great trilogy. I love them, I always will. So GO and read it!

-Christy Lyn

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4 stars to Goddess (Starcrossed #3) by Josephine Angelini

Posted 24 June, 2013 by katheryn13 in Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

She must rise, or they will fall …Helen’s powers are increasing–and so is the distance between her and her mortal friends. To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a dangerous traitor is lurking among them, and all fingers point to Orion. Still unsure whether she loves him or Lucas, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, or risk all-out war. The final book in this heart-stopping trilogy.

 

 

Review:

Well, okay so I’ll admit I wasn’t getting into this quickly. Maybe it was my mood. It had been a while since I’d read Dreamless, so the beginning didn’t seem to progress smoothly. I felt like I needed some kind of recap. That didn’t happen, or at least, not quickly enough for me.

Then it hit near the half way point, And I became full committed. I loved it. I know it shouldn’t take that long to get fully into a book, but this is one I stuck by. I wasn’t going to give up. I think my problem was more…me, rather than the story, because I’d  been in my “Reading funk” as I call it, where it takes me three times as long to read a book. Sigh.

Anyway.

The story seemed to progress successfully from then on and I couldn’t stop reading. And then typically, with books that turn out to be the end of a series, I got to the end and didn’t want it to end. That’s just my luck.

The action was believable and the dialogue between the characters was far more with it. I did get annoyed with the changes in Claire’s personality, though. I felt she switched back and forth too easily, influenced by others rather than her own decisions. That’s what it seemed to me, anyway. Matt generally pissed me off. I lost the reason behind him, and how the hell he became the new version of Achilles. I mean…huh? When the hell did that happen? So when things take a turn for the worse, I didn’t feel at all guilty. *tries not to spoil*

I don’t know what it is about him, but I loved Hades. He was so different to other interpretations that he was almost…dare I say it?…Likeable. He’s Hades, for crying out loud. He’s ruler of Hell. He should be the bad guy, the scary one. But no, he turned out to be a pretty stand up guy who had morals and he actually cared. He judged hearts and peoples sins. It was almost an AWWW moment for me. To me, Hades makes the series. I love when he appears in a scene, because…ah I get goosebumps. I’m so weird.

Helen’s memories were interesting, if not a little confusing at times. It took me a while to realise what was going on, so I was glad when Helen herself explained it. Because she’d drunk from the river (name has escaped me) which wiped her memories in Dreamless, she also drank the memories of her past lives. It was all very complex but very detailed. I can’t even begin to imagine how much research went into this.

The ultimate war was intense, and I was hooked. I loved that Helen had all this power, but I did get a bit confused as to why Helen was acting like a 30 something rather than 17 years old. It just seemed a bit odd to me. Still, I wanted the good guys to win, after all. And each twist and turn made it likely for either side to win. Especially when the Gods appeared. My oh my, was that a “HOLY SHIT” moment. It actually made me think of Percy Jackson series (I know, I know. Silly. But they are both Greek related.) because of Poseidon. Yet in that series they’re not all arseholes. haha.

Helen’s revelation about who she really was, was…well mind blowing. All this time we’d thought she was something else, and then the whole deal with Lucas, and oh my god please stop me before I say the whole plot because AHH reviews are so hard.

I’m glad this ended on a somewhat happy note. I don’t usually like epilogues but at least this one didn’t tell us what others did in the future. It was more a “and everything calmed down” thing rather than a “and they all lived happily ever after” thing.

Over all this deserves a 4stars because although it took time to get into it (for me), I thoroughly enjoyed it in the end. And I’m sad to see this series end. I really enjoy Greek mythology. It’ll be interesting to see what Josephine Angelini does next. 🙂

-Kat

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5 stars to Left Drowning by Jessica Park

Posted 23 June, 2013 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Mature, New Adult, Reviews, Romance / 0 Comments

What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?

Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

*This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.

Note: due to mature content recommended for Ages 17+

 

This copy is an ARC, therefore may not be available online/in stores in your country as of yet. Release date July 16th 2013.

Review

Holy Moly. I literally do not know where to start with this review.  I started reading this story and I was INSTANTLY sucked in. The characters are astounding.  The story is beautiful. JAM PACKED with emotion. I am not the person to cry when reading. I just don’t. I cry for movies or friends or even when I see other people cry but for some reason… I’ve never truly ACTUALLY cried. I’ve felt I may, or had wanted to; never did. Until now. I cried for these characters, for what they went through, for what they were going through… it was so emotional. And let me tell you, I also really like sleep. A LOT. Usually I don’t have the patience to stay up until 2 AM reading. Well I did this TWO nights in a row with Left Drowning. It was just that emotionally beautifully written that I couldn’t put it down.

 

Okay okay. Let’s begin talking about the actual story. It’s a love story. A tremendously beautiful one. One of two broken souls. Broken souls that fit perfectly not only because of who they are but what they have been through. I have never felt so deeply connected to the characters and the story than I did here. I felt the emotion through the pages. I wanted to jump in and hug people. Like I’m literally sitting here staring at my Word document trying to find the right words in order to explain to you how much I loved this story. I mean Jessica Park had me at Flat Out Love and devoured me with Flat Out Matt next.

I had high expectations here.

Not only did she meet my expectations, but she BLEW me out of the water across the country and gave me a margarita. This story is just raw. Beautiful. Damaging. Full of fate, destiny, joy, sadness, soul, love, sex, tears… I could go on! It’s such an emotional ride that it’s just captivating from the moment you open the book. I was truly inside these characters lives. The love component of this story is so strong too! There is some friendships and school and a lot of amazing running that actually made me go out and buy new work out clothes so I could get into running. But the love in this story stole the show. It’s so intense. It is an instant connection. A powerful one that I wasn’t sure either could handle. As I kept reading I shipped them to the fullest! Always. And then things twisted and things changed and details spilled and I found myself covering my mouth in shock with tears rolling down my face. I could not get over the ending either. I felt in my heart what was coming and my heart melted when it happened. A beautiful way to connect love. A beautiful way to start love as a matter of fact. This love is not only about falling in love but about how love can save you completely.

I don’t think I can even begin to express the feels I have for each and every character in this story. Every single person, I love. There is no way I can even include them here. They are all amazing. You will just need to trust that the story is worth the read because the story is so captivating because of the characters. Truthfully, the characters are wonderful in their own ways. They all have unique qualities that I can picture completely different people and see them all as they are meant to be; unique. 

I am SO SO SO SO SO… SO happy I had the chance to win this ARC. It was already on my to-read list but I was lucky enough to have won it over twitter. (thanks to my twitter addiction!). Left Drowning is one of my absolute favorite stories as of now. It’s just so beautifully written and captivating and engaging and I feel connected to the story in a way and it’s just perfection. I have no words. When this comes out, I highly suggest you buy this book. It is well worth it. Amazing read. If I could give more then 5 stars I would. I am literally speechless. Reviews come easy to me because I get really detailed and what not but here… I was just so sucked in and involved in this story and felt so much of the emotion within that I don’t even know how to describe it in a review for you. It’s amazing. It’s wonderful. Emotionally beautiful. 5 fully drawn and coloured stars. 😀

-Christy Lyn

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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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