Review of ‘Obsidian’ by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Title: Obsidian

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Entangled

Pubication Date: 8 May, 2012

Pages: 400

Blurb via Amazon:

Starting over sucks. When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up. And then he opened his mouth. Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens. The hot alien living next door marks me. You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.


 This book potentially has the most sexual tension in any book ever. Katy and Daemon. Katy and Daemon! KATY AND DAEMON! Romance in this book moves slowly. So slowly that it is almost teasing. You know it’s there between them, you can FEEL it and it is so frustrating to read. BUT SO GOOD!

I have already got the next book and will be reading it soon. Katy is a character that is so relatable and that is partly why I enjoyed this book so much. She is also a book blogger. SHE IS ONE OF US!

The narrative is so funny that I laughed out loud multiple times. Granted, I did get dirty looks from members of the public on multiple occasions. Not that I cared at all… I don’t actually understand how a writer can write that well and so relatably. I am actually inspired to read more Jeniffer L Amrentrout (I have ordered Half-Blood into the library!).

Also, can I just say that sexy aliens is a new one for me. Vampires and werewolves have so been done. I AM SO OVER IT.

5/5 stars for Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout

❤ DW

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Fireworks Book Tag

THE FIREWORKS BOOK TAG

1. SCREAMERS: A BOOK THAT MADE YOU WANT TO SCREAM! (IN A GOOD OR BAD WAY)

Obsidian by Jeniffer L Armentrout. SEXUAL TENSION!

2. BOMBERS: A BOOK YOU READ BEFORE IT EXPLODED IN THE BOOK COMMUNITY 

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

3. BANGER: A BANNED BOOK YOU READ 

None, I think…

4. PEONY: A BOOK/AUTHOR YOU THINK EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ 

CASSANDRA CLARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5. CROSSETTE: A BOOK/SERIES WITH A COMPLICATED PLOT 

Fearsome Dreamer by Laure Eve

6. DIADEM: A BOOK/SERIES WITH AMAZING CENTRAL CHARACTERS 

Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout

7. MATCHES: LIGHT YOUR OWN FIREWORKS BY TAGGING FIVE PEOPLE

I tag all the peoples!

❤ DW

‘All Of The Above’ by James Dawson | Fresh Friday #3

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Fresh Friday is a weekly meme in which I review or discuss an upcoming release, new release or book published in the last six months. Please feel free to do this meme on your own blog, it would be nice to see it get around. Obviously, it’s not compulsory or anything.


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All of the Above is being released on the 3rd September 2015, so very soon! This is going to be a short post on how excited I am for this release and exactly why this is so. I saw James Dawson in both his talks at YALC in his beautiful Daenerys cosplay. Until this event, I actually hadn’t heard about this book. But I was So hyped, because it is fully CONTEMPORARY. I don’t know if any of you know, but James Dawson writes horror novels. Yes, they all have some kind of contemporary feature in them, but they are horror books. They are really good horror books as well. SO READ THEM!

Sorry this is such a short post, but it was necessary…

❤ DW

Time Warp – Historical Fiction | Theme Thursday #3

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This Theme Thursday, I will be discussing Historical Fiction.

Points being discussed in this post:

  • My Favourite Book That Just Happens To Be Historical Fiction
  • Outlander And How I May Not Have The Energy
  • My Favourite Time Period and Historical Figure
  • Revealing The Next Theme Thursday!

My Favourite Book That Just Happens To Be Historical Fiction:

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Yes, my favourite book of all the times is The Diviners by Libba Bray. This is set in 1920s New York, so obviously I love it. The 1920s was so glamorous and there is a lot of partying in the book and I have started reading Lair of Dreams (thanks NetGalley) which include a lot of showbiz. I also really want to go to New York one day and maybe live there. I live in England so… not bad I guess…


Outlander And How I May Not Have The Energy

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The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon has become significantly well know, because of the TV show. Which in some ways is unfortunate, but there were loads of fans before the show anyway… Outlander is about some woman who helps in the second world war (historical period one) and touches a rock. Then BOOM! 18th century Scotland for her!(second historical time period). There she has sexy times and battles and stuff! BUT there are eight quite long books, so I am seriously questioning whether I have the reading energy to read the series…


My favourite time period: 1920s

My favourite historical figure: Maya Angelou (because she is!)


Next Week’s Theme Thusday is…

Science-Fiction in YA (because I am now obssessed)

Featured:

  • The Lunar Chronicles
  • The 5th Wave
  • Lux
  • Why I Put Off Reading SciFi

❤ DW

Review of ‘Cinder’ by Marissa Meyer

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Title: Cinder

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Puffin

Publication Date: 5 January, 2012

Pages: 400

Blurb via Amazon:

A forbidden romance.

A deadly plague.

Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .

CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.


 Okay, so I don’t know if ya’ll have noticed, but I have been reading a LOT of sci-fi lately… I literally have read Cinder, The 5th Wave and Obsidian. Also, next in my TBR is Scarlet, Onyx, Cress, Opal, The Infinite Sea, The Poison Study and Half Blood. I’m also going through a Jennifer L. Armentrout hit…

BUT, that is not why we are all here today. You want to hear my opinions on Cinder by Marissa Meyer. My opinion is that it is a fantastic story and I want to read on. Now. But I can’t because my library card is full right now…’

Cinder is a futuristic take on fairytales. Yes, I know that fairytale retellings have been done by every fantasy author ever. But have you ever read a sci-fi take on Cinderella? I doubt it! Well, that is what it is and this is literally my favourite retelling ever! Don’t care what anyone else thinks, but this is amazing. I have been wanting to red this book for years, but I am poor and only just realised you can order books into your local library branch. AMAZING! And now I have the other two behind the desk.

The thing I liked most about this book is that you really get involved in the world quickly. And I wasn’t expecting the element of the plague, because it is in the future and that seemed kind of medieval to me. So, it took me by surprise, but I loved it,because it added emotional depth to the story, for reasons I won’t tell you guys. I mean, it’s not like I’m not the last person to read this book…

What I didn’t like about this book was how predictable it was for me. She was like “Oh, there are evil Lunars on the moon” and I’m all like “They’re going to be an issue…”. Then Princess Selene. I SAW IT COMING!! These are the perils of reading a lot. You always see it coming!

4/5 for Cinder! So excited to continue this series and catch up before Winter!!

❤ DW

Top Ten Book OTPs | Top Ten Tuesday #3

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. However, I will be doing my own top ten lists. This is for no particular reason, except that I like to think of my own lists.


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10. Tamlin & Feyre

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9. Rhysand & Feyre

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8. Celaena & Dorian

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7. Ronan & Adam

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6. Clary & Jace

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5. Percy & Annabeth

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4. Celaena & Chaol

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3. Magnus & Alec

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2. Eleanor & Park

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  1. Simon & Izzy

I’m kind of obsessed with Cassandra Clare and Sarah J. Maas characters. Can you tell? CAN YOU?!

❤ DW

Review of ‘Fearsome Dreamer’ by Laure Eve | Magical Monday #3

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Title: Fearsome Dreamer

Author: Laure Eve

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Publication Date: 3 April, 2014

Pages: 384

Blurb via Amazon:

In the world of Fearsome Dreamer, England has become Angle Tar – a technophobic and fiercely independent country holding its own against the mass of other nations that is World. Rue is an apprenticed hedgewitch in rural Angle Tar, but she knows she is destined for greater things. After being whisked off to the city by the enigmatic Frith, Rue becomes the student of White, a young Worlder with a Talent that is much in demand: White is no ordinary Dreamer – but then neither is Rue. Both can physically ‘jump’ to different places when they dream – and both have more power than they know. Rue and White find themselves electrically attracted to each other – but who is the mysterious silver-eyed boy stalking Rue’s dreams? And why is he so interested in her relationship with White? Is Rue about to discover just how devastatingly real dreams can be…?


This book is weird as hell,but none the less, I enjoyed it. This book is a mix of genres, that at first, I must admit, confused me. On one hand you have the super advanced World, which is everywhere but Angle Tar. People basically live in virtual worlds. I thought that this aspect made the book have a dystopian quality, because that could actually happen in our society.

Then there is the small island of Angle Tar, which at first appears to be kind of medieval, but seems more advanced as you read on. I had my suspicions that Angle Tar was future England, before it was even mentioned in the book. Turns out that England had been invaded by France. I guess that this is connected to Laure Eve being French-British.

The one thing that I did not like about this book is that the romance was forced and wild. It was not really pleasant to read at all. White and Rue are not a compatible couple and can we all please stop pretending that they even have a chance.

The book ends on a major cliff hanger. It makes me kind of regret not picking up the second book from YALC. I really did like the inclusion of a mysterious monster and also the supernatural elements.

4/5 stars are awarded to ‘Fearsome Dreamer’ by Laure Eve

Review of ‘The 5th Wave’ by Rick Yancey

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Title: The 5th Wave

Author: Rick Yancey

Publisher:

Publication Date: May 7, 2013

Pages: 497

Blurb via Goodreads:

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

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scatter…more

So, if you read my book quite regularly, you may know that I am trying to read a lot more of the science fiction genre within YA. See… My Top Ten Science Fiction Books I Want To Read. Since I posted that Top Ten, I have ticked off three books! The 5th Wave (obviously), Obsidian (review coming soon) and Cinder (review on Wednesday!).
So, there has been a lot of hype around this book and also a lot of mixed feelings towards it. I found myself being one of the few who has not read this book yet! But you know what? I sure did love it. I love it to bits.
Yes, I was reluctant when I started (the reason it took me so long to finish it… one week!), mainly because it was science fiction and I was reluctant to get into the genre at all. It started out with a lot of world building and this kind of put me off too. The moment I really got into this was when it switched point of views from Cassie to Zombie (no spoilers here 🙂 )
I really liked the use of multiple POV and even did not mind the sporadic ‘parts’ or ‘segments’. And can we just talk about Evan Walker. Evan Walker is so damn sweet and I don’t even care about the whole problem of major trust issues. I genuinely think that he is my favourite character. However, I have my issues with the fact that Rick Yancey has totally set up a love triangle in The Infinite Sea. Don’t even get me started on love triangles. Pah! They don’t even happen in real life and they make the story feel fake. STOP DOING IT WRITERS!
Anyway, back to the book… I am now really excited to read the next book in the series (despite the potential love triangle…), because this book had one of the best endings I have ever read. Before I read this book, I saw lots of negative comments amongst the majority of positive comments. My reaction to these, as always, are that everyone is entitled to their opinions, if they say it’s terrible they’re neither right or wrong, blah blah blah… But after reading this book and looking back at negative comments I was like “wrong, go away stupid, oh my god shut up, irrelevant, you clearly didn’t read the same book as me…” Basically, I refuse to take on board any negative comments or ideas about this book. The end. I am now an official science fiction fan and plan to cross off the rest of that top ten list.
5/5 stars
Buy This Book:
❤ DW

Bedtime Book Tag!

Thank you enthrallingdimple for tagging me to do this. Here I go:

  1. A Book That Kept You Up All Night

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The Diviners by Libba Bray

2.  A Book That Made You Scared To Sleep

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Dark Room by Tom Becker

3. A Book That Made You Go To Sleep

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A Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

4. A Book That Left You Tossing and Turning All Night in Anticipation of its Release

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Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

5. A Book That Has Your Dream Boyfriend (or girlfriend #NoH8)

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The Mortal Instruments (Jace) by Cassandra Clare or Obsidian (Daemon) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

6. A Book That Would Be Your Worst Nightmare To Live In

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

7. A Book That Reminds You Of Night Time

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Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (Don’t know why…)

8. A Book That Had A Nightmarish Cliffhanger

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The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

9. A Book You Actually Dreamed About

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I once had a dream where Percy Jackson was trapped in a cave and I saved his butt. So, PJO.

10. A Book Monster You Wouldn’t Want To Find Under Your Bed

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Magnus’ demon father from City of Heavenly Fire. Yikes!

I tag: Miriam @ miriamjoyreads. Go check out her blog please!

❤ DW