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(Book Review) Heat ~ Donna Grant

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Title: Heat: A Dragon Romance (Dark Kings #12)
Author: Donna Grant
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Date of Release: January 30, 201
Pages: 336
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

Nothing I love more than a dragon shifter with a heart of gold, who’s also badass! This is Nikolai’s story of how he became a Dragon King. After being asleep for an extremely long period of time, he awakes to help Esther recover some memories that were taken from her by a Druid. In the process of helping her uncover who stole her memories, she sees herself through Nikolai’s eyes and it is powerful. As an MI5 agent, she has to figure out if she’s really happy with her lot in life while fighting her severe attraction to Nikolai. Can they recover her memories, and will she like what she remembers? Will Nikolai stand with her no matter the outcome?

While I did enjoy the story, this cannot be called a stand-alone. It is a slight pet peeve of mine when it comes to books. I personally feel like if it is a part of a series, it should be labeled that way and where this book falls in the series. This book was under the “Read Now” section on NetGalley. The synopsis is what pulled me in. Thankfully, the story was easy to follow on who was who and what is their role, otherwise, I would have had to add this to my DNF list. There wasn’t a huge amount of backstory which is fine, but I can definitely see how others reading this, not knowing this is a series, could be confused. I did enjoy the book and it did make me interested in reading other books in the series, but it also brought about a lot of questions. 

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(Book Review) Oblivion ~ Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

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Title: Oblivion, (A Lux Novel)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult, Sci-Fi, Suspense
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Date of Release: December 1, 2015
Pages: 1005
Format: Kindle (Amazon)

I cannot put into words how awesome this series is! The only thing that made this series better was getting Daemon’s point of view!!!!! I have to tell you, I wasn’t disappointed!

Daemon’s point of view puts a lot of things into perspective. His views on Katy, Dee fraternizing with humans, Dee’s relationship with Adam, his own relationship with Ashlee and how he feels about Katy. His perspective was refreshing and gave the readers a broad and full scope of what is really happening with the DoD, what’s going on between him and Katy, and what the Luxen community is up to. It was great to get the full picture. Just when you think you know everything, you find out what Daemon knew and how he feels about it. I enjoyed every moment of this book. The same emotions you felt with the original books, you felt those emotions with this book. There was humor, heartbreaking moments, moments of reflection from Daemon’s perspective. It was absolutely great!

Thanks to Emalie for recommending this series! Check out her blog, it’s absolutely amazing!

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(Book Review) Obsession ~ Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

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Title: Obsession, (Arum)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult, Sci-Fi, Suspense
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Date of Release: May 31, 2013
Pages: 327
Format: Kindle (Amazon)

This title perfectly describes my feelings toward this series! I am completely obsessed! A spin-off and a standalone novel, Obsession follows the events leading up to Origin. You see how Hunter and Serena come into each other’s company. Everything you think you know about Arums and Luxens, forget it. What I love about Jennifer’s writing is it keeps you guessing. Just when you think you know who the bad guy is, there’s a twist. The twist is rarely ever the who, but the why. As you follow the Lux series, you find that not all Arums are bad, but not all Luxens are good. This story absolutely proves this.

Hunter is a bit of a jerk. When I say “a bit” I mean he’s a jerk. He’s not really a soft cuddly teddy bear, but he’s not unfeeling either. Like Daemon, he does have a middle ground. Serena is a strong character but has moments of questionable decisions; which leads you to be frustrated. I understood her reasoning, but I didn’t always agree with her logic. The interactions between Hunter and Serena were witty and engaging. While the series is described as “Young Adult”, this standalone is not and is not meant to be! If you ever wonder what Daemon would be like as an adult, imagine Hunter as a Luxen. Nothing but good times I tell ya! Oh, how I wish this was a separate series!

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(Book Review) Opposition ~ Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Title: Opposition, A Lux Novel (Book 5)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Suspense, YA
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Date of Release: August 5, 2014
Pages: 300
Format: Kindle (Amazon)

Oh, the feels! I don’t know where to begin with this action-packed book! Opposition picks up where Origin leaves off… Katy and friends trying to save the world, and they have to do so without knowing who they can trust. The world is upside down for them… the people they thought would never betray them, do and the people they always thought were enemies become their strongest allies. Every page was a page turner for me. The only way I can describe this series is “Epic”. I never thought this series would get to be this when I picked up Obsidian. While I am pleasantly surprised, I’m gobsmacked and thrilled to have read this and had the privilege of having the feeling of reading it for the first time.

Daemon, Katy, Archer… these characters and more were amazing! The twists and turns and plot-twists they experienced will have you feeling like you were on a rollercoaster. Some revelations have you thinking, “I did not see that coming!” I love the dual POVs and would love a book from Archer’s perspective. I think that would be fascinating! So much happens and brings everything full circle. I never thought I would fall in love with a story about a young girl with a blog, who falls in love with the hot alien next door! This was absolutely perfect, and I’m so glad I read this!

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(Book Review) Origin ~ Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Title: Origin, A Lux Novel (Book 4)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Suspense, YA
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Date of Release: August 27, 2013
Pages: 400
Format: Kindle (Amazon)

Wow! Just wow! After one hell of a cliffhanger, things get real very quickly! Katy is with the DOD, and Daemon will do anything to get her back… ANYTHING! This is quite possibly my favorite book in the series. You get dual POV, meet a slew of awesome characters, and one hell of a story! Hold on tight, this one’s gonna be a nail-biter!

As everything is happening, you find out some really disturbing things about what the government is capable of doing. Just when you thought there were only four species inhabiting the planet: Arum, Human, Hybrid, and Luxen, you find out there’s a fifth, Origin. Most disturbing is how they were created. But what makes it interesting is reading the previous three books and realizing where certain characters fall into place. As events unfold, triumphs and betrayals are revealed, can the gang prove they are up to the challenge of what happens next?

As always, the writing is impeccable. Every series has that one book where the tides have changed and in the next book, everything gets serious. Twilight had New Moon and Eclipse. Percy Jackson had Titan’s Curse and Battle of the Labyrinth. Harry Potter had Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix. For the Lux series, the tide changed in Opal and everything is getting very real now! Getting Daemon’s perspective was absolutely awesome! He is hilarious. His interactions with the additional characters were priceless! I am on to the finale of this series! 

While reading Origins: 745058

When it’s over: 745947

This series is amazingly awesome!

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(Book Review) Opal ~ Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

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Title: Opal, A Lux Novel (Book 3)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Suspense, YA
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Date of Release: August 14, 2012
Pages: 416
Format: Kindle (Amazon)

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When I tell you, I was not fully prepared for this… no joke! I. Was. Not. Prepared! So… unfortunately, Blake lives. (I despise him!) In book 2, you meet Dawson and your heart is aching. However, at the start of this book, you will crack up! Dawson is back and he is trying to get Bethany! Daemon and Katy are in full swing and the interactions between them can provide enough electricity to power a city! Just one problem… Blake. He’s come back for their help in exchange for his help with rescuing Bethany. As a result of a few things that happened in OnyxKaty’s relationship with Dee is heavily strained. It frustrated me to no end the way Dee treated Katy, but at the same time, I completely understood why.

With a chance to get Bethany back, the gang can’t afford to miss their shot. Unfortunately, the gang learns the hard way… Luxens do have a kryptonite and the Department of Defense knows exactly what it is! BUT… if you can get your hand on opal, you can enhance your powers, except they’re really hard to come by… unless you know a guy! The gang gets an in, but things go south quickly. With an opportunity for a second chance to rescue Bethany, a warning is issued to both Daemon and Katy, “You really shouldn’t trust a soul in this game. Not when everyone has something to gain or lose.” This comes from a kid you’re not really sure if you should trust either, but the warning should be heeded. Just when you thought the gang can get on with their lives and live a “normal” life… bombshell… there’s a traitor amongst the group. 

Now I know I’m late to the party, but come on Jennifer! How you gonna end the book like that?! Jenny… COME ON JENNY?! That ending was everything! This was probably the one time I didn’t immediately do a review after reading the book. I went straight into the next book. I couldn’t put this book down. I read it in one sitting, and I found myself gasping and laughing and fearing the safety of Daemon and Katy. Now that Katy’s and Daemon’s relationship is out in the open, you see a completely different side of Daemon. He’s sweet and he’s tender, but he’s still a complete badass! Armentrout has a way making you care about what happens to the characters and you get completely caught up in everything they are going through and completely invested in their outcomes! Bring on book 4!

 

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(Book Review) Onyx ~ Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Title: Onyx, A Lux Novel (Book 2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Suspense, YA
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Date of Release: August 14, 2012
Pages: 416
Format: Kindle (Amazon)

So, it had been awhile since I’ve read book 1, but I remember it very clearly! Click here to read the review.

We pick up with school starting and Daemon is determined to prove to Katy what he feels for her is real. I don’t understand the hesitation, gurl! Enter the new kid, Blake, and I immediately don’t trust him, Do. Not. Like. Him! Granted, Daemon does have moments of hot and cold, but he is being protective of his sister, Dee. You can’t really fault him for that…

Daemon does warn Katy not to get too close to Blake, but she doesn’t listen. Things go to shit… pretty quickly. Blake is definitely not who you think he is, but ( PLOT-TWIST ) the bad guy isn’t exactly who you thought it would be either. While dealing with all this, Katy has to figure out if Daemon’s feelings for her are genuine (swoon What’s a girl to do?!)

I didn’t think anything could get better than Obsidian, but boy was I wrong! Onyx is witty, mysterious, plot-twist after plot-twist, revelations (and some of them are doozies!), and some really sweet and tender moments. Jennifer Armentrout’s writing is great. She has you guessing at every turn and hanging on every word. The character development from the first book is astounding. Katy is a strong heroine… although she does have some not so smart moments. She’s human… well…

There were moments when I seriously laughed out loud, yelled “WTF?!” and almost cried. This book will put you through trials and tribulation and anyone who couldn’t love Daemon after the Christmas tree scene is out of their mind!