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Book Review: A Tangled Fate ~ Aidy Award

A Tangled Fate


Title: A Tangled Fate (Fated for Curves Series, Book 2)
Author: Aidy Award, Narrator: Gwen Cross
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Coffee Break Publishing
Date of Release:  July 23, 2018, December 13, 2018
Pages: 130 (4 Hours, 37 Minutes)
Format: Audio Book (Audiobook Obsession)

I finished this story a few days ago and my mind is still trying to process everything! Ash doesn’t people well, which is why she prefers science to people: People lie, numbers don’t. This entire time she thought she was working for the good guys, but just imagine finding out, not only do you work for the bad guys… you have two mates… and they’re right in front of you… in a rescue mission! Twin brothers, Russ and Dunn, have always grown up thinking they weren’t meant to have a mate because it would kill the mate. Imagine their shock when the person they needed most happens to be the scientist they are rescuing to save to the universe! I thought the first book was great, but this book is fantastic! There was humor (who doesn’t love nerd humor?!), romance, betrayal, and discovery. Gwen Cross was amazing as the narrator, bringing each character to life while reminding you of characters from the previous book. This book was absolutely fantastic and I’m glad I got the chance to read it! I can’t wait to read the next book!

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Book Review: The Darkest Star ~ Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Darkest Star


Title: The Darkest Star (Origin Series, Book 1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Publisher: Tor Teen
Date of Release: October 30, 2018
Pages: 358
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

I’m not even sure where to start! We finally get Luc’s story! And it all starts with a broken promise…

Evie Dasher is probably one of the best friends you can ever have. Not wanting to let her friend, Heidi, go clubbing alone. What she did not anticipate was the club getting raided and meeting Luc, the club owner. Evie can’t explain it, but she is drawn to Luc, not realizing there was something special about her. She makes all types of assumptions about Luc, some are close, but others are way more than even she can imagine. As she gets closer to Luc, danger lurks and she’s closer to finding out the truth. Is it a truth she can handle?

OMG… I loved this story! You get updates from some of your favorite characters of the Luxen series, kinda like a “Where are they now?” situation. Luc is an awesome character. He’s witty, highly intelligent, literally has the best collection of t-shirts, and has a depth to him you don’t get in previous books. It’s interesting how close to reality some of the actions in this story are. You get to meet some interesting characters and some you will just out and out hate. The story doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, but I can’t wait for book 2!

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Book Review: A Touch of Fate: Fated for Curves – Book One (Magic, New Mexico 16) ~ Aidy Award

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Title: A Touch of Fate: Fated for Curves (Book 1)
Author: Aidy Award, Narrator: Gwen Cross
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Coffee Break Publishing
Date of Release: July 24, 2018
Pages: 151 (4 hours, 54 minutes)
Format: Audio (Audio Obsession)

A Touch of Fate had me laughing out loud one moment, and balling my eyes out the next. Kady was just trying to get her truck to start when all of a sudden an alien spaceship crashes into her property. Who knew that alien spaceship carried her fated mate?! Who knew she was even a witch?! She didn’t! When the Men In Black come sniffing around, will she protect the alien, Black? Or will she turn him into the government? Are they even the truly government? When things take a turn for the worst, can Kady save them both?

The story and the narration were absolute perfection. Each character was unique and distinct. Gwen Cross was brilliant. Her southern accent was on point. The personality she attached to each character left me wanting to know what happens next to each character. This was brilliantly done and I loved the excerpt of Book 2 at the end left me wanting to get my hands on the next installment!

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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!