Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review

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Genre: YA Paranormal

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Publication Date: August 27th, 2013

My Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Goodreads Synopsis:

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?

 

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This was my first time reading the fourth installment in the Lux series, and to say I was kept on the edge of my seat for the whole book is an understatement. I found myself putting my life on hold just to read this book – the suspense was too much to handle!

Did I love this book? Heck yes. But there’s something about it that makes me feel really quite sad. There’s a complete shift in tone from the beginning of the series, and we see Origin taking a much darker turn. Though the change sort of broke my heart, it was also a necessary thing. We see our characters grow from their experiences, and this series wouldn’t have been as amazing it is if that hadn’t happened. It also added this sense of reality that made the reading experience that much more intense.

It’s almost as if this novel signals the beginning of Lux 2.0, which isn’t a bad thing at all. It’s just different. Our characters have grown-up, and it really shows.

‘Words were one thing. Actions were a totally different ballpark.’

The thing I have always adored about this series is the humour. I loved the easy banter between the characters, and I really believe that the wit our author infuses into this series is what makes it so good – along with the lingering edge of mystery, of course. Even though Origin is a much more serious novel, it still had that wonderful element of humour. It was featured a little less prominently, but it was still very much involved.

The plot was just wow (and those plot twists!). It felt like a million things happened in this novel, and I was constantly on the edge of my seat – there was so much suspense because I genuinely had no clue what to expect.

‘I will always be in love with you. That’s not going to change today or two weeks from now. I will be just as in love with you in twenty years as I am today.’

I felt so emotional reading this book. I laughed, I cried, I cringed – I felt everything. The ending nearly destroyed me, so if you’re planning on reading this series, prepare to have your heart ripped out and torn to shreds.

Overall, this was a great book! I loved it, I loved our characters – even though they’ve grown-up, they’re still just as sassy as always. I’m literally in awe of Jennifer L. Armentrout right now!

I really can’t recommend this series enough!

Thanks!

– Emma

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Onyx & Opal ( Lux #2 & #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Reread Double Review

 

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Genre: YA Paranormal

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Publication Dates: 3rd June, 2012 & 11th December, 2012

My Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Onyx (Lux #2) Goodreads Synopsis:

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

Opal (Lux #3) Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Okay, I’ve never written a joint review before, so you’re going to have to bare with me on this one guys!

For the past month, I’ve been revisiting the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I read the first three books quite a few years back, and absolutely loved them – but because I’m a bookworm and my TBR pile is completely out of control, I lost track of the series and never got around to finishing it.

And so, after some awesome people commented on a post (where I moaned about heading into a dreaded reading slump) and suggested I try rereading a book, I quickly got swept up in the world of this series, and haven’t been released yet.

I’ve just finished reading the fifth book (the last book guys – how am I going to cope with no new happenings with my fave characters?!), and I loved it. But enough with the backstory – let’s get on with reviewing the second and third novels, Onyx and Opal!

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There are two reasons I decided to review these books together:

  1. I have very similar thoughts on them both
  2. …which is due to the fact I finished Onyx and started Opal no more than a minute after, so it’s a bit blurry where my thoughts for one end and the other begins. (I’m a bad bookworm and blogger, I know, I’m sorry. I’m working on my organisational skills, I really am haha!)

I feel the first thing I should say is that I really loved these books – I’ve reread them a number of times, but much like with Obsidian (which you can check out my review of here!), I still love them just as much as the first time I read them. They were so fun to read – I’m pretty sure I was laughing at something every other page. They’re full to the brim with comedic quips and sass, and I loved it.

I loved our characters – Katy was a great main character (and she was a book blogger, so of course she was awesome); Daemon was just the ultimate book boyfriend really, and Dee was a sweetheart. The only thing I’ll say about Blake is this: ugh.

There’s something incredibly addictive about the Lux series, and I feel like it’s definitely Daemon Black down to how awesome Armentrout is at spinning a great story. The plot was completely unique (I’ll say it again – who would’ve thought hot aliens would work?!), and that’s one of the best parts about it.

There was a mysterious element to these books – particularly the third. I sped through both books because I knew what happened, and I couldn’t deal with the suspense. I’d say the first two novels in this series are almost ‘fluffy’ reads, and it’s the third one where it starts to get serious. (And I’d just like to point out I don’t say fluffy in a bad way at all – I adore the first two books, I just mean they feature lighter topics than the rest of the series).

There’s an awesome combination of things in the novels of this series that just make them work: the originality, the characters, and the humour. I loved Onyx and Opal, and if you haven’t read the Lux series yet, what are you waiting for?!

Topic Awareness:

  • Violence (scenes of intense pain)
  • Death

Thanks!

– Emma

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‘Dog-eared pages were the Antichrist of book lovers everywhere.’

Starcrossed (Starcrossed # 1) by Josephine Angelini | Reread Review

 

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Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal

Publisher: Harperteen

Publication Date: May 31st 2011

My Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Goodreads Synopsis:

How do you defy DESTINY?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is – no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood… and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together – and trying to tear them apart.

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I’ve really been in a rereading mood these past few weeks, and couldn’t resist revisiting a series that I absolutely adore, which is the Starcrossed trilogy by Josephine Angelini.

To start with, Angelini is a great author. Her writing flows really well, and the story moved along at a good pace. I found myself flying through the pages of this book, and felt completely absorbed within the story line, much like the first time I read it.

The plot of this novel is such a wonderful thing – it’s all about the Greek Gods and myths, which I absolutely adore. But the path this author took with the plot was completely unique, and I love it. I’m not a fan of the plot twist (actually, it breaks my heart), but there needed to be something there (which I know sounds pretty cryptic, but I can’t say much otherwise I’ll be heading into spoiler territory).

‘The Gods know what it is to be eternal, and they love to toy with mortals who use absolutes.’

Our characters are just awesome. Helen was a good main character, and I love Lucas and Hector, too. I actually thought all of the characters in this novel were great, and all had their own interesting personalities.

As I’ve already said, this was a reread for me, but I still love it just as much as I did the first time. It was so lovely to revisit a book that I love so much, and I loved having wave after wave of feels hit me whilst rereading it.

Topic Awareness:

  • Violence
  • Death

Thanks!

– Emma

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Reading Update!

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So the last time I posted on here, I was talking about how I was going to work on a blogging schedule so I could post more often. However, you may have gathered from the lack of posts from me that I never actually got around to doing that – these past few weeks have just been so hectic, so haven’t had the time. I know, I know: I’m an awful blogger.

But I’ve got a quieter weekend, and I’m hoping to catch up on pending reviews (I have six reviews to write – help haha!) I really need to get organised and sort my life out, and I’m hoping a schedule will help.

Here’s what I’ve read this month so far:

Opposition (Lux, #5)

Opposition (Lux 5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

It was my first time reading this book, and I loved it! It was a great ending to a wonderful series, and I have a gushing review on the way (well, as soon as I’ve finished writing reviews for the second, third and fourth novels in the series).

Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)

Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1) by Josephine Angelini

I adore this series! This one was a reread for me, and I really enjoyed it. I love anything to do with Greek myths and Gods (which is totally because of Rick Riordan – if you have any recommendations for books including Greek stuff please leave them in the comment section below!), and I was just overwhelmed by the feels of revisiting a book that I love.

Dreamless (Starcrossed, #2)

Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) by Josephine Angelini

I finished rereading the second book in this series today, and just like with the first one, I loved coming back to the characters and plot-line, because it’s so good! If you haven’t checked out the Starcrossed series, I can’t recommend it enough!

In other news, I’m shocked to say I’m actually reading quite a lot at the moment! So much so that I’m doing rather well with my Goodreads challenge:

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I’m three books ahead of my schedule – this day needs to go down in history haha! For the past few years, I’ve always been behind on my Goodreads challenge, so I’m really quite chuffed that I’m ahead for once.

I’m hoping to read next:

Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

I ordered this book online and it should hopefully be arriving tomorrow! I’m really excited to read it – not only does the synopsis sound great, but I read a preview of the first two chapters and it was so good!

I’m also planning on rereading the third book in the Starcrossed series, Goddess.

 

Have you read any of these books? What are you currently reading?

Thanks!

– Emma

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October Wish List!

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Sweater weather has finally arrived, and I’m so happy! I love snuggling up in a jumper to read a good book!

I do like Halloween, but I’m not much of a fan of reading horror novels – I stick mostly to YA books, preferably of the paranormal/fantasy genre, so I don’t have any spooky reads planned this month!

Here’s what I’m wishing for this  month:

Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

John Green is such a wonderful author, but if I’m perfectly honest, I wasn’t overly excited he had written a new novel. However, that quickly changed after I read a sampler of the first two chapters, because it’s so good. I’m thinking I might pre-order it later!

Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me

Brooding YA Hero by Carrie Ann DiRisio

I follow this wonderful account on Twitter, and always enjoy the tweets way too much, so how can I resist this book? (If you haven’t laughed your socks off at @broodingYAhero’s tweets yet, what are you waiting for?!)

Top Ten

Top Ten by Katie Cotugno

This book sounds so lovely! I’ve read Cotugno’s How To Love, and though I had mixed feelings about it when I first read it, I’d be intrigued by what I thought if I reread it now. Anyway, I’m super excited to read this one!

What’s on your wish list for this month?

Thanks!

– Emma

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September Wrap-Up!

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September has come and gone, many people are telling Green Day to wake up, and I’m actually on target for my yearly Goodreads challenge! Overall, it’s an interesting end to a busy month!

I can hardly believe I’m actually saying this, but as of right now I’m one book ahead of my Goodreads schedule! I set myself the challenge of reading thirty books this year (I know, not a massive goal, but I’ve had college to focus on). I’m super happy that my goal is going well at the moment, because last year I completely failed haha! (You can find me on Goodreads here!)

Books I’ve Reviewed

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Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

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Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Books I’ve Read But Have Yet To Review

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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My Shelf

I actually haven’t had too many new additions to my shelves this month…that I can remember. I recently ordered Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout that I’m currently reading it, and I’m loving it! I also received Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo, which I’m slowly making my way through (it’s such an awesome idea)!

How’s your month been?!

Thanks!

– Emma

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Friday Reads | September

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Hey guys!

I promise I’m not abandoning my blog! I’m just really swamped down with college work and life at the moment, but as I mentioned over on my Instagram, I’m hoping to sort out a personal schedule of sorts and figure out when I’m going to be able to blog.

On a complete side note, I had my first driving lesson earlier this week, and it went well! I didn’t drive into a hedge or anything haha!

Here’s what I’m currently reading:

Origin (Lux, #4)

Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been rereading the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout! The rereading started as an attempt to escape a dreaded reading slump, but I quickly became completely absorbed by the plot line once again, and haven’t been able to stop reading the series yet. I’m currently reading the fourth book for the first time, and it’s so good!

If you haven’t read the Lux series, what are you waiting for? There’s hot aliens and a main character who’s a book blogger! You can read more about my thoughts on the series by checking out my review of the first novel, Obsidian, here!

I’m hoping to read next:

Opposition (Lux, #5)

Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

This book should hopefully be arriving today (and it’s a hardback!), so I’m super excited! I’m only halfway through the fourth novel, but I’m happy that I’ve got the next arriving so I can read it as soon as I finish!

What are you currently reading?

Thanks!

– Emma

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