Review: Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

9th Feb 2015 Tamara @ Gone with the Words 2015, Reviews, Reviews by Tamara

Review: Wicked by Jennifer L. ArmentroutWicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: A Wicked Saga #1
Published by Author
Pub Date: December 8th 2014
Pages: 300
Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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3.5 Stars

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

Twenty two year old Ivy is a member of The Order; they are a covert organization that kills fae. The fae feed off humans and drive them insane, members of the Order kill them to keep humans safe. Ivy has been a part of the order all of her life. Ivy lives in New Orleans, which means she sees a lot more fae than most.

As much as I love Jennifer L. Armentrout I almost didn’t read this book because I’m not a big fan of fae or fairies. It’s one genre that I have never been able to get into, but I have a weakness for books set in New Orleans, it’s one of my favorite places and knowing the book is set there changed my mind a little. Plus, like I said, I love Jennifer’s books so I had to give this one a chance and I’m glad I did. While it wasn’t my favorite, I still enjoyed it.

I loved Ivy; she was badass and still vulnerable and relatable. She has lost her biological parents, her adoptive parents and her first love. All of that it has made her scared to open up to people. She’s part of a world where people die all the time and she’s learned to keep her distance. Ivy is snarky, strong, and she is always willing to whatever it takes to beat the fae.

Ren is a new transfer to the New Orleans Order, he and Ivy meet and it’s not exactly love at first sight. I have to admit I’m a bit sick of romances lately, but I loved Ivy and Ren’s relationship. I think it progressed at the perfect pace. Ivy is reluctant because she lost her first boyfriend Shaun, and she has just been surrounded by death for so long. Ren is patient and he isn’t the creepy stalker type that many books try to portray as the hero. He respect Ivy and doesn’t push her.

What I didn’t like about this book, it was predictable. I guessed all the big surprises before they happened. Nothing really shocked me. Most of them were glaringly obvious. That being said I’m still curious to see where the series is going. Some pretty interesting things were revealed and I want to see where Ivy and Ren’s relationship goes from here. If you’ve read and enjoyed Jennifer’s books before Wicked is for you. It has that perfect mix of drama and snark, with a great romance and fun characters.

About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 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. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Tamara @ Gone with the Words

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Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

28th Feb 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Opal by Jennifer L. ArmentroutOpal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #3
Published by Entangled Teen
Pub Date: December 11th 2012
Pages: 382
Format: Paperback | Source: Borrowed
Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
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4 Stars

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

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.

Opal was another crazy ride. This time you felt a something-bad-is-going-to-happen-isn’t-it vibe throughout the whole book! I was just waiting for it!

So in Opal there are some characters that are back. Some we’re happy about, others not so much. There’s a lot of working-with-the-enemy schemes going on, which doesn’t help the awful foreboding feeling that we get. I did like that there were a lot of scenes with everyone together. Even if we don’t like everyone, it’s still a cool, fun dynamic.

I again didn’t hate Daemon in this one. Even Katie didn’t frustrate me all that much! And I certainly loved seeing them alone together. I can’t deny they have lots of sparks. There’s even an intimate moment between the two that left me saying “WOWZERS!” I was glad I was reading this book along with Ginger so I could straight up ask her “Did Daemon just…?” Sometimes a girl needs to make sure she’s not making stuff up in her head. Haha.

The ending though. OH MY GAAAWD, that ending! All I could say was NOOOOOOO!! And then my heart broke when Daemon utters what we’ve all been waiting to hear. TEARS!! With that said, I’ll be very anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.

What Some Friends Had to Say About It…

Ginger @ GReads! – “Armentrout blends sci-fi/paranormal elements with contemporary romanitcal tension that has always been a favorite aspect for me to read in her books.”

Princess Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence – “Armentrout, WHAT THE CRAP do you expect me to do with my sad, irritable self until you decide we’re allowed to have the rest of the story?!”

Jessica @ a GREAT read – “There’s no question now that this series is my favorite JLA one!”

 

About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 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. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

17th Jan 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. ArmentroutOnyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #2
Published by Entangled Teen
Pub Date: August 14th 2012
Pages: 366
Format: Paperback | Source: Borrowed
Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
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4 Stars

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…

I will confess that I was NOT a fan of Daemon after Obsidian. I know, I know…I’m pretty much one of the very few who could not get past his meanness toward Katy. But…he was REALLY mean, you guys!! He made me cry for her in that cafeteria scene! Anyway, my point is that I went into Onyx reluctantly. And only on the assurance from friends that he got better…

Hi. My name is Jess, and I am now a fan of Daemon.

I know! How did this happen?! Well, mostly it was his obvious regret for the way he treated Katy in the previous book. Second, it was how much he obviously cared about her and wanted to be with her. Third, he showed us his nice, caring side A LOT more. He redeemed himself in my eyes!!! And in Katy’s, for that matter, but Katy is one stubborn girl.

Katy was terrified to trust him, to even be close to him, because of the way he had treated her. She was trying to be careful and not fall for him. So she spends a lot of the time pushing him away or keeping him at arm’s length (which isn’t always easy for her). But let me tell you…those moments where she gives in are explosive and steamy and totally awesome. And Daemon isn’t the only one who changes. In fact, Katy goes through crazy changes in this book. All of which were fascinating.

In Onyx we also get to learn a lot more about the Luxen’s time in DOD custody. Everyone discovers so many things no one knew before. So many secrets are uncovered, to the point where you don’t know who to trust by the end. The whole ride is completely exciting and certainly nail-biting.

The end of this book was such a rollercoaster of emotions! I was devastated, I was elated, I was in disbelief, I was happy. It was a lot! But I wouldn’t change a thing. Well maybe one thing. :’(

I am very much looking forward to reading Opal. I have a feeling is going to be even crazier than Onyx and I can’t wait!

What Some Friends Had to Say About It…

Ginger @ GReads! – “Jennifer Armentrout is a genius.  She will give you just enough to satisfy your taste and then walk away hungry for so much more… STARVING!”

Lisa @ Dizneeee’s World of Books – “I am seriously thinking that Jennifer Armentrout can do no wrong. Each book that I read of hers, I fall more in love with her writing and story-telling.”

Katie @ Mundie Moms – “Fans of Obsidian with love all they encounter in ONYX. This book is full of swoon worthy moments, sweet moments that will take your breathe away, action, danger, and a few surprises.”

 

About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 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. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

28th Nov 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. ArmentroutObsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #1
Published by Entangled Teen
Pub Date: May 8th 2012
Pages: 335
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
3 Stars

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.

I haven’t read many sci-fi/alien stories in YA, so Obsidian was a welcome change from the normal paranormal story. Especially since I’m a huge fan of the tv show Roswell.

Now, I can tell you I fall for fictional boys pretty easily…even the quiet, broken ones that are hard to crack…but I spent a lot of time incredibly annoyed with sexy, boy next door Daemon, the love interest in this story. He was so infuriatingly hot one minute then cold the next that my head was spinning. He was also a total jerk to Katy most of the book! I think he pushed it a bit too far and for too long for me, that I was never able to really fall for him. By the end of the book, I still just wanted to slap him.

Katy was a likable character with admirable qualities. She didn’t take Daemon’s crap, or anyone else’s for that matter. She was kind and funny and friendly though. ALSO! She was a book blogger!! How freaking cool is that?! There are mentions of Waiting on Wednesday and In My Mailbox posts in this book! Katy is totally obsessed  with books and blogging about them, just like me! It was impossible not to relate when she freaks out about seeing packages on her doorstep. I know exactly how it is! I did really love Katy’s friends, Dee, Lesa, and Carissa. They were funny, honest, and loyal, which are the qualities I expect from my friends.

Obsidian turned out to be an exciting story that falls somewhere between Superman, I Am Number Four, and Twilight. The out-of-this-world beings Jennifer L. Armentrout created are highly imaginative and unique though. Also, the fight scenes where pretty kick-ass. And the you-fried-my-laptop-this-is-so-hot make out scenes were, well, STEAMY! You’ll definitely be in for an interesting ride with this book.

 

About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 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. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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