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White Hot Kiss by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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A few weeks ago the amazing author Jennifer Armentrout released the first book in a new series called White Hot Kiss. This is the first book in her new Dark Elements series. Think gargoyles and demons. Not convinced? Read on and I will see if I can change your mind.

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L ArmentroutHere is the description from Goodreads:

One kiss could be the last. 

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. 

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever. 

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul. 

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Now, as much as I love the Lux novels, I am pretty sure I have a new favorite JLA book/series. Seriously, this book was great.

For starters, I loved the concept. Gargoyles? Genius. And throw in some demons and an epic struggle between good and evil, and you have a winning combination. Now, this was not the first book about gargoyles that I have read, I have read one other, but this won was written 10,000x better. I connected with Layla, I understood her struggles, and I felt like I was living her life right along with her.

Speaking of struggles, this might be the first book I have ever read with a love triangle that I did not have a clear favorite love interest at the end of it. In fact, love triangles usually annoy me because they add drama for no reason, but here, it worked, and I really have no idea how this is going to play out. I really liked Roth, and I really liked Zayne, too. Whenever Layla was with Roth, he would absolutely be my favorite, but then whenever she would be with Zayne, I would be. Both guys are completely different, yet at the same time, seem similar enough that I could see either one with Layla. That being said, I don’t really see how she can have a future with either one of them. With Zayne, there is the whole she can’t get close to him without wanting to suck out his soul thing, and with Roth, there is the whole evil demon without a soul thing. To say there are issues regardless of who Layla ends up with would be an understatement.

That’s not to say that I did not have any problems with this book, but in the grand scheme of things they were pretty minor. For starters, Jasmine from Bitter Sweet Love was in the house for pretty much the entire book, and we hardly saw her, other than her doing things that cast her in a bad light. Second, Jasmine’s sister Danika was around, and I just don’t like her. I don’t think she is a bad person at all; she just seems, I don’t know, desperate? Like she was trying to hard to force something? I don’t really know, and I don’t just think that because she annoyed Layla. I thought that when I read Bitter Sweet Love, also. Finally, the whole lack of communication and all of the secrets kept from Layla bothered me. I understand why that had to be part of the story, but that just always bothers me.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it.

5 Stars!

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Centaur Redemption by Nancy Straight

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I absolutely love the Touched Series by Nancy Straight, so when I saw that Centaur Redemption had been released, I snapped it up right away, though I have to say that I am not crazy about the cover.

Centaur Redemption by Nancy StraightHere is the Goodreads description:

Cami and Drake’s honeymoon is cut short as they escape attacks by the Council Enforcers and head to South Africa for the meeting of the Centaur Council, which has ordered a death sentence on Cami and all members of the Lost Herd. The Council Chairman is her grandmother, her most dangerous foe. Surrounded by family and friends, Drake and Cami face the Council, Cami’s power-hungry uncles, an ambitious twin, taking the battle all the way to Zeus to attempt to win the freedom of the Tak herd.

This book was really bittersweet for me. I was all set to give it 5 stars, but then ending kind of threw me. It was kind of sad and yet hopeful, and I am not really sure how I feel about it. I think an epilogue would have gone a long way toward making this story feel more complete. There are supposed to be more books set in this world later, so maybe that was why we didn’t get one? I don’t know, but I really think this book would have benefited from one.

Also, I would have liked to have seen more of Cami’s brothers. I feel like her relationship with them, especially Beau and Brent was a huge part of this series and that interaction was basically non-existent in this book. In fact, I feel like most of the main characters from before were kind of pushed into the background. This book was really just about Camille and, to a lesser extent, Cameron. I think this book fell a little short because of that.

On the other hand, the overall story line was pretty good. I was maybe hoping for a little more action since that was kind of a big part of the previous book, but overall the story progressed well and did not really feel forced or anything. I really would like to talk more about what I did like, but I think that would be way to spoilery, so I will just say that I am definitely looking forward to more Centaur books in the future.

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The House of Hades by: Rick Riordan

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Wow it has been a long time since I have posted on here. Sorry, blogosphere! Last semester was absolutely crazy for me and 100% did not have time to maintain my blog. Let’s hope this semester is less hectic.

Earlier today I finished The House of Hades, which is the newest installment in Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series, a continuation of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. It also happens to be one of my favorite series.

The House of Hades by Rick RiordanHere is the blurb from Goodreads:

At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

This was another great Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus book. This series is one of my favorites, and I am glad that this book did not disappoint. I whole lot of things happened, and I am struggling not to give out a ton of spoilers.

I will say that I hope something good happens for Nico. We got kind of a big revelation about him in this book, though I did guess what it was before it actually happened, and it really put all of his previous actions in a different light.

Also, I am not crazy about Frank, or at least not Hazel and Frank together. I don’t know what it is, but I was kind of hoping Frank would find someone else and Hazel and Leo would get together. I guess that would have been kind of weird since Leo looks just like his great-grandpa, but I thought Hazel’s personality would be a good balance for him. Something really unexpected happens on that front, and I am really not sure how I feel about it.

I was really hoping that we would learn more about the Athena Parthenos, and that it would play some significant role in this book. Instead, this book was really just about everyone getting to the doors of death and rescuing Percy and Annabeth from Tartarus. As much as I enjoyed this book, I wish there would have been something else. I feel like we didn’t need 600 pages for that.

Despite all my negativity, I did really enjoy this book. The problem is that I can’t talk about the good without giving away pretty much everything that happens in the story. That being said, I definitely recommend it for fans of the series.

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Purity by: Claire Farrell

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It’s always disappointing when the last book in a series doesn’t quite live up to its prequels. This seems to be a problem I run across a lot. Good writers don’t know how to end their stories. Today’s book that did that was Purity by: Claire Farrell, the last book in her Cursed trilogy.

Purity by Claire FarrellHere is the description from Goodreads:

Perdita’s life has gone back to normal in all of the worst ways, while Nathan doesn’t even recognise himself anymore. Still, they’re both trying to make do the best way they know how.

But when they finally catch sight of that flicker of light at the end of the tunnel, Vin plays his final, most deadly, hand.

I started reading this book a long time ago, like back when it was first released. I struggled and, while I knew I wanted to come back and finish it, I gave up for a while.

The first half of the book was tough. It was all angry characters and no communication and Perdita and Nathan both pining away for someone that they didn’t think wanted them anymore. Seriously, one conversation could have eliminated the entire first half of the book. It was kind of depressing and I just wasn’t feeling it.

I was looking for something to read and decided to pick it back up and finish it. Apparently I just needed to read a little farther past where I stopped and the story picked up.

The second half of the book was definitely more interesting, though i still thought it dragged. Things that have been building throughout the whole series finally came to a head, but I just thought the whole thing could have been shortened. It seemed like the author was just stretching out the events until she reached the number of words she wanted and then just told, not showed, us everything that happened after. It went from way over described throughout the whole book to the bare minimum for the end.

I don’t know. I just think this book could have been better. I liked the first two books a lot and this one just wasn’t as good. It wasn’t terrible; it was just kind of disappointing.

3 Stars

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Enchanted by: Alethea Kontis

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I hate when I am eager to read a book and it doesn’t live up to my expectations. That definitely happened to me with Enchanted by: Alethea Kontis.

Enchanted by Alethea KontisHere is the description from Goodreads:

It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.

The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past – and hers?

*Le Sigh* I really need to stop getting pulled in by pretty covers. The pretty cover and the promise of fairy tales drew me. Too bad the inside wasn’t as enchanting as the outside.

For starters, the writing style of this book did absolutely nothing for me. It read like a 14-year-old wrote it for a creative writing project. Maybe I’m just to old at 20, but I read a lot of YA, and this was not up to par. I think this book should be marketed for 12-year-olds not teenagers.

Next, there was way to much going on. I think the author must have taken a book of fairy tales and made it her goal to see how many of them she could fit in this book. I wish I had counted. It was absolutely ridiculous. Mixing a few is fine, but not all of them.

At the same time, I felt like chapters would go by where nothing happened! There was so much focus on trying to get every fairy tale possible in the story that the story itself was forgotten. A lot of story and no plot is a bad combination.

I had no emotional connection to this story either. The characters were in love after the first chapter. There was no buildup, not background to understand the world, no anything. It was awkward.

On top of that, stuff kept happening that made no sense. There was no worldbuilding at all, so random things kept happening. One of the toughest parts of writing fantasy is that the world must have limits to be believable. This world had no limits. Anything could happen when convenient. There was no structure and it made everything unbelievable. Yes, I am aware that this is a fairytale world and none of it could happen anyway, but there is no willing suspension of disbelief without structure and rules.

So yeah. This book did not do it for me. Like I said, maybe 12-year-olds would like it but not really anyone else.

2/5 stars

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