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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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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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Sweet Peril by: Wendy Higgins

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Ever since I finished Sweet Evil by: Wendy Higgins, I have wanted to read Sweet Peril. However, I have been putting it off because I knew It would leave me desperate for Sweet Reckoning. Well I decided I couldn’t hold myself back any longer and I bought and read it. I was totally right about my reaction. I loved it and now am desperate for April to get here so I can read Sweet Reckoning.

Sweet Peril by Wendy HigginsHere is the description from Goodreads for Sweet Peril:

Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things. 

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

Like I said, I was putting off buying and reading this book because I knew it would leave me impatient for the last book, but I saw a reference to Sweet Evil in Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout and decided it was a sign that it was time to read Sweet Peril. I was right about it leaving me needing the last book. This book doesn’t have a cliffhanger in the traditional sense, but it does leave you with enough a suspense to crave the last book.

I loved this book, I think even more than Sweet Evil. I thought reading about Anna having to be a party girl and/or her having to travel with Kope would be awkward and uncomfortable, but in reality this book sucked me in from the first page, and I absolutely did not want to put it down. I even used it as a reward for myself for doing homework. Once I would reach a specific bench mark, I would reward myself with another chapter. That was the only way I could force myself to focus on doing anything other than reading this book.

I honestly can’t think of anything I didn’t like about Sweet Peril. Surely there must have been something, right? I feel like there was something I was going to mention, but whatever it was was so minor in comparison to the awesomeness that is this book that I can’t even remember what it was.

We get to see all of our old favorite characters in this book. I would have liked to have seen a little more of Jay and Veronica, and honestly I find myself hoping that they break up and that Jay gets with Marna. That might be mean, but I don’t think Jay and Roni are really right for each other.

I also would have liked to have seen a little more of Patti, but I guess it’s good that Anna is coming into her own more and doesn’t need to fall back on her mom whenever things get rough.

Kaidan is still around and still amazing. There is really nothing else to be said about him.

I have high hopes for Kope’s future happiness as well. I really hope something more develops between him and Z.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book and will be counting down the days until the last book is released. In fact, I will probably be pre-ordering it as soon as I see it on Amazon.

5 Stars

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Damselfly by: S.L. Naeole

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When I first got my Kindle, one of the first Indie authors I discovered was S.L. Naeole. I fell in love with her writing immediately. Her latest book is titled Damselfly, and is the second in her Faeble series.

Here is the Goodreads description:

Damselfly by: S.L. Naeole

She used to be known as the Blithe Baby. Now she’s something more, and that’s not a good thing. 

Seeing the world through new eyes, Sophia Blithe has found love, found hope, and found a life that she never new she would have with Declan Sterling, a Sidhe boy with indigo eyes and magic in his touch. But, she should know by now that life never plays out how you want it to. 

When the new world she knows, and the old world she remembers begins to crumble around her, Sophia will lose almost everything that’s ever mattered to her, and will be forced to make a decision that will forever change the course of not just her life, but also the lives of those she loves the most.

I have rather mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, the story line is unique and extremely suspenseful. It is really not like anything else I have read. On the other hand, I kind of have a hard time cheering for the “happy ending.” I seriously do not see how this series can end well. It is hard to cheer for the main characters when their goal is to save the murderous fairies. So yeah, I have some definite mixed feelings about this book/series.

This book was well-written, if a little long. Ms. Naeole has some serious talent for writing unique stories. I have read most of her stuff and really enjoy her writing. That being said, the Faeble series is not necessarily my favorite. She does not pull any punches in this series, and to me, it gets a little hard to read at points. It can get kind of gruesome and I feel the need to take a step back and disconnect for a while. I would categorize this as Upper YA, and I do not recommend it for younger readers.

I like Dex, though the revelations at the end of the book were heartbreaking. I am seriously anxious for the next book to find out what is going to happen between him and Fee.

I flip-flop on whether I like Fee or not. She definitely has her moments, both good and bad. She has had a rough life and it just seems to keep getting harder. I keep waiting for her to catch some kind of a break, but every time she seems to, the rug gets pulled out from under her feet and the stuff hits the fan even worse than before.

This book left a lot of questions open at the end, and I am looking forward to getting some answers in the next book.

3 Stars

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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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