Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Every Last Breath Release! (Day #8)

Hi everyone!
In today's post I just wanted to write a little bit about Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout, the book this whole week of reviews is all about.
So, it's finally been released! I know it actually didn't take that long because the last book just came out in October and I read in April but still. 
Then there's the thing about the covers: why do publishers change the covers in the middle of a series? I know you can get the left cover version of White Hot Kiss and Stone Cold Touch as well but the right cover (which I have for the rest of the series) is for Every Last Breath only available as an eBook! Ugh, that's so frustrating! sorry, just needed to get that out :-D
Okay, so now to my hopes and expectations. What I know for sure is that Layla will choose between Roth and Zayne because this is the final book of The Dark Elements series and fans were able to vote for their favorite. I didn't do that but I kind of hope it's going to be Roth (read more about that in my Stone Cold Touch Review ;-))
And I think Layla will meet her mom Lilith, however she makes it out of hell but I think she'll appear. And if she does she'll probably bring hell with her and then the Alphas come and an epic battle starts and that's probably the point where Layla has to decide on which side she is and I don't know that's just my guess. I stayed far away from everything about the plot.
I have quite high expectations to be honest but I think the book will be a great read and as long as she takes Roth everything's fine ;-D

At last I want to thank you all for reading the stuff I write, it really means a lot to me and - well, just thank you so much. If you like such review weeks of certain authors comment down below or write me on Goodreads, you will find some way to contact me I'm sure.
And also a big, big thank-you to all the writers in the world, no matter what you write, which genre, if Young Adult, New Adult, Adult or children's books, you're all awesome and enrich all of our lifes so much.

Again thanks for reading!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Book Review: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Day #7)

Spoilers from White Hot Kiss ++ Spoilers from White Hot Kiss ++ Spoilers from White Hot Kiss

Hey Book Nerds! Today I'm going to be reviewing Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It is the second book in The Dark Elements series

White Hot Kiss practically ended with Roth being sent to the Fiery Pits (that's what it's been called, right? I'm not too sure tbh...), but he's coming back with news that a Lilin has been born. And soon people die under mysterious circumstances. 
Throughout the book Layla has to find out what's really behind that and also what secrets her Warden clan - her "family" - keeps from her.

This was actually a great sequel but one thing really pissed me off: Roth ends things with Layla. I mean they weren't even really in a relationship but now he comes back and is like "you eased my boredom" and "I'm a demon, demons don't care for anyone but themselves" and stuff. Like what?!
The only good thing that comes out of this is that we get to know Zayne better because he and Layla kind of start dating then. After the first book I was definitely Team Roth, in between the second book I leaned a little more to Team Zayne, but in the end I was Team Roth again because I just can't change it, you know. The guy that makes it in the first book of any series is usually the one I stay with throughout the rest of the series. No exception here. 
But I still like Zayne as a friend for Layla because originally there were supposed to be brother and sister - adopted, but still.
Who we also get to know better is Abbot, the clan leader. I think he is actually a really interesting character, not very likable but sure interesting. Since Roth's appearance (in White Hot Kiss) Layla slowly started to question the intentions behind him adopting her. After all she's part demon and Wardens hate demons, they make that veeery clear. So obviously there must be some use in her, why else would he let her stay with them, pay stuff for her and so on? Layla isn't even sure if she can still trust Zayne. Although he's the closest thing she has to a family he's still part of the clan and they expect loyalty. 
The book is great, guys. Just read it and enjoy it. If you haven't read it yet you're also lucky that you don't have to deal with the cliffhanger at the end for long because the third and, I believe, final book comes out tomorrow (can't wait!)
Also, can we talk about the plot twist for a moment? (okay, I'm obviously doing the talking/writing but whatever :-D)
I did not see that coming AT ALL. It might have been obvious throughout the whole book, at least the direction but I was completely ignorant. I had no idea and was shocked when I read the end. 

Okay, I'm finished then;-)
Thanks for reading! Pick up Stone Cold Touch!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Book Review: White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Day #6)

Hi everyone! Day 6 of my Jennifer L. Armentrout Week is already here and with it the review of White Hot Kiss, the first book in The Dark Elements series. I already wrote a bit about it in my Announcement Post.

The story is about Layla, a high school student who lives in a world where demons and gargoyles (also called Wardens) exist. She herself is half demon and half Warden and was adopted by a Warden family years ago. Actually she just wants to be normal - fit in at school, going on dates and stuff but the problem is because of her being half demon she`s able to suck out souls - a kiss enough. So she can't get too close to a boy. 
But fortunately Roth, a super hot demon, comes along! Since demons don't have souls (which kinda makes sense since they're the ones who suck them out), of course something happens between them. So far so good but another problem is that Wardens and demons are enemies. Basically Wardens only exist to fight the demons on earth. And if that wasn't enough already there's also a demon uprising because of Layla. Now she has to find out what's behind all that...

First of all; NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY IT'S COVER! I know this might seem like a cheesy romance story but it is not. Of course there's romance but this book is so much more. There's the mystery and Layla deciding whom she can trust, what's right and what's wrong and she just learns a lot about herself. 
As I already wrote in another post this was the first book by Jennifer I read. Like I said I wasn't too sure about it at first but decided to pick it up anyways. 
Then I read it.
Then I was blown away.
This book is so unique and awesome, which, to be honest, I really did not expect. I didn't think I would like it as much as I did but after a few pages I already knew, this was going to be one of my favorites. It's actually one of the few books I re-read parts from. One thing about me: I usually don't re-read whole books because normally I always have at least one book on my shelf I haven't read yet, so you know "so many books, so little time" ;-). But sometimes, if a book really got stuck in my mind, I read the parts I liked most again. reading habits...
Anyway I love the book and can only recommend it. To find so much fun and such an epic story in one book is rare but this one made it.

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for tomorrow, when the last review will be posted.  

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Book Review: Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Day #5)

Spoilers from previous books ++ Spoilers from previous books ++ Spoilers from previous books

Hey Readers! As you already read in the title, Day #5's review is about Opposition, the fifth and final book in the Lux series, one of my favorite series ever.

Soo, the world knows about aliens now! And that they lived among them. For about millions of years ... yep, no big deal. Well actually it is because now the bad LUXEN came. We already knew there are the Arums, who are kind of the bad ones in the alien world but apparently there are also Luxen who are not good, meaning they want to take over earth and erase humanity. And Daemon, Dawson and Dee joined them! Thankfully through Daemon's and Dawson's connection to Katy and Beth they become normal 
again and fight the Luxen.

Opposition is told from two POVs again; Daemon's and Katy's. (You probably guessed that ;-))
The thing about the last book in the series is always that you expect so much from it because you went through so much with the characters, you grew to love them and you just want an end that satisfies you and is worth called finale.
And this one sure went out with a BANG! When you get to the end and you think everything is more or less fine - shit is going down once again!
I cried so hard during the end and a few times during the book, maybe because I was so attached, maybe because I knew that this is the last book and there won't be any more Daemon and Katy ... I don't know. But what I do know is that this is honestly one of the best last books I have ever read. Too bad you can't give it more than five stars on Goodreads :-)
If you haven't picked up the Lux series yet please do it you will not regret it whatsoever.

Thanks for reading! Guess tomorrow's review in the comments!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Book Review: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Day #4)

Spoilers from previous books ++ Spoilers from previous books ++ Spoilers from previous books

Hi guys! Today's review is about Origin, the fourth book in the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Katy has been captured by Daedulus and Daemon will do anything to get her back. While Katy has to go through disturbing "stress tests" she also learns a frightening truth from Daedulus that might destroy everything. Soon she will have to choose sides - but will she stand on the same as Daemon?

This is the first book in the series that is told from TWO perspectives - one is still Katy's and the other is Daemon's. I was so happy about that because there were already two scenes as extras in Obsidian from his POV and I loved them. There's actually going to come out a whole book called Oblivion that's from Daemon's perspective from early in the series and I can't wait for it.
Anyways, back to Origin; I really liked that you learned more about how the government deals with aliens. I mean you did read about that a little bit in the previous books but you never really got to look into the insides. And you get to know more about the people there, especially Nancy Husher, who I hate, but she's interesting nonetheless.
Despite all the horrible things Kat faces she doesn't lose her humor and I was very glad about that. The whole book is as fun as the others and again really does not disappoint at all. I know I write this in every Lux - post but that's because it's true!
And the end again -- every time there's such a cliffhanger, it's insane! How do you come up with all those things?
However, I enjoyed Origin, again, just as much as the rest. It's absolutely amazing.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for my review on Opposition, the final book! Coming tomorrow :-)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Book Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Day #3)

+++ Obsidian & Onyx Spoilers +++ Obsidian & Onyx Spoilers +++ Obsidian & Onyx Spoilers +++

Hey book lovers! It's me again with another review on day 3 of the Jennifer L. Armentrout Week. Today about Opal, the third book in the Lux series:

Dawson is back! As we found out in the last book apparently he never died. Now he'll do everything to get Bethany. And eventually Daemon and Katy - who are FINALLY together - are willing to help. 
Oh, and guess what? Blake also comes back!  

He blackmails them into helping him getting his friend back from the DOD.

You see, a lot is happening and absolutely nothing disappoints. I was speechless after finishing Opal (seriously, I can't repeat this often enough: These books are FABULOUS). The end is just ... okay before I spoil anything let me show you what states I went through during the end:
- But it was! (I'm really struggling with not telling you what exactly happened - please read it!) Honestly, can't anything just ever work out?! I was so glad that I had Origin right away because I think I would've gotten crazy if I didn't know what was going to happen afterwards.
Anyways, I love that Kat and Daemon are a couple because I ship them so hard and it's great to see them going through jealousy, emotions and arguments together. Yep, they still argue but it's really funny: 
"I thought I told you to go home and stay there," Daemon said, voice thin with warning.
"And the last time I checked, you don't get to tell me to go home and stay."
Jennifer L. Armentrout's writing style is still one of my favorite, you get into any of her books so fast and easy. When you read this book you already know the characters and back story but you never really know where it starts, it could start exactly where the last book ended or maybe a few months or weeks later. That`s why I think it's important to get into the story and everything very quickly and Jennifer really makes it easy there for you.
So, as alway 5 out of 5 stars for this amazing book. I can only recommend this series to you :-)

Thanks so much for reading and you will hear from me tomorrow - or read ... <- see what I did there? ;-D

YES, there are really 6 GIFs in this post ... don't judge me! :-D 
But tell me if you don't like it or I should change anything. I'm open for criticism - positive or negative! 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Book Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Day #2)

++ Obsidian Spoilers +++ Obsidian Spoilers +++ Obsidian Spoilers +++ Obsidian Spoilers ++

Hey Readers!
As I already told you in yesterday's post, day 2's review is about Onyx, the second book in the Lux Series.
I'm not going to write too much about the characters because they mainly stayed the same, but about how I liked the way the story goes on.
If you read Obsidian you know that in the end Daemon tells Katy that he's going to show his feelings for her are real and not just a consequence of the connection they have. And ... there are definitely some attempts XD (best you read for yourself).
Then there's a new guy at school who has a secret of his own. And when Katy sees someone who's supposed to be dead. All in all, truths are going to be uncovered...  

I tried to sum up the plot with only the most important things that happen without giving too much information. I hoped it worked more or less.
In my opinion Onyx was just as good as Obsidian, which is surprising since the second book in a series is often the weakest. But this one - let me tell you - this one can really keep up with the first. There's heart-breaking romance, action and ONE HUUUGE MISTAKE Katy made - seriously when you come to that chapter you're going to be like 




This book will leave you in a book hangover you never experienced before, trust me when you finished Onyx there won't be any other option but to place Opal on the top of your TBR pile. 
I'm still addicted to these books and I finished the series a couple months ago. 
So with no further explanations of how awesome this book is - just pick it up, read it, and have a good time :-)

And when you finished it, read a scene from Daemon's POV.
Thanks for reading! Guess the book I'm going to be reviewing tomorrow! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Book Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Day #1)

Hi everyone! Today is the first day of my Jennifer L. Armentrout Week and it starts with the first book of the Lux Series which is Obsidian. I read this series within a week as a read-a-thon and since then it's one of my favorite book series.

It's about this girl named Katy who moves with her mother to West Virginia a few years after her dad passed away. First she thinks it's totally boring in the small town she's going to live in but then she meets her new neighbor Daemon. And if you looked at the cover you know he's one thing: HOT and sexy and just attractive ... and an arrogant prick! Oh and also an alien from the planet Lux, 10 billion light years away.

Okay, so I hope you don't think that this a cheesy, boring love story or maybe reminds you of Twilight because trust me - these books are WAY BETTER. What I love most about Jennifer's books is the way they're written. Especially this book, it was funny (seriously you laugh so hard while reading), fast-moving and action-packed. There aren't only the Luxen but also the Arum who are sort of the "bad aliens" and they always fight each other and I guess you can imagine that somehow Katy manages it to get into one although she's human. 
About Katy: I really, really liked her as the main character, she's absolutely not annoying but, when needed, always has a quick, snappy answer. And she's a book blogger - how awesome is that? Everytime she says something bookish that nobody around her understands, I'm always like "I know this feeling". Probably one of my favorite aspects about her.
Then there's Daemon ... well, Daemon totally dislikes Katy in the beginning or at least he wants her to think that. 

  my reaction to some things Daemon said to Katy ;-)
But throughout the book he opens up though at times he's still a jerk. His sister Dee is the complete opposite from him. She's the cheerfullness in person and liked Katy since the first time they've met.
I just enjoyed this book so much and couldn't stop reading. Please pick this book up if you haven't yet, I can only recommend it and would give it 10 out of 5 stars ;-)

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for tomorrow's review on Onyx, the second book in the Lux Series.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Book Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Sooo, I finally finished Outlander! I needed over a month for it but it was so worth it. Here's the review:

In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an "outlander"—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. (from Goodreads)

I have officially a new favorite book! As I already wrote I needed quite long for this one but only because the 627 pages were really big and the words so little. 
I have absolutely no idea how Diana Gabaldon did it but I honestly enjoyed every single page I read even if nothing really happened - I still wanted to know how it would go on.
For me there were no slow parts which is quite a masterpiece for such a long novel.
Let's move on to the characters: First off there's Claire: She's one of my favorite characters I've ever read about, she annoyed me not once through the whole entire book and always had a reason for the things she was doing or the decisions she was making. Also, I loved the aspect that she was a nurse, she treated many people in this book and I admire (although it's only fictional) that so much because I'm actually thinking about becoming a doctor after graduation. I think part of the reason why the book is that long is because everything is so well described, you get a lot of details but like I said it doesn't bore you, this wonderful writing style just makes you keep on reading.
Then there's Jamie: I LOVED him, he such a likable and sweet character, especially to Claire. I can't really say much about him without spoilers and I want to keep this review spoiler-free. Just know that he's great <3
The supporting characters in Outlander were AWESOME, seriously I loved them. I liked them better in the book than in the TV show just for the reason that you get to know way more about them in the book. I mean I totally understand why they didn't take too much of for example Dougal and Column MacKenzies' stories into the show because time limit's short for one episode so only the most important stuff can make it into it but personally I liked to know more about them and that's one of the reasons why it's definitely worth it to read it even though you already watched the show. I actually started the book after the first couple episodes and unfortunately never caught up with the TV show but obviously I enjoyed reading it nonetheless.

One more thing: Since everything takes place in Scotland of course there're scottish people and all of the parts they talk are written in scottish accents! How cool is that? I was suprised how easy you understand and get used to them once you read a few pages, so I absolutely enjoyed and loved this book and highly recommend it to you! And don't worry about the size of it, it's worth it and in the end when you have about 40 or something pages left you suddenly realize how much you're going to miss this book, this might sound weird but it's an experience I made. It's not just that you don't want it to end but when it does that you're satisfied and you want to read the next book but you know you can take a break from this series for a couple weeks or months to get into something shorter and lighter and then return with fresh energy for whatever comes next.
Truly remarkable and outstanding!
Thank you so much for reading this super-long (at least for me) review! I just had a lot to say about this book :-)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Jennifer L. Armentrout Week Announcement

Hey everyone! Today's post is not a review but an announcement about my Jennifer L. Armentrout Week
So now you're probably asking yourself "What the heck is that?". Basically I'm just going to post a review on one of Jennifer's books every day for one full week from 21st to 28th July (it's actually a week and a day;-))! The reason why I'm doing this is to celebrate the release of her new book Every Last Breath, the third book in The Dark Elements series, one of my favorite series ever. I picked up the first two books a few months ago and - wow ... if that wasn't a cliffhanger we were left with. But finally Every Last Breath comes out on 28th July and reveals how the story goes on and I am SO EXCITED! If you haven't read any of her books yet, do so now because they're all amazing and will not disappoint you. To be honest when I first bought a book of hers (White Hot Kiss by the way) I wasn't too sure about it and read all of the other books that were in the package first but then I started it and after the first 20 pages I was like "This is SO good - why didn't I read it earlier??". Seriously I was just blown away.
With this review week I want to support Jennifer and her books just because I love them. I don't get money for that or anything and honestly I woudn't want to, I'm writing reviews for fun and for my love for books and that's it :-)
I hope you're interested in this review-a-thon (perfect word XD).
Thanks for reading! Below is some info about Jennifer:

# 1 New York Times and International 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, 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. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
(from http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/author-contact/)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Book Review: Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin


Hey guys!
Today's review is about Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin.

It's about a girl named Rory who has a job as a summer errand girl at the house of the Rules, a wealthy family in East Hampton. She thinks her summer is going to be full of sun, beach and fun. But the job is actually harder than expected - not at last blamed on the Rules' spoiled daughter Isabel, who doesn't go easy on Rory, and her brother Conner whose clearly attracted to her but also forbidden.
And then long-hidden family secrets surface...

This is a contemporary novel I really enjoyed, it didn't blew my mind or anything but it was definitely entertaining and a book you have no desire in putting down. It's not some cliché romance story because it also represents topics like the class system of rich and poor. When Rory starts becoming friends with Isabel you notice how Isabel is first still stuck in what her parents, especially her mother, thinks about "poorer people" but after some time she realizes that it doesn't matter from which social class you come from as long as you have fun and therefore like that person.
Though the book contains romance and love and heartbreak, for me the main and most important plot was the friendship between Rory and Isabel.

So, if you're looking for a summery, easy read maybe for vacation you found it in this book!
Thanks for reading!

Before I forget it again: I have a Goodreads account now! You can find all my book-ratings and TBR-pile there so go check it out! I would love to have you as a friend :-)

Sorry for the short reviews lately but school is extremely stressfull at the moment but I didn't want to skip my weekly post as well. I will have more time for blogging and reading when the important exams are over. Once again thank you so much for reading.