Readers: February 27th: Apologies for the scattered posting that's about to come during the next week or so. University has just started and I have a lot of work to do to get on top of things (and ahead!). Thanks for your patience, as always.

Publishers: I promise I'm not abandoning the lovely review copies you've sent!
I'm getting through them and the reviews will come eventually!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

All Hail The Mail! (4)


All Hail The Mail will be posted weekly to showcase the books I've received for review!

I GENUINELY didn't think I'd be getting any books this week after last week's haul. So I was a little blown away (and worried) when these all came on Tuesday... (What's with the same-day posting every week?)


Partials by Dan Wells
I'm so excited to read this. Gorgeous cover, anyone? It was just so good that they had to send me two LOL. The plot sounds intense and like it's got real potential. Will hopefully be able to read it soon!
 
Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
I can't wait to jump back into this series! Loved the mythology in the first book and I hear the romance gets interesting....... Oh how I love when people aren't allowed to sleep with each other for fear of the world exploding <3
 
Fated by Alyson Noel
No, your brain isn't fooling you. I did get a copy of this last month! Still haven't had the time for it yet and my wariness about the not-so-great reviews is still there.... Who's had luck?
 
Endure by Carrie Jones
I haven't read this series yet either...what do you guys think? I wasn't a huge fan of After Obsession so I'm not sure about this author.... Second chance or no?
 
Black Heart by Holly Black
Woo! Final book! It's so strange to read 'last' books since it seems like so many just started last year. I didn't fall in love with this series like everyone else but I still enjoyed the first two books. Looking forward to seeing how things end for Cassel and Lila!
 
The Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton
I was meant to get this book 10 million years ago but it's here now! Sent a little nudge to the publicist and was able to get it for A Witch in Love's upcoming release! I've heard great things about this book and I've very excited to read it ;)

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
I must say, I like the US cover more... But hey, this sounds like an interesting read. I love the sound of Will and Elliot! Will they be pounceable main characters or what? Let's hope so... Who's read this already?

Adorkable by Sarra Manning
THIS SOUNDS SO FREAKING ADORKABLE. I want to read it right now. I'm desperate for a not too complicated, sweet romance at the moment LOL. Fingers are crossed tightly that this doesn't disappoint! ;)

The Secret Breakers by H.L. Dennis
So you worry a little when a book has just one rating on Goodreads and it's 2 stars LOL. I think I'll just ignore that, if I ever do read this... It's going into my "December Pile"...
 
Chomp by Carl Hiassen
 This sounds like the strangest book with a cover to match LOL. Definitely won't be reading this any time soon... Wahoo and his dad can keep their zoo. *blinks*
 
Thank you to Harper Collins, Pan Macmillan, Bloomsbury and Hachette for the books this week!
 
I also got a bag of swag from Hachette... I love it. *huggles* The bags are especially adorable. The Adorkable one has a really cute line on the back that I can't remember! I may have to throw some of those postcards around in my library ;) Graceling bookmarks are so gorgeous. Need to read those books at the end of the year!!
 
Not looking forward to drawing up my reading schedule. Oh this TBR pile is getting high! One more week until I can tackle it. Wish me luck...
Once again, sorry for the lack of posts. JUNE 1ST, EVERYONE! I'll hit you with some Girl in the Clockwork Collar goodness ;) Review + tour stop to come!

What did you receive this week? Do share! :)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth


Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #2
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia
Published: May 1st 2012
Source: Publisher for review

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

*Spoilers if you haven't read Divergent*

Insurgent continues directly from where we left off in Divergent, so if you didn't have the time to re-read the first book, I highly recommend you read the very detailed recap Roth posted on her blog. Erudite is looking to start a war with Abnegation and are using mind-controlled Dauntless soldiers to do so. Tris' parents die in order to save her life and we just keep hearing that it's all part of the bigger picture. What secrets are worth dying for and how many more lives will be forfeited to the cause? Tris and Four are Divergent, and together must navigate the precarious politics of their world before all is lost forever. Who can they trust and what are they really fighting for? Oh the mysteries….

The story of Divergent was almost a cakewalk compared to Insurgent. Tris has left behind her days of training and proving herself worthy of Dauntless, and is now on the outside where she has no instructors or factions to protect her. She's mostly on her own, facing the cruel reality of life, and has only Four by her side to keep her sane. So what happens when that effortless connection becomes strained and ridden with uncertainly? Insurgent left fractures in my chest with the amount of emotional turmoil and speed bumps the two experienced. Despite what we saw and loved in the previous book, Tris and Four don't have a completely solid relationship yet and this has a large effect on what takes place in the story. Both make terrible decisions, which spiral into even bigger mistakes that leave consequences far greater than they could imagine. Roth toys with Four and Tris constantly, throwing them into steamy make outs one moment and enraged arguments the next. Yes, it's not easy on the heart but it does make the book that much more realistic and meaningful!

Although Divergent will always be my favourite child, I loved the storyline of this book. We get to explore all of the factions through the characters' travels for answers and there's loads of excitement from sneak enemy attacks, unexpected alliances and dangerous risks. To even attempt to explain this book would be insane! Roth covers a lot of ground and many things will have changed by the time you reach the final page. We uncover lost family members, traitors and secret information, while we delve that much deeper into the groups of factionless and mind-control serums. So much is revealed to us and it's a little bit mind-blowing. You want to take a breather to digest it all but you know you can't pull yourself away from the pages! This is something Roth never has a problem with and I'm certain everyone is now waiting for book 3 with bated breath. She sure knows how to end a book!

While this is an emotional and tense read, Roth makes sure to incorporate enough humour and romance to keep our spirits from crumbling. If you're a fan of this series, you will not be disappointed with Insurgent because it's everything you love and more. Reading a book of Roth's means you'll get brilliant characters and story lines guaranteed. Hope is born and hope is lost; entire lives are changed in a split second. But somehow Tris and Four always remain standing, just as strong and fierce as they were at the start, if not more. Despite their trust issues, they are one of my favourite YA couples and surely you know why. They had me holding my breath in absolute dread for a good portion of the novel because of their willingness to do anything for the other. Dangerous when villains happy to exploit this are lurking around, yes? The final chapter of Insurgent will rock your world so be prepared to be left awestruck. Veronica, will you marry me?


Did we luuurve Insurgent or what? <3 Oh I need Detergent now. *snickers* BEST NOT-NAME EVER.

Find Veronica on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, Tumblr and her blog.
Buy Insurgent from Amazon, The Book Depository and Barnes & Noble.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Insurgent Giveaway Winners & Why I've Been MIA!

HELLO! *peeks out from behind corner* Indeed I'm still alive. If you've been on my blog recently then you would have seen the little note under my header. I'm currently in my exam period, but will be back June 1st ;) Hopefully for that one week off afterwards, I'll be able to write up the 15 reviews I've got sitting on hold in note form at the moment! Must get myself ahead while I have some valuable and very rare time off! Thanks for understanding!

Now, to the part you actually came here to see....... Thanks to everyone who entered the Insurgent giveaway! Here are the 10 lucky winners. Hope you guys enjoy the book as much as I did!

Ruby R.
Jo-Anne M.
Taylor W.
J. W.
Mary P.
Holly T.
Rachel C.
Teresa L.
Rebecca D.
Erin W.

I've forwarded your details onto the publicist but you might not get these for a short while since she's currently away on tour. She'll return in a little less than a week though so don't fret! 
Again, thanks very much to Harper Collins Australia for providing the prizes!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Review: Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck


Title: Tiger's Voyage
Author: Colleen Houck
Series: The Tiger Saga #3
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Published: November 2011
Source: Publisher for review
With the head-to-head battle against the villainous Lokesh behind her, Kelsey confronts a new heartbreak: in the wake of his traumatic experience, her beloved Ren no longer remembers who she is. As the trio continues their quest by challenging five cunning and duplicitous dragons, Ren and Kishan once more vie for her affections--leaving Kelsey more confused than ever.



*Spoilers if you haven't read the second book, Tiger's Quest!*

Quest-wise, Tiger's Voyage is just as brilliant as the previous book, if not better. To break the third stage of the tiger's curse in order to give Ren and Kishan 18 human hours, the three must outwit and outsmart five sneaky dragons, all with different personalities and agendas. Relationship-wise, this book made me an emotional wreck and shoved splinters all through my heart! But if you're a fan of this series, you're bound to love this book even with its frightening mood swings ;) Grab a soft teddy and you're set!

After the end of Tiger's Quest, Kelsey finally saves Ren from Lokesh's evil clutches, only to find that she had been erased from his memory. *crickets chirp* I know. It was horrible. Wicked. Cruel. Houck was obviously feeling a little nasty that day! If you're expecting Kelsey to wake up and discover it's all a dream, you're out of luck because she's a complete stranger to Ren now and even being in her presence causes him physical pain. (Boo, no kisses?) He's forgotten that he used to choose peach ice-cream over peanut butter chocolate for her, that socks aren't a romantic present and so much more. All of their intimate memories and inside jokes…gone. Ren's utterly unpredictable and unlike himself. This complication stays at the forefront of the novel's focus, a rough road with miscommunications, small hopes and great devastation. Houck tugs at our heartstrings expertly and I just loved it, as horrible as that sounds! Throw in Kishan, who she can't deny her growing feelings for, and a flirty Texan diving instructor who gets both boys fuming.... Well. Looks like there's interesting times ahead!

Everything you fell in love with in the previous books will be found in this one. I was taken away by the breathtaking imagery, exotic locations, heart pounding adventures and puzzling riddles. From negotiating with tricky collectors to navigating across dangerous islands with armed hunters on their tails, the trio have their arms full with the dragons they must overcome as a united front. Even with the angst, this book was somehow fun, exciting and extremely refreshing! The scenery becomes more magical and complex, stunning beyond belief. Houck has grown so much as a writer and I couldn't be happier! Every single character has undergone a tremendous transformation and what a sight it is to see. We see them grow to astonishing heights and I think we'll all be sad to see them go once the series is over. Luckily, there's still another two books until then!

Once again, Lokesh makes a pest of himself, terrorising the group in order to get his hands on another Amulet piece. He also wants Kelsey for personal reasons and it couldn't be any more disturbing. All the more reason to run away.... If you want more snuggling with tigers, mystical journeys and complicated relationships, Tiger's Voyage delivers all that and more. Colleen has outdone herself and I can't wait for the fourth book, especially after that cliffhanger! Granted, it's not as shocking as Ren's memory loss but it's certainly still a game changer. I can taste the badassery already. This book made me laugh, cry and almost wet my pants in fear (SHARKS!) but gosh was it worth it. Another wonderful installment of a brilliant series!


Who's anxious for Tiger's Destiny like I am? Just a few months to go! Can't wait for the cover reveal next month! June 13th! Mark your calendars ;)

Find Colleen on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and her website.
Buy Tiger's Voyage from Amazon, The Book Depository and Barnes & Noble.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

All Hail The Mail! (3)


All Hail The Mail will be posted weekly to showcase the books I've received for review! 

I almost didn't do a post this week. I only received one book on Monday and that was it! So...I was a little surprised when I woke up to seven packages on my doorstep on a Saturday morning. Yes, the posties are stepping it up! And I'm fairly certain that they're holding all of my packages to deliver in one go now. It's been the trend for the past few weeks! Not complaining too much since it's always fun to open a ton of packages at once ;)


The Glimpse by Claire Merle
I absolutely LOVED this book when I first read it (via Net Galley) but I'm so happy to have a gorgeous print copy in my hands. Isn't the cover stunning? My review and interview with Claire will be posted up when June comes around!

The Selection by Kiera Cass
I'm so excited to read this like you would not believe! I'm loving the sound of "The Bachelorette" with a Prince and love back home thrown in! *runs around* I've read mixed reviews but I'm going into this with guns blazing ;) Not sure why the Australian covers have that pink tinge….the original US covers look so much better!

The City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
I almost forgot this was coming out until about 2 weeks ago. The previous book didn't hugely impress me so I've got my fingers crossed that this is better. Am I the only one that misses the first three books? :( It's something crazy when even Jace isn't making me love a book!

Changeling by Philippa Gregory
I hadn't heard of this before but it sounds intriguing! I don't read a lot of historical YA but it seems as if it'll be a fun adventure romance ;) It's set in Italy too! I want to meet this so-called gorgeous Luca Vero now....

Disharmony: The Telling by Leah Giarratano
Well…what can I say? This book sounds BADASS. Psychopath, empath, genius. Killer combination, much?! Despite some so-so reviews, I'm looking forward to reading this. PLEASE impress me. You sound amazing and I'll be very disappointed if you're not… *guilt trips*

Surrender by Lee Nichols
Loved the first two books! This is a little late, as I didn't realise it was out in Australia yet….. The previous book ended on such a hopeless note but I've heard that this one manages to be fun and entertaining. We'll see! *sad this cover doesn't match her first two*

Dead Time by Anne Cassidy 
I wasn't too keen on this when I first saw it but after reading the summary…. Disappearing parents, murders and reunions with stepbrothers plus some more-than-family feelings? Eek! Reviews look a little negative…but I'll have to judge for myself!

The Look by Sophia Bennett
This cover is beautiful. The edges of the pages are pink. Pink. Hot pink. I love it! And the story sounds like it'll be very interesting. Juggling a sister with cancer and modelling? Ooh.

The Death Cure by James Dashner
I NEED TO READ THIS SERIES. It looks amazing and I still have the second book untouched on my shelf from last year. *shame* Will be reading these when I can grab the time!

Operation Trinity by Clifford Riley
Feeling a little horrible since these MG books from Scholastic are just piling up but I WILL get to them one day! This is ANOTHER new series in the Cahill Files world… I hope I end up reading them in the correct order ;)

Thanks to Allen & Unwin, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, Bloomsbury and Scholastic for the books this week!

What did you receive this week? Leave me your links! :)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Review: Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck


Title: Tiger's Quest
Author: Colleen Houck
Series: The Tiger Saga #2
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Published: June 2011
Source: Publisher for review

Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. But danger lurks around the corner, forcing her to return to India where she embarks on a second quest--this time with Ren's dark, bad-boy brother Kishan, who has also fallen prey to the Tiger's Curse. Fraught with danger, spellbinding dreams, and choices of the heart, TIGER'S QUEST brings the trio one step closer to breaking the spell that binds them.


At the end of the first book, Ren and Kelsey's relationship is on the rocks, as she's convinced that he'll want to look for "better" girls now that he can be a gorgeous human for 6 hours a day. She settles back into her mundane life in Oregon, going to university and even going on a few dates, but none of the boys compare to her Tiger Prince. It's hard to believe but Tiger's Quest is even more compelling than Tiger's Curse, ratcheting up the adventure and fast-paced storytelling! If the first book didn't convince you of its greatness, all of your doubts will be banished in this one. What a smashing effort by Colleen Houck - this series has got to be at the top of your TBR pile!

While Kelsey's character was somewhat aggravating with her over-the-top descriptions in the first book, Houck's writing improves by leaps and bounds. I loved getting to know Kelsey more in a real-life setting, seeing her take care of herself and doing that bit of growing she missed out on while dealing with the curse. When she meets a boy named Li, who's all kinds of wonderful, she's faced with a very difficult decision. Will she hold onto her complicated relationship with Ren or leave that piece of her behind to start something with someone who completely adores her? I have to admit, Li was charming. In any other book, I would've been waving my Team Li flag around like a crazy person but unfortunately Ren's just unbeatable...especially when he comes to his senses and chases after her...and moves in next door. Amazing, tense, bury-your-face-in-your-pillow-and-scream things follow and well…. You can guess what happens next.

To break the next part of the curse, which will give Ren and Kishan 12 human hours a day, the gang will be dealing with the element of air. It seems like it'll be another Tiger's Curse adventure but suddenly, tragedy strikes and Ren life is in grave danger. Reluctantly teaming up with his wolfish brother, Kishan, Kelsey journeys into the Himalayas, faced with the task of climbing Mt Everest in search of the spirit world. I won't spoil all of the fun riddles for you but I will say that they're grander and more breathtaking than those in the first book. Houck's world-building is stellar and it was a joy to continually learn new things about the supernatural! Kelsey even begins developing a lightning-like power, able to shock things from distances away. Did or did the story not just get a thousand times cooler? The adventure was thrilling in so many ways and I'm killing myself by not going into extreme detail about it. I want you to experience all of the excitement and twists that I did in full!

So if you've read the first book, you'll know that Kishan doesn't hesistate to flirt with his brother's girlfriend. An inevitable love triangle forms and it will leave you torn! While Kelsey's still fiercely loyal to Ren and constantly bats away Kishan's teasing kisses, it becomes obvious to us (eventually) that he's a serious and fair contender for her heart. Their relationship grows very unexpectedly but again, it's something you'll really enjoy. Even with Ren being out of the action, their palpable love at the beginning of the book will be enough to sustain you until the end. Just wait until you read the third book! History is repeating itself, with the brothers fighting over one girl... Who will come out on top?

Unlike Tiger's Curse, I don't have any complaints about this book. All of the characters are well-developed and Houck proves to us that she's able to see this ambitious plot through to the end. The cliffhanger at the end of the book left me devastated and shocked. I haven't seen it happen in YA before and...just trust me when I say that you'll have to have the third book before you read this one. Immediate continuance is necessary because you won't want to stop in between books!


Is this series fantastic or what? Team Ren? Team Kishan? :)

Find Colleen on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and her website.
Buy Tiger's Quest from Amazon, The Book Depository and Barnes & Noble.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Author Interview: Julie Kagawa


Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die or become one of the monsters. Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad. Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike. But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

First of all, a huge thank you to Morey Media for organising this interview and, of course, to Julie for taking the time out of her busy schedule for it! As you know, The Immortal Rules was my first Julie Kagawa book and I have since then fallen in love with her writing. She's conquered faeries and vampires....what will she come up with next?! So without any further ado, here's the interview I was able to do with her ;) Enjoy!

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1. The world, storyline and characters in The Immortal Rules are darker than they are in the Iron Fey series. What was the transition like for you? Was it difficult after being in the Fey world for so long?

Yes and no. On the one hand, I enjoy the world-building aspect, creating deep and involved     settings that (I hope) take on personalities of their own, and then filling that world with the     characters that such a harsh environment would create. In that respect, building the world of the Immortal Rules was no difficulty at all. The most challenging aspect of the world was that it is, in many ways, our world... a real world. In the Iron Fey series, when I needed characters to go from     one coast to another, there was always some type of mystical or magical way to get them there. In the world of Immortal Rules, I actually had to figure out how long it would take people, on foot, to travel across a wild and overgrown countryside. That's a different (and in some ways, less fun)     type of research than I was used to doing. Hopefully, I didn't make too many mistakes. :)

2. Which character in The Immortal Rules do you think you are the most similar to and why?
 

Probably some mix of Allie and Zeke. I'd like to think I have Allie's scrappy-ness (and I think the guys in my kung-fu and kali classes would agree). But Zeke's strong morality is probably closer to my own. Allie is a pure survivor at heart, and there's nothing she won't do to keep on. Zeke believes that something better awaits him after this world, and so do I.


3. Unlike the romance in the Iron Fey series, where Ash fought to keep a distance from Meghan, Allison was the one trying to shut down Zeke's feelings in this book. Which was the most fun to write, in terms of the narrator fighting to keep the boy close or away?

Hmm.. that's a tough one. Probably trying to keep the boy away. I like tragedy and self-sacrifice     (after all, Iron Queen was originally intended to be the last book in the Fey series)... Allie's desire     to keep Zeke away for both their own good appeals to the tragic in me.

4. All of your books have been hugely successful thus far. What do you think is your secret weapon? What is the most essential thing to writing a good book?
 
Most people don't realize that there's a lot of people involved in getting that final, print-worthy draft. I think my biggest secret weapons are my editor and my agent. They're always there with character and story advice, or just with encouragement when deadlines start to get a little overwhelming. I also use my husband as a sounding board... he always catches the little logical inconsistencies that are always a pain to fix. The other weapon would be perseverance. Very, very few people write a good book on their first try. I spent 15 years writing and learning the craft before I ever got something to the standard of traditional publishers. Writing is a skill that has to be honed... no one is born good at it.
 


5. And finally, are you able to tell us anything about The Lost Prince? Will Ethan be embarking on important missions like his sister? Will he be getting a nice girl of his own? Should we be feeling guilty for ogling him on the cover?!
 
Ethan will be having adventures every bit as epic as Meghan and company (and you'll be seeing a few familiar faces as well!), and without the benefit of Summer and Iron glamour to help her. There will be romance, but I can't go into too many details... my publisher would kick me! As for guilt, ogle away... I certainly do. Part of the point of the story is that Ethan's all grown up now... and a little ogling never hurt anyone. :)

 
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Did we enjoy that? Julie really is amazing! I love how she's so deep and does kung-fu LOL. But her knack for writing tragedies... *prods her* NO..............please? 

I'm so looking forward to The Iron Knight. Methinks Ethan will be a kickass main character and his story will be very interesting. Can't wait to find out more!

What did you think of the interview? What are you desperate to ask her? ;)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Review: Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck


Title: Tiger's Curse
Author: Colleen Houck
Series: The Tiger Saga #1
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Published: June 2011
Source: Publisher for review

The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.


Alagen Dhiren, Prince and High Protector of the Mujulaain Empire, has been imprisoned by his father-in-law and threatened with his life, unless he forfeits his piece of the Damon Amulet and the Mujulaain forts. Betrayed by his fiance and younger brother, Kishan, the prologue comes to a dramatic end just as blood is shed. Fast forward 300 years to Circus Maurizio where Ren is a beautiful white tiger and Kelsey Hayes begins working after just graduating high school. This magical story will pull you in immediately with its unique and addicting premise, so definitely count on taking a few days off just to read the entire series in one go. These books are long but entirely worth it, as we're gifted with an epic adventure tale we've always wanted.

Kelsey's life changes forever after she watches the circus performance on her first night at work. A powerful tiger catches her eye while he's jumping from platform to platform and the fascinating creature has her captivated. After she gathers enough courage to visit him in his cage, the two begin to form a thrilling relationship that will leave you squealing and grinning in excitement. Ren is the most adorable (sexy?!) creature you will ever meet, with his innocent interest in Kelsey, teasing brushes, purrs, licks and nibbles. Kelsey speaks to him like a person and even reads him poetry, making him fall more and more in love with her with each passing day. Ren knows she's special and is the one who can break the tiger's curse that befell him so long ago. Watch as this enchanting story unfolds, and prepare to keep on falling in love with these two over and over.

When a rich man comes to the circus and says he's taking Ren back to a reserve in India, Kelsey is devastated, having formed a close bond with the tiger. Imagine her surprise and delight when he asks her to come along as Ren's caretaker! Here's when the story becomes a little inconceivable and Kelsey's life takes a turn for the luxurious, but suspend your disbelief and concentrate on the amazing story that will continue on from here, okay? We learn (as Kelsey does eventually) that Ren is actually a man who can take a human form for only 24 minutes out of a 24 hour day. This only makes their time together more precious and the story that much more tense. To break the curse, Kelsey must find the four gifts and make five sacrifices to the goddess, Durga. Confusing and mysterious, I know. Houck does a fantastic job creating these puzzles and turning Tiger's Curse into a truly breathtaking read. I've never read such an exciting book in my life! We usually use the term "adventure" quite loosely but Kelsey quite literally journeys into the jungle, deciphers riddles, dodges predators, manoeuvres through dangerous booby-trapped caves and so much more. It was like a magical movie you never wanted to end!

A negative of this book that's important to note is Houck's attention to detail. It was too much and complete overkill at times. The long story about how Kelsey likes to arrange her hair ribbons? Unnecessary! But before you go scratching the book off your TBR list, I'll tell you now that this problem is fixed in the sequel and even gets better as this book goes along. It's just more obvious at the beginning of the book so KEEP GOING. This series is so fantastic and it'll be a shame if you give up before you get to the good bits!

Tiger's Curse will shower you with sweet romance, light humour, difficult riddles and, of course, impressive action. Houck has created a magnificent world with lots of story to tell, but I think she's got it by the scruff and manages to do the idea justice. She balances the plot with character development so well, and a million things will have you cheering in this book. Magic is very present in the novel and you'll have immense fun discovering it little by little as the story progresses. The ending of Tiger's Curse had me gaping in the worst way, making me scramble for the sequel immediately. Trust me, you WILL want the entire series on hand before you begin reading, and not just because they're insanely addictive...


I don't know if this review even communicated properly how AWESOME this series is. Hopefully the above is enough to get you interested… Other two reviews for the series will be up this week but until then, get ordering! <3 The sequel's even better! 

Find Colleen on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and her website.
Buy Tiger's Curse from Amazon, The Book Depository and Barnes & Noble.



Sunday, May 13, 2012

All Hail The Mail! (2)


All Hail The Mail will be posted weekly to showcase the books I've received for review! 
 

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Oh yes, your eyes are not deceiving you! You are, indeed, looking at four copies of Insurgent. Funny how my US hardcover from The Book Depository came at the same time as my review copies, which were supposed to come weeks ago! Anyone know why I have three? LOL. I think some of my Aussie friends got more than one copy too.. Anyways, I've got just a few more pages to go. Things are tense. Eek.

The Industry by Rose Foster
I read this back when the manuscript was available and really enjoyed it. At the same time I gave away 10 copies, so did Erin.. So I won a finished copy from her ;) It's by an Australian author so go and support her!

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
I loved Amy & Roger's Epic Detour so I've had this on my TBR list for a very long time. I can't wait to go on another "discovery journey" with Morgan's great characters, so I'm hoping this book is as good as her first! I'm ready for a sweet romance <3 Reunion with first childhood boyfriend? AWW.

Thanks to Harper Collins, Erin and Simon & Schuster for the books this week!

What books came for you think week? Share in the comments!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Review: Until I Die by Amy Plum


Title: Until I Die
Author: Amy Plum
Series: Revenants #2
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Published: May 3rd 2012
Source: Publisher for review

Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love. As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.

In the sequel to Amy Plum's Die For Me, we return to Paris with the entire revenant gang, ready to take on the numas once again. While I liked this book, I felt that it was lacking in some areas and this was probably due to my high expectations. There was something very enchanting and romantic about the first book. Kate and Vincent's love dominated the story and every single page turn was like Christmas! Until I Die seemed to miss this particular element. While Kate and Vincent were extremely sweet with each other, they didn't spend nearly enough time together! Vincent was often away on private missions, leaving Kate all on her lonesome to dig up information on how to stop the revenants from sacrificing their lives without the painful compulsion. The story's pace felt quite slow as a result and I just kept on wishing for the action to start. The beginning of the book was fantastic and drew me in immediately (fight training with the boys!) before I began to realise that things wouldn't be picking up any time soon... This honour was left for the end of the book, which I took great pleasure in reading, I must say!

The plot of Until I Die revolves around a set of questions. How and will Vincent be able to resist saving others for Kate's sake? Who is the new leader of the numa? When will they attack? Who amongst them is a traitor? And what's this mysterious prophecy about? I really enjoyed searching for and exploring the answers, even though the twists, while good, came at long intervals. As the story progresses, a series of attacks and suspicious events occur that have us wracking our brains for who could be behind them and what they all mean. Although I would've liked to have seen more focus on this side of the story, the time that was spent developing these complications were engaging and reminiscent of the fierce showdowns in the first book!

With Kate's demands for him not to die for others anymore, Vincent tries out a new method of living in which he doesn't need to die constantly. He returns daily from these secret experiments with a gaunt face, looking even more dead than he already is. Throughout the book, I resented Kate a little for forcing Vincent in this direction, basically exchanging her pain for his. I thought it was very selfish of her, especially since "dying" doesn't really harm him at all. Kate does, however, take it upon herself to find another solution, uncovering an old story about a revenant healer. Is it just fiction or is there some truth to it? As she decodes the messages and travels to foreign places, she makes intriguing discoveries that puts her in more danger than she bargained for. She sets off a chain of events that will leave you wide-eyed at the end of the book. Honest to goodness, worst and scariest cliffhanger on the planet.

While I was not entirely satisfied with Kate and Vincent in this book, the secondary characters were spot on and tricked me into loving them once again. Old favourites like Ambrose and Jules return with a 100% flirt capacity, and we're also introduced to several new characters! Violette and Arthur are new additions to Jean-Baptiste's revenant group and they're centuries old. Their valuable knowledge about numas are essential, now that the revenants are preparing for a blind battle. After Kate killed Lucien, the numa leader, in Die For Me, the numas have been suspiciously quiet, meaning they're busy concocting a plan of revenge. When, where and who they'll strike is a complete mystery and the teasing attacks throughout the book add some much-needed tension and action to the story! Overall, watching the characters interact with each other was my favourite part of the book, as relationships were developed and new ones were brought up to light. As always, they were entertaining, unpredictable and exciting!

I truly loved the twists that were revealed towards the end of this book. They made it much more worthwhile and had me glued to the pages! Those pesky questions from above were finally answered and they couldn't have been more surprising! As I said, I'm in utter disbelief at the ending, so I need the third book very, very soon. It could possibly be the best in the series, with the direction things are heading, so I just can't wait! Although Until I Die didn't quite meet my expectations, it's still an enjoyable novel that prepares us quite nicely for the next!


I'm in love with the trailer! Which is your favourite sign? ;) Love that Amy was able to rope in some Abercrombie & Fitch models LOL.

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Buy Until I Die from Amazon, The Book Depository and Barnes & Noble.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Review: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks


Title: Of Poseidon
Author: Anna Banks
Series: Of Poseidon #1
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont
Published: June 1st 2012
Source: Publisher for review

Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom . . .



Sorry this review's even longer than my review of The Immortal Rules.. *couldn't stop talking*

Of Poseidon is the best mermaid book I've read in my life, although I should really say Syrena, since the M word makes Galen angry... I loved every single moment of this perfect book and knew it would be amazing from the very first page. With a clever blend of humour and romance with an exciting plot, Of Poseidon will please readers of all kinds. I don't think it's possible to describe and explain all of the ways it ravished my mind but we'll give it a go...

Emma McIntosh and her best friend, Chloe, are enjoying a sunny day at the beach….when Emma finds herself running face-first into the steely chest of one impossibly fine specimen named Galen. He and Emma had one of the most gripping exchanges and first-meetings I had ever seen. Immediately I felt the chemistry and couldn't wait for their relationship to develop into something more! If you had watched me read this book, you probably would've seen a cheesy grin plastered all over my face. Chloe is immensely entertaining with her confidence and lack of verbal filter, and one of the biggest strengths of this book is definitely Banks' humorous style of writing. Of Poseidon has a lot of depth and emotion to offer, and the moments of light-heartedness throughout the book are perfectly done, as they don't ever feel out of place.

Of Poseidon has a fascinating story line that is developed and consistently focused on throughout the book. Even with everything else happening, Banks keeps Emma's journey of self-discovery central to the plot. After Emma experiences a frightening shark attack at the beach, we're shocked to find that she can breathe underwater and communicate with the sea creatures. It then becomes obvious to us and Galen, the Syrenian prince, that Emma is much more like him than she realises. After Galen moves to attend her high school for "research", he spends all of his time trying to convince her that she's more than just a human but she refuses to believe this for a long time. (She doesn't even like fish!!) With this, we learn so much about the intriguing and unique history of the Syrenian world, as well as the make up of the species itself. I was glued to the pages and utterly fascinated by what Banks had created! Emma's true identity is swathed in mystery and the twists sustain the story for the book's entirety. While it's clear she's not human, there's still SO MUCH MORE for us to learn!

Banks injects romance into every little nook of the novel and I gobbled up every single bit. Every time Emma and Galen's special violet eyes met each other, I swooned. Galen's the fastest of his kind, able to race missiles and Blend in the water. How can you not be impressed? His character has many facets and seeing them all was an absolute joy. He gets angry, cheeky, sentimental, humorous, protective, provocative… You'll be shaking the book and screaming "MORE! MORE! MORE!". I cannot stress enough how well Banks develops the characters and gets us to fall in love with them. They all have so much depth and finishing the book is really like losing something of yourself! As I said before, the chemistry between him and Emma is truly a sight to see. While we'd love for them to live happily ever after, Syrena politics just have to get in the way. Every third generation, two direct descendants from the House of Poseidon and the House of Triton must mate. We discover that Emma is the only living heir of Poseidon and Galen's brother, Grom, is now the King of Triton. Do we all see the serious issue here?! To complicate things further, some Syrenian believe in "special mates", where two people are perfect for each other in every way and will produce the strongest offspring. *cough*GalenEmma*cough* Galen's torn between his feelings for Emma, his job back home and his duty as Grom's brother - I don't think you'll be bored for even a second.

I must give a mention to the brilliant secondary characters in this novel too. I loved them all just as much as I did Galen and Emma, and was very surprised by this. How often are all of the characters in a book well-developed, interesting and with a story of their own? Rayna is Galen's twin and she gets off to a rocky start with Emma. While this was a huge source of entertainment (seriously, they have a vicious smack down), the growth of their relationship was very fun to watch. Everyone, get out your "I Heart Toraf" shirts right now. This best friend of Galen's is one of the most likeable characters I've ever met. He's the comedian of the bunch and is completely huggable, kissable and marriable. He isn't a love interest for Emma but if she saw him that way I would be 100% conflicted because his parents are called Brilliant and Magnificent. The cool bit? Toraf's head over heels in love with Rayna, who's stubborn and refuses to admit she even likes him as a friend. They've known each other since they were children and are now being put into an arranged marriage… *squeals* This is an exciting side-plot that you'll actually be eager to get more of!

The skill and effort put into writing Of Poseidon is obvious and I think you'll be hard-pressed to find someone who didn't enjoy it. Add exquisite characters together with an enticing plot (did I mention Emma's mysterious stalker in the sea?) and this is what you get! Everything about Of Poseison is done with wonderful execution and I'm just chomping at the bit for more after that cliffhanger! The foundations are all laid out now, so can you imagine the kind of epic that will be in the sequel? *faints* I hope the sheer length of this review convinces you of how good this book is. (I could write more..) READ IT. If you don't, you are really missing out on a gem of 2012!

 

SORRY. I know this review is absolute overkill but... *is insanely in love* And love makes us do crazy things......right? Tell me you're going to read this book!

Find Anna on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and her blog.
Buy Of Poseidon from Amazon, The Book Depository and Barnes & Noble.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Giveaway: 10 copies of Insurgent by Veronica Roth!



Unless you've been living in a deep and dark hole, you've heard of Divergent by Veronica Roth. And after that spaceship full of amazing, you're anxious to read the sequel, Insurgent, am I right?! *whispers* THEY SAY IT'S EVEN BETTER THAN DIVERGENT...possible? *dumbfounded* 

Indeed, my pretty hardcover from The Book Depository AND my review copy have yet to arrive (postman hates me?) BUT luckily Harper Collins Australia are wonderful and giving 10 lucky Australians a copy of the book! This giveaway will end on May 19th.

As always, all you need to do is....


Extra Entries
Be a GFC follower [+2]
Tweet about the giveaway [+3]
Comment and tell me why you loved Divergent [+5] 

Good luck! :D

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Review: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins


Title: Sweet Evil
Author: Wendy Higgins
Series: Sweet Evil #1
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: May 1st 2012
Source: ARC from author

What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences? This is life for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil. Tenderhearted Southern girl, Anna Whitt, was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna. A cross-country trip to meet her father forces Anna to face the reality that hope and love are not options for her kind. When she confronts her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

The first time Anna Whitt laid eyes on Kaidan Rowe was when her best friend, Jay, dragged her off to watch his band, Lascivious, play. Sultry and enticing, the drummer with a rich red centre immediately knows she's special from across the room…and she can't help but feel the same. With the ability to see others' emotions, Anna's confused about what she sees in Kaiden and a series of mindless decisions then lead her into the dark and dangerous world surrounding his family. Who is she really and what is her destiny?

Anna is probably the most "innocent" character I've ever come across in YA. To her, lying is almost like killing a puppy and her strict adoptive mother, Patti, certainly doesn't help with her paranoia and demands to call every five minutes! At times this constant "goodness" annoyed me but luckily half-demonic Kaiden is there to balance this all out. The romance is probably what I enjoyed most about Sweet Evil. Higgins wrote a guest post on sexual tension for my shared blog event…and let me tell you, she knows exactly what she's talking about. Kaidan is literally lust personified and I can't imagine how Anna didn't sink her claws into his back the moment she ran into him backstage! I always held my breath during their scenes together and might've felt compelled to run to the fridge for ice more than once when they kissed! Rich, English and just slightly smack-worthy…Kaidan's a complicated character you may love or hate. I would've liked to have seen a bit more development in regards to their relationship, but I'm sure we'll see more later and their moments are just sweet enough for now.

I expected Sweet Evil to be filled up to the brim with romance and action. While Higgins delivers fairly well on the former, the action was a little lacking. The novel took a while to warm up and eventually did get there, but I still didn't feel as if anything HUGE happened. Kaidan's father is the head of Pristine Publications, a pornography company, and is nothing if not powerful. He's one of the twelve dark angels in the world and forces his "children" to be bad influences. I'm hoping we find out more about this whole idea in the sequel because it becomes a huge wall in Kaidan and Anna's relationship. He has to "work" every night (aka get friendly with some other girl) and I'm sure you can imagine how Anna feels about that… So in an attempt to question her father about her true background, Anna and Kaidan drive together to California. She discovers that her life is about to change forever and that she's an essential piece in the upcoming battle between the guardian and fallen angels. Oh how the plot thickens...

While I really loved the concept of this novel and had a lot of fun picking apart the mythology, I really needed MORE. More explanation as to why certain things were a certain way, more character development and a slightly faster pace. Sweet Evil has a unique story that I'm really looking forward to learning more about, so fingers crossed that Higgins comes through for us in the sequel! I think this series has a lot of potential and we just need to tap into that special source ;) Bring on the Dukes and their Sins!


So Kaidan's dad is the Duke of Lust….Anna's dad is the Duke of Substance Abuse…..what would you be the Duke of? ;)

Find Wendy on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and her blog.
Buy Sweet Evil from Amazon, The Book Depository and Barnes & Noble.


Monday, May 7, 2012

Storm Blog Tour: GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

 
So as you've probably seen on the other participating blogs by now, the Storm Blog Tour for Brigid Kemmerer is now over! I certainly hope you enjoyed the event and got to know Brigid's characters a whole lot better. Storm is out now in stores so grab it if you haven't already!! Who's read the book and loved it? Who was your favourite guy?

A huge thank you to Brigid for all of the hard work she put into this. I know she saw some strange conversations and was probably wondering what she got herself into! And also thanks to my fellow blogger buddies who were so great to work with :)

Below are the winners for all of the giveaways! Congratulations and thanks to those who didn't win but participated anyway <3

 GIVEAWAY WINNERS

INTERNATIONAL Prize Packs:
Elemental (ebook) + Storm + Spark preorder
Winner: Sarah Jane
Elemental (ebook) + Storm + Spark ARC
Winner: Cassie Frye
Copy of Storm + Spark Pre-order
Winner: Joanne S.

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND Prize Packs:
Storm ARC + Spark preorder
Winner: Gabriella
Each receive a copy of Storm:
Thanks to Allen and Unwin!
Emma
Teresa L.
Stephanie P.
Alexandra
Michelle A
Mary Preston
Kate
Mary Perez
Taneika
Keely

  

Sunday, May 6, 2012

All Hail The Mail! (1)


All Hail The Mail will be posted weekly to showcase the books I've received for review!
Yes, I was a little slow on the uptake last week but All Hail The Mail will now be replacing In My Mailbox.


When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle
I'm pretty scared about reading this. It sounds brilliant but I really don't want to cry. Indeed we know that Rosaline never got her happy ending with Romeo. Will this Rose?! *panics* Who's read it? Was it depressing? Okay? Enjoyable? *peeks out from hiding spot* My heart is fragile this week.

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
I cannot wait to read this! Big dystopian fan + epic action novel = match made in heaven. I didn't request this from Net Galley when it was first put up (my attempt at keeping the TBR pile low...) but Emmy offered it while I was doing some crazy chatting with Jennifer Bosworth, her Fierce Reads buddy, and I couldn't resist.

Burn Mark by Laura Powell
I haven't read too many witch books so I was eager to get my hands on this! The forbidden love sounds dangerous and all kinds of interesting, and I can't wait to check it out for myself. Reviews are mixed so far but I hope I'll fall on the positive side of the fence :)

Thanks so much to Sarah for these books! She absolutely adores this series and, against my demands, bought them for me. I was only expecting the first so imagine my surprise when I saw this lovely pair ;) *hugs* So very excited to read them! Night Huntress has been on my TBR for an insanely long time.

Whisper by Alyson Noel
I haven't read any books by Alyson yet (will read Fated soon!) so I guess this will left be sitting on my shelf. What do you think of her Immortals and Riley Bloom series? Are they worth reading?

Jasmine Nights by Julia Gregson
Errm..definitely not my type of read. *shelfs next to Whisper*

Thanks to Simon & Schuster, Emmy Laybourne, Bloomsbury, Sarah, Pan Macmillan and Hachette for the books!

What books did you receive this week?
Link me to your posts so I can check it out!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Title: Onyx
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #2
Publisher: Entangled
Published: August 14th 2012
Source: Publisher for review

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard. Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem… The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s. But then everything changes… I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until 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.

While Obsidian was hot enough to get women all over the globe sweating and clawing at each other in order to lay claim on Daemon, Onyx is undoubtedly HOTTER. The sexual tension from the first book escalates to unbearable levels and well, let's just say that Daemon can be very convincing when he wants to be... Right now, all he wants is for Katy to declare her undying love for him, even though she's convinced his attraction to her is just a product of their freaky alien connection. *whispers* But we know the truth.. Teehee.

The easy and flirty tone of Obsidian doesn't exist in Onyx. Along with the issues surrounding Katy and Daemon's relationship, Katy finds herself developing frightening abilities she's unable to control. Looks like Daemon's love wasn't all she gained from their connection after all... Furthermore, the DOD are called in to investigate the area in which she killed an Arum, and we learn shocking truths about their real motives. Everything we thought about them is turned upside down and it's truly just shock after shock. I won't even begin to hint at what you'll discover but my goodness will your eyes be bulging! If you think all of that's not thrilling enough, new information about Daemon's dead twin brother, Dawson, comes to light, and this amazing new twist will, for sure, rock the boat. The stakes are now higher, more dangerous and completely unpredictable! Onyx is a fast-paced read, filled with rough road-bumps and twists that don't sort themselves out until, literally, the very last page. The book is brilliantly engaging and one you know you'll be able to enjoy over and over again!

I know this sounds impossible (and absolutely crazy) but there's a love triangle in Onyx. Blake Saunders from sunny California is a surfer who blogs and is the perfect "normal" guy for Katy...or so he seems. She's adamant that Daemon's all wrong for her so she's willing to try anything to get her mind off him. It's so easy to be around Blake, not heart-racing and tense like it is with Daemon. I wonder why.. *coughs* Throughout this book, Daemon makes his feelings for Katy very clear and it will tear your heart inside out to see Katy fighting against it! Although Daemon's methods of persuasion are highly enjoyable to watch, Armentrout will have you screaming in desperation by the end of the book. Misunderstandings? Horrible timing? External influences? NOOOOOOOO! Not only does Blake prove to be a pointy thorn in Daemon's backside, but he also holds many secrets that could be all of their undoings. Who is he really, and is he a friend or a foe?

Prepare yourself for another exciting installment of the Lux series. I can guarantee that you'll be able to enjoy some more pen prodding, neck tingling and invitations to "work off trace residue". Katy and Daemon are in this entirely different world and watching them battle terrifying forces together is just incredible. This book made me laugh, drool and cry (a lot); a true all-rounder that will please everyone! Things will change forever after the ending of Onyx. It's something huge, gasp-worthy and downright unbelievable. Will the next book be the most exciting book you've ever read? YES. *tries to contain excitement and secrets*


I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW. Daemon. Black. How can you resist? It really does seem impossible for him to be any more gorgeous but....ta-da! <3 Are we in love with Jennifer or what?! Can't believe this isn't out for another 3 months. Hold onto that willpower and patience, everyone!

Find Jennifer on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, her website and blog.
Buy Obsidian from Amazon, The Book Depository and Barnes & Noble.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Title: Obsidian
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #1
Publisher: Entangled
Published: November 29th 2011

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.

Obsidian caught me by surprise, throwing me into the sizzling clutches of one Daemon Black before dragging me kicking and screaming into the freezing cold lake behind his house. Filled with the most toe-curling sexual tension and exciting action, Jennifer L. Armentrout has written yet another amazing series, which I think surpasses Covenant in the EPIC department. When Katy moved to the tiny not-town of Ketterman with her mother, she never planned on moving in next to two aliens. Who knew they could be so beautiful? Where are the six extra eyes and tentacles?!

There's no escaping the amazing narrator that is Katy. Hilarious YA book blogger by day and alien molester by night…how can you not love her? Armentrout nails her portrayal of bloggers right on the head, from the "OMG I GOT A PACKAGE!" squealing to the "OH NO MY COMPUTER BROKE!" crying. You'll love Katy's tenacity from the get-go, even though her wicked sarcasm falters whenever the frustratingly seductive Daemon's around… Saying they got off on the wrong foot is a massive understatement, but he certainly makes up for it from that point on. Grab a cloth and prepare to wipe away the steam on your glasses and windows because this guy is smoking!! I don't know if it's his character or the terribly sexy things Armentrout makes him do, but he is absolutely the hottest YA guy to me at the moment. He's the gorgeous bad boy to the extreme, without the irritating cliches, and will have you pawing at him before you know it. Will Katy ever tame him? Will he ever stop suggestively calling her Kitten? *swoons*

The storyline of Obsidian is extremely engaging, with Katy slowly realising that the Blacks aren't really as they seem. Furthermore, she forms a surprisingly strong bond with Daemon's sweet sister, Dee, and struggles to maintain their friendship with his angry interference. Human friends are completely off the table for safety reasons, so you can imagine how furious Daemon was when he found himself falling in love with one… Everything in this book is part of a bigger picture. There are dangerous government groups who have the ability to wipe them out for disobeying the rules and Arum, creatures of darkness, who are deadset on destroying the entire race of Luxen on Earth. I think the author did a wonderful job of constructing the Luxen/Arum world, giving us interesting insights into their history and making us lust for more! I also just have to mention that I loved these aliens. The Luxens are beautiful, mysterious and powerful; a fresh new take on the slimy creatures we all hate!

Obsidian will take you on an earth-shattering journey. Insta-love is the devil and Armentrout couldn't have built up the romance any better. The levels of tension and anticipation are very high so seriously…get ready. Katy and Daemon have to be one of my favourite couples because of how uncomplicatedly complicated they are. It's rare that you run around cheering when two characters make it to the FRIEND level. That's how much hard work they have to put in to get their relationship going in the right direction. I'll be extremely surprised if you finish this book without a puddle of drool at your feet! Katy and Daemon often make lights explode because they're so hot... *coughs* Perfect from beginning to end, Obsidian is a must-read book that is a brilliant start to this series!


So I read Onyx shortly after completing this one and it was amazing. Even better than Obsidian! Really. Review will be up on the weekend! I absolutely adore this cover and am quite disappointed with the new ones! Firstly because my two books won't match now and secondly because Daemon's eyes are so green on this cover... *sniffles* No more pretty in the new ones! Wouldn't mind so much if my books matched but..you know.

Find Jennifer on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, her website and blog.
Buy Obsidian from Amazon, The Book Depository and Barnes & Noble.
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