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“The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real ... for a moment at least ... that long magic moment before we wake.

Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. (...)

They can keep their heaven. When I die, I'd sooner go to middle Earth.” 
― George R.R. Martin
 


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My Star Rating:

1 Star - At the end of the day: BOO. Super Boo. A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME.

2 Stars - Okay, while this book wouldn't be ideal to try to save should the apocalypse come to fruition, it had a few redeeming qualities.

3 Stars - It was alright. Something about it was worth me saying "Eh. I guess I'm not too pissed that I read that."

4 Stars - I liked it. Okay, I like, liked it. The story had symmetry, the characters were well thought out and none of the situations seemed too contrived. While this was pretty good it lacked that certain Joie de vivre that would have made it Figata! (I like to be quite cheeky at times)

5 Stars - I LOVED this read. If I were the kind of person that re-read fantastic works of art in prose this would be re-read until the glue came away from the spine.

Origin - Jennifer L. Armentrout

5 amazeballs stars!!!

Holy effing shit balls!!! Man, Armentrout can write a frigging cliffhanger!

Okay folks this book was good! Like the first one, good.

There's something about having Daemons POV it was a reprieve that I didn't know I needed. Being in Katy's head isn't all bad. At least you get to understand why she did the things she did but it also wore a nerve because she would constantly contradict herself and do annoying things even after she thought really hard about them... I also had a hard time finding her strong but if I think about it I guess she wasn't weak just stubborn.

In this installment though, she gets all the cookies. Kitten was pretty badass. She held her own and for that I am so freaking proud to call her my friend. My book friend. Don't judge.

While I am happy that Daemon and Katy found time for the sassytimes I was getting a little annoyed that every moment looked like it could turn into one. Someone dies? The sassytimes will clear that up. Scared out of your mind? Sassytimes it is! Just took an ass whoopin so large it could define your entire existence? Lemme introduce you the sassytimes. I mean, yeah, I was down to do Daemon whenever he wanted but damn!

Dawson and Beth: Eeeeeeeepppppp! That is all. Also, I am so smarter than the average bear man. I saw that coming.

That ending still has me reeling. I am just so happy with everything this book gave us. So much information. So much new shit to digest. I am so looking forward to the next book!!

All in all: freaking solid man.

P.S. I am still quite sad about who was lost this book. Quite sad.

Opal - Jennifer L. Armentrout

4.5 stars

 

Ho-ly SHIT!!!

 

Redemption is in that ending, I'll tell you what.

 

Now, I can't say whether Opal was better or worse than the last few books, I honestly can't.

 

I think I read a review somewhere that likened these books to rocks of crack. I have to agree. Normally I would be put off with the amount of repetition and the "bad-ass" heroine affliction that just tears through these books in grievously, shameless amounts BUT I can't stop reading them. I just can't. I think I have a problem.

 

For those that adore this series, I must say that it is NOT a bad series. The writing is good. It has typical YA problems, though. It definitely ain't perfect by any means. Like previously stated, some things don't need to keep being said, I know the truly hot kid has luminous green eyes, a sweet side, makes her toes curl and smells like a man: all pine and outdoorsy. Bitch, I know but it's not like I find myself dragging my own ass to get through these. I'm not. I enjoy the road traveled.

 

There is still something that bothers me though and I can't quite put my finger on it. Smh. I sound like a crazy person.

 

But seriously, all jokes and quips aside, how many of you were happy that

Daemon and Kitten finally got their brown chicken, brown cow on? Like, what? Hells yeah. but I felt hella robbed. Like Twilight robbed. I know Armentrout wrote a Lux novel that flirts erotica and you know imma read that but the allusion of oral sex was may more pulse quickening than the damn sex, sex!

 

 

Okay, FINE!

 

know it's YA and all that sex shiz has to be tame...BUT damn she made us wait THREE~3~III~ 1+2= 3 installments for it!! 3!!!

 

It felt like when you buy all those crappy, cheap fireworks and that one, big expensive firework for your "At home extravaganza!" thinking you're just gonna let off the dumb ones and seal the ooohs and ahhhs with the firework called "The Dragonspawn from Hades" only to find out the cheap ones were the bomb.com and the rat bastard Dragonspawn fizzled out about three seconds after the wick burned down into the explosives. Stupid Dragonspawn. I hate you.

 

Stupid, tame, Armentrout.

 

I hate you.

 

*pouts*

 

I guess that whole smexy scene was meant to be a training moment for the ol' imagination.

 

Well played, Armentrout, well played.

(show spoiler)

 

The only thing left to say is: Onward to the next installment!

 

And shit better get right. Or else.

 

All in all: a good read, I think. Take your own damn chances. You can't keep living through me.

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Onyx - Jennifer L. Armentrout 4 solid stars

Hmmmm. That freaking ending. Dude.

This book was not what I expected it to be. I also expect that I'm gonna need to spoiler a lot of this, so here goes:

I was annoyed by this installment. Now, I am a big fan of change between a book series but Kitten in this book got. on. my. nerves. #Truth.

I was all on board with her not giving in to the sweet, sweet, spicy hotness that is Daemon Black. I understood that he treated her like garbage and so his sudden interest in her was not going to yield the field of daisies and picnics like he wanted. That was alright. But for her to just blatantly disregard his "ick" feelings about Blake??? Yeah, at first he was epic amounts a little jealous but I mean c'mon! even Dee didn't like him and Dee likes everyone! She was withholding information, lying....It was all just an ugly, ugly light cast upon her and I feel like I hated her in the end. That part just slipped out, ooops.

SHE killed Adam for godsakes! I can't forgive her for that. I just can't. I was all her fault. None of this "he made his own decision" shiz. Her selfishness and, well, shit, misplaced over-confidence ruined Dee's life just as she was getting to be happy. I really wish he didn't die. It would've made the series better. In my mind anyway. I'm just so over mass likeable character genocide. Please. Please. Everyone just stop it. Smh.

Is this going to be one of those books where only Daemon and Katy get happiness and everyone else gets the gawdamned shaft? If so, Jenn, we're going to have some serious words, m'dear.

Also, and I mean damn, why did it take 2 hunny and 10 pages for Katy to finally give in? You know you wanted him! Hell, I wanted him. It was getting to be a bit much reading her body aching for him and her words being all dissy...I mean, unless I look at the timeline. Maybe there wasn't months between...I dunno. But still.


All in all: In light of all that, I still like the story. I love the heated scenes and the thick sexual tension between Daemon and Katy. I do. I truly do, hence the 4 star rating. Just, I didn't LOVE this one as much as the last. I'm a little sad about that and the fact that I don't get my nice clean ending in the next book... It all makes me worried.

Mass Likeable Character Genocide.

That's what scares me. So many authors love that shit.

Like it's cute or something.

It's not.

It just pisses me off.

Stop it.
Obsidian  - Jennifer L. Armentrout <5 Stars>

* I am pissed. The review I was just writing and spent a bunch of time on disappeared. So here goes a not as well thought out, lame review*

I liked this book. A lot.

And this:



There. I'm pissed.

But a little happier now that Jonah Hill is screaming on my review.

LOL.

Shadows (Lux, #0.5)

Shadows (Lux, #0.5) - Jennifer L. Armentrout 5 stars

I know right? I was just whining about the insta-love. I don't know how Armentrout did it but I loved this instance of the just-mix-with-hot-male sauce. Simply adored it.

And now, I'm going to cry in the ugliest, loudest, most disturbing way all the while clutching my Nook to my chest and shaking uncontrollably. The snot kids, the snot. It's everywhere... I am just sooooooooo sad right now. I can't even write this review. Heaven help me.

I did not see that coming. I thought that after the fall with the whole melding of souls thing everything was going to honky dorey and they would find out that she was now part Luxen and they could get married and have babies and, and, and....

The tears are blurring my vision...

I am a complete mess right now.

Damn it.

Damn this book.


Okay so when I first started reading this I thought to myself "Well shit, here we go again" but Shadows was written differently. Dawson and Bethany called their shiz what it was: obsession. In their own minds their feelings for each other took on a "love" air but I'm glad that they didn't actually say the words to each other until months later. Something about that rescued this book for me.

I liked both of the MC's I found their exchanges cute and giggled along with them at the cute parts.

I was also under the impression that this series was about angels and so after my god awful, poke my eyes out with a sharp object, kill me now experience with [b:Halo|7778981|Halo (Halo, #1)|Alexandra Adornetto|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1361296225s/7778981.jpg|10695325] my initial reaction was to ground my heels and fight, fight, fight. Imagine my relief when I was introduced to light creatures called Luxen. *I am trying to redeem angel themed books by trying to put myself out there more. Lol.*

I was very happy.

All in all: Good story.

P.S. I should also say that I am just now starting this series so I had no idea about the ending and was hit with feelings similar to being hit with a Mac truck.
Resist - Sarah Crossan 5 stars

Sooooo, you know how I'm always going on and on about repetitiveness in books and how some authors rehash the first book(s) waaaayyy too much in the sequel(s)? Yeah, that was soooo not a problem here. I actually had to go back and read a few ending chapters of Breath in order to remember what the balls was going on.

Resist starts the reader exactly where the first book left off. There is no reiteration, no refresher course, no nothing so you had better be coming off Breath when you pick this one up. I appreciated the lack of repetition but I also found myself needing something. I know, I know, authors can never win.

Despite that, I LOVED this read just as a much as I loved Breath. I am a huge fan of things not staying the same in the second book, etc. Different things happen and so the characters have to change and adapt or become better. I feel like all the characters became more.

Quinn and Bea are such strong characters and I absolutely enjoy that. I love the fact that as Pods they have braved the Outlands and strive to make change without ever losing sight of each other. Which brings me to another reason why these books are so good: the love is turned wayy down while the good of the whole is turned way up. It's a nice change. Very reminiscent of [b:Fuse|9752754|Fuse (Pure #2)|Julianna Baggott|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1362017479s/9752754.jpg|14642009].

Alina and Silas are still solid characters. Yeah, Alina is a hard ass but shes consistent and I love consistency.

Ronan. I like the addition of this character. From having very little role in the first book to having his own chapters is a pretty big step.

I'm always happy to come across reads like this and I await the next installment.

All in all: A solid read.

P.S. Am I a bad person for wanting to sex up Maks? The tatts, the muscles, that scar? All together now: "Mmmmm, yummy!" Ha. But seriously. If I got paired with him he would've had to beat me off of him with a stick.

Game (Jasper Dent, #2)

Game  - Barry Lyga 4 stars

I like liked this read for the sheer fact that it creeped my shit out. I was actually afraid in my own home many, many times and since there was no real, magical, all-the-psycho-shiz-got-resolved, kind of ending, I must say that I am still slightly jumpy.

I was not a fan of how repetitious this one was. We all must know by now that Tarra don't care for the "say it agains"...she really does not. Tell me once. ONE TIME. I'm a big girl with my own functional memory and I can remember what I just read a page ago. Damn.

The Players:

Jazz: I think he's zomg! hawt! just for the simple bad boy aspect he brings to the table. Would I have dated him? Hell no. I don't need those kinds of problems. Ain't got time for that. He seemed to want to be the kid that hunted killers and by the end of that first book he was high on the capture of the Impressionist so I thought "Yeah! he's going to be all badass in that next book". I was mistaken. He was so unsure of himself and so unwilling to help the fine folk of NYC that I was really just disappointed in him. I figured he'd of been chomping at the bit to catch himself some killers and maybe make a name for himself as, I don't know, some epic Eliot Ness type of guy. I didn't care for his constant, constant second guessing of his "normal" feelings. Always thinking that he was programmed to act and think like one of us but then again it also seemed real. I've never been brainwashed (I don't think) so maybe that just becomes a part of life after the cult, wondering if your thoughts are your own.

Connie: I hear she's hot and I have sooooooo many black actresses in mind to play her once this gets picked up and turned into a movie (poorly, I'm sure). But I found her to be naive. I think that she kept pretending that everything was fine really rubbed me the wrong way. She was just going to go along with some anonymous psycho and think "nothing will happen to me I'm Connie Hall, safe, black, girlfriend of Billy Dent's only son!" Dumb ass. Needless to say, she made me angry.

Howie: Bless his hemophiliac heart. He's a good friend. He should've did a little more with the Connie sitch though, for real. That dumb ass girl.

All in all: I think it was a good read. I'm glad I read it and I will be reading the next.

P.S. I LOVE NYC and I always thought that I would want to live there. After reading how Billy Dent felt about the sheer numbers of peeps cohabitating on that wee island, I have changed my mind and feel that maybe my boring coastal town may be the place for me. Seriously. ha.

P.S.S. I was able to find out is my predicament was correct.
The Lives We Lost - Megan Crewe 2 stars

This was still so sad.

It's just a depressing read and seeing everything through Kaelyn's perspective is nauseating. She's just sooooooooo.... self-centered. It's alll about her and what shes has lost or learned or has to do or feels.

I feel like killing folks to survive an epidemic like this is necessary, call me heartless. But if it's me or them who's going to survive, it'll be me and mine every day of the week and there is no way I would be worrying about the morality of it all later. I get so annoyed when characters go through some hard shit on the road and then they get all "can't we just turn the other cheek" or "not all bad people are bad" type of garbage. Get out of here. You. Were. Going. To. Die. Duh.

Also, that little shit that Leo had to do to survive? Pshaw. Dwelling on it like he killed a bunch of orphans to steal their food and transportation? puh-leese. Weakling. He gets voted off the island.

Justin was the man for the job and I don't care who knows it.

Gav. Well I'm pissed about that one. All day.

All in all: I don't know how I feel about these books. I don't really like them but I don't hate them either. I'm waffling so that means I'll probably read the third one because why the hell not? I'm already in this deep.

P.S. The love triangle.... really? REALLY??? I'm disgusted. Don't. Just don't
The Way We Fall - Megan Crewe 2 stars

Hmmmm, I don't know what I was expecting to read but I do know this was not it, if that makes any sense.

For whatever reason I could not make myself remember that the MC was 16. She was just so...invisible. I would've looked right over her in any room, even if she were the only one standing it it.

Kaelyn. That's her name. I just finished the book and I still had to scrunch my face up in focused determination to remember it. As much as this girl talked about wanting to change who she was, she was hardly successful. She had such low self esteem and such an utter lack of confidence it made this read almost gawd damned boring.

The virus was boring and the whole damn read was just sadness after effing sadness. What's gonna happen next? Crewe gonna kill off Gav? Maybe Tessa? Maybe Leo? Because it sure doesn't read like there's going to be any normal sized amounts of joy happening anytime soon. Seriously. A boyfried does not happiness make. Especially after aaaaalllllll that other shiz happened. Besides, Kaelyn called it like she saw it, I'm sure she'd still be Loner Girl had an epidemic not wiped clean the roster of contenders.

I just don't see a trilogy in this book. A couple more pages and it truly could have stood alone. I'm only a little curious to find out what happens in the next book. If Crewe kills off Gav I'm marking it DNF because that's bullshit.

All in all: I was bored yo. Read at your own caution.

P.S. Kaelyn, whom I assume is half black, was told by a friends' father that, and I quote: "Always sad to see a mainlander snatch up one of ours. Especially a woman as pretty as your mom. You know, even though she's a darkie, I might have chased her if I'd had half a chance." Um. Wow. So are people in Canada usually a bit racist or should I say skin tone aware? Because that line turned me off of wanting to visit Canada anytime soon. Glad I'm not raising my mixed kids there. Damn. Darkie. Really?. Smh. The things people don't say to your face unless they have a virus eating their brains.
Days of Blood and Starlight - Laini Taylor 4 stars

Okay. I have said this before., many, many times, I hate repitition. I REALLY hate it.

I think this read could have been shorter if Taylor didn't feel the need to keep rehashing the incident (it's what we'll call it to avoid spoilers). Over and over and over again...and I had to keep reading it even though I already knew what happened. I already knew how everyone feels about the other. I. Already. Knew because I read it 16 times in the last chapter alone.

BUT

The story was good! It was really, really good just as [b:Daughter of Smoke & Bone|8490112|Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)|Laini Taylor|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1338613368s/8490112.jpg|13355552] was. Even with it's hiccups as we'll call 'em.

I feel like I really like these books because the Angels stand alone. There is no God or Written or Spoken word that governs these beings and I, being agnostic, appreciate this. It leaves them the wide birth to be corrupt and backstabby and make huge, huge mistakes without there being an uncouth level of hypocritical shiz. It allows the characters to choose whether or not to make the right decision based on what THEY think, not what they are supposed to think. I appreciate it. It adds a little something.

Now this book in general is sad. Much sadder than the first by all means. Small pools of joy are here and even those are shrouded in fear. But I don't mind when the second installment differs greatly in feel from the first, in actuality, I welcome it.

I need to see change. I need to see the dark, ugly side of people and the world in which they function. I need to see it or the story just cannot be real. You know what I mean? If everything for three books is la-di-da with contrived areas of anger/betrayal/tragedy I will throw that book into the deep puddle also known as the ocean and never look back. I live on the coast, so it's completely possible.

All in all: I just enjoy these reads. I really do and I am aptly looking forward to the next one.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone  - Laini Taylor 4 solid stars

I liked this book. Hell, I liked, liked it. BUT, I so tire of reading insta-love disguised as "we knew eachother in another lifetime, so it's okay to love at first sight"...

I sooooo tire of it.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone was more than just that "add moody-hot-guy to spledidly-elegant-hot-chick and stir" aspect though. It had a good story. A really good story with chimera and angels and war and magic and sweet hope. I enjoyed Taylor's take on demons. I enjoyed that we got to know the demons first. We got to know them as a caring family. It would've been so easy to write of the demons as vile monsters and then try to backstep to save face. I know because many other authors have done this.

The characters were amazing. Again I find myself wishing that I was born with an artsy bone in my body...I'll take anything, even water-painting. I think a lucknow would suffice.

Brimstone was my absolute favorite. He was just so wise.

Don't get me wrong, I loved the other three chimera family members too, but Brimstone? I adored him.

Karou: I'm just happy the girl could fight. I would've been highly pissed had she been a weakling written ferocious...that shiz just makes me angry.

All in all: It's a good read. Get around that hard clump of warm tingles eye-roll in the middle and you're gold!

1.4 (Point 4, #2)

1.4 (Point 4, #2) - Mike A. Lancaster 4 stars?

Hmmmm. This second installment wasn't as good, to me as the first.

Maybe because the mind blowing conclusion of the first installment already happened and so it "took away" from the 'upgrade' in this book. It all seemed a bit boring.

I don't like boring reads. I need to be engaged. If I wasn't on a timeline of books to read by the end of the year, I feel like this one would have fallen though the cracks as a DNF in the name of sheer boredom.

All in all: I'm not impressed.
Rogue - Gina Damico 5 Reapy Stars!

Oh. My. God.

Bravo! Bravo!

That ending...seriously?Wow.

I freaking LOVED this book! Ahhhhh. I'm fangirling something horrific and I just don't give a damn.

I have always liked the writing style of these books, always. And the humor? insane amounts of funny radiates from these pages. The dialog between the characters is just so well written.

I almost feel unfair giving the first two only 3 stars because when I think about the series as a whole, I have to say I freaking adored it. Even though Lex's attitude was annoying, that was just her character and Damico never wavered in her flaws and bossiness and all around a-holery and I feel like something should be noted about that. Lex Bartleby was a constant and I love constants.

But, I have to remember that each book has to stand on it's own in the ratings department. Though if measured by different standards...I may have to do some revising of my star rating system. Honestly.

Rogue was witty, funny, action-packed and my absolute favorite, non-repitive. The woman has some skills. I may have been apprehensive about the series but lemme tell you I have never been sooooo happy that I saw this through to the end. Never.

All in all: A FANTASTIC read. Read them all, seriously. I'm so giddy right now. Eeeeepp!
Scorch - Gina Damico 4 solid stars

After looking at my review for Croak I have decided this is a whole star better even though while I still liked the writing and descriptions and ALLLLLL of that, Lexi was still a bit of an A-hole. But after some thought I've decided that I can't damn a character for staying constant. Not when I'm so appalled when characters are flimsy.

She wouldn't listen to reason and continued to try and fight, against Mort's advice. Just as she has always done. She is impulsive. Just as she's always been. I don't care for it but it's who she is. A grade-A bossy, douch. God love her.

She kept her hands to herself this time, no bititng of other adolescents, so that was a plus except for the sassytimes with too-hot-to-trot Driggs, which is totally acceptable.

I LOVED Driggs.

I LOVED all the other Juniors too except for Ferbus or fergus...whateves. He was annoying this installment.

All in all: It was a good second.
The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater 5 GOLDEN RAVEN SHAPED STARS

Firstly, wow, just wow. I love it.

This second installment was really funny in a lot of places. I literally would laugh, hysterically, out loud, to the dismay of my small children and husband.

The Dream Thieves wasn't as dark as The Raven Boys and it didn't make it any less. I adore how this book can still be so lovable even without a lot of the same elements that made the first one so lovable. It had our boys, our girl Blue and our favorite house of psychics...It had LOTS of Ronan Lynch, and it ain't a bad thing.

We learn sooo much about our hot, destructive, moody bad boy and that that little kicker at the end there? Whew! All I'm sayin' is DAAAAMMMNNN. Ha!

We also get to read a lot about Adam Parrish. I like that this book is not all about Gansey and Blue (respectively) as the first one was. It doesn't leave me wanting (well, maybe for more, but I'm just have to wait huh?). Some books out there have an entire trilogy in the same perspective and then the book needs little novellas to appease the pissed off masses. Not this series. Stiefvater has this ish covered.

Gansey's and Blue's love trickles in with this installment and it tickles me all over. I will say it again. I am freaking in love and I LOVE being in love.

All in all: Again, it's so hard to write a great review about a book one cant stop gushing over. All I can say is, READ IT!

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