Review | Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout

Synopsis

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is.

If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

Review

Yes, I’m a horrible person because I’ve read this entire series several times, but have yet to sit down and write a review up, so here we go. A million years late.

We have Alexandria, 17 years young, independent, strong, AMAZINGLY sarcastic, seriously, I wish I had her sarcasm skills. Oh, don’t let me forget to throw in that she’s well a half-blood of sorts. Greek mythology, something I’m obsessed with reading about, so I knew it wouldn’t take me long to love this one. Armentrout made a character that’s so easy to admire. I’ve never been a fan of the lady leads that just whine about every little thing. For Alex, her life hasn’t been the easiet and only time can tell with all things she’ll have to face in the future.
And lets just throw Aiden into the mix! #TeamAiden, guys, like hardcore! He’s quite the swoon-worthy male that you’ll just love from the get go. However this is a bit of an issue between Alex and Aiden. Aiden’s a pure, and any potential relationship between them can never happen. Ah, the whole forbidden fruit aspect, it’ll be interesting to see what comes of all that. Aiden’s a strong guy and a bit serious, but underneath all of that, he’s quite the sweet guy. The scenes with Alex and Aiden are quite hilarious; I’m sure you can tell who I’m rooting for. #TeamAiden. While Aiden lives the line of the straight and narrow, Alex beats to her own drum and she strongly desires to build her own future. It’ll be interesting to see what these two will bring out of each other.
The supporting characters are definitely ones that you’ll quickly love. Like Alex’s best friend, Caleb. He’s seriously the best friend anyone could have. 
And well there’s one other character that gets thrown into the mix, who can be a complete game-changer for Alex. Or can it? We’ll just have to wait and see!
Let’s start with the fact that Jennifer is the reason why I love the paranormal genre so much. When I finally got back into my reading obsession back in 2012, she was one of the authors work I’ve ventured towards after reading Nora Roberts work. And I have never strayed since. Armentrout does a phenomenal job with creating each of her characters. Not just her characters, but the way she has developed this world is so complete, you won’t be left confused at all.
Armentrout, I’m a huge fan of your work! Terribly sorry for the late review!

Review : Obsidian (Lux Series) by Jennifer Armentrout

Quick note : Before I start my review, I would just like to apologize for the nearly 3 month delay of reviewing, I’m so ashamed. It’s definitely going to take some time to get in a routine of reviewing books more often. I go through so many books in a week and I know that I have more than enough time to do reviews! So here’s to the 2013, I’m making it a personal goal to review books as soon as I read them!

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. 

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Where do I even begin with this book?! I had no idea about this book, when it was first suggested to me, all that I knew was that it fell under the paranormal genre.

Katy is a passionate book blogger (just one of the many reasons why I loved this book) with a bit of an attitude! And she is definitely not afraid to talk back, she’s got a little bit of a bite. And no one more than her neighbor, Daemon Black, has the gift of constantly bringing it out of her! Lets just say, Daemon Black is HORRIBLE with first impressions.

“I’d always avoided confrontation in the past, but this guy was flipping my bitch switch like nothing else.”

Throughout this entire book, it’s constant back and forth between Katy and Daemon and there were quite a few times where you’re left thinking, “Oh my gosh! I can’t believe he said that to her! What a dick!”, well at least that’s how it was for me. Yes, Daemon has a bit of a temper and can be a bit moody sometimes, but he means well, you may not believe it throughout most of the book, but he’ll come around for you, trust me. As you follow along in Katy’s mind, she notices that things and people (mainly her gorgeous neighbor) around town are a bit “odd” and she can’t get het finger on it.

Katy’s world gets turned upside down, when she’s attacked by a stranger demanding answers.

“Where are they?”

Whoever they were, Katy was at lost about what it could mean. During her attack, it wasn’t long until her ‘not-so-charming knight’ came to the rescue, but what she witnessed was something that she had no explanation for; flashing lights, quick movements that’s not humanly impossible? And it didn’t take her long to figure out the truth of who they were; aliens? Yep, you heard right!

Since learning the truth, she starts to see why Daemon was constantly pushing her away and well being such a dick to her. Their relationship in this first book has some serious sexual tension and very little is done about it.

“Daemon’s stare was so concentrated I took an unintentional step back, but we didn’t break eye contact. A craving unfurled deep in my stomach, shooting through me like heated lightning, and that— that was the kind of feeling you couldn’t force, couldn’t even replicate if you wanted.”

When this book was first suggested to me, I never knew it was about aliens, shoot I didn’t even know such paranormal romance series existed! And I know all of us, who hear the word ‘alien’, we think of what we’ve seen on television, weird shaped heads, very big eyes, UFOs in the sky, and so on and so on. But I never realized that aliens could be quite steamy, and that’s what Daemon is, he is all gorgeous!

I absolutely loved this book and managed to finish it in one sitting! Katy is constantly making up excuses for the way that Daemon acts, which I don’t blame her because of the way treats her, but their relationship begins to grow and develop. Trust me, you’ll have to be a little bit patient with their relationship because I kept saying, why don’t they do it already?! That was just one aspect that I loved, Jennifer wasn’t in a hurry for all of that to happen. I’m sure I’m not the only one that agrees when I say this, but it’s a constant push and pull between Daemon and Katy.

My Rating : 5 Stars

First Book Review : Providence by Jamie McGuire

In the past few weeks, I’ve read quite a few books and I’ve enjoyed them all, quite a bit. But I’ve finally settled on doing my first book review on Providence by Jamie McGuire!

Now what exactly led me to this book, you may ask. Once upon a time, I stumbled upon this book called Beautiful Disaster (Jamie McGuire), little did I know that I would fall in love with that book. So I did what any reader would do, search for more books by this author and came upon Providence and little did I know that it was a series. I’m a fan of series, it just never ends … well sort of! So lets begin, wish me luck!

When I first saw this book, I literally had no idea what it would be about. Little did I know this book was considered a paranormal-romance, with that being said, this was a first for that specific genre.

Since Goodreads does a better job than I would at summarizing, here’s what they had to say:

In the old world shadows of Providence, Rhode Island, Nina Grey finds herself the center of a war between Hell and Earth.

Struggling
with her father’s recent death, Nina meets Jared Ryel by chance…or so
she believes. Although his stunning good looks and mysterious talents
are a welcome distraction, it soon becomes clear that Jared knows more
about Nina than even her friends at Brown University. When questions
outnumber answers, Jared risks everything to keep the woman he was born
to save—by sharing the secret he was sworn to protect.

When her
father’s former associates begin following her in the dark, Nina learns
that her father is not the man she thought he was, but a thief who stole
from demons. Searching for the truth behind her father’s death, Nina
stumbles upon something she never expected—something Hell wants—and only
she holds the key.

Right from the beginning, I was instantly drawn into the story. Jamie did such a great job with making us feel exactly what Nina was feeling during the death of her beloved father. I’ll be honest, I was on the verge of crying right from the get-go!

For a change, it was nice to read a book, where some of the main characters are in a college setting, it’s easy to relate to the stress of studying, balancing a social life, and in Nina’s case, maintaining a relationship. We’ve all been there, it’s not always easy stuff. After Nina’s first “unexpected” encounter with Jared, it doesn’t take her long to develop feelings for him, whether she denies it or not. And of course, that first encounter wasn’t the last we’d see of him. Lets just say that “his timing is impeccable”. He casually showed up at places that Nina was, in my mind, he was a stalker! What’s up with these characters and their stalkerish ways, it tends to be the trend in a lot of current books I’ve been reading.

Jared isn’t the only one showing up around Nina, a persistent man, who claims to have worked with her father, approaches Nina about a certain file of her fathers, which leaves her mind boggled and eager to search for the truth. After stumbling around in her father’s office, she begins to learn the truth about his past and starts to question a lot of things.

After so many run-ins with Jared, Nina catches on and starts to get suspicious and confused because after so many encounters, he has yet to give her his number. Even though, she still denies her feelings, her friends definitely take notice that something is going on. After some time, Jared finally takes her out to dinner and we learn more about Jared and the life he has live; it was more than I bargained for. In a time, where vampires and werewolves are currently popular, Jared gives everyone a run for their money! And that’s all I’ll say with that.

This book will instantly hook you from the beginning, being in Nina’s shoes, you’ll be just as eager as she was to see Jared over and over again. This first book shares the journey of Nina learning about her father’s past and coming to sense that having a normal life wasn’t written in stone for her. With Nina being the ever so stubborn and argumentative character, I was happy that I wasn’t annoyed with her at all. She is a strong woman and is perfectly matched for Jared, who everyone will just adore. Imagine being in love with your bodyguard and go from there.

I love this book a lot and you should read it too!

My rating : 5 stars!

P.S. Jamie McGuire, you are my new favorite romance author!

[ With this being my first review, I would really appreciate any feedback to help better my reviews. I know it’s not all about pleasing the audience, but I’m not the greatest writer in the world. Feel free to comment below or email me at : cantstopreadingromance@gmail.com.

Welcome!

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Cheers for this new project of mine!

I wanted a place where I could share my excitement about all the romance novels I’ve been trucking through. I hope I’m not the only one, but I’m fully capable of knocking out a book in less than a day, sometimes just a few hours. I’m married and have a part-time job, everywhere else inbetween, I’m either eating, sleeping, or reading … okay, and spending time on my mac.

I’ve developed this habit of reading off of my ipod touch after the mister heads to bed. He won’t be happy to find that out, but it’s hard for me to put a book that I’m so drawn into, down.

I know I’m not in this alone, well I hope not.

It all began with Nora Roberts, for a while, her books were the only romance novels that I’ve ever read. She has a lot of great ones, but her most recent ones are probably my favorite.

Now here’s the thing when it comes to me and romance novels or any book in general. I have a bad habit of when I start reading a book, if I’m not instantly hooked, I refuse to finish it. Basically not giving it a chance. I’m sure some think I’m crazy, but I just have a hard time finishing a book that I can’t get into. I’d be happy to hear if I wasn’t the only one that does this.

Anwyays, I’m happy to announce that I’ve branched off to other romance novel authors and absolutely love all the books that I’ve come across so far, especially within the past week and a half.

So, my project is to start reviewing all these books that I’ve read! I’m not necessarily writing for anyone, but myself, I just need a place to direct the excitement I have over these books. Although, I would love to connect with other romance novel junkies like myself, receive book suggestions and find more authors that I love to read from.

I’m excited for this little project of mine, so cheers to what will come of this.